Date: November 29, 2011
Source: YNet News
Abstract: Couple carrying fake Israeli passports said to have escaped hotel despite tight security. Duo allegedly involved in conspiracy to assassinate Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, four cabinet members
Two Israeli citizens arrested in Trinidad and Tobago with fake passports escaped from their hotel under mysterious circumstances last week, five months after being placed under tight security, the Trinidad Guardian reported earlier this week.
According to the newspaper, the Caribbean country's authorities are looking into suspicions that the two – Robert and Anastasia – were somehow involved in a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and four members of her cabinet.
Anastasia 28, and Robert, 34, were first arrested in the tropical island of St. Maarten after raising the suspicions of local airport authorities, the report said. Nonetheless, the two were allowed to board a plane to Trinidad and Tobago.
They landed in the country on June 6, and were detained the next day while attempting to board a CAL flight to Toronto, Canada. The arrest was made possible thanks to an early warning received by local security services from the St. Maarten authorities.
According to the Trinidad newspaper, upon checking, security officers discovered that the photographs on the couple’s Israeli passports were totally different to their person.
"The passports were issued on January 26, 2004 in Rishon Lezion, Israel," the report said. "The duo – pretending to be a husband and wife team – were destined for Canada, but was intercepted in St Maarten after being pre-checked."
“St. Maarten did not do anything with them so they came here (Trinidad),” a source told the newspaper.
'Couple Threatened to Take Legal Action'
"They were handed over to immigration department who was a bit skeptical as to whether their passports were legitimate or not because the couple kept threatening to take legal action for detaining them," a well placed source told the Trinidad Guardian.
According to the report, the Immigration Authority then gave orders that they should be placed in CAL’s care under security watch, instead of taking them to the Ministry of National Security’s detention center.
According to the source, the country's authorities – and not the airline - were fully responsible for the duo's escape. Information obtained from intelligence, he said, suspected that the couple were Russians.
The source added that the impostors were handed over to CAL security, pending correspondents from the Israeli government to determine their true identities. Posted on the wall at Immigration office were the couple’s true identity along with images of their fake passports.
“This meant that Immigration had information of who the holders of the passports were. These people should have been locked up and prosecuted. You cannot have things like this pushed under the carpet," the source said angrily.
Asked how the couple managed to escape, the source replied: “We don’t know how they absconded. Knowing that they have been under watch for this length of time and are well financed it would have been easy for them to corrupt someone. That is my suspicion.”
Another fact adding to the mystery is that the couple escaped on November 20, days before Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said that police thwarted a plot to assassinate her and four members of her cabinet.
Several readers responded to the affair on Trinidad Guardian's Facebook page. "When did CAL become Immigration, Ministry if National Security, Police, Ministry of Foreign Affairs?" one of them asked.
Another reader wondered if the two Israelis were spies, while someone else accused them of being human traffickers. "This would make a good movie," one of the readers concluded.
The CAL airline declined comment on the report, as did Trinidad and Tobago's transportation minister.
Rishon Lezion Couple: Our Passports Stolen
The couple whose pictures appeared in the Trinidad Guardian report told Ynet on Tuesday that their passports were stolen from their home in Rishon Lezion about half a year ago.
About a month later, the husband received a surprising phone call from the Ben-Gurion Airport's passport control. "They told us that someone tried to board a plane with our passports and that the people were arrested. That's the first time we realized that our passports had been stolen," he said.
The two filed a complaint with the police and reported the theft to the Interior Ministry, but this week "we began receiving phone calls from friends who informed me that my picture was in the newspaper and that I was suspected of being involved in a prime minister's assassination."
He added that he and his wife had not left Israel since the incident. "I haven't even renewed my passports since it was stolen. The authorities did not inform us of this confusion. We thought someone had tried to take a loan with the passport. Who would have thought about a prime minister's murder?
"I hope we don't get arrested in other places. We have a problem with Trinidad, and not it's reached the whole world" (YNets New, 2011).
Chile Detains Israeli Tourist In Major Forest Fire
Date: December 31, 2011
Source: Fox News
Abstract: Chilean officials say they have detained an Israeli tourist suspected of causing a forest fire that has burned more than 42 square miles in the Torres de Paine national park.
Police say that a 23-year-old man whose name they gave as Roter Singer has acknowledged a part in negligently allowing the fire to start.
Hundreds of firefighters are fighting the blaze in far-southern Chile. Authorities evacuated 400 tourists, most of them foreigners.
Officials say the
fire is likely to continue spreading (Fox News, 2011).
Norwegian Scholar Connects Breivik's Attack To Mossad
Date: May 1, 2012
Source: Israel National News
Abstract: Norwegian sociologist Johan Galtung has said that he is not ruling out the possibility that the Mossad was involved in the massacre carried out by Anders Behring Breivik last July.
The comments were made by Galtung last September at a lecture entitled “Ten Theses on July 22” at the University of Oslo. July 22 was the date on which Breivik shot panicked youths at point-blank range at the Utoya island, killing 69 people.
He also claimed that Breivik “belonged to the Freemasonry organization which is based on Judaism.”
Galtung, who founded the Peace Research Institute Oslo in 1959, noted that the date on which the massacre took place is the same date when, in 1946, the underground Jewish movement the Irgun planted explosives at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, the headquarters of the British Army at the time. Warnings were given by members of the Irgun to clear the hotel, but were ignored by the British.
Furthermore, in a recent interview with the Norwegian magazine Humanist quoted by the Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv on Monday, Galtung claimed that Jews control the world media and tilt public opinion in favor of Israel.
“The Jews control 96 percent of world media,” Galtung claimed during the interview, adding that the directors of Walt Disney, Warner Brothers and Viacom are all Jews, as are directors in the big American television networks.
“Is this accidental? If there is a Jewish boss it means Jewish control,” he claimed.
Referring to the massacre in Norway, Galtung told the newspaper that a European journalist who had surmised that the Mossad was behind the massacre “was vilified.” He then added that there was also a conspiracy to assassinate a former U.S. senator known for his anti-Israel positions.
Galtung claimed that Israel is the only place in the world in which the issue of anti-Semitism is permitted to be dealt with and said that Jews think that only they are allowed to speak out against themselves.
“I remember a famous professor in Israel who said, ‘Anti-Semitism means opposing us more than we deserve,’” Galtung said. “The meaning of his words is that he believes that Jews deserve some of the accusations, but thinks that only Jews can say that.”
Soon after Breivik carried out his horrendous attack, anti-Zionists tried to pin it on Israel and the Mossad.
The Al Jazeera network, for example, published an article by Gilad Atzmon, an Israeli-born British jazz saxophonist and political activist known for his criticisms of Zionism, Jewish identity, and Judaism.Atzmon harped on the Norwegian Labor party’s support for boycotting Israel and noted, “The Labor Party Youth Movement have been devoted promoters of the Israel Boycott campaign. Many of the children who were gunned down by Breivik earlier had held up anti-Israel signs" (Israel National News, 2012).
American On Hunger Strike After 11 Months In Bolivian Prison
Date: May 12, 2012
Source: My Fox 8
Abstract: An American man, jailed without formal charges in Bolivia for 11 months, is nearing one month on a hunger strike to call attention to his case.
Jacob Ostreicher, 53, became ensnared in a criminal investigation linked to drug money and was arrested in June of last year on a preliminary charge of money laundering.
But his wife and lawyer say they have proven that the source of all the money is legitimate, and wonder if other forces are keeping Ostreicher, a businessman from Brooklyn, locked up.
Since his arrest, at least 15 hearings have been scheduled, but only three have actually taken place.
After hearing the defense team during one of those sessions last year, a judge ordered Ostreicher released on bond. His family paid, but before Ostreicher left the grounds of the notorious Palmasola prison in Santa Cruz, the judge unexpectedly rescinded his own decision.
A new judge was assigned recently, but the case has not moved forward in months.
The Bolivian prosecutors in the case were not available for comment.
In mid-April, Ostreicher began a hunger strike, hoping to kickstart the justice system in Bolivia as well as to rally support back home. Supporters in New York held a demonstration for Ostreicher in front of the Bolivian Mission there this month.
The back story of his arrest is complex. It starts with an investment that Ostreicher, an Orthodox Jew and flooring contractor, made in 2008 in a rice operation in Santa Cruz. A group of investors saw opportunity in growing rice, and though Ostreicher didn’t put down a lot of money, he began traveling to Bolivia to look after the project, his supporters say.
Ostreicher told CNN in a telephone interview from prison last year that what he found in Bolivia was that the investors had been swindled by the woman who they hired to run the project, who had ties with a Brazilian drug trafficker. Ostreicher fired the woman and tried to set things straight, but the ownership of the land was tied to the drug trade and he found himself a suspect.
Ostreicher’s detention comes at a low point in U.S.-Bolivian relations. Under leftist President Evo Morales, the U.S. ambassador to Bolivia was expelled in 2008 in a diplomatic row.
His supporters are suspicious that the judge who reversed his decision on his release was subsequently promoted. But no corruption has been proven.
Yimy Montano, Ostreicher’s Bolivian attorney, said that the real problem may not be a conspiracy against him, but the result of an ailing justice system under Morales.
“The justice system is passing through one of its worst moments, and Mr. Jacob is suffering the fallout of that,” he said.
Many Bolivians face the same kind of maddening delays, he said.
Still, Montano said, the court’s decision to keep Ostreicher jailed is confounding.
At the most substantive of the hearings, the defense presented more than 1,000 translated documents that showed the source of all of Ostreicher’s investment and proved it came from legitimate sources, Montano said.
“Penny by penny, we’ve shown that every cent came into the country legally,” he said.
Prosecutors told CNN in September that they are suspicious of Ostreicher because of the lengths he went through to try to recoup the investors’ losses and his continued negotiations with the landowner.
But prosecutors have not presented any evidence to back up their claims, Montano said.
“I don’t know why he remains in prison,” he said.
Under Bolivian law, a suspect can be held on preliminary charges for 18 months, at which time the state has to file formal charges or dismiss them.
“We’re just in limbo. As far as I’m concerned, Jacob has been kidnapped,” said his wife, Miriam Ungar. “There’s no end to this.”
Ungar and Montano said that Ostreicher’s condition has deteriorated since he began his hunger strike.
“He’s not doing well,” she said.
Ungar shared her story with CNN and others in September of last year, and said she faces legal action by the state because of her comments.
Court documents show that the state ordered a prosecutor to begin an investigation into obstruction of justice by Ungar, her lawyers, Ostreicher and others who spoke to the media.
“It’s in the back of my mind. I am afraid of it,” she said of the possibility of facing charges herself.
All this happened right before the hearing where the judge ordered Ostreicher released before changing his mind.
Montano said that at this point, he wants Ostreicher to go to trial.
“We want him to be absolved,” he said.
In the meantime, despite his delicate health, Ostreicher is refusing to end his hunger strike.
“It’s the only way to be heard,” Montano said (My Fox 8, 2012).
Police: 10 Israelis Arrested For Organ-Trafficking
Date: May 23, 2012
Source: Huffington Post
Abstract: Police say they have arrested 10 Israelis over the past few weeks on suspicion they trafficked in organs.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says one of the suspects is a doctor affiliated with a Tel Aviv-area hospital.
He says the alleged organ-trafficking operation was international, but didn't immediately have details about the countries involved.
He says the names of the suspects will not be released before they appear before an Israeli court.
Rosenfeld spoke on Wednesday. He did not have a date for the court appearance or any further details (Huffington Post, 2012).Title: Israel Likely Killed Arafat
Date: July 6, 2012
Abstract: Credible information on Arafat's death surfaced years ago. It wasn't natural. Evidence suggests he was assassinated. Israel most likely was responsible. More on that below.
Al Jazeera provided new information. On July 4, it headlined "Arafat's widow (Suha) calls to exhume his body," saying:
"A nine-month investigation suggests that the late Palestinian leader may have been poisoned with polonium."
"Eight years after his death, it remains a mystery exactly what killed the longtime Palestinian leader."
"Tests conducted in Paris found no obvious traces of poison in Arafat’s system. Rumors abound about what might have killed him cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, even allegations that he was infected with HIV."
"A nine-month investigation by Al Jazeera has revealed that none of those rumors were true: Arafat was in good health until he suddenly fell ill on October 12, 2004."
Arafat's personal belongings were examined. They included his clothes, his kaffiyeh and toothbrush. Polonium traces were found.
In 1898, Marie and Pierre Curie discovered the substance. Laboratory exposure killed their daughter Irene. Marie died from symptoms related to radiation exposure.
Science Daily calls polonium a "rare and highly radioactive metalloid." It's chemically similar to tellurium and bismuth. It's found in uranium ores.
It's "around 109 times" more toxic than hydrogen cyanide. Its main hazard is radioactivity. It's "most lethal when ingested" or inhaled.
Evidence showed that polonium caused former Russian Federal Security Service officer Alexander Litvinenko's 2007 death. In November 2006 he was hospitalized. Three weeks later he died.
He became the first known polonium-210 victim. Acute radiation poisoning killed him. Tests found traces in his tea cup. Polonium is hard to detect because it doesn't emit gamma rays.
It emits only alpha particles. Normal radiation detectors don't recognize them. Hospital equipment only detects gamma rays.
Ingesting or inhaling alpha particles causes significant radiation damage. Special equipment is needed to recognize them.
Switzerland's Radiophysique (SR) analyzed Arafat's belongings. Blood, sweat, saliva and urine samples were obtained. Tests showed abnormal polonium levels in his body when he died.
SR director Dr. Francois Bochud said:
"I can confirm to you that we measured an unexplained, elevated amount of unsupported polonium-210 in the belongings of Mr. Arafat that contained stains of biological fluids."
As a result, Arafat's widow, Suha, asked Palestinian Authority (PA) officials to exhume his body. If bone, tissue, and/or other bodily evidence substantiates SR's diagnosis, conclusive proof of his poisoning will be confirmed.
"I know the Palestinian Authority has been trying to discover what Yasser died from," she said. "And now we are helping them. We have very substantial, very important results."
In 2004, Abbas was complicit in a coverup. Suha's hopes may go unfulfilled.
Known polonium poisoning deaths are rare. Scientific consensus on its symptoms is lacking. Litvinenko suffered from diarrhea, weight loss, and vomiting. Arafat exhibited the same ones.
Animal studied found similar symptoms. A US 1991 study said:
"The primary radiation target….is the gastrointestinal tract. (It) activat(es) the 'vomiting centre' in the brainstem."
SR scientists found Arafat's belongings contained abnormally high polonium levels.
It's present atmospherically. Natural amounts accumulating on bodily surfaces barely register. They dissipate rapidly. Polonium-210 found on Arafat's belongings has a 138-day half life. It means half the substance decays around every four and a half months.
SR said "(e)ven in case of a poisoning similar to (Litvinenko), only traces of the order of a few" millibecquerels would be found.
However, Arafat's belonging had much higher levels. Further tests "concluded that....between 60 to 80 percent (of the polonium) was 'unsupported.' " It means it didn't come from natural sources.
SR scientists ruled out official or suggested causes of Arafat's death. Lausanne University Institute of Legal Medicine director Dr. Patrice Mangin said:
"There was no liver cirrhosis, apparently no traces of cancer, no leukemia. Concerning HIV, AIDS there was no sign, and the symptomology was not suggesting these things."
HIV specialist Dr. Tawfik Shaaban agreed there was no evidence of the disease.
Lausanne doctors wanted to study blood and urine samples taken when Arafat was hospitalized at France's Percy Military Hospital. His wife Suha requested them. She was told they were destroyed.
"I was not satisfied with that answer," she said. "Usually a very important person like Yasser" would require they be kept. Something suspicious was involved.
Doctors who treated him were told not to discuss his case even with Suha's permission. It was considered a "military secret." Most of his former Cairo and Tunis doctors refused interview requests.
Perhaps official coverup of his true cause of death is why.
It's now up to PA officials to exhume him. Abbas may block credible efforts. He's a longtime Israeli collaborator.
PLO official Saeb Erekat said two committees will be formed to investigate his death. PA ministers will comprise one. The other will include Fatah central committee members.
Key is whether efforts will be pro forma or real. Will a credible autopsy be performed? If so, will full disclosure follow?
Most important is that if evidence proves Arafat was murdered, will efforts be made to assign blame?
Key also is that sending bone, tissue and/or other bodily samples to reputable labs abroad requires Israeli permission.
Expect it to be denied. Doing so would raise obvious suspicions that Israel wants potentially incriminating evidence suppressed.
It had clear motive and opportunity. Mossad has a long history of targeted assassinations. It uses many methods including poison.
Attempts don't always succeed. In 1997, Mossad agents failed to kill Hamas leader Khaled Mashal by spraying poison in his ear in Amman.
Hamas' Mohammad al-Mabhouh wasn't as lucky. In January 2010, he was found dead in his Dubai hotel room. Initially it was believed by natural causes.
Investigation determined he was injected with succinylcholine. It's a quick-acting depolarizing paralytic muscle relaxant. Motor skills are lost instantly. He apparently died from suffocation. Mossad agents were named responsible.
In his book titled "Gideon Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad," Gordon Thomas provided chilling examples of how it uses biochemists and genetic scientists to develop lethal agents.
They include nerve, choking, blood, and blister agents. Tuban is used. It's virtually odorless and invisible when dispensed by aerosol or in vapor form. Various other substances are used to kill.
Effective ones do it efficiently and covertly. They leave behind minimal evidence. None is ideal. They try to leave those responsible unidentified. Mossad's long history reveals a legacy of state-sponsored assassinations.
For now, Suha said:
"We got into this very, very painful conclusion, but at least this removes this great burden on me, on my chest."
"At least I’ve done something to explain to the Palestinian people, to the Arab and Muslim generation all over the world, that it was not a natural death. It was a crime."
In January 2007, this writer's article headlined "Former Longtime Confidant Accuses Ariel Sharon of Assassinating Yasser Arafat."
Uri Dan was close to Sharon. In 2006, his book titled "Ariel Sharon: An Intimate Portrait" accused him of assassinating Arafat by poison.
He claimed George Bush approved it. At the time, he was under siege at his Ramallah compound. Israel destroyed most of it.
Israeli and Washington officials wanted Arafat removed and replaced. They succeeded. On November 11, 2004, he died in Paris. He was 75.
In early October he took ill. On October 29, he was flown to France's Percy Military Hospital for treatment. Doctors examining him couldn't determine why.
On November 3, he slipped into a coma. Eight days later he was dead. French doctors prepared a 558-page report. They claimed he died of complications from a blood disorder.
They described what they called "disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC)." It causes malignancy and infection, they said.
They claimed his blood vessels exhibited small clots. They deplete platelets and clotting factors needed to control bleeding. It can cause death by hemorrhaging.
They also called DIC a secondary condition. In other words, it wasn't the main cause of his illness or death. Something else was responsible. They left that issue unanswered.
At the time, this writer said:
"He may have been the victim of a slow acting....hard to detect poison somehow administered to him inside his West Bank compound from which no cure was possible at least once (he) arrived in Paris."
Nothing was done to determine precisely what killed him. His longtime personal physician was suspicious. Dr. Ashraf Al Kurdi said Assad blocked an autopsy.
"They didn't want to do it," he said. "When you talked to them about an autopsy they would get fits. (Abbas) said it would disturb relations with France."
Kurdi called this "stupid." In suspected criminal cases, autopsies are mandatory. Given the strong possibility that Arafat was poisoned, failure to determine cause of death was unconscionable.
French doctors would have conducted a thorough autopsy unless ordered to back off. If performed, it wouldn't have contradicted Islamic law.
Autopsies are permitted as long as performed as soon as possible after death and respect the deceased. Under normal circumstances, Muslims wish to bury their dead quickly. They also prefer to avoid embalming unless necessary.
On November 11, 2004, Arafat died. On November 12, he was buried beside his Ramallah compound. The ceremony was hurried. It didn't follow customary Islamic religious rites.
Chief Palestinian religious authority Sheikh Taissir Tamimi ordered Arafat disinterred for proper reburial on November 13.
In April 2005, Dr. Kurdi was interviewed by MiddleEast.org. He discussed Arafat's "stealth assassination," saying:
"If someone (of the Islamic faith) dies of unknown causes, it is mandatory to have an autopsy - mandatory. They know the regulations. Here in Jordan, bodies have been exhumed in criminal cases....I suspect Arafat died of a 'killing poison'....The death was due to this."
He said unfounded rumors claimed he died from HIV/AIDS. He conducted tests before Arafat died and dispelled them. He also said he had no longstanding health problems except a benign tumor. It caused a slight tremor in his lips and hands. It was not life-threatening.
Overall he was in good health. He saw Arafat on the 16th day after his illness became serious. It was shortly before he was flown to Amman then on to Paris.
During his last examination, Kurdi noticed what he believed to be signs of poisoning. Arafat had a reddish patch on his face and a metallic yellow coloring to his skin.
Before flying to Paris, he saw him one more time in Amman. He'd lost half his body weight. Reddishness and metallic yellow coloring were prominent. He was sure he'd been poisoned and was dying.
Fourteen months earlier, then Israeli Vice Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Israeli radio after a cabinet meeting:
"How are we going to" remove Arafat? Expulsion is certainly one of the options, and killing is also one of the options."
He'd been held captive in his Ramallah compound for 18 months. Supporters believed Israel wanted to kill him. Arafat addressed them saying:
"(S)hould the terrorist Sharon regime realize its threat to deport me, or assassinate me, the Palestinian people will continue, and even strengthen, the fight for national liberation and the independent statehood."
From his earliest days as PLO Chairman and President, Arafat went from enemy to ally back to enemy. Agreeing to Oslo got him a 1993 White House signing ceremony. He and Prime Minster Yitzhak Rabin shook hands.
In July 2000, "permanent status" talks followed. Bill Clinton hosted Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak at Camp David.
Barak insisted Arafat sign a "final agreement" and declare an "end of conflict." Doing so would have renounced any legal claim to Palestine land.
Nothing was put in writing. No documents or maps were presented. Barak wanted Palestinian land divided into four isolated bantustans surrounded by expanding settlements and other Israeli controlled territory.
He offered terms Arafat had to refuse. No responsible leader would have agreed. They demanded unconditional surrender. Peace hopes would have been dashed.
He turned the deal down and was unfairly blamed. It very likely led to his death by assassination.
In February 2001, when Sharon became prime minister, he ended negotiations until George Bush's fake "road map" to nowhere.
Peace talks always ended up tragedies and travesties. How could Palestinians negotiate in good faith without a willing partner. They never had one and don't now with Netanyahu.
It shouldn't surprise if indisputable evidence proves Sharon assassinated Arafat. Israel targets all Palestinians it wants removed this way when other methods fail.
Arafat likely fell victim. Betting odds favor it. Hopefully one day we'll know for sure (Rense, 2012).
Breaking/Confirmed: Sec Clinton Assassination Attempt in Israel
Date: July 18, 2012
Source: Veterans Today
Abstract: Israeli radio and Reuters broke the story then went mysteriously silent, an assassination attempt inside Israel, on Secretary of State Clinton.
Soon afterward, Iran’s national network, al Alam went public with a translated version which is being boycotted by news services.
Details on the unsuccessful murder attempt on America’s top diplomat below but first some background.
for the assassination attempt on Clinton is this tale of deceit by Rep.
Michelle Bachmann as outlined by CNN’s Andersen Cooper:
We see this as part of a pattern of escalation by Israel, carefully orchestrated terrorism which may well culminate in an attack on the London Olympics as has been predicted by many. Nothing less could bring about the result Netanyahu desires, a massive US and NATO air attack on Iran, and note this carefully, not an attack on Syria.
The video below describes how Israeli contractors are sabotaging London Olympic security. Highly credible source:
It is our opinion that this is a valid news story. We believe the attack on Clinton is related to the current political upheaval in Israel, an attempt to kill Clinton, blame Iran and take the focus off the domestic political meltdown.
We also feel the bus attack in Bulgaria, killing 6 Israeli citizens is highly suspect for the same reasons as well.
Israeli radio broke the story Sunday night, midnight, but never mentioned it again. This has been confirmed by sources inside Israel
The real story as we have been able to learn is this; About 16 hours ago, Secretary Clintons convoy, traveling from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, was attacked. There would have been a minimum of 3 to 5 vehicles, with Clinton probably traveling in a bulletproofed Chevy Tahoe or Israel built Toyota Land Cruiser.
This follows the story earlier of an attack on a bus loaded with Israeli tourists that exploded in Bulgaria. Six were killed. Netanyahu said he would respond by attacking Iran. It is our opinion that this was a Mossad “false flag” operation much as was the Clinton assassination attempt. Bulgarian security services are trained by the Mossad. There are dozens of Mossad agents operating in Bulgaria which still has in place massive Soviet era security services that follow all tourists and check on every “overnight” guest in Bulgaria.
In fact, you can’t leave Bulgaria without meal and hotel receipts being reviewed. Bulgaria is considered, next to North Korea, the most “watchful” nation on earth.
There has never been evidence of any Iranian security personnel operating in Eastern Europe though Iran could, if they chose, claim retaliation for the murder inside Iran of a number of scientists and their families, acts openly admitted to by Israel. Iran has, however, made no such threats.
Coincidentally, the attack on Clinton was within hours of her statement in support of Israel regarding the Bulgarian attack. We do not believe in coincidences and find the timing of these events and the arrival of the USS Stennis, another American aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, to be coincidental also.
Were Secretary Clinton murdered as intended, Iran would have been blamed also as would Iran have been blamed for the US Navy’s attack on a Dubai fishing boat which failed to sink, a boat the Navy said was “Republican Guard” but returned to Dubai with dead and wounded fishermen who were gunned down, unarmed by American .50 caliber machine gun rounds.
In making these statements, which will surprise none of the world’s intelligence community, we expect reprisals from Mossad based press management and intimidation groups, such as the one that suppressed the Clinton murder attempt.
A white Citroen DS, a French car built (assembly plant in Israel) drove alongside the convoy and opened up on Clinton’s vehicle with automatic weapons fire.
Normal security procedures should have prevented any vehicle on open regions from coming within 200 meters of Clinton. Additionally, the Secretary of State would have traveled with Apache helicopter air support above while on open highway.
Thus, the concept of a cheap French sedan with plastic wheels and a 1 litre deisel engine escaping such an incident is fanciful.
The translation of the intercepted Reuter’s story from Israel is below.
We list probability of the story being high and that networks are being asked to suppress the incident as an embarrassment to Israel.
Reports are coming in, to Israeli blogs, radio and TV that red flares and illumination is seen at the “alleged ” site.
This is the first visit by Secretary Clinton to Israel in two years:
Israeli sources reported that the procession of Hillary Clinton Secretary of State was fired on yesterday, while passing through on the road to Jerusalem – Tel Aviv,” states Al-Alam News.
According to information published by the site ‘Reuters’, the car was a white‘Citroen’.
The assassition team approached the Clinton convoy and opened up with multiple automatic weapons.
Secretary Clinton was not injured but members of the security staff spoke with press, leading to a news announcement in Israel which was quickly denied.
Citizens of the region noted the area under “illumination” used, either artillery or dropped from aircraft (Veterans Today, 2012).
Report: Israeli Suspected Of Running Ukraine Organ Trafficking Ring
Date: August 6, 2012
Abstract: An Israeli man was arrested Friday for allegedly running an organ trafficking network in the Ukraine, Army Radio reported.
The Israeli, whose name was not revealed, was arrested by Ukrainian police along with 12 other people.
According to the report, the network operated for over three years and recruited donors via the internet. Most of the donors were young women who agreed to sell a kidney for $10,000.
The organs were then allegedly transferred to Israelis in need of a kidney transplant, which cost over $200,000, said the head of the Ukrainian organization for combating human trafficking during a press conference following the arrests.
Ukrainian police estimated that the network made a gross sum of $40 million.
The facility in which the alleged operations for extracting the kidneys took place denied the allegations (Haaretz, 2012).
Anti-Semitic Leader Resigns After He Is Outed As Jewish
Date: August 16, 2012
Abstract: A leading figure in Hungary's far right Jobbik Party has been forced to resign after being exposed as Jewish.
Csanad Szegedi's grandmother was an Auschwitz survivor and his grandfather a veteran of forced labour camps.5 liveUp All Night heard more from Krisztian Szabados, a political analyst and the director of Political Capital Institute based in Hungary (BBC, 2012).
Syrian Minister Accuses Mossad Of Assassinating Syrians
Date: September 4, 2012
Source: Israel Hayom
Abstract: Information minister criticizes Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi after the latter voices sympathy for the Syrian revolt: "There is no difference between Mubarak and Morsi, who has done nothing for the Palestinians and continues to sell gas to Israel."
Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoebi accused Israel's Mossad on Monday of carrying out targeted assassinations in Syria, as well as aiding the rebellion which has brought Syria to civil war.
"We found arms caches with the weapons used by the terrorists, and their source was Israel," al-Zoebi said. He also claimed some of the attacks against individuals and institutions in Syria "had the fingerprints of intelligence services, including Israel's Mossad." He did not elaborate or say which attacks Israel was allegedly behind.
Al-Zoebi also leveled criticism at Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who during the Non-Aligned Movement conference last week conveyed his sympathy to the Syrian rebels, likening their struggle to the Palestinian conflict with Israel.
"There is no difference between [ousted President Hosni] Mubarak and Morsi, who has done nothing for the Palestinians and continues to sell gas to Israel," al-Zoebi said.
The Syrian regime said Monday there would be no dialogue with the opposition before the army crushed the rebels, the latest sign that President Bashar al-Assad is determined to solve the crisis on the battlefield even if many more of his people have to pay with their lives.
The statement comes a day after activists reported that August had been the bloodiest month since the uprising began in March 2011.
"There will be no dialogue with the opposition prior to the Syrian army's imposition of security and stability in all parts of the country," al-Zoebi said.
The opposition has long rejected any talks with the regime until Assad is removed from power.
Muhieddine Lathkani, an opposition figure based in Britain, responded to the minister's comments by saying, "The key to any dialogue will be the departure of Assad and dismantling of the regime's security agencies that committed all these crimes."
Lathkani told The Associated Press by telephone that only after this happened, could there be a dialogue.
Earlier in the day, the new U.N. envoy to Syria acknowledged that brokering an end to the civil war would be a "very, very difficult" task.
Activists on Sunday said some 5,000 people had been killed in August, the highest monthly toll in the 17-month-old uprising and more than three times the monthly average. At the same time, the U.N. children's fund, UNICEF, said 1,600 people were killed last week alone, also the highest figure for the entire revolt.
The two major activists groups raised their total death toll for the entire revolt to at least 23,000 and as high as 26,000.
The civil war witnessed a major turning point in August when Assad's forces began widely using air power for the first time to try to put down the revolt. The fighting also reached Syria's largest city, Aleppo, which had been relatively quiet for most of the uprising.
Last week, Assad said in an interview that his armed forces would need time to defeat the rebels, an acknowledgment that his regime is struggling to defeat the tenacious rebels and another indication that the civil war will be even more drawn out and bloody.
In the latest violence on Monday, activists said more than 100 people were killed — many of them in two air raids that knocked out large parts of buildings in the northern province of Aleppo. Government warplanes bombed the town of Al-Bab, killing at least 19 people and the Aleppo neighborhood of Myasar where 10 people, including four children, were killed.
The two main activist groups, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees, said the airstrikes targeted a residential area in the northern town of al-Bab, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the Turkish border. The observatory said 19 people were killed in the air raid; the committees put the death toll at 25.
An amateur video posted online showed men frantically searching for bodies in the rubble of a white building smashed into a pile of debris. The authenticity of the video could not be independently verified.
An amateur video from Myasar showed men digging through the rubble and cutting metal to pick up the dead buried under the debris. The video showed the bodies of a girl and a man being removed.
Hisham Jaber, a retired Lebanese army general who heads a Beirut-based think tank, said the government was using MiG warplanes to bomb targets on the ground with missiles ranging between 50 kilograms (110 pounds) and 200 kilograms (440 pounds).
"Those bombs fall in a shape that looks like a barrel, then explode when they hit the ground," he said.
Syrian officials said a bomb attached to a taxi blew up in the Damascus suburb of Jaramana, killing five people and wounding 23. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.
Activists, meanwhile, reported scattered violence in regions across the country, including the Damascus suburbs, the region of Deir el-Zour in the east, Daraa in the south and Idlib and Aleppo in the north.
The observatory said 100 people were killed Monday while the LCC put the number at 205, many of them in Aleppo province.
Diplomatic efforts to solve the seemingly intractable conflict have failed so far. A peace plan by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan never got off the ground and Annan quit his post as special U.N. envoy. He was replaced Saturday by Lakhdar Brahimi, a 78-year-old former Algerian foreign minister.
Brahimi, who also served as a U.N. envoy to Afghanistan and Iraq, commended Annan on his work, saying he did "everything possible."
"We discussed this several times and I can't think of anything that I would have done differently from him," Brahimi told the BBC in an interview. "It is definitely a very, very difficult mission."
He added that he was "scared of the weight of the responsibility" and that he was "standing in front of a brick wall ... We'll have to see if we can go around that wall."
Asked whether his task was "Mission Impossible," Brahimi said: "I suppose it is."
In Damascus, Information Minister al-Zoebi pledged that Syria would cooperate with the new U.N. envoy, saying, "We will give him maximum assistance the way we did with Kofi Annan."
The Assad regime made similar public statements when it signed on to Annan's peace plan, only to frequently ignore or outright violate its commitments by refusing to pull its troops out of cities and cease its shelling of opposition areas.
Al-Zoebi sought to shift some of the responsibility for the future success or failure of Brahimi's mission onto the shoulders of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar — three of the harshest critics of the Syrian regime and strong supporters of the rebels trying to overthrow Assad.
The three countries, al-Zoebi said, must "stop sending weapons (to rebels) and close training bases," they are hosting.
The Syrian minister did not confirm or deny whether Syrian authorities were holding foreign journalists who entered the country illegally, but said that any person who did so, whether a Syrian or a foreigner, will be referred to judicial authorities.
He reassured reporters, however, that if any journalists were held by authorities "they will receive special treatment even though they violated Syrian laws." He asked journalists at the news conference to give his office any names they have of reporters that they knew with certainty are held by authorities.
At least three journalists are missing in Syria and are believed to be held by the regime.
Alhurra TV correspondent Bashar Fahmi, a Jordanian citizen of Palestinian origin, and his Turkish cameraman, Cuneyt Unal, are said to have been captured in the city of Aleppo after entering Syria last month. The third journalist, American Austin Tice, has reported on the conflict for The Washington Post, McClatchy Newspapers and other media outlets, is also reported missing in Syria.
Al-Zoebi also warned against foreign power intervening in Syria, saying, "If anyone infringes on our national sovereignty there will be no red lights to our retaliation ... We will cut such a hand and make them pay a high price."
The West has shown little appetite to intervene in Syria, in part because, unlike the military intervention that helped bring down Moammar Gadhafi in Libya, the Syrian conflict has the potential to quickly escalate.
Damascus has a web of allegiances to powerful forces including Shiite powerhouse Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah and there are concerns that a military campaign could pull them into a wider regional conflagration.
Western powers, however, have warned Assad against using chemical weapons in the conflict.
On Monday, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that if Syria uses such weapons, "our response ... would be massive and blistering."Speaking to RMC radio, he said Western countries were monitoring the movement of the weapons in Syria to be ready to "step in" immediately. "We are discussing this notably with our American and English partners," Fabius said (Israel Hayom, 2012).
Mormons, Zionists Behind Anti-Islam Film: Analyst
Date: September 16, 2012
Source: Press TV
Abstract: A prominent political analyst says that several groups including American Mormons in the CIA and Zionists are behind the controversial recent anti-Islam film made in the US, Press TV reports.
“I would identify two or perhaps three components, the first is a Mormon mafia inside the CIA, the group of Mormon high officials of the CIA who want Romney to become president and they think that by having the kinds of events that we are seeing, they can make Obama look bad in front of the American public,” Dr. Webster Griffin Tarpley told Press TV during an interview on Saturday.
According to Tarpley, the group follows Brent Scowcroft, who used to be “the right hand man of Henry Kissinger”.
“I would add probably the Saudis, probably the Saudi religious and monarchy, hierarchy,” he added.
He further pointed to ties between “Sam Bacil or Nakula Basseley Nakula”, the man claiming responsibility for the blasphemous movie and Media for Christ's Joseph Nasrallah, a Coptic Christian from Egypt.
Dr. Tarpley also mentioned a series of figures including anti-Islam movie promoter Steve Klein, "Terry Jones, the infamous Qur'an burner", Pamela Geller, and Daniel Pipes, accusing them of promoting Islamophobia and unrest in the world by supporting such films.
"Pamela Geller, I think may be the key to this entire thing; she is a professional Islamophobe very close to the Israelis and probably somewhere in the background we might have somebody like Daniel Pipes, a professor who basically has made a career out of harassing four Palestinian professors at American universities" (Press TV, 2012).
Police: U.S. Man Fatally Shoots Hotel Worker In Israel
Date: October 5, 2012
Abstract: An American man opened fire in a hotel in the Red Sea resort city of Eilat Friday, an Israeli police spokesman said, killing a hotel employee.
The American was then shot dead when a police anti-terror unit responded to the alert at the hotel, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
An initial investigation suggests that the man grabbed the gun from a hotel security guard and opened fire on one of the workers, according to Rosenfeld.
Police spokeswoman Luba Samri told CNN that the man was not a tourist, as police had initially thought, but a sous-chef who had been laid off from his job at the hotel.
The suspect was shot by Special Forces following an exchange of fire, she said.Police believe the shooting was related to his dismissal from the hotel, she said (CNN, 2012).
Israeli Cyber Attacks Targeted Offshore Oil, Gas Platforms – Iran IT Head
Date: October 8, 2012
Abstract: Iran’s offshore oil and gas platforms were the targets of the cyber attacks aimed at crippling the country. All threats were repelled and Israel was behind them, according to head of IT at the Iranian Offshore Oil Company, Mohammad Reza Golshani.
Golshani told Reuters that the attack happened over the past couple of weeks, was routed through China, and affected only the communications systems of the network.
It is almost two weeks since the managing director of the National Iranian Offshore Oil Company Mahmoud Zirakchianzadeh announced his company’s negotiations over deals worth US$14 billion.
Iran is currently under pressure from the international sanctions, mainly in oil exports, imposed by the UN Security council, the US, and the EU.
On Saturday, the EU threatened to ban Iran’s natural gas export to put pressure on the country’s nuclear program. Iran’s now exporting to Turkey and has swap deals with Armenia and Azerbaijan.
The possible ban was described by a spokesman of the oil ministry Alireza Nikzad-Rahbar as a "propaganda campaign" because “right now no EU member imports Iranian gas supply.”
The UN Security Council imposed four rounds of sanctions in efforts to pressure Tehran to give up its nuclear program, which the West fears is aimed at creating a nuclear weapon. Iran insists its nuclear ambitions are peaceful. The sanctions targeted Iran’s oil exports and cut off access to international banking networks.
Tehran is being pressured not only with sanctions: the country has been variously attacked by Flame, Stuxnet and Gauss, three viruses that gathered information on sensitive Iranian equipment and slowed down its nuclear centrifuges. They were tacitly confirmed to have been launched by the US and Israel, as a way of slowing down the country’s atomic program, which the West says is aimed at eventually producing nuclear weapons. A claim Iran emphatically denies.
Iran has reported several computer attacks in recent months and a Revolutionary Guard commander said last month the country would defend itself in case of a "cyber war".Tehran is seeking to developing a national Internet system, which it says would improve cyber security. But many Iranians say the plan is the latest way to control their access to the Web, which is already highly censored (RT, 2012).
Mossad Behind The Alps Murders?
Date: October 12, 2012
Source: Daily Mail
Abstract: The house that once echoed to the giggles of two bright, fun-loving little girls is silent now.
The cream curtains are tightly drawn, the Home Counties-Tudor facade needs painting, and the lawn — freshly mowed just before the family left for their caravanning holiday — is overgrown and sprinkled with withered bouquets.
In the French Alps, time has also moved on. Bathed in glorious sunshine on the September afternoon when Saad al-Hilli and his wife Iqbal went for that fateful drive with their young daughters and their grandmother, this week the peaks were eclipsed by heavy autumnal rain.
Great torrents swept through the hilltop layby where the three adults were trapped in their burgundy-coloured BMW estate car and massacred in a hail of expertly-directed gunfire, washing away any lingering traces of blood from the leaves and twigs on the ground.
To anyone outside the French police, it always appeared that the murder scene was re-opened to the public with incautious haste.
Yet it still seems
odd that, barely five weeks since the atrocity occurred, the embers and
beer-cans left by mawkish sightseers are the only reminders of a crime that
sent shock-waves through Europe.
More disturbing still is the recent admission by Eric Maillaud, the prosecutor leading the ‘joint investigation team’ set up to pool the finest sleuthing brains in Surrey and South Eastern France, and cut through cross-Channel red-tape, that it could take ten years to bring the killer (or killers) to justice.
It has left friends and neighbours in the affluent village of Claygate, near Kingston upon Thames, fearing they might never know why this outwardly contented, and universally popular, British-Iraqi family were slaughtered.
‘It seems the police are just as bemused as we are,’ Julian Stedman, Mr al-Hilli’s accountant and neighbour, told me this week, after detectives finally got round to interviewing him a few days earlier. ‘I don’t know what’s going on, and the Surrey police certainly don’t, though it seems to have been left in their hands, predominantly.
I haven’t seen anything from the French authorities; it seems they’ve given up, more or less.’
The family’s next-door neighbours of 26 years, George and Doreen Howells, a retired couple, are similarly pessimistic.
‘We miss them a lot. Our grand kids played with their daughters [Zainab, seven, and Zeena, four, who miraculously survived] and Saad would do anything for you,’ said Mr Howells, who had arranged to put out Mr al-Hilli’s recycling bins while he was away.
‘Things will never be the same. It would be nice to get closure, but I don’t think we ever will.’
Perhaps he is right. Together with a team of Mail reporters, however, I have spent the past week probing the mystery — talking to people who knew the al-Hillis, and the French cyclist, Sylvain Mollier, 45, who was shot dead alongside them, seemingly because he saw too much — and uncovered some compelling clues.
Mr Maillaud thinks the truth probably lies in Britain, and he has identified the three most plausible theories, each of which holds that 50-year-old Mr al-Hilli was the primary target.
One centres on an alleged feud said to have been simmering between him and his older brother, Zaid, 53, over the terms of the will left by their father, Kadhim, who died last year aged 91. Zaid, however, is not considered a suspect by the police.
The second concerns Saad’s employment as a design engineer sometimes working on potentially sensitive projects (for the past year, he had been contracted to a Surrey-based satellite company).
The third possibility is he fell foul of someone, perhaps over a business deal, in his native Iraq.
Mr Maillaud has said the ‘familial lead’ is no more deserving of interest than Saad’s job or the fact his family came from Iraq.
But it doesn’t take a skilled investigator to tell us there are many more conceivable motives.
The murders might have stemmed from a random robbery or kidnap attempt, for example (though that hardly seems likely, given the chilling precision with which the victims were dispatched), or the family might have stumbled on something.
Experts in the ruthless machinations of Middle Eastern espionage have also presented an increasingly plausible scenario which has not been explored. We will return to this later. First, though, let’s examine the supposed fraternal feud.
Once a wealthy gypsum factory owner and privileged member of the Iraqi elite, family patriarch Kadhim al-Hilli fled to Britain in the early Seventies to escape Saddam Hussein’s purge of prominent Shia Muslims.
Though his business was reputedly sequestered, he salvaged a sizeable chunk of his fortune and settled with his wife, Fahisa, and their two teenage sons, in Pimlico, West London, later moving 20 miles south to the more tranquil Claygate.
According to Gary Aked, who became one of Saad’s closest friends in the early Nineties when they worked together as young engineers, the brothers were very different characters.
Zaid, a trained accountant, was ‘serious and more solitary’, and ‘into making money’; Saad was ‘an outgoing, laugh-a-minute’ type who could turn his hand to any task and loved making things for the sake of it.
For many years they lived harmoniously in their parents’ house, pursuing separate careers but occasionally buying up properties together to renovate and sell; but Gary Aked recalls that Zaid lost money on an ill-starred investment in an ostrich farm.
In 1992, when he was in his 30s, Zaid married a nurse named Geraldine O’Reilly and had two children.
Saad remained a stay-at-home bachelor until nine years ago, however.
Then, profoundly saddened by the death of his mother, he went to work in Dubai, where he fell for Iqbal, an attractive Iraqi working as a dental nurse.
After a whirlwind courtship, they returned to marry at a Surrey register office, had their daughters, and settled in the Claygate house.
Meanwhile, the brothers’ widowed father Kadhim moved to the Costa del Sol to live out his days in warmer climes.
It was soon after he died, in August last year, that the brothers fell out, according to several people close to the family — though this week a French police source told the Mail that Zaid ‘still completely denies any conflict with Saad’.
As yet, we do not know the contents of the will. Assuming Kadhim adhered to cultural tradition, however, he would have instructed his estate — which may have been worth £4 million and included the Claygate house, his apartment near Malaga, and property in Iraq — to be divided equally between the brothers, with a portion going to charity.
If that is the case, Zaid might conceivably have asked Saad to sell his prized, mock-Tudor home, where he had lived since the mid-Eighties and raised his family, and share the profits.
And who would have blamed him? There was no mortgage on the house, and its value has multiplied, so this would certainly have made hard financial sense.
So did Saad fear his brother might try to seize the property while he was in France? It would explain why, as was revealed this week, he changed the locks shortly before leaving.
It might also be the reason he kept an illegal Taser gun hidden in the house, though Mr Stedman believes he bought it on eBay for protection on a trip to Iraq, where he returned in 2010 to view the family’s estate.
Whatever the truth, I have uncovered new information that appears to highlight the deep enmity between the brothers.
It was to be found at the vast, multi-faith Brookwood Cemetery, near Woking, Surrey, where Mr al-Hilli’s parents are buried and the three murder victims will be laid to rest together any day now, in a plot already staked out beside his father.
When the mourners file into the jasmine-scented graveyard they may wonder why, while most of the other tombs are elaborate, those of wealthy Kadhim and his wife do not have even simple headstones.
Until a few days ago, when cemetery workers were told to scrawl their names on scraps of paper nailed to wooden stakes, their graves remained anonymous.
Why had they been treated with such indignity? Quite simply, I am told by a well-placed source, the brothers couldn’t agree on who should pay for the memorial stones, which can be bought for as little as £300.
I have repeatedly tried to contact Zaid for comment on all of these matters, but he has been unavailable.
Zaid, it must be said, is not regarded as a suspect by the police, and a friend of his father in Spain says he sounded genuinely ‘devastated and very distressed’ when he phoned to break the news, 24 hours after the murders.
Nor do Saad al-Hilli’s grieving in-laws appear to believe he was in any way involved — for last Sunday, Iqbal’s brother, Dr Ahmed Al-Saffar, accompanied Zaid on a visit to the Imam Khoei Islamic Centre in Queens Park, North-West London, to discuss the funeral prayer ceremony.
What, then, of the other two central police theories: that Mr al-Hilli might have been passing secret information gleaned from companies he worked for to some malign regime or terror group; or been embroiled in some nefarious business activity?
Merely examining his CV suggests they can’t be ruled out, for his engineering acumen — much of it self-taught — has taken him into sensitive establishments, including the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory nuclear research department in Oxfordshire, where he reportedly worked in the Eighties.
If we accept the wisdom of expert colleagues, however, he was a never more than a small cog in any wheel, and information to which he was privy could be found on the internet.
‘He worked on Airbus, radiation equipment to kill cancer, and lately on satellite systems; but as far as I know he never worked on any top-secret projects,’ says Gary Aked, who spent four years at the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston.
Several years ago, though, when visiting his friend for dinner, Mr Aked did see something that may prove to be of great significance.
Mr al-Hilli took him to the study, showed him a bank of four desk-top computers, plus a laptop, and told him how he used them to air his stridently anti-Israeli views in Arab chatrooms.
‘Saad was a very passionate guy and this was something that concerned him,’ he says. ‘He thought the Jews were taking over America and the world, and tried to get me interested in a book about the atrocities committed by the United States on Arabs.’
After 9/11, he recalls, his views became still more extreme. In one breath he would say it was ‘pay-back time’; in the next he would venture that Israel had blown up the Twin Towers to provoke the U.S. into waging war on the Arab world.
All of which brings us to the theory advanced by a respected Middle East security analyst, who declined to be named. He believes the al-Hillis and the French cyclist could have been conspirators in a plot to supply nuclear material to Iran — and been eliminated by state-sponsored Israeli assassins.
At first blush, this may sound the stuff of conspiracy theorists and spy thriller writers. But one commentator who thinks it is plausible is Roger Howard, author of several authoritative books on Middle Eastern affairs, the next of which will examine a chilling assassination programme carried out on European soil by the Israeli intelligence service, Mossad.
Though the French police have declared themselves open to the possibility that Sylvain Mollier, not Mr al-Hilli, was the intended victim, no one has openly suggested that they might have been associates, and therefore jointly targeted.
Mollier was not merely a keen mountain bike rider. He held a senior post with Cezus, a company based in the nearby small town of Ugine and owned by Areva, the giant multi-national that leads the way in the research and development of nuclear power.
A spokesman told us he had been employed for many years as a senior production manager specialising in nuclear fuel cladding made from zirconium — one of the metals Iran wishes to amass for its feared nuclear programme.
‘Iran is unable to produce certain key materials and metals that are critical to its nuclear and ballistic missiles programmes,’ says Mark Fitzpatrick, of the IISS defence think-tank.
‘Export controls and sanctions have made it difficult to procure them, but Iranian agents are trying to exploit black-market niches — and access to advanced research and development work on specialty metals will help advance Iranian [nuclear] capabilities.’
Sylvain Mollier undoubtedly enjoyed such access, and given his professional contacts, Mr al-Hilli would surely have known where to find him.
The Iraqi Shia Muslim would also have been aware of the Frenchman’s potential value to a cash-rich Middle Eastern power — though, as Roger Howard says, given the hatred he vented towards Israel in those chatrooms, money may not have been his motive.
Just supposing al-Hilli’s hastily-arranged family holiday was a cover for a meeting with Mollier, the reason why he had stashed up to £1 million in a secret bank account, 40 miles away in Geneva, would begin to make sense.
And such is the sophistication of Mossad’s intelligence, it is highly likely the tryst would have come to their attention of the agency, which has a track record for murdering perceived Israeli state enemies, among them Canadian scientist Gerald Bull, gunned down outside his Brussels flat in 1990 after developing the Supergun for Iraq.
Given that Mr al-Hilli’s elder daughter, Zainab, was pistol-whipped, shot in the shoulder, and left for dead (but is happily now recovering at a secret location), while her sister only survived by hiding beneath her dead mother’s skirt, there is one big flaw in this thesis.
Howard says targeting women and children has never been Mossad’s style, and it strains belief they would risk repercussions were they proved to have wiped out an entire family.
But he contends: ‘It is possible something went badly wrong, forcing them to make a snap decision between abandoning the operation and killing innocent bystanders.’
The author also asks an interesting question: is this suggestion any more far-fetched than the notion that the paths of two men, of similar professional backgrounds — one capable of supplying high-level nuclear secrets, the other sympathetic to a regime keen to acquire them — should cross by sheer chance, at the precise moment when the assassin struck?
Whether or not the truth behind this terrible mystery is stranger than fiction, the fear is that the French and English investigators will never unlock the answer.But the Annecy massacre cannot be left unsolved for ever — if only because two orphaned girls will need to know one day what really happened on that mountain road (Daily Mail, 2012).