Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 9 Num. 08

("Quid coniuratio est?")


Focus on Cardoen:

The name of Carlos Cardoen, mentioned in the latest column by Sherman Skolnick posted on CN, appears three times in the book The Octopus: Secret Government and the Death of Danny Casolaro by Kenn Thomas and Jim Keith:

The first is in an affidavit by arms dealer Richard Babayan:

"In an affidavit dated 22, 1991, Babayan swore:

I, RICHARD H. BABAYAN, being duly sworn, do hereby state as follows:

  1. During the past several years, I have acted as a broker of sales of materials and equipment used by foreign governments in their armed forces, intelligence and security organizations.


9.In the capacity described in paragraph #1, I attended a meeting in Santiago, Chile, in December, 1988, with Mr. Carlos Cardoen of Cardoen Industries. During this meeting, I was informed by Mr. Cardoen that Dr. Earl Brian of the United States and Mr. Robert Gates, a senior American intelligence and national security official, had just completed a meeting in Santiago, Chile, with Mr. Carlos Cardoen."

Then, from a draft of Casolaro's Octopus manuscript:

I had also been placated, I presumed, with documents concerned mostly with weapons, fuel air explosives, documents relating to Gerald Bull, assassinated the previous spring in Brussels, Carlos Cardoen in Chile, mining papers, lab papers relating to scientific experiments with lasers, and letters regarding the return of that mysterious billion dollars which Danger Man said had come from the Nugan Hand bank in Australia. I had already seen some of these documents in the months before but now it looks as though the gumshoes from the House Judiciary Committee would also see them...

and, from The Octopus by Kenn Thomas and Jim Keith:

More than a year earlier, on March 31, 1990, a British journalist named Jonathan Moyle was found dead, hung in a hotel room closet on Santiago, Chile. "Although Casolaro and Moyle were probing different leads, their investigations involved some of the same people," said columnist Jack Anderson. (7) Moyle, an editor at London's Defense Helicopter World, had been investigating the weapons trade, specifically the alleged sale of non-military US helicopters to Iraq for re-fitting as attack choppers. The notes Moyle left behind contained reference to a sophisticated missile guidance system that held Iraqi interest, although whether or not it used the system in its disastrous SCUD attacks during the Persian Gulf War is unknown. Instrumental in the arms-dealing Moyle had investigated was Carlos Cardoen, the same man Ari Ben-Mensasche identified as the intermediary between Iraq and Earl Brian for the PROMIS software deal. (8) Initial reports called Moyle's death a suicide, but evidence, including the presence of a strong sedative in his system and possible asphyxiation, suggested otherwise. (9)

(8) Ben-Menashe, p. 239 passim.
(9) "The Riddle of Room 1406," Sunday Times.

The Octopus: Secret Government and the Death of Danny Casolaro by Kenn Thomas and Jim Keith will be available this month from Feral House, POB 3466, Portland, OR 97208. Kenn Thomas publishes the `zine called Steamshovel Press, POB 23715, St. Louis, MO 63121; single issue: $6; subscriptions, 4 issues/$22. An anthology of Steamshovel Press back issues, Popular Alienation, is available from IllumiNet Press, 1-800-680-INET.

Kenn Thomas

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