For example, the two reference “snow white” in a short, two-message exchange referring to a conversation the men already had in person, the FT reported, citing one of the people familiar with the matter.
The regulators haven’t yet determined the significance of the phrase, a source told the FT.
Kathleen Harris, a lawyer for Staley, said in a statement to the FT that all the emails were innocuous.
“We wish to make it expressly clear that our client had no involvement in any of the alleged crimes committed by Mr. Epstein, and codewords were never used by Mr. Staley in any communications with Mr. Epstein, ever,” she said.
Staley previously said he “deeply regrets” his friendship with the pedophile, whom he first met in 2000 when he took charge of JP Morgan’s private banking division and when Epstein was “already a client” in New York.