Dirty Money, 'Kleptopia' And World Leaders

A Missouri motel does­n’t seem like the most like­ly set­ting for a sto­ry that con­nects the world’s wealth­i­est men with some of the world’s most pow­er­ful people.

But the FBI is now inves­ti­gat­ing the deaths of two for­mer min­ing exec­u­tives who both held senior posi­tions in a busi­ness that’s now at the cen­ter of a huge bribery and fraud investigation.

The for­mer exec­u­tives were in the mid­dle of a cross-coun­try road trip in 2015 when they were found dead in Springfield, Missouri. At the time, local police said the cause of death was “cere­bral malaria”.

We now know that was­n’t true.

That sto­ry is one of many alarm­ing rev­e­la­tions in jour­nal­ist Tom Burgis’ the new book: “Kleptopia: How Dirty Money is Conquering the World.”

He joined us to dis­cuss how this sys­tem of klep­toc­ra­cy is affect­ing our coun­try and the world.

Source: NPR