No...I think according to the article...the democratic offices have them on an encrypted jump drive and once the "hackers" receive payment, they'd send the key to unlock it.
Would the democrats be actually committing something illegal? Don't think so...but it clouds how they received the information. If only Nixon could've come up with a such a scenario right?
not to mention make obama look like an incredible hypocrite for his ridiculously aggressive approach to prosecuting whistle-blowers.