During her time as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton received foreign policy advice from none other than liberal billionaire George Soros, according to newly released emails from WikiLeaks.
In one email with the subject line “Unrest in Albania” sent to Clinton on Jan. 24, 2011, State Department official Jake Sullivan gave Clinton an “FYI” about Soros’ message, which former assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs Richard Verma indicated had been sent “through other channels as well.”
In the message, Soros informed the nation’s top diplomat at the time that “two things need to be done urgently” related to the situation in Albania. He wrote that the violence there was likely in reaction to how parliamentary elections were handled two years earlier. He then warned that the country could be slipping into “anarchy,” something not seen in Albania since 1997.
“There are signs that [Prime Minister] Edi Rama’s control of his own people is slipping, which may lead to further violence. The US and the EU must work in complete harmony over this, but given Albania’s European aspirations the EU must take the lead,” Soros advocated.
Soros then provided the names of three people he suggested be appointed as “mediator,” one of whom was eventually tapped for the job.
Just last month, Politico reported that Soros donated $25 million to helping the Democrats’ re-election efforts, including the former secretary’s bid for the presidency against Republican billionaire Donald Trump.
Read the full letter from Soros below:
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A serious situation has arisen in Albania which needs urgent attention at senior levels of the US government. You may know that an opposition demonstration in Tirana on Friday resulted in the deaths of three people and the destruction of property.Advertisement - story continues below...
There are serious concerns about further unrest connected to a counter-demonstration to be organized by the governing party on Wednesday and a follow-up event by the opposition two days later to memorialize the victims. The prospect of tens of thousands of people entering the streets in an already inflamed political environment bodes ill for the return of public order and the country’s fragile democratic process.
I believe two things need to be done urgently:
1. Bring the full weight of the international community to bear on Prime Minister Berisha and opposition leader Edi Rama to forestall further public demonstrations and to tone down public pronouncements.
2. Appoint a senior European official as a mediator.
While I am concerned about the rhetoric being used by both sides, I am particularly worried about the actions of the Prime Minister. There is videotape of National Guard members firing on demonstrators from the roof of the Prime Ministry. The Prosecutor (appointed by the Democratic Party) has issued arrest warrants for the individuals in question. The Prime Minister had previously accused the opposition of intentionally murdering these activists as a provocation.
After the tape came out deputies from his party accused the Prosecutor of planning a coup d’etat in collaboration with the opposition, a charge Mr. Berisha repeated today. No arrests have been made as of this writing. The demonstration resulted from opposition protests over the conduct of parliamentary elections in 2009. The political environment has deteriorated ever since and is now approaching levels of 1997, when similar issues caused the country to slide into anarchy and violence.
There are signs that Edi Rama’s control of his own people is slipping, which may lead to further violence. The US and the EU must work in complete harmony over this, but given Albania’s European aspirations the EU must take the lead. That is why I suggest appointing a mediator such as Carl Bildt. Martti Ahtisaari or Miroslav Lajcak, all of whom have strong connections to the Balkans.
My foundation in Tirana is monitoring the situation closely and can provide independent analysis of the crisis.