Chairman of the Hillary Clinton Campaign
John Podesta served as chairman for Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign for president. A former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, Podesta became a central figure in the campaign when one month before the election, WikiLeaks began releasing thousands of hacked messages from his personal email account.
"The leaks were the result of another email hacking intended to influence the presidential election.
Excerpts of the speeches given in the years before her 2016 presidential campaign included some blunt and unguarded remarks to her private audiences, which collectively had paid her at least $26.1 million in speaking fees.
Clinton had refused to release transcripts of the speeches, despite repeated calls to do so by her primary opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders.
The excerpts were included in emails exchanged among her political staff, including Campaign Chairman John Podesta, whose email account was hacked.
The WikiLeaks organization posted what it said were thousands of Podesta’s emails. It wasn’t immediately clear who had hacked Podesta’s emails, though the breach appeared to cover years of messages, some sent as recently as last month.
Among the emails was a compilation of excerpts from Clinton’s paid speeches in 2013 and 2014. It appeared the campaign staff had read all Clinton’s speeches and identified passages that could be potentially problematic for the candidate if they were to become public.
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|Democratic National Committee
|Former chairman of the DNC
|Had one foot in the campaign and the other in the DNC
|Professional and personal friends
|Debbie Wasserman Schultz
|Debbie Wasserman Schultz was chair of the DNC
|Podesta's emails were stolen from DNC server