DNC sues Russia, Trump campaign, WikiLeaks over poll meddling

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Friday filed a multi-million-dollar law suit in Manhattan federal court against the Trump campaign, the Russian government and Wikileaks accusing them of conspiring to disrupt the 2016 presidential election and swing it in Trump’s favour.

Tom Perez, DNC chief, gave a patriotic pitch to the law suit by saying if Trump won’t protect American democracy, Democrats will as it is their obligation to the people.

He called the Trump campaign-Russia ‘conspiracy’ a rare treachery in which the help of a hostile foreign power was illegally sought to ensure victory for the Republican presidential nominee.

DNC said Russia, hoping favourable policies from the future US government, partnered with the Trump campaign to attack American democracy and defeat Hillary Clinton.

In 2015 and 2016, Russia succeeded in infiltrating into the Democratic Party computer network and other electronic accounts, collecting trade secrets and other private data and sending them to Wikileaks. They rigorously followed the strategy of boosting Trump and attacking Clinton.

The suit alleges conspiracy, computer fraud and abuse, misappropriation of trade secrets, trespass and other violations of the law against the accused.

Among the defendants are President Donald Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr, son-in-law Jared Kushner, former campaign chief Paul Manafort, campaign official Richard Gates, and Trump ally Roger Stone.

Others include Russian Federation, a Russian intelligence services hacker known as Guccifer 2.0., Wikileaks and its leader Julian Assange, and 10 unidentified people.

DNC said while the damage has been done, the suit has been filed to hold the defendants accountable for their misconduct.