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Best MV Arctic Sea Conspiracy Yet!

August 24, 2009
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Now the story is really getting into Tom Clancy stuff. From the always reliable Russian Media (wink, wink), we get a tale of the Israeli Mossad, Iranian weapons, and Pirates! Via the Media Line:

The mystery surrounding the hijacking of a Russian freighter in July has taken a new twist with reports claiming the pirates were acting in league with the Israeli Mossad secret service in order to halt a shipment of modern weapon systems hidden on board and destined for Iran…

The Russian newspaper Pravda’s website reported that the ship had been smuggling cruise missiles to Iran on a well-worn path via Algeria, but a “power that has relations with Ukraine” had prevented this.
The Novaya Gazeta reported that the hijackers had been operating on behalf of the Mossad. It also reported that the motive for the visit to Moscow by Israel’s President Shimon Peres the day after the Russians recaptured the vessel had been an urgent request to his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev to refrain from supplying Iran with weapons.
Israeli officials dismissed the reports as “classical conspiracy theories,” but defense experts noted that Israel has a record of hijacking foreign vessels bearing arms to its enemies.

I like this theory better than my own from last week. It would explain alot about what was the secret cargo, which according to the Moscow Times  was “not timber and not from Finland, that necessitated some major work on the ship”.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Burleson permalink*
    August 28, 2009 6:09 am

    I can see Tom Clancy, who often bases his stories on real life, furiously writing this stuff down!

  2. August 27, 2009 8:02 pm

    Mike,

    Stranger than any SPACE ALIENS scenario may have been the suggestion of a James Bondesque scenario. In one of the many, many reports that I’ve read there was speculation about a mini-submarine being fitted underneath the MV Arctic Sea while in Kaliningrad. Just imagine a keel level well deck and a mini or small submarine mated to the freighter.

    This simply makes the idea of missile shipments all that more attractively likely!

  3. Mike Burleson permalink*
    August 27, 2009 6:37 pm

    D. E. I’m about ready to believe anything from this story!

  4. August 27, 2009 5:06 pm

    Mike,

    Perhaps they intended to exchange some cargo rather than identities. But, with that Russian captain claiming the Arctic Sea was really a Nork vessel named Chongdin-2 (certainly similar to Chon Ji 2)… Then the exchange of ship identities does somehow seem appealing as an explanation for what was going on.

    But, then – Eagle1 has the best explanation of all: SPACE ALIENS!

  5. Mike Burleson permalink*
    August 27, 2009 4:54 pm

    North Korea involved now? This can’t get any better!

  6. August 27, 2009 4:25 pm

    Mike,

    Maybe the MV Arctic Sea was headed for Angola to exchange identities with the North Korean vessel Chon Ji 2. Now that really does fit in with your theory concerning those two Akukas as being distractant bait. Who would be paying close attention to actions in an Angolan port?

    The following is from EagleSpeak’s blog.

    Bizarrely, a statement from Russia’s foreign ministry suggested that when the vessel was interdicted on August 17, the master claimed that the ship is actually the North Korean-owned Chongdin-2 and was actually en route from Havana to Sierra Leone. Pyongyang has apparently dismissed the idea.

    The closest match to that name on the Lloyd’s Marine Intelligence Unit database is Chon Ji 2, which is 1979-built, 3,870 dwt and North Korea-flagged. Its International Maritime Organisation number is 8988129. Arctic Sea is Malta-flag, 1991-built, 4,706 dwt and bears the IMO number 8912792.

    “The North Korean side clarified the situation and told us that at the moment the suspect ship was intercepted, the aforementioned North Korean ship could not be found at those co-ordinates as it was in an Angolan port,” the ministry said.

  7. Mike Burleson permalink*
    August 25, 2009 6:41 pm

    Gives me more faith in my original idea that the Akula’s off the East Coast were just a ruse to distract the West from a shipment of Russian WMDs headed somewhere in the Middle East.

  8. August 25, 2009 3:06 pm

    Well, it’s a story that just won’t go away. And now the captain of the Arctic Sea is said to have claimed that the ship was North Korean!

    From the BBC: Russia queries Arctic Sea cargo

    Russia’s top investigator has said a cargo ship which went missing for more than two weeks may have been carrying a more sensitive cargo than first stated.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8221130.stm

    From the AP: Russia: Freighter search found no suspicious cargo

    MOSCOW — Russia’s Foreign Ministry says an initial search of a freighter embroiled in a high-seas mystery did not uncover any suspicious cargo.

    The ministry also says the ship captain’s last week falsely claimed that the vessel was North Korean.

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s top investigator said it is possible a freighter embroiled in a high-seas mystery was carrying more than just timber, the Interfax news agency reported Tuesday.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jmhUK8rFcPA-tTuocioMNe3EISFAD9AA24381

  9. August 24, 2009 8:51 pm

    Mike,

    Here’s the link to the article about the ‘dead’ / ‘live’ hijacking fisherman.

    ‘Pirate’ in Arctic Sea mystery had been ‘dead’ for three years

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/piracy/6074439/Pirate-in-Arctic-Sea-mystery-had-been-dead-for-three-years.html

    I got that link from EagleSpeak. You and he seem to be about tied in terms of blog posts regarding coverage of the MV Arctic Sea and the multiple mysteries surrounding it. Information Dissemination, the USNI Blog, and Wired’s Danger Room have also covered this particular matter. But it has been either you or EagleSpeak who has posted the most regarding -whatever- it is that has occurred with the Arctic Sea.

  10. Mike Burleson permalink*
    August 24, 2009 8:20 pm

    D.E. i see what you mean. As an espionage job, this affair was badly bungled. Here’s another interesting take:

    http://www.internetevolution.com/author.asp?section_id=717&doc_id=180799

  11. August 24, 2009 4:37 pm

    Mike,

    Did you notice the detail about the 3-year dead fisherman who turned up as a live hijacker? His Ukrainian mother and aunt recognized him when he was shown being interviewed on Russian television. Purportedly, hijacker Andrei Lunev had died three years ago when his fishing boat sank. What might a dead fisherman have been doing for the last three years before being ‘caught’ as a live hijacker?

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