Posted by Bridgette
Important Cable Releases by Wikileaks
Days 1 – 6
This is a composite of the most important information that was released by Wikileaks to various news outlets. This references Days 1 – 6 by the UK’s Guardian. Of the reported 250,000 downloaded cables, only a fraction have been released. These serve as insight into our government’s relationships with other countries. They also may permanently damage our image throughout the world, highlight our inability to maintain our secret documents, and otherwise inhibit a trusting relationship with many countries. This doesn’t cover the danger that those who divulged their opinions ” in secret” may now face in the countries they represent.
This happened on Obama’s watch, and it is this administration’s fault. Who helped the lowly Private Manning download these documents? He didn’t do it alone. Who is the mole in our US government? Who is investigating? This dump of diplomatic cables into the public domain has been called the worst security breach in our nation’s history! The fallout has only begun as Wikileaks drips a few cables at a time to various news outlets. Our national security is now in extreme peril. One of Obama’s famous snarky smiles isn’t going to fix this mess.
We will continue to wonder who was responsible for assisting Private Manning. Who gave him the codes to enter into the government’s informational diplomatic database? Who downloaded the previous information from the Pentagon’s database? Who intentionally sabotaged the United States along with Manning in the third Wiki? Who is investigating those within our government? Has an outside company been called in to find and follow the network trail? Who was sleeping on the job and not maintaining the security of the networks?
While we speculate who put our nation at risk, the daily drip, drip, drip of Wikileaks continues…putting our nation in potential danger. Only after the third dump of information has the amateur Obama administration decided there might be a real problem. Yes, Mr. Gibbs, a guy with a computer and a website can cause havoc. Are you still smirking? Is this administration just playing lip service to the citizens when Holder says he will sue Assange while doing no other investigation? Was this an intentional Cloward- Piven assault to cause a crisis?
According to Rep. Peter King (R- NY), elected Chairman of Homeland Security Committee for 112th Congress, said on Sunday, “they have done nothing” when talking about how the administration has handled the Wikileak problem.
That statement does seem to sum up this administration’s inability to handle any crisis. They wait, procrastinate, delay, “dither”, blame, dismiss a crisis, and finally lie and spin away any responsibility. The “no action” Obama and his administration’s ineptness and inexperience once again has reared its ugly head.
While reading these cables, do note that none implicate Obama nor is his name mentioned. Suspiciously, the newspapers chose not to print cables that put Obama in a bad light or in any light. That is quite curious. Are we to believe that diplomats representing countries worldwide never gave their opinions about how Obama’s policies here and abroad were affecting communication and foreign governments. It does get curiouser and curiouser, doesn’t it.
Day 1, Monday 29 November
• The US faces a worldwide diplomatic crisis. More than 250,000 classified cables from American embassies are leaked, many sent as recently as February.
• Saudi Arabia put pressure on the US to attack Iran. Other Arab allies also secretly agitated for military action against Tehran.
• Washington is running a secret intelligence campaign targeted at the leadership of the United Nations, including the secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, and the permanent security council representatives from China, Russia, France and the UK.
• Details of the round-the-clock offensive by US government officials,
politicians, diplomats and military officers to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions and roll back its advance across the Middle East.
• How Israel regarded 2010 as a “critical year” for tackling Iran’s alleged quest for nuclear weapons and warned the United States that time is running out to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear bomb.
• The secret EU plot to boycott the inauguration of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president after the disputed Iranian election in 2009.
• Officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) were denied blueprints for a secret nuclear reactor near Qom and told by Iran that evidence of bomb-grade uranium enrichment was forged.
• Saudi Arabia complained directly to the Iranian foreign minister of Iranian “meddling” in the Middle East.
• The US accused Iran of abusing the strict neutrality of the Iranian Red Crescent (IRC) society to smuggle intelligence agents and weapons into other countries, including Lebanon.
• Britain’s ambassador to Iran gave the US a private masterclass on how to negotiate with Iran.
• How a 75-year-old American of Iranian descent rode a horse over a freezing mountain range into Turkey after officials confiscated his passport.
A long piece in English primarily about the US view of Germany, including some bracing views of Berlin’s leadership and the description of Chancellor Angela Merkel as “risk averse and rarely creative”.
New York Times
The New York Times highlights US intelligence assessments that Iran has acquired missiles from North Korea which could for the first time enable Tehran to strike at western European capitals.
A trawl through the 3,620 documents in the haul originating from the US embassy in Madrid, dating from 2004 to this year (in Spanish).
The French paper also leads on the allegations of US spying on UN leaders but also covers Washington’s view of France, as gleaned from the cables (in French). President Nicolas Sarkozy is described as “susceptible and authoritarian”, and a French diplomatic adviser has described Iran as a fascist state and Venezuela’s president Hugo Chávez as a madman transforming his country into another Zimbabwe.
Day 2, Tuesday 30 November
• China is ready to accept Korean unification and is distancing itself from North Korea which it describes as behaving like a “spoiled child”. Cables say Kim Jong-il is a “flabby old chap” losing his grip and drinking.
• Prince Andrew attacked a Serious Fraud Office anti-corruption investigation during a meeting with British businessmen in Kyrgyzstan and criticized a Guardian investigation – and the French – in what the US ambassador there described as “an astonishingly candid” performance verging on the rude. He is also reported to like big game hunting and falconry.
• An official from the Commonwealth secretariat claimed Prince Charles is not respected in the same way as the Queen and questioned whether the heir apparent should necessarily succeed his mother as the head of the Commonwealth.
• Hillary Clinton wanted a briefing on the mental health of Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner and asked whether she was taking medication to calm her down.
• The German magazine focuses on the US administration’s search for countries willing to take its Guantánamo prisoners, if it closed the base down, and the German government’s reluctance to help, with foreign minister Wolfgang Schäuble reportedly very skeptical. The German government would not accept 17 Uighur prisoners, despite the support of the Uighur exiled community in Munich, for fear of upsetting the Chinese government.
There is an extensive network of informants in Berlin, informing the US about Angela Merkel’s coalition negotiations. Merkel is described as an enigma, and skeptical about the US.
• The US administration doubts the Turkish government’s dependability as an ally, describing it as having little understanding of the outside world and its foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s “neo-Ottoman visions” as exceptionally dangerous. It describes a Muslim fraternity within the governing party and an “iron ring of sycophantic but contemptuous advisers”.
• The French newspaper Le Monde reports US diplomats describing the former president of Haiti, René Préval, as “indispensable but difficult … a chameleon character” unwilling to accept advice.
• In 2005, US diplomats reported France as being a difficult ally in the fight against international terrorism, because its specialist investigating magistrates were insular, centred on Paris and operating in “another world”.
• Spain’s El País focuses on repeated attempts by the US to curb court cases in Spain against American soldiers and politicians accused of involvement in Iraq war crimes or torture at Guantánamo. It highlights a series of cables relating to the possibility of Spain accepting former Guantánamo prisoners. Spain’s political situation and public opinion made this “almost impossible”, an official said.
Day 3, Wednesday 1 December
• The head of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, privately criticised David Cameron and George Osborne (now the prime minister and chancellor) before the election for their lack of experience, the lack of depth in their inner circle and their tendency to think about issues only in terms of their electoral impact.
Osborne lacked gravitas and was seen as a political lightweight because of his “high-pitched vocal delivery” according to private Conservative polling before the election.
• US and British diplomats fear that Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme could lead to terrorists obtaining fissile material, or a devastating nuclear exchange with India. Also, small teams of US special forces have been operating secretly inside Pakistan’s tribal areas, with Pakistani government approval. And the US concluded that Pakistani troops were responsible for a spate of extra-judicial killings in the Swat Valley and tribal belt, but decided not to comment publicly.
• Gordon Brown unsuccessfully lobbied the US for the British computer hacker Gary McKinnon to be allowed to serve any jail sentence in the UK. David Cameron said British people generally believe McKinnon is guilty “but they are sympathetic”.
• The US ambassador to Pakistan said the Pakistani army is covertly sponsoring four major militant groups, including the Afghan Taliban and the Mumbai attackers, Laskar-e-Taiba (LeT), and “no amount of money” will change the policy.
Also, US diplomats discovered hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Pakistan earmarked for fighting Islamist militants was not used for that purpose.
• Pakistan’s army chief, General Ashfaq Kayani, considered pushing President Asif Ali Zardari from office and forcing him into exile to resolve a political dispute, the US embassy cables reveal. Separately, Zardari once told the US vice-president, Joe Biden, he feared the military “might take me out”. He told the Americans his sister would lead if he was assassinated. Another cable revealed that the Pakistani president was described as a “numbskull” by Sir Jock Stirrup, Britain’s then chief of defence staff.
• The US praised former British Guantánamo detainee Moazzam Begg for his campaign to persuade European countries to take in remaining detainees from the prison camp.
• Senior Lib Dem officials, who now work in No 10 and the Cabinet Office, planned a campaign to depict David Cameron as “fake” and “out of touch” during the election campaign, but abandoned the strategy because it was deemed too aggressive after the death of his son, Ivan.
• The Tories told the US before the general election that a Conservative government could be tougher on Pakistan as it was less reliant on votes from people with a Pakistani connections than Labour. Referring to Muslim extremists coming to Britain from Pakistan, Cameron said that under Labour “we let in a lot of crazies and did not wake up early enough”.
• Zardari claimed that the brother of Pakistan’s opposition leader, Nawaz Sharif, “tipped off” LeT about impending UN sanctions after the 2008 Mumbai attacks, allowing the group to empty its bank accounts. British diplomats feared India would respond with force to the attacks but the US thought the UK was “over-reacting”.
• The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, is portrayed as a self-absorbed, thin-skinned, erratic character who tyrannises his ministers and staff but is also a brilliant political tactician, in US memos. The Saudis were irritated by Sarkozy planning to take Carla Bruni on a state visit to their country before she was married. Sarkozy invited Gordon Brown and the Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, to last year’s D-day commemorations because “the survival of their governments was at stake”.
• The British government promised to protect US interests during the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war.
• The Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, has been sheltering the leader of the nationalist insurgency in Pakistan’s Balochistan province for years.
• Le Monde focuses on what the cables say about Sarkozy, notably his pro-Americanism, his idea that an international force could replace the US in Iraq, and the US view on his election that he was “a novice” in international affairs with a poor grasp of English.
• The paper has significant coverage of Pakistan, with a story that the Pakistani military and secret service are heavily involved in the country’s politics and often work against US interests.
• A subsidiary of the US private security firm Xe (then known as Blackwater) flouted German arms export law. It transported German helicopters to Afghanistan via Britain and Turkey without a permit because it was taking too long to get the German export papers.
Day 4, Thursday 2 December
• Russia is a “virtual mafia state” with rampant corruption and scant separation between the activities of the government and organised crime. Vladimir Putin is accused of amassing “illicit proceeds” from his time in office, which various sources allege are hidden overseas. And he was likely to have known about the operation in London to murder the Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, Washington’s top diplomat in Europe alleged.
• British and US officials colluded to manoeuvre around a proposed ban on cluster bombs, allowing the US to keep the munitions on British territory, regardless of whether a treaty forbidding their use was implemented. Parliament was kept in the dark about the secret agreement, approved by then-foreign secretary David Miliband.
• US diplomats believed that the Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, bore responsibility for a massacre last year that is the subject of a UN war crimes inquiry.
• Russia armed Georgian separatists in South Ossetia and Abkhazia and carried out a wave of “covert actions” to undermine Georgia in the runup to the 2008 Russian-Georgian war, according to US diplomats.
• President Dmitry Medvedev was described by US diplomats as a junior figure, who “plays Robin to Putin’s Batman”.
• Gas supplies to Ukranian and EU states are linked to the Russian mafia, according to the US ambassador in Kiev.
• Moscow’s veteran mayor Yuri Luzhkov was accused by the US ambassador of sitting on top of a “pyramid of corruption” involving the Kremlin, Russia’s police force, its security service, political parties and crime groups by the US. ambassador.
• Miliband’s campaign to champion aid and human rights during the Sri Lankan humanitarian crisis last year was largely motivated by a desire to win favour with Tamil voters in the UK, according to a Foreign Office official.
• The US is skeptical that Russian President Medvedev has much of a future, believing Putin to be “in the driver’s seat”.
• Having helped to build up Georgia’s military capabilities, the US made last-ditch diplomatic attempts to try to prevent it going to war with Russia in 2008. Washington’s envoy to the Caucasus warned Georgia that war would “cost it valuable support in Washington and European capitals”, while publicly George W. Bush and his secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, continued to give their unqualified support to Georgia.
• The US has long been trying to loosen Russia’s grip on Ukraine, according to diplomatic cables. On the inauguration of the new Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych, they sought to make him a US partner thereby striking a diplomatic blow against the Kremlin.
• The US embassy in Moscow criticised the IMF, the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for offering huge loans to Russia it felt were not justified.
• One of the biggest objectives at the US embassy in Madrid over the past seven years has been trying to get the criminal case dropped against three US soldiers accused of the killing of a Spanish television cameraman in Baghdad.
Telecinco cameraman José Couso was killed on 8 April 2003 during a tank shelling of the Hotel Palestine where he and other journalists were staying while they were covering the Iraq war. US diplomats held a host of meetings about the case with high-ranking members of the Spanish government.
New York Times
• The Russian prime minister, Putin, often did not show up at his office, according to rumours cited in a document titled Questioning Putin’s Work Ethic.
• US diplomats warned of increasing distrust of the United States in Canada. They described “negative popular stereotyping” of Americans on Canadian TV.
They also said Canadians “always carry a chip on their shoulder” in part because of a feeling that their country “is condemned to always play ‘Robin’ to the US ‘Batman'”.
Day 5, Friday 3 December
•The British military was criticised for failing to establish security in Sangin by the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, and the US commander of Nato troops, according to diplomatic cables.
• Rampant government corruption in Afghanistan is revealed by the cables, including an incident last year when the then vice-president, Ahmad Zia Massoud, was stopped and questioned in Dubai when he flew into the emirate with $52 m in cash.
• Gordon Brown was written off as prime minister by the US embassy in London a year into his premiership. It concluded that an “abysmal track record” had left him lurching from “political disaster to disaster”, according to cables released by WikiLeaks. He briefly earned some praise when he led the recapitalising of banks after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, but within months his government was deemed a “sinking ship”. Brown’s international initiatives, from food summits to global disarmament and a UK national security council, were treated with indifference bordering on disdain by the Americans, according to US embassy cables.
• The Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, is erratic, emotional and prone to believing paranoid conspiracy theories, according to frustrated diplomats and foreign statesmen. He has also been accused by his own ministers of complicity in criminal activity, including ordering the physical intimidation of the top official in charge of leading negotiations with the Taliban.
• US diplomats have reported suspicions that Silvio Berlusconi could be “profiting personally and handsomely” from secret deals with the Russian prime minister, Vladimir Putin, according to cables released by WikiLeaks. They centre on allegations that the Italian leader has been promised a cut of huge energy contracts. Another memo quoted a friend of Berlusconi saying the Italian prime minister’s fondness for partying had taken a physical and political toll on him.
• American officials dismissed British protests about secret US spy flights taking place from the UK’s Cyprus airbase, amid concerns from Labour ministers, upset about rendition flights going on behind their backs, that the UK would be an unwitting accomplice to torture.
• The British Foreign Office misled parliament over the plight of thousands of islanders who were expelled from their Indian Ocean homeland – the British colony of Diego Garcia – to make way for a large US military base, according to secret US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks. It has privately admitted its latest plan to declare the islands the world’s largest marine protection zone will end any chance of them being repatriated. Publicly ministers have claimed the proposed park would have no effect on the islanders’ right of return.
• The cables reveal Washington’s opinion on Gordon Brown’s potential successors. David Miliband was deemed “too brainy”, Alan Johnson had a “lack of killer instinct” and Harriet Harman was a “policy lightweight but an adept interparty operator”.
• A scandal involving foreign contractors employed to train Afghan policemen who took drugs and paid for young “dancing boys” to entertain them in northern Afghanistan caused such panic that the interior minister begged the US embassy to try to “quash” the story, according a US embassy cable. The Afghan government feared the story, if published, would “endanger lives” and was particularly concerned that a video of the incident might be made public.
• The US military has been charging its allies a 15% handling fee on hundreds of millions of dollars being raised internationally to build up the Afghan army. Germany has threatened to cancel contributions, raising concerns that money is going to the US treasury.
• Iran is financing a range of Afghan religious and political leaders, grooming Afghan religious scholars, training Taliban militants and even seeking to influence MPs, according to cables from the US embassy in Kabul.
• The US has lost faith in the Mexican army’s ability to win the country’s drugs war, branding it slow, clumsy and no match for “sophisticated” narco-traffickers.
• The US is convinced that Ahmed Wali Karzai, the Afghan president’s younger half-brother and a senior figure in Kandahar, is corrupt, according to embassy cables. He is described as dominating access to “economic resources, patronage and protection”. Two of Hamid Karzai’s brothers planned to ask for asylum in the US, while other family members stayed away and kept their money out of Afghanistan – so anxious were they that the Afghan president would lose last year’s election.
• The Obama administration and Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, are determined to reject talks with Mullah Omar, the Taliban leader, and have consistently worked to split his movement, according to US diplomatic cables.
Karzai has sometimes publicly floated the idea of dialogue with Omar and other top Taliban, but the cables show his private position is the opposite.
• Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez and Colombia’s Álvaro Uribe “almost came to blows” at a Latin America unity summit, according to a US memo, which described it as “the worst expression of banana republic discourse”.
• A Kremlin campaign to airbrush Stalin’s role in Russian history by dictating how academics write about the past is only half-hearted, US diplomats believe.
They also feel there are enough Russians striving to remember the purge victims to combat any rewrite. The cable concerns the so-called “history wars”, a nationalist campaign to defend Russia’s honour.
• Turkmenistan’s president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, is “vain, suspicious, guarded, strict, very conservative”, a “micro-manager” and “a practised liar”, US diplomats say.
• Four months before his death the Nobel-prize winning writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn offered qualified praise for Vladimir Putin, arguing that he was doing a better job as Russia’s leader than Boris Yeltsin or Mikhail Gorbachev.
Solzhenitsyn was exiled from the Soviet Union in 1974 and returned to Russia 20 years later.
• Moldova’s president offered a $10m (£6.4m) bribe to a political rival in a desperate bid to keep his defeated communist government in power, according to a secret US diplomatic cable.
New York Times
•Afghanistan emerges as a land where bribery, extortion and embezzlement are the norm. Describing the likely lineup of Afghanistan’s new cabinet last January, the US embassy noted that the agriculture minister, Asif Rahimi,”appears to be the only minister that was confirmed about whom no allegations of bribery exist”.
• Berlin was irritated by a 15% administration fee the US sought to charge Germany on a €50m donation made to a trust fund set up to improve the Afghan army. A top German diplomat complained the fee would be a tough sell to taxpayers.
• Mistrust between the US and the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, is very deep. Karzai is convinced the US has thrown its backing behind his rival Abdullah Abdullah.
• The close relationship between Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi and Russia’s Vladimir Putin is a source of unease for the US state department. The leaked cables contain allegations of personal business interests that both politicians deny.
• US diplomats are concerned about the growing power of Russian organized crime and believe it has contacts with the highest levels of government in Moscow.
• France is committed to staying the course in Afghanistan even though public opposition to the war and electoral considerations have weighed heavily on Nicolas Sarkozy. Amid concerns that the French president was trying to distance himself from the US to improve his popularity, Barack Obama was advised that a phone call to him could have a decisive impact. The US president was told: “Flattery would lead very far.”
• Iran is extending its influence in Afghanistan in the same way it did in Iraq. It has been supporting insurgent groups as well as financially backing politicians.
Day 6, Saturday 4 December
• Conservative party politicians promised before the election that they would run a “pro-American regime” and buy more arms from the US if they came to power.
• The president of Yemen secretly offered US forces unrestricted access to his territory to conduct unilateral strikes against al-Qaida terrorist targets.
• Yemen’s president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, is variously labelled as “petulant” and “bizarre” in his negotiations with US security officials who met him.
• The EU president, Herman Van Rompuy, has predicted “disaster” at the latest round of global climate change negotiations in Mexico.
• The US seeks to manipulate nations opposed to its approach to tackling global warming.
• The US backed a bid by the United Arab Emirates to host a major international agency promoting green energy.
• The Foreign Office has privately admitted to a plan to declare Diego Garcia, from which thousands of people were expelled from their homeland to make way for a large US military base, the world’s largest marine protection zone, ending any chance of them being repatriated.
• A potential “environmental disaster” was kept secret by the US last year when a large consignment of highly enriched uranium in Libya came close to cracking open and leaking radioactive material into the atmosphere.
New York Times
• Details of the US’s at times tricky relationship with Yemen’s president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, a key anti-terrorism ally.
• A Mexican official told US counterparts more than a year ago that the government feared it could lose control of parts of the country to rampant drug cartels.
• How US diplomats in Libya deal with Muammar Gaddafi, “a man plagued by paranoia, anxiety and neuroses, a man who only trusts his closest advisers, a man whose pride is easily wounded and a man who will suffer no criticism”.
• President Sarkozy’s new openness will allow the US to gain more influence in Africa without meeting resistance from French vested interests on the continent.
• Morocco felt angry and betrayed after Sarkozy decided to make Algeria the first stop on his inaugural visit outside Europe as president, US diplomats learn.
• The paper focuses on reports about Spain’s main opposition party, the conservative People’s Party, which has been in a political desert since losing the 2004 election. Its leader Mariano Rajoy is held in scant regard by the US diplomatic mission and is said to owe his longevity in office “more than ever to the absence of a credible successor within his party”.
• One cable relates a dinner in 2007 at which Rajoy’s predecessor, José María Aznar, was described as having a marked “lack of enthusiasm for his hand-picked successor” and possible “doubts that Rajoy is the man to return the PP to power”. “If he saw his country descend to extremely dire straits, he would consider ‘stepping back in’,” the ambassador reported.
To be continued Days 7 – 12.
H/T Photo – Sfxeris’s Photostream
Thank you, Bridgette, for this summary. It helps a LOT to have it all in one place, in easily read and absorbed form. Wonderful!
I still would like to know WHO made the decision, WHEN the decision was made, and WHY the decision was made to change the rule against downloading from that database. It was originally designed to be impossible for anyone to copy information from the database to removable media. At some point, that rule was rescinded. WHY? To allow Manning (if he did it) to pull off this theft and treason? It’s too pat. Too curious, also, that it seems as if this administration, Barry, Hillary, and Holder, downplay the importance and seem NOT to be trying to get to the bottom of it. It’s almost as if they know who’s to blame and they don’t want the TRUTH to come out. Now why would this be? Does it, say, incriminate someone near and dear? We can guess why the lamestream is not investigating: They want to do all in their power to help Barry get a second term. They know this is devastating to his administration because it DID happen on his watch. Perhaps deliberately. In addition, it’s been reported that the NY Times, for one, collaborated with the WH to redact from coverage certain cables. So that might explain why they don’t have any cables concerning Barry, but it doesn’t explain the lack of Barry-embarrassing cables in the foreign press. UNLESS the redactions were done before the leak(s) happened OR somebody’s helping ASSange and his peeps redact. Hmmm.
Other posts about Wikileaks on WTPOTUS, for background:
In this old post from August, I discussed a quasi-treasonous CIA memo about the USA’s history of EXPORTING terrorism to other countries, a memo revealed by Wikileaks:
From the memo: “Contrary to common belief, the American export of terrorism or terrorists is not a recent phenomenon, nor has it been associated only with Islamic radicals or people of Middle Eastern, African or South Asian ethnic origin. This dynamic belies the American belief that our free, open and integrated multicultural society lessens the allure of radicalism and terrorism for U.S. citizens.”
Not surprising that this “Red Cell” memo, written the month after Obama was sworn in as TOTUS, sounds as if the entire “cell” was tasked to FIND domestic terrorists, to identify any example of the exportation of terrorism, no matter how lame, to equate those individuals with Islamic jihadist terrorism, to downplay Islamic terrorism, and to propose a moral equivalency. This sounds very much like Imam Rauf, with his the-US-has-more-blood-on-its hands-than-Al-Qaeda ululation. For whom does the CIA work, one wonders?
FYI, Sindri the warmonger: You will not get through moderation and be allowed to comment on this blog if you begin with insults. To whit: “stupid cow.” Same to ya, Sindri. Same to ya.
“Our boys … our education … our wages … our country.” Which country are you talking about Sindri? Canada?
This Moon and Sacc-Sack-Sacs connection again:
Renee | December 13, 2010 at 9:32 am | Reply
Renee | December 13, 2010 at 10:44 am | Reply
Note this connection too. I will show you.
Sachs is the Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia’s School of Public Health. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, and the founder and co-President of the Millennium Promise Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending extreme poverty and hunger
He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
Renee | December 13, 2010 at
Bridgette, From this post above:
Washington is running a secret intelligence campaign targeted at the leadership of the United Nations, including the secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, and the permanent security council representatives from China, Russia, France and the UK.
That’s one of the few items that I enjoyed reading about. Better still: Boot them out of our country and never go to the UN again! That’s one good way to bring down the deficit. We can’t afford to fund these asshats anymore. Another thing I liked: the 15% administration fee we charge the other countries for administering the money they put towards Afghanistan. It’s the least they can do since it’s our troops on the proverbial wall. What I’d like to see even better is a bill sent to all those European countries to make them pay us back for defending them since WWII. How about it? Otherwise, defend yourselves. Close all the bases over there and bring our guys home. Let the Europeans and the Saudis defend themselves, if they can.
That is exactly one of the many things of which I have complained. I actually wrote and then deleted a comment the other day — felt it may have been regarded as too leftist by the wtpotus forum. Anyway, my point was that Americans are bled dry while the citizens of other nations have benefited at our expense. In this respect, I feel, our government fails us. Not only do we pay to police the world, we also pay more re drugs/medical, while the rest benefit.
Ali, you NEVER have to censor your opinions for us. So far as I can tell after associating with our group–authors and readers–for over two years, we’re independent-minded and TRY HARD to be open-minded. So long as you don’t attack others unfairly, personally (intolerably odious ones excepted), or in a bigoted fashion, then your point of view is MORE THAN WELCOME. This is what free speech is all about. Speak your peace. If we don’t agree with you, that’s okay. We’ll just speak our peace and let others, including the readers, decide how they feel. If you speak your peace well enough, even if you think it’s “too leftist,” some of us might actually be persuaded or decide that the issue that we thought was decided in our minds is actually more nuanced and complex than we originally thought. Deep thinking is always a good thing. Considering all points of view is always a good thing. I know that I’ve said things that some don’t agree with, as have others said things here that I don’t agree with. It’s fine. This is the way it’s supposed to be in America–the Land of the FREE and the Home of the brave. So speak from your heart. If we don’t agree or misunderstand, we’ll ask you for more information. That’s the Socratic Method. I highly recommend it, as that’s how I was taught in school.
We venture to the left in our digs Ali, all the time. It is all good. If one is too narrow minded, one cannot see where other ideas come from. One cannot see all possibles. None of us here are the same with our views. It is much more interesting this way. It makes life and our world more colorful. Like Miri, I believe in ones personal opinions. I too, believe in the freedom to post alot of different angles. I too believe in expression with no muffling. It is what makes our country great Ali.
By reading all of those leaks, I was absolutely astonished at the information that they contain. Each paper picked out the important cables that related primarily to their own country. Yet when I put all the tags together..it mentions so many countries, leaders, and problems. It emphasized problems throughout the world, but we only see tidbits in the news. I found it interesting what is and what is not revealed. There are countries conspiring for and against others, engaging with enemies, but denying it, and attacking leaders of the “free world” that were our allies. We are only getting a bird’s eye view of the entire dump. Who are the editors that are deciding what should be seen and what should not? How much are they downplaying the information contained in cables? We don’t see the original cables, we are only reading “their” analysis of individual cables.
You can read the cables at one of the many WikiLeaks mirror sites
and here’s another:
Despot? You think? Don’t speak ill of Chavez..Signs of the Soviets and Nazi’s
WikiLeaks cable: Passenger thought Americans called Venezuelan president ‘crazy’
December 11, 2010 Snips
The Venezuelan government once detained an American Airlines pilot and crew on suspicion that one of the crew members “insulted” Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez by calling him crazy, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable posted today by WikiLeaks and reviewed by WND. The cable revealed that on Sept. 30, 2008, the U.S. embassy in Caracas received word the American Airlines crew had been detained, apparently after a friend of a Venezuelan politician believed he heard a crew member insult Chavez.
As of 2006, it became a crime in Venezuela to insult the country’s president.
The cable related that a passenger who had been on American Airlines flight 903 to Caracas claimed he overheard a crew member announce the current local time as “loco Chavez time.” “Loco “in Spanish means “crazy.” The cable explained the crew member, who was informing passengers of the local time, may have been misheard stating “local” Chavez time. In December 2007, Venezuela created its own time zone, moving the clock back half an hour on a permanent basis.
Passenger Nestor Maldonado, however, a friend of Venezuelan National Assemblyman Carlos Echezuria Rodriguez, called the assemblyman to report he heard a crew member refer to Chavez as “loco.” Rodriguez called all the way up the political chain to Venezuelan Vice President Carrizales to report the incident. Carruzales then called the president of the country’s civil aviation authority, who went to the airport and turned over the investigation to the Venezuelan Immigration Authority, which may have distorted what happened.
According to the embassy cable, Nottaro apologized in person to Venezuelan governmental officials and committed to writing several letters of apology on October 1. Venezuelan authorities accepted Nottaro’s offer, and the crew left Venezuela hours later.
The leaked cable explains, “American made the decision to turn the plane around even though it meant canceling AA flight  out of Caracas the morning of Oct. 1, at considerable cost to the airline.”
Loco? Ya think? Yes, I do. Loony, too. Coming soon, to a country near you.
This reminds me of that time someone used the word “niggardly” CORRECTLY and was accused of being racist and had to apologize because the hearer was too stupid to know what the word means.
So Chavez comes to our country and insults our POTUS (GWB) but it’s a crime to insult him? Talk about Nazis. I wonder what Sean Penn thinks of his little friend now? He’s one of Barry’s bff, too. Isn’t he?
Isn’t he a joke…even creating his own time zone! So we now have the Chavez time zone! Look how quickly the thought police worked to get that airplane grounded!
Liberals support this lunatic? They want this here too? Well, if we think about it we already have them..the obots who are censoring blogs, and let’s not forget when the government wanted people to rat out others who were “misstating” facts about Obamacare. The government wanted to know who they needed to communicate with so they would have the correct information…like there are no death panels. No there aren’t.. not specifically named death panels..but the rationing boards are up and running already to determine who will get certain medicines or surgeries and who won’t. They are having to pay attention to the cost of these items to the government. The government paying attention to the cost of anything is a joke. Determining who gets what is part of their belief in eugenics and population control. If you are ill, when your number is up won’t be determined by God any longer. These perverted thinkers will be making the decision instead.
I forgot to name the latest move by Napolitano and Homeland “Security” …to place in Walmart’s across the country..a special place to rat out anyone that appears suspicious. Just give them a call! They will respond. Forget about calling the FBI or your local police.. now you will have a direct line to a trusted Homeland Security Agent. Surely you see no problems with using your “citizen arrest” rights to identify “suspicious” behavior by normal people. Has Walmart installed special cameras and security personnel to watch over those making claims? What is happening in Walmart parking lots or inside Walmarts that they need to install “Rat ’em Out” areas?
Wal-Mart Truth – Straight From Their Lips
30 May 2005
ANOTHER ARM OF THE GOVERNMENT?
Keep in mind as you read this, that their headquarters contains a Homeland Security office which is off limits to most Wal-Mart “associates” in the chain’s headquarters. This office was never brought up in the documentary. One should ask, “WHY?”
In the event of a national disaster and forced rationing, the government has a ready-made distribution pipeline.
Catchy name..pun intended.
Walmart Partners with U.S. Department of Homeland Security in “If You See Something, Say Something”
Everyone has a role to play in keeping themselves and their communities safe. Walmart is proud to be the first national retailer to partner with Secretary Napolitano and the Department of Homeland Security in the “If you see something, say something” campaign. We urge our customers and associates to join us.
Beginning this month, nearly 600 Walmart stores equipped with checkout video screens will begin airing a public service announcement from Secretary Napolitano, urging people to take an active role in ensuring the safety and security of our nation and our communities. See video of Napolitano.
Remember those “Obama Truth Squads” during the election? Sheriffs, prosecutors, and other public employees who were tasked to make sure nobody “lied” about Barry being a Muslim or not being a citizen. While reading those leaks about communist countries and other countries with tin-horn dictators, I was very struck by how MUCH Obama resembles these guys. No surprise to us, because we all noticed it several years ago, what with his Mao-inspired graphics, brainwashing of school children (Yes, we can, can, can), and commie election night outfits. He wants to turn us into a banana republic. He’s a Saddam Hussein wannabe. A Chavez wannabe. When will the lamestream sit up and take notice?
Yeah, that Wright connection to both…
Why Liberals Honor Treason & Hate America?
PFC Manning downloaded a few bucketfuls of documents that told many secrets of our operations against the terrorists. Once sold they were put on display by Julian Assange of Wikileaks and now those who seek to murder Americans in cold blood have reams of information they did not previously have.
Why Liberals Honor Treason & Hate America?
Unhappy people always like to make others unhappy….Let them write the checks to those they want to give our money to. Their mouths would stop moving thisfast.
Come on libs, put YOUR money where YOUR mouth is for a change…
If you read all those cables, above, one thing that stands out is how Barry’s administration so CLOSELY resembles those in other countries. Namely, Russia, Turkey, Venezuela, Yemen, Italy, Spain. Read our diplomats’ complaints about leaders in these countries and then tell me they couldn’t as well be describing Barry and his peeps. It would be funny and ironic if it weren’t so true and so sad.
I hope you don’t mind if I leave a link to my latest post here…it’s fitting with the theme of security…
I would like to request that any commentary about Miss Tickly’s posts be confined to the thread that already exists for this commentary:
Sorry Miri, I will post any links I want to share over there from now on…
It’s okay that you tipped us here, imho; I just didn’t want this entire Wikileaks thread filled with a bunch of unrelated comments.
Did you all hear about the new site, OpenLeaks? It’s a competitor to Wikileaks; Gordon Crovitz of the WSJ wrote about its founders: “The people who know Mr. Assange best have abandoned WikiLeaks to set up a new service, scheduled to launch today, called OpenLeaks. They pledge that, UNLIKE WIKILEAKS, IT WILL BE POLITICALLY NEUTRAL. Their goal is transparency, not Mr. Assange’s ‘regime’ change in the U.S. . . . OpenLeaks founder Daniel Domscheit-Berg . . . left WikiLeaks when Mr. Assange insisted on releasing 400,000 classified documents about the war in Iraq without bothering to redact names of informants whose lives WikiLeaks put in danger. He also criticized Mr. Assange for focusing his attention on the U.S. In essays Mr. Assange wrote before launching WikiLeaks in 2007, he explicitly states that his goal is to RESTRICT HOW INFORMATION IS SHARED among government officials, such as intelligence agencies and diplomats, in order TO CRIPPLE AMERICA. [emphasis added].”
So consider the use of “regime change” and the timing of ASSange’s essays speaking about his desire to “cripple America.” Then put it into the context of when Manning pulled off his download of information that he ought not to have been able to access. WHY was this low-level, gay activist/hacker given high security clearance, access to State Dept. memos when he actually worked for the Pentagon IN IRAQ, and the ability to download information from that database to removable media, which he was then able to somehow remove from his military base and hand over to an ASShat like ASSange?
This stinks to high heaven. Fish rot from the head down.
I found this article today at Post and Email News by Joan Swirsky. Funny how people think alike, no?
“Like a rotten fish, the reaction to the whole WikiLeaks thing stinks – as they say – from the head, meaning not only Obama but also his Capo di Tutti Capi, George Soros, whose major role in the political lives of both Hillary and Obama and their historically toxic anti-American agendas has been brilliantly, rivetingly, and illuminatingly spelled out in exquisite detail in The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party by David Horowitz and Richard Poe.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
And while you are rolling up for the magical mystery tour,
no one sees this:
lieutenant colonel lakin has pleaded guilty to 1 charge and not guilty to a second charge. the trial is continuing.
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The Covert Court Martial of Lt Col Lakin: A National Disgrace
By Steve Cooper
The Conservative Monster.com
PLEASE SHARE THIS ARTICLE…….
“Today, you are witnessing the silent persecution of Lt Col Lakin, a National Hero amid the darkness of a shameful media blackout as a Marxist Usurper flies around in Air Force One. It is a NATIONAL DISGRACE” – Steve Cooper
Where are all of the frauds that love to repeat the word Constitution over and over again? The Ron Paul’s, the Glenn Beck’s, YOUR Tea Party Leaders and speakers? The morons over at the Free Republic website that supposedly stand for liberty, freedom and the Constitution, but they attacked my post to spread the word to support a man of honor, Lt Col Lakin.
One man stood up and took a stand above all of the other officers in the U.S. Military to say enough is enough. This is a constitutional crisis and I want some answers now. Yes, other officers filed lawsuits like Capt Pamela Barnett and Major Cooke, but Lt Col Lakin took it to a level that could throw him into jail for 5 years HARD LABOR. Of course I also have to mention Commander Kerchner and his relentless pursuit of the truth with the eligibility issue. Commander Kerchner and Capt. Barnett will be at the Court Martial for Lt Col Lakin in Md today and tomorrow.
The media silence reeks of desperation to keep the Tea Party Americans from finding out about this issue. That is why Fox must suppress this story more so than the other networks, because only left wingers watch MSNBC and CNN, so they could smear Lakin all they want. Nobody watches them.
If Lt Col Lakin is so crazy, then why not let the rest of the country in on the joke? What is so TOP SECRET about this court martial that the media has suppressed a word of this trial being mentioned on the air. they do not want people to catch wind that a man is about to get railroaded with an unfair trial. Lt Col Lakin is being DENIED the evidence that would prove his innocence. This is NOT about an officer disobeying an order. This is about a constitutional crisis and ONE man is standing up and asking “Mr President, prove to this country once and for all that your are constitutionally eligible to hold office or RESIGN”.
Fox News reported that Julian Assange was having a trial today, but NOT ONE mention about the Lt Col Lakin Court Martial?
Ron Paul and Judge Napolitano are BIG supporters of Julian Assange, but never once have they supported or defended Lt Col Lakin. I also find it interesting that Russian PM Putin is a big supporter of Julian Assange as are many of the other closet Soviets in the Libertarian Party USA. Yet, you will never hear any of these so called Constitutionalists speak out about Lt Col Lakin. Why is this? Because they are frauds, that is why.
DEMAND ANSWERS *************E-MAIL FOX NEWS
OPERATION FLOOD IT – E-mail Fox and Friends 5 TIMES EACH and ask them why they reported about Julian Assanges court date, but not Lt Col Lakin’s. What are they hiding? What are they an accomplice to?
It is a sad day in America when a man of honor like Lt Col Lakin can be silently persecuted during the darkness of a media blackout as a Marxist Usurper flies on Air Force One. Shame on Glenn Beck and all of these other so called patriots that are silent about this Court Martial.
I guess the $32 million that Beck made last year was enough to keep him silent? I hear ya Glenn, you do not want to stop that GRAVY TRAIN. Do not e-mail me defending this clown either, because Beck chose to be the leader of the Anti-Birther movement. That was HIS choice…
Message to Tea Party Leaders: Defend Lt Col Lakin or Prepare for Operation Tea Party Hijack
Dave, this is being followed on this thread:
I will stay relevant.
I dont regard the leaks as significant.
They are just a big so what, we already knew that.
The big question is why Fox news is so interested.
Hope that wasn’t off topic.
Assange – big yawn
He is what extraordinary rendition was meant for.
Taking Stock of WikiLeaks
By George Friedman, Stratfor Global Intelligence
Julian Assange has declared that geopolitics will be separated into pre-“Cablegate” and post-“Cablegate” eras. That was a bold claim. However, given the intense interest that the leaks produced, it is a claim that ought to be carefully considered. Several weeks have passed since the first of the diplomatic cables were released, and it is time now to address the following questions: First, how significant were the leaks? Second, how could they have happened? Third, was their release a crime? Fourth, what were their consequences? Finally, and most important, is the WikiLeaks premise that releasing government secrets is a healthy and appropriate act a tenable position?
Let’s begin by recalling that the U.S. State Department documents constituted the third wave of leaks. The first two consisted of battlefield reports from Iraq and Afghanistan. Looking back on those as a benchmark, it is difficult to argue that they revealed information that ran counter to informed opinion. I use the term “informed opinion” deliberately. For someone who was watching Iraq and Afghanistan with some care over the previous years, the leaks might have provided interesting details but they would not have provided any startling distinction between the reality that was known and what was revealed. If, on the other hand, you weren’t paying close attention, and WikiLeaks provided your first and only view of the battlefields in any detail, you might have been surprised.
Let’s consider the most controversial revelation, one of the tens of thousands of reports released on Iraq and Afghanistan and one in which a video indicated that civilians were deliberately targeted by U.S. troops. The first point, of course, is that the insurgents, in violation of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, did not go into combat wearing armbands or other distinctive clothing to distinguish themselves from non-combatants. The Geneva Conventions have always been adamant on this requirement because they regarded combatants operating under the cover of civilians as being responsible for putting those civilians in harm’s way, not the uniformed troops who were forced to distinguish between combatants and non-combatants when the combatants deliberately chose to act in violation of the Geneva Conventions.
It follows from this that such actions against civilians are inevitable in the kind of war Iraqi insurgents chose to wage. Obviously, this particular event has to be carefully analyzed, but in a war in which combatants blend with non-combatants, civilian casualties will occur, and so will criminal actions by uniformed troops. Hundreds of thousands of troops have fought in Iraq, and the idea that criminal acts would be absent is absurd. What is most startling is not the presence of potentially criminal actions but their scarcity.
Anyone who has been close to combat or who has read histories of World War II would be struck not by the presence of war crimes but by the fact that in all the WikiLeaks files so few potential cases are found. War is controlled violence, and when controls fail — as they inevitably do — uncontrolled and potentially criminal violence occurs. However, the case cited by WikiLeaks with much fanfare did not clearly show criminal actions on the part of American troops as much as it did the consequences of the insurgents violating the Geneva Conventions.
Only those who were not paying attention to the fact that there was a war going on, or who had no understanding of war, or who wanted to pretend to be shocked for political reasons, missed two crucial points: It was the insurgents who would be held responsible for criminal acts under the Geneva Conventions for posing as non-combatants, and there were extraordinarily few cases of potential war crimes that were contained in the leaks.
The diplomatic leaks are similar. There is precious little that was revealed that was unknown to the informed observer. For example, anyone reading STRATFOR knows we have argued that it was not only the Israelis but also the Saudis that were most concerned about Iranian power and most insistent that the United States do something about it. While the media treated this as a significant revelation, it required a profound lack of understanding of the geopolitics of the Persian Gulf to regard U.S. diplomatic cables on the subject as surprising.
Read more: Taking Stock of WikiLeaks | STRATFOR
This story explains how the SIPR-Net, prior to Manning’s downloading of the data to his Lady Gaga media, was set up to PREVENT such downloads. “DoD is investigating how Manning managed to download all those cables and get them to WikiLeaks, the senior administration officials tell Time. So far they have concluded that the failure came at Dod’s Central Command, the combatant command responsible for the middle east, which employed Manning in Iraq. Prior to Manning’s download, users of SIPRNet had been blocked from downloading data to removable media.
But at some point that restriction was lifted across all of CentCom. DoD has been reimposing restrictions since the July dump of Afghanistan war documents by WikiLeaks. DoD has blocked the use of removable media; they have required in some cases a “dual key” system that requires a second user to approve moving data from a higher classification system to a lower classification system; and they are installing software programs to monitor unusual activity.”
And I found a partial answer to the timing of the ban and lifting of the ban:
“The orders are in line with the Nov. 28  memo that said all Defense Department classified computers will have the ‘ability to write on removable media’ disabled as a ‘temporary technical solution.’ …The military has banned USB devices before, the last time in 2008 shortly after disks helped spread malware onto the department’s computers. The ban was lifted earlier this year, but the debate about whether military personnel should still have access to USB drives still continues, said Hayes.”
So the ban was in place from sometime in 2008 (before Manning went to Iraq and had access) UNTIL it was “lifted earlier this year.” When did Manning download the data? Was it earlier this year? I believe the charge sheet says on or about November 2009. So that puts the lifting of the ban and the lifting of the data relatively close in time. Doesn’t it? And of course the ban must have been lifted prior to Manning downloading the information. Interesting, isn’t it? Who gave the order to lift the ban on using removable media and WHY?
Good job Miri! Keep digging.
I just found this information about SIPR-Net Manning used to steal the data and give it to Wikileaks (if he’s indeed the perp):
“The Secret Internet Protocol Router Network maintains an audit trail of all users, including, but not limited to, the identity of everyone accessing or attempting to access the SIPRNet, date and time of logon/logoff, and any noteworthy activities that might indicate an attempt to modify, bypass, or negate security safeguards.”
So how hard (or easy) would it be for Holder and, with luck, Congress to find out exactly who did what, when, how, and why?
Obama wanted the leak.
Why does stuff like this even surprisee?
So now patriot Lt. Col. Lakin is a political prisoner, but the UN is investigating our military because the UN is concerned that disaffected, gay, nonpatriot, accused-Wikileak-thief and alleged traitor Bradley Manning is being “tortured” by our government. Saw this on FOX News last night. On the news scroll at the bottom.
Got it? Lakin is a criminal but Manning is a victim.
Who leaked that he wasn’t being treated well in prison. Do they not know that Prison has its own rules, and prisoners are just that prisoners. What country in the UN asked about it? Let’s check out that country’s prisons! Will this be added to Hillary’s Human Rights Violations report? Waterboard the guy and find out who put him up to treason.
From what I remember from the scroll on FOX, they said an activist group made a complaint to the UN. Said he’s kept in solitary for 23 hours of every day. I can’t remember what else, but they considered this “torture.” Found a story: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/23/un-treatment-leaks-bradley-manning
“This month visitors reported that his mental and physical health was deteriorating.
The Pentagon denies the former intelligence analyst is mistreated, saying he is treated the same as other prisoners at Quantico, Virginia, is able to exercise, and has access to newspapers and visitors.”
I ask again as I have many times before “Need an aspirin ?”
Maybe we need a few…The gig is on again…
Two years ago when the US bailed out UBS and Switzerland from a brief but potentially terminal liquidity crisis, it succeeded in extracting a historic pound of flesh: it forced UBS to declassify thousands of bank accounts of US tax evaders which was the first nail in the centuries-old concept of Swiss bank secrecy. Today, Rudolf Elmer, a former COO of one of the biggest Swiss banks, Julius Baer, may have just nailed the last, and with that set off a chain reaction that will force a huge outcry against pervasive global tax fraud (but likely achieve nothing ultimatel). According to the Guardian, tomorrow Elmer will hand over details of 2,000 “high net worth individuals and corporations” to WikiLeaks which will make him “the most important and boldest whistleblower in Swiss banking history.” And since among those exposed will be “approximately 40 politicians” expect all hell to break loose as photos of Assange having a underage orgy with Al Qaeda members are suddenly made public to diffuse what is bound to be another huge (if brief – after all human kind cannot bear very much reality).
From the Guardian:
British and American individuals and companies are among the offshore clients whose details will be contained on CDs presented to WikiLeaks at the Frontline Club in London. Those involved include, Elmer tells the Observer, “approximately 40 politicians”.
Barr (Like Roseanne)
I have Penny, Ipsen-Epson and Fisher-Fischer surnames in my digs. Nuts again!
Raymond J. Baer (Chairman)
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Julius Baer Group Ltd., Zurich, Zollikon (2012)
Curriculum Vitae (PDF, 33 kb)
Peter Kuepfer (Independent Lead Director)
Management consultant, Zollikon (2011)
Curriculum Vitae (PDF, 32 kb)
Leonhard H. Fischer
Member of the Board of Directors and CEO, RHJ International SA, Brussels, Zollikon (2012)
Curriculum Vitae (PDF, 33 kb)
Chief Financial Officer, Ipsen Pharma SAS, Paris (2012)
Curriculum Vitae (PDF, 35 kb)
In London (2013)
Curriculum Vitae (PDF, 115 kb)
Daniel J. Sauter
Entrepreneur, Zug (2013)
Curriculum Vitae (PDF, 34 kb)
Charles G.T. Stonehill
Investment Banker, Non-Executive Director, London (2011)
Curriculum Vitae (PDF, 33 kb)
Hart, Hardt, Heart, Hartz, Hertz, Hurt
I know where this goes too.