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WikiLeaks: Boeing feared EADS was trying to bribe Romanian officials

US company Boeing had concerns in 2008 that European conglomerate EADS was trying to bribe Bucharest government officials to convince them to purchase Airbus jets for national air carrier Tarom, according to a diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks and published by ‘El Pais’ online.

In a cable dated July 31, 2008, the then US Ambassador Nicholas Taubman detailed a conversation on the matter with Boeing regional sales representative Monte Frazier. Frazier told Taubman that his company was planning to sell up to ten Boeing 737 to Tarom for up to USD 1 bln. “Still, Boeing is concerned about information that EADS is not intending to be a loyal competitor and might try to incorrectly influence key government officials so as to favour Airbus,” the cable reads, quoted by Mediafax. EADS was reportedly ready to offer three per cent of the contract’s value as bribe, Frazier claimed. Boeing eventually won the Tarom contract at the end of 2008.

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