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 17:48:48 -0400
Boy, it didn’t take Andrew Scheer long to go full on coward. He ran for the leadership with the promise to defend free speech. Another bait and switch the we CPC members fell for. The National Post is so happy that the “smirk” has been finally been wiped off the Rebel Media’s face. Keep on fighting Ezra.
It takes a brave person to defend free speech against the godless, but there are more of us out there than you might think.
commented 2017-08-17 17:45:40 -0400
Really Uvam, you a such a card.
Benito Mussolini was a socialist and a fascist. He was of the left
Hitler idolized Mussolini and used him as his model.
Hitler was the head of the National Socialist German Workers Party. That party was a leftist fascist party.
You are right it is just so simple.
commented 2017-08-17 17:43:46 -0400
Not a pleasant story. No background checks or references equal bad business. I admire your generosity, perhaps you were a little too generous. These two are pond scum. Ezra, you have exposed the scam, now it is time to move on. In spite of what the liberals think, the world needs the Rebel; now more than ever. Your supporters will not quit you, myself included. A valuable lesson has been learned here. There are many who hope to bring us down but the truth must succeed. Once a Rebel, always a Rebel.
commented 2017-08-17 17:42:56 -0400
Enough about your idiotic ramblings regarding fascism and communism. I don’t give a shit. My only point is they are both violent, lying, mass murdering bastards, period.
commented 2017-08-17 17:42:47 -0400
Communism also means government control. I would know. Political correctness was invented by Marxism (Marcuse, if I am not mistaken) as a crack-down on all dissent from state control. It is the new tolerance, where there is no platform, no tolerance, for hate. Hate is defined by controllers as simple rational argument, if it is critical of the state.
commented 2017-08-17 17:40:39 -0400
Uvam Acerbam:
In what country are you a ‘conservative’? Canadian conservative values are nothing what you represent. Sorry friend; me thinks you are a wolf in sheep’s clothing. But you can play your game all you want. Most here have raised children so we understand the mentality you’re demonstrating.
commented 2017-08-17 17:38:16 -0400
We all make mistakes Ezra. We learn from it and move on. In the future total exposing of what is going on is the best policy. Your readers will forgive you for pretty much anything so don’t worry about that. Extortion and blackmail is against the law. To bad you fell prey to it. Next time expose it right away. Telling the truth always removes the stinger. But better late than never. Scheer is also human and not perfect and like a typical politician fears the opponent for fear of losing votes. He is aligning himself with very few people right now to keep his head above water. Once he learns to swim in the deep end he will align with everyone except the far left liberal and the far right conservative who both are breaking the law and hiding under isms, ists, groups and organizations to avoid personal prosecution. When he realizes you are doing the same, he will align with you. Don’t be concerned about that. And for everyone else who is concerned about Scheer…he is trying like everyone else. He will learn that the mainstream media in Canada is just like the USA. Left, liberal, liars for the sake of the collective, run by he left. He will learn that academia in Canada is also left liberal. He will learn. Let’s teach him that mediocrity will destroy his chances of winning and if not strong for justice will have him kicked to the curb. Trump went easy on justice regarding Charlottesville in his first speech and did he get a backlash from his people. He changed his tune in his next statement and is back in the good books. We the people teach are leaders. We need to teach Scheer and help him get a back bone. In Canada we have a lot more parties than in the USA that we will give a chance if he doesn’t learn. Perhaps we need to bring back the awesome reform party. Where is our beloved Preston Manning. Interview him. Half the battle will be letting us reluctant conservatives know that Scheer is listening to guys like Manning. There are more than just Scheer. If all conservative leaders don’t align themselves with the real media…they will lose big time and not to the liberals. Maybe a reform like party needs to rise again….Ezra, Kevin J johnston, the ex-reformers, the heritage party people, etc. But for you Ezra, confess all, be totally open, accept Jesus into your heart to receive the boldness to preach what needs to be preached, wether it leads to the top or bottom of the pile. Don’t worry about left or right, conservative or liberal. Preach and expose the truth in this world and forget about who likes or hates you, about who follows you or not. Kevin J Johnston is taking on the federal government and we love the guy for standing up for free speech. Stay bold brother Ezra.
commented 2017-08-17 17:35:54 -0400
In communism, the state is the custodian of everything and it is the state that owns everything. On the other hand, in Fascism, the state has control over everything. In simple words, Communism means state ownership and fascism means state control.
commented 2017-08-17 17:32:42 -0400
Yes the libtards or gestapo, are going full throttle to shut down this website, Alex Jones, Paul Watson, Kevin Johnston etc, all of them. It has to do with Google, You tube and face book. There are some other sites that have started up where none of this bigotry against the conservative voice will be allowed. These huge liberal companies have gotten wealthy at the expense of some of these conservative people and are in breach of their contract for many things. I’ve heard there may be a class action lawsuit underway against the conglomerates who’ve robbed people of their lively hood and money. See you in court dummies.
commented 2017-08-17 17:28:01 -0400
Sarah commented 3 mins ago, "You seem to ignore the fact that 4 conservatives have quit this place, many conservatives don’t want to be associated with this place, the cruise was cancelled, 250 advertisers have told The Rebel to fuck off and essentially The Rebel is becoming a pariah.

Ah, Sarah is getting his/her knickers in a knot, resorting to vulgarity which the Left is particularly given to use when frustrated. I wouldn’t be surprised if Gavin left because of death threats, another method used by people who are frustrated. After all, he lives in the USA and that’s kind of a normal way to act for many people there. So, Sarah, stay cool!!

As far as I’m concerned, I don’t care if 100 conservatives quit this place. Ezra needs to change things here, but he’s the ONLY new service that allows free speech, and to me that’s more important
than anything else.
commented 2017-08-17 17:21:42 -0400
JAN G, wow, you are amazing at assuming so many things from what I’ve not said.

You mean you are an atheist. (Yes I am. Do you have a problem with that?) You are against Christians, Jews, traditional family values such as children, thus, you must be pro-abortion. (Really? I hate Christians and Jews? Family values such as children? I didn’t realise that not being a social conservative implied all of that. And that I was required to condone abortions as well.) You do not want to see religion in the schools, any religious icons outside of Churches, on and on. (You are correct, I wish to separate church and state. Religious icons outside the church is one intolerant step too far. I like Christmas.) You agree to educating children with explicit sexual literature. (Now you’re getting weird. If you think that I want porn in schools, you are totally incorrect.) You consider Christians racist. (Again, weird, you’re just pulling stuff out of a hat now. Some of my best friends are christian.)
commented 2017-08-17 17:20:59 -0400
Mussolini was a fascist, and was a very good supporter of Hitler. Both were of the left. So much ignorance on the few here spewing their hatred all day long of conservatives, Ezra and the Rebel. Have had enough. Good day.
commented 2017-08-17 17:20:29 -0400
@ CATHY R
Fascism is for state-control of the people, as is communism.
Both are for collectivism.
The people who are for a small government, against collectivism, against identity politics, are labeled as fascists. How sad and harmful.
commented 2017-08-17 17:17:16 -0400
James Scott,

You seem to ignore the fact that 4 conservatives have quit this place, many conservatives don’t want to be associated with this place, the cruise was cancelled, 250 advertisers have told The Rebel to fuck off and essentially The Rebel is becoming a pariah.

You are clearly in denial. The MSM is simply reporting on what has been going on.

Expect things to get far worse for Ezra and The Rebel – not better.
commented 2017-08-17 17:16:17 -0400
No Uvam, I think I got my message across loud and clear. Communism and fascism is very similar in their tactics. Fascism is not the far right. Communism and fascism are both the left especially lately and there are mulit- millions of people in history who have been murdered by these violent lying brainwashing dictatorships. Not much difference between the 2 other than the name really.
commented 2017-08-17 17:15:35 -0400
Sarah, you’re starting make me laugh now. Thanx girlie.
commented 2017-08-17 17:15:07 -0400
I had hoped that the Rebel would have stayed focused on Canadian politics more but I accepted the great expansion into the UK, Oz and elsewhere and supported it for the most part. This situation with the level of intrigue along with the departures of assorted people, has been shocking to say the least. All I can say is that I hope the Rebel can find it’s way out of this mess. If not then the Rebel will be an opportunity squandered…
commented 2017-08-17 17:13:00 -0400
Jan G; Yes lefties are materialists all day long. Just try and work for one.
commented 2017-08-17 17:12:17 -0400
@UVAM ACERBAM

I hope your anti-racist sentiment includes condemnation of anti-white racism, especially indoctrination of students with bias against ‘white cisgender males’. I am sure you can see that not all white males who are not homosexual and who are not willing to apologize for who they are, are Nazis?

Back to my original request: Could you define Nazism for us, please? Would it include a reporter reporting on a legal assembly?
commented 2017-08-17 17:11:21 -0400
FYI. The Rebel cruise was canceled by the Norwegian Cruise co. based on pressure by a hard left communist group from the UK called “Hope not hate”. The Leftards are very happy with shutting down free press and conservatives voices like the Rebel. They are too stupid to understand that next in line, it will be their own voices that will be shut down. In all history, there’s never been any voice heard from the population under a totalitarian communist or socialist regime. Once they have served their purpose, they will be put down as well.
commented 2017-08-17 17:10:15 -0400
Uvam Acerbam; Just shorten it up and say you’re a libtard.
commented 2017-08-17 17:09:39 -0400
@Sarah

You just highlighted why the Rebel started in the first place. Please spare us. No more links to left wing BS.

And the best one yet…..Alberta Government Denounces the Rebel…..You don’t say?

Is that because the Rebel pointed out to Canadians who the Real Destroyers of Alberta are, or is it because the Rebel stands against the ugly NDP SOOT Tax, or maybe because the Rebel stood up to the NDP because of their dictatorial Bill 6, and the video recording of Notley’s laughter that went along with it. Or maybe it’s because the Rebel uncovered the fact Notley and her gang lied to Albertans about the water tanker issue surrounding the Fort Mac fire.

Ya, no kidding the No Democratic Party denounces the Rebel; on CBC no less. haha
commented 2017-08-17 17:08:44 -0400
Apparently there is another huge bomb to be dropped on The Rebel soon.

Stay tuned.
commented 2017-08-17 17:05:32 -0400
Which little weasels on here are from CANADALAND which has the most boring looking Twitter Page in the entire universe? They may be on here, spreading their LOVE. So, keep that in mind when you read these comments.
commented 2017-08-17 17:05:30 -0400
Ezra you did the right thing exposing these ungrateful piss ants! NO ONE WILL EVER TRUST THEM NOW!! Good luck SCAMMERS!
When I finally met Carolan in Toronto I wondered to myself ,for a good looking kid why does he always wear that bulky grey sweater? Seriously haven’t seen him out of it much in any vids……hmmmmmm, perhaps other recording devices were underneath? Also, I’m glad I remember which signature is his on my “Trudeau is a Trujoke” shirt….I will be replacing it with a Winnie the Poo patch…….and possibly a Tiger one over Brian Liley’s signature….LMAO!

To Sarah….QUACK off! You’re completely being pathetic wasting your energy on bashing Ezra and trying to convince his supporters they’re idiots?! Why don’t you waste your time on a cause you support and have a healthy debate instead condemming a platform you could never in your wildest dreams create! You hate cuz you ain’t!! Lol!!
commented 2017-08-17 17:04:56 -0400
Uvam Acerbam:
You mean you are an atheist. You are against Christians, Jews, traditional family values such as children, thus, you must be pro-abortion. You do not want to see religion in the schools, any religious icons outside of Churches, on and on. You agree to educating children with explicit sexual
literature. You consider Christians racist.
Did I get that right?

Golly, are you that boring you are only interested in money?
commented 2017-08-17 17:03:26 -0400
Dorota Mosiewicz-Patalas,

Ezra made his own bed for years. Now he has to lie in it and that could very well mean the end of The Rebel by his own hand essentially. Brian pretty much said that as well.
commented 2017-08-17 17:02:11 -0400
I’m sorry, I’m confused. What’s with the mea culpa? Why on Gods green earth would you be ashamed of trying to save your company or your cause from a couple of degenerate over entitled spastics? I always thought Robertson was too good to be true. A millennial, who’d somehow come through the indoctrination mill thinking for himself? Turns out the pasty little cunts just a psychopath. No worries. Rebel is bigger. Bigger than the twat twins. Bigger even than you. Even if I didn’t admire your courage and commitment I would still support you for your different slant on the issues of the day. The Rebellion is only starting.
commented 2017-08-17 17:00:27 -0400
CATHY R, you, like most others on this and many other Neo-con sites can’t seem to get that fascists and communists are not the same thing, not even similar. Fascists are far right and communists are far left, polar opposites. I think what you are trying to say is that communists are totalitarian. Fascists are also totalitarian. There wasn’t that easy. Almost like being in home schooling lessons.