RELEASE: WikiLeaks Returns To Hillary Clinton With Total 50,000 Leaks – ‘The Podesta Emails’

WikiLeaks series on deals involving Hillary Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta. Mr Podesta is a long-term associate of the Clintons and was President Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff from 1998 until 2001. Mr Podesta also owns the Podesta Group with his brother Tony, a major lobbying firm and is the Chair of the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Washington DC-based think tank.

By Nerti U. Qatja | @nertiqatja | @VOP_Today


WikiLeaks – Julian Assange:

Today WikiLeaks begins its series on deals involving Hillary Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta. Mr Podesta is a long-term associate of the Clintons and was President Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff from 1998 until 2001. Mr Podesta also controls the Podesta Group, a major lobbying firm and is the Chair of the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Washington DC-based think tank. Part 1 of the Podesta Emails comprises 2,060 emails and 170 attachments and focuses on Mr Podesta’s communications relating to nuclear energy, and media handling over donations to the Clinton Foundation from mining and nuclear interests; 1,244 of the emails reference nuclear energy. The full collection includes emails to and from Hillary Clinton.

In April 2015 the New York Times published a story about a company called “Uranium One” which was sold to Russian government-controlled interests, giving Russia effective control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States. Since uranium is considered a strategic asset, with implications for the production of nuclear weapons, the deal had to be approved by a committee composed of representatives from a number of US government agencies. Among the agencies that eventually signed off the deal was the State Department, then headed by Secretary Clinton. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) comprises, among others, the secretaries of the Treasury, Defense, Homeland Security, Commerce and Energy.

As Russian interests gradually took control of Uranium One millions of dollars were donated to the Clinton Foundation between 2009 and 2013 from individuals directly connected to the deal including the Chairman of Uranium One, Ian Telfer. Although Mrs Clinton had an agreement with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors to the Clinton Foundation, the contributions from the Chairman of Uranium One were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons.

When the New York Times article was published the Clinton campaign spokesman, Brian Fallon, strongly rejected the possibility that then-Secretary Clinton exerted any influence in the US goverment’s review of the sale of Uranium One, describing this possibility as “baseless”.

Mr Fallon promptly sent a memo to the New York Times with a rebuttal of the story (Podesta Email ID 1489).

In this memo, Mr Fallon argued: “Apart from the fact that the State Department was one of just nine agencies involved in CFIUS, it is also true that within the State Department, the CFIUS approval process historically does not trigger the personal involvement of the Secretary of State. The State Department’s principal representative to CFIUS was the Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs. During the time period in question, that position was held by Jose Fernandez. As you are aware, Mr Fernandez has personally attested that “Secretary Clinton never intervened with me on any CFIUS matter.”

What the Clinton campaign spokesman failed to disclose, however, was the fact that a few days before sending his rebuttal to the New York Times, Jose Fernandez wrote on the evening of the 17 April 2015 to John Podesta following a phone call from Mr Podesta (Email ID2053): “John, It was good to talk to you this afternoon, and I appreciate your taking the time to call. As I mentioned, I would like to do all I can to support Secretary Clinton, and would welcome your advice and help in steering me to the right persons in the campaign”.

Five days after this email (22 April 2015), Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon wrote a memo to the New York Times, declaring that “Jose Fernandez has personally attested that ‘Secretary Clinton never intervened with me on any CFIUS matter’,” but Fallon failed to mention that Fernandez was hardly a neutral witness in this case, considering that he had agreed with John Podesta to play a role in the Clinton campaign.

The emails show that the contacts between John Podesta and Jose Fernandez go back to the time of internal Clinton campaign concern about the then-forthcoming book and movie “Clinton Cash” by Peter Schweizer on the financial dealings of the Clinton Foundation.

In an email dated 29 March 2015 (Email ID 2059), Jose Fernandez writes to Podesta: “Hi John, I trust you are getting a brief rest after a job well done. Thanks no doubt to your recommendation I have joined the CAP [Center for American Progress] board of trustees, which I’m finding extremely rewarding.”

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Why Obama Should Pardon NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden

Some people might not like his tactics, but Edward Snowden has done great things for privacy rights, says Freedom of the Press Foundation’s Trevor Timm. That’s why it’s time for him to come home.

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By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today


In an article published on October 06  writes for Ideas TedSome of the biggest human rights organizations in the world — the ACLU, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and others — recently launched a campaigncalling on President Obama to pardon NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

I’m lucky enough to work with Snowden regularly. In 2014, he joined the board of directors at Freedom of the Press Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on protecting the rights of journalists and whistleblowers around the world, where I serve as executive director. Late last year, we named him our board president. He is currently working on several technology projects that aim to protect journalists in dangerous places around the world, such as war zones or authoritarian regimes. He already released a research project that aims to make a safer and more secure cell phone earlier this summer, and we plan on making some more announcements soon.

So with the campaign to pardon him picking up steam, I thought it might be a good time to look back on all of the good Snowden has done for our privacy rights.

One of Snowden’s first public appearances after he came forward as the whistleblower who revealed the US government’s vast and secret surveillance network was at TED in Vancouver, in 2014. TED curator Chris Anderson held an illuminating half-hour conversation with Snowden, in which he articulated why he decided to come forward and reveal to the public what our government was secretly doing under our name.

“The public has gotten to know him for the person that he is: thoughtful, articulate, empathetic, passionate, and someone who cares deeply about the rights of every citizen.”

Since then, a lot has happened as a direct result of the disclosures he made to the Guardian and the Washington Post — both of which would go on to win Pulitzer Prizes for Public Service. A federal appeals court ruled the NSA’s mass phone surveillance — the once-secret program that tracked every single phone call made in the US — was illegal. In June 2015, Congress, despite its inability to agree on virtually any issue facing our country, passed the first reform of the United States’ intelligence agencies since the 1970s. And his revelations shepherded in a sea change in public opinion about online privacy.

But his impact has probably most been felt in the technology sector: tech giants such as Apple and Facebook have started encrypting billions of people’s communications by default, providing a key protection that not only protects citizens against mass surveillance by governments around the world, but also acts as a bulwark against the sort of cybersecurity risks that seem to make headlines daily.

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Snowden has also become an accomplished public speaker, keynoting conferences around the world. In the process, the public has gotten to know him for the person he is: thoughtful, articulate, empathetic, passionate and someone who cares deeply about the rights of every citizen.

Naturally, a lot of people — even those who are sympathetic to Snowden — have suggested that if he truly is a whistleblower he should come back to the United States and make his case to a jury. Unfortunately, because of the draconian and unjust law he is charged under, the Espionage Act, this is impossible. Because of the way the law is written — it was meant for World War I spies, not journalists’ sources — a public interest defense is not allowed. He would be barred by the judge from telling the jury his motives for informing the American public. Neither would he be able to tell them how much the American public has benefitted from his leaks, nor that there was no evidence of harm to national security due to his actions.

Right now, his best hope lies in a pardon from President Obama in his final months in office. While we know the chances of a pardon are low, we also know that President Obama is looking towards his legacy. By considering a pardon for Snowden, he could start to reverse one of the most disappointing aspects of his presidency: the record number of prosecutions his Justice Department has conducted of whistleblowers.

10 Yrs In Prison for Danish Couple Who Sell Marijuana to Help People With Cancer

A Danish couple is facing up to 10 years in prison for providing marijuana to people with cancer and other medical ailments. Although the husband has admitted his guilt, his wife denies any wrongdoing.

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today


In an article today 06.10.2016 RT writtes: Claus ‘Moffe’ Nielsen, who was arrested with his wife on Tuesday, told Danish tabloid BT that he wanted to supply ill Danes with cannabis to provide them with relief from their ailments.

Nielsen said he realized the medical benefits of cannabis when he began taking edible marijuana products for his osteoarthritis. He said he was always aware his dealings were illegal, and that he might be arrested one day.

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“It should be laboratory technicians, chemists and doctors who [sell cannabis products] under controlled conditions. I’m no trained expert, but I have some principles and I stand by them,” he said.

Nielsen’s attorney, Erbil Kaya, said his client “hasn’t hidden the fact that what he does, and he knew it was illegal. That’s why he has admitted his guilt. But he hasn’t done it to make money and be a criminal mastermind. He has done it in broad daylight and been open and honest about it.”

Nielsen’s wife, however, has denied any involvement in the dealing drugs.

Both are being charged under Denmark’s narcotics laws and, if found guilty, they could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

The couple’s initial court appearance was held behind closed doors, despite the defendants’ desire to have the case shared with the public.

“The public is aware of this case so there is nothing secret about it and he has spoken out about his business. There is also a documentary being made about him, so there is nothing to hide as far as he is concerned,” Kaya said.

The attorney went on to state that Nielsen sells cannabis to help sick people, as well as to put pressure on the government to change its outlook on medical cannabis. His clients include those with cancer, sclerosis, and fibromyalgia.

Legalization of cannabis for medical and recreational purposes has been widely debated in Denmark in recent months. In August, the Region of Southern Denmark agreed to move forward on a plan that would see it become the first in the country to prescribe marijuana for medicinal use. Information Newspaper also reported over the summer that Health Minister Sophie Løhde is considering a four-year countrywide trial program.

Eighty-eight percent of Danes support the legalization of cannabis for medicinal use, according to a June Gallup poll. Other surveys have shown a narrow majority in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

In 2014, several Danish parties signed an agreement to earmark funding for “research projects on pain relief, including the use of medicinal cannabis.” Although several political parties support the legalization of cannabis, the country’s three largest parties remain opposed.

BREAKING: Hurricane Matthew Is On Course To Batter Florida, Georgia And South Carolina

A strengthening Hurricane Matthew is on course to batter the Florida, Georgia and South Carolina coasts, where it could cause $15 billion in U.S. losses. Florida and South Carolina have ordered evacuations of coastal regions.

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By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today


Bloomberg reports: Matthew’s top winds grew to 120 miles (193 kilometers) per hour, according to an 11 a.m. National Hurricane Center advisory. The Category 3 storm, on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, forced the closure of the Buckeye oil terminal in Freeport, Bahamas, and could disrupt oil shipments throughout the U.S. East Coast as other ports close.

The National Weather Service warned high winds, heavy rain and storm surge could kill people who haven’t sought shelter, wash out roads, cut communications links and touch off widespread power outages that could last weeks. The chances of Matthew reaching the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast fell overnight.

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“The big thing is that the Northeast gets spared, which is good and bad because they actually needed the rain, and the Outer Banks too,” said Evan Duffey, a meteorologist at AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania. “Regardless, the Bahamas and Florida are going to see a deteriorating situation throughout the day. Landfall is still possible in Florida.”

Evacuation Orders

Evacuations could result in $10 billion to $15 billion in losses due to economic disruption, said Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler with Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia. The storm could also cause coastal erosion and wind damage, he said.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley ordered the evacuation of Charleston and Beaufort counties, including their namesake cities. The counties have a combined population of about 568,851 according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Florida has ordered people to leave barrier islands in Brevard County, and voluntary evacuations have begun in St. Lucie, Flagler and Duval counties, according to a statement
from Governor Rick Scott.

Utilities across the region have repair crews standing by to respond to power outages. Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy Inc. said Tuesday it was mobilizing a 6,300-member repair force and pre-positioning equipment ahead of the storm. Customers were urged to prepare for repeated blackouts from trees falling on power lines.

Florida Warnings

In Florida, a hurricane warning covers Lake Okeechobee and the coast from the Flagler/Volusia county line to Sebastian Inlet north of Point St. Lucie. Warnings have also been issued throughout the Caribbean and the Bahamas, where the storm is still battering Haiti and eastern Cuba and is nearing Long Island, Bahamas.

About 55,000 people who lost their homes in a 2010 earthquake are still living in shelters across Haiti, the United Nations said in a statement. Haiti will be vulnerable to landslides for days to come, Duffey said.

Matthew was 55 miles north-northeast of Cabo Lucrecia, Cuba, according to the National Hurricane Center advisory. It is forecast to strengthen back to a Category 4 system as it nears Florida early Friday.

“The environment between the Bahamas and Florida is favorable for Matthew to restrengthen some during the next couple of days,” Lixion Avila, a senior hurricane specialist at the center, wrote in an analysis.

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On its current forecast track, Matthew should move up Florida’s east coast just off shore. Any deviation could mean the difference between massive devastation and essentially missing the state.

Storm Preparations

“It will likely take another day or so for the potential impacts of Matthew in the United States to fully clarify,” Daniel Brown, the Miami center’s warning-coordination meteorologist, wrote in an analysis Wednesday.

The storm has a high chance of killing people caught in the open, tearing the roofs off homes and buildings, washing out roads and bridges and causing wide-spread power outages that could last weeks, according to the National Weather Service.

As much as 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain could fall in parts of Florida, the hurricane center said.

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Earlier forecasts called for an upper-level weather pattern to grab Matthew and drag it north up the U.S. East Coast, Duffey said. It looks now that the storm will drift away from the U.S. and back out to sea through the weekend, though some models have it looping back around to take another pass through the Bahamas.

1 Minute Video PROVES Hillary Rigged 1rst Debate

This 1 Minute Video PROVES Hillary Rigged 1rst Debate! The Proof Is In This Man’s Hands…

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today


Paris Swade for Liberty Writers News writes: The other night at the end of the Presidential debate, a mysterious man was seen shuffling Hillary’s notes around and then nervously speaking with Lester Holt.

This man was Hillary’s ‘cleaner’ and he was caught red handed doing something with Lester Holt while the camera’s were still running. You can see her ‘cleaner’ swoop in and pick up Hillary’s papers and tuck them into a folder while silently communicating with Lester Holt.

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The Cleaner swoops in to grab Hillary’s notes (left), The Cleaner waits with notes (right)

You cannot see Holt’s face in the video you are about to watch, but you can see him give the man a brief nod. Many people believe that the notes that this man was sent to retrieve were ‘notes’ provided by NBC.

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The Cleaner waits, focused on Holt (left), The Cleaner sees Holt get up and walks across stage to meet him (right)

These notes most likely contain the debate questions. That’s why this man is shuffling nervously around the stage.

The Cleaner gives a “head nod” to Lester Holt

The Cleaner gives signal to Lester Holt and Holt waves him away.

This would make sense. Hillary kept looking at her notes all night. She knew exactly what Lester Holt was going to ask them. She had the answers written on a piece of paper!

We need to share this video 1 million times, patriots! Hillary is going to try and keep this deleted.

Let’s get the truth out before it no one sees it!

Look how much Lester Holt worked with Hillary that night. He interrupted Trump 41 times.

The next debate should not have a moderator. It needs to be Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump gloves off.


Record: The World Is $152 TRILLION in Debt – IMF

Calculation of burden highlights challenge of boosting growth.

The world is $152tn in the red — a record-breaking level of debt, according to the International Monetary Fund.

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By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today


Today FT reports: The figure, more than two times the size of the global economy, comes from the fund’s latest Fiscal Monitor and is, officials claim, the most accurate measure of the world’s debt burden ever calculated.

“Global debt is at record highs and rising,” said Vitor Gaspar, director of fiscal affairs at the fund.

The figures highlight the apparent paradox between ultra-low interest rates imposed by many central banks in an attempt to encourage borrowing and boost sluggish economies, and the dangers that arise from excessive debt levels.

While the IMF did not call for rapid prepayment of debt, it warned that in some countries the unprecedented level of borrowing by companies was too high.

“Excessive private debt is a major headwind against the global recovery and a risk to financial stability,” said Mr Gaspar. “The Fiscal Monitor shows that rapid increases in private debt often end up in financial crises. Financial recessions are longer and deeper than normal recessions.”

Levels of borrowing have substantially outpaced global growth in recent years, rising from 200 per cent of gross domestic product in 2002 to 225 per cent last year.

While two-thirds of the debt is held by the private sector, governments’ borrowing requirements have also ballooned since the global financial crisis.

Nevertheless, officials at the fund — which is holding its annual meetings with the World Bank in Washington this week — want governments to act to boost growth.

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Calls for what are often dubbed “growth-friendly fiscal policies” have grown from the IMF and other multilateral institutions as concern has mounted that the world’s central banks have been left with too much of the burden to lift the global economy.

Mr Gaspar emphasised that debt levels were not high everywhere. “The sharp diversity across countries is a reminder of the need to tailor policy diagnosis and prescription to the specific conditions prevailing in each country,” he said.

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Most of the debt is concentrated in the world’s richest economies, although China has markedly increased borrowing in recent years. While low income countries have relatively low levels of debt, many have sharply increased borrowing in recent years.

The fund also said that companies would help raise growth if they shrank their balance sheets by reducing their size, although it acknowledged the process would take time.

He added that countries entering a financial recession with a weak fiscal position were likely to lose more growth than countries that manage to counter shocks by spending more.

Central banks have cut interest rates to all-time lows and engaged in mass bond buying in response to the global financial crisis. Although most economists think their actions have helped, there is also a broad consensus that the economy will remain below par unless governments do more.

The debt burden figure is based on data collected by the IMF and the Bank for International Settlements from 113 countries, which together make up more than 94 per cent of global GDP. Fund officials have worked on the project over the past year.