If you blinked, you may have missed it. But in between the media-driven discussion of Donald Trump’s sexually charged comments about women, and the outrage of the left and even those on the right from said comments, WikiLeaks actually made good on a promise and dropped its long-promised “October surprise” against Hillary Clinton.
So what were the revelations?
More emails, this time from her campaign that detailed the former secretary of State’s past paid speeches.
“One of the most striking things about the alleged transcripts in the emails is the seemingly different tone Clinton took in her speeches to her Wall Street audience,” wrote the Independent Journal Review, noting how the Clinton on the campaign trail through middle-class America struck a populist-to-the-point-of-socialist tone against Wall Street and Big Business.
But to Wall Street, in person?
The Wall Street Journal gives the skinny: “At a 2013 speech at a Goldman Sachs event, she is shown lamenting that in Washington, ‘There is such a bias against people who have led successful and/or complicated lives.’ In another speech at a Goldman event, she told the room, ‘You are the smartest people.'”
That’s just a drop in the bucket of the speeches that seem to highlight Clinton’s two faces when it comes to Wall Street.
“At another Goldman Sachs speech, discussing how to avoid another financial crisis, she said the ‘politicizing’ of the finanacial crisis could have been avoided with greater transparency and told the bankers, ‘You guys help us figure it out and let’s make sure that we do it right this time,'” the Independent Journal Review reported, citing the Wall Street Journal. “A year later, at a speech paid for by Deutsche Bank, she said that some element of financial reform ‘really has to come from the industry itself.'”
Yet to blue-collar America, Clinton’s mantra about Wall Street is all, in essence, this: Big Business is bad, Big Banks are worse, CEOs regularly take advantage of employees and customers, and the government under my White House watch is going to regulate the heck out of them.
And while Clinton’s campaign aides refused to address or comment on the leak, her right hand man, John Podesta, who once served in the White House during Bill Clinton’s presidency but now works as Hillary’s campaign chairman, took to Twitter to provide some feedback.
His comments weren’t so interesting as the underlying message they provided.
As one Twitter poster noted: “Podesta tweet-storms about the [Wikileaks] hack and seemingly confirms the authenticity of some of the emails.”