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How hackers have changed the game in this election

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How hackers have changed the game in this election

WATCH  | How hackers have influenced the 2016 election 

From Colin Powell to the Democratic National Committee, email leaks have changed conversations about this election.  Here's a look back at the flood of digital leaks. 

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gestures during a campaign stop at Temple University in Philadelphia, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

June: Julian Assange announces Wikileaks has Clinton documents

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange revealed in June that his organization would be publishing emails from Hillary Clinton.

"WikiLeaks has a very big year ahead," Assange said. 

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DNC Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., speaks during a Florida delegation breakfast, Monday, July 25, 2016, in Philadelphia, during the first day of the Democratic National Convention. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

July: DNC emails are leaked just before the convention

On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, the whistleblowing website posted nearly 20,000 emails stolen from the DNC.


Leaked by WikiLeaks, the emails suggested the committee was trying to undermine the Bernie Sanders campaign and ultimately forced the resignation of former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Security experts pointed the finger at suspected Russian hackers, but Assange wouldn't confirm or deny.

AugustGuccifer 2.0 releases cell phone numbers for House Democrats

Posted to a WordPress blog, the data contained the cell phone numbers and email addresses for House staff members and campaign aides. A hacker persona going by the name of "Guccifer 2.0" took credit for the hacking. 

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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2008, file photo, former Secretary of State Colin Powell is seen in Washington. Powell is defending himself following the release of a 2009 email exchange with Hillary Clinton, describing his use of a private, dial-up email account to carry out U.S. government business. Powell said in a statement Sept. 8, 2016, he viewed his use of private email to communicate with foreign leaders and U.S. officials as private conversations similar to phone calls. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

September: Colin Powell's email are hacked

The former Secretary of State's private emails were posted to the website DC Leaks. In them, he insulted Hillary Clinton and called Trump a "national disgrace."

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FILE - This is a Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 file photo of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holds a U.N. report as he speaks on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. A Swedish appeals court on Friday Sept. 16, 2016, upheld a detention order for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, dismissing the latest attempt by the 45-year-old Australian to make prosecutors drop a rape investigation from 2010. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

October? Julian Assange promises an October surprise

The WikiLeaks founder says his website will release "a lot more material" that will damage Hillary Clinton. 

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