Alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was a Mossad asset used by the Israeli intelligence agency to blackmail American politicians, according to a former Israeli spy.
Ari Ben-Menashe, an Iranian-born businessman who says he worked as a senior military intelligence officer for Israel, made the claims in “Epstein: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”
The book, authored by entertainment journalist Dylan Howard, was released last week and purportedly chronicles the “unedited story” behind the disgraced financier’s life.
Ben-Menashe, who claims to have been a “handler” for Robert Maxwell, is quoted in the book as saying Maxwell introduced Epstein to the Mossad.
“Epstein was hanging around with Robert Maxwell and the daughter was hanging around there too, and that’s how they met. Just two young souls, they met,” Ben-Menashe says in “Epstein: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”
“Maxwell sort of started liking him and my theory is that Maxwell felt that this guy is going for his daughter. He felt that he could bless him with some work and help him out in like a paternal way,” Ben-Menashe said.
“They were agents of the Israeli Intelligence Services. Later on, Ghislaine got involved with Israeli intelligence together with him,” he said.
According to Ben-Menashe, Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking ring served as a “honey trap” to ensnare powerful men and politicians.
“Epstein was sort of flying very important people around the world, providing young girls for some of them,” he said.
Ben-Menashe said Epstein filmed American politicians having sex with underage girls, a claim that has not been substantiated.
“If you’re an intelligence community and you have someone like Epstein who’s kind of a celebrity, who can attract celebrities, who can be in part of conversations about world events about the most secret things”
“If you put people like Clinton on his planes and you can put Ehud Baral[a former Prime Minister of Israel] and a former general, then he is a guy who really matters to you,” Ben-Menashe claimed.
In a 2011 interview with the National Post, Ben-Menashe addressed a reputation for fabulism.
“I’m a liar, I’m crooked, I’m delusional. I’ve heard and read all of it,” he told the Canadian news outlet. “But people keep getting it wrong. They read this propaganda and they assume it’s true and they pass it along. It causes me problems, it really does.”
Ben-Menashe’s claims echo a theory proposed in August by former CIA counter-terrorism specialist Philip Giraldi.
“There is no other viable explanation for his filming of prominent politicians and celebrities having sex with young girls,” Giraldi wrote in the American Herald Tribune, an outlet that has been accused of promoting conspiracy theories and pseudo-science. “Epstein clearly had contact with former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres and Ehud Barak and [Epstein’s client Leslie] Wexner also had close ties to Israel and its government.”
According to the New York City medical examiner, Epstein hanged himself in jail in August while awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges. He had pleaded not guilty.