The Bizarre Connection Between the Son of an Original Gold Coin Dealer and the Ground Zero Mosque
by Robert Wenzel
Economic Policy Journal
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Nicholas Deak was a New York based foreign exchange/gold coin dealer. He was one of the original gold coin dealers. I used to buy gold coins from his firm at his office near Wall Street. He had branches around the globe.
In 1985, he was murdered by what authorities called "a crazed homeless" woman. She supposedly stayed outside his office for days screaming Deak owed her money. I passed by Deak's office on lower Broadway everyday, in those days. I never saw such a woman.
I was always suspicious of this "lone nut" murder and wondered what actually went down.
Many years later, another international global money changer/banker, Edmund Safra was killed by a lone nut. Both Safra and Deak also had money laundering rumors spread about them (Some of Deak's global offices were even raided and it severly damaged his business). Safra was furious about the rumors about him and he had the money to find out who was behind them. Safra's detectives were able to prove American Express was behind the rumors. American Express has always had close relations with the government. Henry Kissinger was on the Board of Directors at the time. Safra forced American Express to take out a full page ad in The Wall Street Journal admitting they were behind the untrue rumors. He also forced them to make a million dollar-size donation to a charity he designated.
If you overlay the businesses and deaths of Deak and Safra, they fit identically. A top Citi bank executive who knew Safra told me that there was no way Safra died the way news stories explained the case. If anything smells like some kind of CIA-type hit jobs, these murders sure do. Did Deak and Safra with their super wealth think they could operate on their own without dealing with their CIA handlers and wander too far off the CIA reservation?
Moving to current day, none other than Deak's son turns up as the principal funder behind Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who is behind the Ground Zero Mosque.
If anyone sounds like a CIA operative, Deak the son sure does. According to the New York Observer:
In addition to serving on the group's board of advisors since its founding in 2004 by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Deak was its principal funder, donating $98,000 to the nonprofit between 2006 and 2008. This figure appears to represent organization's total operating budget — though, oddly, the group reported receipts of just a third of that total during the same time period.
September 13, 2010
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