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Macron: A Pindosi Trojan horse in the Elysée Palace
Wayne Madsen, Strategic Culture, May 17 2017

Pres Emmanuel Macron, who was thrust into the race as a pro-EU counterweight to prevent the election of Marine Le Pen, appears to have more than a casual relationship with Pindostan. While he worked within the Ministry of the Economy as both a special inspector and as minister, Macron oversaw the virtual theft of strategic French industries by Pindosi firms having strong links to the Pindo Intelligence Community. The hacking of the computers of Macron’s En Marche! campaign movement by unknown parties yielded some interesting material. Defenders of Macron contend that the computer files released were either fake or extraneous information, but one set of files dealing with the virtual theft of France’s top information technology giant by individuals connected to the CIA is exactly the type of files one would expect the Macron campaign would keep. Macron’s first job in the French government was to protect the interests of French companies from foreign competition, and most of all from acquisition.

The move by the Pindosi intelligence services to acquire French smart-card technology leader Gemplus International began in 2001 and the operation was largely complete by 2004, the year Macron became an Inspector of Finances in the French Ministry of Economy. French industry has long been a target for surveillance and/or acquisition by Pindo companies and the CIA has played an important role in such ‘economic warfare’ operations. For example, the French electronics firm Thomson-CSF was long a top target for NSA and CIA surveillance. Documents concerning the successful takeover of Gemplus, along with its main factory in Gemenos, Bouches-du-Rhône, by a Pindosi firm calling itself Texas Pacific Group (TPG) are included in the tranche of files lifted from the En Marche! computers. TPG first acquired Gemplus shares in Feb 2000. In 2006, Gemplus merged with Axalto to form Gemalto and the effective Pindosi control of the firm was complete.

In Sep 2002, Alex Mandl, a Pindosi native of Vienna and a former President of AT&T, chairman and CEO of Teligent, board member of the CIA’s venture capital firm IN-Q-TEL and member of the board of the neocon AEI, was named CEO of Gemplus International. He continues as the executive chairman of Gemalto. As a result of the disclosures of Edward Snowden, it is now known that GCHQ, working with the NSA, successfully penetrated the SIM cards used by Gemalto. The GCHQ/NSA successfully intercepted mobile communications using encryption-enabled Gemalto SIM cards in AfPak, Yemen, India, Serbia, Iran, Iceland, Somalia and Tajikistan. The GCHQ-NSA attack also targeted Gemalto SIM card personalization centers in Japan, Colombia and Italy. The NSA and GCHQ hack of Gemalto’s SIM chips by their joint Mobile Handset Exploitation Team (MHET) represents perhaps the largest NSA interception operation in history, one that saw billions of mobile calls and text messages successfully intercepted and decoded by NSA and GCHQ. More sinister is the inclusion of Gemalto SIM card identification data in the CIA’s database of cell phones targeted in Pindo drone strikes.

En Marche! internal documents point to four French government agencies having conducted investigations into the Gemplus takeover: the Renseignements Généraux, the DST, the Industry Ministry and Macron’s Economy Ministry. The French corporate press lavished Macron, a former Rothschild banker, with praise. French media describe the Gemplus documents as having nothing to do with Macron and argue that Macron was a mere student at the ENA until he graduated in 2004. But the leaked documents clearly indicate that the Gemplus takeover was still being investigated by the French government when Macron became an Inspector within the Economy Ministry in 2004. Since Macron’s role was to ensure that French companies were free of foreign attempts to stymie French economic growth, his performance was abysmal, as seen in the loss of French jobs to foreign interests. It is very likely that En Marche’s files on the Gemplus takeover were to have backup information at the ready in the event Macron’s role in covering up details of the American takeover of Gemplus were to become public. Any political party must be prepared to confront revelations exposed by «opposition research» into their candidates. It is also noteworthy that one of En Marche’s few published policy planks stated it was Macron’s policy to «monitor» but not prevent foreign ownership of strategic French industries and businesses.

In 2008, Macron left government to join the Rothschild & Cie Banque. He also became a leader in the neocon-heavy Pindo-French Foundation, which counts among its alum Hillary Clinton, Wesley Clark and Robert Zoellick. The operative question about Macron is, what did he know about the Gemplus takeover and when did he know it? En Marche’s Gemplus files, contained in a folder labeled “Macron” and dealing with the takeover, read like John LeCarré. One file, marked Confidential and sent to Stefan Quandt, billionaire boss of BMW and Daimler, deals with Gemplus’s plummeting stock value in 2001, and states:

(There are) extremely tense relationship and clashes between the main people at the top echelons, and breakdown of communication with the personnel. As a result, the bulk of them is completely unmotivated today.

As an inspector within the Economy Ministry, it is astounding that Macron would not have been aware of the violation of French law that occurred with the takeover of Gemplus. This is also described in another Gemplus file from his campaign, which points to the situation regarding Gemplus’s post-takeover:

Irresponsible statements, often followed by reversals on site closures and firing of personnel, even before consulting with their representatives (as the law and common sense requires.

The Quandts are very publicity-shy and there is a good reason for it. Guenther manufactured Mauser firearms and anti-aircraft rockets for the Third Reich. He divorced his first wife Magda after they had one child, Harald. Magda then married Joseph Goebbels. Stefan, who was involved in the takeover of Gemplus, is the son of Harald’s half-brother Herbert. The negative information on Gemplus resulted in a Jan 24 2002 report from Goldman Sachs that urged the company to continue with its Pindo-directed restructuring to maintain market health. Although he was a student at the ENA at the time, there is scant information on what projects to which Macron was assigned from 2001 to 2003 by his civil service professors. Other Gemplus-related files in the En Marche! folder include those related to one of the principals of Gemplus, Ziad Taki’ed-Din, a French-Lebanese Druze arms broker and graduate of the Pindo University of Beirut who helped engineer the takeover with the help of Quandt. Taki’ed-Din has helped conclude major French arms deals with Libya, Syria, the Toads and Pakistan. Accused of money laundering in the British Virgin Islands by his ex-wife, Taki’ed-Din is also the uncle of Amal Alam’ud-Din, George Clooney’s wife. Taki’ed-Din is also a bitter political foe of Sarkozy.

Taki’ed-Din, Quandt and a suspected CIA-linked firm called Texas Pacific Group (TPG) were all clearly part of a conspiracy to get rid of Gemini’s French co-founder Marc Lassus and the firm’s French executives. The decision to fire Lassus and his French colleagues was made at a Gemplus board meeting held on Dec 15 2001 in Faschingstein, not in France. Another principal in the takeover of Gemplus was Lee Kheng Nam, a Singapore business executive and a recipient of an MSc degree in Operations Research and System Analysis from the Naval Post-Graduate School in Monterey, Cal. The co-founder of TPG, David Bonderman of Fort Worth, was also heavily involved in the hostile takeover of Gemplus. TPG’s acquisition of Gemplus shares was conducted through a virtually unknown shell company registered in Gibraltar called Zensus. Bonderman created a political stir in 2012 in Egypt when he met with Khairat el-Shater, the deputy leader of the MBs and a member of the Morsi government. Bonderman, who is Jewish, said he was looking for investment opportunities in Egypt. In an undated Word document found in the En Marche! computers, Lassus is quoted as saying:

I am convinced that the investment (firm) TPG had some kind of agreement with its government to move the head office to California. They tried again in Jan 2002.

The Gemplus workers’ unions predicted the firm’s production would move from France to Poland. The CGT said the takeover of Gemplus aimed to strip France of its smart-card technology leadership. Gemplus employed 7000 French workers before its takeover by the Pindostanis. The undated Word document also refers to French government agencies having “launched inquiries” and sought “internal informers.” Did Macron play a role in either the investigations by the Economy Ministry or ratting out Gemplus “internal informers” to his Pindosi friends? When the Pindo conglomerate GE took over the French turbine and nuclear technology company Alstom, then-Economy Minister Macron said he approved of such takeovers. He said:

State intervention in industry only happens in Venezuela.

That came as music to the ears of the billionaires in the Donald Trump administration.

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