The Democratic National Committee froze the Sanders campaign out of its life blood, its grassroots voter records, at a crucial point in the campaign. just one day prior to the Democrat debate, and weeks before Iowa’s caucus.
Bernie Sanders’ campaign threatened to take the DNC to federal court on Friday if it did not release Sanders’ proprietary computerized voter information.
Sanders’ campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, held a press conference on Friday saying the DNC was attempting to “sabotage” Sanders:
“The DNC, in an inappropriate overreaction, has denied us access to our own data.”
“In other words, the leadership of the Democratic National Committee is trying to undermine our campaign…if they hold our data hostage, we will be in federal court this afternoon seeking immediate relief.”
“We are running a clean campaign. We don’t need any dirty tricks.”
The Clinton campaign immediately leaked information about the breach to reporters, blaming Sanders for the entire problem.
DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), a loyal Clinton supporter, has long been accused of running an unfair primary contest.
She limited the number of debates to six, this compared to 12 Republican debates; an act that keeps Sanders from gaining name recognition.
The DNC chair also scheduled debate times when the fewest voters are likely to see them, on Saturday nights and in conflict with primetime NFL football games.
The DNC data vendor is responsible for maintaining a secure wall between the three campaigns.
During the lapse in security, Sanders’ and Clinton’s campaign voter file data was at-risk because there was no locked door between the campaigns.
Josh Uretsky, Sanders’ operative in charge of data information, was immediately fired.
He had attempted to document the failure for the purpose of providing a clear record to the vendor to resolve the issue.
According to MSNBC.com, Uretsky crossed the breached firewall, well aware that his troubleshooting actions (footprints) were easily traceable:
“I was trying to establish proof there was a problem, to make a clear record without taking any data, to prove we were able to access Clinton data, and I had to assume they had access to Sanders information.”
“I was trying to find out how exposed our data was. I didn’t expect Clinton to react this way.”
This is at least the second time the firewall has been breached, which means the vendor should have been replaced.
In October, Sanders’ data staff identified the same problem.
The glitch made Sanders’ campaign information available to the Clinton campaign, and the Sanders campaign also received a packet of data from the Clinton campaign.
The staff sealed the data off and notified the DNC.
Since Sanders’ people did not have access to the DNC audit, they had to assume that the glitch had been repaired.
It was not.
The DNC wants assurance there was no download of Clinton data before it will release Sanders’ database.
That could take weeks, if they drag their feet, and virtually kill the Sanders campaign.
They are running scared for sure now.