Adnan Khashoggi, a notoriously shady Saudi businessman who was labelled ’the richest man in the world’ and who, back in the 2000s, was implicated in some highly salacious UK tabloid Press allegations along with the-then wife of a former Beatle, died a couple of weeks ago whilst being treated for Parkinson’s disease. He was in his early eighties, according to reports.
If you have a keen interest in anything Beatles-related I’ll hazard a guess you know who the aforementioned ex-wife is, and you’ll also perhaps be aware of the allegations that were made. However, if you’re still in the dark at this point, the woman I’m referring to is Heather Mills, former spouse of Sir Paul McCartney. He married her in 2002, just four years after his first wife Linda succumbed to cancer. In 2006, they separated, and an acrimonious divorce soon followed, during which time, the now-defunct UK weekend tabloid the ‘News of the World’ published allegations that the onetime-Beatle’s estranged other-half, before he’d met her, used to be a high-class call-girl in the pay of Khashoggi.
“We have a naughty background,” Denise Hewitt, an alleged former escort-girl and friend of Heather’s is quoted as saying in 2008 about their days together during the 1980s/‘90s. According to the 2007 book, ‘The Unsinkable Heather Mills: The Unauthorized Biography of the Great Pretender’ by Neil Simpson, the two women met when they were both young models, a pair of working-class girls trading on their looks to escape poverty although, it’s said, Mills struggled to get hired for shoots, a lot of which was seemingly centred on swimsuit and lingerie assignments. Together, it’s claimed, they both moved on from “modelling to something with a harder edge” tempted, it’s said, by stories told by escort-girl pals of “wads of cash… private jets and villas and yachts.”
Hewitt is reported to have expressed no regrets for her former life as a high-class escort. “I don’t look on it as sleazy,” she’s quoted as saying. “I mean, working-class women wouldn’t get £10,000 a night. We used to get a lot of jewellery as gifts – rings, watches, Bulgari bracelets, cars. The world was our oyster. We enjoyed it.”
The intention of this article isn’t to shower moral condemnation upon prostitution. And neither is it to provide a blow-by-blow report on the spicy ‘tit’-bits of the allegations directed towards Mills. No, none of that is of any relevance here.
What does interest me though is the fact that Khashoggi was an arms-dealer and, apparently, an opulently wealthy one who spent his reported billions on sumptuous, glamorous parties attended – it’s said – by stars of music and movies. He was also embroiled in the Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s. So, once again, we find the worlds of the military-industrial complex and popular-culture co-existing.
But the issue here isn’t to do with his reportedly close proximity to the icons of screen and sound (as fascinating as it is), but his alleged customer-client relationship with Mills who, it’s claimed, attended (as far as I’ve been led to understand) at least one of Khashoggi’s lavish soirees as his paid guest. In other words, or, to be precise, the words of a man by the name of Abdul Khoury, who’s said to have worked as Adnan’s private-secretary between the 1970s and 2000s, “one of my duties was to look after Mr. Khashoggi’s guests, which would include looking after vice-girls who were invited to see him. One was Heather Mills.” In fact, it’s reported that, in a 2001 media-interview the-then Lady McCartney (as she was officially known) admitted to attending the party which was held at a residence Khashoggi owned in Marbella, Spain, but denied having sex with him – paid or otherwise. According to this particular version of events, she was invited to the get-together after flying in from the UK for a modelling assignment. She had no idea many of the other girls who’d been jetted in as guests were high-class hookers. “I have met Adnan Khashoggi… but I haven’t had sex with him. I have never sold sex and I am not an escort-girl,” she’s quoted as saying of that episode. Khashoggi, when reportedly asked in a 2006 TV-interview whether any money had been exchanged between himself and Mills for sexual activities at his Spanish property, replied, “who cares?” He couldn’t be pressed to give a ’yes’ or ’no’ answer, or so I‘m led to understand, you see, I’ve never watched it myself because no footage of it seems to be available any more, so I have to rely on second-hand accounts from MSM-media sources. Any way, according to Khoury’s claims in the News of the World‘s self-proclaimed ‘expose‘ of 2006, the initial Marbella meeting between the notorious arms-dealer and the future wife of an ex-Beatle was the first of a few. She was alleged to have met him for paid sex on four other occasions during the early 1990s in top-star London hotel-rooms. I’m not aware of any claims to suggest the pair met beyond this although the allegations attributed in the UK tabloid to the individual we’re led to believe is Khashoggi’s ex-private-secretary have, in one shape or form, been echoed by others, including Denise Hewitt. Unfortunately, much of what she’s reported to have said and that’s of relevance to this website, was broadcast in a 2008 TV documentary that, to my knowledge, hasn’t been screened since, and although I did watch it on its original airing back then, my memory of it is hazy. I’ve failed to find it online to refresh myself with it so, as a result, I’ll have to rely on what various news-media sources quoted from it either before or after its transmission. According to the ‘MailOnline’ for example, the aforementioned television-programme, which was titled ‘Heather Mills: What Really Happened,’ quoted Hewitt as saying Khashoggi was “classed as” Heather’s ‘sugar daddy,’ as was “one of the royal princes of Saudi.” She’s also reported as saying, “we went into high-class prostitution behind closed doors and nobody knew about it.” Maybe nobody (or almost nobody) knew what Khashoggi, a life-long friend of the Saudi royal family, was up to then, but there’ve been glimpses since if we’re to believe what’s been printed and published in the mainstream media. In its obituary to the recently-departed arms-dealer, the UK tabloid ‘The Sun’ (a Rupert Murdoch-owned relative of the News of the World) states that many of the lucrative contracts Adnan won and that led to his vast financial wealth, “were won by impressing clients with… the services of high-class prostitutes.” So, sex sold weapons. (That wouldn‘t surprise me).
In a clandestine world such as that, what else could the amorous charms of an attractive high-class hooker win from her satisfied conquest? What about information? Information of value (or career-crushing consequence) not only to dealers of arms for example, but their high-flying friends and associates in the military, government and intel-services?
Most intriguingly for me, Hewitt has reportedly claimed in the aforementioned documentary that Mills has the power to enchant men to her will. She’s reported to have said, “Heather knows how to play people, she’s very clever… They just fall madly in love with her and… she manipulates people and they’re besotted.” She’s also quoted as saying Heather “was a honey trap for men.”
What exactly is a ‘honey trap’? Well, according to one dictionary definition I’ve read, it’s “a stratagem in which an attractive person entices another person into revealing information…”
Khashoggi, in some shape or form, was a player within the military-industrial complex and at least one or two US Government administrations, we’re told. His role, for example, in the Iran-Contra affair had him embroiled in an international scandal back in the 1980s and that then-American President Ronald Reagan was eventually forced to publicly accept responsibility for. It involved the covert selling of military hardware to Iran, which was under a US arms embargo, and then using those proceeds to secretly fund the White House-backed Contra rebels in Nicaragua who were fighting the Left-wing government there. Khashoggi has been described as the ‘middle-man’ in these arms dealings. A couple of decades or so earlier, a young Adnan is said to have had a hand in paving the way for Richard Nixon’s 1968 US Presidential-election win. In his early 2010’s book ‘Prophets of War,’ author and think-tank head-honcho William D. Hartung states that, during Tricky Dicky’s “political exile” following his 1960 electoral defeat to JFK, “Khashoggi cultivated connections with key American officials” including “Richard Nixon… by wining and dining him in Paris and smoothing the way for him to be received in style in major Arab capitals. Khashoggi’s ’generosity’ paid off when Nixon was elected President in 1968. Although it was never made clear what the American President did for his Saudi friend, the two men had several private meetings during the Nixon presidency, suggesting a level of access and influence that could only help Khashoggi rack-up new clients, whether or not Nixon lifted a finger on his behalf. Khashoggi was suspected of funnelling millions of dollars to Nixon’s 1972 re-election campaign.” Jonathan Aitken, former British Tory cabinet MP and author of the book ‘Nixon: A Life’ (and who we’re going to get a little more detail on later), claims the former President once said to him that Khashoggi “was a highly intelligent and serious man who gave me many original insights into Mid-East politics.” Adnan, it’s said, was also of value to the Pentagon. William D. Hartung, in his book, reports that, in a 1974 speech, “the assistant-director of the Pentagon’s international sales office… noted the benefits of using agents like Khashoggi to buy influence, ranging from ‘normal friendships… to the payments of substantial sums of money to individuals in high government positions.’” Look into Adnan’s life and you’ll find his name linked in some form to the CIA as well. For example, in his book ‘The American Deep State: Big Money, Big Oil, and the Struggle for US Democracy,’ Canadian-born former diplomat and academic, Peter Dale Scott states that the arms-dealer’s PR guy in Washington used to be Edward K. Moss, a “man with CIA connections.”
It’s here we see a connection being laid out by Scott involving the alleged machinations of Ross the so-called CIA asset alongside big business and the role of call-girls.
He goes on:
Back in November 1962, the CIA, as part of its planning to get rid of (Fidel) Castro, decided to use Moss for the Political Action Group of the CIA’s covert Action (CA) staff. This was more than a year after the FBI had advised the CIA that Moss’s mistress Julia Cellini and her brother Dino Cellini were alleged to have long been associated with the narcotics and white slavery rackets in Cuba.
This FBI report suggests an important shared interest between Moss and Khashoggi: sexual corruption…
Khashoggi himself was said to have “used sex to win over US executives.” The bill for the madam who supplied girls en masse to his yacht in the Mediterranean ran to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Khashoggi made a practise of supplying those he wished to influence with dollars as well as sex.
This is a world where, in the words of Scott, “sexual corruption” can not only win big business contracts but, potentially, power and political influence either by subtly wrestling valuable top secrets from the lips of the call-girl’s victim, or instead by blackmailing the target into submission with the aid of, let’s say, incriminating photographs of them in, as it were, action.
This is a world ripe for the ‘honey trap.’
In the late 1980s, Khashoggi’s name was linked to the UK’s so-called ‘House of Commons Sex Scandal,’ a scandal that called in to question the security of the country (similar in some respects to the Profumo affair a quarter of a century earlier). At the centre of this was Indian-born former beauty-queen Pamella Bordes (real name, Pamela Chaudry Singh) who claims she was Adnan’s call-girl whilst she was working as a researcher for a Tory MP within the Houses of Parliament. An extensive article in the British tabloid the ‘Daily Mail’ in 1989, and published with her co-operation, quotes her as saying she “was used as sexual bait” by the arms-dealer. The newspaper claimed at the time it had compiled a dossier revealing “Khashoggi’s widespread use of bribery and sexual favours in return for business deals involving arms, technology and property.” It included “the names of prominent businessmen in Britain, France and the United States and those of senior French politicians and Arab leaders and government officials.” The tabloid stated that Khashoggi was involved with an “organisation” that Bordes worked for and she “was flown around the world to give sexual favours at his behest to a number of important business and political clients.”
Pamella’s double-life as a House of Commons researcher and call-girl “gave her an added cachet for her clients… At least three Asians with whom she had sexual relations wanted to be assured that she worked in the Commons and she showed them documents to prove it. The arrangements with her clients were made by ‘agents’ who specialised in arranging ‘sex for business liaisons.’” Bordes told the Daily Mail, “Khashoggi has all these deals going and he needs a lot of girls for sexual bribes. I was just part of an enormous group.” The question of UK security was brought to the fore when it was revealed that Pamella had also been involved with Ahmed Gaddaf Al-Dam, a cousin and reputed close aide of then-Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gadaffi. He was also, according to one Press report from 1989, “a top-ranking arms buyer in the Libyan security service.” The ‘Daily Express’ newspaper claimed Bordes was “said to have made a number of visits by private-jet to the Libyan capital Tripoli. Reports of Pamella’s trips to see him in Paris were given to a senior official at the Foreign Office in early January (1989). By then she was working as a research-assistant for Tory MP David Shaw.” She was also at this time, as noted before, on the Khashoggi payroll, working for – in the Daily Mail’s words – his “network, operated by his sub-contracted ‘madames’…” It’s around this period or thereabouts that Heather Mills will have met Khashoggi at his party at his Marbella home where, Bordes claims, she herself stayed for a time and where, she’s reported as saying, male guests of one of his infamous soirees “evaluated” her in order to see if she “passed their tests.”
In 2007, and as you’ll no doubt know, Mills claimed during a live interview on UK breakfast TV that she had “a box of evidence” incriminating McCartney her then soon-to-be ex-husband. From what she said on that programme, it’s pretty clear the aforementioned ‘box’ was (is?) her insurance-policy against alleged threats on her life, threats that the former Beatle, she claimed, didn’t respond to protect her from. She declared that should she be ‘topped off,’ the damning ‘evidence’ would be unleashed to the public by “a certain person” that she was planning on giving it to for safe-keeping.
How she attained this box of yet-to-be disclosed content isn’t publicly known for sure (as far as I‘m aware). Whether it was acquired through accident or, indeed, deception of some form and, with or without the help of old friends and associates with a knowledge of covert tactics perhaps, is a matter of pure conjecture I’d suggest.
Incidentally, and as a side-note, it’s ironic (perhaps) that, in 2002, it was reported that Khashoggi was said to have been at the receiving end of a £30,000 blackmail attempt after a set of photos of him somehow went mysteriously missing. This was, apparently, according to Soraya Khashoggi his ex-wife and also mother of a daughter whose father is none other than the previously-mentioned Jonathan Aitken. Oooh! It’s a small world isn’t it?
A couple of little Beatles-related links here with regards to Aitken a former Tory cabinet-member in British PM John Major’s government of the early ‘90s and who was later jailed after admitting perjury and perverting the course of justice in a libel-hearing he launched against a national newspaper that revealed he’d allowed the Saudi royal family to pay his hotel bill at the Paris Ritz in 1993 when he was minister in charge of Defence Procurement and, as a result, barred from taking such hospitality. In 1967, during his days as a young journalist, he signed his name to the famous full-page advertisement in the UK’s ‘Times’ broadsheet that called for a relaxing on the laws on cannabis. Titled, ‘the law against marijuana is immoral in principle and unworkable in practise,’ it was paid for by John, Paul, George and Ringo and included their signatures alongside those of their manager Brian Epstein as well as R.D. Laing, George Melly, Graham Greene, Tom Driberg MP, Francis Huxley, established British TV veteran of politics David Dimbleby and many more.
Aitken claims he met McCartney on a couple of occasions during the 1960s and had been in close, regular contact with The Beatles’ faithful PR-man Derek Taylor when they were both immersed in the counter-cultural scene of Haight-Ashbury in 1967. The future Conservative politician was working as an overseas reporter there, writing articles for London’s ‘Evening Standard’ newspaper on the burgeoning ‘Summer of Love.’ By 1972, when he claims to have first met Khashoggi, he was an investment-banker working for a man by the name of Jim Slater whose partner was a member of the notorious and so-called ‘elite’ Goldsmith dynasty (A.K.A. Goldschmidt/Rothschild). Quite a career-jump there! Basically, he’d gone from, in his own words, “sharing a joint with Jim Morrison of The Doors, the Beat poet Allen Ginsberg and Ron ‘Pigpen’ McKernan of The Grateful Dead” in San Francisco in 1967 to rubbing shoulders with arms-dealers just five years later. Once again I see here the worlds of the military-industrial complex and the 1960s music-scene blurring into each other, and in a quite bizarre fashion if you ask me. Maybe it’s what they call a ‘coincidence,’ a happening of chance, right? Any way, I’m not aware if Aitken ever met Heather Mills in all the years he’d known Adnan, but he was, he claims, at the former arms-dealer’s hospital bedside before he died.
What top secrets of devastation Khashoggi has taken with him with his passing and that he and only he alone knew about is any ones’ guess.
New York Times: Adnan Khashoggi, High-Living Saudi Arms Trader, Dies at 81
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