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Wikileaks releases 8th batch of emails from Clinton chair Podesta

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WikiLeaks has uploaded a new batch of 1,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta.

The latest, eighth, release of emails brings the total number of files released to over 11,000.

These emails shed more light on the Clinton campaign’s efforts to control and shape media coverage of Hillary, their monitoring of Bernie Sanders’ campaign, and discussions on assault allegations made against Bill Clinton.

Attacking Sanders

Clinton supporter and political pundit Brent Budowsky wrote to Podesta in September 2015 following reports that a Clinton Super PAC was set to ‘go negative’ on her party rival Bernie Sanders. Budowsky warned that such a move could significantly impact Clinton’s campaign – and threatened to withdraw his support if that strategy was adopted.

“I strongly, strongly, strongly, strongly, strongly, strongly, advise against this and please tell Mrs. Clinton that if this continues I am going to withdraw my support, and it would not matter if I do anyway, the reaction will be so severe,” he wrote.

Bill Clinton allegations affidavit

Personal attorney for the Clintons during the Monica Lewinsky scandal David Kendall wrote to Podesta early this year regarding historical sexual assault allegations made against Bill Clinton in the 1990s.

In the email, dated January 7, 2016, Kendall mentions a call between himself and Podesta the night before and attaches documents containing the “History of Juanita Broaddrick Allegations”.

The email suggests that these documents include a 1998 affidavit written by Broaddrick, one of Bill’s accusers, in which she wrote that her allegations of sexual assault in the 1970s were “untrue”.

Broaddrick has since claimed that then-Arkansas Attorney General Bill Clinton did assault her, and later recanted her affidavit

Courting billionaire Fred Wilson

In July 2015, venture capitalist Fred Wilson wrote a blog post supporting Clinton’s stance on the ‘gig economy’promptingher campaign staff to debate via email whether they should contact Wilson directly to thank him for his comments.

Clinton aide Huma Abedin said that she found Wilson’s phone number and indicated that Clinton would personally call him.

In the exchange, Wilson is described as “the godfather of the NY tech scene”, while former innovation adviser to Clinton when she held the secretary of state post, Alec Ross, points out that Wilson is usually “allergic to partisan politics”.

One point made during the call was that it was Wilson’s “chance to get behind something where he is listened to, taken seriously and the outcomes matter.” It was also noted that getting Wilson on side could mean a big donation: “If she draws him out it produces a seven figure return,” Ross wrote.

Banking reform concerns

Emails between Hillary Clinton’s advisers and speechwriters reveal she considered endorsing the reinstatement of a Depression-era act to curb risky Wall Street banking.

Senior communications adviser Mandy Grunwald put forward her concern over whether Clinton should throw her weight behind the Glass-Steagall Act, limiting commercial banks’ involvement in the speculative world of investment banking.

The act was repealed during Bill Clinton’s administration in 1999. According to an email dated October 2, 2010, Grunwald was troubled that opposing Glass Steagall – or failing to mention it all in a Wall Street reform op-ed – would “antagonize”Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren and lead her to endorse Sanders.

Warren had advocated a new version of the act to prevent future financial meltdowns, such as in the 2007-2008 financial crisis.

“We are not including Elizabeth’s core point about this – that the five biggest banks are now 30 percent bigger than they were five years ago. And, of course, by not embracing a new Glass Steagall, we are not separating ‘everyday’ banking from ‘risky’ banking,” Grunwald wrote.

Grunwald added that Hillary Clinton may have given Senator Warren the impression she was “leaning toward endorsing Glass Steagall” and suggested the campaign may face “phoniness charges if we ‘change’ our position now”.

“I worry about Elizabeth deciding to endorse Bernie,” Grunwald also wrote.

In an op-ed later published in the New York Times, Clinton did oppose Glass Steagall. Warren publically endorsed her in June of this year.

Thousands of emails

WikiLeaks released a group of emails yesterday with further details about Clinton’s email scandal, the Benghazi hearings, and her campaign team’s efforts to direct media coverage of their candidate.

So far, this week’s releases have offered an insight into the operations and concerns of the Clinton campaign team, including efforts to move the Illinois primary and noting that Clinton’s difficulty with apologizing is her “Achilles heel”.

They have also indicated that…

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