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“U-2, Brut?”: Baby Face Snowden and the Destabilization of Obama

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NSA Surveillance Map, leaked by Snowden prior to Obama's meeting with Merkel.

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Baby Face Snowden's candidate of choice

Dave Emory’s entire life­time of work is avail­able on a flash drive that can be obtained here. [3] (The flash drive includes the anti-fascist books avail­able on this site.)

COMMENT: 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 [4] has, of course, been the source for disclosures [5]about NSA spying on individuals and institutions.

Previously, we noted that Ron Paul [6] backer Snowden decamped to Hong Kong and leaked information about U.S. hacking of Chinese computers [7] 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 [8].

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 [9], 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.

[10]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. [25]

EXCERPT: 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. . . .

“History of the Carl Duisberg Society” [18]

EXCERPT: In the 1920’s, Carl Duisberg, General Director of Bayer AG in Germany, envisioned sending German students to the United States on work-study programs. Duisberg was convinced that international practical training was critical to the growth of German industry. Many of the returning trainees later rose to prominent positions at AEG, Bayer, Bosch, Daimler Benz, and Siemens, bringing with them new methods for mass production, new ideas, and new business practices. Following World War II, alumni from the first exchanges founded the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft (CDG) in 1949 to help engineers, businessmen and farmers gain international work experience necessary for the rebuilding of Germany . . . .

Excerpt from the Description for FTR #484 [19]

. . . . Daniel also notes that some of Atta’s German associates in Florida were sons and daughters of prominent German industrialists. . . .

Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile by Paul Manning; p. 292. [20]

EXCERPT: . . . A for­mer CIA con­tract pilot, who once flew the run into Paraguay and Argentina to the Bor­mann ranch described the estate as remote, ‘worth your life unless you entered their air space with the right iden­ti­fi­ca­tion codes. . . .