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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    According to that he was a filthy pedo who also used underage girls to court the wealthy and influential. No mention of covert filming or blackmailing them.
    Something like that would be unheard of in ....

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    ^^That looks pretty gossipy, but thanks.

    Hopefully the net is closing around Andrew and the rest.

    ^fok

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Hopefully the net is closing around Andrew and the rest.
    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post

    I agree . . . but facts would be nice. Proof would be nice. Just imagine if he didn't know nor do what he is accused of. He's fucked either way.
    If he is guilty - lock him up for the rest of his miserable life . . . proof would be nice


    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Something like that would be unheard of in ....
    .... in ....? Go on . . . you were going to write . . . Uganda!

    Certainly not filthy Russia nor China.

    I mean, that would be too stupid, right?

    Right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    ^^That looks pretty gossipy, but thanks.

    Hopefully the net is closing around Andrew and the rest.

    ^fok
    I doubt if Prince Andrew will get thrown under the bus. The other frequent-fliers to Epstein Island certainly bear further scrutiny though. I wonder if Ms Maxwell might off herself inside jail as well.?

    Here are the famous people Jeffrey Epstein was connected to - Business Insider

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmart View Post
    Here are the famous people Jeffrey Epstein was connected to - Business Insider
    Here's where I draw the line at conspiracy stuff . . . just because he was an associate, acquaintance, photo-op etc... with someone doesn't mean shit. To throw the devious conspiratorial cloak of nastiness on others with even the tiniest connection to Epstein and his ilk is both pathetic and unjustifiable

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    ^ I think the people at the top of the tree are untouchable anyway. Just have to hope that they feel the occasional twinge of discomfort now and again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmart View Post
    I wonder if Ms Maxwell might off herself inside jail as well.?
    Some family, that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    just because he was an associate, acquaintance, photo-op etc... with someone doesn't mean shit.
    If "he" was somebody from Russia, China, NK, Venezuela, then we would know immediately. But somebody from (please no names here)... it "doesn't mean shit", does it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    If "he" was...
    Christ, here we go again...


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    The Opinionated Jeffrey Epstein Thread-eb-sylmucaa3g4s-jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Christ, here we go again...
    ^Idiot who cannot hear the truth...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Idiot who cannot hear the truth...
    Very True

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    It wasn't mentioned in the Netflix series about him.
    You don't remember the guy that was Trump's Labor Secretary having to resign...and why?


    A major hint was dropped this week by Vicky Ward, the intrepid investigative journalist who has tried to expose the ugly reality behind the Epstein facade longer than anyone. In a report for the Daily Beast, Ward shed light on the Justice Department’s 2007 non-prosecution agreement with Epstein, that sweetest of sweet deals, since it got Epstein a laughably lenient sentence—for crimes which any normal person would have gone away for decades after admitting to.


    Alexander Acosta, the current U.S. Labor Secretary, is in the hot seat, since a dozen years ago he was the U.S. Attorney for South Florida who cut that deal with Epstein. Ward explained the background of that deal, which is now a noose for Acosta. Specifically, she elaborated that the Epstein issue came up when Acosta was appointed to the cabinet by President Donald Trump. Ward writes:

    He’d cut the non-prosecution deal with one of Epstein’s attorneys because he had “been told” to back off, that Epstein was above his pay grade. “I was told Epstein ‘belonged to intelligence’ and to leave it alone,” he told his interviewers in the Trump transition, who evidently thought that was a sufficient answer and went ahead and hired Acosta. (The Labor Department had no comment when asked about this.)

    Wait, what?


    So, Acosta, according to himself, backed off on prosecuting Epstein back in 2007, despite the possession of ample evidence proving his guilt, because he “belonged to intelligence.” Whose intelligence, exactly? is the first of many questions that arise here.


    This claim was met with an appropriate degree of skepticism, and Acosta had a chance to explain what he meant in a press conference this afternoon. On camera, Acosta maintained that he did the best he could with that case, while admitting that it hardly looks like a fair punishment now.


    The intelligence issue came up, and Acosta’s response was bizarre. He punted on setting the record straight, instead proffering this strange word salad when asked about Ward’s reporting:
    So there has been reporting to that effect and let me say, there’s been reporting to a lot of effects in this case, not just now but over the years and, again, I would hesitant to take this reporting as fact. This was a case that was brought by our office, it was brought based on the facts and I look at the reporting and others, I can’t address it directly because of our guidelines, but I can tell you that a lot of reporting is going down rabbit holes.

    To anyone acquainted with our nation’s capital, that’s a non-denial denial of an epic kind. Given the chance to refute Ward’s report, specifically that the Epstein case involved intelligence matters, Acosta did nothing of the sort. Indeed, he functionally admitted that it’s true.


    What then can we conclude at this point? It appears that Jeffrey Epstein was involved in intelligence work, of some kind, for someone—and it probably wasn’t American intelligence either. The U.S. Intelligence Community is lenient about the private habits of high-value agents or informants, but they won’t countenance running sex trafficking rings for minors on American soil, for years. While it’s plausible that Epstein was sharing some information with the FBI—many criminals do so to buy themselves some insurance—it’s implausible that he was mainly working for the Americans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKkin View Post

    I'm guessing in the second photo from the top with the shirtless man, J Edgar got aroused and shortly thereafter ran off to dress up in his sexest tight skirt.

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    As for Wexner and Epstein being intelligence, this was covered earlier in the thread in the Whitney Webb Mint Press News articles. A brief recap:

    As billionaire pedophile and alleged sex-trafficker, Jeffrey Epstein sits in prison, reports have continued to surface about his reported links to intelligence, his financial ties to several companies and “charitable” foundations, and his friendships with the rich and powerful as well as top politicians.


    While Part I and Part II of this series, “The Jeffrey Epstein Scandal: Too Big to Fail,” have focused on the widespread nature of sexual blackmail operations in recent American history and their ties to the heights of American political power and the U.S. intelligence community, one key aspect of Epstein’s own sex-trafficking and blackmail operation that warrants examination is Epstein’s ties to Israeli intelligence and his ties to the “informal” pro-Israel philanthropist faction known as “the Mega Group.”


    The Mega Group’s role in the Epstein case has garnered some attention, as Epstein’s main financial patron for decades, billionaire Leslie Wexner, was a co-founder of the group that unites several well-known businessmen with a penchant for pro-Israel and ethno-philanthropy (i.e., philanthropy benefiting a single ethnic or ethno-religious group). However, as this report will show, another uniting factor among Mega Group members is deep ties to organized crime, specifically the organized crime network discussed in Part I of this series, which was largely led by notorious American mobster Meyer Lansky.


    By virtue of the role of many Mega Group members as major political donors in both the U.S. and Israel, several of its most notable members have close ties to the governments of both countries as well as their intelligence communities. As this report and a subsequent report will show, the Mega Group also had close ties to two businessmen who worked for Israel’s Mossad — Robert Maxwell and Marc Rich — as well as to top Israeli politicians, including past and present prime ministers with deep ties to Israel’s intelligence community.


    One of those businessmen working for the Mossad, Robert Maxwell, will be discussed at length in this report. Maxwell, who was a business partner of Mega Group co-founder Charles Bronfman, aided the successful Mossad plot to plant a trapdoor in U.S.-created software that was then sold to governments and companies throughout the world. That plot’s success was largely due to the role of a close associate of then-President Ronald Reagan and an American politician close to Maxwell, who later helped aid Reagan in the cover-up of the Iran Contra scandal.


    Years later, Maxwell’s daughter — Ghislaine Maxwell — would join Jeffrey Epstein’s “inner circle” at the same time Epstein was bankrolling a similar software program now being marketed for critical electronic infrastructure in the U.S. and abroad. That company has deep and troubling connections to Israeli military intelligence, associates of the Trump administration, and the Mega Group.


    Epstein appears to have ties to Israeli intelligence and has well-documented ties to influential Israeli politicians and the Mega Group. Yet, those entities are not isolated in and of themselves, as many also connect to the organized crime network and powerful alleged pedophiles discussed in previous installments of this series.


    Perhaps the best illustration of how the connections between many of these players often meld together can be seen in Ronald Lauder: a Mega Group member, former member of the Reagan administration, long-time donor to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel’s Likud Party, as well as a long-time friend of Donald Trump and Roy Cohn.

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    mintpress news (post 140), is run by a palestinian activist and its unfounded and unverified linking of paedophile rings and organised crime syndicates to israeli politicians and businesses is only to be expected from this biased news blog.

    as far as ghislaine goes, she will probably make a deal with the prosecutors in exchange for the names of other bigger and more newsworthy characters involved in this sordid scandal.

    some of the victims of epstein and his associated would appear to have been quite happy to go along with their demands and enjoy the rewards and lifestyle offered to them, and are now rubbing their hands in glee at the thought of some hefty compo, others less so and were undoubtedly trafficked, abused and discarded.

    maxwells trial, if televised, should make for compulsive viewing, american lawyers can always be guaranteed to put on a good show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post

    as far as ghislaine goes, she will probably commit suicide in prison to protsct the names of other bigger and more newsworthy characters involved in this sordid scandal.


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    its a possibility i suppose, her father took his own life when he was caught with his hands in the till.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    her father took his own life
    ...something like poor Jeffrey... So, will they be three in the (almost) family?

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    the Whitney Webb Mint Press News
    Is this your go to website for looney tunes whackjobbery Skinny?

    It's just that HooHoo might be interested.

    The Ron Paul Institute
    She has a top notch whackjob pedigree there.

    I see Ron Paul is still maintaining his reputation as an irrelevant, untreated mental patient by claiming that Coronavirus is a hoax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    I see Ron Paul is still maintaining his reputation as an irrelevant, untreated mental patient by claiming that Coronavirus is a hoax.
    That would be his son Rand I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pickel View Post
    That would be his son Rand I think.

    That might be a bit difficult considering he's actually had it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Something like that would be unheard of in ....
    When you wake up, do you think of the <please no names here >? When you dream, do you dream of the <please no names here >? When you eat, it runs through your mind, doesn't it?

    You're obsessed with the place, fella.

    What's wrong with you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    That might be a bit difficult considering he's actually had it.
    He thinks it's just the flu. When he had the symptoms he continued to workout in the capitol gym. Just another covidiot.

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    ...time for another Netflix special:

    Ghislaine Maxwell’s Case Will Unearth Secrets Epstein Took to His Grave

    By Patricia Hurtado and Tom Metcalf
    July 3, 2020, 3:35 PM GMT+7 Updated on July 4, 2020, 12:21 AM GMT+7
    https://www.bloomberg.com/asia


    • What exactly did Epstein do? A trial would answer questions
    • Maxwell played a ‘critical role’ in helping Epstein, U.S. says


    U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Audrey Strauss holds a news conference on July 2. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg
    The death of Jeffrey Epstein in a New York prison cell last summer robbed his accusers of a chance for justice and shut down the tantalizing possibility that the secrets of a sordid life spent among the rich and powerful might be revealed.

    Thursday’s arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell -- almost exactly a year after Epstein was arrested -- suggests a fuller accounting of his acts might yet come.

    The charges paint Maxwell as a central figure in Epstein’s criminal enterprise. She spent years at his side. He described her as his “best friend.” She was his girlfriend for a time, though their relationship truly deepened in the years Maxwell was organizing his affairs, an arrangement that included running his households and piloting his helicopter.



    Ghislaine Maxwell
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    And she stood at the very center of the web of wealthy and powerful figures surrounding Epstein. The network she inherited from her billionaire father, the late British publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell, gave Epstein access to the highest echelons of society. She even introduced Brooklyn-born Epstein to Britain’s Prince Andrew, whose connection to the pedophile has forced the British royal from public duties.

    What did she see? Whom might she incriminate? Those are just some of the questions a trial might explore. While Maxwell has repeatedly asserted her innocence, investigators and Epstein’s victims say she was the ringleader of the operation that coordinated years of sexual abuse in Florida, New York and beyond.

    Epstein’s high-powered network means there’s potential for a public reckoning that could tarnish top figures on Wall Street, in corporate America and in Washington. Perhaps more important, a trial would at long last give victims a chance to face at least one of their alleged tormentors.

    “There is no way for prosecutors to present a case against her without going into all the evidence they had against Epstein, because the charges here are intertwined,” said Jessica Roth, a former federal prosecutor who teaches at Cardozo School of Law in New York. “The original indictment against Jeffrey Epstein made it clear that he didn’t act alone and that the government had evidence that other people were also involved.”

    Maxwell, a onetime British socialite, was arrested at home in Bradford, New Hampshire, and could face as long as 35 years behind bars if convicted. A judge ordered her held in jail at least until she appears in court in New York, where she is charged. Her lawyer declined to comment.

    Prosecutors described Maxwell as one of the “villains” at the center of Epstein’s exploitation of girls, saying she lured them into his clutches. She helped “normalize” the sexual abuse by her presence as a mature woman and by feigning interest in and friendship with the girls, Audrey Strauss, the acting U.S. attorney in Manhattan, said at a news conference.

    ‘Critical Role’


    Maxwell played a “critical role” in helping Epstein identify, befriend and groom minor victims for abuse, Strauss said.
    The investigation is “ongoing,” she added.

    Where that investigation will lead is uncertain -- at least to the public. Maxwell may choose not to fight the charges and could agree to cooperate in the U.S. probe, opening up new avenues of inquiry for the government.

    Prosecutors may also turn their sights on others. Investigators in New York still seek to interview Andrew, whom Maxwell introduced to Epstein; the prince’s lawyers have rejected U.S. claims that he’s refusing to talk, and Andrew denies any wrongdoing.

    U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the U.S. hasn’t asked for an interview, but declined to comment on whether Britain would comply with such a demand. “No such approach has been made,” he said in an interview on LBC Radio on Friday. “It’s a matter for the Royal Family.”

    Should Maxwell take her case to trial, the government will be forced to disclose much of the evidence it’s amassed. Epstein’s death last year in prison, which authorities ruled a suicide, appeared at the time to put an end to such a possibility.

    Now, as the case against Maxwell moves forward, at least some of the questions will be answered.

    Is Maxwell innocent, as she’s repeatedly said? If not, why did she aid Epstein -- and how? How many girls and women did Epstein abuse? Did his scheme have help from lawyers or accountants? Did he or others try to buy the victims’ silence? What went on at Epstein’s private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands?

    There are other mysteries. Why did federal prosecutors in Florida in 2008 allow Epstein to plead guilty to relatively minor felony charges of procuring an underage girl for prostitution and soliciting a prostitute? That plea deal, which they’ve defended as appropriate, came after the government identified dozens of girls he was suspected of abusing.

    And why are prosecutors from the public-corruption unit in the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office now assigned to the case? That suggests a public official may be under investigation, said former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti.

    ‘Feared Epstein’


    “I hope that the investigation turns up additional evidence that has not come to light,” said Josh Schiffer, an Atlanta-based attorney who represents Epstein’s victims in civil cases. “I look forward to reviewing the evidence.”

    For victims, a trial would provide the chance to be heard.
    “For years, I feared Epstein and his ring,” Jennifer Araoz, who says she was raped by Epstein at 15 after being recruited to visit his Manhattan townhouse as a high school freshman in 2001, said in a statement Thursday. “Maxwell was the center of that sex-trafficking ring. Now that the ring has been taken down, I know that I can’t be hurt anymore.”

    In coming days, Maxwell will be transported to New York, where she will appear in court, likely seek to be released on bail and probably begin to fight the charges. As she does, some of the mysteries surrounding the Epstein case may begin to be revealed.
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