Hillary Clinton said of the Brookings Institution
“There are a lot of long-time friends and colleagues who perch here at Brookings”.
It has been reported that the relationship was close enough that
Douglas Paal, the author of the Brookings publication below in support of Malaysian PM Najib Razak, prior to the 2013 election,is a well known US government intermediary in East and South East Asia, given his often overt support for politicians favoured by the State Department. Paal and the other author of this article, Jeffrey Bader, are both former senior State Department officials.
Paal at least has always claimed to be acting independently , and this writer would be surprised if the State Department or any other US agency were to now claim that he was acting with authorization. as defined for the purposes of the Logan Act.
While the article appears to be directed at the Malaysian voter, its publication on a website most Malaysians would be unaware of suggests that it was meant for local US consumption.
Nevertheless, it does make explicit support for Najib Razak, even as he was stealing from his own 1MDB sovereign wealth fund, and investing that money in the US.
This article does appear to be the work of a private person or persons acting without authorization to "influence local and foreign government policy in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States".The Brookings Institution, Paal and Bader must wear the blame, if the Logan Act is to be applied consistently.
That the Brookings Institution has close ties to the Clintons raises questions about their involvement in any attempt to help Najib win the Malaysian election and/or conceal his theft.
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