“The strategic challenge of China’s place in the era of globalized technology is much bigger than just one telecommunications equipment company,” Jeremy Fleming, the head of Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, said February 25 2019 in Singapore.

“It’s a first order strategic challenge for us all,” he said. “We have to understand the opportunities and threats from China’s technological offer.” GCHQ is Britain’s main eavesdropping agency and has a close relationship with the U.S. National Security Agency as well as with the eavesdropping agencies of Australia, Canada and New Zealand in a consortium called “Five Eyes”.
Five Eyes: US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand
Nine Eyes: Five Eyes + Denmark, France, Holland, Norway
Fourteen Eyes: Nine Eyes + Germany, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Spain

The Nine Eyes and Fourteen Eyes Alliances are essentially extensions of the original Five Eyes Alliance. While these countries may not all share as much information with each other as the Five Eyes Alliance, they still actively and willingly participate in international intelligence-sharing.
Third Party Contributors: Israel, Japan, Singapore, South Korea


Canada in a phone call January 10 2019 between Abe and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed China’s arrest of Canadian citizens, as Five Eyes members seek Japan’s cooperation.


Hollande DSK

Hollande DSK

The Guinean maid of the Sofitel of Manhattan, Nafissatou Diallo, received $ 1.5 million from Dominique Strauss-Kahn according to an out-of-court settlement was announced on December 10 2018. According to Le Journal du Dimanche, Nafissatou Diallo actually received a little over a million dollars, 30% going to her lawyers.


[May 30 2012 Diallo responds to counter-suit with another claim ]
Strauss-Kahn’s conduct towards women generally is, and more specifically his May 2011 sexual assault of maid Nafissatou Diallo was, motivated by a gender-animus and a misogynistic attitude, she said in court papers adding a new claim May 21.

Probe opened into Strauss-Kahn rape allegation | CTV News.


Rebecca Carter Skilling and Jeffrey Skilling

Rebecca Carter Skilling and Jeffrey Skilling

The Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed Jeffrey Skilling was released on February 21 2019. More than $40 million in assets seized from Skilling, which has been frozen since his conviction in 2006, will be distributed to victims of Enron’s collapse, pursuant to the resentencing deal.


[August 31 2019   to a halfway house   ]

Jeffrey Skilling, the former chief executive officer of Enron who received a 24-year prison sentence for his role in the company’s spectacular collapse, has been released from an Alabama prison camp and moved to a halfway house, records from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons showed on Thursday, August 30.

[June 22 2013 Enron’ s Skilling gets a decade lopped off his prison sentence ]

Judge Simeon T. Lake III of Federal District Court in Houston, who oversaw Mr. Skilling’s trial in 2006, signed off on an agreement that will decrease his 24-year sentence to 14 years.

The reduction was driven in part by a 2009 appeals court ruling that ordered a recalculation of Mr. Skilling’s sentence because of a mistake made by the judge in interpreting the federal sentencing guidelines.
His wife, former Enron corporate secretary Rebecca Carter, as well as his brother, Mark Skilling, and sister, Sue Skilling, all wept when Lake announced the new sentence.
[May 9]
Former Enron Corp. Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling challenged his 24-year sentence and, after a series of court rulings, struck a deal with federal prosecutors that would reduce his sentence to a range of 14 to 17.5 years, according to court documents filed by the Justice Department.

Skilling has spent more than six years in federal prison following his 2006 conviction in Enron’s massive corporate fraud.

Looking at Skilling and his choice of wives is fascinating. Some successful men who get richer and more powerful “trade up” for a newer or younger model, leaving the mother of their children for someone they believe better ornaments them and their rising world-beater status. That’s what it looks like Skilling did.
Feb. 4, 2011 John Taylor Skilling, Ex-Enron Chief’s Son, Dies of Possible Overdose. Jeffrey Skilling’s son was youngest of three children with his first wife, Susan Lowe, who grew up with his siblings — Kristen, 26, and Jeffrey, 25 — in the Houston area.


Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan M. Dershowitz has joined Harvey Weinstein’s legal defense team to consult on constitutional issues, according to a Feb. 15 court filing. The suit Dershowitz is involved in is a class action lawsuit against Weinstein’s former production companies the Weinstein Company and Miramax; the Walt Disney Company; and Weinstein himself, among others. The lawsuit alleges that Weinstein violated federal sex trafficking laws.
Justice James Burke and prosecutors agreed to the new Manhattan Supreme Court trial date of June 3. Baez and Sullivan are slated to start a 10-week trial Feb. 19 in Brooklyn federal court.

[February 15 2019   Weinstein NYC: Ronald Sullivan Out?   ]


Judge approved his request for a new defense team: Jose Baez (center) and Ronald Sullivan (left) with Weinstein, 66, [and retiring Ben Brafman] during the hearing January 25 2019


A growing chorus of Harvard students are demanding that Ronald Sullivan, Jr.,  — the university’s criminal justice institute director and faculty dean at Harvard’s Winthrop House residence — resign from Harvey Weinstein’s New York defense team ASAP. Protests and petitions have started popping up questioning his association with Weinstein. The office of Cyrus Vance, jr., Manhattan D.A., declined comment on anything to do with a possible delay in the Weinstein case.

[January 26 2019   why was the switch made?   ]

Weinstein has tapped Jose Baez and Ronald Sullivan Jr. of the Orlando, Florida-based Baez Law Firm and Pamela Mackey of Denver-based Haddon, Morgan and Foreman for his new defense team. “I think it’s bizarre given who he is replacing and given how well the defense appeared to be doing,” Mark A. Bederow said. “But ultimately it’s his choice to proceed how he wants and none of us know the reason why the switch was made.” https://www.law.com/newyorklawjournal/2019/01/23/harvey-weinstein-assembles-high-profile-non-ny-lawyers-for-new-defense-team/

[January 22 2019   New York Weinstein pretrial conference March 7   ]

Benjamin Brafman “withdrawing” from the Harvey Weinstein case.
Sources close to Weinstein said he wants an “older woman” on his defense team and has made overtures to lawyers Susan Necheles and Isabelle Kirshner.

He also wants to hire former Manhattan sex-crimes prosecutor Linda Fairstein as a trial consultant,

[January 14 2019]
A pretrial conference has been scheduled for March 7, Weinstein stands accused of two counts of predatory sexual assault, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, as well as counts of first-degree criminal sexual act, first-degree rape and third-degree rape.

[January 12 2019   trial on May 6   ]

Spokesman Juda Engelmayer did not flat out deny that Harvey Weinstein was looking to hire new lawyers, but disputed that Ben Brafman was being replaced as the lead attorney. Brafman’s bid to dismiss the other five criminal charges was denied in December, and Weinstein is set to go on trial on May 6 in New York State Court, where he’ll be accused of sexually assaulting one woman and raping another. “There is nothing rock solid about that. If Harvey’s going to do anything, he’d augment it not reduce it,as it currently stands that’s not the case.”

[December 20 2018 Weinstein’s motion to dismiss Manhattan DA case denied ]
After a brief discussion with the lawyers, the judge denied a motion to dismiss the case.


[November 30 2018  Weinstein moves to dismiss remaining 5 counts   ]

Harvey Weinstein by his attorney Benjamin Brafman has moved a Manhattan judge to dismiss the five remaining criminal charges against him, providing additional details to support his claim that police misconduct tainted grand jury proceedings and that prosecutors failed to turn over evidence that he had a consensual relationship with one of his alleged victims. “Simply put, because of the unprecedented and outrageous misconduct already documented in this case, this court should properly give serious consideration to dismissal of this deeply flawed indictment, either for the legal reasons we have provided or so that the integrity of the criminal justice system can be restored,” Brafman wrote in the 51-page document.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office dropped one of six charges in the case earlier, amid revelations that New York City Police Detective Nicholas DiGaudio, who led the investigation against Weinstein, did not tell prosecutors that a witness had provided him with an account that contradicted that of Lucia Evans, who claimed that Weinstein forced her to give him oral sex in 2004.


[October 23 2018   Harvey Weinstein to make “important, brilliant films”   ]

Benjamin Brafman, the lawyer representing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, claims the 66-year-old could return to the entertainment industry and make “important, brilliant films”.

[ September 3  Weinstein removed condom and continued to rape – LA complaint   ]

Luciano Silighini Garagnani, a Conservative D-list Italian casting director turned filmmaker, proudly paraded a t-shirt which read “Weinstein is Innocent”

The 42-year-old’s latest film, which was released in Italy earlier this year, provided a positive angle on Mr Berlusconi’s notorious “bunga-bunga” sex parties.

weinstein emmaloman

Emma Loman is suing for violation of human trafficking laws, assault, battery and false imprisonment and seeking compensatory damages of no less than $75,000 as well as punitive damages.During the alleged rape, the suit claims Weinstein “bragged that he had recently received a negative result from an HIV test. Then, over Loman’s continued protests, he removed the condom he had been wearing and continued to rape Loman.”

[August 2 Harvey Weinstein’s indictment, Brady rule, naughty emails ]
Harvey Weinstein's defense says emails with rape accuser clear him, will ask for charges to be dismissed based on grand jury error

“They are endearing, intimate, present, friendly, flattering, emails between her and Mr. Weinstein,” the lawyer said to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Mary Walrath. The defendant must prove that there is a “reasonable probability” that the outcome of the trial would have been different, had the evidence been disclosed by the prosecutor. See Kyles, 514 U.S. at 433 (1955).

[   Harvey Weinstein NOT under house arrest in light of new charges   ]


Harvey Weinstein living in his oceanfront estate

A judge denied a request from prosecutors July 9 to place Harvey Weinstein under house arrest in light of new charges against the movie producer that carry a penalty of life in prison if he is convicted.

Brought into the courtroom in handcuffs, Weinstein, 66, was released on bail after pleading not guilty in state Supreme Court in Manhattan on charges that he sexually assaulted a woman in 2006.

Three women have now accused him of forcing them to have sex against their will over the last 14 years, and the new indictment includes two counts of predatory sexual assault, opening him up to a life sentence.

The wrongful-death Zahau lawsuit has been dismissed with prejudice. Zahau hanging case “has been resolved,” The man who became the focus of the civil trial, Adam Shacknai – the brother of Zahau’s then-boyfriend, Jonah Shacknai – said outside court that his insurance company “did an end-around” on him, and that the settlement was for far less (“a pittance”) than the $5.1 million jury award.

“They were tired of throwing money at it,” he said. Both he and his lawyer, Seth Weisburst, said Shacknai himself was not paying out any money. The wrongful-death lawsuit going to trial in San Diego would have revisited the 2011 hanging death of Zahau at a mansion on the Coronado peninsula two days after Max Shacknai fell to his death there. The lawsuit was filed by the mother and sister of Zahau, the girlfriend of pharmaceuticals tycoon Jonah Shacknai.

[  Shacknai mansion death ruled suicide   ]

Shacknai stairs

Shacknai stairs

ex-wife's evidence

ex-wife’s evidence

Rebecca Nalepa

Rebecca Nalepa

A woman found hanging naked two days after her millionaire boyfriend’s six-year-old son was fatally injured while in her care, committed suicide, police sources have revealed.

Rebecca Zahau, 32, was found hanging with her hands and feet bound at pharmaceutical tycoon Jonah Shacknai’s Coronado, California, mansion on July 13.

The millionaire had been questioned about the death, but detectives are now reasonably confident that the death was suicide, reported NBC San Diego.