Marissa Astor, assistant to Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook, sends an email to Clinton campaign chair John Podesta and other Clinton aides. It includes an attached memo on strategies to help Clinton to win the 2016 presidential election. It lists three main strategies:
“Force all Republican candidates to lock themselves in to extreme conservative positions that will hurt them in a general election.”
“Undermine any credibility/trust Republican presidential candidates have to make inroads to our coalition or independents.”
“Muddy the waters on any potential attack lodged against [Clinton].”
The memo then has a section on “Pied Piper Candidates.” It states: “There are two ways to approach the strategies mentioned above. The first is to use the field as a whole to inflict damage on itself similar to what happened to Mitt Romney in 2012. The variety of candidates is a positive here, and many of the lesser known can serve as a cudgel to move the more established candidates further to the right. In this scenario, we don’t want to marginalize the more extreme candidates, but make them more ‘Pied Piper’ candidates who actually represent the mainstream of the Republican Party. Pied Piper candidates include, but aren’t limited to: Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and Ben Carson. We need to be elevating the Pied Piper candidates so that they are leaders of the pack and tell the press to them seriously.” (WikiLeaks, 10/7/2016)
The email will be released by WikiLeaks in October 2016. It is unclear if Astor writes the attached memo or is just passing it on.