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Politics PopWrapped | Politics

Clinton Campaign Manager Blames Russia For DNC's E-Mail Leaks

Rain Varela | PopWrapped Author

Rain Varela

Staff Writer
07/30/2016 4:40 am
PopWrapped | Politics
Clinton Campaign Manager Blames Russia For DNC's E-Mail Leaks | DNC
Media Courtesy of MotherJones

On Sunday, during an interview with CNN's State of the Union, Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook blamed Russia of being behind the DNC's e-mail leaks in an effort to prop up the candidacy of Donald Trump.

“What’s disturbing to us is that experts are telling us Russian state actors broke into the DNC, stole these emails, and other experts are now saying that the Russians are releasing these emails for the purpose of actually of helping Donald Trump,” Mook said. “I don’t think it’s coincidental that these emails were released on the eve of our convention.”

But when CNN's Jake Tapper asked what evidence there is that Russia is behind this hack, Mook replied, "We need to let the experts speak on this, it has reported on in the press that the hackers that got into the DNC are very likely to be working in coordination with Russia."

Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, has dismissed this allegation.

In a Skype interview for NBC Nightly News, Assange says that there is no proof that the organization he started got the DNC e-mails from Russian intelligence. He also states that the issue is not who hacked the e-mails but what's in them.

"The real story is what these emails contain, and they show collusion at the very top of the Democratic Party" he says. "Would Hillary Clinton have won anyway? Maybe, maybe not. I think that it's completely up in the air now, and so the result of the nomination process has no political legitimacy."

On Friday, Wikileaks leaked a collection of nearly 20,000 e-mails from January 2015 to May 2016 which allegedly show that the Democratic National Committee, who were supposed to be neutral during the primary process, was biased against the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders. Some of the e-mails even float around ideas to undermine his candidacy.

The DNC has issued a formal apology to the Vermont Senator and his supporters, stating that "On behalf of everyone at the DNC, we want to offer a deep and sincere apology to Senator Sanders, his supporters, and the entire Democratic Party for the inexcusable remarks made over email," and that the emails did not reflect the DNC's "steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process."

The fall out from the hack has already resulted in the resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.


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