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The untold story of why Turkey is keeping Sweden and Finland out of NATO

A massive money laundering scandal with devastating national security and geopolitical implications has gone unreported, showing how a globalist power like the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) can be brought to heel by malicious actors within it.

Swedish American asylum whistleblower Victor X, born Victor Carlström, has been raising the alarm for years about a money laundering scandal fueled by illicit Turkish power throughout the West. He filed a $4.2 billion lawsuit in the Southern District of New York demanding accountability from Swedbank, Folksam and SEB, some of Sweden’s largest financial institutions, linked to their corrupt dealings with the Turks.

Victor X presented compelling evidence showing that the Swedish financial sector laundered billions of dollars earned from the international drug trade through investments in real estate and infrastructure. He is under high police protection to protect him from reprisals launched by the right arm of Turkish President Recep Erdoğan and former Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım.

After Russia launched its ongoing special military operation in Donbass, two Western countries that had previously opted out of NATO membership, Sweden and Finland, opted to apply. Due to the nature of NATO’s structure, which requires unanimous agreement to admit new members, Erdoğan, a leader who is never afraid to assert his authority on the world stage, seized the moment to tighten further the screw to Sweden.

Using the Kurds as an excuse, Erdoğan publicly calls on Sweden to extradite 73 political prisoners to face show trials in his Islamic nation, but this is untenable as the Swedish Supreme Court has already rejected 19 extradition requests. of these people. The others will be tried individually in Swedish courts for extradition, with political figures having no jurisdiction over this process. Erdoğan fully understands the situation and presents this unreasonable request as an excuse to exclude Sweden from NATO.

NATO countries regularly host Kurdish refugees and have much larger Kurdish populations than Sweden. Germany has a population of 1.2 to 1.5 million Kurds. France and the Netherlands have several times as many Kurds as Sweden, which has a small Kurdish population of around 83,000.

These countries are all home to far more Kurds than Sweden, but Erdoğan refrains from taking a hard line against any of them while focusing his anger on Sweden.

Victor X’s claims give further context to Turkey’s motives for obstructing Swedish NATO ambitions.

The Turkish money laundering scheme he detailed covers the whole country and involves Erdogan’s right-hand man and former Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırıms, whose family business was intimately involved in the scandal. According to his testimony, the money largely comes from drug trafficking between the elites of Turkey and Venezuela.

Turkey runs the biggest drug smuggling operation in history, according to Victor X, and that claim is backed up by exiled Turkish mob boss Sedat Perker. Turkey is using the formal neutrality held by countries like Sweden and Finland to make them complicit in its crimes, and Russian aggression is pushing these countries towards NATO, jeopardizing the status quo.

Victor X’s testimony not only exposes how Turkey’s drug money affects geopolitics, but also shows how Western leaders are playing a charade when it comes to Sweden and Finland joining to NATO.

Victor X worked as a banking officer, ensuring that assets were protected against ties to malicious or dangerous countries like Venezuela, Russia or Turkey. He helped his clients open tax-efficient bank accounts in other countries, such as Luxembourg, Singapore or Dubai, and transfer assets between them.

Victor X did not help the wealthy elite hide dirty money per se, but in his role he became an expert in opening bank accounts, setting up corporate structures complex, repair of documentation and other stages of concealment of money. So when Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Justice Department was creating a KleptoCapture task force to go after the assets of Russian oligarchs, did they come calling?

Not enough. Victor X said no one from the US government contacted him about KleptoCapture. He thinks it’s either due to incompetence or because the Biden administration just wants to make a token effort for the cameras against the Russians, the same way NATO is crippled over the money laundering affair. of Turkish money that no one wants to mention or touch.

Victor X has offered to meet Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson face-to-face in Washington, DC, and fully explain this solution, but does not expect his request to be granted.

Political leaders need to stop lying to the world and start talking about the real problem, which is the money laundering that Victor X detailed in US courts.

The media must begin to hold their political leaders accountable and shine a light on this money laundering scandal, rather than sensationalist headlines about Russia designed to grab attention and fuel practical narratives. Otherwise, Sweden and Finland will have no chance of joining NATO, and the current geopolitical crisis will continue to worsen.

Gavin Wax is the 76th President of the New York Young Republican Club, Chairman of the New York Republican Liberty Caucus, Ambassador for Turning Point USA and Research Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research. You can follow him on Twitter at @GavinWax. Read Gavin Wax’s reports – More here.

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