The late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is known to have had met with prominent individuals including Wall Street financiers, Nobel prize-winning scientists, and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, according to court documents and reports.
Now, The Wall Street Journal has revealed that Epstein also met with William Burns, who was the deputy secretary of state and currently leads the CIA, and author Noam Chomsky. Epstein also had over a dozen meetings with Ariane de Rothschild, now the chief executive of Swiss bank Edmond de Rothschild Group, and Kathryn Ruemmler, a former attorney for the Obama administration who later became a senior lawyer with Goldman Sachs.
The names of the individuals were included within a private calendar held by Epstein that previously had not been made public.
According to the Journal, the documents don’t indicate the purpose or agenda for most of the meetings, and they could not verify whether all the meetings took place. However, there is no suggestion that any of the individuals who met with Epstein were involved in his crimes or any wrongdoing.
A spokeswoman for the CIA said that Burns, its director, met Epstein a decade ago as he was preparing to leave his post as deputy secretary of state.
“The director did not know anything about him, other than that he was introduced as an expert in the financial services sector and offered general advice on transition to the private sector,” CIA spokeswoman Tammy Kupperman Thorp said. “They had no relationship.”
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation also said that Epstein never worked for Gates, who has admitted to having several dinners with Epstein in hopes of securing philanthropic funds for global health. According to a spokeswoman for Gates, the convicted pedophile misrepresented their relationship. Gates says that he regrets ever meeting with him.
Chomsky, for his part, said that he knew Epstein and had occasional meetings with him, including arranging a meeting with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak to discuss Israel’s policies on Palestinian issues. However, Chomsky maintained that his contacts with Epstein were in 2015 and 2016 when the latter had already served his sentence and the slate had been “wiped clean under US laws and norms.”
The Edmond de Rothschild bank, which had previously denied any meetings or business links to Epstein, has since acknowledged that its CEO had met with Epstein between 2013 and 2019, during which he asked her personally for advice and services on estate management. Documents show that she bought close to $1 million worth of auction items on Epstein’s behalf in 2014 and 2015.
In one 2013 email, Epstein asked de Rothschild for help finding a new assistant, saying he was looking for someone who was “female…multilingual, organized.” De Rothschild responded with “I’ll ask around.”
Epstein had pleaded guilty in 2008 to sexual offenses involving a minor and served 13 months in jail. He was accused of running a sex trafficking ring from 2002 to 2005 where he allegedly paid girls as young as 14 for sex. He died in jail in 2019 while awaiting trial, his death was ruled as a suicide.
Earlier this year, Denise George, the attorney general of the US Virgin Islands, won a $105 million settlement for the sex trafficking case with Epstein’s estate. The estate will be required to liquidate all of Epstein’s assets and wind down all business operations in the islands. The government of the Virgin Islands will also be entitled to half of the proceeds of the sale of the assets. George was later fired by Governor Albert Bryan days after filing a lawsuit accusing JPMorgan Chase of “pulling the levers” of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex-trafficking ring.
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