Note on confidentiality

A note on confidentiality



Over the last twenty-five years I have had the privilege of being granted unique access around the world to a complete cross-section of the corporations, institutions, government organizations, secret societies, associations and informal groups that together make up the international community. That work opened doors for me that many times were opened for no one else, and I find myself in the position of being one of very few that has been fortunate enough to gain so much confidential insight into the hidden inner-workings of such a wide-ranging sample of the world economy. My problem now is how much I can legitimately reveal.

On every past analysis I ended up learning far more about concealed activities, counterintuitive behavior, unwritten rules and unexpected implications than I can reasonably release. Some of the insights I gained related to issues that those officially in control were unaware even existed, and to this day I remain the only person to know all the details because – although I typically fed-back to the most senior leaders the patterns behind the systemic threats that concerned them – I never revealed precise sources, nor the details of any instances that might be tracked to specific individuals, nor the particulars of similar examples I had seen elsewhere. All that, understandably enough, must remain utterly confidential.

But although the details from those assessments will in their entirety remain undisclosed, I have used as background to this book (supplemented by additional analyses conducted during the writing period) the overall patterns I observed across my investigations. These metatrends and common-denominators are not restricted by the terms of the many confidentiality-agreements I signed over the years. Similarly, although I have not in general been able to name organization-specific illustrations – in particular relating to banking, pharmaceuticals, IT, public utilities, the oil industry, the media, some religious sects, government bodies and the UN – I have felt able selectively to incorporate some confidentially-obtained details of specific organizations that, through other sources, have already reached the public domain.


Peter Scott-Morgan

Torquay, 2012