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cory777 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 02:48 AM
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New emails show AIG mulled bank payment disclosures
Source: Reuters


David Lawder and Mark Felsenthal
WASHINGTON
Sun Jan 17, 2010 1:43am EST


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The New York Federal Reserve Bank actively worked with bailed out insurer AIG to build a case against disclosing details of AIG's payments to banks just days after the insurer considered making them public, documents released late on Saturday showed.

Lawyers for the Fed bank, which had taken over a pool of AIG assets as part of a $180 billion government bailout of the insurer in 2008, advised that AIG maintain a "confidential treatment request" from the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to emails provided by Rep. Darrell Issa, a U.S. lawmaker probing the matter.

A separate batch of emails made public earlier this month showed that New York Fed had advised AIG not to disclose the payments in a securities filing in late 2008.

The email traffic has raised questions about the role of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who ran the New York Fed at the time of the AIG bailout and the insurer's payment of some $62.1 billion to banks to liquidate credit default swaps it had sold to them.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE60G0BV20100117
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