Brett Kimberlin and Fake News


BuzzFeed has a story up about about some forged documents that appear to be a part of a hoax created to cause problems for the Trump administration. BuzzFeed reports that a guy called Yoni Ariel is involved in the scheme. So is Brett Kimberlin.

Ariel recalled that he contacted Kimberlin, who then arranged for him to travel to Washington. Ariel had been sounding alarm bells about Russia’s meddling in the presidential campaign so, he said, Kimberlin wanted him to meet people on Capitol Hill. Kimberlin covered the cost of the trip, according to Ariel.

Ariel had not yet seen the documents at that time, but what he did know about them seemed like exactly the sort of thing Kimberlin was interested in digging up. When told about them, Kimberlin quickly agreed to finance Ariel’s efforts to acquire them, according to Ariel and two people with knowledge of the arrangement.

Kimberlin ultimately covered the costs for Ariel to travel to Rome three times, Ariel said. On the first trip, just before Christmas, Pasetti showed him portions of the documents; on the second trip, a price was negotiated; and on the last one Ariel actually purchased the documents. The $9,000 payment was also covered by Kimberlin, according to Ariel and the two people familiar with the arrangement.

Reached Sunday evening at his home in Maryland, Kimberlin declined to discuss the documents or his relationship with Ariel.

Hmmmmm.

Read the whole thing.

50 thoughts on “Brett Kimberlin and Fake News

    • First thought, haven’t read article yet, is that The littlest bomber forged the docs himself, and paid himself, and that Ariel was just an eager fool he used. Then it occurred to me that there is one guy constantly getting one over on Kimberlin, and maybe that guy floated the whole scheme to squeeze K for a buck or two.

  1. On January 22, a political activist who works closely with Kimberlin reached out to a BuzzFeed News reporter, offering up what seemed like a lead on an important scoop.

    Wonder why they’re not naming Rauhauser the political activist?

    • It could have been Brett’s fellow pedo Gillette. Or maybe Cohen himself. There are not a lot of people who wish to be associated with Brett so the list is pretty short.

    • Interesting omission – “Professional” courtesy, I suppose.

      But the funniest part of this story is that Kimberlin and his gang appear to have run into a much more sophisticated and clever scammer than any of them could ever hope to be. This “Luigi Forino” at the heart of this reminds me of Michael Caine’s character in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, or perhaps more like “The Fox”, since the Fox is the one who ends up scamming the scammers. Hilarious movie!

      Luigi is the one, after all, who got paid $9,000 in cash for one hours bad typing with a big side of bull, and not only that, he left the pigeons thanking him for all of the good work he did for them. You gotta admire someone with the balls to pull that off.

  2. It looks too much like a forgery, therefore proof that it’s NOT a forgery! Haha, where have we seen a version of this brand of logic before?
    From the article: The numerous errors in the documents, he added, only served to underscore “that we are not dealing with a forgery here,” he wrote in an email. “In my opinion as a former intelligence officer, the various misspellings and other inconsistencies are deliberate, to camouflage it and deter media scrutiny.”

    • I know, right? Too bad there isn’t anyone in the federal government that can connect all the dots on this guy.

      – lives a lifestyle wildly inconsistent with his reported salary from his nonprofits, doesn’t appear to have any other gainful employment. Wonder what he reports on HIS tax returns?
      – filed a frivolous lawsuit against McConnell, et al
      – filed an apparently frivolous lawsuit against Bannon
      – hangs out with several unsavory characters
      – appears to do nothing other than waste various court’s time on lawfare against his political enemies
      – and, oh yeah, he’s got a violent felony conviction that he’s still on parole for

      I’m sure I’ve missed a few. He sounds like the perfect use for that weaponized federal government.

  3. This seems like something the Judges in all of his cases need to know about. And where the hell does he get the money to finance these operations??????!!!!!

    • This story seems custom made for Lee Stranahan and his type of long form reporting. Let’s make sure he is aware of it.

      Oh and one more thing……….where the F$%K does Kimberlin get the money to fund this type of crap??????!!!!!!

  4. I’m calling, “Bullshit!” I’m sorry, if I had information with a fair market value of over $160,000 dollars I wouldn’t let it go for $9,000. I certainly wouldn’t care about laws against carrying large sums of cash. Someone could bring a traveler’s check legally, and, deposit it abroad, and then withdraw it as cash. One could pay with an art work, or rare coins. Or, they could say that if you really want the story, then, it will be you who will have to take that risk. Additionally, one would not have any reason to lower the price below $9,900.

    Nor, does the story of a cash payment make any sense. Presumably, one pays cash to avoid disclosure. Since the transaction has been voluntarily given publicity, it doesn’t seem to be much of a factor, and, certainly not enough of a factor to lower the price by over 90%. And, if one is deliberately skirting the law one never gives publicity to the fact that one was deliberately skirting the law. This is especially true given the fact that it also illegal to structure cash withdraws to conceal cash transactions in excess of $3,000. Unless Brett Kimberlin withdrew the money in one transaction he might be in some legal jeopardy.

    I strongly suspect the amount of cash smuggled was over $10,000 dollars, and two parties to the transaction more, or less, conspired to claim the amount smuggled in cash was lower than $10,000 to minimize scrutiny. Now, this is all speculative, and, I have no evidence either way.

    That is, if any payment was ever made.

    There is another possibility. This whole thing could be a scam by Brett Kimberlin, himself. Perhaps, he, or an accomplice forged the documents and spun a tale of international intrigue to give the documents some provenance. The point of such a scam would be clear enough: bilk liberals out money. One has to ask how Brett Kimberlin could have $9,000 in cash. His income is $19500. His daughter receives expensive singing lessons. Saving that sum of money seems unrealistic. His “charities” don’t show much cash-on-hand. Maybe, this is speculation, a third party ponied up the money for documents that were not purchased, but, rather forged. Maybe, some third party has already been scammed.

    Creating an “information fund” to raise money to make such payments in the future could dupe unsuspecting liberals out of millions of dollars. Who is to say that any such a “reward fund” would ever pay out a dime? We know for a fact that Brett Kimberlin founded a “Pussy Riot defense fund” that raised money that the fund’s own fine printed noted that not one cent would ever go to Pussy Riot, their lawyers, their publicists etc.

    When Brett Kimberlin is involved, almost any level of deceit is possible.

    • Er, actually, the original material is what the forgets wanted major sums in return. A copy is essentially meaningless. $9,000 is a ludicrous overpayment. It’s hysterical.

        • The reason I believe it is more or less accurate is that this “Luigi Forino” seems to have left a trail of scams even bigger than this wherever he goes. LIke I said, he sounds like Michael Caine’s character in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, a professional grifter who preys on anybody with too much money and too little sense.

      • I don’t see this at all. The whole point of the documents was to falsely incriminate both Exxon-Mobile and Donald Trump. A copy was just as incriminating. And, a copy has the added bonus of evading some forensic analysis that the original could be subject.

  5. Incidentally, one of the nicest things about the election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States is the possibility that Brett Kimberlin will finally be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. He is an obvious target. He is guilty of sin, and, the quintessential swamp creature. Having documented as having raped a child in open court will leave him radioactive. No rational person on the Left will ever raise a finger to help him.

  6. Is there any way possible to get these nothingburger fake documents to Maddow?!?

    Maybe she can have the Malignant Midget and his self proclaimed “journamulist” fatass sidekick on for extra lulzy lulz!!

    • Judge: Wait, he’s not in Wisconsin, he’s in DC? Here’s an order to extradite ASAP.

      Aaron: Hmm. Never seen a forklift and flatbed run lights and sirens before…

  7. What I find particularly interesting is that the forged email lacks headers. An actual competent forger would take the time to create plausible and consistent headers, while only a lazy, shiftless loser would leave them out. Perhaps a lazy, shiftless loser who has done just that, after their earlier attempts to forge email headers had demonstrated incompetence…

    • A really, really, really stupid forger would add headers so obviously made up that the email would have YUGE flashing neon letters screaming “FORGERY”. Ask “Broadway Bill” Schmalfeldt of KMCN 97.4 THE MAC. He did a really, really, really bad job of forging email headers and got caught that way.

  8. Ok. Here’s a quote from the Buzzfeed article showing where the money comes from:

    “Today, Kimberlin co-runs two registered nonprofits, Justice Through Music and Velvet Revolution, which describe their mission as education and together raised $1.875 million between 2011 and 2015, according to the organizations’ most recent available tax filings.”

    That’s more than $300K per year over 5 years (averaged). Can you say, ‘scam-city’ boys and girls? I knew you could.

  9. Lulz. Shorty McDiddler blew $20K or more on forged documents. I love this story! Couple this with his subpoena of Bannon, and I bet he has the attention of people who now have the want and ability to dig into the finances of his “non-profits.”

    • How could this be legal for a non-profit. Are they not meant to operate within a strict framework of action described by their continued approval as per the tax-exempt status requirements.

      There is no way that this spending of $19000 was within the approved bounds of either entity, and also impossible for BK to provide personally as it is almost his entire withdrawings from the same organisations per annum.

      One may want the local IRS to have a closer look at his books.

  10. Reached Sunday evening at his home in Maryland, Kimberlin declined to discuss the documents or his relationship with Ariel. “I don’t want to be part of this story. It has nothing to do with me. I have nothing to say,” Kimberlin said.

    Translation: I got duped out of $9000 by better forgers than me, and I don’t want to talk about it.

    • Well, there’s always the possibility of “I laundered $9000 from one of my ‘charities’ into my account, because lawfare ain’t cheap, but I’m not about to tell you that.”

  11. The man is a cat with 9 lives. If I were convicted of bombing and perjury, no one would go near me. Brent u r a criminal

  12. I personally think it is sad that reputable charities have been duped out of money by a forger. A forger trying to overthrow the US election. Probably the Russians. Good people, Brett Kimberlin and also George Soros, were cheated. I hereby call for an independent investigation of the whole scam. Call the feds. Even the ex-feds. I think we need to get to the bottom of this, on behalf of contributors to JTMP and Velvet Underground.

    That’s that thing they call sarcasm.

  13. “6 0 Rate This
    I’m calling, “Bullshit!” I’m sorry, if I had information with a fair market value of over $160,000 dollars I wouldn’t let it go for $9,000. I certainly wouldn’t care about laws against carrying large sums of cash. Someone could bring a traveler’s check legally, and, deposit it abroad, and then withdraw it as cash. One could pay with an art work, or rare coins. Or, they could say that if you really want the story, then, it will be you who will have to take that risk. Additionally, one would not have any reason to lower the price below $9,900.

    Nor, does the story of a cash payment make any sense. Presumably, one pays cash to avoid disclosure. Since the transaction has been voluntarily given publicity, it doesn’t seem to be much of a factor, and, certainly not enough of a factor to lower the price by over 90%. And, if one is deliberately skirting the law one never gives publicity to the fact that one was deliberately skirting the law. This is especially true given the fact that it also illegal to structure cash withdraws to conceal cash transactions in excess of $3,000. Unless Brett Kimberlin withdrew the money in one transaction he might be in some legal jeopardy.

    I strongly suspect the amount of cash smuggled was over $10,000 dollars, and two parties to the transaction more, or less, conspired to claim the amount smuggled in cash was lower than $10,000 to minimize scrutiny. Now, this is all speculative, and, I have no evidence either way.

    That is, if any payment was ever made.

    There is another possibility. This whole thing could be a scam by Brett Kimberlin, himself. Perhaps, he, or an accomplice forged the documents and spun a tale of international intrigue to give the documents some provenance. The point of such a scam would be clear enough: bilk liberals out money. One has to ask how Brett Kimberlin could have $9,000 in cash. His income is $19500. His daughter receives expensive singing lessons. Saving that sum of money seems unrealistic. His “charities” don’t show much cash-on-hand. Maybe, this is speculation, a third party ponied up the money for documents that were not purchased, but, rather forged. Maybe, some third party has already been scammed.”

    This this this.

    This is him all over.

    • > One has to ask how Brett Kimberlin could have $9,000 in cash.

      Before he became a political activist, terrorist, pedophile and serial perjurer, Mr. Kimberlin had a career smuggling drugs into the country.

      It’s not outside the realm of possibility that he has secretly stashed money somewhere.

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