Obama State Department Spent $9 Million With Soros To Meddle In Albanian Politics

President Obama's State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) spent nearly $9 million on an Albanian political reform campaign coordinated with billionaire George Soros, according to 32 pages of State Department documents obtained by Judicial Watch via a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. 

Working with Soros' Open Society Foundation, USAID channeled the funds into a "Justice for All" campaign aimed at reforming the socialist government's judicial system in 2016. 

"The Obama admin spent at least $9 million in tax dollars in direct collusion with left-wing billionaire George Soros to back socialist gov in Albania," wrote Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a statement. "The records also detail how the Soros operation helped the State Department review grant applications from other groups for taxpayer funding," Fitton added. 

“George Soros is a billionaire and he shouldn’t be receiving taxpayer support to advance his radical left agenda to undermine freedom here at home and abroad,” said Fitton.

A memo from April 2016 also reveals that the U.S. Embassy in Tirana "sponsored" a survey with the Open Society Foundation to determine whether Albanians had "knowledge, support and expectations on judicial reform." The survey revealed that 91% of respondents believed in the need for judicial reform. A corresponding memo obtained by Judicial Watch dated February 2017 corroborates the arrangement.

The State Department pushed back following the Judicial Watch publication - telling Fox News that the agency did not directly provide grants to Soros's Open Society Foundation (OSF) in Albania. Instead, as the documents show, the US embassy in Tirana and the OSF "each provided funding to a local organization to conduct a public opinion poll on attitudes towards the Judicial Reform effort," according to a February 2017 document. 

Last year Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and five other Senators called on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to immediately investigate how US taxpayer funds ended up supporting Soros-backed, leftist political groups in several Eastern European countries including Macedonia and Albania.  According to the letter, potentially millions of taxpayer dollars are being funneled through USAID to Soros' Open Society Foundations with the explicit goal of pushing his progressive agenda.

Foundation Open society-Albania and its experts, with funding from USAID, have created the controversial Strategy Document for Albanian Judicial Reform,” the letter read. “Some leaders believe that these ‘reforms’ are ultimately aimed to give the Prime Minister and left-of-center government full control over the judiciary.”

As the Daily Caller's Andrew Kerr notes, Albanian opposition leaders to the ruling left-wing party took to calling the judicial reform effort a “Soros-sponsored reform.”

USAID and Soros

As Fox News pointed out at the time, USAID gave nearly $15 million to Soros' Foundation Open Society - Macedonia, and other Soros-linked organizations in the region, in the last 4 years of Obama's presidency alone.

The USAID website shows that between 2012 and 2016, USAID gave almost $5 million in taxpayer cash to FOSM for “The Civil Society Project,” which “aims to empower Macedonian citizens to hold government accountable.” USAID’s website links to www.soros.org.mk, and says the project trained hundreds of young Macedonians “in youth activism and the use of new media instruments.”

The State Department told lawmakers that in addition to that project, USAID has recently funded a new Civic Engagement Project which partners with four organizations, including FOSM. The cost is believed to be around $9.5 million. -Fox News

Similar efforts in Hungary were blasted in early 2017 by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who expressed concern about Soros meddling in his country’s political fights, and warned about Soros’ “trans-border empire.” Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told Fox News last month that they hoped that with a change in administration in Washington, the Soros-led push against their government would decrease.

“I think it is no secret and everyone knows about the very close relationship between the Democrats and George Soros and his foundations. It is obvious that if Hillary Clinton had won then this pressure on us would be much stronger. With Donald Trump winning we have the hope that this pressure will be decreased on us,” he said.

Widely cited as an example of Soros’ influence during the Obama administration was a 2011 email, published by WikiLeaks, in which Soros urged Hillary Clinton to take action in Albania over recent demonstrations in the capital of Tirana.  Among other things, Soros urged Clinton to “bring the full weight of the international community to bear on Prime Minister Berisha and opposition leader Edi Rama."

Dear Hillary,

 

A serious situation has arisen in Albania which needs urgent attention at senior levels of the US government. You may know that an opposition demonstration in Tirana on Friday resulted in the deaths of three people and the destruction of property. There are serious concerns about further unrest connected to a counter-demonstration to be organized by the governing party on Wednesday and a follow-up event by the opposition two days later to memorialize the victims. The prospect of tens of thousands of people entering the streets in an already inflamed political environment bodes ill for the return, of public order and the country's fragile democratic process.

I believe two things need to be done urgently:

1. Bring the full weight of the international community to bear on Prime Minister Berisha and opposition leader Edi Rama to forestall further public demonstrations and to tone down public pronouncements.

2. Appoint a senior European official as a mediator.

While I am concerned about the rhetoric being used by both sides, I am particularly worried about the actions of the Prime Minister. There is videotape of National Guard members firing on demonstrators from the roof of the Prime Ministry. The Prosecutor (appointed by the Democratic Party) has issued arrest warrants for the individuals in question. The Prime Minister had previously accused the opposition of intentionally murdering these activists as a provocation.

After the tape came out deputies from his party accused the Prosecutor of planning a coup d'etat in collaboration with the opposition, a charge Mr. Berisha repeated today. No arrests have been made as of this writing. The demonstration resulted from opposition protests over the conduct of parliamentary elections in 2009. The political environment has deteriorated ever since and is now approaching levels of 1997, when similar issues caused the country to slide into anarchy and violence. There are signs that Edi Rama's control of his own people is slipping, which may lead to further violence.

The US and the EU must work in complete harmony over this, but given Albania's European aspirations the EU must take the lead. That is why I suggest appointing a mediator such as Carl Bildt. Martti Ahtisaari or Miroslav Lajcak, all of whom have strong connections to the Balkans.

My foundation in Tirana is monitoring the situation closely and can provide independent analysis of the crisis.

Thank you, George Soros

Not surprisingly, within a few days, A U.S. envoy was dispatched.

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COSMOS Jethro Fri, 04/06/2018 - 22:41 Permalink

Rich people dont use their money.  Here is Soros getting most of the funding from the CIA.  Just like in Georgia and other Eastern European countries the bought off politicians who take this money then give him lucrative deals worth billions.

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DaiRR Jethro Sat, 04/07/2018 - 16:22 Permalink

I've been staying up nights trying to figure out if Albania needs a socialist government.  Since Obama and Soros already decided the issue with a resounding YES and threw my tax dollars in that direction, I can forget about it and sleep well.  So I'll be well rested to celebrate the demise of both of those traitors to America.

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Dindu Nuffins COSMOS Fri, 04/06/2018 - 23:23 Permalink

Daily reminder: Soros is a Marxist, not a Nazi.

The latest Hasbarat push is to connect George Soros to the enemies that stood against everything he and his Marxist backers truly cherish. 

Marxists: open borders, debt slavery, multiculturalism, radical equality, erasure of western society, anti-white hatred, promotion of gays and trannies

Nazis: closed borders, sound money, nations, natural heirarchy and order, pride in western society, love your people, heteronormative society

The real history of Soros is that he hid with a sympathetic Christian god-father who was married to a Jewish woman, and that god-father simply inventoried a rich Jewish man's house for the government in an official function of his job. Failure to do his job would have raised questions. There was no direct benefit in doing this job to either Soros or his godfather. They did not rip gold out of the teeth of Jews. Neither were actually members of the Nazi party, but were actually hiding from the Nazis. Meanwhile the Nazis had their reasons to deport an ethnicity known for creating Marxism and promoting multicultural insanity and the replacement of white christendom.

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Dindu Nuffins Dindu Nuffins Sat, 04/07/2018 - 03:17 Permalink

You can downvote me all you want, but you can't change the easily verified truth: Soros was never a Nazi, never worked for the Nazis, and never pursued policies that Nazis would approve of. He has been an open-borders Marxist, from start to finish, and you are all getting your brains jewed up by a clever stunt from the Rothschild family to create a stalking horse to absorb the heat of their Marxist agenda. Fools.

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Dindu Nuffins AAPL Slayer Sat, 04/07/2018 - 12:05 Permalink

Mush-headed thinking like yours belongs on Breitbart, not on Zerohedge, where people understand the details without emotionally-shaped thinking.

What he said in that interview is that he went with his god-father (who was breaking the rules by not reporting him and also married to a jewish woman) to assess the property of a jew that fled.

Interviewer: "You watched lots of people get shipped to death camps."

(By this, the interviewer is inserting "people" and must be speaking generally that people were being shipped to camps while he was hiding, not that he personally was rounding them up or even present at a round-up. His god father was not rounding up people but assessing vacant properties.)

Soros: "It was a tremendous threat of evil" (Not an enthusiastic Nazi salute.)

"Maybe as a child, you don't see the connection, but it was no problem at all."

(As a 14 year-old, he was not a Nazi himself and not deeply involved with Nazis, beyond going on a few assessments of left-behind property with his Jew-loving godfather married to a Jewish wife, who you think was a sig-heiling Nazi somehow.)

KROFT: No feeling of guilt?

Mr. SOROS: No.

KROFT: For example that, 'I'm Jewish and here I am, watching these people go. I could just as easily be there. I should be there.' None of that?

(Observe how Kroft again brings "people" into it. But watch Soros' reply.)

Mr. SOROS: Well, of course I c -- I could be on the other side or I could be the one from whom the thing is being taken away. But there was no sense that I shouldn't be there, because that was -- well, actually, in a funny way, it's just like in markets -- that if I weren't there -- of course, I wasn't doing it, but somebody else would -- would -- would be taking it away anyhow. And it was the -- whether I was there or not, I was only a spectator, the property was being taken away. So the -- I had no role in taking away that property. So I had no sense of guilt.

(Soros shifts back to "the thing is being taken away" and "taking it away" and "the property was being taken away" so in his mind, he is answering from his own understanding that the subject is purely abandoned property. Charges that he rounded up people, or even pulled gold from people's teeth, are overheated nonsense which even Soros-haters like us should not traffic in. He was a 14 year-old who went with his sympathetic godfather to assess vacant properties. Quit being mind-controlled by Jedi mindtricks.)

Yes, Zios are shaping you by emotional innuendo to conclude that Soros was a Nazi collaborator giggling gleefully as he did Nazi hijinks to enrich himself, but he actually said nothing like that, and the truth is that he was a 14 year-old bystander to events back then, and his modern politics are 180 degrees out-of-phase with actual Nazi policies. The furthest you could get from Marxist open-borders multiculturalism is the Nazi backlash that tried to stop it.

For disclosure, I think Hitler made many mistakes, but I far prefer the Nazis to the Marxists because Hitler was simply responding to plans to genocide his nation, which were being openly discussed as early as 1923 with the publication of Practical Idealism.

 

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El Oregonian DillyDilly Fri, 04/06/2018 - 22:12 Permalink

Build that inferno known as hell, and keep stoking it a little hotter with the piles of wooden logs known as zealot libtards such as "Nazi-lover" Soros, "Backdoor" Barry, Hildabeast (psst, how's your Kuru?), "Gengis Khan" phony Kerry, "Gibbering" Pelosi, Ihievin' Reid, MAXine 'water on the brain" Watters, "I like them little" Biden etc.

"Put another Log on the Fire" sung by Waylon Jennings

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI3bnm33Eqw

 

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Dindu Nuffins Troy Ounce Fri, 04/06/2018 - 23:06 Permalink

Soros is a stalking horse for the Rothschilds and other powerful elites.

They want everyone to focus on one man as the big baddie, and play him off against other assets that they control like Israel. By concentrating the backlash around one figurehead, they cleanse the participation of all their other assets. They also wish to tie him with the Nazis that actually rebelled against their banking system successfully in the past.

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Guderian junction Sat, 04/07/2018 - 04:37 Permalink

Albanians are the worst scum and form mafia structures to establish criminal activities, wherever they go. 

Ask anyone in the Balkans, or all of Europe, for that matter. Talk to law enforcement, Albanians are their worst nightmare.

'Taken' was on the spot on this scum!

You are either Albanian or ignorant. In either case, stfu!

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warpigs pc_babe Fri, 04/06/2018 - 21:51 Permalink

For fuck's sake! Can we just get over the entire Russia meddling b.s. narrative now? We live and breath interference as does every other nation. How can the left swallow these hotloads so readily? We spy. Other nations spy. D.C. is literally known for being a hot bed of known spies. Ask anyone you know who lives and works in that arena out there. In other news, water is soaking wet.

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Blue Boat Fri, 04/06/2018 - 21:35 Permalink

Albania?!!  Oh sure, because they are a world power or NATO partner or dependable ally!  WTF?

 

When are we going to send Obama and his dominatrix Valerie to live there? Couldn't be soon enough.

Vilfredo Pareto Blue Boat Fri, 04/06/2018 - 22:24 Permalink

If Albania  is worth several million dollars in political meddling oops I mean "NGO funding" then imagine how much we spend elsewhere?

 

Have you ever seen a right wing group labeled an NGO and be eligible for funding? Perhaps a conservative Christian founded charity?   Didn't think so.  I haven't either.  

 

The Russians are nickle and dime amateurs compared to the state department.  

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Blue Boat Vilfredo Pareto Fri, 04/06/2018 - 23:11 Permalink

Right, the USA has more practice, most likely.

I'm not imagining that the former Soviet Union was messing with too many international elections back in the day. But, us? Certainly for 50 years or more.

On an international economic front, this is a real eye-opener about what the USA has been up to for decades:  https://www.amazon.com/New-Confessions-Economic-Hit-Man/dp/1626566747/r…

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Guderian Blue Boat Sat, 04/07/2018 - 05:02 Permalink

Albania and its satellite Kosovo are 100% dependent on NATO protection and EU funding. These shitholes would collapse, the day we pulled out.

So why all the effort and expense?

Because the Albanians are the thorn in the side of Serbia. Remember; Serbia, the sole perpetrator of war and war crimes of the War of the Balkans.

Serbia, in turn is the natural and historic ally of Russia. They share so much, it caught NATO attention and appetite, at a time when Russia under Yeltsin was unable to protect their brethren.

Serbia is still reluctant to give up its province of Kosovo and cut ties with Russia. This game is still on.

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Guderian Neochrome Sat, 04/07/2018 - 04:42 Permalink

Nakam ops shoudda rid the earth of this swine! He had so much blood on his hands after WWII, he woudda made Mengele look like a good Samaritan!

So, he wasn't brought to justice then. Granted. How the fuck would anyone do biz with this ugly pos?! Ok. Granted too.

But grant this rodent any moral high ground and a free hand to install his orcs all over Europe? Wait!! Maybe his filthy record makes him the ideal butcher of modern societies!

No justice in this stinking world. Not one bit!

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JD59 Fri, 04/06/2018 - 22:00 Permalink

Have you ever notice that the Democrats are never ever held accountable for their BLATANT FEDERAL CRIMES. And then the law abiding conservatives are being made felons exercising their God given rights by the same leftist UNCONVICTED FELONS.

Keep pushing progs, some day you will push the law abiding conservatives in this country over the cliff, and will release the judgement of men with conviction of watering the tree of liberty from sea to shining sea.

Vilfredo Pareto Fri, 04/06/2018 - 22:04 Permalink

Lol.  It says as plain as day that Soros' OSF provides technical advice (gives an advantage) to particular NGO  (political advocacy) groups for applications for USA taxpayer funded grants.

 

I can't see any difference between USA political meddling and Russian political meddling.  It seems that with OSF in a liaison and technical capacity for grant applications we can safely say all grants went to left of center groups.

 

The USA takes sides.  Russia may have taken a side.  Let's just say they did for argument's sake (although it appears they played both sides against each other with the Steele dossier).

 

  If USA gooberment  does  it then what is the problem if others do it too?  

Ajax-1 Fri, 04/06/2018 - 22:06 Permalink

Hmm...so President Zero was colluding with Dr. Evil to alter the outcome of an election of a sovereign nation. Where is PMSNBC on this story? Where is the Special Counsel?

VideoEng_NC Fri, 04/06/2018 - 22:28 Permalink

Let's pretend all of this is a Scorsese movie & we've got a character or two who seems to meddle in everything unbeknownst to the main characters in the movie.  At what point do these "guys" get Pesci'd with either a baseball bat (it is in season) or some other garage tool to prove a point that we're done with shenanigans?  Just sayin'...