[Marxism] WikiLeaks: The Horn of Terror, Secret Deals and Frame Ups from Nairobi to New York
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Mon Jun 9 09:13:53 MDT 2008
Mon Jun 9 14:49:51 GST 2008
Wikileaks Press Release
Extraordinary rendition on the "Horn of Terror", secret agreements, a
plot to frame Ralia Odinga, Barack Obama, and more.
During the 2007 Presidential election campaigns in Kenya, an
international furore developed around the existence of a "secret"
Memorandum of Understanding signed by Raila Odinga (now Prime Minister
of Kenya) and the National Muslim Leaders' Forum. A forged version of
this Memorandum of Understanding was in email circulation as of November
2007 and was released (as such) by Wikileaks.Org on November 14th 2007.
The MoU went on to cause considerable mischief in the December 2007
Kenyan election and continues, fantastically, to be used to smear US
Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama (for example, see "The
Kenyan Connection" in the New York Sun
At the time WikiLeaks pointed out that "Most of the pledges couldn't be
met by any presidential candidate as they are inherently
unconstitutional and would mightily annoy the non-Muslim majority in
Kenya... The idea behind the smear is to turn a fairly large and
committed evangelical Christian block against poor Raila, who is often
accused of ambivalent religious allegiance". However this did not stop
Kenyan and US proponents of the document deliberately avoiding the
WikiLeaks analysis by linking directly to the memorandum as opposed to
the WikiLeaks description page.
WikiLeaks has now received from the Kenyan Human Rights Forum what is
likely the authentic MoU between Raila Odinga and the NAMLEF. It is
dated August 29th 2007 and is signed by Raila Odinga and Sheikh Abdulahi
Abdi the Chairman of NAMLEF. Witnesses to their signatures are Mohamed
Farouk Adam, Said Athman Mtwana (now a senior civil servant) and Najib
Balala (now the Minister for Tourism).
The authenticity of this document is also strenghtned by the current
political climate and a follow up letter from the KMHRF. The letter,
addressed to Prime Minister Raila Odinga and dated June 5th 2008,
reminds the Prime Minister of his commitment to NAMLEF regarding over
100 Kenyans who in January and February 2007 were illegally renditioned,
including to Guantanamo Bay where one Kenyan (Abdulmalik Mohamed - by
the admission of US authorities) is still being held.
The KMHRF is now calling Mr. Odinga on his pledges including the pledge
in clause E (b) (4) which refers to "specific action" including "the
setting up of a commission to inquire on deliberate schemes and actions
of the government, its agencies or officers, to target or interfere with
welfare and social well-being of Muslims in Kenya as citizens including
renditioning of Kenyans to Somalia, Ethiopia and Guantanamo Bay."
Apparently it was intended that such schemes and actions will be put to
an end and public officers responsible for the same named and held to
According to the KMHRF, the publication of the authentic MoU and the
letter to Prime Minister Raila Odinga is meant to highlight the dilemmas
faced by the Government of Kenya's in its continued support for the War
on Terror, and the need to satisfy political demands by supporters of
members of the Grand Coalition Government that was formed on February
28th 2008, after the Kenyan elections of December 2007.
In July 2007, the KMHRF published a report on extraordinary renditions
in East Africa that indicates that over 100 Kenyans have been extracted
from the country during US operations in collaboration with Kenyan
authorities. The report contains original copies of passenger manifests
from Kenyan charter airlines as evidence of renditions in January and
The report and letter are included in the WikiLeaks archive along with
the confidential memorandum between the National Muslim Leaders Forum
and the Priminister.
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