THE LEO WANTA STORY
Like a long-dormant volcano, ex-Wharton professor J. Orlin Grabbe
has again erupted, this time with a story on Leo Emil Wanta.
(Story by Grabbe at https://www.aci.net/kalliste/) The Wanta story
is complicated. He is said to have played a part in the collapse
of the Russian ruble. According to veteran White House reporter
Sarah McClendon, Wanta was working at the request of Ronald
Reagan, part of a plan to destabilize the economy of the Soviet
"evil empire." Grabbe claims that Wanta was a sometime
"travelling companion of Vernon Walters and supplier of machine
guns to Bill Casey." (Casey was Director of CIA under Reagan;
Walters was a Deputy Director of CIA and served as an acting
Wanta may be a national hero. (If he did help collapse the
ruble, through currency trading, that means he played a decisive
part in helping the West win the Cold War. Then again, if you are
familiar with the ideas of Father Malachi Martin, it might be
that we did *not* win the Cold War. See Father Martin's book,
*The Keys of this Blood*.) So what happened to Wanta? He was in
Switzerland, but the ever-vigilant state of Wisconsin said he
owed them $14,000 in taxes. The long arm of Wisconsin reached
into Switzerland and grabbed Wanta. He was brought back to
Wisconsin and stood trial. Wanta was sentenced to *22* *years*
Grabbe says that, in the past, Wanta had been visiting then-FBI
Director William Sessions. Apparently also present was a Mr. Jim
Moody. That name rings a bell. Is it the same Mr. Moody who
later married the widow of White House Deputy Counsel Vince
Foster? Recall that Foster's widow's step-son, Neal Cooper
Moody, died in 1996 in a supposed "car crash." And why would
Wanta go to Switzerland and make $250,000,000 available to the
Children's Defense Fund? Grabbe says this was done at the
request of Vince Foster. Unstated but implied is that Foster was
under orders from his reputed lover, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
According to legendary Chicago investigator Sherman H. Skolnick,
Wanta had been in touch with him by telephone. Wanta seems to be
one of the sources for a series of documents faxed to Skolnick,
relating to covert financial activities of the late Vince
Foster. (See CN 10.82, "Foster's Documents" by Sherman H.
Skolnick. I am told that copies of some of these documents can
be viewed at https://feustel.mixi.net) Some of the documents faxed
to Mr. Skolnick, he says, came via "Europa Fax." Friends of
Skolnick checked on Europa Fax and say that it is a front for
Here are excerpts from an interview of Wanta broadcast on Tom
Valentine's program, *Radio Free America*, several years ago.
(Valentine's program still airs, on Sunday evenings, 9 to 12 pm
EST, 5.745 Mhz shortwave.)
TOM VALENTINE: Mr. Wanta, you are listed here as a former
LEO WANTA: No sir, I still am. I am still appointed, and it's
TOM VALENTINE: You were involved with some heavy-duty financial
LEO WANTA: I was asked, in October of 1992, by the Bush
Administration, to procure and to deliver prime bank guarantees
-- which are bank debentures.
TOM VALENTINE: And you represented a company called Ameritrust?
Or did you act as a go-between?
LEO WANTA: First of all, the Bush Administration wanted to run
it through MiApollo Investments, Ltd. (Hong Kong). But when it
got down to the real, final, contract, from the SEC [Securities &
Exchange Commission], they wanted it to be an American
corporation. So we used Ameritrust Corporation. And that way,
all the taxes and everything else would be done here in the
United States and not over in Hong Kong.
TOM VALENTINE: Who were some of the people you dealt with when
you were doing this?
LEO WANTA: U.S. Attorney Sandro Fordi(?), very close to Janet
Reno: he wrote the contracts. And with Richard Breeden, who was
then the chairman of SEC. Chemical Bank. Chase Manhattan. And
TOM VALENTINE: How did the state of Wisconsin get involved?
LEO WANTA: They claim that, because my wife lives in Appleton,
Wisconsin, and because my son is studying to be a doctor in
Wisconsin, that I'm a resident. (I haven't lived in the United
States for 6 years.) And if I have all this money, I should
report it and file taxes on it in the state of Wisconsin!
TOM VALENTINE: You fear for your life -- is that correct?
LEO WANTA: Quite a few of our group have died. Yes.
TOM VALENTINE: Where does Vincent Foster come into this?
LEO WANTA: The contract was signed by "Uncle Sam" and all of us
on the 15th of January, 1993, because George Bush had not been
expected to lose the election. When we received all of the pay
orders from Credit Suisse and the other banks, we wanted to
confirm (now that the George Bush Administration was no longer in
charge) who at the Clinton Administration wanted to receive the
money. And they came back, through Vince Foster, to pay Laura
D'Andrea Tyson and Leon Panetta (who at that time was the OMB
TOM VALENTINE: Vincent Foster was the counsel that you had to
deal with. And he told you to sign the money over to Laura
D'Andrea Tyson who, she's the head of finance or something,
LEO WANTA: She's in some Council for...
TOM VALENTINE: ...Economics. Yeah.
LEO WANTA: Also, Leon Panetta. Vince Foster was joining us on
July 7th (no later than July 8th) at Hotel Bellafont(sp?), and
we'd already paid in advance for his entourage.
TOM VALENTINE: And what day was Foster killed?
LEO WANTA: On July 20th, 1993. And the remarkable thing: the
Swiss guard comes in [Wanta was in a Swiss prison], and he says
he's got a message from the FBI, "that Vince Foster was now dead,
on my daughter's birthday." Now how do they know that my
daughter is born on July 20th!? Why is it important to them? Or
was it their way to tell me, "You ought to get quiet pretty
TOM VALENTINE: Now you were in a Swiss jail at this time...
LEO WANTA: Swiss prison. I'd rather go to a Swiss jail. I was
in a Swiss prison. I had no radio, no TV, no phone, no letters,
TOM VALENTINE: How long were you in that Swiss prison?
LEO WANTA: From July 7th, until November 17th, when they flew me
back to New York. And New York threw the case out of court; said
it was garbage. The federal judge called it s-u-b-t-e-r-f-u-g-e
by the State Department and the state of Wisconsin. She said,
"This is absurd and bizarre that Ambassador Wanta is held."
TOM VALENTINE: I took a piece of information that came to me
from the co-ordinator of the Fully Informed Jury Association, a
bulletin, "Association of American Sovereigns Alert: Bulletin
#94-1" (it's the first one, out of 1994), and I never heard of
"Association of American Sovereigns." There's a fascinating
story in the bulletin about the fellow we have on the phone: Leo
You said you had a trial in New York.
LEO WANTA: On November 19th the U.S. Attorney made a quick
dismissal with prejudice, to get me out of that courtroom as fast
as he could walk.
TOM VALENTINE: And what judge was that?
LEO WANTA: Allyce Ross, in the Eastern District of New York.
[CN: Not clear at this point is how Wanta went from dismissal
with prejudice in New York, to a prison in Wisconsin.]
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