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Obama's Austrian ambassador was source of bad intel that Snowden was on the Morales plane

The official source, I mean. Pepe Escobar:

Austrian paper Die Presse revealed that the US Ambassador in Austria, William Eacho, was responsible for spreading the (false) information about Snowden being on board Bolivia President Evo Morales' Falcon out of Russia - leading to the denial of overflying rights in France, Spain, Portugal an Italy. Eacho - a former CEO of a food distribution company* with no diplomatic experience whatsoever - was appointed by Obama to go to Vienna in June 2009. Why? Because he was a top Obama fundraiser.

So if there was a Russian disinformation campaign, an Obama bundler would make a big, fat target, eh? The post is full of other great stuff:

The working title of the Edward Snowden movie is still The Spy Who Remains in the Cold. Here's where we stand:

  • Snowden could only fly out of Hong Kong because China allowed it.
  • Snowden could only arrive in Moscow because Russia knew it - in co-operation with China. This is part of their strategic relationship, which includes the BRICS group (along with Brazil, India and South Africa) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. No official source though would ever confirm it.
  • With the Latin American offers of asylum (Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua; even Uruguay would consider it), we're approaching the clincher: Moscow is now calculating whether - and how - to help
  • If I were Snowden, though, no way would I get into a Russian submarine (or military aircraft). "No man, no problem." I think an ambassador has to come to Moscow, bearing the appropriate transit documents, and fly back by Snowden (and Harrison's) side, and not over US territory, on a commercial flight. And "neither the first nor the second which may present itself."

    NOTE * Actually, CEO of Carlton Capital, a Private Equity firm, after being a Big Food MOTU.

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    Submitted by lambert on

    I only quote state media I think I understand, like WaPo, RT, etc. Not sure I understand how Iranian media works.

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    Submitted by Rangoon78 on

    Escobar mentions something I don't recall hearing about:

    Everyone now knows the NSA is embedded with the Echelon program. [4] The US and the UK solidified their secret spying around Echelon

    Christ how could I of the foilie hat missed this:

    Echelon is the final struggle for the right to privacy and the right to talk and communicate freely.


    Printed in Ekstra Bladet, Denmark, Nov. 22, 1999

    Echelon is the end of our right to privacy as we know it today. The end of our right to speak, write and act as free and independent human beings. The global surveillance collaboration places all of us under constant surveillance whenever we use certain words and concepts. We are placed under suspicion from the moment we start communicating with other people.

    On the telephone, computer, telex or telefax. Moreover if we voluntarily allow the state and its secret agencies to have access to everything we do, think and talk about, we simultaneously run the risk that someone will misuse this information.

    Hitler would have licked his lips at the opportunity of having an Echelon system at his command. So would Stalin, Mussolini, Mao or Joe McCarthy. Push a button and Jews, gays, system critics, deviants and persons of the wrong political persuasion appear on a screen.

    Or the address and phone number of every Danish police officer. That was basically what happened when Germany's plenipotentiary during the occupation of Denmark, Werner Best, took over the Copenhagen Police Force in 1943 and ordered the arrest of all Danish police officers. Until then, the officers had otherwise aided in rounding up Danish communists. So by then, most of the communists had already been 'fixed', jailed or had fled.

    No bullshit:

    ECHELON is a name used in global media and in popular culture to describe a signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection and analysis network operated on behalf of the five signatory states to the UKUSA Security Agreement[1] (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States, referred to by a number of abbreviations, includingAUSCANNZUKUS[1] and Five Eyes).[2][3] It has also been described as the only software system which controls the download and dissemination of the intercept of commercial satellite trunk communications.[4]
    ECHELON, according to information in the European Parliament document, "On the existence of a global system for the interception of private and commercial communications (ECHELON interception system)" was created to monitor the military and diplomatic communications of the Soviet Union and its Eastern Bloc allies during the Cold War in the early 1960s.[5]
    The system has been reported in a number of public sources.[6] Its capabilities and political implications were investigated by a committee of the European Parliament during 2000 and 2001 with a report published in 2001,[5] and by author James Bamford in his books on theNational Security Agency of the United States.[4] The European Parliament stated in its report that the term ECHELON is used in a number of contexts, but that the evidence presented indicates that it was the name for a signals intelligence collection system. The report concludes that, on the basis of information presented, ECHELON was capable of interception and content inspection of telephone calls, fax, e-mail and other data traffic globally through the interception of communication bearers including satellite transmission,public switched telephone networks (which once carried most Internet traffic) and microwave links.[5]

    Submitted by lambert on

    I'd love to see a systems diagram of all that NSA's got going. I'm not sure where Echelon fits in.

    Adding... I think these systems are a lot like corporate systems. Other stuff gets layered on top of them and wired up to them; new interfaces get built, etc. Heck, they've probably still got mainframe stuff working, along with all the shiny new toys.

    Not to minimize the intent or the seriousness, just to say that one can't reason directly from a system to total capability.

    Let's also remember that a very large proportion of IT projects fail, and government contractors are rip off artists.

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    Submitted by Jay on

    His Excellency William Eacho, though probably an unsavory muckety-muck, doesn't have the chops to be the source for this, just an intermediary for the State Department at the behest of other parts of the government. He's more of a figurehead or mouthpiece, as are many (most) ambassadors, unless and until they exhibit gross incompetence. If he put out the APB for the Bolivian president's plane, it was at the direction of Sec. State John Kerry, and obviously Nobel Peace Prize #winning! Constitutional Law Scholar President Barack Obama, as advised by CIA/NSA/DOD. Eacho just a conduit. What happened probably occurred at the NATO/air traffic control level and Eacho's calls to other governments went probably like, "Um, I just wanted to let you know there's a plane coming your way, and NATO air command is going to restrict its access to air space because we think Edward Snowdon is on board, mmmkay? And it's (mumble mumble) Bolivian President (mumble) kay gotta go!"