In an interview on Yahoo News, a top Bernie Sanders campaign adviser accused the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the tech firm that is contracted to manager the DNC voter-file, NGP VAN, of “leaking information” and “stonewalling the investigation” into the data breach that occurred two weeks ago.
A staffer on the Sanders campaign breached Hillary Clinton’s DNC voter file in what he claimed was an attempt to show weaknesses in the DNC computer systems.
That staffer was immediately fired, but the DNC suspended the Sanders campaign‘s access to their own voter file, essentially hobbling the campaign.
While their access was quickly restored, the Sanders campaign accused the DNC of heavy handedness and particularly accused DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of favoritism for Hillary Clinton.
Now, the campaign is going even further, implying that their staffer who initiated the breach, Josh Uretsky , was a plant by the DNC to sabotage their campaign.
“It’s not as if we conjured this guy Josh from thin air. This is an individual … who was recommended to us by the DNC and NGP VAN,” the adviser said.
Last Friday, Dec. 18, the Sanders campaign filed a lawsuit against the DNC over the suspension of their access to their voter list.
That lawsuit is still ongoing and the Sanders campaign hopes it will lead them to the answers they say that the DNC are unwilling to give.
At the time of the filing of the lawsuit, Jeff Weaver, Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager accused the DNC of attempting to sabotage their campaign in favor of Hillary Clinton.
“By their action, the leadership of the Democratic National Committee is now actively attempting to undermine our campaign. This is unacceptable. Individual leaders of the DNC can support Hillary Clinton in any way they want, but they are not going to sabotage our campaign — one of the strongest grassroots campaigns in modern history,” Weaver said.