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November 2020

UPDATED - Twitter censors Venezuela's corruption information

UPDATED 09/12/2020 SEE BELOW - Twitter, has got to be said, is less and less a platform for public debate, and more and more a media outlet with a unique editorial line. Whatever makes Jack tick, or takes his fancy, that's what goes. In the mold of Facebook, where the other idiot reigns, Twitter's Terms of Service (ToS) are vague enough to give plenty of subjective room to Twitter's bots to decide what can and can't be posted in the platform.

Question to Department of Justice re Venezuela Alek Boyd Thu, 11/26/2020 - 11:35

This site has got hold of a letter, ref. 163X-I-IQ-C2072771, dated August 4 2017, addressed to Erin E. Mikita and signed by Robert C Basanez, whereby the following can be read:

"In 2013, an FBI money laundering investigation was initiated, based on information provided by the Andorran government, into the following individuals:

FAKENews alert: the one about Venezuela's assets abroad

The Wall Street Journal, an eminently financial publication, printed today -without disclaimer- a spectacularly fake claim: "As much as $100 billion in Venezuelan money and property is up for grabs, including Houston-based oil-refining company Citgo Petroleum Corp., gold bullion housed in the Bank of England, bank accounts in New York and real estate and aircraft in South Florida..." The WSJ called on Javier Troconis

Banca Privada d'Andorra: a $2+ billion web of corruption Alek Boyd Fri, 11/13/2020 - 08:46

Leonardo Antonio Rivero GarciaCesar Alfredo Prada Maneyro and Juan Manuel Paez Maneiro received "personal loans" for $50,000 and $115,000 respectively in November 2012. The funds were wired from an account (AD21 0006 0008 2612 0054 3611) at Banca Privada d'Andorra (BPA) that belonged to a company called Codfish Investments S.A. Prada Maneyro is a chavista diplomat.

DoJ charges Claudia Diaz Guillen / Adrian Velasquez with money laundering. How about Swiss bankers?

The U.S. Department of Justice (finally) charged Claudia Diaz Guillen and husband Adrian Velasquez with money laundering on 30 October. Diaz Guillen and Velasquez were part of a larger money laundering network that included former head of Venezuela's Treasury Alejandro Andrade, and sidekick and facilitator Raul Gorrin. Andrade is the man who famously pleaded guilty to getting $1 billion worth of bribes.