Friday, 16 March 2018

Cui Bono? #SergeiSkripal #Trump #Putin #Brexit #BioWeapons #SteeleDossier

The principle of Cui Bono ("who benefits"?), is surely the only one those of us not privy to State secrets have available when examining issues of espionage as they relate to both foreign and domestic policy but the mainstream media (msm), almost never apply it. There have been countless instances in recent decades when sober reflection on the wider implications of incidents of terror or assassination (both successful and attempted), may have indicated further lines of inquiry which if followed could well have produced evidence (even if only circumstantial), that might have cast the events concerned in an entirely different light. It is the responsibility of good journalists to identify and examine these before they put pen-to-paper whatever the editorial line the publication or broadcast media they write for might be (any "spin" being applied later), however standards have unfortunately fallen to such an extent that it has become acceptable for the major players in the media to indulge in the worst kind of pandering to popular opinion and knee-jerk response and the recent "spy murders" have proven to be yet another example. Having said this let us therefore examine just who might stand to gain from the recent alleged (both "attempted" and "successful"), assassinations on British soil.


Quote; "Mikhail Lyubimov, a former KGB London station chief in the 1980s, told Moscow-based Dozd TV that “you've got to be an idiot to suddenly do this right before our presidential elections.” Lyubimov’s conspiracy theory is simple: A Western secret service—he didn’t say which one—or “some kind of Russian gang linked to some Western secret services” carried out the attack to whip up anti-Putin feeling in the West."
..."an attempted hit on an officially exchanged spy undermines the whole logic of spy-swap protocol established during the Cold War. “Spy exchanges are a bargain—both sides pay a price to get their people back,” says one former British diplomat, not authorized to speak on the record, whose time in Moscow coincided with previous spy swaps. “If you start bumping off people [you’ve agreed to exchange], that goes against the spirit of the thing…. It makes it difficult to negotiate in good faith in the future.”
  It’s possible Skripal’s would-be assassins may not care about the political fallout, which would be evidence, says Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague, of “more cracks forming” in Putin’s control of his espionage services. And the murder attempt could have been the result of a rivalry between different security agencies.*" Go to: http://www.newsweek.com/vladimir-putin-lost-control-russia-assassins-840598 for full article.

*Italics mine.

Official claim that ‘Novichok’ points solely to Russia discredited.

Quote; "This assumes that the narrative that insists an exclusively Russian made nerve agent was responsible is correct, however an examination of the work of such an august body as the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) suggests that this is not a conclusion that can be immediately drawn, quote;
"in the statement by Ambassador Peter Wilson, UK Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW),"."he claimed that Russia has “failed for many years” to fully disclose its chemical weapons programme.
Wilson was parroting a claim made a year earlier by the US State Department that Russia had not made a complete declaration of its chemical weapons stockpile: “The United States cannot certify that Russia has met its obligations under the Convention.”
Yet these claims are contradicted by the OPCW itself, which in September 2017 declared that the independent global agency had rigorously verified the completed destruction of Russia’s entire chemical weapons programme, including of course its nerve agent production capabilities.
OPCW Director-General, Ahmet Üzümcü, congratulated Russia with the following announcement:
“The completion of the verified destruction of Russia’s chemical weapons programme is a major milestone in the achievement of the goals of the Chemical Weapons Convention. I congratulate Russia and I commend all of their experts who were involved for their professionalism and dedication. I also express my appreciation to the States Parties that assisted the Russian Federation with its destruction program and thank the OPCW staff who verified the destruction.”
The OPCW’s press statement confirmed that:
“The remainder of Russia’s chemical weapons arsenal has been destroyed at the Kizner Chemical Weapons Destruction Facility in the Udmurt Republic. Kizner was the last operating facility of seven chemical weapons destruction facilities in Russia. The six other facilities (Kambarka, Gorny, Maradykovsky, Leonidovka, Pochep and Shchuchye) completed work and were closed between 2005 and 2015.”
The OPCW’s reports on Russia confirm that the agency found no evidence of the existence of an active Novichok* programme."..
 "the OPCW’s science board, which included Porton Down’s Dr Black as UK representative, concluded that:
“… it has insufficient information to comment on the existence or properties of ‘Novichoks.’”
So in short, the OPCW does not agree with the vague US and British insistence that Russia failed to declare all its chemical weapons stockpiles and facilities, and does not agree with the insistence that Novichok stockpiles or production facilities exist in Russia. But it seems that neither does His Excellency Peter Wilson** himself.
In a statement to the OPCW in November 2017, Ambassador Wilson congratulated the OPCW on verifying the complete destruction of Russia’s chemical weapons programme with high praise for its director, Ahmet Üzümcü. Wilson listed the latter’s numerous achievements including:
“… the completion of the verified destruction of Russia’s declared chemical weapons programme.”" Also...
 "According to former British diplomat Craig Murray, for instance, it is more reasonable to cast the net of suspicion onto Israel for many of the same reasons cited by the British government:

“Israel has the nerve agents. Israel has Mossad which is extremely skilled at foreign assassinations. Theresa May claimed Russian propensity to assassinate abroad as a specific reason to believe Russia did it. Well Mossad has an even greater propensity to assassinate abroad. And while I am struggling to see a Russian motive for damaging its own international reputation so grieviously, Israel has"..."Russian action in Syria has undermined the Israeli position in Syria and Lebanon in a fundamental way, and Israel has every motive for damaging Russia’s international position by an attack aiming to leave the blame on Russia.***”" Go to: https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/the-british-governments-russia-nerve-agent-claims-are-bullshit-a69b4ee484ce
 for full article.

*The "Russian produced" agent held to be responsible by the British govt. for the poisoning of Segei Skripal, his daughter and a a member of the local police force in Salisbury.

**This was clearly before an accusation of failure on the part of the OPCW would have aided rather than hindered the man's political career.

***Italics mine.

  " In the early 1990s Skripal was recruited by an MI6 agent Pablo Miller, whom the British media declined to name. Miller was an MI6 agent in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Miller’s main task was recruiting Russians to provide information about their country to the British. An interesting fact, possibly coincidental, was that the MI6 officer under diplomatic cover in Moscow at this time was Christopher Steele. Steele was later to become better known as the principal author of the infamous Trump dossier.
When Steele returned to London, he ran MI6’s Russia desk between the 2006 and 2009. The information that Skripal disclosed would have been given to Steele, first in Moscow and later in London.
Skripal was arrested in 2004. In 2006 he was convicted of treason and sentenced to 18 years imprisonment. In 2010 he was released as part of a prisoner exchange deal with Russian spies in U.S. jails. He went to live in the United Kingdom where he has lived in supposed retirement ever since. Another interesting fact, although again possibly coincidental, is that Salisbury, where Skripal lived, is only about 12 kilometres from Porton Down, the U.K.’s principal research centre for nerve agents.
If the Russians had wanted to kill him, they had ample opportunity to do so during the years when he was imprisoned or the eight years he lived in retirement in Salisbury. If they did wish to kill him, it is not a very credible that they would do so very publicly and by a means that could not be bought off the shelf in the local pharmacy. The handling and the administering of these very dangerous substances require professional expertise. The obvious candidates for the attempted murder are therefore government agencies, but which government is the unanswered question.
This is where the facts become thinner, but the interesting connections of Skripal offer scope for some tentative hypotheses. While living in Salisbury, Skripal became friendly, according to a report in the UK newspaper the Daily Telegraph, with none other than the aforementioned Pablo Miller – whom the Telegraph declined to name but has since been identified on the web.
Miller is now working with a British security consultancy named Orbis Business Intelligence. Again according to the Telegraph, Miller’s association with this company has now been removed from Miller’s LinkedIn profile.
The obvious question again is: why do so now?
Orbis is the same private intelligence agency as that of Christopher Steele. It seems more than a mere coincidence that the same three men who had personal and professional links going back to the 1990s should have a continuing association at the same time as the Steele dossier was being compiled and later as the so-called Russiagate inquiry was imploding. Former FBI Director James Comey described the Steele dossier as “salacious and unverified” in a Senate hearing. " Go to: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48985.htm for full article.

The Steele Dossier.

Quote; "In January 2017, BuzzFeed News published an intelligence dossier developed by a former British MI6 intelligence officer who was deemed credible by U.S. intelligence officials. The Dossier raises profoundly disturbing questions about whether there was improper contact between the Trump campaign and the Russian government and about the existence of compromising personal and financial information about Donald Trump. At the time BuzzFeed published the Dossier, it acknowledged that the allegations it contained were “unverified” and that the document contained “some clear errors.”
BuzzFeed’s decision to publish the Dossier has itself attracted a lot of attention. The Dossier is part of ongoing lawsuits filed by parties named in the dossier and may be part of congressional investigations.

Why is it Important?

The Dossier is a human intelligence document or [HUMINT] and therefore should be viewed not as evidence in a trial, but as a road map for investigators. The dossier’s high level of accuracy is rapidly becoming clear.
There are significant takeaways that are largely absent from the conversation about the Dossier:
  1. Christopher Steele is credible. Steele was not just a former UK MI-6 officer; he also worked on behalf of the FBI in the successful FIFA investigation.
    • Steele and the Dossier were credible enough for former FBI Director James Comey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to brief President Obama and then-President elect Trump on the contents of the dossier.
    • Steele was writing the Dossier in real time and it largely contains intelligence related to internal Russian efforts to interfere, not intelligence about the Trump campaign.
    • Steele was concerned about his safety after the Dossier was released and went into hiding.
  2. While much attention has gone to the salacious tape described in the Dossier, more should be paid to the allegation that for at least 5 years Trump was passing information on Russians living at his properties to Russian intelligence operatives. Steele cites four different sources – a former senior Russian intelligence figure (who is believed to have been murdered in his car on December 26, 2016), a current senior Russian foreign ministry figure, and two Russian emigres; these sources all indicate that Trump had a relationship with Russian intelligence and was providing information on the comings and goings of Russians at his properties. We know that Trump had a vast surveillance system of his properties, and that President Putin and Russian intelligence keep a close tab on Russian oligarchs. We also have separate press reporting that UK, Dutch, French, German, Estonian, and Australian intelligence agencies picked up intelligence on meetings between Trump associates and Russian intelligence going back to 2015." Go to: https://themoscowproject.org/dossier/ for article and view the dossier in full as published by Buzzfeed.
Having applied the principle of "Cui Bono" the above would suggest some motive on the part of the Russian administration itself but is it really that simple? Espionage is after all a game of smoke-and-mirrors and very often based on "best probable outcome"; Putin is up for re-election, Russia is about to stage the World Cup and world opinion is much concerned with the heightened tensions between the superpowers in both Eastern Europe and The Middle East so where lies his motive for alienating the international community? It must also not be forgotten that Putin himself was once head of the KGB so is about as far from a novice in such affairs as it is possible to be (and has proven this more than once as in his adroit maneuvering in securing the Crimea following NATO's rather clumsy attempt to continue the expansion of its influence in Eastern Europe by "piggy-backing" on the ill-considered -in my opinion-, "Wider European Adventure" of the EU). Yet it is Trump and Netanyahu (now bosom-buddies following the Trump administration's acceptance of Jerusalem as Israel's capital), who are also implicated by the Steele Dossier (if somewhat "second-hand" in the case of Netanyahu nevertheless there is no doubt where much of Donald Trump's funding has been coming from nor that the Israelis would rather the international community did not more closely examine some of their own recent foreign policy decisions and "strange-bedfellows" -see blog post bellow-). Some have also suggested that Theresa May might benefit from a distraction from her "Brexit" miseries and welcome the opportunity to demonize the Russian administration further. Might that account for her strange (and somewhat inappropriate), "fist-bumping" behaviour in Salisbury yesterday? Go to: https://twitter.com/ToryFibs/status/974363571961417731
  Furthermore Russian sources have suggested that as the attempt on Sergei Skripal's and his unfortunate daughter Yulia's lives was "botched" it was certainly not carried out by the Russian Security Services describing the attempt as "amateur" (but let's face it that's not like MOSSAD either), the newcomer to "the game" being infact the Trump administration itself!
 All of which is of-course merely circumstantial but none of which has appeared in the msm suggesting that (yet again), a "convenient" scapegoat may have been employed to bolster a popular narrative, certainly the following inconvenient facts have not become part of the increasingly more populist narrative, quote;
 "On 16 January 2018, a Bulgarian investigative journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva wrote a detailed article about the US bio-weapons research that spans across the world in 25 different countries. Gaytandzhieva wrote in her article that the US Army regularly produces deadly viruses, bacteria and toxins in direct violation of the UN Convention on the prohibition of biological weapons, and that hundreds of thousands of unwitting people are systematically exposed to dangerous pathogens and other incurable diseases. She added that bio-warfare scientists are using diplomatic cover (and testing, Ed.), man-made viruses at Pentagon bio-laboratories in 25 countries across the world. These bio-laboratories are funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) under a $2.1 billion military program called Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP), and are located in countries such as Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, etc. Luckily, the Balkans seems to be clear.

Gaytandzhieva recently traveled to Brussels and attended the European Parliament in order to confront Robert Kadlec, Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Health, regarding the number of classified bio-weapons research labs scattered through Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Kadlec categorically denied the existence of an American bio-weapon program as well as that information surrounding the labs in question were classified. Gaytandzhieva attempted to continue her follow up but was silenced by Hilde Vautmans, the EU official sitting next to Kadlec, who stated "This is not an investigation" to applause from the audience and an embrace between herself and Kadlec. Gaytandzhieva didn't stop there, however, following Kadlec to the elevator and continuing to ask him questions regarding the bio-weapons program which Kadlec refused to answer. Security staff then refused to let Gaytandzhieva on the elevator." Go to: http://balkanspost.com/article/468/bulgarian-journalist-gaytandzhieva-confronts-kadlec-over-us-secret-bio-weapons for full transcript of the exchange between Gaytandzhieva and Kadlec.

The Pentagon's Bio-weapons.

Quote; "The US Army regularly produces deadly viruses, bacteria and toxins in direct violation of the UN Convention on the prohibition of Biological Weapons".."Bio warfare scientists using diplomatic cover test man-made viruses at Pentagon bio laboratories in 25 countries across the world. These US bio-laboratories are funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) under a $ 2.1 billion military program– Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP), and are located in former Soviet Union countries such as Georgia and Ukraine, the Middle East, South East Asia and Africa." Go to: https://www.naturalblaze.com/2018/01/bio-weapons-pentagon.html for full article.

Also see: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/13/russian-businessman-close-associate-ofboris-berezovsky-found/


James Comey to reveal new information on Trump and respond to 'lies' about the FBI.

Quote: "Mr Comey, who was fired after Mr Trump admitted to becoming frustrated with the probe into Russia alleged interference in the 2016 election and possible links between his campaign and Moscow, has publicly remained largely silent since his firing. Mr Mueller has since launched his own probe into possible links between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Four former campaign staff have been indicted with various offences."..
"It said that among the episodes that the book will cover will be a one-on-one dinner between the two men and the so-called Trump dossier produced by former British spy Christopher Steele.*" Go to: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/james-comey-book-tour-trump-fbi-former-director-lies-russia-mueller-investigation-a8259916.html for full article.

*Italics mine.

British Scientists Balked at Pressure to Link Nerve Gas to Russia.

Quote; "Porton Down would only sign up to the formulation “of a type developed by Russia” after a rather difficult meeting where this was agreed as a compromise formulation. The Russians were allegedly researching, in the “Novichok” programme a generation of nerve agents which could be produced from commercially available precursors such as insecticides and fertilisers. This substance is a “novichok” in that sense. It is of that type. Just as I am typing on a laptop of a type developed by the United States, though this one was made in China.
To anybody with a Whitehall (government) background this has been obvious for several days. The government has never said the nerve agent was made in Russia, or that it can only be made in Russia. The exact formulation “of a type developed by Russia” was used by Theresa May in parliament, used by the UK at the UN Security Council, used by Boris Johnson on the BBC yesterday and, most tellingly of all, “of a type developed by Russia” is the precise phrase used in the joint communique issued by the UK, USA, France and Germany yesterday:"''
 "When the same extremely careful phrasing is never deviated from, you know it is the result of a very delicate Whitehall compromise. My FCO source, like me, remembers the extreme pressure put on FCO staff and other civil servants to sign off the dirty dossier on Iraqi WMD, some of which pressure I recount in my memoir Murder in Samarkand." Go to: https://russia-insider.com/en/bombshell-british-scientists-balked-pressure-link-nerve-gas-russia/ri22809#.WqwY1XsvwIw.twitter for full article.

Also see; ""We're poor little sheep who have lost our way! Baah! Baah! Baah!" #Mercer #Trump #Putin #CambridgeAnalytica #Bannon #Breitbart" go to: http://www.arafel.co.uk/2017/05/were-poor-little-sheep-who-have-lost.html 
& "Squaring the Circle: #Intersectionalities #SERCO #Mercer #CambridgeAnalytica" go to: http://www.arafel.co.uk/2017/03/squaring-circles-intersectionalities.html

How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions.

Quote; "LONDON — As the upstart voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica prepared to wade into the 2014 American midterm elections, it had a problem.

The firm had secured a $15 million investment from Robert Mercer, the wealthy Republican donor, and wooed his political adviser, Stephen K. Bannon, with the promise of tools that could identify the personalities of American voters and influence their behavior. But it did not have the data to make its new products work.

So the firm harvested private information from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission, according to former Cambridge employees, associates and documents, making it one of the largest data leaks in the social network’s history. The breach allowed the company to exploit the private social media activity of a huge swath of the American electorate, developing techniques that underpinned its work on President Trump’s campaign in 2016.

An examination by The New York Times and The Observer of London reveals how Cambridge Analytica’s drive to bring to market a potentially powerful new weapon put the firm — and wealthy conservative investors seeking to reshape politics — under scrutiny from investigators and lawmakers on both sides of the Atlantic.

Both Congress and the British Parliament have questioned Alexander Nix, chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, about the firm’s activities.

Christopher Wylie, who helped found Cambridge and worked there until late 2014, said of its leaders: “Rules don’t matter for them. For them, this is a war, and it’s all fair.”

“They want to fight a culture war in America,” he added. “Cambridge Analytica was supposed to be the arsenal of weapons to fight that culture war.”

Details of Cambridge’s acquisition and use of Facebook data have surfaced in several accounts since the business began working on the 2016 campaign, setting off a furious debate about the merits of the firm’s so-called psychographic modeling techniques.”...

“In Britain, Cambridge Analytica is facing intertwined investigations by Parliament and government regulators into allegations that it performed illegal work on the “Brexit” campaign. The country has strict privacy laws, and its information commissioner announced on Saturday that she was looking into whether the Facebook data was “illegally acquired and used.”” ...

..”Today, as Cambridge Analytica seeks to expand its business in the United States and overseas, Mr. Nix has mentioned some questionable practices. This January, in undercover footage filmed by Channel 4 News in Britain and viewed by The Times, he boasted of employing front companies and former spies on behalf of political clients around the world, and even suggested ways to entrap politicians in compromising situations.

All the scrutiny appears to have damaged Cambridge Analytica’s political business. No American campaigns or “super PACs” have yet reported paying the company for work in the 2018 midterms, and it is unclear whether Cambridge will be asked to join Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign.

In the meantime, Mr. Nix is seeking to take psychographics to the commercial advertising market. He has repositioned himself as a guru for the digital ad age — a “Math Man,” he puts it. In the United States last year, a former employee said, Cambridge pitched Mercedes-Benz, MetLife and the brewer AB InBev, but has not signed them on.“ Go to: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/17/us/politics/cambridge-analytica-trump-campaign.html for full article.

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