Oberholzer reported an array of vital intelligence to the CIA and multiple intelligence agencies across the world. For years, he has worked across the Middle East and behind the scenes as a confidential informant making connections, extracting valuable intelligence, and facing off against America's greatest enemy at every turn.
In The Black Market Concierge, he opens a window into his double life as an informant; informing on the role of key players including major corporations, crime syndicates, politicians and government officials in high-value international smuggling operations.
After exposing corruption at the highest levels of government in South Africa, he is ready to give a no holds barred account of what it is like to live the life of a high-level, confidential informant.
His memoir is a searingly honest account of a boy aviation enthusiast who cascaded into the world of international espionage and how it ultimately sent him in search of salvation in his devout Christian faith. It is a testimony that will move even the most cold hearted.
How does one become a confidential informant on the international stage? I am sure the answer to that question is as varied as the people who step into that role. The Black Market Concierge is a memoir of author Barry Oberholzer's time working as a CI, mainly for the U.S. government.
Trying to build a small aviation business in South Africa meant being creative in finding clients and filling any void that arose. Barry was a master at building connections and had a talent for selling the company's services. Tempting gray area deals arose which proved a slippery slope. Which ones merely provided sanctioned countries with needed parts and which might have a more dangerous applications.
Barry had dual passports - US and South Africa - and when he was called into talk with US representatives to "talk", he made a decision that would change his life forever. He laid his work out on the table - the deals, the deal makers, the back doors to supply sanctioned countries, etc. - and agreed to become a confidential informant. His life would never be the same.
From having his life threatened by clients who suspected he was the leak, to being unfairly incarcerated by angry officials in the South African government, this memoir clears the misinformation that was spread about the work he was doing and ends with a chapter sharing all he learned during this tumultuous period of his life.
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One of his most impactful successes was in his identification of Iranian sanction busting syndicates who smuggled US manufactured aircraft and parts to Iran which led to the arrests of several prominent international businessmen. He also had numerous successes in major illicit cigarette seizures in Europe.
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