Friday, November 1, 2019

Meng Wanzhou Update: The Law is a Joke and the Punch Line's Always At the End

Huawei CEO - and Canadian Legal Pawn - Meng Wanzhou

I was waiting and waiting to see an update on the Meng Wanzhou Legal Extradition Farce in the local Newz.  According to the last update in early October, the RCMP had only a week to provide the affidavits demanded of them by the Judge.  Weeks and weeks [and a federal election] passed and we heard nothing.  Finally it arrives...on Hallowe'en.  Very appropriate.

According to this report which appeared this morning on the website, the five mounties all submitted their affidavits to the court on time...but the substance was only revealed AFTER the (s)election.  Ever wonder who's pulling the strings here folks?  Well, anyhooooo, according to the affidavits, it's all "Move along, nothing to see here."  That catch phrase from some long ago comedic movie take on police enforcement is very appropriate here.  Please read the entire report pasted below...and particularly the last two paragraphs which I've highlighted in red...and I will have more comments to follow:


"Meng’s lawyers say RCMP shared phone details with FBI, despite affidavits

Lawyers for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou maintain there is an “air of reality” to allegations the RCMP shared details of her electronic devices with the Federal Bureau of Investigation despite new affidavits from Mounties denying the claim.
The allegation is a key part of the defence’s argument that the RCMP, Canada Border Services Agency and FBI conspired to conduct a “covert criminal investigation” at Vancouver’s airport on Dec. 1, 2018, illegally detaining and questioning Meng and seizing her devices before she was formally arrested.
The Crown denied that Mounties shared details of Meng’s phones, laptop and tablet with the FBI at a British Columbia Supreme Court hearing in early October, prompting a judge to order several officers to produce affidavits on the topic. Those statements and the defence’s written response were released to media Thursday.
The allegation is a key part of the defence’s argument that the RCMP, Canada Border Services Agency and FBI conspired to conduct a “covert criminal investigation” at Vancouver’s airport on Dec. 1, 2018, illegally detaining and questioning Meng and seizing her devices before she was formally arrested.
The U.S. is seeking Meng’s extradition on fraud charges linked to alleged violations of sanctions against Iran, which she and Huawei deny, and she is on bail living in her multimillion-dollar home in Vancouver ahead of her extradition trial in January.

The arrest of Meng, who is Huawei’s chief financial officer and the daughter of its founder Ren Zhengfei, has sparked a diplomatic crisis between Canada and China.
Meng’s lawyers say in their response that many of the RCMP affidavits contain virtually identical blanket denials of sharing the information with U.S. law enforcement, but they still don’t explain an officer’s notes that say the opposite is true.
Sgt. Janice Vander Graaf’s notes from Dec. 12, 2018, say that another officer, Const. Gurvinder Dhaliwal, told her that Staff Sgt. Ben Chang emailed the devices’ serial numbers, SIM cards and international mobile identity numbers to FBI liaison John Sgroi.
The international mobile identity numbers allow U.S. authorities to find out calls made and received, phone numbers, time and duration of calls and the locations of cell towers that connected the calls, according to the defence.
In her affidavit, Vander Graaf acknowledges that she wrote the notes but says she has “no independent knowledge or recollection” of the information provided during her conversation with Dhaliwal.
The defence says this is a “turn of phrase repeated many times” in the affidavits relied upon by the Crown.
Dhaliwal writes in his affidavit that “to the best of his knowledge and recollection” he was not informed by anyone else that the information had been shared with the FBI and he did not say otherwise to Vander Graaf.
The defence says Chang doesn’t provide any evidence about what he did or didn’t tell Dhaliwal about providing information to the FBI. He simply denies that he shared the information with the U.S.
The new affidavits raise more questions than answers, the defence argues.
“Why would Vander Graaf ‘make up’ a current entry in her notebook recording that Dhaliwal told her that Chang had provided the (electronic device) information to Sgroi at the FBI?” the defence asks.
“Why can neither of Vander Graaf or Dhaliwal recall their conversation on Dec. 12, 2018, a mere 10 months ago regarding an unusual foreign law enforcement request respecting a very high-profile extradition matter?”
The defence needs to prove there is an “air of reality” to its claims in order to obtain more disclosure from the Crown regarding the alleged abuse of process at the airport. The judge has yet to decide whether to order the Crown to produce more documents.
The defence says the new evidence does little to detract from its argument.
“The denials also appear internally inconsistent and are framed in a self-serving manner.”
All six of the affidavits by former and current RCMP officers who were involved with Meng’s arrest deny sharing or instructing anyone else to share the information with the FBI.
A network security analyst writes in a seventh affidavit that he conducted a search of all “external email logs” from Chang’s RCMP account from Dec. 1, 2018, to Oct. 7, 2019. He also searched Chang’s account for any emails sent to a non-RCMP address during the same period.
Of the 116 emails sent from Chang’s account to non-RCMP addresses, one dated Dec. 2, 2018 was sent to Sherri Onks of the FBI. The subject line was “Re: Arrest at YVR,” according to the affidavit.
An RCMP officer in the information management and technology branch was tasked with searching for the content of Chang’s email to Onks. However, the officer writes in an eighth affidavit that Chang’s email account had been deleted upon his retirement in July 2019.


Greencrow says: lolololol...what a knee-slapper! All the "boilerplate" RCMP affidavits deny, deny, deny...and the only "smoking gun" e-mail sent by an RCMP cop to the FBI cop [appropriately named "Onks" in pig...] has been....wait for it.....deleted!* This deletion due to the timely retirement of said RCMP cop.

You know folks...the RCMP may not know how to solve crimes...but they sure do know how to cover them up. Now we can only hope that we don't have to wait weeks and weeks to find out what the judge's response is to this obvious attempt to cover up FBI involvement in Meng's arrest.
Hopefully, the judge will do the right thing and order an even deeper production of documents by the RCMP/ that explains the glaring inconsistencies between the RCMP notes taken the night of Meng's arrest---and the bland denials/equivocations contained in the RCMP affidavits.

NOTE:  According to today's CBC report the judge isn't going to announce her decision on the defense's request for more information for "several months".  Meanwhile, the Extradition Hearing is scheduled for January 2020.


*When I worked for government, all our e-mails and other communications, especially on active files, were religiously saved and archived after retirement!  I believe there is even a LAW that stipulates this!


Reading between the lines said...

If there is a law like you stated ,deleting the account along with the information on said account would / should be an obstruction of justice and so recognized by the court .
This whole affair is as as bad a theater presentation as what is going on in the states with their Russiagate and now Ukrainegate .

greencrow said...


The cancer of corruption has spread north of the 49th parallel for sure...and it's even the same cabal of parasitic criminals perpetrating this hollowing out of our political, security, judicial and cultural institutions.

Anonymous said...

Garuda sending the blessings of Heaven;
Meng's legal team might know that all communications are "acquired" by NSA.
All the FBI needed is the SIM #, model # passwords etc , what they asked her for.
With that information they can access all her emails, all her phone calls.
They already have it all "on file".
From Bill Binney the man who created it all.