And so it begins. The long-awaited names of what the court documents refer to as an ‘alleged Epstein affiliate’ have begun to be released in a series of 40 documents. Nearly 200 names that had previously been redacted from court documents in a lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein’s former lover and accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell have been made public on orders of U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska.
Preska ordered their release in December,
ruling there was no longer a legal need to keep the names hidden, but gave the Jane and John Does two weeks to appeal. Three have reportedly appealed; one has been granted.
Fox News reports:
Other names unsealed Wednesday included billionaire Glenn Dubin and his former private chef Rinaldo Rizzo. Previously released documents revealed that Rizzo claimed Epstein and Maxwell once visited Dubin’s house with a disoriented, 15-year-old Swedish girl who told him the couple asked her for sex and that her passport had been taken. Others mentioned include Tony Figueroa, Limited Brands founder and former Victoria’s Secret CEO Lex Wexner, and Epstein accusers such as Johanna Sjoberg and Annie Farmer.
A notable new name is David Copperfield – who was himself accused of sexually assaulting a teen model and is described in the documents as a friend of Epstein.
Sjoberg, according to a deposition in the lawsuit claimed that Epstein once told her “Clinton likes them young, referring to girls” and that Copperfield, a friend of Epstein’s, “did some magic tricks” at dinner.
Sjoberg also brought up Trump, claiming that Epstein once claimed he’d call the billionaire businessman when his helicopter had to be rerouted to Atlantic City because it couldn’t land in New York. She also stated she had never given massages to Trump, the director George Lucas or Marvin Minsky, a renowned computer scientist who died in 2016.
Several were withheld for various reasons, including names of some of Epstein’s underage victims and at least one person who the judge said had been falsely identified.
Fox News has published some of the court documents which can be read here.
Canadian-U.S. border illegal crossings up 240% over previous year
The vulnerability of the northern border of the United States is being weaponized in the war on illegal migration. 2023 saw a 240% increase of individuals apprehended from just one year prior. Not only is the border with Canada significantly longer than its border with Mexico, but its ports of entry are often understaffed while the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is forced to prioritize the southern surge.
According to recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in 2023 authorities halted over 12,000 migrants attempting illegal crossings at the Canadian border. The number is a 240% increase from the preceding year when 3,579 individuals were apprehended.
ADN America reports that approximately 70% of the illegal crossings took place along a 295-mile stretch along the northern New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire border called the Swanton Sector.
Chief patrol agent for the sector, Robert Garcia, posted on social media that the 3,100 individuals apprehended were from 55 different countries.
Garcia wrote “the record-breaking surge of illegal entries from Canada continues in Swanton Sector” and he specifically mentioned that the arrest of 10 Bangladeshi citizens was prompted by a citizen’s report in Champlain, New York.
Surprisingly, ADN reports:
A significant number of those engaging in illegal crossings are Mexicans who exploit the opportunity to fly to Canada without a visa, also avoiding the presence of cartels in their home countries.
Experts suggest that migrants can purchase a $350 one-way plane ticket from Mexico City or Cancun to Montreal or Toronto. This route is perceived as offering a lower likelihood of being turned away compared to those crossing the southern border.
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