John Mark Dougan

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John Mark Dougan
Occupation former Marine, former police officer, blogger

John Mark Dougan is an American who, in 2016, fled to Russia, to evade an investigation into allegations he was a hacker.[1] Dougan is a former Marine and former law enforcement officer with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

In February 2016 a large amount of embarrassing information was released about figures in law enforcement in Florida, including information on Judges and FBI officials - not just local law enforcement officers.[2] The released information included not only the home addresses of officials, it contained documents like an internal review of an officer's drug addiction, and whether it rendered him unfit for duty. Commentators speculated that the information came from Dougan, and implied he had bent or broken the law to acquire it. Dougan did not dispute that he was the original source of the leaked information, but said he had sold his website to Russian friends, and they were responsible for making the information public.

In 2019 the New York Post described Dougan as an "IT consultant", and said he had fled to Russia when he was under investigation for "hacking".[1]

In 2005 Dougan was a Palm Beach Sheriff's deputy with access to the initial investigation into allegations Jeffrey Epstein had sexually exploited women and girls who were below the legal age of consent.[1] Craig Unger's 2021 book, "American Kompromat" addresses whether or not Russian intelligence agencies had acquired evidence that could have been used to blackmail or compromise President Donald Trump.[3] However, it also covered claims that Dougan had brought with him evidence that could be used to blackmail friends of Epstein in addition to Trump. The New York Post, citing The Times of London, reported that Prince Andrew is one of the individuals against whom Dougan is believed to have evidence.[1][4]

On June 13, 2022, Dougan interviewed Daria Dugina, a prominent political analyst, and aide to her father, Aleksander Dugin, as they elebrated Russia's capture of the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol.[5] He appeared to agree to hear claims that Ukrainians were committing war crimes, against their own civilians, with NATO support. He noted the similarities in their surnames.

In 2018 the Daily Beast reported he had created a persona known as “БадВолф”, or, in English, “Bad Wolf” or “BadVolf”.[6] The Daily Beast reported Dougan had been "waging a relentless campaign against his former employer, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office", for years.

The Daily Beast's reporting described Dougan combining completely legal investigative tools and high-tech trickery, in his whistleblowing.[6] They reported he used his first-hand knowledge of the Office's policies and procedures, and the perfectly legal tools to access public records. They said he also acquired recordings of officials engaging in sexually compromising conversations, buy using a voice modification tool, and presenting himself as a sexually available woman.

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine Dougan became one of the westerners to join the "International Public Tribunal on Ukraine".[7] This organization is run by Russians, in Russia. Justin Ling, of CBC News, named Maxim Grigoriev as the primary Russian organizer of the Tribunal.

According to Ling, the primary activity of the foreigners on the Tribunal is to echo the Russian narrative that Ukraine is being run by racist Neo-Nazis, who are using ordinary Ukrainians as human shields.[7]

Ling reported, in the Daily Beast, that Dougan said he was going to Russia occupied Ukraine to document that the USA was quietly funding biolabs developing "germ warfare" in Ukrainian labs.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Lia Eustachewich (2019-09-25). "Ex-Florida cop accuses FBI of covering up Prince Andrew’s role in Jeffrey Epstein scandal". NewJYork Post. Retrieved 2022-08-21. "John Mark Dougan worked as a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy in 2005, the year the department launched an investigation into the pedophile financier, who died in a jailhouse suicide in August." 
  2. Jeff Swanson (2016-02-16). "Hackers Post Confidential Records of 4,000 Palm Beach County Cops, Prosecutors, and Judges". Broward Palm Beach New Times. Archived from the original on 2022-07-08. Retrieved 2022-11-28. "Now a technology consultant who regularly travels to Russia, Dougan says he made friends with hackers there and sold his website to them. He says they are responsible for the hack — which exposes home addresses of people such as Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, federal judges, and even FBI agents." 
  3. Mickey Friedman (2021-03-04). "BOOK REVIEW: Craig Unger’s ‘American Kompromat’". The Berkshire Edge. Archived from the original on 2022-08-02. Retrieved 2022-08-21. "Then, just in case you haven’t had enough of the rabbit hole, Unger tells the story of the former Palm Beach deputy sheriff John Mark Dougan who ends up in Moscow with some of Epstein’s tapes."  mirror
  4. "Does John Mark Dougan know who the John Doe 8 are?". Yonkers Times. 2022-08-08. Retrieved 2022-11-28. "Dougan eventually fled to Russia, where he lives today, and broadcasts a podcast. The British tabloids have been writing for some time that Dougan had additional information on Prince Andrew’s dalliances, and the rumor has always been that Dougan somehow acquired videotapes from Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion. Others believe that the Russian intelligence service now has the videotapes that Dougan had." 
  5. John Mark Dougan (2022-06-13). "As you asked! An interview with Daria Dugina, Alexander Dugin's Daughter" (video). You Tube (Mariupol). Retrieved 2022-08-21. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Kevin Poulsen (2018-07-12). "The Saga of ‘BadVolf’: A Fugitive American Cop, His Russian Allies, and a DNC Hoax". Daily Beast. Archived from the original on 2022-08-18. Retrieved 2022-08-21. "He was a disgruntled ex-cop named John Mark Dougan who for years had been waging a relentless campaign against his former employer, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office." 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Justin Ling (June 2022). "The Westerners helping Putin’s propaganda war on Ukraine" (video). CBC News. Archived from the original on 2022-07-12. Retrieved 2022-08-21. "When it comes to pushing propaganda about the war in Ukraine, Russian President Vladamir Putin has help from a group of Westerners with long histories of peddling disinformation, including John Mark Dougan and Canadian Eva Bartlett." 
  8. Justin Ling (2022-03-17). "American Ex-Cop Goes to Ukraine on Twisted Mission to Vindicate Putin". Daily Beast. Archived from the original on 2022-07-16. Retrieved 2022-08-21. "John Mark Dougan is an increasingly prominent figure in a burgeoning movement of conspiracy theorists who are trying to put meat on the bone of the baseless idea that the Russian invasion of Ukraine was done, at least in part, to destroy U.S-funded biolabs developing deadly pathogens to unleash on the Russian people."  mirror