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Fwd: INSIGHT - GREECE - Monetary troubles rumor mill

Released on 2012-03-17 18:00 GMT

Email-ID 397495
Date 2010-01-17 00:57:08
Per our discussion. Going back to a previous ...
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From: "George Friedman"
Date: January 16, 2010 5:00:14 PM EST
To:, "Analysts"
Subject: Re: INSIGHT - GREECE - Monetary troubles rumor mill
Reply-To:, Analyst List

Understood. But I would like you and the others dealing with greece to
explain the significance of greece's problems to the world or region. Is
important that in selecting a subject to for attention we begin by
defining the significance of ths subject. We spend a lot of time
addressing issues whose importance needs definition.

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Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2010 15:31:10 -0600 (CST)
To:; Analyst
Cc: Analysts
Subject: Re: INSIGHT - GREECE - Monetary troubles rumor mill
Its not really important for the region how or why Greece is in trouble.
I wasjust replying to the insight I saw.

On Jan 16, 2010, at 3:09 PM, "George Friedman"

Why is this of interest to us?

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Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2010 14:58:43 -0600 (CST)
To: Analyst List
Cc: Analyst List
Subject: Re: INSIGHT - GREECE - Monetary troubles rumor mill
The second point is 100% correct.

On Jan 16, 2010, at 1:53 PM, Robert Reinfrank

I had read rumors about this as well. I know it's just a rumor, and
that we're talking about Greece statistics, but it seems consistent
with the massive upward revisions of their budget deficit, from 6
to close to 13 percent.

Robert Reinfrank
Austin, Texas
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On Jan 16, 2010, at 12:37 PM, Laura Jack

PUBLICATION: background
ATTRIBUTION: Greek sources in the EU
SOURCE DESCRIPTION: Greek attorney in Brussels who ran for
Parliament in Athens with PASOK
ITEM CREDIBILITY: 4 (rumor and hearsay)

This is all rumor mill in Brussels, but comes from a Greek source
who has good government contacts:

1 - Allegedly, the current Greek government purposefully
exacerbated the deficit problem in 2009 (with the goals of pinning
all economic problems on the previous administration and also
possibly to get more help from international bodies) by paying
some accounts due early. For instance, payments that would have
been okay to make in January 2010 were paid early in Nov or
December 2009 to purposefully increase govt spending.

2 - There are suspicions that Karamanlis used the fires as an
excuse to call elections because he saw that the shit was about to
hit the fan on the government's financial situation.

3 - When I asked about the IMF team looking at the Greek books my
source laughed and said, "that's assuming they even show them the
right books."