More Loose Ends in the Epstein Saga, Plus an Israeli Connection (2023)

How much does it cost to silence an alleged victim of sexual abuse? Half a million dollars. Or so claim Prince Albert’s attorneys, who on Tuesday requested that Manhattan Judge Lewis Kaplan dismiss the charges brought against the Duke of York by Virginia Roberts Giuffre. Ms. Giuffre, who was 17 at the time, claims to have been sexually abused by “royals, politicians, academics, businessmen and/or professionals and personal acquaintances” related to the U.S. billionaire Jeffrey Epstein and his British socialite accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell. Ms. Giuffre claims that among them was the son of Queen Elizabeth II, too.

Judicial proceedings aside, Prince Andrew’s is only one of many names in the list of celebrities who would hobnob with Epstein and Maxwell. The roster includes the likes of former presidents Bill Clinton – who traveled on Epstein’s private jet on several occasions between 2002 and 2003 – and Donald Trump. The then-New York-tycoon-turned-GOP-guru was somewhat prophetic in a 2002 interview, calling his friend Epstein “a terrific guy (who) likes beautiful women as much as I do”, specifying that many among the latter were “on the younger side.” Naturally, all friendly claims were promptly retracted as the scandal made its way into the headlines. Both presidents hastened to clarify that they have not kept in touch with Epstein for at least a decade.

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Be that as it may, among the Brooklyn-born billionaire’s acquaintances was the crème de la crème of the Upper East Side salons where politicians meet artists, and foreign dignitaries sip martinis side by side with movie stars under the auspicious patronage of well-connected socialites like Maxwell. Such a cocooned environment, however, can sometimes let the rot set in. To be sure, not all of Epstein’s acquaintances could have known what was going on behind the scenes as young girls were handed over to a clientele of influential middle-aged men. It is also more than reasonable to think that Epstein would not shout his sexual offerings from the rooftops, and most of his acquaintances could probably be unaware of it.

More Loose Ends in the Epstein Saga, Plus an Israeli Connection (1)

Yet murkiness is a good word to describe the aura surrounding Epstein and Maxwell, not only because of the carnal side of those sexual gatherings. The lives of the two protagonists share several obscure features: Epstein, born in Brooklyn from Jewish parents, managed to climb the heights of the banking-financial sector and enjoyed a lavish lifestyle, constantly surrounded by attractive young girls and his partner-confidant Ghislaine. Ms. Maxwell, on the other hand, owes much of her wealth to her late father Robert, a British publishing mogul of Czechoslovakian origins who shared with Epstein a penchant for the high life. For that matter, Mr. Epstein and Mr. Maxwell also share something else: a mysterious death.

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Ms. Maxwell would introduce Epstein to models and young girls, and in turn, he would introduce them to some of his well-disposed clientele. So much for the judicially ascertained version. Then there is a terra incognita of more or less plausible theories. Take, for instance, the fake Austrian passport the Feds found in Epstein’s Upper East Side residence during a 2019 search. What was Epstein doing with it? And why did it indicate Saudi Arabia as his place of residence? Epstein must have surely cared a great deal about his fabricated document, which he kept in an armored safe along with $70,000 in cash and 48 rough diamonds.

More Loose Ends in the Epstein Saga, Plus an Israeli Connection (2)

This is where Alexander Acosta, former Trump administration Secretary of Labor, enters the picture. As District Attorney for South Florida, in 2008, the Republican lawyer was handed a series of allegations that could have cost Epstein life in prison. Yet, as the Miami Herald found out, Acosta chose to haggle with Epstein’s attorneys, striking a decidedly low-ball compromise: the billionaire would spend three months in a private wing of a county jail, from which he could walk away six days a week in order to work in his private office. Many believe it was not exactly a matter of Christian compassion, speculating (without evidence) that Acosta may have been somehow “rewarded” for his clemency.

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Ten years later, Acosta himself sought to clarify the matter. “I was told Epstein belonged to the intelligence community and to leave it alone,” he explained to his GOP colleagues before his confirmation as a cabinet member. While one doubt might be dispelled, another one promptly surfaces: assuming Epstein was indeed a spy – as the fake Austrian passport and Acosta’s words appear to suggest – which country’s intelligence service would he be serving in? The passport was reportedly used several times throughout the 1980s, when Epstein used to work as a bounty hunter on behalf of very wealthy clients. That was the last decade of the Cold War, which began with Carter and Brezhnev and ended with Reagan and Gorbachev. But it was also the decade of the bloody Iran-Iraq war, in which the Israeli secret involvement turned out to be remarkably helpful to the ayatollahs.

More Loose Ends in the Epstein Saga, Plus an Israeli Connection (3)

Ari Ben-Menashe, a self-styled official of the Israeli military intelligence from 1977 to 1987, made quite a bold statement in his latest book Epstein: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2020). He claims the underage girls’ ring would have served Epstein and Maxwell to carry out a “honey-trap” scheme, where the two would record politicians and relevant personalities as they satiated their sexual appetite with minors, later to blackmail them on behalf of Israel’s Mossad. Although a fanciful hypothesis, it is not too technically far-fetched: one of Epstein’s young victims claimed surveillance cameras were ubiquitous in his Manhattan property, and some CCTV tapes were actually found in an armored safe.

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“See, f*cking around is not a crime. It could be embarrassing, but it’s not a crime,” Ben-Menashe wrote. “But f*cking a 14-year-old girl is a crime. And he was taking photos of politicians f**king fourteen-year-old girls.” He also claims it was Ghislaine Maxwell’s father, Robert, who would have “hired” Epstein on behalf of the Israelis. The delicate claims of such a controversial figure like Ben-Menashe, however, should be taken at least with a grain of salt. Israeli intelligence has repeatedly claimed it does not know him, although a U.S. jury in 1990 accepted that he had indeed had ties with the country’s military intelligence, where Ben-Menashe supposedly used to work as a Persian translator in Latin America.

There is a final curious coincidence that links Epstein and Ben-Menashe. The common denominators are the 1980s and the Arms Export Control Act enacted by the Carter and Reagan administrations against the Iranian regime. In 1989, Ben-Menashe spent a year in prison for allegedly selling three Israeli military planes to the Khomeini regime (he was later acquitted). In the same years, Epstein had been hired by the ultra-rich businessman Adnan Khashoggi from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – coincidentally, the place of residence in Epstein’s fake passport. And it is precisely Adnan Khashoggi who ended up in the sights of the federal Iran-Contra federal investigators as a middleman in the sale of U.S. weapons to Iran through Israel.

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Although intriguing, such hypotheses fall short of providing a smoking gun that could stop the Epstein-related speculations. However, these have possibly multiplied after the financier was found lifeless in his New York City prison cell under suspicious circumstances. Did he take his own life out of shame? Was he killed because he knew too much? What was the purpose of the passport found in his safe? Was it an intelligence cover, or a ploy to avoid being recognized by potential kidnappers on his frequent trips to the Middle East? Whether Epstein was a Mossad agent, an intermediary for the sale of arms to Iran, or a mere sexual trafficker with many powerful friends, the feeling is that the judicial truth could have only scratched the tip of the iceberg.

FAQs

What Mossad means? ›

Mossad in British English

(ˈmɒsæd ) noun. the secret intelligence service of Israel.

Was Robert Maxwell Mossad? ›

According to Thomas's well-placed sources in Israel, Washington, and London, Maxwell first came into Mossad's orbit in the 1970s, when the crack Israeli spy organization stole from the United States its most sophisticated piece of intelligence-gathering software, Enhanced Promis.

What happened to Robert Maxwell? ›

In 1991, his body was discovered floating in the Atlantic Ocean, having apparently fallen overboard from his yacht. He was buried in Jerusalem. Maxwell's death triggered the collapse of his publishing empire as banks called in loans.

Who is Ghislaine Maxwell's father? ›

Who is No 1 intelligence agency in the world? ›

One of the top intelligence agencies in the world is the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It is the foreign intelligence agency of the US. It collects information from overseas, with minimal information collection within the country.

Why is Israel so powerful? ›

The prosperity of Israel's advanced economy allows the country to have a sophisticated welfare state, a powerful modern military said to possess a nuclear-weapons capability, modern infrastructure rivaling many Western countries, and a high-technology sector competitively on par with Silicon Valley.

What is the US equivalent of Mossad? ›

Mossad (UK: /ˈmɒsæd/ MOSS-ad, US: /moʊˈsɑːd/ moh-SAHD) is the national intelligence agency of Israel. It is one of the main entities in the Israeli Intelligence Community, along with Aman (military intelligence) and Shin Bet (internal security).
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Mossad.
Agency overview
Websitewww.mossad.gov.il
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What is Mossad called now? ›

Mossad, Mossad also spelled Mosad, in full Mossad Merkazi le-Modiin ule-Tafkidim Meyuhadim, (Hebrew: “Central Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations”), one of the three major intelligence organizations of Israel, along with Aman (military intelligence) and Shin Bet (internal security).

What is the largest intelligence agency in Israel? ›

With an annual budget of about $3bn and 7,000 staff, Mossad is the second-largest espionage agency in the Western world after the CIA.

What happened to the yacht Lady Ghislaine? ›

The Lady Ghislaine was placed in the hands of administrators and purchased, it is believed, for around £10 million by the aforementioned Saudi Arabian who reportedly sold the boat, by now renamed as the Lady Mona K, to Anna Murdoch three years ago.

Who lives in Robert Maxwells house now? ›

It was built in 1824 for the Morrell family, who remained in residence for 114 years. It became the home to Pergamon Press and to media tycoon Robert Maxwell. It currently houses Oxford Brookes School of Law.

Did the Maxwell pensioners get their money? ›

Sir John Cuckney, the government-appointed arbiter, recovered most of the missing £440 million – £276 million in out-of-court settlements and the government finally agreed a payout of £100 million – but the negotiations took three years and some of Maxwell's non-MGN employees died without receiving a penny of their ...

What is Ghislaine Maxwell's religion? ›

Throughout childhood, Ghislaine lived with her family in Oxford at Headington Hill Hall, a 53-room mansion, where the offices of Pergamon Press, a publishing company run by Robert Maxwell, were also located. Her mother said that all her children were brought up as Anglicans.

What country has the best security intelligence? ›

Check them out.
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), USA. Headquartered at Virginia, Founded in 1947. ...
  • Mossad. ...
  • Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India. ...
  • Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), Australia. ...
  • Military Intelligence, Section 6 (MI6), UK. ...
  • Ministry of State Security (MSS), China.

Who has the best military intelligence in the world? ›

1. The United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): The CIA, which was established in 1947, is frequently cited as the explanation for America's global dominance. To keep America in its position as a superpower, the agency is crucial.

What federal agency has the most power? ›

The Department of Justice is the law enforcement agency with the most power in the United States. In fact, its job is to enforce federal laws. The Department of Justice is led by the attorney general, a cabinet-level official who is appointed by the president. The FBI is part of the Department of Justice.

Who is stronger Israel or USA? ›

But in the power ranking Israel was ranked inside the top ten, behind the United States, Russia, China, Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Japan, in that order. Saudi Arabia and South Korea were ranked 9th and 10th, while the United Arab Emirates was 11th.

Who is stronger Egypt or Israel? ›

Israel has a clear superiority in missiles, and the IDF has nuclear capabilities that greatly increases its strength relative to Egypt, with an estimated 24 nuclear Jericho 2 intermediate range ballistic missiles, as well as the believed ability to deliver nuclear weapons with its F-15s, F-16s, and submarines.

Who buys the most weapons from Israel? ›

The report released last month said Israel accounted for 2.4 percent of international arms exports between 2017 and 2021, with the top recipients being India, Azerbaijan and Vietnam.

What is Israel's most elite? ›

General Staff Reconnaissance Unit (formerly Unit 269 or Unit 262), more commonly known as Sayeret Matkal (Hebrew: סיירת מטכ״ל) is the special reconnaissance unit (sayeret) of Israel's General Staff (matkal). It is the prime special forces unit of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Unit 269 (1958–?)

Can a non Israeli join the Mossad? ›

"All are welcome, regardless of religion, nationality or occupation, to contact our organization -- Mossad -- to work for us or to be involved in activities which could bring great personal benefit," reads the new "Contact us" section of the Mossad website ( here ), also available in Arabic, Farsi, French or Russian.

What is the Mossad motto? ›

The Mossad has adopted the following verse as its motto. This verse should always pave the way, encourage initiative and creativity, but also act as a severe warning sign: "Where no wise direction is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety." (Proverbs 11,14).

What is Mossad in Hebrew? ›

Mossad (Hebrew: הַמוֹסָד,; Arabic: الموساد‎), short for HaMossad leModiʿin uleTafkidim Meyuḥadim (Hebrew: המוסד למודיעין ולתפקידים מיוחדים, meaning "Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations"), is the national intelligence agency of Israel.

Are Mossad Special Forces? ›

Mossad – Israel's covert intelligence and special operations agency abroad.

What guns do Mossad agents use? ›

Local military development
  • Dror light machine gun.
  • IWI Negev light machine gun.
  • Uzi submachine gun.
  • Uzi pistol.
  • Desert Eagle pistol.
  • Jericho 941 pistol.
  • BUL M-5 pistol.
  • BUL Storm pistol.

What is the symbol of Israel? ›

Menorah (מנורה) is a seven branched-candelabrum that has been used as a symbol of Israel since ancient times. The national emblem of the State of Israel includes a Menorah, flanked by two olive branches.

Is Israel a intelligent country? ›

In a 2019 study titled The Intelligence of Nations, Lynn and collaborator David Becker measured the average IQ of citizens across 132 nations and calculated estimated scores for another 71.
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Smartest Countries 2022.
CountryIQ2022 Population
Portugal92.7710,270,865
Israel92.439,038,309
Barbados91.6281,635
Malta91.27533,286
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Where is Betty Maxwell buried? ›

An outspoken and, financially, a generous supporter of Israel, Maxwell was buried on Jerusalem's Mount of Olives and eulogised by then Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir.

How much is the dancing Hare worth? ›

Inside DANCING HARE Yacht • Amels • 1986 • Owner Anna Murdoch Mann
Name:Dancing Hare
IMO:1002378
Price:US$ 15 million
Annual Running Cost:US$ 1.5 million
Owner:Anna Murdoch Mann
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What happened to Robert Maxwell's eldest son? ›

Preston said another dark star in the Maxwell family orbit was created by a grievous injury to Robert and Elizabeth Maxwell's firstborn, Michael who fell into a coma at the age of 15 after a car crash in 1961, two days after the birth of Ghislaine. He died eight years later, never recovering consciousness.

Does Maxwell House still exist? ›

Of its major manufacturing facilities, the third was established by Maxwell House in Jacksonville, Florida. This continues as its single operating plant today.

Who owns Maxwell House? ›

Maxwell House is a brand of coffee manufactured by a like-named division of Kraft Foods, parent company of General Foods Corporation. Introduced in 1892, it is named in honor of the Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

Who receives the highest pension? ›

Rob Smith. Pensioners in the Netherlands, Turkey and Croatia receive more than 100% of a working wage when they retire. Indeed, Dutch and Turkish pensioners get 101% and 102%, respectively, but Croatians receive a generous 129%.

Are pensioners getting any extra money in July 2022? ›

From 1 July 2022, the deeming threshold for a single pensioner will be $56,400 (up from $53,600) and for couples the threshold will be $93,600 (up from $89,000). While these changes are incremental, they will result in real increases in pension payments.

When did Government stop giving pensions? ›

The NPS started with the decision of the Government of India to stop defined benefit pensions for all its employees who joined after 1 January 2004.

What is Mossad known for? ›

Mossad [Hebrew for "institute"] has responsibility for human intelligence collection, covert action, and counterterrorism. Its focus is on Arab nations and organizations throughout the world. Mossad also is responsible for the clandestine movement of Jewish refugees out of Syria, Iran, and Ethiopia.

Which country has Mossad? ›

The Mossad has been involved in special operations and activity in the service of the State of Israel, such as the pursuit of Nazi criminals, the pinnacle of which was the capture of the Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann in 1960 and his trial in Israel.

What is Mossad motto? ›

By Way of Deception Thou Shalt Do War: Motto of Israeli Intelligence Service MOSSAD.

Is the Mossad Special Forces? ›

Mossad – Israel's covert intelligence and special operations agency abroad.

Which countries donot recognize Israel? ›

(Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen do not recognise Israel as a state.) (Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan do not recognise Israel as a state.)

What is Israeli intelligence called? ›

Mossad [Hebrew for "institute"] has responsibility for human intelligence collection, covert action, and counterterrorism. Its focus is on Arab nations and organizations throughout the world. Mossad also is responsible for the clandestine movement of Jewish refugees out of Syria, Iran, and Ethiopia.

What are Israeli Navy SEALs called? ›

Each year, 8,000 young men try out and 40 or fewer are ultimately selected to serve in Shayetet-13 (“Unit 13”), the Israel Navy SEALs. Known as “men of silence,” these elite naval commandos fight the war between the wars, undertaking covert missions beyond Israel's borders.

What country has the most feared special forces? ›

11 Of The Most Dangerous Special Forces In The World
  1. MARCOS, India. ...
  2. Special Services Group (SSG), Pakistan. ...
  3. National Gendarmerie Intervention Group (GIGN), France. ...
  4. Special Forces, USA. ...
  5. Sayeret Matkal, Israel. ...
  6. Joint Force Task 2 (JTF2), Canada. ...
  7. British Special Air Service (SAS) ...
  8. Navy Seals, USA.
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What is the most secretive special forces? ›

If they are compromised during a mission, the US government may deny all knowledge. SOG is considered the most secretive special operations force within the United States, with fewer than 100 operators. The group generally recruits personnel from special mission units within the U.S. Special Operations community.

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