MI6 secret documents and Astra Commission Documents Reveal How Politicians Reaped Huge Profits Off Illegal Middle East Arms Sales
By Greg Szymanski – Arctic Beacon February 1, 2006
MI6 and CIA infiltration of the government's illegal arms trade is vital so plans go off without a hitch.
In the case of the shipments to Iraq and Iran starting in the early 1980's, Western politicians used numerous agents, but none were more important than MI6 agent Stephan Kock.
Former Astra Holdings PLC Chairman, Gerald Reaveley James, the head of a company used by Western politicians to bypass UN embargoes to get illegal arms to Iraq and Iran, exposed Kock's MI6 cover as a consultant working in Midland Bank's secret arms department, Midland and Industrial Trade Services (MITS), overseeing the financial operations for one of the main lending institutions.
James also had firsthand knowledge that the MITS office was staffed by numerous ex-intelligence officers, MI5 and MI6 agents and government-compromised bankers. At the time of the arms shipments to Iran, Midland and the Bank of Boston were Astra's main bankers and dominated by MI6 and CIA agents.
"Kock was also said to be head of Group 13, the government's assassination and dirty tricks squad according to Richard John Rainey Unwin, a close associate of Kock himself who was a contract MI6 agent and Consultant to Astra. Kock and Unwin, with Martin Laing Construction, negotiated the 2 billion Pound Malaysian defense deal before George Younger, the Defense Secretary even knew about of it," said James about his knowledge of Kock's shady dealings.
Besides James, several other arms whistle blowers called attention to Kock's undercover activities, alleging they also had firsthand knowledge during the 1980's he was representing himself as a consultant for Midland Bank.
Although hearsay evidence even from credible sources is often doubted, the following hard evidence should lay to rest any doubts to Kock's role and his assignment to make sure the arms deals went of "quietly and without a hitch," as well as making sure large "kickback commissions" got back to politicians in London and Washington unnoticed.
In a letter dated June 16, 1989, on Midland Bank stationary, sent from Kock to Mohammed Hashemi, a representative of the Iranian Defense Ministry and of Tagell UK Limited, a major company working with Astra in the arms trade to Iraq and Iran, consultant Kock reassures Hashemi high level British officials, including Lord Peter Levene, were "making sure" the CATIC arms contract to the Middle East would "proceed smoothly."
"I am writing to thank you and your colleague, Mr. Dastjerdi, for the splendid hospitality last Tuesday, and to let you know the results of the enquiries I have made on your behalf. Let me assure you that the UK government at the highest possible level regards the contract with CATIC as important and has taken steps to endure that matters proceed smoothly to completion," wrote Kock in the business letter, a copy of which sent to the Arctic Beacon.
"The export license with CATIC as the consignee, reference 1/730.5790/89 will be returned to Tagell UK. My Defense Equipment Finance Department has received the financial documents and the two separate Tagell UK contracts (with CATIC and IMS) from Mr. Dastjerdi. I am in close contact with Peter Levene, who is charge of procurement at the Ministry of Defense. His advice is that the contract for the initial purchase of the PGS should be with IMS and not the manufacturer, ISC-Ferranti. It appears they will not continue trading.
"I will be on London on Monday 26 June to meet officers from the Defense Export Sales Organization. This should provide an excellent opportunity to discuss some of the other matters you raised on Tuesday and I would be glad if you would join us for lunch. We could meet at my London office at 1pm."
Kock signed the letter as a consultant, citing Lord Levene's sanction of the PGS to China and then to Iran. In a statement by Sir William Jaffray in 2004, he alleged firsthand knowledge that in 1991, Lord Levene authorized the supply of 1500 units of the Precision Guidance System (PGS) to CATIC of the People's Republic of China through a a UK company, ISC-Ferranti, which collapsed in 1989.
The PGS was an inertial guidance system, which can be fitted to a missile to guide it accurately to its target. These units were ex-Ferranti stock and Hashemi, the representative of the Iranian Defense Industries (IDI), arranged with the MOD in London the onward supply to the P.R. China, and thence to Iran. The entire transaction has been fully documented, according to Jaffray, including the identities of the officials of IDI, and the sums of money paid via Iranian banks.
Further in a April 28, 1987 letter from Kock of Midland Bank PLC to the Secretary of State for Defense, George Younger, showing his key role in negotiating a top secret defense deal with Malaysia, arms which would eventually end up in Iran and Iraq.
"I have for some months now been in close discussions with the Malaysian Ministry of Defense regarding a major project as yet classified as secret.
"The time has now come where we feel it very necessary to give you details of this major project which in our view hold significant importance, not only for British defense equipment manufacturer's, but strategically and politically to.
"In view of the official visit by the Malaysian Premier and is defense chiefs in June we would ask for a meeting as soon as convenient?
"We are in fact meeting the Chief of staff in London unofficially on the 12th of May as part of an ongoing dialogue. I have personally briefed the Director S.A.S. and he is as yet the only other person informed on the project."
Besides the correspondence explaining Kock's role in the Middle East arms deals, copies of an MI6 internal memo, tracking Kock's every move after his duties were completed, show just how concerned British intelligence was in the early 1990's to keep Kock silent and from talking to the press.
This secret intelligence service memo, obtained by the Arctic Beacon depicts, Kock as a longtime reliable agent, but at the time of the writing MI6 officials were concerned that he turned into somewhat of a loose canon.
"Kock has been an enthusiastic and effective agent. But in the last few years or so pressure of work seems to have affected him and he has developed a growing obsession about his personal security. He now seems to clamor for simultaneous contact with SIS and MI5 and his Special Branch and has become somewhat of an intelligence nuisance.
"His main role was a provider of (blacked out) but he also reported on the Defense industry. In addition he was used by the Joint section for Chinese targeting?
"Between September 1987 and January 1990 we met Kock periodically in London. For the most part, this contact was instigated by Kock and entailed him reporting on various arms-related matters?In October 1989 he volunteered information on the involvement of the Belgium company PRB, recently bought by Astra, in the supply of propellants for the Iraqi supergun project.
"This involvement antedated Astra's purchase of the company but we believe it relevant to the DTI inquiry into Astra which is referred to in the press. Elements of Kock's reporting were included in material about the "supergun circulated to government departments at the time by SIS.
"According to his account, Kock's role in relation to the Astra Holdings/PRB business was creditable?
"In January 1990 Kock was involved in a shooting incident outside his home in Scotland. Since that time we have not initiated contact with him, but we have from time to time seen him, at his insistence, because we seek to keep his goodwill and to preempt any other more damaging approaches, for example, to the press. While, for obvious reasons, we regard his judgment as unsound, we believe we need to keep his goodwill?"
It is obvious from the MI6 internal report that UK policy was to keep a lid on the illegal Iraqi and Iranian arms deals, as well as to conceal millions of hidden commissions on contracts which eventually funneled back into the pockets of high-level politicians on both sides of the Atlantic.
UK policy, as evidenced in a 1995 internal memorandum written by Hugh Savell close to the arms investigation, also outlined a concerted legal strategy to keep the contents of the Astra papers concealed from Parliament and the press, a strategy that to date has proved successful.
Below is a detailed list of some of the commissions from Astra Holdings PLC, referring to Tagell UK Ltd. And the offshore companies which UK and U.S. politicians have interests and connections. It should be noted that the payee-companies would then secretly funnel some of the money to greedy politicians whose tracks were completely covered by the complexity and location of the overseas companies accepting payment.
The following is a partial list, showing the enormous profits made by the illegal sale of weapons to Iran and Iraq, weapons eventually used against U.S. and UK soldiers. Also it should be noted that serious investigations need to take place, tracing the payee-companies listed in the documents below to the actual unscrupulous politicians and businessmen who illegally profited.
Click link to see list of illegal commissions: View Commissions Here
Editor's Note: Read the final part of the series tomorrow as the strange deaths of Dr. David Kelly and arms-businessman, Gerald Bull, are analyzed. The stunning conclusion reveals we are no closer today than we were in the 1980's of getting at the real culprits - The UK and U.S. governments - both guilty as sin for selling illegal weapons to Iran and Iraq.
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Last updated 09/02/2006