= Silverman is a US Army veteran, but has been rendered stateless by the US authorities for writing about the US government’s involvement in this trade, amongst other things. =

= Silverman has worked for intelligence and risk management concerns, the International Crisis Group and Safer World, and has conducted a range of due diligence activities for private contractors and European intelligence services.  His assignments have involved investigating the links between the Georgian banking and real estate market, high level money laundering, illicit payments for weapons, drug for weapon swaps and the integrity of energy testing laboratories. Silverman has eked out a living by being willing to investigate various manifestations of organised crime and its nexus to not-so-hidden political agendas, both at national (within Georgia), and international (Syria and the wider region) levels. =