John Podesta

A Washington ritual: Reading John Podesta's stolen emails

Poring through thousands of private, stolen emails from Hillary Clinton's confidants has become a daily ritual in Washington.

The hacked emails — some mundane, others laced with intrigue about election strategy, snarky barbs, whining about salaries or perceived slights — provide an inside, real-time view of the insecurities, sniping and self-promotion that churn beneath the surface of a heated presidential campaign.

Yet it's also uncharted territory fraught with ethical dilemmas: Should a private individual's stolen correspondence be read? How does someone respond publicly when they're the subject of a private email? Have the emails been altered?