India’s Intelligence Bureau and NATO focus on Greenpeace

Earlier this month, India’s Intelligence Bureau published a 21 page report on foreign-funded NGOs alleging that Greenpeace is a threat to economic security. It asserted that several “foreign-funded NGOs are negatively impacting economic development in India to serve the strategic interests of western nations”.

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Now NATO chief Rasmussen has claimed that European environmental groups are being covertly funded by Russian intelligence agencies and working with them to campaign against fracking and maintain EU dependence on Russian gas:

“I have met allies who can report that Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called non-governmental organisations – environmental organisations working against shale gas – to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas”, he told an audience at the Chatham House foreign affairs think-tank.

rasmussenHe declined to give fuller details of the alleged plot, but said: “That is my interpretation”.

A NATO official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Financial Times that the Alliance believed Russia had mounted “a campaign of disinformation on many issues, including energy”… “the potential for Russia using energy supplies as a means of putting pressure on European nations is a matter of concern. No country should use supply and pricing terms as tools of coercion. We share a concern by some allies that Russia could try to obstruct possible projects on shale gas exploration in Europe in order to maintain Europe’s reliance on Russian gas”.

The FT continued: “Some experts have speculated that one of Russia’s motivations in fomenting separatism in eastern Ukraine is to stymie efforts to develop the region’s large shale gas reserves”, (more on this here).

Eight months ago Greenpeace was persona non grata in Russia.

war on greenpeace cartoonThe Mail reports that NATO’s claims have been ridiculed by Greenpeace:

“The idea we’re puppets of Putin is so preposterous that you have to wonder what they’re smoking over at NATO HQ. Mr Rasmussen should spend less time dreaming up conspiracy theories and more time on the facts.

“Fracked gas will probably cost more than Russian imports. There’s little chance fracking will generate more than a small fraction of Europe’s gas needs and it won’t even do that for at least ten years”.

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Posted on June 20, 2014, in Corporate political nexus, Vested interests and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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