In the summer of 2011, I published a DeepCapture story that described a man named Yank Barry as a convicted criminal with deep ties to organized crime, and though my story was ignored by others in the media, I did at least receive in response one email (through a third party) from a fellow named Rasvir Mustan, who was a director of the Global Village Champions Foundation, a charity that Yank Barry established as part of his supposed efforts to end hunger in nations around the world and bring about world peace.
Rasvir Mustan’s email (which was sent to Steadfast Networks, the company that provided DeepCapture.com with its internet server) read as follows: “You have a website on your server domain name: www.deepcapture.com. The content on that site has named Oliver Buck Revell—Former Associate Deputy Director of the FBI [and]…Yank Barry—Gusi Peace Prize Winner, Nobel Peace Prize nominee….This article has associated them with international crimes and ties to Bernie Madoff, arms dealing, Al-Qaeda, Russian Mafia, and a host of other illegal activities.”
Rasvir Mustan’s email continued: “These accusations, lies and mistruths are fabricated. These actions will have legal consequences along with criminal charges and a suit for damages in the millions. The owners of DeepCapture.com will be sued and Steadfast Networks will be a party to the suit for having served this content. There are criminal penalties for defamation. Every word and every defamatory accusation made will serve as separate instances for which there will be charges filed. Rest assured all parties will pay for each one in the form of monetary damages, but most importantly criminal jail time for each and every occurrence…Suspend this website immediately or legal proceedings will begin.”
When our server forwarded that email to us, we were quite alarmed because we did not know (and nor had we written) that Yank Barry had ties to Al Qaeda. We were also alarmed by Rasvir Mustan’s suggestion that we were going to do “jail time” for having written about Yank Barry. We were not aware that it was a criminal offense to publish the truth about criminals.
One of Yank Barry’s closest associates, though, is Oliver “Buck” Revell, who was previously the associate deputy director (second in charge) of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Revell was also previously the chief of the FBI’s counter-terrorism operations, and perhaps he could have DeepCapture’s principals jailed under the new FBI guidelines that classify some bloggers, activists, and critics of Wall Street as potential “domestic terrorists”
We have not yet been jailed, but on the same day that Rasvir Mustan sent his email, a man named Altaf (Ali) Nazerali, who was an associate of Yank Barry, and who had founded a company called Imagis Technologies, the chairman of which was former FBI man Buck Revell, filed a libel lawsuit against DeepCapture and convinced a court in Canada to issue an injunction that shuttered DeepCapture for more than three months. The court in Canada issued this injunction before we even knew that Mr. Nazerali had filed a lawsuit against us, and without giving us an opportunity to defend what I had written about Mr. Nazerali and his associates.
The court injunction also prohibited Steadfast Networks from providing a server to DeepCapture. Furthermore, the court injunction prohibited DeepCapture from publishing on any other server. For more than three months, DeepCapture.com was nothing more than a blank, white page because DeepCapture had been literally censored from the internet on orders from a foreign court, without trial. And the injunction was meant to remain in place until we went to trial, which would not occur for several years. It was also unclear what would happen at trial so it seemed, for a time, that the entire media outlet DeepCapture.com (not just what we had written about Mr. Nazerali, but everything we had ever published) might have been permanently wiped from the internet.
So far as I know, this was the first time in history that American journalists had been censored on orders of a foreign court, and I can think of no precedent of a foreign court issuing an injunction that successfully shuttered an entire U.S. media outlet. Fortunately, our lawyer was subsequently able to present our case before a different judge in the Canadian court, and that judge ruled that the earlier injunction had been improperly issued because the court had been misled by Mr. Nazerali’s lawyers. So, after three months during which DeepCapture.com was nothing but a blank, white page, DeepCapture.com was allowed to once again appear on the internet, and our case is scheduled to go to trial—hopefully a fair trial—in April, 2015.
Shortly before publication of the story you are about to read, Yank Barry told me that Mr. Nazerali had asked him, Yank Barry, and others to join his lawsuit against DeepCapture, meaning the Mr. Nazerali’s original plan was to have multiple of his associate pool their resources in the attempt to censor DeepCapture so that it would no longer be able to publish stories like this one. (After Yank Barry told me that Mr. Nazerali had asked him to join in his lawsuit against DeepCapture, Yank Barry told me that he does not know Mr. Nazerali personally, which was simply not true).
In a few weeks from now, DeepCapture will publish an article about Mr. Nazerali that will give readers a better idea of why Mr. Nazerali went to extreme lengths to convince a foreign court to censor DeepCapture—i.e. because DeepCapture, unlike, say, The New York Times, publishes information that actually concerns the well-being of the public. In this article, DeepCapture reveals some other information that should be of concern to the public, namely more information about Mr. Nazerali’s associate, Yank Barry.
As you might have noticed, Rasvir Mustan’s email described Yank Barry as a “Nobel Peace Prize nominee.” At the time when we received Mustan’s email, there was no public record of Yank Barry having been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, so I assumed that Mustan was either mistaken or deliberately overstating Yank Barry’s accomplishments. Indeed, I thought it could not possibly be that Yank Barry was actually nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize because, after all, Yank Barry was a criminal with ties to organized crime, as this story will show with an abundance of documentary evidence.
Some months after we received Mustan’s email, in March 2012, Yank Barry’s public relations firm issued a press release stating that Yank Barry had, in fact, been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, but still, at that time, Yank Barry had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by nobody other than an obscure lawyer in Bulgaria, and this hardly seemed like a genuine nomination for the most prestigious prize known to mankind. Two years later, though, something remarkable happened. Two years later (i.e. just this year, 2014), Yank Barry received genuine nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize from no less than three members of the United States Congress.
This multi-chapter article will show that three members of the United States Congress not only nominated Yank Barry for the Nobel Peace Prize, but did so knowing full well that Yank Barry was a convicted criminal with ties to organized crime, and this story will show that those members of Congress, along with other current and former officials of the U.S. government, refused to disassociate themselves from Yank Barry even after they were presented with indisputable evidence of the following (all of which will be explained in detail with full documentation):
1) Yank Barry was once convicted and sentenced to prison for working in league with major organized crime figures (i.e. leaders of the Mafia) to extort a large sum of money from a business partner.
2) Yank Barry was convicted by a jury for money laundering, conspiracy, and corruption after the jury determined that Yank Barry had paid large bribes to the director of the Texas state prisons, though the jury conviction was unilaterally overturned by a judge who was himself guilty of, at a minimum, doing a large favor for a friend.
3) Yank Barry’s charity, the Global Village Champions Foundation, whose work was the ostensible reason why Yank Barry was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, is an instrumentality of fraud, used for the personal enrichment of Yank Barry himself.
4) Yank Barry’s charity, the Global Village Champions Foundation, began as a company (i.e. not a charity) called Global Village Market, which was a massive fraud that looted large sums of money from its investors, and which was listed on a sham stock exchange operated in league with people tied to organized crime.
5) Yank Barry has used his charity, the Global Village Champions Foundation, as cover for other criminal enterprises operated in partnership with people tied to organized crime. For example, the Global Village Champions Foundation was used to promote a company that fraudulently claimed to have a viable treatment for AIDS, and which was operated by Yank Barry and members of the Global Village Champions Foundation advisory board, with the further involvement of people tied to organized crime.
6) Yank Barry has used the Global Village Champions Foundation to promote a multi-level network marketing scheme that was set up to sell, among other products, a product that Yank Barry fraudulently claims to have anti-aging and other miracle medical properties, such as being able to protect the body from cancer, being able to cure diabetes, and being able to rid the body of radioactive contamination from Fukushima and other nuclear disasters.
7) Yank Barry has used the Global Village Champions Foundation as cover for an international syndicate involved in the trafficking of counterfeit and stolen art.
8) Yank Barry conspired with others to orchestrate a criminal takeover of one of America’s most prominent art galleries—a business worth around $133 million—and illegally shipped art that he stole from that gallery from the United States to foreign countries.
9) Yank Barry participated in the corruption of current and former public officials, some of whom helped Yank Barry perpetrate his crimes, others of whom protected Yank Barry knowing that he was a criminal.
In other words, while Rasvir Mustan, director of Yank Barry’s supposed charity, the Global Village Champions Foundation, is threatening DeepCapture’s principals with “jail time,” it is Yank Barry and his associates who should be doing jail time, as the evidence presented in this long story will make clear.
This, we hope, is not a story that will, in fact, result in DeepCapture’s principals doing jail time, but as will become evident to readers of this article, jail time is not out of the question because other innocent people have done jail time for no reason other than the fact that they exposed the criminality of Yank Barry and/or his associates, and then became acquainted with the cesspool of corruption that passed for the American “justice” system.
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Are you among the many people who tend to believe what is published and broadcast by the major news organizations? If so, do a quick Google search and review the many mainstream news reports about Yank Barry. You will find that there are a great many mainstream news stories about Yank Barry, and you will find that most of them report basically the same information. Following is a representative sampling of the stories about Yank Barry that have appeared in the mainstream press during just this year (2014) alone:
The list goes on, and again, if you do a search, you will find many more news items about Yank Barry, nearly all of them repeating basically the same story. For those who do not wish to read and/or watch all of the other stories, I will provide here a lengthy quotation from just one typical story, published in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, a newspaper that stands out for having published no less than three prominently displayed stories announcing Yank Barry’s nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The story in the Sarasota Herald Tribune was especially complimentary, but again, it was typical of most other reporting on Yank Barry. The story read:
“In a 33 year music career, Yank Barry jammed on the stage with Jimi Hendrix, wrote and produced songs for Gary U.S. Bonds, and was a member of legendary band The Kingsmen of ‘Louie Louie’ fame. The post music career…has been equally spectacular….
He [Yank Barry] cofounded a nonprofit group [called the Global Village Champions Foundation] with Muhammad Ali that has donated [nearly one billion] meals to relief agencies; and he spearheaded relief missions to disaster and war torn countries. Now, the 64 year old has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work and his role in securing the release of six foreign medical workers sentenced to death in Libya.
Speaking from Japan, where he is negotiating with government officials to supply apple pectin to people who may have been exposed to radiation from the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Barry said it was humbling that his relief work has been acknowledged. ‘It’s a nice feeling to be recognized, but that’s not why I’m doing it,’ he said. ‘It’s become a mission that I believe in.’”
To stress that Yank Barry was in good company, the story went on: “First awarded in 1901, the Nobel Prize for Peace is widely regarded to be the most prestigious award of its kind. Previous recipients include U.S. presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter, and Barack Obama. The Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr. have also received the award.”
There is more, and it really is worth reading in full, keeping in mind that dozens of media outlets reported the same basic story. The Sarasota Herald Tribune continued: “Born in Montreal, Barry became a touring member of The Kingsmen in 1968. He pioneered the first quadraphonic album in 1970 and he recorded the rock opera ‘The Diary of Mr. Gray.’ He later moved into songwriting and production, working with numerous artists, including Englebert Humperdink. As his music career settled down…he bought [a company that makes a dehydrated soy-based meat substitute] and began selling [the dehydrated meat substitute] to penal systems and governments. The business thrived.”
The story continued: “As Barry traveled the world, he saw first hand how his product could help countries struggling with malnutrition. With boxing great Muhammad Ali, he formed Global Village Champions Foundation. Barry now donates about 60 percent of the profits from his soy company to the nonprofit, using it for donated meals and work with groups like the Salvation Army in the United States and the Red Cross… ‘Ali and I had always talked about feeding kids. We started doing a lot of good; it became pretty addictive,’ he [Yank Barry] said. ‘It’s a great feeling. I think everyone should do it.’”
And on and on…you are encouraged to read the full story (linked above).
Now that you have read the Yank Barry party line (and, again, basically the same party line about Yank Barry has appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, Fox News, etc.), I will relate the alternative story about the life and times of Yank Barry, namely the story that can be learned by anyone with the slightest sense of critical inquiry and a respect for the truth. I will begin with Yank Barry’s “spectacular” career in the music business, followed by an in-depth look at his supposed charity, the Global Village Champions Foundation, and its claim (made repeatedly on its website and elsewhere) to have fed nearly one billion people, most of them needy children.
Then we will discuss some of Yank Barry’s recent business ventures, all of them directly related to his “charity” work, and all of them monumental scams, as is Yank’s charity itself. Along the way, we will meet some of Yank’s business associates, including various organized crime figures implicated (variously) in narcotics trafficking, weapons smuggling, murder, attempted murder, and dealing in stolen and counterfeit art.
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Yank Barry, at every opportunity, and for more than two decades, has repeated the information that his younger years were marked by a spectacular music career, most notably as the lead singer of The Kingsmen, the band famous for its hit song “Louie Louie.” The song “Louie Louie” reached number one on the charts in the 1960s, and later became famous again as the theme song in the 1978 movie “Animal House.” To this day, the song “Louie Louie” has resonance with people everywhere, and though the heyday of the Kingsmen has past, the band is an American icon.
But Yank Barry was never a member of the Kingsmen, much less that band’s lead singer, and Yank Barry had nothing whatsoever to do with the song “Louie Louie.” Yank’s claim to have been a member of the Kingsmen was exposed as a lie as long ago as 1998, when journalist Rod Macdonell published a 3,300 word story about Yank Barry in the Montreal Gazette, one of Canada’s leading newspapers. That story reported that “Yank Barry was never a member of the Kingsmen who recorded ‘Louie Louie’—a claim he has made repeatedly over the years. In 1987, he declared bankruptcy. In 1982, he was sentenced to six years in prison for extorting a business partner. And he is currently charged in Texas with money laundering and paying a bribe to the director of prisons there…”
The story in the Montreal Gazette, however, was flushed down the memory hole. It could not be found anywhere on the internet (it was not even available in the Montreal Gazette’s own archives) until we at DeepCapture recovered the story and posted it here at DeepCapture.com.
After the Montreal Gazette published its story back in 1998, Yank Barry continued to describe himself as the former lead singer for the Kingsmen, and numerous journalists for major news organizations continued to describe him that way as well. The only exception was journalist Joe O’Conner who, in April 2012, published a big story about Yank in The National Post, another newspaper in Canada.
The story in The National Post, which was entitled “The World According to Yank,” confirmed that Yank Barry was never a member of the Kingsmen. The story reported that Yank Barry was, at best, once a member of a cover band that sometimes called itself the Kingsmen, but Yank’s band was not at all famous, and Yank’s band had nothing to do with the song “Louie Louie.”
Amazingly, even after The National Post published its story confirming that Yank was never a member of the Kingsmen, other journalists simply ignored this revelation (or couldn’t bother to do a quick Google search to check their information), and continued to report that Yank Barry was, in fact, formerly the lead singer for the Kingsmen, famous for “his” number-one hit song “Louie Louie.” Yank Barry, meanwhile, continued to describe himself as the former lead singer of the Kingsmen wherever he went.
We could dismiss Yank’s claim as nothing more than a fantasy (we all wish we were rock stars), but Yank has used his claim to have been the lead singer of the Kingsmen to ingratiate himself with various celebrities, and Yank Barry’s claim to have been a member of the Kingsmen is, in fact, a significant part of a much larger fraud that Yank Barry has perpetrated over the course of many years. This fraud has, in addition, progressively grown in magnitude to the point where it is now perpetuated not only by Yank, but also by, among others, prominent celebrities and even members of the United States Congress.
Therefore, it needs to be stressed: Yank Barry absolutely was never a member of the Kingsmen, much less the lead singer of that band, and nor was Yank Barry ever a member of any other famous band. He did not jam with Jimmy Hendrix, and nor did he in any other way have a “spectacular” music career.
Since so many other media organizations have reported that Yank was the lead singer of the Kingsmen, DeepCapture conducted an in-depth investigation into the history of the Kingsmen that included interviews of a former member of the Kingsmen, and interviews with leading experts on the Kingsmen, including the proprietors of a website called LouieLouie.net, which is the leading repository of information about the Kingsmen, supported and endorsed by former members of the Kingsmen themselves. All of these sources confirmed that Yank Barry was never a member of the Kingsmen, and aside from Yank’s own publicity materials and the many media stories sourced from Yank himself, there is not a single document in the historical record identifying Yank Barry as being a member of the original Kingsmen, much less the lead singer of that band, much less in any way connected to or responsible for the song “Louie Louie.”
Even Yank Barry’s own brother, who goes by the name Neil Floyd, confirms that Yank was never a member of the Kingsmen. And Yank himself, in a conversation with me, conceded that he “was not a member of the original band” and that he was “only 16 years old” when the original Kingsmen band was formed. At the same time, though, Yank, in one of several phone calls with me, insisted that he was, in fact, the lead singer of the Kingsmen. When I asked him if he was referring to his cover band, which he called the Kingsmen, he said “It wasn’t a cover band. It was the Kingsmen. I was the lead singer.” He encouraged me to do more research.
I had already done my research, but after talking with Yank Barry, and somewhat confused as to how he could still be claiming to have been the lead singer of Kingsmen, and at the same time acknowledging that he was not a member of the original Kingsmen, I did some further research, and discovered that the only thing new was that somebody had added a line to the Wikipedia entry for the Kingsmen. This same line had been copied onto a few other websites, and it read as follows: “In late 1968 with the original group on a recording and touring hiatus, the Kingsmen’s management team, believing they owned the rights to the name, worked with the Kasenetz-Katz production organization and studio musicians to release a single on the Earth label (“Feed Me”/”Just A ‘B’ Side). A separate group was formed with new members (including lead singer Yank Barry) to tour on the East Coast until disbanding after a cease and desist order was filed by the original group.”
A footnote to the Wikipedia entry for the Kingsmen read: “Yank Barry was the lead singer for a separate Kingsmen group in the late 60s…He is listed at www.LouieLouie.org as a Kingsmen member based on his shared history with the original group and his ongoing humanitarian efforts.”
That new line on Wikipedia was likely inserted by Yank Barry himself, part of his effort to convince the few people who call him on his fraud that he is not technically committing fraud when he says he was the lead singer of the Kingsmen because he was the lead singer of a band that called itself the Kingsmen until the real Kingsmen issued a cease and desist order. But the fact remains: Yank Barry, by continuing to claim that he was a member of the real Kingsmen, the iconic band that recorded the hit song “Louie Louie,” is, in fact, committing a fraud and telling a lie of immensely audacious proportions.. Again, Yank was never a member of the real Kingsmen and nor was he ever a member of any band that was in the least bit famous.
Notice that the new Wikipedia line mentions that a website called LouieLouie.org lists Yank Barry as a member of the Kingsmen based on his ‘”shared history with the orginal group.” It should be noted that LouieLouie.org is different from LouieLouie.net. While LouieLouie.net is the leading repository of information about the Kingsmen and the song “Louie Louie” (and contains no information about Yank Barry having been a member of the Kingsmen), LouieLouie.org contains little information at all other than a video, prominently displayed on its home page, of Yank Barry on stage, singing the song “Louie Louie.”
That is not a video of Yank Barry singing “Louie Louie” back in the 1960 or 1970s. It is a video of Yank Barry singing “Louie Louie” in February, 2014 (this year, not long after I began work on this story), and the video was made by Yank Barry’s public relations firm. We will return to that video momentarily, but suffice it to say that the video is part of Yank’s effort to maintain the fraud that he was, back in the 1960s and 1970s, a singer for the Kingsmen, the famous band responsible for the song “Louie Louie.”
Assuming that it is true that Yank was the lead singer of a separate group called the Kingsmen (and even that much might not be true), there is no evidence whatsoever that Yank’s band had a “shared history” with the real Kingsmen, other than to have borrowed the Kingsmen name. Again, Yank’s band, if it existed, was not at all famous. It was not the real Kingsmen, the iconic band famous for its hit song “Louie Louie,” though Yank has repeatedly claimed and convinced much of the world that he was, in fact, the lead singer of the Kingsmen, and that he had something to do with that iconic band’s hit song “Louie Louie.”
After The National Post published its story (“The World According to Yank”) confirming that Yank Barry was never a member of the Kingsmen, Yank filed a libel lawsuit against The National Post, and in a conversation with me, Yank stressed that he had filed this lawsuit against The National Post. Yank told me that he was going to win the lawsuit because real members of the Kingsmen, among others, including Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, a singer and former model who is also the wife of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, were going to testify on his behalf and confirm that he was the lead singer of the Kingsmen. Yank also told me that the prime minister of Canada was going to make a big announcement sometime this month (November, 2014), and Yank suggested that this announcement was going to have something to do with his being the former lead singer of the Kingsmen.
After filing his lawsuit against The National Post, Yank Barry, earlier this year (2014), also filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against Wikipedia and four Wikipedia editors who had edited Yank Barry’s Wikipedia page to reflect the fact that Yank Barry was never a member of the real Kingsmen. This followed one of the great Wikipedia wars in history, with some editors of Wikipedia repeatedly correcting Yank Barry’s page to reflect the fact that he was never a member of the Kingsmen (and also including information about Yank’s various other crimes and frauds), while an army of trolls and allied Wikipedia editors, apparently employed by Yank (or so it was suggested in Wikipedia forums) repeatedly corrected the corrections, so that Yank was once again described on Wikipedia as a member of the Kingsmen.
Yank’s lawsuit against Wikipedia claimed that Yank had suffered from serious “mental distress” as a result of what was written about him on Wikipedia. Yank’s lawyers subsequently withdrew the lawsuit, but claimed they were going to file another lawsuit against Wikipedia, this time using a “new strategy.”
Then, not long after I began preparing this story, and not long after Yank filed his lawsuits, something remarkable happened. Yank Barry’s public relations agency (in February, 2014) issued a press release that was headlined: “Former The Kingsmen lead singer to reunite with band in Ocala, Fla. For the first time since 1970, Yank Barry will sing ‘Louie Louie’ with the band.” [emphasis in the original].
This was something new, for now Yank Barry was not only claiming (falsely) to have been the former lead singer of the Kingsmen, but also claiming, for the first time, that he was actually going to perform with the Kingsmen in a live concert for all to see. Even more remarkable, Yank really did appear with genuine members of the Kingsmen at a concert in Florida. You can view the video of the performance below (this is the same video posted on LouieLouie.org) where real Kingsmen drummer Dick Peterson introduces Yank Barry by saying: “Back in the 1960s and 1970s we had a fellow who played with us in the Kingsmen, and he’s gone on to become extremely successful…Yank is a pretty incredible human being. His organization has given over a billion dollars to hungry people all around the world.”
Then Yank Barry takes to the stage to belt out “Louie Louie” with Peterson backing him up. In addition to showing the performance itself, the video below, which looks a bit like a real rock-u-mentary, shows Yank Barry and two former members of the Kingsmen, Peterson and Mike Mitchell, the latter of whom was the lead guitarist for the real Kingsmen, reminiscing together about their youthful years together in the band. Watch the incredible video here:
Both Peterson and Mike Mitchell were, in fact, real members of the Kingsmen, and you heard them correctly: they were saying that Yank, too, really was a member of the Kingsmen. Prior to the day in 2014 when some of the real Kingsmen performed with Yank in Florida and appeared in that video, no real member of the Kingsmen had ever described Yank Barry as having been a member of their band. Indeed, on multiple occasions prior to 2014, real members of the Kingsmen had considered taking legal action against Yank in hopes that he would discontinue with his false claim to have been a member of the Kingsmen—a claim that was not only enabling Yank to capitalize on the fame of the song “Louie Louie,” but was also giving the Kingsmen a bad name in light of Yank’s other activities to be discussed.
But beginning with their 2014 performance in Florida and the subsequent release of that video, and continuing to the present moment, at least two former members of the Kingsmen (real American icons) are now falsely describing Yank Barry as a former lead singer in their band. Not only are at least two real Kingsmen now falsely describing Yank Barry as the former lead singer of the Kingsmen, famous for “his” song “Louie Louie,” and not only are they thereby lying to their fans (many of whom look upon this lie with awe, as they do not recall anyone named Yank Barry being in the band), but also they are (perhaps unwittingly) helping Yank Barry perpetrate a much larger fraud against people around the world—a fraud that we will discuss at great length.
This must be stressed: For more than two decades, Yank Barry has been promoting himself as the former lead singer of the Kingsmen, but he was never a member of that band. He never played with the real Kingsmen, and he never had anything to do with the Kingsmen or the recording of their hit song “Louie Louie.” The song “Louie Louie” was, in fact, authored by an African-American singer named Richard Berry, who shares nothing with Yank other than a last name that Yank acquired when he stopped going by his real name, Gerald Falovich (Yank also goes by other aliases, including Gerald Barry).
But in 2014, not long after I began preparing this story, and not long after Yank filed his lawsuits against Wikipedia and The National Post, real members of the Kingsmen (genuine American icons), for the first time ever, appeared in a concert with Yank, and then appeared in that video. See also this NBC News special on Yank Barry and the Kingsmen:
When you watch the NBC News special, take a close look at Yank’s office, as a few television news organizations have interviewed Yank in that same office, and the office shows the scope of Yank’s fraud. If you look closely, you can see that the walls of that office are lined with the gold and platinum records that Yank supposedly scored during his spectacular music career. There are also many other awards displayed in that office, along with photographs of Yank with government officials and celebrities, and the office is otherwise just what one would expect of a former rock star turned world-renowned philanthropist and humanitarian.
Now, once more, watch the video produced by Yank’s publicity machine:
Incredibly, in the video produced by Yank’s publicity machine, none other than Mike Mitchell, the former lead guitarist of the real Kingsmen, and Dick Peterson, a former drummer for the real Kingsmen, universally recognized as the official spokesman of the Kingsmen, not only report that Yank Barry was, in fact, a member of the Kingsmen, but speak in some detail about the good times that they and Yank had playing together back in the 1960 and 1970s, when Yank was the lead singer of their band. How could this be? Were Yank’s detractors wrong all along?
No, they weren’t wrong. Yank Barry had never played with any members of the real Kingsmen prior to the day in 2014 when real members of the Kingsmen appeared with Yank in that video. And as to how this could be—well, it is quite easy to be when you are Yank Barry, who is, perhaps, one of history’s all-time greatest and most audacious con-men. He is not just a con-man. He is (as Rod Macdonell, author of that 1998 story in the Montreal Gazette, calls him) “Mr.Telfon.” Every time Yank has been convicted of a crime or implicated in wrong doing, he has risen from the ashes and restored his reputation.
Every time one of his frauds is exposed, Yank recovers to perpetrate an even bigger fraud. This time, soon after Yank’s claim to have been a member of the Kingsmen was exposed as a fraud, Yank convinced at least two real members of the Kingsmen to participate in his fraud. And it is not only the two members of the Kingsmen who are now lying on Yank’s behalf. Yank has convinced other famous musicians to participate in the fraud as well.
It is not clear whether these other famous musicians know that Yank Barry’s claim to have been a member of the Kingsmen is a lie, but several famous musicians have vouched that Yank was a member of the Kingsmen, and Yank has even appeared on stage with several famous musicians, including Billy Ray Cyrus and U.S. Gary Bonds, to sing “Louie Louie.” See the video below of Yank on stage with multiple famous musicians, including Billy Ray Cyrus:
See also this video of Yank on stage with a large number of musicians and other celebrities:
When I called Mike Mitchell, lead guitarist of the Kingsmen (no relation to myself, Mark Mitchell, the author of this article), I asked him if Yank Barry really was a member of the Kingsmen. Mitchell said, “No, Yank was not a member of the original group.”
Did Yank have anything to do with the song “Louie Louie”?
“Well, no,” said Mitchell.
Then why did Mitchell appear in Yank’s video to report that Yank was a member of the Kingsmen?
“Well,” said Mitchell, “Yank was in a band that called themselves the Kingsmen, so it was a sort of off-shoot of the Kingsmen.”
Later, in another conversation, after I was encouraged by Yank Barry to call Mitchell again, Mitchell, clearly having been briefed by Yank, denied that he had, in his earlier conversation with me, decribed Yank’s band as an “off-shoot” of the Kingsmen, and stated unequivocally that “Yank Barry was a member of the Kingsmen. He was the lead singer.” However, Mitchell stated that he himself (i.e. Mitchell) was not a member of the band for which Yank Barry was the lead singer. In other words, Yank Barry was not a member of the real Kingsmen, for which Mitchell was the lead guitarist, and Mitchell was lying when he stated that Yank was lead singer of the real Kingsmen. Mitchell was also not being honest when he appeared in Yank’s video, reminiscing about the fun days he had back in the day, playing with Yank in the band.
To repeat: Mitchell never played with Yank in any band until earlier this year, 2014, and it was likely not a coincidence that Yank got real members of the Kingsmen to lie for him shortly after he filed his lawsuits against The National Post and Wikipedia. As I mentioned, Yank told me he expects to win his lawsuit against The National Post with help from testimony of the real Kingsmen. It remains to be seen whether the real Kingsmen are actually going to perjure themselves in court for Yank’s benefit, but if they do, Yank might well win his lawsuit.
Mitchell told me: “We have authorized Yank to use the Kingsmen name. Also, Yank recently came out and sang with us, so that makes him a member of the Kingsmen, as far as we’re concerned.”
So there you have it. Yank Barry, otherwise known as Gerald Falovich, among other aliases, including Gerald Barry, after more than 20 years of hijacking the Kingsmen’s good name, fraudulently capitalizing on their fame, and (we will see) perpetrating other frauds to the tune of “Louie Louie,” has not only pulled off his fraud, but he has made it true. The real Kingsmen have now, as of 2014, made Yank Barry an official member of the band!
But I will repeat one last time: at least two real members of the Kingsmen are lying to their fans when they say that Yank Barry was a member of their band back in its heyday during the 1960s and 1970s, or at any time prior to a few months ago, when Yank convinced them to appear in his video.
I asked lead guitarist Mike Mitchell, “Is Yank paying you to let him use the Kingsmen name?”
He said, “No.”
I asked Mitchell, “Do you believe that Yank’s charity has fed a billion needy children?”
Mitchell said: “I take what Yank says at face value.”
I informed Mike Mitchell that Yank is not what he claims to be, that he has not fed a billion children, and that he is, in fact, a criminal and a fraud. I told him I had evidence—evidence that this article will describe in excruciating detail, showing that Yank Barry’s charity is a massive fraud, and that Yank Barry is actually one of the greatest cons in history.
Mitchell said, “Well, that’s Yank’s business. It has nothing to do with me.”
In my second conversation with Mike Mitchell, I reiterated that Yank Barry’s charity was a fraud.
Mitchell said, “I don’t care. Yank’s alright by me.”
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The key moment in that video above comes when Yank Barry says to Mike Mitchell and Dick Peterson of the Kingsmen how glad it made him feel to see the headline in the London Daily News that read: “From ‘Louie Louie’ to the Nobel Prize.” In fact, the London Daily News, to its credit, never published any such headline, but other media, of course, picked up on the basic theme, which Yank’s public relations firm communicated not only with the video, but also with multiple press releases headlined: “Yank Barry, From ‘Louie Louie’ to Nobel Peace Prize Nomination.”
The first such press release (read the full press release here) actually appeared back in 2012, and after the headline (“Yank Barry, From ‘Louie Louie’ to Nobel Peace Prize Nomination”), the press release read: “Kiril Gorianov, Deputy Chairman of the International Arbitration Court, nominates Yank Barry for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize…‘In my estimation, Mr. Barry has made an undeniable contribution to World Peace,’ Gorianov said.”
That sounded impressive, and it yielded dozens of media stories about the former “Louie Louie” singer who had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Again, readers are encouraged to do a quick Google search to see just how much media play this story received, but in addition to the stories to which I provided links above, see, as just one more typical example, Fox News: “Life After Hollywood, ‘Louie Louie” singer Yank Barry nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.” And after you have perused all of those media stories, consider that at the time when they were published or broadcast, Yank had not been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by anyone other than Kiril Gorianov.
Gorianov was an obscure lawyer in Bulgaria.
It was true that Gorianov was the “Deputy Chairman of the International Arbitration Court,” but that was something different from the International Court of Arbitration, often referred to simply as “The Court,” which is (to quote The Court’s website) “the world’s leading body for the resolution of international disputes by arbitration.”
It was also something different than the International Court of Justice in the Hague, but those in the media apparently assumed that Yank had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by either the International Court of Arbitration or the International Court of Justice in the Hague.
The truth, again, was that Yank was nominated by one Bulgarian lawyer who happened to be the deputy chairman of an outfit called the International Arbitration Court, which was different from the International Court of Arbitration. The International Arbitration Court (whose deputy chairman nominated Yank for the Nobel Peace Prize) was a Bulgarian outfit that had been founded on a whim by a few Bulgarian lawyers, including, of course, the one who nominated Yank for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The International Arbitration Court in Bulgaria has nothing to do with the International Court of Justice in the Hague or the International Court of Arbitration, which has offices throughout the world. So far as I can tell, the International Arbitration Court in Bulgaria doesn’t have much to do with anything at all. It doesn’t engage in many discernable activities, and it doesn’t appear in the media (except in the context of Yank’s nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize), though it did, of course, enable Yank to say that he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by the deputy chairman of an organization with an impressive sounding name.
It is even possible that Gorianov established the International Arbitration Court in Bulgaria for precisely that reason, namely so that he could nominate Yank and help convince the world that the nomination was real by saying he was the deputy chairman of an organization with an impressive sounding name while also advancing his own business interests. Indeed, this seems a most likely proposition given that Gorianov not only established the International Arbitration Court in Bulgaria, but was also a principal with Yank Barry’s charity, the Global Village Champions Foundation, whose work was the ostensible reason why Gorianov nominated Yank Barry for the world’s most prestigious award.
As can be seen on Global Village Champions Foundation shipping documents (see, for example, the shipping documents posted here at DeepCapture.com, namely documents with Gorianov’s name prominently listed), items that the Global Village Champions Foundation shipped to Bulgaria were shipped to Gorianov at an address in Bulgaria where Gorianov worked not only as a lawyer, but also as the local representative of the Global Village Champions Foundation.
We will see that the Global Village Champions Foundation is more a business than a charity, and a massive fraud, but we can already see that Yank Barry himself is a massive fraud who asked his business partner (i.e. Gorianov, the Bulgaria representative of the Global Village Champions Foundation) to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize, and then, with his business partner’s nomination in hand, convinced dozens of media organizations to publish stories about the “Louie Louie” singer who had been nominated for the most prestigious prize known to mankind because he was (aside from being the former lead singer of the Kingsmen) a leading humanitarian who has fed nearly one billion needy children while (in the words of Gorianov, as quoted in Yank’s initial press release) “making an undeniable contribution to World Peace”
According to Yank’s publicity machine (and according to numerous media organizations), Yank was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize not only because he was a world renowned humanitarian who had fed nearly a billion people, but also because (to quote the above Yank Barry press release): “Barry met with [Libyan] President Muammar Qaddafi to begin negotiations for release of five captive Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinian medical intern sentenced to death for conspiring to infect over 400 children with HIV in 1998 and causing an epidemic at El-Faith Children’s Hospital in Benghazi.”
The arrest of those five Bulgarian nurses, known as the Benghazi Five, was, at the time, a big story, and it was also a big media story when Yank Barry, famous for his song “Louie Louie,” ostensibly met with Qadaffi to negotiate the release of the Bulgarian nurses. But there is no evidence that Yank Barry actually met with Qadaffi. There are Yank Barry websites with photographs purporting to show Yank Barry meeting with Libyan government officials whose true identities cannot be confirmed, but none of those numerous photos show Yank Barry meeting with Qadaffi. When I asked Yank Barry if he really had met with Qadaffi, he said “I sure did.” When I asked him why he had not posted any photographs of his meeting with Qadaffi, he said “I don’t have any photographs.”
In any event, it was not Yank Barry who secured the release of the captive Bulgarian nurses. The Bulgarian nurses were released under pressure from multiple governments and world leaders. There is, in addition, no evidence that Yank Barry’s charity, the Global Village Champions Foundation, has donated a billion meals to charity, and nor has Yank Barry done anything at all to suggest that he is any sort of leading “humanitarian” or advocate for world peace. The media and Yank’s publicity machine often describe Yank Barry as a “soy products” billionaire who donates 60 percent of his profits to charity, but while Yank certainly has a lot of money, we will see that he has obtained much of that money from criminal activities, not by selling “soy products,” and again, we will see that he has not donated a great deal of his money to charity.
Yank does operate a “soy products” company called Vitapro International, also known as Vitapro Foods, which has one product, a dehydrated soy-based meat substitute (known as “Vitapro”). But while Yank has claimed that this is a multi-billion dollar company, with manufacturing facilities around the word, and at least 177 employees, the truth is that most of the Vitapro product is manufactured by other companies. When I asked Yank Barry about this, he conceded (perhaps only because he knew I had the evidence) that most of the Vitapro product was manufactured not by Vitapro itself, but by “sub-contractors.”
Yank said that Vitrapo has one manufacturing plant, in Bulgaria, and he said it really was true that Vitapro has “more than 150 employees,” but a former employee of Vitapo says that Vitapro has only a few employees, most of them among Yank’s relatives, and the former employee said that if Vitapro does have a manufacturing plant in Bulgaria, it was opened only sometime recently, after this former employee discontinued his association with the company.
Vitapro International’s website used to show an address in Montreal, but it presently shows only two addresses, one in Bulgaria (namely, Gorianov’s address) and one in Belize, and neither of those addresses house manufacturing facilities. The photograph of the supposed Vitapro corporate headquarters shown on the Vitapro website is a fake photograph made with Photoshop or some similar software. When I sent Yank Barry’s spokesman, Glenn Selig, and Yank Barry himself emails asking for documentation showing that Vitapro had manufactured large quantities of dehydrated meat substitute, I initially received no reply, and though Yank later called me on several occasions, he was unable to provide documentation that either Vitapro or its subcontractors had manufactured large quantities of dehydrated meat substitute.
This is important because Yank Barry says that his Global Village Champions Foundation is largely funded from Vitapro’s profits, and the media has reported not only that the Global Village Champions Foundation has donated nearly one billion meals to needy people, most of them children, but also that most of those meals were in the form of Vitapro’s dehydrated meat substitute. There is no evidence that Vitapro has ever produced anywhere close to enough dehydrated meat substitute to constitute nearly one billion meals, much less donated that many meals to charity.
When I asked Yank Barry about this, he stated (contrary to what he had told others in the media, namely those in the media who take dictation for Yank, rather than ask real questions) that most of the meals that the Global Village Champions Foundation had delivered to needy children were not, in fact, in the form of Vitapro’s dehydrated meat substitute. He said there was evidence on the Global Village Champions Foundation’s website that the Global Village Champions Foundation had delivered rice and other food products to needy people, and that those other food products, along with a comparatively smaller amount of Vitapro, amounted to nearly one billion meals. Or, as Yank put it, “Maybe its not a billion meals. Maybe I’m off by 20 or 60 million meals, but its close to one billion meals…and it’s all documented on our website.” But again, we will see that the documents on that website show that Yank’s charity has delivered nowhere close to one billion meals.
Yank is also failing to tell the truth when he tells the media that he is a “soy products billionaire,” and that he has donated more than a billion dollars to charity. Yank’s publicity machine says that Vitapro donates 60 percent of its profits to charity, but even if that were true (and there is no evidence that it is true), it would be nowhere close to a billion dollars (because Vitapro certainly does not have profits anywhere close to that amount, if it has any profits at all).
Yank also operates a company called ProPectin that manufactures an apple-pectin product (called ProPectin). ProPectin is based in Bulgaria, and much as Yank claims that 60 percent of Vitapro’s profits go to charity, so too does Yank claim that 60 percent of ProPectin’s profits go to charity.
In addition, just as the media reports that Yank is donating large amounts of Vitapro dehydrated meat substitute to needy children, so too does Yank claim that he is donating much of his ProPectin product to charity. But we will see that Yank has delivered no more than a few boxes of ProPectin to charity, and even those few boxes (literally, just a few boxes) were not so much charity as marketing, similar to free samples that people hand out in supermarkets. Yank certainly has not delivered 60 percent of ProPectin’s profits to charity, and ProPectin is otherwise of no use to needy people around the world.
The above-noted article in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, among others, reported that Yank Barry went to Japan after the Fukushima disaster in order to “distribute apple pectin” to survivors of the disaster, and the Sarasota Herald Tribune, among other media, suggested that Yank’s trip to Japan was another mission of charity. It was true that Yank went to Japan to “distribute” apple-pectin, but he went, more specifically, to market and sell his product ProPectin, which, of course, was made out of apple-pectin. According to Yank, ProPectin is able to rid the human body of radioactive contamination from disasters like the Fukushima meltdown, and Yank says that ProPectin has anti-aging and other miracle properties, such as being able to cure diabetes and protect the body from cancer. But we will see that no credible scientist or medical professional has determined that ProPectin has those miracle properties.
When Yank travels to nations around the world, he always makes sure to bring with him a celebrity, most often the famous former boxer Muhammad Ali, whom Yank describes as a “close friend.” Muhammad Ali is one of the few people who are revered around the world, and Muhammad Ali is especially popular in the Muslim world, where he has opened doors for Yank, while, of course, drawing more media attention.
Yank’s public relations machine regularly reports that Yank co-founded the Global Village Champions Foundation with Muhammad Ali, but Muhammad Ali was not a co-founder of the Global Village Champions Foundation or any other charity operated by Yank Barry. It is true that several celebrities, including Muhammad Ali, endorse the Global Village Champions Foundation, but Yank and the media leave out the part that Yank pays Muhammad Ali to endorse Global Village and to be photographed with Yank in various locations around the world.
We will, as I have promised, review evidence that Yank has not donated anywhere near enough to charity to suggest that he is any sort of leading philanthropist, and nor is he a genuine “humanitarian” who has made an “undeniable contribution to World Peace,” though that is how he is portrayed not only by his public relations machine, but also by major news organizations. Consider a recent report on CNN (make sure to watch the CNN report in full):
When interviewed by CNN in Bulgaria, Yank stated that he was going to broker an end to the war in Syria, and CNN obligingly reported Yank’s statement that he was planning to meet with Syrian leader Basher Assad. CNN’s reporter also expressed no disbelief when Yank said that Assad would listen to him, perhaps even end the war, because he, Assad, loves the song “Louie Louie.” This was actually a big media story (singer of “Louie Louie” and Nobel Peace Prize nominee to broker peace with Assad), but Yank never actually met Assad, and nor did Yank make any other effort to actually broker an end to the war in Syria. Similarly, of course, no documentation supports Yank’s claim to have met Qadaffi, though his alleged meeting with Qadaffi was a big media story, reportedly one reason why Yank was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Only one journalist reported the fact that it was only an obscure Bulgarian lawyer who had nominated Yank for the Nobel Peace Prize, while questioning whether a nomination from an obscure Bulgarian lawyer actually counted as a real Nobel Peace Prize nomination. That journalist was Joe O’Conner of The National Post, the same journalist who confirmed that Yank was never a member of the Kingsmen. The full title of O’Conner’s story was “The World According to Yank: Montrealer with checkered past gets the Nobel nod, or does he?” The story suggested that a press release from a Bulgarian lawyer did not count as a real Nobel Peace Prize nomination. (Yank, recall, has filed a libel lawsuit against The National Post, but I have confirmed the truth of every statement in The National Post’s story about Yank).
We will discuss Yank’s “checkered past” in detail, but first it needs to be noted that when The National Post exposed the truth about Yank Barry’s supposed Nobel Peace Prize nomination, Yank responded by not only filing a lawsuit against The National Poast, but also stepping up his media campaign, with dozens of media outlets ignoring the revelation in The National Post, and repeating the story that Yank Barry, iconic singer of “Louie Louie,” had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his philanthropy and quest for world peace. Then came the media stories describing Yank as the “Jewish Schindler.”
There were literally dozens of these stories, published in newspapers and magazines all around the world, and also broadcast on television news networks around the world. One of these stories was a big story in Time Magazine entitled, “‘Jewish Schindler’ Taps Boxing Legend Evander Holyfield to Help Syrian Refugees.” You are encouraged to read that story in Time Magazine, and you are encouraged to read the dozens of other stories describing Yank Barry as the “Jewish Schindler” because these stories (like most media stories about Yank Barry) are a case study in how easy it is for one miscreant, with the help of a few others, to insert one massive lie into a sufficient number of news reports so that the whole world believes the lie to be true. And how, with almost laughable ease, our media is manipulated by conmen and criminals.
Yank has had help in this regard from his public relations counsel, Glen Selig, who can often be seen on the leading television networks discussing big “news” stories, such as the endless story about the Amanda Knox trial. Selig has access to a lot of leading celebrities and politicians, and the major news organizations often turn to Selig for help in arranging interviews with those celebrities and politicians. In return for Selig’s help, the major news organization not only report whatever nonsense that the celebrities and politicians wish to spew, but also agree to report whatever nonsense Selig provides about his clients, including, apparently, Yank Barry.
This is how the major news organizations operate, as I know, having spent much of my career working for major news organizations (including Time Magazine and The Wall Street Journal). With a few exceptions, journalists do not conduct their own investigations, or even do any actual reporting. Instead, they rely on a relatively small clique of PR operatives to feed them stories. As a result, a relatively small number of PR operatives (including also government PR operatives) are able, quite literally, to control much of what appears in our media, and much of what appears is propaganda and lies.
The description of Yank as the “Jewish Schindler” was a clever public relations ruse. The “Jewish Schindler” moniker, of course, is a reference to Oskar Schindler, the heroic German man who helped thousands of Jews escape from Nazi Germany, a story made famous by the movie “Schindler’s List.” Yank, who apparently is Jewish, was allegedly helping Muslims and Christians escape persecution and war in Syria. The media swallowed this story hook, line and sinker, reporting, without the least bit of skepticsm, Yank’s claim that he had not only “rescued’ refugees out of Syria, but had even found housing for a lot of those refugees in four-star luxury hotels.
As one more typical example, see this report on Fox News:
When I spoke with Yank by telephone, he claimed that he had transported thousands of refugees out of Syria, and said, “They’re calling me the Jewish Schindler! I rescued thousands of them, Christians and Muslims….ISIS was going to cut off their heads.” Yank also said he negotiated with ISIS to secure the release of the refugees, who were apparently being held hostage. “I’ve been dealing with ISIS,” he said, “We saved those refugees from ISIS.”
When I asked Yank if there was evidence that he had housed numerous refugees in four-star hotels (a claim that other media had reported without so much as asking for the names of the hotels, much less checking with the hotels to see if there were any refugees living there), Yank assured me that he had housed refugees in hotels, but was unable to provide me with evidence (e.g. hotel receipts) showing that he had, in fact, done so. He also did not provide me with the names of the hotels.
Aside from that, there was Yank’s appearance at a refugee camp in Bulgaria with famous boxer Evander Holyfield and CNN cameras in tow. There were Syrian refugees in that camp, but they had already escaped persecution in Syria, without the help of Yank, which is why they were in Bulgaria.
Yank announced (before the cameras) an offer to move 733 Syrian refugees from the camp in Bulgaria to a building that he described as a “safe house” owned by his charity, the Global Village Champions Foundation. Yank’s “safe house” is discussed in the CNN report posted above, and if you have not yet done so, you are encouraged to watch that CNN report in full. There are, in fact, many news stories describing Yank’s offer to move 733 Syrian refugees to a Global Village Champions Foundation “safe house,” and they all repeat what was reported on CNN. But the “safe house” described by Yank on CNN (and described by many other news organizations) was nothing other than a seedy hotel, owned by Bulgarian people, not by Yank Barry or the Global Village Champions Foundation. And there is no evidence that Yank or the Global Village Champions Foundation actually moved 773 refugees to that “safe house” (i.e. a seedy hotel).
Incredibly (or not so incredibly to anyone who knows how CNN operates), CNN not only reported Yank’s announcement that he was moving 733 Syrian refugees to a safe house, but showed film of happy Syrian children playing in a nice room full lof toys while suggesting that this was film of Syrian refugees who had been moved to Yank’s safe house. That film was not of Yank’s safe house, and those Syrian children had not been helped by Yank in any way. CNN simply showed some stock footage of Syrian children playing with toys, and suggested (falsely) that these were children who had been moved to Yank’s “safe house.”
Actually, all you have to do is watch the CNN report carefully to see that Yank Barry did nothing other than bring one family to a seedy hotel after nearly starting a riot at the refugee camp by making big promises and failing to fulfill those promises. Note also in this CNN report Yank’s claim that he was going to meet the Bulgarian prime minister, and Yank’s claim that his next stop was a meeting with Syrian president Bashar Assad (he didn’t meet Assad).
Furthermore, we will see that Yank’s promise to move 773 refugees to a safe house is one of the most generous acts of charity ever conducted by the Global Village Champions Foundation, which has pocketed some unknown but probably significant quantity of money by making fraudulent claims, including its claim (posted on its website, and repeated incessantly in the media) that the Global Village Champions Foundation has, as of this writing, delivered 988, 911,330 (i.e., nearly a billion) meals to starving people, most of them children, in underdeveloped nations around the world. (In one of our phone conversations, Yank stated that the Global Village Champions Foundation is entirely self-funding, and that it does not accept money from outside sources, but Yank has, at minimum, taken in money for the foundation by holding numerous raffles and by promising his distributors that a percentage of his profits from sales of ProPectin and Vitapro are delivered to charity. Yank also told me that the Global Village Foundation has numerous “corporate sponsors,” which, if true, means that he is taking in money from corporations as well)
It was soon after the “Jewish Schindler” stories began appearing in the media this year (2014) when Yank “reunited” with the Kingsmen for the “first time since 1970” (actually, the first time ever). Then something else remarkable happened. It was not something surprising, but it was nonetheless remarkable that Yank Barry, who had previously been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by nobody other than an obscure Bulgarian lawyer, received (just this year, 2014) nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize from other people as well.
Indeed, Yank Barry was, in short order, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by no less than three members of the United States Congress.
When members of the U.S. Congress nominate someone for the Nobel Peace Prize it is the real deal. So now, Yank Barry was a genuine and official Nobel Peace Prize nominee. Just as he had overcome the exposure of his Kingsmen fraud and become a real member of the Kingsmen, so too had Yank overcome the exposure of his Nobel Peace Prize fraud and become a genuine Nobel Peace Prize nominee. And though numerous news organizations reported that members of the U.S. Congress nominated Yank Barry for the Nobel Peace Prize, no news organization reported the important facts of this story.
After the three members of Congress nominated Yank for the Nobel Peace Prize, major news organizations once again reported the “‘Louie Louie’ to Nobel Peace Prize” blather, and numerous news organization again reported that Yank had parlayed a spectacular music career into an even more spectacular career as a “soy products tycoon” and “humanitarian” who gives most of his money to charity, meanwhile brokering peace with world leaders like Qadaffi and Assad. But not one news organization communicated the true enormity of this story. If they had done so, the headlines would have read: “Members of the United States Congress Nominate Hardcore Mafia-tied Criminal for the Nobel Peace Prize in Recognition of Massive Fraud, Conspiracy, Corruption, Dealing in Stolen and Counterfeit Art, Extortion, Grand Theft, Market Manipulation, Death Threats, and Doing Business with others who have ties to organized crime.”
We will see that my headline is the full truth—Yank Barry has even done jail time for his involvement in a mob extortion scheme, and yes, we will see that he has done other business with people tied to organized crime, But before we move on to the details of Yank’s business with people tied to organized crime, we must ask the question: Why would members of Congress nominate such a man for the Nobel Peace Prize?
It no doubt helped that Yank was able to present members of Congress with the many earlier media stories describing him as a leading humanitarian and former member of the Kingsmen who had already been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize (by nobody other than his business partner in Bulgaria, but no media had mentioned that, and only one media publication, The National Post, had cast doubt on the legitimacy of Yank’s nomination). More important, though, we must consider the possibility that members of the U.S. Congress nominated the unsavory Yank Barry for the Nobel Peace Prize because they, too, are unsavory.
The first member of Congress to nominate Yank for the Nobel Peace Prize was Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, and she surely recalled not only that Yank had done jail time for his involvement in a Mafia extortion scheme (we will discuss the Mafia extortion scheme momentarily), but also that Yank had subsequently, in 2001, been convicted for corruption, money laundering and conspiracy after a jury concluded that he had paid bribes to the director of the Texas state prisons. According to Yank’s conviction, the director of the Texas state prisons, a man named James A. Collins, in exchange for a $20,330 cash payment and a $1033/day retainer paid by Yank, arranged for Yank to win a contract to supply $33 million worth of Vitapro’s dehydrated meat substitute to unfortunate prisoners in Texas.
This was one of the bigger scandals in Texas history. One prominent publication, the Texas Monthly, described it as “The Great Texas Prison Mess” and “the worst and most costly scandal in decades.” But, of course, that story, too, was quickly flushed down the memory hole, as were the many reports that not only had a jury concluded that Yank bribed the director of the Texas state prisons, but also Yank had poisoned prisoners in Texas with his dehydrated meat substitute.
The official docket from Yank’s case in Texas is worth a read (it is posted here at DeepCapture.com), and note that it was written into the official record that Yank’s dehydrated meat substitute caused “adverse health effects,” including severe rashes, nausea, and best of all, “excessive and rampant flatulence.” At one point, there were multiple protests and hunger strikes in the Texas state prisons, with prisoners expressing their rage at having been poisoned by Yank’s dehydrated meat substitute.
This, of course, is the same dehydrated meat substitute that Yank claims to be donating to “charity,” but again, we will see that Vitapro has manufactured (actually, purchased from subcontractors) only small quantities of dehydrated meat substitute. Although Yank’s company, Vitapro, obtained a $33 million contract to supply the Texas prisons, he only delivered a small amount of his dehydrated meat substitute to the Texas prisons before he was indicted, and before there emerged reports that he had poisoned the prisoners, at which point the contract was cancelled. A former Vitapro employee informs DeepCapture that the dehydrated meat substitute that Yank delivered to the prisons had been sitting in the basement of his home, and was so stale as to be wholly inedible.
It seems reasonable to suspect that Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who represents a district in Texas, would have recalled this seminal episode in the history of her state. But, then, Yank Barry has friends in Texas, including not only the congresswoman and other members of congress, but also numerous members of the Texas state legislature. According to Yank, the Texas state legislature plans, later this month (November, 2014) to issue a formal apology for Yank’s earlier conviction in Texas, confirming that he was not, in fact, guilty of any crime. Another friend of Yank, apparently, is the judge who presided over his trial in Texas. After Yank was convicted by a jury of his peers, the judge, the Honorable Lynn Hughes, not only ignored the jury, but unilaterally overturned the conviction, and then unilaterally acquitted Yank on all charges. This was, in fact, one of the stranger trials in the history of the American justice system (it is rare for a judge to unilaterally overturn a jury conviction) and we will discuss it at further length in upcoming sections of this story.
Before we discuss the peculiarities of the justice system, though, we need to further discuss Yank’s nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. Actually, given the Bizarro-world nature of our government, perhaps there should be nothing surprising about the nominations, but we need to stress (since it has not been noted by our media) that Congresswoman Jackson Lee ignored Yank’s checkered past when she nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize, and the congresswomen did not mention Yank’s criminal convictions when she gave a speech on the floor of Congress to recognize Yank Barry for his supposed efforts to feed the hungry and bring about world peace.
Congresswoman Jackson Lee’s speech on the floor of Congress is, in fact, worth listening to in its entirety. Here is a video of her speech:
The congresswoman began as follows: “Mr. Speaker, with a lot of enthusiasm, I rise to recognize and to acknowledge a renaissance man.”
That would be Yank Barry. Yank the renaissance man.
The congresswoman continued by stating that Yank Barry was “determined to help make the lives of children around the world much better. Yes, he had a sense of humor, and he was also a musician, and he visualized a day without hunger…Yank Barry has many sides to him [indeed, he does, as we shall see], but enthusiastically he takes each challenge, some that he has overcome in life, and put on the boxing gloves…I am excited that he has joined with Muhammad Ali and Gary U.S. Bonds to form the Global Village Champions Foundation…”
Again, Muhammad Ali did not “join” with Yank Barry “to form” the Global Village Champions Foundation. Muhammad Ali was paid by Yank to endorse the Global Village Champions Foundation and businesses, including Vitapro, affiliated with that “charity.” Gary U.S. Bonds, a famous musician, also did not “join” with Yank Barry “to form” the Global Village Champions Foundation, though Gary U.S. Bonds has endorsed the Global Village Champions Foundation, and has also endorsed Yank’s claim to have been the lead singer of the Kingsmen. We should assume that Gary U.S. Bonds, like so many others, has been duped by Yank, though it cannot be ruled out that he knows that Yank is a fraud (I was unable to reach Gary U.S. Bonds for comment, and a list of questions sent to Muhammad Ali went unanswered).
In any event, Congresswoman Jackson Lee went on to state that Yank “has served almost one billion meals.”
A number of the meals that Yank has served were meals that he served to prisoners in Texas, those meals having been paid for by tax-payers, with some of their money kicked back as “charity’ to the director of the Texas state prisons, but the congresswoman, of course, didn’t mention that. (Yank does not deny that he paid consulting fees to the director of Texas of state prisons, though he says that this was not corruption, and stresses that after his jury conviction, the judge acquitted him of charges that his payments were a form of bribery).
In her speech on the floor of Congress, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee continued: “So, along with his 33 year music career, jamming with Jimi Hendrix, writing jingles, and yes, singing with the Kingsmen of ‘Louie Louie’ fame, we can be grateful that he and his wife, Yvette, have turned to a very important challenge, the Global Village Champions Foundation, which strives to become the undisputed world leader in private humanitarian delivery of nutrition to needy persons everywhere, sustaining life, and helping to eradicate world hunger.”
This speech might have been written by Yank Barry himself. Go to the Global Village Champions Foundation website, and you will find the following statement: “The Global Village Champions Foundation is striving to become the undisputed world leader in private humanitarian delivery of nutrition to needy persons everywhere, sustaining life, and helping to eradicate world hunger…” Which is precisely what the congresswoman said, and we will address that claim, along with the claim that Yank has delivered nearly one billion meals to needy people, most of them children.
Indeed, as I have promised, we will see that the claim is a massive fraud, but first let it be noted that I sent multiple emails to Congresswoman Jackson Lee’s press secretary, Mike McQuerry. One of my emails to McQuerry read as follows: “I am a journalist preparing to publish a story about a man named Yank Barry and his charity, Global Village Champions Foundation.”
My email continued: “I see that Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has nominated Yank Barry for the Nobel Peace Prize, and I am hoping that the congresswoman or someone in her office can answer a few questions for me. My story will report that the Global Village Champions Foundation is a massive fraud, and that Yank Barry is a criminal implicated in…frauds and crimes. My principal question for Congresswoman Jackson Lee is this: Would she like to know about the crimes perpetrated by Yank Barry? And having been informed that Yank Barry is a criminal and that his charity is a fraud, will she do the right thing and not only revoke her nomination of Yank Barry for the Nobel Peace Prize, but put pressure on the FBI to arrest Yank Barry and charge him for the fraud that he has perpetrated…”
My email concluded as follows: “As it stands now, I am operating under the assumption that Congresswoman Jackson Lee is an honest person who has been misinformed as to the nature of Yank Barry’s activities, but if she is unable or unwilling to answer my questions, and does not take action against Yank Barry, I think it will be fair of me to write that the congresswoman is [enabling] an ongoing fraud….I hope to hear back from the congresswoman or somebody in her office.”
Subsequently, I sent the press secretary a compendium of evidence that Yank was a fraud and a criminal—namely evidence that the remainder of this story will discuss in detail–along with evidence that Yank’s business partners include people tied to organized crime, and that Yank himself has ties organized crime. The press secretary said he would bring this information to the congresswoman and get back to me, but he never got back to me, and the congresswoman never revoked her nomination of Yank Barry for the Nobel Peace Prize. Nor did she do anything else to put an end to Yank Barry’s fraud.
To this day, there is posted on her official website a press release (you can read the press release here at DeepCapture.com) in which the congresswoman describes Yank Barry as a global humanitarian, and singer of “Louie Louie” worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize. I will not go so far as to suggest that the congresswoman is complicit in Yank’s fraud, but at a minimum, we have here a case of a congresswoman helping a criminal deceive the public. And the scope of Yank Barry’s fraud will become apparent to any reader who makes it to the end of this long story, just as it was made apparent to the U.S. congresswoman.
It must be noted, in addition, that it is not just one congresswoman who has expressed support for Yank Barry. Soon after Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee gave her speech on the floor of Congress, the entire U.S. Congress voted almost unanimously to fly an official “Yank Barry American Flag” over the U.S. Capitol building. That is correct: the American flag flying on top of the U.S. Capital building was, for a time, officially dedicated to…Yank.
Furthermore, Yank Barry subsequently received two more Nobel Peace Prize nominations, one from Congressman Al Green, also of Texas, and one from Congressman Danny Davis, who represents a district on the West side of Chicago (including Chicago’s roughest neighborhoods).
Yank Barry, in turn, promptly posted on his website a letter from Congressman Davis—a letter on Congressional stationery, officially nominating Yank for the Nobel Peace Prize—and there was another wave of media publicity about the “Louie Louie” singer who had once again been nominated for the most prestigious prize known to mankind, all because Yank was, according to Congresswoman Jackson Lee, quoting Yank Barry, an “undisputed world leader in private humanitarian delivery of nutrition” to needy children everywhere and a renowned humanitarian leading the struggle for world peace.
I called the office of Congressman Davis and left a message with his receptionist stating that I was a journalist working on a story about Yank Barry, and that I wanted to confirm that the congressman had nominated Yank Barry for the Nobel Peace Prize. Under ordinary circumstances, the congressman’s press secretary would have called me with an answer, either in the negative or the affirmative, or I would have been ignored altogether. But the congressman seemed to consider this an important matter, and just a few hours after I left the message, the congressman himself called me on my home phone number.
In his gravelly voice, the congressman said that he “most certainly had not” nominated Yank Barry for the Nobel Peace Prize, and that he had no idea who Yank was. “Never heard of him,” said the congressman, “Does he have a lot of money?”
I knew that Congressman Davis was lying to me because Congresswoman Jackson Lee had confirmed that Congressman Davis had nominated Yank, and the fact that Congressman Davis had nominated Yank was reported in a press release (from Congresswoman Jackson Lee’s office) posted on the official website of Congress. You can read the press release in full yourself (it is posted here at DeepCapture.com). Along with the usual platitudes, the press release stated clearly that not only Congresswoman Jackson Lee, but also Congressman Davis and Congressman Al Green had nominated Yank Barry for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Congressman Davis, of course, had also written a formal letter on official stationery of the U.S Congress (you can find a copy of the letter posted here at DeepCapture.com), addressed to the Nobel Committee, and nominating Yank Barry for the Nobel Peace Prize. I suspected that Congressman Davis told me he had no idea who Yank was because he had heard from Congresswoman Jackson Lee that I was about to expose Yank as a fraud. Perhaps the congressman knew Yank to be a criminal (more on Yank’s crimes shortly), and by claiming he had no idea who Yank was, the congressman was trying to distance himself from a potential scandal.
In any case, I played along, and when the congressman asked me who Yank Barry was, I told him that Yank was a world renowned philanthropist and humanitarian. The congressman said, “A philanthropist, eh? Well he ain’t come to the West side to help nobody, and there’s a lot of people in my district be needing some help.”
Then the congressman threatened my life. Or so it seemed to me. When I asked the congressman if he was sure he didn’t know who Yank Barry was, the congressman said, “I don’t know Yank Barry, never heard of him….I do know the director of prisons up there [a reference, I believe, to the fact that Yank had been convicted for bribing a director of prisons].” Then the congressman said, I used to know a young girl up there. She was a nice girl. But she died. A damn shame.”
That was the end of the conversation. I thanked the congressman for calling, and the congressman hung up. And, yes, though I will concede that it is possible that I am misinterpreting the congressman’s words, they sounded an awful lot like a veiled death threat, similar to other death threats that I have received over the course of many years investigating organized crime.
A U.S. congressman threatening the life of a journalist? That is our government at work for us, and though it will be hard for some readers to believe that an American journalist would receive death threats, much less a threat from a U.S. congressman for investigating an “undisputed world leader in private humanitarian delivery of nutrition” to needy children everywhere, it will be easier for readers to believe after they have read this article in its entirety. It will be easier to believe once we have more fully discussed Yank Barry’s “charity,” which is no undisputed leader of anything, though it is unique in that it involves various scams that Yank has perpetrated in league with, among others, people tied to organized crime, while Yank Barry himself has threatened to murder people. It will seem still easier to believe once we have come to more fully understand the extent to which elements of our government have been captured by criminals.
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Aside from his time playing with various obscure bands, including the one that he supposedly called the Kingsmen, and aside from ingratiating himself with a number of famous musicians, Yank Barry’s “spectacular 33 year music career” amounted to nothing more than a (short) career with a record company in Montreal called McConnell Records. That career ended in 1985, when Yank was sentenced to six years in prison for conspiring with members of the Mafia to extort $82,330 from the owner of McConnell Records, a man named John McConnell.
At that time, Yank was acquainted with a number of organized crime figures, including Willie Obront, a leader of a mafia group in Montreal known as the Dubois Gang; and Antonio Commisso, otherwise known as L’avvocatu (or “The Lawyer”), a leader of the powerful Ndrangheta Mafia organization, and the top boss of the Siderno Group, a faction of the Ndrangheta that is based in Siderno, Italy, though it has a large presence in Canada. Antonio Commisso was based in Toronto until his arrest in 2005, and was widely regarded as the top boss of the Italian Mafia in Toronto.
Another of Yank Barry’s associates was Cosimo Commisso, who was the son of Antonio Commisso, and who was known as “The Quail.” Just after his arrest, Antonio Commisso appointed Cosimo to be the top boss of the Siderno Group, and Cosimo has now replaced his father as the top Mafia boss in Toronto.
In fact, Yank Barry was on close terms with most leaders of Canadian organized crime, and one of Yank’s business partners was Vincenzo “Vic” Cotroni, also known as “The Egg,” who had been recruited into the Bonanno Mafia family, and who was widely regarded as the Godfather of Cosa Nostra’s operations in Montreal. Vic Cotroni controlled organized crime in Montreal in partnership with the above-mentioned Willie Obront (Cotroni and Obront were known in Montreal as “The Untouchables”) until March 3, 1984, when Vic Cotroni passed away, at which point his brother, Francesco “Frank” Cotroni, another associate of Yank Barry, became the top boss of the Montreal Mafia.
Most journalists, of course, never ask Yank Barry about his association with mobsters, but when a journalist with a publication called Offshore Alert questioned Yank about his associations, and how it came to be that Yank was sentenced to six years in prison, Yank explained the episode to the journalist this way: “I felt pretty cool rubbing elbows with these people [i.e. mobsters]. I wasn’t involved in their business; it was just being able to know them. It was almost like hanging out with superstars. I knew Frank Catroni. I knew Vince Cotroni. You’d go to clubs and they’d give you free drinks.” But contrary to Yank’s assurances, Yank was, in fact, in business with those mobsters, and one of his business schemes involved trying to orchestrate a Mafia takeover of the record company, McConnell Records, that employed Yank, hence his “spectacular” music career.
Yank was convicted only for working with organized crime figures to extort $82,330 from the owner of McConnell Records, but Yank was, in fact, trying to take over McConnell Records in league with his Mafia associates. Yank explained away the episode as follows: “I flew down to Jamaica and my ex-wife was there with a prostitute who was supposed to be one of the Don’s [Vic Catroni’s] girlfriends or mistresses. The prostitute met John [McConnell] at a bar…He picked her up, took her home to sleep and the next day got a phone call that said, ‘You were sleeping with the Don’s mistress.”’
Actually, McConnell got that call from Yank Barry, and Yank informed McConnell that he, McConnell, would have to pay “the Don” $82,330 or “the Don” would have him, McConnell, murdered. This was a blatant mob extortion scheme, which was why Yank Barry was subsequently sentenced to six years in prison (and served 11 months of that sentence). And again, Yank was also working with the mob in an attempt to not only extort $82,330 from McConnell, but also to take over this man’s record company.
Yank, though, in his interview with the Offshore Alert journalist, further explained the episode away by saying that “John [McConnell] came to me for help and I helped him, told him how much it would cost and he paid it…I easily could say it was the drugs. I was young; a lot of it was drugs. It was wrong. It was definitely wrong. I’m not proud of it, but I did it. Prison probably saved my life. I stopped doing drugs, and started realizing there’s got to be something better than this.”
According to Yank, he never again had involvement with mobsters.
This was essentially the same story that Yank repeated during a recent appearance on the Larry King Show (CNN). Yank was invited (or invited himself) to appear on the Larry King Show in order to tell the uplifting tale of a man who had once gotten himself into trouble, but had redeemed himself by establishing a world-renowned charity, the Global Village Champions Foundation, that has been endorsed by leading celebrities, including not only Muhammad Ali, but also the famous boxers Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson, both of whom appeared with Yank on the Larry King Show.
Larry King did not ask Yank for details about his involvement with organized crime and his attempted takeover, in league with the mob, of McConnell Records. Instead, Larry King lobbed a softball question: “So how do you think your life changed? You had troubles in your life.” And Yank said, “Oh, yeah, I had a lot of trouble…I went to jail. I was the under president of a record company and, uh, the mob was extorting the chairman of the board. And ‘The Godfather’ had just come out. I was 21 years old [actually, Yank was 32 years old at the time, but never mind]. And I went to the movie ‘The Godfather’ with two of the Godfathers. I thought it was very cool. It wasn’t so cool when I got convicted. I did ten and a half months. It really changed my life. I stopped doing drugs, and did a total turnaround.”
This, no doubt, was what Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee meant when she said, during her speech on the floor of Congress, that “Yank Barry has many sides to him, but enthusiastically he takes each challenge, some that he has overcome in life….” Sure, Yank was involved in a Mafia extortion scheme, but he was 32 years-old (or 21 years-old, according to Yank’s false memory), and Yank did his time. He learned his lesson. He no longer thinks mobsters are cool. And after Yank did his jail time in 1982-1983, he never again had dealings with mobsters. This according to Yank and his supporters.
Below, you can find a photograph, dated 2005, that has never appeared in any media publication, and which has never been seen in public, though I sent a copy to Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and others of Yank’s supporters in government, all of whom ignored it. I received this photo from one of Yank’s associates, and it is a photo, dated 2005, of Yank Barry sitting with Cosimo Commisso, now the top boss of the Italian Mafia’s operations in Toronto.
That’s Yank Barry on the left, Cosimo Commisso on the right. The photo was taken at a party that Yank held in the Bahamas for his friends and business partners.
When I asked Yank Barry about his relationship with Cosimo Commisso, Yank, who knew that I had the photo because I had sent it to Congresswoman Jackson Lee and others of his associates, stated that he had met Commisso on only one occasion (namely, the occasion on which he was photographed with Commisso). He said, “Somebody brought Commisso to my house in the Bahamas. I had no idea who he was. I had never met him before. I didn’t know he was organized crime. Somebody told me later that he was organized crime, and I never saw him again. I haven’t done business with him.”
Yank said the mobster was introduced to him as “Cosi,” and he didn’t have any idea that the man he was meeting was named Cosimo Commisso. It seems improbable that Commisso was introduced as “Cosi” (he goes by the nickname Coz, or sometimes Koz), and Yank’s statement that he had no idea who Commisso was seems implausible in light of the fact that he himself admits to having associations with others of Canada’s leading organized crime figures. Indeed, according to a man who attended Yank’s party in 2005 (i.e. the party at which Yank was photographed with Commisso), Yank and “Koz” talked at length about their mutual associations with Canada’s other leading organized crime figures, and though Yank claims that he had associations with organized crime figures only back in the 1980s, we will see in the later chapters of this story that Yank was, at a minimum, trying to get Commisso to invest in one of his business ventures at the time when that photo was taken in 2005.
We will also see that there is documentary evidence that Yank was, at that time, doing business with other people tied to organized crime. And, of course, the coming chapters of this story will discuss at length the Global Village Champions Foundation, which is, according to Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (and according to Yank) “striving to become the undisputed world leader in private humanitarian delivery of nutrition to needy persons everywhere.”
To be continued…Click here to read Chapter 2
The next chapter of this multi-chapter story contains information showing that Yank Barry’s charity, the Global Village Champions Foundation, is an instrumentality of fraud, used for Yank Barry’s personal enrichment, though it does dispense to the needy a few scraps here and there in order to keep up appearances. The chapter following that one contains detailed information about Yank Barry’s more recent business dealings with people tied to organized crime, along with information about Yank’s relationships with some of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s most celebrated heroes. All claims in this story will be backed up with indisputable evidence that will be explained in detail. Only at DeepCapture.com (motto: “We are the red pill”).
Correction: This chapter originally reported that Yank Barry did not meet the Bulgarian prime minister. As it turns out, he did, in fact, meet the Bulgarian prime minister. I apologize for the error. — Mark Mitchell