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21 May

Hillary Clinton, Disclosures & Truth

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The McGlynn: Quote “The Clintons, who the former First Lady memorably described as just a family of down-on-their-luck broke former Arkansans when they left the White House, have lived high on the proverbial hog for more than a decade as a result of their supposedly good deeds. With so little money going to actual charity, they’ve had plenty left over for the creature comforts associated with running such a big company. In effect, their foundation and initiative is nothing more than a thinly disguised political slush fund that has made them three very wealthy people.”

The Clinton Foundation acknowledged that it made “mistakes” on tax forms, but denied allegations of cronyism sparked by a new book.

The charity founded by former president Bill Clinton has been under fire this month thanks to allegations made in the book “Clinton Cash” and related news reports alleging that donors to the foundation received special treatment from Hillary Clinton’s State Department.

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26 May

News and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

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Okinawa calls for U.S. Marines’ withdrawal after arrest of base worker

NAHA —

The Okinawa prefectural assembly adopted a resolution on Thursday protesting over a civilian U.S. base worker’s alleged involvement in the death of a local woman and calling for the withdrawal of U.S. Marines from the southwestern island prefecture.

The adoption of the resolution, addressed to the U.S. government and military, and a separate statement addressed to the Japanese government came a week after the former Marine who works at the U.S. Kadena Air Base in Okinawa was arrested and the body of a 20-year-old woman was found based on his statements.

It is rare for the assembly to call for the Marines’ withdrawal from the prefecture, a sign of growing calls within the prefecture for the Japanese and U.S. governments to take action to prevent similar incidents.

The resolution and statement, submitted by the Japanese Communist Party and the Social Democratic Party that control the assembly, had the rare backing of the Okinawa chapter of the Komeito party, which tends not to take sides in the assembly.

The resolution and statement both called for the revision of the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement, which defines the handling of U.S. service members and nonmilitary personnel in Japan, including in cases where they are alleged to have committed crimes.

They also called for the pending relocation of the Marines’ Air Station Futenma within the prefecture to be cancelled and for the air base to be closed.

“We strongly protest against the U.S. military and will deal with the case sternly, while taking any progress in the investigations into account,” Okinawa Gov Takeshi Onaga said after the assembly adopted the resolution and statement by a majority.

The opposition Liberal Democratic Party was absent when the resolution and statement were put to vote……………

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Eighteen former military officers accused of participating in a plan in the 70s and 80s to operate international death squads to eliminate leftwing exiles face verdict

Mariana Zaffaroni Islas, front left, stands next to her grandmother María Esther Gatti de Islas at a 2009 demonstration in Montevideo, Uruguay. Her parents were killed as part of Operation Condor in Buenos Aires in 1976.

Mariana Zaffaroni, front left, stands next to her grandmother at a demonstration in Montevideo. Her parents were killed as part of Operation Condor in Buenos Aires in 1976. Photograph: Matilde Campodonico/AP

It was an organised programme of state-sponsored murder in which US-backed regimes conspired to hunt down, kidnap and kill political opponents across South America and beyond.

Operation Condor – named after the world’s largest carrion bird – was devised to eliminate thousands of exiled leftwing activists who had dared confront the military dictators who ruled the continent in the 1970s and 80s.

The exact number of its victims may never be known, but this week judges in Buenos Aires will deliver their verdict on the first court case to specifically focus on the conspiracy.

Eighteen former military officers – including Argentina’s last dictator Reynaldo Bignone, 88 – will be sentenced on charges including kidnapping, torture and forced disappearance. Seven other defendants, including Jorge Videla – the general who headed Argentina’s junta during its bloodiest first three years – have died since the trial began in 2013.

The court has heard evidence on the deaths of more than 100 leftwing activists allegedly killed in Argentina, including 45 Uruguayans, 22 Chileans, 15 Paraguayans and 13 Bolivians.

If the judges accept the thesis presented by the plaintiffs, many of them represented by the human rights group Cels (Centre for Legal and Social Studies) in Argentina, it will be first time the existence of the murderous, multi-nation plan is proven in court.

The verdict is also likely to cast a fresh light on allegations that the operation was backed by the CIA – and at least tacitly approved by the then secretary of state Henry Kissinger……………..

Declassified State Department records show that the month before Letelier’s murder, Kissinger had ordered US ambassadors posted to the six Condor countries to express Washington’s “deep concern” at the possible assassination of “politicians and prominent figures” in South America and beyond.

The ambassadors, fearful to raise the topic with their hosts, demurred, suggesting that it would be safer to approach the South American ambassadors posted in Washington instead.

But Kissinger rescinded the order on 16 September, just five days before Letelier’s murder, instructing that “no further action should be taken on this matter”………….

Efforts by the former secretary of state to move on from her email controversy hit a major setback as investigation finds disregard for department guidelines

Hillary Clinton’s use of mobile devices to conduct official business on her personal email account and private server ran counter to department security guidelines.

Hillary Clinton’s use of mobile devices to conduct official business on her personal email account and private server ran counter to department security guidelines. Photograph: John Locher/AP

Hillary Clinton’s efforts to move on from a damaging email controversy suffered their biggest setback yet on Wednesday with the release of an internal report finding she broke multiple government rules by using a private server rather than more secure official communication systems.

The 78-page investigation by the inspector general of the state department singled out several previously unknown breaches by Clinton while she was secretary of state, including the use of mobile devices to conduct official business without checking whether they posed a security risk.

Although the report is potentially less damaging than a separate investigation by the FBI into whether she broke federal laws, it poses a significant challenge to the Clinton campaign, which has recently slipped behind Donald Trump in opinion polling.

Trump has stepped up attacks on Clinton’s trustworthiness in recent days and is likely to seize on the report as Democrats wait nervously for the FBI decision on whether to bring charges against Clinton or any of her advisers.

House speaker Paul Ryan said: “No public official is above the law. Secretary Clinton’s actions were at best negligent and at worst harmful to our national security. The state department should work to ensure that all employees strictly comply with the law, and follow the IG’s recommendations to strengthen its record-keeping system.”

The Clinton campaign put a brave face on the inspector general’s report on Wednesday, pointing to sections that dealt with similar lapses in email security by previous office holders.

A spokesman for Clinton said the report showed that her email practices were “consistent” with those of past secretaries and senior officials.

A Clinton spokesman, Brian Fallon, said that the report showed problems with the state department’s electronic record-keeping systems “were longstanding” and emphasized that her use of a private email server “was known to officials within the department during her tenure”……..

The report also found that state department staff who raised the issue of Clinton’s email practices were effectively silenced. Two information resources managers went to their head of department in late 2010, it found. “In one meeting, one staff member raised concerns that information sent and received on Secretary Clinton’s account could contain federal records that needed to be preserved in order to satisfy federal record keeping requirements,” the report said.

But the staff member later recalled that the director said Clinton’s personal system had already been reviewed and approved by legal staff “and that the matter was not to be discussed any further”, the reported continued. Yet “as previously noted, OIG found no evidence that staff in the Office of the Legal Adviser reviewed or approved Secretary Clinton’s personal system.”

The other staff member who raised the issue said the director stated that the department’s mission is to “support the secretary and instructed the staff never to speak of the secretary’s personal email system again”.

Despite guidelines to the contrary, Clinton used mobile devices to conduct official business on her personal email account and private server. She never sought approval from senior information officers, who would have refused the request because of security risks, the audit said…………….

Hillary Clinton’s email scandal: the best of the apologies and non-apologies – video

The wind has turned in Hillary Clinton’s email scandal as she recently apologized for her use of a private email server during her time as US secretary of state. Clinton had refused to admit fault in recent months, insisting use of personal email ‘was allowed’

Pictures of women serving illicitly as priests will be plastered across city as part of campaign against Vatican decree

Michelle Birtch-Conery and Alta, featured in the female priests poster campaign

Two of the female priests featured in the campaign. Composite: Giulia Bianchi

It has been 22 years since Pope John Paul II declared that the exclusion of women from the priesthood was a settled matter and no longer up for discussion. The decree was so absolute that at least one bishop was fired after he suggested, years later, that elevating women to the priesthood could be one way to solve the Roman Catholic church’s chronic shortage of clergy.

But on Friday, thousands of priests and other Catholics who live and work in the Vatican will come face to face with a feminist movement that aims to break one of the church’s most salient taboos. Dozens of posters of women serving illicitly as priests – essentially under excommunication – are due to be plastered across the Rome neighbourhood of Trastevere and around St Peter’s Square, as part of a provocative campaign against the ban.

In one, the former nun Michelle Birtch-Conery, who is now serving as a bishop against church law, wears a purple shirt and a crucifix around her neck and drinks out of a chalice. Above her image are the Italian words Alcune donne disobbediscono (some women disobey).

Kate McElwee, co-executive director of the Women’s Ordination Conference (WOC), who is organising the event as part of a larger “jubilee for women priests” – a conference that is not recognised by the Vatican but coincides with an official jubilee for priests – said the posters were meant to celebrate female priests around the world………….

Praise for sailors’ swift action as dramatic photographs show overloaded boat turning over as naval vessel approaches

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A fishing boat packed with migrants capsizes during a rescue operation off the Libyan coast on Wednesday, according to the Italian navy. The Italian navy patrol ship Bettica identified the boat floating in precarious conditions in the Sicily channel. The Navy approached the migrants’ boat and started distributing life jackets but it capsized due to the sudden movement of the high number of people on board. More than 500 migrants were rescued, and and number of bodies were taken aboard Bettica as well

More than 500 people narrowly escaped drowning on Wednesday after their smugglers’ boat capsized in the southern Mediterranean, a series of dramatic photographs have revealed.

As Italian naval ships approached to rescue the stricken asylum-seekers, their boat – a repurposed trawler – tipped over, throwing those on deck into the water.

At least five people drowned when the boat capsized “due to overcrowding and instability caused by the high number of people on board”, the Italian navy said in a statement.

But the sailors managed to save about 550 lives, in a mission that migration experts described as miraculous.

Boats of this size are usually crammed with around 600 people, which suggests that the majority of those stuck below decks were largely saved.

“It is a miracle,” said Flavio di Giacomo, a spokesman for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). “You would expect them to save the people on the deck. But if they’ve saved 500 people, that means they’ve saved even the people who were inside. And that is very impressive.”………

Victims’ groups accuse US president of ignoring their plight and fear his Hiroshima visit helps Japan gloss over its own history

Barack Obama and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe at the G7 summit in Japan.

Barack Obama and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe at the G7 summit in Japan. Photograph: Reuters

The bitter legacy of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and the US military presence on Okinawa are threatening to cast a shadow over Barack Obama’s last G7 summit as US president.

As Obama and other world leaders sat down to a working lunch in Ise-Shima to discuss the state of the global economy on Thursday, Korean survivors of the Hiroshima bombing in August 1945 accused him of neglecting their suffering ahead of his visit to the city on Friday – the first by a sitting US president.

While many Japanese have welcomed the gesture, Korean survivors fear his trip will aid attempts in Japan to gloss over its own wartime acts of aggression.

“The world thinks Japan is the atomic bomb victim. That is wrong,” said Shim Jin-tae, one of a small number of South Koreans at a protest outside the US embassy in Seoul.

“Japan is the country that began the war, and Koreans are the victims of the atomic bomb,” added the 73-year-old, who lived in in Hiroshima and was two when the bomb was dropped.

South Korean survivors of the Hiroshima bombing and supporters stage a rally demanding a public apology from Obama.

South Korean survivors of the Hiroshima bombing and supporters stage a rally demanding a public apology from Obama. Photograph: Ahn Young-joon/AP

“The United States has never apologised for the atomic bomb and Japan, as a country that started the war, has never apologised.”

Tens of thousands of Koreans, including Shim’s parents, were sent to Japan as forced labourers during Japan’s 1910-1945 colonial rule of the Korean peninsula.

The Association of Korean Atomic Bomb Victims estimates that 40,000-70,000 Koreans died in the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki………..

US politics

Election 2016

Elizabeth Warren: Donald Trump is a ‘small, insecure money-grubber’ – video

The campaign minute Warren deals Trump a drubbing

Can Elizabeth Warren unite a divided Democratic party to stop Trump?

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English Online International Newspapers

For a change from the same old news stories from the same old news networks, here are links to English-edition online newspapers from other parts of the world. Nearly all of these are English-edition daily newspapers. These sites have interesting editorials and essays, and many have links to other good news sources. We try to limit this list to those sites which are regularly updated, reliable, with a high percentage of “up” time.

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Some of the available newspapers:

Asia & CIS

www.newscentralasia.com/

China

english.peopledaily.com.cn/home.html

China & Hong Kong

www.scmp.com/news

France

www.france24.com/en/france/

Israel

www.haaretz.com/

Norway

www.newsinenglish.no/category/news/

Palestine

english.pnn.ps/

Russia

english.pravda.ru/

Ukraine

www.ukrainianjournal.com/

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26 May

United States Wars, News and Casualties

America’s Deadly Depleted-Uranium Legacy In Iraq

The McGlynn:  The Bush administration and thugs went into Iraq blaming Saddam for 9-11 and accusing the Iraqis for possession of weapons of mass destruction.  They killed thousands of innocent civilians, and we found out that Iraq had NOTHING to do with 9-11; nor did Iraq have any weapons of mass destruction; NONE at all.

That gave the world thousands of  reasons to hate the America, and thus became the main reason for the rise of ISIS.

And today the Clintons  are friends with Bush and with Hillary relying on Kissinger, the Vietnam war criminal,  for advice.

And what do we do for the thousands of Iraqis, especially the children, who we harmed?

Nothing.

 

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See also: Iraq – A Peoples Photo Journal

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Iraq News

ISIS members disguised as shepherds killed in northern Fallujah

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – On Wednesday, official journalists with the Ministry of Defense announced, that a group of ISIS members who were disguised as shepherds had…

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Coalition forces conduct 15 air strikes in Iraq

(IraqiNews.com) The U.S. Joint Task Force announced on Wednesday, that the international coalition had carried out 15 air strikes against ISIS in Iraq, yesterday on…

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Iraqi security forces dismantle 37 IEDs in eastern Fallujah

(IraqiNews.com) al-Anbar – The Federal Police captain, Raed Shaker Jawdat, announced on Wednesday dismantling 37 improvised explosive devices in the city of Fallujah. Jawdat said in…

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Security forces liberate area in Amiriya Fallujah, 13 ISIS fighters killed

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – On Wednesday, Anbar Provincial Council announced liberating an area in Amiriya in southern Fallujah (62 km west of Baghdad), while pointed out…

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Bomb blast kills, wounds 6 civilians in al-Rashid vicinity south of Baghdad

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Iraqi police said on Wednesday, that two civilians had been killed and four others were injured in a…

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Total curfew imposed in Amiriya Fallujah until further notice

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – Amiriya Local Council in Anbar Province announced on Wednesday imposing a comprehensive curfew in Amiriya in southern Fallujah until further notice, after…

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Security forces detain 8 wanted individuals on charges of “terrorism” northwest of Kirkuk

(IraqiNews.com) Kirkuk – On Wednesday, Kirkuk Police chief Brigadier General Sarhad Qader announced arresting eight wanted individuals on charges of “terrorism” northwest of the province. Qader…

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Peshmerga forces kill suicide bomber while trying to target Turkish forces in Bashiqa Mountain

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – A security source revealed on Wednesday, that the Peshmerga forces killed a suicide bomber who tried to target the Turkish forces in…

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8 people killed, wounded in bomb blast northwest of Baghdad

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – On Wednesday, a source in the Ministry of Interior announced, that eight people had been either killed or wounded in a bomb…

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Afghanistan News

Taliban militants in critical condition after Mansoor’s death

The Ministry of Interior has said the Taliban group militants are in a critical condition following the death of their leader in Pakistan. Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, told reporters in Kabul that the intelligence findings of the ministry shows the militants are suffering in the battlefield following the death of Mullah ………

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2 policemen given promotions for foiling suicide attack on interior ministry

The Minister of Interior hailed two policemen for foiling a deadly car bomb attack on the Ministry of Interior compound. A statement by the Ministry of Interior said the two policemen were also awarded promotion for their bravery and devotion. Interior Minister Taj Mohammad Jahid said the enemies of Afghanistan have been defeated in the ……….

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US adds Pakistan-based groups to Specially Designated Global Terrorists list

The United States has added two Pakistan-based militant groups to its list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists, the US Department of State said Wednesday. “The Department of State has designated both the Tariq Gidar Group (TGG) and Jama’at ul Dawa al-Qu’ran (JDQ) as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.)

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Govt calls on Taliban to renounce violence or face same fate as their leaders

The Afghan government has called on the Taliban group to renounce violence or face the same fate as their leaders. The statement by the Afghan government was given shortly after the group announced the successor of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor in a US drone strike in Pakistan. The government said ‘Taliban groups have yet another opportunity…..

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Afghan intelligence arrest political analyst for calling Mansoor a ‘martyr’

The Afghan intelligence operatives have arrested a political analysts Hassan Haqyar for supporting the Taliban group. According to a statement by the National Security Council (NSC), the National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives arrested Haqyar for supporting the Taliban group and calling its leader a ‘martyr’. NSC said Haqyar was speaking during a television debate………

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25 May

State Department IG roasts Hillary…..

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The State Department’s independent watchdog has issued a highly critical analysis of Hillary Clinton’s email practices while running the department, concluding that she failed to seek legal approval for her use of a private email server and that department staff would not have given its blessing because of the “security risks in doing so.”

The inspector general, in a long awaited review obtained Wednesday by The Washington Post in advance of its publication, found that Clinton’s use of private email for public business was “not an appropriate method” of preserving documents and that her practices failed to comply with department policies meant to ensure that federal record laws are followed….

…a top Clinton aide was warned in 2010 that the system may not properly preserve records but dismissed those worries, indicating that the system passed legal muster. But the inspector general said it could not show evidence of a review by legal counsel.

Depending on who warned the aide, the aides response could fall under the making false statements statute that put Martha Stewart in stir for 14 months:

18 U.S. Code § 1001 – Statements or entries generally

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully—

(1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;

(2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or

(3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry;

shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years

The report includes interviews with Kerry and Powell and former secretaries Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice, but it says that Clinton declined to be interviewed.

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State Dept. inspector general report sharply criticizes Clinton’s email practices

Democratic presidential candidate and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. (John Locher/AP)

By Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger May 25 at 10:18 AM

The State Department’s independent watchdog has issued a highly critical analysis of Hillary Clinton’s email practices while running the department, concluding that she failed to seek legal approval for her use of a private email server and that department staff would not have given its blessing because of the “security risks in doing so.”

The inspector general, in a long awaited review obtained Wednesday by The Washington Post in advance of its publication, found that Clinton’s use of private email for public business was “not an appropriate method” of preserving documents and that her practices failed to comply with department policies meant to ensure that federal record laws are followed.

The report says Clinton, who is the Democratic presidential front-runner, should have printed and saved her emails during her four years in office or surrendered her work-related correspondence immediately upon stepping down in February 2013. Instead, Clinton provided those records in December 2014, nearly two years after leaving office.

[Read the inspector general’s report]

The report found that a top Clinton aide was warned in 2010 that the system may not properly preserve records but dismissed those worries, indicating that the system passed legal muster. But the inspector general said it could not show evidence of a review by legal counsel.

A Clinton spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

There are at least three ongoing investigations into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State. Here’s an explanation of who is investigating, and why. (Gillian Brockell/The Washington Post)

The 83-page report reviews email practices by five secretaries of state and generally concludes that record keeping has been spotty for years.

It was particularly critical of former secretary of state Colin Powell — who has acknowledged publicly that he used a personal email account to conduct business — concluding that he too failed to follow department policy designed to comply with public-record laws.

Mark Toner, a State Department spokesman, said the report underscores the need for federal agencies to adapt “decades-old record-keeping practices to the email-dominated modern era.” He said it is clear from the report that the department could have preserved emails better under multiple secretaries of state but said that multiple improvements have been put in place under Secretary of State John F. Kerry to improve record retention.

The timing of the report is inconvenient for Clinton, who now faces an intense onslaught of attacks from presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

But its release — as well as the conclusion of an ongoing FBI investigation — have also been seen for months by her allies as key milestones to finally putting the email issue to rest. They have worked to inoculate her against potentially critical findings, accusing the State Department’s inspector general of working in concert with congressional Republicans to harm her presidential campaign and noting that a top inspector general official used to work for Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa).

The inspector general has rejected allegations of bias, noting that the scope of the review encompasses secretaries of both parties and that it was undertaken at the direction of Clinton’s Democratic successor, Kerry. The report includes interviews with Kerry and Powell and former secretaries Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice, but it says that Clinton declined to be interviewed. The inspector general, Steve Linick, was appointed by President Obama and has served since 2013.

The FBI investigation into whether Clinton mishandled classified material through her use of the private server in her home in suburban New York is still underway. FBI Director James B. Comey has said there is no “external deadline” for concluding that probe, but he acknowledged that there is pressure to wrap up the matter promptly and thoroughly.

Officials have said they plan to interview Clinton about the matter soon; she has expressed willingness to sit for such a session. They have also told The Post that their investigation so far has found little evidence that Clinton maliciously flouted classification rules.

About 2,000 chains of Clinton’s correspondence include emails that the State Department has since said are classified. A Washington Post analysis found that Clinton herself wrote 104 of those notes. Others were written by about 300 other people, including longtime diplomats and top officials in the national security community.

The timing of the report is inconvenient for Clinton, who now faces an intense onslaught of attacks from presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

But its release — as well as the conclusion of an ongoing FBI investigation — have also been seen for months by her allies as key milestones to finally putting the email issue to rest. They have worked to inoculate her against potentially critical findings, accusing the State Department’s inspector general of working in concert with congressional Republicans to harm her presidential campaign and noting that a top inspector general official used to work for Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa).

The inspector general has rejected allegations of bias, noting that the scope of the review encompasses secretaries of both parties and that it was undertaken at the direction of Clinton’s Democratic successor, Kerry. The report includes interviews with Kerry and Powell and former secretaries Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice, but it says that Clinton declined to be interviewed. The inspector general, Steve Linick, was appointed by President Obama and has served since 2013.

The FBI investigation into whether Clinton mishandled classified material through her use of the private server in her home in suburban New York is still underway. FBI Director James B. Comey has said there is no “external deadline” for concluding that probe, but he acknowledged that there is pressure to wrap up the matter promptly and thoroughly.

Officials have said they plan to interview Clinton about the matter soon; she has expressed willingness to sit for such a session. They have also told The Post that their investigation so far has found little evidence that Clinton maliciously flouted classification rules.

The new report focuses on record keeping and how Clinton and previous secretaries of state maintained documents regarding public business. She has said she complied with laws requiring the preservation of documents, including emails, because she emailed other government officials at their official accounts, knowing their emails would be retained on public servers.

But she has not explained how she intended to preserve emails sent to private citizens, who did not use government email. Some emails have emerged, particularly from Clinton’s first months in office in 2009, when her aides have said she was transitioning technology, that she did not provide to the State Department.

The inspector general cited those emails in concluding that Clinton’s 2014 submission of what she characterized as all of her public records was “incomplete.”

In December 2014, nearly two years after leaving office, she turned over more than 30,000 emails she said represented all of her work-related correspondence. She said that she also exchanged about 31,000 personal emails during her time as secretary and that those messages have been deleted.

Carol Morello and Carol D. Leonnig contributed to this report.

 

 

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25 May

News and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

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Exclusive: 2001 intervention adds to evidence that oil company was aware of the science and its implications for government policy and the energy industry

ExxonMobil moved to squash the well-established series just nine days after the presidential inauguration of George W Bush, a former oil executive.

ExxonMobil moved to squash the well-established series just nine days after the presidential inauguration of George W Bush, a former oil executive. Photograph: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

ExxonMobil moved to squash a well-established congressional lecture series on climate science just nine days after the presidential inauguration of George W Bush, a former oil executive, the Guardian has learned.

Exxon’s intervention on the briefings, revealed here for the first time, adds to evidence the oil company was acutely aware of the state of climate science and its implications for government policy and the energy industry – despite Exxon’s public protestations for decades about the uncertainties of global warming science.

Indeed, the company moved swiftly during the earliest days of the Bush administration to block public debate on global warming and delay domestic and international regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions, according to former officials of the US Global Change Research Program, or USGCRP.

The Bush White House is now notorious for censoring climate scientists and blocking international action on climate change by pulling the US out of the Kyoto agreement.

The oil company is under investigation by 17 attorney generals for misleading the public about climate change, and is facing a shareholder revolt at its annual general meeting on Wednesday by investors pressing Exxon for greater disclosure about the effect of climate change on its profits.

In early 2001, however, after Al Gore lost the White House to George Bush, Exxon officials apparently saw a chance to influence the incoming administration, according to former officials of the research program…………

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