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Emails made public by the website WikiLeaks appear to include details about what Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told Wall Street banks in private speeches for which she earned hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The emails, allegedly hacked from the account of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, include excerpts from speeches that Clinton has refused to release and her apparent comments on Wall Street regulation and trade, two major issues in the current presidential campaign.

She spoke of her dreams of "open trade and open border" and suggested bankers are in the best position to know how the industry should be regulated, according to news outlets that reviewed the hacked emails, which were made public Friday at the website.

Clinton's opponents, including fellow Democrat Senator Bernie Sanders, frequently criticized her speeches during the primary campaign and questioned whether Clinton's relationship with financial institutions was too cosy.

Clinton did not make the speeches during her tenure as secretary of state. They were made after she left government and before the start of her campaign for the White House.

The Clinton campaign has refused to authenticate the hacked emails, according to news reports.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been openly critical of Clinton. The site released hacked Democratic National Committee emails in July that US intelligence officials on Friday said were obtained by hackers under orders from the highest echelons in the Kremlin.

The revelations about Clinton’s speeches come ahead of Sunday's debate against Trump, who is embroiled in his own controversy touched off by his sex talk in a conversation recorded in 2005.

Among the alleged Podesta emails were details about a 2014 speech to Deutsche Bank. A Clinton staffer characterized the speech as suggesting Wall Street insiders were what was needed to fix Wall Street.

“How do you get to the golden key, how do we figure out what works?” the email indicates that Clinton said in the speech. "And the people that know the industry better than anybody are the people who work in the industry."

Clinton was paid 260,000 dollars to address Deutsche Bank in 2014, according to a tax filing she voluntarily released.

The emails appear to have been hacked from Podesta’s Gmail account and span almost a decade.

WikiLeaks said on Twitter the released emails represented the first 2,050 documents of 50,000 it had hacked from Podesta, a longtime aide to Clinton and a White House chief of staff for Bill Clinton.

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