After Narrow Prosecution, Ghislaine Maxwell Found Guilty on 5 of 6 Charges; Eyes Remain Fixed on Intel Agencies
Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty of 5 out of 6 charges on Wednesday night, but as some cheers of joy at the sight of justice bloomed, massive questions remain that involve power and intel agencies.
After six days and forty-plus hours of jury deliberations, Jeffrey Epstein wing-woman, procurer, and pimp Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty on five of the six charges.
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The verdict is the result of a case that, despite its broad recognition, received little attention even with its undeniable potential for wall-to-wall media coverage that could have brought with it the title “The Trial of the [Pick your favorite frame of time].” Of course, one can find notes and anecdotes on the trial, vague headlines and fleeting segments, but any such coverage contained little to no journalistic curiosity.
Of course, people have had a keen interest in the whole matter and this particular case considering the big names that could have been dropped and the institutions of power that could have been held to account. Yet an expedient and narrow prosecution, heavy redactions (namely of the notorious flight logs), and depressingly low transparency have muzzled coverage of the whole case, muffling its importance and true magnitude.
Since the case is titled the U.S. vs. Ghislaine Maxwell, the prosecution was supposed to represent the American people, and the American people were interested in this trial and this whole sordid matter, due to how it implicates powerful politicians, business leaders, and intel agencies. And yet, the flight logs were redacted, mountains of evidence were ignored, and ultimately nothing noteworthy came forth from the immense blob of shadows and secrets that has been festering for decades beneath the surface.
This is a disservice to the people, and to justice.
Sure, news is being spread of the guilty verdict and people are applauding (to some degree) the hand of justice, but it is beginning to feel like a symbolic moment that appeases the public—who have been given minimal access to the trial—while also appeasing the powerful. That is to say, Maxwell’s head may be on a platter, but nobody else’s is— nobody with political power, nobody in entertainment, no ultra rich, no intelligence agencies.
That’s the horror of this matter: the end result of this trial looks like it could end with a false sense of resolution. But resolution is hacked up into pieces in a corner somewhere because this whole thing is bigger than they’re making it out to be— much bigger.
At this point, the proof regarding ties to intelligence has been strong and continues to get stronger.
The most blatant piece of evidence, of course, comes from Julie K. Brown’s reporting that highlighted a “non-prosecution agreement” pertaining to the 2008 charges of sex trafficking against Epstein. The agreement was made between Epstein’s lawyer Jay Lefkowitz and Miami U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta at a Marriot. The result: a deal was struck that forced Epstein to serve a mere 13 months and, moreover, an FBI probe looking to see if there were more victims or powerful individuals involved was completely shut down. Topping off the deal was the fact Acosta assented to keep it from the victims even as it was a violation of federal law, which in turn sealed the agreement.
In 2017, Acosta, who served as a Secretary of Labor in the previous administration, made a statement that explicitly tied Epstein to intelligence and paradoxically brought about no further investigation. “I was told Epstein ‘belonged to intelligence’ and to leave it alone,” Acosta said when being considered for Labor Secretary.
In the summer 2019, when he was arrested and held in custody, Epstein remained in “high spirits,” confident he could fight the charges. However, in August, reports indicated he had “killed himself” in what is still the most bizarre claims made in the official narrative because its been so easily disputed. In addition to the incongruous nature of someone being in high spirits committing suicide, those tasked with monitoring Epstein were sleeping and using their phones, and the chief medical examiner responsible for the controversial Epstein autopsy resigned on the first day of Maxwell’s trial.
Naturally, moving on to the Maxwell family, the ties are revealed to be even tighter.
As is well known among those who have dug into the issue, Robert Maxwell, father of Ghislaine, was a media tycoon and a Mossad agent who died mysteriously on his boat off the Canary Islands. One of the few books published about Robert Maxwell is called Robert Maxwell, Israel's Superspy and the CIA long suspected his lengthy role in Mossad. Upon his death in 1991, Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Shamir said Maxwell had “done more for Israel than can today be said.”
If anyone’s read Whitney Webb’s reporting, they may be familiar with Robert Maxwell’s most monumental action as a Mossad agent, which revolved around the sales of the Prosecutor’s Information Management System, known as PROMIS. PROMIS was a software program bugged with a back door that allowed Israel to spy on major powers around the world via covert access.
Robert Maxwell grew in favor among Mossad in the 1980s when he bought a collection of internet companies that included among them a good deal of “service providers” for the Mossad. Through these companies, Maxwell promoted PROMIS so well that Israel’s capacity to know the inner workings of governments, banks, corporations, and intel services grew to sweeping proportions.
The biggest moment was when Maxwell was directed to sell PROMIS to the Los Alamos Laboratory in the U.S., the birthplace of the Manhattan Project and still at the center of the America’s nuclear capabilities. This was done by meeting with Henry Kissinger who told Maxwell that in order to market PROMIS, he needed to consult then-Senator John Tower of Texas, who headed the Senates’ Armed Services Committee then. The two struck a deal and Maxwell paid Tower $200,000 in Mossad funds for, as Webb puts it, opening doors to the Los Alamos Lab and the Reagan White House.
Tower was nominated by George H.W. Bush for Defense Secretary but was no confirmed by the Senate, which opened the job for Dick Cheney. Funnily enough, Tower died mysteriously in a suspicious plane crash shortly thereafter, around the time of Robert Maxwell’s death.
Furthermore, Ghislaine Maxwell’s siblings also have deep connections, namely Christine and her twin Isabel. Both previously held senior roles at the “front company” that facilitated their father’s sale of PROMIS software to U.S. labs working at the center of the country’s nuclear weapons capabilities. Isabel, in particular, is imperative in her role as a conduit for Mossad-linked technology firms in entering Silicon Valley.
The history around Robert Maxwell and his family is heavy and far-reaching, but the crux is clear that he, his family, and by extension Epstein, are inextricably tied to intelligence. This then calls into question this narrow prosecution, the muted transparency, and the ridiculously neutered narrative.
As such, one can only hope that Ghislaine Maxwell’s verdict is merely the beginning. But at the same time, it likely takes someone with extreme naivety to sincerely believe this is the beginning.
If the powerful can feign justice without actually delivering it, then why wouldn’t they?
The important thing now is to keep eyes peeled and to continue pressuring your representatives and peers to keep the heat up on this matter because after an ostensibly “just” verdict, eyes may very well start pulling away whether they want to or not.
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