The daily dump continues. In the now traditional daily routine, one which forces the Clinton campaign to resort to ever more stark sexual scandals involving Trump to provide a media distraction, moments ago Wikileaks released yet another 1,803 emails in Part 12 of its ongoing Podesta Email dump, which brings the total number of released emails to 18,953.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 19, 2016
As a reminder among the most recent revelations we got further insights into Hillary’s desire to see Obamacare “unravel”, her contempt for “doofus” Bernie Sanders, staff exchanges on handling media queries about Clinton “flip-flopping” on gay marriage, galvanizing Latino support and locking down Clinton’s healthcare policy. Just as notable has been the ongoing revelation of just how “captured” the so-called independent press has been in its “off the record” discussions with John Podesta which got the head Politico correspondent, Glenn Thrush, to admit he is a “hack” for allowing Podesta to dictate the content of his article.
The release comes on the day of the third and final presidential campaign between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and as a result we are confident it will be scrutinized especially carefully for any last minute clues that would allow Trump to lob a much needed Hail Mary to boost his standing in the polls.
As there is a total of 50,000 emails, Wikileaks will keep the media busy over the next three weeks until the elections with another 30,000 emails still expected to be released.
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Among the initial emails to stand out is this extensive exchange showing just how intimiately the narrative of Hillary’s server had been coached. The following September 2015 email exchange between Podesta and Nick Merrill, framed the “core language” to be used in response to questions Clinton could be asked about her email server, and the decision to “bleach” emails from it. The emails contain long and short versions of responses for Clinton.
“Because the government already had everything that was work-related, and my personal emails were just that – personal – I didn’t see a reason to keep them so I asked that they be deleted, and that’s what the company that managed my server did. And we notified Congress of that back in March”
She was then presented with the following hypothetical scenario:
* “Why won’t you say whether you wiped it?”
“After we went through the process to determine what was work related and what was not and provided the work related emails to State, I decided not to keep the personal ones.”
“We saved the work-related ones on a thumb drive that is now with the Department of Justice. And as I said in March, I chose not to keep the personal ones. I asked that they be deleted, how that happened was up to the company that managed the server. And they are cooperating fully with anyone that has questions.”
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Another notable email reveals the close relationship between the Clinton Foundation and Ukraine billionaire Victor Pinchuk, a prominent donor to the Clinton Foundation, in which we see the latter’s attempt to get a meeting with Bill Clinton to show support for Ukraine:
From: Tina Flournoy <Tina@presidentclinton.com>
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2015 9:58:55 AM
To: Amitabh Desai
Cc: Jon Davidson; Margaret Steenburg; Jake Sullivan; Dan Schwerin; Huma Abedin; John Podesta
Subject: Re: Victor Pinchuk
Team HRC – we’ll get back to you on this
> On Mar 30, 2015, at 9:53 AM, Amitabh Desai <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Victor Pinchuk is relentlessly following up (including this morning) about a meeting with WJC in London or anywhere in Europe. Ideally he wants to bring together a few western leaders to show support for Ukraine, with WJC probably their most important participant. If that’s not palatable for us, then he’d like a bilat with WJC.
> If it’s not next week, that’s fine, but he wants a date. I keep saying we have no Europe plans, although we do have those events in London in June. Are folks comfortable offering Victor a private meeting on one of those dates? At this point I get the impression that although I keep saying WJC cares about Ukraine, Pinchuk feels like WJC hasn’t taken enough action to demonstrate that, particularly during this existential moment for the county and for him.
> I sense this is so important because Pinchuk is under Putin’s heel right now, feeling a great degree of pressure and pain for his many years of nurturing stronger ties with the West.
> I get all the downsides and share the concerns. I am happy to go back and say no. It would just be good to know what WJC (and HRC and you all) would like to do, because this will likely impact the future of this relationship, and slow walking our reply will only reinforce his growing angst.
> Thanks, and sorry for the glum note on a Monday morning…
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We find more evidence of media coordination with Politico’s Glenn Thrush who has an off the record question to make sure he is not “fucking anything up”:
Sure. Sorry for the delay I was on a plane.
On Apr 30, 2015 9:44 AM, “Glenn Thrush” <email@example.com> wrote:
> Can I send u a couple of grafs, OTR, to make sure I’m not fucking
> anything up?
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Another notable moment emerges in the emails, involving Hillary Clinton’s selective memory. Clinton’s description of herself as a moderate Democrat at a September 2015 event in Ohio caused an uproar amongst her team. In a mail from Clinton advisor Neera Tanden to Podesta in the days following the comment she asks why she said this.
“I pushed her on this on Sunday night. She claims she didn’t remember saying it. Not sure I believe her,” Podesta replies. Tanden insists that the comment has made her job more difficult after “telling every reporter I know she’s actually progressive”. “It worries me more that she doesn’t seem to know what planet we are all living in at the moment,” she adds.
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We also get additional insight into Clinton courting the Latino minority. A November 2008 email from Federico Peña, who was on the Obama-Biden transition team, called for a “Latino media person” to be added to the list of staff to appeal to Latino voters. Federico de Jesus or Vince Casillas are seen as ideal candidates, both of whom were working in the Chicago operations.
“More importantly, it would helpful (sic) to Barack to do pro-active outreach to Latino media across the country to get our positive message out before people start spreading negative rumors,” Peña writes.
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Another email between Clinton’s foreign policy adviser Jake Sullivan and Tanden from March 2016 discussed how it was “REALLY dicey territory” for Clinton to comment on strengthening “bribery laws to ensure that politicians don’t change legislation for political donations.” Tanden agrees with Sullivan:
“She may be so tainted she’s really vulnerable – if so, maybe a message of I’ve seen how this sausage is made, it needs to stop, I’m going to stop it will actually work.”
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One email suggested, sarcastically, to kneecap bernie Sanders: Clinton’s team issued advise regarding her tactics for the “make or break” Democratic presidential debate with Sanders in Milwaukee on February 11, 2016. The mail to Podesta came from Philip Munger, a Democratic Party donor. He sent the mail using an encrypted anonymous email service.
“She’s going to have to kneecap him. She is going to have to take him down from his morally superior perch. She has done so tentatively. She must go further,” he says.
Clearly, the desire to get Sanders’ supporters was a key imperative for the Clinton campaign. In a September 2015 email to Podesta, Hill columnist Brent Budowsky criticized the campaign for allegedly giving Clinton surrogates talking points to attack Bernie Sanders. “I cannot think of anything more stupid and self-destructive for a campaign to do,” he says. “Especially for a candidate who has dangerously low levels of public trust,” and in light of Sanders’ campaign being based on “cleaning up politics.”
Budowsky warns voters would be “disgusted” by attacks against Sanders and says he wouldn’t discourage Podesta from sharing the note with Clinton because “if she wants to become president she needs to understand the point I am making with crystal clarity.”
“Make love to Bernie and his idealistic supporters, and co-opt as many of his progressive issues as possible.”
Budowsky then adds that he was at a Washington university where “not one student gave enough of a damn for Hillary to open a booth, or even wear a Hillary button.”
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One email focused on how to address with the topic of the TPP. National Policy Director for Hillary for America Amanda Renteria explains, “The goal here was to minimize our vulnerability to the authenticity attack and not piss off the WH any more than necessary.”
Democratic pollster Joel Benenson says, “the reality is HRC is more pro trade than anti and trying to turn her into something she is not could reinforce our negative [sic] around authenticity. This is an agreement that she pushed for and largely advocated for.”
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While claiming she is part of the people, an email exposes Hillary as being “part of the system.” Clinton’s team acknowledges she is “part of the system” in an email regarding her strategies. As Stan Greenberg told Podesta:
“We are also going to test some messages that include acknowledgement of being part of the system, and know how much has to change,”
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Some more on the topic of Hillary being extensively coached and all her words rehearsed, we find an email which reveals that Clinton’s words have to be tightly managed by her team who are wary of what she might say. After the Iowa Democratic Party’s presidential debate in November 2015 adviser Ron Klain mails Podesta to say, “If she says something three times as an aside during practice (Wall Street supports me due to 9/11), we need to assume she will say it in the debate, and tell her not to do so.” Klain’s mail reveals Sanders was their biggest fear in the debate. “The only thing that would have been awful – a Sanders break out – didn’t happen. So all in all, we were fine,” he says.
The mail also reveals Klain’s role in securing his daughter Hannah a position on Clinton’s team. “I’m not asking anyone to make a job, or put her in some place where she isn’t wanted – it just needs a nudge over the finish line,” Klain says. Hannah Klain worked on Clinton’s Surrogates team for nine months commencing in the month after her father’s mail to Podesta, according to her Linkedin.