Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign is suing the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for blocking it from accessing voter information available to the Hillary Clinton campaign.
The DNC banned Sanders’ camp from looking at information in a DNC database of potential voters. The Sanders campaign conceded that its digital director Josh Uretsky, who has been fired, obtained some internal Clinton campaign information by exploiting a vulnerability in the computer system.
The Sanders campaign is not taking the ban lying down.
“We are announcing today that if the DNC continues to hold our data hostage, and continues to try to attack the heart and soul of our campaign, we will be in federal court this afternoon seeking an immediate injunction,” said Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver.
“The leadership of the Democratic National Committee is now actively attempting to undermine our campaign. This is unacceptable,” Weaver added. “Individual leaders of the DNC can support Hillary Clinton in any way they want, but they are not going to sabotage our campaign — one of the strongest grassroots campaigns in modern history.”
The Clinton campaign information was made vulnerable due to an error made by the DNC’s tech contractor NGP Van.
NGP Van is run by Nathaniel Pearlman, who served as tech chief for Clinton’s 2008 campaign and supervised his second-in-command Bryan Pagliano, who went on to install the wildly insecure private email server that Clinton used for State Department business.