WikiLeaks on Friday published what appeared to be excerpts of paid speeches thatHillary Clinton had previously delivered behind closed doors, including to several Wall Street firms like Goldman Sachs.
The excerpts, first reported by BuzzFeed, were found among thousands of hacked emails belonging to John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chair. The excerpts were “flagged” to Podesta on Jan. 25, in the midst of the heated primary campaign, by another Clinton campaign staffer.
That staffer also attached possible headlines to suggest how Clinton might be attacked by her rivals. Those headlines do not necessarily reflect how her own campaign viewed Clinton’s speeches, which were an issue during the primary contest against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
The excerpts show Clinton describing herself as now “kind of far removed” from the middle class, speaking about government leaders needing “both a public and a private position” on issues, and laying out a vision of “a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders.”