The Democratic National Committee has had its hands full dealing with the recent cyber hacks and its upcoming convention. On Monday, June 13, 2016, “Time” reported, a cyber security firm CrowdStrike, was hired by the Democratic National Committee. It was also announced that two groups affiliated with Russian intelligence were responsible for infiltrating the Democrat’s network and stealing a ream of confidential election-related information. The “New York Post” argues, the Democratic National Committee missive from May 26, 2015, declared the committee’s goal and strategies for the 2016 presidential campaign were to offer a contrast between Hillary Clinton and her democratic competition.
This information was leaked last year, which shows the Democratic National Committee was dedicated to Clinton even when current Vice President Joe Biden was still considering his presidential run. The hack of the Democratic National Committee can be viewed as a double-edged sword, especially with the upcoming 2016 convention because, once again, the committee is unable to support proper cyber security measures. On June 15, 2016, a hacker, commonly referred to as Guccifer 2.0, claimed to be the responsible party for the recent hack on the Democratic National Committee’s servers. Guccifer 2.0 also mentioned there was no affiliation with Russian intelligence.
The stolen information included a 200-page document consisting of opposition research on Donald Trump conducted by the Democratic National Committee. By Thursday, June 16, 2016, there were several reports that Guccifer 2.0’s claims were provided to generate doubt about CrowdStrike’s report that the Russian intelligence community was behind the attack. At the same time, Trump raised the possibility there was no hack but an unofficial leak of the documents. Trump argued, the documents were full of negative stories about him, which would be of no interest to Russian intelligence but valuable to the Democratic National Committee’s mission.
The official message from Guccifer 2.0 clearly stated the hack was very simple and similar to the multiple hacks of Clinton’s email. Guccifer 2.0 also focused on the idea that this was not the first or the last hack with the upcoming conventions approaching. The other documents released in the recent hack were internal memos and donor lists for the Democratic National Committee. It has also been suggested, if the hackers turn out to be Russian after all, it is clear their government is attempting to spy on domestic United States politics.
CNN Politics reported that Bernie Sanders vowed to work with Clinton to defeat Trump, even though he has still not ended his presidential campaign. This cohesive approach to politics is important for the Democratic National Committee, especially after the hack and with the upcoming convention. Sanders stated, “the major political task of the next five months is to make certain Trump is defeated in November.” He was also clear to explain he and Clinton held different viewpoints associated with the future of the United States but knew these viewpoints were more in line than anything proposed by Trump.
Additionally, Sanders also vowed to maintain the energy of his presidential campaign as the convention approaches in July 2016. At the same time, Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver clarified the campaign was no longer seeking superdelegates. The Democratic National Committee was clear there needs to be teamwork within the party, in light of the recent hack and the upcoming convention.
Therefore, the Democratic National Committee is aware the party needs to be unified by the upcoming convention. It is argued the unification is essential to support the defeat of the Trump campaign, which has been filled with racist and sexist rhetoric that has appealed to the base of the Republican party. At the same time, the Democratic National Committee is not concerned Sanders’ supporters are going to vote for Trump, however, they will choose to stay home and refuse to participate in the election process.
By Kristina Lasher
Edited by Jeanette Smith
Time: Why It Matters Who Hacked the Democratic National Committee
The Smoking Gun: DNC Hacker Releases Trump Oppo Report
New York Post: Hillary had the deck stacked against Bernie from the start
CNN Politics: Sanders vows to help Clinton fight Trump
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