Australian who tipped FBI on Papadopoulos had tie to Clintons

Australian who tipped FBI on Papadopoulos had tie to Clintons
Australia's ambassador to the UK talks Brexit with the BBC in 2017. (Image: Screen grab of BBC video, YouTube)

[Ed. – I think there’s less here than meets the eye. Mr. Downer was Australia’s foreign minister at the time (2006), and signed a formal MOU with the Clinton Foundation in his role as a public official. Beyond that, there doesn’t seem to be a history of special connection with the Clintons.  That said, Downer’s history does include being on the board of a Chinese mining investment company and being a partner in a political consulting firm, Bespoke Approach.  So you never know.]

The Australian diplomat whose tip in 2016 prompted the Russia-Trump investigation previously arranged one of the largest foreign donations to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s charitable efforts, documents show.

Former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer’s role in securing $25 million in aid from his country to help the Clinton Foundation fight AIDS is chronicled in decade-old government memos archived on the Australian foreign ministry’s website.

Downer and former President Clinton jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding in February 2006 that spread out the grant money over four years for a project to provide screening and drug treatment to AIDS patients in Asia.

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