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Rajiv Gandhi Middleman In Viggen Aircraft Deal

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2013 at 13:52

Rajiv Gandhi’s involvement in corrupt deals is getting exposed one by one despite his built up image of Mr.Clean.

His earlier scam in Bofors is haunting the Congress

Rajiv Gandhi.

Rajiv Gandhi. Late PM ,India

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The money for the Bofors deal was paid into his account and KGB paid Sonia gandhi and Rahul Gandhi as well.

Read my posts on these.

The Hindu , in an exposure revealed that wikileaks released cables indicating that Rajiv Gandhi was the middleman in the Viggen fighter Aircraft deal.

Much before he became Prime Minister, during his years as an Indian Airlines pilot, Rajiv Gandhi may have been a middleman for the Swedish company Saab-Scania, when it was trying to sell its Viggen fighter aircraft to India in the 1970s.

The astonishing revelation that he was the “main Indian negotiator” for a massive aircraft deal for which his “family” connections were seen as valuable, is contained in the Kissinger Cables, the latest tranche of U.S diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks and accessed by The Hindu as part of an investigative collaboration. The cables will be released on Monday.

The British SEPECAT Jaguar eventually won the race, from which Saab was forced to withdraw by the U.S.

Rajiv Gandhi, who kept away from politics until he was pushed into it by his mother Indira after the death of his brother Sanjay in 1980, came into public life with a squeaky clean image. Years later, a controversy over bribes paid in another military deal with a different Swedish company, Bofors, was to lead to Rajiv’s and the Congress’s defeat in the 1989 elections.

A series of 41 cables between 1974 and 1976 give glimpses into the “fighter sweepstakes” in India, with one wryly observing that the Swedish company had “understood the importance of family influences in the final decision in the fighter sweepstakes.”

Dassault, the French aircraft maker, too had figured this out. According to the cable, their negotiator for the Mirage fighter aircraft was the son-in-law of Air Marshal O.P. Mehra, then Air Chief.

SION NOT TO PURCHASE BRITISH JAGUAR BECAUSE OF HER PREJUDICES AGAINST BRITISH. DECISION WOULD BE BETWEEN MIRAGE AND VIGGEN. THE SWEDISH DIPLOMAT SAID THAT SWEDEN’S NEUTRAL POSITION IN WORLD POLI- TICS IS OFFSETTING VIGGEN’S HIGHER COST. HE EXPRESSED IRRITATION AT THE WAY MRS. GANDHI IS PERSONALLY DOMINATING NE- GOTIATIONS, WITHOUT INVOLVEMENT OF INDIAN AIR FORCE OFFICERS. 3. ACCORDING TO SWEDISH EMBOFF, NEGOTIATIONS WITH SWEDES ARE FOR 50 VIGGEN AIRCRAFT TO BE DELIVERED AT $4-5 MILLION PER AIRCRAFT* SWEDES BELIEVE INDIANS HAVE MADE DECISION NOT TO PURCHASE ANY MORE SOVIET MILITARY AIRCRAFT. 4. DAO COMMENT: DAO HAS NO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO EITHER REFUTE OR CONFIRM THE ABOVE INFORMATION. SAXBE CONFIDENTIAL NNN”

Where the original document is now held – online or on microfilm, or remains in “ADS” (State Department’s 1973 Automated Data System of indexing by TAGS of electronic telegrams and P-reels) with the text either garbled, not converted or unretrievable.

Cablegate does not originally have this field. We have given it the entry ‘TEXT ONLINE’.

https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1975NEWDE14031_b.html

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/rajiv-gandhi-was-entrepreneur-for-swedish-jet-us-cable-says/article4592091.ece

Film On Wikileaks Julius Assange

In US, videos on September 8, 2013 at 13:01

A Film on Julius Assange,The Wiki Leaks Founder is being released.

It is being screened at the Toronto Film Festival.

Story and Trailer.

Wikileaks film

Wikileaks Film

The Fifth Estate, an unlikely thriller that chronicles the emergence of anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks and its enigmatic founder Julian Assange, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

English actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Assange, called the debut at Toronto the “perfect marriage” of a festival, known for its popular participation, and a film, about what he called “people journalism.”

The festival is also considered a harbinger of the awards season. Films that have fared well in Toronto, like Slumdog Millionaire, have gone on to win best picture Oscars.

Some 366 films, including 146 world premieres, will screen over 11 days. Transparency and secrecy in the Internet age have emerged as prevalent themes in the programme, led by The Fifth Estate.

The film, made and distributed by Disney/Dreamworks, was chosen to kick off Toronto weeks after former government contractor Edward Snowden leaked US surveillance data with the help of WikiLeaks and Assange.

“As we have seen in the Edward Snowden case, this is a story that continues to be central, and we have also seen that people of great intelligence and goodwill disagree,” director Bill Condon told the Toronto audience.

Condon said The Fifth Estate was not a judgement about WikiLeaks or Assange, but a portrayal of a complex issue that raises more questions than answers about the struggle between transparency, privacy and the security implications.

Julian Assange has hit out at a Hollywood film about his secret-spilling website WikiLeaks, calling the movie “a massive propaganda attack”.

Speaking to students at Britain’s prestigious Oxford University by video link from the Ecuadoran embassy in London, Mr Assange revealed that he had acquired a copy of the script for The Fifth Estate, due to be released in November.

“It is a lie upon lie. The movie is a massive propaganda attack on WikiLeaks and the character of my staff,” Mr Assange said to the university’s Oxford Union debating club.

Source:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-24/assange-hits-out-at-wikileaks-movie/4482426

Sanjay Gandhi’s Death ,Assassination Or Natural WikiLeaks

In India, videos on April 11, 2013 at 08:54

The sudden death of Sanjay Gandhi, who was  functioning as  an extra constitutional authority, during his Mother Indira Gandhi’s Regime sparked off a spate of controversies and some even linked Indira Gandhi !

 

Yet, the M.L. Commission appointed to enquire into this affair  never submitted its report.

Death of Sanjay Gandhi.

Death of Sanjay Gandhi.

Now WikiLeaks has disclosed ,quoting Indian Intelligence sources that there were three attempts on Sanjay Gandhi’s Life.

 

There are more mysteries like Lal Bahadur Shastri‘s Death in Tashkent after India won the War with Pakistan.

Story:

 

‘Scenario 2: Event 1, June 23rd 1980
The first player in the political theatre to have been eliminated and also the most important first link to the series of events that led to the present dispensation in the corridors of Delhi. Circumstantial evidence in the June 23rd 1980 Sanjay Gandhi air crash near Safdarjung airport points to foul play but let’s not get sucked into those futile arguments that have been raging ever since. Just suffice it to say that the single-member enquiry commission headed by Mr M L Jain which was formed to study the circumstances that lead to the plane crash has never submitted any report what so ever to the government in 3 decades. Now isn’t that fishy?
 
Background
Anybody who is aware of the 70’s brand of politics in India would know that Sanjay was the most important political centre, around whom most of the power was concentrated and dispensed with. Many even believed that Sanjay wielded more power than Indira Gandhi herself. It thus became pertinent for most intelligence agencies concerned with India’s affairs to have a thick case file about Sanjay Gandhi and his activities. There were some widely debunked theories of the junior Gandhi leaning towards CIA and Mrs Gandhi not being in agreement with his ideas, I do not know the origin or the veracities of these hypotheses so I would not make any comment either to encourage or discourage them. The 1960’s and 70’s Delhi was a hub of international espionage (like any other capital of any other country) because most intelligence agencies (including CIA & KGB) of that era depended on HUMINT or human intelligence officers to gather intelligence rather than satellites and drones of today. Every other day there would be speculation in the media circles of a certain politician or a certain bureaucrat working in tandem with a certain foreign intelligence agency; I would be lying if I claimed that all these speculations were wrong, in fact there were quite a few surprises in the “official” list that the Indian intelligence agencies maintained, but that is a completely different subject altogether. Coming back to Sanjay Gandhi and the interest that he generated in foreign as well as Indian intelligence circles, one thing is clear, he never worked or had any relationship with any of the foreign intelligence agencies and that much I can vouch for, but the same cannot be said about his continuous indulgence and interference with the local intelligence agencies. He always used and had his men in various wings of Indian intelligence agencies. Amidst all of this originated the “Russian hypothesis”

There were three assassination attempts on Sanjay Gandhi, a key figure during the Emergency, including one where a high powered rifle was used when the leader was visiting Uttar Pradesh, a US cable outed byWikiLeaks has claimed.

In a September 1976 dispatch, the US embassy reported the then prime minister Indira Gandhi’s younger son was targeted by an unknown assailant in a “well planned assassination attempt” which failed. The date suggests the incident occurred during the Emergency.

“Indira Gandhi’s son Sanjay was shot three times on August 30 or 31 by an unknown assailant,” the cable says, attributing the information to a clandestine source. The report says Sanjay escaped and was not critically injured.

If Sanjay did suffer injuries, their nature is not specified but interestingly the cable bases its information on information provided by Indian intelligence sources.

“According to Indian intelligence, this is the third attempt on the younger Gandhi’s life,” the cable states and goes on to surmise that the attack will eventually be blamed on revolutionary elements sponsored by outside powers.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Three-attempts-were-made-to-kill-Sanjay-Gandhi-WikiLeaks/articleshow/19485275.cms

http://indianintelligence2009.blogspot.in/2009/09/playing-with-nations-choices.html

WikiLeaks Antony Jayalalithaa Where Are The Informers From

In Media on April 10, 2013 at 16:57

The recent WikiLeaks expose of US Embassy Cables have disclosed that AK Antony , Defense Minister of India was the one ,apart from Priya Ranjan Das Munshi, Youth Congress  Leader of the Emergency imposed Period in India,to oppose Sanjay Gandhi, the extra Constitutional Power Center at that time.

It is also credited  with  Jayalalithaa, the then Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu,India with flushing out the LTTE in the State.

These facts we know and why AK  Antony is in a prime post in the dispensation of Sonia Gandhi-enemy of enemy is my friend!

The curious fact is not these facts themselves , but who revealed this information to US Embassy officials.

Architects of Emergency in India, 1975.

Architects of Emergency in India, 1975.

“The cable quoted a private assessment given by a Times of India correspondent who covered the session to his editors. The reporter noted, “that, unlike AICC sessions earlier this year in Chandigarh and Delhi where there was heavy rush by ministers and other politicians to pay respects to Sanjay, this time an attitude of sullenness prevailed and aside from handful of hangers-on, there were few “foot kissers”.

How come this information reached the US Embassy Officials?

Now on Jayalalithaa,

Rajiv Killed By LTTE.

Rajiv Killed By LTTE.

“A bureaucrat, who held a key security portfolio at the time, told post (embassy officials) that Jayalalithaa ordered him to do ‘whatever it takes to finish off the LTTE’ in Tamil Nadu, even if it required extrajudicial killings of LTTE associates in the state,” said a dispatch sent by the then US consul general in Chennai, Andrew T Simkin. The cable further added that she is an “iron lady” and “even her fiercest critics acknowledge that Jayalalithaa’s aggressive approach went a long way towards pushing the LTTE out of Tamil Nadu”.

In this case the informer is a Senior Bureaucrat from the Government of Tamil Nadu who was handling the LTTE issue!

Media and Bureaucrats as Informers to Foreign Government?

Story:

Editor of Maharashtra Times told US diplomats that foreign minister Y B Chavan confided to him that he was hearing increasing murmurs of dissatisfaction from Congressmen at the treatment being accorded Sanjay and the disdain being displayed for traditional Congress politicians.

The cable said at one point in Youth Congress session in Guwahati, its president Ambika Sonicomplained that Congressmen sometimes “obstructed” Youth Congress work: “their fear is that if the Youth Congress workers forge ahead by dint of their work, their chairs will be threatened. We do not want their chairs.”

Soni was made the YC president after Sanjay ousted Das Munshi. The cable described Soni as “an attractive, well-educated, outspoken but intellectually weak personality who has been working in the All-India Congress Committee (AICC) bureaucracy since 1969.”

Meanwhile, in Kerala, the faction led by Antony and a large section of people were very critical of Sanjay’s growing importance. A cable from the US embassy said that their impression was that “Sanjay Gandhi is not very popular in that state”

“On the contrary, the US mission officials had written to their bosses in April 1990 that then chief minister M Karunanidhi was tilting towards the LTTE. The cable sent almost a year before his government was dismissed, said his pro-LTTE stand was generating widespread controversy and dismay in Tamil Nadu, particularly in the light of his strained relations with the Tigers in the past.

He was burning bridges with Delhi because of his hardliner pro-Tamil Eelam stand, the cable said and added that it may be at significant political cost. The US mission also raised suspicion as to whether Karunanidhi had put up with the LTTE activities in Tamil Nadu out of fear for the terrorist group.

One should not discount the role of the government of India in supporting the LTTE. It should not have permitted the LTTE to operate from Indian soil, said G Parthasarathy, former diplomat, who was in Rajiv Gandhi’s office from 1986 to 1989. “Karunanidhi was viciously critical of the LTTE in the past. But once he returned to power in 1989, he turned an LTTE supporter,” said Parthasarathy. His mistake was that he allowed the constitutional machinery to break down in Tamil Nadu as LTTE ran riot, he said. The 1991 electoral verdict was against the LTTE and terrorism and Jayalalithaa was just fulfilling her constitutional duty in flushing them out, Parthasarathy added.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/US-cable-credits-Jaya-with-flushing-out-LTTE-from-Tamil-Nadu/articleshow/19470236.cms

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Antony-Dasmunsi-only-top-Cong-leaders-to-openly-criticize-Sanjay-US-Cables/articleshow/19469261.cms

Rajiv Gandhi Middleman To Main Player In Corruption.

In Corruption, India on April 9, 2013 at 11:36

I have posted on the inclination, subsequent acquiescence and participation of  Rajiv Gandhi in Corrupt Deals in 2011.

How Rajiv Gandhi was involved in the payoffs in the Bofors deal How he was paid,how the Swiss Bank confirmed his account details.

Also a chilling story as to how a conspiracy was hatched to kill Rajiv Gandhi and how the French Intelligence tracked LTTE‘s movements to this effect.

Now comes wikileaks story that Rajiv Gandhi, a’ ‘Transport Pilot’ was considered to be a middleman for his ‘Family Contacts’.

This information traces the origin and emergence of Rajiv Gandhi  in the Art of Corruption.

Well, Congress will deny this story and the show will go on.

BJP will protest initially and when Congress threatens to expose Pramod Mahajan’s  Fund Collection , the freeing of terrorists by the BJP Government and the affairs of Ranjan Bhattacharjee, BJP will zipper its mouth.

Story:

Rajiv Gandhi and Bofors.

Rajiv Gandhi and Bofors.

According to latest WikiLeaksrevelations, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhimay have worked as a middleman for Swedish company Saab-Scania, which had tried to sell its Viggen fighter aircraft to India in the 1970s.

However, Saab-Scania eventually could not sealthe deal, which went to British SEPECAT Jaguar. According to a report published in the Hindu, Rajiv was considered to be a valuable negotiator because of his family connections, states the paper, citing the Kissinger Cables, the latest bunch of classified cables of the US administration released by WikiLeaks.

According to the report, Rajiv Gandhi became the negotiator for the Swedish company Saab-Scania, when it was trying to sell its Viggen fighter aircraft to India in the 1970s, much before he became the prime minister.

The first cable said that Air Marshal OP Mehra’s son-in-law was the chief negotiator for the competing Mirage, but it does not give his name. “Our colleague describes Ranjiv Gandhi [sic] in flattering terms, and contends his technical expertise is of a high level. This may or may not be. Offhand, we would have thought a transport pilot [is] not the best expert to rely upon in evaluating a fighter plane, but then we are speaking of a transport pilot who has another and perhaps more relevant qualification,” the cable read, said the report.

WikiLeaks sent shockwaves around the diplomatic world in 2010 when it released a set of more than 250,000 leaked US cables.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Rajiv-Gandhi-worked-as-middleman-in-aircraft-deal-WikiLeaks/articleshow/19438402.cms?

Related:

http://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2011/12/27/swiss-bank-reveal-indian-names-signed-documents-with-details/

http://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2011/02/22/rajiv-2-5-billionsswiss-magazine-confirms/

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