From top: Hillary Clinton at the UN while US Secretary of State; portion of a speech  Mrs Clinton gave to to bankers.

The furious, ongoing WikiLeaks dump of US Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails has gained little traction in the mainstream media, least of all in Ireland.

But what do we know so far?

1. Mrs. Clinton had cosy and improper relationship with the mainstream media.

See yesterday’s post.

2. The State Department paid special attention to “Friends of Bill.”

After the massive 2010 Haiti earthquake, a senior aide to then-Secretary of State Clinton repeatedly gave special attention to those identified by the abbreviations “FOB” (Friends of Bill) or “WJC VIPs” (William Jefferson Clinton VIPs), referring to the former president. The emails show Mrs. Clinton’s State Department prioritised and benefited Mr. Clinton’s friends in the $10 billion recovery effort. The State Department also polled the popularity of Mr. Clinton in Haiti and shared the results with him.

3. Mrs. Clinton argued for “a hemispheric common market with open trade and open borders” in a private speech to bankers

4. The Clinton campaign was in touch with Department of Justice officials regarding the release of her emails.

Brian Fallon, Mrs. Clinton’s spokesman and former Justice Department staffer, appeared to have discussions with sources inside the Department of Justice about ongoing open records lawsuits requesting access to her emails while serving as secretary of state. In an email from May 2015, Mr. Fallon said that “DOJ folks” had “informed” him about the upcoming status conference in one of the lawsuits.

5. The Clinton camp was tipped off to the release of the Benghazi emails.

In April 2015, Clinton campaign Deputy Communications Director Kristina Schake referred to a “tip” from a source regarding when the State Department planned to release Mrs. Clinton’s Benghazi emails. Mrs. Clinton’s lawyer Heather Samuelson followed up on the tip, writing: “Latest: Still aiming for Friday, but potential it gets delayed until early next week because still moving through interagency review process. Will check back tomorrow and keep you posted. Quick update on this — DOS says the release of the 300 will likely happen on Thurs or Friday. Will keep you posted as I hear anything further on my end. Thx.”

6. Mrs. Clinton admitted sometimes her public and private positions differ.

In a 2013 speech before the National Multi-Housing Council, Mrs. Clinton indicated her public positions may differ with her private positions, because politics is an ugly business.

“Politics is like sausage being made,” Mrs. Clinton said. “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 backroom 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.”

7. Mrs. Clinton’s spokesman mocked Catholics and evangelicals as “severely backwards.”

Hacked emails show Mrs. Clinton’s campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri and other Clinton allies openly talking about Catholics being “severely backwards” and charging that they don’t know “what the hell they’re talking about.” The April 2011 discussion between Ms. Palmieri and John Halpin, a senior fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress, mocks media mogul Rupert Murdoch for raising his children in the Catholic Church and said that most “powerful elements” in the conservative movement are all Catholic.

8. Mrs. Clinton admitted she has a hard time relating to the struggles of the middle class.

In a 2014 speech for Goldman Sachs and BlackRock, Mrs. Clinton admitted her riches and public persona lifestyle isolated her from the financial struggles of most of the country, saying her memories of her childhood is how she connects now to everyday Americans.

“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,” Mrs. Clinton said of relating to the middle class.

9. Mrs. Clinton campaign used Benghazi as a distraction from the email scandal.

 10. The Clinton team strategized on how to delay releasing emails, knowing it was against the law.

11. Mrs Clinton confirmed  Saudi Arabia, Qatar fund ISIS.

12. As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton traveled the globe encouraging countries to adopt fracking technology. This, despite current public views on Climate Change:

13. Hillary Clinton privately pitched corporations on “really low” tax rate for money stashed abroad

14. Mrs Clinton acknowledged that a “No Fly Zone” in Syria — now her stated policy preference — would “kill a lot of Syrians.”

15. Please feel free to share any we may have missed below.

More as they leak it.

The Podesta Emails (Wikileaks)

Hillary Clinton And Corporate Media Shamefully ‘Stronger Together’ (Mediaite)

Top 10 Clinton scandals exposed by WikiLeaks (Washington Times)



Fox News’ Mediabuzz host Howard Kurtz explains how, despite attempts at press blackouts, the Wikleaks dumps are damaging the Clinton campaign “drip by drip”.

Thanks Rory




Stoner spoiler alert.

Hillary’s pot flip flops compiled.

She’s evil, dude.

46 thoughts on “In The Dumps

    1. Caroline™

      Even without a comparable release for literally any other politician, this is drowning in weak sauce.

    2. Dόn Pídgéόní

      Particularly this one. Imagine a politician understanding how her privilege means her life will be radically diffident from others!! Burn the witch!!

      Less smoking gun and more whiny puppy.

  1. DubLoony

    How much of that is shocking?

    The news media in the US has a lot to answer for in the conduct of this campaign. Fox news in particular. they are stunningly partisan.

    Admitting she’s out of touch with middle class Americans is a truthful statement. Simialrly, having space to negotiate in private vs public utterances is how diplomacy works. Cuban missile crisis classic case in point.

    As the the Catholic bit – well, yeah.

    1. thecitizenatbarneys

      I think that having the self awareness to know that as Secretary of State and a Senator she is not in the same circles as the average citizen is a good thing.

      Where does she say she has a hard time relating to their struggles? Bit of editorial there Broadsheet?

    1. Clampers Outside!

      This guy apparently got fired by the Democrats for this…. he’s clearly pissed by the fraud, but that didn’t stop the press accusing him… of accusing minorities of voter fraud and called him a racist…. LOL!
      Like shooting a whistleblower…..

      1. Dόn Pídgéόní

        Ah project veritas. The videos on acorn were shown to be doctored and they cleared after being forced to close. What a triumph for democracy.

  2. Clampers Outside!

    12. You don’t need a Voter ID to vote
    Hilary et al have pushed for this, no voter IDs.
    In New York it is an offence to ask a voter for ID…. like, WTF:? :) (see 11. for source)

    1. ahjayzis

      I don’t need ID in the UK when i vote either. In Ireland it’s spot checking, I don’t think they’ve ever checked my passport at the station.

      Bringing in voter ID laws, without a free national ID card, is something Republicans do to dampen down turnout of poor people and people of colour, who tend to not have a state issued photo ID. They usually close the DMV’s and the like in poorer areas in tandem, to make it prohibitively expensive to go and get one.

      Before the Voting Rights Acts were gutted several ID laws were shot down by courts because it’s blatant voter suppression.

      There is no real, substantiated evidence that people are impersonating voters.

      1. Clampers Outside!

        No evidence except for the vid of yer man, and his word, above.

        I can buy that regarding the ID, fair enough… the cynic in me came out, as I can recall voter interference from previous elections, this time by Republicans…

        Check out this doc ‘American Blackout’ on how Republicans were able to scupper a lot of black votes in the run up to Bush Jnr’s second election…

        1. realPolithicks

          We don’t have voter ID’s here in Massachusetts either. Voter ID’s are generally required in republican run states and are used as a tool to prevent people (particularly minorities) from voting.

  3. Junkface

    She still comes out of it more of a human being and a more honest person than Trump or many others in US politics. She is still the best candidate for the job, but admittedly the last 20 years of her life experience in politics have warped her core principles from the 70’s, 80’s and early 90′.s

    1. DubLoony

      Am surprised she has really played up to what she has done in the earlier decades of her career. Its all Benghazi & emails. Both of which were investigated and she was cleared on both.

      The whole campaign is so off-putting there is a risk of very low voter turn out.

      She needs to give people a reason to vote FOR her, not just against Trump.

  4. edalicious

    6 is a funny one to bring up since Trump often has multiple contradictory public positions on the same topic.

  5. Willie Banjo

    See Broadsheet is linking to Washington Times these days…owned by the Moonies, read by the loonies.

  6. Jimmee

    3. Mrs. Clinton argued for “a hemispheric common market with open trade and open borders” in a private speech to bankers

    Seems like a good idea. Would love to hear more from her about this actually! More leaks!

  7. Vote Rep #1

    Trump is getting a bit of flak at the moment so I’d imagine there will be more emails released so try and get the heat off of him for a while at least.

    Maybe they’ll need Russia to hack a few more emails though first.

    1. nellyb

      US – RUS standoff is hyper-exaggerated for the pleb to make conscription easier, deflect unwanted attention – you know the drill. I am pretty sure behind closed doors it’s all lovsky dovsky. Like WWF fighters, doin it for the show.

  8. bisted

    …I seldom agree with crooked Hillary…but she does have a point about the catholics and evangelicals…

  9. dcoader

    Ironically, the more I read about Hilary Clinton, for all her foibles, the more I am impressed with her.

    Seriously Broadsheet, are you guys trying to engineer a move to provide the media consumption of the loony, conspiracy theory space of the left and right?

  10. ahjayzis

    In a 2014 speech for Goldman Sachs and BlackRock, Mrs. Clinton admitted her riches and public persona lifestyle isolated her from the financial struggles of most of the country, saying her memories of her childhood is how she connects now to everyday Americans.

    Anyone else find this kind of refreshing?

    1. Starina

      yep. she’s self-aware.

      none of this is shocking, she’s a politician operating in the sphere of Washington, and i agree with her on some of this anyway. esp the religious dig.

    2. Dόn Pídgéόní

      Yup. Also see the speech she gave in Charlotte about race relations in the US, BLM and being white.

  11. Holden MaGroin

    If anything she kind of comes off as more honest with regard to public vs. private opinions and honesty and about relating to other classes.

    After I read this I still think “The other guy is terrible. Just terrible.” I really hope she wins over him.

    1. Brother Barnabas

      Yep to that.

      It’s down to us now, though.

      It’s important that we all ensure our friends, family, colleagues and neighbours turn out to vote Hillary on election day. If you have an elderly neighbour with mobility issues, offer to vote for them – it all adds up in the end.

  12. Chris

    Hmmm suspicious, you guys are on to her. A clear pattern has emerged, it’s almost like, most likely she’s some kind of wealthy powerful woman, maybe a politician of some sort, who garners relationships with other powerful types who she works along side and sometimes competes with, using wealthy donors and powerful associates and what’s more it’s almost like she tried to sort of manage her image to curb how she is received by others. It’s almost as if she is a US presidential candidate.

  13. Kieran NYC

    This comments section has been refreshing and pleasant.

    And I’m noticing one missing element… haha

    Anyway, worth noting that some of the emails that have come out have been doctored and presented in such a way as to be misleading or out of context. The Sydney Blumenthal one in particular.

  14. Nigel

    Everything about these leaks, while expressing some of the messier aspects of politics and the contradictions therein, suggest she is in every way BETTER AT THIS than Trump is. I guess the State Department favouring Friends Of Bill is as bad as it gets in terms of things that are actually bad?

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