A secret exchange on the tarmac minutes after a private jet lands. Months of classified conversations and anticipation about receiving a sample of a hazardous product. The product is an essential part of a nuclear weapons program that could mean world domination. The “good” guys are making the deal of a lifetime with the “bad” guys in the quick transaction. This scene seems like something out of a movie, but it was real life. This well planned and shocking spy-like work was done by the hand of none other than Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
This bad movie-worthy moment was not handled by the likes of James Bond. Recently uncovered communications via Wikileaks point out a shocking case where truth is even more unsettling than fiction. Clinton is at the center of a battle between good and evil as she helped Russia secure a sample of highly enriched uranium (HEU) that was seized in 2006. The sample was being held as evidence by the Department of Energy after they took it from the Russians in 2006.
In 2009, Clinton used her power to make a sample available to Russia. According to a report about the contents of a newly leaked “action request”:
“Over two years ago Russia requested a ten-gram sample of highly enriched uranium (HEU) seized in early 2006 in Georgia during a nuclear smuggling sting operation involving one Russian national and several Georgian accomplices. The seized HEU was transferred to U.S. custody and is being held at a secure DOE facility.”
Russia failed on its own merits to secure the sample over two years after the sting operation. The Russian authorities also actively fought cooperating with the open investigation as was evident in part of the communications:
“Given Russia’s reluctance to act so far, FBI Mueller’s delivery of this sample will underscore to Russia our commitment to follow through on this case. While some details related to the sharing of information on smuggling networks may be too sensitive to discuss, delivery of the sample could enable us to discuss whether Russian authorities investigated the diversion and prosecuted anyone. Moreover, we hope it will spark discussions on mechanisms to exchange information and material on future incidents of this nature, particularly in light of the commitments made in the July summit U.S.-Russia Joint Statement on Nuclear Cooperation regarding strengthening our cooperation to stop acts of nuclear terrorism.”
Essentially Clinton used her status to manipulate the transfer, not in a professional and transparent way but instead under secrecy during the less than legitimate tarmac exchange. She was also very careful to explain to the FBI who the sample was to be delivered to and how the transfer was to occur:
“…the sample be turned over to a Russian law enforcement authority (i.e., FSB) as opposed to an intelligence service (i.e., SVR) or technical authority (i.e., Rosatom). A representative from the responsible Russian Law Enforcement authority, who will accept custody of the sample, must be identified and verified ahead of time. That individual will be required to have signatory authority to accept the sample. Appropriate arrangements need to be made to ensure the transfer of material is conducted at the airport, plane-side, upon arrival of the Director’s aircraft.”
Even if we are to believe the Russian request and resulting transfer of the HEU were part of a needed investigation, the odd behavior of both Clinton and the FBI to move the sample raises red flags.
Using the tarmac as a quick meeting point to avoid the press and alerting the authorities of unsavory dealings seems to be a trend for the Clintons. As recently as 2016, Bill Clinton used a similar approach to meet in secret with Attorney General Loretta Lynch. While Bill played off the meeting as unplanned, it seemed too good to be true that the pair was able to meet in secret during Hillary’s open investigation. According to a news source:
“As his wife is under federal investigation for her use of a private email server, former President Bill Clinton met privately with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch at the Phoenix Airport Monday evening in what both sides say was an unplanned encounter.
An aide to Bill Clinton confirmed to CBS News that the meeting wasn’t planned in advance: President Clinton saw the attorney general on the tarmac and wanted to say hello, so he boarded her plane to talk.
The meeting comes as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is still under investigation for her email practices–and also came the day before House Republicans released a report criticizing the Obama administration’s response to the 2012 Benghazi attacks.
Lynch told reporters that the topics of Benghazi and Clinton’s email server did not come up, and that she and Clinton spoke largely about his grandchildren, golf and travel.”