What do we know with high certainty:
- Eric did not tell Ron Fournier to “Follow the Money”. It was someone else, maybe Ira Magaziner? See Wikileaks and Ron Fournier Article” section below.
- Someone is using Neil Brown’s Facebook. See Facebook section below.
- Someone is reading Eric Braverman’s email.
- Someone is reading Neil Brown’s email, proof coming later pending additional research.
Eric Braverman appears to have disappeared. But, what does this exactly mean? He hasn’t logged into Twitter or responded to annoying emails? Neither has his husband Neil Brown. This happens when a person has disappeared, this can also be a normal reaction to an annoying situation.
Rather than take the small amount of evidence from Twitter other surface sources, we want to accumulate better data about what is really going on? This post is work in progress to serve as a place to accumulate this data. We will update this post as we acquire more data. References will be included as much as possible.
If you have anything that you feel is missing, feel free to use the contact form or via Twittter, please include #braveupdate in tweets. We verified there are is no activity using that hashtag before this post.
Eric’s Twitter account last saw an update on October 12, 2016 when he retweeted something about the upcoming election.
On October 22, when the Podesta Wikileak email was released there was a flurry of tweets to @eric_braverman and #ericbraverman. This increased when the dubious article about his going to the Russian Embassy came out. See the section “Online Articles” below for this any many other stories.
Since then his Twitter account has seen no updates. No new tweets: 295 and holding, no new follows: 96 and holding. He has received many new followers though. So, there is some good news for him. On October 25th he had 1,136 followers, December 1st he had 1,783 followers.
A critical thing to note: if Eric were to simply tweet something. A picture of himself with a newspaper. things would change very fast. The speculation about disappearing would stop. Certainly, people would have questions, but it would remove a dark cloud over the Clinton Foundation.
Eric’s Twitter page has been very static except for the number of people following Eric. That changed today, Eric followed another person. Initially this seems like he’s been on Twitter, unfortunately, after further investigation it seems he was probably not involved.
Between October 22 and December 7 Eric was following 96 people. On December the number had changed to 97. At first it seems that Eric added a new follower, however, the newest follow is @amy_rao who has a protected account, she has to approve all followers. We think Eric had requested to follow her in the past and she just got around to accepting his request. Have a look at her page and send her a request. Maybe ask if she knows what’s up with Eric.
On March 8, 2015 Joe Scarbouough tweeted an article on NationalJournal.com. The tweet said this: ‘A source close to the Clintons tell @ron_fournier to “follow the money” and find the real HRC scandal.’
The article is titled “Emails May Be a Key to Addressing ‘Pay-to-Play’ Whispers at Clinton Foundation”. You can read the article on the National Journal site but must subscribe, or a freely viewable version hosted at TheAtlantic.com. It’s a great article with good info, absolutely worth your time.
This tweet prompted an email conversation between John Podesta and Neera Tanden discussing who the source was. Initially Neera thought it was Doug Band, Podesta replied simply saying “Eric Braverman”. This must have meant something to Neera as her only response was “Holy Moses”.
On October 22, 2016 Wikileaks published this email chain between John Podesta and Neera Tanden: https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/25357
The article describes the inside source as “One of his[Bill Clinton] longest-serving advisers, a person who had worked directly for the foundation”. While Eric Braverman did work directly for the foundation, he probably would not be considered one of Bill’s longest serving advisors.
The email chain continues after the mention of Eric Braverman. Neera presses the point about a Eric being “long serving”. Podesta then speculates the leak could be “…doug or ira.” He is referring to Doug Band and Ira Magaziner. Could one these people be the leak described as “One of his[Bill Clinton] longest-serving advisers”?
Doug is quoted by name in the article so it would be strange for the article to directly quote Doug and also include comments from Doug as the unnamed source. On the other hand, there were tensions between Doug and Chelsea Clinton for years. Eric Braverman was later brought in by Chelsea, this didn’t help. In March 2015 the divide between the Clintons and Doug Band was large enough that he quit the next month. This does keep the spotlight on Doug Band and the possible leak.
Ira Magaziner is the Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of the Clinton Health Access Initiative. He certainly would be well informed and could be described as a long-serving advisor. It’s unclear what would motivate Ira to share this type of information because he was working at the Clinton Foundation at the time and remains there currently.
There is no certainty who unnamed the leak is. If the leak was truly a long serving advisor Eric can probably be ruled out. If this is the case, why the continued speculation about Eric?
- He has inside information about the Clinton foundation
- He left under short notice, but not to go to a different job
- He was at odds with the long time Clinton friends
- He was supposed to clean up the foundation
- He teach courses on ethics at Yale
- Most importantly: he seems to have disappeared
In a Twitter conversation on December 9 Ron Fournier confirmed that Eric Braverman was not the source. Ron doesn’t even know Eric Braverman.
Clarification is great, but it deepens the mystery about why Eric is missing.
Eric’s bio page on Yale’s Jackson Institute lists him as a Senior Fellow and says he “teaches courses on ethical choices in public leadership and on innovation in government”.
This could be the most reliable source of information. If there is confirmation that Eric was teaching before October 22 and that he hasn’t after we can be quite certain he has disappeared. If the class didn’t have any students or he never started teaching in September there would be no confirmation
The Yale course catalog has him teach a dual class for Fall 2016:
- Ethical Choices in Public Leadership
- MGT 629 01 (14034) /GLBL792
- Th 5.00-8.00p, F 8.30-12.30
- HORCHOW, in room HLH55
He is scheduled to teach a similar dual class for Spring 2017:
- Innovation in Government and Society
- GLBL 697 01 (23591) /MGT866
- Th 5.00-8.00p, F 8.30-12.30
- No classroom designed yet
Several attempts have been made to verify if he has been teaching his classes after the leak.
We called the contact number on the Jackson Institute page and were transferred to the PR person. She preferred an email with questions. So far three emails have been sent with no reply.
We will continue to seek information directly form Yale. We also would encourage other citizen journalists to attempt to get an answer from Yale. Any students currently attending Yale may have a better avenue for information. Particularly if they are enrolled in the Jackson Institute. Even better would be asking someone that was taking Eric’s class in the Fall 2016 semester.
Yale’s 2016–2017 Academic Calendar suggest there Eric’s class will meet 4 more times:
- Thursday, December 8 at 5PM
- Friday, December 9 at 8:30AM
- Thursday, December 15 at 5PM
- Friday, December 16 at 8:30AM
Classes are in Horchow, room HLH55. 55 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven, CT 06520
We have not received any new useful information despite efforts. We have tried to contact a few groups at Yale that might be helpful but no responses. Specifically we sent emails to Yale Free Press. Feel free to send requests their way.
Yale Council of Global Advisors
It would be wonderful if someone were to drop by one of these sessions to see if Eric is there and say hi. Bring your camera. If there were confirmation he was currently teaching this entire Braverman dilemma would instantly end. Post results to #braveupdate.
Eric is also listed at Yale on the “Council of Global Advisors”. It’s unclear if this is a board that meets occasionally. If so, if Eric were to miss a meeting would it be notable? We have no information or ideas how this could be useful. We are open to ideas: #braveupdate
Moved to dedicated email page after proof someone is reading his email was found.
Eric’s profile has a rather standard privacy setting. People that are not friends cannot see anything except profile pictures. The current profile picture was set months ago and hasn’t been updated recently. This is normal.
Several people have sent friend requests but have gone unaccepted. Messages are also unanswered. None of this is completely unusual if you are annoyed by current events.
We would love to get information from someone that is currently friends on Facebook. Have there been any updates since October 22. If you are friends with him on Facebook or know someone that is, please post to Twitter with #braveupdate.
Eric’s Facebook page does not allow sending friend requests, a privacy option in Facebook. This may have been the setting before October 22, but we are unsure, it could have changed after but we have not evidence either way.
Eric’s husband is Neil Brown. Neil has a Facebook page as well. Messages have been sent to Neil but go unanswered. This is normal for people that are not connected as friends in Facebook. When you send a friend request to a person in Facebook you can see the requests you have pending. Go to “Find Friends” then “View Sent Requests”. Someone reported that they sent a request yesterday and took screen shots.
This is what anyone will see when searching for Neil Brown:
After sending the friend request you can view your sent requests. This was December 6 2016:
If someone accepts your request you get a notification. If they reject your request you do not get a notification but the request will no longer appear on the “View Sent Requests” listing. On December 7, 2016 the request sent to Neil was no longer visible in the list. When searching for Neil Brown the “Add Friend” button is no longer visible:
This could suggest Neil is active on Facebook and rejecting friend requests for people he doesn’t know. It could mean someone else could is maintaining his Facebook page. It could also mean Facebook has adjusted something for his profile based on the number of requests, or inactivity, or recent events surrounding him.
It’s a tiny, small event, but this could pry open the door. His public profile has some posts with comments and likes from his friends. People could send messages and friend requests to Neil friends. Maybe one of the would be interested in having a look at Neil’s page and sending a screen shot. Maybe someone has seen him recently and would let us know.
Eric’s Facebook page also has pictures with comments and likes from his friends. See if anyone wants to share some information.
Same as Facebook. People that are not already connected to Eric cannot see much. If anyone currently connected to Eric on LinkedIn could take a screenshot of his page and send it using the contact form or post to Twitter with #braveupdate.
Relationship Science is similar to LinkedIn except it’s a payed service. If anyone has an active account please share any information that is visible and useful. #braveupdate
“The Leigh Bureau is a premium speakers bureau serving business and sophisticated cultural audiences worldwide.”
Eric is listed as a speaker. Someone can hire him to speak. Maybe someone wants to try to call The Leigh Bureau and try to book Eric to speak next week? #braveupdate
Stanley Braverman is Eric’s father, he lives in Danbury, CT.
Cindi Hasit is Eric’s mother, she lives in Cherry Hill, NJ.
We don’t want to bother his parents so are including no information here.
Eric is the founder and sole proprietor of Rex Group LLC, an “Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services” company. Not much information is found about this organization. It is listed in the GovTrive web site. It includes Eric’s home address in Washington D.C. and includes a phone number that goes to Google Voice.
A call was made to the number, a voice mail was left, no return call yet.
Eric is listed as one of the Vice Chairs of the board. Board like this probably don’t meet very often. It may be interesting to see if anyone at the Arena Stage has anything useful to add.
Likely Fake Online Articles
We make no claims about the veracity of these articles. They are probably untrue. They are pertinent because thet fed the initial concern over Braverman’s situation.
This is the first article suggesting he went to the Russian Embassy. Beware, this site is full of mostly incorrect information. We consider this nothing more than click bait.
Credible Online Articles
This is the best recent article about Eric. Highly recommended to read. Real journalism here.
Snopes has done a very poor job fact collecting on Eric Braverman. They have two articles, the first, on October 25, responding to the claims he sought asylum at the Russian embassy. They declare that false, however, they provide zero evidence of the false claim. They base the false claim because of the web site that published the article, whatdoesitmean.com. While this site does have little credibility, claiming something is false simply because of the source is terribly lazy and sloppy.
Snopes offers no evidence to the contrary, they simply claim “false” because they had no additional evidence he was seeking asylum. http://www.snopes.com/eric-braverman-seeks-asylum-in-russia/
On January 2 Snopes posted another article addressing wether Eric was “Missing Inaction”[sic]. For this article they did do a small amount of research. They left a voicemail and sent an email to Eric which were both unanswered. Strangely, they didn’t find this unusual. I know if I received a voicemail or email from Snopes or, anyone, asking if I were dead or missing I would respond immediately.
They also attempted to contact the New Haven police department, but received no response. Maybe they were under an aggressive deadline for the article and couldn’t wait for the police department to answer? Inquiries to the missing person’s report at New York City and Washington DC came up empty. He’s also not listed on a national database of missing persons maintained by the DoJ. These attempts are clearly half-hearted.
At least they claim “unproven” instead of “false” this time. This is a more accurate conclusion. If they really care, they will continue continue to attempt to contact Eric or Yale for clear evidence Eric is not missing. This will be quite easy if he’s not missing. Hopefully Snopes will continue to “fact check” on Eric.