In an email released by Wikileaks, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg told Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta that she wants the Democrat candidate to “win badly.”
“And I still want HRC to win badly. I am still here to help as I can. She came over and was magical with my kids,” she wrote in June 2015.
The statement was made in response to Podesta, who offered condolences for the loss of her husband, Dave Goldberg. She thanked Podesta for his kind words and prayers, telling Podesta that “I have to believe in heaven now.”
This exchange confirms Sandberg has a more personal stake in her Clinton campaign interactions than suspected. Just last month, Politico’s Ben White wrote of hearing chatter that she might consider serving in Clinton’s would-be Cabinet, though it would be a tough decision to leave her California home for Washington, DC.
Previous batches of leaked emails reveal that Sandberg offered to put Podesta in contact with Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, stating that Zuckerberg was interested in influencing policies relating to “social oriented objectives (like immigration, education or basic scientific research).” Podesta appears to have at least arranged that meeting; his assistant emailed him in August 2015 with directions to Zuckerberg’s office.
Zuckerberg has been politically active since 2013, when he co-founded a 501(c)3 called “FWD.us,” primarily lobbying for expansion of the H-1B visa program and amnesty for illegal immigrants. The organization has not openly endorsed Clinton’s “dream,” revealed in a private speech to a Brazilian bank, of “a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders,” but it has forcefully attacked Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s stance of strong border security, including a physical wall.
Zuckerberg, Breitbart noted, has also partnered with Germany’s government to crack down on speech the company doesn’t like.
As we have reported time and again, the social media giant has cracked down on conservative speech, going so far as to ban people and remove paged over innocuous opinions.
In the United States, Facebook has suffered a string of embarrassing headlines this election season — as its moderators have deleted or banned innocuous content which criticizes Clinton, a whole community page that mocked her, and the personal profiles of users with pro-Trump opinions. When Wikileaks released emails exposing the Democratic National Committee’s sabotage of Clinton’s primary rival Bernie Sanders, the site blocked users from sharing links to the leak. When Wikileaks complained, Facebook said the suppression of those links was an “accident.”
Incidents like the ones Breitbart cited, by the way, are the reason Adina Kutnicki, an investigative journalist based in Israel, and I wrote “Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad.” Endorsed by Pam Geller, the book is available at WND and Amazon.
It’s also interesting to note that Sandberg is seen as a potential Treasury Secretary in a future Clinton administration…
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