The radical transparency organization WikiLeaks released late Sunday night a new batch of emails hacked from Hillary Clinton´s campaign chairman John Podesta, in which it was showed how CNN and the Washington Post´s reporters asked the Democrat National Convention (DNC) counseling about interviews and articles regarding the Republican nominee Donald Trump.
In one email, it was revealed that the DNC helped CNN anchors Wolf Blitzer and Jake Tapper prepare an interview with Trump and former candidate Ted Cruz, since some of the emails show that staff working for the network's hosts asked DNC which questions should be asked both of them.
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"Wolf Blitzer is interviewing Trump on Tues ahead of his foreign policy address on Wed," DNC research director Lauren Dillon wrote in the email, entitled "CNN questions for Trump." Some days after, in an April 28 email entitled "Cruz on CNN" she told to other party officials and staffers "CNN is looking for questions. Please send some topical/interesting ones."
Although a lot of questions were submitted by a group of DNC staffers to help Blitzer preparing the interview, Dillon informed them in a follow-up email that the Trump interview was canceled. "CNN said the interview was canceled as of now but will keep the questions for the next one. Good to have for others as well," she wrote in the email.
In a separate conversation on April 28, Jason Seher, a writer for Jake Tapper´s show on CNN, send a email to former DNC media booker Pablo Manriquez, thanking him for "'facilitating Luis coming on today, and bearing with us through a meelee (sic) of GOP nonsense and cancellations and all that. Any particular points he'll want to make? We're gonna stay Dem focused..."
Manriquez responded that he would include Dillon and Democrat member Christina Freundlich in the conversation to see "if there's any newsworthy (opposition) Luis can drop". Then, he sent a message to other staffers saying that "'Window closing on this. Need to know asap if we want to offer Jake Tapper questions to ask us."
Another email showed that Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank asked DNC to help him with a research for a column that he wrote about the Republican nominee in April 2016, called "The Ten Plagues of Trump," in which she featured a list of "outrageous things" the businessman said. The email was titled 'research request: top 10 worst Trump quotes?' as Deputy Communications Director Eric Walker wrote, "Milbank doing a Passover-themed 10 plagues of Trump."
According to The Daily Caller, the DNC research team worked to come up with a list of things Milbank could use that was provided to Walker, and 8 of the 10 "plagues" listed by the columnist matched up with the suggestions from the Democrats.
WikiLeaks has released more than 50,000 emails hacked on a daily basis over four weeks, and this last batch represents more than 8,000 emails that the non-profit organization has published, a little more than a day before the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. It is unknown who this new information could harm Hillary Clinton.