THERE is more to Clare Rewcastle Brown than meets the eye.
The world in which she operates is an immense contradiction to ‘justice and transparency’ that is advocated through her blog Sarawak Report.
The real Clare thrives in a secretive and shady world of power brokers, lobbyists and financiers that span across the United Kingdom, Europe and America.
Initially having trained her guns on former Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud, Clare is now taking shots at Prime Minister Najib Razak by using 1MDB as ammunition.
Prior to this, she attacked Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman before the 2013 General Elections.
To understand why Clare is in it for, it is pertinent to know the powerful and influential individuals who are essentially part of her secretive and shady world.
Clare’s husband Andrew Brown (above) is a former journalist and currently the communications director of French nuclear energy giant EDF.
Before joining EDF, he was media strategy director of Weber Shandwick, an international PR company.
EDF, which operates 58 nuclear reactors in France and is already a big player in the UK electricity market, is fronting a global campaign to change perceptions of nuclear power.
EDF, though Andrew Brown, has successfully lobbied ministers in Britain and is working in other countries to introduce a fast-track planning process that makes it easier to build new nuclear plants without lengthy public enquiries.
Andrew lives with Clare in Victoria, Central London. His luxurious apartment is just a stone’s throw away from elder brother Gordon Brown’s residence.
Gordon Brown (above), the former British Prime Minister (2007-2010) is very influential in Britain, Europe and America.
Gordon is closely-linked to currency speculator and financier George Soros and is often invited to give speeches at Soros’ Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET).
Gordon and Andrew are close friends of money chaser Ted S. Greenberg or better known as Theodore S. Greenberg.
Ted Greenberg is a former career prosecutor who investigated money laundering, fraud, corruption and financial violations as Chief of the Money Laundering Section and Deputy Chief of the Fraud Section, at the U.S. Department of Justice, and as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
He was also a senior legal counsel for the World Bank and drafted the stolen asset recovery framework for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Ted, currently the president of TG Global in Washington, played an integral role in recovering hundreds of millions that were stashed away hidden by former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos.
The millions have since been returned to the Philippines Government and Ted was paid handsomely.
Ted is now working on a few high-profile cases including the recovery of nothing less than US$15 billion hidden by deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the billions hidden by dead dictators Muammar Gadafi of Libya and Iraq’s Saddam Hussein.
Ted is married to powerful Washington lobbyist Tammy Haddad.
A former executive of MSNBC and producer for ‘Larry King Live’, Tammy Haddad is a colorful personality and if often regarded as Washington’s access peddler.
She has many close friends in the Obama White House.
When Gordon Brown launched his book “Beyond the Crash: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalization”, Tammy threw a lavish party for him at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington DC near the White House.
That party also served as a ‘door opener’ for Gordon to make contacts with the dealers and wheelers of Washington.
Back in Malaysia, Gordon Brown has a good old friend. That is none other than jailed Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.
When Anwar was released in 2004, he left immediately to the United Kingdom and made many friends, including Gordon Brown who was then the Chancellor of the Exchequer, a role equivalent to the Minister of Finance or Secretary of the Treasury in other nations.
A Guardian report on September 2008 summarized the relationship between Anwar and Gordon Brown.
“Anwar remains grateful to the British prime minister Gordon Brown, among others who pleaded his cause and in 2004 Malaysia’s supreme court overturned the verdict, although corruption charges against him stood. He was released later that year but was barred from standing for office until April this year.
“Following his release, Anwar held teaching posts at Oxford University and Georgetown University in Washington and pursued his campaign against corruption through his post as honorary president of AccountAbility, a London thinktank advocating better corporate governance”.
Back to Clare, her strongman in Malaysia is Peter John Jaban.
Jaban is a Dayak human rights campaigner and was the DJ of Cats FM when he met Clare in 2008.
In 2010, Clare asked him to join her broadcast initiative Radio Free Sarawak as DJ.
Jaban is also a close supporter of Anwar Ibrahim and is very involved in Parti Keadilan Rakyat activities.
Source: The Malaysian Spark.