EU Member states accused of having too close ties with Moscow | Ukraine Today .org

https://ukrainetoday.org/2021/05/16/eu-member-states-accused-of-having-too-close-ties-with-moscow/

Exiled former Yukos boss Mikhail Khodorkovsky says Kremlin has infiltrated top echelons of European governments and ‘probably’ has a source close to Angela Merkel.

By Martin Banks 

Martin Banks is a senior reporter at the Parliament Magazine

11 May 2021

Russian philanthropist Mikhail Khodorkovsky has accused some politicians in many Member States of having too close ties with the Kremlin.

He was speaking online at a meeting on Monday with the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Foreign Interference about the Kremlin’s tampering in EU affairs.

Khodorkovsky, who currently lives in London, is the founder of the Dossier Centre, an organisation that tracks the criminal activity of people associated with the Kremlin. He said the claims he made were based on information obtained by the Centre.

He told MEPs that a report compiled by the Centre highlights the scale of Russian attempts to influence foreign powers in the West.

However, some members questioned his credibility highlighting that he was the subject of an international arrest warrant.

Speaking from the UK, Khodorkovsky said, “The information and facts in the report are correct. What the Kremlin is doing is like what it did in the Cold War era and this should raise concern.

“The Kremlin has close contacts with politicians in Europe at different levels and this is done in order to undermine foreign policy in the EU and to provoke conflict, division and physical intimation” Mikhail Khodorkovsky

“There is clear evidence of very unfriendly behaviour by Russia, including the Russian special services being involved in the poisoning of Russian opposition leaders.”

“Russia has also fuelled the conflict in Ukraine and has made repeated attempts to influence the foreign policy of western countries.”

“Some politicians in Europe are paid by the Kremlin. I am not saying all individuals who travel to Russia on a Kremlin invitation are all corrupt or unscrupulous, but they should all think hard about what impression this creates.”

“Germany has come under a lot of attack from the Kremlin and dozens of Bundestag representatives have ties with the Kremlin. They are cronies of Mr Putin. The Kremlin probably also has a source close to Angela Merkel.”

He added, “Russia is trying to promote ultra-conservative values and even Russian railways officials are used to find allies in the West and to lobby on behalf of Russia.”

“France is being used as a base for pro-Kremlin projects and to influence French public opinion. In Greece, there have been plans to launch a pro-Kremlin political party in Europe and there are 30 Greek municipalities that are pro-Kremlin.”

He told Special Committee members, “This is all evidence that Kremlin spin doctors want to find pro-Russia politicians in Europe in order to promote anti-EU propaganda.”

“The Kremlin has close contacts with politicians in Europe at different levels and this is done in order to undermine foreign policy in the EU and to provoke conflict, division and physical intimation.”

“I’m very concerned we’re being drawn into internal domestic politics in Russia” Clare Daley MEP

He said he was, if required, able to provide proof of his claims.

The centre was set up in 2011 to uncover the criminal activities of various people associated with the Kremlin.

A philanthropist and former CEO of the Russian oil company Yukos he said his aim was to work for a stronger civil society in Russia.

A fierce critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin, Khodorkovsky was imprisoned in 2003 on charges of fraud and tax evasion. He denied the charges and Amnesty International declared him a prisoner of conscience.

He was released in 2013. Shortly after, the Hague Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled that the Russian Government had violated international law by taking Yukos over from its shareholders for political purposes.

Lithuanian member Rasa Juknevičienė defended his claims, and said, “The Centre is a source of truthful and accurate info about Russia. The EU must do more counter this kind of disinformation.”

But Irish left wing member Clare Daley was scornful of the claims and told Khodorkovsky, “I have to say, I was wondering why we didn’t get the documents, which we’re hearing about today, before the hearing, so we could read them, examine the evidence and prepare some questions, as would be normal.”

“I think I’m a little bit clearer now, because if I understand from what the speaker is saying, you can’t prove the content of the documents you’re talking about in court, you’re not going to publish them, but yet you’ve come in here and made a large amount of frankly alarming and outlandish claims based on these secret documents.”

“Without wanting to be rude the picture you’re painting is not very clear to me. It’s actually somewhat hysterical. You talk about connections, but connections are not necessarily bad”.

She quizzed Khodorkovsky on whether, as an opponent of the Kremlin, he had a vested interest in portraying Russia as interfering in EU affairs,” adding, “I’m very concerned we’re being drawn into internal domestic politics in Russia”.

Liz Cheney Lied About Her Role in Spreading the Discredited CIA “Russian Bounty” Story | Aletho News

https://alethonews.com/2021/05/14/liz-cheney-lied-about-her-role-in-spreading-the-discredited-cia-russian-bounty-story/

By Glenn Greenwald | May 14, 2021

In an interview on Tuesday with Fox News’ Bret Baier, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) denied that she spread the discredited CIA “Russian bounty” story. That CIA tale, claiming Russia was paying Taliban fighters to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan, was cooked up by the CIA and then published by The New York Times on June 27 of last year, right as former President Trump announced his plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. The Times story, citing anonymous intelligence officials, was then continually invoked by pro-war Republicans and Democrats — led by Cheney — to justify their blocking of that troop withdrawal. The story was discredited when the U.S. intelligence community admitted last month that it had only “low to moderate confidence” that any of this even happened.

When Baier asked Cheney about her role in spreading this debunked CIA story, Cheney blatantly lied to him, claiming “if you go back and look at what I said — every single thing I saidI said if those stories are true, we need to know why the President and Vice President were not briefed on them.” After Baier pressed her on the fact that she vested this story with credibility, Cheney insisted a second time that she never endorsed the claim but merely spoke conditionally, always using the “if these reports are true” formulation. Watch Cheney deny her role in spreading that story.

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The CIA faked an immunization drive. Now people are paying the price. – Scientific Inquirer

https://scientificinquirer.com/2021/05/12/the-cia-faked-an-immunization-drive-now-people-are-paying-the-price/

A new paper in the Journal of the European Economic Association, published by Oxford University Press, indicates that distrust generated by a 2011 CIA-led vaccination campaign ruse designed to catch Osama Bin Laden resulted in a significant vaccination rate decline in Pakistan.

Using a local doctor, the US Central Intelligence Organization planned an immunization plan in Pakistan to obtain DNA samples of children living in a compound in Abbottabad where American authorities suspected Bin Laden was hiding in order to obtain proof of Bin Laden’s location (because the presence of close relatives would be a likely indication of Bin Laden’s presence).

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Pizza Gaetz: Did Governor Ron DeSantis Ally Matt Gaetz Drug The Trafficked Children Before He Raped Them? – Banned Hipster

https://bannedhipster.home.blog/2021/05/10/pizza-gaetz-did-governor-ron-desantis-ally-matt-gaetz-drug-the-trafficked-children-before-he-raped-them/

… The government is prosecuting Matt Gaetz’s associate Joel Greenberg for “sex trafficking” which is a crime – a serious crime. Allegedly, he is accused of sexually trafficking minor children – an even more serious crime.

This is not a “conspiracy theory” coming from “QAnon”

This is not a “conspiracy theory” coming from “QAnon” – his prosecution began with the Justice Department under Trump appointee William Barr, who also started the prosecutions of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell – the latter of whom is undergoing trial as we speak…

(LONDON) Five Eyes Alliance Report: They are intelligence-sharing arrangement between five English-speaking democracies: the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand #AceNewsDesk report | Ace News Services

https://acenewsservices.com/2021/05/09/london-five-eyes-alliance-report-they-are-intelligence-sharing-arrangement-between-five-english-speaking-democracies-the-us-uk-canada-australia-and-new-zealand-acenewsdesk-report/

#AceNewsReport – May.09: It evolved during the Cold War as a mechanism for monitoring the Soviet Union and sharing classified intelligence. It is often described as the world’s most successful intelligence alliance. But recently it has suffered an embarrassing setback.

Five Eyes: Is the alliance in trouble over China? Four of the members have jointly condemned China’s treatment of its Uyghur population in Xinjiang province. They have also expressed concern over China’s de facto military takeover of the South China Sea, its suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and its threatening moves towards Taiwan, which China has vowed to “take back” by 2049. One country, though, has opted out of confronting China: New Zealand: Reuters: The Five Eyes group has successfully shared intelligence between Western powers for decades’

“Keep As Much Money As You Can”: Hunter Biden Disclosures Offer New Details On His Chinese Financial Dealings And Associations – JONATHAN TURLEY

https://jonathanturley.org/2021/05/08/new-hunter-biden-disclosures/

There are new disclosures from Hunter Biden’s laptop that offer an added perspective on his dealings with Chinese figures, including Patrick Ho, secretary general of Chinese oil giant CEFC, who was later indicted and has been connected with Chinese intelligence. The emails and pictures relate to the young Chinese assistant supplied to Hunter who makes revealing statements about the fluid expense accounts and level of support given Hunter by the Chinese. I have read through the new messages and I am not clear about the relationship with the young aide who tells him that she still has his dog tags in her New York apartment. However, the new emails include details on how Biden was paid and the fluidity of the accounts established by the Chinese.

There is much on the Internet suggesting that the 29-year-old Chinese-American assistant, JiaQi Bao, was an effort by Chinese intelligence to create a sexual relationship that could be used to influence Hunter and ultimately his father — much like the scandal involving Rep. Eric Swalwell’s intimate relationship with an alleged Chinese spy. It is not clear that Biden had any intimate relationship with Bao.

The first of the emails from Bao appear to be dated shortly before the arrest of Ho in November 2017 and after the business partners were stepping back from the company and associations including the one with Bao. It is not clear if Biden was told at that point that he needed to wall off Bao and others connected to the company, but he does not appear to respond to the emails.

The emails take on a certain stalking quality as Bao repeatedly seeks to resume the association by stressing that she wants to be his friend. She also repeatedly references some misunderstanding that he might have about her. (At one point, she tells Biden that she does not want him to view her as “a messed up bad girl.”). She also states in later emails that she tried to reach out to Hunter on various communication systems or platforms to no avail. She says that she wants to have a relationship as a friend, but it appears that Hunter was not responding to those entreaties.

My greater interest remains in the fluidity of Hunter’s financial dealings, the references to mass transfers to him or his uncle, and the role of Ho who American intelligence has long tied to the Chinese government and intelligence services. In the emails, Bao offers possible talking points in dealing with the election and opposing research on Trump including Trump’s alleged links to a Chinese-owned Florida “prostitution parlor,” an ironic attack point given the photos of Hunter with alleged Chinese prostitutes. (Biden admits in this book that apart from his intimate relationship with his late brother’s widow, Hallie. the “other women I’d been with during rampages since my divorce were hardly the dating type.”).

Bao’s emails discuss Chinese accounts that appear to have cash available to Biden to use at his discretion. One section is titled “Keep As Much Money As You Can” and encourages Biden to drain accounts that are just sitting their with cash, including ramping up his expenses. The references indicate the easy availability of the money from the Chinese during a period when Hunter admits to be being continually drunk and engaged in sexual and narcotic excesses.

Again, in fairness to Hunter Biden, there is no response from him and the emails come across as a former assistant trying to reestablish a relationship and regain his confidence.  However, it gives an insight into these accounts and how Biden could pull expenses from the company.

The enterprise itself seemed to quickly collapse but Biden received a huge amount of money without an evidence of substantial work on his part. Indeed, Biden admits that he was still a crack addict during this period and the photos show him passed out and doing drugs as well as sexual trysts with various women, including possible prostitutes.  Gao herself expresses concern over Hunter’s abuse of alcohol: “One of my New Year’s Wishes is that you could drink less… I will do anything and everything to make you happy so that alcoholic beverages’ widely believed mythical function as a stress reliever won’t be an excuse for indulgence!”

Hunter recently admitted that during this period he was “[d]rinking a quart of vodka a day by yourself in a room is absolutely, completely debilitating” as well as “smoking crack around the clock.” (Indeed, the dog tags in Bao’s apartment were from Biden’s short stint in the Navy before being discharged for drug use).  However, the Chinese wanted to pay him millions as their business adviser and assigned Bao as his assistant.

This brings us back to Ho and the ongoing investigation of Hunter Biden. Biden has insisted that the investigation is solely focused on tax issues and he will be cleared. That may be true. However, we know that these transactions were flagged by federal authorities including claims over possible money laundering.  As an attorney, I would be very concerned if my client was transferring such large amounts of money from these accounts.  The items discussed by Goa include her listing of Hunter’s expenses as including payment to the Yale Club in May 2018 totaling $16,578.69. It is not clear which account that money came from. However, she notes that she is “not sure if the accounting department will let this go.”

There is a legitimate question of why a company closely connected to the Chinese government and possible Chinese intelligence would be giving millions to Hunter and his uncle.  Hunter’s laptop shows that he transferred about $1.4 million of funds from his company Owasco to his uncle’s consulting firm between 2017 and 2018.

Hunter and Joe Biden’s brother Jim partnered with CEFC in 2017 but the enterprise collapsed the following year when Ho was arrested and later convicted of bribery in a US federal prosecution.

The continued lack of interest in those connections by most of the media is astonishing and part of a continued blackout of virtually any scandals and possible crimes connected to Hunter.  I feel the same way about the continued investigation of Rudy Giuliani’s efforts in the Ukraine. There is a legitimate media interest in whether laws were broken or whether Trump associates lied about these efforts. My problem is that the media has overwhelming and continuing interest in one (Giuliani) and little interest in the other (Biden).  Both raise serious questions that should be fully investigated and disclosed for the public.

Israeli company denies ‘security rumours’ as Defence removes multi-billion-dollar technology and quarantines Army IT systems – ABC News

Comment by tonytran2015: Even USA got spied by Israel. Australia should be justifiably worried.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-07/israeli-company-elbit-systems-of-australia-removed-army/100121238

  • The Army has ordered Israeli-developed technology be removed from certain equipment by the middle of May
  • Elbit Systems of Australia “strongly” rejects “security rumours” connected to its multi-billion-dollar product
  • Military sources say Defence fears the Elbit technology could compromise sensitive military data

The company in question, Elbit Systems of Australia, has “strongly” rejected what it claims are “security rumours” connected to its multi-billion-dollar Battle Management System (BMS).