by Mark Shernick
If you are interested in locating the
person or persons who might have arranged for the car smash in
Paris, I think one of the best places to look would be amongst those
shady millionaires and politicos who surrounded the Princess.
In particular, there is an organization known as "Le Cercle" or
the Pinay Circle that would seem to fit the bill very neatly.
"The Circle" is a clandestine covert action wing of the extremely
Bilderberg Group. It takes its name from
Premier of France in 1951, who attended the inaugural Bilderberg
meeting in Oosterbeek, Holland, in May 1954.
Pinay formed the Circle
around 1969, together with Jean Violet (a lawyer working for the
French intelligence service SDECE) and Archduke Otto von Hapsburg
(heir to the Austrian throne and leader of the movement for a united
Pinay secretly began recruiting men of influence as members. Today
the Circle’s meetings are heavily composed of former members of
various intelligence services, senior military officers as well as
politicians, bankers and VIPs with right-wing connections.
"Le Cercle" includes active members in the intelligence circles of
both Britain and France.
It has helped these agencies to destabilize
governments in past. Specifically, it played a role in:
helped to bring down Harold Wilson and Ted Heath in the UK
kneecapped Francois Miterrand in France
assassinated Olaf Palme in
contributed to the destabilization of Gough Whitlam’s
government in Australia
Conversely it helped to raise up and support the governments of
Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan and continues to actively
support a wide range of interlocking right-wing outfits including:
The UK members of the Circle are very much involved in the
guns-for-drugs trade in Pakistan and Bosnia.
Three British members
of The Circle - Jonathan Aitken (Minister of Defence Procurement), Alan Clark (Minister of State for Defence) and Paul Channon (former
Secretary of State at the Department of Trade and Industry) -
played central roles in the arms-to-Iraq affair examined by Sir
Their French counterparts have been up to their necks in scandals as
well. Doug Vaughan outlined a brief history of French intelligence
in a Fall 1993 article for Covert Action Quarterly. He notes that
the Action Service’s Red Hand eliminated dozens of Algerians and
their sympathizers during the 1960s.
During the ’70s its officers
organized coups d’etat in Central Africa, Congo, Nigeria and Mali.
A key member of the Circle, Count Alexander de Marenches, directed
the Service for External Documentation and Espionage (SDECE) during
His pet project was the "Safari Club," which Vaughan
"a consortium formed with the secret
police of the Shah of Iran, Saddam Hussein of Iraq, Anwar Sadat
of Egypt, and the Saudi intelligence service run by Kamal Adham
(later famous as a key player in the machinations of the rogue
Bank of Commerce and Credit International, BCCI)"
The Safari Club,
"plotted with the Portuguese
fascists to overthrow President Sekou Toure of Guinea and to
assassinate Amilcar Cabral, leader of the independence movement
They backed the dictator Siad Barre in
Somalia. They tried to kill Libyan Col. Muammar Qaddafi. They
schemed to prop up the Shah. They forged a strategic alliance
with BOSS, the Gestapo of South Africa’s apartheid - all in the
name of stopping the spread of Soviet influence"
When Francois Mitterand took power in
1981, his socialist government,
"feared, not without reason, that
SDECE had degenerated into a haven of fascist hysterics and
military retainers inimical to their right to govern. A decree
from the Elysee abolished SDECE in April 1982 but established
the DGSE under Marion."
As head of the Direction Generale de la
Securite Exterieure (DGSE) during the 1980s, Pierre Marion
redirected the French spy network toward industrial espionage.
Specifically, they focused on supporting Groupe Bull,
"a state-owned holding company that
sits at the very center of France’s formidable
Groupe Bull, in turn, focused its
attention on Honeywell - a U.S. computer firm that also happens to
be the parent company of Alliant Tech Systems, one of the largest
manufacturers of landmine products in the world.
Far from competing, it would seem that Honeywell and Groupe Bull
formed a partnership. During the 1980s they worked together as
subcontractors on several projects, eventually forming a computer
firm referred to as Honeywell-Bull.
It would not be inconceivable, then, to say that Groupe Bull works
in tandem with Honeywell on certain projects, just as the DGSE often
cooperates with CIA. They compete, but they also share some common
interests and common enemies.
One of those common enemies may have been Diana, Princess of Wales.
Her innocent attempts to support an international ban on the sale of
land mines may have cost the makers of American and French landmines
many millions of dollars in contracts.
In fact, her death occurred just as the Clinton administration was
wrapping up a $400 million arms package for the Bosnian muslims. And
the French had just inked a $2 billion oil deal with the Iranians,
who may have requested some payments for the oil in the form of arms
shipments to Bosnia.
Le Cercle has never hesitated to take "direct action" against
people that get in its way. Journalist David Teacher, an
investigator of Le Cercle activities, lists a number of known
"destabilization" programs in which Circle members are believed to
have played a role (see his article "The Pinay Circle and
Destabilization in Europe," Lobster 18, UK, October 1989).
These "direct actions" include the CIA’s Operation Chaos and the
Cointelpro assassination programs; a 1973 coup d’etat in
Belgium "planned by gendarmerie officers and extreme-right-wing
groups"; a campaign of domestic terror and misinformation "designed"
by Alexandre de Marenches, head of the French SDECE, to keep
Francois Mitterand from office during the 1974 elections; and the
assassination of Sweden’s Prime Minister Olaf Palme by the O3
section of the Swedish intelligence service, SAPO.
Hans Langemann, formerly a senior-ranking officer of Germany’s BND
and latterly head of Bavarian State Security, leaked several "Cercle"
documents to the German magazine "Kronket" (later featured by "Der
In a secret memorandum dated 8th November 1979 he notes
that "[Chairman of Le Cercle Brian] Crozier worked with the CIA for
years." He concludes, therefore, "that they are fully aware of his
Further on he advises that Crozier,
together with "Dickie" Franks, Director of Britain’s SIS, and
Nicholas Elliott, a senior department head in MI6,
"were recently invited to Chequers
(the country home of the incumbent Prime Minister; in this case
Margaret Thatcher) for a working meeting."
"It must therefore be concluded that
MI6 is fully aware of, if not indeed one of the main sponsors
of" Crozier’s "diverse circle of friends in international
Additional subjects covered in the
Langemann papers include,
"international campaigns aiming to
discredit hostile personalities or events," the "creation of a
(private) intelligence service specializing according to a
selective point of view," and the "establishment of offices
under suitable cover, each run by a coordinator from the central
Current plans cover London, Washington, PARIS, Munich
As a person helping to organize an
international roadblock to the sale of landmines, Princess Diana
could certainly have been classified as an "hostile personality" who
had frustrated the aims of some very powerful military members of
the Circle. Her companion, Dodi Al-Fayed, was the son of a man who
had helped bring down the conservative government in Britain this
At least three of the top-ranking members of "Le Cercle" (Dr.
Kissinger, billionaire George Soros, and billionaire Jeremy
Goldsmith) had direct contact with Princess Diana.
Dr. Kissinger met with Diana in December of last year at a
fundraiser for Cerebral Palsy. Lyndon Larouche’s organization
portrays Kissinger as the eminence grise of the British Drugs-R-Us
racket. According to Barbara Walters, the Princess engaged in a mild
and good-humored flirtation with Kissinger. He attended her funeral.
George Soros provided the private planes on which Diana flew to and
from Bosnia. He has connections throughout the Balkans and may very
well be involved in the recent shipment of arms from Iran to the
muslims in Bosnia.
Diana had a longstanding friendship with the Goldsmith family.
Andrew Morton’s biographies of the princess contain some brief but
interesting references to Diana and the Goldsmiths:
"A few nights before the screening
of the program, scheduled for late June , she attended a
party at the Ritz Hotel to celebrate the birthday of her friend, Annabel Goldsmith, and the election of her husband, Sir James
Goldsmith, as a Euro MP."
[Diana: Her New Life, p. 202]
"Diana: Her True Story" informs us on page 129 that
the brother of Camilla Parker-Bowles, is married to Clio
Goldsmith, "niece of the grocery millionaire."
Just yesterday, the Queen met with
Jemimah Goldsmith in Pakistan.
The Reuters wire service report,
dated October 7, read as follows:
"Princess Diana visited Pakistan
three times before she died in a high-speed car crash in a Paris
road tunnel alongside her companion, Dodi Al Fayed.
Her highest-profile visit was last May, when she went to raise
funds for the cancer hospital in Lahore run by Pakistan cricket
hero Imran Khan. Imran and his wife Jemima, daughter of the late
Anglo-French tycoon Sir James Goldsmith and a close friend of
Diana, were both at the glittering dinner at Islamabad’s
presidential palace. "
Sir James Goldsmith’s connections to "Le Cercle" are spelled out in an article by
Robin Ramsay titled "Brian Crozier, the Pinay Circle and James Goldsmith," that appeared
November 1988 in Lobster, issue No. 17.
For a more complete overview of the Pinay Circle, see "The Pinay
Circle," by David G. Guyatt in vol. 3
No. 5 of Nexus Magazine, August-September 1996.
Mr. Guyatt may be reached at 5 Mucking Hall Cottages, Mucking Hall
Road, Barling Magna, Essex SS3 ONJ England, UK Phone/Fax +44 (0)
1702 21 7523
Guyatt’s article cites Brian Crozier’s book "Free
Agent: The Unseen War, 1941-1991" (Harper Collins,
London, 1993) and Alan Clark’s "Diaries"
(Phoenix Books, London, 1994).
He lists the following people as members of "Le Cercle":
NICHOLAS ELLIOT, British SIS/MI6
WILLIAM COLBY, deceased (?)
former Director of CIA
COLONEL BOTTA, Swiss military
FRANZ JOSEF STRAUSS, German
ALFREDO SANCHEZ BELLA, head of
European Operations for Spain’s Secret Service and closely
connected to Opus Dei
GIULIO ANDREOTTI, former Italian
Prime Minister, P2 member and Mafia confidant
GEN. ANTONIO DE SPINOLA, head of
SILVA MUNOZ, former Franco
minister and senior Opus Dei member
MONSIGNIORE BRUNELLO, Vatican
prelate and BNG agent
STEFANO DELLA CHIAIE, leading
member of P2 and Italy’s Secred Service, SID
"This list is by no means complete."