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Foreign Banks Tapped Fed’s Lifeline Most as Bernanke Kept Borrowers Secret

Posted By kurtnimmo On April 1, 2011 @ 9:18 am In Economic Crisis,Old Infowars Posts Style,Tile | Comments Disabled

Bradley Keoun and Craig Torres
Bloomberg
April 1, 2011

U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke’s two-year fight to shield crisis-squeezed banks from the stigma of revealing their public loans protected a lender to local governments in Belgium, a Japanese fishing-cooperative financier and a company part-owned by the Central Bank of Libya.

Dexia SA (DEXB), based in Brussels and Paris, borrowed as much as $33.5 billion through its New York branch from the Fed’s “discount window” lending program, according to Fed documents released yesterday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. Dublin-based Depfa Bank Plc, taken over in 2007 by a German real-estate lender later seized by the German government, drew $24.5 billion.

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