Jeffrey Epstein's Death Was Announced on 4Chan, Authorities Had to Investigate

Elias Hubbard
August 14, 2019

ABC News reporter Aaron Katersky first tweeted about Epstein's death at 8:54 a.m. ET on Saturday, while ABC News itself published its first tweet about the incident two minutes before 9 a.m. "Screencap this", accompanied by an image of Pepe the green frog, an emblematic icon for far-right trolls.

All in all, the 4chan user posted six times about Epstein's suicide and his accounts of how long paramedics attempted to resuscitate Epstein, both in his jail cell and in the hospital matched the official reports.

The report also noted that one of the 4chan user's claims described a 40-minute attempt to resuscitate Epstein, before transporting him to the hospital for another 20 minutes of attempted resuscitation, adding that these claims had been at least partially consistent with the information that was later publicly released by the Federal Bureau of Prisons regarding Epstein's death.

Still, the possibility of an FDNY first responder breaching confidentiality to post specific patient information has caused the FDNY to open a "review", according to BuzzFeed reporter Jane Lytvynenko. He said, "An investigation is a formal act which brings about a process which includes interviewing witnesses, serving notice, determining credibility of witness statements - and that was not warranted nor did it take place here". The spokesperson did not elaborate on how that determination was made. "It doesn't match our medical records".

"This sounds like standard American Heart Association guidelines, which most EMS agencies use", Wesley said. Telemetry advised bicarb and D50 in field.

The 4chan post also references the use of Sodium Bicarbonate, a compound Wesley says is created to "reverse the acid buildup in the blood from prolonged cardiac arrest".

If it was a medical professional who shared the information, the post would be a major violation of ethics and medical privacy laws. Additionally, Oren Brazilay, president of the local EMT workers union, said the information looked like third party information that his members would not have released. He concluded, "There's serious consequences for those violations".

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