For nineteen days WikiLeaks has leaked thousands of John Podesta’s (Hillary Clinton Campaign Chairman) emails in hopes of bringing down the campaign.

Despite the leaks which, for any other presidential candidate would be career-ending, the Clinton campaign remains strong and currently 6 points ahead of the Trump campaign, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Hillary Clinton has received heavy favourable bias from mainstream media throughout the course of her campaign. One leaked email reveals that 64 mainstream journalists met with or co-ordinated offline with Clinton’s campaign advisors. Many of which, gave questions to Clinton before appearing on air for ‘live interviews’.

The list of journalists with ties to the Clinton campaign are as follows:

  1. ABC – Cecilia Vega
  2. ABC – Liz Kreutz
  3. ABC – David Muir
  4. ABC – Diane Sawyer
  5. ABC – George Stephanopoulos
  6. ABC – Jon Karl
  7. AP – Julie Pace
  8. AP – Ken Thomas
  9. AP – Lisa Lerer
  10. AURN – April Ryan
  11. Bloomberg – Jennifer Epstein
  12. Bloomberg – John Heillman
  13. Bloomberg – Mark Halperin
  14. Buzzfeed – Ruby Cramer
  15. CBS – Steve Chagaris
  16. CBS – Norah O’Donnell
  17. CBS – Vicki Gordon
  18. CNBC – John Harwood
  19. CNN – Dan Merica
  20. CNN – Brianna Keilar
  21. CNN – David Chalian
  22. CNN – Gloria Borger
  23. CNN – Jeff Zeleny
  24. CNN – John Berman
  25. CNN – Kate Bouldan
  26. CNN – Mark Preston
  27. CNN – Sam Feist
  28. Daily Beast – Jackie Kucinich
  29. GPG – Mike Feldman
  30. Huffington Post – Whitney Snyder
  31. Huffington Post – Amanda Terkel
  32. LAT – Mike Memoli
  33. LAT – Evan Handler
  34. McClatchy – Anita Kumar
  35. MORE – Betsy Fisher Martin
  36. MSNBC – Alex Seiz-Wald
  37. MSNBC – Alex Wagner
  38. MSNBC – Beth Fouhy
  39. MSNBC – Phil Griffin
  40. MSNBC – Rachel Maddow
  41. MSNBC – Rachel Racusen
  42. National Journal – Emily Shultheis
  43. NBC – Mark Murray
  44. NBC – Savannah Gutherie
  45. NPR – Tamara Keith
  46. New Yorker – Ryan Liza
  47. New York Times – Amy Chozik
  48. New York Times – Gail Collins
  49. New York Times – Jonathan Martin
  50. New York Times – Maggie Haberman
  51. New York Times – Pat Healey
  52. PEOPLE – Sandra Sobieraj Westfall
  53. POLITICO – Annie Karni
  54. POLITICO – Gabe Debenedetti
  55. POLITICO – Glenn Thrush
  56. POLITICO – Mike Allen
  57. Reuters – Amanda Becker
  58. The Hill – Amie Parnes
  59. Washington Post – Anne Gearan
  60. Wall Street Journal – Laura Meckler
  61. Wall Street Journal – Peter Nicholas
  62. Wall Street Journal – Colleen McCain Nelson
  63. VICE – Alyssa Mastramonoco
  64. VOX – Jon Allen

Also revealed in the leaks was POLITICO Editor Glenn Thrush’s correspondence with the Clinton campaign, requesting that his articles be reviewed and approved by Clinton’s campaign staff before publishing. Steps like these have been taken to ensure Clinton has a favourable response from the media and subsequently, the American public before the November 8 election.

Furthermore, Clinton has repeatedly made questionable decisions when mixing politics with business opportunities for multi-millionaires and foreign governments who donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Clinton Foundation.

On October 11, Wikileaks released an email about foreign donations to the Clinton campaign, which included large donations from:

  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia $10,000,000-$25,000,000
  • State of Kuwait $5,000,000-$10,000,000
  • Government of Norway $10,000,000-$25,000,000
  • UK Department for International Development $1,000,000-$5,000,000
  • United Arab Emirates $1,000,000-$5,000,000
  • Sultanate of Oman $1,000,000-$5,000,000
  • Government of Brunei Darussalam $1,000,000-$5,000,000
  • Australian Agency for International Development $10,000,000-$25,000,000
  • Tenerife Island government $25,000,000-$50,000,000
  • Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada $250,000-$500,000
  • Kingdom of Bahrain $50,000-$100,000
  • Embassy of Algeria $250,000-$500,000
  • State of Qatar $1,000,000-$5,000,000
  • Commonwealth of Australia $5,000,000-$10,000,000
  • Government of the Netherlands $5,000,000-$10,000,000
  • Emirate of Ras al-Khaimah $25,000-$50,000
  • Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office $500,000-$1,000,000
  • Government of Jamaica $50,000-$100,000
  • Federal Republic of Germany $100,000-$250,000.

As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was aware that Saudi Arabia and Qatar were funding global terrorist organisation, ISIS. Yet, she continued to accept their donations amid their questionable dealings and systematic human rights abuses against their citizens.

The information from the Podesta emails, as mentioned in this article is not making the impact WikiLeaks hoped it would. The timing of their release meant everything. Before October, most voters were already decided. Early voting opened and millions of people cast their votes despite WikiLeaks’ efforts to tarnish Clinton’s campaign. It was too little, too late for the leaks to happen, which has allowed Clinton supporters to shrug off any accusations against her and vote the way they intended, regardless. Unless something explosive comes out about Clinton in the coming days, absolutely nothing will sway her supporters to vote against her.

– Maggie Triantafillou, Correspondent (Politics)

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