Thursday, August 22, 2019

Pompeo in Ottawa to discuss Huawei Legal Fiasco - ie, "Get Their Stories Straight"?

NOTICE TO READERS- Although I have several posts waiting on the tarmac to take off [be published] I am deliberately delaying and leaving this one up due to the MZM burying this important story under a pile of garbage/fake news like the Latt Father blabbering away about Canada taking in his Jihadi son.  Your patience and help in spreading THIS story is appreciated.

FBI Badge - Should every RCMP
officer be issued one?

Yesterday Canadians were so distracted by the "Sorry, (Not Sorry)" Trudeau II SNC Lavalin scandal that many missed another pot boiling over on the stove.  The Huawei affair.  Perhaps this was intended because the potential fallout from the Huawei matter far outweighs the potential fallout of the Ethics Commissioners "guilty" verdict in the SNC Lavalin matter.  As I posted yesterday, the defense team of Huawei CEO Meng Wanzhou dumped a load of very incriminating documents into the public realm as a prelude to a hearing in this matter that is coming up in September.  The hearing is to request even more documents that provide evidence of the corruption and collusion that went down by the Canadian Border Security Agency, the RCMP and the FBI on the night Meng was arrested back in late 2018.

Low and behold, within hours of these incriminating documents being dumped on the media, Pompeo arranges a snap meeting in Ottawa with le Dauphin and his handler, Chrystia Freeland.  That meeting is going on as I type and is reported by the CBC in the snippet below.  Please read and my comments will follow:

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The U.S. government is working "diligently" to help release the two Canadian men detained in China, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday while on a visit to Ottawa.

Pompeo, a high-profile member of the Trump administration, is meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

Before heading into closed-door meetings, both countries made it clear China would dominate the conversation..."

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Greencrow notes: So, according to the CBC, the trio of Trudeau, Pompeo and Freeland are working "diligently" to help release the two spies that were caught with their pants down in China after Meng's arrest and who were arrested in a tit for tat by Beijing to show Ottawa that it was playing with the big boys.  IMO, what is really going on is the trio is desperately trying to come up with a response to the devastating information contained in the Huawei Extradition Case data dump.  Below is a report from the Vancouver Sun which outlines the information disclosed publicly by Meng's defense lawyers.  Please read and I will have final comments to follow:

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Huawei executive’s defence team alleges Canadians acted as 'agents' of FBI


Notes provided in court show the RCMP asked the FBI if the U.S. was interested in Meng’s luggage and that a Canada Border Services Agency officer wrote down Meng’s passcodes
The defence team for a Chinese telecom executive is alleging Canadian officials acted as “agents” of American law enforcement while she was detained at Vancouver airport for three hours before her arrest.
In court documents, defence lawyers for Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou point to handwritten notes by Canadian officers indicating Meng’s electronics were collected in anticipation of a request from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States.

The notes show the RCMP asked the FBI if the U.S. was interested in Meng’s luggage and that a Canada Border Services Agency officer wrote down Meng’s passcodes, while another questioned her about Huawei’s alleged business in Iran.

This happened before she was informed of her arrest, the defence says. “The RCMP and/or CBSA were acting as agents of the FBI for the purpose of obtaining and preserving evidence,” alleges a memorandum of fact and law filed by the defence.

“The question that remains is to what extent and how the FBI were involved in this scheme.”

The materials collected by the defence were released before an eight-day hearing scheduled for September, in which the defence is expected to argue for access to more documentation in advance of Meng’s extradition trial. The Attorney General of Canada has yet to file a response and none of the allegations have been tested in court.

Meng’s arrest at Vancouver airport has sparked a diplomatic crisis between Canada and China and drawn international scrutiny of Canadian extradition laws. She was arrested at the behest of the U.S., which is seeking her extradition on fraud charges for alleged violations of U.S. sanctions against Iran.

Both Meng and Huawei have denied any wrongdoing. Meng is free on bail and is living in one of her multimillion-dollar homes in Vancouver.

The RCMP and CBSA did not respond to requests for comment on the documents, but have said in a response to a civil claim that border officials only examined Meng and her luggage for immigration and customs purposes. Meng’s extradition trial won’t begin until Jan. 20, but the court documents shed light on her defence team’s planned arguments that her arrest was unlawful and for the benefit of the U.S.

“These are allegations of a purposeful violation of a court order and the abuse of important Canadian legal norms for improper purposes, namely, to further the objectives of the requesting state,” the defence says.

They plan to argue that the U.S. committed an abuse of process by using the extradition proceedings for political and economic gain. Parts of the defence are comments by U.S. President Donald Trump that he would intervene in Meng’s case “if necessary.”

The seizure of electronics and questioning of Meng by border officials in Canada also follows a pattern of how Huawei employees have been treated at U.S. ports of entry. “This targeting has included the apparent abuse of customs and immigration powers to search and question Huawei employees at various U.S. ports of entry,” the documents say.

The defence accuses officers of intentionally poor note keeping that obscures what exactly happened, including why the arrest plan apparently changed.

The documents suggest that Canadian officials initially planned to arrest Meng “immediately” after she landed, by boarding the plane before she got off. Instead, three CBSA officers immediately detained Meng when she disembarked while two RCMP officers stood nearby and watched, despite their knowledge of the warrant calling for her “immediate” arrest, the defence says.

The defence argues spotty notes kept by the CBSA officers constitute a “strategic omission.” “When assessed together, a clear pattern emerges from these materials: the CBSA and the RCMP have strategically drafted these documents to subvert the applicant’s ability to learn the truth regarding her detention,” the defence says.

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Greencrow says:  So, what the Meng Defense team now want the court to grant is disclosure to them of the substance of telephone calls and e-mails that were exchanged between Canada and US officials regarding the unlawful detention of Meng Wanzhou the night of her arrest.  There are some mysterious gaps in the information thus far provided to them.

What HAS already been provided to them, IMHO, is enough to cause any uncorrupted Canadian judge to order a stay of proceedings and immediately release Meng Wanzhou at the hearing in a couple of weeks.  Meng's Charter Rights were clearly breeched when she was held at the Vancouver airport for three hours while her devices were searched.  All this took place under the noses of two RCMP cops who had clutched in their sweaty little hands the arrest warrant...which should have been executed immediately--so Meng could be advised of her rights.

Just another in a horrific series of arrogant, ignorant, scofflaw decisions by le Dauphin.  IMO, he had to have been involved to allow the RCMP cops to break the law that night...otherwise...why would they have done so?  Were FBI officers also at the airport rummaging through Meng's luggage and devices?  If so, this is a horrific breach of her Charter rights AND Canadian sovereignty.  Re the missing evidence...possibly there were three-way phone calls going on between Pompeo, Trudeau and Freeland the night of Meng's arrest...and then phone calls to the RCMP/CBSA/FBI at the airport to activate the plan.  If these phone calls/e-mails are disclosed to the defense...…well, let me just say that the Trudeau II Ethics Commissioner Report will, by comparison, look like a parking ticket.

6 comments:

Reading between the lines said...

I had heard about this possible illegal action by the RCMP and Customs officers but you explained it very well .They could make all this go away .Just release her like you suggested , but where to find an un-corrupted judge.....LOL

greencrow said...

Hi RBTL:

As prima facie evidence of Trudeau's terminal stupidity....why would Canada have not got those two NGO assets "the two Michaels" OUT of China BEFORE pulling the caper on Meng Wanzhou? Smacks to me of USrael ordering Canada to arrest Meng "right away!"....i.e. before Canada could get its ducks in a row.

Incompetence at its most fatal.

Anonymous said...

I don't think that Trudeau had any idea this was going on until it was too late. The screw up by CBSA and the RCMP would be at too low a government level to be under Trudeau's control. He could only be briefed of what was happening, and too often, important details are left out by people who have personal agendas.

Trudeau is ultimately responsible for this monumental screw-up, since he appointed cabinet members based on looks and appearances.

I believe that, in the case of Kovrig, the government was naive to think that there would not be any repercussions in the fallout to the arrest of Meng. I think that the fundamental issue is that Freeland micromanages Foreign Affairs, and dismisses advice from the expert diplomats employed therein. Kovrig was employed by an NGO tied to regime change activities, and founded and financed at least in part by George Soros. As long as China regarded Canada as a friendly country, they would probably have surveiled and tailed him, but not acted against him. As soon as relations soured, they probably had him, as he was likely engaged in interactions with dissident groups. That's what this NGO is all about. This NGO also gets money from Global Affairs Canada.

greencrow said...

Hi Anonymous:

Thanks very much for your comments. I agree with everything except your belief that Trudeau was unaware of the situation at the Vancouver Airport the night Meng was detained for three hours and then arrested by the RCMP.

Do you really think that the RCMP cops would diverge from official policy regarding arrests without some kind of permission from high above? I'm sure the RCMP were told that the unlawful detainment of Meng was for reasons of "national security". That old canard has been used since the days of Tricky Dickie Nixon.

Trudeau has limitations on his ability to select cabinet ministers...limited by who was elected. But you do have a point there...HE was appointed Prime Minister by Canadians "based on looks and appearances"...and THERE likes the nub of the problem.

Penny said...

Thanks for following this one GC!

I see the arrest of Meng as part of a wider agenda, which includes Canada marching alongside the US,targeting China. Business as usual for Canada

Freeland likely does micromanage foreign affairs- probably not with Canadian interests being the priority-

Wondering if Jihadi Jack is going to get a free pass into Canada?
I expect so.
We've brought so many terrorists and higher guns back here already. What's one more?

greencrow said...

Hi Penny:

Freeland's hand in the "colour revolution" efforts in Hong Kong and Moscow this summer have been quite brazen. She's working overtime to support insurrections all over the globe...Venezuela, Ukraine, Hong Kong and Moscow. Meanwhile, the legal rot in Canada is seeping up though the floorboards.

This "Jihadi Jack" meme on the MZM TV is bizarre. Spending all that air time discussing a looney tune with his father. Who gets that kind of coverage!!!? Something's out of joint with that one. Perhaps they're trying to justify Canada's surreptitious support of ISIS so they can bring ALL the proxies back. Every country needs to do its part...dontcha know.