Hillary Clinton: The Goldman Sachs Speeches

With an introduction by JULIAN ASSANGE

"Politics is like sausage being made. It is unsavory, and it always has been that way … So, you need both a public and a private position."
—Hillary Clinton speaking privately to a conference of apartment developers

"WikiLeaks is a publisher that provides a safe means for whistleblowers to make significant disclosures to the public about government or private enterprise. If we have information on any significant power faction or candidate in a globally significant election campaign, we publish it."
—Julian Assange from the Introduction

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Hillary Clinton’s private speeches to Goldman Sachs, the nation’s leading investment bank, have been a hot button issue throughout the 2016 presidential campaign. It was widely reported that Clinton received $675,000 for the three talks. When asked whether she thought this was an appropriate amount she replied “well that’s what they offered.”

But what was in the speeches? No one knew, and Clinton’s refusal to make them public only fueled speculation that they contained comments that were politically embarrassing.

Now, thanks to a WikiLeaks release in October, we do know the contents of the speeches. Clinton’s remarks to the top-tier bankers are fascinating and revelatory. The former senator for Wall Street reassured her hosts that she had “a lot of respect for the work you do and the people who do it.” She insisted that the best people to determine the regulation of the banks were “the people that know the industry better than anybody” namely “the people who work in the industry.” And she revealed (in an additional speech to a Brazilian bank) that “My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders…”

With an introduction by Julian Assange, the head of WikiLeaks, a rich annotation of the Clinton speeches, and an appendix of key passages from the other e-mails in the WikiLeaks release, this highly-readable exposé of HRC’s in-private interactions with the global financial elite will be vital reading for anyone interested in the way power and money intertwine at the very top of American politics.

160 pages • Paperback ISBN 978-1-682190-85-2 • E-book 978-1-682190-86-9

About the Contributor

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Julian Assange is the editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks. He is the author of When Google Met WikiLeaks (OR Books, 2014), Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet (OR Books, 2012). He is currently a resident in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

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