Bernie Sanders and his campaign were proven truthful once again as an independent investigation into a data breach found that the DNC grossly overreacted by cutting off his access to voter data.
Four months ago, a firewall failure in the DNC’s shared database prompted party chairperson Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to improperly cut off Sanders’ access to his own voter data files. Sanders and his campaign responded by filing suit against the DNC and demanding an independent investigation into the details of the breach.
On Friday, the Sanders campaign issued a statement detailing the investigation findings.
“The DNC’s security failures allowed four Sanders campaign staffers … to have extremely short-lived access for one hour to Hillary for America’s scoring models, but not to any of Hillary for America’s proprietary voter data.
“No one else in the Sanders campaign, outside these four staffers, accessed the Hillary for America’s scoring models or had knowledge that the activity was taking place until well after the incident was over.
“With one exception, all unauthorized access took place within the DNC’s own system. While there is evidence that the terminated staffer may have exported a summary data table, the independent investigation of Sanders campaign computers could not locate that file and no one in the Sanders campaign has ever seen that file.”
Shortly after the data breach occurred, Wasserman-Schultz accused the Sanders campaign of not responding to requests for information about what happened. This was her rationale for cutting off access to data. During an interview with MSNBC, Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver held up his phone displaying proof that he had, indeed, been in contact with her, and was willing to provide more information about it.
Because of the favorable outcome of the investigation, the Sanders campaign chose to withdraw its lawsuit against the DNC, satisfied that it has been vindicated in any wrongdoing. It also proves that Wasserman-Schultz overreacted to the data breach and broke DNC rules by not giving the campaign 10 days to remedy the situation before cutting off access to the database.
For the duration of the Democratic primary, Sanders rival and DNC favorite Hillary Clinton has attempted to paint Bernie Sanders in a negative light. The data breach was just one in a laundry list of attempts to discredit the Vermont senator.
After the DNC lockout didn’t budge Sanders, the Clinton campaign started playing dirty. In January, Inquisitr reported that her daughter, Chelsea, falsely accused Sanders of wanting to take away people’s healthcare. During a campaign event, Chelsea claimed that Sanders wanted to “dismantle” the ACA, the CHIP program, Medicare and even private health insurance. In essence, she made it appear that Bernie Sanders wanted to get rid of all forms of healthcare, which was patently false.
In early April, a Greenpeace activist asked Clinton if she would stop accepting future donations from the fossil fuel industry. Clinton fired back, jabbing her finger close to the young woman’s face, by accusing the Sanders campaign of spreading lies about her.
The next day, though, Sanders’ campaign provided evidence that Clinton had already received $4.5 million from industry lobbyists and individuals who work in the industry.
And then there was the time when Clinton tried to convince everyone that Bernie Sanders was nowhere to be found back in the 1990s when she was trying to get her own universal healthcare plan off the ground. Once again, the Sanders campaign quickly dug up photos and video proving that he was, indeed, right by her side through it all. Literally.
Wasserman-Schultz has tried to sound neutral, but an interview she gave to CNN belied her motives for cutting off Sanders’ access to voter data in December. In February, she told Jake Tapper that delegates are a way for the party candidate to be protected from a grassroots campaign. In just one sentence, she revealed who she supports, and it isn’t Senator Bernie Sanders.
Clinton and the DNC have made Sanders’ primary run more difficult than it needed to be. The conclusion of the data breach investigation proves once again that Sanders told the truth. It would be wishful thinking to hope for the same from the Clinton camp.
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