Dark Skies Ahead? New N.Y.T. Sources Claim D.N.C. Email Hack Could Broaden

Controversial presidential candidate Hillary Clinton could be facing her own electronic version of the Whitewater Scandal amidst new speculation that the D.N.C.'s now-famed e-mail hack might actually extend much further than initially expected.

Per a recent report by the New York Times, the presumed Russian cyber attack that targeted and exposed multiple instances of seemingly fraudulent behavior within the Democratic party appears to include correspondences from "more than 100 party officials and groups" overall when all is said and done.

This news comes to the Times via anonymous "officials with knowledge of the case."

Despite accusations that the F.B.I. selectively ignored some facts in its decision not to recommend indictment against Clinton in July, the NYT noted that the agency could be considering its options to broaden its investigation into the now laundry list of D.N.C. officials whose personal email accounts may or may not have been hacked.

Officials have previously acknowledged that the hack extended to D.N.C.'s campaign committee, as well as a D.N.C. voter analytics program used by Clinton's campaign.

Now, the primary targets of the hack are believed to also include Clinton "campaign officials" and "party operatives," as well as number of party organizations.

This, of course, leaves Democratic party officials bracing, the New York Times continued, for a broadened expose of their recent wrongdoings via another batch of planned, timed email hack releases.

Of course, the hack has proven quite damaging to a number of Democratic officials in the recent past, including Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who the Inquisitr previously reported was forced to resign from her D.N.C. chair position, but was quickly aided by her presumed cohort, Hillary Clinton, and added to her presidential campaign following the now-famous WikiLeaks email data leaks.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Hillary Clinton
Perhaps no one element of corruption damaged the D.N.C. more than the group's now former chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose apparent inability to remain impartial during the Primary season made her the target of both e-mail hacks and calls for her job. Wasserman Schultz would resign in July and promptly join Clinton's campaign. [Photo by Joe Raedle / Getty Images]It is this batch of hacked emails that have fueled the fire for Bernie Sanders supporters claiming that the Democratic party system was rigged against him.

After the words of both Elizabeth Warren (who called the scandal "embarrassing" and called on the D.N.C. to apologize to Bernie Sanders, per USA Daily Politics) and Jill Stein (as documented by the Washington Times) in recent days, the nasty rumors appear to be at least somewhat true.

The New York Times quoted a U.S. intelligence agency as saying it has "high confidence" that the hack is the work of Russian cyberattackers. This news comes as F.B.I. agents briefed select House and Senate Intelligence Committees "last week" on the investigation.

Fortunately, no evidence exists that the hack in any way affected the emails of politicians or staff members serving the Intelligence Committee itself.

WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange has made no bones about the fact that he wishes to damage Hillary Clinton's presidential bid, despite the realization that she is likely untouchable. Assange has noted on numerous occasions that he has more D.N.C. hack material material -- upon which he sits -- that he plans to release over the next two months.

For its part, the WikiLeaks group that published the D.N.C. emails exposing fraud and other misdeeds in July announced that it will provide a $20,000 reward for information on the murder of former D.N.C. staff member -- and presumed whistleblower -- Seth Rich in front of his Washington, D.C., home, according to AOL. No items are believed to have been taken from Rich's person or his residence.

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange -- whose organization released a number of damaging e-mails related to collusion between Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party in July -- has come forward with a $20,000 reward for information regarding the death of former D.N.C. staffer Seth Rich. [Photo by Carl Court / Getty Images][Photo by Bill Pugliano / Getty Images]