Tuesday, 8 November 2016

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#PodestaEmails34: Wikileaks releases second batch on Election Eve

8 November, 2016

On the day before the election, WikiLeaks released the 34th email batch of its Podesta Emails series. This latest leak included 888 emails written to or from Hillary Clinton presidential campaign chairman John Podesta.

In one leaked email, dated August 21, 2015 and with the subject line "Needy Latinos and 1 easy call," John Podesta writes to Hillary Clinton, "A few calls you might consider making."

Podesta then names Fedrico Pena, Bill Richardson and South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges. The first two are presumably the "needy Latinos."

Pena, former secretary of the US Department of Transportation under President Bill Clinton, was covered extensively in the email. Podesta goes on to say that Pena's "Cabinet stints ripped up his family," and that Pena "gave everything to the cause and no time to his family, he went through a messy divorce in the late 90's and was left really down and felt like no one reached out to him then so he felt pretty cut off from Clinton World."

Podesta, passing along all of this information after speaking with former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, gives Clinton four steps in completing a call with Pena, writing, "1) you really enjoyed seeing Cindy at the Chambers event and appreciate her support. 2) ask him how he's been doing 3) ask about his views on the race and what she should be doing in Colorado 4) ask that he consider publicly supporting you."

DNC staffers wrote questions for CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer when he interviewed Trump, new batch of 8,000 WikiLeaks emails reveals
Batch of 8,263 DNC emails were released by Wikileaks late Sunday night
  • One email discusses how CNN inquired with the DNC about questions to ask during interviews with Ted Cruz and Trump for Wolf Blitzer
  • An email dated April 28 entitled 'Cruz on CNN' reads 'CNN is looking for questions. Please send some topical/interesting ones'
  • Another email asks if DNC staffers 'want to offer Jake Tapper questions to ask us' during another interview on the network
  • Tapper has said the email was 'misconstrued' and his staffer was wanting to find out if the DNC guest being booked had anything to say
  • Separate DNC email chain found appears to show Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank asked the DNC for help with research for a column
  • The column he wrote was about Trump and featured a list of things the presidential candidate said that he deemed as 'outrageous'

7 November, 2016

The Democratic National Committee tried to provide CNN anchor Wolf Blizter with questions to ask Donald Trump, the latest WikiLeaks email dump has revealed.

Among the batch of 8,263 emails released on Sunday night, one shows that staff working for the network hosts asked DNC staffers what questions they should put to the Republican candidate.

They also asked for advice when it came to an appearance from former candidate, Ted Cruz.

An email dated April 28 entitled 'Cruz on CNN' reads 'CNN is looking for questions. Please send some topical/interesting ones.'

That email was sent from DNC research director Lauren Dillon to other officials and staffers.

Days before that, on April 25 she asked for questions from officials and staffers for an interview that CNN's Wolf Blitzer would be conducting with Trump.

Among the recently released batch of 8,263 emails, one email shows the Cable News Network inquiring with DNC staffers for questions to ask during an interview Wolf Blitzer (above) would conduct with Donald Trump

Among the recently released batch of 8,263 emails, one email shows the Cable News Network inquiring with DNC staffers for questions to ask during an interview Wolf Blitzer (above) would conduct with Donald Trump

On April 24, DNC research director Lauren Dillon sent the above email to staffers saying Blitzer is interviewing Trump ahead of his foreign policy address. The subject line reads 'Trump Questions for CNN'

On April 24, DNC research director Lauren Dillon sent the above email to staffers saying Blitzer is interviewing Trump ahead of his foreign policy address. The subject line reads 'Trump Questions for CNN'

An email (above) dated April 28 entitled 'Cruz on CNN' reads 'CNN is looking for questions. Please send some topical/interesting ones.' That email was sent from Dillon to other officials and staffers

'Wolf Blitzer is interviewing Trump on Tues (sic) ahead of his foreign policy address on Wed,' Dillon wrote in the email that was entitled 'CNN questions for Trump.'

Numerous questions were submitted by a group of DNC staffers and officials for 68-year-old Blitzer to ask the billionaire.

However, in a follow-up email, she informed the group of staffers that the Trump interview ended up being cancelled.

'CNN said the interview was cancelled as of now but will keep the questions for the next one Good to have for others as well,' Dillon wrote in the email.

DNC deputy communications director Christina Freundlich responded to Dillion's email with 'Boo', seemingly showing that she was disappointed.

Blitzer, who has been working at CNN since 1990, did end up interviewing the real estate mogul on May 4.

That interview took place right after both Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich dropped out of the Republican presidential race as candidates.

A CNN spokeswoman told the Daily Mail Online the emails are 'completely unremarkable'.

'When preparing for interviews we are regularly sent suggestions from rival campaigns and political parties, both solicited and unsolicited,' she said.

'Casting a wide net to ensure a tough and fair interview isn't just common media practice, it's smart.' 

In a separate conversation dated on April 28, Jason Seher, a writer for Jake Tapper's (above) show on CNN, emailed Pablo Manriquez, a former DNC media booker thanking him

In that same email chain, he said he needed to know 'asap if we want to offer Jake Tapper questions to ask us'

In a separate conversation dated on April 28, Jason Seher, a writer for Jake Tapper's show on CNN, emailed Pablo Manriquez, a former DNC media booker thanking him for 'facilitating Luis coming on today, and bearing with us through a meelee (sic) of GOP nonsense and cancellations and all that. Any particular points he'll want to make? We're gonna stay Dem focused...'

In responding, Manriquez said he would include Dillon and Christina Freundlich into the conversation to see 'if there's any newsworthy (opposition) Luis can drop'.

Freundlich previously worked for the Iowa Democratic Party before she caused outrage when she took a selfie smiling in front of a deadly New York City fire in March 2015. She was hired as a spokeswoman for the DNC in July 2015.

Manriquez then sent a message to several staffers and wrote, 'Window closing on this. Need to know asap if we want to offer Jake Tapper questions to ask us.'

The Tapper email had been published by Wikileaks before in a separate set of leaks.

At the time Tapper responded that the emails did not suggest bias because there were similar communications with every other aspect of the political spectrum.

'One critic suggests that this betrays a certain 'coziness' with Democratic officials,' he wrote on his blog.

'I disagree – we work very hard to make The Lead and State of the Union fair and I think we have developed a reputation for good nonpartisan journalism; I think the staffer was just being collegial.

'Some days we have GOP nonsense/booking issues, some days we have Democratic nonsense/booking issues.

'That said, it's a good lesson for everyone in journalism and beyond that emails get hacked and things get misconstrued.

"Any particular points he'll want to make?" is a fairly standard question – producers and reporters ask it all the time of Democrats, Republicans, everyone, to make sure we don't miss out on news-making opportunities.

'Have we asked that question of Trump campaign staffers? Absolutely. Of RNC staffers? Absolutely. Of Sanders campaign staffers? Absolutely. And on and on.'

The emails suggest that the DNC staff took the message as going further than that, believing it was an invitation to provide questions.

The latest email release by Wikileaks comes two days before the presidential election.

The release also follows criticism the Cable News Network faced after emails showed that DNC interim chairwoman Donna Brazile, who worked at the network as an on-air contributor, leaked questions to the Clinton campaign for a debate and a town hall event.

Another DNC email chain found in this huge batch of emails released by Wikileaks appears to show that Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank asked the DNC for help with research for a column he wrote about Trump in April 2016.

His column titled, 'The Ten Plagues of Trump,' featured a list of things the Republican presidential candidate said that he deemed as 'outrageous.'

The email was titled 'research request: top 10 worst Trump quotes?' as Deputy Communications Director Eric Walker wrote, 'Milbank doing a Passover-themed 10 plagues of Trump.'

Walker was provided with a list of things that could be used to help Milbank.

One of the 'plagues' listed by Milbank in his column was 'Blood' and focused around the quote from Trump regarding Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.

'You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever,' Trump said.

The internal DNC emails suggest that the columnist asked for a list that he possibly used to assist him in writing the column, as eight of the plagues match up with suggestions that were sent by the DNC.

#Podesta33: WikiLeaks releases latest batch of emails from Clinton campaign char

© Carlos Barria
7 November, 2016

WikiLeaks has published its 33rd tranche of emails from the hacked account of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta.

The whistleblowing organization has now published more than 55,600 emails in a series of daily online releases which it said were building towards the November 8 presidential election.

Emails released Sunday included messages accusing Chelsea Clinton of using Clinton Foundation funds for her wedding as well as leaked transcripts of Bill Clinton’s fundraising speeches.

BREAKING: : WikiLeaks releases latest batch of emails from Clinton campaign chair

WikiLeaks has claimed its email publishing servers suffered a sustained DoS attack after it released #DNCLeak2 over the weekend.

BREAKING: WikiLeaks email publication servers under targeted DoS attack since releasing DNC leak2 -

Australian journalist and documentary maker John Pilger (L) and Julian Assange, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks © Reuters / Dartmouth Films

Assange: Clinton is a cog for Goldman Sachs & the Saudis (JOHN PILGER EXCLUSIVE VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT)

Goldman Sachs speeches

In an email from January 23, 2016 Clinton Research Director Tony Carrk quoted the Democratic presidential nominee apparently expressing little appetite for prosecuting rogue Wall Street bankers.

In the mail to Clinton campaign Director of Communications Jennifer Palmieri, Press Secretary Brian Fallon and Podesta, Carrk said he was sending excerpts from Clinton’s Goldman Sachs speeches.

I'm not interested in, you know, turning the clock back or pointing fingers,” Clinton is reported to have told Tim O’Neill, formerly of SJU Wall Street Trading Room and Credit Suisse, following a paid speech.

Clinton apparently then went on to recommend that the financial sector take a leading role in setting out regulations for their own troubled industry: “The people that know the industry better than anybody are the people who work in the industry. There's nothing magic about regulations, too much is bad, too little is bad.”

Less than one year earlier, Democratic media adviser Mandy Grunwald suggested to Podesta in another communicationleaked Monday that Clinton should take a conciliatory tone with regard to Wall Street.

I would include something from the Maggie Haberman piece on HRC's Goldman Sachs speech,” writes Grunwald.

Something like, "When HRC recently spoke to bankers at Goldman Sachs, instead of holding them accountable for their activities that crashed the economy, she told them that banker bashing was foolish and had to stop. She said "soothing" that we all got into our economic problems together."

Illegal ivory’ as leverage on China

Hillary Clinton directed her now-campaign chair Podesta to use reports of illegal elephant tusk smuggling by Chinese government officials as “leverage” during a 2014 White House visit to the nation.

Three days before President Obama’s visit to Beijing in November 2014, the former secretary of state highlighted a NY Times article on how Chinese delegates reportedly smuggled home poached ivory from Tanzania.

A message from Clinton’s hrod17@clintonemail.com opens by praising Podesta’s “teasing” of reporters and “flashes” of a smile at a recent press conference before asking the then-White House adviser to raise the ivory story with China’s president directly.

On China, I know 

you’ll be in Beijing next week, so am sending a news report about how Xi’s official party on its visit to Tanzania loaded up their planes w poached ivory, likely w full knowledge of [President Jakaya] Kikwete’s government,”Clinton writes.

Please raise this issue directly w XI, both because it is critical on the merits but also because it's another way you can gain some leverage with the Chinese.”
The email subject line was, “Below is what I sent POTUS on election and China poaching.”

‘fact sheet’ provided by the White House regarding Obama’s visit shows discussions centered on the ebola crisis, economic relations, and a “shared vision for Afghanistan.” An effort to work together to “stop the trade in illegal wildlife products” is also mentioned.

Clinton ‘totally blew’ crime question

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio thought Clinton “totally blew” a debate question about her support for a controversial federal crime bill passed by her husband.

In a March 2016 email, de Blasio was less than impressed with Clinton’s attempt to pass off a question on mass incarceration to her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders back in March.

Hillary was fantastic on the gun control answer, then totally blew the mass incarceration question,” de Blasio wrote to Podesta.

The question was posed during a live CNN debate by anchor Don Lemon, who asked Clinton why black people should trust her to end a pattern of mass incarceration when she supported a 1994 law which many blame for “locking up a generation of black men.”

Clinton began her answer by reminding people that Sanders also supported the bill, a tactic which appears to have irked Mayor de Blasio.

Why on Earth did she say ‘Are you going to ask Senator Sanders that question?’ instead of just addressing the issue,” de Blasio wrote.

When she makes it about her, she loses the high ground. Stating the obvious, I know, but she keeps doing it…”

Podesta brothers plan to influence India on NGO clampdown

Podesta sought to enlist the help of his lobbyist brother to influence an Indian Intelligence Bureau crackdown on Greenpeace and a key donor, the Ford Foundation, Monday’s leaked emails reveal.

Correspondence between John and Tony Podesta from May 2015 show the pair planned a lunch with the Indian ambassador to discuss a “very serious situation” facing Greenpeace in which the Indian government accused the group of financial irregularities. The claims eventually led to the cancellation of its license to operate there.

The bid to influence India’s decision-making came at the request of Karen Sack, managing director of conservation group Ocean Unite, who asked if John Podesta could get in touch with his brother at The Podesta Group.

Apparently The Podesta Group has the contract for the Republic of India in the US, but Kumi [Naidoo, Greenpeace executive director] has no way to reach Tony or another principal,” Sack writes.

John Podesta forwarded the “small request” to his brother, highlighting Kumi Naidoo’s large following globally.

Want to talk to the head of Greenpeace? Kumi Naidoo is a very well known South African with a big international following, but I think the GOI [Government of India] likely to stick it to them.”

He also explained he was trying to use his influence to help the Ford Foundation charity, which had similarly “got on the wrong side of GOI”. However, he expressed a belief that their issue “can be more easily resolved.”

A reply from Tony Podesta proposes a lunch with an Indian ambassador as well as confirmation he would be “happy” to talk to Greenpeace.

A leaked July 2015 email about funding shows Podesta describing global charity the Ford Foundation as a “mainstay” for the Center for American Progress think-tank, which he founded in 2003.

Clinton’s emails could ‘either win 49 states, or lose 49 states’

As previously reported, in March of 2015, Clinton’s camp were debating whether Hillary should make a joke about her“email situation”.

Staffers were “nervous” about the “potentially nuts” move and, in freshly leaked correspondence, sought advice from Philippe Reines – a former senior adviser from Clinton’s days as Secretary of State and someone who was likely privy to the contents of said mails.

Trust me, most of the email themselves are funnier than any joke we can come up with. Read in total by America she would either win 49 states, or lose 49 states. I go back and forth,” said Reines.

But I would not make a joke just for the sake of making a joke, because email retention = Benghazi,” he warned.

We can’t jam State to release them at this point, but if Dan [Schwerin, Clinton’s speech writer] can think of a light way to say “I am proud of the work we did at State and hopefully at some point everyone will be able to read what’s in them as a way to better understand that work…” Reines suggested.

HuffPo a clandestine mouthpiece for Democrats?

A social action group classified The Huffington Post as a means by which to surreptitiously peddle pro-Democrat messages back in 2008, according to a leaked email by strategist Susan McCue.

In April 2008, McCue – president of Message Global, a self-described social action group – recounted a conversation she allegedly had with Arianna Huffington. The email was about a progressive media project and was sent to John Podesta, David Brock of Media Matters and Tom Mazzie of MoveOn.org.

According to McCue, who was formerly chief of staff for Nevada Senator Harry Reid and once listed by GQ Magazine among the 50 most powerful people in Washington, Huffington was interested in allowing her publication to become a political mouthpiece.

I spoke w Arianna abt PMUSA Board [Progressive Media USA] and will send her more info. She is enthusiastic abt the project but asks if she’s more useful to us not being on the Board and, instead, using Huffpo to echo our message without any perceived conflicts,” McCue wrote.

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