The ongoing Wikileaks revelations

Wikileaks continues to drop one revealing bomb after another. During the last two weeks the hacked emails from John Podesta, former chief of staff at the White House and current chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, has been the main focus. There have been so many questionable email in fact, that it has been difficult to keep up.

What we have seen so far is not only detrimental for Clinton and the Democratic Party, but also for a number of US top politicians, for President Obama, the FBI, many MSM outlets along with major banks and a host of others.


All this information should be enough to prevent Clinton from becoming president, if not simply send her behind bars. But the media has of failed to report on this subject, or down played its significance. The same media that one of my email leaks can see has collaborated with the Clinton campaign about including the story of her use of a private mail server. This is not something isolated to American MSM, as similar media complacency can be seen throughout the western world.

Here we also find many half reported stories especially. On August 17, 20016, Business Insider (through AP) reported that the then chairman for Donald Trump’s campaign Paul Manafort had been helping pro-Russian Oligarchs in Ukraine. Days later, Manafort resigned, reportedly over Trump’s changes to campaign leadership which minimized Manafort’s position.

In the same Business Insider article it is stated:

Under federal law, US lobbyists must declare publicly if they represent foreign leaders or their political parties and provide detailed reports about their actions to the Justice Department. A violation is a felony and can result in up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Although plenty of attention had been given to Manafort, whose involvement in the entire affair is often described in contradictory ways, little attention had been paid to the lobbying bodies who received these payments: Those being Mercury LLC and the Podesta Group. Of the $2.2 million dollars to emerge from these Oligarchs, $1.13 million found its way to the Podesta Group. The same group working closely with the Clinton campaign, which has among other things, given more than $130, 000 in campaign contributions to the Hillary for America campaign. As a side note, Mercury LLC, despite being headed by a former congressman and Republican Vin Weber, has publicly stated that he will not support Trump. More in depth on this can be found here and here.

There have been many questionable emails to and from the DNC, and few paint a flattering picture. Though it is possible that some can be taken out of context, there are examples of plenty more which are far more difficult to explain away. A large compiled list from July 2016 can be found in this archive which shows a list of leaked emails illustrating the DNC working against Sen. Bernie Sanders attempts to grab the Democratic nomination. After these revelations became apparent the then DNC chair, who had been active throughout these events, resigned her position without giving a reason and immediately joined the Hillary campaign.

Objective media is something very important, and in principle, should be all that is available. However this is another instance in which much of the MSM falls flat. There is of course no exception in the case of this presidential race. The following is a small list of MSM journalists and representatives who were invited (and RSVP’d their attendance) to an “off the record” dinner with John Podesta. This is the same media who has been backing Clinton’s presidential bid and attacking Trump along with other groups which speak out or against Clinton, while largely keeping Clinton scandals quiet.

RSVP

Source: Wikileaks. Archive link.

 

Disclosure should be a very important part for any journalist that holds the image of someone impartial, but increasingly journalists appear to work for rather than with politicians and businesses.

It’s not always a question of who’s telling who what, but who is paying who for what as well. In the following email, this question seems to emerge. The exchange is between various people from Hillary Clinton’s campaign team regarding taking money from foreign nationals on behalf of the campaign and appears to be in favour of doing so despite the law. The law regarding this is attached below for convenience.

foreign-registered

Source: Wikileaks. Archive link.

 

52 U.S. Code § – Contributions and donations by foreign nationals

It shall be unlawful for
(1) a foreign national, directly or indirectly, to make
(A) a contribution or donation of money or other thing of value, or to make an express or implied promise to make a contribution or donation, in connection with a Federal, State, or local election;

 

Source: Cornell. Archive.

 

§ 110.20 Prohibition on contributions, donations, expenditures, independent expenditures, and disbursements by foreign nationals (52 U.S.C. 30121, 36 U.S.C. 510)

(b) Contributions and donations by foreign nationals in connection with elections. A foreign national shall not, directly or indirectly, make a contribution or a donation of money or other thing of value, or expressly or impliedly promise to make a contribution or a donation, in connection with any Federal, State, or local election.
Source: Cornell. Archive.

 

This and similar instances have not often been reported. In some cases, leaked information appears to show complacency between the idea of accepting funding from those who not only openly persecute others based on sexuality and gender, but also directly finance terrorist groups. These do not appear to be things hidden from either the Clinton Foundation or mainstream media. Although there has been speak of no longer accepting foreign donations if Hillary becomes president, the email dealt with just above this, seems to show that there are already plans being made to get around this promise.

Source: NY Times. Archive link.

 

sa-and-q-funding

Source: Wikileaks. Archive link.

 

In other cases, such as the private email servers and handling of classified emails, the silence is often deafening.

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Source: Wikileaks. Archive link.

 

When the media plays along and a campaign’s political strategy is more important with its image than any attack..

campaign

Source: Wikileaks. Archive link.

 

The most concerning thing about all of this is how little seems to be being done about it.

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Source: Wikileaks. Archive link.

 

-T.W

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