One of the best-known stories about Jeffrey Epstein, years before he pleaded guilty in the sweetheart deal in which Alex Acosta was involved, is the 2003 Vanity Fair article “The Talented Mr. Epstein
”, written by Vicky Ward.
I don´t think that it helps her credibility that she waited 16 years, but now Ward claims that at the time she wanted to report on Epstein molesting 2 young sisters (one of them underage when it happened), who had spoken on the record. This was prevented by the editor of Vanity Fair - Graydon Carter.
https://www.democracynow.org/2019/7/8/j ... _friend_of
AMY GOODMAN: Can you describe what happened to you when you wrote this piece? You spoke to Jeffrey Epstein.
VICKY WARD: Oh, multiple times, multiple times. He wheeled out, you know, all these important bankers and academics and financiers to talk to me. And he would call me all the time, but he would threaten me. He would talk, and then he would say, “You know, Vicky, if I don’t like this piece, you know, something is going to happen to your unborn children.” You know, and that way, he would sort of say it, you know, lightly, but I went to the magazine’s general counsel at the time.
VICKY WARD: Yes. And two sisters who—
AMY GOODMAN: Alleged.
VICKY WARD: —who alleged that Jeffrey Epstein had assaulted each of them separately, on separate occasions, but one of them at the time was underage. And it was a classic story of two young women who did not come from a particularly rich family. The younger one wanted to go to an Ivy League school. Jeffrey offered to pay for this, but only if he got to know this young woman better. And he was very plausible. He had his girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, who—very charming, well educated, British sort of socialite around New York—
VICKY WARD: Yes, he came in. I had had no—I was not told about this. He came in. He had a private meeting with the magazine’s then-editor, Graydon Carter, after which I was informed that Graydon believed Jeffrey Epstein. I was told that Jeffrey Epstein had told Graydon that he was, quote-unquote, “sensitive about the women.” And so they would be pulled from the story. So it would now be a business story. And—
AMY GOODMAN: About what? A business story.
VICKY WARD: Well, it was a business story that explained that Jeffrey Epstein was not who he claimed to be in his professional life. But the very powerful, awful stories of what happened to these women got taken out.
(archived here: http://archive.is/OeaS0
The following is one of those rare stories with so much information that I have difficulties getting the whole picture.
In 1981, Jeffrey Epstein left Bear Stearns in the middle of insider trading accusations involving a tender offer placed by Seagram Company Ltd. (owned by none other than the NXIVM-affiliated Edgar Bronfman Sr.) for St. Joe Minerals Corp.
Epstein reportedly became an informer to the investigation that got several Italian and Swiss investors sentenced for insider trading, including Italian financier Giuseppe Tome.
In 1987, Epstein was hired by Steven Jude Hoffenberg; Epstein’s first assignments included bids to take over Pan American World Airways in 1987 and Emery Air Freight Corp in 1988.
Hoffenberg was a tenant in the Trump Tower.
In 1994, Hoffenberg was arrested on charges of securities fraud. In 1995, Hoffenberg pleaded guilty to one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history through Towers Financial Corporation to defraud investors of more than $450 million.
Hoffenberg paid a $60 million settlement to the SEC, a $1 million fine, and spent 18 years in prison.
Epstein wasn´t accused (like in the Bear Stearns insider trading case).
In February 2016, WHAM Inc. (of Hoffenberg and Theodore Fotsis) notes:
it is contemplated that the Financial Trust Company (...) and Jeffrey Epstein (...) shall provide a minimum of one billion (...) dollars in assets to the Company.
It is not clear how Fotsis and Hoffenberg developed the plan for WHAM Inc. to acquire Hoffenberg’s businesses, get $1 billion from Epstein, or launch the Trump Super PAC in June.
In May 2016, Hoffenberg filed a lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein accusing him of helping Hoffenberg defraud investors.
The lawsuit was later withdrawn with prejudice.
In June 2016, Steven Hoffenberg launched the “Get Our Jobs Back Inc.” Super PAC to get Donald Trump elected.
That same month the Super PAC noted a $50,000,000 contribution from Statware, Inc. for Digital Media Marketing, Revenue Sharing, on behalf of “Trump J. Donald”. It is not clear how Statware´s CEO Richard LePoutre met Steven Hoffenberg or why he made a $50 million in-kind contribution.
The Super PAC closed on 8 November 2016.
Also in June 2016, WHAM, Inc. noted two contracts “for performance based consulting services with third‐parties
” with future revenue of $113,000,000.
None of WHAM Inc.’s financial reports after June 2016 referred to this 113 million dollar.
In April 2016, WHAM Inc. used a new corporate website whaminc.us. This domain was hosted at the French company OVH SAS. In early 2017, OVH SAS was reported as being involved in hacking by the Russian state-sponsored Fancy Bear.
By early 2018, it appears that Theodore Fotsis had no remaining connection to WHAM Inc.
The WHAM Inc. name changed several times (to BERTIH Holdings and then to Syntrol).
An interesting change came in January 2018, when Pavel Birjukovskis of Latvia took ownership of the whaminc.us domain and hosted by the ITL company since. ITL, based in Ukraine, has been prominent in the Trump-Russia story and was reportedly the host for the Blacktivist.info website that also leased servers to Greenfloid LLC, a Florida registered company. Greenfloid LLC ran the sites blackmattersus.com and DoNotShoot.Us. In 2017, these were reported as troll sites.
In September 2016, ITL also hosted Whoiswhos.me — controlled and used by the Russian Internet Research Agency that hosted malware.
More recently, ITL was linked to the VPNFilter hacking campaign, which was again linked to the Russian state hacking group Fancy Bear.
In another one of those strange coincidences, the late Robert Maxwell (father of Ghislaine Maxwell) has been closely affiliated with Robert Fraser & Partners LLP.
None other than Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix once worked for Robert Fraser & Partners.
In 2003, Robert Fraser & Partners was incorporated by John Michael Bottomley, who from 2005 to 2014 served as a director for the SCL Group (Cambridge Analytica’s parent company): https://medium.com/@wsiegelman/plaintif ... a734847ddc
(archived here: http://archive.is/7Pkr4
For more information on the British Royal family-controlled SCL Group (Cambridge Analytica’s parent company) – that orchestrated Brexit and got Donald Trump crowned president: viewtopic.php?f=27&p=5932#p5753