Guess what? The cops can’t get access to vital computer files in their investigation of Anglo because …
Go on. Guess.
Is it because the Anglo laptops are all broken?
No. They’re fine.
Is it because the cops keep getting distracted by playing Solitaire and Minesweeper?
No. They’re serious cops. Don’t be ridiculous.
Is it because they can’t understand how to switch on the computer?
No. The ON button is clearly marked.
The reason is because former Anglo executives refuse to give them the encryption passwords.
How about that?
What’s the password?
The investigation concerns certain matters I wrote about here in the past:
- huge loans to Anglo senior executives which were obligingly taken over for a few days by rival bank, Irish Nationwide, the other basket-case, when the auditor came to examine the books
- loans to ten people for the purchase of Anglo shares to artificially inflate their value
- overnight transfers of huge amounts — billions — from Irish Life and Permanent to create the impression that Anglo had significant deposits when the accounts were being examined.
It seems like a lifetime away, but when I wrote this post, I was complaining about the government’s plan to inject €3 billion of our money into Anglo. The figure for Anglo now stands at something in the order of €34 billion, and the total bill to bail out the investors in the banks is estimated at €70 billion, rendering the country bankrupt, in an agreement based on falsified information supplied by the bankers.
Now, when the police are seeking to investigate these extremely grave matters, it turns out that senior Anglo people are not providing them with the assistance they need to uncover the facts.
Quick. Stop the first fat guy with a beard and a Slayer t-shirt. Tell him the cops need him urgently to hack into Seanie Fitz’s laptop. Tell him there’s an extra-large pizza waiting for him when he does the job.
This is a terrible indictment of the investigation. People who fail to turn over passwords should be arrested and charged. It shows that the Gardai are not carrying out their job, either through incompetence or direction from government, but either way, we have yet more evidence that Anglo executives are being protected.
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