Former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta gave an interview on NBC this weekend, making the point that Wikileaks behaved more like a rapid response PAC than a news “media outlet” during this year’s election.
It turns out that Wikileaks began releasing the Podesta emails barely an hour after the Access Hollywood tape fell into media hands. That tape, of course, infamously contains evidence of Donald Trump boasting of his fondness for sexual assault and objectifying women.
The Clinton Campaign Chairman’s description of events just got rated True by Politifact, based upon two tweets which you can see below that revealed the two most talked about election scandals of 2016 back to back:
Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman described the events of Oct. 7, 2016, during a post-election interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, we had to rewind the clock. On Oct. 7, the Access Hollywood tape comes out. One hour later, WikiLeaks starts dropping my emails,” Podesta told Chuck Todd on Dec. 18, 2016. “One could say that those things might not have been a coincidence.”
We authenticated the time of each tweet using the Twitter source code and this very helpful blog post. We obviously cannot assess if the two events were connected, as Podesta suggested, but on the timeline he’s right on.
The Trump campaign didn’t just get lucky Wikileaks didn’t have dirt on their campaign; they were operating as a distribution outlet for the information that Vladimir Putin’s hacks had uncovered. While we’ve come to learn that the Republican national committee was also hacked, the bandits didn’t somehow feel like dumping those messages.
Donald Trump has spent the last two weeks at war with the CIA over their report of a Russian interference in October, and the FBI’s concurrence with the CIA’s confidential report this month showing that the Kremlin voted for the Republican with major hacking help.
In retrospect, Podesta is absolutely right to note the amazing coincidence of Wikileaks revelation of his stolen emails within only minutes of the Trump Tapes breaking, which most political observers believed would sink the Republican’s campaign for good.
Here are the tweets that broke both stories in Politifact’s fact check:
Trump recorded on hot microphone having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005.https://t.co/JV3A9oBJ7c
— David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) October 7, 2016
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 7, 2016
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition