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A World of Leaks and Full Disclosures

Here’s a shocking disclosure. Somehow, WikiLeaks got a copy of private memos – diary entries, really – written by David Sokol. As you know, Sokol was the man who was the front-runner to replace Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway. He was also the man who made $3 million by front running Berkshire’s latest purchase. Both Sokol and Buffett denied that the purchase of Lubrizol shares had anything to do with the former’s departure. The diaries confirm the claim.

“I’m leaving. I’ve had it. I just can’t stand the guy’s folksy wisdom,” wrote Sokol to himself. “Yes, the decision will probably cost me some money. But it’s worth it not to have to spend another day in Omaha listening to the so-called ‘Sage of the Plains.’ Sage? The guy is a boring, old finger-wagger. And if he had dumped all those value stocks and bought gold when I told him to, we’d be a lot richer now.”

And here’s another shocker. Ireland’s premier, Enda Kenny, has appeared to break down under the strain of trying to avoid bankruptcy. He called a press conference yesterday, after Anglo-Irish Bank announced losses of more than 17 billion euros – the largest corporate loss in Irish history.

“I think this has gone on long enough. We tried in good faith to save the system from default and to avoid national humiliation. Instead, the situation just grows more humiliating with each passing week.


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