Saturday, 23 September 2017

Is Hillary Clinton connected to the Panama Papers?

Is Hillary Clinton connected to the Panama Papers?

The Panama Papers are a dream come true for the Sanders Campaign. After the initial leak, Bernie’s team was undoubtedly thirsty for something juicy to be uncovered tying Clinton to the scandal. Luckily for his campaign, a few connections have been found, and just in time for the crucial New York Primary.

It goes like this:

John Podesta is Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Chairman and a key inner-circle adviser to the Former Secretary. His brother, Tony Podesta is a bundler for Secretary Clinton’s Campaign. A few weeks ago, the Podesta Group, a lobbying firm headed by the Podesta Brothers, was hired by the Russian bank Sberbank and Tony Podesta worked as one of three lobbyists directly associated with the account. That Russian bank was one of the entities exposed in the Panama Papers, thus tying the high-level Clinton associates to the massive leak. Additionally, the Podesta Group has ties to Troika Dialog, a Moscow investment bank and asset management firm that was also exposed in the leak.

So what was exposed?

Lachlan Markay of the Free Beacon reports:

According to the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, a consortium of journalists exploring the Panama Papers leak, Sberbank and Troika Dialog have ties to companies used by members of Putin’s inner circle to funnel state resources into lucrative private investments.

This revelation is in addition to Clinton’s steadfast support of the trade agreement with the small Central American country and despite warnings from various watchdog groups at the time. Unsurprisingly, The Panama Trade Deal was an agreement that Bernie fought against and rightfully claimed was a tool of the corporations and the ultra-wealthy to hide assets and avoid taxes. Check it out:

https://youtu.be/u0mAwRAFC2U

The Panama Papers are one hell of an “I told you so“, don’t you think?
The leaks Also exposed much more than just banks Hillary Clinton’s Aids work for. According to ICIJ:

The Panama Papers expose offshore companies controlled by the prime ministers of Iceland and Pakistan, the king of Saudi Arabia and the children of the president of Azerbaijan. They also include the names of at least 33 people and companies blacklisted by the U.S. government because of evidence that they’ve done business with Mexican drug lords, terrorist organizations like Hezbollah or rogue nations, including North Korea and Iran.

Yikes. And the Prime Minister of Iceland has already stepped down. Does this matter? probably not, but it could have messaging implications.

 

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Ryan Black is a documentary filmmaker, political consultant, and digital media professional who writes about Progressive Politics.

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