Internal documents made public on Sunday revealed a reporter for the New York Times working with Democratic officials to promote Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy, with party apparatchiks saying she has "never disappointed" them.
The January 2015 document centering on Clinton's media strategy, released by the hacker known as Guccifer 2.0, was describing Maggie Haberman, who worked for Politico but who moved to the Times that month.
"We are all in agreement that the time is right [to] place a story with a friendly journalist in the coming days that positions us a little more transparently while achieving [our] goals," said the memo, which was first published by The Intercept.
"We have [had] a very good relationship with Maggie Haberman of Politico over the last year," the unsigned document noted. "We have had her tee up stories for us before and have never been disappointed. While we should have a larger conversation in the near future about a broader strategy for reengaging the beat press the covers HRC, for this we think we can achieve our objective and do the most shaping by going to Maggie."
The Intercept reported that metadata pointed to Nick Merrill, the campaign's press secretary, as the document's author. It is unclear which party apparatus Guccifer purportedly hacked in order to obtain the document. Guccifer is the same persona that took credit for breaches of the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee over the summer.
It is the latest document to reveal the campaign's collaboration with favorable media outlets. Emails published by WikiLeaks on Thursday revealed Democrats working feverishly to book a campaign surrogate for an MSNBC producer who complimented Clinton as an "amazing, intelligent woman."
Documents from the WikiLeaks dump also showed Merrill calling another Times reporter, Amy Chozick, an "idiot," and discounting The Intercept as a "provocative" publication with "loose editorial standards."