As Wikileaks released the 25th installment of hacked emails from a top aide to Hillary Clinton, many supporters of the internet group – as well as critics of Clinton – were waiting to see if something even bigger would be released today about Clinton, with just one week to go in the race for the White House.
Here is some of what we know:
1. Circling the wagons on Teneo, State Department. In a new email released today by Wikileaks, Team Clinton officials are scrambling to figure out what a reporter might be looking at in the relationship between Teneo and the State Department. “Ian/Tony, might be worth going to back to the Teneo/State research so we are ready,” wrote Robby Mook in March of 2015. Critics of the Clintons have charged that Teneo was a consulting firm which wrongly evaded all sorts of ethical restrictions, and employed a series of Clinton aides along the way, like Huma Abedin.
2. November 1 is supposed to be a big day. I’ve heard it for weeks – Wikileaks is going to drop a huge email hit on Hillary Clinton today. Some say it’s the 33,000 emails that she deleted from her private server. Others say it’s going to be something else that could sink her campaign. Wikileaks tweeted on Sunday that the group was ready for a new “phase” of its work on the Presidential campaign in the U.S. Wikileaks has talked big a number of times before – but here we are – it’s November 1. Will anything really happen?
3. CNN boots Donna Brazile after latest debate email. DNC chieftain Donna Brazile lashed out at Wikileaks last night, after another email emerged on Monday that showed her funneling questions to the Clinton campaign about before one of the Democratic Party debate forums during the primaries. “From time to time I get the questions,” was the subject of the email. Brazile acknowledged that she had been dumped by CNN a few weeks ago, as Donald Trump jumped on that news to attack Clinton. “If they fired Donna Brazile, why aren’t they firing Hillary Clinton?” Trump said to cheers at a rally in Michigan. Meanwhile, Brazile took her own shot at Wikileaks.
4. Wikileaks does not like Google. It’s become very apparent in the last few weeks that Wikileaks has some sort of grudge with Google, as the group uses just about every mention of something that Google might be doing to help with the Clinton campaign, and then turns it into a negative. Yesterday, Wikileaks was hammering on “Google head Eric Schmidt’s secret strategic plan for the US election,” as Wikileaks showcased a Podesta email about how a campaign could go hi-tech to better track possible voters. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange evidently sees Google as part of a broader conspiracy of government surveillance on the internet – in other words, Google is the enemy. A number of Trump supporters are buying in on that theory.
5. Wikileaks is all in for Donald Trump. If you go back to late September and early October, Wikileaks was following along with the U.S. campaign for President, jabbing at both Clinton and Trump over trade, and posting Tweets that gave Clinton the edge in the first debate. Wikileaks even joined other groups in posting the video of Trump’s infamous chat with Billy Bush. But since the group began releasing the emails of top Clinton aide John Podesta, Wikileaks has transformed itself into an internet organ that is now going after Clinton on a daily basis, much like a number of conservative websites in the U.S. One thing that clearly gets under the skin of Wikileaks is any argument that the group is somehow linked to Russia and Russian Intelligence.