By Shawn Rice
Hyperpartisan web sites are reporting that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered then-FBI Director Robert Mueller to deliver highly enriched uranium to the Russians in a secret plane-side meeting in 2009. But, what occurred is not so highly suspicious.
Indeed, Mueller, on behalf of the U.S. government delivered a sample of highly enriched uranium. The uranium in question was confiscated from smugglers in Georgia and was then given to Russian authorities so that they could perform a forensic examination in 2009.
However, there was nothing suspicious about the transfer of the ten-gram sample. Instead, the transfer was made at the request of Russian law enforcement and with the consent of the government of Georgia, whose agents had participated in its confiscation.
In May and June 2017, a number of hyperpartisan news and opinion web sites published articles reported the story about Mueller. Incidentally, Mueller is in the news because he has been named special counsel in the U.S. Justice Department’s investigation into alleged ties between the President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russian officials.
In those reports, Mueller is suggested to have been a part of “secret dealings” with Russia related to his 2009 delivery of a sample of uranium to Moscow which was “ordered” by Clinton. For example, the conspiracy web site Intellihub noted that the transfer was revealed in a WikiLeaks release of a classified State Department cable.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton facilitated the transfer a highly enriched uranium (HEU) previously confiscated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) during a 2006 “nuclear smuggling sting operation involving one Russian national and several Georgian accomplices,” a newly leaked classified cable shows.
So-called “background” information was provided in the cable which gave vague details on a 2006 nuclear smuggling sting operation in which the U.S. government took possession of some HEU previously owned by the Russians.
The secret “action request,” dated Aug. 17, 2009, was sent out by Secretary of State Clinton and was addressed to the United States Ambassador to Georgia Embassy Tbilisi, the Russian Embassy, and Ambassador John Beyrle. It proposed that FBI Director Robert Mueller be the one that personally conduct the transfer a 10-gram sample of HEU to Russian law enforcement sources during a secret “plane-side” meeting on a “tarmac” in the early fall of 2009.
The WikiLeaks release was announced via Twitter on May 18, 2017, the day after Mueller was appointed special counsel.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) May 18, 2017
Intellihub characterized the plane-side transfer of uranium “shocking” and “rather reminisce [sic] of the infamous [then-Attorney General] Loretta Lynch/Bill Clinton meeting which occurred on a Phoenix, Arizona, tarmac back in June of 2016.”
Here are some examples of people sharing the “shocking” news of an alleged conspiracy on social media. Many of these headlines used mentions of “breaking news” or “bombshell.”
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