Another day, another data dump. In what is now a daily routine, moments ago Wikileaks released yet another roughly 1,150 emails in Part 7 of its ogoing Podesta Email dump, which brings the total number of released emails to 10,169. With another 40,000 or so emails left until election day, we expect the emergence of another Trump "sexual assault" accuser to emerge imminently.
Readers can skim the latest email releases at the following link:
Among today's releases we find more intervention of the campaign's collusion with the media, where in one email chain, Podesta recommends staging “an intervention” to deal with a New York Times reporter’s queries about ‘gig’ economy companies - companies that hire short-term or temporary workers.
In another, Podesta asks what he’s being “accused of” by a Washington Post journalist writing about financial donations to a lobby group founded by Podesta, the Center for American Progress (CAP).
There was, of course, ongoing discussion of Hillary's email scandal. In one email chain Brian Fallon writes “in preparation for the possibility that the State Department may acknowledge as soon as today that there were 16 Sid [Blumenthal] emails missing from the 55k pages of material produced by HRC”.
“On-the-record: ‘Hillary Clinton has turned over 55,000 pages of materials to the State Department, including all emails in her possession from Mr. Blumenthal’,” Fallon notes.
“Off-record: If pressed on whether we are essentially admitting the possibility that she deleted some emails: Look, we do not know what these materials are, or where they came from. Just take a look at them: many of the documents are not even formatted as emails. For all we know, it could be that, in the course of reproducing his emails after his account was hacked, Sid misremembered which memos he actually forwarded to her and which he did not.”
And then there was Politico's Maggie Haberman:
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In a tangent, earlier today, The Hill had a hit piece noting that "Assange grudge against Clinton shapes US election", reporting that the Wikileaks founder's "grudge against Hillary Clinton is playing out on the grandest stage possible."
Between now and Election Day on Nov. 8, WikiLeaks is expected to release more than 40,000 more emails about Hillary Clinton that are meant to damage her run for the White House — possibly in batches on a near-daily basis.
The emails, from hacks of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton confidante John Podesta’s email account, may be the best chance Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has of knocking off Clinton, the heavy favorite to win the White House.
That makes Wikileaks founder Assange one of 2016’s biggest wild cards.
Assange appears to relish the role. “He has become which is what I think he always wanted to be: an alternative statesman,” said Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a former spokesperson from the organization’s early days. “He’s not officially elected, but he’s involved in the highest level of political debate. He can have an influence on the U.S. election. It doesn’t really get much bigger than this.”
Assange has repeatedly vowed to release information expected to be damaging to Clinton, and on Thursday made public the sixth installment of material allegedly stolen from Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman.
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It’s unclear why Assange has such a grudge against Clinton, though it appears to be rooted in part in the prosecution of former Pvt. Chelsea Manning for the leak of hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables during Clinton’s tenure at the State Department.
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In February, Assange, who is living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London and is avoiding a rape charge he claims is politically motivated, published an editorial on WikiLeaks calling Clinton a “war hawk with bad judgment who gets an unseemly emotional rush out of killing people.” “She shouldn't be let near a gun shop, let alone an army. And she certainly should not become president of the United States,” he wrote.
Shortly after Clinton, sick with pneumonia, staggered leaving a Sept. 11 memorial event, the account tweeted a public poll inviting users to speculate whether she had an allergy problem, Parkinsons, MS or head injury complications. WikiLeaks later deleted the tweet shortly thereafter, saying that “the possibilities are too speculative.”
For some former employees who believed in WikiLeaks’ stated mission of transparency, the attacks on Clinton have been deeply demoralizing. Domscheit-Berg and others left the organization over concerns that Assange’s autocratic grip over the organization had led him to use it as a platform to promote his own agenda, not root out abuses of power.
As a reminder, previous releases have shown that according to Hillary, ISIS received “clandestine”support from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, both major allies of the US in the Middle East and prominent donors to the Clinton Foundation; additionally Qatar was revealed as "donating" $1 million to said foundation for Bill Clinton's birthday. The emails also showed that in 2013, Clinton admitted that the largest share of donations to the Clinton Foundation came from abroad, and that the new DNC chair leaked Bernie Sanders’ campaign strategy plans to the Clinton campaign.
So far the releases, while incriminating, have not been crushing from a legal standpoint, especially when considering the captured US judicial system. Although, with some 40,000 emails more to go, this may change in the coming days.