WikiLeaks Rains On Clinton’s Parade: Were Your Details in Leaked Emails?

Mark O'Neill 27-07-2016

What is it with Hillary Clinton and emails? The week where she is formally nominated as the first female presidential candidate of a major US political party should be an opportunity for everyone (including the supporters of Bernie Sanders) to put the past behind them, and work together to defeat Donald “Skeletor” Trump, and his new BFF, Mike Pence.



But WikiLeaks put a stop to that wishful thinking by suddenly dumping 20,000 Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails online for all to see.

It didn’t paint many people in a very good light, and it vindicated Sanders’ complaints of a rigged process. The hack has already claimed the scalp of one prominent Democrat — Debbie Wasserman-Schultz — who was the chairperson of the Democratic party. The party has now formally apologized to Senator Sanders. To top it all off, any member of the public who contributed money to the Democrats this election cycle probably now has their details on WikiLeaks too.

And all of this before the convention has even started. Trump is probably at Castle Trumpskull right now, cackling and waving his fists in the air in delight.

Wait, Back Up a Bit… WikiLeaks Leaked More Emails?



Yes, Assange has been at it again. In his quest to get as much attention as possible, WikiLeaks uploaded 20,000 emails that were sent between January 2015 and May 2016, between Democrat officials during the contentious primary season between Clinton and Sanders. They prove bias and corruption, which are not exactly startling new revelations, but they have finally been proved.

Sanders is no longer the angry old man telling the kids to get off his lawn.



But here’s where it gets very interesting, because many media outlets are reporting that the email hack was done by two Russian hacking groups, entitled APT-28 and APT-29, with probable direct links to both the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (FSB), and Russian military intelligence (the GRU), respectively. That means Vlad “Mad” Putin’s fingerprints are most likely all over this devious plan to besmirch Clinton, and help get fellow macho man US Supreme Ruler Trump into power. If true, this would be the first time a US presidential candidate is being influenced by a foreign power (that we know of). Is it just me or does this remind you of The Manchurian Candidate?

Complicating matters is that someone claiming to be a lone hacker in Romania, online screen name Guccifer 2.0, insisting that they alone are responsible for the hack. But despite his/her protestations, all roads nevertheless lead back to Russia.

To quote an extensive and excellent write-up on Motherboard:

“When asked to explain his hack in Romanian, he was unable to respond colloquially and without errors. Guccifer 2.0’s English initially was also weak, but in subsequent posts the quality improved sharply, albeit only on political subjects, not in technical matters—an indication of a team of operators at work behind the scenes”.

The whole Motherboard article is well worth reading.


What Effect Will This Have on the Democratic Convention?

Political parties like their conventions to go smoothly. Controversy, divisiveness, and bickering are strictly verboten at these gatherings. The anger is supposed to be directed at the other side, not at their own side. That’s like soldiers on the battlefield turning their guns on their own comrades, instead of the enemy. There will be blood on the floor as a result.


So in short, it is not going to help the overall atmosphere. Things will be tense to say the least. And Clinton will come out of this looking more tarnished than ever. Despite making history as the first female nominee of a major US party, she will forever be accused of stealing or buying the nomination. And it will eventually be fodder for Trump to gloat at and make hay of. All thanks to the Russian government and WikiLeaks.

Suddenly voting for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson seems like a really good idea…


I Contributed: Are My Details Online Now?

Even though a lot of the emails paint a rather damning picture of the DNC displaying blatant discrimination towards Sanders, a lot of others drop Democrat donors right in it. For these emails are merely confirmation emails referring to donations from party members.

And as such, the trove on WikiLeaks contains emails with unredacted names, addresses, phone numbers, passport and social security numbers, and credit card payment details, including card numbers. In short, an identity thief’s ultimate wet dream 10 Pieces of Information That Are Used to Steal Your Identity Identity theft can be costly. Here are the 10 pieces of information you need to protect so your identity isn't stolen. Read More .


To see if you are in there, visit the WikiLeaks DNC emails site, and enter your name, as well as maybe the word “contribution”. If you do find yourself in there, I wouldn’t be too hopeful of having your details removed. Instead, focus on changing your credit card number and perhaps your phone number. It is possible to change your social security number but whether or not you can change your passport number due to an email hack is rather vague at best. Changing your name and address is perhaps rather extreme though.

In future, if you want to continue making political contributions and at the same time avoid another hack like this one, consider temporary email addresses Need a Disposable Email Address? Try These Great Services Need to send or receive an email without using your real address? Here are some great services that let you do just that. Read More , Skype numbers How To Use Skype As Your Main Home Phone Line It's 2013 - stop paying for a land line. If you've got broadband Internet you can set up Skype, pay for a subscription and and keep your total home phone bill under $5 a month... Read More (or a throwaway cellphone number 4 Good Reasons To Get an Emergency Burner Phone Your smartphone has tons of features, and that's a great thing. Sometimes, you just need a basic phone to keep around for emergencies. Let's look at why. Read More ), a postbox address instead of your actual residential address, making the contribution in the name of your company (if you are your own boss), and as far as payment goes, think about disposable credit card numbers How to Keep Your Credit Cards Safe When Shopping Online Read More .

Queen Hillary’s Coronation Ruined by Pesky Emails?

History was made when Hillary Clinton won the nomination, resulting in Bill mulling over being First Lady.


But will her long-planned ascent to glory and ultimate power be ruined by yet more emails, President-for-eternity Putin, and US Supreme Ruler Trump? Were you on the list of donors? If so, are you busy changing your name and going into hiding?

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  1. Anonymous
    July 28, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    When Julian Assange was leaking the names of hundreds of Afghan freedom fighters, causing them to be assassinated by the Taliban, where was the indignation, the outrage from the DNC and the Democrat leadership??? Now that their ox is being gored, the DNC and the Democrats are crying FOUL.

    "All thanks to the Russian government and WikiLeaks."
    Blaming the Russians and Assange is a copout. Let's put the blame squarely where it belongs, on the shoulders of Hillary and the DNC. If they hadn't tried to rig the process, there would be no scandal.

    Too bad that there is no NOTA (none of the above) choice on the November ballots.

  2. JimSpencer327
    July 28, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Hurrah for Mr. Assange, enough is enough of this woman passing herself off as a caring American who has our best interests at heart. More like a witch luring us into her web.

  3. KAL
    July 27, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    This article is totally out of place as a MUO posting.

    • Ryan Dube
      July 28, 2016 at 2:50 am

      On the other hand the issue of personal details being vulnerable is quite relevant in the Security arena. I'm sure plenty of people may be concerned about that.

  4. pd
    July 27, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Somebody, yes you Mr O'Neill, has been watching way too much John Oliver. Is this article an audition to get on Oliver's script writing team? Or just a very boorish example of today's internet cliche style? We don't all have to stoop down to the morose level of the orange-faced dictator-elect.

  5. Anonymous
    July 27, 2016 at 6:09 pm
  6. Anonymous
    July 27, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Soo.... Anyone do a search for the word "password" yet? Here's one I came up with and I'm sure there are plenty more:

  7. Anonymous
    July 27, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    With all due respect, while I understand the relevance of alerting readers that their personal data might suddenly be in the public domain, I fail to see the relevance of the rest of the article to MUO's tech publications.
    I agree with certain comments & qualifications mentioned in the article, I do think it is NOT fitting for MUO to publish politically charged reports. If I want a political angle MUO will certainly not be my 1st port of call, and I am sure many readers feel the same.
    I have said it before, I will say it again here, and I will keep saying it: whoever is in charge of editing these posts (Tina Sieber or other) is letting poor quality posts (in terms of tech content, new news value) get through. The kind of post above is the crowning of it all. I know I don't have to read the MUO articles, but IMO that would a rather attitude for MUO to take.

    • Mark O'Neill
      July 27, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      Hi Peter.

      I'm sorry you feel that way. As a rule, MUO tries to steer clear of politics, but in this case, we decided that it was in the reader's interest to be told that their personal details were perhaps part of the latest email hack. At the same time, we had to provide background and context for anyone not familiar with this situation, and to avoid any accusations of political favouritism, I made jokes at the expense of BOTH candidates.

      I am British. I really don't care what happens in November. So I did not adopt a partisan attitude when writing this. I just thought I would provide a fun read while adding the serious context of the email hack. I'm sorry you feel differently.

      • Anonymous
        July 27, 2016 at 5:05 pm

        Hi Mark, thanks for your quick reply. I agree providing background & context is always useful, but that could have been achieved in a very succinct manner. And even though you poked fun at both sides, IMO going on at length about politics in a a serious tech publication like MUO, whether you care or not what the outcome of the election will be, it is not fitting. You do more of a disservice to the site than provide good entertainment for the readers, unless of course MUO wants to be a tech cum entertainment publication.

        • Ryan Dube
          July 28, 2016 at 2:53 am

          Well...Mark is the king when it comes to entertaining readers, so I can't say he's ever done a disservice in that regard. People who know him well know that this article follows his same style that he's well known for whether he's writing about iPhone tips or Russian hackers.

          With that said, your feedback is relevant and important, and I'm glad you decided to offer it. We'll take it into account moving forward - while we do want to try and cover tech and security issues wherever they may come up, we also don't want readers to think that we're partisan in any way. So, thanks again.

    • Anonymous
      July 28, 2016 at 11:39 pm

      @Peter Buyze:
      Would your reaction still be the same if the emails in question belonged to RNC and Donald Trump?

      • Anonymous
        July 29, 2016 at 9:58 am

        You completely misunderstand my point, or perhaps you are looking to do so just to make an issue out of the wrong thing. I'll be brief about it. Whoever or whatever Mark's political comments would have been about, I would have made the same remarks. I do not read MUO articles to understand politics, I read it for tech news.

        So don't try to be the smart alec & discern patterns where there none. Thank you.

        • Anonymous
          July 29, 2016 at 6:34 pm

          I just asked a simple YES or NO question.

  8. mapsbam
    July 27, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Clinton is a criminal. If you vote for Clinton you are also a criminal.

    • Anonymous
      July 27, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      maybe more laws should be created so the criminals will break them #liberalLogic