Oct 11, 2016 11:48 AM
NH1 News Political Director
CONCORD – A new installment of hacked emails from Hillary Clinton presidential campaign chairman John Podesta's account were released by Wikileaks on Tuesday.
And one of the emails that was sent to Podesta focuses on New Hampshire.
The email in question comes from ntanden, who most likely is Neera Tanden, president of the pro-Democratic group Center for America Progress. She’s a longtime friend and adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton who was a top adviser to Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. While she supports Clinton’s 2016 bid for the White House, she has no role in the campaign.
The email, sent to Podesta late in the evening on Feb. 4 of this year, asks “What is wrong w the people of Nh?”
The email may have been in reference to the polls in the weeks leading up to New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary, which was held on Feb. 9. In the race for the Democratic nomination, all the surveys at the time indicated Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont up double digits over the former U.S. secretary of state.
Sanders ended up winning the primary by 22 percentage points over Clinton, which propelled him into a marathon fight against Clinton for the nomination. Sanders eventually endorsed Clinton at an event in Portsmouth in mid-July, a couple of weeks before the Democratic National Convention. Since then he’s been back to New Hampshire three times (once with Clinton, twice without) to campaign for the Democratic presidential nominee.
In a tweet, the NHGOP wrote “Team @HillaryClinton trashing Granite Staters. Her campaign should immediately apologize.”
Podesta’s emails were obtained illegally. Last week the U.S. government formally named the Russian government as responsible for the recent hacks, saying Moscow’s trying to interfere with the U.S. presidential election.
In a statement on Friday, Podesta wrote that the “world now knows, beyond the shadow of any doubt, that the hack of the Democratic National Committee was carried out by the Russian government in a clear attempt to interfere with the integrity of our elections. The only remaining question is why Donald Trump continues to make apologies for the Russians. Trump's initial reaction to the hack in July was to invite further intrusions by the Russians. Even after he was reportedly briefed on the very findings that were just announced publicly by U.S. government officials, he stood on a debate stage one week ago and played dumb about Russia's role in this hack. He has repeatedly praised Vladimir Putin, outlined a list of pro-Putin policies, and has done hundreds of millions of dollars of business with Russian interests.”
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