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I saw active service in conventional, clandestine and covert units of the South African Defence Force. I was the founder of the Private Military Company (PMC) Executive Outcomes in 1989 and its chairman until I left in 1997. Until its closure in 1998, EO operated primarily in Africa helping African governments that had been abandoned by the West and were facing threats from insurgencies, terrorism and organised crime. EO also operated in South America and the Far East. I believe that only Africans (Black and White) can truly solve Africa’s problems. I was appointed Chairman of STTEP International in 2009 and also lecture at military colleges and universities in Africa on defence, intelligence and security issues. Prior to the STTEP International appointment, I served as an independent politico-military advisor to several African governments. Until recently, I was a contributing editor to The Counter Terrorist magazine. All comments in line with the topics on this blog are welcome. As I consider this to be a serious look at military and security matters, foul language and political or religious debates will not be entertained on this blog.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A CONTINUATION OF DISINFORMATION

An article published on the website Africa Crisis on 17 December 2008 (http://www.africancrisis.co.za/Article.php?ID=40085&) was sent to me by one of the followers of this blog. The article was submitted by a person using the pseudonym of “Fox”, who currently resides in Germany. “Fox” has for sometime been a person who has decided to leave no stone unturned in an attempt to continue the disinformation campaign against both myself and Executive Outcomes.

Whereas I have no problem with someone who does not like me (being disliked by such people causes me no loss of sleep), I have a problem with the lies these people have made up, perpetuated and regurgitated.

I have also, in the meantime, learnt the identity of “Fox”, who, upon deeper investigation, was apparently very closely tied-in to the old SA Military Intelligence (MI).

Whereas the article (dated 2006) contained at lot of regurgitated misinformation, it also had some new “elements” added to it. What struck me about the article was that the author, one Dr. Alexander von Paleske, stated his profession as “Ex-Barrister-at-Law, High Court Frankfurt (M)”. One would have hoped that as a barrister, he would at least get some historical facts correct. As he is a legal man, I am sure Dr von Paleske will gladly accept my challenge to prove his allegation that either EO or myself are linked/were linked, found guilty of anything illegal or of associating with criminal elements, or being linked to the “global spider web of crooks, arms dealers…” and so forth as he claims.

Given the fact that he felt he had to include both myself and EO in his article (see my earlier posting “CHOSING TO DISINFORM”), I wonder what Dr von Paleske’s real agenda is? Whereas I will most probably never know unless I choose to investigate the good doctor, I am grateful to him for showing that he too is just another purveyor of disinformation.

My very special thanks also to “Fox” for exposing the relationship with MI.

10 comments:

Grumbleguts said...

Eeben,
I remember that von Paleske was the lawyer that was involved in trying to get Dr. Wouter Basson tried in Namibia, after Basson was aquitted in South Africa. Basson was tried for 'mass murder'. To this day I am not sure where the mass murder comes from. It implies thousands of people dying because of one man.

Eeben Barlow's Milsec Blog said...

I seem to recall something like that, Grumbleguts. However, I want him to deliver some proof of his allegations.

Rgds,

Eeben

Sonny Cox said...

Eben
Maybe "Fox" was responsible for the murder of Eugene Riley (MI) (CCB)?

He was also about to expose some valuable disinformation about Chris and Co.

Eeben Barlow's Milsec Blog said...

I am not too sure, Sonny. I am busy with a little investigation of Fox and will see what else it delivers. Thanks for the lead on ER though, I shall certainly follow it up.

Rgds,

Eeben

userdude said...

Hello Eeben,

Have you seen this story in Vanity Fair:

Iraq's Mercenary King

It's a feature on Tim Spicer and Aegis. There's a reference to EO; is it accurate?

Thanks!
Jared

Eeben Barlow's Milsec Blog said...

Whereas I cannot comment on the entire article, the bit about Simon Mann and Tony Buckingham establishing EO is false, Jared. However, both Mann and Spicer used that to their advantage claiming that they were the founders of EO – and on the back of this were able to secure contracts for themselves. If I recall correctly, I covered some of this in my book. Needless to say, neither Mann, Buckingham or Spicer established the company.

Rgds,

Eeben

special forces commander said...

I read several articles of this "Alexander von Paleske" as I know German.
oraclesyndicate.twoday.net/stories/2619299
Style and research (or lack thereof) are just poor, low brow journalism. Is there anything you'd like to do about him?
My brother is a lawyer for internet law in Germany btw. perhaps he can find something :)

Eeben Barlow's Milsec Blog said...

Hi Special Forces Commander,

Yes, Alexander von Paleske has spent much time writing disinformation on EO. I am also told that he was handsomely rewarded for it.

If you brother would be willing to take a look at “Mr Paleske”, I would be very happy. He is one of those people who likes to write what he wants to mislead people with.

Rgds,

Eeben

raoulgentenaar said...

Is there a real Dr. Alexander von Paleske

Eeben Barlow's Milsec Blog said...

He really does exist but I am told that he is a apparently a disinformation agent in the employ of a foreign government, Raoulgentenaar.

Rgds,

Eeben