Uranium One Effects On Security Of The United States – What Really Happened In Russia – What Was Being Reported In The News Media.

by Ruby Henley

I have spent the morning doing searches on Wikileaks.org.  I have tried to find all I could on visits made by the Clintons to Russia; and, of course, on the Uranium One deal.  I have found many sources from the Russia media about visits by the Clintons.  Of course, there are visits made by Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, but there are also visits made by Bill Clinton.  
I have found that during the period of time that the Uranium One deal was being made behind the scenes, Clinton was making headlines at home concerning the good job she was doing to “reset” the US and Russia relations.  Obama was said to support the reset and Clinton’s good works.
What I find astounding is all we find in the news media to document Bill Clinton’s participation in this, was the fact he received payment for his speaking fees.  And, yes, he did, but even more so the Clinton Foundation received donations during this time.
I found sources from Russia that document Bill Clinton’s visits to Russia during the same time the Uranium One deal was being made behind the scenes. Putin even discussed with Bill Clinton a situation in the US in which a group of Russian spies were arrested.   I find it very interesting that such a relationship existed between Bill Clinton and Putin.
 
In the following article you will see how Uranium One has affected the security of the United States.
wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/12/1242819_-os-russia-111207-attachment-.html
U.S.-Russia pact on warheads halts misuse of nuclear materials
www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/os-ed-nuclear-power–120711-20111206,0,1047228.story
By Lynn Edward Weaver | Guest columnist
December 7, 2011
Driven by a desire to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons, some environmental groups oppose construction of new nuclear-power plants. What they overlook is the role commercial reactors in the United States play in destroying nuclear-weapons materials.
Since 1994, 425 metric tons of Russian weapons-grade uranium — equivalent to 17,000 nuclear warheads — have been converted into reactor fuel for use in U.S. nuclear-power plants under a bilateral agreement known as “megatons to megawatts.”
Highly-enriched uranium from dismantled Russian warheads is downblended into low-enriched uranium and sold to U.S. utilities for electricity production. This nuclear-weapons material is destroyed; it can never be used again to make bombs. Russia has received about $8 billion in return, according to USEC, a company designated by the U.S. government to buy the downblended uranium from Russia and sell it to U.S. utilities.
During the height of the Cold War, before the Berlin Wall was torn down and before the Soviet Union collapsed, few people, if any, thought such an accord would be possible. Converting nuclear swords into nuclear plowshares seemed a pipe dream.
But Russia, with its economy in ruins in the early 1990s, desperately needed U.S. dollars. It didn’t have enough money even to pay soldiers guarding nuclear-weapons stockpiles, and there was concern that highly enriched uranium or plutonium could be stolen and resold on the black market to rogue governments or terrorists.
Only a few pounds of plutonium are enough to make a crude nuclear weapon, and there had been about 100 reported cases of such theft, though the International Atomic Energy Agency says the nuclear materials were recovered.
The agreement reached by President George H.W. Bush faced formidable obstacles, to be sure. Some of those hurdles included getting the Russians to downblend their surplus weapons uranium and persuading U.S. utilities to buy the reactor fuel. Yet the promise of nuclear-weapons safeguards turned into reality.
Today about half the nuclear-generated electricity in the United States is produced with low-enriched uranium derived from Russian warheads.
By the time it ends in late 2013, the megatons-to-megawatts program will have led to the elimination of 500 metric tons of Russian highly enriched uranium — equivalent to 20,000 warheads.
Meanwhile, surplus U.S. highly enriched uranium is also being downblended into low-enriched uranium under a timetable that began in the 1990s and will extend over the next four decades. Currently, 12.1 metric tons of the surplus weapons-grade uranium is being downblended into 220 metric tons of low-enriched uranium at a nuclear-fuel facility in Erwin, Tenn. The low-enriched uranium — which is being sold for use as reactor fuel — has a market value of more than $400 million.
In addition, the United States and Russia have agreed to eliminate 38 tons of weapons plutonium each by chemically reprocessing the plutonium into mixed-oxide fuel, thereby making it unusable in bombs. Mixed oxide fuel — which is made by mixing plutonium with low-enriched uranium — can be used in nuclear plants to produce electricity..
Megatons to megawatts has proved to be realistic, and it has been vital for preventing the misuse of nuclear-weapons materials.
So it has been possible for nuclear-power plants to produce clean energy and help stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons. More than possible, it is essential. If we hope to meet rising demand for electricity and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions to a safe and acceptable level, nuclear power will need to play a significant role.
And if we don’t agree to place tighter limits on nuclear arsenals, they will only grow. How better to promote peaceful use of the atom than to burn fuel from excess weapons materials in commercial power reactors? Anyone who questions whether it can be done should consider the success of the megatons to megawatts program.
Lynn Edward Weaver is president emeritus of the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne.
Copyright © 2011, Orlando Sentinel
 
Here, you will see how much it means to Russia to control the world’s uranium supply.
Reuters: Russia eyes 1/4 of world nuclear reactor market-Putin
www.reuters.com/article/idUSLDE62H1KL20100318
Thu, Mar 18 2010
* Will spend $6 billion on sector in 2010
* Russia to boost nuclear power use at home
* Seeks foreign investors
By Darya Korsunskaya
VOLGODONSK, Russia, March 18 (Reuters) – Russia will strive to control a quarter of the global nuclear power market and will boost nuclear energy use at home, starting with a $6 billion investment this year, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said.
Putin said on Thursday Russia should use its competitive advantage to meet a renaissance in global demand for nuclear energy, which has regained popularity worldwide more than two decades after the 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear plant.
“We can afford to control no less than 25 percent of the global market for construction and servicing nuclear plants,” said Putin. He did not give a timescale for the project.
Putin was chairing a government meeting at the Volgodonsk nuclear power plant, the first such plant built in Russia since the Chernobyl disaster.
“We need to strengthen our position in the global competition,” he said. Russia controls about 20 percent of the market now.
Russia is competing against multinationals from the United States and France in the nuclear sector but is eyeing an alliance with Germany’s Siemens <SIEGn.DE> to conquer back some of its traditional markets in eastern Europe and Asia.
Putin said Russia would launch the nuclear reactor that it is building at Iran’s Bushehr atomic power plant in mid-2010 [ID:nLDE62H1R7] and would also sign contracts to build two reactors at Tianwan nuclear power plant in China.
His comments followed Russia’s agreement this month with Cold War ally India to build at least 12 nuclear reactors there as Asia’s third-largest economy boosts power supplies to help sustain rapid economic growth. [ID:nSGE62B0B8]
DOMESTIC REACTORS
Many countries are casting a fresh eye over nuclear power, which has gained in popularity worldwide as an alternative to expensive and less environmentally friendly fossil fuels.
As well as seeking to capitalise on this global trend, Putin said Russia planned to build another 26 nuclear reactors at home by 2030 in addition to the existing 31 at 10 working nuclear power plants, which have combined capacity of 23.2 gigawatts. He said he wanted to raise the share of nuclear energy in domestic consumption to 20 percent from the current 16 percent in the medium term and to 25-30 percent by 2030. Russia would invest about $6 billion in the sector in 2010, he said.
A higher share of nuclear energy would also free up natural gas, currently being burnt at conventional power plants that receive it at low prices, for export. This could potentially raise gas export monopoly Gazprom’s <GAZP.MM> revenues.
Putin said foreign investors could take up to a 49 percent stake in the $6.8 billion nuclear power plant in the Kaliningrad enclave, sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania. Italian power firm Enel <ENEI.MI> has expressed interest in the project. (Writing by Gleb Bryanski, editing by Robin Paxton)
 
wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/32/322872_-os-russia-100319-.html18 March 19:35
Premier.gov.ru: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on the nuclear power industry at the Volgodonsk nuclear plant
premier.gov.ru/eng/events/news/9812/
“We have set ambitious targets. When we meet them, nuclear power will make up 20% and eventually even 25-30% of gross national energy production, as compared to the current level of 16% … We know full well that expanding the nuclear power industry will reduce energy costs, save oil and gas, and spare the environment.”
Vladimir Putin
At a meeting on the nuclear power industry at the Volgodonsk nuclear plant  
Vladimir Putin’s opening address:
Let’s get down to business. Our task is to analyse the situation in the nuclear power industry, one of the critical sectors of the national economy, with a focus on power plant construction.
The Rostov power unit, which began operating today, is the first in a series under the new national programme for the development of the nuclear power industry.
Let me remind you that the federal targeted programme for the development of the nuclear power industry in 2007-2010 and through 2015 was adopted in 2006.
The action programme developed by the Rosatom government corporation on the basis of this targeted programme was adopted in 2008.
As you know, we have set ambitious targets, which I’ve just mentioned. When we meet them, nuclear energy will make up 20% and eventually even 25-30% of gross national energy production, as compared to the current level of 16%. This figure has reached 70% in certain European countries, in France for instance, where it is approaching 80%, if I am not mistaken.
We know full well that expanding the nuclear power industry will reduce energy costs, save oil and gas, and spare the environment.
We are planning to build roughly as many nuclear power units as were built during the entire history of the Soviet nuclear industry. About thirty major units were built in the Soviet Union within several decades, while we intend to build 26 in the very near future.
Significantly, we did not shelve these plans even when the crisis was at its peak. This long-term goal should not depend on the current situation because it is future-oriented. Today’s opening of unit two at the Rostov nuclear plant is the best possible proof of that point.
As for funding, more than 68 billion roubles have been earmarked in this year’s federal budget alone as targeted allocations for the construction of nuclear plants. All told, the Rosenergoatom investment programme calls for 175 billion roubles to be allocated this year.
It is a sizable sum, even by the standards of the nuclear power industry, and it must be spent as efficiently as possible. I want to hear reports today on what is being done to contain costs.
Ten generating units and the “Academician Lomonosov”, the world’s first floating nuclear plant, are under construction. Russia is designing or building 15 units at home and abroad. This includes units one and two at Novovoronezh Power Plant 2; units 1 and 2 at Leningrad Power Plant 2; and units 3 and 4 here at the Rostov [or Volgodonsk] plant. We have just seen the construction site.
Again, their opening should coincide with the development of the grid infrastructure. Otherwise, the new units will have to reduce capacity due to grid problems. This would be unacceptable.
I am ordering the Ministry of Energy to arrange this coordination.
Nuclear safety demands special attention. The IAEA regards reactors of Russian design and manufacture as among the safest in the world, and we should strive to meet the highest standards in the future, as we are now.
We are launching the Federal Targeted Programme for Nuclear Technology this year. This will form the foundation for the Russian energy industry to shift to next generation reactors that are more efficient and conserve more.
We need to become even more competitive globally and to fully realise the Russian potential in civilian nuclear energy. This requires cutting-edge technology, experience working on major projects, and a reputation as a reliable partner.
The two-year guarantee period came to a successful close last year at the Tianwan nuclear plant in China. Built using the latest Russian technology, it is the most powerful plant of its kind in China.
Preparations to build units three and four are beginning this year.
As you know, when our government delegation visited India last week, we coordinated plans to build twelve or more nuclear generating units there. Unit one at the Bushehr nuclear plant in Iran will open this summer. Construction of the Belene nuclear plant is ongoing in Bulgaria, and negotiations with our partners in Turkey and elsewhere are underway.
In short, we have a sizable number of contracts but there is ample room for progress. I think Russia has the capacity to handle 25% or even more of the world’s nuclear plant construction and operating needs. Currently, we provide just 16%. We must continue to make progress, both on the domestic and global markets.
We can and must offer our partners services in nuclear plant construction and comprehensive technical maintenance, modernisation of existing plants, and the supply and recycling of nuclear fuel. We have done much in this field. Even now, Rosatom accounts for 40% of the world uranium enrichment market, which is very good, and 17% of the nuclear fuel supply market.
We are prepared to invest in the construction of nuclear plants in countries that have amended their laws to allow foreign shareholders. We are conducting negotiations with Turkey, Armenia and some other countries on this issue, as I’ve mentioned.
Russia welcomes foreign investment, too. The Baltic nuclear plant project provides a precedent for this. Foreign and domestic retail investors can finance up to a half of the project for up to 49% of its stock.
We will naturally continue to provide government support to Russian companies working internationally.
In particular, we will provide targeted export loans, which we do currently, and increase capital in companies to improve their chances in international auctions. This is essential. Russian bids must be attractive, both technologically and financially.
Many projects are underway, as I’ve mentioned, and now let’s hear what their managers have to say on the current situation.
For instance, the opening of unit four at the Kalinin nuclear plant promises to provide another 423 jobs, an extra billion roubles in Tver regional tax revenues, and at least 6.5 billion kW of electricity a year.
Let’s hear a report on how the job is going. Mr Leonid Martynovchenko, the Kalinin plant director, has the floor.
To be continued…
 
Here you will find proof of Bill Clinton’s visits to Russia in 2010.
wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/81/814442_rus-russia-former-soviet-union-.html
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Russia’s Putin hopes US spying allegations will not harm relations –
Rossiya 1
Tuesday June 29, 2010 16:54:27 GMT
relations
 
Text of report by Russian official state television channel Rossiya 1 on
29 June(Presenter) Back to the story of the detention of Russian citizens
in the USA. Vladimir Putin has just commented on the situation. He touched
on this topic during his conversation with former US President Bill
Clinton, who is visiting Moscow.(Putin) You have come to Moscow at the
most needed time. Over there (in your country) the police are on the
loose, they are putting people in jail. Well, everyone is doing their job.
But I very much hope that the positive (dynamics) that has been achieved
of late in our interstate relations will not suffer in connection with the
latest events. We very much hope that people who treasure Russian-American
relations understand this, in today’s situation as well.(Description of
Source: Moscow Rossiya 1 in Russian — Large state-owned network
broadcasting to almost all of Russia (formerly Rossiya TV))
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source cited. Permission for use must be obtained from the copyright
holder. Inquiries regarding use may be directed to NTIS, US Dept. of
Commerce.
 
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Putin Tells Former President Clinton ‘Your Police Have Let Themselves Go’
in Spy Affair – ITAR-TASS
Tuesday June 29, 2010 16:43:19 GMT
positive things achieved in Russia-U.S. relations in recent years will be
preserved.
“Your police have let themselves go. They are putting people to prison. We
hope that positive things achieved in recent years will be preserved. We
also hope that people who value good relations understand that,” he told
former U. S. President Bill Clinton.(Description of Source: Moscow
ITAR-TASS in English — Main government information agency)
 
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Spy scandal not on agenda for Russian PM, Clinton meeting – press
secretary – RIA-Novosti
Tuesday June 29, 2010 10:16:26 GMT
secretary
Text of report by Russian state news agency RIA NovostiMoscow, 29 June:
The meeting of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and former American
President Bill Clinton in Moscow on Tuesday (29 June) will focus on issues
of developing relations between the two countries; it is not expected to
discuss the detention in the United States of a group of persons on
charges of spying for Russia, Dmitriy Peskov, press secretary of the
Russian prime minister, has told RIA Novosti.The US Department of Justice
on Tuesday announced that 11 people had been charged in two cases linked
to carrying out espionage operations in American territory for Russia. As
local media say, it is not clear from the material that was made public
what intelligence information the arrested persons had passed over and if
their activity had done an y damage to the security of the United
States.”We do not comment on the situation. This issue will not be
discussed at the forthcoming meeting of Vladimir Putin and former American
President Bill Clinton. At their meeting, as two years ago during their
meeting at Davos, conceptual issues of developing relations of Russia and
the United States will be discussed,” Peskov said.(Description of Source:
Moscow RIA-Novosti in Russian — Government information agency, part of
the state media holding company; located at www.rian.ru)
 
Interfax: Russia, U.S. no longer adversaries, nor friends yet – Lavrov
www.interfax.com/newsinf.asp?id=152501
MOSCOW. March 18 (Interfax) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the U.S. and Russia are no longer adversaries, but not friends yet.
“I cannot say [that Russia and the U.S. are] adversaries, but they are not yet friends,” Lavrov said in an interview published in the weekly edition of Rossiiskaya Gazeta on Thursday.
The Obama administration’s coming to power in the U.S. has changed the atmosphere of relations between the two presidents, Lavrov said.
“I should acknowledge that the atmosphere between the U.S. secretary of state and the Russian foreign minister has improved. It has become more constructive and more encouraging to look for some mutually acceptable solutions. However, this is not felt at all levels,” he said.
Lavrov said he trusts his U.S. counterpart Hillary Clinton. “And the president trusts President Obama and I know that Obama trusts President Medvedev,” he said.
NOTE:  THE URANIUM ONE DEAL SWEETENED THE POT FOR OBAMA, CLINTON, AND RUSSIA RELATIONS.
 
You will see below how the news media played the Uranium One tweet by President Trump down, as if he was being absurd.  However, you will see facts reported, but as we know nothing has ever been done to prosecute the Clintons or the Obama Administration for what I consider to be treason.


 
The Post reported that the claim derived from a book called Clinton Cash and a New York Times article about that book.
According to The Washington Post, the players involved were “Frank Giustra, a Canadian mining financier and donor to the Clinton Foundation; Giustra’s company, UrAsia; and Uranium One, a uranium mining company headquartered in Toronto.”
Factcheck.org reported on the same 2015 New York Times story that recounted “how the Clinton Foundation had received millions in donations from investors in Uranium One, a Canadian-based company that sold a controlling stake in 2010 to Rosatom, the Russian nuclear energy agency, in a deal that had to be approved by the U.S. government.”
The site reported that the Clinton Foundation did not disclose the donations “even though then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had an agreement with the White House that the foundation would disclose all contributors.”
The Clinton Foundation acknowledged “we made mistakes, as many organizations of our size do, but we are acting quickly to remedy them.”
The New York Times story had reported: “As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million.”
NOTE:  THE NEW YORK TIMES DID REPORT THE TRUTH, AND FOR THAT THEY SHOULD BE CONGRATULATED.  BELOW IS THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE.
www.nytimes.com/2015/04/24/us/cash-flowed-to-clinton-foundation-as-russians-pressed-for-control-of-uranium-company.html?_r=0&mtrref=www.politifact.com&assetType=nyt_now
As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well.
And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.
Whether the donations played any role in the approval of the uranium deal is unknown. But the episode underscores the special ethical challenges presented by the Clinton Foundation, headed by a former president who relied heavily on foreign cash to accumulate $250 million in assets even as his wife helped steer American foreign policy as secretary of state, presiding over decisions with the potential to benefit the foundation’s donors.
“Should we be concerned? Absolutely,” said Michael McFaul, who served under Mrs. Clinton as the American ambassador to Russia but said he had been unaware of the Uranium One deal until asked about it. “Do we want Putin to have a monopoly on this? Of course we don’t. We don’t want to be dependent on Putin for anything in this climate.”
 
WHILE THE OBAMA AND CLINTON CARTEL MADE THE URANIUM ONE DEAL, THIS IS WHAT WAS IN THE HEADLINES IN THE USA.
wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/32/322872_-os-russia-100319-.html18 March 19:35
The Obama administration has committed to a “reset” of Washington’s relationship with Russia after an often contentious period under President George W. Bush. The White House announced a scaling back of its missile-defense plans for Europe last year, in a perceived nod towards Russia. The U.S. has also sought a greater role for Russia in the war in Afghanistan and Middle East peace efforts.
Critics question just how much the U.S. has received in return from Russia as part of this rapprochement. But Obama administration officials stressed Wednesday that they believed Moscow was showing greater willingness to cooperate with the U.S. in imposing new economic sanctions on Iran for its nuclear work. The White House is also pleased that Russia is now allowing North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces to transit roughly 30% of the nonlethal supplies for the Afghan war through Russian land and airspace.
“At the beginning of 2010, if you look at the U.S.-Russian relationship, we’re in much more solid shape than we were in the beginning of 2009,” Mr. Burns said.
 
In conclusion, I have tried to gather evidence of the impact of the Uranium One deal on the security of the United States.  I have, also, tried to give sources of the activity which brokered the deal itself.  Yet, it was portrayed in the media as a positive advance by Secretary Clinton toward Russia.  It was shown as Secretary Clinton being a noble officer of the United States government forging a strong relation between the US and Russia.  But in reality she was advancing her own enterprise, the Clinton Foundation.
How could this occur but no actions were taken by the Judicial System in the United States to prove treason by the Clintons?  I will tell you how.  The Obama Administration controlled the entire Judicial System.  During his reign of power, the American people lost their precious Country.  Now, President Trump is trying to take it back, but every inch of his progress is derived from his own blood and guts and that of the American people’s.
Yet, as we battle to gain control of our Country, Obama and Clinton are still in control.  They are still remaining at large, while President Trump is being implicated and degraded daily.  I want very much to clarify this whole battle for the American people to understand.  Understanding the battle is the first step, next one must take a stand as to the side he or she is on, and finally one must make a pledge to God and Country to march on overcoming fear and battle fatigue.  God bless America.   
 
 

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