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Clinton Emails

Clinton labels new WikiLeaks releases a modern 'Watergate'

WikiLeaks on Saturday published more than 800 additional emails it says were leaked from Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. The new batch of messages includes additional transcripts of paid speeches Clinton gave to Wall Street firms like Goldman Sachs as well as her account of going on an "apology tour" after WikiLeaks published U.S. diplomatic cables that described world leaders in insulting terms in 2010.

In response, the Clinton camp has attempted to frame the ongoing email hacks as a modern iteration of the Watergate scandal, suggesting rival Donald Trump is directly involved. "What did Trump know, and when did he know it?" asks an early version of a Clinton campaign essay released to Politico.

"We're witnessing another effort to steal private campaign documents in order to influence an election," the article argues. "Only this time, instead of filing cabinets, it's people's emails they're breaking into…and a foreign government is behind it."