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British Role Confirmed in Trump Spying Scandal

A Special Report from the Accuracy in Media Center for Investigative Journalism; Cliff Kincaid, Director.

The British Guardian posted a report on April 13 claiming that its sources now admit that the British spy agency GCHQ was digitally wiretapping Trump associates, going back to late 2015. This was presumably when the December 2015 Moscow meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Lt. General Michael Flynn took place.

This runs contrary to the blanket nature of the denial insinuated in GCHQ’s carefully-crafted statement of March 17 claiming it was all “nonsense” and “utterly ridiculous” that they conducted surveillance of “then president-elect” Donald Trump (emphasis added). The surveillance went back a year before he became “president-elect.”

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President Trump’s claim of being “wire tapped” has been vindicated. Indeed, the surveillance is far more extensive than even he suspected at the time.

Based on the new disclosures, we can safely conclude that the world’s most advanced and extensive system of computerized espionage was indeed used against him and people he worked with, for political purposes, with the knowledge and approval of top Obama officials such as CIA Director John Brennan (one major name implicated by the Guardian).

Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst, Judge Andrew Napolitano, who said GCHQ was involved in wiretapping Trump, has also vindicated. Fox News owes Napolitano an apology for yanking him off the air for a week for making that “controversial” and now-verified assertion.

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China Warns of ‘Storm Clouds Gathering’ in U.S.-North Korea Standoff – The New York Times

The speculation about an imminent underground detonation arises from satellite photographs that show the test site is fully prepared, and that holes into the site have been plugged, usually a last step to contain radiation. But at times the North, knowing it is under space surveillance, has readied the site but waited to conduct the test.

On Saturday, with Kim Jong-un watching from a raised platform, North Korea began a military parade in central Pyongyang to celebrate the 105th anniversary of the birth of his grandfather, Kim Il-sung, the North’s founding president. The North sometimes uses such occasions to show off its military advances.

Japan is clearly examining worst-case scenarios.

China Warns of ‘Storm Clouds Gathering’ in U.S.-North Korea Standoff – The New York Times

China Reportedly Tells Troops To Be Ready For A Fight In Korea | The National Interest Blog

“If Pyongyang conducts its sixth nuclear test in the near future, the possibility of US military action against it will be higher than ever,” the Global Times, a newspaper run by the People’s Daily, the ruling party’s paper, wrote Wednesday, “Not only Washington brimming with confidence and arrogance following the missile attacks on Syria, but Trump is also willing to be regarded as a man who honors his promises.”

Yet, Kim Jong-un appears undeterred.

“The two sides are like two accelerating trains coming towards each other,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in Beijing last month. “The question is, are the two sides really ready for a head-on collision?”

China Reportedly Tells Troops To Be Ready For A Fight In Korea | The National Interest Blog

China Reportedly Tells Troops To Be Ready For A Fight In Korea | The National Interest Blog

“If Pyongyang conducts its sixth nuclear test in the near future, the possibility of US military action against it will be higher than ever,” the Global Times, a newspaper run by the People’s Daily, the ruling party’s paper, wrote Wednesday, “Not only Washington brimming with confidence and arrogance following the missile attacks on Syria, but Trump is also willing to be regarded as a man who honors his promises.”

Yet, Kim Jong-un appears undeterred.

“The two sides are like two accelerating trains coming towards each other,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in Beijing last month. “The question is, are the two sides really ready for a head-on collision?”

China Reportedly Tells Troops To Be Ready For A Fight In Korea | The National Interest Blog

Trump declares US-Russia relations may be at ‘all-time low’ – ABC News

Laying bare deep and dangerous divisions on Syria and other issues, President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that U.S. relations with Russia “may be at an all-time low.” His top diplomat offered a similarly grim assessment from the other side of the globe after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

“Right now we’re not getting along with Russia at all,” Trump said flatly during a White House news conference. It was stark evidence that the president is moving ever further from his campaign promises to establish better ties with Moscow.

Trump declares US-Russia relations may be at ‘all-time low’ – ABC News

How Trump’s Syria strike could spiral into World War III

In fact, Trump’s actions could have larger consequences if he were to strike again, whether punishing Assad for another chemical weapons attack or some other act of barbarism. Consider this: Just a single misplaced U.S. strike that kills Russian personnel in that war-torn country could be the spark that starts a much wider conflict — a war that could rage from the Baltics into Ukraine and all the way back to the Middle East. And considering Washington and Moscow hold vast arsenals of nuclear weapons, the stakes could not be any higher.

Let’s sketch out a simple scenario where one tragic mistake creates the conditions for direct U.S.-Russia conflict. And as you will see, it does not take a Tom Clancy-like effort to imagine the unthinkable.

How Trump’s Syria strike could spiral into World War III

Donald Trump Could Never Go It Alone on North Korea | Time.com

On Monday, Moon Jae-in received the liberal Democratic Party of Korea’s nomination for South Korea’s presidential election on May 9. …

The 64-year-old former human-rights lawyer [Moon] is currently 10 points clear in the polls. He is opposed to the policy of isolation and pressure employed by former President Park Geun-hye, who was impeached in December and now faces criminal charges for corruption.

“The return of liberals [Moon] to Seoul undermines Trump’s apparent move to rely on pressure and sanctions,” says Delury. “It’s at odds with what Trump wants to do.”

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The election of Moon would be a boon to Beijing, which has always favored dialogue and engagement with North Korea, and leave Washington diplomatically isolated. The Obama Administration had worked hard with former President Park to convince China that sanctions were the correct response to North Korea’s nuclear program, and Beijing even joined onto unprecedented U.N. sanctions in March last year. But North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests have continued nonetheless.

Donald Trump Could Never Go It Alone on North Korea | Time.com

The idea that Trump is going attack North Korea is most likely a bluff. He is probably limited to sanctions on Chinese companies doing business with North Korea.

As Trump Fumbles, Putin Quietly Prepares to Invade his Neighbors

Recent Russian actions suggest a new stage of the Russian threat to Ukraine—and potentially to the Caucasus, Belarus or the Baltic states as well—that could presage a new large-scale military operation.

First, in 2016, Russia created 25 division formations and 15 brigades, while raising manpower by only 10,000 men. This suggests the possibility that Russia may aim to wage protracted large-scale war using the Soviet model, with a Soviet-type army composed of “skeleton units” that existed solely on paper until they were called up as part of the process of mass mobilization.

As Trump Fumbles, Putin Quietly Prepares to Invade his Neighbors

If China refuses to help, U.S. ready to take unilateral actions against North Korea: Trump | The Japan Times

President Donald Trump warned in an interview published Sunday that the United States is prepared to act unilaterally to deal with North Korea’s nuclear program if China proves unwilling to help.

“Well, if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will. That is all I am telling you,” he said in an interview with the Financial Times of London.

Trump’s comments come ahead of his meeting Thursday and Friday with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the U.S. president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

Tensions have risen sharply as North Korea has stepped up ballistic missile tests and amid boasts by leader Kim Jong Un that his country was in the final stages of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile.

If China refuses to help, U.S. ready to take unilateral actions against North Korea: Trump | The Japan Times