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 23:09:29 -0400
Liza Rosie,

I have to give you some credit. As much as you may support Ezra, you still feel that there are many questions that he has to answer and you are not just going to blindly say he is innocent or that all of this is untrue or some liberal agenda.

Unlike Peter.

I tip my hat to you.
commented 2017-08-17 23:05:23 -0400
Peter Netterville,

No, it means – you are delusional and in denial.

Brian, Faith, John, Barbara, Gavin all gone – maybe more in the coming days. Ezra is getting exposed by former employees, The Rebel has lost over 200 advertisers, conservative groups want nothing to do with Ezra – but in Peter’s brain, everything is just fine.

Nothing to see here.
commented 2017-08-17 22:58:59 -0400
Keep the updates coming, Sarah. I think they’re getting angry. :D

Do I hear an S.O.S.?
commented 2017-08-17 22:55:04 -0400
Geez Dan Mancuso, that is gross. Since when is it appropriate for the government to dis a media outlet. Honestly, the Liberal party does itself no favours jumping on the Rebel. It just makes it look like they have something to do with this take down. They are lying and slandering, and that email from the Liberals was highly inappropriate. I with hold judgement on this Caolan thing. His video has a lot of holes in it, and he is asking for donations for his own startup. I can’t say that I swallow Caolan’s vid on why he left, but I didn’t really like what I heard from Ezra on that recording.

I’m not going to say anything else until the dust settles.
Ezra does have some more explaining to do. I need more information than what he has offered. Caolan’s video won’t go away. There are some questions that need answering.
commented 2017-08-17 22:52:43 -0400
Sarah said, “Believe whatever you want, but I think this is the beginning of the end.”

Translates to: “Okay, don’t believe what I tell you to believe, but I desperately want this to be the end.”
commented 2017-08-17 22:42:19 -0400
Ezra is going to be by himself at the end of it all.
commented 2017-08-17 22:36:17 -0400
John Rob,

Don’t be surprised if one day you click on The Rebel and you get an error message, because the site is no longer here as the plug has been pulled.

Believe whatever you want, but I think this is the beginning of the end.
commented 2017-08-17 22:16:23 -0400
Is keeping Canada Canadian a bad thing? Are we going to be allowed to ask that question if trudeau stays in the PMO? Am I going to be allowed to question anything of what trudeau and his followers say..or not say…do….or not do…Wow..after all it’s 2017 in Canada and this question may become against the Law.
commented 2017-08-17 22:10:50 -0400
@Tony Benjamin….That, Tony is because you have not run the gauntlet of “due process” as many times as Ezra has. Let me assure you ,Tony, there are MANY lawyers who will advise you to pay the “Dane geld”….it is called “family court”….now loose the sanctimony and get real.
commented 2017-08-17 22:09:43 -0400
That’s now two assholes I’ve seen on the net try to make a story about the Rebel being unscrupulous with crowdfunded money, only to ask for money at the end of their compendium of nonsense.
Second, I find it hilarious watching you comment on those who have left the rebel as if you have known them and are a party to some inside information on their decision making, as if a guy like Gavin would run to a lefty hog and apprise them of the intimate details of his consciousness. But keep dreaming, you might actually convince yourself that what you say is important, just like the inconsequential Internet personalities you have posted.
commented 2017-08-17 21:53:34 -0400
Dave said, “Liberals will mock, condemn, lie, slander, etc.”

Add to that list; hate, mockery and astounding hypocrisy.
commented 2017-08-17 21:42:42 -0400
Sarah said, “No, you haven’t.”

What is the sense in asking for someone’s opinion if all you will hear is only what you want to hear?
commented 2017-08-17 21:26:59 -0400
Conservatives will understand that life deals bad circumstances occasionally. They will stay with you.
Liberals will mock, condemn, lie, slander, etc. But they were never with you anyway – so who cares?
Unfortunately the lesson here is don’t believe in the inherent decency of mankind. That ship has sailed right off the map of the world… to the detriment of us all.
commented 2017-08-17 21:25:19 -0400
And let me add to my comment below…The something good that will happen…will not come from trudeau and his followers..It will come from the Everyday People’s strength and perseverance of keeping Canada Canadian.
commented 2017-08-17 21:25:01 -0400
I value freedom of speech above all else. So, unless Ezra is convicted of being a felon, I will support what he represents: free speech which is the cornerstone of our democracy. So, Leftists, save your breath with me, digging up the latest dirt on Ezra. It’s not working!!
commented 2017-08-17 21:24:23 -0400
Peter Netterville,

No, you haven’t. It’s all been stuff like Brian’s a cuck or wants to host Global News or the liberals got to him. Frankly all moronic responses.

But feel free. What is your great logical and reasonable position regarding Brian leaving and then 3 others following him.
commented 2017-08-17 21:20:42 -0400
Oops – sorry I meant don’t bother! It’s time to sign off…
commented 2017-08-17 21:16:38 -0400
I just can’t get that song out of my head while reading the trolls on this thread.

“Send in the clowns…don’t both they’re here!”
commented 2017-08-17 21:13:37 -0400
Cathy R – I should have given more detail, but thanks for filling in more of the facts for those who don’t know, or aren’t aware of how the liberals operate.
commented 2017-08-17 21:11:59 -0400
Sarah said, “People including you haven’t responded with anything of worth.”

No, we have. What you are really saying is that we have not responded with what you want to hear.

Anything you do not want to hear you consider worthless.

What is the sense in asking for someone’s opinion if all you will hear is only what you want to hear?
commented 2017-08-17 21:06:07 -0400
Rebels..I am a firm believer that when something bad happens..Example…trudeau II as the PM of Canada being the bad part…. Something good will transpire..We all know here at the Rebel that the liberal wingnuts were going to attack with hate..Stay safe..hold fast to reality and do not waiver from the truth.. The liberal wingnuts are having their comments and moments of depravity on this site as you can see.
commented 2017-08-17 21:04:14 -0400
Peter Netterville,

People including you haven’t responded with anything of worth. Saying that Brian is secretly a liberal or that he wants a cushy MSM job and we are going to see him on Global News soon isn’t a reasonable response to why he quit and 3 others have followed.
commented 2017-08-17 21:03:21 -0400
Ouch, it is so painful to read this “confession” by Ezra. The fact that he admits he kept giving these guys tons of money even though they were breaking their promises to stay quiet every single time, it only shows that Ezra is an utter idiot, incapable of using wisely the money that we contribute. Maybe Ezra, since you’re in the mood for confessions, why don’t you tell us what happened with Lauren Southern?
commented 2017-08-17 21:01:39 -0400
Jan G,

How old are you?
commented 2017-08-17 21:00:46 -0400
Sarah said, "How about the 4 conservatives who quit because of Ezra? Or the numerous conservative sources that want nothing to do with Ezra or The Rebel any longer. "

I have lost count how many time you have made this same statement phrased in different ways to different people and people here have explained to you why many of them left, but you just cannot learn. Will not learn. I am not going to go over again what you have already been told.

It is clear and obvious, Sarah, you are here to try to convince people not to support Ezra and to denigrate Ezra and the people that support him. Why you have made this your mission, no one but your little socialist hate filled mind knows.

Sarah, you have said your piece over and over several time. We get. You despise Ezra and you despise The Rebel and you despise the people that support Ezra.

Thank you for your opinion, move along now little girl.
commented 2017-08-17 21:00:28 -0400
Deborah Graupner, and don’t forget that the 10.5 million dollar payout to Khadr was done when parliament was on their summer break, so it could be done without any questions or backlash from the other parties.
I’ll stick with the Rebel too. The only reliable source of truth on the internet regardless of what the libtards or any ex criminal or disgruntled rebel employee has to say.
commented 2017-08-17 20:50:03 -0400
Ralf (not your real name or even spelled correctly), and what’s your legal opinion about something you know absolutely nothing about? Where did you get your law degree from some outfit online, from Pakistan, that also specializes in terrorizing people on the telephone into believing they’re going to be arrested for not paying their income tax so they can rip them off for all the money they have in their bank accounts? Yeah, I thought so.