Wik­iLeaks re­leases Clin­ton speeches for Gold­man Sachs

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THREE of Hil­lary Clin­ton’s paid speeches to Gold­man Sachs were re­leased by Wik­iLeaks, cast­ing an awk­ward spot­light on the Demo­crat’s ties to the big­gest play­ers on Wall Street in the fi­nal stretch of the White House race.

Ms Clin­ton’s cam­paign did not con­test the au­then­tic­ity of the re­marks, which were part of a huge trove of doc­u­ments hacked from the emails of cam­paign chair John Podesta by Wik­iLeaks.

The cam­paign has blamed the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment for the hacks, a view shared by the US gov­ern­ment, and ac­cused the anti-se­crecy web­site of seek­ing to help Ms Clin­ton’s Repub­li­can ri­val for the pres­i­dency Don­ald Trump.

Among other is­sues, Ms Clin­ton is shown in the speeches of­fer­ing opin­ions on fi­nan­cial reg­u­la­tions, re­la­tions with Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin and the neg­a­tive ef­fects of pre­vi­ous Wik­iLeaks re­leases on US for­eign pol­icy.

Ms Clin­ton’s re­marks are not dra­mat­i­cally out of step with her pub­lic re­marks on the same is­sues, though they may read as a bit more forth­right in style.

In her Oc­to­ber 2013 ad­dress to Gold­man Sachs, she sug­gested some­thing had to be done to rein in Wall Street abuses “for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons”.

“There was also a need to do some­thing be­cause for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons. If you were an elected mem­ber of Congress and peo­ple in your con­stituency were los­ing jobs and shut­ting busi­nesses and every­body in the press is say­ing it’s all the fault of Wall Street, you can’t sit idly by and do noth­ing,” Ms Clin­ton said.

Ms Clin­ton made the paid speeches be­tween the time she left her po­si­tion as sec­re­tary of state and when she started her White House bid.

Her record of de­liv­er­ing speeches for Gold­man Sachs was a cam­paign sta­ple for her Demo­cratic pri­mary ri­val Sen­a­tor Bernie San­ders of Ver­mont, who ar­gued that she could not be re­lied upon to reg­u­late firms by which she has been paid.

Mr Trump has scram­bled to try to use the hacked emails against her, no­tably ac­cus­ing Ms Clin­ton aides of im­prop­erly se­cur­ing in­side in­for­ma­tion from the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion about the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into her use of a pri­vate email server as sec­re­tary of state.

He has also seized heav­ily on other doc­u­ments re­cently re­leased by Wik­iLeaks, show­ing that Ms Clin­ton, in pri­vate speeches to ma­jor banks in 2013 and 2014, ex­pressed views in favour of free trade and Wall Street self-reg­u­la­tion that are at odds with her po­si­tions as a can­di­date. –

Photo: AFP

In this im­age ob­tained from the US Navy, the guided mis­sile de­stroyer USS Nitze launches a strike against three coastal radar sites in Huthi-con­trolled ter­ri­tory on Yemen’s Red Sea coast.

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