Douglas Murray: 'The theory goes Jeffrey Epstein was an invention: created to trap powerful people in compromising positions'

Tuesday 8 December 2024

By TalkTV's Douglas Murray

Court files and documents containing previously hidden identities of people associated in some way with the late, notorious sex offender Jeffrey Epstein are now unsealed.

The names revealed are a mix of the Scandalous: President Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew; the surprising: Professor Stephen Hawking, and the truly Surreal: David Copperfield the Magician.

Now the first thing that has to be said is that the inclusion of a name in the documents doesn't mean that that person is guilty of any illegality or indeed inappropriateness.

But, let's be honest, being on Jeffrey's secret list isn't something you'll be rushing to put in the 'Hobbies and Interests' section of your CV.

Overall, however, my take on this dark and sleazy story is that, even with the list now out in public, there are still more questions than answers. And the number one question for me is this: Who exactly was Jeffrey Epstein?

Former President Donald Trump (L) with Jeffrey Epstein and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell on February 12, 2000.

Was he merely a very rich sex offender with a lot of famous friends who enjoyed taking a ride on his private aeroplane or visiting his luxury island?

Or was there something else going on?

One theory, which I myself have heard from trusted associates, is that Jeffrey Epstein was an invention, deliberately and carefully created by those who wanted to keep an eye - and a leash - on the rich and powerful.

So the theory goes, Epstein was an asset created in order to trap powerful people in 'compromising positions' which could then be used in order to control them.

The Russians call it kompromat. And they're very good at it.

Now I don't know if this is even close to being true, but I will say this: In 2024, simply claiming something is a 'conspiracy theory' doesn't necessarily make it false. Not anymore.

And the more that comes out about Epstein, including the still very mysterious circumstances surrounding his death whilst in custody, means that I'm willing to at least consider alternative narratives other than the one being fed to us through 'official' channels.