Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Do Latest WikiLeaks Emails Show an 'Authentic' Portrait of Clinton?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Do Latest WikiLeaks Emails Show an 'Authentic' Portrait of Clinton?

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WikiLeaks published on Friday over 2,000 of what it describes as emails hacked from an account belonging to John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, in the first of a string of file dumps promised by WikiLeaks' founder in the weeks leading up the Nov. 4 elections.

In a Twitter post following the publications, Mr. Podesta appeared to confirm that at least some of the emails were authentic.

"I'm not happy about being hacked by the Russians in their quest to throw the election to Donald Trump," he wrote. "Don't have time to figure out which docs are real and which are faked."

One leaked email dated January 25 contains excerpts of transcripts from paid speeches given by the Democratic presidential candidate. The existence of those transcripts was seized upon during Democratic primaries by Bernie Sanders' campaign, which repeatedly called for their release.

In one 2013 speech before the National Multi-Family Housing Council, an apartment-rental industry association, Mrs. Clinton is quoted as telling attendees that in politics, "you need both a public and private position."

"It is unsavory, and it always has been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be," she said. "But if everybody's watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous."

Such comments will probably do little to change perceptions of the candidate as cagey and untrustworthy. And other excerpts flagged by Podesta as policy points in need of burnishing show Clinton reassuring financial executives that she saw them more as partners than as obstacles to reform, going so far as to point to a "bias against people who have led successful and/or complicated lives."

The idea that the banking system caused the crisis, she told one 2013 Goldman Sachs investment symposium, was an "oversimplification". …

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