WikiLeaks has released the 25th batch of emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta.
The latest tranche consists of almost 2,500 emails, bringing the number released so far to almost 42,000. WikiLeaks has claimed it will publish 50,000 emails in total in the run up to the US presidential election on November 8.
Yesterday’s emails revealed that Anthony Weiner was a cause for concern within the Clinton campaign as far back as 2011. Emails from the former congressman’s laptop are key to the FBI’s decision to reopen an investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server.
‘Dump all those mails’
“We are going to have to dump all those emails,” Podesta tells Clinton aide Cheryl Mills in an email dated March 2, 2015, a week before Clinton addressed the email scandal at a press conference, claiming there was no classified material sent via the private server.
It’s not clear which emails Podesta is referring to in the thread, but Podesta tells Mills: “better to do so sooner than later”.
Mills replies: “Think you just got your new nick name.”
‘The power of torture’
“There is something to be said for the power of torture,” Clinton aide Neera Tanden tells Podesta in a July 2015 email showing her frustration over Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Tanden had previously told Podesta that whoever told Clinton she could use the server should be “drawn and quartered”.
Ground Bernie ‘to a pulp’
Podesta is told “Bernie needs to be ground to a pulp” in an email advising him of tactics for dealing with Clinton’s rival for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders.
The mail from campaign consultant titled ‘Friendly advice. No mercy’ was sent in February 2016, and tells Podesta to “Crush him as hard as you can.”
Leaked memo to CNN
An email from June 2015 between members of Clinton’s campaign team reveals staff plans to leak a memo to CNN before the rest of the press.
“Unless I hear otherwise, we’ll send to our friends and allies list at noon and Jesse will get it leaked to Dan Merica at CNN. We will then give it to anyone who asks,” Deputy Communications Director for Hillary for America, Christina Reynolds writes.
The memo in question gives a summary of the campaign’s perceived progress at that point and outlines strategy and expectations for campaign volunteers for “the coming months”.
‘Absolutely the worst’
An email thread from April 21, 2015 entitled ‘Takes the cake’ blasts a Daily Mail reporter who had recently quizzed Hillary Clinton.
Top aide Huma Abedin writes: “Officially the most intrepid reporter thus far is the daily mail! He hung out at Boston airport with us for 4 hours and flew to dc with us!!”
“Grabbed her [Clinton] when we landed at school airport. Asked her why she didn’t take the more convenient flight back from Manchester. Also asked her when she would start answering questions about Ben ghazi [sic]. Charming,” she added.
Jesse Ferguson, the Clinton campaign’s deputy national press secretary, replied: “He’s absolutely the worst and I apologize on behalf of Communications professionals everywhere that you have to deal with him.”
Clinton campaign spokesperson Adrienne Elrod responds with just one word: “#creepolla”.
Although not identified in the email chain, the Daily Mail’s US Political Editor David Martosko has indicated he believes the Clinton staff criticism is about him, incorporating some of the quotes into his Twitter bio.