WikiLeaks issues another 2,000 emails hacked from Hillary Clinton’s campaign
Washington (Xinhua + DIPLOMAT.SO) – WikiLeaks on Thursday released nearly 2,000 emails it says hacked from the campaign of U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, bringing the total number of the hacked emails released in the past week to roughly 9,000.
The Thursday release is the sixth publication by WikiLeaks, which issued two separate batches on Wednesday following one per week day heading back to last Friday, hours after a tape recording Republican nominee Donald Trump’s lewd women remarks went public.
WikiLeaks says it has some 50,000 of such messages in total, all stolen from the archive of Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta.
The anti-secret group intends to release these hacked emails bit by bit for maximum political effect, said a The Hill daily news report.
Clinton’s campaign has refused to verify the authenticity of the emails, which stretch back for years, claiming that their release is evidence of Russia in a bid to help Trump win White House. Russia has denied the claim.
The leaked emails, including excerpts of previously secret speeches Clinton gave to Wall Street and a joke about Catholic, have embarrassed the Clinton campaign but so far been deeply overshadowed by Trump’s leaked lewd remarks on women and the split of Republican Party as a result.
Four women in the past 24 hours have accused the New York billionaire of uninvited kiss or groping them. Trump has denied all the accusations, calling them “total fabrication” and threatening lawsuits against the New York Times and some other media for such reporting.