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Senator Prescott Bush, father and grandfather of two future US presidents, forwarded to the FBI a letter he had received from a scientist at Yale University. It warned that "Maxwell may be engaged in a large-scale effort to transmit scientific information to the Russians".
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"The disgraced tycoon, Robert Maxwell, was due to meet the Bank of England on the day his body was found floating in the Atlantic after he went missing off his private yacht, his sons revealed."

Maxwell was to meet Bank official the day he died, say sons
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"News Corp.’s organizational chart consists of no less than 789 business units incorporated in 52 countries, including Mauritius, Fiji and even Cuba."

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