By William K. Black
San Francisco, CA: November 23, 2014
In December 2013 NPR interviewed me about one the great disgraces of the Obama administration – its refusal to prosecute either the officers or HSBC for laundering roughly $1 billion over the course of the decade for Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel. The NPR story doesn’t name the cartel or inform the listener that it is one of the world’s most violent drug cartels, or that HSBC also routinely violated the money laundering laws on transactions involving tens of trillions of dollars, and covered up its numerous violations of U.S. sanctions on Iran and Burma.
The original NPR story presented my comments on Treasury’s opposition to brining criminal charges. Those comments were subject to what NPR labeled a “clarification” which meant they were removed from the program.