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Renowned MIT scientist resigns over Epstein comments

Posted by / September 18, 2019

Richard Stallman, a renowned computer scientist at MIT, has jeopardized his reputation by defending Jeffrey Epstein. A leaked email shows that Stallman said at least one of Epstein’s victims was “entirely willing.” It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that Stallman would say something like this––his personal website looks like the work of a madman, like Time Cube.

In the aftermath of these emails, Stallman has resigned from both MIT and the Free Software Foundation, where he had been president since he founded it in 1985.

Selam Jie Gano, the person who leaked the emails, said: “It was going to happen eventually. It was obvious that he wasn’t following our community values and guidelines. I hope this motivates a larger conversation.”

Even if one of the victims was willing, though, we cannot excuse Epstein. An  air traffic controller told the U.S. Marshals Service that she watched Jeffrey Epstein disembark from his plane accompanied by girls as young as 11 on two separate occasions. Though this event occurred in Summer and Fall of 2018, we are only hearing about it now thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request.

Sadly, this news changes little. A federal judge has already dismissed the sex trafficking case against Jeffrey Epstein following his death.

Chauntae Davies, one of Epstein’s accusers, says that she is suspicious of Epstein’s death––she does not believe it was suicide, because she thought Epstein was certain he’d beat the charges. She’s not the only one. One of Jeffrey Epstein’s defense lawyers is deeply skeptical that Epstein actually committed suicide. The attorney argues that Epstein did not seem depressed, defeated, or despondent in the days before his death, and that Epstein’s injuries seem much more consistent with assault.

Federal investigators have subpoenaed employees at the jail where Jeffery Epstein killed himself. The subpoenas follow the employees’ refusal to cooperate with the investigation into Epstein’s suicide.

William Barr opened an investigation into Epstein’s death, citing irregularities that led to his suicide. The guards who were supposed to be watching him were, allegedly, asleep. The prison where Epstein was held was also, allegedly, nearly “suicide proof.”

Conspiracy theories began almost immediately after Epstein’s death. Denizens of the internet (particularly Twitter and Reddit) were of one mind about the suicide: that it was orchestrated to keep Epstein from publicly implicating powerful people involved in his alleged sex-ring.

The flames of conspiracy were fanned earlier this week when Epstein’s representatives hired Michael Baden, a pathologist for famous deaths, to do his own autopsy. Worse, even before Baden has had his chance to do an autopsy, the state autopsy discovered broken bones in Epstein’s neck.

Epstein’s death was ruled a suicide, but that hasn’t ended the conspiracy theories. Hopefully investigations will reveal whether guards were paid off, allowing Epstein to kill himself. Some speculate that outside actors paid the guards and forced, coerced, or convinced Epstein to kill himself.

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