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“Obama’s All-out Global War against an American Asylum Seeker” by Wayne Madsen [Strategic Culture Foundation]

Posted in Anti-China propaganda exposure, Bolivia, China, China-bashing, Ecuador, Evo Morales, George W. Bush, Hong Kong, National Security Agency / NSA, Obama, Rafael Correa, State Department, US drone strikes, US Government Cover-up, US imperialism, USA, Wikileaks on July 12, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Some unnecessary racially discriminatory slants of the writer have been removed – Zuo Shou


President Barack Obama has met his unlikely match in a former Army Special Forces recruit-turned CIA technician-turned National Security Agency contractor. Obama has issued what amounts to an «all-points-bulletin» for Edward Snowden who, in May, left his job at NSA Hawaii as a contractor for Booz Allen Hamilton and departed Honolulu for Hong Kong with a treasure trove of classified documents pointing to NSA’s massive electronic surveillance of Americans without a warrant and billions of people around the world.

Obama, who fancies himself as a cool-under -fire seasoned politician from the rough and tumble south side of Chicago clearly did not like being upstaged by a young…privacy-minded intelligence specialist who grew up in North Carolina and the Maryland suburbs of Baltimore. After all, Obama inherited from George W. Bush the most intrusive surveillance powers ever amassed in a president of the United States and he was not about to have an impudent young man…embarrassing the…president…

…In the case of U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, charged with releasing classified information to WikiLeaks, including over 250,000 State Department cables, Obama personalized his war against whistleblowers by making the following pre-trial statement: «We are a nation of laws. We don’t let individuals make decisions about how the law operates. He [Bradley Manning] broke the law!» Once again, as he has shown with ordering drone murders of U.S. citizens abroad, Obama has shown he has no problem being judge, jury, and sometimes, executioner. By personalizing his attempt to snatch Snowden, Obama made his quest political, not criminal. That alone makes Snowden a political refugee worthy of being granted asylum by any reasonable measure of international law.

Obama, who has never mastered the intricacies of diplomacy, began making global demands that Snowden be returned immediately to the United States to face what Obama’s supporters called «justice». In the official request to officials of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for Snowden to be extradited to the United States, the U.S. State Department was so hasty it provided a wrong middle name for Snowden, James instead of Joseph, and no passport number. Hong Kong said it could not process an erroneous and incomplete extradition request from Washington. The Obama administration, acting like a Third World tin horn dictatorship, responded by threatening to cancel Hong Kong’s liberal mutual visa agreement with the United States and other unspecified sanctions.

The State Department immediately revoked Snowden’s passport but he managed to travel to Moscow on a safe conduct document issued by the Ecuadorian consul in London, Fidel Narvaez, which was a decision that earned a strong rebuke from Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa. The corporate media then reported that Correa rejected Snowden’s asylum request in Ecuador when no such decision had been made. What Correa said was what many other countries said. Snowden’s asylum request in Ecuador could only be considered if he were physically present on Ecuadorian soil. Correa would not guarantee safe passage from Moscow to Ecuador.

When Snowden flew to Moscow with an obvious wink and a nod from China, the United States threatened the Chinese with retaliatory action, even though Snowden’s revelations blew a giant hole in Washington’s propaganda about America being constantly subjected to Chinese state-sponsored computer hacking. In fact, Snowden’s revelations to the South China Morning Post provided evidence that NSA was targeting civilian networks and computers in China and Hong Kong, including those serving hospitals and universities. Hong Kong demanded an explanation from the United States. China was able to show Obama as a supreme hypocrite…

…Obama has maintained a personal vendetta against all national security whistleblowers but in the case of Snowden, Obama has become a driven Captain Ahab in search of his prey. Obama will stop at nothing to capture Snowden as he showed with his actions against[Bolivian President] Morales’s plane, reported Pentagon contingency plans to force the Moscow-to-Havana Aeroflot plane to land in Miami had Snowden been aboard, and threats of trade sanctions against various countries considering granting Snowden asylum.

Obama’s post-pubescent looking Press Secretary Jay Carney arrogantly declared that Snowden «should not be allowed to proceed in any further international travel other than travel that would result in him returning to the United States».

Ironically, people around the world, regardless of ethnicity, began cheering for [Snowden] against the…bully [Obama]. Obama’s personalization of his war against a single American citizen has not only made Snowden a political refugee but an American folk hero.

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Correa Warns about Danger of Death for Assange [Prensa Latina]

Posted in Ecuador, Julian Assange, Rafael Correa, Sweden, Wikileaks on June 23, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

London, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina)

Ecuador defends the right to life. “We have to see if Julian Assange´s life is endangered in the court cases he faces, Ecuador´s President Rafael Correa said today in an interview published by BBC Mundo. Explaining that his country´s decision about the Australian journalist´s asylum request hinges on this issue, Correa said that this is what has been stated, that this kind of crime [sic] can meet with capital punishment in the United States.

Questioned by the BBC, Correa ruled out opening negotiations to decide on the request for asylum. “Ecuador may establish consultations with other countries regarding Assange, but the decision will be sovereign to Ecuador”, he said.

From Rio de Janeiro, where he is attending the UN Summit Rio+20 on Sustainable Development, Correa warned that his country rejects attacks against the political rights of individuals, and will weigh whether there has been any breach or violation in that sense.

To the BBC question about alleged abuses of press freedom by Quito, the president smiled and said that the asylum application for Assange is the best response to those allegations.

Assange appeared at Ecuador´s embassy in London on Tuesday, just five days after the UK Supreme Court refused to reopen his case and cleared the way for his extradition to Sweden for alleged sexual offenses, denied by the journalist.

As determined by the Supreme British Court on June 14, the process for his extradition to Sweden will begin after June 27.

WikiLeaks has released thousands of confidential and compromising diplomatic documents regarding many governments, particularly the United States, whose hegemonic and interventionist policy was exposed with specific facts.

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US Defence, Intelligence Bigwig Gates Hotfoots it Out of Defense Ministers Conference [Prensa Latina]

Posted in Bolivia, CIA, Ecuador, Evo Morales, Honduras, Hugo Chavez, Iran, Nicaragua, Panama, Pentagon, Rafael Correa, US imperialism, USA, Venezuela, Zelaya coup on December 3, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

La Paz, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina)

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates rushed out of the 9th Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas the same day it opened in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz.

There were too many truths about which he did not dare to comment as he ran out, according to news reports on the event, which [ended] Thursday.

Once in Washington, the Pentagon chief said only that the U.S. embassy in La Paz “regretted” that Bolivia lost an opportunity to make progress on the forum’s key issues: peace and trust in the region, democracy, armed forces and society, regional security, and natural disasters.

But Gates, or rather what he represents, could not refute any of the convincing statements made by Bolivian President Morales in his opening remarks, when he presented evidence of how the White House is questioning and even trying to demonize and criminalize the different processes of political change taking place in Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Nicaragua.

Morales reminded the ex-CIA chief of the history of coups in the region, almost all of them organized by U.S. diplomats. In Bolivia, he noted, they began in 1964 with the case of Lt. Colonel Juan Villarrroel, the illustrious military leader who organized the first indigenous summit.

He also recalled that prior to the 2002 general elections, another former U.S. ambassador, Manuel Rocha, threatened to withdraw aid if voters chose Morales and described him as a terrorist.

As Gates blushed, and amid evasive looks, Morales said he was the victim of an attempted coup two years ago, promoted by the United States, the same country that tried to overthrow presidents Hugo Chavez in 2002 and Rafael Correa this year, actions that were successful only in Honduras in 2009, against President Manuel Zelaya.

That sore point, caused by Washington and which Gates could not avoid, was touched on by Morales when he referred to U.S. training and doctrine involving regional military institutions, and which encourage hatred of social movements and their leaders.

Those interfering, interventionist policies have not ended, and an example of that was the latest attacks by international right-wing extremist forces and U.S. congress members on the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, which took place on Nov. 17, again in the shade of the White House.

Gates, who has previously been linked to the Irangate scandal (1985) and the invasion of Panama (1989), made only one suggestion before leaving Bolivia: caution in the new ties with Tehran, a piece of advice harshly criticized by legislators and Morales.

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The USA Empire Against ALBA: US Congress hosts subversive confab of ultra-right U.S., Latin American figures [Strategic Culture Foundation]

Posted in Bolivia, Bourgeois parliamentary democracy, CIA, Cuba, Ecuador, Fascism, Fidel Castro, George W. Bush, Honduras, Hugo Chavez, Nicaragua, Obama, Rafael Correa, US imperialism, USA, Venezuela, Zelaya coup on November 30, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

by Nil Nikandrov

November 21, 2010

Recently the US Congress hosted a convention of staunch opponents of Latin American “populist” regimes. The forum was seen in the ALBA countries as a challenge to the modern society’s developmental alternative known as [21st] century socialism. Clearly, the Empire is outraged at the Latin American integration projects which it is not invited to join.

Outwardly, the event was organized by the [Miami]-based Interamerican Institute for Democracy which the Latin American left media described as a front used by the anti-Castro mafia and its henchmen in Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia. The Institute usually coordinates its subversive activities with the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICAAS) headed by former CIA analyst Jaime Suchlicki. The forum’s sponsors and ideological curators included such ultraconservative think-tanks as the Hudson Institute, the Heritage Foundation, and the Center for Security Policy. The US intelligence community played the key organizational role behind the scenes.

A keynote address at the forum was delivered by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, notorious for her involvement in subversive activities and advocacy of terrorist struggle against the Castro brothers. She gained her political capital on campaigns of support for the humanitarian rights of such terrorists as Orlando Bosch, Eduardo Arocena, and Luis Posada Carriles. Ros-Lehtinen’s irreconcilable position regarding the Cuban communist regime earned her the “ferocious wolf” (Loba Feroz) nickname.

Ros-Lehtinen ran as a Republican candidate in the past midterm elections in the US and won a seat in the US Congress House of Representatives. In the nearest future, she expects to become the chairwoman of the Republican-dominated US House Committee on Foreign Affairs and will certainly use the post to intensify the US pressure on the governments of Venezuela, Nicaragua, Ecuador, and Bolivia at which which she levels permanent criticism over democracy and human rights. Ros-Lehtinen declared that it is an opportune moment to get rid of Latin American populism which she described as the region’s disaster and called for struggle against H. Chavez. Ros-Lehtinen and her ideological brethren – the rightists in the US and Latin America – are emboldened by the recent ouster of Manuel Zelaya, the former populist leader of Honduras, the attack against the regime in Ecuador during which the country’s president Rafael Correa narrowly escaped death, and the neutralization of Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo’s reform plans.

The ranks of coordinators of the anti-populist forum included Otto Reich and Roger Noriega from G. Bush’s Administration, congressman [Connie Mack] who will soon chair the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, former DEA chief John Walters, former president of Ecuador Lucio Gutiérrez, and G. Zuloaga who owns Globovision, a Venezuelan TV channel. Not long ago Zuloaga fled Venezuela. Currently he resides in Miami and is selling himself as a victim of political persecution, though he was actually implicated in automobile speculations and is trying to avoid facing justice in court. According to journalists from the ALBA countries, the public at the forum mostly comprised oligarchs, fascists, various renegades, and ordinary crooks rather than the populist regimes’ political serious political opponents with strongly held views.

Venezuela’s ambassador to the US Bernardo Álvarez says the alliance between the radical opposition in the ALBA countries and the current US Congress, which he slams as ultra-right and extremist, presents a serious problem. He said in an interview to the TeleSur TV channel that the objective behind the alliance is to destabilize the Latin American countries Washington perceives as hostile. Álvarez stressed that the key roles at the forum were played by group of conspirators including Lucio Gutiérrez, who was involved in the attempted coup in Ecuador, and Otto Reich who took part in coups in Venezuela in 2002 and in Honduras in 2009. Roger Noriega is another ominous character with a dozen of coup attempts across Latin America on his record.

Bolivia’s ambassador to the US Erika Dueñas shares the view expressed by her Venezuelan colleague. She said she was concerned that the forum enabled criminals – former presidents Sánchez de Lozada and Carlos Mesa – to air their agendas. Both are guilty of provoking severe repressions in the country in 2003 when the death toll in Bolivia reached 60 and some 500 people were injured. Bolivia submitted an extradition bid to the US but it was turned down. At the moment Sánchez de Lozada and Carlos Mesa are conspiring against the government of Evo Morales. They also continue planning an assassination of the Bolivian president. Recently, a group of terrorists charged with the mission were brought to Bolivia from Europe but were killed by the government agencies. Their curators – separatists from the Santa Cruz province – managed to escape to the US.

Erika Dueñas remarked that several self-proclaimed Indian leaders were invited to the anti-populist conference. She opined that the creation of alternative Aymara and Quechuas organizations meant to draw American natives into the opposition to Morales was an element of the unfolding plot against the government of Bolivia.

The forum backed by the US Congress showed that the US intelligence community and propaganda machine are instructed to go on using without limitations all methods employed by the Bush Administration in the struggle against the ALBA countries. Having failed to perform at the face of the global economic downturn, Obama’s Administration finds itself in desperate need of international-politics breakthroughs. Defeating the “populists”, overthrowing Hugo Chavez, and dismantling the regimes of his allies are [therefore] on the Empire’s 2011 Latin American Agenda.

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“Chavez Says U.S. Is Behind Failed Coup Attempt Against Ecuador’s Correa” and 2 articles indicating US/CIA hand in coup []

Posted in CIA, Ecuador, Hillary Clinton, Hugo Chavez, Rafael Correa, State Department, USA, Venezuela on October 6, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Besides the Bloomberg article, I’m providing links to 2 articles which suggest US covert action in the recent uprising in Ecuador:

Ecuador Coup Attempt Engineered by the CIA  by Nil Nikandrov [Strategic Culture Foundation], and

Obama administration fingerprints on Ecuador coup attempt” by Wayne Madsen []  …Zuo Shou / 左手 

Bloomberg article:

by Charlie Devereaux

October 3, 2010

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says the U.S. was behind a failed uprising in Ecuador, in which President Rafael Correa claims he was held against his will in a hospital by police and soldiers protesting wage cuts.

Washington is supporting coup d’etats against an alliance of Latin American left-wing countries, known as the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, or ALBA, which was formed by Chavez to counter U.S. influence in the region, he wrote in his weekly column “The Lines of Chavez.”

“Let’s not forget, the failed attempt, manufactured by Washington, was looking not only to bring down Correa’s government but also the ALBA and Unasur (Union of South American Nations),” Chavez wrote in the column. The U.S. “has revived the old measure of coup d’etats to spoil plans of governments that don’t subordinate to it.”

“In response to the events that happened in Ecuador, Secretary (of State Hillary) Clinton [tepidly] came out expressing our support for President Correa [while both carefully avoiding criticizing any actor in the coup and failing to mention that a coup or any kind of political uprising was even happening -ZS],” said Thomas Mittnacht, head of the press section at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas…

Correa was rescued from a Quito hospital that police besieged on Sept. 30 in [alleged] protest of wage cuts.  Fighting between security forces and police, as well as related violence, left eight people dead and 274 injured, the Health Ministry said.

Correa and Chavez both described the incident as an attempted coup.

Bloomberg article link here