Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence speaks at a campaign rally in Newton, Iowa, on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

BETTENDORF, Iowa — Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence encouraged activists in the Quad Cities to “tell your neighbors and friends” about the emails published by WikiLeaks after a hack of a Hillary Clinton campaign account. But the examples he gave of damaging, dynamite excerpts offered less than his descriptions made them sound.

Referring to a speech Clinton gave to the National Multi-Housing Council in 2013, partially reprinted in an email to top Clinton staffers, Pence said the Democratic nominee was disgracing the memory of Abraham Lincoln.

“She actually gave a speech in which she said, in order to be successful politically, you have to, quote, ‘have a public and private position,’ close quote, on the issues,” Pence said. “When she was asked about that in the debate on Sunday night, did you see that? We got a little bit of a lecture about Abraham Lincoln or something. I couldn’t follow it, either — I was like, ‘Huh? Where are we going with that?'”

In fact, while Donald Trump had mocked the Lincoln reference on Sunday night, the point Clinton was making in that speech was a reference to the 2012 film “Lincoln,” which at the time of the speech had just lost the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture.

“If you saw the Spielberg movie, ‘Lincoln,’ and how he was maneuvering and working to get the 13th Amendment passed, [he] called one of my favorite predecessors, Secretary Seward, who had been the governor and senator from New York,” Clinton said. “He told Seward, I need your help to get this done. And Seward called some of his lobbyist friends who knew how to make a deal, and they just kept going at it. I mean, politics is like sausage being made. It is unsavory, and it always has been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be.”

Pence seemed to have a better case against Clinton when he referred to another 2013 speech, in Toronto.

“Hillary Clinton, giving a paid speech in 2013, to a Canadian business organization, may well have revealed classified information about the takedown of Osama bin Laden,” Pence said. When the man who shot Osama bin Laden wrote a book about it, he actually, apparently, inadvertently, revealed classified information. He had to forfeit his security clearance.”

While several news outlets have reported that Clinton revealed classified information, the record does not show that. “This guy used to protect bin Laden,” Clinton said, describing part of the years-long bin Laden hunt. “He has just made a phone call. He said this in the phone call. We need to figure out where he is. Then we need to follow him. And that is how we found this compound in Abbottabad.”

But that information was not classified. In 2011, multiple news outlets reported that Sheik Abu Ahmed, a courier for bin Laden, was being watched closely when he made a phone call to someone already being monitored by the U.S. government. That connection was dramatized in the film “Zero Dark Thirty,” released one year before the speech to which Pence referred.

Pence made one more WikiLeaks reference, to an email released this week, that had drawn less attention.

“Hillary Clinton’s campaign was actually in communication the Obama Department of Justice on the email investigation into her private server,” Pence said. “One of her campaign officials, who used to work at the Department of Justice, was then working for her campaign, said that the DOJ folks had informed them of a timetable when information would come out.”

But that was not what the email in question, a message from now-Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon, actually showed. On May 19, 2015, Fallon emailed: “DOJ folks inform me there is a status hearing in this case this morning, so we could have a window into the judge’s thinking about this proposed production schedule as quickly as today.” As The Washington Post’s Matt Zapotosky reported Tuesday, “this case” was a FOIA lawsuit brought by Vice News, seeking the release of Clinton’s State Department emails. The FBI’s probe of Clinton’s private server was not opened until July 10, 2015. The status hearing was part of the public record, and widely reported on at the time.