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FTR #283 The Mueller File

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NB: This RealAudio stream contains FTRs 282 and 283 in sequence. Each is a 30-minute broadcast.

1. This program covers the post-war activities of Gestapo Chief Heinrich Mueller. Mueller was reported to have died in the ruins of Berlin at the end of the war. When his grave was opened in 1963, it contained the remains of two (or by some accounts three) men, none of them Mueller.

2. The broadcast highlights Mueller’s work on behalf of U.S. intelligence after the war, as well as his overlapping activities as director of the remarkable and deadly Bormann Organization. This institution has perpetuated its power in an effective, clandestine, and deadly, Mafia-like fashion in the years since World War II. The Bormann group dominates corporate Germany and wields enormous influence around the world.)

3. The program begins with an excerpt from Miscellaneous Archive Show M-57, highlighting Mueller’s escape from Berlin at the end of the war, and his work for U.S. intelligence during the Cold War. (“The Flight of the Wolf: Berlin 1945” by Gregory Douglas; The Military Adviser; Winter of 1992-93 [Volume 4, #1].)

4. The information in the Douglas article is, in turn, drawn largely from U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corps (CIC) documents on file at the National Archives. These documents were accessed by writer Gita Sereny, while doing research for a London Times article. (Idem.)

5. In addition, the Douglas article presents information from a CIA debriefing of Mueller, apparently conducted prior to his employment by the agency. (Idem.)

6. It should be noted that a forensic examination of the CIC documents conducted by the FBI supports their veracity. (Idem.)

7. The U.S. intelligence interview with Mueller was conducted with his eventual employment being a foregone conclusion. (Idem.)

8. In February, an article in the Los Angeles Times provided significant coroboration for the information in M-57. (“New Questions Arise on Fate of Gestapo Chief” by Henry Weinstein; Los Angeles Times; 2/26/2001; pp. A1-A6. [3])

9. “U.S. Army Intelligence records indicate that Mueller–who was nicknamed ‘Gestapo Mueller’ to distinguish him from the hundreds of other Muellers in the Nazi hierarchy–was captured by Americans in 1945, says historian George Chalou, who worked at the National Archives for 28 years.” (Ibid.; p. A6.)

10. The article also notes that “a German television network aired a program–based in part on documents from the U.S. National Archives in Maryland–claiming that Mueller was captured by the U.S. Army, but released for unknown reasons.” (Idem.)

11. In addition, the article notes that elements of the Mueller file were witheld. “Despite the fact that the files were opened more than 50 years after the end of World War II, numerous portions have been redacted. In February 1999, eight months before the Army records were made public by the National Archives, Army officials sent Rabbi Hier a letter saying some of his requests for information on Mueller were being denied on grounds of ‘national security,’ including the possibility that more complete disclosure could compromise intelligence-gathering methods.” (Idem.)

12. The article makes another allusion, as well. “Index cards stating that Mueller was in custody first in the town of Ilmenau and then in December 1945 in a ‘civilian internment’ camp in Altenstadt in Upper Bavaria. . . .It ends with the cryptic and provocative sentence, ‘case closed 29 Jan 46.’ It is unclear who placed the information on the card, which states that a Mueller dossier was to be sent to Frankfurt.” (Idem.)

13. The article also notes that there “. . .have been unconfirmed reports that he served as an ‘enforcer’ for former Nazis living in South America. . . .” (Idem.)

14. As veteran listeners know, these reports are far more than “unconfirmed.” Mueller served as the security director for the Bormann group and, in that capacity, worked directly with U.S. intelligence, the CIA, in particular. “The Bormann organization had many commercial and political links to the capitals of these three nations, and real clout was available should the chase become too hot. The CIA could have pulled aside the gray curtain that obscured Bormann—at any time. But the CIA and Mueller’s crack organization of former SS men found it to their mutual advantage to cooperate in many situations. There is no morality in the sense that most of us know it in the strange world of professional secrecy, and when it was to the advantage of each to work together they did so.” (Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile; by Paul Manning; copyright 1981; Lyle Stuart [hardcover]; ISBN 0-8184-0309-8; p.211.)

15. As might be surmised, Mueller’s operatives also worked with the organization of Reinhard Gehlen. “Even General Gehlen, when he was chief of the Federal Republic’s intelligence service, sent his agents to confer with General Heinrich Mueller in South America.” (For more on Gehlen, see RFA-3, among other programs.) (Ibid.; p. 274.)

16. Journalist Paul Manning had direct and extensive contact with the Mueller organization, while doing the research for his remarkable book. (Ibid.; pp. 272-273.)

17. “During years of research for this book, I have become aware of Heinrich Mueller and his security force, which provides protection for the leadership in Latin America and wherever else they may travel to Europe and to the United States to check on investments and profits. Through intermediaries, I have attempted unceasingly to penetrate to the central core of the organization in South America, but have been denied access. At the last meeting that I know about, it was voted: ‘Herr Manning’s writing would focus undue attention on our activities and his request must once again be denied.’ The elderly leaders, including Reichminister Bormann, who is now eighty, wanted me on the scene to write of their side of the story, above all his story, of one of the most amazing and successful financial and industrial cloaking actions in history, of which he is justifiably proud. I had sent word to Bormann that the true story, his firsthand account, should become a matter of historical record, and stated that I would be agreeable to writing it if I could tell his true story, warts and all.” (Ibid.; p. 272.)

18. “Back came the word: ‘You are a free world journalist, and can write as you think best. We, too, are interested only in truth.’ They agreed to my request to bring along a three-man camera crew from CBS News to film my conversations with Martin Bormann, and even approved my wish for at least a personal thumbprint of the former Reichsleiter and party minister, which would be positive proof of his identity. At the organization’s request, I sent the background, names, photos and credentials of the particular CBS cameramen: Lawrence Walter Pierce, Richard Henry Perez, and Oden Lester Kitzmiller, an award-winning camera crew (which got the exclusive film coverage of the attempted assassination of Governor George Wallace when he was running for president).” (Ibid.; pp. 272-3.)

19. “I am sorry to say that the younger leaders , the ones now in virtual command, voted ‘No.’ They did agree, however that 232 historical documents from World War II, which Bormann had had shipped out of Berlin in the waning days of the war, and which are stored in his archives in South America, could be sent to me anonymously, to be published. They said their lengthy investigation of me had produced confidence that I was an objective journalist, as well as a brave one, for their probing stretched back to World War II days, and up to the present.” (Ibid.; p. 273.)

20. “Heinrich Mueller, now seventy-nine years old, who also serves as keeper of these archives as well as chief of all security for the NSDAP, rejected this decision: when the courier reached the Buenos Aires international airport bearing these documents for me he was relieved of them by the Argentine secret police acting under an initiative from Mueller.” (Idem.)

21. “As Mueller had explained previously, he had nothing against me personally; I had been cleared of any ‘strange connections’ by his agents in New York City, whose surveillance efforts were supplemented by the old pros of the Gestapo, up from South America to assist in watching me. This continued intermittently for years, and efforts were stepped up in response to the intensity of my investigations. The statement I had originally made to their representatives in West Germany, that I was only a diligent journalist trying to dig out an important story, finally proved satisfactory to them. I observed that Mueller hadn’t lost his touch in the field of surveillance, judging by the quality, skill, and number of men and women who tracked me, at what must have been enormous cost, wherever I went in New York City, Washington, and overseas.” (Idem.)

22. Mueller didn’t restrict his security activities on behalf of the Bormann group to surveillance. “Israeli agents who move too closely to these centers of power are eliminated. One such termination was Fritz Bauer, formerly attorney general for the State of Hesse in Frankfurt, a survivor of Auschwitz and the man who tipped off the Israeli Mossad about the presence of Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires, who was killed on orders of General Mueller. . . .Mueller’s ruthlessness even today is what deters Artur Axmann from altering his testimony that he saw Bormann lying dead on the roadway the night of their escape from the Fuehrerbunker, May 1-2, 1945. . . .To this day, Axmann, the only so-called living witness to the ‘death’ of Bormann in Berlin, knows his life is in jeoprady if he reverses himself. General Mueller is thorough and has a long memory, and for a Nazi such as Axmann to go against Mueller’s original directive would make him a traitor; retribution would surely follow.” (Ibid.; pp. 289-90.)

23. The broadcast concludes with an excerpt from FTR-145, that highlights Mueller’s discreditation of journalists attempting to tell the truth about Bormann. When writer Ladislas Farago (the author of, among other titles, Aftermath) was in Latin America researching the Bormann story, Mueller staged a false photograph of Bormann and mislead Farago into using it in his book. (Excerpted from a letter from Paul Manning to William Leonard [the President of CBS News]; 11/1/81.) The journalistic assault on Farago in this country was led by Gerald Posner, who also “walked point” for the media in the 1990’s with his untenable reinforcement of the Warren Commission’s hypothesis.

24. The excerpt from the Manning-Leonard letter also discusses the Mueller outfit’s training of Mohammar Khadafy’s secret service. (Idem.) (This is also discussed in RFA-3.)

25. Manning also relates an account of his broadcast appearance with a representative of the Wiesenthal organization, who agreed with his view that the Mueller network was the best intelligence outfit in the world. The Wiesenthal representative also agreed that Bormann had escaped from Europe. (Idem.)