Nerodna stvar. Se spomnite, kako je Grčija pred desetletjem in pol goljufala pri prikazovanju višine javnega dolga, da je lahko prišla v evro? Takrat ji je pomagal predvsem Goldman Sachs. Denimo leta 2001 je z grško vlado naredil zamenjavo (swap) dolga (v višini 2.8 mlr €), nominiranega v dolarjih in jenih v evre – vendar po zgodovinskem tečaju. S tem je grški javni dolg izpadel manjši kot v resnici. Kdo naj bi takrat nadzoroval in osebno podpiral to operacijo? Mario Draghi, takratni podpredsednik in izvršni direktor Goldman Sachs International.
Ni še konec. Leta 2012 je Bloomberg bil pravno bitko z ECB, naj dovoli dostop do dveh dokumentov, ki opisujeta mehanizme, kako je Grčija z različnimi triki prek mednarodnih finančnih inštitucij frizirirala javni dolg. Takrat je ECB zavrnila dostop do dokumentov, rekoč:
the European Central Bank said it can’t release files showing how Greece may have used derivatives to hide its borrowings because disclosure could still inflame the crisis threatening the future of the single currency.
Kdo je bil takrat predsednik ECB? Mario Draghi.
Zanimivo. In nerodno hkrati. Spodaj so podrobnosti, objavljene na portalu Zerohedge:
Back in June 2012, the ECB, whose head was the recently crowned Mario Draghi who had less than a decade ago worked at none other than Goldman Sachs, was sued by Bloomberg’s legendary Mark Pittman under Freedom of Information rules demanding access to two internal papers drafted for the central bank’s six-member Executive Board. They show how Greece used swaps to hide its borrowings, according to a March 3, 2010, note attached to the papers and obtained by Bloomberg News. The first document is entitled “The impact on government deficit and debt from off-market swaps: the Greek case.” The second reviews Titlos Plc, a securitization that allowed National Bank of Greece SA, the country’s biggest lender, to exchange swaps on Greek government debt for funding from the ECB, the Executive Board said in the cover note. From Bloomberg:
In the largest derivative transaction disclosed so far, Greece borrowed 2.8 billion euros from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in 2001 through a derivative that swapped dollar- and yen-denominated debt issued by the nation for euros using a historical exchange rate, a move that generated an implied reduction in total borrowings.
“The Greek authorities had never informed Eurostat about this complex issue, and no opinion on the accounting treatment had been requested,” Eurostat, the Luxembourg-based statistics agency, said in a statement. The watchdog had only “general” discussions with financial institutions over its debt and deficit guidelines when the swap was executed in 2001.
“It is possible that Goldman Sachs asked us for general clarifications,” Eurostat said, declining to elaborate further.
The ECB’s response: “the European Central Bank said it can’t release files showing how Greece may have used derivatives to hide its borrowings because disclosure could still inflame the crisis threatening the future of the single currency.“
Considering the crisis of the (not so) single currency is very much “inflamed” right now as it is about to be proven it was never “irreversible”, perhaps it is time for at least one aspiring, true journalist, unafraid of disturbing the status quo of wealthy oligarchs and central planners, to at least bring some closure to the Greek people as they are swept out of the Eurozone which has so greatly benefited the very same Goldman Sachs whose former lackey is currently deciding the immediate fate of over €100 billion in Greek savings.
Because something tells us the reason why Mario Draghi personally blocked Bloomberg’s FOIA into the circumstances surrounding Goldman’s structuring, and hiding, of Greek debt that allowed not only Goldman to receive a substantial fee on the transaction, but permitted Greece to enter the Eurozone when it should never have been allowed there in the first place, is that the person who oversaw and personally endorsed the perpetuation of the Greek lie is none other than Goldman’s Vice Chairman and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs International from 2002 to 2005. The man who is also now in charge of the ECB.