Theories Fly: Was Epstein Running a Massive Blackmail Scheme — And Was He An Intelligence Asset?

His placement untenable and his saga inflicting an infinite parade of headache-inducing information cycles on the White Residence, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced his resignation this morning.  Some of the details he manufactured in his very own protection at a prolonged push meeting this week seemed fair and valid, but his mixture of buck-passing, contrived helplessness, and selective speaking points remaining many queries unanswered.  So he’s out.  The stomach-turning Epstein case is much from about, of course, and one gets the sense that there is significantly extra sordidness lurking beneath its currently-seedy and disturbing surface area.  

Devoid of delving into each outrageous part of this mess, two questions go on to baffle: Initial, how did Epstein amass his fortune?  Second, what was Sec. Acosta chatting about when he reportedly told the Trump administration’s vetting team that he was waved off of throwing the reserve at Epstein because of nebulous intelligence community pursuits?  Let’s start out with Epstein’s money.  The resource of his prodigious sources is shrouded in confusion and opacity — and has extensive been the subject of guessing video games amid New York’s elite finance community.  New York Magazine delves into 1 expanding notion, fueled by the confounding actuality that no man or woman within of that plugged-in globe seems to know practically any Epstein purchasers, nor have they traded with him.  

Kass was proficiently-associated on Wall Avenue, precisely wherever he’d labored for decades, so he started off to request all more than. “I went to my institutional brokers, to their buying and selling desks and questioned if they ever traded with him. I did it a couple moments until finally the date when he was arrested,” he recalls. “Not just one institutional investing desk, major or secondary, had at any time traded with Epstein’s organization.” When a reporter arrived to interview Kass about Bernie Madoff shortly in advance of that firm blew up in the greatest Ponzi scheme ever, Kass recommended her, “There’s an additional dude who reminds me of Madoff that no a person trades with.” That gentleman was Jeffrey Epstein. “How did he get the income?” Kass held asking.

For a lot of many years, Epstein has been credulously described as a large-time hedge-fund supervisor and a billionaire, even even even though there is not a total good deal of evidence that he is both...The organic way, this air of secret has in individual piqued the fascination of real-life-style, non-fake hedge-funders. If this man wasn’t taking component in their match — and they look relatively assured he was not — what recreation was he taking component in? … Epstein was also lacking 1 a lot more crucial factor of a prevalent thriving hedge fund: purchasers. Kass couldn’t acquire any more than and over Epstein’s a single nicely-publicized shopper, retail magnate Les Wexner — nor could other gamers in the hedge-fund total globe who undertook pretty comparable snooping. “I do not know any one who’s at any time invested in him he’s never ever talked about by any of the allocators,” states 1 billionaire hedge-fund manager, referring to organizations that distribute large pools money amid a number of money.

His job trajectory also tends to make little perception and gives amount of clues:

Epstein’s spotty experienced background has also drawn a superior deal of focus in existing days, and Kass claims it was one of the to commence with variables that elevated his suspicions many years in the past. Now 66, Epstein did not arrive from income and hardly ever graduated from college, nonetheless he landed a instruction job at a extravagant non-public faculty (“unheard of,” claims Kass) and rose as a end result of the ranks in the early 1980s at cost loan company Bear Stearns. Within no time, Kass notes, Epstein was developed a lover of the company — and then was promptly and unceremoniously ousted. (Epstein reportedly remaining the company adhering to a compact securities violation.) Even with this “squishy operate encounter,” as Kass areas it, at some stage just just after his speedy exit, Epstein launched his possess hedge fund, J. Epstein & Co., afterwards renamed Dollars Feel in Co. Collectively the way, he started off pedaling the unbelievable narrative that he was so selective he would only function with billionaires.

So the aforementioned concept that has emerged is that Epstein was working some kind of intercourse trafficking and extortion racket (probably coupled with conservative but advantageous investments and probable tax evasion), blackmailing abundant and solid folks into anonymously investing with him — lining his pockets and insulating himself from accountability in the procedure. Here is at least some alleged corroboration:

If the blackmail principle would seem substantially-fetched, it is actually well worth holding in ideas that it was also floated by one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre. “Epstein … also acquired girls for Epstein’s shut close friends and acquaintances. Epstein particularly instructed me that the bring about for him carrying out this was so that they would ‘owe him,’ they would ‘be in his pocket,’ and he would ‘have a little something on them,’” she explained in a courtroom affidavit, in accordance to the investigative assortment in the Miami Herald that launched the situation yet again to the public’s focus late ultimate 12 months. In the 2015 filing, Giuffre claimed that Epstein “debriefed her” straight away just after she was forced into sexual encounters so that he could possess “intimate and most likely uncomfortable information” to blackmail buddies into parking their bucks with him. She also explained photographic and video clip proof existed — an assertion that looms in particular large now that federal investigators have discovered a trove of illustrations or photographs in Epstein’s dwelling safe and sound and sound.

Do the feds now have that trove of meant photographic and video proof?  There are a couple of obvious holes in this all round notion, even if it can be to some degree plausible on the surface region. For event, would not some huge wealthy blackmail target have taken drastic movement at some stage, probably blowing the whistle to authorities (really feel of the globe broad world wide web of powerful sexual intercourse offenders officers could have taken down beneath this problem), or even resorting to violence? It seems complicated to visualize that any substantial amount of of wealthy and influential males creating it attainable for themselves to be endlessly fleeced by a man or woman guy who’d been gathering and weaponizing their darkest secrets and techniques and procedures. But so rather a handful of variables of this horrible story strain credulity. Then you will find this report from the Day-to-day Beast:

Epstein’s title, I was instructed, had been raised by the Trump changeover employees when Alexander Acosta, the former U.S. lawyer in Miami who’d infamously slice Epstein a non-prosecution plea deal back yet again in 2007, was remaining interviewed for the function of labor secretary. The plea provide set a challenging halt to a personal federal investigation of alleged sexual intercourse crimes with minors and trafficking. “Is the Epstein circumstance heading to lead to a problems [for confirmation hearings]?” Acosta knowledgeable been questioned. Acosta had defined, breezily, apparently, that back in the doing work day he’d had just 1 meeting on the Epstein situation. He’d slice the non-prosecution provide with 1 individual of Epstein’s attorneys considering the fact that he knowledgeable “been told” to yet again off, that Epstein was earlier stated his shell out excellent. “I was advised Epstein ‘belonged to intelligence’ and to depart it alone,” he explained to his interviewers in the Trump transition, who evidently regarded as that was a adequate treatment and went forward and employed Acosta. (The Labor Workplace had no remark when requested about this.)

Requested about this angle all through his presser, Acosta gave a convoluted and evasive reply: “So there has been reporting to that impact and allow me say, there is been reporting to a ton of effects in this case, not just now but over the yrs and, again, I would hesitant to acquire this reporting as truth. This was a situation that was brought by our place of work, it was brought based on the information and I appear at the reporting and some others, I just cannot tackle it immediately since of our pointers, but I can inform you that a whole lot of reporting is heading down rabbit holes.” What does that signify?  Was Epstein a spy, or at the pretty least a treasured asset?  Was US intelligence exploiting his depravity primarily simply because it assisted ensnare associated and impressive folks from all over the globe, furnishing exploitable leverage for collecting data?  

This would seem like a substantially-fetched conspiracy notion on its experience.  It’s an extraordinary declare that necessitates extraordinary proof — evidence that we do not have.  But if Acosta did in level describe to Workers Trump that ‘intelligence’ was doing work Epstein for the duration of the mid-2000’s prosecution program of action, that might probably allow describe so a good deal weirdness about this problem.  It also may well have been a self-serving deflection.  Either way, the departing Labor Secretary did not seem intrigued in answering worries on this situation this seven days.  One wonders if the standard public will ever get satisfactory solutions about any of this.  Parting considered: Do the blackmail and intelligence theories are unsuccessful beneath Occam’s Razor — or are they buttressed by it?

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