WikiLeaks on Monday issued a warning to MSNBC's Joy-Ann Reid after she teased a segment on her program about an "affinity" between the website, GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll MORE and Russia.
@JoyAnnReid You are pushing a discredited conspiracy theory. There is no affinity, whatsoever. Our lawyers will monitor your program.— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) July 24, 2016
Reid responded on Twitter, including a link to a tweet by BBC reporter Kim Ghattas, who wrote: "Wow. Wiki leaks is now into intimidating journalists."
WikiLeaks made waves on Friday by releasing a huge trove of internal emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
The hacked emails included what appears to be evidence of a concerted effort by DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other party officials to thwart the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows - Russia standoff over Ukraine dominates Sanders says Biden can't count on him to support 'almost any' spending package compromise Sanders says Republicans are 'laughing all the way to Election Day' MORE (I-Vt.) during the primary season. Wasserman Schultz resigned Sunday and will serve as an honorary chair on presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNo Hillary — the 'Third Way' is the wrong way The dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat MORE's campaign instead.
According to CNN, U.S. officials briefed on the investigation into the compromised DNC emails now suspect Russian hackers are part of a bigger effort targeting political organizations and Washington, D.C., think tanks.
On ABC's "This Week," Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, said the emails were leaked right before the Democratic National Convention “by the Russians for the purpose of helping Donald Trump,” citing “experts." Mook could not offer any evidence for the claim.
Trump's campaign manager, Paul Manafort, dismissed the theory on the same program to host George Stephanopoulos when asked if there were any ties between Trump and the Russian government.
“No, there are not," Manafort said. “That’s absurd. And, you know, there’s no basis to it.”