Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives on stage on the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 27, 2016. (AFP photo)
The whistle-blowing website Wikileaks has released a series of hacked voicemails belonging to the US Democratic National Committee (DNC), shedding more light on its inner plot to help Hillary Clinton defeat Bernie Sanders.
A total of 29 audio files were published on the website on Wednesday night, during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where Clinton has been officially chosen as the party’s 2016 presidential nominee.
While some of the files were mundane recordings of simple call back requests from some voters, the others pointed to unhappiness among party supporters who did not like the growing popularity of Sanders, a one-time Democratic candidate.
“I’m furious about what you are doing for Bernie Sanders. He’s getting way too much influence…what I see is the DNC bending over backwards for Bernie, and Bernie is the worst person in the world to even be running in the Democratic Party because he’s not a Democrat,” a woman is heard saying in one of the messages.
The same lady attacks the Vermont senator’s decision to introduce prominent academic and activist Cornel West to the DNC platform committee.
“Why does the DNC allow such trash to be on the platform committee? I don’t understand it—you guys are losing me,” she fumes.
Bernie Sanders’ supporters gather at FDR Park on the second day of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 26, 2016. (AFP photo)
There are also messages from prominent party officials who are asking for more details about secret meetings at the White House, including ones with President Barack Obama.
One message shows William Eacho, the former US ambassador to Austria, inquiring more details about a dinner with Obama.
“Got a call last week my wife tells me from [DNC Chair] Debbie Schultz about a small dinner with President Obama this week,” he says.
The office of Elizabeth Bagley, a major Democratic Party donor and the former US ambassador to Portugal, tries to find out more about the invitation about a St. Patrick’s Day event at the White House.
The new leaks come days after thousands of DNC emails leaked by Wikileaks revealed an insider effort in the party to undermine Sanders’ bid for the White House.
Following the leak, mounting pressure on the DNC for its unfair treatment of Sanders forced Wasserman Schultz to step down from her position as the DNC chair.