Thursday, July 2, 2020

Ghislaine Maxwell - Jeffrey Epstein's 'Madam' And Friend Of Prince Andrew Arrested On Child Sex Trafficking Charges

Daily Mail: Ghislaine Maxwell - Jeffrey Epstein's 'madam' and friend of Prince Andrew - is arrested on child sex trafficking charges at a luxury New Hampshire estate she'd 'slithered off' to for 'a life of privilege' - unaware the FBI was watching her

* Maxwell, 58, was arrested in Bradford, New Hampshire, on Thursday morning and is now in custody
* She has been charged with six counts including trafficking minors for sex and with perjury for later denying it
* The charges apply to incidents between 1994 and 1997and involve three victims, the youngest of which was 14 when Maxwell 'groomed' her
* The indictment claims she groomed the girls for sex with Epstein and with her in New York, Florida, London and New Mexico
* Maxwell has not been seen since last summer when Epstein killed himself in jail while awaiting trial
* FBI Special Agent William Sweeney said she'd 'slithered away to a gorgeous property' in Bradford, NH
* Maxwell is the British socialite daughter of the late, disgraced newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell
* Astonishingly well-connected, she is who introduced Epstein to Prince Andrew
* Andrew has been accused having sex with Virginia Giuffre Roberts in 2000 when Roberts was 17 after a night out in London that was put together by Maxwell

Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein and alleged madam who is accused of procuring young girls for him, was arrested on charges of sex trafficking and perjury this morning at a 'gorgeous' New Hampshire property where she'd 'slithered off to' to live in luxury, FBI agents said on Thursday.

Maxwell was taken into custody in Bradford, a small town in New Hampshire, on Thursday morning. Special Agent William Sweeney said at a press conference later that the FBI after 'discreetly keeping tabs' on her for some time and that she recently moved to the property.

Reuters reports that Maxwell bought the 156-acre property for all cash, using an LLC to hide her identity, in December. Agents 'moved in' this morning. No other circumstances surrounding her arrest are known. She is due to dial into a conference call court appearance later this afternoon. It is unclear where she is currently or where she'll go after the hearing.

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WNU Editor: I am willing to bet the prosecutors are going to give her a deal. Talk and you may get out of jail in a few years. Some big people are going t be named.

More News On Ghislaine Maxwell's Arrest

Epstein friend accused of recruiting girls for sex arrested -- AP
Jeffrey Epstein friend Ghislaine Maxwell charged with luring girls into sex abuse -- Reuters
Jeffrey Epstein ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell charged in US -- BBC
Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's longtime associate, has been charged with enticement of minors -- CNN
Jeffrey Epstein friend Ghislaine Maxwell arrested on child sex abuse conspiracy, perjury charges -- CNBC
U.S. prosecutor says Ghislaine Maxwell played 'critical role' in Jeffrey Epstein's abuse -- Reuters
Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested, May Be Sent To Same Jail Where Epstein 'Killed Himself' -- Zero Hedge
Ghislaine Maxwell arrest throws spotlight back on Prince Andrew -- The Guardian
Who is Ghislaine Maxwell, the Epstein confidant detained by the FBI? -- Reuters
'Breath of relief:' Jeffrey Epstein accusers welcome Ghislaine Maxwell's arrest -- Reuters

This Is What Pushback Looks Like

WNU Editor: Of course there are now calls to fire the police officer. As for the horse. Duh! You spook a horse, or any other animal, it is not going to like you one bit.

Top Democrat On The U.S. House Intelligence Committee Knew About 'Russian Bounty' Intel Months Ago, But Did Nothing

The Federalist: Schiff Learned Of Russian ‘Bounty’ Intelligence In February, Withheld Information From Congress, And Took No Action

Schiff demands the Trump administration brief all of Congress about the unverified allegations, yet he himself did not ask for a briefing following the February briefing of his own staff.

Top committee staff for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, were briefed in February on intelligence about Russia offering the Taliban bounties in Afghanistan, but he took no action in response to the briefing, multiple intelligence sources familiar with the briefing told The Federalist. The intelligence was briefed to Schiff’s staff during a congressional delegation, or CODEL, trip to Afghanistan in February.

Schiff, who has acknowledged President Donald Trump was never briefed on the so-called intelligence, has thus far refused to disclose that his staff was personally briefed. The revelation raises serious questions that Schiff is once again politicizing, and perhaps even deliberately misrepresenting, key data for partisan gain.

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Update: Adam Schiff Knew About 'Russian Bounty' Intel Months Ago, Did Nothing (Zero Hedge)

WNU Editor: I think the reason why the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) did not bother to pursue this further are the same reasons why President Trump was not briefed in the first place .... the evidence was not there. Now that the story is out there that he was informed a few months ago of a "possible" Russian bounty on US soldiers in Afghanistan, he has to respond if this is true or not. My gut tells me that this story true .... he or someone in his office was informed that some Afghan prisoners were talking about Russian bounties on US soldiers earlier this year. But considering his rhetoric of the past week where he has been condemning the President on this issue almost everyday (see above video), he cannot say now that he knew about this story a few months ago but did nothing. My prediction. Rep. Schiff is now going to go silent, the media are not going to press him on this story, and the story itself with all of its claims is going to disappear in the next few days.

Australia Plans A $190 Billion USD Defense Boost Over The Next Decade

Daily Mail: How Australia's $270B defence boost is designed to deter and respond to military threats - as fears grow of a war in Asia within 10 years and Scott Morrison warns of a 'dangerous and disorderly' post-pandemic world

* Australia is spending $270billion over a decade on boosting defence hardware
* Long-range missiles that can reach a distance of 370km are part of that program
* Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia faced greatest threat since 1940s
* National security risk at most heightened since Darwin bombed in World War II
* Australian Strategic Policy Institute fears Asian war will happen within ten years
* Defence expert Michael Shoebridge said China would be the likely aggressor

Australia is bracing for the possibility of war on home soil for the first time in almost 80 years as defence spending is supercharged.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced Australia will be acquiring long-range missiles that can hit a target 370km away, as part of a plan to spend $270billion on defence hardware during the coming decade.

A top military expert is warning a war in the Asia-Pacific was likely within the next ten years, as China became increasingly aggressive.

As recently as 2013, Australia's defence spending as a proportion of the economy was the lowest it had been since 1938 - before the onset of World War II.

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More News On Australia's Defense Budget

Australia plans $190 billion defense boost over decade -- AP
Australia announces $186 billion in defense spending amid rising tensions in the Indo-Pacific -- CNN
Australia’s Defense Spending to Surge Amid Contest in Indo-Pacific -- Bloomberg
Australia to boost defence spending by £151bn as PM warns of ‘more dangerous’ world after coronavirus pandemic -- The Independent
Australia seeks long-range missiles in Indo-Pacific defence shift -- BBC
Australia prepares massive defence boost in 'dangerous' world -- Al Jazeera
Australia cancels Darwin wharf and air-to-air refuellers under $270bn defence overhaul -- The Guardian
Australia Spending Nearly $1 Billion on Cyberdefense as China Tensions Rise -- New York Times

China Approves A COVID-19 Vaccine For Military Use

The Ad5-nCoV is one of China's eight vaccine candidates approved for human trials at home and abroad. (Stringer/Reuters)

CBC/Reuters: China approves COVID-19 vaccine for military use, skips final phase of testing

Ad5-nCoV vaccine has also been approved for human testing in Canada

China's military has received the green light to use a COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by its research unit and CanSino Biologics after clinical trials proved it was safe and showed some efficacy, the company said on Monday.

The Ad5-nCoV is one of China's eight vaccine candidates approved for human trials at home and abroad for the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus. The shot also won approval for human testing in Canada.

China's Central Military Commission approved the use of the vaccine by the military on June 25 for a period of one year, CanSino said in a filing. The vaccine candidate was developed jointly by CanSino and a research institute at the Academy of Military Science.

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WNU Editor: They are skipping phase III clinical trials for this vaccine. Everyone who knows how vaccines work are telling me that the Chinese soldiers who will be taking this vaccine are taking a huge risk.

More News On China Approving A COVID-19 Vaccine For Military Use

CanSino's recombinant COVID-19 vaccine approved as special military drug -- Global Times
China moves forward with COVID-19 vaccine, approving it for use in military -- Ars Technica
Beijing approves experimental Covid-19 vaccine for use in Chinese military -- CNN
China’s military approves coronavirus vaccine for use on soldiers -- NYPost
Chinese COVID-19 Vaccine Receives Approval for Military Use -- Sputnik

Vietnam Protests Chinese Military Drills In The South China Sea

A crewman from the Vietnamese coastguard ship 8003 looks out at sea as Chinese coastguard vessels give chase to Vietnamese ships that came close to the Haiyang Shiyou 981, known in Vietnam as HD-981, oil rig in the South China Sea, July 15, 2014. REUTERS/Martin Petty

Reuters: Vietnam protests Chinese military drills in South China Sea

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam’s foreign ministry has lodged a complaint with China over military drills in the South China Sea that it said were “detrimental” to Beijing’s relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Vietnam and the Philippines warned of growing insecurity in Southeast Asia at a regional summit last Friday, amid concerns that China was using the cover of the coronavirus pandemic as a means to step up its activity in the disputed waterway.

On Wednesday, China began five days of drills in waters near the Paracel Islands, where Vietnam has competing claims, according to a June 27 announcement by the Maritime Safety Administration of Hainan, a large provincial island off China’s southern coast.

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Update #1: Vietnam protests Chinese military exercises in East Sea -- VN Express
Update #2: China Conducts Naval Drills in South China Sea -- The Diplomat

WNU Editor: The Philippines are also protesting .... Lorenzana: Chinese military drills in South China Sea 'highly-provocative' (ABS-CBN).

China's Missing Aircraft Carrier Has Been Found

Forbes: Chinese Navy’s Missing Aircraft Carrier Found In Shanghai

On June 15, I reported that the Chinese Navy’s new aircraft carrier, the Type-003, had disappeared from its purpose-built construction site in a Shanghai shipyard. So analysts had been watching the site closely. Finally its whereabouts appear to be confirmed, in a dry dock not far from the initial construction site. The carrier will now quickly take shape. Along with a host of open-source intelligence defense analysts, I will be watching.

A photograph shared on Chinese social media shows the silhouette of one of the carrier's pre-built 'mega-modules' lined up in the open dry dock. It appears to have been taken from a passing boat. Photographs like this often provide valuable intelligence about Chinese naval projects.

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WNU Editor: It is at another open dry dock for more work.

Is the Chinese Military Provoking Its Neighbours To Send A Message to The U.S.?

A photo provided by Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense shows a Chinese H-6 bomber flying near a Taiwanese F-16 in February.Credit...Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense, via Reuters

Steven Lee Myers, New York Times: China’s Military Provokes Its Neighbors, but the Message Is for the United States

From the Himalayas to the South China Sea, China is pressing its territorial claims aggressively, raising the possibility of additional deadly clashes.

In the same week that Chinese and Indian soldiers engaged in a deadly brawl, one of China’s submarines cruised through the waters near Japan, prompting a scramble of aircraft and ships to track its furtive movements. Chinese fighter jets and at least one bomber buzzed Taiwan’s territorial airspace almost daily.

With the world distracted by the coronavirus pandemic, China’s military has encroached upon its neighbors’ territories on several fronts throughout the spring and now into summer, flexing its military might in ways that have raised alarms across Asia and in Washington.

China’s military assertiveness reflects a growing sense of confidence and capability, but also one of confrontation, particularly with the United States over the pandemic, the fate of Hong Kong and other issues that China considers central to its sovereignty and national pride.

China claims all of its recent operations are defensive, but each increases the risk of a military clash, whether intended or not. That appears to be what happened on the night of June 15, when Chinese and Indian soldiers fought along their disputed border in the Himalayas.

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WNU Editor: I have been dealing with the Chinese for about 35 years, and when it comes to territorial disputes and military issues, I have always found them more focused on what their neighbours are doing than what the U.S. is doing.. Don't get me wrong. They know the U.S. military is there. But it is not at the priority that most Americans, including the above New York Times commentator, like to believe it is.

After A Century Finland's Air Force Gets Rid Of Its Swastika Logo

The old emblem for the Finnish Air Force Command (left) featured a swastika, but the current emblem of the force does not. Finnish Ministry of Defense

BBC: Finland's air force quietly drops swastika symbol

It was long a rather surprising choice of imagery for Finland's Air Force Command - a swastika and pair of wings.

The symbol will always be intrinsically linked with Nazi Germany and its crimes, even though its roots go back many thousands of years.

But now it has been confirmed the Air Force Command has quietly stopped using this unit emblem.

The change was first observed by University of Helsinki academic Teivo Teivainen.

He had previously questioned whether the continued use of the symbol was helpful for the Finnish armed forces.

Finland's air force has been using a swastika ever since it was founded in 1918, shortly after the country became an independent nation and long before Nazism devastated Europe.

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More News On Finland's Air Force Getting Rid Of Its Swastika Logo

Finland's air force quietly ditches infamous SWASTIKA symbol from its command insignia -- Daily Mail
Finland's air force removes the swastika from logo after almost a century -- DW
Finland quietly removes swastika logo from its Air Force -- FOX News
Finland scraps pre-Nazi swastika logo from Air Force -- NYPost
Quiet Retirement: Finnish Air Force Reportedly Ditches Swastika Logo -- Sputnik

Tweets For Today

Picture Of The Day

Students take a university entrance exam in a hall of the Belgrade Fair in Belgrade, Serbia. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

WNU Editor: The above picture came from this photo-gallery .... Top Photos Of The Day (Reuters).

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Russia Begins Trials Of Its Newest Generation Of Unmanned Ground Vehicle

Photo by the Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects

Defence-Blog: Russia begins trials of new generation unmanned ground vehicle

Russia has begun trials of the new Marker unmanned ground system, the Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects announced on 29 June.

The Marker unmanned ground system is the joint project of the Center and the Android Technics Scientific Production Association. The modular platform is supposed to become the key element for practice of joint operation of ground robots, unmanned aviation and Special Operations forces. The Marker is positioned as a construction set for development of combat models in the future.

The final testing stage of the Marker robot will take place in 2021, then the robot will be handed over to the Russian Ministry of Defense, says Oleg Martyanov, who heads the Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects’ National Center for the Development of Technologies and Basic Elements of Robotics.

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Update: Don’t Panic, But Russia Is Training Its Robot Tanks To Understand Human Speech (Forbes)

WNU Editor: From what I know. The Russian military still has a long time to go when it comes to unmanned vehicles.

Is The Radiation Leak In North-Eastern Europe A Result Of Russia’s New Super Weapons?

The Poseidon test submarine Sarov and special support ship Akademik Aleksandrov seen in Severodvinsk on June 11 H I Sutton. Includes material © CNES 2020, Distribution Airbus DS all rights reserved / PLEIADES satellite imagery | Acquired through ShadowBreak Intl

Forbes: Russia’s New Super Weapons May Be Cause Of Radiation Leak

A recent nuclear leak may be related to new nuclear-powered strategic weapons Russia is developing. These are part of a range of new ‘super weapons’ unveiled by President Putin on March 1, 2018. Russia is testing a nuclear-powered mega-torpedo called Poseidon and a nuclear-powered cruise missile called Burevestnik. If either are to blame, then it would not be the first radiation spike caused by testing one of these weapons.

On June 23, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) revealed that scientists in Sweden had detected higher than usual levels of radiation. Based on analysis of the weather, the origin was projected to be in Northern Russia. Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo tweeted that they had detected “3 isotopes; Cs-134, Cs-137 & Ru-103 associated w/Nuclear fission.” He went on to say that “These isotopes are most likely from a civil source.” and that it is “outside the CTBTO’s mandate to identify the exact origin.”

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WNU Editor: Everyone is speculating now.

Saudi-Led Coalition Has Started Military Operations Against Yemen’s Houthis

Smoke and dust rise from the site of an airstrike on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen, July 1, 2020.

Reuters: Saudi-led coalition starts military operation against Yemen's Houthis

DUBAI (Reuters) - A Saudi-led coalition has started a military operation against Yemen’s Houthi movement after it stepped up cross-border missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia, Saudi state television reported on Wednesday.

In Yemen, Houthi-run Al Masirah TV reported air strikes on the capital Sanaa, Marib, al-Jouf, al-Bayda, Hajjah and Saada provinces throughout the day and into the night.

Residents in Sanaa described the air raids as violent. Al Masirah said late on Wednesday a number of people had been injured there.

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Update #1: Arab coalition starts military operation against Houthi targets in Yemen (Arab News)
Update #2: Arab Coalition announces new offensive against Yemen’s Houthis (The National)

WNU Editor: This is one of those never-ending wars.

Gang Of Eight To Be Briefed By Top Intelligence Officials On Thursday

FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Director Gen. Robert Ashley, National Security Agency (NSA) Director Gen. Paul Nakasone and Robert Cardillo, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, testify to the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about "worldwide threats" on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 29, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

The Hill: Top intelligence officials to brief Gang of Eight on Thursday

CIA Director Gina Haspel and National Security Agency Director Paul Nakasone will brief congressional leaders known as the Gang of Eight on intelligence related to suspected Russian bounties on U.S. forces on Thursday.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany confirmed at a press briefing that the classified briefing would take place on Thursday. The Gang of Eight includes the top Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate as well as the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Intelligence committees.

McEnany told reporters she was unsure whether anyone other than Haspel and Nakasone would participate in Thursday’s briefing.

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WNU Editor: The person who should show up at this meeting is this CIA officer .... O'Brien says top CIA official decided against briefing Trump on Russia bounty intel (CBS).

U.S. Has Bought Up Virtually All Stocks Of The Drug Remdesivir That Has Been Shown To Work Against Covid-19

BBC: Coronavirus: US buys nearly all of Gilead's Covid-19 drug remdesivir

The US is buying nearly all the next three months' projected production of Covid-19 treatment remdesivir from US manufacturer Gilead.

The US health department announced on Tuesday it had agreed to buy 500,000 doses for use in American hospitals.

Tests suggest remdesivir cuts recovery times, though it is not yet clear if it improves survival rates.

Gilead did sign a licensing deal in May for production outside the US but it is still in its early stages.

"President Trump has struck an amazing deal to ensure Americans have access to the first authorised therapeutic for Covid-19," Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement.

A course of treatment in the US will cost $2,340 (£1,900).

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WNU Editor: The world is shocked that the U.S. has bought the world's supply of Remdesivir. LOL. I am not.

More News On The U.S. Buying Up The World's Supply Of The Drug Remdesivir

Covid-19: US buys up virtually all stocks of anti-viral drug remdesivir -- PA Media
US gets almost all of the world's supply of key Covid-19 drug -- CNN
World takes stock of COVID-19 drug remdesivir after U.S. snaps up supplies -- Reuters
US buys nearly all global stock of coronavirus drug remdesivir -- NYPost
Remdesivir: EU negotiating with manufacturer of COVID-19 drug after US buys up world stock -- Euronews

WHO Says Some Countries Will Need To Reinstate Lockdowns As Coronavirus Pandemic Accelerates

CNBC: WHO warns some countries may have to reinstate lockdowns as coronavirus pandemic accelerates

* Some countries might have to reimplement severe restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus such as “lockdowns,” a top World Health Organization official said Wednesday.
* The outbreak in some countries might seem “overwhelming,” Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove said, urging national leaders to “break down” the problem.
* Some countries may have not fully committed to their initial coronavirus response, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

Some countries with rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreaks might have to reinstate lockdowns and other restrictions to curb the spread of the virus, a top World Health Organization official said Wednesday.

Countries like Spain and Italy successfully drove back severe outbreaks with a comprehensive public health strategy that mobilized the public, said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. However, some countries have struggled to contain the virus and many still don’t have the best systems in place to prevent another outbreak, said Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of the WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit.

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WNU Editor: This is a sobering read .... 2 charts that show how bad coronavirus pandemic is right now (Yahoo News).

More News On WHO Saying Some Countries Will Need To Reinstate Lockdowns

‘Long, hard road ahead’ for countries taking piecemeal approach to COVID -- UN News
WHO warns some nations still face 'long, hard' battle with COVID-19 -- Reuters
World Health Organization warns 'the worst is yet to come' in the Covid-19 pandemic because the global crisis is 'speeding up' -- Daily Mail
60% of all COVID-19 cases reported in last month: WHO -- ABC News
Latin America COVID-19 Deaths Could Ri UN News Centrese to 438000 by October, Says WHO Director -- L.A. Times

Germany Disbands Its Elite Army Unit Over Far-Right Extremism

DW: Germany to overhaul elite army force tied to right-wing extremism

Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer will disband part of the KSK special forces, a unit linked to far-right extremism. The German military has been grappling with a rise in far-right links among soldiers.

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer plans on restructuring the country's Bundeswehr's Special Forces Command (KSK) in the wake of numerous allegations of far-right extremism among its ranks, German media reported on Tuesday.

According to newspaper Die Welt, Kramp-Karrenbauer will announce structural reforms of the KSK unit, which will include the dissolution of one of its four combat companies.

Some 70 soldiers would be affected by the changes, Die Welt reported.

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More News On Germany Disbanding Its Elite Army Unit Over Far-Right Extremism

Germany's elite KSK commando unit is 'partially dissolved' due to far-right extremism among its ranks -- Daily Mail
Germany disbands elite army unit over extremism concerns -- AP
German Special Forces unit to be dissolved, source says, after reported far-right links -- CNN
Germany disbands elite special forces unit over right-wing extremist concerns -- FOX News
Germany to disband special forces unit over ‘toxic’ far-right members -- The National
German military to dissolve top Special Operations unit -- SOFREP