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May 18, 2021

WikiLeaks: Ex Army Chief of Staff involved in US military technique deals

Last year, the US Embassy to Romania discovered that a firm where ex Army Chief of Staff General Constantin Degeratu was working was involved in trading military technique and arms without being licensed to do so by the Romanian authorities, diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks and published by ‘Kamikaze’ magazine reveal. According to the cables, MIC & Associates, a consultancy firm, was representing in Romania the US company Raytheon, without having an authorisation from the National Export Control Agency (ANCEX). The embassy found this out after checking the firm, at the request of the US state Department, the cables reveal.

Moreover, even ANCEX did not know that MIC & Associates was operating illegally, while the company’s owner, Stefan Minovici, told the embassy in a phone interview that he was not aware that his firm needed authorisation, “largely because he believed the major business that subject company conducts in Romania on behalf of Raytheon and ITT Defense was not under the authority of ANCEX.” One cable also notes that Minovici and Degeratu were the principal officers of MIC & Associates. Before working for the firm, Degeratu acted as an adviser to President Traian Basescu and as Army Chief of Staff.

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