Tim Kaine, the Democratic nominee for vice president, addressed the latest WikiLeaks threat which is specifically targeting him.
Appearing on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press,’ Kaine shrugged off the tweet sent by WikiLeaks on Thursday that the group has a “surprise in store” for Kaine and the interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, Donna Brazile.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 20, 2016
The website has continued taunting the nominee over the weekend, again taking to Twitter on Sunday shortly after Kaine appeared on ‘Meet the Press’ and discussed the WikiLeaks document dumps.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 23, 2016
On Saturday, the candidate told the Associated Press that he had nothing to be “overly embarrassed about,” and that he was a “regular human being.” Asked about any potential embarrassing or nasty emails he may have been a party to, Kaine said that “I would say it would not be my norm. I do have a temper so, I mean, I imagine I’ve got an email or two out there that people might find unusual.”
The former Virginia Governor pointed to the thousands of emails that were released from his time as governor and said that there was nothing that embarrassed him.
For more than two weeks, WikiLeaks has released 16 batches so far of a trove of emails which were hacked from Clinton Campaign chair John Podesta’s email account, making public some of the inner workings of the campaign. Among the emails have also been some of the long-sought transcripts of Hillary Clinton’s paid speeches to Wall Street bankers, including speeches Clinton made to Goldman Sachs in 2013.
The White House and U.S. intelligence agencies have officially blamed Russian actors for the hacks, accusing Russia of meddling in the U.S. elections.
On ‘Meet the Press,’ Kaine followed the script of the Clinton Campaign and U.S. intelligence agencies.
“These are connected to a Russian government propaganda effort to destabilize the election, to affect the outcome of the election. The motive for them is very, very important for Americans to understand because this is near historic. And then the one that has referred to me was flat-out completely incorrect.
I don’t know whether it was doctored or whether the person sending it didn’t know what they were talking about, but, clearly, I think there’s a capacity for much of the information in them to be wrong.”
WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, have orchestrated a months long campaign of undermining the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton, specifically, in what the U.S. government believes an endeavor in concert with the Russian government.
On Saturday, WikiLeaks seemed to make its motives and intentions clear as it tweeted once again:
Leak early, leak often: If WikiLeaks had obtained Clinton emails earlier, US voters could have chosen Sanders v Trump. So do it. Do it now.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 22, 2016
Clinton’s Press Secretary Brian Fallon was quick to respond on behalf of the campaign:
WikiLeaks makes its Trump endorsement official — not that it was a secret prior to now.https://t.co/mrdleKWqaV
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) October 22, 2016