In a recently-released email by WikiLeaks, a top Apple official is seen engaging in what appears to be a pay-to-play situation with the Clinton campaign.
The Daily Caller reported:
Lisa Jackson — Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives — told John Podesta that she and Apple would be “happy” to play a “public role” in getting Hillary Clinton elected following the former secretary of state’s siding with Apple in the wake of the San Bernardino massacre, an email published by WikiLeaks on Tuesday shows.
The email chain, dated December 20, 2015, begins with Jackson thanking Clinton’s campaign chairman for the “nuanced stance” Clinton took on “encryption and the tech sector,” during ABC’s Democratic primary debate on December 19, 2015.
One of the questions during that debate centered on the San Bernardino terrorists, and Apple’s standoff with the FBI over whether or not they would help unlock the terrorists’ phones.
Clinton was asked whether or not she would push legislation that would “weaken encryption” in an effort to aid law enforcement in the fight against terrorism and she responded that she would “not go that route.”
“I don’t know enough about the technology,” Clinton said, “but I’ve got enough confidence in our tech experts, and maybe the back door is the wrong door. I understand what Apple and others are saying about that.”
Jackson liked Clinton’s response and told Podesta so in the email. Podesta went on to ask Jackson if she had “thought any more about whether you could play a public role with us?” Jackson responded, “Yes I can,” Jackson responded. “Am happy to. [sic]”
Not long after this cozy email, Jackson and Apple CEO Tim Cook proceeded fundraise — to the tune of millions of dollars — for the Hillary Victory Fund.
The Daily Caller reported:
Most notably, Jackson and Cook co-hosted a “$50,000-a-seat” fundraiser on August 24, 2016.
The nearly 400 guests in attendance could purchase tickets at three different donation levels: $2,700, $10,000 and $50,000.
Addtionally [sic], Clinton’s “Tech Agenda” uses language that virtually copies language used by Cook in his defense of Apple’s struggle against the FBI, Apple Insider reports.
From Clinton’s campaign website, via the Daily Caller:
“Hillary rejects the false choice between privacy interests and keeping Americans safe,” the encryption section on Clinton’s campaign website reads. “She was a proponent of the USA Freedom Act, and she supports Senator Mark Warner and Representative Mike McCaul’s idea for a national commission on digital security and encryption.”
“This commission will work with the technology and public safety communities to address the needs of law enforcement, protect the privacy and security of all Americans that use technology, assess how innovation might point to new policy approaches, and advance our larger national security and global competitiveness interests.”
Sounds an awful lot like bribery, doesn’t it? They like what she said and as long as she keeps it up, they’ll raise millions of dollars for her campaign. Not only that, she mirrors the position of those raking in the big bucks. But that’s just a coincidence, huh?