Harvey Weinstein hired elite intelligence agency to target accuser Rose McGowan, others

08 November, 2017, 00:27 | Author: Warren Cooper
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David Boies, a prominent Democratic lawyer who represented former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, worked to suppress The New York Times' reporting on Weinstein while representing the paper in other matters, The New Yorker reported on Monday.

The report states that techniques and personnel provided by Black Cube for Weinstein included a project manager, intelligence analysts, an investigative journalist, linguists, and "Avatar Operators" specifically hired to create fake identities on social media, as well as "operations experts with extensive experience in social engineering".

Their statement read: "After a hearing today, the Television Academy's governance has voted to expel Harvey Weinstein from the Academy for life".

On top of his prescience in spotting the scam, Wallace was also lucky in that his personal history was bereft of blemishes or scandal - in a series of e-mails sent in the weeks before Wallace met with the undercover agent, Kroll representatives sent Weinstein preliminary background information on Wallace and other journalists targeted by his legion of private investigators.

With the explicit goal of preventing allegations reaching the press, Weinstein had agents set up meetings with people who may uncover him.

Among the private security agencies hired by Weinstein starting around fall 2016, the magazine said, was Black Cube, which is largely run by former officers of Israeli intelligence agencies, including Mossad. He said her re-telling "seemed like soap-opera acting.' This same woman then pushed Wallace for details of his investigation into Weinstein, and also contacted Rose McGowan, who would become the first woman to allege Weinstein of rape".

Last night, it was announced that Weinstein has received a lifetime ban from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

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The Television Academy says it is also speeding up a review of its code of conduct for members, and wants to provide clear protocols for workplace decency and respect.

An article by Ronan Farrow in the New Yorker has uncovered how Harvey Weinstein mobilised a network of professional spies in order to track and intimidate actors and journalists who had information about him sexually harassing and assaulting women. McGowan's growing sense that she was being spied upon by operatives who initially struck her as friendly people deepened her sense of paranoia.

However, the agencies named in the piece have declined to comment on the work it did for Weinstein but insists it always operates "in full compliance with the law of any jurisdiction in which it operates".

Weinstein also, through one of the firms, hired a freelance journalist to interview accusers and report findings back to him. "Everyone lied to me all the time", McGowan said of the past year.

Weinstein's spokesperson denied that "any individuals were targeted or suppressed at any time".

More than anything, I hope these revelations put to rest this idea that women should "just speak up". McGowan told Farrow that the persistence of "Diana Filip" among other intimidation tactics made her feel insane, and Annabella Sciorra said it made it all the more hard to finally come forward.

Boies told The New Yorker, "We should not have been contracting with and paying investigators that we did not select and direct".

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