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WikiLeaks: U.S. and Germany Allegedly Planning Joint Reconnaissance Satellite Program

COMMENT: One of the diplo­mat­ic cables leaked by Wik­iLeaks alleges that a joint U.S./German spy satel­lite pro­gram will essen­tial­ly be run by Ger­many.

This has a num­ber of inter­est­ing impli­ca­tions, among them, some thoughts about the death of John Wheel­er III. Work­ing for the Mitre Cor­po­ra­tion, he was involved with an enti­ty deeply involved with satel­lite oper­a­tions.

Might this have had some­thing to do with Wheel­er’s death?

Note that the pro­posed project, nom­i­nal­ly Amer­i­can and Ger­man, will be essen­tial­ly German–a fun­da­men­tal nega­tion of U.S. nation­al sov­er­eign­ty, under the cir­cum­stances. Although Ger­many appeared to coop­er­ate with the U.S. dur­ing the Cold War, Ger­many remained under the con­trol of the Under­ground Reich–which is now revert­ing to form.

“US, Ger­many Embark on Secret Spy Satel­lite Pro­gram, Leaked Cable Reveals” [AP]; The Raw Sto­ry; 1/3/2011.

EXCERPT: Ger­many and the U.S. are plan­ning a $270 mil­lion satel­lite spy­ing pro­gram that is caus­ing fric­tion in the Euro­pean Union, accord­ing to Wik­iLeaks doc­u­ments pub­lished by Nor­we­gian news­pa­per Aften­posten on Mon­day.

Cit­ing diplo­mat­ic cables sent from the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, the news­pa­per said the project was pre­sent­ed as a com­mer­cial enter­prise but is actu­al­ly run by the Ger­man intel­li­gence ser­vice and the Ger­man Aero­space Cen­ter, DLR.

Accord­ing to the cables sent in 2009 and last year, the satel­lites would be in place by 2013, but it was­n’t clear if the fund­ing for the project had been secured. . . .


2 comments for “WikiLeaks: U.S. and Germany Allegedly Planning Joint Reconnaissance Satellite Program”

  1. The nature of the Wik­ileaks minidra­ma is pre­sent­ed to us in stark reac­tionary, bina­ry terms:

    Either Wikileaks/Assange is “good guy” or “bad guy” and all facets of the ongo­ing saga are tak­en at face val­ue.

    Pub­lic dis­course of even the most basic ques­tions of how Wik­ileaks could be com­pro­mised by inten­tion­al­ly decep­tive infor­ma­tion is off-lim­its. Such is the hubris of Amer­i­can Excep­tion­al­ism which posits that decep­tion, espi­onage & con­spir­a­cy is com­mon only to “dirty” & “unciv­i­lized” nations, like Rus­sia.

    Thus far, most Wik­ileaks cables (which large­ly are sourced from the State Depart­ment, a dubi­ous source if ever there was one, for its Bush Admin­is­tra­tion appointees if not its infa­mous CIA asso­ci­a­tions) have been excep­tion­al­ly Bush-friend­ly & Under­ground Reich-friend­ly. Any assort­ed seem­ing­ly anti-Bush, anti-Under­ground Reich cables (such as this one) exist “between the tent­poles” and do not con­sti­tute sig­nif­i­cant threats to the greater pur­pos­es of Wik­ileaks.

    In addi­tion, this cable may rep­re­sent a Mod­i­fied Lim­it­ed Hang­out, with key infor­ma­tion sig­nif­i­cant­ly edit­ed out or mis­di­rect­ed from what seems to be (in this cable) a snap­shot of an insid­i­ous ger­mi­nat­ing inter­na­tion­al pathol­o­gy.

    Over­all, this cable may be the excep­tion that proves the rule of the type of pro-Neo­con-nar­ra­tive “leaks” that Wik­ileaks has dealt in (with plen­ty of embarass­ment for the likes of Hillary Clin­ton but none for Rums­feld or Cheney or Bush or Bolton or Wol­fowitz or Zoel­lick the IMF or the World Bank).

    Mean­while, Wik­ileaks is serv­ing mul­ti­ple pur­pos­es, as one would expect of a well-planned coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence oper­a­tion:

    Wik­ileaks itself serves as a sting oper­a­tion to attract & neu­tral­ize any authen­tic, dan­ger­ous leak­ers & leaks.

    Wik­ileaks sets the stage for a vis­i­ble “calami­ty” which can be blamed on one of the leaks which will neces­si­tate (“Shock Doctrine”-style) some type of future Inter­net-con­trol leg­is­la­tion or fur­ther weak­en­ing of Inter­net pri­va­cy safe­guards.

    Assange serves as a foil for issues of free speech vs. “nation­al secu­ri­ty” in a staged minidra­ma for a pre­de­ter­mined out­come in which Assange is posi­tioned both to pro­vide illus­tra­tion of the “dan­gers” of “loose can­non” trans­paren­cy AND ulti­mate­ly to divide the loy­al­ties of his own cult-of-per­son­al­i­ty fans should he begin to devel­op some obvi­ous issues of slip­ping ethics, snow­balling celebri­ty or nar­cis­sist hypocrisy.

    And each of the indi­vid­ual leaks pro­vides oppor­tu­ni­ty for indi­vid­ual intel­li­gence oper­a­tions in them­selves. From bol­ster­ing Neo­con claims to divid­ing allies, from cre­at­ing new fault lines to dam­ag­ing diplo­mat­ic process­es them­selves in selec­tive venues, Wik­ileaks is only becom­ing more unas­sail­able, if to ques­tion the verac­i­ty of the cables is to align ones­self with those who seem to naked­ly use rape charges to make a polit­i­cal mar­tyr of Assange, whose pol­i­tics in inter­views ranges from vague and reac­tionary to Ron Paul-style Ayn Ran­dism.

    And the Fran­cis Park­er Yock­ey-style Third Posi­tion Cheney Sleep­er Cell of Barack Oba­ma seems only too will­ing to play his role, in tan­dem with the oper­a­tion that put Assange into place, in build­ing Assange’s sta­tus as polit­i­cal free-speech mar­tyr and cre­at­ing a new class of “ter­ror­ist” that could nev­er have been suc­cess­ful­ly cement­ed by the Bush Admin­is­tra­tion alone.

    Posted by R. Wilson | January 8, 2011, 2:09 am
  2. An update has been post­ed. Update: Ger­many abrupt­ly denies involve­ment with project, offer­ing no fur­ther details. Link @ http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/01/03/aftenposten-germany-plan-secret-spy-project/

    Posted by Joshua Laudermilk | January 8, 2011, 1:01 pm

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