(ANTIMEDIA) Last Friday, Wikileaks released over 19,000 emails from top officials within the Democratic National Committee, including now-former chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The leak revealed a mountain of unethical and possible criminal behavior. Emails exposed the committee’s nonchalant racism toward blacks and latinos, employees’ strategies to undermine presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, which included guidance from one of Hillary Clinton’s lawyers, and cooperation with multiple major news outlets; one Politico writer even sent stories to the committee for approval before his own editor, to name a few revelations.
The story spread on social media in spite of reported censorship by both Twitter and Facebook. A statement from the Clinton campaign released Saturday expressed complete confidence in the way they had run their campaign. It also seemingly threw Schultz under the bus. Schultz resigned her position on Sunday, only to be immediately hired by Hillary Clinton. In a public statement, Clinton thanked her “longtime friend” for all of her hard work on the committee.
“There’s simply no one better at taking the fight to the Republicans than Debbie,” Clinton said, “which is why I am glad that she has agreed to serve as honorary chair of my campaign’s 50-state program to gain ground and elect Democrats in every part of the country, and will continue to serve as a surrogate for my campaign nationally, in Florida, and in other key states.”
In a bizarre twist, the initial statement from Clinton’s camp went on to blame the Russian government for the leak. Campaign manager Robert Mook appeared on ABC’s This Week Sunday morning, accusing Russia of leaking the emails to help Donald Trump. He referenced “experts” but no actual evidence.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange asserts “there is no proof whatsoever” to back up these claims, but Hillary’s friends at the FBI have now gotten involved. A spokesperson for the bureau announced Monday that an investigation had been launched.
“The FBI is investigating a cyber intrusion involving the DNC and are working to determine the nature and scope of the matter. A compromise of this nature is something we take very seriously, and the FBI will continue to investigate and hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace,” the agency said.
Listen, FBI: we know this is no surprise. Politicians have always been mocked and described as dishonest, corrupt crooks, and political campaigns aren’t exactly known for their integrity. However twisted and backward this system has become, though, the fact remains they are public servants. They are paid by the people to represent the people, yet they take the money and mislead the people. You’re not supposed to protect them when they get caught.
Scandals were exposed by investigative journalists long before Wikileaks started making waves in the political landscape. But times have changed — drastically. Major news networks now work with and for corrupt politicians, effectively helping them deceive the very people they claim to represent in order to gain power. As technology continues to evolve, investigative journalists and whistleblowers have been forced to adapt, utilizing the back alleys and underground tunnels of cyberspace to obtain and distribute information. Unequivocal freedom of the press has been bound, gagged, and kicked into a shallow grave by the U.S. government — and this is just another example of FBI mercenaries being sent to kill the messenger so it stays there.
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