John Podesta, campaign chairman for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton © Brian Snyder / Reuters
For those in need of a weekend read, WikiLeaks released the 30th batch of Podesta emails Friday afternoon, just four days out from the presidential election.
This the second release of the day, leaving slightly more than 2,000 of the promised 50,000 Podesta emails not yet published.
“We give governments information”
Included in WikiLeaks’ 30th release of Podesta Emails was a message sent Sunday, December 20, 2015, by Lisa Jackson. She is vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives for Apple and reports directly to CEO Tim Cook.
Jackson first thanked Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign manager John Podesta for “the principled and nuanced stance the Secretary took last night on encryption and the tech sector.”
“Leadership at Apple certainly noticed,” she wrote, adding that she was confident the rest of Silicon Valley did as well.
“Please know that Apple will continue its work with law enforcement,” Jackson continued. “We share law enforcement’s concerns about the threat to citizens and we work closely with authorities to comply with legal requests for data that have helped solve complex crimes. Thousands of times every month, we give governments information about Apple customers and devices, in response to warrants and other forms of legal process. We have a team that responds to those requests 24 hours a day. Strong encryption does not eliminate Apple’s ability to give law enforcement meta-data or any of a number of other very useful categories of data.”
Jackson then noted to Podesta that Apple CEO Tim Cook’s appearance that night on CBS’ 60 Minutes was expected to include discussion of “encryption and taxes.”
“Who is in charge at the campaign”
A May 9, 2015 email from top Democratic Party donor Haim Saban asks for information about “who is in charge at the campaign” for Clinton’s foreign policy as well as “Policy(what she talks about in her speeches),” following a fundraising event he held at Saban’s home.
“I have received multiples mails from supporters who came to the event with HRC at my house. I’d like to share those with you and the foreign and domestic policy folks in charge,” Saban wrote to Podesta.
Podesta replies, “Jake Sullivan,” adding that he “is a good one stop shop and can get domestic questions to the right lead.”
“Laura pls get me Jake’s contact info.” Saban replies to his advisor, Laura Hartigan.