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The spy who tried to climb the Kremlin wall
Material posted: Publication date: 08-08-2013

When "favorite Saudi Prince" of the Central intelligence Agency described: it was last week the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the head of Saudi intelligence Prince Bandar bin Sultan – landed on Wednesday in Moscow on his private jet and went straight to a meeting with President Vladimir Putin at his suburban residence in Novo-Ogaryovo, this visit was not a matter of secrecy, to which the usual intelligence chief, and which he might expect.

Russian news Agency ITAR-TASS in haste conveyed a clear message, which quoted the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov that the Saudi Prince and Putin discussed a "broad range of issues of bilateral relations, the situation in the middle East and North Africa".

It is obvious that Russians don't want to initiate rumours and speculation at the moment, when the situation in Syria is entering a crucial stage – and taking into account the mystical ability Bandar to cash in on rumors. In fact, the same day when the plane sat Bandar in Moscow, the Syrian government forces "liberated" the strategically important city of HOMS, which the opposition used fancy to refer to as his "revolutionary capital."

With his capture, the government regained control over the Central provinces of the country involving two strategic highways linking Damascus respectively with the city of Aleppo in the North and the Mediterranean port of Tartus, where the Russian Navy operates a base, left over from Soviet times.

Our man in Riyadh

Bandar was a key figure in Saudi Arabia on Syria. Just last weekend, king Abdullah appointed him as the President of the General intelligence Service in Saudi Arabia in addition to his tenure as Secretary-General of the national security Council. Many of this appointment was seen as heralding a new phase in the attempts by Saudi Arabia to achieve "regime change" in Syria.

To date, it became clear that the Obama administration intends to participate in the civil war in Syria through the CIA more than the Pentagon. Obama chose the operations of the CIA any other actual direct forms of U.S. military operations after received a warning from the Chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Martin Dempsey that a direct intervention in Syria would require "hundreds of aircraft, ships, submarines and other means" and would cost "billions".

Americans appreciate Bandar as a "man of action" – almost like one of them and, as Haaretz put it, "Bandar is considered the CIA's man in Riyadh".

Bandar 22 consecutive years he served in Washington's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and has proved so invaluable contact person for changing one after another American presidents that was placed under the protection of the U.S. Secret service as an asset for U.S. national security in diplomatic practice case amazing.

Of course, the purpose in the last weekend of Bandar's main spy means that Abdullah put him in the driver's seat to lead the Saudi-American Juggernaut who hopes to walk the roller on the road to Damascus, despite existing on her boom.

In the end, Bandar was able to perform exceptional work in Afghanistan in the 1980s, with the aim of helping to bleed the Soviet Army that the Mujahideen were provided with a steady flow of money and weapons, and his brother-in-law, Prince Turki, who had been the head of Saudi intelligence, worked with dangerous people, which later became al-Qaeda.

Inside the Saudi regime Bandar is headed by group of hardliners who will never agree except for the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad. Obviously, that led him Wednesday in Moscow it is Syria.

Eerie resemblance

Simply put, he was thinking to leave your business card. Ride Bandara implies a tacit admission by Saudi Arabia that the Syrian solid Putin's policy is a success.

But on the other hand, Bandar nourishes genuine aversion to revolutions (in Arab lands) and discusses "Muslim brotherhood" as an existential threat, no less than the rise of Iran. Somewhere he had heard that there is a space for the development of shared interests with Moscow, which never made any big secret of his own dislike of "Brothers".

A comprehensive programme of action by Saudi Arabia is to cause any potential misunderstanding in Russian-Iranian equations by creating a wrong idea that Moscow could be tempted to follow a dual policy towards Syria. But, of course, the choice of time to visit Bandar was frightening.

The Russians know that Bandar recently held a coordination meeting in Washington and tel Aviv to find new ways of increasing military pressure on the Syrian government forces through arming the rebels – including groups in Northern Syria related to al-Qaeda – as well as the weakening of Hizbullah, whose fighters help the Syrian army.

It can be argued that Obama's policies bears an eerie resemblance to the insidious strategy that skillfully developed Jimmy Carter and Zbigniew Brzezinski in response to the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan is to weaken the Red Army in the secret war, financed by the petrodollar sheikhs.

While Russia will focus on creating conditions for a political process leading to the establishment of common rules of the game during the presidential elections to be held in Syria in 2014, the us-Saudi-Israeli problem in this regard is that given the current state of Affairs Assad has excellent prospects of victory in these elections and rule Syria with even greater legitimacy than ever before.

The fact remains that for a significant part of the Syrian people Assad stands between them and the flood covering the Muslim middle East.

Bandar Log. A strong party of a Saudi Prince is clever using the Salafist fighters as instrument of regional policy, which to a certain extent in line with the broader geostrategy of the USA, as well as the so-called greater Middle East (including Afghanistan and Central Asia).

The Saudis supported the coup in Egypt boosts us-Saudi axis in Syria. The interim government in Cairo has returned to full cooperation with the Israeli military establishment, typical of the era of Hosni Mubarak, which cannot but please Washington. Most importantly, Riyadh and Cairo applauded for the beginning of the stalled peace talks in the middle East that represents a significant contribution to meeting the desperate needs of the United States look generous intermediaries.

In addition, as a result of removal of Qatar to the bench from the game was launched one of its wayward member, and the disruption of Turkey's claims to leadership in the Arab world ensures that the us-Saudi axis will be more effective control over the conduct of a secret war in Syria.

A slap in the face

Undoubtedly, the plan of the Bandar was the study of mood in Moscow at a time when U.S.-Russian relations here will decline because of the case of the former CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

In simple words, there are high chances that the Syrian conflict will take a new geopolitical dimension, concentrating solely on the rivalry of big powers. Influential American Senator John McCain said on Thursday that Moscow's decision on Snowden is "a slap in the face to all Americans". In his statement, he said:

It is time to fundamentally rethink our relationship with Putin's Russia. We need to deal with the Russia that we could want. We cannot allow today's action by Putin [by Snowden] to remain without serious consequences. Today's action by Putin's Russia should finally dispel the illusion that in the last few years there were many Americans about Russia. We have long needed to take a more realistic approach to our relations with Russia, and I hope that today we are finally going to do it.

Meanwhile, Russian media gave the contents of the intercepted messages that are addressed to "jihadists" from the North Caucasus with a call to think more about how to join the Holy war in Russia, and not to go to Syria, and to "prepare for the so-called Olympic games in Sochi [February 2014]".

The Kremlin knows the experience of "Afghan Jihad" that Bandar is dangerous. ITAR-TASS has a very good photojournalist, depicting the portly figure of Bandar, immersed in thought, sitting on a gilded chair, apparently, in the waiting room of Novo-Ogaryovo, – and to himself.


Source translation for MixedNews - josser


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