Since WikiLeaks began publishing Democrat leaders' emails, the party of Hillary Clinton has pointed the finger at Russia.
After the first leaks were released, Clinton's campaign manger, Robby Mook, said:
“Experts are telling us that Russian state actors broke into the DNC, stole these emails, [and are] releasing these emails for the purpose of helping Donald Trump”.
Yet, Clinton herself has gone much further than Mook:
Either Clinton has changed her mind on Russia like she did on gay marriage, or she isn't being straightforward about how she really feels.
New WikiLeaks emails reveal that the former Secretary of State didn't see Russia as a problem. In fact, Clinton wanted to have a better relationship with Putin.
The Daily Caller reported that:
She didn’t think Russia was a threat either: In remarks to Sanford Bernstein on May 29, 2013, Clinton recounted a meeting with Vladimir Putin when she was secretary of state.
“We talked about a lot of issues that were not the hot-button issues between us, you know, his view on missile defense, which we think is misplaced because, you know, we don’t believe that there will be a threat from Russia.”
The speeches also reveal that Clinton was willing to allow a wide degree of discretion to Russian motives and Vladimir Putin: “I would love it if we could continue to build a more positive relationship with Russia,” she said to Goldman Sachs CEOs at an annual conference on June 4, 2013.
Kind of makes you think of this hot mic moment from Obama in 2012:
Yet, the chances of Clinton's flip-flop on Russia being brought up at Wednesday's debate pale in comparison to the likelihood of questioning Trump about sexual allegations and the 2005 leaked tape.