Before giving a talk on my book “The Man Behind the Curtain: Inside the Secret Network of George Soros” in March, I was joined by Sali Berisha, the former Albanian president (1992–1997) and prime minister (2005–2013) who led the country out of communism, and whose battles with Soros I came across in my research.
Berisha was the first non-communist President of the country since they became a democracy, and was heavily influenced by the economics of Ronald Reagan in reshaping the country. Until recently he was the head of the right-wing Democratic Party of Albania (a position he may regain), which is currently in parliamentary opposition to the ruling socialist party.
As Berisha explains of his first encounters with Soros, the billionaire looked to exploit a newly free Albania and initially presented himself as a philanthropist, funding the construction of hospitals and schools, among other activities his NGOs financed. Of course, for Soros, everything is ultimately about himself gaining power, which Berisha soon learned.
A vocal critic of Soros, Berisha is a victim of Soros’ influence in the Biden White House. In May of last year, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken banned Berisha from entering the U.S, sanctioning him for alleged claims of corruption dating back over a decade ago.
It’s questionable why a more recent Democrat president, such as Barack Obama, wouldn’t have already taken action if there was any evidence for these allegations. No details or supporting evidence was provided by Blinken, and Berisha has insisted there is “zero evidence” behind the corruption allegations, asserting the U.S. ban was based on misinformation from outlets backed by Soros.
Responsible for providing the facts on Berisha’s alleged corruption to the Department of State is the East-West Management Institute. The Institute is headed by a woman named Delina Fico who has the job title of Director of Civil Society. The East-West Management Institute is one of two Soros-spawned groups (the other being Central European University) that he says he “envisions as permanent institutions.” Fico was once engaged to Albanian socialist president and current Prime Minister Edi Rama, and later married Bledi Çuçi, one of Rama’s closest allies.
Rep. Zeldin made reference to the Soros connection when questioning Blinken during a House Foreign Affairs Committee meeting last June about the drastic sanctions that came “seemingly out of nowhere.” “What specific information can you share with the committee at this time to justify this dramatic move?” asked Zeldin. In response to questioning, Blinken denied having any communication with Soros, but said he can’t speak for anyone else at the State Department. When pressed on the evidence for corruption, Blinken said that all proper protocols were followed while providing no evidence of corruption whatsoever.
Evidently, Blinken can’t speak on behalf for anyone else at the State Department when it comes to their connections to Soros, or even his own father. Antony’s father Donald Blinken and his wife Vera funded the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives at Soros’ Central European University (CEU), which houses a digital collection of Hungarian historical documents. The trio has also been photographed together. In one Soros Foundations Network report from 2002, Blinken’s father is listed on the Board of Trustees for Soros- Central European University third after Soros (the chair) and Aryeh Neier.
Donald Blinken was U.S. ambassador to Hungary from 1994 to 1998, right as Soros was setting up shop there, and he and his wife had close ties to the socialist government. The daily blog Hungarian Spectrum, which boasts Soros among its donors, celebrated Blinken as a potential secretary of state pick after the 2020 election because “Hungary will not be forgotten in the next four or perhaps eight years in Washington.” After Blinken was confirmed as secretary of state, Hungarian newspaper Magyar Nemzet called it “great news for George Soros.”
So in summary, we have a Soros critic who resisted his influence sanctioned by a family friend of Soros who was supplied allegations by the Soros-associate former fiancé of the head of the Socialist Party that Berisha opposes. So obvious is the truth here that only a liberal could dismiss it as a “conspiracy theory.”
Matt Palumbo is the author of The Man Behind the Curtain: Inside the Secret Network of George Soros