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SPOILER ALERT: “The documents were phony.”

In the third week of January, an Israeli named Yoni Ariel flew from Tel Aviv to Rome carrying $9,000 in cash on a secret mission to bring down Donald Trump.

There, he met with an Italian businessman. Seated at a table toward the rear of a café, away from the street where they might attract unwanted attention, Ariel recalled, he handed over the cash. In exchange he was given a copy of a potentially explosive set of documents.

Its 35 pages told the story of a $1.6 billion wire transfer from petroleum giant ExxonMobil to a European office of a Chinese mining company, which a day later transferred 1.4 billion euros to the Trump Organization, the privately held conglomerate founded by President Trump.

The transfers appeared to have taken place in mid-June, at the exact same time that Exxon’s then chief executive, Rex Tillerson, was in St. Petersburg at an economic forum, which Russian President Vladimir Putin also attended. Less than six months later, President-elect Trump — victor in an election that the US intelligence community said the Russian government had interfered with — nominated Tillerson to be his secretary of state.

To Ariel, who is married to an American and calls Russia’s tampering in the elections “an act of war,” the implications of these billion-dollar transfers were clear: Exxon had secretly bribed Trump to name Tillerson to the powerful cabinet post.

Just a taste more:

Not long after Trump won the election, Schorer, the former spokesman for Democrats Abroad Israel, told Ariel about the alleged Exxon payments and the documents that supposedly provide proof.

Ariel, intrigued, decided he would need help paying for trips to Rome to acquire the documents and also with authenticating them. A string of contacts, including the chairman of Democrats Abroad France, and a former Democratic National Committee operative in Washington, DC, eventually led Ariel to Brett Kimberlin, a left-wing political activist who is also notorious as a felon convicted of setting off bombs in the American heartland.

This is the same Brett Kimberlin who during the 1988 election claimed to have sold pot to Dan Quayle — attempted meddling in presidential elections seems to be something of a sideline for him.

Read the whole thing, but even at the end we still have no clue who forged the Exxon documents, or why they did just an obviously phony job of it.

COURT RULING: Brett Kimberlin Failed To Refute Charges That He Is A Pedophile. “Mr. Kimberlin … [had] to prove that they were false … — a statement that is defamatory but true isn’t actionable. And although he keeps saying he has shown falsity, he declined to take the stand to deny the allegations.”

CALLER ID NEEDS TO BE MORE SECURE: Halo Video Game Executive Swatted At Home, Police Say. What, did he criticize Brett Kimberlin or something?

IS BRETT KIMBLERIN THE POSTER BOY FOR why we need a federal anti-SLAPP suit law?

SO I GOT A VOICEMAIL FROM STACY MCCAIN SAYING HE WON HIS TRIAL AGAINST (CONVICTED TERRORIST BOMBER) BRETT KIMBERLIN. No surprise there. As I said at the very beginning, nobody with any sense tries to out-crazy Stacy McCain.

I’m sure that Stacy will have a full account on his blog once he’s finished celebrating. Patterico reports that it was a directed verdict.

UPDATE: Game Over! “We did not put on a defense. Judge Johnson ruled that The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin did not present evidence of the torts he was alleging, and he ruled in our favor as a matter of law after TDPK rested his case.”

From the comments: “Somewhere, Andrew Breitbart is smiling.”

BRETT KIMBERLIN discovers the Streisand Effect. He’s a slow learner.


BEING BREITBART: DaTechGuy: Bring It On!

WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Union thugs use punches, not persuasion, in Michigan.

Union bosses hate right-to-work laws the same way they hate every policy that tends to empower workers — including their own members — to make informed decisions about how they are represented in the workplace. This is why they pushed so hard to eliminate secret ballot votes in unionization elections. It is why they have pushed to shorten the time frame for those elections to the vanishing point, and to prevent employers from discussing the possible drawbacks of unionization with their employees. That is why they pushed to change the 70-year-old rules for airline and railroad union elections, so that a minority of workers can now force the majority into a union.

Right-to-work laws do not ban unions. They merely ensure that workers can no longer be coerced to pay them. They also create workplace conditions under which even union members are no longer a captive audience, forced to bow to whatever decisions the union leadership makes.

And that’s what the union leaders fear most.

With reason.

UPDATE: But of course: Gawker Tries To Defend Man Who Punched Steven Crowder.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Thoughts from Patterico on the tactics involved.

Related: The Terror of the Anti-Liberty Movement.

FOLLOWING the money.


Also, How It Should Be: What Divides Us And What Brings Us Together.

WELL, I SAID THE DISCOVERY PROCESS would be interesting.

STACY MCCAIN: SPEAKING OF DISTRACTIONS. “C’mon, Brett: Who killed Julia Scyphers, and why?”

Related: #BrettKimberlin’s Lawfare Explained in One Sentence.

DIRTY TRICKS? Kimberlin-Rauhauser Axis Targets Romney Campaign Staffer Bill Murphy.

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY REGARDING Brett Kimberlin’s Wikipedia Entry.

UPDATE: Accuse the accuser!

MORE BRETT KIMBERLIN NEWS. If you support blogging freedom, consider a donation to the Bloggers Defense Team. I’ve donated.

HE CHOSE. . . POORLY: The Blogger’s Defense Team Goes on the Offensive Against Team Kimberlin.

THE LIBEL SUIT SHOULD BE INTERESTING: EXCLUSIVE: Kimberlin Associate Neal Rauhauser Accuses Brandon Darby of Fake SWAT Calls, ‘Obstruction of Justice.’ That doesn’t even make sense. But the discovery process should be productive. . . .


PATTERICO: A Condensed Version Of The Kimberlin Story.

UPDATE: Related thoughts from Lee Stranahan.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Brett Kimberlin: “I want to be left alone.”

If so, then he chose poorly.

SALON ATTEMPTS damage control for Brett Kimberlin.

UPDATE: Prof. Jacobson writes: “Remember that Pareene is the guy who made the ping pong balls joke about Michelle Malkin.”

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: ‘Great Day For The First Amendment’: Walker Wins Appeal Vs. Kimberlin Peace Order.

I’m wondering when Kimberlin — like other abusers of the litigation process before him — might come under an injunction forbidding him from filing legal papers without prior court approval. This happened to famous pro-se litigant Anthony R. Martin-Trigona, and his behavior, I believe, wasn’t as troubling as Kimberlin’s.

ANN ROMNEY NOT TOO HAPPY with the Obama Campaign’s “kill Romney” message.

Remember all that “civility” bullshit from last year?

UPDATE: Has the “Violent Political Rhetoric” Panic Come to an End? Only until there’s another chance to put it to political use against a Republican.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Prof. Stephen Clark writes: “No doubt they’ll try. But, just as various canards pushed by the White House and media allies have recently backfired, I suspect any future attempts will be quickly put down. Many are now watching and just waiting to pounce when it comes.”

Yes, all sorts of people are complaining about the “Army of Davids” effect lately.

STACY MCCAIN remains on the Kimberlin case. “Anything that Kimberlin says must be presumed false.”

GUESS WHO’S back in court today? I think they’re going to get tired of seeing him there.


A FREE SPEECH VICTORY for Aaron Walker, who is now free to blog about Brett Kimberlin.

JOHN HAWKINS: “The Best Quotes From Citizen K: The Deeply Weird American Journey of Brett Kimberlin.”

PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: “Aaron Walker filed suit against Brett Kimberlin in federal district court in Maryland today. The counts alleged in the suit include defamation, harassment and invasion of privacy, tortious interference with contract, federal extortion, intentional infliction of emotional distress, interference with business expectations, and federal stalking. Additionally, Walker’s attorney (Bruce Godfrey) filed an emergency motion for preliminary injunctive release asking that enforcement of a state peace order against Walker be enjoined. In addition to asking for a permanent bar of enforcement of the peace order, the complaint against Kimberlin seeks $1 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages.” Copy of the complaint at the link.

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: Kimberlin vs. Walker: Walker Fights Back.

ROLL CALL: GOP Rips IRS for Donor Request:

As evidence mounts that the IRS is more closely scrutinizing politically active nonprofit groups, Republicans on Capitol Hill have lashed out with assaults on the tax agency and fresh demands for an explanation.

The IRS may have stepped over the line this year by asking conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status to hand over the names of their donors, wrote Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah) and 10 other Republican Senators in a letter this week to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman.

“Unfortunately, the public release of private donor information exposes citizens to possible harassment and intimidation by those who oppose the goals of the charitable organization,” wrote Hatch, ranking member of the Finance Committee. It’s the second letter from Hatch to Shulman on the topic this year.

The letter is the latest in a string of attacks by conservatives on and off Capitol Hill, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), on initiatives that would shed more light on political spending. In a strongly worded speech last week at the American Enterprise Institute, McConnell accused President Barack Obama of creating an “enemies list” and “attempting to change the First Amendment.”

Meanwhile, “money laundering” by donor-directed funds like the Tides Foundation goes on.

BYRON YORK: Will GOP demand Plame-style leak investigation?

A lot of lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, are angry about the damaging national security leaks that have come out of the Obama administration. But Republicans are probably angrier, and their feelings can be explained in two words: Valerie Plame.

The Plame affair was a complicated, tortured episode in which the George W. Bush White House was accused of having deliberately leaked classified information — the identity of an undercover CIA agent — to score political points during a particularly intense time in the Iraq war. Now, many Republicans believe the Barack Obama White House has deliberately leaked classified information — among other things, details of the U.S. cyberwar against Iran — to score political points during a particularly intense time in the presidential campaign.

As Republicans demand an independent investigation into the Obama leaks — many are not satisfied with the decision by Attorney General Eric Holder, a friend of the president, to appoint a pair of U.S. attorneys to look into the matter — it’s worth looking back to see what can happen when a special prosecutor investigation spirals out of control in a politically-charged atmosphere.

Read the whole thing. I’d forgotten how badly Patrick Fitzgerald turned out to have acquitted himself here, and it’s worth reminding people.

UPDATE: A reader emails:

For years, Democrats have had an Alinsky-driven “anything goes” mindset. The Activist Left stages violent protests, demonstrations at private homes, vandalism, voter intimidation, and now SWATing… and the Institutional Left runs interference. This is how Brett Kimberlin is out of jail, why Bill Ayers has tenure, and how the New Black Panther Party got their charges dropped.

Republicans, at least the Old Guard, responded by saying that “we’re better than that”. And you know what? Being better than that has not only helped the Left immensely over the years, it’s legitimized those tactics. Part of what makes these ethical lines work is a kind of Mutually Assured Destruction. Hitting below the belt doesn’t help if the other immediately responds in kind. It’s a zero-sum escalation, so you just don’t go there. It’s only when you know you can cross the line with impunity that you get tempted.

What we see with the new generation is a willingness to imitate the most effective tactics of the Left. Many of us are former lefties who learned from the pros and then switched sides. The rest of use are young and don’t see the point of playing Charlie Brown and the football. What made Andrew Breitbart so terrifying to the Left isn’t that he did anything new, it’s that they’d never been on the receiving end of it before. On one hand, it’s horrible that our politics includes tactics like these at all. On the other hand, if they’re going to be used anyway by the lefties, we might as well fight fire with fire. The gripping hand is that responding in kind robs these tactics of long-term effectiveness and in the long run helps to re-establish ethical norms.

Re-establishing ethical norms is good.

STACY MCCAIN: A Disturbing Silence.

STACY MCCAIN is not intimidated.

STACY MCCAIN IS “keepin’ up the skeer.”

And, inevitably: Hitler finds out that charges against Aaron Worthing have been dropped.

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: Kimberlin Case Against Aaron Walker Dismissed!

UPDATE: More from Prof. Jacobson. Note that Judge Vaughey’s “peace order,” which purports to forbid Walker from blogging about Brett Kimberlin, remains in force.


DAVID HOROWITZ AND JACOB LAKSIN: Brett Kimberlin and the Left-Wing Money Machine.


UPDATE: Not so well.




More here. And here’s the NBC donation page.

UPDATE: “Online Armageddon.”

Plus, a backgrounder from John Hawkins.

PUSHBACK: Walker Files Appeal in Kimberlin Case; Ali Akbar Says: ‘We’re Not Stopping.’

CIVIL RIGHTS UPDATE: Senator Saxby Chambliss has sent a letter to AG Eric Holder demanding action on behalf of conservative commentators currently experiencing threats and harassment by an as yet unidentified source. And Jake Tapper of ABC News has noticed.

Sen. Chambliss’s press release is here.

UPDATE: More here.

AN UNSUCCESSFUL INTIMIDATION ATTEMPT. This probably wasn’t a Kimberlin lackey. But next time, photograph the photographer. And his license plate.

THE CAVALRY ARRIVES: Eugene Volokh: “I’m pleased to say that I’ll be consulting with Aaron Walker’s defense lawyer in the case I discussed last week.” He’s working pro bono.

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: Parsing Brett Kimberlin’s Arrest Warrant Against Aaron Walker.

THEY CHOSE . . . POORLY: National Bloggers Club president targeted by Brett Kimberlin supporters.

UPDATE: Here’s the National Bloggers Club donation page.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Where’s the Department of Justice? History repeats itself: Democrats attempting to intimidate a Southern Black Activist & family.

TIM CAVANAUGH: Politico Covers Wiki’s Mild Solyndra Brouhaha, Ignores Wiki’s Strange Kimberlin Kibosh.


Here’s the backstory.

His Wikipedia entry seems to have gotten a lot of editing over the last couple of days. Wikipedia isn’t covering itself with glory here.

STACY MCCAIN: Aaron Walker Court Hearing Confirms Kimberlin-Rauhauser Collaboration.

More from Hans Bader.

THE STORY’S LEAKING INTO THE BIG MEDIA: Fox News Covers Erickson, Patterico SWATtings.

Meanwhile, Donald Douglas is following the money.

UPDATE: Ed Driscoll wonders why CNN is letting itself be scooped by Fox regarding something that happened to one of its own contributors.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Could this dropped ball lead to CNN hiring a new News Director? “CNN is put in the unenviable position to be, at best, second on a story involving harassment of one of their own people. Cripes did they hire the same news director as that Newspaper in Norfolk that didn’t find the beating of their own reporters newsworthy?”

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: IBD At Kimberlin Hearing: Walker Handcuffed, 1st Amendment Muzzled. “Here’s what seems to have happened. Although Kimberlin’s first peace order against Walker was eventually thrown out on appeal, it appears that while it was in effect Walker wrote a blog post about Kimberlin. This triggered a Google Alert that Kimberlin had set up. Kimberlin filed criminal charges based on that, apparently claiming that constituted “contact.” The court apparently agreed, and Walker was arrested.”

Walker also made a major error by representing himself. No lawyer should do that in anything more than a minor traffic offense. This goes double for Yale Law grads. . . .

UPDATE: “As best as I can tell, Aaron Walker was arrested today in the United States of America for blogging about a public figure.”

EUGENE VOLOKH: Aaron Walker, Brett Kimberlin and the Fog of Litigation.

J. CHRISTIAN ADAMS: Brett Kimberlin Hearing Devolves Into Farce. If I read this correctly, Aaron Walker is in trouble because Kimberlin claims that his blogging has somehow led to other people making death threats. That doesn’t seem to pass the First Amendment smell test. Only if Walker were inciting those threats in a way that passed Brandenburg scrutiny would that work, and I don’t believe that’s the case at all. At any rate, under this approach George Zimmerman ought to be able to jail any number of journalists. . . .

UPDATE: More here. Also here. The judge seems unclear on how the Internet works.

KATHY SHAIDLE: Brett Kimberlin and the Future of Blogbursts. “Fighting back works.”

Related: Somebody Tell Nina Totenberg Her Buddy Brett Kimberlin Is Making News Again.

CHANGE: Brett Kimberlin’s Wikipedia Page Reappears. Here’s Brett Kimberlin’s page. Only it’s really a Speedway Bombings page.

UPDATE: Reader Earl Blacklock notes that Brett Kimberlin’s Wikipedia page has also reappeared.

ANOTHER UPDATE: “Read it now before Richard Symonds whisks it away again.”

WHEN WIKIPEDIA can’t be trusted.

Interestingly, I wonder if Wikipedia user “Chase Me Ladies” is this guy? I actually did get a call from the ATF’s Dallas office back then, wondering if I knew him. Apparently he had represented me as his attorney at some point in this “prank.” With a bit of googling I found the source and pointed it out to them and that was the end of the story.

UPDATE: A post-Kimberlin blogburst to-do list from Michelle Malkin. Read the whole thing.

And she reminds us that the National Bloggers Club is fundraising to help the victims.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Patterico: Caller to Lee Stranahan Show Claims to Be My Swatter. Keep giving ’em rope. . .

MORE: Reader Ron Baakkonen writes:

I feel like I need to respond regarding Chase Me Ladies. I’ve been an administrator on Wikipedia for many years and have known Chase Me Ladies since 2008. There are definitely admins who bring a leftist tilt to their work. However, I’ve never known Chase Me Ladies to be in that camp. I’d regard him as dedicated, by the book and less likely to involve himself in controversy. If I had to guess, he’s received some complaint from Kimberlin about how he’s the one being harassed and gave him the benefit of the doubt.

He adds: “BTW, I have also registered by disagreement with Chase Me’s decision to delete. I would not have deleted based on the available evidence.”

SWATTING: Bogus Call Sends Police to Erick Erickson’s House.

He reports here. Really, if the goal is to keep people from writing about Brett Kimberlin, this doesn’t seem like the way to do it. It was smart of Erickson to call his local Sheriff ahead of time. I did the same thing.

UPDATE: Stacy McCain looks at where Brett Kimberlin gets his money.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Prof. Jacobson: Solidarity.

AN AFTER-ACTION REPORT on Everybody Blog Brett Kimberlin Day.

STACY MCCAIN: Kimberlin v. Walker Hearing Scheduled: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Rockville, Maryland. I wonder if it would help for Walker supporters to show up at the hearing?


POINTING OUT BULLSHIT FROM MARKOS MOULITSAS. I remember when he sort of mattered. But it’s not surprising that he resurfaces to defend Brett Kimberlin.

TERROR IN THE TIDES: Ezra Levant interviews Matt Vadum about Brett Kimberlin.

UPDATE: Kimberlin Funders Stunned to Discover They Fund Kimberlin.

IN THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Mark Tapscott on Brett Kimberlin: How To Kill The First Amendment.

Of course, the more they lash out at bloggers, the more people remind the world of stories like this one.

UPDATE: And this one, from Patterico.

ANOTHER UPDATE: The Tatler: Brett Kimberlin’s Day In The Sun.

Also, the National Bloggers’ Club is organizing donations to help victims.

MORE: Michelle Malkin is aggregating.

BRYAN PRESTON: Brett Kimberlin May Not Have A Soul, But He Has A Lengthy Internet Trail.

And an increasingly high Internet profile.

LEE STRANAHAN: Friday, May 25th Is “Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day.”

Related: Who Is Brett Kimberlin? “He’s a terrorist turned leftwing activist. I’ll let Stacy McCain catch you up on the details. Right now, the terrorist turned activist — who gets money from major Democrats including Teresa Heinz Kerry and Barbra Streisand — is apparently threatening McCain’s family. Given Kimberlin’s history of bombings, harassment and thuggery, Kimberlin is unfortunately a real threat and the state of Maryland needs to step in and stop him.”

UPDATE: More evidence of the Streisand Effect at work. When I googled Brett Kimberlin this afternoon, this is what I got:

I love the “Free Stacy McCain” image that came up. . . .

ROSSLYN SMITH ON Stacy McCain, Brett Kimberlin, and the Tides Foundation. Kimberlin also got money from the Streisand Foundation, but apparently he’s never heard of the Streisand Effect. . . .

Meanwhile, Stacy gets featured on Day By Day.

UPDATE: Inevitably: Journalist Forced to Flee Home by Streisand-Funded Domestic Terrorist Bomber!

STACY MCCAIN: Brett Kimberlin Saga Takes a Bizarre Turn, Forcing Me to Leave Maryland.

BRETT KIMBERLIN UPDATE: Stacy McCain’s involuntary roadtrip.

Really? Really? Can this be what it sounds like? Somebody is trying to out-crazy Stacy McCain? That’s not going to end well . . . .

UPDATE: If Kimberlin was trying to stop negative Internet attention, it’s not working.

See, I’ve warned people about this kind of thing. More than once.

WHAT IT FEELS LIKE to be targeted. “For people like Aaron and myself, and so many others who’ve had their livelihoods disrupted simply for exercising their First Amendment rights, there is no other more important story than the progressive left’s campaign of political (and criminal) intimidation.”

And here’s more from Aaron Worthing, which I should have linked earlier.

As a famous man once said, punch back twice as hard. Plus, what Andrew Breitbart said.

INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM: Stacy McCain on Brett Kimberlin.


SOME blogger pushback.

MAN BITES DOG: Dishonesty at ThinkProgress.

Related item here.