Just days before the New York Times came out with their bombshell story about the branding of women – about four months after I first broke the story on Frank Report and Artvoice – I published a story of how a desperate Keith Raniere was trying to silence victims with Mexican attorney, Ruiz Duran.
I wrote, “Another day, another lawyer, and another threat. Alex Betancourt has retained another Mexican attorney to prosecute those who speak about DOS or say anything bad about Keith Raniere, NXIVM, or Executive Success Programs. He is Diego Ruiz Duran of Mexico City.
“NXIVM’s new lawyer, Diego Ruiz Duran, sent emails and certified mail to a group of Americans and Canadians yesterday…. Mr. Duran says his client, Mr. Betancourt, wants to put everyone in jail in Mexico for 36-hours or longer….
“There are 20-plus ‘suspects’, Americans and Canadians, Mr. Betancourt says, who aligned in a ‘destructive conspiracy’ to damage NXIVM etc.
“Here is the email … [His email address is included in case you want to write him.]:
“From: Diego Ruiz Durán <firstname.lastname@example.org>
“Subject: State Attorney Directive
“Date: October 11, 2017 at 8:24:51 PM PDT
“To: [name redacted]
“Dear: [name redacted]
“My name is Diego Ruiz Durán and I am an attorney whose services have been engaged by NXIVN (sic) Mexico. I took the liberty of writing to you to let you know that the State’s Attorney´s Office in Mexico, has issued some directives against you and another individuals. Attached please find such directives which will also be presented to you via certified mail. You should know that I also took the liberty to translate such document to English for your understanding.
“Bufete Ruiz Duran S.C.
“Andres Bello Numero 10 Piso 6
“Col. Polanco Del. Miguel Hidalgo
“Mexico D.F. C.P. 11550
“Tel. (52 55) 36010726, 5553 0223, 5286 0018
In reporting the threats of Ruiz Duran, I searched for some pictures and I found a gold mine of good ones showing the awesome lawyer in a variety of poses.
Naturally, I posted all of them – thinking a little comedy gold was in order – to lighten the mood of the threat and make those who were being threatened a little less frightened.
That was October 2017.
It is now March 2019 and I had not heard another peep from Ruiz Duran – no threatening letters, not more worrisome notes that he was going to haul me from the USA to Mexico and incarcerate me for 36 hours etc.
Then on March 18, 2019, Ruiz Duran crept back into my life.
It was on that day when I received a warning email from a one D. Alvarez of the Eliminalia Group, a company that will, for a fee, “delete your past” – on the internet.
The Eliminalia Group contacted me because of the posts I published about Ruiz Duran.
Here is the email. Although D. Alvarez said he wanted his email to be “off the record”, I see no need to keep anything secret when it comes to Ruiz Duran – the lawyer for Keith Raniere.
Dpt. Legal <email@example.com>Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 9:01 AM
(Off the record)
Dear Mr. Parlato,
First of all, thank you so much for your webpage that mixes music and art. But, nevertheless I contact you for a different history:
I’m writing regarding your webpage: https://artvoice.com/
with the following URL:
From December 2018, this information exposes Mr. Diego Ruiz Duran and his image to the internet without consent.
For all this the information and personal image published in this URL it:
– infringes the rights of any person or which is unlawful in any other respect
-is abusive, defamatory or obscene or which will harass, distress or inconvenience any person or which might restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of Webpages, or any Communities by any person
-anticonstitutional, threatening, abusive, damaging and offensive
-promote physical harm or injury against any group or individual
-inconsistent with the generally accepted practices of the Internet community
Please, we ask that in this URL, can be erased from your webpage because your webpage has no place for any content transmitted, distributed or stored on your webpage net, hateful or offensive.
As the information located on the URL following:
For all this we ask for the removal of this URL, or in case this is not possible, the removal of the photo of his social network because this NXIVM judicial process is exposing his personal data in internet and may be suffering undesirables messages. (Note that the NXIVM webpage is inactive). For all this we ask for the cancellation of this URL or in case this is not possible, the substitution for the name and surname for initials,
All based in the core principle controlling the compliance with the privacy protection law system, which has to be spread all over the users of internet, specially in this democratic and constitutional country:
“Any processing of personal data should be lawful and fair. It should be transparent to natural persons that personal data concerning them are collected, used, consulted or otherwise processed and to what extent the personal data are or will be processed. The principle of transparency requires that any information and communication relating to the processing of those personal data be easily accessible and easy to understand, and that clear and plain language be used. That principle concerns, in particular, information to the data subjects on the identity of the controller and the purposes of the processing and further information to ensure fair and transparent processing in respect of the natural persons concerned and their right to obtain confirmation and communication of personal data concerning them which are being processed. Natural persons should be made aware of risks, rules, safeguards and rights in relation to the processing of personal data and how to exercise their rights in relation to such processing. In particular, the specific purposes for which personal data are processed should be explicit and legitimate and determined at the time of the collection of the personal data. The personal data should be adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary for the purposes for which they are processed. This requires, in particular, ensuring that the period for which the personal data are stored is limited to a strict minimum. Personal data should be processed only if the purpose of the processing could not reasonably be fulfilled by other means. In order to ensure that the personal data are not kept longer than necessary, time limits should be established by the controller for erasure or for a periodic review. Every reasonable step should be taken to ensure that personal data which are inaccurate are rectified or deleted. Personal data should be processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security and confidentiality of the personal data, including for preventing unauthorised access to or use of personal data and the equipment used for the processing”.
Thank you for everything and please, respond to us as soon as possible,
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need further information,
Eliminalia Group – We erase your past-
Phone: +34 932 422 656
And now – for the delight of readers everywhere – in this constitutional and democratic country and anywhere else, here are the offending pictures of Mr. Ruiz Duran.
The captions are mine, not his.
Now, of course, I am not trying to be cute, but this Eliminalia Group which “erases your past,” and “guarantees my right to be forgotten”, I hope will not try to erase my future and help make me forgotten.
They probably don’t have any connection to Carlos Salinas – even if Ruiz Duran represented his son.