WikiLeaks Releases ‘CIA Espionage Orders,’ Giving Insight Into France’s 2012 Election

Wikileaks has released three classified ‘CIA Espionage Orders’ revealing details of an alleged seven-month long spying campaign by the agency ahead of the 2012 French presidential election.

CIA tasking orders published on Thursday by WikiLeaks give context for its forth coming CIA Vault 7 series.

In a press release, WikiLeaks noted:

“The CIA assessed that President Sarkozy’s party was not assured re-election. Specific instructions tasked CIA officers to discover Sarkozy’s private deliberations ‘on the other candidates’ as well as how he interacted with his advisors.”

The seven pages of documents appear to be classified orders for intelligence operatives to gather information regarding candidates’ political strategies and internal communications.

Instructions for CIA operatives, according to the documents, included documenting French presidential candidates’ political strategies, views of the U.S. and sources of political funding.

A press release from WikiLeaks states:

“Named specifically as targets are the French Socialist Party (PS), the National Front (FN) and Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) together with current President Francois Hollande, then President Nicolas Sarkozy, current round one presidential front runner Marine Le Pen, and former presidential candidates Martine Aubry and Dominique Strauss-Khan.”

[RELATED: What is Vault 7? Wikileaks Releases Series of Cryptic Tweets]

The documents disclose that all of France’s major political parties were targeted for infiltration by the CIA’s human (“HUMINT”) and electronic (“SIGINT”) spies.

WikiLeaks’ release of the documents comes amid growing tensions between Trump and the intelligence community over leaks of classified information that have portrayed people close to Trump in a negative light.

UPDATE: 2/17/17 12:00 P.M. EST – Wikileaks has pointed out that the CIA used HUMINT or spies to penetrate the last French Presidential election.

[RELATED: WikiLeaks Hints At Huge Upcoming Revelations: ‘2017 Will Blow You Away

The release has been timed to coincide with the upcoming 2017 presidential election in France, the first round of which will be held on April 23. According to latest polls, Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron are favorites to go forward to the election run-off.

WikiLeaks is becoming well-known for playing a role in elections. Last year, it released tens of thousands of personal emails from political parties and high-profile aides. One such person was John Podesta, a close confidante of Hillary Clinton, the failed Democratic Party presidential candidate.

 

Trump Shows New Support for Abandoning Two-State Solution in Meeting with Netanyahu

President Donald Trump met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday to hold a joint press conference at the White House regarding the future of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. The upshot of which is neither leader committed explicitly to back a future independent Palestine, a longstanding bedrock of US policy.

Trump suggested to Netanyahu that Israel should “hold back” on building new settlements “for a little bit.”

“As far as settlements, I’d like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit. We’ll work something out but I would like to see a deal be made,” Trump said at a joint press conference with Netanyahu at the White House before their meeting.

In response, Netanyahu played down the issue of settlement building. “I believe that the issue of the settlement is not the core of the conflict, nor does it really drive the conflict. I think it’s an issue that has to be resolved in the context of peace negotiations,” Netanyahu said.

Last month, Israel approved the construction of 3,000 housing units in West Bank settlements, amidst a spate of settlement expansion in the wake of Trump’s inauguration.

On Wednesday, Trump also said that he is open to either a one-state or two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a departure from U.S. stance in previous administrations.

“I’m looking at two-state, one-state, and I like the one that both parties like… I can live with either one,” Trump said.

The previous U.S. administrations have pushed for the two-state solution to the Middle East peace process, an idea of establishing an independent Palestinian state that lives side-by-side with Israel.

On another controversial issue of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Trump said, “as far as the embassy moving to Jerusalem, I’d love to see that happen. We’re looking at it very, very strongly.” He added that the U.S. is looking at the issue “with great care.”

Israel has claimed all of Jerusalem as its “eternal and undivided capital.” The international community has never recognized East Jerusalem, a territory Israel seized in the 1967 Mideast War and later annexed.

The Palestinians see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. The idea of moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem was discussed in the past, but never carried out for fear it would spark fresh tensions in the region.

The report alarmed Palestinians, who urged the White House not to abandon the goal of an independent Palestinian nation.

“If the Trump administration rejects this policy, it would be destroying the chances for peace and undermining American interests, standing and credibility abroad,” said Hanan Ashrawi, a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation. “Accommodating the most extreme and irresponsible elements in Israel and in the White House is no way to make responsible foreign policy.”

Mehdi Hasan of Al Jazeera was stunned by the change of direction in policy.

The Political cartoonist, Carlos Latuff illustrates the outcome of the meeting between Trump and Netanyahu:

Rebecca Vilkomerson from the Jewish Voice for Peace, an organization dedicated to a U.S. foreign policy based on peace, human rights, and respect for international law, made this statement in response to the press conference:

“Today Trump and Netanyahu spoke of their ‘shared values’ of democracy and respect for human rights. These are alternative facts. Their ‘shared values’ are in reality a shared agenda of walls, militarism, xenophobia, racism, anti-Muslim bigotry, and borders closed to refugees. Netanyahu’s cynical denial of the real and dangerous anti-Semitism in the Trump administration makes clear that he does not represent the interests of Jews around the globe. Netanyahu and Trump share a vision of the world which paints aspirations for freedom and dignity as security threats and falsely and intentionally pits Islam against the West and democracy. In response to their joint agenda, we will continue to grow the resistance to their anti-refugee, anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim policies here in the U.S. and in Israel and put forward a vision of true dignity, equality, and justice for all. For this future to be possible, the tactics of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) will be even more important tools to build a global grassroots pressure against today’s one-state apartheid reality.”

Philip Weiss and Adam Horowitz from Mondoweiss said:

“Many in the human rights community will welcome the end of a hypocritical period in which the U.S. maintained a two-state policy even as no viable state was possible in light of Israel colonization.”

Jamil Dakwar of the ACLU wrote, “The 2-state solution has been long dead so the choice is between an apartheid colonial state or one democratic state with full equal rights.”

Cal Perry from MSNBC put forward the important questions, “If there is to be one state, will Palestinians have ‘equal rights?’ Will they have ‘citizenship’ rights? Will they be drafted for the army? What will happen to their right of return as refugees? Will they be under civilian rule?”

While Martin Fletcher asserted that if Israel and Palestine become one state, Israel will “never agree to one person, one vote.”

Trump Defense Chief Claims US Will ‘Moderate Its Commitment’ If NATO Allies Don’t Pay Up

U.S. Defense Chief James Mattis delivered an ultimatum to NATO countries on Wednesday—either they increase their military spending, or the United States will “moderate its commitment” to the alliance.

“America will meet its responsibilities, but if your nations do not want to see America moderate its commitment to the alliance, each of your capitals needs to show its support for our common defense,” Mattis said.

“No longer can the American taxpayer carry a disproportionate share of the defense of western values,” Mattis added. “Americans cannot care more for your children’s security than you do. Disregard for military readiness demonstrates a lack of respect for ourselves, for the alliance, and for the freedoms we inherited, which are now clearly threatened.”

The comments were made during the first close-doored meeting with NATO defense ministers in Brussels since Trump took office, and were provided to reporters traveling with the new Pentagon chief, RT reported.

These are words that have echoed throughout Trump’s fiery campaign, coming from those who constantly criticized NATO countries along the trail for “not paying their fair share.”

Trump even went as far as to call NATO “obsolete” and said that “NATO doesn’t discuss terrorism, NATO’s not meant for terrorism. NATO doesn’t have the right countries in it for terrorism,” in March. Mattis disagreed and called the idea “kooky” that NATO was obsolete. He called NATO the “fundamental bedrock” and praised NATO, calling it “the most successful military alliance in history.”

Trump echoed a similar sentiment last week when he told troops at MacDill Air Force Base that “the alliance member states must contribute their fair share.”

“We’ll make a historical financial investment in the armed forces of the United States and show the entire world that America stands with those who stand in defense of freedom. We have your back every hour, every day. Now and always. That also means getting our allies to pay their fair share. It’s been very unfair to us. We strongly support NATO. We only ask that all of the NATO members make their full and proper financial contributions to the NATO alliance, which many of them have not been doing. Many of them have not been even close. And they have to do that,” Trump said.

In July of last year, Trump told the New York Times, “You can’t forget the bills, they have an obligation to make payments. Many NATO nations are not making payments, are not making what they’re supposed to make. That’s a big thing. You can’t say forget that.”

However, the 2 percent increase is not a number made up by the Trump administration. In fact, its origin is the Obama administration and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg who set up the number for major alliance members France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, and Canada, who have not been paying their “fair share.” While countries like UK, Estonia, Poland, and Greece have met the 2 percent margin.

“The main topic I raise in all capitals always is the importance of delivering on the defense investment pledge we made to stop the cuts in defense budgets and to start, gradually to increase and to aim at 2 percent,” Stoltenberg said.

Although, Trump has clarified that he doesn’t want to shrink the United States’s role in NATO as many have erroneously reported; he just wants the nation to pay less, he later told CNN in March.

He also said in July that if Russia attacked one of the countries, he would decide whether to come to their aid only after reviewing if those nations have “fulfilled their obligations to us,” Trump told the New York Times.

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White House Now Claims Trump Expects Russia to ‘Return Crimea’ to Ukraine

President Trump now reportedly expects Russia to “return Crimea” to Ukraine, according to comments made by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday.

While commenting on the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Spicer said that “Russia ‘seized; Crimea under the Obama administration and that the Trump-appointed ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has ‘strongly denounced the Russian occupation.'”

[REPORT: Russia Secretly Deploys Cruise Missile, Violates Arms Treaty]

Spicer’s comments come just hours after reports surfaced claiming Russia secretly deployed a cruise missile, violating a key arms treaty, according to reports from anonymous U.S. officials.

The New York Times reported that Russia “has secretly deployed a new cruise missile despite complaints from American officials that it violates a landmark arms control treaty that helped seal the end of the Cold War.”

[RELATED: National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Resigning Amid Russia Scandal]

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned Monday night, in the midst of a scandal over a phone conversation he reportedly had the U.S. ambassador to Russia before Trump was in office.

Flynn, who has voiced his support for strengthening ties between the U.S. and Russia, is being accused of discussing “the possibility of lifting U.S. sanctions on Russia once Trump took office, which could potentially be in violation of a law banning private citizens from engaging in foreign policy.” 

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REPORT: Russia Secretly Deploys Cruise Missile, Violates Arms Treaty

Russia has reportedly secretly deployed a cruise missile, violating a key arms treaty, according to reports from anonymous U.S. officials.

The New York Times reported that Russia “has secretly deployed a new cruise missile despite complaints from American officials that it violates a landmark arms control treaty that helped seal the end of the Cold War.”

If true, the deployment of the missile would violate the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

The missile had been referred to by American officials as the SSC-X-8, according to the New York Times.

The news of the deployment comes after Michael Flynn has resigned from his post as National Security Adviser to President Trump amid a furious Russian phone call scandal. Flynn allegedly communicated with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. about sanctions before Trump’s inauguration, and then lied to Vice President Pence about it.

[RELATED: National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Reportedly Resigning Amid Russia Scandal]

This is not the only time that the U.S. has accused Russia of violating the INF Treaty. In 2014, Russia was lambasted for flight testing the same missile the Independent reported.

The treaty bans the use of ground-launched intermediate-range missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers.

Without any evidence provided to back their claims the New York Times said that “U.S. officials claimed the Russians have two battalions of the prohibited cruise missile.”

One is located at Russia’s missile test site at Kapustin Yar in the country’s southeast the other is unknown.

It’s not known if this is a report in regards to Moscow’s participation in massive defensive drills around the country last Wednesday to practice in response to an air attack.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that around 45,000 troops, about 150 aircraft, and 200 air defense missile systems S-300 and S-400 systems were involved in the drills.

This also comes amid reports of a Russian spy ship, the SSV-175 Viktor Leonov, off the coast of the east coast of the U.S. 70 miles off the coast of Delaware.

UPDATE: 2/15/17 9:00 a.m. eastern — The ship was spotted 40 miles closer to the U.S., not far from a Navy submarine base in Connecticut, a U.S. official told Fox News.

Adding to the rise in military aggression, last Friday four Russian jets buzzed the USS Porter a guided missile destroyer in the black sea according to The Washington Free Beacon.

“There were several incidents involving multiple Russian aircraft,” Navy Capt. Danny Hernandez, spokesman for the European Command, told The Washington Free Beacon. “They were assessed by the commanding officer as unsafe and unprofessional.”

*This is a developing story. Stay tuned for updates.

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