What's Going Down at World's Top-Secret Bilderberg Meeting
'Elite' conference in Germany will discuss pressing world topics behind closed doors
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2016 2:40 PM CDT
Policemen walk in front of the Hotel Taschenbergpalais in Dresden, Germany, on Thursday, where the secretive Bilderberg conference is supposedly being held.   (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

(Newser) – The Bilderberg Meeting—what Quartz calls the "world's most elite conference this year"—is a hush-hush get-together held annually since 1954, gathering world leaders and top business execs, among others, to discuss some of the planet's most important issues. And "hush-hush" means just that: Per the group's own code, "there is no desired outcome, no minutes are taken, and no report is written." Here's some of what we do know about the four-day huddle that started Thursday in Dresden, Germany:

  • Although details are few and far between, a scan of the official Bilderberg press release shows such agenda topics as "China," "cybersecurity," and the "US political landscape." But Quartz points out the "particularly intriguing" topic of "precariat"—and delves into exactly what group of people this refers to, and how they're spurring politicians like Donald Trump.

  • The Week covers why conspiracy theorists get so riled up by the annual meeting. (Hint: There may be shape-shifting lizards involved.)
  • Five conspiracy theories said to be floating around this year are laid out by the Huffington Post UK—including a supposed plan to derail Donald Trump.
  • In an unusual move, the Bilderberg Group has released the full list of all of this year's attendees, which are said to include David Petraeus, Sen. Lindsey Graham, and Gawker nemesis Peter Thiel. City AM has the list.
  • Public Intelligence has compiled a who's-who of who's attended over the past 60-plus years.
  • A Bilderberg spokesperson goes to great pains to debunk for the Independent many of the rumors swirling around the conference—which isn't a "conspiracy of the global superelite," as the paper puts it, but simply a quick "summer school for the influential," as the rep frames it.
  • From MarketWatch, some photos of arriving guests and protesters.
  • Infowars.com, the site by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, comes through with the controversy, detailing how police are said to be harassing and detaining reporters who've come to cover the conference. The site also shows a video that supposedly shows Henry Kissinger arriving for the meeting, heckled by bystanders shouting "war criminal" and "monster" as he emerges from his car.