WikiLeaks on Thursday released the “first batch” of emails to or from President Barack Obama’s private email address: [email protected] The emails are part ofWikiLeak’s hacked email file of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief John Podesta.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 20, 2016
Outside of revealing Obama’s private email address in 2008u, the emails don’t seem to include any bombshells or damaging information. It does, however, establish that Podesta did have a direct line to Obama at one time.
In one email, from Oct. 30, 2008, Podesta discussed “economic staffing” decisions:
Obama simply replied: “I will give you an answer on this tomorrow.”
In another message, Podesta informed Obama that his advisers did not want him to attend a G-20 meeting:
I don’t want to bug you today, but the memo pasted below concerns a possible invitation to the G-20 meeting on November 15. On the chance that President Bush would raise this with you tonight, I wanted you to be aware that it is the unanimous recommendation for your advisors that you NOT attend. As long as you are aware of that, we can review the contents of the memo tomorrow.
Podesta copied Obama’s former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett and Pete Rouse on the email.
What is still unclear is whether there will be future batches of Obama’s emails will contain anything consequential. But the private correspondence of a sitting U.S. president being leaked is unprecedented.
Read all of the Obama emails here.