I won’t go into details, but some quick notes to follow:
Most of what was revealed has been reported here on SU before, but tied neatly together to present a more fleshed out picture of the situation.
Victor gave the reporters full access to his e-mail archive and there was a significant change in the way SweGov communicated with VM after Saab asked for approval of Antonov. Prior to the crisis, Victor was invited to the 50th birthday of a SweGov official (Hans Lindblad), and afterwards all he got was “your official contact with swegov is nn”.
Hans Lindblad figured in the talks between Geely and Guy Lofalk (hired by Saab to head up the reconstruction). Both Lindblad and Lofalk refused to comment. The reporters asked for all e-mails between Lofalk and Lindblad, which they eventually received a copy of… …only to discover that 99% of the e-mails (basically everything besides to/from/date in the header) had been redacted. Hans Lindblad’s greatest concern was that the journalists had managed to get his mobile phone number. He (a servant of the people) quite emphatically refused to comment.
The ministry of finance (that was fingered in the Geely/Lofalk deal) told the reporters that it was the ministry of commerce who handled all questions concerning Saab. The relevant secretary then spent five minutes refusing to comment on any question. He could confirm there had been a meeting between Lofalk, Lindblad and a representative from Geely, but could not discuss the nature of those discussions.
They also discussed what they thought was Lofalk’s plan: To force Victor to let go of Saab, basically by having SweGov seize Saab (aided by NDO’s claim on Saab Parts) and sell it off immediately to Geely. Again, the e-mail communication between Lindblad and Lofalk has been redacted. They had every opportunity to comment on this, but clearly chose not to do so.
Antonov was ready to invest 100 million euros into Saab (March 2011) at a point in time where Saab only needed 30 million euros to get rolling again. NDO said ‘yes’, swegov kept their mouth shut (the Anders Borg – Eva Srejber connection was not discussed today) and EIB said ‘no’. EIB btw were the ones with no risk in this situation. NDO later paid EIB what Saab owed EIB.
Lars Carlström told the reporters that Hans Lindblad told him that Lars should give up on Saab. “Sweden is doing fine now, we can take care of Trollhättan when Saab falls”. Hans Lindblad refused to comment and again told the reporters that all Saab questions were to be handled by the other ministry.
Bo Lundgren (head of NDO) stated that they could find no fault with Antonov. If the ministry of finance knows something, then this has not been communicated to NDO. NDO hired an independent private investigator firm to look into questions surrounding the Antonov family and they also had a long talk with Antonov. They still do not know of any evidence that indicates any crimes committed by Antonov.