Clooney: Ending South Sudan's Corruption is Important to US Nat'l Sec.
The president of the new nation—established in 2011—is Salva Kiir Mayardit.
Kiir and his surrogates are battling with former vice president Riek Machar Teny over the nation’s wealth.
Actor George Clooney and human rights activist John Prendergast discussed the rife corruption with Wallace, and explained why Americans should care about what is going on half a world away.
The pair organized an investigative team to find out how South Sudanese leaders are looting the nation’s wealth.
“They are stealing money from their own people to fund militias to kill one another, to gain power,” Clooney said.
Kiir, whose official salary is $60 thousand per year, owns a grand estate in neighboring Kenya, while Machar has reportedly tried to sell the country’s oil to a Russian arms dealer in exchange for weaponry, Clooney said.
“They are stealing to hold power and holding power to steal,” he said.
Prendergast said their organization, The Sentry, is a private sector attempt to ‘follow the money’.
“You can’t shame them, but you can take their money and that changes everything,” Clooney remarked.
He said that, if the corruption would reach a breaking point, the country could become a failed state, ripe for “bad actors” to come in, take over and use as a base for criminal and terrorist activity that could be directed at the United States.
Clooney, a Democrat, was also asked about the state of the 2016 race—during which time he offered kind words to some well-known Fox News Channel contributors.
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