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M.N.: I have a feeling (do not call me a “psychic”) that the FSB, the Russian analogue of the FBI, might have found out who was behind the Boshirov-Petrov passports scandal: the Germans. See my hypothesis on this subject described in my recent posts. I hope that they were able to solve this mystery correctly. 

These “passport identity problems” and “telling names” might hold the clues to the whole affair, including “Trump – Russia” scandal. 

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The special services believe that Russian Interior Ministry officials could have cooperated with the press to sell passport applications and border-crossing data of the two men suspected of poisoning the Skripals in Salisbury.

The FSB is looking into the leakage of personal data of the suspects, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, Rosbalt reported. The Russian special services became concerned after the men’s passport applications and border-crossing data were made public.

According to an informed source, the FSB assumes that Russian Interior Ministry officials could have cooperated with the press to sell the information. “Serious measures will be taken against those individuals,” the Rosbalt source said.

Earlier, Bellingcat and The Insider had published the map of Petrov and Boshirov’s Europe trips. The investigation notes that the suspects got their travel passports issued in 2016.

British Prime Minister Theresa May accused Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov of complicity to the poisoning of the Skripals in early September. British law enforcers consider the men Russian spies. On September 13, Petrov and Boshirov gave an interview to the RT editor Margarita Simonyan and said they worked in the fitness industry and had been in Salisbury as tourists. The next day, The Insider and Bellingcat published their ID data that supposedly prove they had something to do with the security forces.

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The French President cleared up bizarre rumours about his sexual orientation in a statement to French MPs back in late July.

“Alexandre Benalla has never earned €10,000, neither has Alexandre Benalla ever been my lover,” he said.

Now, if you don’t follow French politics, you might be wondering why a head of state is denying affairs or homosexuality rumours and why he is even addressing questions regarding his bodyguard, Alexandre Benalla.

Welcome to the French political scandal of the summer: The Benalla affair (L’affaire Benalla).

The Benalla Affair

The scandal involving Macron began in July when a video of bodyguard Benalla emerged. Benalla was seen manhandling protesters during a May Day demonstration. One detail in the video didn’t escape the French public: Benalla was wearing police gear (badge, helmet, radio) when he’s not a police officer.

In one video, the guard was seen hitting a protester repeatedly. In a second video, he tries to forcefully pin a woman to the ground.

Both videos were released by the French newspaper Le Monde on July 18 and July 20.

Who is Alexandre Benalla?

Following the release of these two videos, the unknown bodyguard quickly became the centrepiece of a political scandal. Why was he wearing police gear and was he sanctioned for this rough treatment of demonstrators?

Revelation after revelation followed. The bodyguard, who ensured the president’s security, lived at the Elysée—the palace that is home to the president—and benefited from many advantages, including cars and a high salary.

Another detail that emerged is that while he was a security officer to Macron, Benalla presented himself as deputy to the Immediate Office of the President, a role with bigger responsibilities.

Another question on everyone’s lips was how much did the president know about his conduct at the May Day demonstration?

The controversy grows

A spokesperson for the Immediate Office for the President explained Benalla was meant to “observe police officers” in order to see how big demonstrations were handled by authorities.

A spokesperson for l’Elysée said that Benalla had been punished following the incident and put on unpaid leave for 15 days. He also added that Benalla had been put on desk duty.

However, pictures surfaced showing Benalla with Macron at different events during the months of May and June, suggesting he had got away with a slap on the wrist and no real punitive measures. The French public was outraged.

The French Minister of the Interior, Gerard Collomb, said he knew of the incident as early as May 2, however, he told a parliament committee that he thought it was the responsibility of the Elysée and Paris’ police prefect to take necessary measures.

Following the uproar, Benalla was fired from his position at the Elysée on July 20.

On July 22, Benalla was placed under formal investigation by the public prosecutor of Paris alongside four other policemen who acted as accomplices.

Gay rumours

Given the advantages he benefited from and his close relationship with the president, rumours of an affair between Macron and Benalla were shared online, perhaps leading to Macron’s denial in July.

It’s not the first time Macron has had to deny gay rumours. Back in 2017, while on the campaign trail, dispelled rumours he had an affair with Mathieu Gallet, the then-head of Radio France.

Macron, who’s been married to his wife Brigitte since 2007, addressed the rumours head on.

“I am who I am, I have never had anything to hide,” he told a meeting of supporters in Paris in February 2017.

“I hear people saying that I have a secret life or something. It’s not nice for Brigitte (his wife) and because I share all my days and nights with her, she asks me how do I manage it,” he said.

“If over dinners in the city, if on forwarded emails, you’re told that I have a double life with Mathieu Gallet or anyone else – then it’s my hologram that suddenly escaped, but it can’t be me,” he joked.

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M.N.: It appears that Putin signals the “green light”: 

В ходе рабочей встречи с Олегом Кожемяко.

Рабочая встреча с Олегом Кожемяко. Президент подписал Указ о назначении О.Кожемяко исполняющим обязанности губернатора Приморского края.

Рабочая встреча с Олегом Кожемяко. Президент подписал Указ о назначении О.Кожемяко исполняющим обязанности губернатора Приморского края.

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M.N.: It appears that Putin signals the “green light”, und me thinkz humbly, that it relates to the idea of granting the Amnesty to the New Abwehr on the certain conditions (complete and full disclosure of all the past and present operations everywhere, etc.). 

The issue of the “New Abwehr” is important and very, very real, it seems to me, and the very clear communications (and not just the hints), acknowledgement, and the open discussions of these issues should be beneficial, for all involved. 

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It is possible that the German Intelligence or the “New Abwehr”, as I call them, “ordered and bought” those fake passports for “Boshirov and Petrov”, and after the “operation” they fed this detailed information to the press. 

It is also quite possible that the “Chechen Tool” was used in this, just as the previous cases of suspected poisonings by the “Russian agents” in Britain. The Chechen trace and connection are quite visible: all of these actors: Litvinenko, Scripal, and “Boshirov” himself were the active participants, as the GRU officers, of the Chechen Wars of the late 1990-s, and they might very well have been the objects of the  retaliation for quite some time. The “people of the mountains” traditionally have very long memories, strictly regulated by their customs. 

The level of sophistication and the deliberate “show-offs” in both the Litvinenko and Scripal “operations” indicate that the real mastermind is the New Abwehr, who most likely designed and executed their contract with the Chechens who are under their control, just like in WW2. Abwehr had the experience with them, and it matters. 

M.N.

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Hypothesis: These are the  New Abwehr’s agents under the demonstrative Russian covers, to sow discord between Great Britain and Russia. – M.N. 

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The FSB is looking into the leakage of personal data of the suspects, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, Rosbalt reported. The Russian special services became concerned after the men’s passport applications and border-crossing data were made public.

According to an informed source, the FSB assumes that Russian Interior Ministry officials could have cooperated with the press to sell the information. “Serious measures will be taken against those individuals,” the Rosbalt source said. 

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The special services believe that Russian Interior Ministry officials could have cooperated with the press to sell passport applications and border-crossing data of the two men suspected of poisoning the Skripals in Salisbury.

The FSB is looking into the leakage of personal data of the suspects, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, Rosbalt reported. The Russian special services became concerned after the men’s passport applications and border-crossing data were made public.

According to an informed source, the FSB assumes that Russian Interior Ministry officials could have cooperated with the press to sell the information. “Serious measures will be taken against those individuals,” the Rosbalt source said.

Earlier, Bellingcat and The Insider had published the map of Petrov and Boshirov’s Europe trips. The investigation notes that the suspects got their travel passports issued in 2016.

British Prime Minister Theresa May accused Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov of complicity to the poisoning of the Skripals in early September. British law enforcers consider the men Russian spies. On September 13, Petrov and Boshirov gave an interview to the RT editor Margarita Simonyan and said they worked in the fitness industry and had been in Salisbury as tourists. The next day, The Insider and Bellingcat published their ID data that supposedly prove they had something to do with the security forces.

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Bellingcat (also rendered bell¿ngcat) is a website founded by the British citizen journalist Eliot Higgins. Bellingcat publishes the findings of citizen journalist investigations into war and the criminal underground. The site’s contributors also publish guides to their techniques, as well as case studies.[1]

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LONDON (Reuters) – The real identity of one of the men wanted by Britain for the Salisbury nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter is Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga, according to media reports on Wednesday which said he was a decorated Russian colonel.

Earlier this month, British prosecutors charged two Russians – Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov – with attempted murder for the Novichok poisoning of the Skripals in the southern English city in March but said they believed the suspects had been using aliases to enter Britain.

The Daily Telegraph and the BBC said Boshirov’s real name was Chepiga, citing investigative reporting by Bellingcat, a website which covers intelligence matters. Two European security sources familiar with the Skripal investigation said the details were accurate.

Russia denies any involvement in the poisoning, and the two men have said they were merely tourists who had flown to London for fun and visited Salisbury to see its cathedral.

The British government knows both their real identities, sources close to the investigation have said.

The Telegraph reported that Chepiga, 39, had served in wars in Chechnya and Ukraine, and was made a Hero of the Russian Federation by decree of President Vladimir Putin in 2014.

The Metropolitan Police, who are investigating the poisoning, and the Foreign Office declined to comment on the report.

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It is possible that the German Intelligence or the “New Abwehr”, as I call them, “ordered and bought” those fake passports for “Boshirov and Petrov”, and after the “operation” they fed this detailed information to the press. 

It is also quite possible that the “Chechen Tool” was used in this, just as the previous cases of suspected poisonings by the “Russian agents” in Britain. The Chechen trace and connection are quite visible: all of these actors: Litvinenko, Scripal, and “Boshirov” himself were the active participants, as the GRU officers, of the Chechen Wars of the late 1990-s, and they might very well have been the objects of the  retaliation for quite some time. The “people of the mountains” traditionally have very long memories, strictly regulated by their customs. 

The level of sophistication and the deliberate “show-offs” in both the Litvinenko and Scripal “operations” indicate that the real mastermind is the New Abwehr, who most likely designed and executed their contract with the Chechens who are under their control, just like in WW2. Abwehr had the experience with them, and it matters. 

M.N.

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Hypothesis: These are the  New Abwehr’s agents under the demonstrative Russian covers, to sow discord between Great Britain and Russia. – M.N. 

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M.N.: It appears that Putin signals the “green light”: 

В ходе рабочей встречи с Олегом Кожемяко.

Рабочая встреча с Олегом Кожемяко. Президент подписал Указ о назначении О.Кожемяко исполняющим обязанности губернатора Приморского края.

Рабочая встреча с Олегом Кожемяко. Президент подписал Указ о назначении О.Кожемяко исполняющим обязанности губернатора Приморского края.

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M.N.: It appears that Putin signals the “green light”, und me thinkz humbly, that it relates to the idea of granting the Amnesty to the New Abwehr on the certain conditions (complete and full disclosure of all the past and present operations everywhere, etc.). 

The issue of the “New Abwehr” is important and very, very real, it seems to me, and the very clear communications (and not just the hints), acknowledgement, and the open discussions of these issues should be beneficial, for all involved. 

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It is possible that the German Intelligence or the “New Abwehr”, as I call them, “ordered and bought” those fake passports for “Boshirov and Petrov”, and after the “operation” they fed this detailed information to the press. 

It is also quite possible that the “Chechen Tool” was used in this, just as the previous cases of suspected poisonings by the “Russian agents” in Britain. The Chechen trace and connection are quite visible: all of these actors: Litvinenko, Scripal, and “Boshirov” himself were the active participants, as the GRU officers, of the Chechen Wars of the late 1990-s, and they might very well have been the objects of the  retaliation for quite some time. The “people of the mountains” traditionally have very long memories, strictly regulated by their customs. 

The level of sophistication and the deliberate “show-offs” in both the Litvinenko and Scripal “operations” indicate that the real mastermind is the New Abwehr, who most likely designed and executed their contract with the Chechens who are under their control, just like in WW2. Abwehr had the experience with them, and it matters. 

M.N.

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President Donald Trump’s decision to allow the Justice Department’s inspector general to review documents related to the ongoing Russia probe is a smart step toward transparency in this lengthy, opaque investigation.

Mr. Trump announced last week that he planned to unilaterally declassify the documents, including the secret court order to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

That American citizens still know so little about the alleged interference is appalling. The investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election has been going for nearly a year and a half and our country is no closer to the answers it so badly deserves.

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Did the Russian interference have a meaningful impact on the outcome of the election? Did high-level members of either presidential campaign work in coordination with Russian officials? Why did the FBI, under President Barack Obama, monitor members of the Trump campaign without informing candidate Trump his staffers were under investigation?

With the midterm elections looming and the U.S. taxpayers still footing the bill for this lengthy investigation, at least some answers would be expected by now. But average Americans are still in the dark.

Declassifying some of the documents related to the monitoring of Mr. Page might answer some of the most critical, lingering questions. Considering the concerns surrounding the FBI — it would seem the bureau has become dangerously politicized — the court order authorizing the surveillance of Mr. Page could offer citizens the chance to review the evidence and come to their own conclusions.

Mr. Trump was smart to back off his initial, unilateral declaration and entrust the Justice Department’s inspector general with the review. An executive fiat declassifying those documents could only have been interpreted as a raw political move, and the president would be wise to avoid those kind of decisions wherever he can. But the American people deserve the unvarnished truth.

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WASHINGTON — The death of an American diplomat in Madagascar is being investigated by U.S. and local authorities and one person has been taken into custody, the U.S. State Department said Monday. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the foreign service officer was found dead inside their residence in Antananarivo, the capital of the Indian Ocean nation off the East Coast of Africa.

“Diplomatic Security is collaborating with local Malagasy authorities on a joint investigation and a suspect is currently in custody,” Nauert told the Reuters news agency on Monday.

She said the department expressed its “deepest sympathies” to the family of the diplomat but release no details Monday on the officer’s identity or circumstances of the death.

The State Department said the person was found in the overnight hours Friday and that diplomatic security and Malagasy authorities were collaborating on an investigation.

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Still, Haspel emphasized the need for the intelligence agency’s work to remain secret in order to be effective.

“We’re first in, collecting intelligence, moving ahead of the military, going where others can’t go and doing things that no one else can,” Haspel said. “These are the sorts of activities that fall under the heading of ‘covert action.’ Our work requires secrecy, and secrecy in turn requires a profound degree of trust from the American people.”

Haspel made little reference to President Trump, who has at times appeared to clash with the intelligence community as a result of his tepid embrace of its conclusions about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

She did, however, say that she attends Trump’s daily intelligence briefings several times a week, along with Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and national security adviser John Bolton.” 

“CIA is a very resilient work force and we tend to be very mission-focused. We tend not to pay attention to the political fray in the capital. We are very focused on events overseas and our collection mission, our analysis mission, and what we can do about the problems that we face overseas,” Haspel said. “I think morale tends to be pretty constant.”

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WASHINGTON —The United States’ premier spy agency is looking to expand its presence around the globe in order to eliminate so-called “intelligence gaps” and take on the growing threat from major powers like Russia and China.

CIA Director Gina Haspel on Monday called the shift from counterterrorism back to more traditional espionage against nation-states “a strategic priority,” saying the need to get better intelligence on current and potential U.S. rivals among “the hardest issues” facing the spy agency.

“We are sharpening our focus on nation-state adversaries,” Haspel told an audience at her alma mater, the University of Louisville, in her first public appearance since being sworn in as CIA director this past May.

Haspel also said she is intent on “increasing the number of officers stationed overseas.”

“Having a larger foreign footprint allows for a robust posture,” she said.

As part of that push, Haspel said the CIA is hoping to recruit more foreign language speakers, including those fluent in Chinese, Arabic, Farsi, Turkish, French and Spanish.

She also said the spy agency “is working more closely than ever with our allies across the world.”

Haspel’s comments reflect priorities laid out in the broader U.S. National Security Strategy late last year, which calls for countering moves by various adversaries to shift the global balance of power in ways that have been unfavorable to the United States.

China concerns

The CIA director voiced particular concerns about China, which she said was “working to diminish U.S. influence in order to advance their own goals.”

“We do monitor very closely what appears to be an effort to expand their influence beyond their own region, in places like Africa, Latin America, the Pacific islands, South Asia,” she said.

“We are concerned by some of the tactics they use, offering poor countries, investments, and loans that perhaps those countries are not going to be able to repay,” Haspel said. “We want those countries to be aware of their own sovereignty and how foreign investment in their infrastructure and their national security infrastructure can ultimately compromise their sovereignty.”

CIA priorities

Haspel laid out several other priorities, as well:

Diversity: Haspel said that when she was at the CIA in the late 1980s, it “was a thoroughly male-dominated organization.”

“It should come as no surprise that one of my top priorities since becoming director has been to champion diversity and inclusion,” she said. “Our global mission at CIA demands we recruit and retain America’s best and brightest, regardless of gender, race or cultural background.”

Drugs: “CIA is going to invest more heavily in our counternarcotics efforts abroad,” Haspel said, calling the opioid epidemic a threat “that has killed far more Americans than any terrorist group ever has.”

Iran: Haspel called the amount of money Tehran continues to spend on propping up the government on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, to expand its influence in Baghdad and to back the Houthis in Yemen, “surprising” given the country’s economic struggles.

“We are we are watching very closely, Iran’s malign activity in the region. And we’d like to push back against that activity, so those countries can carve their own course,” she added.

Transparency: “Nothing is more important to those of us at CIA than our obligation to earn the trust of our fellow citizens,” Haspel said. “There’s not another major intelligence agency in the world subject to oversight authority as comprehensive as our own but that’s as it should be.”

Prior to her confirmation as CIA director, Haspel had been heavily criticized for her role in supervising a secret interrogation center in Thailand and destroying tapes of interrogation sessions.

Morale: “CIA is a very resilient workforce and we tend to be extremely mission-focused,” Haspel said. “We tend not to pay attention to the political fray in the capital.”

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“Diplomatic Security is collaborating with local Malagasy authorities on a joint investigation and a suspect is currently in custody,” Nauert told the Reuters news agency on Monday.

She said the department expressed its “deepest sympathies” to the family of the diplomat but release no details Monday on the officer’s identity or circumstances of the death.

The State Department said the person was found in the overnight hours Friday and that diplomatic security and Malagasy authorities were collaborating on an investigation.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition resolved a dispute over Germany’s scandal-tainted spymaster on Sunday, ending a crisis that had prompted concerns the six-month-old government could fall apart.

The three coalition parties had agreed on Tuesday to transfer spy chief Hans-Georg Maaßen to the Interior Ministry following accusations that he harboured far-right views. Maaßen had questioned the authenticity of video footage showing radicals hounding migrants in the eastern city of Chemnitz.

But their decision sparked public outrage because the senior post they picked for Maaßen came with a pay rise. Some members of the Social Democrats (SPD) – the junior partner in Merkel’s coalition – had called for their party to quit the alliance if the decision was not revoked.

The deal unravelled on Friday when Andrea Nahles, leader of the centre-left SPD, said it was a mistake. A poll published on Thursday had shown 72% of voters had less confidence in the government after the clumsy compromise.

After a meeting between the party leaders on Sunday to hammer out a new compromise, interior minister Horst Seehofer said they had agreed Maaßen would work in the interior ministry in future but would not receive a pay rise.

Seehofer said Maaßen would be a special advisor focusing on European and international tasks. Before the meeting some SPD members had insisted that Maaßen should not be responsible for security or migration issues in his new role.

Seehofer said the decision about pay was a response to the heavy public criticism of the initial plan, but insisted the coalition had not been at risk of falling apart over the affair.

After the coalition’s third crisis meeting in 10 days, SPD leader Nahles said in a statement: “The coalition will now dedicate itself to daily business again. We have a lot to do.“

The dispute over Maaßen comes just two months after Merkel ended a painful row with Seehofer’s Bavarian CSU over immigration.

And the coalition is still divided over how to tackle the problem of diesel cars with high nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. A government source said the coalition committee would meet on 1 October to discuss issues including diesel.

An Emnid poll had Saturday showed combined support for Merkel’s CDU and Seehofer’s Christian Social Union (CSU) slumping to a record low of 28%, while the far-right Alternative for Germany – which has backed Maaßen – was at 16%, just behind the SPD on 17%.

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Angela Merkel conceded that the coalition’s decision to remove ex-intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen from his post only to reward him with a higher-paid job, and effectively, a promotion to a post in the Interior Ministry “could not convince people.”

In an unprecedented move, she admitted that she had been too focused on the “proceedings in the Interior Ministry” and had not paid enough attention to “what people are rightly preoccupied with when they hear about a promotion.”

“I’m sorry that we allowed that to happen,” she said at a news conference.

She stressed that the solution the coalition found for Maassen, who is now going to be a consultant to the Interior Ministry, was “appropriate” and was more likely to be seen as reasonable by the public “precisely because it is not a promotion.”

DW political correspondent Simon Young said the admission “should help calm things down, as it is not very often that the chancellor comes out to make a public apology.”

  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERHans-Georg Maassen, the head of Germany’s Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) — the domestic intelligence service — is no stranger to controversy. Calls for him to step down have been a constant throughout his long career in the intelligence community.
  • Shadowy figure
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERMaassen gained notoriety in 2002 while working for the German Interior Ministry and arguing that Murat Kurnaz, a German resident held in the US prison at Guantanamo for five years before being released, could not return to Germany because his residency had lapsed. Herta Däubler-Gmelin, who was justice minister at the time, called Maassen’s argument, “false, appalling and inhumane.”
  • Trouble in the Interior Ministry
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERIn 2012, Maassen was tapped to lead Germany’s top spy agency. He promised to restore faith in the BfV, which was embroiled in controversy over its entanglement in the right-wing extremist scene and his predecessor’s decision to destroy files related to the neo-Nazi NSU murders.
  • Vows to restore trust
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERMaassen has been accused of having “a troubled relationship with basic democratic principles” for his pursuit of bloggers on grounds of treason and trying to suppress negative stories on the BfV. In January 2017, he told parliament reports the BfV had undercover agents in the Islamist scene connected to the Berlin Christmas market attack were false. Records showing it did became public in 2018.
  • First calls for firing
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERBefore Maassen made headlines by questioning the veracity of videos of right-wing protestors chasing foreigners through the streets of Chemnitz, he was under fire for advising right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD) on how to avoid scrutiny from his agency. Now he is accused of sharing confidential documents with the AfD before presenting them to the public.
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  • Sympathies for the right?

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Merkel also said the coalition needed to focus on “solving people’s problems” as “we have been too preoccupied with ourselves in many areas.”

“That has got to change,” she added, citing Brexit, digitalization, the care sector and diesel regulations as some of the issues that need to be tackled.

Maassen made headlines earlier this month when he called into question the veracity of footage showing far-right sympathizers chasing people in the eastern city of Chemnitz. Shortly thereafter, he was criticized over reports that he had passed sensitive information about Islamic extremism to the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Despite this, his boss, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer stood behind him, marking the latest in a series of conflicts between the Bavarian conservative and Merkel.

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Angela Merkel conceded that the coalition’s decision to remove ex-intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen from his post only to reward him with a higher-paid job, and effectively, a promotion to a post in the Interior Ministry “could not convince people.”

In an unprecedented move, she admitted that she had been too focused on the “proceedings in the Interior Ministry” and had not paid enough attention to “what people are rightly preoccupied with when they hear about a promotion.”

“I’m sorry that we allowed that to happen,” she said at a news conference.

She stressed that the solution the coalition found for Maassen, who is now going to be a consultant to the Interior Ministry, was “appropriate” and was more likely to be seen as reasonable by the public “precisely because it is not a promotion.”

DW political correspondent Simon Young said the admission “should help calm things down, as it is not very often that the chancellor comes out to make a public apology.”

  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERHans-Georg Maassen, the head of Germany’s Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) — the domestic intelligence service — is no stranger to controversy. Calls for him to step down have been a constant throughout his long career in the intelligence community.
  • Shadowy figure
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERMaassen gained notoriety in 2002 while working for the German Interior Ministry and arguing that Murat Kurnaz, a German resident held in the US prison at Guantanamo for five years before being released, could not return to Germany because his residency had lapsed. Herta Däubler-Gmelin, who was justice minister at the time, called Maassen’s argument, “false, appalling and inhumane.”
  • Trouble in the Interior Ministry
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERIn 2012, Maassen was tapped to lead Germany’s top spy agency. He promised to restore faith in the BfV, which was embroiled in controversy over its entanglement in the right-wing extremist scene and his predecessor’s decision to destroy files related to the neo-Nazi NSU murders.
  • Vows to restore trust
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERMaassen has been accused of having “a troubled relationship with basic democratic principles” for his pursuit of bloggers on grounds of treason and trying to suppress negative stories on the BfV. In January 2017, he told parliament reports the BfV had undercover agents in the Islamist scene connected to the Berlin Christmas market attack were false. Records showing it did became public in 2018.
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  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERBefore Maassen made headlines by questioning the veracity of videos of right-wing protestors chasing foreigners through the streets of Chemnitz, he was under fire for advising right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD) on how to avoid scrutiny from his agency. Now he is accused of sharing confidential documents with the AfD before presenting them to the public.
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Merkel also said the coalition needed to focus on “solving people’s problems” as “we have been too preoccupied with ourselves in many areas.”

“That has got to change,” she added, citing Brexit, digitalization, the care sector and diesel regulations as some of the issues that need to be tackled.

Maassen made headlines earlier this month when he called into question the veracity of footage showing far-right sympathizers chasing people in the eastern city of Chemnitz. Shortly thereafter, he was criticized over reports that he had passed sensitive information about Islamic extremism to the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Despite this, his boss, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer stood behind him, marking the latest in a series of conflicts between the Bavarian conservative and Merkel.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition resolved a dispute over Germany’s scandal-tainted spymaster on Sunday, ending a crisis that had prompted concerns the six-month-old government could fall apart.

The three coalition parties had agreed on Tuesday to transfer spy chief Hans-Georg Maaßen to the Interior Ministry following accusations that he harboured far-right views. Maaßen had questioned the authenticity of video footage showing radicals hounding migrants in the eastern city of Chemnitz.

But their decision sparked public outrage because the senior post they picked for Maaßen came with a pay rise. Some members of the Social Democrats (SPD) – the junior partner in Merkel’s coalition – had called for their party to quit the alliance if the decision was not revoked.

The deal unravelled on Friday when Andrea Nahles, leader of the centre-left SPD, said it was a mistake. A poll published on Thursday had shown 72% of voters had less confidence in the government after the clumsy compromise.

After a meeting between the party leaders on Sunday to hammer out a new compromise, interior minister Horst Seehofer said they had agreed Maaßen would work in the interior ministry in future but would not receive a pay rise.

Seehofer said Maaßen would be a special advisor focusing on European and international tasks. Before the meeting some SPD members had insisted that Maaßen should not be responsible for security or migration issues in his new role.

Seehofer said the decision about pay was a response to the heavy public criticism of the initial plan, but insisted the coalition had not been at risk of falling apart over the affair.

After the coalition’s third crisis meeting in 10 days, SPD leader Nahles said in a statement: “The coalition will now dedicate itself to daily business again. We have a lot to do.“

The dispute over Maaßen comes just two months after Merkel ended a painful row with Seehofer’s Bavarian CSU over immigration.

And the coalition is still divided over how to tackle the problem of diesel cars with high nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. A government source said the coalition committee would meet on 1 October to discuss issues including diesel.

An Emnid poll had Saturday showed combined support for Merkel’s CDU and Seehofer’s Christian Social Union (CSU) slumping to a record low of 28%, while the far-right Alternative for Germany – which has backed Maaßen – was at 16%, just behind the SPD on 17%.

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The three coalition parties had agreed on Tuesday to transfer spy chief Hans-Georg Maaßen to the Interior Ministry following accusations that he harboured far-right views. Maaßen had questioned the authenticity of video footage showing radicals hounding migrants in the eastern city of Chemnitz.

But their decision sparked public outrage because the senior post they picked for Maaßen came with a pay rise. Some members of the Social Democrats (SPD) – the junior partner in Merkel’s coalition – had called for their party to quit the alliance if the decision was not revoked.

The deal unravelled on Friday when Andrea Nahles, leader of the centre-left SPD, said it was a mistake. A poll published on Thursday had shown 72% of voters had less confidence in the government after the clumsy compromise.

After a meeting between the party leaders on Sunday to hammer out a new compromise, interior minister Horst Seehofer said they had agreed Maaßen would work in the interior ministry in future but would not receive a pay rise.

Seehofer said Maaßen would be a special advisor focusing on European and international tasks. Before the meeting some SPD members had insisted that Maaßen should not be responsible for security or migration issues in his new role.

Seehofer said the decision about pay was a response to the heavy public criticism of the initial plan, but insisted the coalition had not been at risk of falling apart over the affair.

After the coalition’s third crisis meeting in 10 days, SPD leader Nahles said in a statement: “The coalition will now dedicate itself to daily business again. We have a lot to do.“

The dispute over Maaßen comes just two months after Merkel ended a painful row with Seehofer’s Bavarian CSU over immigration.

And the coalition is still divided over how to tackle the problem of diesel cars with high nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. A government source said the coalition committee would meet on 1 October to discuss issues including diesel.

An Emnid poll had Saturday showed combined support for Merkel’s CDU and Seehofer’s Christian Social Union (CSU) slumping to a record low of 28%, while the far-right Alternative for Germany – which has backed Maaßen – was at 16%, just behind the SPD on 17%.

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Angela Merkel conceded that the coalition’s decision to remove ex-intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen from his post only to reward him with a higher-paid job, and effectively, a promotion to a post in the Interior Ministry “could not convince people.”

In an unprecedented move, she admitted that she had been too focused on the “proceedings in the Interior Ministry” and had not paid enough attention to “what people are rightly preoccupied with when they hear about a promotion.”

“I’m sorry that we allowed that to happen,” she said at a news conference.

She stressed that the solution the coalition found for Maassen, who is now going to be a consultant to the Interior Ministry, was “appropriate” and was more likely to be seen as reasonable by the public “precisely because it is not a promotion.”

DW political correspondent Simon Young said the admission “should help calm things down, as it is not very often that the chancellor comes out to make a public apology.”

  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERHans-Georg Maassen, the head of Germany’s Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) — the domestic intelligence service — is no stranger to controversy. Calls for him to step down have been a constant throughout his long career in the intelligence community.
  • Shadowy figure
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERMaassen gained notoriety in 2002 while working for the German Interior Ministry and arguing that Murat Kurnaz, a German resident held in the US prison at Guantanamo for five years before being released, could not return to Germany because his residency had lapsed. Herta Däubler-Gmelin, who was justice minister at the time, called Maassen’s argument, “false, appalling and inhumane.”
  • Trouble in the Interior Ministry
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERIn 2012, Maassen was tapped to lead Germany’s top spy agency. He promised to restore faith in the BfV, which was embroiled in controversy over its entanglement in the right-wing extremist scene and his predecessor’s decision to destroy files related to the neo-Nazi NSU murders.
  • Vows to restore trust
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERMaassen has been accused of having “a troubled relationship with basic democratic principles” for his pursuit of bloggers on grounds of treason and trying to suppress negative stories on the BfV. In January 2017, he told parliament reports the BfV had undercover agents in the Islamist scene connected to the Berlin Christmas market attack were false. Records showing it did became public in 2018.
  • First calls for firing
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERBefore Maassen made headlines by questioning the veracity of videos of right-wing protestors chasing foreigners through the streets of Chemnitz, he was under fire for advising right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD) on how to avoid scrutiny from his agency. Now he is accused of sharing confidential documents with the AfD before presenting them to the public.
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  • Sympathies for the right?

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Merkel also said the coalition needed to focus on “solving people’s problems” as “we have been too preoccupied with ourselves in many areas.”

“That has got to change,” she added, citing Brexit, digitalization, the care sector and diesel regulations as some of the issues that need to be tackled.

Maassen made headlines earlier this month when he called into question the veracity of footage showing far-right sympathizers chasing people in the eastern city of Chemnitz. Shortly thereafter, he was criticized over reports that he had passed sensitive information about Islamic extremism to the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Despite this, his boss, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer stood behind him, marking the latest in a series of conflicts between the Bavarian conservative and Merkel.

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Angela Merkel conceded that the coalition’s decision to remove ex-intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen from his post only to reward him with a higher-paid job, and effectively, a promotion to a post in the Interior Ministry “could not convince people.”

In an unprecedented move, she admitted that she had been too focused on the “proceedings in the Interior Ministry” and had not paid enough attention to “what people are rightly preoccupied with when they hear about a promotion.”

“I’m sorry that we allowed that to happen,” she said at a news conference.

She stressed that the solution the coalition found for Maassen, who is now going to be a consultant to the Interior Ministry, was “appropriate” and was more likely to be seen as reasonable by the public “precisely because it is not a promotion.”

DW political correspondent Simon Young said the admission “should help calm things down, as it is not very often that the chancellor comes out to make a public apology.”

  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERHans-Georg Maassen, the head of Germany’s Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) — the domestic intelligence service — is no stranger to controversy. Calls for him to step down have been a constant throughout his long career in the intelligence community.
  • Shadowy figure
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERMaassen gained notoriety in 2002 while working for the German Interior Ministry and arguing that Murat Kurnaz, a German resident held in the US prison at Guantanamo for five years before being released, could not return to Germany because his residency had lapsed. Herta Däubler-Gmelin, who was justice minister at the time, called Maassen’s argument, “false, appalling and inhumane.”
  • Trouble in the Interior Ministry
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERIn 2012, Maassen was tapped to lead Germany’s top spy agency. He promised to restore faith in the BfV, which was embroiled in controversy over its entanglement in the right-wing extremist scene and his predecessor’s decision to destroy files related to the neo-Nazi NSU murders.
  • Vows to restore trust
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERMaassen has been accused of having “a troubled relationship with basic democratic principles” for his pursuit of bloggers on grounds of treason and trying to suppress negative stories on the BfV. In January 2017, he told parliament reports the BfV had undercover agents in the Islamist scene connected to the Berlin Christmas market attack were false. Records showing it did became public in 2018.
  • First calls for firing
  • HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREERBefore Maassen made headlines by questioning the veracity of videos of right-wing protestors chasing foreigners through the streets of Chemnitz, he was under fire for advising right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD) on how to avoid scrutiny from his agency. Now he is accused of sharing confidential documents with the AfD before presenting them to the public.
  • Author: Jon Shelton
  • Sympathies for the right?

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Merkel also said the coalition needed to focus on “solving people’s problems” as “we have been too preoccupied with ourselves in many areas.”

“That has got to change,” she added, citing Brexit, digitalization, the care sector and diesel regulations as some of the issues that need to be tackled.

Maassen made headlines earlier this month when he called into question the veracity of footage showing far-right sympathizers chasing people in the eastern city of Chemnitz. Shortly thereafter, he was criticized over reports that he had passed sensitive information about Islamic extremism to the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Despite this, his boss, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer stood behind him, marking the latest in a series of conflicts between the Bavarian conservative and Merkel.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition resolved a dispute over Germany’s scandal-tainted spymaster on Sunday, ending a crisis that had prompted concerns the six-month-old government could fall apart.

The three coalition parties had agreed on Tuesday to transfer spy chief Hans-Georg Maaßen to the Interior Ministry following accusations that he harboured far-right views. Maaßen had questioned the authenticity of video footage showing radicals hounding migrants in the eastern city of Chemnitz.

But their decision sparked public outrage because the senior post they picked for Maaßen came with a pay rise. Some members of the Social Democrats (SPD) – the junior partner in Merkel’s coalition – had called for their party to quit the alliance if the decision was not revoked.

The deal unravelled on Friday when Andrea Nahles, leader of the centre-left SPD, said it was a mistake. A poll published on Thursday had shown 72% of voters had less confidence in the government after the clumsy compromise.

After a meeting between the party leaders on Sunday to hammer out a new compromise, interior minister Horst Seehofer said they had agreed Maaßen would work in the interior ministry in future but would not receive a pay rise.

Seehofer said Maaßen would be a special advisor focusing on European and international tasks. Before the meeting some SPD members had insisted that Maaßen should not be responsible for security or migration issues in his new role.

Seehofer said the decision about pay was a response to the heavy public criticism of the initial plan, but insisted the coalition had not been at risk of falling apart over the affair.

After the coalition’s third crisis meeting in 10 days, SPD leader Nahles said in a statement: “The coalition will now dedicate itself to daily business again. We have a lot to do.“

The dispute over Maaßen comes just two months after Merkel ended a painful row with Seehofer’s Bavarian CSU over immigration.

And the coalition is still divided over how to tackle the problem of diesel cars with high nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. A government source said the coalition committee would meet on 1 October to discuss issues including diesel.

An Emnid poll had Saturday showed combined support for Merkel’s CDU and Seehofer’s Christian Social Union (CSU) slumping to a record low of 28%, while the far-right Alternative for Germany – which has backed Maaßen – was at 16%, just behind the SPD on 17%.

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1. Russia from mikenova (112 sites): Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russian ‘Siloviki’ Leaders Worried by Putin’s Course Seeking a New Direction, ‘Russkaya Narodnaya Liniya’ Says

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Staunton, September 24 – Rumors are circulating in Moscow that the most senior leaders of Russia’s force structures are worried about Vladimir Putin’s current course regarding pension reforms, see the election results as confirmation of their worries that the regime faces increasing opposition from the population, and are now demanding that the Kremlin change course.

These rumors were given real shape by blogger Aleksey Ivanov in an article last week in the nationalist newspaper Zavtra, the editors of the nationalist Russkaya Narodnaya Liniya portal say. (For Ivanov’s article, see zavtra.ru/events/siloviki_i_pensionnaya_reforma; for RNL’s commentary, see ruskline.ru/news_rl/2018/09/24/siloviki_nedovolny_putinym/.)

According to the Russian blogger, rumors about siloviki concerns regarding the pension reform have been circulating all summer; but they have taken on new form and urgency because of the losses that the government’s United Russia Party suffered – and fears among the siloviki that still worse political changes are ahead.

Sources say, Ivanov wrote, that “on the basis” of the election results, Nikolay Patrushev and former defense minister Sergey Ivanov are saying that the pension reform plan must be cancelled lest it become “a long-term source of political instability” and even a direct threat to the regime.

According to the Zavtra article, Parushev, Ivanov, Belousov, and Glazyev share that view. Volodin, Sobyanin and Chemezov are close to it. Supporters of continuing the planned increase in the pension age include Kudrin, Siluanov, Golikova, Nabiullina, Sechin, Miller, Rotenbeerg, Timbechenko, Kobalchuk, Shuvalov, Gref, Turchak, and Oreshkin.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev occupies “a special position.” He favors going ahead but wants to make sure that he is not made the fall guy for the program, Ivanov wrote.

“Our ‘Red patriots,’” Russkaya narodnaya liniya argues, “base their constructions on the idea that the pension reform is not a domestic Russian problem but part of a global strategy for the final transformation of the Russian Federation into a raw materials supplier” for the rest of the world.

By destroying popular support for the government and for “Putin personally,” the pension reform plan could easily lead to “the final loss of sovereignty by the Russian Federation.” In that event, the silovikiknow, “they would be the first to be physically destroyed because the final transformation of the Russian Federation into a raw materials colony would be accompanied by the replacement of the existing administrative system.”

The day after the Zavtra article appeared, a Russian blogger argued that the siloviki leaders see themselves as an integral part of the current system and do not want to see any fundamental change in the system. Policies may have to be sacrificed, however, in order to save the situation (gala-gala15.livejournal.com/845116.html).

Specifically, he said, “for the siloviki, a change in the status quo as a result of a growth in conflict between the authorities and the people, something capable of leading to a revolt leading to the reformation of the entire system and even its defeat” is a personal threat because unlike the liberals, the siloviki couldn’t decamp to the West.

According to Russkaya narodnaya liniya, the leaders of the force structures are demanding not only a change in policy but the removal of the representative of “the liberal market block from power” lest the latter use popular anger as a means of advancing themselves into power.

The siloviki argue, the portal says, that they can in fact purge these people, something the liberals can’t do in return.  “Apparently, the portal continues, “the powers that be are beginning to understand” this situation” especially in the wake of the electoral defeats of the previously ruling United Russia Party.

And at least one possibility that points to is the formation of a new “right-conservative party” which would replace United Russia and do battle with the liberals in order to defend the state and ensure a continuing role for the current siloviki.

In the hothouse atmosphere that is Moscow, such rumors are inevitable; and by their very nature, they are seldom confirmed and often contradicted. But there is a logic to what Zavtra and Russkaya Narodnaya Liniya say, a logic that may in fact be working its way in the minds of the Kremlin elite.

To the extent that is possible, it suggests that the split in the Russian power elite the West had hoped to provoke with its sanctions is in fact the result of a self-inflicted wound by the Putin Administration.  And to the extent that is so, those within the regime who are challenging the Kremlin leader on pension reform are in a stronger and much more threatening position.

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Moscow announced plans to supply Syria with an air-defense system, a move that follows the downing of a Russian plane last week, which the Kremlin blamed on Israel and escalated tensions in the region, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will meet with President Trump on Thursday to discuss recent news stories, including Friday’s New York Times report that Rosenstein had proposed wearing a wire in the White House and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. (See Jack Goldsmith’s analysis of the Times story on Lawfare). The White House’s announcement of the Thursday meeting followed a series of conflicting reports that left journalists uncertain about Rosenstein’s status within the administration, writes the Times.

A UK detective who investigated Russian money laundering in Britain has stated that he was ordered to drop the investigation by a more senior official linked to the Foreign Office, reports the Sunday Telegraph.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani accused the U.S. of allying with an unspecified Persian Gulf country to carry out an attack on an Iranian military parade on Saturday, which left dozens dead or injured, saysthe Times. The attack was claimed by both the Islamic State and an Arab separatist group.

A U.S.Navy surveillance flight over the South China Sea showed that seven shoals have been turned into Chinese military bases in the last five years—a change that points to Beijing’s growing dominance in the region, reports the Times.

A recent presidential election in the Maldives yielded surprising results, with the opposition leader announcing victory over the authoritarian incumbent. This change in administration could result in better relations between the Maldives and the West, reports the Washington Post.

Amidst a wave of U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods, a few items key to U.S. manufacturers have been provided exemptions, such as ibuprofen (90 percent of which comes from China). These exemptions point to potential economic vulnerabilities for U.S. corporations, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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7:04 PM 9/23/2018 – Maassen and Manafort | AfD and BfV are BFF! (With some BS…) | (The alleged FSB agent and neo-Nazi informant) Maassen is out as the German domestic spy chief but with promotion within his Interior Ministry. – M.N. 

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AfD and BfV are BFF! (With some BS…)

(The alleged FSB agent and neo-Nazi informant) Maassen is out as the German domestic spy chief but with promotion within his Interior Ministry. (!)

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Is this possible that Maassen did not know about Manafort’s shenanigans? Absolutely impossible. And now dive into this connection and its interconnected webs DEEPER. Who was really behind it? What are the connections with the other German Intelligence Services

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Is Maassen just a convenient scapegoat or the designated fall guy? Who is behind him? 

What are his connections with Ernst Uhrlau and other personae? What are his possible connections with the hypothetical “New Abwehr“?

Investigate his and these complex, interconnected, social, professional, and political networks. Who should do this investigation? Those who are capable to and those who have to, irrespective of the country and the type of the investigative service. At the later stage the results of these investigations should be compiled, combined, and published. 

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The relationship between Germany’s domestic spy chief, Hans-Georg Maassen, and the Alternative for Germany (AfD) came under renewed scrutiny on Thursday, when it was revealed that the head of the domestic intelligence service, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), had passed on information from his yearly report to the far-right populist party ahead of its publication.

AfD Bundestag member Stephan Brandner confirmed to public broadcaster ARD that Maassen had given him “numbers from the report” at a personal meeting on June 13, five weeks before it was released.

“We talked about different figures that are in there,” Brandner told ARD, including the number of Islamist extremists in the country. The BfV is tasked with tracking extremist groups inside Germany and determining whether they represent a danger, and brings out a report on its findings every summer.

Maassen has already faced intense pressure after an interview in which he questioned whether videos showing far-right violence in Chemnitz were authentic, directly contradicting Chancellor Angela Merkel’s statements.

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    Maassen gained notoriety in 2002 while working for the German Interior Ministry and arguing that Murat Kurnaz, a German resident held in the US prison at Guantanamo for five years before being released, could not return to Germany because his residency had lapsed. Herta Däubler-Gmelin, who was justice minister at the time, called Maassen’s argument, “false, appalling and inhumane.”

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    HANS-GEORG MAASSEN: A CONTROVERSIAL CAREER

    Vows to restore trust

    In 2012, Maassen was tapped to lead Germany’s top spy agency. He promised to restore faith in the BfV, which was embroiled in controversy over its entanglement in the right-wing extremist scene and his predecessor’s decision to destroy files related to the neo-Nazi NSU murders.

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    Maassen has been accused of having “a troubled relationship with basic democratic principles” for his pursuit of bloggers on grounds of treason and trying to suppress negative stories on the BfV. In January 2017, he told parliament reports the BfV had undercover agents in the Islamist scene connected to the Berlin Christmas market attack were false. Records showing it did became public in 2018.

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    Sympathies for the right?

    Before Maassen made headlines by questioning the veracity of videos of right-wing protestors chasing foreigners through the streets of Chemnitz, he was under fire for advising right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD) on how to avoid scrutiny from his agency. Now he is accused of sharing confidential documents with the AfD before presenting them to the public.

    Author: Jon Shelton

Even before Thursday’s revelation, opposition parties had called on Maassen to resign over suspicions that he harbors right-wing sympathies and has a too-close relationship with the AfD. But until now he has been backed by his boss, conservative Interior Minister Horst Seehofer.

In a speech to the Bundestag on Thursday morning, Seehofer reiterated his support for the BfV president, and it now appears that Maassen’s future could become a new crisis point for Merkel’s government: Merkel, Seehofer, and Social Democrat leader Andrea Nahles held a special crisis meeting to discuss the issue. The group said that any decision on Maassen’s future would not be made before next Tuesday.

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Maassen quickly rejected any wrongdoing. In a statement to DW, the BfV press office said he had received “express instructions” from the Interior Ministry, which is responsible for the BfV, to speak to parliamentarians from all political parties, and to inform them regularly about potential national security threats.

“The [ARD report] gives the impression that information or documents were passed on without a legal foundation,” the statement said. “This is of course not the case.” The BfV press office would not comment on the exact content of the conversation with Brandner, on the grounds that these conversations are confidential.

The DPA news agency reported on Thursday that Maassen had had all of 237 personal conversations with politicians since he took over the post in 2012, only five of which had been with members of the AfD. The party, however, was only formed in 2013 and only entered the Bundestag after the last election in 2017.

Nevertheless, the political fallout from the revelation could still threaten the spy chief, especially in light of his contentious interview with Bild newspaper, in which he cast doubt on evidence of migrants being threatened on the streets of Chemnitz. Such doubts were also shared by the AfD.

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    “The Wolves Are Back” is a series of 66 bronze statues of wolves. Some do the Hitler salute, which is usually banned in Germany. Artist Rainer Opolka says the work is meant to remind people of the threat of racism. Far-right sympathizers often use the wolf to describe themselves. The AfD’s Björn Höcke used the word recently; Hitler’s propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, used it as early as 1928.

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    Opolka has brought his statues all around the country to places where racism and xenophobia are on display. They have been on show in Dresden during the anti-immigrant PEGIDA marches, and outside the Munich courthouse during the sentencing of Beate Zschäpe, a member of the neo-Nazi NSU terror cell.

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    When the far-right Pro Chemnitz group launches its newest rally on Friday, both the city’s famous Karl Marx statue and the wolves will be watching. While some of the wolves have an aggressive stance, others appear with blindfolds.

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    After a series of far-right rallies in early September, Chemnitz has been trying to reclaim its image from the negative headlines. Large banners in the city center decry ethno-nationalism, and an anti-racism concert held under the banner “We are more” attracted some 65,000 people.

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    Officials in Chemnitz have voiced their concern that the unrest will permanently damage the city’s image. They’ve gone to great lengths to distance themselves from the right-wing rallies, and have fast-tracked criminal proceedings for those who committed violence or broke hate-speech laws during the protests.

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Time to go?

Even voices from the governing parties have joined in calls for Maassen’s dismissal. Lars Klingbeil, general secretary of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), junior partner in Angela Merkel’s governing coalition, tweeted on Thursday afternoon that, “for the SPD leadership it is completely clear that Maassen must go. Merkel must act now.”

Konstantin von Notz, interior policy spokesman for the opposition Green party, took a more nuanced view. While acknowledging that the meeting between Brandner and Maassen was unusual, the revelation that he may have passed on figures about Islamists was less interesting than the fact that the pair had apparently discussed the BfV’s budget.

“This is secret, and can only be discussed among very few Bundestag members in the parliament’s confidential committee,” he told DW.

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The pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) has also made its mind up about Maassen. The party’s interior policy spokesman, Konstantin Kuhle, told DPA on Thursday that the BfV head was “not neutral” about the AfD, and thus had to go, because of the “general impression after the events of the last few weeks and months.”

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During the 2013 mass surveillance disclosures, German media reported that Maaßen visited the headquarters of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) in January and May. According to classifieddocuments of the German government, Maaßen had agreed to transfer all data collected by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution via XKeyscore to the NSA.[5]

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In June 2016 he questioned whether Edward Snowden was working for Russian intelligence, and Snowden sent a sarcastic response in perfect German.[6]

Ob Maaßen Agent des SVR oder FSB ist, kann derzeit nicht belegt werden. (Whether Maaßen is an agent of the SVR or FSB [two Russian security services] cannot be currently determined.)

Cooperation with the FSB had also been suggested by Oleg Kalugin, at least since Snowden’s arrival in Russia.[7]

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Asked if Brexit will make the EU more pro-Russian, international experts with different backgrounds approached by <a href=”http://euractiv.com” rel=”nofollow”>euractiv.com</a> were not unanimous in their assessment. However, all said that without the UK, the EU will be weaker internationally.

Michael Emerson, Associate Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies and former EU Ambassador to Moscow, said that Brexit would tilt the EU toward a softer stance vis-à-vis Russia.

Emerson cited the heavily-read article in the Guardian by David Miliband, the former UK foreign secretary, who said that those who will celebrate the morning after a British vote to leave will not be Germany, France or the rest of the EU. It would be Marine Le Pen, Vladimir Putin, and perhaps Donald Trump.

Emerson pointed out the the Litvinenko affair, which has helped position the UK amongst hardliners in the EU, vis-à-vis Russia.

Alexander Litvinenko, a former officer in the Russian secret services, who received political asylum in the UK, fell victim to radioactive polonium poisoning in 2006. Subsequent investigations by British authorities into the circumstances of Litvinenko’s death led to serious diplomatic difficulties between the British and Russian governments.

Contrasting ends of the spectrum

Among the anti-Moscow hardliners in the EU is Poland, a country marked by the 1940 Katyn massacre, in which some 22,000 Polish officers and intelligentsia were executed on the orders of Stalin.

In contrast, member states such as Italy, Greece, Bulgaria have always been considered pro-Russian. In recent years, a rapprochement with Russia has been visible under Hungary’s PM Viktor Orbán, as well as in Slovakia under Robert Fico. But even France is seen as accommodating to Russia, and found it hard to cancel a sale of Mistral-class helicopter carriers because of Moscow’s war in Ukraine.

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France will not deliver the first of two helicopter carriers to Russia for now because of Moscow’s actions in eastern Ukraine, the French president’s office said yesterday (3 September).

Regarding Germany, the country appears to be inhibited by its recent history to strongly oppose Russia. It is also seen as being too friendly to Gazprom, and support for the Nord Stream 2 project has become a divisive factor in the EU.

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The ‘Visegrad Four’ countries (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) found a powerful ally at the EU summit which ended today (18 December) in the person of Council President Donald Tusk, who repeated most of their arguments against the Germany-favoured project.

“The UK tends towards the harder end of the spectrum of EU member states, not as deeply so as Poland or the Baltic states, but with much less weight given to commercial interests than in Germany or Italy for example. The Litvinenko polonium affair also introduces a fair amount of political poison into the relationship. So overall, the weighting of views in the Council of Foreign Ministers would be tilted a bit towards the softer end of the spectrum,”  Emerson said.

Morgan Palmer, a visiting scholar at the SWP Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, argued that Brexit served Russia’s overarching goal of weakening the EU. Officially, Russia denies pursuing such goal.

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“It is well known that Russia would prefer to deal with the individual nation states of the EU separately rather than as a collective unit. Russia’s preference would be division and less integration of the European member states,” Palmer said.

The analyst further argued that Brexit could start a trend of member states questioning their own membership.

“There have been articles and discussions of the possibility of Poland and France succumbing to the same cries for a referendum that Britain is now in the process of and perhaps more would follow this domino effect depending on the outcome of a Brexit and the success that it has in re-establishing itself outside the EU. The looming threat of another Scottish referendum on independence if Britain does decide to leave could also provide a further catalyst for the splitting of individual member states resulting in further divisions which may well be beneficial from a Russian perspective,” Palmer said.

In the case of Brexit, Germany would have even more influence, he further argued.

“The loss of a significant contributor to the EU budget, compounded with the fact that France is in real danger of an economic recession, it is likely that Germany would gain even more influence over the EU. There has been much debate about whether Germany can try and maintain its position as a country between East and West. Yet, it was Germany that called for intervention in the Ukraine conflict, Palmer reminded.

But he said that a lot depended on Germany assuming real leadership,

“Thus, Germany could in fact create strong resistance to Russia’s relations with Europe. This, however, depends on whether Germany would choose to lead Europe to further integration upon the exit of Britain, or permit it to continue coping with crises but not solving the underlying problems,” Palmer concluded.

Roman Rukomeda, an independent analyst in Ukraine, said that Brexit would not necessarily make the EU more pro-Russian, but in any case, the Union would become weaker. He referred to the recent Dutch referendum against the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement as an early warning of further disintegration. He also hinted that Russia was pushing in this direction with money and covert activity.

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Dutch voters on Wednesday (6 April) rejected a European pact with Ukraine in a referendum seen as a barometer of anti-EU feeling, dealing an embarrassing blow to the government in charge of the rotating EU presidency, sending shockwaves throughout the Union.

“Brexit can become the real starter of the EU’s disintegration process. After the referendum in Netherlands on the Ukraine-EU association, Brexit is pushing the trend on European Union’s internal conflict. No doubt it is done with the help of Russian influence, especially political, financial and informational resources. The issue of the UK referendum, irrespective of its result, is already making EU weaker as a political player. It has negative impact on EU’s ability to deal with Russia and it is giving the Kremlin the assurance that its divide-and-rule tactics are quite effective,” Rukomeda said.

The Ukrainian analyst said that this does not mean that the EU will necessarily be more pro-Russian. “It will just be weaker to react on continuous Russian pressure and attempts to create as many conflict lines inside EU as possible. The European Union will not become more pro-Russian. It will just become less pro-European,” Rukomeda said.

He further referred to the issue of EU sanctions against Russia, seen by Ukraine as vital for leveraging the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

“It also will give good ground for many Russian friends in France, Austria, Hungary, Germany, Italy and some other countries to feel that it is time to push on Brussels for taking away the sanctions against Russia. After, it may happen that the EU will finally lose its mandate to proclaimEuropean values and human rights as its highest priority. Instead, it will become clear that only profit is the main value of many European capitals,” Rukomeda said. He added that for Ukraine, it was better to have no illusions and be able to defend itself by all possible means.

Danila Bochkarev, Senior Fellow at the East-West Institute, sees Brexit as unlikely. But in the event of Brexit, he sees the ties between the UK, where a large part of the Russian elite has invested its wealth in real estate, becoming even stronger.

“I think Brexit is a bit too theoretical to discuss it at this stage, especially in the foreign policy area. My take is that nothing will really change in an unlikely event of Brexit. I see only ties between Moscow and London getting stronger – indeed despite often harsh rhetoric and serious political disagreements the financial link between the UK and Russia is strong and will get stronger in case of Brexit”, Bochkarev said.

He did not anticipate major changes in EU-Russia relations, and stressed that UK-Russia and the Russia-US relations had more relevance in geopolitical terms.

“The UK, as a member of the UN Security Council and a member of nuclear club is and will be an important interlocutor for Russia. As for Ukraine, I think the resolution of Ukraine crisis is more affected by the changing dynamics in the US – Russia relations, than by Moscow’s relations with Brussels,” Bochkarev said.

Piotr Kazczynski, a Polish-born analyst with vast Brussels experience, was even more pessimistic, pondering the ultimate disintegration of the EU itself.

“Brexit impact would have a terrible impact on EU’s capacity worldwide,” he told EURACTIV.

“First, inside of the EU, it could trigger a domino effect (eg in the Netherlands or Finland… or even in France in 2017).

“Second, it would substantially diminish the EU’s clout, be it political (such as transatlantic relations would now be largely based on Germany-US ties) or military (the UK’s military capacity can be only matched by France in the EU).

“In effect, it would further push EU into internal turmoil without much capacity to deal with an