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American detained in Russia on spy charges says guards injured him; court extends detention by 2 months

A retired United States Marine detained in Russia for eight months on allegation of spying will remain in detention for two more months, a Moscow court ruled Friday, despite the man’s claims that prison guards had injured him.

Paul Whelan, an American citizen who also holds British, Irish and Canadian passports, will remain detained until late October. Whelan is reportedly being held in cramped conditions at a Moscow detention facility. He felt unwell in court, forcing the court to call an ambulance, though paramedics said he won’t be hospitalized.

AMERICAN PAUL WHELAN, DETAINED IN RUSSIA, ASKS TRUMP TO INTERVENE, CLAIMS HE’S VICTIM OF ‘POLITICAL KIDNAPPING’

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Paul Whelan, a former U.S. marine, left, who was arrested for alleged spying in Moscow at the end of 2018, is escorted by Federal Security Service officers to a court room in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. (AP)

During Friday’s appearance, Whelan said the Russian prison guards attacked him, causing him pain. The U.S. Embassy last month said Whelan’s condition has worsened.

“The prosecutor’s office also knows that I was injured by security guards in the pretrial detention center,” Whelan was quoted as saying by Interfax, a Russian news agency, noting that he was in “great pain.”

“Even Salem witches had more opportunities to defend their rights,” said Whelan, who’s facing up to 20 years in prison over the allegations of espionage.

Vladimir Zherebenkov, his lawyer, said that the pre-trial investigation should be over soon and the trial is expected to begin in the fall, the New York Times reported.

PAUL WHELAN, US MAN ACCUSED OF SPYING IN RUSSIA, CHARGED WITH ESPIONAGE: REPORT

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Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine, who was arrested for alleged spying in Moscow at the end of 2018, stands in a cage while waiting for a hearing in a courtroom in Moscow, Russia, on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

“We hope that Paul’s case goes to trial swiftly so that he can speak to the false charges laid against him,” his family said in a statement prior to the court appearance. “We will continue to seek his freedom and look for a diplomatic solution that will bring him back to his family.”

Whelan once pleaded with President Trump to intervene and secure his release during a June court hearing, saying, “Mr. President, we cannot keep America great unless we aggressively protect and defend American citizens wherever they are in the world.”

He accused Russian authorities of trying to “to force a confession,” and said that his “life has been threatened; my rights have been denied.”

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Trump hasn’t spoken publicly nor tweeted about Whelan’s case, but media reports say U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton and other Trump administration officials have spoken out against his continued detention, for which they claim the Russian government has produced no evidence.

Whelan previously worked for Kelly Services, which maintains offices in Russia. He received a “bad conduct” discharge from the Marines, according to his official military personnel file obtained by Fox News. His dates of service were listed as May 10, 1994, to Dec. 2, 2009.

The Associated Press contributed to his report.

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American detained in Russia on spy charges says guards injured him; court extends detention by 2 months

A retired United States Marine detained in Russia for eight months on allegation of spying will remain in detention for two more months, a Moscow court ruled Friday, despite the man’s claims that prison guards had injured him.

Paul Whelan, an American citizen who also holds British, Irish and Canadian passports, will remain detained until late October. Whelan is reportedly being held in cramped conditions at a Moscow detention facility. He felt unwell in court, forcing the court to call an ambulance, though paramedics said he won’t be hospitalized.

AMERICAN PAUL WHELAN, DETAINED IN RUSSIA, ASKS TRUMP TO INTERVENE, CLAIMS HE’S VICTIM OF ‘POLITICAL KIDNAPPING’

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Paul Whelan, a former U.S. marine, left, who was arrested for alleged spying in Moscow at the end of 2018, is escorted by Federal Security Service officers to a court room in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. (AP)

During Friday’s appearance, Whelan said the Russian prison guards attacked him, causing him pain. The U.S. Embassy last month said Whelan’s condition has worsened.

“The prosecutor’s office also knows that I was injured by security guards in the pretrial detention center,” Whelan was quoted as saying by Interfax, a Russian news agency, noting that he was in “great pain.”

“Even Salem witches had more opportunities to defend their rights,” said Whelan, who’s facing up to 20 years in prison over the allegations of espionage.

Vladimir Zherebenkov, his lawyer, said that the pre-trial investigation should be over soon and the trial is expected to begin in the fall, the New York Times reported.

PAUL WHELAN, US MAN ACCUSED OF SPYING IN RUSSIA, CHARGED WITH ESPIONAGE: REPORT

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Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine, who was arrested for alleged spying in Moscow at the end of 2018, stands in a cage while waiting for a hearing in a courtroom in Moscow, Russia, on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

“We hope that Paul’s case goes to trial swiftly so that he can speak to the false charges laid against him,” his family said in a statement prior to the court appearance. “We will continue to seek his freedom and look for a diplomatic solution that will bring him back to his family.”

Whelan once pleaded with President Trump to intervene and secure his release during a June court hearing, saying, “Mr. President, we cannot keep America great unless we aggressively protect and defend American citizens wherever they are in the world.”

He accused Russian authorities of trying to “to force a confession,” and said that his “life has been threatened; my rights have been denied.”

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Trump hasn’t spoken publicly nor tweeted about Whelan’s case, but media reports say U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton and other Trump administration officials have spoken out against his continued detention, for which they claim the Russian government has produced no evidence.

Whelan previously worked for Kelly Services, which maintains offices in Russia. He received a “bad conduct” discharge from the Marines, according to his official military personnel file obtained by Fox News. His dates of service were listed as May 10, 1994, to Dec. 2, 2009.

The Associated Press contributed to his report.

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Ex-NASA wingsuit scientist dies during base jump in Saudi Arabia

A British space scientist who designed safer wingsuits has died in Saudi Arabia during a base jumping incident.

Dr. Angelo Grubisic, 38, an astronautical engineer and a university lecturer who had worked at both NASA and the European Space Agency, died Tuesday while partaking in a planned base jump.

BASE JUMPER PLUMMETS OVER 600 FEET TO DEATH AFTER LEAP GOES AWRY IN ITALY

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Dr. Angelo Grubisic, 38, an astronautical engineer and a university lecturer who previously worked at both NASA and the European Space Agency, died Tuesday while partaking in a planned base jump. (Facebook)

The scientist has had experience BASE jumping, previously leading a wingsuit design team at the University of Southampton and was crowned a British wingsuit champion just last month, the BBC reported.

His family told the broadcaster that Grubisic was “phenomenally talented” and lost his life “doing what he loved the most, wingsuit base jumping.”

“We want to ensure his achievements and ambitions are known to the world and to celebrate the mark he made on all of our lives,” the family’s statement continued. “Angelo captivated the hearts and minds of every single person who was privileged to meet and work with him.”

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Dr. Angelo Grubisic, 38, an astronautical engineer and a university lecturer who previously worked at both NASA and the European Space Agency, died Tuesday while partaking in a planned BASE jump. (Facebook)

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The family added: “‘The candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long’ has never rung more true to the family and friends Angelo had across the world.”

The University of Southampton, where Grubisic taught, said in a statement: “We are extremely saddened and shocked by the death of Angelo and our thoughts are with his family at this terrible time.”

“Angelo made many pioneering contributions to the University’s research into astronautics and was incredibly popular with his students and colleagues,” the statement added.

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Dr Angelo Grubisic, 38, an astronautical engineer and a university lecturer who previously worked at both NASA and the European Space Agency, died Tuesday while partaking in a planned base jump. (Facebook)

Grubisic has been working on improving a wingsuit since 2015, when he set up a special project group at the university in an effort to both improve safety and break world records, the BBC reported.

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Earlier this year he also gave evidence at an inquest into the death of Rob Haggarty, a famed wingsuit jumper, who died in 2018 after losing the control during a jump in Italy.

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Putin orders ‘symmetrical response’ to US missile test

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he ordered his military to prepare for a “symmetrical response” after the U.S. tested a missile that was previously banned under a U.S.-Russia treaty.

The Pentagon revealed Monday that it tested a modified ground-launched version of a Navy Tomahawk cruise missile over the weekend off the coast of California.

The test, where the missile was launched from San Nicolas Island and accurately struck its target after flying more than 310 miles, signals the resumption of an arms competition that some worry could increase U.S.-Russia tensions after the two world powers abandoned a long-standing treaty earlier this month.

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On Aug. 18, at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, the Defense Department conducted a flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, Calif. The test missile exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 kilometers of flight. Data collected and lessons learned from this test will inform DOD’s development of future intermediate-range capabilities. (Photo: Scott Howe/Defense.gov)

PENTAGON TESTS MISSILE PREVIOUSLY BANNED UNDER US-RUSSIA ARMS TREATY

Putin lashed out against the test and issued a warning to the U.S. that any potential plans of deploying American missiles in the Asia-Pacific region “affects our core interests as it is close to Russia’s borders”, according to a transcript of his remarks on the Kremlin’s website.

“As you know, we have never wanted, do not want and will not get involved in a costly, destructive arms race,” Putin said.

“Study the level of threat posed by these US actions and take exhaustive measures to prepare a symmetrical response.”

— Vladimir Putin

He added that he ordered the military to “study the level of threat posed by these US actions and take exhaustive measures to prepare a symmetrical response.”

This is a second reaction by Putin to the U.S. missile test. Putin said Wednesday that the test means “the emergence of new threats, to which we will react accordingly.”

PUTIN SAYS RUSSIA ‘WILL REACT ACCORDINGLY’ AFTER US MISSILE TESTS

The Trump administration, which gave its six-month notice on Feb. 2 of its pending withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, had repeatedly said Russia was violating its provisions, an accusation then-President Barack Obama made as well.

“The United States will not remain party to a treaty that is deliberately violated by Russia,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in announcing the formal withdrawal in early August, calling a Russian missile system prohibited under the agreement a “direct threat to the United States and our allies.”

Russia said earlier this month, following the demise of the INF treaty, that it would only deploy new intermediate-range missiles if the U.S. does.

The INF Treaty, which was signed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, banned the production, testing and deployment of land-based cruise and ballistic missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers (310 to 3,410 miles).

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Such weapons were seen as particularly destabilizing because of the shorter time they take to reach targets compared with intercontinental ballistic missiles, raising the likelihood of a nuclear conflict over a false launch alert.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Iowa prof says ‘I am Antifa’; once posted desire to bash Trump with baseball bat

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A college professor in Iowa openly declared his support for the violent far-left Antifa movement after coming under fire for inflammatory social media posts that included the desire to bash President Trump with a baseball bat.

Jeff Klinzman, an adjunct English professor of nearly 10 years at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, made the remark after a local TV station questioned him over his social media activity.

GABRIEL NADALES: DECLARE ANTIFA A TERRORIST GROUP — ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

“I affirm that I am Antifa,” Klinzman told local ABC affiliate KCRG-TV, which found the professor’s numerous posts both on his personal page and on an “Iowa Antifa” page. He stood behind his comments — though added he’s willing to apologize to any Christians offended by them.

“I affirm that I am Antifa.”

— Jeff Klinzman, Kirkwood Community College professor

The outlet reported that in one post, Klinzman shared a poem containing the words, “Kill them all and bury them deep in the ground,” to which he added the comment, “It’s not pretty, and I’m not proud, but seeing what evangelical Christians are doing to this country and its people fills me with rage, and a desire to exact revenge.”

“Seeing what evangelical Christians are doing to this country and its people fills me with rage, and a desire to exact revenge.”

— Jeff Klinzman, Kirkwood Community College professor

The professor was also an active participant in a local Antifa group on Facebook, according to KCRG, where he made the apparent comment about attacking Trump.

HANNITY: ANTIFA, RIGHT-WING FRINGE GROUPS ‘MUST STOP THIS INSANITY’

“Yeah, I know who I’d clock with a bat…” he said in response to a tweet by Trump where the president slammed Antifa, tweeting “Radical Left Wack Jobs who go around hitting… people over the heads with baseball bats,” with Klinzman saying “Yeah, I know who I’d clock with a bat…”

The Secret Service didn’t confirm to the outlet whether an investigation has been opened, but said the agency is aware of the professor’s comments.

Antifa, which is short for anti-fascist, has been facing scrutiny and calls to be labeled as a domestic terrorist organization, particularly after a series of violent incidents in Portland, Ore.

Trump appeared to be open to such consideration, tweeting last week that “major consideration” is being given by his administration to designating the group as a terrorist organization.

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“Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an ‘ORGANIZATION OF TERROR,’” the president tweeted just before Antifa protests in the city. “Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!”

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French zoo visitors carve their names on rhino’s back

French zoo blasted the “stupidity” of its visitors on Wednesday after some scratched their names on a rhino’s back.

Shocking photographs shared on social media showing the back of the 35-year-old female rhinoceros inscribed with the names “Camille” and “Julien” immediately sparked an uproar.

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La Palmyre zoo in Royan in southwestern France released a statement saying it was “outraged by the stupidity and disrespect” of the visitors, though no legal action will be taken, reported the Agence France-Presse, an international news agency.

The zoo typically allows the visitors to touch the animals over a fence of their enclosure, claiming this creates a “moving” experience that allows the animal lovers to see “the diversity and beauty of nature.”

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A French zoo blasted the “stupidity” of its visitors on Wednesday after some scratched their names on a rhino’s back. (Royan News)

Zoo director Pierre Caille told the news outlet that the visitors used their nails to engrave their names into a layer of dust, sand and dead skin on the rhino’s back.

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“The animal may not even have realized,” he said. “We quickly brushed the writing away and there was no harm to the animal.”

While the zoo reiterated that most visitors are respectful when it comes to touching various animals, some wildlife groups criticized the zoo for allowing “this type of interaction.”

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The zoo director said some video surveillance might be installed as a result of the incident, but insisted that he doesn’t want cameras all over the zoo.

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French zoo visitors carve their names on rhino’s back

French zoo blasted the “stupidity” of its visitors on Wednesday after some scratched their names on a rhino’s back.

Shocking photographs shared on social media showing the back of the 35-year-old female rhinoceros inscribed with the names “Camille” and “Julien” immediately sparked an uproar.

GAY PENGUINS ADOPT EGG AFTER ATTEMPTING TO HATCH STONES AT ZOO

La Palmyre zoo in Royan in southwestern France released a statement saying it was “outraged by the stupidity and disrespect” of the visitors, though no legal action will be taken, reported the Agence France-Presse, an international news agency.

The zoo typically allows the visitors to touch the animals over a fence of their enclosure, claiming this creates a “moving” experience that allows the animal lovers to see “the diversity and beauty of nature.”

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A French zoo blasted the “stupidity” of its visitors on Wednesday after some scratched their names on a rhino’s back. (Royan News)

Zoo director Pierre Caille told the news outlet that the visitors used their nails to engrave their names into a layer of dust, sand and dead skin on the rhino’s back.

GIANT PANDA SUFFERS ELECTRIC SHOCK AT SCOTTISH ZOO AS HORRIFIED FAMILIES WATCH

“The animal may not even have realized,” he said. “We quickly brushed the writing away and there was no harm to the animal.”

While the zoo reiterated that most visitors are respectful when it comes to touching various animals, some wildlife groups criticized the zoo for allowing “this type of interaction.”

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The zoo director said some video surveillance might be installed as a result of the incident, but insisted that he doesn’t want cameras all over the zoo.

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Al Qaeda-linked Syrian militants forced to flee key rebel town

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The main Syrian militant group linked to Al Qaeda pulled out of a key rebel town following the Syrian government forces’ campaign of bombardment and airstrikes.

The militant group, operating in the Syrian province of Idlib that held the town of Khan Sheikhoun since 2014, said in a statement released by Syria’s main Al Qaeda-linked faction that it had to make “a redeployment,” with its fighters withdrawing to areas south of the town.

“After fierce bombardment by the criminal enemy that avoids direct confrontation with holy warriors by implementing a scorched-earth policy, our fighters have redeployed south of Khan Sheihoun,” the statement said.

“After fierce bombardment by the criminal enemy that avoids direct confrontation with holy warriors by implementing a scorched-earth policy, our fighters have redeployed south of Khan Sheihoun.”

— Al Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham

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The withdrawal is a major loss for the militants in its last major stronghold of Idlib, in northwestern Syria, though the group pledged to continue fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces – backed by Russia – and defend the territory it still holds.

The government forces have been conducting an offensive campaign in Idlib and northern parts of the Hama province since April 30, forcing nearly half a million people to flee the area to safety while more than 2,000 people have died, including hundreds of civilians.

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Opposition activists say Syrian government forces were able to penetrate parts of the town overnight thanks to air support from Russia. Syrian troops are now working to clear the area abandoned by militants of explosives and booby-traps.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, said the Al Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other insurgent groups withdrew from Khan Sheikhoun as well as all the towns and villages south of the town.

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The group said Khan Sheikhoun was home to about 1 million people, with nearly 700,000 of them displaced by fighting in other parts of the country.

The town was also a stronghold of the Al Qaeda-linked militant faction, the most powerful group in rebel-held areas in Syria. The town was also the scene of a chemical attack on April 4, 2017, that left 89 people dead.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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China could win military conflict in Indo-Pacific region even ‘before America can respond’, think tank warns

A new study by a think tank warns the U.S. has lost its military supremacy in the Indo-Pacific region, with China being able to launch and win a military conflict even before American forces are able to respond.

The University of Sydney’s United States Study Center released a study on Friday detailing the profound changes it claims is happening in the region, paving way for China to exert more influence.

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The report, titled “Averting Crisis: American strategy, military spending and collective defence in the Indo-Pacific,” claims that “America no longer enjoys military primacy in the Indo-Pacific and its capacity to uphold a favorable balance of power is increasingly uncertain.”

“America no longer enjoys military primacy in the Indo-Pacific and its capacity to uphold a favorable balance of power is increasingly uncertain.”

— The University of Sydney’s United States Study Center

The researchers found that although the U.S. military is still perceived as a force to be reckoned with globally, the “combined effect of ongoing wars in the Middle East, budget austerity, underinvestment in advanced military capabilities and the scale of America’s liberal order-building agenda has left the U.S. armed forces ill-prepared for great power competition in the Indo-Pacific.”

More alarmingly, the report warns that China would be able to use the U.S. military’s lack of reach in the region to launch a military attack against America’s regional allies and achieve victory even before the U.S. responds, Newsweek reported.

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“Having studied the American way of war — premised on power projection and all-domain military dominance — China has deployed a formidable array of precision missiles and other counter-intervention systems to undercut America’s military primacy,” the report said.

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“By making it difficult for US forces to operate within range of these weapons, Beijing could quickly use limited force to achieve a fait accompli victory — particularly around Taiwan, the Japanese archipelago or maritime Southeast Asia — before America can respond, sowing doubt about Washington’s security guarantees in the process.”

“By making it difficult for US forces to operate within range of these weapons, Beijing could quickly use limited force to achieve a fait accompli victory … before America can respond, sowing doubt about Washington’s security guarantees in the process.”

— The University of Sydney’s United States Study Center

The report comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing. While the two countries have repeatedly clashed over trade, with President Trump criticizing the Chinese government over policies that he claims hurt the American economy, the U.S. military cautioned China earlier this year over the islands claimed by China in the disputed South China Sea.

Two U.S. warships sailed near islands claimed by China back in May, while two American nuclear-capable B-52H flew over the South China Sea at least twice in March.

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The South China Sea has been the site of ongoing tension, primarily between the U.S. and China, which claims nearly all of the strategic waters despite competing claims from other Southeast Asian nations.

But as the U.S. and China engage in more symbolic military moves, the Friday’s study claims the Chinese military could launch a “limited war” to retake Taiwan or fully take control of the disputed islands using not only conventional capabilities but cyber and political weapons as well.

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“In all these scenarios, Beijing’s aim would be to strike first to secure longstanding political goals or strategically valuable objectives before the United States can do anything to stop it,” the report said.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s high-profile associates ‘breathing a sigh of relief’ after death: Deroy Murdock

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High-profile people in politics and finance are likely “breathing a sigh of relief” after disgraced multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein was found dead from an apparent suicide early Saturday morning inside his Manhattan jail cell, said Fox News contributor Deroy Murdock.

The 66-year-old Epstein, who was accused of sex trafficking minors, died at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City. He was transported to the New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan Hospital and was dead on arrival, officials said.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed that the FBI would be investigating the death.

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Murdock told “Fox and Friends” Saturday morning that the shock death raises questions about how Epstein, who was already once found in his cell with thumbprints on his neck, ended up dead.

“Apparently he was supposed to be on suicide watch. Given how high profile a suspect he is, you’d think there would be a doctor in there …. and cameras and lights to make sure nothing like this happen,” he said.

“The fact he was able to either commit suicide or somebody got to him – who knows what happened because so little information here – it is amazing.”

“The fact he was able to either commit suicide or somebody got to him – who knows what happened, because so little information here – it is amazing.”

— Deroy Murdock.

The Fox News contributor went on to stress that Epstein’s alleged crimes implicated a lot of high-profile individuals, perhaps most notably former President Bill Clinton who occasionally flew on Epstein’s airplane.

“What was Bill Clinton’s involvement in any of this, if any, what was the involvement of high-profile people in finance, politics etc.,” Murdock said. “There are a lot of very high-profile people who may be breathing a sigh of relief that this witness of all those allegations no longer is with us.”

“There are a lot of very high-profile people who may be breathing a sigh of relief that this witness of all those allegations no longer is with us.”

— Deroy Murdock.

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The death comes two weeks after the 66-year-old was placed on suicide watch after he was found nearly unconscious in his cell with injuries to his neck. At the time, it was not clear whether the injuries were self-inflicted or from an assault.

The New York City medical examiner’s office told Fox News that an autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death.

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Murdock notes that an investigation will have to answer “what really happened at that cell” and what was the exact cause of his death. “I’m very curious to see the autopsy results,” he said.

Murdock added: “The bigger ongoing question is these people accused of being involved in [Epstein’s crimes] … do they just walk or do the prosecutors go after those people?”

Fox News’ Lucia Suarez Sang, Bryan Llenas contributed to this report.

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