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“U‑2, Brut?” Part II: Eddie the Friendly Spook Hits the Trifecta (Updated)



Is Eddie the Friend­ly Spook a sleep­er agent?

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 third of our posts [4] on “L’Af­faire Snow­den,” [5] we reit­er­at­ed and fur­ther devel­oped [6] the com­par­i­son between Snow­den’s activ­i­ties [7] 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 [8] (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 [9], 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 [10] 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 [11]. (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”) [12]–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 [13]. 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 [14] is gov­erned by the Bor­mann cap­i­tal net­work.) [15]

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 [16] right in the mid­dle of this affair [17].

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 [18]. 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”! [19]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 [20] and Eddie the Friend­ly Spook are OK with that!

There is an old say­ing: “Count your but­tons before doing them up.” it cer­tain­ly applies to the Pirate Bay/Pirate Party/Anonymous folks and it also applies to the Chi­nese, Rus­sians, Ecuado­rans and any­one and every­one else who wants to give assis­tance or shel­ter to Eddie the Friend­ly Spook.

He is a pro­fes­sion­al intel­li­gence offi­cer on a mis­sion. The pos­si­bil­i­ty that he might be work­ing to spy on the Chi­nese, Rus­sians, Ecuado­rans, Ice­landers, Wik­iLeak­ers is one to be care­ful­ly con­sid­ered.

To ful­ly acquaint your­selves with the argu­ments being devel­oped in con­nec­tion with Eddie the Friend­ly Spook, PLEASE exam­ine at length our pre­vi­ous posts on the sub­ject, as well as fol­low­ing the links in those arti­cles: Part I [6], Part II [5], Part III [4], Part IV [7].

“Snow­den, in Rus­sia, Said to Seek Asy­lum in Ecuador” by Ellen Bar­ry and Kei­th Brad­sh­er; The New York Times; 6/23/2013. [9]

EXCERPT: Edward J. Snow­den, the fugi­tive for­mer Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Agency con­trac­tor want­ed by the Unit­ed States for leak­ing clas­si­fied doc­u­ments, foiled his Amer­i­can pur­suers on Sun­day by flee­ing a Hong Kong hide-out for Moscow aboard a com­mer­cial Russ­ian jet­lin­er, in what appeared to be the first step in an odyssey to seek polit­i­cal asy­lum in Ecuador.

It was a day of frus­trat­ed scram­bling by Amer­i­can offi­cials, who have been seek­ing Mr. Snowden’s extra­di­tion and had annulled his pass­port a day before he left Hong Kong as part of an effort to thwart his escape. The author­i­ties in Hong Kong said they lacked com­plete infor­ma­tion to pre­vent his depar­ture.

Mr. Snow­den board­ed an Aeroflot jet­lin­er that reached Moscow on Sun­day after­noon. Russ­ian news agen­cies said Mr. Snow­den was in a tran­sit area, and Ecuador embassy offi­cials, includ­ing the ambas­sador, were seen at the air­port into the ear­ly hours of Mon­day.

Ecuador’s gov­ern­ment and Wik­iLeaks, the orga­ni­za­tion that expos­es gov­ern­ment secrets and has come to the assis­tance of Mr. Snow­den, appeared to have played a crit­i­cal role in help­ing spir­it him away from Hong Kong.

Ecuador’s for­eign min­is­ter said that Mr. Snow­den had sub­mit­ted a request for asy­lum. In a state­ment on its Web site, Wik­iLeaks said, “he is bound for the Repub­lic of Ecuador via a safe route for the pur­pos­es of asy­lum, and is being escort­ed by diplo­mats and legal advi­sors from Wik­iLeaks.”

The founder of Wik­iLeaks, Julian Assange, who has resided in Ecuador’s Lon­don embassy for a year because of his own fugi­tive sta­tus, said in an inter­view that his group had arranged for Mr. Snow­den to trav­el via a “spe­cial refugee trav­el doc­u­ment” issued by Ecuador last Mon­day — days before the Unit­ed States announced the crim­i­nal charges against him and revoked his pass­port. . . .

“Oba­ma Can­cels Putin Sum­mit amid Snow­den Ten­sions” by Matthew Lee and Deb Riech­mann [AP]; Yahoo News; 8/7/2013. [21]

EXCERPT: 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. . . .

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

EXCERPT: . . . 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.) . . .

“Ger­many aims to be a good part­ner”; bundesregierung.de; 4/17/2013. [13]

EXCERPT: After their talks the Chan­cel­lor report­ed on the issues that are cur­rent­ly of par­tic­u­lar polit­i­cal impor­tance: a free trade agree­ment, an invest­ment pro­tec­tion agree­ment and voca­tion­al train­ing.

Angela Merkel and Rafael Cor­rea dis­cussed the sit­u­a­tion in Latin Amer­i­ca as a whole. Bilat­er­al rela­tions and also the rela­tions with Latin Amer­i­ca are “emi­nent­ly inter­est­ing”. “Ger­many would like to be an increas­ing­ly good part­ner,” said the Chan­cel­lor.

EU free trade agree­ment with Ecuador

Ecuador is inter­est­ed in join­ing the exist­ing free trade agree­ment between the Euro­pean Union and Colom­bia and Peru. Ger­many, said Angela Merkel, could help sup­port the pos­i­tive devel­op­ment of rela­tions between the EU and Ecuador. “I have said that we will once again be speak­ing with the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion in order to gen­er­ate an impe­tus to bring these nego­ti­a­tions to a suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion,” she said.

A sta­ble legal frame­work for eco­nom­ic agree­ment

The talks also touched on the legal con­di­tions for improved eco­nom­ic coop­er­a­tion, and thus the con­clu­sion of a Ger­man-Ecuado­ri­an invest­ment pro­tec­tion agree­ment. “We need a sta­ble legal frame­work,” said the Chan­cel­lor. More talks are to be held between Ger­many and Ecuador on this point.
The Ger­man econ­o­my is also inter­est­ed in expand­ing infra­struc­ture, includ­ing air­ports and roads, said Angela Merkel. She made spe­cial men­tion of coop­er­a­tion in the field of voca­tion­al train­ing, and gave the exam­ple of the voca­tion­al school in Quito, which is attached to the city’s Ger­man school.

Suc­cess­ful devel­op­ment coop­er­a­tion

One focus of bilat­er­al rela­tions is devel­op­ment coop­er­a­tion. On the basis of inter­na­tion­al agree­ments, the two sides have been coop­er­at­ing close­ly for some 50 years. In the face of glob­al cli­mate change, it is par­tic­u­lar­ly impor­tant to con­serve trop­i­cal rain­forests. Ger­many is one of Ecuador’s largest bilat­er­al donors in the field of devel­op­ment coop­er­a­tion.

In Octo­ber 2012 gov­ern­ment nego­ti­a­tions took place in Quito to decide on coop­er­a­tion over the next three years. For the pri­or­i­ty areas of envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and con­ser­va­tion of nat­ur­al resources and state decen­tral­i­sa­tion and mod­erni­sa­tion, a total of 60.9 mil­lion euros was pledged, i.e. 20.3 mil­lion euros a year. Total assis­tance already stands at some 600 mil­lion euros.

“Leak­er’s Flight Rais­es Ten­sion For 3 Nations” by Peter Bak­er and Ellen Bar­ry; The New York Times; 6/25/2013. [11]

EXCERPT: 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. . . .