EXPLOSIVE NEW FACTS REVEALED IN MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF FOSTER
[The *Spotlight*, 08/07/95]
Since the strange death of top White House aide and close, long-
time Clinton family confidant Vince Foster, The *Spotlight* has
been inundated with a wide variety of rumors, theories and other
allegations regarding the circumstances of Foster's demise
however it occurred -- whether by suicide or murder.
The *Spotlight* has never issued any formal editorial opinion
regarding the matter, one way or another, although this newspaper
has printed a number of stories over the past several years which
have touched on Foster's death and its possible connection to a
number of widely-publicized, high-level scandals including BCCI,
Iraq-gate, Mena-Iran-contra and Inslaw, all of which have been,
in turn, linked to one another and to both Reagan-Bush and the
On July 14 an explosive new theory relating to the mystery
surrounding Foster's death was outlined on the nightly broadcast
of The *Spotlight's* call-in talk forum, *Radio Free America*,
with host Tom Valentine.
The guest was James Norman, a senior editor with *Forbes*
magazine. Norman has been looking into the Foster affair for some
time. (*Forbes* has not published Norman's work, nor is it
expected to do so in the near future.)
At the time of Norman's appearance on RFA he was identified by
name and as the senior editor of a well-known publication. Since
Norman's appearance on RFA, however, his association with
*Forbes* has been mentioned over the Internet.
A transcript of Norman's interview follows...
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Your story is rather controversial. What are we going to learn?
This has been the most amazing, frightening story I've ever
worked on in my career. It's so hard to believe that it's taken a
long time to get the facts checked and to understand it. The
bottom line is that at the time he died, Vince Foster was under
investigation for espionage.
Who was Foster spying for?
There's ample suspicion -- and this is never proven, although
there's substantial evidence -- it is known that at the time he
died, July 20, 1993, he was under investigation for suspicion of
espionage involving the state of Israel.
There was a group within the CIA and the intelligence community
-- a computer intelligence group that had been given the
authorization to hack their way into foreign intelligence data
bases. This is something I think that is routinely done.
This group had hacked its way into a data base of Israel's
intelligence service, the Mossad, and found Vince Foster's name
there, which surprised them. From there they were actually able
to track money back to a bank in Switzerland.
These hackers are a small group of government people and they
actually have a name. They are known as the Fifth Column. If you
call up the CIA and ask them about it, of course, they won't tell
you anything. However, if you talk to enough people in the
intelligence community you will learn that yes, the group does
exist. Yes, they do this type of thing and yes, they are armed
with Cray super-computers.
These are probably the best and brightest computer hackers in the
world and they are working for the U.S. government and they bust
their way into computers.
In the case of Vince Foster they found money going to his account
at this bank in Switzerland, a small bank right on the Italian
border. It's called the Banca Della Svizzera Italiana.
Sherman Skolnick, the investigator from Chicago, has been a guest
on this show and he came across much of this same information, so
it seems as though what you are saying is confirmation. And you
are a well-known editor with a prominent publication. This is
We put a lot of effort into this investigation. The story was so
unbelievable. Now when you are dealing with sources in the
intelligence community, you never quite know who you are talking
to [in terms of their credibility or motivation in leaking
information -- Ed.], so it took an extra amount of effort in
checking this out. And lo and behold, the story corroborates on
many points from a wide variety of credible and knowledgeable
In short, U.S. government hackers broke into the Israeli Mossad's
database and ran across Foster's name.
Then they hacked their way into the Swiss bank computers and
corroborated that yes, it was Vince Foster's account, and they
were able to withdraw enough information from the Swiss bank's
computer database so that they were able to mimic a withdrawal
What happened was this. On July 1, 1993 Foster bought a round-
trip ticket to Geneva at the White House travel office, which he
put on his American Express Card. This was reported by Ambrose
Evans-Pritchard in the *London Sunday Telegraph* on May 21. (See
The *Spotlight*, July 3. -- Ed.)
I think what happened was that when the CIA people saw that he
was making these one-day trips to Geneva, which he had been doing
periodically, they decided to withdraw the money from Foster's
Swiss bank account at that time. I think Foster probably called
up the bank to tell them he was on his way and the bank told him:
"Mr. Foster, you've already withdrawn your money," and that's
when it hit him that something very strange was going on. He
learned that the money had actually been withdrawn and deposited
into the U.S. Treasury.
According to my sources, that's when he became so mysteriously
and acutely depressed and couldn't sleep and his sister tried to
set him up with a psychiatrist. Instead, he hired a lawyer and
apparently made some discreet inquiries around the White House
and somebody told him: "Vince, you're under investigation for
This set off a chain of circumstances. There was a supposedly
coincidental meeting on the Eastern Shore of Maryland before
Foster's death. According to the report by Robert Fiske, the
original special counsel on the Whitewater affair and Foster's
death, Foster and his wife made a trip to the Eastern Shore,
supposedly for rest and relaxation. By coincidence, supposedly,
the Fosters met Webb Hubbell and his wife there.
At the time, Hubbell was technically the number three person at
the Justice Department, but I think it's well understood that he
was actually running things there and was essentially the
nation's top legal official.
He and Foster both came out of the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock
and both were involved in a number of cases, representing a lot
of the same clients.
This meeting between Foster and Hubbell has been characterized in
both the Fiske report and in the Senate hearings on Whitewater as
a "rest and relaxation" type affair. I don't think so.
I've been told by multiple sources that this meeting was under
surveillance and that it was a heavy-duty damage control session
held at the estate of a fellow by the name of Michael Cardozo,
who heads Clinton's legal defense fund. He's the son of a major
Democratic Party fund-raiser, Nathan Landau.
There may have been other White House officials at that meeting.
What we have been told is that there was great concern about who
knew what and who the money could ultimately be traced to. What
we do know is that two days later Vince Foster was dead.
I am not in the business of speculating whether he committed
suicide or whether he was killed. I'll leave that to others. I am
also not speculating as to who might have killed him, except to
say that there was a serious reason for him to be very depressed
and there's a reason why a bunch of different people wanted him
With Foster dead, would the heat be off a lot of other people?
You might think of it that way.
Was Hubbell's name found in any of these computer files where
Foster's name appeared?
I don't know anything about that. I wasn't investigating that.
Both Hubbell and Foster, we've been told, by multiple credible
intelligence sources, were both involved as behind-the-scenes
persons on behalf of the National Security Agency for a massive
international bank spying effort that this country has carried on
for more than a decade now.
[...to be continued...]
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