Kurt Eichenwald, a Newsweek senior writer and the guy who just subpoenaed someone for being trolled on the internet with flashing lights, is now threatening journalist Bill Moran over allegations that Eichenwald viewed child pornography after paying to acquire it – and then turned his criminal activity into a “cause du jour.”
Citing dozens of court records, Bill Moran reported in his article on medium.com:
“In the mid-2000s, former New York Times writer Kurt Eichenwald fell into disrepute after being caught paying a source $2,000—money that the journalist claims he requested back—an additional $1,184 to that source via PayPal to acquire and download illicit images and likely wired $1,000 more to the same source under a fraudulent name. That source, former child porn star Justin Berry, had become a cautionary tale of the perils of child pornography with Kurt Eichenwald being initially heralded as a hero who “saved” him.
What has not been reported until this time is that Mr. Eichenwald accessed illicit images of Mr. Berry (then an 18-year-old) and a 14-year-old young man masturbating at least 21 times over a seven day period from June 23–29, 2005—a video that the now rehabilitated Newsweek Senior Writer claimed he had only viewed a single time with Justin Berry after the two met at LAX Airport on June 30.
It has also gone unreported that Mr. Eichenwald appears to have proffered false testimony both in written statements and verbal testimony asserting that he had not identified himself to Mr. Berry until June 30, 2005 notwithstanding having sent the former child porn actor a check for $2,000 with his name on it on June 8, 2005.
Further that payment went to the production of the child pornography video (titled JustinPreview2) featuring the 14-year-old child masturbating side-by-side with Mr. Berry on June 9, 2005 (the following day)?—?with court records indicating that Berry withdrew $300 following the deposit of that check to pay the young man for his participation in the illicit video.
Not only did Mr. Eichenwald violate all bounds of journalistic standards, but he proceeded to convince Mr. Berry to flip state’s evidence on the same day?—?July 14?—?that Eichenwald’s administrative account on the JustinFriends.com child porn site was deleted and all messages between Eichenwald and Berry were scrubbed from Mr. Berry’s computer,” Moran, writes.
Moran then says that Eichenwald turned his criminal activity into a “cause du jour” writing the following piece for the New York Times – Through His Webcam, a Boy Joins a Sordid Online World. Moran alleges that Kurt Eichenwald, sent a check on June 8 to Justin Berry for $2,000, despite Eichenwald saying he didn’t introduce himself to the young man until he met him at LAX airport on June 30th, citing court records for another case Day 1 of Testimony in Trial of Ken Gourlay.
Moran continues using another case with the statement that, “Timothy Ryan Richards shreds Eichenwald’s timeline exposing he was directly involved in Justin Berry’s kiddie porn.” He, adds “those court records show that Justin Berry’s child porn websites – MexicoFriends.com and Justinsfriends.com—had gone dormant prior to Kurt Eichenwald making contact with Berry,” he writes.
Moran further adds, Kurt himself had “administrative access to the websites on June 3rd,” just a few days prior to sending a check to Berry.
“Court and forensic records compiled in the parallel matter of Timothy Ryan Richards, a convicted child pornographer, shred both Eichenwald’s timeline and narrative exposing he was more directly involved in Justin Berry’s kiddie porn and child erotica enterprise.
Those court records show that Justin Berry’s child porn websites?—?MexicoFriends.com and Justinsfriends.com—had gone dormant prior to Kurt Eichenwald making contact with Berry. Prior to restarting the website, Mr. Berry told friends he had left the business and found Jesus.
Those files further show that Kurt Eichenwald was granted administrative access to Berry’s previously defunct websites on June 3 and had sent Berry a check for $2,000 from Mr. Eichenwald’s personal account bearing his name on June 8. This is important because it directly contradicts his testimony that Berry did not know who he was until June 30.”
It doesn’t end there though, as Moran connects Eichenwald to two email addresses and two aliases used by Eichenwald “firstname.lastname@example.org” and “email@example.com” who he says used the pseudonyms – Andrew/Ray McDonald, citing court records. Moran then goes on to state that in the PayPal financial exchange notes Eichenwald wrote, “the quality of images sent by Justin Berry—“the light sucks, washed out” and “If I save them, I pay for them. If I don’t, I didn’t even bother to finish looking at them, so I didn’t buy.” Then in another note, Eochemwald wrote, “Once it’s back and running, I’ll be back to downloading… and paying you. I’ll be online today. Find me an[d] lemme know what to do. And I have other proposals for you that would get you even more money.”
“Andrew McDonald” using the email address “firstname.lastname@example.org” made $1,184 in payments to Justin Berry from 6/6/2005 to 6/23/2005. In the payment memo section, the user criticized the quality of potentially illicit images sent to him?—?court records confirm that account belonged to Eichenwald,”
On June 6, 2015, in the comment section of the PayPal exchanges, Kurt Eichenwald bearing the name of Andrew McDonald says of the quality of images sent by Justin Berry?—?“the light sucks, washed out” and “If I save them, I pay for them. If I don’t, I didn’t even bother to finish looking at them, so I didn’t buy.”
“Once it’s back and running, I’ll be back to downloading… and paying you. I’ll be online today. Find me an[d] lemme know what to do. And I have other proposals for you that would get you even more money,” said Eichenwald in PayPal notes on June 7, 2005. “Or tell me when u will be on aim (AOL Instant Messenger). I have had access to the ftp site since we last spoke. And I’d like to start paying ya again. Email me at email@example.com or tell me when u will be on aim.”
That comment “I have other proposals for you that would get you even more money.” May be revealed in a statement that “Justin Berry’s 14-year-old protege from the JustinPreview2.wmv video had testified to the FBI that Kurt Eichenwald promised Justin Berry a $500,000 book deal.”
That offer even materialized but ultimately was declined because it came with a condition that Berry not appear on Oprah which he did alongside Mr. Eichenwald.
The worse part is that all of this according to Moran just like the Jeffrey Epstein case was covered up by the DOJ when Eichenwald’s attorney Stephen M. Ryan sent a letter on behalf of Justin Berry seeking a proffer agreement “flip state’s evidence” in return for immunity. Then that same day Eichenwald’s account was deleted by an administrator on Berry’s site. Additionally, Berry attempted to scrub his computer of all communication exchanges between himself and Eichenwald.
A series of strange events occurred on July 14, 2005?—?the day that Stephen M. Ryan, Esq., at the behest and urging of Kurt Eichenwald, transmitted a letter to the Department of Justice on behalf of Justin Berry?—?seeking a proffer agreement (flip state’s evidence) in return for immunity.
First and foremost, court records indicate that on that same day Eichenwald’s account on JustinFriends.com was administratively deleted. That same day, Justin Berry attempted to scrub his computer on that date of all communications between himself and Eichenwald.
It is further known from court records that the same attorney, Stephen M. Ryan, Esq., represented Kurt Eichenwald “in connection with these allegations” with refererence to the testimony proffered by Justin Berry in return for his immunity.
These are allegations that Eichenwald has since strongly denied in emails to Moran that Moran has been posting on Twitter. Again, Kurt Eichenwald is the same journalist suing a Twitter user for allegedly causing him to have a seizure.
It’s also worth noting that many child sex felons were arrested and prosecuted due to Kurt Eichenwald, but was he playing multiple online personas or just saving his own hide at the expense of throwing others under the bus? You decide as all the evidence is quite damning in my own opinion.