North Korea and Israel Tensions
Source: Times of Israel
Otto Warmbier’s family kept his Jewishness under wraps while North Korea held him hostage
EXCLUSIVE: Pyongyang peddled false narrative that a church told the 22-year-old to steal a propaganda poster, and negotiators didn’t want to embarrass the regime by refuting the claim
By Eric Cortellessa • June 22, 2017 • 45 comments
Otto Warmbier, center, is escorted at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea, March 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
by Eric Cortellessa
WASHINGTON — The family of Otto Warmbier, the American college student who died on Monday, days after his release from 17 months of captivity in North Korea, was advised to keep his Jewish background and identity concealed while officials tried to negotiate his release.
That was because the North Korean justification for his imprisonment centered on a dubious claim that Warmbier had stolen a propaganda poster in a Pyongyang hotel lobby on orders from the Friendship United Methodist Church in Wyoming, Ohio, to bring it back “as a trophy” in exchange for a used car worth $10,000.
“We didn’t want to share it,” said Mickey Bergman, who worked on negotiations for Warmbier’s release, referring to the fact of Warmbier’s Jewishness. “The family chose, rightfully so, not to share that information while he was in captivity… because they didn’t want to embarrass [North Korea] by explaining that he actually was Jewish” and thus would not have been affiliated with the church.
“That’s why that part of the story was kept quiet,” added Bergman, executive director of The Richardson Center, an organization founded by former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson that works to negotiate the release of prisoners and hostages held by hostile regimes.
Warmbier was visiting the reclusive Asian nation on a New Year’s student tour in January 2016. He was arrested just before departing Pyongyang International Airport. Earlier in his trip, he was briefly detained for taking down a sign on a staff-only floor at the Yanggakdo International Hotel, where he was staying.
Almost two months later, he appeared at a staged news conference, clearly under coercion, where he gave a tearful confession and begged for forgiveness. It was there that North Korean officials told CNN their belief of the church’s role in the incident.
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By Gilad Atzmon
Was Otto Warmbier an American Student or an Israeli Spy?
June 22, 2017
Remember when libs made fun of Warmbier’s captivity?
For a few days we have been perplexed by the story of Otto Warmbier and his tragic death.
Warmbier, 22, was traveling on a tour of North Korea last year when he was arrested and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for stealing a propaganda poster. Following international outrage, North Korea agreed to release him admitting that he had suffered a severe neurological injury. Doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center reported that Warmbier was unresponsive and has suffered extensive brain damage.
Today, pretty much, out of the blue, the Jewish press announced that Warmbier was a Jewish boy, active with Hillel at the University of Virginia. In addition, Warmbier visited Israel at least once.
In 2014, Warmbier went on a Birthright mission to Israel, where he received a Hebrew name. Following the trip, he became involved with Hillel and the Jewish community on campus.
Rabbi Jake Rubin described Warmbier as “a beloved member of our Hillel community.”
“He was a regular at Bagels on Lawn, celebrated Shabbat and holidays at Hillel, and even led a seder for other students that focused on issues of environmentalism and sustainability,” Rabbi Rubin wrote.
And now the six million dollar question. Was Warmbier an Israeli spy? Who knows, but it is likely that someone in North Korea thought he was.
We know that Israel and North Korea are extremely hostile towards each other. North Korea has never recognised the Jewish State and in 1988 it recognised the State of Palestine as including all of Israel. Israel often accuses North Korea of trading arms with Hamas and Syria.
Peculiarly, not a single MSM outlet has referred to Warmbier’s ties with Israel. Until his last hours, Israel and the Jewish community kept silent about Warmbier’s Jewish identity, his Zionist affiliation and his visit to Israel. Maybe this silence is more revealing than anything else.
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Sentenced to 15 years for “ripping a political poster down”, or spying for Israel? “Embarrassing the North Korean regime” as Israel asserts (article above), or covering that Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years for spying?
Otto Warmbier sentenced to 15 years hard labor in North Korea
Israeli Lobby And Obama Served
Up Warm Beer To Cold Korea
By Yoichi Shimatsu
The gaping holes in the story of Otto Warmbier, the American university grad who suffered a severe brain disorder before his imprisonment in North Korea, are a source of public puzzlement, since it seems completely irrational for a tourist to be given a de facto death sentence over his theft of a mere banner from a hotel wall. The sensitive issues behind his arrest and terrible suffering have been covered over by the mainstream western media, which have ignored the bungling of his role as a spy-in-training and his abandonment by the Israeli spy service Mossad and the Zionist-influenced economic intelligence wing of the U.S. Treasury Department.
This sad tale of an eager but misguided youth under non-official cover (NOC) is not the first nor shall it be the last embarrassing episode of bureaucratic bungling, inter-agency rivalry, conflicted foreign policy and international intrigue. A prisoner swap or partial sanctions-lifting in exchange for his early release was never seriously attempted by the Barack Obama administration, which ignored Warmbier in his year of need.
The imprisonment, along with the further advance of the brain disease worsened by alcoholism that killed Otto Warmbier, casts a searing spotlight on the U.S. Treasury Department’s fanatical pursuit of money-laundering, which has sidelined urgent diplomatic dialogue with North Korea, Russia, Iran, Syria and dozens of developing nations, while sheltering the most blatant violator of international financial rules, Israel.
Otto and the Warmbier family are victims not of the North Koreans but of American officialdom, which failed to intervene on his behalf and, if the unpleasant truth be told, wanted him silenced.
The salient points in the Warmbier case, discussed below, include:
• his education at University of Virginia (UVA, Charlottesville) and participation in an exchange program at the London School of Economics (LSE, UK) which accounted for his expertise in econometrics, or mathematical methods for measuring and assessing trends in commerce, trade financing, investment and the general economy, which are the measuring tools (and “damned statistics”) in economic and financial intelligence (FININT);
• his recruitment and visit to Israel, despite a Christian family background, sponsored by Hillel International, the Zionist college organization created with funding from the same Bronfman-Seagram’s fortune that financed the formation of the modern Jewish State of Israel;
• Warmbier’s reported travels to Cuba and North Korea, which are implacable foes of Israel, and to Ireland, where an increasing majority of Irish voters support Palestinian statehood;
• a neoconservative agenda implemented at the highest levels of the U.S. Treasury Department, which aggressively sabotaged the many attempts by the State Department’s East Asian desk to resume the 6-party non-nuclear talks with Pyongyang and establish Track II (partial) diplomatic status between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK); and
• his ambition to achieve fame from the North Korean caper to gain admission to the Z secret society at UVA, a key to gaining a high-ranked position in one of US intelligence agencies involved in economic analysis/assessment or with the Department of Commerce.
As the old folk saying goes: “Ambition is a good servant but a bad master.” Otto Warmbier allowed his personal ambitions to put himself at risk in service Jews with money, that is, Israeli interests filtered through U.S. Treasury Department. In bondage to Mammon for a pittance, the poor boy who aspired to be a top economist conducted covert research in Ireland, Cuba and North Korea to identify vulnerabilities in their relatively small economies.
The aim of the US-Israeli FININT strategy is as devilishly simple as sin: Nothing succeeds like enforced impoverishment to convince hostile governments to yield to the geopolitical demands of the Israelis and their Zionist minions, including the Treasury, IMF and World Bank.
Perils of Propaganda
As in the case of the fabricated and slanted “Russia Dossier” against Donald Trump’s presidential campaign team, the Warmbier case is linked with anti-Kremlin British and the pro-Israeli lobby in London and Washington D.C., which oppose normalization of U.S. relations with Russia and North Korea and instead support sanctions aimed at regime change.
Warmbier, by attending an exchange program at the London School of Economics (LSE), was following in the footsteps of a controversial North Korea tour of 10 LSE students, who were duped into accompanying a producer with the BBC Panorama program and his Japanese wife, who organized and led the tour (and is likely a contract agent for Japan’s foreign-intelligence agencies). During that North Korean visit, Panorama reporter John Sweeney posed as a professor from LSE in clear violation of journalism ethics, jeopardizing the credibility of both the BBC and London School of Economics.
In July 2014, following a critical review of ethical misconduct in the fraudulent Pyongyang visit, the BBC board fired Sweeney and all reporters with Panorama. Sweeney is notoriously pro-Israeli aggression and an opponent of the Palestinian rights.
(Sweeney later produced “Trump: The Kremlin Candidate?” with anti-Putin journalist Andrei Soldatov, releasing the documentary four days before the Inauguration.)
Here’s an excerpt from the Guardian:
“The dispute (with the London School of Economics) is over whether the BBC had given the 10 students on the Pyongyang trip enough information about the risks of traveling with undercover journalists. . . . The students said they were told in London that a journalist would accompany them and that they risked deportation or detention if they were rumbled. In Beijing, before they flew to Pyongyang, they were informed that John Sweeney was the journalist and that he worked for the BBC, they said. They were also joined by Sweeney’s wife, Tomiko Newson (who organized the trip) and a BBC cameraman.”
By no coincidence therefore, Warmbier was also guided by British operatives on a tour of North Korea. During a winter holiday stopover in Beijing en route to Hong Kong, he was introduced to Xian-based Young Pioneers Tours by a mysterious 40-year-old Briton named Danny Gratton, who claims to be a sales manager from Stone, England. (The small town’s robust social media page contains zero mention of anyone with the surname Gratton.) Warmbier’s roommate in Beijing and North Korea, and last man to see Warmbier, Gratton was never contacted subsequently by the State Department or Young Pioneers Tours, which is operated by British citizen Gareth Johnson.
Was Warmbier a mere poor-boy dupe being played by cynical spies? His family is not wealthy yet he managed to come up with the funds for special study programs in London (at a minimum bare-bones cost of $5,000, a planned study program in Hong Kong (more expensive than London), and trips to Israel, Ireland, Cuba and supposedly a spur-of-the-moment trip Beijing-to-Pyongyang (which costs more than $2,000). Mid-level corporate executives cannot afford such travel costs, and yet Warmbier was by all accounts unemployed, recently graduated (meaning he had to start paying off a student loan) and a heavy drinker, which is less than a cheap pastime. How did he manage all this travel for study and leisure if not subsidized by one or more intelligence agencies?
Brain Damage Before Arrival in Pyongyang
A significant fact, unreported in all media except The Washington Post, Warmbier had reportedly complained to the Pioneers’ British tour guide Charlotte Gutridge of suffering a severe headache at Beijing Airport and wanted to cancel his participation in the tour. Aside from his compulsive drinking, Warmbier was already dying.
His brain damage originated long before his flight to Pyongyang. At UVA, he had been on the Greco-Roman wrestling team and may have suffering the long-term effects of a concussion incurred during a fight. (the captain of his wrestling team committed suicide.) The medical diagnosis from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center on his return to the USA indicated Warmbier suffered severe loss of brain tissue. This could mean that he had contracted a brain-wasting disease resembling spongiform encephalopathy, aka Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD, or mad cow disease), which is usually transmitted by blood infusions or by eating the organ meat and bone marrow of beef and mutton, which is abundantly available at outdoor barbecue restaurants in Israel.
On New Year’s Day and the night of January 1 in Pyongyang, other tour members reported that Warmbier had been drinking vodka until 5 a.m. His fraternity Theta Chi has repeatedly been cited for encouraging and sometimes forcing excessive drinking, on occasion killing a frat brother.
Mission Implausible (MI-6)
As in the case of the LSE students recruited for a BBC Panorama documentary hostile to Pyongyang, Warmbier was probably lured by Israeli intelligence and British handlers with a well-paid offer to conduct economic espionage inside the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Whether his actual espionage assignment was to hack the domestic North Korean financial networks will probably never be revealed by any of the involved intel agencies. If he was given a smartphone loaded with malware to capture the encrypted codes of wifi networks or ATM cash dispensers will be kept classified by all sides.
The encryption codes of the DPRK are worth more than diamonds to the NSA, CIA and MI-6, since North Korean code is reputedly unbreakable. Gathering bank transaction-related codes inside Pyongyang would be a first step toward deciphering one of the world’s most impenetrable cipher systems, and the only tool to shut down North Korea’s remaining financial connections with the global economy.
Instead of completing his covert assignment and rising up the ranks of the U.S. Treasury, Otto Warmbier ended his short life as a patsy, another “victim” to be used for propaganda purposes against North Korea by the Zionist lobby in Washington D.C.
Israel Agents inside the US Treasury Department
At the time of his supposedly impulsive decision to join a British-operated China-based tour to North Korea at the end of December 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department and the British Exchequer-Bank of England was zealously focusing their money-laundering campaign against North Korea. For their goal of total isolation of the DPRK, Treasury has been at extreme odds with the State Department-Pentagon strategy of diplomatic engagement toward denulcearization of the Korean Peninsula. This more than decade-long conflict is described in The Asia Pacific Journal: John McGlynn’s “Financial Sanctions & North Korea: In Search of the Evidence of Currency Counterfeiting & Money Laundering” http://apjjf.org/-John-McGlynn/2463/article.html
(Note: The collaboration of the USA and UK in global financial domination is rooted in the postwar Bretton Woods system, under which nation-states were forced to report and later cede their gold reserves, and eventually surrender to a paper currency global regime based on the floating value of the U.S. dollar. The financial tyranny of Bretton Woods, which enshrined the unrepresentative Federal Reserve and major European central banks represented the most devastating loss of national sovereignty and defeat for democracy ever in world history.)
At the time of Warmbier’s Pyongyang visit, the anti-DPRK point-man at Treasury was Adam Jacob Szubin, the director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), whose powers stem from the Patriot Act and the 2008 Wall Street bailout bill. Previously, in the wake of 911, he was positioned by the Pentagon neoconservatives (who were neck-deep in the WTC attack) as senior adviser to the Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, the catbird’s seat for the then-coming assault against Arab and other Muslim states and Islamic banking. Raised in an Orthodox Jewish family, Szubin received his childhood education at the Yavnev Academy in Dallas, the Ramaz School in Manhattan, and went on to Harvard Law, the bailiwick of Zionist propagandist Professor Alan Dershowitz.
Several other Treasury bureaus, especially the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) under the supervision of Jennifer Shasky Calvery, a hard-nosed prosecutor and former women’s basketball player, were equally devoted to the Zionist project to enforce sweeping trade sanctions on Pyongyang and cut off every foreign banking relationship with North Korea, especially in the Chinese-speaking realm (Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and PR China).
The Zionist financial Inquisition culminated in the Foreign Account Compliance Act (FATCA), a bureaucratic exercise in legalism and accounting as egregious as the tea tax of King George III, which essentially deprived millions of American citizens, residents and even foreigners who have resided in the USA for only two years of their business accounts with non-US banks.
Obama In the Know
Global financial persecution was given the Obama White House blessing from Jason Furman, the Obama-appointed Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), which provides policy direction and confidential research to the CIA and NSA. The anti-DPRK crusade culminated in the virtual elimination of North Korea’s banking and finance sector from the worldwide SWIFT interbank fund transfer system.
The links of the Hillel Foundation for Campus Life to anti-DPRK initiatives was cemented by that Zionist group’s President and CEO, Eric Fingerhut, who is the former Congressman from Cincinnati and also the town Wyoming, Ohio, location of the family home of the Warmbiers. Fingerhut was a lead author of House Resolution 1407, which opposed international boycotts of Israel, “To prohibit government-to-government and commercial arms sales to any country that is participating in or cooperating with the boycott of Israel by Arab countries.” That includes North Korea and Cuba, countries Warmbier happened to visit.
The full-court press by the Treasury cabal failed to crush North Korean economy, which has emerged stronger due to the country’s national program of economic self-reliance and lack of sovereign debt to the IMF and World Bank. The endless stream of deceit and intrigue have only made countries like Iran, Syria and North Korea more determined to combat the menace of Zionist domination. The courage of these small nations against guilt-tripping and threats of annihilation should encourage Americans, Europeans, Russians, Chinese and Japanese to break with the arrogant Zionist regime and its Wall Street brethren and instead support the basic rights of the rightful owners of the Holy Land, the Palestinian people.
In a final note, the treatment of young Americans and Briton contract agents working under non-official cover (NOC), who have less than minimum training in spycraft, as expendable tools is an unfortunate but acceptable practice for Beltway bureaucrats. The arrest, detention and deaths of young “aid workers” and “tourists” in war zones like Iraq and Syria or their imprisonment for espionage or anti-state actions in Iran or North Korea has become all too routine for the pawns of the global finance regime centered in London, Tel Aviv, Tokyo and New York-Washington D.C.
These human-rights violations begin and end with the cold calculations of western spymasters who care not a whit about the safely, lives and families of their agent/victims sent on suicide missions. Therefore the first lesson for recent college graduates is to get over the naivete: That promise of fast promotion is just bait in the trap, stinky cheese for the unwitting mice. Wake up, kids, it’s your head that’s going to roll without glory, reward or even a thank you note.
The only punishment for a treacherous spymaster is to be hired by Wall Street. Treasury hit-woman Jennifer Shasky Calvery is now an investment banker at HSBC and Adam Szubin was hired by Sullivan & Cromwell, the Wall Street commercial law firm. There’s no need to cry in your warm beer when you’re tossing back a glass of chilled champagne.
Yoichi Shimatsu is an independent Hong Kong-based investigative journalist and documentary producer.