Franz Josef Strauß
| Franz Josef Strauß |
(politician, deep politician)
|Died||3 October 1988 (Age 73)|
|Alma mater||University of Munich|
|Children|| • Max Josef Franz Georg Strauß|
• Monika Hohlmeier
|Member of||Le Cercle, The Stauffenberg Service|
|Interests|| • Lockheed/Bribery scandals|
A deep politician and politician, a known attendee of Le Cercle, accused in connection with the Lockheed bribery scandals.
Franz Josef Strauß (pronounced 'Strauss') was a West German politician and deep politician. He noted in his memoirs that he was a friend of Le Cercle’s Antoine Pinay since the two first met in 1953.
Deep state connections
Franz Josef Strauß is known to have attended Le Cercle, though his name does not appear on any of the known guest lists. It is conjectured that he may be "Schmidthuber", guest #8 on the list of German attendees of 1983 meeting of Le Cercle in Bonn, since Strauß was "Minister of State of Bavaria" at the time.
Lockheed bribery scandals
Former Lockheed lobbyist Ernest Hauser told Senate investigators that Minister of Defence Strauß and his party had received at least $10 million for West Germany's purchase of 900 F-104G Starfighters in 1961, which later became part of the Lockheed bribery scandals. The party and its leader denied the allegations, and Strauß filed a slander suit against Hauser. As the allegations were not corroborated, the issue was dropped.
Strauß was forced to step down as defence minister in 1962 in the wake of the Spiegel scandal. Rudolf Augstein, owner and editor-in-chief of Der Spiegel magazine, had been arrested on Strauß' request and was held for 103 days. Strauß later admitted that he had lied to the parliament and was forced to resign, complaining that he was treated like a "Jew who had dared appear at a Nazi party convention".
Franz Josef Strauß co-founded Airbus.
Strauß' enmity with Der Spiegel apparently continued as the magazine was one of very few to break the commercially-controlled media silence surrounding Le Cercle. In the early 1980s the magazine named him as a regular attendant of the Cercle and gave further details of the (then almost unknown) group.
Israeli Nuclear Weapons Development
On April 14, 2015, Veterans Today published a story suggesting that Franz Josef Strauß was implicated in a decision to 'lend' two billion marks for the "development of the Negev" (i.e. the Dinona nuclear weapons factory complex).
Events Participated in
|Bilderberg/1957 October||4 October 1957||6 October 1957||Italy|
|The 6th Bilderberg meeting, the latest ever in the year and the first one in Italy.|
|Le Cercle/1969 (Bavaria)||2 July 1969||2 July 1969||Germany|
|start/date uncertain, but included 2 July 1969|
|Le Cercle/1970 (Washington)||2 December 1970||2 December 1970||US|
Rockefeller family mansion
|Exact dates uncertain|
|Le Cercle/1978 (Washington)||December 1978||December 1978||US|
|Includes the 12 December|
|Le Cercle/1980 (Washington)||5 December 1980||7 December 1980||US|