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Chapter 29 of Brian Toohey's book #SECRET is titled "The Irrational US Hatred of Whitlam" (Australian PM 1973-75).

It starts with a quote from US President Richard Nixon:

"I can't stand that c*nt."

Source: James Curran, "Unholy Fury".

#auspol #ClientState
Whitlam lead the first Labor govt in 23 years. His independent foreign policy was hardly radical but it shocked US officials who were used to Australian govts quietly doing whatever they were told.

Whitlam rejected Sth African apartheid & abolished the White Australia policy...
Whitlam granted independence to PNG, improved relations with China & Japan, ended military conscription, and brought the last ADF troops home from Vietnam. He also "abandoned the doctrine of forward defence and cut trade barriers."
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The directive to freeze UKR aid came in June.

6/5/19: Zelenskiy spoke with Kushner & Rick Perry at a dinner in Brussels.

Trump used Pence to tell Zelensky that U.S. aid was still being withheld while demanding more aggressive ‘action on corruption’
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Rick Perry says he'll cooperate with Congress on Ukraine questions

The Ukrainians likely understood Pence’s ‘action on corruption’ code to include the inv’n of the Bidens.

Trump's erratic foreign policy is diminishing the US's standing on the world stage.
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Pence’s NatSec advisor was on the 7/25 call & the VP should have had access to the transcript w/in hours

Trump’s use of Pence is part of a broader pattern of using both exec authority & high-ranking officials in his adm to advance his personal/political interests
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GCHQ alerted US agencies after becoming aware of TeamTrump’s contacts w/ RUs in 2015

NSA:”By mid-July 2016, ‘We knew we had a RU agent on our hands,’”

Comey in NZ in March 2016, & Queensland in April 2017 to meet with AU intel Chiefs & FVEYs respectively. #PineGap
20C:

“The FBI had a highly important intel source in or near the Trump campaign. The FBI had a mole.

Protecting that source was deemed more important in the summer of 2016 than stopping the Trump campaign, which the FBI knew or at least strongly suspected was in bed with Putin”
20C:

“But what if the mole wasn’t a person?

The FBI has long protected super-secret technical intelligence programs, above all signals intelligence, by masquerading their information as coming from (non-existent) human sources.”

#SIGINT
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Australians were told by Defence Minister Fairhall in 1967 that #PineGap would be a space research base, and that it would not do, “anything of military significance.”
In fact, #PineGap was established 30 kilometres outside of Alice Springs by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as a surveillance facility to collect intelligence about military capabilities and weapons systems, particularly missiles, of the Soviet Union and other nations
While its listening capacity is applied to verification & compliance with arms control treaty obligations, #PineGap also plays a role in US nuclear war planning through its capacity to locate and jam Soviet & other air defence radars to ensure US nuclear weapons hit their targets
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