Clooney uses Nespresso ad money ‘to keep an eye’ on Sudan president

Hollywood movie star and activist George Clooney helped found the Satellite Sentinel Project, which uses satellite imagery to track military movements and attacks. (File photo: AFP)

Hollywood movie star and activist George Clooney said in an interview published Thursday that he spends most of the money he makes from Nespresso coffee commercials on keeping a satellite over the border between Sudan and South Sudan.

The aim of the satellite is “to keep an eye on Omar al-Bashir,” the Sudanese president indicted for genocide and war crimes in Darfur, Clooney told The Guardian.

Bashir “puts out a statement saying that I’m spying on him and how would I like it if a camera was following me everywhere I went and I go ‘well welcome to my life Mr War Criminal’. I want the war criminal to have the same amount of attention that I get. I think that’s fair,” Clooney told the newspaper.

The actor is one of the founders of the Satellite Sentinel Project, a partnership between the Enough Project, a Washington-based anti-genocide advocacy group, and DigitalGlobe, which operates three commercial satellites and provides geospatial analysis.

Last Update: Thursday, 18 July 2013 KSA 17:52 - GMT 14:52