rn: Chinese embassy truth, 1st came the war, now winter…


Jan Slakov

Dear RN,

Bill Blum aptly titled this message "Surprise, Surprise".... By now, we have
gotten so we expect lies from our governments. ....I think these lies (like
the lie about Iraqi soldiers taking babies from incubators in Kuwait) are
the best evidence we have that something is seriously wrong. It is one thing
to do something stupid but believe sincerely that you are doing the best
thing. It is quite another to do something you know is wrong and try to get
away with it by pretending you believe you are doing it for "humanitarian"

Of course, when NATO finally admitted it had bombed the Chinese embassy
intentionally, in October, the embassy bombing was no longer front page news
so most of our neighbours still don't know they were lied to...

all the best, Jan

From: •••@••.•••
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 21:33:33 EDT
Subject: surprise, surprise

Nato bombed Chinese deliberately 
John Sweeney and Jens Holsoe in Copenhagen and Ed Vulliamy in Washington 

The Observer (London), Sunday October 17, 1999

Nato deliberately bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade during the war in 
Kosovo after discovering it was being used to transmit Yugoslav army 

According to senior military and intelligence sources in Europe and the US 
the Chinese embassy was removed from a prohibited targets list after Nato 
electronic intelligence (Elint) detected it sending army signals to 
Milosevic's forces. 

The story is confirmed in detail by three other Nato officers - a flight 
controller operating in Naples, an intelligence officer monitoring Yugoslav 
radio traffic from Macedonia and a senior headquarters officer in Brussels. 
They all confirm that they knew in April that the Chinese embassy was acting 
as a 'rebro' [rebroadcast] station for the Yugoslav army (VJ) after alliance 
jets had successfully silenced Milosevic's own transmitters. 

The Chinese were also suspected of monitoring the cruise missile attacks on 
Belgrade, with a view to developing effective counter-measures against US 

The intelligence officer, who was based in Macedonia during the bombing, 
said: 'Nato had been hunting the radio transmitters in Belgrade. When the 
President's [Milosevic's] residence was bombed on 23 April, the signals 
disappeared for 24 hours. When they came on the air again, we discovered they 
came from the embassy compound.' The success of previous strikes had forced 
the VJ to use Milosevic's residence as a rebroadcast station. After that was 
knocked out, it was moved to the Chinese embassy. The air controller said: 
'The Chinese embassy had an electronic profile, which Nato located and 

The Observer investigation, carried out jointly with Politiken newspaper in 
Denmark, will cause embarrassment for Nato and for the British government. On 
Tuesday, the Queen and the Prime Minister will host a state visit by the 
President of China, Jiang Zemin. He is to stay at Buckingham Palace. 

Jiang Zemin is still said to be outraged at the 7 May attack, which came 
close to splitting the alliance.The official Nato line, as expressed by 
President Bill Clinton and CIA director George Tenet, was that the attack on 
the Chinese Embassy was a mistake. Defence Secretary William Cohen said: 'One 
of our planes attacked the wrong target because the bombing instructions were 
based on an outdated map.' 

Later, a source in the US National Imagery and Mapping Agency said that the 
'wrong map' story was 'a damned lie'. 

Tenet apologised last July, saying: 'The President of the United States has 
expressed our sincere regret at the loss of life in this tragic incident and 
has offered our condolences to the Chinese people and especially to the 
families of those who lost their lives in this mistaken attack. 

Nato's apology was predicated on the excuse that the three missiles which 
landed in one corner of the embassy block were meant to be targeted at the 
Yugoslav Federal Directorate for Supply and Procurement, the FDSP. But 
inquiries have revealed there never was a VJ directorate of supply and 
procurement at the site named by Tenet. The VJ office for supplies - which 
Tenet calls FDSP - is some 500 metres down the street from the address he 
gave. It was bombed later. 

Moreover the CIA and other Nato intelligence agencies, such as Britain's MI6 
and the code-breakers at GCHQ, would have listened in to communication 
traffic from the Chinese embassy as a matter of course since it moved to the 
site in 1996. 

A Nato flight control officer in Naples also confirmed to us that a map of 
'non-targets': churches, hospitals and embassies, including the Chinese, did 
exist. On this 'don't hit' map, the Chinese embassy was correctly located at 
its current site, and not where it had been until 1996 - as claimed by the US 
and NATO. 

Why the Chinese were prepared to help Milosevic is a more murky question. One 
possible explanation is that the Chinese lack Stealth technology, and the 
Yugoslavs, having shot down a Stealth fighter in the early days of the air 
campaign, were in a good position to trade. The Chinese may have calculated 
that Nato would not dare strike its embassy, but the five-storey building was 
emptied every night of personnel. Only three people died in the attack, two 
of whom were, reportedly, not journalists - the official Chinese version - 
but intelligence officers. 

The Chinese military attache, Ven Bo Koy, who was seriously wounded in the 
attack and is now in hospital in China, told Dusan Janjic, the respected 
president of Forum for Ethnic Relations in Belgrade, only hours before the 
attack, that the embassy was monitoring incoming cruise missiles in order to 
develop counter-measures. 

Nato spokesman Lee McClenny yesterday stood by the official version. 'It was 
a terrible mistake,' he said, 'and we have apologised.' A spokesman for the 
Chinese embassy in London said yesterday: 'We do not believe that the embassy 
was bombed because of a mistake with an out-of-date map.' 
From: "Viviane Lerner" <•••@••.•••>
To: "GSN" <•••@••.•••>
Subject: KOSOVO: First came the war, then the winter
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2000 15:58:17 -1000


PRISTINA, January 15, 2000 (The Associated Press)

  First came the war, then the winter - leaving the
province of Kosovo cold and dark with little

  In the snow-covered capital, Pristina, the standard
greeting is: ``Do you have power?'' and U.N. officials
advise residents to huddle together for warmth. 

  The majority of Pristina's 600,000 or so residents
have been receiving electricity for less than six
hours a day. Some have gone without for 48 hours in a

  It's a problem that has disrupted regular life in
Kosovo, caused much discomfort and posed danger in
homes and hospitals alike. Because water is pumped by
electricity, the outages have caused pipes to run dry,
which in turn has caused shutdowns in the central
heating system. 

  All but emergency surgery has been canceled at the
hospital. Without heat, city schools have been forced
to close in the afternoons. Only businesses and
restaurants that have generators can keep regular

The news edited by Rade Kuzmanovic

     AIM, Belgrade, January 15, 2000  17:17h

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