Americans are still reeling from the alleged suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, but it’s not bereavement that has us emotionally invested; it’s pure and unadulterated anger.
Epstein was the most well known inmate in the entirety of the US prison system at the time of his death, which was preceded just weeks ago by an apparent suicide attempt. How and why Epstein was left unobserved for the amount of time he was before his alleged suicide is a question that has spawned investigations by the FBI and the Department of Justice.
As these probes unfold, it has become apparent that the correctional center where Epstein was housed has a history of misbehaving correctional officers – something that doesn’t bode well for Americans’ view of the incident.
Last year, a prison guard at the jail, Victor Casado, pleaded guilty to taking more than $25,000 in cash bribes to smuggle cellphones, alcohol and food to a wealthy Turkish gold trader between 2016 and 2017.
He also received thousands of dollars in payments from another inmate, which were given to him by the prisoners relatives and a paralegal representing him.
Casado was sentenced in January to three years in prison by a judge who called the crime an assault on ‘our entire system of justice’.
Reza Zarrab, who was the Turkish gold trader involved with bribing the guard, was in prison over a money laundering scheme to Iran.
It gets worse.
A former CIA employee, Joshua Adam Schulte, is also accused of leaking classified files while he was locked up in the federal prison.
Schulte was charged last year with stealing classified national defense information from the CIA in 2016. He is believed to be behind the ‘Vault 7’ and ‘Vault 8’ documents released by WikiLeaks.
Last year, a prison guard at the jail, Victor Casado, pleaded guilty to taking more than $25,000 in cash bribes to smuggle cellphones, alcohol and food to jailed Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab (pictured above in 2013)
Authorities found multiple cellphones in his cell at the prison when they raided it in October last year. Officials also found 13 email and social media accounts that Schulte was allegedly using to communicate with others outside the prison.
Epstein’s death has been ruled a suicide, officially, but the American people are not convinced.
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