Thursday, December 01, 2022

Thursday [1]


1.  Snippets

... which can be found not far away:

#  By opening an investigation, the FBI is positioned to vacuum up critical evidence and then seal it away in the course of facilitating fruitless Department of Justice prosecutions that always result in convictions for process crimes at best, like lying to the FBI, and not guilty verdicts at worst. It’s an old play from an even older playbook. See Durham, ClinesmithSussmannDanchenko, et al.

#  Transnational criminal organizations, foreign intelligence services, and terrorist groups—as well as Internet fraudsters and other criminals—move billions of dollars each year through the international banking system and across borders to conceal the origin of the funds. To more effectively address the threat, the FBI has placed a renewed emphasis on investigations that target the middlemen who facilitate the hidden flow of cash.

“Our focus is on third-party facilitators,” said James Barnacle, who heads the FBI’s Money Laundering Unit. “They include, among others, lawyers, accountants, and brokers with the ability to facilitate the process of moving money for dangerous criminal organizations. That’s who our targets are.”

#  The Azov Battalion was funded in-part by Ihor Kolomoyskyi, who is steeped in the energy sector and further threads through U.S. shell corporations and corruption in U.S. politics.

#  Here is a list of the most prominent investors in FTX courtesy of The Block’s Frank Chaparro: BlackRock, Ontario Pension Fund, Sequoia, Paradigm, Tiger Global, SoftBank, Circle, Ribbit, Alan Howard, Multicoin, VanEck and Temasek. SOURCE

1 comment:

  1. The affair of the reception of the migrant boat Ocean Viking continues to rebound and appears more and more like a management disaster on the part of the French government—unfortunately, highly predictable. It is epigrammatic of all the dysfunctions of immigrant reception policy, both at the national and European levels.


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