NBC News reports:
Bill Richardson, the former New Mexico governor, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and Secretary of Energy under President Bill Clinton, died Saturday, according to the Richardson Center for Global Engagement. Richardson was 75.
Mickey Bergman, Vice President of the Richardson Center, commented in a statement, “Governor Richardson passed away peacefully in his sleep last night. He lived his entire life in the service of others — including both his time in government and his subsequent career helping to free people held hostage or wrongfully detained abroad,” Bergman said.
Richardson was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize last month in recognition of his work saving Americans, most recently WNBA player Brittney Griner. Over the last three decades, Richardson traveled the world negotiating and securing the release of American prisoners and hostages in Bangladesh, North Korea, Sudan, Colombia, and Iraq.
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Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a longtime fixture of Democratic politics, has died. He was 75. https://t.co/0AOkaXWq0Z
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Gov. Bill Richardson has left an indelible mark on New Mexico politics, from his time in Congress, to his two terms as Governor, his service as Secretary of Energy, and as Ambassador and international negotiator. My thoughts and prayers are with all who are grieving today. pic.twitter.com/9Yl0Rq0qmP
— Melanie Stansbury (@MelanieforNM) September 2, 2023
Former US Ambassador to the UN Bill Richardson, who helped secure Brittney Griner’s release, explains to @wolfblitzer how the geo-political differences between Russia and the US affected the chances of being able to swap two Americans for two Russian prisoners. pic.twitter.com/mJuPWgQ2qb
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