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Thursday, May 18, 2017

WAYNE MADSEN: Macron - An American Trojan Horse In The Elysee Palace

Delaying the inevitable second French Revolution  

WAYNE MADSEN REPORT
By Wayne Madsen
05/17/2017

The new French president, Emmanuel Macron, who was thrust into the French presidential race as a pro-European Union counterweight to prevent the election of National Front leader Marine Le Pen, appears to have more than a casual relationship with the United States. 


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While he worked within the Ministry of the Economy as both a special inspector and as minister, Macron oversaw the virtual theft of strategic French industries by American firms having strong links to the U.S. Intelligence Community.

The hacking of the computers of Macron’s "En Marche!" campaign movement by unknown parties yielded some interesting material. 

Defenders of Macron contend that the computer files released were either "fake" or extraneous information. 


However, one set of files dealing with the virtual theft of France’s top information technology giant by individuals connected to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency is exactly the type of files one would expect the Macron campaign would keep. Macron’s first job in the French government was to protect the interests of French companies from foreign competition and, most of all, acquisition.

The move by the American intelligence services to acquire French smart card technology leader Gemplus International began in 2001 and the operation was largely complete by 2004, the year Macron became an Inspector of Finances in the French Ministry of Economy. French industry has long been a target for surveillance and/or acquisition by American companies and the CIA has played an important role in such "economic warfare" operations. For example, the French electronics firm Thomson-CSF was long a top target for U.S. National Security Agency and CIA surveillance.


Documents concerning the successful takeover of Gemplus, along with its main factory in Gemenos, Bouches-du-Rhône, France, by an American firm called Texas Pacific Group (TPG) are included in the tranche of files lifted from the "En Marche!" computers. TPG first acquired Gemplus shares in February 2000. In 2006, Gemplus merged with Axalto to form Gemalto and the effective U.S. control of the firm was complete.


In September 2002, Alex Mandl, an American native of Vienna, Austria, and a former President of AT&T, chairman and CEO of Teligent, board member of the CIA's venture capital firm IN-Q-TEL, and member of the board of the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute, was named CEO of Gemplus International. He continues as the executive chairman of Gemalto.

As a result of the disclosures of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, it is now known that the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), working with the NSA, successfully penetrated the SIM cards used by Gemalto. The GCHQ/NSA successfully intercepted mobile communications using encryption-enabled Gemalto SIM cards in Afghanistan, Yemen, India, Serbia, Iran, Iceland, Somalia, Pakistan and Tajikistan. The GCHQ-NSA attack also targeted Gemalto SIM card personalization centers in Japan, Colombia. and Italy. The NSA and GCHQ hack of Gemalto's SIM chips by their joint Mobile Handset Exploitation Team (MHET) represents perhaps the largest NSA interception operation in history, one that saw billions of mobile calls and text messages successfully intercepted and decoded by NSA and its Bitish partner. More sinister is the inclusion of Gemalto SIM card identification data in the CIA's database of cell phones targeted in U.S. drone strikes.


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"En Marche!" internal documents point to four French government agencies having conducted investigations into the Gemplus takeover. They are the "Renseignements généraux" (RG) (General Intelligence), "Direction de la sûreté du territories" (DST), the Industry Ministry, and Macron's Economy Ministry.

The French corporate press, which lavished Macron with praise, a former Rothschild banker, describes the Gemplus documents as having nothing to do with Macron. The French media argues that Macron was a mere student at the elitist French civil service academy, the École nationale d'administration (ENA) until he graduated in 2004. However, as the leaked documents clearly indicate, the Gemplus takeover was still being investigated by the French government when Macron became an Inspector within the Economy Ministry in 2004. Since Macron's role was to ensure that French companies were free of foreign attempts to stymie French economic growth, his performance, as seen in the loss of French jobs to foreign interests, was abysmal.

It is very likely that En Marche's files on the Gemplus takeover were to have backup information at the ready in the event Macron's role in covering up details of the American takeover of Gemplus were to become public. Any political party must be prepared to confront revelations exposed by "opposition research" into their candidates. It is also noteworthy that one of En Marche's few published policy planks stated it was Macron’s policy to "monitor" but not prevent foreign ownership of strategic French industries and businesses.




In 2008, Macron left government to join the Rothschild & Cie Banque. He also became a leader in the neoconservative-heavy French-American Foundation, which counts among its alum Hillary Clinton, General Wesley Clark, and former World Bank president Robert Zoellick.

The operative question about Macron is: what did he know about the Gemplus takeover and when did he know it? "En Marche’s" Gemplus files, contained in a folder labeled "Macron" and dealing with the American takeover, read like a John LeCarré spy novel.

One file, marked "Confidential," and sent to Stefan Quandt of the billionaire Quandt family of BMW and Daimler fame in Germany, deals with Gemplus’s plummeting stock value in 2001 amid "extremely tense relationship and clashes between the main people at the top echelons, and breakdown of communication with the personnel. As a result, the bulk of them is completely unmotivated today."

As an inspector within the Economy Ministry, it is astounding that Macron would not have been aware of the violation of French law that occurred with the American takeover of Gemplus. This is also described in another Gemplus file from his campaign, which points to the situation regarding Gemplus’s post-U.S. takeover: "Irresponsible statements, often followed by reversals on site closures and firing of personnel, even before consulting with their representatives (as the law and common sense requires)."

The Quandts are very publicity-shy and there is a good reason for it. Guenther Quandt manufactured Mauser firearms and anti-aircraft rockets for the Third Reich. He divorced his first wife, Magde Quandt, after they had one child, Harald Quandt. Magde then married Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. Stefan Quandt, who was involved in the takeover of Gemplus, is the son of Harald Quandt's half-brother Herbert Quandt.

The negative information on Gemplus resulted in a January 24, 2002 report from Goldman Sachs that urged the company to continue with its American-directed restructuring to maintain market health. Although he was a student at the ENA at the time, there is scant information on what projects to which Macron was assigned from 2001 to 2003 by his civil service professors.

Other Gemplus-related files in the "En Marche!" folder include those related to one of the principals of Gemplus, Ziad Takieddine, a French-Lebanese Druze arms broker and graduate of the CIA-linked American University of Beirut. Takieddine helped engineer the American takeover with the help of Herr Quandt. Takieddine has helped conclude major French arms deals with Libya, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan. Accused of money laundering in the British Virgin Islands by his ex-wife, Takieddine is also the uncle of Amal Alamuddin, the wife of actor George Clooney. Takieddine is also a bitter political foe of former President Nicolas Sarkozy, who lost out in the presidential race in 2017 to rival conservative François Fillon. Macron edged out Fillon in the first round of the presidential election, coming in second ahead of Fillon's third place finish.

Takieddine, Quandt, and a suspected CIA-linked firm, Texas Pacific Group (TPG), were all clearly part of a conspiracy to get rid of Gemini’s French co-founder Marc Lassus and the firm’s French executives. The decision to fire Lassus and his French colleagues was made at a Gemplus board meeting held in Washington, DC, not in France, on December 15, 2001. Another principal in the American takeover of Gemplus was Lee Kheng Nam, a Singapore business executive and a recipient of an M.S. degree in Operations Research and System Analysis from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. The co-founder of TPG, David Bonderman of Fort Worth, Texas was also heavily involved in the hostile takeover of Gemplus. TPG's acquisition of Gemplus shares was conducted through a virtually unknown shell company registered in Gibraltar that was called "Zensus."Bonderman, who is Jewish, created a political stir in 2012 in Egypt when he met with Khairat El-Shater, the deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and a member of the Mohamed Morsi government. Bonderman said he was looking for "investment opportunities" in Egypt.

In an undated Word document found in the «En Marche!» computers, Lassus is quoted as saying, "I am convinced that the investment TPG had some kind of agreement with its government to move the head office to California. They tried again in January 2002." The Gemplus workers' unions predicted the firm's production would move from France to Poland. The largest French union, "Confédération générale du travail" (CGT), said the takeover of Gemplus was to strip France of its smart card technology leadership. Gemplus employed 7000 French workers before its takeover by the Americans. The undated Word document also refers to French government agencies having "launched inquiries" and sought "internal informers." Did Macron play a role in either the investigations by the Economy Ministry or ratting out Gemplus "internal informers" to his American friends?

When the U.S. firm General Electric took over the French turbine and nuclear technology company Alstom, then-Economy Minister Macron said he approved of such takeovers because "state intervention in industry only happens in Venezuela." That came as music to the ears of the billionaires in the Donald Trump administration.


Wayne Madsen

Wayne Madsen
Investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist, Madsen has over twenty years experience in security issues. 

As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. Madsen has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, and MSNBC. He has been invited to testify as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government. A member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Press Club, Madsen is based and reports from Washington, D.C.

Alleged Trump Russia Leak: Concocted Story As Part Of Anti-President Plot

CNN, MSM, Congress traitors had better play this back-door coup to win - if they lose they can look forward to investigation and prosecution for leaking classified information, war crimes and treason  

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05/17/2017

Here we have a scoop hitting the mainstream media headlines to eclipse China’s One Belt, One Road summit, the Macron’s inauguration, Syria, never ending North Korea’s missile launches and the Turkish President Erdogan’s visit to Washington. 


U.S. President Donald Trump is at the centre of a storm. 

The saga of the alleged Russian connection to Trump’s campaign is once again dominating the news.

This time hue and cry was raised over President Trump allegedly revealing top secret/codeword information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting, a day after FBI chief James Comey was fired. 


The FBI director’s sudden dismissal unleashed reprimands from across the political spectrum, and the report once again quickly drew sharp criticism of the president. Current and former US officials say the divulgence jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State (IS) group.

It started with The Washington Post reporting on May 15 that President Trump revealed highly classified information about an Islamic State plot to senior Russian officials during the Oval Office meeting on May 10. The president reportedly went off-script and began describing details about an IS threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft.


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The story went viral. It says the information was so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the government. It was provided by a US partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement. The partner did not give permission to share the information not to jeopardize a valuable source.

If committed, such an act could jeopardize a whole range of relationships. The story was immediately spread around with comments by other US media outlets. The New York Times and BuzzFeed News published similar reports also citing unverifiable sources, unnamed current and former US officials later in the day.


The news came as the House of Representatives returned to session after a break. Republicans were at sea asking for further details. 

Congressional Democrats and some Republicans condemned the reported disclosures. 

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, a Republican, called the reports "worrisome" and "troubling," and told reporters that the Trump White House "has got to do something soon to bring itself under control and order." 


Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that, if the allegations are true, that would be a "slap in the face" to the US intelligence community. 

The second most senior Democrat in the Senate, Dick Durbin of Illinois, called the reported disclosures "dangerous" and "reckless."

A number of ranking officials, including National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, State Secretary Rex Tillerson and Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell, denied the reports and emphasized that Trump had not discussed specific intelligence sources and methods. Neither of the officials addressed directly the allegation that classified information was revealed, sparking suspicions that aides were "playing word games."




In his public response on May 16 President Donald Trump insisted he had the right to share information with Russia related to terrorism and other issues. The president’s tweets notably lack any mention of whether the information he shared was classified.

Some consequences are easily predictable. The story will spur anti-Trump hysteria in media and Congress. For instance, CNN cited "a former senior intelligence official" saying "Never before have I witnessed a senior government official so carelessly threaten an intelligence-sharing relationship." Such media attacks will multiply. It’s already happening.


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The revelations could further damage Trump's already fraught relationship with US intelligence agencies. A lot of people will take advantage of the situation to stymie the emerging normalization of the relationship between the US and Russia.

True or not, the following scandal is sure to shadow the president as he starts his first overseas voyage after the election. The trip includes Israel, Saudi Arabia, Vatican and meetings with European partners at a NATO summit in Brussels and the Group of 7 meeting in Sicily. Some of the leaders Trump will meet come from countries the United States has intelligence-sharing agreements with.

Whatever happened in the Oval Office, the US president has a right to declassify information. So, no laws or rules were broken even if the bombshell story dismissed by the Russian foreign ministry were true. Looks like it isn’t. Why not? Because of the carefully chosen timing and the fact that the development of the events had been predicted and expected.




No US mainstream media outlet remembered the warning given by the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova who had foreseen the scenario. Prior to the Minister Lavrov’s visit to Washington, she warned that American media were preparing an attack against the president. "Guys, have you been reading American newspapers again?" she wrote on her Facebook page. "You shouldn't read them. You can put them to various uses, but you shouldn't read them. Lately it's become not only harmful, but dangerous too," she went on, adding that on May 11 she warned that American media were planning to publish a "scoop" on the Trump-Lavrov meeting. 

She hit the nail right on the head. Immediately after the event brouhaha was stirred up over the presence of Russian photographers in the Oval Office during the Trump-Lavrov talks.




So, the "secrets divulged" fake story is nothing else but a well-planned attack launched by a large segment of US media which are used as a tool to stymie any efforts to normalize the relations between the US and Russia. Those who lost the presidential election just cannot reconcile with the defeat. This and other stories denigrating Russia and painting it as America’s foe are parts of a well-orchestrated hate campaign. The outlets don’t pretend to be independent anymore; they have become actors with roles to play, missions to accomplish and goals to be reached.

None of the stories going viral has relation to the facts. They are nothing but unsupportable conspiracy theories based on innuendo.




The attack is launched to substantiate the calls for appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump’s ties with Russia and scuttle any improvement of the relationship. Then congressional committees and independent commissions and what else - they will all add to the efforts to hinder the process of normalization just started. As a result, the hopes for progress in arms control and non-proliferation will be dashed. 

There will be no joint fight against the Islamic State and no deal on Syria, no talks on the rising tensions in Europe between Russia and NATO, no cooperation on cyber security and a lot of other things where reaching understanding with Moscow would meet US interests.




Deja-vu all over again. It’s easy to find examples in the American history. The anti-Russia hysteria as part of the anti-Trump campaign is a sure way back to the days of the Second Red Scare, the Hollywood blacklist, the activities of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and Hoover-led FBI. One thing leads to another. The result will be increased spying on US citizens and repressions for political views. To avoid such development of events, everything media say should be taken with a grain of salt, especially when unnamed sources are cited and stories without any proof or facts are told.



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