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Vermont — It took a federal lawsuit and four months to straighten out the mess caused by the Democratic National Committee prior to the first Iowa Caucus when it shut down the Bernie Sanders Campaign access to its own voter file data, claiming that Hillary Clinton’s voter file data had been stolen.
Conveniently, Sanders was shut out of his own voter data files just prior to caucus date.
Now four months later, an independent investigation has revealed what the Sanders Campaign has contended: That the Sanders Campaign never had access to Clinton’s Strategic Road Map and never stole any Clinton data base or DNC data.
The investigation noted that four junior level staffers and a manager hired on the recommendation of the DNC and immediately fired due to firewall insecurity had access to Hillary for America scoring models, but not to any of Hillary for America proprietary voter data.
With one exception, all unauthorized access took place within the DNC’s own system While there is evidence that the terminated staffer may have exported a summary data table, the independent investigation could not locate that file on Sanders’s computers, and no one in Sanders campaign has ever seen that file.
The Sanders campaign has withdrawn its lawsuit and recommends that the DNC work to stabilize its system.