WikiLeaks Reveals Hillary Clinton’s Email Exchanges on Armenian Issues

The whole world is following with great interest the flood of internal emails released by WikiLeaks: over 400,000 emails of the Turkish ruling party (AKP), 2.8 million U.S. diplomatic emails, over 30,000 emails sent or received by Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State, and 27,000 emails and attachments hacked from the Democratic National Committee.

'The whole world is following with great interest the flood of internal emails released by WikiLeaks.'
‘The whole world is following with great interest the flood of internal emails released by WikiLeaks.’

I will single out a few out of the hundreds of leaked emails that touch upon Armenia or Turkey:

  1. On April 19, 2015, Jake Sullivan, Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy adviser, sent an email to a half dozen senior campaign staffers, including Chairman John Podesta, asking if they should issue a statement on the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Sullivan also wanted to know if Clinton would use the term “genocide” as she did as Senator and presidential candidate eight years ago, or will she avoid that term as she did as Secretary of State? Sullivan pointed out that “the White House studiously avoided using ‘genocide’ so far,” and would probably continue to do so. Sullivan wondered whether Clinton’s campaign should proactively issue a statement on the Armenian Genocide or wait until asked to do so by “Armenian groups.” Sullivan ended his email by acknowledging that the Armenian Genocide issue “matters enormously to Armenian-Americans.” Within hours, Podesta suggested that a quotation from Pope Francis acknowledging the Armenian Genocide be included in the genocide statement which ultimately the Clinton Campaign decided not to issue.
  1. Ismail Cobanoglu, First Counselor of the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C., sent an email on Sept. 9, 2015 to Campaign Chairman John Podesta, asking if Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu could “pay a courtesy call on Mrs. Clinton,” in New York, between Sept. 26 and 30. Strangely, Cobanoglu stated that he had first written to the State Department, but was told that Mrs. Clinton was no longer Secretary of State! Cobanoglu told Podesta that Davutoglu is making this request “in light of his prior friendship with Secretary Clinton dating back to the time when they were colleagues as Secretary of State/Foreign Minister.” On the same day, Podesta told Cobanoglu that Mrs. Clinton’s “schedule is quite difficult, but this would be a priority meeting if at all possible. Huma Abedin, the campaign’s Vice Chair, will follow up.” Podesta then asked Ms. Abedin: “How do you want to handle?” She responded the next day to Cobanoglu informing him that Mrs. Clinton “would be happy to meet with the Prime Minister but we aren’t certain that she will be in New York any of days you suggest. We will let you know as soon as we are more clear on her schedule. We will be in touch soon.” It is not known if the requested meeting ever took place.
  1. On Dec. 17, 2010, Huma Abedin, who at the time was Secretary of State Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff, forwarded her news about a ruling by the Federal Appeals Court, allowing heirs of Armenian Genocide victims to seek compensation from three German life insurance companies. Interestingly, and ominously, the subject line of Abedin’s email stated that Foreign Minister Davutoglu referred to this court case in his earlier phone call to Clinton. The next day, Harold Koh, Legal adviser of the State Department, sent a copy of the court verdict to Jake Sullivan, Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff, and Joe MacManus, Executive Assistant to the Secretary of State, asking them to forward this important document to Secretary Clinton. Koh added that “since FM [Foreign Minister] Davutoglu mentioned it in his phone call to her on Friday, we wanted to get this to her ASAP.” Sullivan sent the court verdict to Secretary Clinton with the following note: “Importance: High.” In my opinion, this was an unwarranted and blatant interference by the Turkish Foreign Minister in the US judicial system, seeking to enlist the Secretary of State in pressuring the courts to reverse the verdict! It is not known if Mrs. Clinton took any action in this regard. However, the Federal Court of Appeals subsequently struck down the earlier decision.
  1. Finally, in a March 17, 2016 email, Campaign Chairman John Podesta listed 39 individuals as potential Vice Presidential candidates for Mrs. Clinton. One of the surprising names on the list was Muhtar Kent, a Turkish-American who is Chairman of The Coca Cola Company. His father, Necdet Kent, was Consul General of Turkey in New York City, where Muhtar was born. He attended high school in Mersin, Turkey. As we know, Mrs. Clinton ended up picking Tim Kaine as her running mate, not Muhtar Kent.

Harut Sassounian

California Courier Editor
Harut Sassounian is the publisher of The California Courier, a weekly newspaper based in Glendale, Calif. He is the president of the Armenia Artsakh Fund, a non-profit organization that has donated to Armenia and Artsakh $917 million of humanitarian aid, mostly medicines, since 1989 (including its predecessor, the United Armenian Fund). He has been decorated by the presidents of Armenia and Artsakh and the heads of the Armenian Apostolic and Catholic churches. He is also the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.


  1. Hilliarry will have the Turks commit the next genocide for her friends “the Deep State” and she will gloat of the immense power she has gained. She is a wicked woman. God help humanity if she cons her way to the presidency.

  2. I want to say that turkey is growing as super power and if you are a believer you should know that Satan throne is turkey also… Weather or not the American accept the mass killings as genocide will be based on Turkeys desire to be perceived as a good up coming empire or evil up and coming empire.. The reaction to Americans will be used by our leaders whether or not to play tic for tat. You have to understand America will never recognize the genocide as a good will gesture instead a revengeful tool to get back at a “growing super power” Turkey. Ps … Revelation… and the 7 churches of Asia are all in the Turkey… and Pergamum is where Jesus says Satan’s Throne is.. SO be careful.. Someone is always going to be more evil than you..

    • A women as cheating, coniveing, lier and just plain outright nasty as chillery Clinton should be behind bars ! She is dangerous and an enemy to the general public. Please, someone out there, get the goods on her that’s so revealing, so real, that there isn’t no way she .can get out of it and put her a way for life ! Pleeeeease……m

  3. There is no surprises with some US corrupt politicians, where fame and wealth is their immediate political needs, and Hillary is not exceptional either!

    • “Some corrupt politicians”?

      Are you being disingenuous or just a typical naive Amerikahay? Say what you will about him but Trump – and Wikileaks – have finally revealed the true face of the political establishment in the US. The ENTIRE political landscape, the WHOLE system in the US is corrupt to the core. Washington DC is a dangerous vipers nest and a filthy cesspool. The US needs another revolution.

  4. infelizmente essa e a verdadeira imagem da sra clinton.balança dos dois lados querendo satisfazer suas vontades pessoais.nao se importando com os historicos acontecimentos envolvendo o povo armenio. a justiça reconhecera muito cedo os reais motivos que levam os armenios a lutar pelos seus direitos

    • I’d like to translate your message into English if I may, and credit this quote to you. Please let me know if you do decide to allow this. Thanks. “Unfortunately this is Mrs. Clinton’s true image. She is on both sides wanting to satisfy her personal wishes. She does not care about the historical events involving the Armenian people. Justice had very early recognized the real motives that led the Armenians to fight for their rights”.

  5. If Hillary gets in she will work against AG recognition and actively seek to divide our alliance with Russia. Speaking of Armenia’s security, Just Trump’s preference for better ties with Russia makes him a better choice

  6. The policy around the recognition of the Genocide is important, but not that important as the policies towards today’s Armenia and Artsakh. Now we are in a very peculiar situation threatening our independence, and the diaspora can do much more than pursuing the Genocide issue. Lets get the proprieties right first.

  7. HRC is a liar and a backstabber. She would have made a horrible president with regards to Armenian issues. She has betrayed the trust of Armenian Americans who fought in the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and etc….
    Trump on the other hand is going to be better since he has a lot of conflicts of interest that he needs to resolve including divesting himself from all of his real estate holdings in Azerbaijan. This way, if Azerbiajan does anything to the US, Trump will not hesitate to bomb.

  8. God has alreday punished America. He gave them Donald Trump & Hillary hanging off for his impeachment. America no more dear, its man versing (or woman) against each other & do not give damn about the country.

  9. Items 1 and 2 take place in 2015. Then Item 3 is dated 2010, and Item 4 goes to 2016. Is this an error?

  10. I wonder how much turkey paid to corrupt Clinton foundation to have the the Federal Courts struck down the earlier decision.

    • My guess is that it was at least $500,000, that’s what they’re claiming Gen Flynn was paid by the Turks for “consulting” that’s also the amount that is believed to have been paid to Dirty Denny Hastert by the turks, disgraced neocon Speaker of the House, Mr “family values”, (third in line to the President of the US!) to pay off kids he molested earlier in his career as a wrestling Coach.
      He (Hastert) had the Genocide resolution “killed” to pay off some kids he molested with blood money from the Turks. You can’t get much lower than this.
      One of the most important (and shameful) stories I have ever read thanks to Mr Sassounian.

  11. There’s a saying that has rung true for many many years, it’s even more fitting in today’s society, “if a person can, by any means, get themselves elected as the president, then under no circumstances should they be allowed to do that job”

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