Over the weekend, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo took this effort to downplay the Podesta leaks to a new low."Remember, it’s illegal to possess these stolen documents," he told viewers Sunday morning.
"It’s different for the media. So everything you learn about this you’re learning from us."
Critics were quick to point out, however, that Cuomo’s assertion was incorrect.
"It’s interesting to remember that merely going to the WikiLeaks website to view the Podesta emails is not a crime," The Inquisitor noted.
"They are now in the public domain, and millions of people are likely rifling through them right this minute."
Cuomo’s attempt to dissuade the American public from reading the WikiLeaks documents could have something to do with the fact that several of the emails reveal unethical connections between the mainstream media and the Clinton campaign.
One email, between CNN political commentator Donna Brazile and Clinton’s director of communications Jennifer Palmieri, appears to show the former providing the Democratic campaign with a debate questions ahead of the event.
"Here’s one that worries me about HRC," reads an email from Brazile that is followed by a question about the death penalty.
Brazile has denied that the email states what it seems to imply.
WikiLeaks continues to release batches of the Podesta emails, of which it claims to have over 50,000. The latest collection was unveiled on Sunday, meaning that over 12,000 of the emails are available for viewing by the public, at the time of this article’s publication.
CNN may not be the only organization attempting to cover up the leaks. On Monday, WikiLeaks reported that the internet link belonging to founder Julian Assange was "intentionally severed by a state party."
The transparency organization claims the Ecuadorian government was behind the incident. Assange currently resides in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
WikiLeaks has vowed to continue releasing the emails.