The Ally

Posted by John Rosenthal

The following from last Thursday’s (26 January) edition of Le Figaro under the headline “Paris Blocks an Anti-Terrorism Meeting between NATO and the EU”. France opposed a discussion on terrorism between the EU and NATO that was scheduled for last Monday at the headquarters of the Alliance in Brussels. The Secretary General of NATO, Jaap [...]

Osthoff Affair: All BND?

Posted by John Rosenthal

The following from a report by the German television magazine Report München [Munich Report]. According to investigations by the ARD television magazine “Munich Report”, the first negotiations with the kidnappers of Susanne Osthoff were conducted by two agents of the [German intelligence service] BND in Baghdad. Susanne Osthoff was friendly with the two BND agents [...]

Susanne d’Arc

Posted by John Rosenthal

The troubling indications, as discussed in my “Susanne and the Baathists”, that Susanne Osthoff may have participated in her own kidnapping in order to aid the Baathist “resistance” in Iraq are apparently not so troubling for everyone in Germany. Consider the following photo-montage from the weekend edition of the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.   Susanne Osthoff as Jeanne [...]

Susanne and the Baathists

Posted by John Rosenthal

Given her penchant for wearing burqas, her self-professed conversion to Islam, and her uncorroborated identification of her kidnappers as members of the al-Zarqawi group, many skeptical observers have been led to conclude that Susanne Osthoff is herself an Islamist militant and that she cooperated with the Jihadists who are presumed to have taken her hostage. [...]

Chirac Threatened Whom?

Posted by John Rosenthal

Some months ago, when Julien Dray, spokesperson for the French Socialist Party, was asked what he thought of a certain speech by Jacques Chirac, he responded: “frankly, I don’t even listen any more”. In France, Julien Dray is hardly alone. Nonetheless, when last week – in, as French journalist Luc Rosenzweig put it [link in French], [...]

The “BND Affair”: “Revelations” Unrevealed 2

Posted by John Rosenthal

[For background, see “The BND Affair”: “Revelations” Unrevealed] The so-called “BND Affair” – that is, the apparently “scandalous” possibility that two German intelligence agents present in Iraq during the Iraq War may have shared actionable intelligence with their American colleagues – is quickly becoming a non-affair in Germany. According to a statement by committee chair Norbert Röttgen [...]

Report: Osthoff Kept Part of Ransom Payment Herself

Posted by John Rosenthal

The following translated from a report published today by the German news magazine Focus [link in German]: At the time of her liberation, Susanne Osthoff had a part of the ransom [paid for her release] on her person. Focus has learned that employees of the Germany Embassy in Baghdad discovered several thousand dollars. They found [...]

The “BND Affair”: “Revelations” Unrevealed

Posted by John Rosenthal

Supposed “revelations” according to which exactly two officers of the German intelligence service, the BND, stationed in Iraq during the Iraq War provided their American colleagues with intelligence have provoked some “gotcha” type reactions in the blogosphere and charges of hypocrisy against former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, hitherto known to his partisans as “Peace Chancellor”. Note [...]

More “More Euros for Terror”

Posted by John Rosenthal

For more on the Susanne Osthoff case - drawing on some materials I’ve previously covered on Trans-Int, but including also new materials – see my new article on TechCentralStation "More Euros for Terror".  Forthcoming later today on Trans-Int: an update on the supposed "revelations" concerning German intelligence assistance to the US during the Iraq War.

Ipsos Watch 2

Posted by John Rosenthal

Having observed last month that the AP’s French polling company, Ipsos, seemed perhaps to be changing its highly dubious sampling practices in the face of bad publicity, I would be seriously remiss not to note that in the meanwhile Ipsos is back to its old tricks.