WikiLeaks Publish 2,000 Hillary Clinton Campaign Emails

Saturday, 8 October, 2016 - 12:30

Whistleblowing group WikiLeaks published over 2,000 emails from the server of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta on Friday hours after the U.S. State Department officially blamed Russia for her email hacks.

The emails appear to date from 2008 to 2016 and come on the same day the U.S. State Department released 350 pages of Clinton's emails, after releasing 200 on Wednesday following a court order in June. WikiLeaks said it would release a total of 50,000 emails from Podesta in the days to come ahead of the election.

Many of the WikiLeaks' emails touch on daily foreign policy formalities, campaign strategizing and internal matters from the Clinton Foundation campaign, further revealing the blurred line between her staff at the State Department and those at her private non-profit. Much of the content is tame but shows the inner workings of a team dedicated to crafting Clinton’s public image.

Clinton’s campaign had earlier denied allegations by the New York Times that as secretary of state she oversaw the sale of Uranium One to Russia, giving it access to one-fifth of uranium production—essential for the creation of nuclear weapons—in the U.S.

Other major donors mentioned in the emails include major shareholders of the Keystone XL Pipeline—who donated over US$1 million to Bill Clinton shortly before she endorsed the project as secretary of state—and the Algerian embassy, whose US$500,000 donation to the foundation after the Haiti earthquake was not disclosed.