So how DOES he pay for it all? The sums just don’t add up on Prince Andrew’s millionaire lifestyle (funded by his Navy pension and civil list income)… until you meet his oligarch chums
- Prince Andrew was almost certainly attracted to Epstein because he had the one thing he coveted: Money
- Epstein’s connections funneled business opportunities in the Prince’s direction and he grew personally rich
His Florida home, where Andrew stayed on several occasions, presumably with police protection officers, was decorated with photographs of naked teenagers.
It boasted massage rooms, equipped with sex toys, and guest bathrooms where basins were adorned with soap in the shape of a phallus.
Yet within an extraordinarily short time of meeting this dubious character, the Prince welcomed Epstein into the Royal Family’s circle, inviting him to a birthday party at Windsor Castle, entertaining him at Balmoral and taking him shooting at Sandringham.Whatever, as the saying goes, was the Queen’s favourite son thinking?
On at least one occasion during their tawdry relationship, and perhaps more — Emily Maitlis neglected to pin him down on this front — Epstein opened his chequebook, too.
That moment occurred in 2010, when Epstein had long been a convicted child sex offender. Specifically, less than six months after Andrew had decided to spend four nights at his New York mansion.
At that point, the financier agreed to pay £15,000 to Sarah Ferguson. The cash gift reportedly allowed her to restructure vast debts, which at the time were heading towards the £5 million mark and threatening to make ugly headlines.
It also helped meet unpaid wages for her former personal assistant, Johnny O’Sullivan.
Epstein’s assistance to Andrew didn’t just come in the form of freebies and hard cash, though.
That much became abundantly clear during Saturday’s Newsnight interview, when the Prince brazenly waxed lyrical about ‘the people I met and the opportunities I was given to learn, either by him or because of him’, saying they were ‘actually very useful’.
What he appears to have been trying to argue was that Epstein’s circle of glamorous and influential contacts were not just entertaining company (for a somewhat lonely man who by all accounts has few genuine friends), but could also be leveraged into a potentially-valuable commodity. Given subsequent revelations about Andrew’s finances it’s hard to disagree.
For not only could such people assist Prince Andrew with his official trade role, they also had the ability to funnel seriously profitable business opportunities his way.
Indeed, over the years since he left the Royal Navy in 2001, the Duke appears to have begun quietly carving out a sideline working as a sort of commercial ‘fixer’ to wealthy businessmen, using his contacts book and Royal stardust to help them set up lucrative deals in far-flung corners of the globe.
The deals themselves have always been secret, as have the exact commissions he earned from them.
However, they help explain how, between 2000 and the present day, the Duke has amassed such wealth…
For years, these extravagant purchases baffled friends, given his meagre official income and lack of any proper job.
Since 2011, his official working life has revolved around an entrepreneurial charity, Pitch@Palace
‘I would compare Andrew to a hot-air balloon,’ an acquaintance once told me. ‘He seems to float serenely around, in very rarefied circles, without any visible means of support. No one has ever had a clue how he pays for it.’
However, in 2016, the Mail obtained a tranche of emails detailing his extraordinary business dealings with just one of the many groups of politically-connected entrepreneurs in his orbit.
The documents hailed from the spectacularly corrupt, but mineral-rich Central Asian country Kazakhstan, whose dictator Nursultan Nazarbayev had, in the mid-2000s, become chummy with Andrew during trade visits: at one point inviting him on a goose hunt to one of his remote hunting lodges.
…offered a chilling insight into the moral universe of some of the dodgy oligarchs in the Prince’s circle.
One set of emails was sent by a Kazakh businessman (who had been previously photographed meeting Andrew) to a group of Russian friends. It featured an obscene discussion about teenage prostitutes who would soon be joining them on holiday near to the Black Sea. Attached was video footage of each of the girls, stick thin and incredibly young, dancing in bikinis next to a pool.
Andrew was not party to this correspondence, and it should be stressed that he had also nothing to do with the holiday in question. His name instead cropped up in a separate set of emails, involving an entirely different Kazakh businessman called Kenges Rakishev.
On April 14, 2011, the Prince telephoned, then personally emailed, Rakishev on behalf of a Greek water company called EYDAP and a Swiss finance house called Aras Capital, which wanted to bid for a £385 million contract to build water and sewage networks in two large Kazakh cities, Astana and Almaty, one of which boasted Rakishev’s father-in-law as mayor.
Describing the consortium as ‘we’, and outlining broad details of what he called ‘the water plan’, the Prince then said his private secretary, Amanda Thirsk, would personally help introduce the firms to senior Kazakh political figures.
According to Greek executives involved in the bid, Andrew was to have been paid a commission of one per cent, or £3.85 million, for helping broker a successful deal.
Coincidentally, one per cent is exactly the same commission the Duchess of York had been recorded on tape in 2010 demanding in return for access to the Prince, in a red-top newspaper sting.
The sum, in addition to a £500,000 down payment, would ‘open any door you want’, she told an undercover reporter from the News of the World, posing as a wealthy businessman. ‘Look after me and he [Andrew] will look after you,’ she claimed.
‘You’ll get it back tenfold.’
But we digress. The 2011 emails, on behalf of Greek and Swiss firms, with absolutely no upside for UK Plc, were sent while Andrew was supposedly working full-time as Britain’s trade ambassador.
Perhaps intriguingly, given recent events involving a photograph of Andrew and Epstein’s ‘sex slave’ Virginia Roberts, Buckingham Palace initially sought to argue they were forged.
However, they later admitted the messages, which were signed ‘The Duke’ were genuine, but hired law firm Harbottle & Lewis to argue that publishing them would breach the Prince’s privacy (the Mail successfully responded that they laid bare a financial and political scandal which was clearly in the public interest).
Also in the leaked emails were messages detailing the notorious sale of Sunninghill, the Duke’s 12-bedroom former Windsor home.
It had languished on the market for five years before suddenly changing hands in November 2007. The purchaser was listed as an opaque company based in the British Virgin Islands, who for reasons never properly explained decided to pay £15 million — £3 million over the asking price — before leaving the property empty, decaying for more than eight years, before razing it to the ground.
The purchaser was later named as Timur Kulibayev, another Kazakh oligarch Andrew met on the global trade circuit.
Although Buckingham Palace had long insisted Andrew had no role whatsoever in the sale, the emails showed his private office had gone to great lengths to broker the deal, discussing interior design and security arrangements with the purchaser, while also intervening to persuade the Crown Estate to lease two fields adjacent to the property to them for a peppercorn rent.
A couple of years later, Andrew had also emailed senior figures at the State owned Royal Bank of Scotland to ask if they could arrange for the Royal Bank, Coutts (owned by RBS) to take on Mr Kulibayev as a client. His message asked them to send executives to Kazakhstan to discuss ‘wealth management’ with him. Mr Kulibayev — whose father in law is the aforementioned dictator, Nursultan Nazarbayev — is of course just one of a host of wealthy but controversial businessmen the Duke has been drawn towards.
While none have proven to be as explosively controversial as Epstein, several have made ugly headlines, from Colonel Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, to Tarek Kaituni, a convicted Libyan gun smuggler who came to his daughter Eugenie’s wedding this summer, Sakher el-Materi, a one-time member of the Tunisian government who took asylum in the Seychelles after being convicted of corruption, and David Rowland, a tycoon and tax exile once branded a ‘shady financier’ in Parliament.
All have, like Epstein, got bulging wallets and are capable of great charm. Doubtless they also throw a mean party.
But when a senior Royal chooses to bring large numbers of turbo-charged plutocrats into their inner circle, and when their relationships start to extend into the financial realm, things have a habit of turning sour.
Prince Andrew may have said in his notorious interview on Saturday that he doesn’t perspire. But as the charge sheet against him slowly starts to engulf the very institution he represents, the Duke of York could be forgiven for feeling a bit hot under the collar.
This is the full BCC interview with Prince Andrew
Is This Prince Andrew’s Death Rattle? U.S. Epstein Document Cache Could Sink Beleaguered Prince
Sponsors are dropping him, he’s accused of racism (again), and now pressure is mounting for him to talk to the FBI about Jeffrey Epstein. Can he hang on to his role in public life?
Prince Andrew is named in a cache of secret legal documents detailing explosive new allegations against Jeffrey Epstein that could be unsealed by a U.S. judge before the end of the year.
The revelation is just one of many fresh blows to have landed on Andrew, leaving him reeling in the aftermath of his disastrous BBC interview.
The Daily Telegraph reports Andrew could face further damaging claims about his friendship with the dead financier in the coming weeks, as a U.S. judge ponders whether to unseal more than 3,000 pages of new evidence about Epstein’s alleged crimes.
The documents formed part of a defamation lawsuit filed in 2015 (which was ultimately settled out of court) by Giuffre Roberts against the billionaire’s alleged former “madam,” the British heiress Ghislaine Maxwell. They include depositions from 29 people, including a number of new witnesses and even Epstein himself, the Telegraph reports.
Andrew is believed to be among hundreds of people named in the new documents who will be formally notified before the end of the year, to give them a chance to respond to the allegations if the papers are unsealed.
The Telegraph reports that a description of the sealed documents says they refer to “a range of allegations of sexual acts involving Plaintiff (Giuffre Roberts) and non-parties to this litigation, some famous, some not; the identities of non-parties who either allegedly engaged in sexual acts with Plaintiff or who allegedly facilitated such acts.”
One of the many unproven theories as to why Andrew agreed to do the interview circulating this week is that he hoped to burnish his own image ahead of further allegations emerging.
The fresh U.S. legal threat came as Andrew faced calls to give a formal statement to the FBI from an unnamed woman who appeared with celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred to say that she was launching her own case against Epstein’s estate for allegedly abusing her at the age of 15. She said that the prospect of meeting Prince Andrew was used by Epstein to try and lure her to his Caribbean island.
Back in the U.K., Andrew’s world continued to crumble as it was revealed that KPMG will not renew its lapsed sponsorship of his Pitch @ Palace business entrepreneurship program, and drug firm AstraZeneca said it was reviewing its participation.
Standard Chartered bank said it won’t be renewing its sponsorship of the initiative when it ends in February, and the organization has removed a webpage boasting of its list of supporters.
Andrew also faces being cut loose from charities of which he is patron. The Outward Bound Trust, which also has the prince’s daughter Beatrice as a trustee, is holding a special meeting this week that could see Andrew ditched.
Students at Huddersfield University have launched a campaign for Prince Andrew to resign as chancellor, with a social-media campaign under the hashtag #NotMyChancellor.
It has also emerged that Giuffre Roberts filmed a BBC interview before Andrew gave his, and this may now be re-recorded in the light of Andrew’s claims.
A Sky News poll, meanwhile had more bad news for Andrew—saying that just 6 percent of the public believed his account of his friendship with Epstein.
Prince Andrew is a director at
Another director of Outward Bound Global is Sir Timothy Brighouse. He was also a director at Academy of Youth Limited
“DJ Jimmy Savile shows the Duke of Edinburgh where he keeps his cigar before the Variety Club national sponsored sports luncheon at the Hilton Hotel, London. The Duke was guest of honour at the lunch to benefit the Outward Bound Trust – he is patron – and the Variety Club Heart Fund – he is a Gold Life Member. ”
16 April 1980
Radio One Disc Jockeys take time off to push Jimmy Savile from Broadcasting House to Park Lane by bed, in aid of the Variety Club of Great Britain and the Outward Bound Trust. (L-R) Simon Bates, Dave Lee Travis, Tony Blackburn, Kid Jensen and Steve Wright.
Alleged abuse at one of their camps
“Send a picture of your little nymphet to the Royal palace.”
1984 Johnny Carson makes a joke about Prince Andrew being a pedophile.
1980 Cosmos Bachelor of the Month – Jeffrey Epstein
Epstein’s friends and colleagues:
Swedish connections, Eva Anderson and husband Glenn Dubin:
Dr. Eva Andersson-Dubin, the founder of the Dubin Breast Center of the Tisch Cancer Institute at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. Could one of Manhattan’s most prominent power couples know more about the Epstein mystery?
The three were close, after all. Andersson-Dubin, a former Miss Sweden, dated Epstein for years before she and Dubin married in 1994. Even after Epstein’s conviction in 2008, the couple stayed in contact with the registered sex offender, inviting him to Thanksgiving dinner at their home in Palm Beach the following year. Andersson-Dubin also wrote an email to Epstein’s probation officer, asserting that she was “100% comfortable with Jeffrey Epstein around my children,” who were then all minors.
Ghislaine and Eva Anderson
Epstein story – Journalist admits the Palace shut it down. Also, “Didn’t meet ABCs editorial standards”
Epstein Flight Logs:
Tiffany Gramza was listed in the black book under “Massage California” She currently resides in Simi Valley, CA. She works as a esthetician and at the family construction biz, L.A. Drill.
March 17, 2003—DOR BioPharma, Inc. (AMEX:DOR) (“DOR” or the “Company) announced the appointment of Ralph M. Ellison, M.D., MBA as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and President.
Dr. Ellison was a co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and Director of PolaRx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., an oncology focused drug development company that developed Trisenox(R) (arsenic trioxide) for the treatment of cancer.
Following the successful completion of PolaRx’s pivotal phase III clinical trial, PolaRx was acquired by Cell Therapeutics, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company based in Seattle, Washington. During his tenure as the Chief Executive Officer of PolaRx, Dr. Ellison was responsible for all aspects of PolaRx’s drug development program from IND filing through the end of phase III testing. Trisenox(R) currently holds the record as the fastest drug developed and approved the FDA.
Dr. Ellison holds a degree of Doctor of Medicine from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
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Pharmaceutical exec sells North Bay Road home for $13M
A pharmaceutical executive and his wife have sold their Spanish-style waterfront home on Miami Beach’s North Bay Road for $12.9 million, or about $2,000 per square foot.
Ralph M. and Amanda J. Ellisonsold their 6,440-square-foot, six-bedroom home at 4712 North Bay Road to 4712 NBR LLC.
Ralph Ellison, a biotechnologies investor, was CEO of DOR BioPharma Inc., now known as Soligenix Inc., which describes itself as a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products to treat rare diseases.
^ Mandy Ellison chose South African charity Alexanda Children’s home
2019 WatchBox Global President + Chief Operating Officer, Amanda Ellison
What motivated you to introduce the WatchBox Women’s Leadership Initiative
The foundation for this program was always with me. I grew up within the patriarchal culture of South Africa where women had a predestined path which involved very little emphasis on a career. Yet I couldn’t imagine being anything but career-driven.
I often see women in business struggling with the qualities of confidence and resilience. If I can guide the women in our company – in any small way – to find their inner voice, to believe their opinion actually matters, and to figure out how to stand up when they are knocked down, then I will truly be thrilled. This is what motivated me to formalize our Women’s Leadership Initiative – to provide mentorship as well as a network, resource, and learning and development program. I want to find our hidden pearls and help them grow!
Ex-teen model claims NYC exec tied to Ghislaine Maxwell used her as sex slave
November 2, 2019
Nikki Henry, left, and Douglas Graham
A Manhattan exec with close ties to Jeffrey Epstein-fixer Ghislaine Maxwell’s family began grooming a child model as his sex slave when she was just 14, a stunning new lawsuit claims.
Douglas Graham was 45 — with an eye “for young women, sadomasochistic sex, and dungeons” — when he spotted Nikki Henry at a modeling event in Union Square in 1995, she claims in court papers. He made a bee-line for the teenager and began molding a relationship that escalated to midday hotel-room rendezvous and brutal S&M sessions, Henry alleges in the lawsuit.
The relationship — despite the 31-year age gap — stretched over decades and only recently ended, Henry said.
A shaken, tearful Henry, now 38, told The Post in an interview she never had children or got married because of the relationship, and often spent weeks hiding out in the couple’s Manhattan apartment as Graham — who wouldn’t even let her take a bath alone — isolated her from the outside world.
“All I have now is fear,” she said.
Graham, now 69, was close with Maxwell’s father, media mogul Robert Maxwell, she said. Graham “refined his appetites … through his friendship with Maxwell and his entourage which included Ghislaine … and other individuals of ill repute, according to the suit.
Graham, an author and former managing director for international auditing firm KPMG, allegedly used company credit cards to indulge his lurid fascination with young girls, Henry charges in the Oct. 18 Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit she filed against him under New York’s Child Victims Act. The law opened a one-year window for people of any age to seek damages against those accused of molesting them as kids.
Graham wined and dined Henry, then a skinny, starry-eyed teenager whose father worked long hours at the UN and whose mother was still at home in the family’s native Dominica, she said.
“I was 14, 15 going to Gramercy Tavern,” she said. “He took me to see the Chippendale dancers when I was 15. I think I was 16 when we went to England.”
Her lawyer, Paul D’Emilia, said, “The audacity of Mr. Graham’s actions are stunning. He didn’t even feel a need to sneak around.”
Graham denied the allegations, claiming he didn’t start dating Henry until she was in her 20s and accusing her of being abusive.
The Connecticut man said he’s repeatedly called police on Henry and has taken out seven orders of protection against her.
“This current accusation that she is making is simply a continuation of the harassment process,” he told The Post, slamming the lawsuit as “clearly slanderous.”
Ghislaine Maxwell attended Jeff Bezos’ secretive writers’ retreat: report
November 1, 2019
Jeffrey Epstein’s ex gal pal and alleged fixer Ghislaine Maxwell was a guest at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ secretive writers’ retreat last year, according to a new report published Friday.
The British socialite, who has been accused of grooming young women for the convicted pedophile’s sex-trafficking ring, attended the secretive Campfire retreat just weeks before a bombshell Miami Herald investigation resurfaced Epstein’s crimes, according to the Vice report.
Two 2018 Campfire attendees broke with the shroud of secrecy surrounding the event and told Vice that Maxwell was at the exclusive annual event hosted by the Amazon founder and had previously attended two others.
Campfire is an all-expenses-paid literary retreat where dozens of well-known novelists rub shoulders with celebrities, akin to the annual blowout Google Camp.
Guests at the event, which Bezos started in 2009, are told the entire trip is off the record, but a production company that staged Campfire in 2011 described the event as a “private gathering and conference of influential artists, writers, activists and scientists for sharing of inspiration and stories.”
Reporting on Maxwell’s alleged role in Epstein’s sex-trafficking network was well documented in a 2011 Daily Mail report, but it was an investigation by Miami Herald reporter Julie K. Brown that saw the financier arrested on fresh charges.
According to the report, Campfire 2018 took place shortly before Brown’s Nov. 28 article.
Reps for Amazon could not immediately be reached for comment.
For Jeffrey Epstein, one island hideaway wasn’t enough. How he stealthily acquired a second
Oct 1 2019
Epstein set his sights on the body of land across the channel, Great St. James Cay, deciding that it should be his as well. The only problem was, its owner was determined not to deal with Epstein, a registered sex offender who had narrowly wriggled out of a federal trafficking case in 2008.
The multimillionaire financial advisor was undeterred. According to records examined by the Miami Herald and McClatchy, and interviews, Epstein set up an opaque limited liability company, or LLC, making it appear in the negotiations that the true owner was one Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, a wealthy Dubai businessman with connections to the royal family. A $22.5 million deal was worked out.
Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem — Sultan is his name, not his title — confirmed through an aide that Epstein had asked to use his name in an unspecified business bid but was told no.
It appears Epstein used it anyway.
The corporate vehicle for the 2016 purchase was an anonymous Virgin Islands corporation, Great St. Jim, LLC. In communications between lawyers, Bin Sulayem is repeatedly referenced as what in legal parlance is called the ultimate beneficial owner. The parties signed the contract on Jan. 8, 2016.
At least Erika Kellerhals signed it for Great St. Jim, LLC. The contract paperwork included Bin Sulayem’s name but the space above it — where the signature would normally be — is left unsigned. When the sale closed on Jan. 28, 2016, there was no apparent reference to Bin Sulayem anywhere in the subsequent documentation.
Bin Sulayem is a business mogul from Dubai with longstanding connections to the ruling Maktoum family. He has indirect connections to the Virgin Islands. He got his start developing and running Dubai’s port and tax-free zone in the mid-1980s, later expanding into government-tied real estate and port ventures. He is the CEO and chairman of the global ports operator DP World, and was a board member of the Investment Corporation of Dubai, the sovereign wealth fund of Dubai.
He has business ties to an Epstein friend and co-investor named Andrew Farkas, a prominent New York developer. Farkas, who is friends with President Donald Trump, is an investor in buildings and an online real estate funding firm owned by Kushner Companies, belonging to the family of Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Farkas and his girlfriend brought Bin Sulayem to Trump’s inaugural ball in 2017, the New York Post reported at the time.
Bin Sulayem was with Farkas during the March 2007 opening of Yacht Haven Grande, the Virgin Islands’ prestigious marina, located alongside the cruise ship terminal. A photo from that opening shows a smiling Farkas and Bin Sulayem together, surrounded by Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross and a boyish Donald Trump Jr.
Yacht Haven is owned by Ion Global Yachting, which operates six luxury marinas in the Caribbean and four others in Latin America. It was founded by Farkas and its parent company is Farkas’ Island Capital Group.
Island Capital partnered with Istithmar World, an investment fund of the royal family of Dubai, just two years earlier. Together they purchased 230 Park Avenue — more commonly known as The Helmsley Building, the New York landmark named after its eccentric one-time owner, the late Leona Helmsley.
A spokesman for Ion Global said Bin Sulayem does not own a stake in the Virgin Islands marina and that neither Bin Sulayem nor any associated company provided financing for it.
However, what wasn’t widely known until a story in July from Bloomberg, and local reporting in the Virgin Islands, was that Epstein and Farkas together owned American Yacht Harbor, a different Virgin Islands marina, located on the east side of St. Thomas.
Farkas purchased it in January 2007, and documents obtained by Bloomberg from an unrelated lawsuit showed that later that same year Epstein took a 50 percent stake. That was around the time that the FBI had drafted a 53-page indictment naming Epstein. That indictment was shelved in favor of an arrangement that Epstein would plead to minor solicitation charges in state court. The secretive deal, highlighted last November in a Miami Herald investigative series, Perversion of Justice, allowed Epstein to serve just 13 months in a Palm Beach County jail.
Farkas declined to discuss if he had other business dealings with Epstein, how long they’d done business together or what becomes of Epstein’s 50 percent stake.
In interviews over the years, Epstein has suggested he was helping manage the Saudi royal family’s wealth but there is no firm evidence that he acted privately in a similar capacity for others in the region.
How Jeffrey Epstein ‘set up meeting between ‘Petie’ Mandelson and US billionaire banker from his prison cell’
- Channel 4 Dispatches will claim Prince Andrew met Epstein ‘at least ten times’
- Peter Mandelson ‘asked Jeffrey Epstein to set up meeting’ with JP Morgan chair
- Mr Mandelson was de facto Deputy Prime Minister to PM Gordon Brown in 2009
Peter Mandelson phoned Jeffrey Epstein to seek a personal favour while the disgraced US financier was serving a sentence for child sex offences, according to a TV documentary.
As de facto Deputy Prime Minister to Gordon Brown in 2009, Lord Mandelson asked Epstein – who was then on day release – to arrange a meeting with a billionaire New York banker.
Channel 4’s Dispatches allege Epstein agreed instantly. A friend of Epstein said the financier ‘sorted’ a meeting between Lord Mandelson – whom he called ‘Petie’ – and Jamie Dimon, the billionaire chairman of US investment bank JP Morgan.
Lord Mandelson asked Epstein – who was then on day release – to arrange a meeting with a billionaire New York banker. Channel 4’s Dispatches allege Epstein agreed instantly
At the time, Epstein, who killed himself in August, was serving an 18-month sentence after pleading guilty to procuring a 14-year-old girl for prostitution.
The financier’s friend, who requested anonymity, said: ‘I was astonished that a British Cabinet Minister… probably the most powerful man other than the Prime Minister, was calling Jeffrey in jail to make an appointment… with a very powerful banker in New York.’
In 2005 Lord Mandelson was photographed shopping with Epstein in the US Virgin Islands.
He also featured in the financier’s ‘little black book’ of contacts encompassing every sphere of influence, from politics to royalty.
Lord Mandelson’s entry included ten numbers, including home numbers and mobile details for his partner.
The friend, who has never spoken before, said the exchange with the politician ‘demonstrated that as far as Jeffrey was concerned… life was carrying on as if nothing had happened’.
Asked if the phone call had worked, the friend replied: ‘Yep, it was sorted out.’
He added: ‘You don’t call Peter Mandelson ‘Petie’ if you’re not a close friend.’
Lawyers for Lord Mandelson said he ‘has no recollection of a telephone conversation with Mr Epstein in January 2009… in which he allegedly requested Mr Epstein set up a meeting with Jamie Dimon’.
They added: ‘Our client would have no need to make such a request… As Business Secretary… he met or talked on the phone to bank CEOs on a regular basis, including Mr Dimon.’
Court documents show Epstein unsuccessfully applied to a judge in late 2009 to leave his Florida home, where he was under house arrest, for a meeting in New York with an unnamed British Minister to discuss British universities.
The Minister was described as an ‘under-secretary to the Prime Minister of Great Britain’.
Lord Mandelson has denied being the Minister and his spokesman said he was in London during those dates.
In The Prince And The Paedophile, to be broadcast at 10pm tomorrow, Dispatches also explores Epstein’s friendship with Prince Andrew and claims the men met at least ten times.
Buckingham Palace has said ‘any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue’.
Lawyers for Lord Mandelson said he ‘has no recollection of a telephone conversation with Mr Epstein in January 2009… in which he allegedly requested Mr Epstein set up a meeting with Jamie Dimon’. Mr Dimon is pictured above
Peter Mandelson lobbied Tony Blair for alleged paedophile Lord Janner to receive a peerage.” Janner was “elevated to the House of Lords 6yrs after being publicly accused of child sex abuse in a high-profile court case.
20 Oct 2019
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Prince Andrew & paedophile Jeffrey Epstein were close friends for 12 years. Dispatches compared Epstein’s flight logs & address book with Andrew’s schedule and found that over their years of friendship the pair met at least 10 times. The Prince often stayed with Epstein for days.
An Italian Family with ties to the Vatican, an Emblem of a snake swallowing a human all connected to the husband of an Epstein Model who flew on Lolita Express with ties to National Healthcare, Biotech, Oncology and AI
In this article you will find,
- Brief rundown of Nicole Junkermann
- her husband, Ferdinando Brachetti Peretti’s history and how he connects to the Vatican.
- DDOS attacks which have taken place concerning research and searches related to Junkermann and her husband’s family’s ties to the Vatican.
- Why are there also perpetrators that seek to make certain network resources unavailable to their intended users by temporarily or indefinitely disrupting services of a host connected to the Internet. What exactly are they afraid of?
- More interesting investments of Nicole Junkermann, the Brachetti Peretti family and the Borromeo family and who they are connected to including Google partnerships.
- The Cardinals of the Borromeo family and the Luciferian symbolism in their Coat of Arms
- Interesting how the best-known members of the family of the House of Borromeo were were the cardinals and Archbishops of Milan and had a library called the Ambrosian Library.
- Peter Thiel and parabiosis with a company called Ambrosia. Is this blood letting to benefit elites? You decide from the articles and research.
- See Junkermann’s investments in companies connected to Google. Wonder why that is?
- Find how in November 2018, Junkermann was appointed to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care’s Healthtech Advisory Board. The board guides the UK Government on its mission to transform technology in the NHS.
- So this is the board guides the UK Government on its mission to transform technology in the NHS and Nicole Junkermann who flew on the Lolita Express with Epstein 3 times, once alone is Secretary of State for this Advisory Board?
- Her husband’s ties to the Vatican through his mother and his brother’s wife.
- Connection to a family Crest of a serpent swallowing a human.
- See who all of these globalist companies are connected to and ask yourself. . .why all of the conflicts of interests? Are they really trying to “help” humans through pharmaceuticals, biotech and AI or is something else at play?
A recent interview given by a former high-ranking official in Israeli military intelligence has claimed that Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual blackmail enterprise was an Israel intelligence operation run for the purpose of entrapping powerful individuals and politicians in the United States and abroad.
Since the apparent death by suicide of Jeffrey Epstein in a Manhattan prison, much has come to light about his depraved activities and methods used to sexually abuse underage girls and entrap the rich and powerful for the purposes of blackmail. Epstein’s ties to intelligence, described in-depth in a recent MintPress investigative series, have continued to receive minimal mainstream media coverage, which has essentially moved on from the Epstein scandal despite the fact that his many co-conspirators remain on the loose.
For those who have examined Epstein’s ties to intelligence, there are clear links to both U.S. intelligence and Israeli intelligence, leaving it somewhat open to debate as to which country’s intelligence apparatus was closest to Epstein and most involved in his blackmail/sex-trafficking activities. A recent interview given by a former high-ranking official in Israeli military intelligence has claimed that Epstein’s sexual blackmail enterprise was an Israel intelligence operation run for the purpose of entrapping powerful individuals and politicians in the United States and abroad.
In an interview with Zev Shalev, former CBS News executive producer and award-winning investigative journalist for Narativ, the former senior executive for Israel’s Directorate of Military Intelligence, Ari Ben-Menashe, claimed not only to have met Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, back in the 1980s, but that both Epstein and Maxwell were already working with Israeli intelligence during that time period.
“They found a niche”
In an interview last week with the independent outlet Narativ, Ben-Menashe, who himself was involved in Iran-Contra arms deals, told his interviewer Zev Shalev that he had been introduced to Jeffrey Epstein by Robert Maxwell in the mid-1980s while Maxwell’s and Ben-Menashe’s involvement with Iran-Contra was ongoing. Ben-Menashe did not specify the year he met Epstein.
Ben-Menashe told Shalev that “he [Maxwell] wanted us to accept him [Epstein] as part of our group …. I’m not denying that we were at the time a group that it was Nick Davies [Foreign Editor of the Maxwell-Owned Daily Mirror], it was Maxwell, it was myself and our team from Israel, we were doing what we were doing.” Past reporting by Seymour Hersh and others revealed that Maxwell, Davies and Ben-Menashe were involved in the transfer and sale of military equipment and weapons from Israel to Iran on behalf of Israeli intelligence during this time period.
He then added that Maxwell had stated during the introduction that “your Israeli bosses have already approved” of Epstein. Shalev later noted that Maxwell “had an extensive network in Israel at the time, which included the then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, according to Ben-Menashe.”
Ben-Menashe went on to say that he had “met him [Epstein] a few times in Maxwell’s office, that was it.” He also said he was not aware of Epstein being involved in arms deals for anyone else he knew at the time, but that Maxwell wanted to involve Epstein in the arms transfer in which he, Davies and Ben-Menashe were engaged on Israel’s behalf.
However, as MintPress reported in Part IV of the investigative series “Inside the Jeffrey Epstein Scandal: Too Big to Fail,” Epstein was involved with several arms dealers during this period of time, some of whom were directly involved in Iran-Contra arms deals between Israel and Iran. For instance, after leaving Bear Stearns in 1981, Epstein began working in the realms of shadow finance as a self-described “financial bounty hunter,” where he would both hunt down and hide money for powerful people. One of these powerful individuals was Adnan Khashoggi, a Saudi arms dealer with close ties to both Israeli and U.S. intelligence and one of the main brokers of Iran-Contra arms deals between Israel and Iran. Epstein would later forge a business relationship with a CIA front company involved in another aspect of Iran-Contra, the airline Southern Air Transport, on behalf of Leslie Wexner’s company, The Limited.
During this period, it is also known that Epstein became well acquainted with the British arms dealer Sir Douglas Leese, who collaborated with Khashoggi on at least one British-Saudi arms deal in the 1980s. Leese would later introduce Epstein to Steven Hoffenberg, calling Epstein a “genius” and describing his lack of morals during that introduction. Thus, there are indications that Epstein was involved with Middle Eastern arms deals, including some related to Iran-Contra, during this period. In addition, Epstein would later claim (and then subsequently deny) having worked for the CIA during this period.
After having been introduced to Epstein, Ben-Menashe claimed that neither he nor Davies were impressed with Epstein and considered him “not very competent.” He added that Ghislaine Maxwell had “fallen for” Epstein and that he believed that the romantic relationship between his daughter and Epstein led Robert Maxwell to work to bring the latter into the “family business” — i.e., Maxwell’s dealings with Israeli intelligence. This information is very revealing, given that the narrative, until now at least, has been that Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein did not meet and begin their relationship until after Robert Maxwell’s death in 1991, after which Ghislaine moved to New York.
whitneywebb – Several articles from the 90s and early 00s about Jeffrey Epstein, well before his dark secrets were exposed, have been scrubbed fr the internet in recent years. We obtained several of them & when you read them, it’s easy to see why they were taken offline
Several now-censored reports from the 1990s and early 2000s reveal that Prince Andrew’s involvement with the minors exploited by Jeffrey Epstein is greater than previously believed.
October 14th, 2019
While the Jeffrey Epstein scandal has largely faded from media coverage in the United States, it has continued to attract attention abroad, particularly in the United Kingdom in connection with Epstein’s long-standing association with Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and the Queen’s son.
The Epstein-Prince Andrew relationship has long been a fascination of the U.K. press, with numerous articles dating back to the early 2000s detailing the most outrageous aspects of their relationship. Prior to that, Epstein had also garnered attention from U.K. newspapers regarding his association with Ghislaine Maxwell, whose reputation in the U.K. is rather notorious, as was that of her father, Robert Maxwell.
Yet, since Epstein’s arrest in July, many of these older articles on Epstein and Maxwell, as well as those focusing on the Epstein-Prince Andrew relationship, have disappeared from the archives of several prominent U.K. media outlets that reported on these relationships years ago.
Several of these articles, though largely scrubbed from the internet, were recently obtained by MintPress and a review of their contents maks the likely motive behind their disappearance clear: several articles not only reference Epstein’s connection to both U.S. and Israeli intelligence years before the first investigation into Epstein’s exploitation of minors had even begun, but also reveal surprising aspects of Prince Andrew’s involvement with Epstein that strongly suggest that the Prince partook in illicit sexual activities with minors to a much greater extent than has previously been reported.
New, disturbing details of Prince Andrew’s early links to Epstein
Since Epstein was arrested the first time in 2006 and even more so after he was arrested again this past July, those named in press reports as his associates have made every effort to distance themselves from the accused pedophile and sex trafficker. For this reason, press reports that discuss Epstein long before there was any hint of the larger scandal are particularly important for understanding the true nature of Epstein’s past associations with the rich and powerful.
In light of what is now known about Epstein’s sexual blackmail operation and sex trafficking activities, several reports from the late 1990s and early 2000s contain details long since forgotten regarding Epstein’s relationship with Prince Andrew.
One particularly censored article that appeared in London’s Evening Standard in January 2001, for instance, gives several indications regarding the apparent entrapment of Prince Andrew as part of Epstein’s sexual blackmail operation, which is now known to have been connected to intelligence — specifically Israeli military intelligence, according to recent revelations in the case.
The article, written by Evening Standard journalist Nigel Rosser, quotes a personal friend of both Ghislaine Maxwell and Epstein as saying the following about their friendship with Prince Andrew:
Another friend of Maxwell and Epstein made similar claims that appear in the same article:
The article further describes Epstein and Prince Andrew as having a “curious symbiotic relationship,” adding that “wherever Ghislaine is seen with Prince Andrew, Epstein isn’t far behind.”
These quotes are particularly telling now that it is a matter of record that Epstein was seeking out rich and powerful individuals and entrapping them with minors for the purpose of blackmail. The fact that personal friends of Epstein and Maxwell at the time openly stated that their “manipulative” relationship with Prince Andrew was “very premeditated” and “probably being done for Epstein” strongly suggests that not only was the Prince entrapped, but that this type of entrapment activity was known to occur among those who were close to Epstein and Maxwell at the time.
Prince Andrew — as a member of the Royal Family, which is very protective of its social reputation, as well as the U.K. envoy for investment and trade — certainly fits into the category of people that Epstein entrapped on behalf of intelligence: rich, politically powerful, wary of damaging their social reputation, and thus susceptible to blackmail.
Notably, the year this article was published (2001), is the same year that Epstein’s most well-known accuser and victim, Virginia Giuffre (then Virginia Roberts), claims that she was introduced to Prince Andrew by Maxwell and Epstein and forced to have sex with the Prince on at least three occasions. She has also claimed that Epstein would subsequently instruct her to describe the encounters in order to learn compromising information about the Prince’s sexual habits and preferences. Her claims regarding Epstein’s trafficking of her, specifically to Prince Andrew, have since been largely corroborated by photographic evidence, flight logs, and public records.
This undated photo released by Virginia Giuffre shows Prince Andrew posing with a young Giuffre, Ghislaine Maxwell is shown standing in the background
While it appears that Prince Andrew was deliberately entrapped as part of Epstein’s intelligence-linked sexual blackmail operation, the article further suggests that Andrew’s involvement with the minors exploited by Epstein went far beyond his alleged three encounters with Giuffre.
Rosser quotes a friend of Prince Andrew’s ex-wife Sara Ferguson as saying that Andrew “used to be smart when he came back from abroad…He’s started having a girl massage him…He even travels abroad with his own massage mattress.”
During this same time period, Epstein and Maxwell also introduced Prince Andrew to “sex aid entrepreneur” Christine Drangsholt during a trip to Mar-a-Lago and describes Andrew traveling to Los Angeles, where he was seen “flirting…with a group of young girls,” and to Phuket, Thailand where he “wandered around the sex bars in the area’s red light district.” The Los Angeles trip saw Andrew accompanied by artist and close friend of Michael Jackson, Bruce Livingstone Strong, and Ghislaine Maxwell accompanied Andrew to Thailand.
The mentions of massages from a “girl” and Andrew traveling around with Maxwell and Epstein while bringing along “his own massage mattress,” are particularly striking given what is now known about Epstein’s sex trafficking and sexual blackmail operation. Court documents, police reports, and other evidence have since made it clear that “massage” was the code word Epstein and his co-conspirators used for sex with the minors he exploited and massage tables and sex toys were frequently present together in the rooms of his various residences where he forced underage girls to engage in sexual acts with him and others.
Most notable of all is the fact that claims of Prince Andrew receiving “massages” from girls during his trips with Epstein and Maxwell were published in January 2001, at least two months before Virginia Giuffre states that she was first introduced to and forced to have sex with the Prince in March of 2001. This means that the claims of Epstein- and Maxwell-brokered “massages” refer to at least one other girl, strongly suggesting that Andrew’s involvement with minors exploited by Epstein is greater than has been recently acknowledged.
Other recently reported information has added to the likelihood that Prince Andrew engaged in illicit activities with more minors than Virginia Giuffre. For instance, the FBI recently expanded its probe into Epstein’s sex trafficking network to include a specific focus on the Prince’s role. The FBI has claimed that they are reviewing claims regarding Prince Andrew made by other Epstein victims aside from Giuffre, but did not specify the nature of those claims.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s open secret
Media reports cite Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell as having developed a close relationship at least by February 2000, when Andrew had spent a week at Epstein’s controversial New York penthouse at 9 East 71st Street. One report published in 2000 by London’s Sunday Times claimed that the two were introduced by Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, often referred to as “Fergie” in the press, and further claims that this introduction had taken place several years prior. Epstein is alleged to have first been introduced to Andrew via Maxwell in 1999.
Years after this introduction was made, Jeffrey Epstein would provide financial assistance to Ferguson at Prince Andrew’s behest by paying Ferguson’s former personal assistant £15,000, allegedly in order to allow for “a wider restructuring of Sarah’s £5 million debts to take place,” according to The Telegraph.
Oddly, by April of that year, Maxwell and Prince Andrew were spotted by their fellow diners at a posh New York restaurant holding hands, prompting both the Prince and Maxwell to claim that their relationship was merely “platonic.” However, a separate report from 2007 in the Evening Standard refers to Maxwell as one of Prince Andrew’s former girlfriends.
Within a year of their close relationship having become public, Andrew and Ghislaine were reported to have gone on eight different vacations together, of which Epstein accompanied them for five. Andrew also brought Maxwell and Epstein to celebrate the Queen’s birthday in 2000 as his personal guests.
Several reports from this period also provide interesting insight into Maxwell’s business activities and private life. One article from 2000, published in London’s Sunday Times, states that “for all her high-profile appearances on Manhattan’s A-List merry-go-round, she [Maxwell] is secretive to the point of paranoia and her business affairs are deeply mysterious.” It goes on to say that Maxwell “has been building a business empire as opaque as father’s” — referencing Robert Maxwell’s business empire, which included multiple front companies for Israeli intelligence — and adds that “her office in Manhattan refuses to confirm even the nature or the name of her business.”
On her relationship with Epstein, it states that “he’s always kept her secrets, no one knows what their relationship is really about.” An article from 2001 claims that Maxwell’s Manhattan lifestyle, her New York residence and her vehicles were all purchased by Epstein and that she was employed as his “consultant” while also acting as his social organizer and interior designer.
One report on Maxwell — which was published by the Evening Standard in 2003, years before Epstein was first publicly revealed to be exploiting minors — contains very telling information about Maxwell’s work for Epstein. It states “Ghislaine has risen, largely thanks to property developer Epstein bankrolling her, to become queen of the billionaires’ social circuit,” adding that “Jeffrey only likes billionaires or very young women and uses Ghislaine as his social pimp.” It then discusses “rumors” that Maxwell was hosting “bizarre parties at her house to which she invites a dozen or so young girls, then brandishes a whip and teaches them how to improve their sexual techniques.”
Given what is now known about Maxwell’s role as Epstein’s procurer of underage girls and her role in “training” them in sexual techniques, this passage — again from 2003 — reveals that Epstein’s and Maxwell’s dark acts were pretty much an open secret for years prior to Epstein’s first arrest in 2007.
Jeffrey Epstein, spy and property mogul?
One recurring theme in many of these older reports from the U.K. is their mention of Epstein’s alleged ties to both U.S. and Israeli intelligence. For instance, Nigel Rosser’s 2001 article contains the following passage:
Another article, published in 1992 in the U.K.’s Mail on Sunday, describes “rumors” that linked Epstein to the CIA and the Mossad and claimed that he had worked as “a corporate spy hired by big businesses to uncover money that had been embezzled.” In addition, an article published in 2000 in London’s Sunday Times also states of Epstein that “nobody knows whether he’s a concert pianist, property developer, CIA agent, a math teacher or a member of Mossad.”
Notably, these rumors of Epstein’s links to intelligence have since been confirmed. The CIA-Mossad links to Epstein were detailed in a recent MintPress investigative series and several mainstream media reports have corroborated Epstein’s time as a self-described “financial bounty hunter” who hunted down embezzled funds and also hid stolen money for powerful people and governments.
Another odd commonality among these now-scrubbed articles on Epstein from the 1990s and early 2000s is that the majority of them refer to Epstein not as a “financier” or “hedge fund manager,” as has become common in more recent reports, but as a “New York property developer” and even as a “property mogul.”
For instance, the 2001 Evening Standard article introduces Epstein as an “immensely powerful New York property developer and financier” with an “intensively secret business life” who “owns properties all over the country [the U.S.].” It also states that Epstein had made millions from “his business links with the likes of Bill Gates, Donald Trump and Ohio billionaire Leslie Wexner” during the 1990s and beyond.
Wexner, in addition to his other close financial ties to Epstein, was involved in several Manhattan real estate deals with Epstein and Epstein’s brother Mark while Donald Trump was then best known for his career as a New York property developer and real estate mogul. Trump is also cited in a separate article from January 2001 as being good friends with both Prince Andrew and his ex-wife.
^ At Epstein’s Manhattan mansion 2011…James E Stanley, Lawrence Summers, Epstein, Bill Gates and Boris Nikolic
In addition, this article’s claim regarding Epstein’s most notable “business links” in 2001 contradicts Bill Gates’ recent assertions that he never had any business relationship with Epstein and did not meet with him until 2013. Notably, Gates’ former chief scientific adviser was recently named as an alternate executor for Epstein’s will and Gates appears on the flight logs of Epstein’s now-infamous private plane. Gates, one of the world’s richest men, has since claimed that he only had met with Epstein in order to meet other wealthy people and to discuss “philanthropy.”
Donald and Melania Trump with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell at the Mar-a-Lago club, Palm Beach, Florida in 2000. Photo | Davidoff Studios
Another article in the Evening Standard refers to Epstein as a “property mogul.” Several other articles — such as a 2000 article from Australia’s Sunday Mail, a 1995 article from Australia’s Sun Herald, and a 1995 article from the U.K.’s Mail on Sunday — also refer to Epstein as chiefly a “property developer.” Interestingly, references to Epstein as a property developer continued to occur (though less frequently) after his first arrest in 2007 and then again after his recent arrest this past July, yet oddly only in non-U.S. newspapers. Another article states that Ghislaine Maxwell had sold property on Epstein’s behalf and was also involved in the New York real estate market.
While several articles in the early 2000s describe Epstein as both “property developer” and “financier,” even earlier articles about Epstein refer to him exclusively as a “property developer.” For instance, the 1992 article in the Mail on Sunday cited above referred to Epstein as “a shadowy, almost maverick New York property developer” and noted that, even then, Epstein appeared “to have an inexhaustible supply of money and yet no one seems able to answer the question of precisely what the source.”
As will be revealed in an upcoming MintPress investigative series, these references allude to Epstein’s shady business activities in the New York and Palm Beach real estate markets from the mid-1980s to the late-1990s that were used to launder massive amounts of money for organized crime and intelligence. It is likely for this reason that Epstein’s real estate activities during this period have been so deliberately ignored by the U.S. press, even though other aspects of his financial activities were heavily scrutinized in recent months.
Indeed, in examining Epstein’s involvement in real estate markets, particularly in New York, it becomes clear that those activities have no shortage of controversial tie-ins to the current U.S. presidential administration as well as major New York power players involved in suspect financial activity immediately prior to the September 11 attacks as well as the 2008 financial crisis. All of those connections and more will be explored in MintPress’ upcoming investigative series on the financial crimes of Jeffrey Epstein and their broader implications.
“The Los Angeles trip saw Prince Andrew accompanied by artist and close friend of Michael Jackson, Bruce Livingstone Strong. “Ghislaine Maxwell accompanied Andrew to Thailand.”
One particularly censored article that appeared in London’s Evening Standard in January 2001…The article, written by Evening Standard journalist Nigel Rosser…
During this same time period, Epstein and Maxwell also introduced Prince Andrew to “sex aid entrepreneur” Christine Drangsholt during a trip to Mar-a-Lago and describes Andrew traveling to Los Angeles, where he was seen “flirting…with a group of young girls,” and to Phuket, Thailand where he “wandered around the sex bars in the area’s red light district.”
The Los Angeles trip saw Andrew accompanied by artist and close friend of Michael Jackson, Bruce Livingstone Strong, and Ghislaine Maxwell accompanied Andrew to Thailand.
Michael, Brett, and Hiromichi Saeki; purchaser of Brett’s record breaking $2.1 million painting titled ‘The Book’ in early 1990.
Brett, Bono of U2, and his wife discuss future projects.
President Reagan and Brett at the unveiling of the Bicentennial Monument.
Brett Livingstone Strong is congratulated by first lady Barbara Bush.
Brett Livingstone Strong
Brett-Livingstone Strong (born 31 October 1953) is an Australian-born artist, best known for his sculptures of Hollywood celebrities.
In 1972, Strong was commissioned to paint the royal invitation for the opening of the Sydney Opera House by Queen Elizabeth II.
In 1977, Strong carved John Wayne‘s face in a 12½-ton boulder that had fallen onto the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. In 1979, he sold it to an Arizona company and it currently resides in the library of the Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas.
Strong created a life-size bronze statue of John Lennon, entitled Imagine. He began work on the sculpture as a tribute to Lennon after the musician’s death in 1980. Originally unveiled in New York City by Andy Warhol, it currently is in the possession of a private collector.
Strong painted a portrait of Michael Jackson entitled The Book which reportedly sold for $2.1 million to Hiromichi Saeki Corp. in 1990, making it the most money ever paid to a living artist for the sale of a portrait. This portrait is claimed to be the only portrait that Michael Jackson sat for an artist’s rendering and made its first appearance since 1992 in July 2009. It was displayed for public viewing in Harlem near the Apollo Theater. Strong was a good friend of Michael Jackson and Strong’s studio houses a large collection of Jackson’s artwork.
In the 1980s, Strong completed work on the National Monument to the US Constitution, commissioned by former Chief Justice Warren E. Burger. The monument was to have been dedicated by president George W. Bush and placed on the grounds of the White House.
Currently the monument is part of a nationwide educational program entitled The Spirit of Freedom about the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.
In the mid 1980s, Strong’s painting Homage a Henri Rousseau became the cover artwork for the Fleetwood Mac album Tango in the Night. The original painting had been bought by singer/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and was hanging in Strong’s home at the time.
Strong created NASA‘s National Space Exploration Monument for display in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. In July 1994, Vice-President Al Gore announced this monument honouring the men and women of the United States Space Program and celebrating the anniversary of man’s landing on the moon.
In the late 1990s Strong proposed a City of Angels Monument project designed to create a symbol for Los Angeles along the lines of New York’s Statue of Liberty or Paris’ Eiffel Tower. The $3.6 billion development was to cover nearly 100 acres (40 ha) in downtown Los Angeles with the central focus being a 750-foot (230 m) tower as the base for a 350-foot (110 m) female angel, wings spread, holding a sword of light above her head. The project was a partnered collaboration with Russell and Associates directors Barbara Russell and Jessica Russell along with Strong. Due to complications regarding Strong personal and professional life, various property and contracted obligations not met, the 8 years of package and project development did not go through creating partners and alliances to file for bankruptcy. Strong filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2005. International and renowned companies such as Sour, Gensler, and Bank of New York were attached to the project.
After Debbie Rowe, an ex-wife of Michael Jackson, had nominated Strong for knighthood, the Belgiom Duke of Gardham made Strong a knight (of the Imperial Orders of Constantine the Great and Saint Helen) in October 2009, in recognition of Strong’s charitable work for children.
Strong, a Newcastle-born former Sydney Grammar student and great-great-grandson of the explorer David Livingstone, lives in Los Angeles. He formed a business partnership with the singer in 1989 that was called Jackson Strong Alliance. It carried out charitable works for children around the world.
Bono of U2 and wife
Brett-Livingstone Strong’s private collectors are among the most influential people in the world, ranging from heads of state to royalty. Portrait commissions have included Prince Charles, Dr. Armand Hammer and Michael Jackson; Rupert Murdoch and Elizabeth Taylor have also done business with the artist. For public patrons, he has worked on monumental sculptures to commemorate the achievements of NASA (for the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum), the vision of Walt Disney, the Sydney 2000 Olympics and the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo’s David.
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Far-right BIG money promoting domestic chaos in order to take control and avoid taxation via manipulation of social media and wild skewing of elections and referendums.
Acuri is an asset – we all know this.
To sum up Arcuri’s relationship to Johnson/Bannon
1. Gets 10k from Mayor, 100k from DCMS, planning a £100m investment fund with Boris
2. Close to Bannon’s Yiannopoulos, Cambridge Analytica’s Borwick, part of the YBF/Battlebus Roadtrip. YBF is a spinoff of Mercer’s YAF
Boris Johnson, Jennifer Arcuri, and the mysterious Annie Tacker
There are many unanswered questions surrounding Boris Johnson’s friendship with the US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri.
For the past two days I’ve been investigating one of the more bizarre of them: who is her UK-based media manager and is she even real?
“Annie Tacker” = “an attacker”. It’s an #infosec joke.
Do all lines of investigation lead to Jeffrey Epstein?
Here are a few facts about Boris de Pfeffel of Spaffwaffle’s pole dancer Jennifer Arcuri …
For a dismal failure of a businesswoman, Jennifer Arcuri sure won the hearts of BoJo’s fawning acolytes …
Lessig, the King of Cyberlaw, defended Hardwick against his own alma mater, the American Boychoir School in Princeton. His motivation was almost certainly the fact that Lessig himself had been abused by the very same music teacher as Hardwicke.
Given the abuse Lessig suffered at school, his essay in defence of acceptance of donations to the M.I.T. Media Lab from the financier and pervert Jeffrey Epstein by his friend Joichi Ito is truly shocking:
Given the abuse Lessig suffered at school, his essay in defence of acceptance of donations to the M.I.T. Media Lab from the financier and pervert Jeffrey Epstein by his friend Joichi Ito is truly shocking:
One of Jennifer Arcuri’s companies was Title X Technology Limited. The only other company director listed was Tom Alexander William Hayes, the trader for UBS and Citigroup convicted for his role in the LIBOR scandal. Fancy that!
There is certainly no arguing that LIBOR rigging is a disruptive technology, Boris!
BoJo’s girlfriend Arcuri does seem to gravitate towards criminals!
Not only was she in business with LIBOR rigger Hayes, her associate at Hacker House, another of her companies, was Lauri Love, a computer hacker whole stole large amounts of data from US government agencies …
It is worth noting how Arcuri’s Hacker House had the endorsement of Epstein’s sleazy buddy Randy Andy: Hacker House advises organisations on cyber-security, teaches youngsters online skills and has the backing of the Duke of York for its scheme awarding cyber badges to children.
While BoJo’s pole dancer was offering Randy Andy endorsed cyber-security, her cousin Lawrence Lessing was a trustee of the Internet Society, a position held, albeit at different times, by Ghislaine Maxwell’s sister Christine.
Christine Maxwell was CEO and President of Chilead Inc., the company providing the FBI with its counterterrorism database.
She was also steering committee organiser for ‘Remembering for the future’ whose list of patrons resembles a carbon copy of Epstein’s list:
Hang on, isn’t that guest speaker at Arcuri’s InnoTech Summit with BoJo our dear friend Alexander ‘Lord’ Carlile? The man who rushed to the defence of the paedophile Greville Janner and shared an office with Cyril Smith?
… and when Alexander Carlile is not serving as Boris Johnson’s support act at Jennifer Arcuri’s InnoTech summit, his role is eagerly assumed by Bannon’s willing far-right helper Milo Yiannopoulos.
So Yiannopoulos, banned by Facebook and Twitter, was billed at Arcuri’s InnoTech conference as keynote speaker, second only to Boris Johnson, who yesterday traduced the memory of Jo Cox, murdered by another right-wing fanatic!
Oh, and here’s Milo with Jennifer Arcuri’s cousin, Lawrence Lessing, the man who so vehemently defended his friend’s acceptance of donations from Jeffrey Epstein. Do I see some sort of pattern emerging …?
Always good for a selfie: Here is pole-dancer Arcuri with Boris Johnson’s brother Max, the vulture capitalist who plans to take advantage of Sterling’s weakness to make a buck out of bro’s Brexit.
Pole-dancing Jenny seems well connected: here’s Rohan Silva, Senior Policy Adviser to David Cameron (2010-13), Chairman of Downing Street’s Tech City Advisory Group and co-founder of the collaborative workspace ‘Second Home
What every self-respecting pole-dancer needs is a selfie with Grant Shapps to show to friends. You know, the Grant Shapps whose Welwyn/Hatfield Tories supported Alan Franey, Savile’s buddy.
The Pole-Dancer’s Pedigree: Lawrence Lessig, Arcuri’s cousin, became a lawyer to follow in the footsteps of his uncle, Jennifer’s granddad. Richard Cates was heavily involved in the impeachment of Richard Nixon, working together with Hillary Clinton.
Former FBI director James Comey worked for Grandfather Cates and wrote about him in his autobiography. Comey’s eldest daughter Maurene graduated from Harvard in 2013 and became lead prosecutor in the case against Jeffery Epstein.
So Jennifer Arcuri had a cosy personal relationship with Boris Johnson, euphemistically giving him ‘private technology lessons’. Arcuri invites Yiannopoulos to speak at her meetings. He in turn works with Steve Bannon who visited Epstein’s Paris home. …
Jeffrey Epstein entertained Bill and Melinda Gates, Steve Bannon, Prince Andrew at his Paris apartment claims butler, who was told by estate to move into the pied-a-terre days before probe
Creepy: Randy Andy, close friend of Epstein’s pimp Ghislaine Maxwell, hosts Code Club at Bucks Palace, awarding pole-dancing BoJo friend for developing ‘Jim’ll fix it-type’ cyberbadges for kids. Please tell me I’m making this up!
Oh dear, the plot thickens: Boris de Pfeffel of Spaffwaffle puts his pole-dancing Spinning Jenny in touch with Lynton Crosby, election campaign manager for right-wing parties in several countries.
BoJo not smart enough: Johnson wasn’t the first old man Jennifer Arcuri had a crush on. In the mid-2000s, she had a 3-year affair with the actor Joe Yukich, known for ‘The Wright Stuff’ in which Arcuri starred. Yukich has now come to Arcuri’s defence.
It was Yukich, too, who revealed Arcuri had another powerful and wealthy friend, the Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg. He claims her conversations with Zuckerberg led to her moving to London.
Zuckerberg met Jeffrey Epstein at a Silicon Valley dinner.
Let’s return to Tom Hayes, Arcuri’s co-director at Title X Technology and LIBOR convict. It is said BoJo dropped Jenny ‘like a stone’ after she defended Hayes. Is Boris lying? Surely he read Arcuri’s 2013 claims long before he severed contact with her!
BoJen: Just how much power did Jennifer Arcuri wield over her Alexander the Great? And what were her motives in targeting him in the first place? And, more, importantly, does she still have him by the short and curlies?
Randy Andy: ‘A real cutie’.
After Boris arranged for her to be put on the guest list for a party attended by royalty, senior politicians, digiterati and tech startups, Jenny made a bee-line for the Duke of York …
Labour ‘shocked’ as police watchdog freezes investigation into Jennifer Arcuri scandal
9 Nov 2019
The scandal over Boris Johnson’s friendship with technology entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri was reignited on Saturday after the Observer revealed that the independent police watchdog has delayed its announcement on whether the PM should face an investigation into possible criminal misconduct until after the election.
The decision prompted fury from Westminster politicians and London assembly members who said it appeared that a ruling had been “suppressed” in order to protect Johnson from potentially damaging headlines at a crucial stage of the election campaign.
In a private meeting held before parliament was dissolved last week, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) officials agreed not to announce whether they were going to investigate “possible criminality” over allegations about a conflict of interest in Johnson’s dealings while mayor of London with US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri until after the election.
Sources close to the IOPC investigation said the watchdog was on the verge of announcing its decision on whether it was proceeding with a criminal investigation.
The IOPC was tasked by the Greater London Authority with assessing whether criminal charges should be brought because of the then-mayor’s responsibility for London’s policing.
It is alleged Arcuri received favourable treatment due to her friendship with Johnson, including receiving large sums of public money for her technology firms.
The offence of misconduct in public office carries a maximum term of life imprisonment. Johnson has denied any impropriety.
So Arcuri went from having to borrow clobber for a palace function in late 2014 to renting a £1m mansion House in upmarket Cheshire together with Matthew Hickey and driving an expensive Beemer.
This really begs the question as to where all that money was coming from …
Whizz kid: According to her LinkedIn details, Jennifer Arcuri was born in 1985. The same profile tells us that she then gained a Law Certificate from Columbia University in 2001.
Let me think: 2001 – 1985 = ???
Doesn’t exactly engender trust in the rest of her profile, does it?
In 2013, Arcuri rushed to the defence of BoJo after he had been mauled in battle by . In a spat with Newsnight, she tweeted he is ‘an amazing leader’ whose personal life is ‘not 4 public to judge’, saying ‘those Q’s were asked maliciously’.
Taking back control: The third director of was Gary Mieliefsky, founding Member of the US Department of Homeland Security and the National Information Security Group, who worked as an advisor to Clinton.
Cyber-Security expert Mieliefsky had numerous contacts to both Trump and Bannon, and advised Ivanka Trump. … but why am I telling you this? Surely Boris Johnson’s staff will have researched every detail on Arcuri before approving grants and loans!
Not satisfied with meddling in Spaffwaffle’s bid to become mayor for a second term, Jennifer Arcuri had to fix it for Alba, ensuring those recalcitrant Scots didn’t put up a Trumpian pre-fab wall along Hadrian’s Roman defences.
Isn’t it ironic that Matthew Hickey, Arcuri’s partner since she split with Boris, is a staunch remainer? He even claimed to have left UK because of Brexit, complained about the £££ tanking and urged folk to vote remain on Referendum Day.
Just 8 months after Arcuri’s InnoTech was set up in 02/2013, Julia Streets tweeted about the InnoTech Summit. On the 02/2014 annual return, Streets shows up as a shareholder of InnoTech along with ‘BoJen’ Arcuri. Julia links to some interesting bods …
On April 1, 2018, Julia Streets became a trustee of the children’s charity Street Child, the same month it merged with Children in Crisis, founded by Sarah Ferguson who borrowed £15k from Jeffrey Epstein to pay her debts.
On the same day (1/4/18), Anthony Wallersteiner also became director of Street Child and Chair of Trustees. Wally is an old friend of Ghislaine Maxwell; his dad was a business associate of Robert Maxwell. Both were the subject of an FBI search warrant.
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Wesley Hall, a Sabine McNeill and Lauri Love, supporter, worked at Hacker House according to Rocket Reach
Jennifer Arcuri with Thomas Borwick – The Hacker and Vote Leave’s chief technology officer.
Innotech Summit/Lawrence Lessig at Second Home 2014
Tom Borwick’s great uncle, Lord McAlpine, is listed in Jeffrey Epstein’s black book
The Borwick Family
The Cambridge Analytica connection you’ve most likely never heard of; meet The Hon. Thomas Borwick, son of ex-Tory MP Lady ‘Call Me Victoria’ Borwick
Lady Borwick, who was previously Boris Johnson’s deputy.
The Busy Borwicks
Son of Kensington MP Lady Borwick’s curious connections to the people who ensured both Brexit and the election of Donald Trump revealed
On Sunday, Carole Cadwalladr of The Observer published a lengthy and well researched article that, amongst other things, examined the connections between The Hon. Thomas Borwick – the son of the Conservative hereditary peer The Rt. Hon. The Lord Borwick and Kensington’s Member of Parliament Lady ‘Call me Victoria’ Borwick – and the controversial US hedge fund titan and backer of Donald Trump, Robert Mercer.
A director of a multitude of companies, in spite of being just 29 years old, “new media expert” Thomas Borwick – whose mother was forced to apologise “after using City Hall resources to promote her husband’s [now defunct] electric vehicle business” in 2009– it now transpires, was not only Vote Leave’s chief technology officer but previously worked with SCL/Cambridge Analytica and AggregateIQ. Borwick currently touts himself to his 202 followers on Twitter as the founder of a political canvasing consultancy named Kan.to, an organisation that he boldy claims “will out-organise, out-plan, out-leaflet, out-twitter, out-work and out-vote all of its opponents”.
Mercer, one of the owners of the far-right Breitbart News Network as well as being a major shareholder in Cambridge Analytica, is a man whose “sinister” connections to both Trump and Nigel Farage have rightly been widely criticised. On that basis, that the son of fervent Brexiteer Lady Borwick – a woman whose constituents voted 69% to ‘Remain’ and whose domain was home to a greater proportion of EU nationals than any other London borough in 2016 – has links to this billionaire and his activities should only encourage the voters of Kensington to ditch her and her out-of-touch party.
Revealed: The ‘triple dipper’ Conservative MP who is paid nearly £100,000 a year for three elected jobs
Victoria Borwick, the (former) MP for Kensington, is paid an extra £30,000 a year as both a councillor at Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and member of the London Assembly
Mrs Borwick, 59, whose application to replace Sir Malcolm Rifkind in the seat waspersonally backed by London Mayor Boris Johnson,defended her decision.
Mrs Borwick’s predecessor as MP for Kensington Sir Malcolm Rifkind had complained that it was “unrealistic” to live on £60,000 shortly before quitting after being caught in a cash for access investigation by The Daily Telegraph in February.
Unveiling a plaque to Lady Churchill with Sir Nicholas Soames
Tories BOW to wealthy antiques dealers and DROP ban on elephant ivory in manifesto:
The most powerful UK antique traders association is the British Antique Dealers’ Association – whose president is Tory MP and pal of Theresa May, Lady Victoria Borwick.
Lady Victoria Borwick is related by marriage to the notorious McAlpine family.
Her husband’s uncle is Alistair McAlpine, alleged child abuser.
Lord “Jamie” Borwick – nephew of Lord Alistair McAlpine
Victoria’s husband, Geoffrey Robert James Borwick, 5th Baron Borwick aka “Jamie”, is the son of Hon. Patricia Garnett McAlpine – Patricia’s brother is Alistair McAlpine
Lady Victoria Borwick is MP for Kensington and Chelsea, preceded by Malcolm Rifkind who is a cousin of alleged child abuser, former Tory Cabinet minister, Leon Brittan.
“The Tories got rid of one Rifkind (Cash for Access) and now replaced him with ‘Madam Rifkind’, who thinks it is perfectly reasonable to use these jobs to rake in as much money as possible.”
Slumming it: Tory Lady ventures into East End
Role reversal? Could this be the first time a young East Ender gets to look down on a Victoria Lady?
Since the Tories headed up the Coalition after the 2010 General Election, they have been making cuts in public spending and presiding over austerity measures which have made life harder for ordinary Eastenders. Government attacks such as the bedroom tax and welfare benefit tax have left many East End families only able to buy the cheapest, unhealthiest food – or forced them to supplement their own buying with trips to the food bank.
Against this backdrop, Lady Borwick, aka Assembly Member Victoria Lorne Peta Borwick, a Deputy Mayor of London, deigned to drop into Tower Hamlets last week to claim the credit for Tower Hamlets’ work in promoting good health in its schools (that’s the schools which Lady Borwick’s party is trying to dismantle).
Trump crony Rudy Giuliaini drew inspiration from Winston Churchill in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terror attack on New York, he revealed.
Mr Giuliani cited the alliance between Churchill and Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan and Tony Blair and George W Bush as evidence of the powerful bond between Britain and the US. He would make it his mission as President to strengthen the relationship further.
The lunch was attended by about 100 wealthy Americans and dozens of London-based US correspondents.
Conservative mayoral contender Victoria Borwick, who has pledged to introduce Giuliani-style zero tolerance policing, was the only senior Tory present at the lunch at the Hyde Park Mandarin hotel.
“He is a brilliant political leader,” she said.
Mr Giuliani is due to meet Margaret Thatcher tonight at the same hotel before delivering his keynote speech on his manifesto for a 2008 Republican presidential victory.
Geoffrey Robert James “Jamie” Borwick, 5th Baron Borwick] (born 1955) is a British businessman, hereditary peer and member of the House of Lords. Chief Executive of Manganese Bronze Holdings PLC, known for the manufacture of the London Taxi, from 1987 to 2001 and then Chairman until 2003.
At William Hague Farewell Dinner with William Hague and Victoria Borwick
She works on a daily basis with the big pillars of authority in London, such as the Metropolitan Police.
Does she ever take issue with the Metropolitan Police, or any other authority? “Of course…of course.”
Victoria Borwick – gifts and hospitality
She worked in senior management for P&O and DMG World Media (Daily Mail and General Trust plc) before becoming the Conservative Party’s fundraising director.
Dinner at the Carlton: The New Tory power brokers
The guest list for the Conservatives; premier political dinner last week which gives a fascinating snapshot of the movers and shakers getting ready for their turn to influence Downing Street
Lady Borwick and Lord Borwick on the guest list
Son of Tory MP beaten unconscious outside Leicester Square KFC by 3 women
He said: ‘At some point they started pushing and shoving – three at that stage, of which only two were particularly aggressive. I couldn’t hypothecate (?) or guess what was on their minds. At some point my food and drink spilled and was taken from me.
‘The rest of my friends quickly came outside. From our group absolutely all of them did nothing aggressive to the ladies, but they continued to react though and many of my friends were attacked.
The computer app writer was queuing with friends when they became embroiled in a row with the women over space.
‘Tom was among a group of six friends on a night out in London,’ said Lady Borwick, who was previously Boris Johnson’s deputy.
They noticed these women, and Tom said something.
Bannon has Boris on a tightrope. When you authorise spying on your president (he was a US citizen at the time) you can end up on treason charges.
I’m sure it is just as much a coincidence that Boris de Pfeffel of Spaffwaffle’s current bedmate Carrie Symonds is linked to Ghislaine Maxwell’s charity Oceana as it is that his former girlfriend Jennifer Arcuri was linked to Milo.
In 2008, Ghsilaine Maxwell hosted a cocktail party for the board of the nonprofit Oceana at her townhouse on East 65th Street.
Here is Milo at the Russian Embassy in London in 2012 at the which was Russia’s Social Media incubator for Brexit, attended by
Other attendees of the were Boris Johnson’s Russian Spy Good Friend and who went to Moscow and worked for Russia, then set up a company with and . Also of course the Russian Ambassador Yakovenko friend to
The was run by UK PR Company from 2011-15 paid by the Russian Government and run by ex-Director of Communications husband of of BBC
Milo became friends with Steve Bannon and went to work for Breitbart. Bannon became a key advisor to Johnson
And here is Arcuri again with Milo and Thomas Borwick – formerly of Cambridge Analytica, then Vote Leave abd now Kanto
The question now arises: was it Bannon who persuaded Johnson to jump to the Leave side.
More worrying still than Johnson talking to Trump and Bannon in 2019 is the evidence from the Jennifer Arcuri Scandal that Johnson was being linked to , Milo Yiannopoulos, Bannon’s Breitbart and the Alt Right from 2013 on. In bed with Fascism “literally” Matt Hancock.
Hmmm – nothing in this, then? “Very quickly these supposedly Tech events generated notorious speakers from the far right US scene – one example, now banned in most mainstream media, Milo Yiannopoulos, but then a key part of Brannon’s Breitbart network.”
And likely that convicted paedophile Chris Leydon of “Pitch@Palace, London Web Summit & Startup Grind..work also appeared TechCrunch” involved. InnoTech worked with kids. Milo –‘s friend- did highlight Leydon in 2015 but TechCity London shielded him
@ThornfieldHalla Sep 27
She told her friends they were having sex. Her company took hundreds of thousands in taxpayer grants. She was platforming Boris Johnson along side Milo Yiannoploulos…and now this.
Jennifer Arcuri’s mystery £700,000 loan adds to pressure on Johnson
2018 Sarah Ferguson is launching a Street Child appeal for Indonesia
Duchess of York spent nine months negotiating with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein to pay off her debts
The Duchess of York has revealed that she spent nine months in negotiations with a convicted paedophile who helped to pay off her debts.
07 Mar 2011
In her first interview since the scandal broke, the Duchess apologised for a “gigantic error of judgement” in accepting the money from Jeffrey Epstein, a New York financier convicted for soliciting a 14-year-old girl for prostitution.
Epstein paid £15,000 to the Duchess’s former personal assistant, Johnny O’Sullivan, to cover the cost of his unpaid wages and other bills.
She said: “I personally, on behalf of myself, deeply regret that Jeffrey Epstein became involved in any way with me. I abhor paedophilia and any sexual abuse of children and know that this was a gigantic error of judgement on my behalf.
“I am just so contrite I cannot say. Whenever I can I will repay the money and will have nothing ever to do with Jeffrey Epstein ever again.”
In an interview with The Evening Standard the Duchess appeared to say that the Duke handled the negotiations with Epstein on her behalf. In a subsequent statement, however, she said Epstein made a “number of offers” directly to her
Mr O’Sullivan was owed £78,000 by the Duchess, but accepted £15,000 from Epstein which then allowed a wider restructuring of the Duchess’s £5 million debts to take place.
The Duchess said: “The Duke sorted out my debts and he and his office have been more than marvellous.
“I cannot state more strongly that I know a terrible, terrible error of judgement was made, my having anything do with Jeffrey Epstein. What he did was wrong and for which he was rightly jailed.
“I had no idea of the string of other allegations and court cases against him and I am distraught that I should have allowed myself to get out of debt with any help from him when my judgement was clouded.
“Once again my errors have compounded and rebounded and also inadvertently impacted on the man I admire most in the world, the Duke.
“He has supported me and come to my rescue again and again and there is absolutely nothing that I would not do for him.
“This make it even more painful for me that what happened has been used by people to make his life more difficult.”
This morning David Cameron’s official spokesman said that the Prime Minster still has “full confidence” in the Duke as trade envoy, despite reports that his position is under review.
Later, the Duke visited the Canary Wharf offices of the Crossrail project, where he was confronted by dozens of waiting photographers and journalists.
He smiled as he stepped from his chauffeur-driven Bentley, which had a personalised number plate ending in D0Y – for Duke of York.
As he was greeted by Crossrail chairman Terry Morgan, the Duke did not respond as a member of the press shouted: “Are you an embarrassment to the Royal Family?”
American model Jennifer Arcuri is ‘terrified’ after her laptop containing photographs, calendar dates and emails from when she was close to Boris Johnson is stolen, report claims
- Jennifer Arcuri’s laptop was taken within the last 10 days, while she was in the UK
- American business woman, 34, is allegedly worried it could be ‘hawked around’
- Photographs and emails from when Boris was London mayor said to be on device
- Yesterday was claimed Ms Arcuri and prime minister had sexual relationship
- The PM is dogged by allegations he provided benefits to her company as Mayor
A laptop belonging to Boris Johnson’s pole dancing friend was stolen recently leaving her petrified that information could be leaked, it was reported last night.
Jennifer Arcuri’s laptop was taken within the last 10 days, while she was in the UK, and now she fears personal details relating to her friendship with the Prime Minister could be made public, The Mirror reported.
The computer contained photographs, calendar dates and emails from the time when Ms Arcuri was acquainted with Mr Johnson.
Prince Andrew dragged even further into Jeffrey Epstein paedo scandal as FBI expands investigation to identify more victim
29 Sept 2019
PRINCE Andrew could become more deeply engulfed in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal as the FBI seek to talk to 100 alleged victims of the late American billionaire, it’s reported.
The US law enforcement agency’s investigation has been expanded to identify more alleged human trafficking victims of Epstein, who could provide information on the Duke.
The Sunday Times has reported the FBI expects to interview 100 alleged trafficking victims — most of whom were aged between 14 and 15 when allegedly trafficked.
This will take place over the next two months and Scotland Yard is ready to help.
Citing unidentified sources from the US Department of Justice, the paper says the FBI are looking to “several” potential victims.
Investigators hope they can provide more details about Prince Andrew and his links to the Epstein case.
The source said: “They are not going to dismiss it [claims relating to Andrew] because he is a royal.”
The report quotes former head of royal protection at Scotland Yard, Dai Davies, saying a full investigation would be in the Duke’s best interests.
Mr Davies said: “I would have thought it’s in Prince Andrew’s interests to clear this matter up.
“Any residue of doubt or innuendo should be cleared up by a clear, unequivocal, structured investigation.”
Scotland Yard had previously held an investigation after one of the women caught up in the scandal, Virginia Giuffre, made allegations against the Duke of York, but that probe was dropped in 2015. This is now being reviewed by the FBI.
Her allegations, which Andrew strongly denies, were struck from US civil court records in 2015 after a judge said they were “immaterial and impertinent”.
Last week Ms Giuffre claimed she had sex with Prince Andrew in a toilet when aged 17 after the royal plied her with vodka at a posh nightclub.
Buckingham Palace refuted this, saying: “It is emphatically denied that The Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts.
“Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”
The Sunday Times reports the claims by Ms Giuffre that she was ordered to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17 are not the only allegations against the royal being reviewed by the FBI.
He has denied all allegations against him as “false” and “without foundation”.
The Epstein probe is continuing after the disgraced financier took his own life last month in a New York prison cell where he was detained on charges of sex trafficking teenage girls.
The American billionaire committed suicide in a New York prison cell last month, soon after arriving from Paris in one of his private jets.
‘I SAW PRINCE ANDREW THERE’
A caretaker of Epstein’s Paris property has now sensationally revealed: “I saw Prince Andrew there”.
The key witness – who cannot currently be named for legal reasons – told The Sun on Sunday: “Prince Andrew stayed a number of times at the Avenue Foch address, including when Epstein was not there.”
Reports in France say the Duke is expected to avoid travelling to the country while the investigation is ongoing amidst royal aides fears he could be hauled in for questioning.
Asked about the developments in France last night a Buckingham Palace spokesman refused to comment.
Boris Johnson’s friendship with businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri ‘was open secret among staff’
27 Sept 2019
Boris Johnson’s close friendship with a Californian entrepreneur helped by London’s tourism and promotions agency was an “open secret” among its staff, the Standard has been told.
Former officials at the agency, London & Partners (L&P), recalled how Jennifer Arcuri was given places on foreign trade trips led by Mr Johnson in his time as mayor despite her companies being regarded as “not credible” by some at the time.
Referring to Ms Arcuri, 34, a former model, another ex-staffer said: “I don’t think that anybody ever said that Boris was seeing her but it was an open secret that they were close.” Investigations have been launched by Mayor Sadiq Khan and the London Assembly into public funds given to Ms Arcuri’s firms and places she was granted on foreign trade trips.
The Standard understands the investigations are likely to focus on a L&P-run trip made by Mr Johnson to Tel Aviv in November 2015. Ms Arcuri was initially told by L&P she “did not qualify” for it but officials were later “advised by Arcuri that she had secured permission from a mayoral adviser to attend”, according to L&P.
Ms Arcuri’s firm The Innotech Network, founded in February 2013, first received funding from L&P that year with £10,000 in sponsorship for a conference at the World Islamic Economic Forum. It also received £1,500 for an event in 2014. L&P says it has “no evidence” of Mr Johnson being involved in either decision.
Ms Arcuri was among delegates taken on mayoral trips to Malaysia in November 2014 and to New York in February 2015. L&P said Innotech, a financial technology firm, was declined a place on the Malaysia trip “as it did not meet the criteria” of the trip, which focused on “creative technology”.
She applied again with another of her firms, Playbox, and was accepted. L&P said it had “no evidence” of Mr Johnson’s involvement in the decision to accept Playbox onto the mission. Playbox was dissolved in February 2016.
Ms Arcuri was told she “did not qualify” for the New York trip but L&P records “show that a senior mayoral adviser did confirm to [L&P] that she should be allowed to attend some events in New York” as she was already planning to be in the city. No financial support was given.
The Standard was told that L&P staff were aware Ms Arcuri was “connected” to Mr Johnson. On at least one occasion, she was granted a place following a request from the mayor’s office after initially being rejected by L&P.
One L&P source claimed: “It was an open secret she got to come because she was close with Boris.” Mr Johnson will comply with a London Assembly order to explain his links to Ms Arcuri but says his former colleagues are “barking up the wrong tree”. Conservative Party chairman James Cleverly had previously hinted the Prime Minister could refuse to give evidence to City Hall regarding allegations he favoured his friend for business grants and trade missions while mayor. Mr Johnson has since said:“I will co-operate with my old friends on the Assembly. But on this particular matter, I think they are barking up the wrong tree.”
Ms Arcuri studied law at Columbia University in New York in 2001 and has a number of degrees including in musical theatre. She also has an MBA in investments and securities, according to her online profile.
She began her career as an on-air radio personality for Radio DJ Razzle Dazz, part of the Walt Disney company, and spent more than 10 years on the show.
In 2008, she produced the short film La Valise, part of the short film showcase at the Cannes Film Festival.
She moved to the UK in 2011, and prior to that worked in digital technology and film production in California.
Ms Arcuri founded Innotech to run events, networking and start-up funding for technology.
London & Partners last night said it would be inappropriate to comment on the latest allegations. Allen Simpson, its director of strategy and corporate affairs, said the agency had “tightened rules relating to procurement. We are confident in these controls and in our team.”
Ms Arcuri told the Sunday Times after it first reported claims: “Any grants received by my companies and any trade mission I joined were purely in respect of my role as a legitimate businesswoman.”She did not comment on the nature of her relationship with Mr Johnson.
Her family have denied the pair had an affair.
So Jennifer Arcuri had a cosy personal relationship with Boris Johnson, euphemistically giving him ‘private technology lessons’.
Arcuri invites Yiannopoulos to speak at her meetings.
He in turn works with Steve Bannon who visited Epstein’s Paris home. ...
Jeffrey Epstein entertained Bill and Melinda Gates, Steve Bannon, Prince Andrew at his Paris apartment claims butler, who was told by estate to move into the pied-a-terre days before probe
27 Sept 2019
- The man who spent the past 18 years working as Jeffrey Epstein’s butler at his $8million Paris apartment is speaking about his boss’ famous friends
- Gabriel said that Prince Andrew, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Steve Bannon were also guests at the residence
- A source close to Bannon said it ‘never happened,’ despite Gabriel claiming he drove the man around the city just last Fall
- Gabriel said Bill and Melinda Gates had visited and while a rep did not respond to a request comment the couple has denied any personal ties in the past
- There was also talk of the women Epstein had in his house, who Gabriel said he kept separate from other gusts
- Gabriel is living in the pied-a-terre after being ordered to move in by the estate two days before Paris officials declared they were probing Epstein
Gabriel did not say how long these guests stayed and if it was always overnight or they just came by for a meal.
This is the first time there has ever been any mention of Bill and Melinda visiting one of Epstein’s properties, but those other three men have all been to see the late pedophile at his Manhattan townhouse.
Gabriel specifically remembers Bannon, saying his visit came last Fall and noting; ‘I was even his driver in Paris.’
DailyMail.com reached out to a publicist for Bill and Melinda, who did not respond to a request for comment.
Gates has been adamant however in the past that he had no personal relationship with the pedophile, though the two did spend time together.
A source close to Bannon meanwhile said ‘it never happened.’
Flight records reveal that Gates flew with Epstein from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey to Palm Beach on March 1, 2013, one of the few flights that year where pilot Larry Viskoski recorded the name of a passenger.
A representative for the couple did not respond to a request for comment, and the pairing is an odd one given the work Melinda and the couple’s foundation does for young women around the world.
Gabriel also spoke about the other company kept by his boss.
‘As [Epstein] was very fond of massages, they were hired for it,’he explained.
‘But I do not think that there women were then paid for sex.’
He also said Epstein was seeing women less and getting fewer massages in recent years.
‘When I started working for him, he was getting a massage at least twice a day, sometimes three or four times,’ said Gabriel, who noted that his boss’ habit was an expensive one.
‘But it was less common in recent years.’
Epstein and Bill had spent time together previously, most notably at the annual Edge Dinner, which each year welcomes billionaires from around the world to come together and discuss advancements they are working in on the worlds of math, science and technology.
In fact, the 2013 dinner took place just two nights before they flew to Florida, though neither of the men are pictured attending that year’s event.
Epstein did claim he worked as a financial adviser to Gates for some time, but that claim was later shot down by the Microsoft founder’s representative.
The two men do however both own property in southern Florida.
Epstein had two homes including a $12 million Palm Beach mansion and Gates owns a five-property compound in Wellington that he purchased for a total of $40 million.
In a biography that was published on the website for Edge, but later deleted, it is noted that Epstein ‘founded the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation in 2000 to fund and support cutting edge science around the world.’
He is also said to be ‘one of the largest supporters of individual scientists, including theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and Nobel Laureates Gerard ‘t Hooft, David Gross and Frank Wilczek.’
In an alarming addition, the biography then states that Epstein has taken ‘an active role in supporting education across the United States as well as philanthropy in the US Virgin Islands, where the foundation is based.’
He traveled to the 2002 dinner with guests including architect David Rockwell, author Michael Wolff, journalist Richard Cook, and literary agent John Brockman – who was also the editor of the Edge website.
Gates was not the only famous name to hop aboard Epstein’s plane either, with the serial pedophile also welcoming famed newsman Walter Cronkite, architect Peter Marino and a passenger identified as John Roberts.
Yiannopoulos “just had that ‘it’ factor,” Bannon says in the book. “The difference was, Andrew had a very strong moral universe, and Milo is an amoral nihilist.”
Yiannopoulos devoted much of Bretibart’s tech coverage to cultural issues, particularly Gamergate, a long-running online argument over gaming culture that peaked in 2014. And that helped fuel an online alt-right movement sparked by Breitbart News.
“I realized Milo could connect with these kids right away,” Bannon told Green. “You can activate that army. They come in through Gamergate or whatever and then get turned onto politics and Trump.”
How Brock Pierce ended up as an Epstein guest along with a NASA computer engineer, an MIT professor and a Nobel laureate in theoretical physics is a bizarre tale involving Steve Bannon and an international man of mystery who may or may not be dead.
18 Sept 2019
Even before Jeffrey Epstein’s mysterious death Aug. 10, many people who knew him were hoping the world would forget or, better yet, never learn that they had any association at all with the notorious predator.
One such person may be serially self-reinventing entrepreneur Brock Pierce, who as a teenager co-founded the eventually infamous Digital Entertainment Network and who, in the mid- to late ‘90s, was associated with an alleged sex-abuse ring — this one involving young men. Several later contended in court filings that Pierce and two associates had drugged and assaulted them at parties in their Encino mansion. Pierce was never charged with any crime and has repeatedly denied wrongdoing. He settled with one plaintiff, and two others dismissed their cases against him.
In early 2011, about a decade after the Digital Entertainment Network imploded, Pierce visited the Virgin Islands to attend “Mindshift,” a conference of top scientists hosted by Epstein.
A representative for Pierce says he didn’t even know who Epstein was when he flew (commercial) to the event, which the financier had arranged as part of his elaborate effort to launder his lurid reputation. It was not even 18 months after Epstein had completed his slap-on-the-wrist solicitation sentence in Florida and registered as a sex offender.
The rep for Pierce says he saw Epstein after that meeting “a few times over the intervening years at industry events, where many other prominent people were present.” He adds that “the few communications that Mr. Pierce had with Epstein related to cryptocurrency” — an area in which Pierce established himself as a crypto centimillionaire, or maybe a billionaire, in the years following the conference.
But it is a strange tale: how a former child actor who never went to college ended up as an Epstein guest — a seemingly unlikely addition to a group that included a NASA computer engineer, an MIT professor of electrical engineering and a Nobel laureate in theoretical physics. “I don’t know what he had to do with science [or] why he was there,” says one person who attended.
It’s unclear what, if anything, Epstein expected to get from Pierce, who was unlikely to add to the prestige of the conference. Epstein’s activities in the area of cryptocurrency remain mysterious. In 2017, he gave an interview to website The Next Web in which he expressed a vague interest in the area, and The Wall Street Journal has reported that Epstein claimed that he worked for the U.S. Treasury Department on cryptocurrency.
Another strand may connect Epstein to cryptocurrency and indirectly to Pierce:
In 2015, Joi Ito — then director of the MIT Media Lab — announced a Digital Currency Initiative. This came during a financially challenging time for the Bitcoin Foundation — the industry’s first trade group, founded in September 2012 — and Ito hired cryptocurrency developers previously supported by the foundation. Just days after Ito’s announcement, Pierce was named the foundation’s chairman. (Ito recently resigned from MIT Media Lab following reports that he had accepted major donations from Epstein and attempted to conceal the relationship.)
Pierce was also in business starting in the mid-2000s with former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon, who had his own ties to Epstein. Bannon did not respond to requests for comment but he apparently remains a fan of Pierce, who has popped up lately as an unlikely presence in Trump world.
Pierce’s name is familiar to people in Hollywood who remember the short-lived DEN, an ahead-of-its-time attempt to create online programming around the turn of the millennium, and the scandal surrounding it. Pierce’s childhood career blossomed when he appeared in Disney’s 1992 film The Mighty Ducks. But by the time he was 17, he had given up acting. According to extensive media reports when DEN imploded, Pierce had been making $250,000 a year at the company. He shared a 12,600-square-foot house with two other DEN co-founders, the then-40-something entrepreneur Marc Collins-Rector and Chad Shackley, a Michigan man then in his mid-20s.
Shackley had lived with Collins-Rector since dropping out of high school at 16. Pierce had also been 16 when he met Collins-Rector, and although Collins-Rector already was in a relationship with Shackley, Pierce later told Rolling Stone: “He was definitely in love with me. There’s no question about that.”
Pierce has said he gave Collins-Rector the idea of starting a company to create online entertainment. At the time, the technology wasn’t in place to efficiently deliver digital content to consumers, but the company attracted investors including David Geffen and former congressman Michael Huffington, as well as Microsoft and Dell.
The Encino mansion where the DEN trio lived became known for parties that drew A-list guests, among them alleged predators Bryan Singer and producer Gary Goddard (though neither has faced legal charges and both have denied claims against them).
But before DEN’s founders could cash in on a planned IPO, things fell apart. A young man sued, claiming Collins-Rector had started molesting him when he was 13. More litigation followed regarding alleged goings-on at the DEN mansion. One alleged victim, Alexander Burton, claimed that Collins-Rector, Pierce and Shackley had supplied him with alcohol and drugs even though he was under 21 and that all three men subsequently assaulted him. Another accuser was said to have written a suicide note reading in part: “I can’t go on. I let them use me as a sex tool.” (The note was discovered before a suicide attempt could be made.) There were also accusations that Collins-Rector would intimidate his victims by brandishing a gun.
Pierce later said in a statement, “The allegations against me are not true, and I have never had intimate or sexual contact with any of the people who made those allegations.” His rep says the allegations in the lawsuit were false.
In August 2000, Collins-Rector was indicted for transporting minors across state lines for sex, and the DEN trio took off for Spain. The sojourn there ended in May 2002 when Interpol showed up, finding weapons and thousands of child-porn images in their house. (Pierce has said he was unaware of the images.) While Pierce and Shackley were quickly released, Collins-Rector was was held in a Spanish jail until October 2003 when he was extradited to the U.S. In June 2004 he pleaded guilty to five counts of transporting minors for sex. After serving out his sentence — which, after credit for time served, only amounted to a few months — he left the country and renounced his citizenship. (BuzzFeed tracked him down in Europe in 2014.)
While the DEN trio was still in Europe, the young men who had sued over alleged sexual assault at the Encino house were awarded $4.5 million by default because the defendants could not be located. Pierce later returned to the U.S. and settled the claims against him. The settlements do not address any payment to the accusers and Pierce’s rep says none was made.
Even before returning to the country, Pierce already had a new line of work: In 2001, while living with Collins-Rector in Spain, he had created Internet Gaming Entertainment, a company that enabled devotees of online role-playing games to use virtual currency to buy virtual goods (such as weapons). Eventually the business branched into a practice prohibited by many gaming platforms: “real-money trading,” in which players offered real cash for virtual goods. In an online bio, Collins-Rector declared himself to be a “shadow founder” of IGE, but a rep for Pierce says Collins-Rector “was never involved in any way” with IGE.
What’s unclear is when Collins-Rector stopped being a part of Pierce’s life. In a lawsuit against Pierce, a former partner in IGE claimed that Pierce had told him in 2005 that Collins-Rector — then living overseas and, according to the feds, still consorting with teenage boys — had been blackmailing him, threatening to damage IGE in the eyes of investors. Pierce’s rep says Collins-Rector never threatened blackmail and denies that Pierce ever made such a statement.
Pierce’s rep suggests the split with Collins-Rector happened in stages: “Mr. Pierce separated any business relationship when DEN failed and the internet bubble burst in 2000.” Pierce’s personal relationship with Collins-Rector lasted until 2003, the rep says — that’s after Collins-Rector’s indictment in 2000 and after Interpol showed up at the house in Spain in 2002. But Pierce’s rep says at the time of his arrest, Collins-Rector “asserted his innocence.” It wasn’t until Pierce “received additional information concerning Collins-Rector’s improper actions” that he separated entirely.
A couple years after Collins-Rector apparently left Pierce’s world, Bannon entered it. IGE had started minting money in part through “gold-farming” operations in China, with low-wage shift workers accumulating in-game currency and virtual goods to sell by playing around the clock.
In 2005 Bannon visited the company’s offices in Hong Kong and arranged for private-equity firms — including his former employer, Goldman Sachs — to invest $60 million. Bannon became vice chairman of the business with the idea that he would figure a way to make real-money trading legit.
In 2017, The Washington Post published an exposé of IGE’s dubious practices — such as using the identities of unwitting U.S. residents to create gaming accounts — which were in place before Bannon came on board. It was unclear whether Bannon was aware of such activities when he joined the firm, but they continued after his arrival.
Pierce would later describe Bannon as “my right-hand man for, like, seven years,” but the math on that is hard to figure. Bannon failed in his mission of legitimizing the business, and just a couple of years after he joined the company, IGE was facing declining revenues, growing blowback from online gaming companies, an investigation by Florida authorities and a class-action lawsuit.
In 2007 — not even two years after Bannon joined the company — he forced Pierce out as CEO and took the job himself, according to reports. Eventually the company got out of the virtual-goods business and Bannon sold his stake. (Pierce’s rep says he remained chairman of IGE “until 2015 or 2016,” but there’s no mention of that in the press release announcing Bannon’s appointment.)
At some point, Bannon developed his own connection to Epstein, although it’s unknown when or how the relationship began. In August 2018, he was spotted paying an early-morning visit to Epstein’s New York townhouse, and New York Times columnist James B. Stewart reported that Epstein invited him to a dinner with Bannon that month. (Stewart turned down the invitation and Bannon told the Times he did not attend.)
It was not long after Pierce’s ejection from IGE that he emerged as a player in the world of cryptocurrency. (Bannon also became involved in cryptocurrency.) Pierce founded a number of companies including Blockchain Capital, where his bio identified him as “a member of the Clinton Global Initiative.” (Bill Clinton, of course, also had a relationship with Epstein, though he has denied knowledge of Epstein’s wrongdoing.)
Pierce still seems to have been getting his footing in the still-new world of cryptocurrency when he turned up at Epstein’s 2011 conference.
Al Seckel, (Isabel Maxwell’s husband) the person who arranged the conference, was a gregarious and litigious poser who had convinced many people that he was a Cornell alum and a cognitive neuroscientist with ties to Cal Tech. (The Mindshift conference featured several scientists from Cal Tech.)
In fact, like Epstein, Seckel never graduated from college, but that hardly held him back. For example, Seckel gave a 2007 TED talk on his particular passion: visual illusions. (His TED bio, since corrected, described him as a cognitive neuroscientist.) He also spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos. (Session title: “Art and Illusion: Is Seeing Believing?”).
“He was definitely what they called a connector,” says producer Lawrence Bender, who recalls meeting Seckel at the TED talk. “He went out of his way to introduce me to different people.”
Seckel also threw splashy parties in Malibu, bringing together high-level people from various backgrounds. (Though Seckel has many detractors, none has ever suggested that he was involved in any kind of sexual predation.)
Presumably Seckel met Epstein through his sort-of wife, Isabel Maxwell — the sister of alleged Epstein enabler Ghislaine Maxwell — whom he had married in 2007, while apparently still married to someone else. Whether Epstein was convinced by Seckel’s phony credentials is not known, but sources say he did turn to Seckel to set up the Mindshift conference.
Pierce’s rep says he had met Seckel through “a networking gathering in Los Angeles” and saw him at a few other events after that, which led to the Mindshift invitation. Among the star talent there was physicist and Nobel-laureate Murray Gell-Mann and MIT professor Gerald Sussman. An online announcement of the event was vague about its purpose: “To try to push the frontiers of substantive topics.”
By the time of the conference, Seckel and Isabel Maxwell had relocated to France. Bender, who after meeting Seckel at the TED Talk had gotten to know him well enough to be invited to his wedding party and to visit him and his wife at their new home, says he had also started hearing rumors about Seckel’s sketchy business dealings. “It started to make me feel like, am I hanging out with the wrong person?” he says. “Then he disappeared. I thought, ‘That’s weird.'”
Indeed, in July 2015 Seckel’s body supposedly was found at the bottom of a cliff in France. He was 56. (The echoes of the fate of Isabel Maxwell’s father Robert, found floating in the sea near his yacht in 1991, are hard to miss.) Seckel died, it seems, just as Tablet magazine was preparing an article that alleged a litany of dubious business dealings as well as exposed Seckel’s phony academic credentials and double marriage.
Though the article appeared shortly after Seckel’s supposed death, it was never updated to reflect Seckel’s passing. Asked why, author Mark Oppenheimer told THR in an email: “I was never able to establish to my satisfaction that Seckel had died.” Though he didn’t devote a lot of time to the question, he continued, “I always had my suspicions that maybe he faked his own death; it would have been in character.” Others who knew Seckel also have their doubts that he’s dead and, in fact, it’s difficult to verify; authorities in France did not respond to inquiries. And, after all, the man had a passion for illusions.
By February 2018, Pierce was listed ninth on Forbes’ first list of cryptocurrency’s richest with a net worth estimated at $1 billion. Neil Strauss, the reporter who spent 10 days with him for the Rolling Stone profile, described the then-married 37-year-old as a person who rarely ate a full meal or slept in a bed: “He crashed on random couches, in the back seats of cars, on tables at bars.” The article also noted that Pierce carried a satchel “filled with small containers of various plant medicines, such as the Peruvian psychedelic San Pedro and the Amazonian tobacco rapé, which he often snorts midmeeting.” Pierce was operating from and extolling the virtues of Puerto Rico, and pledging that he would use his wealth to “rebuild” the island.
But escaping the shadow of Collins-Rector and his notorious past still proved challenging. In March 2018, HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver aired a segment about the “speculative mania” around the cryptocurrency market and focused on a startup called Block.One. Oliver played tape of Pierce in a straw hat and jeans in what appears to be a promotional video, extolling a company that had already raised $1.5 billion. “Everything that exists is no longer going to exist in the way that it does today,” Pierce says in the video. “Everything in this world is about to be better.”
Calling Pierce “a sleepy, creepy cowboy from the future,” Oliver noted that Pierce had been “involved with some very unsavory figures” and urged viewers to google “Brock Pierce scandal.” Then he played another clip in which Pierce rambled about “intentionality” before showing photos of his “entirely unicorn wedding” at Burning Man the previous year. (The bridesmaids and groomsmen “wore the colors of the rainbow plus pink” while the best man “was a woman dressed in black, cracking a whip,” he said.)
In the immediate aftermath of Oliver’s takedown, Pierce was ejected from Block.One. “Anything I accomplish in my life,” Pierce told Rolling Stone, “ends up being discredited because of this [old] narrative.”
But Pierce is still mixing and mingling with the rich and powerful. In July, he attended a gala for the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton, New York, that also attracted high-profile Trump world denizens including Kimberly Guilfoyle and hedge-fund billionaire John Paulsen. More recently he was on the guestlist for Equinox and SoulCycle owner Stephen Ross’ recent, controversial Trump fundraiser, also held in the Hamptons.
Despite their less than idyllic history at IGE, Bannon told The New York Times last year that he would have gotten involved with Pierce and cryptocurrencies in 2016 if the Trump campaign hadn’t intervened.
Asked about the mockery that John Oliver had heaped on Pierce, Bannon shrugged, saying he had seen others triumph despite low expectations. “These guys,” he said, “are visionaries.”
Do all lines of investigation lead to Jeffrey Epstein?
Here are a few facts about Boris de Pfeffel of Spaffwaffle’s pole dancer Jennifer Arcuri …
Hang on, isn’t that guest speaker at Arcuri’s InnoTech Summit with BoJo our dear friend Alexander ‘Lord’ Carlile? The man who rushed to the defence of the paedophile Greville Janner and shared an office with Cyril Smith?
Jennifer Arcuri woth Milo Yiannopoulos
So Yiannopoulos, banned by Facebook and Twitter, was billed at Arcuri’s InnoTech conference as keynote speaker, second only to Boris Johnson, who yesterday traduced the memory of Jo Cox, murdered by another right-wing fanatic!
When Alexander Carlile is not serving as Boris Johnson’s support act at Jennifer Arcuri’s InnoTech summit, his role is eagerly assumed by Bannon’s willing far-right helper Milo Yiannopoulos.
Arcuri is related to Lawrence Lessig (her cousin), a Harvard law professor linked to Aaron Schwartz and Lessig has commented on Jeffrey Epstein
Lessig is a friend of Joichi Ito, who resigned as the director of the M.I.T. Media Lab, as well as from the boards of The New York Times Company and other organizations, after it was revealed that he had courted money from Mr. Epstein and worked to hide it.
A Harvard Professor Doubles Down: If You Take Epstein’s Money, Do It in Secret
A conversation with Lawrence Lessig about Jeffrey Epstein, M.I.T. and reputation laundering.
Mr. Lessig is a friend of Joichi Ito, who resigned as the director of the M.I.T. Media Lab, as well as from the boards of The New York Times Company and other organizations, after it was revealed that he had courted money from Mr. Epstein and worked to hide it. Mr. Ito also traveled twice to Mr. Epstein’s Caribbean island home.
Mr. Lessig signed a letter in support of Mr. Ito, and then published a 3,500-word essay on the subject.
He argued that in an ideal world, no institution should take money from people like Mr. Epstein, but that in reality, much of the money that props up universities and other elite institutions comes from troubling sources.
Mr. Lessig suggested that donors to places like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could be organized in four buckets, ranging from “people like Tom Hanks or Taylor Swift — people who are wealthy and whose wealth comes from nothing but doing good” — to “entities and people whose wealth comes from clearly wrongful or harmful or immoral behavior.” Mr. Lessig, who noted that he was a childhood victim of sexual abuse, also argued that the act of veiling Mr. Epstein’s contributions was good, because it avoided “whitewashing” his reputation.
“Everyone seems to treat it as if the anonymity and secrecy around Epstein’s gift are a measure of some kind of moral failing,” Mr. Lessig wrote. “I see it as exactly the opposite.”
The reaction to Mr. Lessig’s essay was swift and furious. On social media, many were dismayed that someone whose work focuses on institutional corruption would defend dealing with Mr. Epstein and hiding his money.
“A disappointing moral crumpling from Lessig,” wrote Anand Giridharadas, the author of a book on the corruption of the elite class.
For a dismal failure of a businesswoman, Jennifer Arcuri sure won the hearts of BoJo’s fawning acolytes …
Lessig, Hardwicke and the proctor, some things never change: the culpability of the victim in the eyes of the perpetrator:
Lessig is up there with David Boies who is currently working pro bono for Virgina Roberts and whose firm is also working for Kenes Rakishev on the BTA/Ablyazov/Khrapunov case.
Boies, Lessig & Weld challenge the Electoral College system
One of Jennifer Arcuri’s companies was Title X Technology Limited. The only other company director listed was Tom Alexander William Hayes, the trader for UBS and Citigroup convicted for his role in the LIBOR scandal. Fancy that!
Acuri’s access to Johnson was unprecedented and came out of nowhere (MBA student turned party-activist, turned conference organiser). There are questions to be answered about the use of public money to sponsor her by the Mayor’s agency.
Billionaire boys club: Jeffrey Epstein got Bill Gates and Richard Branson to join his panel in 2014 at event hosted by Arizona State University, where pedophile funded annual $10K grant
- Jeffrey Epstein had convinced Richard Branson and Bill Gates to appear on his panel about the origins of money in 2014 according to an email
- The pedophiles friend Lawrence Krauss revealed this in an email months before the event, which was later cancelled in favor of another panel
- ASU would later praise Epstein in a press release that was sent out in September of 2014 after he funded a $10,00 grant
- Gates and Branson have both claimed that reports of their ties to Epstein have been exaggerated, possibly by the deceased pedophile himself
- Branson said that the two were geographically close, with Necker Island just 20 miles from Little St James, but nothing more
- Gates, after trying to deny any relationship, later admitted to meeting Epstein for philanthropic guidance
Jeffrey Epstein called on fellow billionaire Richard Branson and Bill Gates to appear alongside him on a 2014 panel about the origins of money.
The event was to take place in January of that year at Arizona State University as part of the Origins Project, which was run by theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss at the time.
It was Krauss who revealed this news in a 2013 email to Jim Simons, asking the famed mathematician if he might be interested in a spot on the same panel.
Krauss wrote to Simmons that Epstein was coordinating the panel on the Origins of Money, and said ‘right now he has Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Larry Summers on board.’
He closed out by stating ‘Jeffrey … would very much like to meet with you to discuss his ideas for the workshop.’
Simons ultimately declined the invite and the panel was ultimately cancelled, as was reported earlier this month by Buzzfeed News.
Billionaire ballers: Jeffrey Epstein had convinced Richard Branson and Bill Gates (above in 2016) to appear on his panel about the origins of money in 2014 according to an email
The pedophiles friend Lawrence Krauss revealed this in an email months before the event, which was later cancelled in favor of another panel
Gates and Branson have both claimed that reports of their ties to Epstein have been exaggerated, possibly by the deceased pedophile himself.
In the case of Gates, he at first tried to deny all links between him and the pedophile before ultimately admitting he did fly on Epstein’s plane and talk with him, but only about philanthropic efforts.
Branson meanwhile said that his proximity to Epstein is geographic only, with his private Necker Island approximately 20 miles distance from Epstein’s Little St James.
Krauss meanwhile publicized his ties to Epstein, and defended his friend back in 2011 while speaking to the Daily Beast.
‘Jeffrey has surrounded himself with beautiful women and young women but they’re not as young as the ones that were claimed,’ said Krauss.
‘As a scientist I always judge things on empirical evidence and he always has women ages 19 to 23 around him, but I’ve never seen anything else, so as a scientist, my presumption is that whatever the problems were I would believe him over other people.’
He then added: ‘I don’t feel tarnished in any way by my relationship with Jeffrey; I feel raised by it.’
Krauss would later find himself in trouble for sexual misconduct, which led to his exit from ASU and the Origins Project in July of last year.
The university also publicized their relationship with Epstein too however, and in September of 2014 issued a press release announcing that the pedophile had funded a grant for the school.
‘The Origins Postdoctoral Prize Lectureship is sponsored by the Epstein VI Foundation. Jeffrey Epstein, who established the foundation, said that he was excited to support this new Origins prize, and that he hoped the selection process would “be able to find those that can see around corners,’ read a release at the ti,e.
‘The annual $10,000 international prize will be awarded to an outstanding junior scholar chosen from any field of study relevant to the broad mission of the Origins Project at ASU.’
Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged accomplices are protected from federal charges in Florida
Sep 16, 2019
Alleged accomplices of Jeffrey Epstein cannot be federally prosecuted in Florida, after a U.S. District Judge ruled Monday to keep a secret non-prosecution agreement intact, following Epstein’s death.
The agreement was negotiated between the U.S. Attorney in Miami and Epstein’s attorneys in secret more than a decade ago, keeping Epstein and named/unnamed co-conspirators from being federally prosecuted in Florida.
In February, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra ruled previously that federal prosecutors in Florida violated a victims’ rights law when they failed to inform a group of women, who say they were sexually abused by Epstein, about the 2008 deal. Judge Marra’s next step was to decide what the alleged victims should receive in return for that violation of their rights. Attorneys for the victims wanted Epstein’s alleged accomplices to be federally charged in Florida, among other remedies.
The judge ruled Monday the government would not do that, as it was not authorized by the law, and in the wake of Epstein’s death, the non prosecution agreement argument became moot.
He also said the victims are not owed any money for the violation of the Crime Victims’ Rights Act. Judge Marra said he felt that while prosecutors, including former US Labor Secretary Alex Acosta violated the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, they “did not act in bad faith.”
Instead, Judge Marra said the government will do three things:
1. The Department of Justice will designate a representative to meet with Petitioners and other victims to discuss the decision to resolve the Epstein case.
2. The government will participate in a public court proceeding in which Petitioners can make a victim impact statement.
3. All criminal prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida will undergo additional training on the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, victim rights, and victim assistance issues.
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The judge also declined to award attorneys’ fees to the women and denied their request for FBI records related to the Epstein investigation.
Marra credited the women with bringing national attention to victims’ rights.
Brad Edwarda and Paul Cassell, attorneys represented some of Epstein’s alleged victims, released this statement to WPTV:
“More than 10 years ago, diligent police officers and FBI agents uncovered Jeffrey Epstein’s serious sexual crimes committed against several dozens of children. Rather than prosecute Mr. Epstein and his co-conspirators, prosecutors entered into a secret agreement that gave Mr. Epstein a pass in Florida for abusing those children. Most victims would have let the Government and Mr. Epstein get away with it, and nobody would have ever known about that injustice. However, Courtney Wild, one of Mr. Epstein’s victims, bravely stood up to both Mr. Epstein and the United States Government and sued the Government for violating her rights. Other victims then joined. Earlier this year, Judge Marra ruled that the Government had violated her rights and the rights of Mr. Epstein’s other victims. A month ago Mr. Epstein died. Today, Judge Marra ruled that the CVRA case be closed as a consequence of Mr. Epstein’s death. Courtney, and the other Epstein victims who pursued this important case, should not be sad, but instead proud. Together, we have forever demonstrated that nobody is above the law, not the wealthy and not even the Government. Through this case, we have strengthened the importance and the role of victims in the criminal justice system. As Judge Marra alluded to in his Order, this case undoubtedly elevated public awareness of Mr. Epstein’s crimes and played a vital role in his eventual arrest in New York. Of course, this is not the ending we had hoped for, but the enormous progression of victims’ rights through this case will ensure that violations like this never happen again in this country. For that, the fight was worth it. We are exploring all options for continuing the fight, including the possibility of an appeal.”
Jack Scarola, another attorney for Epstein’s alleged victims, released this statement to WPTV:
“It is indeed frustrating to have devoted as much time to the CVRA proceedings as Brad Edwards, Professor Paul Cassel, and (to a lesser extent) I have devoted …to that case, and to have our primary objective frustrated by Jeffrey Epstein’s death. Nevertheless, we do take solace in recognizing the role that a decade of legal work has played in focusing public attention on the failures of the criminal justice system in dealing with Epstein’s horrendous crimes. The next chapter is making sure that every one of his co-conspirators is held fully accountable for their participation in those crimes and every government official is held to answer for allowing them and Epstein to escape a full measure of justice.”
Roy Black, Epstein’s attorney, released this statement about the judge’s decision:
“Judge Marra, as usual, has ruled in a scholarly, well written opinion. Due to Mr. Epstein’s death the Court was unable to address the appropriateness of the non-prosecution agreement. I believe his ruling on it would have ended much of the unfair and biased coverage of how it occurred and perhaps could have limited some of the wild conspiracy theories surrounding it.”
Epstein killed himself last month in jail in New York while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Amanda Ellingworth is the granddaughter of Earl Mountbatten who is said to have been a patron of Kincora. She is a social worker and holds a number of directorships. Her earlier career was in UK social work, specialising ironically in children’s services and child protection.
George Mountbatten’s two greatest accomplishments in life were a) to leave artefacts including a collection of sick pornography to the British Museum, and b) to pay for Phil the Greek to attend Gordonstoun, a bootcamp for the rich and decadent.
Child abuse ‘cover-up’ claims after Barnardo’s admits systematically destroying files
CHILDREN’S charity Barnardo’s systematically destroyed records at its residential care homes where child sex abuse occurred over three decades – but claimed to victims that files had been lost in a flood.
The organisation’s solicitor made the shock admission to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. Victims of abuse say they have been left “distressed” by the revelation that the charity had a policy of disposing of files when they shut care homes where abuse happened in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
Amanda Ellingworth attended Gordonstoun school with Prince Andrew. Her father Lord Brabourne was a governor of Gordonstoun
Lord Brabourne was a governor of several schools including Gordonstoun (1964 – 94)
Police files on child sex abuse at Gordonstoun school have vanished
Victims of teacher at school that taught royals are frustrated in search for truth
Amanda Ellingworth, Geoffrey Epstein’s Prince Andrew, Princess Anne and Amanda’s father Lord Brabourne linked to Gordonstoun. How surprising that files on child sex abuse at Gordonstoun vanished into thin air! Who would have thunk it?
The Lord Brabourne was an aide-de-camp to 2 paedophiles:
John Brabourne was appointed aide-de-camp to General William Slim in India,
and he served in the same capacity for his future father-in-law Rear-Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten
Barnardos sent children to the Fairbridge Farm
^ 3 paedophiles recruiting: Field Marshall Sir Claude Auchinleck, Admiral Louis Mountbatten and Lt General William Slim
Who is Sir Claude Auchinleck, pictured with paedophiles Louis Mountbatten and William Slim?
Historian Ronald Hyam has alleged that Auchinleck was “let off with a high-level warning” over his relationships with Indian boys.
Hyam, Ronald Empire and Sexuality: The British Experience, Manchester University Press, ISBN 978-0-7190-2505-1 1990, pp. 14,p32
Lord Brabourne, born John Ulick Knatchbull, was a leading film producer. A director with Thames Television, he produced a number of films based on Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries, including “Murder on the Orient Express,” “Death on the Nile,” and “The Mirror Crack’d.”
He also produced “Othello” with Laurence Olivier in 1965 and “Up The Junction” and “Romeo and Juliet” in 1967.
Queen Elizabeth and other royals were frequent guests at his 11-bedroom Georgian mansion near Ashford, in Kent, which had been in the family for more than 500 years.
During the latter part of the war he was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards and returned to India as ADC, first to General Slim, then to Admiral Viscount Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander, SE Asia.
In 1960 Brabourne was appointed deputy chairman, under the chairman Viscount Slim, of British Home Entertainment
Amanda’s mother Lady Brabourne/Countess Mountbatten was a vice-president of NSPCC
Lady Brabourne was a friend of the Queen, having served as lady-in-waiting to Her Majesty and also being godmother to Prince Charles.
Lady Amanda Patricia Victoria Ellingworth is a British social worker.
She currently holds a portfolio of directorships.
Her earlier career was in UK social work, specialising in children’s services and child protection.
She has since held a portfolio of chair roles or directorships, always working with vulnerable people, especially children. Among other organisations she is currently a director of Plan International, Barnardo’s, and Great Ormond Street Hospital..
Her previous roles include: Chair of The Caldecott Foundation, chair of The Guinness Partnership, founding chair of Guinness Care and Support, and Deputy Chair of Yeovil Hospital.
Ellingworth married novelist and property entrepreneur Charles Vincent Ellingworth on 31 October 1987; he is the eldest child of six in a Leicestershire Catholic family, who attended Ampleforth Collegeand later read history at Oxford University.
Amanda Ellingworth – Director at
The Caldecott Foundation Limited
LADY AMANDA ELLINGWORTH appointed 10 Mar 2016
Ms Janet Olivia Boateng Director 05 Mar 1998 21 Feb 2008
Janet Boateng: Former chair of Lambeth social services committee
Janet Boateng’s name never comes up in articles about the paedophile ring that operated in Lambeth Council-run children’s homes between 1974 and 1994.
But maybe it should, because she was chair of Lambeth Council’s social services committee, who had overall responsibility for the running of children’s homes, and she personally unveiled the ‘new child care strategy’ at a time when Lambeth children’s homes were infested with paedophiles.
Janet Boateng is married to former Labour MP and now peer, Paul Boateng.
Paedophile network abused 200 children (The Independent)
Paul Boateng to leave Cape Town after bullying claims (The Telegraph)
Social Work Today, 11th November 1985
Paul Boateng with Michael Jackson (in Epstein’s black book), Mossad’s Uri Geller, Greville Janner and David Blaine (in Epstein’s black book)
Lord Mountbatten, granddaughter Amanda Ellingworth (nee Knatchbull) and Prince Charles
Lord Mountbatten wanted his granddaughter Amanda to marry Prince Charles
The Channel 4 documentary revealed how Charles’ “honorary grandfather” Lord Mountbatten tried to manoeuvre the Prince away from his future wife Camilla, and instead set him up with his granddaughter Amanda.
The show explained how Amanda was “the perfect candidate” for Prince Charles, and “was the right age” at nine years his junior.
“Amanda was Charles’ cousin,” the narrator explained. “For years, Mountbatten was secretly lining Amanda up as a future queen.”
Amanda’s brother is Norton Knatchbull, a close friend of Prince Charles’ and godfather to Prince William.
In 2016, Charles filled in for Norton at his daughter Alexandra’s wedding, walking her down the aisle.
Now known as Lady Ellingworth, Amanda is revered for her contributions to British social work and is currently the chair and non-executive director of several NGOs.
Lady Amanda Ellingworth Chair of Guinness Partnership Board greets Prince Charles visiting Poundbury village, Dorset, Britain
8 May 2015
It was Lord Mountbatten who introduced Jimmy Savile to the Royal Family
Plan International _ Marie Staunton
Marie Staunton (NCCL and Plan International)
Former NCCL leaders Harriet Harman and Marie Staunton
PIE (Paedophile Information Exchange) is affiliated with us. PIE delegates attend their AGM and help formulate NCCL rules and policy
Lady Amanda Ellingworth, Non-Executive Director
Lady Amanda Ellingworth was a senior social worker focusing on children and families before moving into Board level roles, including 12 years on the Board of a small Foundation Trust and Chair of a large housing association. Currently, Amanda is Chair of Plan International UK, Lay Advisor of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and Deputy Chair of Barnado’s, the major children’s charity.
Amanda Chairs the Quality, Safety and Experience Assurance Committee. She is a member of the People and Education Assurance Committee.
Lady Amanda Ellingworth – director at Great Ormond Street Hospital
Jimmy Savile visiting children at the Great Ormond Street Hospital
Savile abused dying child, 11, at Great Ormond Street
He abused the terminally ill 11-year-old on a visit to the famous children’s
hospital in London. The victim confided in a relative before dying.
The Trust has conducted a thorough investigation into an allegation that Jimmy Savile abused an inpatient at the hospital in 1971.
Despite rigorous examination of information provided by the informant, the Trust has found no evidence that the alleged incident took place.
We also found no evidence of Jimmy Savile fundraising on behalf of Great Ormond Street Hospital and there were no, and never have been, access arrangements or privileges accorded to Jimmy Savile at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
The Trust takes safeguarding matters extremely seriously and adheres to a strict VIP visitors policy which ensures that they are accompanied at all times. A copy of the full report is attached below:
Amanda Ellingworth’s grandfather, paedophile Lord Mountbatten, introduced Jimmy Savile to the Royal family
Savile was first introduced to the Royal Family, he reveals, by Lord Mountbatten. In 1966, Jimmy became the first civilian to be awarded a Royal Marines’ green beret. Mountbatten was commandant general at the time and realised that Savile could be a useful contact.
Lord Mountbatten ‘was a homosexual with a lust for young boys’ claims secret FBI dossier compiled by agents seeking dirt on British statesmen during World War Two and the Suez Crisis
Philippa Frankl – Street Kids International/Plan UK/Prince’s Trust
Prior to joining SSE Philippa Frankl spent seven years launching and leading the UK office of Canadian charity Street Kids International, training local NGOs in the developing world to deliver participatory enterprise skills training for street youth.
Global children’s charity Plan UK has said it will absorb Street Kids International UK (Ski UK) “to expand their work in helping some of the world’s poorest young people fulfil their potential”.
The two charities will join forces on April 1, 2015 to form one larger charity under the existing name of Plan UK.
A spokesman for Plan UK said two members of Ski UK’s staff will transfer to Plan UK, including executive director, Phillipa Frankl, who will lead the continuation of Ski UK’s work to “benefit youth in urban settings”.
The former executive director of Street Kids International, (founded by paedophile Peter Dalglish) Philippa Frankl, was Programme Manager/Head of Programmes for the Prince’s Trust just prior to becoming Executive Director of Street Kids International.
Philippa Frankl- between 2006 and 2008 she was Head of Programmes at the Prince’s Trust;
Frankl led the integration of Street Kids International into Plan UK
Convicted paedophile Peter Dalglish – founder of Street Kids International
Order of Canada recipient Peter Dalglish found guilty in Nepal of sexually assaulting children
The Right Honorable Patricia Edwina Victoria Mountbatten Of Burma
Sir William Utting
Amanda Ellingworth (Senior Independent Trustee)
Amanda’s first career was as a social worker, specialising in child protection. More recently Amanda has been a director of mainly health and social care organisations in UK and internationally, currently including Great Ormond Street Hospital and Plan International. Amanda became a Trustee in 2009.
Amanda Ellingworth – Barnardos 2010- present
6 December 2017
His Royal Highness, (Prince Charles) Patron, Barnardo’s, later received the Lady Amanda Ellingworth (Deputy Chairman).
3rd June 2017
Child abuse ‘cover-up’ claims after Barnardo’s admits systematically destroying files
CHILDREN’S charity Barnardo’s systematically destroyed records at its residential care homes where child sex abuse occurred over three decades – but claimed to victims that files had been lost in a flood.
The organisation’s solicitor made the shock admission to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. Victims of abuse say they have been left “distressed” by the revelation that the charity had a policy of disposing of files when they shut care homes where abuse happened in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
Barnardo’s workers jailed for sex abuse
The charity Barnardo’s was accused of “incompetence and neglect” by a judge yesterday after he jailed two former carers for a total of 29 years for a series of sexual abuse offences against children in their care.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s sister founded Chiliad, which is a data analytics company used by DHS and the FBI
Chiliad, the Company That Solved the 9/11 ‘Connecting the Dots’ Problem
The cover-up of Saudi govt involvement in 9/11 gets some coverage, but what about the cover-up of Israel’s involvement?
A recent FOIA release shed some light on those events
Why were 5 Israelis employed by a Mossad front company, waiting for something 40 minutes before the first plane hit and why did they begin to celebrate and high five after impact?
2 of those 5 men worked for Mossad. What did they know?
Why was their explosive residue in their van? Why did one of them have $4,700 in cash at time of arrest? Why did the FBI redact their entire answer to the question “Did the Israeli nationals have foreknowledge of the events at WTC”?
The Dancing Israelis: FBI Docs Shed Light on Apparent Mossad Foreknowledge of 9/11 Attacks As another 9/11 anniversary comes and goes, many questions surrounding the events remained unanswered.
MintPress brings you a freshly updated article, originally published in May, 2019 that seeks answers to some of those questions.
Following another catastrophic mass shooting or crisis event, Orwellian “solutions” are set to be foisted on a frightened American public by the very network connected, not only to Jeffrey Epstein, but to a litany of crimes and a frightening history of plans to crush internal dissent in the United States.
In 2011, Jeffrey Epstein Was A Known Sex Offender. The Founders Of Amazon, Google, And Tesla Dined With Him Anyway
Anne Wojcicki – founder/CEO of 23andme
Jeff Skoll – billionaire, first employee of Ebay
Nathan Paul Myhrvold – former Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft
Salar Kamangar – senior executive at Google, former CEO of YouTube
Craig Mundie – Senior Advisor to Microsoft CEO, former Chief Research & Strategy Officer
Sean Parker – billionaire Napster cofounder, first president of Facebook
Tony Fadell – former Senior VP of Apple, “father of the Ipod”
David Brooks – NY Times columnist…
An intimate dinner for billionaires attended by Jeffrey Epstein in 2011, years after his conviction for soliciting a child prostitute. Other people at the dinner included Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Google cofounder Sergey Brin
After pleading guilty to charges of soliciting prostitution from an underage girl, Jeffrey Epstein spent part of 2011 reintroducing himself to elite society. A March 2011 dinner with the most powerful figures in tech showed just how connected he was.
In March 2011, a group of technology executives gathered in a private dining room at an upscale Italian restaurant in downtown Long Beach, California, for a meal and some conversation. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Google cofounder Sergey Brin, and others were all in town for TED, the annual conference with the slogan “ideas worth spreading.” They were among friends at an annual event called the “billionaires’ dinner,” without a retinue of handlers and hangers-on.
Yet when the event was later immortalized online, at least one infamous individual was missing from the names of the masters of the universe who had gathered for the evening: the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
This elite dinner, and another similarly select gathering that Epstein attended later that year, were both organized by the New York literary agent John Brockman, whose exclusive intellectual club, called Edge, seems to have played a role in Epstein’s efforts to regain credibility and influence in circles of the rich and powerful. At the time, he was less than two years removed from finishing a 13-month prison term in a Florida state jail for soliciting prostitution from an underage girl.
A leaked email obtained by BuzzFeed News also suggests that Epstein separately pursued ties with Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates.
The months following Epstein’s release from prison would be crucial for the disgraced financier as he began his reacclimation to the upper-crust social circles he had occupied before his arrest. In late 2010, Epstein reportedly hosted a dinner for celebrities and Prince Andrew at his Upper East Side mansion, and by the next year he was once again mingling with Brockman, an über networker among the elite of tech, science, and Wall Street.
With a goal to “seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves,” Brockman’s Edge Foundation had previously welcomed Epstein as a patron to the sciences.
Before his 2006 arrest, Epstein attended at least three Edge billionaires’ dinners and was mentioned in a write-up on the Edge website of the 2004 event.
In the early 2000s, the Edge dinners were a place to be seen by members of the digerati and attended by reporters from several media outlets. In 2011, after Epstein had been released from a Florida jail, it was an exclusive gathering, dominated by tech industry leadership. A gallery of photos taken at the event by Nathan Myhrvold, formerly Microsoft’s chief technology officer, named 20 guests, including just one media representative: New York Times columnist David Brooks.
Epstein wasn’t named in the photos posted on the Edge website, but he appears in the background of a snap of Zack Bogue, a venture capitalist and husband of Marissa Mayer, then a vice president at Google. (The New York Times mentioned this photo in passing in its July story about Epstein’s reentry into powerful social circles after his release from jail.)
Jeffrey Epstein, far right, pictured at the 2011 Edge billionaires’ dinner.
Other photos show the participants mingling before or after taking their seats. Also present were Bezos; Musk; Brin; Salar Kamangar, then CEO of YouTube; Mayer, who the following year left Google to become CEO of Yahoo; and Anne Wojcicki, Brin’s then-wife and CEO of genetic testing startup 23andMe.
This was not the first time that some of these tech titans had rubbed shoulders with Epstein at Brockman’s billionaires’ dinners: Bezos and Brin — along with fellow Google cofounder Larry Page — are listed on the Edge website as attending in 2004, and the Amazon CEO was at the 1999 event, both of which Epstein also attended.
Despite Epstein’s notoriety following his conviction, multiple attendees present at the small gathering in 2011 stated they did not know him then, or do not remember his presence now.
“I did not know Jeffrey Epstein was there,” said Bogue, who was photographed sitting three places away from the ex-convict financier at the 2011 event. “I don’t think I spoke to him at that dinner. I don’t believe I have ever met him, either at that dinner or anytime else.”
Through a spokesperson, Bogue’s spouse, Mayer, said she did not recall seeing Epstein at the dinner. That sentiment was echoed by Craig Mundie, another dinner attendee, who served as Microsoft’s chief strategy and research officer until 2014. Mundie said in an email that he had been invited by Brockman and had no recollection of meeting Epstein at the event.
Myhrvold, another former Microsoft executive, sent a statement to BuzzFeed News denying any “knowledge of or any involvement in the various crimes that Mr. Epstein is accused of committing” or financial connections to his money management business.
“Back in the day Epstein was a regular at TED conferences and he was a large donor to basic scientific research, so while Nathan knew him and has socialized with him, that’s exactly where their association ends,” his spokesperson said.
Brooke Hammerling, a communications and public relations specialist who deals with high-profile tech executives, did not attend the dinner but said she had been long aware of Brockman’s events around TED. She said it was hard to believe that executives of high profile companies would go in blind to an intimate dinner, particularly when many have staff who prepare them ahead of time with briefing books on who will be attending events.
“If you’re the CEO of a publicly traded company, your responsibility is to be prepared and not to have any surprises,” she said.
Brooks, the New York Times columnist and the only journalist photographed at the event, said he had not heard of Epstein in 2011 and only learned of the financier and his past following the Miami Herald’s investigation last year. He too had been invited by Brockman, but said he was not aware of who would be attending the dinner, and was “surprised” at its “high powered group of people.”
A Tesla spokesperson declined to answer queries about the event and instead questioned BuzzFeed News’ “journalistic integrity.”
Brin and Bezos did not respond to BuzzFeed News’ inquiries. Kamangar and Wojcicki also did not reply to emails requesting comment.
Epstein attended a second exclusive Edge event in July 2011, held over a weekend at a winery in St. Helena, California. There, he mingled with a handful of leading scientists and several science journalists, plus wealthy power brokers including Sean Parker, former president of Facebook, and Nicholas Pritzker, a venture capitalist and former CEO of the Hyatt Development Corporation. Pritzker’s venture firm has invested in Uber, Tesla, and SpaceX and he is now on the board of vaping startup Juul Labs.
Jeffrey Epstein, wearing glasses to the right, seated next to Nicholas Pritzker, listens to musician and virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier ask a question of mathematical biologist Martin Nowak.
The meeting was billed as a “master class” on the science of human nature. Participants got a preview of Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker’s book The Better Angels of Our Nature, on the decline of violence in human societies, released a few months later. Epstein was captured on video sitting next to Pritzker and laughing as Martin Nowak, who received $6.5 million from Epstein in 2003 to launch his Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard, explained how sexual reproduction generates “noise” in models of the evolution of cooperative behavior.
“Sean does not have a specific recollection of that event,” a spokesperson for Parker told BuzzFeed News. “He did not meet Jeffrey Epstein at that time, but he also would not have been aware of who he was in 2011.”
A spokesperson for Pritzker told BuzzFeed News by email: “He has no memory of having any knowledge prior to the event of the identity of any attendee including Mr. Epstein and if Mr. Pritzker was seated next to Mr. Epstein at the small gathering, it would have been purely coincidental. There were discussions among the attendees as a group on the subjects presented, but Mr. Pritzker does not recall any specific conversations with Mr. Epstein.”
In 2009, Brockman had also suggested that “science philanthropist” Epstein should be invited to another exclusive event, the Science Foo Camp, organized by tech book publisher Tim O’Reilly and held annually at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.
“O’Reilly does its own due diligence on anyone recommended,” Marsee Henon, program manager for O’Reilly Media, told BuzzFeed News by email. “As a result, Jeffrey Epstein was never invited to an O’Reilly Foo Camp.”
Since Epstein’s arrest in July this year on charges of sex trafficking, Brockman has declined to answer questions about Epstein and his own role in assisting the sex offender’s return to elite society. He did not respond to queries from BuzzFeed News about the two 2011 events. The financier’s profile was this year quietly removed from the Edge website, together with the pages for the 1999 and 2000 billionaires’ dinners, listed on Epstein’s profile.
Jeffrey Epstein talks to Nathan Myhrvold, formerly Microsoft’s chief technology officer, at the 2000 billionaires’ dinner.
Those pages are saved on the Internet Archive, however. And less obvious links to Epstein, including the photo from the 2011 billionaires’ dinner, the reference to his presence at the 2004 event, and video from the 2011 master class, remain on the Edge website.
While Brockman was an important networker for Epstein, the disgraced financier apparently had his own contacts with another huge player in the tech industry: Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates. Last Friday, in a searing report on Epstein’s links with the MIT Media Lab, a hub for innovation in digital media, the New Yorker revealed an email indicating that Epstein in 2014 had “directed” a donation of $2 million from Gates to the lab.
A May 2013 email from physicist Lawrence Krauss, former head of the Origins Project at Arizona State University, also suggests ties between Epstein and Gates. (Epstein helped fund Krauss’s project at Arizona State, which brought together well-known scientists, intellectuals, and celebrities for public debates and other events.)
In the email, obtained by BuzzFeed News, Krauss invited hedge fund billionaire James Simons to attend a workshop on the origins of money being organized by Epstein at Arizona State. Krauss claimed that Gates, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, and Lawrence Summers, formerly president of Harvard and Treasury secretary under President Bill Clinton, had already been brought on board by Epstein.
Simons declined the invitation, and the workshop ultimately didn’t take place.
“Bill never committed to attend that event,” a source close to Gates told BuzzFeed News. “This is another example of how Epstein tried to associate himself with Bill.”
Gates, who was chairman of Microsoft until 2014, faced questions about his ties to Epstein last month after his former science adviser, Boris Nikolic, was named by Epstein as a backup executor for his will, signed two days before he killed himself in a federal detention center in Manhattan. Also last month, CNBC reported that Gates held a meeting in 2013 with Epstein to discuss ways to increase philanthropic giving.
“Epstein was introduced to Bill Gates as someone who was interested in helping grow philanthropy,” a spokesperson for Gates told BuzzFeed News by email. “Although Epstein pursued Bill Gates aggressively, any account of a business partnership or personal relationship between the two is simply not true. And any claim that Epstein directed any programmatic or personal grantmaking for Bill Gates is completely false.”
“Richard did not agree to an event at the University for this date – nor was he on board for this,” a spokesperson for Branson told BuzzFeed News by email.
While Epstein may have sought access to elite circles to rehabilitate his image, it is less clear that the rich and famous wanted to be publicly associated with him.
A manager at the Italian restaurant that hosted the 2011 billionaires’ dinner in Long Beach said she dealt directly with Brockman and was the only one allowed to check people in for the “hush hush” event. She wasn’t even allowed to save the list of attendees.
“After the event, they took the guest list and shredded it,” she said.
Two days before his death, Epstein signed a last will and testament that named one of Gates’ closest connections as alternate executor of his estate, if his longtime lawyers were not able to carry out their duties.
Bloomberg reported that Boris Nikolic, an immunologist and biotech entrepreneur who formerly served as Gates’ chief scientific adviser until 2014, was “shocked” to see he was named alternate executor by Epstein.
How MIT was complicit in allowing Jeffrey Epstein to launder his reputation
A scarifying investigation by the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow revealed that the vaunted “idea factory” had a deeper fundraising relationship with Epstein than it had previously acknowledged and that it went to great pains to conceal the extent of its contacts with him. Dozens of pages of emails and other documents obtained by Farrow “reveal that, although Epstein was listed as ‘disqualified’ in MIT’s official donor database, the media lab continued to accept gifts from him, consulted him about the use of the funds and, by marking his contributions as anonymous, avoided disclosing their full extent, both publicly and within the university”.
After the New Yorker story was published, the lab’s director, Joi Ito, resigned from his post and his professorship and MIT’s president announced the usual “independent” inquiry by a fancy law firm.
As with everything dodgy, the key to understanding this scandal is to follow the money. The media lab was an offshoot of MIT’s architecture school, founded in 1985 by Nicholas Negroponte, a man for whom the term “effortless superiority” could have been invented. At a stormy meeting of the lab’s members last week, he reportedly said that he prided himself on “knowing over 80% of the billionaires in the US on a first-name basis”, which is how he first got to know Epstein and had accepted donations from him many years ago…
DAVID BOIES helped HARVEY WEINSTEIN execute a contract that would pay Black Cube a $300k bonus if it stopped the ’ investigation into Weinstein. AT THE SAME TIME, the two men discussed potential film roles for Boise’s daughter, an aspiring actress
While David Boies was repping Harvey Weinstein and trying to quash a Times’ investigation of Weinstein’s sexual violence, Boies talked with Weinstein about film roles for his aspiring-actress daughter.
Jeffrey Epstein was seen getting off a private plane with two girls, 11 and 12, last year
- The last ever images of Jeffrey Epstein have been released, with the convicted pedophile seen in photos taken after his arrest by the FBI in early July
- The pictures were included in a US Marshall report wrapping up the investigation into the pedophile
- Report revealed new allegations involving the ‘sex trafficker’ and young girls
The last ever images of Jeffrey Epstein have been released, with the convicted pedophile seen in photos taken after his arrest by the FBI in early July.
The pictures were included in a US Marshall report wrapping up the investigation into the pedophile, which revealed new allegations involving the accused sex trafficker and young girls.
One individual, who worked at an air traffic control tower, told investigators just weeks before Estein’s death that he was seen with two girls, aged 11 and 12, in July 2018 getting off a plane.
That was just one year before his arrest.
The investigations also revealed that Epstein had traveled to Vienna and Monaco in the weeks before his arrest, which happened when he touched down in Teterboro Airport from Paris.
Investigators also started combing through his island properties less than two weeks after his arrest, and had been increasing their efforts until his death at the MCC in August.
At that point it is noted in the report that the investigation had been shut down, and all warrants withdrawn – including one for his phone records.
BEASTS AT THE BALL
Paedo tycoon Jeffrey Epstein and Harvey Weinstein were guests at Princess Beatrice’s 18th birthday ball
8 Sept 2019
SEX beast Jeffrey Epstein and rape accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein were guests at Princess Beatrice’s 18th birthday ball.
Ah. One of the ‘few times’ he met him, then.
Billionaire Epstein, 66, a former pal of Prince Andrew, the birthday girl’s dad, flew into the UK the day before the lavish Victorian-themed bash at Windsor Castle.The Duke and Duchess of York with Princess Eugenie at Princess Beatrice’s 18th birthday ball in 2006. Eight days after the party, Epstein was held on suspicion of soliciting young girls for prostitution at his Florida mansion
The disgraced tycoon was accompanied to the £400,000 celebration by British ex-lover Ghislaine Maxwell.Epstein was arrested on child prostitution charges just days later.Weinstein, 67, went with Georgina Chapman, the Brit designer pal of Beatrice’s mum Sarah Ferguson who created the party girl’s £10,000 blue taffeta gown.They wed but she divorced him after dozens of women accused him of sexual abuse in the #MeToo scandal. He faces trial next year.The mask ball’s theme was 1888 to mark 100 years before Beatrice’s birth and guests wore Victorian costume.It was held on July 15, 2006 and continued the Queen’s tradition of giving her grandchildren a coming of age birthday party. She and Prince Philip did not attend.
Beatrice’s sister Eugenie, then 16, Peter and Zara Phillips and Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex were at the celebration.
Others among the 400 guests at the do were Demi Moore, her then husband Ashton Kutcher, Pixie Geldof, Kelly Osbourne and Sir David Frost.
The ball’s budget included £215,000 on food and drink — including 400 bottles of champagne — £65,000 on flowers and £120,000 on outfits and staff.
Rape accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was also among the guests at the royal bash
Weinstein went with Georgina Chapman, a pal of Fergie’s who designed Princess Beatrice’s blue and gold taffeta gown
Epstein’s presence, sources say, sheds new light on how close 59-year-old Prince Andrew was to him.
One said: “It goes to show how Epstein worked his way into the very heart of the British establishment — rubbing shoulders with royalty at a palace.” Eight days after the party, Epstein was held on suspicion of soliciting young girls for prostitution at his Florida mansion.
Epstein attended the £400,000 party with Ghislaine Maxwell.
Princess has a ball for her 18th
Royals the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Peter and Zara Phillips as well as veteran broadcaster Sir David Frost (In epstein’s black book) were among the guests expected to attend.
Q: Who was in both in Epstein’s little black book and on the RAINS list?
A: Peter Mandelson, David Frost, Lord Alistair McAlpine and Charles Althorp (Earl Spencer, Princess Diana’s brother).
In 2006 Princess Beatrice celebrated her 18th birthday party with a Victorian masked ball at Windsor Castle. Her £10,000 dress was flown in from New York and her chosen menu was tarte tatin and fillet d’angeau.
The 500 lucky guests (including Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, the Osbourne offspring and Pixie Geldof) enjoyed a night of tarot card readings, contortionists and rap music until 3am, with the Queen’s butlers serving bacon and sausage butties at dawn.
Rocco Forte in Epstein’s black book
Hotel magnate Rocco Forte arrives for Princess Beatrice’s Victorian-themed 18th birthday party at Windsor Castle.
And then there is Beatrice. It does take a special kind of little lady to want to see in her 18th year with a blue taffeta bustle, her mother in a corset and Demi Moore, Angie Everhart and Tanya Bryer as hoop-skirted guests.
Tania Bryer is a British born television broadcaster with a wealth of experience.
Currently affiliated with the Global network CNBC, Tania hosts and is Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed series ‘CNBC Meets..’, where she gets up close and personal with some of the world’s most inspirational figures to find out the secret to their success and how their philanthropy transforms lives. Amongst many others for the Series she has interviewed President Bill Clinton, Sir Richard Branson, President Jimmy Carter, Melinda Gates, Andrea Bocelli, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Maria Sharapova, will.i.am, Naomi Campbell, H.R.H The Duke of York, Dolly Parton, Tamara Mellon OBE, Andre Agassi, Lang Lang, Diane von Furstenberg, Jon Bon Jovi, Matt Damon, Cherie Blair CBE QC and Forest Whitaker, with contributions from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Angelina Jolie, Chelsea Clinton, Tom Cruise and Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Tania is also an anchor on ‘The CNBC Conversation’ series which sees her interview newsmakers including Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan, Shah Rukh Khan, H.S.H Prince Albert of Monaco, Former South African President F.W de Klerk, Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Hollywood icons Jane Fonda and Goldie Hawn, Arianna Huffington, Fashion titans Karl Lagerfeld, Dame Vivienne Westwood and Tom Ford, LVMH Chairman Bernard Arnault, Comedian and author David Walliams, as well as hosting news specials for the network with guests including Victoria Beckham, Beyonce, Usain Bolt, Kate Moss, Sir Elton John and David Furnish, Nadja Swarovski, Christopher Bailey, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, James Rubin.
In 2017, Tania also became host and executive producer of CNBC’s brand new series, Trailblazers, experiencing the world’s greatest cities with some of the world’s most famous faces including Hollywood superstar Gwyneth Paltrow, legendary Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan, Supermodel Natalia Vodianova, Queen of Latin Pop Gloria Estefan, Superstar Pianist Lang Lang, and the world’s best-selling solo classical artist, Andrea Bocelli.
Tania also appears weekly as a newspaper reviewer on Sky News Sunrise and is a guest presenter on talkRADIO. She has also contributed on Radio 4’s Today programme, ITV’s This Morning, BBC’s Celebrity Masterchef, and as herself in a cameo on the US television drama, The Royals.
A highly skilled presenter and moderator, Tania hosts a wide variety of international events and Forums including the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Awards, the Women of the Future Awards and The Women’s Forum in Deauville. She is an official participant and moderator at The World Economic Forum in Davos, and chairs numerous panels for charities and organisations including Invest Africa, Intelligence Squared and The Philanthropreneurship Forum.
Tania hosts the King Hussein Cancer Foundation’s Hope Galas in the presence of His Majesty King Abdullah II and Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan.
She is Chair of the National Events Committee for Cancer Research UK and a Patron of the Alzheimer’s Society.
Tania holds a B.Sc. in International Politics from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Circo Rum Ba Ba performed at the birthday party
HOLLYWOOD’S most glamorous 40-something was the dancing queen of the ball at Princess Beatrice’s 18th birthday party.
Demi Moore paraded her Latino moves at the royal bash alongside husband Ashton Kutcher.
One guest said: “She was throwing her legs really high and danced for over two hours.”
Prince Edward also danced. The guest added: “He fell over and everyone laughed including him.”
Beatrice’s best friend Caroline said in a speech: “Some normal girls are a million times more of a princess than she is.”
And Prince Andrew told his daughter: “If anything happens, we will always take you back.”
Tommy Hilfiger, Jack and Kelly Osbourne, Peaches and Pixie Geldof, David Frost and a raft of European royalty attended the £400,000 Victorian themed masked ball, at Windsor Castle three weeks before her birthday.
Princes William and Harry were absent due to polo committments.
Peaches Geldorf (OTO)
Peaches has become a regular on London’s party circuit, appearing bleary-eyed at the O2 Wireless festival and caning it until 3am at Princess Beatrice’s 18th birthday party.
One friend said: “She’s only 17 yet she has dubbed herself ‘Naughty Peaches’ on her My Space website, where she talks about how she loves to be a pervert.
- Peaches was devotee of religious cult led by satanist occultist Aleister Crowley
Princess Beatrice’s ex reveals all
As Paolo Liuzzo went down on one knee on the drawing room floor, a giggling Sarah Ferguson stood in front of him and raised her arm above his head.
With Prince Andrew and Princess Beatrice looking on – and both laughing heartily – Fergie brought down her hand, tapped Paolo on each shoulder and jubilantly proclaimed: “I name you Sir Fixit!”
Fergie’s impersonation of the Queen performing a knighthood ceremony was bizarre in itself.
Paolo claims Fergie ordered Princess Beatrice to end her relationship with him
But the fact that it was Fergie’s way of “rewarding” Paolo for helping out one of the Duke’s girlfriends, flame-haired American model Angie Everhart, makes it even more peculiar.
Paolo, now 24, recalls how, one morning in October 2005, Andrew had woken him with an urgent tap on the shoulder as he lay dozing in the guest room at Royal Lodge, the Duke’s home in Windsor.
The self-professed New York playboy, who dated Beatrice – 17 at the time – for ten months and made regular visits to Windsor during the romance, had become such an accepted part of the household, he says, that Andrew begged him to mount a discreet, and costly, emergency operation to rescue Ms Everhart from an unhappy romantic entanglement.
Paolo says: “I woke at about seven to a tap on my shoulder. The Duke was standing over me.
“This was the first time he’d ever come into my room. He said, ‘Paolo, take a shower. Get dressed. Then we have to speak because I need a favour to be done in New York right away.’
“When I went downstairs, he was drinking tea. He said, ‘There’s a dear friend of mine who may or may not be my girlfriend. She needs to get out of her relationship with her fiance. It’s an unbearable situation.
“‘Her stuff is at his place and she wants to get it out of there while he is at his office. At 9.30am New York time she needs a moving company to collect her belongings and put them in storage.
“‘And she needs $10,000 in cash to be brought to her in New York. Can you action this for me?'”
Paolo continues: “He’s talking to me in this princely way and it was the middle of the night in New York, but I said, ‘Of course, sir’.
“I got in touch with an old school friend. He arranged for a truck and I gave my name as a guarantee for the storage people.
“I told my friend to pay the rental downpayment which was nearly $700 and I’d pay him back, and then I called my mom and said, ‘I need $10,000.’
“She said, ‘What is this about?’
“I said, ‘It’s to do with Bea’s dad. I can’t go into it.’ She got the cash and gave it to my friend who delivered it to Angie.
“Andrew kept coming and asking me, ‘How is it going?’. Finally, I told him it was fixed.
“Later that weekend, we were all in the drawing room. I went down on one knee and Sarah swung her arm like it was a sword and hit me on the shoulder.
“‘Now you are Sir Fixit!’, she said. ‘Rise and be recognised.’
“Andrew and Bea were laughing and Bea goes, ‘Sir Fixit!’. And Andrew says, ‘You really fixed it! Well done!'”
Later, when Paolo asked Bea about her father’s relationship with the model, she gave her usual offhand response.
Paolo said: “Bea just told me, ‘They’ve been on-off for five years. I don’t know what is going on.”
Paolo says the Duke made no immediate attempt to repay him for the favour, saying: “The Duke said, ‘Just give me your wiring details,’ but nothing happened.”
The reason that “nothing happened”, he admits, may have something to do with the fact that, a few weeks after the drama involving Ms Everhart, the Duke discovered to his utter shock that his daughter’s suitor had a criminal record.
As revealed exclusively over the last two weeks in The Mail on Sunday, Paolo was an almost total stranger to the Royal Family when he was offered astonishing access to the Duke’s home.
He began his relationship with Beatrice during a Jamaican holiday where, he says, her mother sanctioned their affair and allowed the Princess and her sister, Eugenie, then 15, to attend debauched parties where guests smoked cannabis and drank a tea made of magic mushrooms.
Only after Paolo and Bea started their relationship did he confess to her that, just one year earlier, in 2004, he had been put on probation for assault following a drunken brawl in which another youth died.
He also took Fergie into his confidence, he says, assuring her that, though he pleaded guilty in the case, he was really innocent and just wanted to spare his mother the stress of a trial.
“I assumed Fergie told the Duke so I was really surprised when I discovered she hadn’t,” he says.
“I think he found out because I’d started taking Bea with me on business trips I was making to Europe. I was looking for investors for a club I was starting to help disadvantaged youth.
“On her half term, in October, we went to Paris. She said, ‘Papa said it will be OK and Mummy said it will be OK’.
“We had a suite at the [ultra-luxurious] Hotel Costes. It was really romantic.
“I’d bought her a surprise present, a green bag from Gucci’s private collection. It looked beautiful with her auburn hair.
“We called each other ‘angel’ and the bag she called her ‘second angel’.
“She said, ‘Now I’ll always have you with me.’
“We had dinner with 15 or 20 friends and there were roses and champagne, vodka and partying.
“In December I took Bea to Madrid. We were treated like VIPs. But when we got back, Bea told me, ‘Papa knows what happened when you were arrested.’
He now thinks his high-visibility travels with the Princess alerted officials, who checked his background, discovered his record and notified the Prince.
“Bea said, ‘Somebody called Papa about it’,” Paolo says. “He never mentioned it [the case]. And Sarah said, ‘He understands. Everything is fine.’
“But I think that may be why he didn’t want to wire the money he owed to me.
“It was a stupid fist fight and if I had gone to trial, my lawyers were certain I’d have been found innocent.
“But if it came out that me and Bea were dating, it wouldn’t be good for her image or Sarah’s so everyone was trying to keep our relationship a secret.
“I didn’t bring the money up'[with the Duke]. I have class. But I think Bea reminded him, and one day when we were about to sit down to Sunday lunch, he goes, ‘Oh, I forgot something.’
“He tried to slip a roll of dollar bills into my jacket pocket. But it was a new Gieves & Hawkes suit and I hadn’t slit the stitches yet, and he goes, ‘For God’s sake! You haven’t got the stitching out!’. So he slid it into my inner right pocket instead.
“I assumed it was everything he owed me but when I counted after lunch it was only $5,000. Bea said, ‘Maybe Papa made a mistake.’
Despite the Duke’s evident misgivings, Paolo says Fergie continued to encourage the affair, which by the end of 2005 was being taken so seriously by Beatrice that she spoke longingly of introducing her boyfriend to Granny, as she referred to the Queen.
“She said, ‘I’d love you to meet Granny’,” Paolo recalls. “But she said Chelsy wasn’t allowed to meet her and usually you don’t get introduced to her until you are engaged.
“Bea wanted to fly to New York to visit my mother but, I’ll be honest, I’ve never brought a woman back to my house to meet my family unless it was someone I would be proposing to.
“We’d started joking about getting married and having kids.
“I wasn’t sure I wanted to get in that deep with Bea. I loved her but I wasn’t in love with her.
“Sometimes another lady friend of mine would come over to my place at Eaton Square in London. It was just messing around, never anything more, and I felt so bad afterwards because of Bea.
“I’m not a bad person. But it’s like putting heroin in front of Pete Doherty. Women are my flaw.”
During a January visit to New York, he says Fergie, with scant regard to the fact that Beatrice was still 17, took her to nightclubs which, in order to observe a state ban on serving alcohol to minors, do not admit anyone under 21.
Paolo says: “We went to the Downtown Cipriani club. You are supposed to be 21 to get in but Sarah was friends with the owners.
“Sarah also went with us to Bungalow 8 [a late-night hangout for actresses Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and other dissolute young celebrities].
“We’d be out at the clubs probably until two or three in the morning and Bea might drink some wine. The legal age for drinking in New York is 21 but Bea didn’t get ID carded because she was with Sarah.
“We’d be dancing, having fun, but Bea always kept herself in control. I’d order champagne that was, like, $200 a bottle.”
By February, after he returned to London with Beatrice from another foreign holiday together, this time in Switzerland, the Press had learned of the affair.
It had emerged that his probation order permitted him to travel outside the US only for business purposes.
These hardly included a romance with a Princess.
Paolo says, “The Queen was so concerned that a scandal was about to engulf yet another young Royal that she ordered the Duke, Fergie and Beatrice to attend a secret summit with her to discuss the situation.”
Whether the Queen learned anything about the wild times the Princess had experienced under her mother’s eye is unclear.
But the fact that Her Majesty should call Fergie to a meeting suggests that Paolo’s background alone was a cause for grave concern.
Paolo says that only then did Fergie seem to start having second thoughts about how a man who was on probation in America was being allowed to carouse with her daughter.
Paolo says: “Bea had to go to have lunch with Granny and Sarah and her Papa to speak about ‘the issue’.
“Sarah said to me, ‘Paolo, tell me, were you allowed to be in London and Verbier [Switzerland]?’ I said it was OK.
“Someone had told Sarah that a friend of mine sent the judge a letter saying I needed to be in Europe to find investors for the club.
“I explained to Sarah that the letter wasn’t a scam. I really was in Europe to get investors.
“I gave a kiss to Bea and they went off to see the Queen.
“Bea called afterwards and I asked, ‘How did it go with Granny?’
“She replied, ‘It’s OK.’ She said the Queen said if Andrew and Sarah and Beatrice had taken me in, and they knew about it, then obviously I didn’t do those things they were saying about me.
“Then Sarah got on the phone and she said, ‘We’ll sort everything out.’
In March 2006, however, Paolo was found in breach of his probation, which a judge then extended by six months, to April 2008, warning: “There is always the possibility of incarceration in the future if there is a further violation.”
Then came a declaration by a spokesman for Fergie, saying the romance between Paolo and Beatrice was over. It stated: “They are not going out any more.”
Paolo says that, under Fergie’s orders, Beatrice did break off the relationship.
But Fergie relented, he says, because the Princess became “miserable” and arranged for them to secretly spend five days together last April at a friend’s apartment in New York’s Trump Tower.
He says they finally parted for good at the beginning of May 2006. “I told Bea, ‘We’ll stay best friends. It will be just like it is with your mother and father.”
Certainly, Fergie’s continuing friendship with Andrew could not be more public, despite Prince Philip’s well-documented disapproval.
But when it comes to Paolo, it seems the Duchess is not prepared to risk the Royal wrath.
He did not receive an invitation to Beatrice’s 18th birthday party. “Sarah said she’d wanted to send me an invitation but she couldn’t because it might leak,’ he says.
However, the risk of scandal still loomed over the unpaid debt of $5,700.
Paolo says he left two messages for Fergie about the matter and finally was told to call her over a secure number.
“Fergie told me, ‘Paolo, call the Duke.’ I said, ‘I did him and Angie a favour because you were my girlfriend’s mother. Let’s conference in the Duke.’
“She said, ‘Calm down, Paolo!’ and I said, ‘Have a nice life. F*** off!’ and put down the phone. Sarah called me back five minutes later.
“‘I’ve always been your second mother,’ she said. It was damage control.
“She was worried the Angie thing might all leak out. I told her, ‘I feel shunned by all of you. I was loyal but no one was loyal to me.'”
The next day, he says, he was called by a New York-based assistant to Fergie, saying he could pick up the balance owed to him for Ms Everhart’s move.
He says the assistant handed him an envelope containing $4,700 – leaving him $1,000 short of the money he had spent on the Duke’s rescue mission.
Paolo claims that, to this day, the debt is outstanding and he is deeply resentful of treatment he ultimately blames on Fergie.
“After my final row on the phone with Sarah, I sent Bea a belated 18th-birthday present, a jewellery box. She never sent me a thank you because Sarah has banned her from speaking to me,” he says.
“Sarah says she cut us off for Bea’s sake. But what she cares about is her own image, not Bea’s happiness. Bea was heartbroken by what happened to us.”
My report on the creation of the ultimate surveillance state, far more extensive than anything yet seen in US history, that it is being jointly developed by individuals connected to both American and Israeli intelligence. Epstein was a part of it.
Intelligence contractors for the US and Israel have been exploiting mass shootings to foist technological and surveillance “solutions” on a fearful populace.
Since August, President Trump has been promoting these very technologies as the way to mitigate mass shootings.
Peter Thiel, Ehud Barak and Jeffrey Epstein were all backing one of these Orwellian companies, and their other activities in pursuance of this “pre-crime” system will make your skin crawl
I reveal for the first time Israel’s previously hidden role in the creation of the controversial “Main Core” database of American dissidents and how that MC will likely be used by the Trump admin to direct this new “pre-crime” system
Ghislaine Maxwell’s sister founded Chiliad, which is a data analytics company used by DHS and the FBI, so there’s that.
Chiliad, the Company That Solved the 9/11 ‘Connecting the Dots’ Problem
Chiliad is also very likely pre-loaded into HP servers going back to 2000.
Chiliad got $24.5 million from HP in 1999. Then in 2000 they made a deal to “explore” how Chiliad software could be used in their servers.
Think of it.
Chiliad everywhere HP is.
A Chiliad promo video from 2012 and .. well you have to see it to believe it.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s sister’s software is in all these departments of the US Government!!
Christine Maxwell is married to Roger Malina, and Roger’s dad was Frank Malina, the first Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory with Jack Parsons (OTO). He left to work for the U.N. and he was also a Communist.
Frank Malina’s wife Marjorie
9/11 Commission gave Chilead the only A+ score for processing counterterrorism data. LOL. So the Mossad, largely responsible for 9/11, is directing counterterrorism intel. Great.
Following another catastrophic mass shooting or crisis event, Orwellian “solutions” are set to be foisted on a frightened American public by the very network connected, not only to Jeffrey Epstein, but to a litany of crimes and a frightening history of plans to crush internal dissent in the United States.
Following the arrest and subsequent death in prison of alleged child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, a little-known Israeli tech company began to receive increased publicity, but for all the wrong reasons. Not long after Epstein’s arrest, and his relationships and finances came under scrutiny, it was revealed that the Israeli company Carbyne911 had received substantial funding from Jeffrey Epstein as well as Epstein’s close associate and former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak, and Silicon Valley venture capitalist and prominent Trump backer Peter Thiel.
Carbyne911, or simply Carbyne, develops call-handling and identification capabilities for emergency response services in countries around the world, including the United States, where it has already been implemented in several U.S. counties and has partnered with major U.S. tech companies like Google. It specifically markets its product as a way of mitigating mass shootings in the United States without having to change existing U.S. gun laws.
Yet, Carbyne is no ordinary tech company, as it is deeply connected to the elite Israeli military intelligence division, Unit 8200, whose “alumni” often go on to create tech companies — Carbyne among them — that frequently maintain their ties to Israeli intelligence and, according to Israeli media reports and former employees, often “blur the line” between their service to Israel’s defense/intelligence apparatus and their commercial activity. As this report will reveal, Carbyne is but one of several Israeli tech companies marketing themselves as a technological solution to mass shootings that has direct ties to Israeli intelligence agencies.
In each case, these companies’ products are built in such a way that they can easily be used to illegally surveil the governments, institutions and civilians that use them, a troubling fact given Unit 8200’s documented prowess in surveillance as a means of obtaining blackmail and Israel’s history of using tech companies to aggressively spy on the U.S. government. This is further compounded by the fact that Unit 8200-linked tech companies have previously received U.S. government contracts to place “backdoors” into the U.S.’ entire telecommunications system as well as into the popular products of major American tech companies including Google, Microsoft and Facebook, many of whose key managers and executives are now former Unit 8200 officers.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made it no secret that placing Unit 8200 members in top positions in multinational tech companies is a “deliberate policy” meant to ensure Israel’s role as the dominant global “cyber power”, while also combating non-violent boycott movements targeting Israel’s violations of international law and stifling the United Nations’ criticisms of Israeli government policy and military operations abroad.
As Jeffrey Epstein’s links to intelligence in both the United States and Israel — the subject of a recent four-part series exclusive to MintPress — began to be revealed in full, his financing of Carbyne came under scrutiny, particularly for the company’s deep ties to Israeli intelligence as well as to certain Americans with known connections to U.S. intelligence. Ehud Barak’s own role as both financier and chairman of Carbyne has also added to that concern, given his long history of involvement in covert intelligence operations for Israel and his long-standing ties to Israeli military intelligence.
Another funder of Carbyne, Peter Thiel, has his own company that, like Carbyne, is set to profit from the Trump administration’s proposed hi-tech solutions to mass shootings. Indeed, after the recent shooting in El Paso, Texas, President Trump — who received political donations from and has been advised by Thiel following his election — asked tech companies to “detect mass shooters before they strike,” a service already perfected by Thiel’s company Palantir, which has developed “pre-crime software” already in use throughout the country. Palantir is also a contractor for the U.S. intelligence community and also has a branch based in Israel.
Perhaps most disturbing of all, whatever technological solution is adopted by the Trump administration, it is set to use a controversial database first developed as part of a secretive U.S. government program that involved notorious Iran-Contra figures like Oliver North as a means of tracking and flagging potential American dissidents for increased surveillance and detention in the event of a vaguely defined “national emergency.”
As this report will reveal, this database — often referred to as “Main Core” — was created with the involvement of Israeli intelligence and Israel remained involved years after it was developed, and potentially to the present. It was also used by at least one former CIA official on President Reagan’s National Security Council to blackmail members of Congress, Congressional staffers and journalists, among others.
Given recent reports on the Trump administration’s plan to create a new government agency to use “advanced technology” to identify “neurobehavioral signs” of “someone headed toward a violent explosive act” using data collected by consumer electronic devices, the picture painted by the technology currently being promoted and implemented under the guise of “keeping Americans safe” is deeply Orwellian. In fact, it points directly to the genesis of a far-reaching surveillance state far more extensive than anything yet seen in American history and it is being jointly developed by individuals connected to both American and Israeli intelligence.
Carbyne911, which will be referred to simply as Carbyne in this report, is an Israeli tech-startup that promises to revolutionize how calls are handled by emergency service providers, as well as by governments, corporations and educational institutions. Not long after it was founded in 2014 by veterans of Israeli military intelligence, Carbyne began to be specifically marketed as a solution to mass shootings in the United States that goes “beyond the gun debate” and improves the “intelligence that armed emergency responders receive before entering an armed shooter situation” by providing video-streaming and acoustic input from civilian smartphones and other devices connected to the Carbyne network.
Prior to Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest in July, Carbyne had been receiving high praise from U.S. and Israeli media, with Fox News hailing the company’s services as the answer to the U.S.’ “aging 911 systems” and the Jerusalem Post writing that the company’s platform offers “hi-tech protection to social workers and school principals.” Other reports claimed that Carbyne’s services result in “a 65% reduction in time-to-dispatch.”
Carbyne’s call-handling/crisis management platform has already been implemented in several U.S. counties and the company has offices not only in the U.S. but also in Mexico, Ukraine and Israel. Carbyne’s expansion to more emergency service provider networks in the U.S. is likely, given that federal legislation seeks to offer grants to upgrade 911 call centers throughout the country with the very technology of which Carbyne is the leading provider. One of the main lobby groups promoting this legislation, the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), has a “strong relationship” with Carbyne, according to Carbyne’s website. In addition, Carbyne has also begun marketing its platform for non-emergency calls to governments, educational institutions and corporations.
Yet, what seemed like the inevitability of Carbyne’s widespread adoption in the U.S. hit a snag following the recent arrest and subsequent death of sex trafficker and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who exploited underage girls for the purpose of obtaining “blackmail” on the rich and poweful, an operation that had clear ties to intelligence. Epstein, after his first arrest and light sentence for soliciting sex from a minor in 2007, was tapped by former Israeli Prime Minister and former head of Israeli military intelligence Ehud Barak, to become a key financial backer of Carbyne.
Ehud Barak, center, poses with Carbyne co-founders Alex Dizengof, Amir Elichai and Lital Leshem.
As a result of increased scrutiny of Epstein’s business activities and his ties to Israel, particularly to Barak, Epstein’s connection to Carbyne was revealed and extensively reported on by the independent media outlet Narativ, whose exposé on Carbyne revealed not only some of the key intelligence connections of the start-up company but also how the architecture of Carbyne’s product itself raises “serious privacy concerns.”
MintPress detailed many of Carbyne’s main intelligence connections in Part III of the investigative series “Inside the Jeffrey Epstein Scandal: Too Big to Fail.” In addition to Barak — former Israeli prime minister and former head of Israeli military intelligence — serving as Carbyne’s chairman and a key financer, the company’s executive team are all former members of Israeli intelligence, including the elite military intelligence unit, Unit 8200, which is often compared to the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).
Carbyne’s current CEO, Amir Elichai, served in Unit 8200 and tapped former Unit 8200 commander and current board member of AIPAC Pinchas Buchris to serve as the company’s director and on its board. In addition to Elichai, another Carbyne co-founder, Lital Leshem, also served in Unit 8200 and later worked for Israeli private spy company Black Cube. The only Carbyne co-founder that didn’t serve in Unit 8200 is Alex Dizengof, who previously worked for Israel’s Prime Minister’s office.
As MintPress noted in a past report detailing Israeli military intelligence’s deep ties to American tech giant Microsoft, Unit 8200 is an elite unit of the Israeli Intelligence corps that is part of the IDF’s Directorate of Military Intelligence and is involved mainly in signal intelligence (i.e., surveillance), cyberwarfare and code decryption. It is frequently described as the Israeli equivalent of the NSA and Peter Roberts, senior research fellow at Britain’s Royal United Services Institute, characterized the unit in an interview with the Financial Times as “probably the foremost technical intelligence agency in the world and stand[ing] on a par with the NSA in everything except scale.”
Notably, the NSA and Unit 8200 have collaborated on numerous projects, most infamously on the Stuxnet virus as well as the Duqu malware. In addition, the NSA is known to work with veterans of Unit 8200 in the private sector, such as when the NSA hired two Israeli companies, to create backdoors into all the major U.S. telecommunications systems and major tech companies, including Facebook, Microsoft and Google. Both of those companies, Verint and Narus, have top executives with ties to Israeli intelligence and one of those companies, Verint (formerly Comverse Infosys), has a history of aggressively spying on U.S. government facilities. Unit 8200 is also known for spying on civilians in the occupied Palestinian territories for “coercion purposes” — i.e., gathering info for blackmail — and also for spying on Palestinian-Americans via an intelligence-sharing agreement with the NSA.
Unlike many other Unit 8200-linked start-ups, Carbyne also boasts several tie-ins to the Trump administration, including Palantir founder and Trump ally Peter Thiel — another investor in Carbyne. In addition, Carbyne’s board of advisers includes former Palantir employee Trae Stephens, who was a member of the Trump transition team, as well as former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. Trump donor and New York real-estate developer Eliot Tawill is also on Carbyne’s board, alongside Ehud Barak and Pinchas Buchris.
Yet, privacy concerns with Carbyne go beyond the company’s ties to Israeli intelligence and U.S. intelligence contractors like Peter Thiel. For instance, Carbyne’s smartphone app extracts the following information from the phones on which it is installed:
Device location, video live-streamed from the smartphone to the call center, text messages in a two-way chat window, any data from a user’s phone if they have the Carbyne app and ESInet, and any information that comes over a data link, which Carbyne opens in case the caller’s voice link drops out.” (emphasis added)
According to Carbyne’s website, this same information can also be obtained from any smartphone, even if it does not have Carbyne’s app installed, if that phone calls a 911 call center that uses Carbyne or merely any other number connected to Carbyne’s network.
Carbyne gathers data points from users’ phones as well as a myriad of other web-connected devices
Carbyne is a Next-Generation 9-11 (NG911) platform and the explicit goal of NG911 is for all 911 systems nationwide to become interconnected. Thus, even if Carbyne is not used by all 911 call centers using an NG911 platform, Carbyne will ostensibly have access to the data used by all emergency service providers and devices connected to those networks. This guiding principle of NG911 also makes it likely that one platform will be favored at the federal level to foster such interconnectivity and, given that it has already been adopted by several counties and has ties to the Trump administration, Carbyne is the logical choice.
Another cause for concern is how other countries have used platforms like Carbyne, which were first marketed as emergency response tools, for the purpose of mass surveillance. Narativ noted the following in its investigation of Carbyne:
In May, Human Rights Watch revealed Chinese authorities use a platform not unlike Carbyne to illegally surveil Uyghurs. China’s Integrated Joint Operations Platform brings in a much bigger data-set and sources of video, which includes an app on people’s phones. Like Carbyne, the platform was designed to report emergencies. Chinese authorities have turned it into a tool of mass surveillance.
Human Rights Watch reverse-engineered the app. The group discovered the app automatically profiles a user under 36 “person types” including “followers of Six Lines” which is the term used to identify Uyghurs. Another term refers to “Hajj,” the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. The app monitors every aspect of a user’s life, including personal conversations [and] power usage, and tracks a user’s movement.”
Such technology is currently used by Israeli military intelligence and Israel’s domestic intelligence agency Shin Bet to justify “pre-crime” detentions of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. As will be noted in greater detail later in this report, Palestinians’ comments on social media are tracked by artificial intelligence algorithms that flag them for indefinite detention if they write social media posts that contain “tripwire” phrases such as “the sword of Allah.”
Carbyne’s platform has its own “pre-crime” elements, such as it’s c-Records component, which stores and analyzes information on past calls and events that pass through its network. This information “enables decision makers to accurately analyze the past and present behavior of their callers, react accordingly, and in time predict future patterns.” (emphasis added)
Concerns have recently been raised that “pre-crime” technology may soon become more widely adopted in the U.S., after President Trump stated that one of his planned solutions to mass shootings in the wake of the recent tragedy in El Paso was for big tech companies to detect potential shooters before they strike.
Israeli intelligence, Blackmail and Silicon Valley
Though many of the individuals involved in funding or managing Carbyne have proven ties to intelligence, a closer look into several of these players reveals even deeper connections to both Israeli and U.S. intelligence.
One of Carbyne’s clearest connections to Israeli intelligence is through its chairman and one of its funders, Ehud Barak. Though Barak is best known for being a former prime minister of Israel, he is also a former minister of defense and the former head of Israeli military intelligence. He oversaw Unit 8200’s operations, as well as other units of Israeli military intelligence, in all three of those positions. For most of his military and later political career, Barak has been closely associated with covert operations.
Prior to the public scrutiny of Barak’s relationship to Jeffrey Epstein, following the latter’s arrest this past July and subsequent death, Barak had come under fire for his ties to disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein. Indeed, it was Ehud Barak who put Weinstein in contact with the Israeli private intelligence outfit Black Cube, which employs former Mossad agents and Israeli military intelligence operatives, as Weinstein sought to intimidate the women who had accused him of sexual assault and sexual harassment. Former Mossad director Meir Dagan led Black Cube’s board until his death in 2016 and Carbyne co-founder Lital Leshem is Black Cube’s former director of marketing.
After Barak put him in contact with Black Cube’s leadership, Weinstein, according to The New Yorker, used the private spy firm to “‘target,’ or collect information on, dozens of individuals, and compile psychological profiles that sometimes focused on their personal or sexual histories.” In addition, The New Yorker noted that “Weinstein monitored the progress of the investigations personally” and “also enlisted former employees from his film enterprises to join in the effort, collecting names and placing calls that, according to some sources who received them, felt intimidating.”
Yet, more recently, it has been Barak’s close relationship to Epstein that has raised eyebrows and opened him up to political attacks from his rivals. Epstein and Barak were first introduced by former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres in 2002, a time when Epstein’s pedophile blackmail and sex trafficking operation was in full swing.
Barak was a frequent visitor to Epstein’s residences in New York, so often that The Daily Beast reported that numerous residents of an apartment building linked to Epstein “had seen Barak in the building multiple times over the last few years, and nearly half a dozen more described running into his security detail,” adding that “the building is majority-owned by Epstein’s younger brother, Mark, and has been tied to the financier’s alleged New York trafficking ring.” Specifically, several apartments in the building were “being used to house underage girls from South America, Europe and the former Soviet Union,” according to a former bookkeeper employed by one of Epstein’s main procurers of underage girls, Jean Luc Brunel.
Barak is also known to have spent the night at one of Epstein’s residences at least once, was photographed leaving Epstein’s residence as recently as 2016, and has admitted to visiting Epstein’s island, which has sported nicknames including “Pedo Island,” “Lolita Island” and “Orgy Island.” In 2004, Barak received $2.5 million from Leslie Wexner’s Wexner Foundation, where Epstein was a trustee as well as one of the foundation’s top donors, officially for unspecified “consulting services” and “research” on the foundation’s behalf.
In 2015, Barak formed a limited partnership company in Israel for the explicit purpose of investing in Carbyne (then known as Reporty) and invested millions of dollars in the company, quickly becoming a major shareholder and subsequently the company’s public face and the chairman of its board. At least $1 million of the money invested in this Barak-created company that was later used to invest in Carbyne came from the Southern Trust Company, which was owned by Jeffrey Epstein.
In July, Bloomberg reported that Epstein’s Southern Trust Company is identified in U.S. Virgin Islands filings as “a DNA database and data mining” company. Given Carbyne’s clear potential for data-mining and civilian profiling, Epstein’s investment in Carbyne using this specific company suggests that Carbyne’s investors have long been aware of this little advertised aspect of Carbyne’s product.
In a statement to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Barak asserted:
I saw the business opportunity and registered a partnership in my control in Israel. A small number of people I know invest in it…Since these are private investments, it wouldn’t be proper or right for me to expose the investors’ details.”
However, Barak later admitted that Epstein had been one of the investors.
MintPress’ recent series on the Jeffrey Epstein scandal noted in detail Epstein’s ties to CIA/Mossad intelligence assets, such as Adnan Khashoggi; CIA front companies, such as Southern Air Transport; and organized crime, through his close association with Leslie Wexner. In addition, Epstein’s long-time “girlfriend” and alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, has family links to Israeli intelligence through her father, Robert Maxwell. While it appears that Epstein may have been working for more than one intelligence agency, Zev Shalev, former executive producer for CBS News and journalist at Narativ, recently stated that he had independently confirmed with two unconnected sources “closely connected to the Epstein story and in a position to know” that Epstein had “worked for Israeli military intelligence.”
Notably, Epstein, who was known for his interest in obtaining blackmail through the sexual abuse of the underaged girls he exploited, also claimed to have “damaging information” on prominent figures in Silicon Valley. In a conversation last year with New York Times reporter James Stewart, Epstein claimed to have “potentially damaging or embarrassing” information on Silicon Valley’s elite and told Stewart that these top figures in the American tech industry “were hedonistic and regular users of recreational drugs.” Epstein also told Stewart that he had “witnessed prominent tech figures taking drugs and arranging for sex” and claimed to know “details about their supposed sexual proclivities.”
In the lead-up to his recent arrest, Jeffrey Epstein appeared to have been attempting to rebrand as a “tech investor,” as he had done interviews with several journalists including Stewart about technology investing in the months before he was hit with federal sex trafficking charges.
Jessica Lessin, editor-in-chief of The Information, told Business Insider that a journalist working for The Information had interviewed Epstein a month before his recent arrest because “he was believed to be an investor in venture capital funds.” However, Lessin claimed that the interview was not “newsworthy” and said the site had no plans to publish its contents. Business Insider claimed that the way the interviews with Epstein had been arranged “suggests that someone in Silicon Valley may have been trying to help Epstein connect with reporters.”
Though it is unknown exactly which Silicon Valley figures were most connected to Epstein and which tech executives were potentially being blackmailed by Epstein, it is known that Epstein associated with several prominent tech executives, including Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman.
Last year, Epstein claimed to be advising Tesla and Elon Musk, who had been previously photographed with Epstein’s alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell. A few years ago, Epstein also attended a dinner hosted by LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman, where Musk had allegedly introduced Epstein to Mark Zuckerberg. Google’s Sergey Brin is known to have attended a dinner hosted by Epstein at his New York residence where Donald Trump was also in attendance.
Elon Musk with Epstein’s alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell at an Oscars after-party on March 2, 2014.
These associations suggest that the person in Silicon Valley who was trying to boost Epstein’s image as a tech investor before his arrest may have been Peter Thiel, whose Founders Fund had also invested in Carbyne. Thiel was an early investor in Facebook and is still on its board, connecting him to Zuckerberg; he is also a funder of Elon Musk’s SpaceX and a former colleague of Musk’s through PayPal. In addition, Thiel has ties to Reid Hoffman and both Thiel and Hoffman are prominent backers of Facebook.
It is unknown whether Epstein’s “damaging information” and apparent blackmail on notable individuals in the American technology industry were used to advance the objectives of Carbyne, which recently partnered with tech giants Google and Cisco Systems — and, more broadly, the expansion of Israeli intelligence-linked tech companies into the American tech sector, particularly through the acquisition of Israeli tech start-ups linked to Unit 8200 by major U.S. tech companies.
The latter seems increasingly likely given that the father of Ghislaine Maxwell — one of Epstein’s chief co-conspirators in his intelligence-linked sexual blackmail operation involving minors — was a Mossad operative who helped sell software that had been bugged by Israeli intelligence to government agencies and sensitive facilities around the world, including in the United States.
As will be noted later in this report, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — to whom all of Israel’s intelligence agencies answer by virtue of his position — has stated on more than one occasion that the acquisition of Israeli intelligence-linked start-ups by foreign tech giants, especially in Silicon Valley, is a current and “deliberate policy” of the state of Israel.
Carbyne’s ties to U.S. intelligence
While Epstein and Barak are the two financiers of Carbyne whose ties to intelligence are clearest, another funder of Carbyne, Peter Thiel, has ties to U.S. intelligence and a history of investing in other companies founded by former members of Unit 8200. Thiel co-founded and still owns a controlling stake in the company Palantir, which was initially funded with a $2 million investment from the CIA’s venture capital fund In-Q-Tel and quickly thereafter became a contractor for the CIA.
After the success of its contract with the CIA, Palantir became a contractor for a variety of federal agencies, including the FBI, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the National Security Agency (NSA), the Department of Homeland Security(DHS) and the military’s Special Operations Command, among others. Last year, it won a contract to create a new battlefield intelligence system for the U.S. Army. Palantir is also in demand for its “pre-crime technology,” which has been used by several U.S. police departments. According to the Guardian, “Palantir tracks everyone from potential terrorist suspects to corporate fraudsters, child traffickers and what they refer to as ‘subversives’… it is all done using prediction.”
Thiel has gained attention in recent years for his support of President Trump and for becoming an adviser to Trump following the 2016 election, when he was “a major force in the transition,” according to Politico, and “helped fill positions in the Trump administration with former staff.” One of those former staffers was Trae Stephens, who is also on Carbyne’s board of advisers. Thiel also has business ties to Trump’s son-in-law and influential adviser, Jared Kushner, as well as to Kushner’s brother Josh. A senior Trump campaign aide told Politico in 2017 that “Thiel is immensely powerful within the administration through his connection to Jared.”
Thiel has also backed some prominent Israeli tech start-ups connected to Unit 8200, such as BillGuard, which Thiel funded along with former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and other investors. BillGuard was founded by Raphael Ouzan, a former officer in Unit 8200, who serves on the board of directors of Start-Up Nation Central (SUNC) alongside neoconservative American hedge fund manager Paul Singer, neoconservative political operative and adviser Dan Senor, and Terry Kassel, who works for Singer at his hedge fund, Elliott Management.
Peter Thiel greets Netanyahu during a 2017 meeting in Israel. Photo
SUNC is an organization founded by Paul Singer, who has donated heavily to both President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Since it was founded in 2012, SUNC has sought to integrate Unit 8200-connected Israeli tech start-ups into foreign companies, primarily American companies, and has helped oversee the shift of thousands of high-paying tech jobs from the U.S. to Israel.
Another Carbyne-connected individual worth noting is the former head of the Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, who serves on Carbyne’s board of advisers. In addition to Chertoff’s ties to DHS, Chertoff’s company, The Chertoff Group, employees several prominent former members of the U.S. intelligence community as principals, including Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and former director of the NSA; and Charles Allen, former assistant director of Central Intelligence for Collection at the CIA, who worked at the agency for over 40 years.
The Chertoff Group has a long-standing and lucrative contract with the company OSI Systems, which produces full-body scanners and markets itself as a solution to mass shootings and crisis events, not unlike Carbyne. While Chertoff’s company was advising OSI Systems, Chertoff went on a media blitz to promote the widespread use of the machines produced by OSI Systems and even called on Congress to “fund a large-scale deployment of next-generation systems.” Chertoff did not disclose his conflict of interest while publicly promoting OSI’s full-body scanners.
Some have also alleged that Chertoff’s mother, Livia Eisen, had links to Israeli intelligence. According to her 1998 obituary, cited by both researcher/author Christopher Bollyn and journalist Jonathan Cook, Eisen participated in the Mossad operation code-named “Magic Carpet” while working for Israel’s El Al Airlines. Both Bollyn and Cook have suggested that Eisen’s participation in this covert Israeli intelligence operation strongly indicates that she had ties to the Mossad.
Melding into Silicon Valley
Beyond its troubling connections to Silicon Valley oligarchs, Israeli military intelligence and the U.S.-military industrial complex, Carbyne’s recent partnerships with two specific technology companies — Google and Cisco Systems — raise even more red flags.
Carbyne announced its partnership with Cisco Systems this past April, with the latter announcing that it would begin “aligning its unified call manager with Carbyne’s call-handling platform, allowing emergency call centers to collect data from both 911 callers and nearby government-owned IoT [Internet of Things] devices.” A report on the partnership published by Government Technology magazine stated that “Carbyne’s platform will be integrated into Cisco Kinetic for Cities, an IoT data platform that shares data across community infrastructure, smart city solutions, applications and connected devices.” The report also noted that “Carbyne will also be the only 911 solution in the Cisco Marketplace.”
As part of the partnership, Carbyne’s President of North American Operations Paul Tatro told Government Technology that the Carbyne platform would combine the data it obtains from smartphones and other Carbyne-connected devices with “what’s available through nearby Cisco-connected road cameras, roadside sensors, smart streetlamps, smart parking meters or other devices.” Tatro further asserted that “Carbyne can also analyze data that’s being collected by Cisco IoT devices … and alert 911 automatically, without any person making a phone call, if there appears to be a worthy problem,” and expressed his view that soon most emergency calls will not be made by human beings but “by smart cars, telematics or other smart city devices.”
A few months after partnering with Cisco Systems, Carbyne announced its partnership with Google on July 10, just three days after Carbyne funder Jeffrey Epstein was arrested in New York on federal sex trafficking charges. Carbyne’s press release of the partnership described how the company and Google would be teaming up in Mexico “to offer advanced mobile location to emergency communications centers (ECCs) throughout Mexico” following the conclusion of a successful four-week pilot program between Carbyne and Google in the Central American nation.
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt meets Netanyahu at his Jerusalem office. Israel PM
The press release also stated:
Carbyne will provide Google’s Android ELS (Emergency Location Service) in real time from emergency calls made on AndroidTM devices. Deployment for any ECC in the country won’t require any integration, with Carbyne providing numerous options for connection to their secure ELS Gateway once an ECC is approved. The Carbyne automated platform, requiring no human interaction, has the potential to save thousands of lives each year throughout Mexico.”
The reason Carybne’s partnerships with Cisco Systems and Google are significant lies in the role that Cisco and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt have played in the creation of a controversial “incubator” for Israeli tech start-ups with deep ties to Israeli military intelligence, American neoconservative donor Paul Singer, and the U.S.’ National Security Agency (NSA).
This company, called Team8, is an Israeli company-creation platform whose CEO and co-founder is Nadav Zafrir, former commander of Unit 8200. Two of the company’s other three co-founders are also “alumni” of Unit 8200. Among Team8’s top investors is Schmidt, the former CEO of Google, who also joined Peter Thiel in funding the Unit 8200-linked BillGuard, as well as major tech companies including Cisco Systems and Microsoft.
Last year, Team8 controversially hired the former head of the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command, Retired Admiral Mike Rogers, and Zafrir stated that his interest in hiring Rogers was that Rogers would be “instrumental in helping strategize” Team8’s expansion in the United States. Jake Williams, a veteran of NSA’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) hacking unit, told CyberScoop:
Rogers is not being brought into this role because of his technical experience. …It’s purely because of his knowledge of classified operations and his ability to influence many in the U.S. government and private-sector contractors.”
Team8 has also been heavily promoted by Start-Up Nation Central (SUNC). SUNC prominently features Team8 and Zafrir on the cybersecurity section of its website and also sponsored a talk by Zafrir and an Israeli government economist at the World Economic Forum, often referred to as “Davos,” that was attended personally by Paul Singer.
SUNC itself has deep ties to Israeli military intelligence, with former Unit 8200 officer Raphael Ouzan serving on its board of directors. Another example of SUNC-Unit 8200 ties can be seen with Inbal Arieli, who served as SUNC’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships from 2014 to 2017 and continues to serve as a senior adviser to the organization. Arieli, a former lieutenant in Unit 8200, is the founder and head of the 8200 Entrepreneurship and Innovation Support Program (EISP), which was the first start-up accelerator in Israel aimed at harnessing “the vast network and entrepreneurial DNA of [Unit] 8200 alumni” and is currently one of the top company accelerators in Israel, alongside Team8. Arieli was the top executive at 8200 EISP while working at SUNC and several other top SUNC staffers are also connected to Israeli military intelligence.
Thus, Google and Cisco’s connections to Team8 suggests that their partnerships with another Israeli military intelligence-connected firm like Carbyne is a deepening of those two companies’ links to the growing bi-national security state that is uniting key players in the U.S. military-industrial complex and Israeli intelligence.
Mossad-backed Panic Buttons, coming to a school near you
Carbyne is hardly the only Israeli intelligence-linked tech company marketing itself in the United States as a solution to mass shootings. Another Israeli start-up, known as Gabriel, was founded in 2016 in response to a shooting in Tel Aviv and the Pulse Nightclub shooting in the United States, which took place just days apart.
Created by Israeli-American Yoni Sherizen and Israeli citizen Asaf Adler, Gabriel is similar to Carbyne in the sense that elements of its crisis response platform require installation on civilian smartphones as well as devices used by crisis responders. The main difference is that Gabriel also installs one or a series of physical “panic buttons,” depending on the size of the building to be secured, that also double as video and audio communication devices connected to the Gabriel network.
As with Carbyne, the ties between Gabriel and Israeli intelligence are obvious. Indeed, Gabriel’s four-person advisory board includes Ram Ben-Barak, former deputy director of the Mossad and former director-general of Israel’s intelligence ministry; Yohanan Danino, former chief of police for the state of Israel; and Kobi Mor, former director of overseas missions for the Israeli intelligence agency Shin Bet. The only American on the advisory board is Ryan Petty, the father of a Parkland shooting victim and friend of former Florida Governor Rick Scott.
Gabriel’s only disclosed funder is U.S.-based MassChallenge, a start-up accelerator non-profit. Gabriel is funded by MassChallenge’s Israel branch, which was opened six months prior to Gabriel’s creation and is partnered with the Israeli government and the Kraft Group. The Kraft Group is managed by Robert Kraft, who is currently embroiled in a prostitution scandal and is also a close friend of President Trump.
Notably, one of MassChallenge Israel’s featured experts is Wendy Singer, the executive director of SUNC, the organization created and funded by neoconservative Trump backer Paul Singer with the explicit purpose of promoting Israel’s tech start-ups and their integration into foreign, chiefly American, businesses. As was noted in a recent MintPress report on SUNC, Wendy Singer is the sister of neoconservative political operative Dan Senor, who founded the now-defunct Foreign Policy Initiative with Robert Kagan and Bill Kristol, and was previously the director of AIPAC’s Israel office for 16 years.
Gabriel’s founders have been quite upfront about the fact that the uptick in shootings in the U.S. has greatly aided their company’s growth and success. Last November, Sherizen told The Jerusalem Post that new mass shootings in the U.S. not only increased U.S. demand for his company’s product but also were opportunities to show the effectiveness of Gabriel’s approach:
Unfortunately every month there seems to be another high-profile event of this nature. After the Vegas shooting, we were able to show [that] our system would have managed to identify the location of the shooter much quicker.”
The Jerusalem Post noted that Gabriel is set to make considerable profits if concern over mass shootings continues to build in the U.S., writing:
With more than 475,000 soft targets across the US and amid increasing security fears, the potential market for Gabriel is huge. The company could gain revenues of almost $1 billion if only 10% of soft targets were to invest around $20,000 in its alert systems.”
Sherizen told the Jerusalem Post:
Our starter kit costs $10,000. Depending on the size and makeup of the community building, it would cost between $20-30,000 to fully outfit the location. We have made it very affordable. This is a game-changer for the lock-down and active shooter drills that are now a standard part of any child’s upbringing in the States.”
Much more than just a start-up
While it is certainly possible that numerous former officials and commanders of elite Israeli intelligence agencies may have no ulterior motive in advising or founding technology start-up companies, it is worth pointing out that top figures in Israel’s military intelligence agencies and the Mossad don’t see it that way.
Last March, Israeli media outlet Calcalist Tech published a report entitled “Israel Blurs the Line Between Defense Apparatus and Local Cybersecurity Hub,” which noted that “since 2012, cyber-related and intelligence projects that were previously carried out in-house in the Israeli military and Israel’s main intelligence arms are transferred to companies that in some cases were built for this exact purpose.” (emphasis added)
The article notes that beginning in 2012, Israel’s intelligence and military intelligence agencies began to outsource “activities that were previously managed in-house, with a focus on software and cyber technologies.” (emphasis added)
In some cases, managers of development projects in the Israeli military and intelligence arms were encouraged to form their own companies, which then took over the project,’ an Israeli venture capitalist familiar with the matter told Calcalist Tech.”
Notably, Calcalist Tech states that the controversial company Black Cube was created this way and that Black Cube had been contracted, and is likely still contracted, by Israel’s Ministry of Defense. The private security agency Black Cube is known to have two separate divisions for corporations and governments. The firm was recently caught attempting to undermine the Iran nuclear deal — then also a top political objective of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — by attempting to obtain information on the “financial or sexual impropriety” (i.e., blackmail) of top U.S. officials involved in drafting the accord. NBC News noted last year that “Black Cube’s political work frequently intersects with Israel’s foreign policy priorities.” As previously mentioned, one of Carbyne’s co-founders — Lital Leshem, also a veteran of Unit 8200 — worked for Black Cube prior to starting Carbyne.
However, Libertad is merely the latest and most public expression of the Mossad’s interest in Israeli tech start-ups, the lion’s share of which are created by veterans of Unit 8200 or other Israeli intelligence agencies. Indeed, former Mossad Director Tamir Pardo stated in 2017 that “everyone” in the Israeli cybertechnology sector is an “alumni” of either Israeli intelligence, like the Mossad, or Israeli military intelligence, like Unit 8200. Pardo even went as far as to say that the Mossad itself is “like a start-up.”
Pardo himself, after leaving his post as Mossad director in 2016, dove straight into the world of Israeli tech start-ups, becoming chairman of Sepio Systems, whose two CEOs are former Unit 8200 officers. Sepio Systems’ advisory board includes the former chief information security officer of the CIA, Robert Bigman; former member of the U.S. Military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Geoff Hancock; and former head of the Israel National Cyber Bureau and veteran of Israeli military intelligence, Rami Efrati. Sepio Systems’ cybersecurity software has been adopted by several banks, telecom and insurance companies, including in the U.S. and Brazil.
Pardo is not the only prominent figure in Israel’s intelligence community to compare Israeli intelligence agencies to tech start-ups. Shin Bet Director Nadav Argaman described Israel’s domestic spy agency in similar terms. “The Shin Bet is like an evolving start-up, with unmatched strength,” Argaman stated in a June 2017 speech, as he extolled the agency’s use of “pre-crime” technology to detain Palestinians based on their social media activity.
Argaman, at the time, claimed that more than 2,000 Palestinians, whom he described as “potential lone-wolf terrorists,” had been arrested as a result of these “breakthrough technological advances” that use artificial-intelligence algorithms to monitor the social media accounts of Palestinians, especially younger Palestinians, for the use of “tripwire” phrases that have been used by Palestinians who later committed acts of violence. In the case of those who use such terms, “their phones are tracked to see if they meet other suspects, or leave their districts to move towards potential Israeli targets. In such cases, security forces detain the suspect,” according to a 2017 report on the practice by The Economist.
The road to fascism, paved by a corrupted PROMIS
Though Israeli intelligence’s interest in tech companies goes back several years, there is a well-documented history of Israeli intelligence using bugged software to surveil and gain “backdoor” access to government databases around the world, particularly in the United States.
As was mentioned in Part III of MintPress’ Epstein series, a sinister yet cunning plan was executed to place a backdoor for Israeli intelligence into the Prosecutor’s Management Information System (PROMIS) software, which was then being used by the U.S. Department of Justice and was the envy of government agencies, particularly intelligence agencies, around the world. This bugged version of PROMIS — born out of the collusion between Earl Brian, Ronald Reagan’s then-envoy to Iran, and Rafi Eitan, then-director of the now-defunct Israeli intelligence agency Lekem — was seeded around the world by Brian’s company Hadron as well as by Mossad-linked media mogul Robert Maxwell, father of Jeffrey Epstein’s long-time girlfriend and alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell.
After this first PROMIS “backdoor” was discovered, Israel would again gain access to sensitive U.S. government communications, as well as civilian communications, thanks to the collusion between Israeli intelligence and Israeli telecom and tech companies, especially Amdocs and Comverse Infosys (now Verint), that were operating throughout the United States. Today, Unit 8200-linked start-ups appear to have taken up the torch.
While the PROMIS software is perhaps best known for offering Israeli intelligence a backdoor into as many as 80 intelligence agencies and other sensitive locations around the world for nearly a decade, it was also used for a very different purpose by prominent officials linked to Iran-Contra.
One key Iran-Contra figure — Lt. Col. Oliver North, then serving on the National Security Council — decided to use PROMIS neither for espionage nor for foreign policy. Instead, North turned PROMIS’ power against Americans, particularly perceived dissidents, a fact that remained unknown for years.
Beginning in 1982, as part of the highly classified Continuity of Government (COG) program, North used the PROMIS software at a 6,100-square-foot “command center” in the Department of Justice, as well as at a smaller operations room at the White House, to compile a list of American dissidents and “potential troublemakers” if the COG protocol was ever invoked.
According to a senior government official with a high-ranking security clearance and service in five presidential administrations who spoke to Radar in 2008, this was:
A database of Americans, who, often for the slightest and most trivial reason, are considered unfriendly, and who, in a time of panic might be incarcerated. The database can identify and locate perceived ‘enemies of the state’ almost instantaneously.”
In 1993, Wired described North’s use of PROMIS in compiling this database as follows:
Using PROMIS, sources point out, North could have drawn up lists of anyone ever arrested for a political protest, for example, or anyone who had ever refused to pay their taxes. Compared to PROMIS, Richard Nixon’s enemies list or Sen. Joe McCarthy’s blacklist look downright crude.”
The COG program defined this “time of panic” as “a national crisis, such as nuclear war, violent and widespread internal dissent, or national opposition to a US military invasion abroad,” whereby the government would suspend the Constitution, declare martial law, and incarcerate perceived dissidents and other “unfriendlies” in order to prevent the government’s (or then-serving administration’s) overthrow.
This secretive database has often been referred to as “Main Core” by government insiders and, most troubling of all, it still exists today. Journalist Christ Ketcham, citing senior government officials, reported in 2008 that, at that time, Main Core was believed to contain the names of as many as 8 million Americans. Eleven years later, it is highly likely that the number of Americans included in the Main Core database has grown considerably.
Author and investigative journalist Tim Shorrock also covered other disturbing aspects of the evolution of Main Core back in 2008 for Salon. At the time, Shorrock reported that the George W. Bush administration was believed to have used Main Core to guide its domestic surveillance activities following the September 11 attacks.
Citing “several former U.S. government officials with extensive knowledge of intelligence operations,” Shorrock further noted that Main Core — as it was 11 years ago at the time his report was published — was said to contain “a vast amount of personal data on Americans, including NSA intercepts of bank and credit card transactions and the results of surveillance efforts by the FBI, the CIA and other agencies.”
Bill Hamilton, former NSA intelligence officer and the original creator of the PROMIS software, told Shorrock at the time that he believed that “U.S. intelligence uses PROMIS as the primary software for searching the Main Core database” and had been told as much by an intelligence official in 1992 and an NSA official in 1995. Dan Murphy, former deputy director at the CIA, had told Hamilton that the NSA’s use of PROMIS was “so seriously wrong that money alone cannot cure the problem.” “I believe in retrospect that Murphy was alluding to Main Core,” Hamilton had told Shorrock.
Though most reporting on Main Core, from the time its existence was first revealed to the present, has treated the database as something used by the U.S. government and U.S. intelligence for domestic purposes, MintPress has learned that Israeli intelligence was also involved with the creation of the Main Core database. According to a former U.S. intelligence official with direct knowledge of the U.S. intelligence community’s use of PROMIS and Main Core from the 1980s to 2000s, Israeli intelligence played a role in the U.S. government’s deployment of PROMIS as the software used for the Main Core domestic surveillance database system.
Israeli intelligence remained involved with Main Core at the time of the August 1991 death of journalist Danny Casolaro, who was investigating not only the government’s misuse of the stolen PROMIS software but also the Main Core database. This same official, who chose to remain anonymous, told MintPress that, shortly before his death, Casolaro had obtained copies of computer printouts from the PROMIS-based Main Core domestic surveillance database system from NSA whistleblower Alan Standorf, who was found murdered a few months before Casolaro’s lifeless body would be found in a West Virginia hotel room.
The source also stated that Main Core’s contents had been used for the political blackmail of members of Congress and their staff, journalists, and others by Walter Raymond, a senior CIA covert operator in psyops and disinformation who served on President Reagan’s National Security Council during and after Main Core’s creation. If used for this purpose by Raymond in the 1980s, Main Core has also likely been used by other individuals with access to the database for blackmailing purposes in the years since.
Given that Israeli intelligence was known to have placed a backdoor into the PROMIS software, before it was marketed and sold around the world by Earl Brian and Robert Maxwell, its role in the U.S. government’s decision to use PROMIS in the creation of Main Core suggests that Israeli intelligence likely advocated for the version of PROMIS containing this backdoor, thereby giving Israeli intelligence access to Main Core. Given that Reagan aides and officials colluded with Israeli “spymaster” Rafi Eitan in his efforts to create a backdoor into the software for Israeli military intelligence, the use of this version of PROMIS in the Main Core database is certainly plausible.
Furthermore, the fact that Israeli intelligence was known to be involved in Main Core nearly a decade after its creation suggests that Israeli intelligence may have played a role in certain aspects of the database, such as the criteria used to flag Americans as “unfriendly,” and — like Walter Raymond — may have used information in the database to blackmail Americans. In addition, the fact that the cooperation between U.S. and Israeli intelligence, particularly between Unit 8200 and the NSA, has only grown since 1991 further suggests that Israeli involvement in Main Core continues to the present.
While Main Core’s very existence is troubling for many reasons, the alleged involvement of a foreign intelligence service in the creation, expansion and maintenance of a database with personal details and potentially damaging information on millions of Americans targeted for detention or increased surveillance in times of crisis is chilling. It is especially so considering that the Trump administration’s latest proposals to prevent mass shootings before they occur are likely to use Main Core to flag certain Americans for increased surveillance or potentially detention, as was done by the George W. Bush administration following the September 11 attacks.
It appears that Main Core serves a dual purpose; first as a mass targeted surveillance system to crush dissent during times of “national crisis” — whether spontaneous or engineered — and, second, as a massive blackmail database used to keep every potential opponent in line during non-emergencies.
Peter Thiel’s Seeing Stone
As was mentioned earlier in this report, Palantir — the company co-founded by Peter Thiel — is set to profit handsomely from the Trump administration’s plans to use its “pre-crime” technology, which is already used by police departments throughout the country and also used to track Americans based on the company’s integrative data-mining approach. Palantir, named for the “seeing stones” in the Lord of the Rings novels, also markets software to foreign (and domestic) intelligence agencies that predicts the likelihood that an individual will commit an act of terrorism or violence.
Aside from its “pre-crime” products, Palantir has come under fire in recent years as a result of the company’s contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), where it created an intelligence system known as Investigative Case Management (ICM). The IB Times described ICM as “a vast ‘ecosystem’ of data to help immigration officials in identifying targets and creating cases against them” and also “provides ICE agents with access to databases managed by other federal agencies.” ICM further gives ICE access to “targets’ personal and sensitive information, such as background on schooling, employment, family relationships, phone records, immigration history, biometrics data, criminal records as well as home and work addresses.” In other words, Palantir’s ICM is essentially a “Main Core” for immigrants.
Notably, part of Oliver North’s original intentions in “Main Core” was to track immigrants then coming from Central America as well as Americans who opposed Reagan era policy with respect to Central America. At that time, Main Core was believed to be controlled by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), which is now part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
VICE News reported in July that the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center, which is run by DHS, “serves around 300 communities in northern California and is what is known as a ‘fusion center,’ a Department of Homeland Security intelligence center that aggregates and investigates information from state, local, and federal agencies, as well as some private entities, into large databases that can be searched using software like Palantir. “ VICE further noted that this center alone used Palantir to surveil as many as 8 million Ameicans. There are many more such DHS “fusion centers” throughout the United States.
If the Trump administration moves forward with its proposal of employing technology to detect potential mass shooters before they strike, Palantir’s technology is set to be used, given that it has already been used by U.S. law enforcement and U.S. intelligence to determine which people run “the highest risk of being involved in gun violence,” according to an investigation of Palantir by The Verge. Furthermore, Palantir’s close ties to the Trump administration make the company’s role in a future nationwide “pre-crime” prevention system based on technology appear inevitable.
Palantir founder Peter Thiel listens to Trump during a meeting at Trump Tower in New York, Dec. 14, 2016.
Worse still is the apparent overlap between Palantir and Main Core. Palantir — which has obvious similarities to PROMIS — is already known to use its software to track potential terror threats, including domestic terror threats, and a category of people it refers to as “subversives.” Palantir’s tracking of these individuals “is all done using prediction.” Palantir’s close ties to the U.S. intelligence community suggest that Palantir may already have access to the Main Core database. Tim Shorrock told MintPress that Palantir’s use of Main Core is “certainly possible,” particularly in light of the company’s use of the term “subversive” to describe a category of people that its software tracks.
Palantir also has alleged ties to Israeli intelligence, as there have long been suspicions that Israeli intelligence has used Palantir as part of its AI “pre-crime” algorithms targeting Palestinians after Palantir opened a research and development (R&D) center in Israel in 2013. The current head of Palantir Israel, Hamultal Meridor, previously founded a brain-machine interface organization and was senior director of web intelligence at Verint (formerly Comverse Infosys), which has deep connections to Unit 8200, a history of espionage in the United States and was one of the two companies contracted by the NSA to insert a “backdoor” into the U.S. telecommunications system and popular products of major American tech companies.
Given the above, Peter Thiel’s 2018 decision to fund Carbyne, the Unit 8200-linked start-up that markets itself as a technological solution to mass shootings in the U.S., strongly suggests that Thiel has been anticipating for some time the now-public efforts of the Trump administration to employ “pre-crime” technology to track and target Americans who show signs of “mental illness” and “violent tendencies.”
A nightmare even Orwell could not have predicted
In early August, in the wake of the shooting at an El Paso Walmart, President Trump called on big tech companies to collaborate with the Justice Department in the creation of software that “stops mass murders before they start” by detecting potential mass shooters before they cnm act. Though Trump’s ideas were short on specifics, there is now a new proposal that would create a new government agency that will use data gathered from civilian electronic devices to identify “neurobehavioral” warning signs, thereby flagging “potential shooters” for increased surveillance and potentially detention.
This new agency, as proposed by the foundation led by former NBC Universal president and vice chairman of General Electric Robert Wright, would be known as the Health Advanced Research Projects Agency (HARPA) and would be modeled after the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Per the proposal, recently detailed by the Washington Post, the flagship program of HARPA would be “Safe Home” (Stopping Aberrant Fatal Events by Helping Overcome Mental Extremes), which would use “breakthrough technologies with high specificity and sensitivity for early diagnosis of neuropsychiatric violence,” specifically “advanced analytical tools based on artificial intelligence and machine learning.”
The program would cost an estimated $60 million over four years and would use data from “Apple Watches, Fitbits, Amazon Echo and Google Home” and other consumer electronic devices, as well as information provided by health-care providers to identify who may be a threat.
The Washington Post reported that President Trump has reacted “very positively” to the proposal and that he was “sold on the concept.” The Post also noted that Wright sees the president’s daughter, Ivanka, as “the most effective champion of the proposal and has previously briefed her on HARPA himself.” Ivanka has previously been cited as a driving force behind some of her father’s policy decisions, including his decision to bomb Syria after an alleged chemical weapons attack in 2017.
Liz Fed — president of the Susan Wright Foundation, which is led by Robert Wright and created the proposal for HARPA and “Safe Home” — told The Post that the proposal emulated DARPA because “DARPA is a brilliant model that works. They have developed the most transformational capabilities in the world for national security…We’re not leveraging the tools and technologies available to us to improve and save lives.” Fed further asserted that DARPA’s technological approach had yet to be applied to the field of healthcare.
For anyone familiar with DARPA, such claims should immediately sound loud alarm bells, especially since DARPA is already developing its own solution to “mental health” issues in the form of a “brain-machine interface” as part of its N3 program. That program, according to reports, involves “noninvasive and ‘minutely’ invasive neural interfaces to both read and write into the brain,” help distance soldiers “from the emotional guilt of warfare” by “clouding their perception” and “to program artificial memories of fear, desire, and experiences directly into the brain.” Though N3 is intended to improve the prowess of American soldiers, it is also set to be used as a means of pursuing DARPA’s Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies (SUBNETS) project, which aims to “to develop a tiny, implanted chip in the skull to treat psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, PTSD and major depression.”
Given that HARPA’s lead scientific adviser is Dr. Geoffrey Ling, former director and founder of DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office (BTO), which “merges biology, engineering, and computer science to harness the power of natural systems for national security,” it seems likely that DARPA’s neurological-focused research programs, like SUBNETS and N3, would be folded into HARPA’s portfolio, making the proposed agency’s approach to mental health very questionable indeed.
Aside from the dystopian nature of both DARPA and potentially HARPA’s approach to mental health, there is grave cause for concern regarding the Trump administration’s moves to address U.S. mass shooting events by implementing pre-crime technology based on artificial intelligence, data-mining and mass surveillance, technologies already laying in wait thanks to companies like Palantir and numerous Israeli tech start-ups led by former Unit 8200 officers.
With companies like Carbyne — with its ties to both the Trump administration and to Israeli intelligence — and the Mossad-linked Gabriel also marketing themselves as “technological” solutions to mass shootings while also doubling as covert tools for mass data collection and extraction, the end result is a massive surveillance system so complete and so dystopian that even George Orwell himself could not have predicted it.
Following another catastrophic mass shooting or crisis event, aggressive efforts will likely follow to foist these “solutions” on a frightened American public by the very network connected, not only to Jeffrey Epstein, but to a litany of crimes and a frightening history of plans to crush internal dissent and would-be dissenters in the United States.
Gordon Thomas, author of ‘Gideon’s Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad’ signed this affidavit stating the US CIA itself distributed modified versions of PROMIS apart from those sold by Robert Maxwell.
Hundreds more will be implicated in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, claims Ghislaine Maxwell, as his victims ask judge to open 10,000 pages of secret files detailing the pedophile’s sex crimes
- There are still around 10,000 pages of documents which are yet to be unsealed
- They come from a 2015 lawsuit by Virginia Giuffre Roberts, Epstein’s ‘sex slave’
- She sued him and Ghislaine Maxwell, his British socialite friend and ex-girlfriend
- Maxwell’s attorney told a court on Wednesday that the remaining files implicate ‘literally hundreds of people’
- They are arguing in court over how to rele
- ase the dump of files
- On Tuesday, one of the people named submitted a letter to the court asking for his name to be protected
4 Sept 2019
As many as 1,000 people including celebrities are implicated in thousands of pages of court documents from a Jeffrey Epstein lawsuit which remain under seal.
The documents, some 10,000 of them, were part of a 2015 lawsuit by Virginia Giuffre Roberts, Epstein’s ‘sex slave’, who sued him and Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite who many of Epstein’s victims say was his madam.
They settled their lawsuit in 2017 and the case docket was made private, keeping all the allegations secret.
In August, in light of the pedophile’s arrest on human trafficking charges, an appeals court ordered that any pages of the case files which represented public interest should no longer be kept secret.
Around 2,000 have been released but thousands more are still under lock and key.
On Wednesday, Judge Loretta Preska listened to lawyers for Maxwell and Roberts at a hearing in New York court to determine if and how she should release any more of them.
Preska did not decide on whether or not to release the remaining pages on Wednesday, but has instructed the attorneys on both sides to file written briefings about them.
They have to categorize the documents into three types and then decide which will be released
Roberts’ attorneys had argued that all but the social security numbers and names of underage victims should be released but the judge rejected her argument.
Maxwell, who has been named as Epstein’s madam by several of his accusers, was not in court.
Her attorneys are arguing against releasing the remaining pages, claiming that the names of the 1,000 ‘non parties’ should not become public.
‘There are literally hundreds of pages of investigative reports that mention hundreds of people,’ Jeffrey Pagliuca, Maxwell’s attorney, told the court on Wednesday.
The lawyers must now submit written briefings on how they think the remaining files should be split up and released.
The hearing follows a letter to the court from a John Doe – one of the many people named – who said it would be unfair for him and others to be dragged into the public scandal engulfing Epstein’s world.
‘As a non-party to these proceedings, Doe lacks specific knowledge about the contents of the Sealed Materials,’ his lawyers wrote.
‘But it is clear that these materials implicate the privacy and reputational interests of many persons other than the two primary parties to this action, Giuffre and Maxwell,’ they added.
The documents contain ‘a range of allegations of sexual acts involving Plaintiff and non-parties to this litigation, some famous, some not; the identities of non-parties who either allegedly engaged in sexual acts with Plaintiff or who allegedly facilitated such acts.’
The files that have already been released include Roberts’ unpublished memoirs about her years with Epstein and Maxwell.
She describes in the memoir how she was forced to have threesomes with the pair when she was a teenager and claims she spent her youth in sexual servitude to them before escaping in 2002.
She also describes nights on Epstein’s Caribbean island during which Al Gore and Bill Clinton were present as dinner guests.
There are mentions of the Simpsons creator Matt Groening, whose feet she says she massaged on a private jet, and of Prince Andrew who she claims she had sex with multiple times – a claim he vehemently denies.
Roberts lawsuit also includes the names of other women who say they are victims of Epstein and women who Roberts says worked for the disgraced pedophile as ‘recruiters’.
Epstein died in his cell in Manhattan at the beginning of August.
His attorneys say his death is suspicious and that the injuries on his neck indicate he was murdered.
Some of his victims, namely Chauntae Davies, say they believe his death is suspicious because he was too egotistical to commit suicide and likely thought that he would beat the charges.
Since his arrest in July, questions of who he may drag down with him have been abundant.
Some critics say he was protected for years by his vast network of impressive politicians, billionaires and celebrity friends.
Millionaire model agency boss ‘who had key info on Jeffrey Epstein scandal suddenly vanishes like a ghost without a trace’
September 2, 2019
French prosecutors last month launched a probe into claims Epstein attacked underage girls in Paris, and reportedly wanted to quiz Brunel.
The Frenchman was suspected of having important knowledge of the Epstein scandal.
But the millionaire model agency boss – who is said to have been on a talent scouting trip to Brazil – has apparently vanished.
A Paris legal source told the Mirror: “He is a ghost who has disappeared without trace.”
They added: “There is no address for him, all his internet accounts, including social media, have been wiped out. He is uncontactable.”
He is being hunted in Brazil, the US and Europe, the paper reports.
Shocking court documents previously emerged suggesting Brunel offered Epstein two eight-year-old girls to sexually abuse.
Messages left for the American paedo by his alleged “fixer” describe a female “2 x 8 years old” willing to give “Russian lessons”.
Epstein victim Virginia Roberts also claimed in court documents that Brunel would “bring young girls (ranging to ages as young as 12) to the United States for sexual purposes and farm them out to his friends, especially Epstein”.
She claimed: “Brunel would offer the girls ‘modelling’ jobs.
“Many of the girls came from poor countries or impoverished backgrounds, and he lured them in with a promise of making good money.”
And Brunel, co-founder of the MC2 modelling agency, was also dogged by allegations of sexual abuse himself.
Roberts, who claims she slept with Prince Andrew – claims he strenuously denies, also alleged she had sex with Brunel “many times” between the ages of 16 and 19.
Court documents submitted by lawyer Bradley Edwards in a legal dispute with Epstein made similar claims against Brunel.
They read: “According to widely circulated press reports reviewed by Edwards, Brunel is in his sixties and has a reputation throughout the world (and especially in the modelling industry) as a cocaine addict that has for years molested children through modelling agencies while acting as their agent — conduct that has been the subject of critical reports, books, several news articles, and a 60 Minutes documentary on Brunel’s sexual exploitation of underage models.”
Jeffrey Epstein had Tory minister Nick Hurd in his little black book
Northern Ireland minister Nick Hurd, the son of Tory grandee Douglas Hurd, appears alongside the MP’s ex wife Kim in a copy of Epstein’s contacts published online
The address book features two previous home addresses, along with five telephone numbers for Mr Hurd. It also lists a personal email for the 57-year-old, who divorced Kim in 2008.
Old Etonian Mr Hurd last night denied ever meeting Epstein.
Kim also denied ever meeting Epstein but said: “Ghislaine Maxwell is an old friend from university days.”
It is believed Epstein acquired the contact details around the time Mr Hurd set up the Small Business Network, which he started in 2002 to advise the Conservative Party on business policy.
The revelation came as images emerged of former Labour spin doctor Lord Mandelson – another pal of Maxwell and also listed in Epstein’s contact book – holidaying with the disgraced financier on St Barts in the Caribbean. The shot were taken in 2005, just six months before Epstein was arrested for having sex with a minor.
2th June 2008
Nick Hurd, the eldest son of former Foreign Secretary Lord (Douglas) Hurd, has parted from his venture capitalist wife Kim.
A key lieutenant of Tory leader David Cameron, Old Etonian Hurd, 46, an MP since 2005, has moved out of the £5 million marital home in Notting Hill.
Kim, a high-spirited former record company executive who in her youth famously had her bottom bitten by foppish actor Hugh Grant during a parlour game
They were married at Eton Chapel in 1988 and subsequently moved to Brazil where Hurd represented a British bank.
Since arriving in Parliament as MP for Ruislip-Northwood, Hurd’s career has blossomed. He was recently appointed as a whip by Cameron and is a diligent member of the environmental audit select committee.
In 1982, Hurd’s father, now 78, divorced Nick’s mother Tatiana and in the same year made his Commons secretary Judy his second wife.
Six years ago, Kim acquired her powerboat captain’s licence during a week-long course with her friend Sally Faber, ex-wife of former Tory MP David Faber.
Kim Hurd, nee Richards – director, along with her father Ray Richards at Legacy Records
Ghislaine Maxwell facing charges as net closes in on Jeffrey Epstein’s friends
August 31 2019
Ghislaine Maxwell is facing sex trafficking and conspiracy charges as investigators close in on the women who allegedly helped the late financier Jeffrey Epstein to systematically abuse under-age girls.
The British socialite, whose father, the fraudulent newspaper proprietor Robert Maxwell, died at sea in 1991, organised the complex logistical operation that fed Epstein’s apparently insatiable appetite for erotic encounters with girls as young as 14, according to victims and witness statements from members of his household.
“They were like partners in a business,” Janusz Banasiak, Epstein’s house manager, said in a deposition. Ms Maxwell was “the boss”, Epstein’s butler, Alfredo Rodriguez, said in court papers.
Robert Maxwell was a business associate of Jeffrey Epstein
Ghislaine was 29 when Maxwell died. She fled to Manhattan to financier Epstein, a former maths teacher at the Dalton School and business associate of her father’s.
1923: Robert Maxwell, a British media proprietor and Member of British Parliament (MP), born in what is now Zakarpattia/Transcarpathian Oblast in Ukraine. (Relevant, in part, because it’s the same region of Ukraine where Viktor Medvedchuk is from and continues to operate. More on him later.)
1985: Donald Trump purchases his Mar-a-lago club, located in Palm Beach, Florida.
1992: Semion Mogilevich sends his lieutenant, “Yaponchik” to live in Brighton Beach, New York. Later that same year, the FBI found Yaponchik living in Trump Tower.
1995: Jeffrey Epstein creates ‘Ghislaine Corp.’ in Palm Beach, Florida. Robert Maxwell’s daughter, Ghislaine Maxwell, is Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime girlfriend and alleged pimp.
1995: Semion Mogilevich attended a summit meeting of Russian OC figures in Tel Aviv, Israel, from October 10–19, 1995. Participants included Sergei Mikhailov, Viktor Averin, Boris Birshtein, Vadim Rabinovich, Leonid Bilounov,-and Arnold Tamm. The subjects met in Boris Birshtein’s office in the diamond center of Tel Aviv. The subject of the meeting was the sharing of interests in Ukraine.
1995: Ron Lauder’s bid to gain the television license in Ukraine begins. Lauder initially met with a top adviser to Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma, who suggested Lauder team up with “a new Ukrainian television broadcasting company, Studio 1 + 1, in Kiev, and he did. The principal owners were Vadim Rabinovich and Boris Fuchsmann, well known around Kiev for their influence and wealth.”
1996: According to the New York Times, A grand jury was empanelled to investigate Ron Lauder in connection with at least $1 million in bribes to Ukrainian officials for TV rights there. The payments examined took place in 1996. Vadim Rabinovitch was part of the investigation, and this was less than a year after Rabinovich attended an organized crime meeting in Tel Aviv, headed by Semion Mogilevich.
Their business was prostitution, drug running, traffic in humans. When MI5 discovered how Mogilevich earned his money, they informed the Home Office which expelled him from Britain and publicly branded him as ‘one of the most dangerous criminals in the world’. It is hard to believe that Robert Maxwell did not know that. Yet he continued to be drawn ever deeper into the dark and evil empire Mogilevich operated. A number of people who had crossed his path had been disposed of into the Moscow River or in one of the city’s back streets. He had his own team of killers never further away than a phone call.
A billionaire named Iliya Pavlov testifying at the Lukanov murder trial, was shot dead on 7 Mar 03.
Pavlov was the president of the largest Bulgarian industrial company, named MG Corporation.
It was recently renamed from Multigroup [aka Multi Group]
which was earlier linked to Robert Maxwell, Semion
Mogilevich, the KGB and the Solntsevo mafia.
The KGB-led plan for looting the USSR and Eastern
Europe has been corroborated by others beyond the
Maxwell book, such as Richard L. Palmer, President of
Cachet International, a former U.S. army intelligence
officer, a former CIA operative specializing in money
laundering, and a former CIA Station Chief in the former
Soviet Union specializing in the investigation of Russian
organized crime. Palmer described the plan in his
testimony before the U.S. Congressional Committee
on Banking and Financial Services dealing with the
infiltration of the Western financial system by the Russian
Mafia. Palmer is also recognized by the U.S. Federal
Court as an expert witness on organized crime, official
corruption and the banking system in Russia. Palmer
described the earlier looting steps by the KGB and high
Communist Party officials that were formulated and
implemented (before the breakup of the USSR in
1991) in the second half of the1980s under Mikhail
Gorbachev’s ‘perestroika’. His testimony is available
at the following URL:
[ http://financialservices.house.gov/banking/92199pal.htm ]
Robert Maxwell and Semion Mogilevich were but two
players in such looting schemes.
Marc Rich and Grigori Loutchansky have been linked
to the Solntsevo (aka Solntsevskaya), as has Semion
Mogilevich. Thomas and Dillon describe
Mogilevich as the head of Solntsevo.
Canadians might be interested to know that Semion
Mogilevich was one of the founders of YBM Magnex,
a huge money laundering front for the Solntsevo mafia
listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. After going
bankrupt and bilking investors of hundreds of millions
of dollars, YBM Magnex was the subject of investigative
hearings by the Ontario Securities Commission involving
such high profile YBM board directors as the former
Liberal premier of Ontario, David Peterson. Peterson
was found not guilty but YBM Magnex executives such
as Igor Fisherman were found guilty. The FBI now has
Mogilevich and Fisherman on their ‘Most Wanted’ list.
[ http://www.fbi.gov/mostwant/alert/mogilevich.htm ]
[ http://www.fbi.gov/mostwant/alert/fisherman.htm ]
And Europeans might be interested in Solntsevo’s
multi-billion dollar money laundering scheme in several
European countries recently uncovered by the police
investigation code-named ‘Operation Spiderweb’ and
also linked to the BoNY scheme.
The Maxwell book may very well spur more research
about the ties between Robert Maxwell and Semion
Mogilevich and the Solntsevo. It will be interesting to
see if the Maxwell book will elicit a backlash from the
Mossad. In the past, the Mossad tried to financially
cripple Victor Ostrovsky for his Mossad expose, while
in the Ari Ben-Menashe case, the Mossad initially
claimed that he never even worked for them. Thomas
and Dillion used both as sources.
Mandelson named in spy files on oligarch
24 October 2008
Hedge fund manager Nat Rothschild, a friend of both Lord Mandelson and Mr Deripaska, wrote a letter to The Times suggesting Tory shadow chancellor George Osborne had attempted to “solicit a donation” from the oligarch during a meeting on the Russian’s yacht, moored off Corfu.
The result was to turn attention to Mr Osborne’s dealings with Mr Deripaska. Mr Rothschild, the millionaire financier and scion of the Rothschild banking dynasty, has been working strategically since 2005 to help Mr Deripaska’s aluminium company Basic Element get a listing on a major stock exchange.
Peter Mandelson – Did you Know? Mandelson was the subject of a “top-level secret police inquiry” by detectives on Operation Ore, to determine if he had accessed a child abuse website using a credit card. Police told journalists they had the wrong man
Peter Mandelson – Did you Know? In another link to the Bottomleys, the ancient post of High Steward was resurrected especially for Mandelson to fill, at the same time that Peter Bottomley’s wife, Virginia Bottomley, took office as the Sheriff of Hull.
Peter Mandelson – Did you Know? He supports the Sir Edward Heath Foundation with: Peter Bottomley. PB is on the Elm Guest House list
Peter Mandelson – Did you Know? Mandelson was a Vice-Chair of the NSPCCs Full Stop campaign. On the 2007 report his name is under Matthew Freud’s Freud, the chair of Freud Communications linked to Ghislaine Maxwell, is also linked to Madeleine McCann
He knows Jeffrey Epstein well, having been to Epstein’s home to discuss “business” Epstein’s black book had 10 phone numbers for Mandelson: including one marked Direct Line, one marked Home, and one marked Country Home
Mandelson’s involvement with TerraMar could be investigated by the FBI It was a “fake charity slush fund for child victims of Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking operation with Jeffrey Epstein”
The companies that were listed as “Sponsors” of Ghislaine Maxwell’s TERRAMAR were:
The Huffington Post
》Priory Bay, Heath, the Bottomleys;
》Terramar, Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein;
》The NSPCC, Rantzen, the Freuds, Maddie McCann;
》The Rothschilds, IJPR, Janner & the Bronfmans
WHAT DOES PETER MANDELSON KNOW ABOUT VIP CHILD TRAFFICKING?
Peter Mandelson pictured with Jeffrey Epstein: Labour ex-minister who’s friends with Prince Andrew shops with paedophile financier in 2005 after being introduced by Ghislane Maxwell
- EXCLUSIVE: Pictured Peter Mandelson, former British Cabinet minister holidays with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein on the luxury resort island of St Barts
- Photo was taken in 2005 as Mandelson took time off from his work as the European Union’s Trade Commissioner
- The shopping trip took place six months before Epstein was arrested in Florida and charged with a string of child sex offences
Two middle-aged holidaymakers walk into a fashion boutique in one of those exotic millionaire’s playgrounds where the sun always shines and endless palm trees sway in the afternoon breeze.
One is Jeffrey Epstein, a mysterious financier fond of very young girls, many of whom have for years been systematically exploited and sexually abused in his various luxury homes.
The other is Peter Mandelson, the former British Cabinet minister and long-term friend of Epstein’s closest chum Ghislaine Maxwell, who was staying on the luxury resort island of St Barts.
Peter Mandelson shopping with Jeffrey Epstein on December 27, 2005, in St. Barts
His journey through public life has already twice been interrupted by scandals involving stupendously wealthy men.
The year is 2005 and Mandelson is taking time off from his work as the European Union’s Trade Commissioner, for which taxpayers are paying him a salary in excess of £200,000 a year.
Epstein (unbeknownst to the world at this point) is under police investigation for numerous ghastly sex offences. Meanwhile, he is doing what he does best: pursuing a Gatsby-esque friendship with a famous and powerful man.
Guests who have spent time on his nearby private island Little St James, a stunning, 72-acre patch of the U.S. Virgin Islands, have included a virtual Who’s Who of celebrities — from Bill Clinton to Naomi Campbell, Stephen Hawking and, perhaps most notoriously, our very own Prince Andrew. On various trips to Chateau Epstein, they’ve spent days or even weeks sunbathing on his private beaches, swimming in his pools or playing tennis on his personal court.
When things start to feel claustrophobic, Epstein’s guests enjoy still more of the high life, taking one of his yachts or helicopters for island-hopping jaunts where they dine in upscale restaurants, or indulge in a bit of retail therapy in a Caribbean tax haven’s smart if somewhat overpriced shopping mall.
All of which brings us back to Mandelson. He’s known the generous host in these pictures for several years, having previously once visited his Caribbean island for a holiday — when neither Epstein nor any of the girls were there — and, on another occasion, dined with various celebrities at his $77 million New York townhouse, filled with erotic art and lurid photographs of young women.
Both men share a love of flashy designer clobber. To this end, Mandelson, sporting a Patek Philippe watch worth £21,000 (almost two months of his post-tax income) can be seen in a Caribbean boutique trying on a swanky white leather belt.
It’s the perfect accessory to complete his nautical Man From Del Monte-style holiday ensemble, which includes a natty white bracelet, white linen shorts, and blue short-sleeved shirt. Epstein looks on with a sort of proprietorial glee. As well he might. For this man has devoted years to building cosy (and, as a financier, potentially very profitable) relationships with the world’s most powerful men.
..and on ‘paedo is land, Mandelson’s friend Ghislaine Maxwell (right) cuddles Epstein’s notorious fixer, Jean-Luc Brunel (left)
Mandelson and Epstein’s hitherto unknown shopping trip took place on December 27, 2005, six months before the now-notorious Epstein was arrested in Florida and charged with a string of child sex offences.
Details have emerged, and can now be reported, thanks to two of the extraordinary photographs that are featured on these pages.
They form part of a remarkable and never-before-seen cache that provide a visual record of daily life in the high-octane (and somewhat seedy) orbit of the morally-bankrupt billionaire, who killed himself in prison this month while facing prosecution on multiple counts of paedophilia and child sex trafficking.
Obtained by the Mail via a source with detailed knowledge of events on Little St James — now nicknamed ‘paedophile island’ and ‘orgy island’ — the photographs raise tricky questions for Mandelson as well as a number of Epstein’s closest associates.
There are multiple images of Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite who orchestrated the billionaire’s social life, introduced him to Prince Andrew and has been widely accused (in multiple lawsuits, and in court in New York this week) of recruiting teenage girls to Epstein’s child prostitution ring.
Maxwell, the daughter of crooked newspaper tycoon Robert, who has previously denied any wrongdoing, features in several striking images, including one on these pages which shows her inside Epstein’s main residence on Little St James. It was taken shortly after Christmas 2006.
That date is significant. It was just six months after Epstein had been charged with abusing a large number of teenage girls. He was in the process of assembling a superstar legal team which pulled strings to prevent him serving a substantial prison sentence.
Yet he seems to have barely a care in the world. Indeed, with extraordinary chutzpah, he and Maxwell can be seen larking around with several alleged ‘sex slaves’ who had been flown to the island for the New Year holidays.
Most of the girls, whose pictures cannot be printed (as victims, they must not be identified), appear to be in their late teens. Equally damning for Maxwell is the fact that she can be seen embracing Jean-Luc Brunel, a French model agency boss accused (again in multiple lawsuits, and in a New York court this week) of helping traffic teenage girls.
Brunel, now 72, was alleged in recently unsealed court documents to have used his fashion business to provide the billionaire with a steady supply of impressionable young women who were then sexually assaulted. In return, Epstein is said to have invested in his businesses. Now under investigation, he has also denied wrongdoing.
Then European External Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson and Prince Andrew, Duke of York
As you can see from the photos, Jean-Luc and Ghislaine were best of friends and worked very closely together with the girls they brought to Jeffrey,’ says the aforementioned source. Any time they were on the island, they managed groups of girls, told them what to do, how to do it, how to please Jeffrey, and instructed them how to behave in front of his guests.’
To this end — while it must again be stressed that Maxwell and Brunel have always denied criminality — they have been accused of committing hair-raising misdemeanours in a series of lawsuits and witness statements filed in the U.S. in recent months.
Most notably, Brunel (who was further accused of sexual assault by three women interviewed by The Guardian last month) appears in recently unsealed court documents, which claim he once flew three 12-year-old girls from France to the U.S. to provide erotic massages for Epstein, by way of a sordid birthday present.
A fourth photo from the cache obtained by the Mail shows Epstein, then in his 50s, touring his island on a quad bike. He regularly used the machine to transport topless teenagers to and from the beach, and to visit an outdoor temple he built near a corner of the island where he’s believed to have committed several sex crimes.
Other images provide further insights into life on Little St James, revealing, for example, that Perspex boxes filled with condoms were kept in guest bedrooms.
‘You hear so many people who were there, or who knew and spent time with Epstein, now saying, “Oh, we never suspected anything bad was happening,” or “We never thought the girls were being exploited,”’ adds the source.
‘The pictures show just how absurd those claims are. Epstein, a man in his 50s, was surrounding himself with teenagers.
The European External Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson (back) welcomes Prince Andrew, Duke of York prior to their bilateral meeting 07 June 2007 at the EU Commission’s Headquarters in Brussels
‘If you were sitting there, having a glass of champagne at sundown, or eating crab cakes at lunch, and you saw the young girls being made to parade around and asked to give people massages, you’d have to have been blind to think something wasn’t wrong.
‘There’s no way a right-thinking person could have spent time with Epstein on Little St James and thought some of the things going on were remotely OK.’
This island was a place where some of the world’s most famous and powerful men and women have seen fit to accept freebie holidays.
Cathy Alexander, who worked as a housekeeper there, told the Mail On Sunday in a 2011 interview that Andrew turned up on one visit in the early 2000s with a tall, busty, blonde woman who shared his room. Alexander recalled that the prince’s consort ‘was a brain surgeon’.
She further told reporters that Mandelson’s visit saw his partner, Reinaldo, suffer serious sunburn. All of which begs a few questions about character. Among them: what on Earth possessed Mandelson and the duke (high-profile public figures on the payroll of the taxpayer,) to accept hospitality from a mysterious foreign billionaire whose wealth was of unknown provenance? What did they think Epstein was gaining from the transaction?
The duke has never properly explained, choosing instead to issue a series of self-serving PR statements about his friendship with the convicted paedophile, which continued even after Epstein had emerged from prison.
Mandelson, who these days earns a crust in the well-renumerated world of lobbying, is similarly quiet: he declined to answer questions the Mail submitted regarding his dealings with the convicted paedophile.
Andrew and Mandelson happen to be long-standing friends, having become acquainted soon after New Labour took office in the late 1990s. Interestingly, it seems that in the years that followed, the duo often socialised with each other. They also have in common friendships with a number of foreign billionaires.
Mandelson and the prince’s chumminess first made headlines in 1999, when Mandelson was reported to be dining regularly at Sunninghill, the prince’s home. He then agreed to join Andrew’s ‘full stop’ NSPCC campaign against child abuse, showing up to a series of fundraisers which the duke attended.
In 2000, both Mandelson and Andrew were, in another overlapping social connection, said to be not just guests but also two of the witnesses at the wedding of merchant banker Sir Evelyn de Rothschild to Lynn Forester. She is an American entrepreneur who was a long-standing friend of Epstein.
Importantly, the next year the prince was appointed British trade ambassador.
At the time, Mandelson was reported by The Guardian, the Mail and the French news agency AFP to have been a key figure in lobbying for the duke, who had recently left the Royal Navy, to get the job. (Friends of Mandelson now deny this was the case.)
By this stage, both were on Epstein’s radar, having seemingly been introduced to his decadent world via Maxwell. Andrew was busy inviting the dubious financier (and his female companions) to Windsor Castle, Sandringham and Balmoral.
Mandelson was meanwhile accepting Epstein’s hospitality at glamorous dinners in Manhattan.
A 2002 report in New York magazine stated that the ‘British Cabinet minister’ had attended an intimate dinner party at Epstein’s New York home alongside a motley collection of guests including Donald Trump, magician David Blaine and Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google. It added that food had been cooked by celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, at a cost to Epstein of $50,000.
Strangely, Mandelson — then a serving MP — did not see fit to declare the expensive hospitality he received in the Commons register of interests — though he did register other events he attended during a 2002 visit to New York.
Mandelson did not comment when asked for an explanation about the matter this week. However, speaking more broadly, an acquaintance said that the Labour politician met Epstein on a total of ‘no more than five or six occasions’ in the years they were acquainted, adding that, ‘Peter only knows him because of a friendship with Ghislaine, who he met in the 1980s and has known ever since.
‘It was Ghislaine, not Epstein, who invited him to Little St James, when he stayed on the island with Reinaldo. Epstein wasn’t there during that stay, and neither were any girls or what have you.
‘So however bad it might now look, there was nothing about the visit that could have led him to believe anything untoward went on there.’
The photograph of the shopping trip also came about because of Ghislaine, the acquaintance added. ‘Peter was staying on St Barts that Christmas, and it’s pretty close to the U.S. Virgin Islands, so she thought it would be fun to fly Jeffrey out to see him in a helicopter for the day. Obviously the picture was taken, and in the current climate it looks bad, but it’s more poor choreography than anything sinister.’
Be that as it may, both Mandelson and Andrew feature heavily in the now-notorious ‘little black book’ of contacts that Epstein kept at his home around the time they were visiting his various homes.
Currently in the possession of the FBI, it contains ten numbers for the politician, including ones marked ‘home’, ‘country’ and ‘Peter’s direct line’, and no fewer than 16 for the Duke of York, including personal contact details at Sandringham and other royal residences.
Only a small portion of the individuals in that book are listed with more than one or two contact numbers.
Like Andrew, Mandelson also met Virginia Roberts, a victim of Epstein who was photographed with the duke and claims to have been paid to have sex with him on three occasions in the early 2000s (allegations Andrew disputes). ‘I never heard of Jeffrey knowing Tony Blair, but he did know Peter Mandelson,’ Roberts told an interviewer in 2011.
‘I remember him [Mandelson] being at the house in New York and I was introduced to him at a dinner party.
‘He and Jeffrey talked business. I assumed they were in business together. I was never asked to give him [Mandelson] a massage.’
Later in the 2000s, when Mandelson was European Trade Commissioner and Andrew his British counterpart, the duo became familiar with the turbo-charged world that Epstein and other ‘masters of the universe’ inhabited.
They were regularly photographed together at Davos and events such as the Russian Economic Forum, a London conference which in 2005 boasted Andrew as guest of honour and Mandelson as keynote speaker.
They also built somewhat murkier links to other rich men of — shall we say — colourful provenance.
Take, for example, the government of Kazakhstan. Both Mandelson and Andrew for some reason agreed in 2009 to attend the 30th birthday party of Goga Ashkenazi, socialite mistress of despotic president Nursultan Nazarbayev’s son-in-law Timur Kulibayev.
Kulibayev had famously purchased the aforementioned Sunninghill from Prince Andrew in 2007, paying £3 million over the £12 million asking price in a deal which has never been properly explained. In 2010, he added Mandelson to his payroll, paying him to speak at an event organised by Samruk-Kazyna, the central Asian country’s private wealth fund.
The Duke of York with Virginia Roberts, then a 17-year-old ‘masseuse’ and inset with Saif Gaddafi
In another controversial connection with oil-rich foreigners, both Mandelson and the prince forged links with Saif Gaddafi, the hugely wealthy son of the late Libyan despot who was attempting to funnel vast amounts of cash into New Labour’s Britain.
It is, however, revelations regarding their relationships with Epstein which now have the potential to generate the ugliest headlines — not least since investigations by the Mail reveal both men encountered the disgraced financier after he served a jail sentence for child sex offences (albeit in very different circumstances.)
Andrew, famously, stayed at the convicted paedophile’s New York town house in 2010, where he hosted a dinner party and was photographed walking with Epstein in Central Park.
Mandelson ended up meeting the court-certified sex offender a year later.
‘Peter was invited to a meeting by Ghislaine in 2011,’ says a friend. ‘She is a very old friend, so he went along. But when he turned up, Epstein was there. It was a complete accident, and very unfortunate, but for obvious reasons he’s very concerned about how it might now look.’
Despite the incident, Mandelson in 2014 agreed to become one of the ‘founding citizens’ of TerraMar, a now-defunct ocean charity set up by Maxwell with Epstein’s financial support.
In an endorsement published on its website, he declared: ‘The oceans and the politics of water generally will be one of the defining issues of the 21st century…that’s why I am supporting the new TerraMar initiative.’
Sources close to the peer now say he did that ‘as a favour to Ghislaine, because they were old friends’.
They further deny that there was anything untoward in his decision to secretly accept hospitality from the financier in the years when he was on the public payroll running European trade.
‘He was trade commissioner, which is dealing with things like manufacturing, and nothing to do with the financial markets, which is where Epstein operated. There’s nothing legally wrong with what he did, and it’s a result of bad luck, rather than bad character.
‘And obviously he’s a gay man, so one saving grace is that no one can suspect him of having slept with any of Epstein’s girls.
‘The problem for Peter is that Epstein is so utterly toxic that everyone who had anything to do with him is being caught in the fall-out. This is now becoming a witch hunt.’
Similar claims have, in recent days, been made (with less justification) by supporters of Prince Andrew. So it’s interesting to note that, in 2015, Mandelson was present at a reception during the World Economic Forum in Davos when the duke used a speech to deny allegations that he’d slept with the aforementioned Roberts.
As the world’s media looked on, Andrew’s comments seeking to deny wrongdoing consisted of 46 words and lasted only 37 seconds.
Doubtless he hoped that the uncomfortable occasion would bring an end to undignified reporting of his involvement in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal. But that isn’t how it played out.
As the ensuing four years have shown, this is an affair that gets more damaging with every new revelation about the life, times, and bizarre connections of the billionaire paedophile with friends in high places.
This prince and the pervert fairytale keeps getting worse
Now it’s a prince and TWO perverts
30 Aug 2019
Let us be fair to Prince Andrew.
In 2000 when he was photographed partying with Donald Trump, Melania Knauss, Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell they had yet to be proven to be some of the world’s worst people. How could he possibly have thought anything was amiss?
Prince Andrew parties with sex beast Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump at luxury resort
Trump was merely the draft-dodging property magnate son of a KKK-sympathiser, whose family fortunes had been built on brothel-keeping, and whose company had been accused of discriminating against black tenants and using mob fronts. He was known to have used junk bonds, strategic bankruptcy and $4bn in unwise bank loans to build a laughable reputation for business acumen.
Knauss was the daughter of a Slovenian Communist and had taken part in soft-porn lads’ mag photoshoots. According to the editor of GQ he had been “bombarded” with so many requests to take her photograph that he relented and featured her on the cover, naked on a fur rug in boyfriend Donald’s 747. Other pictures featured her digging through a briefcase of jewels, waving a golden gun while stood on the wing, and perching in the cockpit in an outfit made of what look like taped-together razor blades.
Prince Andrew accuser urges him to ‘come clean’ as he ‘knows what he’s done’
Epstein, meanwhile, a tax exile based in the US Virgin Islands. As a financial consultant, his clients included arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, and he was suspected of involvement in a collapsed $450m Ponzi scheme.
And Ghislaine Maxwell was merely the youngest daughter of a man who fell off his yacht having stolen almost half a billion pounds worth of pension funds to prop up his share price, to the detriment of 32,000 of the Queen’s subjects.
These four were yet to have established themselves in the public psyche as being any worse than that. But for most self-aware humans capable of smelling a wrong’un, ‘that’ would all have been enough reason to smile politely and move swiftly along.
For a 40-year-old prince whose life had been one long stream of people with a fancy for getting something by hanging off the Royal coat-tails, though, it appears to have raised not one qualm.
Prince Andrew ‘ready to talk to police’ about alleged sex crimes of pal Jeffrey Epstein
The pictures were taken when the duke was guest of honour at a glitzy bash in Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s private Florida resort. The reason for his attendance is unclear, as there can have been few if any benefits to the Royal Family, the United Kingdom or the schools expedition charity Outward Bound, of which the prince was chairman at the time.
But Trump owned golf courses. Epstein had a private jet, and they both partied with Victoria’s Secret models. Those three things are perhaps what may have dominated the Duke of York’s tiny mind, if it ever devoted a nanosecond to wondering if he should continue his “association” with them.
A few months after the party, a teenager called Virginia Roberts started work at Mar-a-Lago in the changing rooms, from which position she claims to have been “recruited” by Maxwell to have sex with Epstein and his friends.
A year later in March 2001, Epstein photographed the 17-year-old with Andrew in Maxwell’s London townhouse. Roberts claimed later the prince licked her feet and had sex with her in a bath, which he has denied.
Unnamed “friends” of his question whether those are really his fingers in the photo, but not whether that is really his face, in that house, with those people, at that time.
It was only 4 years AFTER that party that a woman told police her 14-year-old daughter had been given $300 to strip and massage Epstein.
It was 5 years later that an undercover police investigation found hidden cameras, a cache of photographs, 5 victims and 17 witnesses who gave sworn testimony as to his actions.
It was 6 years on that Epstein was charged with prostituting a minor, 7 years until the FBI launched its own investigation, and 8 years later that the probe was shut down with a plea deal, Epstein admitted the charge, and began a 13-month prison term.
Trouble is, it was 11 years before Andrew “cut all ties” with the paedophile, following a huge scandal about being seen with him again.
Prince Andrew ‘flew from Jeffrey Epstein’s Paedophile Island with Miss Russia’
Now, 19 years since those pictures were taken, we know more about all the people concerned.
We know that Trump says he has a right to grab pussies, that he thinks Nazis are “good people”, that his critics should “go home” to countries they weren’t born in, that he paid porn stars to go away, that he has tried to obstruct justice, that he lies about EVERYTHING, that he has made nuclear war in the Middle East more likely, that his administration has a policy of hurting children.
We know, too, that Melania wears coats saying she doesn’t care. That she claims to be the most bullied person in the world while her husband bullies everyone else. That an event-planning firm owned by her friend was given $26m of US taxpayer money and is now under investigation.
We know Roberts won a defamation case against Maxwell over being called a liar. We know Maxwell was named by many of Epstein’s alleged victims as his “recruiter” (which she denies), and that she was by his side during the period he is believed to have committed most of his crimes.
And we know Epstein committed suicide rather than face sex trafficking charges. That the FBI found child abuse images, tapes, and hidden cameras at his homes. That Trump knew he liked under-age girls, and later fell out with him. That Epstein wanted to seed the human race with his DNA, and that Andrew flew on his private jet all over the world.
Jeffrey Epstein sex slave says she was ordered to massage Simpson’s creator’s feet
And we know that even today the Duke of York thinks it’s still “media speculation”.
That he holidayed with Epstein twice a year for 12 years, but barely knew him at all.
That, according to the prince, “what we now know” is worse than what we knew in 2011, or 2005, or even 2000 when the prince was pictured with four people anyone else would run away from, at a party he had no earthly reason to be at.
It is worth noting, perhaps, that while photographed at Mar-a-Lago and when pictured with the young Virginia, Andrew was a serving commander in the Royal Navy. According to his website, his role was “naval diplomacy with the rest of the world”. We can only hope he didn’t confuse seafaring with navels.
Fairytales are morality lessons, in which children learn how not to behave. Even a toddler could work out these people stink, and that the Royal denials stink even more.
But for once, it’s the prince who needs rescuing. And it doesn’t look like anyone wants to.
Epstein’s army: Four women that millionaire pedophile ‘relied on to recruit and train his victims’ – who were given immunity under his Florida sweetheart plea deal – could now be investigated in New York
- Sarah Kellen, Nadia Marcinkova, Lesley Groff, and Adriana Ross were named as potential co-conspirators in Jeffrey Epstein’s 2008 ‘sweetheart’ deal
- They received immunity from Florida prosecutors but the deal does not protect them in New York, where authorities continue to investigate the late pedophile
- Though he is dead, many of his victims are calling for charges to be brought against his network
- The women allegedly helped him recruit and abuse young girls
- Multiple victims in lawsuits and interviews say the women facilitated it by booking their ‘massage appointments’ with Epstein and paying them
- Nadia was a victim herself, having been brought to the US from Yugoslavia by Epstein as a teenager
- She says she is too traumatized now to speak about her experiences
- A fifth woman Haley Robson – who worked as a recruiter – wasn’t covered by the Florida deal but was not indicted by a grand jury when police tried to charge her
Prince Andrew parties with sex beast Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump at luxury resort
EXCLUSIVE: The never-before seen photo sheds further light on the Duke of York’s then friendship with disgraced financier
29 Aug 2019
At first glance it looks like any other high-society photo – the future President and First Lady of America alongside the Queen’s second son.
But lurking in the background, looking directly at the camera, is now-notorious paedophile and pal of Prince Andrew, Jeffrey Epstein.
British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, alleged by the billionaire’s young victims to have been complicit in their abuse, is also pictured.
The never-before seen photo sheds further light on the Duke of York’s then friendship with disgraced financier.
It is the first time the Duke, Epstein and Maxwell have been captured in the same frame.
The image, printed by the Daily Mirror for the first time, was taken at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida in 2000.
Andrew was guest of honour at the star-studded gala, hosted by Trump eight years before Epstein’s conviction for child sex offences.
It took place just months before Andrew’s accuser, Virginia Roberts, began working at the club as a changing room assistant.
Within a year of the snap being taken she alleges disgraced Epstein had lent her out to sleep with the prince.
In the photo, Trump and his then-girlfriend, Melania Knauss, are looking directly into the in-house snapper’s lens.
Melania Trump and Prince Andrew with Gwendolyn Beck and Jeffrey Epstein
In another snap Andrew and Epstein are seen laughing with Melania and politician Gwendolyn Beck.
Beck, who once ran unsuccessfully for congress, was in Epstein’s “little black book”.
Prince Andrew with Melania Knauss, now married to Donald Trump
Menendez also used doctor’s private jet for his gal pal: feds
Ghislaine Maxwell’s botfriend Scott Borgerson
So her ‘boyfriend’ (Scott) is a LIFE MEMBER/FELLOW/COUNCIL on FOREIGN RELATIONS (Like Jeffrey Epstein)
Advised the White House
-his company ? BIG DATA, CLOUD , MACHINE LEARNING
– NGO ( THE ARTIC CIRCLE , ICELAND )
– COAST GUARD DIRECTOR /Leadership
Hedge fund firm CargoMetrics
WHO besides ? Google backed him What an interesting start-up investment firm.
He courted And gained the best. Former DeutscheBank , Blackstone, Spire Global, Senators, Rohatyn Group… Eric Schmidt ( Google )
BLACKSTONE Alternative Asset
MANAGEMENT ( BAAM )
-LOTUS Development Corp
( JIM MANZI/ IBM )
Interesting that his ‘girlfriend’ Ghislaine is the daughter of the man ( Robert Maxwell ), & girlfriend of ( Epstein) , who WORKED with MARC RICH ( Iran Contra Scandal ) And would KNOW his methods.
Bill Clinton pardoned Marc Rich on his last day in office after a call from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (who can be seen in pics visiting Epstein in NYC). Rich, Edmond Safra, Adnan Khashoggi, Bill Browder, Robert Maxwell, NXIVM Bronfman’s all run in the same circles. JFK to 9/11.
Robert Maxwell and the Bronfman family were business partners trying to buy up the media
The Fixer, Howard Rubenstein, has represented numerous people listed in Jeffrey Epstein’s black book.
Publicist Howard Rubenstein
Howard J. Rubenstein is an American lawyer and public relations expert. He has been called “the dean of damage control” by Rudolph Giuliani.
He is the president and founder of Rubenstein Associates, which has been described as the most influential public relations organization in New York City. Rubenstein Associates has two affiliates: Rubenstein Public Relations and Rubenstein Communications, Inc. The firm was founded in 1954. Rubenstein’s more notable clients include many of New York’s iconic organizations including: The New York Yankees, News Corporation, Columbia University, New York Philharmonic, Sarah – Duchess of York, Rupert Murdoch since 1976, both Fred Trump and Donald Trump since 1973, and The Metropolitan Opera.
Rubenstein with Leona Helmsley, Donald Trump, Rudolph Giuliani, Eliot Spitzer, Al Sharpton, George Steinbrenner, Rupert Murdoch, and Michael Bloomberg.
Rubenstein’s clients have included George Steinbrenner, Rupert Murdoch, Donald Trump, and Leona Helmsley; the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and the Whitney Museum; BMW North America, Mount Sinai Hospital, Time Inc., Bloomberg L.P., and the notorious Lizzie Grubman. He has advised the last six mayors and the last four governors. At Rubenstein Associates, the corridors are lined with photographs of Howard’s “friends” and those of Presidents stretching back to Harry Truman. In one way or another, they have all looked to Rubenstein in an hour of need. The former governor George Pataki once said that had Howard Rubenstein been around to represent rats during the bubonic plague the headlines would have read “Rodents Unfairly Accused of Mild Rash.”
New York’s senior senator (and accomplished self-publicist), Charles E. Schumer, thanked “Howard for being a great friend to me for thirty years.” Rubenstein, in turn, took the opportunity to praise other notables, before ceding the podium to the Whitney’s chairman, Leonard Lauder, who is also the chairman of Estée Lauder (a Rubenstein client).
Rubenstein has a special talent for bringing his clients together for their mutual benefit. The real-estate developer Donald Trump got a call from Rubenstein after Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Wendy, bought a Fifth Avenue apartment, in late 2004—Laurance Rockefeller’s former triplex––for a reported forty-four million dollars.
Rubenstein asked if Trump could help the Murdochs find a rental while they were waiting for their new place to be renovated. “Howard really wanted something special for Rupert,” Trump says, and he found something suitable for the Murdochs. Everyone was happy: the Murdochs had shelter from the rain and wind, Trump had done something for the owner of a paper whose attentions he enjoys, and Rubenstein had performed another service.
Then, there are instances when two parties don’t even want to talk, except through the discreet offices of Rubenstein Associates. When Murdoch, who owns the Post, and Mortimer B. Zuckerman, the owner of the rival News, wanted to arrange a ceasefire—a way to keep their private lives out of the pages of each other’s tabloids—Rubenstein, according to a party to the discussions, was the natural broker. (Zuckerman, despite the Murdoch connection, had once hired Rubenstein to represent the real-estate company he co-founded in 1970, Boston Properties.) Lloyd Grove, who until late in 2006 wrote a gossip column in the News, confirms the print truce, saying, “It was communicated to me that there was a gentleman’s agreement that nothing personally critical could be written about Rupert or his family, and the understanding was that it was reciprocal.”
In recent years, Rubenstein has become a substantial political fund-raiser, though he is careful to hedge his bets in order to avoid being seen as partisan. When George Pataki asked him to meet Dennis Hastert, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rubenstein quickly agreed. In the end, Hastert recalls, “he said he liked the way I operated, that I was fair, that I was evenhanded.” Rubenstein offered to host two fund-raisers for Hastert at his apartment, and he and his wife personally contributed eight thousand dollars to Hastert’s 2006 congressional campaign. Hastert told me that since then Rubenstein never “tapped on my shoulder and asked for anything. Matter of fact, the only time he asked me to do anything was to have this interview with you.”
When the marriages of Donald Trump, Ronald Perelman, and other New York plutocrats turned ugly, Rubenstein was summoned to minimize the damage. He was called for advice in 1996, when Kathie Lee Gifford was embarrassed by reports that child labor in Third World countries was being used to manufacture a clothing line that bore her name, and when the sportscaster Marv Albert was accused of an unusual erotic biting habit, and when Michael Jackson was engaged in one of his many litigations. When Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, lost her standing in the British Royal Family, Rubenstein took her on as a client and introduced her to another client, Weight Watchers, and she became their spokeswoman.
Epstein Flight Logs
Teterboro New Jersey airport to Palm Beach International Florida
7-Nov G-1159B N908JE TEB PBI 1177 JE CHARLES SCHUMER 2 3
10-Nov G-1159B N908JE PBI TEB 1178 JE CHARLES SCHUMER 1/ 2 5
In a November 2016 interview conducted in the weeks following Trump’s victory, Schumer said that he and the president-elect were not friends and had “civil conversations a couple of times” when Trump had contacted him. Trump had said earlier that year that he believed he would get along with Schumer and that he was “close to Schumer in many ways.“
Schumer was a supporter of the Iraq War Resolution, and a strident pro-Israel member of Congress
In October 2002, he voted for the war.[132
“the loquacious Schumer has been indifferent to the administration’s war on the Constitution and on our laws and treaties”, particularly on the issue of torture.
“Fergie’s New York publicist Howard Rubenstein”
Rupert Murdoch with Robert Maxwell
Howard Rubenstein, Adnan Khashoggi, Robert Maxwell, Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein
Jeffrey Epstein is under indictment for sex crimes in Palm Beach, Florida, and I’d expected that when he came into the office of PR guru Howard Rubenstein, he would be sober and reserved. Quite the opposite. He was sparkling and ingenuous, apologizing for the half-hour lateness with a charming line—“I never realized how many one-way streets and no-right-turns there are in midtown. I finally got out and walked”—and as we went down the corridor to Rubenstein’s office, he asked, “Have you managed to talk to many of my friends?” Epstein had been supplying me the phone numbers of important scientists and financiers and media figures. “Do you understand what an extraordinary group of people they are, what they have accomplished in their fields?”
One of the accusers—a girl of 14—had put his age at 45, not in his fifties, and you could see why. His walk was youthful, and his face was ruddy with health. He had none of the round-shouldered, burdened qualities of middle age. There was nothing in his hands, not a paper, a book, or a phone. Epstein had on his signature outfit: new blue jeans and a powder-blue sweater. “I’ve only ever seen him in jeans,” his friend the publicist Peggy Siegal had reported, saying there was a hint of arrogance in that, Epstein’s signal that he doesn’t have to wear a uniform like the rest of us.
I told Epstein and Rubenstein the sort of story New York wanted to do, and Epstein seemed to find ironic delight in every word. “A secretive genius,” I’d said. “Not secretive, private,” he corrected in his warm Brooklyn accent. “And if I was a genius I wouldn’t be sitting here.” “A guy with sex issues.” A smile formed on Epstein’s bow-shaped lips. “What do you mean by sex issues?” Well … He was 54, had never married—I didn’t finish. “Are you channeling my mother?”
When I said we were interested in the agony of his ordeal, Rubenstein wrote out the word agony in capital letters on his pad. But agony seemed the last thing on Epstein’s soul. “It’s the Icarus story, someone who flies too close to the sun,” I said. “Did Icarus like massages?” Epstein asked.
People attending event for Howard Rubenstein
Howard Rubenstein with Dennis Hastert, former Speaker of the House (he abused teenage boys), Cardinal Egan, Charles Schumer and Sarah Fergson
Cardinal Egan, Senator Chuck Schumer and Rubenstein
Cardinal Egan Supported Priest Accused Of Sexual Abuse
Howard Rubenstein and Hilary Clinton
Howard Rubenstein with David Blaine
Denise Rich with Howard Rubenstein
Prince Andrew hits back – but fails to quell Jeffrey Epstein storm as it emerges he spent a WEEK at Jeffrey Epstein’s New York mansion after the royal issues extraordinary statement
- The Duke of York stayed over a period of six days in 2010, The Mail On Sunday revealed
- This was two years after the businessman was convicted of having sex with a child
- The Duke said he never suspected the shamed financier of criminal behaviour
24 Aug 2019
The Duke of York spent almost a week at convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s infamous New York home, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
The revelation came as Prince Andrew yesterday issued an extraordinary statement in which he sought to downplay his ten-year friendship with Epstein.
In his statement – the second issued since last weekend when The Mail on Sunday revealed footage of the Queen’s favourite son at Epstein’s Manhattan mansion in 2010 – the Duke said he had never suspected the shamed financier of criminal behaviour.
He also insisted that he and Epstein, who committed suicide in a New York prison cell two weeks ago, only saw each other ‘infrequently and probably no more than only once or twice a year’.
However, The Mail on Sunday understands that the Duke stayed over a period of six days with Epstein in 2010, two years after the multi-millionaire businessman was convicted of having sex with a child.
Our exclusive video, which made headlines around the world after its release, showed the Prince in the mansion’s doorway on December 6, 2010, waving off a brunette.
It prompted first a statement from Buckingham Palace and yesterday another from the Duke himself in which he desperately tried to draw a line under the affair. The Duke admitted he and Epstein could have potentially met up to 20 times but that ‘at no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction’.
Epstein also threw a party at his home on December 2, 2010, for the Duke, who was last seen at the property five days later. Last night, Buckingham Palace declined to discuss details of his visit.
However, some commentators said that far from putting a lid on the scandal, the statement actually raised more questions than it answered. Others said it did not go far enough.
Peter Garsden, president of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers, said: ‘While he deplores Epstein’s behaviour, I do not think for a minute that anybody will believe he is totally ignorant of what was going on. I can’t believe that.
‘Prince Andrew ought to offer himself for interview by the authorities in America rather than put out carefully worded statements.’
It is understood that the Queen was ‘made aware’ of her second son’s statement but her advisers were not involved in drafting it.
‘The Duke insisted on writing it himself,’ said a source.
Sarah Ferguson remains firm friends with Prince Andrew
The Prince is currently on holiday in Spain with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, who was said by a source to be wholly supportive of his decision to ‘come clean’.
Since Epstein’s arrest on sex trafficking charges last month, the Duke has been trying to distance himself from his old friend, declaring himself ‘appalled’ by his ‘alleged crimes’. In yesterday’s statement, he said he was ‘eager to clarify the facts’ around his ‘association or friendship’ with the financier.
He said it was a ‘mistake’ to meet Epstein after he left prison in 2010. ‘I can only reiterate my regret that I was mistaken to think that what I thought I knew of him was evidently not the real person, given what we now know.’
The Duke admitted staying at ‘a number of [Epstein’s] residences’ but did not specify which. Buckingham Palace also declined to elaborate. Epstein owned properties in New York, New Mexico, Paris, Florida and the Virgin Islands.
The Duke said his friend’s suicide left ‘many unanswered questions’, adding that he had ‘tremendous sympathy’ for all those affected by the paedophile’s behaviour. ‘I acknowledge and sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure.’
Last night, Ingrid Seward, Editor-in-Chief of Majesty Magazine, suggested that Andrew’s ex-wife had urged him to make a statement.
‘Fergie has a big influence over him and does try very hard to help him,’ she said. ‘She is very loyal and protective and would have been right there with him.
‘I assume he decided that there was so much flak coming his way that only a personal statement would suffice.
‘Of course, if it was a politician, he would have to resign immediately. But Andrew isn’t a politician – he is a member of the Royal Family and he can’t resign, so he is limited to apologising.’ Royal author Penny Junor said: ‘For him to hide away and say how appalled he was by the allegations didn’t quite cover it.
‘I find it hard to believe, however, that if he did stay in any of these residences – albeit only once and twice a year – that he had no idea about Jeffrey Epstein’s behaviour.’
The Duke and Duchess are staying in Spain where he was last week seen playing golf. It is understood they also attended the 50th birthday party of Celine Charloux, a female polo champion, at her sprawling Finca La Capilla estate
A source said: ‘Sarah was very friendly and talked to everyone, even staff. Andrew sat in the corner chatting to friends and did not go and speak to the workers like Sarah did.’ Ms Charloux said the party had been ‘amazing’, but declined to discuss her Royal guests.
After arriving at Malaga Airport by private jet earlier this month, the Yorks are understood to have stayed at a villa in an exclusive residential area of Sotogrande
Aaron Swartz downloaded a bunch of files from M.I.T Media Lab servers.
Jeffrey Epstein donated to the lab where Swartz found the files.
Is it possible Aaron Swartz was murdered because he stumbled onto evidence of a pedophile ring?
Aaron Hillel Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, writer, political organizer, and Internet hacktivist. He was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS and the Markdown publishing format, the organization Creative Commons, and the website framework web.py, and was a co-founder of the social news site Reddit. He was given the title of co-founder by Y Combinator owner Paul Graham after the formation of Not a Bug, Inc. (a merger of Swartz’s project Infogami and a company run by Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman).
Swartz’s work also focused on civic awareness and activism. He helped launch the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in 2009 to learn more about effective online activism. In 2010, he became a research fellow at Harvard University‘s Safra Research Lab on Institutional Corruption, directed by Lawrence Lessig. He founded the online group Demand Progress, known for its campaign against the Stop Online Piracy Act.
In 2011, Swartz was arrested by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police on state breaking-and-entering charges, after connecting a computer to the MIT network in an unmarked and unlocked closet, and setting it to download academic journal articles systematically from JSTOR using a guest user account issued to him by MIT. Federal prosecutors later charged him with two counts of wire fraud and eleven violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, carrying a cumulative maximum penalty of $1 million in fines, 35 years in prison, asset forfeiture, restitution, and supervised release.
Swartz declined a plea bargain under which he would have served six months in federal prison. Two days after the prosecution rejected a counter-offer by Swartz, he was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment, where he had hanged himself.
In 2013, Swartz was inducted posthumously into the Internet Hall of Fame.
It’s a network – it just needs mapping.
Prince Andrew and Prince Charles are not “dragged into” or “associated with” paedosadists; call it what it is obstruction of justice and influence peddling in criminal networks
Prince Andrew (with Jeffery Epstein) and Prince Charles (with Peter Ball) are clearcut obstruction cases and why are they not both charged?
Prince Charles in revealed letters promised to “see off…” one of Peter Ball’s victims Neil Todd who later committed “suicide” in 2012 as a renewed investigation opened up
Prince Charles gifted Peter Ball large sums of money “I wish I could do more. I feel so desperately strongly about the monstrous wrongs that have been done to you and the way you have been treated.” and wanted him to “come over more easily”
Prince Andrew bid to strengthen ties with Saudi Arabia following Jamal Khashoggi murder by MBS.
Children in Crisis
Chances for Children
World Trade Center
Sarah Ferguson with her good friend and partner in children’s ‘charity’ work, the son of Robert Maxwell’s business partner Kurt Wallersteiner — none other than Dr Anthony Wallersteiner, headmaster of Stowe School
Also at this party: Robert Maxwell’s daughter, Ghislaine Maxwell
Also at this Stowe School party: Robert ‘Mossad’ Maxwell’s daughter, Ghislaine Maxwell.
Also at this Stowe School party: Cantor Fitzgerald’s Lee Amaitis, close colleague of fellow Cantor-Fitz executive Howard Lutnick, who was Jeffrey Epstein’s next-door-neighbour in Manhattan!
It was a Wallersteiner-Maxwell reunion for the new generation!
Robert Maxwell and Kurt Wallersteiner would be proud to see how their offspring have made amends
How lovely for Stowe School to host an international child trafficker AND the son of Robert Maxwell’s business partner
In 2015, the Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk was repeatedly warned against criticising the (then still living) paedophile Greville Janner by Tory MP Anne Main.
Interestingly, Anne Main employed Isabella Wallersteiner, sister of Stowe headmaster Anthony Wallersteiner.
The Queen’s Deputy Lieutenants:
Dame Shirley Porter
Lord David Steel
Lord Edwin Bramall
Sir Frank Kitson
Lord Richard Dannatt
Sir Richard Denby
Dr Paul Knapman
Dame Fiona Woolf
Sir Cyril Smith
Researcher Reports Soviets Created Child-Trafficking Rings in the West for Blackmail
The rings are believed to be still operating
August 20, 2018