New WikiLeaks Clinton Reveal: Benghazi, Super PACs, Encryption Policies

New WikiLeaks Clinton Reveal: Benghazi, Super PACs, Encryption Policies

POLITICS 21:41 14.10.2016

New emails released by WikiLeaks reveal the Clinton campaign’s anxieties about one of Hillary Clinton’s primary debate performances as well as concerns over a New York Times report about the candidate’s main super PAC.

The transparency organization has released a new batch of John Podesta emails, providing more insight into the inner workings of the Clinton campaign.

One volley of email correspondence between Clinton’s domestic policy adviser Sara Solow to digital director Teddy Goff shows the campaign discussing Clinton’s answer to a question about encrypted communications during an early primary debate.

“I actually do believe there is a way to thread the needle here,” Goff wrote, adding that it “requires us to quickly pivot from encryption to the broader issue of working with tech companies to detect and stop” terrorists.

“[In] terms of wanting a way to break in, couldn’t we tell tech off the record that she had in mind the malware/key strokes idea…Or that she had in mind really super code breaking by the NSA. But not the backdoor per se?” Solow responded.

Another email sent to Podesta from a strategic consulting firm suggests ways for “putting Bengazi [sic] Republicans on the defensive while siding with Americans.” Suggestions from the firm included making Congressional Republicans the focus of the Benghazi hearings by blaming them for prioritizing one tragedy over others.

“The question and challenge Hillary Clinton could pose would be: ‘Why is this committee spending over $4 million dollars and two years on a tragedy involving the death of 4 Americans while House Republicans have held few or no hearings on,'” and then listed a series of examples of other causes of deaths in the US, among them gun violence and breast cancer.

Other exchanges show that the Clinton campaign was very worried about a New York Times story about the super PAC Priorities USA.

“Are they reporting any specific donor names?” Clinton’s national finance director, Dennis Cheng, asked.

“So afraid that NYT is going with this story on Priorities whether we like or not,” campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri replied.

“They have sources about the meetings. Honestly, it sounds like Priorities staff was yapping. We are not confirming meetings on this trip but commenting on why we are participating with Priorities.”

A separate email expressed concerns with tweets by New York Times reporter Trip Gabriel about students being coached on questions prior to a campaign event.

“Admin was ‘saying like that’s what she wants.’ We all had q’s outside of education, they hinted at not asking those, says student,” said one tweet.

“Last one is kinda BS,” communications staffer Ian Sams wrote, referring to that tweet.

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