January 4th, 2011

?? Russians say Wheeler assassinated re US chemical weapon disaster in Arkansas ?

Ed Note: See comments below to follow this strange story as it evolves — or more likely disappears in a cloud of web nonsense and, perhaps, professional disinformation.

JOHN WHEELER was the leader of the Vietnam Vets Memorial movement, among other things.

Career Air Force with sensitive assignments.

Showed up murdered in a dumpster the other day.

Meanwhile thousands of birds have been dropping dead out of the sky in Arkansas.

Now Inteltrends publishes a report that claims to have seen a Russian intel report saying that Wheeler was killed, by the Americans, because he

threatened to expose a U.S. Military test of poison gas that killed hundreds of thousands of animals in Arkansas this past week.

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  1. ed says:

    He was a consultant to the acting Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics regarding tankers and other issues.

    The big air force tanker contract — Boeing or EADS? — is pending.


    January 5th, 2011 at 9:43 am

  2. ed says:

    Fletcher Prouty wrote an interesting piece about the assassination of governmental types in Washington:


    January 5th, 2011 at 9:44 am

  3. ed says:


    Police say Wheeler, half a day before his death, was walking around disoriented — in the Dupont Chemicals corporate headquarters bldg in Wilmington. The Nemours Building.


    The fuzz haven’t told us how he died but have said without doubt it’s a homicide.

    January 5th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

  4. ed says:

    The fuzz haven’t told the wife or his lawyer how he died.

    And the lawyer says:

    Marin said Wheeler’s wife did not want to be interviewed about his death.

    “The police have not revealed much information to us,” he said.

    “I suppose anything is in the range of possibility, but it could have been something very ordinary. If you have a person who is somehow disoriented or having a problem of some kind, there are certainly sadistic people out there on the street who would take advantage of a person like that.”

    Fucking lawyers.

    January 5th, 2011 at 4:35 pm

  5. ed says:

    A number of discrepancies between the Wash Post piece linked above and the AP piece same day, re the Disorientated story.


    January 5th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

  6. ed says:

    Seems both the Post and AP are consciously misrepresenting the scene with this focus on Disorientation.

    The witnesses at the courthouse garage report he says he was robbed there.

    The woman garage attendant says he didn’t seem drunk, but his eyes were extremely red; and it seemed that somebody had done something to him.

    He’s limping rather painfully and carrying one shoe, apparently unable to wear it due to a problem with his foot. Seems to be planting each step on the heel, as if he had badly twisted the ankle …

    While talking at the glass window, he seems to look with sharp worry to a door (perhaps as if worried re who might come thru or be on the other side).

    Then seems angry at the lack of response from the person on the other side of the glass window.

    Then walks down the lobby (of the courthouse bldg, presumably) to a street entrance — where a door stands wide open in the cold air. He looks outside, closes the open door — then turns back and enters an elevator.

    And they show him waving in frustration and perhaps a bit of humor at the surveillance camera above the elevator. Or something like that.

    Yet the headlines make no mention of being attacked, and the stories don’t speak of the foot as wounded. Both headlines and stories spin to Disoriented. As if nothing more than perhaps a stroke.

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

  7. ed says:

    He was normal and okay on Tues the 28th circa 5 pm, when he sent an email about Army football and the NCAA to a friend.


    Weds the 29th ca 6 pm: Enters a New Castle (his hometown) pharmacy and asks for a ride to nearby Wilmington — where police later find his car parked, supposedly since Dec 13. The pharmacy owner refuses to give him a lift.

    Less than an hour later: In Wilmington at the courthouse: Red-eyed, coat-less, cold, limping shoe-in-hand, and reporting his briefcase stolen. Somewhat out of it but not drunk, says the garage attendant, who also suggests “somebody did something to him.”

    Thurs the 30th: “Disoriented” for hours within the Nemours bldg, according to several who spoke to him there. Then dead hours later in the dead of night.

    Cause of death on hold for toxicology reports, we are told


    January 8th, 2011 at 11:21 am

  8. ed says:

    Family says nothing except that it wants privacy. That smells too.

    January 8th, 2011 at 11:22 am

  9. ed says:

    Dead birds in Italy to join those of Sweden

    January 8th, 2011 at 11:35 am

  10. ed says:

    Those last two days, having returned from Washington by train, he stayed at The Hotel Du Pont in Wilmington — across from the Nemours Building housing the Dupont Chemical offices — instead of his home in nearby New Castle.


    January 8th, 2011 at 11:42 am

  11. ed says:

    Huh. His cell phone is found in the partially built house across the street that was the subject of his neighborly legal dispute.

    And a cabbie’s number is on the cell. But the cabbie says he doesn’t know how that happened, but also that he knows Wheeler and saw him at the Hotel du Pont, where Wheeler stayed, somewhat oddly, his last two days rather than his home, and at the train station.


    January 10th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

  12. ed says:

    The cause of death remains unpublicized.

    And flacks are now telling the press that maybe it wasn’t homicide.

    Yet the garage attendant continues to report what seemed to have been an attack:

    “His face was really flush,” parking attendant Iman Goldsborough told CBS News. “From the way his shoe looked, I would say it looked like somebody had done thing to him.”

    But a flack tells the tube he might have crawled into the dumpster himself and died.


    January 10th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

  13. ed says:

    New video from his last day/evening showing him exiting the Nemours building (Du Pont headquarters) — by a side exit — and wearing a hooded blue sweatshirt, hood up.

    They already had him on video INSIDE the building, that afternoon — but wearing different clothes.

    Seems a fair reading that he was trying to get out of the bldg without being noticed. Having been attacked the day before in the courthouse garage.


    This story also reports:

    Police in Newark, Delaware (where the body was found sliding out of a garbage truck) said Monday (January 3, it seems) that they DID determine a cause of death in the case but were not going to release it. And affirmed it was homicide.

    But next day superior Delaware officials supervened, said NO cause of death was yet in hand, and referred for the first time to pending toxicology reports.

    Since then: nada in the press on cause of death.

    January 10th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

  14. ed says:

    The local news channel linked just above is covering the story rather well.

    January 10th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

  15. ed says:

    More dead black birds, in Alabama.


    January 13th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

  16. ed says:

    This woman might be crazy, might be sane, and might be part of a Pentagon public relations effort to discredit anyone who might take the Russian report seriously:


    Only her hairdresser knows for sure.

    If it’s a hoax just for fun, somebody went to a lot of trouble for almost nothing.

    If it’s a hoax to discredit the Russian report, it confers a kind of integrity upon the latter.

    But of course they may both be hoaxes.

    And here I am missing the Jets game …

    If she’s crazy — wow. JUST PLAIN NUTS.


    She does seem a hoax. The script is too Hollywood formulaic.

    And if compelled to guess, I would guess the report of a Russian intel report is phony.

    White Hoax, Black Hoax. – Hoax vs Hoax? Mad Magazine.

    This is why Disinformation almost always wins.

    January 13th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

  17. ed says:

    Video re dead birds and fish in Louisiana, Alabama and Arkansas


    January 13th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

  18. ed says:

    The Blonde’s spiel is so Hollywood in the way it hooks then builds toward a revelation of insanity that I bet my nickel on professional hoax.

    The Russian thing seems pretty impossible too. Intel-Trends (where I first came upon the story) itself is not crazy but here seems to have dealt its readers a boner.

    The Russian thing seems to come from one of two sites that share the same ridiculous list of stories. One calls itself European Union Times but seems more likely based in Boise, Langley, Fort Meade or Bellevue.

    The former head of Mothers Against Drunk Driving seems to have stumbled into a disinformation dust-up without point.

    However all that may be, his death is being handled very strangely by local cops and the nationwide press.

    And the latter seem to have lost what interest they had. Perhaps the rest is silence for Mr Wheeler and his silent family.

    January 13th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

  19. ed says:

    Here’s the flack — Mr Sherlock Holmes of Philadelphia — suggesting that JW crawled into the dumpster himself and died.


    You can’t make this stuff up.

    Or maybe they can

    January 13th, 2011 at 11:19 pm

  20. ed says:

    Lt General Tom McInerney on Fox saying he thinks it was a professional hit


    January 14th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

  21. ed says:

    Re the dead fish and birds.

    Here is a map that purports to show what’s going on.


    January 14th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

  22. ed says:

    Re the dead animals.

    The other avenue of wonderment since the 5000 birds fell in Arkansas has been the chemical dispersants that BP poured into the Gulf last year.

    Reports were coming out of the Dallas area in the fall of burnt vegetation and human skin — as the dispersants, lofted by hurricanes and similar, came down in poisonous rain.

    I’ll ask a friend who was involved in a volunteer testing operation down there what if anything came of all that.

    it would suit the new Bourne-like James Bond to find an Oil Company seeking to evade blame for the dead fish and fowl had produced the Blonde and the Russian bits.

    Ie, disinformation WITH a point.

    But, for the moment, nothing makes sense.

    January 14th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

  23. ed says:

    Today is Friday.

    The Wheeler story died this week in the press, following last weekend’s shootings in Tucson.

    The only tidbit that issued this week re Wheeler is this:

    Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden — Joe Biden’s son — has sealed the four search warrants issued by courts to police re Wheeler from public examination.

    The warrants have been sealed to protect the investigation, Delaware authorities say.

    Protect it from who?

    From the producers of the Blonde’s breathless video?

    From the producers of the Russian Intel re Wheeler newstory?

    Or just you and me?


    January 14th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

  24. ed says:

    Beau Biden is Delaware Atty General.

    Was an Army JAG lawyer.

    Still a Captain in the National Guard.


    An interesting account of Biden Jr’s abrupt refusal to run for his father’s former Senate seat last fall. Instead he ran again for Attorney General, handing the seat to a GOPher.


    January 14th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

  25. ed says:

    Hm. His last afternoon, in the Nemours Building, he entered a law office and asked to speak to the managing partner about borrowing money to pay for a train ride north.

    Receptionist left desk to pass on the inquiry and when back to desk found Wheeler had left.

    Story leaked by an anonymous attorney in the office.


    Either he did not have or did not want to use his credit cards, it would seem.

    Either congrues with the picture of a fellow who was robbed.

    Not wanting to use credit cards congues with the picture of one who thinks he’s being hunted by professionals.

    January 15th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

  26. ed says:

    Two weeks on, Delaware News Journal, pub’d in Wilmington, highlights the information blackout on the cause of death


    Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Adrienne Sekula-Perlman, who is handling the case, needs time to complete her work.

    “I can understand where those concerns lie, but I have checked six or eight times to see if anything can be released … and she’s not saying a word,” Brown said.

    “She ruled it a homicide that day. I don’t know what caused her to make that ruling, but it’s obviously something she found.”


    Other passages in the story repoint interest to the toxicology tests, which apparently take a long time.

    January 15th, 2011 at 2:34 pm

  27. ed says:

    The cabdriver whose phone number was found on Wheeler’s cell phone (itself found in the half-built house across the street from Wheeler’s New Castle home).


    January 15th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

  28. ed says:

    The News Journal in Wilmington is covering the story best at the moment.


    January 15th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

  29. ed says:

    Earlier stories said he spent his last two full nights (28th and 29th) at the Hotel Du Pont across from the Nemours Bldg.

    Now stories report the Fuzz say they don’t know where he was the night of the 29th. But is wearing different clothes on the 30th.

    January 15th, 2011 at 3:41 pm

  30. Leo says:

    Do security cameras shake like that? Normally, security cameras are stationary with only mechanized means of rotation. This looks as if it’s actually a handheld camera with somewhat shaky hands.

    January 15th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

  31. ed says:

    Holy cow, a visitor …

    Welcome, Leo, welcome!

    ( This is my filing cabinet, generally speaking. )

    The camera shakes, eh? I hadn’t noticed.

    January 15th, 2011 at 4:07 pm

  32. ed says:

    Newsweek re-publishes a scurrilous attempt at psychological defamation that first appeared this past week on The Daily Beast.


    Gee. Wheeler’s murder seems mostly to be his own fault. Poor fella. Vietnam, you know …

    The author is Patricia Wingert, “a Newsweek correspondent based in Washington DC who covers society, politics, policy, education and health.”

    Newsweek, perhaps one should note, has been an asset of the National Security Apparat since before its sale by the family of Richard Helms (OSS then career CIA, and director of CIA 1964-73 — The Man Who Kept the Secrets and was sent to jail by Congress) …

    Helms’s uncle sold the mag in the early 60s to Philip Graham’s Washington Post — the very seat of the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird (thru which many hundreds of journalists nationwide received CIA stipends for “cooperation” re national security affairs).

    Graham was close to the CIA founders but also to JFK — and not long after the latter’s murder grabbed a mike at a conference in Arizona and started rambling and ranting about America’s secret police. He was immediately taken and sedated. His now famous wife Katherine flew to Phoenix, brought him home and had him institutionalized. A good time later he was released, came home and that evening — story goes — blew his brains out.

    Katherine one should perhaps note was the daughter of Eugene Meyer, the Wash Post’s owner and an old Federal Reserve banker and one of the ten Americans most responsible for the foundation of the state of Israel.

    As for Ben Bradlee … oy. Clearly a CIA asset, through the agency of Philip Graham. Read Deborah Davis’s basic book — Katharine the Great — to see how and why. Ugly work for the US Information Agency (itself an asset ab initio) defaming the Rosenbergs in Europe seems to have been how Ben earned his stripes and his lifetime meal ticket.

    Curious readers might perhaps also read Fletcher Prouty’s backgrounder on faux suicide in Washington DC:

    Newsweek has — since the heyday of Bradlee and Katharine Graham — been sold agin and the Post company has gone thru changes, now doing more business in For-Profit-Education (having bought the Kaplan enterprise) than journalism.

    But from 1947 into the 80s the Post was more or less a CIA asset. And Newsweek, under the Helms family and then as part of the Meyer-Graham Post, was in the game.

    All this comes to mind when one finds Newsweek going out of its way to defame the eminent Mr Wheeler and paint him as a wacko gone off the edge. Just another Phil Graham …

    January 15th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

  33. ed says:

    Front page story today in the Philadelphia Inquirer re the Wheeler mystery.


    January 17th, 2011 at 1:07 pm

  34. ed says:

    Delaware Medical Examiner says — finally — he was beaten to death.

    “Blunt force trauma” ….


    January 29th, 2011 at 11:56 pm

  35. ed says:

    A memorial page for Mr Wheeler


    And a news story about a memorial service attended by pentagonians:


    April 4th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

  36. ed says:

    Well, in the meantime — late February — the air force tanker project was indeed contracted to boeing. Rather than airbus.

    1. Headline values on the contract = $35 billion.

    2. The decision in boeing’s favor was greeted as a ‘surprise’ due to lots of recent flak and lobbyist activity. This is worth reading:


    A huge blow to Airbus (with a new plant in Alabama waiting to build the plane) not to get the contract.

    3. Recent buzz, six weeks post contract, re possible changes to the contract.

    4. According to Wheeler’s official bio at Second Line of Defense, a military and security website to which he contributed, Wheeler served as secretary of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and was “most recently special assistant to the secretary of the Air Force. ”

    That last (bold face) syncs with early reports post death that he was working for the acting Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics regarding [air force] tankers and other issues.

    I find it slightly suspicious that this occupation fell out of the news after the first days post death. The news is usually saying he was working on cyber security.

    April 14th, 2011 at 11:59 am

  37. ed says:

    Here in April is two-part follow up story on the death of Mr Wheeler from a Virginia newspaper:

    April 9, 2011:


    April 10, 2011

    April 14th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

  38. ed says:

    Current summary and analysis piece from the Wilmington, Delaware paper:


    Here’s an index of all the paper’s stories on the subject:


    April 14th, 2011 at 2:47 pm

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