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Stratfor Files Discuss Israeli Commandos Destroying Iran Nuclear Facility

Last December, the global intelligence company Strategic Forecast, referred to as Stratfor, was hacked by members of the Anonymous group. Among the files gathered were a very large number of internal emails, showing how the private intelligence gathering company conducted its business around the world, and include a lot of revelations that are only now becoming public. One such email for example hints at the fact that Israeli commandos and Kurdish fighters may have destroyed an Iran nuclear facility. If true, this could have wide repercussions in the middle east.

The email is just one of five millions that the firm sent and that was hacked in the December attack. In it, Stratfor analysts apparently obtained information that would indicate an Israeli commando wiped out an Iranian nuclear facility. Some of the company staff discuss how likely that is, and come to the conclusion that it could be true if the Israeli forces cooperated with Kurdish fighters. The explosion at the Iranian facility was seen as possibly being caused by such an attack: “[He] was asked what he thought of reports that the Israelis were preparing a military offensive against Iran. Response: I think this is a diversion. The Israelis already destroyed all the Iranian nuclear infrastructure on the ground weeks ago.” Thanks to the series of emails that followed, the company comes to the conclusion that it may well have happened the way their informant says it did.

But this is just one of many revelations that are already starting to come out from these massive files. In its press release, WikiLeaks portrayed Stratfor as a private intelligence agency, a shadow CIA bribing people to obtain their intelligence through a series of hidden Swiss bank accounts, working with large corporations, executives, government agencies and the military to get the best intelligence they could through money exchanges or extortion, and then turning this into a money making business. Their latest fund StratCap aims at profiting financially from getting this early access to facts and rumors from around the world. Meanwhile, a select few individuals and corporations are allowed to pay the company to get early access to this information.

Meanwhile, Stratfor has posted a statement on its web site, saying the hack and subsequent release of private emails is a deplorable and illegal act, something they did not authorize, and warn that some of the emails may be altered or faked. They claim that their internal systems are now more secure and that such a hacking attempt would not happen again. Still, there’s no doubt that the emails released will more than likely bring us more facts about powerful world figures in the weeks to come.

WikiLeaks Reveals US Requests Al Jazeera Web Content Gets Nixed


A top-secret US cable from the US embassy in Doha, Qatar where the Aljazeera headquarter is, was published recently on Wikileaks. The cable revealed that Al Jazeera’s Managing Director Wadah Khanfar agreed to a US government request to delete web content that “disturbed” the US government.

The cable describes the meeting between US government officials with Wadah Khanfar. US government officials raised the question of an Al Jazeera website piece published listed under the heading

“”Special Coverage”, and containing “Live Testimony Concerning Tal Afar”. “The site opens to an image of bloody sheets of paper riddled with bullet holes. Viewers click on the bullet holes to access testimony from ten alleged “eye witnesses” who described recent military operations in Tal Afar.

Khanfar said that in accordance with a promise he made to the US government, he had two images removed (two injured children in hospital beds, and a woman with a serious facial injury.)
US government indicated “that the testimony of a “doctor” in the piece also implied that poison gas had been used on residents of Tal Afar and that the appearance of the piece, in particular the bloody bullet hole icons, came across as “inflammatory and journalistically questionable.”

According to the cable Khanfar said he had told the website staff that in future, when they want to add an item to the “Special Coverage” section of the website, they should send a draft of the idea to his office. The cable notes that The AJ website is located in another building across town. Khanfar added “I don’t say that such things are not going to be repeated on the website, but it is a learning process”. The cable says the meeting with Khanfar took place on 10/19/2005. He asked for fixing “the method of how we receive these reports” as he has had found one of them in the fax machine.

In the cable US officials told Khanfar that despite large decrease in “negative coverage” since February, the month of September showed an increase in such programming. Such problems according to the cables “still remain with double-sourcing in Iraq; identifying sources; use of inflammatory language; a failure to balance of extremist views; and the use of “terrorist” tapes. “Khanfar said there are still some mistakes “which we accept and address” but he maintains that the points are taken out of context noting that during the “AJ broadcasting day, a comment made or position taken by one person may be balanced with a different comment or position later in the same show or later on during the same day.”

As for using “terrorists tapes” Khanfar said “We have always said that we are going to use these tapes and we will continue to use them. The question is how. None of the tapes are used just like that,” the cable wrote: “meaning that they are reviewed for newsworthiness and are edited.”

On The Brink: Iran and Saudi Arabia

Two United States emissaries sent to meet with the Saudi King, Abdullah: Defense Secretary Robert Gates on April 6 and National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, a week later, were informed that Saudi Arabia cannot forgive America for allowing former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to be overthrown by an anarchic rebellion, and for allowing Iran, a country who continues to enrich uranium, clearly on the road to the development of nuclear weapons (and funds terror activity throughout the Middle East in Gaza, Syria and Lebanon, with its proxy army, Hezbollah) to remain in power.

Iran PresidentLast year, the Saudis even gave Israel permission to fly over the kingdom, en route to a military operation on Iran. A WikiLeaks document dated July, 20, 2007, revealed that Binyamin Netanyahu had urged then-Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, to attack Iran. Netanyahu’s request was part of discussions to form a national unity government between Likud and Kadima. (PM Netanyahu, early in his term, invited Kadima leader Tzippi Livni to join forces — she declined).

This year, Saudi Arabia is resolute in leading the Gulf region to a confrontation with Iran – including military action if necessary in a move to defend the oil emirates against Iranian conspiracies. On Monday, April 18, the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, requested that the United Nations Security Council to take action for stopping Iran’s “provocative interference in their countries’ domestic affairs.” This “flagrant interference” posed a “grave security to, and risked flaring up sectarian strike, in the GCC countries.”

The resolution continued:

“The GCC will not hesitate to adopt whatever measures and policies they deem necessary vis-à-vis the foreign interferences in their internal affairs”.

The Saudis are positive their combined missile, air force and naval strength is capable of inflicting damage on mainland Iran.

Then, Saturday, April 16, the Iranian foreign ministry summoned the Pakistani chargé d’affaires to issue a caveat against allowing Saud Arabia and Bahrain to continue conscripting Pakistani military personnel. Tehran claims that by offering exorbitant paychecks, Riyadh raised 1,000 Pakistani recruits for its military operation in support of the Bahraini king and another 1,500 are on their way to the Gulf.

Saudi ground-to-ground and anti-air missiles have been transferred to the Bahrain capital of Manama and naval units are positioned in that country’s harbor.

Monday, April 18, Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa announced that Saudi and allied GCC troops would remain in the kingdom of Bahrain until Iran no longer poses a menace. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, also claims the spreading revolt against his regime, now entering its second month, was instigated from Riyadh.

But Iran’s problems do not stop there. On April 11-12, the Arabs of Ahwaz in the western Iranian province of Khuzestan staged a two-day uprising against the Ahmadinejad regime. Government forces murdered some 15 demonstrators before cancelling incoming flights, blocking roads to the town and cutting off telephone and Internet communications.

Last Saturday, Iran urged Egyptian officials, now running that country in a caretaker capacity, to snub the U.S., who sided, eventually, with the coup. Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, told the official Iranian news agency, IRNA, “Cairo should resist the opposition from the United States and Israel, and take independant decision to bring the two Islamic countries closer together.”

Earlier last week Reuters and Iran’s Press TV reported Iran had appointed an ambassador to Egypt for the first time in 30 years, as a post-Mubarak Egypt will see diplomatic ties restored between the two countries.

As if you did not realize, dear OneJerusalem.com readers, Iran’s hand in assisting the grizzly murderer, Bashir al-Assad of Syria, read this.

Dershowitz to Defend Assange

Alan M. DershowitzHarvard Law School Professor and much-listened-to, publicized, mild, spokesperson for Zionism, Alan M. Dershowitz, will be joining Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s legal defense team. He will be serving in an advisory capacity. Assange’s main attorney, Geoffrey R. Robertson, who has experience working with Dershowitz, contacted the professor to assist with the case. He was also part of the legal “dream team” that successfully defended O.J. Simpson.

Dominating headlines throughout the last year, the Wikileaks organization has recently come under scrutiny for releasing leaked documents from the U.S. State Department. While Mr. Assange is not facing charges in the U.S., he is facing extradition in the U.K. apropos to a sexual assault investigation in Sweden.

The Wikileaks staff did appear in American courts in Alexandria, Va. concerning the Justice Department’s subpoena of all communication records between Wikileaks and its supporters, via Twitter. Twitter is expected to ignore the order.

“This is an outrageous attack by the Obama administration on the privacy and free speech rights of Twitter’s customers—many of them American citizens.”

Dershowitz says he is interested in the case, which deals with the prompt propogation of information via the Internet, because of the connection with “new media” like Facebook, Twitter, and blogging, as well as its relationship with the Fourth Amendment’s defense of privacy.

Dershowitz said:

“Look at what the new media did in Egypt…The U.S. is trying to encourage new media in Iran, but trying to shut it down in the U.S. It is not just Assange’s First Amendment rights, but our First Amendment rights that need to be protected.”

Libya’s War on Zionism

A WikiLeaks cable revealed that Libyan authorities adopted “repugnant anti-Semitic tactics” against the Marks & Spencer store in Tripoli, in an effort to have the store closed and drive the British company out of the country.

The leaked memos, sent from the US Embassy in Tripoli, show that the anti-Semitic campaign became so violent that American officials were warned by Libyan government insiders that at least one high-ranking businessman, the Marks & Spencer franchiser, could be involved in a “fatal car accident”.

Marks & SpencerA source from the General Union of Chambers of Commerce and Industry told an American contact that M&S was:

“well-known among Libyans and other Arab and Muslim peoples for its strong support of Israeli occupation of Palestine and the huge funds it provides for killing of Palestinians and constructing of illegal settlements in occupied Palestine…The very mentioning of Marks and Spencer is considered by Libyans as an insult to their national feelings and an attack on their national feelings the source clarified.”

The US Embassy warned Washington back in 2008 that attacks on the British retailer by Libyan officials “at the highest levels” risked causing irretrievable damage to bilateral ties with the UK.

The British Guardian quoted the memos, describing:

“The ongoing drama surrounding efforts by the UK government and investors to keep open the Marks & Spencer retail store in Tripoli, and a campaign by some Libyan government officials to close it.”

Not long after the store was launched, it was subjected to what the cable described as “persistent anti-Semitic rhetoric” by the Libyan government.

The store was closed temporarily by Libyan authorities at least twice, and employees were repeatedly taken in for questioning and put under “close scrutiny” by security officials who, the ambassador warned, were used as a “strongarm adjunct in this political play”.

The Leak Goes On

Ok, Ok, the WikiLeaks documents have been released.

Good news.

Israel should hardly feel incriminated. Discriminated against, perhaps; but not incriminated. Not unless you subscribe to the dangerous Iranian world-view, which much of the world agrees, should have been secured and unplugged, years ago.

The Jewish Country is not guilty of selling the organs of Lebanese killed in the 2006 war. Nor are we using the blood of Palestinian children to bake matzah. Nor are we using the blood of Swedish children to bake matzah. Nor is the Israeli government guilty of selling crack to inner-city Americans. Nor is the IDF guilty of murdering Sudanese refugees at the Egyptian border. No, the Mossad was not behind 9/11.

Among the WikiLeaks disclosures was an Israeli plan to coordinate its 2008 invasion of Gaza with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas; as well as details of Israel’s covert ties with governments in the United Arab Emirates.

What else….what else?

Ahmadinejad and Hariri While Lebanon’s prime minister, Saad Hariri was concluding his first diplomatic visit in Iran, and supporting the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, the New York Times published contents of a cable quoting Hariri’s 2006 conversation with a U.S. diplomat, in Beirut. The attack on “Iraq was unnecessary,” said Hariri, but an attack on “Iran is necessary.” The U.S., he said, “must be willing to go all the way” to stop Iran.

Hardly a week after Syria’s president, Basher Assad, had promised to stop supplying Hezbollah in Lebanon with weapons, a cable from WikiLeaks reports that Damascus actually increased its regular shipments of sophisticated missiles. The kicker is that America had this information, but did not warn Israel, doubtless the would-be victim of any usage of these arms.

Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the Wikileaks release a “Satanic conspiracy.”

Here’s why:

In a meeting with the commander of the U.S. Central Command, General John Abizaid, military leaders from the United Arab Emirates assessed the Iranian as “crazy.” Stir crazy.

Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince, Muhammad Bin Zayed, urged the U.S. to “take action” against Iran within a year.

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah repeatedly urged Washington to attack Iran, to “cut off the head of the snake.” as he phrased it. “May God prevent us from falling victim to their evil…We have had correct relations over the years, but the bottom line is that they cannot be trusted.”

And a senior Jordanian official warned the Americans to, “bomb Iran or you will have to learn to live with its bomb.”

If The World Is Blaming Iran, Why Is Obama Blaming Israel?

The Knesset will not hold a debate on WikiLeaks, as there are more pressing matters at hand. Israel should, however, be wary of any breach of confidentiality, exposed by WikiLeaks. But as long as the world is in agreement that the source of the conflict is indeed, Tehran, Israel should also be wary of any information, the U.S. may harbor, for instance Syria’s insistent supplying of arms to Hezbollah. This leaves America’s adamant attitude about freezing Jewish construction in the region very much in question.

In the video below, Speaker of the Knesset, Danny Danon explains to Fox News’ Mike Huckabee, his frustration with Obama’s attitude toward the Jewish State; namely his pressure to freeze settlement building, in lieu of an attack on Iran, say; while the American President continues to fumble his own homeland security – not learning a valuable, how-to, from his snubbed Israeli friends.

Watch:

Festival of Smites

WikiLeaksWhile a quasi-sharav continues to confound the regular rains and chills of Kislev; while Jewish families get ready for the annual Hanukkah rigmarole; while Israel, like the rest of the world, is dealing with the dreaded WikiLeaks report; the dream of peace is as far away as ever.

The Fatah Furor

The most levelheaded of Palestinian factions, the Fatah Revolutionary Council, according to an article in United Press International, said it refuses the recognition of Israel as a Jewish State and has called on Palestinians to actively resist it. A unanimous Jihad because such demands – that is calling Israel a Jewish State, per a Knesset-approved law, last month – violates “international law” and “human rights conventions.”

Summing up its fifth convention during a three-day session in Ramallah, the Fatah Revolutionary Council said:

“The council affirms its rejection of the so-called Jewish state or any other formula that could achieve this goal. The council also renews its refusal for the establishment of any racist state based on religion in accordance with international law and human rights conventions.”

Furthermore, PA President, Mahmoud Abbas, told the council he will not resume peace negotiations with Israel until there is a halt on building settlements.

Meanwhile, Hamas security forces arrested four Fatah party supporters, Sunday in the Gaza Strip. The detainees were identified as Adel An-Naji, Ra’fat Shahin, Sami Abu Samra, and Rizq Abu Al-Kas.

The German Judgment

On Sunday, Shimon Peres met with German President Christian Wulff, who arrived on an official visit to the Middle East. Wulff said that he specially chose Israel as the first country to visit outside the European Union because the countries are bound by a special relationship, and Germany remains the guarantor of the existence and security of Israel.

The two presidents called for pressing forward with the Middle East peace process. The German president added that the Israeli government should “adopt a constructive attitude” to the issue of Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria.

Also on Sunday, WikiLeaks started publishing about 2.8 million secret American documents, representing for the most part, the Foreign Office correspondence with U.S. embassies, including the American Embassy in Tel Aviv.

The documents have already been released, in private, to the New York Times, Der Spiegel and the British Guardian.

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