When the info is not forthcoming and honest, well...
When crimes are being committed by political pretenders, the obstruction and obfuscation can be expected to increase at a high, often unprecedented rate [15,413 lies to date by the Clown in Chief]. There really has never been anything like this.
<Sigh> Then there is this little gem:
THE MYSTERY OF THE TRUMP CHAOS TRADES, IRAN/MAR-A-LAGO EDITION
Spikes in the Chicago E-mini market, and in defense stocks, preceded the announcement of the killing of Qasem Soleimani, not long after Trump reportedly told Mar-a-Lago guests he was working on a “big” response to Iran’s provocations. A coincidence?
For whatever reason, the Twitterverse had already seemed highly attuned to suspicious trading in defense stocks after the Trump New Year’s Eve party at Mar-a-Lago, on December 31—where Trump told people days prior to the strike, according to the Daily Beast, that he was working on a “big” response to Iran provocations and “soon”—but before the Soleimani hit, which was after the stock markets had closed on January 2, the first full-day of trading of the New Year. Maybe it was a coincidence that many of the defense stocks rose on January 2. (There'd also been the rocket attack in Iraq, killing an American contractor, America’s retaliation, which killed 25 Iraqi militia fighters, and then the attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.)
Dean Baker, an economist and the cofounder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, in Washington, tweeted that it was “very interesting” that Lockheed Martin’s stock went up 2% on January 2. “Looks like a lot of people should go to jail,” he wrote. Bill Corbett, who describes himself on Twitter as an “unapologetic Masshole,” tweeted that it wasn’t just Lockheed’s stock that went up either. He noted that the stocks of General Dynamics, Boeing, and Raytheon—big defense contractors all—also “began to spike” after the Mar-a-Lago New Year’s party and before the killing. Jonathan Alter, the MSNBC regular and author, tweeted “If the SEC hasn’t been totally politicized (a big If), it shouldn’t be hard to match the Mar-a-Lago guests who heard Trump say to expect something big and their investments.”
When you write a story that suggests that people may have had access to advance knowledge of momentous events and then managed to make huge amounts of money trading on that information, you get a lot of criticism. You also hear from people around the world who see the same kind of things happening and wonder why. After the Soleimani killing, I heard from Fergus Herries, who works in Hong Kong in financial-sector public relations. Like Baker and Corbett, he noticed the unusual trading in the stocks of Raytheon and Lockheed Martin in the hours before the drone strike in Baghdad and wondered why their stocks began to “surge” an hour before the hit. “If it is insider trading it would be fairly gobsmacking,” he wrote, “not to mention brazen, and while the implications of your previous [V.F.] article are egregious, behaviour like this involving assassination and the prospect of armed conflict is on another level altogether.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Edited by Ken Estes, 15 January 2020 - 0626 AM.