In a batch of hacked emails released by Wikileaks Tuesday morning, there was a conversation that gave some more insight into what Hillary Clinton‘s campaign advisers think about her private email server, as well as who they think allowed it in the first place.
In an email thread from July 2015 between Clinton campaign chair John Podesta and adviser Neera Tanden, Tanden asked, “Do we actually know who told Hillary she could use a private email? And has that person been drawn and quartered?”
Podesta simply replies, “Don’t you think Cheryl?” suggesting that former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills was the one who gave Clinton the go-ahead for setting up her infamous email system.
Tanden responded to this by saying, ” I repeat, why hasn’t this person been drawn and quartered?”
Of course, this is just a guess on Podesta’s part, and not an outright confirmation. But these emails show that while Clinton herself may claim publicly that using the private server was simply a “mistake,” the attitude behind the scenes was much more serious.