Wikileaks published the third instalment of hacked emails from Hilary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta on Tuesday. Although the trove of messages doesn’t include any bombshells near the level of Donald Trump’s lewd remarks about women, the hacked emails do include a few surprises.
The new messages includes a request for a sit-down interview with Hillary Clinton from Yahoo host Katie Couric. The request itself is normal, but what’s unusual is that the message was sent from a Gmail account. Couric is one of Yahoo’s most notable public faces, and among the company’s most well-compensated employees, earning about $US10 million ($13 million) a year. Gmail has long been the chief competitor of Yahoo’s rival service, Yahoo Mail.
Here’s what Couric wrote in the message:
I wanted to write you about some of the metrics that we are getting and let you know through placement on Facebook we can guarantee 1.5 million views in addition to Yahoo engagement which has been close to 1 million for my political interviews. I’d also like to do a separate piece of business through social media along the lines of “10 things you don’t know about Hillary Clinton” that would showcase her personality and has a lot of viral potential.
I wish I could say this is a bad look for Couric, but who can possibly blame her for using Gmail over Yahoo Mail? In May, Congress banned staffers from using Yahoo Mail because it was prone to ransomware attacks. Two weeks ago, a Reuters report revealed that Yahoo scanned millions of emails for the NSA and FBI. The revelation came days after Yahoo reported 500 million accounts were hacked by a state-sponsored agent. Top all of this off with the fact that Yahoo recently disabled email forwarding to prevent users from leaving the service, and you have every reason you need to avoid Yahoo Mail at all costs.
So maybe Katie Couric was actually doing something really smart. Maybe she knew that Yahoo Mail was a terrible product all along. We reached out to her and Yahoo for comment but had not heard back at time of writing.