Alana Goodman — Daily Mail Nov 8, 2017
The SPY who duped Rose McGowan UNMASKED! This is the blonde Israeli military veteran who worked undercover for disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein and tricked the actress into sharing her memoirs
Stella Penn, an operative at Israeli intelligence firm Black Cube bluffed her way into meetings with Rose McGowan and journalists
The 30-something Israeli vet claimed to be working on women’s rights advocacy and reportedly asked McGowan to speak at an upcoming event
She used aliases ‘Diana Filip’ and ‘Anna’
She is a former member of the Israel Defense Forces and lives in Jaffa, Israel Penn, who was recently married, also goes by the name Stella Penn Pechanac, multiple sources told DailyMail.com
Weinstein hired the ex-Mossad agents to prove he was the victim of a ‘negative campaign’ in what was dubbed ‘Operation Parachute’
Black Cube is run by former Israeli intelligence officers of Mossad
The pretty blonde spy who duped Rose McGowan into meeting privately with her while working undercover for Harvey Weinstein is a 30-something-year-old Israeli military veteran named Stella Penn, the DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.
The operative at Israeli intelligence firm Black Cube – who bluffed her way into meetings with Rose McGowan and journalists while using the aliases ‘Diana Filip’ and ‘Anna’ – is a former member of the Israel Defense Forces and lives in Jaffa, Israel.
Penn, who was recently married, also goes by the name Stella Penn Pechanac, multiple sources told DailyMail.com.
The blonde spy duped McGowan into meeting with her and even managed to obtain a copy of the actress’s unpublished memoir this year, after telling the actress she was a women’s rights advocate from London.
Penn claimed she worked for a London-based investment company called Rueben Capital Partners.
In reality, Penn worked for the Israel-based intelligence firm Black Cube, which had been hired by Harvey Weinstein to investigate numerous women who had accused him of sexual harassment and other perceived enemies.
The company was tasked with collecting information on numerous women, including McGowan. The firm also worked to obtain a copy of McGowan’s unpublished memoir, to determine if the actress was going to go public with her sexual assault accusations against Weinstein.
McGowan first met with ‘Diana’ after the two were introduced by a literary agent last May, the New Yorker first reported this week.
The Black Cube operative claimed to be working on women’s rights advocacy and reportedly asked McGowan to speak at an upcoming event she was organizing. Penn and McGowan met in person on several occasions in New York and California and even spent time on the Venice boardwalk, according to the New Yorker.
Penn pressed McGowan for information about her allegations against Weinstein, and eventually managed to obtain a copy of the actress’s unpublished book.
The operative even kept up the ruse after the New Yorker published explosive allegations against Weinstein last month, revealing that he had been accused of sexual harassment and rape by numerous actresses and female employees over the years.
‘Diana’ wrote an email to McGowan after the story was published, praising the actress for her courage.
‘Hi Love,’ she wrote. ‘How are you feeling? . . Just wanted to tell you how brave I think you are.’
McGowan was reportedly shocked when she was later told by the New Yorker that ‘Diana’ was actually an undercover investigator working for Black Cube.
‘Oh my God,’ she told the New Yorker. ‘Reuben Capital. Diana Filip. No fucking way.’
Penn, using the alias ‘Anna,’ also met with New York reporter Ben Wallace earlier this year while he was working on a story about Weinstein.
The Black Cube operative implied to Wallace that she wanted to discuss allegations against Weinstein. But the reporter said she seemed to be pressing him for information on his upcoming article while revealing very few details about herself.
According to a biography of her posted online, Penn is involved in an educational advocacy group in Israel called Recalculating the Educational Route.
The biography says she moved to Israel in 1994 from Yugoslavia. She served as a Lieutenant in the Israeli Air Force and has worked on Jewish advocacy campaigns in the U.S. and Australia.
She speaks four languages – English, Hebrew, Serbo-Croatian, and conversational Spanish.
Penn is also an actress. She graduated from the theater arts program at Nissan Nativ Acting Studio in 2010, according to her biography.
Weinstein agreed to pay Black Cube up to $1.3 million for its investigative work, according to his October 24, 2016, contract with the firm exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com.
The covert operation, known internally as ‘Operation Parachute,’ targeted at least 10 women, fashion designer Kenneth Cole, and a prominent AIDS charity, the DailyMail.com has learned.
Weinstein’s work with Black Cube was first reported by the New Yorker on Monday, which published a July contract showing that the firm deployed undercover agents to obtain information from Weinstein’s sexual assault accusers and journalists.
The initial October contract between Weinstein and Black Cube last fall shows that Weinstein was fixated on the idea that he was the victim of a ‘negative campaign’ orchestrated by his enemies – and he was willing to go to great lengths to stop it.