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Email-ID 5048191
Date 2009-07-25 05:15:57
ATTRIBUTION: Australian contact connected with the government and
natural resources
SOURCE DESCRIPTION: Former Australian Senator. Source is
well-connected politically, militarily and economically. He has become a
private businessman helping foreign companies with M&As
PUBLICATION: Yes but with no attribution
ITEM CREDIBILITY: 2 - speculation, but he knows about the mine and the

In response to my question on whether Australian intel was involved in the
Namibian corruption crackdown on Chinese companies:
There could be one indicator about possible intelligence activity by
someone goading Namibia into action, and that is the silence on Stern Hu
by the Leader of the Opposition over the last week. Has he perhaps had an
intelligence briefing? But then Namibia would have to be offered something
valuable in return for their cooperation, which the offeror would be
capable of delivering. What could that be and who could deliver it? Maybe
the US, but why would the US want to go out on a limb for Stern Hu, unless
it suits them to clip China's wings in the region anyway?
One possibility - a better one - could be that it is neither China nor the
US that is behind this. Maybe this is all Rio's doing. Rio has a 69%
interest in the Ro:ssing Uranium mine in Namibia. The Namibian President
recently visited this mine on the 20th July. (See the attached press
release.) The press release states, in part:

The President of the Republic of Namibia, His Excellency
Hifikepunye Pohamba and the First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba, visited the
mine on Saturday morning to familiarise himself with the operations of
the mine given its significance in the Namibian economy. His visit was a
response to the company's invitation for him to get first hand
experience of the company's world class operations.

The company also announced plans to increase production of the mine on the
9th July. Ro:ssing currently produces 8% world's primary uranium oxide.
Rio is also a substantial donor to Namibia through various charitable
foundations it runs. I certainly think the president's visit to the mine
is no coincidence.
My suspicion is that Rio is doing this all on their own. Could it be the
people implicated in corruption were politically opposed to the President?
That would make it a perfect deal for Rio. Roll up Hu Jintao's son, help
out the President politically, and put pressure on China, as well as
leverage their donations, and the role of the Ro:ssing mine to Namibia's