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December 2016 meeting of Le Cercle Washington 3.jpg
A photo of the December 2016 meeting of Le Cercle in Washington DC that Václav Klaus published on his website.
DescriptionA list of the known Cercle meetings.

Le Cercle Meetings strictly follow the Chatham House rule,[1] i.e. they are off the record. This presents a problem for the below list, which is very far from complete. The current schedule is believed to be (as stated on their short lived website) "semiannually"[2], but David Rockefeller states in his autobiography that their meetings used to be thrice yearly.[3] Little is known of most of these meetings, although some guest lists from the mid 1980s have been leaked (e.g. Le Cercle/1982 (Wildbad Kreuth), Le Cercle/1983 (Bonn), Le Cercle/1984 (Capetown)).


For its first 15 years, Le Cercle was an exclusively European affair. However, after involvement with figures from the US deep state, a US meeting first took place in the Rockefeller Center in New York on 6th December 1968.[4] The current pattern is to alternate between Washington DC and Europe (or occasionally elsewhere).

Other meetings

Other conferences have been held in Bucharest and Frankfurt.[5]



Page nameStartEndLocationDescription
Le Cercle/195818 August 195818 August 1958EuropeExact dates uncertain
Le Cercle/1968 (New York)6 December 19686 December 1968New York
Rockefeller Center
The first meeting of Le Cercle in America. End date uncertain
Le Cercle/1968 (Rome)May 1968May 1968Italy
Precise dates uncertain
Le Cercle/1969 (Bavaria)2 July 19692 July 1969Germany
start/date uncertain, but included 2 July 1969
Le Cercle/1970 (Washington)2 December 19702 December 1970US
Washington DC
Rockefeller family mansion
Exact dates uncertain
Le Cercle/1973 (Washington)13 December 197313 December 1973US
Washington DC
Exact dates uncertain
Le Cercle/1977 (South Africa)13 May 197716 May 1977South Africa4 day Cercle meeting, exposed in 2017 after a report surfaced on the internet
Le Cercle/1977 (Washington)10 November 197713 November 1977US
Washington DC
Detailed in a diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks in 2009.
Le Cercle/1978 (Tehran)3 September 19783 September 1978Iran
Le Cercle/1978 (Washington)December 1978December 1978US
Washington DC
Includes the 12 December
Le Cercle/1979 (Washington)1 December 19791 December 1979US
Washington DC
Madison Hotel
start/end dates uncertain
Le Cercle/1979 (Wildbad Kreuth)19791979Germany
Hanns Seidel Foundation
First half of 1979
Le Cercle/1980 (Washington)5 December 19807 December 1980US
Washington DC
Madison Hotel
Detailed in a telegram to the South African Embassy in Madrid that was posted to the internet in 2017.
Le Cercle/1980 (Zurich)28 June 198029 June 1980Switzerland
One of their shorter meetings, the minutes of which were in the Langemann Papers.
Le Cercle/1982 (Washington)19821982US
Washington DC
Le Cercle/1982 (Wildbad Kreuth)11 June 198213 June 1982Germany
Hanns Seidel Foundation
Le Cercle/1983 (Bonn)30 June 19833 July 1983Germany
Le Cercle/1984 (Bonn)5 July 19847 July 1984Germany
Held in Bonn, West Germany, the list of the 36 visitors was published online in 2011.
Le Cercle/1984 (Capetown)12 January 198415 January 1984South Africa
4 day meeting of Le Cercle in Capetown exposed after Joel Van der Reijden discovered the attendee list for this conference and published it online in 2011
Le Cercle/1985 (Bonn)27 June 198530 June 1984Germany
Documents pertaining to this meeting are indexed in the papers of Monique Garnier-Lançon
Le Cercle/1985 (Washington)7 January 198510 January 1985US
Washington DC
4 day meeting of Le Cercle in Washington exposed after Joel Van der Reijden discovered the attendee list for this conference and published it online in 2011
Le Cercle/1986 (Nice)October 1986October 1986France
Hotel Negresco
Le Cercle/1986 (Washington)February 1986March 1986US
Washington DC
Le Cercle/1987 (Washington)February 1986March 1986US
Washington DC
Le Cercle/1988 (South Africa)19881988South AfricaLittle known Cercle meeting
Le Cercle/1990 (Oman)30 November 199030 November 1990Oman
Al Bustan Hotel & Al-Baraka Palace
Start/End dates uncertain
Le Cercle/1991 (South Africa)19911991South AfricaLittle known Cercle meeting
Le Cercle/1996 (Amman)October 1996October 1996Jordan
Le Cercle/1997 (Berlin)19971997Germany
Dates uncertain
Le Cercle/1998 (Istanbul)23 May 199823 May 1998Turkey
Other dates uncertain
Le Cercle/1999 (London)19991999London
Conrad Hilton
Le Cercle/1999 (Washington)19991999US
Washington DC
Watergate Hotel
Le Cercle/2000 (Lisbon)20002000Portugal
Le Cercle/2000 (Washington)20002000US
Washington DC
Watergate Hotel
Le Cercle/2001 (Washington)20012001US
Washington DC
Watergate Hotel
Le Cercle/2002 (Morocco)27 June 20021 July 2002MoroccoWilliam Hague attended
Le Cercle/2002 (Washington)20022002US
Washington DC
Watergate Hotel
Le Cercle/2003 (Salzburg)20032003Austria
Le Cercle/2004 (Belgrade)17 June 200419 June 2004Serbia
Royal Palace
"A dinner held in Belgrade on 18 June 2004, "in honor of the “Le Cercle” conference taking place in Belgrade from 17th to 19th June."
Le Cercle/2004 (Washington)September 2004September 2004US
Washington DC
Watergate Hotel
Le Cercle/2005 (Paris)16 June 200519 June 2005France
Exposed 2 days later by the Saudi Embassy in London
Le Cercle/2006 (Delhi)7 December 200611 December 2006India
Le Cercle/2007 (Madrid)29 November 20072 December 2007Spain
A little known Cercle meeting
Le Cercle/2007 (Washington)June 2007June 2007US
Washington DC
Watergate Hotel
Le Cercle/2008 (Washington)14 November 200814 November 2008US
Washington DC
Watergate Hotel
Other dates uncertain
Le Cercle/2009 (Washington)19 November 200922 November 2009US
Washington DC
Le Cercle met in Washington DC in November 2009.
Le Cercle/2011Only known info about this meeting is a later invitation letter
Le Cercle/2012 (Morocco)28 June 20121 July 2012Morocco
Amphitrite Palace Resort and Spa
An invitation letter of this meeting was leaked online
Le Cercle/2013 (London)20 June 201323 June 2013London
Hotel Crowne Plaza St James
Slightly exposed meeting of Le Cercle attended by Václav Klaus
Le Cercle/2014 (London)20 June 201420 June 2014London
Dates include June 20 but are uncertain
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