Sunday, November 22, 2015

Anne Applebaum and Legatum

There are some tidbits on Legatum.

My previous Legatum webslinks are taking me nowhere so I'm not sure what's going on.
It's either a computer glitch or everyone has decided to cover their ideological tracks and head home to the philanthropic mother ship.

Anne Applebaum is a very interesting person. She leads the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum, "a series of projects which examine the challenges and opportunities of radical political and economic change." 

And she is..."a former member of the Washington Post editorial board, a former deputy editor of the Spectator magazine, a former political editor of the Evening Standard and a former Warsaw correspondent of The Economist." 

I guess that's why she was invited to the last Bildeberg Conference.

An anonymous Russia Times article (just a few hours ago) claims that Applebaum had her income jump by over $800,000 in 2014 over the previous year, and the allegation is that it is State Department or CIA funded.

Michael Weiss is an anti-Russian editor with close connections to Legatum who appears to have CIA financial backing.

 Then there's this:

 "A few months later [mid 2014] Weiss, with Legatum fellow Peter Pomerantsev, published a think-tank report on Russian media. To publicize it, they appeared at a Legatum event in London alongside Applebaum, US ambassador to Kiev Geoff Pyatt and John Herbst of the Atlantic Council. Their own website admitted that the evening was 'hosted in cooperation with the US Department of State and the US Embassy in London'. Later Weiss spoke alongside Janis Karklins, Director of the Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence of NATO, on a Legatum podcast."

Applebaum keeps interesting company.

 This from Wikipedia:

On March 7, 2014, in an article in the Telegraph discussing an information war, Applebaum argued that "a robust campaign to tell the truth about Crimea is needed to counter Moscow's lies."[

In August 2014 she asked whether Ukraine should prepare for "total war" with Russia and whether central Europeans should join them.

... I'm still disturbed by the vanishing Legatum Institute weblinks.