Open Society Foundations is a network of organizations, partners, projects and foundations with presence in over 100 countries globally. It was founded in 1979 by George Soros. Its main agenda is to create a world where governments are accountable and societies are open; a democratic world. As expected, there are a number of challenges associated with having such an agenda, especially in jurisdictions within which oligarchy is rife and the idea of democracy and open truth is a challenge to the status quo only beneficial to the few at the top. As such, it has been criticized, attacked and banned in countries where democracy is ‘inconvenient’. On March 16, 2016, it almost got stung, right from the United States by one James O’Keefe.
O’Keefe who is well known for his conservative activism has produced a number of audio and video clips showing illegal or abusive behavior of officials from government or civil society organizations. Ideally, his work is to infiltrate offices and expose alleged offenses. Since most of his actions border on illegal, he has been arrested a number of times. Know more on CNBC about George Soros.
This time, his attempted sting on Open Society Group ended up in a painfully embarrassing flop. What happened was, he called the foundation and identified himself as a ‘Victor Kesh’ who was keen on getting involved with the foundation’s activities and helping them fight for European Values. In his introduction, he identified his persona as a Hungarian-American. ‘Kesh’ ends the voicemail by asking for someone to get in touch with and then leaving his number; only, he did not end the clip.
Read the full story on BUSTED: Conservative prankster James O’Keefe exposes his own ‘sting’ on George Soros group
O’Keefe then proceeds to detail the entire plan to an unidentified person while the voicemail is unknowingly still running. He mentions how he plans on going through Dana Geraghty’s LinkedIn profile to get information which he intends to use to gain infiltration into the group. Geraghty is Open Society’s Senior Programs Operations specialist. The 17-minute voicemail continues to detail out the plan to approach the society as potential donors from a reputable foundation willing to work with them. The whole plan was on audio, directly delivered to the potential victim.
Chris Stone, the OSF president described O’Keefe’s pranks as ‘some kind of dirty-tricks operation’. Stone considers them worse than the Watergate burglars and very poor at conducting undercover operations, let alone using an internet browser. He says that even though their incompetence is funny judging from the O’Keefe’s audio clip, what they were trying to do is not funny at all.
George Soros, the OSF founder is a hedge-fund billionaire whose active philanthropy has seen black students in apartheid South Africa attend Cape Town University. George Soros has authored a myriad of books and takes his life mission seriously. His articles and essays frequently appear in national newspapers and magazines globally. According to Soros, his independence and financial clout allows him to speak about controversial issues that others are unable to. George frequently writes on economics, politics and the society. He has especially been vocal about the issues facing present-day Europe. Source: http://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/george-soros