Last time I detailed five strange deaths in the financial industry that had been attributed to suicide or accidents. This trend has continued since that writing as there are now five more to add to the list.
#6 Karl Slym (missed previously) died January 27th after a fall from the 22nd floor of a Bangkok hotel. Slym was the managing director for Tata Motors and had previously been an executive at General Motors. Mr. Slym reportedly committed suicide after a fight with his wife.
#7 Tim Dickenson died sometime between January 19th & 25th. (Link here, second paragraph). Cause of death has not been revealed yet. Dickenson was a communications director for Swiss Re. Despite the cause of death not being known publicly, financial journalists including the Wall St. Journal are including Dickenson in lists of banker suicides.
#8 Li Junjie jumped off the JP Morgan building in Hong Kong on February 18th. Junjie was an investment banker. Junjie is the third JP Morgan employee to die via suicide/accident since the start of the year, and the second to do so by jumping/falling from a JPM building.
#9 James Stuart Jr. was found dead in his Arizona home on February 25th. Since Stuart was just two days from his 71st birthday, I think it's safe to say "natural causes" are to blame unless information surfaces pointing otherwise. Stuart was originally from Lincoln, Nebraska and was prominent in their banking scene for most of his career. Lincoln, Nebraska's banking industry takes us down a rabbit hole due to the Franklin Scandal involving child prostitution, satanic cults, drugs, snuff films, and the Republican party. Those of you who read Conspiracy Cinema -- the book -- will remember that the Discovery Channel's documentary on the Franklin Scandal -- Conspiracy of Silence -- was pulled right before airtime and has never been officially released.
#10 takes us to the world of unconventional finance and so-called crypto-currencies. Autumn Radtke, CEO of Singapore-based Bitcoin trading platform First Meta, was originally reported to have committed suicide on February 26th, but that article was later revised to state that investigations were ongoing. Whether or not Radtke committed suicide remains to be seen, but the timing of her death is provocative regardless. It occurred one day after Mt. Gox, the largest Bitcoin exchange, disappeared from the Internet, taking with it $300 million dollars of real-world money. If you're unfamiliar with Bitcoin, the NY Times article on Mt. Gox has a good summary and an explanation of why their disappearing act was likely the beginning of the end for Internet funny-money.
To me at least, Bitcoin and its fellow Internet-based currencies have always been a pretty obvious "honey pot" operation. A honey pot is an intelligence/law enforcement gambit usually involving sex but can mean anything that is seductive enough to entice someone into incriminating themselves or committing a crime. A prime example of a honey pot is a bait car -- a car left unlocked and unattended by police to see who will try to steal it. Bitcoin was originally touted as an "untraceable" currency, which encouraged users to use it to pay for illegal goods and services. The "deep web" site Silk Road allowed users to purchase illegal drugs using Bitcoins and was shut down by the government in October of last year. So all those "untraceable" transactions are now in the hands of the US Government, that is if they weren't already. The blog Easy Questions are Boring has an excellent write up of the well-founded suspicions surrounding Bitcoin.
If all of these financial suicides and Bitcoin craziness wasn't enough, Newsweek "outed" the founder of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, today. The only problem is that Mr. Nakamoto denies it. It has long been believed that "Satoshi Nakamoto" was an alias used by the real creator(s) of Bitcoin, but it was Newsweek's position that it was a real individual, namely the 64-year-old man living in Temple City, California. Nakamoto vehemently denied that he was responsible for the currency (and a multi-millionaire because of it) but, as it turns out, Nakamoto is pretty interesting on his own. Quoting from the article:
"[Nakamoto had] shadowy dealings with US military technology contractors, [and] his mysterious work for the FAA in the aftermath of 9/11"
and, just to get more strange, Nakamoto's history is filled with intelligence links. His first job out of college was working for Hughes Aircraft -- as in Howard Hughes -- during the time they were the largest contractor of the United States government. This is also the time when Hughes was "in seclusion" and most likely already dead, but that's a story for another time. Nakamoto eventually left Hughes Aircraft to take a job with the Recording Corporation of America working on more military projects. For what it's worth, Nakamoto's brother isn't as reluctant to talk, calling Satoshi "an asshole" and stating that he's worked on "classified stuff," adding that his life was "a complete blank for a while."
Definitely a story worth following.
In other news, the mainstream media has completely forgotten about Edward Snowden, so he's finally releasing some interesting information. His latest, "How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations," won't be news to anyone who has their eyes open, but it is nice to have confirmation of what we've all believed to be true. It is worth reading in its entirety, but here's the part you need to know:
"Among the core self-identified purposes of JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group) are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the Internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable. To see how extremist these programs are, just consider the tactics they boast of using to achieve those ends: “false flag operations” (posting material to the Internet and falsely attributing it to someone else), fake victim blog posts (pretending to be a victim of the individual whose reputation they want to destroy), and posting “negative information” on various forums."