A senior U.S. intelligence official told EIR today that, since 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been fully aware of the fact that Saudi Arabia is the number one source of funds for global Jihadi terrorism, and she attempted to do something about it—in stark contrast to President Obama. The source pointed to a Dec. 30, 2009 State Department cable from the Secretary to State Department and Treasury Department officials, which he described as "the real smoking gun" on Saudi terror funding. The 11-page secret cable, referred to as an "action request," was published by Wikileaks and the London Guardian on Dec. 5, 2010.
"In August 2009," the cable text began, "Special Representative to the President for Afghanistan and Pakistan (S/SRAP) Ambassador Richard Holbrooke in coordination with the Department of Treasury established the interagency Illicit Finance Task Force (IFTF). the IFTF is chaired by Treasury A/S David Cohen. It focuses on disrupting illicit finance activities in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the external financial/logistical support networks of terrorist groups that operate there, such as al-Qa'ida, the Taliban, and Lashkar e-Tayyiba (LeT). The IFTF's activities are a vital component of the USG's Afghanistan and Pakistan (Af/Pak) strategy dedicated to disrupting illicit finance flows between the Gulf countries and Afghanistan and Pakistan."
In the next section of the action memo, Secretary Clinton singled out Saudi Arabia. "While the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) takes seriously the threat of terrorism within Saudi Arabia, it has been an ongoing challenge to persuade Saudi officials to treat terrorist financing emanating from Saudi Arabia as a strategic priority.... [D]onors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide." "More needs to be done since Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qa'ida, the Taliban, LeT and other terrorist groups, including Hamas, which probably raises millions of dollars annually from Saudi sources, often during Hajj and Ramadan."