a reply to: soberbacchus
So a quick summary of what I can see from open sources so far about this whole Wohl fiasco...
1) Natasha Bertrand runs a story in the Atlantic stating that a woman had emailed her stating that an intermediary had offered her money to make
allegations against Mueller. Then twitter independent journalists tried to look up this woman and discovered they could not locate her, and the firm
she said she worked at stated that she never worked there in 1974. This email that was sent to multiple journalists has been posted online.
2) Once that happened, the Atlantic Story was updated and Jennifer Taub (a left-leaning lawyer / commentator) stated she was also directly asked via
email from someone using a Surefire Intelligence if she wanted to discuss anything related to Mueller, and what her rate for such a discussion would
be. According to a friend who saw this email to Taub, "The email doesn't say we'll pay you to lie, but it shows that someone from Surefire was
looking to pay for dirt". Taub then apparently forwarded the email to the special counsel's office. Note - according to Taub this email never asked
her to make up an allegation, or to lie. Also I have not been able to find a copy of this email online anywhere (it is quoted in the Atlantic Piece
and by other twitter users claiming to have seen it). So we actually have yet to see proof that Wohl wrote any of these emails or was involved. Yet
we do know that Surefire Intelligence has at least some links to Wohl (more on that below).
3) This whole time Jacob Wohl, Jim Huft and Jack Burkman have doubled down stating that they are having a press conference tomorrow with a "credible
witness" that has an accusation against Mueller. Huft is with Gatewaypundit that has a dubious reputation according to a lot of people, and they even
pulled the original documents with the allegation outlined on it, stating they are investigating further, as well as going to investigate / interview
Wohl based on the accusations against Wohl. In all of this, Wohl claims that the "media is smearing him to discredit the allegations against
4) The press conference is tomorrow at noon eastern. Apparently, the special counsel has 'referred the women being offered money to make claims
against Mueller' situation to the FBI for investigation. Also, Surefire Intelligence has been shown to be in and of itself simply a collection of
forged web site language, celebrity pictures being used to represent officers of the company, and has web code showing Jacob Wohl's name on an email
address. As far as I know, Wohl has not refuted his connections to Surefire Intelligence. Also, phone numbers for Surefire intelligence ultimately
connected to Wohl's mom's voicemail - HAHAHAH. I am not in IT, so I don't know how certifiable it is to see Wohl's name in the web code, i.e. could
someone have set him up? Note - we still haven't seen an actual email from Surefire Intelligence that Taub claims she received.
All that being said, either Wohl and others tried to pay women to make false allegations against Mueller, or merely to pay women to discuss any
possible dirt on Mueller - or someone is setting up Wohl to discredit the allegations against Mueller. I find it fishy that the Atlantic article was
updated after people pointed out the first woman claiming Wohl offered to pay her turned out to be non-credible and may not exist, and I also find it
fishy that we haven't seen the apparent email from Surefire (that in and of itself supposedly never asked Taub to lie).
Hope that summarizes things - either way this is relatively popcorn / beer worthy to watch play out. I personally still think Wohl is just an idiot
and not trustworthy, buuuut there are some lingering questions still floating around my head as mentioned above.