“I received a number of calls from N-word sickos,” Cleaver, a former Congressional Black Caucus chair, told the news outlet on Saturday. He explained that someone released his personal contact information in a widespread computer hack that targeted Democrats.
According to Politico, a Russian-linked hacker is suspected of releasing the cell phone numbers and email addresses of almost all Democrats serving in the House of Representatives. The personal contact data was among the documents allegedly stolen from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Since receiving the hate-filled messages, Cleaver has increased security at his home and changed his phone number, ABC said.
Meredith Kelly, the campaign committee’s national press secretary, told the news network that the DCCC is cooperating with federal investigators and also evaluating the authenticity of all the leaked documents.
In July, Wikileaks published damaging Democratic National Committee emails, provided by a suspected Russian-back hacker. The emails revealed what appeared to be a DNC conspiracy to support Hillary Clinton’s campaign over her rival Bernie Sanders.
That leak caused controversy at the party’s convention and led to the resignation of DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.