The Courier-Mail

CALL ME SOME­TIME

RUDD’S DES­PER­ATE PLEAS TO HIL­LARY

- STEVEN SCOTT

KEVIN Rudd sought a “sym­pa­thetic call” from Hil­lary Clin­ton af­ter he was de­posed as Prime Min­is­ter by Ju­lia Gil­lard in June 2010.

Just three days af­ter he was dumped by his own party on June 24, 2010, one of Mr Rudd’s staff told the US em­bassy in Can­berra the for­mer PM wanted a call from the then Sec­re­tary of State, emails re­leased by the US State Depart­ment re­veal.

In com­ments that sug­gest Mr Rudd was an­noyed Mrs Clin­ton had not called him, for­mer US am­bas­sador Jeffrey Ble­ich wrote to US of­fi­cials that the for­mer PM’s aide said he “would have hoped” for a call.

“I spoke at length with for­mer PM Rudd on Mon­day,” Mr Ble­ich wrote in an email on June 30, 2010.

“Although he did not raise the is­sue, his aide called (em­bassy of­fi­cial) Edgard (Ka­gan) af­ter­ward and noted that Rudd had not heard from S (Sec­re­tary Clin­ton), and would have hoped for a sym­pa­thetic call.”

Mr Ble­ich said he did not know whether Mrs Clin­ton should call Mr Rudd but thought he might have wanted to seek ca­reer ad­vice from her.

“I have no strong point of view on this one. He has re­ceived such a call from POTUS (Barack Obama) al­ready,” Mr Ble­ich wrote. “I think he and S had a good re­la­tion­ship and he may want to talk to her about his fu­ture ca­reer goals”.

In another email three days af­ter Mr Rudd was rolled, Mrs Clin­ton told her long-time con­fi­dant Sid Blu­men­thal she “was sorry about Kevin Rudd”.

The emails are among 7000 pages of cor­re­spon­dence from 2009 to 2010 in­volv­ing Mrs Clin­ton, who faces ques­tions over her use of a per­sonal email ac­count dur­ing her time as Sec­re­tary of State.

The emails also of­fer a rare in­sight into the role Hil­lary’s daugh­ter Chelsea plays in the Clin­ton fam­ily.

Writ­ing un­der the code name “Diane Reynolds”, Chelsea of­fers ad­vice on top­ics as di­verse as the aid re­sponse af­ter the Haiti earth­quake – “the in­com­pe­tence is mind-numb­ing” – to con­tent on the State Depart­ment’s web­site. “To my favourite sec­re­tary of state,” she writes in one email. “I have a com­plaint about the web­site. I can’t see video of your talks or q&a ses­sions – only the text!”.

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