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02 November 2016

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Miletus

Meme magic...

The thrill is in the chase; deciphering the cipher creates a viral momentum all of its own. Consider the annual Cicada 3301 contest.

Releasing it in this manner draws in the anons. They ensure that it has life on social media and on the chan sites. The hope is that it can't be ignored by the media for long.

There's undoubtedly an element of trolling in this too though. It's unmistakeable - the clues in the tweets are too obvious. It almost looks like a game of chicken. Given that the last tweet states that this is the "initial" release of files relating to the Clinton Foundation, it looks like someone is daring the Clinton's to keep going...

mike allen

OK, since Eddie Amame is in exile, I will volunteer to be the pincushion on this issue, although I am not a fan of Marc Rich and men of his ilk.

1] Rich reportedly provided information to US diplomats, not just Mossad. His company had locals in Iran, South Africa, Cuba, Angola, and even Nicaragua. The State Departments INR Bureau must have considered his tips a gold mine. Rich also did business in Russia, Syria and Libya. After Giuliani indicted Rich, why did he skip a chance to get the Swiss government to arrest Rich, an assertion made by a Swiss official who was ready to help, WH pressure?

2] Rich was somewhat of a hero in the 1973/74 oil crisis when he found a way to break the Arab Oil Embargo thereby lessening the two-block-long lines of cars at American gas stations. He was also given praise in the mid 70s for breaking the ‘Seven Sisters’ stranglehold on the oil market.

3] The Israelis considered Rich a humanitarian for his millions in donations to schools and hospitals in that country. The Swiss also for his charitable contributions in Zurich. Rightly or wrongly that follows a grand old American tradition of robber barons like Carnegie, Mellon, Rockefeller, Stanford and Vanderbilt improving their image after decades of immoral and unethical business practices. That was the primary reason that Rich's lawyer pleaded in asking for the pardon.

4] WJC himself publicly admitted remorse for the pardon and realized after the fact that it was a mistake.

5] Rich paid more than $171 million in fines to the US government after his indictment and flight to Switzerland.

6] Lastly: “As a condition of the pardon, it was made clear that Rich would drop all procedural defenses against any civil actions brought against him by the United States”

Ghostship

The Trans-Isreal Pipeline used to transport Iranian oil across Israel from Eilat to Ashkelon, because it was cheaper than sending tankers around Africa or through the Suez Canal. When the Shah was deposed, the traffic stopped. Now it seems it transports Russian oil the other way for onward shipment to Asia for the same reason.
There was formerly also the Mosul-Haifa oil pipeline which carried Iraqi oil to Haifa where it was refined. This operated between 1935 and 1948 when the Iraqis refused to allow any more oil to flow after ar broke out in 1948. There were hopes in certain quarters that after the invasion of Iraq in 2003 that this pipeline would be resurrected to assure Israel a supply of cheap oil. I don't think anything came of it.

James Loughton

Assange and Wikileaks have offered a $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer of a DNC staffer that was murdered by a shot to the head on his way home late one night from a bar that he commonly frequented. This is only only cash reward that Wikileaks has ever offered. Wiki will not reveal their source of the DNC leaks, which is their commitment to leakers.

Police reports state that the victim's watch and wallet had not been stolen.

Thirdeye

A FOIA request is something the FBI is legally required to comply with. Tipping anon to FOIA requests sets a legally-protected process for releasing information in motion, thereby protecting those with prior knowledge from accusations of leaking sensitive information in the final days of a Presidential campaign. If any political hack tries to interfere with a FOIA process they are definitely on the wrong side of the law and definitely going to get the whistle blown on them for it.

johnf

"Israel's Tehran connection"

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2008/apr/04/israelstehranconnection

johnf

I worked in a "shipyard" in Eilat in 1968 - scraping rust of hulls - and I remember flagged Iranian tankers coming in to unload.

Jack

Fred

"So Mark Rich's former attorney is now an assistant attorney general of the United States and is investigating Hilary Clinton's email server?"

And is a pal of Podesta who notes that he "kept me out of jail". It seems tinfoil hat conspiracy theories are true when it comes to Clintonworld. Who would have believed that the investigation is rigged and the blatant corruption at the Clinton Foundation if Podesta's emails were not exposed?

Yet half the country will vote for a person that could very likely be indicted for felony criminal violations if there's an impartial grand jury empaneled.

Keith Harbaugh

And now the FBI has chosen to open at least some of their files on this matter to the public.
Can this be other than a warning to their betters in the elected government?
Is the sentiment
"if you take action to stop our investigations or against us,
what else will we release?"

If Clinton wins, the long knives will be out for the FBI.
It will be an ugly, ugly scene.
The Third World has been dogged by corruption.
Well, Hillary and the Democrats have been doing everything possible to bring the Third World to America, and with it all its (their) attendant problems.
You can be that their slogan will be "bringing diversity to the FBI",
which will, in reality, mean the demography of the FBI workforce will be reshaped into resembling that of the Washington Metro.
The problems then will be a combination of inefficiency and corruption.
Like, say, how the Obama DEA has enabled the opioid epidemic.
Am I right or wrong?

Ishmael Zechariah

VV,
Look at the "story" in MotherJones:
"A Veteran Spy Has Given the FBI Information Alleging a Russian Operation to Cultivate Donald Trump"
These folks seem to be quite desperate and very dangerous. The next week is critical for the world...
Ishmael Zechariah

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/10/veteran-spy-gave-fbi-info-alleging-russian-operation-cultivate-donald-trump

different clue

sillybill,

Perhaps it takes this level of barriers to detection and traceback to permit the "Snowdens on the inside" to feel sufficiently protected against Clintonite-Borgist trackback and revenge.

BraveNewWorld

As usual the Israeli's F'd the Iranians and then wonder why Iranians hate them.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/swiss-court-orders-israel-to-pay-up-for-iranian-oil/

wisedupearly

"Campaign finance records show Mr. McAuliffe’s political-action committee donated $467,500 to the 2015 state Senate campaign of Dr. Jill McCabe, who is married to Andrew McCabe, now the deputy director of the FBI."
http://www.wsj.com/articles/clinton-ally-aids-campaign-of-fbi-officials-wife-1477266114

eakens

not so secret if it's in a book.

LeaNder

Very entertaining:
It's believed that these links are effectively an authentication of FBIanon to 4chan/Anonymous

Hmm, the smoking gun is found when the fat lady sings. ;)

*********
But thanks the Allen Ginsberg files are interesting - a trip down memory lane.

LeaNder

It's not complicated if you are following a bombshell dream. ;)

Aka

and the U.S. Attorney who investigated this "pardon" is the current FBI director.

"...investigation was finished and was replaced by James Comey, who was critical of Clinton's pardons and of then-Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder's pardon recommendation.."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Rich#U.S._indictment_and_pardon

turcopolier

mike allen

Anything that Rich did in passing diplomats cocktail party chatter was IMO just good cover. His function was to trade oil for Israel's account. pl

ex-PFC Chuck

The Cubs won! You might think this is off topic, but it's not. Since the last time they won the World Series Ottoman Empire I still existed. For the Middle East the Chicago team's repeat after 108 years means that the Ottoman Empire Redux is definitely on the rise.

PS: It may also mean the end of pre-sliced bread, since that hadn't been invented in 1908.

Miletus

I'm probably only half-joking when I say this:

The late counter-culture hero, Terence McKenna, came up with his own pseudo-scientific theory of time. It was called "novelty theory". I won't pretend to understand it (I don't have nearly enough experience with psychedelics), but I recall that it was something along the lines of reality being pulled towards the end of time, characterized by ever-increasing novelty i.e. strange, unusual events. He based it off of the i-Ching (something I do have some knowledge of) and the Mayan calendar (of which I know little). If I wasn't already fairly certain it was bat&^&* crazy, I was reassured when 2012 came and went without incident.

2016 has been a strange year.

mike allen

Colonel -

I was not defending Marc Rich. I detest corrupt businessmen and tax evaders like him.

Have to wonder though, since Rich also did business with Russia did he also pass on info to them? And to Libyan and Iranian officials? The man was a snake IMHO.

turcopolier

mike allen

You are spy obsessed. My point was that Rich's true function was to trade oil for Israel on the spot market. what chicken feed information he may have handed around was unimportant. pl

robt willmann

James,

Another good book on the oil industry is "Iraq and the International Oil System", by Stephen Pelletier--

https://www.amazon.com/Iraq-International-Oil-System-America/dp/0944624456

mike allen

Colonel -

Your point is well taken. And my point is not that Rich was a spy. He was a trafficker of economic background data with anybody or any country who would reciprocate. As you say, a gossiper at cocktail parties and various meetings with officialdom.

mistah charley, ph.d.

VV - in my view, for Hillary to call Huma Abedin "one of my staffers" has differing implications depending on the intention. If Hillary is preparing to cut her loose, then I agree - to reduce Huma to "one of my staffers" is cruel indeed. On the other hand, if Hillary intends to keep her dear one close to her, then referring to her as "one of my staffers" gives Huma a smaller profile for those inclined to attack her, and could be construed as a favor.

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