East Timor’s “Sudden Rebellion”

More on East Timor’s “sudden rebellion.” According to Australian sources, East Timor’s long sought independence is in severe jeopardy as a result of collusion between the United States, Australia, Indonesia, and the World Bank under pro-Indonesian president Paul Wolfowitz. More astounding are reports that Indonesian intelligence has thoroughly penetrated the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), by using blackmail techniques involving pedophilia and bribes. These techniques have also been used to target former Australian and U.S. ambassadors and other diplomats and military personnel assigned to Indonesia. Wolfowitz is a former U.S. ambassador to Indonesia.

Australian sources report that Woodside, Australia’s largest oil and natural gas company, has been playing hardball recently with East Timor’s government over disputed oil blocks in the Timor Sea. Woodside has also been active in oil deals in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region, a major reason for Australia’s troop deployment to that war-torn nation.

Fighting continues between loyal East Timorese government troops and rebel troops loyal to Maj. Alfredo Reinado, who is said to have been supported by secret contracts, arms, and training supplied by covert Australian private military contractors with a wink and a nod from the Bush and John Howard administrations. Bush and Howard met in Washington just prior to East Timor’s military rebellion. Australian sources report that the scenario is the same as employed by Autralian neo-colonialists in the civil war-plagued Solomon Islands: secretly support a rebellion, force the government to call on Australian military assistance, and then declare the country a “failed state” and permanently establish a military and political presence in the country.

East Timor’s government led by Xanana Gusmao, wise to this Australian ploy, a first denied entry to Australian troops, instead calling on help from Malaysia (as a counter to Indonesia) and Portugal (one of the few nations East Timor can trust). However, after the denial of Australian troop entry, Gusmao witnessed a drastic upturn in the rebellion by ex-East Timorese military rebels that directly threatened the entire East Timor government with a coup. The East Timor executive was then forces to accept Australian troops, which are now pouring into the country ahead of troops from Malaysia, Portugal, and New Zealand.

Quietly looking on is Indonesia, which hopes that a new government in East Timor beholden to the multinational oil industry will give former President Suharto’s family’s oil firms, trading firms that deal with the state-owned Pertamina, lucrative deals for East Timor’s off-shore oil blocks. Meanwhile, big oil has now re-introduced war to East Timor, a nation that lost 100,000 of its people in a brutal war with Indonesia, supported by the past Republican administrations of Ford, Reagan, and Bush I.
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Wayne Madsen

Washington insider with many contacts within the capitol’s Beltway, the US Intelligence community and beyond