We were kind of wondering when the hacktivist group Anonymous were going to strike again, and it seems like they’ve decided to end their few weeks of silence with a particularly dramatic stunt. And obviously, Donald Trump was the target.
The group of hackers claim they hacked Donald Trumps voicemails, which they then sent to Gawker. Who put them on the internet. Obviously.
The leaked audio clips appear to feature news anchors Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Tamron Hall, who all work for MSNBC, one of America’s top left leaning TV networks. All three hosts have had a go at grilling Trump recently.
Gawker are quick to point out that despite ‘sounding genuine’ they can’t verify the authenticity of the messages. However Joe Scarborough, one of the people featured in the voicemails has tweeted in reference to the message in a manner that suggests the messages are real:
Oh my God. I just read the transcripts! Trump must have contributed to a children’s charity. Scandalous!!! https://t.co/BxcZCdSkQb
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) March 4, 2016
Here are the select few that Gawker has released so far:
However, the Anonymous recordings paint a different picture of the relationship Trump has with the anchors after the cameras are turned off, as Scarborough and Brzezinski can be heard thanking Trump profusely for his donation to a charity event and Hall appears to be using his discount at Gucci.
In addition to those from the people MSNBC, there were also messages from Barack Obama’s advisor David Axelrod, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and boxing promoter Don King, all of whom spoke to Trump in the same friendly and familiar manner.
Donald Trump has previously claimed to hate journalists, because the media are “lying, disgusting people”…. but he “wouldn’t kill them”.
Well, that’s reassuring.
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