Report: Acosta Said Epstein "Belongs to Intelligence," Possible Blackmail Photos Seized
MSNBC has reported the discovery of what seem to be incriminating photographs of individuals on Epstein's property, as well as a Saudi passport with Epstein's picture under another name, with a Saudi address. The report says that compact discs were seized from Epstein's New York residence, with labels - apparently redacted by law enforcement - reading "Young [Name] + [Name]." If the word "young" means "underage," the photos could portray illegal activity. It is not known if or when the evidence or apparent redactions will be made public.
The MSNBC report says:
"Federal agents who searched Epstein’s $77 million Upper East Side townhouse in Manhattan also found “in a locked safe ... compact discs with hand-written labels including the following: ‘Young [Name] + [Name],’ ‘Misc nudes 1,’ and ‘Girl pics nudes,’ ” according to a new court filing in Epstein’s case."
Also found in the safe were diamonds and cash.
The discovery of possibly incriminating evidence of illegal activity by other individuals corroborates reports of hidden cameras throughout Epstein's residences, possibly for blackmail purposes. In a 2016 report in The Daily Mail of a police raid Epstein's Florida mansion, which includes photographs released by police, the Mail reports:
"The walk-through video does not show everything the cops found, such as video cameras hidden in clocks — one in the garage and the other on Epstein's desk. He is believed to have used the cameras to tape his famous friends in sex acts with underage girls for blackmail purposes."
Among the implements found by the police during the raid was a fully equipped dentist's cart, with drills and other tools.
Strangely enough, earlier this month, prize-winning Vanity Fair journalist Vicky Ward reported that disgraced US Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta once said that Jeffrey Epstein "belonged to intelligence."
Acosta was the federal attorney for southern Florida who approved the controversial sweetheart deal that kept Epstein out of life in prison for multiple sex offenses against children.
Ward writes that a "former senior White House official" told her that Acosta had been told to "back off" from prosecuting Epstein to the full extent of the law, because he "belonged to intelligence." Ward wrote:
“Is the Epstein case going to cause a problem [for confirmation hearings]?” Acosta had been asked. Acosta had explained, breezily, apparently, that back in the day he’d had just one meeting on the Epstein case. He’d cut the non-prosecution deal with one of Epstein’s attorneys because he had “been told” to back off, that Epstein was above his pay grade. “I was told Epstein ‘belonged to intelligence’ and to leave it alone,” he told his interviewers in the Trump transition."
Taken together, the revelations have the potential to suggest a wholesale undermining of the US government and democratic process.
Speculation over what is meant by "intelligence" in Ward's report is rampant. Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein's close friend and co-defendant in a number of civil cases, is the daughter of the famed dual American-Israeli citizen and Israeli spy Robert Maxwell, who was eulogized at his death in Israel by Yitzhak Shamir.
The Sun reported in 2015 that Robert Maxwell and Epstein were "business associate[s]":
"Ghislaine was 29 when Maxwell died. Distraught over his death, she fled to Manhattan and threw herself on the mercy of financier Epstein, a former maths teacher at the Dalton School and business associate of her father’s."
Robert Maxwell is the subject of the book "Robert Maxwell: Israel's Superspy."
At his funeral after his mysterious death, the UK Independent reported:
"At his graveside on the Mount of Olives stood Herzog, Yitzhak Shamir, Ariel Sharon and Shimon Peres, to name a few of the country's most powerful figures. For some, the turnout and Herzog's words testified that Maxwell had been a faithful servant to Israel in the darker recesses of power and arms."
Robert Maxwell's yacht, off of which he was found dead in the water, was named after his daughter, the Lady Ghislaine. British Labour MP George Galloway once referred to Maxwell as "one of the worst criminals of the century."
Other instances of Israeli intelligence services operating in the US are well-known. In 2011 the New York Times related the story of Arnon Milchon, in "New Book Recounts Tale of Israeli Agent at Home in Hollywood."
The book review reported:
"'Confidential: The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon Arnon Milchan,' written by Meir Doron and Joseph Gelman, and set for publication on July 30 by Gefen Books, now holds that Mr. Milchan...at least through the mid-1980s was a full-fledged operative for Israel’s top-secret intelligence agency, Lakam."
The book contends that Milchan dealt in "both big-ticket conventional weapons and krytrons, devices that can trigger nuclear bombs."
It is unlikely that Secretary of Labor Acosta would have been able to cut the sweetheart deal with Epstein, and seal the case records, without approval from his superiors in the Bush administration, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and President George W. Bush.
The New York Times reported last week that Reid Weingarten, Epstein’s lawyer, said the deal was approved at the Justice Department “at a very, very high level.”