The Agenda of Deceit

The operative which provided falsified documents through Sarawak Report designed to attack Federal Government strategic investment corporation as part to topple Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak administration has been foiled and arrested.

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Thai police nab PetroSaudi ex-staff over attempted extortion

23 JUNE 2015 @ 10:06 PM

BANGKOK/RIYADH: Thai police have arrested a former official of PetroSaudi International Ltd, and charged him with attempting to blackmail and extort the company, Thai media and the company said yesterday.

Thai police chief Gen. Somyot Pumpunmuang told a news conference in Bangkok that the Crime Suppression Division police had detained Xavier Andre Justo, a Swiss national, following the issuance of an arrest warrant by the Southern Bangkok Criminal Court.

Police have also searched his residence, seizing a computer and other equipment which they believe may have been used as part of the alleged offence.

Police said Justo, who had fled to Thailand, was previously an executive at PetroSaudi. The Saudi-based international company, which invests in the oil and gas industry, is best known in Malaysia for its former dealings with strategic investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

A former official of PetroSaudi International Ltd was arrested by Thai police and charged with attempting to blackmail and extort the company.

Two years after he was dismissed from the company, Justo allegedly attempted to blackmail and extort PetroSaudi for as much as 2.5 million Swiss Francs (approximately RM10 million). Justo had allegedly threatened to release confidential business information, purportedly stolen from the company, if his demands were not met.

In a statement issued in Riyadh, PetroSaudi said it welcomed the arrest of Justo and that it would fully cooperate with the Thai authorities. It also said it was considering further legal action in other jurisdictions. In addition to the ongoing case in Thailand, PetroSaudi is believed to be preparing to file a claim against Justo with the London police in respect of blackmail and computer misuse offences, and is commencing proceedings in Switzerland for numerous breaches of contract.

“We are relieved that Mr Justo will now face justice through the courts. We have been the victims of a regrettable crime that has unfortunately been politicised in Malaysia,” a PetroSaudi spokesperson said.

“We are happy to finally set the record straight and we apologise to the Malaysian people for the harm that one of our unscrupulous ex-employees has caused to them,” he said.

Following the attempted blackmail, various emails and documents appeared on a politically-motivated blog Sarawak Report, sparking a wave of allegations against 1MDB. It has now been learnt that some of the emails and documents published on the blog were found to be tampered with, bringing into question the veracity of these allegations.

An international cyber-security firm, Protection Group International (PGI), was subsequently hired to conduct an in-depth investigation into the source of the data published on the Internet, as well as verify its authenticity. These investigations revealed clear evidence of the systematic theft of confidential company data by Justo prior to his departure from PetroSaudi.

Furthermore, the analysis also showed that the data was tampered with after it was stolen from PetroSaudi.

It was believed that much of this tampered data subsequently appeared on Sarawak Report and served as the backbone of the blog’s claims of impropriety against 1MDB.

An expert from PGI said: “Our investigation is still ongoing, but it is clear that we are looking at a case of large-scale data theft, and our analysis substantiates that Justo is the source of the data published on Sarawak Report.

“For example, when we looked into a PowerPoint file that was on one of the Sarawak Report’s blogs, we found evidence in the metadata of that file that it had been handled by a certain “xavierj” in 2013; two years after Justo left PetroSaudi, and four years after the file had originally been created by a law firm that advised PetroSaudi.

“It is also clear that the stolen data sets are incomplete, and underwent an editing process after they were removed from PetroSaudi’s systems, and before they were published on the Internet. There are many inconsistencies between the published data and the data which still exists on files within PetroSaudi relating to that period of time. Simply put, it is incomplete data, creatively selected and edited to fit a desired narrative.

“These cases are all too familiar and we have unfortunately dealt with so many of them; where a greedy or malicious employee removes confidential data and threatens to publish it, or has it published, for personal gain – financial or otherwise.

Published data then invariably goes through selective editing, and not infrequently plain forgery, in an attempt to up the ante and create the most damaging story possible. “This case is an almost textbook match to that profile. PetroSaudi, like many companies, individuals or even governments that we have seen before them, and no doubt will continue to see after them, will suffer unfair scrutiny caused by a misinformed online onslaught. In this case, what started out as a simple story of personal gain by a former employee, became a story of politically-motivated allegations through the use of irresponsible online blogs. “All of the investigations we have conducted thus far would lead me to say that, from both a forensic and expert perspective, the information [relating to this issue] published on the Internet should be considered unsafe and unreliable by those wishing to draw conclusions from it,” he said.

The Thai police are carrying out their own investigation and have seized computers and other evidence from Justo’s residence. This evidence will be thoroughly analysed in an attempt to understand whether any other parties may have been involved with Justo.

Meanwhile, PGI said it will hand over further evidence to the authorities as its inquiry continues into how PetroSaudi’s computer files were accessed and edited.

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It was information from Justo that became the so-called ‘basis’ of Sarawak Report training it guns and started shelling at 1MDB, with what is believed to be falsified and fabricated documents which originated from some original information. It was  crafted with innovation to be intensified into a believable storyline.

The power of the integration and combination of Jewish-controlled media and purpose-incepted NGOs which are designed, tasked, be it indirectly or explicitly, to promote the people to challenge, provoke and eventually topple community, country, ideology and even faith has now been proven.

Sarawak Report is one of those London-based propaganda agency initially designed to attack the Sarawak State Government under then Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud with deceit and lies.

Since Taib left office, it has now trained it guns against 1MDB which is a strategic investment corporation incorporated by Prime Minister Najib to address many socio-economic issues immediately and deemed to have strategic effect if unresolved.

Hence, attacks made against 1MDB based and built on materials produced and raised by Sarawak Report should be deemed erroneous and with the intent of malice.

Some of these materials have been amplified over and over again on top of being manipulated further, with the intent to instigate people especially Malaysians to doubt, develop aguish, distrust and eventually loathe and reject Prime Minister Najib’s administration.

Though there was a grave strategic communications error for 1MDB and the people entrusted for information dissemination within PMO, it has now started to change. Slowly but systematically, information are being dispensed as the big picture of a large jig-saw maze is being constructed,

In time, when the Auditor General’s investigation and the PAC proceeding have been completed, a better understanding of what had happened shall be presented.

When coupled with more business dealings sealed to reduce the financial exposure and improve liquidity, all the big mystery which Sarawak Report and the Opposition lashed with intensity shall be addressed.

The arrest of Justo would expected to shed more lies on the falsification of documents and e mails and the extortion, which is an integral component to full unravel the real big picture of 1MDB.

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Pro-Anwarista news portal TMI’s story

Sarawak Report’s leaked PetroSaudi documents doctored, says paper

 
Published: 24 June 2015 11:10 AM

Protection Group International says Sarawak Report’s leaked documents on 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s (1MDB) 2009 business deal with PetroSaudi International Ltd have been edited. – Sarawak Report screengrab, June 24, 2015.
Protection Group International says Sarawak Report’s leaked documents on 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s (1MDB) 2009 business deal with PetroSaudi International Ltd have been edited. – Sarawak Report screengrab, June 24, 2015.

The leaked documents on 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s (1MDB) 2009 business deal with PetroSaudi International Ltd were edited before they appeared on the Sarawak Report website, an international cyber security firm has said.

According to a report in pro-government English daily, the New Straits Times (NST), the firm Protection Group International (PGI) said the data was stolen from PetroSaudi and subsequently edited before it was published on the Internet.

“Our investigation is still ongoing, but it is clear that we are looking at a case of large-scale data theft, and our analysis substantiates that (Xavier Andre) Justo is the source of the data published on Sarawak Report,” an expert from PGI was quoted as saying.
“For example, when we looked into a PowerPoint file that was on one of the Sarawak Report’s blog, we found evidence in the metadata of that file that it had been handled by a certain “xavierj” in 2013; two years after Justo left PetroSaudi, and four years after the file had originally been created by a law firm that advised PetroSaudi.

“It is also clear that the stolen data sets are incomplete, and underwent an editing process after they were removed from PetroSaudi’s systems, and before they were published on the Internet.

“There are many inconsistencies between the published data and the data which still exists on files within PetroSaudi relating to that period of time. Simply put, it is incomplete data, creatively selected and edited to fit a desired narrative,” the NST quoted the PGI source as saying.

PGI was hired to investigate the source of the data published on the Internet and verify its authenticity, NST reported.

Justo, a Swiss national and former employee of PetroSaudi, was arrested at a house on Koh Samui, Thailand, on Monday with computers, hard drives and other data storage devices.

Police Colonel Akaradech Pimonsri, acting commander of Thailand’s Crime Suppression Division, said Justo was paid an equivalent of 140 million baht (RM15 million) to leave PetroSaudi after he was found to have “behaved against the company’s rules and regulations”.

The Bangkok Post said Thai police believed Justo leaked information about PetroSaudi to a “UK-based news website” which the paper identified as Sarawak Report.

Meanwhile, the expert from PGI said the leaks found on Sarawak Report were an “all too familiar case” of published data going through selective editing or forgery to “create the most damaging story possible”.

He said it was often a case of a greedy or malicious employee removing confidential data and publishing or threatening to publish it for personal gain.

“In this case, what started out as a simple story of personal gain by a former employee, became a story of politically-motivated allegations through the use of irresponsible online blogs.

“All of the investigations we have conducted thus far would lead me to say that, from both a forensic and expert perspective, the information [relating to this issue] published on the Internet should be considered unsafe and unreliable by those wishing to draw conclusions from it,” he was quoted as saying.

Citing the leaked documents, Sarawak Report had in February alleged that businessman Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low, engineered PetroSaudi’s US$2.5 billion joint venture with 1MDB in 2009 in order to siphon off US$700 million from the deal.

It also said the US$1.5 billion in assets PetroSaudi had injected into the joint venture did not actually belong to the firm.

The joint venture deal ended six months later, with 1MDB’s investment of US$1 billion converted into Mubaraha notes, which 1MDB president and group executive director Arul Kanda Kandasamy has said was paid back in full.

1MDB also refuted claims of wrongdoing, stressing that the joint venture resulted in a profit of US$488 million. – June 24, 2015.

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