For several years, U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, (D-Indiana), has stressed the importance of cybersecurity on a national level. Now, Carson is pushing more than ever for stricter security after more than 19,000 Democratic National Committee emails were published on Wikileaks Friday.
After leaked emails appeared to reveal Democratic party officials’ favor for presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over opponent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz resigned from her position Sunday.
In an email from May, Wasserman-Schultz said, “This is a silly story. He isn’t going to be president,” referring to a Sanders appearance on CNN.
Carson said his “very dear friend,” Wasserman-Schultz’s, decision to resign was one she thought was best for the party.
“Whenever you have a breach of security, it’s always a great concern,” Carson said. “I think our party has to come together and think very seriously if we’re going to talk about national security in a real way and oversight. We have to make sure our leaders are taking their cybersecurity very seriously.”
In another leaked email, DNC Finance Director Jordan Kaplan called Sanders “more obnoxious” following his victory over Clinton in the Indiana primary.
Campaign strategist Mo Elleithee replied Clinton’s loss meant “not a damn thing.”
Indiana delegate Rep. Terri Austin, (D-Anderson), said she’s not sure how much influence the DNC has on the average voter, but she does want them to be held accountable for the fallout.
“What we need to do is move forward from this point on, make sure it never happens again, and we need to put some checks and balances in place,” she said.
“This is just another example and the numerous vulnerabilities we have in our infrastructure,” Carson said. “It’s a matter of making sure we have the right internal controls and we’re making corrections and we’re contracting out with the right people and security experts to safeguard such sensitive information.”
DNC Vice Chairwoman Donna Brazile will replace Wasserman-Schultz as Interim Chair following this week’s convention.