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Palme: Sweden's Mousetrap

CIA behind yet another assassination?

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STOCKHOLM/LANGLEY (Rixstep) — The Central Intelligence Agency of the United States were behind the assassination of Sweden's prime minister Olof Palme on the evening of 28 February 1986 on the highly trafficked Sveavägen in central Stockholm.

The Swedish police, known to hate Palme, carried out the assassination at the behest of and according to plans drawn up by the CIA.

The CIA and the White House were worried about coming development in the United Nations. Palme was slated to resign his post as Sweden's prime minister later that year and accept a position at the UN. Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, general secretary of the UN at the time, was expected to step down. Palme seemed a 'given' to replace him, what with his overwhelming support in third world countries.

This was a development the CIA were not prepared to risk. This according to Yugoslav Ivan von Birchan who gave a number of interviews in the spring of 2012.

Rich with Detail

The story of Ivan von Birchan can't possibly be corroborated. But it is so rich in detail - and the details seem to check out - that it simply cannot be dismissed.

von Birchan gets one thing wrong at the end of the final part: the name of the author of 'The Dark Sahara' given as Jeremy Kinnock. The author is instead Jeremy Keenan, a professor at the University of London interviewed by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now in 2009.

von Birchan's story extends to the present day and the persecution of Julian Assange.

Palme the Movie

The feature film 'Palme' was shown at Swedish cinemas in the autumn, then extended into a special three hour version for broadcast on state television during the holiday break. It does not cover the extensive investigation into the assassination. And should von Birchan be correct, the world's most expensive investigation will never end.

Should the reader not understand the word 'mousetrap' in the title of this article, said reader may be directed to St Martin's Theatre in London. Those who've seen the play are asked to solemnly promise not to divulge the surprise ending.

The plaque placed in the sidewalk at the exact place where Olof Palme was assassinated shortly before 23:00 on 28 February 1986.

A photograph of a younger Palme used in the Swedish documentary shown this past autumn.

Sveavägen present day. The place of the assassination can be seen off to the right past the street lights at the intersection with Tunnelgatan. The Konserthuset where the Nobel Prizes are awarded each year is the blue building on the left.

See Also
SVT: Palme part 1 (Swedish - available until 31 January 2013)
SVT: Palme part 2 (Swedish - available until 31 January 2013)
SVT: Palme part 3 (Swedish - available until 31 January 2013)

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