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Judicial Watch Sues for Soros Documents Files FOIA Lawsuits Against State Department and USAID for Records About Funding and Political Activities of George Soros' Open Society Foundations in Romania and Colombia
Contact: Jill Farrell, Judicial Watch, 202-646-5188
 
WASHINGTON, March 28, 2018 /Christian Newswire/ --  Judicial Watch announced today that it filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits against the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for records relating to their funding of the political activities of the Soros Open Society Foundations of Romania (Judicial Watch v. U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (No. 1:18-cv-00667)) and the Soros Open Society Foundations of Columbia (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:18-cv-00668)).

The Soros Open Society Foundations of Romania lawsuit was filed after State and USAID failed to substantively respond to an October 16, 2017, FOIA request seeking among other records:
  • All records relating to any contracts, grants or other allocations/disbursements of funds by the State Department to the Open Society Foundation - Romania and/or its personnel and/or any OSFR subsidiary or affiliate.
     
  • All assessments, evaluations, reports or similar records relating to the work of Open Society Foundation - Romania and/or its subsidiaries or affiliated organizations.

 

The Soros Open Society Foundations of Colombia lawsuit was filed after State failed to respond to an October 23, 2017, FOIA request seeking among other records:

 

  • All records regarding any contracts, grants or other allocations/disbursements of funds by the State Department to the Open Society Foundation – Colombia and/or any OSF subsidiaries/affiliates, and/or OSF personnel operating in Columbia, as well as the following entities: Fundacion Ideas para la Paz; La Silla Vacia; DeJusticia; Corporacion Nuevo Arco Iris; Paz y Reconciliacion; Global Drug Policy Program; and news portal Las Dos Orillas.
     
  • All records of communication, whether by e-mails, text messages, or instant chats, between any officials, employees or representatives of the State Department in Columbia, including Ambassador Kevin Whitaker and any officials, employees or representatives of the Open Society Foundation, its subsidiaries/affiliates, and/or those entities identified in the first bullet.

 

As in other parts of the world, a number of Soros-funded entities and projects in Romania are also funded by the United States Government. The Romanian Center for Independent Journalism, which is supported by the Open Society Institute in New York, recently received $17,000 from the State Department.

In February 2017, Laura Silber of Open Society Foundations reportedly condemned "illiberal governments" in the Balkans, such as Macedonia, Albania and Romania, for working against the Soros NGOs. In Romania, in March 2017, the leader of the governing party reportedly charged that the Soros foundations "that he has funded since 1990 have financed evil."

Soros' NGOs in Colombia are reportedly receiving millions from USAID:

     

    Verdad Abierta, a web-based portal created by Teresa Ronderos, director of the Open Society Program on Independent Journalism, boasts on its website that it receives support from USAID. Abierta has helped rewrite Colombia's history, elevating terrorists to the same level as the legitimate police and military forces, and rebranding decades of massacres, kidnappings, child soldiering, and drug trafficking by a criminal syndicate as simply "50 years of armed conflict."