And the hits just keep on coming.
After the third and latest dump of Podesta Emails released yesterday revealed some unexpected interactions between the "independent press" and the Clinton Campaign, as well as potentially hinting of coordination between the DOJ and Hillary's closest circle, following a similar revelation involving the State Department one day prior, moments ago, Wikileaks just released its lastest, fourth data dump from the hacked email account of Hillary Clinton's Campaign Chair, John Podesta, which continues to be a major headache for Hillary Clinton and her supporter base.
There are as many as 1,193 new emails in the latest release, bringing the total to 6,526. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has claimed he is sitting on as much as 50,000 messages.
As usual, as we parse through the latest document dump, we urge readers to flag and point us to any of the more notable emails they find.
Meanwhile, it may be time for the Clinton campaign to release another tape. The impact of Friday's "Trump Tape" is dissipating and at this rate, the media may find it difficult to keep the audience's attention redirected exlusively to Trump.
As a reminder, the latest release comes after John Podesta did not deny the authenticity of the emails, but was quick to blame everyone from Trump, to Wikileaks to the Russians for the ongoing bombardment.
As we reproted previously, while so far there have been no major devastating revelations, aside from Hillary's admissions in her Wall Street speech transcripts that she had one "persona" for public appearances, and a vastly different one for well-paid private ones, the massive leak does lift the veil on Team Clinton’s inner workings.
Cited by AFP, Podesta described the timing of the leak, which came late on Friday, as a “curious coincidence”, coming shortly after The Washington Post published a shock video of Donald Trump making lewd boasts about groping women in 2005. Alternatively, one can say that the release of the Trump tapes came as a "curious coincidence" just as Wikileaks would reveal what much of the right of center audience was so interested in.
The veteran political aide, who served in the Obama and Bill Clinton administrations, suggested that the release “was their countermove to try to take the public’s attention off the despicable things that Donald Trump said on that video.” Again, one can counter with precisely the opposite, and judging by the amount of media time dedicated to each, it appears Wikileaks lost.
Pressed on why Clinton has had a "softer" attitude in her private remarks to Wall Street about the need for regulations after the 2008 financial crash than she did as a candidate, Podesta disagreed. “What she says in private and what she says in public is that she will crack down on Wall Street abuses,” he said. “She said you know your industry best. That doesn’t mean regulators can’t crack down on them.”
Podesta declined to answer most questions about those e-mails, saying, “I’m not confirming the validity of the e-mails.”
“Whether that was Mr Assange’s decision to try to help Mr Trump or whether there was some coordination involved, I have no way of knowing. I’m just saying, it’s an awfully curious coincidence that it happened virtually as soon as the water temperature was moving to a boil,” Podesta told journalists aboard a campaign plane traveling from Miami to New York. Padesta added: “We can’t confirm the accuracy of those leaks, we know that the Russians might have passed on doctored documents.”
“I would say that the Russian interference in this election and their apparent attempt to influence it on behalf of Mr Trump should be of utmost concern to all Americans.”
Translation: the leaks were correct, and while we have no idea who is behind them, we will just blame the Russians - after all, how can they possibly retaliate with diplomatic conditions already dreadful.
Podesta also accused longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone of receiving “advance warning” about WikiLeaks’s plan to publish the hacked emails. He slammed Trump for taking positions “more consistent with Russian foreign policy than US foreign policy”, pointing the Republican nominee’s hostility toward the NATO transatlantic alliance and his indulgence toward Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
“I think there is definitely circumstantial evidence that Mr. Stone must have been witting about what was to come” Podesta said. “It’s a reasonable assumption or at least a reasonable conclusion that Mr. Stone had advance warning” and that, through him, Trump was warned “about what Assange was going to do,” Podesta said.
Meanwhile, the infamous FBI is now also involved: according to Bloomberg, the FBI told Podesta on Sunday that it is investigating a hack of his Gmail account in connection with the broader hacking probe.