Nor will this tidbit appear in the Times:
In a purported excerpt of another speech in 2014, the document shows Clinton portraying some environmental groups’ opposition to fracking and pipeline construction as a Russian plot.
“We were up against Russia pushing oligarchs and others to buy media,” the document shows her saying. “We were even up against phony environmental groups, and I'm a big environmentalist, but these were funded by the Russians to stand against any effort, oh that pipeline, that fracking, that whatever will be a problem for you, and a lot of the money supporting that message was coming from Russia.”
The excerpts contrast with Clinton’s statements during the Democratic primary, in which she depicted herself as an opponent of fracking.
I guess blaming Bush for everything little thing is implausible, so now its "Blame Putin".
So, ardent anti-frackers are Russian dupes who are probably underemployed and living in their parent's basement. And this is Hillary's view of a group she is targeting for big turnout!
I do need a To Be Fair moment and a caveat.
First, To Be Fair to the Times, they do cover Clinton crony capitalism, explaining how Cheryl Mills just happened to parlay her contacts from her State Department job into investors in her consultancy/professional glad-handing operation. A Kausian Quibble is that the story is dull and impenetrable, perhaps by design.
More To Be Fair - David Sanger of Times notes the WikiLeaks dump on Syria:
Hillary Clinton Liked Covert Action if It Stayed Covert, Transcript Shows
At moments in the speeches, Mrs. Clinton was cleareyed about how difficult it would be to execute some of the actions she advocated, including a no-fly zone over parts of 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,” she said. “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.”
Her assessment of the risk came before she was formally running for president. But two years later, in a television interview in October 2015, she sounded willing to take that risk. “I personally would be advocating now for a no-fly zone and humanitarian corridors to stop the carnage on the ground and from the air, to try to provide some way to take stock of what’s happening, to try to stem the flow of refugees,” she said.
Hey, I support a no-fly zone too, but I am a heartless righty, not someone Hillary is wooing for this election.
And The Caveat: The best lies come cloaked in truth, as Hillary and Bill well know. If I were a shrewd Russkie peddler of disinformation I might add a paragraph or two of my own invention to otherwise authentic hacked Hillary material.
To my knowledge Podesta has not denied the authenticity of this material outright. On the other hand, could he really say with confidence that every word in there is undoctored?
Presumably Team Hillary minions are comparing the Wikileaks speech transcripts to their in-house versions. But who will believe them if they cry foul on a damning phrase or two? Sorry, who other than the NY Times, NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, and CNN?
FOR THE ELEPHANTS OUT THERE: By elephants I refer to folks with a long memory, not traditional Republicans (aka "The Few, The Hiding"). Al Gore was also a fan of covert covert actions, as recounted long ago by National Security adviser Richard Clarke:
A true story: Several years ago, the CIA informed the White House counterterrorism adviser that it had located a wanted Islamic terrorist and requested White House guidance for how to proceed. The counterterrorism adviser recommended “extraordinary rendition” — snatching the terrorist in a covert operation and secretly whisking him away for interrogation in a foreign country. A White House lawyer demanded a meeting with the president to argue that this would be a violation of international law. In the Oval Office, the lawyer and the counterterrorism adviser argued their cases, when suddenly the vice president walked in. Hearing the lawyer’s objections, he said: “Of course it’s a violation of international law, that’s why it’s a covert action. The guy is a terrorist. Go grab his ass.’ ” The rendition was authorized.