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« Reply #80 on: August 30, 2017, 10:52:06 AM »
Rules is the oldest restaurant in continuous operation in London. At the same spot for over two centuries, it was a favorite haunt of Samuel Johnson and Boswell. If one is seated in the proper table today, one notices a mural of Margaret Thatcher painted in a corner on the overhang of the slanted ceiling. She is depicted in shining armor, her stylized hair flowing like a lion’s mane, with the white and red banners of St. Stephen billowing behind her. This remarkable woman is at the center of the Al Yamamah story. Her keen insight and single-minded pursuit of the Al Yamamah deal on behalf of her country was never far from her thoughts in 1985 and early 1986.

According to Anthony Harris, who had been seconded to the MOD from the Foreign Office at the time, and who was one of those present at the famous meeting at the Swiss villa where Al Yamamah’s “Structure” was hammered out, the British can place the exact time and date of the British victory at 2:00 PM on 22 February 1986. The Prime Minister was at the time visiting President Reagan at the White House. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the Middle East situation. Upon leaving the Oval Office and exiting onto the South Lawn for the usual confrontation with the press, Mrs. Thatcher was asked what she and the President had talked about. Thatcher’s answer was, “We have been discussing the wise advice of King Fahd.”

As luck would have it, this event was broadcast live around the world, and none other than the King was watching. Reportedly, upon hearing Mrs. Thatcher’s statement, the King said he was giving Al Yamamah to the Brits.

This underscores once again the central role played by the “Iron Lady” in securing Al Yamamah for the UK. Her determination to win the deal from the French and in so doing solidify even further her collaboration with U.S. President Reagan to retain Saudi Arabia as a U.S. – UK “zone of influence” was conveyed clearly to members of her government who were given the task of finalizing the “structure.” Our exclusive sources with direct access to “insider” information at BAe have confirmed that the choice of the British over the French was a very close call for the Saudis. While charming stories like the one above have become fond anecdotes for the British, there can be little doubt that from the Prime Minister on down the UK Government was willing to go to considerable lengths to win the deal and, in the process, save one of the crown jewels of the British defense industry – BAe. Key to this was not only the counterintuitive British willingness to accept barter in the form of “Prince’s oil” as a means of payment, but also their apparent lack of scruples in acceding to the well-known Saudi penchant for side deals and commissions, i.e. “corruption.”

Our sources have now added to and clarified our knowledge of the secret meeting at the Swiss villa, described in the previous report. Our exclusive source, relying on information from a former BAe executive who attended the meeting, tells us that the Thatcher Government gave strict orders that no one of ministerial rank should attend the meeting. In contrast to our earlier reporting, Foreign Minister Michael Heseltine remained in London. The British delegation was headed by Sir James Blythe (now Lord Blythe), then the head of DESO. Also in attendance was Blythe’s deputy, Anthony Harris, who had been seconded to the Ministry of Defense from the Foreign Office. BAe was represented inter alia by its chairman and, of course, Richard Evans, then head of the Tornado sales program. In total, there were around a dozen attendees from both sides at this gathering, intended to set the metes and bounds of the “side deals” that surround Al Yamamah.

To add to previous reporting regarding Mark Thatcher’s attempt to impose his own presence on the meeting, it was Heseltine in London, warned by Harris, who had the unenviable task of heading off Thatcher. Meeting participants did not want Heseltine to inform the Prime Minister of this problem, but he did so anyway.

This episode actually occurred before arrangements had been made for Wafic Saïd to “reward” Mark Thatcher in response to the Prime Minister’s request to Prince Sultan. The Prime Minister’s son simply intended to break in on the meeting and see what he could rake off for himself because of his connections.

That the Prime Minister herself was a willing participant in some of the more dubious aspects of Al Yamamah was illustrated in our previous report. The “deferred benefits” of Al Yamamah club membership can be seen today in lucrative post-government employment, such as that of Lord Powell, now heading Sagitta Management for Wafic Saïd, the lifestyle of Mark Thatcher, now living in South Africa, or the luxury apartment occupied by Sir Richard Evans.

With very few exceptions, the details of the Al Yamamah “structure” remain hermetically sealed within No. 10 Downing Street and Whitehall. The incentive for successive UK governments, both Conservative and Labour, to keep the secrets is without doubt the continuing robust state of BAe. The centerpiece of the British defense industry was all but prostrate in 1985. Today it is the third largest aircraft manufacturer after Boeing and Lockheed Martin and thus clearly dominates Europe. BAe ranks fifth among all Pentagon contractors. The wonder drug that roused BAe from its doldrums was Al Yamamah. Thanks to this arrangement Britain sold more arms to Saudi Arabia during the period 1973 – 1997 than did the United States in terms of total sales and current dollars.

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« Reply #81 on: September 06, 2017, 10:21:58 AM »
Tiny Rowland was long associated with British intelligence, even though there is little substantive proof. It was thanks to former MI5 man Sir Joseph Ball that Lonrho hired him. It is speculated that Ball might have been his controller when he was detained on the Isle of Man during the war. In addition, one of the members of his board, until at least 1973, had been an MI6 agent.

Rowland was on good terms with African heads of state, including Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, Zambia’s Kenneth Kaunda and Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel Arap Moi of Kenya. His privileged relationship with Malawian autocrat Hastings Banda is said to have aided Lonrho in large-scale transfer pricing, in effect a massive underpayment of taxes, which was common practice in Lonrho’s African business empire.

Rowland had easy access to United States CIA chief Bill Casey, Israeli intelligence agency Mossad deputy chief David Kimche and Middle Eastern arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi. Ronald Reagan’s assistant secretary for African affairs in the 1980s, Chester Crocker, was a major player in Southern African politics through his policy of “constructive engagement” towards Pretoria. He trusted Rowland because of his unfettered access to African heads of state and reassuring penchant for clandestine diplomacy, guaranteed by the invisibility of any staff. Rowland ticked all the boxes for the perfect spy.

His personal fortune peaked during Margaret Thatcher’s doggedly pro-market prime ministership. This was thanks to Lonrho chairperson Sir Edward du Cann, who was instrumental in getting Thatcher elected as leader of the Conservative Party in 1975. Du Cann was also key in lobbying Thatcher to meet with Rowland and persuaded her private secretary to “insert documents supporting Lonrho into the prime minister’s red boxes at the end of a working day”. According to Du Cann, “Margaret regarded Tiny as extraordinary”.

In South Africa, Rowland befriended former prime minister John Vorster, businessman Harry Oppenheimer and ANC leader Oliver Tambo. In South Africa his bagman was the cardiologist Dr Marquard de Villiers, who controlled Lonrho’s diverse interests in South Africa and Mozambique from his Pretoria medical practice.

Given what can be gleaned from declassified military intelligence records, he was most likely driven by a strong sense of profit. By the mid-1980s the offer to assist with weapons procurement became more tangible and sinister. Rowland arranged for De Villiers to meet with Israeli spy David Kimche, who at that stage was director general of Israeli foreign affairs after a stint as deputy head of Mossad. Kimche could assist in providing Rowland with Red Eyes (US Stinger surface-to-air missiles) should South Africa-backed Unita require them.
https://mg.co.za/article/2017-07-25-businessman-spy-friend-of-apartheid

Mark Thatcher in South Africa

Sir Mark Thatcher was charged today with violating South Africa's anti-mercenary law in connection with an alleged plot to topple the government of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea.

The son of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was brought before a magistrates' court in Cape Town and bail was set at two million rands (£175,000).

Sir Mark's lawyer, Peter Hodes, said he was arrested on suspicion of providing financing for a helicopter linked to the alleged coup plot.

The alleged plotters were said to be hoping to exploit the country's massive oil reserves by installing their own leader, Severo Moto, currently in exile in Spain.

The country has accused Sir Mark, British and South African oil broker Eli Calil and other foreign financiers of funding the alleged coup attempt - claims denied by lawyers for Sir Mark and Mr Calil.

President Obiang has ruled the isolated nation with an iron fist since executing the former dictator - his uncle - in 1979.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/mark-thatcher-arrested-over-coup-plot-557763.html
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« Reply #82 on: September 06, 2017, 10:29:26 AM »
In 2002 Ely Calil was the middleman between Elf Aquitaine, a French oil company, and Sani Abacha, the Nigerian dictator. Elf was bribing Abacha to get preferential treatment for oil drilling in a country that is a poster child for what some on the left call the resource curse. Calil and two other Lebanese smooth operators split a commission of $70 million for their part in the deal.

Elf Aquitaine, until its privatisation in 1994, was much more than a oil company - according to prosecutors at the trial of Elf's top managers. They claim the state-owned firm worked as an unofficial arm of France's murkiest diplomacy. The close relationship between Elf and French officials is well-documented, and goes back to the presidency of General Charles de Gaulle.

As the company expanded into Africa in the 1960s and 1970s, Elf paid secret "commissions" to African officials with the blessing of French governments. By the 1980s Elf had operations in Gabon, Congo Brazzaville, Cameroon, Angola and Nigeria - which, investigators say, were kept well oiled by bribes. But under Loik Le Floch-Prigent - the man appointed to run Elf by socialist President Francois Mitterrand in 1989 - it is claimed that the system went beyond offering sweeteners to secure deals and foster relations with friendly regimes. Prosecutors say the commissions paid out and received by Elf rocketed from $50m to $130m a year over Mr Le Floch-Prigent's four-year tenure.

Iraqi-born Nadhmi Auchi, previously a close friend of Sadam Hussain and at that time rumoured to be among the ten richest men of Britain, received a 15-month suspended sentence and a £1.5m fine for his involvement taking illegal commissions. Auchi was also linked to the Clearstream scandal. He is BNP Paribas bank's main private share-holder; and until 2001, the money for the Oil-for-Food programme transited through the escrow account of BNP Paribas.

Between 2001 and 2002, two books were published by co-authors Denis Robert and Ernest Backes, entitled "Révélation$" and "La Boîte Noire", accusing Clearstream of being a money laundering organisation and the worldwide centre for international financial crime committed by major banks, shell companies and organised crime all over the world. An investigation opened by the Luxembourg authorities in 2001 "found no evidence" to support the authors' allegations and the case was dismissed in 2004.
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