The Democratic Party has already taken a big blow from an email leak that ended with several party operatives out of a job, but now, several reports suggest that the hack is larger than originally estimated.
While the party knew that the DNC had been electronically infiltrated months prior to the leak, in the days before the Democratic National Convention, the party was rocked when Wikileaks published thousands of emails between DNC staffers.
The leak led to the resignation of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz following the convention. Not to be done, Bernie Sanders is now fundraising for Schultz’s primary opponent:
Bernie Takes One Last Swipe at Disgraced DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultzhttps://t.co/4YDNh6Un2C
— IJR (@TheIJR) August 10, 2016
Now, U.S. officials say that the email leak was much wider than first estimated, affecting “more than 100 party officials and groups”, according to the New York Times:
“The main targets appear to have been the personal email accounts of Hillary Clinton’s campaign officials and party operatives, along with a number of party organizations.”
Party organizations include the Democratic Governors Association and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Whats more is that it is believed with “high confidence” that Russian intelligence agencies were behind the attack, suggesting that their end game is to make Donald Trump president.
In July, following the leak, Trump called for Russia to find the missing personal emails deleted from Hillary Clinton’s private email server, saying in a press conference:
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”
He later said he was being “sarcastic.”
Trump: I was being "sarcastic" in calling for Russia to help on the Hillary emails https://t.co/wv4rAiezNd
— IJR (@TheIJR) July 28, 2016
Many suspect that this series of hacks may yield more leaks closer to the election, which could spell trouble for Clinton.
In late July, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange claimed that there is “a lot more material” the site has yet to make public.