presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens as Bernie Sanders makes a
point July 12, 2016 at a rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. (AFP
website WikiLeaks has published nearly 20,000 emails from members of
the US Democratic National Committee (DNC), raising suspicions about its
impartiality during the Democratic primary.
email exchanges between seven top DNC members were released by
WikiLeaks on Friday, pointing to an insider effort to undermine the
presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton’s rival, Bernie Sanders,
including several stinging denunciations of him and his organization.
development came only days before the formal nomination of Clinton –
former First Lady, New York Senator and the Obama Administration’s first
secretary of state — at the party’s convention in Philadelphia.
is while Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has waged an
on-line campaign to sow discord among the Democrats by insisting that
the leaked emails point to a scheme by Democratic Party officials to
destroy Sanders and are proof of the Democrats’ manipulative system.
news of the leaks took center stage on social media, threatening to
upend the Democrats’ messaging and steal attention from a chaotic and
divided Republican National Convention, which concluded Thursday night.
email exchanges will potentially reopen the wounds of a bitter
Democratic primary season, just as the party kicks off its own national
conference designed to highlight a unified and energized party.
to the leaks, Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver said, “someone in
the DNC needs to be held at least as accountable as the Trump campaign,”
for a controversy involving Melania Trump’s speech earlier this week,
which was taken from a past speech by Michele Obama.