It’s best to solicit work from foreign nations AFTER doing service for the United States government, not during one’s tenure. Apparently, former Obama Ambassador to Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates didn’t get that memo.
According to Axios:
Richard Olson, a former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates, has been criminally charged for his alleged role in an undisclosed lobbying campaign for the Qatari government, records show.
Driving the news: Prosecutors accuse Olson, a career foreign service officer who served as ambassador under President Barack Obama, of courting foreign work while in office, and using his political influence to advance Qatari interests in Washington after leaving government.
- The Justice Department has charged him with making false statements in ethics paperwork and violating laws restricting foreign lobbying by ex-federal officials, both misdemeanors.
- In court filings, Olson has said he plans to plead guilty.
- His attorneys did not immediately respond to Axios’ request for comment.
The details: According to a criminal information filed this month, which has not been previously reported, Olson received monthly $20,000 payments from an unnamed Pakistani-American lobbyist for the work.
This is a very big deal, not only because of the criminal component but also because potential ties back to Obama regime. Who knew Olson was playing for both sides? Were there any kickbacks so people would look away? Did Obama know?
Most “Conservative” News Outlets Are on the Big Tech Teat
Not long ago, conservative media was not beholden to anyone. Today, most sites are stuck on the Big Tech gravy train.
I’ll keep this short. The rise of Pandemic Panic Theater, massive voter fraud, and other “taboo” topics have neutered a majority of conservative news sites. You’ll notice they are very careful about what topics they tackle. Sure, they’ll attack Critical Race Theory, Antifa, and the Biden-Harris regime, but you won’t see them going after George Soros, Bill Gates, the World Economic Forum, or the Deep State, among others.
The reason is simple. They are beholden to Big Tech, and Big Tech doesn’t allow certain topics to be discussed or they’ll cut you off. Far too many conservative news outlets rely on Google, Facebook, and Twitter for the bulk of their traffic. They depend on big checks from Google ads to keep the sites running. I don’t necessarily hold it against them. We all do what we need to do to survive. I just wish more would do like we have, which is to cut out Big Tech altogether.
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