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Kaine questions 'honesty' of Clinton email hackers

Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 01:19

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine spoke to CBS News about the thousands of hacked emails recently published by Wikileaks and said ''you can't trust that they're going to maintain scrupulous honesty about the content.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: On the CBS News Face the Nation program, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine spoke on the controversy surrounding thousands of hacked emails published recently by Wikileaks from the account of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman. "Anybody who is going to try to cyber attack and then try to destabilize an election, you can't trust that they're going to maintain scrupulous honesty about the content of what they're dumping out for the world to see," said Kaine. Hacked emails published by Wikileaks this week appear to show Qatar pledging to donate $1 million to Hillary Clinton's family's charitable foundation, despite her promise to curb new donations by foreign governments while U.S. secretary of state. In an email from 2012, a senior official from the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation informs colleagues that a planned donation by Qatar's government to mark Bill Clinton's birthday came up in a meeting he had with the Gulf state's ambassador in Washington. The ambassador said that he asked "to see WJC 'for five minutes' in NYC, to present a $1 million check that Qatar promised for WJC's birthday in 2011," Amitabh Desai, the foundation official, writes in his email, using the former U.S. president's initials. The hacked email is among thousands published over the last week by the pro-transparency group Wikileaks from the account of John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Clinton's campaign has been embarrassed by this and similar recent hacking attacks on other Democratic Party officials, some of which appear to show Clinton and her aides saying things in private that contradict their public positions. Her spokesmen have not disputed the authenticity of the hacked emails. The emails released by Wikileaks do not appear to confirm whether Qatar gave the promised $1 million, although the foundation's website lists the State of Qatar as having given at least that amount. There is no date listed for the donation. A spokesman for the foundation declined to confirm the donation. Reuters could not rule out the possibility the $1 million was intended as a birthday present for Clinton personally, not for the foundation. His spokesman did not respond to questions.

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Kaine questions 'honesty' of Clinton email hackers

Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 01:19