Hillary Clinton received millions of dollars in cash from Russia in exchange for giving Russians special access to advanced US technology.
A report released Monday, “From Russia With Money — Hillary Clinton, the Russian Reset and Cronyism,” raises serious questions about the cash connections between the Clintons and participants in the State Department’s failed five-year effort to “reset” US-Russia relations.
Key players in a main component of the reset — a Moscow-based Silicon Valley-styled campus for developing biomed, space, nuclear and IT technologies called “Skolkovo” — poured tens of millions of dollars into the Clinton Foundation, the report by journalist Peter Schweizer alleges.
As the Obama administration’s top diplomat, Hillary Clinton was at the center of US efforts on the reset in general and Skolkovo in particular, Schweizer argues.
Yet, “Of the 28 US, European and Russian companies that participated in Skolkovo, 17 of them were Clinton Foundation donors” or sponsored speeches by former President Bill Clinton, Schweizer told The Post.
“It raises the question — do you need to pay money to sit at the table?”
In one example cited by Schweizer, Skolkovo Foundation member and then-Cisco CEO John Chambers donated between $1 million and $5 million in personal and corporate cash to the Clinton Foundation, the report says.
But Skolkovo wound up making America less safe, Schweizer argues, because it shared advanced US technology that Russia can develop for both civilian and military applications, a concern raised already by Army and FBI officials.
Many of Skolkovo’s research projects involved “dual-use” technologies, meaning they would have both civilian and military uses, the report said, citing one in particular — a hybrid airship called an “Atlant” developed at the Skolkovo Aeronautical Center.
“Particularly noteworthy is Atlant’s ability to deliver military cargoes,” including “radar surveillance, air and missile defense and delivery of airborne troops,” the Skolkovo Foundation bragged in a document Schweizer cites.
Hillary Clinton personally launched the State Department’s efforts toward a Russian reset, presenting her then-Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, with a prop reset button in Geneva in 2009.
The reset petered out by the end of 2011, when Putin accused Hillary of fomenting Russian protests over suspicions of fraud in that year’s parliamentary elections.
But by then the damage had already been done, Schweizer feels.
“I think the idea that you’re going to help develop a Russian version of Silicon Valley, which, by the way, will be controlled by the Russian government, and then not to expect that the technology will be siphoned off for military uses, is incredibly naive,” Schweizer said.
As early as 2010, Cybersecurity experts also expressed deep concerns about Russia using Skolkovo to develop hacking capabilities.
Russia’s FSB spy agency — the successor agency to the KGB — reportedly keeps two of its information warfare “security centers” at Skolkovo, the report says.
“There certainly is an irony that as we are now concerned about Russian cyber attacks on the US, that the reset played a role in enhancing their cyber-capabilities,” Schweizer said.
In this latest report, as in his book, “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich“, Schweizer concedes he found no “smoking gun” evidence that any of the donors who poured cash into the Clinton coffers actually were promised, or received, any state department favors in return.
“We don’t have an email or a pirated voice mail message saying ‘We’ll give you money if you help us with Skokovo,” Schweizer told The Post. “But what we do have is a pattern that shows a high percentage of participants in Skolkovo who happen to be Clinton Foundation donors.
“I think that everybody at the Russian reset table seems to walk away with something,” he added.
“The Clintons, they get their donations and speaking fees in the millions of dollars. The Russians get access to advanced US technology. The tech companies [that participated in the reset, including Cisco, Intel, Microsoft] get special access to the Russian market and workforce.
“But the American people get nothing. In fact, we get a rival — Russia — with enhanced technological capabilities. At best, that makes them a tougher competitor [in legitimate commerce],” Schweizer said.
“At worst, they get a more robust military, with technologies that we helped develop, and that can be sold to our enemies.”
The Clinton Foundation is sure to be a sore spot in Hillary’s campaign for the presidency, Schweizer predicted — tainted as it is, despite its laudable philanthropy.
“At the entire Democratic Convention, they did not mention the Clinton Foundation once,” he said. “And it’s been the Clintons’ life work for 16 plus years.”
The Clinton campaign did not respond to requests from The Post for comment on the report.
“All I ask is that people look at the money. Who made the deals, who benefitted from the deals,” Schweizer said. “We can’t get inside people’s heads as to why they did something, but we should follow the money.”