Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wikileaks Shows Clinton Advisers Contemplating How to Respond to Ferguson Grand Jury in '14

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wikileaks Shows Clinton Advisers Contemplating How to Respond to Ferguson Grand Jury in '14

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WASHINGTON * In the hours before the St. Louis County grand jury investigating the Michael Brown shooting death reported its decision not to indict policeman Darren Wilson on Nov. 24, 2014, top advisers to Hillary Clinton were debating how she should respond.

In a series of email exchanges under the subject line of "Ferguson time sensitive," Robby Mook, now Clinton's campaign chair, and others in her not-yet-officially announced campaign circle traded ideas on how and when she should talk about the impending decision. In the end, she was criticized for not having a bold response. The discussion behind the scenes hinged on caution.

St. Louis County officials had announced that day that the decision would be revealed at 8 p.m.

The hacked email exchanges are among the latest put out by WikiLleaks, which has unleashed a steady stream of revelations on deliberations inside Clinton's inner circle. The leaks have drawn criticism from the Clinton campaign, who say they are the products of hackers from the Russian government or close associates of it. U.S. intelligence agencies suspect that Russian hackers are releasing them to influence the U.S. election.

Early on that tumultuous day of the grand jury announcement, which ended with more violent protests in Ferguson, Clinton adviser Dan Schwerin wrote:

"As you've probably heard, the grand jury in Ferguson has reached a decision on whether to charge the police officer in the death of Michael Brown. The decision is expected to be announced around 9pm ET. HRC (Hillary Rodham Clinton) is speaking at an open press event this evening sometime between 6:30-7:30pm. I believe it's her last scheduled open press event of the week.

"After talking with Nick (Clinton adviser Nick Merrill), our suggestion is that we consider having her address Ferguson at the conclusion of her remarks, even though the decision will not be known yet. …

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