TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2016
Hillary Clinton’s Orders to Rig an Award for David Rockefeller
From the released Hillary Clinton emails (via Wikileaks). She writes:
David Rockefeller Sr has asked to see me. I’d like to do when I’m in NY or if there is a State Dept award we could give him for his citizen diplomacy esp in Latin America–could you run traps on that idea?
Have you heard from Carlos Slim about a date for a mtg?…
The Putin conf about tigers in Vladivostock 9/11-19
The Emails Hillary Clinton’s Top Adviser Sent to Hillary About Gaddafi’s Gold Holdings
This is damn fascinating.
Of the 3,000 emails released from Hillary Clinton’s private email server in late December 2015, nearly a third were from her close confidante Sidney Blumenthal, the Clinton aide who gained notoriety when he testified against Monica Lewinsky. One of these emails, dated April 2, 2011, reads in part:
Qaddafi’s government holds 143 tons of gold, and a similar amount in silver . . . . This gold was accumulated prior to the current rebellion and was intended to be used to establish a pan-African currency based on the Libyan golden Dinar. This plan was designed to provide the Francophone African Countries with an alternative to the French franc (CFA).
In a “source comment,” the original declassified email adds:
According to knowledgeable individuals this quantity of gold and silver is valued at more than $7 billion. French intelligence officers discovered this plan shortly after the current rebellion began, and this was one of the factors that influenced President Nicolas Sarkozy’s decision to commit France to the attack on Libya. According to these individuals Sarkozy’s plans are driven by the following issues:
- A desire to gain a greater share of Libya oil production,
- Increase French influence in North Africa,
- Improve his internal political situation in France,
- Provide the French military with an opportunity to reassert its position in the world,
- Address the concern of his advisors over Gaddafi’s long term plans to supplant France as the dominant power in Francophone Africa
Hilary Clinton’s emails shed light on another enigma remarked on by early commentators. Why, within weeks of initiating fighting, did the rebels set up their own central bank? Robert Wenzel wrote in The Economic Policy Journal in 2011:
This suggests we have a bit more than a rag tag bunch of rebels running around and that there are some pretty sophisticated influences. I have never before heard of a central bank being created in just a matter of weeks out of a popular uprising.
Conspicuously absent [from Blumenthal’s emails] is any mention of humanitarian concerns. The objectives are money, power and
How Interested Was Hillary in Qaddafi’s Gold?Yesterday, I reported on the email sent to Hillary Clinton by her closest adviser, Sidney Blumenthal: The Emails Hillary Clinton’s Top Adviser Sent to Hillary About Qaddafi’s Gold Holdings.
How interested was Hillary in Qaddafi’s gold?
The recently released Hillary emails inform us. This is the email she sent out after receiving the Blumenthal email:
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05785507 Date: 01/07/2016
RELEASE IN PART B6
From: H <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, April 4, 2011 8:41 PM
Subject Fw: H: France’s client & Q’s gold. Sid Attachments:
hrc memo France’s client & Q’s gold 040211.doa
#TheLiesOfHillaryClinton She Should Never Be President Of Any Country
Huma, Hillary’s, ahem, close aide was also keeping up-to-date on Qaddafi’s gold and provided Hillary with an update (The dash appears to be replace an active Hillary email address):
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05782541
Date: 09/30/2015 RELEASE IN FULL
From: Abedin, Huma <AbedinH@state.gov >
Sent: Thursday, September 8, 2011 7:56 AM
Subject: Fw: Cash-strapped Gadhafi sold gold to pay salaries (AP)
From: OpsNewsTicker Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2011 07:10 AM
To: NEWS-Mahogany Cc: SES-0 Subject: Cash-strappedGadhafi soldgoldtopaysalaries(AP)
TRIPOLI (AP) – The new governor of Libya’s central bank says the former regime sold about 20 percent of the country’s gold reserves to cover salaries amid the uprising that ousted Moammar Gadhafi. Qassim Azzuz told reporters Thursday that Gadhafi’s regime sold 29 tons of gold to local traders in April, netting about 1.7 billion dinars ($1.4 billion) for the then-embattled regime which was under U.N. sanctions.
Libya is believed to have about 145 tons of gold reserves. Azzuz also said the none of the bank’s assets were “missing or were stolen” during the uprising, including about $90 billion held abroad and another $20 billion locally. He said the figures did not include still unknown sums of money accumulated by Gadhafi and his family, which were held outside the local banking sector. News Tickers alert senior Department officials to breaking news. This item appears as it did in its original publication and does not contain analysis or commentary by Department sources.
The Kiss-Ass Emails to Hillary Clinton From a Former Goldman Sachs Bankster
Gary Gensler (the “smartest kid in his class” at Wharton) served as the 11th chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission under President Obama from May 2009 to January 2014. He also worked at Treasury during part of the Bill Clinton administration and was co-head of finance at Goldman Sachs.
He is currently the chief financial officer for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
In the last batch of Hillary Clinton emails released, a bit of the relationship between Clinton and Gensler is revealed.
Gary Gensler’s warm relationship with Hillary Clinton was on display in late 2012, a month after President Barack Obama won re-election.
Mr. Gensler turned to Mrs. Clinton for advice on how he could continue to serve the White House as he was entering the final year of his term as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
“If we might be able to find a moment to chat, I would love to share my thoughts on possible new challenges and opportunities within the Administration,” he wrote in a Dec. 9, 2012 email.
The request is included in nearly a dozen emails between Mr. Gensler and Mrs. Clinton during the latter’s time as the secretary of state. Mr. Gensler has longstanding ties to the Clintons, having served as a top Treasury Department official in Bill Clinton‘s administration and as an adviser to Mrs. Clinton’s first presidential bid in 2008…
Notably, Mr. Gensler was among a relatively small group of government officials who communicated directly with Mrs. Clinton during her tenure at the State Department. In addition to turning to her for career advice, he briefed her on economic and regulatory matters or simply praised her televised interviews.
“You sounded and looked wonderful tonight,” he wrote on Jan. 27, 2013, hours after an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes.”..
A month earlier, the CFTC chairman wrote to wish Mrs. Clinton a speedy recovery after she fainted and sustained a concussion.
“I just heard that you have been under the weather,” he wrote. “My thoughts are with you as you recover. Don’t hesitate if I can do anything for you. My mom always recommended a bit of chicken noodle soup.”
At times, Mr. Gensler kept Mrs. Clinton apprised of European economic matters, including a March 2012 assessment of the cloudy outlook for the continent.
“I fear that the less competitive parts of Europe are likely to be shackled with high unemployment rates for many years and be challenged by attendant social and political unrest,” he wrote.
The U.S. has subpoenaed ex-Goldman Sachs bankster Tim Leissner, in relation to the probe of Malaysia’s 1MDB fund, according to WSJ.
As I have previously reported, Leissner left Goldman Sachs in January.
The bank is clearly trying to distance itself from the scandal surrounding Malaysia’s prime minister and the firm 1MDB, which is the country’s troubled state investment fund.
Leissner was the driving force behind Goldman’s involvement in a series of controversial bond deals for the fund. He took personal leave in January, now he is gone rom thefirm.
According to FT, Leissner spent more than a decade of his 18-year career with the bank in Asia, taking a series of jobs in Singapore and Hong Kong and ultimately being named chairman of the bank’s Southeast Asia division in July 2014.
His close relationships with power brokers in Kuala Lumpur, including Malaysia’s prime minister, Najib Razak, who chairs 1MDB’s advisory board, produced what one close observer has described as a “golden period” for Goldman.
Najib’s critics allege, according to FT, that more than $680 million paid into his personal bank account was linked to 1MDB. Both Najib and 1MDB deny they are guilty of any crimes.
FT reports that Goldman earned unusually large fees underwriting a series of bonds in 2012 and 2013 for the investment fund. The biggest deal was worth $3bn and earned the bank $300m — a fee many times the standard rate.
Last Year, Did Rachel Maddow Stumble Across a Key Piece of Evidence of Hush Money Paid in the #CruzSexScandal?
The speculation is the result of a just released National Enquirer story on alleged multiple sexual trysts of Ted Cruz outside his marriage.
Although National Enquirer blurred the pictures of the women allegedly involved, internet sleuths have been at work attempting to identify them. One name emerging is Amanda Carpenter, though, she has denied any sexual involvement with Cruz.
However, a curious payment of $500,000 was made to the Fiorina campaign by a Cruz SuperPAC. There is now speculation that it may have been hush money to keep the Fiorina campaign from blowing open the Cruz sex scandal since Carpenter was employed at the Fiorina campaign at the time of the payment.
How curious was the payment? Last August, Rachel Maddow devoted an entire segment to reporting on the odd payment. Could she have stumbled on to a key piece of hush money evidence?
Watch for yourself, this is truly remarkable.
It appears that after the Maddow report the FEC opened up an investigation, and the Maddow team reiterated the curious nature of the payment at the time news of the investigation emerged.
Steve Benen wrote at the Maddow Blog:
Back in early August, Rachel flagged a curious campaign-finance move that I still don’t understand. It has to do with one presidential candidate’s super PAC writing a generous check to support a rival candidate – a move that’s since drawn interest from the Federal Election Commission. To briefly recap, Ted Cruz has a super PAC called Keep the Promise that exists, naturally, because it supports Cruz’s national ambitions. That’s the point of a super PAC – to raise money to bolster the candidate that the group and its donors want to see win. But in a campaign-finance filing, amid Keep the Promise’s routine expenditures, there’s a $500,000 payment to CARLY for America. And if CARLY for America sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the name of the super PAC that’s backing Carly Fiorina, one of Ted Cruz’s many rivals for the Republican presidential nomination. And that’s pretty odd. Why would one candidate’s super PAC write a six-figure check in support of another candidate? The Washington Post reports that the Federal Election Commission is wondering the same thing.
People were left scratching their heads in July when Keep the Promise 1, one of a conglomerate of super PACs funded by deep-pocketed Cruz supporters (the others are cleverly named Keep the Promise PAC, Keep the Promise II and Keep the Promise III; don’t strain yourself, guys), revealed in its financial disclosures a $500,000 donation to Fiorina’s campaign. Keep the Promise 1 had a healthy $10 million on hand from an $11 million donation from hedge fund CEO Robert Mercer as of the end of June. But it only spent $536,169. A little for legal services. A little for surveys. And a whole lot for Fiorina. Even the Federal Election Commission is perplexed. […] So, the FEC, as it does, sent a letter Wednesday asking for “a brief statement or description of why each disbursement was made.”
The letter appears to have gone out this week, and the super PAC did not respond to the Washington Post’s request for comment.
Is There a #CruzSexScandal Video?
Why You Need to Be Very Concerned About the War on Cash
passed laws outlawing cash transactions above X dollars. It’s €1,000 in France. It’s $5,000 in Uruguay, which used to be the Switzerland of South America. In other countries, including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, India, and Israel, there have been calls to ban cash entirely. Just try withdrawing a large amount of cash from a U.S. or Canadian bank these days. You’re in for an unpleasant experience.