New revelations in WikiLeaks documents
Published: 18 Oct 2016
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NEW YORK – A document newly released by WikiLeaks shows how Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign chairman, John Podesta, was able to shield from government regulators and the American public the shares of stocks he received as a member of the board of a company that received millions from a Putin-connected Russian government fund at the time of the U.S. “reset” with Moscow.
Last week, WND reported Podesta received 75,000 shares of common stock from Joule Unlimited Technologies, a U.S. energy company tied to Joule Global Holdings B.V., a company in the Netherlands cited in the Panama Papers offshore banking probe as a conduit for money laundered by the Russian government.
Now, a Jan. 3, 2014, letter confirms Podesta transferred 25,146 shares of Series C Preferred Shares and 8,547 Series C-II Preferred shares of Joule Unlimited stock to a private company registered in Utah, Leonidio Holdings LLC.
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Podesta, however, gives the address of Leonidio Holdings as 7962 Shannon Court in Dublin, California, which is the home address of his daughter, Megan Rouse.
Rouse operates Megan Rouse Financial Planning from her home in the suburb east of San Francisco Bay.
The letter, written and signed by Podesta, is addressed to Mark Solakian, corporate secretary for Joule Global Holdings.
Podesta served as chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and counselor to President Obama.
The alleged Russian money-laundering involving both Podesta and the Clinton Foundation appears to have occurred around two key decisions Secretary of State Clinton made in favor of Russia:
The transfer of advanced U.S. technology to Russia, including both military technology and solar energy technology as part of Secretary Clinton’s “reset” program with Russia, in a move that greatly enhanced the Russian military’s capabilities, according to both the FBI and the U.S. army;
Secretary Clinton’s decision on the Committee for Foreign Investment in the United States, CFIUS, to approve the Russian government energy agency Rosatum buying majority control of Uranium One, a company Bill Clinton promoted along with Clinton Foundation donor Frank Giustra in Canada, that resulted in the transfer of approximately 20 percent of all U.S. uranium production to Uranium One.
Joule Global Stichting and Joule Global Holdings figure prominently as a client of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which is at the heart of the Panama Papers investigation into offshore money-laundering operations on a massive international scale.
WND reported Russian entities that funneled money to Joule and its related companies, and ultimately to Podesta, include Viktor Vekselberg, a controversial Russian billionaire investor with ties to Vladimir Putin and the Russian government.
Podesta’s letter makes clear the transfer of the stock is “for bona fide estate planning purposes,” in compliance with the stock-sale agreement Podesta signed with Joule Unlimited, a private company, specifying the preferred stock could not be sold to a third-party unrelated to the Podesta family, or otherwise transferred out of Podesta’s estate.
The following screen capture shows the relevant passages in Podesta’s letter to Solakian:
PODESTA letter of Joule Stock Transfer CROP SECTION
A search of an Internet map program confirmed that 7962 Shannon Court in Dublin, California, was the home address of Podesta’s daughter.
PODESTA daughter address LEONIDIO LLC
As WND also reported last week, an email Solakian wrote Jan. 6, 2014, confirmed Podesta had exercised 75,000 common stock shares of Joule Unlimited of the 100,000 he had been granted in 2011 in partial compensation for his work on the Joule board of directors.
The following screen capture shows the key passages in the Solakian email documenting that Podesta had exercised 75,000 shares of common stock and instructed that the exercised shares be transferred to Leonidio Holdings LLC.
PODESTA letter on ROULE common stock options
The instructions to transfer the exercised common stock do not give the address of Leonidio LLC, as did Podesta’s instructions for the transfer of the preferred stock certificates.
In both cases, Leonidio LLC provided Podesta an additional structured layer of protection from disclosure to government regulators or to the public.
Once the preferred and common stock was transferred to Leonidio LLC, the stock holdings no longer would appear in any financial statement Podesta prepared of his holdings.
Unless Podesta disclosed the nature of the estate agreement with Leonidio LLC, there would be no way for an outsider to know Leonidio LLC was the nominee owner of Podesta’s common and preferred stock in Joule Limited, as transferred to an estate Leonidio LLC held on Podesta’s behalf.
What is Leonidio LLC?