This is a question about the authenticity of a recording and of its associated reporting.
This source (New York Observer in 2016) reported Hillary Clinton as saying on September 5, 2006, to Eli Chomsky of Jewish Press:
I do not think we should have pushed for an election in the Palestinian territories. I think that was a big mistake. And if we were going to push for an election, then we should have made sure that we did something to determine who was going to win.
That statement is said to have been recorded on an analog cassette player and not released or used by the journalist for 10 years. A ("cleaned up") version of the recording is available at youtube.
There are some circumstances that make me hesitate about the authenticity of the reporting and the extent of its bias.
- The info was held back by the journalist for 10 years - he says.
- The info was weaponized in the 2016 presidential campaign (between Clinton and Trump).
- The info was eventually published by a newspaper owned by Trump's family.
- Context from 2006 appears lost and "context" from 2016 added. It's unclear what she was responding to.
- I can't find any version of the full 45-minute tape online that would be digitized but untruncated and undoctored. I don't know whether the tape was ever released in full and what the context of the quote was.
- I can't readily find any evidence of Clinton commenting on her quoted statement after it was released in 2016. She surely would have been confronted at the time?
Is the quote authentic? What was the context (on the tape)?