Trump Invites Russia to Hack Clinton's Computer to Find 'Missing' Emails
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump encouraged Russia Wednesday to hack into the email server of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, to find "the 30,000 emails that are missing" from her time as secretary of state.
“It would be interesting to see. I will tell you this, Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Trump told reporters. "I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press."
He said Moscow "probably" already has the emails Clinton considered to be private and deleted from the private email server she used while she was the top U.S. diplomat from 2009 to 2013, during President Barack Obama's first term.
“They probably have them," Trump said. "I’d like to have them released. It gives me no pause, if they have them, they have them. If Russia or China or any other country has those emails, I mean to be honest with you, I’d love to see them.”
The Clinton campaign called Trump's statement the "first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against a political opponent."
A U.S. intelligence official familiar with the matter told VOA that Trump's comments would have no bearing on upcoming intelligence briefings Trump will receive as the Republican presidential candidate.
WikiLeaks releases stolen audio from Top Democrats' Leaked Emails
WikiLeaks released 29 audio recordings Wednesday that it said were taken from Democratic National Committee servers.
The voicemails, apparently copied from email accounts of seven DNC members, included party associates upset by Bernie Sanders' influence on the Democratic Party.
Reports say one caller did not want the Vermont senator to speak at the Democratic National Convention and was against Sanders' choices for the party's 2016 platform.
The latest release is the second in the last few days. The release of 20,000 emails just before the opening of the Democratic convention prompted the organization's chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to step down.
WikiLeaks, a group that publishes original documents from anonymous sources and leakers, released the data without indicating its source. The emails were sent during a 17-month period between January 2015 and May of this year. The DNC announced in June that its systems had been hacked.
Democratic officials said at that time that hackers based in Russia were responsible for the intrusion.
The party organization has not commented on the emails released by WikiLeaks, but neither has it disputed their authenticity.
The manager of Sanders' political campaign, Jeff Weaver, said the emails confirmed "what many of us have known for some time," that DNC members were "actively helping the Clinton effort and trying to hurt Bernie Sanders' campaign.''