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Andrew Pearse, who head Credit Suisse’s Global Financing Group at the time, entered his plea to one count of wire fraud conspiracy before U.S. District Judge William Kuntz in Brooklyn, New York federal court, admitting that he took millions of dollars in kickbacks in connection with the loans.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mozambique-credit-suisse-gp-charges/second-ex-credit-suisse-banker-pleads-guilty-in-mozambique-loan-scheme-idUSKCN1UE2OJ

[January 13 2019 U.S. steps into London scam ]

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/5674459/Boustani-Et-Al-Tuna-Bonds-Indictment-EDNY-Redacted.pdf

A 47-page US indictment against banker Andrew Pearse reads like a script to a Hollywood movie. Pearse and the other defendants created maritime projects as fronts to raise money to enrich themselves and intentionally divert portions of the loans’ proceeds to pay at least US$200m in bribes and kickbacks to themselves, officials and others.

[January 7 2019]

Jean Boustany, the top salesman for Privinvest, was arrested on January 2 2019 at New York’s John F Kennedy airport. The scam used loans to Privinvest , which is registered in the UAE, for three maritime projects. According to the indictment, Privinvest representatives were also accused of “inflating the prices of equipment and services” provided to Mozambique, thereby freeing the money for the bribe system.

“It is scandalous that it has required action from the U.S. authorities for this investigation and arrests to be made in London,” said Tim Jones, a policy officer at the British-based Jubilee Debt Campaign.

“It was the London branches of Credit Suisse and VTB which lent the $2 billion, yet there has been a shocking lack of action taken by UK authorities in holding them to account.”

Britain’s finance industry watchdog, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), started looking at Credit Suisse’s involvement in Mozambique in 2016. The FCA declined to comment on the latest events.

Former Credit Suisse bankers Andrew Pearse, Surjan Singh, and Detelina Subeva, were arrested in London on January 4 2019. They were charged with conspiring to violate US anti-bribery law, money laundering and securities fraud in an indictment issued in Brooklyn, New York US District Court, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

Prosecutors say that through a series of financial transactions between approximately 2013 and 2016, they created fraudulent maritime projects and used state-owned companies in Mozambique as fronts to raise $2bn. The men have been released on bail in London while the US seeks their extradition.

An inquiry into the loan scandal surrounding Mozambique’s default shows that the money procured via Credit Suisse and VTB Bank served many purposes – just not helping the African nation to develop its economy.

Credit Suisse (CS) so far has flatly denied being at fault for Mozambique’s failure to repay its debt, including in a recently-published inquiry by New York-based Kroll economic research agency. The report by the agency suggests that some questions remain to be answered.

Kroll says that CS and Russia’s VTB, which together organized credit worth more than $2 billion to three state-owned companies in Mozambique, had received $200 million in fees, a claim CS rejects. The loans were intended for a tuna fishing fleet, patrol boats, nautical equipment, maintenance and training.

Bonds Awarded, Fees Distributed

CS in a statement said that it had received $23 million, or roughly 2.3 percent of the loans, a sum in line with market prices. A further $140 million from the $200 million in fees had been so-called contractor fees, passed onto members of the syndicate and investors, intended to boost their return.

CS and VTB had emitted bonds with a coupon of 8.5 percent for parts of the loans granted to Mozambique. CS had not told investors that the bank had granted further loans to the country.

Investors only found out after agreeing to a refinancing in March 2016. The deal had become necessary because Mozambique hadn’t been able to finance the loans. Switzerland’s banking regulator Finma is looking into the transaction, as is the U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority, or FCA.

The Role of Abu Dhabi Mar

The Kroll Report shows in detail who received how much of the money provided to the African country. Apart from the banks, it includes officials in the African nation and Abu Dhabi Mar, a company based in the Middle East. Abu Dhabi Mar delivered tuna fishing boats, other vessels and nautical equipment and infrastructure as well as an aircraft. The company received $1.8 billion for the goods and services, paid with money borrowed by Mozambique.

Kroll indicated that there had been a number of conflicts of interest in the provision of the loan, and that a large amount of information had been withheld by authorities and companies in Mozambique that would have helped shed light on the affair.

Where Are the Missing $500 Million?

This included the whereabouts of several hundred million dollars, information about which had not been forthcoming from sources in Mozambique. What is known is that Mozambique had changed the end purpose of some of the loans and attributed them to the budget of the country’s military.

Kroll said that it was unclear where some $500 million of the loan intended for the tuna fishing project went to.

Overpaid?

The agency says that Mozambique paid too much for the boats, further equipment and services. Kroll compared the money the country paid with estimated market prices of the equipment and services and came up with a delta of $713 million.

Abu Dhabi Mar is controlled by Privinvest, an investment company partly controlled by Iskandar Safa, a Lebanese billionaire. A spokesperson for Privinvest told finews.com that Kroll in its calculations had not taken into account a number of elements of the deliveries agreed in the contract.

A Lot of Additional Technology

Privinvest hadn’t delivered individual pieces of equipment, but an integrated system, whose individual elements had been adjusted to the needs and complemented with additional technology.

Privinvest also holds a stake in Palomar, an offshore firm. Andrew Pearse, a former CS banker, is a partner at Palomar.

Role of the Former CS Banker

During his time at Credit Suisse, Pearse is said to have contributed to the awarding of part of the Mozambique loans. He had told finews.com that there had been no conflict of interest between his work at CS and his stake at Palomar.

Kroll says that Palomar had received fees of $30.6 million. More than CS and VTB together. Kroll isn’t able to say why this was the case because of the information that had been withheld.

The report alludes to the conflict of interest of a person only named as «B» who had owned a stake in Palomar and had been a former member of a participating company. The report doesn’t specify whether person «B» is Andrew Pearse, and whether the company involved is Switzerland’s second-largest bank.

A spokesperson for Palomar told finews.com that the Kroll-report contained errors and was misleading. Kroll never had contacted Palomar. Still, Palomar was ready to provide the necessary information at any time.

Projects That Don’t Work Properly

The inquiry also found that Abu Dhabi Mar, Privinvest and Palomar had had leading roles in all the Mozambique projects. They structured the projects, introduced CS as a provider of financing, agreed payments of contractor fees and restructured the credits – which led to the payment of further fees.

The report also says that Privinvest had provided financial support. The projects hadn’t taken off as had been expected, partly because of a lack of infrastructure for fish processing, but also because personnel had been unsuitable.

Palomar Capital Advisors Liquidated

Zurich-based Palomar Capital Advisors was liquidated in November 2016. Pearse was chairman of the company, which had been a key actor in the Mozambique deal and received the fees mentioned. The fees still outstanding will now go to VR Global Partners, a company based in the Caribbean.

Kroll has kept the report neutral and refrained from making assumptions or pointing fingers. Still, the inquiry repeatedly showed that some of the payments and transactions could not be explained on the basis of the information available.

CS Agreed to the Deal Even as Conditions Weren’t Met

Credit Suisse is being cleared by the report’s findings. It says that CS had demanded a number of conditions to be met for it to agree to the deal. They included an agreement from the central bank of the country, an examination of local courts as well as a report to the International Monetary Fund.

The documents Kroll had at its disposal showed that the conditions set out by CS had not been met. Further information would need to be made available to explain why the bank had agreed to providing the finance despite its conditions hadn’t been met.

https://www.finews.com/news/english-news/27878-moza

https://zitamar.com/revealed-credit-suisse-banker-now-pay-ematum-ship-builder/

 

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1Malaysia Development Berhad investigation

July 29 2019 The Kuala Lumpur Court 1MDB hearing for Goldman Sachs Group was pushed back to Sept 30 as the process of filing the charges was incomplete.

July 19 2019 The federal court in Brooklyn judge said “discovery needs to move forward” despite the complex nature of the case and set the next hearing for Aug 20.

Prosecutors alleged bribes and kickbacks were paid in connection with Goldman’s bond offerings on 1MDB’s behalf, which helped raise more than US$6bil (RM24.65bil) for the fund and US$600mil (RM2.46bil) in fees for the bank.

Former senior Goldman banker Tim Leissner pleaded guilty to conspiring to launder money and violating the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by paying bribes to Malaysia and Abu Dhabi officials and circumventing Goldman’s internal accounting controls.

Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc banker Roger Ng is still in plea talks to avoid a US trial on charges that he violated American anti-bribery laws and conspired to launder money embezzled from state investment fund 1MDB.

Ng arrived in New York from Malaysia in early May and pleaded not guilty.Ng is also charged with conspiracy to violate the FCPA and a money-laundering conspiracy, crimes which carry a maximum sentence of decades in prison.

[July 11 2019 Deutsche Bank misled, says DOJ [

Tan Boon-Kee, a colleague of a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc executive, Tim Leissner, who worked with him on 1MDB-related business, left Goldman to become Asia-Pacific head of banking for financial institutions clients at Deutsche Bank, where she was involved with 1MDB dealings. Tan left Deutsche Bank last year, after it discovered communications between her and Jho Low, the Malaysian financier the Justice Department has described as the central player in the 1MDB scandal, (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether Deutsche Bank AG (DBKGn.DE) violated foreign corruption or anti-money-laundering laws in its work for state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB)

[May 6 2019 banker Roger Ng pleads not guilty ]

Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc banker Roger Ng. was extradited on May 3 to New York from Kuala Lumpur, where he had been jailed since November. He pleaded not guilty to criminal charges at the Malaysian state investment fund 1MDB on May 6 2019.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Kuo, of U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, New York, allowed Ng, a Philippines citizen, to be released in exchange for a $20 million bond. He was fitted for an ankle bracelet, and will be staying at an undisclosed location in the New York City area that the court approved.
Tim Leissner, another former Goldman Sachs banker, and Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho have also been charged in the United States over 1MDB. Leissner has pleaded guilty.

[April 9 2019   Najib Razak on trial in Kuala Lampur   ]

9 Apr 19 Najib Razak made a brief court appearance in the first of many trials he faces over a multibillion-dollar scandal that toppled his government.

Proceedings at the Kuala Lumpur High Court were adjourned until next week when deliberations will begin in earnest to get to the truth about accusations against him linked to the state fund 1MDB.

[February 11 2019 1MDB scandal may cost Blankfein his bonus ]
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On February 11, 2019, Najib Razak’s team of eight lawyers filed an application for the trial to be delayed, pending an appeal on a technical matter, and the court of appeal agreed unanimously to postpone. No new date for the trial has been set. There are 1MDB investigations taking place in 12 countries. “His behaviour fits with that broad pattern where you consolidate power at the expense of the ruling elite,” said Lee Morgenbesser, an expert on authoritarian governments at Australia’s Griffith University.

[February 2 2019]
The board of Goldman Sachs Group Inc said on February 2 it is withholding a bonus worth at least $7 million from former chief executive Lloyd Blankfein until investigations into the bank’s involvement in the 1MDB[1Malaysia Development Berhad] scandal are resolved. Blankfein received $20.5 million in annual compensation in 2018, down $3.5 million from 2017. It paid Chief Executive David Solomon $23 million in total compensation in 2018, a 9.5 percent jump from his 2017 compensation.

[  Mahathir Mohamad seeking to arrest financier Low Taek Jho   ]

U.S. investigators have accelerated their probe into the 1MDB sovereign wealth fund set up by former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and are exchanging more evidence with Malaysian authorities since Najib lost last month’s election, While U.S. prosecutors have considered the possibility of charging Najib or his associates, they would prefer Malaysia be the one to file criminal charges against any Malaysian official. Najib’s successor, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, said Malaysia was also seeking to arrest financier Low Taek Jho, a central figure in the scandal who advised on investments and negotiated deals for 1MDB

[May 18    Many Malaysian economic figures are false – new Prime Minister   ]

Najib Razak’s coalition [former Malaysian prime minister] secured only 79 of Malaysia’s 222 parliamentary seats while Anwar Ibrahim’s People’s Justice Party (PKR) won 50 seats. An alliance between the two could have secured Najib’s return to power. “From my discussion with the PM (92-year-old Mahathir Mohamad) this morning, that seems to be the sentiment … we will have to deliver,” he said.

“I have given that message. We don’t want UMNO 2.0.” United Malay National Organisation (UMNO) used race-based politics and patronage system.

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In response to a request for a fresh forecast on Malaysia’s economic growth, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Thursday, May 17, “Regarding the numbers indicating our financial position, I realize many of these figures are false.” Leave aside …some hundred billion of missing ringgit on his watch.
Malaysia’s economy continues to perform strongly, with higher than anticipated growth at 5.8 percent in 2017, and projected growth of 5.3 percent for 2018, according to the IMF.

Malaysia ranks 25th in oil ptoduction; the first quarter of 2018 witnessed the strongest year-over-year increase in global oil demand in seven years.

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Police entered the house of Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak late on Wednesday, May 16, an extraordinary scene that thousands watched unfold as it was streamed live.
Najib tried to leave the country Saturday, May 12, apparently for Indonesia. The search covered the prime minister’s office and a residence he had used, as well as two apartments owned by his family. The government’s immigration department said they were blacklisted from leaving Malaysia.
Najib may soon face increased government scrutiny over he created a state fund called 1MDB, 1Malaysia Development Berhad. The fund sent hundreds of billions of dollars in Najib’s personal accounts, prompting investigations in the U.S., Switzerland and Singapore. The country’s attorney general tried to issue an arrest warrant for Najib three years ago, the prime minister fired him.

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) alleges that about US$4.5 billion was misappropriated from 1MDB, which was founded by Mr Najib

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The gunmen left the airport with approximately 750 kilograms (1,653 pounds) of gold and other metals due for shipment to Zurich and New York. No shots were fired and no one was injured during the robbery,
Eight men assaulted a cargo terminal at Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport, driving two trucks that resembled those driven by Brazilian federal police.

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A bogus police truck used in the robbery at Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport

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A study written by a Canadian senator Joseph Day for the Defense and Security Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly has accidentally revealed sites storing 150 US nukes in Europe. A draft version of the document entitled “A new era for nuclear deterrence? Modernisation, arms control and allied nuclear forces” was published earlier this year.

“all information used in this report is open source material”, Day.

A Nato spokesman said: “We do not comment on the details of NATO’s nuclear posture. This is not an official NATO document.”

[June 14 2019 Hypersonic weapons proceed apace ]


WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force successfully conducted a flight test of a hypersonic missile Wednesday at Edwards Air Force Base in California, according to a news release.

The flight test collected data on drag and vibration impacts on the weapon and the B-52 Stratofortress carrying it. The AGM-183A Air Launched Rapid Response Weapon did not contain explosives and was not released from the aircraft, The United States is working to catch up to adversaries Russia and China on hypersonic weapons technology.

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The hypersonic missile dubbed “Kinzhal,” which means “dagger” in Russian, has been tested mounted and launched 12 times from a Russian MiG-31 fighter jet.

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China’s graphic showing the potential flight of China’s recent test of a hypersonic glide vehicle,

[March 3 2019 In war AI can be trained to pair with humans in decide-act loop ]

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https://warontherocks.com/2019/02/red-sky-in-morning-naval-combat-at-the-dawn-of-hypersonics/

https://media.defense.gov/2019/Feb/12/2002088963/-1/-1/1/SUMMARY-OF-DOD-AI-STRATEGY.PDF

Hypersonic missiles, which travel at speeds greater than Mach 5, shorten John Boyd’s famous observe-orient-decide-act loop, making it nearly impossible for human minds and teams to even comprehend the information, let alone defend against a short-range attack…Artificial intelligence algorithms can be trained to pair with humans to complete tasks like mission planning and developed to provide greater information, not just data, across the decision cycle. In particular, deep learning shows a remarkable ability to distill patterns across many sets of data.

[February 14 2019 Fully Autonomous Weapons ]
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https://www.globalsecurity.org/intell/library/reports/2007/dod-unmanned-systems-roadmap_2007-2032.pdf

https://www.armyupress.army.mil/Journals/Military-Review/English-Edition-Archives/May-June-2017/Pros-and-Cons-of-Autonomous-Weapons-Systems/

[December 31 2018   Gen. David Petraeus says not in for Mattis   ]

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Spotted at the White House Hanukkah party: Jill Kelley.

“I think there does have to be policy alignment [with Trump,] and I’m not sure that exists, I’m afraid,” Petraus said on BBC Four when asked if he’d be willing to replace Jim Mattis as Defense Secretary, as first reported by Time Magazine.

[March 20 2018   for H.R. McMaster at NSC?   ]

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Former CIA director and retired Gen. David Petraeus is among those mentioned to succeed Gen. H.R. McMaster in his position as national security adviser to the president. John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

[January 30 Jill Kelley at Executive Mansion  ]

Friends in high places:Jill Kelley was at the inauguration January 20, and posted a photo of herself with billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4147900/Sorkin-Clooney-want-rights-David-Petraeus-story.html

[March 19 2016 Lawyers dump Jill Kelley ]

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Petraeus confirmed he has spoken with the Trump administration about being secretary of state [December12 2017]

Jill Kelley filed the Privacy Act lawsuit in 2013, charging that the FBI and Pentagon leaked personal information about her via Alan Raul of Chicago-based law firm Sidley Austin, Raul and other Sidley lawyers who  have asked U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson to excuse them from the case.
The withdrawal request followed a proposal from the Kelleys’ side that the U.S. government pay $4.35 million to settle the suit reported arch 18. The feds apparently rejected the offer.

[March 4 2015 John Allen says the United States has not ruled out a no-fly zone or protected corridor in Syria ]

 a man with four stars on his collar leading U.S. forces in Afghanistan just one year ago

a man with four stars on his collar leading U.S. forces in Afghanistan just one year ago

The retired Marine general in charge of mobilizing an international coalition against the group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS) says that the United States has not ruled out a no-fly zone or protected corridor in Syria to safeguard the thousands of fighters it intends to train to help defeat the militant group.

“All those things are under consideration,” John Allen told an audience the evening of March 2 at the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank. On 13 September 2014, The United States appointed General Allen as Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
One would think a man with four stars on his collar leading U.S. forces in Afghanistan just one year ago would have no problem working with military leadership in the fight against militants of the so-called Islamic State at present.
One derides Allen as “a boy scout.” Another, noting his new role as a quasi-diplomat though he’s never been one, said “I don’t know how that’s going to work.”
For many of the military’s top leaders it seems, having a retired general like Allen outside of the military chain-of-command reporting to Obama is a sign of White House “micromanagement.” It also offers the possibility of conflicting messages between State and the Pentagon in the fight against ISIL. more below

[March 3]

 He also serves as a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at CUNY's Macaulay Honors College, and as a Judge Widney Professor at the Univ of Southern California

He also serves as a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, and as a Judge Widney Professor at the Univ of Southern California

“The criminal Information charges the defendant with one count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1924,” Justice Department spokesman Marc Raimondi said in a statement. “The plea agreement and corresponding statement of facts, both signed by the defendant, indicate that he will plead guilty to the one-count criminal Information.” General David Petraeus is arguably the most consequential U.S. military leader since World War II.

[January 10 Feds recommend arresting David Petraeus, no final decision]
Holder said during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “The determination has yet to be made. And we will just see how things play out before any final decision is made.”

Federal prosecutors are recommending felony charges against retired Gen. David Petraeus over classified information they say he provided to his biographer and mistress, Paula Broadwell

Author follows General through Afghanistan

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 He also serves as a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at CUNY's Macaulay Honors College, and as a Judge Widney Professor at the Univ of Southern California

He also serves as a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, and as a Judge Widney Professor at the Univ of Southern California

[September 26 2014 General David Petraeus advises on Iraq fight,  773 days until 2016 Presidential race, Iowa caucus  Feb.1,2016]

The U.S.-led fight against Islamic State will take years and will need ground forces to succeed, retired General David Petraeus said. Petraeus, 61, served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2011 to 2012 and is now chairman of KKR Global Institute, an investment management firm. Under General (Ret.) David Petraeus as Chairman and Vance Serchuk as Executive Director, KGI integrates the macroeconomic analyses of KKR’s Global Macro and Asset Allocation Team led by Henry McVey and the Public Policy & Public Affairs, stakeholder engagement, and environmental, social, and governance work of KKR’s Global Public Affairs Team led by Ken Mehlman. KKR Co-Chairman and Co-CEO Henry Kravis, KKR Co-Chairman and Co-CEO George Roberts. In 1987, Jerome Kohlberg, Jr. resigned from KKR over differences in strategy, and Henry Kravis and George Roberts assumed full leadership of the firm.

[Earlier buzz] Roger Ailes suggested that Petraeus run for President. .. General David Petraeus was seen as a real future presidential candidate until he was hidden at the CIA until the day after the election when it was leaked he was having an affair and unceremoniously fired.
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[September 16 Jill Kelley can go to trial against FBI and Defense Department]

Gen. John R. Allen, who commanded U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was in line to become supreme allied commander in Europe

Gen. John R. Allen, who commanded U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was in line to become supreme allied commander in Europe

U..S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson denied the Motion to Dismiss and Kelley can press her claim that the FBI and Defense Department violated her privacy when officials allegedly leaked information about her to the news media.According to court filings by Kelley’s attorneys, the government falsely told one news outlet the emails between Allen and Kelley were the equivalent of phone sex. The lawyers argued that given the prurient nature of the investigation and the “other woman” narrative propounded by the leakers, it was likely that Kelley’s treatment was motivated by sexual discrimination. The Pentagon’s inspector general exonerated Allen, who subsequently retired.

[January 6 Jill Kelley’s suit gains support]

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Mrs. Petraeus and Kelleys

Kelley was banned from the Tampa Air Force base and stripped of her honorary title as consul to South Korea.

“Just because you’re stalked by a mistress doesn’t mean you are one,” Kelley told the New York Times. “It’s not contagious.”

Kelley and her attorneys said the lawsuit touched on an array of issues: what the government can access, how it disseminates information about private citizens, whether it protects people who report crimes, what constitutes leaking and the laws governing public records.

“Here, the government did not adhere to its own standards for avoiding electronic intrusion into innocent citizens’ lives,” said Alan Charles Raul, an attorney for the Kelleys. “Instead, they turned around and blamed the victim.”

In a lawsuit that is half legal document and half news release, Kelley seeks damages and a formal apology from the government for revealing her identity after she reported to the FBI what she assumed was a crime: threatening emails sent by a woman with whom Petraeus, then director of the CIA, was having an affair. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, is also an attempt by Kelley to tell her side of a story she says was distorted, leaving her family as collateral damage.

A spokesman for the FBI, Michael P. Kortan, declined to comment on specifics of the case, citing the continuing litigation. But the government has asked the court to toss the suit.

[September 25]
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration September 24 sought dismissal of a privacy lawsuit by Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, whose complaint to the FBI unwittingly led to Gen. David Petraeus’ ouster as CIA director.

If a federal judge eventually allows Kelley’s lawsuit to proceed, the case could delve into the roles played in the scandal by the FBI, the Pentagon and other parts of the administration.

Kelley had hosted military officials from MacDill Air Force Base — including Petraeus while he led Central Command — at her Bayshore Boulevard mansion.

The Justice Department said that Kelley has failed to present any facts suggesting that the FBI and the Pentagon flagrantly disregarded her privacy rights.

“A bare allegation” that information was retrieved from government files is insufficient, the Justice Department saidThe FBI and the Pentagon have exempted several of their record systems from the Privacy Act. Kelley and her husband, Scott, also a plaintiff in the case, fail to say whether the leaked information was in a system subject to the Privacy Act, the government said.

TAMPA — Attorneys had gathered in a conference room to question the Tampa socialite who had unwittingly triggered the scandal that ended the career of CIA director David Petraeus.

Jill Kelley’s house is in foreclosure, and Kelley appeared at a June 26 deposition in the case.

But Kelley refused to be sworn in, a Regions Bank attorney said. Then she refused to testify, departing with her attorney.

“They’re actually leaving the room now and not even listening to me on the record,” said Regions attorney Peter Hargitai at the deposition, according to a transcript.

Kelley and her husband, Dr. Scott Kelley, have refused to testify in the foreclosure case on their posh Bayshore Boulevard home. The couple say a Regions lawyer is threatening to question them about the Petraeus scandal and then release a transcript to the media.

Jill Kelley said in court papers that Hargitai told her, “This deposition is going to be all over the news.” The lawyer denied making any threats.

“Plaintiff appears determined to try this matter in the media,” a motion by the Kelleys’ attorney said.

The couple have demanded that opposing counsel agree to keep any transcript of their testimony sealed, providing no copies to the media or any third party.

Hargitai has refused, though he told the court he has no intention of giving it to the media. But if the deposition is filed in court, it would become available to anyone who wants a copy.

“A deposition is a public record,” Hargitai told the Tampa Bay Times in a brief interview.

The attorney said a Hillsborough Circuit Court judge is soon expected to file an order compelling the Kelleys to sit down for a deposition by Sept. 15. Neither the Kelleys nor their attorney, Benjamin Hillard, returned messages seeking comment.

An order has not yet been issued, according to the online docket of the case. The next court hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Kelley inadvertently ended Petraeus’ career as CIA director.

A $2.1 million foreclosure case involving an office building formerly owned by Tampa socialite Jill Kelley and her husband, Scott, was settled Monday, according to the judge overseeing it.

The case had been scheduled to go to trial Aug. 12 before Hillsborough Circuit Judge Christopher Sabella. Settlement terms were not disclosed, which is typical in civil cases, and attorneys for the parties could not be reached for comment.

A pretrial hearing had been scheduled Monday, but the Kelleys and attorneys did not appear as settlement talks concluded.

The Kelleys bought the property using their corporation, Kelley Land Holdings. Jill Kelley is currently listed as the corporation’s managing partner.

The bank said the fair market value of the property is about $1.4 million. Once that is applied to the loan, the Kelleys owed the bank more than $700,000 with interest adding $109 per day, according to a September 2011 court filing. The balance due currently was not immediately clear Monday.

That figure also did not include attorney fees.

[September 12]

Retired Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, former CIA director under President Barack Obama, called strongly Saturday for Congress to back the White House on Syria, declaring that military action against the regime is “necessary” to deter “Iran, North Korea and other would-be aggressors.”

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Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite entangled in the scandal that toppled former CIA director David Petraeus.

The Justice Department has asked for a 30-day extension, until Sept. 4, to respond to her lawsuit against the government for violating her family’s privacy, rifling through her e-mails and leaking confidential information about her.

And Kelley is fine with the extension, says her lawyer, Alan Raul.

[May 20]

Petraeus will serve in a consultant's role

Petraeus will serve in a consultant’s role

Retired army general David Petraeus will take a new job with investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. KKR did not detail terms of its agreement with Petraeus, but a spokeswoman said he will serve in a consultant’s role
[November 27 2012]

Former Prime Minister of South Korea Han Duk Soo

Former Prime Minister of South Korea Han Duk Soo

The state Department of Motor Vehicles has been informed by the U.S. Department of State that Jill Kelley no longer qualifies for an honorary consul license plate, according to a spokesman.

“We received word from the U.S. Department of State that her status” as an honorary consul for South Korea “has been terminated,”

The South Korean official who made it possible for Jill Kelley to be appointed honorary consul was Han Duk-soo, currently head of the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) and South Korean ambassador to the United States until February.

The official categorically denied that there was any inappropriate relationship between Han, a former Prime Minister and Jill Kelley. He said Kelley showed Han in their meetings a strong willingness to work for the improvement of U.S.-South Korean economic relations. He didn’t elaborate.
Han Duk-Soo was the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) from 2007 until February 2008. He is currently serving as Chairman of the Korea International Trade Association.
Just before leaving the United States, he asked the South Korean consulate office in Atlanta to consider appointing Kelley honorary consul, citing her active role in organizing public events promoting an ambitious, hard-fought free trade agreement between Seoul and Washington and in arranging meetings between the ambassador and influential politicians and businessmen in Tampa.
[November 21]

[Nov 17]

Jill Kelley, “honorary ambassador” to the coalition in Tampa Florida

Talya Khawam and host

Talya Khawam and host

In emails with her ex-husband, Khawam wrote that Senator Kerry asked about the son and whether he would be coming to Martha’s Vineyard in the summer of 2012.

She also wrote that Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island invited the son to a summer clambake in the state, and that the son “would greatly appreciate attending this family clambake.”

Included in the court file is what appears to be a handwritten note from Whitehouse, writing, “I am excited to hear that you, Natalie and (the son) may be coming to the family clambake. That would be terrific!”

The Whitehouse note was addressed to Gerald Harrington.

Harrington served as national vice chairman of finance for Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, according to a biography posted on the website of Harrington’s lobbying firm, Capitol City Group.

A spokeswoman for Kerry said Kerry was introduced to Khawam by Harrington, whom the spokeswoman described as Khawam’s boyfriend.

A spokesman for Whitehouse also said Whitehouse knew Khawam through her relationship with Harrington, whom Whitehouse has known since college. “Ms. Khawam attended the Senator’s clambake fundraiser this summer as Mr. Harrington’s guest, and he was glad to see them there,” the spokesman said.

[November 16]

Jill Kelly offered to broker a deal with the South Korean government for
Adam Victor, president and CEO of TransGas Development Systems, “that they were essentially doing a favor for General Petraeus, and that she had access solely because of her relationship with General Petraeus.”
Victor said he thought it made sense that Petraeus would want to put a trusted aide in charge of promoting free trade. When Kelley named her fee for brokering the deal, however, Victor balked. The coal gasification plants under discussion were worth $4 billion, said Victor — and Kelley wanted a two percent cut. “That’s an $80 million fee,” he said. “And I mean that is problematic . . . No broker gets $80 million. I mean that’s two whole orders of magnitude higher than what they would get.”

Victor said he “terminated the relationship” after Kelley asked for $80 million
[November 15]

it turns out the FBI agent who started the investigation sent topless photos of himself to Jill Kelley, the alleged other woman. The agent in question was apparently a friend of Kelley’s.
General John Allen has been in Afghanistan as the top American commander since July 2011, although before that he lived in Tampa as the deputy commander for Central Command, which oversees American military operations in the Middle East.

The defense official said that the Pentagon had received the 20,000 to 30,000 pages of documents from the F.B.I. and was currently reviewing them. Some of the e-mails may have prompted suspicions among FBI investigators because Allen sometimes used words such as “sweetheart” to refer to her, the senior official said.

An official said the coalition countries represented aty Central Command gave Kelley an appreciation certificate on which she was referred to as an “honorary ambassador” to the coalition, but she has no official status and is not employed by the U.S. government. Kelley, 37, hails from a Lebanese family that emigrated to Philadelphia in the mid-1970s.
Her parents, John and Marcelle Khawam, had businesses in the area, including a restaurant in Voorhees. The couple still live in Washington Crossing, Bucks County, according to public records, and Kelley’s older brother, David, is a lawyer in South Jersey. His office also lists lawyer Jill M Tribulas, in practice 11 years
Jill Khawam and her twin sister, Natalie, were the youngest of four children. Born in Lebanon, Jill is of Maronite Christian descent and speaks Arabic. Maronite Christians were allies of Israel in the Lebanese Civil War/Lebanon invasion.)
About a decade ago, both women moved to Tampa, where Jill’s husband, Scott Kelley, works as a surgeon.
Natalie Khawam, a lawyer and single mother, lives with them, according to a bankruptcy petition she filed earlier this year.
Just three months after they posed with David and Holly Petraeus, strands of Gasparilla beads hanging from their necks, the Kelleys were hit with a foreclosure lawsuit.
The suit, brought by Central Bank against Maronite Christians were allies of Israel in the Lebanese Civil War/Lebanon invasion.) Kelleys and Kelly Land Holdings, centered on a three-story office building at 300 E Madison St. in downtown Tampa. Court records show they owed the bank nearly $2.2 million, including attorney fees
Since the Kelleys have been in Tampa, records show, one or both have been subjects of lawsuits nine times — including an $11,000 judgment against them that originated in Pennsylvania.
Ongoing cases, the court records show, include an indebtedness case from Chase Bank; a foreclosure case from Regions Bank; and a credit card case from FIA Card Services.
The Kelleys have hired Abbe Lowell, a Washington lawyer who has represented clients such as former presidential candidate John Edwards and lobbyist Jack Abramoff. And the couple are employing crisis PR person Judy Smith, who has represented big names like Monica Lewinsky, Michael Vick and Kobe Bryant.

[November 10]

Author follows General through Afghanistan

Author follows General through Afghanistan

General David Petraeus is arguably the most consequential U.S. military leader since World War II. Broadwell’s excellent biography portrays him as a modern exemplar of the soldier-scholar-statesman and one who has exerted a profound influence on the American military establishment
Petraeus emerges from Broadwell’s book as an educated, committed, competitive, driven, and inspiring figure.
Foreign Affairs

“This is the best book yet on General David Petraeus, written by a remarkable former Army officer who spent months on the ground in Afghanistan herself. Paula Broadwell captures his basic tenets of counterinsurgency and basic approach to leadership-as well as Petraeus’s personal qualities and character-in a highly readable and pithy fashion. No one gives a truer picture of the war, or of the finest general of this era and one of the greatest in modern American history.”
(-Michael O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow, the Brookings Institution )

“All In vividly demonstrates the influence General David Petraeus has had on a whole generation of military officers-showing by the force of his personal example what it means to be tough, loyal, committed, and smart. Paula Broadwell takes readers into the briefing rooms and onto the battlefields to better understand the lessons and sacrifices of America’s wars.”
(-Nathaniel Fick, New York Times bestselling author of One Bullet Away )

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Deputy Speaker of Parliament Mihai Popsooi said that the American partners assured the new government in Chisinau that if Vlad Plahotniuc is in US territory and there will be an arrest warrant and evidence of his involvement in the theft of the bill he will be extradited to the Republic Moldova to be judged

 

 

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French Environment Minister François de Rugy announced his resignation on July 16 2019. de Rugy and his wife were “living like royals on public funds” and inviting friends to “sumptuous receptions” in the Hôtel de Lassay, the official residence of the head of the National Assembly. De Rugy, 44, is a long-time politician and environmentalist. First elected to parliament in 2007 with the European Greens, he quit the party in 2015, criticising its “leftist drift” under the presidency of François Hollande. He founded his own green party that same year but joined Macron’s La République En Marche party in 2016.

[September 13 2017 Fillon a partner at Tikehau Capital ]

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François Fillon, the centre-right French presidential candidate whose scandal-ridden campaign saw him crash out of the country’s presidential elections, is joining a fund management firm.

Mr Fillon, who is under judicial investigation in an embezzlement case, is to become a partner at Tikehau Capital in September, highlighting the porous borders between France’s political and business elite.

Based in Paris and with offices across Europe and Asia, Tikehau has more than €10bn in assets under management and focuses on private corporate debt and private equity investing.

[ July 14 Brigitte ‘in such good shape’ ]

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French President Emmanuel Macron greets US First Lady Melania Trump while his wife Brigitte Macron welcomes US President Donald Trump at Les Invalides museum in Paris

DONALD Trump exclaimed Emmaneul Macron’s wife Brigitte Trogneux was “in such good shape”

 

 

 

 

 

[July 7 Macron confers, Fillon is silent]

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During a party, Francois Fillon did not fail to admit that one day he would reveal confidences about Penelope Gate and what surrounds him: ” My silence will not be eternal.” When the time comes, Will write what I have on my heart.

[June 23 Macron’s 350 seats in National assembly ]

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Faced by Macron’s 350 seats, conservative Républicains and their centrist allies had their worse ever score with 130 seats (against 229 in the last Parliament).

 

[May 9 Russian hacking shows Macron offshore accounts? ]

 French prosecutors are to open a probe into the campaign of president-elect Emmanuel Macron.   French cyber police will lead the investigation after documents purporting to show off-shore bank accounts were released online.  Mr Macron has vigriously denied all allegations relating to bank accounts.   Said to be a hoax

[May 8 Co-Habitation – Penelope and Brigitte ]

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Who has more fun politics? Brigitte accused of hair extensions, veneers and cosmetic surgury

 

 

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Brigitte Marie-Claude Trogneux, was married to a banker named André-Louis Auzière and has three children and seven grandchildren, with him. Her 30-year-old daughter, Tiphaine Auziere, is a lawyer and also works on her stepfather, Emmanuel Macaron’s campaign. At her first campaign event, Tiphanie praised Emmanuel, calling him an “intelligent man” with an “exceptional personality.” Brigitte’s eldest child, Sebastien was born in 1975, which makes him two years older than his stepfather. Brigitte’s youngest daughter, Laurence, is the same age as Emmanuel, and were actually in the same class.

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France’s center-right party, seeking to rebound after the defeat of its presidential candidate, said on April 26 it could share power with Emmanuel Macron if he is elected, as pollsters predict, on May 7.

Macron, a 39-year-old centrist, is tipped to comfortably win a runoff vote against far-right leader Marine Le Pen, but the political movement he created a year ago faces a huge challenge in the follow-up legislative election in June.

With Macron and his “En Marche!” movement at risk of being in a minority in parliament, the center-right party, The Republicans, hopes to secure enough National Assembly seats to demand a government role despite the defeat of its presidential contender Francois Fillon, eliminated in a first-round vote on April 23. president cannot do much without parliamentary support in France, since the office is less independently powerful than in the United States.
“Cohabitation,” is a particular feature of French government, under which it is possible that the president (who is elected directly) belongs to one party, and the prime minister belongs to the other. Although this confuses people from other countries, French citizens quite like it, as it creates a kind of domestic balance of power.

[April 25 Enter Brigitte Macron, the cougar?]

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Who has more fun politics?

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron is married to Brigitte Macron. As Brigitte Marie-Claude Trogneux, the now 64-year-old is the daughter of a family of chocolatiers, an organizer who is one of the masterminds behind the movement’s rise. Trogneux eventually separated from her husband with whom she has three children. In 2007, the two Macrons were married . Critics of the presidential front-runner frequently refer to his wife using the term “cougar” — a not exactly flattering word that describes older women seeking relationships with younger men.

[April 23 No French President Fillon ]

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Fillon finished  close behind the front-runners with 19.9 percent suppot and Fillon – a former prime minister – received some last-minute public endorsements from former President Nicolas Sarkozy and former Prime Minister Alain Juppe.
Fillon beat both of them in the primary vote to stand for the Republicans party, but his campaign has been hit by a series of allegations and charges of financial irregularities during his time as a government official and minister.

[February 1 Fun in horse race]

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Who has more fun politics?

What started last week as a page three article in Le Canard Enchaine (it was not even on the front) now has a serious chance of bringing down the man seen as favourite to be the next French head of state. Mr Fillon’s wife Penelope was paid hundreds of thousands of euros in taxpayers’ money for a fictitious job as parliamentary assistant to her husband and his replacement.. So a new method for choosing a replacement candidate would have to be devised. Many eyes are turning to Alain Juppe, the runner-up in November’s primary.
Last week Mr Juppe said there was no way he would let himself be considered again as a candidate – but that was then.
“What is striking to me is how little help there is being directed at Fillon from his fellows in the party,” says Cecile Cornudet. “It doesn’t look good for him.”
Former President Nicolas Sarkozy is no doubt watching closely, and other senior Republican figures are also being mentioned, such as Francois Baroin, Laurent Wauquiez and Xavier Bertrand. Marine Le Pen, French far-right National Front (FN) party president, too is embroiled in corruption allegations, after the European parliament demanded she start repaying around €300,000 it says were wrongly paid to legislative aides and her bodyguard

[December 8 2016 DSK “a dimension outside the system” in second place as left candidate ]

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December 7 2016

The former IMF chief is back on the podium from left presidential candidates. According to a survey, 37% of French see him as a good candidate.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn is back on the list of best candidates left for 2017, second only Manuel Valls in a ViaVoice poll for Liberation published Thursday December 8. To the question whether each of the nine tested individuals would make a good or a good candidate “for the left in the 2017 presidential election,” 47% of respondents put the head Manuel Valls. DSK reached 37%, ahead of Ségolène Royal (32%), Martine Aubry (28%), Arnaud Montebourg (24%). François Hollande gets only 23%.
Among supporters of the left, Dominique Strauss-Kahn (45%) but ranks only 5th place, preceded by Manuel Valls (67%), Martine Aubry (62%), Ségolène Royal and François Hollande (56% each) . “Data for Dominique Strauss-Kahn are particularly unexpected,” notes political analyst Francois Miquet-Marty on behalf of ViaVoice. According to him, for DSK assets “a dimension outside the system, including during the trial proceedings; in contrast, the image of competence reinforced this time in the heart of the system “, and that” a determination, a perceived strength. ”
Moreover, Nicolas Sarkozy is designated by 28% of the sample as the winner of the presidential election if the were held today (23% for Marine Le Pen, only 9% for Hollande). 63% of respondents disapprove of the present policy (19% approve, 18% did not respond). 34% think that the right would be better that the Socialists if it was in power, and 28% believe that the National Front as it would do better.
Survey conducted online June 23 to 26 among a sample of 1,002 people representative of the French population aged 18 and over. Quota method.

[February 9 Alain Juppé ahead of Nicolas Sarkozy in polls ]

Alain Juppé is married to Isabelle Juppe (Bodin-born Legrand) is a former journalist who has long worked for the Lagardere media group. A Digital Specialist ,”The digital Woman in 2007″ .

Former French Prime Minister Alain Juppé will win The Republicans party nomination to run for president in 2017, beating Nicolas Sarkozy, according to a poll from Ipsos published in daily newspaper Le Monde February 8.
Forty-four percent of the respondents who are “certain” to vote in the party’s primary elections said they would choose Juppe, compared with 32 percent for Sarkozy, Ipsos, which conducted the survey with the Cevipof political institute, said. While former President Sarkozy may win more votes among party followers, The Republicans’ primaries will be open to all voters, which could allow Juppe to take the lead, the survey shows. France’s two-round presidential elections will be held in May 2017 and The Republicans’ primaries will be held in November. Sarkozy has vowed to slash taxes and pare back public spending if he is elected French president in 2017, as the former leader begins his campaign for nomination.

President Francois Hollande would lose the first round of the 2017 presidential election if either Sarkozy or Juppe win The Republicans’ primaries, according to a poll.

DSK – Comité de soutien

[December 1 2014 Hollande in Dakar row; Paparazzi did not snap Gayet, 5 staff fired ]

On November 29 at the meeting in the Senegalese capital Dakar, Hollande said “all human beings should be allowed to choose their leaders”.
Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said the French leader should not “decide what will happen in African countries concerning their political future”.
She added: “It’s a ‘Made in France’ democracy, and in Rwanda we find that shocking.”

Five members of Francois Hollande’s personal staff have lost their jobs after photos were taken of the president and his ‘secret’ lover at the Elysee Palace.
Taken last month, they showed the 60-year-old Socialist with Julie Gayet, the 42-year-old TV actress.There was no possibility of paparazzi having got into the highly secure presidential home in Paris, prompting the speculation that the pictures were taken by staff.
‘Five were immediately placed in the frame, and they are the ones who have been moved on to other duties,’ said a governmental source in Paris.
He said investigators did not know the exact person who had taken the snaps, so all five were ‘being let go’.

[November 29 Sarkozy elected party leader of UMP; Gayet is pictured at Elysee

As UMP holds an election, Julie Gayet is pictured at  Elysee

Say three times:Gayet à l’Elysée

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been elected party leader of UMP, gaining 64.5% of the vote. More than 150,000 party members – over 50% – voted in the election [ November 28] Sarkozy faces two internal challengers for the country’s main opposition party, the conservative UMP’s primary in 2016 to choose the party’s 2017 presidential candidate: former prime ministers Alain Juppe and Francois Fillon. Neither is running in the elections November 28,29.

[November 3 Sarkozy: Alain Juppé has become the main obstacle to the political return of Nicolas Sarkozy]

Alain Juppé is married to Isabelle Juppe (Bodin-born Legrand) is a former journalist who has long worked for the Lagardere media group. A Digital Specialist ,”The digital Woman in 2007″ .

A survey highlights the new popularity of Alain Juppe, who has become the main obstacle to the political return of Nicolas Sarkozy as the candidate in the 2016 primary of the UMP for the presidential election in 2017. The Mayor of Bordeaux in fact exceeds the former president of the Republic in popularity with supporters of the UMP, with 76% of good opinions, compared to 71% for Nicolas Sarkozy. The other potential contenders for the investiture of 2017 are far behind. A survey by polling group LH2 in October showed Alain Juppé, for the first time beating Sarkozy in the run-off due next year for the presidential ticket of their UMP party.

Alain Juppé, a prime minister under center-right French President Jacques Chirac and a senior minister during the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy, said on August 20 that he would seek to become president in 2017. In 2004, he was forced to put his political career on hold, when a court sentenced him to one year of ineligibility for public office, in addition to a 14-month suspended prison term for having illegally helped militants within his party collect monthly payments from the Paris city hall. At the time, Mr. Juppé acknowledged errors and negligence but said he had never sought to violate the law.

In a brief statement, Jacques Chirac , the former president of the Republic is supporting former Prime Minister candidate in the primary of the UMP for the presidential election in 2017.

“I always knew that Alain Juppe would have an appointment with you his fate and that of France.” Few things could I do more fun, for me- even for him, especially for our country (…) If I had the energy, I would have already booked my place, even a small, at its HQ.”

[July 23 UMP supports Sarkozy despite indictment ]
Atlantico survey published July 17 shows that UMP supporters support Nicolas Sarkozy. Indeed, the former head of state grew by 6 points compared to June 2014, despite his indictment and the Bygmalion case.

[July 17]

Her rhetorical style is a cross between gospel and opera and, with a voice like Billie Holiday

Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira: Her rhetorical style is a cross between gospel and opera and, with a voice like Billie Holiday

Questioned on the first indictment of Nicolas Sarkozy and attacks of the former Head of State against the judiciary, Christiane Taubira wished to recall that “everything is justiciable remedies, it is possible to challenge a decision. At this stage, Mr. Sarkozy has the opportunity to enter the investigating chamber. ” Nicolas Sarkozy has he been humiliated? “It is easy to imagine that a custody unpleasant [but] if the judges have reason to believe that custody is necessary, they do whatever the defendant, and the rule of law ” . regard to very strong criticism by Nicolas Sarkozy, Minister of Justice believes that “it carries a subjective assessment. If the law has not been complied with, there are remedies (…).

[July 13]

Under arrest

Under arrest

Le Monde newspaper published extracts from telephone calls in which Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly tells Mr Herzog – who has also been charged with corruption – he will help out Judge Azibert in return for the information.
The conversations apparently took place in February on a mobile phone Mr Sarkozy bought using a false name because he knew his calls were being tapped.
Judge Azibert has already been charged with illegally passing on information in relation to an enquiry into money being received by billionaire L’Oreal heiress, Liliane Bettencourt.
In another part of the phone tapes, Mr Sarkozy is also heard saying he will meet with Michel Roger, Monaco’s chief of government.
Mr Sarkozy later discovered that his phone was being bugged, and so did not end up sorting out the job for the judge, it
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[July 1]

Happy 58th Birthday, Nick

Happy 58th Birthday, Nick, January 28 2013

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been held in police custody for questioning over suspected influence-peddling,Sarkozy had a secret phone registered under an assumed name and it was conversations with his lawyer Herzog, recorded on that device, which triggered the probe, and that he was tipped off that his mobile phone had been tapped by judges looking into the alleged financing of his 2007 election campaign by former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Sarkozy got a friendly judge to try to influence the outcome of confidential legal deliberations related to the Bettencourt case in return for support securing a lucrative post in Monaco.
They also imply he had a mole in a senior position who tipped him off about a planned police raid on his offices. Such interference in the judicial process is regarded as “influence peddling” in French law and carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. The ex-president was accused of “abuse of someone in an impaired state” in the case involving L’Oreal cosmetics fortune heiress Liliane Bettencourt, and was cleared last year of taking Bettencourt’s money when she was too frail to know what she was doing.

[March 6]

Lawyers for former President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni announced that they would file a complaint for invasion of privacy for privacy after the release of recordings made by former presidential adviser Patrick Buisson . An interim (emergency procedure) will “soon” filed in the High Court of Paris. Referred to the civil justice aims to stop “a manifestly ilicit” emergency and thus prevent further broadcasts excerpts or transcripts from such recordings. Substantive proceedings may nevertheless be the result. Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife cannot accept that the remarks, made in a private capacity , have been recorded and are distributed without their consent , the confidentiality of private conversations constituting also one of the foundations of a democratic society, “wrote Thierry Herzog and Richard Malka lawyers in a statement. By this procedure, the couple “decided to continue by way of interim relief which will soon be before the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Paris, capturing, recording and dissemination of some of their statements, in violation of Articles 226-1 and 226-2 of the Criminal Code, “they said. Both items are designed to achieve the intimacy of private life by recording words or images without the consent of the persons concerned and the preservation of such records and the fact of wearing or leave to inform the public. These facts are punishable with one year’s imprisonment and a fine of € 45,000

facts are punishable with one year’s imprisonment and a fine of € 45,000


Mary-Kate Olsen, 27, and Olivier Sarkozy , the half-brother of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and French banker, 44 are engaged. “Mary-Kate’s family thinks Olivier is the best thing to happen to her,”
Olsen won’t have a hard time adjusting to motherhood, either. She’s already close to Sarkozy’s two children Julien, 12, and Margo, 10, from his previous marriage to Charlotte Bernard.
On March 3, 2008, he was appointed Co-head and Managing Director of the Carlyle Group’s Global Financial Services Group. Olivier Sarkozy is based in New York City and is a member of the Board of Directors of BankUnited. They share a US$6 million townhouse in New York City.

The couple was joined by Sarkozy's daughter as they headed out to dinner in the West Village

The couple was joined by Sarkozy’s daughter as they headed out to dinner in the West Village

The fast set

123 East 10th Street – East Village, New York Olivier Sarkozy, the half-brother of former French president-slash-casanova Nicolas, is already selling off his 19th-century East Village rowhouse at 123 East 10th Street, which he bought last August for $6.25 million. Dubbed a “love nest” for him and much-younger girlfriend Mary-Kate Olsen, the Frenchman picked up this 1854 five-bedroom, four-bathroom house at 123 East 10th Street?designed by James Renwick of Grace Church and St. Patrick’s Cathedral fame?because it was old. (Insert joke about their 17-year age difference here.) Signs, a.k.a. the tabloids, report that, even after a year of dating, the couple is still canoodling all over the city, so perhaps he’s trading it in for a more modern residence. The handsome red-brick home with multiple parlors, eight fireplaces, original parquet floors, detailed moldings, and a garden is listed for $6,995,000.

123 East 10th Street – East Village, New York Erected in 1854 by James Renwick, one of the most famous American Architects of his time, amongst Grace Church, St. Patricks Cathedral and other internationally acclaimed projects, 123 East 10th stands out as one of the most exquisite Row Houses built. This house remains to be as attractive and architecturally significant today as it was almost two centuries ago. The home boasts at least five bedrooms and currently only four bathrooms but can easily accommodate more of each. An old world layout with a double parlor greets one with a lovely grand entrance and can accommodate multiple sitting rooms.

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USD $81,000

Exit Hotel Bristol, M-K & Ashley

Elizabeth Olsen on Tuesday (March 4) in Paris, France.

[September 9 2011]

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

(Comité de soutien de Dominique Strauss Kahn communiqué) Dominique Strauss-Kahn will not be the primary candidate of the Socialist Party for President of the Republic of 2012! DSK Club regrets to announce that DSK has taken an irrevocable decision in view of the impediment that has retained a New York court because of a hasty and prejudice that have played against him …! Being a man of responsibility and duty, he agreed to step back from his position as DG of the IMF to protect the institution he has reformed and put his candidacy aside to allow the socialists to debate calmly and prepare an alternative to the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy! see DSK Club site

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada is likely to postpone a decision on whether to allow China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to supply 5G network equipment until after the October federal election. The question of whether Huawei’s 5G equipment could contain backdoors allowing access to spies is dividing Canada and its partners in the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network. The United States, Australia and New Zealand have bans in place while Britain is taking a less firm line, indicating Huawei’s 5G products could be used in less sensitive areas.

Canada is watching what Britain does very closely, Ottawa could take a similar decision. Huawei has repeatedly insisted Beijing has no influence over it.

[June 26 2019 Canada should drop extradition proceedings? ]

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Canada should drop extradition proceedings argued a statement signed by the four legal heavyweights preparing Meng’s defence in the lead-up to her B.C. Supreme Court extradition hearing, which is expected to begin next January. Their argument speaks to the principle of “double criminality” at the heart of extradition law: that a crime in the country seeking extradition should also be considered a crime in Canada.
Besides — Meng’s legal team says the lies she is accused of making allegedly took place in Hong Kong in the presence of non-Canadian bankers. The Department of Justice said “Canada is a country that respects the rule of law”

[June 7 2019 extradition hearing January 20 2020 ]
British Columbia’s Supreme Court on June 6 3019 accepted a proposal by Meng Wanzhou’s defense team to start her hearing January 20, more than a year after she was taken into custody at Vancouver’s airport.

Defense lawyer David Martin said the schedule could allow the case to wrap up within two years, which he says would be a “record” for such a complicated case.

[May 5 2019 extradition process could take years ]

Meng Wanzhou, who is under house arrest at her Vancouver mansion, next appears in court on May 8 ahead of an extradition hearing, in a process that could take years. Canada says the United States is obliged to help, given that the U.S. arrest warrant triggered the crisis with Beijing. U.S. negotiators have rejected Chinese proposals to include the Huawei issue in their current trade deal discussions. Trump has previously suggested the charges against her could be dropped if that would help the trade talks. Officials in Ottawa have not forgotten that the president blew up last year’s Group of Seven summit in Canada by describing Trudeau as very dishonest and weak.

[April 16   Meng extradition ‘is a serious political incident’ -China   ]

The foreign ministry in Beijing and the Chinese embassy in Ottawa both issued strongly worded statements after Canada’s announcement on April 12 2019 .
“China strongly opposes Canada’s insistence to proceed with the so-called extradition of Ms Meng Wanzhou, and it has made a solemn representation,” the ministry said in a statement released on April 13 2019.
“It is a serious political incident. We again urge the US to rescind its request for the extradition of Ms Meng and call for Canada to release her immediately.”

Meng faces 13 charges of bank and wire fraud, violating US sanctions against Iran, and obstructing justice. When arrested she was carrying a iPhone 7 Plus, a MacBook Air, and an iPad Pro,

[March 22 2019 RCMP must show what was found on Sabrina Meng Wanzhou ]

The RCMP to provide copies of the content on seven electronic devices, an iPhone, an iPad, a Macbook Air, a Huawei phone, two SIM cards and a flash drive, on Meng Wanzhou when she was arrested at Vancouver’s airport. Within three days a representative of the Mounties must provide the electronics to the force’s technical crime unit so content can be extracted onto devices provided by Meng. Justice Heather Holmes of the British Columbia Supreme Court

[March 4 2019 sues about her arrest ]
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Extradition could be a long process, and Meng’s lawsuits could draw it out further.

[March 1 2019 Sabrina Meng Wanzhou’s extradition to proceed March 6 2019 ]
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47046264

An extradition hearing against a Huawei Technologies Co Ltd executive can proceed, a court in the Pacific province of British Columbia to start a formal extradition hearing. “The United States is a country with which we share a legal culture” and which Canada trusts, said Joanna Harrington, a law professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, an international human rights law specialist.

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[   January 30 2019   ]

The judge moved the start of her extradition hearing to March 6, a month later than previously scheduled, in order to allow the defense time to review the evidence.

https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1125021/download

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/chinese-telecommunications-device-manufacturer-and-its-us-affiliate-indicted-theft-trade

A spokesman for Canada’s justice department confirmed receipt of the extradition request. A copy of the request wasn’t immediately available.

United States will proceed with the formal extradition from Canada of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the United States said.

[December 13 2018 , arrested as she travelled to Mexico ]
December 20 2018: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying identified the third Canadian as Sarah McIver, who was serving “administrative punishment” due to “illegal employment”.

Michael Spavor is a businessman based in Dandong, near the Chinese border with North Korea. He has ties to the North Korean government and has met its leader Kim Jong-un many times. Canadian foreign ministry spokesman Guillaume Bérubé confirmed that Mr Spavor had contacted them earlier in the week because “he was being asked questions by Chinese authorities”.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/doj-tool-trade-chinese-exec-case-official-vows/story?id=59775531

“If I think it’s good for the country, if I think it’s good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made – which is a very important thing – what’s good for national security – I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary,” Trump

The US has until January 8, 60 days from the arrest date to turn over its full extradition case with supporting evidence.

A British Columbia justice granted bail of $10 million Canadian (US$7.5 million) to Meng, but required her to wear an ankle bracelet, surrender her passports, stay in Vancouver and its suburbs and confine herself to one of her two Vancouver homes from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig was detained. Kovrig works for the International Crisis Group, an independent conflict resolution think-tank. Saying he was “deeply concerned,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale confirmed that Canada was aware a Canadian citizen was detained in China.

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Shi Yinhong, director of Renmin University’s Centre for American Studies and an adviser to the State Council, said that the Meng incident put China in a bind between the need to show it can protect its business people abroad without spooking other advanced industrial nations with a strong response against Canada.

The Global Times’ editor-in-chief, Hu Xijin,

“It is also one of China’s core interests to improve China’s relations with the U.S. and the West, and not to lead Sino-U.S. relations to the direction of a Cold War,” Hu said, at one point holding up his iPhone.

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, John Gibb-Carsley, the lawyer representing Canada’s attorney general told a Vancouver bail hearing ,refused to visit the US, where her son attends school, which was evidence of a sustained effort to evade a criminal investigation.

Meng was arrested on December 5 as she travelled to Mexico.

[December 7 CFO of Huawei arrested while changing planes   ]

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Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies, 46, faces “unspecified charges in the Eastern District of New York” and was arrested when she was transferring flights in Canada.
In April, the U.S. Department of Justice opened an investigation into whether Huawei, which manufactures smartphones and other electronics, sold equipment to Iran despite sanctions on exporting to the region.  The Trump administration urged America’s allies to stop using Huawei telecommunications equipment because the Chinese company poses a security threat,    Last month New Zealand blocked Huawei from rolling out 5G mobile coverage over national security fears, following scrutiny of the firm by the UK, Japan and others.   CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou allegedly told employees in an earlier internal talk on compliance that there are scenarios where the company can weigh the costs and accept the risks of temporary non-compliance.

[December 3   Rise of China’s technology: 5G fearmongering?   ]

china 5g

5G development has become a bogeyman for the Trump administration .

If “big data” is the new oil of the digital era, then 5G is the next set of pipes that will deliver it – and unlike previous generations, China is determined to own more of this infrastructure, giving it mastery of its own industrial future. This not only sets it up a competitive technology clash, it also raises a number of national security issues for Western governments concerned about the integrity of 5G networks.
Phones, tablets, computers – devices such as home appliances, cars, dog collars, and many more are getting connected via the Internet of Things. 5G, which stands for “fifth generation,” is an upcoming standard for mobile telecommunications service. 5G technology will utilize a higher-frequency band of the wireless spectrum called millimeter wave that allows data to be transferred much more rapidly than the lower-frequency band dedicated to 4G. The downside is that millimeter wave signals don’t travel as far: The new 5G networks will require many more (albeit smaller) antennas spaced closer together than previous wireless generations. 5G home broadband, is essentially broadband without the cable. Of course, 5G is also much faster.

“Basically, power, money and politics is going east,” Younger said. “That’s a new political reality we need to adjust to.”

He said 5G reliance on Chinese technology was something Britain needed to discuss, though a bigger issue was the likely Chinese future dominance of emerging technologies.

Younger said he had been struck by President Xi Jinping’s “made in China” ambitions and that Beijing could within decades dominate all of the key emerging technologies, particularly artificial intelligence, synthetic biology and genetics.

“This is something we really need to think about,” Younger said. “The future of knowledge is in play.” The head the Secret Intelligence Service, or MI6, Alex Younger.
Huawei dismisses American fears about its intentions as nationalistic fearmongering. It says it has no more connection to the Chinese government than Apple or Google and that installing backdoors for spies in its network hardware or software would be tantamount to market suicide.

[ July 29 2011  China Oil corruption: Zhou Yongkang, the backer of Bo Xilai, now ensnarled   ]

China’s ruling Communist Party has put former security chief Zhou Yongkang — one of its most powerful men — under investigation.
Zhou had been a patron of Bo Xilai, who he is said to have backed for a slot on the PSC. Bo was jailed for life in September 2013 for corruption and abuse of power. Bo’s fall from grace, and that of his convicted murderer wife Gu Kailai, was China’s most dramatic political scandal since the trial of the Gang of Four after the Cultural Revolution. It was inevitable the Bo investigation would soon ensnarl Zhou too.

Zhou, 71, was born in the eastern industrial city of Wuxi in 1942, the son of a senior Communist defence procurement bureaucrat. Three years after entering Suzhou Middle School in 1958, he enrolled in the Beijing Petroleum Institute, now called the China University of Petroleum. He got his start in the 1970s as a technician for the Liaohe Oil Exploration Bureau in the northeastern province of Liaoning, home to China’s third-largest oil field.

In ordering the investigation of Mr. Zhou, Xi has broken with an unwritten understanding that members of the Standing Committee will not be investigated after retirement.
Two of Zhou’s former secretaries – Yu Gang and Ji Wenlin – and one of his former security guards, Tan Hong, faced charges over accepting bribes. Xinjiang’s former No 2 party official, Yang Gang, faced similar charges.
Mr. Zhou’s son, a sister-in-law and his son’s mother-in-law held assets worth some $1 billion, much of it in the oil and gas sector that was Mr. Zhou’s political fiefdom.
3/31/2014 China has seized at least $14.5 billion of assets from family and associates of the country’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang in the biggest corruption scandal since the Communist Party came to power in 1949
More than 300 of Zhou’s relatives, political allies and staff have been taken into custody or questioned.
The amount of money involved vastly exceeds the $2.7 billion of assets said in 2012 to be controlled by the family of former Chinese Premier Wen Jiaobao.
If the reported $14.5 billion of assets were ultimately owned by Zhou and excluded debt, his fortune would rank at No. 69 on Forbes magazine’s latest tally of the world’s billionaires.
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1 September 2013 Jiang Jiemin is also the subject of a corruption investigation. Until March Mr Jiang was head of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), which has faced a number of corruption allegations. Another four CNPC executives were under investigation for corruption.

Historian Zhang Lifan said the investigation into Zhou showed factional struggles within the party were intensifying.

“We need to watch whether the struggle stops with Zhou. Xi might have won the ultimate victory, and it could stop there,” Zhang said. “After all, such a struggle is hurting the party, too, because it reveals to the public so many ugly things.”

[October 4 2011 Financial contagion from Chinese export dip

Yuan contagion

Yuan contagion

Now Beijing is expanding the use of the RMB in other financial centers, to allow for foreign holdings of the currency to be used for direct investment in China. According to Arvin Subramanian of the Financial Times, “the process is micro-managed, interventionist, and enclave-based – not a day seems to pass without some foreign entity, or country being granted greater but selective access to the renminbi.” Last week, the Financial Times reported that “China is for the first time to give formal backing to moves by British banks to turn the City of London into an offshore trading center for the renminbi.” Furthermore, the Economist reports that “in Singapore, banks now offer yuan deposits and bond funds. Its central bank is one of a dozen that have agreements with the Peoples Bank of China to swap their currencies for yuan.” here

As Premier Wen Jiabao famously put it back in 2007, the country’s growth is “unstable, unbalanced, uncoordinated and unsustainable.” In such a crisis, China’s economic weight would become a liability. The IMF estimates that the impact of Chinese demand on the world’s largest economies has more than doubled over the past decade. A deteriorating outlook for Chinese imports could send commodity prices plummeting, precipitating heavy losses for investors and risking financial contagion. more