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English Translation of Udo Ulfkotte’s “Bought Journalists” Suppressed?

James Tracy

cover of the English language edition of Udo Ulfkotte’s book

The English translation of German journalist Udo Ulfkotte’s best-selling book, Gekaufte Journalisten (Bought Journalists) appears to have been suppressed throughout North America and Europe.

On May 15, 2017 Next Revelation Press, an imprint of US-Canadian-based publisher Tayen Lane, released the English version of Bought Journalists, under the title, Journalists for Hire: How the CIA Buys the News.

Tayen Lane has since removed any reference to the title from its website. Correspondingly Amazon.com indicates the title is “currently unavailable,” with opportunities to purchase from independent sellers offering used copies for no less than $1309.09.

[note from OffG- we also checked on Amazon UK, as of January 7 2018 the book is unavailable there too]

The book’s subject matter and unexplained disappearance from the marketplace suggest how powerful forces are seeking to prevent its circulation.

Gekaufte Journalisten was almost completely ignored by mainstream German news media following its release in 2014. Ulfkotte observed:

No German mainstream journalist is allowed to report about [my] book…Otherwise he or she will be sacked. So we have a bestseller now that no German journalist is allowed to write or talk about.[1]

Along these lines, publication of the English translation was repeatedly delayed. When this author contacted Ulfkotte in early December 2015 to inquire on the book’s pending translation, he responded,

Please find the link to the English edition here http://www.tayenlane.com/bought-journalists

The above address, once providing the book’s description and anticipated publication date, now leads to an empty page.[2]

Tayen Lane has not responded to emails or telephone calls requesting an explanation for the title’s disappearance.

When a book publisher determines that it has acquired a politically volatile or otherwise “troublesome” title it may embark on a process recognized in the industry as “privishing.”

“Privishing is a portmanteau meaning to privately publish, as opposed to true publishing that is open to the public,” writes investigative journalist Gerald Colby.

It is usually employed in the following context: “We privished the book so that it sank without a trace.” The mechanism used is simple: cut off the book’s life-support system by reducing the initial print run so that the book “cannot price profitably according to any conceivable formula,” refuse to do reprints, drastically slash the book’s advertising budget, and all but cancel the promotional tour.”[3]

Privishing often takes place without the author knowing, simply because it involves breach of contract and potential liability.

Tayen Lane will likely not face any legal challenge in this instance, however. Ulfkotte died of a heart attack on January 13, 2017, at age 56.[4]

Udo Ulfkotte was a prominent European journalist, social scientist, and immigration reform activist. Upon writing Gekaufte Journalisten and becoming one of the most significant media industry and deep state whistleblowers in recent history, Ulfkotte complained of repeated home searches by German state police and expressed fear for his own life. He also admitted previous health complications stemming from witnessing a 1988 poisoned gas attack in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Ulfkotte’s testimony of how intelligence agencies figure centrally in Western journalism is especially compelling because he for many years functioned in the higher echelons of mainstream newsworkers.

The German journalist explains how he was recruited during the 1980s to work in espionage. This began through an invitation proffered by his graduate school advisor for an all-expense-paid trip to attend a two-week seminar on the Cold War conflict in Bonn.

After Ulfkotte obtained his doctorate he was given a job as a reporter at “the leading conservative German newspaper, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, oddly appointed despite no journalistic training and hundreds of other applicants.

Serving as a correspondent throughout the Middle East, Ulfkotte eventually became acquainted with agents from the CIA, German intelligence agency Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Britain’s MI6, and Israel’s Mossad, all of whom valued his ability to travel freely in countries largely closed to the West. His editors readily collaborated in such intelligence gathering operations,”[5] for which journalist possess “non-official cover” by virtue of their profession.

“Non-official cover” occurs when a journalist is essentially working for the CIA, but it’s not in an official capacity,” Ulfkotte explains.

This allows both parties to reap the rewards of the partnership, while at the same time giving both sides plausible deniability. The CIA will find young journalists and mentor them. Suddenly doors will open up, rewards will be given, and before you know it, you owe your entire career to them. That’s essentially how it works.[6]

He likewise ruefully admits to

publishing articles under my own name written by agents of the CIA and other intelligence services, especially the German secret service.[7]

Ulfkotte’s insider knowledge of the relationship between mainstream media and the intelligence community has special relevance in terms of informing the CIA’s antipathy toward Wikileaks, as well as the media campaign centering on the Trump administration’s alleged “ties to Russia,” while also lending credence to Trump’s frequent claims of the US media’s political biases and deep state ties. Indeed, Ulfkotte “Tweeted” about these very subjects just two days before he passed.

Ulfkotte’s explosive revelations still have the potential to further intensify the much-deserved scrutiny corporate news media presently face. In a society that pays more than lip service to freedom of thought and expression Journalists for Hire would be required reading for college students—and particularly those studying in journalism programs intending to seek employment in the media industries.

In fact, journalism professors, some of whom have migrated to the academy following long careers at renowned news outlets, possess similar insider knowledge of the relationships Ulfkotte readily explains. As both journalists and educators they have a twofold burden of responsibility. This is the case more so than ever because the entire professional and intellectual enterprise they are engaged in (and one directly linked to the nation’s accelerating civic deterioration) has been made a farce.

Journalists for Hire’s suppression suggests how Ulfkotte’s posthumous censors refuse for this important examination and cleansing to proceed.

UPDATE: We received this from a followers on Twitter. He ordered Journalists for Hire in January 2017, four months before it was due to be published. He never received a copy and was eventually informed that publication had been cancelled. He has copies of the notifications he received which show his order was cancelled in August 2017

Notes

[1] Ralph Lopez, “Editor of Major German Newspaper Says He Planted Stories for CIA,” Reader Supported News, February 1, 2015.

[2] Udo Ulfkotte to James Tracy, email correspondence, December 6, 2015. In author’s possession.

[3] Gerard Colby, “The Price of Liberty,” in Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press, Kristina Borjesson, ed., Amherst NY: Prometheus Books, 2002, 15-16.

[4] Former US military intelligence officer L. Fletcher Prouty relates a similar experience of how publication of his book, The Secret Team: The CIA and Its Allies in Control of the United States and the World, was greeted in 1972:

“Then one day a business associate in Seattle called to tell me that the bookstore next to his office building had had a window full of books the day before, and none the day of his call. They claimed they had never had the book. I called other associates around the country. I got the same story from all over the country. The paperback had vanished. At the same time I learned that Mr. Ballantine had sold his company. I traveled to New York to visit the new ‘Ballantine Books’ president. He professed to know nothing about me, and my book … The campaign to to kill the book was nationwide and worldwide. It was removed from the Library of Congress and from College libraries as letters I received attested all too frequently.” Prouty, The Secret Team: The CIA and Its Allies in Control of the United States and the World, New York: SkyHorse Publishing, 2008, xii.

[5] Ronald L. Ray, “Reporter Admits Most Media Work for CIA, MI6, Mossad,” American Free Press, October 26, 2014. See also Tyler Durden, “German Journalist Blows Whistle on How CIA Controls the Media,” Zerohedge, October 9, 2014; Udo Ulfkotte, “German Politicians Are US Puppets,” Center for Research on Globalization, November 9., 2014.

[6] Durden, op. cit.

[7] Lopez, op. cit.

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AnothertimeanotherCT
AnothertimeanotherCT
May 23, 2020 7:56 PM

Nobody should praise Udo Ulfkotte,he turned out to be a far right wing bigot he was protected shortly before his death by other far right wing neo nazi security groups.He always claimed to be middle of the road and liberal…in reality.As references though his self confessed intelligence is a double edged sword for those who like myself included despise and root out nazis and fascists and use what information we can gather.Udo Ulfkotte is the epitome of modern day secret service deployment and regrettably it must be admitted that his work is used by anti fascists.I beg for forgiveness from… Read more »

intergenerationaltrauma
intergenerationaltrauma
Feb 11, 2018 10:26 AM

The rather obvious suppression of the English version of what was a “best seller” in Germany suggests that the Western system of thought manipulation and consent manufacture sees itself as weaker and more vulnerable than one might at first imagine. We can see from a year+ of “Russiagate” that Western media is a clown-show, much of so called “alternative media” included. My guess is that this book is just too dangerous to allow it to become part of the debate on “fake news” and “Russiagate.” Of course now the CIA doesn’t even have to exclusively – “own”- journalists as fronts… Read more »

summitflyer
summitflyer
Feb 11, 2018 3:44 PM

” I just wish someone with access would post an English language PDF version online.”
You and many others , myself included.It certainly would provide much eye opening for many ,at least for the ones sitting on the fence ,so to speak, open to new information.Too many are comfortable believing the lies and don’t want to be disturbed.
Cheers.

Google Talpiot Program
Google Talpiot Program
Jan 30, 2018 10:48 AM

Just like “200 years together” by Solzhenitsyn which was never officially published in English despite Andrei having authored many works which were big sellers.
Just an example of other private business and corporations are often fully responsible for pro-establishment censorship.

Jimbo
Jimbo
Jan 15, 2018 1:28 PM

Matt wins IMO. Just the fact that the book is widely available in Germany, albeit in German, means that it is not being suppressed. It isn’t as if German is a secret code. Why the English version is unavailable no one is saying yet. Could be the CIA got to the sellers but why would they not also hide the German versions? You fought well, Matt.

Harry Stotle
Harry Stotle
Jan 15, 2018 2:15 PM
Reply to  Jimbo

The treatment of the book aroused suspicion because of its content – ie supine news outlets forever dancing to the tune of western military imperitives. Ongoing support for illegal wars tell us that the MSM has hardly been at the forefront of informing readers why war criminals like Hilary and Obama keep getting away with it. In fact Obama, just like Kissinger was awarded a peace prize – so obviously something has gone very wrong somewhere. It may be, although it seems unlikely that the mis-handling of an important theme like this is simply due to oversight by the publisher… Read more »

Admin
Admin
Jan 15, 2018 6:33 PM
Reply to  Jimbo

You mean because it isn’t suppressed in Germany it isn’t suppressed anywhere else – even if it is, in fact, being suppressed?

intergenerationaltrauma
intergenerationaltrauma
Feb 11, 2018 10:35 AM
Reply to  Admin

“Yeah, because if it looks like a duck, and it walks like a duck, and it talks like a duck, well, it just might be an elephant, I mean how do we really know until we do DNA testing right?” This nonsense argument seems to be the response of some posting here who find facing reality either a bit too challenging, or who perhaps have a paid opinion that renders common sense verboten. Of course this book is being suppressed in English. What publisher is going to refuse to print and distribute a best seller that addresses media bias and… Read more »

Matt
Matt
Jan 20, 2018 8:51 PM
Reply to  Jimbo

Thanks for the support! I thought folks here would use their common sense. After all, if the book became a bestseller in Germany, a country the so-called “alternative media” tells us is a “vassal” of the U.S., then it means there is no suppression ocurring. I made a lengthy post here with direct links to the author’s posts from 2010 and onwards, explaining that he lied frequently and made wild, baseless claims. But the post, along with others, mysteriously dissapeared, hence, I lost my motivation to make additional posts. Now imagine if I began accusing off-G of censoring me? It… Read more »

Marcus
Marcus
Jan 20, 2018 9:43 PM
Reply to  Matt

The book was never published in English. It was advertised, and then withdrawn. That is suppression. It doesn’t matter if Ulfkotte believed in the Tooth Fairy, Santa, Aryan Supremacy or Creationism. His. Book. Was. Suppressed. That is never a good thing.

Matt
Matt
Jan 21, 2018 12:21 AM
Reply to  Marcus

You assume it was surpressed, but first, one must address the numerous counter-arguments that involve normal, non-malicious reasons causing the book to not be in stock anywhere. And secondly, one must prove that the statements in the book warranted surpression. They are false statements. And it does matter if “Ulfkotte believed in the Tooth Fairy, Santa, Aryan Supremacy or Creationism.” Why, you ask? Because everything written in the book relies on his word, with zero corrborating evidence. Considering his wild statements made in the past, including about Muslims in Europe waging a “fecal jihad” by pooping in fields, this makes… Read more »

Admin
Admin
Jan 21, 2018 11:25 AM
Reply to  Matt

The English version of Ulfkotte’s book was prepped for publication, up to and including jacket design. It was then pulled without being issued. If you think this is even likely to be because of questions of accuracy you clearly haven’t worked in modern publishing.
The publishers have been contacted to ask for an explanation but none has been forthcoming.

Mr B J Mann
Mr B J Mann
Feb 6, 2018 9:56 AM
Reply to  Matt

The Russian press is supposedly censored, you can’t say anything against Putin, dare to and you die……………
But apparently lots of people publish lots of things against Putin, and lots of media, and get away with it.
Just not in any mainstream media.
There’s a big difference publishing in German (are there even any former colonies where it is spoken?!) and in English, the international language, as well as being the national language of the main Western powers!

Niko
Niko
Sep 12, 2018 10:47 AM
Reply to  Mr B J Mann

What a load of bull!
I am from Russia and i have an pdf in english, by the way, how do i load them here?
Cheers to the free world!😝

summitflyer
summitflyer
Sep 12, 2018 1:47 PM
Reply to  Niko

If the PDF is not too lengthy ,you could copy and paste same as long as there are no infringements on the author of same .If you do please copy me , as in reply to this post to you and it will be sent directly to my email server .
Thank you.

Niko
Niko
Sep 13, 2018 10:57 AM
Reply to  summitflyer

Have to confess that i read it a year ago or so and forgot that i have it in .fb2 aaaannddddd…in russian.. Sorry for false hopes.. nevertheless, still can send that, better than nothing, huh?☺️

summitflyer
summitflyer
Sep 14, 2018 1:19 AM
Reply to  Niko

i speak ,French,English and some Spanish .Unfortunately no Russian.
Thanks anyway.

Michael McNulty
Michael McNulty
Jan 14, 2018 9:30 PM

Somebody said banning books is the modern form of book burning, and like Heinrich Heine said two centuries ago, “Where they burn books, in the end, they start burning people.” Western elites realize what they could have, what they could do and what they could get away with, but only if they reinvent the political system Hitler created. If they defeat every enemy abroad who might stop them, next they’ll do to their own people what the Nazis did to those they didn’t want alive. If enough water sources are lost to fracking, and enough food sources lost through poisoned… Read more »

jones
jones
Jan 12, 2018 1:23 PM

Farzad Basoft anyone ? Journos have long been pliant enablers for Intel agencies. It’s strange how Dr. Ulfkotte’s revelations have been taken as some signifier of further Western moral decay/decadence.

Arrby
Arrby
Jan 13, 2018 8:31 PM
Reply to  jones

My laptop shows that I have liked the above comment. I didn’t upvote it.

summitflyer
summitflyer
Jan 15, 2018 2:58 PM
Reply to  jones

Maybe I am taking what you wrote out of context but I don’t find it strange at all .It is just that someone , Udo, on the inside has become a whistle blower , and confirmed what most suspected .The establishment can’t have that.
See John Swinton on the independence of the press at http://constitution.org/pub/swinton_press.htm
Cheers.

Connect
Connect
Jan 12, 2018 12:45 AM

As the economy growth has this so-called invisible hand, journalism also has an ‘invisible pen’.
One of the questions that need an answer: how come feminists are so anti-Putin and anti-Russia?
Easy to connect to dots?

George Cornell
George Cornell
Jan 12, 2018 12:54 AM
Reply to  Connect

What is your evidence that they are?

Mr B J Mann
Mr B J Mann
Feb 6, 2018 10:21 AM
Reply to  George Cornell

Are Pussy Riot anti-feminists?
Are the women protesting in Iran anti feminists?
You don’t see much of that kind of thing in African countries even though Putin is a feminist gay lover in comparison?!

Vaska
Vaska
Jan 11, 2018 8:08 PM

I pre-ordered the paperback version of the English translation of Udo Ulfkotte’s book from Amazon at the beginning of 2017. By June 2017, Amazon had posted a notice that the item was unavailable. It’s remained unavailable ever since.
I don’t know (of) anyone who’s managed to obtain a copy of the paperback English translation either.

Matt
Matt
Jan 11, 2018 12:49 PM

I am sorry for making additional posts about this, but I made some comments yesterday and none have appeared.

Admin
Admin
Jan 11, 2018 1:54 PM
Reply to  Matt

you have no comments pending
added: if you want to continue a discussion about Ulfkotte’s alleged lies you need to be more specific. Find some actual quotes from the man and put that alongside some evidence of refutation. Try to limit it to one or two links that TRULY illustrate your point. Otherwise you are just cluttering the site with massive collections of links many of which do not support your claims. People react poorly to this as it seems like trolling.
If you continue to ignore these suggestions I can’t help you.

bevin
bevin
Jan 11, 2018 4:22 AM

The real story here, which the media pretends not to notice, is that if Intelligence services and corporations did not finance newspapers they would cease to exist. The old business model whereby newspapers covered their costs by selling advertising and paid circulation is finished. Under that model there were, to an extent, incentives for the publisher to preserve a modicum of credibility in order to keep readership, as well as reasons to publish sensational stories to beat competition. Those days are gone: none of the newspapers make financial profits, they now exist because they have patrons. They always did, of… Read more »

Serge Lubomudrov
Serge Lubomudrov
Jan 11, 2018 2:33 AM

For those whose German is not good enough (like me, unfortunately), but know Russian, there’s a Russian translation: https://www.litres.ru/udo-ulfkotte/prodazhnye-zhurnalisty-lubaya-pravda-za-vashi-dengi/

Matt
Matt
Jan 9, 2018 10:55 PM

Reply to candideschmyles: “Your signature is a good fit. Multiple IP addresses from vpn networks. Plethora of meaningless and useless links to distract, confuse and divert others from discussing and making more relevant investigations. Constant claims that cannot be substantiated including ad hominems on those not present to defend themselves……Pattern of posting during set ” working” hours. Claims of expertise on every subject engaged in, ie were you even born in 1984? Long winded posts full of nothing that are put together on script sheets by the “employer”. And more.” Every single statement here is false. And don’t try and… Read more »

candideschmyles
candideschmyles
Jan 11, 2018 10:23 AM
Reply to  Matt

I have said my piece. If you are not being paid to hijack, waste people’s time and otherwise subvert the conversation here then that is even sadder. As for the relevance of 1984, if you had been alive then – and if you had any understanding of how news works always, then you would know that reporting can be done without it entering mainstream conciousness by a variety of tactical reporting methods. I was aware of the reporting in 1984 but only because I trawled the news to find it a story that was killed as soon as it was… Read more »

vexarb
vexarb
Jan 9, 2018 7:55 PM

For what it’s worth, I skimmed through this very long link by Matt, and could find no mention of poison gas — certainly no denunciation — just horrific conventional arms : Der Spiegel 1984: http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/print/d-13508659.html Also for what it’s worth, the German publisher’s blurb which I got Google to translate above, says there is much more to the book than old Soddem: the author names names and points to organizations. Now, without any evidence, based only on my faulty memory and highly biased interpretation of events strung together on a timeline, here is my conspiracy story about a very nice… Read more »

George Cornell
George Cornell
Jan 9, 2018 8:03 PM
Reply to  vexarb

That is more than plausible
Unfortunately. Hard not to sympathize with the Iraqis and feel shame for what has been done in the name of the US and UK
Rotten to the core, and sanctimonious to boot.

Carrie
Carrie
Jan 9, 2018 3:59 PM

FAO this Matt character who keep spamming links which he claims support his allegations when they don’t (see Admin’s post below), and who is also trying to make out that Ulfkotte’s book is not being suppressed by his publisher – Ulfkotte’s name is not mentioned anywhere on the publisher’s site: http://www.tayenlane.com/search?q=udo%20ulfkotte If his book is just out of print there still should be pics and text about the book in multiple places on the site. Why has it been totally wiped from the site? And why didn’t the publishers get back when asked about it?

rtj1211
rtj1211
Jan 9, 2018 2:18 PM

To understand how journalism is bought, go analyse the output of the Uk’s Daily Telegraph. They literally sell space to lobbyists and for several years outraged BTL comment would tear the articles to shreds.
The whole UK Press prostitutes itself whenever there is a US war on i.e. all the time.
It really is about time the CIA were unmasked – they do not serve our interests, they serve only their own….

Carrie
Carrie
Jan 9, 2018 4:02 PM
Reply to  rtj1211

The Guardian sells space to lobbyists too. Not ad space – article space. It’s literally hiring itself out to whomever wants to buy the right to publish an article under its name.

vexarb
vexarb
Jan 9, 2018 1:10 PM

Re evidence I too would like to see the CIA chits and memos; also hear their recorded conversations. Re English trans, I copy/pasted the publisher’s puff from Alun’s link above, and Google’s machine produced this in no time (Please don’t shoot our pianist, he’s doing his best): The journalist Udo Ulfkotte is ashamed today for having worked for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung for 17 years. Before the author reveals the secret networks of power, he consistently practices self-criticism. Here he documents for the first time how he was lubricated for his reporting in the FAZ and how corruption was promoted.… Read more »

summitflyer
summitflyer
Jan 9, 2018 1:55 AM

Your system is creating an echo in replies as I am getting 12 -20 replies all at one time…………..

Admin
Admin
Jan 9, 2018 12:51 PM
Reply to  summitflyer

I this still happening? Can you be more specific, is it the same reply repeatedly or is a large volume of comments being delivered at once?

summitflyer
summitflyer
Jan 10, 2018 12:54 AM
Reply to  Admin

I do believe that it because the conversation is so hot that I am getting so many e-mails .
No worries .
It is just that I have never seen so many posts . Glad to see that Udo has so many supporters.

Brian Steere
Brian Steere
Jan 8, 2018 10:32 PM

Well one things stands out in bold and that is the fear that such a revelation is associated with. ‘Broad spectrum dominance’ of a central intelligent agency is a reversal of the wholeness of being expressing through all its parts. Fake intelligence is basically made up to serve a believed goal. The terrorism of fear generates the goal of a self-protection that sells true relationship to ‘save itself’. This goes deep into what we take to be our mind. The mind that thinks it is in control by controlling what it thinks. If I can observe this in myself at… Read more »

candideschmyles
candideschmyles
Jan 8, 2018 9:14 PM

I am so tired of the simmering fury that lives inside me. This bubbling cauldron brim full of egregious truths, images and accounts accumulated over nearly 40 years of looking behind the headlines. I disagree that the usurpation of journalists and media organisations is in any way a recent phenomena. It certainly predates my emergent mind. And even the most lauded of anti-establishment hacks and film makers self-censored to some degree. True, the blatant in your face propaganda and thought control agenda has accelerated, but it was always there. I do not believe Chomsky, Oliver Stone, Pilger and their like… Read more »

Serge Lubomudrov
Serge Lubomudrov
Jan 8, 2018 8:50 PM

The publisher even removed the 2 year old news announcement about the book! Though the twit is still there. Probably, overlooked.
https://twitter.com/saumacus/status/950468330086858757

Jerry Alatalo
Jerry Alatalo
Jan 8, 2018 8:47 PM

For any man or woman author/journalist already possessing (or willing to spend $1,309.09 for a used copy) the late Udo Ulfkotte’s censored book, “Journalists for Hire: How the CIA Buys the News”, there are ways to overcome the censors and get Mr. Ulfkotte’s important messages out to the (in particular, English-speaking) world. Take the most explosive, important and relevant parts of the original book’s manuscript and isolate them in a distillation process down to, say, 10,000-30,000 words, translate the distilled manuscript into English, then a) publish as a long-form stand-alone article, and/or b) as manuscript content in a new book,… Read more »

summitflyer
summitflyer
Jan 8, 2018 9:39 PM
Reply to  Jerry Alatalo

A foundation should be set up in remembrance of Udo and sponsored by all true journalists and truth seekers. Maybe some day there will be a Udo Ulfkotte award to the bravest journalist of the year .Wouldn’t that be something .Udo’s work would not have been in vain . That would throw a monkey wrench into orgs like the Guardian and their ilk .Just dreaming out loud maybe , but with good intentions.

Alun Thomas
Alun Thomas
Jan 8, 2018 8:21 PM

Original German version can be found here: http://gen.lib.rus.ec/book/index.php?md5=ABA05365ABE35FD446D6F83B149A32A2
Unfortunately no english version, but other controversial texts have sometimes been crowd-translated, maybe something like this may happen

Chris G
Chris G
Jan 8, 2018 9:20 PM
Reply to  Alun Thomas

Thank you Alun for the link to the German edition, which I have managed to download (naughty me!) I think the suggestion of retranslating important sections and dressing these in some commentary for (presumably legitimate) publication on e.g. Off-G would be a good idea. I’m quite fluent in German and would be glad to help.
Mods: do you see any legal pitfalls?

Admin
Admin
Jan 8, 2018 9:46 PM
Reply to  Chris G

That depends on who holds the rights to the English language version and the original and whether they would want to take issue. If it’s Ulfkotte’s family they may be happy to see his work get some sort of airing in English. If it’s his publishers we can imagine they will see things differently – as indeed would whoever it is that seems to want the book buried.

Martin Read
Martin Read
Jan 8, 2018 10:25 PM
Reply to  Alun Thomas

Tried to get to that site and was told that I couldn’t via my Virgin provider because of a High Court order. Somebody moved a bit quickly.

Carrie
Carrie
Jan 8, 2018 10:38 PM
Reply to  Martin Read

Me too! My Broadband provider is blocking access due to a High Court injunction.
@ChrisG & @Alun Thomas – can you guys still get there? It might be a country or region thing.

Alun Thomas
Alun Thomas
Jan 8, 2018 11:08 PM
Reply to  Carrie

I heard it is blocked in many western countries, as the site is well known for its disregard for copyright. Fortunately not the case where I am (NZ). If you’re technically inclined, a VPN or anonymising application may help, although a VPN that ‘exits’ in a western area won’t get you any further ahead.

Chris G
Chris G
Jan 9, 2018 9:19 AM
Reply to  Alun Thomas

I can still access the site via server in Netherlands.

George Cornell
George Cornell
Jan 8, 2018 10:44 PM
Reply to  Martin Read

I had no problem, but provider in Canada

Arrby
Arrby
Jan 11, 2018 10:45 PM
Reply to  Alun Thomas

One hopes. I also hold out hope for F. William Engdahl’s “Geheimakte NGOs.” Here’s a Dissident Voice article in which Engdahl discusses the role of NGOs in aiding and abetting the US regime change program:
https://dissidentvoice.org/2017/07/the-us-empire-the-cia-and-the-ngos/
I also recommend, highly, Stephen Gowans’s article about social networking in the service of the US regime change program:
“Overthrow Inc.: Peter Ackerman’s quest to do what the CIA used to do, and make it seem progressive” by Stephen Gowans
https://gowans.wordpress.com/2009/08/06/overthrow-inc-peter-ackerman%E2%80%99s-quest-to-do-what-the-cia-used-to-so-and-make-it-seem-progressive/

mohandeer
mohandeer
Jan 8, 2018 3:17 PM

Reblogged this on Worldtruth.

Frank
Frank
Jan 8, 2018 11:51 AM

Yes, it has also been interesting to note that in 2015 the Guardian published a review of Richard Sakwa’s book ‘Frontline Ukraine’ in which the author was critical of both NATO and the EU, in fomenting this crisis. The 2014 ‘coup’ which was carried out in February 2014 was, according to the independent geopolitical publication, Strator, ‘the most blatant in history.’ The appraisal which was carried out by Guardian journalist Jonathon Steele was generally favourably disposed to Sakwa’s record of events; however, Mr Steele now rarely publishes anything in the Guardian. Read into this what you like. As to Sakwa’s… Read more »

Peter
Peter
Jan 8, 2018 10:06 PM
Reply to  Frank

Suggestion: to help the ‘Russia against the rest’ book get a bit of publicity, how about a book review on Off-G, by someone who’s read it?

Admin
Admin
Jan 8, 2018 10:27 PM
Reply to  Peter

We were thinking of the same thing. If anyone would like to submit a review of Russia Against the Rest – or indeed any other politically relevant and especially hard to obtain book – consider yourselves invited to do so!

Hugh O'Neill
Hugh O'Neill
Jan 8, 2018 10:47 AM

Having just watched the documentary film tribute to I.F. Stone, “All Governments Lie”, I was struck by the fact that no-one mentioned Michael Hastings, the Rolling Stone journalist (who outed General McChrystal, but whose Mercedes went mysteriously out of control, hit a tree and exploded, throwing the engine 200 yards clear of the wreck…). Here was a film about control and self-censorship, yet no-one even breathed the acronyms C.I.A. or FBI. Matt Taibbi referred to a silent coup, but none dared to mention the assassinations of JFK, MLK and RFK. These doyens of Truth included the thoroughly dodgy Noam Chomsky.… Read more »

Arrby
Arrby
Jan 11, 2018 11:00 PM
Reply to  Hugh O'Neill

“thoroughly dodgy” Noam Chomsky? That’s harsh. I do welcome info – rather than just denunciations – so please say more, if you would like to. I am not sure that I support Chomsky on Libya and I am sure that I don’t support him on Syria, although he was solid, I think, on Russia-gate. (Id visit ZNet more often, but hate to. The site carries so much crap.) I have learned a lot from Chomsky. And his “Deterring Democracy” was my intro to politics. I had read other political stuff, earlier, but was too young and un-politicized to use it.

Matt
Matt
Jan 8, 2018 1:32 AM

Hello everyone – it’s been a while since I posted here. Regarding Ulfkotte: his claims are completely false. As we will see, his claims are not backed up by any evidence; we actually have substantial counter-evidence of his claims; and his motivations for lying are known. First problemo: he provides zero evidence to support any of his claims of the CIA paying him or other journalists, or feeding them information. This makes it impossible to debunk what he says… since there’s nothing to address. Further, this man is a noted lunatic. Note I don’t mean this as an insult, but… Read more »

Admin
Admin
Jan 8, 2018 11:24 PM
Reply to  Matt

The question isn’t whether he was right or wrong or mad or sane but why his book has been so oddly suppressed. Of course it’s important to debate his claims (though it’s hard to do so if one can’t read his book), and if what you say is true he does seem to be somewhat ‘unusual’. But it’s important not to conflate the truth or otherwise of a person’s claims with his right to express them and the right of others to read them. And look – anything – including large amounts of the belief systems you unquestioningly endorse –… Read more »

Matt
Matt
Jan 8, 2018 11:49 PM
Reply to  Admin

Hello Admin, I do not think his book is being surpressed. What happened is that the publisher is most likely having issues with having enough prints to send out. Most conspiracy theories have a simply explanation. There is literally nothing explosive in this book; nothing worth surpressing. As I will demonstrate below, this author should not be trusted: You may recall the German wings tragedy, when the plane crashed in France. Guess what the author of this book had to say? “First question: why is that instead of our German, French or Spanish media it was rather the US and… Read more »

Admin
Admin
Jan 8, 2018 11:57 PM
Reply to  Matt

Publishers don’t close down the publicity page for one of their books just because the print run is sold out. On the contrary if their first print run sold out in less than a year they would almost certainly be getting another one out asap and would be busy promoting the book as widely as possible to further increase interest. Whatever Ulfkotte may or may not have believed and whether or not he was a ‘lunatic’ as you presume to call him, there’s little doubt his book is being handled very oddly indeed. Deliberate suppression seems like the most obvious,… Read more »

Carrie
Carrie
Jan 9, 2018 12:08 AM
Reply to  Matt

There is literally nothing explosive in this book; nothing worth surpressing (sic)

How do you know that if you haven’t read it?

Jen
Jen
Jan 9, 2018 1:09 AM
Reply to  Carrie

Matt has claimed in the past (not at this blog but at another) that his family background is Venezuelan so perhaps he knows of a Spanish-language translation somewhere in cyberspace.
Although at the other blog, someone did try to communicate with him in Spanish and never got a reply.

candideschmyles
candideschmyles
Jan 9, 2018 12:06 PM
Reply to  Jen

Funny, is Matt not that Canadian student with a new IP for each post and a tendency to argue with himself using another avatar? As to his points they are all moot. Even if Ulfkotte went loopy, (perhaps as a result of the stress on his concience and chemical poisoning), you would yourself need to be clinically insane to believe there is no truth in his claims. To believe that the CIA does not use journalists as spys, couriers and propagandists you would have to be engaged in wilfull self deception or grossly stupid. Either that or be a student… Read more »

Matt
Matt
Jan 9, 2018 12:29 PM

Not quite. I was making posts from home and school, and other places, and each network had its own public I.P. address. I had this discussion with Admin a while back. The only thing I used to do was randomly type stuff in the email field, out of laziness, which I no longer do. “…you would yourself need to be clinically insane to believe there is no truth in his claims. To believe that the CIA does not use journalists as spys, couriers and propagandists you would have to be engaged in wilfull self deception or grossly stupid.” This is… Read more »

Admin
Admin
Jan 9, 2018 12:47 PM
Reply to  Matt

All we ask from anyone posting here is a consistent (preferably real) email address and a user name of their choice. Provided you follow these guidelines you are free to post here. But it’s not an endorsement of your claims either for yourself or for your beliefs. You HAVE exhibited blatantly troll-like behaviour in the past. That shouldn’t be forgotten.

Jen
Jen
Jan 10, 2018 5:13 AM

Dear Candideschmyles,
Yes he is a Canadian student of Venezuelan background whose Reddit hashtag is #DownWithAssad.
🙂

Carrie
Carrie
Jan 8, 2018 11:35 PM
Reply to  Matt

About the chemical weapons. I remember seeing news reports in the 1980s when I was a teenager which made it very clear Iraq were supposed to be the good guys and even when they gassed the Kurds there was only limited exposure of were they got the gas from and even suggestions Iran might have done it . There’s degrees of suppression isn’t there. We definitely were not being invited to blame Saddam let alone any western country even if there were a few page-10 reports in some papers that sort of said so a bit. As to the rest,… Read more »

Matt
Matt
Jan 9, 2018 12:01 AM
Reply to  Carrie

Hello Carrie, Regardless of how much attention the Western MSM gave to this issue, it is clear that the entirety of the Western MSM, including the American and German media, not only spoke about these attacks only, but published very strong denunciations of them, at around the same time Ulfkotte found out about the source of the chemical weapons. This contradicts what Ulfkotte claimed in his book, since one of his major points is that his “scoop” was squashed by the American and German governments. I’d like to point out that I’m not trying to smear him in any way.… Read more »

Carrie
Carrie
Jan 9, 2018 12:13 AM
Reply to  Matt

Regardless of how much attention the Western MSM gave to this issue, it is clear that the entirety of the Western MSM, including the American and German media, not only spoke about these attacks only, but published very strong denunciations of them So even if it was just two lines on the back page after the footie scores and the horoscopes that’s still ‘very strong denunciations’? LOL! How come you can’t see you are much more illogical and much more belief-driven than any of the people you sneer at as being conspiracy people? I looked at the Google translate link… Read more »

Matt
Matt
Jan 9, 2018 1:53 AM
Reply to  Carrie

I would like to thank you for spurning me to research this in more depth. I now have ireffutable evidence that contradicts your claims that these articles were hidden away and unseen by most. Please read the following extraordinary link: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-CRECB-1988-pt16/pdf/GPO-CRECB-1988-pt16-5-3.pdf Indeed, this is a minutes of a meeting of the House of Representatives, in September of 1988. You will see that the issue of the West supplying Iraq with chemical weapons was not only openly discussed, but ACTUALLY RELIED on two articles, one each by the New York Times and the other by the Washington Post! These articles are… Read more »

George Cornell
George Cornell
Jan 9, 2018 11:47 AM
Reply to  Matt

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-CRECB-1988-pt16/pdf/GPO-CRECB-1988-pt16-5-3.pdf
This is the link you provided in which you claim the supply if chemical weapons to Iraq by the West was discussed. I did not find any such discussion in your link. I did find William Safire’s predictable comments about Iraq and Iran, placing it in the context of Israel.
There was certainly nothing about supplies from Germany.
The capitals key on your keyboard needs a rest.

Matt
Matt
Jan 9, 2018 12:31 PM
Reply to  George Cornell

Hello George,
You are correct. I skimmed the document, and only noticed that it spoke about chemical weapons use by Saddam, but no mention of the supplies being by Germany. I take back that point I made. Thanks for correcting that.
However, even without that, I hope the lengthy list of archived MSM articles that do talk about Western chemical weapos supplies to Saddam are enough to prove that this was not a minor topic at the time.

Admin
Admin
Jan 9, 2018 3:01 PM
Reply to  Matt

You have a tendency to post a lot of links – possibly in hopes people will not check them all. I have checked them all. Some of them discuss the possibility that US and foreign companies supplied chemicals to Iraq that could have been used to make poison gas. Some discuss Iraq’s use of these agents without discussing where they were obtained. Some simply discuss generic issues of weapons supplies without naming poison gas. None of them allege that Germany or anyone else directly supplied poison gas to Iraq. Before you are justified in calling Ulfkotte a liar you need… Read more »

Matt
Matt
Jan 9, 2018 11:20 PM
Reply to  Admin

“None of them allege that Germany or anyone else directly supplied poison gas to Iraq.” You did not check all my links. It’s true that not all link mention Germany, and even some that do only refer to sales to Libya, not Iraq. I apologize for skimming through them and not reading carefully enough. But there are many links which mention Germany. I have reposted the links that do mention Germany and have even included excerpts from each article that mention Germany, to prove it. Zeit: 1984 http://www.zeit.de/1984/16/ihr-werdet-nicht-mehr-atmen-koennen [The entire article is about Germany]: Excerpt: “The denial came quickly. Too… Read more »

Admin
Admin
Jan 10, 2018 12:28 AM
Reply to  Matt

See our previous reply which already covers this. You have said nothing new.

Matt
Matt
Jan 10, 2018 12:34 AM
Reply to  Admin

I read that reply. Did you read my post? I mention that I now only posted links, with excerpts, about articles that mention German involvement with Iraq’s chemical weapons production, which Ulfkotte claimed was “surpressed” by the Western MSM when he tried covering it.
Please elaborate on your statement, as I may be missing something here.

Admin
Admin
Jan 10, 2018 1:03 AM
Reply to  Matt

If you read the reply then you know the answer. Stop spamming needless comments.

summitflyer
summitflyer
Jan 10, 2018 1:47 AM
Reply to  Admin

This Matt character is obviously a troll and not even a good one at that.Put him out of his misery and boot him out of the discussion.
I don’t mind opposite views but his attempt to stay in the discussion without providing real arguments backed up by good relevant links speaks volumes regarding the fact that he is indeed a troll .

Matt
Matt
Jan 9, 2018 2:34 AM
Reply to  Carrie

“I looked at the Google translate link you put up and there’s no info in there that corresponds to anything you’re claiming.” That was about his lies about chemical weapons, etc. Here are some of this author’s other published books: http://www.dialoginternational.com/dialog_international/2015/07/fake-journalist-udo-ulfkotte-publishes-new-anti-islam-book.html http://www.dialoginternational.com/dialog_international/2009/07/udo-ulfkotte-the-sky-is-falling.html For information about his bizarre behaviour: http://www.dialoginternational.com/dialog_international/2015/03/fake-journalist-udo-ulfkotte-assaults-injures-15-year-old-boy.html http://www.dialoginternational.com/dialog_international/2011/05/ulfkotte-turkish-womens-poor-hygiene-to-blame-for-ecoliehec-outbreak.html http://www.dialoginternational.com/dialog_international/2010/03/ulfkotte-president-obama-a-chainsmoking-alcoholic.html http://www.dialoginternational.com/dialog_international/2010/09/udo-ulfkotte-lies-about-president-obama-ordering-the-burning-of-bibles-.html All of the above posts are sourced perfectly, with direct links to Ulfkotte’s words.

Carrie
Carrie
Jan 9, 2018 12:51 AM
Reply to  Matt

I think the intelligence agencies have infiltrated the MSM. But my issue with all this is that this point is too frequently used by the alternative media. What in Sams hill are you talking about Matt? Random MSM journalists are called “CIA mouthpieces” and the MSM attacked, without evidence, for being some mouthpiece of the CIA. So you think the CIA has infiltrated the MSM but it’s just really mean of us to ever accuse an individual journalist of being CIA, even if he r she works for an outift that completely obviously publishes one-sided propaganda and twists or ignores… Read more »

Matt
Matt
Jan 9, 2018 2:35 AM
Reply to  Carrie

“What in Sams hill are you talking about Matt?” “Hilarious.” “Are you stupid or do you think I am? ” “😀 ROFL” Before I address your statements, I just want to ask for you to not talk that way to me. I respected you and I expect the same. “So you think the CIA has infiltrated the MSM but it’s just really mean of us to ever accuse an individual journalist of being CIA” No, that is not what I am saying and you are twisting my words. I am saying that people accuse journalists of working for the CIA… Read more »

Admin
Admin
Jan 9, 2018 3:14 PM
Reply to  Matt

Your practice is consistently deceptive. Again I have checked your links. NONE of them offer a ‘debunking’ of Carrie’s claim. Quite the reverse – they all acknowledge the impact of the amendment will be greater access to propaganda from the State Department, they merely offer perceived reasons why this will not matter. When asked by Carrie to define ‘real evidence’ you said Let’s keep the bar low and define it as “anything that doesn’t involve the just the words of some people”. There needs to be corroboration, with documents, records, or something else. This is a sensible response. However your… Read more »

Matt
Matt
Jan 9, 2018 11:36 PM
Reply to  Admin

“Quite the reverse – they all acknowledge the impact of the amendment will be greater access to propaganda from the State Department, they merely offer perceived reasons why this will not matter.” Then this is an issue with interpretation. I read those articles I linked, and they do not allow “propaganda” from the State Department. What they do allow, for example, is the ability for an American radio station to replay VOA broadcasts to Somali-Americans to rebut terrorist propaganda. I use this specific example because this event was actually prevented by the Smith Mundt act, in a Minneapolis radio station.… Read more »

Arrby
Arrby
Jan 12, 2018 2:54 PM
Reply to  Carrie

Matt ‘thinks’ that the intel community has infiltrated media. He ‘thinks’ that the sun rises in the east in other words. And he thinks that we should stop talking about it!!!

Mr B J Mann
Mr B J Mann
Feb 6, 2018 11:28 AM
Reply to  Matt

Instead of trawling through old papers (how many were even on the Internet in the 80s?!) how about looking at what the FBI and CIA are up to in 2018!?!?

George Cornell
George Cornell
Jan 8, 2018 11:47 PM
Reply to  Matt

There is no shortage of irony in your commentary. “Noted lunatic”? ” crazy lunatic”? And what does his conversion to Islam have to do with your claim he was crazy? Are you qualified to say? Does your self-professed ability to tell when people are lying extend to psychiatric diagnosis from the telly too? The Western news was not Full Of this story as you claim. What surely is the measure of press effectiveness is how many read and remembered this story. And what were the consequences for those who supported giving chemical weapons? Whistleblowers seem to come in many stripes… Read more »

Matt
Matt
Jan 9, 2018 12:10 AM
Reply to  George Cornell

Hello George, I made another post to admin regarding the history of the author. His conversion is made even more strange when you read about his views about immigration. And it is important, due to the many claims he made. “Fecal Jihad”, for example. Normally, someone’s eccentric behaviour would not cause me to question their honesty. But when this behaviour is combined with wild statements, and complete lies, then it’s an important issue. “The Western news was not Full Of this story as you claim. What surely is the measure of press effectiveness is how many read and remembered this… Read more »

Carrie
Carrie
Jan 9, 2018 12:28 AM
Reply to  Matt

In the West, the English-language publisher is probably having issues with printing enough copies.

Like the admin said publishers don’t delete a book from their website because they’ve run out of copies! And you have the gall to condescend to other people about being ‘rational’. Everything you say betrays fitting the facts to your preconceived and pretty irrational beliefs.

Matt
Matt
Jan 9, 2018 1:56 AM
Reply to  Carrie

A simple broken link is not reason to believe that any information is being surpressed. There are an infinite number of broken links on the internet, as any user of the Internet would know. That this is one of them does not prove anything whatsoever.

candideschmyles
candideschmyles
Jan 9, 2018 12:22 PM
Reply to  Matt

Note there are no links to Ulfkotte on film displaying racist or insane words. All we have is the hearsay you allege. And, as has been noted, since when were you an expert in exposing liars on TV? Ulfkotte comes across as sincere in every way, I suggest it is you that has issues with their mental faculties.

Matt
Matt
Jan 9, 2018 12:35 PM

I posted many, many links. However, some of my posts are stuck in moderation. Ulfkotte is well known in Germany for making these statements, it’s not something I’m making up. And, uh, he kind sorta wrote several books about how Islam is going to take over Germany, etc. That you don’t even know this much makes the following insult all the more rude: “I suggest it is you that has issues with their mental faculties.” This is the second ad hominem attack you’ve made against me. Admin, please help me out here. I’m just one person and have been respectful… Read more »

candideschmyles
candideschmyles
Jan 9, 2018 9:38 PM
Reply to  Matt

Since you made the claim that you are able to determine someone is a liar based on their demeanour on TV it is not an ad hominem to question your sanity. As for my other ad hominem, regarding your post holiday return to spamming here, that is not an ad hominem so much as me floating possible, even likely scenarios. I have some experience with especially Israelli student paid shills, there are rooms full of them, and have come to recognise their modus operandi. After all they recieve the same training and thus have discernable patterns that are as good… Read more »

Harry Stotle
Harry Stotle
Jan 9, 2018 9:38 PM
Reply to  Matt

Matt, if it is your sincere belief that journalists are not being nobbled it still rather begs the question why the MSM has been exceedingly shite when it comes to explaining to readers why (post WW II) US wars of unprovoked aggression have led to endless carnage in the Middle East and beyond – ask Joe Bloggs, for example why we went into Afghanistan, Libya, Syria or the Ukraine and the chances are most would not have a clue. In other words by accident or by design the public are ignorant, while those supposedly responsible for revealing certain truths about… Read more »

Admin
Admin
Jan 9, 2018 12:22 PM

Lets not resort to ad hom.

summitflyer
summitflyer
Jan 8, 2018 1:08 AM

If anyone knows or comes across a reasonably priced English copy please post .

Harry Stotle
Harry Stotle
Jan 8, 2018 10:38 AM
Reply to  summitflyer

The only thing harder to find than Udo Ulfkotte’s book is a Guardian review of it. I daresay any mention of this book, BTL, would immediately be moderated (i.e censored) followed by a yellow or red card for the cheeky commentator. The level of pretence on this forum has now reached epic proportions, and seems to cuts both ways, ie. commentators pretending that there are not several subjects which are virtually impossible to discuss in any depth (such as media censorship), and moderators pretending that ‘community standards’ is not simply a crude device to control conversational discourse, especially when a… Read more »

sabelmouse
sabelmouse
Jan 8, 2018 11:18 AM
Reply to  Harry Stotle

absolutely.

Admin
Admin
Jan 8, 2018 1:23 PM
Reply to  Harry Stotle

I daresay any mention of this book, BTL, would immediately be moderated

If any of our readers who are still able to post on CiF felt like giving it a try it would be interesting to see what happened. 🙂

Harry Stotle
Harry Stotle
Jan 8, 2018 3:21 PM
Reply to  Admin

This piece put me in mind of Daniele Gansers seminal book, ‘NATOs secret armies’ Of course Off-G picked up on it but I can’t find any commentary from the Guardian https://off-guardian.org/2015/07/17/natos-secret-armies-gladio-in-western-europe/ Ulfkotte and Ganser in their ways are both telling a similar story – NATO, i.e an arm of the US military industrial complex are mass murderers and sufficiently intimidating to have most western journalists singing from the same hymn sheet. Since the Guardian follows the party line it is only possible to send coded or cryptic messages (BTL) should commentators wish to deviate from the approved narrative. For example,… Read more »

George Cornell
George Cornell
Jan 8, 2018 6:02 PM
Reply to  Admin

Been there, done that. What ordinarily happens if the submission is proper and cannot be censored on the basis of impropriety or foulmouthedness or any other good reason, but exposes a Guardian sacred cow in an embarrassing light, is that it is said to be off topic. Now this is really unaccountable, and truly subjective.
The community in community standards is “them” and has close ties to the 1%, if I hazard a guess.