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In a letter obtained by Fox News, the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to know the full extent of its financial ties with the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.
The letter, addressed on Wednesday to the university’s President, L. Rafael Reif, signed by 10 members of staff, and the professors, in the first place: “We are writing to you in connection with the available facts in the public record regarding death of a child rapist Jeffrey Epstein, professional, financial, and personal connections to a variety of MIT faculty and staff.”
Reif said last month that MIT would take about $800,000 from Epstein for more than 20 years of age.
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“As we all know, human trafficking is one of the largest illegal industries in the world, far away places, and even in the international drug trade. In the end, the misery of this sick and evil institution has done to children and women all over the world, and continues to be a part of it—I do not understand,” the letter continued. “We have to be aware that, unless the MIT is taking steps to demonstrate that there are consequences for those who chose to associate with (to) Jeffrey Epstein due to the enrichment of the MIT and due to its contributions, there can be no rational hope, to think that this is a type of sexual crimes committed against women and children is going to end up.”
Joi Ito, director of MIT’s Media Lab, a dismissal from the lab and from his position as a professor at the Cambridge school. The resignation was first reported by The New York Times.
Ito’s resignation came after The New Yorker reported that the Media Lab has had a more significant fundraising and relationship with Epstein-than previously recognized, and was trying to cover up the extent of the relationship.
Ito said Epstein gave him $525,000 for the Media Lab, and an additional $1.2 million of his own funds.
The letter goes on to say: “it’s true, unless, of MIT, and other institutions of higher education to take responsibility for their actions, and the punishment of those who are to be involved for the connection to Epstein, the general public has no reason to provide institutions such as MIT, have any moral or social credibility. Don’t do anything of real consequence, that is an insult to common sense and basic human dignity.”
Kim Holleman, a contemporary artist, who is a research affiliate at the MIT Media Lab’s Social Computing Group (2014-2017), signed the letter, said to Fox News, via an e-mail to: “The extent of corruption and hypocrisy among these people has been absolutely nothing short of amazing. As more and more grisly details about Epstein’s life, and the revelation of the personal blog posts in support of child rape and child pornography, through MIT’s (Richard) Stallman, it is becoming more and more believable, in that not only do all these men know all about Epstein’s life, rape of women, and they are likely to be personally approved by the. This is the most plausible conclusion, and it is the most disgusting aspect of the job.”
She added: “This is about justice for the victims, that these men did not care for it, even if the other men involved claimed they were willing participants in the great slavery, forced prostitution, and rape. Attorney General William Barr has promised that Epstein’s ‘conspirators’ would have to be brought to justice, showing compassion for Epstein’s victims, than had ever been displayed by men of the MIT, which is in place to take advantage of Epstein and his despicable and illegal crimes committed against girls and children”.
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In a letter addressed to the university’s President, L. Rafael Reif, center, the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to know the full extent of its financial ties with the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, to the left. Joi Ito, director of MIT’s Media Lab, immediately resigned from his position on the fall-out. (Getty)
Epstein’s July 6, the arrest attracted national attention, with a particular focus on the deal that allowed him to plead guilty, in 2008, for the use of a minor for prostitution in Florida and to avoid more serious federal charges.
Epstein was a wealth manager who hobnobbed with the rich, famous and powerful, including president, and is one of the most.
He owned a private island in the Caribbean, homes in Paris, New York City, in the state of New Mexico ranches and has a fleet of high-price cars.
Epstein, 66, was killed in prison, Jan. 10, while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. Federal prosecutors in New York had charged him with human trafficking and conspiracy charges, alleging that he sexually abused the girls over a number of years at the beginning of the year 2000.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.