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    Aides to US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton identified a reporter for Politico as a “friendly journalist” who could write an article they hoped would prompt talented professionals to join the campaign’s staff, according to emails released by WikiLeaks.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The strategy at the time was to give the reporter a list of names in an attempt to reach people for “recruitment purposes.”

    “We have had a very good relationship with Maggie Haberman of Politico over the last year. We have had her tee up stories for us before and have never been disappointed,” Clinton aide Cheryl Mills wrote in a January 2015 email to another Clinton aide, Nick Merrill.

    Mills’ email, which came a year before the start of party-primary voting in the US election campaign, referred to a telephone conference call during which campaign aides had agreed that the time was right to place a story with a “friendly journalist.”

    Names discussed included former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker, as an authority on financial reform, and Joseph Stiglitz, a Columbia University professor who won the 2001 Nobel Prize in economics, as an expert on income inequality.

    The US media's role in the current presidential campaign has come under scrutiny, with critics of Democratic nominee Clinton or her Republican rival, Donald Trump, accusing news organizations of biased coverage.


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