Just one day after DC Leaks released thousands of Capricia Marshall’s emails, Wikileaks made good on its promise earlier this week and has released over 2,000 hacked emails belonging to Clinton campaign chair John Podesta. Podesta was also Chief of Staff to Bill Clinton from 1998 to 2001 and Counselor to President Obama. He also owns the Podesta Group, a lobbying firm, and the Chair of the Center for American Progress (CAP), a DC-based think tank. Wikileaks said this is the only first release in a series of hacked emails from Podesta’s server. The organization claims to have over 50,000 Podesta emails.
Wikileaks themselves highlighted emails related to the “Uranium One Deal,” where Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, signed away significant amounts, one-fifth of US Uranium resources to Russia. Following the deal, millions of dollars were donated to the Clinton Foundation from individuals directly connected to the deal, including the Chairman of Uranium One, Ian Telfer. Clinton declined to publicly disclose this contribution despite an agreement with Obama to publicly identify all Clinton Foundation donors. In a press release of the leaks, Wikileaks Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange provides evidence that Brian Fallon, Clinton campaign spokesman, lied when he told the New York Times that Clinton’s involvement in the deal was “baseless.” This is based on emails between José Fernandez and Podesta which show that Fernandez, who was responsible for the State Department’s role in the deal, was also involved with the Clinton campaign before this statement was made and had been given an “extremely rewarding” position at Podesta’s think thank, the Center for American Progress.
However, the email that will likely cause the most damage to Clinton’s campaign is titled “HRC Paid Speeches.” This email exposes transcript excerpts from her paid speeches which were closed to the public and the press, including those given to Goldman Sachs. They confirm what many have long suspected about Hillary’s real political views. In the transcripts, which you can read here, Clinton expresses that she is both pro-KeystoneXL and pro-TTP (free trade) – positions she has declined publicly. Clinton’s speeches to Wall Street banks will likely be very difficult to “spin”, as she told Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank that Wall Street were held accountable for the 2008 crisis for solely political reasons and to appease the public. Clinton said that the blame placed on the United States banking system for the crisis “could have been avoided in terms of both misunderstanding and really politicizing what happened.” She also said that public perception of the rigged system must be controlled in order to maintain public trust. She also said that financial reform “really has to come from the industry itself,” expressing her view that Wall Street should police itself. She also said she “did all I could to make sure [Wall Street] continued to prosper” after 2008 and also said that she depends on Wall Street money for funding.
Most concerning of all to Clinton’s campaign is that she explains away her misrepresentation of her views to public as being born out of the necessity to have “a private and public position on policy.” To quote directly from Clinton’s words: “If everybody’s watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So, you need both a public and a private position.” She said the public/private position dichotomy is “necessary to be successful, politically” and said this was true throughout all of American history. Essentially, Clinton admits that everything she says publicly is done so for political gain and does not reflect her true, “private” views.
Other emails will have implications for Podesta himself as some emails on Podesta’s server were overtly racist. The email entitled “What’s the difference between a German and a shopping cart? A shopping cart has got a mind of its own” was sent to various Huffington Post and Politico writers as well as Podesta himself. It is largely an attack on Germans – calling them “brainwashable” and suggesting that the refugee crisis and immigration will destroy the German people. The email also called Muslim, Blacks, and “Gypsies” as the “professional never-do-wells,” saying they “fare badly almost irrespective of circumstances.” The email’s author also clearly believes in the superiority of the Jewish people, and offers numerous anecdotes praising them for their superior work ethic and intellect. It states “Jewish stupendous superiority in so many spheres of life is one of many PC taboos just begging to be busted.” The author also insinuates that the Germans deserve the refugee crisis now taking place. The sender of this email “[email protected]” had other emails where Podesta was the only recipient, suggesting they were in regular correspondence. UPC Netherlands is the second largest cable operator in the Netherlands, suggesting that the sender is connected to their company though no individual connected to the company with an alias or name containing “orca” has, so far, been found. Considering that this is only the tip of the iceberg for emails that could damage Clinton’s campaign for President, it should come as no surprise that the Obama administration officially labeled the leaks as the work of Russia despite zero evidence.
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