SLATE: We Cracked the Redactions in the Ghislaine Maxwell Deposition


>In the deposition, Maxwell was pressed to answer questions about the many famous men in Epstein’s orbit, among them Bill Clinton, Alan Dershowitz, and Prince Andrew. In the document that was released on Thursday, those names and others appear under black bars. According to the Miami Herald, which sued for this and other documents to be released, the deposition was released only after “days of wrangling over redactions.”

>It turns out, though, that those redactions are possible to crack. That’s because the deposition—which you can read in full here—includes a complete alphabetized index of the redacted and unredacted words that appear in the document. For example, after cracking the redactions, we know that Maxwell was asked about an email that Dershowitz allegedly sent to Epstein. In that email, Dershowitz reportedly wrote that he was “working on several possible articles about unfairness in the legal process that allows false charges to be inserted into legal documents.”

Here are some of the other names we cracked:

>Doug Band (page 137 of deposition)

>Rebecca Boylan (page 352)

>Jean Luc Brunel (pages 99, 116, 166, 167, 379, 380)

>Chelsea Clinton (page 377)

>Eva Dubin (pages 57-58, 339)

>Glenn Dubin (pages 57-58, 61, 237, 303-304, 339)

>Al Gore (pages 230-231)

>Sarah Kellen (pages 47, 48, 48, 56, 57, 255, 328, 329, 378, 395, 396, 411, 412)

>Nadia Marcinko, also known as Nadia Marcinkova (pages 40-47, 87, 255, 396)

>Marvin Minsky (page 145)

>David Rodgers (pages 129, 410)

>Alfredo Rodriguez (pages 317, 328, 329, 330, 331, 334, 335)

>Kevin Spacey (page 266)

>Chris Tucker (page 266)

>Leslie Wexner (pages 117, 314, 380, 381, 403, 404)