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State Department Lies About Giveaway to Russians

Thursday, 19 June 2003 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON – The State Department continues to trifle with the truth about its infamous giveaway of American islands off mainland Alaskan near Siberia.

The giveaway began in 1977, was secret until it was revealed in the mostly unread Federal Register in 1984, was sealed in an executive agreement approved as a treaty by the Senate in 1991, rejected by the Russian Duma in 1997, and now - ironically because of the reluctance of our former Cold War adversary - is thankfully unratified. The Russians want even more.

Nonetheless, the executive agreement continues to be observed, treaty or no treaty. Positive action by both houses of the U.S. Congress could make it clear these eight islands are U.S. territory, complete with their billions of barrels of oil and other energy sources, along with fishing rights.

In a paper issued May 20, the department purports to bring us up to date on “The Status of Wrangell and Other Arctic Islands.”

That document contains “falsehoods,” according to State Department Watch (SDW), whose chairman, Carl Olson, has been following the case like a laser beam. He makes it his business to espy buried information in the Federal Register that bears on sellouts of the best interests of the United States.

“Completely untrue,” he said, is the department's misnamed “fact sheet” regarding the islands in question: Wrangell, Herald, Bennett, Jeannette, Henrietta, Copper Island, Sea Lion Rock and Sea Otter Rock.

“None of these of these islands or rocks above were included in the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867,” State proclaims.

Wrong. SDW’s research shows that the treaty in 1867 “includes Copper island, along with its adjacent Sea Lion Rock and Sea Otter Rock. In negotiating the treaty, Secretary of State William Seward was willing to leave one Aleutian Island to the Russians, Bering Island, which is to the west of Copper.”

And then this from the State Department: “[T]hey have never been claimed by the United States, although Americans were involved in the exploration and discovery of some of them.”

Wrong. Wrangell Island was discovered by and annexed to the United States in 1881 by Americans. The U.S. Revenue Marine ship Thomas Corwin under the command of Captain Calvin Leighten Hooper landed on Wrangell Island.

Further, SDW history informs us that “Navy Captain George Washington DeLong led the Arctic expedition of USS Jeannette in 1879-1881 which resulted in the discovery and annexation of Bennett, Jeannette, Henrietta, and Herald Islands.” The whole story has been told in the book “Icebound,” by Leonard Guttridge. The State Department thus is issuing bald-faced untruths that contradict settled, publicly recorded history.

State Department Watch cites other “falsehoods” such as the claim that the negotiations leading to the US-USSR boundary agreement did not deal with the status of Wrangell, Herald, Bennett or Henrietta islands. Wrong again.

And so it goes. SDW’s Olson says the secrecy surrounding the giveaway has gone on long enough. The state legislatures of Alaska and California have objected to the fact that State Department, without proper authority, is unilaterally ceding “parts of a state to a foreign power,” complete with the vast oil and fishery resources.

Furthermore, he notes, numerous military and other groups have objected, such as American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Daughters of the American Revolution. They have noted the strategic location of these islands for reconnaissance and strategic defense.

Apparently the only thing that can stop this illegal giveaway would be an aroused public opinion. But first, the outrage would have to land on the public’s radar screen.

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