PART 1 of 3
Marilyn M. Barnewall
April 11, 2010
[Note: Some legal documents referenced in the following articles may be viewed here.]
When I talked with Lee Wanta two days ago, the news was devastating. He is to be “taken down.” The Department of Justice, according to the lawyers with whom he spoke, had just said so.
Many people know him as Leo Wanta, or Ambassador Leo (or Lee) Emil Wanta. In the following three articles, I refer to him as Leo when the reference is used to identify an intelligence operative working for the United States Government, and as Lee when referring to him after his unlawful arrest. I use his appropriate title of Ambassador when that reference is proper.
To me, he’s always been “Lee.”
“What does that mean?” I wanted to start the sentence with “aside from the obvious…” but couldn’t. “Taken down?”
“It means they’re taking the money. It could mean I’ll be prosecuted,” was his quiet answer. “America is bankrupt. They think that justifies stealing the money.” The money “they” are about to steal is $27.5 trillion of which $23 trillion belongs to you and me as American taxpayers. In 2003, a U.S. Federal District Court Judge made Ambassador Leo Wanta the legal Beneficiary of $27.5 trillion ($4.5 trillion belongs to him, personally).
How did I, now living in a small mountain town, become acquainted with one of America’s greatest intelligence operatives, financial geniuses and, in my opinion, a patriot of heroic proportion?
I wrote a novel, When the Swan’s Neck Breaks – my attempt to help Americans understand terms like “fractional-reserve banking” and “fiat currency” about which We, the People know too little. Write the words in a non-fiction book and people go to sleep.
So, I thought, I’ll create a plot about spies and Soviet clones and, while people are being entertained, I’ll slip in some explanations about how the American banking system works – especially the Federal Reserve System. When readers finish the book, they’ll say “Gee. That sounds a lot like what’s happening in America today.” Swan’s Neck was written in 2006, was published in 2008, and of 24 predictions made about the American economy, 22 have actually occurred.
One of the fictional characters in the book is a man named William Leonard. He is an American intelligence officer, a currency and finance specialist. I admit to having read one article about Leo Wanta. The idea that someone, genius or not, had created a $27.5 trillion fortune on behalf of the American people went beyond the boundaries of my traditional banker imagination. But I needed a character for Flight of the Black Swan, the follow-up book to Swan’s Neck, and so created William Leonard. In an attempt to make the story somewhat more believable, I reduced Wanta’s $27.5 trillion to $13 trillion. I thought what I read about a man named Leo Wanta was pure fiction. In my mind, I re-fictionalized a fictional character.
In early 2009, I got an email from another journalist. I scrolled to the bottom of the message and there was an email address for Ambassador Lee Emil Wanta. My mouth fell open. I called her immediately and asked if she knew this man and where she had gotten the address. She had never heard of him. “The address must have been on the email I forwarded to you and I missed deleting it,” she told me. Fate sometimes plays strange tricks.
I immediately wrote an email to “Ambassador Wanta,” someone I thought was a myth, and asked if he was also known as Leo Emil Wanta. If he was, I told him I had fictionalized his life in my book. He sent a very polite response saying he was Leo Wanta. I asked him if he would like to have a copy of the book. He said “yes,” and I sent it. We began emailing one another about various happenings in the world of finance and after I sent him a copy of the first 19 chapters of the new book, Black Swan (in which William Leonard becomes the hero), he contacted me by phone. “How do you know so much about my private life?” he asked. I gave him an honest answer: “I know nothing of you or your private life.”
When he gave me some examples from the 19 chapters of an uncompleted manuscript, it gave an entirely different meaning to the word “serendipitous.” From little-known hotels in Chicago to his favorite foods, I had mysteriously written the truth about him.
Since then, we have talked on the phone at least once most days. We became good friends. I have never met this man, but I know him well. He is kind and thoughtful, and is a gentleman. When he repeats a story he told me over a year ago (and his stories are always very detailed), the facts never vary. Names, dates, times and places remain the same. I have checked his statements with Court and other documents.
Lee Wanta has fought a lonely battle for America for a very long time. He has been praised as a hero and debased as one of the greatest con men who ever lived. He has been called both “economic savior” and “economic terrorist.” For those readers familiar with the Wanta name, he was indeed appointed the Somali Ambassador to Switzerland and to Canada. I have copies of his Diplomatic Passports and the Somali Letters of Introduction to these two governments. I have 9.7 gigabytes of data on Ambassador Wanta on my computer (copies are in other hands, too).
Lee Emil Wanta (birth certificate) or Leo Emil Wanta (baptism certificate) has served his country at the White House, the National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency and six other government agencies during his career. Among others, his code names were Falconbird and Stillpoint. Leo E. Wanta, S-31-IANO/Sector V Internal Affairs New Orleans, is also known as Frank B. Ingram <FBI> (SA32NV) and Rick Reynolds (SA233MS) – used when directly communicating to field operations. According to records at the Ronald Reagan Library, he was honored with a Presidential Award for saving the President’s life in an assassination attempt.
Like me when I first read his story, you may think there isn’t that much money in the world! Not in the “upper” world, maybe.
In 1981, President Ronald Reagan signed Executive Order 12333. It authorized the establishment of Title 18 Section 6 corporations domestically and offshore. Title 18 Section 6 corporations can be owned by the U.S. government, or not, and can be run by intelligence operatives who may legally disguise their intelligence agency affiliations and can deny they exist.
President Reagan intended EO 12333 to benefit our nation. Companies could be established abroad by U.S. intelligence agents to identify threats. For example, in most countries if a drug shipment worth $200 million is reported and seized, an informant can earn a percentage of the shipment’s value. Thus, Title 18 Section 6 corporations established by American intelligence agents can earn vast sums of money while reducing international drug traffic. Money laundering and other major crimes can be identified and prevented by allowing intelligence operatives to establish corporations that appear to participate in those and other illegal activities. That doesn’t make the agents who establish these companies money launderers or drug traffickers. In short, Ambassador Leo E. Wanta established numerous 18/6 businesses around the world. He owned numerous other businesses, too; legitimate businesses belonging to him.
On April 15, 2003 the Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee, in case number 02-1363-A filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, issued an Order and Memorandum of Opinion. In it, the Court stated the Plaintiff, Ambassador Leo E. Wanta, should pursue liquidation of his corporations, recovery of their financial assets, and he should pay all required taxes in accordance with the law. The amount of money involved in the Wanta international corporations to be liquidated was $27.5 trillion.
Since the April 2003 Court Opinion in Virginia, Lee Wanta has been trying to liquidate the corporations and their financial assets to pay taxes. 35 percent of $23 trillion would put about $8 trillion into our financially-strapped (read bankrupt) Treasury. The U.S. Government will not give him access to the funds so they can be liquidated. Until liquidation occurs, Lee Wanta cannot pay the taxes owed. Don’t ask me why – ask “them.”
Before anyone jumps to the conclusions that I’m accusing President Obama of anything, you should know he has approved payment of Ambassador Wanta’s personal $4.5 trillion – but a ubiquitous someone (someone who really runs our government?) has refused to implement the Presidential order.
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makes me ask: Who, if anyone, is really running things?
Maybe we should have listened more closely when, in The Godfather, Michael Corleone announces his organized crime gang is getting out of the neighborhood protection and numbers rackets. They were going to be legit – to run businesses. He may not have said “government,” but he probably meant it.
It appears he has been very successful. For part two click below.
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Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall began her career in 1956 as a journalist with the Wyoming Eagle in Cheyenne. During her 20 years (plus) as a banker and bank consultant, she wrote extensively for The American Banker, Bank Marketing Magazine, Trust Marketing Magazine, and other major industry publications. The American Bankers Association published Barnewall’s Profitable Private Banking, the first book written about private banks, in 1987. She taught private banking at Colorado University for the American Bankers Association and trained private bankers in Singapore in 1991. She has authored seven banking books, one dog book, and one work of fiction (about banking, of course). She has served on numerous Boards in her community.
Barnewall received her degree in Banking from the University of Colorado Graduate School of Business in 1978 and was named one of America's top 100 businesswomen. She was a founding member of the Committee of 200, the official organization of America's top businesswomen. She can be found in Who's:Who in America (2005-08), Who's Who of American Women (2006-08), Who's Who in Finance and Business (2006-08), and Who's Who in the World (2008).