FBI Executed Search Warrant on Emiliano Salinas’ Email Account

Emilano and Ceclia Salinas, operators of Rainbow Multicultural Gardens in Mexico City salute their master Keith Alan Raniere on his birthday. [Aug. 26, 2016.]

When FBI Special Agent Micheal Weniger took the stand in the trial of Keith Alan Raniere on June 13, 2019, he made a revelation that has not been reported in the media as far as I know.

His revelation was that the FBI executed a search warrant on Emiliano Salinas’ email account, thebeacon2009@gmail.com.

Weniger was the last witness called by the prosecution and he said under direct examination that the FBI executed the search warrant because Salinas was involved with Raniere in spying on Nxivm enemies.

Earlier in the trial, on May 14, at a special conference outside the presence of the jury, Assistant US Attorney Moira Penza specifically named Salinas as a criminal co-conspirator in the Nxivm racketeering organization.

Here is how Penza described the need to introduce Salinas’ and Raniere’s spying emails.

Penza told the judge:

Penza Calls Salinas a Coconspirator

“[T] he government is seeking to introduce those email accounts in full. One of the email accounts has under a hundred pages of documents; one of the email accounts has about 500 pages of documents. The government’s position is that these email accounts are entirely criminal and demonstrates the nature of the enterprise.

So one of the email accounts appears to have been created by Emiliano Salinas, who the government alleges is a coconspirator….

[W]hat these email[s] as a whole demonstrate is [a] covert mission to gather … financial information on individuals who they believed were enemies of NXIVM.”

The judge agreed to allow the Salinas emails into evidence.

FBI Agent Describes How They Found Salinas’ Emails

When, nearly a month later, Weniger was called to the stand, he described how he came to find out that Salinas was involved in spying on Nxivm enemies.

On the day following Raniere’s arrest in March 2018, the FBI conducted a search of the home of Nancy Salzman at 3 Oregon Trail in Clifton Park, New York.  There, the FBI found a box with file folders with labels and names on the top of the folders.  Inside the box, there were documents that purported to contain financial information for individuals, including emails from an email account, thebeacon2009@gmail.com.

The FBI determined that this email account was utilized in order to acquire banking information on enemies in an illegal manner.

Weniger Reveals the Search of Salina’s Email Account

Here is the relevant part of Weniger’s testimony on June 13. He is being questioned by Penza:

Weniger: Again, we reviewed all of the information within the box. And once we determined that there was some type of connection between the banking information and the electronic e-mail addresses, we requested and received search warrants for two specific e-mail addresses.

Penza: And what were those two e-mail addresses?

Weniger: One being oakhaven.haven@gmail.com, the other being thebeacon2009@gmail.com.

Q And those are already in evidence as Government Exhibit 1399 and Government Exhibit 1401, respectively?

A Yes.

Q And did you receive search warrant returns from those two accounts?

A We did.

Q And did you personally review those returns?

A I did.

Q Were you able to determine the primary users of those accounts?

A Yes.

Q Can you explain?

A So, for thebeacon2009@gmail.com, the subscriber that was actually listed was an individual by the name of Emiliano Salinas, who was part of the Defendant’s [Raniere] inner circle.

Where is Salinas Now?

This is certainly not a joke for Salinas. Indeed, it might be something even his powerful father, the former president of Mexico, Carlos Salinas may not be able to extricate him from.

I previously reported that Salinas would leave Mexico, potentially to avoid extradition. Sources said he planned to go to Cuba. The Mexican media, following my story, revealed his alleged plans nationwide.

Salinas did indeed leave Mexico and went to the UK. There he posed for a picture which was posted by a friend on Instagram. His whereabouts now are uncertain.

The testimony of Weniger shows that the FBI spent a lot of time on Salinas. Penza, the lead prosecutor in the case, said explicitly that Salinas is a co-conspirator in Nxivm and a member of Raniere’s inner circle.

Will Salinas be Indicted?

Unlike other members of Raniere’s inner circle – Clare Bronfman, Nancy Salzman, Lauren Salzman, Allison Mack, and Kathy Russell – Salinas has not been charged with any crimes yet.

However, the investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected. It is not known if Salinas will be among those charged with the next wave of indictments.

He may pose happily for Instagram but the smile may be less than genuine. It is unlikely that he knows whether or not he will be indicted.

Sources tell me that his father is working with his associates in the so-called Arizona Mafia – a group of well connected Democrats from Arizona – to try to stave off an indictment for his son with the main office of the DOJ in Washington DC.

But in Brooklyn they are looking hard at all aspects of the Nxivm racketeering organization and Salinas was specifically mentioned in court by prosecutor Penza and Weniger, the lead case agent.

Weniger Is an Attorney as Well

For those who don’t know about FBI Special Agent Weniger, who testified about the search of Salinas’ email account, Weniger has been employed by the FBI for nine years.  He usually works on cases involving civil rights, hate crimes and occasionally human trafficking.

Before coming to the FBI, he was an officer in the United States Army. An attorney, Weniger served in the Advocate General’s Corps, also known as the U.S. Army JAG Corps. It is the legal arm of the United States Army.

Weniger was involved in the criminal investigation into Raniere and his Nxivm organization since October, 2017, he said on the witness stand.

Along with Special Agent Michael Lever, and NYS Investigator Charles Fontanelli, Weniger was the case agent assigned to the case, handling the day-to-day of the investigation; dealing with or interacting with the United States Attorney’s Office, conducting surveillance, executing search warrants, executing arrests, receiving records, reviewing records, interviewing witnesses, finding witnesses.

One of the search warrants led them to Salinas.

In our next post, we will look at who Salinas and his master, Keith Alan Raniere, considered their enemies and spied, or attempted to spy on, trying to illegally gather banking information.

We will also examine the deceptive way they used their email accounts to try to “skew” [as FBI Special Agent Weniger said] who was searching whom.

It is a very interesting plot and some of the enemies’ names may surprise you.

Stay tuned.

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  • […] FBI, investigating NXIVM, pulled a search warrant to grab all of the emails of the son of the former… Interesting. Was he tasking Mexican Intelligence operatives to do the spying? If so, he was probably also using them in his day job as a Venture Capitalist to perhaps knock down competitors to the companies he had bet on. Meanwhile Cabal was piggybacking everything they were doing, getting all the benefits of Raniere’s intel work, and Salinas’ investing skullduggery, while Raniere and Salinas were the ones hung out there. You can see why they were seemingly under protection. Notice also, the current Mexican President complained he had been targeted in Mexico himself by a hostile intel operation, for decades. And then he won, against all odds, just like Donald Trump. […]

  • If the Feds had enough evidence to indict Emi they would have ALREADY done it over the last YEAR.

    Frank is PRETENDING as though the Feds are ‘waiting’ a few more months before charging Emi, because he doesn’t want to admit the TRUTH that Emi ain’t being charged.

    The Feds spent a WHOLE FUCKEN YEAR investigating NXIVM and Emi.

    Guess what?

    There’s no REASON for the Feds to wait a few more months before charging Emi.

    They didn’t charge Emi cuz they don’t have enough evidence to make a solid case in court.

    Frank’s comments about a few stray emails isn’t enough to convict him.

    Guess what else?

    Having Moira Penza call him a co-conspirator isn’t enough to convict him either. Lots of people are considered co-conspirators but are never charged — cuz there’s not enough SOLID evidence to gain a conviction.

    Frank doesn’t seem to know how the legal system works.

    Frank is desperate for Emi to be charged. He’s losing his grip on reality. Penza is moving on to her next big cases. This dragon has been slayed. She’s moving on. Nothing to see here.

    Emi ain’t being charged.

    Get a clue.

  • Been wondering about the part immense wealth played with this one’s “ohhh, he went to Harvard!!!! Emi must be sooo smart” bs.

    “And yet so very susceptible to flattery,” said the Nancy Spider.

      • Life has always been and always is unfair since the dawn of senti

        You want to live in a Meritocracy? Move to China!

    • Are you saying Emi and or his family bought his way into Harvard and paid for someone to do his homework and earned his PhD for him?

      Inquiring minds want to know.
      US parents are being indicted for such BS now.

      • No. It’s different. The US has legacy places lawfully reserved from children of a past students ( we do not have that in the UK0 which is different from paying a bribe to get in.

  • It’s safe to say that Carlos Salinas is glad he had 2 sons.

    Hopefully, the other one is not such a fuck up….

  • Question – did the DOJ/FBI get the email account where Raniere and Salinas plot to have four women imprisoned on false charges that Salinas bribed a Mexican Judge to file against these four women.

    The plot was to have these women arrested, throwing in a Mexican prison, tortured, raped until they signed confessions they lied about Raniere and NXIVM.

    The torture would stop and they would be deposed of.

    This plot contains bribery, plotting to kidnap, plotting to have people tortured, plotting to have people murdered.

    Sounds somewhat more harsh than spying on someone’s finances.

    • This kidnapping plot should be treated as attempted terrorism against American citizens.
      That would shake up the Salinas family and all of Mexico.
      Let people know that Mexico’s elite engaged in a terrorism plot against Americans who had the effrontery to exercise their Constitutional right of Free Speech.

    • That sort of action/crimes makes Emiliano rank among cartel/kidnappers affiliates. 120 years minimum.

  • The question for me is what did they do or intend to do with the information?

    Unless they have the capacity through, presumably, connections with the financial institutions or individuals employed by them —some way to manipulate the money or people manipulate through manipulating their finances — what good, er, BAD would merely having the information do them?

    Of course, given that Alejandro Betancourt owns EL Banco de Mexico…

    Alex ❤️ Emi. Talk about a match made in hell.

    • Heidi. El Banco de México (BANXICO) is the centralized institución that operantes public finances. On the other hand, BANAMEX (not owned by Alex) is a privately owned bank.

      Looks like you need to learn a tiny bit about México.

  • The military salute says a lot.

    It might be appropriate between a member of a paramilitary group and his superior, but not between two friends.

    Did Salinas consider himself to be a hard-man, gangster style, ready and willing to do dirty and illegal acts at Raniere’s behest?

    It certainly looks that way.

    And while you’re here Emiliano, who was it that Raniere had killed?

    • That salute is as fake as Raniere’s women are bada$$e$, they folded like a cheap deck of cards. Raniere didn’t have anyone killed, he stated some of his Mexican “peace children” were killed, probably by some cartel folks who don’t know what the word means and aren’t interested in learning, either.

  • In spite of Edward Snowden’s 2013 revelation that the US Government has the technical capacity to monitor all emails and text messages, the NXIVM nitwits still put all of their secrets on the internet where it is routinely archived for later review by investigators and prosecutors.

    And now that Emiliano Salinas’ and Keith Raniere’s targeted enemies know what was being done to them in the ways of illegal surveillance, these two clowns will be in for a real world of hurt.
    The people targeted by Salinas and Raniere are powerful figures who do not appreciate being spied on.

About the Author

Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” In addition, he was credited in the Starz docuseries 'Seduced' for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premieres on May 22, 2022.

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