Lately there has been a lot of discussion over who hacked Democratic Party files and whether it affected the US election. While waiting for the balls to drop, the controversy over charges that Russia was behind the hacks has become one of the top news stories. I don't understand this and I am hoping my readers can clue me in because, it seems to me that it wasn't the hacking of the emails that helped beat Hillary Clinton, it was their release to the media that did the damage.
Julian Assange said "a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta" - why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
#PodestaEmails2: People close to the Clintons pushing for "the less Bill [WJC] the better" due to his "sex life" https://t.co/jsCweWJR6A— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 10, 2016
In defense of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange argues that WikiLeaks long ago established itself as a place whistleblowers could send material for anonymous distribution to the media and that they were simply instruments carrying out their mission. He would probably also argue that if the one-sided exposures had a one-sided effect on the election that was not his fault, because had that 14 year old also hacked the RNC emails, Wikileaks would have published them to. Donald Trump has his own explanation of why the releases were so one-sided:
Gross negligence by the Democratic National Committee allowed hacking to take place.The Republican National Committee had strong defense!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2017
RELEASE: The Podesta Emails Part 11 https://t.co/wzxeh70oUm #HillaryClinton #imWithHer #PodestaEmails #PodestaEmails11 pic.twitter.com/jufiR7stMZ— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 18, 2016
RELEASE: The Podesta Emails Part 15 https://t.co/wzxeh70oUm #PodestaEmails #PodestaEmails15 #imWithHer #HillaryClinton pic.twitter.com/UxQZbrgxa1— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 22, 2016
RELEASE: The Podesta Emails Part 22 #PodestaEmails #PodestaEmails22 #HillaryClinton https://t.co/wzxeh70oUm pic.twitter.com/QnWewcpPbf— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 29, 2016
RELEASE: The Podesta Emails Part 36 #PodestaEmails #PodestaEmails36 #HillaryClinton #imWithHer https://t.co/wzxeh7hZLU pic.twitter.com/LAvSddeoG2— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 9, 2016
@wikileaks bring on #podestaemails37, TKSurprise, & JBSurprise, we shouldn't stop exposing the corruption just because @realDonaldTrump won!— lka (@lkaPolitical) November 12, 2016
@wikileaks TRUMP WILL PARDON ASSANGE— Russian Hacker 4Chan (@BrexitPlus) November 12, 2016
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