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FTR #776 The Adventures of Eddie the Friendly Spook, Part 15: Updates and Further Analysis

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Note this very important, overlapping, and detailed post by contributing editor “Pterrafractyl” covering some of the issues with regard to encryption and the future of internet commerce and crime.

Introduction: This broadcast continues and updates analysis of “L’Affaire Snowden”–a “psy-op” assembled for propaganda purposes and resultant political effect.

We note that issues of “privacy,” “civil liberties” and “freedom” have NOTHING to do with the substantive realities of what is at play here. This operation is being conducted by elements who not only don’t believe in freedom but explicitly reject democracy and explicitly endorse slavery.

The “op” is intended to: destabilize the Obama administration and U.S. diplomacy and foreign policy; degrade U.S. high-tech and internet business and (consequently) the U.S. economy; justify Germany’s inclusion in the “Five Eyes” agreement and justify expansion of German electronic surveillance; destabilize and weaken the National Security Agency and the GCHQ; eclipse German economic warfare against other European countries and highlight the United States as the “International Public Enemy #1.”

In this program, we note the continued exclusion of Germany from the “Five Eyes” club, Germany’s evident envy of those who had higher security prioritization with NSA and more about Germany’s ongoing efforts to ramp-up its own electronic surveillance capabilities.

Of paramount significance here is Germany’s steep acceleration of intelligence activity directed against the NSA and GCHQ!

A very important element of analysis concerns a proposal by Angela Merkel to creat a European communications network that would be secure from NSA spying. Germany is also moving in the direction of establishing a “German cloud” to protect data from potential NSA spying.

Projected losses for the U.S. tech business by 2016 are calculated to be from 21 billion to 35 billion dollars. German cloud firms are experiencing better than projected results.

We also note that the REAL threat to the privacy of Americans comes from corporate interests and “apps” and technologies that Americans have embraced with enormous enthusiasm.

Program Highlights Include:

  • The potential for devastating “hacks” by individuals or groups capable of using the internet. Adam Lanza was a computer whiz who hacked through firewalls into a government website at the age of twelve. Had he decided to act out his sociopathy and psychopathology by, say, taking down a nuclear power plant or two, we would be in very bad shape.
  • We note the “spy-like” behavior of some of the WikiLeaks crowd, such as Jacob Applebaum.
  • The fear on the part of ThyssenKrupp of a possible Stuxnet-like attack. Reinhold Achatz–ThyssenKrupp’s tech executive, has a background with Siemens.
  • Glenn Greenwald’s historical antipathy toward Israel.
  • Glenn Greenwald’s leaking of information about NSA spying on Israel, timed as the Obama administration and John Kerry are attempting to shoe-horn an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.
  • Review of historical and operational links between the Likud Party of Benjamin Netanyahu and the AN, the Italian fascist party of Gianfranco Fini and the successor to Mussolini’s fascisti.
  • Continued networking between the Israeli right wing and European and Russian neo-fascists.

1a. It looks as though Germany has been excluded from the Five-Eyes spying relationship. (Germany’s desire to be included in the Five Eyes agreement is discussed in FTR #’s 767 and 769.

“Ger­many Gives Up on No-Spy Deal with US” by Jee­van Vasagar; Financial Times; 2/13/2014. 

The Ger­man gov­ern­ment has given up hope of a bilat­eral no-spy agree­ment with the US, accord­ing to a senior aide to chan­cel­lor Angela Merkel.

Phillipp Miss­felder, Berlin’s co-ordinator for transat­lantic rela­tions, told a press brief­ing on Thurs­day that he did not expect talks would lead to a legally bind­ing agreement.

He said: “I am real­is­tic that we can’t expect a no-spy agree­ment that will be bind­ing in inter­na­tional law. The Amer­i­cans are not pre­pared to cur­tail their secu­rity measures.”

Ger­many has been push­ing for a rela­tion­ship sim­i­lar to the “five eyes” agree­ment between the US and four English-speaking allies, includ­ing the UK. This car­ries an under­stand­ing that they will not spy on each other.

There were reports of a stale­mate in talks between Berlin and Wash­ing­ton last month, but until now the offi­cial line from Ger­many has been that dis­cus­sions are ongoing.

Mr Miss­felder said: “The Amer­i­cans base their pre­dom­i­nant posi­tion in the world not on eco­nomic or on mil­i­tary grounds, but on moral supe­ri­or­ity. That is under­mined when friends are spied upon. When were Ger­hard Schröder or Angela Merkel a threat to US national secu­rity? Never.”

Mr Miss­felder leav­ened his crit­i­cism with praise for Pres­i­dent Barack Obama for giv­ing an inter­view to a Ger­man broad­caster fol­low­ing his NSA speech. He added: “We are friends, we remain friends, and Snow­den can’t change that.”

At a joint press con­fer­ence with French pres­i­dent François Hol­lande on Tues­day, Mr Obama said there was no coun­try with which the US has a no-spy agree­ment. He added the US endeav­ours to pro­tect pri­vacy rights as it gath­ers for­eign intelligence.

1b. As discussed n FTR #’s 767 and 769, Angela Merkel isn’t as “shocked, shocked” as she pretends to be over the NSA disclosures.

“Por­trait of the NSA: No Detail too Small in Quest for Total Sur­veil­lance” by Ewen MacAskill and James Ball; The Guardian/The Observer [UK]; 11/2/2013.

. . . . The NSA oper­ates in close co-operation with four other English-speaking coun­tries — the UK, Canada, Aus­tralia and New Zealand — shar­ing raw intel­li­gence, fund­ing, tech­ni­cal sys­tems and per­son­nel. Their top level col­lec­tive is known as the ‘5-Eyes’.

Beyond that, the NSA has other coali­tions, although intelligence-sharing is more restricted for the addi­tional part­ners: the 9-Eyes, which adds Den­mark, France, the Nether­lands and Nor­way; the 14-Eyes, includ­ing Ger­many, Bel­gium, Italy, Spain and Swe­den; and 41-Eyes, adding in oth­ers in the allied coali­tion in Afghanistan.

The exclu­siv­ity of the var­i­ous coali­tions grates with some, such as Ger­many, which is using the present con­tro­versy to seek an upgrade. Ger­many has long protested at its exclu­sion, not just from the elite 5-Eyes but even from 9-Eyes. Min­utes from the UK intel­li­gence agency GCHQ note: “The NSA’s rela­tion­ship with the French was not as advanced as GCHQ’s … the Ger­mans were a lit­tle grumpy at not being invited to join the 9-Eyes group”.

Sig­nif­i­cantly, amid the Ger­man protes­ta­tions of out­rage over US eaves­drop­ping on Merkel and other Ger­mans, Berlin is using the con­tro­versy as lever­age for an upgrade to 5-Eyes. . . .

1c. As discussed in FTR #765, Germany (as well as the EU) is looking to ramp up its own cyber-spying capabilities.

“Germany’s Spies Have NSA Envy: Cur­rently Work­ing To Build Their Own Com­pre­hen­sive Snoop­ing Sys­tem” by Glyn MoodyTech Dirt; 6/19/2013.

One unfor­tu­nate knock-on effect of the rev­e­la­tions about the extent of NSA infor­ma­tion gath­er­ing seems to be that the spies in other coun­tries are start­ing to feel under-informed by com­par­i­son. Of course, many of them already knew about what was going on: in addi­tion to the British and theDutchthere are now reports that Ger­many was also kept informed at the high­est lev­els (orig­i­nal in Ger­man.) That would prob­a­bly explain the rev­e­la­tion by the news mag­a­zine Der Spiegel that Ger­many has been try­ing to beef up its own snoop­ing capa­bil­i­ties for a while:

Last year, [Germany’s for­eign intel­li­gence agency] BND head Ger­hard Schindler told the Con­fi­den­tial Com­mit­tee of the Ger­man par­lia­ment, the Bun­destag, about a secret pro­gram that, in his opin­ion, would make his agency a major inter­na­tional player. Schindler said the BND wanted to invest €100 mil­lion ($133 mil­lion) over the com­ing five years. The money is to finance up to 100 new jobs in the tech­ni­cal sur­veil­lance depart­ment, along with enhanced com­put­ing capacities.

Small beer com­pared to the NSA, but it’s a start. Der Spiegel’s arti­cle pro­vides some details on how they do it in Germany:

The largest traf­fic con­trol takes place in Frank­furt, in a data pro­cess­ing cen­ter owned by the Asso­ci­a­tion of the Ger­man Inter­net Indus­try. Via this hub, the largest in Europe, e-mails, phone calls, Skype con­ver­sa­tions and text mes­sages flow from regions that inter­est the BND like Rus­sia and East­ern Europe, along with cri­sis areas like Soma­lia, coun­tries in the Mid­dle East, and states like Pak­istan and Afghanistan.

But the BND still has a long way to go before it attains NSA-like lev­els of snooping:

In con­trast to the NSA, though, the Ger­man intel­li­gence agency has been over­whelmed by this daunt­ing wealth of infor­ma­tion. Last year, it mon­i­tored just under 5 per­cent, roughly every 20th phone call, every 20th e-mail and every 20th Face­book exchange. In the year 2011, the BND used over 16,000 search words to fish in this data stream.

As in the US, the idea is that this tar­gets foreigners:

Ger­man law allows the BND to mon­i­tor any form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion that has a for­eign ele­ment, be it a mobile phone con­ver­sa­tion, a Face­book chat or an exchange via AOL Mes­sen­ger. For the pur­poses of “strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tions sur­veil­lance,” the for­eign intel­li­gence agency is allowed to copy and review 20 per­cent of this data traf­fic. There is even a reg­u­la­tion requir­ing Ger­man providers “to main­tain a com­plete copy of the telecommunications.”

Here’s how the BND tries to achieve that:

If e-mail addresses sur­face that end in “.de” (for Ger­many), they have to be erased. The inter­na­tional dial­ing code for Ger­many, 0049, and IP addresses that were appar­ently given to cus­tomers in Ger­many also pass through the net.

Of course, as in the US, it doesn’t quite work out like that:

At first glance, it’s not evi­dent where users live whose infor­ma­tion is saved by Yahoo, Google or Apple. And how are the agen­cies sup­posed to spot a Tal­iban com­man­der who has acquired an email address with Ger­man provider GMX? Mean­while, the sta­tus of Face­book chats and con­ver­sa­tions on Skype remains com­pletely unclear.

Given this evi­dent desire to cre­ate its own snoop­ing appa­ra­tus, cou­pled with the fact that Ger­many has doubt­less ben­e­fited from NSA spy­ing, per­haps it’s no sur­prise the Ger­man government’s protests about its cit­i­zens being sub­ject to exten­sive NSA sur­veil­lance have been muted….

2. Angela Merkel has pro­posed an EU-wide com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tem to guard against NSA and GCHQ spy­ing, while ramp­ing up spy­ing against the U.S. (For more about the profound EU and German hypocrisy vis a vis L’Affaire Snowden, see FTR #765.)

“Sur­veil­lance Rev­e­la­tions: Angela Merkel Pro­poses Euro­pean Net­work to Beat NSA and GCHQ Spy­ing” by Tony Pat­ter­son; The Inde­pen­dent [UK]; 2/16/2014.

Chan­cel­lor Angela Merkel of Ger­many has announced plans to set up a Euro­pean com­mu­ni­ca­tions net­work as part of a broad counter-espionage offen­sive designed to curb mass sur­veil­lance con­ducted by the US National Secu­rity Agency and its British counterpart, GCHQ. . . .

. . . . Announc­ing the project in her weekly pod­cast, Ms Merkel said she envis­aged set­ting up a Euro­pean com­mu­ni­ca­tions net­work which would offer pro­tec­tion from NSA sur­veil­lance by side-stepping the cur­rent arrange­ment whereby emails and other inter­net data auto­mat­i­cally pass through the United States.

The NSA’s Ger­man phone and inter­net sur­veil­lance oper­a­tion is reported to be one of the biggest in the EU. In co-operation with GCHQ it has direct access to under­sea cables car­ry­ing transat­lantic com­mu­ni­ca­tions between Europe and the US.

Ms Merkel said she planned to dis­cuss the project with the French Pres­i­dent, François Hol­lande, when she meets him in Paris on Wednes­day. “Above all we’ll talk about Euro­pean providers that offer secu­rity to our cit­i­zens, so that one shouldn’t have to send emails and other infor­ma­tion across the Atlantic,” she said. “Rather one could build up a com­mu­ni­ca­tions net­work inside Europe.”

French gov­ern­ment offi­cials responded by say­ing Paris intended to “take up” the Ger­man initiative.

Ms Merkel’s pro­pos­als appear to be part of a wider Ger­man counter-espionage offen­sive, reported to be under way in sev­eral of Germany’s intel­li­gence agen­cies, against NSA and GCHQ surveillance.

Der Spiegel mag­a­zine said on Sun­day that it had obtained infor­ma­tion about plans by Germany’s main domes­tic intel­li­gence agency, the Fed­eral Office for the Pro­tec­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tion, for a “mas­sive” increase in counter-espionage measures.

The mag­a­zine said there were plans to sub­ject both the Amer­i­can and British Embassies in Berlin to sur­veil­lance. It said the mea­sures would include obtain­ing exact details about intel­li­gence agents who were accred­ited as diplo­mats, and infor­ma­tion about the tech­nol­ogy being used within the embassies.

Last year infor­ma­tion pro­vided by the whistle­blower Edward Snow­den revealed that US intel­li­gence agents were able to bug Ms Merkel’s mobile phone from a lis­ten­ing post on the US Embassy roof. Inves­ti­ga­tions by The Inde­pen­dent sub­se­quently revealed that GCHQ ran a sim­i­lar lis­ten­ing post from the roof of the British Embassy in Berlin.

Intel­li­gence experts say it is dif­fi­cult if not impos­si­ble to con­trol spy­ing activ­i­ties con­ducted from for­eign embassies, not least because their diplo­matic sta­tus means they are pro­tected from the domes­tic leg­is­la­tion of the host country.

Der Spiegel said Germany’s mil­i­tary intel­li­gence ser­vice, (MAD) was also con­sid­er­ing step­ping up sur­veil­lance of US and British spy­ing activ­i­ties. It said such a move would mark a sig­nif­i­cant break with pre­vi­ous counter-espionage prac­tice which had focused on coun­tries such as China, North Korea and Russia. . . .

3. The possible loss of cloud computing business for U.S. tech firms appears to be accelerating. German firms may be hoping to attract the business. As discussed in FTR #769, one of the major goals of this psy-op is degrading U.S. internet business and, through that, damaging the U.S. economy. Note that Reinhold Achatz holds a relevant and critical executive post with ThyssenKrupp. He previously held a key executive post with Siemens, which is inextricably linked with German intel. The Stuxnet worm was directed at Siemens industrial control systems.

We also wonder if he might be related to Werner Achatz, Glenn Greenwald’s partner of 11 years? We wonder if Werner Achatz might have been some kind of control or case officer for Greenwald?

“Edward Snowden Revelations Prompt Crisis of Trust in Germany” [McClatchy]; South China Morning Post; 2/17/2014.

When Germany’s federal criminal police office needs to share sensitive information these days, employees type the particulars and get them hand-delivered.

Last year, agents would have trusted the security of e-mail. But that was before Edward Snowden and the revelations about the US National Security Agency’s PRISM electronic intelligence-gathering programme. After Snowden, it’s a new digital world.


“We’re now carrying our information to our allies on foot,” said Peter Henzler, vice- president of the Bundeskriminalamt, known as the BKA. He was speaking recently at a German Interior Ministry discussion on the country’s digital future. The focus of the panel was how to counter US surveillance measures and what it will take for Germans to be safe again on the web. “We’re no longer using the open internet,” he said.

The message is clear: No longer can the US be trusted to honour the privacy of German life and policy.

Henzler’s concerns weren’t isolated. The worries appear to reflect the wider German, and even European, frustration with the reach of the NSA’s surveillance programme.

Hardly a week passes in Berlin without some new revelation about the dastardly depths to which the American spy programme invaded German privacy, or at least a new way in which to react to the scandal.

Last week, news broke that the United States had tapped the mobile phone of Gerhard Schroeder when he was German chancellor from 1998 to 2005. This came four months after news broke that the same American surveillance programme was tapping the mobile phone of the current chancellor, Angela Merkel.

There are many more examples beyond news stories. Thirty-two per cent of Germans told pollsters that they had either quit or cut their time on Facebook because of spying fears. German television ads note the peace of mind and freedom that comes with e-mail that doesn’t leave European servers. Providers now say that they encrypt all e-mail.

Such thoughts aren’t limited to Germany. A US$900 million French deal with the United Arab Emirates for two new intelligence satellites appears to be in doubt after the buyers noticed US components in the French satellites that they feared could compromise their data.

Florian Glatzner, a policy officer with the German Federal Consumer Protection Agency, says the office is fielding many consumer questions about how to ensure that communications and data are safe from the NSA.

“A lot of the trust in the big internet companies is gone,” he says. “And most of the big internet companies were based in the United States.”

Thomas Kremer, a data privacy board member for Deutsche Telekom, the German phone giant, recently noted that: “Regardless of what one thinks of Edward Snowden, he created an awareness of internet security and we should be grateful for that.”

Experts note that there may be no better place to find the effect of this distrust than in the emerging cloud computing market. Before Europe met Snowden, the continent was moving fast to an American-dominated cloud computing future.

The American dream of total cloud domination might be drifting away. There are signs of that: By 2016, US companies are expected to lose US$21 billion to US$35 billion in new contracts that they’d been expected to collect, according to some estimates.

German cloud companies are posting better-than-expected earnings. There have been signs that some US tech companies might be suffering. Network equipment maker Cisco, for instance, noted government issues when it predicted a revenue drop for the current quarter.

The new reality for some critics is that data that passes through the United States isn’t safe.

“A year ago, a German cloud was a bad idea,” says Daniel Castro, a senior analyst for the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation in Washington. “German business didn’t want a German product to help them in a global market. They wanted the best product. Today, even if businesses still believe a German cloud is a bad idea, they’re accepting it as a necessary idea.”

There’s even a new initiative, “German Cloud”, backed by a variety of German tech companies. The motto is “My company data stays in Germany.”

Castro noted that this is a bad time for the American brand to lose lustre. The market is growing rapidly. Castro wants hard evidence that confirms his earlier predictions that the international market share of US cloud providers should fall by 5 per cent this year, and up to 20 per cent by 2016, because of the spying allegations.

The news could be even worse for American companies. The recent Interior Ministry panel showed just how fearful Germany has become. Reinhold Achatz, head of technology and innovation at the German steel giant ThyssenKrupp, noted that “whoever can read data is also likely to be able to change data.”

“For example, they could switch off a power station,” he said. “So from my point of view, it wouldn’t be surprising if someone came up with the idea of switching off Germany. I’m serious about that.”

. .. . Christian Stoecker, editor of Spiegel Online, the web version of Germany’s most prestigious news magazine, noted: “Before Snowden, I did not know that the NSA intercepts hardware shipped to European telecommunications companies by US manufacturers and swaps the BIOS to make the equipment usable for NSA purposes.” BIOS is the basic operating system that starts up a personal computer.

“The NSA practically turned the internet into a weapons system,” Stoecker says. “If we want to change things, we have to enter into disarmament talks.”

4. ThyssenKrupp was seeking insurance against a cyberattack, this stemming from the development of the Stuxnet worm, which targets Siemens industrial control systems. Note ThyssenKrupp executive Reinhold Achatz’s remarks in he story excerpted above. Achatz previously appears to have worked for Siemens.

Note that the Thyssen industrial empire is at the epicenter of the Bormann capital network.

“ThyssenKrupp Seeks Insurance Against Cyber Crime: Report” [AFP]; Google News; 8/16/2012.

German industrial giant ThyssenKrupp is seeking to insure itself against possible attacks from computer worms that could sabotage production, the Financial Times Deutschland reported Thursday.

Insurers are, however, reluctant to offer such policies and only France’s AXA has agreed to cover up to 30 percent of ThyssenKrupp’s risks, the newspaper said.

Neither ThyssenKrupp nor AXA were willing to comment, FT Deutschland added.

Fears of cyber attacks or industrial espionage from computer viruses or malware have been growing since the discovery of the Stuxnet worm which Israel and the United States are believed to have developed to attack and disable Iran’s nuclear facilities.

5. Adam Lanza was sufficiently skilled with computes to hack through two firewalls into a U.S. government website at the age of 12. It seems reasonable to conclude that his computer skills grew with time.

Suppose–for the sake of argument–that he had decided to use them to commit mayhem, say by bringing down a nuclear power plant or something along those lines?

“The Day the FBI Knocked on Adam Lanza’s Door” by Matthew Lysiak; Newsweek; 1/19/2014.

In 2004, offi­cials from the Fed­eral Bureau of Inves­ti­ga­tion knocked on the door at 36 Yogananda Street, in New­town, Con­necti­cut, want­ing infor­ma­tion on a 12-year-old boy named Adam Lanza, accord­ing to his mother.

Adam had used his com­puter to hack through two lev­els of secu­rity on a gov­ern­ment web­site, the offi­cials told Nancy, and they wanted answers.

Nancy Lanza knew exactly how to han­dle this sit­u­a­tion, how to keep her son out of trou­ble. “He’s a com­puter whiz,” she told the fed­eral agents, assur­ing them he was just a very bright, if some­what trou­bled boy. “Adam was just test­ing him­self,” she added. . . .

6. As discussed in FTR #774, private technology companies and the features and services they offer are a far greater threat to citizens’ civil liberties than the NSA. The “Crowdpilot” app may well offer strangers access to users’ phone calls.

“‘Crowdpilot’ App Lets Strangers Listen to Your Phone Calls” by Giuseppe Macri; The Daily Caller; 2/20/2014.

The NSA isn’t the only ones capable of tapping phone calls anymore thanks to a new smartphone app called ‘Crowdpilot,’ which could potentially let anyone listen in on your calls without your knowledge.

“Crowdpilot lets you crowdsource your social interactions by bringing a group of your friends or strangers along to listen in and assist you in any situation,” the app’s description states. “Whenever you need help, turn on Crowdpilot to stream your conversation to the web where the anonymous crowd – optionally supported by a team of your Facebook friends – will tune in, follow along and assist you. Or become a crowdpilot yourself, and watch and direct others!”

Crowdpilot lets any user bring a third party into a conversation without alerting the person on the other end of the line – the modern day equivalent of picking up a landline while someone else is already on a call.

7. John Young, an orig­i­nal Wik­iLeaks founder, on why he broke with the group:

Again, what judicial or governmental/civic authority has sanctioned WikiLeaks’ activities?

“Wikileaks’ Estranged Co-Founder Becomes a Critic (Q&A)” by Declan McCullagh; C/Net; 7/20/2010.

“. . . they’re act­ing like a cult. They’re act­ing like a reli­gion. They’re act­ing like a gov­ern­ment. They’re act­ing like a bunch of spies. They’re hid­ing their iden­tity. They don’t account for the money. They promise all sorts of good things. They sel­dom let you know what they’re really up to. . . There was sus­pi­cion from day one that this was entrap­ment run by some­one unknown to suck a num­ber of peo­ple into a trap. So we actu­ally don’t know. But it’s cer­tainly a stan­dard coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence tech­nique. . . .” 

8. Note John Young’s observation about WikiLeaks that “They’re acting like a bunch of spies.” WikiLeaks’ Jacob Applebaum carries around a hollowed-out nickel with a copy of Tor inside.

“The Amer­i­can Wik­ileaks Hacker” by Nathaniel Rich; Rolling Stone; 12/01/2010.

. . . . He is often dri­ven to extreme mea­sures to get copies of Tor through cus­toms in for­eign coun­tries. “I stud­ied what drug smug­glers do,” he says. “I wanted to beat them at their own game.” He shows me a nickel. Then he slams it on the floor of his apart­ment. It pops open. Inside there is a tiny eight– giga­byte microSD mem­ory card. It holds a copy of Tor. . . .

9a. Note that Citizen Greenwald–no friend of Israel–has made a point of schmoozing with the right-wing regime of Benjamin Netanyahu, whose Likud Party is the heir to the fascist element of the Zionist movement. This comes as John Kerry and Obama’s State Department are attempting to broker a peace agreement with the Palestinians. The prospects have been dimmed, in part, by flack from the Israeli right-wing allied with Likud/Netanyahu.

Why is he schmoozing with the fascist-linked Israeli right wing at such a sensitive time? He is purporting to “help” Israel by disclosing NSA and GCHQ spying on Israel, something that has been on the public record for some time. We don’t believe that is the real reason.

We suspect that Greenwald and the interests through which he fronts are working to frustrate Obama’s efforts in the Middle Eastern diplomatic arena.

“Snowden Has more U.S.-Israel Secrets to Expose: Greenwald”; Reuters.com; 1/6/2014.

Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has more secrets to reveal that relate to Israel, the journalist who first brought his leaks to the world’s attention said on Monday.

Among allegations aired by Snowden last year were that the U.S. National Security Agency and its British counterpart GCHQ had in 2009 targeted an email address listed as belonging to then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and monitored emails of senior defense officials.

Israel played down the disclosures. But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had ordered the matter examined and that “there are things that must not be done” between allies. . . . .

9b. As we noted above, Greenwald is no friend of Israel. Why is he schmoozing with the fascist-linked Israeli right wing at such a sensitive time? Again, he is purporting to “help” Israel by disclosing NSA and GCHQ spying on Israel, something that has been on the public record for some time. We don’t believe that is the real reason.

“Glenn Greenwald’s Anti-Semitism Exposed” by Adam Levick; The Algemeiner; 7/11/2013.

The following are quotes from Glenn Greenwald, ‘Comment is Free’ correspondent for the Guardian. (Greenwald joined the Guardian in 2012 after several years of blogging at Salon.com and a personal blog titled ‘Unclaimed Territory‘.)

  • “Anyone who has argued that a desire to protect Israeli interests plays too large of a role in our foreign policy has been subjected to some of the most vicious and relentless smears. Ask Juan Cole about that, or John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt. Those tactics have, as intended, prevented a substantive debate on this question, as most people have feared even approaching the topic.” – July 16, 2006 Unclaimed Territory
  • Large and extremely influential Jewish donor groups are the ones agitating for a US war against Iran, and that is the case because those groups are devoted to promoting Israel’s interests.” – Feb. 3, 2007, Unclaimed Territory
  • “The dominant narrative among neocons and the media is that, deep down in his heart, [Obama] may be insufficiently devoted to Israel to be president of the United States. Has there ever been another country to which American politicians were required to pledge their uncritical, absolute loyalty the way they are, now, with Israel?” May 13, 2008 Salon
  • If you don’t…pledge your loyalty to our policies toward Israel and to Israel, what will happen to you is what just happened to Charles Freeman. You’ll be demonized and have your career ended.” – Jan. 8, 2009, interview on Hugh Hewitt  Show
  • “Those [American Jews] who favor the attack on Gaza are certainly guilty…of such overwhelming emotional and cultural attachment to Israel and Israelis that they long ago ceased viewing this conflict with any remnant of objectivity.” – Jan. 4, 2009 Salon
  • “So absolute has the Israel-centric stranglehold on American policy been that the U.S. Government has made it illegal to broadcast Hezbollah television stations and has even devoted its resources to criminally prosecuting and imprisoning satellite providers merely for including Hezbollah’s Al Manar channel in their cable package.  Not even our Constitution’s First Amendment has been a match for the endless exploitation of American policy, law and resources to target and punish Israel’s enemies.” – March 9, 2009, Salon
  • The real goal [of the Israel lobby], as always, was to ensure that there is no debate over America’s indescribably self-destructive, blind support for Israeli actions. [Charles] Freeman’s critics may have scored a short-term victory in that regard, but the more obvious it becomes what is really driving these scandals, the more difficult it will be to maintain this suffocating control over American debates and American policy.” – March 11, 2009 Salon
  • “The point is that the power the [Israel lobby] exercises [is] harmful in the extreme. They use it to squelch debate, destroy the careers and reputations of those who deviate from their orthodoxies, and compel both political parties to maintain strict adherence to an agenda that is held by a minority of Americans; that is principally concerned with the interests of a foreign country; and that results in serious cost and harm to the United States. In doing so, they insure not only that our policies towards Israel remain firmly in place no matter the outcome of our elections, but also that those policies remain beyond the realm of what can be questioned or debated by those who want to have a political future.” – March 11, 2009 Salon
  • “[Charles] Freeman is being dragged through the mud by the standard cast of accusatory Israel-centric neocons (Marty Peretz, Jon Chait, Jeffrey Goldberg, Commentary, The Weekly Standard’s Michael Goldfarb, etc. etc., etc.).” – March 9, 2009 Salon
  • “Meanwhile, one of the many Israel-Firsters in the U.S. Congress — Rep. Anthony Weiner, last seen lambasting President Obama for daring to publicly mention a difference between the U.S. and Israel — today not only defended Israel’s attack. – June 1, 2010 Salon
  • This is a truly disgusting spectacle…commentators — all of whom are writing well within the range of mainstream opinion on Israel — are being publicly smeared early in their careers as anti-Semites as part of a coordinated, ongoing campaign planned by Josh Block and carried out by numerous journalists with large media platforms, and aided and abetted by Jewish groups trading on their credibility to suppress debate. – Jan 19, 2012 Salon

10a. Next, the dis­cus­sion focuses on a 1998 con­gress of the AN, the Ital­ian Fas­cist Party that is the direct lin­eal descen­dant of and heir to Mussolini’s black­shirts. Present at that meeting were GOP Representative Bob Young, representing the Republican Party, and Udi Cohen, representing the Likud Party of Benjamin Netanyahu. (This excerpt is taken from FTR #94, recorded on 5/5/1998.)

10b. The recent meet­ing of an Israeli cab­i­net min­is­ter with a promi­nent Swedish fas­cist is the lat­est exam­ple of a long-standing fea­ture of the behav­ior of that country’s polit­i­cal right wing.

In addi­tion to the fas­cist move­ment that has existed within the Zion­ist move­ment and what we’ve termed “Bor­mann Jews,” Israelis and Zion­ists from the right side of the polit­i­cal spec­trum have main­tained con­tact and inter­ac­tion with ele­ments of the fas­cist international. In par­tic­u­lar, mem­bers of the Likud and other Israeli far-right par­ties have con­ducted polit­i­cal inter­face with Euro­pean Nazis and fascists.

Note that Ayoob Kara also met with the head of the Aus­trian Free­dom Party, the neo-fascist party for­merly headed up by Jurg Haider.

“Deputy Min­is­ter Meets neo-Nazi Mil­lion­aire” by Eldad Beck; ynet­news.com; 7/4/2011.

 Deputy Min­is­ter Ayoob Kara met with Swedish-German mil­lion­aire Patrik Brinkmann who has ties with Ger­man neo-Nazi groups in Berlin over the week­end, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

Brinkmann, who is try­ing to estab­lish a far-right anti-Islamic party in Ger­many claims he is not an anti-Semite, how­ever his pre­vi­ous close con­tacts with the Ger­man neo-Nazi party (NPD) and his past mem­ber­ship in another neo-Nazi party raise ques­tions regard­ing his ideology.

Brinkmann, 44, made his for­tune in the Swedish real estate busi­ness in the 1980s before becom­ing mixed in tax prob­lems in his home coun­try. As legal bat­tles were going on he used the major­ity of his finances for the estab­lish­ment of two research foun­da­tions which became closely affil­i­ated with far-right and neo-Nazi ele­ments in Germany. . . .

. . . Sev­eral months ago, Kara met with Aus­trian Free­dom Party leader Heinz-Christian Stra­che who was once active in neo-Nazi groups.  . . .

10c. Another right-wing Israeli polit­i­cal con­tin­gent has reached out to Euro­pean fas­cists. Com­muning with Russ­ian fas­cists, the “National Unity” bloc has impressed the leader of the National Demo­c­ra­tic Alliance, who feels the two groups have much in common.

Fol­low­ing on the heels of an Iraeli deputy minister’s schmooz­ing with a promi­nent Swedish neo-fascist financier, Aryeh Eldad’s hob­nob­bing with Ilya Lazarenko per­pet­u­ates a dis­turb­ing pat­tern of Zionist/fascist inter­face dat­ing back to the pre-World War II period.

“The Unholy Alliance: How Israeli Wingnuts Befriended Russ­ian Hitlerophiles” by Sergey Romanov; Lit­tle Green Foot­balls; 7/14/2011.

Russ­ian nation­al­ists met in Israel with a right-wing Zionists.

One of the lead­ers of Russia’s National Demo­c­ra­tic Alliance, who vis­ited Israel together with his col­leagues at the invi­ta­tion of religious-right-wing Zion­ists, came to the con­clu­sion that the two polit­i­cal forces have a lot in common …

Since last week, in Israel there is a group of mod­er­ate [eth­nic] Russ­ian nation­al­ists from Rus­sia, arrived here at the invi­ta­tion of the religious-right bloc “Ihud ha-Leumi” (“National Unity”). The lead­ers of an inter­re­gional pub­lic asso­ci­a­tion of the National Demo­c­ra­tic Alliance (estab­lished in March 2010) made sev­eral trips to the Holy Land, vis­ited the Knes­set, and the memo­r­ial com­plex “Yad Vashem”. Fol­low­ing the visit, co-chairman of the move­ment Ilya Lazarenko came to the con­clu­sion that the Russ­ian nation­al­ists and right-wing Zion­ists have much in com­mon. “We are very much in com­mon, and first of all — rejec­tion of vio­lent Islamism, which is a threat to civ­i­liza­tion — he said to the por­tal IzRus. — We also have some ide­o­log­i­cal over­lap asso­ci­ated with the objec­tives of nation-building and its operation.” . . . .

11.We conclude by noting Mitt Romney’s alliance with Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu, him­self an heir to the fas­cist ele­ment within the Zion­ist movement. Romney also was allied with Snowden’s Presidential candidate of choice Ron Paul.

“A Friend­ship Nur­tured in 1976 Res­onates in 2012″ by Michael Bar­baro; The New York Times; 4/8/2012.

. . . . That shared expe­ri­ence decades ago led to a warm friend­ship, lit­tle known to out­siders, that is now rich with polit­i­cal intrigue. Mr. Netanyahu, the prime min­is­ter of Israel, is mak­ing the case for mil­i­tary action against Iran as Mr. Rom­ney, the likely Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, is attack­ing the Obama admin­is­tra­tion for not sup­port­ing Mr. Netanyahu more robustly.

The rela­tion­ship between Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Rom­ney — nur­tured over meals in Boston, New York and Jerusalem, strength­ened by a net­work of mutual friends and height­ened by their con­ser­v­a­tive ide­olo­gies — has resulted in an unusu­ally frank exchange of advice and insights on top­ics like pol­i­tics, eco­nom­ics and the Mid­dle East.

When Mr. Rom­ney was the gov­er­nor of Mass­a­chu­setts, Mr. Netanyahu offered him first­hand point­ers on how to shrink the size of gov­ern­ment. When Mr. Netanyahu wanted to encour­age pen­sion funds to divest from busi­nesses tied to Iran, Mr. Rom­ney coun­seled him on which Amer­i­can offi­cials to meet with. And when Mr. Rom­ney first ran for pres­i­dent, Mr. Netanyahu pre­sciently asked him whether he thought Newt Gin­grich would ever jump into the race.

Only a few weeks ago, on Super Tues­day, Mr. Netanyahu deliv­ered a per­sonal brief­ing by tele­phone to Mr. Rom­ney about the sit­u­a­tion in Iran. . . .

 

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  1. This is cute: The BND recently experienced a ‘Watergate’ of its own. Not a Nixonian Watergate centered around dirty tricks and coverups. Just a scandal involving a lot of water:

    The Washington Post
    A flooded intelligence headquarters is Germany’s ‘Watergate’
    By Rick Noack
    March 6, 2015

    Germany’s federal intelligence service (BND) is supposed to ensure the country’s safety — but it seems as if it can’t even protect its own future headquarters. On Tuesday, parts of a newly constructed building in Berlin were flooded after taps were removed from their original position.

    So far, it is not known who removed the crucial taps and let water flood floors and ventilations shafts of the supposedly high-security headquarters. Suspecting thieves to have caused the security lapse, police have launched an investigation into the country’s very own “Watergate” scandal, as the incident has become known in German media. As of Thursday, it was unclear why thieves would break into one of Germany’s most secure buildings to steal taps. Police officials did also not exclude the possibility of an attack with a political motive or revenge taken by disgruntled employees.

    Whereas the U.S. Watergate scandal forced President Richard Nixon to step down in 1974, the German incident will likely remain a financial disaster instead of a political one. According to German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, it will cost millions of dollars to repair the damage.

    Given that the new BND headquarters is closely monitored day and night, some have raised questions over the intelligence service’s professionalism and its ability to protect the country’s citizens.

    If alleged amateur thieves can steal taps, what could professional foreign agents do in the building? German authorities have long feared the placement of bugs in the building and even stepped up security at the construction site — without success, it seems.

    Many Germans, however, will hardly be surprised by the incident. The country — particularly well known for its technical prowess — has recently witnessed a series of embarrassing construction failures. Only weeks before the opening ceremony of Berlin’s new airport BER was supposed to take place in 2011, experts realized that the project would probably take several years instead of weeks to be finished. The airport is now scheduled to open in 2017.

    BND’s new headquarters has made headlines for similar reasons. In 2014, experts determined that many of the building’s passive infrared detectors were not properly working, among other technical flaws. The same year, sensitive diagrams of the building were stolen — a goldmine for anyone seeking to undermine the federal intelligence of one of the United States’ closest allies.

    The building complex is now supposed to house the intelligence service’s roughly 4,000 employees by 2017 instead of 2016. Some media reports have indicated that Tuesday’s flooding may cause further delays. According to Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, several employees have resigned out of frustration. Currently, the service is based in Pullach, a village of 9,000 close to Munich.

    Bad news for the BND may in fact be good news for other Germans. Many of the country’s citizens are skeptical of the the work of their intelligence services. Much of this can be traced to Germany’s history: In the communist east, the Stasi intelligence service monitored most of the country’s citizens, intimidated opponents and paid others to inform on their neighbors and friends.

    Germans were outraged when they discovered that the NSA had spied on German telecommunications data two years ago. Despite frequent denials by the BND, many suspect the German intelligence to have been involved in the data collection. In a 2014 survey, nearly 40 percent of Germans said they considered increasing digitalization and the role of intelligence services to be a threat.

    Well, at least the building wasn’t fully occupied and filled with invaluable contents so it could be a lot worse. And while it’s certainly possible that there this was an intentional act of sabotage of some sort, also keep in mind the explosion of low wage, underpaid laborers in Germany that would have had plenty of poverty-based incentives to steal a water tap here and there.

    It was also worth noting that public skepticism over the work of the BND might be even higher than normal these days given the recent reports on the BND’s refusal to cooperate with the Bundestag in its investigations over how the BND does what it does:

    Deutsche Welle
    Report: Britain’s GCHQ threatens to end work with Germany’s BND spy agency

    The German magazine Focus says Britain has threatened to cease cooperation with Germany’s BND intelligence service. The BND in turn has been accused by a Berlin inquiry panel of withholding documents.

    Date 06.02.2015

    German parliamentarians probing American NSA surveillance complained across party lines on Thursday that they could not examine spy agencies’ links because Germany’s own BND was refusing to provide relevant documents.

    Inquiry committee chairman Patrick Sensburg (pictured center) of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives told journalists that he had submitted the complaint in writing to federal parliament speaker Norbert Lammert.

    The panel was set up in March last year by Germany’s parliament to assess the extent of telephone and internet spying by America’s National Security Agency and its partners on German citizens and politicians, and to establish whether German intelligence had assisted.

    So far the inquiry has focused little of reported bulk tapping by Britain’s GCHQ of internet cable content from Europe to the United States and suspected GCHQ links with the BND.

    Inquiry ‘stonewalled’

    Opposition Left party member Martina Renner said during its hearings over 10 months the panel has repeatedly run into barriers.

    “It has been stonewalled, again and again” Renner said.

    She said one of two BND employees called to testify on Thursday and identified only as J.F. had told the committee that he could not comment on a project called “Glotaic,” reputedly on cooperation between the BND and the CIA.

    The German news magazine Spiegel reported in December on cooperation between the BND and the CIA – parallel to cooperation with the NSA.

    Bulk data collection

    Earlier this week, von Notz referred to an online article of the newspaper Die Zeit which claimed that daily the BND logged and forwarded 220 million sets of so-called metadata from telephone calls and SMS messages to the NSA and CIA.

    “If [such] a gigantic data repository was located on German territory it would be a open breach of law,” von Notz said.

    His remarks coincided with a White House announcement that it had tightened rules on how the CIA, FBI and other agencies used communications of foreigners collected by the NSA.

    Tuesday’s US announcement made clear, however, that the bulk collection would continue.

    Now this sounds more like a scandal worthy of the ‘Watergate’ label:


    Opposition Left party member Martina Renner said during its hearings over 10 months the panel has repeatedly run into barriers.

    “It has been stonewalled, again and again” Renner said.

    She said one of two BND employees called to testify on Thursday and identified only as J.F. had told the committee that he could not comment on a project called “Glotaic,” reputedly on cooperation between the BND and the CIA.

    The German news magazine Spiegel reported in December on cooperation between the BND and the CIA – parallel to cooperation with the NSA.

    Bulk data collection

    Earlier this week, von Notz referred to an online article of the newspaper Die Zeit which claimed that daily the BND logged and forwarded 220 million sets of so-called metadata from telephone calls and SMS messages to the NSA and CIA.

    “If [such] a gigantic data repository was located on German territory it would be a open breach of law,” von Notz said.

    Keep in mind that the daily 220 million sets of metadata that the BND was reportedly passing on to the NSA and CIA was supposed to be only data on non-German citizens:

    Deutsche Welle
    German spy agency saves millions of phone records, says report

    The German government was quick to announce plans to widen data retention against terrorism in response to this month’s attacks in Paris. But Berlin already collects far more telecom metadata than many suspected.

    Date 30.01.2015
    Author Gabriel Borrud

    According to a journalist at German weekly “Die Zeit,” writing with reference to “classified files,” the German Intelligence Agency (BND) currently collects around 220 million pieces of metadata per day, far more than was currently thought.

    Kai Biermann, who has covered the topic of mass surveillance by both the BND and international intelligence authorities including the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and the US National Security Agency (NSA), wrote on Friday that German spies provided “at least part” of the data they acquired to the NSA.

    Metadata includes the phone numbers involved in a call or text message, when a call was made or text sent and the length of the communication. It does not, however, include what was said during a call or written in a text message.

    Quoting BND sources, Biermann wrote that German intelligence “reserves the right to collect metadata, regardless of the amount,” of foreign telecommunications traffic. Collection of telecoms traffic of German citizens, however, violates national data protection laws. The report did not specify how German data was filtered, nor has the BND done so.

    According to Friday’s report, the BND stores 2 million pieces of such metadata, approximately 1 percent of its daily trawl of 220 million, for an extended period of “long-term analysis” of up to 10 years. The great majority of all the data, however, is discarded within two weeks of being collected.

    A German government statement did not comment on the report. Deputy spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel, Christiane Wirtz, told journalists in Berlin on Friday that “nothing could be said with regard to the [Zeit Online] report.” Asked whether German intelligence authorities had a leak, Wirtz said she couldn’t speculate as to “where this report came from,” adding that the German government took all necessary measures to ensure that classified documents were kept confidential.

    ‘Grasping at straws’

    International data privacy advocacy groups reacted with disgust to the revelations in the Zeit Online report, with Access Now calling on the BND to curtail its “collect-it-all mindset” in imitation of the NSA.

    “This shows that they are just sucking up all that they can,” Peter Micek, a policy counsel and telecoms expert at Access, told DW. “Unfortunately, what we do on our mobile phones is not going to be kept private until we get true international safeguards and agreements that privacy rights apply online.”

    So it sounds like the BND’s internal rules (that the Bundestag is trying to learn about) is that spying on foreign traffic(and handing it off to foreign intelligence agencies) is fine but domestic traffic must be ignored. But how domestic traffic is separated from the international traffic isn’t made clear. How Germany resolves this conundrum will be something to watch since the dream of creating surveillance rules that leaves civil society intact typically involves the goal of leaving the powerful military-grade spying capabilities and data out of the hands of domestic agencies where the potential for abuse is the most extreme.

    Although we do have one example of how the BND is already planning on filtering out the domestic from the foreign traffic flows in one of its latest initiatives. We got the hint when the BND’s plans for a real-time social media monitoring system and new decryption tools were unveiled back in November. It’s a pretty simple system: If your social media posts are in German it’s considered domestic and filtered out. Yep. Should work like a charm: ;):

    IT World
    German spy agency seeks millions to monitor social networks outside Germany

    The prototype real time social media monitor will only look at publicly available data though, according to the plans

    Loek Essers By Loek Essers

    IDG News Service | November 10, 2014

    Germany’s foreign intelligence agency reportedly wants to spend €300 million (about US$375 million) in the next five years on technology that would let it spy in real time on social networks outside of Germany, and decrypt and monitor encrypted Internet traffic.

    The Federal Intelligence Service (BND) wants the funds for a program called “Strategische Initiative Technik” (SIT, Strategic Technology Initiative), according to a report by German daily the Süddeutsche Zeitung and television stations NDR and WDR.

    The report is based on a confidential document in which the BND asked the Confidential Committee of the Bundestag’s Budget Committee to approve a sum of €28 million for the program in 2015.

    A German government spokesman confirmed the existence of the SIT program on Monday and said that its main goal is to build an early warning system for cyber attacks. He declined however to give further details about either the program or its budget.

    It is a remarkable move given the German uproar over the NSA affair and the alleged U.S. spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone, which led the German government to demand a “no-spy” agreement from the U.S. Such a deal is unlikely to be made by U.S. president Barack Obama.

    The system for real time social network monitoring is still in the construction phase. But a prototype is expected to be launched next June with the aim of monitoring publicly available data on Twitter and blogs. The program should filter out and discard data in the German language.

    The BND also wants to spend €4.5 million to crack and monitor HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) encrypted Internet traffic. By 2020 some of that money may be spent the black market to buy zero day exploits, unpublicized vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers. That program, called “Nitidezza”, should also provide better protection for government networks, German weekly Der Spiegel said in a separate report on BND’s budget requests.

    Moreover, a plan to monitor Internet exchanges outside Germany is also in the works. Next year, the agency wants to spend €4.5 million on a program called “Swop” to provide additional hidden access to a non-German exchange, the newspaper report said.

    “Next year, the agency wants to spend €4.5 million on a program called “Swop” to provide additional hidden access to a non-German exchange, the newspaper report said.”
    As we can see, it’s not just raining at the BND’s new quarters. It’s raining metadata too. And a lot of non-metadata too. Everyday. And the storm is just getting started.

    Luckily for the BND it has just the umbrella it needs for this kind of situation. Just don’t tell anyone about it.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | March 11, 2015, 6:49 pm
  2. Five former IBM employees start a company they call SAP Systemanalyse und Programmentwicklung (“System Analysis and Program Development”).

    Taking the initial form of a private partnership under the German Civil Code, the company establishes its headquarters in Weinheim, Germany, and opens an office in nearby Mannheim. However, SAP’s five founders spend most of their time in the data centers of their first customers, which include the German branch of Imperial Chemical Industries in Östringen.

    http://go.sap.com/corporate/en/company/history.html

    Keep in mind that Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) had partnered with IG Farben before WWII. Allen Dulles had drawn up the paperwork to bring ICI into a Nazi chemical cartel – see p. 68 of Secret War Against the Jews by John Loftus and Mark Aarons.

    http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2016/05/new-homeland-security-alert-warns-sap-program-vulnerabilities/128236/?oref=govexec_today_pm_nl
    This article states:

    SAP applications power many offices entrusted with intellectual property, human resources data, strategic plans and financial reports, among other sensitive files.

    A “wide-scale attack against these applications could have macro-economic impact on most modern economies,” the researchers said.

    One unidentified Fortune 100 victim tabulated losses from an attack that busted into and shutdown the company’s SAP systems at about $22 million per minute, according to Onapsis.

    hackers broke into SAP software in 2013 to read government records on federal employees and contractors with access to classified intelligence.

    That program apparently was an SAP enterprise resource planning application owned by background check provider USIS. Sensitive details on tens of thousands of national security personnel were exposed in March 2014. The USIS breach was separate from a gargantuan hack at the Office of Personnel Management, but believed to be part of the same Chinese-sponsored espionage operation.

    THE OBVIOUS QUESTIONS TO ASK ARE:
    Is this software being used by the Reich to gain financial insight to have “investment foresight” and to acquire corporate secrets? Also, in addition to being an espionage tool, can it be used for sabotage?

    Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2016, 7:37 pm

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