Sovereign Nation Libertarian Silicon Valley billionaires are prepping for the apocalypse in New Zealand

How an extreme libertarian tract predicting the collapse of liberal democracies – written by Jacob Rees-Mogg’s father – inspired the likes of Peter Thiel to buy up property across the Pacific


If you’re interested in the end of the world, you’re interested in New Zealand. If you’re interested in how our current cultural anxieties – climate catastrophe, decline of transatlantic political orders, resurgent nuclear terror – manifest themselves in apocalyptic visions, you’re interested in the place occupied by this distant archipelago of apparent peace and stability against the roiling unease of the day.

If you’re interested in the end of the world, you would have been interested, soon after Donald Trump’s election as US president, to read a New York Times headline stating that Peter Thiel, the billionaire venture capitalist who co-founded PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook, considered New Zealand to be “the Future”. Because if you are in any serious way concerned about the future, you’re also concerned about Thiel, a canary in capitalism’s coal mine who also happens to have profited lavishly from his stake in the mining concern itself.

It was in 2011 that Thiel declared he’d found “no other country that aligns more with my view of the future than New Zealand”. The claim was made as part of an application for citizenship; the application was swiftly granted, though it remained a secret for a further six years. In 2016, Sam Altman, one of Silicon Valley’s most influential entrepreneurs, revealed to the New Yorker that he had an arrangement with Thiel whereby in the eventuality of some kind of systemic collapse scenario – synthetic virus breakout, rampaging AI, resource war between nuclear-armed states, so forth – they both get on a private jet and fly to a property Thiel owns in New Zealand. (The plan from this point, you’d have to assume, was to sit out the collapse of civilisation before re-emerging to provide seed-funding for, say, the insect-based protein sludge market.)

In the immediate wake of that Altman revelation, Matt Nippert, a reporter for the New Zealand Herald, began looking into the question of how exactly Thiel had come into possession of this apocalypse retreat, a 477-acre former sheep station in the South Island – the larger, more sparsely populated of the country’s two major landmasses. Foreigners looking to purchase significant amounts of New Zealand land typically have to pass through a stringent government vetting process. In Thiel’s case, Nippert learned, no such process had been necessary, because he was already a citizen of New Zealand, despite having spent no more than 12 days in the country up to that point, and having not been seen in the place since. He didn’t even need to travel to New Zealand to have his citizenship conferred, it turned out: the deal was sealed in a private ceremony at a consulate handily located in Santa Monica.

Peter Thiel
‘Less a person than a shell company for a diversified portfolio of anxieties about the future’ … Peter Thiel. Photograph: VCG/Getty

When Nippert broke the story, there was a major public scandal over the question of whether a foreign billionaire should be able to effectively purchase citizenship. As part of his application, Thiel had agreed to invest in New Zealand tech startups, and had implied that he would use his new status as a naturalised Kiwi to promote the country’s business interests abroad. But the focus internationally was on why Thiel might have wanted to own a chunk of New Zealand roughly the size of lower Manhattan in the first place. And the overwhelming suspicion was that he was looking for a rampart to which he could retreat in the event of outright civilisational collapse.

Because this is the role that New Zealand now plays in our unfurling cultural fever dream: an island haven amid a rising tide of apocalyptic unease. According to the country’s Department of Internal Affairs, in the two days following the 2016 election the number of Americans who visited its website to enquire about the process of gaining New Zealand citizenship increased by a factor of 14 compared to the same days in the previous month. In particular, New Zealand has come to be seen as a bolthole of choice for Silicon Valley’s tech elite.

In the immediate aftermath of Trump’s election, the theme of American plutocrats preparing for the apocalypse was impossible to avoid. The week after the inauguration, the New Yorker ran another piece about the super-rich who were making preparations for a grand civilisational crackup; speaking of New Zealand as a “favored refuge in the event of a cataclysm”, billionaire LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, a former colleague of Thiel’s at PayPal, claimed that “saying you’re ‘buying a house in New Zealand’ is kind of a wink, wink, say no more”.

Everyone is always saying these days that it’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism. Everyone is always saying it, in my view, because it’s obviously true. The perception, paranoid or otherwise, that billionaires are preparing for a coming civilisational collapse seems a literal manifestation of this axiom. Those who are saved, in the end, will be those who can afford the premium of salvation. And New Zealand, the furthest place from anywhere, is in this narrative a kind of new Ararat: a place of shelter from the coming flood.

Early last summer, just as my interests in the topics of civilisational collapse and Peter Thiel were beginning to converge into a single obsession, I received out of the blue an email from a New Zealand art critic named Anthony Byrt. If I wanted to understand the extreme ideology that underpinned Thiel’s attraction to New Zealand, he insisted, I needed to understand an obscure libertarian manifesto called The Sovereign Individual: How to Survive and Thrive During the Collapse of the Welfare State. It was published in 1997, and in recent years something of a minor cult has grown up around it in the tech world, largely as a result of Thiel’s citing it as the book he is most influenced by. (Other prominent boosters include Netscape founder and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, and Balaji Srinivasan, the entrepreneur best known for advocating Silicon Valley’s complete secession from the US to form its own corporate city-state.)

The Sovereign Individual’s co-authors are James Dale Davidson, a private investor who specialises in advising the rich on how to profit from economic catastrophe, and the late William Rees-Mogg, long-serving editor of the Times. (One other notable aspect of Lord Rees-Mogg’s varied legacy is his own son, the Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg – a hastily sketched caricature of an Old Etonian, who is as beloved of Britain’s ultra-reactionary pro-Brexit right as he is loathed by the left.)

The Sovereign Individual book cover

I was intrigued by Byrt’s description of the book as a kind of master key to the relationship between New Zealand and the techno-libertarians of Silicon Valley. Reluctant to enrich Davidson or the Rees-Mogg estate any further, I bought a used edition online, the musty pages of which were here and there smeared with the desiccated snot of whatever nose-picking libertarian preceded me.

It presents a bleak vista of a post-democratic future. Amid a thicket of analogies to the medieval collapse of feudal power structures, the book also managed, a decade before the invention of bitcoin, to make some impressively accurate predictions about the advent of online economies and cryptocurrencies.

The book’s 400-odd pages of near-hysterical orotundity can roughly be broken down into the following sequence of propositions:

2) The rise of the internet, and the advent of cryptocurrencies, will make it impossible for governments to intervene in private transactions and to tax incomes, thereby liberating individuals from the political protection racket of democracy.

3) The state will consequently become obsolete as a political entity.

4) Out of this wreckage will emerge a new global dispensation, in which a “cognitive elite” will rise to power and influence, as a class of sovereign individuals “commanding vastly greater resources” who will no longer be subject to the power of nation-states and will redesign governments to suit their ends.

Davidson and Rees-Mogg identified New Zealand as an ideal location for this new class of sovereign individuals, as a “domicile of choice for wealth creation in the Information Age”. Byrt, who drew my attention to these passages, had even turned up evidence of a property deal in the mid-1990s in which a giant sheep station at the southern tip of the North Island was purchased by a conglomerate whose major shareholders included Davidson and Rees-Mogg. Also in on the deal was one Roger Douglas, the former Labour finance minister who had presided over a radical restructuring of New Zealand economy along neoliberal lines in the 1980s. (This period of so-called “Rogernomics”, Byrt told me – the selling off of state assets, slashing of welfare, deregulation of financial markets – created the political conditions that had made the country such an attractive prospect for wealthy Americans.)

Thiel’s interest in New Zealand was certainly fuelled by his JRR Tolkien obsession: this was a man who had named at least five of his companies in reference to The Lord of the Rings, and fantasised as a teenager about playing chess against a robot that could discuss the books. It was a matter, too, of the country’s abundance of clean water and the convenience of overnight flights from California. But it was also inseparable from a particular strand of apocalyptic techno-capitalism. To read The Sovereign Individual was to see this ideology laid bare: these people, the self-appointed “cognitive elite”, were content to see the unravelling of the world as long as they could carry on creating wealth in the end times.

New Zealand as Middle-earth in The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.
New Zealand as Middle-earth in The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. Photograph: Everett/Rex

I was struck by how strange and disquieting it must have been for a New Zealander to see their own country refracted through this strange apocalyptic lens. There was certainly an ambient awareness that the tech world elite had developed an odd interest in the country as an ideal end-times bolthole; it would have been difficult, at any rate, to ignore the recent cascade of articles about Thiel acquiring citizenship, and the apocalyptic implications of same. But there seemed to have been basically zero discussion of the frankly alarming ideological dimension of it all.

It was just this ideological dimension, as it happened, that was the focus of a project Byrt himself had recently got involved in, a new exhibition by the artist Simon Denny. Denny, a significant figure in the international art scene, was originally from Auckland, but has lived for some years in Berlin. Byrt described him as both “kind of a genius” and “the poster-boy for post-internet art, whatever that is”; he characterised his own role in the project with Denny as an amalgamation of researcher, journalist and “investigative philosopher, following the trail of ideas and ideologies”.

The exhibition was called The Founder’s Paradox, a name that came from the title of one of the chapters in Thiel’s 2014 book, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future. Together with the long and intricately detailed catalogue essay Byrt was writing to accompany it, the show was a reckoning with the future that Silicon Valley techno-libertarians like Thiel wanted to build, and with New Zealand’s place in that future.

These were questions I too was eager to reckon with. Which is to say that I myself was interested – helplessly, morbidly – in the end of the world, and that I was therefore interested in New Zealand. And so I decided to go there, to see for myself the land that Thiel had apparently set aside for the collapse of civilisation: a place that would become for me a kind of labyrinth, and whose owner I was already beginning to mythologise as the monster at its centre.

Within about an hour of arriving in Auckland, I was as close to catatonic from fatigue as made no difference, and staring into the maw of a volcano. I was standing next to Byrt, who’d picked me up from the airport and, in a gesture I would come to understand as quintessentially Kiwi, dragged me directly up the side of a volcano. This particular volcano, Mount Eden, was a fairly domesticated specimen, around which was spread one of the more affluent suburbs of Auckland – the only city in the world, I learned, built on a technically still-active volcanic field.

I was a little out of breath from the climb and, having just emerged in the southern hemisphere from a Dublin November, sweating liberally in the relative heat of the early summer morning. I was also experiencing near-psychotropic levels of jetlag. I must have looked a bit off, because Byrt – a bearded, hoodied and baseball-capped man in his late 30s – offered a cheerful apology for playing the volcano card so early in the proceedings.

“I probably should have eased you into it, mate” he chuckled. “But I thought it’d be good to get a view of the city before breakfast.”

The view of Auckland and its surrounding islands was indeed ravishing – though in retrospect, it was no more ravishing than any of the countless other views I would wind up getting ravished by over the next 10 days. That, famously, is the whole point of New Zealand: if you don’t like getting ravished by views, you have no business in the place; to travel there is to give implicit consent to being hustled left, right and centre into states of aesthetic rapture.

A view of Auckland New Zealand from Mount Eden.
A view of Auckland from Mount Eden. Photograph: Alamy

I was referring here to the pleasingly surreal spectacle of a volcanic crater overlaid with a surface of neatly manicured grass. (I jotted this observation down in my notebook, feeling as I did so a smug infusion of virtue about getting some literary non-fiction squared away before even dropping my bags off at the hotel. “Volcano with lawn over it,” I scrawled. “Visual manifestation of thematic motif: Civ as thin membrane stretched over chaos.”)

I remarked on the strangeness of all these Silicon Valley geniuses supposedly apocalypse-proofing themselves by buying up land down here right on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the horseshoe curve of geological fault lines that stretches upward from the western flank of the Americas, back down along the eastern coasts of Russia and Japan and on into the South Pacific.

“Yeah,” said Byrt, “but some of them are buying farms and sheep stations pretty far inland. Tsunamis aren’t going to be a big issue there. And what they’re after is space, and clean water. Two things we’ve got a lot of down here.”

The following day, I went to the gallery in downtown Auckland to take a look at The Founder’s Paradox. Denny, a neat and droll man in his mid-30s, talked me through the conceptual framework. It was structured around games – in theory playable, but in practice encountered as sculptures – representing two different kinds of political vision for New Zealand’s future. The bright and airy ground floor space was filled with tactile, bodily game-sculptures, riffs on Jenga and Operation and Twister. These works, incorporating collaborative and spontaneous ideas of play, were informed by a recent book called The New Zealand Project by a young leftwing thinker named Max Harris, which explored a humane, collectivist politics influenced by Māori beliefs about society.

Down in the low-ceilinged, dungeon-like basement was a set of sculptures based around an entirely different understanding of play, more rule-bound and cerebral. These were based on the kind of strategy-based role-playing games particularly beloved of Silicon Valley tech types, and representing a Thielian vision of the country’s future. The psychological effect of this spatial dimension of the show was immediate: upstairs, you could breathe, you could see things clearly, whereas to walk downstairs was to feel oppressed by low ceilings, by an absence of natural light, by the darkness of the geek-apocalypticism captured in Denny’s elaborate sculptures.

This was a world Denny himself knew intimately. And what was strangest and most unnerving about his art was the sense that he was allowing us to see this world not from the outside in, but from the inside out. Over beers in Byrt’s kitchen the previous night, Denny had told me about a dinner party he had been to in San Francisco earlier that year, at the home of a techie acquaintance, where he had been seated next to Curtis Yarvin, founder of the Thiel-funded computing platform Urbit. As anyone who takes an unhealthy interest in the weirder recesses of the online far-right is aware, Yarvin is more widely known as the blogger Mencius Moldbug, the intellectual progenitor of Neoreaction, an antidemocratic movement that advocates for a kind of white-nationalist oligarchic neofeudalism – rule by and for a self-proclaimed cognitive elite – and which has found a small but influential constituency in Silicon Valley. It was clear that Denny was deeply unsettled by Yarvin’s brand of nerd autocracy, but equally clear that breaking bread with him was in itself no great discomfort.

The Founder’s Paradox, a board game by artist Simon Denny
‘A Thielian vision of the country’s future’ … The Founder’s Paradox, a board game by artist Simon Denny. Photograph: Simon Denny/Michael Lett Gallery

The influence of the Sovereign Individual, and of Byrt’s obsession with it, was all over the show. It was a detailed mapping of a possible future, in all its highly sophisticated barbarism. It was a utopian dream that appeared, in all its garish detail and specificity, as the nightmare vision of a world to come.

Thiel himself had spoken publicly of New Zealand as a “utopia”, during the period in 2011 when he was manoeuvring for citizenship, investing in various local startups under a venture capital fund called Valar Ventures. (I hardly need to tell you that Valar is another Tolkien reference.) This was a man with a particular understanding of what a utopia might look like, who did not believe, after all, in the compatibility of freedom and democracy. In a Vanity Fair article about his role as adviser to Trump’s campaign, a friend was quoted as saying that “Thiel has said to me directly and repeatedly that he wanted to have his own country”, adding that he had even gone so far as to price up the prospect at somewhere around $100bn.

The Kiwis I spoke with were uncomfortably aware of what Thiel’s interest in their country represented, of how it seemed to figure more generally in the frontier fantasies of American libertarians. Max Harris – the author of The New Zealand Project, the book that informed the game-sculptures on the upper level of The Founder’s Paradox – pointed out that, for much of its history, the country tended to be viewed as a kind of political Petri dish (it was, for instance, the first nation to recognise women’s right to vote), and that this “perhaps makes Silicon Valley types think it’s a kind of blank canvas to splash ideas on”.

Donald Trump and Peter Thiel at Trump Tower in December 2016.
Donald Trump and Peter Thiel at Trump Tower in December 2016. Photograph: Bloomberg/Getty

When we met in her office at the Auckland University of Technology, the legal scholar Khylee Quince insisted that any invocation of New Zealand as a utopia was a “giant red flag”, particularly to Māori like herself. “That is the language of emptiness and isolation that was always used about New Zealand during colonial times,” she said. And it was always, she stressed, a narrative that erased the presence of those who were already here: her own Māori ancestors. The first major colonial encounter for Māori in the 19th century was not with representatives of the British crown, she pointed out, but with private enterprise. The New Zealand Company was a private firm founded by a convicted English child kidnapper named Edward Gibbon Wakefield, with the aim of attracting wealthy investors with an abundant supply of inexpensive labour – migrant workers who could not themselves afford to buy land in the new colony, but who would travel there in the hope of eventually saving enough wages to buy in. The company embarked on a series of expeditions in the 1820s and 30s; it was only when the firm started drawing up plans to formally colonise New Zealand, and to set up a government of its own devising, that the British colonial office advised the crown to take steps to establish a formal colony. In the utopian fantasies of techno-libertarians like Thiel, Quince saw an echo of that period of her country’s history. “Business,” she said, “got here first.”

“I find it incredibly offensive,” she said. “Thiel got citizenship after spending 12 days in this country, and I don’t know if he’s even aware that Māori exist. We as indigenous people have a very strong sense of intergenerational identity and collectivity. Whereas these people, who are sort of the contemporary iteration of the coloniser, are coming from an ideology of rampant individualism, rampant capitalism.”

Quince’s view was by no means the norm. New Zealanders tend to be more flattered than troubled by the interest of Silicon Valley tech gurus in their country. It’s received by and large as a signal that the tyranny of distance – the extreme antipodean remoteness that has shaped the country’s sense of itself since colonial times – has finally been toppled by the liberating forces of technology and economic globalisation.

“It’s very appealing,” the political scientist Peter Skilling told me, “these entrepreneurs saying nice things about us. We’re like a cat having its tummy rubbed. If Silicon Valley types are welcomed here, it’s not because we’re particularly susceptible to libertarian ideas; it’s because we are complacent and naive.”

Among the leftwing Kiwis I spoke with, there had been a kindling of cautious optimism, sparked by the recent surprise election of a new Labour-led coalition government, under the leadership of the 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern, whose youth and apparent idealism suggested a move away from neoliberal orthodoxy. During the election, foreign ownership of land had been a major talking point, though it focused less on the wealthy apocalypse-preppers of Silicon Valley than the perception that overseas property speculators were driving up the cost of houses in Auckland. The incoming government had committed to tightening regulations around land purchases by foreign investors. This was largely the doing of Winston Peters, a nationalist of Māori descent whose New Zealand First party held the balance of power, and was strongly in favour of tightening regulations of foreign ownership. When I read that Ardern had named Peters as her deputy prime minister, I was surprised to recognise the name – from, of all places, The Sovereign Individual, where Davidson and Rees-Mogg had singled him out for weirdly personal abuse as an arch-enemy of the rising cognitive elite, referring to him as a “reactionary loser” and “demagogue” who would “gladly thwart the prospects for long-term prosperity just to prevent individuals from declaring their independence of politics”.

Jacinda Ardern, prime minister of New Zealand.
Jacinda Ardern, prime minister of New Zealand. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images


“Who was that?” I asked.

“Jacinda,” he said.

“You know her?”

“We know quite a lot of the same people. We met for a drink a couple of times back when she was Labour’s arts spokesperson.”


“Well yeah,” he laughed, “there’s only so many of us.”

“The endgame for Thiel is essentially The Sovereign Individual,” said Byrt. He was driving the rental car, allowing me to fully devote my resources to the ongoing cultivation of aesthetic rapture (mountains, lakes, so forth). “And the bottom line for me,” he said, “is that I don’t want my son to grow up in that future.”

We were on our way to see for ourselves the part of New Zealand, on the shore of Lake Wanaka in the South Island, that Thiel had bought for purposes of post-collapse survival. We talked about the trip as though it were a gesture of protest, but it felt like a kind of perverse pilgrimage. The term “psychogeography” was cautiously invoked, and with only the lightest of ironic inflections.

“The thing about Thiel is he’s the monster at the heart of the labyrinth,” said Byrt.

“He’s the white whale,” I suggested, getting into the literary spirit of the enterprise.

Byrt’s obsession with Thiel occupied a kind of Melvillean register, yearned toward a mythic scale. It coloured his perception of reality. He admitted, for instance, to a strange aesthetic pathology whereby he encountered, in the alpine grandeur of the South Island, not the sublime beauty of his own home country, but rather what he imagined Thiel seeing in the place: Middle-earth. Thiel’s Tolkien fixation was itself a fixation for Byrt: together with the extreme libertarianism of The Sovereign Individual, he was convinced that it lay beneath Thiel’s continued interest in New Zealand.

Matt Nippert, the New Zealand Herald journalist who had broken the citizenship story earlier that year, told me he was certain that Thiel had bought the property for apocalypse-contingency purposes. In his citizenship application, he had pledged his commitment to devote “a significant amount of time and resources to the people and businesses of New Zealand”. But none of this had amounted to much, Nippert said, and he was convinced it had only ever been a feint to get him in the door as a citizen.

This was the first I’d heard since coming here of an actual bunker being built. From the point of view of the modern apocalypticist, the whole appeal of the country – its remoteness and stability, its abundant clean water, its vast and lovely reaches of unpeopled land – was that it was itself a kind of reinforced geopolitical shelter, way down there at the bottom of the world.

The people I spoke to in the property business were keen to portray New Zealand as a kind of utopian sanctuary, but to give as little oxygen as possible to the related narrative around the country as an apocalyptic bolthole for the international elite. Over coffee at his golf club near Queenstown, Terry Spice, a London-born luxury property specialist who had recently sold a large estate abutting the Thiel property on Lake Wanaka, said he felt Thiel had highlighted internationally that the country was “a safe haven, and a legacy asset”. He himself had sold land to one very wealthy American client who had called him on the night of the presidential election. “This guy couldn’t believe what was happening. He wanted to secure something right away.” But on the whole, he insisted, this kind of apocalyptically motivated buyer represented a vanishingly small proportion of the market.

Showing me around the high-end beachfront properties he represented about an hour or so north of Auckland, another luxury property specialist named Jim Rohrstaff – a Californian transplant who specialised in selling to the international market – likewise told me that although quite a few of his major clients were Silicon Valley types, the end of the world tended not to be a particular factor in their purchasing decisions.

“Look,” he said, “it might be one strand in terms of what’s motivating them to buy here. But in my experience it’s never been the overriding reason. It’s much more of a positive thing. What they see when they come here is utopia.”

In one sense, I knew what he meant by this. He meant excellent wine. He meant world-class golf. He meant agreeable climate, endless white sand beaches that scarcely aroused the suspicion of the existence of other human beings. But having lately spoken to Khylee Quince about the historical resonances of the concept of utopia, I wondered what else he might mean, and whether he intended to mean it or not.

In Queenstown, before we set out to find the former sheep station Thiel had bought, we went to look for the house he owned in the town itself. This place, we speculated, must have been purchased as a kind of apocalyptic pied-a-terre: somewhere he could base himself, maybe, while whatever construction he had planned for the sheep station was underway. Nippert had given us the address; we found it easily enough, not far from the centre of town, and recognised it right away from one of the paintings in The Founder’s Paradox. It was the sort of house a Bond villain might build if for some reason he’d been forced to move to the suburbs. It looked modestly ostentatious, if such a thing was possible; the front of the building was one giant window, gazing out blankly over the town and the lake below. There was some construction going on in the place. I wandered up the drive and asked the builders if they knew who their client was. “No idea, mate,” they said. They were just doing some renovation on contract. There’d been a fire in the place a while back, apparently. Nothing sinister, just wiring.

Lake Wanaka, in New Zealand’s South Island
Lake Wanaka, in New Zealand’s South Island. Photograph: Stuart Black/Robert Harding/Rex/Shutterstock

I suggested I might take a rock, a piece of the place to bring home and keep on my desk, but Byrt warned me that to do so would be a transgression of the Māori understanding of the land’s communal sacredness. We scrabbled up the stony flank of a hill and sat for a while looking out over the calm surface of the lake to the distant snowy peaks, and over the green and undulating fields unfurling into the western distance, all of it the legal possession of a man who had designs on owning a country, who believed that freedom was incompatible with democracy.

Later, we made our way to the far side of the property, bordering the road, where we saw the only actual structure on the entire property: a hay barn. It is the opinion of this reporter that Thiel himself had no hand in its construction.

“There you have it,” said Byrt. “Eyeball evidence that Thiel is stockpiling hay for the collapse of civilisation.” I wish to state categorically that we did not steal so much as a single straw from that barn.

We had made it to the centre of the labyrinth, but it was elsewhere in the end that the monster materialised. In early December, a couple of weeks after I’d left the country, Max Harris, the young Kiwi author whose book Denny and Byrt had used as a counterpoint to Thiel’s ideas, was home for Christmas, and went along to the gallery to see the exhibition.

Down in the basement, in the central chamber – with its low ceilings, its iron vault door, its Führerbunkerishly oppressive vibe – Harris encountered, staring intently downward into the glass case containing the Founders game, a man in shorts and a blue polo shirt, surrounded by a group of younger men, likewise polo-shirted. The older man was doughier and less healthy-looking than he appeared in photographs, Harris told me, but he had little doubt as to his identity.

Harris, who was aware that Peter Thiel had not been seen in New Zealand since 2011, asked the man whether he was who he thought he was; the man smirked and, without raising his eyes from the board game toward Harris, replied that a lot of people had been asking him just that question. Harris asked the man what he thought of the exhibition, and the man paused a long time before saying that it was “actually a work of phenomenal detail”. He asked Harris if he knew the artist, and Harris said that he did, that he himself was in a fact a writer whose work had formed part of the conceptual framework for the show. Of the sheer improbability of these two men– one for whom New Zealand was a means of shoring up his wealth and power in a coming civilisational collapse, one for whom it was home, a source of hope for a more equal and democratic society – just happening to cross paths at an art exhibition loosely structured around the binary opposition of their political views no mention was made, and they went their separate ways.

Thiel left his contact details with the gallery, suggesting that Denny get in touch. He did, and Thiel responded quickly; he’d been intrigued by what he had seen, but claimed to be a little disturbed by how dark his cyber-libertarianism appeared when refracted through the lens of The Founder’s Paradox. In any case, the conversation continued, and they made arrangements to meet on Denny’s next trip to the US.

There was one mystery that did get solved, though not by me: the admittedly frivolous enigma of what sort of renovations those builders were working on at the apocalyptic pied-a-terre in Queenstown. Nippert, in a recent New Zealand Herald article, had published the architect’s plans for the place. Thiel was making some alterations to the master bedroom. He was putting in a panic room.

Main image of Lake Wanaka by Johan Lolos/Rex/Shutterstock – Support for this article was provided by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.  Source: guardian

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CIA And Mossad Behind Washington DC Pedophile Ring” – Department of Homeland Security Insider


 by Edward Morgan

“A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) insider claims that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Israeli Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS/MOSSAD) are secretly behind the cover up of the Washington D.C pedophile rings. Using their knowledge of politicians involved to blackmail and further their political agendas”

VL has been fortunate enough to work with some awesome people!  We have loyal and awakened followers who help bring us information, and we also have trusted insiders, whistleblowers and leakers who trust us enough to give us information, too.  Today, we have an exclusive interview with a special DHS insider who has answered some critical questions we have on PizzaGate.  Our insider prefers to call it PedoGate and what he told us blew our minds!

We are so fortunate that members of the Intel community like our work and feel they can trust us. We have been trying to get to the bottom of PizzaGate for months and the answers we got from our DHS insider stunned and shocked us. Here we go!

Mainstream media tries to portray John Podesta as a simple man who had his privacy unjustly exposed. Abby Martin reveals the truth.…

Q. So, in the Intelligence community, how chaotic is the atmosphere now?

A. In my 34 years of Governmental service, I have never seen anything like it.  It’s the bifurcation of the entire intelligence apparatus.

Q. It seems the intel community has it in for Trump – is this your feeling?

A. There are many Trump supporters within the FBI.  The CIA, however,  is against Trump because Trump threatens to ruin their game in the middle east.

Q. Can you elaborate?

A. CIA and Mossad work in tandem with British intel.  The goal for the CIA was to replace Assad with a puppet and to topple Iran so we could access their oil.  Israel works closely with it’s “sister”, Saudi Arabia, to help this dark cause.

Q.  So it seems like the intel community has it in for Trump. How can he protect himself?

A. Trump has a tremendous opportunity here, but needs to circle wagons. The travel ban included 7 countries chosen by both Jared Kushner and Rudy. Why did it not include Saudi Arabia, or Pakistan, or Turkey or other countries that hate us? The seven nations mentioned were chosen by Israel, that’s why. And the unspoken alliance of Israel and Saudi Arabia should be exposed. They are brother and sister. Jared Kushner needs to be careful with what he says and to whom. But, the biggest thing Trump can do is expose PedoGate via Sessions. Big names will go down hard, and it gets the blood suckers drained from the swamp. There are as many pedophiles on the Republican side as there is with democrats, but Trump is in a unique position to truly “clean up Dodge”, so to speak. I can tell you that what is in Anthony Weiner’s hard drive, and what videos exist via Jeffery Epstein, WILL BRING massive arrests – in time. Trump’s legacy could be truly great if he was to purge the CIA, stop the extortion, prosecute the pedophiles and reinstate the death penalty for pedo’s convicted a second time.  Pedogate is his path to greatness.

Q. How does Russia fit into all this?

A.  The CIA and Israel are responsible for the creation of Isis. Isis was created specifically to weaken Iran and destabilize Syria. It worked for awhile until Putin shored up Assad and bolstered Iranian Qud forces. The real reason you see such anti-Russian fever from both Schumer and McCain, Graham and Feinstein, is because the operation has blown up in our faces.

Q. Is Israel behind the anti Russian sentiment?

A. Yes. Israeli intelligence is furious with Trump, and will do anything to keep Trump from working with Putin.  Understand that if Trump and Putin work together to defeat Isis, they are actually defeating a CIA/Mossad creation, and furthermore, Syria and Iran grow stronger, which the Saudis and the Israeli’s fear. Their goal was to divide Syria and ultimately destroy Iran’s regime. It is not just an oil grab, but a much bigger attempt at moving the chess pieces to allow Israel and Saudi Arabia to dominate the entire Middle East.

Q. So they demonize Putin and try to tarnish the Trump administration?

A. The Deep State is at war with both Trump and Putin. Understand that when Israeli intelligence hears “America first” from Trump, they go apeshit. Israel has bribed, extorted and intimidated our politicians for decades and suddenly this upstart billionaire threatens to ruin everything.

Q. You mention the word extort. Does that relate to Pizzagate?

A. PedoGate is only a modern term associated with a long history of Pedo-blackmail connected to both Israel and the Intel community. There is a full court press to stop PedoGate from being looked at because if people knew the true motives behind the pedophilia epidemic, they would do more than march on Washington. They could actually seed a revolution, with the spark coming from decent American parents who want to protect their kids. Our politicians are compromised. The senior analyst nicknamed “FBI Anon” alluded to this in his exchange with folks on 4chan and with you.

Q. What do you mean compromised?

A. Do you notice 2 central themes running through the MSM lately?  Those themes are “Fear the Russians” and “#PizzaGate is fake news“.  Both tropes come from the same place.

Q. Can you explain?

A. How do we exert power?  Via fear. Do you ever wonder why both Democrats and Republicans fall all over themselves to kiss up to Israel? Odd, since Israel is the size of Rhode Island… The fact is, many of our politicians – on both sides – have been compromised by CIA and Mossad for years. It’s actually not admiration they are expressing for Israel, but fear. Notice Lindsay Graham and Chuck Schumer repeating the same salute when it comes to Israel. How does that even happen? The American people are finally seeing that there is no two-party system, but one big shadow Government pretending we have political dichotomy.

Q.  So PedoGate is real and “they” have to get Americans to disbelieve it?

A. Let me explain how threatening PedoGate is… Who wins? Trump. Putin. Americans. Russians. The world…. Who loses? Israel, since they no longer can blackmail our politicians, the same goes for the CIA. The Shadow Government loses. But, the people win.

Q. Can you give me specific instances of politicians being compromised by Israel?

A. Sure. Lolita Island. Jeffery Epstein, a billionaire convicted of pedophilia received a soft sentence. His island was rigged with video recorders. Many politicians have been compromised. It was a Mossad/CIA operation. Contact ex-senior CIA CCS, Robert David Steele. Bob knows and has even spoken about this with numerous reporters.

Q. So an ex-CIA senior agent named Robert Steele is on record saying Epstein’s island was a honey trap to lure our most powerful politicians into a extortion scheme?

A. Yes. There are videos of some of the most powerful players in the most humiliating positions. If this gets out, not only are the politicians ruined, but the extortion game is over and suddenly, the influence CIA and Mossad wield over Washington, is gone.

Q. Wow ! Now its all making sense.

A. Yes. lets continue this conversation later.

The interview resumes

Q. So I checked out Robert David Steele, and he mentions Chuck Schumer being on Lolita Island. So does FBI anon. Is that why Schumer is targeting Trump’s cabinet picks?

A. Connect the dots.

Q. How many other politicians have been secretly extorted?

A. One in three, roughly. It’s not just the Island, its all of their activities. The reason #Pedogate terrifies the media, the CIA, the Israel Lobby, is because they are all part of this “shadow swamp”

Q. Former CIA agent, Robert Steele, says Mossad operated Lolita Island and CIA worked with them. That’s treason on all levels.

A. Yes, and its espionage. Just as these leaks from the intel community regarding Flynn.  I expect that at some later moment, Trump will leak some of these videos

Q. Wait. Trump has videos of politicians in ‘delicate” situations?

A.  No, But the Intel community has them, and Trump has strong support among certain players in the community. Trump has said he wants to “throw a spotlight on the cockroaches”.

Q. But Trump just met with Netanyahu and pledged the usual unbreakable bond with Israel.

A. Theatre.  Netanyahu is desperate to both play Trump into attacking Syria,and hate Putin, and to convince him PedoGate is a conspiracy theory.

Q. That is what Robert Steele says, as well. So, exposing the Pedophiles diminishes Israel’s influence in American politics and also changes the map in a critical mass way?

A. The same media screaming “The Russians are coming” is the same media who says “Pizzagate is fake news” That’s CIA and Mossad talking points.

Q. How do social media giants like Facebook and Google fit in?

A. Facebook and CIA are literally the same petri-dish. Google became a Deep State organ courtesy of Eric Schmidt.

Q. Getting back to the Pedo stuff, FBI anon said in July of last year, that the Clinton Foundation sold secrets to foreign nations. Did they also engage in PizzaGate?

A. There are videos of WJC that would destroy him. FBI anon leaked weeks ago, on purpose. There was a reason.

Q. Ok, FBI anon gave Schumers initials, and Barnet Frank and others, but so far we have only seen low level arrests.

A . FBI anon did a “bank shot”. That’s a pool hall term we use. Ask Bob about it. FBI Anon rattled their cages as other DHS and local authorities rounded up all sorts of street-level human traffickers. The big arrests will come in time, but first the small fish are interrogated, and provide information that leads to larger fish. FBI Anon was firing a shot across the bow, much like you shake a beehive to infuriate the bees. Notice how blatantly hostile McCain, Schumer, Graham, and others are? It was what we call a “targeted trigger“.

It worked. By long-kniving Flynn, they exposed their hand. Now, Trump has full executive powers to investigate the CIA and Mossad. Notice how there is sound and fury about “Russian influence” and utter silence on “Mossad” influence in our power structure?

When FBI anon leaked in early July, the whole idea was to expose the Clinton Foundation,and to hint at the sale of “people” i.e. Pedogate. Look back at his exchange on 4chan. He is a gifted analyst, and knows just what stone to throw at Goliath’s noggin. By triggering the shadow Government, he helps citizen journalists ask the right questions and follow the right breadcrumbs, not the rabbit holes the Elite scum want you to follow.

Now, PedoGate victims are speaking out on their experiences! You just had a story on some lady who went through having her family abused by California-Deep-State-sponsored terrorism. If folks knew that CPS in California is tied into a huge racket that kidnaps children from parents, they would realize just how sick this is. Foster homes, CPS, etc… all get paid well to jail parents and then snatch their kids away. These kids suffer abuse, and perpetuate the growing cancer called pedogate. Politicians who have pedophile tendencies are groomed for power, because they can be later extorted and controlled. Meanwhile, victims have no voice- until now. Suddenly, we have citizen journalism, and it will end up saving the people, in the end.

I have to go, but please contact Robert David Steele, the former CIA agent we discussed. I am sure he would appear on your channel. You are providing a real service to the people and we hope you will continue to speak up for the regular folks who are concerned, rightfully, as to the state of our nation.  Take care.

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#PizzaGate Updates- 17th February


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3/19/16 DNC allegedly hacked

4/26/16 Papadopolous offered “dirt”

6/12/16 Trump Tower meeting

6/12/16 Assange “we have HRC emails”

02/12/18 One can only deduce that the DNC wasn’t hacked because the server was never forensically examined by the FBI since the DNC refused. DNC contracted a private company called CrowdStrike 

Watch video · Julian Assange has said the hack of the Democratic Party in the run up to the US elections was not Russia but instead an ‘inside job’.  Many people believe the murdered (under suspicious circumstances) Seth Rich was the person who gave the information to Wikileaks.

Carter Page -Mole? Why did FBI suspect Trump campaign adviser was a foreign agent?  mcclatchy

Manafort was wired by the FBI under FISA/C since 2014. Mole?

Late 1990’s The Council on Foreign Relations awarded Carter Page one of its prized international affairs fellowships. mcclatchydc Page confirmed Friday that he worked in Western Morocco as part of a U.N. peacekeeping mission. At the Naval Academy, Page was a Trident Scholar, a prestigious designation that allowed him to serve as a researcher his senior year on the House Armed Services Committee. The scholarship put him in the office of Rep. Les Aspin, D-Wis., shortly before the congressman became Clinton’s defense secretary. Page also said he had served multiple tours in the Middle East and Europe as a surface warfare officer, and that he had later worked in the Pentagon on nuclear nonproliferation matters. mcclatchydc

01/21/09 Hillary Clinton sworn in as Secretary of State. stategov

12/08/11  Ellen Nakashima Cyber-intruder sparks response. The first sign of trouble was a mysterious signal emanating from deep within the U.S. military’s classified computer network. The government’s top cyberwarriors couldn’t immediately tell who created the program or why, although they would come to suspect the Russian intelligence service. Pentagon officials consider the incident, discovered in October 2008, to be the most serious breach of the U.S. military’s classified computer systems. The response, over the past three years, transformed the government’s approach to cybersecurity archive

06/10/13  FISA Court Has Rejected only .03 Percent Of All Government Surveillance Requests motherjones

01//11/2017 Dossier published by Buzzfeed

10/13/14  WaPo Ellen Nakashima Russian hackers use ‘zero-day’ to hack NATO, Ukraine in cyber-spy campaign. A Russian hacking group probably working for the government has been exploiting a previously unknown flaw in Microsoft’s Windows operating system to spy on NATO, the Ukrainian government, a U.S. university researcher and other national security targets, according to a new report. The group has been active since at least 2009, according to research by iSight Partners, a cybersecurity firm. ISight dubbed the recently detected hacking group SandWorm because of references embedded in its code to the science-fiction novel “Dune.” “This is consistent with espionage activity,” said iSight Senior Director Stephen Ward. “

10/28/14  WaPo Ellen Nakashima Hackers breach some White House computers. Hackers thought to be working for the Russian government breached the unclassified White House computer networks in recent weeks, sources said, resulting in temporary disruptions to some services while cybersecurity teams worked to contain the intrusion.

07/23/14  House Select Committee on Benghazi reaches agreement with State Dept. to produce Clinton emails relevant to their investigation. USNews

07/24/14  Clinton IT aide Paul Combetta, using the alias “stonetear”, requests assistance on Reddit for deleting VIP email addresses. USNews

10/15/14  Clinton team instructs Datto to begin purging emails from their backup storage devices, which they apparently failed to do WaExaminer

03/02/15  News that Hillary Clinton exclusively used a private email server for official State Dept. business is disclosed in the NYT

03/03/15  Clinton aides called Platte River Networks, which operated her email server, to confirm all emails were deleted per their 2014 order NYT

03/09/15  Clinton associate Terry McCauliffe meets with FBI official Andrew McCabe’s wife Jill to encourage her to run for office. JW

03/12/15  Jill McCabe announces her candidacy for the state senate in Virginia; her husband Andrew would likley lead probe of Clinton email server. JW

03/31/15  Clinton IT specialist Paul Combetta realizes he had not deleted all of Clinton’s emails, uses BleachBit software to do so. Politico

04/29/15  FBI warns Andrew McCabe about potential conflicts of interest related to his wife’s campaign Newsweek

05/8/16   Clapper tells a conference that “officials had seen signs of attempted cyberattacks on 2016 presidential campaigns.” WaPo

05/19/15  DOJ official Peter Kadzik, writing from personal email account, emails John Podesta to warn of House probe into Clinton’s emails Wikileaks

06/24/15  Discovery of classified information on Clinton’s private email server announced; the matter is referred to the FBI. Time

07/15/15  FBI opens criminal investigation into Clinton’s email server and mishandling of classified data led by Andrew McCabe in DC office FBI

07/20/15  DOJ DAG Sally Yates writes to DOJ Inspector General, saying National Security Division (NSD) is not subject to IG review DOJ

07/24/15  State Dept. and other officials make security referral related to classified information possessed by Clinton and associates WaPo

07/24/15  After complaints from Clinton camp, New York Times edits story about email probe, removing “criminal” references TheWrap

08/15/15  McCabe uses his official FBI email to promote his wife’s candidacy for the State Senate in Virginia JW

09/03/15 Bryan Pagliano, who helped Clinton set up and maintain her private email server, declined to talk to the FBI and the State Department inspector general’s office, as well as a congressional committee, invoking his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself yahoo

09/05/15 The Post reported the Clintons paid Bryan Pagliano $5,000 for computer services before he joined the State Department, citing a financial disclosure form he filed in April 2009. IT director for Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.  fortune

10/01/15  FBI official Andrew McCabe’s wife Jill starts receiving bulk of $700,000 from Clinton associate Gov. Terry McCauliffe’s political entities Ballotopedia   TruePundit

10/03/15  FBI seizes the Platte River Networks server as well as the “Pagliano” server, which were used to host Clinton email services Thompson

10/05/15  FBI’s Strzok sends letter to Datto, Inc. demanding the newly discovered backup server be turned over DOJ

10/06/15  FBI receives backup of Clinton emails held by Datto, Inc. (possibly claimed by Agent Strzok) McClatchy

10/15/15  On or around this date, McCabe emails investigators that Clinton will get an “HQ Special” (special or lenient treatment) Fox

10/11/15  On 60 Minutes, President Obama absolves Hillary Clinton of blame for her private email server: did not pose “a national security problem” CNN

01/15/16  John Giacalone, head of FBI’s National Security Division, retires after reportedly seeing Clinton probe go “sideways” TruePundit

01/19/16  Hillary Clinton had SAP documents on her unsecured server and the State Department knew about unsecured server as early as 2011. Fox

01/19/16  Intelligence Community Inspector General reports Clinton’s private email server had SAP (highest classification level) data on it Fox

01/29/16  FBI director James Comey names Andrew McCabe deputy director, with responsibility for oversight of Clinton investigation FBI

02/15/16  State Dept. finds that 2,115 of the 30,490 emails produced by Clinton were classified and therefore grossly mishandled FBI

02/25/16  FBI’s Peter Strzok texts his mistress Lisa Page, an FBI attorney, saying they can’t go after Hillary because she could be next president Fox

03/04/16  FBI’s Strzok texts his mistress Page, calling Trump “an idiot”, whose nomination would be “good for Hillary” DC

03/06/16  Former Hillary State Dept. representative George Papadopoulos learns he will join Trump campaign as a low-level foreign policy adviser DOJ

03/15/16  Between this date and 9/15/16, Papadopoulos tries 6 times to arrange meetings between Trump campaign and Russians, all are rejected ABC

03/19/16 Hackers gain access to emails of Democrat operative John Podesta CNN

03/28/16  Paul Manafort hired as Trump campaign manager (Fusion GPS’s Simpson and wife had reported on Manafort’s Russian ties in 2008Tablet

04/05/16  FBI’s Strzok interviews Clinton aide Huma Abedin DC

04/07/16 Perkins Coie hired crowd strike them to solve the “Russia hack.” Perkins Coie was involved then too. pacermonitor

04/09/16  FBI’s Strzok interviews Clinton aide Cheryl Mills DC

04/12/16  Law firm Perkins Coie, using money from the Clinton campaign and DNC, hires Fusion GPS to find incriminating data on Trump FEC

04/18/16  NSA’s Rogers begins probe into illegal abuse of FISA 702 inquiries on US citizens (e.g., Manafort) by DOJ/FBI and private contractors CTH 

04/19/16  Wife of Fusion GPS founder Simpson, Mary Jacoby, visits White House and meets with Obama and/or Obama aides CTH

04/29/16   DNC meets M. Sussman of Perkins Coie. Sussman calls CrowdStrike on May 4; by May 5 CrowdStrike had installed its software to find hack.  NYT 

04/25/16  Obama campaign organization makes first of its payments to Perkins Coie (OFA payments to firm would total $972,000). FEC

04/25/16  FBI’s James Baker and DOJ’s FISA attorneys visit White House for two back-to-back meetings. White House

04/26/16  Low-level Trump staffer George Papadopoulos meets with Russian contact in London and is reportedly offered “dirt” on Clinton. NRO

04/29/16  DNC declines to release CrowdStrike report on Bernie/DNC hack. WaPo

04/30/16  DNC IT staff reports suspected hacking on its server(s) to FBI, but fails to turn over the server to the agency, instead hires Crowdstrike. Politico

05/02/16  FBI director Comey drafts statement exonerating Clinton before interviewing her or other key witnesses. WaPo

05/03/16. Trump becomes the presumptive Republican nominee for the office of president. Wikipedia 

05/03/16  Clinton IT specialist Paul Combetta admits lying to the FBI about erasing emails using BleachBit but is not charged for the crime  WaPo

05/03/16  Email from DNC contractor Ali Chalupa states she connected Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News “to the Ukrainians”. DNC

05/05/16  FBI’s Lisa Page and James Baker meet with Obama deputy at White House, likely topic is forthcoming FISA request. White House

05/05/16  Washington Post reports there is “scant evidence” of a crime committed by Clinton through her use of a private email server.  WaPo

05/09/16  Clinton aide Cheryl Mills interviewed by FBI; she receives immunity, limited searches of emails, and deal allows destruction of her laptop. WaPo

05/15/16  Crowdstrike claims it investigated DNC hacking and that Russians were responsible; FBI still denied access to server to confirm. Crowdstrike

05/15/16  Nellie Ohr, wife of DOJ executive Bruce Ohr, is secretly hired by Fusion GPS, presumably to work on Russian “Dossier”Fox

 05/16/16  Draft statement by FBI directory Comey exonerating Clinton, before key interviews, is circulated to FBI leadership. WaPo
05/16/16  Today the New York Times ran a piece that could best be described as either “alternative history” or “propaganda” that appears sourced from inside the FBI. The gist of the story is that George Papadopoulos, a guy no one had heard of before his indictment by Robert Mueller on some chickensh** charges of lying to federal investigators (essentially this means you gave them answers they didn’t like) started the whole investigation. You can believe this story if you wish but there is no more reason to believe it than anything more substantial than the email Brian Ross talked about a couple of weeks ago. redstate

05/21/16  According to Mueller investigation, Trump campaign official refuses Papadopoulos offer to broker meetings with Russian officials. NRO

05/23/16  Nellie Ohr applies for HAM radio license, presumably to create covert communication channel and avoid government surveillance  FCC

06/04/16  Ellen Nakashima of the Washington Post reports, via anonymous sources, that Russians hacked the DNCWaPo

07/06/16 Guccifer 2.0,’ after releasing files he supposedly got by hacking the DNC computers, claims to be working with Trump. All evidence points to Guccifer 2.0’s being a creation of the DNC. A comprehensive resource on Guccifer 2.0 is at

06/09/16  Donald Trump Jr. meets with Russian attorney after being lured by the promise of opposition research. NYT 

06/09/16  After meeting with Bernie Sanders in White House, President Obama endorses Hillary Clinton. USA Today

06/12/16  Wikileaks’ Assange warns that Clinton emails will be leaked. ITV

06/13/16  Australia’s U.S. ambassador told the FBI about Trump aide George Papadopoulos’s claim that Moscow had email dirt on Hillary – but did THAT really launch the Russia probe? It’s still unclear how much 28-year-old George Papadopoulos knew, and whether – as the New York Times now claims – the revelation shocked the FBI into a counterintelligence probe of the Trump team’s Russia ties beginning that July. But the Sydney Morning Herald has confirmed that a drink-fueled gabfest between Papadopoulos and Australia’s High Commissioner to Britain Alexander Downer did happen. dailymail.

06/16/16  Russian government hackers broke into DNC servers, stole Trump oppo. The hackers had access to the information for approximately one year. politico. 

06/14/16  WaPo (Ellen Nakashima) first to break that Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and gained access to the entire database of opposition research on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to committee officials and security experts who responded to the breach. “It’s the job of every foreign intelligence service to collect intelligence against their adversaries,” said Shawn Henry, president of CrowdStrike, the cyber firm called in to handle the DNC breach and a former head of the FBI’s cyber division.

06/15/16  Ex-MI-6 agent Christopher Steele is hired by Hillary Clinton’s campaign through Fusion GPS, according to UK court filings. UK

 06/15/16  Romanian hacker “Guccifer” claims to have hacked DNC; analysis indicates faux “Russian” fingerprints were inserted into some files. WaPo

06/15/16  FBI agent Peter Strzok changes wording of Clinton charges from criminal designation “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless”.  Fox

06/20/16  Fusion GPS contractor Christopher Steele releases first memo related to Russian “Dossier”. DC

  06/27/16  A.G. Loretta Lynch secretly meets with Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac; they later deny discussing the investigation. Time
06/29/16  ‘eMcMullin’ registers a domain,, for ‘Trump Orgainzation’ in Florida. This is the server–continually misreported as being in Trump Tower but actually located at a datacenter in Pennsylvania–that supposedly contacted Alfa Bank in Russia. The alleged communication between the two seems to have been a crucial component of the successful FISA warrant application in October. There is substantial evidence that the DNS logs adduced therein were falsified. (Additionally, some have speculated that the registering agent is connected to NeverTrumper CIA agent/spoiler candidate Evan McMullin. fortune
 07/01/16  FBI’s Page texts Strzok: Loretta Lynch aware of plan to exonerate Clinton no matter what investigation may show. CNN

07/02/16  Clinton interviewed by FBI and Peter Strzok for 3.5 hours; she is not placed under oath nor recorded. WaPo

07/05/16  FISA Court denies FBI request for surveillance of Trump campaign. NRO

07/05/16  Fusion GPS contractor Christopher Steele shares Russian “Dossier” with the FBI. DC

07/05/16  FBI director Comey announces he does not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton for use of her email server Time
07/05/16  Romanian hacker “Guccifer” claims to have hacked DNC again (“Guccifer 2.0”). The Nation

07/05/16  Date that forensics indicate that DNC emails were copied by an insider via USB and not hacked via external actors. The Nation

07/06/16  A.G. Loretta Lynch accepts Comey‘s recommendation not to charge Clinton for mishandling classified information USA Today

07/07/16  Trump associate Carter Page gives a speech on economic policy in Russia; NYT reports this speech raised FBI’s attention. NYT.  (NYT introduced Page to mix)

07/10/16  DNC staffer Seth Rich murdered in as yet unsolved case. Wikipedia  

07/14/16 Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Donald Trump’s Campaign Chief

07/16/16  Senator Grassley sends letter to FBI/Comey, stating concern about FBI agents assigned to Clinton email case being forced to sign a secret non-disclosure agreement, which prevents them from sharing info under the Whistle Blower Act. foxnews

07/06/16  Guccifer 2.0, after releasing files he supposedly got by hacking the DNC computers, claims to be working with Trump. All evidence points to Guccifer 2.0’s being a creation of the DNC. A comprehensive resource on Guccifer 2.0 >

07/10/16  Murder of Seth Rich employee of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) (wiki left wing) wiki

07/20/16 Five days after the opening of the Clinton email investigation Sally Yates issues a directive to block the Inspector General access to certain counter intel files including surveillance.

07/22/16  Wikileaks releases archive of emails stolen from Democrat National Committee (DNC) that show undermining of Sanders campaign. Wikipedia

07/24/16  Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigns as Chair of DNC due to Wikileaks revelations about Sanders WaPo

07/24/16  Clinton aide Robbie Mook claims Russians hacked DNC and Clinton campaign to aid Trump. Politico 

07/25/16  Wikileaks’ Assange says he timed release of DNC emails to impact convention; says “no one” knows who provided emails  NYT

07/26/16  Edward Snowden dismisses the idea that Russia hacked the DNC, noting that if that were the case the NSA would have clear evidence. ibtimes

07/25/16  FBI announces it will investigate the DNC hack revealed by Wikileaks, Peter Strzok handpicked to lead investigation. Wikipedia


 07/30/16  FBI opens counterintelligence investigation into possible Russian “collusion” with Trump campaign led by Peter StrzokDC

08/06/16  FBI investigator Strzok texts mistress about a “menace”, presumably meaning Trump. DC

08/10/16  Bernie Sanders reported to have purchased a $575,000 lakeside home  WaPo

08/14/16 Trump leaks the facts of Paul Manafort’s criminality to the New York Times and then promptly fires him. NYT

08/10/16  Washington Post implies John Brennan may have shared “Dossier” with President Obama around this date  WaPo

Between 8/10/16 NYP Story and 8/15/16 NYT Manafort (M a plant?) piece. Mike Rogers secretly contacts Trump and tips him off about the wiretapping, dossier and secret FISA warrant on Manafort’s phone (since 2014) and the Trump Campaign moles. NYP NYT

08/15/16  FBI investigator Strzok texts mistress about needing an “insurance policy” against Trump  CNN

08/15/16  Strzok and Page discuss evading rules for preserving their communications since other agencies don’t follow the rules either  Carter

08/16/16  FBI writes Congress defending decision not to prosecute Clinton, stating it was ‘extreme carelessness’ and not ‘gross negligence’. WaPo

08/17/16  On this day, NBC’s Dilanian, Windrem, Arkin report claim M. Flynn clashed with intel officials during initial briefing with Trump team. NBC

08/19/16  Manafort resigns (or is forced out) as Trump campaign adviser  NYT

08/25/16  CIA director James Brennan informs Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid about possible Russian “collusion” with Trump campaign. DC

08/27/16  Reid sends a letter to Comey referencing allegations made about Carter Page in the dossier. DC

09/02/16  FBI releases summary of interview with Hillary Clinton regarding her use of an illegal email server for all official business. FBI

09/05/16  Hillary Clinton accuses Russia of interfering with U.S. election  NYT 

09/08/16  NYT reports that Paul Combetta, Clinton’s IT specialist, mass-deleted emails from her server in spite of records preservation request. NYT

09/10/16  FBI’s Strzok admits withholding of evidence of Clinton’s crimes from Congress; Comey and other FBI officials are aware of obstruction  Fox

09/15/16  Papadoulos emails Russian contact Boris Epshteyn trying to connect him with Sergei Millian, author of much of the Fusion GPS “Dossier”.  WaPo   wiki

09/15/16  FISA Court approves FBI request for surveillance of Trump campaign based upon Russian “Dossier”. DC

09/21/16  New York Times, Washington Post, and Yahoo News verbally briefed by Steele on Russian “Dossier” according to court filings. UK 

09/23/16  Yahoo News publishes report based upon Russian “Dossier” and possible Russian collusion with Trump campaign. Yahoo

09/26/16  DOJ National Security Divison (NSD) admits to FISC that surveillance included Obama’s political opponentsFISC

09/27/16  John Carlin, head of DOJ National Security Division and involved with FISA requests, announces he is resigningWaPo

09/28/16  Comey claims his decision to exonerate Clinton was not made until after her interview with FBI agents. WaPo

10/03/16  FBI agents seize computer of Anthony Weiner during investigation of his communications with underage females. Tribune

10/07/16  Access Hollywood releases graphic audiotape of Donald Trump bragging about hitting on women. CNN

10/07/16  Wikileaks releases archive of emails stolen from Clinton operative John Podesta. CNN

10/07/16  Obama administration officially accuses Russia of meddling in 2016 presidential election. WaPo

10/12/16  FBI agents tell McCabe and Strzok they discover 650,000 emails on Weiner’s laptop, many of which were Huma Abedin‘s. WSJ

10/13/16  McCabe organizes FBI response to WSJ revelations that his wife’s campaign was funded by Clinton associates. JWS

10/14/16  Strzok’s wife Melissa Hodgman given a major promotion to deputy director of SEC’s Enforcement Division. TP

10/15/16  FBI meets with Fusion GPS contractor Steele and offers to pay him for more Russian “Dossier” material. DC

10/21/16  DOJ/FBI file first FISA Title I surveillance request for Carter Page using “salacious and unverified”, DNC-funded “Dossier”. CTH

10/24/16  NSA director Rogers apprises FISA Court (FISC) of numerous cases where U.S. persons were improperly/illegally surveilled. FISC

10/24/16  CBS reveals McCabe’s wife received $700K in campaign donations from Clinton associate Gov. Terry McCauliffe. CBS

10/27/16  During Comey staff meeting, McCabe and Strzok are asked why they’re sitting on the Huma/Weiner email disclosure. Tribune

10/28/16  Comey announces he is reopening investigation into Clinton’s email server due to information found on Anthony Weiner’s computer. Time

10/29/16  Attorney Joe DiGenova reports that the FBI never destroyed Cheryl Mills’ and Heather Samuelson’s PCs, despite agreement to do so. DC

10/30/16  Judge Kevin Fox grants a search and seizure warrant to the FBI for Clinton emails on Huma Abedin’s laptop. FBI

10/30/16  Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s writes to James Comey asking him to release “explosive” information on Russian “collusion”. TPM

10/31/16  FBI lead counsel James Baker leaks “Dossier” information to David Corn of Mother Jones that ties Trump to Russian “collusion”. Mother Jones

10/31/16  Clinton campaign issues statement, citing Slate, about server in Trump Tower that secretly communicated with Russia  Clinton

11/01/16  In spite of numerous conflicts of interest, Andrew McCabe waits until this date before recusing himself from Clinton email probe. JW

11/06/16  Comey exonerates Clinton again after Weiner documents are reviewed “around the clock”.   WaPo

11/08/16  Donald Trump is elected President of the United States. Time

11/09/16  FBI’s Strzok and Page text each other about a “secret society” to undermine Trump as well as “‘deleting text messages”.   Fox

11/14/16  According to Yevgeniy Nikulin the FBI tried to bribe him into confessing to hacking the DNC servers on behalf of Donald Trump, offering him refuge in the United States and millions of dollars. (I seem to remember that Guccifer 1 also alleged that the FBI bribed him to confess to the DNC hack)

11/15/16   DOJ official Bruce Ohr meets in secret with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson and Christopher Steele regarding Russian “Dossier”  Fox

11/15/16   FBI agrees to continue funding Steele and his “Dossier”.  TPM

11//16/16  The United States formally requests extradition of Nikulin from the Czech Republic.

11/17/16  NSA Head Mike Rogers travels to Trump Tower (likely warning of illegal surveillance); Trump transition team immediate moves to NJ. CTH

11/18/16  WaPo reports that James Clapper and other officials want Rogers removed from his post. WaPo

11/18/16  Sen. John McCain told of the Russian “Dossier”; a copy is sent to McCain and key aides.  DC

11/31/16  John Podesta tweets that computer scientists discovered Trump’s ‘covert server.’

12/09/16  CIA tells Congress that they believe the Russians hacked the DNC to help defeat Hillary Clinton’s campaign. WaPo

12/09/16  McCain provides a copy of Russian “Dossier” to FBI director James Comey. DC

12/09/16  President Obama orders intelligence community to investigate Russian influence on U.S. election. Time 

12/13/16  Obama Says Russia Did NOT Rig Election for Trump conservativetribune

12/14/16  Beginning of period that DOJ “failed to preserve” Strzok-Page texts that that ends on 5/17/17 (later recovered by DOJ IG office).  DC

12/14/16  Citing unnamed intelligence officials (likely Strzok or Page), Washington Post reports on “Russian election hacking”. WaPo

01/02/17  Wikileaks’ Assange says he guarantees emails did not come from Russia; that Obama administration is trying to undermine Trump. Time

01/05/17  FBI says DNC refused to turn over server to determine nature of leaks. CNN

01/06/17  Comey briefs President-Elect Trump on existence of “salacious and unverified” Russian “Dossier”. CNS

01/06/17  Within hours of Comey’s meeting with Trump, existence of “Dossier” leaked by CNN (James Clapper named as possible leaker). FNC

01/07/17  Comey demands “Dossier” be included in final intelligence community report on Russian meddling in the U.S. election. FNC

01/10/17  U.S. intelligence chiefs Comey, Clapper, Brennan, Rogers brief Obama on Russian “Dossier” and attempts to “influence” Trump  CNN

01/10/17  BuzzFeed releases full Fusion GPS “Dossier”.  BuzzFeed

01/11/17  John Podesta meets with Fusion GPS founder Simpson; but later tells Senate Intelligence Committee he has no knowledge of “dossier“. NYT

01/11/17  WSJ identifies author of Russian “Dossier” as Christopher Steele. WSJ

01/12/17  DOJ IG Michael Horowitz announces probe into actions of FBI including McCabe’s role in Clinton email scandal. DOJ

01/12/17  WaPo’s David Ignatius cites government sources that indicates Michael Flynn spoke with Russia’s Kislyak several times. WaPo

01/12/17  Remember, someone inside the govt committed a felony by leaking the contents of Flynn’s intercepted communications to David Ignatius of the WaPo. This kickstarted the “Logan Act” narrative which was pushed by Sally Yates to go after Flynn. twitter 

01/19/17  NYT reports law enforcement officials “intercepted” communications of Trump officials, including Paul Manafort. NYT

01/19/17  The day before Trump’s inauguration, DOJ/FBI have FISA surveillance request renewed (see 10/21/16, renewal #1). CTH

01/22/17  Michael Flynn sworn in as National Security Adviser. Moyer

01/24/17  Michael Flynn gives voluntary interview to FBI regarding Russian “collusion”; interviewer is Peter Strzok. NPR

01/26/17  Acting A.G. Sally Yates and Bill Priestap inform White House counsel that Flynn was “compromised” by Russian actors. NPR

01/27/17  Former Clinton State Dept. representative George Papadopoulos (lied) interviewed by FBI, which results in his eventual indictment. DOJ

01/30/17  DOJ official (later Mueller SC “righthand” man) Andrew Weissmann congratulates Acting A.G. Yates for defying Trump travel ban order. JW

01/30/17  Russian operative Sergei Millian named as source of information for “Dossier” fed to Steele and Fusion GPS. ABC

01/30/17  Acting A.G. Sally Yates fired by President Trump for refusing to enforce his travel ban orders. NPR

02/08/17  Jeff Sessions confirmed as Attorney General. WaPo

02/13/17  Flynn fired by President after leaks claim that the aide has discussed sanctions with Russian actors, which Flynn denies. NPR

02/14/17  In meeting with Trump, Comey says he was asked by President if he could see fit to “letting Flynn go”. NPR

02/14/17  House Intelligence Chair Nunes says the FBI must explain why Flynn was recorded, unmasked and then leaked to the press. WaPo

02/15/17  McCabe tells Reince Priebus that FBI sees no evidence of Russian “collusion”, but he and Comey refuse to publicly state. Beast

02/16/17  CNN reports that the White House “pressured” FBI into clearing administration of collusion charges; believed leaked by McCabe. CNN

02/18/17  One month ago, the NYT reported that “In its final days (11days), the Obama administration expanded the power of the NSA to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections. zerohedge

02/27/17  House Intelligence Chair Nunes says that he has seen absolutely no evidence of Russia-Trump “collusion”. Salon

03/02/17  A.G. Jeff Sessions recuses himself from Russia “collusion” investigation, citing prior contacts with the Russian Ambassador. NYT

03/05/17  Obama DNI James Clapper states that he knows of no FISA warrant ever approved of Trump and his associates. MSNBC

03/10/17  CNN reports that the FBI is still investigating the Trump server-Alfa bank connection. FBI investigation continues into ‘odd’ computer link between Russian bank and Trump Organization  CNN

03/20/17  Comey testifies FBI secretly investigated Trump-Russia “collusion” starting in June 2016 and unlawfully hid that fact from Congress. Time

03/20/17  Vanity Fair publishes puff piece on Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS and their work to create the “Dossier”. Vanity Fair

03/20/17  Comey denies accusations that the Trump campaign had been wiretapped by the U.S. government. WaPo

04/17/17 Page confirmed that he cooperated with the FBI in its prosecution of a Russian intelligence operative and two other Russian agents in 2013. mcclatchydc

03/20/17  DNI James Clapper denies any abuse of FISA to surveill Trump or his associates. MSNBC

03/20/17  Press Secretary Sean Spicer strongly denounces surveillance and unmasking of Trump aides by Obama officials. Exam

03/03/17  House Intelligence Chair Nunes informs POTUS that he believes Trump and his staff were illegally surveilled and unmasked. CNN

03/22/17  House Intelligence Chair Nunes demands that CIA, FBI and NSA disclose nature of unlawful surveillance he had discovered. HIC

03/23/17  An influential British think tank and Ukraine’s military are disputing a report that the U.S. cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike has used to buttress its claims of Russian hacking in the presidential election.  mediachecker 

03/27/17  Former Obama official Evelyn Farkas admits Obama administration spied on Trump to find Russian “collusion” ties. MSNBC

03/28/17  Sen. Chuck Grassley writes to Comey over concern that McCabe’s investigation of Clinton was tainted by campaign donations. SJC

04/06/17  House Intel Chair Nunes temporarily relinquishes control of committee due to allegations he leaked classified information  Politico

04/25/17 Rod Rosenstein is approved by the Senate. 94-6. Nominated by Trump. WaPo

01/19/17  DOJ/FBI have FISA surveillance request renewed (see 10/21/16, this is renewal #2). CTH

05/09/17  Rosenstein recommends that Trump fire FBI director James Comey. Time

05/10/17  Washington Post asserts Comey had requested additional funding and resources for Russia investigation before his firing. WaPo

 05/10/17  Huma Abedin husband Anthony Weiner signs plea agreement for crime of transmitting obscene material to a minor. Hill

05/12/17  Trump tweets that Comey better hope there are no tapes of their conversations “before he starts leaking to the press”. Hill

05/15/17  DAG Rosenstein reportedly approves extension of FISA surveillance of Trump associate Carter Page based upon fraudulent “dossier”. NYT

05/16/17  Robert Mueller said to have interviewed with President Trump for FBI director role, but details of meeting unclear. CNN

05/17/17  DOJ’s Rosenstein names Robert Mueller special counsel to investigate Russian influence on election. NYT

05/17/17  End of period that DOJ “failed to preserve” Strzok-Page texts that that began on 12/14/16 (later recovered by DOJ IG office). DC

05/19/17  Strzok texts Page about Mueller “collusion” probe: “the odds are nothing [of collusion] … there’s no big there there.”  Fox

05/19/17  Strzok texts Page; calls Mueller probe “an investigation leading to impeachment?”  Exam

06/08/17  Comey admits he leaked records of his conversation in order to spur the naming of a special counsel. CNN

06/15/17  Former DHS head Jeh Johnson tells Congress that the DNC refused to turn over its server so it could throughly investigate “hack”. Times

06/24/17  Wife of Fusion GPS founder Simpson, Mary Jacoby, writes on Facebook that her husband deserves the credit for “Russia-gate”. Tablet

07/07/17  Comey asserts “Dossier” was “salacious and unverified”, but was important because media was prepared to report it. CNS

07/13/17  CNN reports Strzok is working for Mueller’s special counsel investigation.  CNN

07/14/17  DNC contractor Ali Chalupa denies working with Ukrainians to undermine Trump in spite of her leaked email from 5/3/16. CNN

07/18/17  DOJ/FBI have FISA surveillance request renewed (see 10/21/16, this is renewal #3). CTH

07/20/17  DOJ Inspector General receives compromising texts of Mueller investigator Peter Strzok from FBI. DC

07/24/17  Consortium of Intelligence Professionals (VIPS) reports that there is no evidence that Russians hacked DNC (see 7/5/16). VIPS

07/27/17  DOJ Inspector General meets with Mueller and Rosenstein to inform them of Strzok’s text messages. DC

08/04/17  AG Sessions and DNI Coats reveal a new FBI anti-leak team has been formed under DAG Rosentstein. PBS

08/09/17  The Nation reports evidence that DNC insiders, not Russian hackers, compromised Democrat IT systems. The Nation

08/10/17  DOJ Inspector General requests all communications between Strzok and Page DC

08/22/17  Fusion GPS chief Glenn Simpson meets with Senate committee for 10 hours, but refuses to divulge who funded “Dossier”. DC

08/24/17  House Intel Chair Nunes subpoenas DOJ and FBI for documents related to “Dossier”, which Strzok is believed to be behind. DC

09/01/17  NBC’s Dilanian, believed to be a Fusion GPS flack, misreports on Trump Jr.’s 6/9 meeting with Russian lawyer Veselnitskaya. Federalist

09/14/17  Susan Rice admits she surveilled Trump administration after the election and later unmasked the identities of key aides. Times

09/24/17 Obama DNI James Clapper reiterates he knew of no FISA warrant ever approved of Trump and his associates. CNN

10/02/17  It Wasn’t Comey’s Decision to Exonerate Hillary – It Was Obama’s national review

10/18/17  Two Fusion GPS officials plead the Fifth Amendment during House Intelligence Committee interviews. DC

10/24/17  Washington Post reveals Clinton campaign and DNC funded Fusion GPS and Russian “Dossier”. TPM

10/26/17  Obama changed NSA policy to stop all about queries for the FISC. conservativetreehouse

10/28/17  Close ties between CNN and Fusion GPS revealed through personal social media accounts. DC

10/29/17  NBC’s Dilanian reports upon an illegal leak from the Mueller investigation that the first indictment will be issued Monday. NBC

10/30/17  Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos indicted as part of Mueller’s investigation. NYT

10/31/17  FBI refuses House Intel Committee (chaired by Nunes) request to interview Strzok. DC


11/05/17  House investigators say they believe Fusion GPS paid reporters to disseminate contents of “Dossier”. Times

11/30/17  Flynn signs plea agreeement with special counsel, admitting he lied about sanctions conversations NPR

12/01/17  U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras presides over hearing where Flynn pleads guilty to lying to FBI Reuters

12/02/17  Washington Post reveals existence of incriminating messages between Peter Strzok revealing anti-Trump biases  WaPo

12/04/17 CNN reveals Strzok changed wording of Clinton investigation to avoid criminal charges CNN

12/06/17 DOJ executive Bruce Ohr demoted after revelations he secretly met with Fusion GPS, which had secretly employed his wife Nellie  Fox

12/06/17  Rep. Adam Schiff accused of leaking privileged notes of meeting between Trump. Jr and House Intelligence Committee to CNN  Hill

12/07/17  Fox News reveals Ohr was in contact with Fusion GPS at the same time the FISA application was submitted and granted. Fox

12/07/17  House Ethics Committee clears Chairman Nunes of accusations that he leaked classified information, said to be a “frivolous” charge Politico

12/07/17  Rep. Jim Jordan grills FBI director Wray: was Dossier used to secure FISA warrant? Wray refuses to answer RCP

12/07/17  Judge presiding over Flynn case, Rudolph Contreras (also a FISA judge), is recused according to court statement, for reasons unknown Reuters

12/11/17  Fox News reveals Ohr’s wife was hired by Fusion GPS to create opposition research against Trump Fox

George Webb Report: Rogue FBI Andrew McCabe, Peter Srozok & Lisa Page used a Shared DropBox which stored their Text Messages to each other. McCabe Illegally deleted 5 months of Text Messages  youtube

12/12/17  375 text messages between Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page are released CNN

12/12/17  Deputy FBI director Anrew McCabe cancels testimony before Congress after revelations about Nellie and Bruce Ohr’s ties to Fusion GPS Breitbart

12/13/17  DOJ IG reports it has all Strzok-Page text messages between 12/14/16 and 5/17/17  which conflicts with FBI statement on 1/19/18 Fox

12/13/17  Deputy A.G. Rosenstein refuses to tell Congress whether the FBI paid for the Fusion GPS “Dossier” DC

12/14/17  Rep. Jim Jordan states DOJ/FBI leadership attempted to fix the presidential election by inventing a “Russian Collusion” narrative Fox

12/18/17  Demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr fails to appear before Congress FoxBiz

12/18/17  GOP lawmakers call for investigation into leaks of privileged interview between Trump Jr. and House Intelligence Committee Hill

12/18/17  Senate Judiciary Chair Grassley calls for the firing of FBI’s McCabe Fox

12/18/17  Bruce Ohr no show to Congress

12/19/17  FBI’s McCabe testifies in private to House Intel Commitee a day after and is unable to answer questions about the “Dossier” Exam

12/22/17  Did President Obama Read the ‘Steele Dossier’ in the White House Last August?

12/21/17  FBI’s top General Counsel — James A. Baker — said to have leaked “Dossier” to Mother Jones, is reassigned by FBI Director Wray WaPo

12/21/17  FBI’s McCabe admits Clinton email investigation led by “small group” in headquarters, not in the local field office per usual practice Hill

12/22/17  Rep. Gaetz tells Fox News that Congress has email evidence that Andrew McCabe said Hillary was going to get a “HQ Special”. Presumably meaning special treatment of her investigation by a handpicked team at FBI Headquarters, that we now know included Peter Strzok. Fox

12/23/17  FBI’s McCabe announces his retirement in 2018 Reuters

12/29/17  State Dept. releases cache of emails found on Weiner-Abedin laptop, several of which contained classified information CNN

12/30/17  Obama kicks Russian Diplomats out because of hacking. guardian

12/30/17  Sen. Lindsey Graham cites major concern over how “Dossier” was used by the DOJ, implying it was disguised and presented to FISC Fox

12/30/17  State Department Releases Emails Containing Classified Information From Laptop Of Anthony Weiner And Huma Abedin   oann

12/30/17  DNC-linked NYT’s Haberman markets narrative that FBI opened Trump investigation due to George Papadopoulos, not “Dossier” NYT

12/30/17  Was A Drunken Conversation Really All The Probable Cause The FBI Needed To Investigate A Presidential Campaign?  redstate 

12/31/17  NY Times reports Clinton associates offered up to $500,000 to females to report sexual harrassment by Trump NYT

01/02/18  Fusion GPS founders write NYT op-ed asserting “Dossier” claims; fail to address funding sources, Nellie Ohr involvement, etc. NYT

01/03/18  Senate Judiciary Chair Grassley writes DAG Rosenstein: did Comey leak classified info to Columbia Professor Daniel Richman? SJC

01/03/18  James Clapper admits he never heard of Papadopoulos while he was the head of the US Intel for the Obama Administration truepundit

01/05/18  House Committee Receives Fusion GPS’s Bank Records  DC

01/05/18  NSA Director Mike Rogers announces to staff his intention to resign. This would free him up to testify in any future investigations. Reuters

01/05/18  Judicial Watch reveals that all of Comey’s leaked memos were classified, which represents intentional and criminal behavior by Comey FoxBiz

01/08/18  DOJ’s Bruce Ohr is either removed or resigns from his second high-level position, this time as head of OCDETF DC

01/08/18  DailyMail finds emails showing Huma Abedin intentionally copied State Dept. emails to Weiner laptop and lied to FBI about that fact DailyMail

01/10/18  Researcher CTH reveals FBI/DOJ likely used FISA 702 “About Inquiries”, not warrants, to wiretap Trump and his assocates at any time CTH

01/10/18  Sara Carter reports law enforcement sources tell her FISA process was illegally abused to surveill Trump campaign Carter

01/11/18  Document dump reveals FBI not only paid Fusion GPS but also allowed the private firm to submit FISA “About Inquiries” CTH

 01/12/18  DOJ Inspect General releases first batch of 1.2 million documents related to investigation of DOJ/FBI malfeasance days early CTH
01/04/18   Judicial Watch receives confirmation from head of FBI’s FOIA department that all 7 of Comey memos regarding conversations with Trump, some of which he leaked to the NYT via a friend after he was fired, were deemed to be Classified. Date of leak is approx.
01/14/18  McCabe, Rosenstein, Weissmann and Obama judge Theodore Chuang all tied to apparent effort to cover-up Uranium One scandal ImpRex

01/14/18  Ex-Trump adviser Michael Caputo says up to 1,000 GOP-linked persons were spied on by Obama DOJ/FBI illegal unmasking activities Fox

01/15/18  DNC-linked NYT’s Shane markets narrative that Clinton campaign was duped by Russian “Dossier” disinformation campaign. C-SPAN

01/15/18  Date that DOJ Inspector General expected to turn over 1.2 million documents related to DOJ/FBI handling of Clinton probe. CTH

01/16/18  Byron York reports Congressional Investigators believe Obama State Dept. may have played a role in disseminating “Dossier” Exam

01/18/18  Report on FISA abuse is made available to all House members; reaction is stunning: “Very foundations of our democracy are at risk” FoxBiz

01/19/18  Senate investigators reveal FBI claims it “failed to preserve” five months of Strzok-Page text messages between 12/14/16 and 5/17/17 DC

01/19/18  NBC’s Dilanian, with a history of ties to Fusion GPS, markets false claim that Russian “bots” are behind #ReleaseTheMemo hashtag Twitter

01/21/18  Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) hints that highest level of the Obama DOJ/FBI lied to the FISA court in order to surveil Trump and associates CNN

01/22/18  Robert Mueller ordered the deletion of Peter Strzok’s text messages after Strzok admitted they would expose and detail the @FBI’s entire plan to frame President Trump

01/23/18  Senate Homeland Security Chair Ron Johnson releases 384 pages of new Strzok-Page texts Fox

01/23/18 Sen. Ron Johnson: FBI Informant Says ‘Secret Society’ Held Secret Meetings Off-Site  pjmedia

01/23/18  Johnson notes evidence of “corruption at highest levels of FBI”; and as former FBI head, Mueller must be dismissed as special counsel RCP

01/24/18  Nunes FISA abuse memo said to name James Comey, Rod Rosenstein, and Andrew McCabe as participants in unlawful surveillance DailyBeast

01/25/18  NYT’s Haberman and Schmidt report that Trump wanted to fire Mueller in June, but WH counsel threatened to quit rather than do so NYT

01/25/18  Missing five months of Strzok-Page text messages reported as recovered by DOJ IG Horowitz WaPo

01/25/18   Senate Judiciary Committee issues demand for “dossier” information to wide range of Clinton- and DNC-related entities, due 2/8/18 SJC
01/29/18  Preemptive leak to NYT reveals DAG Rosenstein approved surveillance of Carter Page in May of 2017 based upon bogus “dossier” NYT

01/29/18  FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe unexpectedly announces his immediate resignation (also reported as removed by Director Wray) Exam

01/29/18  House Intelligence Committee votes to release memo to the public outlining abuse of FISA surveillance by Obama administration Fox

01/30/18  Andrew McCabe stepped down from FBI despite wanting to stay a few months extra to enhance his pension.  cnn

01/31/18  Report that McCabe and Strzok hid discovery that Weiner computer held thousands of Clinton emails from Congress for weeks WSJ 

01/31/18  FBI issues statement of “grave concerns” about HPSCI memo; HPSCI Chairman Nunes replies that reasons are obvious Multiple

01/31/18  Special Counsel Mueller requests postponement of Flynn sentencing, likely due to potential evidence tampering (Form 302 changes) CTH.       directorblue

02/02/18  4-page FISA memo released: shows FBI/DOJ disguised DNC-sourced “dossier” and used it to illegally surveil Trump and associates Exam

02/02/18  Media reporting Russians wanted to recruit Carter Page. mcclatchydc

02/04/18  Former WH Chief of Staff Reince Priebus denies he ever heard Trump state a desire to fire Mueller NBC

02/05/18  Josh Campbell quit the FBI last week. Then he wrote an op-ed for The New York Times where he complained about people exposing the corruption and criminal acts by agency leaders. gatewaypundit

02/07/18  Carter Page denied being an agent for the FBI or Russia to the Daily Caller “Never did anything of that variety.”  DC  (see info below on Carter Page)

02/07/18  Isikoff from Yahoo News says he was “stunned” to learn that his article was cited in the FISA warrant. We “believe” him. zerohedge

02/07/18  500 pages of just released text messages –
02/08/18  Deadline for Clinton- and DNC-related entities to respond to Senate Judiciary Committee’s request for “dossier” information SJC
02/08/18  Kenneth Cole and four other trustees agreed to “graciously” resign. Federal prosecutors look into financial dealings in 2015 among amfAR, Harvey Weinstein and the American Repertory Theater. CBS 
02/08/18  Republican Utah Rep. Jon Stanard Abruptly Resigns Without Explanation usnews
02/08/18  Michael Kortan, the FBI’s Head of Public Affairs and longtime aide to former bureau chief James Comey, is leaving his post.  gatewaypundit 
02/08/18  Why is the Media Ignoring the Real Bombshell FISA Memo?  The Senate memo – Nunes memo    townhall 
02/08/18  FBI Informant William Campbell Testifies: Moscow Routed Millions To Clinton Foundation In “Russian Uranium Dominance Strategy” twitter
02/09/18  Trump’s approval rating tops Obama’s at same point in presidency  WaTimes

02/09/18  Warner Texts: markwarnertexts  Democrat Mark Warner’s texts with Russian oligarch lobbyist Adam Waldman in effort to contact Christopher Steele. Warner Texts: markwarnertexts twitter

02/09/18  ‘I truly hate these people’: Disgraced FBI agents trashed pro-lifers, wanted to stop March for Life | News | LifeSite

02/09/18  Strzok may have used his cell phone in a SCIF which might jeopardize Clinton’s trial – General “Anywhere I’ve ever been, someone is going to notice you using [a device in a SCIF], so that tells me the whole system at the FBI is broken,” he sad. “What’s going on in the general counsel’s office? How rampant is this? DC

NOTE on text: “We’re in Jims SCIF,” Strzok texted. If this didn’t jump out to him as a violation, it’s no wonder violations by Clinton didn’t. Worse, he may have done this in the presence of FBI’s general counsel, raising questions about FBI’s classified practices!

02//10/18  A shadowy Russian bilked American spies out of $100k last year, promising to deliver stolen NSA cyber weapons in a deal that he insisted would include compromising material on Trump…NSA got played.  twitter 

02/10/18  Katicas’ Timeline from FBI Notes:

02/12/18  Ambassador Rice appears to have used this email to document a January 5, 2017 Oval Office meeting between President Obama, former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates regarding Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election.  In particular, Ambassador Rice wrote:

02/12/18  Comey told Congress FBI agents didn’t think Michael Flynn lied. Indeed, it appears the FBI did not think Flynn had done anything wrong in the calls. On January 23, the Washington Post reported that the FBI had reviewed the Flynn-Kislyak calls and “has not found any evidence of wrongdoing or illicit ties to the Russian government.” (The calls had been intercepted by U.S. intelligence because the U.S. monitored the Russian ambassador’s communications — something which Flynn, a former chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency, surely knew.)  TruePundit.  

02/12/18  Comey told Senate last time he met w/ Obama was “late 2016” In email, Susan Rice says Comey+Obama met in WH Oval Jan 2017 Who is lying? Comey remarks h/t   DC   WH logs don’t corroborate Rice:

02/13/18  Former Senior FBI official who worked as director for cyber incident response at the NSC until April 2017 is now leading BuzzFeed’s effort to verify Trump dossier. BuzzFeed is being sued by Carter Page Russian technology executive Aleksej Gubarev and Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer,. You can’t make it up. One would have thought Anthony Ferrante et al would have vetted the “dossier” prior to publishing, right? Is Buzzfeed actually paying them since Ferrante, who worked under Comey, likely was involved in the fraud doc. in the first place? Perhaps it was Ferrante who led the whole farce and now has to fix the deal w BF or they’ll squeal?  foreign policy

Chuck Ross Timeline October 2015 – October 2016: DC aka DailyCaller 



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What is CrowdStrike? And why did FBI Director James Comey Outsource their Job to CrowdStrike?

CrowdStrike Firm Hired by DNC has Ties to Hillary Clinton, a Ukrainian Billionaire and Google.

As usual, the rabbit hole gets much deeper the more you look.

In yesterday’s post, Credibility of Cyber Firm that Claimed Russia Hacked the DNC Comes Under Serious Question, I examined how CrowdStrike, the cybersecurity firm hired by the DNC to look into its hacking breach, had been exposed as being completely wrong about a separate attack it claimed originated from the same group it claimed broke into DNC systems, and supposedly works for Russia’s military intelligence unit, GRU. Here’s some of what we learned:

An influential British think tank and Ukraine’s military are disputing a report that the U.S. cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike has used to buttress its claims of Russian hacking in the presidential election.

The CrowdStrike report, released in December, asserted that Russians hacked into a Ukrainian artillery app, resulting in heavy losses of howitzers in Ukraine’s war with Russian-backed separatists.

But the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) told VOA that CrowdStrike erroneously used IISS data as proof of the intrusion. IISS disavowed any connection to the CrowdStrike report. Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense also has claimed combat losses and hacking never happened.

The challenges to CrowdStrike’s credibility are significant because the firm was the first to link last year’s hacks of Democratic Party computers to Russian actors, and because CrowdStrike co-founder Dimiti Alperovitch has trumpeted its Ukraine report as more evidence of Russian election tampering.

Yaroslav Sherstyuk, maker of the Ukrainian military app in question, called the company’s report “delusional” in a Facebook post. CrowdStrike never contacted him before or after its report was published, he told VOA.

VOA first contacted IISS in February to verify the alleged artillery losses. Officials there initially were unaware of the CrowdStrike assertions. After investigating, they determined that CrowdStrike misinterpreted their data and hadn’t reached out beforehand for comment or clarification.

CrowdStrike declined to answer VOA’s written questions about the Ukraine report, and Alperovitch canceled a March 15 interview on the topic. In a December statement to VOA’s Ukrainian Service, spokeswoman Ilina Dimitrova defended the company’s conclusions.

Seems like pretty extraordinary incompetence. Either that, or something else was potentially at play; namely, a desire to push the narrative that Russia hacked the DNC, irrespective of the facts.

The whole things gets even more disturbing the more you look.

For example, Counterpunch put out a very important article earlier today on the topic, adding several crucial nuggets of information.

First there’s this:

The investigation methods used to come to the conclusion that the Russian Government led the hacks of the DNCClinton Campaign Chair John Podesta, and the DCCC were further called into question by a recent BuzzFeed report by Jason Leopold, who has developed a notable reputation from leading several non-partisan Freedom of Information Act lawsuits for investigative journalism purposes. On March 15 that the Department of Homeland Security released just two heavily redacted pages of unclassified information in response to an FOIA request for definitive evidence of Russian election interference allegations. Leopold wrote, “what the agency turned over to us and Ryan Shapiro, a PhD candidate at MIT and a research affiliate at Harvard University, is truly bizarre: a two-page intelligence assessment of the incident, dated Aug. 22, 2016, that contains information DHS culled from the internet. It’s all unclassified — yet DHS covered nearly everything in wide swaths of black ink. Why? Not because it would threaten national security, but because it would reveal the methods DHS uses to gather intelligence, methods that may amount to little more than using Google.”

That’s weird enough, but it gets far stranger. For example:

In lieu of substantive evidence provided to the public that the alleged hacks which led to Wikileaks releases of DNC and Clinton Campaign Manager John Podesta’s emails were orchestrated by the Russian Government, CrowdStrike’s bias has been cited as undependable in its own assessment, in addition to its skeptical methods and conclusions. The firm’s CTO and co-founder, Dmitri Alperovitch, is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, a think tank with openly anti-Russian sentiments that is funded by Ukrainian billionaire Victor Pinchuk, who also happened to donate at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation.

In 2013, the Atlantic Council awarded Hillary Clinton it’s Distinguished International Leadership Award. In 2014, the Atlantic Council hosted one of several events with former Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who took over after pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in early 2014, who now lives in exile in Russia.

Recall that the FBI was denied access to the DNC servers by the DNC itself, and simply agreed to rely on the results provided by CrowdStrike, which as you can see has ties to all sorts of anti-Russia organizations and individuals. I find it absolutely remarkable that James Comey head of the FBI outsourced his job to CrowdStrike.

There remains zero evidence that Russia hacked the DNC. I repeat, there remains zero evidence that Russia hacked the DNC.

As cybersecurity expert Jeffrey Carr noted:

Jeffrey Carr called the FBI/Department of Homeland Security Report, the only alleged evidence released by intelligence officials, released in late December 2016 a “fatally flawed effort” that provided no evidence to substantiate the claims that the Russian government conducted the hacks, though that’s what it was purported to do.

Absolutely remarkable, but there’s more. As TechCrunch reported back in 2015:

If you need proof that security is a red hot market these days, how about this morning’s announcement that cybersecurity company CrowdStrike landed a $100 million Series C investment round?

The round was led by Google Capital with Rackspace, which happens to be one of the company’s customers also investing. Existing investors Accel and Warburg Pincus also participated. Today’s investment brings the total to-date to $156 million.

Why do I find it interesting that Google was a major investor in CrowdStrike? Well for one, we know that Chairman of Alphabet, Inc. (Google’s parent company), Eric Schmidt, was actively working to help the Hillary campaign. As I highlighted in the 2015 post,Meet “Groundwork” – Google Chairman Eric Schmidt’s Stealth Startup Working to Make Hillary Clinton President:

An under-the-radar startup funded by billionaire Eric Schmidt has become a major technology vendor for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, underscoring the bonds between Silicon Valley and Democratic politics.

The Groundwork, according to Democratic campaign operatives and technologists, is part of efforts by Schmidt—the executive chairman of Google parent-company Alphabet—to ensure that Clinton has the engineering talent needed to win the election. And it is one of a series of quiet investments by Schmidt that recognize how modern political campaigns are run, with data analytics and digital outreach as vital ingredients that allow candidates to find, court, and turn out critical voter blocs.

There is also another gap in play: The shrinking distance between Google and the Democratic Party. Former Google executive Stephanie Hannon is the Clinton campaign’s chief technology officer, and a host of ex-Googlers are currently employed as high-ranking technical staff at the Obama White House. Schmidt, for his part, is one of the most powerful donors in the Democratic Party—and his influence does not stem only from his wealth, estimated by Forbes at more than $10 billion.

According to campaign finance disclosures, Clinton’s campaign is the Groundwork’s only political client. Its employees are mostly back-end software developers with experience at blue-chip tech firms like Netflix, Dreamhost, and Google.

Since Democrats seem so obsessed with the saying these days, “where there’s smoke there’s fire,” and there’s plenty of smoke here.

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Anti-Aging Blood Practice – Rituals of the Elite

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Countess Dracula Elizabeth Bathory – Elitist Lust for Blood, Sadism & Satanism

Portriat of the Countess Erzebeth Bathory

On this day in 1609 or 1610 (sources are not conclusive), Count Gyorgy Thurzo makes an investigative visit to Csejthe Castle in Hungary on orders from King Matthias and discovers Countess Elizabeth Bathory directing a torture session of young girls. Bathory was already infamous in the area for her torture and murder of servants and peasants, but her title and high-ranking relatives had, until this point, made her untouchable. Her bloodthirsty activities have led many to cite her as one of the first vampires in history.

The Bathory were one of the most powerful Protestant families in Hungary, and numbered warlords, politicians and clerics among its members. Elizabeth’s ancestor Stephan Bathory had fought alongside Vlad Dracula in one of his many successful attempts to reclaim the Wallachian throne, and his namesake, Elizabeth’s cousin, became Prince of Transylvania in 1571, and was later elected King of Poland. Other members of the family were less respectable however, including Elizabeth’s brother (also called Stephan), a noted drunkard and lecher.

Bathory was born in Transylvania in 1560 to a distinguished family that included kings, cardinals, knights, and judges. Though she counted many luminaries among her relatives, her family tree also featured some seriously disturbed kin. One of her uncles instructed her in Satanism, while her aunt taught her all about sadomasochism. At the age of 15, Bathory was married to Count Nadady, and the couple settled into Csejthe Castle. To please his wife, her husband reportedly built a torture chamber to her specifications.

Bathory’s torture included jamming pins and needles under the fingernails of her servant girls, and tying them down, smearing them with honey, and leaving them to be attacked by bees and ants. Although the count participated in his wife’s cruelties, he may have also restrained her impulses; when he died in the early 1600s, she became much worse. With the help of her former nurse, Ilona Joo, and local witch Dorotta Szentes, Bathory began abducting peasant girls to torture and kill. She often bit chunks of flesh from her victims, and one unfortunate girl was even forced to cook and eat her own flesh. Bathory reportedly believed that human blood would keep her looking young and healthy.

Erzsebet Bathory, known more commonly in the Western world by the anglicised name Elizabeth, was born August 7th, 1560, the daughter of Baron George Bathory and Baroness Anna Bathory. George and Anna were both Bathorys by birth; he a member of the Ecsed branch of the family and of the Somlyo. Such inbreeding was not uncommon in the aristocracy of 16th Century Eastern Europe, as the purity of the noble line was seen as paramount.

Elizabeth is reported to have been a good wife in her husband’s presence, but Ferenc was a warrior by nature, and frequently absent. To occupy her time she is said to have taken numerous young men as lovers. She even ran away with one of these, but returned after a very short time to her husband. She also spent time visiting her aunt, noted at the time for her open bisexuality, and contemporary reports seem to consider Elizabeth’s sexual ambivalence to be an integral part of her overall perversion.

After ten years of marriage Elizabeth finally gave her husband children; three daughters and at last a son, delivered in quick succession from 1585 onwards. By all reports, Elizabeth was an excellent and doting mother.

A painting of the macacre court of Elizabeth bathory also known as the Blood CountessIt was in her husband’s absence that Elizabeth is reputed to have begun torturing young servant girls for her own pleasure, although this may in fact have been a pastime to which Ferenc himself introduced her to. Her accomplices at this time were Helena Jo, her childrens’ wet-nurse, Dorothea Szentes, also known as Dorka, a peasant woman of noted physical strength alleged to be a witch, and Johannes Ujvary, also referred to as Ficzko, a manservant sometimes described as a dwarf-like cripple. Among the activities attributed to Elizabeth in this period were beating her maidservants with a barbed lash and a heavy cudgel, and having them dragged naked into the snow and doused with cold water until they froze to death.

In January 1604, Ferenc Nadasdy died of an infected wound, reportedly inflicted by a harlot whom he refused to pay. Elizabeth transferred herself to the royal court at Vienna with almost unseemly haste, and took to spending much time at her castle at Cachtice (pronounced Chakh-teetsay) in north-west Hungary (now Slovakia). Here she took up with Anna Darvula, described as the most active sadist in her entourage, and, like Dorka, alleged to be a witch. Darvula was also said to be Elizabeth’s lover. This was the period in which Elizabeth is said to have committed her greatest atrocities, under the guidance of Darvula.

It is also at this time that legend tells us that she discovered, on striking a servant girl who accidentally pulled her hair whilst combing it, that blood appeared to reduce the signs of ageing on her skin. Elizabeth’s proclivities went largely undetected – or at least ignored – until around 1609. In fact the Lord Palatine of Hungary, Count Cuyorgy Thurzo, probably knew of her activities much earlier. He was her cousin however, and to protect the family name took no official action, although he may have tried to have Elizabeth confined to a nunnery. In 1609 however, Darvula died, and Elizabeth seems to have taken up with a new accomplice/lover, the widow of one of her tenant farmers, named Erszi Majorova, and it was perhaps at Erszi’s instigation or encouragement that Elizabeth turned her hand against a number of girls from families of noble blood but little wealth.

The deaths of peasant girls might be overlooked, but the murder of nobles, even those of such limited means as those Elizabeth selected, could not go unnoticed. The King of Hungary ordered her arrest, and Count Thurzo moved quickly to save the family as much face as possible by affecting her capture on his own terms. On 30 December he led soldiers in a night raid on Castle Cachtice; as it was Christmas, the Hungarian Parliament would not have been in session, allowing the Lord Palatine to act unhindered. This raid supposedly found a dead girl in the hallway, and many other victims dead, dying or awaiting torture in cells. Dorothea, Helena and Ficzko were arrested, along with Katarina Beneczky, a washerwoman newly entered into the Countess’ service. Erszi Majorova escaped capture in the raid but was later also arrested. Elizabeth herself was held but not taken away with her associates.

In January 1611 Elizabeth’s accomplices were subjected to two hurried show trials, in which they gave evidence, almost certainly extracted under torture, and were convicted of their heinous crimes in a matter of days. In the second trial, another servant named as Zusanna gave evidence of the existence of a register, in her mistress’ handwriting, which recorded over 650 victims who had died at the Countess’ hands over the years. This evidence was shaky as the register was never actually produced, but it was enough to convict the servants.

Helena Jo and Dorothea Szentes were named as the foremost perpetrators and sentenced, as witches, to have the fingers which had ‘dipped in the blood of Christians’ torn out with red-hot pincers, and then to be burned alive. As a lesser offender, Ficzko was decapitated before his body was burned alongside the two women. On 24 January, Erszi Majorova was also sentenced and executed. Of those tried, only Katarina Beneczky escaped the death sentence, exonerated by her fellow defendants and also by the testimony of Zusanna.

The ruins of Castle CachticeElizabeth Bathory was present at neither trial, and was convicted of no crime. However, when she attempted to flee, her cousin had her confined to the castle at Cachtice, although her family stubbornly refused the King’s demands that she be tried for her crimes. While he was probably shocked by the extent of the Countess’ deeds, the King’s desire for justice was almost certainly in part due to a large debt incurred against Ferenc in his lifetime. Elizabeth’s conviction would have allowed the King to not only write off that debt, but also to seize the Nadasdy lands, and those held by Elizabeth as a Bathory. Consequently, the Bathorys must have brought all of their considerable influence to bear to keep that from happening.

From the Horse’s Mouth – Testimony of Elizabeth Bathory’s Crimes

The following are examples of the testimony of the servants recorded at the trial of Elizabeth’s accomplices.

… a 12-year-old girl named Pola somehow managed to escape from the castle. But Dorka, aided by Helena Jo, caught the frightened girl by surprise and brought her forcibly back to Cachtice Castle. Clad only in a long white robe, Countess Elizabeth greeted the girl upon her return. The countess was in another of her rages. She advanced on the 12-year-old child and forced her into a kind of cage. This particular cage was built like a huge ball, too narrow to sit in, too low to stand in. Once the girl was inside, the cage was suddenly hauled up by a pulley and dozens of short spikes jutted into the cage. Pola tried to avoid being caught on the spikes, but Ficzko manoeuvered the ropes so that the cage shifted from side to side. Pola’s flesh was torn to pieces.

One accomplice testified that on some days Elizabeth had stark-naked girls laid flat on the floor of her bedroom and tortured them so much that one could scoop up the blood by the pailful afterwards, and so Elizabeth had her servants bring up cinders in order to cover the pools of blood. A young maid-servant who did not endure the tortures well and died very quickly was written out by the countess in her diary with the laconic comment ‘She was too small…’

At one point in her life Elizabeth Bathory was so sick that she could not move from her bed and could not find the strength to torture her miscreant servant girls… She demanded that one of her female servants be brought before her. Dorothea Szentes, a burly, strong peasant woman, dragged one of Elizabeth’s girls to her bedside and held her there. Elizabeth rose up on her bed, and, like a bulldog, the Countess opened her mouth and bit the girl first on the cheek. Then she went for the girl’s shoulders where she ripped out a piece of flesh with her teeth. After that, Elizabeth proceeded to bite the girl’s breasts.

– From Dracula was a Woman McNally, R The Fate Of Elizabeth Bathory Close up of the tower that ELizabeth's badroom was in & where is walled in for punishmentAlthough she was never convicted of any crime, Elizabeth Bathory’s family declared her a menace to their name, and she was walled up within her bed chamber, with only small slits for ventilation and the passing of food left open. After three years, a guard looking through one of the slots saw the infamous Blood Countess lying face down on the floor of her chamber, dead.

Elizabeth died in Castle Cachtice on 21 August, 1614. The bulk of her estate was divided, according to her will, between her children. She was taken from the castle and buried at her birthplace at Ecsed. She was to have been buried at Cachtice, but the local populace would not hear of such a woman being interred in their parish, let alone on consecrated ground. While the views of the peasantry would have been of little matter, it would perhaps be feared that Elizabeth’s grave would be desecrated, bringing further insult upon the family name.

From an article intitled: “Elizabeth Bathory – the Blood Countess”
wriiten by Mr. Prophet and originally posted at

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