Judicial Watch has obtained 32 pages of records showing that a George Soros-backed group funded left-wing political activities in Albania. That included working with the country’s socialist government to push for highly controversial judicial “reform.” The records also detail how the Soros operation helped the State Department review grant applications from other groups for taxpayer funding.
Judicial Watch obtained the records in our May 26, 2017.
The new documents show shady funds were funneled through that agency’s Civil Society Project to back Soros’ left-wing Open Society Foundations in Albania, particularly the Soros operation efforts to give the socialist government greater control of the judiciary. USAID reportedly gave $9 million in 2016 to the “Justice for All” campaign, which is overseen by Soros’ “East West Management Institute.”
Foundation Open Society-Albania and its experts, have created the controversial Strategy Document for Albanian Judicial Reform. Some leaders believe that these ‘reforms’ are ultimately aimed to give the Prime Minister and left-of-center government full control over the judiciary.” In the Albanian parliament, opposition leaders have labelled the Strategy “a Soros-sponsored reform.”
The new records Judicial Watch released include an April 2016 memo from an embassy in Tirana that reveals that it is alleged to have “sponsored” a survey along with Soros’ Open Society Foundation to measure Albanian citizens’ “knowledge, support, and expectations on justice reform.” The Soros group survey reported that “91% of respondents either ‘fully support’ or ‘somewhat support’ the need for judicial reform.” The poll did not specify the type of reform the Soros group was seeking.
Also, records dated February 2017 show that a second poll with the Open Society Foundation on judicial reforms would essentially solidify the left’s control of the Albanian government. The report notes that the Open Society Foundation “each provided funding to a local organisation to conduct a public opinion poll on attitudes towards the Judicial Reform effort.”
The February 10, 2017, report on “Engagement with the Open Society Foundation for Albania” notes that “As one of the major assistance providers in Albania, representatives from the Open Society Foundation are frequently asked to participate in technical reviews of application [sic] that we receive for funding.”
Judicial Watch has more Soros-related lawsuits pending. More information can be expected about this in the coming months.