As news of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server was first made public, members of her inner circle exhibited concern over how her State Department team had handled the matter, according to the latest release from WikiLeaks.
The exchange between campaign chairman John Podesta and Neera Tanden was revealed in Tuesday’s batch of Podesta’s hacked emails posted by WikiLeaks.
In early March 2015, after news that Clinton had used a private email server during her tenure at the State Department broke, Tanden emailed Podesta, saying that Clinton should "start making some other, more positive news soon."
"Really? That's great advice," Podesta fired back.
“This is a Cheryl special. Know you love her, but this stuff is like her Achilles heal. Or kryptonite. she just can't say no to this s---. Why didn't they get this stuff out like 18 months ago? So crazy,” Tanden wrote later in the exchange, referring to Clinton's State Department chief of staff, Cheryl Mills.
Podesta responded: "Unbelievable."
Later, Tanden wrote: “i guess I know the answer they wanted to get away with it.”
The email exchange also showed the campaign's early concerns about former Florida governor Jeb Bush: "Unless he's the walking dead, Bush will go to town tomorrow. Given his release in December or whenever it was," Tanden wrote. In December 2014 Bush released an archive of emails from his private server as governor.
WikiLeaks has been releasing chunks of emails every day from Podesta’s account. The Clinton campaign has accused Russia of the hacks and neither confirmed nor denied the authenticity of individual messages.