This is what you call a Storify, and I’m not at all sure it will embed in a WordPress.com blog, even with all my tricks, so bear with me if I’m constantly editing this mofo.
Long story short: Heather Marsh, head of The Global Square, who is one of the most brilliant people I’ve ever met in my life, has come up with a possible link between the US pressure on the UK to invade the Ecuadorian Embassy and the economic interests of American oil companies in Latin America, including a possible debt for votes swap.
Okay, now that I’ve posted it I see it’s ugly as hell. I encourage you to read it on the Storify Site, where you can get an embed code to put it on your own blog, as long as it’s not a WordPress.com blog.
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All about oil: Julian Assange, Ecuador, the US, and the greasy world of Big Oil
A fascinating and underreported theory about just why Julian Assange is having such difficulty getting to Ecuador. Cherchez l’huile! Curated by @raincoaster
Storified by raincoaster · Fri, Aug 24 2012 13:17:42
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Thanks UK. If this turns into the real American Revolution, we can thank you and a dodgy ripped condom. #Wikileaks #EcuadorHeather Marsh
Very fine tweeting by @GeorgieBC on deep relations between #Chevron #Ecuador #Brazil #Assange #Wikileaks and pan-Americanism, a must follow!AWP
Suddenly all pan American alliances have a purpose. Suddenly its not about #Assange it’s about leadership in Americas. #Wikileaks #EcuadorHeather Marsh
Drug war has been excuse for dominance of Americas as surely as terrorism for mideast, child porn for internet. #Wikileaks #Ecuador #AssangeHeather Marsh
For American countries to pass their own drug & environmental laws would be to exert unacceptable sovereignty. #Wikileaks #Ecuador #AssangeHeather Marsh
Chevron owes #Ecuador $18 Billion,Brazil $22 billion,faces asset seizure in Brazil and Canada, pressuring US re Ecuador. #Assange #WikileaksHeather Marsh
Meanwhile, "Chevron pressed for trade benefits [to #Ecuador] be revoked" http://reut.rs/Re74rj
#Wikileaks #AssangeHeather Marsh
Surveillance and military corporations are symptoms. Resource Corporations are the disease. #Ecuador #TrapwireHeather Marsh
Let’s take a moment to look at that post, and the subsequent press release (released last night by WikiLeaks). Together they allege that the US had been pressuring Cameron and Hague personally, and relentlessly, and that the operation to storm the Ecuadorian Embassy in London was the culmination of three weeks of interdepartmental cooperation in which the Prime Minister was fully engaged. It doesn’t take a Nobel Prize Winner to detect something of the “Plausible Deniability” in the simultaneous absences from the country
of both the Prime Minister and the Deputy PM.
Statement on U.K. intentions and pressures prior to Ecuadorian embassy siegeThursday 24th August, 01:00 BST Formal statement by Craig Murray former U.K. Ambassador and career diplomat, August 23, 2012, on the Ecua…
Statement on U.K. intentions and pressures prior to Ecuadorian embassy siege Thursday 24th August, 01:00 BST
Formal statement by Craig Murray former U.K. Ambassador and career diplomat, August 23, 2012, on the Ecuadorian embassy siege in London.
My name is Craig John Murray. I am a retired British diplomat. I was a member of Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service for over 20 years, and a member of the Senior Management Structure of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for over six years.
As anybody who works a long time in any one organisation, I have a great many friends there, some of whom are now very senior officials. And as is natural, they sometimes discuss matters with their old colleague.
I arrived in the UK from a trip abroad on 15 August 2012 and was immediately contacted by a very senior official within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office who was very concerned. He had knowledge that an attempt by the British authorities to force entry to the Embassy of Ecuador was possibly imminent. I suggested that this must be impossible, and he said that unfortunately it was not. He said that he had been party to formal discussions over a three week period between different British government departments on the legality of such a move. It had concluded that the provisions of the Diplomatic Premises Act of 1987 gave the authorities the domestic power to do this, in spite of the Vienna Convention of 1961.
My ex-colleague went on to say that he understood the government intended to act quickly to pre-empt any grant of political asylum to Mr Assange by the government of Ecuador. If there were any formal international recognition of Mr Assange as a political refugee, it might complicate matters.
He also said there was tremendous discomfort at this development within the British diplomatic service because of the potential exposure of British embassies and diplomats abroad to similar action.
I asked how on earth such an illegal decision could have been reached. My ex-colleague said that political pressure exerted by the administration of the United States of America on Mr William Hague and Mr David Cameron had outweighed the views of British diplomats.
I published a brief account of this conversation on my blog the following morning, in an effort to add to the pressures which might avert the government from such an illegal act.
About Craig Murray: http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/about-craig-murray/
And now, back to the OTHER half of the controversy.
In yesterday’s OAS meeting, media say US & Canada disagreed w resolution. In fact, US said "not OAS concern"… #Ecuador #assange #wikileaksHeather Marsh
Canada stressed need for negotiation, compromise,objected to UK not able to participate,agreed w most of table. #Ecuador #assange #wikileaksHeather Marsh
And it was only in the actual dissent that Canada sided against majority. A wedgie from a very sharp fence. #Ecuador #assange #wikileaksHeather Marsh
This was Fidel Castro’s 86th birthday present. Has he weighed in? I haven’t heard anything for a while. #Ecuador #assange #wikileaksHeather Marsh
Chile gov’t spokesperson said today, #Ecuador matter is bilateral between them and UK, unsurprising. #assange #wikileaksHeather Marsh
The UK wants more Norwegian gashttp://bit.ly/Q6xxQm #StatoilAsher Wolf
A wild possibility appears…
Anyone know what percentage of Statoil Sweden’s Wallenberg family owns?Asher Wolf
Now we’ve got Assange neatly triangulated between Chevron in South America and Sweden’s oil interests.
@Asher_Wolf according to a popular conspiracy theory the Wallenbergs own everything and have decided to be anti-WL.Christopher K
@intensifier and some of the Wallenberg family businesses have huge contracts with the U.S. ? Researching them now… really odd reading.Asher Wolf
@Asher_Wolf @intensifier The Wallenberg family owns the holding firm Investor AB, with minority stakes in various Sweedish companies.Anonymous
And now, back to our regular programming.
US: Bilateral issue, nothing has happened, UK has taken no action, inappropriate of OAS to insert self #Ecuador #assange #wikileaksHeather Marsh
Venezuela: Case of shoot the messenger. Talking about Wikileaks, Manning. #Ecuador #assange #wikileaksHeather Marsh
Venezuela: Talking about Collateral Murder video, other WL leaks. Necessary to find diplomatic solutions. #Ecuador #assange #wikileaksHeather Marsh
Venezuela: Hinting very strongly UK and Ecuador are good guys, dark forces beneath. #Ecuador #assange #wikileaksHeather Marsh
I’d like to know what Venezuela knows. Or thinks it does.
Venezuela: Now on Sweden: Nordic examples of peace and justice. #Ecuador #assange #wikileaksHeather Marsh
UK: #Ecuador’s decision to circulate private communication result in out of context. Is bilateral matter. #assange #wikileaksHeather Marsh
UK to Ecaudor: that was a "private briefing note" – how could you circulate it? Our veiled threats are not for public consumption! #oasNaomi Colvin
"Don’t pass our secret documents around" is not a great statement to be making given subject of
this case. #uk #assange #ecuador #wikileaksNaomi Colvin
@trh_humunculus that note was the creation of a superior patrician intelligence, how could we proles possibly appreciate its true meaning?Naomi Colvin
On Sunday, UNASUR and ALBA meet in Guayaquil to talk about UK vs #Ecuador, & probably also NAmer bullying & Falklands. #Assange #WikileaksHeather Marsh
What deals are being made this week?What made Canada soft line & then hard line for UK/US? Was #Khadr mentioned? Enbridge? #Ecuador #AssangeHeather Marsh
What is Brazil bringing to negotiate at UNASUR? With who? #Ecuador? What about Chevron? We need our own surveillance. #Assange #WikileaksHeather Marsh
#Chevron #Brazil Suits Double to $22 Billion With New Claim http://bloom.bg/HMS6ip
#Assange #Wikileaks #EcuadorHeather Marsh
Payback awaits Correa’s welcome mat for Assangehttp://on.ft.com/QKNFru cc. @GeorgieBCAsher Wolf
Payback for Correa’s welcome for AssangeTo some, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa might have not been a publicly strident critic of the US compared to key allies such as Venezu…
Here’s the key quote from that FT article
“If this gets tough, what would be at risk are some $850m in preferences for certain exports to the US through the Andean Pact,” Edison Carate, an economist within Ecuador’s planning ministry, told beyondbrics. The Andean country’s exports to the US totalled $9.6bn last year – most of it oil. The White House could suspend Ecuador’s benefits if they think Quito is not worthy of it. “The pact was already under review, so Assange’s extradition might contribute to its cancellation,” says Carate.
Coinciding with Assange’s asylum plea, last week the US Trade Representative announced September 17 as the deadline to file petitions to cut or shrink Ecuador’s trade preferences.”
Whatever alliances are being negotiated this week, they won’t be cheap. #Ecuador #Assange #WikileaksHeather Marsh
The Hague’s Permanent Court of Arbitration hearing whether #Ecuador violated treaty w US guarantee Chevron a fair trial. #Assange #WikileaksHeather Marsh
#Ecuador court ruled against Chevron in February 2011. 20 year old case now expected to carry through 2014. #Assange #WikileaksHeather Marsh
#Ecuador increased damages from $18.2 billion to $19b – int’l court will hear in late November. #Assange #WikileaksHeather Marsh
#Ecuador has argued tribunal has no jurisdiction because bilateral trade agreement with US into effect 5 years after #Assange #WikileaksHeather Marsh
Chevron (US 2nd largest oil) pursuing racketeering, fraud charges against #Ecuador,NY judge ruled in Aug could go ahead. #Assange #WikileaksHeather Marsh
Chevron says Ecuador arbitration to stretch into 2014SAN FRANCISCO | Thu Aug 2, 2012 6:12pm EDT SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – An international tribunal that will weigh in on Chevron Corp’s two-d…
#Ecuador Gross external debt (2010) $14.71 billion. Public revenues $20.83 billion (2010) Chevron damages $19 billion #Assange #WikileaksHeather Marsh
#Ecuador Exports $17.37 billion (2010) Imports $17.65 billion (2010) Expenses $21.76 billion Chevron damages $19 billion #Assange #WikileaksHeather Marsh
On September 28, 2008, The Rights of Nature were added to #Ecuador constitution partly in response to Chevron.#Assange #WikileaksHeather Marsh
Rights of NatureRights of Nature recognize the Earth and all its ecosystems as a living being with inalienable rights: to exist, to live free of cruel tr…
the #UK should give the #Malvinas back to #Argentina and leave #Assange to go to #Ecuador – XIX century is over-God save the Queen nomoreHeleana Zambonino
#Argentina reaffirmed its sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands and on Antarctica Argentina #MalvinasHeather Marsh
RT @Qpalestine: Hope they do go in after #Assange. Watch S.America’s UK embassies go up in flames. #MalvinasPUBLISH OR PERISH
British persist in oil exploration in the Falklands, in violation of UN resolutions and ignoring warnings from Argentina. #Malvinas #AssangeHeather Marsh
UK columnists talking about #Ecuador ‘dramatizing’ w ‘not colony’ – how exactly are you entitled to #Argentina shore? #Malvinas #AssangeHeather Marsh
IT’S ALWAYS OIL PEOPLE. JUST ONLY LOOK AT OIL. ALWAYS. SRSLY.#malvinas #Ecuador #assange #wars #lies #surveillance #XeEvilBlackwaterAcademieHeather Marsh
Follow @Asher_Wolf who is following the oil. Better yet, help her!Heather Marsh
Yes, every country in Americas trying to pull away from US and sell their oil to China. Have been for a while. #Assange #Ecuador #WikileaksHeather Marsh
Seven Sisters is not a strip club. It is a petroleum industry cartel. http://is.gd/bY77HU
No amount of U.S. threats of trade sanctions to Ecuador is going to override loosing Chevron’s access to OAS oil.Asher Wolf
The Chicago Tribune has a much more cheery outlook on Chevron’s chance of being saved by Petrobras than the Financial Times take on things.Asher Wolf
BP, Socal, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, Socony, Esso, ExxonMobil <– The old Seven SistersAsher Wolf
And the new Seven Sisters? 1/3Asher Wolf
China National Petroleum Corporation (China)Gazprom (Russia)National Iranian Oil Company (Iran)Petrobras (Brazil)2/3Asher Wolf
PDVSA (Venezuela)Petronas (Malaysia)Saudi Aramco (Saudi Arabia)3/3Asher Wolf
. @methadonna @madeleinelove If the U.S. attempts to grab Assange, they’ll not only fail – OAS will push back against Chevron.Asher Wolf
. @alxgucci Chevron’s in deep shit, and if the "five eyes" grab for Assange they’ll get their knees kicked out under them in the oil market.Asher Wolf
From Ecuador to Richmond to Nigeria, Chevron Flouts Safety, Lacks Respect for Communities Where It Operateshttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/karen-hinton/chevron-oil-richmond_b_1766170.htmlAsher Wolf
Energy stocks fall as Chevron, Exxon dropNEW YORK (MarketWatch) – Energy stocks fell despite modest gains in the broad equities market on Friday, even as crude oil pries moved up…
"Earlier this month, Brazilian court debarred Chevron & Transocean because of offshore oil spill last year." #Assange #Ecuador #WikileaksHeather Marsh
"Rather than scaling back, Chevron hopes to restart production wells at the site of spill last year." #Assange #Ecuador #WikileaksHeather Marsh
Dirty Tricks in Chevron Ecuador Lawsuit http://shar.es/70L1Y
#Assange #Ecuador #WikileaksHeather Marsh
US/UK desperate for oil. Iran sanctions make
it worse. Asia not interested in reserve tapping. Oil prices rising, US stocks dropping. #AmOilHeather Marsh
"refiners in fast-growing Pacific market faring better than those in Atlantic basin, hampered by old plants and stagnant demand." #AmOilHeather Marsh
"Britain, France appeared open, Japan, S Korea said on Friday they saw no cause for action." “It is not as if Japan is short of oil” #AmOilHeather Marsh
“Stock releases are not done when the price is high but when supply is insufficient. Supplies are sufficient now.” #AmOilHeather Marsh
US "reviving old plans on reserves to prevent rising energy prices from undermining sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program." #AmOilHeather Marsh
"A bigger problem than technical is Brasilia’s insistence on using oil giant as tool for implementing development & social policies." #AmOilHeather Marsh
US/UK desperate for oil. Iran sanctions make it worse. Asia not interested in reserve tapping. Oil prices rising, US stocks dropping. #AmOilHeather Marsh
China deal for Canada oil sands + trade agreements w Brazil and others. Chevron fined up to $40 billion by Brazil and Ecuador. #AmOilHeather Marsh
Chevron, TransOcean kicked out of #Brazil. Americas backing #Argentina against UK in Falklands oil exploration. #AmOil #MalvinasHeather Marsh
In the middle of this, UK threatens to "storm" #Ecuador embassy for US agenda. OAS, ALBA, UNASUR meetings called. #AmOil #AssangeHeather Marsh
Members of Mercosur: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela. Members of CAN: Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru #AmOilHeather Marsh
Members of UNASUR: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela, Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Guyana, Suriname #AmOilHeather Marsh
Members of ALBA: Antigua & Barbuda, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Venezuela, St Vincent and Grenadines #AmOilHeather Marsh
Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos & Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos – Commission and Court of Human Rights for OAS #AmOilHeather Marsh
In exchange for destroying the environment and plundering the resources, US gave education. Meet the School of the Americas. #AmOilHeather Marsh
What is the SOA? | SOA Watch: Close the School of the AmericasSOA Watch is a nonviolent grassroots movement that works through creative protest and resistance, legislative and media work to stand in …
Here’s an excerpt from that page:
The School of the Americas (SOA) is a combat training school for Latin American soldiers, located at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 2001 renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC).
It was initially established in Panama in 1946 however it was expelled from Panama in 1984 under the terms of the Panama Canal Treaty (article iv) and reinforced under the Treaty Concerning the Permanent Neutrality and Operation of the Panama Canal (article v).
Former Panamanian President, Jorge Illueca, stated that the School of the Americas was the “biggest base for destabilization in Latin America.” The SOA have left a trail of blood and suffering in every country where its graduates have returned. For this reason the School of the Americas has been historically dubbed the “School of Assassins”
"China has ousted the U.S. as the main trading partner in one South American nation after another, and inroads by Iran…" #AmOilHeather Marsh
"US investment in Latin America fell to 16 % in 2010, from 32 %a decade earlier, while investment from Asia rose to 14 % from 2 %" #AmOilHeather Marsh
IMF predicts S America will grow by 3.6% this year, twice as fast as US. #AmOilHeather Marsh
"US trade benefits for #Ecuador seen at risk in #Assange case" is really an astounding headline when you consider the real case. #AmOilHeather Marsh
Upcoming Canada trade missions:DominicanRep, Haiti, SaudiArabia,Jordan,Libya, Peru, Columbia, Panama, Philippines&Thailand. #AmOil #cdnpoliHeather Marsh
The UK idiocy is a match dropped in the middle of an oil war. And US/UK are in no position to win. #Assange #AmOilHeather Marsh
Everyone in the Americas wants to trade with India, China and each other (not US). Oh and Cuba and Iran. Sanctions? Lmao. #AmOil #AssangeHeather Marsh
"They’re out of touch. Who do they think they’re dealing with?" #Correa #Assange #AmOilHeather Marsh
"Can’t they see that this is a dignified and sovereign government which will not kneel down before anyone?" #Correa #Assange #AmOilHeather Marsh
"What a mentality, eh? They have not realized that Latin America is free and sovereign" #Correa #Assange #AmOilHeather Marsh
"we’ll not put up with meddling, colonialism of any kind, at least in this country, small, but with a big heart." #Correa #Assange #AmOilHeather Marsh
"We warn UK … about grave consequences that carrying out their threats will have in relations with our countries" #ALBA #Assange #AmOilHeather Marsh
"UK … is wrong. Threat is not only to Ecuador, it’s against Bolivia, S America, against whole of Latin America" #ALBA #Assange #AmOilHeather Marsh
#Assange case new dimension, political leadership in Americas & #Chevron #Wikileaks #AmOil #Ecuador @GeorgieBC http://whistle.is/?p=357AWP
"#Ecuador media said other nations including Colombia and Argentina were backing #Correa’s position." #ALBA #Assange #AmOilHeather Marsh
Sanctions from the US could actually become sanctions to the US – take a look at the trade. #ALBA #Assange #AmOilHeather Marsh
#Assange extradition case assumes a new dimension: political leadership in the Americas and Chevron http://whistle.is/?p=357
If the OAS is blocked from consensus by US and Canada, CELAC is the obvious new organization – and the Americas split. #AmOilHeather Marsh
Where ALBA was considered a fringe group, 8 of the 35, CELAC is 33 of the 35 OAS countries and cannot be disregarded. #AmOilHeather Marsh
If Harper is serious about working with the Americas, he had better rethink the next OAS meeting. It is very likely to be the last. #AmOilHeather Marsh
#cdnpoli if you are not paying attention to #AmOil #Ecuador #Malvinas you ought. Unless you want other 33 countries to exclude Canada w US.Heather Marsh
For how long do 2 countries, think they can tell 35 countries to exclude 1? Especially when 1 of the 2 LIKES Cuba? #AmOilHeather Marsh
It is obvious the Americas are going to stop excluding Cuba & start excluding US.Does Canada want to be in group of 35 or 2? #cdnpoli #AmOilHeather Marsh
Summit of Americas in April had to end w no final declaration because of US & Canada blocks (on Cuba, Falklands and drugs). #AmOil #cdnpoliHeather Marsh
Fidel wonders about Canada’s position on Falklands issue at the Americas summit — MercoPress http://mercopress.com/t/35800
#cdnpoli #AmOilHeather Marsh
"measures proposed by US would prevent scientific research in Latin America, causing more inequalities technological dependence." #AmOilHeather Marsh
Ha! Not only Falklands/#Malvinas, they brought up #Guantanamo too. This is a productive weekend. #ALBA #Ecuador #AmOil #AssangeHeather Marsh
You know #ALBA, Fidel’s your brother too. You could storm #Guantanamo for him. Would be so epic. #Ecuador #AmOil #AssangeHeather Marsh
2004: Cuba + Venezuela (#ALBA) => 2008: 12 countries (#UNASUR) => 2011: => 33 countries (CELAC) #Assange #Ecuador #AmOilHeather Marsh
In other words: 35 countries, US & Canada exclude Cuba => 35 countries exclude US & Canada #Assange #Ecuador #AmOilHeather Marsh
People who honestly think that these speeches about colonialism and imperialism are limited to an embassy …. #Assange #Ecuador #AmOilHeather Marsh
. @kgosztola @Thomas_Drake1 Oh wait? Did Iraq just blacklist Chevron? Oh. *Waits for the U.S. cry of "WMD!!! again…*Asher Wolf
It’d be great if someone could Chirpstory @GeorgieBC’s tweets on #AmOil.Asher Wolf
Will a Storify do?
@raincoaster @GeorgieBC sure!Asher Wolf
Don't keep it to yourself!
I am not sure if you will be interested in this (and you probably already know about it) but I thought I would share this ‘coming soon’ from Australian tv with you anyway. I wonder how they are going to portray Julian? Will he be a superhero or a supervillain?
The scuttlebutt says it’s going to be largely a positive portrayal, but I predict he’s going to go apeshit anyway. He’s a man who doesn’t like his image in the hands of others.
If channel 10 was doing a special on me I would go off my head too. If it was the SBS or Aunty you might feel that a real story was going to be told, but channel 10 are only in it hoping a bit of scandal will bring in the bucks.
I expect it will be told as the tale of a brave little Aussie standing up against the evil of the rest of the world, with only the slightest tipping of the hat to fact.
Apparently Variety gave it a positive review. It premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, for some reason http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117948298/
Toronto Film Festival? That sounds like ch10 doing their best to give it some credibility.
Yes, likely. Release it somewhere first and see how it does.
And if it gets the slightest bit of appreciation there they can say ‘released to critical acclaim at the Toronto Film Festival’.