Republican Senators Jeff Flake of Arizona and Mike Lee of Utah sought to keep secret their interest in the privatization of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), a government-owned corporation. Almost a month after Hurricane María destroyed the island’s energy grid, a representative of Sen. Flake began to send emails to Andrew Biggs, a conservative, pension expert who sits at Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Control Board (FCB), the federally appointed entity tasked with the island’s debt restructuring. “The Flake and Lee offices have quietly been kicking around the idea of legislation to implement the PREPA privatization that members of the [FCB] have advocated,” wrote Chuck Podolak, a former adviser to Sen. Flake, in an email sent to Biggs. “We’re pretty new to the PREPA game and were wondering if we could grab a few minutes for a phone call with you to get some background on what thinking has been done on how to do this [the privatization],” he continued. These communications with FCB members not only reveal the intention of both senators to secretly pull the strings of privatization from the federal sphere, but they also demonstrate the depth of the political subordination of the Puerto Rican territory before the U.S. They further show a lack of independence from the FCB, which is called to act by its own criteria.