WikiLeaks: We've Released Clinton's Wall St. Speeches

Excerpts were in campaign chief's hacked emails
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2016 7:15 AM CDT
WikiLeaks: We've Released Clinton's Wall St. Speeches
Hillary Clinton speaks in Harrisburg, Pa. earlier this week.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

What appeared to be excerpts of Hillary Clinton's speeches to financial firms and corporate gatherings were finally released Friday—though the WikiLeaks release was largely overshadowed by the furore over Donald Trump's crude remarks. The Hill reports that there doesn't appear to be anything too explosive in the excerpts, though Clinton does speak about security concerns about using Blackberries at the State Department, admit that she is now "kind of far removed" for the struggles of the middle class, and, in a discussion about dealing with lobbyists, say that you "need both a public and a private position."

The remarks that may be most likely to end up in a Trump attack ad come from a 2013 speech to a Brazilian bank. "My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders," she said. BuzzFeed reports that the speech transcripts were among emails believed to be from a hacked account of Clinton campaign chief John Podesta. A Clinton campaign spokesperson said the campaign won't confirm whether the emails are authentic, and added that the US government has "removed any reasonable doubt that the Kremlin has weaponized WikiLeaks to meddle in our election and benefit Donald Trump's candidacy." (Bernie Sanders made numerous calls for Clinton to release the speeches.)

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