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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 13, 2015, 11:05 AM

7. Hand changed his name, but, for some reason, wasn't tracked by Uncle Sam for extradition.

Good questions, yours. Newsweek says Australia investigated then said, Meh. From what I know, if I committed a $50 million fraud, the authorities wouldn't take "meh" for an answer and let me be. Perhaps we'll find the answers one day.

Seems someone, somewhere, likes to protect their own.



Nugan Hand Bank fugitive found in US

The true story of Sydney's shadowy Nugan Hand Bank, and its connections in the 1970s to the CIA, arms dealing and the Asian drug trade, may be closer with the discovery of Michael Jon Hand alive and well in Idaho.

MARTIN MCKENZIE-MURRAY
The Saturday Paper (AUS) NOV 14, 2015

EXCERPT...

Hand fled Australia after the bank’s collapse in 1980, aided by a false passport and disguise. Butt tells me the trail mostly went cold after about 1982, when declassified ASIO documents recorded a sighting of Hand on the Nicaragua–Honduras border. I have seen the cable, sent from ASIO’s Washington, DC, office to “Scorpion” – the codename for the director-general of the intelligence agency. The document reports that an Australian police officer, Inspector Paul Lawrence, was sent to the States on the trail of Hand. Lawrence wanted ASIO to confirm for him what a source had supplied – that Hand was training the Puma Battalion, a band of Nicaraguan rebels that was receiving United States support. Neither ASIO nor the FBI seemed moved to help the police officer.

SNIP...

Peter Butt spent a lot of time speaking with an old army mate of Michael Hand’s, Douglas Sapper. According to Sapper, Hand was an exceptional soldier. “There was a battle in Vietnam,” Butt tells me. “Hand had to save himself with a knife because he was out of ammunition. According to Sapper, Hand killed up to 20 people. It was a dark experience. He met death front on. Sapper told me that Hand stabbed one Vietcong soldier in the stomach, then tore the knife up through his sternum. There were pieces of bodies everywhere.”

CONTINUED...

https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/law-crime/2015/11/14/nugan-hand-bank-fugitive-found-us/14474196002625



Hand's company makes high-tech knives for outdoorsmen and the military. Sgt. Scorpion goes for $165.

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