WikiLeaks published a new batch of nearly 2,000 emails on Thursday, part of its ongoing campaign to leak the archive of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. Currently 9,000 of the emails have been made public, but WikiLeaks has promised a total of 50,000 — leaking them bit by bit as Election Day draws closer.
The new batch reveal insights into the inner workings of the Clinton campaign, as well as her connections to outside influences.
In November 2014, Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, emailed Podesta, who was working at the White House at the time, with an urgent request about moving the Illinois primary out of March, emphasizing that favors aren’t forgotten by the Clintons.
“Our preference would be for them to move all the way to May, but if they at least move to April 12 or April 19 they will have the day to themselves and presumably garner a lot of coverage,” said Mook. “They will also be influencing a big northeast primary day on April 26.”
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“They don’t really care about being helpful and feel forgotten and neglected by POTUS,” Mook added. “The key point is that this is not an Obama ask, but a Hillary ask. And the Clintons won’t forget what their friends have done for them.”
A July 2015 shows the Democratic Party’s connection to billionaire George Soros. Jacqueline Carozza, a member of Soros’ team, had emailed Podesta about arranging a meeting while they were in Southampton, N.Y., over the summer.
“Please let me know which dates suit you best to come for a visit and hopefully we can coordinate a mutually convenient time for your stay,” Carozza said. “Please note that Mr. and Mrs. Soros will begin their summer in Southampton the weekend of July 4th and wrap up Labor Day weekend.”
The emails also reveal that Soros’ influence dates all the way back to the 2008 election. The billionaire had preferences in how the Obama campaign should handle attacking the Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain.
An adviser at Soros Management Fund wrote: “I don’t think George will have a strong view on the allocation, beyond sharing your general pref for ground — because he doesn’t like TV advertising. If you ask him to think about additional funds stress that the message operation is multiplatform. Not primarily broadcast TV.”
Soros dislikes television advertising, and at the time of the email had already contributed $2.5 million out of a $5 million commitment.
Steve Hildebrand, former deputy national campaign director for Barack Obama, emailed Podesta in January 2016 expressing concerns about Hillary Clinton’s emotional detachment.
“She needs to have a greater understanding of what people and families are going through every day. And, then she needs to find an emotional connection. This has to turn around now,” Hildebrand said.
Podesta responded by praising Hildebrand for heading in the right direction, but said it would be unwise for Clinton to mimic Sen. Bernie Sanders’ emotional ploys. “Bernie has gone decidedly negative and personal and like most things maybe he can get away with it,” he wrote. “But we live with a double standard, so I think it’s a mistake to follow him down that path.”
Earlier leaked emails have included numerous embarrassing revelations about Clinton and her allies, including excerpts of secret speeches given to Wall Street, her team’s ongoing contact with the Department of Justice during the investigation into her private email server, and indications that Clinton knew Saudi Arabia was funding ISIS while it was also contributing to her foundation.
The Clinton campaign has refused to comment on the authenticity of the emails, which stretch back for years. Instead, it has suggested the releases may be part of a Russia-backed plot to elect Republican nominee Donald Trump.
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