APRIL 25, 2021: Val Broeksmit is still missing. @LAPDHQ has released this information, including what to do if you have any info on his whereabouts. https://lapdonline.org/home/news_view/67485.
Was it Murder or Was it Suicide? The Deutsche Bank Killing Fields.
LIT has written extensively about the Deutsche Bank affair with Donald Trump, American and indeed the World. Now it’s been reignited after a recent interview between a journalist and a Deutsche Bank Banker found dead hanging from a door in his London home goes missing.
APR 18, 2021
Deutsche Bank source ‘missing,’ New York Times journalist says
APR 16, 2021 | REPUBLISHED BY LIT: ARP 18, 2021
A journalist issued an urgent plea on Friday seeking help to find Val Broeksmit, the adopted son of the late Deutsche Bank executive William Broeksmit who has cooperated with investigators looking into the bank.
David Enrich, the business investigations editor at the New York Times, tweeted that a missing person report has been filed with the Los Angeles Police Department and asked the public for assistance in finding Broeksmit.
“Val Broeksmit @BikiniRobotArmy – a longtime source about Deutsche Bank – is missing. He was last seen on April 6 in Los Angeles, his girlfriend says. A missing persons report has been filed with @LAPDHQ. I am very worried about Val’s safety. Please spread the word,” he said in a tweet along with a photo of Broeksmit.
Val Broeksmit @BikiniRobotArmy – a longtime source about Deutsche Bank – is missing.
He was last seen on April 6 in Los Angeles, his girlfriend says. A missing persons report has been filed with @LAPDHQ.
I am very worried about Val’s safety. Please spread the word. pic.twitter.com/lvrMPvk5pl
— David Enrich (@davidenrich) April 16, 2021
Broeksmit, whose father died by suicide in 2014, was the subject of a profile titled Me and My Whistle-Blower by Enrich published in 2019.
The report said the then-43-year-old assisted the FBI in investigating Deutsche Bank by providing the bureau with a trove of documents. He also spoke to and was subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee as it investigated former President Donald Trump‘s ties to the financial giant. Trump has denied any wrongdoing.
“I am more emotionally invested in this than anyone in the world,” Broeksmit was quoted saying. “I would love to be their special informer.”
Enrich described Broeksmit as “dreaming of becoming the next great American whistle-blower,” adding that he had dangled his Deutsche Bank files before the government and news outlets for over five years.
“Inside newsrooms and investigative bodies around the world, Mr. Broeksmit’s documents have become something of an open secret, and so are the psychological strings that come attached,” Enrich wrote. “I pulled them more than anyone, as part of my reporting on Deutsche Bank for the New York Times and for a book, Dark Towers, to be published next year. It has been the most intense source relationship of my career.”
The journalist also described Broeksmit’s manic behavior reeling around his drug use and tendencies to stretch the truth into “far-fetched theories.” He was warned not to trust Broeksmit.
Broeksmit, who was born in Ukraine, found the highly coveted documents two years ago among his father’s possessions after his death.
After sharing some of the documents with journalists and federal investigators, Broeksmit reportedly met Rep. Adam Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, through the musician Moby, whom he met at a party. At the time, Schiff was leading an investigation into Trump’s ties to Deutsche Bank.
Broeksmit reportedly demanded the committee pay him for the documents, but Schiff refused and instead ordered a subpoena for their possession. The FBI gave Broeksmit a “special advisory title” for his French girlfriend to obtain a U.S. visa in exchange for the documents.
Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank was the subject of congressional interest as investigators sought information related to his tax returns and whether he was compromised by the scandals surrounding the German financial giant.
Trump and his business, the Trump Organization, are being investigated by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and New York Attorney General Letitia James. Trump denies any wrongdoing and in February decried what he dubbed a “new phenomenon of ‘headhunting’ prosecutors and AGs.”
In 2017, Deutsche Bank was fined more than $600 million for its role in a Russian money laundering scheme and fined $16 million in August 2019 to settle charges over hiring family members of foreign officials to seek their favor. The Justice Department announced in January that Deutsche Bank “agreed to pay more than $130 million to resolve the government’s investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and a separate investigation into a commodities fraud scheme.”