Podesta emailed Clinton requesting that he put pressure on Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras into accepting the EU’s austerity-debt deal.
WikiLeaks released the correspondence dated 10 July 2015, in which Podesta wrote to Bill Clinton’s chief of staff Tina Flournoy, asking if the former president could talk to Greece PM Alexis Tsipras.
“White House asked me whether WJC had enough of a relationship with PM Tsipras to call him and counsel him to make a deal,” he said.
Flournoy responded saying Clinton would call, but that his “immediate question is – are we pushing Merkel too?”
At the time, Greece had rejected austerity measures imposed by Europe and the IMF following the global financial crisis.
It was threatening to default on its debts and leave the EU after five years of harsh austerity. In the days before the emails, Tspiras had told his people to “say no to ultimatums, no to blackmail.”
Greeks obliged and voted to reject the deal on July 5.