(WMR) -- WMR's
intelligence sources in Asia suspect that the March attack on the South Korean
Navy anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvette, the Cheonan, was a false flag attack designed to
appear as coming from North Korea.
One of the main purposes for increasing tensions on the
Korean peninsula was to apply pressure on Japanese Prime Minister Yukio
Hatoyama to reverse course on moving the U.S. Marine Corps base off Okinawa.
Hatoyama has admitted that the tensions over the sinking of the Cheonan played
a large part in his decision to allow the U.S. Marines to remain on Okinawa.
Hatoyama's decision has resulted in a split in the ruling center-left coalition
government, a development welcome in Washington, with Mizuho Fukushima, the
Social Democratic Party leader threatening to bolt the coalition over the
The Cheonan was sunk near Baengnyeong Island, a
westernmost spot that is far from the South Korean coast, but opposite the
North Korean coast. The island is heavily militarized and within artillery fire
range of North Korean coastal defenses, which lie across a narrow channel.
an ASW corvette, was decked out with state-of-the-art sonar, plus it was
operating in waters with extensive hydrophone sonar arrays and acoustic
underwater sensors. There is no South Korean sonar or audio evidence of a
torpedo, submarine or mini-sub in the area. Since there is next to no shipping
in the channel, the sea was silent at the time of the sinking.
However, Baengnyeong Island hosts a joint US-South Korea military
intelligence base and the US Navy SEALS operate out of the base. In addition,
four U.S. Navy ships were in the area, part of the joint U.S-South Korean
Exercise Foal Eagle, during the sinking of the Cheonan. An investigation of the suspect
torpedo's metallic and chemical fingerprints show it to be of German
manufacture. There are suspicions that the US Navy SEALS maintains a sampling
of European torpedoes for sake of plausible deniability for false flag attacks.
Also, Berlin does not sell torpedoes to North Korea, however, Germany does
maintain a close joint submarine and submarine weapons development program with
The presence of the USNS Salvor, one of the participants in Foal Eagle, so close to Baengnyeong
Island during the sinking of the South Korean corvette also raises questions.
a civilian Navy salvage ship, which participated in mine laying activities for
the Thai Marines in the Gulf of Thailand in 2006, was present near the time of
the blast with a complement of 12 deep sea divers.
Beijing, satisfied with North Korea's Kim Jong Il's claim of
innocence after a hurried train trip from Pyongyang to Beijing, suspects the
U.S. Navy's role in the Cheonan's sinking, with particular suspicion on
the role of the Salvor. The
suspicions are as follows:
1. The Salvor engaged in a seabed mine-installation
operation, in other words, attaching horizontally fired anti-submarine mines on
the sea floor in the channel.
2. The Salvor was doing routine inspection and
maintenance on seabed mines, and put them into an electronic active mode (hair
trigger release) as part of the inspection program.
3. A SEALS diver attached a magnetic mine to the Cheonan, as part of a covert program aimed at
influencing public opinion in South Korea, Japan and China.
The Korean peninsula tensions have
conveniently overshadowed all other agenda items on Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton's visits to Beijing and Seoul.
published in the Wayne Madsen
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