This article was published on July 30, 2016

Report: Clinton staff emails were part of DNC breach (and Julian Assange may have them)

Report: Clinton staff emails were part of DNC breach (and Julian Assange may have them)
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After last week’s email dump that saw nearly 20,000 emails from leading Democratic National Convention leaders end up on WikiLeaks, Julian Assange could be right that this is just the beginning. The Associated Press, just minutes ago confirmed that Clinton emails are part of those accessed by hackers during the recent leak.

Assange, the founder of the popular website that plays host to leaked documents, warned that he views it as his mission to do what he can to prevent Hillary Clinton from becoming president of the United States. His reasons, it seems, aren’t just political. In an interview with Robert Preston of ITV on June 12, Assange “suggested that he not only opposed her candidacy on policy grounds, but also saw her as a personal foe.”

Recently, he laid his cards on the table by claiming the DNC leaks were just the beginning, and that he had “a lot more material” that could be detrimental to the Clinton campaign. Assange clearly has Clinton in his crosshairs, and underestimating the celebrated advocate of government transparency could be a blunder by the democratic party.

After reports today that Clinton’s computer service was breached as part of the DNC hack, you have to wonder if this could be what Assange was talking about. In the same June 12 interview, Assange claimed to have enough information to support an indictment of the democratic presidential candidate.

The releases, Assange suggests, are to be ongoing and strategically-timed dumps of potentially embarrassing — or criminal — information. Assange also revealed that these future releases would target the relationships between donors, the media, and the Democratic campaign — a relationship already tarnished by the latest email leak.

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