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May 26, 2009

HOLBROOKE, OTHER OBAMITES, REPORTED TO BILDERBERG

Politico - A handful of high-ranking Obama administration officials this month delivered private briefings at the annual invitation-only conference held by an elite international organization known as the Bilderberg group.

The closed meeting of some of the most powerful business, media and political leaders in North America and Western Europe heard from top Obama diplomats James Steinberg and Richard Holbrooke, who detailed the administration's foreign policy, while economic adviser Paul Volcker, chairman of President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, also gave a presentation at the heavily guarded seaside resort in Greece that hosted the event. . .

But a meeting attendee tells Politico that Holbrooke, a State Department special envoy, briefed attendees on the Obama administration's unified approach to dealing with Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Steinberg, the deputy secretary of state, gave a presentation on the administration's broader foreign policy and National Security Agency Director Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander also participated in the conference. . .

The White House, State Department and NSA did not respond to questions about whether Alexander, Holbrooke and Steinberg - all repeat Bilderberger attendees - were representing the Obama administration at the meeting and whether tax dollars paid for their travel. . .

Other American participants at this year's conference included World Bank President Robert Zoellick, billionaire Bilderberg regular David Rockefeller, academic Barnett Rubin and leading neoconservatives Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz, according to the attendee. . .

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