Sacked Grameen Bank managing director Muhammad Yunus desperately solicited Hillary Clinton’s help for ending his feud with the Hasina government over the control of the bank.
Emails released from her time as secretary of state show that Yunus lobbied with her time and again to use her influence on the Bangladesh government to sway its opinion in his favour.
The Obama administration bestowed him with America’s highest civilian honour.The Nobel Peace laureate is a long-time friend of the Clintons.
He made his political ambitions clear during the military-backed emergency rule in 2008 and stayed in close touch with Hillary who took over at the Department of State a year later.
Yunus continued to feed her a steady diet of information on his bitter saga with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after his dismissal from the office.
The email archives of the former US secretary of state are being released in monthly batches by the Department of State.
It has released some 7,000 emails and more than 300 of them were in regard to Bangladesh,
with a good many of the electronic correspondence having to do with Grameen Bank.
But the State Department kept Hilary’s replies to some mails under wraps.
The Grameen Bank founding MD, who was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2009, used to reach Hillary via State Department official Melanne Verveer.
In one of the email threads, Verveer wrote to Hillary that ‘Yunus (was) still very concerned about future of Grameen’.
Verveer was sent a mail on behalf of Yunus on Sep 9, 2009, about Hillary’s meeting with then the foreign minister Dipu Moni and the visit of Hasina to the US during the UN General Assembly meeting.