Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Do As I Say, Not As I do

John Edwards believes there are two Americas:

I stand here tonight ready to work with you and John to make America stronger. And we have much work to do, because the truth is, we still live in a country where there are two different Americas...


... one, for all of those people who have lived the American dream and don't have to worry, and another for most Americans, everybody else who struggle to make ends meet every single day. It doesn't have to be that way.

But apparently he is very happy to live in one of them:

Don Knight, Orange County building plans examiner, told CJ that, including the recreational building, the Edwardses’ home would be one of the largest in
Orange County.

Knight approved the building plans that showed the Edwards home totaling 28,200 square feet of connected space. The main house is 10,400 square feet and has two garages. The recreation building, a red, barn-like building containing 15,600 square feet, is connected to the house by a closed-in and roofed structure of varying widths and elevations that totals 2,200 square feet.The main house is all on one level except for a 600-square-foot bedroom and bath area above the guest garage.

The recreation building contains a basketball court, a squash court, two stages, a bedroom, kitchen, bathrooms, swimming pool, a four-story tower, and a room designated “John’s Lounge.”

Monday, January 22, 2007

Backwards Logic

I wasn't sure if I was going to post on this, mostly since this guy is getting repetitive, but a reader pointed out how humorous it was. So here it is, another interesting use of logic, from Christopher Story:

And isn’t it amazing that some critics seem unable to comprehend the reality that sensitive information such as we have published cannot possibly be posted unless it is true? Surely, a higher Degree in Logic and Philosophy is not necessary in order for the stark simplicity of this fact to be understood, even by those who remain confused?

This isn't even the first time that he has used this warped logic, from a previous post.

Intelligence on this subject which diverges in any way from what is posted on http://www.worldreports.org/ is by definition unreliable and cannot be trusted. It should be checked against our postings for veracity. Detailed information is available in International Currency Review [see website for further details].

So remember, anything he prints must be true, anything which contradicts it must be false, because.... well it just does.

Hilariously he also claims in this post:

The fact that the ‘mainstream media’ has to a large extent irresponsibly stuck its collective head in the sand, has been irrelevant for months. Our last posting was reproduced at least 20 million times within 24 hours, and our website hit rate has gone through the roof. As one correspondent has noted [see TREASONGATE UPDATE: OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT, 17th January 2007], isn’t it interesting how those who protest most loudly at the deceitful silence of the ‘mainstream media’, seek the ‘mainstream media’s' confirmation of what we have published?

That is odd, because a google search for the title of that posting "TREASONGATE UPDATE: OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT", returns a grand total of 5 hits, 1 of which is Story's own site. The last I checked that was well short of 20 million. I guess his demonstrated math skills explains the whole $70 trillion thing...

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Christopher Story Fan Club

Chris Story, who still hasn't served me with that libel suit, is no longer even trying to pretend he has any evidence, and is trying to backup his story by posting admiring letters to himself, or as he terms them "testimonials on Leo Wanta's courage". I am not sure what they are supposed to testify to, what is the merit of swearing to the validity of something which you have no actual knowledge of? Outside of the Wisconsin law enforcement community, you would be hardpressed to find someone who could even pick him out of a lineup.

The praise heaped upon Story is only exceeded by the adulations upon Wanta himself, who apparently, much to dismay of Greg Szymanski is on the verge of being beatified by Benedict XVI (OK, that part was sarcasm).

A number of attempts were made to murder the Ambassador, starting with the poisoned cheese in the Swiss dungeon, and followed by assaults in the various jails he was sent to in the US GULAG, plus no less than four attempts to have him certified insane. Throughout this ordeal, Leo Wanta displayed courage and fortitude, as well as a simple faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, which has no parallel in the personal experience of the Editor, and will astonish everyone when the full story is told. Therefore, when reading the Leo Wanta-related testimonials below, please transfer the kind remarks made about the Editor, to Ambassador Leo Emil Wanta, the greatest and most brilliantly distinguished American patriot of our time.

He even inserts the following as commentary into one of the letters:

[Comment: No, that accolade is reserved exclusively for the greatest God-fearing American patriot of our time, a man who has suffered without a cause at the hands of these criminals, who are now scared stiff and on the run. That accolade cannot be shared by anyone else! CS].

I think he is on the verge of having to follow every mention of Wanta with some blessing, much like devout Muslims say "Peace be upon him" after every mention of the Prophet Mohammed.

My favorite testimonial would have to be:

"You are to be applauded for your seamless righteousness in the face of clamorous Internet attacks against you. Numerous so-called 'patriotic' organizations exist today in the United States and throughout the world. Only a few of these organizations have been willing to report your story... The paid-for 'mainstream' media is useless. Individuals throughout the world credit your intelligence... which you have so kindly put where all can see".

– Claudia Treacey, 14 January 2007, Indianapolis, USA

Now considering that I am the only one who has been writing about this at length, I guess that would make me "clamorous". Wow, I didn't know I was so important. I wonder if I can put that on my resume?
Leo Wanta: The Movie

Some guy on the Net has come up with this bizarre video on this whole story. Hey, it is the Internet, everyone gets their 15 minutes.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Of Wishes and Wanta Claus

While I have received many positive comments on the posts I have done on this story, I have also received a fair amount of criticism. The critics seem to think I am in a state of denial, that my furtive desire to disbelieve this story is causing cognitive dissonance which compels me to overlook the obvious truth.

On the contrary, I would love for this story to be true. Chocolates would fall from the sky, angels would play Mozart... Let me explain:

Leo Wanta claims that the US will receive $92 billion a day in tax income from his stash of cash. Even if we assume that he is only talking about trading days, that is over $23 trillion a year. The entire US Federal budget, however, is only a relatively puny $2.8 trillion.

So this means, that not only could the federal government completely eliminate taxes on everyone not named Leo Emil Wanta, but they then could issue a yearly refund of $67,000 to every man, woman, and child in the country, even those who have never paid taxes in the first place.

That would be wonderful! I could buy a boat, sail the South Pacific, lie on the beach while nubile young native girls bring me pina coladas. But alas, a wish for something does not make it true. I gave up believing in Santa Claus a long time ago, and Wanta Claus is not a more convincing myth.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Is Christopher Story Losing It?

I am not a psychologist, but normally when people starting ranting incoherently, quoting bible verses, and blaming the Jews and the Vatican, it is a bad sign. I am starting to wonder if this guy is holed up in a room somewhere clipping out newspaper articles and tacking them to the wall:

8th January 2007: The text of this report was approved verbatim by Michael C. Cottrell, M.S., Executive Vice President, AmeriTrust Groupe, Inc., and separately by Ambassador Wanta. All details of the Paulson arrest scenario and the contents of the Diary coverage on this website, together with all the previous Wanta postings, are also pre-approved by Michael C. Cottrell, M.S., Treasurer and Executive Vice President, AmeriTrust Groupe, Inc, and by Ambassador Leo Emil Wanta.

10th January: For those kind Americans and others who may be concerned at vituperative 'Black' attacks on the Principals and this website, please be reassured that those who know the facts in sensitive places know that we are 'true', that the facts are the facts, that the 'Black' antagonists cannot 'succeed', and that the matter is being addressed by certain means which we are not at liberty to elaborate upon. In the meantime, we who believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is come in the flesh, can rejoice at His assurances to us in Matthew Chapter 7, verses 16-20:

'Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?''Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit'.'Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire'.'Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them'.

Maybe this is just an elaborate publicity stunt. This one article managed to link to the home page of either World Reports or the International Currency Review an amazing 20 times.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

World Financial Assets Hits $140 Trillion

From today's Wall Street Journal (subscription required):

The world's financial system is overflowing with stocks, bonds and other financial assets -- $140 trillion worth, to be precise.

The figure was released in a study by McKinsey & Co. that maps financial assets around the globe and seeks to track the flows of these assets as they move from one region to another, putting hard numbers on the oceans of capital washing up around the globe.

At $140 trillion in 2005, the value of the world's financial assets hit a new peak and was more than three times as large as the total output of goods and services produced across the planet that year.

Amazingly, a full half of that belongs to Leo Wanta...

Beyond Bizarre

This whole Wanta thing is turning into dueling conspiracy theories, as Greg Szymanski is suggesting that Wanta, rather then being a white knight riding to the rescue of free Americans is instead an agent of the New World Order.

Sometimes with a little bit of luck and a good roll of the dice good men prevail and evil is defeated.

In the case of the Leo Wanta story, the jury is still out whether the former Treasury agent is on the good side or the bad.

But according to the wife of a murdered U.S. Army Colonel, charged with overseeing more than 175 CIA secret bank accounts, Wanta isn't the "white knight" portrayed in many internet articles, including those on the Arctic Beacon.

V.K.Durham, the widow of Col. Russell Herman, who claims her husband was assassinated by government thugs, said Wanta is one of the good old boys, adding:

"He is part of the old BUSH-CLINTON-CONTRA "DRUG AND MONEY LAUNDERING GROUP" that found it necessary TO SHOW SOURCE OF COLLATERAL/FUNDS under new International Banking Regulations ..and did a lot FORGERY, FALSE NOTARY and BACK DATING on the "BONUS 3392-181" COLLATERAL "DEBT" Instruments owned by the DURHAM HOLDING TRUST, Tias 12087 trying to 'get legitimate' and 'make organized crime or R.I.C.O. "Murder Inc. & Murder For Profit "Legal!"

Just trying to follow the web of murder and intrigue will give even the hardiest investigator a migraine, besides I have an international finance class to get ready for...

I did find this part amusing though:

Leo Vanta (Wanta) takes great delight in letting the public know he brought down THE RUSSIAN BANKS.. CNNMoney has an interesting article from 1998 which you should read.. http://money.cnn.com/1998/08/17/economy/ruble/ .only 2 pages, but worthy of copy.

The problem is, the limited role that Wanta had in the Ruble scam, took place over half a decade earlier. In fact, by 1995 he was serving time in a Wisconsin prison for tax evasion, and hardly had a major impact on Russian currency problems 3 years later.

I Always Thought the Clinton Administration Was Trailer Trash

Sometimes the Jokes just write themselves:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Clinton's national security adviser removed classified documents from the National Archives, hid them under a construction trailer and later tried to find the trash collector to retrieve them, the agency's internal watchdog said Wednesday.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Some Strange Turns in the Wanta Tale

Greg Szymanski writes on his website that the Treasury Department, to no ones surprise, denies Secretary Paulson was arrested. He also goes on to state this:

"Like many others, I was perplexed that nobody had much to say on the matter, not even a peep about it on Rense. A bunch of skeptics on "Amazing Randi's" blog all said it was a bunch of bull, without bothering to do any investigation.
I was actually the one, who started this thread, not at the James Randi Educational Forum, which he incorrectly titled a blog. I e-mailed Szymanski and asked him to take a look at my blog, and apparent lack of investigation, but have received no response.

Christopher Story adds to this tale, in a rather long and meandering post reminiscent of "A Beautiful Mind" in which he claims that Secretary Paulson took off for Israel. I guess if you have the Vatican involved, you need to get the Jews involved somehow. You wouldn't want the anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists to feel left out.

Paulson must not have stayed long though, because he is scheduled to meet with the Japanese Finance Minister today in Washington.

Story than gets even more bizarre, when he starts attacking Greg Szymanski, who along with John Stadtmiller were the only people covering this.

A radio talk show host, Greg Szymanski, who has been vacillating for months, has taken it upon himself to imply that the information about Paulson's arrest, affirmed by Michael C. Cottrell, M.S. and based upon sound intelligence, is a lie - Szymanski's 'evidence' being the say-so of some previously unheard-of alleged Treasury official or other. Since Szymanski is now de facto accusing Mr Cottrell of lying, the following information unfortunately has to be placed on the record right now.

I am not sure where he is getting this though, Szymanski did disagree as to who is responsible, but I have never seen him challenge the actual story.

Further, Arctic Beacon and World Reports differ on who are the real culprits behind the scene blocking the Wanta settlement, the Arctic Beacon questioning Vatican horseplay while World Reports saying this is out of the question and preposterous.

"This is really the only place that Christopher Story and I differ," said the Arctic Beacon editor. I know he has quested my intentions when I brought up a Vatican connection, but I can assure everyone I have only been trying to search for the real truth behind the Wanta story ever since I began communicating with Leo about a year and a half ago.

Having covered 9/11 conspiracy theorists extensively at Screw Loose Change, this is pretty typical. Those who believe the Jews did it inevitably begin attacking those who think it was Bush, who are of course considered shills by those who think it was the shadowy New World Order.

Story also slips up, when he "quotes" a lawyer from Nebrasks who is supposedly representing Wanta. First of all, if this guy is really worth $70 trillion why does he get his financial and legal representation from Erie, Pennsylvania and Omaha, Nebraska? The lawyer, Thomas E. Henry, goes on to state:

There are current rumours that Germany is questioning the intent and reason that Secretary Paulson is stalling completion of required tasks. It does not appear far-fetched to proffer that continued delay could have impact on the US Dollar and such impact has direct implication on national security.
How rather odd that Story, who is English, would post a letter from a Nebraska attorney, which uses the English spelling of "rumour", rather than the American spelling "rumor". It must be a typo...

Saturday, January 06, 2007

I Hate to Say I Told You So

I posted earlier on how the Hank Paulson story was bogus, because the International Court of Justice handles civil disputes between nations, not criminal charges against individuals. A member of an e-mail group I belong to, who believes in the story, didn't believe me, and e-mailed the ICJ to ask about the matter. Their form response:

Dear Sir, Madam, In reply to your e-mail, I have to inform you that the activity of the International Court of Justice, as strictly defined by its Statute (Article 34) and Rules, is limited to rendering judgments in legal disputes between States submitted to it by the States themselves and giving advisory opinions when it is so requested by UN organs or specialized agencies of the UN system.

Kind regards

Maxime Schouppe

Information Officer - Attaché d'Information


Thursday, January 04, 2007

Do Any of These People Own a Calculator?

Greg Szymanski quotes "finance whiz" Michael C. Cottrell on this Paulson story on his website, the Arctic Beacon:

"We know where the money has been held and we know that the U.S. officials in the administration have been making about $4.5 trillion illegally every two weeks by holding back the funds and essentially using the money to make money for themselves. "

$4.5 trillion every two weeks is $117 trillion a year. By comparison, the GDP of the entire world is estimated at between $40-60 trillion. These people are claiming that a single group of conspirators are somehow making twice that.

This can only mean one thing, they are diversifying to other planetary systems...

Who Works For Whom?

I read this earlier this morning, and wasn't going to comment on it, mostly because I am tiring of the subject, but a reader brought up a good point in the comments. From the latest update by Chris Story on the Hank Paulson/Leo Wanta story:

4th January 2007: All details of the Paulson arrest scenario and the contents of the Diary coverage on this website, together with all the previous Wanta postings, are pre-approved by Michael C. Cottrell, M.S., Treasurer and Executive Vice President, AmeriTrust Groupe, Inc, and by Ambassador Leo Emil Wanta. We will not be responding to further emails on this subject. When we have been briefed and have prepared any further posting, and have obtained written approval, we will post.

The main question here, is why does Story have to get Wanta's permission? Is he working for him? What type of a journalist hands over his right to report a story to a corporation, especially one who is reporting on corporate and government fraud?

Story reported earlier that he had multiple sources for this story:

Although we have been 'sitting on' this intelligence since the Christmas weekend, pending further information, we now have very high-level confirmations from both London and Washington, and a total of seven sources for this intelligence.

Since AmeriTrust Groupe only has 2 employees, Wanta and Cottrell, this means that he is claiming to have received this information from at least 5 people, not involved in the corporation. So why does he need their permission to report information he got from others?

Story hilariously continues with this post, supposedly from a supporter.

US FRIEND: 'You have put a tremendous amount of time into these Wanta articles, so it's not your job to prove you're right; it's the job of your detractors to prove you wrong. I'm sure there's a lot ofprofessional jealousy involved, so stand your ground'. Of course the mad detractors, who are in a state of white panic, cannot prove that the Editor is wrong. This is an impossibility.

First of all, there is no professional jealously involved on my part. I don't write for an overpriced paranoid journal in the UK, so we aren't even in the same profession. Secondly, since when was it the case that people promoting stories with absolutely no foundation are not obligated to support their argument? He has failed to provide even the meekest support for any of his claims. Not one shred of evidence. There is nobody else on the planet, outside of the few directly involved, who are backing his story. I have made plenty of posts showing that these stories are extremely questionable, but the burden of proof does not lie on me.

To quote the great Carl Sagan:

"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof."

Another Nail in the Coffin of the Christopher Story Story

From the excuse published on World Reports explaining how Secretary Paulson showed up at the funeral of President Ford (emphasis added):

2nd January 2007: Henry M. Paulson appeared late at the National Cathedral service for the late President Ford, and took a seat behind Nancy Reagan and next to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. US and British sources inform us that Paulson was exfiltrated from Europe on a British plane.

A picture of Paulson, Condoleeza Rice and President Carter taken by Reuters the same day:

OK, the photo doesn't add much. But read the caption (emphasis added):

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (R) talks with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (L) and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson (C) before the funeral of former U.S. President Gerald Ford at the National Cathedral in Washington January 2, 2007. REUTERS/Jim Bourg (UNITED STATES)

So he was late, was he?

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The Legal History of Leo Wanta

As I have mentioned before, the evidence points to Leo Wanta, not being an international finance wiz and secret agent for the Reagan administration, but being the owner of a failed vending machine company who got thrown in prison for tax evasion. A reader pointed me towards the Wisconsin State Records which back this up. Most telling was his appeal:

On May 8, 1995, Wanta’s four-day trial commenced. DOR agent Dennis Ullman testified for the State. Using a simple method of showing actual payments to or on behalf of Wanta from a New Republic bank account, Ullman demonstrated that Wanta had taxable income in 1988 and 1989. Wanta was the only defense witness. He testified that he never intentionally filed fraudulent tax returns; that he had no income between 1986 and 1989, but survived by borrowing and selling personal property; that money received and vehicles purchased were for his business; that he was not a resident of Wisconsin in 1989; and that he was not liable for the Falls Vending taxes because he was not the owner of the company. Wanta’s testimony also included grandiose and unbelievable claims.

The jury convicted Wanta on all six counts. On September 20, 1995, Wanta’s new attorney, Epstein, again expressed concern about Wanta’s competency, even though Wanta still asserted that he was competent. The court ordered a fifth competency evaluation. On October 27, 1995, a competency hearing was held and the court admitted the reports of Doctors Van Rybroek, Friedman and Treffert. No other evidence was presented. On October 30, 1995, the court issued an opinion concluding that Wanta was competent.

On November 20, 1995, the court sentenced Wanta to two years in prison on Counts 3 through 6, to run consecutively, for a total of eight years and imposed a six-year consecutive probation sentence on Counts 1 and 2. On June 3, 1996, the court ordered Wanta to reimburse the State Public Defender $4,167.64 for the cost of legal representation. The court also ordered Wanta to pay restitution of $24,900.91, which did not include Wanta’s payment of $14,129 applied to a civil fraud penalty. On January 23, 1998, the court reduced the total restitution to $14,128.10 because the original amount erroneously included interest. The court denied Wanta’s postconviction motions, and this appeal followed.

The records show a long history of legal and financial problems going clear back to 1982, including being sued by Western Union for owing them $2,279.00. He also apparently owed money to his phone company, and a copy place. You would think a top Secret Service agent with access to billions of dollars could pay his phone bill.

More On the International Court of Justice

Despite Christopher Story's paranoid rantings to the contrary, I am not a "useful idiot", and I am not on some type of mission to defame him and defend the powered elite. My opinions and writings are those solely of myself. I found this an interesting topic to write about, I have an academic background which allows me to make an informed opinion regarding it, and I have chosen to research and posts my findings.

It is not my fault that my findings do not support this story. If any of my research has been faulty, please let me know. The fact that my postings have received a fair amount of attention, apparently by Mr. Story himself, and not one person has challenged a single fact, indicates that my research has been correct. The more research I do, the more confident I am in my conclusions.

Now here is one more example, I mentioned previously that the International Court of Justice does not handle cases of this type. Well it turns out that not only is this true, but they list the cases they do handle. Nothing involving this case is listed.

Now aside from the angry opinions of Mr. Story, can anyone find a single item backing up this wild Wanta tale? If you can, please let me know.

I Guess I am off Chris Story's Christmas Card List

Christopher Story, the guy who is promoting this whole Wanta thing from his website, is a bit upset at me and suggests legal action:

'USEFUL IDIOTS' ROGUES' GALLERY: We have been overwhelmed with upportive, and many kind and complimentary, emails from all over the United States ('The Main Enemy') and from other parts of the world. A number of unpleasant 'Useful Idiots' have, however, seen fit to send us emails containing (in one case) filthy language, and a number of operatives and disinformation fools whose noses are out of joint have been posting lies and even libellous observations. One such individual, calling himself James B, from Bellevue, WA, is disseminating libellous statements which, given that they are distributed in the United Kingdom, may be subject to legal redress for libel in the English Courts, where the law of libel is much more stringent than in the United States. The circuitous argument this 'Useful Idiot' uses is the familiar, facile one that 'because it's not in the mainstream media, it is likely to be a hoax'. The mainstream media are under massive pressure both to cover up this ongoing crisis and, at the same time to 'break ranks' and join us in exposing it.

The 'mainstream' has been caught short by the Internet and is losing support both in the United States and Britain, as a consequence. We have certain information that substantial 'funny money' payments have been made to certain news outlets, and when 'further and better particulars' about such payments become available, the information will be published on this site.

Finally, we will, at the appropriate time, expose all those who have chosen to send us rude, crude, libellous and otherwise lazy and reprobate emails, so that they come belatedly to realise where the truth lies and that it is they who are dupes. When one is tested like this, one discovers who one's true friends are: and the experience, to put it mildly, has been enlightening. Happy New Year!

First of all, my argument is based on much more than the fact that this has not been reported in the mainstream media. Secondly, this is not even a "circuitous argument. It is pretty straightforward, this story is backed by no credible evidence and makes no sense. You can't get much simpler than that.

As far as libel, I am not an expert on English law, but I do know it is a requirement that libel be based on knowingly spreading false statements. Unfortunately for Mr. Story he cannot point to a single false statement that I have made. In fact he has failed to address any substantive arguments I have made. It is no surprise that he mentions me on his site, but neglects to link to me. I suspect he is concerned about people reading the argument. I have in good faith, and with great depth analyzed this story, and found his story to be extremely suspect. Even in the unlikely outcome that he turns out to be right, I did not knowingly lie about him, or anyone else.

Sorry, you are going to have to find someone else to intimidate.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Secretary Paulson Shows Up!

Just minutes after my last post, I discovered this.

That is Paulson standing next to Condoleeza Rice at the funeral of President Ford.

Of course, as predicted, Story tries to spin this:

2nd January 2007: Henry M. Paulson appeared late at the National Cathedral service for the late President Ford, and took a seat behind Nancy Reagan and next to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. US and British sources inform us that Paulson was exfiltrated from Europe on a British plane. We are expecting to receive spectacular REconfirmation of the arrest and indictment of the US Secretary of the Treasury shortly.

In the meantime, those Americans who, deceived for years by their intelligence community, cannot accept that we publish only what has been carefully verified, and who believe that we are another intelligence disinformation site, will have to back off and face up to the realities of the situation. If correctly handled, the developments are going to be hugely beneficial for the United States and for the Rest of the World. If malevolently handled, there will be a hyperinflation in the United States, soup kitchens, and a global depression. Stay tuned...

I am not sure why we can't afford our own planes...

More On the Wanta\Paulson Story

I have been getting a fair amount of incoming links on this story, with people asking whether it is true. In my humble, but informed, opinion, no it is not. Please read the extensive research on the Wanta story which this is based upon, it is not credible for a variety of reasons. Humorously one guy linked to me, only to add an edit that he had discovered I was not "reliable" because of my previous posts on Wanta. Yes, if you want me to uncritically accept any rumor printed over the Internet, I am not reliable.

Word Reports, the website run by a man named Christopher Story, has argued with quite hilarious circular logic that this story is true because he said it is. Others have argued that it is credible because Paulson was in fact in Germany last month. This is an entirely circular argument though, because the only reason they know that, was because it was easily searchable on the Internet anyway, this was not a secret.

Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin today to discuss priorities for the Group of Eight leading industrialized nations, which Germany chairs throughout 2007.
They also argue that Paulson has not been seen in public recently. Well Story conveniently made up this story over the holidays, most of the government has not been seen in public recently. This proves nothing. When Paulson does show up after the holidays, we will hear all sorts of creative stories explaining his reappearance.

In addition to the Wanta part of it, there are several reasons why this story is not credible. First of all, the International Court of Justice, does not handle cases like this. They handle disputes between nations not individuals. Secondly, this has been reported by no other source than Story, who is using it to try and sell $525 subscriptions to his publication.

We are a UK commercial organisation and we will NOT provide free copies of these issues. We will accept and fulfil bona fide subscription/special issue orders.

I have searched every source available, not just Google News, but expensive databases such as Factiva, and Lexis/Nexis. This has not been reported by any other source. Conspiracy theorists will argue that this is a sign of a coverup, but it boggles the mind that a story of this magnitude could be withheld from every news source in the world, even in the country which managed to arrest him in the first place!

And lastly, Story's story is not even internally consistent. He says that Paulson was arrested on the 23rd or 24th (which is it) but then says he has already been sentenced, even before the witnesses have been called.

He has been sentenced to severe penalties [see below].

Yeah right, you try getting something done that quickly in Europe over the holidays.

Monday, January 01, 2007

US Treasury Secretary Arrested

I have been covering the Leo Wanta saga extensively, and now it has got even more bizarre. Christopher Story's website World Reports is now reporting that Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson, was arrested on either the 23rd or 24th of December in Germany. Although this has spread quickly across the Internet, with conspiracy theory and anti-globalism websites fervently repeating the rumor, it does not shown up in the slightest in the press. If a Hollywood celebrity gets a DUI it is on every newspaper the next day, but a foreign country arrests a senior member of the cabinet, and nobody notices. Weird...

Saturday 30 December 2006 20:05







UPDATE NOTE, 1st January 2007: We have had a very large number of emails from the United States, mainly, and the question repeatedly asked is: WHY IS THE 'MAINSTREAM MEDIA' not covering this? DON'T ASK US: ASK THE 'MAINSTREAM MEDIA'. We are not in a position to answer this question. The other question asked is: Can you verify this? Excuse us? How can any of this be published if it is not accurate at the time of posting? Do not confuse this site with your familiar run-of-the-mill US intelligence diversion and disinformation website. Instead of asking us such crude questions, may we suggest that people who, without a cause, suggest we are liars, are laying themselves open to risk, since such allegations can be addressed in the English Court, where the laws of libel are much more stringent than in the United States. Finally, ALL the relevant documents and back-up information are available in International Currency Review, Volume 31, Numbers 3 and 4 [December 2006], and also in International Currency Review, Volume 30, Numbers 2 and 3 [January 2005]. We are a UK commercial organisation and we will NOT provide free copies of these issues. We will accept and fulfil bona fide subscription/special issue orders. Criticism of what has been posted WITHOUT studying the FACTS published in International Currency Review is reckless and unwise. Neither is it to be recommended in this rapidly moving and unfolding crisis.

Of course for the low low price of $525 a year you can find out more about this in the International Currency Review. Rather convenient that he waited until a long weekend (with New Years and the funeral of President Ford) to announce this. Of course when Paulson finally does show up in public, we can hear all sorts of imaginative tales of how the Illuminati and the Vatican coerced and bribed his way out of prison.