With just days to go until the November 8 presidential election, the final countdown is now on, and Wikileaks continues its ongoing Podesta dump by unveiling another 1400+ emails in the latest Part 21 of its Podesta release, bringing the total emails released so far to exactly 35,594, leaving just 30% of the total dump left to go.
As reported last night, speaking via telephone to a conference in Argentina on Wednesday, Julian Assange claimed the ongoing releases had “whipped up a crazed hornet’s nest atmosphere in the Hillary Clinton campaign.” Assange also claimed that the campaign had attempted to hack the WikiLeaks servers.
Among the recent batch of released documents was the so-called "Rosetta Stone" of the Clinton Foundation: a confidential memo which laid out how Clinton's consultancy Teneo was engaging in quid pro quo with corporate "donors", a leak which has even made the front page of the WSJ. As usual we will go parse through the disclosure and bring you some of the more notable ones.
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In a January 2015 email, Neera Tanden tells John Podesta "I'm not the diversity police but there is grumbling on the 4 white boys running next presidential cycle. So I recommend rolling out some people who look like the rest of America soon!" Podesta responds "Really, don't you think I know that" to which Tanden counters: "Yeah I know you know it. But in case people feel intimidated in making direct comments to Hillaryland, I thought I'd let you know of grumbling I'm hearing directly. But maybe that was my mistake."
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In another email from March 2015, Neera Tanden again emails Podesta with the following information: "Israel is depressing. It's a good lesson that the wing nuts are just ruthless in every country." To which Podesta responds simply: "bad"
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An email from August 23, 2015 has Clinton Foundation staffer Amitabh Desai telling Hillary campaign staffer Jake Sullivan that "The Saudi Kind Is in DC on sep 4 and offering a meeting with wjc. You guys have any concerns? Thanks brother."
As a reminder, this is the visit in which the D.C. 4 Seasons hotel converted everything to gold: "In anticipation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia’s stay, the Four Seasons hotel in Georgetown has done some redecorating — literally rolling out red carpets in order to accommodate the royal’s luxurious taste. Eyewitnesses at the property have seen crates of gilded furniture and accessories being wheeled into the posh hotel over the past several days, culminating in a home-away-from-home fit for the billionaire Saudi monarch, who is in Washington for his first White House meeting with President Barack Obama tomorrow. “Everything is gold,” says one Four Seasons regular, who spied the deliveries arriving at the hotel. “Gold mirrors, gold end tables, gold lamps, even gold hat racks.” Red carpets have been laid down in hallways and even in the lower parking garage, so the king and his family never have to touch asphalt when departing their custom Mercedes caravan.
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A January 2016 email from Clinton staffer Tina Flournoy to Robby Mook reveals Bill Clinton's "comments" about the campaign: "He thought yesterday was great and was pleased. He is, however, worried (and he will always be worried) – that we’re not breaking through to the Bernie voters as much as needed. He feels that we have to keep “selling” HRC personally in addition to the “stakes are high”. "
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An email from August 2012 from Bill Clinton's former spokesman Matt McKenna discusses an upcoming puff piece on the Clinton Foundation from the NYT's Amy Chozik and asks John Podesta and Gene Sperling to provide a glowing recommendation, as well as Hillary Clinton's post-state dept. plans:
John/Gene -Amy is profiling WJC and the foundation for the Times, she was in Africa with us and is just now sitting down to write.
She asked me for "two people who have worked for him in the past who also know about the foundation."
Congrats, you're both winners.
For now, her story is trending in the direction of "Clinton Foundation as a Family Business," Chelsea was on the trip with us, she's obviously very curious about HRC's post-State plans, etc.
On the HRC front, WJC made no news in his interview with Amy and said all the same things he's been saying (he'll support her in whatever she decides, she wants to rest, write a book, work on women & girls, etc.).
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