Simon Mann – Inside The Mind Of A Mercenary

Simon Francis Mann is a British mercenary and former British Army officer. He served part of a 34-year prison sentence in Equatorial Guinea for his role in a failed coup d’état in 2004, before receiving a presidential pardon on humanitarian grounds on 2 November 2009.

00:00 Trailer.

02:42 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.

04:01 Brian’s introduction.

04:43 Questionable term of Mercenary divided the half a million listeners to Simon’s last interview.

10:41 The dichotomy between people’s desire for peace and the fight needed to achieve it.

13:48 Attending Eton College is part of Simon’s background.

21:17 Joining the Scots Guards and undergoing tough selection to get into the Special Air Service.

32:29 Deployed to Northern Ireland where he learns about terrorism.

41:21 Simon’s personal and military relationship with South Africa.

43:51 Simon’s involvement in Africa, particularly in Angola could have been taken from a Wilbur Smith novel.

1:15:26 Surreal involvement in Sierra Leone’s civil war, gold mining and arms dealing in Russia.

1:21:33 Simon’s reasons for getting involved in African conflicts including Liberia and the ruthless RUF.

1:29:43 Executive Outcomes ceases and the arguments for and against using private military contractors.

1:48:54 Why Blackwater got into trouble in Iraq.

1:50:21 Sandline and the arms to Sierra Leone scandal.

1:54:26 Sandline and the scandal in Bougainville in 2003.

1:56:06 Advising David Hart in his lobbying to No.10 Downing Street, for the invasion of Iraq.

2:04:06 The failed attempted coup d’état in Papua Guinea when things get very nasty.

2:34:37 His rendition from Zimbabwe to Black Beach prison Equatorial New Guinea, trying not to go mad.

3:00:15 On trial and sentenced to 37 years, walking a tightrope of emotion and madness with a daily routine.

3:17:35 Return to England, but invited back.

3:23 45 His current relationship with Africa.

3:24:16 Did he have any resulting trauma?

3:28:58 What Simon would like people to learn from his story.

3:35:23 What is in store for Simon in the next ten years.

3:40:18 Would he ever return to the PMC business?

3:41:57 He made a return visit to Zimbabwe.

3:42:57 Is there still more to his story?

3:43:09 Phone call to the 20 years old Simon Mann.

3:43:33 Success secrets.

3:45:00 Best advice ever received.

3:46:19 Advice to the 20 years old listening.

3:49:23 Brian’s summing up.

Simon Mann on Twitter

Simon Mann on Wikipedia

Executive Outcomes on Wikipedia

 

Books:

Cry Havoc

 

Topics discussed:

Equatorial Guinea

Oman Civil War

Brigade of Gurkhas

Black Beach Prison

Mercenary

Swiss Guard

Convention for Elimination of mercenarism in Africa

Foreign Military Assistance Act

Eton College

The Scots Guards

Radfan Campaign

Special Air Service (SAS)

Delta Force

United States Navy SEALs

Special Boat Service

Taenia saginata (Beef worms)

The Troubles (Northern Ireland Conflict)

Malayan Emergency

War in Afghanistan (2001 – present)

South Africa

Gulf War

Angolan Civil War

Heritage Oil

Soyo, Angola

UNITA

Apartheid

Private military company (PMC)

Berlin Wall

Cold War

Simonstown Agreement

Sierra Leone Civil War

Mining in Sierra Leone

Counter Intelligence Agency (CIA)

White South Africans

De Beers

Big Oil

Revolutionary United Front (RUF)

Liberian Civil War

Black magic

Black Label

Mossad

Russia-South Africa relations

Endurance Rally

32 Battalion (South Africa)

United Nations (UN)

Academi (Blackwater)

Sandline and arms to Sierra Leone scandal

Blood Diamond (film)

Bougainville Civil War

Invasion of Iraq

2004 Equatorial Guinea coup d’état attempt

Central Intelligence Organisation

ADX Florence

Harrow School

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… and Maybe the World by Admiral W H McRaven

Leadership Trust

 

People mentioned in this episode:

Eeben Barlow

Jane Austen

Frank Mann (cricketer)

Ian Fleming

James Bond

Erik Prince

Wilbur Smith

Robert Mugabe

Sir Lachlan Maclean, 12th Baronet

General Sir Peter Edgar de la Cour de la Billière

Tony Buckingham

João de Matos

Samuel Doe

Tony Blair

Robin Cook

David Hart

Margaret Thatcher

Eli Calil

Mark Thatcher

Thabor Mbeki

Hany M Salam

Nick du Toit

Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue

Lieutenenant Colonel Sir Archibald David Stirling

 

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JORGE
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Hi, I’m Spanish. I’m learning English. With English subtitles. in your no channel you tube, there is that option .but on your page. There is no such option. That is the difference of the Pepsi. and the coke. but I like the content of the videos. Greetings

Henny van der Pluijm
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Brian, this is groundbreaking!

maurosimao662
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maurosimao662

Brian the reason I admire you and like to watch your show is because you are a douchebag from MIT who had all the privileges in the world, fucked it all up and was still given the opportunity to reinvent himself and you are really aware of that. Now, with that out of the way, I come from one of these countries people like Simon Mann, Tiny Rowland done fucked up, just to get the gas and oil, and believe me, nobody is like Obiang there waiting for the mercenary white child who fucked us up and profited from that… Read more »

silviamolina42
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silviamolina42

Great! Great! Great! Needed this today going out to get his book today.

Martin Glyn Jones
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brilliant show – your best yet. if there was an Oscar for podcasts that would win it

Ziba
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Ziba

Such a fantastic interview!

kunal34941
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kunal34941

great

deborahjguy
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deborahjguy

Simon Mann has a great attitude.

nicholasclive434
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nicholasclive434

Brian – brilliant interview – so funny and interesting. Thank you

Marcel
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Marcel

The interview is absolutely incredible it shows facts and a point of view that I had never seen before. It shows the level and quality of all the interviews at London Real, Simon shows the complexity of an important issue, wars, something that has been using in human history as a political tool. It is very tough, it is clearly the difficulty of Simon to talk about these complex issues. I applaud Simon for his courage to address points of his life that are not black and white.

anilm.home
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anilm.home

is this guy for real??? omg

Dean
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jUST GO AT 50:00 AND SEE SIMON SHITING HIS PANTS LAUGHING HIS @SS OFF ABOUT A GENERAL.