WikiLeaks Releases What It Claims are the Texts of Clinton’s Speeches to Big Business

Whoa! What’s this? If these releases are authentic, then Bernie was right about those speeches. What’s going on? Is Hilary two-timing us, playing a double game? Read what the Wall Street Journal has to say:

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By REBECCA BALLHAUS, Oct. 7, 2016

The organization WikiLeaks on Friday released what it claimed to be Clinton campaign email correspondence revealing excerpts from paid speeches that Hillary Clinton gave in recent years, before her presidential bid. . .

The emails appear to show Mrs. Clinton taking a tone in private that is more favorable to free trade and to banks than she has often taken on the campaign trail. . .

The excerpts appear to show Mrs. Clinton taking a more friendly attitude toward financial firms than she does on the campaign trail. At a 2013 speech at a Goldman Sachs event, she is shown lamenting that in Washington, “There is such a bias against people who have led successful and/or complicated lives.” In another speech at a Goldman event, she told the room, “You are the smartest people.” (Huhn?)

At another Goldman Sachs speech, discussing how to avoid another financial crisis, she said the “politicizing” of the financial crisis could have been avoided with greater transparency, and told the bankers, “You guys help us figure it out and let’s make sure that we do it right this time.” A year later, at a speech paid for by Deutsche Bank , she said that some element of financial reform “really has to come from the industry itself.”

On the campaign trail, Mrs. Clinton has issued a suite of proposals aimed at curbing some Wall Street risk-taking and holding more individuals accountable for misconduct.

In a 2014 speech, the excerpts show, Mrs. Clinton said that as a U.S. senator from 2001 to 2009, she had won support from Wall Street but still supported regulations that were tough on the industry, including closing a loophole that allows carried interest to be taxed at a lower rate.

Mrs. Clinton also expressed strong support for free trade in a 2013 speech paid for by a Brazilian bank. While she endorsed negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact during her tenure as secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton has since opposed the trade pact, saying it does not do enough to produce new jobs and raise wages.

“My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders,” she said in 2013, according to the transcript. “We have to resist protectionism, other kinds of barriers to market access and to trade. . .”

Now read on in today’s Wall Street Journal:

Bernie Sanders Gives Hillary Clinton a Pass Over Speech Excerpts

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By LAURA MECKLER, Oct. 8, 2016

Sen. Bernie Sanders, who during the Democratic primaries had demanded Hillary Clinton release transcripts of her speeches to Wall Street firms, expressed no such concern after the publication of what appeared to be hacked excerpts from those speeches.

The excerpts offer evidence for many of the charges he leveled during their contentious contest, but Mr. Sanders is supporting Mrs. Clinton’s campaign and on Saturday passed up the chance to criticize her.

The organization that publishes secret information, WikiLeaks, on Friday released what it said was email correspondence of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, including what appeared to be excerpts from the Democratic presidential candidate’s Wall Street speeches in recent years, which she had refused to release. . .

In the excerpts, Mrs. Clinton appears to be talking in private in a tone more favorable to free trade and to banks than she took on the campaign trail. For instance, the excepts show that in a 2013 speech, she says, “My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders.”

She also apparently praises Wall Street bankers and a budget proposal that included cuts to Social Security benefits. Mr. Sanders campaigned hard against Mrs. Clinton, saying she had supported damaging free trade agreements and was too close to Wall Street. He also questioned her commitment to protecting Social Security.

After he lost the nomination, though, Mrs. Clinton made some policy concessions to him and he endorsed her candidacy.

On Saturday, he focused on their shared policy agenda. “Whatever Secretary Clinton may or may not have said behind closed doors on Wall Street, I am determined to implement the agenda of the Democratic Party platform which was agreed to by her campaign,” he said. He cited the platform’s call to break up large financial institutions and prosecuting Wall Street executives who “engaged in illegal behavior. . .”

See to it, Bernie!

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