From: John Conover <email@example.com>
Subject: Interesting filler ... maybe
Date: Tue, 6 Aug 1996 16:58:02 -0700
Of course, the attached chronicle of events may all be un-related, (and it would be difficult to verify/substantiate the causal links after a half a century,) in which case it would make a nice theme for a Tom Clancy novel ... or filler for grocery store tabloids. But it is kind of interesting what you can find on the Internet these days. John -- John Conover, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.johncon.com/ Today, 6 Aug., 1996, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, (http://www.ustreas.gov/treasury/,) issued a press release that it was re-opening the investigation into Nazi funds, (from World War II,) that were transfered to Swiss Bank accounts prior to the end of the war. (Re: news broadcast of CNBC, at 11:00 PST, today.) The press release mentioned that "... tens of millions of dollars ..." were involved. Whether that is the estimated current value, or 1945 value, was not made clear. (Compounded interest over a half of a century would, indeed, be substantial.) On 27 Feb, 1996, a decrypted document was de-classified by the NSA, (http://www.nsa.gov:8080/docs/venona/venona.html, and look for June 21,) of an encrypted KGB transmission from the Soviet Embassy, Washington, to Moscow, concerning what the Americans knew about how such funds were being transfered into Swiss Banks. The document, (available from the NSA URL,) has an interesting history: 1) On 26 Feb., 1945, the OSS (forerunner of the CIA,) station chief in Bern Switzerland, (Allen Dulles, later the CIA's first Director of Central Intelligence,) or one of his staff, sent a report to OSS headquarters in London, which was to be copied to the U.S. Department of the Treasury's agent in the U.K., concerning the method used to transfer Nazi funds out of Germany. Allegedly, (from other sources,) Mr. Dulles enjoyed the confidence of both Swiss Banking authorities and Swiss intelligence agencies, (which at the time were some of the most formidable in the world-re: "The Craft of Intelligence," Allen Dulles, Harper & Row, 1963.) 2) On 21 Jun., 1945, the contents of this report, (obtained illicitly in the U.S.,) by (probably,) Harold Glasser, (re: the NSA document,) was sent, via encrypted wireless transmission, from KGB Washington, to KGB Moscow. This transmission was intercepted by the forerunner of the NSA, partially decrypted, and distributed-to whom, and when, is not divulged. Note that the method of transmission implies that it was probably requested information, and regarded as high priority, from the USSR-probably Lavrenti Pavlovich Beria, or one of his staff, (re: the NSA document reference to the "8th Department," which would have been a functional organization, reporting directly to Beria, at that 3) On 16 Nov., 1956, (or, possibly, later,) the decrypted document was redistributed-the distribution list is intentionally obliterated on the de-classified document-but it was probably bound in a binder, (perhaps for distribution, perhaps as administrative classification system,) of which at least 205 copies were distributed, each consisting of at least 220 pages. (Obviously, the recipients of this binder were probably analyzing what the Soviets were up to, since they would have had access to the original document provided via Switzerland-instead of the decrypted, and incomplete, version, which is in the NSA archives that are available on the Internet.) There can be some interesting *_SPECULATION_* concerning these events. (Re: recent KQED/KETH airing of documentary concerning the Allied/U.S. Army attempt at preservation of European art treasures during the closing stages of the war-from personal recollection, title unknown.) Note that any moneys found could, possibly, still be seized as the property of the Allied Governments, since they have legal right of claim, (under spoils of war.) Additionally, these funds are probably "family fortunes," (as opposed to Nazi German Government treasury,) since the German treasury is thought to have been found, (in a salt mine, south of Berlin in the Harz Mountains, by the U.S. Third Army,) and contained many tons of gold bullion, (which was promptly shipped, with no authority-it was the Soviet Sector-to the continental U.S., with no documentation, other than verbal orders-re: the documentary.) Also found in the salt mine was the largest collection of art ever assembled-re: the documentary. This, also, was sent to the continental U.S. (It is rumored to have been much of Herman Goering's "confiscated" art collection, from all over Europe, and was later returned to the "rightful" owners-the bullion wasn't.) The dates of the Harz mountain affair coincides, approximately, with what would have been dates of the request for information to the KGB, U.S.