By Awakening Staff / SPECIAL REPORT
A Russian state mining company, via a complex series of decisions and arrangements over the last several years, secured ownership of Canada’s Uranium One Inc. As a result, the Russian firm evidently achieved control of 20% of licensed U.S. uranium production——a potentially explosive situation that involves former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
Uranium One Inc., which has mining operations around the world, is headquartered in the province of Ontario. The way it works is that Uranium One has two U.S. subsidiaries that run the two Wyoming mines which reportedly account for that 20% figure.
The two subsidiaries, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, are Uranium One USA and Uranium One Americas.
In 2010, Uranium One Inc. agreed to a merger with a firm known as ARMZ, under which ARMZ gained majority control of the Canadian company at that time. ARMZ was controlled by Rosatom, the Russian Federation’s government nuclear agency.
According to Uranium One Inc’s own website, in 2010 Rosatom acquired a 51.42 percent share in Uranium One Inc. The website also says that, by 2013, Uranium One shareholders approved “a transaction to take the company private and Uranium One Inc. becomes a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Rosatom.”
Furthermore, Wikipedia online noted, “In December 2013 an internal reorganization of Rosatom extinguished the interest of ARMZ, making Uranium One [of Canada] a direct subsidiary of Rosatom.”
But beyond the important shifts of ownership and control, an informant who now has serious health problems has been on the inside of some of this deal-making. That informant is William Campbell, a former lobbyist for a Russian firm.
According to Fox News reporter and anchor Lou Dobbs, (see his newscast with that link) Campbell went undercover for six years to monitor what Dobbs described as “Russian efforts to corner the U.S. uranium market with the help of Hillary Clinton.”
Former Reagan-era Justice Department official Victoria Toensing recently said she’s fighting an uphill battle preparing Campbell to testify in front of Congress regarding the Uranium One investigation.
As she told Dobbs, there’s been a delay in getting Campbell to testify, even though the U.S. Justice Department, under White House direction, lifted a gag order in order to enable Campbell to address Congress.
“Six years and over 5,000 documents, that’s a lot to digest,” Toensing told Dobbs. “Mr. Campbell was diagnosed in October of 2016 with leukemia. But this was his second cancer diagnosis in seven years and he truly thought that he was going to die. And the reason he reached out to provide this information is that he did not want to go to his grave knowing this story and not having it told.”
Asked about the time-frame for Campbell addressing Congress, Toensing said he’s been having chemotherapy treatments which have weakened him and forced him to work shorter hours. But she managed to finalize a 10-page overview to give to Sen. Charles Grassley, a Republican from Iowa. He heads the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Toensing said there’s still been a lot of “stonewalling that’s quite perplexing” on this issue even during the current Republican White House and Justice Department, much like things were during the Obama White House, when the key acquisitions and other developments regarding this uranium issue took place.
Meanwhile, the involvement of a special American panel, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), will likely create quite a buzz in Washington whenever Campbell testifies.
The U.S. Treasury Department describes CFIUS as “an inter-agency committee authorized to review transactions that could result in control of a U.S. business by a foreign person, in order to determine the effect of such transactions on the national security of the United States.”
The panel consists of several principals from various government agencies, including America’s secretaries of Treasury and State.
Due to uranium’s potential application in fueling the explosive component of nuclear weapons, the deals that led to buying 20% of licensed American uranium extraction would need the approval of CFIUS—a panel which former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sat on during the time she served as the top U.S. diplomat, from 2009 to 2013.
That raises thorny questions, especially considering the constant allegations that Hillary Clinton has made accusing her former presidential rival Donald J. Trump of “collusion” with Russia.
An article by Americans for Limited Government (ALG) added: “Shortly after the deal was announced, former President Bill Clinton gave a speech to Renaissance Capital, a Kremlin-tied bank, for $500,000, one of the biggest fees he ever earned. The bank was also pushing the stock of Uranium One, calling it, ‘the best play in the uranium markets.’”
But the plot thickens more. Even before the deals detailed in this article were announced, the FBI investigated an American subsidiary of Rosatom, known as Tenam USA. An FBI informant inside Tenam detailed “multiple felonies, including extortion, fraud, and money-laundering,” ALG added.
Tenam USA is a U.S. representative of Tenex. And the Russian state company Rosatom “has designated Tenex as the global agent for marketing of backend products and services,” according to the company website www.Tenam-usa.com. Interestingly, the Rosatom website notes: “ROSATOM is responsible for meeting Russia’s international commitments regarding peaceful uses of nuclear energy and nuclear non-proliferation.”
This Awakening News article should not be construed to mean that Russia appears to be controlling a sizable share of U.S. uranium mining for provable military purposes. What’s discussed here are only the range and nature of some acquisitions and the key companies involved, not the purpose of mining the uranium. That as-yet unknown matter presumably would be revealed under future testimony.
And the question posed by some observers, on whether the Tenam allegations and other matters would make critical players in the U.S. nuclear industry susceptible to Russian blackmail, has not been answered.