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“President Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, has informed the Senate Armed Services Committee that he will not provide foreign financial details for the corporate and nonprofit organizations he was affiliated with since he left the Senate in 2009,” reports BuzzFeed.
Hagel maintains that he has a “fiduciary duty” to keep “confidentiality” of his and his organization’s donors.
A Senate aide tells BuzzFeed, “Senators are not reacting well to [Hagel's] response.”
The aide details, “Committee members have specific concerns with regard to foreign contributions to the Atlantic Council by Saad Hariri (or the Hariri family), Dinu Patriciu, Kazakhstan, Bidzina Ivanishvili (his supporters/network) – and the nexus between Chevron’s investments in Kazakhstan and their involvement with Hagel at the Atlantic Council.”
Excerpted from WND: Could Sen. Chuck Hagel, whose Senate vote on his nomination as the next secretary of defense has been delayed until next week because of controversies over his work, be a potential lobbyist for Iran? After all, he’s already been endorsed by the rogue nation for the administrative post.
Clare Lopez, a senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy, spoke to WND on the subject, asserting that Hagel “is associated … with people who are associated with” the National Iranian American Council. And that, Lopez explains, is “the center of the Iranian lobby in America.”
Hagel, though not directly tied to NIAC, is affiliated with other groups that are directly tied into the funding and supporting of NIAC.
Hagel sits on the board of the left-wing foundation “Ploughshares Fund,” which has, according to Sarah Stern, the founder and president of the Endowment for Middle East Truth, “given more than $2 million in grants to organizations that support lifting sanctions on Iran and weakening the Israeli-American alliance.”
The most relevant of these organizations is the National Iranian American Council, which received since 2007, over $600,000 in grants.
The Ploughshares Fund also financially supports other left-wing groups such as Media Matters for America, National Public Radio, the Stimson Center and the Woodrow Wilson Center, all for conducting pro-Iranian/anti-war activities.
The Ploughshares Fund in June 2012 gave $65,000, “To support [Iranian] Ambassador S. Hossein Mousavian’s expert analysis, policy recommendations and media work related to reducing tensions between the U.S., the international community and Iran” at Princeton University, where he is currently a visiting research scholar.
These connections have also been confirmed by Kenneth Timmerman of the Washington Post who wrote, “Over the years, Mr. Hagel has developed an ongoing relationship with the American-Iranian Council, a precursor to the National Iranian American Council. Both groups oppose U.S. sanctions on Iran, support Iranian trade with U.S. businesses and promote unconditional U.S. negotiations with the Iranian regime over its nuclear program.”
Hagel spoke June 27, 2001, to the American Iranian Council (the predecessor to the NAIC) where he deplored U.S. sanctions against Iran and Libya, stating that they “isolate” the United States. He also spoke a second time to the AIC in March 2002.
Trita Parsi, the founder and president of the National Iranian American Council, recently wrote an op-ed piece for the Washington Post in which he defended Hagel’s position on Iran and said that “his presence in the Obama administration would inject a much-needed dose of clear-sighted realism and strategic thinking. He would provide Obama’s national security team with the patience needed to ensure that America doesn’t commit another strategic mistake such as Iraq.”
As further confirmation that NIAC is embedded with the agenda of the Iranian regime, in September last year, the Legal Project issued a report upon the conclusion of a defamation case where it “exposed Parsi’s and NIAC’s deep and incontrovertible ties to high-level agents of the Iranian regime.”