The web of known parties guilty of fraud, coercion, or securities manipulation keeps getting bigger. Please consider N.Y. Fed Told A.I.G. Not to Disclose Swap Details.
Starting in November 2008, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York under Timothy Geithner began urging American International Group, the huge insurer that the government had bailed out, to limit disclosure on payments made to banks at the height of the financial crisis, e-mail messages obtained by DealBook show.
The e-mail exchange between the bailed-out insurance giant and its regulator portray a strange reversal of roles, with A.I.G. staff arguing for the disclosure of certain details on payments for credit-default swaps to major banks, only to be discouraged by officials at, or representing, the Federal Reserve.
In a draft of one regulatory filing, A.I.G. stated that it had paid banks — including Goldman Sachs Group, Merrill Lynch, Société Générale and Deutsche Bank — the full value of C.D.O.’s, or collateralized debt obligations, that they had bought from the company.
In the response to that draft from the law firm Davis Polk and Wardwell, which represented the New York Fed, that crucial sentence was crossed out, and did not appear in the final version filed on Dec. 24, 2008.
In a March 12 e-mail message whose subject line is “Fw: counterparties” — importance: “high” — Kathleen Shannon, a senior vice president at A.I.G., writes:
“In order to make only the disclosure the Fed wants us to make, which we understand to be to not include the CUSIPs or Tranche names and give the amounts by counterparty on a total rather than a transaction by transaction basis, we need to have a reasonable basis for believing and arguing to the SEC that the information we are seeking to protect is not already publicly available.”
The messages were initially obtained by Representative Darrell Issa, Republican of California and ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and first reported by Bloomberg News.
“It appears that the New York Fed deliberately pressured AIG to restrict and delay the disclosure of important information to the S.E.C.,” Representative Issa said in an e-mailed statement.
Mr. Geithner, for his part, has defended the A.I.G. rescue, saying he had no choice but to pay full value on the credit default swaps in order to avoid a panic.
Geithner Allowed To Defend Himself
Please see the article for actual memos and other damning evidence.
I am 100% in favor of allowing Geithner to defend himself … In a court of law, for securities fraud.
And as I have stated before Paulson, Bernanke, and Bank of America ex-CEO Lewis as well.
April 24, 2009: Let the Criminal Indictments Begin: Paulson, Bernanke, Lewis
July 17, 2009: Paulson Admits Coercion; Where are the Indictments?
October 20, 2009: Bernanke Guilty of Coercion and Market Manipulation
While you are wondering where the indictments are perhaps you may wish to review Where The Hell Is The Outrage?
Mike “Mish” Shedlock
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