WASHINGTON EXAMINER — To former President Bill Clinton’s and former senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s long, long list of scandal, impropriety and simple embarrassment add two new entries: the curious cases of Rajiv Fernando and Laureate University.
Fernando appears to be a simple Clinton enthusiast who raised and contributed large sums to Clinton campaigns and the Clinton Foundation. On Friday it was reported by ABC News that Mr. Fernando was placed “on a sensitive government intelligence board even though he had no obvious experience in the field.” Fernando, who gave enough to the foundation to travel to with Bill Clinton to Africa, was on the International Security Advisory Board along with “an august collection of nuclear scientists, former cabinet secretaries and members of Congress.”
Why? Well, that’s what ABC wanted to know back in 2011. When it asked, newly released State Department emails reveal that the reporters were stalled while Fernando and Mrs. Clinton’s office were looped in. Fernando’s decision to resign came four days after the first ABC inquiry as to what a specialist in electronic high frequency trading was doing on a panel debating nuclear proliferation and the risks of nuclear weapons and which included such senior statesmen of that very specialized, very technical, very classified world as Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft (ret.) a former national security advisor and William Perry, a former secretary of defense.
The media have an email trail now, thanks to a freedom of information request by the group Citizens United, But will it follow the trail and press the Clintons for answers? If the case of Laureate University provides precedent, the answer is “No.”