A plan for a Greek default for close of business Friday 23rd March has been leaked by The Slog website. It is claimed that the firm date and written actions was circulating since January.

A written document giving firm dates and detailed actions for a planned Greek default has been in the possession of two top Wall Street bank currency trading bosses since the second week in January. The Slog has separate but corroborative sources affirming the existence of the document, and a conviction among senior bank staff that – at least at the time – the plan represented “a timetable, not a contingency”. The plan gives a firm date of March 23rd for default to be announced after the close of business.

One of the banks is Barclays Capital (Barcap) run by controversial figure Bob Diamond. The other must remain anonymous for the time being, in order to protect sources.

So what happens on Friday 23rd March?

The document asserts that Greece will officially be declared in default by all the ratings agencies after the close of business on Friday march 23rd . At the weekend all Greek bank accounts will be frozen, with emergency measures detailed to prevent the flight of capital. Included in the paperwork is a list of very limited exceptions to the ‘no withdrawals’ order. All major banks ‘are instructed  not to deal with euro exchange  as of open of business in Greece on Monday 25th march. All Greek markets will close for one day ‘at least’.

Evidence to support the claim

In particular, the alleged creation of the document both supports (and/or coincides closely with):

1. Washington going cold on further IMF funding

2. IMF intervention in the Athens debt talks

3. Persistent rumours surrounding Wolfgang Schauble’s plans

4. Evidence previously assembled by The Slog  concerning Americo-German coordination

5. A string of delaying tactics by senior EU and Troika officials since mid January.

I recommend reading the full article which gives a timeline of recent events leading up to the present.

Advertisements