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1 of 17. Most Americans have no idea what the #PalaceLetters scandal is about. We need to pay closer attention. Like our Australian brethren, we Americans tend to underestimate Britain's influence over our affairs. It's time to wake up.
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2 of 17. On November 11, 1975, Australian Prime Minister #GoughWhitlam was dismissed by Sir #JohnKerr, the Governor-General of Australia. The Australian people were stunned. Until that moment, they'd never fully understood the awesome power of #TheQueen.
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3 of 17. Australia is a #CommonwealthRealm, which means the Queen is head of state. She appoints a local viceroy or "Governor-General" to rule in her place, wielding all royal powers, including power to dissolve Parliament or dismiss the Prime Minister.
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4 of 17. Presently, the Queen rules 16 #CommonwealthRealms or #QueensRealms, among them Canada, Australia and New Zealand, with a combined population of 130 million on five continents. Each has a governor-general, assigned to govern in the Queen's name.
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5 of 17. Whitlam was dismissed 45 years ago, but Australians are still trying to figure out how it happened. Their confusion is understandable. The laws governing royal power have been deliberately obscured by layers of contradictory legal formulations.
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6 of 17. In 2016, Australian historian #JennyHocking tried to get hold of the secret correspondence between #QueenElizabeth and #JohnKerr concerning #TheDismissal. After 3 1/2 years in court, the letters were finally released on Tuesday, July 14.
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7 of 17. The 212 letters and telegrams clearly show that the Queen's private secretary Sir #MartinCharteris approved #TheDismissal in advance, communicating his approval to Kerr in guarded words, carefully chosen to maximize deniability.
smh.com.au/national/the-p…
8 of 17. Readers must decide for themselves whether they believe Kerr's claim that he and Charteris took it upon themselves to remove an Australian Prime Minister without consulting #TheQueen.
cnn.com/2020/07/13/aus…
9 of 17. Predictably, the British press has come to #TheQueen's rescue by trying to shift blame to the United States, painting #JohnKerr as a CIA stooge.
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10 of 17. Given the "special relationship" and the #FiveEyes (#FVEY) treaty, it is difficult to believe that the CIA would have encroached on British turf so recklessly, unless expressly asked to do so.
bbc.com/news/world-eur…
11 of 17. Here is the case for CIA involvement in #TheDismissal, brought to you by @jaraparilla.
12 of 17. All of which brings us to the matter of #AlexanderDowner. On May 10, 2016, the Australian diplomat tried to solicit from #Trump advisor #GeorgePapadopoulos incriminating statements to frame candidate #DonaldTrump as a Russian spy. #RussiaHoax
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13 of 17. Subsequently, in July 2016, #RobertHannigan, then-head of Britain's #GCHQ eavesdropping agency, personally contacted then-#CIA chief #JohnBrennan to warn him that #Trump might be a Russian spy. #Russiagate #Obamagate
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14 of 17. Plainly, UK and Australian intel were colluding to undermine a U.S. election. Tellingly, #GCHQ head #RobertHannigan suddenly resigned just three days after #Trump's inauguration. #Russiagate #Obamagate
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15 of 17. #GeorgePapadopoulos (@GeorgePapa19) tweeted on July 12 that the U.K. and Australia are "stonewalling" U.S. investigators, refusing to give up #AlexanderDowner.
16 of 17. Given these facts, I am forced to ask whether the release of the #PalaceLetters, the hasty absolution of the Queen, and the deflection of blame onto the CIA, might be deliberate distractions from #AlexanderDowner's crimes against the American people. #Obamagate
17 of 17. Regarding the #PalaceLetters scandal, #AlexanderDowner tweeted yesterday, "There goes another conspiracy theory!" He doesn't seem to be taking this seriously. #Russiagate #Obamagate
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