Clinton watered down Saudi-women speech at behest of Abedin’s mother
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her team refrained from mentioning “freedom” during a 2010 speech in Saudi Arabia at the behest of Saleha Abedin, new emails reveal.
The government watchdog Judicial Watch released 1,617 documents on Thursday linked to a May 2015 lawsuit it filed against the State Department. New emails shed light on influence the family of Mrs. Clinton’s longtime aide, Huma Abedin, had in dealing with the Saudi Kingdom.
Saleha Abedin, a sociology lecturer at a women’s college in Jeddah, helped craft a Feb. 16, 2010, speech that omitted any reference to “freedom” or “democracy.”
“Talk to my mom for sure,” Ms. Abedin told speechwriter Case Button on Feb. 12, 2010. “She will have good points for you.”
Saleha Abedin’s “IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER” email sent on the same day included instructions like:
● “Do not use the political terms such as ‘democracy/ elections/ freedom.’”
● “Do not use the term ‘empowerment of women’ instead say ‘enabling women’ and use other terms such as ‘partnership/participation.’”
● “Don’t sound sympathetic to ‘women’s plight’ or be ‘patronizing’ as other visitors have done and made the students extremely annoyed.”
A review of Mrs. Clinton’s speech shows that Saleha Abedin’s advice was followed, Fox News reported.
The documents released by Judicial Watch come as a result of its efforts to examine Mrs. Clinton’s handling of classified information — maintained via a secret email server — during her tenure as the nation’s top diplomat.
Saleha Abedin, mother of Huma Abedin (left), advised former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speechwriter to avoid certain terms for a speech.