A February email conversation among Clinton campaign insiders has been falsely interpreted as evidence of a plot to kill Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in his sleep a few days later.
In one email, sent on Feb. 9, Podesta references "wet works" in response to someone's suggestion that it will be a "bad nite [sic]" and that people will "need to buckle up and double down."
Numerous conservative and fringe websites have interpreted that as murderous intent, likely based on the dictionary definition of wet works as a euphemism for political assassination that originated with the KGB.
However, around the time of those emails, the Clinton campaign was still locked in a primary fight with Senator Bernie Sanders. As Snopes detailed, Clinton staffers were discussing a strategy to connect Sanders to a Senate group that raises large sums of money from industry lobbyists. Podesta and others believed that association would hurt Sanders. One donor retreat for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee reportedly took place at Martha's Vineyard, which helps explain Podesta's full email.
"Didn't think wet works meant pool parties at the Vineyard," Podesta wrote. In this context, "wet works" is clearly a joke, and not in relation to Scalia but to Sanders.