Sanders campaign cracks down on leaks

The Bernie Sanders campaign is clamping down on leaks.In the midst of a staff shakeup in New Hampshire and Iowa, Sanders’ aides are sending emails and making calls to allies to tell them not to speak with the media.

After news broke of the campaign’s decision to reassign the state director and part ways with a senior adviser in the first-in-the-nation primary state, a Sanders aide emailed members of its steering committee in New Hampshire and asked them to not discuss the moves with reporters.

Will Bateson, Sanders’ political director in New Hampshire, wrote in the message that “we have heard from many of you, and seen in this morning’s news stories, that the press is very interested to speak with you.” Members of the steering committee  and other outlets that they were concerned about how the campaign was being run in the state.

“It is clear that the angle of the stories they are trying to put out are not helpful to the campaign and won’t serve Bernie’s interests here in New Hampshire. Speaking to the press about personnel issues of any sort does not help Bernie win and should be avoided, both on and off the record,” wrote Bateson.

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