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 2017-08-17 13:32:36 -0400
Behind you and tommy all the way!!
Keep up your good work we are all behind you
commented 2017-08-17 13:32:23 -0400
As a Canadian owner of a small construction business for over 40 years, I’ve seen more than my share of employees that seem to be pre-disposed to milking the goodwill of an employer and then claiming wrongful dismissal even after all due diligence of “document, document, document” has been done to prove reasons for dismissal. They know, that lawyers will recommend the employer to just just pay them off and move on.
Twice I have fought it on principle and won. There are landmark cases out there with my name on the court documents.
I did not do it because it was cheaper, God knows, it wasn’t.
I did it so that other small business people like myself do not fall into the extortion trap that so many self-centered people now feel entitled to be able to do to those who provide fair, legitimate employment & careers to those who have moral values and wish to work together with an employer for the benefit of everyone, including the customer.
I understand and feel your disappointment Ezra. The ones who did it to me, I did not see it coming from them until it was too late.
I am much more educated now and unfortunately, much more cynical on who I am willing to hire and be generous with. Many employers/business owners also feeling the same way.
That is a sad thing for good people looking for a good workplace.
Everyone loses.
commented 2017-08-17 13:25:30 -0400
I’d have done things a lot differently if I was having to deal with what Ezra is dealing with. But then I’d be in jail instead of being smart about it.

The fact is that is cutting new ground and that will have some bumps. In the end this is nothing compared to the bullsh*t that we have to pay for with the CBC. Small potatoes compared to that.
commented 2017-08-17 13:25:00 -0400
Hang in there Ezra and fight these guys.
commented 2017-08-17 13:24:58 -0400
Paying was a BIG mistake. What people who support common sense need to do is stand on their convictions. As a Christian this is all important. I have no clue what some at the Rebel believe but the truth is ALWAYS the best policy. This would have extinguished this issue from the get-go. NEVER pay extortionists.

I have always thought that the Rebel has handled these issue’s in a backwards manner. The fact is, those we call the left have a history that condemns themselves. I have seen little effort on the part of the Rebel to dig for the truth that would destroy these people. This relates to the actual history of socio-communism and how it developed and how the tactics of the Soviet Intelligence services are still being used by the left to this very day. The concept of divide and conquer on a social level was developed to perfection by the socio-communists as far back as the 19th century and resulted in the destruction of the Russian Monarchy. Large aspects of that history are distorted today by historians to suit their socio-communist angle.

I am not sure why the Rebel has dismissed my e-mails to them offering to supply them with archival information on the extremely close relationship that existed between the Liberal Party of Canada and Soviet Intelligence Services.

You will note there is a story on the Rebel covering Trudeau’s trade policies with China. However, again, I have offered to supply information regarding the Liberal Party of Canada’s efforts to denounce Taiwan and replace them in the UN with Communist China. While trade was the excuse, it was Trudeau senior’s connection with Communists that really pushed this agenda. Yet, the Rebel has no interest.

In other words, if you are going to discredit an enemy you need to start at the beginning and for some odd reason, they have absolutely no interest in doing this.

One important factor we need to understand that has been raised in comments is the FACT that without the rise of communism, there would not have been the rise of fascism. Let us remember that Marx wrote the first manifesto of global control in 1848. Mussolini, Franco, Hitler etc. were not even born. It was this PRINTED manifesto that threatened the reforms of the Czar and later the Wiemar Republic. That was the catalyst for a return to harsher measures in Russia and the rise of the NSDAP. As stated by one poster on here, it was a war between the LEFT to gain total control. The RIGHT had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with it. It was the RIGHT that was warning the world about these matters. Hitler was NOT on the RIGHT. Someone needs to remind the morons on the left of this fact and the Rebel is NOT willing to do that.

Not only that, but I have spent the last ten years researching British intelligence operations during WW2. This includes Canadians that operated within the British Intelligence Services. This opened my eyes to the links between members of the Liberal Party of Canada and their permanent bureaucrats that governed Canada EVEN THROUGH TWO CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENTS, that had strong links to Communist groups and Soviet Intelligence Services.

I have also been trying to have released ALL the material under lock and key held by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, RCMP and Ministry of Justice covering investigations and evidence into these investigations on Lester Pearson, Dr. Norman Robertson, Saul Rae, O.D. Skelton, Pierre Elliott Trudeau and a cavalcade of other top Canadian Liberal politicians and permanent bureaucrats. Again, the Rebel has no interest whatsoever.

So Ezra, I don’t think this is your only problem. You need to go back to the beginning to explain to Canadians how we got to this point. How we have achieved a state that operates exactly as the Soviet Union. A State whose only source of information is run by a left wing dictatorship. You need to explain to Canada how ineffectual the election of any alternative government is and that is does NOT change the status qua in Canada. It is not just the politicians, it is the actions of the Permanent Bureaucrats. They don’t change. The man running British Intelligence in the America’s up until 1946, a Canadian named William Stephenson, is on record warning Canadians THEN that the CBC and National Film Board are filled with socio-communists. When Trudeau finally became PM, he filled the top positions of both with his Communist cronies from Quebec and his newspaper Cite Libre.

Again, no interest on the part of the Rebel. THAT is your mistake.

All the rebel needs to do is make a national issue out of the hiding of evidence into the RCMP investigations into top Liberals suspected of being Communists.

I have filed several FORMAL ATIP requests demanding this information and all replies state that NO SUCH INFORMATION EXISTS when Pearson and Trudeau mention these investigations and their files in Parliament !!!!!! There are finding aids at the LAC that list the files !!!!!! So what are they hiding from the Canadian people ???????????????????????

One would think this important.

Obviously the Rebel does NOT.

That tells me, they are not interested in revealing the truth about this nation and the scum that have been running it since the 1920’s.

I will be starting a website for this information however I contacted the Rebel on several occasions to get their help in publicizing the cover-up and to get their help in having the Government release this evidence. The material on Pierre Trudeau was supposed to be released 17 YEARS AGO.

Ken Joyce
commented 2017-08-17 13:24:34 -0400
Just a couple of narcissists looking for a free ride! You should have gone with your instincts Ezra, they are never wrong. But then hindsight is 20-20. And I bet it feels great to get that off your chest, and expose these freeloaders.
commented 2017-08-17 13:19:56 -0400
Ezra, my friend,
I am flabbergasted after listening to your video.
I thought that these two guys were such a good addition to our team!
It makes me sick to find out what kind of people they really are.
I am glad you have taken action to stop these extortionists.
I hope Tommy is going to be okay.
And by the way, I have cancelled my cable TV because I am so sick of only hearing one sided (news) Not even news anymore, just idiots opinions.
You are the only media channel that I now use to get the truth about what is going on in Canada and other parts of the world!
What I don’t understand is some of the other derogatory comments here.
These must have been made by the bleeding heart snowflake liberals that don’t have two brain cells to rub together!
Stay strong, my friend, and keep up the great work!
I will always support truth and the Rebel!
commented 2017-08-17 13:16:05 -0400
It takes a man to admit he did something wrong Dave Chiasson.
Surely no one here will accuse you of being one.
commented 2017-08-17 13:07:03 -0400
You should have stuck with “his money”, I would have paid to see him dig $$$ out of his own pocket.
commented 2017-08-17 13:04:11 -0400
Below should read “hush money.”
commented 2017-08-17 13:00:50 -0400
And this guy has a law degree?
commented 2017-08-17 12:59:41 -0400
EZRA LEVANT REBEL COMMANDER Geez, that was the most boring thing I’ve ever read. Not much of a backbone for a “rebel commander”.
commented 2017-08-17 12:53:12 -0400
Haha. I’m guessing all the money for the cruise went to those two? Sap. But wait for it. Watch your supporters defend you. They’ve hung on for so long, and they’re willing to watch this ship burn around them, even as their money goes to waste and your contributors continue to jump ship. Hold on. I need some popcorn.