In Bill Clinton’s latest attempt to distance himself – and his probable 2016 presidential contender wife – from an increasingly unpopular Barack Obama, he may have inadvertently taken a shot at Hillary in the process.
As The Washington Post reports, Bill Clinton, in Latin America for a Clinton Global Initiative meeting, told a foreign news outlets that the United States should “never collect economic information under the pretext of security”:
‘Former president Bill Clinton in a new interview condemns the National Security Agency’s reported collection of industrial data as part of its surveillance programs.’
Reports based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden have shown that the NSA collected financial data from the network of Brazil’s state-run oil company, Petrobras.
Clinton is in Brazil this week.
“We should never collect economic information under the pretext of security,” Clinton told O Globo, a newspaper in Rio de Janeiro, according to a translation.
Oops. As a senior member of Barack Obama’s national security team, who headed a large bureau dedicated to intelligence analysis, Hillary Clinton must have understood the size and scope of the National Security Agency’s foreign intelligence gathering operations that her husband is now condemning.
Moreover, cables released by Wikileaks show that Hillary Clinton personally ordered various foreign surveillance tactics at the United Nations.
And so, the Clinton-Obama kabuki dance continues. The question is, how many more times will Bubba cross up Hillary as he clumsily attempts to distance her from the disastrous presidency of Barack Obama?