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Sunday, October 09, 2016

WAYNE MADSEN: Hacked Files Substantiate Clinton Foundation "Pay-To-Play" Extortion Racket

A damning indictment and fatal blow to Clinton campaign on the eve of election  

By Wayne Madsen

Recently-obtained documents emanating from a computer hack of the Clinton Foundationby the enigmatic cyber-sleuth known as "Guccifer 2.0" reinforce previous allegations that the tax-exempt foundation engaged in what amounted to a "pay-to-play" extortion racket. The most recent hacked files originated with the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and the Virginia Democratic Party and were hacked from the computer systems of the Clinton Foundation.

The recent hacked files describe a kickback scheme in which Democratic members of Congress received lucrative campaign donations from Wall Street in return for their support for the federal bailout of several financially-teetering banks, commonly known as TARP or "Troubled Asset Relief Program." 

One of the largest recipients of Wall Street campaign cash largesse was the House of Representative’s top Democrat, Nancy Pelosi.

Another architect of the TARP bailout who benefited from bank donations to his campaign was Massachusetts Democratic Representative Barney Frank, the chairman of the powerful House Financial Services Committee, the panel that oversees the federal government’s regulation of Wall Street. 

Donors to Fran’s political coffers included some of the very banks and other firms that were bailed out by TARP: Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Bank of New York Mellon, Citigroup, Capital One, Fifth Third, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, Merril Lynch, KeyCorp, and Huntington Banchares.

Banksters have good reason to be smiling: They walked away unscathed and enriched courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer

Other files from the Clinton Foundation list a number of Hollywood celebrities and West Coast high tech moguls who gave big donations to the foundation from 2009 to 2015. They include: Barbra Streisand, Tom Hanks, "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" director J.J. Abrams, "Pirates of the Caribbean" director Gregor "Gore" Verbinski, Israeli-American movie mogul Haim Saban, San Francisco venture capitalist Sanford Robertson, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Walt Disney Company president and CEO Robert Iger, Microsoft mogul Bill Gates, and Microsoft vice president Steve Ballmer.

The possession of Democratic Party campaign documents by a supposedly non-profit and non-partisan foundation should raise red flags with regard to the clearly partisan operations of the Clinton Foundation. However, the Justice Department, Internal Revenue Service, and Federal Election Commission (FEC) have not deemed the violations of tax and election laws to be worthy of attention. Instead of looking into the activities of the Clinton Foundation, Democratic officials of the FEC want to regulate the activities of certain terrestrial, Internet, and satellite radio programs, as well as news and news aggregator websites. Currently, such media outlets enjoy an exemption from the FEC disclosure rules that otherwise apply to political action committees. Media outlets can now endorse their favorite candidates without any limitation or disclosure requirements. But Democrats working for the FEC want to change the exemption rule to regulate the activities of independent media entities that promote candidates for federal office.

The DNC documents include a file called "Pay to Play," but this file has nothing to do with the Clinton Foundation’s pay to play scheme but the Republican Party’s own services-for-campaign cash operations being monitored by the Democrats. Republican recipients of "pay to play" campaign cash from the Bank of America and the accounting firm Deloitte Touche include Representatives Spencer Bacchus, John Campbell, Michael Castle, and Jeb Hensarling.

Other files obtained from the Clinton Foundation also call into question the political connections of the non-profit entity. For example, the foundation’s computers contained files on purely internal Democratic National Committee activities. These files were titled "Convention 2016 files," "Philadelphia" (the location of the 2016 Democratic National Convention that nominated Hillary Clinton for president), "Donor Research and Prospecting," "Large Contributions," "DCCC" (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee), "Fundraising," and "PAC [Political Action Committee] Fundraisers."

The DC Leaks website followed Guccifer 2.0’s hacking of the Clinton Foundation with the release of hacked emails from the G-Mail account of Capricia Penavic Marshall, the State Department’s protocol chief from 2009 to 2013. 

Marshall is a longtime member of the Clinton political team, dating back to 1992 and Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign. Marshall’s emails cover such subjects as the Clinton Foundation; the Atlantic Council, a Washington, DC think tank with close connections to NATO and the State Department; political "fundraising," and political "favours."

Last month, Guccifer 2.0 released 600 megabytes of files from the Democratic National Committee. The files contained information on Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine. Prior to the Democratic convention in July, Guccifer 2.0 released another tranche of Democratic National Committee files. The information revealed was so embarrassing to the Democrats, party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was forced to resign in disgrace. Other hacked documents revealed major contributions to both the Democratic National Committee and Clinton Foundation by Swiss billionaire Hansj√∂rg Wyss’s Wyss Foundation. U.S. law prohibits foreign contributions to U.S. political candidates. Mere laws have never seemed to dissuade the Clintons, who try every maneuver to evade criminal and civil statutes.

Hillary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department is one epic tale of extortion, political chicanery, personal enrichment, and malfeasance of office. The usual anti-Russia suspects, including "The Daily Beast," "The Washington Post," and "Vice" – a horrible media outlet with an almost exclusively gay agenda -- are doing their best to blame all the hacking of Democratic Party and Clinton Foundation computers on the Russian government. 

This is purely a diversion to steer the media’s and public’s interest away from the utter political corruption of the Clinton family, the Democratic Party, and their chief supporters and donors. Donald Trump dismissed charges of Russian involvement in the political hacking during his September 26 debate with Mrs. Clinton, "[Hillary Clinton is] saying Russia, Russia, Russia, but I don’t know. Maybe it was. It could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It could also be someone sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds." 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other components of the U.S. military-intelligence complex are pushing the meme that nefarious "Russian hackers" using names like Fancy Bear, APT28, Pawn Storm, Strontium, Sofacy, Sednit and Tsar Team are hacking the Democrats. Considering the Democrats and Mrs. Clinton destroyed 30,000 emails, some of which contained classified information, and FBI director James Comey refused to prosecute Mrs. Clinton and her advisers, the FBI has no credibility on the issue of information system security or computer forensics. Likely, the hackers were Americans who merely want to expose the corruption of the Clintons and Democrats.

Wayne Madsen

Wayne Madsen
Investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist, Madsen has over twenty years experience in security issues. 

As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. Madsen has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC and MS-NBC. He has been invited to testify as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government. A member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Press Club, Madsen is based and reports from Washington, D.C.



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