More than 100 of the world’s most powerful people last week participated in the secretive Bilderberg Meetings in Washington, D.C. — while the media paid little attention.
A secretive meeting of more than 100 of the world’s most powerful people just took place in a Washington, D.C. hotel behind closed doors and under tight security — while few reporters even took note.
Bilderberg Meetings attendees — including the director of the CIA, the secretary-general of NATO, European prime ministers, CEOs of pharmaceutical, energy and tech companies (including Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla) — gathered June 2-5 to discuss global issues under an anonymity agreement.
“The participants take part as individuals rather than in any official capacity, and hence are not bound by the conventions of their office or by pre-agreed positions,” the group’s website states.
On the agenda of the invitation-only summit were topics including “Disruption of the Global Financial System,” “Disinformation,” “Energy Security and Sustainability,” “Post Pandemic Health” and “Fragmentation of Democratic Societies.”
As an element of its secrecy, the annual conference invokes the “Chatham House Rule.” In meetings held under this rule, “participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s) nor of any other participant may be revealed.”
Begun in 1954 by British and U.S. intelligence agencies, the Bilderberg conference has been held in various countries in Europe and North America, with a two-year gap during the COVID-19 pandemic.
About 120 North American and European leaders from Big Tech, Big Pharma, industry, finance, the military, politics and academia are invited each year.
Members of the media are not invited to report on the event “in order to encourage the highest level of openness and dialogue,” according to the Bilderberg Meetings website.
Bilderberg participants and security were barred from disclosing the location of the meeting and from quoting anyone during the “off-the-record sessions,” according to journalist Max Blumenthal, who attempted to enter the Mandarin Oriental Hotel while the meetings were taking place.
The group claims it does not hold a press conference regarding its agenda due to “lack of interest,” and that it “has never sought any public attention.”
However, it does issue a press release each year. The key topics for discussion listed in this year’s press release were:
Sino-US Tech Competition
Continuity of Government and the Economy
Disruption of the Global Financial System
Energy Security and Sustainability
Post Pandemic Health
Fragmentation of Democratic Societies
Trade and Deglobalisation