CLAIM

WikiLeaks documents revealed campaign head John Podesta unflatteringly described Hillary Clinton's personal hygiene and intellect. See Example(s)

EXAMPLES
Collected via Twitter, November 2016

FALSE

RATING

FALSE

ORIGIN

On 31 October 2016, what appeared to be a screenshot of an e-mail purportedly sent by John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, to an unidentified individual was circulated online, describing the candidate in several unflattering ways:

People tell me that Hillary is acting ‘like a retard’ since her head injury. Frankly, considering her normal behavior, I’m surprised anyone noticed! (this is a joke!) Have someone talk to her doctor and see if there’s anything he can give her.

Also, I’ve noticed she’s had an “odor” lately. It reminds me of a combination of boiled cabbage, urine, and farts. I’m guessing it’s either connected to her fall or simply the fact that she rarely bathes. Outside of encouraging her to take a shower once in a while, I don’t know what to do about this. — any suggestions would be appreciated.
–sent from my iPad–
john.podesta@gmail.com

The image appeared during the release of a multi-part WikiLeaks series called “The Podesta Emails” (gleaned from hacked e-mails sent to and from Podesta’s account), and in the flood of documents dumped by WikiLeaks throughout October 2016 it was often mistaken for a legitimate communication. However, it was pretty simple to discern via WikiLeaks searchable archive that no such offensive e-mail exists.

This claim was far from the first opportunistic WikiLeaks fabrication to go viral on social media. An earlier fabricated WikiLeaks item falsely suggested Clinton had described a large swath of Democrats as “a bucket of losers.”