- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 13, 2016

The WikiLeaks document dump of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta has revealed Qatar’s previous desire to give her husband a $1 million “birthday” present.

Thousands of emails leaked by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s nonprofit organization continue to embarrass Democrat presidential hopeful Mrs. Clinton. The latest email thread shows an aide discussing conversations with  ambassadors from Qatar, Brazil, Peru, Malawi, and Rwanda while in the nation’s capital.

“[Qatar] would like to see WJC ‘for five minutes’ in NYC, to present $1 million check that Qatar promised for WJC’s birthday in 2011,” an employee at The Clinton Foundation said to numerous aides, including Doug Brand. “Qatar would welcome our suggestions for investments in Haiti — particularly on education and health. They have allocated most of their $20 million but are happy to consider projects we suggest. I’m collecting input from CF Haiti team.”

The documents, which U.S. intelligence blames on Russian state actors, are just a few of roughly 50,000 WikiLeaks says it has on Mr. Podesta.

Mr. Podesta’s leaked conversations come on the heels of an ABC News story on special attention Mrs. Clinton’s State Department gave to emails identifying “FOBs” (friends of Bill Clinton), after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

“I think when you look at both the State Department and the Clinton Foundation in Haiti, that line was pretty faint between the two,” Jake Johnston, a Haiti analyst for the nonpartisan Center for Economic and Policy Research, told the network Tuesday. “You had a lot of coordination and connection between the two, obviously. And I think that raises significant questions about how they were both operating.”

WikeLeaks released a new batch of Mr. Podesta’s emails Thursday, indicating that it would draw out its supply for maximum political effect going into the home stretch of the U.S. presidential election.

Editor’s note: This story was changed to reflect that Jake Johnston spoke to ABC News instead of The Daily Caller after the latter updated its story. Mr. Johnson was speaking on overlap between the Clinton State Department and the Clinton Foundation’s work in Haiti.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

Copyright © 2022 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide