Sen. Barack Obama designated a personal aide as his direct contact for the 2007 Kenyan presidential campaign of Raila Odinga, who later was appointed prime minister after his election loss was followed by widespread, deadly violence that destroyed or damaged 800 Christian churches, according to e-mails obtained by WND senior staff writer Jerry Corsi during a trip to Kenya.
Corsi attempted to release this and other information at a Tuesday press conference in Nairobi. The WND reporter and No. 1 New York Times bestselling author was detained by Kenya security officers as soon as he entered the hotel to make his presentation. He was held incommunicado and without food for the entire day before being permitted to board his regularly scheduled flight out of the country to London, where he is currently recuperating from the ordeal.
As WND has reported, Obama openly campaigned for Odinga during the Illinois Democrat’s 2006 Senate “fact-finding visit” to Kenya.
Odinga called for protests over alleged voter fraud after losing the December 2007 general election. The resulting protest violence left an estimated 1,000 members of the dominant Kikuyu tribe in Kenya dead and an estimated 500,000 displaced from their homes.
The links between Obama and Odinga were documented by copies of two e-mails obtained by Corsi during his meetings in Kenya with various government officials and others.
The e-mails, apparently sent by Obama himself, referenced the senator’s aide, Mark Lippert. The e-mails were provided to WND by an insider in Kenya who fled Odinga’s Orange Democratic political party and requested anonymity because of the danger of retaliation.
The e-mails, identified as coming from Obama’s Senate office, are addressed to “railaaodinga” at a yahoo.com address.
A WND e-mail to the same Obama address generated an automated response and a list of contacts for Obama’s offices. A WND e-mail sent to the Odinga e-mail address didn’t generate a response.
One e-mail purportedly from Obama, dated Dec. 22, 2006, read, “I will kindly wish that all our correspondence [be] handled by Mr Mark Lippert. I have already instructed him. This will be for my own security both for now and in future.”
It is reproduced here with the e-mail address of the person who forwarded it to WND redacted:
Lippert is a long-term Obama Senate staff member identified by the Chicago Sun-Times as a member of Obama’s “inner circle of foreign policy experts.” The Sun-Times has said if Obama is elected president, his secretary of state and national security advisers are expected to come from this inner circle.
In December 2006 Odinga was in the early stages of planning to run as the Orange Democratic candidate against President Mwai Kibaki.
The e-mails from Obama’s office to Odinga’s presidential campaign seem to show Obama and Odinga, who once told the BBC he is Obama’s cousin, had discussions about Odinga’s 2007 campaign.
WND was unable to reach the Obama campaign for a comment, as the campaign telephone system disconnected a WND call three times in a row without any provision to leave a message.
The former Orange Democratic official who provided the e-mails to WND asked for anonymity because of concerns the disclosure of his identity could endanger his life in a volatile political atmosphere in Kenya where Odinga’s fellow Luo tribal members staged sometimes violent protests against Kibaki’s supporters, who primarily are Kikuyu.
Sen. Obama’s relatives in Kenya are Luo.
The former Orange Democratic official reported abandoning the party and opposing Odinga because of concerns Odinga had manipulated tribal violence in Kenya to gain political power.
During Corsi’s trip to Kenya, WND also confirmed the role of the anonymous party source in implementing an Odinga campaign strategy which the source claimed was shared with Obama’s Senate office. The strategy is described in a document titled “Executive Brief on the Positioning and Marketing of the Orange Democratic Movement & ‘The People’s President.’”
The document at one point suggests: “It is possible to trigger a class war by painting the Kibaki Government as an insensitive, uncaring group of Muthaiga Golf clubbers. Available research also suggests that this strategy could also resonate with poor kikuyu youth who feel economically marginalized by their own government. As part of this strategy the party should seek to elevate the emotions within all youth constituents who may it successful, be willing to vote for us in the protest. Visible signs of class disparity will provide important fodder for this theme.”
WND previously reported Obama was in telephone communications with Odinga on nearly a daily basis during the Democratic primary in New Hampshire in January.
The second e-mail, again from Obama’s Senate address to Odinga’s e-mail, stated, “Thanks for contacting me about Mr Lippert through email. Contact him through mark_lippert.obama.senate.gov.”
Chapter 4 of Corsi’s “The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality,” titled “Kenya, Odinga, Communism and Islam,” refers to the strategy document, but its authenticity was confirmed by the former Oorange Democratic official during interviews with Corsi in Kenya over the last week.
The document describes an Odinga strategy of exploiting “anti-Kikuyu sentiments,” a clearly racial strategy aimed at inflaming long-standing tribal animosity to gain electoral advantage for Odinga.
The last point of the campaign document describes what happened when Odinga lost the December 2007 election: “Ethnic Tensions/Violence as a Last Resort.”
Sen. Barack Obama with Raila Odinga
Obama continued to support Odinga’s effort to share Kenya’s head-of-state with President Kibiki even after the wave of Odinga-prompted violence that followed his defeat.
Some pundits in the U.S. already are suggesting that if Obama is not elected, there could be violence. On CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360″ show, James Carville said, “But you stop and contemplate this country if Obama goes in and he has a consistent five point lead and loses the election, it would be very, very, very dramatic out there.”
According to a Wall Street Journal article posted on the Obama campaign website, Lippert is doing double duty: in civilian life as Obama’s chief foreign-policy adviser and in the military as a Lieutenant JG who is planning to serve as an intelligence officer for the Navy SEALS.
The site gives Lippert, 34, credit for helping “hone” Obama’s anti-war views.
The website report states: “Over the
past two years, Sen. Obama and Lt. Lippert have traveled around the globe
together, played one-on-one basketball and shared each other’s shoes. Lt.
Lippert has continuing email exchanges with the senator’s half sister in
Africa. Sen. Obama encouraged Lt. Lippert to get engaged. Sen. Obama calls
Lt. Lippert, ‘one of my favorite people in the world.’”
Lippert previously worked at the State Department and at the Office of Naval Intelligence in Suitland, Md.
The report says Lippert accompanied Obama as an adviser to Russia and then to Kenya.
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