Hours after news broke that Palau would accept up to 17 Uighur detainees from Guantanamo in June 2009, Farrow contacted Clinton’s private email address, pivoting from the agreement to the proposed U.S. budget for aid to Palau.
“Was going to write earlier re Palau willingness to take the 17 Guantanamo Uighurs - but see the story has now broken. I am now representing Palau, primarily re extension of free association w/ the U.S.,” Farrow wrote to Clinton.
“Also, just FYI now, I’ve been concerned that the Budget includes a far too low placeholder for free association extension aid, $45-9 m over 10 years, although the aid is to be based on a joint review of need that will really begin with a Palauan presentation Friday.”
Clinton apparently did not respond directly to Farrow’s concern about the aid proposal, but she forwarded his message to aides Jack Lew — now the Treasury secretary — and Jake Sullivan with the message “Fyi.”
The next month, Farrow forwarded Clinton a disappointed message from Palau’s representatives who wanted to see more of an investment from the U.S. government. They were “insulted by the nature and depth of the response to their proposal as well as the content and the overall approach. They are even privately questioning the relationship,” he wrote to the secretary of state.
Two days later Clinton forwarded this message to Sullivan, who is now a top Clinton campaign policy adviser, asking him to “Pls review, do some recon outreach and advise what, if anything, we should do. Thx. H.”
Sullivan told Clinton he had been working on the issue over the weekend, and that “they will be getting new numbers in the next round of negotiations.” A week later, Clinton wrote to Farrow to tell him she had forwarded the note to Sullivan.
Just two days after that, Farrow sent Clinton another email — this one containing a copy of a New York Times Op-Ed by Palau’s representative to the United Nations, who Farrow noted knew Clinton in law school. Once again, the secretary of state didn’t respond.
Farrow apparently didn’t email Clinton again until Oct. 30, 2009, shortly after the United Nations took a 187-to-3 vote urging the United States to end the Cuban embargo. Palau joined Israel as the only countries on the American side, Farrow noted, bringing the conversation back to the aid negotiations.
“Important officials in Palau wanted to abstain [on the UN vote] because of the drastic cut in U.S. assistance that [State Department official] Alcy Frelick has insisted on but Pres. Toribiong decided to stick with the US. The proposal to cut the small amount of assistance that Palau is receiving is ironic in light of the substantial increase in assistance pledged to the two other freely associated states just a few years ago. It is also misinformed and misguided,” Farrow wrote.
Less than two hours later Clinton forwarded Farrow’s note to Sullivan, Lew, and her top aide Cheryl Mills. “As I have said repeatedly, I do not want to see Palau shortchanged,” she told her aides. The communications between Farrow and Clinton appear to end there.
A September 2010 agreement between the United States and Palau provided for over $250 million to be sent to the Oceanian nation through 2024.
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