Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.

Wikileaks Global Intelligence Files, Israel Day 18: Google’s Covert Role in Arab Uprisings

March 16, 2012 12:00 am 2 comments

Photo: rakerace.com

Since February 27, 2012, WikiLeaks has continued releasing what it says will eventually be 5 million e-mails sent between July 2004 and late December 2011 from the private intelligence company Stratfor. The emails were obtained from a series of hacking attacks against Stratfor in December 2011, carried out by the online activist collective Anonymous.

According to an email dated December 19, 2004, the Syrian Ba’th party wanted to “Islamize the party to give the regime some Islamic and popular legitimacy” and “… to absorb the ascendence of the fundamentalist Islamism in Syria…” This is apparently similar to the steps taken by Saddam Hussein after the Gulf War.

The same email mentioned that severe restrictions placed on foreign media, “tardiness, bad timing and poor crisis mismanagement harm Syria’s image internationally”. An example provided was the Israeli Air Force bombing of the Ain es Saheb Palestinian militant training camp in October 2003. Israel released footage of militants training at this camp, although this email claims “…pictures probably dated from the early 1980’s.” Meanwhile, “the Syrian authorities from the outset prevented anyone from getting close to the site and only offered an official explanation about the attack after a considerable delay.”

An email dated December 24, 2004, mentioned that “The Born to Freedom Foundation” had “launched a 10 million dollar campaign to obtain information on missing Israeli Air Force navigator, Captain Ron Arad.”

An email dated February 10, 2011, describes Jared Cohen as “the Director of Google Ideas” and a “member of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff”.

An internal Stratfor email dated February 10, 2011, with the title “Google Shitstorm Moving to Gaza…” refers to Jared Cohen’s upcoming trip to Gaza. A Stratfor employee, Fred Burton, mentioned that Google has not made it clear if Cohen is operating with approval from the State Department/White House or if he is “a hippie activist.”

Fred Burton wrote the following comments:

“Cohen, a Jew, is bound to get himself whacked….”

“Cohen’s rabbi is Eric Schmidt and Obama lackey.”

“I’m thinking about having the Palestinians pick him up.”

Another internal Stratfor email dated February 11, 2011, mentioned that Cohen has been “spreading free speech and political organization through social media” and “…told twitter not to stop service during Iran 2009.”

The same email chain stated that the protests in Iran failed due to “overestimation of the protesters by themselves, underestimation of A-Dogg [Mahmoud Ahmadinajad] and his base, and no real foreign access into that base to manipulate loyalties.”

An email dated February 27, 2011, contained the following quote from an internal Google email sent by Jared Cohen to a senior Google Executive:

“… The purpose of this trip is to exclusively engage the Iranian community to better understand the challenges faced by Iranians as part of one of our Google Ideas groups on repressive societies… [We plan to] drive to Azerbaijan/Iranian border and engage the Iranian communities closer to the border (this is important because we need the Azeri Iranian perspective)”.

In the same email chain, Stratfor employee Scott Stewart, wrote: “Cohen might end up having an accident if he is not careful. This is not child’s play.” Another Stratfor employee, Fred Burton, added: “He’s going to get himself kidnapped or killed. Might be the best thing to happen to expose Google’s covert role in foaming up-risings, to be blunt. The US Govt can then disavow knowledge and Google is left holding the shit bag.”

A separate email dated March 10, 2011, with the title “Google Loose Canon Bound for Turkey & UAE” is allegedly based on a note from a senior Google Executive. The Google Executive said Jared Cohen’s trip to the Middle East creates “…potential risk to Google’s brand and each situation further perpetuates the image of Jared as a spy or agent of the U.S (or Israeli) Gov’t.” The Google executive expressed concern that “Jared could get detained by one of the governments who sees him as a threat to their power and stability” and that hostile regimes may detain Jared’s associates or their families.

An email dated February 9, 2011, contained the following statement: “Cohen had dinner in Cairo the night before the Google Exec was picked up by GOE State Security…..one-hour after the dinner, the Gypo exec was grabbed off the streets heading into a friends apt.”

An email dated June 5, 2010, refers to a source described as a “PKK [Kurdish militant group] close associate and advisor”. According to the source, Israel is trying to deflect attention from the Gaza flotilla incident by making “noises in Turkey via Kurdish channels to bring up Kurdish issue to the eyes of the international community…”

The source mentioned Israel had previously provided equipment and intelligence to the Turkish military, so the PKK expects to benefit from the deteriorating Israel-Turkey relations. He said the PKK broke a recent ceasefire to publicize the Kurdish issue and that there will be more “attacks and demonstrations” in Turkey. He added that the PKK leadership believes that this is the best time to publicize their cause after Erdogan [Turkish Prime Minister] said Hamas is not a terrorist organization.

An email dated May 21, 2009, refers to sources described as “a Lebanese government source” and a “Hezbollah media source”. The sources have a reliability rating of C and a credibility rating of 3 [average Stratfor ranking].

The first source claims that Israeli agents in Lebanon have been ordered to leave immediately due to Operation “migration of the swallows”. This source allegedly said “…most Israeli agents in Lebanon have already sought refuge in Cyprus, following the crackdown by Lebanese
internal security forces on Israeli informers.”

The second source denied the above claims. He said the current Lebanese government headed by Saad Hariri could loose the upcoming elections to a Hezbollah led coalition. He added that the current Lebanese government plans to obstruct the election by blaming Israeli espionage networks for alleged security breaches and that Hezbollah wants the elections to “take place as scheduled.”

2 Comments

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition. Comments written in all caps will be deleted.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Sports Israeli Fans Mob, Dance With Basketball Player Amar’e Stoudemire at First Jerusalem Team Practice (VIDEO)

    Israeli Fans Mob, Dance With Basketball Player Amar’e Stoudemire at First Jerusalem Team Practice (VIDEO)

    Israeli basketball fans mobbed Hapoel Jerusalem’s newest player, American pro Amar’e Stoudemire, dancing around with him during a practice open to the public. On Friday, the team posted a video on Twitter of the happy romp with fans jumping around Stoudemire, while chanting in Hebrew. Unfamiliar with the lyrics, Stoudemire pumps his fist in the air. The basketball player, who has Jewish roots on his mother’s side, also waved a flag emblazoned with Hapoel Jerusalem’s logo. The former New York Knicks forward retired from the NBA earlier […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Playboy Columnist Calls Israel’s ‘Burning Man’ Festival ‘Ultimate Revenge on Hitler’

    Playboy Columnist Calls Israel’s ‘Burning Man’ Festival ‘Ultimate Revenge on Hitler’

    The Israeli version of the famed American Burning Man music festival is the “ultimate revenge on Hitler,” according to a column in Playboy magazine on Thursday. In his column, Jeff Weiss also took note of the fact that Midburn — a five-day bacchanal in the Negev Desert, self-described as an event celebrating “a communal life style, creativity, art and radical self-expression” — began on June 8, the day of the Sarona Market terrorist attack in Tel Aviv, which left four people dead. Weiss asked rhetorically, “What could needle the mustached […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Author of New Book on Connection Between Jews, Punk Rock Describes Bands Flinging Gefilte Fish, Bagels at Audience (INTERVIEW)

    Author of New Book on Connection Between Jews, Punk Rock Describes Bands Flinging Gefilte Fish, Bagels at Audience (INTERVIEW)

    Some punk rockers integrate their Jewish identity into their music through food, the author of a new book on the topic told The Algemeiner on Wednesday. Michael Croland, author of Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk, described the way different musicians express this connection. “One band is known for throwing gefilte fish in the mosh pit, and people at its concert slide around on it while dancing,” he recounted. “Another used to drink Manischewitz [sweet kosher] wine out of a shofar [the ram […]

    Read more →
  • Sports Scottish Soccer Club Manager Hails ‘Fantastic’ Jewish-State Visit After Victory Over Israeli Team (VIDEO)

    Scottish Soccer Club Manager Hails ‘Fantastic’ Jewish-State Visit After Victory Over Israeli Team (VIDEO)

    The manager of Scotland’s Celtic soccer club lauded Israel, after his team won a match against the Jewish state’s Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Tuesday night. Brendan Rodgers said at a post-match press conference: On behalf of the players, the people of Celtic and Scotland, Israel’s been fantastic for us. We came out here on Sunday, [and from] the hotel, the staff, we’ve been very, very warmly received. The atmosphere at the game was amazing and, obviously, one team has to lose, but you have a wonderful team here, […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Second Jaffa Jazz Festival to Reunite International, Israeli Musicians

    Second Jaffa Jazz Festival to Reunite International, Israeli Musicians

    For the second time, Israel will host the Jaffa Jazz Festival, according to Broadwayworld.com. The festival will unite 43 Israeli musicians and eight international artists for a three-day event. The program will include a special performance by an ensemble of top jazz students studying at Belgium’s Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, the Belgrade Music Academy in Serbia, Israel’s Rimon School of Music and the jazz program of the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv. There will also be a jazz show for children led by Israeli saxophonist […]

    Read more →
  • Sports Israel’s First NASCAR Driver Revved Up to Win

    Israel’s First NASCAR Driver Revved Up to Win

    JNS.org – As a young boy growing up in Ashdod, Israel, Alon Day got his first go-kart at age 9. By 15, he was racing them. Less than a decade later, Day has become the first Israeli professional race car driver on the NASCAR circuit. He made history by competing in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 13. “Driving a race car is not like any other sport,” Day told JNS.org. “You are actually almost flying […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Writer of Popular Kids Series to Premiere Autobiographical Solo Show ‘Not That Jewish’

    Writer of Popular Kids Series to Premiere Autobiographical Solo Show ‘Not That Jewish’

    The writer of a popular children’s television series will premiere an off-Broadway solo show called “Not That Jewish,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Written and performed by Monica Piper — the Emmy Award-winning showrunner of Nickelodeon’s “Rugrats” — the show is described as “the autobiographical telling of a Jew…’ish’ girl’s life.” “Not That Jewish” explores Piper’s Bronx upbringing in a show-business family, her comedy-club debut and her “almost” night with former Yankees legend Mickey Mantle. “Audiences can expect to leave laughed-out, a little teary-eyed and […]

    Read more →
  • Sports Scottish Soccer Team Will Fly to Israel on Private Jet Used by Madonna

    Scottish Soccer Team Will Fly to Israel on Private Jet Used by Madonna

    Scotland’s Celtic soccer club will fly to Israel with the same private jet Madonna used while on tour, The Scotsman reported on Monday. According to the report, the team is heading for the Jewish state to compete against Israel’s Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Tuesday night, and will be transported in the customized, luxurious Boeing 757-200 that the pop icon used in New Zealand for her six-month Rebel Heart tour, which wrapped up in March. The plane is on loan from Greece-based GainJet Aviation and can accommodate 62 passengers. The […]

    Read more →