Hillary Clinton Once Joked About Uighurs Imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay When She Was Secretary of State

This week saw the release of more Hillary Clinton emails, the result of an investigation pressed by House Republicans. 

Whatever one's view on the appropriateness of the former Secretary of State's email usage, the released emails do offer a window into Clinton's worldview and that of her advisers and peers.


One exchange in particular, about an agreement in Palau — where a group of Chinese Uighurs who were wrongly imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay are now languishing — includes a silly joke about Uighurs serving as swim instructors, dodging Chinese submarines:[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"602872","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","style":"font-size: 12px;","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]

The Uighurs are a persecuted Muslim minority in China, where their religious and property rights are regularly denied by authorities; their buildings are often demolished and dissent is violently suppressed. Journalist Eric Margolis has claimed the US has also trained Uighurs to rebel violently against the Chinese regime. At the time this email was written in 2010, a number of Uighurs who had been released from Guantanamo were stuck in a sort of legal limbo in Palau.

Clinton and her aide Jacob Sullivan seemed to view the situation as an occasion for comedy, which seems unbecoming considering they were high officials in the government that created this fate for these people.

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.