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Al-Jazeera Leaks 'Spy Cables' on Iran, Mossad, Hamas
Al Jazeera began publishing Monday night several documents allegedly leaked from the
Israeli Mossad - via the Spy Cables database shared with the British Guardian.
One of the documents alleged that, just a few weeks after the famous speech Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave in 2012 assessing Iran as being about one year away from
building a nuclear weapon, the Mossad sent a confidential report to South Africa's State
Security Agency (SSA) stating that, in their estimation, "Iran does not engage in the
necessary activities required for the production of weapons of mass destruction."
According to a secret report sent by the institution, "Iran is trying to narrow the
gaps in areas that look legitimate, including uranium enrichment, which would allow it to
decrease the time required for the production of weapons of mass destruction from the
moment of instruction that was given."
However, the report also adds that "it does not seem that Iran is ready to enrich the
uranium level required for the development of a nuclear bomb." The Mossad estimated that
Iran, at the time, had "a hundred pounds of uranium enriched to 20%" - uranium which was
allegedly diluted according to the terms of the interim agreement between Tehran and the
In another landmark leak, the US's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was "desperate" to
infiltrate Hamas in 2012. CIA and the SSA met in Jerusalem in 2012 over the issue of Hamas
clashing with security forces; according to a CIA memo sent to Pretoria, the CIA was
"desperate to gain access to Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and wanted the SSA's help."
Several more "Spy Cables" are due to be published by the Qatar-based news agency in the
upcoming days. The leaks are ahead of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's planned address
to Congress over the Iranian nuclear issue.
Netanyahu: The World Must Keep Punishing Terrorist Supporters
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday evening responded to the ruling by a New
York court which found the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization
liable for their role in encouraging and inciting terror attacks during the Second
In his statement, Netanyahu called on the international community to follow the court's
example and continue to punish those who support terrorism. "The U.S. federal court
decision determines the responsibility of the Palestinian Authority for the murderous
terrorist attacks of the previous decade. Instead of drawing the requisite lesson, the
Palestinian Authority is advancing steps that endanger regional stability such as the
hypocritical application to the International Criminal Court even as it is allied with the
Hamas terrorist organization," he said.
"We expect the responsible elements in the international community to continue to
punish those who support terrorism just as the U.S. federal court has done and to back the
countries that are fighting terrorism. Today as well we remember the families that lost
their loved ones; our heart is with them and there is no justice that can console them,"
Yesh Atid chairman also responded to the court's decision, saying, "This is a just and
historic decision which sends a clear message - there is no immunity for terrorism and
there can be no compromises when facing it. This is a clear warning to the Palestinian
Authority - the world will not turn a blind eye to involvement in terror attacks and to
the targeting of innocent civilians."
Earlier on Monday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman hailed the ruling as a "moral
victory. This decision constitutes above all a moral victory for the state of Israel and
for victims of terrorism," Liberman said of the ruling.
It "confirms the opinion of those who know what happened in the early 2000s but which
many in the world refused to recognize because of hypocrisy, known vested interests or
anti-Semitism," he said. "Terrorism is an integral part of the very structure of the
Palestinian Authority," Liberman charged.
Britain: "Hitler's Walk" Sign Canceled After Uproar
A plan to rename a park in Cornwall, Britain "Hitler's Walk" has been scrapped, after
the Jewish community raised opposition to the epithet. The name has nothing to do with
Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, according to the Daily Mail - rather, the park has been known as
"Hitler's" for "decades" after an "over-zealous park warden" for the Mevagissey Parish.
The official name is "Cliff's Park."
The signs had been taken down in 2005 following complaints that it was offensive.
However, plans to erect new signs were presented in January - just before the 70th
anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
Cornwall's Jewish community had called on vacationers and locals to boycott the park if
the planned signage had gone through. The story also surfaced amid heightened
anti-Semitism in Britain and a media frenzy over British Jews noting how unsafe they feel
in their home country.
A poll last month found that almost half of British Jewish people fear they have no
long-term future in Britain or Europe, and a quarter of those surveyed said they had
considered leaving Britain in the past two years.
Local politicians welcomed news of the ban. "This plan has caused huge offense to many
people as well as attracting national and international condemnation and coming on the
70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps it couldn't have been more
insensitive," Liberal Democrat MP for St Austell and Newquay, Stephen Gilbert, stated.
"I'm pleased that the parish council have abandoned the plan and I am sure that
sentiment will be shared by everyone whose family, like mine, fought against the Nazis and
all those who rightly remain horrified at the mass extermination of Jewish people,
disabled people, gay people and others that Hitler is responsible for. Respect, humanity
and decency has prevailed at the Parish Council and the plan has gone where it belongs, in
the bin," he added.
DarkNet: A Thriving Marketplace for Criminal Transactions - From Narcotics to
Ross Ulbricht, 30, the operator of the Silk Road online marketplace for illegal
substances, was convicted on all seven counts brought against him before a Manhattan court
earlier this month. They included every type of hard drugs, money laundering, criminal
conspiracy, terrorism and hacking all transacted in virtual bitcoin currency. The
FBI dubbed Silk Road the e-Bay of dope.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 15, but meanwhile, US marshals will auction off Ulbricht's
50,000 bitcoin hoard on March 5.
In a separate legal process, Ulbricht was accused of using the alias of "Dread Pirate
Roberts" to solicit murder, with the help of an undercover police officer. Our cyber
expert noted that DarkNet operates as the hidden bottom floor of the legal, public world
web. Widely used by sophisticated criminal organizations and spooks, it conducts a lively
trade in stolen official data, false identities, fake credit cards, firearms and ammo, as
well as biological and chemical weapons. Also found there are hard porno, including
materials for pedophiles and snuff videos.
A substantial part of the illicit international drug traffic is routed through DarkNet,
including the logistics of production, marketing, payment collection and money laundering.
It is accessed through The Tor "routing onion," the open sesame for surfers seeking
This subterranean site was originally developed by the US Navy for the safe,
undetectable transfer of secret communications. Its main difference from ordinary web
sites is that it is constructed like an onion and operates through many layers of
computers which transfer encrypted messages from one layer to the next until they reach
their destination. This method is designed to seal the message's secrecy against
interception or decryption en route. The DarkNet system operates a number of marketplaces
for its forbidden wares. One of the best known was Silk Road, which has now been shut
DEBKAfile's cyber experts report that American intelligence and law enforcement
agencies make a point of deliberately parading their weaknesses in countering the ulterior
levels of the Internet. The FBI repeatedly complains that doesn't have the resources for
tracing criminal and terrorist activity through the Internet.
Our experts suspect these agencies "protest too much" to cover up their real
occupation, which is to steer the internet underworld into the waiting arms of National
Security Agency researchers and monitors.
Much of its software originated in the first place with US government agencies. It was
they who created the algorithms for transferring data and designed the TOR protocol and
the Topology network.
In the second place, various NSA programs are deeply entrenched in the nether regions
of the Internet, reaching into the hubs carried by Internet servers and able to "see"
almost every transaction, mail, surf or download taking place anywhere in the world.
These capabilities do not exactly confirm the claims by US agencies that their
oversight is severely limited. Neither does the manner in which "Pirate Roberts" was
finally run to ground in a San Francisco public library.
Although Ross was a computer and programming genius, he needed help for solving a
technical glitch on his servers. Through a questions-and-answers site, he accessed
stackoverflow.com and made the mistake of using his real name. Two minutes later, he
corrected his user name to frosty@frosty. It was that which finally landed him in hot
water, because it was identical to the last part of the servers' encryption key found at
Ross Ulbricht's New York trial was widely reported and publicized especially
after the jury quickly reached a unanimous verdict of guilty. However, since then, the
traffic on DarkNet traffic has not subsided. In fact the volume of illicit trade in
dangerous drugs, trafficking in people and body parts, the supply of aberrant pornography,
stolen financial data, and conventional and unconventional means of warfare, expands all
Conversion Therapy' Debate Stirs Row
Members of Israel's LGBT community and social media users are calling for a boycott of
next month's Jerusalem Conference due to a planned session on "conversion therapy" for
religious homosexuals, which will be held in the presence of a rabbinical figure, a
psychologist and an LGBT representative.
The organizers of the conference, which is being held for the 12th year on behalf of
the Besheva magazine for the national-religious public, decided to discuss for the first
time one of the most sensitive issues in the religious society and LGBT community: Are the
attempts to deal with homosexuality ethical, does conversion therapy have a chance of
succeeding, and can it be seen as a solution for "people with inverted tendencies," as
they are referred to in the sector.
Despite Health Ministry's rejection of treatments aimed at changing religious gays'
sexual orientation, Rabbi Shlomo Aviner says men who have undergone such therapy are
'happy, love their wives and have good, normative families.'
Knesset Member Shelly Yachimovich of the Zionist Camp announced that she would not take
part in the conference after its program was published, and demanded that the organizers
remove her name from the list of participants. Yachimovich, who was scheduled to
participate in a different session, said that the conference's program "shames me and my
world view: Equality for all people regardless of who they are." She added that "if there
is something which needs curing, it is homophobia, racism and xenophobia to the
point of defining a difference as a disease."
Yachimovich explained in a letter to the Besheva magazine, "In any event, I never
confirmed my participation and you are using my name without my consent. Regardless of
that, I was shocked to discover in the ad that the conference includes a session on
whether 'conversion therapy' is a desirable solution for people with homosexual
"'Conversion therapy' is an attempt to 'cure' people who are attracted to members of
their own sex, as if it were a flaw or a disease. These imaginary and false treatments by
different charlatans stem from a primitive and dark world view. It's sad and alarming that
in 2015 there is even a need to explain that there is nothing wrong with being attracted
to a member of one's own sex, and that the GLBT community members are citizens with equal
rights who do not have to be cured of anything."
Yachimovich added that "there is a lot of evidence and testimonies on the mental damage
caused to patients. The Israel Council of Psychologists and the Psychological Association
have warned the public against these 'treatments,' and the Health Ministry has adopted
this opinion." She concluded her letter with a demand to "correct all the publications
about the conference as soon as possible."
The conference's organizers said in response that they plan to deal with the issues on
the agenda "courageously, responsibly and with real appreciation towards the other," and
that they would have expected Yachimovich to actually congratulate rabbis in the Religious
Zionism Movement for putting such an important issue, which has never been dealt with
seriously before, on the table.
The organizers added that "unlike all those shouting against it, the conference will
deal with the issue responsibly, seriously and out of an understanding of the distress of
religious people who are looking for a solution to the conflict between their sexual
inclination and their religious faith.
"We chose to deal with a painful and explosive issue courageously, and invited all the
opinions dealing with the issue to a real and serious discussion (psychologist Eliyahu
Ackerman, Rabbi Arele Harel, representatives of religious gays' associations and Ha'aretz
journalist Benny Ziffer).
"It's a shame that Ms. Yachimovich, who is known for her tolerance towards the other,
who is not religious, failed to understand the importance of the discussion and failed to
raise some tolerance for religious people who are seeking halachic and rabbinic help for
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