Frank Report is investigating alleged FBI tampering. The tampering concerns digital images of Camila that were used as evidence in the criminal trial of Keith Raniere.
Camila has become a focal point as she was in the criminal trial even though she never appeared at it. Yet, she was the reason why five of Raniere’s codefendants took plea deals.
Raniere’s co-defendants – Nancy Salzman, Lauren Salzman, Allison Mack, Clare Bronfman, and Kathy Russell – all remained steadfast in proclaiming their innocence until the FBI announced they found child porn on a hard drive owned by Raniere.
Eleven months after they raided Raniere’s library, the FBI found pictures of Camila. They found them on a hard drive. They said the metadata showed creation dates of November 2005.
Camila was 15 in November 2005.
Every other alleged victim was an adult. Most of them were successful. The defense planned to argue that the alleged victims consented to everything.
I spoke with attorneys, defendants, friends, and former NXIVM members. All told me the same thing. Camila’s photos ended the agreement of the NXIVM defendants to present a joint defense.
An allegation of child porn against one of them, Raniere, was the same as a conviction against all.
Before, the five defendants had met together – and were determined to go to trial. Determined to win. To absolve this stain against their good intentions – and to show that the prosecution lied about NXIVM.
A chilly wind blew through Brooklyn when the US Attorney announced the discovery of the Camo photos.
Sources told me about a final meeting of the five co-defendants and their lawyers. The last time some of them were to speak to their NXIVM friends. After that, each decided to abandon the trial. It was over, they knew.
Each looked to reach a plea deal.
The old axiom: the earlier on the plea bus, the better the ride.
Within a month or so, everyone cut a deal. Except Raniere.
No plea deal for him.
What a different trial it would have been. With six defendants with six teams of lawyers.
Cross-examining the prosecution witnesses. Each presenting a defense.
Who knows what the outcome would have been?
Without the specter of Camila, of child porn and the exploitation of a child, the prosecution had far less ammunition.
Nicole, with a single incident of sex trafficking where no money changed hands.
Jessica Joan, who did not seduce Raniere.
Sylvie, who sent nude pics to Raniere while married.
Mark Vicente, who made his living for a dozen years.
Daniela, who stayed in an unlocked room for two years with her parents on hand.
Lauren, the star witness, would have defended Raniere, not cried him to oblivion.
The game-changer, Camila, sent Raniere headlong to prison.
Dumb luck. Eleven months after the FBI seized a hard drive, they found her nude pictures. on it On the eve of trial. Up against a united front.
Raniere is about to file a Rule 33 motion. In it, he will allege that the FBI tampered with Camila’s nude photos.
Hard drive files manipulated. A changing camera card. False dating of images. Appendectomy scars. Issues arise.
When did Raniere take the images? Did he take them? How did they wind up on a hard drive? Why did it take so long to find them?
In the back and forth to follow, Camila will, once again, be front and center.
It is fair that people understand her story. But before they hear it, they must realize she is why Raniere is in prison.
Behind prison bars are Raniere, Allison Mack, Nancy Salzman, and Clare Bronfman.
Clare Bronfman with Keith Raniere
Once the FBI found Camila’s photos, the case became a slam dunk. When Camile entered the case, it was all over for Keith Raniere.
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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