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麻省理工学院报告了有关责怪比尔·盖茨等亿万富翁的问题



硅谷有多同谋?几个月以来,技术亿万富翁一直在与资金经理杰弗里·爱泼斯坦(Jeffrey Epstein)保持联系,直到他在2008 年被起诉并登记为性罪犯之后。这些联系中的许多都围绕着麻省理工学院的媒体实验室,该实验室在硅谷颇受欢迎并且与爱泼斯坦有着隐秘的筹款关系。

但是,从比尔·盖茨到里德·霍夫曼的许多亿万富翁,并没有在他们今年夏天被捕时真正透露出他们与爱泼斯坦的关系,或者至少很快捍卫了媒体实验室在爱泼斯坦局势方面的领导地位。

因此,许多人希望麻省理工学院聘请的律师撰写的一份为期数月的外部报告将最终解决这些问题。但是,当该报告于周五发布时,调查人员回避了直接的答案和事实陈述,最终未能解决有关硅谷培育爱泼斯坦的责任的一些基本问题。

盖茨代表未回复置评请求。霍夫曼(Hoffman)的一位代表提到了霍夫曼(Hoffman)于今年早些时候道歉的消息,称他与爱泼斯坦的互动。

让我们从盖茨开始。这位直到最近的首富一直对他与爱泼斯坦的关系轻描淡写,对一位记者说:“我与他没有任何业务关系或友谊。”但是,盖茨却是关系最为广泛,被公开的高科技亿万富翁之一爱泼斯坦。

爱泼斯坦和盖茨是否确实有“业务关系”存在争议。盖茨确实在2014年向媒体实验室捐款200万美元。罗南·法罗(Ronan Farrow)在《纽约客》上报道说,爱泼斯坦因获得了盖茨的钱而被赞誉,内部记录说爱泼斯坦已经“指导”了礼物或按照他的指示进行了捐赠。

记录说:“盖茨是在一个希望保持匿名的朋友的推荐下制作这份礼物的。盖茨的助手否认爱泼斯坦的礼物方向。但是,如果他做了,因为法罗报道,他做到了,它提出了一种可能性,盖茨在爱泼斯坦的图像复原和一部分不体面掩盖莫名其妙的同谋。

但是,麻省理工学院的研究人员几乎没有帮助建立这种情况下的事实和虚构。麻省理工学院的律师在这份长达63页的报告中写道:“在2014年,爱泼斯坦声称已经安排微软联合创始人比尔·盖茨向媒体实验室提供200万美元的匿名捐款。” “比尔·盖茨的代表告诉我们,盖茨断然否认爱泼斯坦与盖茨的捐赠有任何关系。”

足以说,这回避了谁在说真话的问题,并将其有效地保留为他说她说的未解决。When Recode asked the lawyers involved in the report if this sidestep was intentional, they would only say that “we didn’t see any evidence” that Gates or any Gates entity “were donating money from Mr.

Epstein or that they were donating money at the behest of Mr. Epstein.” They used similar language — “there is no evidence” — to respond to the notion that Gates acted to “launder” Epstein’s money by donating money that didn’t belong to the Microsoft founder.

In the report, MIT’s investigators do not definitively say it did not happen — just that they didn’t see any evidence of it. And that statement would then have to be reconciled with MIT’s internal records, which offer at least some evidence to the contrary.

While there are many reasons to doubt the credibility of Epstein and of Joi Ito, the ousted head of the MIT Media Lab, there are also reasons why Gates and his denial should be scrutinized.Despite Gates’ public comments minimizing his ties to Epstein, the New York Times uncovered numerous instances of Epstein and Gates meeting privately, to say nothing of Gates’ underlings.

At one point, Gates told colleagues that the lifestyle of Epstein, who at that point was already a convicted sex offender, was “intriguing.” (A spokesperson told the Times that the comment had nothing to do with Epstein’s lurid past.)“Bill Gates regrets ever meeting with Epstein and recognizes it was an error in judgment to do so,” a Gates spokesperson told the paper this fall.

That brings us to another Silicon Valley luminary who has apologized over Epstein — Reid Hoffman. The LinkedIn founder and political powerbroker has his own ties to Epstein through the Media Lab, where he sits on the advisory board. Hoffman helped raise money for the Media Lab, which involved fundraising solicitation meetings with the sex offender.

“By agreeing to participate in any fundraising activity where Epstein was present, I helped to repair his reputation and perpetuate injustice. For this, I am deeply regretful,” Hoffman said this September.Hoffman has said that he vouched for Epstein because It told him that Epstein has cleared MIT’s vetting process.

He even went so far as to bring Epstein out to Palo Alto for a dinner with people like Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and Peter Thiel in 2015. (Reminder: Epstein had been convicted on child prostitution charges for seven years by this point.)

That was the last time that Hoffman saw Epstein. But as recently as this August, Hoffman was standing up strongly for Ito and his handling of the Epstein situation. It took Hoffman until Farrow’s story in September to apologize.

麻省理工学院的这份新报告清楚地表明,多年来霍夫曼和爱泼斯坦还有其他互动。2013年7月,爱泼斯坦访问了麻省理工学院的校园,与霍夫曼和其他人见面。霍夫曼继续在爱泼斯坦事务上接受咨询。

“ 2016年7月,伊藤向里德·霍夫曼(Reid Hoffman)寻求建议,以决定是否允许爱泼斯坦参加与可能“见到他,也许知道他参与其中”的“很多人”的会议(也许是媒体实验室主任研究员的公告)。作者写道。他们没有写的是霍夫曼实际上建议伊藤。这是我们仍然需要了解的许多事情之一,以充分说明硅谷在爱泼斯坦传奇中的同谋。
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