WASHINGTON DC– WikiLeaksÂ released over 20,000 emails on Friday allegedly sent from the accounts of U.S. Democratic National Committee officials, including dozens of off the record media correspondence.
Dubbed the â€œHillary Leaks seriesâ€ by WikiLeaks, the leak is comprised of a searchable database of almost 20,000 emails withÂ over 8,000 attachments and photos from the email accounts of top DNC employees.
Campaign representatives of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton pointed the finger at Russia, saying the release of stolen emails was intended to help Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Some of the most interesting emails to read are those exchanged by DNC staffers as they decide how to respond to media inquiries,Â and thenÂ their off-the-record and deep background responses to numerous national media outlets.
The emails contained off the record correspondenceÂ with reporters at the Washington Post, Politico, and the Wall Street Journal, among others.
Wikileaks has not revealed the source of the leaked emails.The leak comesÂ just days before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, which runs July 25-28.
On Friday night, hours after the leak surfaced, Hillary Clinton confirmed her running mate to be Virginia Senator Tim Kaine.
Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she is stepping down as at the end of the party’s convention, which is set to begin Monday.
Her announcement that she was leaving had pro-Sanders supporters cheering during a demonstration in Philadelphia and Donald Trump and other Republicans crowing about the disarray among the Democrats.
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid wanted her out even before the leaked DNC emails scandal broke and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wouldn’t lift a finger to try and save her House colleague, sources said.
After the unity commission agreement, Sanders supporters seeking to pass amendments to abolish or curtail superdelegates opted against pursuing convention floor fights on the issue.
Sanders has made clear that he would like to see a full roll call vote at the convention, so that his delegates can show their support.
By Hannah Albarazi and CNN