After precious metals market manipulation finally came out of the tinfoil hat closet and was officially recognized in 2010, subsequently becoming mainstream, following various whistleblowing disclosures which led to a long overdue investigation by the DOJ, and CFTC commissioners such as Bart Chilton admitting that there is in fact open market manipulation in the silver futures market by large short position holders, nobody is more relieved than Ted Butler. As the attached letter written by Butler shows, the PM expert wrote with excruciating detail everything that would subsequently be proven true. A key excerpt from the letter: "the true sorrow in this whole affair is that, in addition to the unnecessary financial punishment, the producers and owners of Silver (including the U.S. government) have experienced over the last six years, there are tens of thousands of contracts held short by innocent and unsuspecting speculators who are in for a ruinous shock. Do not be surprised, when this manipulation is attacked, to see the price of Silver open $20 per ounce higher at that time. Since that would represent a $100,000 loss on each contract held short, the current $2,000 COMEX margin will provide scant protection against the inevitable massive bankruptcies for those shorts not holding real Silver." The kicker: the letter was written on April 25, 1989.
h/t Mike Krieger and Ed Steer