Phnom Penh Post – Cambodia’s ties with US frayed, says official
Thu, 28 September 2017 Ben Sokhean
In a speech to 65 senior government officials yesterday, Cambodia’s acting foreign affairs minister said this month had been “the worst” so far in the history of Cambodia-US relations.
“Our relationship seems to be difficult,” said Ouch Borith, who is second-in-command at the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Citing the widely condemned arrest of opposition leader Kem Sokha – over accusations of a purported US-backed plot to foment revolution – as well as the closure of US-backed and -owned independent media outlets and the dispute over deportations of Cambodian citizens living in the US, Borith said this month had been a “hot” one for the two countries.
“We are concerned about only one thing – that there is a push in the US Congress to impose economic sanctions,” Borith said. “That is a huge market . . . If the US goes, the US will take the EU with it as well.”
Borith echoed Prime Minister Hun Sen and other top officials in criticising the US for deporting Cambodian residents who were convicted of felonies despite many of them having lived in the US as refugees since they were children.
“[The deportees] were sentenced and did their time for five or six years already, and now they are sent to Cambodia,” Borith said. “It seems like that they are being punished twice. Some do not speak Khmer, our officials have interviewed them. And once we asked them, they are Vietnamese, Thais and sometimes Laotians,” he said.
Speaking at a celebration of the 24th anniversary of the Cambodian Constitution, Borith said the ministry was working to promote the garment industry to consumers outside of the US in case the administration of President Donald Trump imposed economic sanctions.
“Not having visas is not a problem – it won’t kill us,” he said, referring to a recent visa ban imposed by the US on certain Foreign Affairs officials in response to the Kingdom’s suspension in accepting the deportees.
Borith also defended the government’s actions in shuttering the US-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the American-owned newspaper the Cambodia Daily, both of which he said had “violated the law”.
He said the NDI in particular had failed to register on time with the ministry under a 2015 law governing NGOs – a claim that the US Embassy in Phnom Penh has refuted.
The US Embassy declined to comment yesterday, referring reporters instead to a statement delivered by US Ambassador William Heidt earlier this month in which he noted that the events of the past month “aren’t hurting the United States, they are hurting Cambodia”.
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The U.S. has a long history of meddling with the democratic process of various “Third World” nations, and this isn’t the first time for Cambodia. For an intimate account of the pre-Khmer Rouge history, see Prince Norodom Sihanouk’s My War With the CIA (1973). Sihanouk favored non-alignment (i.e. not taking sides in the Cold War) as a policy. He suggests that in the view of the CIA, this is a greater sin than siding with the communists. For this, he was ousted, exiled and replaced by the U.S. favored Lon Nol in 1970. A persuasive argument can be made that if not for the CIA orchestrated coup and the brutality of the puppet regime, the greater brutalities that were to follow with the Khmer Rouge may never have happened.
But that was then; in the present, we have what looks like the beginnings of a George Soros inspired (and funded?) color revolution, to the purpose of aiding the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), as exposed in the recent leaking of National Democratic Institute (NDI) documents (Phnom Penh Post, Fresh News), and as suggested by Kem Sokha’s own words in his 2013 interview with the Cambodian Broadcasting Network, quoted in the Sept. 6 Phnom Penh Post, regarding the “democratisation process” he learned of in his annual visits to the U.S. since 1993…
“They said if we want to change the leadership, we cannot fight the top. Before changing the top level, we need to uproot the lower one. We need to change the lower level first…”
Of course, a “grass roots” political movement is one thing, but an “uprooting” instructed by foreign intelligence agencies and financial oligarchs is another. See the My War With the CIA blog for such operations as have been deployed elsewhere in the region – NED-funded NDI and Asian Colour Revolutionary Network, NOYDA (亞洲青年民主網絡) – The Anti-Empire Report Far East 2016-2017
From another CIA front…
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Amidst all of this, a curious death stateside. The body of Kurt Smolek, a U.S. State Department official assigned to Cambodia, was found late August in the Potomac River…
George Webb, who has an uncanny way of finding himself in close proximity to assorted skullduggeries (see our July 4 edition), just happened to be in the neighborhood; he notes Smolek’s connection to Hillary Clinton at his Youtube channel: Day 314.6 600 Water Street – Dead Body in the Potomac – You Know Where It Is Already
And now an intermission: Dead Kennedys -Holiday In Cambodia (Live at Target Studio)
Smolek’s contact info can be found in this Cambodia 2016 Crime & Safety Report, where U.S. tourists are warned not to eat the marijuana-laced “happy pizza”. The reference, along with warnings about human trafficking, has captured the interest of pizza-gate researchers at Steemit and Voat.
Wayne Madsen neglects to mention the Clinton tie-in, or Cambodia, but happenstantially connects Smolek’s death with that of others in proximity, though seemingly unrelated…
On August 30, the body of former Dayton, Ohio policeman Kurt Smolek, 45, was pulled from the Potomac River. Local Ohio news reports identified Smolek as a graduate of the Dayton police recruit class of 1997. Reports also stated he resigned from the police force in 2003.
There is more to Smolek’s background than being a Dayton police officer. In 2003, he was recruited as a special security agent for the Diplomatic Security Service of the U.S. State Department. Smolek had been assigned to then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s personal security team. The agent was last seen on August 28, 2017, on the 600 block of Water Street in Southwest DC, which is located on the Potomac waterfront. However, he drove a GMC SUV with Virginia tags, an indication that he did not live in the district. As is normally the case with suspicious deaths of State Department, Central Intelligence Agency, and other national security personnel in the DC area, DC Metro police quickly concluded, before an autopsy report, that no foul play was involved in Smolek’s death. However, WHIO-TV in Dayton has requested a copy of Smolek’s autopsy report from the DC Medical Examiner’s office, which is notoriously slow in issuing final autopsy reports in high-profile cases.
WHIO did report that Smolek had been assigned a new position in August of this year and that he was working in a building next door to one where a fellow Dayton police academy graduate was working. That classmate was described as working for an unidentified U.S. military branch.
The last day Smolek was seen alive, August 28, William Pete, Jr., a father of two and a poet and amateur comedian, was reported to have jumped in front of a Metro train on the Blue-Orange-Silver line at the L’Enfant Plaza Station at 400 7th St. SW, not far from where Smolek was last seen alive. The reported suicide of Pete occurred at 10 am. Pete was described by a family member as homeless and diagnosed with a bipolar disorder. Around the area of the Waterfront and L’Enfant Plaza are found a number of federal departments and agencies.
A half hour after Pete jumped in front of the DC Metro train, Lindsay Jacoby, 40, a mother of two children and the president and CEO of her own Wall Street recruiting firm, Jacoby Staffing, leaped to her death at 10:30 am on August 28 from the rooftop of her and her husband’s $3.6 million four-story house, located at 12 Henderson Place in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Jacoby previously worked for JP Morgan, Citigroup, and Oppenheimer and Company.
The three deaths follow reports that Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller is taking a closer look at the alleged suicide of GOP political adviser Peter Smith, 81, the president and CEO of the Chicago-based financial advisory firm Corporate Venture Alliances and a Delaware shell company called KLS Research. The latter specifically specialized in avoiding federal campaign financial reporting.
Smith was allegedly a go-between for providing hacked Democratic Party emails to the Donald Trump campaign. Smith allegedly committed suicide in a Rochester, Minnesota hotel room prior to receiving medical treatment at the Mayo Clinic. Smith, who was a close friend of former House Speaker and Trump adviser Newt Gingrich, died ten days after providing a “tell-all” interview to The Wall Street Journal about his contacts with “Russian hackers” who claimed to have obtained 33,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s email server. The official police report on Smith’s death stated he died from “asphyxiation due to displacement of oxygen in confined space with helium.” Next to Smith’s body was a note that stated, “NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER.” Apparently, Mueller is not totally convinced that Smith’s “suicide” involved “no foul play.”
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