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Donald Trump: Carl Bernstein: Trump Tower Meeting Was ‘Convened For The Purpose Of Collusion’

“The cover-up is demonstrable.”Donald Trump

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» Palmer Report: The one big thing everyone is about to overlook in the Paul Manafort trial
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We’re now just hours away from the start of the first of two federal trials that Paul Manafort is set to face in 2018. Manafort and his lawyers have lost every motion they’ve filed to get evidence and charges thrown out, meaning that Spe…

» Putin Trump – Google News: Letter: What new secrets will Trump share with Putin? – Concord Monitor
30/07/18 00:05 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
Letter: What new secrets will Trump share with Putin ? Concord Monitor The first time Donald Trump met Vladimir Putin in the White House, his aides were in the room. They let the world know Trump blurted out secret information the U.S. w…

» Putin Trump – Google News: Trump must come clean on Putin meeting – Charleston Post Courier
30/07/18 00:05 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
Charleston Post Courier Trump must come clean on Putin meeting Charleston Post Courier Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s contentious appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday provided more evidence that Preside…

» Palmer Report: Michael Cohen just made the official legal move that means he’s cutting a plea deal
29/07/18 23:29 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
You can take all of the verbal back-and-forth between Donald Trump and Michael Cohen, along with the leaked Trump-Cohen tape, and the Trump Tower meeting bombshell, for whatever you think they’re worth. They’re each a sign that things ar…

» Donald Trump: Carl Bernstein: Trump Tower Meeting Was ‘Convened For The Purpose Of Collusion’
29/07/18 23:25 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
“The cover-up is demonstrable.” Donald Trump

» Donald Trump: EU warns US about enforcement of Obama-era privacy deal
29/07/18 23:01 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
Europe’s commissioner for justice demands stricter enforcement regime Donald Trump

» former FBI agents power influence – Google News: The most influential people in Brooklyn – City & State
29/07/18 22:43 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
City & State The most influential people in Brooklyn City & State Without further ado, we’re pleased to present the Brooklyn Power 50. … Rosen is so close to the City Hall brain trust that de Blasio ferociously fought to shield their w…

» Palmer Report: Michael Cohen is out of options
29/07/18 22:30 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
While Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia probe continues its inexorable course to Donald Trump’s ultimate demise, there may be a shorter route based on what is already known about Trump’s sexual escapades and Michael Cohen’s attempts to “fix”…

» Palmer Report: Rudy Giuliani goes berserk over additional Trump-Cohen tapes
29/07/18 21:30 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
Rudy Giuliani has become so frantically out of control these past few days, even by his standards, that it’s been difficult to keep up. At one point he was ranting about someone named “Daniel.” He started a sentence on Twitter and never …

» Donald Trump: Trump Has Reportedly Joked That Ivanka Could Have Married Tom Brady
29/07/18 21:26 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
“Instead I got Jared Kushner,” the president groused, according to witnesses. Donald Trump

» Elections 2016 Investigation – Google News: Trump Mueller investigation: President ATTACKS counsel’s ‘alleged conflicts of interest’ – Express.co.uk
29/07/18 21:00 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
Express.co.uk Trump Mueller investigation : President ATTACKS counsel’s ‘alleged conflicts of interest’ Express.co.uk There is currently an investigation into the possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 ele…

» trump and republican party – Google News: GOP Faces Another Midterm Threat as Trumps Plays the Shutdown Card – New York Times
29/07/18 20:56 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
New York Times GOP Faces Another Midterm Threat as Trumps Plays the Shutdown Card New York Times WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans , already facing a difficult election landscape, confronted a prospect on Sunday they had worked feve…

» donald trump russia – Google News: Fake Russian soldiers ‘guard’ Trump’s Hollywood star – The Hill (blog)
29/07/18 20:48 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
The Hill (blog) Fake Russian soldiers ‘guard’ Trump’s Hollywood star The Hill (blog) A violent brawl broke out between Trump supporters and opponents at the site of the vandalism on Thursday. Footage obtained by TMZ shows protesters chan…

» Trump and Russia – Google News: Fake Russian soldiers ‘guard’ Trump’s Hollywood star – The Hill (blog)
29/07/18 20:48 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
The Hill (blog) Fake Russian soldiers ‘guard’ Trump’s Hollywood star The Hill (blog) A violent brawl broke out between Trump supporters and opponents at the site of the vandalism on Thursday. Footage obtained by TMZ shows protesters chan…

» trump and republican party – Google News: Top Koch leaders vent frustration with GOP in the Trump era – NBCNews.com
29/07/18 20:36 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
NBCNews.com Top Koch leaders vent frustration with GOP in the Trump era NBCNews.com COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Top leaders of the conservative Koch political network, frustrated with the direction of the Republican Party , are attempting …

» Rudy Giuliani – Google News: Rudy Giuliani Mysterious “You” Tweet Becomes Fill-In-The-Blank Fun For Twitter Users – Deadline
29/07/18 20:32 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
Deadline Rudy Giuliani Mysterious “You” Tweet Becomes Fill-In-The-Blank Fun For Twitter Users Deadline Donald Trump’s star attorney Rudy Giuliani took to Twitter on Saturday night to attacking press in regards to the Michael Cohen tapes….

» 1. Trump Circles: Elections from mikenova (16 sites): Rudy Giuliani – Google News: Rudy Giuliani Mysterious “You” Tweet Becomes Fill-In-The-Blank Fun For Twitter Users – Deadline
29/07/18 20:32 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
Deadline Rudy Giuliani Mysterious “You” Tweet Becomes Fill-In-The-Blank Fun For Twitter Users Deadline Donald Trump’s star attorney Rudy Giuliani took to Twitter on Saturday night to attacking press in regards to the Michael Cohen tapes….

» former FBI agents power influence – Google News: The Readers’ Forum: Monday letters – Winston-Salem Journal
29/07/18 20:30 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
Winston-Salem Journal The Readers’ Forum: Monday letters Winston-Salem Journal It’s the conclusion of our intelligence agencies that Russian agents, most likely ordered to do so by Russian President Vladimir Putin, tried to influence the…

» Palmer Report: Donald Trump has crazed meltdown about Robert Mueller
29/07/18 20:28 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
Maybe it’s the impending start of the Paul Manafort trial. Maybe it’s the inevitable Michael Cohen plea deal. Maybe it’s the revelation that Donald Trump signed off on the Trump Tower treason meeting with the Russians. Whatever the reaso…

» trump russia ties – Google News: Why Are So Many Leftists Skeptical of the Russia Investigation? – New York Magazine
29/07/18 20:18 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
New York Magazine Why Are So Many Leftists Skeptical of the Russia Investigation? New York Magazine … Trump campaign’s solicitation of help from Russia is no worse than the Clinton campaign hiring a British investigator to uncover Trum…

» Trump and Russia – Google News: Why Are So Many Leftists Skeptical of the Russia Investigation? – New York Magazine
29/07/18 20:18 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
New York Magazine Why Are So Many Leftists Skeptical of the Russia Investigation? New York Magazine Aaron Matte, another Nation contributor, has scoffed at what he calls “alleged Russian meddling” (alleged?) and insisted that the Trump c…

» trump criminal investigation – Google News: Why Are So Many Leftists Skeptical of the Russia Investigation? – New York Magazine
29/07/18 20:18 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
New York Magazine Why Are So Many Leftists Skeptical of the Russia Investigation ? New York Magazine Aaron Matte, another Nation contributor, has scoffed at what he calls “alleged Russian meddling” (alleged?) and insisted that the Trump …

» trump russian ties – Google News: Why Are So Many Leftists Skeptical of the Russia Investigation? – New York Magazine
29/07/18 20:16 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
New York Magazine Why Are So Many Leftists Skeptical of the Russia Investigation? New York Magazine … “alleged Russian meddling” (alleged?) and insisted that the Trump campaign’s solicitation of help from Russia is no worse than the Cl…

» Russian Intelligence services – Google News: David Ignatius: This is not your grandfather’s KGB – The Topeka Capital-Journal
29/07/18 20:13 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
David Ignatius: This is not your grandfather’s KGB The Topeka Capital-Journal WASHINGTON — Looking at Russia’s competing spy services , their overlapping operations against the U.S. and their sometimes careless tradecraft, some CIA veter…

» putin and trump – Google News: Putin, Trump send signals through press – CNN
29/07/18 19:56 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
CNN Putin , Trump send signals through press CNN CNN national security analyst Samantha Vinograd discusses the relationship and communication habits between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin , after the fallout …

» 2016 elections and mental health – Google News: Candidates for governor debate executive leadership records – The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
29/07/18 19:50 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines Candidates for governor debate executive leadership records The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines They point in particular to the state’s $5 billion Medicaid program, …

» Donald Trump – Google News: Trump rails against Mueller in Sunday tweetstorm – CNN
29/07/18 19:37 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
CNN Trump rails against Mueller in Sunday tweetstorm CNN Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump fired off a series of tweets on Sunday lashing out at the special counsel investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller. In the tw…

» trump criminal investigation – Google News: Trump rails against Mueller in Sunday tweetstorm – CNN
29/07/18 19:37 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
CNN Trump rails against Mueller in Sunday tweetstorm CNN In the tweets, Trump largely resurfaced previous issues he has with the investigation , claiming Mueller personally has conflicts of interest — including a “contentious busin…

» 1. Trump Circles: Elections from mikenova (16 sites): Donald Trump – Google News: Trump rails against Mueller in Sunday tweetstorm – CNN
29/07/18 19:37 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
CNN Trump rails against Mueller in Sunday tweetstorm CNN Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump fired off a series of tweets on Sunday lashing out at the special counsel investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller. In the tw…

» Trump – Google News: Trump rails against Mueller in Sunday tweetstorm – CNN
29/07/18 19:37 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
CNN Trump rails against Mueller in Sunday tweetstorm CNN Trump’s statement comes after a week in which the President’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, authorized the release of a recording he made between himself and then-candidate Trump t…

» putin won US 2016 election – Google News: A hacker explains Russia’s use of cyber warfare in 2016 US election – Rappler
29/07/18 19:36 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
Rappler A hacker explains Russia’s use of cyber warfare in 2016 US election Rappler Two sets of federal indictments – one in February and another in July – allege in detail how a private company linked to Putin and the Russian military i…

» russian organized crime in us – Google News: First Amendment: Trump mimics Putin in campaign against free press – The Providence Journal
29/07/18 19:34 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
The Providence Journal First Amendment: Trump mimics Putin in campaign against free press The Providence Journal But before the next ALL-CAPS Twitter tirade, let’s pause to consider how our president’s new autocratic Russian buddy treats…

» organized crime and intelligence – Google News: Who’s in charge? Records reveal ‘tug of war’ between RCMP and Canada Border Services Agency – National Post
29/07/18 19:18 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
National Post Who’s in charge? Records reveal ‘tug of war’ between RCMP and Canada Border Services Agency National Post The RCMP tried a few years ago to wrestle away control of organized crime investigations being pursued by the Canada …

» trump and republican party – Google News: Trump upends economic pillars of Republican Party – SFGate
29/07/18 19:16 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
SFGate Trump upends economic pillars of Republican Party SFGate WASHINGTON — President Trump’s trade policies are turning long-established Republican orthodoxy on its head, marked by tariff fights and now $12 billion in farm aid that rep…

» 2016 elections anxiety – Google News: How Trump Lost Re-election in 2020 – New York Times
29/07/18 19:11 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
New York Times How Trump Lost Re- election in 2020 New York Times In an era of deep national anxiety — with stagnant wages, rickety health insurance and aggressive challenges from China and Russia — voters punished an incumbent president…

» Trump anxiety – Google News: How Trump Lost Re-election in 2020 – New York Times
29/07/18 19:11 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
New York Times How Trump Lost Re-election in 2020 New York Times Warren’s liberalism, meanwhile, did make some voters anxious , exit polls showed. But most swing voters do not follow the minutiae of policy debates, and many simply decide…

» Palmer Report: Robert Mueller’s investigation into Roger Stone takes bizarre new paternity turn
29/07/18 19:07 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
Based on what’s surfaced publicly about grand jury proceedings, it’s clear that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is digging into every inch of Roger Stone’s life, and is seeking to indict him for any and all crimes he’s ever committed, not…

» Comey – Google News: Comey ordered to preserve his government documents – Washington Times
29/07/18 18:37 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
Washington Times Comey ordered to preserve his government documents Washington Times In this Thursday, June 8, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on Capitol Hil…

» Putinism – Google News: Russia and the far right’s cozy affair – Washington Post
29/07/18 18:33 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
Washington Post Russia and the far right’s cozy affair Washington Post The links among Vladimir Putin, President Trump, and segments of both the Republican Party and the American conservative movement seem bizarre. How can this be, given…

» trump russia ties – Google News: Russia and the far right’s cozy affair – Washington Post
29/07/18 18:33 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
Washington Post Russia and the far right’s cozy affair Washington Post The links among Vladimir Putin , President Trump , and segments of both the Republican Party and the American conservative movement seem bizarre. How can this be, giv…

» 2016 elections and mental health – Google News: 52 train wrecks John Kelly couldn’t stop — or started himself – Politico
29/07/18 18:27 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
Politico 52 train wrecks John Kelly couldn’t stop — or started himself Politico Retired Marine general John Kelly was promoted from secretary of Homeland Security to White House chief of staff with one job: to impose discipline on Presid…

» Palmer Report: GOP Congress is already laying the groundwork for when Donald Trump is proven guilty on Russia
29/07/18 18:04 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
Logically speaking, it’s been clear all along that Donald Trump had to have signed off on Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with Russian government representatives to try to alter the outcome of the election. The big question was whether it coul…

» trump as danger to National Security – Google News: Readers respond: Trump’s behavior poses a threat to the international order, US security and peace in the world – OregonLive.com
29/07/18 18:02 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
OregonLive.com Readers respond: Trump’s behavior poses a threat to the international order, US security and peace in the world OregonLive.com United States national security is threatened –by our own president. As a national security po…

» donald trump russia – Google News: Trump Says He Had ‘Very Nasty’ Relationship With Special Counsel – Bloomberg
29/07/18 18:01 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
Bloomberg Trump Says He Had ‘Very Nasty’ Relationship With Special Counsel Bloomberg President Donald Trump said he had a nasty and contentious business relationship with Robert Mueller, and he called on the special counsel to disclose s…

» Trump – Google News: Trump Says He Had ‘Very Nasty’ Relationship With Special Counsel – Bloomberg
29/07/18 18:01 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
Bloomberg Trump Says He Had ‘Very Nasty’ Relationship With Special Counsel Bloomberg President Donald Trump said he had a nasty and contentious business relationship with Robert Mueller, and he called on the special counsel to disclose s…

» trump and republican party – Google News: Florida governor’s GOP primary may hinge on Trump – The Ledger
29/07/18 17:55 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
The Ledger Florida governor’s GOP primary may hinge on Trump The Ledger Trump’s endorsement could prove decisive in Florida’s GOP primary for governor, highlighting just how much the president has come to dominate a party that once had a…

» Rudy Giuliani – Google News: ‘You’: Rudy Giuliani’s one-word tweet inspires pages of Twitter jokes – Atlanta Journal Constitution
29/07/18 17:54 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
Atlanta Journal Constitution ‘You’: Rudy Giuliani’s one-word tweet inspires pages of Twitter jokes Atlanta Journal Constitution Rudy Giuliani , former mayor of New York City and lawyer for Donald Trump, gifted Twitter with a new meme. At…

» Putin Trump – Google News: Prankster puts up Putin portrait in spot meant for President Donald Trump – fox4kc.com
29/07/18 17:48 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
fox4kc.com Prankster puts up Putin portrait in spot meant for President Donald Trump fox4kc.com On July 16, 2018, Trump and Putin staged a private meeting and joint press conference during a summit in Helsinki, Finland. Following the mee…

» Do police officers shootings increase trump election chances? – Google News: NYT publisher calls Trump’s verbal attacks ‘increasingly dangerous’ – Las Vegas Review-Journal
29/07/18 17:38 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
Las Vegas Review-Journal NYT publisher calls Trump’s verbal attacks ‘increasingly dangerous’ Las Vegas Review-Journal Hours after his tweet about the Sulzberger meeting, Trump renewed his criticism of the media in a series of posts in wh…

» Donald Trump – Google News: Koch network takes on Trump’s tariffs with six-figure ad buy as billionaire admits tensions could boil over – CNBC
29/07/18 17:14 from 1. Trump from mikenova (5 sites)
CNBC Koch network takes on Trump’s tariffs with six-figure ad buy as billionaire admits tensions could boil over CNBC The political network funded by billionaire industrialist Charles Koch is unveiling the latest phase in a multi million…

 

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» Koch network project gears up to help inmates reenter society after prison
29/07/18 15:06 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
Overhauling the criminal justice system is one of the top priorities of the network, which leans libertarian with a small-government, free-market agenda.

» 20 years of Vladimir Putin: from head of the Russian security service to president – JAMnews (blog)
29/07/18 07:32 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
JAMnews (blog) 20 years of Vladimir Putin: from head of the Russian security service to president JAMnews (blog) Twenty years ago in July 1998, the current president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, became the director of the Federal Security …

» White House uses foreign aid agency to give jobs to Trump loyalists – Washington Post
29/07/18 07:32 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
Washington Post White House uses foreign aid agency to give jobs to Trump loyalists Washington Post Three others were forced to leave, according to interviews with former employees and internal documents obtained under the federal Freedo…

» Russia Is Not the Soviet Union – The National Interest Online
29/07/18 07:31 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
The National Interest Online Russia Is Not the Soviet Union The National Interest Online It controlled an empire in Eastern Europe and cultivated allies and clients around the world, including in such far-flung places as Cuba, Vietnam, a…

» Trump grabs midterm spotlight
29/07/18 07:30 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
He may not be on the ballot in November, but with 100 days to go before the midterms, the critical race for control of Congress has become all about President Trump Donald John Trump Giuliani targets …

» Rudy Giuliani: Michael Cohen Has Been Warned To Keep His Mouth Shut
29/07/18 07:30 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
Cohen is in ‘grave danger of being disbarred’ for violating attorney client privilege, says Trump’s lawyer.

» Alexei Bayer: Will Trump face a military coup? – Kyiv Post
29/07/18 07:30 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
Kyiv Post Alexei Bayer: Will Trump face a military coup? Kyiv Post To protect himself he has politicized the FBI , claiming that the investigation into his dealings with Russia were driven by the Democratic sympathies of career law enfor…

» Here’s how Russian hacking will hurt YOU – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
29/07/18 07:28 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
Here’s how Russian hacking will hurt YOU Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Compare these numbers with 12 years ago, when 18 percent saw Putin’s country as an ally, and 55 percent saw the country as friendly (73% had a positive impression), while …

» Exclusive: Illegal Tiger Trade Fed by ‘Tiger Farms,’ New Evidence Reveals – National Geographic
29/07/18 07:27 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
National Geographic Exclusive: Illegal Tiger Trade Fed by ‘Tiger Farms,’ New Evidence Reveals National Geographic This nonprofit based in the Hague works to expose the criminal networks behind the illegal wildlife trade, and since 2016, …

» Alma Rutgers: Are there any more lines for Trump to cross? – Greenwich Time
29/07/18 07:27 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
Waco Tribune-Herald Alma Rutgers: Are there any more lines for Trump to cross? Greenwich Time Russia attacked America during the 2016 election , all American intelligence agencies agree. And yet, in Helsinki, with the whole world watchin…

» Buchanan: Trump stands his ground on Putin – The Ledger
29/07/18 07:27 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
The Ledger Buchanan: Trump stands his ground on Putin The Ledger Trump’s refusal to challenge Vladimir Putin’s claim at Helsinki — that his GRU boys did not hack Hillary Clinton’s campaign — has been called treason, a refusal to do his…

» EDITORIAL: Donald Trump reveling in good economic news – Las Vegas Review-Journal
29/07/18 07:26 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
Las Vegas Review-Journal EDITORIAL: Donald Trump reveling in good economic news Las Vegas Review-Journal The Trump economy continues to shine. On Friday, the Commerce Department announced the economy grew 4.1 percent in the second quarte…

» Buchanan: Trump stands his ground on Putin – Gainesville Sun
29/07/18 07:22 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
Gainesville Sun Buchanan: Trump stands his ground on Putin Gainesville Sun Trump’s refusal to challenge Vladimir Putin’s claim at Helsinki — that his GRU boys did not hack Hillary Clinton’s campaign — has been called treason, a refusal…

» Trump is taking US down the path to tyranny – The Philadelphia Tribune
29/07/18 07:22 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
The Philadelphia Tribune Trump is taking US down the path to tyranny The Philadelphia Tribune Trump supporters argue that Trump is merely using his legal authority to the fullest. Yet the situation is worse than that. Simply by invoking …

» My Turn: Beth F. Coye: President is enemy of the people – The Providence Journal
29/07/18 07:22 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
My Turn: Beth F. Coye: President is enemy of the people The Providence Journal Given my naval family history and national security expertise, my 1960 oath has been a piece of my soul ever since. Not until back-to-back assignments to the …

» David Ignatius: This is not your grandfather’s KGB – Omaha World-Herald
29/07/18 07:21 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
Omaha World-Herald David Ignatius: This is not your grandfather’s KGB Omaha World-Herald The new freewheeling, anything-goes style is evident in Russia’s 2016 assault on the U.S. political system. The Kremlin attacked from three directio…

» New KGB arm highly skilled at sowing discord – Albuquerque Journal
29/07/18 07:21 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
Albuquerque Journal New KGB arm highly skilled at sowing discord Albuquerque Journal WASHINGTON – Looking at Russia’s competing spy services , their overlapping operations against the U.S. and their sometimes careless tradecraft, some CI…

» The Death of Truth review – a polemic that won’t burst Trump’s balloon
29/07/18 07:20 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
Michiko Kakutani’s high-minded study of the intellectual crisis that has gripped the west is a disappointment The resistance to Trump is currently tripped up by a disagreement over rhetorical tactics. The question, to use Michelle Obama’…

» The Death of Truth review – a polemic that won’t burst Trump’s balloon – The Guardian
29/07/18 07:20 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
The Guardian The Death of Truth review – a polemic that won’t burst Trump’s balloon The Guardian The book’s best pages deal with Putin’s propagandist Vladislav Surkov, a former trainee theatre director and advertising executive who curre…

» Another view: This is not your grandfather’s KGB – Times Herald-Record
29/07/18 07:20 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
Times Herald-Record Another view: This is not your grandfather’s KGB Times Herald-Record Looking at Russia’s competing spy services , their overlapping operations against the U.S. and their sometimes careless tradecraft, some CIA veteran…

» Explainer: Why Trump has warned Iran of ‘consequences few throughout history have suffered before’ – thejournal.ie
29/07/18 07:20 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
thejournal.ie Explainer: Why Trump has warned Iran of ‘consequences few throughout history have suffered before’ thejournal.ie The US President was responding to comments made by Rouhani on Sunday, where he warned Trump not to “play with…

» Bev Hill: In words and deeds, Trump proves he’s unfit for office – Ocala
29/07/18 07:19 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
Ocala Bev Hill: In words and deeds, Trump proves he’s unfit for office Ocala Barely 24 hours later, probably in fear for his political life, President Trump walked back words he uttered which indicated (for Putin’s benefit?) he didn’t be…

» Secret transmitter chip found in Putin’s Trump gift sparks FEARS over ‘nefarious motives’ – Express.co.uk
29/07/18 07:19 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
Express.co.uk Secret transmitter chip found in Putin’s Trump gift sparks FEARS over ‘nefarious motives’ Express.co.uk Vladimir Putin marked the monumental Helsinki summit meeting with Donald Trump by giving his counterpart a World Cup fo…

» Fox News didn’t go along – Nashua Telegraph
29/07/18 07:18 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
Fox News didn’t go along Nashua Telegraph Trump keeps doing the heavy lifting for Putin’s Russia. Why? Why his efforts … What is almost 100 percent certain; however, is that Trump’s businesses are kept afloat by laundering money for th…

» Trump’s Insane Tweets Aren’t A Distraction. They’re Who He Is.
29/07/18 07:14 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
And he’s the story.

» What happened in Helsinki again? The watershed that wasn’t – Los Angeles Times
29/07/18 07:14 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
Los Angeles Times What happened in Helsinki again? The watershed that wasn’t Los Angeles Times Less than two weeks ago, President Trump — standing beside a Russian dictator who had meddled in the 2016 American election, annexed the Crime…

» Commentary: When Trump calls Russia a ‘competitor’ for the US, he might be talking about natural gas exports – Farmington Daily Times
29/07/18 06:53 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
Farmington Daily Times Commentary: When Trump calls Russia a ‘competitor’ for the US, he might be talking about natural gas exports Farmington Daily Times Countries in Central and Eastern Europe , in particular, have been trying to minim…

» How Silicon Valley became a den of spies – POLITICO.eu
29/07/18 03:51 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
Daily Mail How Silicon Valley became a den of spies POLITICO.eu Russia also employs older, tried-and-true methods locally. Intel officials have suspected that Russian spies were enlisting local high-end Russian and Eastern European prost…

» Can’t Mr. Trump handle dissent? – Washington Post
27/07/18 18:06 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
Washington Post Can’t Mr. Trump handle dissent? Washington Post I believe Mr. Trump’s threat was part of his pattern of distracting and deflecting. In the days since his disastrous joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Pu…

» The Gray Lady loves these racist, white teens – The Outline
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The Outline The Gray Lady loves these racist, white teens The Outline … a head to hear the oratory of Donald Trump Jr., Rep. Louie Gohmert, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Sebastian Gorka , Ken Bone, ex-BuzzFeed plagiarist Benny Johnso…

» Trump Is Open To Visiting Russia If Putin Invites Him, White House Says – NPR
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NPR Trump Is Open To Visiting Russia If Putin Invites Him, White House Says NPR President Trump is open to visiting Russia if President Vladimir Putin extends a formal invitation, the White House said on Friday. Putin said in South Afric…

» Putin says he invited Trump to Russia and is ‘ready to go’ to Washington: Reports – Yahoo News
27/07/18 17:26 from Saved Stories – 1. Trump
Yahoo News Putin says he invited Trump to Russia and is ‘ready to go’ to Washington: Reports Yahoo News Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he had invited President Donald Trump to Moscow and that he would be willing to visit th…

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Charles II who is believed to have suffered from two inherited disorders which prevented him from fathering an heir. This resulted in the end of the Hapsburg dynasty

The Hapsburg dynasty, one of the most influential and celebrated in Europe was driven to extinction because of inbreeding, say researchers.

The kings who ruled Spain and its empire from 1516 for almost 200 years during the most glorious period in its history frequently married close relatives such as nieces and first cousins. This in turn led to ill health and a high rate of infant and child mortality.

The first scientific evidence for the significance of inter-marriage in this major European family shows that down the generations successors to the throne were much more likely to receive copies of two identical ‘homozygous’ genes, one from each parent.

Mothers and fathers who share their ancestry make their offspring more vulnerable to birth defects and harmful DNA mutations.

By the time King Charles II died in 1700 without any children from his two marriages, the male line of the Spanish branch of the family, which produced rulers in Austria, Hungary and the Netherlands, died out.

His failure to produce an heir, despite having married twice, sparked the War of the Spanish Succession between 1701 and 1714.

During that period several European powers, including Great Britain, combined to stop a possible unification of the Kingdoms of Spain and France under a single Bourbon monarch, upsetting the European balance of power.

Monarchs tried to consolidate their power by intermarrying and Charles II was the son of Philip IV by his second marriage with Maria, daughter of the emperor Ferdinand III, his niece.

The study shows that he was the offspring of a marriage almost as genetically inbred as a relationship between a parent and child or brother and sister.

Nicknamed El Hechizado (‘The Hexed’) because people at the time thought Charles II’s disabilities were down to witchcraft, it is believed he suffered from at least two inherited disorders.

One was a hormone deficiency and the other a kidney malfunction which could explain his impotence and infertility which led to the extinction of the dynasty.

He was born on the 11th of November 1661, and was the only surviving son of his father’s two marriages – a child of old age and disease, in whom the constant intermarriages of the Habsburgs had developed the family type to deformity.

Study leader Professor Gonzalo Alvarez, of the University of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain, said: ‘He was unable to speak until the age of four, and could not walk until the age of eight.

Charles II’s father King Philip IV, left, with the ‘Hapsburg jaw’ and, right, his mother Maria Anna. King Philip was her uncle

‘He was short, weak and quite lean and thin. He first marries at 18 and later at 29, leaving no descendency.

‘His first wife talks of his premature ejaculation, while his second spouse complains about his impotency. He looked like an old person when he was only 30 years old, suffering from edemas on his feet, legs, abdomen and face.

‘During the last years of his life he barely can stand up, and suffers from hallucinations and convulsive episodes. His health worsens until his premature death when he was 39, after an episode of fever, abdominal pain, hard breathing and coma.’

The cosanguineous marriages also contributed to the development of the ‘Hapsburg jaw’ which featured in paintings by Titian and Velazaquez. This disfiguring condition is where the lower jaw grows faster than upper jaw.

As well as having this trait, Charles II’s tongue was so big he had difficulty speaking and drooled.

The research, published in the journal PLoS ONE, examined the genealogical information of more than 3,000 members of the Spanish Habsburg family over 16 generations.

They found nine of the 11 marriages within the Habsburg dynasty over 200 years were between biological relatives including two uncle-niece marriages.

Furthermore, despite their power and wealth the study found there was also a high rate of infant and child mortality in the Hapsburg families.

Only half of the children born in the dynasty during the years examined survived to age one, compared to about 80 per cent in Spanish villages of the time.

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New documents filed in court by Paul Manafort’s lawyers appear to contradict his legal team’s own claims that the former Trump campaign chairman’s team only lobbied on behalf of the Ukrainian government in Europe.

The revelation could be important as Manafort is trying to fend off charges from special counsel Robert Mueller that Manafort failed to register as a foreign agent in connection with his lobbying work for the Ukrainian government. Earlier this year, Mueller accused Manafort and his former deputy, Rick Gates, of secretly organizing a group of former European politicians known as the “Hapsburg group” to lobby in the U.S. for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his party.

But, according to prosecutors, Manafort and his longtime associate, Konstantin Kilimnik, pressed those involved in the lobbying campaign to stress that the effort was focused exclusively on the European Union. A federal judge later ruled that Manafort was attempting to tamper with the testimony of potential witnesses and ordered him jailed over the incident.

Thursday’s documents — filed as part of a motion in court seeking to withhold more than 50 pieces of evidence from the jury in the upcoming trial — could complicate the EU-focused narrative. Several exhibits included in the court filing seem to contradict Kilimnik’s assertion that the Hapsburg group never lobbied in Washington.

“The Hapsburg team will also do a series of events between March and May in Washington DC designed to change the public rhetoric directed at Ukraine, but to also influence key members of the US Government through private meetings held at the highest levels,” Manafort wrote to Yanukvych in a memo dated Feb. 21, 2013. “This will include major speeches, participation in key events, and private meetings with senior US officials including Secretary of State John Kerry, and other members of the Administration.”

A spokesman for Manafort declined to comment.

The memo isn’t the first evidence that the Hapsburg group — which included a former Austrian chancellor and a former Italian prime minister — lobbied in the U.S. Manafort wrote in another memo made public by Mueller’s team last month that he had “organized and leveraged” the visits of two Hapsburg group members to Washington. And disclosure reports retroactively filed by two Washington lobbying firms show that members of the Hapsburg group met with lawmakers in Washington around the same time.

Manafort is not set to face trial on his lobbying-related charges until September. However, he will face trial next week on separate Mueller charges of tax evasion, bank fraud and failing to report foreign bank accounts.

The documents filed by Manafort’s lawyers on Thursday comprise hundreds of pages and offer the most detailed look yet into the lobbying campaign he orchestrated in Europe and Washington.

In a memo to Yanukovych dated Feb. 4, 2013, Manafort wrote that John Kerry’s confirmation as secretary of state “is a positive development for us and will be a dramatic change from former Secretary Clinton.”

The Feb. 4 memo isn’t the only one in which Manafort appeared wary of Hillary Clinton, who had stepped down as secretary of state days earlier.

“It is important to understand that holdovers from the Clinton days and the US Embassy in Kyiv are not objective and are conspiring to identify options to get sanctions as a tool to pressure the Yanukovich Government,” Manafort wrote in another memo to Yanukovych.

Manafort also described Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), the incoming chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), the incoming chairman of the Europe, Eurasia and emerging threats subcommittee, as good for Ukraine.

Manafort was more pessimistic about Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), the new chairman of another subcommittee, suggesting that he’d use his position to raise the issue of Yulia Tymoshenko, the former Ukrainian prime minister and Yanukovych’s political rival. Yanukovych’s government imprisoned Tymoshenko on what were widely condemned at the time as politically-motivated charges.

“It is highly likely that Smith uses this subcommittee as a vehicle to hold hearings on [Tymoshenko’s] situation and possibly promote legislation,” the memo reads.

Smith had previously introduced a bill to encourage free and fair Ukrainian elections. Lobbyists hired by Manafort and Gates had lobbied against bills in 2012 condemning Yanukovych’s imprisonment of Tymoshenko.

Some of the documents are more cryptic.

One document, dated Jan. 15, 2013, lists four consultants in the U.S.: “Podesta/Devine/Weber/ Barry Jackson.”

The lobbyists Tony Podesta of the Podesta Group and Vin Weber of Mercury and the consultant Tad Devine have all confirmed that they worked with Manafort and Gates. But Jackson, a former chief of staff to one-time House Speaker John Boehner, has not been tied to Manafort.

Jackson said he had no idea why his name was there.

“I have done no work with or for Paul Manafort nor on behalf of the Yanukovych regime and know of no reason why my name shows up in a document,” Jackson wrote in an email to POLITICO on Thursday evening.

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Earlier this month, America was roiled by the Department of Justice’s indictment of 12 Russian intelligence (GRU) officers, as well as the arrest of suspected “unregistered foreign agent” Mariia Butina. So are Russian spies meddling more in American affairs, or are we simply getting better at catching them?

Neither. Despite all the attention currently being paid to the swirl of suspicion and controversy surrounding Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election, the real story of the recent indictments is one of failure. Because American intelligence officials have known about the Russian threat for decades, and yet still were apparently unable to stop foreign agents from interfering in a democratic election.

American intelligence officials have known about the Russian threat for decades, and yet still were apparently unable to stop foreign agents from interfering in a democratic election.

Take this intercepted court message, released in court proceedings against suspected Russian spies. In the note, Moscow’s orders were clear and simple: “You were sent to USA for long-term service trip. Your education, your bank accounts, car, house, etc — all these serve one goal: fulfill your main mission, ie to search and develop ties in policymaking circles in US and send intels (intelligence reports) to C (Centre).”

While this missive reads like evidence collected against the 12 GRU agents, it was in fact part of a 2010 FBI case against a group of so-called Russian “illegal” deep cover agents. But 2010 was far from the only warning U.S. agencies received. Indeed, there were convictions and charges brought against both Americans and Russians in 2012 and 2015 (case involving Carter Page).

There are several reasons why this threat may have been missed, or merely considered a lesser priority than other threats. The biggest potential reason is that the September 11 attacks shifted the focus of the intelligence community away from foreign counterintelligence and towards what felt like a more immediate threat: terrorism. This shift makes sense in theory — after all, how many Americans have Russian agents killed in the past 20 years? But it’s also a short-sighted one. Russian efforts to influence and interfere with the democratic process are a real threat to American national security, and they need to be treated as one.

There are several reasons why this threat may have been missed, or merely considered a lesser priority than other threats. The biggest potential reason is that the September 11 attacks shifted the focus of the intelligence community.

Counterintelligence has the singular mission of stopping foreign intelligence operations, like those that occurred in 2016. The lead agency for counterintelligence is the FBI, whose mission is “to neutralize national security threats from foreign intelligence services…[t]he FBI is the lead agency for exposing, preventing, and investigating intelligence activities on U.S. soil, and the Counterintelligence Division uses its full suite of investigative and intelligence capabilities to combat counterintelligence threats.”

FBI counterintelligence uses any number of investigative methods, including simply notifying the foreign state that their actions have been detected. States like Russia engage in intelligence operations with the goal of avoiding both detection and direct confrontation. As such, details like those listed in special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment surely could have been used to let the Russians know that their operations were compromised.

Indeed, on the eve of the 2016 election, President Barack Obama did try to directly warn President Vladimir Putin via the so-called red phone that connects Moscow and the White House. Obama’s message to Putin was that any attempt to interfere with the U.S. election would be considered a “grave matter” and that “International law, including the law for armed conflict, applies to actions in cyberspace.” Furthermore, NBC reported that Obama informed Putin that “[the U.S.] will hold Russia to those standards.”

Obama’s warning to Putin may have staved off some direct manipulation and disruption on the Election Day, but it did not address the actions outlined by the Mueller indictment — which occurred well before November 2016.

If Obama was unaware of the significance of the intelligence that has now been released as part of the Mueller probe, it would not be the first time that a looming threat was downplayed to a U.S. president. While the August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Brief to President George W. Bush warned that Osama Bin Laden “wanted to carry out terrorist attacks in the U.S.,” it failed to elevate the gravity of the threat in the last sentence with “a group of Bin Laden supporters was in the United States planning attacks.”

Maybe the intelligence community failed to communicate the gravity or the full scope of the Russian operation to Obama. Or perhaps it was that an FBI was so focused on counterterrorism in a post 9/11 world that it simply wasn’t prioritizing a Cold War threat. Whatever the reason, it now appears that U.S. intelligence failed to detect and neutralize a significant Russian operation against the United States.

Worse, America’s current president seems determined to ignore the increasingly dire warnings now being communicated by the intelligence community. In other words, although President Donald Trump claims to want to correct the mistakes made by his predecessors, his actions thus far are only making them worse.

Naveed Jamali is an MSNBC intelligence analyst, senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and a former FBI double agent who spent three years successfully working undercover against Russian military intelligence. His book, “How to Catch a Russian Spy,” was published in 2015.

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An incoming East High School sophomore recently returned from the FBI Youth Leadership Program at the world renowned FBI Academy in Quantico, Va.

Layne Martinez was one of only 60 teenagers selected to participate in the weeklong program, modeled on the National Academy and run by counselors to develop leaders and future criminal justice professionals.

The young men and women who earned spots in the program — the 20th offered by the FBI — did so based on academic achievements, leadership abilities and involvement in school and community.

As part of the application process, Layne was required to submit an essay on the subject of leadership.

“Being a leader isn’t about being correct about anything and everything,” she wrote. “It isn’t being the first or fastest one to complete a mission, nor is it feeling like you have the authority to control other people’s beliefs and shame on them because they may be different than yours.

“Displaying leadership is staying committed to your beliefs, strengths and ideas — making challenging decisions that will not only benefit you, but the people and cause you are fighting for.”

Layne said she applied for the program to strengthen her already prominent leadership skills and to get an inside track at a career in criminal justice.

“I have always wanted to pursue a career in the FBI or law enforcement and I knew I could learn a lot from the counselors and fellow students who had similar aspirations,” she said.

Over the course of the program, Layne and her colleagues learned about the qualities that define a strong leader “and how to apply them in our daily lives, such as always having a positive mindset, doing the right thing when nobody is looking, and standing up for what you believe in even if you may be ridiculed for it.

“We also learned to live by this quote: ‘If not me, then who?’ ”

Before a visit to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., participants were presented with an overview of World War II and the principals involved on both sides.

“Leaders have two options when distributing their strength: They can use it to bring benefit to the people or they can use it for destruction, such as Adolf Hitler,” Layne explained.

There also was a primer on internet and social media safety and etiquette — “we learned that having inappropriate content linked to your name through the internet can come with consequences” — and the 5P Rule of Time Management, which is “Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.”

While the instruction and lessons were vitally important, for Layne, the most exciting part of the program was the opportunity to form bonds with like-minded students from across the country.

“When everyone stepped on their planes on the way to this camp, we had no idea what to expect or who we were going to meet,” Layne said.

“But we formed friendships within hours of meeting one another. When faced with challenges throughout the camp, we faced them together.

“We cheered each other on, accepted everyone for who they are, and we learned from one another.”

As part of the program, participants visited the Hostage Rescue Team facility in Yorktown, a stop that was of special interest to Layne.

“I am currently interested in becoming a special agent, working with the hostage rescue team, or dealing with human trafficking cases,” she said.

“Attending the camp helped me make that decision because we got to personally meet students who are learning at the academy in Quantico.”

As a final mental and physical challenge, the students were tasked with completing a modified version of the grueling “Yellow Brick Road” obstacle course all FBI recruits must navigate.

Fittingly, Layne received a symbolic yellow brick for being a finisher.

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“The Hapsburg team will also do a series of events between March and May in Washington DC designed to change the public rhetoric directed at Ukraine, but to also influence key members of the US Government through private meetings held at the highest levels,” Manafort wrote to Yanukvych in a memo dated Feb. 21, 2013. “This will include major speeches, participation in key events, and private meetings with senior US officials including Secretary of State John Kerry, and other members of the Administration.”

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New documents filed in court by Paul Manafort’s lawyers appear to contradict his legal team’s own claims that the former Trump campaign chairman’s team only lobbied on behalf of the Ukrainian government in Europe.

The revelation could be important as Manafort is trying to fend off charges from special counsel Robert Mueller that Manafort failed to register as a foreign agent in connection with his lobbying work for the Ukrainian government. Earlier this year, Mueller accused Manafort and his former deputy, Rick Gates, of secretly organizing a group of former European politicians known as the “Hapsburg group” to lobby in the U.S. for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his party.

But, according to prosecutors, Manafort and his longtime associate, Konstantin Kilimnik, pressed those involved in the lobbying campaign to stress that the effort was focused exclusively on the European Union. A federal judge later ruled that Manafort was attempting to tamper with the testimony of potential witnesses and ordered him jailed over the incident.

Thursday’s documents — filed as part of a motion in court seeking to withhold more than 50 pieces of evidence from the jury in the upcoming trial — could complicate the EU-focused narrative. Several exhibits included in the court filing seem to contradict Kilimnik’s assertion that the Hapsburg group never lobbied in Washington.

“The Hapsburg team will also do a series of events between March and May in Washington DC designed to change the public rhetoric directed at Ukraine, but to also influence key members of the US Government through private meetings held at the highest levels,” Manafort wrote to Yanukvych in a memo dated Feb. 21, 2013. “This will include major speeches, participation in key events, and private meetings with senior US officials including Secretary of State John Kerry, and other members of the Administration.”

A spokesman for Manafort declined to comment.

The memo isn’t the first evidence that the Hapsburg group — which included a former Austrian chancellor and a former Italian prime minister — lobbied in the U.S. Manafort wrote in another memo made public by Mueller’s team last month that he had “organized and leveraged” the visits of two Hapsburg group members to Washington. And disclosure reports retroactively filed by two Washington lobbying firms show that members of the Hapsburg group met with lawmakers in Washington around the same time.

Manafort is not set to face trial on his lobbying-related charges until September. However, he will face trial next week on separate Mueller charges of tax evasion, bank fraud and failing to report foreign bank accounts.

The documents filed by Manafort’s lawyers on Thursday comprise hundreds of pages and offer the most detailed look yet into the lobbying campaign he orchestrated in Europe and Washington.

In a memo to Yanukovych dated Feb. 4, 2013, Manafort wrote that John Kerry’s confirmation as secretary of state “is a positive development for us and will be a dramatic change from former Secretary Clinton.”

The Feb. 4 memo isn’t the only one in which Manafort appeared wary of Hillary Clinton, who had stepped down as secretary of state days earlier.

“It is important to understand that holdovers from the Clinton days and the US Embassy in Kyiv are not objective and are conspiring to identify options to get sanctions as a tool to pressure the Yanukovich Government,” Manafort wrote in another memo to Yanukovych.

Manafort also described Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), the incoming chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), the incoming chairman of the Europe, Eurasia and emerging threats subcommittee, as good for Ukraine.

Manafort was more pessimistic about Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), the new chairman of another subcommittee, suggesting that he’d use his position to raise the issue of Yulia Tymoshenko, the former Ukrainian prime minister and Yanukovych’s political rival. Yanukovych’s government imprisoned Tymoshenko on what were widely condemned at the time as politically-motivated charges.

“It is highly likely that Smith uses this subcommittee as a vehicle to hold hearings on [Tymoshenko’s] situation and possibly promote legislation,” the memo reads.

Smith had previously introduced a bill to encourage free and fair Ukrainian elections. Lobbyists hired by Manafort and Gates had lobbied against bills in 2012 condemning Yanukovych’s imprisonment of Tymoshenko.

Some of the documents are more cryptic.

One document, dated Jan. 15, 2013, lists four consultants in the U.S.: “Podesta/Devine/Weber/ Barry Jackson.”

The lobbyists Tony Podesta of the Podesta Group and Vin Weber of Mercury and the consultant Tad Devine have all confirmed that they worked with Manafort and Gates. But Jackson, a former chief of staff to one-time House Speaker John Boehner, has not been tied to Manafort.

Jackson said he had no idea why his name was there.

“I have done no work with or for Paul Manafort nor on behalf of the Yanukovych regime and know of no reason why my name shows up in a document,” Jackson wrote in an email to POLITICO on Thursday evening.

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Earlier this month, America was roiled by the Department of Justice’s indictment of 12 Russian intelligence (GRU) officers, as well as the arrest of suspected “unregistered foreign agent” Mariia Butina. So are Russian spies meddling more in American affairs, or are we simply getting better at catching them?

Neither. Despite all the attention currently being paid to the swirl of suspicion and controversy surrounding Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election, the real story of the recent indictments is one of failure. Because American intelligence officials have known about the Russian threat for decades, and yet still were apparently unable to stop foreign agents from interfering in a democratic election.

American intelligence officials have known about the Russian threat for decades, and yet still were apparently unable to stop foreign agents from interfering in a democratic election.

Take this intercepted court message, released in court proceedings against suspected Russian spies. In the note, Moscow’s orders were clear and simple: “You were sent to USA for long-term service trip. Your education, your bank accounts, car, house, etc — all these serve one goal: fulfill your main mission, ie to search and develop ties in policymaking circles in US and send intels (intelligence reports) to C (Centre).”

While this missive reads like evidence collected against the 12 GRU agents, it was in fact part of a 2010 FBI case against a group of so-called Russian “illegal” deep cover agents. But 2010 was far from the only warning U.S. agencies received. Indeed, there were convictions and charges brought against both Americans and Russians in 2012 and 2015 (case involving Carter Page).

There are several reasons why this threat may have been missed, or merely considered a lesser priority than other threats. The biggest potential reason is that the September 11 attacks shifted the focus of the intelligence community away from foreign counterintelligence and towards what felt like a more immediate threat: terrorism. This shift makes sense in theory — after all, how many Americans have Russian agents killed in the past 20 years? But it’s also a short-sighted one. Russian efforts to influence and interfere with the democratic process are a real threat to American national security, and they need to be treated as one.

There are several reasons why this threat may have been missed, or merely considered a lesser priority than other threats. The biggest potential reason is that the September 11 attacks shifted the focus of the intelligence community.

Counterintelligence has the singular mission of stopping foreign intelligence operations, like those that occurred in 2016. The lead agency for counterintelligence is the FBI, whose mission is “to neutralize national security threats from foreign intelligence services…[t]he FBI is the lead agency for exposing, preventing, and investigating intelligence activities on U.S. soil, and the Counterintelligence Division uses its full suite of investigative and intelligence capabilities to combat counterintelligence threats.”

FBI counterintelligence uses any number of investigative methods, including simply notifying the foreign state that their actions have been detected. States like Russia engage in intelligence operations with the goal of avoiding both detection and direct confrontation. As such, details like those listed in special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment surely could have been used to let the Russians know that their operations were compromised.

Indeed, on the eve of the 2016 election, President Barack Obama did try to directly warn President Vladimir Putin via the so-called red phone that connects Moscow and the White House. Obama’s message to Putin was that any attempt to interfere with the U.S. election would be considered a “grave matter” and that “International law, including the law for armed conflict, applies to actions in cyberspace.” Furthermore, NBC reported that Obama informed Putin that “[the U.S.] will hold Russia to those standards.”

Obama’s warning to Putin may have staved off some direct manipulation and disruption on the Election Day, but it did not address the actions outlined by the Mueller indictment — which occurred well before November 2016.

If Obama was unaware of the significance of the intelligence that has now been released as part of the Mueller probe, it would not be the first time that a looming threat was downplayed to a U.S. president. While the August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Brief to President George W. Bush warned that Osama Bin Laden “wanted to carry out terrorist attacks in the U.S.,” it failed to elevate the gravity of the threat in the last sentence with “a group of Bin Laden supporters was in the United States planning attacks.”

Maybe the intelligence community failed to communicate the gravity or the full scope of the Russian operation to Obama. Or perhaps it was that an FBI was so focused on counterterrorism in a post 9/11 world that it simply wasn’t prioritizing a Cold War threat. Whatever the reason, it now appears that U.S. intelligence failed to detect and neutralize a significant Russian operation against the United States.

Worse, America’s current president seems determined to ignore the increasingly dire warnings now being communicated by the intelligence community. In other words, although President Donald Trump claims to want to correct the mistakes made by his predecessors, his actions thus far are only making them worse.

Naveed Jamali is an MSNBC intelligence analyst, senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and a former FBI double agent who spent three years successfully working undercover against Russian military intelligence. His book, “How to Catch a Russian Spy,” was published in 2015.

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An incoming East High School sophomore recently returned from the FBI Youth Leadership Program at the world renowned FBI Academy in Quantico, Va.

Layne Martinez was one of only 60 teenagers selected to participate in the weeklong program, modeled on the National Academy and run by counselors to develop leaders and future criminal justice professionals.

The young men and women who earned spots in the program — the 20th offered by the FBI — did so based on academic achievements, leadership abilities and involvement in school and community.

As part of the application process, Layne was required to submit an essay on the subject of leadership.

“Being a leader isn’t about being correct about anything and everything,” she wrote. “It isn’t being the first or fastest one to complete a mission, nor is it feeling like you have the authority to control other people’s beliefs and shame on them because they may be different than yours.

“Displaying leadership is staying committed to your beliefs, strengths and ideas — making challenging decisions that will not only benefit you, but the people and cause you are fighting for.”

Layne said she applied for the program to strengthen her already prominent leadership skills and to get an inside track at a career in criminal justice.

“I have always wanted to pursue a career in the FBI or law enforcement and I knew I could learn a lot from the counselors and fellow students who had similar aspirations,” she said.

Over the course of the program, Layne and her colleagues learned about the qualities that define a strong leader “and how to apply them in our daily lives, such as always having a positive mindset, doing the right thing when nobody is looking, and standing up for what you believe in even if you may be ridiculed for it.

“We also learned to live by this quote: ‘If not me, then who?’ ”

Before a visit to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., participants were presented with an overview of World War II and the principals involved on both sides.

“Leaders have two options when distributing their strength: They can use it to bring benefit to the people or they can use it for destruction, such as Adolf Hitler,” Layne explained.

There also was a primer on internet and social media safety and etiquette — “we learned that having inappropriate content linked to your name through the internet can come with consequences” — and the 5P Rule of Time Management, which is “Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.”

While the instruction and lessons were vitally important, for Layne, the most exciting part of the program was the opportunity to form bonds with like-minded students from across the country.

“When everyone stepped on their planes on the way to this camp, we had no idea what to expect or who we were going to meet,” Layne said.

“But we formed friendships within hours of meeting one another. When faced with challenges throughout the camp, we faced them together.

“We cheered each other on, accepted everyone for who they are, and we learned from one another.”

As part of the program, participants visited the Hostage Rescue Team facility in Yorktown, a stop that was of special interest to Layne.

“I am currently interested in becoming a special agent, working with the hostage rescue team, or dealing with human trafficking cases,” she said.

“Attending the camp helped me make that decision because we got to personally meet students who are learning at the academy in Quantico.”

As a final mental and physical challenge, the students were tasked with completing a modified version of the grueling “Yellow Brick Road” obstacle course all FBI recruits must navigate.

Fittingly, Layne received a symbolic yellow brick for being a finisher.

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  • Former Chancellor Schroeder calls statements by Foreign Minister Maas in the case of Ozil “simply unbearable”.
  • Among other things, Maas had said that “the case of a multi-millionaire living and working in England provides information about the ability to integrate in Germany”.
  • Mesut Özil has declared his resignation from the national team on Sunday and just this, among other things with racism against him.

Former Federal Chancellor and SPD leader Gerhard Schröder has sharply criticized Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) for commenting on the case of Mesut Özil. Speaking to the Süddeutsche Zeitung , Schröder said that a foreign minister, as part of the debate on a German soccer player with Turkish roots, admitted that Maas had done so was “simply unbearable”.

Maas’s “dull comments” on Özil also have “nothing at all to do with social democratic ideas of integration”. The Foreign Minister makes the football player not only indirectly to the charge that he earns a lot of money and his food point currently not in Germany. In a way, he also doubts that “Özil really belongs here”. With his statements he plays into the hands of those who rejected Mesut Özilbecause of the Turkish origin of his family.

Maas hatte am Montag unter anderem gesagt, er glaube nicht, “dass der Fall eines in England lebenden und arbeitenden Multimillionärs Auskunft gibt über Integrationsfähigkeit in Deutschland”. Der Außenminister hatte für diesen Satz von verschiedenen Seiten Kritik einstecken müssen. Er fügte seiner Äußerung dann an anderer Stelle Aussagen wie “ein Rücktritt wegen rassistischer Anfeindungen ist ein Armutszeugnis für alle” hinzu.

Mesut Özil hatte am Sonntag seinen Austritt aus der Nationalmannschaft erklärt und das unter anderem mit der von ihm als rassistisch empfundenen Debatte über sein Bild mit dem türkischen Präsidenten Erdoğan und dem Umgang des Deutschen Fußball-Bundes mit seiner Person begründet.

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Something has been going on with Robert Mueller’s investigation of people thought to have played significant roles in the Trump-Russia affair. The special counsel, assigned to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump,” has been farming out seemingly important parts of the investigation to offices outside his own.

In April, Mueller referred an investigation of close Trump associate Michael Cohen to federal prosecutors in New York. This month, the U.S. attorney in Washington — not Mueller — indicted Maria Butina on charges of being an unregistered Russian agent. And also this month, when Mueller charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton campaign offices, he immediately turned the case over to the Justice Department’s National Security Division for prosecution.

Cohen is a key figure in theories of Trump-Russia collusion. In former British spy Christopher Steele’s notorious dossier, Cohen was accused of holding secret talks with Russian officials in August 2016 to discuss “how deniable cash payments were to be made to hackers who had worked in Europe under Kremlin direction against the CLINTON campaign and various contingencies for covering up these operations and Moscow’s secret liaison with the TRUMP team more generally.”

If that’s not collusion, nothing is. Such activities, if they occurred, would be at the center of Mueller’s jurisdiction. And yet Mueller handed Cohen off to the Southern District of New York.

Butina figures in theories that a wealthy Russian banker “illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency,” in the words of a McClatchy report from January.

Again, such activities, if they actually took place, would clearly be in Mueller’s bailiwick.

Finally, the indictment of the 12 Russian intelligence agents goes to the very heart of Russian attempts to interfere with the U.S. presidential campaign, the investigation of which is Mueller’s responsibility. Yet once Mueller indicted them, he handed the case over to the Justice Department.

What is going on? I asked a few former federal prosecutors if they saw any messages in Mueller’s moves. The take-away: These aren’t encouraging developments for those longing for a big collusion/conspiracy/coordination indictment from Mueller.

“I think it proves that little, if any, of what Mueller’s team has generated so far is linked to the special counsel’s mandate,” said Former Prosecutor 1. “Everything that is public so far could, should and typically is handled by either United States Attorney offices of jurisdiction, National Security Division attorneys or even Criminal Division attorneys at main Justice.”

“I think Mueller doesn’t have anything on collusion,” said Former Prosecutor 2. “I think we would have seen it. I don’t see anything that looks like there’s a crime lurking — maybe he’s got eight indictments under seal, but to me, it makes no sense. All of this says to me there is no there.”

Former Prosecutor 3 said the investigations passed off indicate the subject matter is “outside (Mueller’s) jurisdiction.”

Some former prosecutors drew a distinction between the Cohen and Butina cases, in which Mueller handed off the investigation to others, and the 12 Russians case, in which Mueller made the indictment himself and then handed off the prosecution. That could be because Mueller realized that his team, staffed with investigators, could not manage a complex prosecution in the courtroom.

“They don’t have the bandwidth to handle a highly technical case like that,” said Former Prosecutor 2. From Former Prosecutor 3: “Good investigators aren’t good litigators, and very often the best courtroom lawyers aren’t the best subject matter experts.”

It has been widely observed that there is no way the 12 Russians — government intelligence officers located in Russia — will ever come to the United States for trial. “There is absolutely no chance any of the Russian officials charged will ever see the inside of an American courtroom,” Andrew McCarthy, another former federal prosecutor, wrote in National Review. “The indictment is a strictly political document by which the special counsel seeks to justify the existence of his superfluous investigation.”

Other legal types, including yet another Justice Department veteran, said moving the 12 Russians’ case to a highly secretive part of the department is a good way to make the case disappear. “If Mueller kept it in his office, people would ask what’s going on with the case,” said the veteran. “But when he gives it to the National Security Division, it falls off the face of the earth. It’s a way of burying it.”

Taken together, none of that points to the big collusion/conspiracy/coordination indictment of Resistance dreams. Such an indictment might still be on the way, of course — no one on the outside has a full picture of what is going on inside Mueller’s office — but the signs don’t seem to be pointing toward it.

Finally, all the handed-off cases raise questions about whether a special prosecutor was needed at all. Mueller clearly felt there was no need for a special prosecutor to pursue Cohen or Butina — and one could argue that the Butina case, at least, was closer to Mueller’s core mission than the Paul Manafort prosecution. And if the 12 Russians matter, a case that goes to the heart of the Trump-Russia affair, can be fairly tried by DOJ prosecutors, it’s reasonable to ask: Why was a special counsel appointed in the first place?

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German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has started a two-day visit to Romania and Bulgaria with a visit to the grave of his father.Mr Schroeder never knew his father, Fritz Schroeder, a soldier who died fighting in Romania in 1944.

The location of the grave was first discovered three years ago, but previous planned visits were cancelled.

This is a deeply emotional event for Mr Schroeder, who grew up without even knowing where his father had died.

The chancellor’s sister tracked down the grave in the remote Romanian village of Ceanu Mare, 375 km (235 miles) north-west of Bucharest.

The area was cordoned off to the public on Thursday as Mr Schroeder’s entourage arrived.

The chancellor was greeted by an Orthodox priest and an Eastern Rite Catholic priest at the church.

He was given a round loaf of bread and a wreath of mauve flowers as a symbol of grief, before walking inside the church grounds with Romanian Prime Minister Adrian Nastase.

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Mr Schroeder’s father, an unskilled labourer, is buried in a collective grave with eight other soldiers in the Orthodox cemetery.

Gerhard SchroederSchroeder has said he felt no ill effects from being fatherless

The grave is marked with a carved wooden cross and a black marble plaque listing the names of the nine soldiers.Drafted into the German army in 1940, he was killed on 4 October, 1944 aged 32, along with his comrades as they were retreating.

Many local people gathered in the village to discuss the visit. Some raised concerns that the chancellor may want his father’s body dug up and repatriated.

Local farmer Ion Valean, 73, told the Associated Press news agency: “We are proud that the father of a head of state is buried here. We are also happy that they paved the roads.”

A stretch of about 18km (11 miles) were asphalted in 2001 when Mr Schroeder had first planned to visit his father’s grave.

That trip was cancelled following the 11 September attacks in the US, but Mr Nastase extended the invitation on a visit to Berlin last year.

The BBC’s Ray Furlong says that since the discovery of the grave, the chancellor has been asked whether growing up without a father affected him psychologically.

He responded that he did not know, but that he had not felt any ill effects.

Mr Schroeder’s visit to the region will resume official duties with political talks in Bucharest, followed by a working visit to Bulgaria on the second day of his trip.

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The Doctrine of Evil

To understand the Orthodox view and practice of exorcism, one must know the Orthodox presuppositions of evil and its doctrine of Satan. The patristic evidence points to the fact that the cause of evil in the world is the devil. The devil was created by God as an angel, who was free, and as a free agent chose to oppose the plan of God. That is, the devil is a fallen angel. Satan is not evil by nature, but by will and action. In Satan there is no truth whatsoever; he is absolute falsehood and deception. Satan is not just a negation or deprivation of good, but a positive force with free will that always chooses evil. The devil has the ability to recognize divine power, as in the incident of recognizing Christ as the Son of God (Matt. 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-3). Satan has under his leadership legions and invisible powers, with their own “satanic teachings.” The devil and evil spirits know that God exists and recognize true and devoted Christians, but pious Christians discern the plans of the devil. The devil, however, constantly employs every method of deception to enslave man to satanic forces and causes rebellion against God. He is the cause of corruption and disorder, a parasitic power in the world that will ultimately be destroyed by the power of God in the “last days.” Because there is no compromise between God and the devil, the struggle will continue until the end.

The Orthodox doctrine of God is that He is eternal, uncreated and incorporeal. All other creatures, both visible and invisible, were created by God as free. The power of the devil will ultimately be destroyed by the resurrection of the dead and the renewal of creation. Salvation from all evil will be attained by obedience to God and His plan. This world is a battleground between the acceptance of good and evil. It must be pointed out that the world as the creation of God is not evil. What is evil is the satanic power, destroyed by the power of the cross and the resurrection of Christ.

The Orthodox Tradition of Exorcising

After examining the doctrine of Satan in the Orthodox Church, it is imperative to proceed to the method of repelling and exorcising the evil powers. In the New Testament, Christ sent out His apostles to heal and to “cast out devils” (Matt. 10:8, Luke 10:17-20). Christ Himself often expels demons from the possessed (Mark 1:23-27; Luke 4:33-35, 9:43; Matt. 10:1; Mark 16:17; Matt. 7:22). The New Testament, however, rejected popular uses of magic incantations and rites to expel the satanic powers from people, because they took advantage of superstitious religiosity (Acts 19:13).

In the name of Christ, one is able to cast out demons and to destroy the evil powers (Matt. 10:8). The Fathers of the Church accepted this doctrine and expanded on it. Justin Martyr (Apology 85, 2) says that in the name of Christ, the Son of God who was crucified and rose again, every demon that is exorcised is defeated and submits (Library of the Greek Fathers and Church Writers, Athens: Apostolike Diakonia 1955, Vol. 3, pp. 288-89). The satanic powers are destroyed through the power of the cross and the name of Christ. Objects possessed by demons, when exorcised in the name of the living God, are freed from the possession of evil. The patristic evidence is abundant in the belief in possession and expulsion of the devil by the power of the word of God (Ignatios, Epistles to Philippians 3 and 12; Library of the Greek Fathers and Church Writers, Vol. 2, pp. 333 and 336; Clement of Alexandria, Stromata 4:14; Library, Vol 8, p. 82; Origen, Against Celsus, 6:44; Library, Vol. 10, p. 93).

The demonic possession of individuals and even of objects, has been accepted by the Orthodox Church today in the Sacrament of Baptism, in exorcising satanic powers in the case of the evil eye (vaskania), and in exorcising the devil in the case of a possessed person. In the early Church exorcisms were performed by a person especially trained and appointed to pray to drive out evil from those about to be baptized. Since the fourth century the place of the exorcist, as well as other functions and ministries, have been taken over by the priest. The exorcisms are prayers that invoke God to expel evil spirits. The priest prays to expel all evil, the spirit of error, of idolatry, of covetousness, of Iying and every impure act that arises from the teachings of the devil. The renunciation of the devil in baptism is used in every baptism that is performed in the Orthodox Church.

Vaskania

The exorcism of satanic powers is also performed by the Orthodox Church in other rites, such as that of the evil eye (vaskania).

Vaskania is simply a phenomenon that was accepted by primitive people as fact. They believed that certain people have such powerful feelings of jealousy and envy, that when they looked on some beautiful object or individual it brought destruction. Vaskania is recognized by the Church as the jealousy and envy of some people for things they do not possess, such as beauty, youth, courage or any other blessing. The Church essentially rejected Vaskania as contradicting the concept of divine providence. The prayers of the Church to avert the evil eye are, however, a silent recognition of this phenomenon as a morbid feeling of envy. The Church forbids people to go to “readers” or other individuals for use of magical rituals to overcome the evil eye. These readers take advantage of the weakness of superstitious people and destroy them spiritually and financially by playing upon their imagination.

There is also a secret rite performed by superstitious people to avert the evil eye, which verges on magic. Though the Church encourages even the laity to pray and exorcise evil, it rejects magical practices and rites. This secret rite is described as follows: “The exorcist (not a priest but an old woman) prepares a vial of olive oil and a small glass of water. She dips a finger in the oil, rubs it in a sign of the Cross on the victim’s forehead and lets one drop fall onto the water; she repeats the process, making a cross on the forehead, on the chin and both cheeks. If the devil is indeed present, the four drops of oil in the water join to form the ellipsoid shape of an eye. The ritual then calls for the reading of prayers and repeating the four signs of the Cross; the drops of oil will not join in the water, but will disperse.”

The possession of individuals by the devil and demonic powers and the cure in the name of Christ is evidenced in the New Testament (Acts 3:2-8, 9:32-42; 20:7-12; Matt. 10:8; Mark 16:17-18). The Church continues in its liturgical rites what Christ enacted in His ministry. The Church recognizes the influence of evil and renounces it in the name of Christ in prayers and fasting. The prayers of exorcism in the early Church were offered by special ministry through the exorcist. This is evidenced from the early prayers that have survived. From the fourth century onwards, the ministry of the exorcist has been fulfilled by the priest.

Orthodox Prayers of Exorcism

All the Orthodox prayer books include prayers of exorcism used by priests to fight the power of evil. The Orthodox Book of Prayers (Euchologion To Mega) includes three prayers of exorcism by Saint Basil and four by Saint John Chrysostom. They are read “for those who suffer from demonic possessions and every other malady.” Through these prayers, the devil is exorcised (renounced) “in the name of God Almighty and the Lord Jesus Christ, and commanded to come out of the victim, who is liberated and redeemed by the eternal God from the energies (powers) of the impure spirits. The great ills that humanity suffers are attributed to the devil and demonic power.”

From the Orthodox theological point of view, the following can be considered exorcists:

  1. Christ is the exorcist par excellence for it is He who won the victory over the power of the devil.
  2. Priests in the performance of the holy sacraments and in preaching the word of God follow Christ’s example.
  3. All Orthodox Christians are exorcists as they struggle against personal sin and social evil. In fact, “the whole Church, past, present and future, has the task of an exorcist to banish sin, evil, injustice, spiritual death, the devil from the life of humanity.” Archbishop Iakovos, in a sermon at the Sage Chapel, Cornell University, spoke on exorcism in the following manner: “Both healing and exorcising are ministered through prayers, which spring from faith in God and from love for man…. All the prayers of healing and exorcism, composed by the Fathers of the Church and in use since the third century, begin with the solemn declaration: In Thy Name, O Lord.’ ” (Exorcism and Exorcists in the Greek Orthodox Tradition, March 10, 1974.)

In summary, the four prayers of exorcism by Saint John Chrysostom and the three of Saint Basil ask in the name of God to deliver the possessed from the captivity of the devil. Some can be healed by faith accompanied by fasting and purification. The use of exorcism must be made with discretion and great care. (For details, see G. Papademetriou, “Exorcism and the Greek Orthodox Church,” in Exorcism Through the Ages, New York: Philosophical Library, 1974.)

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Кроме того, в церемонии приняли участие председатель российского правительства Дмитрий Медведев, мэр Москвы Сергей Собянин, министр культуры Владимир Мединский и президент Фонда Солженицына Наталия Солженицына.

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В открытии памятника участвовали (слева направо) мэр Москвы Сергей Собянин, президент Фонда Солженицына Наталия Солженицына, президент России Владимир Путин, патриарх Московский и всея Руси Кирилл, премьер-министр России Дмитрий Медведев

— Поздравляю с открытием памятника Святому равноапостольному князю Владимиру! Это большое, значимое событие и для Москвы, и для всей нашей страны и для всех наших соотечественников, — подчеркнул Владимир Путин.

Он добавил, что открытие памятника в День народного единства является символичным. По словам президента, крещение Руси стало “общим духовным истоком для народов России, Белоруссии, Украины, заложил нравственные ценностные основы, которые определяют нашу жизнь и поныне”.

Российский лидер также отметил, что долг современных россиян — “вместе противостоять современным вызовам и угрозам, опираясь на духовные заветы, на бесценные традиции единства и согласия идти вперед, обеспечивая преемственность нашей тысячелетней истории”.

В свою очередь, патриарх Московский и всея Руси Кирилл освятил памятник.

— Если бы Владимир думал так же, как наши некоторые современники, он никогда бы не сделал свой выбор, он бы остался язычником или стал бы христианином лично, но не крестил бы Русь, тогда не было бы ни Руси, ни Российской православной державы, ни Российской империи, ни современной России. Он искал не пышных богослужений или душевный комфорт, которые дает нередко религия, он искал истину с большой буквы и нашел и полюбил образ Христа и в святом крещении познал его как свет, истину и жизнь, — подчеркнул патриарх.

Высота монумента составляет 17,5 метров, а вес — 300 тонн. Созданием памятника занимался скульптор Салават Щербаков. Установка памятника была согласована с “ЮНЕСКО”, та как статуя находится в непосредственной близости от территории Кремля.

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Aldrich Hazen Ames (/mz/; born May 26, 1941) is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer turned KGB mole, who was convicted of espionage in 1994. He is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole in the Federal Correctional Institution in Terre HauteIndianaUnited States.[2]Ames was formerly a 31-year CIA counterintelligence analyst who committed espionage against the U.S. by spying for the Soviet Union and Russia.[3] At the time of his arrest, Ames had compromised more CIA assets than any other mole in history until Robert Hanssen‘s arrest seven years later.

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Although Mr. Ames was able to elude detection for nearly nine years, those interviewed are clearly proud of their investigation’s successful conclusion. This despite a House Intelligence Committee report that has criticized the bureau’s officials for a “wait and see” approach to finding a spy who had done great damage to American intelligence.

Mr. Ames, a counterintelligence officer in the C.I.A.’s Soviet division, began providing information to the Kremlin in 1985 and continued doing so until his arrest, along with that of his wife, Rosario, at their home outside Washington last Feb. 21. Over the years, the K.G.B. and its successor agencies in Russia paid him more than $2.5 million, in exchange for which he compromised more than a hundred Western intelligence operations and in effect sent at least 10 men to their death by identifying them as agents of the West.

Mr. Ames last year pleaded guilty to spying for Moscow, and his wife pleaded guilty to a lesser espionage offense. He is serving a life sentence at a Federal prison in Allenwood, Pa. She is serving a five-year sentence in Danbury, Conn.

The F.B.I.’s involvement in the case began with a fruitless analytical effort undertaken in the late 1980’s, after two of the bureau’s premier double agents, both K.G.B. men in Washington, had been recalled by Moscow and executed. In its search for the betrayer of the two men, the F.B.I. focused on Edward Lee Howard, a junior C.I.A. officer who had defected to Moscow. But the bureau concluded that although Mr. Howard might have known the identity of one man, he had not known the identity of the other.

The search was then largely dormant until 1991, when officials of the intelligence agency told the F.B.I. of a string of operational disasters that could be explained only by the presence of a mole inside American intelligence.


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With all the North Korean summit and Donald Trump’s spat with Justin Trudeau sucking up all the airtime, some may have missed an important development in the Mueller probe of Russia’s interference in the 2016 Presidential campaign.

So explains a new Bloomberg piece analyzing the importance of Mueller’s indictment of Konstantin Kilimnik.

In the piece, writer Christopher Strohm argues that the charges against Kilimnik represent a breakthrough in the case because it “links senior officials on President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign to Russian intelligence in a criminal matter.”

“This is an alleged Russian spy committing crimes with the former campaign chairman for Trump,” former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti told Bloomberg. “When people first thought of the Mueller investigation, this is what people thought would result from it.”

Kilimnik, a Russian intelligence asset, is now under the protection of Moscow and unlikely to ever see an American court room.

But that’s not the point, former prosecutor Katie Phang told Bloomberg.

“The indictment serves a strategic purpose in raising public awareness about the connections that those who worked on Trump’s campaign had with Russians, and it serves a legal purpose by putting more pressure on Manafort to become a cooperating witness,” the story says.

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller is tapping additional Justice Department resources for help with new legal battles as his year-old investigation of Russian interference with the 2016 election continues to expand.

As Mueller pursues his probe, he’s making more use of career prosecutors from the offices of U.S. attorneys and from Justice Department headquarters, as well as FBI agents — a sign that he may be laying the groundwork to hand off parts of his investigation eventually, several current and former U.S. officials said.

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Mueller and his team of 17 federal prosecutors are coping with a higher-then-expected volume of court challenges that has added complexity in recent months, but there’s no political appetite at this time to increase the size of his staff, the officials said.

According to his most recent statement of expenditures, more money is being spent on work done by permanent Department of Justice units than on Mueller’s own dedicated operation. The DOJ units spent $9 million from the investigation’s start in May 2017 through March of this year, compared with $7.7 million spent by Mueller’s team.

Trump’s Allies

Mueller’s probe has come under attack from President Donald Trump and his allies who say it’s going on too long, expanding too far and costing too much. But the special counsel’s charter, issued by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, includes investigating whether Trump or associates colluded with Russia and “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”

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Investigators in New York; Alexandria, Virginia; Pittsburgh and elsewhere have been tapped to supplement the work of Mueller’s team, the officials said. Mueller has already handed off one major investigation — into Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen — to the Southern District of New York.

“Whatever you got, finish it the hell up because this country is being torn apart,” Republican Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina told Rosenstein during a June 28 hearing. Rosenstein said Mueller knows he must move expeditiously.

A heavy investigative load for Mueller had been anticipated from the start, the officials said. The special counsel has already issued 20 indictments and secured guilty pleas from five individuals, and some of the defendants are mounting stiffer-than-expected battles in court.

“I don’t think he’s getting in over his head,” said Solomon Wisenberg, who served as deputy independent counsel investigating President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. “These things have a tendency to balloon. Yes, it may be taxing on them. No, it’s not that unusual.”

Nor is it unusual for Mueller to turn to U.S. attorneys or to Justice Department headquarters, said Wisenberg, who’s now a partner at the law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

Subpoena Decision

Mueller is dealing with the legal battles as he considers whether to subpoena Trump for an interview and as he accelerates his investigation into potential collusion.

The first — and perhaps biggest — court case for Mueller is over his indictment of Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, for an array of financial crimes. Manafort is fighting the indictment in two federal courthouses, and he expanded his case last week to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Both sides are now gearing up for a trial to begin later this month.

“It’s going to be all hands on deck when they go to the Manafort trial,” Wisenberg said.

Other court fights may have come as a surprise.

Russians Fight Back

Mueller indicted 13 Russian individuals and three entities in February on charges of violating criminal laws with the intent to interfere with the U.S. election through the manipulation of social media.

None of the targets are in the U.S., but one of them, the Internet Research Agency, has forced Mueller into another legal fight in federal court. The two sides have been sparring most recently over how to protect sensitive investigative materials from disclosure. Mueller has enlisted prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Washington to handle the case.

Another surprise came last week when Andrew Miller, a former aide to Trump adviser Roger Stone, filed a sealed motion to fight one of Mueller’s grand jury subpoenas.

Mueller also plans to move eventually to sentencing for Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, both of whom pleaded guilty to lying to investigators.

‘Busy Guy’

“He’s a busy guy,” said Jeffrey Cramer, a former federal prosecutor.

“There’s certainly multiple fronts going on right now,” said Cramer, who’s now managing director of the international investigation firm Berkeley Research Group LLC. “Some of them are more active than others.”

Cramer doesn’t think Mueller’s in over his head but says he might be taking timing into consideration when it comes to making additional moves.

“You don’t have unlimited resources in a sense that you’ve got an unlimited cadre of prosecutors and agents,” Cramer said. “There does come a time where they can only do so much.”

Mueller has already shown that in some situations he will hand off cases, such as with the Cohen investigation. Additionally, Mueller is getting help from Rosenstein, who is fielding congressional demands for documents and testimony.

In the end, though, Mueller knew what he was signing up for.

“While there’s a lot on the plate, they’re not all going on all at once,” Cramer said. “His office is doing their job. He’s doing what he’s supposed to be doing.”

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“The world no longer needs Special Counsel Robert Mueller to tell it that with the election of Trump in 2016, Putin got his man in the Oval Office.”

KGB agents like Vladimir Putin have always been very good at spotting and employing people they call “useful idiots.”

Usually the idiots have been socialists or communist fellow travellers among Russia’s enemies who are easily persuaded to promote Moscow’s case.

But not always. Sometimes the useful idiots are merely foreign politicians or movers-and-shakers whose interests and views of the world coincided with those of Moscow.

Donald Trump falls into this category.

The world no longer needs Special Counsel Robert Mueller to tell it that with the election of Trump in 2016, Putin got his man in the Oval Office.

The United States Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on Tuesday confirming what Washington’s intelligence agencies have been saying for months. Putin threw the full weight of his propaganda and cyber espionage battalions behind the effort to get Trump elected.

Whether Trump, his family and campaign mafioso “colluded” with the Russians is almost irrelevant at this point. Everything that Trump has said and done on the international stage since coming to office has been in the interests of Putin’s Russia and not those of the U.S. and its allies. Trump has moved with persistent determination to demolish all the trade and security alliances and institutions the U.S. has been foremost in creating since the Second World War. Only Putin’s Russia and, waiting in the wings, Xi Jinpiung’s China, benefit from Trump’s hubris and criminal stupidity.

It’s not that Trump is a traitor to the U.S. in the classic sense, as some eminent commentators have written.

There was no moment when Trump kissed Putin’s ring. By his character and nature Trump was pre-programmed to betray the U.S., and Putin – alert KGB man that he is – saw a pigeon ready for the plucking.

Trump is a narcissist who, lacking any creative urges or abilities, uses chaos and destruction to ensure the focus of attention is always on him. Like many weak and self-pitying people, Trump is a bully who berates all those around him to hide the fact that he has nothing sensible to say and no vision of what might be created. He strikes out because he fears more knowledgeable and insightful people may expose his unplumbed shallowness. He lies because he fears the truth.

So, since the U.S. confirmed that it is a failing, gerrymandered democracy and put Trump in the Oval Office, the world has seen him flaying about like a boy with a stick in a nettle patch.

Trump has denounced the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as “obsolete” and pointedly shied away from committing to the pledge to mutual defence that is at the heart of the alliance. He has rudely dismissed all Washington’s trade alliances, especially the free-trade pact with Canada and Mexico, as means by which the U.S. is bled dry. The World Trade Organization has treated the U.S. “very badly.” In an unmatched piece of absurd ignorance, Trump even said the European Union “was put there to take advantage of the United States.”

Any hopes that Trump’s pompous malevolence might be just an act to placate his “base” were conclusively sunk at the summit of the G-7 major industrialized countries in Quebec last month. Trump was recalcitrant throughout the meeting, backed off signing the final communique, and then, while flying away on Airforce One, Tweeted that his host, Justin Trudeau, was “Very dishonest and weak.”

While Trump is President, the G-7 is defunct.

Having abused the best friends of the U.S., Trump flew to Singapore to fawn on North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, one of the world’s nastiest despots with a record of killing even his closest relatives who get out of line.

But Kim played Trump like a violin. In return for giving Trump a glossy ten-by-eight of them shaking hands and a meaningless piece of paper with vague promises about peace and plenty, Kim got recognition from Washington that North Korea is in the club of nuclear weapons powers. He also got a de facto end to economic sanctions.

Since then, Kim has confirmed that his commitment to “de-nuclearization” of the Korean peninsular is so far in the future as to be out of sight by restarting his weapons program.

This makes dangerously stupid Trump’s boast that the world is now safer than when he met Kim. It’s been said many times, but Trump is not a man to be trusted to lead what is still the world’s major military superpower.

The denouement of this appalling story may come next week when Trump is due to attend the summit of the 29 NATO member states in Brussels. After what will undoubtedly be a difficult and perhaps even catastrophic summit, Trump is due to fly to Helsinki for a one-on-one with Putin. The imagery of Pinocchio rushing to Geppetto’s arms is too outlandish to contemplate. Apparently, no one in the White House has the slightest clue about visuals.

Trump has strewn confusion along the path to this meeting by refusing to rule out recognition of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, which it took from Ukraine in 2014. A whole raft of United Nations-backed sanctions against Russia stem from this annexation and Moscow’s invasion of occupation of tracts of eastern Ukraine.

In classic bully style of hitting out before being hit, Trump set the stage for the summit by firing off nasty letters to several of the NATO leaders. All the letters were variations on the theme that most NATO members are defrauding the U.S. by not spending two per cent of their gross national products on defence, as they have committed to do. Most NATO countries have increased defence spending since Trump railed at them last year. But Trump clearly has no understanding of the nuances of analysis involved in defence spending.

For example, Greece has for years spent more than two per cent of GDP on defence. But large hunks of that money go on pensions for veterans and a large standing army that is far from being battle-ready. In contrast, Norway still spends less than two per cent of GDP, but its troops are well-equipped, well-trained and among the first to deploy to any NATO campaign.

While it is unlikely that Trump will be able to kick the skids out from under NATO and destroy the alliance that has sustained peace and prosperity over much of the world since its founding in 1949, members are increasingly apprehensive.

The creation of an integrated European defence force is already underway, and there are rumours of current NATO members exploring informal alliances and deeper defence co-operation. A big question is what happens to Britain, which provides Europe’s most potent military, once it leave the European Union at the end of March next year.

If the Canadian government is not already thinking about post-NATO options, it had better start quickly.

As the friends and enemies of the U.S. contemplate the Fourth of July, 2018, a looming question is whether Trump is a temporary aberration and that life will return to normal after the 2020 presidential elections.

That is a dangerous straw of hope to cling to. Trump is the symptom of a deep-seated disease in U.S. politics and society. His ravings echo and lead a chorus of anger, frustration and fear among large segments of U.S. society. There is no sign that anyone in the political or civil society classes have the slightest idea of how to remake America before it cascades into what German economist Joseph Schumpeter in 1942 called the “gale of Creative Destruction.”



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Donald Trump recently said that he no longer wants to see the sight of a Mercedes on Fifth Avenue in New York. It was a right hook aimed squarely at the chin of Daimler and the German economy. And the timing could not have been better. The American president knows how vulnerable Germany automobile manufacturers are in the wake of the diesel scandal and also how important the American market is to them. The Department of Justice is currently investigating Daimler and the Trump administration is also considering whether to impose higher import tariffs on German carmakers. Trump views both measures as an opportunity to protect the domestic car industry while at the same time weakening its German competitors.

But beyond Volkswagen, Daimler and the others, Deutsche Bank, Bayer and numerous other German companies both small and large are beginning to realize just how skillful the Trump administration can be when it comes to applying pressure on foreign firms. Washington, it would seem, is pursuing its “America First” doctrine at all levels — in the form of tariffs, taxes and fines, but also on the level of individual companies.

Irritation is growing within both the European business community and the German government over the Trump administration’s ruthless approach. During a trip to Beijing last week, Joe Kaeser, CEO of global engineering giant Siemens, lamented an American policy of “tariffs and tweets.” The statement represented something of a reversal of course for the executive. At the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this year, he and other German executives were fawning over Trump.

With his attacks, Trump has succeeded repeatedly in dividing Europe and playing French and German interests against each other as well as driving a wedge between Eastern and Western Europe. And when the European Union is divided, its companies also become easier prey for Trump.

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There is nothing novel about the U.S. exploiting its dominant position in the global economy to advance its interests. The American market is vital to companies in Europe and Asia, both due to its size and its consumerist philosophy. But that importance leads to dependencies.

America derives its greatest power through the dollar. More than four-fifths of global trade is processed using the American currency, and those using it must abide by American rules. Trump’s predecessors have repeatedly reminded the rest of the world of that obligation in the past.

‘Trump Has Turned the Dollar into a Weapon’

But rarely has anyone exploited the power of the currency to the degree Trump is doing. “Donald Trump has turned the dollar into a weapon,” says Davide Serra, CEO of Algebris Asset Management. The Italian, who holds a British passport, knows what he’s talking about — his company invests in banks and corporations all over Europe. He says Trump is using the dollar to assert America’s influence on the corporate world far beyond its own borders.

The U.S. president recently unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear agreement with Iran and took steps toward the implementation of new sanctions banning dollar-denominated transactions with the country. Even if they comply with European Union law, European companies and banks could face massive sanctions in the U.S. if they conduct business with Iran once those sanctions are in place.

Consistent with the same logic, the new sanctions recently imposed by the U.S. on Russian oligarchs are especially painful for European companies.

And it’s not only the dollar that Trump is using to enforce economic interests. He’s taking advantage of any instrument available that can be used to target foreign companies. These include banking supervision rules, cartel laws and even something as seemingly arcane as the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the interagency body that reviews all transactions that could result in a foreign company gaining control of a U.S. entity. The body’s mandate is to monitor U.S. national security interests in the course of acquisitions of American companies by foreign investors. Under Trump, however, the committee has been given considerable leeway in interpreting its mandate.

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Graphic: Unfair treatment?

“CFIUS’s influence on German companies is underestimated,” says Rainer Langel, the head of Germany operations at Australian bank Macquarie. Increasingly frequently, he says, owners of German companies are only able to sell their company at a price that is significantly lower than what interested Chinese parties would have offered. The reason: The sellers fear that CFIUS will prohibit the takeover by a Chinese company, even though the German companies in question only generate a small portion of their revenues in the U.S.

Under Trump, the extent to which the Americans are exploiting German firms’ exposure in the U.S. has become conspicuous. Companies like Deutsche Bank, which has become a greater challenge to U.S. banks than any other foreign financial institution. Under former CEO Josef Ackermann, the company made major inroads in the U.S., right up until the 2008 global financial crisis. In doings so, the Germans riled both their competitors and the U.S. government. At the same time, Deutsche Bank made itself vulnerable through its involvement in numerous scandals, becoming the focus of numerous investigations and fines by U.S. investigators.

The fact that Deutsche Bank’s dubious business practices resulted in expensive settlements is appropriate. But it seems fair to say that investigations into other banks were not subject to nearly as many leaks as those into Germany’s leading financial institution. In fall 2016, when the Justice Department forced Deutsche into a multibillion dollar settlement for dubious mortgage-backed securities, leaks about the possible size of the fine led to a collapse in the company’s share price and pushed the bank to the edge of the abyss. To this day, leaks continue to weaken the unloved competitor from Germany.

On June 1, the websites of the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times both posted bad news for Deutsche Bank at almost exactly the same time. They reported that the Federal Reserve (Fed) and the deposit protection fund Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC). had deemed Deutsche Bank’s U.S. operations to be in “troubled condition.” The astounding thing, though, is that the Fed made its decision a year ago and the FDIC at the beginning of 2018, but it was only months later, and then on the same day, that these damaging assessments of Deutsche Bank’s operations came to light.

Coming as it did just before Trump declared trade war on the Europeans in the form of punitive tariffs on steel and aluminum, it came across as being a coordinated effort.

A Deliberate and Targeted Manner?

Insiders at the Bundesbank, Germany’s central bank, and at the Finance Ministry assume the crisis reports on Deutsche Bank were the result of a targeted leak intended to put pressure on the company and Germany. The bank’s American competitors have generally gotten off relatively lightly, these sources claim, suggesting that the U.S. authorities may have been sparing their institutions to provide them with a competitive edge. Given the amount of latitude the Justice Department has, the possible unequal treatment can’t be proven. Deutsche Bank did not want to comment on the matter.

Whereas American banks remain the undisputed leaders not only in the U.S., but also well beyond, the balance of power in the global automotive industry is markedly different. Here, German manufacturers from VW to Daimler to BMW dominate. That’s why the U.S. government has been ratcheting up pressure on German carmakers since Trump took office.

Their preferred target has been Volkswagen. The Wolfsburg-based company reached a settlement with the Justice Department at the beginning of 2017. In total, the fines the company had to pay along with the compensation to American owners of its diesel vehicles amounted to more than $20 billion. There is no question that the company deserved the punishment. It’s growth in the U.S. market had been based on the myth of clean diesel, a lie the company perpetuated by installing cheat devices in its diesel vehicles allowing VW to claim far lower emissions than was actually the case.

But the longer the scandal drags on, the more critically industry insiders are asking what is happening with other manufacturers with deeper roots in the U.S. — car companies that are also believed to have manipulated emissions readings. In May 2017, for example, the Justice Department accused Fiat-Chrysler of deploying cheat software in close to 104,000 of its diesel vehicles. But the proceedings have been slow and a decision over a possible penalty still hasn’t been made.

Increasing Pressure on Daimler

Instead, the U.S. authorities appear to be increasing pressure on Daimler. Representatives of the Stuttgart company were recently summoned to appear before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It’s already a foregone conclusion that Daimler is going to have to pay a considerable sum, and at this point negotiations are focusing on how high the settlement will be, say sources within the U.S. justice system. Officials at Daimler say they won’t comment on speculation over ongoing legal proceedings.

For VW, too, the scandal in the U.S. isn’t over yet. At the beginning of May, the U.S. District Court in Detroit confirmed charges against former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn on the very day that new VW head Herbert Diess called for a cultural shift at the company during its annual shareholder meeting.

The Trump administration hasn’t been quite as audacious in targeting companies in other economic sectors. The week before last, for example, U.S. antitrust authorities approved Bayer’s takeover of the agricultural biotechnology company Monsanto. But what first appears to be evidence of the openness of the U.S. market could ultimately prove to be a pyrrhic victory for Bayer.

After approving the deal, the Justice Department boasted that no other company had ever had to make greater concessions during an acquisition in the U.S. Bayer is being forced to divest itself of $9 billion in company assets, including most of its own seed business, in exchange for regulatory approval. And even if the name Monsanto disappears completely and only the Bayer name survives, as planned, the Americans will still have enormous influence on the new company due to the sheer power of the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Bayer’s success will depend heavily on the goodwill of American politicians.

Economic Imperialism

But the field in which the United States showcases its economic imperialism more unabashedly than anywhere else is energy policy — particularly when it comes to the Russian natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2.

The project has been in planning stages for close to two years. Under the leadership of energy giant Gazprom, Russia plans to lay two more undersea pipes to join the Nord Stream 1 Baltic Sea pipeline, which was laid several years ago. The project, in which the German companies Wintershall and Uniper are also investors, is expected to cost around 9.1 billion euros.

A worker tests pipes for the future Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea gas pipeline.

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A worker tests pipes for the future Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea gas pipeline.

The pipeline has long been the subject of controversy. It is opposed by many Eastern European countries, including Poland and Ukraine, because they fear Russia will bypass them and cease pumping natural gas through overland lines, from which they earn billions of euros in transit fees. Others in the European Union, meanwhile, fear the second pipeline could result in an overdependence on Russian gas.

Ultimately, though, it is the Americans who have been most vocal in their objections. They view an energy partnership between Germany and Russia critically for geopolitical reasons. More importantly, though, they also want to supply Europe with liquified natural gas extracted through fracking in the United States. But that liquified gas is a lot more expensive than the Russian pipeline gas and Nord Stream 2 would make natural gas from the U.S. uncompetitive.

The Trump administration doesn’t appear to be prepared to accept such a state of affairs and is now using all means at its disposal to fight the energy project, including measures that are at the very limits of what is legally allowed, as Economics Minister Altmaier recently experienced.

Each year, the city of Aachen, Germany, awards the Charlemagne Prize for services rendered to the cause of European unification. On the sidelines of this year’s award ceremony, Altmaier, a member of Chancellor Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union, spoke with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, whose country is one of the project’s leading opponents. Altmaier wanted to know under what conditions Poroshenko would be prepared to abandon his resistance to Nord Stream 2 and whether he, Altmaier, could mediate during in his planned visit to Russia.

Surprisingly, Poroshenko yielded. He said he needed a commitment that gas would continue to be pumped overland through Ukraine, despite the Baltic Sea pipeline. When Altmaier met a few days later with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow, he was able to secure precisely that promise from the Russians. But it still didn’t move the pipeline forward: Poroshenko is said to have demanded further guarantees and concessions on the issue of Crimea.

Diplomatic Pressure, Intimidation, Sanctions

The Russians believe that the U.S. government was responsible behind the scenes for the shift in sentiment. Washington, after all, intensified its campaign against Nord Stream at the exact same time that Altmaier was in Russia. Sandra Oudkirk, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for energy diplomacy, first traveled to Ukraine to bring the government in Kiev into line, and then on to Berlin to harshly criticize Germany’s efforts to broker a solution. Oudkirk said the U.S. would oppose any German-Russian deal. She said the pipeline presents an acute danger for the U.S. and for Europe.

Newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell also got involved. He is even said to have raised his voice when speaking to Altmaier on the issue. The U.S., he is said to have blustered, will not accept Germany’s pipeline policy and the pipeline won’t be built.

The Americans have already indicated what they might do to prevent its construction. In addition to Wintershall and Uniper, the British-Dutch oil company Shell, the French utility company Engie and Austria’s OMV have also invested in the planned construction of the multi-billion-euro project. The Trump administration is threatening to impose tough sanctions on the companies if they don’t abandon the gas pipeline project. This would be a heavy blow for the firms, which are active internationally.

The Russians suspect that diplomatic pressure, intimidation and sanctions aren’t the only means being deployed by the Americans to prevent the pipeline’s construction. It’s also possible that compliant partners are being generously rewarded. In Denmark, for example, a country which accepted the construction of the Nord Stream 1 pipes through areas along the Danish coast in 2011 without opposition, project partners have observed a strange development.

In November, the Danish Parliament passed a rather surprising law which could prohibit the construction of Nord Stream 2 through Danish territorial waters. Since the passage of that legislation, the Danish government has postponed approval on a week by week basis. People inside the Nord Stream consortium believe they have identified the culprit for the change of heart. They argue that it isn’t based on the pretense that the pipeline will lead to a European overreliance on Russian gas. One internal email indicates that it has much more to do with tangible economic interests.

Quid Pro Quo?

The email notes that there has been a conspicuous and unusually strong increase in energy deals between Denmark and the U.S. since 2017. It is difficult to avoid the conclusion, the email says, that one hand is washing the other.

Specifically, the cooperation is focused on lucrative renewable energy deals. Danish Energy and Climate Minister Lars Lilleholt traveled to the U.S. in October together with representatives of Danish energy companies including Orsted and Danfoss. He met with the U.S. deputy secretary of energy, and with member of Congress. The official purpose of the trip was to expand cooperation with the U.S. in the field of renewable energies, and both sides reaffirmed there is great potential for offshore wind farms in particular.

It was a few weeks after that trip that Denmark passed the law that would make it possible to ban Nord Stream from their territorial waters. They then began expanding their energy partnership with the U.S. Cooperation agreements and orders for various wind parks followed at short intervals. Officials in Denmark and the U.S. claim there is no link between the law and the contracts, but the Russians believe the Americans have bought Denmark’s support.

The Trump administration has also reportedly signaled to the German government that abandoning the pipeline plans could be one way of preventing new tariffs on German goods. And this is how Trump’s industrial and trade policy dovetails: the pinpricks against foreign competitors, the undermining of major projects, the threats of tariffs against key industries and, ultimately, deals that link one with the other.

In the case of the Baltic Sea pipeline, the German government has made clear that a deal is out of the question. Still, the German government isn’t always that consistent in standing up against Trump. In the dispute over steel and aluminum tariffs, Altmaier sought to negotiate an exception right up to the very end, to the displeasure of the French, who had wanted to see a more combative European front against the Trump administration. It is only after Berlin’s attempts to curry favor with Washington failed that the EU has moved to impose punitive duties on bourbon whiskey and other American products, which are due to enter into force on July 1.

“Europe too seldom unites to defend its economic interests, so there is little to counter Trump,” criticizes fund manager Serra. “It’s mainly up to Germany to change that.”

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Vladimir Putin operates in the shadows. The Russian president controls a clever disinformation campaign with the aim of upsetting the populations of Western countries, discrediting their institutions, dividing society, influencing elections and ultimately causing the collapse of liberal democracy. Nevertheless, there are still many people who continue to believe that Putin is innocent and that the claims are merely the malicious fabrications of Western intelligence agencies. Is it all just a conspiracy theory?

Regarding Donald Trump’s intentions, by contrast, there can no longer be any doubt. Since taking office, he has carried out a scorched-earth policy against multi-lateral treaties of all kinds. He is a man with no interest in foreign policy, seeing it merely as an instrument to pursue his “America First” ideology. He views cooperation as a weakness, the latest proof being the US withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Trump acts quite openly. And now, the American president has turned his attentions toward launching a disinformation campaign against Germany. He is doing so as a way of justifying his morally repugnant refugee policies to the American people.

The heartbreaking scenes at the southern U.S. border, where crying children are brutally separated from their parents for having committed the error of seeking a better life for themselves and their families in the U.S. is heaping pressure on even the most diehard Trump supporters. This zero-tolerance policy turned into a PR disaster, one that Trump now wants to contain by grasping at whatever straws he can – including attacks on Germany.

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In an unprecedented step into German domestic affairs, the U.S. president seized on the current disagreements within Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition about refugee policy. The German people were “turning against their leadership,” he tweeted gleefully, and followed that up with a blatant lie, saying “crime in Germany is way up.” Europe, he intimated, had made the big mistake of letting in millions of people who had “violently” changed the culture.

Apart from the fact that this is all lies, the author is a man who bears more responsibility than any other for the ongoing, brutal attempts to rip down all that has beenlaboriously built up since World War II.

In a second tweet, Trump then repeated his lie about rising crime rates in Germany and said that “officials do not want to report these crimes.” It reads like a speech that could be held at a right-wing extremist rally in Dresden.

The world has become worn down by Trump’s bluster and used to his constant stream of lunacy. But this numbness shouldn’t lead to the normalization and acceptance of his aggressive outrageousness. The claim – leveled without a shred of proof – that the German government and its officials would deliberately keep the true extent of criminality from the citizens of Germany should not go without consequences. His open support for German right-wing populists is nothing less than a blatant attack by a foreign power on this country’s government. It is a direct attempt by the White House to destabilize the Federal Republic of Germany.

Angela Merkel has been far too restrained in her reaction to this threat. The chancellor simply responded that the crime figures recently presented by Interior Minister Horst Seehofer speak for themselves. Those statistics show that crime has in fact gone down slightly. And if there is one person in German politics who could never be accused of whitewashing crime statistics, it is Seefhofer, who is currently looking for any excuse possible to take an even harder line on migration.

No, this U.S. president was never a partner. He is a hostile opponent. We should finally start to treat him as such and act accordingly. Summoning the U.S. ambassador for a formal protest would be a good first step. Furthermore, relations to this U.S. government should be reduced to a bare minimum. It is also no longer necessary to pretend to be on friendly terms. Germany and the European Union should abandon polite self-restraint when dealing publicly with Trump and his government. We can’t completely cut off the channels of communication, but they should be used sparingly.

We have long known that we could no longer rely on the United States under Donald Trump. Now, though, it has become clear that we have to protect ourselves from him.

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The deputy head of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party claimed on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump was better informed about German crime rates than Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Georg Pazderski, who is known for his incendiary comments about refugees, said Trump “is clearly better informed than the German government about crime in Germany with the help of his intelligence agencies.”

“When crimes such as theft, drug dealing and sexual assault are not reported or only to a very small degree because the victims are ashamed, then those crimes do not become part of the statistics,” Pazderski said in Berlin.

He was responding to two tweets posted by Trump earlier this week which saw the US leader citing unrest within Germany’s ruling coalition over migration to argue against the admission of refugees.

“The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition,” he tweeted Monday. “Crime in Germany is way up. Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!”

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“We don’t want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen with us!” Trump tweeted.

According to German Interior Ministry statistics, the crime rate was at its lowest since 1992 last year, when around 5.76 million crimes were registered in the country.

Taken as a percentage of the population, Germany’s crime rate was at its lowest in 30 years. For every 700,000 residents there were fewer than 7,000 reported crimes.

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The Russian public’s trust in President Vladimir Putin has dropped below 50 percent for the first time in five years, according to a survey by an independent research body.

The results come as popular discontent grows over a planned pension reform that would set the retirement age past the life expectancy of some Russians. Thousands across the country have taken to the streets to protest the reform.

On Tuesday, a poll from the independent Levada Center showed a 12-point drop in trust levels toward Putin, down from 60 percent in January to 48 percent in June.

The poll asked respondents to name politicians whom they trust.

The pollster last registered a dip below 50 percent in Putin’s ratings in 2012 and 2013. In 2012, the year Putin was elected to his third term as president, his rating was at 37 percent.

Putin’s average trust rating stands at 56.5 percent, with the Levada Center documenting trust in Putin hitting a peak of 64 percent over the past four years.

Respondents in June’s Levada poll named Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as the politician they distrust the most. Trust in Medvedev, who made the controversial announcement of Russia’s plans to raise the retirement age while public attention was focused on the opening of the football World Cup on June 14, was at 9 percent.

The Levada survey was carried out between June 22 and June 26 among 1,600 people in 52 Russian regions.

Other polls have found similar levels of falling trust in the Russian president.

The state-run VTsIOM pollster reported that trust in Putin dropped by nearly 10 percentage points from June 3 (45.7 percent) to June 24 (38.3 percent)

VTsIOM last saw Putin’s trust levels fall below 50 percent in April, from a high of 58.9 percent in January.

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“And the sign said: “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls”. 

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Are these the words of your prophets? Or the messages from some mysterious and powerful “Joker“, or the tools and weapons of the “hybrid wars”? Are we the “Labrat Knats” on a burning “GHOST SHIP” America? Did we become just the massive supply of lab rats, lab knats – drosophilas, the human Guinea pigs, bred as the unwitting subjects for the various experimentson and off-line, conducted by the various hostile actors? 

Who is The Joker? Is this Putin, or some known or unknown to us chief in some intelligence service? Are these the non-state actors? Who are they? 

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SEMANTIC ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATIONS

In my humble opinion, many of the recent “accidents” appear to contain some implied symbolic meanings and the symbolic “messages”. Is this the correct assessment or just the subjective, maybe even the paranoid impression? These meanings, messages, and “clues” are too visible (at least for the cued observers), too much the parts of the accidents, and too evident and even obvious, to ignore and to dismiss them; they are so by the designs of their “authors” who intend to broadcast their messages to those who are able to read them. 

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The “proof is in the pudding”: the various “telling parts” of the “narratives” in the various “accidents” are “internally consistent” in their compositions to tell the “story” with a certain meaning, comprising a “message”. The “stories” were also “externally” congruent with the social and political situations at a time. The things appear to be what they look like or claim to be, “prima facie”, according to a sort of “duck principle”, without implying their genesis or origin. However, this issue of “proof” is more complex than it sounds. 

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These “messages” may be visual, as in the graffiti signs: “LABRAT KNATS” and “GHOST SHIP”, which serve as the backdrops for the crime scenes. Or the “messages” might be in the storylines, actions, plot, drama, and the scenes of the “accidents”, as in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, which looked like the human sacrifice in front of the Luxor Sphinx. Or in the disguised verbal-linguistic associations and allusions, usually in the names of the perpetrators, officials, or victims, and/or the places of the crime scenes, or in some other, similar clues, as in the “FARWEST Side of the LOWER” Manhattan truck attack of 10.31.17. Usually, these three components: the visuals, the dramatic actions, and the verbal allusions, are all present and mixed in various degrees. The place and the scene of Las Vegas shooting would have a quality of the mass spectacle, had it not been so real, and the similar notions of “the crimes for a show” apply to the other “accidents”. And these “shows” very often carry the symbolic meanings, a moral, a story to tell, or some other didactic content, which in one word can be called the “message”. 

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The symbolism and the symbolic message of the Manhattan attack also appear to be quite clear: “The US is like a rented truck speeding down the bicycle lane, after taking a left turn South from Houston (Oh, “how stoned!”) Street onto the West Side Highway (“My way or the highway” – the so-called, ironically,”Reagan Doctrine”), with its anti-Russia sanctions

MESSAGE CRIMES AND THEIR FEATURES

Many other previous “accident” episodes do fit this structural pattern of the “message crimes” also. The opinions about any particular interpretations might differ, but the overall meanings or the “messages” of the “accidents” should not be that difficult to grasp. These “accidents” may be viewed as the “performance crimes or acts”, conceptually within the realm of the “Performance Arts”. 

These “message crimes” are committed largely for the sake of broadcasting the message, with the purposes of intimidating, warning, “punishing”, “propaganda”, etc. These types of the public and social messaging were used quite often throughout the human history and were retained in the religious myths. 

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Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin: numbered, numbered, weighed, and divided”, said the “writing on the wall“, or in other words, the issue was analyzed, understood, prognosticated, and decided. In our days, the mobility and the ubiquity of the “social media walls” are combined with their traditional, although digital, monumentalism. 

Any crime is a message and a sick one, but the “crimes as performance acts” and as “the messages” proper, have their own distinct features. These are the crimes for the show and documentation in all forms and media, designed to be performed with flair and panache; as in a movie, drama, story, picture, graffiti, or like in a dream; with the aims of reaching the broadest and the most susceptible audiences. The broad and intense media coverage is the organic feature of these “messages”; direct and/or indirect media manipulations and influencing are also possible. The use of these “accidents” as the communication tools, subject to interpretations, within the large and disparate criminal groups, is also a possibility. The conceptualization of the “crimes for the sake of broadcasting the message” and elaboration of their typology might be helpful for their investigations by generating new hypotheses, leads, ideas, and understanding, and the “correct” or at least adequate interpretation of the “message of the crime” might be the key to analysis.

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(1)BND-Präsident Ernst Uhrlau – Ein Mann schweigt sich in die Bredouille – Politik

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Die Krise um die verschwundenen Baupläne für die neue Zentrale des Bundesnachrichtendienstes in Berlin könnte BND-Präsident Uhrlau den Job kosten. Weil er ungeschickt agiert – und weil ihm die richtigen Freunde in der Politik fehlen.

Eigentlich ist auch ein Nachrichtendienst nur ein gewöhnlicher Behördenapparat; aber wenn Interna aus diesem Dienstbetrieb bekannt werden, herrscht meist Aufregung. Wer weiß das besser als der Präsident des Bundesnachrichtendienstes (BND), der große Schweiger Ernst Uhrlau? Seit drei Jahrzehnten ist Uhrlau, 64, mit den internen Abläufen in Sicherheitsapparaten vertraut. Und doch droht ihm jetzt, auf der Zielgeraden der Karriere, noch Ungemach. Es ist nicht auszuschließen, dass er wenige Monate vor dem geplanten Wechsel in den Ruhestand unfreiwillig gehen muss.

Ernst Uhrlau ist wegen seines Krisenmanagaments im Fall der verschwundenen BND-Baupläne in der Kritik.

(Foto: ddp)Was Uhrlau zum Verhängnis werden könnte, ist eine eigentlich überschaubare Geschichte. Baupläne der neuen BND-Zentrale sind in Umlauf. Nichts wirklich Bedeutendes, aber weil Uhrlau beim Krisenmanagement ein bisschen sehr tough auftrat und möglicherweise auch voreilig, hat er jetzt Ärger. Unangenehm ist auch, dass fast zeitgleich Intimes aus dem Apparat bekannt wurde. Ein von Uhrlau geförderter Abteilungsleiter soll sich auf seinem Dienst-Computer Sex-Seiten angeschaut haben. Der Beamte wurde inzwischen intern versetzt.

Das alles kann der Chef des Auslandsnachrichtendienstes heil überstehen, wenn er sich mit der Aufsicht im Kanzleramt gut versteht. Aber Uhrlaus Verhältnis zur Regierungszentrale und auch zu wichtigen Leuten der Union ist, freundlich ausgedrückt, ein Nicht-Verhältnis. Das hängt zum einen damit zusammen, dass der gebürtige Hamburger, der früher den Verfassungsschutz der Hansestadt leitete und dort auch mal Polizeipräsident war, eingeschriebenes SPD-Mitglied ist. Er ist gewissermaßen das Überbleibsel der Regierung Gerhard Schröder.

In der Zeit von Rot-Grün koordinierte Uhrlau als Abteilungsleiter im Kanzleramt die Nachrichtendienste. Er fädelte beispielsweise humanitäre Aktionen zwischen der libanesischen Hisbollah und den Israelis ein und verkörperte geräuschlose Effizienz. Der Freund der Oper und der Literatur agierte meist ebenso diskret wie kundig.

Als die große Koalition kam, wurde Uhrlau Präsident des BND. Wenn die Behörde in die Schlagzeilen geriet, konnte er sich stets auf den damaligen Außenminister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) verlassen, aber die Sozialdemokraten sind jetzt in der Opposition. Das gibt Uhrlaus konservativen Kritikern noch mehr Gewicht, und an Freunden im Politikbetrieb mangelt es ihm ohnehin.

Mit großen Teilen der CSU hat es sich Uhrlau verscherzt, als er den Umzug des Dienstes von Pullach bei München nach Berlin durchsetzte. Nicht jeder Unionspolitiker war begeistert, dass der Diplom-Politologe Uhrlau die Geschichte des Dienstes von einer historischen Kommission aufarbeiten lässt. Da kann manches hochkommen, beispielsweise auch, wie der BND in der Gründerzeit die SPD bespitzelte. Außerdem unterzog Uhrlau den BND einer Reform, die Ärger machte. Abteilungen wurden zerschlagen und durch Arbeitseinheiten ersetzt.

Uhrlau hat bei alldem auch Fehler gemacht, die fallen nun ins Gewicht. Seit 26 Jahren hat kein BND-Präsident mehr das Pensionsalter im Dienst heil erreicht. Möglich, dass sich Uhrlau in diese Tradition einreihen muss.

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Dieser Gastbeitrag ist eine gekürzte Version des Vorworts des neuen Buchs Spionage unter Freunden – Partnerdienstbeziehungen und Westaufklärung der Organisation Gehlen und des BND von Christoph Franceschini, Erich Schmidt-Eenboom und Thomas Wegener Friis. Das Buch erschien im April im Verlag Christoph Links, hat 384 Seiten und kostet 30 Euro. Veröffentlichung mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Autoren und Verlag. Alle Rechte vorbehalten.

Seit Edward Snowden im Juni 2013 Zuflucht in Hongkong gesucht hat und zunächst fand, werden wir nahezu täglich mit immer neuen Enthüllungen konfrontiert, die tiefe Einblicke in das Potenzial und die Programme, in die Technik und das Ausspähungsvolumen der US-amerikanischen National Security Agency (NSA) und zum Teil auch in ähnliche Strukturen und Praktiken ihres britischen Pendants Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) geben.

Die Weltöffentlichkeit erfuhr, dass die NSA – gestützt auf einen Jahresetat von etwa 10 Milliarden US-Dollar mit einem 100.000-Mann-Heer von Datendieben – ihrem Anspruch, jede Telekommunikation auf dem Globus vollständig zu erfassen, zu durchsieben, zu analysieren und wesentliche Teile sehr langfristig zu speichern, in wachsendem Maß gerecht wird. Auch der Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) stecke mit dem Hauptangreifer auf die verfassungsrechtlich geschützte Privatsphäre der Deutschen sowie auf die ökonomischen und regierungsseitigen Betriebsgeheimnisse der Bundesrepublik nebst ihren europäischen Partnern unter einer Decke, blies der Whistleblower aus dem Moskauer Exil anschließend heraus.

Bei der medialen und parlamentarischen Aufklärung des NSA-Skandals, die durch die Enthüllungen von Snowden zunächst eine Vielzahl von Gesetzesverstößen des BND bei seiner Zusammenarbeit mit der NSA und nachrichtendienstliche Angriffe der angelsächsischen Verbündeten auf den deutschen NATO-Partner zutage gefördert hat, gab es 2015 eine Wendung, die zahlreiche Fachleute aus den Medien und erst recht das breite Publikum überraschte: Der BND geriet ins Kreuzfeuer der Kritik, weil auch er systematisch befreundete Staaten und internationale Organisationen ausgespäht hatte.

Abhören unter Freunden ist systematisch

Skandalisiert wurden die Ausforschung der Türkei, für die es zahlreiche gute Gründe gibt, oder Lauschangriffe auf das österreichische und belgische Innenministerium, das britische Verteidigungsministerium, europäische Unternehmen wie Eurocopter im französischen Marignane oder eine EADS-Dependance in Warschau, aber auch Banken wie die HSBC, Telekommunikationsunternehmen wie British Telecommunications, ein Flugzentrum der US-Raumfahrtbehörde NASA und eine Abteilung der U. S. Air Force. Im Visier des BND standen auch die Botschaften nahezu aller europäischer Staaten in Berlin sowie zahlreicher Konsulate in der Bundesrepublik.

Von den dem BND von den Amerikanern angeblich untergejubelten Selektoren wurden 40.000 im Laufe der Jahre ausgesondert. 68,7 Prozent dieser Suchbegriffe richteten sich gegen Regierungseinrichtungen von EU-Partnern, weitere gegen deutsche Unternehmen.

Von 2009 an hörte der BND die Hohe Vertreterin der Europäischen Union (EU) für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik und gleichzeitig deren Vizepräsidentin Catherine Ashton ab. 2013 sollte das Handy von US-Außenminister John Kerry in die Zielerfassungsliste aufgenommen werden. Der Lauschangriff scheiterte nur, weil ein BND-Mitarbeiter die Ländervorwahl der USA mit der eines afrikanischen Staats verwechselt hatte. Kerrys Kommunikation konnte dennoch über die Überwachung der Anschlüsse des US-Außenministeriums zum Teil erfasst werden.

Geheimdienstlicher Rundumblick in Pullach

Der Bundesregierung schlug eine Welle der (gespielten) Empörung aus europäischen Nachbarstaaten entgegen. Als ruchbar wurde, dass der BND die Online-Kommunikation in Belgien in großem Umfang ausgespäht hatte, leitete die belgische Regierung Untersuchungen ein, und ihr Telekommunikationsminister Alexander De Croo verwies im Mai 2015 süffisant auf die Empörung der Bundeskanzlerin anlässlich der Überwachung ihres Handys durch die NSA.

Bis Ende 2013 hatten BND und NSA gemeinsam auch französische Politiker wie den Außenminister Laurent Fabius überwacht. Am Rande des europäisch-afrikanischen Gipfeltreffens auf Malta im November 2015 forderte Frankreichs Präsident François Hollande von Angela Merkel öffentlich eine vollständige Aufklärung der Affäre. Die Kanzlerin beschwichtigte damit, dass es sich um eine „indirekte Maßnahme“ gehandelt habe, bei der Personen im Visier standen, die sich an Fabius gewandt hatten.

Wer sich da 2015 die Augen rieb und helle Empörung über die BND-Spionage gegen politisch verbündete Staaten bekundete, war mit der nachrichtendienstlichen Fachliteratur nur wenig vertraut. Aus Dokumenten, die der ehemalige leitende BND-Mitarbeiter Hans Langemann (Lückrath) Anfang der 1980er-Jahre über einen Mittelsmann in die Medienlandschaft streute, ging bereits hervor, dass Pullach nicht auf die Staaten des Warschauer Vertrags allein fixiert war, sondern sich den geheimdienstlichen Rundumblick auf die Fahnen geschrieben hatte. Die Westaufklärung in dieser Operation Eva, die hier noch breiten Raum einnehmen wird, entsprang nicht den Eigenmächtigkeiten einzelner BND-Statthalter und war ebenso wenig ein der Regierung in Bonn verschwiegenes Hausprodukt Reinhard Gehlens, sondern Ausfluss der Auftragssteuerung durch das Bundeskanzleramt.

Freunde ausspähen ist gesetzlich abgesichert

Im Vorfeld der am 21. Oktober 2016 vom Bundestag verabschiedeten Novelle zum BND-Gesetz hatte sich die Hoffnung breitgemacht, dass in Zukunft nicht nur europäische, sondern alle ausländischen Bürger, Politiker und Institutionen von Ausspähungen des BND verschont bleiben würden. In einer Anhörung im Innenausschuss des Bundestages Ende September 2016 hatte Matthias Bäcker vom Karlsruher Institut für Technologie sogar die Auffassung vertreten, es sei verfassungswidrig, wenn Ausländer gegenüber Bundesbürgern schlechter gestellt und gegen Abhörmaßnahmen weniger geschützt seien.

Durchgesetzt haben sich jedoch die Hardliner, denn das neue Gesetz zur Auslands-Fernmeldeaufklärung gewährt dem BND größere Spielräume beim Ausspähen von EU-Institutionen, EU-Mitgliedsstaaten und Unionsbürgern, sofern es der Gefahrenabwehr dient oder wenn dabei „ausschließlich Daten über Vorgänge in Drittstaaten gesammelt werden sollen, die von besonderer Relevanz für die Sicherheit der Bundesrepublik Deutschland sind“. „Das Besondere an dieser Regelung ist, dass nunmehr gesetzlich abgesichert ist, was vor einiger Zeit noch bestritten wurde – dass nämlich auch der BND unter Umständen ‚Freunde ausspähen‘ muss“, analysierte eine Studie der vom Bundeskanzleramt finanzierten Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) im Oktober 2016. Wirtschaftsspionage wird dem BND explizit untersagt, aber die Grenzen zur Wirtschaftsaufklärung bleiben fließend.

Dass die seit Jahrzehnten ausgeübte Spionage unter Freunden, auch die vom BND ausgehende, durch die neue Gesetzeslage – wenigstens zum Teil und über Gummiparagrafen abgedeckt – nun nur legalisiert wurde, ist auch ein Nachweis, den dieses Buch erbringen wird.

Jahrzehntelange Spionage unter Freunden legalisiert

In der Tradition Reinhard Gehlens, der sich als Vorreiter bilateraler Zusammenarbeit mit westlichen Nachrichtendiensten gesehen hatte, machte der BND-Vizepräsident Paul Münstermann 1989 den ersten Vorschlag für einen gemeinsamen (west-)europäischen Nachrichtendienst. Kurz nachdem Ernst Uhrlau zum Geheimdienstkoordinator im Kanzleramt von Gerhard Schröder ernannt worden war, sprach er sich Ende November 1998 für eine engere Zusammenarbeit der europäischen Nachrichtendienste aus, die durch den weiteren europäischen Integrationsprozess anders verzahnt werden müsse.

Nach den Anschlägen auf das World Trade Center in New York, nach den islamistischen Attentaten in Madrid und London ist es zum Mantra führender Nachrichtendienstler und Sicherheitspolitiker geworden, dass es eine weit intensivere Kooperation der Dienste bis hin zur Schaffung eines EU-Nachrichtendienstes geben müsse. Nach den Bombenanschlägen in Brüssel 2016 forderten so der Generalbundesanwalt Peter Frank und der innenpolitische Sprecher der SPD-Bundestagsfraktion Burkhard Lischka ein europäisches Terrorabwehrzentrum, und Innenminister Thomas de Maizière verlangte die Verknüpfung von verschiedenen Datentöpfen in Europa.

Herausgekommen ist bisher nur ein wenig funktionierendes „Intelligence Sharing“ beim External Action Service der Europäischen Union. Dessen Koordinator ist seit 2015 der vormalige BND-Spitzenbeamte Gerhard Conrad. Er war zuvor Resident des BND in London und damit Kontaktmann zu den hartleibigsten Nationalisten in der intelligence community der NATO-Staaten.

Geradezu revolutionär kooperativ hatte sich hingegen der französische Dienst 2015 verhalten. Nach Aussagen des Technikchefs der Direction générale de la Sécurité extérieure (DGSE) Bernard Barbier gegenüber der französischen Tageszeitung Le Monde hegte sein Dienst auf Spitzenebene Pläne zur Fusion von BND und DGSE, um den US-Diensten Paroli bieten zu können. Ausgebremst worden – so Barbier – seien diese Überlegungen jedoch von französischen Politikern.

Politisch verbundenen Mitspielern in die Karten gucken

Nationalstaatliches Denken hatte nicht zum ersten Mal das Schritthalten nachrichtendienstlichen Handelns mit den politischen und selbst militärischen Integrationsbemühungen vereitelt. Insofern ist dieses Buch auch ein Stück Ursachenforschung für die teils schleppenden, teils fehlschlagenden Bemühungen um einen supranationalen Nachrichtendienst auf EU-Ebene.

Den tieferen Grund für den Geheimdienstauftrag, gerade politisch verbundenen Mitspielern in die Karten zu gucken, nannte Christopher J. Murphy, Dozent für Geheimdienststudien an der britischen Universität von Salford. Er betonte, dass es natürlich keine internationalen Geheimdienstallianzen, sondern nur nationale Interessen gäbe. Sein britischer Humor brachte es im Juni 2015 auf den Punkt: Die Nachrichten, dass sich NATO-Verbündete gegenseitig ausspionieren, haben denselben Neuigkeitswert wie die Information, dass der Papst katholisch ist. Aber so, wie es von großem Interesse ist, wie dieser oder jener Papst seinen Katholizismus praktiziert, so ist es auch für die Analyse der internationalen Beziehungen ausgesprochen wichtig zu erforschen, welchen Stellenwert die Spionage unter eigentlich auf Zusammenarbeit angewiesenen Freunden in bestimmten Zeitabläufen hatte.

In der Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) sehen die Leute Partnerdienstbeziehungen wie einen Schmerz im Arsch, aber als notwendig an, zitierte Elizabeth Braw im August 2014 das drastische Votum der CIA-Mitarbeiterin Valerie Plame, deren Identität aus Kreisen um US-Präsident George W. Bush illegalerweise kurz nach dem Einmarsch von US-Truppen in den Irak 2003 gelüftet worden war. Einer der Gründe für die Zusammenarbeit liegt ihrer Ansicht nach darin, gegnerische Maulwürfe im eigenen Dienst ausfindig zu machen.

Geheimdienstzusammenarbeit als Spiegelkabinett

Um zu verdeutlichen, welche Probleme dabei auftreten, zog sie eine Parallele zu Platons Höhlengleichnis: Geheimdienstzusammenarbeit sei ein klassisches Spiegelkabinett, in dem niemand sicher sein kann, dass die Dinge so sind, wie sie erscheinen. Ebenso realistisch schätzte Christopher Felix, ein Pseudonym für James McCargar, bereits 1963 das Verhältnis zwischen Nachrichtendiensten ein. „Geheimdienste mögen auf demselben Bett zusammensitzen; sie mögen selbst die Decken ein wenig zurückschlagen, aber niemals gehen sie zusammen ins Bett“, resümierte der Autor nach 16 Jahren in Diensten der CIA.

Wo Braw in der intelligence community nach ähnlichen Stimmen suchte, fand sie eine ganze Reihe. Nigel Inkster, ehemaliger Direktor für Operationen im britischen MI6, beklagte eine Erosion bei der Zusammenarbeit der NATO-Partner mit Blick auf Russland, weil Deutschland und Italien zunehmend wirtschaftlich von der Russischen Föderation abhängig würden. Martin Arpo, stellvertretender Leiter des estnischen Inlandsnachrichtendienstes KaPo, erläuterte, dass es kein blindes Vertrauen gäbe, sondern eine Need-to-know-Abschottung; Spionage richte sich auch gegen Alliierte, ohne dass dies bedeute, dass die gesammelten Informationen auch gegen den Verbündeten eingesetzt würden.

Welches Machtgefälle im amerikanisch-deutschen Verhältnis bestand, machte ein deutscher Offizieller der Newsweek-Journalistin klar: Die CIA habe den BND nie als gleichwertigen Partner betrachtet und noch in den 1990er-Jahren unverhohlen geäußert: „Ihr spielt nicht in unserer Liga.“ Wenn die CIA etwas über Mitteleuropa wissen wollte, habe sie den BND gefragt. Wenn der BND jedoch beispielsweise etwas über Indonesien habe wissen wollen, habe die Antwort gelautet: Was geht euch das an? Ein BND-Beamter, der einige Jahre in Washington eingesetzt war, erklärte, dass sich die Beziehungen sogar noch verschlechtert hätten. Unter den Regierungschefs Helmut Kohl und George H. W. Bush habe der BND einen guten Zugang zur CIA gehabt, aber das sei 2014 nicht mehr der Fall.

Eingefleischtes Misstrauen und nationale Interessen

Ungenannt bleibend und sein Herkunftsland verschweigend, formulierte der Leiter einer zentralen europäischen Sicherheitsagentur, dass es zwar bei der Bekämpfung des Terrorismus unter den NATO-Nachrichtendiensten eine engere Zusammenarbeit gäbe als im Kalten Krieg, dass aber zugleich in heutiger Zeit unterschiedliche politische Zielsetzungen Hürden aufbauen würden, die Einfluss auf die Geheimdienste hätten.

Eleganter schlug der wenig später entlassene BND-Präsident Gerhard Schindler im Frühjahr 2016 in einem Gespräch mit dem Spiegel in dieselbe Kerbe. Er forderte den Abbau von Misstrauen auch gegenüber europäischen Partnern, während ein hochrangiger pensionierter BND-Mann zuvor zu Protokoll gegeben hatte, dass das nachrichtendienstliche Geschäft „zuallererst auf Misstrauen“ beruhe. Wenig später räumte Schindler allerdings in der ARD-Fernsehdokumentation „Schattenwelt BND“ ein: „Nachrichtendienste tun sich mit der Kategorie ‚Freund‘ naturgemäß schwer“. Damit sprach der BND-Präsident öffentlich aus, was in geheimen Pullacher Papieren schon seit Jahrzehnten seinen Niederschlag gefunden hatte.

Klartext sprach zum Beispiel ein Vortrag von Eberhard Blum, des Leiters der BND-Zentralabteilung, vom Oktober 1969: Der „Gedanke der Universalität verbietet gleichzeitig Ausrichtung nachrichtendienstlicher Tätigkeit ausschließlich nach Grundsatz Feind-Freundverhältnis. Aufklärung politischer Absichten und Möglichkeiten der ‚Freunde‘ erforderlich, z. T. vorrangig, weil BRD von diesen abhängig – Verhalten eines ‚Freundes‘ kann eigene Stellung gegenüber ‚Feind‘ oft nachhaltiger tangieren als Aktion des ‚Feindes‘.“ Zu den bedeutendsten Dienstleistungen des BND für die Ressorts der Bundesregierung zählte er dabei die „Sicherheits- und Bündnispolitik, Deutschlandpolitik, Außenhandels- und Entwicklungspolitik“.

Aufklärung politischer Absichten der „Freunde“

Anlass für den Newsweek-Artikel von Braw war der Fall von Markus R., der am 2. Juli 2014 festgenommen worden war. Die Anklageschrift des Generalbundesanwalts vom 6. August 2015 warf dem in der Abteilung „Einsatzgebiete Auslandsbeziehungen“ (EA) tätigen BND-Angestellten vor, unter dem Decknamen Uwe für einen Agentenlohn von mindestens 95.000 Euro seit Januar 2008 als Doppelagent für die CIA-Station in Wien gearbeitet zu haben.

Zum Verratsumfang von mehr als 200 Dokumenten zählten eine abteilungsinterne Personal- und Organisationsdatenbank sämtlicher aktueller und zahlreicher früherer Mitarbeiter dieser Beschaffungsabteilung mit Klar- und Decknamen, des Weiteren Dokumente, die die Struktur, Arbeitsschwerpunkte und Ausrichtung der Abteilung EA und des BND insgesamt sowie konzeptionelle operative Überlegungen und Analysen betrafen, ferner Dokumente zur Zusammenarbeit mit US-amerikanischen und anderen ausländischen Diensten. Neben dem Auftragsprofil des BND übergab er seinem US-Führungsoffizier in Salzburg auch das Transkript eines Telefonats, das die US-Außenministerin Hillary Clinton aus ihrem Regierungsflugzeug mit dem UNO-Generalsekretär Kofi Annan geführt hatte.

Erschwerend kam hinzu, dass der am 1. Dezember 2007 vom BND eingestellte Bürokaufmann am 28. Mai 2014 eine vom Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz abgefangene E-Mail an das russische Generalkonsulat geschickt hatte, die drei geheime Anhänge enthielt: Zwei der Dokumente, mit denen sich Markus R. dem russischen Auslandsnachrichtendienst Sluschba wneschnei raswedki (SWR) andienen wollte, betrafen aktuelle Verdachtsfälle auf Spionage, das dritte enthielt die detaillierte Planung zur Einrichtung und Zielsetzung eines neuen operativen Arbeitsbereichs im BND. Der 32-jährige Schwerbehinderte wurde Mitte März 2016 wegen Landesverrats, der Verletzung von Dienstgeheimnissen und der Bestechlichkeit in fünf Fällen zu einer Haftstrafe von acht Jahren verurteilt.

Höhepunkt einer jahrzehntelangen Ausforschung

Bundesinnenminister Thomas de Maizière hatte den Schaden im August 2014 als „lächerlich“ heruntergespielt. Und auch Finanzminister Wolfgang Schäuble redete den Skandal klein. Er glaubte, über die Dummheit der USA weinen zu müssen, weil sie so einen drittklassigen BND-Mitarbeiter angeworben hatten. Nach der Verhaftung von Markus R. musste der Berliner CIA-Resident im Juli 2014 ausreisen, und der US-amerikanische Botschafter John B. Emerson wurde gleich zwei Mal ins Auswärtige Amt einbestellt.

Es war nicht das erste Mal, dass ein Spitzenmann der Agency aus der Bundesrepublik zurückgezogen wurde. Mitte der 1990er-Jahre musste der Chief of Station der CIA in München Deutschland verlassen. „Wir leben nicht mehr im Kalten Krieg, wo wahrscheinlich jeder jedem anderen misstraute“, kommentierte die Bundeskanzlerin den Fall Markus R. Die USA hatten versucht, die Ausweisung des Residenten durch das Angebot einer neuen Vereinbarung zum Austausch nachrichtendienstlicher Informationen zu vermeiden, aber die Bundesregierung ging darauf nicht ein.

Ein BND-Beamter erklärte gegenüber Newsweek, die CIA habe mit der Annahme eines Selbstanbieters aus dem Dienst eine rote Linie überschritten. Wo die rote Linie zuvor verlief und in welchem Maß die CIA gegen den BND spionierte, macht das Abschlusskapitel deutlich. Dass dieser Fall eines US-Spions im Allerheiligsten des BND keine einmalige Entgleisung der CIA war, sondern nur der Höhepunkt einer jahrzehntelangen Ausforschung des kleinen Partners darstellt, wird das Kapitel zu den (west-)deutsch-amerikanischen Geheimdienstbeziehungen unter Beweis stellen.

Allianz des Misstrauens

Aus der anschließenden Analyse der „Allianz des Misstrauens“, die ihren Niederschlag in der ständigen US-Spionage gegen die unsicheren Kantonisten in Bonn und Berlin fand und die von eher zaghaften Bemühungen des deutschen Auslandsnachrichtendienstes zur Aufklärung der Absichten der westlichen Führungsmacht begleitet wurde, wird klar, dass es die politischen Rahmenbedingungen waren und sind, die das prekäre Verhältnis des US-amerikanischen Geheimdienstapparats zu den (west-)deutschen Sicherheitsbehörden prägten und prägen. So defensiv, wie sich der BND stets gegenüber dem großen Bruder verhielt, so offensiv ging er häufig – wie sich zeigen wird – mit kleinen Partnerdiensten wie denen Österreichs um.

Wie wenig bestellt das Forschungsfeld Geheimdienstkooperation unter westlichen Verbündeten nach 1945 noch weitgehend ist, zeigt sich auch in dem 2015 verfassten Beitrag von Adam D. M. Svendsen über die britisch-amerikanische Zusammenarbeit in der Zeitschrift des Verbandes ehemaliger US-amerikanischer Nachrichtendienstmitarbeiter. Nach einer historischen Einführung und der Skizzierung der Zusammenarbeit zwischen Großbritannien und den USA im Zweiten Weltkrieg stehen bei dem britischen Mitarbeiter des Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies (CIFS) nur zwei sehr allgemein gehaltene Druckseiten über die geheim gehaltene Kooperation zwischen den angelsächsischen Staaten innerhalb der NATO, die nur auf Kriegsschauplätze von den Falkland-Inseln 1981 bis zur Invasion des Iraks 2003 abheben und kein einziges Detail verraten.

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, emeritierter Professor für amerikanische Geschichte an der Universität Edinburgh, hat 2013 ein Werk vorgelegt, das den Anspruch erhebt, „The Story of Western Intelligence“zu sein. Tatsächlich beleuchtet er detailliert und sachkundig jedoch nur das Auf und Ab der britisch-amerikanischen Geheimdienstbeziehungen vom Ersten Weltkrieg bis heute. Nachrichtendienste anderer NATO-Staaten spielen nur eine periphere Rolle.

Forschungsfeld Geheimdienstkooperation wenig bestellt

Natürlich gibt es insbesondere in der angelsächsischen Fachliteratur, aber auch in deutschsprachigen Werken reichliche Fundstellen zum Zusammenwirken westlicher Dienste. Das Thema steht jedoch nicht als Leitmotiv über den Arbeiten, wird weder explizit in den Forschungsmittelpunkt gestellt noch als methodologische Betrachtungsebene eingebracht.

Eine Ausnahme bildet der Forschungsstand zur Organisation Gehlen (Org) unter der Treuhänderschaft der U. S. Army und der CIA, das Verhältnis zwischen den US-Diensten und der Org vor ihrer Übernahme in den Bundesdienst zum 1. April 1956 betreffend. Neben der Arbeit von Jens Wegener liegt mit dem Aufsatz von Thomas Wolf ein erstes Ergebnis der „Unabhängigen Historikerkommission“ des BND dazu vor.

Für die jüngere Zeit gibt es allenfalls Momentaufnahmen wie beispielsweise die Listen der BND-Partnerdienste und -Residenturen unter dessen Präsident Klaus Kinkel oder sektorale Analysen zur Zusammenarbeit westlicher Dienste beispielsweise beim multinationalen Propagandaprojekt Interdoc.

Der wohl einzige durchgängig erforschte Bereich von Partnerdienstbeziehungen ist die Ausgestaltung der Zusammenarbeit bei der fernmelde-elektronischen Aufklärung unter den „Five Eyes“ (USA, Großbritannien, Kanada, Australien und Neuseeland) von 1942. Dafür stehen die Arbeiten von James Bamford aus 2001, „The Ties That Bind“ von Jeffrey T. Richelson und Desmond Ball 1985, in jüngerer Zeit das Buch von Matthew Aid sowie aus britischer Sicht die Geschichte des GCHQ von Robert Aldrich. Die Enthüllungen von Edward Snowden förderten noch aktuellere Fakten zutage, die auch – wie der Untersuchungsausschuss des Deutschen Bundestages zur NSA-Affäre ermittelte – zahlreiche Informationen über die Kooperation zwischen NSA und BND lieferten.

Gegeneinander gerichtete Geheimdienstaktivitäten

Die in den deutschen Medien und im NSA-Untersuchungsausschuss des Bundestages ausführlich thematisierte technische Aufklärung bleibt in diesem Buch weitestgehend ausgespart, insbesondere da, wo es sich um die Massenüberwachung von Telekommunikation handelt. Vorrangig geht es um die Kooperation bei der Aufklärung mit menschlichen Quellen, die Austauschbeziehungen mit ausgewählten Partnerdiensten einerseits und die gegeneinander gerichteten Geheimdienstaktivitäten andererseits.

Der Historiker Christopher Nehring hat im Oktober 2016 den Versuch unternommen, theoretische Modelle von Geheimdienstkooperationen ins Blickfeld der Forschung zu rücken und ein erstes Fazit gezogen:

So zeigt sich anhand der gängigen Theorien der Intelligence Studies, dass Geheimdienstkooperation im aktuellen internationalen System eher eine Ausnahme ist, nicht der Regelfall. Es lassen sich zahlreiche Kooperationshindernisse identifizieren, die eine Zusammenarbeit in diesem sensiblen Feld zumindest deutlich erschweren. Diese Hindernisse, ständige Sicherheits- und Vertrauensdefizite sowie das vorherrschende nationale Interesse der Akteure führen dabei – gerade auch innerhalb von Allianzen und Bündnissen – zu Aufklärungsbemühungen gegenüber Verbündeten. Je heterogener und asymmetrischer Allianzen sind beziehungsweise je dominanter ein Partner in ihnen ist, desto höher ist die Wahrscheinlichkeit eines spying on friends.

Hinter diese Aussagen muss man einige Fragezeichen setzen. Zum einen ist sowohl gleich nach Ende des Zweiten Weltkrieges als auch aktuell die Zusammenarbeit von Nachrichtendiensten trotz gegenläufiger nationaler Interessen und dem eingefleischten Misstrauen der Regelfall für die Dienste im gleichen politischen Lager und wird mit hohem Aufwand betrieben.

Zum anderen erklärt die Dominanz eines Partners nur im Einzelfall – beispielsweise für das amerikanisch-deutsche Verhältnis – das Ausmaß der Spionage unter Freunden. Die intensiven Aufklärungsbemühungen Großbritanniens, Frankreichs oder Italiens gegenüber der mindestens gleichwertigen Bundesrepublik können durch Asymmetrie ebenso wenig erklärt werden wie die weitestgehend harmonischen Beziehungen des BND zu den deutlich kleineren Nachrichtendiensten Dänemarks.

Zusammen- und Gegeneinanderwirken von Partnern

Relativieren muss man auch Nehrings These, die letztlich gescheiterten Bemühungen der Bundesregierung um ein No-Spy-Abkommen mit den USA seien „historisch ohne Präzedenzfall […] und daher ein Novum“ gewesen. Dennis Blair, Barak Obamas 2013 entlassener Director of National Intelligence, hatte im Frühjahr 2010 ein No-Spy-Abkommen zwischen den Nachrichtendiensten der USA und Frankreichs auf den Weg gebracht. Doch der bereits ausgehandelte Verzicht darauf, sich gegenseitig auszuspionieren, scheiterte im Mai am Widerstand des von CIA-Chef Leon Panetta beeinflussten Weißen Hauses, letztlich also am US-Präsidenten.

Das „no go“ der US-Dienste im Falle Frankreichs und der Bundesrepublik war von der Sorge um einen Schneeball-Effekt getragen: Alle Staaten, die sich auf eine politische Freundschaft mit den Vereinigten Staaten berufen, könnten einen ähnlichen Vertrag verlangen und damit die Westaufklärung der US-Dienste zum Erliegen bringen. Vor einer Theoriebildung, die alle Konstellationen und ihre Ursachen erhellt, steht stets die empirische Analyse.

Nur auf der Basis zahlreicher Einzelbefunde zum Zusammen- und Gegeneinanderwirken von Partnerdiensten lässt sich das Spannungsfeld von Kooperation und Konkurrenz in allen Facetten erhellen. Das Buch „Spionage unter Freunden – Partnerdienstbeziehungen und Westaufklärung der Organisation Gehlen und des BND“ unternimmt den Versuch, eine Vielzahl diesbezüglicher Fakten zusammenzutragen.

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