Tuesday, April 08, 2003

memory lane
In this article from July 2001, "terrorist" Sy Hersh explains Mobil's thirst for Iranian oil
In the fall of 1997, an international businessman named Farhat Tabbah filed suit in London against three American businessmen, the oil minister of Kazakhstan, and a subsidiary of the Mobil Corporation. He charged that they had cheated him out of millions of dollars in commissions on what was to have been a ten-year swap of oil between Kazakhstan and Iran. Mobil and the other defendants denied the allegations and successfully moved to suppress all Tabbah's affidavits and supporting documentation.
Two of the men involved, Bryan Williams and James H. Giffen, have just been charged with conspiracy and tax evasion; want to lay odds on ExxonMobile escaping unscathed?

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