In what can hardly be greeted as welcome news by the Hillary Clinton campaign, Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange continued to fulfill his pledge to impact the U.S. elections with a tranche of emails liberated on Tuesday.
Continuing to barge in on the November election, Assange’s latest jettison offered startling revelations from Clinton campaign official, John Podesta.
Ranging from the ridiculous, when Clinton appeared too automated and inauthentic in public requiring campaign aides to encourage her to smile more often, to attempts by the Clinton campaign to harness a focus group and tether the Benghazi attack to Clinton’s email scandal to fog both rows into one individual scandal, the disclosures eventually grow more devastating.
Among the more astounding disclosures produced is the level of collaboration Clinton’s campaign had with members of the media, the State Department and the Department of Justice.
Painting a vivid portrait of the eagerness with which the media abets Clinton’s campaign, one missive from CNBC correspondent John Harwood, who moderated a Republican primary debate, boasts about his pointed questioning of Donald Trump and counsels the Clinton campaign on how to cope with potential GOP rivals.
“I certainly am feeling that way with respect to how I questioned Trump at our debate,” Harwood wrote to Podesta in late 2015.
Later, in a separate email to Podesta, Harwood expanded on his concern over Dr. Ben Carson, warning about the dangers the physician posed to Clinton’s bid for the White House. “Watch out,” Harwood wrote, “Ben Carson could give you real trouble in a general.”
Worse, then-CNN contributor and current DNC chair Donna Brazile is exposed as having given the Clinton campaign questions in advance of a March CNN town hall meeting.
Expressing concern for Clinton’s ability to manage a question on the death penalty, Brazile and Jennifer Palmieri collaborated to script an answer for Clinton. Clinton was asked her position on capital punishment at the town hall the following day.
Further illustrating media favoritism for Clinton, and representing why print media are experiencing a crisis of credibility, the leaked emails also offer definitive confirmation the Boston Globe and New York Times are both are in Clinton’s corner.
According to one exchange between Podesta and Globe op-ed editor Marjorie Pritchard in which Pritchard initiated contact, Pritchard inquired of Podesta any interest in having the campaign pen an opinion piece the newspaper would publish. Expanding on her offer, Pritchard tempted Podesta by detailing the benefits reaped by Clinton against primary rival Bernie Sanders in addition to the Globe‘s existing coverage of Clinton.
“It would be good to get it in on Tuesday, when she is in New Hampshire. That would give her a big presence on Tuesday with the piece and on Wednesday with the news story. Please let me know,” wrote a sympathetic Pritchard.
Unsurprisingly, the New York Times is involved in the erupting controversy: As part of an agreement for a full-length story appearing in the pages of the Times, Clinton demanded the right to control which direct quotes were included in the piece, a demand the paper dutifully granted.
“So that’s why I always got a big kick out of Sarah Palin with all her ‘We’re cooking up some moose stew here,” read one Clinton quote erased from the Times glowing piece at Clinton’s request.
It is, however, the collusion between the Clinton camp and both the State Department and the Department of Justice which is most troubling.
At issue are revelations which eclipse the suspicious nature of a half-hour meeting Bill Clinton held with Attorney General Loretta Lynch in Phoenix days prior to the Justice Department announcing its conclusions from the Clinton email probe.
In a 2015 note from Clinton aide Brian Fallow, referring to the Justice Department as “DOJ folks,” casually describes an unnamed Justice official informing Fallon of a status hearing regarding Mrs. Clinton’s private email server.
Although there is no indication Fallon maintained regular contact with his Justice source, Donald Trump spokesman Jason Miller denounced the leak and stated: “(The email) shows a level of collusion which calls into question the entire investigation into her private server.”
Similarly, further evidence of government agencies abetting her campaign, a State Department email revealed in Wikileaks’ trove uncovers evidence of the department’s liaising with the Clinton campaign over announcements related to Clinton’s email scandal.
One message circulated among top Clinton aides and a Clinton Foundation official by aide Heather Samuelson read:
“All — DOS is soon releasing another round of documents and email traffic (not hers) in response to Judicial Watch’s FOIA request on DOS’s process for reviewing WJC’s speaking engagements.”
Defending the practice of revealing such correspondence, State Department spokesman John Kirby told a press briefing:
“Outside entities are routinely given a chance to review documents and provide input to the Department about proprietary information that may need to be protected from public release.”
Despite Assange repeatedly asserting his intent is to keep the American public fully informed of the machinations of Washington, and encouraging the public to judge the whistleblowing platform’s disclosures on merit, the principal architect of the disclosures is certainly making things unpleasant for Hillary Clinton.
By exposing the dubious impartiality of the media, the Clinton team’s contacts with government agencies at delicate moments and conveying a disturbing image of how Clinton, the consummate Washington power broker, operates, Assange is creating a formidable list of troubles for Clinton’s campaign.
Worse, more is expected to come.
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