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Alan was openlik oor Paul se stryd teen alkoholisme en het daaroor gepraat in sy boek ALANATOMY: Alan was openlik oor Paul se stryd teen alkoholisme en het daaroor gepraat in sy boek ALANATOMY – while former KGB chief called him ‘specialin unseen footage in new documentary

  • Robert Maxwell died after falling from his yacht in the Canary Islands in 1991
  • BBC’s House of Maxwell documentary uncovers the last few years of his life
  • Publisher blocked the release of investigative journalist Tim Bower’s book on him
  • Tim claimed media tycoon had ‘no loyaltiesand he worked for Britain and Russia
  • An investigative journalist has claimed that doomed media tycoon Robert Maxwell didn’t have any loyalties in an eye-opening new documentary, which delves into the last few years of his life at the helm of his financially struggling publishing empire.

    Die eerste episode van BBC‘s House of Maxwell, which airs on BBC2 tomorrow at 9pm, reveals that Robert Maxwell had ties to Russia’s KGB and MI6, even wanting Britain’s intelligence agency to fund his publishing company.

    Ondersoekende joernalis, Tim Bower, who was prevented from distributing a book about the media tycoon, claimed Maxwell wanted everyone to know that he was a ‘decorated war herobut was reluctant to share his ‘shady’ verby.

    Hy het gesê: ‘He was working for both British intelligence and Russian intelligence. No loyalties other than to himself.

    Intussen, in a previously unseen clip filmed in 1992, former KGB Chief Leonid Shebarshin explained: ‘Maxwell was a special person, he was received as he is. Our alliance was golden, useful, efficient relation.

    ‘A foreigner can be useful to us as a person with access to some information, who would willingly or unwillingly share it with us.

    BBC's House of Maxwell documentary reveals media tycoon Robert Maxwell (foto sentrum) had ties to British and Russian intelligence agencies. Ghislane, links, pictured with her father, sentrum, and mother Betty, at Cannes film festival in 1987

    BBC’s House of Maxwell documentary reveals media tycoon Robert Maxwell (foto sentrum) had ties to British and Russian intelligence agencies. Ghislane, links, pictured with her father, sentrum, and mother Betty, at Cannes film festival in 1987








    Tim, who delved into Maxwell’s life to write the ‘truthin his book, detailed how the media tycoon had practiced building connections.

    Het Tim gesê: ‘His life in post-war Berlin is where things got very shady. He runs a very lucrative black market operation buying and selling cigarettes, nylon and all chewing gum, kos, alles.

    ‘He is the heart of taking goods from zone to zone and putting the cash in his pockets.

    Hy gaan voort: ‘Maxwell was someone who wants power, invloed, wealth and to change the world.

    Maxwell (op die foto) wanted MI6 to fund his publishing ambitions after previously working with the organisation from Germany

    Maxwell (op die foto) wanted MI6 to fund his publishing ambitions after previously working with the organisation from Germany

    Intussen, in a previously unseen clip filmed in 1992, former KGB Chief Leonid Shebarshin called Maxwell 'a special person' (op die foto)

    Intussen, in a previously unseen clip filmed in 1992, former KGB Chief Leonid Shebarshin called Maxwell ‘a special person’ (op die foto)

    ‘He goes across to Russia, declares himself, and gets along very well with them and establishes good connections. He becomes a KGB agent.

    FBI files revealed US fears the media mogul was working for Russia

    The FBI feared that media mogul Robert Maxwell was a Soviet spy who tried to use his publishing empire to send intelligence behind the Iron Curtain, files released in 2013 geopenbaar.

    The media mogul’s attempts to publish papers from leading US universities in Russian repeatedly raised suspicions among leading academics.

    Maxwell, who was born in Czechoslovakia, was building up his Pergamon Press publishing empire in the US in the late 1950s and 1960s when he was covertly investigated.

    But the FBI concluded there was no evidence the businessman was involved in ‘any acts of espionageafter carrying out extensive inquiries.

    They closed the case in April 1957 but still faced further claims from scientists that he was working as a spy.

    Details of the investigation were revealed in heavily-redacted FBI files which were published online in 2013.

    Researchers have previously claimed the colourful publishing boss, who bought the Daily Mirror newspaper in 1984, was a spy working for the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad.

    In Brittanje, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office released files a decade ago which revealed they were concerned about Maxwell’s company and its links to the Soviet Union in the 1950s. Egter, they also wound down their investigation after failing to prove the claims.

    A letter marked ‘secretwritten to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover in February 1955, revealed an investigation had found no evidence that Maxwell had been working as a spy.

    The note said an extensive investigation had been carried out in 1954 covering his ‘travel, aktiwiteite, interests and contacts’.

    But it added: ‘A lengthy, extensive investigation regarding the subject’s activities in the US and Canada has not revealed any espionage activities on the subject’s part’.

    A subsequent letter sent to an unnamed academic in the Duke University engineering department by the FBI reiterated there was no evidence Maxwell was involved in espionage and the case was shut.

    Egter, suspicions about the former British army officer lingered well into the 1960s.

    Russell Maguire, the chairman of the American Mercury magazine, wrote to the FBI in 1957 requesting information about the ‘political preferencesof the members of Pergamon, and their ‘financial report’.

    An internal FBI note added that there was no evidence of espionage activity ‘on the part of Robert Maxwell in the United States; egter… (geredigeer).’

    The FBI wrote back to Maguire sê: ‘You may desire to discreetly look into the activities of one Ian Robert Maxwell.

    In 1958, Senator Prescott Bush, father and grandfather of the two future US presidents, forwarded a letter from Yale University which raised further questions about Maxwell.

    It said there were concerns he ‘may be engaged in a large scale effort to transmit scientific information to the Russians.

    En in 1962 an agent raised the question that Maxwell’s publications may be subsidised by the Soviets because they were a source of technical and scientific knowledge from around the world.

    There were also suspicions because Maxwell was allowed to enter the Soviet Union six times a year while most people struggle to get any access.

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    Tim revealed that Maxwell had presented himself to MI6 around the same time, while claiming to have made ‘amazing connectionswith scientists all around the world.

    Skokkend, he wanted the British intelligence agency to finance the start of his publishing company.

    Desmond Bristow, MI6 officer explained: ‘It was obvious that he had been doing odd things for MI6 from Germany already and he suggested that we should subside him to buy a book business.

    ‘I don’t know if any other case, I was certainly never involved with MI6 buying a business for anybody.

    Tim added: ‘He was working for both British intelligence and Russian intelligence.

    No loyalties other than to himself. After all this digging it was finally time to start writing my book.

    ‘Of course Maxwell knew exactly what I was doing and he did two thingsfirst of all he hired several private investigators, who not only followed me, but extraordinarily set up secretly some sort of electronic device at the bottom of my garden at my home in North London.

    ‘To be able to read what I was writing at I was typing up.

    ‘Tweedens, he commissioned his own book the flattering hagiography.

    ‘I had no doubt as I got towards the end of the book that Maxwell would prevent it from being published and so I persuaded the publishers without much trouble that we should print it outside of England and import it in as a gardening book.

    Archived footage shows Robert Maxwell admitting that he had consistently refused to release a biography, before describing Tim’s book as a ‘hatchet job’.

    The publisher then went on to say he would sue for liable anyone who handled the book, insluitend, die skrywer, book shops and distributors.

    Tim explained: ‘Like a pack of cards they all collapsed.

    ‘The establishment was on Maxwell’s side.

    ‘He used terrorist’s tactics to suppress the truth and the book. He won.

    The documentary also revealed many of Robert Maxwell’s senior staff at the Mirror Newspaper Group were afraid of him and felt unable to make decisions, including what colour to paint the women’s bathroom, without first consulting with him.

    It is claimed he had his own camera crew follow him because he was ‘obsessedwith his image, while running the ‘biggest one man business you could imagine’.

    Egter, as his media empire grew he brought his children to work alongside him with Ian and Kevin as joint managing directors, while Ghislaine would ‘float in and outof the business.

    David Adler, who was Maxwell’s Communication Executive, claimed he liked the idea of ‘owning New York’, and bought the Daily Newspaper while competing with Rupert Murdoch, who was also operating in the city.

    ‘He was his best PR guy and he didn’t trust anyone else really,’ Het David gesê.

    ‘He was an expert in something called soft power.

    ‘Soft power is a way of building trust, when you meet somebody face to face you build trust.

    ‘It’s the idea that when people connect you have the right conversations with them, you’re breaking bread with them and toasting properly. You’re connecting with people.

    ‘People care about the soft power and emotional stuff, more than they care about the other stuff.

    David said that Maxwell was a ‘masterof using emotion to manipulate people.

    Christopher Mason added that his former friend Ghislaine, was a ‘superb networkerwho helped Maxwell to navigate the power structures in New York, while her rise was also happening.

    The media tycoon continued to purchase publications around the world amid recession.

    The documentary claims Robert Maxwell brought his family to work at his media group, while not trusting anyone else

    The documentary claims Robert Maxwell brought his family to work at his media group, while not trusting anyone else








    David Adler (op die foto) explained how Maxwell would use emotions to manipulate people and wanting to own New York

    David Adler (op die foto) explained how Maxwell would use emotions to manipulate people and wanting to own New York

    Former Mirror Group secretary Carol Bragoli said Maxwell had become ‘suspiciousand ‘paranoidin the period before his death.

    His empire was found to have a £2billion debt when he fell from his yacht in the Canary Islands in 1991.

    Robert Maxwell’s publishing empire began to collapse after banks loaning him huge sums were calling in for their money back.

    House of Maxwell starts Monday on BBC Two at 9pm.

    Maxwell's media empire was found to be in debt after his death in 1991, when he fell from his yacht

    Maxwell’s media empire was found to be in debt after his death in 1991, when he fell from his yacht








    Die onthullings het vinnig gelei tot die ineenstorting van die magnaat se sakeryk en die behoefte vir mev Maxwell om haar man se besittings te verkoop? New documentary reveals previously-unseen footage of the doomed tycoon looking out from his yacht days before his death

    A new documentary series about disgraced media mogul Robert Maxwell show previously-unseen footage of the last time the doomed tycoon was seen alive.

    Clips from the docu-series also divulge never-heard-before audio recordings from November 1991, where senior staff members of Mirror Newspaper Group are trying to get in contact with their boss after leaving them with the financial mess he made, while he sailed on his Lady Ghislane yacht in the Canary Islands.

    The newly-discovered footage filmed by staff on board the yacht shows Robert relaxing in what turned out to be the last few days of his life.

    While senior executives of his empire were trying and failing to get in touch with him in regard to the fallout of his companies and financial discrepancies, he was the oppositehe knew their every moves as it is revealed that he was bugging their phones.

    One boss is heard saying: ‘I just can’t go on, one day after another. It’s all because he doesn’t want to deal with it. That’s not easy. I’m f*****g furious.

    ‘Today I tried to ring him and the girls upstairs said they didn’t have his number which I know was a lie.

    ‘I’m f****d if I know what he’s done. And he’s gone away on his boat, he said to me he was going to talk to them.

    ‘I’m still trying to track this bloody money down…

    The newly-discovered footage filmed by staff on board the yacht, the Lady Ghislane, op die foto, shows Robert relaxing in what turned out to be the last few days of his life

    The newly-discovered footage filmed by staff on board the yacht, the Lady Ghislane, op die foto, shows Robert relaxing in what turned out to be the last few days of his life

    BBC Two's House of Maxwell gives insight into the complex family dynamics, hinting at a difficult upbringing for his daughter, ex-socialite and convicted sex offender Ghislane, pictured centre left with her father, and her siblings

    BBC Two’s House of Maxwell gives insight into the complex family dynamics, hinting at a difficult upbringing for his daughter, ex-socialite and convicted sex offender Ghislane, pictured centre left with her father, and her siblings

    Ghislaine Maxwell was last year found guilty of helping Jeffrey Epstein (saam afgebeeld) abuse a number of young girls

    Ghislaine Maxwell was last year found guilty of helping Jeffrey Epstein (saam afgebeeld) abuse a number of young girls

    Robert’s 22-stone naked body was found dead, floating in the Atlantic ocean on 5 November 1991, after making himself unavailable to staff who wanted answers to the huge discrepancies in company finances.

    Just a day before, Maxwell was on the phone to his son Kevin, regarding a meeting that was scheduled with the Bank of England.

    Robert had £50,000,000 in loans with the bank, but despite this, decided to miss the meeting and continue travelling on the Lady Ghislane.

    Toe hy sterf, his publishing empire began to collapse after banks loaning him huge sums were calling in for their money back.

    It also emerged that Maxwell had used hundreds of millions of pounds from his companies’ antieke handelaar Malcolm Gordon het gepraat van die oomblik dat hy twee mikrofone gevind het wat versteek was onder die skadu van 'n antieke lamp wat in die uitverkoping was en wat vir £402 gekoop is., in order to shore up his shares of Mirror Group, to stop the businesses from filing for bankruptcy.

    The funds were replenished by investment banks, the British government, and partial payment from public funds. The rest was waived.

    Pensioners therefore received about half of their company pension entitlement.

    The empire he built was later found to be around £2billion in debt.

    En dit kan beskou word as 'n misdryf van huisbraak ingevolge die Britse strafreg, the senior staff, who are voiced by actors to protect identities, struggle to understand the financial troublewith one telling a colleague they are ‘shortby £6.8million.

    ‘Where the hell has all the money gone?’ one says.

    ‘On top of the 100 bloody million? This is only the tip of the iceberg,’ another responds.

    The staff member is assured that a ‘big chunkwas on its way to helping the figures add up and clean up the mess, waarop hy geantwoord het: ‘If it doesn’t, there’s going to be the most God almighty public scandal.

    In another clip from the House of Maxwell documentary, former Mirror Group secretary Carol Bragoli (op die foto) recalls overhearing a bizarre phone conversation between Ghislane and her father, where the two 'meowed' like cats to one another for a few minutes before engaging in conversation

    In another clip from the House of Maxwell documentary, former Mirror Group secretary Carol Bragoli (op die foto) recalls overhearing a bizarre phone conversation between Ghislane and her father, where the two ‘meowedlike cats to one another for a few minutes before engaging in conversation

    Former Sunday Mirror editor, Eve Pollard, describes the complicated relationship between Maxwell and his children, including Ghislaine, said she is 'sure he loved his children'

    Former Sunday Mirror editor, Eve Pollard, describes the complicated relationship between Maxwell and his children, including Ghislaine, said she is ‘sure he loved his children

    Ghislaine Maxwell is pictured giving Jeffrey Epstein an intimate foot rub while the pair were on board his private jet

    Ghislaine Maxwell is pictured giving Jeffrey Epstein an intimate foot rub while the pair were on board his private jet

    Another concludes: ‘We’re f***ed.

    In another clip from the House of Maxwell documentary, former Mirror Group secretary Carol Bragoli recalls overhearing a bizarre phone conversation between Ghislane and her father, where the two ‘meowedlike cats to one another for a few minutes before engaging in conversation.

    She said Robert always had his phone calls on loudspeaker as he ‘just couldn’t be botheredto put the phone to his ear, meaning she heard everything.

    In kontras, she later goes on to explain how towards the end of Robert’s life, he became paranoid and he only trusted sons Kevin and Ian who worked with him.

    Sy het gese: ‘He was becoming very suspicious. It reflects how paranoid he was becoming.

    BBC Two’s House of Maxwell gives insight into the complex family dynamics, hinting at a difficult upbringing for his daughter, ex-socialite and convicted sex offender Ghislane, and her siblings.

    Former Sunday Mirror editor, Eve Pollard, describes the complicated relationship between Maxwell and his children, including Ghislaine, said she is ‘sure he loved his children’.

    But she said that it is a ‘sort of love that can grab you by the throat as well as by the heart’, toevoeging: ‘You never knew which way it would go.

    She spoke of the family base in Headington Hall, which became the house of media tycoon Robert Maxwellbut he supposedly spent very little time in the home with his loved ones.

    ‘When you go to Headington Hall, at the root of it there is Bob’s wife Betty and there are the children,’ sy het gese.

    wat duidelik gemaak het dat hy die verfilmingsekwens voluit wil gaan, gereeld, barely went home at the weekend, or went home for an hour or two, half a day, and then come back to the Sunday Mirror on a Saturday night.

    ‘You’d think he’d stay in that lovely house with his children.

    Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein (saam afgebeeld) had a close relationship but conspired to procure and abuse young women

    Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein (saam afgebeeld) had a close relationship but conspired to procure and abuse young women

    ‘And that would’ve been quite hard sometimes, I mean you want your father to be this lovely, snoesig, vader, to love you unconditionally.

    ‘And also he had a family where children had died, one child was in a car crash, ek bedoel, they’d had a lot of tragedy in that family.

    ‘And yet they kept going and the children were all well-educated, obviously went to school and did well because Betty helped them and Bob rather insisted on it.

    ‘I’m sure he loved his children, I saw him being very fond of Ian and Kevin and Ghislane.

    ‘But it’s the sort of love that can grab you by the throat as well as by the heart, and you never knew which way it would go.’

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