WikiLeaks releases fourth batch of Podesta emails

WikiLeaks releases fourth batch of Podesta emails
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WikiLeaks has released their fourth installment of 1,193 John Podesta emails, leaving roughly 44,500 more pending publication. 

(WASHINGTON, DC) Wikileaks has released a fourth batch of emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta. The latest leak contains 1,193 new emails.

It comes just a day after the whistleblowing website released 1,190 emails, which revealed the Clinton campaign's close ties to a number of journalists, as well as attack strategies against Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.

In an email dated March 20, 2014, Mark Siegel, a former executive director of the DNC, advised Tamera Luzzatto, who previously worked with Hillary Clinton, on how best to keep the “Bernie people… marginally on board."

"If we ‘give’ Bernie this in the Convention's rules committee, his people will think they've ‘won’ something from the Party Establishment," Siegel wrote. "And it functionally doesn't make any difference anyway. They win. We don't lose. Everyone is happy."

Also included is an email chain which followed the outrage over the Iowa caucus being decided on a coin toss back in February. Tina Flourney forwarded CNN Director of Political Research Robert Yoon’s email explaining the format to Robbie Mook.

“And now he's fundraising off of it,” Flourney said, referring to the Sanders campaign.

“Yet again, they fundraise off of lies. Christina is pushing this around.” Mook replied.

It also shows Bill Clinton as out of touch with the public regarding an anecdote he told claiming “somebody making $110k per year” would struggle financially.

In a mail from Hillary’s campaign spokesman Josh Schwerin he warns Bill’s press secretary Angel Ureña about the potential damage the comment could do if used in public.

In another example of the media’s cozy relationship with the campaign, a February email chain between Patrick Healy of the New York Times and the Clinton campaign with the subject line,  ‘Hi Angel and Tina -- running stuff by you re Clinton/Trump’, discussed details of a story about how the campaign viewed Trump.

“We're told that President Clinton [like Mrs. Clinton and some other Dems] thinks that Trump would be a formidable opponent in the general election, and that Dems are in a form of denial if they dismiss Trump as a joke who would be easily defeated in November,” the email reads.  

“President Clinton, like others, thinks that Trump has his finger on the pulse of the electorate's mood and that only a well-financed, concerted campaign portrayed him as dangerous and bigoted will win what both Clintons believe will be a close November election.”

The Clinton campaign was worried about the journalist’s plans to mention “President Clinton, like Secretary Clinton and some others, think Trump could pose a real threat in battleground states that President Obama carried in 2008 and 2012 – like Virginia and Ohio –  and he will be competitive in Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin."

“I think the first point is ok, but don’t love pointing to states where we think he’ll do well, unless that’s just a total done deal.” Deputy Communications Director Christina Reynolds said.

This article was contributed by RT 

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