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Twist in NXIVM Cult Case as Ex-FBI Agent Claims Investigators Planted Evidence



A RETIRED special agent says the public could lose faith in the FBI after discovering what he has found to be “historic levels” of evidence tampered with by the agency in the infamous NXIVM sex cult case.

NXIVM leader Keith Raniere, who was convicted of sex trafficking and a slew of other crimes related to a secret society that branded women, alleged in court papers in May that the government had placed evidence on its computer equipment.

Keith Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison for his crimesCredit: Eastern District of NY
Raniere has secretly ordered followers to be branded with his initial


Raniere has secretly ordered followers to be branded with his initialCredit: Youtube/UKTN News
Former FBI agent says evidence was 'tampered with' despite his crimes to make sure agency 'got their man'


Former FBI agent says evidence was ‘tampered with’ despite his crimes to make sure agency ‘got their man’Credit: James Kiper/FBI

The government hit back at the time, calling the claims “frivolity”.

In an exclusive interview with The US Sun, former FBI computer forensic investigator Dr. Richard Kiper, who was hired by NXIVM’s supporters to examine the prosecution’s evidence, that his findings go far beyond Raniere’s claims of innocence – because they undermine the public’s trust in the FBI.

He believes evidence was tampered with because officers were pressured to make sure they “got their man.”

In the 42-page court file, Kiper says he “discovered specific actions to manually alter the evidence” to support the government’s version of the events against Raniere.

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The main finding, Kiper claimed, was that photos of a naked woman were manually placed on the hard drive with “manipulated file creation data” – to make it appear as if the photos were taken before the woman had permission. .

US attorney Kevin Trowel shot down the allegations – stating that the victim in the photos – Camila – appeared at Raniere’s sentencing, and herself confirmed that “in September 2005,” when she was still 15, [Raniere] took nude pictures of [her]”

However, Kiper believes that regardless of other evidence against Raniere — who was sentenced to 120 years in prison for his crimes — there was a “joint effort” by the FBI to tamper with evidence to get a conviction.

His findings include thumbnail files that should be identical on the camera card and the backup with two different women — a blonde and a brunette, according to the court paper.

His other allegations included allegations that an unknown person had access to the camera card while it was in FBI custody – altering the file dates – and the same card was passed between officers in an unsealed container – against FBI proceeding. .

Kiper told The US Sun: “I would say this is historic, at least in the history I know of the FBI, this kind of tampering has never been done to my knowledge.

“The government wanted to create this connection. And I think that led a lot to what we saw now.

“I can’t pinpoint the exact person or persons, but it seems there was a concerted effort between several people.


“It’s hard for me to believe that this is just one person going rogue for whatever reason.

“I know there’s a lot of motivation in the FBI, a big incentive to get your man.

“I know because we have incentive awards, we have on-the-spot awards, special achievement awards, quality boosts, which is kind of a promotion within a rank, which gives you more money….so there’s a lot of incentives…

“You put this [case] on your resume, you can write to it, and then you can get promoted higher in line…

“I knew nothing about Mr. Raniere or the organization, but looking back at some of the press he received, there was nothing positive about it.

“If we don’t have a fair trial for people we don’t like, we don’t have a justice system.”

dr. Kiper, former FBI

“So this is one person that a lot of people didn’t like, but that doesn’t absolve the FBI from taking proactive steps to manipulate evidence or use manipulated evidence and misrepresent its reliability to reach a conviction.

“If we don’t have a fair trial for people we don’t like, then we don’t have a legal system…

“People will lose faith in the FBI.”

Kiper worked as a forensic computer investigator, investigator and trainer at the FBI over a 20-year career, saying he is shocked that his colleagues may have been involved in such large-scale manipulation of evidence.


“In 20 years I have never seen a single instance of tampering or bending the rules,” he said.

“In any workspace in a large organization, there are what I call unethical things that happen. Like when you pull out photos of someone… you might find things that are embarrassing. And then you have comments that are made that are unethical.

“But it’s not a manipulation of evidence. It’s not receiving or sending evidence that isn’t sealed when you have broken custody. I’ve never seen anything like it.

“What really convinced me was the transplanted thumbnail images, when I saw that I thought, ‘I’ve never seen anything like it’.

“It’s outrageous. And for a forensic examiner to go in the stands and present this to come to a conviction. I mean, I struggle with how I feel about it, but I think probably outrage is the best word, because I know how these people are trained.”


Kiper says he hopes that if his findings are proven in court, the FBI will order a full investigation into the case and look at broader policies and procedures.

“What I would expect to happen here is, ‘Okay, who are the people involved? What cases, what other cases were they involved in now that we have to look at that as well?

“I would hope that then the FBI would be a little introspective and start looking at their policies and procedures and hone them and really give their forensic investigators more specific training.

“We’ve been conditioned so, I believe by Hollywood and other entertainment, to believe that whatever it takes to get the bad guy, that’s what we need to do.

“You know, you got a bad guy, you know he’s a bad guy, so we do what it takes, manipulate evidence, mess with the jury, whatever it takes to get a conviction. I hope the FBI can fix this.”


He added: “I’d love to prove me wrong. The FBI is the centerpiece of my resume, I spent 20 years there. And they’ve been caught doing really bad things lately… look at my findings and have an alternative explanation that is not nefarious.

“And for that reason, the defense team actually gave my findings to two other independent forensic investigators. And both investigators fully agreed with my findings.

“We’re also looking at other people to come on board and further verify the findings. But then again, I’d love nothing more than for someone to come up with a non-nefarious explanation for this, because I’d like to believe the agency where I’ve given 20 years to have not done this.”

“The I in and the FBI stands for integrity — it’s loyalty, courage and integrity. And I’d like that integrity to come back to the FBI so the public can trust the FBI again.”

Actress Nicki Clyne, a former NXIVM member and supporter of Raniere, added: “This is really not about Keith or NXIVM. This is about citizens and their freedom and what the government can do when there is enough prejudice and hatred against a suspect , what they can get away with and circumvent due process.”

Raniere is currently appealing his conviction. Kiper’s report was filed in May as part of a request for a new trial. The appeals process must be completed before a decision can be made on the request for a retrial.

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In its response, the US law firm in the Eastern District of New York said: “Raniere’s allegation of “misconduct” by the government is frivolous, and the government will consider that allegation on the merits when Raniere files the motion in the appropriate forum. , and the government is instructed to respond.”

The FBI has not responded to requests for comment.

Kiper says he knew nothing about the cult beforehand and is impartial


Kiper says he knew nothing about the cult beforehand and is impartialCredit: James Kiper/FBI
Actress Allison Mack is one of Raniere's co-defendants


Actress Allison Mack is one of Raniere’s co-defendantsCredit: Reuters
Raniere was first arrested in Mexico in 2018


Raniere was first arrested in Mexico in 2018
Wealthy Seagram's heiress Clare Bronfman was also charged alongside Raniere


Wealthy Seagram’s heiress Clare Bronfman was also charged alongside RaniereCredit: UKTN




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