World News – UA – ‘I was blind’: Kevin Rudd says he had no idea of ​​the think tank’s ties to Jeffrey Epstein


London: Kevin Rudd says he is « blind » when he learns that the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein has donated $ 650,000 to the International Peace Institute – a think tank he has chaired for six years

The former PM was forced to state that he participated in a teleconference that Epstein also attended in 2014 and attended an event while he was an MP in 2013 in New York where Epstein was also invited but « does not remember at all » never met the deceased financier

Kevin Rudd said he first heard about Epstein’s relationship through media reports in 2019 Credit: Alex Ellinghausen

Epstein was already a convicted pedophile who had served time in prison when the financier began donating to the institute Found dead in his prison cell in August 2019 after his arrest for sex trafficking, relations with Epstein with the global elite have come under close scrutiny – including his multi-year friendship with Prince Andrew

His other famous connections included Bill Clinton and President Donald Trump and recently embroiled a famous Norwegian diplomat Terje Rød-Larsen – who is a friend of Mr. Rudd

M Rudd said he was « blinded » by the revelations, which only emerged after Norwegian media uncovered financial ties between Epstein and Rød-Larsen – who is president of the Peace Institute

Rød-Larsen and his diplomatic wife Mona Juul are famous in the diplomatic world A play – Oslo – has been written about their then-secret role in bringing about the Oslo peace accords

According to internal IPI emails published in Norwegian media DN, Rød-Larsen authorized a payment of US $ 100,000 ($ 140,000) to Epstein in 2016, it was also revealed that he personally borrowed US $ 130,000 ($ 182,000) from Epstein in 2013

A photo of Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison in 2019, provided by the New York State Sex Offender RegistryCredit: AP

The Norwegian Foreign Ministry, which stopped funding the UN-affiliated IPI think tank in 2018, called on the board to clarify the matter « especially with regard to its own ethical rules « 

The IPI provided little comment on the disclosures until M’s statement Rudd to be published Wednesday evening (ADST)

Rudd said he introduced a character test for private donations and recommended that the think tank conduct a probity investigation as well as an independent review of any financial transactions between Epstein and IPI

The former prime minister said he ordered Rød-Larsen to provide a report to the board of directors and arranged for the think tank to donate the money given by the Epstein’s foundations over the years to support programs for victims of human trafficking and sexual assault

« I first learned about Epstein’s foundations contributions to the IPI in November 2019 through Norwegian press reporting I was blinded by this, » Rudd said in his statement

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« M Rød-Larsen apologized to the Council for what he described as his serious error in judgment. I am deeply disappointed that the Council had to learn so much about this through the media « 

DN’s report showed that Rød-Larsen authorized a payment of US $ 100,000 ($ 140,000) to Epstein for work related to the Mongolian Advisory Council

Rudd said the Mongolian president asked him to join the board which was facilitated by the IPI

At that time, in 2013, Rudd was still a member of the Australian parliament and would join the IPI board the following year

He attended an event that year that was also attended by then-UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Henry Kissinger and John Kerry as well as Rø d-Larsen

« IPI staff subsequently informed me that Epstein was apparently one of 10 participants on the conference call, » he said

He said he turned down the deposit in 2016 when offered to him because he had done nothing for the Mongolian Advisory Board since that 2014 conference call

According to the email reported by DN, Rød-Larsen asked staff to divert funds earmarked for Rudd to Epstein

« I had dinner with Kevin last night and he said we can keep his share, » the email said

« For formalities we should send it to Jeff, but I’m sure we’ll get it several times! » the email says

Rudd said he was told Epstein did not receive compensation for his work on the advisory board

« The Council will make a further statement on these issues once it meets on these issues »

Latika Bourke is a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, based in London

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World News – AU – “I was blind”: Kevin Rudd says ‘he had no idea the think tank’s links with Jeffrey Epstein



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