Heather Digby Parton, a blogger for Salon, has taken it upon herself to post a meme in which she ‘soundly’ exonerates Hillary Clinton’s role in the Uranium One Scandal. She incorrectly states that the entire deal had nothing to do with governments because it was and is a ‘private company, ruled by private board members and that ‘other committee members within the US government’ could have intervened, but didn’t, including: “the secretaries of the Treasury, homeland security, energy and defense; the White House budget director; the attorney general; and the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.”
By default, is Digby actually opening a Pandora’s Box in implicating accomplices?
Those other people would include; Timothy Geithner; worked under Bill Clinton, involved in numerous questionable decisions during the subprime mortgage crisis and a member of Bilderberg Group and Council on Foreign Relations. Janet Napolitano; whose resume is a plethora of critcisms and empty apologies after making incorrect statements, targeted statements, right wing attack statements, etc… Peter Orszag; also a Bilderberger, also served under Billy, and Austan Goolsbee who was instrumental in Obama’s Senatorial run in 2004…
Hillary became Secretary of State in 2009. Uranium One’s deals were subject to anti-trust regulations and required approval and clearance by the US Committee on Foreign Investments. The State Department was a voting member of the Committee, the others included Geithner, Napolitano, Steven Chu, Robert Gates who had according to Times Magazine, “formed a formidable partnership with Hillary Clinton”, – and Eric Holder… need I say more.
This is the Committee that approved the Uranium One deal.
Back-tracking: In 2005, Billy and Frank Giustra traveled to Kazakhstan after which Giustra’s company, UrAsia Energy, bought rich uranium interests there. In 2007, Uranium One acquired controlling interest in UrAsia Energy from Frank Giustra. Substantial contributions to the Clinton Foundation followed ultimately leading to the creation of the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative in which he contributed $100 million and pledged 50% of all future earnings from ‘mining’.
As of 2013, the Russian company ARMZ had complete control of Uranium One, and shortly thereafter, that interest was extinguished and transferred to Rosatom, which is Russia’s state owned uranium monopoly. At this point, Hillary had resigned to establish her run for Presidency, and John Kerry was the acting Secretary of State.
It was during this time that revenue from the Clinton Foundation and the Giustra Initiative would rocket in the moola in the realm of $340 million annually with a piddling 6% actual charitable payout. It was later revealed that the returns had been falsely prepared and were required to be restated. No charges were filed for these discrepancies.
It is estimated that Hillary’s failed presidential run cost between $1.2 and $1.7 billion, more than any Democrat in history.
In addition to mining, Giustra has quite a background making billions in a variety of industries including entertainment, via Thunderbird Films, Lionsgate Reunion Pictures and UK based Soda Pictures.
In addition, he established the Radcliffe Foundation which also contributed to the Clinton Initiative – $30 million. Radcliffe also supports the International Crisis Group, where Giustra sits on the executive committee. ICG was funded/founded by George Soros. The ICG provides ‘advice’ to the United Nations, European Union and the World Bank.
Giustra is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Clinton Foundation.
So. It would appear that Mz. Heather Digby Partom has NOT done much homework in her Salon appointment as defender of Hillary, and may have opened an even greater swamp of insects to swat…