I was told Epstein ‘belonged to intelligence’ and to leave it alone

…It is a criminal and unconscionable blackmail operation…hidden in plain sight, for over half a century, exploiting and destroying the lives of untold numbers of children in the process…

All of this has taken place with the full knowledge and blessing of top figures in the world of “philanthropy” and in the U.S. government and intelligence communities, with great influence over several presidential administrations, particularly since the rise of Ronald Reagan and continuing through to Donald Trump.

Whitney Webb

In a series of articles, writing for Mintpress News, award winning journalist Whitney Webb reveals that Jeffery Epstein was only the latest in a long line of “Epsteins” going back to infamous Mob boss, Meyer Lansky whose accomplices in those days included legendary FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover.

Whitney demonstrates at great length, the “Epstein scandal” is not a recent or stand alone story but that it provides enormously disturbing insight into the workings of the United States government and empire at it’s highest levels for over seventy years of it’s history.

TOO BIG TO FAIL ~ Hidden in Plain Sight: The Shocking Origins of the Jeffrey Epstein Case

TOO BIG TO FAIL ~ Government by Blackmail: Jeffrey Epstein, Trump’s Mentor and the Dark Secrets of the Reagan Era

TOO BIG TO FAIL  ~ Mega Group, Maxwells and Mossad: The Spy Story at the Heart of the Jeffrey Epstein Scandal

TOO BIG TO FAIL ~ From “Spook Air” to the “Lolita Express”: The Genesis and Evolution of the Jeffrey Epstein-Bill Clinton Relationship

The articles are long, detailed and filled with connections between various players who at times can seem far afield from each other, then suddenly collide creating brand new new rabbit holes to add to the complexity. The so called “Epstein scandal” is one of many avenues from which one can gain unvarnished insight into this entity we proudly, or with a roll of the eyes refer to as “our government”. As the news cycle turns, I imagine most Americans would prefer to forgetfully turn away from the whole mess along with it and consume the next bunch of talking points whatever they may be.

But, considering these engrained and decades long practices involve the very real victimization of very real children, I am simply asking that you take the time to learn more about this matter and ask why in seventy years of voting, trending ‘left” and “right” Republican and Democrat, with Congresses and the White House moving back and forth dozens of times, pedophile blackmail operations have been a prevalent means of leverage and influence at the highest levels government. Is it, as conventional wisdom would have it, a matter of electing the right people and implementing the right reforms?

Even as Whiney Webb has lain it out in plain language in both her articles and many interviews, I’ve found keeping track of the facts and people involved to be difficult but worth the trouble. For my own purposes, I’ve tried to boil it down into the basic names and facts and occasional speculations in order to quickly scan and reference as needed. I’ve posted my work here for anyone interested but first I highly recommend you read Whitney’s articles in their entirety.

“Epsteins” 1&2:

Meyer Lansky and Lewis Rosenstiel

Samuel Bronfman was a major Canadian bootlegger

Bronfman liquor was purchased in massive quantities by  New York Mob boss Meyer Lansky.

Crucial to Bronfman’s bootlegging operations was Lewis Rosenstiel  part of an organized crime ‘consortium’ with Lansky

Samuel Bronfman’s son, Charles cofounded the Mega Group with Leslie Wexner in 1991.

Journalist Ed Reid, author of The Mistress and the Mafia, wrote Lansky sent Virginia Hill to Mexico in 1939, to seduce numerous “top politicians, army officers, diplomats and police officials.” that later involved the OSS

During WWII Lansky and Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel — worked with Naval intelligence in Operation Underworld,”

Douglas Valentine: The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World 

In the 1940s Lansky obtained compromising photos of J. Edgar Hoover that showed Hoover in sexual contact with FBI Deputy Director Clyde Tolson.

 A former Lansky associate, said Lansky had claimed, “I fixed that sonofabitch.”

In return for services rendered during [World War II], Mafia bosses were protected from prosecution for dozens of unsolved murders.

The Mafia emerged from the war empowered and was a huge problem in 1951 [when the Kefauver Committee was convened],

After the war, the CIA (formerly OSS) reestablished ties with Lansky at the behest of James J. Angleton. The CIA would later turn to the Lansky-linked mob in the early 1960s to assassinate Fidel Castro,

Lansky was also connected to Tibor Rosenbaum, an arms procurer and high-ranking official the Mossad, whose bank – the International Credit Bank of Geneva – laundered much of Lansky’s ill-gotten gains and recycled them into legitimate American businesses.

Lewis Rosenstiel was known for bugging his offices in order to hear what employees said about him when he wasn’t present.

His bisexual antics, were well-known to his close associates.

According to Rosenstiel’s wife Susan Kaufman he hosted parties that included“boy prostitutes” “for the enjoyment” of guests, which included important government officials and prominent figures in America’s criminal underworld.

The venues were bugged with microphones for the purpose of blackmail.

Bronfman and Rosenstiel were closely connected to Meyer Lansky,

the only famous mobster in the 1920s

who never serve a day in jail,

These “blackmail parties” would grow dramatically in the 1950s

At Rosenstiel’s parties,” with figures of the Mafia, Hoover was said to have worn women’s clothing and Meyer Lansky’s wife later said that her husband had photos of the former Hoover in drag.

This was also described by two witnesses not connected to Kaufman.

Hoover is on record showing unusual concern in the FBI’s handling of Rosenstiel’s criminal links as early as 1939, the same year Lansky was actively orchestrating the sexual blackmail of powerful political figures.

The blackmail acquired on Hoover has been cited  in his denial that nationwide organized crime was a serious issue.

Rosenstiel protected Lansky from legal scrutiny with his child prostitution and blackmail ring targeting high-ranking officials, and he was overheard saying that if the government “ever brings pressure against Lansky or any of us, we’ll use this [a specific recording taken at one of the ‘parties’] as blackmail.” 

Rosenstiel’s FBI file, obtained by Anthony Summers, in 1956.

After requesting a meeting, Rosenstiel was granted a personal face-to-face with the director in a matter of hours. Rosenstiel heavily lobbied Hoover to aid his business interests.

Soon after their first “official” meeting, the public relationship between the two men flourished, with Hoover sending Rosenstiel flowers when he fell ill.

Summers reported that, Rosenstiel was heard telling Hoover “your wish is my command.”

Hoover was well-known for amassing blackmail on friend and foe alike. files he used to gain favors and protect his status as FBI director for as long as he wished. 

Hoover knew he was compromised and Hoover’s involvement in the operation would have served as a means of procuring the blackmail for his own purposes.

If Hoover was merely being blackmailed and extorted by the Lansky-Rosenstiel connected mob, it is unlikely that he would have been so friendly to Rosenstiel, Lansky and the other mobsters at these gatherings.

According to journalist and author Burton Hersh, Hoover was also tied to Sherman Kaminsky, who ran a sexual blackmail operation involving young males. That operation was busted and investigated in ‘66 led by Manhattan DA Frank Hogan.

FBI took over the investigation and photos of Hoover and Kaminsky disappeared from the case file.

Hoover and Rosenstiel’s deep ties can be seen in Rosenstiel’s hiring of Hoover aide Louis Nichols as  the Vice President  of Schenley liquor and Rosenstiel’s donation of over $1 million to the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation, which Nichols also ran. 

“Epstein” number 3: 

Roy Cohn

Roy Cohn was not the only one close to Ronald Reagan running pedophile blackmail operations


all of them had connections to CIA Director William Casey and

Roy Cohn.

Roy Cohn became closely associated with the Reagan White House, the CIA, the FBI, organized crime and, many figures who would surround Jeffrey Epstein.

in the early 1950’s, Cohn was a key figure in the trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg and later as the right-hand man of 

Joseph McCarthy. 

The date and circumstances around Cohn’s introduction to Rosenstiel are hard to come by but may include associates of Meyer Lansky

Cohn’s dedication to anti-communist activities endeared him to J. Edgar Hoover, whom he first met in 1952.

 Bobby and J. Edgar: The Historic Face-Off Between the Kennedys and J. Edgar Hoover That Transformed America, (Burton Hersh) 

Hoover expressed admiration for Cohn’s aggressive and manipulative tactics and told Cohn to “call me directly” whenever he had information worth sharing. From that point on, Cohn and Hoover “traded favors, compliments, gifts and private dinners. It quickly became ‘Roy’ and ‘Edgar.’” Hersh describes Hoover as Cohn’s “consigliere.” 

Hoover’s recommendation of Cohn was a deciding factor in his appointment as McCarthy’s general counsel over Robert Kennedy, a rival and bitter enemy of Cohn’s.

Cohn’s antics on the McCarthy committee would lead to his downfall when attempted to blackmail the Army for preferential treatment for committee consultant and Cohn’s rumored lover, David Schine.

However, a few years later New York Judge David Peck, a long-time associate of CIA-Alan Dullesorchestrated Cohn’s hire to Saxe, Bacon O’Shea and /Bolan. Cohn brought in a slew of Mafia- clients, including Gambino, Genovese and Rosenstiel.

Susan Kaufman attended parties hosted by Cohn with her husband Lewis Rosenstiel in 1958 at Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel, suite 233. Kaufman testified that young boys were present and that

Cohn, J. Edgar Hoover and Rosenstiel engaged in sexual activity with them.

Roy Cohn was providing protection. That’s where Cohn got his power from —blackmail” –  John Klotz

NYPD detective, James Rothstein told John DeCamp the following about Cohn:

Cohn’s job was to run the little boys. Say you had an admiral, a general, a congressman, who did not want to go along with the program. Cohn’s job was to set them up, then they would go along. Cohn told me that himself.”

Cohn also identified this sexual blackmail operation as being part of the anti-communist crusade which suggests the FBI may have been connected with child sex blackmail at a broader level than Hoover personally, as FBI closely coordinated with McCarthy and Cohn.

Roy Cohn remains a controversial figure because of his close, personal relationship with

Donald Trump who became Cohn’s protege in the mid-1970s.

It is unknown if the sex ring at the Plaza continued, after Cohn’s death from AIDS in 1986 but

Donald Trump purchased the Plaza Hotel in 1988. 

It would be reported and confirmed that Trump hosted parties at the Plaza … where “young women and girls were introduced to older, richer men” and “illegal drugs and young women were passed around and used.” 

Andy Lucchesi, a male model who had helped organize  Plaza Hotel parties for Trump, said 

A lot of girls, 14, look 24. That’s as juicy as I can get…”

Cohn’s network extends to

Bill Clinton, whose friend and longtime political advisor,

Richard “Dirty Dick” Morris, was Cohn’s cousin and close associate. Morris was also close to Clinton’s communications director,

George Stephanopoulos,

who is also associated with Jeffrey Epstein.

Roy Cohn’s birthday parties over the years attracted such figures Andy Warhol, Calvin Klein, Joey Adams, and notable political figures including Mayor of New York Abraham Beame, Chuck Schumer, Margaret Trudeau, mother of Justin Trudeau, where she famously toppled his birthday cake and, Donald Trump.

Those invited to Cohn’s parties were said to have “had open accounts in Cohn’s favor bank

Roy Cohn’s “favor bank”

and his unique position as a liaison between the

criminal underworld,

the rich and famous, and

top media influencers made him a force to be reckoned with. Yet, it was his political connections to leadership figures in both the

Republican and Democratic parties and his close relationship to long-time FBI Director

J. Edgar Hoover, among other figures, that made him and his dark secret

“untouchable” for much of his life.

Many of Cohn’s celebrity friendships were cultivated through Studio 54 . Cohn was friends with owners, Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager.

Among Cohn’s closest friends were Barbara Walters, who he referred to as his “fiancee” and whom he introduced to the head of the U.S. Information Agency, Chad Wick, in the Reagan White House. Cohn’s friends also included:

Abe Rosenthal, executive editor of the New York Times

William Safire New York Times columnist; and 

George Sokolsky of The New York Herald TribuneNBC and ABC

Sokolsky was particularly close to Cohn and J. Edgar Hoover

Sokolsky ran the American Jewish League Against Communism with Cohn for several years and the organization 

named its Medal of Honor after Sokolsky.

Cohn also leaned on his friend, S.I. Newhouse Jr., for media influence. Newhouse oversaw the media empire that now includes Vanity Fair, Vogue, GQ, The New Yorker, numerous local newspapers, and cable television

New York Magazine noted  “Cohn used his influence in the early ’80s to secure favors for …Mob clients in Newhouse publications.” 

Cohn’s pals, Generoso Pope Jr. and Richard Berlin, became the owners of the National Enquirer and the Hearst Corporation, respectively. 

Also, friends Mort Zuckerman, and Rupert Murdoch – would befriend Jeffrey Epstein.

William F. Buckley attacked Cohn’s enemies like Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau — in columns, using Cohn as an anonymous source. 

Buckley received the George Sokolsky medal alongside “Supreme Commander” Lewis Rosenstiel in 1966. 

Buckley got a heavily discounted $65,000 loan to buy a luxury boat from a bank where Cohn had hand-picked the president, according to LIFE magazine

William F. Buckley 

Barbara Walters 

Alan Dershowitz 

Donald Trump 

were all character witnesses for Cohn during his 1986 disbarment hearings. 

All but Buckley had relationships with Jeffrey Epstein.

Cohn became even more powerful with the rise of 

Ronald Reagan.

He remained a Democrat all his life, but Cohn was a “fixer” for Republican candidates with outsized roles in the ‘76 and ‘80 Reagan campaigns. 

During the 80 campaign Cohn met Roger Stone

whom he instructed to leave a hefty bribe  at the New York Liberal Party’s headquarters. 

Cohn would also meet Paul Manafort and Donald Trump.

Cohn’s law partner, Tom Bolanchaired Reagan’s transition team in 1980. 

Reagan named Bolan, a director of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Bolan was New York finance co-chair in the ’80 and ’84 Reagan campaigns. 

Bolan was close to William F. Buckley Jr., Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch.

Bolan was instrumental in securing federal judgeships for several who would become influential,

including Louis Freeh

Cohn was able to get others appointed as federal judgesincluding 

Donald Trump’s sister, Maryanne Trump Barry. 

Donald Trump called Cohn to thank him. 

Cohn was not given a public position in the Reagan administration, but worked with campaign communications director and CIA director, William Casey. According to Christine Seymour — Cohn’s long-time switchboard operator, Casey “called [Cohn] almost daily” during the 1980 campaign.

Seymour also noted one of Cohn’s other frequent phone pals was Nancy Reagan and his client. It was largely Cohn’s death from AIDS that led her to “encourage her husband to seek more funding for AIDS research.” 

Prior to Cohn’s death, Nancy and Ronald secured his spot in an exclusive experimental AIDS treatment program, despite Reagan’s “non-response” to the AIDS crisis. 

Ronald Reagan was also a friend of Cohn’s. According to Robert Parry, “lavished favors including invitations to the White House, personal thank-you notes and birthday wishes” 

Reagan heavily courted the evangelical right and promoted “family values”. The close ties of himself, and inner circle, with Cohn may seem odd. However, Reagan had deep ties to the same organized-crime factions that were among Cohn’s clients, including Cohn’s mentor, Lewis Rosenstiel (see Part I).

Reagan’s mentor, MCA president Lew Wasserman

-had close ties to the mob

-was known for making Reagan’s film and TV career,

supported Reagan’s push to become president of the Screen Actors Guild, 

-MCA was a major financier of Reagan’s gubernatorial bid in 1966 

The Reagan administration shut down a DOJ probe into MCA’s ties to organized crime.

According to Shawn Swords, filmmaker of Wages of Spin II: Bring Down That Wall:

Reagan’s whole career was guided by MCA, by Wasserman and founder Jules Stein, who said Reagan was malleable, they could do what they wanted with him. 

Swords’ characterization is supported by an unnamed Hollywood source cited in a DOJ document.

As a young man, Lew Wasserman joined the Mayfield Road Gang, run by Moe Dalitz, who, per the FBI, was second only to Meyer Lansky himself in the Jewish mob. 

Lew Wasserman married Edith Beckerman, whose father was Dalitz’s lawyer

Wasserman’s lawyer, Sidney Korshak, had close ties to Dalitz and partnered with Lansky in the Acapulco Towers Hotel. 

New West magazine stated in 1976 Korshak was the “logical successor to Meyer Lansky.Korshak, like Roy Cohn gained a reputation as 

a bridge between organized crime and respectable society.

the DOJ probe into MCA that Reagan quashed was reportedly spurred after DOJ learned that Gambino crime family member, Salvatore Pisello, was doing business with MCA

Gambino crime family boss, Paul Castellanowas a client of Roy Cohn. 

Less well-known is how Cohn aided the CIA’s covert propaganda efforts that were part of Iran-Contra.

Cohn forged close ties with director of the U.S. Information Agency, Chad Wick, even hosting a luncheon in Wick’s honor attended by figures in the conservative press, senators and representatives. 

Soon after, CIA Director and Cohn friend William Casey was spearheading a PR campaign for Reagan’s Latin American policies, and the Contras

Though the propaganda effort was technically illegal, the CIA outsourced the job to minimize fall-out. 

Robert Parry reported in 2015, right after Chad Wick, of the U.S. Information Agency promised to find private support, 

Cohn brought Rupert Murdoch, to the White House to provide funding for the propaganda campaign. 

The friendship of Murdoch and Cohn began with their support for Israel

Cohn was Murdoch’s attorney, according to New York Magazine, “Whenever Roy wanted a story stopped, put in, or exploited, he called Murdoch”, 

after Murdoch boughtthe New York Post. According to Robert Parry, Cohn “wielded the paper as his personal shiv. 

Murdoch became the top media ally of this Casey-directed propaganda effort, and increasingly close to the Reagan White House. 

Murdoch benefited from Reagan’s policies and friendship which allowed him to increase U.S. media holdings and create Fox Broadcasting Corporation in 1987.

The Cohn and Epstein, sexual blackmail operations share the same famous friends, connections to intelligence, and modern-day mob-linked businessmen rebranded as “philanthropists.” 

Cohn was known to have successors, as revealed by scandals in the early 1990s swept under the rug. The significant amount of overlap strongly suggest that Epstein was one of Roy Cohn’s successors.

“Epsteins” 4 & 5:

Robert Keith Gray and Edwin Wilson

Robert Keith Gray, former chairman and CEO of public relations firm Hill and Knowlton,

which 60 Minutes  called “an unelected shadow government”.

the Washington Post, called Gray “one of the most sought-after lobbyists in Washington”

A Washington Post reporter called Gray “the man in the black tuxedo with snow-white hair and a smile like a diamond.”

Gray, was a close adviser to Eisenhower and Nixon,

a “six-figure globs” Republican fundraiser according to the Washingtonian. 

Robert Keith Gray was director of communications during Reagan’s 1980 campaign under William Casey, who later became CIA director.

Gray returned to the PR business, taking on several clients including Saudi arms dealer

Adnan Khashoggi

and hedge fund manager Marc Rich

The connection between Gray and Casey is particularly telling,

John DeCamp reported Gray was a specialist in homosexual blackmail operations for the CIA and collaborated with Roy Cohn in those activities.

Cohn and Gray would have known each other during Reagan’s 1980 campaign when Casey, Gray’s boss — was calling Roy Cohn “every day,” according to Christine Seymour.

In the 1970s, Robert Keith Gray served on the board of Consultants International a CIA front company founded by CIA and Naval Intelligence officer Edwin Wilson.

Wilson was caught illegally selling weapons to Libya in 1983

a Navy review of Wilson’s intelligence career was unearthed by journalist Peter Maas,

Wilson also ran sexual blackmail operations for the CIA, at the time of Watergate according to his partner and CIA agent Frank Terpil.

Jim Hougan: 

one of Wilson’s Agency jobs was to subvert members of both houses [of Congress] …. Certain people could be coerced by living out their sexual fantasy …. A remembrance of these occasions [was] recorded via cameras…. [by] TSD [Technical Services Division of the CIA].

According to Terpil, Wilson ran his operation out of the George Town Club, owned by lobbyist and Korean intelligence asset Tongsun Park. Park set up the club on behalf of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency in an effort to influence U.S. politicians and officials.” The president of the George Town Club at the time  was Robert Keith Gray.

DeCamp later reported that Wilson’s activities were a spin-off of the same sexual blackmail operation in which Cohn became involved during the McCarthy era with Lewis Rosenstiel and J. Edgar Hoover.

“Epsteins” 6 & 7:

Father Bruce Ritter and Cardinal Francis Spellman

Another pedophile network connected to a close associate of George H.W. Bush in the early 1990s was run out of the Catholic charity Covenant House, founded by Father Bruce Ritter.

In 1968, Ritter asked his superior — Cardinal Francis Spellman of New York — for permission to take homeless teenage, boys and girls, into his home in Manhattan. 

Spellman was accused of pedophilia and ordained known pedophiles as the highest-ranking Catholic priest in the US. 

Spellman was also a close associate of Roy Cohn, and his law partner Tom Bolan

Spellman was alleged to have been seen at least one of Cohn’s “blackmail parties.” 

Spellman’s nephew, worked for Roy Cohn

Ritter, like Spellman and other priests who served under Spellman, was of having sexual relationships with many of the underaged boys he had taken in, 

Ritter’s activities at Covenant House were exposed  in 1989 by New York Post, Charles M. Sennott, who would later state that “the secular powers more than the archdiocese protected him [Ritter].” 

Sennott’s report was attacked viciously by columnists in other New York media and Governor Mario Cuomo

The likely reason these “secular powers” came to the aid of Ritter, is that Covenant House and Ritter was deeply tied to Robert Macauley, a long-time friend of the Bush family. Macauley was “instrumental” to Covenant House fundraising and brought on several “wealthy well-connected people,” including former government officials and investment bankers.

Macauley’s organization, the AmeriCares Foundation, which was later accused of funneling money to the Contras, was a main source of funding of Covenant House

AmeriCares also worked with U.S. intelligence

Ritter visited Macauley’s Connecticut estate 

Ritter was VP of AmeriCares until he was forced to resign from Covenant House. 

George H.W. Bush’s brother, Prescott, was also on the AmeriCares advisory board

From 1985 to 1989, Covenant House’s operating budget grew from $27 million to $90 million and its board included top executives at 


Chase Manhattan Bank 

Bear Stearns.

“Epstein” number 8: 

Roberto Alejos Arzu, a CIA asset

Covenant House opened branches in Canada, Mexico and Central America. Its first Central America branch was in Guatemala headed by 

Roberto Alejos Arzu, a CIA asset whose plantation was used to train the troops used in the “Bay of Pigs”

Alejos Arzu was also an associate of U.S.-backed dictator of Nicaragua, Anastasio Somoza

and a member of the Knights of Malta, a Catholic order to which William Casey and Roy Cohn’s law partner Tom Bolan  also belonged. 

Tom Bolanchaired Reagan’s transition team in 1980. 

Reagan named Bolan, a director of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Bolan was in the ’80 and ’84 Reagan campaigns. 

Bolan was close to William F. Buckley Jr., Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch.

Bolan was instrumental in securing federal judgeships for several who would become influential,

 including Louis Freeh

Alejos Arzu also worked for AmeriCares and was tied to several Central American paramilitary groups

Intelligence sources cited by DeCamp assert that the Alejos Arzu-led branch of Covenant House procured children for a pedophile ring based in the United States. 

“Epstein” number 9: 

Craig Spence

After leaving ABC News in the 1980s, Craig Spence found success as a prominent conservative Washington lobbyist. 

In June 1989, it was revealed that Spence had been pimping out children to the power elite in Washington throughout the 1980s in apartments that were bugged with video and audio recording equipment

In the NYT in 1982 Spence said his “party guest lists constitute a ‘Who’s Who’ in Congress, Government and journalism” 

Spence was known to throw parties, which the Times described as “glitter[ed] ambassadors, television stars, senators, senior State Department officials.” 

Roy Cohn

William Casey and Cohn’s journalist friend 

William Safire were some of the attendees 

the Times article continues, 

Richard Nixon 

John Mitchell. 

Eric Sevareid 

John Glenn 

Peter Ustinov” 

Ustinov wrote for The European newspaper founded in 1990 by 

Robert Maxwell, the father of Epstein’s alleged madam 

Ghislaine Maxwell and a known Mossad agent.

Seven years after the Times’ profile It was revealed  that 

Spence was linked to a “homosexual prostitution ring” 

and his parties were bugged “to compromise guests.” 

Spence also offered cocaine as another means of blackmail.

According to DeCamp, Spence was known to offer young children for sex to attendees at his blackmail parties.

a Reagan White House official and an Air Force sergeant confirmed that Spence’s house was filled with recording equipment.

The report also documented Spence’s connections to U.S. intelligence, particularly the CIA. According to the Washington Times report, Spence “often boasted that he was working for the CIA. 

The Washington Times report  Spence had spoken of smuggling cocaine into the U.S. from El Salvador, involving U.S. military. Given the timing of these comments and CIA’s involvement in cocaine for weapons in Iran Contra, his comments may have been much more than just boasts.

One of the most critical parts: 

Spence was able to enter the White House late at night during the George H.W. Bush administration with young men whom the Washington Times described as “call boys.” 

Spence later stated that his contacts in the White House, were “top level” and he singled out Pres Bush’s National Security Advisor Donald Gregg

Gregg had worked at CIA since 1951 before he resigned in 1982 to become National Security Advisor to VicePres Bush

Gregg had worked directly under William Casey and, in the late 1970s,

with William Barr in stonewalling the Pike & Church Committees in 1975. The committees were investigating the CIA’s “love traps,” or sexual blackmail operations used to lure foreign diplomats to bugged apartments, complete with recording equipment and two-way mirrors.

Barr would later become Bush’s Attorney General, rising to that post yet again under Trump

Furthermore, Barr’s father Donald Barr worked for the precursor to the CIA, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and recruited a young Jeffrey Epstein, then a high school drop-out, to teach at the elite Dalton School, from which Epstein was later fired.

A year prior to hiring Epstein, Donald Barr published a science fiction fantasy novel about sex slavery.

Notably, the same year Donald Barr hired Epstein, his son was working for the CIA.

Bill Barr has refused calls to recuse himself from the Epstein case, even though he worked at the same law firm that has represented Epstein in the past.

Donald Gregg is also connected to Roy Cohn’s “influence machine” through his daughter’s marriage to Christopher Buckley, the son of William F. Buckley

The Washington Times reports Spence’s child sex ring also had close ties to Roy Cohn. One of the source alleged he had attended a birthday party for Roy Cohn that Spence had hosted and that William Casey was in attendance. Spence was said to often brag about his social companions and regularly mentioned Cohn

“Epstein” number 10: 

Larry King

“Bodies by God” 

The revelation of Craig Spence’s “call boy ring” led to the discovery of the Franklin child sex abuse and ritual murder ring run out of Omaha by Larry King, a Republican lobbyist who ran the Franklin Community Federal Credit Union.

May 1989 article in the Omaha World Herald’s reported, “…that money from the credit union …found its way to the Nicaraguan contra rebels.” 

Subsequent reporting by the Houston Post’s Pete Brewton, who discovered that the CIA, and organized crime, had secretly borrowed money from various savings and loans (S&L) institutions to fund covert operations. One of those S&Ls had Neil Bush, George H.W. Bush’s son, on its board and it had done business with King’s organization.

Another link between King and Iran Contra is King co-founded and donated $25,000 to Reagan affiliated, Citizens for America, which sponsored speaking trips for Oliver North and Contra leaders

The director of Citizens for America was David Carmen, who ran a public relations firm with the former head of covert operations at the Casey-led CIA, his father Gerald Carmen, who was appointed by Reagan to head the General Services Administration and an ambassadorship.

Spence was connected to King:   

The way we discovered… [King’s] … Nebraska… call boy ring, … the credit card chits of Spence’s ring…”

It was later revealed that King and Spence were business partners in a group nicknamed “Bodies by God.”

King and Spence were connected to prominent officials in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, including ties to CIA and the Roy Cohn network.

Spence, hinted to Washington Times reporters Michael Hedges and Jerry Seper, they had merely scratched the surface of something much darker: 

“All this stuff you’ve uncovered [involving call boys], … is insignificant compared to other things I’ve done…” 

King’s child sex abuse ring was quickly and aggressively covered upby theFBI

It is important to recall the role former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover played in blackmail operations that abused children (See Part I

and the close relationship between Hoover, Roy Cohn and Lewis Rosenstiel.

Documents released by the FBI show that Epstein became an FBI informant in 2008, when Robert Mueller was the Bureau’s director, in exchange for immunity from federal charges, 

In addition, former FBI Director Louis Freeh would be hired by Alan Dershowitz, (who is accused of raping girls at Epstein’s homes and was once a character witness for Roy Cohn,) to intimidate Epstein’s victims. 

Freeh’s appointment as a judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New Yorwas orchestrated by Cohn’s law partner

Tom Bolan.

Thus, the FBI’s cover-up of the Franklin case is just one example of the Bureau’s long-standing practice of protecting these pedophile rings. It also makes it worth questioning the impartiality of

 Maurene Comey, daughter of

James Comey, a main prosecutor in the Epstein case.

Robert Keith Gray was deputy director of communications in Reagan’s 1980 campaign under William Casey, who later became CIA director.

Gray returned to the PR business, taking on several clients including

Adnan Khashoggi

and Marc Rich

Marc Rich, was a Mossad asset. 

Marc Rich’s pardon by Bill Clinton was largely orchestrated by Mega Group members Michael Steinhardt and Israeli politicians like

Ehud Barak.

A matter of months after Cohn’s death another individual became a central figure in the powerful Cohn had cultivated.

Jeffrey Epstein, would be recruited, after his firing from the Dalton School, by Alan “Ace” Greenberg, a close friend of Cohn, to work at

Bear Stearns.

After leaving Bear Stearns and working as a “financial bounty hunter” for clients like Iran-Contra-linked arms dealer 

Adnan Khashoggi,

Epstein would come into contact with Leslie Wexner, a billionaire close to the Meyer Lansky-linked Bronfman family, who himself was tied to members of the crime syndicates once represented by Cohn.

Epstein shares considerable overlap with the network here and in Part I

He is also deeply connected to the 

Mega Group and its associates, like Ghislaine Maxwell’s father, Robert Maxwell

Part III of this series focuses on the Mega Group starting with 

Ronald Lauder

Billionaire heir to the Estee Lauder cosmetics fortune

President of the World Jewish Congress

Mega Group member, former member of the 

Reagan administration, long-time donor to 

Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud Party, as well as a long-time friend of 

Donald Trump and 

Roy Cohn.

In a statement  to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman in 2018, Lauder noted he has known Donald Trump for over 50 years, when Trump was a student at Wharton which Lauder also attended. 

The two shared a connection, as his clients of Roy Cohn. Cohn was close to Lauder’s mother, Estee Lauder (Josephine Mentzer). Estee was counted among Cohn’s most high-profile friends in his New York Times obituary

A window into the relationship surfaced in a 2016 article in Politico about a 1981 party at Cohn’s Greenwich home attended by Estee and Joe, as well as Trump and Ivana, who had a weekend home two miles away. That party was held soon after Cohn had helped Reagan secure the presidency and had reached the height of his political influence. Cohn offered toasts to Reagan and Senator for New York Alfonse D’Amato, who would later urge Ronald Lauder to run for political office.

In 1983, Ronald Lauder was appointed  as US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Affairs. Soon after his appointment, he served on the Dinner Tribute Committee for the pro-Israel organization B’nai B’rith, the parent organization of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), in Roy Cohn’s honor

Roy Cohn’s father, Albert was president of B’nai B’rith’s New England-New York chapter and Roy Cohn was a member of B’nai B’rith’s Banking and Finance Lodge.

The dinner specifically sought to honor Cohn for his pro-Israel advocacy. Its honorary chairmen included Rupert Murdoch, Donald Trump and Bear Stearns Alan Greenberg, all of whom are connected to Jeffrey Epstein

As deputy assistant secretary, Lauder was very active in Israeli politics and an ally of the Israeli representative to the UN Benjamin Netanyahu

Lauder would be one of the most important individuals in Netanyahu’s rise to power in 1996, and a major financier of the Likud Party

In 1986, the year Cohn died, Lauder became U.S. ambassador to Austria.

Lauder’s interest in Austrian politics has continued into recent years, with accusations that he sought to manipulate Austrian elections in 2012.

After leaving his ambassadorship, Lauder founded the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation in 1987 and ran for Mayor of NY against Giuliani in 1989. Lauder was encouraged to run by Alfonse D’Amato, who had close ties to Roy Cohn and Tom Bolan, who was D’Amato’s adviser

At the 1983 B’nai B’rith dinner for Cohn, D’Amato was the featured speaker.

A few years later, in the early 1990s, Lauder would join a newly formed group that has recently become of interest in connection with Jeffrey Epstein: the Mega Group.

A finding reported by Edward Szall: When police discovered an Austrian passport with Epstein’s picture and fake name in his Manhattan residence, according to the Associated Press, Epstein’s lawyers argued “a friend [who’s name was not disclosed] gave it to him in the 1980s after Jewish-Americans were advised to carry identification bearing a non-Jewish name” This claim appears related to concerns following the hijacking of Air France Flight 139 in 1976 when Israeli and Jewish hostages were separated from other hostages based largely on their passports.

The passport lists him as a resident of Saudi Arabia and fluency in German. Not a resident of Austria, the only way to have acquired it was through assistance from a well-connected Austrian official or foreign diplomat with clout in Austria.

Lauder, then-ambassador to Austria for the Reagan administration. The passport was issued in 1987, when Lauder was serving as ambassador.

In addition, Lauder was well-connected to Epstein’s former patron — former head of Bear Stearns’ Alan Greenberg, who had hired Epstein in the late 1970s immediately after the latter was fired from the Dalton School — and 

Donald Trumpanother friend of 

Lauder and Greenberg who began his friendship with 


in 1987

the same year the fake Austrian passport was issued

In 1987, Epstein also began his relationship with his principal financier, 

Leslie Wexner, who is also closely associated with 

Ronald Lauder

Furthermore, Epstein and the Mega Group’s ties to Mossad, also suggest Lauder particularly in light of his close ties to Israeli government and that Mossad has a history of using ambassadors to procure fake passports for its operatives. 

Lauder himself has been alleged to have ties to Mossad, as he is a long-time funder of IDC Herzliya, an Israeli university closely associated with Mossad and Israeli military intelligence. Lauder founded IDC Herzliya’s Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy. 

Lauder co-founded the Eastern European broadcasting network CETV with Mark Palmer, a former U.S. diplomat, Kissinger aide and Reagan speechwriter

Palmer co-founded the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), often described as an accessory to U.S. intelligence, and one whose first president confessed to the Washington Post that “a lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA.” 

A 2001 report in the Evening Standard noted that Epstein once claimed  he worked for the CIA during the 1980s but later backed away from that assertion.

The Mega Group

The Mega Group — a secretive group to which Lauder belongs — was formed in 1991 by Charles Bronfman and Epstein patron Leslie WexnerMedia profiles of the group paint it as “a loosely organized club of 20 [wealthy and] influential Jewish businessmen” focused on “philanthropy and Jewishness,” 

Several of its prominent members have ties to organized crime.

Mega Group members are closely associated with well-known pro-Israel organizations. Charles Bronfman and Michael Steinhardt formed Birthright Taglit with the backing of Benjamin Netanyahu. 

Steinhardt, an atheist, has stated his motivation was to advance his own belief that devotion to the state of Israel should serve as “a substitute for [Jewish] theology.” 

 Other well-known groups associated with the Mega Group include the World Jewish Congress — whose past president, Edgar Bronfman, and current president, Ronald Lauder, are both Mega Group members — and B’nai B’rith, particularly its spin-off known as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The Bronfman brothers were major donors to the ADL, with Edgar Bronfman serving as the ADL’s honorary national vice-chair for several years.

Shimon Peres listens to Edgar Bronfman during a 1995 lunch in Peres’ honor. David Karp | AP

Other Mega Group members that are donors the ADL include Ronald LauderMichael Steinhardt and the late Max Fisher. As previously mentioned, Roy Cohn’s father was a leader of B’nai B’rith’s New England-New York chapter and Cohn was later a celebrated member of its banking and finance lodge.

Max Fisher of the Mega Group founded the National Jewish Coalition, now the Republican Jewish Coalition — the main pro-Israel neocon lobby, known for supporting of hawkish policies, whose current patrons, 

Sheldon Adelson and Bernard Marcus, are 

Trump’s top donors.

The use of “philanthropy” to provide cover for more unscrupulous lobbying or business activities was pioneered decades earlier by Sam Bronfman, the father of Mega Group’s Edgar and Charles Bronfman

Sam Bronfman’s ambition was to become a respected member of high society and worked hard to remove his reputation of mob associations. By the end of the 1930s, he was head of the Canadian Jewish Congress.

Sam Bronfman’s philanthropy still had hints of the mobster reputation. He was actively involved in shipping arms to Zionist paramilitaries in Palestine prior to 1948, as a co-founder of the National Conference for Israeli and Jewish Rehabilitation that smuggled weapons to Haganah

Bronfman’s associates in the criminal underworld were doing the same. Close aides of David Ben-Gurion, first Israeli prime minister, instrumental in founding Mossadforged tight relations with Meyer Lansky, and “Bugsy” Siegel, who smuggled arms to the Haganah and the Irgun

These gangsters were also strengthening ties to U.S. intelligence first established in World War II. 

After Israel was founded, Sam Bronfman worked with Shimon Peres to negotiate Canadian armaments paid for by a fundraising dinner hosted by Bronfman. Years later, Peres would introduce  Ehud Barak, to Jeffrey Epstein.

Bronfman family’s march on “the road to respectability” was continued by Sam’s children, who married into

the Rothschilds, the 

Lehmans, and the 


Edgar and Charles Bronfman were not the only Mega Group members with deep and long-standing ties to the 

Lansky Syndicate

Mega Group’s Michael Steinhardt, wrote about his family ties to Lansky in his autobiography No Bull: My Life in and out the Markets. His father, 

Sol “Red McGee” Steinhardt, was 

Lansky’s jewel fence of choice and a major player in New York’s underworld. 

Sol Steinhardt was his son’s first client on Wall Street and helped him jumpstart his career in finance.

Another Mega Group member with

Meyer Lansky ties, via Abe Bernstein, is

Max Fisher, who has been described as 

Leslie Wexner’s mentor 

and alleged to have worked with Detroit’s “Purple Gang”, part of the Bronfman Canada-US liquor smuggling network during Prohibition. 

Max Fisher was a key adviser to several presidents, beginning with Eisenhower, as well as to Henry Kissinger.

Mega Group member Steven Spielberg, is a well-known protege of Lew Wasserman, the mob-connected media mogul and long-time backer of Ronald Reagan’s film and later political career (Part II).

One surprise connection to Cohn involves Mega Group member, president of U.S. weapons firm General Dynamics, Lester Crown, whose brother-in-law is David Schine, Cohn’s confidant and alleged lover during the McCarthy hearings.

Another Mega Group member is Laurence Tisch. 

Tisch owned CBS News for several years and founded Loews. 

Tisch alsoworked for the OSS, where Donald Barr, who hired Epstein at the Dalton School, also served and which forged ties with Lansky during World War II. 

Wexner’s mansions and the Shapiro murder

Leslie “Les” Wexner, the other Mega Group co-founder, also has ties to organized crime. Wexner was the only client of Epstein’s hedge fund, the source of much of this wealth, and the previous owner of Epstein’s $56 million Manhattan townhouse, which Wexner transferred to an Epstein-controlled entity for free

Before Epstein received the townhouse, the Wexner-owned residence, according to the NYT in 1996, included  “a bathroom … hidden beneath a stairway, lined with lead …and supplied with closed-circuit television screens and a telephone, concealed in a cabinet beneath the sink.” 

The same article noted that, after Wexner bought the residence for $13.2 million in 1989, he spent millions more decorating and furnishing the home, including the electronic equipment in the bathroom, and never lived in it. The Times, interviewed Epstein who lived at the house, and identified him as Wexner’s “protege [and financial adviser]”.

That same year, Epstein was commissioning artwork for Wexner’s Ohio mansion. A recent article from the Times noted that: 

“… Maria Farmer was working on an art project for Epstein in Wexner’s Ohio mansion. … Epstein sexually assaulted her, according to an affidavit …filed … in federal court in Manhattan. … she fled the room and called the police, but that Wexner’s security staff refused to let her leave for 12 hours.”

Farmer’s account strongly suggests that, given the behavior of his …security staff …, 

Wexner was well aware of Epstein’s predatory behavior …. This is compounded by claims…by

Alan Dershowitz — a former lawyer for and friend of Epstein’s, who has also been accused of raping underage girls

— that Wexnerhas also been accused of raping underage girls exploited by Epstein….

Wexner has developed a respectable public image like other members of the Mega Group but the electronic equipment in his bathroom suggests there is more to Wexner

In 1985, Columbus (Ohio) lawyer Arthur Shapiro was murdered in broad daylight at point-blank range in a “mob style murder.” The homicide remains unsolved, likely because Police Chief James Jackson ordered the destruction of key documents of investigation into the murder.

The documents’ destruction came to light in 1996 when Jackson was investigated for corruption. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Jackson justified the destruction of one “viable and valuable” report because it was so filled with wild speculation about prominent business leaders that it was potentially libelous.” The nature of this “wild speculation” was that “millionaire businessmen in Columbus and Youngstown were linked to the ‘mob-style murder.’

The report was eventually obtained by Bob Fitrakis — attorney, journalist after he was “accidentally” sent a copy of the report in 1998 as part of a public records request.

The report, titled “Shapiro Homicide Investigation: Analysis and Hypothesis,” names Leslie Wexner as linked “with associates reputed to be organized crime figures” and others as also being involved in Shapiro’s murder

The report also noted that Arthur Shapiro’s law firm represented Wexner’s company, The Limited. It also noted that Shapiro was the subject of an investigation by the IRS because he failed to file income tax returns and invested in questionable tax shelters. It stated that 

his death prevented Shapiro from testimony at a grand jury about the tax shelters.

The report focuses on the close relationship between The Limited and Francis Walsh, whose trucking company [had] done 90 percent of the Limited’s trucking around the time of Shapiro’s murder

Walsh was named in a 1988 indictment as a “co-conspirator” of Genovese crime family boss Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno, whose long-time lawyer was 

Roy Cohn

and the Shapiro murder report stated that Walsh was “still considered associates of the Genovese/LaRocca crime family, and Walsh was still providing truck transportation for The Limited.” 

The Genovese crime family has long been a part of the “Lucky” Luciano – Meyer Lansky National Crime Syndicate. 

The “Mega” Mystery and the Mossad

In May 1997, the Washington Post broke an explosive story —based on an intercepted phone call between a Mossad official in the U.S. and his superior in Tel Aviv that discussed the Mossad’s efforts to obtain a secret U.S. government document. The Mossad official stated during the call that “Israeli Ambassador Eliahu Ben Elissar had asked him whether he could obtain a copy of the letter given to Yasser Arafat by Warren Christopher on Jan. 16, the day after the Hebron accord was signed by Arafat and Netanyahu.”

The Post article continued: 

[In] the NSA transcript of the conversation, the intelligence officer… said, 

‘The ambassador wants me to go to Mega to get a copy of this letter.’ … the supervisor in Tel Aviv rejected the request, saying, 

‘This is not something we use Mega for.’”

Mossad later claimed that “Mega” was merely a codeword for the U.S.’ CIA, but the FBI and NSA were unconvinced and believed that it was a senior U.S. official involved with Jonathan Pollard, the U.S. naval intelligence analyst convicted of spying for the Mossad

Almost one year to the day later the Wall Street Journal  reported on the existence of an “informal” organization of billionaires called the Mega Group founded years prior in 1991. The report made no mention of the spy scandal of only a year prior. 

However, the group’s distinctive “informal” name and its connections to the Mossad and Israeli prime ministers, raise the possibility that “Mega” was not an individual, but a group.

In 1997, when the “Mega” spy scandal broke, Netanyahu had recently become prime minister, a victory that was largely credited to Netanyahu donor, Ronald Lauder. Netanyahu personally enlisted Lauder and George Nader to serve as his peace envoys to Syria.

Nader was recently hit with 

child sex trafficking charges 

last month, soon after Jeffrey Epstein had been arrested on similar charges. 

At the time Nader was picked to work with Lauder for Netanyahu, he had already been caught possessing 

child pornography in 1984 and 1990.

This strong connection between Netanyahu and Lauder during the time of the 1997 “Mega” spy scandal is important considering Mossad answers directly to Israel’s prime minister. 


Meyer Lansky collaborated at least once  with Mossad “superspy” Rafi Eitan. Eitan was the Mossad handler of Jonathan Pollard. Eitan was the main source that “Mega” referred to the CIA and not a source in the U.S. government linked to Pollard, 

making Eitan’s claims as to the meaning of “Mega” dubious.

Given the organized crime network tied to the Mega Group had ties to U.S. and Israeli intelligence, “Mega” could plausibly have referred to the Mega Group

More evidence comes from the fact that Mega Group members were business partners of Mossad agents

Robert Maxwell 

and Marc Rich.

The Mysterious Maxwells

Ghislaine Maxwell, has been cited by Jeffery Epstein’s victims, and former wives of Epstein’s friends, as Epstein’s “pimp” who procured underage girls for his sexual blackmail operation and alleged to have engaged in the rape of the girls used them in child pornography

Ghislaine was the favorite and youngest daughter of Robert Maxwell. After World War II, according to authors John Loftus and Mark Aarons, he greatly influenced the Czechoslovakian government 

to arm Zionist paramilitaries during the 1948 war that resulted in Israel’s creation as a state

and Maxwell himself was also involved in the smuggling of aircraft parts to Israel. 

Around this time, Maxwell was approached by MI6 and offered a position that Maxwell declined. MI6 classified him as “Zionist — loyal only to Israel” and made him a person of interest. 

He became an agent of the Mossad, according to 

Robert Maxwell: Israel’s Superspy by Gordon Thomas and Martin Dillon. 

The Samson Option: Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal and American Foreign Policy by Seymour Hersh 

According to Victor Ostrovsky, a former Mossad officer: 

Maxwell purchasedthe Mirror Newspaper Groupwith money lent to him by Mossad.

Mossad financedmany operations in Europewith money stolen from the Mirror pension fund. 

In exchange for his services, the Mossad provided him with prostitutes during his visits to Israel. It was later revealed the hotel was bugged with cameras, allowing the Mossad to acquire footage. As with the CIA, the Mossad’s use of blackmail is well-documented and extensive.

Maxwell was also a close associate of Israeli “superspy” Rafi Eitan, Jonathan Pollard’s handler and who worked directly with Meyer Lansky

Eitan had learned of a software used by the U.S. government called “Promis” from Earl Brian, associate and aide to Ronald Reagan

Promis (often considered the forerunner to “Prism”) was developed by William Hamilton, and to the U.S. government through his company, Inslaw, in 1982.

According to author Gordon Thomas, Brian was angry that the DOJ was using Promis to go after organized crime and money-laundering activities and Eitan felt that the program could aid Israel. Eitan was the director of the now defunct Israeli military intelligence agency Lekem

A plan was hatched to install a “trapdoor” then market Promis throughout the world, providing the Mossad with intelligence on its enemies and provide Eitan and Brian with copious amounts of cash

The CIA was said to have installed its own trapdoor in the software.

The problem became selling the bugged software to governments private companies. Brian first attempted to buy out Inslaw. 

Unsuccessful, Brian turned to his friend, Attorney General 

Ed Meese 

whose Justice Department thenrefused to make the payments to Inslaw stipulated by contract. 

Meese’s role in that decision may have been shaped, not only by his friendship with Brian, but that Meese’s wife was a major investor in Brian’s business ventures. 

Meese would later become an adviser to Donald Trump 

Inslaw was forced to declare bankruptcy as a result of Meese’s actions

Eitan then recruited Robert Maxwell to become a Promis salesman, which he did well, even to Soviet intelligence and conspiring with  Senator John Tower to have the software adopted at Los Alamos

Dozens of countries used the software on their most carefully guarded systems.

The widespread adoption of Promis through Earl Brian and Robert Maxwell

gave the Mossad a way to gather troves of counterintelligence and 

blackmail on other intelligence agencies and powerful figures. 

Promis’ backdoor provided the Mossad with access to blackmail the CIA and FBI had acquired over half a century

Strangely, in recent years, 

the FBI has sought to hide information related to Robert Maxwell’s connection to the Promis scandal.

Mordechai Vanunu

According to journalist Robert Fisk, Maxwell involved in the Mossad abduction of Mordechai Vanunu who had attempted to blow the whistle on Israel’s nuclear weapons program which was eventually published by the Sunday Times of London

Vanunu had also contacted the Maxwell owned Daily Mirror whose foreign editor was a close Maxwell associate and alleged Mossad asset, Nicholas Davies. 

Per Fisk, Maxwell ratted Vanunu to the Israeli Embassy in London. 

This led to Vanunu’s “honey trap” entrapment by a female Mossad agent and subsequent kidnapping and imprisonment in Israel. 

Vanunu served an 18-year sentence, 12 years of which were in solitary confinement.

Robert Maxwell’s death:

Then, there is the issue of Robert Maxwell’s death on his yacht, The Lady Ghislaine in 1991, widely cited as suspicious and a potential homicide. According Thomas and Dillon, Maxwell became more of a liability than an asset when he threated top Mossad officials with exposure of certain operations if they did not help rescue his media empire from debt and financial difficulties. Many Maxwell creditors, were Israeli, and alleged Mossad-connected. 

On the other extreme are theories that suggest Maxwell committed suicide because of the financial difficulties his empire faced.

Maxwell’s funeral was attended six heads of Israeli intelligence

Yitzhak Shamir stated: “He has done more for Israel than can today be said.” Other eulogies were given by Prime Ministers Ehud Olmert and Shimon Peres.

Swimming in the same swamp

In 1989 Maxwell and Charles Bronfman partnered up to bid on the Jerusalem Post. 

A year prior, Maxwell and Bronfman had become top shareholders in the Israeli pharmaceutical company Teva

In May 1989, Maxwell hosted a party on his yacht, the Lady Ghislaine.  

Attendees included Roy Cohn protege Donald Trump and Cohn’s law partner 

Tom Bolan

Mike Wallace, literary agent 

Mort Janklow, who represented Ronald Reagan and two of Cohn’s friends 

William Safire and 

Barbara Walters.

The CEO of what would soon become 

Time Warner, Steve Ross, who had built his business empire largely through his association with New York crime lord Abner “Longy” Zwillman who was a close friend of Meyer Lansky, Sol Steinhardt, and Sam Bronfman.

Another attendee was Secretary of the Navy and 

Kissinger staffer John Lehman, who was associated with 

Project for a New American Century. 

Prior to being SON, Lehman was president of the Abington Corporation, which hired Richard Perle to manage the portfolio of Israeli arms dealers Shlomo Zabludowicz and son Chaim, who paid Abington $10,000 month. 

A scandal arose when payments continued after both Lehman and Perle joined the Reagan Department of Defense and Perle was working to persuade the Pentagon to buy arms from companies linked to Zabludowicz. 

Another Kissinger staffer at Maxwell’s party was 

Thomas Pickering who played a minor role in Iran-Contra and, at the time of the party, was ambassador to Israel

Senator John Tower who allegedly conspired with Maxwell in the Mossad-bugged Promis software at Los Alamos was also present. 

Tower died just months before Maxwell in a suspicious plane crash.

Ghislaine Maxwell was also at the party.

After her father’s mysterious death on the same yacht that bears her name in 1991, Ghislaine Maxwell quickly moved to New York City. There, she met Jeffrey Epstein and, developed close ties to the Clintons 

Jeffrey Epstein and the new “Promis”

After it was revealed that Epstein had evaded stricter sentencing in 2008 because he “belonged to intelligence”, it was the ties of Ghislaine Maxwell that have led to speculation that Epstein’s sexual blackmail operation was sharing incriminating information with the Mossad

Former CBS executive producer and current journalist Narativ, Zev Shalev, has since claimed that he independently confirmed Epstein was tied directly to the Mossad

Epstein was a long-time friend of Ehud Barak, who has long-standing ties to Israeli intelligence

Barak is also close to Epstein patron and Mega Group member Leslie Wexner, whose foundation gave Barak $2 million in 2004 for a still unspecified research program

Barak was first introduced to Epstein by Shimon Peres, who eulogized Robert Maxwell and had decades-long ties with the Bronfman family going back to the early 1950s. 

Peres was a frequent participant in programs funded by Wexner and worked closely with the Mossad for decades.

In 2015, Barak formed a company with Epstein invest in an Israeli start-up then known as Reporty, now Carbyne which sells software to 911 call centers and is also available to consumers as an app that provides emergency services with access to a caller’s camera and location and runs any caller’s identity through any linked government database. 

It has been marketed by the company and the Israeli press as

a solution to mass shootings in the US and is used by at least two U.S. counties.

Epstein and Barak are among the company’s largest investors. 

It was recently revealed  that a significant amount of Barak’s investments in Carbyne was funded by Epstein. 

Barak is now Carbyne’s chairman

The company’s executive team are all former members of Israeli intelligence, including 

Unit 8200, that is often likened to the NSA. 

Carbyne’s CEO, Amir Elichai, served in Unit 8200 and tapped Pinchas Buchris. Another Carbyne co-founder, Lital Leshem, also served in Unit 8200 and later worked for Israeli private spy company Black Cube. Leshem now works for a subsidiary of Erik Prince’s company Frontier Services Group, according to the independent media outlet Narativ

The company also includes tie-ins to the Trump administration, including Palantir founder and Trump ally Peter Thiel — an investor in Carbyne. In addition, Carbyne’s board of advisers includes former Palantir employee Trae Stephens, who was a member of the Trump transition team, as well as Michael Chertoff

Narativ, noted that the Chinese government uses a smartphone app 

very similar to Carbyne

The Chinese Carbyne-equivalent 

“monitors every aspect of a user’s life, including personal conversations, power usage, and tracks a user’s movement.”

Given the history of Robert Maxwell — the father of Epstein’s long-time “girlfriend” and young-girl-procuring madam, Ghislaine Maxwell — in promoting the sale of Israel’s modified Promis software, which was also marketed as a tool to improve government efficacy but was actually a tool of mass surveillance for the benefit of Israeli intelligence, 

the overlap between Carbyne and Promis is troubling and warrants further investigation.

Many Unit 8200-connected tech start-ups are being widely integrated into U.S. companies and have developed close ties to the U.S. military-industrial complex.

As MintPress previously reported, Unit 8200-linked outfits like Team8 have recently hired former NSA Director Mike Rogers as a senior advisor and gained prominent Silicon Valley figures, including Eric Schmidt, as investors. 

Many American technology companies, like Intel, Google and Microsoft, have merged with several Unit 8200-connected start-ups and moved jobs and operations to Israel with backing from key Republican donors like Paul Singer

Many of those same companies, particularly Google and Microsoft, are also 

major U.S. government contractors.

Iran Contra, Mena Airport and the Clintons

While Bill Clinton was governor of Arkansas, Under the close watch of the CIA, led by William Casey, the Mena Airport was used to stockpile and deliver arms and ammunition to the Nicaraguan Contras

The arms were exchanged for cocaine from South American cartels, sent back to Mena 

to fund the operation. 

Clinton’s direct intervention suggests he had some sort of personal stake in the major smuggling operation taking place in his state. 

Clinton split with many other state governments and sent a contingency of the Arkansas National Guard to Honduras to train the Contras on how to overthrow the Sandinista government. 

Clinton also discussed his first-hand knowledge of the operation with William Barr.

Much of this channeling weapons and drugs was carried out by alleged CIA/DEA operative Barry Seal. According to the book Whiteout: the CIA, Drugs and the Press by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair:

A federal investigation aided by the Arkansas State Police established that Barry Seal, a drug dealer working for the Medellin cartel as well as with the C.I.A. and the D.E.A., had his planes retrofitted at Mena for drug drops, trained pilots there and laundered his profits partly through financial institutions in Arkansas. Seal, at this time was in close contact with [Oliver] North, who acknowledged the relationship in his memoir. These were the years in which North was constructing his covert supply lines for the contras.”

Seal used aircraft and crews from Southern Air Transport, formerly Air America which was 

once directly owned by the CIA. 

Less known is the relationship between the CIA-linked airline and Leslie Wexner and Jeffrey Epstein.

In his 1999, Cross-fire: Witness in the Clinton Investigation,

former Arkansas cop turned personal driver/security guard for Bill Clinton, L.D. Brown, recounts how 

Clinton encouraged him to apply at the CIA

Clinton allegedly edited Brown’s application essay

The topic was drug smuggling in Central America

The CIA put Brown in touch with Barry Seal

Seal was later gunned down in 1986 while serving six-months probation for drug-smuggling charges.

Terry Reed, who had also worked for Oliver North since 1983, claimed to have been put in touch with Seal by North and 

established a base 10 miles north of Mena — where Contras and other recruits from were trained in resupply, night landings, paradrops and similar, “according to Cockburn and St. Clair. Reed asserted drug money was being 

laundered through Arkansas financial institutions.

After Clinton’s half-brother Roger Clinton was busted for cocaine smuggling 

Clinton would later pardon him while president 

the CIA sought to move Contra operations out of Arkansas, hoping to put a damper on the increasingly public and sloppy Arkansas-based operation. According to Terry Reed in his book Compromised: Clinton, Bush and the CIA, co-written with John Cummings, a hushed meeting was held in a bunker at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock, Arkansas. During the meeting,

William Barr, who represented himself as the emissary of then-CIA Director

Bill Casey told Clinton:

The deal we made was to launder our money through your bond business but what we didn’t plan on was you and your n****r here start taking yourselves seriously and purposely shrinking our laundry.”

Bar chastised Clinton for his sloppy handling of the delicate operation and his half-brother’s very public fall from grace. He would later tell Clinton, according to Reed

Bill, you are Mr. Casey’s fair-haired boy … You and your state have been our greatest asset. Mr. Casey wanted me to pass on to you that unless you fuck up and do something stupid, you’re No. 1 on the short list for a shot at the job that you’ve always wanted. You and guys like you are the fathers of the new government. We are the new covenant.”

Attempts to investigate Clinton’s role in Iran-Contra were allegedly axed by Clinton’s own confidantes. According to the Wall Street Journal

nine separate state and federal probes into the affair, 

all failed.

Former IRS investigator William Duncan would later say, “[They] were interfered with and covered up, a 1992 memo  to high-ranking attorney general staff notes Duncanwas 

instructed “to remove all files concerning the Mena investigation from the attorney general’s office.” The attorney general, serving under 

George H.W. Bushat that time was 

William Barr, who is currently attorney general under Trump.

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Another Clinton connection to the CIA and Iran-Contra runs through Arkansas financier Jackson Stephens and the CIA-linked  BCCI bank. 

Stephens was a major donor of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He also played a key role in the rise of


Jackson Stephens and his family bankrolled Bill Clinton, both gubernatorial and presidential campaigns. Majority Stephens -owned Worthen Bank provided Clinton’s first presidential campaign a $3.5 million line of credit. Stephens’ businesses were represented by the Rose Law Firm, where Hillary was a partner.

redacted FBI report from 1998 describes Stephens as having “lengthy and continuing ties to the Clinton administration and associates” and also discusses allegations that Stephens has been involved in the “illegal handling of campaign contributions to the Democratic National Party.”

BCCI was founded by a group of bankers from Pakistan, though Newsweek later reported 

CIA encouraged

Agha Hasan Abedi

to establish the bank to provide cover for intelligence operations. 

CIA documents that later surfaced during congressional hearings stated that BCCI was directly involved in “money laundering, 


…gun running for 

terrorist groups.”

Evidence in the case against BCCI shows cocaine seized from a warehouse and suitcases full of cash to be laundered. Photo | FLMD District Court

Catherine Austin Fitts — former Assistant Secretary for Housing–Federal Housing Commissioner at HUD during the George H.W. Bush administration, and investment banker with the firms Hamilton Securities Group and Dillon, Read & Co. — believes that those links went well beyond the CIA

Fitts — who was placed on the board of the BCCI subsidiary 

First American Bank following BCCI’s collapse — told MintPress that, after reading through troves of documents regarding the bank’s activities prior to its implosion, it was clear to her that there was 

“no way” its activities were carried on without the full knowledge of the 

Federal Reserve, Bank of New York, and the 

White House.

Adnan Khashoggi, a key figure and intermediary in the scandal, used one BCCI account to move more than 

$20 million related to illegal arms sales and BCCI created fake documentation, including checks signed by Oliver North, allowing the sale to go forward. The bank later claimed it had no records of these transactions.

BCCI appears to have been involved in the sex trafficking of underage girls, including girls that had not yet reached puberty

According to “The BCCI Affair,” by Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Hank Brown (R-CO), 

BCCI officials were alleged to have 

obtained leverage with powerful individuals, including prominent members of 

the ruling families of the UAE, by providing them with 

young virgins and males to homosexual VIPs.”

BCCI was largely brought into the US business community through Jackson Stephens and Bert Lance, former budget director for Jimmy Carter, 

who assisted with BCCI’s acquisition of 

First American Bank

The law firm involved in this effort was Arkansas’ 

Rose Law Firm and it involved several of the firm’s lawyers, including 

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Webster Hubbell and C.J. Giroir. 

Also involved in the effort was 

Clark Clifford, Secretary of Defense under LBJ, and 

Kamal Adham, former director general of Saudi intelligence.

Robert Keith Gray 

was added to the BCCI board after the acquisition of First American Bank according to Newsweek

Robert Keith Gray was deputy director of communications in Reagan’s 1980 campaign under William Casey, who later became CIA director.

Gray returned to the PR business, taking on several clients including

Adnan Khashoggi

and Marc Rich

Marc Rich, was a Mossad asset. 

Marc Rich’s pardon by Bill Clinton was largely orchestrated by Mega Group members Michael Steinhardt and Israeli politicians like

Ehud Barak.

A matter of months after Cohn’s death another individual became a central figure in the powerful Cohn had cultivated.

Jeffrey Epstein, would be recruited, after his firing from the Dalton School, by Alan “Ace” Greenberg, a close friend of Cohn, to work at

Bear Stearns.

After leaving Bear Stearns and working as a “financial bounty hunter” for clients like Iran-Contra-linked arms dealer 

Adnan Khashoggi,

Epstein would come into contact with Leslie Wexner, a billionaire close to the Meyer Lansky-linked Bronfman family, who himself was tied to members of the crime syndicates once represented by Cohn.

Gray used to say that 

before taking on a foreign client, 

he would clear it with William Casey.” 

Clinton connection to Promis

While the Rose Law Firm was assisting BCCI’s entrance into the American financial system, it also represented the 

Stephens-owned financial services company, Stephens Inc., as well as the data-processing company 

Systematics Inc., which 

Stephens acquired in the late 1960s. According to James Norman in his book The Oil Card: Global Economic Warfare in the 21st Century

Systematics was “a

front company for the [NSA] in the 1980s and early 1990s to market and implant bugged software in the world’s major money-center banks and clearinghouses as part of the Reagan/Bush ‘follow the money’ effort to break the Soviets.” 

The late journalist Michael Ruppert asserted that this 

“bugged software” was none other than the 

Promis software, 

 According to a 1995 document sent on behalf of Inslaw’s founders to Ken Starr

Systematics had “covertly implanted [software] into the computers of its bank customers” that allowed 

allied intelligence agencies to track the flow of money through the banking system 

and had done so at “the behest of the

NSA and Israeli intelligence.” 

Ed Meese’s Justice Department then refused to make the payments to Inslaw stipulated by contract. 

Meese’s role in that decision may have been shaped, not only by his friendship with Brian, but that Meese’s wife was a major investor in Brian’s business ventures. 

Meese would later become an adviser to Donald Trump 

Inslaw was forced to declare bankruptcy as a result of Meese’s actions

Eitan then recruited Robert Maxwell to become a Promis salesman, which he did well, even to Soviet intelligence and conspiring with  Senator John Tower to have the software adopted at Los Alamos

Dozens of countries used the software on their most carefully guarded systems.

The widespread adoption of Promis through Earl Brian and Robert Maxwell

gave the Mossad a way to gather troves of counterintelligence and 

blackmail on other intelligence agencies and powerful figures. 

Promis’ backdoor provided the Mossad with access to blackmail the CIA and FBI had acquired over half a century

the FBI has sought to hide information related to Robert Maxwell’s connection to the Promis scandal.

Inslaw also stated that the software was used by these same intelligence agencies in the 

“laundering of money, especially drug profits.”

Systematics had a subsidiary in Israel that was 

operated by contractors for the Mossad and 

sold software to banks and telecommunications companies. 

Two partners in the Rose Law Firm also in in the Clinton administration, 

Vince Foster and 

Webster Hubbell,

acquired significant financial interests in Systematics through ownership in 

Alltel, which purchased Systematics in the early 1990s. 

The Hamiltons (William Hamilton?) provide evidence that

Foster’s distress prior to his death in 1993 appears related to 

concerns about litigation over Systematics and Promistheft.

BCCI was known to employ the Promis software after its theft by the DOJ;

and one of its subsidiaries, First American Bank, also “filtered PROMIS money” — i.e., laundered the money generated from the sale of the stolen Promis software — 

according to the late Danny Casolaro

Casolaro had been investigating

the Octopus” at the time of his death in 1991. Powerful individuals private, public, & criminal underworld were collectively responsible for 


BCCI and the theft of the 

Promis software. 

Casolaro told friends and family that he was close to concluding his investigation and several people had seen documents involving BCCI and World Bank money transfers to people such as 

Earl Brian and 

Adnan Khashoggi

Casolaro went to Martinsburg, VA to meet with sources to 

“bring back the head of the Octopus.” Two days after arriving he was

found dead in his hotel room and his 

briefcase with research and evidence was missing. 

His death was ruled a suicide.

A week before his death, Casolaro told his brother he had been receiving death threats and the deep slashes in his arms, were not consistent with Casolaro’s well-known squeamishness around even minor amounts of blood

followingthe FBI investigation, the FBI 

lied to Congress

pressured agents not to question whether it was a suicide and 

lost 90 percent of its files.

In a 1994 letter provided to MintPress by Inslaw Inc., lawyer Charles Work told Assistant Attorney General 

John Dwyer that one of Inslaw’s confidential sources in government had stated that 

Casolaro had been injected with a substance that deadened his nerves from the neck down, explaining the apparent lack of struggle and that the substance (ethyl alcohol absolute) used had come from the U.S. Army inventory. 

The person who had arranged Casolaro’s final meeting was

U.S. military intelligence officer Joseph Cuellar.

there were several other suspicious deaths of people connected to the Promis scandal or Casolaro’s investigation the same year including

Alan Standorf, one of Casolaro’s sources; 

Robert Maxwell, father of Ghislaine Maxwell, Mossad operative, and salesman of the bugged Promis software; and

John Tower — the former Texas senator who assisted Maxwell in selling the bugged Promis software to Los Alamos 

Jeffrey Epstein and “The Dirtiest Bank of All”

Like Arkansas, often overlooked in Iran-Contra is the key role played by Israeli intelligence-linked arms dealers/smugglers, later connected to the Mega Group and 

Jeffrey Epstein, such as 

Marc Rich and 

At the time of his Iran-Contra dealings, 

Adnan Khashoggiwas working for 

Mossad, according to former agent 

Victor Ostrovsky

Ostrovsky, in “By Way of Deception,” notes that Khashoggi’s private jet had been fitted in Israel. 

Ostrovsky claims that 

Khashoggi provided a 

$5 million bridge loan to overcome the lack of trust between Israel and Iran. 

According to journalist Vicky Ward

Adnan Khashoggi was a client of 

Jeffrey Epstein’s not long after Epstein’s departure from Bear Stearns in 1981. Some former Bear employees claim he was fired, others including Epstein claimed he resigned. 

Ward suggests Epstein may have left due to an SEC insider trading investigation involving a tender offer placed by the Seagrams corporation for St. Joe Minerals Corp. 

Seagrams owner Edgar Bronfman, son of Meyer Lansky associate Samuel Bronfman and member of the Mega Group had tipped off several investors and bankers of the coming tender offer. 

Epstein resigned the day after the case opened. 

He claimed he left because of a result of a“Reg D” violation and rumors he had an “illicit affair with a secretary.” Yet, as Ward noted: The SEC never brought charges against anyone at Bear Stearns for insider trading,

but its questioning seems to indicate it was skeptical of Epstein’s answers

If he was such a big producer, why would he give it up over a $2,500 fine?

Immediately afterward “the details [of his work history] recede into shadow. 

In the early 1980s he used to tell friends he was a 

“bounty hunter,” which meant recovering lost/stolen money for the government or for very rich people. 

He has a license to carry a firearm.” 

Writing in Salon, a former friend of Epstein’s, Jesse Kornbluth, also stated that Epstein claimed to be a “bounty hunter” 

he worked for governments to recover money looted by African dictators. help dictators hide their stolen money.” (emphasis added)

One of Epstein’s clients per Ward’s sources, was 

CIA/Mossad-linked Khashoggi at the very time that Khashoggi was involved in 


Nigel Rosser reported in 2001 in the Evening Standard that 

Epstein claimed that he was working for the 

CIA during this time. 

Since Epstein’s arrest, 

records of Rosser’s article have been 

scrubbed from British newspaper archives

MintPress independently confirmed with Bob Fitrakis, whom Rosser interviewed for the article, it did allege Epstein claimed he worked for the CIA. Other reports from the time cited excerpts of Rosser’s article, including Epstein’s claims of CIA involvement.

Rosser’s article had included the following passage: 

He [Epstein] has a license to carry a concealed weapon, 

once claimed to have worked for the CIA

although he now denies it … 

Once he arrived at the London home of a British arms dealer bringing…

a New York police-issue pump-action riot gun

God knows how he got it into the country,’ a friend said.”

At the time of Rosser’s article, 

Mossad operative 

Robert Maxwell — 

also vehemently denied his links to Israeli intelligence until his death. 

Epstein and his only known billionaire “client,” 

Leslie Wexner, would later forge a business relationship with the 

CIA front company 

Southern Air Transport and play a major role in the airline’s relocation to Columbus, Ohio in the mid-1990s. During that period, two prominent Ohio officials believed that both 

Epstein and Wexner were working with the 

CIA, according to Ohio-based journalist Bob Fitrakis.

Epstein’s involvement with the CIA, and his time as a financial fixer for Khashoggi, suggest 

whatever he was doing likely involved 


According to “The BCCI Affair”, Khashoggi “acted as the middleman for five Iranian arms deals for the US, financing a number of them through BCCI” and “served as the ‘banker’ for arms shipments. 

This connection is even more likely given that 

Bear Stearns served as a broker to BCCI

A fact hidden until a court battle in the U.K. concluded in 2011, forcing the government’s “Sandstorm Report” about BCCI’s activities to unredact the names of Bear Stearns and other institutions, individuals and countries that had done business with the 

CIA front company, 


BCCI and other organizations connected to 

Iran-Contra and several individuals close to the 

Reagan White House,trafficked 

underage girls for sex as a means of

obtaining favors and gaining leverage over powerful individuals 

through blackmail. 

Reagan CIA director 

Bill Casey, was a close friend of 

Roy Cohn, who ran the 

sexual blackmail operation involving 

underage boys out of Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel. 

According to Cohn’s long-time secretary Christine Seymour, 

Casey was one of Cohn’s most frequent callers.

Time Magazine-“BCCI: The Dirtiest Bank of All”

One of the arms dealers that 

Epstein knew well was 

Sir Douglas Leese

Leese was involved in brokering the first of a series of British arms deals that involved Khashoggi, the Al Yamamah Deal and allegedly involving bribery of 

Saudi royal family members and 

Saudi officials. In addition to Khashoggi, several of the officials and royal family members had 

deep ties to BCCI

Later iterations of that arms deal were allegedly brokered with the involvement of 

Prince Charles, and corruption investigations into Al Yamamah were later shut down by the efforts of 

Tony Blair as well as 

Prince Andrew

Leese is said tohave spoken of Epstein’s “genius” 

and lack of morals when he introduced him to 

Steve Hoffenberg 

of Tower Financial, who soon 

hired Epstein. 

Tower Financial, “one of the largest Ponzi schemes in American history”

imploded in 1993. 

Hoffenberg later asserted in court that 

Epstein had been 

intimately involved in Tower’s financial practices and had called Epstein the 

“architect of the scam.” However, despite Hoffenberg’s testimony and abundant evidence, 

Epstein’s name was mysteriously 

dropped from the case

Given that Epstein allegedly received his 

“sweetheart deal” in 2008 as a result of having 

“belonged to intelligence,” 

Epstein’s activities in the 80s and 90s suggest that his ability to avoid charges in relation to the Tower Financial Ponzi scheme may have been for similar reasons. 

In Part II , Nixon Attorney General, John Mitchell was a “friend” of Washington lobbyist Craig Spence. Spence, ran a sexual blackmail operation in D.C. involving underage boys and had taken some of those “call boys” on midnight tours of the White House arranged by National Security Adviser Donald Gregg. After his trafficking and exploitation of minors was exposed, Spence, died under mysterious circumstances. His death was quickly labeled a suicide, not unlike Jeffrey Epstein’s.

With Epstein and Wexner’s Help, “Spook Air” Finds a New Home

In Part III MintPress detailed Leslie Wexner’s ties to organized crime and the homicide of Columbus, lawyer Arthur Shapiro

Columbus police described the Shapiro murder as “a Mafia ‘hit’” 

and a suppressed police report implicated Wexner as being involved in or benefiting from Shapiro’s death, and having links to New York-based crime syndicates.


In 1995, Southern Air Transport (SAT) 

— relocated from Miami, Florida to Columbus, Ohio. First founded in the late 1940s, SAT from 1960 until 1973 

was directly owned by the 

CIA, using it as a cover for covert operations.

After 1973, all of its  owners would have CIA ties,

including James Bastian, a former lawyer for the CIA, who owned SAT at the time of its relocation to Ohio. SAT was intimately involved inIran-Contra , used to funnel weapons and drugs to and from the  Nicaraguan Contras under the guise of delivering “humanitarian aid,” while sending American weapons to Israel that were then sold to Iran in violation of the U.S. arms embargo. 

In 1986 alone, SAT transported from Texas to Israel 90 tons of TOW anti-tank missiles, which were then sold to Iran by Israel and Mossad-linked intermediaries like Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi.

Though the airline’s CIA links were well known, Leslie Wexner’s company,

The Limited,

sought to coax SAT to relocate its headquarters from Miami to Columbus in 1995. When Edmund James, president of James and Donohew Development Services, told the Columbus Dispatch in March 1995 that SAT was relocating to Columbus’ Rickenbacker airfield, he stated that “Southern Air’s new presence at Rickenbacker begins in April with two regularly scheduled 747 cargo flights a week from Hong Kong,” citing SAT President William Langton. “By fall, that could increase to four a week. Negotiations are underway for flights out of Rickenbacker to the Far East…Much of the Hong Kong-to-Rickenbacker cargo will be for The Limited,” Wexner’s clothing company. “This is a big story for central Ohio. It’s huge, actually,” James said at the time.

The day following the press conference, Brian Clancy, working as a cargo analyst with MergeGlobal Inc., told the Journal of Commerce that the reason for SAT’s relocation to Ohio was largely the result of the lucrative Hong Kong-to-Columbus route that SAT would run for Wexner’s company. Clancy specifically stated that the fact that “[The] Limited Inc., the nation’s largest retailer, is based in Columbus … undoubtedly contributed in large part to Southern Air’s decision.”

According to documents obtained by journalist Bob Fitrakis from the Rickenbacker Port Authority, 

Ohio’s government tried to sweeten the deal to bring SAT to Columbus to please powerful Ohio businessmen like Wexner. Orchestrated by 

Governor George Voinovich’s

then-Chief of Staff Paul Mifsud,  a package of several financial incentives was created,to lure the airline to  Ohio, described the “generous package as “including a 75 percent credit against its corporate tax liability for the next 10 years, a $5 million low-interest loan, and a $400,000 job-training grant.”

In 1996, then-SAT spokesman David Sweet had told Fitrakis that the CIA-linked airline moved to Columbus because “the deal was too good to turn down.” SAT promised Ohio’s government it would create 300 jobs in three years, it quickly 

laid off numerous workers and 

failed to construct the maintenance facility it had promised, even though it had already 

accepted $3.5 million. 

Ohio’s government declined to recoup the millions in dollars it loaned the company, even after it was alleged that $32 million in the bank account of Mary Bastian, the wife of SAT’s owner and CIA lawyer James Bastian, were actually company funds

On October 1, 1998, SAT filed for bankruptcy. 

CIA’s Inspector General published a report on SAT’s involvement in drug trafficking. 

In addition to Wexner the other main figures , key in SAT’s relocation to Ohio were 

Alan D. Fiers Jr., former chief of the CIA Central American Task Force, and

retAF MajGen Richard Secord, head of air logistics for Air America’s (later SAT) covert action in 

Laos between 1966 and 1968, (COIN connection?)

Secord was also the air logistics coordinator in the Contra resupply for Oliver North

Fiers was one of the key individuals involved in Iran-Contra who was pardoned by 

George H.W. Bush

with the assistance of then-Attorney General 

Bill Barr

Barr —currently attorney general under 


top of the chain of command in the investigation of Epstein’s death in prison — has 

refused to recuse himself from the investigation into Epstein’s network and his recent death.

the then-president of SAT told the Columbus Dispatch that the airline was 

“no longer connected to the CIA.”

It was during this same time that Epstein had substantial control over Wexner’s finances; and, according to Fitrakis, Epstein ran logistics for Wexner operations, including 

The Limited.

As in the Arthur Shapiro murder file and in ties between SAT and The Limited,

much of The Limited’s logistics involved figures connected to 

organized crime and US intelligence. 

SAT was known for being a CIA front company prior to Wexner bringing it to Columbus, and that, only a few years prior, Epstein worked for intelligence-linked figures involved in Iran-Contra, such as 

Adnan Khashoggi. 

During this time, 

Epstein had begun living in the 

infamous New York penthouse,

first purchased by Wexner in 1989. Wexner had installed CCTV and recording equipment in a bathroom, and never lived there, as noted in Part III 

Bob Fitrakis told MintPress that at the time,

Epstein and Wexner’s involvement with SAT’s relocation to Ohio  caused suspicion. Fitrakis stated Ohio Inspector General David Strutz and Sheriff of Franklin County Earl Smith personally told him they believed

Epstein and Wexner were 


Catherine Austin Fitts — former investment banker and government official, who has extensively investigated the intersection of organized crime, black markets, Wall Street and the government in the U.S. economy was told by an

ex-CIA employee that 

Wexner was one of five key managers of organized crime cash

in the US.

Furthermore, many members of the Mega Group, which Wexner co-founded, had direct ties to the Lansky crime syndicate.

Marc Rich’s Pardon and Israel’s “Leverage” over Clinton

Several figures who heavily lobbied Clinton over the

Marc Rich pardon 

had ties to Epstein

who had ties to Israeli intelligence 

and Israeli intelligence-linked tech companies, as discussed in Part III . (important below)

Ehud Barak, a close friend and business associate of Epstein

and Shimon Peres

who introduced Barak to Epstein, were

the major players in convincing Clinton to pardon Marc Rich.

Marc Rich was a commodities trader and hedge fund manager best known for founding the commodity trading and mining giant Glencore

and for doing business with numerous dictatorships, often in violation of sanctions. He worked particularly closely with Israel and, according to HaaretzIn the years after the 1973 Yom Kippur War and the ensuing global Arab oil embargo, a period when nobody wanted to sell oil to Israel, for almost 20 years Rich was the main source of the country’s oil and energy needs.”  It was that trading on Israel’s behalf that would ultimately lead to Rich being charged in 1983 for violating the U.S. oil embargo on Iran by selling Iranian oil to Israel. Rich was also charged with tax evasion, wire fraud, racketeering and several other crimes.

Haaretz also noted that Rich’s businesses were 

“a source of funding for secret financial arrangements” 

and that “his worldwide offices frequently served 

Mossad agents…” 

The Rich Foundation — 

was run by the former Mossad agent Avner Azulay. 

Rich was also friendly with

Menachem Begin and 

Ehud Barak

and a frequent provider of “services” for 

Israeli intelligence, services he freely volunteered.

Rich fed information to U.S. intelligence but declined to give specifics. 

He did not want to tell with whom he cooperated within the U.S. authorities or which branch of the U.S. government he supplied with intelligence,” 

According to Rich’s biographer, Daniel Ammann, One clue as to the nature of Rich’s relationship to U.S. intelligence is his apparent ties to BCCI. “The BCCI Affair” report mentions Rich as a person to investigate in relation to the bank. 

Rich was also deeply tied to the Mega Group

as one of the main donors to Birthright Israel along with 

Charles Bronfman and 

Michael Steinhardt. 

Steinhardt was particularly close to Rich, first meeting the in the 1970s, then managing $3 million for Rich, Rich’s then-wife, and Rich’s father-in-law through his hedge fund. 

In the late 1990s, Steinhardt would enlist other Mega Group members, such as 

Edgar Bronfman, to settle the criminal charges against Rich, which eventually came to pass with Clinton’s pardon of Rich in 2001. 

It “reeked of payoff.” 

the New York Post noted in 2016, in the run-up to pardon 

Rich’s ex-wife donated $450,000 to the Clinton Library and “over $1 million to Democratic campaigns…” 

Rich hired high-powered lawyers with links to powerful individuals in the Democratic and Republican parties and the Clinton White House, including 

Jack Quinn, who was as general counsel to the 

Clinton administration and 

chief of staff to Al Gore.

Per Clinton’s own words , the main reason behind the Rich pardon was lobbying from Israeli intelligence, Israeli politicians and members of the Mega Group like Steinhardt, with the donations from Denise Rich and Quinn’s access to the president likely sweetening the deal.

the most ardent lobbyists were

Ehud Barak, 

Shimon Peres, 

Ehud Olmert, 

Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami 

Director of the Mossad Shabtai Shavit

According to Haaretz, Barak was heard shouting at the president. Former adviser to Barak, Eldad Yaniv, claimed that Barak shouted it was 

“important … from the financial aspect, [and] he helped the Mossad …”

The Israel lobbying had considerable help from 

Abe Foxman of the ADL

which was heavily funded by Mega Group members, including

Ronald Lauder and 

Edgar Bronfman.

Clinton’s pardon of Rich may have involved blackmail

Israel is known to have acquired phone conversations between Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. Benjamin Netanyahu told Clinton he had recordings during the Wye Plantation talks between Israel and Palestine in 1998. Netanyahu attempted to use them to get Clinton to pardon Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard,however CIA Director George Tenet threatened to resign if the pardon was given.

A year prior Gordon Thomas claimed Mossad had some 30 hours of phone-sex conversations between Lewinsky and Clinton and used them as leverage. A May 2000 report in Insight magazine claimed Israeli intelligence penetrated four White House telephone lines and relayed the conversations to Israel.

According to Carl Cameron’s December 2001 report

[Israeli telecommunications company

Amdocs helped Bell Atlantic install

new telephone lines in the White House in 1997…[and] a senior-level employee of

Amdocs had a separate T1 data phone line installed from his base outside of St. Louis that was connected directly to Israel… 

[I]nvestigators are looking into whether …the T1 line had …capacity to intercept phone calls from 

…other government offices. 

Sources …say FBI agents on the case 

sought an arrest warrant for the St. Louis employee but 

[Clinton] Justice Department officials quashed it.“

According to journalist Chris Ketcham:

[Both Amdocs and Verint Inc. (formerly Comverse Infosys)] are based in Israel – [which had cornered] the information technology market – and are heavily funded by the 

Israeli government, with connections to the 

Israeli military and 

Israeli intelligence

The companies’ own operations sources suggest they “have been 

infiltrated by freelance spies 

exploiting …trapdoors …and gathering data on Americans for transfer

to Israeli intelligence 

and … [to] organized crime…”

Given the extent of phone tapping and Netanyahu’s use of phone calls to pressure Clinton to pardon Pollard, it is reasonable to speculate that some other communications could have been used to push Clinton to pardon Rich. 

Epstein, the Clintons, and Marc Rich

Jeffery Epstein had developed ties with the Clinton administration in 1993 and 

expanded, in 1996

when Epstein’s blackmail operation was underway. 

Clinton would later fly on Epstein’s “Lolita Express,” and 

Later Epstein donated to the Clinton Foundation and claimed to 

play a key role in creation of the 

Clinton Global Initiative.

Epstein appeared to have connections with Marc Rich’s partners

Felix Posen ran Rich’s London operations and appears in Epstein’s book of contacts

Epstein’s offshore structured investment vehicle (SIV), 

Liquid Funding

has the same attorney and director as several Glencore entities:

Alex Erskine of the law firm Appleby

Although Erskine was connected to a total of 274 offshore entities at the time of the “Paradise Papers” leak in 2014. 

Catherine Austin Fitts told MintPress that it could suggest that 

Epstein’s Liquid Funding — 

40 percent of which had been owned by Bear Stearns, and 

which may have received a “secret” bail-out from the 

Federal Reserve

is part of the same 

shadow economy “syndicate” as 


This merits further investigation since Glencore is partially owned by Nathaniel Rothschild.

Nathaniel’s father, Jacob Rothschild

is on the board of advisers of Genie Energy

which includes Michael Steinhardt 

as well as several associates of Epstein

such as Bill Richardson and 

Larry Summers

Marc Rich had long-standing ties to the Rothschild family, going back to the early 1970s when he began commodity trading at Philipp Brothers.

After Epstein’s arrests in 2007 and 2019, 

media reports detailed links between Epstein and Clinton and claimed to be facilitated by Ghislaine Maxwell 

asserting they met after Clinton left office and, the pardon of Marc Rich. 

However, documents obtained from the 

Clinton presidential library reveal 

ties between Epstein and Clinton 

date back years earlier,

facilitated by powerful individuals 

who have largely evaded scrutiny 

One who has been largely overlooked is Nathaniel Rothschild’s cousin by marriage, 

Lynn Forester de Rothschild

who is a long-time associate of Jeffrey Epstein 

with considerable ties to the New York City

“Roy Cohn machine.” 

She has also long been connected to 


Reagan era officials, 

the Lewis Rosenstiel/Roy Cohn network described in Part I and Part II of the Whiney Webb’s series, and 

the Mega Group, (Part III)

Lynn Forester de Rothschild became involved in 

Democratic Party politics in the late 1970s working on the 1976 campaign of 

hawkish Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) 

alongside neocons like Elliott Abrams

who would play an important role in Iran-Contra and serve in the Trump State Department. 

She was also introduced to her second husband, 

Evelyn de Rothschild

by Henry Kissinger 

at a Bilderberg conference. 

Several of the individuals connected to the Mega Group 

and the Mossad-linked media mogul Robert Maxwell 

including Mark Palmer, Max Fisher and John Lehman were aides/ advisers to 

Henry Kissinger.

Before marrying into the Rothschild family in 2000, Lynn had been married to Andrew Stein, a major figure in NY (D) politics. Andrew’s brother, James Finkelstein, married Cathy Frank, granddaughter of Lewis Rosenstiel. Rosenstiel’s protege Roy Cohn was the lawyer for Cathy Frank and James Finkelstein. At their behest Cohn attempted to trick a nearly comatose Rosenstiel to into naming Cohn, Frank and Finkelstein the executors and trustees of his estate, valued at $75 million (more than $334 million in today’s dollars).

According to the New Yorker, Lynn Forester de Rothschild

requested “financial help” from Jeffrey Epstein in 1993 during her divorce from Andrew Stein.

Forester de Rothschild’s ties to the Mega Group: 

She is currently on the board of

Estee Lauder, founded and still owned by the family of Ronald Lauder, a former Reagan official, a family friend of Roy Cohn, and the alleged source of Epstein’s Austrian passport. 

She also partnered with Matthew Bronfman 

creating the investment advisory firm Bronfman E.L. Rothschild LP.

Forester de Rothschild introduced Epstein to Alan Dershowitz in 1996. 

Forester de Rothschild has been a major donor to Bill and Hillary Clinton since 1992, and 

spent the first night of her honeymoon in the Lincoln Bedroom at the White House. 

In a leaked email Clinton requested “penance”for asking Tony Blair to accompany Clinton on official business while she was secretary of state, preventing Blair from making a social visit to Forester de Rothschild’s home. Requesting forgiveness is not something Hillary Clinton is known for. 

In 1995, Forester de Rothschild, a member of Clinton’s National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council, wrote the following to then-President Clinton:

…It was a pleasure to see you recently … Using my fifteen seconds of access to discuss Jeffrey Epstein and currency stabilization…”

A potential lead on what that means may lie in the 

links of both Forester de Rothschild and Epstein 

to Deutsche Bank. 

Journalist Vicky Ward reported in 2003 that Epstein boasted of “skill at playing the currency markets ‘with very large sums of money’” and he appears to have done much of this through his relationship with Deutsche Bank. 

Forester de Rothschild served as an advisor to the 

Deutsche Bank Microfinance Consortium and is currently a board member of the 

Alfred Herrhausen Society of International Dialogue of Deutsche Bank.

The same year that Forester de Rothschild made the comments to Bill Clinton about Epstein, 

Epstein attended another Clinton fundraiser, hosted by Ron Perelman at his personal home, that was very exclusive, as 

the guest list included only 14 people.

George Stephanopoulos attended a dinner party hosted by Epstein at his infamous Manhattan townhouse in 2010 after Epstein’s release from prison for soliciting sex from a minor.

The evolution of the Epstein-Clinton relationship

Epstein donated $10,000 to the White House Historical Association and attended a Clinton donor reception alongside Ghislaine Maxwell as early as 1993. 

Bill Clinton’s long-time friend from college, 

A.Paul Prosperi, was the facilitator of that early relationship, as 

Prosperi had a decades-long relationship with Epstein and visited Epstein at least 20 times while he was in jail in 2008. 

Prosperi was intimately involved with the 1993 fundraiser 

The relationship between Epstein and Clinton continued after he left office in 2001. 

Clinton flew on the Lolita Express 26 times in the early 2000s according to flight logs. Clinton was accompanied by Secret Service on some flights but unaccompanied on others. 

One flight taken by Clinton was a lengthy trip to Africa

with Kevin Spacey, who has been accused of raping minors

Ghislaine Maxwell; and Ron Burkle, a billionaire friend of Clinton. 

Clinton requested Epstein make his jet available well in advance, with Doug Band as the intermediary.

Donald Trump, also a friend of Epstein, appears once on flight logs. 

Both Trump and Clinton visited Epstein’s private island, nicknamed “Orgy Island” and “Lolita Island.”

An Epstein-run foundation gave $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation

according to the 2006 filing tax return of Epstein’s former charity, the C.O.U.Q. Foundation. Epstein’s lawyers, Alan Dershowitz among them, claimed in 2007 that 

Epstein was “part of the original group that conceived the

Clinton Global Initiative.

 have been the bridge  

Politico reporting 

Clinton associate Doug Band was also reportedly friendly to Ghislaine Maxwell, appearing at a dinner party she hosted in 2005. 

Maxwell became close to Chelsea Clinton, vacationing with her in 2009 and attending her wedding. 

Maxwell was also associated with the 

Clinton Global Initiative at least up until 2013.

Other close Clinton associates had relationships with Jeffrey Epstein,

Mark Middleton, special assistant to Clinton Chief of Staff 

Mack McClarty. 

Middleton met with Epstein onat least three occasions in the White House during the early Clinton years. 

Clinton White House social secretary, 

Ann Stockappears in Epstein’s “little black book” 

as doesDoug Band“Bill Clinton’s bag carrier, body man, fixer, and all-purpose gatekeeper.” Band also appears several times in the flight logs of Epstein’s private jet.

Epstein was also associated with both 

Bill Richardson, Secretary of Energy andambassador to the UN 

Larry Summers, Secretary of the Treasury under Clinton. 

Both Richardson and Summers 

sit on the advisory board of 

Genie Energy

alongside CIA director, James Woolsey

Roy Cohn associate and media mogul, Rupert Murdoch

Mega Group member Michael Steinhardt

and Lord Jacob Rothschild

Genie Energy is controversial for its 

exclusive rights to drill in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights

Bill Richardson also has ties to Lynn Forester de Rothschild as 

she was on the Bill Richardson’s Advisory Board while he was secretary of energy. 

Richardson appears to be among the Clinton era officials closest to Jeffrey Epstein, 

having personally visited Epstein’s New Mexico ranch and been the recipient of Epstein donations of $50,000 to his 2002 and 2006 gubernatorial campaigns. 

Richardson gave Epstein’s donation in 2006 to charity after allegations against Epstein were made public. 

Richardson was also accused in recently released court documents of engaging in sex with Epstein’s underage victims.

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