The Pottinger Ultimatum: The Road to The Takedown of Jeffrey Epstein

By Johnny Vedmore via NEWSPASTE Original

J. Stanley Pottinger, one of the lead lawyers representing victims of Jeffrey Epstein, was directly involved in covering up Watergate; the assassination of MLK; the Kent State Massacre, and he played a vital part in the stand-off at Wounded Knee; the case of Orlando Letelier & CIA domestic surveillance; Iran-Contra; and the October Surprise. He had shared an office with Epstein, run arms with him, and he had even lived 500 metres away from Epstein’s Florida house from Hell. Prepare to see the Epstein case in a completely different way, welcome to the Pottinger Ultimatum.

In March 2005, the first official police investigation of Jeffrey Epstein began in Florida after a family of a 14-year-old girl reported that she had been molested at his Palm Beach residence. However, the police investigation wasn’t a surprise to Epstein and his inner circle. In fact, Epstein was already aware of multiple accusations surfacing against him and his high profile trips with former-President Clinton in 2002 had assured his fate. Epstein’s cover had been blown wide-open for the first time and led to him receiving a slew of unwanted media attention. Epstein later reportedly told a friend that same year:

“If my ultimate goal was to stay private, traveling with Clinton was a bad move on the chessboard. I recognize that now. But you know what? Even Kasparov makes them. You move on.”

In 2005, as the Epstein cartel learned their operation could no longer stay hidden, a clear and obvious ultimatum formed: If Epstein took no action, the consequences would be dire.

For over a decade, Epstein had molested and raped girls systematically at his various residences. On average, young girls were presented to Epstein 2 to 3 times every day. If those numbers are even close to accurate, then Jeffrey Epstein alone was guilty of more than 8000 separate counts of sexual assault on largely underage victims. His vast wealth had allowed him to offend at a scale which was truly shocking. On top of that, if Epstein had been held to account for his many crimes, then this would have consequences for his extremely powerful associates, too.

Over the years which followed the initial police investigation, a plan was put into action which saw Jeffrey Epstein’s network take control of, not only his own legal team, but also most of the legal team who represented Epstein’s many victims. When Epstein was first convicted, he infiltrated every level of authority, legal team and essentially took control of every stage of the process. By the time he was “incarcerated” his cell door was routinely being left unlocked and, even though he was supposedly being punished for the sexual assault of minors, he was essentially allowed to continue with business as usual. When he was arrested again in 2019, Jeffrey Epstein had not only formed his own defence, in fact, he was also forming the prosecution’s case against himself, too.

By 2014, John Stanley Pottinger was ready to come out of relative retirement for one last job.

The Fourth Act of Stanley Pottinger

After leaving the Justice Department, J. Stanley Pottinger assisted Chemical Bank in identifying and obscuring their previous risky business practices. He headed up Mead’s legal team as they resisted a takeover from Dr. Armand Hammer’s Occidental Petroleum. In 1980, he was in court defending an arms smuggler who was reportedly working on behalf of the CIA while, in that very same year, Pottinger himself was also to become a CIA-backed arms smuggler. During the same year, he was also assisting high ranking CIA officials to organise the October Surprise, which helped swing the US presidential elections in favour of Pottinger’s very close friend George H. W. Bush.

Officially, Pottinger had practised law in Washington, D.C., until 1981, when he supposedly left the law firm of Troy, Malin and Pottinger to become an investment banker in New York City. It is here where Pottinger claims to have accrued most of his wealth, although, as we will discover in this article, how he actually made his money during this period is questionable. Whether Pottinger had really made his money in banking, or whether he was instead compensated in some other way for his central role in organizing Iran-Contra and the October Surprise has never been investigated properly.

During the same year in which J. Stanley Pottinger broke up with his long-term CIA-affiliated partner, faux-feminista, Gloria Steinem, he began to play the field for a while before eventually laying low in Mexico. But by the late 1980s, Pottinger’s friend sat in the highest office in the land and, with President George H. W. Bush in charge, he no longer appeared to fear prosecution for any of his high level intelligence activity, his arms dealing, or for his manipulation of an American election.

It is noted on an archived version of Pottinger’s official website that by the late 1980s, he was also forming new affiliations with various powerful interest groups. His biography concerning this period states that in 1987 Pottinger became a trustee of the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights while also serving as a member of the United Nations Association’s Advisory Committee for Multilateral Projects, although the details of that specific UN project appear hard to come by. Pottinger’s own website also makes note of his work as a consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation.

If we skip forward a little to the mid-1990s, we discover Pottinger had entered, what a syndicated Washington Post article by Paula Span called, a “fourth act.” In an article entitled: “Here’s a Man Who Can Honestly Say He’s Done It All,” Span states:

“He was a Washington Creature in his 30s, a powerful official in the Nixon and Ford administrations and lightning rod who went on to be a Washington lawyer. He was a Manhattan fixture in his 40s, an investment banker and guest at the swellest small dinner parties. Now 55 and silver-haired, looking quite at ease with jeans-and-sweaters existence in this quiet sky-lighted house on a lake, he’s jumped the tracks successfully once again.”

Span’s article announced a new stage in the life and career of J. Stanley Pottinger as he became a best selling author with his first jaunt into the world of fiction writing being a “medico-political thriller” entitled The Fourth Procedure. It was clear that Pottinger was entering a much more comfortable and relaxed pace generally. The latter piece paints a distinct picture of the new Pottinger:

“A successful writing life has just got to be the best,” he says, happily propping his feet on a coffee table and going on about the pleasures of research and the fact that one can write just about anywhere. “It’s more mobile than painting. Easier than photography, less equipment! I think it’s a great life. I hope I’m able to sustain it; if not, I’ll have to consider alternatives.”

The article also quotes Warren Dennis, a former Justice Department colleague and law partner of Pottinger as saying:

“He [Pottinger] reinvents himself every few years. But his ability to land on his feet and turn in a stellar performance is unusual… He has a golden touch.”

What the article doesn’t mention about Warren Dennis is that he was at that time a member of the Anti-Defamation League. Warren Dennis was also still a practising attorney during the mid-1990s, but for a very special group of former-government employees, as mentioned in a 1998 CNN article entitled, “For Secret Service, Proximity Is The Issue,” by Bruce Morton, which states:

“The agent is put out of the car on the next ride, and out of the car on the next ride,” says Warren Dennis, an attorney for former Secret Service agents. “And in the future, between now and five years from now, if you have enough hundreds of incidents when the agent is put out of the car or asked to step away from proximity, we will have an assassinated president.”

Like Pottinger, Dennis had handled some very sensitive cases after leaving the Justice Department. He helped to design and implement bank examiner training and compliance programs for the federal bank regulatory agencies, but his main focus was representing former members of the Secret Service. In fact, Dennis had represented the Director of the United States Secret Service in connection with the Grand Jury investigation into the impeachment of the President.

His very original role saw him serve as “counsel to every living former head of the Presidential Protection Division of the Secret Service with respect to the question of a Secret Service Protective Privilege in those same proceedings.” What’s intriguing in relation to this case is that Warren also served as outside counsel to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), which had been established by congress as a “law enforcement clearing-house” to coordinate efforts to rescue missing and abused children throughout America.

The aforementioned Span interview had taken place in Pottinger’s New York home located in Westchester County, a property on Twin Lakes Road in South Salem and an address which continues to be Pottinger’s base of operations. Pottinger had bought the Twin Lakes property from Robert Fox in 1989 for $675,000, but that wasn’t the only property he purchased around this time.

Pottinger also purchased another property in July 1990 for the much pricier sum of $2.5 million at 616 Island Drive in a subdivision in Palm Beach from a couple named Gregory and Janice Holloway. All the homes within the vicinity of Pottinger’s new Palm Beach residence had been erected in the early 1950s, including the home of Jeffrey Epstein at the infamous 358 El Brillo Way, only 500 metres away from Pottinger’s residence, and which also cost $2.5 million to purchase.

Epstein also moved into his Palm Beach residence in 1990, leaving Jeffrey Epstein and Stanley Pottinger as close neighbours. In fact, Pottinger and Epstein’s Palm Beach properties had also been advertised by Martha A. Gottfried Inc. which listed both 358 El Brillo Way and 616 Island Drive as open houses on 4 March 1990 in the Sunday edition of the Palm Beach Daily News. However, only a month later Kathy Shapiro was listed as the representative to contact to view Epstein’s future Palm Beach residence and the property was now listed as being offered by Sotheby’s International Realty.

This may explain how Epstein first found the property as this occurred while Les Wexner was on the board of Sotheby’s auction house. It should be noted that Epstein eventually received a markedly discounted price—$750,000 off the original price—for the Palm Beach property with the original listing price as $3.25 million. Epstein’s House was designed by architect John Volk who had coincidently also designed much of George Huntington Hartford’s Paradise Island, a man who I once described as “The Original Jeffrey Epstein”. Volk died in 1984 but had designed 2,000 projects over his career and his legacy was kept alive by his wife Jane.

Whereas Epstein’s El Brillo Way property was sold by Sotheby’s, Pottinger’s future Palm Beach Home, described as a “sensational new waterfront regency with dock on the prestigious Everglades Island” was instead eventually being offered by J. Richard Allison, Associates and Rita Whitley, Associates. Pottinger also didn’t get as much of a reduction on his $2.5 Palm Beach home which was being offered for $2.95 million when it had its last open house advertisement run on 22 July 1990. Four days after that last open house viewing, John Stanley Pottinger filed company information for Colt Communications, Inc, which he registered at 616 Island Drive, backdating the allocation of the property as the company HQ to the 22 July 1990.

If one was to believe that this was the first time J. Stanley Pottinger had been in close proximity to Jeffrey E. Epstein, you’d be wrong. Their previous dealings included smuggling illegal arms as part of the Iran-Contra scandal as well as Pottinger’s claim to have shared an office with Epstein while they both working in investment banking, which we’ll learn about more later in this article. It should also be taken into consideration that the supposed “sharing of an office” could simply be a cover story for some part of the organisational process behind the Iran-Contra affair.

Pottinger now had two homes, a lake house to work from and a luxury Palm Beach property in among the rich and powerful elites. By 1995, Stanley Pottinger had spent five years learning to write fiction novels as an obvious antidote to his mundane retirement and, after his first release became a bestseller, he appeared on the Charlie Rose show to promote his new career path. The year after Pottinger became a best-selling author, his mother Eleanor Chittenden passed away at the age of 84. The Dayton News article announcing Eleanor Chittenden’s death also makes note of Stanley’s wayward brother who had once trafficked an under age girl across state lines for sex, David F. Pottinger, as being based in Hawaii during this period.

Random House’s Ballantine Books published The Fourth Procedure in April 1995, with the novel being translated to ten foreign languages. The book found its place on all the US hard-cover best seller lists, including that of the New York Times. Pottinger had always seemed comfortable as a writer. He had previously written articles for Barrister Magazine, Change Magazine, Journal of the American Institute of Planners, the California Law Review, Self Magazine, as well as the New York Times. It should also be noted that, for many of the Nixonian-era’s political elite, writing fiction had already become second-nature.

Pottinger’s literary career had gotten off to a flying start and his second novel, A Slow Burning, was published in hard-cover by Dutton in March of 2000 and soft-cover in July 2001. He was to follow-up with a third novel, The Final Procedure, in 2002, The Last Nazi, in 2003, and his final work of fiction, The Boss, was originally released in 2005, and republished again in 2006.

In 2005, Bob Woodward, one of the original Washington Post journalists to unravel large parts of the Watergate scandal, released his own book. In “The Secret Man” Woodward doesn’t only reveal the identity of the Washington Post’s main source—known as “Deep Throat,”—for Watergate as being the former-FBI’s Deputy Director W. Mark Felt, he also explained Pottinger’s vital role in hiding this information. Woodward explains that in 1976, the then Assistant Attorney General Stanley Pottinger had revealed to him that Felt had given his secret identity away while testifying before a grand jury. The Washington Post reported in June 2005 that:

“Asked, “Were you deep throat?” Felt initially said, “No,” but his stunned look alerted Pottinger to the possibility that he was lying.”

The same article also states:

“In that grand jury proceeding, Woodward writes, Pottinger quietly reminded Felt that he was under oath. He then offered to withdraw the question as irrelevant to the subject of investigation, which was illegal break-ins conducted by the FBI in pursuit of anti-war radicals from the Weather Underground. Felt quickly accepted the offer. Pottinger told Woodward, who didn’t confirm or deny his conclusion, that he would keep his knowledge to himself. “To his credit,” Woodward writes, he did just that.” “Deepthroat” character was central to controlling the narrative concerning Watergate (Clip from All the Presidents Men)

Pottinger was a company man, he knew how to keep secrets, he also knew when to not ask questions, and in this case, he even knew to withdraw a certain question from the public record so as to maintain hidden relationships and to protect other company men.

Coincidently, in October 2005, Stanley Pottinger was noted as mingling with a different J. Epstein in a short article in the Daily News, entitled, “Safe Harbour in the Storm,” which states:

“Friends of Judy Miller – writer Marie Brenner, novelist and former federal prosecutor Stanley Pottinger, retiring Time Inc. editor in chief Norman Pearlstine and their respective spouses and date – supped with the embattled New York Times reporter and her husband, Jason Epstein, at 11 Madison Wednesday night. Lowdown spies said the merry group didn’t chew on Miller’s troubles, including the public pounding she has been taking from her own newspaper.”

Soon after, the name Epstein was to become Pottinger’s only focus of attention. In fact, as Pottinger was releasing ‘The Boss,’ another event was about to happen which was, years later, to drag Pottinger out of the dull semi-retirement of a bestselling author and fling him back into the role of a legal eagle within the proverbial spotlight. The sexual allegations against Jeffrey Epstein first began being investigated in 2005 and he was initially arrested in July 2006 after a grand jury indicted him on a single count of soliciting prostitution.

Over a year after Epstein’s initial arrest, a benefit for the Woodruff Family Fund was being held in New York during November 2007 to honour wounded US service members. The fund had been setup after ABC’s Bob Woodruff had nearly been killed by a roadside bomb while he had been working in Iraq the year prior.

Bruce Springsteen, Robin Williams and Conan O’Brien were some of the stars there to entertain the crowd, the Asbury Park Press reported on 9 November, stating:

“The audience included celebrities like Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central and former “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini, and a large number of military personnel and their families. One father was especially happy – his son, a Marine, was returning home the next day. “To see New Yorkers turn out like this for the military is really touching,” said Stan Pottinger, whose son Matt just finished a tour in Iraq’s Anbar province.”

J. Stanley Pottinger was now becoming known as plain old “Stan” and his son Matthew Pottinger was looking to follow in his fathers footsteps, heading towards a career in intelligence.

Stan Pottinger. Super Spy.

It was to be one of the biggest intelligence-linked cases in history which eventually dragged Stanley Pottinger out of his comfortable retirement, although when and how this happened, and which individuals initiated Pottinger’s involvement in the Epstein case isn’t clear. However, by 2014, Stanley Pottinger, agent of the Central Intelligence Agency, began to approach a specific legal team representing victims of Jeffrey Epstein. In Brad Edwards book, Relentless Pursuit, he talks about his relationship with Stanley Pottinger. Edwards has acted as the central legal representation for some of the most well known Epstein victims and what he describes is the forming of a cat-and-mouse alliance, which led him to becoming more and more paranoid as the situation developed.

Bizarrely, in his book, Edward’s openly paints Pottinger as a CIA super spy, to an extent which leaves the reader in no doubt that Edward’s knew Stanley Pottinger was a CIA agent almost immediately. When recalling his first encounter with J. Stanley Pottinger, Edwards writes:

“I was at home in bed at eleven thirty on a Friday night when my phone rang. As soon as I said hello, the voice on the other end went into a windup that eventually became familiar. “Let me introduce myself,” the caller said. “My name is Stan Pottinger. I’m sure you get a lot of crazy calls about this subject matter—Jeffrey Epstein—but hear me out. I have a civil rights practice in New York. Before that, I was the assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department in Washington. In addition to my own current work, I sometimes work on cases with David Boies. I’ve been contacted to represent one of the victims of Jeffrey Epstein and have told David about it. We understand that you’re the expert and we don’t want to reinvent the wheel. I’m calling to see if it makes sense to work together.”

David Boies, the man who Pottinger refers to, is one of the most prominent solicitors in America. His firm, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, was founded in 1997 and since it’s formation has been involved in extremely significant cases including some very famous faces. Between 1991 and 1993, David Boies had worked for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) where the Boies Schiller Flexner website explains that he was responsible for “recovering $1.2 billion from companies who sold junk bonds to failed savings and loan associations”. of Michael Milken and how he financed some of the biggest corporate raids during the 1980’s.

What his official website fails to mention is the case which he was charged with investigating while he was at the FDIC. Drexel Burnham Lambert Group (DBL), under the leadership of Michael Milken, had dealt in junk bonds and by the time Boies was employed to begin investigating, Milken had already pleaded guilty to six felony charges and agreed to pay $400 million in restitution. In fact, the FDIC and the Resolution Trust Corporation—an agency managed by the FDIC which was created by Congress the previous year to sell or merge hundreds of failed savings associations related to DBL collapse – were believed to be among the largest creditors in the DBL bankruptcy.

It was at the end of the last millennium when Boies made his name, when he served as Special Trial Counsel for the United States Department of Justice in its antitrust suit against Microsoft. This was then followed by one of the biggest and most important court cases in history relating to the US election in 2000. Boies served as the lead counsel representing Al Gore while he was legally challenging the Florida vote count in the infamous case involving “hanging chads” which eventually saw George W. Bush take office.

Boies had become a trusted lawyer for the Establishment and, even though he was representing some of the victims of Jeffrey Epstein, he still decided to represent Harvey Weinstein when the movie mogul was accused of various sexual assaults. Weinstein hadn’t only employed Boies to defend him, he had also hired out the Unit 8200-linked private Israeli intelligence firm Black Cube, whose primary objectives, as the New York times reported was providing “intelligence which will help the client’s efforts to completely stop the publication of a new negative article in a leading NY Newspaper” and obtaining content from a book that was to include “harmful, negative information on and about the client.” The episode was reported in a 2017 New Yorker article which stated:

“On July 11, 2017, Harvey Weinstein’s attorney David Boies, of the law firm Boies Schiller Flexner, LLP, signed a contract with Black Cube, an Israeli private-intelligence agency operated by former members of Israel’s Mossad intelligence service. The contract describes Black Cube’s tactics and goals in its work for the client, identified in other documents as Weinstein. The firm’s first objective, as stated in the contract, was to uncover information that would help stop the publication of a new, negative newspaper story, which sources said was a New York Times story focussed on sexual-misconduct allegations against Weinstein. Its second objective was to obtain a manuscript of a book that sources identified as the memoir of the actress Rose McGowan, who had accused Weinstein of rape.”

Harvey Weinstein was certainly not the only sensitive and controversial client who Boies took on. In fact, Boies’s name also came up during the Hunter Biden laptop scandal. The New York Post reported Biden and Boies’ business dealings in an article from 2 December 2022 entitled: “Hunter Biden’s former law firm received $10M in forgiven COVID loans while donating $1M to Dems“. The article points out that Hunter Biden, the disgraced son of President Joe Biden, was at one time employed by Boies Schiller Flexner, with reporter, Miranda Devine, also mentioning that David Boies is a “longtime Joe Biden donor.” A former partner at Boies Schiller Flexner, Hampton Dellinger, was also tipped to lead the Justice Department’s policy office in 2021, and, like Stanley Pottinger himself, Dellinger was rewarded with a position as Assistant Attorney General.

Boies had been heavily involved in the Theranos scandal, too. Theranos Inc. had been sold to investors and customers as a breakthrough technology company which was founded in 2003 by a 19-year-old named Elizabeth Holmes. The company claimed to have devised blood tests that required a very small amount of blood and that tests on samples could be performed rapidly and accurately. However, they were false claims and, in May 2018, Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou had exposed the scandal while he also claimed David Boies used thuggish tactics. Although Boies rejected the last claim, he did state that:

“Over all, his reporting on Theranos was excellent.”

But when the Theranos scandal did break, Boies didn’t only become the lead legal counsel for the company, he also joined their board of directors, a move which saw accusations of conflicts of interest. In a 2016 article entitled David Boies’s Dual Roles at Theranos Set Up Conflict, the author explains:

“Depending on what unfolds at Theranos, Mr. Boies may be put in a position where he either has to protect the company (as its lawyer) or the shareholders (as a director).”

Why Boies would make such an unusual decision to risk creating a conflict of interest while he represented Theranos may only make sense when you examine those who sat on the company’s board. As the latter New York Times article goes on to say:

“Mr. Boies, of course, is no expert in blood testing technology. But in evaluating the firm’s technology, he will get little to no help from his fellow board members. Before the first Journal article appeared, the board of Theranos had no outside scientific experience. It consisted mainly of statesmen, including two former senators and even Henry Kissinger.” Carreyrou talks about David Boies and his teams intimidation while he investigated the Theranos affair

At this point, Stanley Pottinger was not officially on the books at David Boies legal firm, however, as we will learn, as Edwards puts it Pottinger was being used “as David Boies’s personal 007”. Whether Edwards had any idea of Pottinger’s previous intelligence connections remains unclear until later in his book. There was one fact that was becoming very clear however, Pottinger’s desire to be involved in Epstein’s case. Edwards again talks about the second conversation he had with Pottinger, writing:

“On our second late-night call, Stan thanked me for my help and told me that if anything ever came up, he would like to work with me and said David Boies would, too. He then asked me if I had anything else in the works against Epstein, so I told him a little bit about the current status of the CVRA case. This led to a long conversation about the breadth of the criminal enterprise headed by Jeffrey Epstein and my ultimate goal to overturn Epstein’s non-prosecution agreement with the feds [sic]. He then reminded me that he was the former U.S. assistant attorney general and that David and his law firm were well regarded by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York and around the country. He said, “What you’re doing is admirable. Your goal is to get Epstein prosecuted. But rather than try to undo this bad deal”—referring to the NPA—“isn’t there anyone you represent who has traveled on Epstein’s plane or been abused at any of his other locations?” I found the question unnerving, especially given the timing of his call and my current talks with Virginia. I’m admittedly quick to be suspicious, but my mind was racing.”

The language Brad Edwards uses to describe Pottinger’s behaviour throughout his book is exceedingly odd. He uses such terminology as I found the question unnerving” and that it set off a bunch of suspicions and his choice of phrasing gets even more astonishing later on. In fact, it was very clear by Brad Edwards’ own recollection of events that he believed Pottinger’s involvement signified something else. For whatever reason, Edwards didn’t hide his concerns when he wrote his book:

“Was Stan working with Epstein? Was David? Had Epstein tagged Virginia’s passport in order to receive a ping from the Justice Department if she ever entered the country? Despite these thoughts, which were a bit frantic, I told Stan that I had recently been contacted by Virginia Roberts and divulged parts of her story that had already been made public. But nothing else. A couple of days passed, and Stan called again. “David and I would like to meet with you. How soon can you fly to New York?” I gave him a proposed itinerary. He told me to call him when I landed, and he would tell me where to meet them. Waiting until the last minute to figure out where to have lunch is not an unusual thing for people to do in New York, but given my lurking suspicions, I found it odd. It smelled like an Epstein setup.”

In context to the series you’re currently reading, Brad Edwards appears to have recognised that Stanley Pottinger and David Boies could both be serious intelligence assets. He also claims to have attempted to take precautions by buying a “specialized recording device that looked like a USB flash drive” from a local spy shop in Fort Lauderdale. Some may ask why Edwards believed that it was necessary to take such measures to protect himself, but he soon explains that he had already discovered a connection linking David Boies with Jeffrey Epstein:

“Thinking that I was headed for a setup, I tried to remember any connections I was aware of between Jeffrey Epstein and his friends that might have tied him to David Boies’s law firm. I looked through Alfredo Rodriguez’s journal and couldn’t find David. Next, I reviewed copies of the message pads that had been confiscated from the trash pulls at Epstein’s house. I paged through calls from former national security advisor Sandy Berger, former United States senator George Mitchell, and movie producer Harvey Weinstein (more than a decade before he would be arrested on rape charges). I continued flipping through the messages and then, there it was—a call from David Boies. According to a message pad, he had called Jeffrey Epstein’s house on February 25, 2005. There was no message associated with the call, only a handwritten note that someone named David Boies had personally called and left his cell phone number, asking that Jeffrey call him back. Was this a benign thing? A return business call to a business call placed by Epstein? Or was he, as I feared, Epstein’s lawyer? A spy? There was only one way to find out.”

Although Brad Edwards had researched Pottinger a little, he had only gleaned the basics. Edwards was clearly concerned that he was actually embroiled in an intelligence-linked operation of some kind. Throughout his recollection of the events, Edwards points at the obvious discrepancies in Boies’ and Pottinger’s stories, however, he continues to meet with them regardless of his various stated concerns. In fact, the one extremely notable point about Brad Edwards’ constant suspicions is that his supposed never seem to stop him becoming further embroiled with Pottinger and Boies. For any on reading Edwards’ recollection of events, the string of bizarre encounters with staggering coincidences he describes becomes almost farcical. Edwards speaks about Relentless Pursuit

Together, Pottinger and Boies had multiple significant connections to Jeffrey Epstein that Edwards himself chose to ignore. At this meeting, Pottinger was also to make a stunning admission about a relatively unknown connection between himself and Jeffrey Epstein. Edwards writes:

“I spent most of the lunch interrogating Stan about his past and present, making him comfortable, until he volunteered that he had known Epstein. He had worked with him briefly many years before. Really? Stan explained that after he’d left the Justice Department in Washington, he’d worked as an investment banker in New York, where a client introduced him to Epstein. They were not in the same firm, but the two of them had shared an office for a few weeks. He may have thought he was being candid and forthcoming, but all it did was ramp up my suspicions.”

The story of Pottinger and Epstein sharing an office at an investment bank during the early 1980s may be a very cosy story to hide a much more sinister truth. It must be taken into consideration that during the early 1980s, Pottinger and Epstein were both involved in arms smuggling to Iran on behalf of intelligence agencies alongside Cyrus Hashemi and Adnan Khashoggi. This is also the same period in time when Pottinger suddenly accrued the majority of his wealth. There may be significant questions to be asked about how Pottinger made his millions. The revelation that Pottinger and Epstein “shared an office” should already have peaked Edwards’ concerns, but instead of leaving the meeting there, he was treated to another twist in the tale:

“I asked if David knew Jeffrey, and Stan said as far as he knew, the answer was no. At this point, Stan really wasn’t doing anything to dispel my concerns, since I knew that in the past David had left a private message for Jeffrey to call him. Stan wanted to talk about Epstein, but I delayed that. When we finished eating, I told Stan it didn’t make much sense for me to explain things twice, once to him and once to David, so why didn’t we ask David to come join us? Stan suggested instead that we go to David’s office. I got my backpack and we jumped in a cab to 575 Lexington Avenue. But this merely raised another red flag. David’s office was in the same building as Jeffrey Epstein’s main attorney Darren Indyke’s office.”

Edwards claims to have been suspicious about Pottinger from almost the get-go, but if that were true, how many coincidences was it going to take before he stopped building on their relationship? Boies was based in the same building as Epstein’s lawyers, he was also in confirmed contact with Epstein in 2005, Pottinger had admitted once sharing an office with Epstein. All these connections should have set off serious alarms for Brad Edwards, and he claims they did, yet he relentlessly continues to strengthen their relationship. Edwards was being welcomed into a very exclusive club, and he wasn’t turning around, regardless of the many significant and obvious conflicts of interest.

Brad Edwards admitted in his book that he had been extremely suspicious of Pottinger, yet he was also clearly enamoured with his new friend Stan. Even though Edwards claims to have suspected Pottinger of both working for Epstein and being an intelligence operative, he still went into business with him:

“So I asked, “What do you think about the idea of us having a New York office and asking Stan Pottinger if he wants to be my law partner?” Both reacted almost immediately with reasons why they thought it would be a great fit. But look: Stan, in my view, was David Boies’s personal 007. Not that either of them would put it that way, but I did. I thought that there was a pretty good chance that my proposition could make Stan laugh—though he’d be too diplomatic to do that out loud. I mean, who was I kidding? But I didn’t have much time to game the idea. My old firm was winding down fast and I was trying to do a million things to get the new one started. It took Stan no time to say, “I’m in.” David Boies, he said, had told him long ago that forming a small firm had many appealing advantages and tempted virtually all lawyers at one time or another.”

Why Brad Edwards decided to write Relentless Pursuit is unclear. All throughout the book, he clearly identifies Pottinger as a probable intelligence agent and David Boies as being a likely ally of Jeffrey Epstein himself. Yet, he continued to forge a closer relationship with them to the point that he appears to be totally complicit.

Virginia Giuffre had reportedly first met Boies in 2014 via Pottinger’s introduction. On 7 July 2019, The Miami Herald ran a front-page story entitled, “Deshowitz vs. Boies: Epstein case brings renewed intensity to legal titans’ war,” speaks of an intense battle between two “super lawyers.” The article states:

“Pottinger, who represented Giuffre in 2014, said it was he who enlisted Boies to assist in her case because he predicted that Giuffre would become a target of vicious attacks by powerful and wealthy men she had identified as having sex with her under Epstein’s direction. She needed an aggressive lawyer, one who could stand up to the kind of pressure that they anticipated. Among those Pottinger mentions whom Giuffre claimed to have had sex with were Dershowitz and Les Wexner, an Ohio billionaire who is owner of the Limited Brands and Victoria’s Secrets clothing stores, according to Pottinger’s affidavit.”

Edwards recollection of events had described Pottinger as a freelance actor, or as “David Boies’s personal 007” if you will, it was clear that Pottinger and Boies had come as a pair. However, Pottinger’s version of events saw Boies as the one who was called in to help.

The Art of Spycraft

Brad Edwards also wrote of how impressed he was with the way Stan Pottinger communicated with the former-Epstein employee, Maria Farmer, when they first went to meet her together, with Edwards stating:

“That trip was really the beginning of my relationship with Stan. The way he asked questions of Maria and evaluated the evidence was impressive. It was very conversational. Before that trip, Stan and I had not spent much time talking beyond discussing the facts and strategy behind the various cases that had sprouted. I left Paducah impressed that David had sent someone as savvy as Stan to Kentucky, within hours, and even more impressed by Stan’s quick study of the situation.”

Stanley Pottinger still had a way with the ladies and Maria Farmer soon caught his eye. Farmer began a romantic relationship with Stan Pottinger which, according to multiple sources, lasted many years and was extremely complex. In fact, Maria Farmer was to play various roles in both the Epstein case and the life of J. Stanley Pottinger.

Maria Farmer has been widely touted as “the first victim to report Epstein to the FBI”, however, the FBI have so far not been able to produce any evidence of Farmer’s supposed report. Alongside claiming to be the first person to report Epstein’s operation to authorities, she has repeatedly claimed that Epstein and Maxwell embarked on a campaign to ruin her life and her career. In fact, Farmer makes many unfalsifiable claims about the Epstein case.

Maria Farmer has also spoken in detail about her dealings with journalist Vicky Ward who she describes as “an agent” and “the most evil person on the planet”. She claims that Ward originally interviewed her and her sister Annie about Epstein’s operation, with the intention to write an article which would expose Epstein’s crimes but instead, the article became a puff piece for the billionaire child trafficker.

On many occasions, Maria Farmer has stated clearly on a variety of platforms that she had been forced into hiding. She has told various podcasts that she feared for her life and that she was terrified of Epstein and Maxwell’s reach, as well as their many powerful associates and accomplices, including Eileen Guggenheim and Vicky Ward. However, not only was Farmer not in hiding, she was also publicising her art to the very people she was supposedly in hiding from. Farmer claims to have been forced into hiding where she was “alone for 25 years” and had to “change her name.” However, she had a Facebook, Twitter and continued using her own name.

On 11 October 2006, while she claims to have been hiding in a cabin in the woods in North Carolina, Maria Farmer was exhibiting her work at the New York Academy of Art’s annual “Take Home a Nude” benefit art auction to aid the Academy’s scholarships and educational programs. On the Benefit Committee for the latter event was the same Vicky Ward who was supposedly part of the reason why Maria Farmer decided that she needed to go into hiding in the first place. Also at the same event where Maria Farmer was exhibiting her work, was the person who apparently originally introduced Farmer to Epstein and Maxwell, Eileen Guggenheim. There were also some famous backers involved in the 2006 Take Home a Nude benefit, such as actor Liev Schreiber, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and even King Charles III.

In 2008, Farmer formed a business in North Carolina under her own name, Maria Kristine Farmer, and registered the company which was called Lysistrata LLC to 962 Kapps Mill Road in Dobson, NC. She stated on videos featured above that living in Kapps Mill was akin to “hiding in North Carolina, in the woods,” describing the region where she was based and the people who lived there as “very backward and really weird.” However, the Kapps Mill Estate, which was once an old gristmill, sits on 5.24 acres of picturesque countryside and Maria Farmer’s own website describes “a large stream w/waterfalls” which “runs through the property and offers plenty of fantastic views.”

While Maria Farmer claims to have been in hiding, she also maintained a Facebook account under her own name, along with a Twitter account, and even her own namesake website,, too. Farmer had claimed that she originally met Epstein and Maxwell when Eileen Guggenheim apparently forced her to sell a painting at a discounted price to the pair. Considering Farmer was apparently in fear of her life, some of the activity on her social media accounts in 2011 seems especially puzzling:

Regardless of when or how they first met, the available evidence suggests that, once recruited by Pottinger, Maria Farmer played a much more complex role than has previously been revealed. Between their initial meeting in 2016 and the takedown of Jeffrey Epstein in 2019, Maria Farmer was even employed by J. Stanley Pottinger and David Boies. In 2017, two profit making enterprises were created by Stan Pottinger, the Federal Anti-Fraud Enforcement LLC and Qui Tam Consultants LLC, both of which were registered at his Twin Lakes home in South Salem, New York. The Federal Anti-Fraud Enforcement LLC (FAE) even lists Maria Farmer on their website as their “Chief Administrator of Website Services”.

Registered to the FAE alongside Stanley Pottinger and Maria Farmer were David Boies, Brittany Henderson, Shanna Praga, Margaret Cassidy and John LaTemple. Farmer is noted on the FAE website as having “over 30 years of experience with research and intellectual property design” and she is also noted as the CEO of Matisse & Degas Atelier LLC. Farmer’s FAE profile page describes her as their “chief researcher and editor for online news and information” and the site states that her experience includes a previous role focused on “web research, design, editing and postings”.

It was in a court docket dated 16 April 2019, when Maria Farmer first began to be known as a witness and victim in the case against Jeffrey Epstein. Virginia L. Guiffre is listed as the plaintiff on Maria Farmer’s affidavit for Case 1:19-cv-03377-LAP’s, where long-time Epstein lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, is listed as the defendant. Farmer‘s affidavit isn’t very long and contains only 9 carefully worded statements, but the story she tells is very important for two reasons. Firstly, the evidence she gave directly implicated Alan Dershowitz, who was one of the star lawyers for Jeffrey Epstein’s legal counsel, in sexual activity involving school girls. Secondly, Farmer’s tale of being sexually assaulted by Epstein completely shatters an otherwise concrete criminal profile.

Epstein had been a notorious pedophile, targetting girls mainly within the age range of 13 and 18-years-old, whereas Maria Farmer was approaching her mid-20s during the alleged encounter. Farmer’s characterisation of the abuse she claims to have encountered is also not fitting with the wider criminal profile of both Epstein and Maxwell. In fact, with such a large array of evidence and testimony available, we are able to build up a very accurate criminal profile for Epstein, whose offending was very systematic.

In 2019, there was another bizarre twist in this already very complicated tale. In mid-September 2019, two New York Times journalists, Jake Bernstein and Emily Steel, were invited to the Manhattan offices of David Boies. Like with Brad Edwards when he originally met with Pottinger and Boies, Berstein and Steel were asked to leave their phones and laptops with security, and they were brought to meet a man who NPR later report as: “a hard-drinking, burly man who promised that he could link powerful politicians and globe-trotting luminaries to the late Jeffrey Epstein, the financier and sexual predator.” The man went by the name “Patrick Kessler” and appears to have been either a con artist or a plan setup by Pottinger and Boies to make a lot of money. Regardless, this stunt was all about to backfire spectacularly. Jeffrey Epstein, Blackmail and a Lucrative ‘Hot List’. Courtesy of The New York Times.

The man said that he was using the name “Patrick Kessler” as a pseudonym for his own protection, and claimed to have damning videos of prominent men engaging in sex acts with women and children at Epstein’s properties. Kessler apparently produced blurry stills of sex acts which he claimed were genuine, as proof. The aforementioned NPR article stated:

“But the informant [Kessler] appears to have been a fraud. And he has since vanished. Even so, he inspired an investigation by the Times not of Epstein, but of one of the country’s most famous lawyers. In a 5,400-word expose published on Nov. 30 and an hour long television show, the Times placed Boies at the center of a narrative that insinuates deceit and greed inside a morally corrupt legal system.”

Kessler had originally approached The Winchester Star in Virginia with the same story which the reporters recorded. On that occasion, Kessler told the Shenandoah Valley based journalists that he had consulted with a specific lawyer, so the reporters contacted the lawyer Kessler mentioned and soon the story began to unravel. One of the reporters later stated:

“When he did not show up a week later, I thought, ‘Well, this guy’s a crackpot or, you know, a fabulist,’ somebody who just likes to spin stories and just wasted our time,” says Winchester Star reporter Evan Goodenow. “And so I kind of dismissed it.”

However, the same man was seemingly able to hoodwink Pottinger and Boies with the same ruse. In the first meeting between the Times reporters and Kessler, both David Boies and J. Stanley Pottinger were present and “Stan the Man” was to play a central role in this debacle which threatened to undermine the entire Epstein case.

It should also be noted that, as with the fall out to Iran-Contra, four messages seeking comment were ignored by Pottinger. Before he vanished into thin air, Kessler shared more awkward information which Pottinger would have surely wanted to remain hidden. As the aforementioned NPR article stated:

“Kessler shared with the Times texts that Pottinger had sent in which he had drawn up a “hot list” of prominent men as possible targets. Boies was not copied on the exchanges. The Times wrote, “It seemed [to Kessler] like Mr. Boies and Mr. Pottinger were plotting to use his footage to demand huge sums from billionaires. He said it looked like blackmail.”

In fact, Pottinger suggests in the text messages that lawyers could make up to 40% of the money they negotiated through private settlements. David Folkenflik, the reporter for NPR also wrote:

“Pottinger confirmed the texts were authentic, the paper reported. Pottinger said he had been deceiving Kessler to get him to share what videos and other documentation he had against Epstein’s friends. Pottinger also told the paper he informed the FBI and a federal prosecutor about the material Kessler claimed to have.” Stanley Pottinger communicates with Patrick Kessler. Mock up by New York Times.

Pottinger and Boies were seemingly ready to make a lot of money from Kessler and the information he’d supply. However, Folkenflik later quotes what he describes as “the defining passage” of the New York Times article which originally broke the story, entitled, Jeffrey Epstein, Blackmail and a Lucrative ‘Hot List’, which reads:

“In the end, there would be no damning videos, no funds pouring into a new foundation. Mr. Boies and Mr. Pottinger would go from toasting Kessler as their “whistle-blower” and “informant” to torching him as a “fraudster” and a “spy.” Kessler was a liar, and he wouldn’t expose any sexual abuse. But he would reveal something else: The extraordinary, at times deceitful measures elite lawyers deployed in an effort to get evidence that could be used to win lucrative settlements — and keep misconduct hidden, allowing perpetrators to abuse again. Mr. Boies has publicly decried such secret deals as “rich man’s justice,” a way that powerful men buy their way out of legal and reputational jeopardy. This is how it works.”

Brad Edwards was actually the man to put Kessler in touch with Pottinger. The New York Times article also states:

“Mr. Pottinger recalled that Mr. Edwards warned him about Kessler, saying that he was “endearing,” “spooky” and “loves to drink like a fish.”

By all accounts, Pottinger made a concerted effort to befriend Kessler, even inviting him over to his apartment and presenting him with signed copies of his 2005 book, The Boss. Pottinger even signed Kessler’s copy, writing: “Here’s to the great work you are to do. Happy to be part of it.” Pottinger also drafted a contract for Kessler to bring him on as a client, with the agreement stating:

“For reasons revealed to you, I prefer to proceed with this engagement under the name Patrick Kessler.”

Soon, Kessler vanished and the affair blew up publicly in Boies’ and Pottinger’s faces. They had invited a fraudster into their midst, seemingly because of how lucrative it could be to essentially blackmail or surreptitiously influence the powerful men who abused the women they were meant to be representing. This was exactly the same kind of crimes which Epstein himself was renowned for committing.

Curiously, when the Daily Mail reported on the Kessler affair on 1 December 2019, they were of course distracted by the idea of a potential “hot list” emerging and the potential of video emerging which might show rich and powerful men engaging in sex acts. This salacious desire by the press to have tangible evidence of Epstein’s influence operation was fervent during 2019. The same Daily Mail also goes on to quote one of Pottinger’s ex-girlfriends, Epstein employee Maria Farmer as saying:

“The existence of tape[s] would support the theory that Epstein may have been blackmailing people who engaged in illegal behavior at his homes. Alleged victim Maria Farmer told CBS the late pedophile kept surveillance camera footage of some of the rooms inside his Manhattan mansion and that he stored it in a safe.”

Although there are plenty of reports, especially in 2019, into surveillance equipment at Epstein’s various properties, so far no evidence has emerged to back up the theory that Epstein was recording his targets for reasons of compromise. While this is something Epstein was believed to have done, it was definitely a theory that the prosecution team wanted to project out in 2019. Soon after, Maria Farmer wasn’t only telling tales of surveillance equipment.

The majority of the best Epstein reporting in 2019 was no longer happening on mainstream outlets such as NPR and the New York Times. 2019 was also the year where people such as Whitney Webb, Jason Bermas, and others on the independent media scene, were beginning to break Epstein related stories which the MSM had not dared to touch. In fact, both Webb and Bermas soon became the focus of Farmer’s attention and in various interviews, she started using language that crossed boundaries.

This even led to Alan Dershowitz himself writing an article for entitled, Key Witness in Epstein Case Made Anti-Semitic Claims. Dershowitz quoted Maria Farmer’s rhetoric in the article, which included lines such as: “I had a hard time with all Jewish people;” “I think it’s all the Jews;” “They think Jewish DNA is better than the rest of us;” and “All the Jewish people I met are pedophiles that run the world economy.”

This gave Dershowitz plenty of ammunition to use, and Maria Farmer’s questionable rhetoric continued until recently. In fact, Farmer is now publicly considering converting to Judaism. If Alan Dershowitz had been aware of Maria Farmer’s sexual relationship with J. Stanley Pottinger, his response may have been very different. It must also be noted that in 2022, Virginia Giuffre dropped her allegations against Dershowitz, stating that she “may have made a mistake.”

It is clear that Dershowitz had been central to Epstein’s operation and many people still believe that he was involved in some form of abuse. Whether or not peoples suspicions are true, many of the attacks against Dershowitz may have been a tactic organised by Boies and Pottinger, in an attempt to force Epstein to lose one of his star legal advisors.

The Epstein Ultimatum

As we approach the death of the most infamous pedophile of the modern era, there are many different factors which come into play. Epstein wasn’t simply an investment banker, property developer, high level influencer and sexual compromiser, he also had significantly impactful relationships around the globe, because Epstein was a high level intelligence agent. Even when Epstein was most under-fire, he seemed to be relatively at ease for a man with so many skeletons in his closet.

Epstein owned everything. It appeared that his success came from his relentless compromising of peoples integrity. His legal team, led by Darren Indyke, shared an office building with Boies, just as Epstein had shared an office with Pottinger. Boies, whose original practice was located in Florida, had been in confirmed contact with Epstein from as early as 25 February 2005. Pottinger had lived 500 metres from Epstein and they had the same comrades when arms smuggling in Iran. But, at least Edwards didn’t have an inappropriate relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. Well, that depends on what one deems as appropriate. Brad Edward’s explains in his own words:

“Brad, it’s Jeffrey. Let’s meet face-to-face.” When I asked him why, he responded, “I want to see if there’s a way for us to finally get divorced from one another.” This was his way of implying that he wanted to find a way to resolve all cases that involved him, including those where he was not an actual party. The call told me he was concerned. It was one thing when he was being sued and could control the legal defense team.”

Amazingly, Brad Edwards admits that he was regularly meeting Jeffrey Epstein at Starbucks in Boca Raton from around 2015. It’s not like Edwards was unaware of how this may look:

“Yes, this is highly unusual. We were both represented by lawyers. But things between us were far beyond anything lawyers could fix. In fact, every time our lawyers were involved, it only made things worse. Some small part of the coffee shop conversation could be classified as confidential settlement discussions, although the reality is that it was just gamesmanship, part of an eight-year legal chess game between a genius sociopath and me, a lawyer in the business of playing legal chess against bad guys.”

This atypical relationship represented by the regular meetings at Starbucks between the two, continued until Epstein’s arrest in 2019. In reality, there was very little that was atypical about the Epstein case. A few weeks after his last coffee shop conversations with Edwards, the infamous Jeffrey Epstein was arrested and, within a few months, his “suicide” while in custody was being reported.

From March 2005, when the first police investigation into Jeffrey Epstein’s operation began, allies of the financier had closely managed the case. Eventually, the scale to which the first case had been undermined by Epstein’s team became almost common knowledge. As I stated at the opening to this article, Epstein was faced with an obvious ultimatum in 2005: If he took no action, the consequences would be dire. For a high level fixer like Epstein, inaction was not an option.

In May 2006, when the Palm Beach police filed a probable cause affidavit which led to his arrest in July that year, Epstein should have been jailed, denied bail, sent to trial, and found guilty. He should have then served the rest of his life behind bars. However, instead of serving a lifetime in jail, he served just over 12 months of his 18 month sentence. As a sex offender, Epstein should have served his time in state prison, but he was instead housed at “the private wing” of the Palm Beach County Stockade. In fact, Epstein had a litany of privileges which were not afforded to other prisoners and even his cell door was mostly left unlocked.

To get this sort of special treatment, one has to have the best legal team on the planet working directly on your case. David Boies was already in touch with Epstein, Pottinger had multiple associations with both men, and they were based in the same building as Darren Indyke, Epstein’s lead legal advisor. Stanley Pottinger claims that you can “trust the process” after Epstein was denied bail

Pottinger was the man who’d been brought in to “fix” some of the most controversial events in American history: MLK; Watergate; Kent State; Wounded Knee; Orlando Letelier; Iran-Contra; The October Surprise; and the case against Jeffrey Epstein. There was no-one better to manage the Epstein affair, and the fact that no-one had so-far figured out Pottinger’s previous associations with Epstein is testament to the level of widespread, multiplatform corruption involved.

But there is an even more pertinent question which must be asked now that we are aware of Pottinger’s extremely significant role throughout history: How deep does this corruption go?

There are not many times throughout history where an investigative journalist gets to reveal a single thread which connects some of the biggest conspiracies known to man. But this case has not only supplied me with twists and turns in abundance, it has also led me to ask questions which two years ago I found almost unthinkable. It has been uncomfortable and awkward and has been accompanied by a well organised and multifaceted campaign to stop me reporting this information and, although it has not deterred me, some of the people involved initially seemed bizarre to me. People on all sides have been trying to influence my conclusions in exactly the same direction. This made no sense until I understood that almost every person who is involved in the Epstein case on all sides are in fact still on the same side.

To win the game, Jeffrey Epstein co-opted everyone. This meant not only forming his own defence, but also having significant input into the prosecution’s case against him. J. Stanley Pottinger, David Boies and Darren Indyke all directly helped Epstein throughout his life, while Edwards indulged him at best and colluded with him at worst. Whatever happens, allowing a pedophile with a criminal profile like Epstein to be amongst the public, was allowing him to continue offending.

John Stanley Pottinger had been brought out of retirement for one last job, potentially the biggest job of his life. He is an important player involved the takedown of Jeffrey Epstein. However, Jeffrey Epstein was not taken out because of his widespread sexually impropriety, he was taken out for another reason entirely. To understand why Jeffrey Epstein was taken out, we have to learn more about J. Stanley Pottinger’s son, Matthew Pottinger, and take a journey deep into the heart of the CIA Establishment, but that’s a story for another day. For now, we are on the Road to the Takedown of Jeffrey Epstein, and this has been The Pottinger Ultimatum.

To close out, Brad Edwards describes a very curious interaction between himself and Pottinger just after they had first interviewed Maria Farmer. On the way back from meeting Farmer, Edwards recalls:

“I came to see that Stan is like the character “the Wolf” from Pulp Fiction—he can handle any situation for anyone at any time. Stan has this diplomatic quality about him that makes him able to blend into any situation in any country, with very little background information at hand, and accumulate knowledge. I asked him if David had hired him out of the CIA to be his operative because of his former high-end government connections and knack for traveling around the world to handle mysterious business meetings.” He said he and David had become friends while playing softball on Sundays in Bedford, New York. “I couldn’t pitch, and he couldn’t hit,” he said, “so when a game was over, we were pretty much left alone to talk to each other.” This sounded like a cover story to me. So I asked, “But are you in the CIA or are you not?” He laughed hard enough to make the question sound ridiculous and said no, he was not, but I’m sure he didn’t expect me to believe him. He then said, “If I’m a James Bond, I sure am a poor man’s version of him.” Which, of course, is exactly what a real James Bond would say. We both started laughing, and I honestly wasn’t sure if we were laughing because it was funny or true.”

It took about 12 months of hard work and research to find all this information and to locate all the evidence used to form the Pottinger Series. This included receiving help from some people who have been so important to maintaining my sanity throughout this investigation. I want to thank the small group of friends who have been on this journey with me. So I can continue to uncover the truth. I also need your help. This is what journalism should look like. Help me to produce the best investigative articles by supporting my work. Thank you for reading this series.

Postscript: *Matthew Pottinger, Vicky Ward and David Boies are all members of the Council on Foreign Relations. So was Jeffrey Epstein one point.

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