Translated using Google Translate – (please excuse the grammar)
ATHENS – The Bilderberg Group, which meets every year the figures of the global elite of politics and business, Thursday began a two-day conference in a palace near Athens protected by extraordinary security measures, found AFP.
The vicinity of the Astir Palace, luxury hotel in the seaside suburb of Vouliagmeni where you can find for their annual meeting the members of the Bilderberg group, was patrolled by dozens of police and access to the institution was closed to the public and the press.
A patrol of the Hellenic Navy as well as boats carrying divers elite were visible a few meters from the coast of the peninsula that houses the hotel.
According to the Greek press, the organizers of the meeting still surrounded by a close secret discretion feeding the conspiracy theories around the Bilderberg Group, have asked that it be protected by patrol coastguards, divers, 2 F16 aircraft and a helicopter from the police.
Among the invited guests this year include the meeting according to the Greek press, the U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, the World Bank president Robert Zoellick, the U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke, the Queen Sophia of Spain and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Netherlands, the President of the European Central Bank Jean-Claude Trichet, the European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and the Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Bildt.
It was not possible to confirm the presence of these figures with the organizers, but according to a spokesman for the ECB, Trichet has to be involved, as, according to his ministry, Mr. Bildt.
The Spanish journalist of Russian origin Daniel Estulin, a Bilderberg conference, said the media should focus this year on the global economic crisis.
Bilderberg conferences meet annually makers and opinion leaders for a western kind of Davos and prohibits secret to the press.
The first took place in 1954 in the Netherlands, the Bilderberg Hotel in Oosterbeek (central Netherlands), which she kept the name.
Several sources give the origins of this group in Polish Retinger Joseph (friend of the writer Joseph Conrad), the former Belgian prime minister Paul van Zeeland and former CEO of consumer goods, Unilever, Paul Rijken.
Concerned about the growing tension between Europe and the United States, they would set up a conference to bring the elite on both sides of the Atlantic.
(© AFP / 14 May 2009 13h57)
FN – At least somebody is talking about it… Once again let me remind you that it is ILLEGAL for US diplomats to meet and discuss policy in secret according to the Logan Act.
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