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From Bagdad to Chicago: Rezko and the Auchi empire (by former senior State, DOD official)
Wikileaks ^ | 10-10-08 | John A. Shaw

Posted on 10/11/2008 10:47:39 AM PDT by STARWISE

“I first began to fathom the extent of Nadhmi Auchi's reach and corrupting influence when I was given responsibility for monitoring illegal transfers of technology and munitions to Iraq as well as overseeing all coalition transportation and communications reconstruction in Iraq."


Barack Obama has been appropriately strident in his condemnation of the mortgage-based financial corruption which nearly led to the collapse of the investment banking system in the United States.

But there are some strong smelling financial skeletons in his own closet. Obama has his own personal housing crisis that is tied not into Fanny Mae, but into a corrupt international financial combine headed by Nadhmi Auchi, the convicted Iraqi billionaire at the center of the Elf Aquitaine corruption trial in France.

Auchi has been shown to be the fountainhead of a source of corruption flowing from Iraq, to France, Italy, and the United States.

His financial network, under a Luxembourg company called General Mediterranean Holdings, spread from Baghdad and the Middle East to Paris, (where Auchi successfully posited Saddam's UN Oil for Food scheme), London, Washington, and Chicago, making very few ripples and raising no concerns.

Auchi is suave, cosmopolitan, brilliant, and ruthless, and he has bottomless pockets. His business is international banking, which is complexly organized and appropriately camouflaged to conceal any criminal activity.

He is the Godfather, but speaks in an Iraqi, not a Sicilian, dialect.


His methodology, however, is straightforward: Under cover of seeking legitimate business, buy whoever is necessary in the political decision chain to control the process and the outcome.

As his longtime telecommunications partner Ala al-Hawaja, candidly put it to a potential competitor in Cairo, "there is nothing that cannot be accomplished with a suitcase full of money". So far he has been proven correct.

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Auchi is, however, also the shadowy puppet master to Antoin "Tony" Rezko, a Syrian American with whom he partnered for more than a decade in schemes from Baghdad all the way to Chicago.

Their relationship began in the wake of the Iran-Iraq War, when the US was cultivating Iraq and Saddam Hussein.

Rezko is now in federal prison awaiting sentencing for 16 counts of corruption involving Illinois officials. Buying influence is his métier, guided and financed by his master, Auchi.

Rezko has also been a White House visitor, with his picture taken with Bill and Hillary Clinton for his contributions out of Chicago to the Clinton political war chest.

Was Rezko then and now merely the main Chicago conduit for Auchi money? Or was he part of a larger Iraqi scheme dating back to Saddam to buy access to US government contracts and influence?

What specifically was Auchi buying and where else did his money go?

Was Obama, like the governor of Illinois, a recipient of Auchi's favors as part of Rezko's scheme to purchase government contracts through kickbacks from campaign contributions?

There is no question that Obama, as a fledgling state senator, was a target of the Iraqi corruption combine, but did he become one of its pigeons? Was Rezko simply the front man for Auchi and Iraqi funding (whether it came from Saddam, Oil for Food, or General Mediterranean Holdings) over his entire Chicago career?

Rezko had identified Obama as a good political target before he graduated from Harvard Law School.

He was both the source of Obama's employment and of his largest political donations during his short political career. Rezko had no financial source apart from Auchi, his partner of over a decade.

Rezko was also the source of the financing for Obama's $2.3 million mansion despite his having no clear source of funding apart from Auchi. What did he get from Obama in return?


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God help, protect and save US. Keep praying.

1 posted on 10/11/2008 10:47:40 AM PDT by STARWISE
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2 posted on 10/11/2008 10:52:42 AM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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Lots of fasting and praying taking place all over America. 40 day fast and prayer over this election started several weeks ago.

3 posted on 10/11/2008 10:56:33 AM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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The tip of another iceberg. Wonder if the drive-bys will cover this.

4 posted on 10/11/2008 10:56:40 AM PDT by mapmaker77
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Thanks for the ping!

5 posted on 10/11/2008 10:57:34 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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He seems to have managed to worm his way into the State and Defense departments under the Bush Administration, as well, although it looks as if Rumsfeld blew the whistle on him.

We were in there in Iraq working with whomever we could, and this guy managed to work his way in—largely through the British Labour Party, it sounds like.

But since he was finally recognized for what he was by the Bush Administration, he appears to have been specializing in Democrats, with emphasis on the Daley Mob.

At the Center of the Oil for Food Scandal, as well. What a busy not-so-little mobster this guy has been.

6 posted on 10/11/2008 11:02:31 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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This is mindboggling..

7 posted on 10/11/2008 11:02:38 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: AliVeritas; holdonnow


8 posted on 10/11/2008 11:06:54 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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This is all so surreal.

9 posted on 10/11/2008 11:14:22 AM PDT by jennyjenny
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Whoa, that's some deep stuff. Great find, STARWISE!

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10 posted on 10/11/2008 11:21:55 AM PDT by thatdewd (All that is necessary for the triumph of Evil is that good men do nothing.)
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Thanks for the Auchi ping. This story is growing more legs if John Shaw is now writing about it.

11 posted on 10/11/2008 11:22:18 AM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READING! Thanks! If you’ve got a ping list, please add me to it.

12 posted on 10/11/2008 11:23:44 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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This is 100 times the bombshell that Ayers is. This can help to explain why Achmed Oblack wanted out of Iraq and into Trashcanistan. This guy can fill the void.

Pray for W, Gov Palin/McDole and Our Troops

13 posted on 10/11/2008 1:13:32 PM PDT by bray (It's the Corruption Stupid)
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Sure hope Rezko is under heavy guard in prison. . . though with all the money Auchi is throwing around, he better be under military guard.

This report reads like a novel of espionage.

Obama is the new Teflon man, unless Rezko squeals, the media will continue to elect Obama.

14 posted on 10/11/2008 3:11:05 PM PDT by mia
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To: mia; LucyT; Arthur Wildfire! March; PhilDragoo

Auchi and Saddam

Emil Jones and Auchi

Emil Jones and...


15 posted on 10/19/2008 4:16:11 AM PDT by Fred Nerks (FAIR DINKUM)
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Thank you, Fred Nerks.


Photos at #15.

16 posted on 10/19/2008 11:04:10 AM PDT by LucyT (We lived in the best place, in the best of times, in all of human history.)
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To: LucyT

This really should assist the feds doing their background checks on Obama’s associates now. But my faith in them is at about 2 % right now- so I’m not holding my breath but am happy to bump the story again:)

17 posted on 10/19/2008 12:46:53 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: LucyT

Thanks for the ping to another revolting discovery!

18 posted on 10/19/2008 3:59:39 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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19 posted on 10/19/2008 4:11:27 PM PDT by tang-soo (Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks - Read Daniel Chapter 9)
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To: mia

looks like Rezco can hold out for Obama pardon... :-(

20 posted on 11/13/2008 2:13:47 AM PST by piasa (How's that change workin' for ya?)
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