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News :: Human Rights : International : Media
Cyprus Govt. Admits CIA Campaign Against Indymedia
12 Aug 2004
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The scandal is unfolding in gigantic proportions... and we can hardly keep up with the developments. Responding to a publicity and solidarity campaign by Indymedia, the Government of the Republic of Cyprus has been forced to admit that they were acting under orders from the US Government to carry out an intelligence investigation of Cyprus Indymedia and of one of its founding members, Petros Evdokas, in order to assess whether he "constitutes a threat to US interests." Police had interrogated the family of Petros Evdokas a few weeks ago and, during the affair, inadvertently blurted out that the source of this investigation was a directive by the CIA. After a series of denials and cover-ups (chronicled below) the Police Headquarters issued an official statement on Friday admitting to everything that Indymedia had accused them of, namely that directives of the CIA and the US Embassy have priority over their own mission which, believe it or not, is to protect the tiny and independent Republic from foreign intervention. This campaigns to intimidate IndyMedia is part of a global trend, including the nation- wide "pre- emptive" raids and interrogations by the FBI of radicals in Boston and across the US in order to thwart preparations to protest at the two Republocrat party conventions.
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After a series of Government lies and denials about the case collapsed, Members of the Parliament, the ruling Party, and member Parties of the ruling coalition were drawn into the public dialogue and shamed into taking a position on the issue. The Union of Editors - the most influential institution of establishment journalism - issued a rare and scathing critique of the way the affair is being handled demanding an investigation and response from the Government.

And now the Minister of Justice and Public Order has been shamed into issuing a written statement admitting to the facts, including a directive to the Police in polite words which are equivalent to "get back on the leash", instructing them how to handle issues revolving around the right to free expression.

Police had interrogated the family of Petros Evdokas a few weeks ago and, during the affair, inadvertently blurted out that the source of this investigation was a directive by the CIA. After a series of denials and cover-ups (chronicled below) the Police Headquarters issued an official statement on Friday admitting to everything that Indymedia had accused them of, namely that directives of the CIA and the US Embassy have priority over their own mission which, believe it or not, is to protect the tiny and independent Republic from foreign intervention.

Cyprus IndyMedia, with the help of supporters and friends in the BiCommunal Peace networks, the alternative and radical community, and with global allies abroad, initiated a campaign for solidarity, for legal defense, and to publicize the case with all of its "curious" twists and turns.

Throughout this last week there was increasing interest from newspapers on the island which began to publish small news items presenting our case. By mid- week it was front page news with giant headlines in one newspaper. On Friday, Cyprus IndyMedia and the Evdokas family held a joint Press Conference, which was attended by about half of the establishment media, and IndyMedia's own reporters of course. Friends and allies attended as well, to express support.

On Friday night the case was on the major news reports of two television stations. One of those two stations is the biggest in the country in terms of audience numbers and political power - it belongs to the State! During that news show, statements were made by a representative of the Police Headquarters admitting that the investigation is real and proceeded to uncover some of its details.

By Saturday morning, our case is a front- page item in much of the establishment Press.

Under the headline "CIA orders investigation", they publish statements by the Assistant Chief of Police admitting that there is an intelligence and "assessment" investigation (without mentioning that the Police had been denying it all week, when reporters called them up - more on that below).

On Sunday morning newspaper articles reveal that the major political parties have been drawn into the fray, with Members of Parliament castigating the Police for this unacceptable behaviour. Even the vice- chair of the ruling party has been embarassed into criticizing the subservience of the Police to the US intelligence agencies.

By Monday, the scandal had reached the highest echelons of Government, with the Minister of Justice and Public Order being forced by the public outcry to apologise, essentially, for the behaviour of his Police and for their collusion with a foreign power to serve political intrigues.

* What the police said

When the story began to break into the mainstream media in mid July, the office of the Chief of Police stated to the newspaper "Phileleftheros" that they had "never heard of this investigation", and they even directed the journalists to "inform the Police" if they find out who is doing it.

A week later, in response to questions by reporters of the newspaper "Mahi", the official Police Spokesperson Dimitris Dimitriou stated that the Police has "nothing whatsoever to do with this case" and that "the Police receives orders from no one".

Two days ago, the Police Headquarters admitted everything in an official statement issued for the media and also broadcasted on the government tv station's main news program. In fact, the Police stated that this investigation has been active since March, right after IndyMedia in Cyprus published an "offending" article by Petros Evdokas which exposed and documented US intelligence operations interfering with the recent Peace referendum on the island, and the efforts by the US Government to impose an Apartheid- style regime on the island as a "final solution" to the regional conflict, which of course would be a sure- fire guarantee for eternal war in the Eastern Mediterranean.

* What the US Embassy said

In mid July, journalists of "The Cyprus Mail" questioned the Press Officer of the US Embassy in Cyprus about the investigation against IndyMedia. The Officer declared "unavailable for comment".

When the story began to break into front- page news in the third week of July, the US Embassy Press Office told reporters of the newspaper "Mahi" that they "know nothing about the case", while representatives of the Embassy stated that they "have never heard of Petros Evdokas", and that they "do not concern themselves with whatever anyone writes".

And now, the official Police statement just out two days ago, states in full glory that they had received a written document from the US Embassy in March - "a complaint" - urging them to investigate whether Petros Evdokas and his writings "constitute a threat to US interests".

These actions constitute a clear pattern of lies, denial, cover- up and cowardice, not only by the US Embassy and its associated intelligence agencies, but also by the magnificent authorities in Cyprus, through their willing collusion with this criminal investigation and illegal harassment operation against IndyMedia and against a family who are totally innocent victims of this operation. The tragedy and the comedy of it all begins with the high degree of intervention by the US Government in another country's affairs to such a minute detail, which is mind- bending. And at the same time, it's so-o-o- punctuated by an abundance of Inspector Clouseau's (Pink Panther)-style of bungling Police operations - we find these in most Banana Republics around the world, including all of the hot spots of the Middle East where the leaders of the US Government are trying their best to start World War Four in order to bring about a perverted fantasy of christian Rapture. We are going to pursue this issue further, with whatever it takes.

* The global context

IndyMedia faces challenges on a daily basis on a global scale. We are the unofficial organ of expression of a the whole planet- wide mobilization to resist the Empire - it's understandable that the Opposition will do anything to destroy a voice which is an organizing tool against the globalized domination of the earth by corporations and authoritarian states.

The campaigns to intimidate IndyMedia are not yet co-ordinated on a global scale, but we're slowly moving in that direction. The assasination of IndyMedia founding member Lenin Cali Najera of Equador just recently (comrades there are speculating that a death squad made his assasination appear as attempted robbery); the current trials in Italy springing from the concerted attack by paramilitary police against the IndyMedia facilities in 2001; the use of armoured vehicles to intimidate the IndyMedia workspace in Georgia USA just last month; and now the nation- wide "pre- emptive" raids and interrogations by the FBI of radicals in Boston and across the US in order to thwart preparations to protest at the two Republocrat party conventions, are pointing the way to a new phase of struggle for free and radical media activists. It is in this context that we are experiencing the intelligence investigation against Cyprus IndyMedia. The local/ regional politics are important, of course, everywhere, but the liberation Movement is now truly global, and repression is shaping up to adjust.

We seek to live in a world some day in which people are entirely free from corporate and state intervention in our lives, a world without borders, in which all of natural and social resources are owned collectively by the community and administered by the people for the people in free associations and peoples' councils operating on the basis of consensus, direct democracy, and face- to- face accountability. Is it too much to ask for? Perhaps. But it makes our struggles worthwhile. And the vision of global Peace and Justice, helps us endure many of the abuses by the machinery of state- sponsored terrorism.

If your embrace this cause, if this Movement is yours too, please help us.

With much gratitude to all of you who have been mobilized or touched by our campaign, who were inspired to help us out in one way or another - please continue your support, and be assured we will continue.

* How to help - things you can do

Many people have been writing or calling and asking how to help. Alerted by a global IndyMedia article about the case a few days ago, and also by the revelations on television and the press, even people with whom we might disagree on other items, have been outraged by this effort to silence and intimidate IndyMedia in Cyprus, particularly disturbed by the interrogation of one of our members' parents.

We are so very grateful for the outpouring of support and solidarity... your concern gives all of us strength, and helps us cultivate and maintain our morale.

The government intimidation of IndyMedia Cyprus and of Petros Evdokas by command of the US intelligence services, has been a pressing issue and rallying point for us in the last few weeks. We are so moved to receive your messages of support and to know that you are sharing our news with others in the struggle.

For now, the best form of help is to just publicize the facts of the case, our Collective's statements on it, and above all, to publicize *your own* opinions about it as individuals and organizations who are concerned about freedom of expression, and as allies in the global liberation movement united against imperialist intervention.

If you like (if it's safe for you, or for your organization), please send a letter or a statement to the Embassy of Cyprus in your country, or to the Embassy of the US (or both), asking them to stop this investigation and to stop intimidating the Evdokas family or anyone who is related to IndyMedia, and to respect the fundamental right to freedom of speech. Please ask them, above all, to honour a policy of *non-intervention* in the affairs of our tiny island's war- torn communities which simply want to live united in Peace.

We are also asking specifically of progressive radical organizations which are based within the United States to do the same, with statements to the media, to the US Department of State, and to the Embassy of Cyprus. Do you want this interference and intimidation by the US Government to be happening in your name? Even the shortest letter, even the smallest statement can make a huge difference. The people of our island need to be protected from constant interventions by the US and UK Governments and by their local puppets in Cyprus, Greece, and Turkey, which are aimed to artificially instigate our ethnic communities towards racial war and butchery against each other, just to serve the interests of the global Empire.

See also:
http://cyprusindymedia.org/

This work is in the public domain.
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Re: Cyprus Govt. Admits CIA Campaign Against Indymedia
13 Aug 2004
I have known this for years. I am sure it is a relief to ya'll that it has been exposed. New york RNC will be no better in the (as you call it) repression. Stand fast and be true to your convictions. You can be assured that the rest of the organized world governments will be actively venues like indymedia for obvious reasons.

Becarefull in New York, Boston was just a rehearsal for security forces.

bOB
Re: Cyprus Govt. Admits CIA Campaign Against Indymedia
13 Aug 2004
Oh No!!! Please don't tell me that the US is actually taking steps abroad to make sure that foreign terrorists are not plotting against the United States!!! Please bring back the days of Bill Clinton!
Re: Cyprus Govt. Admits CIA Campaign Against Indymedia
15 Aug 2004
Ono: Your frenzy might be just a little less crazed if an indymedia activist had been involved in a terrorist act. Ever.
Re: Cyprus Govt. Admits CIA Campaign Against Indymedia
16 Aug 2004
the ways things are going, i wouldn't be surprised if taking a shit becomes a terrorist activity for activists in this country.

oops, legind, was that too much sarcasm for you to handle? wake up and smell the propaganda machine - indymedia is one of the few venues of progressive honesty functioning in this world. these kinds of actions by "our" government are also terrorist actions, that is, if you aren't too closeminded to consider the harsh truths of modernity?
Re: Cyprus Govt. Admits CIA Campaign Against Indymedia
16 Aug 2004
Indie gal: I'll assume you meant "oops, Ono" since I was the one defending indymedia from so-called 'anti-terrorist' (as you accurately pointed out, state terrorist) attacks - seeking to intimidate independent journalism, part of a wider trend of harrassment. You say "indymedia is one of the few venues of progressive honesty functioning in this world" - certainly true of the features column of most indys, holding themselves to standards of credability that is, unfortunately, hard to ensure with some newswire columns.
Re: Cyprus Govt. Admits CIA Campaign Against Indymedia
16 Aug 2004
I like the way you think, Bob. I'm waiting for all this to come home to roost...! I think the Kerry campaign will be very interested in this. At any rate the repressive forces will fail---we vastly outnumber them and they know it!
Re: Cyprus Govt. Admits CIA Campaign Against Indymedia
24 Aug 2004
The tide is turning. Well done to all involved. Peace and love and respect to all.
Re: Cyprus Govt. Admits CIA Campaign Against Indymedia
24 Aug 2004
What happened to our respect for freedom of the press? Oh, I guess it's only when it's Rupert Murdoch.
Why Can't the United States Stay The Hell Out Of Other Countries Problems?
27 Aug 2004
To the U.S. Government: STAY THE HELL OUT OF OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES!
PAY ATTENTION TO THE PROBLEMS AT HOME.
LISTEN TO THE VOTERS. NOT THE CORPORATIONS!
Like, really?
27 Aug 2004
I need to go out and buy some new soy candles and posterboard. I thought I was going to have to invent somthing to protest this weekend, and now I have something different! All my other friends are doing the same old thing, and some are even trading signs to march with. OMG! I have to make a paper mache Indy hat to wear, and perhaps put some tape over my mouth that says "censor"...no wait...I should have my dog involved. I will dress him as a cop, and hide some meat in my clothes so he will look like he is frisking me. It will be so KOOL! Maybe do a street art diorama with effigies and a big map of Cyprus...
depression
30 May 2006
Cool!.. Nice work...
This is all horse shit
15 Jan 2012
http://chicago.indymedia.org/mod/comments/display/443954/index.php

"What people need to know about "Belly of the Beast":

it was one of the first websites Evdokas set up in 2006 for his group of 911 conspiracy scam artists in Portland, Or called the Portland 9/11 Truth Alliance. Since then Evdokas, Coones, Titrud, Ross and others in the group have run an elaborate con to exploit money and free labor from members under the guise of peace activism. Members with criminal pasts are pressured or encouraged into risky behavior. Members are also told to "beware" of former members and not trust them, EVEN THOUGH THESE MEMBERS ARE STILL KNOWN AND ACTIVE. This scam was exposed by antifa or one of it's affiliates who published an image proving Evdokas was running the same email list with people who claimed he was an agent.

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Can't understand what he was trying to accomplish with this article. It's far from his uber radial too tolerant to be true hippy street medic image. Anarchists in the Portland area suspect at least two people from Evdokas' group could be police informants. DONT TELL THIS SLIMY DOUCHWIPE ANYTHING ABOUT YOU YOUR FRIENDS OR YOUR FAMILY "

Petros probably started working with the CIA around this time. This is the kinda story people recruited put out: they targeted me and I fought them or they had me fill out an application but I turned them down/was rejected. It's so any shit that might come up connecting them to the agency can be explained away.

Don't be so fucking gullible. Word is he's hiding in Cyprus because some activists caught on that he might be a snitch.