From Tuesday 20th to Thursday 22nd September 2011, the Clinton Global Initiative held its annual conference in New York.
The Clinton Foundation's public record of the event is here.
You'll recall Australian taxpayers handed over more than $20 million in 2009 and 2012 when Rudd and Gillard were exhibited.
In 2011 the leaders of African and Caribbean nations were put on display. Here is the Clinton Foundation's public record of the opening plenary session.
it is essential that governments, businesses, civil society, and the media work together to take action.....Hosted by President Clinton and co-chaired by President Calderon and President Zuma, this session will bring together distinguished Heads of State to highlight opportunities for collaboration and share effective strategies
Clinton Foundation (supposedly a tax exempt charity) staffers were at the event touting for business. Here's the LinkedIn profile for Darien Sturges - a director level employee earning his keep (in US employment nomenclature a director is a middle management position).
In the following email exchange, Sturges is writing to the Clinton Foundation's director for foreign affairs:
This email from Sturges to Desai was sent after the evening's events on the second day of the CGI 2011 conference.
Desai wrote back asking Sturges to explain the deal. Sturges responds at 6 the next morning, explaining that the NY listed corporate giant GE had approached the CF with a business proposition.
At that point Desai could have said, "well wish them well, tell them they have our best wishes for doing business in this area and advise them that we are a charity exempt from taxation and unable to assist in making profits for shareholders".
But he didn't do that. Desai asked for more details and by 11AM that morning Sturges obliged:
The email exchanges went into a bit of hiatus until 10 October 2011 when Sturges was preparing for the November 2011 APEC gathering in Hawaii.
In this damning and ever so casual reference to the way the Clintons operate, Sturges pushes Desai for action in preparation for "Secretary Clinton...who will be there" at APEC.
The next email in this chain (and the reason we have the email at all) goes to John Podesta working with Hillary Clinton.
At the time Clinton was US Secretary of State.
John Podesta is the Chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.
Podesta previously served as Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton and Counselor to President Barack Obama. He is the former president and now Chair and Counselor of the Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank in Washington, D.C., and is also a Visiting Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He was a co-chairman of the Obama-Biden Transition Project.
Hillary was on script for the APEC meeting, talking about climate change with Pacific Island nations.
And Podesta apparently had the call to follow up. In this note Desai forward Sturges's GE material directly to Podesta and it's the Podesta email chain that's now been released by Wikileaks.
Remember Secretary Clinton's obscure reasons for twice arranging to visit Papua New Guinea? Remember Somare's private jet from Little Rock Arkansas and his flights back and forth to New York for the Pacific Medical Centre mega hospital.
Well Chief Somare and Chief Bill had a lot more in common - along with Secretary Hillary. More soon!