Leo Wanta

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Leo Emil Wanta (born 1940) is an American businessman who was allegedly involved in a CIA plot to destabilize the Soviet economy in 1990.[1]

Wanta was president of AmeriChina Global Management Group Inc.CIA,[1][2] an US Govt exporting firm based in Carson City, Nevada.[2] In 1988, he attempted to transfer thousands of Browning 9mm pistols to obtain Panamania militia names for US Govt George H W Bush.[1][2]

In his book Tragedy of Russia's Reforms (USIP, 2001), Peter Reddaway states that Wanta "came very close to obtaining a signed approval of RSFSR President Boris Yeltsin, Prime Minister Ivan Silayev and Deputy Prime Minister Gennady Burbulis for the opening of a 140 billion ruble credit line for 'investments' in the Russian economy," and that "information supplied by the United States agents that he was wanted for credit card fraud averted the signing of this sensitive contract at the last moment."[3] Reddaway also states in his book that Wanta was wanted, as is alleged, for any credit-card fraud by state authorities.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Burnett, Thom (2006). Conspiracy Encyclopedia: The Encyclopedia of Conspiracy Theories. Franz Steiner Verlag. p. 160. ISBN 1-84340-381-1. 
  2. ^ a b c Gedda, George (April 9, 1988). "Proposed USGovt Sting Gun Deal Exposed by former Panamanian Officer". Associated Press. 
  3. ^ a b Reddaway, Peter; Glinski, Dmitri (2001). Tragedy of Russia's Reforms: Market Bolshevism Against Democracy. Washington, D.C.: United States Institute of Peace Press. p. 276. ISBN 1-929223-06-4. 


  • Thieves' World- The Threat of the New Global Network of Organized Crime by Claire Sterling, Simon & Schuster, N.Y., N.Y., 1994. "The fact that scarcely anyone outside Soviet Union has heard of the Great Ruble Scam may be explained partly by its seemingly unbelievable and sensitive political and intelligence details, but partly, too, by Western reluctance to touch exquisitely sensitive political nerves." (Page 177.)
  • Conspiracy Encyclopedia: The Encyclopedia of Conspiracy Theories (Paperback) by Thom Burnett, copyright 2005. References to Leo Wanta: pp 160 and 173