On October 13, 2020, the U.S. State Department announced that is currently requesting that all think tanks working with the department reveal significant sums of dollars that they receive from foreign governments.
“To protect the integrity of our relationships with think tanks and related institutions we’re taking a simple step to encourage transparency: think tanks that wish to engage with the @StateDept should disclose funding they receive from foreign governments,” State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus tweeted.
To protect the integrity of our relationships with think tanks and related institutions we're taking a simple step to encourage transparency: think tanks that wish to engage with the @StateDept should disclose funding they receive from foreign governments. https://t.co/TRdy7cvMMM
— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) October 13, 2020
Although the statement said that the department holds relationships with “academic community, think tanks, and various external sources of expertise in foreign affairs” in high esteem, it also asserted that those relationships run the risk of falling under foreign influence from countries such as China and the Russia.
“We hope one day soon that U.S. efforts to promote free and open dialogue about economic and personal liberty, equal citizenship, the rule of law, and authentic civil society, will be possible in places such as China and Russia,” the statement proclaimed.
On top of this, the State Department is requesting that any foreign policy organizations working with the department publicly disclose on their websites any funding originating from foreign governments.
“The unique role of think tanks in the conduct of foreign affairs makes transparency regarding foreign funding more important than ever. To protect the integrity of civil society institutions, the Department requests henceforth that think tanks and other foreign policy organizations that wish to engage with the Department disclose prominently on their websites funding they receive from foreign governments, including state-owned or state-operated subsidiary entities,” the statement outlined.
John Davidson of the Federalist explained what will happen to think tanks who do not fully disclose their funding:
While the State Department clarifies that this disclosure will not be a requisite for a working relationship, the statement clearly conveys that a lack of disclosure will play a part in the use of any information provided by think tanks reluctant to publish their funding information.
“Disclosure is not a requirement for engaging with such entities. Department staff will, however, be mindful of whether disclosure has been made and of specific funding sources that are disclosed when determining whether and how to engage,” the statement clarified.
This request came at a time when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Trump Administration are emphasizing more vigilance against Chinese influence.
“There is a bipartisan consensus in Washington of the challenges from the Chinese Communist Party. I say that because what the Trump administration has tried to do is, is for the first time take on this challenge in a serious way,” Pompeo proclaimed.
This is a smart move given the rising threat of China. The country is using subversive ways to spready its influence and is ready to fight unconventionally in this Great Power struggle.
This same logic of disclosing funding coming from foreign sources needs to apply to every other nation whose interests do not align with America’s.
Left-Wing Extremist Charged in Alleged Florida Capitol Attack Identified Soros as “Sponsor”
Daniel Alan Baker had bragged of a Soros sponsorship.
A left-wing extremist arrested and charged with a terrorist plot to confront and kidnap protestors at the Florida Capitol identified billionaire George Soros as his “sponsor” in a YouTube video. Daniel Alan Baker, 33, has been federally charged with transmitting a threat to kidnap or injure.
Baker appears to have fought overseas with a Kurdish militia group identified as a terrorist organization by the State Department, the Marxist PKK. He’s an Army veteran who appears to have been discharged after going AWOL before a deployment.
Baker has been charged for an alleged plot involving a group of armed leftists surrounding pro-Trump protestors at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee on the day of Joe Biden’s inauguration. It’s unclear if right-wing protestors even intend to demonstrate at the site, and Baker’s dangerous attempt to incite an armed confrontation may never have advanced beyond speculative stages.
A “call to arms” flier seen on Baker’s YouTube channel calls for Florida residents to surround supposed “racists” and to “trap them inside” the State Capitol, advocating for the kidnapping of supposed Inauguration demonstrators.
In a YouTube video calling for doxxing attempts on individuals present at the raucous US Capitol riot, Baker brags of having acquired the globalist oligarch as a “sponsor,” implying that the megabillionaire had provided him with an “antifa card.”
Baker’s remarks may have been hyperbole, intentionally seeking to draw attention from critics of the Hungarian-born liberal kingpin.
A charging affidavit also alleges that Baker advocated for the assassination of United States military officers on his YouTube channel, a threat that could potentially incur even more serious criminal charges.
The FBI believes that Baker intended to assassinate Turkish military personnel training in the United States, and that he was on the scene during Seattle’s Capital Hill Autonomous Zone anarchist rebellion. Baker identified himself as a “hardcore leftist” on his personal social media, as well, urging his followers to “prepare for war” after the November 3rd election.
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