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“Three times Paul Manafort took money from shadowy foreign leaders
By Thom Fain/Briefing
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at 6:00 AM
Updated Aug 15, 2016 at 5:50 PM
In what Republicans are calling  a “liberal hatchet job,” the New York Times released a front-page report  on Sunday detailing the financial dealings of Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, describing him as a rogue political operative who has worked abroad in many countries to help power the governments of the foreign leaders who pay him. One such leader, according to the Times, is former Ukrainian president (and ally of Russia) Viktor Yanukovych. “Donald Trump has a responsibility to disclose campaign chair Paul Manafort’s and all other campaign employees’ and advisers’ ties to Russian or pro-Kremlin entities, including whether any of Trump’s employees or advisers are currently representing and or being paid by them,” the Hillary Clinton campaign said in a press statement. But it isn’t just the ousted Ukrainian president who has paid Manafort for his political services  and helped him to purchase properties in Alexandria, Palm Beach, and the Hamptons. Here we take a look at three other times cash has changed hands from a questionable foreign leader back to Trump’s right-hand man.
A central role in France’s ‘Karachi affair’
After serving as an adviser to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush in the 1980s, Manafort found himself in need of some work when in 1994, he received $90,000  working in connection to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Sarkozy was the budget minister for then-Prime Minister Édouard Balladur, who authorized the sale  of three Agosta 90 submarines to Pakistan through a shadowy arms dealer named El-Assir for an estimated $950 million. Illegal kickbacks  from that money were used to fund Balladur’s election campaign in ’95, the same election Manafort was brought on and paid to advise.
Friends with ‘Blood Diamonds’ guerrilla Jonas Savimbi
Manafort received at least  $600,000 from Jonas Savimbi, an Angolan guerrilla leader who led a brutal civil war effort as the UNITA army leader against communists in the African country. Although Savimbi used money from illicit diamond sales  to fund his tactics, Manafort had the soldier re-branded in Washington, D.C. “linguist, philosopher, poet, politician, warrior … one of the few authentic heroes of our time,” and effectively channeled U.S. dollars into a disastrous war effort. Savimbi’s leadership resulted in the displacement or death  of “hundreds of thousands” of Angolan innocents. Thousands of children were kidnapped by UNITA and forced into the army as “porters, sex slaves or fighters” before the death of Savimbi in 2002.
Close ties to Congo warlord Mobutu Sese Seko
Manafort accepted $1 million to conduct a P.R. makeover for Congo dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, as detailed in this 1989 account  of the transaction by the Washington Post. It was not unrelated the HUD scandal , in which Manafort received $1,000 an hour to oversee a failed housing project. Mobutu, who was originally recruited  in the 1950s by the CIA to overthrow the government, amassed a huge personal fortune over decades as a ruler while his country was ravished by warfare and poverty. He’s best remembered  for his leopard skin caps, embezzling billions of US dollars, human rights abuses, and “rampant” corruption.
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Manafort and Miller respond to NYT ‘sky-is-falling, liberal hatchet job’ with belligerence” By Joe Lapointe 08/15/16 8:00am, The Observer .com
© Copyright 2006-2017 GateHouse Media, LLC. All rights reserved • GateHouse Contests Original content available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license, except where noted. Ocala.com ~ 2121 SW 19th Avenue Rd., Ocala, FL 34471 http://www.ocala.com/three-times-paul-manafort-took-money-from-shadowy-foreign-leaders It doesn’t link to a license but appears to be CC-BY-NC: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/ The link to the Observer article was removed and replaced with the title only because of its relationship with the Kushners. The article can easily be found online with the title-information.
The Observer .com belonged to Jared Kushner and was transferred to a family trust after the inauguration. See: http://www.businessinsider.com/jared-kushner-received-the-observer-as-10-million-graduation-present-2017-6
Under Mobutu the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was known as Zaire: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaire
Manafort also was linked to Ziad Takieddine. Sales were to both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. See: “Trump election campaign manager cited in French probe into illegal political funding“, July 20, 2016, by Karl Laske and Fabrice Arfi https://www.mediapart.fr/en/journal/international/200716/trump-election-campaign-manager-cited-french-probe-illegal-political-funding
Ziad Takieddine appears to be a key person in the current investigation of former French President Sarkozy into whether or not he took campaign funding from Libya’s Qaddafi for the 2007 French election campaign. See: “Exclusive: what Sarkozy told police under questioning about Gaddafi funding evidence“, March 26, 2018, https://www.mediapart.fr/en/journal/france/260318/exclusive-what-sarkozy-told-police-under-questioning-about-gaddafi-funding-evidence Sarkozy later turned against Gaddafi and overthrew and killed him, with the help of the UK, the US, and others.
“Former French Prime Minister Investigated Over Alleged Kickbacks In ‘Karachi Affair’” May 31, 2017 06:24 GMT https://www.rferl.org/a/former-french-pm-balladur-karachi-affair-kickbacks/28520059.html
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