The small Persian Gulf nation of Qatar found an unusual way to say ‘happy birthday’ to former President Bill Clinton: a $1 million check to the Clinton Foundation.
The existence of the ‘birthday’ check was revealed in newly dumped documents on Wikileaks hacked from Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta.
The check, reported by the Daily Caller, came following meeting between a Clinton Foundation official and several foreign ambassadors to the U.S.
At the time the check was delivered, the Qataris were seeking five minutes of face time with the former president, while also soliciting input on how to make ‘investments’ in Haiti in education and health, a possible reference to charity efforts.
‘Would like to see WJC ‘for five minutes’ in NYC, to present $1 million check that Qatar promised for WJC’s birthday in 2011, Clinton official Ami Desai wrote in 2012.
‘Qatar would welcome our suggestions for investments in Haiti – particularly on education and health, Desai added.
‘They have allocated most of their $20 million but are happy to consider projects we suggest. I’m collecting input from CF Haiti team,’ a reference to the Clinton Foundation.
The Clinton Foundation had made investments and reconstruction in Haiti a major focus following the devastating earthquake there.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. PRESIDENT: The email discussed a $1 million check ‘for WJC’s birthday’
The WikiLeaks hacked email explains what the Qatari’s were after:
Qatar has been a major beneficiary of the U.S. security umbrella in the Middle East. The small oil-rich emirate also makes substantial purchases of U.S. military equipment.
The email also describes meetings with the ambassadors of Brazil, Peru, Malawi and Rwanda.
The ambassador meetings appeared to be geared toward soliciting ideas for foundation projects in their countries.
In the case of Peru, the ambassador was asked for ideas about ‘which sectors/parts of Peru to focus on in order to create jobs.’
‘He suggested we speak with his son, an alderman in Lima, about jobs projects for young men who otherwise could be recruited by gangs,’ according to the email.
‘Ambassador also suggested speaking with Minister for Women and Vulnerable Populations, Ms. Ana Jara, for jobs projects for women.’
Hillary Clinton’s campaign has not been commenting on the veracity of specific emails, although it has said all of them may not be accurate.
The U.S. intelligence community says Russian intelligence is behind the hack of Democratic officials. The FBI has opened an investigation into the hack of Podesta’s emails.
The email was sent to longtime Bill Clinton aide Doug Band, Bruce Lindsey, who chairs the Clinton Foundation board, Clinton aide Justin Cooper, and Laura Graham, the foundation chief operating officer.
The foundation did not have immediate comment.
It wasn’t immediately clear why the email would have been included in Podesta’s emails, as he was not listed as a recipient. It was posted on the Wikileaks site, which has been dumping thousands of emails believed to have been hacked from Podesta’s account.
Podesta this week slammed Russian intelligence for meddling in the election and suggested there is a connection to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.