Posted: 12:17 pm Sunday, October 30th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
With just nine days left until the elections, the internet group Wikileaks dropped more hacked emails from a top aide to Hillary Clinton on Sunday, as the founder of Wikileaks proclaimed that additional information to be released from the group would directly lead to the arrest of the Democratic nominee for President.
Here’s a look at some of what we’ve learned this weekend, after the release of the 23rd batch of Podesta emails on Sunday:
1. Still relatively little from Hillary Clinton. Wikileaks supporters have often talked about how the group is going to reveal damaging emails from Hillary Clinton herself, but there’s been precious little of import from her to Podesta or other aides. Much like the extra emails found by the FBI during their investigation of her email server, emails from Clinton to her aides tend to be short approvals of decisions. “Ok to go. Thx,” she wrote about a new campaign ad, in an email released on Sunday. Is this all that Wikileaks has from Clinton?
2. Clinton team grapples with her emails. This has been a constant theme of the releases by Wikileaks, and this weekend was no different. In a series of emails in mid-March of 2015, the Clinton team is scrambling to deal with a New York Times reporter, who is sniffing around Clinton’s emails and the GOP-led investigation into the Benghazi attacks. Some on the Clinton team want to get out front and release Clinton’s emails on the matter, while others aren’t so interested – but they’re worried about what the Times is going to report.
3. Clinton aides using their personal email at State Department. While they struggled to answer questions about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State, some of the aides who worked with her at the State Department also evidently went away from their own state.gov email addresses to do official work at times. In this email, staffers are discussing Jake Sullivan, who was Clinton’s deputy Chief of Staff at State, prompting this question: “why did her advisers at times use personal addresses to communicate with her?”
4. Wikileaks trying hard to nail Clinton. One of the more interesting aspects of the last month has been to watch Wikileaks transform itself into an internet organ that is seemingly campaigning daily against Hillary Clinton. That was fully on display earlier this week when Wikileaks jumped to conclusions – as published in conservative media – and accused a top Clinton aide of deleting all of his tweets in an effort to hide information from the FBI.
The problem was, Mook never deleted his tweets, because he had never posted to Twitter, despite joining back in 2015. Not only was Wikileaks wrong, but a whole big slice of anti-Clinton forces dropped the ball on this one too. One thing to remember as a reporter – if the story seems too good to be true, it probably is.
5. Assange says the next leak is the big one.The founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange claimed in recent days that he’s holding back something really big on Hillary Clinton. “Julian Assange claims next leak will lead to the arrest of Clinton,” blared the headline on the Russian government backed RT network. Wikileaks has promised fireworks before, but not always delivered. We’ll see about this one.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.