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A peek at the seamier side of the movie business is making front pages thanks to Leonardo DiCapiro’s recent involvement with “Save Our Planet,” SOP, folks.  But, a Swiss environmental organization wants Leonardo to resign his U.N. Climate Change post as his foundation has been outed for doing money-laundering.

The movie business has long been a scrubbing board for mob and international crime money as the business has been international doing currency trading and banking vast sums, making profits while hanging out with pretty, famous folk and the powerful people in fun, frolic and fellatio, which is not the small town in Illinois of the same name.   The Kennedys had lots of interesting friends in these classes, for example.  Environmentalism has become a playground for such monies.  Nothing works better for the skunk class than the rich and naive class, save the elected ruling class.

DiCaprio apparently attracted some interesting friends after making “The Wolf of Wall Street,” produced and distributed by Paramount Pictures-Screencap as the movies have been very good at creating sympathetic images for real and silver screen scumbags.

Leonardo DiCaprio premiered his Climate Change documentary, “Before the Flood” in London, and has been asked to step down from his position at the United Nations and return the millions of Dollars allegedly stolen from the Malaysian people and channeled to his environmental foundation. Leonardo can not only play really disgusting characters:  He can be one, but to his credit he has announced he is returning said funds.  There is no mechanism in place to confirm that action so the question will remain.

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The Swiss rainforest charity Bruno Manser Fund, which is not only dubious in its mission statement claims to “…fight for the conservation of tropical rainforests and the rights of Malaysian rainforest dwellers,” is pressuring the actor to step down and return the money.   Thus Mr. DiCaprio has been under great pressure from many sides.  It was so great he apparently forget that he is a Democrat.  This will not play well in the Screen Actors Guild union hall as Leonardo is a Democrat and they generally have very sticky fingers.

At a news conference over the weekend, the Fund’s director said the financial scandal DiCaprio’s embroiled in makes him unfit to be a U.N. Messenger of Peace for climate change.  Others think he fits right in as the whole global warming thing is a gigantic fraud; easily the biggest in history and he has the right kinds of values.

DiCaprio is accused of having gotten millions of embezzled Dollars from Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, 1 Malaysia Development Berhad, or “1MDB,” for starring in and producing “The Wolf of Wall Street,” a film about an unscrupulous Wall Street trader. The Department of Justice, DOJ, says the movie was funded in part by stolen Malaysian money routed to shell companies, those with no function, operation, employees, products or services, like Red Granite, which was co-founded by Riza Aziz, the stepson of the Malaysian prime minister. Red Granite co-produced “The Wolf of Wall Street” movie.

How long will it be before Bill Clinton is seen on an airport tarmac intercepting Attorney General Loretta Lynch on behalf of Leonardo DiCaprio?  Would that not be the perfect Clinton caper?

Another player, Jho Low, Malaysian businessman is a person of interest of the DOJ and Malaysian authorities. He and his cohorts allegedly used the money to finance movies, purchase high-end properties in the U.S., and throw lavish fundraisers for Hollywood’s elite, like Hillary Clinton.

Jho Low also funneled money into DiCaprio’s foundation after laundering it by buying and selling art at charity auctions as the source identity vanishes in the transaction. This has been a long-standing way of scrubbing money of mob ties by parking it in art for a few years and then selling it off, hopefully for profits after the public and official attention is on yet another scandal in the freezer.

Lukas Straumann, director of the Bruno Manser Fund, told reporters that, “Leonardo DiCaprio has consistently refused to explain his close personal and financial ties with key persons involved in the 1MDB scandal.”

Straumann called on DiCaprio to either denounce his involvement with these individuals and return the now-laundered money he received for his foundation, give up his “UN Messenger Of Peace For Climate Change” or to resign his U.N. post. DiCaprio was given the symbolic title by outgoing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in 2014.

Straumann and others pointed out the “direct link” between the corruption scandal and the environmental issues affecting Malaysia, including unfettered deforestation, a claimed concern of DiCaprio’s foundation. All this comes ahead of DiCaprio’s new documentary about claimed catastrophic global warming, despite a well-publicized pause in rising temps since 1998. A disciple of Al Gore, the actor has recently been criticized by environmental groups.

DiCaprio is notorious for using a private jet to travel around the world calling “climate change” the greatest threat the planet faces. He also has a private yacht and mansions around the world. Critics accuse the actor of using his foundation as a tax-exempt haven for parking multi-million dollar paychecks to avoid taxes, a very “Democratic” move.  Straumann said, “We can’t save the environment if we fail to stop corruption,” saying DiCaprio’s criticism of deforestation in Indonesia and parts of Borneo “…is cynical hypocrisy.”

“He needs to become part of the solution,” Straumann said,”But today he is part of the problem.” Since the press conference, DiCaprio banned anyone from the Bruno Manser Fund attending the premiere of his new movie “Before the Flood” in London. It airs on National Geographic Channel Oct. 30.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author and are not not necessarily either shared or endorsed by iPatriot.com.

Adrian Vance

Adrian Vance is a writer and producer of educational films, filmstrips and audio programs with over 325 productions from script to screen. See a partial list of his credits at http://worldcat.org. He has written for ten national magazines, been on the masthead of two as an Editor, written 20 books. He is an FCC licensed broadcaster with ten years of on-air experience in talk radio and television. He is a frequent participant on CRN Talk Radio. He is an inventor and US Patent holder. His blog, "The Two Minute Conservative" is at http://adrianvance.blogspot.com It includes over 4500 daily pieces.

 

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