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John Podesta: FBI Didn’t Tell Him About Hack Until After Emails Leaked


Sunday morning saw the broadcast of the first post-election interview with John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and it was an eventful one. Speaking with Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Podesta alleged that the FBI did not contact him about the hack of his personal email account until some of the emails had already made their way into the public eye via Wikileaks.

“Let’s go through the chronology. On October 7, the Access Hollywood tapes comes out. One hour later, WikiLeaks starts dropping my emails into the public,” Podesta explained. “One could say that those things might not have been a coincidence. Two days later, the FBI contacted me, and the first thing the agent said to me was, ‘I don’t know if you’re aware but your email account might have been hacked.’ I said, yes, I was aware of that.”

Todd followed up by asking when Podesta knew he had been hacked. “In one of those DNC documents that appeared to me … that might have came from my account,” Podesta said. “So I wasn’t sure. I didn’t know what they had, what they didn’t have. It wasn’t until October 7 when [WikiLeaks founder Julian] Assange … started dumping them out and said they would all dump out, that’s when I knew that they had the contents of my email account. By the way, that was the last time I’d heard from the FBI.”

[Photo: NBC News screen grab]

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David Bixenspan is a writer, editor, and podcaster based in New York.