WikiLeaks on Thursday released what it says is just the “first batch” of emails to or from President Barack Obama’s “secret” address: email@example.com. The emails are part of WikiLeak’s extensive hacked email file of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief John Podesta.
WikiLeaks reveals first batch of US president Barack Obama emails sent via secret address firstname.lastname@example.org https://t.co/Ni95WAl8a6
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 20, 2016
Other than revealing Obama’s private email address during the 2008 presidential transition period, the emails don’t appear to include any bombshells or damaging information. It does establish, however, that Podesta had a direct line to Obama at one point.
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’s still unclear is whether future batches of Obama’s emails will contain anything consequential. But the private correspondence of a sitting U.S. president being leaked is certainly unprecedented.
You can read all of the Obama emails that have been released here.