Farhad Azima

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Farhad Azima
« on: April 29, 2017, 03:38:53 PM »
How much do we know about him?
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2017, 06:48:00 AM »
The Wall Street Journal recently fired Jay Solomon, its chief foreign affairs correspondent, for failure to disclose business deals with one of his sources — including selling weapons to a foreign power.

Solomon says he was in over his head and apologized, while denying that any money had changed hands or that he had consummated any arms deals with his source and two partners who were retired CIA covert operations officers.

The revelations about Solomon would be remarkable enough even if he were not also the author of a book lambasting such activities, or that his source, Farhad Azima, had not been implicated in the Iran-Contra scandal 30 years ago. Azima allegedly offered Solomon a 10% stake in a private security firm, Denx, that sought to ship weapons to the United Arab Emirates, among other deals.

The other partners also discussed a plot to overthrow the government of Kuwait, but it’s not yet known whether they told Solomon, who did not report it in the Journal, which is now reviewing hundreds of other stories Solomon wrote over his 23-year career.

“I clearly made mistakes in my reporting and entered into a world I didn’t understand,” Solomon said in a statement.  “I never entered into any business with Farhad Azima, nor did I ever intend to. But I understand why the emails and the conversations I had with Mr. Azima may look like I was involved in some seriously troubling activities.”

This excerpt from Inside Job, by Stephen Pizzo and colleagues, describes how Azima, an Iranian-born wheeler-dealer, used loans from financial institutions involved with organized crime and connections to some shady characters working with US intelligence agencies to build an air-cargo business that survived both the Iran-Contra scandal and the trillion-dollar bankruptcy of US savings and loans institutions that followed Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush’s “deregulation” of the financial industry.

Whether dupe, cut-out, patsy, useful idiot, victim of a set-up, or willing accomplice to a con in which he played the mark, Solomon certainly knew who Azima was — and is. So should have his employers.

WhoWhatWhy Introduction by Doug Vaughan.

https://whowhatwhy.org/2017/06/23/fired-wsj-reporter-connected-iran-contra-arms-dealer/
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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2017, 10:03:13 AM »
Documents in relation to Denx LLC, show Farhad Azima partnering up with Gary Berntsen and Scott Model. Both identified in the press as CIA agents.
https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3871143/Jay-Solomon-Documents.pdf

Berntsen has his own wikipedia page. -  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Berntsen  -  where he is described as having led "the response team to the 1998 U.S. Embassy attacks in Dar es Salaam. Berntsen went to Afghanistan in March 2000 as a part of a CIA team that planned on capturing a senior Al Qaeda leader."

This was at a time when Viktor Bout was flying in and out of the country.

Scott Modell is currently "a senior adviser to U.S. Special Operations Command on counter-threat finance issues related to Middle Eastern terrorist groups and state sponsors of terrorism. He also participated in post 9-11 operations in Afghanistan, as a member of paramilitary counterterrorism teams composed of CIA officers and local Afghan forces." https://www.csis.org/people/scott-modell
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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2017, 09:11:38 AM »
‘Worth killing over’: How a plane mogul dodged US scrutiny

An Associated Press examination of Azima’s past, drawing upon interviews, court filings and a recently obtained collection of tens of thousands of emails his lawyers say was stolen by hackers, reveals a man whose web of international business interests helped him make millions of dollars from federal contracts. A former comptroller for one of his firms described the company’s work with the CIA.

Azima has called Kansas City, Missouri, his home since he attended nearby William Jewell College in the 1960s. From his adopted city, he built Global International Airways, a charter and cargo carrier initially intended to transport cattle from Nebraska to Iran, until the U.S. cut diplomatic ties after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Soon the flights were filled with mysterious cargo — including arms.

In 1979, 50 tons of arms on one of Global Airways’ planes were found in Tunisia. Azima said the flight had been forced to land at a Tunisian military base to take the weapons onboard 'instead of medical supplies' destined for 'Nicaraguan refugees' in Costa Rica.

Seven years later, another of his planes — purportedly leased to his brother — carried 23 tons of weapons into Tehran as part of the Iran-Contra affair, the scheme of secret U.S. arms sales to Iran to pay for illegal U.S. support for Nicaraguan rebels.

These ventures continued as federal investigators in the 1980s began looking into the collapse of a small bank in Kansas City, Kansas, part of a nationwide probe of financial institutions during the savings and loan crisis. The collapse drew questions because a lawyer suspected of Mafia connections was among its directors.

Azima was a director, too, and owed the bank hundreds of thousands of dollars for outstanding loans to his airline.

The investigation of Azima was stymied by higher-ups, who a prosecutor said offered no clear reason why.

“It became apparent that we were not able to pursue prosecution of Azima,” Lloyd Monroe, a prosecutor retired from the Justice Department’s organized-crime task force in Kansas City, told the AP. “It was a source of real tension.”

https://apnews.com/4a4b6e9dfc0949e698ee0ada284414ed
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