Emiliano Salinas and Clare Bronfman Spied Together on ‘Enemies’ of Nxivm’

Clare Bronfman, Lauren Salzman y Emiliano Salinas, todos con las bandas de colores de Nxivm.

It all came out at the trial of Keith Alan Raniere.

It will also figure in on whether Clare Bronfman will get hit with more felony charges [likely] and whether Emiliano Salinas will be indicted in the USA.

The latter is the billion dollar question.

Both Emiliano Salinas, son of the former president of Mexico, Carlos Salinas, and Seagram’s heiress Clare Bronfman worked together with Nxivm leader Keith Alan Raniere to spy on Raniere’s so-called enemies.

This was completely illegal, according to the Assistant US Attorney Moira Kim Penza who called Salinas a criminal coconspirator in the Nxivm racketeering case.

When the FBI raided Nancy Salzman’s house at 3 Oregon Trail in Clifton Park, New York, on March 27, 2018, they found folders listing banking institutions and account numbers.

These folders listed names of people, and their bank account numbers, the type of account and the balance, as well as the signatory and beneficiary of the accounts.

In short, Nxivm had files on people – presumed enemies – they were spying on.

This dated back all the way to 2009.

Within these files they found printed emails between Emiliano Salinas, under the guise of an email account called thebeacon2009@gmail.com, and Keith Raniere and Clare Bronfman.

It seems Bronfman paid for the searches into bank records.

Emiliano facilitated them.

It was curious arrangement. Raniere would order who he wanted spied on. Then Bronfman and Salinas would do separate searches on the enemies.

Bronfman utilized a Canadian investigation firm called Canaprobe, and Salinas would use Mexican and American contacts to spy on Raniere enemies.

Then they would compare notes.

Among the type of people they spied on – secretly trying to obtain bank account information were politicians, judges, and media representatives.

Raniere told the duo that he believed his enemies were being bribed by other enemies and he wanted them to look for large sums of money deposited into any of the enemies’ bank accounts.

He was looking especially for offshore bank accounts.

Enemies List

In the media, Salinas, Bronfman and Raniere spied on men at the local newspaper where Raniere lived: the Albany Times Union.

They spied on several people associated with the Times Union newspaper: George Hearst, the Publisher; Rex Smith, the Editor; and Jim Odato, a reporter who had written numerous stories about Nxivm.

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George Hearst, the publisher

Rex Smith, the editor.

James Odato,  reporter.


And Chet Hardin, a reporter for the Albany Metroland, a now-defunct weekly in the Albany area.


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Chet Hardin


And Michael Freedman, who wrote a cover story for Forbes magazine on October 13, 2003, entitled “Cult of Personality”.

Then there were politicians:

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Joe Bruno

They spied on Joseph Bruno, who was a Republican New York State senator, who took flights on Clare and Sara’s private jet.

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Eliot Spitzer

And Eliot Spitzer, a Democrat, who at the time was the New York State Attorney General. He later became governor of New York but was forced to resign amid a prostitution scandal.

David Soares.

And P. David Soares, the District Attorney in Albany County.

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Charles Schumer

And Charles Schumer, a U.S. senator from New York, a Democrat.

Steve Pigeon

And Steve Pigeon, a Democrat political consultant.

Roger Stone

And Roger Stone, a Republican political consultant.

Both Pigeon and Stone worked for NXIVM for a time as consultants. [Nxivm was spying on their own consultants.]

Federal Judges

They spied on seven federal judges who at one time oversaw cases involving NXIVM.

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Gary L. Sharpe

U.S. District Chief Judge Gary L Sharpe

U.S. Magistrate Randolph F. Treece

U.S. District Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh

U.S. Senior Judge Thomas J. McAvoy

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert E. Littlefield, Jr,

U.S. Magistrate Mark Falk

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Robert E. Littlefield


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Mark Falk



They also spied on people they were suing.

Rick Alan Ross

Rick Ross, of the Rick Ross Institute.

Morris Sutton, a defendant in a lawsuit with Rick Ross. Raniere/Nxivm was the plaintiff.

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Juval Aviv

Juval Aviv, who owned a private investigation firm called Interfor, who was hired by NXIVM for conducting investigations in relation to some of Nxivm’s enemies.

They were investigating their own investigator.

Spying on Papa

Edgar Bronfman, Sr.

They spied on Edgar Bronfman Sr., Clare Bronfman’s father, his business and his associates.

Stephen Herbits

Stephen Herbits, one of Bronfman Sr.’s closest associates.

The World Jewish Congress, which Bronfman led.

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Israel Singer

Israel Singer, who was associated with the World Jewish Congress.


There were the litigants who were connected to the Los Angeles real estate fiasco that Keith Raniere operated:

Yuri Plyam,

Yuri Plyam, Natalia Plyam – and their company, Castle Trading, were involved in the California real estate project that Clare and her sister Sara funded and Raniere guided.

The paranoia even extended to critics,

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Deke Sharon

They spied on Deke Sharon, who is famous within the a cappella community, who was critical of Raniere. Raniere had tried to stage some a cappella concerts. He used Kristin Kreuk, Nicki Clyne, and Allison Mack to host the concerts. It seemed to be a thinly veiled recruitment effort to get colleges students into Nxivm.

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David Touretzky

David Touretzky, a professor at Carnegie Mellon who was critical of the Raniere.

Carlos Rueda a psychologist cited in newspaper articles providing opinions as to NXIVM and their curriculum and teachings.

They Spied on Joe O’Hara and Frank Parlato

Bronfman, Salinas and Raniere also spied on this writer. I worked as a consultant during 2007-08 and was fired by Nxivm when I discovered more than $90 million was missing from the Bronfman sisters’ money – lost or stolen by Raniere. Clare Bronfman spied on the man who tried to help them get her money back – me.

Joe O’Hara

They spied on another former consultant, Joseph O’Hara. Ironically, O’Hara left Nxivm when he discovered Nxivm was spying on Rick Ross illegally.

They also spied on on one or more of Raniere’s former harem members who left him.

FBI Discovers Salinas

It was interesting how the FBI found out about Salinas’ involvement.

The folders discovered at Salzman’s house did not have Salinas’ name anywhere on them.

According to FBI Special Agent Weniger, the FBI went through the folders – which contained all these reports on enemies’ bank records which were stupidly left in boxes at Nancy Salzman’s house.

In the boxes, the FBI came across printed emails which clearly were involved in the spying operation.

There were Clare Bronfman’s emails. There were emails from one of Raniere’s lieutenants. And the Canaprobe emails.  Even the always secretive Raniere’s email appeared.

Then there was another mystery email address which was used about 100 times to spy on enemies. The email address was: thebeacon2009@gmail.com.

The FBI got a search warrant on thebeacon2009@gmail.com account and found, according to FBI Agent Weniger, “that the subscriber that was actually listed was an individual by the name of Emiliano Salinas, who was part of [Raniere’s] inner circle.”

There is a lot more to this story.

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[…] crime, it seems, was a willingness to spy on Raniere’s enemies. The alleged crimes as set forth in court by the prosecution included his role with Keith Raniere, Clare Bronfman and Kristin Keeffe, in the surveillance of […]


[…] [There was trial evidence submitted of emails of Raniere, Keeffe, Bronfman and Emiliano Salinas discussing the need to spy on various people, including federal judges, reporters, consultants, Nxivm critics, former Nxivm members and Raniere lovers, because Raniere said there was a conspiracy against him, to destroy him and deprive them of justice. He wanted to find out the bank accounts of these people to show, he said, that they had been bribed. The Bronfman sisters hired and paid a Canadian private investigation firm, Canaprobe, about $1 million. It turned out that Canaprobe defrauded them, giving them phony reports about the bank accounts of federal judges and others. The Bronfman sisters wound up suing Canaprobe. Sara and Clare were never charged for illegally spying on federal judges and others. Steve Coffey’s firm handled some of the spying, using the Canaprobe firm, it has been alleged, to avoid US laws against invasion of privacy. This writer is one of the numerous people who was spied on. See a list of some of the people Bronfman-Raniere spied on with Canaprobe here.] […]

Obama the traitor
Obama the traitor
4 years ago

Hmmm Spying???????

Heidi Hutchinson
Heidi Hutchinson
4 years ago

It goes far beyond “spying” — as I well know and Frank (and others) know I well know.

NX uses the information collected to harass, “gaslight,” frame, malign, manipulate, suborn, bribe, extort, impoverish, silence and harm in the most trenchant manner possible not only perceived enemies but individuals — including “friends” and family members — who can be used to destroy perceived enemies.

All of which may well have something to do with why I am currently living out of a suitcase in a motel after being restrained from residing with (nay, coming within 200 yards of) and caring for my disabled son including having no contact with any person or entity responsible for managing his care including his finances.

And this despite the fact that I have done an excellent job as often his sole care provider, with often no compensation and not spent more than a week in total apart from him — he requires 24/7 protective supervision by a close family member or certified LVN to administer emergency seizure medication — in over 6 years. And despite the fact that in my absence he is being put at risk and not receiving the care required under State and Federal law and long-standing court orders.

Among the many very strange, sudden obstacles I have faced in an ardent effort to return home to protect my son, foremost, is a transfer of my own inheritance funds held in Trust in another state the power of attorney holder has been trying to direct deposit into my accounts for nearly two weeks now without success for me to retain counsel to begin to fight this on anything close to an equal footing.

I am grateful for the support of a few honest, compassionate friends, family and acquaintances who understand what me and my son are up against and I am more determined than ever to NIX NXIVM off the face of the planet it and it’s ilk are bound to, likewise, destroy if not throughly defeated.

Bumbling idiots
Bumbling idiots
4 years ago

The whole lot of them. Fled the country but left loads of evidence everywhere. If any of them had one shred of sense, they would have shred it all. And who ‘prints’ things anymore, anyways? Prints our their crimes. SMH.

4 years ago

The sashes represent levels of corruption.

Green is for hardened and habitual criminals only.

Like Salinas and Bronfman.

4 years ago

Do you think that Emiliano Salinas is genuinely concerned about being indicted or arrested? How well-protected might he be? What chance is there that the Mexican legal system would pursue Nxivm arrests? Good or not so good? So many “ifs.”

Even if his own country of Mexico were ready to act, if Salinas didn’t want to cooperate or to risk being collared, he could arrange to stay where Mexico has no extradition agreements, such as Morrocco or Nepal. Not to oversimplify, but Salinas has resources.

This group left a huge trail to follow. Although not as tightly organized as Scientology, it is striking how much these people perceived themselves to be a group above the law. Their law, it appears, was Raniere’s oligarchy. It is absolutely weird to think that it’s fine to nose around peoples’ bank accounts, etc. Salinas certainly would’ve known better. For all of his advantages and educational possibilities, thanks to his actions, the evidence is in that Emiliano Salinas never learned how to think for himself.

4 years ago

The frightening thing about this story is the acquisition of bank account information.
Anyone who knows your bank account number and the institution routing number can loot your bank account.

I have an acquaintance, not a friend, who is basically stupid for want of a better word.
He gave his bank account number to a woman over the internet who claimed she wanted to be his girlfriend and needed his bank account number to deal in her business of selling “Nigerian antiques.”
There is a red flag for you, “Nigerian antiques.”


So this acquaintance wakes up one day to discover his bank account looted.
Because he could not pay his car loan he lost his car.
And where is his money?
In Panama?
In Romania?
In Dubai?

But the officer at his local bank branch had a good long laugh at this clown’s expense.

With that kind of financial information Raniere, Clare, Nancy and the other NXIVM gangsters could wipe out their enemies’ bank or financial accounts.

If there is any reason for the NDNY to prosecute ALL of the NXIVM defendants it is the spying on their real or perceived enemies and the gathering of sensitive financial information.
NXIVM must be destroyed.

4 years ago

I feel bad for your “friend” errr “acquaintance”.
Bet you, errrr, “he” doesn’t bank there anymore!
“Ha Ha. You lost all your money to a pretend Nigerian antique dealer!” Bastard bank officer!

4 years ago
Reply to  Nutjob

“I feel bad for your “friend” errr “acquaintance”.

I don’t feel sorry for him.
Nature has a way of getting rid of fools.

Anyone who knows your bank account number and the institution routing number can loot your bank account
Anyone who knows your bank account number and the institution routing number can loot your bank account
4 years ago

Not so. Look at your own checks, or any check you’ve gotten from anyone else. The account number and bank routing number is on every check from everybody…and is also needed for online purchases using your checking account. Otherwise, checks couldn’t be processed.
So, everyone who writes a check reveals both numbers every time.
You can deposit money into someone”s account with that info—but you can’t withdraw money, unless you also have other info or write fake checks or use a gun.

4 years ago

Tribal Masks, figurines, knives, furniture, quite apart from the obvious scams, there is a thriving market in African antiques, of which Nigeria with its ancient and venerable history, has produced an abundance. After watching too many members of your government chant ‘send them home’ to fellow americans in chamber, I guess you could be forgiven for your ignorance. Only in America, apparently, is the phrase ‘Nigerian Antiques’, so improbable.

Good luck with your adoption of third reichism behaviour, America!!!! I see the schtick of Scotty and Shadowstate, is truly the norm.

Scott Johnson
4 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I didn’t bring up Nigerian antiques, and don’t know whether most of them being sold are legit or not, so don’t put me in the same box as Mr. Shadow, just as you don’t want to be treated like any other Anonymous poster (I assume all of you are stupid jerks, by the way). The chant was “send her back,” and there’s ample evidence the smartest thing for her to do is send herself back, in order to stay out of trouble with various issues: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilhan_Omar At the very least, hopefully the Minnesota voters will wake up and send her out of the Congress.

4 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

This story might have escaped your attention but there is a long running scam called the Nigerian Money Scam that goes something like this:

“I am the former Oil Minister of Nigeria and I have 10 million dollars in escrow which I must claim by putting up one million dollars.
Please if you loan me 100,000 dollars I can return your investment ten fold.”

Police in America and Europe have been trying to warn people about this scam for years.
“Nigerian scams
Nigerian scams involve someone overseas offering you a share in a large sum of money or a payment on the condition you help them to transfer money out of their country. While these scams originated in Nigeria, they now come from all over the world.”

As a matter of fact Chelsea Clinton’s father in law, Ed Mezvinsky, was convicted for his part in a ten million dollar Nigerian Money Scam.
“Edward Mezvinsky
In March 2001, Mezvinsky was indicted and later pleaded guilty to 31 of 69 felony charges of bank fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud. Mezvinsky, who had been working as an attorney at the time, was funneling embezzled and fraudulently obtained money to West African con men after falling victim to an online advance-fee scam
Nearly $10 million was involved in the crimes. Shortly after Mezvinsky’s indictment, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but the judge at his trial disallowed a mental illness defense.”
“Mezvinsky as of 2010 still owed $9.4 million in restitution to his victims.”

Scott Johnson
4 years ago

Good to see the Clinton Crime Family kept up the criminal theme.

4 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

It’s not “Nigerian Antiques” that is so improbable, Anonymous. It is that Nigerian Scams are so probable! I have a good friend from Nigeria and he says that it’s so corrupt and hard to make a living there, that overseas/over the internet scamming is relatively common.

Scott Johnson
4 years ago

One would think some criminal and civil lawsuits are in order. After all, Salinas and Bronfman have very deep pockets.

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.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

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 premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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