Tibet Splits Clinton's– Bill Gets $$$ From Dubious Chinese Firm

Hillary Clinton said she opposed the Dubai Ports deal.
— Her husband was getting paid tens of thousands of dollars to support it.
Hillary Clinton said she opposed Colombian free trade agreement.
— Her husband was getting paid tens of thousands of dollars to support it.

But, the latest Clinton controversy is the most outrageous…
Hillary Clinton said she opposed the slaughter of Tibetan protesters.
Her husband received hundreds of thousands by the company that posted the photos of the Most Wanted Tibetan activists on their internet page.

An Internet user reads the Yahoo website in Beijing, which contains a list and photos of what the Chinese government called “The 19 most-wanted Lhasa rioters”, vowing to punish those responsible for last week’s violence in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. (Peter Parks/Marketplace)

The Los Angeles Times today reported on the latest Clinton controversy.
Bill Clinton was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Chinese company that is helping the communist government crack down on Tibetan activists.

NEW YORK — As Chinese authorities have clamped down on unrest in Tibet and jailed dissidents in advance of the 2008 Olympics, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has taken a strong public stance, calling for restraint in Tibet and urging President Bush to boycott the Olympics opening ceremonies in Beijing.

But her recent stern comments on China’s internal crackdown collide with former President Bill Clinton’s fundraising relationship with a Chinese Internet company accused of collaborating with the mainland government’s censorship of the Web. Last month, the firm, Alibaba Inc., carried a government-issued “most wanted” posting on its Yahoo China homepage, urging viewers to provide information on Tibetan activists suspected of stirring recent riots.

Alibaba, which took over Yahoo’s China operation in 2005 as part of a billion-dollar deal with the U.S.-based search engine, arranged for the former president to speak to a conference of Internet executives in Hangzhou in September 2005. Instead of taking his standard speaking fees, which have ranged from $100,000 to $400,000, Clinton accepted an unspecified private donation from Alibaba to his international charity, the William J. Clinton Foundation.

The former president’s charity has raised more than $500 million over the last decade and has been lauded for its roles in disaster response, AIDS prevention and Third World medical and poverty relief. But his reliance on influential foreign donors and his foundation’s refusal to release its list of donors have led to repeated questions about the sources and transparency of his fundraising — even as Hillary Clinton has talked on the campaign trail about relying on him as a roving international ambassador if she is elected president.


Bill Clinton answers questions after his talk at the Fifth China Internet Summit in Hangzhou, China in September 2005. Clinton avoided speaking of Shi Tao, the blogger who had just been sentenced in China to 10 years in jail. (AFP)

Ed Morrissey reminds his readers that Bill Clinton refused to speak out for persecuted Chinese activists back when he gave his talk in September 2005.

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