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					Questions remain over CIA visit
Czechs, Americans tight-lipped on Petraeus meeting
Posted: June 13, 2012

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More than a week after America's top spy flew out of Prague, mystery continues to surround the reason
for his secretive and unannounced visit.

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency boss David Petraeus left the Czech Republic June 4 onboard a C-17
Globemaster III, an aircraft he regularly uses for transport.

Photographs published in the daily Právo showed the CIA director and his team boarding the military
transporter at Prague's Ruzyně Airport headed for their next destination, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Reports from Bulgaria said Petraeus held talks with the country's president and prime minister, meetings
that were confirmed by the U.S. Embassy in Sofia. U.S. authorities, however, have been less forthcoming
on details about the intelligence chief's fleeting stopover here.

Paul Oglesby, spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Prague, said he was not authorized to comment on
anything concerning the CIA and referred questions to the agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

As of press time, the CIA was yet to respond to questions from The Prague Post about its director's covert
mission to the Czech Republic.

A spokesman for the Defense Ministry, Jan Pejšek, confirmed to The Prague Post that Alexandr Vondra
met with the intelligence chief during his brief but secretive stay.

"The ministry acknowledges Vondra met with Petraeus in Prague, and they had lunch. But we cannot
reveal what was discussed at their meeting," Pejšek said.

A defense expert said off the record that the CIA director would have plenty of matters to discuss with
Czech officials, including intelligence sharing between the close allies.

Petraeus has been CIA chief since September 2011, when he replaced Leon Panetta, and last came to
Prague in 2009 to receive a high Czech military decoration.

On that occasion, Petraeus was joined by his daughter, who had been working for a year as an English
teacher in Prague, unbeknown to the Czech media.

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By IAN ALLEN | intelNews.org |
►►Why did CIA Director secretly visit Czech Republic? The CIA Director, David Petraeus, is known to
make frequent secret trips to places like Pakistan, Afghanistan, or Iraq. But why was his recent trip to
the Czech Republic kept secret? Photographs published in a Czech daily paper showed the CIA director
and his team boarding a military plane at Prague’s Ruzyne Airport, headed for their next destination,
Sofia, Bulgaria. But neither the US Embassy in Prague, nor the CIA will respond to questions by Czech
media about Petraeus’ secretive visit to the former Soviet Bloc nation.




Právo: CIA chief secretly visits Prague
ČTK |


11 JUNE 2012


Prague, June 8 (CTK) - Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) chief David Petraeus secretly visited
Prague in the past few days, Pravo daily writes Friday, citing a well-informed source requesting
anonymity.

Pravo says Petraeus left Prague on Monday. The paper publishes photos from the Prague
international airport where his team is boarding the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft that Petraeus
uses for air transport.

Paul Oglesby, spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Prague, told the paper he is not allowed to
comment on anything concerning the CIA. He recommended that Pravo address the CIA
directly.

The CIA has not answered the request for information on Petraeus's visit to Prague so far, the
paper writes.

Pravo says Petraeus might have a secret meeting with his Czech partners or only made a stopover
in Prague.

The paper quotes Bulgarian news server Novinite.com as saying that Petraeus was in Sofia from
Tuesday to Thursday and had talks with Bulgaria's top representatives. The U.S. embassy in
Sofia confirmed the information, the server writes.

Petraeus has been CIA chief since September 2011 when he replaced Leon Panetta in the post.

In 2008-2010 Petraeus headed the U.S. Central Command and then he was the commander of the
U.S. forces in Afghanistan for one year.
He visited Prague already in 2009, receiving a high Czech military decoration. On the occasion,
Petraeus introduced his daughter who then ended her one-year job as an English teacher in
Prague. She worked in Prague without Czech media knowing who her father was, Pravo recalls.



CIA chief secretly visits Prague



Prague Daily Monitor

Prague, June 8 (CTK): Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) chief David Petraeus secretly visited
Prague in the past few days, Pravo daily writes Friday, citing a well-informed source requesting
anonymity.

Pravo says Petraeus left Prague on Monday. The paper publishes photos from the Prague
international airport where his team is boarding the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft that Petraeus uses
for air transport.

Paul Oglesby, spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Prague, told the paper he is not allowed to
comment on anything concerning the CIA. He recommended that Pravo address the CIA directly.

The CIA has not answered the request for information on Petraeus's visit to Prague so far, the paper
writes.

Pravo says Petraeus might have a secret meeting with his Czech partners or only made a stopover
in Prague.

The paper quotes Bulgarian news server Novinite.com as saying that Petraeus was in Sofia from
Tuesday to Thursday and had talks with Bulgaria's top representatives. The U.S. embassy in Sofia
confirmed the information, the server writes.

Petraeus has been CIA chief since September 2011 when he replaced Leon Panetta in the post.

In 2008-2010 Petraeus headed the U.S. Central Command and then he was the commander of the
U.S. forces in Afghanistan for one year.

He visited Prague already in 2009, receiving a high Czech military decoration. On the occasion,
Petraeus introduced his daughter who then ended her one-year job as an English teacher in Prague.
She worked in Prague without Czech media knowing who her father was, Pravo recalls.

Copyright 2011 by the Czech News Agency (ČTK).

Source: http://www.defence.pk/forums/americas/186709-cia-chief-secretly-visits-
prague.html#ixzz20MmIwMIu
   1. CIA Chief Petraeus Visits Eastern Europe
       June 14, 2012


       According to an article in today’s Prague Post, CIA chief General David
       Petraeus and team of senior Agency officials secretly flew into Prague last
       week on a U.S. Air Force C -17 Globemaster III VIP transport aircraft to hold
       a series of meetings with senior Czech government officials, including
       defense minister Alexandr Vondra. Accord ing to the article, he left Prague on
       June 4th and flew to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, for more meetings. And
       these are just the meetings that we know about.


       In and of itself, the article is unremarkable except that it highlights one of
       those little k nown facts about the grueling life of modern -day CIA chiefs,
       which is that they spend much of their time in airplanes flying to meet their
       foreign counterparts. According to an aide to former CIA chief Leon E.
       Panetta, who is now the Secretary of Defense, his boss spent one or two
       week s every month traveling overseas while serving as head of the Agency.
       The agency then flew Panetta home to California every week end (at some
       considerable expense to the U.S. taxpayer), then returning him to
       W ashington in time to make the Monday morning rush hour that is the norm
       here in the nation’s capital.


       It goes without saying that you have to be a pretty tough and resilient person
       to handle this frantic schedule. By the way, you get no frequent flyer miles or
       upgrades for making all these trips.

       3 w e ek s a go / 0 no t es




Secret American Preparations for MORE Wars?
May 25, 2010 in Human Rights, US Politics, World Politics | Tags: American Special
Operations, Barack Obama, clandestine military activities, David Petraeus, George W. Bush,
preparation for war, secret directive, USA, war | Leave a comment

Ah, state secrets. I am suspicious of them.

From the New York Times:
The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine
military activity in an effort to disrupt militant groups or counter threats in Iran, Saudi Arabia,
Somalia and other countries in the region, according to defense officials and military documents.

The secret directive, signed in September by Gen. David H. Petraeus, authorizes the sending of
American Special Operations troops to both friendly and hostile nations in the Middle East,
Central Asia and the Horn of Africa to gather intelligence and build ties with local forces.
Officials said the order also permits reconnaissance that could pave the way for possible military
strikes in Iran if tensions over its nuclear ambitions escalate.

Apparently these measures are an expansion of Bush’s “clandestine military activities”, to make
them more “long term”. Nice. Remind me what is so great about Obama?

For extra fun, the secret directive says these activities are to…

“prepare the environment” for future attacks by American or local military forces…

AWESOME! Now we can finally have that war with Iran that W all but promised us. Bring back
Rummy! Why would Obama want to hide joyous tidings like this?

				
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