As former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign advances, attention is being drawn not only to the FBI investigation into her use of a private email server that allegedly exposed classified information, but has also been directed to her most trusted aides. Huma Abedin – the Muslim wife of former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) - has family and professional connections to Saudi Arabia and the powerful Muslim Brotherhood.

In Vanity Fair Magazine, an article entitled ‘Is Huma Abedin Hillary Clinton’s Secret Weapon or Her Next Big Problem?’ delves into the woman who has remained at Clinton’s side for years. Abedin served in the Obama administration as Clinton’s deputy chief of staff at the Department of State. Currently, Abedin is the vice chair of Clinton’s presidential campaign and is considered Clinton’s most trusted aide. She also worked at the Clinton Foundation and planned the “post-State philanthropic” activities for Hillary.

Vanity Fair is linking Abedin to certain Muslim groups, noting that she was an assistant editor of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs from 1996 until 2008. According to the magazine, the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs is backed by Abdullah Omar Nasseef, the former president of King Abdulaziz University, whose stated mission is the “shedding light” on minority Muslim communities around the world. Nasseef was also the secretary-general of the Muslim World League.

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy claims that the group “has long been the Muslim Brotherhood’s principal vehicle for the international propagation of Islamic supremacist ideology.” McCarthy prosecuted the so-called ‘Blind Sheikh’ – Omar Abdel Rahman – who masterminded the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City.

The piece at Vanity Fair also found linkages between Abedin and groups designated as having funded terrorism. William Cohan writes in the article “The mainstream media has done nothing to seriously vet the connection between … Clinton and Saudi Arabia, and the key role Huma Abedin plays in the life and work of Hillary Clinton are one core link.” Cohan added, “Abedin not only lived in Saudi Arabia from the time she was two years old, but her mother currently lives in Saudi Arabia and runs the Journal for Muslim Minority Affairs as well as being a dean at a woman’s college there.” The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in the 1930s with the purpose of extending Islamic rule throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It came to power in the person of Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi, who replaced the ousted President Hosni Mubarak. Once Morsi was removed from power by Egypt’s military, the Muslim Brotherhood was suppressed, just as it had been before the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ and the ouster of Mubarak – an ally of the United States.

The Muslim World League is fully funded by the Saudi Arabian government. According to the group’s website, the Muslim World League: “…is engaged in propagating the religion of Islam, elucidating its principles and tenets, refuting suspicious and false allegations made against the religion. The League also strives to persuade people to abide by the commandments of their Lord, and to keep away from prohibited deeds. The League is also ready to help Muslims solve problems facing them anywhere in the world, and carry out their projects in the sphere of Da’wah, education and culture.

"The League, which employs all means that are not at variance with the Sharia (Islamic law) to further its aims, is well known for rejecting all acts of violence and promoting dialogue with the people of other cultures.”

Abedin’s influence goes beyond diplomatic affairs. She has been defended by none other than U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) – the first and only Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress. When journalist Lee Stranahan tweeted a request to Ellison to verify that Abedin is listed on the masthead of the ‘Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs’, he was blocked from further tweets.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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