An Al-Qaeda/China/Australian stock market link? From WND, :
Al-Qaida is financing its worldwide terror operations by investing in blue-chip Australian stocks with the assistance of Beijing’s powerful Secret Intelligence Service (SIS).
Citing information from Britain’s MI6 and European intelligence services, Gordon Thomas, security correspondent for the London Sunday Express, writes that the bin Laden organization’s investment strategy includes “leading technology and defense corporations in Australia, Singapore and other Pacific Rim countries.” Billions, earned through illegal drug dealings with China’s SIS, are being laundered into the stock market through banks in Australia, Japan, Germany and Ireland.
The article appears in today’s Melbourne Sunday Herald.
Thomas cites Brian McAdam, a former Canadian Foreign Service officer who worked closely with the FBI to identify some 3,000 U.S. companies that are fronts for CSIS or have financial links to al-Qaida. “Only now are Western intelligence agencies becoming aware of the links that CSIS has with drugs, money laundering and the support it provides for terrorists. We are talking of billions of dollars,” said McAdam.