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/