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Judicial Watch launches investigation in the US Embassy funding of Soros groups in Macedonia

Judicial Watch, the American watchdog organization that investigates abuse of public funds and offices, announced that it is investigating the US Embassy in Macedonia and the USAID mission over partisanship in their actions and over their funding of far left organizations led by George Soros. In a press release, Judicial Watch said that it has examined preliminary available data and decided to send freedom of information requests to the State Department and USAID to obtain more detailed information on the contracts they were signing.

“The U.S. government has quietly spent millions of taxpayer dollars to destabilize the democratically elected, center-right government in Macedonia by colluding with leftwing billionaire philanthropist George Soros, records obtained by Judicial Watch show. Barack Obama’s U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia, Jess L. Baily, has worked behind the scenes with Soros’ Open Society Foundation to funnel large sums of American dollars for the cause, constituting an interference of the U.S. Ambassador in domestic political affairs in violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. The cash flows through the State Department and the famously corrupt U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID), which is charged with providing global economic, development and humanitarian assistance. USAID has allocated about $5 million to leftwing Soros groups in Macedonia since 2012, documents show, and at least $9.5 million has been earmarked by the agency to intervene in the Balkan nation’s governmental affairs for 2016-2011. State Department figures have been tougher to come by and Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the numbers. Judicial Watch also fired off a public records request to USAID because the preliminary figures, obtained through various sources in both the U.S. and Macedonia, appear to be incomplete”, the watchdog organization informed. Judicial Watch was involved in a number of high profile cases in which it has sued the US Government to obtain information about the Benghazi attack, the IRS abuse of conservative organizations and White House visitor’s logs .

Its actions in Macedonia coincide with the separate investigations launched by members of Congress, who raised similar objections, about partisanship in the US Embassy and in the awarding of contracts to NGO groups tied to Soros and to the SDSM party. “The Open Society Foundation has established and funded dozens of leftwing, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Macedonia to overthrow the conservative government. One Macedonian government official interviewed by Judicial Watch in Washington D.C. recently, calls it the ‘Soros infantry’. The groups organize youth movements, create influential media outlets and organize violent protests to undermine the institutions and policies implemented by the government. One of the Soros’ groups funded the translation and publication of Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals’ into Macedonian. The book is a tactical manual of subversion, provides direct advice for radical street protests and proclaims Lucifer to be the first radical. Thanks to Obama’s ambassador, who has not been replaced by President Trump, Uncle Sam keeps the money flowing so the groups can continue operating and recruiting, sources in Macedonia and the U.S. confirm”, Judicial Watch adds in its press release.

The organization believes that one of the reasons why George Soros has invested so heavily in influencing political outcomes in Macedonia is the fact that the country is not crucial on the Balkan migrant route, and his organizations have pushed strongly to open the route.

“Some U.S. members of Congress have expressed interest in the issue and have demanded answers from Ambassador Baily, USAID and the State Department. In typical fashion, the State Department has stonewalled the inquiries and USAID hasn’t been much more forthcoming. Last month Utah Senator Mike Lee sent Ambassador Baily a letter asking questions involving the U.S. Mission to Macedonia’s involvement in the political process and its connections to the Open Society Foundation. It’s unlikely that Americans will receive answers, especially since Baily is probably on his way out. The fact remains however, that millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars have already been spent on this illicit operation and the government agencies need to be held accountable”, Judicial Watch concludes in the press release