As Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee attempt to tear the Bernie Sanders campaign to shreds, one can’t help but recall that time that Sanders, perhaps unwisely, spared her from scrutiny over the crime she committed with her private email server — the crime she desperately attempts to downplay. Also missing from the discussions of the data breech is the fact that the same thing happened in 2008, except Clinton’s campaign is the one who gained access, and naturally nobody was disciplined over it.
Late Thursday night, the DNC announced that they are cutting off the Sanders campaign’s access to its comprehensive 50-state voter file that lists voter patterns and preferences, which effectively halts their ability to reach out to voters.
“The DNC, in an inappropriate overreaction, has denied us access to our own data,” Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said. “In other words, the leadership of the Democratic National Committee is actively trying to undermine our campaign.”
What they failed to mention is the fact that this wasn’t the first time the firewall had went down, and that the Sanders campaign were the ones who originally alerted the DNC to the issue, in October — as their glitch meant that their own data was also left vulnerable.
“We were very concerned that large amounts of our own data was being downloaded and we contacted the DNC to remedy the situation,” Weaver told CNN. “We talked to them and we were assured that this was going to be taken care of. But apparently they are not competent in terms of maintaining the security of their data between the campaigns.”
They claim that during a 30-minute glitch in NGP VAN, the vendor that handles the DNC’s voter data, the firewall went down and a low-level Sanders staffer gained access to Clinton’s notes in the database. The staffer was fired, and the campaign maintains that they do not have any of the information that he had viewed.
On Friday evening however, Clinton’s Press Secretary Brian Fallon tweeted a dig at the Sanders campaign.
Four users linked to @SenSanders campaign steal data from a rival campaign. Only one is fired. Guess the others get a pat on the back
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) December 18, 2015
His claim contradicts the statement issued by NGP VAN, the company responsible for the faulty data software, who have confirmed that the data was visible to one user, who was not able to export or save it, for only a brief amount of time.
The exaggeration by the Clinton campaign is not only disturbing because of the lie, but also because Clinton herself has committed a far worse computer crime that Sanders was gracious enough to defend her over.
During the Democratic debate in October, Anderson Cooper asked Clinton about her email scandal and her upcoming testimony in front of Congress.
“I’ve taken responsibility for it,” Clinton responded, attempting to avoid the issue. “I did say it was a mistake.”
Instead of tearing her a new one for potentially putting national security at risk, Sanders interjected and declared, “I think the secretary is right, and that is, I think the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.”
As Clinton desperately tries to downplay the fact that she broke the law, her campaign is now attacking Sanders for a far more minor glitch. No matter what you think of the former first-lady, there are laws that specify which forms of communication government officials can use as part of their official duties, that are designed to provide transparency, and she personally broke them.
Making this attack on Sanders even more interesting, the same glitch happened back in 2008, except Clinton was the one who benefited. No disciplinary action was taken against her campaign — shocker, right?
Essentially what I am trying to say here is, Clinton has no business attacking Sanders over a mistake by a low-level campaign staffer.
Sanders sticks to the issues. He has not based his campaign on attacking Clinton, despite there being plenty of fodder out there to go after her with. Perhaps it is time Clinton and her cronies at the DNC do the same.
As Clinton raises money in private fundraisers with those who are elite enough to afford them, Sanders is out marching with the people and raising money from a whopping two million people with average contributions of $30 or less. He is meeting with activists, joining pickets, attending forums, and discussing issues that matter.
Demonstrating the love that Sanders is receiving by actually earning it, a petition to give the voter file back to the Sanders campaign had reached 228,311 signatures by Friday evening.
“We are taking on the establishment and I’m sure there are people within the Democratic establishment who are not happy about the overwhelming success that Bernie Sanders is having all across this country,” Weaver also stated. “But we are determined to win this campaign and we’re going to win this campaign by talking about the issues that are important to the American people. To do that we are going to need our data, which has been stolen by the DNC.”
His campaign has also filed a federal lawsuit against the Democratic Party for withholding their data.
“This is unacceptable. Individual leaders of the DNC can support Hillary Clinton in any way they want, but they are not going to sabotage our campaign – one of the strongest grassroots campaigns in modern history,” Weaver said in a statement.
Maybe Clinton should have just kept her notes on a private server, she gets away with it anyways.
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