One email has caused debate over whether Podesta is revealing that Clinton hates everyday Americans, though it appears the problem is with the phrase “everyday Americans” being included in a speech.
“I know she has begun to hate everyday Americans, but I think we should use it once the first time she says I'm running for president because you and everyday Americans need a champion.” Podesta wrote to Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton's Director of Communications, in April 2015.
Also included is an email chain from February 15, 2016 titled ‘Pushback on immigration,’ which shows a request for Ken Salazar, who was the US secretary of the interior from 2009 to 2013, to write an op-ed to smear Bernie Sanders' "professed support for immigration."
The emails reveal frustration from Clinton’s camp over President Obama’s reluctance to show support for her. Dated March 12, 2016, over a month after primaries began, Neera Tanden [President and CEO of the Center for American Progress] asks Podesta “Can Obama even hint of support of Hillary before Tuesday? Really, just a directional nod would be helpful.”
“Maybe they don't want to do this, but the stakes are pretty damn high in this election for him," Tanden says. Podesta asks.“Why don't you push Valerie a little bit,” possibly referencing Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to Obama.
Podesta emailed Clinton’s Director of Communications Jennifer M Palmieri about the news website Business Insider, in an attempt to confirm Clinton’s attendance at an event on April 12, 2015, the day she announced her run for president. They both referred to the publication as being right wing.
“Am I right that they're right wing? They get a fair amount of traffic,” Podesta asked. “They are right wing, but Philippe [Reines, Clinton's former State Department aide] weirdly has cultivated them,” Palmieri replied.
On September 24, 2015, Nikki Budzinski, Clinton’s labor outreach director, emailed Robby Mook about Sanders’ campaign, asking National Education Association for a tele-town hall.
“Carrie flagged that Sanders is now asking for a teletown hall, which we were offered and he was not," she said. "Sander's campaign manager is all over Carrie. I told Carrie this is Sanders strategy, delay, delay and make things a mess."
Eric McFadden, a former director of the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives for the governor of Ohio, was mentioned in a mail to have served as a liaison to Clinton in the 2007 primaries. McFadden was arrested in 2009 and pleaded guilty to two incidents of trying to pimp a 17-year-old prostitute.
The American Catholic said McFadden served as the head of Catholic outreach for the Clinton campaign during the primary.
In December 2013, Bloomberg reporter Mike Dorning contacted Jake Siewert, former White House press secretary who became head of corporate communications for Goldman Sachs.
Dorning was asking about the role Podesta played during Bill Clinton’s second term “push to use executive actions to further agenda.”
“Guidance?” Siewert wrote to Podesta and Palmieri, attaching Dorning’s inquiry. “I can make stuff up but happy to emphasize whatever you'd like. Was thinking of stressing the deep knowledge and expertise around executive power and what can be done independent of congressional action.”
The previous release revealed that many advisers close to the Clintons pushed for Bill’s role in his wife’s campaign for presidency to be reduced, as his “sex life could be damaging to her”.
Clinton confirmed the authenticity of the previous release, clarifying comments exposed by the leak during Sunday’s second presidential debate. Her admission to the National Multi-Housing Council in 2013 that politicians have “both a private position and a public position” was explained as being a discussion she had regarding the film ‘Lincoln’.
So far there has been no official response from Podesta or the Clinton campaign. However, interim chair of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile has accused WikiLeaks of being "postmarked from Russia" and "spreading con man Donald Trump lies."