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WSJ goes there on Epstein and Bill Gates. This is their headline: “Jeffrey Epstein Appeared to Threaten Bill Gates Over Microsoft Co-Founder’s Affair With Russian Bridge Player.” Not exactly subtle.
Jeffrey Epstein discovered that Bill Gates had an affair with a Russian bridge player and later appeared to use his knowledge to threaten one of the world’s richest men, according to people familiar with the matter.
The Microsoft co-founder met the woman around 2010, when she was in her 20s. Epstein met her in 2013 and later paid for her to attend software coding school. In 2017, Epstein emailed Gates and asked to be reimbursed for the cost of the course, according to the people familiar with the matter.
The email came after the convicted sex offender had struggled and failed to convince Gates to participate in a multibillion-dollar charitable fund that Epstein tried to establish with JPMorgan Chase. The implication behind the message, according to people who have viewed it, was that Epstein could reveal the affair if Gates didn’t keep up an association between the two men.
In 2017, Epstein contacted Gates about the Russian bridge player, years after the relationship had ended, according to people familiar with the matter. He sent an email to Gates asking to be reimbursed for the costs of Antonova’s coding school, the people said.
The sum was immaterial for the two men and the tone of the message was that Epstein knew about the affair and could expose it, the people said.
This story is larger than it sounds at first because this is exactly what the CW (conspiratorial wisdom) has been describing as Epstein’s MO, and the reason that so little has been disclosed about the life and death, clients, and methods of a global child trafficker. Epstein was no idiot and protected himself by generating a world-spanning who’s-who of interconnected clients to blackmail.
Things did not suddenly grow tense between now-divorced Bill and Melinda Gates:
Of course, when you have Epstein/Gates money, you can purchase coverage like this.
Despite a headline of “Bill and Melinda Gates divorce after 27 years of marriage,” this puff piece focuses on their philanthropy and rather obsessively on the empowerment of women and a lecture about how to conduct a supposed equal-partnership marriage. Not mentioned at all is anything relating to the divorce, such as the tidbits hinted at in the opening paragraph to the NYT article pictured above.
The simplest explanation for the large Epstein story is that he successfully blackmailed enough powerful people that there remains an active cover-up by those selfsame powerful people and their associates to keep the real story suppressed.
Recall that Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted on numerous counts of something like trafficking minors for sexual abuse, which definitely requires clients, yet those clients have never been named.
To be clear, this particular case (the bridge-playing Russian girl) is not one of Epstein providing the girl to Gates. Instead, this is something that Epstein found out about later, and capitalized upon. This may be how it escaped the “cone of silence” surrounding Epstein’s clients. Gates may have been a child-sex client of Epstein’s later, and at any rate, flew on the Lolita Express or visited child-sex-slavery island dozens of times.
The WSJ article shows Epstein raising the topic of a pitifully small amount of money between two of the world’s most moneyed and powerful men. Why would he ask to be reimbursed for pocket change? To communicate that he knows there is something important enough for Bill Gates in that story that Bill Gates should do something for Epstein. Epstein was trying to use Gates’ name to secure some funding thing from JPMorgan — it fell through.
The real value here is the demonstration of exactly what an Epstein dunning letter / blackmail threat would look like. Of course, there’s no explicit quid pro quo in the mail. These people are evil, not stupid.
I was able to use this archival view to see the WSJ article (h/t PDW).Published in