For good or for bad, the Clinton family is the face of American Politics.
The “scandal du jour” is that “a Canadian company known as Uranium One wanted America to defend its Uranium interests from a Russian firm, Rosatom; then later decided to simply let Rosatom acquire it. To do so, Uranium One needed State Department approval. (The approval was necessary because Uranium One controlled American uranium mines and exploration fields, a strategic asset. And approval was gained.)”
“As the Russians assumed control of Uranium One in separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show a flow of cash to the Clinton Foundation.
Uranium One’s chairman made four donations totaling $2.35 million. Other persons with ties to the company made donations as well. The donations were not properly disclosed.
Complicating matters, Uranium One had acquired its interests after its major shareholder, Frank Giustra, travelled with Bill Clinton to Kazakhstan in 2005 and met with the country’s leader. Giustra sold his interest in the company in 2007 and was not involved in the later dealings. But Giustra has put tens of millions of dollars into the foundation’s work; the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, which bears his name, is a formal component of the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Id.
The Uranium One story is troubling, and potentially damaging, because of the personal ties, the foreign interests, the opacity, and connecting the dots, which involves Putin allies publicly gloating over Russia’s increased dominance of the world’s uranium supplies.
Putting aside who got rich, did this series of uranium deals damage or compromise national security? “the sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States.” It makes Russia stronger.
Ok, Russia has nuclear interests, So what? Russia is also allied with Iran. From 2005 to current, Russia has assisted Iran with developing their Nuclear Technology. The director of the Russian state nuclear power company recently signed an agreement for the additional reactors with his Iranian counterpart, at Rosatom.
Iran has been under sanctions for years due to their Uranium Enrichment program.
The United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia and other nations want the enrichment program to be shut down because the same industrial process, using centrifuges, can be used to produce materials for nuclear weapons.
The links above go to the New York Times and New Yorker articles with additional info.
Confused yet? Headache? It’s a big deal because who has radioactive materials matters and millions of dollars exchanging hands going to persons responsible for who ends up with radioactive materials matters and the “errors” in reporting said millions of dollars matters, and Iran’s access to radioactive materials matters and what Russia does matters.
Matthew Thompson is an Attorney in Mississippi and wondered why this story was buried about 3 pages below Jeb Bush’s Paleo diet and just wanted to see if anyone out there cares…
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