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WikiLeaks: Text Of Speeches To Wall Street Firms Show Clinton’s Hypocrisy

In highly paid speeches Hillary Clinton gave to Wall Street financial firms but has refused to disclose, the chameleon-like ex-Secretary of State was clearly comfortable mingling with these giants of business. She talked up regulation-free international trade and even touted a budget-balancing plan including cuts to Social Security, according to recently released WikiLeaks documents.

The excerpts from her paid speeches are clearly very different than the fiery liberal approach she took in her primary battle with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. It’s clear why Clinton would not publicly release the speech texts, as they could have hurt her candidacy.

Clinton comes across more as a technocrat who is at home with her mega-wealthy audience. Her tone was much more conciliatory, as she was critical of large financial institutions but inclined to view them as partners in improving the economic health of the country.

In the excerpts from her paid speeches to financial institutions and corporate audiences, Mrs. Clinton said she dreamed of “open trade and open borders” throughout the Western Hemisphere. Citing the back-room deal-making and arm-twisting used by Abraham Lincoln, she mused on the necessity of having “both a public and a private position” on politically contentious issues. Reflecting in 2014 on the rage against political and economic elites that swept the country after the 2008 financial crash, Mrs. Clinton acknowledged that her family’s rising wealth had made her “kind of far removed” from the struggles of the middle class.

Somewhat ironically, the text of the Wikileaks release were in an internal review of Clinton’s paid speeches by her campaign, which was trying to identify potential problems if the speeches became public.

Clinton’s campaign would not comment on the documents. WikiLeaks released the data dump late Friday, and claimed that it had come from the email account of John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chair.

Source: NY Times
Photo: Flickr/U.S. Department of State

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