- Wikileaks published campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails Friday
- One, sent by research director Tony Carrk, contains ‘flags’ from speeches
- Excerpts include Clinton‘s positions on Wall Street and electronic security
- Carrk seems to imagine potential damaging headlines based on the ‘flags’
- One of these possible headlines reads: ‘Clinton admits she is out of touch’
Hillary Clinton admitted to being ‘kind of far removed’ from the middle class, according to a leaked transcript of a speech she gave on Wall Street.
Wikileaks on Friday published emails from campaign chairman John Podesta. One of them, sent by campaign research director Tony Carrk in January this year, points out ‘flags’ in Clinton’s paid speeches.
The email, titled ‘HRC paid speeches’, lists excerpts from several of Clinton’s speeches in front of audiences such as Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley.
Carrk seems to have written potential damaging headlines, as if to imagine how her comments could be perceived. One of these possible headlines states: ‘Clinton admits she is out of touch.’
The next paragraph includes the following excerpt, from a speech Clinton gave in 2014.
‘And I am not taking a position on any policy, but I do think there is a growing sense of anxiety and even anger in the country over the feeling that the game is rigged. And I never had that feeling when I was growing up. Never.
‘I mean, were there really rich people, of course there were. My father loved to complain about big business and big government, but we had a solid middle class upbringing.
‘And now, obviously, I’m kind of far removed because the life I’ve lived and the economic, you know, fortunes that my husband and I now enjoy, but I haven’t forgotten it.’
Wikileaks (editor Julian Assange is pictured) published emails from campaign chairman John Podesta. One, sent by research director Tony Carrk, points out ‘flags’ in Clinton’s speeches.
Julian Assange, who has been living inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, had planned to give a speech marking Wikileaks’ 10th anniversary on Monday.
The speech, which could have been damaging to Clinton, could have been an ‘October Surprise’ released in time to influence the outcome of the presidential election.
But he cancelled it and instead spoke by video link in Berlin on Tuesday.
In his email, Clarrk warns his team that they should ‘give an extra scrub’ to a lot of the policy positions expressed in Clinton’s speech.
Clinton once said it is necessary to have both a public and a private position on policy, according to the transcript of a 2013 speech included in Clarrk’s email.
‘I mean, politics is like sausage being made. It is unsavory, and it always has been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be.
‘But if everybody’s watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So, you need both a public and a private position.’
Clinton’s campaign wouldn’t confirm to BuzzFeed whether the emails published by Wikileaks were authentic.
But spokesman Glen Caplin said administration officials have ‘removed any reasonable doubt that the Kremlin has weaponized Wikileaks to meddle in our election and benefit Donald Trump’s candidacy’.