Report: FBI Informant Expected to Shed Light on Uranium One Deal

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
By Paul Martin

21 Nov 2017

An FBI informant gathered extensive evidence during his six years undercover into the Russian plot to corner the American uranium market, which included the Uranium One deal the Obama administration approved in 2010, according more than 5,000 pages of documents reviewed by The Hill.

The documents disprove recent statements by Justice Department officials in recent days that said informant William Campbell’s work would not shed light on the Uranium One deal.

“There is zero doubt we had evidence of criminal activity before the” approval of the Uranium One deal, “and that Justice knew about it through NSD [the natural security division],” a source with direct knowledge of the investigation told The Hill.

Campbell first documented for the FBI the initial illegal activity by Russian nuclear industry officials in fall 2009 — about a year before Russian state-owned firm Rosatom won approval from the Obama administration to purchase one-fifth of U.S. uranium assets, according to the memos.

Campbell, who was paid $50,000 a month to consult for the firm, was solicited by Rosatom colleagues to help overcome political opposition to the Uranium One purchase, while collecting evidence for the FBI that the sale was part of a larger effort by Moscow to make the U.S. more dependent on Russian uranium, records show.

The records show that Rod Fisk, a fellow American contractor who was also with Rosatom’s commercial sales arm Tenex, discussed in 2010 with Campbell Rosatom’s efforts to buy Uranium One through its subsidiary ARMZ.

Fisk also said some corporate management at Uranium One was not even told of the pending sale to Rosatom before it was announced, and that they had a lot of concerns, and that the price that Rosatom was paying for Uranium one seemed “strange.”

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