Unlawful killings by security forces; torture of detainees and prisoners by security forces; life-threatening conditions in prisons and detention facilities; official impunity; arbitrary arrest, detention and incommunicado detention; judicial corruption and lack of due process; restrictions on freedoms of speech, press, assembly, association and movement; government corruption; violence and discrimination against women; suspected trafficking in persons; discrimination against ethnic minorities; and restrictions on labor rights
In 2010, then-Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, who, as the Post noted, was “subsequently arrested and faces charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in The Hague,” hired Davis on a $100,000-a-month contract.
As the Post noted, Gbagbo had just “lost his reelection bid but was refusing to relinquish power, claiming widespread voter fraud. The United States and other nations urged Gbagbo to step down after the stalemate set off a surge of violence in Ivory Coast.” Davis claims “he advised the embassy that Gbagbo had to leave immediately.” As the Post noted, though, “publicly, he said otherwise”:
In a news release Davis issued just after he was hired, he said, “I urge the international community to avoid a rush to judgment until all the facts regarding the November 28 election are fairly evaluated — a position that offers the best chance to avoid bloodshed and to achieve peace and stability.”
Davis admitted to the Post in 2013 that he had misled the press about what he was doing and admitted that he was “more than naive” and “stupid.” He conceded that he should not have accepted the deals from Equatorial Guinea and the Ivory Coast and admitted that he made a “misjudgment.” The professional spinmeister then alleged that his “motives were in terms of really wanting to do good.”
Spicer noted that because Clinton used a private email account, “we have no idea what people like Lanny or others were e-mailing her about with respect to to business in front of the State Department.”
Spicer suggested that there are many things in Clinton’s emails that she does not want to talk about and demanded that Clinton answer questions like, “why did you have a server installed? What steps did you take to secure it? What things were e-mailed on that? How many more e-mails haven’t you turned over? That’s hardly going over the top, that’s just the beginning where we should be starting and something that every American should be asking.”
“Look, whether Lanny conducted business with her or not, right now we don’t know. The president today talked about the fact that he was emailing with her,” Spicer said. “Think of the cybersecurity concerns that should exist that you have the President of the United States e-mailing the Secretary of State on an unsecure server at a time when the Secretary of State is telling people about how vulnerable the United States is. That alone should present huge problems. Never mind the idea of we have no idea what people like Lanny or others were e-mailing her about with respect to to business in front of the State Department.”
Clinton reportedly plans to address the email scandal sometime this week in either a press conference or sit-down interview.