Raid on “Pedo Island”: FBI seize computers in Jeffrey Epstein’s secluded home
BI agents seized computers from wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein’s home in the Virgin Islands during a raid of the private island owned by the late accused sex trafficker, according to drone footage.
The footage reviewed by NBC News shows that at least two computer desktops and an Apple computer were packaged and marked to be taken away from Little St. James island as part of the FBI probe.
NBC New York broadcast drone footage of the raid:
The Guardian adds more details:
The raid came two days after the billionaire was found dead in a New York City jail cell, having apparently killed himself. In the aftermath of his death, accusers expressed anger that Epstein would not face them in court. They sought reassurances that authorities would continue investigations into others who might have been involved in a trafficking ring that targeted young girls for sexual abuse. …
David Weinstein, a white collar criminal defence lawyer with Hinshaw & Culbertson and former federal prosecutor in Miami, previously told the Guardian Epstein’s death could reduce potential issues with evidence. This could explain the timing of the raid.
“The evidence that they’ve seized from him directly, the only person who can contest the seizure [as unlawful] could be Epstein or somebody who lived with him,” Weinstein said. “Now that he’s dead, he can’t challenge that. All of that becomes fair game.” …
The New York Times published an article on Monday in which one of its writers, James B Stewart, recalled an interview he had conducted with Epstein in August last year. Stewart said Epstein had told him he knew details about the supposed sexual proclivities and recreational drug use of a number of rich and famous people.