EIR Daily Alert Service
WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 2017
Volume 4, Number 147
EIR Daily Alert Service
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July 25 (EIRNS)—The Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), the highly respected association of former high level U.S. intelligence officials, has released a memo addressed to President Trump regarding what is the first independent forensic analysis of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) computers allegedly hacked by Russia with the results being published by WikiLeaks on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. The analysis demonstrates that the WikiLeaks release was not the result of any hack, but was leaked by someone with access to the DNC servers. The same servers were accessed in July to discredit the WikiLeaks information, by altering the metadata to reflect Russian hacking.
The WikiLeaks documents revealed that the Democratic Party had broken its own rules by favoring one candidate, Hillary Clinton, over another, Bernie Sanders. The leaks, which were acknowledged by everyone as legitimate, forced the resignation of the Chairwoman of the DNC Debbie Wasserman Shultz, and several others, and contributed to the discrediting of Hillary Clinton and her campaign. Obama’s corrupt intelligence community blamed Russia for hacking these computers, without a grain of any evidence. The altered DNC data was laundered to Guccifer 2.0 for purposes of implicating Russia and creating the entire “Russian collusion” fake news which have plagued the Trump Administration.
This report blows the “fake news” of Russian interference in the U.S. Presidential election to smithereens, along with the contrived Russophobia which has dominated the U.S. media and most of the U.S. Congress for the past year. It also implicates the CIA and the FBI in the dirty operation, since it was revealed recently that the CIA has developed programs to create a false trail to the source of hacks actually carried out by themselves—precisely as took place in this case. Obama’s henchmen, former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper and CIA chief John Brennan, both of whom are still in the forefront of the attempted coup against President Trump, must be immediately investigated, both by a newly appointed Special Counsel and by the U.S. Congress.
Lyndon LaRouche today pointed out that this treasonous operation was aimed not only at destroying President Trump’s effort to end the imperial division of the United States from Russia and China, but also to destroy the entire U.S. economy. Trump has campaigned for a restoration of Glass Steagall, large scale infrastructure development and a return to the American System of Alexander Hamilton. But he has been boxed into spending his time defending against the lying and scurrilous charges of “collusion” with Russia. This he has done admirably, working with Russia to defeat ISIS, while also working with China on the New Silk Road—but at the expense of the urgent emergency measures required to restore the U.S. economy and prepare for the onrushing collapse of the financial bubble created under Obama.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov identified this aspect of the Obama-created crisis. Speaking to a Kurdish newspaper today, Lavrov said that both the U.S. and Russia “inherited a bulk of problems” from the Obama Administration, which “chose to do nasty things to undermine U.S.-Russia relations,” generating the anti-Russia “mass hysteria.”
Trump is showing personal strength in confronting the crimes of these corrupted intelligence networks. Today he described the CIA program under Obama which armed and trained terrorists in Syria to overthrow the Assad government—a program which Trump shut down earlier this week—as a “massive, dangerous and wasteful” operation against a sovereign state. Former Ambassador Chas Freeman praised Trump for this move, saying that the illegal CIA program contributed to “the death of hundreds of thousands of Syrians and the displacement of many millions more.”
This is a moment of great opportunity. Ending the “regime change” treason against President Trump is both possible and urgent, in order to get down to the business of rebuilding the decayed U.S. economy, and joining with China and Russia in the New Silk Road, to build up the entire world, as promoted by the LaRouche movement for the past half-century.
U.S. POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC
July 25 (EIRNS)—This was Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s comment in an interview with Kurdish news agency Rudaw published on July 24. Lavrov said that Russia and the U.S. “inherited a bulk of problems,” from the Obama Administration, which he characterized as “time bombs.” He reflected back on 10 years as the Russian envoy at the UN, saying he “could never imagine that U.S. politicians may be exposed to this kind of mass hysteria.”
July 25 (EIRNS)—Former longtime Ambassador Chas Freeman told Sputnik yesterday that President Trump’s decision to end CIA support of the anti-government opposition in Syria will enable the United States to concentrate on destroying ISIS. “This was a program only its managers could love. Its premises were flawed. The ‘moderates’ it postulated either did not exist or were moderate only in their war-fighting abilities,” Freeman explained. “The [CIA] program stoked the violence in Syria. It was thus a contributor, at least indirectly, to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Syrians and the displacement of many millions more,” he said.
The removal of U.S. backing from the insurgents in Syria would help to reduce the mayhem in that country and reduce friction with the Assad government’s Russian and Iranian defenders, Freeman predicted. “It represents an important but incomplete step toward realistic policies in Syria and paves the way for some sort of political solution to the turmoil in the country,” he said.
STRATEGIC WAR DANGER
July 25 (EIRNS)—Commander of the U.S. Army in Europe Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges was in Sweden, yesterday, where he was stirring up the same paranoid Russophobia that he was in Eastern Europe last week. “Russia has changed the security environment,” Hodges told the Swedish Dagens Nyheter daily. “We have to react to that, and not just the U.S., but the whole of NATO. The countries closest to the bear have historical experience. They feel the hot breath of the bear—and they are the ones most worried.”
Hodges was in Sweden in preparation for the Aurora 17 exercise coming up in September, which will involve 19,000 troops, including 1,435 soldiers from the U.S., 270 from Finland, 120 from France, and between 40-60 each from Denmark, Norway, Lithuania, and Estonia. “Aurora 17 is the first and biggest exercise of its kind in more than 20 years,” said Sweden’s Armed Forces.
Sweden, in response to the anti-Russian hysteria fostered by NATO, has been remilitarizing its island of Gotland, in the middle of the Baltic Sea (it had been demilitarized in 2005). “You have a strategically very important task here,” Hodges said. “I do not think there is any island anywhere that is more important.”
July 25 (EIRNS)—The joint Russian-Chinese naval exercise is underway in the Baltic Sea, and the Lithuanians are assuring us they’re keeping a close eye on it. “Lithuania closely and constantly observes drills and other military activity conducted in the neighboring region and shares information it receives with NATO allies,” Lithuanian Deputy Defense Minister Vytautas Umbrasas told the regional news agency BNS on Tuesday. Scottish political activist Chris Bambery told Sputnik, however, that the Russian-Chinese exercise is a natural response to NATO’s expansion all the way up “to the border of Smolensk.”
Once the exercise is over, the Chinese ships will be joining the Russian Navy in a naval parade in St. Petersburg on July 30, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Russian Navy, which will also include ships from Russia’s Northern Fleet. Yesterday, two of those ships, the nuclear cruiser Piotr Velikiy and the Typhoon class submarine Dmitry Donskoy—the largest submarine in the world (though operational, it has been used mainly as a test bed for the Bulava submarine launched ballistic missile, in recent years)—caused quit a stir in Denmark when they passed through the Danish straits on their way to St. Petersburg. The imagery of the two vessels, which were accompanied by an oceangoing tug, passing under the Great Belt Bridge is quite spectacular.
July 25 (EIRNS)—In the desert south of Raqqa, coordination between the Russians, the Syria army and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, (meaning that the U.S. is likely indirectly involved) is underway to prevent any miscalculations by the parties operating in this region. The Independent’s longtime Southwest Asia analyst Robert Fisk, reports first-hand from a coordination meeting in Resafah, about 20 km south of Raqqa, that “despite belligerent Western—especially American—claims that Syrian forces are interfering with the ‘Allied’ campaign against ISIS, both sides are in reality going to enormous lengths to avoid confrontation.”
Present at the meeting were a Russian colonel, a young officer of the Kurdish militia, and a group of Syrian officers and local Syrian tribal militiamen. The Russian officer refused to speak to Fisk, but nodded in approval when the Kurdish officer said “all of us are fighting in one campaign against Daesh [ISIS], and that is why we have this center—and to avoid mistakes.” Fisk reports that however tenuous the new YPG-Russian-Syrian connections may be, they demonstrate that all sides are determined to avoid any military confrontation between Moscow and Washington.
COLLAPSING WESTERN FINANCIAL SYSTEM
July 25 (EIRNS)—A Polish delegation, headed by the deputy minister of energy, visited China last month, to become familiar with China’s nuclear industry, and discuss the possibility that China General Nuclear Power Group could build Poland’s first nuclear power plants, the nuclear company announced yesterday. A memorandum of understanding for civilian nuclear cooperation has been signed. This is the second Eastern European country to consider Chinese nuclear technology. In November, an agreement was signed with Romania to establish a joint venture for a plant there. For decades, Eastern Europe typically relied on Russian nuclear technology, but China has been determined to market its indigenous reactor design for export.
In China, the Polish delegation visited the Dayawan nuclear power plant, and the Hualong One, which is China’s first domestically designed and manufactured nuclear plant, and the one they want to export. The China Daily article reports that China’s joining the British Hinkley Point C power plant project last year, increased the credibility of China’s nuclear industry. Although the Chinese contribution to the U.K. project is primarily a financial one, China and the international nuclear industry see it as a “gateway” (or foot in the door) to promote Chinese technology.
July 25 (EIRNS)—German economist Marc Friedrich backs his Italian colleague Alberto Bagnai’s call for Italy to leave the euro single currency, in an interview with Sputnik Deutschland. Friedrich says that “the euro does not function. Therefore I can only stress that Alberto Bagnai, from the University of Pescara, is right.” Sputnik then refers to the study presented by Bagnai, “in which he calculates what would happen if the country leaves the euro. He reaches the conclusion that Italy, “thanks to a strong devaluation of the lira vis-à-vis the euro, in five years will be better than today.”
“The longer Italy and other southern European countries are controlled by the ECB and imprisoned by the euro, the greater the collateral damage to their prosperity, social coexistence, and, of course, democracy, because extreme parties are becoming stronger and stronger,” Friedrich warned.
THE NEW GLOBAL ECONOMIC ORDER
July 25 (EIRNS)—The French railroad company, Alstom, has inaugurated a railroad maintenance and repair center in Astana, Kazakhstan, which is the only one available in Central Asia, along the Silk Road. The center will carry out maintenance and overhaul of both passenger and freight locomotives travelling along the Silk Road, under a 25-year contract with Kazakhstan’s KTZ national railway.
There is a repair and testing hall, spare parts storage, and office space. Alstom’s managing director in the Commonwealth of Independent States Bernard Peille explained that it was the only repair center for modern traction and banking systems in Central Asia. He said that using new technology and developing local expertise, they are “opening promising prospects for the country as an important hub linking Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Russia through the New Silk Road.”
July 25 (EIRNS)—China and the Philippines are discussing resurrecting a program for joint exploration and development of energy resources in the South China Sea, which had been sidetracked into a bogus and destabilizing legal offensive against China by the previous Philippines government. Reuters reports that today, during a two-day visit to the Philippines, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, following a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, that he supported joint energy ventures in the South China Sea. Duterte had said that the Philippines had found a partner to develop the oil fields, and that exploration and exploitation would restart this year.
According to Reuters, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said that the proposal for joint development began in 1986, but that the two countries had never “found wisdom to be able to push through to the next step.” In 2014, the previous Aquino government had suspended joint exploration, while awaiting a ruling in its case in The Hague. Now that the new government has bypassed the case in the World Court, and is reestablishing a working relationship with China, the plan can resume.
Wang Yi told a joint news conference with Cayetano: “In waters where there are overlapping maritime rights and interests, if one party goes for unilateral development and the other party takes the same action, that might complicate the situation at sea. That might lead to tension, and as the end result, nobody would be able to develop resources.” He also said that China and Southeast Asian countries were firming up a maritime code of conduct framework, to show the world they can handle differences.
In a not-so-veiled reference to the United States, Wang Yi said: “If there are still some non-regional forces in the region, they don’t want to see stability, and want to stir up trouble, we need to stand together and say ‘No’ to them, together.”