by Emma Parry
GHISLAINE Maxwell and her paedophile lover Jeffrey Epstein were both Israeli spies who took pictures of powerful men having sex with underage girls to blackmail them, their alleged Mossad handler has sensationally claimed.
The pair allegedly ran a “honey-trap” operation where they would provide young girls to politicians in order to squeeze them for information for the Israelis.
The unsubstantiated claims have been made by Ari Ben-Menashe who claims he is a former Israeli spy.
Ben-Menashe claims that he was the “handler” of Ghislaine’s dad Robert Maxwell, who was also a spy, and that it was the former newspaper baron who introduced Epstein and his daughter to the Israeli intelligence agency.
He makes the unverified claims in a new book called “Epstein: Dead Men Tell No Tales”.
In a preview of the book, shared with Sun Online, Ben-Menashe says: “Mr Epstein was the simple idiot who was going around providing girls to all kinds of politicians in the United States.
“See, f**king around is not a crime. It could be embarrassing, but it’s not a crime.
“But f**king a fourteen-year-old girl is a crime. And he was taking photos of politicians f**king fourteen-year-old girls—if you want to get it straight.
“They [Epstein and Maxwell] would just blackmail people, they would just blackmail people like that.”
Ben-Menashe is a mysterious Iranian-born Israeli businessman who claims to have worked for Mossad from 1977 to 1987.
He was arrested in 1989 in the US on arms dealing charges but was acquitted in 1990 after a jury accepted he was acting on behalf of Israel.
Israel tried to distance themselves from him, with government sources saying he never had anything to do with intelligence services, although other news reports – in both the US and Israel – confirmed he did.
He later wrote a book called Profits of War: Inside the US-Israeli Arms Network and in the early 1990s claimed that Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine’s dad, worked for Mossad.
The new book takes this further and claims Maxwell may have worked for other governments too as as a double or triple agent.
Ben-Menashe claims that despite reports Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell met in the early 90s in New York, they actually met much earlier – through the socialite’s father.
He claims that Robert Maxwell introduced Epstein to Mossad and then Ghislaine got involved later.
Files from the British Foreign Office, released in 2003 appear to back the claims Robert Maxwell may have been a spy, with one report describing him as a “thoroughly bad character” who was being “financed by Russia” and another saying his “questionable activities” had been brought to the attention of the Foreign Officer “on several occasions”.
While the Maxwell family have always denied such reports, family friend Laura Goldman says in the book: “My feeling is that he probably was an agent to the Russians, the Israelis, and the British. I believe that Ghislaine continued his work.”
It is not known whether Maxwell and Epstein gathered any intelligence about pal Prince Andrew in their alleged espionage work – although the book suggests the Royal was a target.
John Dougan, who served as Deputy Sheriff in Palm Beach, Florida at the time Epstein was in prison for his first slew of child sex offences, says he was given access to Epstein’s case file – including video tapes – in its entirety by Palm Beach Police Detective Joseph Recarey, who later died unexpectedly aged 50.
Dougan managed to copy the tapes, encrypt them and flee to Russia, where he now lives.
Although he has not watched the encrypted files he tells Epstein: Dead Men Tell No Tales that he is certain they contain blackmail material involving wealthy people – and that Prince Andrew was a target.
“Do I think that Epstein was probably put up to getting some wealthy people to sleep with some underage women so those people could be black- mailed by Western intelligence agencies? Absolutely I do,” he said.
MI6 were “concerned that Russia may have obtained kompromat, compromising material, on Prince Andrew,” according to a Times report – although Dougan claims he has given no information to the Russians.
Epstein was found dead in his New York prison cell on August 10 after allegedly committing suicide, while he faced charges for sex trafficking minors.
Melissa Cronin, the book’s author, believes that Epstein’s alleged intelligence links add weight to the theory that he did not kill himself but was murdered.
She also points to Epstein’s and Maxwell’s links with prominent people from the science and technology industries – and believes the pair not only ran a honeypot operation but also an information-gathering operation.
“Before I started with the book, I was extremely skeptical of the murder theory.,” she told Sun Online.
“I’m definitely not a conspiracy theorist by nature at all, but the more that we dug into this, there’s just so much incontrovertible evidence about his work in the world of espionage, his work with Mossad and it all comes together to make a really compelling argument for the fact that he was murdered.
“I think one thing that is interesting and important to say is that Epstein wasn’t necessarily a spy in the traditional sense, he wasn’t particularly loyal to Israel per se, he was a collector of information.
“So of course there was the blackmail aspect of what he was doing in terms of the honey trap and getting this footage of people that he could use as leverage.
“At the same time, something that a lot of people haven’t really explored is how he cultivated these relationships within science and technology.
“We get really deep into that in the book and to how he was meeting with and extracting really sensitive information from scientists and eminent theorists and things like that.
“That material – probably even more so than the blackmail material – is what really would be of interest to a foreign power such as Israel.”
Ghislaine Maxwell has previously denied any wrongdoing. Sun Online reached out to her representatives for Maxwell. Representatives for the Israeli government did not respond to requests for comment.
Epstein: Dead Men Tell No Tales is out today.