By LOUIS FLORES
WikiLeaks, the online transparency reform platform, published on Friday approximately 20,000 e-mails and several thousand attachments in the "first part" of a series of documents it promises to publish about former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is expected to receive the presidential nomination in next week's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia
"The leaks come from the accounts of seven key figures in the DNC : Communications Director Luis Miranda (10770 emails), National Finance Director Jordon Kaplan (3797 emails), Finance Chief of Staff Scott Comer (3095 emails), Finanace Director of Data & Strategic Initiatives Daniel Parrish (1472 emails), Finance Director Allen Zachary (1611 emails), Senior Advisor Andrew Wright (938 emails) and Northern California Finance Director Robert (Erik) Stowe (751 emails). The emails cover the period from January last year until 25 May this year," WikiLeaks announced, on the main search page for the document drop.
Preliminary review of some e-mails indicate action by Democratic National Committee officials to support the Clinton presidential campaign over the presidential campaign of her chief rival, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), even before the outcome of the Democratic Party primaries was known.
In one e-mail, Democratic National Committee officials appeared to discuss the possibility of attacking U.S. Sen. Sanders over his religious beliefs, a contemplated move seen as unprincipled, if not discriminatory. A report filed by the journalist Sam Biddle for the news Web site The Intercept noted, in relevant part, that the Democratic National Committee "isn’t supposed to favor one Democratic candidate over another until they receive a nomination."
In another e-mail, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), had communicated with Phil Griffin, the president of the MSNBC cable news network, to express her displeasure at criticism U.S. Rep. Wasserman Schultz received from MSBNB talk show host Mika Brzezinski, who had, in turn, noted that the Democratic Party primary process, as had been managed by U.S. Rep. Wasserman Schultz, had been unfair to the campaign of U.S. Sen. Sanders.
The published e-mails appeared to validate long-standing concerns amongst members of the reform wing of the Democratic Party that officials with the Democratic National Committee had been supporting the Clinton presidential campaign. In one media interview, U.S. Rep. Wasserman Schultz admitted that the Democratic Party's reliance on a nominating system that included the use of superdelegates was intended to block the activist campaigns of grassroots leaders.
U.S. Rep. Wasserman Schultz and Mr. Miranda did not immediately answer an e-mail request sent by Progress Queens, asking for a response to allegations that the Democratic National Committee had been acting to subvert the campaign of U.S. Sen. Sanders.
The move by WikiLeaks to publish the e-mails on Friday appeared to have been strategically timed to maximise the embarrassment to the Clinton campaign.
The e-mails were published before the announcement was made by Clinton campaign officials that U.S. Sen. Timothy Kaine (D-Virginia) had been selected to serve as former First Lady Clinton's vice presidential running mate, the announcement of which, in turn, had itself been planned for an otherwise late Friday news dump. At times, the publishing by WikiLeaks of the 20,000 e-mails appeared to overwhelm word of the vice presidential running mate on social media networks, particularly on Twitter, where controversy arose over the unexplained disappearance of the top trending #DNCLeaks hashtag and reported difficulties in posting messages with link backs to the WikiLeaks Web site.
That the 20,000 e-mails were published in the week-end preceding the Democratic National Convention, which is set to being on Monday in Philadelphia, was also sure to inspire chatter across the full spectrum of Democratic Party members : from the establishment officials, who had been supporting the Clinton campaign from the outset, to the activist-liberal wing of the Democratic Party, which had been supporting the one-time, insurgent presidential candidacy of U.S. Sen. Sanders.
- Search the DNC email database [WikiLeaks]