The Clinton campaign came unglued trying to figure out press leaks within the campaign, according to emails released by WikiLeaks.
The email chain, leaked from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s account, features Clinton aide Philippe Reines panicking over a potential press leak.
Reines forwarded Podesta an email in which he expressed concern because someone knew about a potential interview Democratic Presidential nomineee Hillary Clinton would have with NBC News anchor Andrea Mitchell.
“The Andrea part especially should only have been known to 10-12 people, 3 of whom are John, Cheryl & me,” Reines wrote.
Podesta fired off a quick response to Reines, telling him to calm down.
“You got to stop this. The press is trading in rumors that can easily originate in their own newsrooms. If someone wanted to leak juicy tidbits, they have a lot more to work with than our press planning,” Podesta responded.
Reines disagreed, saying that it went against common sense to believe the leak came anywhere but from inside the Clinton campaign.
“This has happened too much over the last six weeks to chalk it up to the press guessing correctly. They don’t even get facts correctly,” Reines pointed out.
Reines also took offense with Podesta telling him to relax, saying it was “unfair” for him to say that.
“Again, with all due respect, your reaction to me is unfair in that’s it’s stronger than any admonition anyone else has received who is actually doing something wrong,” Reines wrote. “With that, I’m going to sit queitly in the corner until Cheryl calls me to admonish me for sending this reply and digging myself into an even deeper hole with you than I already was.
According to United States intelligence officials, the Wikileaks hacks have been tied to actors close to the Russian government. They believe that the hack on Podesta’s email account is possibly being used to interfere with the U.S. presidential election.
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