MIC DROP: WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Destroys NYT Reporter With One Tweet

Ouch! That will leave a mark. WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange tweeted out a major zinger towards New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman on Monday. During the 2016 presidential election, WikiLeaks exposed Haberman as a political hack who Clinton inc. used to “tee up stories.”

Two days ago Haberman noted Senator Bernie Sanders’ wife Jane once toured Joe Arpaio’s “tent jail.”

“Worth recalling that Jane Sanders appeared w Arpaio once and toured his tent jail,” tweeted the New York Times reporter.

Two days later, Assange drops the mic on Haberman.

“Worth recalling that we exposed who you are last year,” tweeted Assange, including a link to a Podesta Series email.

The email says the Clinton campaign used Haberman, a POLITICO reporter at the time, to “tee up stories.”

Per WikiLeaks:

From: Nick Merrill [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 9:40 PM
To: Robby Mook
Cc: Cheryl Mills; Philippe Reines; Huma Abedin; Mandy Grunwald; John Anzalone; Dan Schwerin; Joel Benenson; John Podesta; Jim Margolis
Subject: Re: Follow-up Media Call

Robby claims he’s 1/16th Apache, so we should be all set.

Kidding aside, do we have any diversity we can point to at this stage?

On Jan 13, 2015, at 9:28 PM, Robby Mook <[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>> wrote:
Lotta white guys.

On Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 9:19 PM, Cheryl Mills <[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>> wrote:

If we are going to share names or themes, we should strive for some diversity (beyond gender) in the line up or focus.


On Jan 13, 2015, at 8:36 PM, Nick Merrill <[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>> wrote:
Here’s the draft of the memo for feedback, both attached and below.

Earned Media/Next Steps
January 2015

Objective: As media attention increasingly turns to 2016 and Secretary Clinton continues to move towards a decision, we want to be proactive in shaping a public narrative that does three things:

1) Explains on our own terms who she’s meeting and talking with, both in terms of potential campaign hires and policy advisors. She’s casting a wide net, looking for the best talent, and listening to people with bold ideas from across the party. Notably, she is specifically reaching out to progressive policy experts and to people in the Obama orbit, demonstrating that she is doing things differently this time. She will be positioned to run a thoughtful, successful, forward-looking and technological advanced campaign, should she decide to run.

2) Provides cover and context for recruiting the best people and appealing to those who are looking for signals about whether this is something that they want to be a part of.

3) Begins to build energy and enthusiasm among Democrats for a forward-looking potential candidacy that will offer a bold vision for the future.

Placing a Story

As discussed on our call, we are all in agreement that the time is right place a story with a friendly journalist in the coming days that positions us a little more transparently while achieving the above goals.

For something like this, especially in the absence of us teasing things out to others, we feel that it’s important to go with what is safe and what has worked in the past, and to a publication that will reach industry people for recruitment purposes.

We have has a very good relationship with Maggie Haberman of Politico over the last year. We have had her tee up stories for us before and have never been disappointed. While we should have a larger conversation in the near future about a broader strategy for reengaging the beat press that covers HRC, for this we think we can achieve our objective and do the most shaping by going to Maggie.


Thanks for sharing!