Friday 15 December 2017

Wikileaks posts 2,000 more emails hacked from Hillary's campaign

Last week’s email release purported to show messages from private paid speeches Clinton delivered, in which she voiced support for 'open trade and open borders' and discussed being 'kind of far removed' from middle-class life. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Last week’s email release purported to show messages from private paid speeches Clinton delivered, in which she voiced support for 'open trade and open borders' and discussed being 'kind of far removed' from middle-class life. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Ben Brody

The Wikileaks website posted more than 2,000 new emails it said were hacked from the personal account of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman after an initial batch last week purported to show excerpts from speeches the Democratic nominee gave to Wall Street banks.

Among the issues included in the latest round of emails from John Podesta's account are messages in which former president Bill Clinton's personal aide, Doug Band, is quoted as disparaging Clinton's daughter Chelsea "as a spoiled brat kid" over issues at the family's foundation.

They also appear to show Podesta lobbying for billionaire Tom Steyer to become energy secretary.

The emails were published a day after Clinton clashed with Donald Trump in an insult-strewn 90 minutes, during which the Republican presidential nominee accused her of lying.

The Clinton campaign has blamed the leaks on Russia and refused to confirm the authenticity of the emails, while Podesta last week seemed to suggest the possibility that the communications may have been altered.

"It should concern every American that Russia is willing to engage in such hostile acts in order to help Donald Trump become President of the United States," the Clinton campaign said yesterday.

Last week's email release purported to show messages from private paid speeches Clinton delivered, in which she voiced support for "open trade and open borders" and discussed being "kind of far removed" from middle-class life.

Clinton, who has long struggled to be seen as trustworthy, also spoke in the transcripts about what she saw as the need to have "both a public and a private position" in politics to make deals and said that, for political reasons, Wall Street should be held accountable for the 2008 financial crisis.

Irish Independent

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