Jan Marsalek, former Wirecard Chief Operating Officer, who was missing after his alleged trip to the Philippines last month to track the missing 2 billion euros in the company’s books, is in Belarus.
According to reports Marsalek traveled to the Philippines via Manila before flying to Cebu City and then China in June. The Philippine authorities said so There were no pictures of Marsalek in the city, and no record of a flight from Cebu to China.
According to the investigation report website, Bellingcat, The former Wirecard managing director’s trip to the Philippines was faked. Research has shown the involvement of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) in helping it evaporate by changing Marsalek’s travel information. They explain that:
“The FSB has complete control over the Russian border service and thus over the centralized database of the border between Russia and Belarus. Any data manipulation should therefore be carried out at the request of the FSB or at least with the consent of the FSB. In this case, this would indicate a direct collaboration between Jan Marsalek and the FSB … “
The FSB is said to have started monitoring international travel from Marsalek in early 2015 and they stopped tracking their movement in late 2018. He was found with different passports, including a diplomatic passport from a third country. Immigration data from the FSB indicate that the Russian security service had a longstanding interest in Marsalek. He was a frequent visitor to the country.
Given that the Filipino authorities believed that his immigration evidence was counterfeited to the country, it was assumed that Marsalek was hiding in another country. According to Bellingcat’s research Marsalek told a colleague that he is in a country where “the same people have been in power for 25 years”. The researchers then hypothesized With Russia’s interest in Marsalek, it could be in a country with the same president in the past 25 years. Russia and Belarus share an external border. The data received from Bellingcat showed who flew to Belarus on June 19 and hasn’t left the country since.
As Cointelegraph previously reported, Jan Marsalek bragged about links to Russian intelligence agencies and provided secret documents on chemical weapons used in the United Kingdom.