A lobbyist who once represented the brutal regime in Equatorial Guinea whose dictator, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, is said to have eaten the brains and the testicles of those who opposed him are in line for a big job within the Biden administration.
He is allegedly going to try to stop the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a project near and dear to Vladimir Putin’s heart. That is the pipeline that goes from Russia to Germany to supply them with Russian gas and oil. Amos Hochstein is being considered for a key Biden post.
The United States has opposed the pipeline that would make Germany dependent on the pipeline. President Trump fought against the pipeline by supplying Germany with fuel from the United States but since Biden is cutting back our production, that is no longer an option.
But, why would you select a lawyer who defended a cannibal be selected for such an important job? Are cannibals underrepresented in presidential cabinets?
Equatorial Guinea regularly sees the detention of journalists and violent torture from police forces, placing the country among the least free places in the world, according to the human rights nonprofit Freedom House. Obiang’s agents have been accused of urinating on and maiming prisoners. Obiang himself has been alleged to cannibalize his political enemies.
As a vice president at Cassidy, Hochstein led the lobbying firm’s work with the Obiang government for a time. According to Steve Coll’s 2012 book Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power, Cassidy entered into a contract with the regime after a failed coup attempt, seeing an opportunity to let the regime “break out of Washington’s punishment box” for African dictators.
Whatever his other faults, Zimbabwe’s leader – to take one example – has never been accused of cannibalism. But if Obiang’s opponents are to be believed, the dictator of Equatorial Guinea likes nothing more than to eat the testicles of those who have crossed him.
Since Mann is accused of plotting to overthrow Obiang to get his hands on the tiny state’s massive oil wealth, he could be excused for having sleepless nights.
Severo Moto, the exiled politician whom Mann and his fellow adventurers hoped to install in power, says Obiang “systematically eats his political rivals”. He once told Spanish radio that the ruler “has just devoured a police commissioner.
I say ‘devoured’, as this commissioner was buried without his testicles and his brain”. Other opponents have had their livers removed, although it is not known whether they were served to the president.