Council of Worlds at WAR re Announcement Delays

Note the location of “Planet 9” and the inbound path for Nibiru provided by the Zetas in 1997. Nibiru arrived, right on schedule in 2003, and right where predicted a full 7 years earlier. Where the Zetas provided the location of the gravity draw represented by the Sun’s dark unlit binary and the inbound Nibiru in 1983, when the IRAS team lofted its infra-red balloon in search of the inbound Nibiru, this location was not provided to the public. All articles in print at that time only referring to the location as the “western edge of the constellation Orion”, quite vague, and the “western edge” is vast. Yet the Zetas pinpointed the location as being just outside the lower bow of Orion. Such is the accuracy of ZetaTalk. How would the public eventually become “aware of the history and accuracy of ZetaTalk predictions” as predicted by the Zetas on April 16, 2016? ? It would seem this is already in process.


SOZT March 19, 2016

So what happened to the announcement? Obama lacked the courage. As a result of this colossal failure,  having to disband the Jade Helm structure, the US military reacted. Obama is no longer running the country. Chief of Staff General Dunford is. Ben Fulford has for months been referring to Obama as the US “spokesperson”. Is this true, and how does this work? In that the Middle East, under the direction and press from Israel, Turkey, the Jewish bankers of the Federal Reserve, and the Saudis were supporting ISIS and this threatened to create a force that would not only invade Europe but also create an endless terrorism threat to the US, the military did indeed effect a silent coup. Russia needed to enter the fray, and Dunford, but not Obama, agreed. This will never be admitted, publicly, nor do the parties want this.
EOZT


SOZT October 1, 2015
The three major social media outlets in use around the globe all had significant, and simultaneous outages between September 20-24, 2015. Skype had complaints from the UK, Australia, and Japan. Twitter received reports from the US, Australia, and Singapore. FaceBook had the loudest howls, primarily from the US and Europe. Notably these downtimes, some lasting for hours or even days, got no attention in the major media, and there was no real explanation for the outages.  Every Skype user has an account and a password, as do their contacts. Every Skype user can broadcast messages to their contacts, even if these contacts are not presently online. Every twitter use likewise has an account and a password, and by sending a tweet passes information along to subscribers, who can retweet the info in the future. FaceBook users likewise have an account and a password, with many friends who pick up info from each other and pass it along on their FaceBook accounts.  In all of this, the networks themselves are AWARE of the accounts and passwords, and could do a broadcast to all in the event of an announcement. Check your user agreements. This is legal!
EOZT


SOZT April 25, 2015
When we announced that the Council of Worlds would be going to war with the elite over their blockage of the announcement, the tools available to the Council were not immediately apparent. Early in the campaign the Sony hack showed one such mechanism, whereby an anonymous hacker revealed embarrassing information about Sony executives. Similarly exposing pedophile activities by Prince Andrew and Bill Clinton and blatant lies by self-promoting media talking heads such as Brian Williams and Bill O’Reilly required nothing more than encouraging contactees to step forward.  In many, many cases a financial loss sufficient to trigger a clash among the elite is a result of an electronic delay during trades. 
EOZT


SOZT July 4, 2015
What is the message here? As with other failed launches, this most recent failure is a definitive message from the Council of Worlds. Space X has had success in resupplying the ISS, though has flounded on landing on a floating ocean platform.  Resupply of the ISS is OK, reuse of their launch equipment so as to help the elite escape, not OK. The message now is that the elite should not expect to get into space at all. No escape. The message here is to take all hope away from such plans among the elite. They are to remain on Earth with the common man. We expect the battle to shift from attempts to block the announcement, or deny its meaning, to attempts to enslave the common man in some way. That is another fight, on another day.
EOZT


SOZT November 1, 2014
The elite – the wealthy and politically powerful in the world – have continued in their attempts to thwart the announcement by Obama and his partners admitting that Nibiru, aka Planet X exists. We have long stated that the announcement date was set by Obama and Xi at their June 7-8, 2013 meeting in Santa Monica. The flustered slip given by the French Foreign Minister on May 13, 2014 re “500 days
http://www.zetatalk.com/ning/17ma2014.htm
until climate chaos” was in reference to this, as the date set was to be 500 days from the 2013 meeting, ie October 20, 2014.
EOZT


SOZT November 8, 2014
Relying solely on Russia or China to proceed would get the truth out BUT since the block had always been on the US end, via Reagan’s national security directive, without a confirmation from Obama this is awkward and subject to being countered. If true, where is the confirmation from Obama? It would be packaged as some odd communist attack against Obama going into the elections, to make him seem weak, almost comical. So where is this going now? For us to comment would be to empower the enemy, which of course we will not do. Your curiosity is not as important as having the announcement succeed.
EOZT


SOZT December 10, 2014
We have stated that the public will see only the flash and parry of swords from a distance during the Council of Worlds war with the cover-up crowd. Meanwhile, periodic tests of the Emergency Broadcast System in the US are done, to see if the channels are open. As of this writing, they are not yet open. The war is still on, full press. Meanwhile, during the flash and parry of swords, one can see resistance, pleading, panic, and capitulation.
EOZT

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"This Assange “arrest” and AG Barr’s testimony this week are but the opening scenes of a long awaited drama." http://zetatalk.com/newsletr/issue656.htm

Julian Assange extradition judge refuses request for delay

WikiLeaks founder’s legal team wanted an extra month to submit evidence

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/oct/21/julian-assange-extrad...

Julian Assange has been told there can be no delay in his US extradition case, as he appeared in court in London.

The WikiLeaks founder’s legal team requested more time to submit evidence and the postponement of the full extradition hearing, while claiming the charges against him were politically motivated, at a case management hearing at Westminster magistrates court.

After the defence and prosecution clashed over the timetabling of the hearings and their allocated timeframes for evidence submission, the district judge Vanessa Baraitser refused to extend the expected proceedings and told Assange his full extradition case would begin on 25 February.

Later, she asked Assange if he had understood events in court. “Not really. I can’t think properly,” he appeared to say. “I don’t understand how this is equitable. This superpower had 10 years to prepare for this case and I can’t access my writings. It’s very difficult where I am to do anything but these people have unlimited resources.

“They are saying journalists and whistleblowers are enemies of the people. They have unfair advantages dealing with documents. They [know] the interior of my life with my psychologist. They steal my children’s DNA. This is not equitable what is happening here.”

Mark Summers, defending Assange, claimed the US had been spying on his client and said there was a link between the “reinvigoration of the investigation and Donald Trump’s presidency”.

“This is part of an avowed war on whistleblowers to include investigative journalists and publishers,” Summers said. “The American state has been actively engaged in intruding on privileged discussions between Mr Assange and his lawyer.”

He referred to reports that Spanish courts are investigating a security company that allegedly worked in conjunction with the US to “obtain information by unlawful acts, thefts and clandestine surveillance within the Ecuadorian embassy … with increasing intensity from 2017 onwards”, and asked for more time to prepare evidence for the case.

The prosecutor James Lewis QC, representing the UK government, said he strongly opposed Assange being given more time to prepare evidence, pre-empting their later request.

Assange, 48, faces extradition to the US over allegations he conspired to break into a classified Pentagon computer and could receive a 175-year jail sentence if convicted.

As he entered the dock, on his third public appearance since his arrest in April, people in the packed public gallery raised their fists in solidarity. The former London mayor Ken Livingstone and the journalist John Pilger were among those in attendance.

Afterwards, the German Bundestag member Heike Hänsel echoed warnings from Amnesty International and warned of a bleak future for journalists publishing “truthful information” contrary to US interests.

“The British government and the EU must both reject this extraterritorial political persecution,” she said.

WikiLeaks said Assange was being kept in isolation without access to legal papers, a computer or “meaningful participation in his case” and that the conditions were significantly obstructing his legal defence.

The site’s editor-in-chief, Kristinn Hrafnsson, said the case should be thrown out immediately, adding: “Not only is it illegal on the face of the treaty, the US has conducted illegal operations against Assange and his lawyers which are the subject of a major investigation in Spain.”

Court proceedings continued while a protest attended by about 100 activists chanting “Free Julian Assange” and “No extradition, there’s only one decision” took place outside.

After the hearing, a van believed to be returning Assange to prison was approached by his supporters who slapped the sides of the vehicle.

Assange last appeared in court in May, when he was jailed for 50 weeks for skipping bail by going into hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012. At that time he had been facing extradition to Sweden, where he was wanted in connection with sexual offence allegations.

He was remanded in custody in April after Ecuador revoked his political asylum, before the then home secretary, Sajid Javid, signed an order allowing Assange to be extradited to the US over the allegations. There are concerns over his health, and he has spent time on a medical ward in prison.

Information released by WikiLeaks revealed the extent of state surveillance in western countries and the conduct of the US troops in the Middle East, which Assange alleged proved war crimes had been perpetrated.

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Some previous developments:

Australia must oppose any move to extradite Julian Assange to US, Labor MP says

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/oct/15/australia-must-oppose...

14 Oct 2019

Backbencher Julian Hill joins Barnaby Joyce in expressing concerns about WikiLeaks founder

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/oct/15/australia-must-oppose...

The Labor backbencher Julian Hill has declared Australia must vigorously contest any move to extradite the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the United Kingdom to the United States on espionage charges.

Joining concerns about Assange expressed by the former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce, the Victorian Labor MP told Guardian Australia: “I do hold serious concerns about [Assange’s] situation.

“He’s an Australian and at the very least we must be vigorously consistent in opposing extradition to countries where he might face the death penalty.”

Assange faced allegations of sexual assault in Sweden when he entered the Ecuadorian embassy in London 2012 and sought asylum because he feared being extradited to America. He spent nearly seven years in the embassy until police removed him in April after Ecuador revoked his political asylum.

The British home secretary, Sajid Javid, has signed a request for Assange to be extradited to the US where he faces charges of computer hacking.

Javid’s decision opens the way for the WikiLeaks founder to be sent to the US. Assange faces an 18-count indictment, issued by the US Department of Justice, that includes charges under the Espionage Act. He is accused of soliciting and publishing classified information and conspiring to hack into a government computer.

Australia’s shadow attorney general, Mark Dreyfus, met Assange’s lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, last month, but declined to comment after the conversation. “Mr Assange’s detention and any legal proceedings are a matter of current consideration in accordance with the British justice system and it would be inappropriate to comment while that process is under way.”

Joyce said on Monday: “Sovereignty is not just for people that you like or people that you have a philosophical relationship to, it might be for someone you detest, it might be for someone that you find completely obnoxious.

“Nonetheless, if they’re a citizen of this nation, they should be afforded the rights of a citizen.”

Government talking points, accidentally circulated to journalists on Monday, said of the Assange case: “The Australian government cannot interfere in the United Kingdom’s legal processes, just as another country cannot interfere in ours.

“We appreciate that some members of the public feel very strongly about Mr Assange’s situation but it is important to remember that Australia cannot intervene in the legal processes of another country.

“Mr Assange will be entitled to due process, including legal representation, in those processes.”

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Julian Assange to remain in jail pending extradition to US

WikiLeaks founder’s custody will be extended after current prison terms comes to end

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/sep/14/julian-assange-to-rem...

14 Sep 2019

Julian Assange will stay in prison after the custody period on his current jail term ends because of his “history of absconding”.

As home secretary, Sajid Javid signed an order in June allowing Assange’s extradition to the US over hacking allegations. A 50-week jail term was imposed in the UK after he had jumped previous bail by going into hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

The WikiLeaks founder would have been released from HMP Belmarsh on 22 September, Westminster magistrates court heard on Friday, but he was told he would be kept in jail because of “substantial grounds” for believing he would abscond again.

Assange, 48, who is an Australian citizen, appeared by video-link wearing a loose-fitting T-shirt.

District judge Vanessa Baraitser told him: “You have been produced today because your sentence of imprisonment is about to come to an end. When that happens your remand status changes from a serving prisoner to a person facing extradition.

“Therefore I have given your lawyer an opportunity to make an application for bail on your behalf and she has declined to do so, perhaps not surprisingly in light of your history of absconding in these proceedings.

“In my view I have substantial ground for believing if I release you, you will abscond again.”

Assange was asked if he understood what was happening. He replied: “Not really. I’m sure the lawyers will explain it.”

Another administrative hearing will take place on 11 October and a case management hearing on 21 October, the court heard. The final extradition hearing is expected in February.

Assange entered the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he was wanted in connection with sexual offence allegations.He spent nearly seven years living in the building until police dragged him out in April after Ecuador revoked his political asylum.

Comment by M. Difato on September 19, 2019 at 4:49pm

Mission over: Russia terminates its ‘Fedor’ space robot

  • Fedor, or Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research, was built to assist space station astronauts, but wasn’t up to the task

It’s mission over for a robot called Fedor that Russia blasted to the International Space Station, the developers said, admitting he could not replace astronauts on spacewalks.

“He won’t fly there any more. There’s nothing more for him to do there, he’s completed his mission,” Yevgeny Dudorov, executive director of robot developers Androidnaya Tekhnika, told RIA Novosti state news agency.

The silvery anthropomorphic robot cannot fulfil its assigned task to replace human astronauts on long and risky spacewalks, Dudorov said.

Fedor, or Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research, was built to assist space station astronauts.

A storm of publicity surrounded Fedor’s space odyssey and provided some light relief for Russia’s beleaguered space industry.

In the last year the industry has suffered the unprecedented failure of a manned launch and continuing delays on construction of the Vostochny spacepad where President Vladimir Putin upbraided officials last week.

Fedor, officially Skybot F-850, 
rocketed to the ISS
 on August 22 in an unmanned spacecraft carrying supplies, entering the orbiting laboratory five days later.

On the station, the robot posed holding a Russian flag and for hugs with cosmonauts who were assigned to train it.

But Fedor turned out to have a design that does not work well in space – standing 180cm tall, its long legs were not needed on spacewalks, Dudorov said.

The Russian space agency said the legs were immobilised during the trip and Fedor was not programmed to grab space station hand rails to move about in microgravity.

  https://twitter.com/FEDOR37516789/status/1167805168227954688

Space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin said that the next-generation robot would not look so humanlike.

There appear to be other issues.

Footage of the robot ahead of the mission suggested it needed support to stand up.

Cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin complained to mission control that it took more than a dozen attempts to switch on the robot and suggested: “Maybe I should bash it with a hammer,” RIA Novosti reported.

In a video on its Twitter feed, the robot is shown shakily holding a drill monitored by Ovchinin, who at one point takes it away.

Dudorov said developers were sketching out plans for a replacement “that must suit the demands of working on the outside of the ship”, hoping “we will be the first” to send a robot on a spacewalk.

The Fedor robot was “the very first step,” space expert Igor Marinin told the National News Service agency, while next-generation robots will “be more technically advanced” and have “more serious tasks.”

The robot touched down back on Earth at the weekend.

A final tweet posted in an account in the robot’s name on Tuesday said that it was at the developers’ plant outside Moscow.

 https://twitter.com/roscosmos/status/1171139532978343938

Russia’s Fedor robot inside the Russian Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft. Photo: Reuters

It’s mission over for a robot called Fedor that Russia blasted to the International Space Station, the developers said, admitting he could not replace astronauts on spacewalks.

“He won’t fly there any more. There’s nothing more for him to do there, he’s completed his mission,” Yevgeny Dudorov, executive director of robot developers Androidnaya Tekhnika, told RIA Novosti state news agency.

The silvery anthropomorphic robot cannot fulfil its assigned task to replace human astronauts on long and risky spacewalks, Dudorov said.

Fedor, or Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research, was built to assist space station astronauts.
Nasa’s Robonaut 2, Russia’s Fedor, and Japan’s humanoid robot Kirobo. Photo: AFP
Nasa’s Robonaut 2, Russia’s Fedor, and Japan’s humanoid robot Kirobo. Photo: AFP

A storm of publicity surrounded Fedor’s space odyssey and provided some light relief for Russia’s beleaguered space industry.

rocketed to the ISS
 on August 22 in an unmanned spacecraft carrying supplies, entering the orbiting laboratory five days later.

On the station, the robot posed holding a Russian flag and for hugs with cosmonauts who were assigned to train it.

But Fedor turned out to have a design that does not work well in space – standing 180cm tall, its long legs were not needed on spacewalks, Dudorov said.
The Russian space agency said the legs were immobilised during the trip and Fedor was not programmed to grab space station hand rails to move about in microgravity.

Space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin said that the next-generation robot would not look so humanlike.

There appear to be other issues.

Footage of the robot ahead of the mission suggested it needed support to stand up.

Cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin complained to mission control that it took more than a dozen attempts to switch on the robot and suggested: “Maybe I should bash it with a hammer,” RIA Novosti reported.

In a video on its Twitter feed, the robot is shown shakily holding a drill monitored by Ovchinin, who at one point takes it away.

Could the Apollo 11 moon landing be duplicated today?

Dudorov said developers were sketching out plans for a replacement “that must suit the demands of working on the outside of the ship”, hoping “we will be the first” to send a robot on a spacewalk.

The Fedor robot was “the very first step,” space expert Igor Marinin told the National News Service agency, while next-generation robots will “be more technically advanced” and have “more serious tasks.”

The robot touched down back on Earth at the weekend.

A final tweet posted in an account in the robot’s name on Tuesday said that it was at the developers’ plant outside Moscow.

“Now I’m in my case. I await directions for further tests after the flight,” it said.

Fedor was originally intended as a rescue robot for the emergencies ministry. It was shown shooting at targets from two handguns in a video posted by space agency chief Rogozin.

It was not the first robot to go into space. In 2011, Nasa sent up Robonaut 2, a humanoid developed with General Motors that had a similar aim of working in high-risk environments.

It was returned to Earth in 2018 after experiencing technical problems.

In 2013, Japan sent up a small robot called Kirobo along with the ISS’s first Japanese space commander. Developed with Toyota, it was able to hold conversations – albeit only in Japanese.

Source: https://www.scmp.com/news/world/russia-central-asia/article/3026836...

Posted: September 12, 2019

Comment by SongStar101 on August 31, 2019 at 11:11am

Iranian Rocket Launch Ends In Failure, Imagery Shows

https://www.npr.org/2019/08/29/755406765/iranian-rocket-launch-ends...

Satellite imagery shared exclusively with NPR shows that an Iranian rocket appears to have exploded on the launch pad Thursday.

The imagery from the commercial company Planet and shared via the Middlebury Institute of International Studies shows smoke billowing from the pad at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in northern Iran. The pad had been given a fresh coat of paint in recent days, and numerous vehicles had been spotted around the site in preparation for the launch attempt.

"This look likes the space launch vehicle blew up on the launch pad," says Dave Schmerler, a senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute who has analyzed the imagery taken Thursday. "This failure happened maybe a couple of minutes before the image was taken."

The failure is the third this year. In January and February, Iran attempted to launch two rockets, both of which failed to reach orbit.

The exact type of rocket that failed Thursday is unclear, but the circular pad had previously been used to launch a type of two-stage, liquid-fueled rocket known as the Safir. The rocket is relatively small and can carry only small satellites into orbit. Earlier this month, Iran said one such satellite, known as Nahid-1, was ready to be launched.

Imagery from a second commercial satellite owned by the company Maxar, showed the accident's aftermath in more detail. The images appeared to show the rocket still attached to the machinery used to transport and erect it for launch.

A second image from the commercial company Maxar shows the rocket still attached to equipment used to transport and erect it.

©2019 Maxar Technologies

"This looks to me like an accident during launch preparation," says Michael Elleman, Director of the Nonproliferation and Nuclear Policy Program at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. "It'd probably likely be a problem during fueling the missile, or an electrical shortage."

The Trump administration has accused Iran of using its space program to develop long-range missiles, but Elleman says he doesn't believe the space program is directly applicable to missiles. "I think it's a real stretch what the administration is claiming," he says. "I don't know of a single satellite launcher that's been converted into a ballistic missile."

Domestically, Iran's space program is much more about trying to show the nation as a technological leader, says Ariane Tabatabai, a political scientist at the RAND Corporation. "The regime tries to portray Iran as being at the forefront of science and tech," Tabatabai says. "The space program really sits within that narrative."

This latest failure is likely to put still more pressure on Iran's small space program. "This is probably not going to reflect well on the space team in Iran and all the resources going towards it," Schmerler says.

But Tabatabai says that despite the spate of failures this year, it's unlikely Iran will give up entirely on its space ambitions. "The program has been around for a few decades now," she says. "I don't think we're going to stop seeing Iran trying."

In fact, another launch could be imminent. Schmerler says satellites have picked up activity at a second, larger launch pad near where the failure took place. "We might still get a launch off that pad in the near future," he says.

Comment by SongStar101 on July 22, 2019 at 2:52pm

Hackers breach FSB contractor, expose Tor deanonymization project and more

SyTech, the hacked company, was working on research projects for the FSB, Russia's intelligence service

https://www.zdnet.com/article/hackers-breach-fsb-contractor-expose-...

Hackers have breached SyTech, a contractor for FSB, Russia's national intelligence service, from where they stole information about internal projects the company was working on behalf of the agency -- including one for deanonymizing Tor traffic.

The breach took place last weekend, on July 13, when a group of hackers going by the name of 0v1ru$ hacked into SyTech's Active Directory server from where they gained access to the company's entire IT network, including a JIRA instance.

Hackers stole 7.5TB of data from the contractor's network, and they defaced the company's website with a "yoba face," an emoji popular with Russian users that stands for "trolling."

Hackers posted screenshots of the company's servers on Twitter and later shared the stolen data with Digital Revolution, another hacking group who last year breached Quantum, another FSB contractor.

This second hacker group shared the stolen files in greater detail on their Twitter account, on Thursday, July 18, and with Russian journalists afterward.





FSB's secret projects

Per the different reports in Russian media, the files indicate that SyTech had worked since 2009 on a multitude of projects since 2009 for FSB unit 71330 and for fellow contractor Quantum. Projects include:

  • Nautilus - a project for collecting data about social media users (such as Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn).
  • Nautilus-S - a project for deanonymizing Tor traffic with the help of rogue Tor servers.
  • Reward - a project to covertly penetrate P2P networks, like the one used for torrents.
  • Mentor - a project to monitor and search email communications on the servers of Russian companies.
  • Hope - a project to investigate the topology of the Russian internet and how it connects to other countries' network.
  • Tax-3 - a project for the creation of a closed intranet to store the information of highly-sensitive state figures, judges, and local administration officials, separate from the rest of the state's IT networks.

BBC Russia, who received the full trove of documents, claims there were other older projects for researching other network protocols such as Jabber (instant messaging), ED2K (eDonkey), and OpenFT (enterprise file transfer).



Other files posted on the Digital Revolution Twitter account claimed that the FSB was also tracking students and pensioners.

Some projects came to be, were tested

But while most of the projects look to be just research into modern technology -- which all intelligence services carry out -- there are two that appear to have been tested in the real world.

The first was Nautilus-S, the one for deanonymizing Tor traffic. BBC Russia pointed out that work on Nautilus-S started in 2012. Two years later, in 2014, academics from Karlstad University in Sweden, published a paper detailing the use of hostile Tor exit nodes that were attempting to decrypt Tor traffic.

Researchers identified 25 malicious servers, 18 of which were located in Russia, and running Tor version 0.2.2.37, the same one detailed in the leaked files.

The second project is Hope, the one which analyzed the structure and make-up of the Russian segment of the internet.

Earlier this year, Russia ran tests during which it disconnected its national segment from the rest of the internet.

SyTech, the hacked company, has taken down its website since the hack and refused media inquiries.

Comment by SongStar101 on July 19, 2019 at 10:08am

“It’s Going to Be Staggering, the Amount of Names”: As the Jeffrey Epstein Case Grows More Grotesque, Manhattan and DC Brace for Impact

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/07/jeffrey-epstein-case-grows-...

The disgraced financier “collected people,” said a source. Could some of them be implicated in his crimes? Meanwhile, Alan Dershowitz (“He’s a bad person”) and David Boies (“He’s a liar”) are already at war over the case.

The Jeffrey Epstein case is an asteroid poised to strike the elite world in which he moved. No one can yet say precisely how large it is. But as the number of women who’ve accused the financier (at least, that’s what he claimed to be) of sexual assault grows to grotesque levels—there are said to be more than 50 women who are potential victims—a wave of panic is rippling through Manhattan, DC, and Palm Beach, as Epstein’s former friends and associates rush to distance themselves, while gossiping about who might be ensnared. Donald Trump’s labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, architect of the original 2007 non-prosecution agreement that let Epstein off with a wrist slap, has already been forced to resign.


The questions about Epstein are metastasizing much faster than they can be answered: Who knew what about Epstein’s alleged abuse? How, and from whom, did Epstein get his supposed $500 million fortune? Why did Acosta grant Epstein an outrageously lenient non-prosecution agreement? (And what does it mean that Acosta was reportedly told Epstein “belonged to intelligence”?) But among the most pressing queries is which other famous people might be exposed for committing sex crimes. “There were other business associates of Mr. Epstein’s who engaged in improper sexual misconduct at one or more of his homes. We do know that,” said Brad Edwards, a lawyer for Courtney Wild, one of the Epstein accusers who gave emotional testimony at Epstein’s bail hearing. “In due time the names are going to start coming out.” (Attorneys for Epstein did not respond to a request for comment.)

Likely within days, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will release almost 2,000 pages of documents that could reveal sexual abuse by “numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known prime minister, and other world leaders,” according to the three-judge panel's ruling. The documents were filed during a civil defamation lawsuit brought by Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre, a former Mar-a-Lago locker-room attendant, against Epstein’s former girlfriend and alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell. “Nobody who was around Epstein a lot is going to have an easy time now. It’s all going to come out,” said Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies. Another person involved with litigation against Epstein told me: “It’s going to be staggering, the amount of names. It’s going to be contagion numbers.”

Epstein remained a fixture in elite circles even after he was a registered sex offender. A few years ago, for example, he was a guest at a dinner in Palo Alto hosted by LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman for the MIT neuroscientist Ed Boyden. At the dinner, Elon Musk introduced Epstein to Mark Zuckerberg. (“Mark met Epstein in passing one time at a dinner honoring scientists that was not organized by Epstein,” Zuckerberg spokesman Ben LaBolt told me. “Mark did not communicate with Epstein again following the dinner.”)

In an email, Elon Musk responded: “I don’t recall introducing Epstein to anyone, as I don’t know the guy well enough to do so, Epstein is obviously a creep and Zuckerberg is not a friend of mine. Several years ago, I was at his house in Manhattan for about 30 minutes in the middle of the afternoon with Talulah [Riley], as she was curious about meeting this strange person for a novel she was writing. We did not see anything inappropriate at all, apart from weird art. He tried repeatedly to get me to visit his island. I declined.” A Musk spokesperson also emailed: “Elon never introduced Jeffrey Epstein to Mark Zuckerberg and does not know either person well enough to do so. They simply happened to be guests at a neuroscience dinner organized by Reid Hoffman.”

One source who’s done business with Epstein told me that Epstein’s 21,000-square-foot townhouse on East 71st Street welcomed a steady stream of the Davos crowd in the past decade. The source said Bill Gates, Larry Summers, and Steve Bannon visited the house, which has been called one of the largest private residences in Manhattan. “Jeffrey collected people. That’s what he did,” the source said. Gates and Summers did not respond to requests for comment.

Thus far, the name most publicly associated with Epstein’s alleged crimes is famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz, who’s been waging a public battle with David Boies for years. In April, Boies’s client Giuffre sued Dershowitz for defamation after Dershowitz called her a liar (a strategy similar to that of seven of Bill Cosby’s accusers). In the days since the FBI arrested Epstein at Teterboro Airport a week and a half ago, Dershowitz has been going on television and dialing up friends and reporters to profess his innocence and label Giuffre and Boies liars. “I want everything to come out! I’m not afraid of anything because I did nothing wrong,” Dershowitz told me on the afternoon of July 15.

He called me a minute after I had emailed him for comment. He said he’d been friends with Epstein since 1996, when they were introduced at a party on Martha’s Vineyard by Lynn Forester de Rothschild. “She begged me to meet him. She told me, ‘here’s this smart academic.’” A few days later, Epstein invited Dershowitz to Les Wexner’s 59th birthday party at Wexner’s mansion in New Albany, Ohio. “It’s a tradition that Jeff invited the smartest person he met that year. He told them I was the smartest.” They remained close for years. Dershowitz strenuously denied ever participating in Epstein’s underage sex ring and said he’d only been in Epstein’s presence with his wife. “I got one massage!” he told me. “It was from a 50-year-old Russian woman named Olga. And I kept my shorts on. I didn’t even like it. I’m not a massage guy.”

Dershowitz said he secretly (and legally) tape-recorded settlement conversations with Boies and that the phone calls capture Boies admitting that Giuffre’s allegations aren’t true. “Boies is a bad person,” he told me.

“I never said that,” Boies responded when I asked about Dershowitz’s version of the phone calls. “What Alan does is he plays a second or two out of context; he never lets anybody listen to the whole thing.” Boies also dismissed Dershowitz’s claim that he never met Giuffre at Epstein’s house. According to Boies, Epstein’s former employees said in sworn depositions that they saw Dershowitz at the house multiple times without his wife. “This Olga woman doesn’t exist. Epstein’s barely kept women around who were over 25. It’s a figment of Alan’s imagination,” Boies said.



On Wall Street, Epstein is a subject of mystery—and fear. “I knew Jeff. He came across as very smart, very sophisticated,” one hedge fund manager told me. “He always had a good read on people. But manipulative people are good at that.” Another person who’s been in meetings with Epstein told me: “He’s very clever.”

How Epstein obtained his fortune is a matter of feverish speculation. His claim to a billionaire-only client list now seems laughable to the bankers I spoke with. One Wall Street source with direct knowledge of Epstein’s business said one source of Epstein’s income was providing “tax advice and estate planning” to rich clients, like Apollo Global Management founder Leon Black, presumably because Epstein had experience with offshore funds after basing his office in the Virgin Islands. In 2015 Black made a $10 million donation to Epstein’s foundation. (Black declined to comment.)

In the absence of much other information, the reigning theory on Wall Street currently is that Epstein’s activities with women and girls were central to the building of his fortune, and his relations with some of his investors essentially amounted to blackmail.

Similarly, DC is on edge. “Epstein bragged about his contacts in Washington,” Boies said. Reporters are likely to dig into why the Justice Department decided not to prosecute Epstein and kept the deal secret from his victims. One theory circulating among prominent Republicans is that Epstein was a Mossad agent. Another is that the George W. Bush White House directed Acosta not to prosecute Epstein to protect Prince Andrew on behalf of the British government, then the U.S.’s closest ally in the Iraq war. “The royal family did everything they could to try and discredit the Prince Andrew stuff,” Boies told me. “When we tried to follow up with anything, we were stonewalled. We wanted to interview him, they were unwilling to do anything.” (Prince Andrew could not be reached for comment).

Of course, the two Epstein friends that people are most curious about are Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, both of whom have denied anything untoward. During the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton’s campaign consulted Bill’s post–White House Secret Service logs because they were worried Trump would bring up Bill’s close association with Epstein and wanted to get ahead of the story, a source told me.

For those in Epstein’s orbit, the stakes of exposure are bound to get higher as more and more women come forward. Every day seems to bring new horrors about Epstein’s alleged depravity. At a press conference on Tuesday, Courtney Wild’s lawyer Brad Edwards said that after interviewing dozens of Epstein’s accusers, it appeared Epstein spent almost all of his time abusing underage girls. “It was his full-time job,” Edwards said. “We have not found anyone who has provided information about a legitimate business he was engaged [in].”


Comment by jorge namour on July 14, 2019 at 9:01pm

Emmanuel Macron announces the creation of a military command of space
FRANCE

http://www.lefigaro.fr/international/emmanuel-macron-annonce-la-cre...

https://translate.google.com.ar/translate?sl=fr&tl=en&u=htt...

Update the 13/07/2019

This command will be created within the Air Force which eventually become "the air force and space," announced the President in his speech on the eve of the National Day at the Brienne Hotel.

President Emmanuel Macron announced Saturday the creation next September of a command dedicated to space, an area essential to military operations and become a field of confrontation between powers.

"To ensure the development and reinforcement of our space capabilities, a major space command will be created next September" within the Air Force which "will ultimately become the Air Force and Air Force. Space, "said the head of state at the traditional reception given to the Ministry of the Armed Forces on the eve of the annual parade on the Champs-Elysees.

Describing the space as "a real national security issue, because of the conflict it provokes", last year Emmanuel Macron wanted to endow France with "a defense space strategy". It is now ready, he said Saturday. "We will strengthen our knowledge of the space situation, we will better protect our satellites, including actively," he said

"The new space and military doctrine that was proposed to me by the Minister [of the Armies Florence Parly, Ed], which I approved, will ensure our defense of space and space", a- he underlined, with the minister in question, who should detail soon the outline of the French strategy.

Trump wants to create a "Space Force"

The largest space powers in the world - the United States, China and Russia - have been engaged for several years in a race for the domination of space. In the United States, the Pentagon has announced its intention to set up a "Space Force" desired by President Donald Trump, subject to congressional approval.

This space force will be equal to other US military corps, while remaining in the lap of the Air Force, and will bring together all military and civilian personnel working in the space sector in the Pentagon (satellites, rockets, weapons, technologies ...). The monitoring of space will be one of his priorities.

Comment by Matt B on July 13, 2019 at 11:42am

ZETAS RIGHT AGAIN!  

Labor Secretary Acosta announces he will step down, amid criticism over Epstein plea deal

By Adam Shaw, Brooke Singman | Fox News

Published 19 hours ago

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/labor-secretary-acosta-plans-to-re...

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Friday he will be stepping down over his past involvement in a highly controversial plea deal for financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is now facing sex trafficking charges.

Acosta and President Trump revealed the secretary’s decision Friday morning during remarks to reporters outside the White House. Acosta said he submitted his resignation to the president that morning and would resign from his post next week.

"Over the last week, I've seen a lot of coverage about the Department of Labor," Acosta said, noting the reports have been related to the Epstein controversy and not success at the agency. "I do not think it is right and fair for this administration's Labor Department to have Epstein as the focus rather than the incredible economy we have today."

"I called the president today ... I submitted my resignation," Acosta said. "It would be selfish for me to stay in this position and continue talking about a case that is 12 years old rather than the incredible economy we have today."

Acosta came under heavy fire this week for his role as U.S. attorney for Florida in securing a plea deal for Epstein that resulted in an 18-month sentence — he served just 13 months.

The deal was criticized as lenient because Epstein could have faced a life sentence. Acosta negotiated a deal that resulted in two state solicitation charges, but no federal charges.

Epstein was charged this week with sex trafficking and conspiracy during the early 2000s based on new evidence. Epstein pleaded not guilty on Monday in New York City federal court.

The president, though, underscored that it was Acosta's decision to resign from his post, and touted his work in the administration.

"Alexander is a great labor secretary -- not a good labor secretary," he said. "There is no need at all, as far as I'm concerned...This is a person that I've gotten to know. There hasn't been an ounce of controversy at the Department of Labor."

Trump added: "He's doing this not for himself. He's doing this for the administration. I said, 'You don't have to do this.' He doesn't have to do this."

Trump announced that deputy secretary of Labor, Pat Pizzella, will take over the agency as acting secretary.

Trump, who was said to have been friends with Epstein, added that he "was not a fan" of him and has not spoken to him in 15 years.

"I wasn't a big fan of Epstein. That I can tell you," he said. "I will say this and say it again. I say it loud and clear. Alex Acosta was a great secretary of labor."

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Epstein arrest

ZetaTalk Chat Q&A for July 31, 2019

http://zetatalk.com/ning/31jy2019.htm

President Trump knew Epstein socially, as they were both billionaires in the social swirl in New York City. But when Trump learned of Epstein’s tendencies he banned him immediately from Mar-a-Lago golf course. During Epstein’s first trial and plea agreement in 2007 Trump’s current Labor Secretary Acosta was the prosecutor, but will resign. None of this reflects on President Trump.

Comment by SongStar101 on July 8, 2019 at 9:50pm

Jeffrey Epstein Has Been Arrested For Sex Trafficking of Minors

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-06/jeffrey-epstein-has-been-...

Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested for allegedly sex trafficking dozens of minors in New York and Florida between 2002 and 2005, according The Daily Beast. Epstein is reportedly due to appear in court on Monday, about 12 years after the 66 year old received a slap on the wrist for allegedly molesting dozens of underage girls.

The new charges claim that "Epstein sexually exploited dozens of underage girls in a now-familiar scheme: paying them cash for 'massages' and then molesting or sexually abusing them in his Upper East Side mansion or his residence in Palm Beach."Epstein's abuse allegations date back more than a decade and have been recently brought to light by his victims and authorities. Up until now, and even in the midst of the #MeToo movement, Epstein has been able to avoid any type of meaningful jail time. 

In an era where #MeToo has toppled powerful men, Epstein’s name was largely absent from the national conversation, until the Miami Herald published a three-part series on how his wealth, power and influence shielded him from federal prosecution. For years, The Daily Beast reported on Epstein’s easy jail sentence and soft treatment by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which ultimately scrapped a 53-page indictment against Epstein. An earlier version of Epstein’s plea deal included a 10-year federal sentence—before his star-studded lawyers threatened to go to trial in a case prosecutors feared was unwinnable, in part because Epstein’s team dredged up dirt on the victims, including social media posts indicating drug use.

Employees and associates of Epstein allegedly recruited the girls for Epstein, and some victims also became recruiters themselves. The girls were as young as 14 and police allege that Epstein knew they were underage. Epstein's attorney, Martin Weinberg, declined to comment Saturday night. 

Epstein has been accused of transporting young women on his private jet to facilitate the abuse, according to his alleged victims. For more background on the allegations already made in lawsuits, and in the public domain against Epstein, read the full Daily Beast article here

Recall, back in 2017, we wrote about former secret service agent Dan Bongino threatening to reveal new details about Bill Clinton’s 26 documented trips aboard notorious pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s private jet, nicknamed the “Lolita Express."

Bongino dropped a ominous-sounding threat at the time: “...people know things not yet released publicly about your messiah Hillary. Don’t poke the bear loser, you may not like the results. #Epstein #EmailGate,” tweeted Bongino.

In addition to Clinton, Epstein also has ties to President Trump. One of his alleged victims was a 15 year old employee at Mar-a-Lago and various of Epstein's allies have close ties to Trump. 

For those who are unfamiliar with his story, Jeffrey Epstein is a New York City financier who pled guilty in 2008 to a single count of soliciting sex from an underage girl. He eventually spent 13 months in prison and was forced to register as a level three sex offender (considered the highest risk of re-offending) though stories of his lust for girls as young of 12 have spread like wildfire in recent years.

Epstein allegedly installed beds in his custom jet, and also purportedly filmed powerful men during romps with underage girls to obtain materials for blackmail.

According to Fox News, Epstein allegedly had a team of traffickers who procured girls as young as 12 to service his friends on Epstein’s “Orgy Island,” an estate on Little St. James in the US Virgin Islands. Epstein now lives permanently in the US Virgin Islands.

Clinton chose to continue his association with Epstein even after the lurid trial, according to the Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking, “everyone within his inner circles knew was a pedophile." Speculation that Clinton was involved with Epstein was noted in "Bill Clinton Was Here": The Elite One-Percent’s 'Orgy Island' Exposed." An article by the now defunct Gawker titled "Flight Logs Put Clinton, Dershowitz on Pedophile Billionaire’s Sex Jet" added to speculation about Clinton's troubling relationship with the convicted sex offender.

Back in 2017, we revealed the full flight logs from Epstein's "Lolita Express".

Comment by SongStar101 on June 7, 2019 at 11:11am

Israel AG rejects Netanyahu request to push back pre-indictment hearing

https://www.foxnews.com/world/netanyahu-israel-pre-indictment-hearing

Israel’s attorney general Thursday rejected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request to postpone a pre-indictment hearing in the corruption cases against him.

Netanyahu's request to postpone the early October hearing cited the snap election set for Sept. 17 due to his inability to form a government, The Times of Israel reported.

Netanyahu had until midnight on May 29 to cobble together a coalition government made up of his conservative Likud party and allied religious and nationalist parties, but negotiations fell apart over military draft exemptions for ultra-Orthodox Jewish men. In response, the 120-member Israeli parliament, the Knesset, voted to dissolve itself.

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit said that the new elections did not justify a second delay, according to The Jerusalem Post.

Mandelblit pointed out that he had already agreed to postpone the hearing once, from July to early October, even though his pre-indictment announcement dated back to Feb. 28.

Netanyahu’s lawyers initially asked for a full-year postponement until next July, reportedly arguing that there was too much evidence to review in three months, but that request was denied.

Mandelblit's decision to reject a second postponement request came in response to a petition to the High Court of Justice by the Movement for the Quality of Government in Israel, which wanted him to stick to the original July 10 hearing date, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Netanyahu responded by claiming that Mandelblit and state prosecutors had allowed a two-year delay of a pre-indictment hearing in a case against a judge.

A spokesman for Netanyahu reportedly argued that it was not fair that the judge was granted a two-year extension for a building violation and the prime minister was only given a three-month extension for a more complex case.

“This is the definition of injustice. It is thoroughly shocking,” Netanyahu’s statement said.

A justice ministry spokeswoman said that the case against Netanyahu, which includes bribery charges, is much more serious and therefore, his case is on a regular bribery case track and not the extremely delayed track for insignificant building-zoning cases, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Netanyahu’s attorneys must notify the attorney general’s office by June 10 if he intends to move forward with the hearing, where he would get the opportunity to try and persuade Mandelblit not to prosecute him. If Netanyahu decides not to go through with a hearing, the attorney general could file indictments within days or weeks, according to The Times of Israel.

Mandelblit has recommended pressing criminal charges against the Israeli prime minister in three corruption cases, pending the hearing. The charges include allegations that Netanyahu accepted gifts from billionaire friends and promoted beneficial regulations for a telecom magnate in exchange for positive news coverage.

Netanyahu has denied all the allegations against him and has called the charges the product of a media-orchestrated witch hunt to try and remove him from office.

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New interim justice minister Netanyahu to be taken to court

A source close to Netanyahu said he needed “another day or two” to decide on the appointment.

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/New-interim-justice-minister-Neta...

The Movement for the Quality of Government in Israel will petition the High Court of Justice on Wednesday against the prime minister for remaining acting justice minister in violation of the attorney-general’s legal advice.

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he could not be acting justice minister because of the public corruption charges he faces in three cases. KAN reported that Mandelblit gave Netanyahu “one day – maximum” to hold the sensitive post.

A source close to Netanyahu said he needed “another day or two” to decide on the appointment.

Netanyahu automatically became acting justice minister and acting education minister at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, when his firing of Ayelet Shaked and Naftali Bennett took effect.

While the Education portfolio will wait for a reshuffle of cabinet ministries next week, the Justice Ministry is more urgent due to Mandelblit’s decision. Candidates for interim justice minister include Likud ministers Yariv Levin and Ze’ev Elkin, deputy minister Tzipi Hotovely and MK Amir Ohana. One of them will become acting justice minister during the transition period until after the September 17 repeat election when a new coalition is formed that can approve a permanent justice minister.

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Is This the End for Netanyahu?

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/01/world/middleeast/netanyahu-israe...

TEL AVIV — “He’s a magician! He’s a magician!”

It was nearly 2 a.m. on April 10, and supporters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had packed a sporting arena in Tel Aviv, were cheering his apparent election victory.

Facing a stiff challenge from a former military chief and the prospect of criminal indictment on corruption charges, Mr. Netanyahu, whose unrivaled political instincts had him on track to become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, had pulled another rabbit out of his hat.

Less than two months later, after his failure to assemble a governing coalition forced the country into an unprecedented do-over election, Israeli pundits are asking whether even magic can save him now.

With the new election still more than three months away, no one is foolish enough to write him off altogether. But the math and the calendar are unforgiving.


Mr. Netanyahu claimed to have lined up 60 seats in his coalition during the past week. He needed 61 for a majority in Israel’s 120-seat Parliament.

There is little reason to assume that the outcome would be any better when the new election is held on Sept. 17. With his ability to form a government now in doubt, it could well be worse.

Then there is the issue of the indictments.

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Is Netanyahu Seeking Immunity From Indictment, and What Are His Options

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/netanyahu-hints-at-immunity-fro...

April 21, 2019

Netanyahu shares articles favoring law to prevent charges against him, but his own party's lawmakers profess they're in the dark about his intentions

No one who has been following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Facebook page this week could help wondering whether he’s openly campaigning for a law that would give him immunity from prosecution. Since the start of the week, he has shared two articles favoring immunity – one published in Israel Hayom by regular columnist Haim Shine and one published in Yedioth Ahronoth by former justice minister Daniel Friedmann.

What is Netanyahu’s position with regard to immunity?

Knesset members from Netanyahu’s Likud aren’t sure whether he actually wants to pass legislation that would protect him from standing trial, or whether he plans to run the country while standing trial. They also aren’t sure whether a new immunity law is actually needed, even if he does want to avoid a trial.

Netanyahu said that he believed the indictment would be revoked after a hearing. However, in interviews he gave before the election he refused to reject out of hand the possibility that he would allow the legislation of a law that would prevent his indictment.

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Israel's Attorney General Moves To Indict Netanyahu On Corruption Charges

Feb 28, 2019

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/28/698914797/israels-attorney-general-m...

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Instead of seeking immunity, could Netanyahu just fire the attorney general?

Law allows for axing the AG in case of substantial, ongoing differences of opinion, but PM doesn’t have much time, or justification, to pick such a fight

https://www.timesofisrael.com/instead-of-seeking-immunity-could-net...

Could Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fire the attorney general who is set to indict him pending a hearing set for October?

It may sound unlikely, and even an insult to the politicians in power, but some legal analysts are beginning to speculate that it could be the premier’s next move, now that failed coalition negotiations have complicated, if not doomed, his party’s efforts to pass laws that would grant him immunity from prosecution and prevent the Supreme Court from vetoing that immunity.

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Sara Netanyahu: Israeli PM's wife 'agrees plea bargain'

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-48449679

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife has reportedly agreed a plea deal with prosecutors over allegations she misused state funds.

Sara Netanyahu was charged with fraud and breach of trust last June.

She was accused of spending $99,300 (£78,600) on outside catering while falsely declaring there were no cooks available at the PM's residence.

Israeli media say Ms Netanyahu has now agreed to reimburse the state $12,440 and pay another $2,770 as a fine.

She will also reportedly admit to a lesser charge of exploiting the mistake of another person.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 26, 2019 at 7:30pm

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-10/salvini-calls-elimination...

Salvini Calls For Elimination Of Italy's Central Bank, "Prison Time For Fraudsters"

Sun, 02/10/2019 - 19:56

On Friday, in a moment of predictive insight, Bank of America correctly warned that the greatest threat to EPS - i.e., markets - in the next 3 years "is an acceleration of global populism via taxation, regulation & government intervention." Just one day later, this warning to the financial establishment was starkly manifest in that ground zero for Europe's populist revolt, Italy, where the country's coalition government hinted at where the global populist wave is headed next when he slammed the country’s central bank leadership and stock market regulator, escalating its attacks on establishment figures ahead of the European parliamentary vote in May.

Matteo Salvini, the outspoken head of the anti-immigrant League party, said the Bank of Italy and Consob, the country’s stock market regulator, should be "reduced to zero, more than changing one or two people, reduced to zero", or in other words eliminated, and that “fraudsters” who inflicted losses on Italian savers should "end up in prison for a long time."

As the FT notes, this latest broadside against Italy’s financial establishment comes as the two parties which are increasingly at odds with each other amid speculation Salvini may hold elections to become the sole leader of Italy, prepare to run against each other in the European parliamentary elections in May, a contest widely seen as a proxy for national polls. Meanwhile, both leaders have also increased their attacks against targets including the EU and French president Emmanuel Macron.

Confirming the rising animosity between the two coalition partners, the League and Five Star have openly squabbled over the future of an Alpine rail line and migration, while the two leaders’ repeated attacks against France which culminated with Di Maio meeting the leaders of the anti-Macron Yellow Vest moment, triggered a diplomatic crisis which last week saw Paris recall its ambassador from Rome.

Saturday's latest verbal crackdown targeting of the Bank of Italy comes after central bankers issued more pessimistic economic growth forecasts for this year compared with the numbers underpinning the government’s budget. As we reported last month, Italy entered into a technical recession in the second half of 2018, with the Bank of Italy cutting its GDP forecast for 2019 to 0.6% compared with a 1% forecast made by the government. At the same time, the European Commission slashed Italy's GDP forecast from 1.2% to a borderline recessionary 0.2% for the full year, hinting that Italy's budget deficit forecast will not only be missed, but could re-emerge as a focal point of renewed tensions between Rome and Brussels in the coming months.

Meanwhile, ECB head Mario Draghi, an Italian and former former governor of the Bank of Italy, last year warned that central bank independence was under threat by populist governments, while not making a direct reference to Italy. Should Salvini cement his de facto Italian leadership in upcoming elections, it would make life for the local central bank especially complicated.

Separately, Di Maio and other Five Star ministers said they want to block Luigi Federico Signorini, the deputy director-general of the Bank of Italy, from renewing his term, according to La Repubblica. The newspaper reported that the Italian cabinet was divided on the issue.

As previously reported, in the latest anti-establishment shot across the bow, several days ago the government nominated Paolo Savona, a veteran economist and prominent Eurosceptic who had previously served as minister for European affairs, as the new president of Consob. Savona was last year been blocked as the coalition’s first choice as economy minister by Italian president Sergio Mattarella, following strong pressure from Brussels and a revolt in the Italian bond market.

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