A flood of disclosures
(Possible, but hard to make an impact)
In an election that has already been shaken by a series of disclosures — from messages hacked by the Russians that ended up in the hands of WikiLeaks to a cache of emails on the computer of former Representative Anthony D. Weiner that might be related to the Hillary Clinton email inquiry — it is not hard to imagine a last-minute set of revelations. The question is whether they would make much difference.
So far, the steady drip of documents from WikiLeaks and other sites posting stolen emails and even the National Security Agency’s tools for breaking into foreign computer networks has not changed the contours of the election. Emails that seemed to show efforts in the Democratic National Committee to tip the scales in favor of Mrs. Clinton in the primaries led to the resignation of Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz as the committee’s chairwoman, but they had little long-lasting effect. A disclosure from the hacking of the email account of John D. Podesta, the Clinton campaign chairman, bolstered the notion that Bill Clinton had been enriched by some of the same people who contributed to the Clinton Global Initiative. But that was not exactly a surprise.
Still, no one knows what else hackers might have stolen, or may be saving for the last frenetic days of the campaign.