Some crazy stuff has happened over the last few days with Assange and Hillary’s camp of loyalists. It’s been brewing for a while but we finally have enough information to give you a report on it. Through a series of emails recently released, we have learned that a “dating” site named ToddandClare.com offered Assange an interesting proposition. They offered to pay him one million dollars to be in a commercial for them. When Assange’s attorneys responded with little enthusiasm, that’s were things got weird.
What Is ‘Todd&Clare’?
Supposedly ToddandClare.com is a dating service for men and women to communicate over text message. They claim to have members around the globe and were established in December 2011. However, if you view their Facebook page, their oldest post is from January of 2016. That is when their first photo was also uploaded. This prompted Wikileaks to question its legitimacy.
ToddAndClare.com’s homepage currently states that they are “The Leading SMS Dating Network” and that “This online dating site is a United Nations Global Compact member, with 100,000+ female singles in the US, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia, and RSA, seeking men.” 12 The homepage has a few pictures of women and a brief description of ToddAndClare.com, including “We’re a real couple who started this in Indianapolis”. At the bottom of the homepage is a link to customer service with the email address [email protected]. At the bottom of the homepage, there is the disclaimer “TM & © Todd and Clare. All Rights Reserved.” A random selection of photos of the women on Toddandclare.com website were investigated to see if they correspond to legitimate users of the site. The investigation revealed that the photos have been obtained from other sites on the Internet, have been slightly cropped, and have been mirrored left to right, a known technique to prevent reverse image search services, such as Google’s Reverse Image Search, from locating the true origin of an image.
It doesn’t end there, however. The address listed for Todd&Clare is a faceless storage warehouse:
Here is the "headquarters" of the front (PAC?) behind the Assange "took US$1M from Russia" plot
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 19, 2016
Keep that address in mind, it will be important later on.
What Does Todd&Clare Have To Do With Julian Assange?
Now this is where it gets strange so let’s start at the beginning. Todd&Clare claimed that a family in the Bahamas reported to police that their daughter, who is reportedly 8 years old, was molested online by Julian Assange using their dating site. They claim the girl was on her 22-year-old sister’s account and they recognized Assange’s picture. Here is what The Daily Kos wrote about it:
On September 28 this year a Canadian family holidaying in the Bahamas reported to the police that their 8-year-old daughter was “sexually molested online” by Assange on Toddandclare.com, including propositioning her “to perform oral and anal sex acts.” She was presumably accessing the site through her 22-year-old sister’s account. Whether these chats were recorded or not isn’t clear but the family claims they identified Assange.
“We understand Julian Assange was clearly photo- and video- identified in the chatlogs by both the parents of the juvenile, [and the] Social Services worked involved…
“We understand the family reported to the Bahamas authorities that Mr Assange sent the 8-year-old juvenile (i) unlawful, indecent images and video media of himself performing lewd sex acts on a mobile camera device, and (ii) unlawful obscenity materials of a child pornographic nature.”
The final clause notwithstanding, it’s not clear as yet whether he knew he was interacting with an 8-year-old or thought it was the 22-year-old account holder.
This accusation was filed with the UN on October 4, 2016. This was the first public acknowledgment of the accusation. Also in this accusation, Todd&Clare claimed that Wikileaks was attacking them for speaking out about the sexual assault, stating:
For speaking out, ToddandClare.com is currently being subject to unlawful threats by Wikileaks, pressuring us not to pursue UK court proceedings. Wikileaks’ threats to defame us, to ruin us, to destroy our business using electronic methods, are criminal and may constitute cyberwarfare and/or terrorism under US law including without limitation: Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) 18 U.S. Code §1030; 18 U.S. Code § 1362 – Communication lines, stations or systems; 18 U.S. Code § 1029 – Fraud and related activity in connection with access devices; 18 U.S. Code § 2701 – Unlawful access to stored communications.
Later in the report, they talk about their rape and domestic violence prevention initiative; something they call the KATIA Project. They then claimed this about Assange:
On May 11, 2016, KATIA received the formal written support of an internationally acclaimed expert in linguistics, Professor Noam Chomsky of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
#HEFORSHE ADVOCACY FROM JULIAN ASSANGE FOR KATIA
On June 8, 2016, ToddandClare.com was contacted by a representative of Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, stating that due to MIT Professor Noam Chomsky’s support in the KATIA Project, Mr Assange was interested in becoming a #HeForShe Ambassador for KATIA. Mr Assange’s approach message (conveyed on his behalf by his attorneys at a Stockholm-based law firm, Advokatfirman Samuelson, Schönmeyr & Wall HB) discussed Mr Assange offering his name to spread awareness for KATIA pro bono, to help protect women. Mr Assange claimed he was a “feminist” wanting to help “rape victims in the UK and Scandinavia reach equitable treatment before the law.”
They went on to claim after they were informed of the Bahamas incident, they terminated cooperation with Assange immediately.
Todd&Clare was a member of the United Nations Global Compact. They were delisted on October 12, 2016. In press releases following this, Todd&Clare claimed the UN and Wikileaks are working together to cover up the Bahamas molestation story:
Toddandclare Facebook post relating to the Bahamas investigation (actually open letter to the Canadian PM Trudeau) alleging the Bahamas Police swept the investigation “under the rug” and leaked the story to a UK tabloid (via its US editor), resulting in the social services woman now denying meeting the family or housing them for a month (I can’t see that the Sun published anything online; perhaps in print?); and alleging the UN delisted them due directly to a friend of Assange’s at the UN (Mads Andenas) intervening.
From PRnewswire on 13 Oct, Todd Hammond of Toodandclare.com said from their Houston office:
On page 8 of our UN report, we say we’d been warned by Wikileaks to expect actions on our UN membership if we didn’t drop our UK court case. Our UN delisting means the attacks have started.
The report also claims the company has become the target of “cyber warfare”, and their 20+ female employees were advised to remove their social media presence from Facebook etc.
Keep in mind, in any documentation, the family’s name is never mentioned.
So What’s The Truth?
Let’s do a quick recap:
- December 2011 – Alleged date Todd&Clare started up.
- October 2015 – Joined YouTube, Tumbler, and Twitter
- January 2016 – Earliest date that can be found on Todd&Clare Facebook page.
- May 2016 – Became a member of the United Nations Global Compact
- June 8, 2016 – They claim Assange contacted them with the interest in being an ambassador for the KATIA Project
- September 28, 2016 – The alleged sexual exchanged with a child happened.
- October 4, 2016 – Todd&Clare reported it to the UN.
- October 12, 2016 – Todd&Clare were delisted from the UNGC.
This timeline is undeniable. There is a paper trail of all of it (with the exception of the startup date). Now, new emails have been released by WikiLeaks and they tell quite a different story.
On September 7, 2016, a representative of Todd&Clare, Hannah Hammond, emailed Assange with a bizarre offer. Todd&Clare were willing to hire a camera crew and pay Assange $1 million to be in a commercial for their company. The email sounds strange, check it out:
Dear Julian Assange,
ToddandClare.com, a US based dating website for women seeking men personals, is offering you USD $1-million to appear in a forthcoming Todd and Clare TV commercial to air on national Lifetime cable in the United States, digital cable channels, and subsequently YouTube.
We would intend to hire a camera crew currently based in the Soho area of London, who would on our instructions, travel at our expenses to your embassy location for filming of the 5 minute advert. We have not contacted the Ecuadorian embassy for permission for filming at this point.
We are prepared to place the funds for USD $1 million in a mutually agreed escrow service, ahead of payment in full on receipt of the taped endorsement.
Context of Proposed Ad:
Todd and Clare offers remote phone and text chats to gentleman using our site to contact women singles. We are not an adult site. We would want you to explain in the Ad that even you can use ToddandClare.com’s mobile dating services, for chats with women, from behind your embassy walls.
If you would like to accept our serious offer, please could either yourself or your representative reply to this email for further discussion.
T&C Network Solutions
Of course this would peak anyone’s interest so Assange’s lawyers responded.
Thank you for your email, and what is a very interesting proposal. Our immediate concern would be that it may be hard to execute without causing $millions of reputational damage to Mr. Assange, especially during the election cycle. It is clear the current election cycle amplifies these risks and many opponents, including the clinton campaign, would be looking for any reason to ridicule Mr. Assange.
It is possible there are ways this could be overcome – it would clearly need to be done in a toungein-cheek manner. Do you have a proposed script? What timeframe were you working within?
This email received a strange response. You can read the whole exchange on the next page but in the response email, Todd&Clare were stating that Assange would receive the money from the Russian government, named some facts about Assange’s attorney that were reportedly “unknown to the public”, and said something to the affect that Assange was in some sort of danger, or at least a predicament, where he could not stay at the Embassy much longer. They then proceeded to tell him what they had in mind for the commercial.
They said they would offer government assistance on two conditions:
Julian should accept the $1 million offer [ostensibly] in return for ToddandClare.com’s “dating Ad”. He should do this before October 1st, 2016, by sending an email to [email protected]. The email should provide a bank account and sort code in a safe global receiving zone for a wire to be deposited by a Chase checking account in Houston.
Julian should take it upon himself to publish the following tweet to Presidential candidate Donald Trump, by midnight on October 1st 2016.
@realdonaldtrump @jamiedimon @natrothschild1 Go to ToddandClare.com on Nov 7. Noon. Putin will be live. #brexitneverhappened
Unless it is deleted by the US government, the tweet should not be deleted by Julian or his colleagues at any time, and will stay live on twitter, until further notice.
Obviously Assange’s team did not fall for this and let Todd&Clare know. They also claimed that they had not told Assange about the email exchange and no one on the WikiLeaks team has ever used their site nor has any desire to be associated with it.
There was one more email in this thread. It was the response to Assange’s team and contained only two sentences.
We know it’s you writing.
The offer expires at midnight, October 31st 2016.
How could all of the allegations that Todd&Clare claim happen if this was the only contact they had with Assange? The answer is simple, they are lying.
What is Premise Data Corporation?
Now the question is: is Todd&Clare a legitimate business?
Remember, we found the address of the company to be an old warehouse. Now a Reddit user has a theory.
He did some digging and found that the company at the address listed for Todd & Clare is actually a company called Premise Data Corporation. That company appears to be a private intelligence organization whose board includes well-known Clinton loyalist and former Harvard president Larry Summers. It is also associated with other Clinton loyalists, such as Neera Tanden. Here’s what the Reddit user has to say:
Curious, I went onto the Premise site, that lists a different address: 185 Berry Street, Suite 6850 San Fransisco CA, 94107. As you can see it is VERY close to the other address listed in the CA Business registry here (just search for the business name). Image of the record itself I was poking around the site itself and noticed a familiar name on their board of directors: Larry Summers, Lawrence Summers as he is known sometimes. This is the same Larry Summers that is part of the Center for American Progress where “loyal Soldier” Neera Tanden works.There was also a strange autoreply with the subject Larry Summers in the Podesta Leak 8-11-2015
Even if Clinton isn’t directly involved in this smear campaign against Assange (although it wouldn’t surprise us if she was), it is incredibly strange that a group of Clinton supporters would be located so close to this “dating site”. There is clearly a close relationship with Hillary’s crew and the Premise Data Corporation. We can’t prove that the Premise Data Corporation fabricated the dating site as a front to smear WikiLeaks, but there are too many coincidences to rule it out.