WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who released thousands of emails from Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, said during an interview released Tuesday that a 14-year-old could have gained access to Podesta’s email account.
A hacker was able to gain access to Podesta’s Google email account through a simple phishing scam. Podesta received an email from an individual purporting to be from Google saying he needs to change his password, and the top Clinton aide filled out a form in which he gave his password.
“Podesta gave out that his password was the word ‘password,'” Assange said during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
It has not been previously disclosed that Podesta’s Gmail password was “password.”
An email released by WikiLeaks, however, revealed that Podesta’s password for the Center for American Progress was “p@ssw0rd.”
Assange added that Podesta’s staff “said, ‘This email you received. This is totally legitimate.'”
Podesta was forwarded an email with a link from a hacker by an aide who described it as a “legitimate email.” That aide, Charles Delevan, told The New York Times he meant to type “illegitimate.”
“This is something a 14-year-old kid could have hacked,” Assange said.