Part #3 Battle of Experts – FBI Tampering? Somebody Snuck Into CF Card

The public awaits a Rule 33 Motion by Keith Raniere's defense team.

Keith Raniere has filed a Rule 33 motion for a new trial.

He bases his motion mainly on a report by J. Richard Kiper, a retired FBI Special Agent. His employment with the FBI focused on training FBI forensic examiners to analyze digital evidence and detect tampering and fraud.

On March 27, 2018, the FBI raided Keith Raniere’s library at 8 Hale Dr. in Half Moon, NY. Agents seized digital devices, including a Western Digital hard drive, a Canon camera, and a CF card inside the camera.

Eleven months later, FBI Special Agent Michael Lever found 22 images of Camila in a folder called ‘Studies’ on the hard drive.

The metadata indicates that a Canon camera took the photos in 2003 – one year before Canon manufactured the camera – or in 2005. Camila was 15 in 2005.

The FBI found that some files on the Lexar CF card match those on the hard drive.

The FBI’s theory, which was persuasive to the jury, was that Raniere took the photos of Camila and other adult women in 2005 with his Canon camera. He saved them on the Lexar CF card. Later, he transferred the photos from the CF card to a Dell computer, which the FBI did not recover.

Later, purportedly in 2009, he transferred the photos to a Western Digital hard drive, which he last accessed in 2010.

He kept the hard drive on a shelf above his computers in his library for eight years until the FBI took it.

The hard drive with the blue light was alleged to contain 22 photos of Camila when she was 15.

Raniere in his library in front of the hard drive – with the blue light. The hard drive had no password protection; anybody could access it.

While the FBI seized the hard drive on March 27, 2018, FBI Special Agent Lever found the contraband photos 11 months later – in February 2019 – about 45 days before the scheduled trial.

Raniere claims the FBI tampered with the photos of Camila.


See FR’s previous posts:

Battle of Experts: Kiper v Loveall on FBI Tampering in Raniere Case

Part #2: Battle of Experts –Kiper v. Loveall – on FBI Tampering in Raniere Case: 37 New Files on Camera Card

A Lexar camera card similar to the one seized at the executive library of Keith Raniere…


Kiper’s  third finding is:

An unknown person accessed the CF card on 9/19/18, thereby altering file system dates, while it was in the custody of FBI Special Agent Michael Lever.

According to the CF card file listing, the Accessed dates for all the active files were changed to 09/19/2018.

At a minimum… file system dates on the CF card were altered… six months after it was collected by the FBI….

The … FBI did not use a write blocker to preserve the evidence, which is a “critical procedure” according to FBI CART SOP 4.3

According to the FBI Chain of Custody for the Camera and CF card, Case Agent Michael Lever checked out these items from Evidence Control on 09/19/2018 and returned them on 09/26/2018

SA Lever recorded his purpose for accepting custody as “Evidence Review.”

SA Lever was… not authorized to review the unexamined digital evidence.

The FBI’s Digital Evidence Policy Guide expressly prohibits any “Undocumented, ‘off the record’ searches or reviews of digital evidence” and permits investigators to review digital evidence only after it has been processed by an authorized method.

This altered access date proves a violation of FBI protocol. The FBI is not supposed to change data on digital devices.

Before an agent reviews a digital device,  CART [Computer Analysis and Response Team] is required to make a forensic copy or clone.

In the Raniere case, the FBI accessed the device before it was cloned.

In addition, a second FTK report was made from the original digital device, not from the clone – which is another violation.

Despite a discovery requirement, the prosecution chose not to share a digital copy of the CF card with the defense.

Unauthorized FBI employee accessed CF Card.

FBI Special Agent Mike Lever checked the CF card out of evidence control for 7 days. This is hard to explain, because a special agent is not supposed to access original digital devices.

While SA Lever had custody of the CF card, which he was not supposed to access, someone did access it – on September 19, 2018.

Whoever accessed it did not use a write blocker, which is another violation of FBI requirements.

SA Lever was not the only FBI agent to handle the CF card.

According to the FBI Chain of Custody, Special Agent Maegan Rees checked out the Canon camera and the CF card for “Review” on July 10, 2018. She kept the them for 17 days.

Why did she have the digital Camera and CF card – which she was prohibited from inspecting – for more than two weeks?

Kiper wrote:

She is also not a CART examiner and also would be prohibited from reviewing unexamined digital evidence. However, if she did access the CF card without a write blocker, then the last Accessed dates would have been overwritten two months later by the actions of SA Lever, who did access the CF card without a write blocker.

Therefore, there is no doubt the CF card was accessed by at least one unauthorized FBI employee using an unauthorized process.

EDNY Reply

FBI Senior Computer Scientist Loveall did not dispute Kiper’s “Third Finding.”

Loveall wrote: “With respect to the third finding, the camera card was accessed on September 19, 2018. This is consistent with accessing the contents of the card without a write-blocker.”

He does not dispute the violation of FBI protocol.



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  • Definitely some tampering done by the FBI. Was KR guilty of many crimes.? Yes. And he already payed a deep price. It seems this was unnecessary tampering. This will be an unpopular statement, but I think this evidence may be a a good reason to release KR from prison. He should serve the rest of his time from home. He payed a deep price and suffered enough living in the SHU for almost a year.

    • Writing what you feel in the comment section of a blog isn’t going to do anything. This isn’t an enclosed cultic environment effectively led by a dictator where you can gaslight your viewpoint and think it’s going to affect a bunch of stranger’s opinions across the wire, let alone members of the judicial system to change their legal rulings.

  • Attention!!!!

    FBI protocol is “FBI protocol” it’s not a law:

    If FBI protocol is not followed the evidence is still valid. The evidence is not compromised.

    I do applaud the Frank Report for allowing Kieth Ranier to state his grievances with the FBI. Sincerely.
    (Not that I’m not annoyed.)

    The FBI should be able to stand any challenge as to the veracity of their testimony or evidence.

  • Hey Frank, if this is the route you’re now taking, why not give that other cult some hope too? You know the one… accusing Dominion, pollsters, the CIA, the FBI, and Biden’s dog, of planting hundreds of thousands of votes for Biden!

    • Haha! Exactly. However, I don’t expect Frank to give this much attention as one of his friends is non other then Roger Stone.

      • Imagine me as Sylvester the cat’s son with his lisp saying this: “Oh, Frank, I’m so ashamed!” (learning of your friendship with Roger Stone.)

  • I think we can agree on the fact that the FBI didn’t follow protocol, and that is a problem. It shouldn’t have happened and is a very serious matter. The defense should have brought it up at trail. But tampering is an entirety different matter.

    • I don’t consider it a very serious matter. I think it’s fairly trivial, and is peripheral to the case.

      • Yeah, this isn’t some fictional Hollywood movie where the malevolent criminal is caught, gets off on some ridiculously minor technicality, the audience is enraged, and the hero spends the rest of the movie trying to stop his evil ways and rectify the errors of an “incompetent” law enforcement.

  • The Frank Report is the last holdout promoting this idiotic idea that the photos were planted. Even Nicki Clyne has given up promoting it. Even the other dead-enders have given up on it. For all I know Raniere has given it up!

    Only the Frank Report keeps trying to sell it.

    It’s “inexplicable” that an FBI agent would sign out a piece of FBI evidence from an FBI evidence room. That’s what this silly motion has been reduced to. That’s supposed to “prove” the FBI faked and planted the photos. Photos that Camila herself has certified are real. This is supposed to be the “proof”that gets Raniere a new trial.

    What a laugh!

    • A.S.
      The appeals process will play itself out. Eventually Vanturd and his evil Bronfman attorneys will either prevail or not prevail. No use rushing the process.

    • Aristotle-

      Maybe you should change your name to Liz Taylor’s Taco.

      You’re always having PMS. Take some Midol™️.

  • OMG I can’t wait for Judge Garaufis to rule on this matter

    We all know Keith Raniere took the pictures of Cami.

    This rise & repeat BS is boring

    Not new evidence

    Raniere is guilty, end of story

    Even Frank know it

  • It would be interesting to hear what Vanguard has to say about why the Camilla photos even exist and how did they turn up? It would also be interesting to hear him say who he thinks took the photos. Was it magic? Does someone have a time machine? Aliens?

    • >> Was it magic?

      Yes, just like how his clothes just magically appeared out of nowhere, these pictures too just suddenly showed up without reason.

      It was just a shining, abracadabra, pulled a rabbit out of a hat coincidence the pictures of Cami just happened to show up on the camera and hard drive in the pudgy one’s library and follow the pattern of his decades old, modus operandi.

  • If she was 18 when the pics were produced, obviously no crime.

    But, do the Dead-Enders not condemn Raniere, even if she was 18? If he took pics of my 18 year old daughter, I’d beat his fucking brains in.

    Marc Elliot thinks it’s ok that Kieth slept with a 15 year old girl. Fuck Marc Elliot.

  • On a different subject (Corrupt Federal Judges) please visit my website …or…

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