U.S. Government Challenged on Support for Spain in Treasure Battle
MIAMI – The Florida firm embroiled in a legal battle with Spain for ownership of $500 million in gold and silver coins salvaged from the bottom of the Atlantic is asking the court to strike an amicus brief filed by the U.S. government in support of Madrid’s claim.
Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.’s motion before a federal court in Tampa is based on the content of U.S. diplomatic cables disseminated by WikiLeaks.
The messages indicate the U.S. government offered to help Spain with the treasure case in exchange for the return of a painting allegedly stolen by the Nazis that is now on display in a Madrid museum.
Latin American Herald Tribune – U.S. Government Challenged on Support for Spain in Treasure Battle.