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 20:41:46 -0400
David Westley,

What background is that? All I hear is the sound of people eating at a restaurant, which is exactly what Caolin said. Ezra arranged a dinner.
commented 2017-08-17 20:40:11 -0400
Caolin is releasing more audio tomorrow from Ezra:

“Fortunately, there was no blackmail and I will be releasing more recording tomorrow of Ezra”.

This is going to end very badly for The Rebel.
commented 2017-08-17 20:38:20 -0400
Peter Netterville,

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.

That isn’t because of liberals.

You can’t keep blaming liberals for the response and reaction that CONSERVATIVES have had regarding all of this.
commented 2017-08-17 20:28:09 -0400
It is absurd to think that a man with a law degree, would go against his gut instinct and sign multiple contracts, absolutely foolish.
commented 2017-08-17 20:21:27 -0400
I have taken the time to listen to Colen video. It’s ‘very’ apparent it has been heavily edited, you just have to listen to the background and you can tell. In any embarrassment there is a lesson, and I think this one has been well learned.

I have seen this kind of toxic behavior in people time and time again and I believe Ezra. When you are used to being around kind like minded people it throws you when toxic people arrive. It always hurts when they sting, but you will always win in the end.

This will pass, give it enough time and just keep creating honest content exposing everyone’s BS and your supporters will stay with you.

You are one of the very few voices that speak and look for the truth. Keep at it.
commented 2017-08-17 20:10:01 -0400
Let’s keep this in perspective! The PM of Canada just paid a known convicted terrorist, 10.5 million of our tax dollars against the wishes of the majority of Canadians. A secret deal! They cut the cheque quickly before it became public, with that slimy PM having the absolute gall to offer an apology on behalf of Canada. The deal was done in secret, so that the wife of the man he murdered, couldn’t legally get her hands on it. I’ll stick with the Rebel anyday, over that traitor that’s destroying our country!
commented 2017-08-17 20:05:45 -0400
Holy shit that is nuts.

When Ezra was gone last week, I would have never imagined it was because he was in England to deal with something like this.
commented 2017-08-17 20:04:17 -0400
Ezra,
Don’t worry about: hopefully a business lesson learned — don’t trust anyone you don’t know personally. Move on.
Frank
commented 2017-08-17 19:59:11 -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, CANADALAND, save your breath with me, digging up the latest dirt on Ezra.
commented 2017-08-17 19:56:27 -0400
Wow there sure lots of lefty retard comments lately and there cowardly fake names . Why don’t you mental midgets go comment on the CBC fake media sites or grow up and grow some balls you cowards !
commented 2017-08-17 19:44:22 -0400
@ Janice Kay
If I remember correctly, after a Muslim immigrant sexually assaulted 7 young girls in West Edmonton Mall swimming pool,and the local media reported on it, Muslims were outraged or disappointed over the careless Islamophobia-causing reporting,and the CBC had a panel discussion, upon which it introduced a policy of not mentioning Islam while reporting on crimes committed by Muslims.
commented 2017-08-17 19:40:48 -0400
Ezra,

I am having a difficult time believing you could be so foolish? You’re a lawyer for heavens sake. You know full well you don’t pay for s**t like this – and yet you did it time and time again? Your just not that stupid Ezra so I don’t think I can swallow this hook, line and sinker.
commented 2017-08-17 19:39:39 -0400
When someone simply “appears”, they’re a Lefty infiltrator. The reason they resort to these slime tactics is because their theories and arguments can’t stand up to scrutiny, so they lie cheat and steal. Lessons learned. Onward and upward. I hope this backfires and increases the support for TheRebel. Cheers!
commented 2017-08-17 19:36:58 -0400
Ezra
I have no idea who your friend is but he doesn’t sound like a lawyer. When you have a legal problem, hire a lawyer. We don’t have our client’s pay severance money without a Confidentiality Agreement.
commented 2017-08-17 19:34:49 -0400
After reading the – at this point – seven pages of comments, I checked my email and found this:

Braeden Caley via bounce.bluestatedigital.com

Liberal (Logo)

Dan —

As Justin Trudeau said this week, we know that Canada is not immune to racist violence and hate. Liberals and all Canadians condemn it in all of its forms.

For Andrew Scheer though, this condemnation has been harder to come by — with his Conservative Party maintaining close ties with the far-right Rebel Media organization.

The Canadian Press has described The Rebel as “an organization increasingly linked with the alt-right, the name most commonly used to represent the white nationalist movement in the U.S. involved in the incidents in Virginia over the weekend.”

Andrew Scheer’s campaign manager is listed as one of The Rebel’s Directors. Scheer has given The Rebel several interviews, including one just minutes after his victory speech the night he became Leader of the Conservative Party. In fact, more than a quarter of Conservative MPs have done the same.

All of this despite the Rebel Media organization’s longstanding expression of far-right and hateful positions. One of their hosts has even praised the “well thought-out ideas” of neo-Nazi leader Richard Spencer.

Canadians are deeply concerned that the Conservative Party and the Rebel Media are still struggling to part ways. Andrew Scheer has still refused to denounce and end all ties with the organization.

Tell the Conservative Party what the rest of Canadians already know: Hate has no place in Canadian politics.

Add your name to call upon Andrew Scheer and the Conservative Party to end all ties with the Rebel Media organization, and to instead help unite our country with leadership that brings Canadians together.

Add your name ➜

Thanks for your support.

Braeden Caley
Senior Director, Communications
Liberal Party of Canada

commented 2017-08-17 19:31:44 -0400
I’m a little surprised you didn’t recognize slime a little sooner Ezra. Lots of lessons from this, I’m sure you’ve learned them. We still support you 110%.
commented 2017-08-17 19:28:14 -0400
A week ago in England, another group of ‘Asians’ as they call Pakistanis was convicted of yet another grooming crime against young British girls. CBC reported this story as “men” were convicted of this crime. There was no reference to the fact that they were mostly Pakistanis, no names were mentioned although in the other media reports, their names mostly started wit ‘M’ In fact for all we know, the rapists could have been farmers from Wessex, miners from Wales or men from the Isle of Skye.

Yet, Faith Goldy reported from a rally in Virginia where some White supremacists were in attendance among others, and tragically a woman named Heather Hayer was killed and the Canadian media has a collective meltdown, Politicians run for cover as do Rebel contributors. A speech by Doctors Peterson and Saad as well as Faith Goldy is cancelled at Ryerson University for security reasons and Faith was mentioned as part of the reason.

We have a serious ideological divide in Canada.
commented 2017-08-17 19:22:25 -0400
It’s like a fish filleting shack in here. Get the raid!
commented 2017-08-17 19:19:08 -0400
People like Sarah are the product of the generation first introduced to bullying, therefore, bullying is their method of communication. They are the product of the generation that has grown up on video games, therefore, their social interaction is game playing. They are the product of an educational system that did not teach them working skills, therefore, they’ve never had a paying job. They are the product of living at home past the age of 21 or 31, therefore, they do not even qualify for unemployment benefits, instead, they leach off others.
If George Soros wasn’t funding their groups, they’d be street kids, or still living with their parents.
And they actually think they have something to contribute to society.
commented 2017-08-17 19:12:35 -0400
Peter Netterville…..commented below and i agree and have been saying the same, albeit not as eloquently: You all hide behind a pseudonym, a fake name, because you are all socialist indoctrinated wimps, thinking you are safe behind your keyboard saying things you would never have the backbone to speak to someone’s face.
Thanks Peter and well said
commented 2017-08-17 19:00:07 -0400
Don’t flatter yourself fucktard, you are less than fuck all to me, and what you spew means even less. It is pathetic to watch you obsess over the Rebel and its supporters. You have serious mental issues and you need to come to grips with that, we all see it plain as day. So get fucked troll…….correction……..narcissistic, psychopath troll.
commented 2017-08-17 18:57:51 -0400
@Sarah…..I want full disclosure of how the CBC spends the $1,650,000,000 it gets from taxpayers every year…..apparently the CBC does not feel obliged to do that. In fact they hire lawyers (on the taxpayer’s dime) to fend off all attempts to make them do that.

None of the news agencies in the MSM make full public disclosure of their books. They are not obliged to.

Crowd funding that does not issue receipts for charitable deduction is not subject to Revenue Canada audit for verification of charitable use after overhead. It may be required to be reported as “tips and gratuities” but all funding paid out to the targeted charity or cause or to reasonable administrative overhead is expensed against that amount and only the balance would be taxable. Creating a profit slush fund as Caolin alledges would be taxed at a rate of 50%, so there is no real incentive to do that.

Caolin is a con artist….not Ezra.
commented 2017-08-17 18:54:35 -0400
I see that the haters have taken over the comments section here.

You haters, and you know who you are, really have some deep psychological issues.

You hate Ezra because he has a different opinion that you do and he is unafraid to speak it. That’s the crux of your hatred.

You all hide behind a pseudonym, a fake name, because you are all socialist indoctrinated wimps, thinking you are safe behind your keyboard saying things you would never have the backbone to speak to someone’s face.
commented 2017-08-17 18:54:10 -0400
Ayan…. you leftist regressive fucktard, talk to any resident of Grande Prairie and you will get the facts on what these sub human followers of the pedofile profet have done to that city. I can tell you for certain after living there for five years, it is not the whites committing the crimes. Your stats mean fuck all in the context of the white population. You’re a fucking troll and you know it.
commented 2017-08-17 18:53:23 -0400
Mike Krchnak,

Who are you trying to kid. You read every post I make and it KILLS you inside. You wish I was dead, because my posts consume you.

I use different names, because I get banned. You see The Rebel doesn’t really believe in free speech, so I get banned and have to rejoin with a new name.
commented 2017-08-17 18:49:44 -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. When we dig up dirt on Islamists, you behave no differently.
commented 2017-08-17 18:49:08 -0400
James Scott,

You do realize that Ezra has used Canadaland as a source for his own stories. They are not liberal – they are a media watchdog and attack CBC, The Star and many other MSM sources. They have also defended Ezra in the past.

You are wrong.

You are a Rebel sheep.
commented 2017-08-17 18:47:39 -0400
Well there Sarah you lying piece of shit leftist regressive fucktatd, youve tipped your hand. “I am been here since the beginning and no recognize those people at all contributing here.” Besides not being able to form a coherent sentence, you have confirmed your cowardice by hiding behind many fake names. I have been on the Rebel site since day one have reador glanced at your rhetoric too many times. There is medical term for your mental illness, i will let you figure that out on your own.
So why would any right minded individual care what you have to say in your posts, I don’t and skim over yours at best. But over time through your many cowardly fake names you have who you are, and more importantly what your not. Seek help for your illness for your own sake and if they exist, for the sake of that one person that may care about you. I personally would like to see you and your ilk go the way of the dodo bird, but i digress.
Once again i’m posting for you a link that aptly describes sociopaths like you.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-online-secrets/201409/internet-trolls-are-narcissists-psychopaths-and-sadists
commented 2017-08-17 18:46:39 -0400
Jan G,

Nothing about their Rebel coverage is a lie. They are simply reporting on the facts about what has transpired in the last 48 hours.

The reality is that you think everyone is lying to you and that only Ezra Levant is spoon feeding you the truth.

His own staff and co-founder have deserted him – that should tell you something. Ezra is running The Rebel into the ground with his bullshit.

We will soon see if he has committed fraud as well.