The famed expository website WikiLeaks may prove problematic for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. On July 4, the group tweeted a link that allegedly includes 1,258 of her emails pertaining to the Iraq War.
The collection of emails on Iraq stems from a larger archive of emails released by WikiLeaks earlier in 2016, according to RT. In March, founder Julian Assange and his team revealed 30,322 emails from Clinton’s private email server, which was used from June 30, 2010, to Aug. 12, 2014.
After scouring the archive, WikiLeaks pulled all correspondence relating to the War in Iraq and released them in an organized grouping. Bringing all 1,258 conversations together gives anti-Clinton campaign leaders significant ammunition against the Democratic nominee and her famed foreign policy plans.
The emails are topical given Clinton’s recent statements on her regrets about the Iraq War. In an April appearance on ABC’s "Good Morning America," Clinton stated, “I guess my greatest regret was voting to give President Bush the authority in Iraq.”
Assange has said on multiple occasions that he has enough information collected from Clinton’s emails to lead to an indictment. He has also suggested that more enlightening and evocative releases surrounding the Clinton campaign are yet to come from WikiLeaks.
While some may consider the release of the emails an attack on the presidential candidate or an infringement on Clinton’s privacy, the American public is entitled to view these emails under the Freedom of Information Act.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the FOIA is a law that has given citizens the right to access information about the federal government since 1967. This information includes emails sent on a private server, such as the emails sent and received by the former Secretary of State.
While Clinton’s previous efforts as Secretary of State and her potential future foreign policy plans remain under a microscope, Attorney General Loretta Lynch will likely not move forward with an indictment. Even Assange suggested that charges "will never" be brought against the presidential candidate.