AftenPosten, The Times, Sunday Star-Times, Cloak & Dagger – 2006-01-15 09:18:35
Norway — US Threats after Boycott Support
NORWAY (January 12, 2006) — US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice threatened Norway with “serious political consequences” after Finance Minister and Socialist Left Party leader Kristin Halvorsen admitted to supporting a boycott of Israeli goods.
The reaction was reportedly given to the Norwegian embassy in Washington DC, and it was made clear that the statements came from the top level of the US State Department, newspaper VG reports.
VG claims that two classified reports promised a “tougher climate” between the USA and Norway if Halvorsen’s remarks represented the foreign policy of the new red-green alliance of the Labor, Socialist Left and Center parties.
Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre, responded immediately with written explanations to both Israel and the USA, clarifying the government’s stance, while Halvorsen distanced her party’s policy from that of the government’s.
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SV’s Boycott Call Embarrasses Government – 06.01.2006
(Aftenposten English Web Desk/NTB)
SPAIN — Madrid Defies US over Arms Sales
Tim Reid / The Times
(January 14, 2006) — A row erupted between the US and Spain yesterday after Washington tried to block Madrid from selling military aircraft to the left-wing Government of President Chávez of Venezuela. Spain reacted with defiance, saying that the $2 billion (£1.2 billion) deal for military aircraft, which contain US technology, would go ahead.
The dispute will further sour relations already damaged by the decision of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, the Prime Minister, to pull Spanish troops out of Iraq as soon as he took power in April 2004.
President Chávez, an ally of Fidel Castro, the Cuban leader, has begun a military spending spree that concerns Washington and has courted Tehran in recent months.
The row threatened to overshadow a visit to Washington by Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, which had been seen as a first step to mending German-US relations after German opposition to the Iraq war.
NEW ZEALAND — Secret Papers Reveal USA’s Bully Tactics
Helen Bain / Stuff
NEW ZEALAND (January 15, 2006) — The Americans threatened to spy on New Zealand if it did not back down on its anti-nuclear policy, former Prime Minister David Lange’s private papers show.
The papers also include a top-secret report by New Zealand’s electronic spy agency that casts new light on the NZ-US intelligence relationship after the anti-nuclear policy and breakdown of Anzus.
It also shows that New Zealand was spying on the United Nations and many countries, including Japan, France and Pacific nations.
The Sunday Star-Times was given permission by Archives NZ — after it gained Cabinet approval — to view the documents, which were kept secret until Lange’s death in August.
Among them is a letter from former minister David Caygill, written on March 21, 1986, in which he describes a lunch with United States ambassador Paul Cleveland.
“The ambassador asked me if I realised what was at stake in the dispute between the two countries,” Caygill writes.
“I asked him what he meant. He replied trust. I asked him what he meant by that and he said that until now the USA, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand had had a unique relationship. ‘We have not spied on each other. If you go ahead with your policies we will not be able to trust you’.
“I took the clear implication from his remarks that if our relationship with the US deteriorated further, then the US would no longer feel any inhibition in conducting intelligence gathering operations against us.”
Caygill writes that the ambassador said the head of the CIA was also concerned. He had considered what action should be taken, and had asked whether he should get tough with New Zealand.
The ambassador also told Caygill Lange had upset the US further when, in response to threats that the flow of intelligence from the US would be cut off, he replied “that would give more time to do the crossword”.
In another letter a fortnight later, Lange’s chief of staff, John Henderson, said he also lunched with the ambassador, who raised the same issues “and it was difficult not to reach the same conclusions as Caygill reached”.
“When I asked him directly whether he was saying that if there was a breakdown in our relations, the US would conduct intelligence operations against us he said he did not know,” Henderson writes.
“The fact that the ambassador raised it with both of us shows that he meant to get the message across and it certainly warrants our serious concern.”
Also contained in Lange’s papers is the 1985-86 annual report of the Government Communications Security Bureau, the government’s electronic spying agency, which is marked “top secret” and “umbra” – the highest security classification given to intelligence documents.
It shows that while the intelligence flow to New Zealand from the US dropped after the anti-nuclear policy, the GCSB maintained significant links with American intelligence agencies.
GCSB director Colin Hanson describes the relationship as “a mixed state of official cautiousness and private cordiality”, and the volume of overseas intelligence reports increased by 33% on the previous year.
Intelligence expert Nicky Hager said the GCSB report was the most secret and revealing intelligence document to reach the New Zealand public.
“Internationally, documents like this come to light maybe once a decade and there will be great interest in this from researchers in the US and other countries. Although it is 20 years old, it gives huge insights into New Zealand’s intelligence operations and relationships, particularly with the US in that critical period.”
The report lists the countries and agencies on which New Zealand was spying. They include targets that have never been officially acknowledged, including UN diplomatic communications, Argentine naval intelligence, Egypt, Japan, the Philippines, Pacific Island nations, France, Vietnam, the Soviets, North Korea, East Germany, Laotia and South Africa.
Its response to the Rainbow Warrior bombing and the Mikhail Lermontov sinking, names of its officers, staff numbers, training, activities with intelligence agencies from other countries, security planning, equipment, techniques and budgets are revealed.
Hager said it was a severe breach of security that the report had gone astray from the GCSB. Marked number 1 of 16 copies, the report should have gone back to GCSB after Lange finished reading it.
The Sunday Star-Times found it inside a brown envelope marked “prime ministers office”, with “TOP SECRET PRIME MINISTER” handwritten on it, and the name of Gerald Hensley, head of the Prime Minister’s department.
The envelope was in a large cardbox box – one of about a dozen boxes and files – containing Lange papers.
CANADA — Rice Threatens Canadian Official over 9/11 Evidence
Cloak & Dagger.org
Toronto (October 26, 2005) — Canadian officials are left wondering why Condoleeza Rice wants Canada’s 9-11 PROMIS software flight records so desperately that she has resorted to assassination threats against a Canadian Government official no less. Royal Canadian Mounted Police would make no comment!
The US Secretary of State is now being
investigated for threatening the life of Canadian Government Minister Pettigrew. She threatened Pettigrew yesterday at their meeting with assassination unless Canada hands over the original flight records concerning 9-11, linked to smoking gun evidence gathered by Canada using PROMIS Software that shows alleged 9-11 aircraft well into Canadian airspace at the same time as the the attack on World Trade Center occurred.
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