Hacked emails published by Wikileaks raise possibility of Hillary Clinton Foundation ethics breach

The hacked email is among thousands published over the last week by the pro-transparency group Wikileaks from the account of John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.

By: Reuters | Seattle | Published: October 15, 2016 10:02 am
Clinton, Hillary clinton, Hillary clinton emails, Clinton emails, Hillary clinton Hacked email, wikileaks, wikileaks US, US, US news, donald trump, Trump, US elections, US polls, US presidential elections 2016, world news Hillary Clinton, who is the Democratic nominee for the November 8 presidential election, served as secretary of state from 2009 until 2013. (Source: Reuters/File Photo)

Hacked emails published by Wikileaks this week appear to show Qatar pledging to donate $1 million to Hillary Clinton’s family’s charitable foundation, despite her promise to curb new donations by foreign governments while US secretary of state.

In an email from 2012, a senior official from the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation informs colleagues that a planned donation by Qatar’s government to mark Bill Clinton’s birthday came up in a meeting he had with the Gulf state’s ambassador in Washington.

The ambassador said that he asked “to see WJC ‘for five minutes’ in NYC, to present $1 million check that Qatar promised for WJC’s birthday in 2011,” Amitabh Desai, the foundation official, writes in his email, using the former US president’s initials.

Hillary Clinton, who is the Democratic nominee for the November 8 presidential election, served as secretary of state from 2009 until 2013.

The hacked email is among thousands published over the last week by the pro-transparency group Wikileaks from the account of John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Clinton’s campaign has been embarrassed by this and similar recent hacking attacks on other Democratic Party officials, some of which appear to show Clinton and her aides saying things in private that contradict their public positions. Her spokesmen have not disputed the authenticity of the hacked emails.

The emails released by Wikileaks do not appear to confirm whether Qatar gave the promised $1 million, although the foundation’s website lists the State of Qatar as having given at least that amount. There is no date listed for the donation. A spokesman for the foundation declined to confirm the donation.

Reuters could not rule out the possibility the $1 million was intended as a birthday present for Clinton personally, not for the foundation. His spokesman did not respond to questions.

Hillary Clinton promised the U.S. government that while she served as secretary of state the foundation would not accept new funding from foreign governments without seeking clearance from the State Department’s ethics office.

The agreement was designed to dispel concerns that U.S. foreign policy could be swayed by donations to the foundation, which is known for its work on reducing the cost of HIV medicine in sub-Saharan Africa. Clinton’s Republican rival in the presidential election, Donald Trump, has seized on the foundation for political attacks, calling it a front for corruption. Clinton’s campaign dismisses this as a political smear.

The State Department has said it cannot cite any instances of its ethics officials reviewing or approving new donations from foreign governments to the foundation while Clinton served as the country’s top diplomat from 2009 until 2013.

“You would need to ask the Foundation whether there were additional matters that it should have submitted for State Department review,” the department said in a statement.

The ethics agreement allowed foreign governments that already supported foundation projects to continue while Clinton was at the State Department. However, if one of those governments wanted to “increase materially its commitment,” then the foundation was required to ask the department first.

Craig Minassian, a foundation spokesman, declined to confirm if Qatar gave the $1 million described in the 2012 email. Even if it had, he said he questioned whether the money would be considered a “material increase.” He said Qatar has been donating since 2002, and that some of those donations have been greater than $1 million.

Qatar’s embassy in Washington did not respond to questions. A spokesman for Clinton, who was campaigning in Seattle on Friday, also did not resond to questions.

Last year, Reuters found that at least seven other foreign governments made new donations to the foundation without the State Department being informed, partly, foundation officials said, because of “oversights.”

President Barack Obama is campaigning for Clinton to be elected his successor, and the White House has repeatedly declined to discuss the breaches of the agreement Clinton signed with Obama’s administration.

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  1. K
    Oct 15, 2016 at 8:54 am
    I really think that the us politics and judicial system is even more corrupt than third world countries. And the media is even more dishonest than user.lt;br/gt;they should be ashamed this not democracy, some people can get a way with everything others are punished for little.lt;br/gt;if you belong to Clinton family no problem.
    1. R
      Oct 15, 2016 at 6:01 am
      How come Wikileaks never releases any of Putin's emails ?lt;br/gt;A few months ago German MP's were hacked , before that it was it UK and France .lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;" A powerful cyber-attack came close to destroying a French TV network, its director-general has told the BBC. TV5Monde was taken off air in April 2015. A group calling itself the Cyber Caliphate, linked to so-called Islamic State, first claimed responsibility.lt;br/gt;But an investigation now suggests the attack was in fact carried out by a group of Russian hackers."lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;A group initially called itself the Cyber caliphate and claimed links with ISIS (but can those desert morons have the technical ability to hack highly secure computers ?) Later investigation revealed they were russian hackers . lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;So why are Russian hackers claiming to be part of ISIS ?
      1. Mayur Panghaal
        Oct 15, 2016 at 7:31 am
        What a miserable state of affairs in the world ...hopeless situation
        1. M
          Oct 15, 2016 at 7:54 am
          The American public should take care not to elect any one who has received -- directly or indirectly -- MONEY FROM ANY FOREIGN GOVERNMENT/S
          1. S
            Oct 15, 2016 at 8:48 am
            US AND THE WORLD WILL SOON REALIZE THAT ANY SYSTEM BASED ON ABSURD, FALSE UMPTIONS WILL HAVE A PAINFUL FALL. Basic values of Honesty , Integrity and Morality are a MUST for Any Social System to work for Mankind. 'ALL HUMANS ARE NOT EQUAL ' is the fundamental reality. All times of a Calendar Day are not same. NIGHT is different from DAY.
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