Lawyers for Alex Jones appear to have inadvertently sent the entire contents of the Infowars founder’s phone to plaintiffs’ lawyers in his defamation suit, according to Wednesday’s court filing.
Mark Bankston, an attorney for the parents of one of the children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre and who are now suing Jones said during the trial that “be 12 days ago [Jones’] Lawyers screwed up and sent me a digital copy of every text and email from Jones’ phone.
After telling Jones that Sandy Hook’s parents’ legal team had access to years of texts and emails from him, Bankston asked Jones, “Do you know what perjury is?”
Bankston did not respond to a request for comment. A request to Infowars was not immediately answered. NBC News has not independently acquired or verified the authenticity of the news stories discussed by Bankston during Wednesday’s trial.
Parents of Sandy Hook victims are suing Jones for $150 million in damages after Jones claimed the shooting was “synthetic,” a “false flag,” and that the families of those killed were “crisis actors.”
Jones has since apologized, claiming he has not personally published or signed off on any Sandy Hook conspiracy theories in years. New texts revealed by Bankston on Wednesday appeared to show that Jones was sanctioning more Sandy Hook conspiracy theories five years after the tragedy.
The phone documents also appeared to reveal Infowars’ long-hidden finances.
Bankston outlined several days in 2018 when Infowars made over $800,000 per day. Jones didn’t dispute the accuracy of the emails or the dollar numbers, but claimed some of her higher earnings days were during the week of CPAC, the Conservative conference.
Earlier in the process, Jones said the highest figure his company had earned was $200,000 a day.
Minutes later, while answering questions from the jury, Jones was seeking a $2 million verdict in the “Will Sink Us” case. Free Speech Systems, Infowars’ parent company, filed for bankruptcy in late July.
Jones had also previously claimed that a “deplatforming,” or permanent suspension, of services like Twitter and Facebook negatively impacted the company’s bottom line, likening the situation to being in “prison.” Bankston said the newly uncovered financial documents showed the opposite was true — the company made more money than ever after being banned from platforms like Facebook and YouTube in 2018.
“Well, after your deplatforming, your numbers just keep getting better,” Bankston said.
Infowars is a private company and is under no obligation to disclose financial records. The company makes most of its money from selling emergency survival groceries and supplies and renaming supplements like Brain Force Plus from Infowars. Jones said during the trial that some of the supplements were sold at a 100% premium, and at one point he boasted about the quality of his supplements.
Neither Jones nor his attorneys appeared to know that Sandy Hook’s parents’ attorneys had access to Jones’ emails and texts. Bankston said he notified Jones’ attorneys of the mishap 12 days ago.
Over an open mic in an alcove, Bankston asked his fellow attorneys, “You know what nobody’s thought of? What happens if this phone goes to law enforcement?”
Kevin Collier contributed.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/alex-jones-lawyers-accidentally-leak-years-emails-infowars-financial-d-rcna41378 After Alex Jones’ lawyers accidentally leaked years of emails, Infowars financial documents are revealed in court