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Website that published hacked material during the 2016 election year.

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Started: 2016

In its own words:
"DCleaks is a new level project aimed to analyze and publish a large amount of emails from top-ranking officials and their influence agents all over the world.

The project was launched by the American hacktivists who respect and appreciate freedom of speech, human rights and government of the people. We believe that our politicians have forgotten that in a democracy the people are the highest form of political authority so our citizens have the right to participate in governing our nation. The authorities are just lobbying interests of Wall Street fat cats, industrial barons and multinational corporations’ representatives who swallow up all resources and subjugate all markets.

We believe U.S. citizens have the right to know how domestic and foreign policies of the United States are shaped and who the real policy maker is.

Our aim is to find out and tell you the truth about U.S. decision-making process as well as about the key elements of American political life.

There are no borders or censorship for DCleaks. We are open for cooperation and ready to get valuable information, check its validity and to make it available to the public."
Constitutes: Leak site

Main focus: DNC, Hillary Clinton, Philip Breedlove, Open Society Foundations, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Michele Bachmann

DCLeaks is a website that was set-up during the 2016 election year.[1][2][3][4] It leaked hacked emails of different prominent political figures in the US and was determined to be operated by the Russian hacker group Fancy Bear (also known as APT28).[5][6]


On August 12, 2016, the press reported that one DNC computer had been breached for nearly a year, from the summer of 2015 and another in April 2016. The attacker was knocked out of its network during the weekend of June 11 and 12, 2016.[7]

In late June 2016, Guccifer 2.0 informed reporters to visit the DCLeaks website for emails stolen from Democrats. With the WikiLeaks disclosure of additional stolen emails beginning on July 22, 2016, more than 150,000 stolen emails from either personal Gmail addresses or via the DNC that were related to the Hillary Clinton 2016 Presidential campaign were published on the DCLeaks and WikiLeaks websites.[8]

On July 1, 2016, DCLeaks released the emails of four-star General Philip Breedlove, the former NATO supreme commander in Europe. The emails allegedly show that Breedlove sought to overcome President Barack Obama's reluctance to escalate military tensions with Russia over the Russo-Ukrainian War in 2014.[9][10]

On August 12, 2016, DCLeaks released roughly 300 emails from Republican targets, including the 2016 campaign staff of Arizona Senator John McCain, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, and 2012 presidential candidate and former Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann.[11] The release included 18 emails from the Illinois Republican Party.[12]

On August 12, 2016, DCLeaks released information about more than 200 Democratic lawmakers, including their personal cellphone numbers.[13] The numerous crank calls that Hillary Clinton received from this disclosure along with the loss of her campaign's email security caused a very severe disruption of her campaign which subsequently changed their contact information on October 7, 2016, by calling each of her contacts one at a time.[8]

On August 15, 2016, DCLeaks released 2,576 files predominately related to George Soros' Open Society Foundation. The leak included the Foundation's internal work plans, strategies, priorities and other worldwide activities by Soros.[14][15][16]

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  1. https://www.ibtimes.co.uk/meet-dcleaks-wikileaks-like-website-reportedly-run-by-russian-spooks-1577425
  2. https://nationalpost.com/news/world/dcleaks-posts-what-appears-to-be-a-scan-of-michelle-obamas-passport-prompting-hacking-concerns
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20160823084110/http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/08/22/turns-out-you-cant-trust-russian-hackers-anymore/
  4. https://dcleaks.com/index.php/about/
  5. https://www.threatconnect.com/blog/does-a-bear-leak-in-the-woods/
  6. http://archive.today/2018.08.13-161638/https://themoscowproject.org/collusion/russian-government-hackers-launch-dcleaks-website/
  7. http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/291297-report-russia-tried-to-start-own-wikileaks
  8. a b https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-11-03/inside-story-how-russians-hacked-the-democrats-emails
  9. https://theintercept.com/2016/07/01/nato-general-emails/
  10. http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/08/11/russian_hackers_tried_dc_leaks_site_for_emails_before_wikileaks.html
  11. http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/suspected-russian-dnc-hackers-also-hit-gop-researchers-say-226984
  12. https://web.archive.org/web/20161220115535/http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article120318978.html
  13. http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/08/13/Suspected-Russian-hackers-release-lawmakers-personal-information/1671471109735
  14. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-11/russian-hackers-of-dnc-said-to-scoop-up-secrets-from-nato-soros
  15. http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/291486-thousands-of-soros-docs-released-by-alleged-russia-backed-hackers
  16. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/216382