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Another FT reader got nowhere asking why the gold manipulation story was deleted

Section: Daily Dispatches

9:46p ET Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Our friend and consultant R.M. in the United Kingdom, noting GATA's exchange today with the Financial Times --

-- relates an experience similar to that of our friend R.B. in the U.K., an FT subscriber who for five months prodded the newspaper for an explanation of the newspaper's quick deletion from its Internet site of its February 24 report about concerns about gold market manipulation. While R.B. eventually got an explanation from the newspaper's customer service office -- that the report was deleted from the FT's Internet site because it was "sensitive" -- that explanation was repudiated today by another newspaper official, who said the FT's customer service office had been "misinformed."

Today's dispatch prompted GATA's friend and consultant R.M., also in the U.K., to relate his own experience trying to get an explanation from the Financial Times. R.M. writes tonight:

"I asked FT customer service on February 24 about the deleted article. On February 26 a customer service person responded, saying, 'Our editorial team have confirmed that it was their decision to remove the story.'

"I was assigned a case number: 1152785.

"The customer service person also advised me to email the editors at

"I emailed the editors at on February 26 and they did not respond.

"I emailed again on March 4 as a follow-up but they still didn't respond.

"So it looks like the editors ignored my emails. This is disgraceful since my case number was still an outstanding query.

"I have been an FT subscriber in the past but this treatment by the editors, ignoring my emails after I was specifically advised to email them by their customer service representative, indicates that they have contempt for their readers and subscribers and that they serve other, unknown interests."

Well, R.M., treasure that FT case number anyway. It's more than those of us on this side of the ocean can ever get out of the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department.

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.


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