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Is Les Wexner Epstein’s only blackmail victim

It has been hypothesized that Epstein became rich by blackmailing multiple people, but it’s a lot easier to get away with blackmailing a single person than blackmailing a whole bunch of people, and if your blackmail is really good, then it only takes blackmail of a single multi-billionaire to live the lifestyle of someone who appears to be worth about half a billion dollars.

Perhaps the blackmail had nothing to do with statutory rape, but Les Wexner did something a lot worse than that?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 16, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Crime

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  1. The game theory of blackmail negotiations seems interesting, and not something I’d thought about much until now. I’m inclined to think there are a lot of benefits to having more clients.

    Scenario 1: Epstein is just a poor former teacher, and he has blackmail information on a single billionaire. They need to arrive at a rational price for that information. Since Epstein’s known to be dirt poor, the billionaire knows he can pay Epstein very little (in billionaire terms), and Epstein is prepared to take it. In negotiation parlance, Epstein has a terrible BATNA — the consequence of negotiations failing (he remains poor and has made a powerful enemy). Sure, the billionaire might be prepared to pay a lot to bury this information, but he’s rich and powerful. He can try to use his resources to discredit or evade the accusations in other ways (most extreme possibility: he thinks he has a way to have Epstein killed).

    Scenario 2: Epstein is known to be rich and has lots of blackmailed “clients”. Now he obtains blackmail information on a new billionaire. Epstein’s BATNA is much stronger for three reasons:

    1. He sees no point in accepting a low fee; another million dollars makes little difference to him.

    2. If information leaks that he’s accepting lower fees, then other “clients” may try to negotiate for lower fees (it’s likely that Epstein’s fund was charging standardized fees that were publicized to all clients, in compliance with government regulations).

    3. Since Epstein is rich and powerful, the blackmailed person has fewer ways to leverage the power differential to find a solution other than agreeing to blackmail — in fact, Epstein may be the more powerful person and be able to leverage HIS greater power against his target.

    The result is that, under Scenario 2, Epstein can reliably charge a lot more “fees” per client.

    Wency

    July 16, 2019 at EDT am

  2. If you look at who Les Wexner was and his biography, that seems highly unlikely. Les was one of the most powerful and active geopolitical players in the world. He was without question very tight with Israeli Intelligence and rumored to have close ties with the Russian Mafia. Epstein would have been dissolving in a vat of acid within 24 hours of trying to blackmail Wexner. I just find it incredibly hard to believe that Epstein was calling the shots here. He was nothing but an incredibly charismatic degenerate sex fiend and con artist. Even if you just look at him and Ghislaine Maxwell it is hard to imagine Epstein being the one in charge.

    It is very interesting to see what is going on in Israel right now with respect to this scandal. Netanyahu, whose rerun for re-election seemed to be sputtering, has used the Epstein scandal to devastating effect against his competitor, who just today admitted to have personally visited Epstein on Pedo Island.

    PerezHBD

    July 16, 2019 at EDT am

    • Wexner, who lives outside Columbus, is a major donor to The Ohio State University, with a hospital and an art center named after him. The Epstein-Wexner connection came out months ago, but there is no mention of it in Columbus. The University has just gone through a very public, year long, and very embarrassing investigation of Dr. Richard Strauss, who was a team doctor working for the Athletic Department, and who sexually abused some 200 boys. All that was some 20 odd years ago, but another sex scandal involving Wexner is something the University does not need.

      Epstein is also reputed to have Mossad connections. I agree that it seems more likely that Wexner was running Epstein and that Epstein’s girls were the hooks to get important people under control. There may have been some money blackmail, too, but it might not have been the main point. Just a sweetener for Epstein.

      Alan Dershowitz has Wexner-Epstein connections, too, and has visited Wexner at his New Albany, Ohio, home.

      bob sykes

      July 16, 2019 at EDT pm

      • It should be pretty clear that Wexner is a handler and Epstein is an asset. This victim narrative is concocted.

        map

        July 16, 2019 at EDT pm

  3. On other sites people are theorizing that both were part of secret societies or were intelligence assets.

    Curle

    July 16, 2019 at EDT am

  4. Googling “Epstein blackmail” yields just this post and a New York Magazine interview with some Long Island sociology prof. In other words, no facts anywhere. Based on pics, Epstein seems to have the longest face top forehead to chin tip I’ve ever seen, even longer than John Kerry. Physiognomy = ?

    Commercial-Residential

    July 16, 2019 at EDT pm

    • He is odd looking. Very long chin.

      Rosenmops

      July 16, 2019 at EDT pm

  5. This isn’t a bad conjecture on how Eppy made his money.

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1148303671857491968.html

    peterike

    July 16, 2019 at EDT pm

  6. Les Wexner was the news guy from WKRP wasn’t he? Dumped all those turkeys from the helicopter. They didn’t so much flutter as plummet to the ground.

    Perhaps I’m mistaken. Doesn’t seem like an Epstein sort of guy…..

    gda53

    July 16, 2019 at EDT pm

  7. I have never heard of anyone getting rich on blackmail. There must be some more plausible explanation for Epstein’s wealth.

    Roger

    July 16, 2019 at EDT pm

  8. […] A little more than a week ago, I proposed that Les Wexner is Jeffrey Epstein’s only blackmail victim. […]


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