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Clinton team accuses Sanders of theft

Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook on Friday lashed out at Bernie Sanders’ campaign over a data breach he characterized as a multimillion-dollar theft aimed at making money off the front-runner’s voter files.

“This was not an inadvertent glimpse into our data, it was not as the Sanders campaign has described it, as a mistake,” Mook said on a conference call with reporters hours after the news broke.

“They have, in fact, stored the data that they found on the file, data that belonged to us,” he said. “The Sanders campaign has tried to downplay what this means, so I want to be very, very clear: This was data that took millions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours to build.”

Sanders’ campaign admitted its staffers had inappropriately reviewed and saved Clinton campaign data made available as a result of a software error. In response, the Democratic National Committee suspended Sanders’ access to the database, effectively crippling the underdog’s ground game — and leading Sanders to sue the party in federal court on Friday night for breach of contract.

But Mook rejected the Sanders’ team efforts to make itself look like the victim of a DNC effort to help Clinton win. He said Sanders now has access to the “fundamental keys of our campaign” and the “strategic road map.”

“They stole data as a reason to raise money for their campaign,” he said.

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