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Does this leaked email show how Democrats really feel about Black Lives Matter?


Does this leaked email show how Democrats really feel about Black Lives Matter?

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An email allegedly hacked from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's personal computer is sparking controversy for apparently showing how Congressional Democrats talk about the Black Lives Matter movement behind closed doors. 

The email, sent by a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee staffer in November 2015, calls Black Lives Matter "a radical movement."  It also gives advice for dealing with BLM activists, saying Democratic candidates should "listen to" them but should not "offer support for concrete policy positions."

The memo, shown above, was sent by Troy Perry, who now works on Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Memo gives guidance on dealing with BLM

"If approached by BLM activists, campaign staff should offer to meet with local activists. Invited BLM attendees should be limited," the memo reads.

"Please aim for personal or small group meetings. Listen to their concerns. Don't offer support for concrete policy positions. Frontline district staff should meet with activists."

 BLM reacts, DCCC responds

Some BLM leaders were not particularly happy with the contents of the email leak, writing in a Facebook post that "black communities deserve to be heard, not handled."

In a statement to Buzzfeed News,  a spokesperson for the DCCC said the organization "highly respects and values" the Black Lives Matter movement, and that it "welcomes further engagement" with the movements' leaders and activists.

We will not allow this hacking to distract from our common goals nor disparage the BLM movement.
DCCC statement to Buzzfeed News

Here's the full Facebook statement from Black Lives Matter.

Same hacker as DNC emails

The memo was reportedly leaked by the hacker Guccifer 2.0, who also claimed responsibility for the Democratic National Committee email leak earlier this summer.

That leak saw thousands of DNC emails released on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. Many of those emails appeared to show some DNC staffers giving unfavorable treatment to then-presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).  

Former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned in the wake of that release. 

Guccifer 2.0 linked to Russia

Though Guccifer 2.0 has insisted he's Romanian, evidence has been mounting that the hacker may be linked to Russian intelligence.

Pelosi has also been repeatedly insisted that the hacks into DNC and DCCC emails were conducted by Russia.

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