Fool’s Conspiracy: Did Kurt Eichenwald Use Journalism to Shield Himself After Viewing Child Porn 22+ Times?

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 22 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.

On December 19, 2005, Kurt Eichenwald turned his criminal act into the cause du jour writing an impactful piece alleging to uncover the dark underworld of child pornography titled Through His Webcam, a Boy Joins a Sordid Online World based on the trials and tribulations of his associate Mr. Berry.

The made for Hollywood piece was but an opening salvo in the story of a tormented young man preyed upon by online predators until Eichenwald, by his accounts, swooped in to help him find salvation. In Making a Connection With Justin — the former New York Times writer provides a firsthand account of a heroic journalist who rescued a then 19-year-old Justin Berry from a life of crime, drugs, and self-degradation.

Concerns among the journalistic community were abound that Mr. Eichenwald made himself part of his own story preventing the writer from reporting objectively on the content, but the reality of this piece which for a short time had won Kurt Eichenwald the acclaim of the US Congress and even Oprah is far more malignant than anyone imagined.

Kurt Eichenwald’s Heroic Narrative Falls to Ash When Exposed to Light

In interviews, in court testimony, and in legal filings Kurt Eichenwald contends that he attempted to contact Justin under two pseudonyms but was rebutted by the young man who found his questions too aggressive. However, in June (one court filing says May/June) Mr. Eichenwald says that he finally was able to connect with Justin Berry using a slower approach under a false identity as a songwriter.

In Eichenwald’s interviews and testimony, he explains that his initial overtures posing as a “pervy fan” were increasingly ignored by Justin Berry and his co-conspirator Greg Mitchel until after he sent a check for $2,000 (a fact not initially disclosed in his reporting) on June 8 and that he was able to coax Justin Berry to meet him on June 30 at LAX airport in Los Angeles at which time he first exposed his true identity as Kurt Eichenwald, an author and writer for the New York Times, which he said left Justin in a state of shock. See Day 1 of Testimony in Trial of Ken Gourlay.

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.

The files also show that an individual referring to himself as “Andrew McDonald” using the email address “mostin2003@yahoo.com” 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, 2005, 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 skywrite55@aol.com or tell me when u will be on aim.”

Court records further confirm that skywrite55@aol.com belongs to Kurt Eichenwald who used the pseudonyms of Roy and Andrew McDonald while communicating from this email address.

Server records and court filings also show that an IP address connected to Kurt Eichenwald’s email accounts skywrite55@aol.com and mostin2003@yahoo.com accessed a video titled justinpreview2.wmv a total of 22 times over a seven day period from 6/23/2005 to 6/29/2005.

It is known from court records that this video was produced on June 9, 2005 using the proceeds of Kurt Eichenwald’s $2,000 check sent the day prior, that it was initially uploaded to the website on June 19, 2005, and that the video contained an illicit video of a 14-year-old young man masturbating with Justin Berry.

It was only then on June 30 that Kurt Eichenwald met with Justin Berry at LAX airport where he claimed in court testimony of the parallel case of Ken Gourlay (and in court filings) that he first provided Mr. Berry with his true identity — a reality that he said shocked Berry — despite the journalist having provided a check with his name to Berry three weeks earlier.

On Day 1 of his testimony starting on page 32 and ending in page 37 of his testimony, Eichenwald answered consistent with the narrative that Justin Berry did not know of his identity until the two met at Los Angeles’ LAX airport on June 30, 2005. On day 2 of his testimony, albeit vaguely, he provided a similar representation starting on page 130 and 131 of the transcript in his second day of testimony.

This false testimony was represented more plainly in paragraph 2.5 of Eichenwald’s Reply in Further Support of Third Party’s Motion to Quash Subpoenas and Request for Sanctions on July 30, 2007.

Court exhibits identify the possibility that, after this interaction, Eichenwald likely wired another $1,000 to Justin Berry in Bakersfield, California from a location in Dallas, Texas less than three miles away from the journalist’s home under a fraudulent name on July 5, 2005.

The Conspiracy to Deceive the Public

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.

The idea that a journalist whose own activities in a matter sharing the same common nucleus of operative fact would subsequently report on those matters under claim and shield of espoused journalistic objectivity shocks the conscience particularly in light of clear and indisputable evidence of wrongdoing.

But wait, there’s more: In cross examination in the parallel case of convicted sex offender Ken Gourley, defense introduced the fact 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 with that offer even materializing but ultimately being declined because it came with a condition that Berry not appear on Oprah which he did alongside Mr. Eichenwald.

Why Does Kurt Eichenwald Still Have a Job?

Kurt Eichenwald has since rehabilitated his image into that of the darling of the liberal media with a number of takedown pieces on Donald Trump’s financial conflicts of interest and other hot button election coverage.

In recent weeks, however, Mr. Eichenwald has displayed a rare degree of instability appearing to suffer a break down during an interview with Fox’s Tucker Carlson where, completely unsolicited, he said that he had a secret message from the CIA for Mr. Carlson and Donald Trump.

Days later Eichenwald said on Good Morning America that he posted a false story about Donald Trump having been admitted into a mental institution to “signal a source” claiming with a straight face that slandering an individual with made up information in hopes of inspiring whistleblowers is standard journalistic practice.

Mr. Eichenwald, whether you agree with him or disagree with him, has routinely showed himself to be the leading fabulist in the American mainstream media. It now appears that, in addition to having perpetrated multiple frauds upon the public, he may have used the power of his pen to shield himself from accountability for viewing child pornography.

As one writer explained at the time in “Why No One Wants to Write About Kurt Eichenwald,” many in the journalistic community were horrified by the revelations regarding Mr. Eichenwald’s dubious reporting practices and other potential acts of impropriety in connection to Justin Berry, but as a result of his desperate effort at self-preservation many child sex felons were arrested and prosecuted.

The truth is Eichenwald was never held accountable for his actions. Truth knows no expiration date.

- Bill Moran

Note: The author was involved in a high-profile public dispute with Mr. Eichenwald in October 2016. It is for the reader to decide whether the evidence leads to the author’s conclusion.

SIMPLIFIED EVIDENCE CHAIN FOR JOURNALISTS COVERING STORY

IP Address 66.140.63.145 Views JustinsPreview2.wmv 22 TIMES

Sources

http://www.freecasey.com/images/dallasOnJF.pdf

http://www.freecasey.com/about/pacer/DE366-1.pdf — See Pg. 28 FN11

Viewed by IP Address of SkyWrite55@aol.com and Mostin2003@yahoo.com

Sources

http://www.freecasey.com/about/transcripts/DE251.pdf — Pg. 7

http://www.freecasey.com/images/AndrewMcDonaldPayPalActivities.pdf

Skywrite55@aol.com and Mostin2003@yahoo.com are Kurt Eichenwald

1. http://www.freecasey.com/about/transcripts/DE284.pdf

2. Additional Records Matching Kurt Eichenwald’s bank account to the PayPal logs: http://www.freecasey.com/about/transcripts/DE290.pdf

VIDEO JustinsPreview2.wmv

What was it?

Video of Justin Berry when he was 17-years-old and a child named Taylor who was 14-years-old masturbating side-by-side

Sources

http://nymag.com/guides/money/2007/39957/index3.html — First Paragraph

http://www.freecasey.com/about/pacer/DE366-1.pdf — See page 27 and pgs 29–30