The Wikileaks hacking organization has released an email sent during the height of the primary season that has progressives seething over perceived slights of Sen. Bernie Sanders, the socialist Independent senator from Vermont who ran as a Democrat against Hillary Clinton. An email sent on February 22, 2016 to John Podesta offers an insight into the sentiments of Clinton’s coterie of close supporters. When Sanders is described in the email, which is entitled, “Friendly advice. No merc,” as an “Obama betrayer” and “false promiser,” Podesta agrees and writes, “Where would you stick the knife in?”
 
The email was addressed by “Joel” at the Glover Park Group, a strategic and political communications agency that is based in Washington. The managing director of GPG is Joel Johnson, a veteran of the Clinton administration and in Congress.
 
Not long after Clinton cinched a primary victory in Nevada, Johnson wrote to Podesta: “Bernie needs to be ground to a pulp. We can't start believing our own primary bullshit. This is no time to run the general. Crush him as hard as you can. Other than that, hope all is well and congrats on Nevada!” After Podesta agrees and wonders if to “stick a knife in” with Sanders, Johnson finished the thread by writing, “Obama betrayer (Wh will affirm). Hapless legislator (Senators/members will affirm). False promiser (policy elites will affirm). Can't win (black people will affirm).”

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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