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On the suggestion of Tim Gratz I am working on a web page on Andrew St George. I have found some interesting information on him. I will post this later. However, what you might not know is that in later years he used the name of Martin Mann. He worked for the poltical magazine Spotlight (based in Washington). Here is an article written by Andrew St George/Martin Mann in Augst, 2000.

Gov. George W. Bush and Richard Cheny, the Republican presidential and vice presidential candidates, known in Washington as the "oil ticket" for their intimate connections to the petroleum industry, may face worse corruption scandals in coming months than the lewd, mendacious and cash-hungry Clinton administration ever did. The Spotlight has learned from European and U.S. investigative sources.

As Cheney, a millionaire petroleum executive who served as defense secretary in the administration of George Bus, the candidate's father, rose to accept the vice-presidential nomination from the cheering Republican convention in Philadelphia, Swiss prosecutors quietly moved to impound over $130 million in allegedly laundered funds depositied in Swiss banks.

According to preliminary findings of the Swiss inquiry, the frozen funds represent under-the-table payoffs slipped to the top government officials of Kazakhstan by giant U.S. petroleurm companies seeking favored access to that oil-rich country, a former Soviet province that attained independence after the collapse of communism.

Adised by Swiss authorities that the suspect acounts - more than $85 million found hidden in private numbered accounts controlled by Kazakh President Nursultan A. Nazarbayev in a single Geneva bank, Banque Pictet - may violate the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, federal authorities in New York launched an investigation of their own.

The U.S. probe quickly focused on James H. Giffen, head of the Mercator Corporation, known as an influential American financial advisor to Nazarbayev.

Last month, the Justice Department sent Swiss chief prosecutor Daniel Devaud a confidential memorandum naming Giffen and his public-relations company as targets of a formal federal criminal investigation.

According to this memorandum, the Giffen probe was triggered by the findings of FBI agents in New York indicating that the millions impounded at Banque Pictet and other Swiss money-centers represented illegal payoffs to Kazakh officials by three major U.S. oil companies: Exxon Mobil, BP Amoco, and Phillips Petroleum.

Giffen's alleged role was that of the go-between who secretly transferred these huge bribes from the U.S. oil corporations along circuitous international money-laundering routes to Kazakhstan's president and his top aides.

Spokespersons for Exxon Mobil, BP Amoco and Phillips Petreleum have denied any wrongdoing. Mark J. MacDougal, a Washington lawyer for Giffen also denied the charges.

But the Swiss-American inquiry is continuing. If it turns up solid evidence of bribery by U.S. oil interests - sources close to the case call it "the most likely outcome" -- the next time-bomb of a question will be: How many other petroleum potentates are soiled by this sordid affair?

Until he was offered - and accepted - the Republican vice-presidential nomination this month, Cheny served as president of the Halliburton Corporation, the world's largest oil-service, exploration and engineering outfit.

A number of Halliburton's field operations have been linked to Exxon Mobil's and BP Amoco's overseas ventures in recent years. Investigators are poised to explore whether these links involved any operations in corruption-riddled Kazakhstan.

Washington is buzzing with excited rumors that some major Bush campaign contributors - long time coronies of the presidential candidate - will face not just stinging embarrassemtn but criminal indictment when these cases hit the headlines, especially if the Republicans fail to gain the White House this fall. (end of Martin Mann's article of August 14, 2000)

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This is what I have found out about Andrew St. George.

Andrew St. George was born in Hungary. It is claimed that he was related to the Hungarian royal family. During the Second World War St. George worked for Army Intelligence.

After the war St. George worked as a freelance journalist and photographer. In 1957 he went to Cuba where he met Fidel Castro in the Sierra Maestra. Castro asked St. George if he could arrange a meeting with Central Intelligence Agency agents. He went to Havana but the idea of the CIA having a meeting with Castro was vetoed by Washington.

St. George wrote and article on Castro's desire to talk to the American authorities. The article appeared on the front-page of the New York Times on 11th December, 1958. Unfortunately, the newspaper was on strike that day and was therefore not seen by the public.

St. George was in Havana when Fidel Castro rebels took power. José Castaño Quevedo, a Cuban who worked with the CIA in Havana, was arrested and after being tried by a revolutionary court, was sentenced to death. Jim Noel, the CIA station chief, asked St. George to see if he could get Quevedo's release. He had a meeting with Che Guevara but he refused to save Quevedo and he was executed as an "American agent".

Over the next couple of years St. George associated with anti-Castro Cubans and reported their activities for Life Magazine. Based in Miami, he accompanied members of Alpha 66 on CIA backed attacks on Cuba. On another occasion he was with Tony Cuesta and a squad of Commandos L when they sunk the Russian freighter Baku.

Later, St. George admitted he was paid $50,000 in expenses by Henry Luce as his main contact with anti-Castro exile groups. Some of this money was used to fund raids on Cuba. This included paying money to people like Gerry P. Hemming and Eddie Bayo. St. George also admitted being in contact with Roland Masferrer and Mitchell WerBell.

During this period St. George was denounced as a CIA agent. According to the authors, Warren Hinckle and William Turner (Deadly Secrets: The CIA-Mafia War Against Castro and the Assassination of JFK), even St. George's wife of 20 years thought he was a CIA agent.

It appears that Che Guevara was convinced that St. George was an CIA agent. In 1963 Guevara was interviewed by Rene Burri of Look Magazine when he declared that if he ever caught up with him he would "cut his throat".

In 1966 St. George was involved with Tom Dunkin in reporting the effort to depose the Francois Duvalier regime in Haiti. St. George and Dunkin also joined the team that established a base in Haiti with the long-term objective of overthrowing the Fidel Castro government in Cuba.

It has been claimed by Warren Hinckle and William Turner that in 1968 he was in "Bolivia, acting as a middleman in the frantic media negotiations hosted by greedy Bolivian generals attempting to sell for profit the Bolivian diary of St. George's one-time friend Che Guevara, whom the generals with a little help from the CIA, had captured and executed in the Andes foothills."

St. George also interviewed Frank Sturgis and Eugenio Martinez about Watergate. An article eventually appeared in Harper's Magazine. St. George claimed that E. Howard Hunt was a double-agent working inside the Richard Nixon administration. St. George implied that Watergate was the consequence of a conflict between Nixon and the CIA.

St. George continued to work as an investigative reporter. Using the name, Martin Mann, he worked for many years for the Spotlight Magazine in Washington. This included investigations of the business dealings of George W. Bush and Richard Cheney

He also published a series of reports claiming that $21.5 trillion of illicit money made off of drugs and arms smuggling to be sanitized through “reputable” banks in countries with loose banking regulations such as Israel, Belize and the Cayman Islands. He also accused the Chase Manhattan Bank, Citibank and the Bank of New York of laundering dirty money.

Apparently Andrew St George died a couple of years ago.

Here are two photographs (supplied by James Richards) showing the two sides of St. George. The first is why Castro in 1957. The second with Commandos L in 1963.

You can find some documents on St. George here:

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKstgeorge.htm

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