Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Russia is Stealing: Part 1

For those who have followed the drama of the Snowden saga, you might be familiar with the name Jesselyn Radack.

Ms. Radack has gained considerable fame as the defense attorney for a number of so-called "whistleblowers", including Ed Snowden and Thomas Drake. Jesselyn is, herself, a once embattled "whistleblower". Radack was responsible for exposing alleged ethics violations by the FBI during the interrogation of John Walker Lindh, while employed with the Justice Department.



Radack's departure from the DOJ, while not really the focus of this article, included accusations by Radack that her employer tried to pressure her to resign, based upon a poor performance review that she alleged was influenced by the DOJ's Office of the Inspector General.  Radack has since made dubious claims about retaliation:
Anonymous senior Justice officials smeared me in the media as a "traitor," "turncoat" and "terrorist sympathizer." '
As noted in Radack's Wikipedia page, Radack has often cited the New York Times as a source for this claim, such as in this interview with truth-out.org. Radack's Wikipedia page goes on to note:
' Google searches of the Times website confirm only that in 2003 Times journalist Eric Lichtblau wrote, "Government officials suspect [Radack] is a turncoat", without indicating whether the word was his or theirs. '

As an interesting and entirely relevant tangent, Lichtblau is also the author of this recent article in the New York Times:

Investigating Donald Trump, FBI Sees No Clear Link to Russia

Lichtblau is also published in Democracy Now, which is a sort of one-stop-shop for convincing their readership that certain Latin American dictators and their families are Bolivarian revolutionaries, and not in fact high profile drug traffickers in cahoots with Cuba and Russia.

Lichtblau is ALSO published in truth-out.org, which has also published Paul Krugman, Henry Giroux and Noam Chomsky (among others), the former of whom is often mentioned on Aleksandr Dugin's think tank website, katehon.com, and the latter two who are actually published there.


Radack has since been involved in a number of endeavors, such as the Government Accountability Project (GAP) and the Courage Foundation. While I don't discuss either in this article, I encourage some ambitious investigator at the U.S. Treasury Department to take a closer look at the flow of funds to and from these two organizations.

Over the course of my research, I noticed a Buzzfeed article about an investigation at the World Bank, concerning an employee who the GAP and the employee's lawyers suggested might be a victim of retaliation for his LGBT activism.

The suggestion of retaliation seemed odd to me, mostly because I find it implausible that influential officials at the World Bank would discriminate and retaliate against a "senior country officer for the Maghreb [who manages] a Nordic Trust Fund grant", based upon his LGBT activism.


But the GAP's interest in the investigation also struck me as a bit of a coincidence, considering that Jesselyn Radack's husband, Daniel, is a Sr. Carbon Finance Specialist at the World Bank Group and, according to this document, the fund manager for World Bank's Biocarbon Fund.

What's really interesting about the World Bank's Carbon Finance Unit is that so many of the recipients are well within Putin's and Semion Mogilevich's sphere of influence. Aside from projects 

In Russia, there are multiple gas recovery projects partnered with Rosneft, for which the World Bank is funding $60 million. Of course, Russia is a non-signatory of the Kyoto Protocol.

In Ukraine, $1.5 BILLION is allocated for revamping and upgrading the Alchevsk Steel Mill, a region now controlled by the Luhansk People's Republic.

In Moldova, World Bank is funding the Moldova Soil Conservation Project which, coincidentally, Daniel Radack is associated with.

What one discovers, when pouring over the Moldova projects snapshot document are a few *very* questionable practices, in an environment more or less dominated by Semion Mogelivich's operations, well before the recent elections.

(More here)

For example:
"In addition, the Bank has advised on developing electronic payment and remittance services, enhancing the legal and regulatory framework for the non-banking financial sector, and allowing movable assets to be used as collateral. Finally, the Bank is financing the Competitiveness Enhancement Project II, which contains a US$30 million access to finance component in the form of a credit line for exporting enterprises. The funds are now available to Moldovan exporters through participating local banks."

Enter the Moldovan Bank Fraud Scandal.

While the World Bank acknowledged the culprit banks in the Moldovan bank fraud scandal, they in no way acknowledge that grant money didn't wind up in the hands of      
Mogelivich, etc. In fact, it would more or less have been impossible.

The World Bank Moldovan Project continued working with the Ministry of Economy, even after the scandal.
            
The issue is that the Ministry of Economy, ITSELF, is a problem, as well as their auditor (Grant Thornton).
            
Which brings us to the very import point that KPMG is the auditor for the World Bank, which has a relationship with Grant Thornton, via a recent acquisition.

And, yes, this is the very same KPMG that was recently entangled in the FIFA scandal with Russia.

Batten down the hatches folks...because this is just the tip of the iceberg.