August 17, 2017

Blackmail: Setting the record straight

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

I’ve had a rough week. No, it’s not what you think. It’s not because the liberal media is criticizing us for being too right wing. That happens all the time. I love that, I get a kick out of it.

Something else happened to me, for the first time in my life. And I don’t really know how to say it, other than to just say it. And I can’t believe it, but here goes.

I’m being blackmailed. I’m being extorted. 

I’ve always known the rule that if you’re ever being blackmailed, don't pay. I mean, even if you think you can pay a blackmailer, they’ll just ask for more a second time. But you’re scared. So you pay. I thought I could make the problem go away, so I actually paid. And then I paid again. But then they threatened again. Last night actually. So I haven’t slept.

So I called my lawyers this morning. And I’ve decided I’m done. I’m going to do what I should have done a few weeks ago, and just pull the trigger on myself, on my own terms. That’s the only thing that takes the power away from an extortionist.

It’s a pretty bad choice, isn’t it?

So I’m going to take the power away from them, and I’m going to tell you what happened, myself.

It happened in the UK. Just a bit of background — as you know, we’ve got this great guy on our team — Tommy Robinson! Smart, brave, tough. He used to be the head of the English Defence League, a rough group of guys, he even went to prison for a bit on a trumped up charge, just so police could take him off the streets. But Tommy actually quit the EDL, the organization that he founded, when it started to become racist. Tommy hates racism — I’ve gotten to know Tommy, and his best friend since childhood, Andre, who just happens to be black, for heaven’s sake.

Tommy has an important story to tell — about how Islam has changed his country; raped young girls, including his own cousin. He’s ringing the alarm — not just about Islam, but about politically correct police and media and politicians.

So we hired Tommy to do little videos for us — they were good, because he’s a natural. But boy were they crummy looking: bad lighting, bad webcam. 

And then one day, a new video came in and looked amazing.

A fellow named Caolan Robertson, just approached Tommy, and attached himself to Tommy — and made Tommy's videos great! We had no idea who he was, but we were grateful. So we offered to pay him a few bucks to work part time to help Tommy.

And then someone else just joined the team — named George Llewelyn-John. He agreed to be the cameraman for Tommy. It was great. Suddenly we went from one guy to a whole team.

And then a terrorist struck Westminster Bridge, and Tommy and our two new guys were there, and taped a raw video, and it went super-viral, seen millions of times.

And the next day, Caolan said he was fired from his full-time job because he appeared in that video with Tommy.

I felt bad for him, and he was being helpful, so I immediately hired him. No background check, no interview — just did it right then and there. And George was unemployed too, so we hired him. Full time, right then and there. George and Caolan are a couple, I soon learned, but I don’t care about stuff like that.

They did good work — like the beautiful video they did for our Justice for Chelsey campaign. That’s great. That’s George — lots of talent. Funny little things though — like panicky calls in the middle of the night, asking for us to immediately send them 150 pounds or 300 pounds by PayPal to cover strange expenses. Like asking for cash to pay for an Uber. Ubers don’t take cash. But no problem — they’re just young lads.

When I met them in London, they showed me their squalid apartment downtown; they said they wanted to move closer to Tommy — I offered to help. Now they’re grown men; I was paying them for full-time work. But maybe they needed some help — so I gave them £1,800 pounds for rent money, for that first month where you need rent and a deposit.

But then Caolan took that money and went on a luxury vacation. I couldn’t believe it. But they literally were homeless. So I gave them another £3,500 pounds — this time for rent, and for furniture, and I gave it through a friend I trusted, so they didn’t steal it again.

We bought them a computer. And we bought them each cell phones. They were always asking for cash, always in a panic. It was incredible. It was nuts. Who knows where the money actually went.

So we got stricter about expenses. But things fell apart. Sometimes there would be quarrels and they wouldn't leave the apartment to go to work — Tommy missed an important interview. They were doing side projects instead of ours. They were moonlighting for a political candidate that we were covering. It was just too crazy. So I sent a trusted friend over there to meet with them face to face, to say goodbye.

Now, they had only worked for us for about three or four months. We were really firing them for cause — you don’t get severance when you’re fired for cause. We had done them so many favours — advanced them so much cash. But no need to argue — give them a few bucks, let them keep that prepaid rent, and move on. No need to be stingy.

But they demanded thousands and thousands of pounds. For severance, after just a few months. That makes no sense. But my old friend told me it was necessary to make some problems go away. I couldn’t believe it. But my friend said it was really, really important. So I grumbled my approval. And then when I got a copy of the signed severance deal sent to me from the UK — it was even more than was agreed to — hand-written additions. And then they phone us up asking for even more.

It was nuts — by now they were demanding more than six months severance, for a few months work. Remember, they’re a couple, so really, more than a year’s pay. A year’s severance? Crazy. No way.

So I called up my old friend and he told me what was really going on — it wasn’t for severance. It was to pay them off. To pay them a shakedown. See, they had told my friend, in excruciating detail, what they were going to do, and how they were going to do it, if he didn’t shovel them tens of thousands of pounds.

They were going to launch their own media company — OK, no problem. They were going to do it with a splash — OK. And say they were going to break away from The Rebel, and be truly independent. OK, no problem. But this was the key part of the threat — they were going to claim they left us because we were unethical, not because we fired them.

They were going to publicly allege that we were stealing money from our viewers. That we were stealing money from charities, or from other things we crowdfund. It was a complete lie; everyone knows where the money we raised went — it went to hire a lawyer for Chelsey, to fight against the police who wouldn’t charge her rapists. It went to another lawyer for John Fletcher, the man who had the "don’t support terror, shop at Fletcher’s" sign on his shop. Lots of lawyers — it went to Tommy Robinson’s lawyer to keep him out of jail.

It also went to good things, like the extremely expensive wheelchair we’ve ordered for Gareth Knox. And literally right now, Chelsey Wright, and her parents, and her three kids, are back from a vacation we sent them on to Spain, just to get away from all the B.S. in Sunderland.

That’s where it’s gone. And our terms of service are clear — any surplus money is applied to other similar campaigns, or related expenses. That’s our whole business model.

But Caolan and George threatened to say we were pocketing that money — that we were stealing it. Of course, they had no evidence, nothing to do with our accounting department, which is in Canada. They don’t have any facts. But so what — an accusation by a former employee would be deadly, especially with the liberal media so hungry to smear us these days. So my friend said, Ezra, pay them. But even that wasn’t enough — they started calling our accountant and demanding more money, and sooner. And they refused to hand over our property, like our footage.

I'll show you the contract they signed for their huge severance. As you can see, it was really, a contract for a shakedown. Not so much for severance. Most of the terms were a contract to shut them up. But they immediately broke it. And now they weren't just threatening my friend. They threatened Tommy, too.

They threatened to release footage they claimed to have taken of Tommy Robinson confessing that he punched a guy at Ascot, in self defence. They said they had Tommy Robinson on tape confessing to that, and if we didn’t pay them thousands of pounds, they’d rat out Tommy — whether it was to the police or to a UK tabloid that would just love that video footage.

Well, I got on a plane and flew to London to meet with them — to meet with Tommy, and George, who was speaking on behalf of his boyfriend. And, I’m ashamed to admit it. I signed another contract — one that I had personally written — to buy their silence for Tommy Robinson. Not that Tommy had done anything wrong; I don’t even know if they have that footage they claim they do.

Even the allegation, coming from these two, would be credible enough that every tabloid in the country would say Tommy was a criminal. And if they were threatening to report him for an actual crime — maybe he’d go back to prison.

So it was a double extortion. Extorting me, by threatening to say I’m pocketing money that is supposed to go to charities. And threatening Tommy with extortion, by threatening him with possible jail — again, I have no idea what kind of footage they stole from us.

So I’m sorry, but I paid it again. Here is the contract that I personally took to the UK to pay them off — I put in some money and Tommy put in some money.

Alright. But then today — we learned that they were proceeding with the extortion anyways. They were going to do all the things they said they wouldn’t if we paid them. Or maybe we’d have to pay them again. I called Tommy, he immediately called them, but they were adamant.

In fact, he learned that the two of them had secretly recorded our conversation when I was agreeing to pay them off. Even was they were blackmailing me, they were setting up the next blackmail. I know this sounds so insane, but they did it — they secretly recorded me trying to talk them out of it, trying to reason them out of it, trying to negotiate them out of it — even threatening to sue them if they extorted me. I brought a copy of a lawsuit from Canada that I had filed, and said I’d do it to them. They recorded everything we said, to wring more money out of us.

You know what? Enough. Sorry, enough. It’s not just that we can’t afford it — we are a small company, we rely on donations, and frankly, if you want to talk about ethics, it would be unethical to use our viewers money, that was given to us to build the company, to pay off blackmail.

So what to do? Well, I called up my lawyers in the UK and asked them. Three of them got together. They have given me lots of advice. Some of it is private, that I won’t share with you, like the right way to report extortion to police. Some if it is public, like if you’re being blackmailed, tell on yourself first.

They say they have Tommy on tape, saying he acted in self defence — I spoke to Tommy, and he said he’s fine with me revealing what they have on him. He agrees with me.

They have other rough language by Tommy on tape — they tape a lot of people secretly — just a warning if you’re ever near them. They taped me threatening them with a civil lawsuit if they extort me. They taped me agreeing to pay them cash.

That’s the facts. I’m embarrassed. But you know what? There’s no more bullets left in that gun.

No more money for you Caolan Robertson and George Llewelyn John.


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commented 2017-09-14 12:59:40 -0400
I would suggest in the future that you have two other signatures on each cheque you hand out for any reason, over $200.00. Also, no cash. Cheque only. Since you have admitted that you are not too bright. Also, hiring a couple of homosexuals. It may not mean much to you, but their lifestyle is as much harmful in the western world as Islam, but in a different way. When you answer back that you will be changing your money handout style and how, I will send some money. thanks
commented 2017-08-22 07:32:14 -0400
Hire an old soldier like me -I can take care of the problem for you…
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commented 2017-08-21 00:36:56 -0400
“Liza – agreed! I already hear the MADD commercials. They are getting ready to reap the souls of druggies everywhere. Also, I would think junior’s new citizens will be heavily involved, since they like to control the drug trade in whatever country they are taking over. Maybe you won’t be able to walk down the street without being harassed by junior’s Marxist agents.”

Here are the Canadian cities with the highest rate of cannabis possession charges.

Just like for sexual assault, rape and crime severity, the top 10 Canadian cities are predominantly White and Christian.

1. Prince George, B.C. ( 480.28 )
2. Kamloops, B.C. ( 382.67 )
3. Kelowna, B.C. ( 359.13 )
4. Strathcona, Alta. ( 356.37 )
5. Grande Prairie, Alta. ( 351.78 )
6. Beauharnois-Salaberry Region, Que. ( 331.67 )
7. Fort McMurray, Alta. (Wood Buffalo) ( 317.19 )
8. Arthabaska Region, Que. ( 298.51 )
9. Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. ( 288.04 )
10. Nanaimo, B.C. ( 282.34 )
Canadian average ( 138.28 )

So as you claimed, the “druggies” (aka White Christians) are supporting Trudeau for legalizing pot.
commented 2017-08-20 10:42:22 -0400
Liza – agreed! I already hear the MADD commercials. They are getting ready to reap the souls of druggies everywhere. Also, I would think junior’s new citizens will be heavily involved, since they like to control the drug trade in whatever country they are taking over. Maybe you won’t be able to walk down the street without being harassed by junior’s Marxist agents.
commented 2017-08-20 06:43:19 -0400
“What is trudeau doing for Canada? What is trudeau doing for Canadian’s?”

Canada back on top of world’s most reputable countries list

Canada named 2nd best country in the world…again

Canada ranked 8th safest country in the world

If you don’t like Canada, feel free to leave.
commented 2017-08-20 02:51:47 -0400
Deborah and Rob, if Justin gets around to legalizing pot, I don’t think the kids who are pushing for it are going to be that happy. He wants to have some kind of roadside breathalyzer, and will crack down even harder on home growers. They won’t be happy with the quality, and they won’t be happy with how much it is taxed. They just won’t be happy.
commented 2017-08-20 02:48:21 -0400
Thanks for posting the link everywhere Sarah, it saves us a step. It is worth a listen. I know I was eager to know the truth, and now that I do I can carry on with my support of the Rebel. That Caolan is a rascal.
commented 2017-08-19 22:47:17 -0400
Rob Greeley – his old man promised to legalize pot too. If it happens, you can bet the liberals will be the supplier.
commented 2017-08-19 21:34:41 -0400
What is trudeau doing for Canada? What is trudeau doing for Canadian’s?
trudeau rushed through a 10.5 million dollar cheque to a convicted……you fill in the blanks you politically correct goofs!

Come on… list the great deeds since he has been in PMO of your all high and mighty trudeau.. I know one deed..but I wouldn’t call it great….he’s trying to make pot legal..WELL HEAVEN ON EARTH!!…OUR SAVOIR HAS ARRIVED! Look at trudeau he’s going to legalize pot… Wooo Hooo that’s his fame to claim…pathetic..
commented 2017-08-19 02:42:23 -0400
Caolin recorded Ezra as having said he would sue a reporter into killing himself. Who is the reporter that they are talking about?
commented 2017-08-18 20:12:21 -0400
Mr. President Trump and Mr. Steve Bannon have a plan in the works..To all you liberal’s called work in progress. Even with your demented disgusting tactics… They are hard at work to get things done for the Everyday American People!..What’s your all high and mighty sunny ways trudeau doing? On vacation doing …… fill in the blanks. Then the other Politicians with other Party’s…They are picking on the Rebel…How professional…ethical is that?
commented 2017-08-18 19:52:11 -0400
Ezra, if you really demonstrated such incredibly bad judgment in giving this pair of sleazy characters so much money over a period of time. without even investigating their background,or what they were doing wit the money, you are clearly not the right person to manage the Rebel Media’s fiscal affairs. You must hire a financial manager of proven integrity and sound financial judgment, who shares you over all political point of view. Then you need to sign a contract with this lady or gentlemen giving him/her sole control over all disbursements,donations income, financial record-keeping and internal audits for Rebel Media, and specifically excluding yourself from any role or authority in these matters. The contract should confine your role at Rebel Media to the editorial department, where you excel. As for this “friend” who gave you such monumentally bad advice, you must cut off all contact with him/her. Otherwise, Rebel Media will soon go bankrupt and have to close down. And that would indeed be unfair to your readers and donors
commented 2017-08-18 19:27:47 -0400
Liza Rosie,

How can this not make sense to you. I just don’t understand it.

It’s like Trump supporters who simply ignore all the endlessly moronic things he says and does.

Do you love The Rebel that much that you are going to ignore logic and reason?

Of course Lauren Southern was paid off. That’s why she hasn’t made any comments about The Rebel as opposed to Brian, Barbara and John, who weren’t paid to keep quiet.
commented 2017-08-18 18:54:26 -0400
You don’t know shit Sarah Jimmy paid troll.
commented 2017-08-18 18:48:23 -0400
“Ayan, those are damning facts about white majority cities, thank you. I’m sure these facts will shock Rebel followers into action. Maybe Ezra will start a petition!

Nah, facts are ignored here. They’ll just ignore them and call you names. Ignorance is bliss I suppose."

Yes facts don’t matter. The extremely prejudiced and uninformed comments here clearly demonstrate that Ezra Levant and the like are not telling the truth and inciting hatred and violence through divisive and biased news coverage.
commented 2017-08-18 17:21:11 -0400

The Lauren Southern aspect is clearly the truth. He paid her off to keep quiet.

I trust you are not that naïve.
commented 2017-08-18 17:16:42 -0400
Imagine….giving a couple nobody losers a job, and then you get stabbed in the back! I have never given donation money to The Rebel, but I am now. These two scum sucking worms can now go back to the squalor that they came from.
commented 2017-08-18 16:47:53 -0400
You do not know the truth about Lauren Southern. That is more supposition and you know it.
commented 2017-08-18 16:35:57 -0400
Liza Rosie,

Fair enough, but with all that’s happened and Ezra’s claims – he is looking pretty horrible right now.

Most people are believing Caolin over Ezra, especially considering that a lawyer knows you NEVER give money if you are being blackmailed. Not to mention the truth about Lauren Southern.

I hope you understand that at least.
commented 2017-08-18 16:30:27 -0400
This thing needs to play out and you know it. Have some patience. You are a vulture. Don’t presume you know the truth. No one does yet.
commented 2017-08-18 16:16:19 -0400
Liza Rosie,

So are you going to defend Ezra Levant until you die?
commented 2017-08-18 16:06:12 -0400
Sarah Jimmy, you are the clown and attention whore.LMAO
commented 2017-08-18 16:04:16 -0400
Rob Miller there is at least as much chance that Caolan’s slick piece is cleverly edited, (a film student highly skilled and capable of smooth editing) as there is that Ezra is what that vid makes him out to be. As far as the crowdfunding accusations, they can easily be refuted. Where that money actually goes, how Ezra actually treats his staff, can be easily exposed. However, exactly what happened with Caolan at this point in time is completely up in the air., and that you think Ezra is what you say, is inconsequential. If Caolan releases the full video, and we can be sure it is unedited in any way, we will be closer to the truth. Until then try to control your bile.
commented 2017-08-18 15:52:16 -0400
The bottom line is this – there should absolutely be conservative media/news in Canada and I have never said otherwise, but it should not be run by or have any association with Ezra Levant.

He absolutely contributed to the downfall of Sun News – people just couldn’t stand him and he is very divisive – even among his supporters and conservatives in general.

Ezra just has way too much negative baggage that he caused on himself and the writing was on the wall when The Rebel first launched that this place would most likely die by Ezra’s hand and it’s looking like it’s going to be exactly that.

Ezra is a clown, an attention whore – his own lawyer said that Ezra shouldn’t be taken seriously, because Ezra is all about saying crazy shit just to get a reaction or attention.

Conservatives deserve better than this. They deserve better than Ezra Levant. He is just way too toxic.
commented 2017-08-18 15:26:43 -0400
Ramza Beoulve commented 15 mins ago,“Janice, my gut reaction was also to cringe at her joke, but she said something to the effect of “he agrees with this,” which I figured meant he had a sense of humour about it. Isn’t it sad that we can’t even make jokes about anyone anymore without offending? Isn’t most humour at least mildly offensive?”

But it was a racist joke, and that’s the difference, and you can’t say that about someone. It shows she was comfortable enough with guys she knows to be extremely antisemitic to make a joke. I doubt that she’d say the same thing about Ezra with Jordan Peterson or Gad Saad who is also Jewish. It wasn’t said with any kind of malice at all; however, it was said intentionally and we’re trying to stop that sort of thing here.
commented 2017-08-18 15:17:17 -0400
Apparently it would be unethical to use donor money to pay off “blackmail” but completely acceptable to offer money as “hush money”, which is on the video that is now on the internet. I only hope that the people here watch the video of the other side and am so glad that you and your crew are circling the bowl from whence you sprung.
commented 2017-08-18 14:57:32 -0400
Janice, my gut reaction was also to cringe at her joke, but she said something to the effect of “he agrees with this,” which I figured meant he had a sense of humour about it. Isn’t it sad that we can’t even make jokes about anyone anymore without offending? Isn’t most humour at least mildly offensive?

I’m not saying I believe either Ezra or Caolan. As with most things, I’m sure the truth lies somewhere between the two.

I gotta say, though, I burst out laughing when Caolan asked for donations immediately after his tirade against Ezra asking for donations. I understand the context is slightly different, but still, he should have waited at least until his next video to start asking for money.