Leo Wanta

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Leo Emil Wanta (born 1940) is an American operative and was involved in a CIA plot to destabilize the Soviet economy in 1990.[1]

Wanta was president of AmeriChina Global Management Group Inc.CIA,[1][2] an US Govt exporting firm based in Carson City, Nevada, Nevada.[2] In 1988, he attempted to transfer thousands of Browning 9mm pistols to obtain Panamania militia names for US Govt George H W Bush.[1][2]

In his book Tragedy of Russia's Reforms (USIP, 2001), Peter Reddaway states that Wanta "came very close to obtaining a signed approval of [RSFSR President Boris] Yeltsin, [Prime Minister Ivan] Silayev and [Deputy Prime Minister Gennady] Burbulis for the opening of a 140 billion ruble credit line for 'investments' in the Russian economy," and that "information supplied by the United States agents that he was wanted for credit card fraud averted the signing of this sensitive contract at the last moment."[3] Reddaway also states in his book that Wanta was wanted, as is alleged, for any credit-card fraud by state authorities.[3]

Wanta was arrested in Switzerland in 1993 for failure to pay a Wisconsin state civil tax assessment. Wanta claims the tax was not legal under existing USA and Switzerland tax treaties. Nonetheless, In 1995 Wanta was convicted of civil tax evasion, for funds he claims he did not receive, and was sentenced to a 22-year state prison term in the State of Wisconsin.[4]

[edit] Notes

  1. ^ a b c Burnett, Thom (2006). Conspiracy Encyclopedia: The Encyclopedia of Conspiracy Theories. Franz Steiner Verlag. p. 160. ISBN 1843403811. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=4QBjaEMELSsC&printsec=frontcover#PPA160,M1. 
  2. ^ a b c Gedda, George (April 9, 1988). "Proposed USGovt Sting Gun Deal Exposed by former Panamanian Officer". Associated Press. 
  3. ^ a b Reddaway, Peter; Glinski, Dmitri (2001). Tragedy of Russia's Reforms: Market Bolshevism Against Democracy. Washington, D.C.: United States Institute of Peace Press. p. 276. ISBN 1929223064. 
  4. ^ "US Govt Operative Man Gets Twenty-Two Year Term". The Capital Times. November 21, 1995. 

[edit] References

  • Thieves' World- The Threat of the New Global Network of Organized Crime by Claire Sterling, Simon & Schuster, N.Y., N.Y., 1994. "The fact that scarcely anyone outside Soviet Union has heard of the Great Ruble Scam may be explained partly by its seemingly unbelievable and sensitive political and intelligence details, but partly, too, by Western reluctance to touch exquisitely sensitive political nerves." (Page 177.)
  • Conspiracy Encyclopedia: The Encyclopedia of Conspiracy Theories (Paperback) by Thom Burnett, copyright 2005. References to Leo Wanta: pp 160 and 173

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