Merrill death ruled suicide; Body found in water weighed down by an
anchor; Merrill shot through head in a replay of 1978 "suicide" of
CIA Deputy Director John Paisley.
(see previous story: The
Bay claims another victim who had an intelligence background )
The body of Maryland publisher Philip Merrill was discovered Monday in the
Chesapeake Bay near Poplar Island with a gunshot wound to the head and weighed
down with an anchor. Merrill's body was discovered 11 miles from where his boat
was found last week. As with Paisley, investigators concluded Merrill committed
suicide by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun. Investigators ruled
Merrill's death a suicide even before an autopsy was performed, An experienced
medical examiner told WMR that bodies found in the water rapidly lose toxicological
and other critical evidence, including the presence of drugs in the bloodstream.
WMR was the first to speculate that Merrill's death was more than an accident,
as reported last week by the mainstream media. WMR learned that while Merrill,
a close friend of Vice President Dick Cheney and financial backer of a number
of neo-conservative organizations, was the head of the U.S. Export-Import Bank,
the bank made a number of dubious loans to the U.S.-run Coalition Provisional
Authority (CPA) in Iraq and a successor agency known as the Trade Bank of Iraq.
In November 2003, $500 million in credit was extended to the Trade Bank of Iraq
by the US Export-Import Bank. Much of the money was used to facilitate U.S.
"exports" to Iraq, which was actually used to pay major U.S. contractors
operating in the occupied country. A 2005 audit report by the Office of the
Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction concluded that "the CPA
did not establish or implement sufficient managerial, financial and contractual
controls to ensure that funds were used in a transparent manner." The report
stated that $8.8 billion allocated to the CPA was unaccounted for.
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