i got 10,000 hits via reddit for this photo last week. i found it in the UK telegraph

Epstein’s Death Must Be the Start, not the End, of the Investigation
Craig Murray, Aug 11 2019

There are a number of royal palaces and grand residences of former Presidents and Prime Ministers where the inhabitants have a little bit more spring in their step following the death of Jeffrey Epstein. The media is rushing to attach the label “conspiracy theory” to any thought that his death might not have been suicide. In my view, given that so many very powerful people will be relieved he is no longer in a position to sing, and given that he was in a maximum security jail following another alleged “suicide attempt” a week ago, it would be a very credulous person who did not view the question of who killed him an open one. There has been a huge amount of obfuscation and misdirection on the activities of Epstein and his set. To my mind, the article which remains the best starting point for those new to the scandal is this one from Gawker. Two days ago a federal court unsealed 2000 pages of documents related to the allegations against Epstein. Of these the most important appears to be a witness statement from Virginia Giuffre alleging that while a minor she had sex at Epstein’s direction with Senate Majority leader George Mitchell and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, plus a variety of senior foreign politicians. Epstein’s sexual activities and partying with young girls were carried out in full view of key friends, his domestic and office staff, his pilots and of course the participants. There is no shortage of potential witnesses. Several of these really ought to be taking great care, though if I were them I would certainly eschew any protection involving Pindo security services or law enforcement. Ghislaine Maxwell might take heed of her father’s fate and avoid swimming for a few years. I am probably not the only one old enough to compare the many similarities between Robert Maxwell’s asset-stripping career and that of Philip Green. The progress of society after thirty years of Thatcher, New Labour and returned Tories meaning that Green by contrast got no criminal charges and much bigger yachts. In the UK, Ms Giuffre’s alleged relationship with Prince Andrew has been mentioned in the media. In fact the evidence that she had a relationship with Prince Andrew of some sort is overwhelming. Here is some of the actual evidence from the court documents.

The age of heterosexual consent in England is 16 and there is no indication that Prince Andrew is doing anything illegal in this photograph in which Ms Giuffre is 17. Nor is the photo in itself evidence of sex, though it certainly is intimate. The notion however that Ms Giuffre was “lent out” to Andrew may have legal implications as she was flown into the country, allegedly for the purpose. No satisfactory alternative explanation has been offered as to what might have been happening here, as Ms Guffre’s lawyers noted.

No further details appear in the documents to amplify Ms Giuffre’s claim that she was forced to have sex with a “well known Prime Minister”, other than to repeat the claim. But what is plain is that her tale is not entirely invention. Just how much more did Epstein know, and who might he have taken down with him? The truth is that sexual abuse by the rich and famous transcends all political boundaries. Bill Clinton was very frequently on Epstein’s plane and Epstein joins the very long list of those connected to the Clintons who died in dubious circumstances. Two coincidences, the first being the bruise marks on the neck sustained in Epstein’s first “suicide attempt” in jail, remind me of the case of John Ashe, the senior official very close to the Clintons who died with bruise marks on his neck, when he accidentally dropped his barbell on his throat while bench-pressing alone at home.

Ashe was charged and awaiting trial for receiving corrupt funds from businessman Ng Lap Seng while Ashe was serving in Pindostan’s turn as President of the UNGA. Ng Lap Seng, a six-time visitor to the Clinton White House, had previously been accused of making very large illegal donations to Clinton campaign funds, and was subsequently arrested while entering Pindostan with over $4m in cash. Unlike the Clintons, Ashe was charged with taking Seng’s money and rather like Epstein may have had an interesting song to sing while going down, had he not conveniently dropped the barbell on his throat. I said that the first thing that jogged me to link the Epstein/Clinton and the Ashe/Clinton cases was the bruise marks on the throat. The second is that both stories have been debunked by self-proclaimed “conspiracy-busting” website Snopes in a manner which shows that Snopes has no regard for the truth whatsoever. In the case of John Ashe, Snopes wrote an utterly tendentious piece of “myth-busting” which stated that it was a myth that Ashe’s death occurred shortly before his trial and that he was not due to testify against the Clintons. Snopes failed to mention that Ashe, a very senior Clinton appointee, was charged with taking corrupt money from precisely the same man who had been very widely accused of giving corrupt money to the Clintons. And while it was true his trial was not imminent, his pre-trial deposition was. In the Epstein/Clinton case Snopes wrote a piece debunking the notion that this is a photograph of Bill Clinton on Epstein’s private jet.

Snopes sets out to prove that this is not Epstein’s private jet but that of another billionaire, and that the girl is not Rachel Chandler. For the sake of argument I am prepared to accept what they say on both counts. But is the sensible reaction to that photo to say “Oh that’s OK it’s another billionaire’s jet” or to say “Why is Bill Clinton on a billionaire’s private jet in an intimate pose with a worryingly young female”? As with the Prince Andrew photo, although it has been circulating for years no alternative innocent explanation is on offer. And the fact that this is another billionaire’s plane should open again the much wider question of networks of the rich and the powerful indulging each other’s passion for sexual exploitation of the young. It is a great shame that in the UK, the Establishment has been able to characterise the falsifications of Carl Beech as discrediting the entire notion of historical child sexual abuse. It is as though one person making up stories about a Bishop would mean there was never child exploitation in the Catholic Church. The deeper question is why such a significant proportion of the rich and powerful have a propensity to want to assuage their sexual desires on the most vulnerable and powerless in society, as opposed to forming relationships among their peers. I suspect it is connected to the kind of sociopathy that leads somebody to seek or hoard power or wealth in the first place. It is not necessary to develop that idea further, to understand that the Epstein case had given us a glimpse of criminal sexual behaviour which beyond doubt involves many powerful people. It is essential that the threads that can be grasped are now worked on assiduously to uncover the entire network. I am afraid to say I suspect the chances of that actually happening are very slim indeed.

Who wanted Jeffrey Epstein dead?
Patrick Martin, WSWS, Aug 12 2019

Let’s begin by stating the obvious: Jeffrey Epstein’s violent death in a Manhattan jail cell prevents a trial or a plea deal that threatened to expose business associates and political enablers who made use of the services provided by his alleged sex-trafficking activities, or who profited from this and other sordid operations of the multimillionaire money manager. Given the extraordinary circumstances surrounding his death, the efforts of the media and the NYT in particular, to dismiss out of hand any suggestion that Epstein’s death was the result of anything but a suicide reeks of a high-level cover-up. Whether he was strangled in a jail cell by a hired killer or was allowed to hang himself is almost beside the point. Epstein’s life came to a violent end while in the custody of the Pindo government. This is an undeniable fact. Even if he committed suicide, the act could not have succeeded without the direct complicity of those who were responsible for his safety. And while Epstein was accused of deplorable crimes, it should hardly be necessary to point out that he, even Epstein, had the right to a vigorous defense at a trial. That his untimely death preempts and prevents the trial from taking place is a matter of staggering seriousness. The suspicion of homicide is clearly justified. That Epstein was murdered, whether by an assailant or by the calculated enabling of his jail cell suicide, is far more plausible than the official account of what took place at the Metropolitan Correctional Center over the past three weeks. According to prison officials, Epstein was found hanged in his cell Saturday morning. His guards had neglected to perform their every-half-hour inspections during the night and only belatedly took a look at their prisoner at 6:30 am.

This came even though Epstein was arguably the most notorious prisoner currently in federal custody, with his arrest on sex-trafficking charges given saturation coverage in the New York and national media. Moreover, he had been placed on suicide watch from Jul 23, when he was found unconscious in his cell with marks on his neck, until Jul 31 when the special provisions including 24/7 surveillance were lifted without explanation. Epstein’s attorneys and other visitors said they saw no signs that the multimillionaire was in low spirits or likely to take his own life. He had been participating in preparations for his legal defense in an upcoming trial for as much as 12 hours a day. Investigations have now begun by the FBI, Attorney General William Barr, and the DoJ inspector general, all of whom have ample reason to rig the result and cover up what really happened. So far,even the most elementary facts have been withheld from the public. It has not been reported how and with what material Epstein was hanged, or whether there is a video recording of his cell that would show the alleged “suicide” or otherwise shed light on the physical circumstances of his death. The legal and political circumstances of Epstein’s death are a different matter. They strongly suggest that Epstein had become a danger to an entire section of the Wall Street and political elite, who had a powerful motive to silence him. The media has quickly moved to denounce anyone who points to the obviously concocted character of the official story as the promoter of a “conspiracy theory.” The NYT is aggressively promoting the official claims of suicide. The newspaper’s editorial Sunday begins:

By apparently committing suicide in his Manhattan jail cell on Saturday morning, Jeffrey Epstein spared himself a lengthy trial that could have sent him to prison for the rest of his life on federal sex-trafficking charges.

The use of the word “apparently” is entirely out of place. In the absence of any details relating to this death, nothing is “apparent.” The NYT is simply conditioning the public to accept the suicide narrative without an urgently required criminal investigation into Epstein’s death, which must be considered suspicious. Furthermore, why does the NYT state that Epstein was “spared” a trial? Do the editors have information that supports their assumption that Epstein did not want to have a trial? What about the possibility that his death “spares” other powerful and influential people from having their connections to Epstein’s proven and alleged criminal activities, either sexual or financial, brought into the public eye by a lengthy legal proceeding? The editorial continues:

Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Dept’s inspector general would open an investigation into the circumstances of Mr Epstein’s death in federal custody. While Mr Epstein will never face a legal reckoning, the investigations into his crimes, and those of others connected to him, must continue. His premature death shouldn’t stop law enforcement authorities from finishing the job that they finally took up seriously years after they should have.

This is cynical claptrap. The NYT knows full well that Epstein’s death, without a trial or a conviction, will effectively end the investigation. Technically, Epstein dies an innocent man, at least on the most recent charges. There is no longer the danger of a plea deal, which Epstein’s lawyers would certainly have attempted to negotiate, in return for his testimony in trials of others whom he might have implicated in the alleged sex-trafficking ring. The NYT does not raise these obvious issues, let alone demand a criminal investigation and public hearings into the circumstances of Epstein’s highly suspicious death. Any elementary review of the facts makes clear that Epstein’s death must be treated as a criminal investigation. Only 24 hours before his death, more than 2,000 pages of documents were released by a Florida court in a civil suit brought by one of the women who has charged Epstein with enslaving her as a teenager as part of his systematic abuse of young girls. The woman filed a defamation suit against Epstein’s partner, Ghislaine Maxwell, who allegedly had acted as a procuress, recruiting teenage girls to service him. Maxwell is herself a product of the super-rich milieu that vomited up Epstein. She is the daughter of the late British billionaire publisher Robert Maxwell, also the target of numerous allegations of fraud and other financial crimes. In a grisly similarity, Robert Maxwell died under mysterious circumstances in 1991 when he allegedly fell off his yacht the Lady Ghislaine (named after the daughter), and his naked body was found floating in the Atlantic Ocean several days later. The death was ruled accidental, although both suicide and homicide were widely suggested at the time.

The documents released Thursday named a number of prominent political and society figures as patrons of Epstein’s sex ring, including two top Demagogs, former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell and former governor and Clinton cabinet member Bill Richardson, a one-time presidential candidate, as well as Prince Andrew, second son of the Queen of England. Whatever the truth of the allegations against these individuals, there is no question that Epstein was for many years an integral part of the financial and political elite in Pindostan, hobnobbing with former presidents like Bill Clinton and future presidents and equally corrupt billionaires like Donald Trump. Epstein was a Palm Beach neighbor of Trump, and some of the girls he abused were recruited at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. That circumstance may account for Trump’s extraordinary response to the news of Epstein’s death, as he retweeted a right-wing supporter’s suggestion that Epstein was murdered at the orders of Bill Clinton. The death of Epstein so obviously invites the assumption that this is a case of removing an inconvenient personality, one who could have implicated dozens if not hundreds of powerful people if he were finally brought to trial, that the official claim of suicide made possible by neglect on the part of low-ranking prison guards has been greeted with disbelief. Epstein’s death evokes recollections of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather. If it was a suicide, one is reminded of the scene where a mafioso kills himself, at the suggestion of a consiglieri, to atone for turning against the family and collaborating with the FBI. A more likely scenario comes from the same film: when the police guard is abruptly pulled from Don Corleone as he lies in a hospital bed, to facilitate his assassination. The Epstein case, in all its criminal depravity, sheds light on the state of Pindo capitalist society. The super-rich prey upon the poor and the vulnerable, using them as they wish. They make use of their connections to cover up their crimes, or, depending on the circumstances, arrange for the elimination of those former friends and associates whose activities have become an inconvenience or a danger.

Spotted: The Hand of the Kremlin


  1. Posted August 12, 2019 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    sources tell me he was carried aloft on the wings of Lol Express.

  2. niqnaq
    Posted August 12, 2019 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    I’ve added an illustration showing the hand of the kremlin 🙂

  3. Posted August 12, 2019 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    there are reports that amazingly, he was not on suicide watch, which is how he was able to pull it off.
    from sott:

    However, one source told Reuters that Epstein had been taken off suicide watch some time since his first apparent attempt on his own life. Photos published by the New York Post lend some credence to this report, as they show Epstein’s body being wheeled into hospital on a gurney, clad in the standard-issue prison jumpsuit, instead of the paper dress or ‘suicide smock’ usually given to these inmates.

    here is some background reading worth pursuing for anyone interested: U.S. Department of Justice / Federal Bureau of Prisons / Suicide Prevention Program.
    the whole thing is an eye-opener as to why it should have been IMPOSSIBLE for an inmate of epstein’s profile to do any self-harm.
    this is what got barr so exercised and i do hope he goes for the jugular.
    couple of hand-picked quotes, e.g. (p3):

    Ordinarily, the Chief Psychologist will be the ProgramCoordinator. The Program Coordinator’s responsibilities will not be delegated to staff other than a doctoral-level psychologist.

    (p9) there is no way he wouldn’t have been on suicide watch after the 1st “attempt”:


    so, beyond doubt, he was already placed on the watch, so what can happen next? let’s see the manual (p13):

    Once an inmate has been placed on watch, the watch may not be terminated, under any circumstance, without the Program Coordinator or designee performing a face-to-face evaluation.


    they need to put the program coordinator on suicide watch asap.

  4. natasha
    Posted August 12, 2019 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    “wheeled into hospital on a gurney, clad in the standard-issue prison jumpsuit, instead of the paper dress or ‘suicide smock’ usually given to these inmates.”

    Possibly Chabad got him out dead/alive and is interred in Queens next to the rebbe. People pay a literal fortune for proximity in burial to the rebbe.
    We shall see in the future if suddenly Chabad erects an “Epstein” building somewhere.

  5. Jorge Rex
    Posted August 14, 2019 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    Just how deep is this rabbit hole? Epstein, who was charged last week by federal authorities in the Southern District of New York with sex trafficking with sex-trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex-trafficking, was a 20 year old college drop-out when he was hired to teach at Dalton by the school’s headmaster Donald Barr in the mid 1970’s. Donald Barr was the father of current United States Attorney General William Barr, who is currently overseeing Epstein’s prosecution.

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