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In his first major onscreen interview with media since his internet was cut off, Julian Assange, editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, raised new questions concerning foreign government donations to the Clinton foundation, arms deals and the funding of ISIS.
Last month WikiLeaks made public a 2014 email from Hillary Clinton to John Podesta, who at the time was an advisor to President Barack Obama. The email from Clinton shows she knew the governments of Saudi Arabia and Qatar were funding the terrorist group ISIS. This comes shortly after Clinton as Secretary of State approved the largest weapons deal in history with the Saudi government.
The email reads:
While this military/para-military operation is moving forward, we need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL [Isis] and other radical Sunni groups in the region.
Under Clinton's leadership, the State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments have given money to the Clinton Foundation. That figure represented nearly double the value of American arms sales made to those countries and approved by the State Department during the same period of President George W. Bush's second term.
The Clinton-led State Department also authorized $151 billion of separate Pentagon-brokered deals for 16 of the countries that donated to the Clinton Foundation, resulting in a 143-percent increase in completed sales to those nations over the same time frame during the Bush administration.
American defense contractors also donated to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state and in some cases made personal payments to Bill Clinton for speaking engagements. Such firms and their subsidiaries were listed as contractors in $163 billion worth of Pentagon-negotiated deals that were authorized by the Clinton State Department between 2009 and 2012.
In all, governments and corporations involved in the arms deals approved by Clinton's State Department have delivered between $54 million and $141 million to the Clinton Foundation as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments to the Clinton family, according to foundation and State Department records. The Clinton Foundation publishes only a rough range of individual contributors' donations, making a more precise accounting impossible.
According to some reports, Saudi Arabia has funded as much as 20 percent of the Clinton campaign.
FBI Director James Comey announced October 28 that the FBI was renewing its investigation into Clinton's email server based on new evidence found on a laptop shared by Anthony Weiner and his estranged wife Huma Abedin, Clinton's longtime top aide. Abedin and her family have well-documented ties to Saudi Arabia and terrorist-supporting groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and the Muslim World League.