New information suggests that Jeffrey Epstein discovered an affair between Bill Gates and a Russian bridge player, subsequently using this knowledge to threaten the tech mogul. The Wall Street Journal report on Sunday provides more substantiation to the belief that Epstein was a spy or a blackmail agent.
The details from the report indicate that the woman, Mila Antonova, met Gates in 2010 when she was in her 20s. Epstein encountered her in 2013, later sponsoring her attendance at a software coding school. In 2017, Epstein emailed Gates, seeking reimbursement for Antonova’s course fees after failing to involve Gates in a charitable fund he attempted to establish with JPMorgan Chase.
Bill Gates’ spokeswoman responded to the allegations, stating that Gates had met Epstein solely for philanthropic purposes and that Epstein’s efforts to leverage a past relationship to threaten Gates were unsuccessful. Epstein, a convicted sex offender, was accused of sexually abusing underage girls and subsequently arrested on sex trafficking charges in 2019. He died in jail later that year.
Gates, a technology adviser to Microsoft and a prominent philanthropist, has admitted to meeting Epstein a few times but has expressed regret, emphasizing that their association was a mistake.
Antonova’s relationship with Epstein calls into question the nature of their relationship. The Russian bridge player denied knowledge of Epstein’s criminal activities and claimed that she believed he was a successful businessman who wanted to help. Antonova had proposed an online business venture related to bridge and sought funding, leading to Epstein’s introduction through Boris Nikolic, a Gates confidant and former top science adviser. Although Epstein did not invest in Antonova’s project, he agreed to pay for her programming boot camp when she decided to pursue a career as a software programmer.
The revelations shed light on the complexity of the Epstein-Gates relationship, illustrating Epstein’s modus operandi during the years between his conviction and death. Epstein regularly met with politicians, businessmen, academics, and celebrities, utilizing his connections for personal gain. However, when relationships soured, Epstein had a tendency to turn against people.
Flight records indicate that Gates had numerous meetings with Epstein starting in 2011, including dinners at Epstein’s New York townhouse and a flight on Epstein’s private plane. While Gates enjoyed playing bridge, he connected with Antonova, who also shared an interest in the card game. The two met during a bridge tournament, and Gates played against her.
Epstein also had meetings scheduled with individuals close to Gates, such as Boris Nikolic, Nathan Myhrvold, and Melanie Walker, a Gates Foundation staffer. Epstein attempted to establish a multibillion-dollar charitable fund with JPMorgan, counting on Gates’ support. However, the fund never materialized, and Epstein’s emails to JPMorgan executives suggested a close relationship with Gates, which Gates’ spokeswoman refuted.
The WSJ article concludes by highlighting Epstein’s last attempt to exert influence over Gates. In 2017, Epstein contacted Gates, requesting reimbursement for Antonova’s coding school expenses. It is believed that Epstein, aware of the affair, threatened to expose it if Gates didn’t comply. Gates’ spokeswoman stated that no payment was made, emphasizing that Gates had no financial dealings with Epstein.
Days before his death, Epstein modified his will and appointed Nikolic as a backup executor, leading Nikolic to believe it was a retaliatory move against Gates. Nikolic, however, declined to serve as executor.
Jeffrey Epstein had scheduled meetings with several prominent political elites, including current CIA Director William Burns and former White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler.
Epstein’s private calendar adds fuel to the belief that he was a spy or operative that was amassing “blackmail material” on the world’s most powerful people. It is unclear why Epstein met with the CIA Director or with the former White House counsel.
The meetings occurred after Epstein had served jail time in 2008 for a sex crime involving a minor, according to the Wall Street Journal report.
William Burns, director of the Central Intelligence Agency since 2021, had three meetings scheduled with Epstein in 2014, when he was deputy secretary of state, according to the Epstein calendar. They first met in Washington and Burns appears to have visited Epstein’s townhouse in Manhattan.
Kathryn Ruemmler, former White House counsel under President Barack Obama, had dozens of meetings with Epstein before she became a top lawyer at Goldman Sachs Group in 2020. Epstein slated that she was due to join him on a 2015 trip to Paris and a 2017 visit to Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean.
The report added that Leon Botstein, the president of Bard College, invited Epstein, who then brought a group of young female guests, to the campus. Noam Chomsky was scheduled to fly with Epstein to have dinner at Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse in 2015.
When contacted for comment, those who appeared on the calendar issued general denials of any wrongdoing.
“The director did not know anything about him, other than that he was introduced as an expert in the financial services sector and offered general advice on transition to the private sector,” CIA spokeswoman Tammy Kupperman Thorp said. “They had no relationship.”
“I regret ever knowing Jeffrey Epstein,” Ruemmler told the Wall Street Journal. Botstein said that he was merely trying to get Epstein to donate to the liberal arts college.
The private calendar revealed Botstein had about two dozen meetings scheduled with Epstein to solicit donations, and Chomsky met with Epstein in 2015 to discuss Israel’s policies with Palestine.
“The documents don’t reveal the purpose of most of the meetings,” the report said, adding, “The Wall Street Journal couldn’t verify whether every scheduled meeting took place.”
As a Rolling Stone piece covered, there is ample reason to belief that Jeffrey Epstein may have been a spy.
“Four separate sources told me — on the record — that Epstein’s dealings in the arms world in the 1980s had led him to work for multiple governments, including the Israelis,” Vicky Ward reported.
Whether or not he was being truthful, Epstein bragged to various people, including journalists, that he was “advising a whole assortment of foreign leaders who included Vladimir Putin, Mohammed bin Zayed, Mohammed Bin Salman, various African dictators, Israel, the British — and, of course, the Americans,” the report noted.
“He also told several of the same people that he was making a fortune out of arms, drugs, and diamonds,” the report added.
None of the names divulged from the private calendar were previously mentioned in Epstein’s “black book” or in his private jet’s flight logs. The meetings took place after Epstein had served jail time in 2008 for a sex crime involving a minor.
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