Democratic Party says it was hacked
again, blames Russians
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[September 14, 2016]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of
the Democratic National Committee said on Tuesday the organization had
been hacked by Russian state-sponsored agents who were trying to
influence the U.S. presidential election, after a similar leak in July
roiled the party.
A link to the documents was posted on WikiLeaks' Twitter account and
attributed to alleged hacker Guccifer 2.0. The release came during a
presentation on Tuesday from a person speaking on behalf of Guccifer 2.0
at a London cyber security conference, Politico reported.
Reuters could not immediately access the documents.
"There's one person who stands to benefit from these criminal acts, and
that's (Republican presidential nominee) Donald Trump," DNC interim
Chair Donna Brazile said in a statement.
"Not only has Trump embraced (Russian President Vladimir)Putin, he
publicly encouraged further Russian espionage to help his campaign," she
Trump in July invited Russia to dig up emails from Clinton's time as
secretary of state, prompting Democrats to accuse him of urging
foreigners to spy on Americans. He later said he was speaking
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned as DNC chair on the eve of July's
Democratic National Convention after WikiLeaks published an earlier
trove of hacked DNC emails that showed party officials favoring eventual
nominee Hillary Clinton over U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders during the
party's nominating contests. Three other senior officials also stepped
down from the DNC after the leak.
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"We have been anticipating that an additional batch of documents stolen
by Russian agents would be released," said Brazile, who took over from
Wasserman Schultz on an interim basis.
Democratic Party sources said the party and Clinton's presidential
campaign were deeply concerned about possible publication by
WikiLeaks or other hackers of a new torrent of potentially
embarrassing party information ahead of the Nov. 8 election.
(Reporting by Eric Beech and Mark Hosenball; Editing by Peter
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