Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Might Putin Blackmail Clinton? the Russian Dictator May Have Evidence That She'd Rather Keep Hidden

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Might Putin Blackmail Clinton? the Russian Dictator May Have Evidence That She'd Rather Keep Hidden

Article excerpt

Hillary Clinton may have weathered criticism concerning her family's financing and ethics regarding Russia and uranium, but the worst may be yet to come.

That's if she gets elected president in 2016.

A New York Times/CBS News poll released this month showed 48 percent of adults considered Ms. Clinton to be honest and trustworthy, a 6 percent increase from late March, with 45 percent saying she is not.

There is a good chance the trend will continue. Most voters won't remember 17 months and two weeks from now that she failed to prove that she wasn't involved in the U.S. government's approval of the 2010 acquisition of Uranium One by Rosatom, the Russian atomic energy agency, when she was secretary of state. Uranium One controls one-fifth of the U.S. uranium supply.

The problem is that others, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, will.

The purchase was signed off on by various U.S. agencies, including the State Department, which was run at the time by Ms. Clinton, whose husband was collecting millions of dollars in donations for the Clinton Foundation from people associated with Uranium One. The deal gave the Russian government, which notoriously uses energy supplies for political blackmail, a large share in the U.S. utilities market since uranium is used by nuclear plants to generate electricity.

The story was detailed in an April 24 New York Times article in which Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Ms. Clinton's presidential campaign, says that no one "has ever produced a shred of evidence supporting the theory that Hillary Clinton ever took action as secretary of state to support the interests of donors to the Clinton Foundation."

Mr. Putin, with his Edward Snowden-enhanced means of data collection, may produce such a shred when he deems it expedient, say, at a time he needs to influence U. …

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