The Democratic National Committee has suspended the Bernie Sanders campaign from accessing its master list of key voter data systems in response to a breach the campaign committed against confidential information compiled by the Hillary Clinton campaign.
The “master list,” as it’s called, is compiled by the DNC and rented out to campaigns so candidates can get an in depth look at key voter demographics heading into the primary season which is set to begin within months.
The issue at hand happened when a patch update was being applied to the system’s software and allowed an opening into a window that holds proprietary information from other campaigns such as Clinton’s. Four Sanders campaign staffers then accessed the Clinton data at the direction of Josh Uretsky, an operative.
Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver said that Uretsky was fired and that his actions were “unacceptable.” Uretsky attempted to justify the actions, blaming the glitch and claiming that the Sanders campaign got no benefit:
We investigated it for a short period of time to see the scope of the Sanders campaign’s exposure and then the breach was shut down presumably by the vendor. We did not gain any material benefit.
He then went on to blame the DNC for hiring the software vendor, NGP VAN, saying “Sadly, the DNC is relying on an incompetent vendor who on more than one occasion has dropped the firewall between the various Democratic candidates’ data.”
So this staffer knowingly chose to look at data he knew is supposed to be classified to another campaign and then blames it on the technology vendor that was updating a patch?
Weaver also blamed the vendor for “allowing” the glitch to happen, as if technology is magically unable to produce glitches when updates are being put into place. That never happens.
The Sanders campaign will be suspended until they can prove to the DNC that it does not have anymore access to the records the glitch allowed them to see.
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