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FTR #762 The Adventures of Eddie the Friendly Spook, Part 8: U-2 Brut? (The Destabilization of the Obama Administration)

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Introduction: This program begins analysis of the goals of the intelligence operation undertaken by Edward Snowden. Among the evident primary goals is the destabilization of the Obama administration. Intentionally damaging Obama’s attempts at improving relations with Russia, China and Germany/EU, the “op” bears strong similarity to the U-2 incident in May of 1960. That operation appears to have been orchestrated by domestic intelligence elements, whereas this appears to have been a foreign “op,” probably BND/Underground Reich.

Beginning with review of material covered years ago on For The Record, the program notes that the information about NSA and GCHQ hoovering up electronic communications is not new. (Mr. Emory has been discussing this for years, referencing the analysis from open sources.) A New York Times [5] article from 9/6/2001 highlights a European Parliament report that was compiled over the course of a year. The report notes, among other things, that several European countries were doing similar things.

In addition to the fact that the aspects of Snowden’s “disclosures” that have received most coverage have been on the public record for years, we note a very important aspect of Snowden’s “op”: he obtained and leaked scores of thousands of files [6], including information about the GCHQ and military intelligence concerning other nations, including weapons systems. This has nothing to do with protecting civil liberties and everything in the world to do with hostile counter-intelligence. It is, in essence, an act of war.

Next, the program compares Snowden’s “op” to the U-2 incident. We review the description for FTR #752 [7]. The U-2 incident entailed the deliberate sabotage of a U-2 spy plane, successfully aimed at destroying a summit conference between then President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Soviet premier Nikita Khruschev. Mr. Emory read the program description for FTR #752 [7] into the record. Whereas the U-2 incident appears to have been engineered by domestic intelligence elements, Snowden’s actions appear to have been directed by BND, the German foreign intelligence service. (That hypothesis will be developed in subsequent programs.)

Of great significance is the timing of Snowden’s odyssey: just before Obama was to meet with Chinese president Xi, Snowden heads for Hong Kong [China] disclosing information about NSA hacking of Chinese computers. This action makes no sense in terms of safeguarding civil liberties and a great deal of sense as a successful attempt at frustrating Obama’s foreign policy. China is not a bastion of civil liberties and internet freedom. (It should be noted that China is facing a program of destabilization by Muslim Brotherhood [8]-connected elements, as well as Tibetan forces linked to the Dalai Lama [9] and, through him, to the Underground Reich.)

After Snowden purposefully damaged U.S./Chinese relations, Snowden’s associate Glenn Greenwald [10] published information about NSA spying on Germany, just before Obama’s trip to Europe and the G20 conference, thereby putting the whammy on Obama’s diplomacy vis a vis Germany and the EU. This, too, makes no sense in the context of protecting civil liberties. It makes a great deal of sense in terms of subverting Obama and America’s foreign policy.

“Hitting the trifecta,” Snowden decamps from one bastion of internet freedom–China–to another: Russia. This just after the G20 conference and shortly before a scheduled summit conference with Russian president Putin. The summit conference was canceled.

In addition to damaging U.S. and Obama diplomacy vis a vis China, Europe and Russia, Snowden’s “op” severely strained [11] relations between Obama and the NSA/intelligence community itself.

Next, the program notes that “L’Affaire Snowden” has also damaged Obama’s political popularity, alienating some of his most loyal supporters in America’s largest state: California.

Young people seem to have been particularly affected by Snowden’s actions [12]. Snowden being regarded as a hero is truly grotesque, though understandable, given the insufficient nature of the media coverage.

In that context, Citizen Greenwald [10] has been advocating the establishment of a third party candidate. If this happens and the candidate develops a significant following, it might well propel the GOP back into power, just as Ralph Nader’s [13] candidacy did in 2000.

The program concludes with a passage from The Art of War [14] by the ancient Chinese military philosopher Sun Tzu. Delineating a strategic program designed to fragment an enemy, the passage is strikingly relevant to Snowden’s “op.” (It is not irrelevant that this passage was quoted in the autobiography of General Reinhard Gehlen [15], the Nazi spy chief who founded the BND [16]. The book has an introduction by David Irving [17], the noted Holocaust denier.)

Program Highlights Include: Details about the sabotage of the U-2 flight; evidentiary tributaries [18] linking many of the major terrorist incidents  that have affected the U.S. during the last quarter of a century to Germany; review of the fascist and Nazi philosophy and associates of Snowden [19], Greenwald [10] and the WikiLeaks milieu [20]; details concerning the massive cache of intelligence that Snowden had obtained; the fascist politics of WikiLeaks’ operative in Russia–Joran Jermas.

1. Beginning with review of material covered years ago on For The Record, the program notes that the information about NSA and GCHQ hoovering up electronic communications is not new. (Mr. Emory has been discussing this for years, referencing the analysis from open sources.) A New York Times [5] article from 9/6/2001 highlights a European Parliament report that was compiled over the course of a year. The report notes, among other things, that several European countries were doing similar things.

“World Briefing | Europe: Report On U.S. Spy System” by Suzanne Daley; The New York Times; 9/6/2001. [5]

[Notice when this was published–9/6/2001.–D.E.] . . . The United States-led spying system known as Echelon can monitor virtually every communication in the world — by e-mail, phone or fax — that bounces off a satellite, the European Parliament was told. But in reporting on a yearlong study of the system that was prompted by concern that American companies were using data from the system to gain a competitive edge, Gerhard Schmid, a German member of the Parliament, said that many European countries had similar abilities . . .

2. In addition to the fact that the aspects of Snowden’s “disclosures” that have received most coverage have been on the public record for years, we note a very important aspect of Snowden’s “op”: he obtained and leaked scores of thousands of files [6], including information about the GCHQ and military intelligence concerning other nations, including weapons systems. This has nothing to do with protecting civil liberties and everything in the world to do with hostile counter-intelligence. It is, in essence, an act of war.

“Ex-NSA Director Has A Radical Idea for Handling the Snowden Leaks” by Michael Kelley; Business Insider; 11/2/2013. [6]

. . . . But the idea is a radical one given that Snowden’s haul reportedly includes the “blueprints of the NSA [21],” 58,000 documents from the UK’s signals intelligence agency [22] (GCHQ), and 30,000 U.S. documents that do “not deal with NSA surveillance but primarily with standard intelligence about other countries’ military capabilities [23], including weapons systems.”

Even The New York Times withheld details that officials said could compromise intelligence operations . . . .

4a. Next, the program compares Snowden’s “op” to the U-2 incident. We review the description for FTR #752 [7]. The U-2 incident entailed the deliberate sabotage of a U-2 spy plane, successfully aimed at destroying a summit conference between then President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Soviet premier Nikita Khruschev. Mr. Emory read the program description for FTR #752 [7] into the record. The U-2 incident, however, appears to have been engineered by domestic intelligence elements, whereas Snowden’s actions appear to have been directed by BND, the German foreign intelligence service. (That hypothesis will be developed in subsequent programs.)

Introduction (for FTR #752): Excerpted from The Guns of November, Part I [24], this broadcast reviews the circumstances surrounding the U-2 incident in May of 1960. On the cusp of a summit conference between then President Dwight D. Eisenhower and then Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev, a U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers came down in the heart of the former Soviet Union. The incident caused the cancellation of the summit conference, which was to be a prelude to detente between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.

This program is a prelude to a lengthy discussion of “The Adventures of Eddie the Friendly Spook”–Edward Snowden. Just before President Obama’s meeting with Mr. Xi, president of China, Snowden decamps to Hong Kong (in China) and leaks information about the hacking of Chinese computers. This caused enormous embarrassment to President Obama, and neutralized any attempt he might have been able to make to reduce Chinese hacking of American computers, as well as other points of dispute between the two nations.

Next, Snowden’s leaker of choice–“Citizen Greenwald” [25]–published articles in The Guardian disclosing extensive NSA spying on Germany, which the NSA views as “a third class partner.” These articles were published just before President Obama was to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany. Again, it caused enormous damage to Obama and harmed U.S. relationships with Germany and other European nations. (Note that Greenwald, as an attorney [26], was a fellow traveler [27] of some of the most heinous and murderous neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups).

Hitting the trifecta, Eddie the Friendly Spook [Snowden] then decamps to Moscow in Russia (like China, Russia is not renowned as a bastion of free speech or internet freedom.) This occurred just before Obama’s meeting of the G20 in Moscow and in the run-up to a scheduled summit conference with Putin. That summit conference was canceled.

Snowden’s trip to Moscow, like his journey to Hong Kong/China could only have been intended to harm President Obama’s administration and the United States.

Program Highlights Include: President Eisenhower’s order to suspend all U-2 overflights of the Soviet Union (Powers’ flight was dispatched against Presidential orders); the fact that Francis Gary Powers had poison and a needle with which to take his own life, in order to prevent capture (which he did not do); the fact that Powers had extensive personal identification pinpointing him as a U.S. intelligence agent, operating under civilian cover (in direct contravention of standard “sanitization” procedures); the fact that the U-2 flew at an altitude which no Soviet or American interceptor aircraft or surface-to-air missile could reach; the U-2’s use of a special hydrogen technology to permit its engine to operate at that altitude; the probability that hydrogen starvation forced down Powers’ plane; the relatively undamaged state of the U-2 aircraft, calling into question the assertion that a surface-to-air missile could have been responsible for the downing of Powers’ plane; Powers’ assertion [28] that Lee Harvey Oswald was responsible for the downing of his U-2 plane (this presumably centered on Oswald’s access to radar frequencies, which had nothing to do with the downing of the plane!)

4b. Of great significance is the timing of Snowden’s odyssey: just before Obama was to meet with Chinese president Xi, Snowden heads for Hong Kong [China] disclosing information about NSA hacking of Chinese computers. This action makes no sense in terms of safeguarding civil liberties and a great deal of sense as a successful attempt at frustrating Obama’s foreign policy. China is not a bastion of civil liberties and internet freedom. (It should be noted that China is facing a program of destabilization by Muslim Brotherhood [8]-connected elements, as well as Tibetan forces linked to the Dalai Lama [9] and, through him, to the Underground Reich.)

“Snowden Is Using ‘Specific’ Evidence of U.S. Hacking China to Stay out of Jail” by Alexander Abad-Santos; The Atlantic Wire; 6/14/2013. [29]

Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker who has turned the United States intelligence apparatus upside-down, said that he won’t be extradited back home without a fight. That fight won’t take him to Britain in the meantime, but it does apparently involve letting the Chinese government know that he has information on the United States “using technical exploits to gain unauthorised access to civilian machines” in China. We knew from Snowden’s interview this week with The South China Morning Post that he had new information about the U.S. hacking China, but Hong Kong’s English-language newspaper reports today that he’s got targets, too: . . .

. . . Beyond China’s hacking culture, the U.S. and Chinese governments have accused each other of back-and-forth cyberespionage on government sites, infrastructure, and beyond — and Presidents Obama and Xi made little progress on digital war when they met a week ago. This could be a seriously provocative escalation if Snowden has a backup plan of more leaks as he negotiates his next move, which The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald told The Atlantic Wire he “might” indeed have. . . .

5. After Snowden purposefully damaged U.S./Chinese relations, Snowden’s associate Glenn Greenwald [10] published information about NSA spying on Germany, just before Obama’s trip to Europe and the G20 conference, thereby putting the whammy on Obama’s diplomacy vis a vis Germany and the EU. Mr. Emory read one of his posts on this subject into the record:

In the 1930’s, there was a famous Amer­i­can crim­i­nal named Baby Face Nel­son. In the sec­ond decade of this cen­tury, we are wit­ness­ing the activ­i­ties of another Amer­i­can crim­i­nal of youth­ful visage–Edward J. Snow­den. A career spook, Snow­den [30] has, of course, been the source for dis­clo­sures  [31]about NSA spy­ing on indi­vid­u­als and institutions.

Pre­vi­ously, we noted that Ron Paul [32] backer Snowden decamped to Hong Kong and leaked infor­ma­tion about U.S. hack­ing of Chi­nese com­put­ers [33] just as Pres­i­dent Obama was meet­ing with the Chi­nese prime min­is­ter Xi, embar­rass­ing the Pres­i­dent at a sen­si­tive time.

(Users of this web­site are emphat­i­cally encour­aged to exam­ine in detail the pre­vi­ous, above-linked posts on this sub­ject.)

Now, Snow­den has fol­lowed up his Chi­nese “op” by leak­ing infor­ma­tion about NSA spy­ing on EU mem­bers. The most “spied-upon” EU mem­ber state is–unsurprisingly–Germany. The lat­est dis­clo­sure comes as Obama was prepar­ing to meet with Angela Merkel of Ger­many [34].

The tim­ing of this, on top of the “remark­able coin­ci­dence” of Snow­den show­ing up in Hong Kong and leak­ing embar­rass­ing infor­ma­tion as Obama is meet­ing with Xi, is more than even the most cred­u­lous should believe.

As noted in a pre­vi­ous post, this inci­dent strikes us as being remark­ably sim­i­lar to the down­ing of a U-2 spy plane prior to the Eisenhower/Kruschev sum­mit. In The Guns of Novem­ber, Part I [24]  and FTR #752 [7], we exam­ined infor­ma­tion from Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty indi­cat­ing that the U-2 had been delib­er­ately sab­o­taged by CIA hard­lin­ers to frus­trate attempts at improv­ing U.S./Soviet rela­tions. The leak­ing of the infor­ma­tion to down the U-2 was blamed on none other than Lee Har­vey Oswald!

“Snowden’s Ride”, to coin a term, has all the ear­marks of an intel­li­gence oper­a­tion, like the U-2 gam­bit. Cen­tral to this is Thiel’s Palan­tir firm, almost cer­tainly the devel­oper of the PRISM func­tion. As dis­cussed in our last post, the notion that there would be two Sil­i­con Val­ley soft­ware func­tions with iden­ti­cal names used by NSA/intelligence com­mu­nity is not cred­i­ble. There would have been litigation.

Also as noted in our last post, we won­der what role may have been played in this by Michael J. Mor­rell, who brief Dubya on intel­li­gence mat­ters and who was at his side on 9/11. Note that Snow­den also worked for CIA, as well as NSA. That “the Com­pany” may be scor­ing points against a rival agency is also to be considered.

It should come as no sur­prise that the NSA would tar­get Ger­many as a “hot spot” for elec­tronic sur­veil­lance. An overview of the most impor­tant ter­ror­ist inci­dents affect­ing the United States over the last quar­ter of a cen­tury reveals impor­tant evi­den­tiary trib­u­taries lead­ing to Germany:

“NSA Map Shows Ger­many Most Spied-on of EU Mem­bers”; UPI.com; 6/10/2013. [49]

While the United States spies on all Euro­pean Union nations, it spies on Ger­many the most, say papers sup­plied by a for­mer employee of the top U.S. spy agency.

The rank­ings of what EU nations are snooped on, and how much, can be seen in a color-coded map of covert National Secu­rity Agency sur­veil­lance activ­i­ties, EUObserver.com reported Monday.

Nations sub­ject to the least spy­ing activ­i­ties are shaded green; those with the most red.

All EU mem­bers are var­i­ous shades of green on the map. Ger­many is orange.

The map, called Bound­less Infor­mant, is among doc­u­ments released by Edward Snow­den, a for­mer CIA employee and NSA con­trac­tor who says he is the per­son who this month leaked infor­ma­tion about the U.S. meta­data col­lec­tion pro­gram known as PRISM. . . .

6a. “Hitting the trifecta,” Snowden decamps from one bastion of internet freedom–China–to another: Russia. This just after the G20 conference and shortly before a scheduled summit conference with Russian president Putin. The summit conference was canceled. Mr. Emory again read into the record one of his previous posts on L’Affaire Snowden:

In the third of our posts [50] on “L’Affaire Snowden,” [30] we reiterated and further developed [31] the comparison between Snowden’s activities [51] and the downing of Francis Gary Powers’ U-2 spy plane on the eve of an important summit conference between then President Eisenhower and Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev.

In the Guns of November, Part I [24] (recorded on 11/1/1983), we analyzed evidence that the spy plane was deliberately sabotaged in order to frustrate the Eisenhower/Khruschev efforts at detente. (Irate over the incident, Khruschev cancelled the summit conference. The downing of the U-2 incident was blamed on information supposedly leaked to the U.S.S.R. by Lee Harvey Oswald.)

As the actions of Baby Face Snowden take shape, our analysis of this as “U-2, II” becomes more credible.

After decamping to Hong Kong and leaking information about anti-Chinese U.S. hacking programs on the eve of Obama’s summit with Chinese premier Xi, Snowden leaks information on NSA spying on Germany on the eve of Obama’s trip to Germany to meet with Merkel.

Immediately AFTER Obama’s meeting with Vladimir Putin, Snowden decamps to Moscow [52], thereby placing further strain on Obama’s diplomatic efforts and foreign policy. Obama’s goal of “rebooting” relations with Moscow will suffer as a result.

Eventually, Snowden’s efforts led to the canceling [53] of Obama’s planned summit conference with Vladimir Putin (update). (See text excerpts below.)

As Secretary of State John Kerry noted, we can safely conclude that Snowden’s trips to China and Russia were not undertaken because either country is a citadel of political freedom and expression, but rather to damage Obama’s presidency [54]. (See text excerpts below.)

The Snowden op also appears to be aimed at alienating idealistic and less sophisticated voters from the Democratic Party.

We note, in this context, who has handled much of WikiLeaks’ Russian operations–Joran Jermas (“Israel Shamir”) [55]–Assange’s Holocaust-denying pal and the person who connected WikiLeaks with Nazi financial angel Lundstrom’s milieu. (See text excerpt below.)

In passing, we also note that Ecuador and the Correa government, which has sheltered Assange and is apparently moving to shelter Snowden as well, have strong links to Germany and the EU [56]. In a recent visit, Merkel was negotiating with Correa for closer ties between Germany, Ecuador and the EU. (See text excerpt below. In this regard, we must remember that the German economy [44] is governed by the Bormann capital network.) [57]

He has hit the Trifecta and that is almost certainly by design. This is a spook operation, clearly. This should come as no surprise given Snowden’s background–Alphabet Soup from day one.

We still have questions about this imbroglio, including the possibility Eddie the Friendly Spook may be doing some CIA sabotaging of NSA, as well as the only-too-obvious evidence that he is doing his utmost to undermine Obama’s presidency.

In this context, we wonder about Michael J. Morrell’s resignation [58] right in the middle of this affair [59].

Please examine at length and detail our previous posts on this “op.”

As with the far-right, Nazi-linked WikiLeaks operation, follow the money. Snowden contributed money to Nazi/White Supremacist Ron Paul’s campaign, which was financed by Peter Thiel, the uber-reactionary whose Palantir firm can be safely deduced as having developed the PRISM software at the center of this controversy. A good treatment of Thiel’s background is to be found in FTR #718 [60]. Thiel is so far to the right that he has stated that he no longer believes in democracy, in part because we should not have allowed women to vote.

NOTE: Palantir officially claims that “their PRISM” is NOT the same PRISM in the focal point of the Snowden/NSA imbroglio. We feel this claim is laughable, frankly. The notion that the intelligence services are using TWO counter-terror software programs with identical names is not credible. Had a company developed a counter-terror software program for use by the intelligence community and called it “PRISM,” there would have been litigation. The major tech companies are NOTHING if not litigious, and Thiel and company have PLENTY of money!

(Although many of the naifs seduced by the Paul campaign aren’t fascists, we are obliged to hold Eddie the Friendly Spook to a higher critical standard. If Baby Face Snowden is so omniscient, how come he can’t figure out his presidential candidate of choice is a Nazi. THAT is hardly a state secret.)

We’ve also noted that Glenn Greenwald, Eddie the Friendly Spook’s leaker of choice, also networked with the Koch Brothers’ Cato Institute, with which Thiel also works. Saint Greenwald, by the way, has a background working as a lawyer working for high-priced corporate clients.

When one examines the WikiLeaks network, one finds the same forces at work. The Cyber-Wandervogel, as we have termed WikiLeaks’ foot soldiers are, for the most part, “anarcho/Utopian” in their political orientation.

They are absolutely clueless, however, when it comes to discernible political reality. The “Pirate Bay/Pirate Party” crowd hasn’t even figured out their “own thing,” so to speak. The Pirate Bay operation, on whose servers WikiLeaks’ activities were based, is financed by Nazi money man Carl Lundstrom.  WikiLeaks’ connection with Lundstrom’s cadre is no accident either.

Assange’s connection to Lundstrom was effected by Joran Jermas (“Israel Shamir”), the WikiLeaks’ founder’s long-standing Holocaust-denying ally. Both Pirate Bay/WikiLeaks Nazi financial angel Lundstrom and Ron Paul have networked with David Duke in the past.

As something of an amusing aside, we find it more than a little entertaining that the “Freetards” are alarmed that NSA/GCHQ is vacuum cleaning communications–something that has been on the public record for many years and an activity that is conducted by other countries, including Germany.

NSA, et al, is indeed monitoring communications on a massive scale. They are not likely to take action against the average citizen, however.

WikiLeaks, on the other hand, partnered with the Russian “phishing mafia”!  [61]They are the folks who will use the Internet to hack your e-mails, steal your identity, empty your bank account and max-out all your credit cards. I guess the supporters of WikiLeaks [62] and Eddie the Friendly Spook are OK with that!

“Obama Cancels Putin Summit amid Snowden Tensions” by Matthew Lee and Deb Riechmann [AP]; Yahoo News; 8/7/2013. [63]

Already faltering, President Barack Obama’s five-year effort to reboot U.S.-Russian relations finally crashed Wednesday, as the White House abruptly canceled his planned face-to-face summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

The effort to upgrade the relationship has fallen victim to the rapidly shrinking common ground between the former Cold War rivals, including extreme differences over the Syrian civil war, Russia’s domestic crackdown on civil rights and — the final straw — the asylum granted to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. . . .

7.  “Assange’s Extrem­ist Employ­ees: Why is Wik­iLeaks employ­ing a Holo­caust Denier and his dis­graced son?” by Michael C. Moyni­han; Rea­son Mag­a­zine; 12/14/2010. [55]

. . . According to reports in the Swedish and Russian media, the broad strokes of which have been confirmed by a WikiLeaks spokesman, Shamir serves as the group’s content aggregator in Russia, the man who “selects and distributes” the cables to Russian news organizations, according to an investigation by Swedish public radio. In the newspaper Expressen, Magnus Ljunggren, an emeritus professor of Russian literature at Gothenburg University, outlined Shamir’s close ties to WikiLeaks and his position “spreading the documents in Russia.” (The article is illustrated with a picture of Assange and Shamir in an unidentified office.)

. . . . The Swedish media has iden­ti­fied Shamir’s son, a dis­graced jour­nal­ist named Johannes Wahlström, him­self accused of anti-Semitism and fal­si­fy­ing quotes, as a Wik­iLeaks spokesman in Swe­den. Indeed, Wahlström has authored sto­ries based on the Wik­iLeaks mate­r­ial for the news­pa­per Afton­bladet and is cred­ited as a pro­ducer on a recent Swedish pub­lic tele­vi­sion doc­u­men­tary about the group.

But while being the son of a famous Holo­caust denier is per­haps only suggestive—Wahlström is surely not respon­si­ble for his father’s many sins—his cel­e­bra­tions of his father’s work in print and his con­tri­bu­tions to Shamir’s web­site sug­gest ide­o­log­i­cal affin­ity.* Indeed, in 2005 Wahlström wrote a story for the left­ist mag­a­zine Ord­front argu­ing that Swedish media, not known for being friendly to the Jew­ish state, was in fact being manip­u­lated by Jew­ish inter­ests on behalf of the Israeli government.

Three of the jour­nal­ists inter­viewed for the story—Cecilia Uddén, Lotta Schüllerqvist, and Peter Löfgren—claimed that Wahlström fal­si­fied quotes, lead­ing the mag­a­zine to with­draw the story and issue an apol­ogy. Heléne Lööw, a his­to­rian of fas­cism and Euro­pean neo-Nazism, com­mented that the Wahlström story con­tained all the “ele­ments that one would find in a clas­sic anti-Semitic con­spir­acy theory.”

A mem­ber of Ordfront’s edi­to­r­ial board, writ­ing in the news­pa­per Dagens Nyheter, lamented that the piece was ever pub­lished, cit­ing Wahlström’s “close work­ing rela­tion­ship with Israel Shamir,” with­out point­ing out just how close the two were.

Wahlström and Shamir, father and son, are the Wik­iLeaks rep­re­sen­ta­tives for two rather large geo­graphic areas. Accord­ing to Swedish Radio’s inves­ti­ga­tion, Wahlström is the gate­keeper of the cables in Scan­di­navia, and “has the power to decide” which news­pa­pers are pro­vided access and what leaks they are allowed to see. (At the time of fil­ing, Wahlström had yet to respond to an email request for comment.) . . .

8. “Leaker’s Flight Raises Tension For 3 Nations” by Peter Baker and Ellen Barry; The New York Times; 6/25/2013. [54]

Frustrated Obama administration officials pressed Russia on Monday to turn over Edward J. Snowden, the national security contractor who disclosed surveillance programs, while warning China of “consequences” for letting him flee to Moscow.

As Mr. Snowden remained out of sight, apparently holed up in Moscow awaiting word of his fate, what started as a dramatic escape story involving a self-described whistle-blower evolved into a diplomatic incident in which the United States faces an open rift with one major power and a tense standoff with another. Hopes for a quick resolution had faded by nightfall.

Secretary of State John Kerry said China’s decision to allow Mr. Snowden to leave Hong Kong despite an arrest request from the United States would have “without any question some effect, an impact on the relationship, and consequences.” He called on Russia to expel Mr. Snowden. “I would urge them to live by the standards of the law, because that’s in the interest of everybody,” Mr. Kerry said.

He pointed out that the United States in the past two years had transferred seven prisoners Russia had sought, though the parallel is not exact, since Mr. Snowden is not being held by the Russian government.

At the White House, President Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney, reinforced what he called “our frustration and disappointment with Hong Kong and China,” calling their refusal to detain Mr. Snowden a “serious setback” in relations. He said the Hong Kong authorities had been notified that Mr. Snowden’s passport had been revoked, and he dismissed their explanation that they had no legal basis to stop Mr. Snowden. “We do not buy the suggestion that China could not have taken action,” Mr. Carney said.

American officials also openly mocked China and Russia as states that repress free speech and transparency and therefore are hardly apt refuges for someone fighting government secrecy in the United States.

“I wonder if Mr. Snowden chose China and Russia as assistants in his flight from justice because they’re such powerful bastions of Internet freedom,” Mr. Kerry said sarcastically during a stop in New Delhi. . . .

9. In addition to damaging U.S. and Obama diplomacy vis a vis China, Europe and Russia, Snowden’s “op” severely strained relations between Obama and the NSA/intelligence community itself.

“Intelligence Staffs Feel Like Scapegoats” by Ken Dilanian and Janet Stobart; The Los Angeles Times; 10/29/2013. [11]

The White House and State Department signed off on surveillance targeting phone conversations of friendly foreign leaders, current and former U.S. intelligence officials said Monday, pushing back against assertions that President Obama and his aides were unaware of the high-level eavesdropping.

Professional staff members at the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence agencies are angry, these officials say, believing the president has cast them adrift as he tries to distance himself from the disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that have strained ties with close allies. . . .

. . . . Obama may not have been specifically briefed on NSA operations targeting a foreign leader’s cellphone or email communications, one of the officials said. “But certainly the National Security Council and senior people across the intelligence community knew exactly what was going on, and to suggest otherwise is ridiculous.”

If U.S. spying on key foreign leaders was news to the White House, current and former officials said, then White House officials have not been reading their briefing books.

Some U.S. intelligence officials said they were being blamed by the White House for conducting surveillance that was authorized under the law and utilized at the White House.

“People are furious,” said a senior intelligence official who would not be identified discussing classified information. “This is officially the White House cutting off the intelligence community.” . . .

10. Californians’ approval of President Barack Obama’s job performance has taken the sharpest dive of his presidency in recent months, according to a new Field Poll, with some of his most loyal supporters losing faith after revelations that the government is tracking Americans’ phone and Internet use. . .

“President’s Support in State Slips” by Josh Richman; San Jose Mercury News; 7/23/2013; pp. B1-B4.

11. Young people seem to have been particularly affected by Snowden’s actions. Snowden being regarded as a hero is truly grotesque, though understandable, given the insufficient nature of the media coverage.

“Snowden among Nominees for a European Human Rights Prize” by Dan Bilefsky; The New York Times; 9/18/2013. [12]

. . . . In an online New York Times opinion article [64]on Sunday, Peter Ludlow, a professor of philosophy at Northwestern University, wrote that Mr. Snowden had exposed a gap between members of the younger “WikiLeaks generation,” who regard him as a role model, and older commentators in the traditional news media, who believe he needs to be brought to justice. Mr. Ludlow cited a recent poll showing that 70 percent of Americans ages 18 to 34 believed that Mr. Snowden “did a good thing.” . . .

12. In that context, Citizen Greenwald [10] has been advocating the establishment of a third party candidate. If this happens and the candidate develops a significant following, it might well propel the GOP back into power, just as Ralph Nader’s [13] candidacy did in 2000.

“Glenn Greenwald: Life Beyond Borders” by Fred Bernstein; out.com; 4/18/2011. [65]

. . . .By the third year of law school, he was working for a large law firm. But realizing that representing Goldman Sachs would have destroyed him psychologically, he set up his own firm, which represented several neo-Nazis and other unpopular clients. . . .

. . . . One of his hopes for 2012 is that candidates will emerge to take on the red and the blue teams — he is keeping an eye on Gary Johnson, a two-term Republican governor of New Mexico, who is pro-gay and antiwar, and who could run with a Democrat like former Wisconsin senator Russ Feingold. He would also be happy to see a billionaire run without the help of either party, to disrupt the two-party stranglehold.

13. The program concludes with a passage from The Art of War [14] by the ancient Chinese military philosopher Sun Tzu. Delineating a strategic program designed to fragment an enemy, the passage is strikingly relevant to Snowden’s “op.” (It is not irrelevant that this passage was quoted in the autobiography of General Reinhard Gehlen [15], the Nazi spy chief who founded the BND [16]. The book has an introduction by David Irving [17], the noted Holocaust denier.)

We might update the text to read: ” . . . . implicate the President in criminal undertakings; undermine his position and destroy his reputation. . . . Disrupt the work of their government with every means you canSpread disunity and dispute among the citizens of the enemy’s country. Turn the young against the old. [Turn the NSA and the intelligence community against the President.] . . . . ”

The Service: The Memoirs of General Reinhard Gehlen; World Publishing Company; copyright 1972 [HC];p.331. [66]

. . . . ‘There is no art higher than that of destroying the enemy’s resistance without a fight on the battlefield. The direct tactic of war is necessary only on the battlefield; but only the indirect tactic can lead to a real and lasting victory. Subvert anything of value in the enemy’s country. Implicate the emissaries of the major powers in criminal undertakings; undermine their position and destroy their reputation in other ways as well, and expose them to the public ridicule of their fellow citizens. Do not shun the aid of even the lowest and most despicable people. Disrupt the work of their government with every means you can. Spread disunity and dispute among the citizens of the enemy’s country. Turn the young against the old. Use every means to destroy their arms, their supplies, and the discipline of the enemy’s forces. Debase old traditions and accepted gods. Be generous with promises and rewards to purchase intelligence and accomplices. Send out your secret agents in all directions. Do not skimp with money or with promises, for they yield a high return. . . .’