The Democratic candidate’s team does not dispute the documents unveiled by Wikileaks but believes that these leaks come from the Russian government.
Three paid speeches by Hillary Clinton, paid for by the Goldman Sachs bank, were published on Saturday by the Wikileaks site, throwing a harsh light on the Democratic presidential candidate’s links with the main players on Wall Street. Clinton’s campaign team did not dispute the authenticity of these documents, stolen from emails from Democratic candidate John Podesta’s campaign chair by Wikileaks.
She, however, accused the Russian government of being responsible for the leaks – a view shared by the US government – and Wikileaks of helping Hillary Clinton’s rival, Republican Donald Trump, in the race for the White House. The tone of these speeches shows Clinton’s views on financial regulations, her relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the negative effects of previous Wikileaks leaks on US foreign policy.
The Democrat’s statements are not radically different from her recent positions, although they are more direct. In an October 2013 speech for Goldman Sachs, she suggests action must be taken to bring Wall Street abuse “for political reasons” under control. “There was also a need to act for political reasons. If you’re an elected congressman, people in your constituency lose their jobs and all over the press say it’s Wall Street’s fault, you can’t just sit there and do nothing ”, a- she said.
Wall street self-regulation
These speeches for the finance giant were delivered between the time she left her post as secretary of state and when she began her presidential campaign. The revelation of her speeches for Goldman Sachs had been a blessing for her Democratic primary rival, Bernie Sanders, who felt she could not regulate the companies that at the same time paid her back.
Donald Trump tried to use these stolen letters against her, accusing her in particular of not having secured documents internal to the US administration by using a private email while she was secretary of state.
He also relied heavily on Wikileaks revelations showing that Clinton, in private speeches to banking giants in 2013 and 2014, had taken a stand for free trade and Wall Street self-regulation, in opposition to her candidate speech.