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Milo Yiannopoulos Says FBI Called Him About Unite the Right But Cites Journalist Privilege

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, July 29 –    Milo Yiannopoulos has been subpoenaed for information for a lawsuit about the United the Right event, Sines v. Kessler, et al., 18-cv-72 (W.D. Va.)

On July 29 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Katherine Polk Failla held a motion to compel hearing, with Yiannopoulos by video.

Inner City Press live tweeted it, here and some below.  We are publishing the M at emails saying "I am intensely sympathetic to the aims of your lawsuit as they relate to Richard Spencer... Stop lying to the court," on Patreon here.

  The upshot is that Yiannopoulos has been ordered to speak with the source or sources that he says gave him video of Richard Spencer.

 He alluded to electronic communications with Jason Kessler, and it seems he will turn those over as well.  

Yiannopoulous said that the FBI had spoken with him, but declined to describe it. He invoked journalist's privilege and there will be briefing on that. Inner City Press will continue to cover this case, as many others in the SDNY. This one began this way:

Milo Yiannopoulos is saying he'd like to see Richard Spencer in jail but doesn't like "the funders of this lawsuit, the ADL."

Milo Yiannopoulos: I just publish stuff as I get it. Spencer spent $10,000 to doctor a video to make it appear I was singing to white nationalists. I'm happy to help them with this lawsuit, I just don't have anything. I'm happy to comply with any court order.

 Judge Failla: I'll swear you in. Milo Y: I'm a Christian. 

Judge Failla: ... so help you God. Milo Y: I do. I was served at the Roger Stone trial. Judge Failla: The subpoena was from November 2019. And you met plaintiffs' counsel in Dec?

Milo Y: That sound right.

Judge Failla: You published the Spencer video within 48 hours of receipt?

Milo Y: Yes. And I wrote about it. I heard from a reporter at the Washington Post that he had heard similar things privately from Spencer as well. So I asked about that in my piece.

 Milo Y: The FBI called me on my cell phone and asked to meet.

Judge Failla: Did you meet?

Milo Y: Yes.

Judge Failla: Can you talk about it?

Milo Y: I prefer not to. 

Judge Failla: Had you made a representation to movant's counsel that you had no such materials?

Milo Y: Let me look it up. Judge Failla: I believe it was April 6 of this year. Milo Y: That the video dropped? Judge Failla: Yes.

 Milo Y: I met with them once in their offices in the Empire State Building. I think it's in my online calendar. Give me a moment. 11 am, Wednesday Dec 18. Judge Failla: That's what my law clerk says.

 And we're back: Movant's counsel Benjamin White says that Milo Y recorded a video about the subpoena, flashed at camera an orange hard drive calling it "the vault," saying it was at his home in New York. It is responsive to our subpoena. Was he lying then or now?

 White: Mr Yiannopoulos says he was "messing around." But it has hurt our case, and wasted our time. He has proposed today one possible solution - allowing an inspection of the devices. Let's start with the vault.

 Judge Failla: It may just be that he was playing you. But it does not mean that he has responsive materials. What evidence of it do you have, that the representations he is making to me today are false?

Answer: The specificity of his descriptions of what he had

Movants' lawyer: We are asking your Honor to test the accuracy of what Mr. Yiannolpoulos is saying. Appoint a master to look through the materials. He's offered his cell phone and his email addresses. Let's search them. 

More here.

The case is Sines, et al. v. Yiannopoulos, 20-mc-241 (Failla).


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