Franz Josef Strauß
| Franz Josef Strauß |
(politician, deep politician)
3 October 1988 (Age 73)|
|Alma mater||University of Munich|
• Max Josef Franz Georg|
|Member of||Le Cercle|
A deep politician and politician, a known attendee of Le Cercle, accused in connection with the Lockheed bribery scandals.
Deep state connections
Franz Josef Strauss is known to have attended Le Cercle, though his name does not appear on any of the known guest lists. It is conjectured that he may be "Schmidthuber", guest #8 on the list of German attendees of 1983 meeting of Le Cercle in Bonn, since Strauss was "Minister of State of Bavaria" at the time.
Lockheed bribery scandals
Former Lockheed lobbyist Ernest Hauser told Senate investigators that Minister of Defence Strauss and his party had received at least $10 million for West Germany's purchase of 900 F-104G Starfighters in 1961, which later became part of the Lockheed bribery scandals. The party and its leader denied the allegations, and Strauss filed a slander suit against Hauser. As the allegations were not corroborated, the issue was dropped.
Strauss was forced to step down as defence minister in 1962 in the wake of the Spiegel scandal. Rudolf Augstein, owner and editor-in-chief of Der Spiegel magazine, had been arrested on Strauss's request and was held for 103 days. Strauss admitted that he had lied to the parliament and was forced to resign, complaining that he was treated like a "Jew who had dared appear at a Nazi party convention".
His enmity with Der Spiegel apparently continued as the magazine was one of very few to break the commercially-controlled media silence surrounding Le Cercle. In the early 1980s it named Strauss as a regular attendant of the Cercle and gave further details of the group.
Israeli Nuclear Weapons Development
On April 14, 2015, Veterans Today published a story suggesting that Franz Josef Strauss was implicated in a decision to 'lend' two billion marks for the "development of the Negev" (i.e. the Dinona nuclear weapons factory complex).
Events Participated in
|Bilderberg/1957 October||4 October 1957 - 6 October 1957||Fiuggi|
|Le Cercle/1969 (Bavaria)||1969||Bavaria|
|Le Cercle/1970 (Washington)||2 December 1970||Rockefeller family mansion|
|Le Cercle/1978 (Washington)||December 1978||Washington DC|
|Le Cercle/1980 (Washington)||5 December 1980 - 7 December 1980||Madison Hotel|
- "SCANDALS: The Lockheed Mystery (Contd.)". Time magazine. 1976-09-13. Retrieved 2011-12-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>