Judicial Watch released some 50 pages of new documents obtained from the US Department of State about US Agency for International Development (USAID) funding for George Soros’s left-wing nonprofit organizations in Albania, Judicial website said in a report.
The documents mainly deal with the activities of Soros’ top operative in Albania, Andri Dobrushi, the director of Open Society Foundation-Albania, who was actively engaged in channeling funding to what Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban calls Soros’ “mercenary army.”
According to the source, the documents show US grant money flowing through non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that admit to promote “civil society,” while in fact attacking traditional, pro-American groups, governments and policies.
On May 26, 2017, Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the US Department of State and USAID after they failed to respond to March 31, 2017, FOIA requests.
The records disclose that Soros operative Dobrushi was the first person on a list of invitees by then US Ambassador to Albania Donald Lu to attend an “election rollout event” held at the US Embassy on April 27, 2015. Moreover, the source said that the event was intended to “launch US assistance for the June local elections,” being held in Tirana, Albania.
Ilva Cuko, a Program Specialist in the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy in Tirana invited Dobrushi to attend a US Embassy Democracy Commission Small Grants Program “Grant Proposal Technical Review” meeting on September 3 at the US Embassy. At this meeting, Cuko said they would focus on applications dealing with “anticorruption.” However, the report says that ironically, under the leadership of Soros’ close friend, socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama, who took power in 2013, corruption in Albania has soared, with cannabis trafficking in the country increasing 300 percent between 2016 and 2017.
In addition to Albania, Judicial Watch also has filed FOIA lawsuits against the State Department and USAID for records about funding and political activities of George Soros’ Open Society Foundations in, Macedonia, Romania and Colombia.
“The Obama administration turned over key State Department activities to George Soros, especially in Albania,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The Deep State continues to be aligned with Soros and uses the State Department in countries such as Albania to push his radical agenda. And, of course, tax dollars for Soros abroad frees up resources for his activities here in the United States.”
Judicial Watch previously had reported in an April 2018 press release that Ambassador Lu has been closely associated with Soros and the socialist government in Albania, which he assisted by denying US visas to conservative jurists from the conservative party in Albania. Lu has since been nominated by the Trump administration to become US Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan.