Wikileaks Outs Jake Tapper And Wolf Blitzer As DNC Moles Allowing Party Execs To Write Coverage, Interview Questions
The Democratic National Committee helped CNN anchors Wolf Blitzer and Jake Tapper prepare for interviews with Donald Trump, the latest WikiLeaks email dump has revealed.
Among the batch of 8,263 emails released on Sunday night, one shows that staff working for the network hosts asked DNC staffers what questions they should put to the Republican candidate.
They also asked for advice when it came to an appearance from former candidate, Ted Cruz.
An email dated April 28 entitled ‘Cruz on CNN’ reads ‘CNN is looking for questions. Please send some topical/interesting ones.’
That email was sent from DNC research director Lauren Dillon to other officials and staffers.
Days before that, on April 25 she asked for questions from officials and staffers for an interview that CNN’s Wolf Blitzer would be conducting with Trump.
n a separate conversation dated on April 28, Jason Seher, a writer for Jake Tapper’s show on CNN, emailed Pablo Manriquez, a former DNC media booker thanking him for ‘facilitating Luis coming on today, and bearing with us through a meelee (sic) of GOP nonsense and cancellations and all that. Any particular points he’ll want to make? We’re gonna stay Dem focused…’
In responding, Manriquez said he would include Dillon and Christina Freundlich into the conversation to see ‘if there’s any newsworthy (opposition) Luis can drop’.
Freundlich previously worked for the Iowa Democratic Party before she caused outrage when she took a selfie smiling in front of a deadly New York City fire in March 2015. She was hired as a spokeswoman for the DNC in July 2015.
Manriquez then sent a message to several staffers and wrote, ‘Window closing on this. Need to know asap if we want to offer Jake Tapper questions to ask us.’