WikiLeaks recently released a series of emails targeting the Democratic Party and presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Revelations in the email dump included the reported nature of her relationship with Wall Street as determined by the content of private speeches.
The email dump played on a widely held distrust on Clinton’s transparency following her years-long email controversy.
During a Sunday guest appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Donald Trump surrogate and former New York City Mayor Giuliani told host Jake Tapper that he found WikiLeaks “refreshing:”
I find WikiLeaks very refreshing. This is the Hillary Clinton I always knew existed. I just never had proof of it.
Many Republicans criticized WikiLeaks for leaking classified documents after it’s inception in 2010. Several even called for founder Julian Assange’s execution. However, feelings have since appeared to shift.
Democrats have faced a summer full of email hacks and leaks, including one just before the Democratic National Convention leading to the resignation of former chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Another leak of former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s emails reveal that he may have advised Clinton on using a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State.
Current chair Donna Brazile said that Democrats were “victims of a cyber crime led by thugs.”