Who Was Behind Notorious
Gore-Barrick Gold Link?
April 13, 2007 (EIRNS)—Although Al Gore has cancelled his Barrick Gold-sponsored speaking engagement in Chile, as the result of a building, LaRouche Political Action Committee-triggered scandal over Barrick's ties to the genocide in the Great Lakes region of Africa in 1994, the former Vice President's ties to the Canadian firm run a whole lot deeper than one overpriced speech.
Although former President George H.W. Bush and former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney are both Barrick board members, the company was founded and is, to this day, run by Peter Munk, a Canadian businessman who also happens to be a protege of Gore's own mentor Maurice Strong. The Canadian-born Strong is a righthand man to Prince Philip at the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and is also a pivotal figure in the shadowy WWF funding front, the 1001 Club. The 1001 Club was a joint venture of Prince Philip and the late "Nazi Prince" Bernhard of the Netherlands, who launched the private, by-invitation-only Club in the late 1960s to bankroll the worldwide green offensive. At any given time, 1001 prominent, wealthy individuals are members in the Club, and they each pay a $10,000 admission fee and annual dues, providing WWF with a revolving $10 million private operating fund. When the 1001 Club was first put together, Maurice Strong helped hand pick the members, and personally vetted all of the Canadian members—including Barrick Gold's Peter Munk.
Strong has been linked with Gore in a string of shady "green" business ventures, including Molten Metal, a Massachusetts firm that claimed to have invented a sewage treatment system. The company milked the Federal government out of tens of millions of dollars, the patented system proved to be a dud, and Strong, along with Al Gore's one-time chief of staff and current business partner at the Generation hedge fund in London, Peter Knight, sold off their company shares at a handsome profit based on inside information, just before the stock and the company tanked.