PROFITS OF WAR -- INSIDE THE SECRET U.S.-ISRAELI ARMS NETWORK
THE FOLLOWING ARE some of the documents still in my possession, indicative of the activities discussed in this book.
The first four documents (1-4) are the letters of reference introduced at my trial, which confirmed my employment by the External Relations Department over the period 1977-1987, and refer to my "complex and sensitive assignments which demanded exceptional analytical and executive capabilities," to my "key positions," my "great responsibility," and my "considerable analytical and executive skills."
The next seven documents (5-11) relate to arms transactions conducted on behalf of the Joint Committee, including some from Nicholas Davies, who signed his name "Davis." Documents 8 and 9 are messages from me to Hojjat EI-Islam Rafsanjani and his aide, Iran Nadj Rankuni; the "4,000 units" are TOW missiles. Note that all of this activity occurred during the time within which the letters of reference confirm that I was working for the ERD.
Document 12 is a letter from San Cristobal University asking the assistance of the Israeli Cultural Attache in Lima in my work as a lecturer in the department of language and literature.
Document 13 is a letter from Joseph O'Toole to the director general of the Israeli ministry of defense regarding the transfer of C-130 aircraft. Document 14 is a letter from me to the president of Sri Lanka also regarding C-130 sales.
Document 15 is a letter from an attorney representing me to the Office of the Independent Counsel, offering to initiate discussions concerning the transfer of the slush funds to the United States. The recipient acknowledged receipt of the letter, but no meeting ever took place.
Document 16 is the letter of credit by which I was offered two million dollars to keep quiet. I never presented it.
Mr. Ari Ben-Menashe has served in the Israel Defence Forces External Relations Department in key positions. As such, Mr. Ben Menashe was responsible for a variety of complex and sensitive assignments which demanded exceptional analytical and executive capabilities. From my acquaintance with him in the Department, I came to know Mr. Ben-Menashe and admire his proficiency and devotion. He fulfills his assignments in a very efficient and reliable manner.
I can vouch that Mr. Ben Menashe combines a very astute mind and fine intelligence with exceptional understanding, which I am sure will hold him in good stead in any career he wishes to pursue.
1. Letter of reference, dated September 4, 1987, from Col. Pesah Melowany.
I have been acquainted with Mr. Ari Ben Menashe for approximately ten years. During this period, he served in the IDF External Relations Department in key positions. From my personal acquaintance and working relationship with him, I came to know Mr. Ben Menashe as a gifted person, who carries out his assignments with considerable capability, dedication, determination and responsibility.
During Mr. Ben Menashe's tenure of service in the IDF, the IDF and the External Relations Department underwent a very eventful and unusual period. and Mr. Ben Menashe always was able to adapt himself to new and changing situations with intelligence and assiduousness.
Worthy of special mention is Mr. Ben Menashe's positive and friendly approach to those around him and his rare talent for communicating with people. These traits held him in good stead in his working relations with all those who came in contact with him.
Mr. Ben Menashe is a person known to keep to his principles, being always guided by a strong sense of duty, justice and common sense.
I believe wholeheartedly that Mr. Ben Menashe would be an asset to any academic or professional institute he chooses to join.
2. Letter of reference, dated September 6, 1987, from Col. Yoav Dayagi.
Mr. Ari Ben Menashe has been working in the IDF Relations Department for approximately ten years. this period, I became well acquainted with Mr. Ben on both the personal and professional levels.
Mr. Ben Menashe fulfilled his duties in the department with great responsibility, expertise and dedication, down to the finest detail.
Mr. Ben Menashe combines considerable analytical ability with fine intelligence and common sense as well as a rare ability to communicate with all who come in contact with him.
I am confident that Mr. Ben Menashe's fine qualities on the intellectual, executive and personal levels will hold him in good stead in the future in any career he wishes to pursue.
Dr. A. Granot, External Relations Department IDF
3. Letter of reference, dated September 14, 1987, from Dr. A. Granat.
I have been acquainted with Mr. Ari Ben Menashe for approximately two years, since I assumed my position in the External Relations Department.
During Mr. Ben Menashe's service in the department, he was in charge of a task which demanded considerable analytical and executive skills. Mr. Ben Menashe carried out his task with understanding, skill and determination, managing to adapt himself to changing situations.
I am convinced that Mr. Ben Menashe will excel in any future career -- academic or professional -- of his choice.
Arieh Shur -- Colonel Chief of External Relations IDF
4. Letter of reference, dated September 14, 1987, from Col. Arieh Shur.
29 DECEMBER 1984
MR. RAN YEGNES
RE: REQUEST FOR QUOTATION
1. WE WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR BEST QUOTATION AND DELIVERY TIME AND CONDITIONS FOR NEW ORIGINAL SOVIET MADE RED BAKALITE AK-47 (KLASHNIKOV) MAGAZINES.
2. SEVERAL THOUSANDS OF THE ABOVE MAGAZINES ARE REQUIRED BY OUR COMPANY FOR MARKETING IN THE UNITED STATES TO PRIVATE USERS.
3. FORM OF PAYMENT WILL BE THROUGH LETTER OF CREDIT OPENED IN A PRIME EUROPEAN BANK UPON SIGNING OF CONTRACT.
4. PROMPT ACTION AND ACCEPTABLE PRICES MAY BRING TO SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THIS DEAL.
5. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO DOING BUSINESS WITH YOU AND BEST WISHES.
5. Letter from Nicholas Davies (note that he signs the letter "Davis") to Ran Yegnes, dated December 29, 1984.
PLEASE REPLY TO:
12th January 1985
Mr. Ari Ben Menash
Further to our conversation of 11th January 1985 I am pleased to confirm that we have made arrangements to re-fuel your 2 x 747 cargo aircraft in Lisbon, Portugal en route to your final client.
We will require your aircraft when filing their flight plans to ask for refueling in Lisbon.
We will want to know how many tonnes of fuel your aircraft will require 72 hours prior to their arrival in Lisbon.
I look forward to receiving your instructions.
6. Letter from John Knight to the author, dated January 12, 1985.
15 MAY 1985
RE: YOUR INQUIRY/MILITARY EQUIPMENT
1. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENQUIRY.
2. WE ARE GLAD TO INFORM YOU THAT WE ARE ABLE AND WILLING TO PROVIDE YOU WITH THE FOLLOWING:
3. ALL THE ABOVE ITEMS ARE NEW AND OF YUGOSLAV MAKE AND ACCOMPANIED BY SUPPLIERS QUALITY CERTIFICATE.
4. PRICES SET ARE F.O.B. YUGOSLAV PORT AND DO NOT COVER TRANSPO CARGO COSTS OR INSURANCE.
5. DELIVERY OF GOODS IS GUARANTEED TO BE MADE WITHIN (POSSIBLY WITHIN 45 DAYS) OF OPENING OF AN -_ DIVISABLE AND TRANSFERRABLE LETTER OF CREDIT FOR THE FULL US$2,242,000.00 IN OUR FAVOR CONFIRMED BY A PRIME EUROPE OR PAYMENT IN CASH AGAINST CONTRACT.
6. LETTER OF CREDIT SHOULD BE VALID FOR 75 DAYS AND A __ NEGOTIATION PERIOD AND BE RELEASABLE IN EUROPE UPON ___ OF:
A. BILL OF LAIDING / FORWARDING AGENT'S RECEIPTS
B. COMMERCIAL INVOICES (3 ORIGINALS)
C. PACKING LIST
7. IF NECESSARY, ITEMS CAN BE INSPECTED BY A WEST EUROPEAN NATIONA IN YUGOSLAVIA AFTER TRANSACTION ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN COMPLETE (TRAVEL COSTS WILL NOT BE COVERED).
8. GUARANTEES FOR THE DELIVERY OF THE ABOVE ITEMS CAN BE MADE AND WE WILL BE WILLING TO PUT UP A BOND OF 3.5% OF THE TOTAL VALUE OF YOUR PURCHASE IN YOUR FAVOR WITH A PRIME EUROPEAN BANK UPON COMPLETION OF DEAL ARRANGEMENTS.
9. WE UNDERSTAND THAT A VALID AND ACCEPTABLE END USER'S CERTIFICATE WILL BE PROVIDED BY YOU.
10. THE TERMS OUTLINED ABOVE ARE VALID UNTIL 15 JUNE 1985.
11. DUE TO THE NATURE, WEIGHT AND VOLUME OF THE ABOVE GOODS ____ WEIGHT APPROX. 200 TONS, TOTAL VOLUME APPROX. 250 CUBIT __ ___ ___ THAT THE ABOVE ITEMS WILL BE TRANSPORTED BY A ____ VESSEL WHICH WILL REACH A YUGOSLAV PORT ON A DATE MUTUALLY AGREED UPON. IF NECESSARY, TRANSPORT OF GOODS CAN BE ARRANGED __ US AGAINST ADDITIONAL PAYMENT.
12. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO COMPLETING THIS DEAL SUCCESSFULLY AND TO DOING FURTHER BUSINESS WITH YOU.
7. Letter from Nicholas Davies (also signed "Davis") to GMT Ltd., dated May 15, 1985.
OUR REF: 4127 87-02-23 18:56
IRAN 213242 ICAI
EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE OF IMAM KHOMEINI,
AYATOLLAH ALI AKBAR RAFSANJANI. ABLE TO SUPPLY 4,000 UNITS CIF AT
A PRICE OF USD13,800 (THIRTEEN THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED US DOLLARS) EACH.
INSPECTION UPON ARRIVAL. FUNDS HAVE TO BE DEPOSITED IN A PRIME
EUROPEAN BANK. FULL DETAILS ARE WITH MR. IRAN NAJD RANKUNI.
REGARDS AND BEST WISHES, ABM
8. Telex from the author to Hojjat El-Islam Ali Akbar Rafsanjani, dated February 23, 1987
297761 BTIEQ B
OUR REF: 4128 87-02-23 19:00
215118 BHR IR
ATTN: HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT OF
THE REPUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE OF IMAM KHOHEINI, AYATOLLAH ALI AKBAR
RAFSANJANI. ABLE TO SUPPLY 4,000 UNITS CIF AT A PRICE OF USD
13,800 (THIRTEEN THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED US DOLLARS) EACH.
INSPECTION UPON ARRIVAL. FUNDS HAVE TO BE DEPOSITED IN A PRIME
EUROPEAN BANK. REGARDS AND BEST WISHES
9. Telex from the author to Iran Najd Rankuni, dated February 23, 1987.
ATTN: MR. K. FAKHRIAH
1. THE DETAILS OF THE
REPRESENTATIVE OF ORA GROUP WHICH WILL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO SIGN
CONTRACTS IN IRAN ARE AS FOLLOWS:
2. WE HAVE MADE TWO ATTEMPTS TO PRESENT A USD 50,000 BANK CHECK TO YOUR EMBASSY IN VIENNA AND IT HAS BEEN REFUSED DUE TO THEIR LACK OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE SUBJECT. WE PROPOSE THAT SUBJECT BE DISCUSSED WHILE MR. DAVIES IS IN YOUR COUNTRY.
3. REGARDS AND BEST WISHES
10. Telex from the author to Khosro Fakhrieh, dated February 25, 1987.
ATTN HIS EXCELLENCY MINISTER OF DEFENSE
1. THE DETALS OF THE REPRESENTATIVE
OF ORA GROUP WHICH WILL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO SIGN CONTRACTS IN IRAN ARE
2. WE HAVE MADE TWO ATTEMPTS TO PRESENT A USD
WE HAVE MADE TWO ATTEMPTS TO PRESENT A USD 50,000 BANK CHECK TO YOUR EMBASSY IN VIENNA AND IT HAS BEEN REFUSED DUE TO THEIR LACK OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE SUBJECT. WE PROPOSE THAT SUBJECT BE DISCUSSED WHILE MR. DAVIES IS IN YOUR COUNTRY.
3. REGARDS AND BEST WISHES
11. Telex from the author to the minister of defense of Iran, dated February 25, 1987.
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE
Lima, 20 de abril de 1988
Nota No. 216-UCL-UNSCH-88
De mi mayor consideracion:
En nombre de la Universidad Nacional de San Cristobal de Huamanga y por especial encargo del Sr. Rector de neustra Casa de Estudios, Inga Alberto Morote Sanchez, es grato dirigirme a Ud., para hacerle llegar suestro saludo institucional y a la vez solicitarle el apoyo del Sr. ARI BEN-MENASHE, quien ha sido invitado por la Universidad, a fin de que pueda implementar el curso de ingles a nivel de docentes universitarios del Departamento Academico - de Lengua y Literatura de la Facultad de Educacion.
Por esta Pazon, Sr. Agreg do Cultural, agradecere a Ud. se sirva spoyarnos en la invitacion que formulamos al Dr. ARI BEN-MENASHE.
Valgome de la ocasion, para ofrecerle el testimonio de nuestra mayor consideracion.
12. Letter from the chief administrator of San Cristobal University to the Israeli cultural attache in Lima, dated April 20, 1988.
28 NOVEMBER 1988
LOCKHEED C130H AIRCRAFT FOR KOREA/CANADA
ATTENTION: MAJOR GENERAL DAVID IVRY, DIRECTOR GENERAL
REFERENCE: MR. ARI BEN-MENASHE DISOUSSIONS ON C130 A/C AND KOREAN INSPECTION -- TEL-AVIV.
1. WE ARE IN RECEIPT OF THE OFFICIAL KOREAN DPA-D-8531 SOLICITATION FOR EIGHT (8) C130H AIRCRAFT TO BE PURCHASED IN 4TH QTR. 1988 OR 1ST QTR. 1989. KOREA CERTIFIES THAT SUFFICIENT FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE (DIRECT AND BY LOAN) FOR SUCH A PURCHASE AND, SAMSUNG INDUSTRIES HAS AGREED TO GUARANTEE THE LOAN. MR. JAY KIM, EXECUTIVE VICE pPRESIDENT, AND THE BELOW SIGNED HAVE HAD MEETINGS RELATIVE TO SUCH A PROPOSAL GUARANTEE OF FUNDS (LOAN) AND, FXC, NORTHWEST INDUSTRIES, AMSUNG HAVE A MOU FOR SUBJECT SALE. FXC WAS ADVISED THAT KOREAN SPECIALISTS INSPECTED EIGHT C130 IN SEPT/OCT 88 IN TEL-AVIV. WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO SPECIFICALLY LOCATE THE KOREAN TEAM LEADERS WITH THE NAMES YOU PROVIDED.
2. FXC SUBMITTED A PROPOSAL IN NOV 88 TO CANADA, DEPT OF ARMED FORCES FOR ACQUISITION MAJOR GENERAL MORTON AND, PROCUREMENT BRIG. GEN. WEBSTER RELATIVE TO SUPPLYING UP TO (8) EIGHT C130H AIRCRAFT TO MEET THEIR IMMEDIATE NEED FOR CARGO AND TANKER C130 AIRCRAFT. CANADA IS PREPARED TO SUBMIT A LETTER OF INTENT, PROVIDE THE NECESSARY EXPORT/AND USER DOCUMENT, HAVE AN INSPECTION TEAM VISIT TEL-AVIV (AS EARLY AS DEC 88) AND CONCLUDE THE PURCHASE NLT 1ST QTR. 89. THE PURCHASE MONIES WERE CERTIFIED TO BE IN THE CARGO AIRCRAFT BUDGET.
3. NORTHWEST INDUSTRIES, MR. FLOYD MAYBEE AND THE BELOW SIGNED ARE PREPARED TO VISIT THE AIRCRAFT PROPOSAL BY MR. BEN-MENASHE AS DESCRIBED ABOVE.
4. NORTHWEST INDUSTRIES IS THE FOCAL POINT FOR THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES SINCE THEY PROVIDE ALL THE C130 DEPOT MAINTENANCE FOR THAT COUNTRY. NORTHWEST RELATIONSHIP ON THE KOREAN PURCHASE WOULD BE SIMILAR SINCE KOREA DOES NOT HAVE A KOREAN FIRM TRAINED ON THE C130.
5. BOTH COUNTRIES APPROACHED FXC INTERNATIONAL TO BB THE CONTRACTING PARTY FOR BOTH PURCHASES. WE HAVE EXCELLENT COMPANIES (NORTHWEST, SAMSUNG) IN BACH COUNTRY.
6. MAJOR GENERAL HEALEY, DEPUTY MINISTER OF DEFENSE OF CANADA HAS BEEN BRIEFED ON THE AIRCRAFT AVAILABILITY AND WE AWAIT THE DATA SHEETS PROMISED BY MR. ARI BEN-MENASHE.
7. WE DO NOT INTEND TO HAVE DUPLICATION OF SALES BUT WE REALLY WANTED TO BE RESPONSIVE TO BOTH COUNTRIES NEEDS AND, BOTH COMPANIES ARE AWARE OF THE DUPLICATION OF OFFERINGS.
8. PLEASE PROVIDE THE DATA SHEETS TO FXC BY TELEFAX AT 714-641-5093 AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE TIME AS BOTH CANADA AND KOREA ARE ANXIOUSLY AWAITING FURTHER INFORMATION. WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE COPIES OF THOSE DATA SHEETS GIVEN TO THE KOREAN INSPECTORS.
9. FXC HAS RECEIVED U.S. STATE DEPT. APPROVAL FOR THESE SALES AND MR. WHITEHEAD, UNDERSEC. OF STATE HAS COPIES OF OUR CORRESPONDENCE.
10. WE LOOK FORWARD TO AN EARLY MEETING AND CONTRACT IN TEL-AVIV; BOTH COUNTRIES ARE SERIOUS BUYERS.
13. Letter from Joseph O'Toole to David Ivry, director general of the Israeli ministry of defense, dated November 28, 1988.
22 July 1989
His Excellence R.
Subject: Proposal for Sale of Five C-130 E Aircraft to the Sri Lankan Air Force
In two most interesting discussions I had with the Commander of your Air Force he showed great interest in C-130 E transport A/C for Sri Lanka. He said he would greatly support any reasonable proposal for such aircraft due to absolute necessity. The following is a proposal for sale of these A/C to the Sri Lankan Air Force directed to your Excellency in your capacity as Defence Minister.
1. We are able and willing to provide you with up to five C-130 E Hercules transport aircraft presently in service with the Israeli Air Force and are in excellent condition. These A/C can be used as troop carriers and military cargo transporters as well as civilian transporters in peace time, i.e. are very cost effective.
2. The price of the proposed aircraft is U.S. $ 9 million per unit. This price will include the reconditioning of the A/C engines to zero hours condition and a technical course for maintaining and flying these A/C for your men. Delivery of these A/C is immediate.
3. If your Excellency approves of the purchase, our company will be able and willing to arrange a credit package for this purpose with a major western bank.
4. There are great advantages in purchasing these A/C through our company. If you order ex-factory A/C, as you may well know, they will cost you U.S. $ 12 million per unit and you will have to wait approx. two years for delivery; you will also run into political obstacles. The package we are proposing is very reasonable, we will handle the political problems and arrange the easiest credit terms possible.
5. Thank you for your consideration; we await your reply. Our handling agent in Sri Lanka is Globe Commercial Agencies Ltd., 40/1, Dickman's Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Tel. 586191, 588924, 589783, 584698. Please direct your reply to our agents in your Country.
6. This proposal will be valid until 1 November 1989.
c.c. Commander of
Sri Lankan Air Force
14. Letter from the author to the president of Sri Lanka, dated July 22, 1989.
October 29, 1990
FEDERAL EXPRESS &
Dear Mr. Mark:
I am retained as counsel to Mr. Ari Ben-Menashe. I have attempted to contact you through special Agent Michael Foster (202-383-5476) for the past several days. Today I have been in Federal Court and as a result you and I have missed each others return telephone calls. Pursuant to the instructions of my client, I am herein requesting a formal meeting with you and all relevant members of your staff on Thursday, November 29, 1990 in Washington, D.C.
The purpose of this meeting would be to discuss the terms and conditions as to the orderly transfer of funds that I believe to be of great interest to the United States of America and/or the property of the United States of America. According to information conveyed to the undersigned these funds are attributable to the profits of the sale and/or transfer of a massive quantity and variety of arms, airplanes, jets, ammunition, etc. to a hostile third-party government in the middle-east by an ally of the united States of America in the same region.
I am unwilling to discuss this matter with you other than in the safety and security of your office.
Nothing herein contained shall be construed as a waiver of any or all of my clients rights or remedies whether at law or in equity. All such rights are expressly reserved.
Very truly yours,
Mark Anthony Cristini
cc. Frank A.
15. Letter from Mark Anthony Cristini to the Office of the Independent Counsel, dated October 29, 1990.
LETTER OF CREDIT
We hereby establish our irrevocable and transferable Credit in favor of Ari Ben Manashi for the account of H.A. Smith, 2052 21st Street, Astoria, New York 11105 available by your drawn at sight on OMNIBANK, 3938 Wilshire Blvd., Second Floor, Los Angeles, California 90010 in the amount of $2,000,000 (two Million U.S. Dollars).
Draft may be drawn and negotiated on 12-19-90, 12:00 P.M. PST, but not later than 12-26-90, 12:00 P.M. PST pursuant to an agreement already in place.
This letter of credit is transferable without presentation of it to us and the payment of any transfer fees.
The draft drawn under this credit must bear on its face the clause "Drawn under OMNIBANK, Credit No.: 121890-1, Dated: 12-18-1990." accompanied by a signed statement by the Beneficiary certifying that the amount of the drawing represents indebtedness due from H.A. Smith in connection with the loan accommodation granted to H.A. Smith.
We hereby agree with the drawers, endorsers and bonafide holders of drafts drawn under and in compliance with the terms of this credit that the same shall be duly honored on due presentation to us.
Philip R. Porath,
16. Letter of Credit in favor of the author in the amount of two million dollars, negotiable between December 19 and December 26, 1990.