- What about you?
- In the beginning of our acquaintance, BC promised to help me close that chapter of my life, and he kept the promise. I became a sort of crown witness, got freedom, new identity and new country for all the information. BC saw me off at the airport where we had met for the first time. He stayed in Africa, but there were two men in suits from the intelligence service waiting for me. On the way to the airport, BC said they would surely test me with a lie detector and then it would be important to stay calm and talk only about things I was completely sure about. He said that during the test they would try to flip me off, undermine my credibility to make me fail the test, otherwise, they would have to admit that for long months they simply ignored all that was going on there in Sierra Leone. And he was damn right! They locked me in a dark room, attacked with offensive questions, shouted I was a damn liar. I was completely pissed off and the arms of the lie detector went far beyond the diagram! After 10 hours of bullying me without water and food, they told their boss I didn't answer no questions right. They seemed happy of that. But still they gave me new life, new name and country, I had to swear never and nowhere mention the name of the intelligence service, nor contact with BC.
- Have you kept the promise?
- Yeah. Sure. At the time I knew BC, there were moments when we never could get somewhere on time. Roads were destroyed or cars were going down to their axles in mud. Remember as once were going in the jungle in dirt reaching our knees for 12 hours and he said that someday he would quit the job and would link all those craphole places with a transport net. Then we laughed at that, but years later I opened a newspaper and thought: "Crap, he did it" (from the publisher: Barthe Cortes aka BC created a network of airports and flight connections in the most impenetrable places of Africa).
- Why do you think BC has never agreed to any interview? Some people criticize him to being a silent witness of bloody events that have taken place in African countries overwhelmed with wars. Don't you think that talking about them could change the world for better?
- Just talking changes little, actions are what counts. All that what he did in Sierra Leone surely led to the end of the genocide
- Do you think that BC will get angry if he gets to know you told me this story.
- I think that BC's past is an open secret. The people he is with in Africa surely know his past..
- Where do you live now?
- In the USA, but can't tell exactly where, I run a small gas station.
By Bill Albright
[* due to the responsibility to keep any data secret, the name and surname of my interlocutor are not going to be released. ]source: Zoom Magazine