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Bernie Sanders says if he was hacked, there would be unflattering emails about Hillary Clinton too

As WikiLeaks continues to publish emails from the account of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, Bernie Sanders has emerged as the unfortunate victim in the whole mess. Sanders apparently suffered from collusion between CNN's Donna Brazile and Clinton's campaign, which was intended to give Clinton a leg up at a primary debate, and was even branded as a "doofus" by Podesta. One might imagine that would make things a little awkward between Sanders and his party's nominee.

Not so, according to Sanders — in fact, if he was hacked, he says Clinton wouldn't exactly come out unblemished. "Trust me, if they went into our emails — I suppose which may happen, who knows — I'm sure there would be statements that would be less than flattering about, you know, the Clinton staff," Sanders told The Washington Post. "That's what happens in campaigns."

Sanders added that even the DNC's apparent bias doesn't make him surprised. "It's amusing," he said instead. "Was I shocked to find out that the DNC was partial toward Clinton? Not exactly. That's something we knew from day one."

If anything, Sanders said the emails just prove how differently he and Clinton operated — his campaign, for one, didn't exactly labor over jokes: "We did not have a committee deciding what kind of jokes I would be telling," he said. "In fact, we usually had me scrambling to write my speech on a yellow piece of paper, which I finished three minutes before I would go up there. So, you know, they were much more prepared and much better organized and careful about what they were saying or not saying. … The way they do politics is very different."