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#1 grog

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Posted 02 September 2018 - 09:01 AM

Law Restraining Social Media
 
 
 
 
 
September 2, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
Egypt president approves law restraining social media
 
Egyptians have extensively used social media networks to document political and social events since the 2011 uprising. (Photo by AFP)
 
Egypt seems to be intensifying its crackdown on opponents with a new law. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has approved the legislation, authorizing officials to monitor social media users.
 
As reported by the official gazette on Saturday, the new law gives state authorities the right to monitor the activities of social media users on the internet.
 
The legislation, it said, places social media accounts with over 5,000 followers under the supervision of the Supreme Council for the Administration of the Media.
 
That means any popular blog, website or even account on Facebook, Twitter or other platforms, could be considered a media outlet and subject to the supervision of the media regulator which could block them for spreading fake news.
 
A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency on June 2, 2018 shows President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the parliament meeting hall in Cairo. (Via AFP)
 
The controversial law was passed in the parliament back in July.
 
Critics argue that it increase state power to crack down on opposition activists.
 
Human rights groups have on numerous occasions criticized Egypt for its tough approach towards opponents.
 
Read more:
 
Egypt arrests prominent blogger amid crackdown on dissent
 
Egypt subjecting prisoners to horrendous abuse, torture
 
The Sisi government has silenced most critics in the media, rolled back social freedoms, and placed draconian restrictions on demonstrations and the work of rights groups.
 
Tens of thousands of people have been detained since 2013, when the military, led by Sisi, overthrew Mohammed Morsi.
 
This photo released by the Egyptian presidency on July 9, 2012, shows former president Mohammed Morsi © flanked by former head of the military council Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi (L) and former Egyptian army chief of staff Sami Anan at a ceremony in Cairo. (Via AFP)
 
Morsi, Egypt's first democratically-elected president, came to power after the 2011 uprising toppled long-time autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
 
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Posted 02 September 2018 - 09:15 AM

Despite government censorship, a far bigger story behind the Skripal poisoning is emerging
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
JUNE 1, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Despite government censorship, a far bigger story behind the Skripal poisoning is emergingANALYSIS
 
The UK government issued two censorship notices in the immediate aftermath of the poisonings of the Skripals - Russian double agent Sergei and his daughter Yulia. But these notices were not about the apparent murder attempt, but the intelligence personnel linked to the Skripals. And while the mainstream media largely co-operated with the request, independent media outlets were less willing, revealing the real reasons why the notices were issued.
 
'D Notices'
 
The 'DA Notice', or 'D Notice' as it's commonly known, is a system of government censorship in the UK. Officially, the notices are not legally enforceable, though it's usual for the mainstream media to acquiesce to such requests. On 8 May, Spinwatch published details of two such notices that reference 'standing notice five', published by the DSMA (Defence and Security Media Advisory) Notice System.
 
The first 'D Notice' was issued on 7 March 2018, three days after the Skripals had been poisoned. It advised media editors against:
 
inadvertent disclosure of Sensitive Personnel Information (SPI) that reveals the identity, location or contact details of personnel (and their family members) who have security, intelligence and/or counter-terrorist backgrounds, including members of the UK Security and Intelligence Agencies, MOD and Specials Forces.
 
A second 'D Notice' was issued a week later, reiterating the request.
 
Officers named
 
Alex Thomson of Channel 4 News broke ranks and was seemingly the first to let the cat out of the bag:
 
alex thomson
 
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@alextomo
 
12 Mar
 
Salisbury  rolls on with the authorities saying nothing about the nerve agency and everything about public health...
 
alex thomson
 
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@alextomo
 
 About the only decisive public move by the authorities has been to censor MSM via a D Notice last week from fully identifying  Mr Skripal's MI6 handler living nearby...
 
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Former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray, meanwhile, went on to name 'Pablo Miller' as Skripal's handler. WikiLeaks summarised this in a tweet:
 
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 UK government sent out a media suppression instruction ("DMSA notice" aka "D notice") for Skripal's MI6 handler living nearby according to UK's Channel 4. Skripal's handler was historically reported to be "Pablo Miller"--more recently connected to Orbis and Christopher Steele. https://twitter.com/...125120414928897
 
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Miller was first named as an MI6 agent by the Guardian in March 2000. It's alleged that Miller recruited FSB (Russian secret service) officer Vyacheslav Zharko.
 
Miller went on to work for Orbis Business Intelligence, headed by Christopher Steele - a high-ranking MI6 agent and head of the Russia desk before moving to Paris.
 
The mysterious professor
 
In an earlier and seemingly separate development, Prof Joseph Mifsud - who was director of the (now defunct) London Academy of Diplomacy - allegedly told George Papadopoulos (US president Donald Trump's former foreign policy adviser) that Russia had 'dirt' on Hillary Clinton in the form of 'thousands of emails'. The following month, a heavily inebriated Papadopoulos reportedly spoke with Alexander Downer - Australia's former high commissioner to the UK - about this.
 
Mifsud has interesting associates. He was photographed (see tweet below) next to Claire Smith, a member of the UK Joint Intelligence Committee and who was also on the UK Security Vetting Appeals Panel. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claimed that Mifsud, together with Smith, trained Italian intelligence officers:
 
#FreeAssange! (tweets by campaign)?
 
@JulianAssange
 
22 Mar
 
Replying to @JulianAssange
 
2/ Misfud worked in Riyadh for a "think tank" run by the former head of Saudi intelligence, Prince Turki al Faisal. (BBC) http://archive.is/mi...1597.0-1597.147… pic.twitter.com/6quB4oYFCk
 
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@JulianAssange
 
 3/ Misfud and Claire Smith of the UK Joint Intelligence Committee and eight year member of the UK Security Vetting panel both trained Italian security services at the Link university in Rome and appear to be both present in this phone http://archive.is/YX...-341.263-347.99… pic.twitter.com/xtaGEiZxQG
 
23:07 - 22 Mar 2018
 
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Mifsud was also photographed at an international conference on Brexit, with representatives from Chatham House (a UK-based international affairs thinktank), the London School of Economics, and Italy.
 
#FreeAssange! (tweets by campaign)?
 
@JulianAssange
 
22 Mar
 
Replying to @JulianAssange
 
3/ Misfud and Claire Smith of the UK Joint Intelligence Committee and eight year member of the UK Security Vetting panel both trained Italian security services at the Link university in Rome and appear to be both present in this phone http://archive.is/YX...-341.263-347.99… pic.twitter.com/xtaGEiZxQG
 
Cristiano Arienti
 
@umanistranieri
 
 Left-Right: 
 
F. Frattini: ITA Minister of Foreign Affairs (2002-2004/2008-2011)
 
V. Scotti (ITA Under-Min of Foreign Affairs 2008-2011/LinkU. founder)
 
Michael Cox (LSE/Chatam House)
 
Adam Austerfield (LSE/UK Embassy in Spain)
 
Joseph Mifsud
 
Conference on Brexit at LinkU -20March'17 pic.twitter.com/8JIxTtCjB2
 
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He also appears in photographs with British foreign secretary Boris Johnson and no less a person than prime minister Theresa May.
 
#FreeAssange! (tweets by campaign)?
 
@JulianAssange
 
22 Mar
 
There is something very odd about the Joseph Mifsud story and the role of the UK in the 2016 US presidential election:
 
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 1/ Boris Johnson met with Misfud on 19 Oct 2017 (Politico) https://www.politico...ssia-probe/amp/
 
But who's the guy on the right? pic.twitter.com/VzIc8vVeTz
 
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'Russiagate'
 
Meanwhile, Washington-based political research company Fusion GPS tasked Orbis (employer of Pablo Miller and Christopher Steele) with the investigation of Donald Trump's dealings with Russia. Fusion was initially commissioned by a conservative publication opposed to Trump. But after Trump unexpectedly won the Republican nomination for president, a Democrat-supporting law firm took over the funding of the Orbis brief.
 
The infamous 'Trump dossier' [pdf] - in effect, a series of 'briefings' - was personally produced by Steele. It includes [pdf, pp11-14] multiple references to Democratic National Convention (DNC) emails, which showed how the DNC allegedly conspired to undermine progressive candidate Bernie Sanders in the Democratic leadership election.
 
Given the Miller-Steele connection, Craig Murray went on to speculate that:
 
it seems to me even more probable that Sergei Skripal contributed to the Orbis Intelligence dossier on Trump.
 
Alexander Downer is key
 
This brings us back to those Mifsud-Papadopoulos-Downer conversations.
 
During 2008-14, Downer was a member of the advisory board of Hakluyt, a highly secretive intelligence 'agency'. And it was Downer who apparently went on to alert the FBI to the 'dirt' on Clinton:
 
#FreeAssange! (tweets by campaign)?
 
@JulianAssange
 
22 Mar
 
Replying to @JulianAssange
 
3/ Misfud and Claire Smith of the UK Joint Intelligence Committee and eight year member of the UK Security Vetting panel both trained Italian security services at the Link university in Rome and appear to be both present in this phone http://archive.is/YX...-341.263-347.99… pic.twitter.com/xtaGEiZxQG
 
#FreeAssange! (tweets by campaign)?
 
@JulianAssange
 
 4/ It was Alexander Downer in London, closely associated with 
 
Hakluyt (now Holdingham Group Ltd)  a private MI6 outfit, that met with Papadopulos. The FBI used AD's statement about Misfud to open the FISA interception warrants against the Trump camp.http://www.news.com....2379aeecaa5e3dc
 
23:07 - 22 Mar 2018
 
UK worry over Aussie spy link
 
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The Hakluyt connection: a very secret 'agency'
 
Hakluyt was set up in 1995 by Peter Cazalet (former vice-president of BP) and Christopher James (a former MI6 officer). It has been described as a "retirement home" for ex-MI6 officers. One such officer was former soldier, spy, and diplomat Sir Fitzroy Maclean, who is believed to have been Ian Fleming's model for James Bond.
 
And as is to be expected with an agency that specialises in intelligence matters, Hakluyt's activities have not been devoid of controversy. The most documented example concerns Manfred Schlickenrieder, a film-maker who previously spied on urban guerillas Red Brigades (Italy) and Red Army Faction (Germany). Schlickenrieder was subsequently hired by Mike Reynolds, a director of Hakluyt and MI6's former station head in Germany, to infiltrate and spy on Greenpeace on behalf of oil companies.
 
Hakluyt, together with Pelorus, now comes under the holding company Holdingham Group Ltd. As well as the intelligence establishment, Pelorus/Holdingham boasts strong links with the international business community, with an advisory board that includes the former chairman of Unilver, the former chairman of Mitsubishi, the former chairman of GlaxoSmithKline, and the former CEO of Vodafone. And not forgetting Sir Iain Lobban, formerly director of GCHQ.
 
The real story?
 
The fact that a former Hakluyt adviser tipped off the US authorities about the Clinton emails, and an Orbis founder exploited his Russian espionage contacts to compile a dossier for that same audience, could explain why the British government was so keen to limit publication about the intelligence personnel associated with Sergei Skripal.
 
This is the story within the story: how Hakluyt/Pelorus/Holdingham and Orbis, via their intelligence activities, protect the bastions of capitalism.
 
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#3 grog

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Posted 02 September 2018 - 09:24 AM

UK media told to conceal connections between Sergei Skripal and MI6
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 2, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Craig Murray, the former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, has published evidence suggesting that a D-notice has been issued to the press to protect MI6, hiding its connections to the Russian double-agent, Sergei Skripal. According to the Conservative government and a pliant media, Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned by Russia with a "novichok" nerve agent.
 
A D-notice (Defence and Security Media Advisory Notice) is used by the British state to veto the publication of potentially damaging news stories. Formally a request to withhold publication, the slavishness of the mainstream media ensures these notices function for the most part as gag orders.
 
Murray initially reported the claims of famous whistleblower Clive Ponting that a D-notice had likely been issued in relation to some aspect of the Skripal affair. He then noted Channel 4 journalist Charles Thomson's confirmation that a D-notice had, in fact, been issued and that it related specifically to censoring the identity of Skripal's MI6 handler.
 
Murray suggests that the MI6 agent in question is called Pablo Miller.
 
As Murray notes, the specific attempt to protect Miller's identity is highly significant. Miller is an associate of former British intelligence officer, Christopher Steele, first in espionage operations in Russia and more recently in the activities of Steele's private intelligence firm, Orbis Business Intelligence.
 
Steele was responsible for compiling the Trump-Russia dossier, comprising 17 memos written in 2016 alleging misconduct and conspiracy between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and the Putin administration. The dossier, paid for by the Democratic Party, claimed that Trump was compromised by evidence of his sexual proclivities in Russia's possession. Steele was the subject of an earlier (unsuccessful) D-notice, which attempted to keep his identity as the author of the dossier a secret.
 
If Miller and, by extension, Skripal himself were somehow involved in Orbis' work on the highly-suspect Steele-Trump dossier, alongside representatives of British and possibly US intelligence, then all manner of motivations can be suggested for an attack on the ex-Russian spy and British double agent by forces other than Russia's intelligence service, the FSB.
 
Miller's official career comprised a period of service in the British Army-the Royal Tank Regiment and the Royal Green Jackets-and then postings as a diplomat in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Nigeria from 1992, Tallinn in Estonia from 1997, and Warsaw in Poland from 2010 to 2013. In 2015, he was awarded an OBE by the Queen "for service to British foreign policy."
 
In 2000, the FSB accused Miller of being "head of British intelligence in Tallinn" and claimed he had turned an FSB officer, Valery Ojamae, for MI6. Seven years later, Miller was again named as an intelligence operative, this time in connection with another MI6-recruited former Russian security officer, Vyacheslav Zharko. The FSB statement at the time indicated that Miller had also been suspected of involvement in the turning of Sergei Skripal.
 
His connections with Skripal do not end there. On March 7, before the government had got its narrative in order, the Telegraph newspaper reported that the Russian had been close to a "security consultant" living nearby: "The consultant, who The Telegraph is declining to identify [i.e. has been told not to], lived close to Col Skripal and is understood to have known him for some time."
 
Miller, according to his LinkedIn profile-swiftly deleted following the Skripal affair-had retired from British diplomacy/intelligence to settle down in Salisbury. The same profile also reportedly listed Miller's "consultancy work" at Orbis Intelligence, linking Skripal, Miller and Steele.
 
When this connection was first made in early March, the BBC's security correspondent Gordon Corera and Guardian 's Luke Harding rushed to issue denials. Corera tweeted:
 
"No link Chris Steele to Sergei Skripal: sources close to Orbis Intelligence-ex MI6 officer Chris Steele's company which did Trump 'dossier'-tell me no links whatsoever to Russian targeted with nerve agent."
 
Harding joined him, saying, "The @Telegraph story claiming a link between Sergei #Skripal and Christopher Steele's company Orbis is wrong, I understand. Skripal had nothing to do with Trump dossier. Nor did unnamed 'security consultant' ever work for Orbis."
 
At the time, replies to Harding pointed out that, though Miller's LinkedIn page had been deleted, a search for "Pablo Miller" and "Orbis Business Intelligence" still brought the dead page up first on Google's listings-with none of the other Pablo Millers on the site featured in the results. Another pointed to a forum on which the presence of Orbis Intelligence on Miller's profile was mentioned, with a link to the same LinkedIn address.
 
Beside these points, there is the timing of Steele's, Miller's and Skripal's intelligence activities in Russia. Miller, as we have seen, was closely involved with the turning and handling of Russian double-agents at least during his time in Tallinn from 1997 to 2010. Skripal was passing information to the British from 1995. Steele was posted to Moscow as a spy between 1990-1993, returned to London as part of a group of Kremlin specialists and was head of MI6's Russia desk by 2006.
 
Professor Anthony Glees, the director of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham, has commented, "It is beyond doubt that he [Skripal] would have known Steele and Steele would have known him." Miller, meanwhile, would have been working under Steele.
 
As to why Corera and Harding omitted any research along these lines, in Corera's case, one could point to the recent National Security Capability review which cited the BBC as an element of Britain's programme for advancing its geostrategic position. Harding, on the other hand, seems to have a telepathic link with the minds of Britain's leading security personnel. His most prominent work of late consists of hatchet jobs on Julian Assange and Edward Snowden and propaganda pieces against Russia.
 
While the precise nature of the relations between Skripal, Miller, and Steele are hidden, enough is already known to raise sharp questions about Skripal's ongoing involvement with British intelligence.
 
Was he, as Murray suggests hypothetically, in fact a participant in the creation of Steele's Trump dossier? Did he have inconvenient knowledge of ongoing British operations in and against Russia? And, most significant of all, was he targeted by MI6 or the CIA in a preemptive strike to ensure his silence?
 
These revelations come amid the latest expression of the ongoing collapse of the official Skripal narrative. Yesterday, the UK's National Security Advisor, Sir Mark Sedwell, admitted that the security agencies had no suspects in the Skripal case.
 
On April 20, the Daily Telegraph reported, "Police and intelligence agencies have identified key suspects in the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia… Counter-terrorism police are now trying to build a case against 'persons of interest,' who are believed to be back in Russia."
 
The Telegraph had "been told" that "a search of flight manifests in and out of the UK has yielded specific names in the hunt for the Skripal's would-be assassins."
 
This story had a shelf-life of eleven days.
 
None of these issues will be probed by the media because the war drive against Russia will suffer no criticism. The Socialist Equality Party, British section of the ICFI, is organising a series of meetings across the country, under the title "Against War, Lies and Censorship." We urge all those serious about building an international anti-war movement to attend an event near them.
 
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Posted 02 September 2018 - 09:37 AM

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#6 Ivan88

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Posted 26 February 2019 - 04:06 PM

Grog expects us to follow all that convoluted mess of names and associations with no apparent logic to it?


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