Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Talking Epstein on We've Read the Documents

During this past Friday, John of We've Read the Documents had me on for a little chat. In just a little over an hour and a half we covered a host of topics, many of them relating to the plight of infamous financier Jeffrey Epstein. We covered several of the most compelling names in his black book, while I elaborated on the extensive ties the Epstein revelations have to a British scandal from nearly six decades ago that is often referred to as the Profumo Affair.

As you may have guessed, we spent some time discussing Robert Maxwell, the father of Epstein's alleged madam Ghislaine. Inevitably, we also covered Trump's infamous attorney and mentor Roy Cohn; how credible the allegations of Cohn's alleged pedophilia are; whether there was more to the relationship between Trump and Cohn than political and financial ambitions; Cohn's ties to William Casey and Craig Spence; and whether Cohn was actually a part of Permindex. Naturally, JFK and the Kennedy family also came up, but not in the most flattering light. We also briefly discussed "Russian mafia" don Semion Mogilevich and his connections to both Robert Maxwell and Trump. And of course, it wouldn't be a truly Reclusive podcast if I did not dip into Le Cercle and Julian Amery.

The interview can be found here.

For those of you looking for additional material on my research into these topics, check out the following:

On Epstein

Maxwell's Silver Hammer
Epstein's Little Black Book

"Goodfellas" (My series on Trump's Deep State and Organized Crime Connections)

Goodfellas: The Hidden History of Resorts International
Goodfellas: The Dark Tower and Beyond Part I
Goodfellas: The Dark Tower and Beyond Part II
Goodfellas Part III: Viva Las Vegas
Goodfellas Part IV: Lavender Mafia Edition
Goodfellas Part V: The Bedroom Dick
Goodfellas Part VI: Cliveden Games
Goodfellas Part VII: Jack and Bobby
Goodfellas Part VIII: Sons of Cohn

Le Cercle: Clerical Fascism and the Pedophocracy

Part One
Part Two

As always, I hope you guys enjoy. A big thank you again to John for having me on. And with that, I shall sign off for now. Until next time dear readers, stay tuned.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Epstein's Little Black Book

reader kindly provided me with a link to disgraced financier and alleged pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's "little black book" on the recent post I did concerning the parapolitics behind this latest scandal. The contents of this little black book were originally posted on Gawker by the great Nick Bryant (author of The Franklin Scandal). That post can be found here while a more legible list of the names can be accessed here.

Through these links I was able to determine that Edgar Bronfman Jr. did in fact appear in Epstein's black book, as was briefly discussed in "Maxwell's Silver Hammer." Bronfman Jr. is the brother of the two Bronfman heirs implicated in the NXIVM cult overseen by now-convicted pedophile Keith Raniere.

Naturally, Bronfman is but one of several interesting names to appear in Epstein's little black book. As such, I shall provide a brief assessment of several of the most noteworthy names and briefly address the significance behind them in this particular post. While many of these names are hardly surprising, several appear to provide a glimpse into the networks behind Epstein's pedophile ring. Several trace back to an early sex scandal from nearly six decades ago that appears to be one of the crucial deep events of the past century.

And with that in mind, on to the names.

Celebs and Neoliberal Elites

Alec Baldwin: Once regarded as an up-and-coming leading man, Baldwin has spent of the twenty-first century working as a character actor and political activist for Democratic agenda. Of late, he's experienced something of a career resurgence imitating President Donald J. Trump. I suspect he may soon be finding a new career niche.

Baldwin as Trump
Ralph Fiennes: A leading British actor best know for roles in Schindler's ListThe English Patient (both of which netted him Oscar nominations), Red Dragon, and the Harry Potter movies in which he played Lord Voldemort. Fiennes' family has deep links to the British establishment. Fiennes himself is an eight cousin of Charles, Prince of Wales, the heir apparent to the British throne

Michael Jackson: The legendary pop singer who died in 2009 at the age of fifty. Jackson had of course been accused of sexually abusing children for nearly two decades prior to his death. The allegations have only continued a decade after the former King of Pop shed his mortal coil. 

Courtney Love: The much-despised actress and musician was the frontwoman for grunge band Hole and starred in films such as Sid and Nancy and The People Vs. Larry Flynt. She is of course most well known as the former wife of deceased Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who committed suicide  in 1994, allegedly. Naturally, there are longstanding allegations that Love herself played some type of role in her husband's death. Unsurprisingly, Love is a registered Democrat. 

Kevin Spacey: An Academy Award winning actor for roles in films such as The Usual Suspects and American Beauty. I recent years he has drawn praise for his work on the Netflix original series House of Cards. As i'm sure many of you are aware, Spacey was accused of sexually assaulting then 14-year-old Anthony Rapp in 1986. In 2018, he was sued for sexually harassing an 18-year-old boy. The lawsuit was later dropped "with prejudice" (i.e., Spacey probably paid off the defendant).

Bob Weinstein: The legendary Hollywood producer who co-founded one of the most legendary "independent" film studios, Miramax Films (which released the landmark Pulp Fiction, among many others), in addition to The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films. As you may have guessed, Bob is the brother of Harvey Weinstein, whom he co-founded Miramax with. Harvey is yet another prominent Democrat accused of numerous instances of sexual abuse, though none involved minors, as far as this researcher is aware. Regardless, Harvey's outrages were such that he is generally credited as the catalyst for turning #MeToo into a major movement.

Bob (left) and Harvey (right) Weinstein
Curiously, both Weinstein brothers are listed as co-executive producers on a 1989 British film called Scandal. Early funding for this film was provided by Robert Maxwell, the father of Ghislaine, Epstein's alleged madam. As was noted before here, Robert Maxwell was himself a major intelligence player, maintaining relations with the CIA, MI6, KGB, and the Mossad all the way up until his mysterious death in 1991.

Even more bizarre is the fact that Scandal is a depiction of the events surrounding the Profumo Affair, an earlier British sex scandal that brought down the government of Harold Macmillan. The affair revolved around a sex ring overseen by an osteopath known as Stephen Ward who had ample ties to both the British establishment and the intelligence community. One of his girls, Christine Keeler, ended up having an affair with one of Macmillan's cabinet minister while also sleeping with a Soviet spy. This has led to much speculation that Profumo was the result of some type of honeytrap, though as to which intelligence service was playing the other is debatable.

The Americans Roy Cohn and Thomas Corbally also appear in this scandal. Cohn is of course Trump's infamous former attorney and political mentor. Corbally was a private detective who was active in the US intelligence community during the early days of the Cold War. Profumo was not the only sex scandal Corbally crops up in either, leading this researcher to speculate that he was routinely used by Cohn (a frequent employer) to dig up blackmail material on the attorney's legions of enemies. Corbally would later work for Trump as well. Much more information on the role Cohn and Corbally played in Profumo can be found here and here.

To recap: Epstein possessed the phone number of a Hollywood producer who once distributed a film initially sponsored by his madam's father, which was based on a sex scandal highly manipulated by shadowy figures that would later mentor Trump. You just can't make this stuff up dear reader. Also, do keep Profumo in mind as we shall be returning to it.


So much for the Hollywood figures. Now, let us shift gears to the neoliberal elites listed in Epstein's book. In some cases, Epstein appears to have been quite close to several families closely associated with this faction. Naturally, the Clintons are one of these families. Two others are quite noteworthy. They are:

Kennedys: Half a dozen Kennedys appear in Epstein's book, including Ted Kennedy, the long-serving US Senator from Massachusetts who was the younger brother of JFK and RFK. The Kennedys are of course no strangers to sex scandals, and JFK himself may have been ensnared in the same sex ring involved in Profumo (noted before here) all those years ago. 

Others Kennedys listed in Epstein's book include Ted's son, Ted Jr.; RFK's widow Ethel; and their son, Robert Jr. Another RFK child who appears in the book is Kerry Kennedy, who was married for fifteen years to current New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo himself is also listed in the book, though it is unknown as to whether Epstein encountered him via the Kennedys or the Clintons --Cuomo had served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during Bill Clinton's second term. He later served as the Attorney General of New York during the governorship of Eliot Spitzer. As was noted before here, Cohn acolyte and Trump crony Roger Stone appears to have played a role in ousting Spitzer from New York's governorship. Naturally, this occurred at a time when Stone was working as an attorney for the NXIVM cult. Funny how incestuous this all is, huh?

Curiously, Cuomo signed a law allowing the US Congress to review Trump's New York state tax returns a mere two days after Epstein's arrest. But hey, if your name is in that book, you've got to do something, right?


Rothschild: Virtually every conspiracy theory of the past two centuries or so has been linked to the Rothschild family at some point, so it should hardly be a surprise to find two members listed in Epstein's black book. They are Edouard de Rothschild of the French branch of the family, and from the British Evelyn de Rothschild.

Of the two men, Sir Evelyn is clearly the more powerful. Indeed, he appears to be the current head of the Rothschild family. Sir Evelyn is a former chairman of N.M. Rothschild & Sons, the family's flagship investment house. In this capacity, he became a financial adviser to Queen Elizabeth, and was reportedly knighted by her for these efforts. In 1982 he became the chairman of Rothschilds Continuation Holdings AG, the coordinating company for the Rothschild group. In 2003, he oversaw the merger of  he British and French Rothschild operations.

Sir Evelyn de Rothschild
Evelyn's appearance in Epstein's black book is not the first time this particular Rothschild has been linked to pedophilia. A close friend of Rothschild is Lord Peter Mandelson, a former Labour politician who served in the administrations of Tony Blair (also listed in Epstein's book) and Gordon Brown. Lord Peter is also the founder and longtime chairman of  Policy Network, a progressive think tank geared towards facing the "challenges" of the twenty-first century and the future of social democracy.

According to the great Institute for the Study of Globalization and Covert Politics (of which I am greatly indebted too for much of the background material here), Mandelson was accused of being a pedophile as far back as the 1990s. The accusation was made by a former board member of N.M. Rothschild & Sons personally appointed by Sir Evelyn: Lord Norman Lamont. This is most interesting, as shortly after leaving the Rothschild banking house Lamont would become the chairman of Le Cercle.

The Cercle complex began as an offshoot of the Bilderberg group during the early 1950s, but always had a much more rightward drift. Up until the 1980s, it was almost completely dominated by reactionary Catholic orders such as the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Opus Dei. It has long maintained close ties to the European aristocracy as well, with blue blood British Tories having dominated the network from the 1980s onward.

By the 1970s, the Cercle had largely broken with the neoliberal elite and had gone beyond being a policy coordinating body. At this juncture it was essentially a vast private intelligence network with ties to the secret services across the Western sphere of influence. It has also been linked to elite pedophile networks the world over, including the infamous networks in Belgium and the UK (noted before here), the Franklin scandal in the US and the dreaded Colonia Dignidad in Chile (noted here). As was noted in my prior examination of Epstein, it appears that Robert Maxwell, the father of Epstein's alleged madam Ghislaine, appears to have been in the orbit of the Cercle complex as well.

As such, a man like Lamont accusing a close Rothschild associate like Mandelson of pedophilia is not something to be taken lightly. Naturally, Mandelson is also listed in Epstein's black book.


So, the Clintons, the Kennedys, and the Rothschilds all seem to have ample ties to Epstein. Before moving along, I would like to address three other names listed in Epstein's black book that roughly fit into this neoliberal category. They are: 

Henry Kissinger: the former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor is at the absolute pinnacle of the neoliberal elite . A longtime associate of the Rockefeller family, Kissinger still wields incredible power in the foreign policy arena. Curiously, Kissinger is one of the few US foreign policy elites in the neoliberal establishment who has taken a more moderate approach towards Putin's Russia. Indeed, Kissinger has reportedly pushed Trump to improve relations with Russia so as to box in the rising power of China.

For our purposes here, it is interesting to note that Kissinger was a some-time Cercle participant during the 1970s, as noted by David Rockefeller in his autobiography Memoirs. Kissinger appears to have broken with the group at some point during that decade, however. Many within Le Cercle were deeply opposed to his pursuit of detente during his time in the Nixon and Ford administrations.

Kissinger appears to have had some type of relationship with Robert Maxwell also. The not-always-reliable Gordon Thomas and Martin Dillon report in Robert Maxwell, Israel's Super Spy that Kissinger's wife described their relationship as just one consisting of minor business dealings, but others in this work depict Kissinger and Maxwell as having a much closer relationship.

Curiously, Kissinger is reportedly the one who introduced Maxwell to longtime Republican Senator John Tower. Tower was close to fellow Texan George H.W. Bush and was initially tapped by Bush I to be his Defense Secretary. Tower's confirmation was voted down by the Senate and the post ultimately went to Dick Cheney.

It is interesting to note that Tower was one of the men present at the 1989 party Maxwell threw that was attended by Trump and Maxwell's daughter, Ghislaine (More information of the increasingly infamous 1989 party can be found here). The party would have occurred just a few months after Tower was rejected for Defense Secretary, and about a year before he was appointed chairman of the powerful President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIBA). Kissinger himself was already a member of the PFIAB at the time.

David Koch: While it may seem odd to list a member of the Koch family among the neoliberal elite, the Kochs' ideologically falls firmly in the camp of Mont Pelerin Society (MPS)-style libertarianism. And it just so happens that the economists who founded the MPS are generally credited with pioneering the concept of neoliberalism during the 1930s. Because of the domination of Keynesianism amongst the Liberal elite during the middle of the twentieth century, neoliberalism was mostly supported by the Buckley wing of the Republican party.

However, the zeitgeist began to shift during the 1970s as neoliberalism entered the mainstream. By the late 1990s, major tenets of neoliberalism such as free trade, open borders, deregulation, and an opposition to central planning had been firmly embraced by both major political parties in the United States. The rest of the world hasn't fared much better either. An excellent account of the rise of neoliberalism can be found in Quinn Slobodian's Globalist: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism.

David's brother Charles is a member of the MPS and together these two have played a crucial role in spreading the ideology of the MPS through a series of libertarian-centric think tanks. The depth of Koch brother influence on the modern political landscape has been explored by Jane Meyer in Dark Money. These efforts had a profound influence on the Overworld and played a crucial role in the shift to neoliberalism among the "liberal" faction of the US. As such, it should come as little surprise that the Koch brothers appear to have covertly supported Hillary during the 2016 election.

the Koch brothers
The influence of the Koch brothers over the Republican party is such that they were able to place their own people in key positions in the Trump administration (noted here) despite Trump's repeated antagonism towards the family. David Koch showing up in Epstein's black book may be an indication as to why the Orange One felt comfortable in appointing Koch-flunky Mike Pence as his vice-president.

Peter Soros: He is apparently a nephew of the infamous George Soros. Soros and his Open Society Foundation are among the most generous patrons of "progressive" causes the world over. He was a major donor for both Barack Obama and Hillary and in general one of the Democratic party's most generous patrons. As such, he is a longtime bugaboo of both the far right and Trump himself. No doubt both camps would be pleased to have dirt on a nephew of Soros'.

British Establishment Ties

This researcher personally finds the names of British elites listed in Epstein's book to be among the most interesting. They provide some truly remarkable connections to prior black operations chronicled in this blog, among others. So, let us begin. 

Lord William Astor, 4th: A member of the wealthy Anglo-American Astor family that has been at the center of power in both the US and UK for centuries. The American branch had helped establish what would become the Office of Strategic Services prior to the Second World War while the British branch were key players in the infamous Round Table movement that spawned the Council on Foreign Relations, the Royal Institute for International Affairs, and other longtime bugaboos of the conspiratorial right. The British Astors were part of an even more exclusive clique within the Round Table movement known as the Cliveden Set that promoted appeasement with Nazi Germany in the years leading up to the war. Much more information on the Astors can be found here

Cliveden would later gain infamy again during the Profumo scandal of the early 1960s. Stephen Ward, who headed one of the rings providing girls to British elites, rented a cottage there on the weekends. As such, it was a frequent location for sex parties among the British aristocracy. Lord Asor's father, Lord William Astor, 3rd, was deeply involved in these parties and may have been compromised by Soviet intelligence in the process. The scandal subsequently ruined Astor, who died prematurely in 1966 never having recovered from the fallout.

It was against this backdrop that the present Lord Astor grew up around. Despite the family disgrace, Lord Astor bounced back nicely and once again has the family near the centers of power. He is the father-in-law of former Tory prime minister David Cameron.

Cecil family: The Cecils have been one of the most powerful and well connected British families for centuries now. The patriarch was William Cecil, Baron Burghley, who served twice as Secretary of State and once as Lord High Treasurer for the first Queen Elizabeth. Hence, the family has been a staple of British political life since the sixteenth century.

William Cecil
Several of the Marquess of Salisbury were close to Julian Amery, a pivotal figure in British black ops throughout the Cold War and chairman of the Cercle complex during the 1980s (Amery was addressed during my prior post on Epstein). Both the fifth and sixth were active in the far right Monday Club with Amery, while the sixth Marquess of Salisbury would participate in several Cercle meetings during the 1980s. In general, this branch of the Cecil family was very close to the network of far right British aristocrats and intelligence officers linked to the Hambros Bank and Le Cercle that I briefly outlined in my prior post on Epstein.

There are two Cecils listed in Epstein's black book. One, Aurelia Cecil Stephenson, is definitely a descendant of the historic family, but from the Amherst-Hackney line. The other, a Dr. Mark Cecil, is a hedge fund manager with ample connections to the British aristocracy. I have not been able to determine if he is related to the historic Cecil family, however.

Mark Getty: The founder of Getty Images and a member of the wealthy Anglo-American Getty family. Mark is the son of Sir John Paul Getty Jr. As was noted before here, JPG was also involved in the sex ring linked to Stephen Ward that was exposed by Profumo. He would later bring infamous filmmaker and occultist Kenneth Anger to the UK. Anger quickly made inroads among high society types and befriended several members of the Rolling Stones, including Mick Jagger. And it just so happens, Sir Mick is also in Epstein's black book.

Isabel Goldsmith: This would appear to be the oldest daughter of Sir James Goldsmith. There is much dispute as to whether Goldsmith was a member of the Cercle complex or not. At a minimum, he was a close collaborator and financial patron of Brian Crozier, another British Cercle chairman during the 1980s. He was also close to Sir David Stirling, a co-founder of the SAS who collaborated frequently with Julian Amery over the years.

Clementine Hambro: A member of the powerful family of merchant bankers. As was noted in my prior post on Epstein, Robert Maxwell was set up with his first publishing house by the Hambros Bank, which appears to have continued to lend him money for years afterwards. The Hambro family and their bank were also closely linked to British intelligence, frequently providing funds and fronts for covert operations. Sir Charles Hambro, a member of the Bank of England's board of directors and a former head of the Special Operations Executive during WWII, appears to have been the patriarch of the right wing network of British intelligence officers that would rally to Cercle complex during the 1970s. Several Cercle members had close ties to Hambro and his bank.

Sir Charles Hambro
Its likely that Hambro's network was part of a broader intelligence web overseen by the World Commerce Corporation (WCC). Established shortly after WWII, the WCC was a commercial intelligence operations featuring numerous former members of the OSS, SOE, and MI6 among its ranks. Sir Charles oversaw British operations, while William Stephenson represented Canada and OSS founder and director William "Wild Bill" Donovan the United States. Donovan would briefly serve as the corporation's chairman as well. Much more information on the WCC can be found here and in my prior post on Epstein

Clementine is not from that wing of Hambro family as Sir Charles, but her father and uncles have remained powerful figures within the British banking industry. What's more, her mother was Charlotte Soames, the daughter of Christopher SoamesWinston Churchill's son-in-law and a powerful figure within the Tory party. One of Clementine's uncles is Sir Nicholas Soames, another powerful Tory MP. Sir Nicholas was the chairman and still a member of the International Advisory Board of Aegis Defense Services, one of the leading private military companies in the world. Aegis was founded by Tim Spicer, a Cercle participant.

Clementine Hambro
In addition to being Winston Churchill's granddaughter, Clementine was a bride's maid at the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana, indicating that she has pretty exclusive access in her own right. On the whole, I find Clementine to be one of the most curious names in Epstein's book.

 Daniel Macmillan: The great-grandson of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, whose administration was brought down by the Profumo scandal. Harold himself was not involved in the sex ring, but it would appears many of the figures close to him were (such as his Secretary of State for War, who went by the name of John Profumo). Harold Macmillan was also the father-in-law of Julian Amery. For those of you keeping score, this is the fourth family linked to Profumo that also appears in Epstein's book. The others were the Kennedys, the Gettys, and the Astors. And we have on more to come...

George Mountbatten: The Mountbattens are no strangers to sex scandals. George's father, the Third Marquess of Milford Haven (George is the fourth), was a close friend of Stephen Ward. Indeed, in The Secret Worlds of Stephen WardAnthony Summers and Stephen Dorril credit Mountbatten with introducing Ward to British high society.

David Mountbatten
And then there's George's great uncle, Lord Mountbatten. Lord Mountbatten has been linked to the sexual abuse of children at the infamous Kincora Boys' Home. During the 1970s, Mountbatten was linked to a coup against Prime Minister Harold Wilson that never quite got off the ground. Other alleged coup plotters included the above-mentioned Sir James Goldsmith, George Kennedy Young (Robert Maxwell's onetime MI6 handler and a frequent collaborator with Julian Amery), Sir David Stirling (another Amery crony, as noted above), and future Cercle chairman Brian Crozier. As such, Lord Mountbatten appears to have been quite close to the right wing network linked to the Cercle complex that I have described throughout this series. Julian Amery himself had also worked along side Lord Mountbatten in China during the final days of World War II.

Concluding Thoughts: A Very British Scandal

Obviously, this isn't meant to be an all inclusive examination of Epstein's black book, just the names I was most drawn to the most. But even in a precursory overview such as this, it is clear that Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans should be sweating bullets right about now. And indeed, there are already indications that panic is beginning to spread among elite social circles in Epstein's old stomping grounds (i.e. Manhattan, D.C., and Palm Beach). 

There's good reason to be concerned: Epstein clearly had contacts at the highest levels of the "liberal" faction in these United States. Democratic royalty such as the Kennedys, Clintons, and Soros are all present in Epstein's black book, as are mid-tier party officials such as a pair of former New Mexico governors, Bruce King and Bill Richardson. Also present are anti-Trump Republicans such as Leslie Wexner

But for my money, it is the British connections that really put this scandal into perspective. It is beyond striking that five families that turn up in the Profumo affair --the Kennedys, the Astors, the Gettys, the Macmillans, and the Mountbattens --have descendants listed in Epstein's black book. And then there's Trump himself --while his family was in no way linked to Profumo, his mentor, Roy Cohn, surely was. Increasingly, the Profumo Affair appears to be one of the pivotal deep events of the twentieth century. Its reverberations can still be felt in the second decade of the twenty-first century. 

And then there is the enigmatic Maxwell family. Ghisliane Maxwell has frequently been described as Epstein's madam and implicated in sexual abuse along with the billionaire financier. And yet, she was not faced any charges as yet. Her father, Robert Maxwell, appears to have had a decades spanning association with multiple intelligence services, including MI6, the KGB, the CIA, and especially the Mossad. But as I noted in a prior post on Epstein, Captain Bob appears to have been largely the creation of this far right wing network of British aristocrats and intelligence officers that I've been describing throughout this series. 

Robert Maxwell
This network crystallized in the immediate postwar years under the banner of Sir Charles Hambro (almost inevitably with the support of the World Commerce Corporation). Throughout the Cold War, this network would be implicated in a host of black operations, both foreign and domestic. During the administration of Harold Macmillan, it appears to have gone into rebellion against the government over the anti-Colonial drift. This sentiment gave rise to the Monday Club, which featured many future Cercle members and fellow travelers. 

When Profumo broke, this network went largely unscathed including families such as the Mountbattens who were both close to the scandal itself, and deeply implicated in sexual abuse. However, Macmillan and other Tories who either lacked the necessary fortitude or were compromised by the Soviets, were drummed out. 

By the 1970s, this network established close ties with the Cercle complex, and eventually took it over by the 1980s. Around the same time this British network joined Le Cercle, the complex appears to have moved to the pinnacle of elite pedophile networks. Its tendrils stretched across at least three continents. 

And then there's Trump and Cohn. Both men are closely linked to the old American Security Council (ASC) network. Throughout the Cold War, the ASC was essentially Le Cercle's American counterpart. Virtually every major American defense contractor contributed to the ASC, while its membership rolls were loaded with former high ranking military and intelligence officers. Like Le Cercle, it was both a think tank and a private intelligence network. Much more information on the ASC can be found here

While Roy Cohn never joined the ASC, he was a member of the Western Goals Foundation, a private intelligence foundation that tracked the Left in the United States. Western Goals was closely aligned with the ASC and there was much overlap in the membership. As such, it should come as little surprise that Trump's political rise has been greatly aided by the old ASC network (noted here and here). 

Even less surprising is that there was much overlap between the ASC and Le Cercle as well. While Britons and Americans were not officially allowed into the group until the late 1960s (Le Cercle was initially a German and French venture), the Cercle complex already appears to have established overtures with the ASC network by the early part of that decade. It was around this same time that the ASC network also began to forge ties with many of the future Cercle Britons (noted before here). 

Curiously, these connections were all being made around the time Roy Cohn's dogsboy, Thomas Corbally, was investigating Stephen Ward's sex ring. I've speculated before that Corbally was dispatched by Cohn (and likely Cohn's patron, J. Edgar Hoover) to investigate the claims that Ward had been used as back channel to the Soviets by the UK during the Cuban Missile Crisis and whether or not JFK had been ensnared in Ward's ring, which the Soviets were also cozy with.

Is it possible that Corbally had hooked up with the Hambro-Cercle network during the early 1960s and formed an alliance between this faction and its American counterpart on behalf of Cohn (and surely others)? And if so, was the 1989 party Maxwell threw in which himself, Ghislaine, Trump, and Tom Bolan (Cohn's former law partner) were present an indication of the continuation of this alliance? Certainly Ghislaine would continue to associate with Trump throughout the '90s after she had encountered Epstein and appears to have set up a blackmail ring with him along the lines of Cohn's prior efforts. Call me crazy, but this seems to stretch coincidence. 

The ASC and Hambro-Cercle networks are surely not the only ones involved either. This is a strong Israeli element to all of this as well, but this researcher does not understand it at present. But regardless, this whole affair certainly has the makings of a modern Profumo, right down to the descendants of many of the former players. But this time around, rather than the chief executive being nailed to the cross, it is more likely our current one will be banging the nails in. 

Friday, July 12, 2019

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Yes, yes, yes, Jeffrey Epstein. In case on has been spending extended periods of time on the astral plane, I'm sure those of you who are reading this are well aware that the infamous financier and accused pedophile was arrested on July 6 for sex trafficking minors. These charges came over a decade after Epstein had received a slap on the wrist in Florida for similar allegations. Undeterred, Epstein's former victims had continued to hound the alleged pedophile in a series of lawsuits for much of the past twelve years. Finally, it seems, this dogged persistence may be paying off.

Predictably, Epstein's arrest has generated highly partisan reactions. The neoliberal mainstream is quick to point out that President Donald J. Trump once praised Epstein as a "terrific guy" and that the Orange One had had regular dealings with the accused child rapist during the 1990s and the 00s. Epstein was a frequent visitor to the Mar-a-Lago Club during this time frame and his personal address book included 14 phone numbers for Trump. What's more, at least one of the minor's allegedly abused by Epstein was recruited at Mar-a-Lago during the late 1990s. And then there's the fact that Trump's  now former Labor Secretary, Alexander Acosta, is the one who gave Epstein a slap on the wrist in 2007 while he was serving as the US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida in 2007.

Unsurprisingly, Democrats have been doing a lot of crowing about these developments, proving that they have learned nothing in the wake of the disastrous Mueller Report. While there's no question that Trump knew Epstein socially, evidence of the Orange One engaging in the nefarious activities Epstein is known for is harder to come by. The same cannot be said of former President Bill Clinton. While the mainstream media has done all in their power to downplay Clinton's relationship with Epstein, there's no question that Clinton took over 20 flights on Epstein's private jet, dubbed the "Lolita Express." Nor do these activities appear to be the extent of the Clinton family's involvement with Mr. Epstein. Indeed, Epstein's own attorneys have alleged that Epstein played a crucial role in launching the Clinton Global Initiative.

Clinton (left) and Epstein (right)
Clinton is almost surely not the only prominent Democrat who will be linked to Epstein either. While party officials have tentatively acknowledged this, hope still springs eternal that the Orange One will also be laid low in the process. I for one would not count on it. Trump banned Epstein from Mar-a-Lago in 2007, allegedly because he had sexually assaulted a minor there. Elsewhere Brad Edwards, an attorney representing several of Epstein's alleged victims, acknowledged that Trump was the only figure to offer him information on Epstein back in 2009. And as for Acosta, a curious explanation for the sweetheart deal he gave to Epstein in 2007 has emerged recently: he was told to go easy on Epstein because he was above his pay grade. Reportedly, this was due to Epstein's ties to intelligence.

And that brings us to what is easily the most interesting name to emerge in connection to the Epstein scandal: Ghislaine Maxwell. Maxwell has drawn shockingly little scrutiny in the Epstein scandal up to this point, and for good reason: A closer examination of her and her family lead to some truly disturbing rabbit holes that much of the power elite desperately want to remain buried.

Who is Ghislaine Maxwell?

The mysterious Ghislaine first appears to have entered Epstein's life some time around the mid-1990s. The British socialite had relocated to the United States in the early-to-middle part of that deacde, where she initially worked in real estate while living on a trust of $100,000 a year. Previously, she had attended Oxford University, a noted recruiting pool for the British secret services. This was hardly the first time that Maxwell was within the orbit of various intelligence services, as we shall see.

Reportedly, Maxwell began dating Epstein at some point during the late 1990s. This does not appear to have lasted long, but the two had developed a strong "platonic bond" in the process. By the early '00s, Maxwell had become a kind of high end assistant to Epstein, organizing much of his life for him. Apparently, this included his pedophilia. 

Maxwell has been named as a co-defendant  in multiple lawsuits involving Epstein. As far back the mid-1990s, she is accused of procuring underage girls for the disgraced financier. Reportedly, one of these women was recruited at Mar-a-Lago in 1999. This has led to accusations that Ghislaine Maxwell was effectively serving as Epstein's "madam" for his various exploits involving underage girls.

Maxwell appears to have had longstanding friendships with several of the men linked to Epstein. This includes President Trump himself, Bill Clinton (Ghislaine was a guest at Chelsea Clinton's 2010 wedding), and Prince Andrew. Many of these connections predated his relationship with Epstein and were almost surely derived from her father. 

Captain Bob

Ghislaine's father, Robert Maxwell, is one of the most curious figures in the annuals of parapolitics. Mainstream accounts of Maxwell often depict to him as little more than an eccentric and corrupt media baron, the Left's answer to Rupert Murdoch in a sense. At the height of his powers in the 1980s, Maxwell owned the British Printing Corporation (which he renamed the Maxwell Communication Corporation), Mirror Group Newspapers (publishers of the Labour-leaning tabloid the Daily Mirror), Pergamon PressNimbus Records (the first UK record company to issue compact disks), and the America wing of Macmillan Publishers. Maxwell even owned a stake in MTV in Europe at one point, making him one of the most influential media moguls in the Old World during this era. Previously, Maxwell had served as Labour MP in the House of Commons from 1964-1969.

What is little addressed in mainstream accounts of Maxwell's life is his longstanding ties to various intelligence services the world over, including MI6, the CIA, the KGB, and the Mossad. Indeed, Maxwell's rise as a media baron appears to have been aided in no small part by said services. Specifically, Pergamon Press (Maxwell's first publishing house, which he acquired in 1951) has quite a deep background. The publisher had its origins in two earlier companies, Butterworth Scientific Publications and Springer Verlag (the leading publisher of scientific books and journals in Europe prior to WWII), which specialized in scientific periodicals. Initially, the company was known as Butterworth-Springer, with Maxwell signing on as a managing director in 1949. This outfit was seen as an ideal venue to keep tabs on what the Soviet scientific community was up to at the onset of the Cold War.
"At that time, the British needed agents in Russia and people the Russians might entertain in their scientific community. Maxwell might do the trick, and more money allowed him to merge the German Maxwell-Springer publishing company with Butterworth press which itself sometimes acted as an MI6 front. In 1954, Maxwell traveled to Russia and put forward the idea of publishing translated Russian scientific papers which meant he then had access to Russia and its secrets, something he ruthlessly exploited and which was exploited by the East too as Maxwell had to produce a number of propaganda works which, however, sold few copies, if any. Thus Maxwell started on his life as an international go-between, the classic Jewish 'fixer'..."
(Thatcher's Secret War, Clive Bloom, pg. 192)
Robert Maxwell
How Maxwell ended up in this position is quite noteworthy. Maxwell was a Czechoslovakian emigre who spoke eight languages. He had fled the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, initially ending up in France. There he joined the Czechoslovakian Army in exile. After the defeat of France in 1940, he joined the British Army and served with distinction. By 1945, he had achieved the rank of captain. During the occupation of Germany, Maxwell's language skills came to the attention of MI6. 

One particular MI6  manwho became enamored with Maxwell was Count Frederick "Fanny" Vanden Heuvel. A Dutchman by birth, Vanden Heuvel was a papal count, giving him direct access to the Vatican. During WWII, the Count had been the MI6 station chief in Bern. There, he was in regular contact with Office of Strategic Services (OSS) station chief and future CIA director Allen Dulles

It was likely Vanden Heuvel who arranged the initial loan to Maxwell that enabled him to purchase Butterworth-Springer in 1951. 
"...There followed protracted negotiations organized by Vanden Heuvel and, in May 1951, Butterworth agreed to sell its interest to Maxwell for £13,000. Agreeing also to a change of name to Pergamon Press, Butterworth set aside a considerable debt of £10,000. 
"As his official biographer, Joe Haines, acknowledge, this was 'more money than Maxwell possessed at that moment, so he borrowed. He first went to Sir Charles Hambro.' Who introduced Maxwell to Hambro varies with the different accounts. Haines says it was via the Board of Trade (BoT); Maxwell said it was Whitlock; Betty Maxwell claims it was Vanden Heuvel, Hambro's business 'fixer'. Whoever it was, the meeting gave rise to a City legend that Hambro had been so impressed by the forward-looking Maxwell and sufficiently persuaded of his business acumen that he ordered the chief cashier to give Maxwell a cheque book with authority to draw cheques up to a total of £25,000. In fact, the legend was no more than a cover story. The meeting certainly took place, but the matter of money had already been fixed by MI6."
(MI6: Inside the Covert World of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Stephen Dorril, pg. 141)
In other words, Maxwell's media empire was effectively launched by Vanden Heuvel and Sir Charles Hambro. The latter name should certainly raise the collective eyebrows of regular readers of this blog.

Sir Charles
For the uninitiated, Sir Charles and the Hambro family were among the most powerful fixtures of the British establishment for much of the twentieth century (and likely beyond). The family had made its fortune in merchant banking. Hambros Bank was one of the leading financial institutions in Europe and one of the select banking houses that dominated the Bank of England (noted before here). Sir Charles himself had joined the Bank of England's board of directors in 1928 at the age of 30. In other words, Sir Charles was born into the absolute pinnacle of power within the British establishment.

Like many prominent Anglo-American VIPs, Sir Charles became involved with intelligence work during the Second World War. He joined the Special Operations Executive (SOE), a highly elite and secretive organization that was tasked with espionage, sabotage, and other covert operations behind enemy lines. The SOE would be considered masters of what is referred to as "unconventional warfare" nowadays. The Office of Strategic Services was largely modeled upon the SOE and their use of "stay-behind" networks in occupied territory would serve as the basis of what is now often referred to "Operation Gladio." More information on the SOE and its ties to stay-behind networks can be found here.

the emblem of the SOE
Sir Charles began his SOE career directing operations in Scandinavia. By 1942, he had become the director of the entire organization, a post he held through much of 1943. After the end of WWII and the shuttering of the SOE, Sir Charles still remained deeply involved in British intelligence. As was noted before here, Sir Charles and his bank would continue to support MI6 operations throughout the Cold War. Nor were these "official" operations the extent of Hambros involvement in covert activities. In the immediate aftermath of WWII, he also became a crucial figure in a curious entity known as the World Commerce Corporation (WCC).
"Sir Charles Hambro was joint head with the former chiefs of the BSC, Sir William Stephenson, and the OSS, 'Bill' Donovan, of the World Commerce Corp (WCC). Set up in 1946, the Panama-based WCC was intended as a 'bridge over the breakdown in foreign exchange and to provide the tools, machinery and "know how" to develop untapped resources in different parts of the world,' particularly re-equipping German industrial plant. A director claimed that 'if there were several WCCs, there would be no need for a Marshall plan.' There was also an intelligence role. Stephenson's BSC deputy, John Pepper, succeeded him as chair, while on the board were OSS officers Richard Sicre and William Horrigan. Sister corporations included the Transamerica Corp. under James F. Cavagnaro and the British-American-Canadian Corp., chaired by Hambro with former MI6 officer Sir Rex Benson and former US Secretary of State Edward Stettinus. Under its vice-president, Satiris 'Sonny' Fasboulis, who was linked to a number of Mafia-related scandals, Commerce International (China) sponsored military assistance to Taiwan."
 (MI6: Inside the Covert World of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Stephen Dorril, pg. 814 n27)
OSS founder and director William "Wild Bill" Donovan
How exactly the WCC was so flush with cash is something of a mystery. To be sure, it possessed a impressive roster of donors from many of the leading British, Canadian, and American families of that era. In addition to Hambro himself, funds were also provided by members of the SassoonRockefeller, and Mellon families, among many others. But this funding alone likely could not account for how the WCC was able to dispense largess on par with the Marshall Plan during the early Cold War years. As was noted before here, there is compelling evidence that looted Nazi gold also provided some of the funding to the WCC. Unsurprisingly, the company has also been implicated in drug trafficking as well (noted here).

As such, the WCC is often described as a private intelligence organization, an apt description. But beyond that, it appears to have wielded power on par with what the early CIA and MI6 possessed. Indeed, it is likely that MI6 was dependent on the WCC for funding during the early years of the Cold War. The great Stephen Dorril described Sir Charles as "acting as a benefactor to MI6 good causes" (MI6: Inside the Covert World of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, pg. 142) during this era. The great Peter Dale Scott, the leading authority on the American deep state for decades, described the WCC in his classic America War Machine as being an offshoot of the original metagroup that has dominated American foreign policy for decades. The same is almost surely true in the UK among the British partners of the WCC.

And here is Robert Maxwell being set up by Sir Charles for his future media empire. Nor is Sir Charles the only connection Maxwell had to this WCC network. Dorril notes that Maxwell was being run as an agent by George Kennedy Young at the time Hambro approved his loan.

George Kennedy Young
Young was an especially right wing MI6 officer who achieved the rank of deputy director in 1959. He resigned in 1961 over dissatisfaction with the foreign policies of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. He would go on to join far right groups such as the Monday Club and even launched a militia during the 1970s. In Rogue Agents, the great David Teacher notes that while still with MI6, Young was part of a hardline covert action faction dubbed the "Robber Barons." This faction also included the infamous Lord Julian Amery, himself a veteran of the SOE.

In Deny and Disrupt, Rory Cormac notes that Amery possessed contacts the world over that surpassed those of MI6. As such, he appears in virtually every major British covert operations throughout the Cold War in some capacity. Amery also became involved with Le Cercle, the far right's answer to Bilderberg, during the 1970s. He would eventually become a chairman of this outfit during the following decade.

Amery was clearly in the orbit of the WCC-Hambro clique. During the 1970s, he was active in Le Cercle with Harry Sporborg, another SOE veteran who worked closely with Sir Charles during the war. In the postwar years Sporborg went to work for Hambros Bank and would aide Sir Charles and the bank in MI6-sponsored activities (briefly noted here) during the Cold War. Sporborg was active in other private intelligence activities as well (noted here).

Lord Julian Amery
Young frequently collaborated with Amery while working for MI6, and would later travel in many of the same far right political circles Amery was the patron saint of during this era. As such, Young was likely also a member of this network Sir Charles had established in the aftermath of WWII, a network specializing in private intelligence operations and possessing resources equal to if not surpassing MI6.

And this was the network that set up Captain Bob, as the great Private Eye often referred to Maxwell as. This is quite curious, given that Maxwell maintained close relations with the Soviets throughout his life and was a life long backer of the Labour Party (it probably goes without saying, but all the other gentleman mentioned in this section were Tories). Clearly, many of these aristocrats, imperialists, and merchant bankers were not especially concerned by Maxwell's alleged far left sympathies.


Now that I've established the origins of Maxwell's media empire, it is time to focus our attention on the apex of Maxwell's empire. Naturally, the peak was reached during the 1980s. By this point in time, Maxwell was involved in a host of legendary conspiracies ranging from Iran-Contra to the Inslaw Affair

As to the latter, Inslaw was an IT company that developed a program known as PROMIS during the early 1980s. PROMIS had been developed for the Justice Department so as to turn the files of the federal court system into a searchable database. The CIA was so impressed with PROMIS that they pirated the software and inserted a "trapdoor" into it. The agency then created a host of front companies to sell the pirated version of PROMIS to banks and other leading financial institutions. The trapdoor enabled the CIA to covertly monitor international business transactions in this fashion. Reportedly, Maxwell played a crucial role in these intrigues. 
"... the US developed its own version of the back-door and the US and Israel began looking for a neutral company through which it could sell the program to foreign intelligence services. The company chosen for the task was Degem, a computer firm with offices in Israel, Guatemala and the South African Bantustan homeland. It had been taken over for the purpose by Robert Maxwell, the publishing mogul who drowned under mysterious circumstances in 1991. Through Maxwell's Degem... the software found a home with the military regime in Guatemala, where it tracked leftist insurgents. 'Even if they traveled under a false name, various characteristics, such as height, hair color, age, were fed into roadside terminals and PROMIS searched through its database looking for a common denominator. It would be able to tell an army commander that a certain dissident who was in the north three days before had caught a train, then a bus, stayed at a friend's house, and was now on the road under a different name. That's how frightening the system was.'... PROMIS was used in South Africa to track and squelch the organizers of a strike among the black coal miners via the mandatory identity cards. Degem also sold PROMIS to the Soviet Union and the system was utilized by its GRU intelligence service at least until the coup against Mikhail Gorbachev."
(The Octopus, Kenn Thomas & Jim Keith, pgs. 25-26)
And that brings us to one of the most curious aspects of Maxwell's deep background, most notably his dealings with the Soviet Union. Officially, Maxwell was part of a group of select Jewish financier the Soviet Union had begun to work with during the 1980s to reinvigorate its economy. Curiously, another one of these financiers was the Canadian Edgar Bronfman Sr., whose family owned Seagram. Bronfman's daughters would infamously become involved with the NXIVM cult, head by now-convicted pedophile Keith Raniere. The name of Bronfman's son, Edgar Jr., allegedly appeared in Epstein's black book, though this researcher has not been able to reliably confirm this claim yet. Keep the Bronfman connection in mind dear reader, as we shall return to it again.

Bronfman Sr.
Unofficially, Maxwell appears to have been a key point man in assisting the Soviet Union in privatizing its economy. During the 1980s, Maxwell was deeply involved with the government of Bulgaria, As was noted before here, during the same decade Bulgaria was a major mecca for both arms and drug trafficking. It was a highly lucrative market, which attracted spooks from both the East and West. Unsurprisingly, Maxwell found ample business opportunities there.
"... the cavalier tycoon certainly found the thriving atmosphere of anything goes attractive to his unorthodox business methods, not to mention the pressing needs of his various espionage clients. Dillon explained how Maxwell grabbed control of the Foreign Trade Bank, thanks to highly-placed stooges among the nomenklatura with political backing at the highest levels. The bank was then open to business as the centerpiece of a vast centrifugal, money-laundering operation, spraying the proceeds in all directions. Dillon's most explosive charge was not centered on Maxwell; it was his insistence that among the bank's customers were front organization sheltering the CIA, ever on the lookout for invisible ink to mask its global contraband chains."
(Gladio: NATO's Dagger at the Heart of Europe, Richard Cottrell, pg. 205)
This is only scratching the surface of Maxwell's involvement in the Soviet bloc, however. In 1985, Maxwell brokered a rather lucrative deal between the Mossad and the KGB that allowed the Israelis to stash the money they had made off of arm sells to Iran (related to Iran-Contra) in the Soviet bloc.
"... the sheer simplicity of the deal was an added attraction. There would be no galaxy of middlemen chipping away their pieces of commission. There would be just 'Maxwell and his connections and Chebrikov, because of the power he wielded. His involvement was a guarantee the Soviets would not steal the funds. It was agreed the initial $450 million would be transferred from Credit Suisse to the Bank of Budapest in Hungary. That bank would disburse the money to other banks in the Soviet bloc.' "
(Gideon's Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad, Gordon Thomas, pg. 176) 
The above-mentioned Chebrikov was Viktor Chebrikov, the head of the KGB. The Mossad was represented at the meeting by Nahum Admoni, then the Director-General. In other words, Maxwell was able to bring together the heads of the KGB and the Mossad together in Thatcher's England to broker a deal concerning funds generated by Iran-Contra. Maxwell pocketed a cool $8 million for his assistance.

It has been alleged by those such as Richard Cottrell that Maxwell on the whole played a crucial role assisting former Communist Party officials, especially those connected to the intelligence community, in transferring state assets to the private sector, ensuring that they were set for the post Soviet era. While this is all quite speculative, there's no question that Maxwell had also forged ties with the emerging Russian mafias during this era. In particular, Maxwell had set up Semoin Mogilevich with an Israeli passport that enabled the man who would eventually be dubbed the "boss of bosses" among the Russians mafias to travel international and set up over 50 business fronts. Maxwell also set up Mogilevich with a Swiss banker who had regular dealings with the Vatican Bank, among other prestigious clients. As I noted before here, Trump has been linked to Mogilevich's organization since at least the mid-1980s. Additional information on the links between the Trump and Mogilevich organizations can be found here.

Family Matters

All of this adds special significance to a party held on Robert Maxwell's yacht in 1989. But before getting to this party, a prudent question must be asked: Is there any evidence of Captain Bob being involved in elite pedophile entrapment networks?

As far as direct involvement is concerned, the answer is "no." But Maxwell's prior involvement with Hambro and his merry band of reactionary SOE and MI6 men raises another possibility. As was noted before here, many of the men linked to this network would end up joining Le Cercle by the 1970s. The Cercle complex was a powerful international body based in Europe that initially grew out of the infamous Bilderberg group. While staunchly pro-EU, Le Cercle was also fanatically anti-Communist and would gradually break with Bilderberg at some pint in the 1970s. The group's right wing drift was almost surely due to the fact that it was dominated for many years by reactionary Catholic orders such as the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Opus Dei. It was quite aristocratic as well --lots of knights, lords, and barrons among the membership list. For more information of Le Cercle, check out a prior series I did on it that can be found here.

The Cercle also had ample contacts among numerous intelligence services the world over. As such, it had effectively became a private intelligence network in its own right by the 1970s. Easily the most unsettling aspect of this development was the extensive links the Cercle complex forged with elite pedophile networks. Cercle members can be linked to some of the most infamous in Europe, such as in the UK and Belgium ones (noted before here), as well as to the Franklin ring in the US and the dreaded Colonia Dignidad in Chile (noted before here).

Colonia Dignidad
In other words, if there was some type of international pedophile entrapment ring as conspiracy theorists have long alleged, it seems likely that the Cercle complex was at the forefront of this network by the 1970s when many of Sir Charles Hambro's former SOE men began signing up with the organization.

As for Maxwell, many of his contacts with this network like Sir Charles and Count Fanny Vanden Heuvel were long dead by the 1980s. However George Kennedy Young, a frequent collaborator of future Cercle chairman Julian Amery, was still around and active. This researcher can not confirm if Maxwell was still in contact with his former handler, but there was at least one figure closely linked to the Cercle Maxwell maintained ties with during the 1980s:

The Baroness Margaret Thatcher.

As was noted before here, the Cercle had gone to great lengths to make Thatcher the prime minister. Additional information on these intrigues can be found in David Teacher's long suppressed Rogue Agents, which can be found here. That the Cercle would be interested in Thatcher is hardly surprising, but the same can not be said of Thatcher's relationship with Maxwell. After all, Captain Bob's media empire regularly attacked the Iron Lady while her MI5 and MI6 kept a close watch on the Captain. Despite this, the two seem to have had a surprisingly warm relationship and Thatcher had even considered using one of Maxwell's publishing houses to print her autobiography at one point.
"The crooked press baron had a close and curiously friendly relationship with Margaret Thatcher. 'Maxwell talked constantly about his respect and admiration for her,' said a source involved in the negotiations. 'He had done an important favor for her years ago and she was very grateful to him. He never said what it was but it was obviously quite significant.' Another source said, 'Maxwell was keen to but he thought it unlikely that Mrs. Thatcher would want him as the publisher. He liked her and said how helpful she was to big business in the 1980s.'
"As for Mrs. Thatcher, 'She told me she had no problems in being published by Maxwell,' said a Macmillan source. 'She said she admired Maxwell as a businessman and was not concerned about the attacks on her by the Mirror newspapers.' Her only public comment was after the publisher's death in late 1991: 'Mr. Maxwell kept me informed about what was happening in Eastern European countries and what their leaders were thinking.'
"It was not difficult to see why Maxwell and Margaret Thatcher admired each other. They saw each other as self-make people, outside the class-ridden British establishment. She respected wealthy, flamboyant and powerful business tycoons who fought their way up. Maxwell dealt with her as the head of government rather than as leader of the Tory Party. He was also commercially grateful for her for two key policies. The first was a reform of the trade-union laws, which he applied ruthlessly to his own employees. The second was the privatization of British Airways, which enabled him to buy British Helicopters International from the government for £30 million."
(Thatcher's Fortunes, Mark Hollingsworth & Paul Halloran, pgs. 295-296)
the Iron Lady
Indeed, it sounds like Thatcher even used Maxwell as a source of intelligence in Eastern Europe. Superficially, this is quite curious considering Maxwell's extensive KGB ties and long time support for the Labour party. This researcher suspects that the only way Maxwell would have been let into her confidence is if someone vouched for him --someone like the Cercle affiliates who had helped elect Thatcher and may have had dealings with Maxwell for decades.

It is also interesting that Maxwell did some type of significant favor for Thatcher. Of course, ample evidence has come out in recent years that Thatcher's administration was riddled with pedophiles (noted here). It is possible this favor involved keeping a prominent newspaper closely aligned with Labour from reporting on these developments?

Nor was Thatcher the only potential link Maxwell had to the Cercle complex in the 1980s. A close associate of his during this time was Edmond Safra. Safra was yet another Jewish businessman with reputed links to the Mossad, the KGB, and the Russia mafia. It would appear that Safra had some type of involvement with at least one Belgium Cercle partner linked to pedophilia during the 1980s. In addition to being close to Maxwell, Safra was also on good terms with Edgar Bronfman Sr., whom he served on the Board of Overseers of B'nai B'rith with. As was noted above, Bronfman's daughters would later be linked to the NXIVM cult.

And that finally brings us to the 1989 party noted above. Present on Maxwell's yacht were his daughter Ghislaine and a host of other VIPs. The two most noteworthy for our purposes here were Donald Trump himself and attorney Tom Bolan, the former law partner of Roy Cohn.

Cohn was of course Trump's former attorney and political mentor until his death in 1986. As I noted throughout my "Goodfellas" series, there is compelling evidence that Cohn himself was a central figure in sexual entrapment operations for decades. One of the most compelling instances involved the Profumo Affair, which brought down the government of Harold Macmillan in the UK (noted here and here).

Julian Amery was Harold Macmillan's son-in-law and a member of his administration. As such, the fall of the Tory Macmillan would seemingly be a blow to the old Hambro network. But Amery and other far right, pro-Colonial Tories had become increasingly disillusioned with Macmillan's foreign policy (remember that George Young had resigned from MI6 in protest of these policies, as was noted above). What's more, none of these Tories (who then centered around the Monday Club) were implicated in Profumo. I've argued before here that these elements may have collaborated with Cohn's people in an effort to "purify" the Tories.

While this may seem a stretch, there is a precedent in latter intrigues. Colin Wallace, a former MI5 who was one of the first to blow the whistle on the Kincora Boy's Home pedophile scandal, had become involved with this reactionary network of Tories by the 1970s. In David Teacher's Rogue Agents, it is noted that Wallace was part of psyops operations being waged by right wing elements in MI5 to discredit Labour, Liberal, and Tory leaders alike. Specifically, this network sought to replace Tory Prime Minister Edward Heath (who attended Oxford with Amery and who is deeply implicated in pedophilia) with someone of a "more resolute approach." Someone like, say, Cercle favorite Margaret Thatcher. "Incidentally," it was around this time that rumors began to circulate that Heath was a homosexual.

As such, the possibility that the Hambro-Amery and Cohn networks had forged ties as far back as Profumo can not be discounted. By the 1980s, however, there was a more direct link: CIA director William Casey. Casey had been in the orbit of this Le Cecle/Tory network since at least the 1960s (noted here) and was actively involved with the Cercle by the 1970s. Here he would have surely encountered Amery and his merry band. This relationship appears to have continued up until Casey's death in 1987. Elsewhere, Casey worked closely with Cohn during the 1980s (noted here).

 As such, it seems quite likely that these networks were connected by that decade. What's more, this gives Maxwell's 1989 party an air of a meeting of the Five Families of the Pedophocracy, with Captain Bob representing the Tory wing (and likely KGB and Mossad as well) and Trump and Bolan representing the Cohn wing. What I seem to be describing here is a network of what the great David Teacher dubbed "rogue agents," intelligence assets from the US, UK, Israel, and the Soviet Union, among others, who came to a realization during the waning years of the Cold War that their continued power and influence in the new era would depend on pulling their resources. Access to damning evidence on an international VIP pedophile ring would certainly go a long way towards comprising their respective governments to be sure. And perhaps a new stage of this plot was launched around the time of that 1989 party. 

Ghislaine Maxwell attended this party and would continue to have dealings with Trump even after her father's death in 1991. By 1993, she appears to have made contact with Epstein. By the end of the decade, she is alleged to have recruited girls for him at Mar-a-Lago.

Certainly, this seems to stretch coincidence, especially considering that the NXIVM cult was also being tracked by another Cohn acolyte, Roger Stone, as I noted before here. Isn't it rather curious that two pedophile networks presently threatening to bring down the Democratic party (along with the Republicans and effectively the entire government of these United States) both appear to have been infiltrated by Cohn's minions?

And with that, I shall sign off for now dear readers. Keep the popcorn ready, as the fallout from this train wreck will likely make the Mueller report seem like a walk in the part. As always, stay tuned.