Thursday, January 7, 2010

Emails Show Geithner's NY Fed Killed Disclosure of Bailout Details

If you need any proof of Timothy Geithner's understanding of how bad the 100 cents on the dollar AIG payout (with government money) to Goldman Sach's smelled, it's the New York Fed's attempt to cover it up, which is now clear to see in newly released emails:
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, then led by Timothy Geithner, told American International Group Inc. to withhold details from the public about the bailed-out insurer’s payments to banks during the depths of the financial crisis, e-mails between the company and its regulator show.

AIG said in a draft of a regulatory filing that the insurer paid banks, which included Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Societe Generale SA, 100 cents on the dollar for credit-default swaps they bought from the firm. The New York Fed crossed out the reference, according to the e-mails, and AIG excluded the language when the filing was made public on Dec. 24, 2008. The e-mails were obtained by Representative Darrell Issa, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee....

The e-mails span five months starting in November 2008 and include requests from the New York Fed to withhold documents and delay disclosures. The correspondence includes e-mails between AIG’s Shannon and attorneys at the New York Fed and its law firm, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Tom Orewyler, a spokesman for Davis Polk in New York, declined to comment as did Shannon.

According to Shannon’s e-mails obtained by Issa, the New York Fed suggested that AIG refrain in a filing from mentioning so-called synthetic collateralized debt obligations, which bundled derivative contracts rather than actual loans.

The filing “reflects your client’s desire that there be no mention of the synthetics in connection with this transaction,” Shannon wrote to Davis Polk on Dec. 2, 2008. “They will not be mentioned at all.”


  1. "Emails Show Geithner's NY Fed Killed Disclosure of Bailout Details"

    No surprise. Just business as usual for Geithner.

  2. Of course, criminals always try to cover up their crimes.

  3. I cannot wait to start my own bank where taxpayers get to save money and keep their jobs for the low low interest of forty percent! What a great deal we all got...I work...I pay taxes, I act responsibly and I get to pay higher taxes so Goldman can stay rich! What is the difference between America and any other criminal state?