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In 2015, when the Modi government froze all bank accounts of Greenpeace India for alleged violations of the law dealing with foreign contributions, environment activists tried to get help from current chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign John Podesta. The former advisor to US President Barrack Obama was expected to explain to the Modi administration that the organisation’s campaigns were not personal in nature.
These details have been revealed in a fresh batch of hacked emails released by Wikileaks.
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According to the details now out, Podesta even scheduled an appointment with the Indian ambassador to the US to sort out the issue but he firmly believed that the Modi government was unlikely to be lenient on Greenpeace.
The emails show that in May 2015 when Ministry of Home Affairs froze Greenpeace India’s accounts for alleged violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), current managing director of Ocean Unite programme and former head of Greenpeace International’s Political & Business Unit Karen Sack wrote to Podesta for help.
Podesta, however, did not appear very optimistic about the Greenpeace issue being sorted out easily and said “GOI is likely to stick it to them”. He also claimed of being engaged in helping the Ford Foundation, which had faced similar heat from the MHA.