By Mike Ruppert
Speaking Truth to Power
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Reprinted from FROM THE WILDERNESS
RELINKED BY REQUEST
August 14, 2001
This series is dedicated to Mark Swaney of the Ozark Gazette for his intellectual courage and tenacity; to John McGlaughlin, the straightest and toughest man who ever honestly carried a badge; to Celerino Castillo III, with a heart bigger than his beloved Texas; to all the young men and women, mostly minorities, who are serving up to life in prison for crimes that don’t remotely compare to those of Carlos Lehder; and to all the innocents in Colombia who stand at the brink of the next Vietnam War.
There are mounting holes in the story of a woman, Coral Talavera Baca (henceforth referred to by her maiden name Talavera), who has claimed to be the wife of Medellin Cartel co-founder, Carlos Lehder, deepening the mystery about relationships between her, Lehder himself, the insurance giant American International Group (AIG), and the Central Intelligence Agency. These new discrepancies, including her prior confirmation of the authenticity of documents now suspected of being forged, have raised the possibility that the U.S. Government, in partnership with AIG, has been deliberately planting false information in the press to support the woman’s claims about Lehder’s reported freedom and activities. Talavera has been simultaneously described as either Staff Counsel for AIG’s in house San Francisco law firm or as its office manager.
In Part I of this series we reported that other journalists, who have asked not to be identified, had received the same documents we continue to examine here. Some of those documents purport to be official reports from the U.S. Treasury and U.S. Attorney’s offices. As FTW moves deeper into its multi-part investigation – inspired by revelations of possible 1987-92 drug money laundering involving AIG, Goldman Sachs and the Arkansas Development Financial Authority (ADFA) – attention now focuses on Talavera’s employer, AIG. These events increased my interest in the 1987 founding of Coral Reinsurance (Coral Re) by AIG, Goldman Sachs (whose then Vice Chairman Robert Rubin served as Treasury Secretary in the Clinton Administration) and ADFA. Lehder, arrested in 1987, was allowed to keep almost $3 billion in assets in a move severely criticized by Merkle. Where did that money go? Was it hidden it in a major insurance company with cash flows large enough to conceal it? This question, more than any other, except establishing Lehder’s current status, prompted me to begin this investigation.
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Bailout of AIG, the CIA, and Covert Operations
Posted by Matt Savinar, 9/16/2008
By now you no doubt have heard about the AIG bailout. If not, just check out this thread at the LATOC Forum. There is, however, something you almost certainly haven’t heard about which is that the insurance business is heavily involved in covert operations. Some of you may be thinking “Huh? Insurance companies and covert operations?! Wow, this is some real nutballery, even for LATOC”. Well if so then just consider the following excerpts from an article entitled “The Secret (Insurance) Agent Men” by Los Angeles Times staff writer Mark Fritz, originally published on September 22nd, 2000.