OAN – One America News files suit on Maddow

September 10, 2019
 
NBC Universal is owned by Comcast
Maddow
OAN doesn’t have any connection with the Russian government, but doesn’t NBC and Maddow and many more Coordinate with the DNC?
Is that legal?

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‘One America News’ Claims Defamation In $10 Million Lawsuit Against Rachel Maddow

It looks as though liberals may never learn that just because they disagree with someone’s opinion, it doesn’t automatically make them a tool of the Russian government. And leading the charge of liberals disseminating Russiagate nothingburgers, of course, continues to be Rachel Maddow.

Conservative television network One America News (OAN) is suing Rachel Maddow for $10 million after she referred to the network as “paid Russian propaganda”. OAN filed the defamation suit in federal court in San Diego, according to AP. OAN is a small, family owned conservative network that is based in San Diego and has received favorable Tweets from the President. It is seen as a competitor to Fox News.

OAN’s lawsuit claims that Maddow’s comments were retaliation after OAN President Charles Herring accused Comcast of censorship. The suit said that Comcast refuses to carry its channel because “counters the liberal politics of Comcast’s own news channel, MSNBC.”

It was about a week after Herring e-mailed a Comcast executive when Maddow opened her show by referring to a Daily Beast report that claimed an OAN employee also worked for Sputnik News, which has ties to the Russian government.

 

Maddow said: “In this case, the most obsequiously pro-Trump right-wing news outlet in America really literally is paid Russian propaganda. Their on-air U.S. politics reporter is paid by the Russian government to produce propaganda for that government.”

Except Maddow, likely still upset from spending 3 years trying to promulgate a Russian hoax that didn’t exist, didn’t quite get her facts straight. Big surprise. 

OAN said in its lawsuit that while reporter Kristian Rouz was associated with Sputnik News, he worked solely as a freelancer for them and was not a staff employee of OAN. And the lawsuit includes a statement from Rouz stating that while he has written some 1,300 articles over the past 4 and a half years for Sputnik, he has “…never written propaganda, disinformation, or unverified information.”

Skip Miller, OAN’s attorney stated:

 “One America is wholly owned, operated and financed by the Herring family in San Diego. They are as American as apple pie. They are not paid by Russia and have nothing to do with the Russian government. This is a false and malicious libel, and they’re going to answer for it in a court of law.”

The lawsuit included an August 6th letter from an NBC Universal attorney who stated that “OAN publishes content collected or created by a journalist who is also paid by the Russian government for writing over a thousand articles. Ms. Maddow’s recounting of this arrangement is substantially true and therefore not actionable.”

We’ll see about that.

 HAT TIP

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/one-america-news-claims-defamation-10-million-lawsuit-against-rachel-maddow

 

List of ‘reporters’ / ‘journalists’ exposed in the Wikileaks files

who actively collude with the DNC / Clintons / other Leftist groups

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Sidney Powell – Flynn’s case is of Fed’s misconduct before the court

September 3, 2019

 

Michael Flynn’s Attorney Accuses Feds Of Hiding Exculpatory Information About His Case

Michael Flynn’s new attorney filed a 19-page brief detailing prosecutorial misconduct and seeking sanctions against government attorneys for withholding evidence.

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On Friday, while most of America prepared for the long Labor Day weekend, things exploded in the Michael Flynn case. What began with an intriguing status report, which exposed the chasm between Flynn’s new powerhouse attorney Sidney Powell and prosecutors, culminated with Powell’s filing of a 19-page brief detailing prosecutorial misconduct and seeking sanctions against government attorneys for withholding evidence.

Flynn, who pleaded guilty in late 2017 to lying to FBI agents about conversations he had in December 2016 with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, awaits sentencing before federal Judge Emmett Sullivan. In Friday’s status report, prosecutors told Sullivan that Flynn’s “cooperation has ended” and that the case is ready for sentencing.

Conversely, Powell argued “the case is not ready for sentencing,” first because new counsel still needs “a significant amount of time” to review the mountainous file. But it was the additional reasons for a delay Powell detailed that piqued the interest of pundits.

“There are serious issues to be addressed by the Court before we can proceed further,” prosecutor-turned-defense-attorney Powell wrote. “First, the government continues to deny our requests for security clearances,” and the impasse requires court intervention, Powell argued. Among the classified information Powell sought clearance to review are “the transcripts and recordings of the phone calls that supposedly underpin the charges against Mr. Flynn,” and “the original or first draft of the FBI 302 of the interview of Mr. Flynn on January 24, 2017,” as well as “any records or documents that show everyone who made changes to that 302.”

Powell’s status report position ended with a note that Flynn’s defense team “expect[ed] to identify more issues for the Court promptly, and we will file the appropriate motions to address those issues as soon as possible.”

Powell soon proved to be a woman of her word, when hours later she filed a “Motion to Compel Production of Brady Material” under seal, and an accompanying brief in support of that motion, which was filed on the public record. (Under Brady and its progeny, the government must turn over material favorable evidence—called exculpatory evidence—as well as material evidence adversely affecting the credibility of a government’s witness, known as impeachment evidence.)

In her brief in support of the motion to compel, Powell pulled no punches. “The suppression of Brady evidence by the government here is ripe for a finding of contempt of this Court’s Standing Order,” Powell pronounced, referencing the order Judge Sullivan entered shortly after the case was transferred to him in December 2017.

That order required the “the government to produce to defendant in a timely manner—including during plea negotiations—any evidence in its possession that is favorable to defendant and material either to defendant’s guilt or punishment.” Sullivan further ordered the government, if it “has identified any information which is favorable to the defendant but which the government believes not to be material,” to “submit such information to the Court for in camera review.”

From there, Powell’s brief focused on two seemingly disconnected complaints. First, Powell highlighted evidence not provided to the defense team, in violation of Brady. Second, she detailed the many abuses in the Russian investigation, such as the Department of Justice’s use of Bruce Ohr and his wife, Nellie, to feed supposed intel from “Christopher Steele to the FBI through his secret back-channel,” after the FBI terminated Steele as a confidential informant. Powell’s brief also narrated a flow chart of the incestuous interactions between FBI agents and DOJ attorneys involved both in the Ohr-Steele shenanigans and Flynn’s targeting and prosecution.

Federal prosecutors will now need to respond to Powell’s motion to compel, although from the status report, their position seems clear. “We take very seriously our discovery and disclosure obligations,” the DOJ attorneys wrote, adding that “the government has exceeded its discovery and disclosure obligations in this matter,” and “is not aware of any classified information that requires disclosure to the defendant or this counsel under Brady or the Court’s Standing Order.”

Because a protective order necessitated the filing of the underlying motion under seal, it is difficult to assess the strength of Powell’s arguments. And it is impossible to predict Judge Sullivan’s reaction to the filing.

When Flynn’s former attorneys highlighted the strange circumstances of the FBI’s interview of Flynn, Judge Sullivan became unhinged and accused Trump’s former national security advisor of treason, before later back-peddling his statements and suggesting instead that Flynn had not truly accepted responsibility and might well see prison time.

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This judge had an outburst that Flynn was looking at jail. His outburst then reflects his ignorance as to the misconduct before the court and was making a presumptive judgement, which is in and of itself “conduct unbecoming” a FEDERAL judge

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What can be predicted, though, is that Judge Sullivan’s response will depend on whether Powell showed a clear violation of Brady, and Powell’s brief is not a mere spew of hyperbole.

In her brief, Powell argued that the government “affirmatively suppressed evidence (hiding Brady material) that destroyed the credibility of their primary witness” and “impugned their entire case against Mr. Flynn.” “They continued to hide that exculpatory information,” Powell stressed, “and they continue to suppress exculpatory information to this day.”

To illustrate her point, Powell then noted that “just two weeks ago,” federal prosecutors “produced 330 pages of documents with an abject denial the production included any Brady material.” Yet, as Flynn’s new attorney noted, “that production reveals significant Brady evidence that we include and discussion in our accompanying Motion.”

If Powell succeeds in revealing significant Brady evidence withheld by the prosecutors—or, for that matter, even one piece of Brady evidence the government lawyers hid—prosecutors have something to fear in Judge Sullivan, who made history when he launched an investigation into the DOJ’s misconduct in a criminal case against now-deceased Sen. Ted Stevens.

How this issue plays out will likely also set the tone on Powell’s requests for access to information concerning potential misconduct by FBI and DOJ agents related to Ohr and Steele. Federal prosecutors will pooh-pooh this request, arguing it is irrelevant to Flynn’s sentencing. But Powell has a solid argument that that evidence bears on the credibility of government witnesses.

So why does Powell want this evidence? Does she intend to pull Flynn’s guilty plea? “That is not what I want to see happen here,” Powell said during an interview on Friday on Lou Dobbs Tonight. “I expect frankly that we find evidence that warrants dismissal of the case for egregious government misconduct.”

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https://thefederalist.com/2019/09/03/michael-flynns-attorney-accuses-feds-hiding-information-favors-case/#.XW6kC9aZpcs.twitter

‘Russia’s Google’ Yandex – Hacked by western hackers

June 30, 2019

 

 

Exclusive: Western intelligence hacked ‘Russia’s Google’ Yandex to spy on accounts – sources

WASHINGTON/LONDON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Hackers working for Western intelligence agencies broke into Russian internet search company Yandex in late 2018, deploying a rare type of malware in an attempt to spy on user accounts, four people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Russian internet group Yandex is pictured at the company’s headquarter in Moscow, Russia October 4, 2018. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov/File Photo

The malware, called Regin, is known to be used by the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing alliance of the United States, Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, the sources said. Intelligence agencies in those countries declined to comment.

Western cyberattacks against Russia are seldom acknowledged or spoken about in public. It could not be determined which of the five countries was behind the attack on Yandex, said sources in Russia and elsewhere, three of whom had direct knowledge of the hack. The breach took place between October and November 2018.

Yandex spokesman Ilya Grabovsky acknowledged the incident in a statement to Reuters, but declined to provide further details.

“This particular attack was detected at a very early stage by the Yandex security team. It was fully neutralized before any damage was done,” he said. “Yandex security team’s response ensured that no user data was compromised by the attack.”

The company, widely known as “Russia’s Google” for its array of online services from internet search to email and taxi reservations, says it has more than 108 million monthly users in Russia. It also operates in Belarus, Kazakhstan and Turkey.

The sources who described the attack to Reuters said the hackers appeared to be searching for technical information that could explain how Yandex authenticates user accounts. Such information could help a spy agency impersonate a Yandex user and access their private messages.

The hack of Yandex’s research and development unit was intended for espionage purposes rather than to disrupt or steal intellectual property, the sources said. The hackers covertly maintained access to Yandex for at least several weeks without being detected, they said.

The Regin malware was identified as a Five Eyes tool in 2014 following revelations by former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden.

Reports by The Intercept, in partnership with a Dutch and Belgian newspaper, tied an earlier version of Regin to a hack at Belgian telecom firm Belgacom in 2013 and said British spy agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and the NSA were responsible. At the time GCHQ declined to comment and the NSA denied involvement.

‘CROWN JEWEL’

Security experts say attributing cyberattacks can be difficult because of obfuscation methods used by hackers.

But some of the Regin code found on Yandex’s systems had not been deployed in any known previous cyberattacks, the sources said, reducing the risk that attackers were deliberately using known Western hacking tools to cover their tracks.

Yandex called in Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky, which established the attackers were targeting a group of developers inside Yandex, three sources said. A private assessment by Kaspersky, described to Reuters, concluded hackers likely tied to Western intelligence breached Yandex using Regin.

A Kaspersky spokeswoman declined to comment.

The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment. The White House National Security Council did not respond to a request for comment.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Russian government was not aware of this particular attack on Yandex. “Yandex and other Russian companies are attacked every day. Many attacks come from Western countries,” he said.

Moscow-based Yandex, listed on the NASDAQ in the United States and the Moscow Exchange, has come under tighter regulatory control by the Russian government after the passage of new internet laws.

U.S. cybersecurity firm Symantec said it had also recently discovered a new version of Regin. Symantec declined to discuss where this sample was discovered, citing client confidentiality.

“Regin is the crown jewel of attack frameworks used for espionage. Its architecture, complexity and capability sits in a ballpark of its own,” Vikram Thakur, technical director at Symantec Security Response, told Reuters. “We have seen different components of Regin in the past few months.”

“Based on the victimology coupled with the investment required to create, maintain, and operate Regin, we believe there are at best a handful of countries that could be behind its existence,” said Thakur. “Regin came back on the radar in 2019.”

Reporting by Christopher Bing in Washington, Jack Stubbs in London,and Joseph Menn in San Francisco; editing by Jonathan Weber and Grant McCool


Sean Hannity LIED – WHY? Steele is not the author of Russiagate CODY SHEARER authored Dossier, who gave it to Steele.

May 11, 2019

Hannity lied.  But why?

Why keep this part out of the story?

 

 

The Bureau encouraged Steele to send any relevant information he came across, and that October he passed on a questionable item—a bit of amateur sleuthing that had been done by someone he’d never met, a former journalist and self-styled investigator named Cody Shearer. Jonathan Winer, Steele’s friend at the State Department, had shared with him an unfinished memo written by Shearer. Not only did it claim that the F.S.B. had incriminating videotapes of Trump having sex in Moscow; it also made wild allegations that leaders of former Soviet states had given huge payments to Trump family members. Steele wasn’t aware that Shearer had longtime ties to the Clintons, as did Sidney Blumenthal, a Clinton ally, who had given Shearer’s report to Winer. Steele had never met Blumenthal, either, but he dutifully jotted down the chain of custody on the cover of the report before sending it on to the F.B.I., with the caveat that he couldn’t vouch for its credibility. He noted, though, that some of the findings were “remarkably similar” to Orbis’s.

Trump’s defenders have seized on the Shearer memo, which Steele didn’t write, using it to argue that Steele’s research was politically tainted by the Clintons. Sean Hannity’s official Web site carried the inaccurate headline “christopher steele authored another dossier, used clinton contacts.”

As the election approached, the relationship between Steele and the F.B.I. grew increasingly tense. He couldn’t understand why the government wasn’t publicizing Trump’s ties to Russia. He was anguished that the American voting public remained in the dark. Steele confided in a longtime friend at the Justice Department, an Associate Deputy Attorney General, Bruce Ohr (whose wife, Nellie Ohr, was briefly a contractor for Fusion). In a memo to the F.B.I., Bruce Ohr recalled Steele saying that, given what he had discovered, he “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being President.” According to people familiar with the matter, Ohr and other officials urged Steele not to be so upset about the F.B.I.’s secrecy, assuring him that, in the U.S., potentially prejudicial investigations of political figures were always kept quiet, especially when an election was imminent.

 

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/03/12/christopher-steele-the-man-behind-the-trump-dossier

 


Romney the oligarch is smearing POTUS, the office of the President and the American people AGAIN

April 19, 2019

Remember the first time? I do.

But Romney has much bigger plans as do the rest of the Oligarchs.  They have decided that they would divide the globe by production and distribution.  The communist way.  These oligarchs KNOW exactly what they are doing, but they just can’t seem to reveal what they are doing to the rest of us because in their twisted minds, they believe that WE don’t really know whats best for us, but their laid out plans would produce a utopia.  Thats what THEY truly believe.

FIGURES. Trump-Hating RINO Mitt Romney Trashes Trump Following Release of Mueller Report: ‘I am Appalled and Sickened’

Trump-hating RINO Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) trashed President Trump following the release of Mueller’s garbage report.

 

Mueller’s 448-page, lightly redacted report was released Thursday morning.

Mueller concluded that Donald Trump did not conspire with the Kremlin during the 2016 presidential election, however, he punted the obstruction of justice issue to Attorney General Bill Barr and DAG Rod Rosenstein.

Barr and Rosenstein concluded that Trump did not obstruct justice after reviewing Mueller’s ’10 episodes’ of potential obstruction.

The Democrat-media complex immediately went into overdrive and focused on the absurd obstruction allegations outlined in Mueller’s report — and Mitt Romney chimed in on Friday.

Mitt Romney posted a statement to his Twitter account Friday afternoon, saying he’s “sickened” and “appalled” by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President.

“I have now read the redacted Mueller report and offer my personal opinion,” Romney said with a screenshot of his ridiculous statement.

“[I] am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President,” Romney stated. “I am also appalled that, among other things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for president welcomed help from Russia — including information that had been legally obtained; that none of them acted to inform American law enforcement; and that the campaign chairman was actively promoting Russian interest in Ukraine.”

Romney finished his statement by saying, “Reading the report is a sobering revelation of how far we have strayed from the aspirations and principles of the founders.”

Not a word from Romney addressing the fact that the FBI had informants baiting Trump’s associates or the fact that the FBI used Hillary’s phony dossier to illegally spy on Trump’s campaign.

And why is it the job of Trump’s campaign to contact law enforcement when they never broke the law?

If the FBI had evidence that Russians had infiltrated the Trump campaign, it is their job as the premiere law enforcement agency to protect Americans and let them know.

But what else should we expect from Mitt Romney who attacked President Trump as soon as he won his Senator seat during the 2018 midterms.

Romney attacked Trump in a scathing WaPo op-ed in January, just days before he was set to be sworn in to the Senate and said Trump’s actions are “evidence that he has not risen to the mantle of the office.”

Romney is not milk-toast he’s the type that Communists are MADE FROM – oligopolies have the power to create a Communist Globe and individual nations be damned see below


Russia – clashes with Muslims force calls of modesty from Orthodox priests.

January 21, 2011

Russia has been at odds with the Muslims for many a decade.

There is a sort of romanticism with the 50’s here in the US.  I don’t believe that this forced modesty is  a positive thing like it was in the actual 50’s.

 

 

 

 

Top Russian Orthodox Priest Warns Women About Rape By Men From Caucasus

Posted by John J. Xenakis Jan 21st 2011 at 4:33 pm

 

 

 

A top official of the Russian Orthodox Church has called for an official Russia-wide dress code for men and women.Christian Century quotes Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin as saying:

“Vulgar external appearance and vulgar behavior is a straight path to misery. To empty `one-night stands.’ To short marriages followed by rat-like divorces. To children with broken fates. To loneliness and madness. To catastrophes in life.”

Northern Caucasus -- Russia's southern provinces - Sochi 2014 logo at left is site of 2014 winter OlympicsNorthern Caucasus — Russia’s southern provinces – Sochi 2014 logo at left is site of 2014 winter Olympics

He added that a woman who is “barely wearing any clothes or is painted like a clown” in the hopes of meeting a man risks meeting a “drunk idiot” or at best a “sober idiot.”

Chaplin, a top aide to Patriarch Kirill, was responding to criticisms for statements that he made last month, in the wake of racial riots in central Moscow:

“If she wears a mini-skirt, she might provoke not only a man from the Caucasus, but a Russian as well. If she is also drunk, she is all the more likely to provoke them. If she is also actively seeking contact and is then surprised that this contact ends in rape, then she is all the more wrong.”

Chaplin’s remarks triggered the usual outrage from feminist groups, but this statement, widely interpreted as implying that Muslims from the Caucasus are more likely to rape Russian women than Russian men are, has provoked charges of racism.

 

The Moscow riots had resulted from surging xenophobic tensions between Orthodox Christian ethnic Russians and mostly Muslim ethnic groups from the North Caucasus (Russia’s southern provinces). They were triggered by the shooting death of a Russian football (soccer) fan during a fight between football fans and Caucasian migrants. (See“14-Dec-10 News — Medvedev warns that nationalist pogroms are destabilizing Russia.”)

The controversy over Chaplin’s statements comes after a year when Moscow’s position in its North Caucasus provinces has worsened dramatically, according to an analysis from Jamestown. The number of militant actions against Russian authorities, as well as the number of people killed, rose substantially in 2010. Moscow’s promises to invest large sums of money in the North Caucasus economy were not kept, with resulting increases in poverty and unemployment.

The dominant factor in the deterioration of Moscow’s position in the North Caucasus is the intensified armed resistance movement. While in 2009, the violence and unrest was concentrated mainly in tiny Ingushetia, according to the article, it spread to several much larger provinces in 2010.

This has been particularly true among the Circassian ethnic group, who are outraged that Russia is holding the 2014 Olympics in the Sochi resort on the Black Sea. It was a Circassian stronghold until a well-remembered genocidal battle in 1864, where Russians exterminated many Circassians and expelled the rest. (See North Caucasus Terrorism Becomes Embroiled with 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

In 2010, evidence mounted that nationalistic Circassian militant groups have become more active, bombing a train near Sochi in November. Caches of weapons have repeatedly been found in the Sochi area, and interethnic and inter-ideological tensions have been growing.

In addition to a growing insurgency, there’s also been a generational change in the ideological Islamist portion of the insurgency, according to a Russian analysis described by Paul Goble.

Moscow is losing the battle for the “hearts and minds” of the Caucasians. The middle-aged Islamists of the last decade are being supplanted by young people who are being recruited for the long term. Some 1500 young people from Dagestan alone have gone to study in foreign Muslim centers, and about 500 have already returned, according to the article.

So we see a violent confrontation building up on both sides. In Moscow, we have violent ethnic Russians targeting migrants from the Caucasus, and in the North Caucasus provinces, we have violent young militants targeting Russian authorities.

From the point of view of Generational Dynamics, this is the buildup to a major genocidal civil war. It’s somewhat comical that analysts are surprised that Moscow’s position in the North Caucasus deteriorated in 2010, since it would have been a shock if the opposite had happened. This is a trend that’s been in place for over a decade, in a region where bloody wars have been fought between Russians and Caucasians for centuries, so you can be certain that the situation will continue to deteriorate in 2011.

Returning now to Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin’s remarks about a dress code for women, this is consistent with another trend: Increased modesty in women. During a generational Awakening era (like America in the 1960s), society demands gender equality, and moves in the direction of putting individual rights above survival of the society. In a generational Crisis era, like today, society increasingly places the survival of the society and its way of life above individual rights, and men and women adopt more stereotypical gender roles. See “‘It’s going to be the 1950s all over again’” for more information.

http://bigpeace.com/jxenakis/2011/01/21/top-russian-orthodox-priest-warns-women-about-rape-by-men-from-caucasus/

 


Russian spies, Russian subs, and now Russian Nuclear Reactors

July 10, 2010

Things don’t occur in a vacuum, but a vacuum is abhorred by nature.

Russia has been in the news lately – A LOT.   For those who don’t believe in the continuity of events are also the types that are surprised when there kid turns up as a drug addict or whatever.  He or she “was such a good kid” is what they would say at a funeral.

Anyway.  Lets quit the doublespeak already.  Russia in with Iran and they ALWAYS have been.  They should be wary though if they think that they can rein in the Muslims.  I suppose that they didn’t learn anything from Afghanistan.  I guess they think it will be different, because Iran wants to RULE Afghanistan.  The Taliban don’t want that.  This is why Russian is making nice nice poo poo face with Iran.  They are fooling themselves.  So this time it maybe that it’s Russia, Iran, China, N. Korea, Brazil, Venezuela, and Cuba.  Although, China is questionable, but that depends on what they are willing to compromise.

Don’t think for a minute that the WORLD leaders didn’t play with these Rascals to get the Gulf Oil disaster primed and even coaxed in to happening.

Moscow to have Iran’s Bushehr reactor running by September

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 8, 2010, 10:59 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iran's first nuclear reactor at Bushehr

Iran's first nuclear reactor at Bushehr

Moscow and Tehran have announced that the nuclear reactor Russia is building Iran at Bushehr – its first – has completed all its test-runs and will be up and running in early September – ahead of schedule.
DEBKAfile’s military sources reported several times in recent months that the Iranian reactor at Bushehr is not just a power plant but also has military applications. Chief among them is the reuse of its fuel rods to produce plutonium as atomic weapon fuel.

Wednesday, July 7, Ali Akbar Salehi, chairman of the Iranian Atomic Energy Commission, said: “Today we passed the hot water test, one of the Bushehr power plant’s most important and final tests before its inauguration.”
He admitted UN, US and European sanctions would slow the pace of the Iranian nuclear program – but not affect the activation of the Bushehr reactor.

Thursday, July 8, Atomstroyexport, the Russian company building the Iranian reactor, confirmed this: “Efficiency tests of the reactor equipment and supporting technological systems were held,” said the firm’s spokesman in Moscow. “We finished the so-called hot operational testing that was the final stage before launch.”

The Russian company did not mention when the reactor would go on stream, but back on March 18, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said at a summit of senior Russian officials in southern Russia: “The first reactor at Iran’s nuclear power plant in Bushehr is to be launched already in the summer.”
Since he made this remark while US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Moscow, it was taken as a Russian signal to Washington that while willing to support expanded UN sanctions, Russia had no intention of abandoning its nuclear cooperation with Tehran.
Clinton’s response was: “In the absence of those reassurances (from Iran regarding the nature of its nuclear program), we (the Americans) think it would be premature to go forward with any project at this time.”

And indeed, on June 9, Russia voted with 11 UN Security Council members in favor of the US motion to expand sanctions against Iran for failing to comply with international obligations on its nuclear program.
At the same time, Moscow remained opposed to unilateral sanctions outside the world body.
This was stated by special emissary to Tehran, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, after the European Union and the United States imposed their own sanctions, including President Barack Obama’s signature on an embargo on refined fuel products and a ban on business with Iranian banks.
Thursday, July 8, Moscow then leaned further in Tehran’s favor, calling for the world powers to consider Iran’s proposals for a compromise on their nuclear controversy, not just their own, when negotiations are resumed.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that the negotiations can only begin in September.
It would therefore seem that the concatenation of the two events – diplomacy and the launching of the Bushehr reactor – points to Russia’s new emphasis on improving its relations with Iran and willingness to take its side in the forthcoming nuclear dialogue.

http://www.debka.com/article/8903/


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