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The Sinking of Rainbow Warrior

Posted by te2ataria on May 24, 2008

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What was the role of NZ SIS in the Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior?

The sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, codenamed Operation Satanic, was a special operation by the “action” branch of the French foreign intelligence services, the Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure (DGSE), carried out on July 10, 1985. It aimed to sink the flagship of the Greenpeace fleet, the Rainbow Warrior, while she was docked in the port of Auckland, New Zealand, to prevent her from interfering in a nuclear test in Moruroa.

Fernando Pereira, a photographer, drowned on the sinking ship. Two of the French agents were subsequently arrested by the New Zealand Police on passport fraud and immigration charges. Following questioning, they were subsequently charged with arson, conspiracy to commit arson, willful damage, and murder. As part of a plea bargain, they eventually pleaded guilty to manslaughter and were sentenced to ten years, of which they served just over two.

The ensuing scandal resulted in the resignation of the French Defence Minister Charles Hernu, and the subject became so touchy that it was not until twenty years afterwards that the personal responsibility of French President François Mitterrand was officially admitted. (Source)


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SIS Skunkery

“. . . SIS failed to stop New Zealand’s only terrorist attack since the SIS began. This was the bombing of the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior by the French Secret Service in Auckland harbour. One man – photographer Fernando Pereira – was killed. The SIS also failed to predict the Fiji coup of 1987.

It has however been involved in the harassment of activists. In 1981 during the Springbok tour of New Zealand the SIS released a list of “radicals and subversives” they claimed were influencing the anti-tour movement. Their attempt to smear the movement failed.

In 1996 an SIS agent was caught out as he was searching the house of Christchurch anti-globalisation activist Aziz Choudry. The matter was eventually settled out of court after the search was declared illegal.

In the last three years the SIS has issued a security risk certificate against the Algerian refugee Ahmed Zaoui. They have had to withdraw the certificate after being unable to substantiate their claims. The only evidence they produced was a printout from a right-wing conspiracy website based in the US.” — Civil Rights Defence Committee

  • Where were the SIS skunks when the Rainbow Warrior was bombed? Did they materially assist the French government’s terror agents, or just looked the other way?

  • Has a single SIS agent ever been prosecuted, dishonorably discharged, forced to retire, demoted, or otherwise disciplined for ‘failing’ to foil the the terrorist attack by the French government?

  • Since the SIS proven role is that of “protecting” the elite against ordinary people, can it continue as a government unit, or should it be incorporated as a private mercenary force like Blackwater Inc?

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5 Responses to “The Sinking of Rainbow Warrior”

  1. […] benevolent forces protecting the public and their freedom, they could have easily prevented the bombing of Rainbow warrior by their French […]

  2. […] The Sinking of Rainbow Warrior […]

  3. te2ataria said

    News Update

    http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/rainbow-warrior-bomber-dies-in-air-accident-2583681%5Bone of the] Rainbow Warrior bomber[s] killed in plane crash

    Version # 1:
    A French secret service agent who was part of a team that carried out the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior in Auckland Harbour in 1985 has died in an air accident.

    Sixty two year old Xavier Maniguet, a flying instructor, was killed in a plane crash in the French Alps, after dropping off a skier on the 3400-metre-high Etendard glacier near the resort of Saint-Sorlin-d’Arves.

    He had chartered the yacht the Ouvea in New Caledonia and sailed it to New Zealand with three other French agents to carry out the bombing.

    Two agents, Dominique Prieur and Alain Mafart were later jailed for 10 years for manslaughter.

    However, French lobbying and threats of retaliation against New Zealand agricultural exports to Europe, led to a deal under which they were transferred to Hao Atoll, in French Polynesia, in exchange for reparations payments.

    Apparently Maniguet’s spy days did not end with the Rainbow Warrior saga.

    A French newspaper obituary says he took part in a secret mission to free French hostages in Somalia in September last year.

    Maniguet was a reserve officer in the French Navy, an expert diver, parachutist, acrobatic pilot, sailor and doctor specialising in diving injuries and aeronautical health.

    Version # 2:

    A French Secret Service agent who helped destroy Greenpeace flagship the Rainbow Warrior in Auckland Harbour has been killed in a plane crash.

    Xavier Maniguet, 62, was one of four men aboard the yacht Ouvea that smuggled explosives used to sink the ship protesting French nuclear testing in the South Pacific in 1985.

    Maniguet, a flying instructor, died with a 76-year-old pupil yesterday after dropping off a skier on the 3400-metre-high Etendard glacier near the resort of Saint-Sorlin-d’Arves, the New Zealand Herald reported today.

    The pair were taking off, Maniguet at the controls, when a gust of wind hit the craft.

    He was a reserve officer in the French Navy, an expert diver, parachutist, acrobatic pilot, sailor and doctor specialising in diving injuries and aeronautical health.

    Maniguet and three other agents sailed the Ouvea from New Caledonia to New Zealand with two explosive charges hidden in an inflatable life-raft container.

    The charges, an inflatable boat, outboard motor and underwater breathing apparatus were delivered to agents charged with co-ordinating the operation.

    The gear was then pass to an assault team who attached the mines to the Rainbow Warrior, sinking it in Auckland Harbour on July 10, 1985.

    Dutch-Portuguese photographer Fernando Pereira, who had gone below deck to retrieve his camera, died in the blast.

    Maniguet continued to work for the Secret Service including a mission to free French hostages in Somalia last year.

    Two agents, Dominique Prieur and Alain Mafart were later jailed for 10 years for manslaughter.

    However, French lobbying and threats of retaliation against New Zealand agricultural exports to Europe, led to a deal under which they were transferred to Hao Atoll, in French Polynesia, in exchange for reparations payments.

    They returned to France after a short time.
    Copyright TVNZ
    http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/rainbow-warrior-bomber-dies-in-air-accident-2583681

  4. Capt Nip said

    [Ain’t a shame you can’t say it louder? Moderator]

  5. bb said

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