June 23, 2014
Just hours after we noted Bloomberg’s story of Germany’s decision to halt its repatriation of gold from the NY Fed, the gentleman at the center of the story, who Bloomberg quoted as saying his ‘Repatriate Our Gold’ campaign was “on hold” – Peter Boehringer – has come out swinging… The Bloomberg story is “a ‘non-news’ article with a wrong headline, strange interviewees, old news, and with a clearly apologetic ideological approach.” and that’s just the start…
From Peter Boehringer (via Bloomberg Businessweek),
Just to set the record straight re this article in which my name is mentioned and in which I am quoted out of context:
a) BusinessWeek/Bloomberg uncritically cites statements of politicians and BuBa-bankers who have or give no proof whatsoever re the untouched whereabouts of the german Gold.
b) Re our campaign “Repatriate our Gold”: “On hold” does of course NOT mean that we are in any way satisfied with the current status of BuBa´s ongoing repatriation (far too slow and too little – only 5 tons came from NY in 2013! Not exactly a proof for the untouched existence of 1500 tons in a NY vault unaudited since 1950…). Our public campaign will therefore have to continue.
c) Almost no info in the article can be considered in any way “news”. Simply because there has not been any material news in this context since early 2013.
d) Especially the headline is plainly false, because there has not been any change in BuBa´s (too slow) repatriation plans: at least 300+ tonnes will come from NY by end 2020. It is not much – but contrary to the headline, BuBa has NOT stopped the ongoing partial repatriation – enforced solely by public pressure!
e) The political party “Alternative for Germany” has never been part of our campaign – they can therefore not have been “rebuffed” as the article suggests.
f) The political party “FDP” has (with the exception of one (1) MP ) never demanded a repatriation – yet another false info in the article.
g) Some politicians cited in the article can not in any way claim to be “in charge” of the german gold hoard (abroad or not). This holds true for both Mr Barthle and for Mr Hardt: BuBa alone is in charge – and officially, BuBa is independent from political influence…
Summary: a “non-news” article with a wrong headline, strange interviewees, old news, and with a clearly apologetic ideological approach: the main purpose seems to be NOT to give space to the myriad of unanswered and extremely relevant questions BuBa and the Fed have been refusing to answer for decades.
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