State Department Leak in the Black Swan Case

Posted on December 16, 2010


Here’s an interesting twist to the Black Swan litigation we’ve been following here on CPAL:

WikiLeaks cables show that U.S. diplomats sought to broker a deal whereby U.S. embassy officials stationed in Spain would provide confidential customs documents prepared by Odyssey to the Spanish government. In exchange, Spain was to assist U.S. efforts to reclaim for U.S. citizen Claude Cassirer a Holocaust-era painting that was allegedly stolen by the Nazis during World War II.

Wow!  The State department had made it’s support of Spain public knowledge, but as Odyssey’s general counsel stated:

“It is rare for the State Department to get involved at [the district court level], especially when the issue is one of jurisdiction. So we thought there might be something more going on, and this certainly seems to suggest it was more than just an objective interest in an interpretation of the law.”

Read the full article on AmLaw: As Assange Indictment Looms, WikiLeaks Cables Tie Two Treasure Cases Together.