Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for the Washington Post, glowingly praised John Podesta and implored him not to send any White House scoops to “strangers” in aDecember 2014 email released Friday by Wikileaks.
Tumulty thanked Podesta, then Counselor to President Barack Obama, “[f]or setting aside some time to talk to me yesterday. It is always so valuable to hear your thoughts,” she wrote.
Then the reporter asked Podesta for early notification of a looming White House announcement — “big news between now and Christmas.” She wrote: “When you guys decide to lift the lid a bit … please don’t go to strangers.” In a later email, she asked if Obama’s announced plan to normalize relations with Cuba was “our pre-Christmas surprise.”
Tumulty ended the thank-you note with a hint towards Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential run, which Podesta was then helping to plan and where he now serves as campaign chairman. “Also, I very much look forward to keeping in touch as you head for your next adventure,” she said.
The Post reporter served as a debate moderator in March 2016 at a Democratic presidential debate in Miami.