Snowden, Syria, and the Soviets
Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? James 2:25
Hiding among the spiky rocks, I waited for the slowly approaching alien government force to make an error. Operation Assange 2.0 was bound to fail, as miserably as its first part. It looked as an almost perfect copycat; but this time the design was flawed.
Suffering the unbearable cold of an Andean winter, touching the sky with my fingers, I waited. I distracted myself with other items. Israel, Syria, Palestine. Syria again.
Suddenly, Operation Assange 2.0 was hit by a Syrian ricochet. Far below me, the government task force attempting to kill internet,* recoiled.
And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged there—Joshua 2:1 Fahrenheit 451
Is Empire a Rookie?
“I am not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker,” said President Obama while visiting Senegal in West Africa.
This was said after the USA extradition order against Edward Snowden failed in Hong Kong because the government made an inexplicable error with his middle name.**
Snowden left in a flight to Moscow, where he is now in an airport hotel.
Such an error could be understood if Snowden were a foreigner to the USA Government. Hardly so, he is American former technical contractor and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, a contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA). These organizations are careful with names. Lucky Snowden!
I take President Obama even stranger reaction as a personal insult. He didn’t need to deliver a jet. It was enough for any American in Hong Kong having placed charges at the local police station against Snowden. It would have achieved the desired effect without the diplomatic scandal. Please, Mr. President, don’t tell me that your country doesn’t do that.
Oddly, Snowden announced that his final destination is Ecuador, a typical banana republic. He also announced his planned trajectory, namely Russia, Island, Venezuela and Ecuador. I recommend him never to disclose trip plans.
Afterwards, Venezuelan news network teleSUR didn’t get tired of interviewing officials from Ecuador on the topic. In typical South-American red-tape fashion, they don’t stop addressing all the irrelevant issues. Ecuador filled its mouth with water and mumbled nonsense.
This odd development, emphasized the link of Snowden with Operation Assange 1.0. Since the outbreak of the WikiLeaks Affair, Julian Assange lived comfortably in London, one of the Western Hydra’s main cities. That was odd, to say the least. Why did the CIA and MI5 allow that? Slowly, things got hotter for Mr. Assange in the legal arena, until he decided to seek refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy, where he still is. Ecuador was a strange choice, to say the least.
Ecuador experienced a failed coup d’état in 2010; the event was perpetrated by the police force. According to Phillip Agee’s Inside the Company: CIA Diary, this police force is owned by the CIA. This last event was widely dismissed by Western media. Yet, Venezuelan teleSur news network broadcast in 2011 an incredible report of the event in its program Dossier. There, journalist Walter Martinez did an exceptional job in showing the kidnapping of President Correa by the police. The video shows how a gas grenade is thrown on the president by a police officer, and his gas mask is taken away from his face while he is forcibly taken away. A few hours later, after it was apparent the event had failed, he was released. Then, the commander of the police force resigned. … This military-terror machinery had been trained by the USA, and was designed to perform exactly that: civilian terror for the profit of the Empire… Operation Condor was a campaign of political repression involving institutional assassination and intelligence operations implemented in 1975 by the right-wing dictatorships of Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and Brazil. The United States—through the CIA—had planning, coordinative and supportive roles. Later on, Ecuador and Peru joined the merry party. Two of these countries—Uruguay and Ecuador—are described as little more than CIA substations in the abovementioned book by Philip Agee (adapted excerpt from The Cross of Bethlehem II: Back in Bethlehem).
The current Ecuadorian president is obviously not an American supporter, having allied himself with Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia. This is true despite his PhD in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His father was caught smuggling cocaine into the USA and was convicted and sentenced to five and a half years in prison. Later on, he committed suicide. The Ecuadorian president had publicly said that “…drug smugglers are not delinquents. They are single mothers or unemployed people who are desperate to feed their families.” In this context, Julian Assange request for asylum makes sense.
Rafael Correa is not a USA supporter; however, that doesn’t transform him into a human rights champion. On 16 February 2012, Panama’s President Ricardo Martinelli granted diplomatic asylum to Carlos Pérez Barriga, one of the directors of El Universo, Ecuador’s largest newspaper. This happened after the ratification of a sentence convicting the newspaper’s directors to three years in prison and the payment of $40 million for the crime of slanderous offenses against President Rafael Correa. A stand-off developed since Ecuador didn’t let the now Panamanian refugee leave the embassy’s compound. Following international pressure, the offended President Correa pardoned the dangerous criminals. This was not the behavior of someone who respects freedom of speech, or even basic human rights. Yet, Julian Assange’s seeks refuge under Correa’s wings.
This is odd for one declaring himself a champion of information rights. Moreover, considering his occupation, it is unconceivable that Mr. Assange is not aware of the ongoing links—a coup d’état was staged in 2010!—between the CIA and the Ecuadorian Police. Patsy or fool?
In this context, Mr. Assange’s step makes sense. He will be publicly portrayed as having received political asylum from an anti-American regime, while being jealously protected by the same regime’s police force, which has properly proven links with the CIA.
The image below is one of the false scoops of WikiLeaks. In 2011, it disclosed that Iran was after recently discovered uranium in Bolivia. The incredible scoop was four years old, having been repeated ad nauseam on Bolivian press.
Assange may be a CIA agent, or he may have been used by the CIA. This is easy: WikiLeaks accepts anonymous contributions. As far as I know, all the material published by WikiLeaks is disinformation provided by the CIA. We will know for sure that WikiLeaks and Julian Assange are clean the day they begin disclosing real names of CIA personnel. Perpetrators of human rights violations and crimes against humanity should not be protected by anonymity. If they are so righteous let them stand in court and defend their crimes. Compare WikiLeaks’ behavior with the disclosure of Mossad agents’ names in Portrait of a Jewish Terrorist, or Mossad persecution techniques portrayed in The Cross of Bethlehem.
As irrelevant as the information disclosed by Snowden. Didn’t we all know that the government illegitimately monitors electronic communications? Is that news?
Assange is part of the “Kill the Internet” operation.
Snowden is Operation Assange 2.0.
Bolivian Newspaper | WikiLeaks’ Old News
Syria? Are you serious?
Yet, Operation Assange 2.0 was flawed. The USA couldn’t Wag the Dog twice in the same fashion. Subservient Europe couldn’t be used again. Snowden was to depart from Chinese Hong Kong, and pass through Russia, before a Western safe house could be reached.
Russia and China were supposed to cooperate; their governments aren’t among the most liberal.
This analysis made sense on the surface. Alas! It was the slippery surface of a frozen lake. The people preparing the operation—apparently internet-oriented geeks—forgot that Russia considers itself these days under Western attack. The Western ongoing attack on Syria (Western Last Bastion Quivers) puts Russia’s only Mediterranean port—a strategic asset achieved by the Soviets—in danger.
Suffering the unbearable cold of an Andean winter, touching the sky with my fingers, I waited.
“Breaking News,” the Venezuelan news network announced. “Snowden disappeared!” an overdramatic announce in ultra-rapid Spanish was delivered. Moments later it became clear that Snowden, for unknown reasons, is still in Moscow’s airport. This is true as these lines are being written on June 27.
Far below me, the government task force recoiled; its point-man became a Russian bargaining chip.
* News reporting attacks and counter-attacks over the internet have become common, the affair of the Flame and Stuxnet worms being the most remarkable one. Lawrence Lessig, a respected Law Professor from Stanford University told an audience at the 2008 Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Half Moon Bay, California, that “There’s going to be an i-9/11 event” which will act as a catalyst for a radical reworking of the law pertaining to the internet. Lessig also revealed that he had learned, during a dinner with former government Counter Terrorism Czar Richard Clarke, that there is already in existence a cyber equivalent of the Patriot Act, an “i-Patriot Act,” and that the Justice Department is waiting for a cyber terrorism event in order to implement its provisions. Lessig is the founder of Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. He is a founding board member of Creative Commons and is a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and of the Software Freedom Law Center. He is best known as a proponent of reduced legal restrictions on copyright, trademark and radio frequency spectrum, particularly in technology applications.
These are not the ravings of some paranoid cyber geek. The Patriot Act, as well as its lesser known follow up the Domestic Security Enhancement Act 2003, also known as USA Patriot Act II, have been universally decried by civil libertarians and Constitutional scholars from across the political spectrum. They have stripped back basic rights and handed what have been described by even the most moderate critics as “dictatorial control” over to the president and the federal government. Many believed that the legislation was a response to the attacks of 9/11, but the Patriot Act was prepared way in advance of 9/11 and it sat dormant, awaiting an event to justify its implementation. In the days after the attacks it was passed in the House by a majority of 357 to 66. It passed the Senate by 98 to 1. Congressman Ron Paul told the Washington Times that no member of Congress was even allowed to read the legislation. Exactly the same freedom-restricting legislation has already been prepared for the cyber world. Is WikiLeaks the precursor and pretext for yet another American terror attack on our liberties? Was the Snowden Affair designed as the trigger?
** “HKSAR Government issues statement on Edward Snowden *************************************************** The HKSAR Government today (June 23) issued the following statement on Mr Edward Snowden:
Mr Edward Snowden left Hong Kong today (June 23) on his own accord for a third country through a lawful and normal channel.
The US Government earlier on made a request to the HKSAR Government for the issue of a provisional warrant of arrest against Mr Snowden. Since the documents provided by the US Government did not fully comply with the legal requirements under Hong Kong law, the HKSAR Government has requested the US Government to provide additional information so that the Department of Justice could consider whether the US Government’s request can meet the relevant legal conditions. As the HKSAR Government has yet to have sufficient information to process the request for provisional warrant of arrest, there is no legal basis to restrict Mr Snowden from leaving Hong Kong.
The HKSAR Government has already informed the US Government of Mr Snowden’s departure.
Meanwhile, the HKSAR Government has formally written to the US Government requesting clarification on earlier reports about the hacking of computer systems in Hong Kong by US government agencies. The HKSAR Government will continue to follow up on the matter so as to protect the legal rights of the people of Hong Kong.
Ends/Sunday, June 23, 2013 Issued at HKT 16:05
Roi Tov is a graduate—among others—of Tel Aviv University and the Weizmann Institute of Science. In addition to his memoir, Tov is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Molecular Physics and other scientific journals. He won various travel writing and photography awards.
In his writings, he tries to reveal life in Israel as a Christian Israel Defense Force (IDF) officer—from human rights violations to the use of an extensive network of underground agents. He was recognized first as a refugee and subsequently as political prisoner of Bolivia.