imagesLegendary gold trader Jim Sinclair has sent an email alert to subscribers today stating that the Bundesbank’s announcement that they will repatriate 300 tons of gold from the NY Fed and 374 tons from the Bank of Paris is in direct response to outgoing Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s take-down of gold at $1800 in October via the ESF

Sinclair states that a Central Bank would not insult another major central bank unless it is an act of financial war, and that a full blown financial gold war is coming as soon as 2015-2017.

Sinclair also states that Geithner’s parting shot to break gold’s back by the Exchange Stabilization Fund was considered a direct attack on the Euro strategy for what the end game recovery will look like. The Free Gold thesis requires significantly higher gold prices to work and to elevate the euro back in reserve by choice category.

Have we seen the initial shot in a full blown global currency war?

Sinclair’s full alert is below:

While Bernanke spent his afternoon today outlining why the gold standard can never work (never mind the fact that it worked perfectly for 2 centuries in America), the Bundesbank has just shattered the remaining confidence in the fractional bullion banking system, announcing that it will repatriate a portion of its gold reserves from the NY Federal Reserve, and ALL 374 tons of its gold held at the Bank of France!

In the months that followed Hugo Chavez’ 110 ton gold repatriation request in the summer of 2011, gold exploded nearly $400 as the bullion banks panicked.  As the Bundesbank’s official gold holdings held at the Fed and the Bank of France dwarf Venezuela’s 110 tons, don’t be surprised if the price of physical gold goes super-nova as Germany’s repatriation request plays out, as paper gold rehypothecated 100 times over must suddenly be conjured up in physical form.   

Just when we were worried that the position of Fed Chairman would soon be held by someone that is not detested by precious metals investors, Bloomberg reports that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is the leading candidate to replace Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve Chairman when Bernanke steps down at the end of his current term. 

Bloomberg News’ Al Hunt sat down with our favorite Turbo Tax expert and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for his thoughts on the fiscal cliff and the debt ceiling negotiations in Congress.

When Hunt asked whether the US should get rid of the debt ceiling altogether so that Congress can spend to infinity and the Treasury and Fed can counterfeit to infinity, Geithner responded: “Absolutely”.