a reply to: 19Bones79
A lot of people don't know the history with South Africa and the UN/IMF. Here's how the story goes...
UN General Secretary Hammarskjold was assassinated by Roi Russ (Theinus Swanapoel), because the UN was pushing SA too hard to back away from the early
days of Apartheid. That started the blood fued. Next Hendrik Verwoerd was assassinated by a UN operative and the tit-for-tat began. It went on for
years, but everyone was ready for it so very few things happened that are public knowledge, except maybe Samora Machel who was assassinated using a
fake VOR beacon, developed by somebody I know of and one of my crew was on the recon team that managed the beacon a little north of Swaziland (but
that was in 86 about a month before I landed in SA).
Then in 1987 while we were seriously knocking the crap out of the MLA and Russians/Cubans in Angola (Stockwell had already left, but there was still a
CIA presence for logistics, recon and weapons), we developed a weapon to take down the Migs and it would look like pilot error. I designed the weapon
and my CO passed it through Atlas Aircraft. I did a lot of work for CI and the military, some visible, some black-budget and not-so-visible. In late
1987 when my CO had organized bringing back my project materials (plus APC/AMP for somchem and PMP detonics for the SAMS program) from North Korea,
the plane it was on was destroyed. It was quite demoralizing for us, because with our breeder being dismantled in Pelindaba by the US, it was hard to
get certain things. I told my CO to bring it by ship, but he didn't, he was the Chief of CI and knew better, duh...
It was also a real blow for public moral and confidence as well. The government tried to make it seem like it was just an accident, but so many of us
knew what was really going on. Anyway, in 1988, we were doing the Saddam weapons deal (about a billion USD) at the behest of the US State Department
and the US ambassador and this was a wake up call for me. I have no problem putting down terrorists, I don't like being involved with supplying them
with weapons (I found out later weapons from the US to kill US soldiers in the Gulf War, it was obscene). This shipment was a carrot for Pik, Magnus,
Andy, the Colonel, etc., to give them some walk-away cash before the hammer fell. That hammer came from the IMF under the guise of a UN manipulation
towards the end of 1988.
They told deKlerk that if he didn't release mandela (so the easy bribable ANC could take over) they would have the Russians flood the market with
cheap diamonds and destroy the economy. deKlerk, who was already compromised and a bought man, had the reserve bank buy the diamonds and cut off the
threat, but it extended the reserve bank, they took on too much. Two weeks after the diamonds were bought, the UN/IMF threatened to flood the market
with gold. deKlerk was already bought off, but for the history books, nobody wanted to be seen as the person who destroyed the SA economy, so
according to plan, deKlerk capitulated, mandela was released and he went to Russia for more training. I made a plan to get out and our admin consul,
adrian brazeau, almost got my wife, two kids and myself killed. He refused any help getting my wife and kids out as long as I was alive and he stated
that to my wife.
We escaped in October 1990 using fake passports, ID books, pax manifest, etc with the help of someone I somewhat trusted in MI. They still caught up
with us in Brussels. They used the old, luggage-without-passenger gambit, but we got past it as security found the two suitcases (they had
explosives). There has only ever been one incident since then, when a problem had to be sent away, but I still have 11 national security statutes on
my file with CSIS.
Cheers - Dave