“I Was The Victim”: Hillary Blames Loss On “Russian Agents,” High Expectations, Comey, The Media And WikiLeaks

Earlier today Hillary Clinton offered up what some have described as one of the most delusional interviews of all time at Recode’s CodeCon conference, in which she blamed everything and everyone, including but certainly not limited to: FBI Director Comey, “1,000s of Russian agents”, right-wing media outlets, Russia, sexism, WikiLeaks, Russia, a funding deficit at the DNC, the New York Times (yes, the NYT) …oh, and Russia, for her 2016 election loss.  And while she certainly “takes responsibility” for every decision she made, Hillary desperately wants you to understand that’s not why she lost…because, you know, Russia.

“I take responsibility for every decision I made, but that’s not why I lost.”

Of course, in all of her delusional rambling, Hillary never offered up a viable conclusion on why “Russian hackers” were only able to sway voters in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania but not in places like Virginia, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado…those states must just be impervious to Russian influence.

The following tweet pretty much sums up the interview…

So Trump, who the left thinks is a moron, according to Hillary organized Macedonian websites, Russian agents, algorithms, & cyber hackings

— GreekFire23 (@GreekFire23) May 31, 2017

 

But here are some of the details…

Starting with the Russia narrative, Hillary would like for you to know that Putin’s primary goal is to topple the U.S.  Moreover, it’s almost certain that he colluded directly with Trump in this effort, because how else could Russian agents possibly know that American’s might like to better understand Hillary’s efforts to collude with the DNC to undermine the campaign of her competitor or how she used TV personalities to steal debate questions in advance…please, that kind of insight could only come from Trump himself.

“It’s important that Americans…understand that Putin wants to bring us down. He was an old KGB agent.”

 

“We saw evidence of [Russian involvement] and we could track it. But they were shooed away.”

 

“The Russians are increasingly..launching cyber attacks. A lot of the information they’ve stolen they use for internal purposes. So this was different because they went public.”

 

“That was the conclusion. I think it’s fair to ask how did that actually influence the campaign and how did they know what messages to deliver. Who told them? Who were they coordinating with or colluding
with?  I’m leaning Trump.

 

“Within one hour of the Access Hollywood tapes being leaked, the Russians or say Wikileaks — same thing — dumped the John Podesta emails.”

 

“The Russians in my opinion could not have known how best to weaponize that information unless they had been guided by Americans.”

Ironically, even though ‘Russia’ somehow used her emails to undermine her entire campaign, the content of her emails “was the biggest nothing burger ever.”

“My email account was turned into the biggest scandal since Lord knows when.  And, you know, in the book I’m just using everything that anybody else said about it besides me to basically say this was the biggest nothing-burger ever. It was a mistake. I’ve said it was a mistake, and obviously if I could turn the clock back I wouldn’t have done it in the first place. But the way that it was used was very damaging.”

Hillary

 

Moreover, even though most of the stories that we and other media outlets covered came directly from the DNC’s and John Podesta’s own emails, Hillary would like for you to know that it was all “fake news”…just like when Donna Brazile told everyone that she didn’t share debate questions with Hillary…oh wait, she later confirmed that she did do that…ok, bad example. 

“They were run of the mill emails.  Stuff that were so common. Within one hour they dumped them and then began to weaponize them. They had their allies like Infowars say the most outlandish, absurd lies you could imagine. They had to be ready for that.”

 

“That really influenced the information people were relying on. If you look at Facebook the vast majority of the news items posted were fake. They were connected to, as we now know, the 1000 Russian agents… They were connected to the bots. It was such a new experience. I understand why people on Facebook would think ‘oh Hillary Clinton did that. I did not know that.'”

 

“Fake news…lies that’s a good word too.  The other side was using content that was just flat out false and delivering it in a very personalized way. Above the radar screen and below.”

Meanwhile, Hillary seems to still believe CNN’s report that Comey was duped into re-opening her email investigation on October 28th by a “classic piece of Russian disinformation,” a report that CNN has already retracted and we proved was pure “fake news” at it’s finest (see “‘Secret’ Russian Doc Influenced Comey’s Hillary Probe Even Though He Knew It Was Fake: CNN“).

“We know it hurt us, as I explain in my book, the Comey letter which was now we know partly based on a false memo from the Russians. It was a classic piece of Russian disinformation. So for whatever reason, he dumps that on me on October 28 and I immediately start falling.”

Moreover, despite what you may remember from that original Comey press conference last summer, Hillary wants you to know that she was “very responsible and not at all careless” when it came to the handling of her State Department emails…

“Well if you went all the way back, doing things that others have done before was no longer acceptable. I didn’t break any rule nobody said don’t do this. I was very responsible and not at all careless. You end up with a situation that was exploited.”

Which we believe is somewhat contradictory to the FBI’s finding…but it’s hard to tell..you be the judge:

 

Meanwhile, despite pretty much every major media outlet, with the exception of Fox News, dedicating their networks to cheerleading for the Hillary Clinton campaign, Hillary would also like for you to know that she lost because CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NYT, Washington Post, etc, etc, etc are not as “effective” as the “media forces on the Republican side.”

“Here’s a really telling statistic that has been validated. I had this old fashioned idea that it would matter what I would do as president. We had a great tech program and a really good set of policies. In 2008 which as the last time you had a contested election, the policies put forth by President Obama, Senator McCain got 222 minutes of airtime. In 2016 despite my best efforts, we got 32 minutes, total, over 18 months.”

 

“Media forces on the Republican side are entrenched and very effective.  They’re beginning to call the shots on those local stations. Local TV is still incredibly powerful.”

Again, this twitter user summarized Hillary’s media delusions well:

Hillary sounds like the media treated her like Trump

— GreekFire23 (@GreekFire23) May 31, 2017

Oh, and she also lost because of sexism…

“I have been on many speaking platforms with many men who are in office or running for office. And the crowd gets you going and I watch my male counterparts and they beat the podium and they yell and the crowd loves it. I have tried that and it’s been less than successful.”

…and because she got pizzaid for some Goldman speeches

“Men got paid for the speeches they made…I got paid for the speeches I made.”

 

“I have to say, Walt I never thought someone would throw out my entire career…because I made a couple of speeches.”

But, if there was one silver lining in today’s interview, perhaps it came when Hillary confirmed that she’s not running for President ever again…

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Did Goldman Just Sell Venezuela’s Infamous “Hunger Bonds” (At A Profit)

News that Goldman purchased some $2.8 billion in Venezuela bonds issued by state oil company PDVSA and until recently held by Venezuela’s central bank – at a 30% discount to market, paying 31 cents on the dollar or around $865 million in notional – quickly set off a firestorm of angry protests, in which Goldman was accused of making money from other people’s misery (even though the story of Goldman’s involvement in Venezuela’s debt is hardly new, as we reported in 2014 in “How Goldman Sachs Became Broke Venezuela’s Loan Shark

Naturally, Goldman defended the investment, with Goldman Sachs Asset Management saying it had bought the securities from a broker and did not interact with the Venezuelan government. They will be held in funds and accounts managed on behalf of its clients.

“We recognize that the situation is complex and evolving and that Venezuela is in crisis,” it said in a statement. “We agree that life there has to get better, and we made the investment in part because we believe it will.”

The explanation did little to appease demonstrators who, according to the FT, protested outside the US bank’s headquarters in Manhattan as they attacked its purchase of securities, at a time when other foreign companies have largely stopped investing in the quasi-civil war ridden country. To fund bond repayments, Venezuela has been raiding its foreign reserves, which have dropped from $30 billion before Maduro was elected four years ago to about $10 billion; recently Venezuela’s opposition beckoned Wall Street to beware Maduro’s attempts to liquidate the country’s gold reserves as it tries to procure much needed liquidity.

The demonstrators outside the bank’s New York headquarters Tuesday chanted, “No more hunger bonds, Goldman Sachs,” and the term was flying around the internet, appearing in scores of tweets and memes that featured images of malnourished Venezuelans scavenging for food, Bloomberg reported.

But will the attempt to shame Goldman succeed?

As Bloomberg correctly notes, “growing publicity doesn’t necessarily translate into greater success in implementing the boycott, and it isn’t entirely clear what it would achieve anyway, but Jorge Botti, a Venezuelan businessman who started the movement last year, is thrilled.”

“I’ve had friends tell me I’m an idiot for talking about this, that capital has never had a heart and that’s why it works so well, but I think that world could find another way of functioning,” Botti said in an interview. “I think it’s going to start resonating a bit more.”

Botti was the first to use the term “Hunger Bonds” in October 2016 in a post to his 17,000 Twitter followers as part of his effort to raise awareness about suffering in the country. A former bondholder himself, he decided in 2015 that he couldn’t justify accepting the payments and sold his stake. “The bondholders know that they’re being paid at the expense of the country’s hunger,” said Botti, who runs a business importing hardware. “A lot of people tell me that the bonds don’t have anything to do with people, but I tell them it’s a moral issue.”

Harvard University professor Ricardo Hausmann, who gave the “hunger bonds” phrase a boost when he used it in an essay last week, argued that ethics can’t be ignored anymore.

Holding the bonds, most of which trade for about 50 cents on the dollar, risks incentivizing investors to root for payments to be made even as the populace suffers, he says. If there’s a default, bondholders will be agitating for the right to seize Venezuelan assets for payment — assets that should belong to the Venezuelan people.

As we reported yesterday, Venezuela’s opposition parties also immediately criticized Goldman, with Julio Borges, president of the National Assembly, saying lawmakers will begin an investigation and evaluate whether “a future, democratic government of Venezuela should recognize or pay on this debt entered into against the interests of our people.”

Hausmann said Goldman bought the bonds at such a discount that it can expect a yield of 48 per cent.

“These are hunger bonds,” Mr Hausmann said. “Goldman Sachs has issued a set of principles regarding human rights that they commit to abide by. They violated their own commitments.”

Others, such as Francisco Ghersi, disagreed with the protesters’ strategy. The managing director of the Venezuelan-dedicated hedge fund Knossos Asset Management said the shaming effort is misguided. Venezuela’s problems are caused by corruption and economic mismanagement, not the debt itself, he says. “What’s happening now is a tragedy, but it’s not the product of two years of paying off bonds,” Ghersi said. “It’s audacious to say that today people are dying of hunger because of the foreign debt.”

They may not be dying because of the debt, but they are certainly not being prioritzed above bondholders in Maduro’s “priority” waterfall. As such, every payment made to creditors, is a few millions dollars less than can be used to the immediate needs of the population, especially since Venezuela’s default is only a matter of time.

Botti says investors trying to guess exactly how long Venezuela will be able to keep making debt payments are being myopic. He wants the world focused on the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, not the outsize returns on its bonds. “Among my fellow entrepreneurs and economists, there is no reflection on the subject,” he said. “But I think we must insist.”

Also, it is worth noting it wasn’t just Goldman. Earlier today, WSJ reported that “Nomura Securities bought about $100 million worth of Venezuelan government bonds last week as part of the same transaction that has landed Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in the thick of a political controversy.”

Nomura’s trading arm paid about $30 million for the debt, a steep discount to where the troubled country’s bonds trade in the market, according to people familiar with the matter. Those are roughly the same terms on which Goldman’s asset-management arm bought $2.8 billion worth of the same bonds in a transaction brokered by an intermediary, The Wall Street Journal reported this week.

 

Nomura was approached by the same intermediary, the London subsidiary of a small broker, Dinosaur Merchant Bank Ltd., some of the people said.

Of course, for the banks only one thing matters being profitable, the concerns of the protesters and the Venezuela population comes last, if at all. Then again, maybe this time is different: looking at the price of the PDVSA 6% bonds of 2022 today, shows that someone(s) was busy selling…

Did the blitz-mass media campaign actually succeed in “shaming” Goldman, forcing it to sell some – or all – of its “Hunger Bond” holdings (at a sizable profit)? If so, it would be the first time that social pressure has been a decisive factor in the bank’s investing decisions, and could potentially unleash an overhaul in how “hunger” bonds issued by other “questionable” emerging market regimes are valued and funded.

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