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 For Immediate Release
Sep 13, 1999 Contact: Press Office


Indonesians Provided Millions To Clinton Campaigns U.S. Troops Now to Clean Up Carnage

(Washington, September 13) Judicial Watch, a non-profit law firm that exposes and prosecutes government corruption, raised questions today about whether the proposed sending of U.S. military personnel to Indonesia's East Timor is a quid pro quo for campaign contributions from Indonesia.

The powerful Indonesian conglomerate, the Lippo Group, pumped millions into the Clinton campaigns for the presidency. A former employee of the Lippo Group, John Huang, was then placed in a sensitive position at the Clinton Commerce Department where Judicial Watch discovered he had access to classified briefings. In his now famous deposition to Judicial Watch in October, 1996, Huang boasted of the "help," i.e. money, that his former Indonesian employers gave to Clinton in 1992. In 1992, the Indonesian/Lippo-linked Worthen Bank gave Clinton's campaign a $2 million loan that many credit with keeping his then-foundering candidacy alive.

The Riady family, the powerful Indonesian family behind the Lippo Group, reportedly called Huang their man in the United States Government. Reports in The Los Angeles Times and elsewhere showed how the Indonesian government then received special favors and consideration from Clinton. Indeed, Huang continued his contacts while at the Clinton Commerce Department with his former employers at the Lippo Group, which also been linked to Chinese intelligence. Clinton later placed Huang in the DNC where he raised over $3 million, mostly from Chinese-based sources.

"Bill Clinton isn't above risking American lives to benefit his foreign donors in Indonesia. Indonesia's power elites invested millions in Clinton's political career. Part of the return on that investment is the insertion of American troops or other military support in East Timor to clean up the murderous mess made there by Clinton's backers," stated Judicial Watch Chairman Larry Klayman.

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