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The CIA has rejected claims by Clive Palmer that it’s helping fund anti-coal protests in Australia.
According to the ABC a CIA spokesperson flatly rejected the allegation.
"Simply put, these allegations are false," they said.
The comments follow Palmer’s accusation that a Greenpeace plan to shut down the coal industry had received funding by the Rockerfeller Foundation, which was funded by the CIA.
Palmer said many anti-mining interests in Australia were part of a "foreign-orchestrated and overseas-funded campaign" to hamper the country’s economic development.
He later clarified his position by stating that many people in Greenpeace and the Greens were "good people".
He said he didn’t question Greens leader Bob Brown’s "loyalty to Australia" but stood by claims foreign interests were funding some anti-mining movements.
On Twitter Palmer targeted Lock the Gate leader Drew Hutton as part of the foreign-led plot.
"Green movement in Queensland led by Drew Hutton should not be funded by foreign interests. Bob Brown isn’t associated the same way," he said.
"Drew Hutton should explain who funds him and his continual crusades against mining interests."
According to the ABC Hutton said he would consider suing Palmer for defamation over his "unfair" comments, but would also accept an apology.
Palmer then ridiculed Hutton’s threat, and said any legal action brought by the protestor would expose his foreign funding.
"Will the Rockerfellers be funding Drew Hutton’s defamation case? Court case would expose where the full funding for his campaigns comes from," he said.
According to the Brisbane Times Greenpeace confirmed it had recieved $70,000 from the Rockerfeller Family Fund last year but it was a "small amount of money".
Greenpeace spokesperson John Hepburn said the donation employed him part time for six months to research the environmental impacts of Australia’s coal industry, and again denied any funding had come from foreign security agencies.
Image: The Courier-Mail