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Palin Clueless About High-Level Russian Energy Meeting In Alaska

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin recently assured voters that she keeps a close watch from her perch in Wasilla when the Russian government rears its head on her turf.

Sen. John McCain also said Palin “knows more about energy, probably, than anyone else in the United States of America.”

However, CNN reports that Palin was in the dark about representatives from a Russian state-run energy firm who visited Anchorage to meet with the CEO of a leading U.S. oil company and one of her department heads.

The campaign of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said the Alaska governor was unaware of a visit by Russian energy officials to Anchorage on Monday.

Eight high-level officials from Gazprom, Russia’s state-controlled energy conglomerate, traveled to Anchorage earlier this week to meet with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and the chief executive of ConocoPhillips to discuss energy projects and the possibility of expanding into new markets.

The meeting on Alaskan soil comes at a time of chilly relations between Russia and the United States following Russia’s invasion of Georgia in August. Both Palin and John McCain have been critical of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on the campaign trail, and Palin raised eyebrows last month in an interview by saying that Putin “rears his head” by dispatching Russian jets into Alaska’s airspace.

Palin has argued that her state’s proximity to Russia, as well as trade missions between Alaska and Russia, have helped give her the foreign policy experience necessary to be vice president. But the campaign said the governor did not know that the Gazprom delegation was meeting with the commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, who is a Palin appointee.

That country she is keeping an eye on met with a member of her administration on the issue for which she is the nation’s foremost expert — and the whole episode slipped under her radar.

With 20 days remaining until the election, will any of the campaign’s claims about the GOP vice presidential nominee make it to the end without being disproven?

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