MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Thursday publication includes seven files with emails, most of them sent by John Podesta, who is chairing the election campaign of US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. The dump revealed Obama’s email address in 2008 to be firstname.lastname@example.org.
WikiLeaks reveals first batch of US president Barack Obama emails sent via secret address email@example.com https://t.co/Ni95WAl8a6— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) 20 октября 2016 г.
That is the first time Wikileaks published Obama’s email correspondence. The whistleblower website has released 13 batches of emails on Clinton’s campaign from Podesta’s hacked account.
The email leak revealed that the day Obama was elected president of the United States on November 4, 2008 his advisers were already scratching heads on how best to head off an invitation to the G20 financial crisis summit a fortnight later.
"On the chance that President [George W.] Bush would raise this with you tonight, I wanted you to be aware that it is the unanimous recommendation for your advisors that you NOT attend," Podesta wrote.
The email detailed several tactics of how to possibly deflect an invitation to the G20 meeting without the risk of a negative news story, including getting help from journalists.
"There would likely be a question about your potential attendance at the G20 meeting, something we could make more likely by quietly suggesting to someone that such a question would elicit an interesting answer if asked," the instruction read.
The general advice was to avoid being identified with the Bush administration and the outcomes of the crisis meeting, which Obama’s staff believed was called under pressure from France and other EU leaders.
The dump of Clinton campaign head Podesta’s emails also brought to light the fact that Obama campaign's 2008 transition team made lists of candidates to senior government jobs based on their sex, religion, race and nationality.
In them, candidates of African American, Latino and Asian American origin were allegedly divided between cabinet/deputy and under/assistant/deputy assistant secretary levels.
"We have longer lists, but these are candidates whose names have been recommended by a number of sources for senior level jobs in a potential Administration," the email read.
There were also shortlists of senior Native Americans, Arab or Muslim Americans and disabled Americans, as well as a list of women similarly divided between candidates for cabinet, deputy and other senior-level positions.
There is no US election. There is power consolidation. Rigged primary, rigged media and rigged 'pied piper' candidate drive consolidation.— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) 21 октября 2016 г.