Leaker "Peter R." told Vice he was inspired by Trump's offer Wednesday to give $5 million to the charity of Obama's choice if Obama would release his college transcripts and passport records. Peter R. says:
So, the way I see it, that $5 million will go to waste. Maybe he’s willing to give it to me, to buy the video in its entirety. I’ve been contacting several of Trump’s associates, and I’m about to hopefully meet some of them either in a parking lot, or even in the lobby, and just take cash for it. I sent Trump only a single frame of the video, but since I haven’t heard back I have released this short clip in an attempt to get him to respond.
Peter R. says he got the film from an "associate" in Africa who was a family friend of Barack Obama Sr. This associated "said that he had a VHS transfer of the original Super-8 film" and passed it along.