Wikileaks continues to expose damaging information about the Clinton campaign, with the latest revealing that she supports Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Soon after stepping down as Secretary of State, the Democratic presidential nominee reportedly gave a series of speeches that referred to Putin as “a very interesting conversationalist.” She said she had gotten to know him, and had even visited his “private inner sanctum” to talk about wildlife conservation.
Clinton has accused rival Donald Trump of supporting Putin, including accusing him of turning a blind eye to the Russian threat and even working with Putin on ways to “steal the election.” But Clinton approved a deal allowing Russia to control 20% of America’s uranium assets, and the newest Wikileaks show she may not be any more trustworthy than the Republican nominee himself.
Clinton bragged about having a tight relationship with Putin in paid remarks to private groups, as noted by Wikileaks. As of yet, neither Democratic operatives nor vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine have commented on the matter.
The Wikileaks document exposes a speech given to the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago in October 2013 in which Clinton describes bonding with Putin over tiger conservation:
I said, ‘You know, Mr. Prime Minister, we actually have some things in common. We both want to protect wildlife, and I know how committed you are to protecting the tiger.’ I mean, all of a sudden, he sat up straight and his eyes got big and he goes, ‘You care about the tiger? I said, ‘I care about the tiger, I care about the elephant, I care about the rhinoceros, I care about the whale.’
Putin then apparently invited her to his “private inner sanctum”:
So we go down the stairs, we go down this long hall, we go into this private inner sanctum. All of his, you know, very beefy security guys are there, they all jump up at attention, you know, they punch a code, he goes through a heavily-armed door. And then we’re in an inner, inner sanctum with, you know, just this long, wooden table, and then further back, there’s a desk and the biggest map of Russia I ever saw. And he starts talking to me about, you know, the habitat of the tigers and the habitat of the seals and the whales. And it was quite something.
And though Clinton has called out Trump for allegedly being naive about the problems a relationship with Russia could create, she reportedly denies that Putin’s military buildup could threaten the United States:
I last saw [Putin] in Vladivostok where I represented President Obama in September for the Asia Pacific economic community. I sat next to him. He’s an engaging and, you know, very interesting conversationalist. We talked about a lot of issues that were not the hot-button issues between us, you know, his view on missile defense, which we think is misplaced because, you know, we don’t believe that there will be a threat from Russia, but we think that both Russia and the United States are going to face threats from their perimeter, either from rogue states like Iran or from terrorist groups, that’s not the way he sees it.
Clinton was even accused of entertaining a “more positive” relationship with Putin.
“And finally on Afghanistan and Russia. Look, I would love it if we could continue to build a more positive relationship with Russia,” she allegedly noted in a June 2013 speech to Goldman Sachs. She apparently called Russia “helpful” in Afghanistan, saying that, though Putin was “asserting himself in a way now that is going to take some management on our side,” she believed the U.S. could “have a positive relationship with Russia.”
During this time, Putin had “asserted himself” in Georgia five years prior, seizing areas of the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. He also apparently began organizing for the invasion and colonization of Ukraine.
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