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Clinton slams rival as hacks revealed

‘NO MORE MR NICE GUY’:US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took up some more calls to ‘lock her up’ following criticism at the Democratic convention


Fresh off a spirited convention, US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday told prospective voters they face a “stark choice” in November and pressed ahead with the scalding rhetoric against her Republican rival that marked many of the speeches in Philadelphia.

However, another distraction arose as her aides acknowledged that a hacking attack that exposed Democratic Party e-mails also reached into a computer system used by her campaign.

Rallying in Colorado, Republican nominee Donald Trump denounced Clinton’s convention speech as “full of lies” and said he is starting to agree with those calling for Clinton to be locked up.

Not long after, the intrusion into a system used by the Clinton campaign came to light, first reported by Reuters.

The US FBI said it was working to determine the “accuracy, nature and scope” of the cyberattacks.

Campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said the newly disclosed breach affected a Democratic National Committee (DNC) voter analysis program used by the campaign and other organizations.

The hackers had access to the program for about five days.

Merrill said outside experts found no evidence that the campaign’s “internal systems have been compromised,” but gave no detail on the program or nature of the attacks.

US President Barack Obama and cybersecurity experts have said Russia was almost certainly responsible for the DNC hack, and the House Democratic Campaign Committee on Friday reported that its information had been accessed.

The developments followed the leaking of DNC e-mails earlier in the week that pointed to a pro-Clinton bias by party officials during her primary contest against US Senator Bernie Sanders.

In the furor, party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz resigned just as Democrats were launching their convention.

Clinton is in the midst of a post-convention campaign bus tour through the battleground states of Ohio and Pennsylvania.

She told supporters in a west Philadelphia arena the coming election is the most important one in her lifetime.

“It’s not so much that I’m on the ticket, it’s because of the stark choice that’s posed to Americans in this election,” she said.

In Colorado Springs, Colorado, Trump at times seemed to brush off the fierce convention-week Democratic criticism, which went so far as to question his sanity.

Sounding more like a pundit than the subject of all the vitriol, he pronounced Clinton’s speech “so average” and “full of cliches.”

However, he grew harsher as his event went on.

“Remember this, Trump is going to be no more Mr Nice Guy,” he said.

And for the first time he encouraged his crowd’s anti-Clinton chants of “lock her up.”

“I’ve been saying let’s just beat her on Nov. 8, but you know what? I’m starting to agree with you,” he said.

Polls find that most US voters question Clinton’s honesty, but in her convention speech and her first events afterward, her priority was to go after Trump, not ask for trust.

Joined on the bus tour by her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, running mate Tim Kaine and his wife, Anne Holton, Clinton stopped at a toy and plastics manufacturer in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, where she and Kaine cast Trump as a con artist out for his own gain.

“We don’t resent success in America, but we do resent people who take advantage of others in order to line their own pockets,” Hillary Clinton said, addressing local officials and employees on the factory floor.

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