The Intercept is reporting that someone introducing himself as Guccifer 2.0 presented them with internal strategy documents and emails that shed light on the relationships of “friendly” reporters and Clinton staff.
Clinton’s campaign staff at times drafted the stories they wanted published and even told the reporters what should be quoted “on background” and what should be described as “on the record.”
A January 2015 strategy document — designed to plant stories on Clinton’s decision-making process about whether to run for president — singled out reporter Maggie Haberman, then of Politico, now covering the election for the New York Times, as a “friendly journalist” who has “teed up” stories for them in the past and “never disappointed” them. Nick Merrill, the campaign press secretary, produced the memo, according to the document metadata:
Haberman published two stories, Intercept reported, that were not exactly what the Clinton memo envisioned but accomplished the goal Clinton campaign aides wanted to fulfill of casting the appearance of transparency on Clinton’s vetting process.
There is also a reliable “surrogates” list below.
The Clintonistas held a cocktail party to get the campaign’s messaging out. They held a number of secret parties for the press.
There were other plans for a separate off-the-record media get-together in May. Food and drinks were provided by the campaign for the journalists covering it, on the condition that nothing said would be reported to the public.
Many of the enduring Clinton tactics for managing the press were created by the campaign before she even announced her candidacy. A March 13, 2015, memo from Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook provides further insight.
The Sentinel reported on some of this information earlier this month. Wikileaks documents also referred to these meetings. Read the entire story at The Intercept.
The email below was in the Wikileaks #PodestaFiles15.