If you think Hillary Clinton is innocent when it comes to Russia, you need to think again. What’s important in ANY campaign is for the candidate to control the narrative. With the liberal MSM in Hillary’s back pocket, it’s no problem for her to control the narrative – even when she’s lying or hiding the truth. Of course, Hillary Clinton knows Russia may have hacked into the DNC, BUT come on, that’s not the WHOLE story…is it?
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. Far from enhancing American national interests, Mrs. Clinton’s efforts in this area may have substantially undermined U.S. national security.
Consider Skolkovo, an “innovation city” of 30,000 people on the outskirts of Moscow, billed as Russia’s version of Silicon Valley—and 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. The stated goal at the time: “identifying areas of cooperation and pursuing joint projects and actions that strengthen strategic stability, international security, economic well-being, and the development of ties between the Russian and American people.”
The Kremlin committed $5 billion over three years to fund Skolkovo. 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. Rusnano, which a scientific adviser to President Vladimir Putin called “Putin’s child,” was created in 2007 and relies entirely on Russian state funding.
What could possibly go wrong?
Soon, dozens of U.S. tech firms, including top Clinton Foundation donors like Google, Intel and Cisco, made major financial contributions to Skolkovo, with Cisco committing a cool $1 billion.
In May 2010, the State Department facilitated
a Moscow visit by 22 of the biggest names in U.S. venture capital—and weeks later the first memorandums of understanding were signed by Skolkovo and American companies.
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 (donations are reported in ranges, not exact amounts) to the Clinton’s family charity
. Skolkovo Foundation chief and billionaire Putin confidant Viktor Vekselberg also gave to the Clinton Foundation through his company, Renova Group.
However, the state-of-the-art technological research coming out of Skolkovo raised alarms among U.S. military experts and federal law-enforcement officials. Research conducted in 2012 on Skolkovo by the U.S. Army Foreign Military Studies Program at Fort Leavenworth declared that the purpose of Skolkovo was to serve as a “vehicle for world-wide technology transfer to Russia in the areas of information technology, biomedicine, energy, satellite and space technology, and nuclear technology.”
Turns out the “Skolkovo Foundation has been involved in defense-related activities since December 2011, when it approved the first weapons-related project—the development of a hypersonic cruise missile engine.
In 2014, an op-ed
by the FBI, stated the FBI had sent warnings to technology and other companies approached by Russian venture-capital firms.
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.”
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. And in its own promotional literature Skolkovo heralded
the success of its development of the Atlant hybrid airship.
“The introduction of this unique vehicle is fully consistent with the concept of creating a mobile army and opens up new possibilities for mobile use of the means of radar surveillance, air and missile defense, and delivery of airborne troops.”
So it looks to me like with all the recent news on Guccifer and the “hacking” of emails, Russia and the Skolkovo project “swerved” a little bit far to the left and bit Hillary Clinton in the behind. Hey Hillary! Payback’s a bitch – especially if American voters find out about it right before your upcoming election.
Of course, this sounds like the typical liberal angle the Democrats and Clinton play in MSM every day. Play dumb. Deny the facts. Shift the blame. Or as past presidential candidate, Herman Cain used to call it: SIN.
S – shift the subject (Hillary Clinton continues to try to shift the subject away from her own personal stupidity and her personal private server. She will claim – it must be Trump’s fault – afterall, he did say he was friends with Putin and he’s just trying to win the election.)
I – ignore the facts (Hillary Clinton is NOT going to tell you ANYTHING about the donors who gave millions to the Clinton Foundation. Clinton is NOT going to tell you anything about the Skolkovo Foundation, the Skolkovo Project or the fact that SHE, HERSELF, is to blame for the leaked emails and classified information that put our own national security at risk.You are NOT going to hear about ANY of these facts!)
N – name call (Clinton will however, continue to throw names at Trump like it’s a mudslinging fest.)
But remember when Clinton said:
“I don’t call him anything. And I’m not going to engage in that kind of insult fest that he seems to thrive on…”I’m going to talk about what he’s done, how he has hurt people in business time after time after time.”
YOU GOT THAT RIGHT!
By the way, Hillary, I ask myself all the time…”What happened to our country?”
But it’s not Trump we should be going after. That’s not the whole story… is it?
The questions you should really be asking yourself are: Why did Clinton use a separate, private, personal email server? What role did Clinton play in the Skolkovo project? How is Clinton connected to the Skolkovo Foundation? What Russian donors and donations were made to the Clinton Foundation? How does all of this affect America’s National Security?
But then again for the Democrats and Clinton voters…
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