The errors about me in “Hillary’s Mystery Money Men,” by Russ Baker and Adam Federman [Nov. 5], are countless, but some are especially inexcusable:
1. The very premise of the article is false. If Baker and Federman had called the Hillary Clinton campaign, they would have learned that I am not a secret force there. As Howard Wolfson, the campaign’s communications director, said, “Mr. Quasha is not an adviser, nor in the inner circle, nor a fundraiser for the campaign. In short, Mr. Quasha has no role in this Campaign.” In fact, I am openly backing Mitt Romney for President.
2. Shamefully, the authors use innuendo to link me to disgraced political fundraiser Norman Hsu. I have never met Hsu, had dealings with him or spoken with him.
3. The article quotes unsubstantiated statements by disgruntled Carret ex-employee Joseph Wozny that I went to former President Clinton’s office “quite a few times.” I have never set foot inside President Clinton’s office, much less had a “meeting” with him.
4. My father, the late William Quasha, did not have a “close friendship” with Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos; in fact, they were well-known adversaries. Although the authors have no qualms about smearing people, my father led an exemplary life. He served on General MacArthur’s staff for four years during World War II and then in the active reserve (not the intelligence community). As a lawyer in Manila, he fought for the rights of his clients against Marcos’s tyranny. My father devoted his spare time to local charities, and when he died, he left all his assets to charity.
5. The insinuations against Harken Energy are false. When I was nonexecutive chairman, Harken’s major shareholders were George Soros, Harvard University and a joint venture I headed; none had ties with “BCCI,” “Saudi frontmen,” “a foreign dictator” or “figures with intelligence ties.”
6. Space prevents me from correcting other errors about Harken Energy (e.g., the misrepresentation of Harken’s financial record) or the innuendo that the SEC’s investigation of George W. Bush was terminated for political reasons. These are old accusations, long ago disproven in the public record. Similarly, neither the SEC nor any other government agency ever brought an action against Harken, and Harken was never sued, by anyone, for wrongdoing.
7. Renee Carret is evidently misquoted. She resigned from Carret Asset Management before we acquired it, because of her long-running dispute with its former CEO. I have never met Ms. Carret.
8. The article’s statement that “Quasha & Co…also appear to be helping the repressive Chinese government keep an eye on its own people” is false. As an investment bank, Brean Murray handles many securities offerings; to say it abets repression by representing a private company in a small private placement betrays your ignorance. Moreover, I am not an officer of Brean Murray and had no involvement in the CSST placement. And, according to CSST’s SEC filings, its revenues mostly come from commercial, not government, sales.