Richard Stallman, a MacArthur genius grant recipient and Internet Hall of Fame inductee, wrote in an email to the MIT community Monday that he was “resigning effective immediately” from his position as visiting scientist at CSAIL.
“I am doing this due to pressure on MIT and me over a series of misunderstandings and mischaracterizations,” Stallman said.
The 66-year-old leader of the free software movement, which promotes the freedom of developers to use and share their computer programs, recently argued in an email thread last week that Marvin Minskey, the late AI pioneer and longtime MIT professor, was unfairly accused of sexual assault and that one of the underage girls in Epstein’s sex trafficking operation likely presented herself as “entirely” willing to have sex.
Last month, an unsealed deposition revealed that one of Epstein’s alleged victims, Virginia Giuffre, had told prosecutors that one of Epstein’s associates had directed her to have sex with the then-73-year-old Minsky, among other high-profile figures, while at the late financier’s estate in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2001. Giuffre was 17 at the time.
“The term ‘sexual assault’ is so vague and slippery that it facilitates accusation inflation: taking claims that someone did and leading people to think of it as Y, which is much worse than X,” he wrote, adding that the word “presumes that [Minsky] applied force or violence, in some unspecified way, but the article itself says no such thing. Only that they had sex.”
“We can imagine many scenarios, but the most plausible scenario is that she presented herself to him as entirely willing,” Stallman added. “Assuming she was being coerced by Epstein, he would have had every reason to tell her to conceal that from most of his associates.”
Others in the thread pointed out that sex between a 73-year-old and a 17-year-old amounted to statutory rape, aside from the fact that Guiffre said she was coerced, and that, additionally, debating definitions of “rape” and “sexual assault” wasn’t a productive conversation.
“When this email chain inevitably finds its way into the press, the seeming insensitivity of some will reflect poorly on the entire community,” one person replied. “Regardless of intent, this thread reads as ‘grasping at straws to defend our friends’ around potential involvement with Epstein, and that isn’t a reputation I would like attached to my CSAIL affiliation.”
The thread was written about on Medium last week by an angered MIT alum and a full copy was obtained and published by Vice’s tech magazine Motherboard, which headlined their article: “Famed Computer Scientist Richard Stallman Described Epstein Victims As ‘Entirely Willing.'”
Stallman also stepped down Monday as president and as a member of the board of directors of the Free Software Foundation, a Boston-based nonprofit group that he founded in 1985. The foundation said in a post Monday night that it would begin looking for a new president “immediately.”
The renowned computer scientist is just the latest member of the MIT community to resign over the university’s ties to Epstein, who donated at least $800,000 to the Cambridge institution and facilitated millions more in financial gifts.
Joi Ito, the director of the MIT Media Lab, resigned last week after a New Yorker investigation revealed how university employees worked to conceal the financial relationship to the disgraced hedge-fund manager and philanthropist. Two other Media Lab members also resigned last month in protest of Epstein’s ties to MIT.
https://nypost.com/2019/09/21/ex-palm-beach-top-cop-thinks-jeffrey-epstein-had-a-police-mole/Jeffrey Epstein knew so much about the Palm Beach Police Department as it investigated him back in 2005, that he may have had someone inside tipping him off, the former police chief said Friday in his first in-depth interview.
The notorious pedophile multi-millionaire had somehow received advance warning of a search warrant, the ex-police chief, Michael Reiter, told Dateline NBC.
“The place had been cleaned up,” Reiter recalled, noting that a computer that would have stored all of his Palm Beach mansion’s video surveillance had vanished.
“And all the wires were left hanging there,” Reiter said.
https://nypost.com/2019/09/21/damning-evidence-on-prince-andrew-could-be-in-russian-hands-mi6/The agency’s concerns center on the curious case of John Mark Dougan, an ex-Marine and former Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy who now lives in Russia, The Times of London reported Saturday.
Dougan, who moved to Moscow and sought asylum there in 2016, had worked for the sheriff’s office in 2005, the year it began an investigation into Epstein.
Story:French police have raided the former Paris home of Jeffrey Epstein – as pressure intensifies for Prince Andrew to help the French investigation.
It follows the Paris prosecutor, Rémy Heitz, launching a probe into alleged abuse carried out by Epstein, the late convicted paedophile financier, on victims as young as 12.
Agents from the Central Office for the Suppression of Violence against Persons carried out a raid on the £7.14m ($8.6m) Epstein apartment in Avenue Foch, next to the Arc de Triomphe, on Monday and Tuesday.
There was also a simultaneous raid on Karin Models, an agency run by Jean-Luc Brunel, who is suspected of helping Epstein procure women.
Oh, sweet Jesus, Ghislaine and Jeffrey wanted Virginia to have their baby for them when she started getting "too old" for his tastes. They would pay her $200,000 plus a house, but she would have to sign over all the rights to the child for Jeffrey to do with as he pleased. That's what prompted her to escape. She hadn't realized up to then just how sick and disgusting their grooming was.
I'm sure I saw this on YouTube but I can't remember which video it was in. The history function there is shit.
https://nypost.com/2019/09/26/sony-shopping-around-tv-series-about-jeffrey-epstein/Sony Pictures Television is shopping the twisted story of dead pedophile Jeffrey Epstein as a limited series, according to a new report.
The studio has optioned Conchita Sarnoff’s book “TrafficKing” based on human trafficking and the years of allegations lodged against Epstein, Deadline reported.
The Epstein-related project is the latest to get the Hollywood treatment.
Patricia Heaton, from “Everybody Loves Raymond,” is developing a mini-series based on reporting by the Miami Herald, which long investigated the perverted financier, Variety reported last month.
Lifetime is developing “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein” and a four-part docuseries — based off James Patterson’s book “Filthy Rich: The Billionaire’s Sex Scandal — the Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein” — is also in the works by Netflix, according to Fox Business.
https://nypost.com/2019/10/03/sarah-ferguson-addresses-ex-husband-prince-andrews-ties-to-jeffrey-epstein/The Duchess of York, 59, was asked by The Sun about how she was supporting the prince who has been repeatedly named in court documents in the Epstein sex scandal.
“I think the most important thing in life is familyhood,” the duchess told the paper of her ex, the father of her two daughters to whom she has remained close since their split in 1996.
https://nypost.com/2019/10/03/jeffrey-epstein-easily-made-200m-after-legal-financial-woes-report/Epstein’s earlier money management firm, Financial Trust, peaked at the end of 2004, reporting $563 million in assets and net income of $108 million, the documents reveal. By 2017, the last year for which statements were available, Southern Trust reported $175 million in retained earnings — leftover profits that can be reinvested, according to the report.
The documents don’t indicate who paid the bulk of money to Epstein’s new venture, just years after the financier spent 13 months behind bars on a charge of soliciting an underage prostitute in Florida. They also give no clues as to why customers would support a man who had made an abrupt switch from financial services to DNA research.
https://nypost.com/2019/10/02/virginia-giuffre-wants-anonymous-man-in-ghislaine-maxwell-suit-revealed/Jeffrey Epstein “sex slave” Virginia Giuffre has no sympathy for an anonymous man who’s afraid of being named as part of her lawsuit against accused procuress Ghislaine Maxwell.
“Order John Doe to reveal himself,” Giuffre lawyer Sigrid McCawley wrote Manhattan federal court judge Loretta Preska on Wednesday.
https://nypost.com/2019/10/06/prince-andrew-claims-2010-jeffrey-epstein-visit-in-nyc-was-to-end-friendship/“The duke has been hammered for one mistake, which took place in 2010,” a senior source close to Andrew told the paper.
“He has apologized again and again for the error of judgment. But what he did wasn’t criminal. It was a mistake.
“He went to see a friend to tell them he couldn’t be their friend any more,” the source insisted.
https://nypost.com/2019/10/08/prince-andrew-hires-spin-doctor-before-epstein-documentary-airs/The Duke of York brought in Jason Stein, former special adviser to Amber Rudd — who served on Boris Johnson’s cabinet as the work and pensions secretary — as the palace braces for the hour-long program to air on the UK’s Channel 4 later this month...
He will report to Prince Andrew’s private secretary Amanda Thirsk rather than to Buckingham Palace’s press office.
https://nypost.com/2019/10/09/epstein-victim-accuses-his-employees-of-facilitating-rape/The Queens woman who claims she was raped by Jeffrey Epstein as a teen is now suing three of his female employees for allegedly conspiring in the sick abuse.
An amended complaint filed Tuesday by Jennifer Araoz identifies maid Roslyn Fontanilla, secretary Lesley Groff and executive assistant Cimberly Espinosa — who worked for the dead pedophile in New York.
https://pagesix.com/2019/10/19/detective-finds-epstein-address-book-with-13-phone-numbers-for-prince-andrew/Gumshoe Mike Fisten, who dogged the late sex perv for a decade on behalf of victims, found an address book of Epstein’s at his Palm Beach mansion — and it was “a treasure trove of Jeffrey’s activities,” he told the Sunday Times of London Saturday.