If you only follow the mainstream media, you might not be aware that over the last few months hundreds of thousands of emails have been released via Wikileaks, exposing all sorts of corruption and impropriety. After leaks about Clinton campaign chief John Podesta, the food-obsessed Podesta tweeted about Julian Assange’s diet.
The leak victims, who do not want things like what they said to Goldman Sachs for $675,000 exposed to the public, have accused the Wikileaks founder of being a pedophile and a Russian spy, as well as threatening him with murder.
WikiLeaks sent out some cryptic file hashtags, suggesting a big dump was imminent.
Now nobody knows what happened to Julian; he is missing and feared dead. Ecuador cut off his Internet access temporarily, probably because now that the Internet’s addressing system is controlled by a tax-exempt Silicon Valley company, they can remove entire countries from the Net anytime they choose.
It appears those contingency plans include Burning Man.
One of the files is called burning-man-paul-addis-message-2008.txt. It relates to Burning Man character the late Paul Addis, who burned The Man early on the night of a lunar eclipse and was charged with felony arson. There have long been Internet rumors, dismissed by some as conspiracy theories, that BMorg pressed hard for this to be prosecuted as a felony rather than a misdemeanor. You can read more about the case in our stories Monday is the New Saturday and Getting the Last Word: A Year After His Death, A Burner Speaks His Mind.
Here is the leak in full:
>Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2008 15:30:21 -0700 >Subject: [staff-announce] 2007 Arson Outcome > >By now most of you have probably heard the news that the perpetrator >of the arson at the 2007 Burning Man event has plead guilty to the >crime of second degree arson and has been sentenced to 12-48 months in >jail, and ordered to pay restitution of $25,000 in damages to the >Burning Man Organization. Often times the news media doesn't always >give the full backstory, so we're sending additional information to >our staff because we believe that all of you who were affected by the >arson have a right to know the full story. Plus, every one of us is a >representative of the Project, and we sometimes find ourselves being >asked questions within the community about the organization's position >on issues like this one. In fact, some members of the staff have >already asked a few questions about Burning Man's role in the arson, >so we're going to address them here. Please note that this email is >being sent to staff only, and staff policies prevent cutting and >pasting work emails to other online forums. But, feel free to >communicate the information contained in this email should others in >the community inquire about the Organization's take on the outcome. > >Q: What was the Burning Man Organization's role in the prosecution of >the defendant? > >A: The defendant was arrested by the Pershing County Sheriff's Office >and faced charges in Nevada for First Degree Arson, Destruction of >Property and Illegal Fireworks. The prosecutor had a choice to bring a >full-blown trial and seek the maximum penalties for all of these >charges, or to accept a plea-bargain for a reduced crime with a lesser >sentence. The prosecutor advised the Burning Man Organization that he >believed a plea-bargain would be the best choice for all parties >involved--the state, the defendant and the victim. In the interests >of justice and fairness, the Burning Man Organization agreed with the >prosecutor that a lesser charge and a lighter sentence would be better >for everyone, including the defendant. > > >Q: What would have happened if the defendant had demanded a trial >instead of plea-bargaining? > >A: The defendant could have been sentenced to nine years in jail for >first-degree arson. > > >Q: Could Burning Man have refused to press charges or refused to turn >over receipts to the prosecution? > >A: Part of putting on the Burning Man event means maintaining good >relations with Pershing County so that we can continue to have the >Burning Man event on BLM land within that county. Good relations >means cooperating with criminal prosecutions. Refusing to press >charges for a felony arson that threatened human life would not bode >well with the government and law enforcement agencies in Nevada that >support our event. Nor would it bode well with the participants and >staff who could have been seriously injured or killed by this crime. >Plus, if the Organization had not submitted receipts the prosecution >would have subpoenaed them anyway. Finally, there was enough evidence >against the defendant for the County to prosecute without Burning Man >pressing charges. > > >Q: How did the Organization compute the restitution costs? > >A: Once the prosecutor requested the information, the Accounting >Department compiled documentation of the following costs: lumber, >hardware, burlap, wax, fabric, neon, labor, fuel, meals, delivery >charges and heavy equipment use. Because some receipts were not >available, the Organization relied on the costs for the first build as >evidence of what the costs of the second build were. Of all the >receipts that were available the total came to a little over $30,000. >Based on the evidence submitted by the prosecution, as well as the >good points raised by the defendant's counsel, the Court felt that >$25,000 was a fair and reasonable amount. > > >Q: What about the cost of the artwork under the Pavilion that was >never exhibited due to the crime? > >A: The total cost of the art grants and the wages of the staff who >worked so hard to get the projects on playa came to an additional >$42,000 in documented costs. However, criminal restitution only >covers materials that were actually lost. To recover these additional >costs would require bringing a civil suit for destruction of property. > > >Q: Is the Burning Man Organization going to pursue a civil suit >against the defendant for the additional costs that were not recovered >in the criminal sentencing? > >A: No. The Organization feels that the defendant's plea bargain is a >fair and just outcome for all parties involved. > > >Q: So, how does the Organization feel about the sentence? > >A: An organization does not have feelings, of course - only the >individual people within it do. Like all of you, and the rest of the >community, the staff and the board were diversely affected by the >premature burn, and each of us has our own human response to the >outcome. Not one of us can speak for what everyone around here feels >now that this chapter of our history ends, but we can say that we're >uniformly glad to have this crime behind us, and we're looking forward >to burning the Man together in 2008. > > >Ray Allen >Executive Project Manager >Black Rock City, LLC >1900 Third Street >San Francisco, CA 94158-2502 >(415) 865-3800 x137 >email@example.com > >"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming >attractions."--Albert Einstein >_______________________________________________ >staff-announce mailing list >firstname.lastname@example.org
[Update 10/19/16 3:33pm]
ZeroHedge was confused about this leak.
Tune in to Ed’s show Friday 5pm PST to hear more about the WikiLeaks.
The Burning Man information in WikiLeaks may have been available for years, but AFAIK it has never been covered by alt- or official- or social- media before. This leak is brand new to our community. Is Assange a Burner?
The email is from anthropologist-attorney Ray Allen, who first attended Burning Man for Hellco and became the organization’s in-house legal counsel in 2004. He is giving secret “talking points” to their mailing list of employees and volunteer insiders. They specifically ask anyone reading it to not cut and paste anything from it online, but to use the information (conveniently presented in Q & A format) to answer any questions from Burners. Sorry BMorg, Wikileaks over-rode that.
There are some interesting comments in the leak, for those who have followed the details of this case.
- “an organization does not have feelings” – a rare glimpse behind the curtain, revelaing the true feelings of this organization. It is heartless and Satanic, a corporation of many faces and few masters. It will live forever without paying tax, and can never go to jail. You voluntarily assume the risk of serious injury or death with your money . And it always wants more of your money. It doesn’t care about your feelings, it doesn’t care about the Ten Principles, it just doesn’t care. About anything or anyone.
- “heavy equipment use” is ironic when they are the ones with the heavy equipment. So this is an internal charge.
- “meals”? “fuel”? This should be about the cost of the things that were damaged. This item shows that they were trying to pile on everything they could think of to make the costs higher.
- they say that the prosecution would have subpoena’d the receipts from them anyway. This is speculation, there is no guarantee that this was true. Even if it were, the prosecution may well have asked for receipts revelant to the crime like “timber” and “labor”, and not the “cost of the first build” expenses like “meals” and “fuel”. The choice to pile everything on seems quite clearly to be on the side of the Org, not Pershing County.
- there was another $42,000 of potential damages that they couldn’t sue for because there was no actual damage. Umm, what?
- the email to staff gives wording to make it sound like BMorg were being gracious by not pursuing an additional civil suit. In fact, for them to be plaintiffs in a civil suit would be a different beast entirely. They would have to commit to the legal costs, in the hope that they would win, and that the defendant would then be able to pay. It is quite likely that a trial would have cost a lot more than the damages, particularly given what BMorg likes to spend on lawyers. In the criminal case, the prosecution would have to convince the jury that he did it (everybody knew he did it), and a judge whether the appropriate punishment was a felony or a misdemeanor. In the civil case, BMorg as plaintiff would have to justify every one of these costs. And the defendant would have had the right to subpoena information from them, too.
- They mention a few times the participants and staff that could have been killed or seriously injured by this crime. The perpetrator deliberately did it at a time of the event when few people were around, and the fire would be immediately seen and extinguished. Tuesday nights in 2007 were not like Tuesday nights in 2016. I was there, and in bed, because there was not very much even open in Black Rock City. Playing to fears of “the tragedy that could have been” is “war on terror”-style propaganda. In fact, nobody was harmed in any way by this Cacophonist prank, that got Burning Man media coverage all around the world – it would be easy to emphasize this, too. Meanwhile many participants are killed or seriously injured at Burning Man, every year. And, tragically, the consequence of this discordian action, hailed by many in the Burning Man community as heroic, was the ruining of this man’s life which ended with a messy suicide.
[Update 11/26/16] PIZZAGATE
6 weeks after this post first appeared, Julian Assange is still missing, presumed dead: silenced over PizzaGate. Whoever is in charge of WikiLeaks communications now is Tweeting “please stop asking for proof of life” – not a good sign.
The weekend before the 2016 Presidential Election, WikiLeaks said (via 4Chan) “unless Hillary Clinton steps down immediately we are going to release the big one”. The Clinton team then came out and said “if anything big comes from WikiLeaks in the next few days, it’s probably fake”.
And then PizzaGate broke, not released by the formal WikiLeaks or Anonymous twitter channels…instead appearing practically overnight as a combination of meticulously compiled evidence on 4Chan and Reddit, archived in anticipation of content changes – which did immediately happen, as mysterious Beltway pizza parlors scrambled to remove FBI-classified pedophile symbols from their logos and privatize Instagram and Twitter accounts showing children in highly suspicious situations.
“White Hat” elements of the US Intelligence Community have claimed responsibility for the leaks:
Here is an excellent and comprehensive overview of the evidence:
Titus Frost is doing an excellent job of researching this story, please support him and follow his site for the latest updates.
More information on PizzaGate is available here.
How could this be related to Burning Man?
The Burning Man-related comment refers to PizzaPAC and PizzaPacket:
“Itchie gross is friends with the Drizin family, but I don’t believe Joel Zev Drizin has a facebook account. The person Podesta said to donate the money in the comet ping pong pizza email was @JZDRIZIN. His latest Retweet was from @PIZZAPACKET.If you type JZDRIZIN into google you will find this linkhttp://vin.place/vin/jz-drizin.18395059.htmlWhen searching his number you will gethttp://www.tzachlist.com/search/?t=2&location=Florida&page=12He goes by Zev Drizin, Zalmi Drizin, but mostly Joel Zev Drizin which explains his twitter handle.http://www.breakout.today/the-stories/2016/2/2/sheida This article mentions Joel Zev Drizin and this lady who worked for him. Sheida Jafari worked for pizza packet and in this article it mentions work they did at the burning man occult festival if that’s what you want to call it.Burning man was brought up in Wikileaks as well.
The linked story connects one of the peripheral pizza ping pong players to the theme camp IDEATE, which is heavily populated with people with ties to Washington DC and the Progressive power structure [full disclosure: I camped with them once about 5 years ago and didn’t notice any suspicious behavior, there were no children in the camp].
We have been sounding the alarm on children at Burning Man for some time – and we’re not the only ones with concerns about how this community where sex, drugs, and nudity are all abundant and free seems custom-made for pedophiles.
Pedophiles have been intercepted planning hunting expeditions to Burning Man. In 2013 Colorado police arrested a pedophile who had been plotting to take a child from Burning Man. In 2015 there was an arrest for kidnapping at Burning Man.
There was also another incident this year when a man was caught trying to kidnap a small boy.
In 2015 this “ironic prank” pedophile van on its way to Burning Man caused alarm in Sacramento:
Burning Man is the largest ritualized occult festival in the Western World. It is very philosophically aligned with Aleister Crowley, his disciple Timothy Leary, and “spirit cooking” witch Marina Abramovic.
The annual Burning Man event is based on the concept of the Temporary Autonomous Zone, created by Hakim Bey – aka Peter Lamborn Wilson. These are “Pirate Utopias” where people can do whatever they want and the regular rules of the outside world don’t apply. Google’s CEO thinks there need to be more of these special legal zones, like Burning Man:
Hakim Bey’s Wikipedia page says that he is a contributor to NAMBLA, the National American Man-Boy Love Association. Another public endorser of NAMBLA was Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. Fellow Beat William S Burroughs was also a pedophile, and Beat members such as Neal Cassady and Gregory Corso were recruited into this network when they were handsome-but-naughty young teenagers. The Beats had a huge influence on Burning Man and on San Francisco. They spawned the Merry Pranksters, which Burning Man’s Cacophony Society openly modeled themselves on. Prankster Stewart Brand has called Burning Man the complete fulfillment of everything they ever tried to do with the Acid Tests. Burning Man’s city design was created by Rod Garrett, who was part of the SF Beat scene since the Sixties. Son-of-a-beat Daniel Pinchbeck is one of the more publicly prominent and vocal members of the Burner scene.
Burning Man started next to SF’s Presidio military base, as did the Church of Satan. Later it moved to another military zone, the Lovelock Gunnery Range in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. Temple of Set founder Michael Aquino was running psychological operations at the Presidio at the time that Burning Man kicked off. The early founders of Burning Man used to spend a lot of time exploring the underground tunnels and bunkers there, which are riddled with Satanic, Nazi, and LSD-related images and paraphernalia.
I get into Burning Man’s ties to Satanism, the Presidio and the occult in much more detail in my series Silicon Valley’s Secret Weapon – the Shadow History of Burners. Part 5 is ready to record and will be released soon.