If you want to run an effective disinformation campaign, one of the surest ways to remove suspicion from yourself is to do something that runs counter to the narrative you’re actually trying to push. In this case, the effort was to remove suspicion from Hillary Clinton for being pro-big-bank. How do you do that? In this case, you insert harsh words against big banks at one of your scheduled big bank speeches to make yourself appear “above the fray.”
How much do you want to bet the big banks were told in advance that this had to be done? How much do you want to bet the price paid for the speaking fee had nothing to do with the speech itself?
From The Intercept:
A TOP AIDE calculatingly inserted a passage critical of the financial industry into one of Hillary Clinton’s many highly-paid speeches to big banks, “precisely for the purpose of having something we could show people if ever asked what she was saying behind closed doors for two years to all those fat cats,” he wrote in an email posted by Wikileaks.
In late November 2015, campaign speechwriter Dan Schwerin wrote an email to other top aides floating the idea of leaking that passage, which had come in a speech Clinton gave to Deutsche Bank in October 2014 in returnfor $260,000.
“I wrote her a long riff about economic fairness and how the financial industry has lost its way,” for that purpose, Schwerin wrote. “Perhaps at some point there will be value in sharing this with a reporter and getting a story written. Upside would be that when people say she’s too close to Wall Street and has taken too much money from bankers, we can point to evidence that she wasn’t afraid to speak truth to power.”
Another email, from among the thousands posted by Wikileaks over the past week from Hillary Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta’s Gmail account, shows how panicked members of the Clinton campaign intervened at the last minute to cancel a paid Bill Clinton speech to Morgan Stanley because it was timed too close to the launch of her campaign — against the initial wishes of the candidate herself.