Deep Underground with Raul Groom

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

I'm forcing myself to stay off this story for most of the day. We'll see how that goes. Anyway, here is the latest.

Seems it's all just a big misunderstanding! The "senior executive" quoted in the piece is probably the same one from other articles, Charles Burrows. I'm not sure who Burrows is, which is probably why he's being used - if you google his name with "Sandline" you get nothing. Ditto for "Executive Outcomes," Heritage Oil," and "Branch Energy." In other words, Mr. Burrows is a ghost.

They wouldnt' want to use, say, Tony Buckingham. Or Simon Mann (whose name is already out, unfortunately for them, but it hasn't been widely disseminated in the Western press.) Or Michael Grunberg, who is the PR guy for both Branch Energy and Sandline.

I know all of these different organizations are confusing - they're meant to be. In fact, if you go to Sandline and check out the "Comment" section, it's pretty much all devoted to trying to obscure the fact that Sandline, Executive Outcomes, Branch Energy, Heritage Oil, and a slew of other African mining companies are basically the same entity.

Here's a good description of the whole mess, unfortunately somewhat outdated (it was written while EO was still incorporated in South Africa, so at least 5 years ago.)


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