Monday, February 24, 2020

9/11,WTC,LVI Demolition services,Disappearing R&D Contract with U.S. Army

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LVI’s Disappearing R&D Contract with U.S. Army
 March 11, 2019  Christopher Bollyn  9-11 Archive 2019, News & Articles
March 11, 2019

LVI Services, a company that provides “total turnkey demolition services,” did extensive asbestos abatement work in the World Trade Center prior to 9-11, according to Engineering News-Record. This photo from the LVI Services website depicts LVI workers doing asbestos abatement on a surface very similar to the corrugated steel floor pans that held the 4-inch thick concrete floors of the Twin Towers. Oddly, Burton Fried, then head of LVI, in an interview with the author, denied that his company had done the work in the Twin Towers.

LVI Services, a company that provided “total turnkey demolition services,” did extensive asbestos abatement work in the World Trade Center prior to 9-11. It also did about $3 million in R&D work for the U.S. Army in 2000.  Having written about this in 2013, I was prompted me to post this update after finding that the documentation about LVI’s contract with the Army no longer appears when searching the website:

See:  Contracts to Contractor(s) “LVI” (FY 2000) – “No records found”

…but the missing records are found in the Wayback Machine archive:

The Background

Immediately after 9-11, a leading engineering magazine in the United States reported that LVI Services, a company that does demolition set-up work, had done extensive asbestos abatement work in the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. The following is a brief job description that involved the removal of asbestos floor tiles and other materials from the Twin Towers. Was this the job that LVI had carried out at the World Trade Center?
Contract WTC-115.310 – The World Trade Center Removal and Disposal of Vinyl Asbestos Floor Tiles and Other Incidental Asbestos-Containing Building Materials Via Work Order Estimate Range: $1,000,000 annually Bids due Tuesday, October 17, 2000.
(Offered by the Port Authority on September 12, 2000)

As I pointed out in my 2009 article “Who Put Super Thermite in the World Trade Center”:
Two days after 9-11, Engineering News-Record (ENR) reported that an asbestos abatement and demolition company called LVI had done extensive asbestos abatement work in the World Trade Center:
AMEC Inc., Turner Corp. and Bovis Lend Lease were set to assume “lead roles” in the cleanup effort, says Lee Benish, AMEC vice president. “From the very beginning, we’ve been deeply involved with the city department of emergency services,” he says. “They’re sorting through who will be doing what.” LVI Services Inc., New York City, which has done extensive asbestos abatement work on the towers in the past, is involved in similar work now as well as other cleanup efforts.
In 2000, LVI did about $3 million in R&D work for the U.S. Army, the largest part of the company’s military contract of $3.2 million. records show that LVI did Applied Research and Exploratory Development (R&D) work for nearly $3 million that year. Neither Burton Fried, then head of LVI, nor the company spokesman were willing to discuss the work LVI had done for the U.S. Army.

Read: “Tracking the 9-11 Insiders to their Rothschild Roots”

Monday, February 17, 2020

wolfblitzzer0 (Tony Ryals) vs Wolf Blitzer,CNN and Israeli penny stock money launderers ex Israeli PM Ehud Olmert,EX PRESIDENT AND CONVICTED RAPIST Moshe Katsav,Michael Zwebner who they protected in 2005

this below is from since removed to protect the guilty.While British-Israeli Michael Zwebner
RAN THE UCSY or 'Air-Water Corp' claiing to be anufacturing and shipping 'air water achines' all over the world,Israeli inister of Industry Ehud Olert who had been ayor of Jerusale and would go on to be Israeli PM aided and abetted Zwebner and profited fro the penny stock fraud directed ainly  against Aerican investors.So did Israeli President oshe Katsav who would later be convicted of rape of various Israeli woen under his employ.Although I was left out of the federal court case in Florida in 2005 in whicnh Zwebner sued his fellow pro Israel Zionist Wolf Blitzer and CNN FOR $100 million claiing that Blitzer and CNN had the responsibilty to gag y free speech on a penny stock essage board of that allowed them to promote their frauds,h should pay hi a hundred illion dollars he claied he lost due to y warning potntial investors about his fraud and past phone card fraud calledCamolot in London and the UK ! He claimed CNN and Wolf Blitzer wHO are also pro Israel Zionist propagandists should pay hi one hundred in damages presuably fro worthless shares he would have sold to innocent naive Aericans if not for y warning the abouty his frauds !
While Blitzer and CNN aid attorneys to have the case dismissed they never reported the fraud on CNN because the perpetraitors were Jews and high level Israeli politicians !

Mar 8, 2005 - ... Inc. & Subsidiary Air Water Corporation and Michael J. Zwebner Obtain ... and wolfblitzzer0) were properly served with process in this action.

Jan 28, 2008 - ... from the air and to be sending hundreds or thousands of 'air-water machines' around ... Zwebner even sued Wolf Blitzer and CNN for $100 million all ... Below I,Tony Ryals,(alias wolfblitzzer0)receive legal threats and death ..

Executive Faces Uphill Battle in His Suits Over Anonymous Web Attacks
Friday January 28, 3:01 am ET
Jessica M. Walker, Daily Business Review

Like clockwork each day, someone who calls himself or herself Wolfblitzzer0 logs on to, a stock-talk Internet message board, and posts slurs about Michael J. Zwebner, the chief executive of Miami Beach-based Universal Communication Systems.

Wolfblitzzer0's allegations have covered business practices, political conspiracies, and personal misdemeanors. In many posts, Wolfblitzzer0 accuses Zwebner of dirty business dealings and nefarious interactions with the Israeli government. One post accused Zwebner of claiming to keep kosher while secretly eating cheeseburgers, which are a Jewish dietary no-no because they combine meat and dairy.

Zwebner, who holds joint British-Israeli citizenship and splits his time between Tel Aviv and Miami Beach, has shown no tolerance for such cybersmearing. Since September 2003, Zwebner has aggressively fought back, filing five lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Miami in retaliation for comments on, which is operated by Waltham, Mass.-based Internet network provider Lycos.

The five suits include a class action trademark case and a class action defamation case against Lycos, and a fraud suit and a libel suit against a variety of individual posters. He also filed a defamation claim against CNN, Turner Broadcasting and the real Wolf Blitzer, CNN's high-profile newsman, for failing to stop Wolfblitzzer0 from misappropriating Blitzer's name.

His latest suit, filed Jan. 19 in U.S. District Court in Miami, alleges that postings by Wolfblitzzer0 and other posters have damaged his reputation, driven down his company's share price and embarrassed him and his family.

Universal Communications Systems was founded by Zwebner in 2001. It began as a telecommunications company and recently branched out into developing a technology that extracts water vapor from air to make drinking water.

The lawsuit also accuses Lycos of an offense that could be criminally prosecuted -- cyberstalking. No criminal charges have been filed.

Zwebner's latest suit seeks to have messages about him and his company deleted, and to enjoin Lycos from posting any messages about him or Universal Communication Systems in the future.

Federal courts have been struggling to find a balance between a company's right to protect its reputation and the privacy and free speech rights of anonymous Internet posters since cybersmearing first became an issue in the late 1990s. Also at issue has been the liability of the Internet service provider in cases of online defamation. The courts have so far given Internet companies a great deal of protection.

Zwebner might be fighting an uphill battle on both fronts.

Zwebner's attorney, John H. Faro of Faro & Associates in Miami, sharply criticizes Internet network providers for what he considers their failure to police postings.

"My belief is these [providers] have done absolutely nothing," Faro said. "There is no control over these postings. They don't provide any means for enforcement of their registration policies."

Larry Stumpf, attorney for Lycos and a partner at Black Srebnick Kornspan & Stumpf in Miami, did not return calls seeking comment.

Zwebner's new suits are his most recent legal counterattack against Internet posters who besmirch his name online. He has filed a number of suits across the country against posters, who have been making derogatory comments about him since about 2000.

Faro acknowledged that Wolfblitzzer0's comments about Zwebner might go beyond a desire to manipulate the stock market. He said some of the posted hostility toward Zwebner could be related to "some business deals that didn't go forward." He didn't elaborate on those deals.

Unless Lycos is forced by the court to disclose who Wolfblitzzer0 is, confirming the identity of the poster would be virtually impossible.

Faro expects to uncover additional, similar causes of action against Lycos in the suit's discovery phase. He plans to eventually include other companies and chief executives who allegedly have been defamed on Lycos-operated Web sites.

The issue of cybersmearing publicly traded companies first surfaced in the late 1990s. Some posters are small-time traders seeking to manipulate the market by driving the price of a certain stock down so they can buy while it's low. The practice also is known as poop and scoop, or trash and cash.

The reverse of cybersmearing -- pump and dump -- occurs when Internet posters tout a certain stock in order to increase the price, then sell.

The Securities and Exchange Commission recognizes both practices as Internet fraud and warns that the most vulnerable companies are microcap companies, whose stocks are traded in small volume. is linked to, a Lycos site that gives stock quotes and other objective data about publicly traded companies. RagingBull, however, is far from objective, and Lycos makes note of that in a disclaimer on the site.

To post on RagingBull, a user must register -- giving a name, location and e-mail address. Posters also must agree to a list of terms and conditions, which state that users who harm others or who violate the law can be terminated.

In Zwebner's defamation lawsuit filed this month, the cyberstalking claim is based on the allegation that Lycos has continually transmitted harassing communications about Zwebner and has allowed the practice to continue despite his repeated requests to stop them.

The trademark lawsuit, filed in July 2004, alleges that Lycos is using Universal Communication Systems Inc.'s trademarked name and stock ticker symbol without authorization, and in a way that is damaging to the company. Universal Communication Systems Inc.'s ticker symbol is UCSY.

Universal Communication System's net loss in its 2004 fiscal year was $3.5 million, compared with $2.3 million in 2003.

The suits allege that the Internet bashing of Zwebner has had an impact on the company's stock price. The share price has ranged from a low of a penny to about 19 cents during the last 52 weeks. At the end of 2004, before Wolfblitzzer0 made his or her appearance on RagingBull, the stock was at about 9 cents. On Thursday, it traded at 5 cents.

Wolfblitzzer0 -- or Wolfy, as he is called by his message board peers -- is the most recent in a string of posters spewing vitriol against Zwebner on RagingBull.

When Wolfblitzzer0 popped up on the Internet message board late last year, Zwebner contacted CNN, informing the Atlanta-based cable network of the similarity to Wolf Blitzer's name.

In the defamation suit against CNN, filed Jan. 7, Zwebner asserts that CNN and Wolf Blitzer should have acted to end the postings, since the name Wolf Blitzer was the proprietary interest of CNN and it therefore had an obligation to police its use. CNN has not yet filed a response to the allegations in the case, which is pending separately from the Lycos litigation.

Faro said the actual Wolf Blitzer is not believed to be the culprit. The posters likely are a handful of people "in the business of smearing people in the Web, posting under a number of different aliases," he said.

In at least four cases in other states, Zwebner has been able to track down the cybersmearers and has reached settlements with the individual posters.

In 2003, Zwebner won a $50,000 default judgment in U.S. District Court in Oregon against the John Does Anonymous Foundation, an Oregon-based nonprofit devoted to protecting online anonymity.

Zwebner had claimed that members of the organization were defaming him online. He filed the suit pro se, and requested $18 million in damages.

But putting a face to an online alias has proven to be difficult for plaintiffs like Zwebner. Both the anonymous posters and the Internet network providers often strenuously resist the disclosure of private information.

In Zwebner's first foray into federal court in Miami, Lycos' refusal to disclose its users' names and Internet service provider addresses led to the case being dismissed. In September 2003, Zwebner filed a pro se slander, libel and defamation suit against John Doe defendants, only identified by their online aliases. He then attempted to subpoena the John Does, filing a motion to compel Lycos to disclose the identities of about 85 of its message board posters.

The John Does were represented by L. Van Stillman, a former Delray Beach attorney who was disbarred after pleading guilty in 2003 to SEC charges that he was involved in a pump-and-dump scheme. Stillman could not be reached for comment.

Attorneys for Lycos and Stillman filed motions to quash the subpoenas, claiming privacy and First Amendment rights trumped any claim Zwebner may have against the defendants.

Lycos cited numerous federal court decisions that came down on the side of the anonymous posters, including Doe v. Inc., a 2001 decision out of Washington state that allowed a pseudonymous message board poster to retain his or her anonymity.

"The Internet is a truly democratic forum for communication," the court wrote in its opinion. "It allows for the free exchange of ideas at an unprecedented speed and scale. For this reason, the constitutional rights of Internet users, including the First Amendment right to speak anonymously, must be carefully safeguarded."

The onus has been on the companies to prove that the harm they have suffered outweighs the posters' right to free speech and privacy.

In McIntyre v. the Ohio Elections Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court gave anonymous free speech special protection, writing: "the right to remain anonymous may be abused when it shields fraudulent conduct. But ... our society accords greater weight to the value of free speech than to the dangers of its misuse."

Zwebner learned that lesson the hard way, after filing a pro se defamation case against the John Does. U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore in Miami ruled in favor of the defendants, quashing the subpoenas. Zwebner's case then was dismissed due to his inability to identify any of the posters.

After the loss, Zwebner retained Faro and filed the four suits currently pending in federal court in Miami.

Lycos is trying to have the trademark case moved to federal court in Massachusetts. It has not yet filed a response to the latest suit Zwebner filed against it.

While the federal courts have tended to protect the confidential of John Does in cybersmearing cases, Florida's 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami took a position against anonymous cybersmearing in a 2000 case, Hvide v. Doe.

The 3rd DCA rejected the anonymous posters' claim to protection under the First Amendment.

To: Jeffrey S. Mitchell who wrote (7088) 2/10/2005 3:24:45 PM
From: Jeffrey S. Mitchell Read Replies (2) | Respond to
of 12311

Re: 1/7/05 - [UCSY] CNN files Motion to Dismiss

U.S. District Court

Southern District of Florida (Miami)


Universal Communicat, et al v. Turner Broadcasting, et al

Filed: 01/07/05
Assigned to: Judge Adalberto Jordan
Demand: $0,000
Nature of Suit: 360
Lead Docket: None
Jurisdiction: Diversity
Dkt# in other court: None
Cause: 28:1391 Personal Injury


SYSTEMS, INC., A Nevada FTS 424-1114
Corporation [COR LD NTC]
plaintiff Faro & Associates
44 W Flagler Street
Suite 1100
Miami, FL 33130-1808
individually and others (See above)
similarly situated [COR LD NTC]
INC.,, Georgia Corporation FTS 789-7799
defendant [COR LD NTC]
Holland & Knight
701 Brickell Avenue
Suite 3000
Miami, FL 33131
CABLE NEWS NETWORK, INC., Adolfo Enrique Jimenez
Georgia Corporation (See above)
defendant [COR LD NTC]
WOLF BLITZER, an individual Adolfo Enrique Jimenez
defendant (See above)
John Doe
John Doe


Position the cursor on the Img Icon to view the Image Display Cost.



1/7/05 1 COMPLAINT filed; FILING FEE $150.00 RECEIPT # 913707 ;
Magistrate Judge Stephen T. Brown (cj) [Entry date 01/10/05]

1/7/05 2 SUMMONS(ES) issued for Turner Broadcasting (cj)
[Entry date 01/10/05] [Edit date 01/24/05]

1/7/05 3 SUMMONS(ES) issued for Cable News Network (cj)
[Entry date 01/10/05] [Edit date 01/24/05]

1/7/05 4 SUMMONS(ES) issued for Wolf Blitzer (cj)
[Entry date 01/10/05] [Edit date 01/24/05]

1/19/05 5 EMERGENCY MOTION by Universal Communicat, Michael J.
Zwebner under L.R. 7.1.E to waive the requirements of Rule
26(D) to permit service of a Rule 31 deposition, upon
written questions, & service of a Records Custodian
subpoena duces tecum, upon Lycos, Inc. (wc)
[Entry date 01/20/05]

1/20/05 6 ORDER denying in part [5-1] motion under L.R. 7.1.E to
waive the requirements of Rule 26(D) to permit service of a
Rule 31 deposition, upon written questions, & service of a
Records Custodian subpoena duces tecum, upon Lycos, Inc. (
Signed by Magistrate Stephen T. Brown on 1/19/05) [EOD
Date: 1/21/05] (gz) [Entry date 01/21/05]

1/20/05 7 NOTICE of pre-filing conference by Universal Communicat,
Michael J. Zwebner (gz) [Entry date 01/21/05]

1/21/05 8 AMENDED COMPLAINT by Universal Communicat , (Answer due
1/31/05 for Turner Broadcasting, for Cable News Network )
amending [1-1] complaint adding John Doe, John Doe (gz)
[Entry date 01/24/05]

1/21/05 9 SUMMONS(ES) issued for John Doe aka wolfblittzer (gz)
[Entry date 01/24/05]

1/21/05 10 SUMMONS(ES) issued for John Doe aka royal_octavo (gz)
[Entry date 01/24/05]

1/31/05 11 Unopposed MOTION with memorandum in support by Turner
Broadcasting, Cable News Network, Wolf Blitzer (Attorney
Adolfo Enrique Jimenez) to extend time to respond to
amended complaint (gz)

2/1/05 12 RETURN OF SERVICE executed for Turner Broadcasting on
1/12/05 Answer due on 2/1/05 for Turner Broadcasting (gz)
[Entry date 02/02/05]

2/1/05 13 RETURN OF SERVICE executed for Cable News Network on
1/13/05 Answer due on 2/2/05 for Cable News Network (gz)
[Entry date 02/02/05]

2/1/05 14 RETURN OF SERVICE executed for Wolf Blitzer on 1/12/05
Answer due on 2/1/05 for Wolf Blitzer (gz)
[Entry date 02/02/05]

2/7/05 15 RETURN OF SERVICE executed for John Doe wolfblittzer on
1/27/05 Answer due on 2/16/05 for John Doe wolfblittzer (gz)
[Entry date 02/08/05]

2/7/05 16 RETURN OF SERVICE executed for John Doe Royal_octavo on
1/27/05 Answer due on 2/16/05 for John Doe Royal_octavo (gz)
[Entry date 02/08/05]

2/7/05 17 MOTION with memorandum in support by Turner Broadcasting,
Cable News Network, Wolf Blitzer (Attorney ) to dismiss
first amended complaint (gz) [Entry date 02/09/05]

2/7/05 18 MOTION with memorandum in support by Turner Broadcasting,
Cable News Network, Wolf Blitzer (Attorney ) to dismiss
first amended complaint (gz) [Entry date 02/09/05]

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Zionist Ex NY Mayor Mike Bloomberg in Epstein blackbook as well.......

64 Different Women Have Filed 40 Lawsuits Against Michael Bloomberg for Sexual Harassment and Discrimination

By Laura Bassett, GQ

The surging Democratic presidential candidate and Bloomberg LP have fielded nearly 40 sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits over decades...........

Strauss victims call on inspector general to investigate ties ...

OSU - The Lantern-Feb 11, 2020
Although Epstein and Les Wexner — L-brands owner and namesake of the university's hospital — had no known ties to Strauss, the victims ...

.Bloomberg’s name did not appear in the article. 
An article published the same month by (“If You Flew Epstein’s ‘Lolita Express’ Private Jet — the Feds Want to Talk to You”) started off with reporting that federal investigators were interested in chatting with well-connected individuals named in the book:After Jeffrey Epstein’s [July 2019] arrest on sex trafficking charges, some famous people may be squirming. His notorious little black book and private-jet manifests contained a long list of boldface names, including Victoria’s Secret mogul Leslie Wexner and former president Bill Clinton.

Strauss victims call on inspector general to investigate ties ...

OSU - The Lantern-Feb 11, 2020
Although Epstein and Les Wexner — L-brands owner and namesake of the university's hospital — had no known ties to Strauss, the victims ...

Former wrestlers and Strauss survivors ask IG to investigate ...
Local 11, 2020

‘Mods are Asleep, Post Mike Bloomberg in Epstein’s Black Book’


Former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg appeared in Jeffrey Epstein's "little black book."




On February 11 2020, a tweet (also shared to Facebook) invoked the “mods are asleep” meme in a broader post about former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s purported appearance in the late Jeffrey Epstein’s “little black book”:
A blurry, redacted screenshot featured three names — magician David Blaine, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Mike Bloomberg. Without context, the tweet and screenshots might be confusing to people who are not extremely online, so we have broken it down here.

What does “mods are asleep” mean?

“Mods are asleep” is a common refrain on Reddit and 4chan; it is both an indication that the information following violates posting rules, and an incitement for other users to share typically restricted content:
“Mods Are Asleep” is an expression used to indicate that a website’s moderators are currently inactive and unable to enforce the site’s rules of conduct. The phrase is often followed by a call to action for other users to post material that is typically not allowed.
In the context of the tweet, the phrase was used humorously to imply that the appended screenshot perhaps contained forbidden or subversive knowledge.

Who are Epstein and Bloomberg?

Jeffrey Epstein was a convicted sex offender — a wealthy and highly influential pedophile — who died in a New York City jail in 2019. Michael Bloomberg served as mayor of New York City from 2002 to 2013, and at the time of the tweet in February 2020 was seeking the Democratic nomination for president.

Why was Epstein notable?

Epstein was primarily notable for his wealth, his philanthropy, hobnobbing with the super-rich and famous — and his alleged involvement in sex trafficking and conspiracy. He was arrested at Teterboro Airport in July 2019 and died in his cell on August 10 2019, spawning conspiracy theories about how he died and who might have killed him. (The death was officially ruled a suicide by hanging.)

What was Epstein’s “little black book”? Was it seized after his July 2019 arrest?

Long before Epstein’s arrest and jailhouse death, interest in his purported network of well-connected and wealthy people as well as the nature of the crimes of which Epstein stood accused were a subject of massive public interest.
In 2015, now-defunct website published a redacted version of Epstein’s “little black book,” reporting:
Donald Trump, Courtney Love, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and  -lawyer Alan Dershowitz may have been identified by a butler as potential “material witnesses” to pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes against young girls, according to a copy of Epstein’s little black book obtained by Gawker.
An annotated copy of the address book, which also contains entries for Alec Baldwin, Ralph Fiennes, Griffin Dunne, New York Post gossip Richard Johnson, Ted Kennedy, David Koch, filmmaker Andrew Jarecki, and all manner of other people you might expect a billionaire to know, turned up in court proceedings after Epstein’s former house manager Alfredo Rodriguez tried to sell it in 2009. About 50 of the entries, including those of many of Epstein’s suspected victims and accomplices as well as Trump, Love, Barak, Dershowitz, and others, were circled by Rodriguez. (The existence of the book has been previously reported by the Daily Mail. Gawker is publishing it in full here for the first time; we have redacted addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, and the last names of individuals who may have been underage victims.)
Also surviving Gawker’s shuttering was a 92-page supplement to the item linked and quoted above, the redacted “little black book” of Epstein’s.

Was Mike Bloomberg listed in that copy of Epstein’s “little black book”?

Yes. The document was uploaded in an alphabetized format, and Bloomberg’s appearance on page six was indeed after Blaine and Blair.

What significance did appearing in Epstein’s “little black book” have?

It’s difficult precisely to pinpoint how or why anyone came to be in Epstein’s register of contacts. A July 2019 New York Magazine/Intelligencer piece on some of the names — which mentioned Bloomberg — began:
Perhaps, at long last, a serial rapist and pedophile may be brought to justice, more than a dozen years after he was first charged with crimes that have brutalized countless girls and women. But what won’t change is this: the cesspool of elites, many of them in New York, who allowed Jeffrey Epstein to flourish with impunity. For decades, important, influential, “serious” people attended Epstein’s dinner parties, rode his private jet, and furthered the fiction that he was some kind of genius hedge-fund billionaire. How do we explain why they looked the other way, or flattered Epstein, even as they must have noticed he was often in the company of a young harem? Easy: They got something in exchange from him, whether it was a free ride on that airborne “Lolita Express,” some other form of monetary largesse, entrée into the extravagant celebrity soirées he hosted at his townhouse, or, possibly and harrowingly, a pound or two of female flesh.
That article also provided further detail on how the book landed in Gawker’s hands in 2015 — through the investigative work of Nick Bryant:
In 2015, Gawker published Epstein’s “little black book,” which had surfaced in court proceedings after a former employee took it from Epstein’s home around 2005 and later tried to sell it. He said that the book had been created by people who worked for Epstein and that it contained the names and phone numbers of more than 100 victims, plus hundreds of social contacts. Along with the logs of Epstein’s private plane, released in 2015, the book paints a picture of a man deeply enmeshed in the highest social circles.
Some of those listed in the article distanced themselves from Epstein; Malcolm Gladwell was listed, and he maintained that he had no idea why:
“I was invited to the TED conference in maybe 2000 (I can’t remember), and they promised to buy me a plane ticket to California,” Gladwell says now. “Then at the last minute they said, ‘We found you a ride on a private plane instead.’ As I recall, there were maybe two dozen TED conferencegoers onboard. I don’t remember much else, except being slightly baffled as to who this Epstein guy was and why we were all on his plane.”

Was Epstein’s “little black book” widely covered in mainstream outlets, or was it the realm of gossip and rumor?

After Epstein’s July 2019 arrest, the New York Times covered its existence in an article, beginning with the stated confusion of some individuals listed in the ledger:
Andrew Rosen, the founder of Theory and owner of numerous racehorses, said he didn’t know him and had never met him. Mr. Rosen couldn’t recall ever attending an event he hosted or crossing his path.
Charles Finch, the film producer, brand builder and bon vivant, didn’t know him, either. Vanessa von Bismarck, the glamorous founder of a namesake fashion PR company? She had no idea why her name came up. Nor did Joan Juliet Buck, the former editor of French Vogue.
“As far as I know, I never met Epstein,” Ms. Buck said. “I never went to any of those famous parties at the biggest house in New York City.”
That’s Jeffrey Epstein, of course. Even though their names were in his notorious little black book, along with those of known associates like Prince Andrew, Donald Trump and Alan Dershowitz, these individuals said they were not sure why they appeared. They weren’t, they said, friends, or even passing acquaintances.
A July 2019 profile in Vanity Fair addressed the book in part, reiterating how it originally came to be publicized:
Ever since Epstein’s arrest on July 6, there’s been growing scrutiny of his vast network of rich and/or famous and/or powerful friends and acquaintances—or former friends and acquaintances, as it were. There’s a road map to that network in Epstein’s now-infamous black book, filled with many bold-faced names, phone numbers, and addresses, from Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, and Ehud Barak to Alec Baldwin, Ralph Fiennes, Mick Jagger, and even Courtney Love. “It is a mosaic of Epstein’s social contacts,” the investigative journalist Nick Bryant told me.
Bryant first got his hands on a copy of the black book in 2012, after the feds caught Epstein’s former house manager trying to peddle it for $50,000. At the time, Bryant was shopping a feature on Epstein, without success. “My Epstein article would focus on the government malfeasance that enabled Epstein to skate on scores of child abuse charges,” Bryant wrote in a pitch he submitted to various editors, “and I would also look into covert ties that the government may have had with Epstein. Moreover, the little black book opens up multiple vistas of investigation, and I would attempt to amass sufficient corroboration on some of the power broker perps who molested these girls.”
Bloomberg’s name did not appear in the article. An article published the same month by (“If You Flew Epstein’s ‘Lolita Express’ Private Jet — the Feds Want to Talk to You”) started off with reporting that federal investigators were interested in chatting with well-connected individuals named in the book:
After Jeffrey Epstein’s [July 2019] arrest on sex trafficking charges, some famous people may be squirming. His notorious little black book and private-jet manifests contained a long list of boldface names, including Victoria’s Secret mogul Leslie Wexner and former president Bill Clinton.
U.S. prosecutors on Monday encouraged anyone with information about Epstein’s conduct to come forward, not just potential victims. To the socialites, celebrities and politicians who attended lavish parties at Epstein’s homes in Manhattan or Palm Beach in the early 2000s — or hitched rides on his private jet nicknamed the “Lolita Express” by the tabloids — the request carried a clear message: Come talk to us before we seek you out.
“You would much rather be visiting the Department of Justice and engaging a conversation about what you saw rather than making the DoJ find you,” said Jacob Frenkel, a former federal prosecutor now at Dickinson-Wright. “There’s a much greater potential for influencing the parameters of an interview and the scope of cooperation by going in voluntarily than becoming a compulsory guest” of the government, he said. emphasized the number of prominent names in the book — but made no mention of Michael Bloomberg, either in the text of the article or as an editor’s note:

The names include well known performers, including Ralph Fiennes, Alec Baldwin, David Blaine, Jimmy Buffett and Courtney Love; media figures including Charlie Rose, Mike Wallace and Barbara Walters; former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak, former British prime minister Tony Blair, industrialist David Koch and the late Salomon Brothers chief executive officer John Gutfreund and his wife, Susan.
Bloomberg himself was named by other outlets in July 2019.

Why did the book languish in near-obscurity until Epstein’s 2019 arrest?

In the Vanity Fair interview, Bryant provided two answers regarding his long-futile efforts to report on the book and its contents. Bryant described years of resistance to reporting on the “power brokers” in the book, and the massive credibility challenge when it came to the victims of sex abuse and pedophilia:
Child abuse is the most horrific of crimes, and editors, I would think, had some cognitive dissonance over what I was pitching them. To assuage their cognitive dissonance, they would much rather decide that I was crazy, or a conspiracy theorist, than to actually address the allegations. But I had the black book, and a lot of the police reports, and some of the FBI reports …
… In these types of investigations, you’re gonna deal with some very sordid people. Even the victims, their credibility can be problematic, because they can come from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, repeatedly molested at a very young age, some turn to drugs to assuage their pain. That’s what makes this type of thing perfect for the perpetrators. The victims’ credibility is easy to compromise.
One month prior to Epstein’s jailhouse death, Bryant was asked for “predictions” about the case trajectory. He referred back to an earlier bit of investigative journalism he did with a similar focus, noting one of the two “primary pimps” died of suicide, as Epstein reportedly did one month later on August 10 2019:
I don’t know. In [previous investigation] The Franklin Scandal, there were two primary pimps. One committed suicide, the other did 10 years in prison for embezzlement, and he’s had a pretty comfortable life since. It all depends on whether Epstein’s gonna talk or not. If Epstein talks, there’s gonna be a lot of powerful people who could go down. It’s really contingent upon how far the Department of Justice wants to take this. But like I said earlier, the Epstein scandal will also go all the way up to Mount Olympus.

What did it mean when someone was listed in Epstein’s book?

That was harder to say with certainty. As noted by many in July 2019, Epstein’s network was vast and contained seemingly unconnected people:
A word of caution: just because someone’s name & contact information appear in the Epstein Black Book, which dates from 2004-5, does NOT automatically suggest that he or she was involved with the (“alleged”) sex trafficking … I’d like to think Elie Wiesel, for example, was not being “massaged” by teenagers. Same with Ralph Fiennes, Paul Allen, Julie Taymor, and Simon LeBon. Epstein made a point of meeting influential people, and not all of them shared his depraved sensibilities.
On the other hand, there are some people in there who, while probably innocent of raping minors, are villains nonetheless: Henry Kissinger, Rupert Murdoch, David Koch … and Conrad Black, undeserving beneficiary of a Trump pardon … There are Rockefellers & Rothschilds in the Epstein Black Book, a clutch of politicians, numerous Hollywood movers & shakers, fashion-industry big-wigs, and royals including the Duke & Duchess of York (Prince Andrew—“Andy,” to Jeffrey).
Other interesting names in the Epstein Black Book: Tom Barrack, Tony Blair, Mike Bloomberg, Jimmy Buffet, Tom Ford, George Hamilton, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Ted Kennedy, Charlie Rose, Kevin Spacey, Chris Tucker.

So, is the claim true?

Yes. Mike Bloomberg was one of numerous contacts listed in Jeffrey Epstein’s “little black book.” Many of the listed sought to distance themselves from Epstein after his arrest renewed interest in the book’s contents. However, what — if any — relationship Bloomberg maintained with Epstein was unknown, and he was far from the only prominent person to appear in the book.