Epstein, guard took bribe from Turkish gold dealer, Wikileaks managed shares prison phone
[DailyMail] The security lapses at the jail where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself: How a guard took a bribe from a Turkish gold dealer and how a Wikileaks leaker managed to share new information from phones smuggled into his cell
- Jeffrey Epstein was found alone and unresponsive in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan early Saturday
- He was pronounced dead at New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan hospital
- The billionaire pedophile's death has raised serious questions about the jail given it is hardly the first scandal
- A prison guard, Victor Casado, pleaded guilty last year to taking $25,000 in cash bribes to smuggle cellphones, alcohol and food to a wealthy Turkish gold trader
- Reza Zarrab,
who was the trader involved, was in prison over a money laundering scheme to Iran and says someone also tried to assassinate him
|...who first appeared on our radar in late 2013 as an incidental item while then-Prime Minister Erdogan raged against the detention of dozens of his top people in a graft probe he blamed on the perfidy of his BFF Fethullah Gulen... |
- A former CIA employee, Joshua Adam Schulte,
is also accused of leaking classified files from a cell phone while he was locked up in the federal prison
| ...the former CIA programmer arrested for having child porn, subsequently discovered to have shared information on government hacking tools to Wikileaks...|
Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide has brought new scrutiny to the federal jail in New York where he was being held given the previous security lapses at the facility that houses some of the highest-security inmates in the country. Epstein's death is hardly the first scandal at the MCC facility in Manhattan.
Last year, a prison guard at the jail, Victor Casado, pleaded guilty to taking more than $25,000 in cash bribes to smuggle cellphones, alcohol and food to a wealthy Turkish gold trader between 2016 and 2017. Reza Zarrab, who was the Turkish gold trader involved with bribing the guard, was in prison over a money laundering scheme to Iran.
He has previously testified in court that someone tried to assassinate him at the prison when he implemented Turkey's President Recep Tayip Erdogan in the scheme that would launder billions of dollars from the U.S. to Iran.
A former CIA employee, Joshua Adam Schulte, accused of leaking classified files while in prison. Schulte last year with stealing classified defense information from the CIA in 2016. He is believed to be behind the 'Vault 7' and 'Vault 8' documents released by WikiLeaks.
The 12-story jail had been designed to house 449 inmates when it opened in 1975. Today it holds more than 760.
Ron Kuby, who once represented a blind Egyptian sheik, lockup houses some of 'the highest-security prisoners on earth.'
He said that while suicide attempts among inmates are commonplace, 'it's been a long time since they lost somebody.'
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Posted by: Woodrow 2019-08-13