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Wikileaks publishes emails which could derail Clinton’s presidential ambition

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Wikileaks publishes emails which could derail Clinton’s presidential ambition

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton may have a battle on her hands to convince the American electorate that she is the most suitable candidate to become the next President of the USA after a series of damaging email leaks published by Wikileaks.

Among the incriminating mails published by Wikileaks- an international non-profit journalistic organisation that publishes secret information, include thousands of emails from Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, including some with excerpts from speeches she gave to Wall Street executives and others – speeches she has declined to release up until now.

It appeared 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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One excerpt put Clinton squarely in the free-trade camp, a position she has retreated on significantly during the 2016 election.

In a talk to a Brazilian bank in 2013, she said her “dream” is “a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders” and asked her audience to think of what doubling American trade with Latin America “would mean for everybody in this room”.

The emails also show that three years ago Clinton talked about the necessity of having two different positions on policy.

The excerpt reads “if everybody’s watching, you know, all of the backroom discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So, you need both a public and a private position.”

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