Israel sold weapons to Argentina at height of Falklands War, reveal declassified Foreign Office files | VikingLifeBlog

https://vikinglifeblog.wordpress.com/2020/01/13/israel-sold-weapons-to-argentina-at-height-of-falklands-war-reveal-declassified-foreign-office-files/

British politicians are quick to call Israel an ‘ally’. Yet when Britain was at war with Argentina, Israel was busy selling weapons to the Argentine regime, weapons that were used to kill British service personnel.

Mark Collett

Military jets sold to Argentine forces were used to bomb British warships, while arms sales continued even after the war was over.

Israel was supplying the Argentine government with weapons at the height of the Falklands War, newly declassified Foreign Office files show.

Read more here from The Independent

US-China Tianjin Talks “Stopped Short Of Actually Negotiating Anything”

Comment by tonytran2015: Is there any point in negotiating if the US must let China interfere with its internal matters ?

https://www.nationandstate.com/2021/07/27/us-china-tianjin-talks-stopped-short-of-actually-negotiating-anything/

As we detailed before the Chinese side presented no less than two lists of grievances – or essentially things the Biden administration must rectify before any real diplomacy can take place,
focusing on lifting sanctions and all travel restrictions on Chinese
officials, and revoking policies which see Chinese media as ‘foreign
missions’.

‘Mossad cell’ arrested over plans to provoke violence during ongoing protests in Iran, Tehran claims — RT World News

https://www.rt.com/news/530374-mossad-arrest-iran-israel/

Members of an armed cell who allegedly worked with Israel’s
Mossad spy agency and planned to provoke violence during protests in
Iran have been detained, Tehran’s Intelligence Ministry has told local
media.
The group, which allegedly
had access to a heavy shipment of weapons and ammunition, was recently
apprehended after entering Iran through its western border, an official
from the ministry told the Fars news agency.

The
official didn’t elaborate on the size of the unit or the nationality of
those arrested, but they insisted that the suspects were acting in
cooperation with Mossad, the Israeli spy agency.

The weapons
seized from the alleged agents included pistols, grenades, rifles,
shotguns, and ammo. The arms were being brought into Iran to be used
during “urban riots and assassinations,” according to the ministry official.

The
announcement comes after several weeks of demonstrations in Iran
against water shortages in the southwest of the country, caused by
severe drought. The unrest has resulted in at least five deaths among
the protesters.



Also on rt.com
Iran accuses Israel of June sabotage attack at nuclear site, says it caused ‘no damage to equipment’

The Intelligence Ministry representative also claimed that Israel had been intending to carry out “acts of sabotage”
during the Iranian presidential election in mid-June, which was won by
hardline candidate Ebrahim Raisi. The country’s security forces
prevented those activities, he added, and “dealt a blow to the Mossad terrorist network.”

He also thanked Iranians for their “constant vigilance,” while urging the public to remain wary of any “suspicious offers,” particularly if made online.

Tehran
has long accused Israel intelligence of undertaking malign activities
on Iranian territory in an attempt to undermine the country’s stability
and derail its nuclear program.

The two blasts that rocked the
Natanz nuclear site in April 2021 and July 2020, as well as the
assassination of a top scientist in Iran’s nuclear program, Mohsen
Fakhrizadeh, in November 2020, have been linked to Mossad by Iranian
officials.

While the Israeli government has not claimed or denied
responsibility for those incidents, recently retired Mossad chief Yossi
Cohen implied last month that his agency could well have played a part
in them.



Also on rt.com
‘This madness mustn’t be
tolerated,’ Tehran says after ex-Mossad chief implies Israel played role
in blast & assassination in Iran

In a bombshell TV interview, Cohen remarked that the Natanz facility didn’t “look like it used to”
after the explosion crippled its centrifuges, and confirmed that
Fakhrizadeh had been a target for intelligence-gathering by Mossad “for many years” because Israel was “most troubled” by his work.

Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale Sentenced to 45 Months in Prison “For Exposing US War Crimes” – Activist Post

https://www.activistpost.com/2021/07/drone-whistleblower-daniel-hale-sentenced-to-45-months-in-prison-for-exposing-us-war-crimes.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ActivistPost+%28Activist+Post%29

…Daniel Hale, who pled guilty earlier this year to violating the Espionage Act, was sentenced to 45 months in prison for sharing with a journalist classified information about the U.S. military’s drone assassination program…

Selective justice –> Donald Trump’s inaugural committee chair Tom Barrack charged with secretly helping the United Arab Emirates – ABC News

Comment by tonytran2015: Selective justice. What happens to people who help Israel (also a foreign nation)?

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-21/tom-barrack-arrested-for-secretly-helping-united-arab-emirates/100310088

  • Tom Barrack was accused of acting as a foreign agent while Mr Trump was running for office
  • A former executive from Mr Barrack’s company and a businessman from the UAE have also been charged
  • Prosecutors said the allegations struck at “the very heart” of the United States’ democracy

British journalists could face jail for publishing leak stories that embarrass the government | Aletho News

https://alethonews.com/2021/07/20/british-journalists-could-face-jail-for-publishing-leak-stories-that-embarrass-the-government/

Chilling new proposals

By Dan Frieth | Reclaim the Net | July 20, 2021

As if there needed to be yet another threat to free speech in the UK, British journalists could face 14-year prison sentences for publishing stories embarrassing the government, under proposed reforms to the Official Secrets Act. According to the government, the new proposals will crack down on foreign spies but many fear it could even be used domestically.

The UK government, through the Home Office, has proposed reforms to the 1989 Official Secrets Act, to account for changes technology and the internet has enabled in the sharing of leaked data.

But critics have noted that with the proposed changes local journalists are not protected if charged under the new laws.

Critics further noted that if the new proposals were currently law, the journalists who revealed that former Health Secretary Matt Hancock broke his own COVID rules while having an affair with his aide would have been charged. The leak was newsworthy and the story broke through leaked CCTV footage.

Last week, the Information Commissioner’s Office came under fire when it emerged that it searched two homes while investigating how the CCTV footage leaked to The Sun, the news outlet that first broke Matt Hancock’s affair story.

Among the groups criticizing the new proposals is the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), which noted that the new law would treat whistleblowers and those who publish leaked content the same way foreign spies are treated.

A spokesperson for the organization said:

“Existing legislation distinguishes provisions and penalties between those who leak or whistleblow, those who receive leaked information, and foreign spies.

“The government proposes to eliminate or blur these distinctions. The government also wants to increase the maximum penalties that journalists might suffer for receiving leaked material from two to 14 years…

“The NUJ has long argued that where whistleblowers believe that they have acted in the public interest, they should be able to make this case in court, and if a jury agrees with them, be protected.”

But according to the Home Office:

“Since the passage of the Act in 1989, there have been unprecedented developments in communications technology (including data storage and rapid data transfer tools) which in our view, means that unauthorized disclosures are now capable of causing far more serious damage than would have been possible previously.

“As a result, we do not consider that there is necessarily a distinction in severity between espionage and the most serious unauthorized disclosures, in the same way that there was in 1989.

“Although there are differences in the mechanics of and motivations behind espionage and unauthorized disclosure offenses, there are cases where an unauthorized disclosure may be as or more serious, in terms of intent and/or damage.

“For example, documents made available online can now be accessed and utilized by a wide range of hostile actors simultaneously, whereas espionage will often only be to the benefit of a single state or actor.

“In severe cases, the unauthorized disclosure of the identities of agents working for the UK intelligence community, for example, could directly lead to imminent and serious threat to life.”

The Law Commission and the human rights organizations that helped draft the new proposals insist there should be a “public interest defense” in the amendment to protect journalists who receive leaked content.

However, the Home Office argues that such a provision would “undermine our efforts to prevent damaging unauthorized disclosures, which would not be in the public interest.”

A Home Office spokesman said:

“Freedom of press is an integral part of the UK’s democratic processes and the government is committed to protecting the rights and values that we hold so dear.

“It is wrong to claim the proposals will put journalists at risk of being treated like spies and they will, rightly, remain free to hold the government to account.

“We will introduce new legislation so security services and law enforcement agencies can tackle evolving state threats and protect sensitive data.

“However, this will be balanced to protect press freedom and the ability for whistleblowers to hold organizations to account when there are serious allegations of wrongdoing.”

Second Chinese spy ship approaches Australia to monitor military exercises after being ‘on our radar for some time’ – ABC News

Comment by tonytran2015: With intensified mutual spying, the Australian Government should cancel the current lease of Port Darwin to China.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-18/second-chinese-spy-ship-australia-monitor-military-exercises/100302198

Just days after the ABC revealed a People’s Liberation Army-Navy (PLAN) vessel was being tracked by the ADF, defence sources have confirmed another intelligence-gathering ship is soon expected to also arrive off the east coast.

(WASHINGTON) JUST IN: Four Iranian intelligence officials have been charged with plotting to kidnap a New York-based journalist critical of Iran, US prosecutors say #AceNewsDesk report | Ace News Services

https://acenewsservices.com/2021/07/14/washington-just-in-four-iranian-intelligence-officials-have-been-charged-with-plotting-to-kidnap-a-new-york-based-journalist-critical-of-iran-us-prosecutors-say-acenewsdesk-report/

#AceNewsReport – July.14: The conspirators, who all live in Iran and remain at large, also allegedly plotted to lure a person in the UK and three others in Canada to Iran.

#AceDailyNews says Iranians ‘plotted to kidnap US, Canada and UK targets’, the indictment did not name the target, but Masih Alinejad, an Iranian-American author and activist, says it was her this is still unconfirmed

Chinese spy ship returns to waters off Queensland ahead of Defence’s largest war-fighting exercise

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-14/chinese-spy-ship-returns-to-australian-waters/100289192?utm_source=abc_news_web&utm_medium=content_shared&utm_campaign=abc_news_web

…video…

  • The ADF says it has been monitoring the approach of the vessel for “several days”
  • The ship is expected to remain outside Australian territorial waters
  • Similar Chinese spy vessels watched Australia’s war games in 2017 and 2019