WikiLeaks have distracted, but not ruined, Clinton campaign

Matt Dallek, professor at George Washington University, says the WikiLeaks releases have distracted, but not crumbled the Clinton campaign.
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - A campaign marred by controversy is coming to a close. But an ongoing problem for Hillary Clinton isn’t going away. Emails released by WikiLeaks show the inner-workings of the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party, and it’s not all flattering.

A leaky faucet, exposing thousands of emails from Clinton and her aides. WikiLeaks putting a hitch in this campaign, one which Clinton has had to deal with since the Democratic National Convention.

"Certainly there are other things they’d like to be talking about," said Matt Dallek, a professor at George Washington University.

The Clinton campaign believes the Russian government is responsible for many of the hacks and feeding the documents to WikiLeaks. They include Clinton’s private Wall Street speeches that portray her as a wealthy elite, DNC plans to sabotage the Bernie Sanders' campaign, and the list goes on.

Dallek says, while the leaks have been a distraction, they haven’t been enough to take Clinton down, despite Donald Trump’s attempts to take advantage.

"Although it could account for some of the Republicans who said, ‘No, I’m not going to vote for Trump,’ maybe coming back into the fold saying, ‘OK, I will vote for him now,'" said Dallek.

The Clinton campaign is firing back, trying to tie Trump to the Russians.

"They don’t say a thing when it comes to Donald Trump and investigations against him, but when it comes to Hillary Clinton, for some reason they are more than happy to talk," said Robby Mook, Clinton's campaign manager.

Others are more concerned with the wider issues revealed by the leaks. Hans Von Spakovsky from the Heritage Foundation says they paint a grim picture of our political system.

"It really has exposed to the American people just how corrupt and how terrible some of the things are that are done behind the scenes," said Von Spakovsky.

He points to recently released emails from Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, showing his close ties with the Justice Department lawyer handling Clinton’s email investigation.

"The system that has developed in Washington now for a very long time, is filled with individuals who try to use government for their own advantage," said Von Spakovsky.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is promising to release more documents through Election Day.

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