(USA TODAY/Cooper Allen and Heidi M Przybyla) — The latest Wikileaks release seemed to include transcribed excerpts of some of Hillary Clinton's paid speeches that the campaign had flagged for internal review, BuzzFeed reported late Friday.
The release, which was comprised of hacked emails from the account of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, includes a note to Podesta and other staffers from research director Tony Carrk and describes "the flags from HRC’s paid speeches we have from HWA" — an apparent reference to the Harry Walker Agency, which helped arrange Clinton's speaking engagements after she left the State Department.
Clinton's paid speeches, many to Wall Street firms, came up repeatedly during her Democratic primary campaign against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who challenged Clinton to release the transcripts.
USA TODAY could not independently verify the authenticity of the email or the excerpts and the Clinton campaign would not vouch for them either.
The release came on the same day the Obama administration officially assigned blame to Russia for hacking the Democratic National Committee and other party officials in an effort to influence the presidential election.
“Earlier today the U.S. government removed any reasonable doubt that the Kremlin has weaponized WikiLeaks to meddle in our election and benefit Donald Trump’s candidacy," said Clinton spokesman Glen Caplin. "We are not going to confirm the authenticity of stolen documents released by Julian Assange, who has made no secret of his desire to damage Hillary Clinton. Guccifer 2.0 has already proven the warnings of top national security officials that documents can be faked as part of a sophisticated Russian misinformation campaign," said Caplin.
In a series of tweets Friday night, Podesta wrote that he didn't "have time to figure out which docs are real and which are faked."
3. Don't have time to figure out which docs are real and which are faked...— John Podesta (@johnpodesta) October 7, 2016
The campaign also noted an earlier tweet from Wikileaks promoting the release that falsely claimed Podesta is a co-owner of the Podesta Group, a Washington lobbying firm run by his brother, Tony.
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