When it rains (documents), it pours (documents).
The hack on the Democratic National Committee that caused Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to step down from her chairwoman post this past July expanded in scope Tuesday night when internet user Guccifer 2.0 leaked about 670 megabytes more in secret files, NBC News reported. Hillary Clinton running mate Tim Kaine's cell phone number and voter redistricting papers were among the items made public.
Even though officials have said they think the hacker is based in Russia, the DNC took the leak as an opportunity to criticize Republican nominee Donald Trump.
"There’s one person who stands to benefit from these criminal acts, and that’s Donald Trump," DNC interim chairwoman Donna Brazile wrote in a statement posted online Tuesday. "Not only has Trump embraced Putin, he publicly encouraged further Russian espionage to help his campaign. Like so many of the words Trump has uttered this election season, his statements encouraging cybercrime are dangerous, divisive and unprecedented."
Brazile, who took over for Wasserman Schultz after exposed emails showed the Florida congresswoman preferred Clinton over Bernie Sanders, was likely referencing a previous comment by Trump encouraging Russian hackers to get involved in the Democratic nominee's email scandal. Clinton, who used a private email server while secretary of state, deleted about 30,000 emails she determined to be personal before handing the messages over to the State Department for investigation.
Trump later suggested the hackers search for them. "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing, I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press," he said at a news conference in July.
Brazile, in her statement Tuesday, said the party had known there were more documents coming from "Russian agents." However, Guccifer 2.0 told Motherboard that he's Romanian, not Russian. He released the documents after delivering remarks — by proxy — at a cyber security conference Tuesday in London, Forbes reported.
Trump didn't reply Tuesday to a Reuters request for comment on the new leak, and as of Wednesday morning, he hadn't yet tweeted about the hack. But his son Donald Trump Jr. linked to an article about it, adding "Here we go again."