this is a different observation than some random non-blackmailing sex offender sitting 2 spots away in the bus.
When Epstein was in prison, Alfredo Rodriguez tried selling Epstein's black book for $50k. Until he was arrested for obstruction of justice. The government had a list of all the victims (and in all likelihood the clients / targets).
speaking of character assassination, remember when Musk was calling one of the cave divers a pedophile? (he saving kids stuck in a cave, and provided feedback that Musk's device was useless)
why wine and dine with Epstein, but then call a cave diver who actually saves children a pedophile?
why did Musk dare insinuate the diver was a pedophile, but did he not dare or care to say the same about Epstein?
this Epstein creep was really intelligent in his blackmail targets: he seems to have focused on people with stable positions of power like tech leaders (also business, academia?), as opposed to politicial leaders or party affiliated people as dumber blackmailers usually try: blackmailing partisan people is guaranteed to backfire sooner or later since roles switch by election every term or two.
It blew up in the news because of his ties with Donald Trump, Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew.
There is a famous quote: "I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy… He’s a lot of fun to be with. He likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side." -- Donald Trump.
2) Prince Andrew is not elected, princes don't have terms where new princes get rotated every term.
3) The fact that that 2 out of 3 were political leaders only seems to prove my point, and Trump, Clinton (and possibly others) would have been Epstein's "mistakes" from the perspective of the strategy.
(I upvoted your comment, because it adds to my interpretation)