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The FAA accidentally disclosed more than 2,000 flight records associated with Jeffrey Epstein's private jets

The FAA accidentally disclosed more than 2,000 flight records associated with Jeffrey Epstein's private jets
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Insider filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Federal Aviation Administration, seeking all flight history data associated with four planes owned by Jeffrey Epstein.




The agency rejected Insider's request, but later provided the records in response to an unrelated request.




The new FAA records include hundreds of previously unknown flights made by Epstein's jets.




The new records also corroborate Insider's of all U.S.-based flights to the Wall Street Journal in 2011.In March 2020, however, the FAA denied our request, saying that "the responsive records originate from an investigative file" and were therefore exempt from disclosure. The agency cited Exemption 7(A), which Congress [url=https://www.justice.gov/oip/foia-guide-2004-edition-exemption-7]designed to shield records that were "compiled for law enforcement ... [and] could reasonably be expected to interfere with an enforcement proceeding." The FAA did not specify which enforcement proceeding the records might interfere with; Epstein's ex-girlfriend and confidant Ghislaine Maxwell faces trial for sex trafficking charges this month.But despite its original denial, the FAA inadvertently mailed Insider a portion of Epstein's flight records alongside correspondence for an unrelated FOIA request earlier this year. The records contained data on 2,300 flights among four private jets registered to Epstein between 1998 and 2020. Most of them previously appeared in Insider's searchable database of all known flights connected to Epstein.Nonetheless, the new FAA records also reveal 704 previously unknown flights taken by Epstein's planes. These include hundreds of trips from a three-year-long gap in the public record, between 2013 and 2016, when the jets' movements were unaccounted for.A 
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