Are These Wikileaks Emails From DNC Chair Donna Brazile Authentic?

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The controversial organization released messages appearing to show the prominent Democratic leader criticizing the current economy. 

Early Friday morning, the infamous Wikileaks organization publicized emails it says were sent from acting Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile, in which she allegedly makes some surprisingly critical comments about the state of the economy under the Obama administration.

According to the released Wikileaks emails, the conversation in question took place between Hillary Clinton Campaign chair John Podesta and Brazile, who appeared to give an honest assessment of the jobs and housing markets under the current economy. The most telling part of the February 2016 email thread, which allegedly came from Brazile's email address, reads as follows: "I think people are more in despair about how things are - yes new jobs but they are low wage jobs. HOUSING is a huge issue. Most people pay half of what they make to rent."

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Just two days before the organization released the most recent emails, Brazile spoke out against Wikileaks, accusing it of doctoring other publicized emails the group claims were sent by her. "I have seen so many doctored e-mails," Brazile told Fox News in an interview on Wednesday. "I have seen things that come from me at 2 in the morning that I don't even send. There are several email addresses that I once used...this has not been verified."

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The release of the private emails comes after the Wikileaks organization tweeted it had a "surprise" in store for Donna Brazile and Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine earlier in the week.

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We reached out to Donna Brazile's team for comment shortly after the latest emails were made public, but have not yet received a response.

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