🧵1.1 THREAD—Why Did Jeffrey Epstein Get Such a Lenient Sentence?

*⃣ Part 1—Who is Jeffrey Epstein?
This thread comes after reading over 300 newspaper & magazine articles, law journals, court documents, more than 20 books, several films, videos & docs over the last several mos.
1.2 In light of Jeffrey Epstein's arrest on July 6, 2019 and denial of bail this week, this question becomes even more crucial. Why would federal prosecutors agree to protect Jeffrey Epstein with an unprecedented non-prosecution agreement?
1.3 Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, the man in charge of Epstein's "sweetheart deal" resigned last week.

Why? Over the "furor" of him making this plea deal with Epstein, supposedly.

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1.4 Did Trump have anything to do with it?

“This was him, not me, because I’m with him,” Trump declared about Acosta's resignation. Weird encounter with press.

@VICE declared Trump one of the 9 people who should be running scared after Epstein's arrest.

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@VICE 1.5 A non-prosecution agreement (NPA) was reached where not only Epstein could not be prosecuted by the federal government, but none of his named and unnamed co-conspirators could be federally prosecuted for any crimes related to this case in the future.
1.6 That is huge and according to many experts, unprecedented. What information did Epstein have? On whom? Or what? The FBI files on Jeffrey Epstein revealed that Epstein was prosecuted by the state of #Florida and also “provided information to the FBI.”
1.7 Could any of the super-affluent Palm Beach crowd have depraved, degenerate secrets? Probably, but not this big.

Politicians? Maybe.

Members of the Department of Justice? Doubtful, but possible.

Judges? Even more doubtful.

Royalty? No.

Foreign leaders? Probably not.
1.8 What could that information be? Is it a who? Or a what?
1.9 It sounds so intriguing, but considering the enormity of this deal, it seems implausible that any one person or even a group of people—no matter how rich and powerful—could be suppressing Epstein’s federal prosecution and those of his co-conspirators—named and unnamed.
1.10 So it’s probably not one person. Maybe it’s a what. Maybe it’s a lot of whats.

Most of the information in these articles is public information so there is a lot more intelligence known only by the U.S. government and probably other foreign governments.
1.11 This involves Israel, Russia, Great Britain and many more countries.
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1.12 Epstein’s NPA was likely agreed to by former Labor Secretary & former U.S. Attorney in Southern Florida Alexander Acosta because Epstein threatened to expose secrets that could have been a violation of our national security.
1.13 How would Epstein have access to national security secrets? Most likely Epstein has been a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent, or “a well placed human asset(s) with access to information” that benefits the United States.

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1.14 The information these agents provide “plays a critical role in developing and implementing U.S. foreign and national security policy.”
1.15 There aren’t many people who could or would be able to prove this definitively, but there is a plethora of circumstantial evidence that supports this conclusion.

Some of these other theories have been bandied about, but most have been ruled out for one reason or another.👇
1.16 #1 Epstein must have been privy to information that he received from Ghislaine Maxwell, who is the daughter of the late publishing magnate & Mossad “super spy” Robert Maxwell & Epstein’s girlfriend/companion for nearly 20 years.
1.17 As early as 1991, the media had evidence that Robert Maxwell had “entanglements” with Eastern Bloc countries that were encouraged by British intelligence, MI6, and relationships with Israel and Russia to help these countries.
1.18 The information slowly unraveled after Maxwell’s death on November 5, 1991 & w/ the publication of Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh’s book (more information coming in Pt 6), The Samson Option: Israel's Nuclear Arsenal and American Foreign Policy.
1.19 More intelligence related information came out when Maxwell’s financial irregularities were investigated during the trials of his two sons when it was discovered that Maxwell (the father) had embezzled pension funds to support his own companies. They were eventually cleared.
1.20 Verdict: This is probably true, but cannot be proved and would only be logical if it is combined with the theory that Epstein is a CIA agent.
1.21 #2 Theory: Epstein used to brag to friends that he was or is a “bounty hunter,” recovering lost or “stolen money for the government or for very rich people.” Via Vicky Ward
@VanityFair
@VanityFair 1.22 In addition, “in a 1989 deposition, he testified that he spent 80 percent of his time assisting people recover stolen money from fraudulent brokers and lawyers.”

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@VanityFair 1.23 Verdict: This is definitely true & there is a key case to focus on, one of Epstein’s first after leaving Bear Stearns & starting his own business.
@VanityFair 1.24 This case is explored in James Patterson’s book “Filthy Rich” by James Patterson & John Connolly with Tim Malloy, that delves into Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes over the decades (more details later).
@VanityFair 1.25 #3 Theory: Epstein could have used the 2007-08 global financial crisis causing bail-outs & failure of Bear Stearns (his former employer), Lehman Brothers, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, etc. to offer help to the U.S. gov't with his financial expertise in exchange for leniency.
1.26 The timing of him signing the NPA was in this time period, but this would be very difficult to prove. Verdict: However, whatever information Epstein gained to help him out of trouble, happened before the mid-1990s (details later) so this is not the reason for the leniency.
1.27 Epstein had rich, powerful friends such as: politicians, distinguished scientists, Nobel Prize winners, Prince Andrew, Steven Jude Hoffenberg, Bear Stearns executives, etc. He fraternized with very wealthy, very powerful people who might have had powerful secrets.
1.28 Maybe one of these people, an acquaintance, another client, and/or friend had access to state secrets which he obtained. Verdict: Doubtful this is about one person; it is doubtful that any one person is powerful enough to grant this degree of mystifying legal compassion.
1.29 Would the blackmailed people form a cabal to curry favor with the DOJ? Even less likely.

👉It is more likely that the reason involves something far more important: government secrets and our national security.
1.30 This 6-part series of articles will focus on the first two possibilities and possible derivatives of them.
1.31 Jeffrey Epstein is sometimes referred to as a billionaire—although Forbes denied this claim in 2010—but there is little doubt he is a multi-millionaire.

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1.32 Epstein is a financier and his company is currently called the Financial Trust Co., which allegedly manages family fortunes of clients with at least $1 billion or more.
1.33 His only known client was Leslie Wexner, founder and chairman of the mall-based The Limited clothing stores, however, Wexner left Epstein sometime before July of 2010. (see @Forbes link)
1.34 Epstein owns extensive real estate including a 9-story mansion in New York City across the street from The Frick Collection referred to as “the largest private residence in Manhattan,” a ranch in Stanley, New Mexico, an apartment in Paris, a villa in Palm Beach, #Florida...
1.35 ...and a private island called Little St. James in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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1.36 He set up the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation, a private science foundation based in the U.S. Virgin Islands, which has given over $200 million to various individual scientists for research and a $30 million gift to Harvard University.
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1.37 The foundation has also given sizable amounts to individual scientists for their research such as: Stephen Hawking, George Church and Frank Wilczek.

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1.38 In 2008, Jeffrey Epstein’s attorneys—a dream team of lawyers—managed to get federal prosecutors—led by Acosta—to agree to a NPA—not just for him, but for any and all co-conspirators.
1.39 On June 30, 2008, Epstein appeared in a Palm Beach courtroom and pleaded guilty to one count of felony solicitation of prostitution and one count of procuring a person under the age of 18 for prostitution.
1.40 He was sentenced to 18 months in jail, followed by a year of community control or house arrest and had to register as a convicted sex offender twice a year in #Florida.
1.41 Under the terms of the non-prosecution agreement, he would not be charged with any federal crimes (documented in a 53-page indictment that could have put Epstein in prison for life), nor would any of his co-conspirators.
1.42 Considering there were probably more than the 80 victims originally identified by Polk award winner Julie K. Brown at the Miami Herald—and more coming out every day it seems—to say it was a “sweetheart deal” was an understatement.

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1.43 Even more reprehensible, federal prosecutors did not notify any of the victims about the pending court date until after it had passed and the deal for leniency had been made.

Non-prosecution agreement=no federal crimes for Epstein or his co-conspirators for these charges.
1.44 However, on February 22, 2019, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida Kenneth A. Marra said this NPA deal violated the Crime Victims’ Rights Act (CVRA) because none of the victims were notified.
1.45 The victims are currently suing because their legal rights had been violated and they had not been allowed to testify.
1.46 Epstein only served 13 months of the extraordinarily lenient 18-month sentence and was allowed to leave jail each day to go to work. He was picked up by a chauffeur six days a week and taken to an office in West Palm Beach.

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1.47 He was allowed to have visitors for up to 12 hours a day and then returned to the Palm Beach County stockade for the night.
1.48 Epstein’s sentence was shorter than that of his house manager, Alfredo Rodriguez, who served as Epstein’s butler, chauffeur, and errand boy.

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1.49 Rodriguez delivered flowers to one of the girls after a drama performance, paid the girls (describing himself as “a human ATM machine”), communicated telephone messages and wiped off sex toys, and returned them to an armoire in Epstein’s bedroom.
1.50 Epstein fired him after he called 911 to report seeing a strange car—a “beater” (a visually-challenged, broken down car that runs) in Epstein’s driveway. The car belonged to a young girl visiting Epstein. Via James Patterson's "Filthy Rich"
1.51 Desperate for money, Rodriguez tried to sell Epstein’s “black book” for $50,000, got caught and was sentenced to 18 months in prison although he begged the court for mercy. (Rodriguez allegedly circled contacts involved with sex trafficking.)

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1.52 Rodriguez' wife and stepson spoke on his behalf. His wife Patricia Dunn said “this is out of character for him” and his stepson, Christopher Dunn said he was “the biggest moral anchor in my life.”

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1.53 Sadly, Rodriguez died at the age of 60 on December 28, 2014 of mesothelioma. During his prison sentence—unlike Epstein—he was not able to leave on “work release” for up to 12 hours a day, 6 days a week...

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1.54...nor was Epstein's house manager Alfredo Rodriguez assigned a private wing of the Palm Beach County stockade with his own security detail.
1.55 Plaintiffs in civil lawsuits filed against Epstein mention well-known personalities such as Alan Dershowitz, Trump, Prince Andrew, Jean Luc Brunel of the MC2 modeling agency among others participating in sexual activities organized by Epstein &/or Maxwell around the world.
1.56 The most notorious lawsuits have been filed by Virginia Roberts—now known as Virginia Roberts Giuffre and now in her thirties—who was originally known as Jane Doe #3 in one civil suit.
1.57 When the court papers were filed in a U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida on December 30, 2014, the allegations against well-known personalities became public.
1.58 At first, the Palm Beach Police Department investigated Epstein. Police department officers were able to find many clues by getting a loyal city employee to search through Epstein’s garbage, but they also conducted surveillance on his Palm Beach home and the airport.
1.59 The Palm Beach PD then combined this evidence with interviews with young girls and employees of Epstein to document over 40 cases of sexual activity with underage girls. Via Patterson's "Filthy Rich"
1.60 Finally, after obtaining a warrant, they searched Epstein’s Palm Beach house, finding more evidence: “naked photos of underage girls, written instructions for delivering flowers to a local high school, a dresser drawer full of sex toys, and...

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1.61...loose dangling wires all over the property—the suspect having, apparently, removed all of his computer hard drives, surveillance cameras and videos from the house shortly before your team arrived.”
1.62 Police also found two secret cameras—both hidden in clocks and previously installed by the Palm Beach Police Department when Epstein reported a theft in 2004. Via Patterson's "Filthy Rich"

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1.63 Police found several photographs of other girls saved on a computer hard drive left there, apparently from one of the secret cameras.
1.64 As Police Chief Michael Reiter says in a deposition later “[Judging] by the condition of the place to be searched, someone probably had cleaned up a bit.”
1.65 Author James Patterson asserts, “…the oddest thing about the search is that someone appears to have gone through the house, gotten rid of incriminating materials, but left many clues behind. It was as if the things the police were seeing didn’t even register as wrong.”
1.66 Three months before the police investigation began, Epstein donated $90,000 to the department for the purchase of a firearms simulator, but Police Chief Michael Reiter never authorized the purchase & returned the money in July of 2006.
1.67 This was according to Palm Beach Town Finance Director Jane Struder.

Ironically, when Chief Reiter first enlisted Palm Beach County State Attorney Barry Krischer on the case, Reiter said he was very enthusiastic, saying “this is somebody we have to stop.”
1.68 Reiter claims that after Dershowitz contacted Krischer that his attitude completely changed and he was much more informed about Epstein’s background.
1.69 Krischer complained that the victims were not credible and that it might only be worth a “notice to appear,” or a misdemeanor charge. At the end, Krischer took a very unusual step of referring the case to a local grand jury, showing he did not have confidence in his case.
1.70 Reiter, who was the lead detective probing the overdose death of David Kennedy in 1984 & worked on the investigation of William Kennedy Smith who was charged with rape, also testified in civil suits against Epstein that Epstein’s private detectives had him...
1.71...and his lead detective on the case, Joseph Recarey, under surveillance. In addition, Epstein’s team spread rumors that Chief Reiter was going through a “messy divorce” although nothing in the court files suggested this. Via @ShinySheet & @pbpost
@ShinySheet @pbpost 1.72 In addition, Reiter also testified that Gerry Goldsmith, chairman of the town’s police pension board at the time, tried to get Reiter to drop the Epstein investigation before it became public at least 3 times.
1.73 Goldsmith acknowledged that he has been a friend of Epstein’s since he taught at the Dalton School in the early 1970s. Via @ShinySheet

👉Goldsmith's connection to Epstein has not been authenticated.
@ShinySheet 1.74 Upset with the way the case was progressing, Reiter contacted the FBI about the case and federal prosecutors eventually drafted a 53-page indictment. In addition, Reiter also wrote a memo to Krischer suggesting that he disqualify himself from the case. Via @pbpost
@ShinySheet @pbpost 1.75 In summary, Chief Reiter declared in his deposition: “I didn’t think justice was sufficiently served.”

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@ShinySheet @pbpost 1.76 Author of "Filthy Rich" James Patterson discovered that Krischer had two lawsuits filed against him for sexual harassment by legal secretary Jodi Bergeron.
1.77 Bergeron alleged that Krischer had “placed his hands, violently, inside her blouse, forcibly fondled her breasts, forcibly kissed her, rubbed her shoulders while brushing her buttocks with his hands and knees” also using verbal advances.
1.78 Bergeron also claimed that Krischer fired her when she declined his sexual advances. Both lawsuits were dismissed: 1 in PB County circuit court & 1 in federal court. However, the second lawsuit was only dismissed after Krischer agreed to pay Bergeron $7,000 in legal fees.
1.79 In addition, attorney Alan Dershowitz likely had a monumental conflict of interest. As one of Epstein’s dream team of lawyers, Epstein's basic defense was discrediting the young girls, mainly with MySpace posts.
Dream Team 👇
1.80 Yrs later, in a declaration—which is basically a relaxed affadavit—filed in SDFL in January 2015, Dershowitz was named as a participant in sexual activities at Epstein’s multiple houses, which occurred when Giuffre (known then as Jane Doe #3) was ages 16-19, roughly 2000-03.
1.81 Which means if the allegations are true, both Epstein and Dershowitz knew he was involved since 2000 (and possibly earlier) and both had the incentive to keep the allegations as quiet as possible. Dershowitz vehemently denied the charges and said he had never met Giuffre.
1.82 Giuffre named Dershowitz in the above-mentioned declaration, saying that Epstein required her to have sex with Dershowitz on numerous occasions while she was a minor in Florida: on private planes, in New York, New Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
1.83 Giuffre’s declaraction alleges that Dershowitz participated in the sexual abuse of Giuffre and other minors, and that Dershowitz was also an eyewitness to the sexual abuse of many other minors by Epstein and several of Epstein’s co-conspirators.
1.84 After Dershowitz vehemently denied the allegations, calling Giuffre a liar on television multiple times, Giuffre’s attorneys filed a defamation claim against him.
1.85 Dershowitz filed a despicable counterclaim, alleging that Giuffre’s lawyers, Brad Edwards and Paul Cassell, acted unethically. Epstein also sued the lawyers.
1.86 Edwards and Cassell were forced to reach a settlement with Dershowitz, withdrawing their defamation accusations and admitting that it was a tactical mistake to sue Dershowitz for defamation, but Giuffre stood by her accusation.
1.87 Dershowitz’s counterclaim pointed out Edwards’ previous employment at a law firm where Scott Rothstein was a partner. Rothstein had been convicted of a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme in 2009 and was sent to prison for 50 years.
1.88 In addition, Rothstein had used the civil lawsuits against the many young women who alleged Epstein molested them to lure investors, promising settlement checks for amounts as much as $200 million.
1.89 Rothstein’s law firm is now defunct, but the suggestion of his involvement with the young women was enough to get Edwards to reach a compromise.
1.90 Dershowitz obviously did not want the girls to be notified before Epstein’s court date on June 30, 2008 when Epstein received his truncated “sweetheart deal” in case any of them had been asked to speak about his crime.
1.91 Much later, on December 4, 2018, Jeffrey Epstein was forced by the court to apologize for the false claims against Edwards.

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1.92 Edwards’ attorney, Jack Scarola, gives a better perspective on how outrageous Epstein’s “sweetheart deal” was and still is in a press conference on December 4, 2018: “I’ve practiced law for over 45 years, the first 5 of those years was spent as a criminal prosecutor…
1.93 I have never SEEN…I have never HEARD OF a plea bargain in which—not only the prospective defendant—but the defendant’s named and unnamed co-conspirators were granted blanket immunity for UNnamed crimes. That just doesn’t happen. That’s inexcusable.”

1.94 Attorney Edwards had sued Epstein for trying to ruin his reputation with his lawsuits regarding Rothstein and they reached a settlement that day in December 2018. Scarola was Edwards' attorney on the case.
1.95 The following points constitute strong circumstantial evidence supporting the theory that Epstein is or was a CIA agent and was offered the federal non-prosecution agreement because of his status as a valued intelligence operative.
1.96 #1—On July 15, 2019, investigators found "piles of cash" ($70,000 worth) diamonds and an expired passport from a foreign country with Jeffrey Epstein's photo, but a fake name and residence in Saudi Arabia at Epstein's $77 million Manhattan mansion.

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1.97 On July 18th, Epstein was denied bail by U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman. He will remain in custody while he awaits new charges that he sexually abused children.

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1.98 Shortly before the hearing, two new witnesses, Annie Farmer and Courtney Wild, came forward and testified that Epstein had sexually abused them as children.
1.99 #2—After attending Cooper Union (1969-71) & Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, Epstein left without a degree. After dropping out of both these colleges, he got a job teaching calculus & physics at The Dalton School in Manhattan from 1973-75.
1.100 The minimum educational requirement to teach high school students at a public school in the U.S. is to become a “certified teacher” which requires that you have a bachelor’s degree in education, which includes a certain number of hours working as a student teacher...
1.101...and pass a criminal background check. However, at private schools like the Dalton School—which is considered an excellent secondary college preparatory school—they sometimes waive this requirement, however, most do not.
1.102 Candidates with master’s degrees and doctorates are typically valued at highly-rated preparatory schools. Epstein did not have a bachelor’s degree so basically his education level was not much more than the students he was teaching.
1.103 On the other hand, it is very difficult to get into Cooper Union. (In 2017, 13% of students who applied to Cooper Union were accepted. In addition, in the early 1970s, all students were given full scholarships and were until 2014.)
1.104 Epstein was most likely attending classes at the Albert Nerken School of Engineering, since the other two Cooper Union schools specialize in architecture and fine art.
1.105 Similarly, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, a center for research & advanced training in computer science & mathematics, is considered one of the leading and most prestigious mathematics schools and mathematical sciences research centers...
1.106...in the world. It is ranked #1 in applied mathematical research in US, #5 in citation impact worldwide, and #12 in citation worldwide. Acceptance rates for undergraduates now vary from 3-29% of applicants.
1.107 Most CIA agents are recruited at universities. “Most if not all spy services view universities as a prime recruiting ground. People are most pliable in their late teens and early twenties, when they’re young and inexperienced.

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1.108 It’s easy for someone trained in the art of manipulation to steer them in a direction they’re already inclined, or help convince them it’s what they intended all along,” says Chris Simmons, a former counterintelligence officer at the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency,...
1.109...the Pentagon’s intelligence arm. Cooper Union and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University would be considered as elite universities and excellence in math and physics would be qualities that the CIA would value highly.
1.110 Although he lacked a degree, Epstein may have been able to communicate lessons in Math and Physics extremely well and impressed the headmaster. Who was the headmaster that hired him? The headmaster of the Dalton School 1964-1974 was Donald Barr.

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1.111 The elder Barr passed away in 2004, but had served in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in World War II. The OSS was the predecessor to the CIA.
1.112 Did Barr make an exception for Epstein regarding his qualifications because of a plan they had for him and/or his superior intelligence in math and physics? Was Barr training Epstein while he was teaching at the school?
1.113 Link to article in @nytimes: "Barr Quits Dalton School Post, Charging Trustees' Interference," February 20, 1974.

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@nytimes 1.114 #3—Donald Barr’s son is the current Attorney General of the United States, William Barr, who also served in the Department of Justice (DOJ) from April 1989 as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel (approximately 1 year),...
1.115...Deputy Attorney General (approximately one year), Attorney General (just over 2 years).

🖼️AP Photo printed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 14, 1991, William Barr's confirmation hearings. Caption👇
1.116 #4—William Barr has connections to the CIA as he was employed by the agency from 1973-77, while George H.W. Bush was the CIA Director, during the same time period Epstein was teaching at the Dalton School under his father.

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1.117 Barr also attended an elite Ivy league school, Columbia University, and probably was steered to the CIA by his father’s experiences with the OSS. There is another connection between Epstein and William Barr.
1.118 Barr first joined the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis (with 15 locations located internationally) in 2009, and then rejoined in 2017, helping negotiate a number of major mergers.

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1.119 Jay Lefkowitz, who is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, led the way with federal prosecutors in negotiating the non-prosecution agreement for Epstein. Kenneth Starr, the former Independent Counsel who pursued former President Bill Clinton, also worked on Epstein's case.
1.120 Starr told Fox News that he was "in the room" when Alex Acosta agreed to the non-prosecution agreement.

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1.121 #5—In an article in the early 90s, the British Mail on Sun. published a lengthy article entitled “The Mystery of Ghislaine Maxwell’s Secret Love,” which enumerated speculative stories that Epstein was a “CIA spook, a math teacher, a concert pianist or a corp. headhunter.”
1.122 And again in May 2007, the Daily Mail said in an article, “He [Epstein] is rumored to have worked either for the Israeli intelligence service, Mossad, the CIA or even both."

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1.123 #6—Whatever the reason why Epstein was offered the non-prosecution agreement, it happened before the mid-1990s when Steven Hoffenberg, the former chairman of Towers Financial Corporation, was prosecuted and Epstein was not.

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1.124 Hoffenberg was one of his clients and because of Epstein’s connections in the U.S. Attorney’s office in New York he was allegedly not prosecuted (details on this later). Via Patterson's "Filthy Rich"
Photo of Steven Hoffenberg via publicspeakingwallstreet.com
1.125 #7—When Epstein first started his consulting company, International Assets Group Inc. (IAG), he worked with the U.S. Attorney’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force office in New York to recoup hundreds of millions of dollars that had been stolen from...
1.126 Drysdale Securities Corp. in a massive fraud scheme, it is very likely that he had access to their computers because the task took three years and they obviously shared information.
1.127 Epstein worked on the Drysdale case roughly 1982-1985 (Via Patterson's "Filthy Rich"). This is a key period of time in the Department of Justice because the DOJ was very credibly accused of stealing PROMIS software from a company called INSLAW (details on this later).
1.128 The New York U.S. Attorney's office (SDNY) had been using the public domain version of PROMIS; this is the source of much controversy, but the latest the New York office could have received Enhanced PROMIS through legal means was April of 1983 (Complex/Details in Part 6.)
1.129 With his prowess in math and physics, his abridged stay at Cooper Union & NYU Courant, his Palm Beach house which was equipped with plenty of computers ("loose dangling wires all over the property") , his need to check on stock prices in different time zones,...
1.130...his tenure at Bear Stearns, etc., one can only assume Epstein also has advanced computer skills; it’s also very likely that Epstein had access to PROMIS software while he was tracking down the money for his client Obregón at SDNY.
1.131 Adversely, in a 2002 profile, Epstein claimed to be a Luddite that didn’t use e-mail.

“I like to hear voices and see faces when I interact,” he has said.

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1.132 Not using email so he couldn’t be tracked would be fitting for a covert lifestyle, however, it doesn’t seem credible given his purported career path.
1.133 In short, Epstein had the means, likely the motive and the opportunity to modify PROMIS software while he was working on the Drysdale case at SDNY, roughly 1982-85.
1.134 When contacted, INSLAW founder William Hamilton said that he heard from an intelligence source of long-proven reliability that Epstein was indeed involved in the INSLAW affair, although the source did not provide the specifics.
1.135 #8—Epstein’s alleged “madam” & girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, who was accused of procuring young girls for him, is the daughter of a notorious “superspy,” Robert Maxwell, who worked for Mossad & had dealings w/ many other countries including Russia & most of Eastern Europe.
1.136 Even if she did not continue his legacy of spying, she certainly seemed to have learned a lot of her father’s secrets.

Ghislaine Maxwell in 1997. Photo: Sven Arnstein.
1.137 #9—In “How to Spot a Spook,” John Marks notes that the State Department is responsible for “hiding and housing the CIA.” In noting that, would an average citizen be privy to New York real estate available to be leased by the State Department?
1.138 Yet when the Ayatollah Khomeini took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1980, the federal government seized the Manhattan property. Starting in 1992, Epstein leased the property from the State Department for $15,000/month.
1.139 Epstein lived there for about 4 years. He then decided to move out & sublet it to an attorney & his family for $20,000/month.
1.140 This was a violation of the lease terms & when the State Department found out he was subletting the property and making a profit off of it, they sued both Epstein and his tenant.

🖼️This is what it looks like now.
1.141 It took some time, but they eventually won and were able to evict both Epstein and the tenant from the property. First of all, normal citizens would not have had the information that this property was available.
1.142 Secondly, the State Department is responsible for “hiding and housing” as noted earlier (John Marks, “How to Spot a Spook,” Washington Monthly, November 1974.)
1.143 By evicting Epstein, perhaps the State Department, by this action, was trying to prove to those who were suspicious of him having intelligence or government ties that those suspicions were false.
1.144 #10—Epstein’s work with the U.S. Attorney’s office in New York (details on this later and in Part 6).

It seems very unusual that the DOJ would trust Epstein at age 29—just starting out on his own in the financial world— to work with them so closely for 3 entire years.
1.145 #11—As a CIA agent, it is undoubtedly helpful to know how American technology is faring against other countries and imperative to stay abreast of what is achievable by the most extraordinary innovators in the country.
1.146 As with other agents, Epstein was (and probably still is) friendly with a “covey of scientists,” sometimes using generous philanthropy to fund their experiments.
1.147 In fact, he “spends $20 million a year on them encouraging them to engage in whatever kind of cutting-edge research might attract their fancy.” Oftentimes, they worked at elite universities such as Harvard University or MIT.

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1.148 Nobel Prize winner Gerald Edelman, (who died in 2014), Harvard psychologist Stephen Kosslyn, Martin Nowak, formerly w/ Princeton University, now a Professor of Biology and Mathematics at Harvard University, Danny Hillis, an MIT-educated computer scientist are all friends...
1.149...or acquaintances. Nowak said about Epstein, “Jeffrey has the mind of a physicist. It’s like talking to a colleague in your field. Sometimes he applies what we talk about to his investments. Sometimes it’s for his own curiosity. He has changed my life.
1.150 Because of his support, I feel I can do anything I want.”

🖼️British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking at a barbecue on Epstein’s Caribbean island Little St James while attending a conference on neighboring island St Thomas in March 2006 Photo: Tim Stewart News Limited.
1.152 #12—Epstein was very careful—perhaps controlling—about his exposure to the media, for example, he regretted giving access to Vicky Ward for the Vanity Fair article and made a personal visit to her boss to make sure it was edited to his liking. Via Patterson's "Filthy Rich"
1.153 After an unsuccessful bid in 2003 to purchase New York Magazine, Epstein joined other financiers to back Radar, a celebrity and pop culture magazine and accompanying website, with $25 million in 2004.

nytimes.com/2004/10/19/art…
1.154 Radar’s magazine folded, but the website remained and it had published many stories on Epstein, but was sold again to American Media Inc. in 2008 (AMI, the recent owner of the National Enquirer known for its “catch and kill” operations AKA blackmail).
1.155 When this transfer took place, all the previously published articles on Epstein and everything else were erased from the website.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radar_Onl…
1.156 Epstein maintained a very private lifestyle and was described as “enigmatic” by friends. Epstein’s 10,000-acre “Zorro Ranch” in Santa Fe County, New Mexico and Little St. James island in the U.S. Virgin Islands (Epstein owns the entire island) are two extreme examples.
1.157 Epstein has many eccentricities, among them are: “rarely attends society gatherings or weddings or funerals,” “considers eating in restaurants like ‘eating on the subway,’— i.e. something he’d never do,” & “lists himself in the phone book under a pseudonym.” Via @VanityFair
1.158 🖼️Epstein's Zorro Ranch in Stanley, New Mexico. The mansion Epstein had built there was 27,600 square feet. Photo: Epstein's #NewMexico ranch, from the court documents with Virginia Roberts Giuffre's declaration.
1.159 In 2001, Epstein sued the county of Santa Fe, #NewMexico, saying that they overcharged him for property taxes by over $20K because the property was assessed at $33 million, but was worth only $30 million.
1.160 Epstein added 7 structures and a private airstrip, a private airplane hangar and a swimming pool.
1.161 #14—In a declaration for case no. 08-80736-CIV-MARRA, Victoria Roberts AKA Victoria Giuffre, she says, “If I left Epstein, he knew all kinds of powerful people. He could have had me killed or abducted, and I always knew he was capable of that if I did not obey him.
1.162 Giuffre: He let me know that he knew many people in high places. Speaking about himself, he said, ‘I can get away’ with things.”
1.163 Later in the declaration, Giuffre says “In addition to constantly finding underage girls to satisfy their personal desires, Epstein and Maxwell also got girls for Epstein’s friends and acquaintances.
1.164 Giuffre: Epstein specifically told me that the reason for him doing this was so that they would ‘owe him,’ they would ‘be in his pocket,’ and he would ‘have something on them.’ I understood him to mean that when someone was in his pocket, they owed him favors.
1.165 Giuffre: I also understood that Epstein thought he could get leniency if he was ever caught doing anything illegal, or more so that he could escape trouble altogether.”
1.166 Why could Epstein “get away” with things?

Why did he think he could get leniency...or completely get away with crimes?

Maybe because he could. And he did. In the mid-1990s & in 2008.

And these are only the incidents we know about.

Will he get off scot-free again?
1.167 #15—In the same declaration, Giuffre alleged that Jean Luc Brunel, who was a founder of MC2 modeling agency, appeared to have an “arrangement” with the U.S. Government where he could get passports or other travel documents for young girls (ranging in age from 12-24) and...
1.168...subsequently bring the girls to the U.S. for sexual purposes and “farm them out to friends,” according to Giuffre. While Epstein was in jail, Brunel visited him 67 times according to prison logs and also appears repeatedly in flight logs from Epstein’s private jet.
1.169 In addition to allegedly lending money for Brunel’s business, Epstein is also linked to Brunel because Epstein’s condominiums at 301 E. 66th Street in Manhattan (Epstein’s brother, Mark, of Ossa Properties,...

tinyurl.com/yyk66f72
1.170...also owns a number of units in the building) were used to house young models from MC2, according to court filings.

301 E. 66th Street, Manhattan 👇
1.171 Brunel denied the allegations and filed a lawsuit against Epstein in January 2015, claiming Epstein’s case ruined his reputation, cost him millions and ruined his health.

tinyurl.com/y4zy2vu3
1.172 In the lawsuit he also alleges that Epstein told him to leave the Palm Beach area in anticipation of a deposition in a criminal case against Epstein. He followed Epstein’s advice and admits he took a trip to “Europe and Asia for a period of time. This was done for the...
1.173...sole purpose of delaying Plaintiff Brunel’s deposition.”

(Please note 1.156 should have been numbered #13, we're on #15 of circumstantial pieces of evidence that Epstein might be in intelligence.)
1.174 h/t Brian Cates @drawandstrike did an excellent job of digging up pictures of Jean Luc Brunel.

@drawandstrike 1.175 Could Epstein be living undercover and helping to break up human trafficking rings in the U.S. or abroad?
1.176 “Covert policing necessarily involves deception which in turn often leads to participation in activity that appears to be criminal,” University of California Davis law professor Elizabeth Joh @elizabeth_joh stated in an essay for the Stanford Law Review in 2009...
1.177...“…yet unless these acts are committed by ‘rogue cops’ not authorized to participate in illegal activity, these activities aren’t considered crimes. Indeed, they are considered a justifiable and sometimes necessary aspect of undercover policing.”

tinyurl.com/y3uddawk
1.178 Joh cites another paper which says “the topic of undercover work is rich in complexity and paradox.”

Gary T. Marx, “When the Guards Themselves: Undercover Tactics Turned Inward,” Policing and Society, 1992, Volume 2, pp. 151-172
1.179 After all, human trafficking thousands of young girls from other countries is more far-reaching than the 40 victims identified by the FBI or the 80 victims originally identified by the @MiamiHerald: now reporting at least 12 more have come forward.

tinyurl.com/y64omlcw
1.180 In the United Nations 2018 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, there were 25,000 cases of human trafficking reported to the UNODC in 2016, with sexual exploitation being the most common form,...

tinyurl.com/ycuay99q
1.181...and more convictions have been obtained as well since more countries are equipped to deal with this type of crime. Under the Obama Administration, combating human trafficking was a priority.

tinyurl.com/yycl43gw
1.182 #16—According to Epstein’s pilot logbooks—which surfaced in civil litigation in connection with Epstein’s alleged crimes, Epstein (or just his pilot) flew with no passengers on August 6, 2002 in a Bell Long Ranger 206-L3 (example👇 ) helicopter from...
1.183 Epstein’s Zorro Ranch in Santa Fe County, New Mexico to the Double Eagle II Airport in Albuquerque, New Mexico. According to FAA records, this same tail number—N474AW—was assigned twice: first to the State Department...
1.184...with a location of Patrick Air Force Base in Brevard, Florida (a little over 2 hours from West Palm Beach, Florida) in 1997, then cancelled by them in 2010; then for a Cessna P210N registered by Centurion Aviation LLC located in Michigan in 2014,...
1.185...expiring in 2020 so this registry is still current. But the State Department OV-10D Bronco aircraft (example 👇) is connected to DynCorp by NTSB records which states that this aircraft was involved in crash in February 2000...
1.186...and the aircraft was destroyed (2 years before Epstein’s helicopter used the tail number).

DynCorp is a private military company which was implicated in a sex trafficking scandal in Bosnia in 1999.

tinyurl.com/y5th5epq
1.187 Kathryn Bolkovac sued and won a lawsuit alleging that peacekeepers, U.N. workers & international police visited houses of ill repute & engaged in sex trafficking—buying and selling girls as young as 12—and raping them, filming rape acts,...

tinyurl.com/y5arx2ol
1.188...forging documents & aiding in transporting women into Bosnia. A second similar lawsuit was filed by airplane mechanic Ben Johnston, but Johnston settled and signed a gag order.

tinyurl.com/y4xw6636
1.189 Bolkovac wrote a book about the scandal entitled The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors And One Woman’s Fight for Justice. A film called The Whistleblower 👍was also made about her story.

tinyurl.com/y4888yuu
1.190 Ghislaine Maxwell obtained a helicopter license during her years w/ Epstein & another woman, listed by federal prosecutors as a “potential co-conspirator,” by reportedly procuring young girls for Epstein, Nada Marcinkova, is now a pilot who gives flying lessons.
1.191 🔗Link to source:

tinyurl.com/y6qus78g
1.192 Marcinkova’s business is registered at 301 E. 66th Street in New York—as is a business run by Sarah Kellen, now Sarah Kensington. As “co-conspirators, Marcinkova and Kensington were granted amnesty by the non-prosecution agreement reached by Epstein in July of 2008.
1.193 Epstein and his brother both own property at at 301 E. 66th Street in New York and the condominiums at this property were also used to house MC2 models as mentioned earlier. Via @ShinySheet sheet, article posted earlier.
@ShinySheet 1.194 Since Maxwell, Marcinkova & Kensington have been accused of very serious crimes, it is not a stretch to imagine they transported Epstein on helicopter or airplane trips (some w/ private airstrips) w/out recording them—or at the very least left out key info—at JE’s request.
@ShinySheet 1.195 #17—Rickenbacher International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, an international cargo airport, was formerly an Air Force Base and is adjacent to the Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base.

tinyurl.com/y5r7wcu8
1.196 In 1995, Rickenbacker International Airport was “rearing for takeoff as a major domestic and international gateway for air cargo.” Partially due to the decision to move Southern Air Transport’s (SAT) headquarters from Miami to Columbus.

tinyurl.com/y556obbr
1.197 SAT was lured with the opportunity to buy tax exempt revenue bonds from Rickenbacker Port Authority to finance $60 million of construction, a 75% tax credit, totally $1.4 million over 10 years, a low interest loan of $5 million, ...via @AP March 1995
1.198...up to $400,000 in job training grants and a $500,000 grant for on-site infrastructure improvements. The airline flew twice a week to Hong Kong and served 100 cities in the mid-1990s and helped Rickenbacker become a “growing air hub.”
1.199 Southern Air Transport was a front company for the CIA. With the help of then-Senator John Kerry, details of the CIA using unauthorized funds to help the Nicaraguan rebels came to light after a C-123 plane was shot down in Nicaragua in October 1986. Via @washingtonpost
@washingtonpost 1.200 The company filed for bankruptcy in on October 1, 1998, the same day the CIA released an internal report detailing allegations that the CIA had been used for drug trafficking, but had either “repeatedly ignored or failed to investigate” the charges. Via @BostonGlobe @AJC
1.201 John Kerry brought forth an FBI informant who connected Southern Air Transport to drug trafficking in Colombia. Its assets were transferred to Southern Air which resumed operations in November 1999.

tinyurl.com/y2p25vpv
1.202 Epstein's mysterious main client, Les Wexner, chairman & CEO of L Brands (formerly Limited Brands) Corp, has its distribution center in Columbus. (Source: reprinted fr 4/22/99 Columbus Alive) @ColumbusAlive

freepress.org/article/spook-…
1.203 Columbus Alive, a weekly news publication, received documents through a Freedom of Information Act request & found that airport officials offered “hard-to-refuse incentives” to get Southern Air Transport’s business...
1.204...“despite the airline’s shady history” which included cocaine trafficking.

👉Columbus Alive @ColumbusAlive article written by Bob Fitrakis

tinyurl.com/y3l8myp9
@ColumbusAlive 1.205 Also Wexner, along w/ 2 gentlemen tied up in the Iran/Contra scandal, Alan Fiers, an ex-CIA officer & Richard Secord, an ex-U.S. Air Force officer with a “notable career” in covert operations,...

tinyurl.com/yy5mhqpp
1.206...played significant roles in Southern Air Transport’s relocation to Columbus, Ohio. Both Fiers and Secord were convicted of Iran/Contra scandal reported crimes, but Fiers was pardoned by George H.W. Bush and Secord only received probation.

tinyurl.com/yxm7wbnq
1.207 Via @Bloomberg Opinion: "The most significant single act of [William] Barr’s career in the Department of Justice was to advise President George H.W. Bush to pardon six officials from Ronald Reagan’s administration," on 12/24/92, end of his term.

tinyurl.com/y2z5zdej
1.208 Iran/Contra = 11 total convictions, those whose convictions were not vacated on appeal were all pardoned in the final days of the presidency of George H. W. Bush, who had been VP at the time of the affair.

Alan Fiers=pardoned; Secord=probation.

tinyurl.com/yy4zgw6c
1.209 Speaking at a March 16, 1995 press conference announcing that SAT was locating to Columbus, Edmund James, president of James and Donohew Development Services, said “much of the Hong Kong-to-Rickenbacker cargo will be for The Limited...

Via @ColumbusAlive article posted 👆
1.210...This is a big story for central Ohio. It’s huge, actually.”

The following day, Brian Clancy, a cargo analyst with MergeGloban Inc., was quoted in the Journal of Commerce: “Limited Inc., the nation’s largest retailer, is based in Columbus, a fact that undoubtedly...
1.211...contributed in large part to Southern Air’s decision.”

Epstein was so close to Wexner at one time that he purchased a grand house near Wexner’s, in a high-end housing development surrounding a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course in New Albany, New York.
1.212 The real estate holding company for this project was New Albany Property and Epstein was a general partner in it, but it was largely financed by Wexner with a “few million dollars” from Epstein.

tinyurl.com/4w9eozf
1.213 Epstein, however, sold his Ohio house sometime before 2002 when the @NYMag article was written.

This ties both Wexner and Epstein to the CIA.
@NYMag 1.214 #18—Vicky Ward's reporting, again.

Vicky Ward's conversation with a Senior White House official "a couple of years ago." Sometime before his confirmation hearings, Acosta explained why he signed off on the "sweetheart deal."

tinyurl.com/yxrwclja
1.215 According to this article, Acosta had "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."
1.216 Former Labor Secretary Alex Acosta had different answers for why he granted Epstein the non-prosecution agreement in a press conference on July 10, 2019 than he did in a 4-page letter written in 2011, which largely blamed in on Epstein's attorneys.

1.217 Most importantly, at a press conference on July 10, 2019, Acosta did not answer "no" to a question whether Epstein was in intelligence.

Acosta: "So, there has been reporting to that effect...

tinyurl.com/y4nhede4
1.218 Acosta (cont'd)...And let me say, there’s been report to a lot of effects in this case....Not just now but over the years. And again, I would, I would hesitate to take this reporting as fact."

👉That's not the "no" one might expect if it wasn't true.
1.219 At the press conference, Acosta blamed the changing zeitgeist vis-a-vis people's attitude towards sexual crimes since the #MeToo movement.

"Times have changed," Acosta remarked.

He also said Epstein did get charged with state crimes in #Florida.

1.220 End of 18 points of circumstantial evidence that Epstein is/was in intelligence.
1.221 But in trying to figure out how Epstein got all his federal crimes and those of his co-conspirators nullified, we have to go back and examine more of his history as James Patterson does well in his book, “Filthy Rich.”
1.222 While Epstein was teaching at the Dalton School in New York City, he was tutoring students on the side. He was tutoring Bear Stearns Chairman Alan “Ace” Greenberg’s son in calculus and physics and was also “friendly” with his daughter.
1.223 Epstein met Greenberg, who hired him at Bear Stearns as an options trader in 1976. By 1980, Epstein became a limited partner. However, he abruptly resigned the following year under suspicious circumstances.
1.224 There were rumors of insider trading in relation to Edgar Bronfman’s attempt to take over the St. Joe Mineral Corporation and the SEC investigated. Epstein was fined $2,500 by Bear Stearns and Epstein’s direct boss also left the company at the same time.
1.225 But Epstein admitted to nothing except having an affair with Greenberg’s assistant. Epstein maintained that he left Bear Stearns because he was setting up his own business, J. Epstein and Co.
1.226 However, in testimony in a 1981 S.E.C. hearing, Epstein said he found Bear Stearns’ conduct “offensive,” handling a possible “Reg D” violation, i.e. in 1989, he admitted to lending his friend...
1.227...Warren Eisenstein, $20,000 to buy stock which is unethical and probably illegal, however Epstein said he did not know about this regulation at the time.

Follow @VickyPJWard 👇 , the author of "Kushner Inc," "The Liars Ball," among other books.

tinyurl.com/y698677u
@VickyPJWard 1.228 As pointed out earlier, Vicky Ward also discovered that a “handful” of Epstein’s friends had recalled for her 2003 profile that Epstein had told them that he worked as a “bounty hunter,” recovering lost or stolen money for wealthy people.
@VickyPJWard 1.229 One of those people Epstein helped—and probably one of his first clients—was actress/socialite Ana Obregón, who appeared in the movie Bolero with Bo Derek. Obregón’s father was a very wealthy investor in Spain with serious problems.

imdb.com/name/nm0643505…
@VickyPJWard 1.230 Obregón's father was one of many Spanish investors—including those of the Spanish royal family—who owned stock in Drysdale Securities Corporation which was being dragged down by its subsidiary company, Drysdale Government Securities,...Via Patterson's "Filthy Rich"
1.231...which was defaulting on over $160 million in debts. The parent company announced it was going out of business on June 15, 1982. Obregón came to Epstein to get back her father’s money.
1.232 Epstein told Obregón that he had formed a company called International Assets Group or IAG and he could be helpful to her. That was potentially Epstein’s first significant encounter with a U.S. Attorney’s office, this one in New York.
1.233 Obregón accompanied Epstein when he first met an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York (SDNY), Andrew Levander, who had already been assigned to look into the Drysdale company collapse.
1.234 Levander would eventually build a case resulting in fraud convictions for a number of Drysdale executives. Robert Gold, a former prosecutor, was already assisting Levander and then Epstein joined them to find the missing money.
1.235 Obregón gave Epstein power of attorney over any money he recovered. According to James Patterson’s Filthy Rich, “DGS had built a series of labyrinths, rabbit holes and deadfalls.”
1.236 It took three years, and he was working with both Levander and Gold, but Epstein found the center of the DGS maze and recovered the money. James Patterson asks, how much did Epstein recover? How much was his cut?

nytimes.com/1984/02/10/bus…
1.237 We don’t know the answers to these questions, but this is probably where Epstein started amassing his fortune. We do know that Obregón had “nothing but appreciation for what Epstein accomplished” when Patterson put together his book—sometime before 2016.
1.238 In 1987, Hoffenberg hired Epstein as a consultant for $25,000/month. One of Hoffenberg’s schemes was to take over Pan Am Airlines with his company, Towers Financial Corporation, a small debt-collection and insurance company.

tinyurl.com/yytzjbpz
1.239 Typically, companies that are targeted for takeovers have their stock go way up, but in this case it did the opposite—probably because Wall Street considered Tower Financial Corporation’s offer weak.
1.240 In 1993, Hoffenberg attempted to take over the New York Post which was when the SEC became aware of his nefarious activities. Hoffenberg also settled a fraud lawsuit with the SEC for $60 million.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Ho…
1.241 In Vanity Fair, Vicky Ward quoted a source as saying about Epstein and Hoffenberg: “they traveled everywhere together—on Hoffenberg’s plane, all around the world, they were always together.” Via @VanityFair
1.242 The article also said that Hoffenberg claimed that “Epstein confided in him, saying, for example, that he had left Bear Stearns in 1981 after he was discovered executing ‘illegal operations.’”
1.243 Years later, Epstein was spared from prosecution by the SDNY thanks to Robert Gold, at least according to Steven Hoffenberg. Via Patterson's "Filthy Rich"
1.244 Hoffenberg was arrested on February 17, 1994, then in March 1997 he was sentenced to 20 years in prison plus a $1 million fine & was ordered to pay back $463 million in restitution for his part...
1.245 in what the SEC called “one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history.” Hoffenberg was accused of selling $463 million in fraudulent notes and bonds to investors to pay interest owed to earlier investors.

sec.gov/news/digest/19…
1.246 He used the rest of the money to briefly run the New York Post. Hoffenberg also inflated revenues and fabricated profits in order to make his company look like a major healthcare financing company.
Via @Reuters
@Reuters 1.247 In his sentencing opinion, Manhattan Federal Court Judge Robert Sweet recommended stiff punishment for Hoffenberg to prevent him from “causing further damage to society. The scope and severity of the impact of Hoffenberg’s conduct on his victims cannot be overestimated.”
@Reuters 1.248 At the hearing, Hoffenberg attorney Jeffrey Hoffman told Sweet that his client was offering a confession “to spare Mr. Hoffenberg the trauma, embarrassment and expense of a trial.”

tinyurl.com/y3sjm8bu
@Reuters 1.249 Shortly before his sentencing, Hoffenberg tried to claim that he was mentally unfit when he entered his guilty plea, but Sweet denied this request.
1.250 Hoffenberg claimed he had been hospitalized for mental illness in 1970 and was treated with electro-convulsive therapy, anti-psychotic medicine and a mood stabilizer. Via @Reuters printed in @StarTribune #minneapolis
1.251 Hoffenberg also claimed that he had been diagnosed in March of 1995 with a mixed personality disorder and had been put on antidepressants.
1.252 Judge Sweet conceded that Hoffenberg had a condition “that from time to time has limited his ability to perceive reality accurately,” however, he has had the resources and the time to manage the illness since 1970.
1.253 And guess what? Trump rented office space to Hoffenberg while Hoffenberg was awaiting trial—on Trump Tower’s 16th floor.

tinyurl.com/ydxhedx6
1.254 Hoffenberg was asked by Bloomberg why Trump would rent to him when he was facing charges of running one of the Largest Ponzi schemes in history, Hoffenberg replied...

tinyurl.com/y3hwlbbq
1.255...Hoffenberg (cont'd): “He’s [Trump is] very objective. Renting space has nothing to do with color or race—or indictment...Hoffenberg (cont'd):...It has to do with if you can pay the rent.”
1.256 Photos from Steven Hoffenberg's July 10, 2014 wedding to Maria Santiago.

tinyurl.com/yxzhn4sv
1.257 In "Filthy Rich," Patterson asks Hoffenberg: “Why was Epstein not implicated in the case?”

“Hoffenberg’s reply: ‘Ask Robert Gold.’”
1.258 Robert Gold is the third person, a former prosecutor, who worked with Epstein and Steven Levander, the assistant U.S. Attorney at SDNY, on the Obregón case.
1.259 One of James Patterson’s sources suggested to him that Gold kept the U.S. Attorney away from Epstein until there were only a few weeks left before the statute of limitations ran out.
1.260 This is extremely important because if true (but we know Hoffenberg was Epstein's client & that he mysteriously wasn't indicted), it means that the U.S. Attorney’s office was protecting Epstein in the mid-1990s.
1.261 It's also important because if it was Gold who protected him, it likely involved the Obregón case with the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York office in the mid-1980s.
1.262 This decreases the possibilities of what Epstein knew to keep federal prosecutors at bay for more than two decades. He acquired the information before he was hobnobbing with famous people and it very likely wasn’t related to the economic collapse in 2008.
1.263 Therefore, the answer is presumably that it occurred during his work at the U.S. Attorney’s office in the mid-1980s, but also might be related to Robert Maxwell. This enigma has a likely solution which is explained in Part 6.
1.264 On a side note, Trump supporter Hoffenberg, who is now out of prison, filed a class-action lawsuit against his former consultant, Jeffrey Epstein, for his role in the Ponzi scheme. Where? In SDNY.

tinyurl.com/y6d2lt2g
1.265 The lawsuit alleges that Epstein “knowingly and intentionally utilized funds he fraudulently diverted and obtained from this massive Ponzi scheme for his own personal use to support a lavish lifestyle.”
1.266 It also alleges that Epstein’s “deceptive practices date back to the mid-1980s…and may have yielded hundreds of millions of dollars in unlawful profits to Defendants.” However, on October 5, 2018, the lawsuit was voluntarily dismissed.

tinyurl.com/yy7x485x
1.267 This lawsuit could have ruined Epstein financially so the chances are that the parties reached an agreeable settlement.
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