RELEASE: The Saudi Cables https://wikileaks.org/saudi-cables/press …
This is the beginning of a series," Assange told TF1 on Wednesday via a video linkup from London, adding that more important documents than the ones already published by WikiLeaks will be released in the near future.
Assange stressed that the information that WikiLeaks possesses leaves no doubts that Washington used "actual deception" with regard to French President Francois Hollande and the country’s two former leaders — Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac.
According to the WikiLeaks founder, information that is more important from the political perspective "will be coming out" in the following days regarding not only US spying in France, but Washington’s surveillance in Europe in general.
US surveillance is a threat to the sovereignty of Europe, Assange said, calling on France not to put its head in the sand, but to "show some leadership" and to take legal action over US snooping.
Speaking about economic and industrial espionage, Assange claimed that the United States "is playing dirty" and is marginalizing the competitiveness of French and European enterprises.
"Today’s publication further demonstrates that the United States’ economic espionage campaign extends to Germany and to key European institutions and issues such as the EU Central Bank and the crisis in Greece," reads a statement from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
The new documents highlight dozens of German officials who the National Security Agency considered "high priority targets." Listing the officials by target identifiers associated with phone numbers, the individuals are categorized as being involved in either "political affairs" or "international finance developments."
"Our publication today also shows how the UK is assisting the US to spy on issues central to Europe," Assange’s statement reads. "Would France and Germany have proceeded with the BRICS bailout plan for Greece if this intelligence was not collected and passed to the United States – who must have been horrified at the geopolitical implications?"
"First, the German government wanted solutions that work within the context of current European legislation," it reads. "On the other hands, the Germans would support a special IMF fund into which the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) nations would pool funds for the purpose of bolstering Eurozone bailout activities."
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For decades, Saudi Arabia has poured billions of its oil dollars into sympathetic Islamic organisations around the world, quietly practicing chequebook diplomacy to advance its agenda.
But a trove of thousands of Saudi documents recently released by WikiLeaks reveals in surprising detail how the government's goal in recent years was not just to spread its strict version of Sunni Islam — though that was a priority — but also to undermine its primary adversary: Shia Iran.
The documents from Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry illustrate a near obsession with Iran, with diplomats in Africa, Asia and Europe monitoring Iranian activities in minute detail and top government agencies plotting moves to limit the spread of Shia Islam.
The documents indicate an extensive apparatus inside the Saudi government dedicated to missionary activity that brings in officials from the Foreign, Interior and Islamic Affairs Ministries; the intelligence service and the office of the King.
Recent initiatives have included putting foreign preachers on the Saudi payroll; building mosques, schools and study centres; and undermining foreign officials and news media deemed threatening to the kingdom’s agenda.
At times, the King got involved, ordering an Iranian television station off the air or granting $1 million to an Islamic association in India.
While the documents do not show any Saudi support for militant activity, critics argue that the kingdom’s campaign against Shia — and its promotion of a strict form of Islam — have eroded pluralism in the Muslim world and added to the tensions fuelling conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere.
The Saudi government has made no secret of its international religious mission, nor of its enmity toward Iran. But it has found the leaks deeply embarrassing and has told its citizens that spreading them is a crime.
The trove mostly covers the period from 2010 to early 2015. The Foreign Ministry relayed funding requests to officials in Riyadh; the Interior Ministry and the intelligence agency sometimes vetted potential recipients; the Saudi-supported Muslim World League helped coordinate strategy; and Saudi diplomats across the globe oversaw projects. Together, these officials identified sympathetic Muslim leaders and associations abroad; distributed funds and religious literature produced in Saudi Arabia; trained preachers; and gave them salaries to work in their own countries.
Clear in many of the diplomatic messages are Saudi fears of Iranian influence and of the spread of Shia Islam.
Today's publication indicates that the NSA has been used to help the CIA kidnap and torture with impunity," Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief of the whistleblowing website, commented on the leak.
For years the CIA was systematically abducting and torturing people, with the tacit complicity of European governments. In 2005 German Foreign Minister Steinmeier was thrilled that his tactic of asking Condoleezza Rice no hard questions about CIA renditions had worked. The US said nothing that would require him to do anything. And how do we know about it? Because the National Security Agency was gloating to the US senior executive about intercepting this cowardly display. Nobody comes out of this looking good."
WikiLeaks @wikileaks 13m13 minutes ago
US govt funded #PanamaPapers attack story on Putin via USAID. Some good journalists but no model for integrity.
The US OCCRP can do good work, but for the US govt to directly fund the #PanamaPapers attack on Putin seriously undermines its integrity.
WikiLeaks @wikileaks 14h14 hours ago
#PanamaPapers Putin attack was produced by OCCRP which targets Russia & former USSR and was funded by USAID & Soros.
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The US sent a “planeload of FBI agents” to Iceland in 2011 to frame WikiLeaks and its co-founder Julian Assange, according to a former Icelandic minister of interior, who refused them any cooperation and asked them to cease their activities.
In June 2011, Obama administration implied to Iceland's authorities they had knowledge of hackers wanting to destroy software systems in the country, and offered help, then-Interior Minister Ogmundur Jonasson, said in an interview with the Katoikos publication.
However, Jonasson said he instantly became “suspicious” of the US good intentions, “well aware that a helping hand might easily become a manipulating hand.”
Later in the summer 2011, the US “sent a planeload of FBI agents to Iceland seeking our cooperation in what I understood as an operation set up to frame Julian Assange and WikiLeaks,” Jonasson said.
Icelanders seemed like a tough nut to crack, though.
“Since they had not been authorized by the Icelandic authorities to carry out police work in Iceland and since a crack-down on WikiLeaks was not on my agenda, to say the least, I ordered that all cooperation with them be promptly terminated and I also made it clear that they should cease all activities in Iceland immediately,” the politician said.
So the US were told to leave, and moreover, the politician made things quite clear for them.
“If I had to take sides with either WikiLeaks or the FBI or CIA, I would have no difficulty in choosing: I would be on the side of WikiLeaks,” he said.
Jónasson went on to discuss other whistleblowers like Edward Snowden: the Althing, the Icelandic parliament, debated whether Snowden should have been granted citizenship, but “there hasn't been political consensus” on the matter.
“Iceland is part of NATO and such a decision would be strongly objected to by the US,” Jonasson said.
Both whistleblowers have spent several years under protection: Assange has been staying in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for about four years, while Snowden was granted asylum in Russia in 2013, and he is still staying at an undisclosed location there.