Simon Mann – The 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.

Chapters:
00:00 Trailer.
02:08 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
06:13 Brian’s introduction.
06:56 An amazing period in Simon Mann’s’ life, satisfying and great fun.
08:33 Executive Outcomes role in the civil war in Angola against UNITA.
16:08 What the term mercenary means to Simon.
23:38 Thoughts on Erik Prince’s proposal to privatise the military force in Afghanistan.
25:26 Simon’s involvement in both the Angola and Sierra Leone wars.
32:05 The United Nations were useless in both Angola and Sierra Leone.
33:57 US & UK governments ordered them home when their task was almost complete.
35:25 Diamond mining in Sierra Leone and the film Blood Diamond.
36:25 What Simon did and where he went after the two wars.
39:25 Stratagem for doing business in Africa.
42:28 How an old Etonian become an SAS officer and then an ex mercenary diamond mine executive.
46:57 No good memories of his first SAS term of active duty in Northern Ireland.
50:08 When you look at any soldier you have to look at his military childhood.
55:41 A move to South Africa with different interests, but Executive Outcomes ceases after S.A. FMA.
57:43 Supplying arms to Sierra Leone and the resulting scandal, then Papua New Guinea issue.
59:29 Simon advises against British involvement in Iraq invasion.
1:08:36 Why Simon chose a military career.
1:11:30 The networking value of being an old Etonian.
1:13:38 Simon leads the 2003 Equatorial New Guinea coup amid a story of convoluted world politics.
1:36:46 Simon’s arrest, mock execution and torture by Zimbabwean forces
1:42:13 Pushing time in Chikurubi Prison, Zimbabwe
1:53:21 Feared rendition to Equatorial New Guinea.
2:11:52 A story stranger than fiction.
2:22:31 How the years in prison affected Simon and his family after his release.
2:27:37 Does Simon have any regrets for the decisions he took.
2:29:02 Life for Simon now.
2:32:29 How the British public perceives him now.
2:34:17 What does Simon hope his obituary will say.
2:35:13 Simon still has an adventure in mind.
2:37:43 Simon’s opinion of what people should consider about possible future use of PMCs.
2:42:27 Phone call to the 20 year old Simon Mann.
2:44:26 Advice to the 20 year old listening across the world who wants to be in the army.
2:45:45 Best advice ever received.
2:47:40 Brian’s summing up.

Simon Mann links:
Simon Mann on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Mann
Simon Mann’s Book:
Cry Havoc
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cry-Havoc-Simon-Mann/dp/1857826639

Topics discussed:
Special Air Service (SAS)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Air_Service
Vice Magazine
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vice_(magazine)
Executive Outcomes
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Outcomes
Heritage Oil
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heritage_Oil
UNITA
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNITA
Angolan Civil War
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angolan_Civil_War
Gulf War
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_War
Sandline International
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandline_International
Academi (formerly Blackwater USA)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academi
Scots Guards
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scots_Guards
Battle of Mirbat
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Mirbat
Congo Crisis
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congo_Crisis
Blood diamonds (conflict diamonds)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_diamond
Blood Diamond (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_Diamond
Revolutionary United Front (RUF)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolutionary_United_Front
Peking to Paris
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peking_to_Paris
Delta Force
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delta_Force
United States Navy SEALs
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Navy_SEALs
Charles Beckwith
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Alvin_Beckwith
Special Boat Service (SBS)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Boat_Service
Brunei Revolt
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brunei_revolt
Indonesia-Borneo confrontation
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesia%E2%80%93Malaysia_confrontation
Northern Ireland Troubles
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Troubles
Aden Emergency
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aden_Emergency
Bloody Sunday (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Sunday_(film)
South African Financial Markets Act (FMA)
http://www.linklaters.com/Insights/Publication1386Newsletter/Insurance-Update-July-2013/Pages/South-African-Financial-Markets-Act-2012-enters-effect.aspx
Papua New Guinea Defence Force mutiny
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Papua_New_Guinea_Defence_Force_mutiny
Sandline affair
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandline_affair
Neoconservatism
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoconservatism
Equatorial Guinea coup d’état attempt
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Equatorial_Guinea_coup_d%27%C3%A9tat_attempt
Chikurubi Prison, Zimbabwe
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chikurubi_Prison
Bioko
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioko
Stockholm syndrome
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_syndrome

People mentioned in this episode:
Tony Buckingham
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Buckingham
Erik Prince
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_Prince
Eeben Barlow
https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Eeben_Barlow
Robert Friedland
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Friedland
Beny Steinmetz
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beny_Steinmetz
Charles Beckwith
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Alvin_Beckwith
Sir Lachlan MacLean, 12th Baronet
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Lachlan_Maclean,_12th_Baronet
Erwin Rommel
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erwin_Rommel
Bernard Montgomery
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Montgomery
Tim Spicer
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Spicer
David Hart
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hart_(UK_political_activist)
Richard Perle
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Perle
Tony Blair
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Blair
Ely Calil
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ely_Calil
Severo Moto Nsà
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Severo_Moto_Ns%C3%A1
Mark Thatcher
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Thatcher
Karim Fallaha
http://karimfallaha.com/
Gary Hersham
http://www.theresident.co.uk/homes-interiors/gary-hersham-bbc2-tv-series/

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jrdeleonalonso274

Amazing! Just amazing… Great information and thought process. Thanks for sharing.

Stewart
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Stewart

Fascinating interview. I well remember the EO Boeings standing on the apron at Lanseria Airport,north-west of Johannesburg back in the 1990s as I kept my own aircraft there. In about 1992 as i remember I was actually approached by an acquaintance of a friend who asked me if I would be interested in flying “supplies” into Angola. When questioned about details of this flight and the “supplies” he was not forthcoming but did mention Unita which was the rebel group, heavily supported then by South Africa and the group which Mann and co fought at Soyo. I never heard from… Read more »

Charles
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Charles

What an amazing man, would make a great movie if the truth, as close as can be, were told.

Ronna
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Out of all the London Real interviews I’ve seen to date, this one is my favorite. I thought Simon Mann was incredibly candid and raw and I thought that the entire conversation was spell-binding, so much so it made me wish I was in the room engaging in the conversation too. #Awesome

Timothy
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Timothy

EXCELLENT ENJOYABLE MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU SHOULD’VE BEEN A PART OF IT.

Justin Heasman
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Great interview.

jcalohan2439
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jcalohan2439

I am former military and found this very helpful and thought-provoking

jcalohan2439
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jcalohan2439

I am former military and found this very helpful and thought provoking

Philippe
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this was one of the great interview, i would says thank you for sharing it, thank you Simon Mann for your views of life course you had.

Matthew
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Interesting, I found myself comparing this to “The Economic Hit Man”. I would have loved to hear more about prison life. I’d love to offer therapy to this man.

Joss
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Great interview. I really found this fascinating to watch. He is a man who lives truly in the world. By that I mean he is grounded in its material reality – war, greed, power, corruption, desire for personal gain but also humanity, and he played the game. I don’t necessarily agree with what he did or his business interests like oil and gas but I was captivated by how he sees the world. For him it’s there for the taking – resources, wealth, power etc. I don’t think that way at all but I really enjoyed watching a man who… Read more »

Paul
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Proper professional soldier, fucked up in Equatorial Guinea, not sure what intel he had

Jason
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Whilst we live in the reality of law of black and white, we all live in the world of shades of grey as the moral compass which at the time might be right or wrong, though in reflection of thought it could be wrong or right depending on the moral compass you use at the time when you reflect on past or present actions you take…

Steve
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I care about what is happening here in Australia. 625,000 children in desperate need of help here. I think Simon in a man whore, a man money whore, a boy who never grew up. Here’s a simple question that nobody seems to be able to answer or willing to answer. These AK47 rifles. Who makes um and why won’t America or the UN etc just bomb the factory / factories that make these rifles and other arms like rocket launchers etc. Who keeps selling these weapons to these rebel Governments? Why is a Lawyer worth $5,000 an hour and a… Read more »

Darius
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Inspiring interview. Simon Mann knows how to go out of his comfort zone. His story is controversial, and it made me critically reflect on what were my black and white views I had on the morality of the soldier profession.

caiotefu4
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caiotefu4

INTERESTING

bodyvantage523
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bodyvantage523

brilliant

lordchristoph49442
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lordchristoph49442

What a fabulous interview. Mann has an amazing story of course, but the interview was well prepared and researched, and beautifully executed. Congratulations.

Chris
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Chris

Awesome video on Mr. Mann

Steve
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Interesting Interview. 70s to 90s a different time. No surprises. Great download.