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WikiLeaks list sheds light on Monte Rio's Bohemian Grove

What do right-wing billionaire Charles Koch, film director Clint Eastwood and Santa Rosa businessman Victor Trione have in common?

The answer, according to WikiLeaks, the secrecy-busting website, is that they are among 2,260 men on the Bohemian Grove guest list for 2008.

Trione, chairman of Luther Burbank Savings, said he was unimpressed with the citation by WikiLeaks and unabashed by his connection with the secretive Bohemian Club.

"Yeah, absolutely, I'm a member," said Trione, who's attended the club's annual summer encampment at the grove in Monte Rio since the mid-1990s. "I love it."

Trione was one of six men with Sonoma County connections listed as summer camp "guests" by WikiLeaks, whose founder, Julian Assange, has sought asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London and has been labeled a traitor and a spy by U.S. politicians.

WikiLeaks issued 12 tweets this week celebrating the weekend box office flop of the movie "The Fifth Estate," an unflattering portrait of Assange and his organization.

The Bohemian Grove list is misnamed, according to Peter Phillips, a Sonoma State University sociologist who did his dissertation on Bohemian Grove.

WikiLeaks' posting is a membership list for the San Francisco-based club founded in 1872, not a guest list, Phillips said.

Club members invite guests to the summer retreat, and the club stopped releasing the guest list in the early 1990s, he said.

Activists have demonstrated at the Bohemian Grove gates for years, with complaints ranging from the event's secrecy to allegations that the rich and powerful campers are plotting capitalist schemes or worse, engaging in devil worship.

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