As an award-winning actor, producer, director and screenwriter, George Clooney is no stranger to the spotlight. Today, however, Clooney is drawing the country’s eyes with his decision to spend a sizable Nespresso paycheck on a satellite aimed at Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir. Clooney is open about his espionage project, telling The Guardian “[m]ost of the money I make on the [Nespresso] commercials I spend keeping a satellite over the border of North and South Sudan to keep an eye on Omar al-Bashir.”
The dictator, who recently fled from Nigeria to avoid begin arrested and charged for war crimes, has been denounced by human rights advocated worldwide for the inhumane and illegal acts committed in Darfur.
Clooney founded and funds the Satellite Sentinel Project,a spy program which tracks the dictator’s army and attempts to protect the lives of innocent civilians by warning them of upcoming attacks. Clooney says “the idea of a government attacking and killing its own innocent men, women and children” was the motivation that led to his involvement in the cause. He remains devoted to aiding the people of Darfur and spreading awareness of the current humanitarian crisis.
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