The Clinton Foundation, which Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton co-founded, has reportedly been hacked by Guccifer 2.0, who posted several documents he claims are from the foundation’s computers showing major donors to the organization as well as banks making payments to Democratic lawmakers for their support for a bailout bill.
“I hacked the Clinton Foundation server and downloaded hundreds of thousands of docs and donors’ databases,” the hacker said in a statement posted online Tuesday.
Guccifer 2.0 said the recent hack was done after fan requests to expose the former first lady’s controversial charity foundation. “Hillary Clinton and her staff don’t even bother about the information security. It was just a matter of time to gain access to the Clinton Foundation server.”
The hacker suggested the leak was a shout out to Wikileaks and Julian Assange. “P.S. I’m pleased to congratulate Wikileaks on their 10th anniversary!!! Julian, you are really cool! Stay safe and sound!”
The most damning part of the leak is a spreadsheet which the hacker claims shows major U.S. banks that have paid thousands of dollars from bailout money they received under the government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program to several U.S. lawmakers in Congress as well as the Democratic National Committee and the party.
Bank of America, Capital One, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan are some of those listed that are alleged to have donated money to several House representatives such as Barney Frank, James Clyburn, Paul Kanjorski among others.
Guccifer 2.0 also provided a screenshot of the folders they accessed. One of them is named “pay to play,” which could suggest how some of the foundation’s wealthy donors were granted access to Clinton when she served as the U.S. secretary of state.
One spreadsheet posted by the website showed a master list of Clinton Foundation donors with contributions from 2009 to 2015. Among the names are movie directors JJ Abrams and Gore Verbinski; Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff; Google CEO Eric Schmidt; Walt Disney Co. President and CEO Robert Iger, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
The hacker posted a link to more documents but access to them is not currently possible due to high levels of traffic on the host site. According to Politico, the Clinton Foundation refuted the hacker’s claims.
"Once again, we still have no evidence Clinton Foundation systems were breached and have not been notified by law enforcement of an issue," a foundation official said. "None of these folders or files shown are from the Clinton Foundation."
Also reporting on the hack, the Daily Caller said that after reviewing the documents, “they appear to come mostly from the Democratic Party of Virginia. Other documents appear to come from the national Democratic party.”
Guccifer 2.0 was blamed for the massive hack on the DNC a few months ago, which exposed how leaders in the Democratic Party favored Clinton over Bernie Sanders and sought to jeopardize his campaign. The leaks led to the resignation of former chairwoman Debbie Wasserman and other high level officials.