Joseph P Farrell – MORE ON THE “PANAMA PAPERS…”

Posted on April 9, 2016 by •…this is a story that’s not going away, at least, not for the moment. Literally mintues after I had completed and posted last Thursday’s News and Views from the Nefarium, a kind individual posted that he and his friends had tried to track down thje story of Mr. Putin declassifying things from the 1930s in the Russian archives. The story, it seems (according to their researches) was from a Russian alternative media site, as no official government outlet was mentioning it. So, was this just a publicity stunt by the site to drive attention to itself, or a nice psychological operations game on the part of the Russian government during all the Panama Papers attention? Who knows, but in today’s world I’d put my money on the latter actually.

Wayne Madsen’s analysis ties the leaks back to the CIA and (who else?) George Soros in the following artcile shared by Mr. A::

«Cherry picking» leaked documents: a CIA art form

A so-called non-profit entity, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), cherry-picking information from a purported leak of 11.5 million documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. In turn, the findings of this consortium were provided to a network of over 100 media partners, including some of the largest newspapers in the world. What was not reported by the newspapers, all too eager to stenographically report what they were provided by the consortium, is that ICIJ is financially supported by George Soros’s Open Society Foundations and the Central Intelligence Agency-directed US Agency for International Development (USAID).

The corporate media played up the connections of various off-shore tax-dodging contrivances and money laundering vehicles to a collection of world leaders. However, instead of focusing on leaders who have direct connections to money laundering and tax evasion, for example, Argentina’s neoconservative fascism-friendly president Mauricio Macri, the ICIJ, as is their usual method, hyped fuzzy «guilt by association» links to specific leaders. Not surprisingly, the chief targets for ICIJ were the CIA’s number one and number two foes, respectively – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping

Well, if this is all a CIA-Soros(and therefore, Nazi) thing, then the anti-Putin anti-Xi motivation does raise the possibility, again, of a Russian response in the form of its own deliberate leaks.

But… as Mr. A also pointed out in this article which he also shared, Zero Hedge’s “Tyler Durden” is contemplating the idea that the leaks may have been a Russian operation to begin with:

Was The Panama Papers “Leak” A Russian Intelligence Operation?

“Durden begins by considering this theory of David Murray, we’ll call it the “Big Corporations are not Reporting Everything” theory:

The first plausible theory I came across attempting to explain the strangeness of it all was proposed by Craig Murray, and it basically went something like this. The leaker is a real whistleblower, but he placed the information in the wrong hands, therefore the organizations and journalists reporting on the story were not giving us the whole truth. Here’s some of that theory from the post, Are Corporate Gatekeepers Protecting Western Elites from the Leaked Panama Papers?

Then there’s the CIA-Soros Get Putin theory:

The fact that we seem to know nothing about “John Doe” concerns me. Say what you will about Edward Snowden, but he came out publicly shortly after his whistleblowing and offered himself up for the world to judge. His life, career and personality have been put on full display, and each and every one of us has had the opportunity to decide for ourselves whether his motivations were noble and pure or not.

With the Panama Papers’ “John Doe” we are given no such opportunity, and in fact, the whole thing reads very much like a script concocted by some big budget intelligence agency. Once I started coming around to this conclusion, the obvious choice was U.S. intelligence; given the lack of implications to powerful Americans, the clownishly desperate attempts to smear Putin, and the appearance of Soros, USAID, Ford Foundation, etc, linked organizations to the reporting.

So for someone who already thinks the whole Panama Papers story stinks to high heaven, a CIA link to the release seems obvious; but is it too obvious? Perhaps.

Going on to cite Clifford Gaddy of the Brookings Institution, Zero Hedge comes to Gaddy’s The Russians Are Behind it THeory, simply because no one seems to gain from the whole exercise other than Russia:

So let’s say that the “who” is the Russians, and the “why” is to deflect attention and show that “everybody does it.” But how? Given Russia’s vaunted hacking capabilities, a special cyber unit in the Kremlin may have been able to obtain the documents. (Monssack Fonseca is maintaining that the leak was not an inside job.) But it is most likely that such an operation would be run out of an agency called the Russian Financial Monitoring Service (RFM). RFM is Putin’s personal financial intelligence unit—he created it and it answers only to him. It is completely legitimate and is widely recognized as the most powerful such agency in the world, with a monopoly on information about money laundering, offshore centers, and related issues involving Russia or Russian nationals.

An operation like the Panama Papers, which is only about financial intelligence, would have to be run out of RFM. Not the FSB, not some ad hoc gang in the Kremlin. While it might not (legally) have access to secrets kept by a firm like Mossack Fonseca, it’s privy to lots of international financial information through the international body of which it is a leading member, the Financial Action Task Force. In short, Russians are better equipped than anyone—more capable and less constrained—to hack into secret files.

As for how to leak the documents, it would actually be pretty ingenious to “incriminate” Russia in a seemingly serious (and headline-grabbing) way without actually revealing incriminating information. That’s exactly what we have. The Panama Papers revealed no Russian secrets. They added nothing to the rumors already circulating about Putin’s alleged private fortune. And the story-that-isn’t-a-story was advanced by none other than the ICIJ. So, done right, the last thing anyone would suspect is that the Panama Papers are a Russian operation.

The motivation? Blackmail, and control:

So let’s say that the “who” is the Russians, and the “why” is to deflect attention and show that “everybody does it.” But how? Given Russia’s vaunted hacking capabilities, a special cyber unit in the Kremlin may have been able to obtain the documents. (Monssack Fonseca is maintaining that the leak was not an inside job.) But it is most likely that such an operation would be run out of an agency called the Russian Financial Monitoring Service (RFM). RFM is Putin’s personal financial intelligence unit—he created it and it answers only to him. It is completely legitimate and is widely recognized as the most powerful such agency in the world, with a monopoly on information about money laundering, offshore centers, and related issues involving Russia or Russian nationals.

An operation like the Panama Papers, which is only about financial intelligence, would have to be run out of RFM. Not the FSB, not some ad hoc gang in the Kremlin. While it might not (legally) have access to secrets kept by a firm like Mossack Fonseca, it’s privy to lots of international financial information through the international body of which it is a leading member, the Financial Action Task Force. In short, Russians are better equipped than anyone—more capable and less constrained—to hack into secret files.

As for how to leak the documents, it would actually be pretty ingenious to “incriminate” Russia in a seemingly serious (and headline-grabbing) way without actually revealing incriminating information. That’s exactly what we have. The Panama Papers revealed no Russian secrets. They added nothing to the rumors already circulating about Putin’s alleged private fortune. And the story-that-isn’t-a-story was advanced by none other than the ICIJ. So, done right, the last thing anyone would suspect is that the Panama Papers are a Russian operation.

Now, there’s another connection here, and it’s a doozy, it is found in this article shared by Mr. S.D.:

The Covert Roots of the Panama Papers

Our concern is this “little” revelation about a fellow named Adna Kashoggi:

Adnan Khashoggi would know. A “principal foreign agent” of the United States, as one Senate report referred to him, the billionaire playboy made a fortune (more than $100 million between 1970 and 1975 alone) from commissions negotiating arms deals with his native Saudi Arabia. He used these windfalls, in turn, to cultivate political clout—including, allegedly, with President Richard Nixon. In the aftermath of Watergate, when Congress began reining in the CIA, Khashoggi helped establish the supranational intelligence partnership known as the Safari Club. Soon after, he aided the CIA in circumventing another congressional impediment. With money borrowed from the Saudi and U.S. intelligence-linked Bank of Credit and Commerce International, he financed the illegal arms sales that set off the Iran-Contra scandal.

One way Khashoggi structured his shadowy holdings during his heyday was through the specialized services of Mossack Fonseca, the law firm that is in the news for having helped global luminaries like Vladimir Putin hide their money. Thanks to a recent report from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, we now know Khashoggi to be among a number of former spies and CIA associates implicated by the 2.6 terabytes of offshore financial documents provided to the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung last summer.

As the quotation indicates, Kashoggi is connected to Iran-Contra, Saudi Intelligence, the Bank of Crooks and Criminals…er… the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, and (something the article does not mention) he hovers on the fringes of the Inslaw PROMIS software theft and modification as well.

And now we find him popping up in a big documents leak scandal from a law firm one of whose partners’ father served in the Waffen SS, a documents leak scandal that involves the possibility that it is a Russian operation, as outlined about.

So what’s today’s high octane speculation? Well, without abandoning my overall “this is evidence of factional infighting theory,” let’s go with the Mr. Putin and the Russian RFM financial intelligence unit did it theory. Consider that this theory does make sense in a wider context, for as regular readers here know, the BRICSA bloc, and Russia in particular, have been scrambing to create their own financial clearing systems independent of SWIFT.  Russia has successfully created an internal system, and you’ll recall that it was given access to Japan’s widely used system in the western Pacific. Would sending a clear message to the West’s plutocrats that I has highly sensitive information – plus the ability to tap into their financial secrets and accountsfit the pattern? Yes, it would, and in addition, by targeting a law firm with questionable fascist ties, it would work very well with Russian statements in the past years about 9/11 being the world of a global network with hundreds of trillions of dollars in hidden assets, to Sergei Glazyev’s more recent statement about Russia’s problems are not with the Nazis in Kiev, but the Nazis in Washington, a remark, you’ll recall, that was not in its original context merely a bit of rhetorical hyperbole, but a considered measurement and use of words. Finally such a view would be a context that supported that initial story about Mr. Putin releasing archival information, for on this view, he may have already done so, and signaled that he did so, via that alternative Russian site that originally reported it.

Where does it leave us? Well I suggest that the “factional infighting model” is still in play, and that there is a much larger story lurking between the lines of the headlines than we’ve yet been told, and the key here seems to be the mysterious John Doe that walked into the Suddeutsche Zeitung in the first place. This is still one to watch closely, and as of now, anyone’s high octane speculation is as good as mine…

See you on the flip side…

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Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and “strange stuff”. His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into “alternative history and science”.
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