Hours after WikiLeaks held an early morning press conference commemorating their 10th anniversary, hacker Guccifer 2.0 released a trove of documents he claimed were from the Clinton Foundation. WikiLeaks tweeted the 800+MB of files hacked by Guccifer 2.0 shortly after. The documents include several Democratic National Committee (DNC), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and Virginia Democratic Party documents, though Guccifer 2.0 said he obtained them in a hack from the Clinton Foundation.
The Clinton Foundation has denied this. Alleged communication files were leaked from the Clinton Foundation to the Observer upon request through Guccifer 2.0’s Twitter account, but the Clinton Foundation has not yet responded to a request for a statement on those specific documents.
The most embarrassing file leaked in the release suggests that several Democratic congressmen received kickbacks from big banks in exchange for the bailout of the financial industry after the 2008 economic recession. An excel spreadsheet released in the leak said big bank TARP recipients donated over $37 million in the 2007-08 campaign cycle, with Democrats receiving 57 percent of those donations.
“The Hispanic Constituency team goal is to help establish a ‘positive’ spin in the media that will concentrate around the highlights of President Obama’s accomplishments and his vision for the Hispanic community,” read a document from 2012 with the header, “Hispanic Media Plan.” The plan also advised using “Weekly columns, letters to the editor, op-eds and other print media & Digital media campaign by DNC and surrogates.”
In August, Politico reported Democratic Party leaders planned to claim future leaks included fabricated content from the Russians, but the contact information for many of the donors listed in the documents appears to be accurate. Virginia Democratic Party executive director Tom Buneo’s credit card information was leaked under Democratic National Convention files, along with copies of lease agreements for the offices of the Virginia Democratic Party.
DCCC finance director Melissa Kurek’s mortgage statement and 2015 W-2 were also released in the leaks (like nearly every DNC and DCCC staff member, Kurek was an avid Clinton supporter throughout the primaries). “The Democratic National Party was aware that its systems were deficient from a security perspective and its records had been compromised in 2015,” noted WikiLeaks in their anniversary press packet. “Yet the DNC lied to donors and said no financial information had been compromised. This lie means that the DNC broke the mandatory US security laws of notification of breach, namely DC Code §28-3853.”
A 19-page Red-to-Blue profile packet of Democratic Congressional candidates the DCCC was fundraising for was leaked, showing the DCCC overtly backs preferred candidates in Democratic congressional primaries.
A folder titled “pay-to-play” was also included, consisting of opposition research on Republicans in Congress, citing bills they supported while receiving campaign donations from entities who benefit from their stance.