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ICYMI: The Clinton Foundation, State and Kremlin Connections

- August 1, 2016

Excerpts from Wall Street Journal

By: Peter Schweizer
Sunday, July 31, 2016

“Hillary Clinton touts her tenure as secretary of state as a time of hardheaded realism and ‘commercial diplomacy’ that advanced American national and commercial interests. But her handling of a major technology transfer initiative at the heart of Washington’s effort to ‘reset’ relations with Russia raises serious questions about her record...

“Consider Skolkovo, an ‘innovation city’ of 30,000 people on the outskirts of Moscow…a core piece of Mrs. Clinton’s quarterbacking of the Russian reset.

“Following his 2009 visit to Moscow, President Obama announced the creation of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission. Mrs. Clinton as secretary of state directed the American side, and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov represented the Russians…

“Mrs. Clinton’s State Department worked aggressively to attract U.S. investment partners and helped the Russian State Investment Fund, Rusnano, identify American tech companies worthy of Russian investment...

“By 2012 the vice president of the Skolkovo Foundation, Conor Lenihan—who had previously partnered with the Clinton Foundation—recorded that Skolkovo had assembled 28 Russian, American and European ‘Key Partners.’ Of the 28 ‘partners,’ 17, or 60%, have made financial commitments to the Clinton Foundation, totaling tens of millions of dollars, or sponsored speeches by Bill Clinton.

“Russians tied to Skolkovo also flowed funds to the Clinton Foundation. Andrey Vavilov, the chairman of SuperOx, which is part of Skolkovo’s nuclear-research cluster, donated between $10,000 and $25,000… to the Clinton’s family charity...

“[I]n 2014 the Boston Business Journal ran an op-ed placed…under the byline of Lucia Ziobro, an assistant special agent at the FBI’s Boston office—said that ‘The FBI believes the true motives of the Russian partners, who are often funded by their government, is to gain access to classified, sensitive, and emerging technology from the companies…’

“‘The [Skolkovo] foundation may be a means for the Russian government to access our nation’s sensitive or classified research development facilities and dual-use technologies with military and commercial application.’

“To anyone who was paying attention, the FBI’s warnings should have come as little surprise. A State Department cable sent to then-Secretary Clinton (and obtained via WikiLeaks) mentioned possible ‘dual use and export control concerns’ related to research and development technology ventures with Moscow...

“Even if it could be proven that these tens of millions of dollars in Clinton Foundation donations by Skolkovo’s key partners played no role in the Clinton State Department’s missing or ignoring obvious red flags about the Russian enterprise, the perception would still be problematic…What is known is that the State Department recruited and facilitated the commitment of billions of American dollars in the creation of a Russian ‘Silicon Valley’ whose technological innovations include Russian hypersonic cruise-missile engines, radar surveillance equipment, and vehicles capable of delivering airborne Russian troops…”

Read the full editorial here.

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