A giant list of deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's alleged co-conspirators is about to drop, and there's a good chance some big tech names are going to be on it.
On Monday, a federal judge ruled that the Epstein list — gleaned from a settlement with accuser Virginia Giuffre and purportedly containing more than 170 names of both alleged associates and victims — "should be unsealed in full."
Naturally, speculation about who's going to be implicated is rampant — with a particular focus on the tech sector, where Epstein seemed particularly keen to cultivate powerful connections.
In an interview conducted the year prior to his arrest and published just a few days after his reported suicide in 2019, Epstein suggested to the New York Times' James Stewart that he not only had dirt on a bunch of powerful people, but had photographs to prove it.
"He said people in Silicon Valley had a reputation for being geeky workaholics, but that was far from the truth: They were hedonistic and regular users of recreational drugs," the reporter wrote. "He said he'd witnessed prominent tech figures taking drugs and arranging for sex."
While we won't know for sure which "prominent tech figures" he was referring to until the list is actually unsealed and presented to the public at some point next year, we do know that there are some major tech moguls who've been associated with the sex trafficker.
The list of known Epstein associates in the tech world includes some of the richest, most famous, and most powerful men in the world, including Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg (the latter of whom, to be fair, only met him at a dinner party).
Besides that infamous photo of Musk and Epstein's procure Ghislaine Maxwell, Gates' relationship to Epstein has become one of the most infamous of the dead billionaire's associations. Their friendship was the subject of ample reporting not only because the Microsoft founder knew of the convicted sex offender's crimes before meeting with him on several occasions, but also because his now-ex-wife, Melinda French Gates, seems to have factored it into her reasons for leaving him.
In an interview with CBS' Gayle King in March 2022, the tech titan's ex sounded off on Epstein, who she referred to as "evil personified" and "abhorrent."
She told King that she met Epstein just once and at her own behest because she "wanted to see who this man was."
"I regretted it from the second I stepped in the door," she recounted. "I had nightmares about it afterwards."
Along with rubbing shoulders with the biggest names in tech, Epstein also had interactions with other industry bigwigs.
According to one upsetting Wall Street Journal exposé, LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman not only knew Epstein and introduced him to other elites in Silicon Valley, but also spent a night on Little St. James, the billionaire's private island where a lot of his underage orgies were said to have taken place.
Two former Massachusetts Institute of Technology VIPs were also deeply implicated in the Epstein upset: Joi Ito, the head of the school's Media Lab who resigned in disgrace following the revelation of the billionaire's donations to the project, and Marvin Minsky, the so-called "father of artificial intelligence" who Giuffre named alongside Britain's Prince Andrew as one of the men she was forced to have sex with on Little St. James.
Although Minsky died before he was able to face the music, the rest of these tech movers and shakers are very much alive — and anyone named in the list is going to have some explaining to do.
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