After it was revealed that Hillary Clinton gave a series of big speeches to Goldman Sachs following her term as Secretary of State, both Democratic and Republican presidential candidates demanded that she release the transcripts.
Now, amid an ‘October Surprise’ email leak of the Clinton campaign, WikiLeaks claims to have the full text of three speeches she gave to Goldman Sachs in 2013.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 15, 2016
In one of the speeches, Clinton referred to a “Clinton Apology Tour” following Edward Snowden’s leak:
SECRETARY CLINTON: Okay. I was Secretary of State when WikiLeaks happened. You remember that whole debacle. So out come hundreds of thousands of documents. And I have to go on an apology tour. And I had a jacket made like a rock star tour. The Clinton Apology Tour. I had to go and apologize to anybody who was in any way characterized in any of the cables in any way that might be considered less than flattering. And it was painful. Leaders who shall remain nameless, who were characterized as vain, egotistical, power hungry —
Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein: Proved it.
SECRETARY CLINTON: — corrupt. And we knew they were. This was not fiction. And I had to go and say, you know, our ambassadors, they get carried away, they want to all be literary people. They go off on tangents. What can I say. I had grown men cry. I mean, literally. I am a friend of America, and you say these things about me.
On no-fly zones in Syria:
To have a no fly zone you have to take out all of the air defense, many of which are located in populated areas. So our missiles, even if they are standoff missiles so we’re not putting our pilots at risk — you’re going to kill a lot of Syrians. So all of a sudden this intervention that people talk about so glibly becomes an American and NATO involvement where you take a lot of civilians.
On Vladimir Putin:
Look, I would love it if we could continue to build a more positive relationship with Russia … So we were making progress, and I think Putin has a different view. Certainly he’s asserted himself in a way now that is going to take some management on our side, but obviously we would very much like to have a positive relationship with Russia and we would like to see Putin be less defensive toward a relationship with the United States so that we could work together on some issues.
On “representing” the bankers at Goldman Sachs in the Senate:
I represented all of you for eight years. I had great relations and worked so close together after 9/11 to rebuild downtown, and a lot of respect for the work you do and the people who do it, but I do — I think that when we talk about the regulators and the politicians, the economic consequences of bad decisions back in ’08, you know, were devastating, and they had repercussions throughout the world.
In that same speech, she talked about banks post-recession and post-Dodd-Frank:
I mean, right now, there are so many places in our country where the banks are not doing what they need to do because they’re scared of regulations, they’re scared of the other shoe dropping, they’re just plain scared, so credit is not flowing the way it needs to to restart economic growth. So people are, you know, a little — they’re still uncertain[.]
Ironically enough, when someone asked her a question with regard to Michael Bloomberg, she answered:
You know, I would like to see more successful business people run for office. I really would like to see that because I do think, you know, you don’t have to have 30 billion, but you have a certain level of freedom.
After her time at the State Department, Clinton made more than half a million dollars during her stint speaking to banks.
Most of the juicier excerpts of the speeches were previously leaked when excerpts of her paid speeches were released by WikiLeaks on October 7th.