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A record of corruption

WikiLeaks revelations will continue to dog HIllary Clinton


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A record of corruption
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As WikiLeaks continued to release hacked emails into late October, the mainstream media largely downplayed a series of devastating disclosures about Hillary Clinton and her campaign. Then came one even the left-leaning Huffington Post couldn’t ignore: At Clinton’s behest, the Clinton Foundation sought and received a $12 million donation from the king of Morocco—a country with a record of corruption and human rights abuses.

It’s unclear what spurred such generosity from a king whose citizens’ average salary is under $700 per month —but emails show protective Clinton aides knew it wouldn’t look good. They prevented the would-be candidate from personally going to Morocco, but former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea did travel to the African coastal country south of Spain.

“The mixing of speech fees, the Clinton Foundation, and actions by the State Department which she ran are all intertwined,” journalist Bob Woodward, who won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking the Watergate scandal, told Fox News. “It’s corrupt. You can’t just say it’s unsavory.”

Morocco is only the latest among a growing list of disturbing revelations coming from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails. Others include:

In August 2014 Clinton sent an unsecure email to Podesta, then an Obama adviser, acknowledging Saudi Arabia and Qatar—both U.S. allies and big Clinton Foundation donors—are funding ISIS. She detailed a nine-point plan to defeat ISIS based on information she attributed to presumably classified sources: “Western intelligence, US intelligence and sources in the region.” Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon, a former Justice Department employee, obtained advance information from DOJ to update the campaign on the status of litigation regarding Clinton’s emails. Senior Clinton Foundation employees prevented Bill Clinton from participating in a program promoting agriculture in Nigeria, because it could inhibit his fundraising for Haiti. Critics, including Haitian lawmakers, say many of the millions raised for earthquake relief in Haiti never reached intended recipients. Longtime Clinton aide Cheryl Mills worked tirelessly to help a controversial South Korean businessman open a factory in Haiti—with millions in government incentives. After Mills left the State Department, the same businessman financially backed a company Mills launched in 2013. Cheryl Mills identified as problematic President Obama’s assertion that he learned about Clinton’s private email through news reports. “We need to clean this up,” she wrote to Podesta in March 2015. “He has emails from her—they do not say state.gov.” On March 12, CNN commentator Donna Brazile, currently the Democratic National Committee interim chair, forwarded advance questions to the Clinton campaign ahead of a CNN town hall event, citing one that could be problematic for the candidate. A participant did ask a similar question the following day. But Brazile recently told Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly the email was forged: “As a Christian woman I understand persecution, but I will not stand here and be persecuted because your information is totally false.” Podesta and a liberal activist discussed the need for a “Catholic Spring” to overturn conservative theological positions and “demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship.” In a paid speech to Brazilian bank executives, Clinton said, “My dream is a hemispheric common market with open trade and open borders.” In another paid speech, Clinton said politicians “need both a public and private position” on important issues like trade.

In the final presidential debate, moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News asked Clinton to clarify her support for open borders. She dismissed the comment as only applying to energy policy and pivoted to blasting Russian hackers and attempts to meddle in U.S. elections.

Clinton and her top campaign surrogates have stressed the hackers illegally stole the documents—although they have refused to verify their authenticity. Wallace noted excerpts of Donald Trump’s tax returns were also illegally released, but the Clinton campaign has relentlessly used the information.

The U.S. intelligence community agrees the WikiLeaks documents and other recent hacks are a Russian attempt to influence American affairs. The disclosures may cripple her administration should she win the presidency, as they further undermine public trust and poison relationships with even some Democratic allies.

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