Kurt Sonnenfeld

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Kurt Sonnenfeld
Born December 18, 1962 (age 55)
Occupation Photographer/Videographer/Writer
Citizenship United States
Genre Non-fiction

Kurt Sonnenfeld (born 12/18/1962) is an American granted political asylum in Argentina after he convinced the president of Argentina and other high ranking officials of the conspiracy theory that there had to have been foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks because, among other things, the massive gold vaults at World Trade Center 6 had already been opened and emptied of their contents before the attack. Sonnenfeld had been employed as a videographer for the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and had unusual authority to document the rubble scene at the World Trade Center site immediately after the September 11 attacks in New York in 2001.[1] He made a total of 29 videos but did not turn all of them over to FEMA.[2] On New Year's Eve 2001, at his Colorado home, Sonnenfeld's wife Nancy died of a point blank gunshot to the head and Sonnenfeld was arrested for her murder. In 2002 the murder charges were dropped for lack of evidence but the prosecutor reserved the right to refile the charges. Sonnenfeld departed for Argentina soon thereafter, had his 9/11 videos sent to Argentina along with his personal belongings, remarried to an Argentine and had children. After a voluntary visit to the US embassy in Buenos Aires to secure a visa for his new wife, the US federal government made the first of numerous attempts to extradite him back to the US for the 2001 murder of his wife Nancy, notwithstanding the Colorado court's decision not to prosecute him for the murder. The Argentine government cited its opposition to the death penalty in its denial of the extradition requests. Sonnenfeld insists that the US government is using the death of his wife Nancy to get at him for not handing over all the videos, which he has stated prove that the official 9/11 narrative of a surprise attack is false. He has spoken with former US president George Bush numerous times about this.


On May 8, 2009, Kurt Sonnenfeld published El Perseguido (The Persecuted), at the 35th Annual Buenos Aires Book Fair in Argentina. In the book, he describes the reasons for his skepticism of the official account of 9/11. In particular, the empty gold vaults at World Trade Center 6 and the symmetric rubble pile at World Trade Center 7.[3] In November 2012, New Horizon Press published, "The Spin Doctor: Hero or Cold-Blooded Killer?," [4] by Denver Post Staff Writer Kirk Mitchell, which disputes Sonnenfeld's claims about the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.[5]

Nancy Sonnenfeld died from a gunshot wound to the head on January 1, 2002. Police suspected Kurt Sonnenfeld of her murder and arrested him. His fingerprints were not on the gun found at the scene and his gunpowder residue tests were negative. Gunpowder residue was found on his wife's hand and her fingerprints were found on the magazine.[6] A note in Nancy's hand writing was found by investigators. Prosecutors dropped the case in June 2002 for lack of evidence but maintained the right to refile. The renewed interest by prosecutors in Colorado was premised on alleged confessions Sonnenfeld made to two cellmates while he was in jail awaiting trial.[7]

In 2002, after prosecutors in the office of former Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter dismissed the charges due to insufficient evidence, Sonnenfeld visited Argentina and married Paula Duran. The US made an extradition request and Sonnenfeld was imprisoned for seven months in the Villa Devoto penitentiary, an infamous Buenos Aires prison, until an Argentine federal judge rejected the U.S. extradition request because Sonnenfeld faced the death penalty if convicted in the US. Argentina does not recognize the death penalty.[8] His testimony was requested by 9/11 families.[9] He and his wife testified to the Argentine Congress about his videos.[10] Initially, the Argentine court refused the extradition request, saying they had not received sufficient assurances from Colorado that Sonnenfeld would not be executed. Colorado assured Argentina that it would not seek the death penalty.[11] On January 2, 2015, the Argentine Supreme Court announced its decision to extradite Sonnenfeld to the United States and on September 16, 2015, the Court approved the extradition.[12] However, on her last day in office in 2015, Argentine president Cristina Kirchner reversed the Argentine Supreme Court decision and granted Sonnenfeld permanent political asylum.[13]


  1. ^ Hedrick,, Michael (November 28, 2001). "Capturing History at Ground Zero". TV Technology. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  2. ^ "El testimonio del camarógrafo oficial del gobierno de EEUU que filmó los restos de las torres gemelas el 11/S contradice la versión oficial de Washington". Voltaire Net. Retrieved 2017-03-23. 
  3. ^ "Kurt Sonnenfeld: an inconvenient 9/11 witness". Voltaire Network. June 22, 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  4. ^ "The Spin Doctor: Hero or Cold-Blooded Killer?". New Horizon Press. Retrieved 2015-01-17. 
  5. ^ "Hiding behind the truther". New York Post. Retrieved 2015-01-17. 
  6. ^ Fugitive unlikely to return from Argentina to Denver for murder trial - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/ci_13811770#ixzz19QD9oDuw
  7. ^ Lindsay, Sue (May 25, 2007). "Claims of 9/11 conspiracy have suspect running scared". Rocky Mountain News. Archived from the original on 25 April 2009. Retrieved 2015-11-21. 
  8. ^ Argentine court OKs extradition of man facing Denver murder charge - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_27245548/argentina-extradite-former-fema-agent-denver-murder-charge
  9. ^ "Kurt Sonnenfeld". Parati. September 2009. Retrieved 2017-03-23. 
  10. ^ "Kurt Sonnenfeld, testigo del 11-S y perseguido político por USA, expuso en el Congreso de la Nación". El Perseguido. 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2017-03-23. 
  11. ^ Fugitive unlikely to return from Argentina to Denver for murder trial - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/ci_13811770#ixzz19QHFtE1s
  12. ^ Argentina Agrees to Extradite American Who Sought Asylum - The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/03/world/americas/argentina-to-extradite-kurt-sonnenfeld-9-11-truther-on-murder-charge.html
  13. ^ Hughes, Evans (2016-06-28). "The Fugitive, His Dead Wife, and the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory That Explains Everything". GQ. Retrieved 2017-03-23.