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Month: August, 2012

Bob Carr’s secret meeting with Stratfor

Senator Bob Carr was confused and frustrated at being asked a question about a meeting with Stratfor CEO George Friedman during a Q&A session after he delivered a speech to Young Labor delegates and Sydney University students.

Obviously not ready to answer a question about a topic his advisor’s hadn’t prepared him with a brief on prior to speaking, he revealed his confusion as why it takes a citizen journalist to ask him the hard questions and the main stream media keep quiet on this topic.

WikiLeaks describes the Global Intelligence Files as follows;

On Monday February 27th, 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing The Global Intelligence Files, over five million e-mails from the Texas headquartered “global intelligence” company Stratfor. The e-mails date between July 2004 and late December 2011. They reveal the inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations, such as Bhopal’s Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defence Intelligence Agency. The emails show Stratfor’s web of informers, pay-off structure, payment laundering techniques and psychological methods.

The Wikileaks release of the Global Intelligence Files, reveals emails sent between Colin Chapman the NSW President of Australian Institute of International Affairs, and George and Meredith Friedman in April and May of 2009.

“Bob Carr is the former Premier of New South Wales, and is now a leading
adviser to Macquarie Bank on international issies. He travels a lot.
He wanted to come to the dinner, but himself is speaking at an event in
Canberra that night. I talked with him and he wanted to come but did not
think he could pull out of it and let them down.
He says he would really like to meet you. Is there any time in Sydney you
might have to do that. A breakfast on Monday perhaps? Or any other time?”

Meredith Friedman replied

“I’m sure we can arrange something while we’re in Sydney. Let me look at
our schedule and get back to you.”

Full email available on the WikiLeaks release page http://wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/284888_re-bob-carr-.html

Senator Carr denies meeting with George Friedman, saying “He kept the meeting a secret from me” and “wearing a disguise”

Although he also said he would have to check his diary, details of the WikiLeaks release will be supplied to his secratary as requested for further comment.

Whilst the exact day is not specified the timeline provided in the emails suggest the meeting would be organised on one of the following Monday mornings (04-May-2009, 11-May-2009, 18-May-2009, 25-May-2009, 01-Jun-2009, 08-Jun-2009).

Audio of the question put to Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Senator Bob Carr and his answer on the 31st of August 2012.
http://soundcloud.com/user364581776/karwalski-question-to-bob-carr

Full audio of his speech and all questions and answers (missing introduction and wrap up by unknown host)
http://soundcloud.com/user364581776/full-speech-and-q-a-bob-carr

A group of SAWC protesters stood with their backs turned to Senator Carr holding placards in support of Julian Assange. The remained standing for approx 1 hour as Senator Carr delivered his speech.

The question also refers to an email from George Friedman in which he calls all of Sydney University staff and students “dickheads” http://wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/1050427_re-assange-is-off-the-hook-.html

The SAWC (Support Assange and WikiLeaks Coalition) Sydney sent a request to meet with Senator Bob Carr on the 6th of June, after multiple phone calls his office replied with a rejection at 12.54pm on Thursday the 16th of August. I note the significance of the time and date as it was within 24 hours of the UK Government threatening to raid the Ecuadorian embassy, a couple of hours after Julia Gillard refused to answer questions on the topic, refering them to a statement coming soon from Senator Carr. Infact it was a couple of hours later (after they refused to meet SAWC) when Senator Carr read his pre-prepared statement in response to a question asked by WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.

The text of the response from Senator Carr’s office included

“Unfortunately, due to extensive overseas travel and parliamentary commitments, Senator Carr is unable to schedule a meeting.
Our office will advise you if these circumstances change.”

On Wednesday, 12th September 2012, 6 to 8 PM a public forum titled “Public Forum: Assange, WikiLeaks & the Law in a Post 9/11 World”
Venue: The Macquarie Room @ NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Speakers
DAN MORI, Lawyer (US Defence lawyer for David Hicks)
WENDY BACON, Journalist & professor
MC DAVID SHOEBRIDGE, NSW Greens MLC
More information: http://stopwarcoalition.org/events/public-forum-assange-wikileaks-the-law-in-a-post-911-world/

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UPDATE: 03/09/2012

Around 3pm on Monday September 3rd, I received a phone call from Daniel Sharp from Senator Bob Carr’s parliamentary office in Canberra. Below is some of the comments he made over the phone.

In regards to a meeting between Bob Carr and George Friedman of Stratfor.

“..we have checked the diaries.. there was no meetings between Bob Carr and George Friedman between April and June 2009..”

In regards to SAWC requesting to meet with a DFAT representative if Bob Carr is ‘busy’

“..nothing has changed in terms of my recent response..”

FOI Release: Department of Finance denies existence of WikiLeaks Banking Blockade docs

I submitted a Freedom of Information request to the Australian Department of Finance, as to information regarding the WikiLeaks Banking Blockade. The requested was refused by Jill Clark, Acting Director, Legal Service Branch, Department of Finance and Deregulation (Contact person is Laura Clark, Administrative Assistant, Paralegal, Freedom of Information, Corporate Services Division, Legal Services Branch, Cheif Operating Officer Group (COOG), Department of Finance and Deregulation)

I have decided to refuse access to the document you have requested, under paragraph 24A of the FOI Act, on the grounds that it does not exist.

I had requested the following.

..between the dates of November 1st 2010 to July 24th 2012 unless specified otherwise

Communications between the Department of finance and the former Attorney-General the Hon Robert McClelland or Attorney-General the Hon Nicola Roxon relating to the financial blockade of WikiLeaks

Communications between the Department of finance and the former Prime Minister the Hon Kevin Rudd or Prime Minister the Hon Julia Gillard relating to the financial blockade of WikiLeaks

Communications between the Department of finance and executives of MasterCard Australia relating to the financial blockade of WikiLeaks

Communications between the Department of finance and executives of Visa Australia relating to the financial blockade of WikiLeaks

Communications between the Department of finance and executives of PayPal Australia relating to the financial blockade of WikiLeaks

Communications between the Department of finance and executives of WesternUnion Australia relating to the financial blockade of WikiLeaks

Communications between the Department of finance and executives of Amazon Australia relating to the financial blockade of WikiLeaks

Communications between the Department of finance and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) relating to the financial blockade of WikiLeaks

Communications between the Department of finance and the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) relating to the financial blockade of WikiLeaks

Documents which the Department of Finance hold on record relating to the WikiLeaks organisation

Documents relating to research undertaken by any member of the Department of Finance in regards to WikiLeaks on July 23 2012

I submit a FOI Request to department of finance after spotting the Department of Finance’s IP visiting my blog

I submitted the FOI request at 12:45AM on the 24th of July 2012, the same IP address visited the domain of the email address I used to submit the FOI request the following day.

 

Interesting…