The embarrassing leak of over 20,000 emails from Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer servers was orchestrated by Russian intelligence agencies in order to boost Donald Trump’s chances at winning the presidency, Hillary Clinton’s campaign insisted on Monday.

Bernie Sanders. (Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com)

Bernie Sanders. (Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com)

The emails, which were posted on Wikileaks on Friday and revealed an effort within the Democratic party to conspire against Clinton’s former opponent for the nomination, Bernie Sanders, have shaken the image of unity which the Democratic party had wanted to project before the start of its convention. The new mini-scandal has also led to the abrupt resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who chaired the DNC.

“Experts are telling us that Russian state actors broke into the DNC, took all these emails, and now are leaking them out through these websites,” Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook told ABC. Outlandish as it sounds, security experts confirmed that the national committee was indeed hacked by Russia and that the leaked emails had passed through Russian computers, said the New York Times.

“What further experts are saying is that then because they released these emails, that Russian state actors were feeding these emails to hackers for the purpose of helping Donald Trump,” said Mook.

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The leaked emails reveal insider plans to sabotage the presidential campaign of the ultra-liberal Sanders, who, while winning widespread grassroots support, failed to gain approval from the establishment and ultimately bowed out of the race.

The plans against Sanders included painting him as an atheist in religious states and implying that his campaign was “inept”, exposing a clear agenda on the part of the DNC to ensure Clinton was the last candidate standing.

As for Russia’s motivations, it likely comes as a surprise to few that the regime of Vladimir Putin, long known to be a personal favorite of Trump’s, would be interested in pushing the Republican candidate’s chances of winning the presidency in November. Recently, Trump made headlines when he said that as president, he might not back NATO nations if they were attacked by Russia – a foreign policy move which would essentially give Putin a free hand in threatening former Soviet satellites.

Trump has expressed admiration of the Russian ruler on numerous occasions, calling him a “strong leader” he would “get along very well with”.

Putin, in turn, has praised Trump as “a very talented man” and said that he would welcome “a deeper level of relations with Russia” under a Trump administration.