May the source be with you, but remember the KISS principle ;-)
Bigger doesn't imply better. Bigger often is a sign of obesity, of lost control, of overcomplexity, of cancerous
Steele dossier: the case study in politically motivated blackmail
FBI Mayberry Machiavellians went va bank and lost. Dossier was a
part of a covert operation (Intelgate) to fuel anti-Russian hysteria to exonerate Hillary (and deprive Sanders of a chance to represent
Dems) and later get FISA warrant to spy on Trump team during elections and appoint the Special Prosecutor after the elections.
Professor Stephen Cohen thinks that Brennan played the key
role: it was an alliance of CIA and FBI. Fusion GPS was the tools and Steele looks just a patsy who was fed the information by
Fusion GPS eventually produced the trash, a lurid account written by the former British MI6 intelligence agent Christopher
Steele, based on hearsay purchased from anonymous Russian sources. Amid prostitutes and golden showers, a story emerged: the Russian
government had been blackmailing and bribing Donald Trump for years, on the assumption that he would become president some day
and serve the Kremlin’s interests. In this fantastic tale, Putin becomes a preternaturally prescient schemer.
Like other accusations of collusion, this one has become vaguer over time, adding to the murky atmosphere without ever
providing any evidence.... Yet the FBI apparently took the Steele dossier seriously enough to include a summary of it in a secret
appendix to the Intelligence Community Assessment.
The Steele dossier is not a
single document but a series
of memos which were ordered by Clinton campaign via Fusion GPS (currently under
investigation by House intelligence committee) and by former MI6 agent Christopher
Steele (born 1964) for enumeration of around $160K. Steele delivered a total of 16 reports to Fusion GPS between June and
early November 2016. All of them found way to FBI almost immediately. That raises several questions about the role of FBI in Steele
dossier creation and propagation, as well as the question: was Steele an FBI operative? The latter question is still actively
discussed after the release of Nunes memo. See Nunes
FISA Memo scandal
As of August 2018 there is a strong suspicion that Steele's involvement
have been less in crafting the dossier, than making it possible to conceal
its actual origins while giving it an appearance of credibility. It could
also be the case that Nellie Ohr's sudden interest in radio transmissions
had to do with communications inside the United States, rather than with
Steele dossier is a kind of nemesis, arising
from the fact that key figures in British and American intelligence have, over
a protracted period of time, got involved in intrigues where they were way out
of their depth. The unintended consequences of these have meant that people
like Brennan and , on British side, Younger, and also Hannigan, have ended up having to resort
to desperate measures to cover their backsides after Trump election and use
"insurance" in the form of Mueller appointment to keep Trump in check until the
moment he can be deposed. In other way Steele dossier became one of the
central issues of the color revolution against Trump launched by the Deep state
immediately after the election. In this sense intelligence agencies
now operate as forth branch of government
Also various parts of the dossier probably were authored by different
authors, including probably some turncoats from Russian intelligence now
residing in the USA and/or UK. In this sense Skripal affair looks like
MI6 attempt to silence one of the possible sources.
Steele dossier and Skripalmania are almost impossible to make sense
of unless you think of a bunch of highly politicised and not very bright people
sinking deeper and deeper into what looked like a bright idea at the time.
They put all bets of Hillary and miscalculated that Trump might be the winner.
...Steele was well known by the Bureau and CIA long before that and shared Intel with both agencies on cases with British links,
especially dealing with MI6's interest in Russian Organized crime, federal law enforcement sources said. It is little wonder the
Justice Department and the FBI refuse to release any documents dealing with Steele. Or the payments from government coffers -- including
the FBI -- to Steele or Fusion GPS.
We are getting definitive Intel from FBI and federal law enforcement sources that Christopher Steele worked with the FBI when
he was a MI6 Agent working Russian Organized Crime. Before his retirement from the British spy agency. That's the same desk and the
exact same time frame FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe worked before coming the Washington, D.C., heading up the FBI Eurasian Organized
Crime Task Force in Manhattan, along with NYPD Intel sources and resources. And on the Justice Department side, also in New York
at the very same time, Bruce Ohr was working organized crime for the DOJ in the Southern District of New York, beginning in the 1990s
through the identical timeline of Steele and McCabe. That's the same Bruce Ohr who was just demoted at DOJ for conducting secret
meetings with Fusion GPS, who hired Steele to write the Trump Dossier. And Fusion GPS also hired Ohr's wife, a former CIA employee.
"You're finding that they all worked together," one FBI source said. "That's huge." If you wonder how Fusion GPS founder Glenn
Simpson met Steele, look no further than Ohr. Or Ohr's wife. Or McCabe. Ohr ran the DOJ's Organized Crime and Racketeering Section
from 1999 to 2011, mostly out of New York City. McCabe ran the FBI Eurasian Task Force up until 2006. Ohr's Organized Crime and Racketeering
Section and the FBI were debriefed by Steele in London in 2010 on the FIFA corruption crime scheme, a major case for the DOJ. According
to the Guardian, Steele trekked to Rome in 2010 to also swap Intel on FIFA with a FBI contact from its Eurasian Organized Crime Task
Force. That was McCabe's old squad.
Christopher Steele is facing trial in the London High Court, charged with libels he and Simpson published in their dossier.
Together with Simpson (co-owner of FBI contractor a private intelligence firm, Fusion GPS) they are material witnesses in two
federal US court trials for defamation, one in Miami and one in New York. In both cases they face Catch22 situation:
If they perjure themselves giving evidence, they are likely to face criminal indictments.
If they tell the truth, they might face additional defamation suits, or worse a civil racketeering suit (for fraud). As well
as a false statement prosecution.
But how petty American ex-journalist and an ex-British intelligence agent can get access to Russian undercover
operations outside Russia in general and talks between highly placed Russian officials? The most probably answer is that this was
not an "information" but wild and unsubstantiated rumors from émigré community
(and first of all from Russian intelligence turncoats living in the USA and GB), neocon Russophobes, Ukrainian sources (which
might be really cheap those days).
Probably Steele enjoyed some help from their friends and contacts in MI6,
so here we
clearly have the case of foreign interference in the US elections. A false
flag operations against Soviets and, lately, Russians are commonplace. CIA actually has a long
history of fabricating accusations against Soviets ("bombs shaped as toys" in Afghanistan, etc).
Two recent cases such as Litvinenko death, Magnitsky affair (According to
Nekrasov's film Browder was a financial shark stealing Russian assets during
Yeltsin periodmand might be involved in killing account (whom he disingeniously
presented as a lawyer) Sergey Magnistky to cover the tracks; Browder was most
probably connected to MI6 as now new information surfaced about his involvement
with promoting Navalny during 2011-2012 color revolution in Russia; no
respectable businessman would play such a dangerous political game). Skripal
poisoning also raise a lot of questions.
June 1964: Born in the Yemeni city of Aden. Also lived part of childhood in Cyprus. Graduated from Cambridge with a degree
in Social and Political Sciences in 1986
1987: Recruited by MI6 directly following his graduation from Cambridge
April 1990 to April 1993: MI6 agent stationed in Moscow.
1998. British Embassy in Paris, serving officially as First Secretary Financial.
1999. Outed online as MI6 agent.
2003. Steele was sent to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan as part of an MI6 team, briefing Special Forces on "kill or
capture" missions for Taliban targets, and also spent time teaching new MI6 recruits
2006. MI6 Russia desk in London. Steele was selected as case officer for Alexander Litvinenko and participated in the
investigation of the Litvinenko poisoning in 2006. It was Steele who claimed that Litvinenko's death "was a Russian state
2009. Left MI6 to set up Orbis (22 years in MI6).
2010. Fusion GPS set up by Glenn Simpson in 2010. According to Luke Harding, author of Collusion , Simpson specialized
as a journalist on the intersection between organized crime and the Russian state. According to Harding, Steele and Simpson knew
the same FBI agents, shared expertise on Russia, and began a professional partnership.
2010. The Football Association (FA), England's domestic football governing body, organized a committee in hopes of
hosting the 2018 or 2022 World Cups. The FA hired Steele's company to investigate FIFA (International Federation of Association
Football). In advance of the FBI launching its 2015 FIFA corruption case, members of the FBI's "Eurasian Organized Crime" squad
met with Steele in London to discuss allegations of possible corruption in FIFA
January 11, 2017: The Wall Street Journal revealed that Steele was the author of the dossier about Trump. Steele
immediately went into hiding.
Summer of 2017: two Republican staffers for the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
traveled to London to investigate the dossier, visiting the office of Steele's attorney but not meeting with Steele. Later
investigators from Robert Mueller's Special Counsel investigation team met with Steele to interview him about the dossier's
August 2017: lawyers for Russian internet entrepreneur Aleksej Gubarev, who was mentioned in Steele's dossier,
demanded Steele give a deposition regarding the dossier, as part of a libel lawsuit against BuzzFeed News. Steele
objected to testifying but his objections were rejected by U.S. District Court Judge Ursula Mancusi Ungaro, who allowed the
deposition to proceed.
January 5, 2018: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, joined by senior Republican member Lindsey
Graham, issued a criminal referral regarding Steele to the Justice Department for it to investigate whether Steele had lied to
the FBI about his interactions with the media regarding the contents of the dossier.
From his biography, especially FIFA story, Steele emerged as a political hitman, master of blackmail and disinformation
disguised as intelligence.
Steele dossier was instrumental in unleashing neo-McCarthyism campaign in the USA. The initial purpose was probably
creating a pretext for establishing surveillance on the members of Trump team (as "insurance" for blackmail in case of
Trump victory; McCabe after all came from the unit which was fighting Russian organized crime in NYC (which is ethnically is
by-and-large Jewish and Caucasian) and as such clearly knows the methods really well. But later it acquired its own momentum and
became the way to whitewash Hillary Clinton political fiasco and blame it on Putin like some kind of "Deus
Ex Machina" that can save the power of the corrupt to the core Clinton wing of Democratic Party from the anger of voters,
switching this anger on Russians. At some point a color revolution against Trump was launched using Russiagate charges instead of
typical voting fraud.
This information is one search "McCabe and MI6" away, but you will never read about this in Neoliberal MSM like WaPo, or NYT ;-)
In New York Andrew McCabe has close contacts with MI6 (Steele) and Justice Department (Bruce Ohr).
Among their joint achievements was retribution on FIFA for not voting for the USA to host World Football Championship, which
let to resignation of FIFA President and several convictions in National football associations in Latin America. In
which Steele played an important role. Like in saying "For friends everything, for enemies the law". We now see all those players in
Steele dossier saga, and this is probably not accidental. Christopher Steele, Andrew McCabe and Bruce Ohr probably know each other
Generally the plot concentrates on FBI and MI6 agents involved with Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force. Some ask a legitimate question:
whether McCabe was the real initiator of involving Steele in digging dirt on Trump, because he knew him form his previous work and recommended
him to Fusion GPS (for example via Ohr). In other words, did McCabe use his contacts in the Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force to facilitate
the direct intervention of FBI into the US Presidential elections?
Christopher Steele looks more and more like a patsy of more powerful forces, not an independent investigator. Judging
from his FIFA activities his specialty is closer to bulling and blackmail extended to sport venues than intelligence (although
blackmail is a specialty of intelligence agencies). He also might be compromised by being on FBI payroll
which is big no-no for any British citizen and, especially, for former MI6 agent.
He did served
in Moscow in 1990th for three years (which is not sufficient for in-depth understanding of Russia -- this requires at least a decade
of physical presence in the country) So his experience with Russian was experience with corrupt Yeltsin regime and happened more then 20 years ago.
He left Russia before Putin came to power. Steele does not know Russian language
so as his value as a Russian expert is very limited. For obvious reasons he can't travel to Moscow. Any MI6 person is a "persona non grata"
and any contacts with him would be avoided as plague by any
current of former Russian official including Putin opposition. So the only independent of intelligence source channel via
which he can get some current information were rumors overhead from Russian emigrant community in London. Any hypothesis this his
about his ability to talk to former highly placed FSB officers of Russian government officials are just a smoke screen to hide his complete dependence
on other agencies for information. He essentially was a co-founder of rumor spreading mill/blackmailing agency for some hidden player, not so much a intelligence
research firm. He has no friends in Russia and even a phone call from him or anybody from his firm is a "poisoned ivy" to any
Russian for obvious reasons: talking to him might well be a "career limiting move". I think that any suggestion that he
has his own contacts (or even network of contacts) in Moscow is ridiculously stupid and is a blatant lie, unless we are
talking about a bunch of alcoholics in London pubs.
Also he does not have enough money to conduct investigation on his own (but still might get some info via Ukraine as those
sources are really cheap) so most probably he served as a patsy of more powerful and
more sinister forces (including probably his former employee). That why he went into hiding from January till March 2017 and it is unclear
whom he fear more (as in "Moor did his duty, Moor has to go"). He understood quite well the elimination of him would dramatically boost
the dossier credibility. Or that was just a PR move to increase status of his "dossier" (should not it be more properly called
"intelligence community rumors sewer" ? )
So the second question arise: who supplied his with all this dirt and played him like a patsy (or more correctly as hired gun
-- he got at least $170K for the job)? One very interesting fact is that the dossier instantly found its way to FBI and probably
was used by FBI in their attempts to derail Trump. But it reached higher levels of the US government too which is pretty suspicious
for such a crude hatchet job. That suggests Brennan or Clapper sponsorships as well. They probably used it to create the famous
17 intelligence agencies memo -- another hit job against Trump and attempt to blackmail Russians. This "memo" created by handpicked
by Brennan analysis's (which most probably included Peter Strzok) was used for unleashing really McCarthyism style campaign
in neoliberal and neocon parts of US MSM (which mean in the lion share of US MSMs).
Moreover, in early January 2017 a two-page summary of the Trump dossier was presented to President Barack Obama and President-elect
Donald Trump in meetings with Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan,
and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers. On Jan 10, BuzzFeed, a fiercely pro-Clinton outlet, pushed
the full document (with minor redactions).
Even before that Obama fueled anti-Russian hysteria expelling Russian diplomats. That suggests that Obama was the player in
this whole "matter" (to use the term which Loretta Lynch suggested to Comey as for Hillary emailgate scandal)
The Steele dossier contains series of unproven and salacious allegations of Donald Trump and try to implicate Trump with the
"collision" the Russian government during the 2016 US presidential election (which was dirty Clinton strategy at the time designed switch
attention from emailgate, DNC scandal, including killing of Seth Rich and Hillary health problems). This strategy was aided and abetted
by certain elements in FBI, Justice Department and CIA. The contents of the one variant of the dossier was published BuzzFeed on January
10, 2017 just before Trump inauguration and was just one of a series of well coordinated and damaging leaks that hamper Trump administration
the first six month of its existence and led to the appointment of special prosecutor in May, 2017. For some lies in the
dossier BuzzFeed and Steele was already sued by Russian tech entrepreneur
Aleksej Gubarev (spelling??), who was mentioned in the dossier and well as owners of Alfa Bank:
The Steele dossier saga is closely connected with the activities of the "gang of three" in FBI (Comey, McCabe and Strzok). This
part of the story is often is referred to as Strzokgate (the term introduced by Alexander Mercouris in his article
Strzok-gate and the Mueller cover-up written Dec 10, 2017).
There are at five issues that are encompassed by this term, as used on this site:
Corruption in performing private email server investigation by pro-Clinton wing of FBI. Look like "the gang of three"
has been not only hell-bent on "saving the country from Trump" but also saving the country from Sanders. That's the most important
part of Strzok-gate where "the gang of three" really influenced the US Presidential election, because indictment of Hillary
would result in Sanders becoming the candidate from Democratic Party.
Using Steele dossier as a ram to spy on Trump and his associates to get dirt on them as "insurance".
Using Steele dossier to fuel "Russia-gate" witch hunt (in close cooperation with CIA Brennan and Clapper)
Trying the witch hunt resulting from Russiagate" to blackmail some former Trump associates (Flynn removal) and implicate
Trump in Russian ties.
Participating is the "appointment of the special Prosecutor" gambit. That includes criminal "Comey leaks".
We all remember that Christopher Steele went into hiding after the release of the memo and then after just three months
suddenly reemerged. So he has concerns about his life. Such behaviour suggest that there might be something is wrong with his
loyalties to his native country. And it might be that during those three month some high level negotiation between Brits and FBI
Semper Tyrannis provided an interesting analysis of the fact that FBI was adamantly against the release of the memo and an
interesting phase in the Nunes memo "Steele was suspended and then
TERMINATED AS AN FBI SOURCE.":
Do you want to know why the FBI continued to insist that the Nunes' memo not be declassified and
released to the public? The answer is right there on page 2, (see 1b) in the discussion about
what was excluded from the application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court:
The application does not mention Steele was ultimately working on behalf of-and paid by-the DNC
and Clinton campaign, or that the FBI had separately authorized payment to Steele for
the same information.
I believe that the part in bold is what the FBI wanted out of the memo because it exposes the
uncomfortable fact that Christopher Steele was (and had been for some time) a paid asset of the
FBI. That is huge news. In other words, Steele was not a mere consultant or sub-contractor for
the FBI. He was being paid to provide information/intelligence to the FBI. There are two classes
of FBI "informants." One is serving as a "criminal informant" and the other is as an
"intelligence asset." Information from "criminal informants" can be used in a U.S. judicial
proceeding and the informant called as a witness. Getting money under that circumstance can be
problematic because the source's credibility can be impeached by defense counsel, who can argue
that the testimony is purloined.
You do not have to worry about that with an "intelligence asset." In that case the priority
is protecting the identity of the source. The fact that Steele had been on the FBI payroll for a
while sheds new light on Glen Simpson's testimony (which was leaked by Senator Feinstein) to the
U.S. Senate. Simpson testified that Steele told him in late September 2016 that the FBI wanted
to meet him in Rome to discuss the dossier. That struck me initially as quite odd. If Steele
was just acting as an average "foreign" citizen who was trying to help the FBI then he could
easily have met with the Bureau in London. That city hosts the largest number of FBI agents in
the world outside of the U.S. But Steele was asked to go meet in Rome. That's what you do
when you are meeting an intelligence asset that the Brits do not know about.
The application does not mention Steele was ultimately working on behalf of-and paid by-the
DNC and Clinton campaign, or that the FBI had separately authorized payment to Steele for the
I believe that the part in bold is what the FBI wanted out of the memo because it exposes the uncomfortable fact that
Christopher Steele was (and had been for some time) a paid asset of the FBI. That is huge news. In other words, Steele was not a
mere consultant or sub-contractor for the FBI. He was being paid to provide information/intelligence to the FBI. There are
two classes of FBI "informants." One is serving as a "criminal informant" and the other is as an "intelligence asset."
Information from "criminal informants" can be used in a U.S. judicial proceeding and the informant called as a witness. Getting
money under that circumstance can be problematic because the source's credibility can be impeached by defense counsel, who can
argue that the testimony is purloined.
You do not have to worry about that with an "intelligence asset." In that case the priority
is protecting the identity of the source. The fact that Steele had been on the FBI payroll for
a while sheds new light on Glen Simpson's testimony (which was leaked by Senator Feinstein) to
the U.S. Senate. Simpson testified that Steele told him in late September 2016 that the FBI
wanted to meet him in Rome to discuss the dossier. That struck me initially as quite odd. If
Steele was just acting as an average "foreign" citizen who was trying to help the FBI then he
could easily have met with the Bureau in London. That city hosts the largest number of FBI
agents in the world outside of the U.S. But Steele was asked to go meet in Rome. That's what
you do when you are meeting an intelligence asset that the Brits do not know about.
That is the problem.
The United States and Great Britain have had a long standing "understanding" or informal
agreement to not recruit each others intelligence and law enforcement personnel as intelligence
assets. I chatted yesterday with an old intelligence hand (a U.S. person) who was approached by
British MI 6 during a TDY to London. My friend rejected the come on and reported the approach
to the CIA Chief of Station (aka COS). The COS was angry with the Brits. They were not supposed
to do that, nor are we. But sometimes a target is so attractive that very high level
permissions to break the agreements are given.
The real irony here is that the Schiff memo is likely to compound the problem for Steele
because it is likely to highlight Steele's prior activities on behalf of the Bureau that
predate the 2016 election cycle (remember, Steele was hired by Fusion GPS in June 2016). This
is the issue that had FBI Director Wray's panties in a knot. When you sign up a foreign source
you vow to protect them. When you expose such a source you make it more difficult to recruit
There may be another twist to this. Was Steele actually operating as an FBI intel asset with
the secret knowledge of the Brits? In other words, was he a double agent or an agent of
influence? One way to tell will be watching the reaction of the U.K. authorities now that they
know that Steele was a paid FBI informant. Imagine the outrage here if one of the former CIA or
FBI talking heads that are appearing on punditry circuit was exposed as someone getting paid by
the Russian version of the FBI or CIA. It would be ugly.
Several commenters offered additional thought on this complex issue:
Sylvia 1 said...
This is from an interview in Politico with Victoria Nuland. It seems Mr. Steele was accustomed to dropping by the State
Department--and did so in the Summer of 2016 with news of "Russian interference" Since he was already a paid asset of the
FBI wouldn't hey have also known of his "work" by then. This may be relevant to the issue of what caused the FBI to open a
counter intelligence investigation in July 2016 -- Mr. Steele/Fusion GPS or a drunken Papadopolus?
"In the interview, Nuland said she was familiar with Steele’s work through regular reports he had passed on to her
office over the previous several years dealing with political maneuverings in Russia and Ukraine. When presented by an
intermediary with the startling information about “linkages” between Trump and Russia that summer, “what I did was say that
this is about U.S. politics,” Nuland recounted, “and not the business of the State Department, and certainly not the
business of a career employee who is subject to the Hatch Act, which requires that you stay out of politics. So, my advice
to those who were interfacing with him was that he should get this information to the FBI, and that they could evaluate
whether they thought it was credible.”"
If Steele has been spying on the Brits on behalf of the FBI then he's gone. If he was working his old contacts for
non-Brit intel after retiring is that a crime? Hopefully Steele would not approach active assets. Not sure how the spook
world sees it.
To make the dossier watertight Steele would have to select believable contacts that could have supplied the information
supposedly fed to him by Clinton. Or to put it the other way round, Clinton would have to know what contacts Steele had to
generate the "dirt" to match the contacts. Feasible? Likely?
Still waiting for Gowdy to state that the warrant was issued illegally.
Well, the House Intel Committee memo, Republican version, says on page 2, lines 7-8:
"Steele was a longtime FBI source who was paid over $160,000 by the DNC and Clinton
That is pretty clear: "Steele was a longtime FBI source ...." How long, one might
Carter Page does appear to be a little odd. He enthusiastically shows up for multiple
television interviews grinning quite a bit and seemingly without a care in the world.
The memo has obviously been edited down. The first neon sign I saw was on page 1: "The FBI
and DOJ obtained one initial FISA warrant targeting Carter Page and three FISA renewals from
the FISC". A FISA order must be renewed every 90 days. Four times 90 is 360 days. Day one was
21 October 2016, the memo tells us. Donald Trump was elected president on 8 November 2016. He
was sworn in on 20 January 2017. Carter Page was under surveillance until October 2017, a
little over three months ago. On what grounds? Who was he talking to or communicating with,
other than the hosts of television shows?
The memo creates the impression that the Steele paper was used in each of the four FISA
applications, but that is not completely clear.
Furthermore, the memo clearly says that James Comey signed three FISA applications in
question and Andrew McCabe signed one. But when it comes to the Justice Department lawyers,
the language gets vague: Sally Yates, Dana Boente, and Rod Rosenstein "each signed one or
more FISA applications on behalf of DOJ". Why not say the exact number each one signed? Is
the memo talking only about the four Carter Page applications or other additional
applications with respect to the DOJ lawyers?
The Clintons created a media and law enforcement echo chamber of Russia collusion.
Earlier this week we wrote about the possible involvement of Clinton operative Sidney
Blumenthal in feeding information to Christoper Steele, author of the infamous Clinton/DNC
funded dossier. That dossier formed a key part of the FBI's presentation to the FISA court to
obtain a warrant to surveil Carter Page.
Devin Nunes has a new target: Jonathan Winer, the Obama State Department's special envoy
to Libya, and longtime Senate aide to John Kerry. Winer received a memorandum written by
political activist Cody Shearer and passed it along to Christopher Steele, the former British
intelligence official who had compiled his own dossier on Donald Trump.
The release of last week's House Intelligence Committee memo accusing the FBI of
surveillance abuses marked the end of the first phase of Nunes's investigation into the probe
of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Now, the committee chair
told Fox News on Friday, the probe is moving into "phase two," which involves the State
Department. His focus is on the dossier compiled by Shearer, and passed along by Winer,
according to two sources familiar with the matter.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., strongly implied to Fox News Tuesday night that Clinton family
confidant Sidney Blumenthal was a key link in a chain of information that helped create the
controversial Trump-Russia dossier.
Gowdy told Fox News' "The Story" that "when you hear who one of the sources of that
information is, you're going to think, 'Oh my gosh, I've heard that name somewhere
When host Martha MacCallum asked if he was referring to Blumenthal, Gowdy answered,
"That'd be really warm. You're warm, yeah."
In the summer of 2016, Steele told me that he had learned of disturbing information
regarding possible ties between Donald Trump, his campaign and senior Russian officials. He
did not provide details but made clear the information involved "active measures," a Soviet
intelligence term for propaganda and related activities to influence events in other
In September 2016, Steele and I met in Washington and discussed the information now known
as the "dossier." Steele's sources suggested that the Kremlin not only had been behind the
hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign but also had
compromised Trump and developed ties with his associates and campaign.
I was allowed to review, but not to keep, a copy of these reports to enable me to alert
the State Department. I prepared a two-page summary and shared it with Nuland, who indicated
that, like me, she felt that the secretary of state needed to be made aware of this
In late September, I spoke with an old friend, Sidney Blumenthal, whom I met 30 years ago
when I was investigating the Iran-contra affair for then-Sen. Kerry and Blumenthal was a reporter at The Post. At the time,
Russian hacking was at the front and center in the 2016 presidential campaign. The emails of Blumenthal, who had a long
association with Bill and Hillary Clinton, had been hacked in 2013 through a Russian server.
While talking about that hacking, Blumenthal and I discussed Steele's reports. He showed
me notes gathered by a journalist I did not know, Cody Shearer, that alleged the Russians had
compromising information on Trump of a sexual and financial nature.
What struck me was how some of the material echoed Steele's but appeared to involve
On my own, I shared a copy of these notes with Steele, to ask for his professional
reaction. He told me it was potentially "collateral" information. I asked him what that
meant. He said that it was similar but separate from the information he had gathered from his
sources. I agreed to let him keep a copy of the Shearer notes.
Given that I had not worked with Shearer and knew that he was not a professional
intelligence officer, I did not mention or share his notes with anyone at the State
Department. I did not expect them to be shared with anyone in the U.S. government.
But I learned later that Steele did share them -- with the FBI, after the FBI asked him to
provide everything he had on allegations relating to Trump, his campaign and Russian
interference in U.S. elections.
The Clintons created a media and law enforcement echo chamber of Russia collusion.
Hillary's campaign and the DNC paid for the Steele dossier. Other Clinton operatives, such
as Sidney Blumenthal and Cody Shearer, were spreading similar accusations and sharing
information with Steele. Steele was also feeding accusations to the media. Employees of the FBI
and possibly other agencies who hated Trump used that information both before and after the
In assessing the threats that Hillary and Trump posed to our liberty, respectively, in
October 2016 I wrote that
Hillary represented the greater threat because Hillary was "a systemic threat."
Sidney Blumenthal is the original author of so called "birther" meme, which was an instant hit as Obama was "a person
without biography": some parts of his biography are just "clean sheets". His period connected with Columbia university is one
(there are almost no people who were studying at this time who knew Obama. His trip to Pakistan is another. Was his
mother a CIA operative is yet another.
In any case Sidney Blumenthal is very skilled and nasty creator of political disinformation and dirty hits on Clinton
During Bill Clinton’s impeachment crisis, as one of Clinton’s special advisers, he spread rumors that one of independent
counsel Kenneth Starr’s prosecutors abused young boys at a Christian summer camp and that Monica Lewinsky was stalking the
president, according to the Observer. He also spread rumors that Colin Powell’s wife suffered from clinical depression and was
unfit to be a first lady, according to publication.
The writing was outsourced to Clinton
"hatchet man" Cody Shearer, who gave it to Jonathan Winer, the Obama State Department's special envoy to Libya,
who routed it to Christopher Steele.
According to the referral, Steele wrote the additional memo based on anti-Trump
information that originated with a foreign source. In a convoluted scheme outlined in the
referral, the foreign source gave the information to an unnamed associate of Hillary and Bill
Clinton, who then gave the information to an unnamed official in the Obama State Department,
who then gave the information to Steele. Steele wrote a report based on the information, but
the redacted version of the referral does not say what Steele did with the report after
Published accounts in
the Guardian and
the Washington Post have indicated that Clinton associate Cody Shearer was in contact
with Steele about anti-Trump research, and Obama State Department official Jonathan Winer was
a connection between Steele and the State Department during the 2016 campaign. –
Shearer's brother served as an ambassador during the Clinton administration, and his late
sister was married to Strobe Talbott, the chief authority on Russia in President Bill Clinton's
State Department, according to ProPublica. They played fast and loose convinced that Hillary win will allow to swipe all the
dirt under the carpet.
Recalling that the dossier was published by Buzzfeed after the election, we're sure that
much like the rest of the swamp; Clinton, Obama, Comey, McCabe, Mueller, Rosenstein, Strzok,
Page, and the rest of the gang – Christopher Steele thought Hillary would win, and none
of this would have ever come to light –
Sidney Blumenthal also has some connections to iether USA of foreign intelligence agencies as was revealed by Gussifer hack of his email account.
Some of his emails to her about Libya events looks like disguised intelligence reports (from Mossad or other intelligence
All-in-all Blumenthal, Shearer and Winer are thee new figured that emerged in February 2018 and who likely played important role in creation of Steele dossier feeding Steele with his disinformation via Winer,
who was a State Department official:
Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal’s name is cropping up again, but this time, as a potential key figure involved with the
Trump dossier and the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign.
Republican congressional investigators appear to be zeroing in on Blumenthal, and the role he may have played in feeding
information that Trump dossier author Christopher Steele later presented to the FBI in its investigation of the Trump campaign.
The prospect of Blumenthal — a long-time Clinton operative — feeding information for an FBI investigation on the Trump
campaign has caused alarm among Republican lawmakers in charge of oversight of the FBI and the Justice Department.
The Washington Post on Tuesday reported that Steele gave the FBI a report in October 2016 that he received from a State
Department employee about Trump and Russia.
According to the Post, the report was written by Cody Shearer, a former journalist with close ties to Bill and Hillary
Clinton, who gave it to Blumenthal, who gave it to State Department official Jonathan Winer, who gave it to Steele, who then gave
it to the FBI.
Shearer’s report claimed a source inside the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) spy agency alleged that Trump had
financial ties to influential Russians and that the FSB had evidence of him engaging in compromising personal behavior.
A lawyer for Winer, Lee Wolosky, told the Post his client told the Post his client’s actions were “grounded” in concerns
that a candidate for the presidency may have been compromised by a hostile foreign power. Wolosky did not say why Winer gave the
report to Steele instead of the FBI.
The Guardian, which has ties to ex-British spy Steele, also reported recently that Shearer wrote a report that was given to
Steele. Shearer had also shared his report with “select media organizations before the election,” according to the British paper.
Blumenthal and Shearer’s names were first tied to the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign in a letter sent last
month by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham
(R-SC) to the Democratic National Committee.
Grassley and Graham wanted the DNC to disclose any communications with Blumenthal and Shearer from March 2016 to January 2017.
Earlier this week, the two GOP senators released a redacted memo that described the transmission of a report from a Clinton
friend to Steele:
“One memorandum by Mr. Steele that was not published by Buzzfeed is dated October 19, 2016. The report alleges [redacted],
as well as [redacted]. Mr. Steele’s memorandum states that his company “received this report from [redacted] U.S. State
Department,” that the report was the second in a series, and that the report was information that came from a foreign
sub-source who ‘is in touch with [redacted], a contact of [redacted], a friend of the Clintons, who passed it to [redacted].”
They added, “It is troubling enough that the Clinton Campaign funded Mr. Steele’s work, but that these Clinton
associates were contemporaneously feeding Mr. Steele allegations raises additional concerns about his credibility.”
Since the names are redacted by the FBI, they cannot be disclosed publicly by those who have seen them. Lawmakers who have
seen the unredacted versions have danced around who they are.
When asked on FOX News’s The Story, House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) told anchor Martha MacCallum that she
was “really warm” if she believed that Blumenthal was part of the chain of information to Steele described by Grassley and
“I’m trying to think how Secretary Clinton defined him. I think she said he was an old friend who emailed her from time to
time,” he said on Tuesday.
MacCallum then asked, “Sidney Blumenthal?” Gowdy responded, “That’d be really warm. You’re warm. Yeah.”
House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) also mentioned Blumenthal and Shearer’s role on Fox & Friends on
“What it looks like is, they paid Steele to put together the dossier and told him what to put in,” he said.
Micah Morin, chief investigative reporter at Judicial Watch, questioned whether Shearer and Blumenthal were also behind
the dossier’s sources. He wrote:
According to the Guardian, Steele provided ‘a copy [of the Shearer report] because it corresponded with what he had
separately heard from his own independent sources.’ If the reporting here is accurate, that’s quite a coincidence—that Cody
Shearer and Christopher Steele were hearing the same things from different sources at pretty much the same time. A closer look at
timelines and sources might be revealing. If Sid and Cody are behind the original Russian dossier sources, that would be big news
“It’s an astonishing, convoluted and somewhat circular chain of custody in which a Clinton source, that is Shearer and
Blumenthal, gives it to the former, to the State Department where she used to be Secretary of State, who gives it to Christopher
Steele, who’s being paid by the Clinton campaign, who then gives it to the FBI,” the Washington Examiner‘s Chief Political
Correspondent Byron York said on the Hugh Hewitt radio show Wednesday.
Blumenthal has a known history of smearing opponents of the Clintons.
During Bill Clinton’s impeachment crisis, as one of Clinton’s special advisers, he spread rumors that one of independent
counsel Kenneth Starr’s prosecutors abused young boys at a Christian summer camp and that Monica Lewinsky was stalking the
president, according to the Observer. He also spread rumors that Colin Powell’s wife suffered from clinical depression and was
unfit to be a first lady, according to publication.
As a former journalist, Blumenthal also used his media contacts to give the Clintons a heads up about forthcoming stories, and
advised the Clinton campaign in 2008 to target then-candidate Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) ties to Reverend Jeremiah Wright and
After Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel refused to allow Blumenthal to join the Clinton State Department, he
became a Clinton Foundation consultant, earning at least $120,000 a year. He continued to advise her in a number of areas,
according to emails released by the State Department.
Less is known about Shearer. According to a recent article in the Washington Times, he was dubbed “Mr. Fixer” for Bill and
Hillary Clinton and was a “workmate” of Blumenthal.
Shearer went from a journalist decades ago to foreign policy freelancer – once trying to broker some sort of peace deal in
Bosnia, although he was not a U.S. official, – and working with Blumenthal to supply intelligence on Libya to Clinton when she
was secretary of state. According to investigative journalist Sara Carter, Shearer worked in the 1990s for President Bill
Nonprofit investigative journalism outlet ProPublica described Shearer as “a longtime Clinton family operative — his
brother was an ambassador under Bill Clinton and his now-deceased sister was married to Clinton State Department official Strobe
Talbott — who was in close contact with Blumenthal.”
According to Judicial Watch’s Morin, Shearer “has a long history of dirty tricks.” “He’s been linked to Whitewater-era
efforts to dirty up Bill Clinton critics; to shakedown politics involving the Cheyenne-Arapaho Indian tribe; and to fronting for
Bosnian Serb butcher Radovan Karadzic,” he wrote.
As the Times has noted, for whom Shearer produced his anti-Trump report is unclear.
Even less known about Jonathan Winer. Winer served as the State Department’s Special Envoy for Libya and Senior Advisor for
MEK resettlement, according to the State Department website. According to CNN, Winer worked with Steele from 2014 through 2016.
Steele reportedly provided Winer with reports related to the conflict in Ukraine and Russia as a courtesy.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), who led efforts to show that senior FBI and DOJ officials relied
on the dossier to get a surveillance warrant on a former Trump campaign adviser, has said there will be a forthcoming memo on the
State Department’s role in the FBI’s investigation of Trump, but has not said when that might be released.
"The casual way in which Machiavelli discusses the need to kill opponents was necessary to those who wished to be princes 500
years ago. Today, of course, "killing" is translated as rendering less powerful, or taking an opponent out of the game."
There are two good reasons to read Machiavelli's classic, "The Prince."
First, so you'll know what everyone is referring to when you come across the adjective "Machiavellian" in news stories or other
media. This adjective has become so commonplace (and overused) it is almost a cliché. Also, most who use it have never read this
letter from Machiavelli, a Renaissance courtier to his Prince (written from prison), but they insist on peppering writings with this
noun turned adjective so much that as a matter of clearly understanding what is meant by the term, famiality with this brief treatise
Second, this book does describe most (not all) power situations very well. From politics to corporations to most settings where
advancement, influence and control exist, Machiavelli's observations and rules apply.
You will also discover that Machiavelli was not as evil as he is understood to be in popular thought.
What he was doing was describing the rules of the game that have existed and always will exist for many situations involving
selfish humans in competition. Machiavelli's rules are neither good nor bad in themselves -- they describe a process.
What is good or bad is how those who master Machiavelli's rules use their power and position, in a society that tempers actions according
to law and basic Judeo-Christian principals. When those [Christian] principles are abandoned (as in Nazi Germany, the Middle
Ages or under Communism, or by those who refuse to live by these constraints), Machiavelli's rules take on their demonic and evil
cloak; usually because they serve demonic and evil ends. In societies where positive constraints exist, for example the U.S. political
system, Machiavellian behavior can produce excellent results.
A good example involves Abraham Lincoln, whose ambition led him to use every legitimate trick and strategy to master (and remove)
political opponents. His mastery of Machiavellian behavior constrained by the US political system allowed him to save the Union and
To fully appreciate the modern lessons that can be taken from this writing, one must translate Medieval sensibilities to their
contemporary counterparts. The casual way in which Machiavelli discusses the need to kill opponents was necessary to those who wished
to be princes 500 years ago. Today, of course, "killing" is translated as rendering less powerful, or taking an opponent out of the
From Mayberry Machiavellians point of view, limitation of the power of intelligence agencies is bad, tolerance a luxury, fairness
is another word for weakness, and the rule of law is unnecessary.
The "putsch" that intelligence agencies organized after Trump election as well as gambit to appointed the special prosecutor were
not unprecedented (JFK assassination is probably one close instance, Nixon removal is another). We have several signs typical
for color revolution here:
Protests from a bunch of State Department diplomats -- the department was heavily infested with neocons after Bush II
(which actually increased under Hillary Clinton reign -- Victoria Nuland, and Samantha Power were her protégés), so this is far from
surprising (compare with similar letter of Ukrainian diplomats during EuroMaydan). They followed 5 January 2016, a State
Department cable sent to diplomats on 23 December 2016 by President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, informing them that all
ambassadors who were political appointees should leave their posts prior to Inauguration Day “without exception” (NYTarticle)
Attempt to organize protests during inaugurations (which by-and-large fail). Provocations to create racial discord and hate for
Vicious and non-stop barrage of attacks on Trump administration in MSM and promotion of Steele dossier on the dominant part
of US MSM (NYT, WaPo, USA Today, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, to name a few.) The list includes but is not limited to:
for Russian and Putin runs so deep in Washington and major MSM that people behind the scenes are dead set on finding any way possible
to depose Trump, or at least prevent him from making friendly overtures to Russia.
Series of damaging for Trump administration and well coordinated leaks ( Steele dossier,
Comey leaks, etc)
"Special Prosecutor gambit" -- modeled after Clinton Starr inquiry and which used "sacrifices" of Comey to appoint the
Special Prosecutor who assembled "dream team" of very hostile to Trump prosecutors and paralyzed Trump administration (actually pushed
it the toward Israeli lobby and jingoism in foreign policy to counterbalance of this pressure)
I realize that Clinton wing of Democratic Party (soft neoliberals) and their supporters which include a part of Wall Street, large
part of Silicon valley and most MSM progressives hate Donald Trump so much that they believe that any pretext is justified in taking
him down. So they joined efforts with the neoconservatives. That's why war-mongering against Russia is now OK for them and Democratic
party now is just another War Party (as was evident from Hillary campaign).
Many people who detest Trump view Russiagate as the most effective path to achieve Trump’s impeachment, so this desirable end justifies
whatever means. that makes them very similar to supported of Ukrainian Maydan, which removed Yanukovich and installed far right junta
with a lot of unsavory characters. But to me it look like Trump surrendered after just 100 of anti-Russian smear campaign launched by
neocons. So why they still want to finish him? So it must be more to it; there might be some skeletons in the closet
revealing of which previous administration and their factions in intelligence services the are afraid to death . Because their
action is as close to sedition as one can get. In other words they went va bank by unleashing on Trump Steele dossier
(va bank is a common expression among Russian and German speakers. which means to put everything at risk in order to win.
In any case now two third of US population now is brainwashed into adamantly anti-Russian mindset, increasing the risk of the major
The key in understanding Stele dossier is to view it as in integral part of Russiagate plot to remove trump, the part of "American
Maydan" story. Ukrainian Maydan was about Yanukovich removal. Yanukovich who was a neoliberal wanted to bargain
more before signing EU memorandum and postponed its signing despite pressure. At this point EU and the USA decided that he crosses
the line and decided to remove him by force.
Similarly Trump wanted to reach some level of detente with Russia rightly considering the level of hostility achieved under
Obama dangerous and counterproductive (to the extent that Obama might be controlled by Brennan it might be not Obama personal decision).
In this sense Trump also crossed the line (with the only difference that he did it during he election campaign) and at this point all
power of neocons and neolib including their factions in intelligence agencies was unleashed for his removal. That's why Steele dossier
was created and advertized: as part of anti-Trump coup d'état by the neocons, Clinton neoliberals and parts of the US intelligence services.
In both case the interests of the USA and national security suffers. In a way both neocons and neoliberals are elements of foreign
influence that do not care much about ordinary Americans.
John Brennan, CIA director; "It was then-CIA Director
John O. Brennan, a close confidant of Mr. Obama’s, who provided
the information — what he termed the “basis” — for the
FBI to start the counterintelligence investigation
last summer" (Washington
As of December 2017 we know that Peter Strzok played a very important role in using Steele dossier
as a ram against Trump and his team. It was deployed in dual role:
As a pretext for launching "Russian influence on elections" investigation inside FBI
As a pretext to wiretapping several members of Trump team during the elections and transition period.
James Rosen suggests Peter Strzok has strong CIA connections. That's actually natural taking into account his position description
and I would be surprised if he has none. Probably he has connection to the highest levels officials in CIA including Brennan.
Brennan is a very interesting figure (the person that looks like Muslim Brotherhood lobbyist within the USA government) activities
of whom came in a new lights during Strzok-gate:
He was the person who supplied FBI information necessary for opening investigation on Trump team for connections with Russians
He was the person who briefed Obama and Raid about the content of the dossier and he promoted the dossier in 2017 as if there
is no tomorrow.
He was the person behind 17 intelligence agencies memo. It was written team of hand picked analysts from CIA, FBI and NSA
which included Peter Strzok and who produced famous "Seventeen agencies"
memo about Russian influence on elections which now can be viewed as another move in unleashing the color revolution against
Trump. Essentially this memo is an extension of Steele dossier.
Even after retirement in January 2017, Brennan violated the rule that former intelligence officials should keep their mouth shut
and gave multiple interviews promoting Russiagate. As if he has a personal stake in the outcome of the color revolution against Trump.
Stockman suggests that he really has, being one of the organizer of this color revolution, might well be, the
central figure in a plot to depose Trump or/or paralyze Trump administration.
FBI Director Christopher Wray has declined to tell the House Judiciary Committee if he was prohibited from sharing documents
that would show whether the notorious Steele dossier was used to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) asked Wray about the FBI’s possible use of the Trump–Russia dossier, also known as the Steele dossier,
named after its author ex-British spy Christopher Steele. It was a document paid for by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and
Hillary Clinton campaign to be used as opposition research against Trump in 2016. It contained allegations that Trump colluded with
the Russian government in the 2016 US presidential election and engaged in lewd acts. The veracity of the salacious claims in the
dossier were further undermined by the revelation that Steele paid Russian sources for information pointing to collusion.
... ... ...
Jordan alleged that Strzok used the Steele dossier to obtain a FISA warrant for spying on members of the Trump team.
“My hunch is it has something to do with the dossier,” Jordan said. “Did Peter Strzok help produce and present the
application to the FISA court to secure a warrant to spy on Americans associated with the Trump campaign?”
... ... ...
Jordan then made his case that the FISA warrant was obtained based on false information contained in the Steele dossier, calling
it “fake news National Enquirer garbage.”
“I think Peter Strzok, head of counterintelligence at the FBI... Peter Strzok, the guy who ran the FBI's Clinton investigation,
did all the interviews... Peter Strzok, the guy who was running the Russia investigation at the FBI... Peter Strzok, Mr. Super Agent
at the FBI, I think he is the guy that took the application to the FISA court.
“And if this happened, if you have the FBI working with the Democrats' campaign, to take opposition research, dress it all
up and turning it into an intelligence document to take it to a FISA court so they can spy on another campaign, if that happened,
that is as wrong as it gets...
“You could clear it all up, we sent you a letter two days ago. Just release the application, tell us what was in it. Tell
us if I'm wrong. But I don't think I am. I think that is exactly what happened, and people who did that need to be held accountable.”
Most probable he was just a hired gun who received certain "recommendations" as this was part of the efforts of Obama administration
to find dirt on Trump and derail his election campaign ( see also Did Obama order wiretaps
of Trump conversations? ):
[Mar 02, 2015]: Hillary Clinton emailgate scandal broke lose.
NYT reports that "Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct
government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated
federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record. Mrs.
Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department.
Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time,
as required by the Federal Records Act"
[Jun 13, 2015]:CrowdStrike was financed to the tune of $100 million by Google Capital. Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Alphabet, has been a
staunch and active supporter of Hillary Clinton and is a longtime donor to the Democratic Party. (Stefan Molyneux)
[Oct ?? 2015]:Fusion GPS became key anti-Trump player -- the dirt digger. During the Republican
primary campaign, The
Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website primarily funded by Republican donor
Paul Singer, hired the
American research firm Fusion GPS to conduct opposition
research on Trump and other Republican presidential candidates.
Please note that Christopher Steele at this time is not yet in the picture. This will happen six months later when the
investigation became funded by Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC.
For months, Fusion GPS gathered information about Trump, focusing on his business and entertainment activities. When Trump became
the presumptive nominee on May 3, 2016, The Free Beacon stopped funding research on him.
[Mar ??, 2016]: Fusion GPS supposedly approached the Hillary Clinton Campaign and the Democratic National Committee
through the law firm Perkins Coie offering to continue their opposition research into Donald Trump in return for payment.[Wikipedia]
[Apr ??, 2016]: The Hillary Clinton Campaign and the Democratic National Committee used lawyer Marc E. Elias to retain and
fund Fusion GPS. At this time Christopher Steele came into picture, may be via his ties with McCabe and FBI activities to derail
Trump. In April 2016, the investigation contract
and funding were taken over by Marc Elias, a partner in
the large Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie and
head of its Political Law practice. Elias was the attorney of record for the
Committee (DNC) and the
Clinton presidential campaign.In total, Perkins Coie paid Fusion GPS $1.02 million in fees and expenses, $168,000 of which was paid to Orbis Business
Intelligence, a private British intelligence firm, and used by them to produce the dossier.Glenn R. Simpson of Fusion GPS has stated
that Steele did not pay to any of his sources.[Wikipedia]
[Apr-Jun, 2016]: Wikileaks obtains something like 53,000 [DNC] emails and 17,000 attachments
[Jun ??, 2016]: After Wikileaks possession of leaked emails became known, a cover-up operation was started by
DNC and Clinton campaign. The decision was made to used Russia as a scapegoat for the leak accusing them in hacking. False
flag operation using Crowdstrike was staged to make this plausible. Dirty former MI6 officer Christopher Steele (who was expelled from Moscow for espionage more then 20
years ago and as such is a "person non grata" in Moscow) and his company Orbis Business Intelligence are hired
by Fusion GPS to investigate Trump’s possible connections to Russia. This company previously was used to Statement from Christopher Steele: “Between June
and early November 2016 Orbis was engaged by Fusion to prepare a series of confidential memoranda based on intelligence
concerning Russian efforts to influence the US Presidential election process and links between Russia and Donald Trump.”
[Jun 9, 2016]:Entrapment plot against Trump Jr. Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort attended a meeting arranged by publicist Rob Goldstone
with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya (the client of Fusion FPS) supposedly for opposition
research on Hillary Clinton, but Veselnitskaya instead focused on the opposition to the Magnitsky Act. President Trump's Outside
Counsel Mark Corallo later remarked “Specifically, we have learned that the person who sought the meeting is associated with
Fusion GPS, a firm which according to public reports, was retained by Democratic operatives to develop opposition research on the
president and which commissioned the phony Steele dossier.”
Crowdstrike investigates DNC leaks and promptly attributes it to Russians. FBI is deprived of any access to factual information and uses
Crowdstrike findings. After very damaging for Hillary DNC leak (iether by Seth Rich or some other disgruntled DNC
staffer) which proved corruption of DNC and the plot to deny Sanders any changed to become Democratic Party candidate, as well as
the level of control of DNC by Clintons, the decision was made to blame Russia for the lean (using Crowdstrike which has
connections both with CIA and FBI as well as Clinton team) and use Trump connection with Russia to undermine the prospect of his
election. The CrowdStrike attribution are not independently verified as the DNC refused to turn over its equipment to the FBI. .
The connection between CrowdStrike and Perkins Coie should raise additional questions. (Stefan Molyneux)
[Jun 14, 2016]:Russiagate smear campaign against Trump was launched in by major US MSM. The Washington Post published an article entitled “Russian government hackers penetrated DNC, stole
opposition research on Trump" which reported: “DNC leaders
were tipped to the hack in late April. Chief executive Amy Dacey got a call from her operations chief saying that their
information technology team had noticed some unusual network activity.” “That evening, she spoke with Michael Sussmann, a DNC
lawyer who is a partner with Perkins Coie in Washington. Soon after, Sussmann, a former federal prosecutor who handled computer
crime cases, called [CrowdStrike President Shawn Henry], whom he has known for many years. "Within 24 hours, Crowdstrike had
installed software on the DNC’s computers so that it could analyze data that could indicate who had gained access, when and how.
" Charging good money after the horse has left the barn; it's funny that clearly political action of "attribution"
(qualified cyber adversary like CIA leaves zero traces in such cases or deliberately leaves false traces ) is hidden under tech
jargon -- my God, a "super sophisticated" system was installed that now, when intruders are long gone will truck them ;-). From
presentations available on YouTube Crowdstrike are typical security snake oil salesmen promising a lot but delivering very
little (much like ISS in the past). It is impossible fully compensate for architectural flaws of Windows without
imposing "military base" regime which is unacceptable for organizations like DNC. Moreover good adversary would use Crowdstrike
software for perpetration much like CIA used Kaspersky software in the past.
[Jun 15, 2016]: A blog post to a WordPress site authored by an individual using the moniker Guccifer 2.0
claimed credit for breaching the Democratic National Committee. This blog post presents documents alleged to have originated from
[Jun 26, 2016] Bill Clinton has a 30 min meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch
at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport. The encounter took place ahead of the public release Tuesday morning of
the House Benghazi Committee's report on the 2012 attack on a US consulate in Libya. the meeting looks like a quid pro quo
of "protect Hillary and you'll get a new great job Loretta under Hillary administration"...
[Jun 30, 2016] The new about the meeting reached MSM. Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, said on
The Mike Gallagher Show that the meeting was “so terrible” and “one of the big stories of this week, of this month, of this
year.” Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas tweeted: “Lynch & Clinton: Conflict of interest? An attorney, cannot represent two
parties in a dispute and must avoid even the appearance of conflict.”
LA Times. Later it became known that Loretta Lunch instructed Comey to call Hillary email scandal "a matter".
During May 2017 testimony James Comey, that it marking the moment he decided that the Department of Justice was not capable
of an independent investigation into Hillary Clinton.
The moment Comey lost faith in DOJ's Clinton probe - CNNPolitics
[Jul 02, 2016]: Hillary Clinton was interviewed by Peter Strzok, who gave her special "HQ treatment". The interview lasted approximately three and a half
hours and was not conducted under oath. No transcripts of the meeting exist. Later Hillary Clinton claimed that she gave a "voluntary interview" to the FBI today
regarding her email arrangements while she was secretary of state. James Comey admitted: Loretta Lynch's tarmac meeting with Bill
Clinton was the turning point in the email investigation.
Business Insider Director Comey claimed that she did not lied to FBI during
this interview. Director Comey admitted that he did not participate himself in the FBI’s interview of Hillary Clinton, nor did he
talk to all of the agents who were present at the interview. While there was no recording or full transcript of the interview,
there is an analysis which may or may not be provided to Congress.
[Jul 06, 2016]: Attorney General Loretta Lynch closed the case based on the FBI’s recommendation. Justice Department
formally closes Clinton email investigation with no charges -
LA Times. Atty. Gen Loretta Lynch said she had met late Wednesday with Comey and career prosecutors and agents who conducted
[Jul 10, 2016]: Seth Rich was killed.
[Jul 22, 2016]: Wikipeak published leaks emails and attachments. A cache of more than 19,000 e-mails was leaked
on July 22, 2016.
[Jul 22, 2016]:Another false flag operation to implicate Russians ? Major MSM report about previous unknown hacker going by the moniker "Guccifer
2.0" who claimed on a WordPress-hosted blog to have been
acting alone in hacking the DNC. Might be a false flag operation by rogue elements of the US intelligence services, a part of effort to implicate Russians in DNC leak.
[Jul 24, 2016]: It became clear the DNC has thrown Sanders under the bus, but the role of FBI is depriving him from
being Democratic Party candidate still remains hidden.Sanders urged Wasserman
Schultz to resign following the leaks and stated that he was "disappointed" by the DNC email leaks, but said that he was "not shocked.
In reality he was robbed in daylight. But not only by Wasserman Schultz but also by the "gang of three at FBI who
essentially prevented his nomination by swiping the dirt about Hillary Clinton handing of classified emails on the private email
server under the carpet. Peter Strzok supposedly played outside role in this fateful decision. But that became known only in
[Jul 25, 2016]: Democratic Convention 2016 opens in at the
Center in PhiladelphiaHillary became
the Democratic party nominee. Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was forced to reside due
to her role in derailing Sanders candidacy. Sanders switched camps and endorsed Hillary Clinton instead of fighting her
nomination. As Trump sarcastically commented about Sanders endorsement of Hillary: 'Bernie is now
officially part of the rigged system': Trump unloads on Sanders for 'selling out,' says it's like Occupy Wall Street endorsing
Donald Trump unloads on Bernie Sanders for 'selling out' Daily Mail Online
[Jul 25, 2016]:The
that it would investigate the DNC hack.
The same day, the DNC issued a formal apology to Bernie Sanders and his supporters, stating, "On behalf of everyone at the DNC, we want to offer a deep and sincere apology to
Senator Sanders, his supporters, and the entire Democratic Party for the inexcusable remarks made over email," and that the
emails did not reflect the DNC's "steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process."
(Wikipedia aka Ciapedia ;-)
[Jul ??, 2016]Steele dossier reaches FBI. Steele, on his own initiative, supplied a report he had written to an FBI agent
in Rome. His
contact at the FBI was the same senior agent with whom he had worked when investigating the FIFA scandal. By
early October 2016, he had grown frustrated at the slow rate of progress by the FBI investigation, and cut off further contact
with the FBI.
At this point Steele dossier got to the desk of Peter Strzok, adamantly anti-Trump FBI
official with strong links to CIA and probably personally Brennan.
[July ??, 2016]Crowdstrike attribution is used for increasing the scope of vicious anti-Russian campaign was launched in the media with the full support and encouragement of Obama administration
to swipe the dirt about DNC pushing Sanders under the bus and Clinton emailgate scandal as well as the problem with Hillary
[Aug 25, 2016]:Brennan makes the "all in" move adopting a highly political role and endorsing
Steele dossier: according to NYT reports, CIA Director John Brennan briefed Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on ,
and alleged that “unnamed advisers to Mr. Trump might be working with the Russians to interfere in the election.” (Stefan Molyneux)
[Aug ??, 2016]: Reid had
written to Comey and demanded an investigation of the “connections between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s
presidential campaign,” and in that letter he indirectly referred to Carter
Page, an American businessman cited by Trump as one of his foreign policy advisers, who had financial ties to Russia and had
recently visited Moscow.
[Sep ??, 2016]: Steele, following instructions from Fusion GPs briefed several MSM. On Sep 23, 2016 Yahoo News published an
article about possibilities of ties between Carter Page and Kremlin.
[Sep ??, 2016]Following a report from the Daily Mail in September 2016, Weiner was investigated by the FBI for
sexting with a 15-year-old girl. His laptop was seized and emails related to the
Clinton email scandal were found on it, causing a controversy late in the presidential election. On May 19, 2017, Weiner
pled guilty to one count of transferring obscene material to a minor. His wife,
Huma Abedin, filed for divorce prior to Weiner's
guilty plea. In September, he was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison. On November 6, 2017, Weiner began his sentence.
[Sep ?? 2016]: FBI applied to FISA court to establish surveillance on unknown number of members of Trump team (at
least Carter Page) possibly using Steele dossier as a pretext.
Looks like rogue elements in FBI used "Steele Dossier" to obtain court order for wiretapping some members of
Trump team such as Carter Page (Strzokgate).
With the dirt explicitly planned to be used as "insurance" in case of Trump victory.
[Sep ??, 2016]: FISA warrant was authorized against Page, just after he left the Trump campaign (WaPo).
[Oct 7, 2016]: Damaging for Trump "17 agencies memo" surfaced. This "17 agencies memo" was
cooked by Brennan (with possible support of Clapper) by using small pre-selected team of "analysts" (in which probably Peter
Strzok played the leading role) and presented as the view of the whole US intelligence community. On October
7, 2016 . On Oct. 7, the Department of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued
a joint statement on behalf of the U.S. Intelligence Community. The USIC is
made up of 16 agencies, in
addition to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (Yes,
17 intelligence agencies really did say Russia was behind hacking
The 17 agencies memo was used for amplification of the anti-Russian campaign in MSM. Neo-McCarthyism campaign in the USA reached high pitch.
[Oct ??, 2016]: The FBI reached an agreement with Steele to pay him to continue his work. Looks like the agreement
never materialized as Steele was unable to provide the necessary verification for his claims.
[Oct ?? 2016]: [Wikipedia propagates questionable info about how David Corn got the
dossier, in view of role of Top FBI Lawyer Who Was
Demoted Now Linked To Leaking Bogus Trump Dossier to MSM] On instructions from Fusion PGS Steele personally compiled 33 pages and passed on what he discovered so far to the anti-Trump reporter
David Corn from Mother Jones magazine.[Wikipedia].
On Dec 22, 2017 it became known that another possible source was not Steele but FBI Lawyer James Baker who
communicated with David Corn at this time and was demoted later for the leak.
[Oct 28, 2016]: Due to the pressure from NYC FBI office who uncovered Comey announced that the investigation into Hillary "bathroom" email server is resumed based on new
emails uncovered in probe into Anthony Wiener sexing scandal (which actually were available to FBI since September, so "why now"?
). FBI reopening
investigation into Hillary private email server - Business Insider. Strzok was assigned to conduct the investigation
with predictable results. But the problem with this announcement is that it was made just a 10 days before the elections and
violates the notion of "quite period" before election where such news should not be released. Looks like Comey has second
thoughts after throwing Sanders under the bus.
Mother Jones has reviewed that report and other memos this former spy wrote. The first memo, based on the former
intelligence officer’s conversations with Russian sources, noted, “Russian regime has been cultivating, supporting and
assisting TRUMP for at least 5 years. Aim, endorsed by PUTIN, has been to encourage splits and divisions in western alliance.”
It maintained that Trump “and his inner circle have accepted a regular flow of intelligence from the Kremlin, including on his
Democratic and other political rivals.” It claimed that Russian intelligence had “compromised” Trump during his visits to
Moscow and could “blackmail him.” It also reported that Russian intelligence had compiled a dossier on Hillary Clinton based
on “bugged conversations she had on various visits to Russia and intercepted phone calls.”
The former intelligence officer says the response from the FBI was “shock and horror.” The FBI, after receiving the first
memo, did not immediately request additional material, according to the former intelligence officer and his American
associates. Yet in August, they say, the FBI asked him for all information in his possession and for him to explain how the
material had been gathered and to identify his sources. The former spy forwarded to the bureau several memos—some of which
referred to members of Trump’s inner circle. After that point, he continued to share information with the FBI. “It’s quite
clear there was or is a pretty substantial inquiry going on,” he says.
“This is something of huge significance, way above party politics,” the former intelligence officer comments. “I think
[Trump’s] own party should be aware of this stuff as well.”
The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment regarding the memos. In the past, Trump has declared, “I have
nothing to do with Russia.”
[Nov 06, 2016]:WikiLeaks released a second batch of DNC emails, adding 8,263 emails to its collection.
(Wikipedia), This was another deliberate attempt to influence an election as this should be a "quite" period" for such things.
Like Trump, Flynn sees a military ally in controversial Russian President Vladimir Putin, who he was seated next to at a
banquet in Moscow last year. Flynn has also appeared several times on the state-owned TV station, Russia Today, which the U.S.
State Department has accused of being a mouthpiece for Putin.
... ... ...
Flynn's convention appearance puzzled many generals he had served with, as it broke their unofficial code of not picking
sides in presidential races.
Flynn gained further notoriety when he retweeted an anti-Semitic tweet that said, "Not anymore, Jews. Not anymore." He later
apologized for the retweet, claiming it was a "mistake."
Obama administration engaged in fierce campaign of "unmasking" the result of surveillance of Trump team in which
several members of its administration participated (Susan Rice in primary role). With the goal of discrediting Trump team
and specifically removal of Flynn from the team.
However, there are 20 high-ranking officials within the U.S. government who have to power to approve requests to reveal
those identities if they deem that information is necessary to understanding the value of the intelligence. That process is
called "unmasking," and Rice had the authority to do so while serving as national security adviser.
[Nov ??, 2016]: McCain got the dossier and spread it within Washington circles.
[Dec 09, 2016]: President Obama ordered the entire
States Intelligence Community to conduct an investigation into Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. election — and
provide a report before he leaves office on January 20, 2017
[Dec 29, 2016]: Obama makes his last New Year present to Russia a fuels Russiagate hysteria. He expelled 35 Russian
diplomats and seized Russian property in the USA under the pretext of Russia influencing
the US Presidential elections.
Along with 17 agencies memo that fueled further neo-McCarthyism campaign again Russia and damaged Trump team.
Another entrapment plot -- this time against Flynn: Attempt of Flynn to limit the damage of the this move later were used for Flynn removal from the Trump team. All
his conversation were wiretapped and later leaked. In a way this was entrapment as the conversations were recorded. later
the recoding were used first to oust Flynn from Trump team and later by Mueller to
indict him on technical charge of lying to FBI to get additional dirt of Trump.
[Early January 2017]: a two-page summary of the Trump dossier was presented to President Barack Obama and
President-elect Donald Trump in meetings with Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, CIA
Director John Brennan, and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers.
Christopher Steele - Wikipedia
[Jan 10, 2017]: Steele goes into hiding.
[Jan 10, 2017]: Just before inauguration, Steele dossier was published by Buzzfeed. Clinton claimed to be
unaware and unconnected to the event. [Wikipedia]
On January 10, 2017, CNN reported that classified documents presented to Obama and Trump the previous week included allegations
that Russian operatives possess "compromising personal and financial information" about Trump. CNN stated that it would not
publish specific details on the memos because it had not "independently corroborated the specific allegations".
Following the CNN report,BuzzFeed published a 35-page dossier that it said was the
basis of the briefing, including unverified claims that Russian operatives had collected "embarrassing material" involving Trump
that could be used to blackmail him.
NBC reported that a senior U.S. intelligence official said that Trump had not been previously briefed on the contents of the
although a CNN report said that a statement released by
James Clapper in early January confirmed that the
synopsis existed and had been compiled for Trump.
[Jan 20, 2017]: Trump inauguration was accompanied some protests like is common in color revolution scenarios, but
is atypical for the US inauguration. They did failed to achieve the necessary scale in order to serve as a "trigger for
further disturbances" nessesary to trigger further color revolution protests. There were no charges of policy brutality. Only 217 protesters were arrested.
Trump inauguration protest
damages parts of downtown Washington - CBS News
The bulk of the criminal acts happened at 10:30 a.m. when 400 to 500 people on 13th Street destroyed property, Interim
Police Chief Peter Newsham said. The protesters were armed with crowbars and threw objects at people and businesses,
destroying storefronts and damaging vehicles. Police used pepper spray to diffuse the situation.
[Jan 21, 2017]:Campaign for Flynn removal from Trump team started. After inauguration dirt of several member of Trump team was surfaced
and first of all on general Flynn (who was important link to intelligence agencies in Trump administration) General Flynn served
director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from July 2012 to his retirement from the military in August 2014. The fact the
Flynn lobbied Russians to take more consolatory stance on Israel actions and not to retaliate for expulsion of 35 diplomats will
become known much later. At this time his meetings are presented by MSM as a clear collision with the direct goal to discredit
him and remove him from the team.
[Jan 23, 2017]: Was this connected with Trump team wiretapping? Robert Hannigan, the director of GCHQ, has
resigned from his job as head of one of the three Government intelligence agencies after just two years.GCHQ would only say that Mr Hannigan had left his post for "personal reasons" and that he was not sacked or subject to
disciplinary proceedings. He had been director general of defense and intelligence at the Foreign Office before that. At the time
he took on the job, GCHQ had been forced onto the defensive following the leak of information about mass surveillance by Edward
Snowden, a former CIA employee.
GCHQ boss Robert
Hannigan quits for 'personal reasons' after just two years
[Feb 13, 2017]: The first victim of Russiagate -- former general Flynn was forced to resign from Trump administration.
[Mar 22, 2017]: Politico published an article entitled "Nunes claims some Trump transition
messages were intercepted" reporting: "House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes declared Wednesday that members of Donald Trump’s transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under inadvertent
surveillance following November’s presidential
election." Immediately Nunes get under fire and gets investigated.
[Apr 2, 2017]: Mike Cernovich claimed that Susan Rice was identified as the person who unmasked members of Trump
[May 8, 2017]: Comey was fired by Trump. Mr. Trump explained the firing by citing Mr. Comey’s handling of the
investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, even though the president was widely seen to have benefited
politically from that inquiry and had once praised Mr. Comey for his “guts” in his pursuit of Mrs. Clinton during the campaign
[May 9-May 17, 2017]: The "appointment of the special prosecutor" gambit was launched. After the success with the removal
of Flynn (who might still have good connections with Military intelligence as as such was especially dangerous for plotters
appointment of the special prosecutor gambit was engineered. The included usage of Comey as sacrificed pawn and was supported by
the atmosphere of NeoMcCartyism already created in the country
and rogue elements in the Department of justice.
Mr. Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with the president immediately after the meeting, which took place the
day after Mr. Flynn resigned, according to two people who read the memo. It was part of a paper trail Mr. Comey created
documenting what he perceived as the president’s improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation. An F.B.I. agent’s
contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations.
[May 17, 2017]: Rosenstein appoints Mueller as the Special Prosecutor to investigate Trump-Russia connections and
possible Russia influence on the elections. With the indirect goal for force Trump resignation: shortly before
Mueller was interviews by Trump for the position of the director of FBI and was rejected. Now Comey destiny as a
leaker of government information hinged on the results on Mueller investigation. And they are long time friends.
Mr. Comey revealed for the first time that he turned over memos about his conversations with Mr. Trump to the special counsel,
Robert S. Mueller III.
[May ??, 2017]: Mueller took his task to provide a pretext to depose Trump seriously and hired rabid anti-Trump prosecutors including Peter Strzok and Andrew Weissmann (whom NYT called
Mueller’s Legal Pit Bull) creating
witch-hunt that paralyzed Trump administration. As if it is difficult to find less biased competent prosecutors in
this country. In other words Mueller cards were revealed.
[Jun 8, 2017]:During his testimony Comey before before the Senate Intelligence Committee
Comey admitted to be the source of leaks to media which triggered the appointment of the Special Prosecutor by
Rosenstein, but refused to answer question about FBI role in propagating and financing Steele dossier.
Mr. Comey acknowledged for the first time that the FBI. was investigating Trump team but personally Mr. Trump. .
Comey Testimony The 8 Big Questions James Comey Refused
[July ??, 2017]: Arrest of Imran Awan and possible role of
Debbie Wasserman Schultz in
organizing private spying on the members of Congress for the benefits of DNC and Democratic Party.
[July 20, 2017] FBI finally produced text messages from Strzok to Lisa Page that Horowitz office requested. Those
texts uncovered by Inspector General provided ample information about the level of his bias against Trump
[July ?? 2017]: Peter Strzok his illicit lover, FBI lawyer Lisa Page
leaves Mueller team
[July 27, 2017]: Mueller and Rosenstein were informed about Peter Strzok text messages to Lisa Page
[Aug ??, 2017]: Peter Strzok was quietly removed from the Mueller investigation and demoted in FBI. Neither
Rosenstein, no Congress were informed.
[Oct 18, 2017]:Three Fusion GPS partners plead the Fifth in response to subpoenas to testify before the House
"In August, Simpson, the point-man on the dossier project, met with the Senate Judiciary Committee for 10 hours. That meeting was
held after Simpson and Fusion threatened to plead the Fifth in response to a subpoena threat from the Judiciary panel."
[Oct 21, 2017]: Fusion GPS that financed Steele dossier asks court to stop lawmakers from seeing financial records
[Oct 25, 2017]:It was revealed that Steele dossier was funded by Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC via Fusion GPS.
Hillary Camp Paid For Fusion GPS Steele Dossier – FBI Covered Steele’s Travel Expenses, The WaPo article claims the 2016
presidential campaign of Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid for the Fusion GPS
dossier alleging Russian ties with the presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump and sordid phony personal smears of
Trump. The Post reported that Clinton campaign and DNC lawyer Marc Elias and his law firm Perkins Coie paid Fusion GPS $168K to
continue researching Trump after a Republican donor who originally funded the research pulled out in April 2016.The Clinton
campaign and the DNC continued to fund Steele’s research through the end of October.
The Dirty Truth About the Steele Dossier
[Nov 6, 2017]: Flynn was indicted by Mueller team along with another hapless staffer. Business Insider
The indictment of Michael Flynn seems to have been partly
intended to shield Mueller from dismissal and to keep his Russiagate investigation alive.
[Dec 1, 2017]:Michael Flynn pleads guilty to
lying to FBI. He was previously entrapeed by Peter Strzok and charged with lying to FBI. This move by-and-large was viewed as
a desperate attempt of Mueller to survive under the barrage of revelations about Peter Strzok. And it suceccededed. Mueller probe
survives althouth he personally from this point was discredited as a partisan hack (which he was since 9/11).
[Dec 10, 2017]: Suspicions about the anti-trump plot within Justice Department and several intelligence agencies including
FBI were openly voiced during Congressional hearings. The "insurance policy" email suggested the existence of a
conspiracy within the FBI to rig the Presidential Election.
During the exchanges between Wray
and Jordan at the hearing in the House Judiciary Committee Jordan also had this to say:
Here’s what I think — I think Peter Strozk (sic)… Mr. Super Agent at the FBI, I think he’s the guy who took the
application to the FISA court and if that happened, if this happened, if you have the FBI working with a campaign, the
Democrats’ campaign, taking opposition research, dressing it all up and turning it into an intelligence document so they can
take it to the FISA court so they can spy on the other campaign, if that happened, that is as wrong as it gets
[Dec 11, 2017]: During his interview Michael Morell admitted the existence of the plot to remove Trump within
intelligence agencies. Conservative
All of it could be setting the ground for new investigations into the FBI or Democrat Hillary Clinton's actions while
secretary of state - something Mr Trump himself has suggested - or perhaps even for the president to order the end of Mr
Such an action would provoke a major political crisis and could have unpredictable consequences. For Mr Trump's
defenders, it may be enough simply to mire Mr Mueller's investigation in a partisan morass. Here are some are some of the ways
they're trying to do that.
[Dec 19, 2017]:One of the central figures in "anti-Trump putsch" within Justice Department and intelligence agencies
Andrew McCabe was grilled for seven and a half hours by House Republicans in Russia meddling probe -
“I’ll be a little bit surprised if [Mr.
McCabe‘s] still an employee of the FBI this
time next week,” Mr. Gowdy told Fox News in a separate interview.
Now it looks like there is investigation of Mueller collision with the "FBI gang of
three" along with Mueller investigation of Trump. this became rteally convoluted but the degrees of freedom for Mueller
were severy cut now.
[Dec 20, 2017]: Several other key figures connected with "insurance policy" email are expected to testify under
oath to House intelligence committee. The list include Ohr, his wide, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok.
[Dec 22, 2017] More than 170 House Democrats signed a
letter supporting Mueller this week, and Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, took to the
floor of the Senate on Wednesday to warn that ousting the special counsel could spark a constitutional crisis.
[Dec 23, 2017]: Andrew McCabe announced his intention to resign from FBI in 90 days (when he can get full
pension). Trump sarcastically commented on this decision in a twit.
[Dec 26, 2017]: Damage control efforts and attempt to regroup and save Mueller skin in view of Peter Strzok role in the
Hillary email server investigation and pushing Steele dossier started. NYT tried to lower the expectations about year and half "Russiagate" investigation by rabidly
anti-Trump team does not provide enough information to change President with "collision" (BTW there is no such rime in Us
criminal codex). Now NYT pleads "give me dirt, any dirt on Trump" The End of Trump and
the End of Days - The New York Times:
Fury isn’t strategy, and there’s no need to extrapolate beyond the facts already in our possession. Take the inquiries into
the Trump campaign’s dealings with Russia. They could screech to a halt tomorrow and we’d be left with more than enough
evidence of corrupt business dealings, conflicts of interest, shady back channels, awful judgment and outright lies among
Trump’s intimates to present voters with a powerful case against his fitness for office.
But by obsessing over clear “collusion” and insisting on visible puppet strings by which Vladimir Putin controlled
Trump, we have set the bar dangerously high. Mueller’s ultimate findings could be plenty ugly and still be deemed
I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy's office - that there's no way he gets
elected - but I'm afraid we can't take that risk. It's like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you're 40...
It was then-CIA Director John O. Brennan, a close confidant
of Mr. Obama’s, who provided the information — what he termed the “basis” — for the
FBI to start the counterintelligence investigation
last summer. Mr. Brennan served on the former president’s 2008
presidential campaign and in his White House.
Mr. Brennan told the House Intelligence Committee on May 23
that the intelligence community was picking up tidbits on Trump
associates making contacts with Russians. Mr. Brennan did not
name either the Russians or the Trump people. He indicated he did not know what was said.
... ... ...
Mr. Brennan, who has not hidden his dislike for
Mr. Trump, testified he briefed the investigation’s progress to
Mr. Obama, who at the time was trying to aid Hillary Clinton
in her campaign against the Republican nominee.
... ... ...
But Mr. Brennan’s May 23
testimony shows that it was his actions that drove the
The dossier was financed by a
Clinton backer and written by British ex-spy Christopher Steele.
He was hired by Democratic-tied Fusion GPS in Washington.
Mr. Steele’s 35 pages of memos were first circulated in late June. In mid-July Fusion passed around another memo that made the
most sensational charges. “Further Indications of Extensive Conspiracy Between
Trump’s Campaign and the Kremlin” was the headline.
Strzok played important role in using Steele dossier as a pretext to wiretapping of Trump team
during the elections. James Rosen suggests he has CIA connections as well. Which would be natural for anybody in
his position. So here there might be a link to Brennan's efforts to derail Trump.
Most probable he was just a hired gun who received certain "recommendations" as this was part of the efforts of Obama administration
to find dirt on Trump and derail his election bid. Now we know that :
Jared Kushner was wiretapped.
Gen. Michael Flynn was wiretapped.
And likely there were others. It is unclear who performed wiretapping. It can be well "outsourced" to MI6 as Trump alleged in March
Steele dossier which was created by former MI6 agent probably with the approval and support of MI6. It was a hatchet job to discredit
Trump and ensure Hillary Clinton victory (in which GB government was very interested). When the dossier was created it found its
way to Strzok desk:
As deputy FBI director for counterintelligence, Strzok also enjoyed liaison with various agencies in the intelligence community,
including the CIA, then led by Director John Brennan.
House investigators told Fox News they have long regarded Strzok as a key figure in the chain of events when the bureau, in 2016,
received the infamous anti-Trump "dossier" and launched a counterintelligence investigation into Russian meddling in the election
that ultimately came to encompass FISA surveillance of a Trump campaign associate.
The "dossier" was a compendium of salacious and largely unverified allegations about then-candidate Trump and others around him
that was compiled by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS. The firm's bank records, obtained by House investigators, revealed
that the project was funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, D-Calif., has sought documents and witnesses from the Department of Justice
and FBI to determine what role, if any, the dossier played in the move to place a Trump campaign associate under foreign surveillance.
Strzok himself briefed the committee on Dec. 5, 2016, the sources said, but within months of that session House Intelligence
Committee investigators were contacted by an informant suggesting that there was "documentary evidence" that Strzok was purportedly
obstructing the House probe into the dossier.
In early October, Nunes personally asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein – who has overseen the Trump-Russia probe since
the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions – to make Strzok available to the committee for questioning, sources said.
While Strzok's removal from the Mueller team had been publicly reported in August, the Justice Department never disclosed the
anti-Trump texts to the House investigators. The denial of access to Strzok was instead predicated, sources said, on broad "personnel"
When a month had elapsed, House investigators – having issued three subpoenas for various witnesses and documents – formally recommended
to Nunes that DOJ and FBI be held in contempt of Congress. Nunes continued pressing DOJ, including a conversation with Rosenstein
as recently as last Wednesday.
Did FBI paid Steele additional money for the dossier is currently unclear. But negotiations about such payments were under
Clearly both pro-Clinton and neocon/imperial factions in the US intelligence agencies were most to benefit from the election of Clinton.
They also have skeletons in the closet to hide. For them Hillary Clinton was the only suitable candidate, and both Trump
and Sanders -- a mortal danger. Previous history of agencies influencing the USA election, such as
Herbert Hoover collection dirt on politicians (which saved his from dismissal
during Kennedy administration), Allen Dulles machinations and the whole JFK assassination sage (which up to this day remain
unresolved with Warren commission seen as an instrument of swiping the dirt under the carpet), as well as CIA role in Nixon Watergate
operation suggest that any large US intelligence agency but especially FBI and CIA have means, motive and opportunity.
It might be a time for the news Church commission investigating their role in 2016 Presidential election.
Civic control of large intelligence agencies is exceedingly difficult, if impossible, so at some point tail tried to wag the dog.
Both Rockefeller Commission (United
States President's Commission on CIA Activities within the United States - Wikipedia) and Church committee provide ample evidence
that once the process of polarization of agencies started it difficult or impossible to stop. The boost given to intelligence
agencies after 9/11 (Patriot Act) also played an important role.
The behavior of Brennan, Clapper and Morell after elections does not inspire any confidence that they stayed politically neutral
in such important for them political fight.
It might be helpful to see who is defending the dossier to answer the Cui Bob question Some "former CIA agents" jumped in with
attempt to increase the credibility of Stele dossier. among them:
John Brennan. He is definitely the most zealous support of the dossier. Probably due to his own role in creating
"Even intelligence professionals were surprised by the poor quality of the Trump dossier compiled by one of the organisation’s
retirees, Chris Steele.
"Steele is a man with a mission. He has excellent contacts within the Russian émigré community in London, and remains
understandably bitter that very soon after his premature resignation one of the agents for whom he had responsibility as case
officer, Sasha Litvinenko, was murdered in London on direct orders from the Kremlin."
People closely connected to Clinton campaign including Hillary Clinton herself (suppose, surprise) were also quite loud in defending
the dossier as were close to Clinton campaign NYT and CNN.
Washington Times it was Brennan who provide FBI information necessary to start the "Russiagate" and put Trump team under
It was then-CIA Director John O. Brennan, a close confidant
of Mr. Obama’s, who provided the information — what he termed the “basis” — for the
FBI to start the counterintelligence investigation
last summer. Mr. Brennan served on the former president’s 2008
presidential campaign and in his White House.
As of December 2017 it looks plausible that the dirt included into Steele dossier was at least tacitly approved by MI6 (as this influences
British-Russia relations, which were already at a very low point at this time). It is also difficult to assume that all those
lurid details were the product of Steele imagination. And Steele does not have money to pay his sources and he was a "persona non grata"
in Russia so he can't travel to the country; he does not know the language. Typically such thing are projection: they just attribute
to Trump incident that occurred or rumored to be occurred with a different person. So his sources might be tales within
Russian emigrant community in London, not in Russia.
The primary hypothesis is that he was just was patsy in a bigger game and can pay for this role a high price being undesired witness
of machinations of powerful intelligence agencies. After he realized that he was scared to death (and probably not only about
Russians). That's why after his identity was revealed, he fled his home and went into hiding. Interestingly enough he did it before
the publication, not after. Another possibility was that this was a shrewd PR move that implicitly increase plausibility of his "findings"
and allow is to avoid unpleasant questions unless the noise around the dossier subside.
Another the secondary factor might be that Steele services were cheap and he was pretty malleable character who quickly understood
what is needed from him (his FIFA work). He also hold a grudge against Russians as Steele career was ruined by Russians who caught him
and expelled from the country for espionage in 1993. As you can expect no Russian with any significant standing in government or business
would talk to him and/or take bribes from such a person (to begin with the fact that to bribe a Russian official without British Government
financial help he simply is incapable ;-). This simply would be viewed as a setup. Money he was paid for dossier are too
small, really tiny, to bribe even a couple of Russian university professors who are poor as church rats in comparison with government
officials, or businessman. Moreover he is ostracized in Russia and lost all his contacts. He definitely could bribe Ukrainians
instead to provide some real or fake information from their channels for cheap.
Christopher Steele, who wrote reports on compromising material Russian operatives allegedly had collected on US President-elect
Donald Trump, is a former officer in Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, according to people familiar with his career.
Former British intelligence officials said Steele spent years under diplomatic cover working for the agency, also known as MI6,
in Russia and Paris and at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.
After he left the spy service, Steele supplied the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with information on corruption at
FIFA, international soccer’s governing body.
It was his work on corruption in international soccer that lent credence to his reporting on Trump’s entanglements in Russia,
US officials said on Wednesday.
Emails seen by Reuters indicate that, in the summer of 2010, members of a New York-based FBI squad assigned to investigate “Eurasian
Organized Crime” met Steele in London to discuss allegations of possible corruption in FIFA, the Swiss-based body that also organizes
the World Cup tournament.
People familiar with Steele’s activities said his British-based company, Orbis Business Intelligence, was hired by the Football
Association, Britain’s domestic soccer governing body, to investigate FIFA. At the time, the Football Association was hoping to host
the 2018 or 2022 World Cups. British corporate records show that Orbis was formed in March 2009.
Amid a swirl of corruption allegations, the 2018 World Cup was awarded to Moscow and Qatar was chosen to host the 2022 competition.
The FBI squad whose members met Steele subsequently opened a major investigation into alleged soccer corruption that led to dozens
of US indictments, including those of prominent international soccer officials.
Senior FIFA officials, including long-time president Sepp Blatter, were forced to resign.
Steele was initially hired by FusionGPS, a Washington, DC-based political research firm, to investigate Trump on behalf of unidentified
Republicans who wanted to stop Trump's bid for the GOP nomination. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported that Steele
was initially hired by Jeb Bush, one of Trump’s 16 opponents in the 2016 Republican primary. It was not immediately possible to verify
the BBC’s report.
He was kept on assignment by FusionGPS after Trump won the nomination and his information was circulated to Democratic Party figures
and members of the media.
Steele’s dealings with the FBI on Trump, initially with the senior agent who had started the FIFA probe and then moved to a post
in Europe, began in July. However, Steele cut off contact with the FBI about a month before the Nov. 8 election because he was frustrated
by the bureau’s slow progress.
The FBI opened preliminary investigations into Trump and his entourage’s dealings with Russians that were based in part on Steele’s
reports, according to people familiar with the inquiries.
However, they said the Bureau shifted into low gear in the weeks before the election to avoid interfering in the vote. They said
Steele grew frustrated and stopped dealing with the FBI after concluding it was not seriously investigating the material he had provided.
Steele’s reports circulated for months among major media outlets, including Reuters, but neither the news organizations nor US
law enforcement and intelligence agencies have been able to corroborate them.
BuzzFeed published some of Steele’s reports about Trump on its website on Tuesday but the President-elect and his aides later
said the reports were false. Russian authorities also dismissed them.
Associates of Steele said on Wednesday he was unavailable for comment. Christopher Burrows, a director and co-founder of Orbis
with Steele, told The Wall Street Journal, which first published Steele’s name, that he could not confirm or deny that Steele’s company
had produced the reports on Trump.
Between 2014 and 2016, he authored more than a hundred reports on
Russia and Ukraine, which were commissioned by private clients but shared widely within the state department and passed across
the desks of the secretary of state, John Kerry, and the assistant secretary Victoria Nuland, who led the US response to the annexation
of Crimea and the covert invasion of eastern Ukraine.
I like this range (70-90%). Lower bound means that one out of three allegation is provably false and two other can't be verified
Now we know that it was DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign who financed the creation of dossier.
(MSN, Oct 25,2017)
Yes, the dossier was funded by Democrats
Some of the pushback on the left has focused on the fact that a still-unidentified Republican client retained Fusion GPS to do
research on Trump before the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Thus, they argue, it's wrong to say the dossier was just funded by Democrats.
But the dossier's author, Steele, wasn't brought into the mix until after Democrats retained Fusion GPS. So while both sides
paid Fusion GPS, Steele was only funded by Democrats.
A Tory MP said last night the fresh outbreak of Cold War hostilities comes at a time when relations between Britain and Russia were
the ‘worst they could get in peace-time’.
Russians claimed they knew of ‘an impending official anti-Russian witch-hunt, involving the British special services’.
After publication of the dossier, Russia's London embassy posted the dark message addressing former MI6 officer Steele as the diplomatic
crisis deepened. The post, headed 'Christopher Steele story', also claimed that British spies had been 'briefing both ways' against
both Moscow and the US. In a tweet from its official account the Russian embassy said "MI6 officers are never ex". It was posted on
the Russian embassy's official Twitter feed, and was published after the first picture emerged of former British spy Christopher Steele
went into hiding.
Theresa May rejected Russian claim MI6 was behind 'dirty dossier' about President elect Donald Trump
Theresa May has rejected Russian allegations that MI6 was to blame for the ‘dirty dossier’ of explosive claims about Donald Trump.
Former British spy Christopher Steele – the dossier's alleged author – has not worked for British intelligence “for years”, the Prime
The Russian embassy in London had alleged that Mr. Steele was still working for MI6 and “briefing both ways” against Mr. Trump and
Moscow, in a Twitter post.
... ... ...
Ms May spoke for the first time about the controversy at a press conference following talks with her New Zealand counterpart in
Downing Street. She was asked whether the UK Government had any involvement in the creation of the dossier, a summary of which was
handed to the FBI and to President Obama.
“It's a long-standing position that we don't comment on such matters, but I think from everything that you will have seen it
is absolutely clear that the individual who produced this dossier has not worked for the UK Government for years,” the Prime Minister
The late-night allegation by the Russian embassy appeared to signal another worsening of Anglo-Russian relations, after many frosty
years. An embassy spokesman said the tweet – which said “MI6 officers are never ex” – “reflected the mood in Russia”, prompting talk
of a fresh Cold War. American newspapers named Mr. Steele as the author of the 35-page dossier, thought to have been commissioned
by a wealthy Republican donor who opposed Mr. Trump's bid for the White House. It alleged Mr. Trump had been cozying up to Vladimir
Putin and cavorting with Russian prostitutes. The President-elect has dismissed it as “fake news”, “phoney stuff” and “crap”.
Part of the document, allegedly compiled
by former British intelligence agent Mr. Steele, is seen above. Click
here to see the full document first published by BuzzFeed
All signs are that Steele was not an independent player. He was iether a fraud happy to make a buck, but a patsy of more powerful
and sinister forces including parts of MI6 and CIA. while I think that 'disappearance" was a PR move, Steele probably has
reasons to fear for his life. And it is fair to say that his elimination would be very useful for PR purposes for his handlers.
there might be also other reasons: "One must wonder what's happened to MI6, now that one it's former agents is advertising his
former employer. Couldn't they kill him, or something ? ;-)" As one commenter to Daily Caller suggested:
It is so obvious that these idiots had NO IDEA that Trump might actually win the election. They believed their own rigged polls!
If they even suspected that Trump might win, and get the keys to the kingdom, they never would have been so bold or at least they
would have used what they had sooner to steal it. Once Trump won, they had to go "all in" and try to discredit him quick, but
Trump doesn't fold. Once Sessions took over DOJ, the jig was up.
Russia's relations with Britain went into the deep freeze last night as Moscow blamed MI6 for the dossier of sordid claims
about Donald Trump.
In an alarming Twitter post, the Russian embassy in London suggested the dossier’s alleged author, former British spy Christopher
Steele, was still working for MI6 and ‘briefing both ways’ against Mr. Trump and Moscow.
Mr. Steele, who spied in Moscow in the 1990s, was last night in hiding after vanishing shortly before the damning dossier made
headlines around the world. Neighbours said he had asked them to look after his three cats, and there were claims last night he was
in an MI6 safe house.
A Russian embassy spokesman said the tweet – which said ‘MI6 officers are never ex’ – ‘reflected the mood in Russia’.
A Tory MP said last night the fresh outbreak of Cold War hostilities comes at a time when relations between Britain and Russia
were the ‘worst they could get in peace-time’.
Just days ago the Russians claimed they knew of ‘an impending official anti-Russian witch-hunt, involving the British special
Russia's London embassy posted the dark message addressing former MI6 officer Steele as the diplomatic crisis deepened. The post,
headed 'Christopher Steele story', also claimed that British spies had been 'briefing both ways' against both Moscow and the US.
It was posted on the Russian embassy's official Twitter feed, and was published after the first picture emerged of former British
spy Christopher Steele -- who has fled his £1.5million Surrey mansion in fear.
When approached for a comment by MailOnline, a spokesman for the Russian embassy said: 'We have obvious questions". 'We don't
raise them with HM Government given the frozen state of our official relationship. The tweet reflects the mood in Russia and speaks
Following the tweet, Tory MP Crispin Blunt, who is conducting an inquiry into Russia, said it was a sign UK-Russian relations
were the 'worst they could get in peace time'. Mr. Blunt, an ex-army officer and foreign affairs select committee chair, said: 'For
a peace time political relationship, it is about as bad as it could get.'
Steele, 52, described as a 'confirmed socialist' as a Cambridge student, apparently packed his bags and fled his home in fear
yesterday telling his neighbour: 'Look after my cats.' Steele, a father-of-three and widower, may have gone abroad after being
sensationally revealed as the author of a dossier on Donald Trump’s alleged outlandish sexual perversions with prostitutes in a Russian
... ... ...
Mr. Trump called the dossier 'fake' and 'phony', even suggesting that US secret services had leaked it to damage his reputation
before his inauguration. He debunked the 'golden shower' claim by saying: 'Does anyone believe that? I'm a germophobe'.
Senator John McCain was allegedly handed the incendiary Trump file by a former British Ambassador to Moscow, who has not yet been
Yesterday it was revealed Sir Tim Barrow, a former British Ambassador to Moscow who is now the UK's top EU diplomat in charge of
Brexit regotiations, worked in the same office as Steele when the Soviet Union collapsed.
Sir Tim is understood to have told bosses he had 'nothing to do with' leaking Steele's Trump memos, a Foreign Office source told
Sir Andrew Wood - British ambassador to Moscow between 1995 and 2000 - has confirmed he met McCain, an outspoken critic of the President
Elect, at a security conference in Canada in November.
The two discussed Trump's vulnerability to blackmail amid allegations contained in the discredited dossier. But he denied being the
source of the document, which McCain was handed by an unnamed diplomat. Sir Andrew told The Independent he knew the alleged author
of the dossier, former MI6 spy Christopher Steele, describing him as 'professional and thorough'.
But the ex-spy declined to comment on his work on the 35-page Trump dossier, which was published by BuzzFeed in January. “I’m
really pleased to be back here working again at the Orbis’s offices in London today,” he said in a video statement outside of Orbis’
offices in London.
He thanked supporters but said “I won’t be making any further statements or comments at this time.”
... ... ...
The retired spook began his work on the dossier in June after being hired by Fusion GPS, a Washington, D.C.-based opposition research
firm. Fusion GPS had been hired by a pro-Clinton group to dig up dirt on Trump.
Steele produced a series of memos dated between June 20 and Dec. 13. The memos, which were gleaned from a variety of sources, alleged
that the Kremlin has blackmail material on Trump. Another Steele source claimed that the Trump campaign and Kremlin were in secret
talks to help Trump win the election.
On Jan 23, 2017 the head of British GCHQ spy agency resigned for "family reasons." That might be connected with British government
wiretapping of Trump team to which Trump alleged later the same year:
British spy chief Robert Hannigan said on Monday he was stepping down as head of Britain’s intelligence eavesdropping service
GCHQ for family reasons. Hannigan, GCHQ director since 2014, said the job had demanded “a great deal” from his family.
The angry response from Britain stemmed from Mr. Trump’s persistence in accusing Mr. Obama of tapping his phones last year despite
the lack of evidence and across-the-board denials. At a briefing on Thursday, Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, read
from a sheaf of news clippings that he suggested bolstered the president’s claim.
Among them was an assertion by Andrew Napolitano, a Fox News commentator, that Mr. Obama had used Britain’s Government Communications
Headquarters, the agency known as the GCHQ, to spy on Mr. Trump. In response to Mr. Spicer, the agency quickly denied it as “nonsense”
and “utterly ridiculous,” while British officials contacted American counterparts to complain.
Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley is now asking the FBI to provide details of that agreement and other correspondence
“The idea that the FBI and associates of the Clinton campaign would pay Mr. Steele to investigate the Republican nominee for President
in the run-up to the election raises further questions about the FBI’s independence from politics,” Grassley wrote in the letter
Steele has also been sued over his work on the dossier. A Russian tech executive named in the dossier as a Kremlin asset who was
helping wage the email hacking campaign is suing Steele and BuzzFeed for defamation. BuzzFeed redacted the executive’s name and apologized
for not doing so when it first published Steele’s memos.
Lawmakers on Tuesday also likely grilled McCabe on the so-called Trump dossier, which was compiled by a former British intelligence
officer at the behest of a Washington-based strategic research firm called Fusion GPS. Hillary Clinton's campaign helped pay for
the dossier as opposition research on Trump.
Republicans want to know whether the FBI used the dossier to launch its investigation into Russian interference in last year's election.
Mueller took over that probe when he was named special counsel in May.
Republicans allege that if the Russia investigation is founded upon a Democratic-funded dossier, then the whole inquiry is politically
Then-FBI Director James Comey told Congress earlier this year that the bureau's counterintelligence investigation into the Trump
camp began in July of 2016, but he did not detail what spurred it.
Comey also was a supporter of McCabe, who began his career at the FBI in 1996 in the New York Field Office, where he investigated
organized crime. He later shifted to counterterrorism and held senior positions in the FBI's National Security Branch and Washington
Field Office. In January 2016, Comey named McCabe as the bureau's deputy director, which gave him an oversight role in all of the
FBI's domestic and international investigations and intelligence operations. McCabe briefly served as acting director after Trump
fired Comey in May.
The dossier primarily discusses possible
in the 2016 presidential election. The media and the
intelligence community have stressed
that accusations in the dossier have not been verified. Most experts have treated the dossier with caution, but in February, it was
reported that some details related to conversations between foreign nationals had been independently corroborated, giving
U.S. intelligence and law enforcement greater confidence
in some aspects of the dossier as investigations continued. Trump himself has denounced the report, calling it "fake
news" and "phony".
The 35-page dossier claims that Russia is in possession of damaging or embarrassing information about Trump which could be used
for purposes of blackmail to get Trump to cooperate with the
The material includes allegations about Trump's sexual and financial dealings in Russia.
The dossier further alleges that Trump has been cultivated and supported by Russia for at least five years, with Putin's endorsement,
with the overall aim of creating divisions between Western alliances; that Trump has extensive ties to Russia; and that there had
been multiple contacts between Russian officials and people working for Trump during the campaign.
The report alleged that the Russian government had cultivated Trump for years:
The "Russian regime has been cultivating, supporting and assisting TRUMP for at least 5 years. Aim, endorsed by PUTIN, has
been to encourage splits and divisions in western alliance". It maintained that Trump "and his inner circle have accepted a regular
flow of intelligence from the Kremlin, including on his Democratic and other political rivals". It claimed that Russian intelligence
had "compromised" Trump during his visits to Moscow and could "blackmail him".
The report further alleged that there were multiple in-person meetings between Russian government officials and individuals established
as working for Trump.
The former intelligence officer continued to share information with the FBI, and said in October 2016 that "there was or is a pretty
substantial inquiry going on".
... ... ...
Russian press secretary Dmitry Peskov insisted
in an interview that the document is a fraud, saying "I can assure you that the allegations in this funny paper, in this so-called
report, they are untrue. They are all fake."
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, called
the people who leaked the document "worse than prostitutes"
and referred to the dossier itself as "rubbish".
Putin went on to state he believed that the dossier was "clearly fake",
fabricated as a plot against the legitimacy of President-elect Donald Trump.
...Among journalists, Bob Woodward called
the dossier a "garbage document,"
...Aleksej Gubarev, chief of technology company XBT and a figure mentioned in the dossier, sued BuzzFeed for defamation on February
3, 2017. The suit, filed in a Broward
County, Florida court,
centers on allegations from the dossier that XBT had been "using botnets
and porn traffic to transmit viruses, plant bugs, steal data and conduct 'altering operations' against the Democratic Party leadership".
In the High Court of Justice, Steele's
lawyers said that their client did not intend for the memos to be released, and that one of the memos "needed to be analyzed and
On March 2, 2017, media began reporting that the Senate may call Steele to testify about the Trump dossier.
On August 22, 2017, media reported that Christopher Steele had met with the FBI and had provided them with the names of his sources
for the allegations made in the dossier.
HLet's here consideration of of the opposite party:
The Russia Explainer. The main
point is that "If the dossier were true, it means Steele’s contacts are not only supernaturally well-connected, having access to
unreported information from various parts of the Russian state apparatus (and from inside the Trump campaign) on intelligence matters
and criminal conspiracies, but are willing to take incredible risks in order to help Steele prepare his reports.". The most typical
punishment in Russia for treason is life sensence without parole. Even for extremely greedy and unscuplious person, that exclude possibility
of taking such a risk for small amount of money that Steele might be to pay, if any.
These are the general impressions a Russia-knowledgeable person gets from the dossier (I’ll expand on these as we go
through the points of the dossier):
With about 10 minutes of Googling in Russian (which I then confirmed with English-language sources linked to below)
I was able to debunk one of the allegationsin this supposedly
“unverifiable” dossier: that longtime Kremlin insider Oleg Govorun supposedly was a “bag carrier” for Alfa Group in
the early ’90s who delivered cash to Vladimir Putin while he was deputy mayor of St. Petersburg. I was able to establish
that Govorun didn’t go to work for Alfa
until 1997, leaving Mikhail
Khodorkovsky’s holding Rosprom
together with Vladislav Surkov
(who joined Alfa in March
1997), 8 months after Putin had
moved from St. Petersburg to Moscow to work for Yeltsin after Putin’s boss, St. Petersburg mayor
Anatoly Sobchak, had lost the 1996 election. At the time Putin left office (his boss having been voted out),
Govorun was working
for Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a rival of Alfa’s owners. And no, he didn’t work for Alfa before that. I was also able to
see how Steele’s sources made this mistake: Govorun’s
page leaves out his time working for Khodorkovsky, and makes it look like Govorun worked at Alfa-Bank from 1993
to 2000. Ah, the perils of doing your research on Wikipedia!
The person who actually organized the reports in the dossier (as opposed to the sources) is not very familiar
with Russian business or politics (particularly the personalities involved) in 2016, probably doesn’t speak Russian
or know what’s being reported in the Russian media, and there are a number of clear or easily checkable errors.
If the dossier were true, it means Steele’s contacts are not only supernaturally well-connected, having access
to unreported information from various parts of the Russian state apparatus (and from inside the Trump campaign) on
intelligence matters and criminal conspiracies, but are willing to take incredible risks in order to help Steele prepare
Some of the information that Steele’s contacts provide would only make sense if (1) the Russian government works
completely different from how even Russians close to the government believe it works, (2) the personalities involved
are completely different from how they appear to close observers, and (3) all of the prevailing wisdom about how the
Putin team works behind-the-scenes is wrong.
There’s a strange juxtaposition of on the one hand,
information that, if true, would be ultra-insider, completely surprising, mind-blowing revelations about the inner
workings of the Russian ruling clique, and on the other hand,
basically cut-and-paste jobs from whatever was in the headlines in the weeks before any given report in the dossier.
Steele does not seem to be concerned that his client will simply Google the names and incidents in his reports and
find out that this information had already been in the news for days, or sometimes weeks or months – in the case of
Steele’s “scoop” about the relationship between Aras Agalarov and Trump, the “intel”had
been in Donald Trump’s own Twitter feed for almost 3 years.
The dossier doesn’t seem to have had much intelligence value: if you go by the dates on the individual reports
that make up the dossier, all of the verifiable information refers to things that had already
been reported or speculated on in the Russian and/or Western media by that time. The unverifiable information
is presented in the form of unfounded allegations. There isn’t any “actionable” intelligence – accurate predictions
of future events and people’s plans, or “dirt” for which there is at least some evidence.
There are also glaring omissions given later developments in the Trump/Russia story. Why no mention of Cozy
Bear, Fancy Bear or the GRU? Why no mention of internet troll armies or fake news? Why no mention of the role
of RT or Sputnik in the overall influence operation? The most logical explanation is that Steele’s sources were
riffing off of media reports, and the omitted narratives didn’t get traction in the press until the US intelligence
issued its declassified report on Russia’s election interference in January 2017, after the dossier was already
out in the wild. But if the dossier was really based on knowledgable insiders’ reports and not on a bunch of rumors
peddled in response to the news of the day, you’d expect it would have foreshadowed many of the revelations in that
report (assuming the intel agencies’ report has merit).
Neo-McCarthyism campaign launched after the election has multiple purposes. It allow to shift blame for Hillary Clinton fiasco, which
was important for neoliberal wing of Democratic Party. And specifically swipe under that carpet the dirty game DNC played against Sanders.
It also distracts public from the fundamental problem -- the crisis of neoliberalism in the USA. The crisis that led to the Trump
John McCain played some role in this effort, or may was used as a patsy by exploiting his pre-existent anti-Russian bias to further
goals of other players. During this period US MSM throw away any pretence in objectivity and lied and distort information with
impunity. Paradoxically this restored some trust in fox News which was only partially infected by this neo-McCarthyism witch-hunt.
But NYT, WaPo, CNN, MSNBC and other neoliberal channels fall into such depth of depravity that they even Soviet media looks like
a paragon of objectivity in comparison with them.
It could well be that the role of Steele dossier might be create a pretext of using total surveillance on Trump team on the part
of FBI. Which was a pretty devious plot, indeed. And they are real specialists in this area due to their track record of implementing
revolutions in various parts of the globe, and, especially, in former Soviet Union and its former satellites.
It was also an opening move in the appointment of the Special Prosecutor gambit, which culminated in May 2017 with the appointment
M. Whitney says: " .That's the question that will throw open the curtains and shed light
on the suspicious ties between the DNC, the CIA, the FBI and the media, .."
SWAMPgate: You won't believe how ALL the perps are connected as in joined at the
Excerpt: " ..someone out there cares so much that they've "purged" all Barsoomian court
documents for her Clinton representation in Hamburg vs. Clinton in 1998 and its appeal in
1999 from the DC District and Appeals Court dockets. Someone out there cares so much that the
internet has been "purged" of all information pertaining to Barsoomian. Historically, this
indicates that the individual is a protected CIA operative. Additionally, Lisa Barsoomian has
specialized in opposing Freedom of Information Act requests on behalf of the intelligence
And, although Barsoomian has been involved in hundreds of cases representing the DC Office
of the US Attorney, her email address is Lisa Barsoomian at NIH gov. The NIH stands for
National Institutes of Health. This is a tactic routinely used by the CIA to protect an
operative by using another government organization to shield their activities.
It's a cover, so big deal, right? I mean what does one more attorney with ties to the US
intelligence community really matter?
It deals with Trump and his recent tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum imports, the
border wall, DACA, everything coming out of California, the Uni-party unrelenting opposition
to President Trump, the Clapper leaks, the Comey leaks, Attorney General Jeff Sessions
recusal and subsequent 14 month nap with occasional forays into the marijuana legalization
And last but not least Mueller's never-ending investigation into collusion between the
Trump team and the Russians.
Why does Barsoomian, CIA operative, merit any mention? BECAUSE She is Assistant Attorney
General Rod Rosenstein's WIFE! " :
"SWAMPgate: You won't believe how ALL the perps are connected as in joined at the
That remind me how old Kushner tried to smear his relative...
"... They are told that the daughter of a Russian billionaire plans large investments in Austria. It was said that she would like to help his party. The alleged daughter of the Russian billionaire, who is actually also Austrian, and her "friend" serve an expensive dinner. Alcohol flows freely. The pair offers a large party donation but asks for returns in form of mark ups on public contracts. ..."
"... The "Russian" female is notably very attractive with a slender build. There is a honey-trap angle here as well. This would likely inspire the boasting (in order to impress her) on the part of the wingnut politician. ..."
"... The far-right is the Troy Horse of transnational corporations and capital and already discredited neoliberal stablishment which comes now disguised under the softening label of "populists". Beware, there seems to be a coordinated effort at several blogs in the ten previous days of the European elections to whitewash the far-right. ..."
"... So this very much hints something more. Right now there is a debate of cocain being visible on the table but this accusation points more towards schnickle with a babe imho. The babe to his right is not that ugly, admittely. ..."
"... As expected the hysteria of "russian" meddling have now publicized to weaken FPÖ in the EU election. Winners? NATO/US parties. ..."
"... Seems indeed to be a honeypot aspect to the entrapment, and it's quite possible Strache stepped down at once to avoid that part to come to light, so that the public revelations would be limited to the economic shenanigans and influence-peddling level. ..."
"... Also, this goes to show that the bulk of our Western politicians, across all the political spectrum, are a bunch of mediocre and quite corrupt fools. For him not to smell that this was a setup from the very first minute, it must be that such proposals are common place all across the board - which will only reinforce my suspicion that our societies, peoples and mankind as a whole would only benefit if we fully wiped out our economic, financial and political establishment and started from scratches. ..."
"... Blackmail, smear campaigns, various traps via honey or corruption, hookers and blow, gay sex, paedofilia, or what-have-you, - all or in combination. Politicians are "all" compromised in these ways. Buck the system or threaten the status quo - whereby it gets somebody's serious attention and the shite hits the fan. ..."
"... The savages in this neoliberal order use the secret services to subvert democracy. Deception and manipulation are the means used to corrupt the public domain. They would push the most pliable and ruthless leaders into office. Catastrophe and violence and disinformation are their most powerful weapons. But I still think that political processes and elections do matter; and what counts is a struggle to improve and reform the system of government. Doing our best to protect and maintain the integrity of electoral processes is something that requires both protests and political campaigns. ..."
"... The very strong implication certainly seems to be that there may be further video of Strache sleeping with the honey pot. He obviously knows what happened that night. If there were video cameras hidden everywhere, that was obviously one of the intentions behind the sting from the outset. ..."
"... B, please do an article on the Nazi penetration of the German security services, Interior Ministry, Army, CDU etc, and links to the NSU affair, shredding of millions of documents by the Interior Ministry when demanded by the courts as evidence, links with the Board members and advisory board members of German big business especially Siemens and Deutche Bank and Bayer, etc. ..."
"... It is a wonder Strache's remark "Journalists are the biggest whores on the planet" and how he says he can subvert an entire media outlet to his political agenda by even firing the few remaining fringe elements. ..."
"... I don't think Strache is as harmless as you portray him, B. You fall for his defence strategy if you attribute all his statements to the influence of alcohol. At that time, the man was very confident that he would soon be at the levers of power, which then materialized. It remains to be proven whether he did not put into practice anything of what he talked about at that house in Ibiza. After all, he was talking about the by far most influential newspaper in Austria. ..."
"... Of course it is true that it is the neoliberal globalisers who have brought us to where we stand today. But that doesn' make people like Strache and Salvini any less dangerous. If they rise to total power, the result will be a naked dictatorship. Strache was beaten with his own weapons, you don't have to be under any illusions. ..."
"... Who could have ordered such an elaborate sting operation? ..."
"... The sophisticated operation using actors and a villa prepared with hidden cameras and microphones shows that this is hardly a normal case of dirty campaigning by political opponents. Most likely, either it was an action by a secret service or someone with deep pockets hired former secret agents. ..."
"... If it was an action by secret services, the most plausible explanation seems to be that Western secret services targeted Strache because FPÖ is one of the parties who is in favor of restoring normal relations with Russia ..."
"... François Fillon comes to mind, a French conservative candidate who also had a quite a friendly attitude towards Russia - shortly before the elections, it was revealed (at least claimed) that Fillon had given his wife ficticious employment, and Fillon lost popularity, which helped Macron enormously. ..."
"... Probably, some of the things Strache said during this sting operation were inacceptable, and Fillon may also not be innocent, but if there is a systematic selective targeting of European politicians who want to normalize relations with Russia by secret services, that would be a huge problem for democracy. ..."
"... In 2016, Joseph Mifsud invited George Papadopoulos to Rome and introduced him to "Putin's niece" with the intent of smearing Trump as "Russian puppet" and destroying his election chances. In 2017, someone (who?) invited Heinz-Christian Strache to Ibiza and introduced him to "Russian billionaire's niece" with the intent of smearing Strache as "Russian puppet" and destroying his party's election chances. Notice a pattern? ..."
"... This is a clear case of Germany interfering in Austrian elections. Austria should deport 60 German diplomats, shut down German embassy in Vienna, and impose sanctions on Germany. Also put a German girl interested in Austrian politics in jail for 18 months. ..."
"... Thinking about it, after revealing e-mail of HRC, Podesta etc. were published, their core supporters were enraged about the dirty trick and did not pay attention to the disclosed content, while for the core opponents of HRC she was already sufficiently vilified so the net change in voting intentions that can be attributed to that incident was modest. ..."
"... Anyone who does not directly have his or her family's nose in the EU trough at this point knows that the policies espoused by transatlantic puppets like Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron push our countries and our continent towards self-destruction. Life in Europe, post-1968 and pre-2013, has been pretty damn good. There's absolutely no good reason for us to rip up our traditions or turn into a continent of immigrants and mobile job seekers. ..."
"... As Strache explains in the video, Austrian dirty tricks are done "via another country". ..."
"... To those who fill that politics of Strache are obnoxious and that justifies entrapment, remembers that methods of that type are not improvised, and that means that there is an apparatus that does it. We noted similarities with provocations against George Papadopoulos. In the latter case the target was cautious, after all, we had to be well aware of such methods. But anyone who is despised by NATO establishment are similar group can be on the receiving end, think about Assange. ..."
During the last days a right wing politician in Austria was taken down by using an elaborate
sting. Until Friday Heinz-Christian Strache was leader of the far right (but not fascist)
Freedom Party of Austria (FPOe) and the Vice Chancellor of the country. On Friday morning two
German papers, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung and Der Spiegel
reports (English) about an old video that was made to take Strache down.
The FPOe has good connections with United Russia, the party of the Russian President Putin,
and to other right-wing parties in east Europe. It's pro-Russian position has led to verbal
attacks on and defamation of the party from NATO supporting and neoliberal circles.
In July 2017 Strache and his right hand man Johann Gudenus, who is also the big number in
the FPOe, get invited for dinner to a rented villa on Ibiza, the Spanish tourist island in the
Mediterranean. They are told that the daughter of a Russian billionaire plans large investments
in Austria. It was said that she would like to help his party. The alleged daughter of the
Russian billionaire, who is actually also Austrian, and her "friend" serve an expensive dinner.
Alcohol flows freely. The pair offers a large party donation but asks for returns in form of
mark ups on public contracts.
Unknown to Strache the villa is professionally bugged with many hidden cameras and
A scene from the video. Source: Der Falter (vid, German)
During the six hour long party several schemes get proposed by the "Russian" and are
discussed. Strache rejects most of them. He insists several times that everything they plan or
do must be legal and conform to the law. He says that a large donation could probably be
funneled through an endowment that would then support his party. It is a gray area under
Austrian party financing laws. They also discuss if the "Russian" could buy the Kronen
Zeitung , Austria's powerful tabloid, and use it to prop up his party.
The evening goes on with several bottles of vodka on the table. Starche gets a bit drunk and
boosts in front of the "oligarch daughter" about all his connections to rich and powerful
people. He does not actually have these.
Strache says that, in exchange for help for his party, the "Russian" could get public
contracts for highway building and repair. Currently most of such contracts in Austria go to
the large Austrian company, STRABAG, that is owned by a neoliberal billionaire who opposes the
FPOe. At that time Strache was not yet in the government and had no way to decide about such
At one point Strache seems to understand that the whole thing is a setup. But his right hand
man calms him down and vouches for the "Russian". The sting ends with Strache and his companion
leaving the place. The never again see the "Russian" and her co-plotter. Nothing they talked
about will ever come to fruition.
Three month later Strache and his party win more than 20% in the Austrian election and form
a coalition government with the conservative party OeVP led by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. Even
while the FPOe controls several ministries, it does not achieve much politically. It lacks a
real program and the government's policies are mostly run by the conservatives.
Nearly two years after the evening on Ibiza, ten days before the European parliament
election in which Strache's party is predicted to achieve good results, a video of the evening
on Ibiza is handed to two German papers which are known to be have strong transatlanticist
leanings and have previously been used for other shady 'leaks'. The papers do not hesitate to
take part in the plot and publish extensive reports about the video.
After the reports appeared Strache immediately stepped down and the
conservatives ended the coalition with his party. Austria will now have new elections.
On Bloomberg Leonid Bershidsky opines
on the case:
Strache's discussion with the Russian oligarch's fake niece shows a propensity for dirty
dealing that has nothing to do with idealistic nationalism. Nationalist populists often
agitate against entrenched, corrupt elites and pledge to drain various swamps. In the videos,
however, Strache and Gudenus behave like true swamp creatures, savoring rumors of drug and
sex scandals in Austrian politics and discussing how to create an authoritarian media machine
like Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's.
I do not believe that the people who voted for the FPOe (and similar parties in other
countries) will subscribe to that view. The politics of the main stream parties in Austria have
for decades been notoriously corrupt. Compared to them Strache and his party are astonishingly
clean. In the video he insists several times that everything must stay within the legal realm.
Whenever the "Russian" puts forward a likely illegal scheme, Starche emphatically rejects
Strache, as one of the few nationalist populists in government in the European Union's
wealthier member states, was an important member of the movement Italian Interior Minister
Matteo Salvini has been trying to cobble together ahead of the European Parliament election
that will take place next week. On Saturday, he was supposed to attend a Salvini-led rally in
Milan with other like-minded politicians from across Europe. Instead, he was in Vienna
apologizing to his wife and to Kurz and protesting pitifully that he'd been the victim of a
"political assassination" -- a poisonous rain on the Italian right-winger's parade.
This leaves the European far right in disarray and plays into the hands of centrist and
leftist forces ahead of next week's election. Salvini's unifying effort has been thoroughly
This is also a misreading of the case. The right-wing parties will use the case to boost
Strache was obviously set up by some intelligence services, probably a German one with a
British assist. The original aim was likely to blackmail him. But during the meeting on Ibiza
Strache promised and did nothing illegal. Looking for potential support for his party is not a
sin. Neither is discussing investments in Austria with a "daughter of a Russian oligarch." Some
boosting while drunk is hardly a reason to go to jail. When the incident provided too little
material to claim that Strache is corrupt, the video was held back until the right moment to
politically assassinate him with the largest potential damage to his party. That moment was
thought to be now.
But that Strache stepped down after the sudden media assault only makes him more convincing.
The right-wing all over Europe will see him as a martyr who was politically assassinated
because he worked for their cause. The issue will increase the right-wingers hate against the
'liberal' establishment. It will further motivate them: "They attack us because we are right
and winning." The new far-right block Natteo Salvini
will setup in the European Parliament will likely receive a record share of votes.
Establishment writers notoriously misinterpret the new right wing parties and their
followers. This stand-offish sentence in the Spiegel story about Strache's party
demonstrates the problem:
In the last election, the party drew significant support from the working class, in part
because of his ability to simplify even the most complicated of issues and play the common
man, even in his role as vice chancellor.
The implicit thesis, that the working class is too dumb to understand the "most complicated
of issues", is not only incredibly snobbish but utterly false. The working class understands
very well what the establishment parties have done to it and continue to do. The increasing
vote share of the far-right is a direct consequence of the behavior of the neoliberal center
and of the lack of real left alternatives.
Last week, before the Strache video appeared, Craig Murray put his finger on the
The massive economic shock following the banking collapse of 2007–8 is the direct cause
of the crisis of confidence which is affecting almost all the institutions of western
representative democracy. The banking collapse was not a natural event, like a tsunami. It
was a direct result of man-made systems and artifices which permitted wealth to be generated
and hoarded primarily through multiple financial transactions rather than by the actual
production and sale of concrete goods, and which then disproportionately funnelled wealth to
those engaged in the mechanics of the transactions.
The rejection of the political class manifests itself in different ways and has been diverted
down a number of entirely blind alleys giving unfulfilled promise of a fresh start –
Brexit, Trump, Macron. As the vote share of the established political parties – and
public engagement with established political institutions – falls everywhere, the
chattering classes deride the political symptoms of status quo rejection by the people as
"populism". It is not populism to make sophisticated arguments that undermine the received
political wisdom and take on the entire weight of established media opinion.
If one wants to take down the far right one has to do so with arguments and good politics
for the working class. Most people, especially working class people, have a strong sense for
justice. The political assassination of Christian Strache is unjust. What was done during the
2007-8 banking crisis was utterly corrupt and also unjust. Instead of going to jail the bankers
were rewarded with extreme amounts of money for their assault on the well being of the people.
The public was then told that it must starve through austerity to make up for the loss of
While I consider myself to be a strong leftist who opposes the right wherever possible, I
believe to understand why people vote for Strache's FBOe and similar parties. When one talks to
these people issues of injustice and inequality always come up. The new 'populist' parties at
least claim to fight against the injustice done to the common men. Unlike most of the
establishment parties they seem to be still mostly clean and not yet corrupted.
In the early 1990s Strache actually flirted with violent fascists but he rejected their way.
While he has far-right opinions, he and his like are no danger to our societies. If we can not
accept that Strache and his followers have some legitimate causes, we will soon find us
confronted with way more extreme people. The neoliberal establishment seems to do its best to
Posted by b on May 19, 2019 at 01:10 PM |
b - thanks .. i agree "elaborate sting" and "the video was held back until the right
moment"... clearly this was a set up.. strache says he is going to pursue this legally..
"working class people, have a strong sense for justice. The political assassination of
Christian Strache is unjust." injustices are being done on a constant basis now and being
justified by the msm regularly.. i think this is part of the reason people are seeking
alternatives - whatever they might be... power to the people..screw the neoliberal agenda and
blackmail artists that are so rampant at present...
Funny thing is e.g.- a German comedian Jan Böhmerman knew before. Already in April he
said in a Video call live in Austian television duringthe TV-prize-giving of the trophy
"Romy" that he couldn´t attend personally to receive the price because right know he
was sitting together with some FPÖ-buddies in a Russian oligarch-villa on Ibiza,
sniffing cocain, drinking and negotiating the takeover of the "Krone-Zeitung" (the biggest
rag in Austira, smth like the "Bild" in Germany or "The sun" in Britain).
Your article here raises a number of important issues. More or less at random:
* If I understand your characterization of your political leanings, based on this and on
the perspectives MoA offers, I share many of your views. And whereas there may be a certain
Schadenfreude at seeing a right-wing, B-team operator reveal himself, I agree that the forces
behind the sting itself are of potentially far greater interest (and danger)..
* For every sting and smear such as this that we see, how many others take place sub rosa,
corrupting our political and social landscapes, leaving no evidence that might trigger
criticism or resistance?
* I'm not sure of how this plays out legally, but this seems not just to have been a
sting, but entrapment, in which (if these were law enforcement agents) we could protest that
the only illegal activity being proposed, was by those conducting the sting.
* If this was, as you suggest, authored by the BND, then this would be a clear instance of
election "meddling" -- though not of the sort that our shining democracies are now being
warned against. (At least President Putin will not be accused of conducting it, for once.
That oligarch's daughter could have come from anywhere, but of course Russia.) Russia gets
smeared is probably the larger aim, rather than this particularly Austrian politician.
The "Russian" female is notably very attractive with a slender build. There is a honey-trap
angle here as well. This would likely inspire the boasting (in order to impress her) on the
part of the wingnut politician.
I think the word is protofascist. b. you have got a blind spot seeing geopolitics everywhere. Truth is most of this is
simply a battle of billionaires. The key to understand the Ibiza video is the product placement. Everybody there drinks Red
Bull plus alcohol (I am not sure about the alcohol the loss of control of the politicians who
are present suggests cocaine).
The owner of Red Bull is an Austrian billionaire called Dietrich Mateschitz.
Mateschitz is a right wing crank building a media empire in Austria including an
"investigative platform" called addendum that is something like the Austrian version of
For some reason "addendum" began to shoot against Rene Benzko, an Austrian real estate
billionaire, who intends to take over Kronenzeitung.
And guess what, Rene Benzko was mentioned in the video "as a friend", and a large part of
the conversation centered on taking over Kronenzeitung something Rene Benzko is involved
Strache, Vice Chancellor of Austria, explained in the video for every Austrian to
understand, that his party's scheme is based on accepting illegal contributions via a ngo,
and lowering taxes in return.
According to what he says in the video he also intends to charge for water by selling the
right to the Latvian/Russien "niece of a Russian oligarch" or someone else prepared to pay to
his party's ngo.
Anybody who is not a billionaire voting for FPÖ after this must be braindead.
It is said that children and drunk people always say the truth...
Why is it not to be taken into account what he said once drunk enough?
For to be a strong leftist, b, you spend a great effort in discharging this man, while
whitewashing the far-right saying they are no danger for our societies and assuring that they
are clean, when that is a thing you do not know since they have not had yet the possibility
They are neither cleaner nor inocuous for our societies. For starters they have chosen as
scapegoat the migrants when who is to blame for the wave of migration is the US, NATO and
their imperial ambitions, so as to throw poor against poor and that way the elites could
continue quietly looting us, while we fight each other. You will never heard anything agsint
banks ans elites from anybody in the far-right.
FYI, it is not Matteo Salvini who is forming a coalition of the far-right to conflude to
European elections, but it is Bannon from his HQ in a Cisterciense monastery in Italy who is
commanding this operation. Salvini is really a piece, having supported Guiado and the
Venezuelan coup intend, and said what he would do with the Yellow Vests , "I don't go to the
Yellow Vests with Molotov cocktails, if anything, I put them in prison" ...
Then it is AfD, who goes also in the block, whose members have claimed the Germans should
be proud of the performance of the German Army during both WW....
Then Vox, financed by MEK and Israeli lobby and promoted by Bannon and the WH, who only wear
clear neoliberal economic policies in their, for the rest, confusing program.
The far-right is the Troy Horse of transnational corporations and capital and already
discredited neoliberal stablishment which comes now disguised under the softening label of
"populists". Beware, there seems to be a coordinated effort at several blogs in the ten
previous days of the European elections to whitewash the far-right.
"Glaubt er, man wäre bei Alkohol nachsichtiger? Offenbar schien er sich betrunken kaum
mehr im Griff zu haben - und dies ist wohlgemerkt seine Erklärung für die
Äußerungen im Video. Erst gegen Ende beginnt er eigenes Fehlverhalten
einzuräumen und bittet insbesondere seine Frau um Verzeihung, mit der er ein wenige
Monate altes Kind hat. Kenner Straches ahnten an dieser Stelle bereits, dass dieser sich
bereits für Dinge entschuldigt, die zu diesem Zeitpunkt der Öffentlichkeit noch gar
nicht bekannt sind."
Does he (Strache) really assume he would get more indulgence by blaming it on the
alcolhol? Obviously when being drunken he wasn´t in control of himself anymore - and
this is actually his explanation for his statements in the video. Somehow at the end he
finally begins admitting own misconduct and especially asks his wife for forgiveness, with
which he has a few months old child. Experts on Strache suspected from this moment on, that
he apologized for things which at this moment are not known to the public, yet"
So this very much hints something more. Right now there is a debate of cocain being
visible on the table but this accusation points more towards schnickle with a babe imho. The
babe to his right is not that ugly, admittely.
Great piece - I dont see how Strache actually made anything wrong or atleast nothing not
normal to politicians that constantly seek out support by big, powerful people. Most likely
the deep state in Austria struck FPÖ just like FBI struck Trump.
As expected the hysteria of "russian" meddling have now publicized to weaken FPÖ in the
Winners? NATO/US parties.
Not some very close relative like daughter or sister, which may be fearsome, as "russian
mafia" oligarch could be expected to "protect" her of ladykillers viciously. But also not some far relative who would be seen alien and have no financial support.
Just enough distance to be safe to hit on and try to share the oligarch's money. It was both honey&gold trap.
If voting would be such a waste, why would had taken so hard and long to achieve voting
for minorities and women?
Why the parties go to such efforts to campaign and disguise themselves as wolves with
sheepskin like the far-right?
Why would certain forces need to go to such editorial coordinated efforts through their
several blogs out there to give an impression of certain candidates which is opposite to what
they really are? Wikilieaks/Assange are part of this efforts, btw
Seems indeed to be a honeypot aspect to the entrapment, and it's quite possible Strache
stepped down at once to avoid that part to come to light, so that the public revelations
would be limited to the economic shenanigans and influence-peddling level.
Also, this goes to show that the bulk of our Western politicians, across all the political
spectrum, are a bunch of mediocre and quite corrupt fools. For him not to smell that this was
a setup from the very first minute, it must be that such proposals are common place all
across the board - which will only reinforce my suspicion that our societies, peoples and
mankind as a whole would only benefit if we fully wiped out our economic, financial and
political establishment and started from scratches.
Spanish Colonel ( ret.) Pedro Baños, who was postulated for head of the CNI by the
Socialist government of Pedro Sanchez, was object of slander campiagn as "pro-Russian" by the
Spanish cluster of Integrity Initiative, only for declarations on the prejudice of sanctions
for Spain, and nobody made such noise....
Blackmail, smear campaigns, various traps via honey or corruption, hookers and blow, gay sex,
paedofilia, or what-have-you, - all or in combination. Politicians are "all" compromised in
these ways. Buck the system or threaten the status quo - whereby it gets somebody's serious
attention and the shite hits the fan.
Enforcement and and penalties are selective. Selective enforcement. It's how "The Law" operates. Not defending the wingnut pig in the article. I appreciate Sasha's Trojan Horse allegory above.
wow...a bunch of elitist neoliberals with contempt for anyone lacking 10 zeroes on their
paychecks and zero useful policies use "russian collusion" to entrap and embarrass a
pseudo-right wing politician. who could ever imagine such a scenario? and why learn from the
masses you represent when james o'keefe gives you all the inspiration you need?
but at least they blocked the ascension of someone who would trade political favors for
money. that kind of nonsense simply won't do in western society.
Thanks for this explanation, b! I first saw this reported at Geroman's Twitter and used
machine translation of the article he linked, but it lacked the context which you provided.
This incident is subsumed within the larger conflict that's trying to keep EU from combining
with BRI/EAEU, which means its roots/culprits are NATO/Outlaw US Empire--it points to
desperation on their part.
The savages in this neoliberal order use the secret services to subvert democracy. Deception
and manipulation are the means used to corrupt the public domain. They would push the most
pliable and ruthless leaders into office. Catastrophe and violence and disinformation are
their most powerful weapons. But I still think that political processes and elections do
matter; and what counts is a struggle to improve and reform the system of government. Doing
our best to protect and maintain the integrity of electoral processes is something that
requires both protests and political campaigns.
So this very much hints something more. Right now there is a debate of cocain being
visible on the table but this accusation points more towards schnickle with a babe imho. The
babe to his right is not that ugly, admittely. Posted by: Bratislav Metulski | May 19, 2019 2:20:38 PM | 8
The very strong implication certainly seems to be that there may be further video of
Strache sleeping with the honey pot. He obviously knows what happened that night. If there
were video cameras hidden everywhere, that was obviously one of the intentions behind the
sting from the outset.
On the issue of "populism" and right-wing parties I confess I have a problem. I certainly
want to see the Establishment thrashed, and especially in next week's EU elections, and there
is no question that at the moment the right-wing parties have far more potential to upset the
establishment than the left. If "Populist" parties are able to radically upset the EU
Parliament, that should bring a much-needed hammer and axe to the anti-populist activities of
the EU, and hopefully lead to the breakup of the EU.
On the other hand, unlike B, I do have extremely strong worries about the rising power of
the far right and their connections to Nazis and neo-Nazis. I am concerned - even without the
involvement of Bannon, but far more so with - that the rise of "populism" is a calculated
policy of a Nazi segment of the Establishment that is designed specifically to usher in an
international Nazi movement across Europe and Latin America under the leadership of and
proxies of the - ever more and more Nazi behaving - US (which itself is in so many very real
ways descended from Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party and the Japanese war criminals including Bush's
family, tight connections with Nazi war criminals in the CIA, and historical leadership
figures in the CIA). The large scale and extremely high level infiltration of hardcore Nazis
in the German security services, Interior Ministry, Army, and CDU politics is a ticking
timebomb waiting for its moment. There seems to be similar high level Nazi infiltration in
many other countries.
We have to be careful what we wish for!
B, please do an article on the Nazi penetration of the German security services, Interior
Ministry, Army, CDU etc, and links to the NSU affair, shredding of millions of documents by
the Interior Ministry when demanded by the courts as evidence, links with the Board members
and advisory board members of German big business especially Siemens and Deutche Bank and
Colonialism is a leech with two suckers, one of which sucks the metropolitan proletariat
and the other that of the colonies. If we want to kill this monster, we must cut off both
suckers at the same time. If only one is cut off, the other will continue to suck the blood
of the proletariat, the animal will continue to live, and the cut–off sucker will
grow again. The Russian Revolution has grasped this truth clearly. That is why it is not
satisfied with making fine platonic speeches and drafting "humanitarian" resolutions in
favor of oppressed peoples, but it teaches them to struggle; and helps them spiritually, as
proclaimed by Lenin in his theses on the colonial question. To the Baku Congress,
twenty–one Eastern nations sent delegates. Representatives of Western workers'
parties also participated in the work of this congress. For the first time, the proletariat
of the conquering Western States and that of the subject Eastern countries fraternally
joined hands and deliberated in common on the best means to defeat their common enemy,
Following this historic congress, despite internal and external difficulties,
revolutionary Russia has never hesitated to come to the help of peoples awakened by its
heroic and victorious revolution. One of its first important acts was the founding of the
University of the East.(...)
The sixty–two nationalities represented at the University form a "Commune." Its
chairman and functionaries are elected every three months by all the students.
A student delegate takes part in the economic and administrative management of the
University. All must regularly and in turn work in the kitchen, the library, the club, etc.
All "misdemeanors" and disputes are judged and settled by an elected tribunal in the
presence of all comrades. Once a week, the "Commune" holds a meeting to discuss the
international political and economic situation. From time to time, meetings and evening
parties are organized where the amateur artists introduce the art and culture of their
The fact that the Communists not only treat the "inferior natives of the colonies"
like brothers, but that they get them to participate in the political life of the country,
is highly characteristic of the "barbarity" of the Bolsheviks. Treated in their native
country as "submissive subjects" or "protéges," having no other right but that to
pay taxes, the Eastern students, who are neither electors nor eligible for election in
their own country, from whom the right to express their political opinion is withdrawn, in
the Soviet Union take part in the election of the Soviets and have the right to send their
representatives to the Soviets. Let our brothers of the colonies who vainly seek a change
of nationality make a comparison between bourgeois democracy and proletarian
These students have suffered themselves and have witnessed the sufferings of others.
All have lived under the yoke of "high civilization," all have been victims of exploitation
and oppression by foreign capitalists . Moreover, they passionately long to acquire
knowledge and to study. They are serious and full of enthusiasm. They are entirely
different from the frequenters of the boulevards of the Latin Quarter, the Eastern students
in Paris, Oxford, and Berlin. It can be said without exaggeration that under the roof of
this University is the future of the colonial peoples.
The colonial countries of the Near and Far East, stretching from Syria to Korea,
cover an extent of more than 15 million square kilometers and have more than 1,200 million
inhabitants. All these immense countries are now under the yoke of capitalism and
imperialism. Although their considerable numbers should be their strength, these submissive
peoples have never yet made any serious attempts to free themselves from this yoke. Not yet
having realized the value of international solidarity, they have not known how to unite for
the struggle. Relationships between their countries are not yet established as they are
among the peoples of Europe and America. They possess gigantic strength and do not yet
realize it. The University of the East, assembling all the young, active, and intelligent
leaders of the colonized countries, has fulfilled a great task, namely:
-It teaches to the future vanguard militants the principles of class struggle,
confused in their minds by race conflicts and patriarchal customs.
-It establishes between the proletarian vanguard of the colonies a close contact with the
Western proletariat, thus preparing the way for the close and effective cooperation which
will alone ensure the final victory of the international working class.
-It teaches the colonized people, hitherto separated from one another, to know one another
and to unite, by creating the bases of a future union of Eastern countries, one of the
wings of the proletarian revolution.
-It sets the proletariat of colonialist countries and example of what they can and must do
in favor of their oppressed brothers .
This is why it is needed to throw the workers from the West against the migrants from the
East and South, to avoid the invincible force they would constitute together.
This dirty work is made by the far-right in the name of corporate liberal elites.
They can play that they fight each other, but as soon as they get seats at the European
Parliament, you will find the previous allegedly opponents all together aligned in the same
Eurogroup. Time to time.
It is a wonder Strache's remark "Journalists are the biggest whores on the planet" and how he
says he can subvert an entire media outlet to his political agenda by even firing the few
remaining fringe elements. Yet here we can still talk about he was drunk, how his being set
up was unjust, and how the poor guy will have to miss his lovers' right cause in Italy. Those
vulgar masses are at it again! There can be no justification about the masses' support of
far-right causes and the clowns like him. If you think otherwise it is the likes of moonofalabama next in line to be "fired", or eliminated. Legitimize their causes and it is
Germany in 1920s all over again.
"Left/right", I agree, is nearly without semantic value. Nevertheless class interests
remain...how is it that this is so? Think about that, comrades.
And then consider wsws report about "At the annual meeting of the Bundeswehr reserve in
autumn 2016, Veith announced: "I dream that in 2026 there will be a provincial regiment in
each state with a charismatic commander, a troop flag and an organization of between 800 and
2,000 reservists to support the police and the Bundeswehr in emergency situations." " see>
"German government prepares troops for domestic missions" @ wsws.org
Considering the overall aspects, it's rational to expect all parties in Europe to make
plans, is it not? Of course the working class is not permitted to make such plans...is
I don't think Strache is as harmless as you portray him, B. You fall for his defence strategy
if you attribute all his statements to the influence of alcohol. At that time, the man was
very confident that he would soon be at the levers of power, which then materialized. It
remains to be proven whether he did not put into practice anything of what he talked about at
that house in Ibiza. After all, he was talking about the by far most influential newspaper in
Of course it is true that it is the neoliberal globalisers who have brought us to where we
stand today. But that doesn' make people like Strache and Salvini any less dangerous. If they
rise to total power, the result will be a naked dictatorship. Strache was beaten with his own
weapons, you don't have to be under any illusions.
I agree with you that this is not the big setback for the right the mainstream parties dream
of. But it won't help the fascists in spe in the future either.
Who could have ordered such an elaborate sting operation?
A first association might be the dirty, deceptive campaigning SPÖ used against
Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) - the Silberstein affair -, but I think the methods that were
chosen are too different to make a common source likely, Strache was targeted in a much more
sophisticated way. The Silberstein affair may, however, be the reason why the tapes have
partially been published now rather than before the last Austrian elections - at that time,
dirty campaigning might have been discredited too much for the tape to have the desired
The sophisticated operation using actors and a villa prepared with hidden cameras and
microphones shows that this is hardly a normal case of dirty campaigning by political
opponents. Most likely, either it was an action by a secret service or someone with deep
pockets hired former secret agents.
If it was an action by secret services, the most plausible explanation seems to be that
Western secret services targeted Strache because FPÖ is one of the parties who is in
favor of restoring normal relations with Russia.
François Fillon comes to mind, a
French conservative candidate who also had a quite a friendly attitude towards Russia -
shortly before the elections, it was revealed (at least claimed) that Fillon had given his
wife ficticious employment, and Fillon lost popularity, which helped Macron enormously.
Probably, some of the things Strache said during this sting operation were inacceptable, and
Fillon may also not be innocent, but if there is a systematic selective targeting of European
politicians who want to normalize relations with Russia by secret services, that would be a
huge problem for democracy.
In the case of Strache and FPÖ, a different motive may also be plausible. There are
connections between FPÖ and neonazis, and there are, in my view, legitimate concerns
that Strache is too close to such far-right networks. I don't think it is good when
right-wing populists whose rise is mainly due to the unpopularity of the neoliberal elites
are equated with Nazis too quickly.
But in the case of FPÖ, this is less far-fetched
than in the case of other European right-wing parties - historically, Nazis played an
important role in FPÖ in post-war Austria, and it is one of the current right-wing
parties that probably has more connections to the extreme right (e.g. via Burschenschaften)
than others. I could imagine that someone might have ordered and financed the sting operation
out of antifascist principles. While I may recognize the motivation as ethical and even
partially agree with it, I don't think the right means were chosen, and such dirty methods
"While I consider myself to be a strong leftist who opposes the right wherever possible, I
believe to understand why people vote for Strache's FBOe and similar parties"
Quite. It seems to me that only the Right and the Left have a clue right now, because they
have an instinctive mistrust of what they are told in the media.
People like "b" and Craig Murray are to be thanked for explaining that to us middling
You miss the most glaring "injustice". That which shows that GDP in most western countries
had doubled in the last 30 odd years, that earnings for the top quartile have gone up by
factors of 3 or 4. But that median earnings in US are unchanged, and in say UK are only up
10% or so (unless one is seeking to buy one's own house or flat).
All the improvements in inequality from 1930s to 1980s have been reversed in full.
"Populists" (or better "anti-elitists") are driven mostly by sheer anger at how a small group
had taken all the Economic gains of the last 35 years.
I don't know what b. saw in the video what I saw was a discussion of an Orban like take
over of Austria by FPÖ.
In other news people are arguing the following
- who will profit most - ÖVP
- why was the video not published after it was produced in 2017 - because ÖVP wanted a
coalition with FPÖ
- why was it published now - ÖVP has been renting advertising space for weeks for an
election in September (renting before the video came out), Sebastian Kurz will be the saviour
who will get the disappointed FPÖ vote
- why the emphasis on Kronenzeitung,
who were the people producing the video
why Red Bull everywhere - Red Bull media empire billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz publicly
announced that he would back Sebastian Kurz in 2017
ÖVP/Kurz/Mateschitz have moved so far to the right that there is not much space for
FPÖ anyway. His problems will return when he needs another coalition.
While the right wing parties in Europe don't have a problem with Putin, it does seem that
much of the Western European establish has gone full McCarthyite hysterical where they see
any contact for any reason with a Russian is automatically criminal. Aside from being a setup
it relied the underlying false flag of presenting the woman as a Russian (and hence guility
of some crime against the Austrians).
In fact, a suggestion for a column--personal impressions on whether everyday Europeans are
falling for anti-Russian propaganda. Polls in the US indicate that Americans simply do not
care (they could believe it, but not effecting their daily lives).
1. The ER (United Russia) party was founded by Sergey Shoygu, Yuriy Luzhkov, and Mintimer
Shaymiev. Its chairman is Dmitriy Medvedev, not Vladimir Putin. Putin is not even a member of
ER. Putin is the leader of ONF (All-Russia People's Front), which is a nation-wide discussion
platform for politicians, professionals, and NGOs.
2. Russian billionaire Igor Makarov denies having a niece: "I was the only child in the
Forbes.ru , in Russian).
3. In 2016, Joseph Mifsud invited George Papadopoulos to Rome and introduced him to
"Putin's niece" with the intent of smearing Trump as "Russian puppet" and destroying his
election chances. In 2017, someone (who?) invited Heinz-Christian Strache to Ibiza and
introduced him to "Russian billionaire's niece" with the intent of smearing Strache as
"Russian puppet" and destroying his party's election chances. Notice a pattern?
4. This is a clear case of Germany interfering in Austrian elections. Austria should
deport 60 German diplomats, shut down German embassy in Vienna, and impose sanctions on
Germany. Also put a German girl interested in Austrian politics in jail for 18 months.
Thinking about it, after revealing e-mail of HRC, Podesta etc. were published, their core
supporters were enraged about the dirty trick and did not pay attention to the disclosed
content, while for the core opponents of HRC she was already sufficiently vilified so the net
change in voting intentions that can be attributed to that incident was modest.
Leaving aside the discussion of of various factors in that election, this public reaction
is typical. Actually, in both cases the core supporters may be energized by the suspicion
that this trick was performed by a foreign government. I do not think that there is a
particular hostility toward Germany in Felix Austria, but the to the right wing Merkel
government is like red cape for a bull. The women who unleashed a wave of refugees. On top of
that, traditionally major parties of Austria gained reputation of dirty patronage, so the
voters who care about that issue probably do not vote for them.
I do not expect Austrians to demand expulsions of German diplomats -- interference in our
democracy -- or other sanctions, but nevertheless it stinks. Making sting operations on
politicians has corrupt potential even if it is done by domestic law enforcement, but foreign
intelligence services really do not have any excuse.
Thinking about it, the stings against George Papadopoulos described in his book were
That said, Austrians have a reputation of good manners etc., they will not unload their
frustration on a girl. BTW, why there are suspicions of Germany being involved? Again, even
extremist Austrians probably would like to have some proof before doing anything. I guess,
America is indeed exceptional.
For all those of you whining about the corruption of Strache, this is how business and
politics is done in Austria. Strache was just talking about the FPÖ's fair share after
an election which they would win.
This all starts with Austrian's Presidential Election of 2016. The FPÖ won the
presidential election a couple of years ago in May 2016. After the bell, postal votes
overturned it! – postal votes more than 90% in favour of the establishment candidate
Van der Bellen. Some constituencies full of Van der Bellen votes turned out to have 148% turn
out. There was a court case by the FPÖ about procedure and hinting at ballot
falsification. The case was judged by a (non-corrupt but under serious pressure) judge to
have enough merit that the elections had to
be annulled and the election rerun six months later . Austria went without a
president at all for six months!
For six months the mainstream Austrian media campaigned non-stop against the FPÖ and
Norbert Hofer. Huge efforts were made for voter turnout (it included huge bussing of
potential anti-FPÖ constituencies and bribing pensioners to vote against the FPÖ
via parties and cakes). With all of that, Van der Bellen scraped in on 4 December 2016, by
348,231 votes. Despite the non-stop anti-FPÖ propaganda and banging on drums, votes for
Hofer's fell by less than 100,000 (95,993 votes to be exact). It's just that with six months
to prepare the establishment had found enough "dead souls" to win the second round.
In the parliamentary elections of 15 October 2017, the FPÖ were set to win a strong
majority in parliament. To defeat the FPÖ and Strache, the conservatives
(Völkspartei) were forced to elect a male model non-university graduate 30 year old sex
symbol with no work experience outside of politics as party leader. Of course Sebastian Kurz
was mainly a figurehead for establishment figures in the venerable Völkspartei. Kurz
does have a mind of his own though (I had the opportunity to interact with him personally at
a local political discussion group in 2015) and it's hard to know exactly how much of his
policy is dictated to him and how much is off his own bat.
Going back to Austrian corruption, there are enormous sums at stake. There is a long
entrenched system of corruption in the establishment parties, the Völkspartei and the
SPÖ. Strabag does win most of the government contracts. Favour is regularly granted on
quid pro basis. The media landscape is very partisan and mostly for sale. Kurz's spiritual
predecessor as a powerful head of the Völkspartei if not direct predecessor Wolfgang
Schüssel was forced to retire from politics in 2011 due to never-ending corruption
scandals. Schüssel's longstanding finance minister Karl-Heinz Grasser was caught carrying
bags of cash to Lichtenstein and is still under investigation. If his mother-in-law were
not the richest woman in Austria (Swarovski Crystal) and devoted to her daughter (Grasser's
wife), he would long ago have been in jail.
Politically, Grasser knows where a lot of the bodies are buried from the Schlüssel
political machine so either he has to be kept out of jail or he may take others down with
him. In elite Austrian circles turning informant would be considered unsportsmanlike so
there's an uneasy truce still fought to this day in the courts where Grasser is kept out of
jail via procedural methods (detect a pattern) and Grasser doesn't rat out the others.
Strache's sin is not planning to use the advantages which accrue to the governing Austrian
party but getting caught out talking about it. Strache is something of a lout, not terribly
loyal (he was the Brutus who threw Jörg Haider under the bus in 2005 in a palace
putsch). He's a smoker in power who used his power to overturn some very positive
anti-smoking laws. But he's less corrupt than any of his equivalents in the Völkspartei
and is only a nose ahead of the his equivalents in the SPÖ. His politics and policies of
Austria for Austrians are pretty simple. Hence people vote for these policies.
Here's a sample of the SPÖ's wares in the 2010 Vienna elections:
Zu viel Fremdes tut niemandem gut. (Too many foreigners [or more literally: Too much
foreign] does nobody well.)
Wir bewahren unsere Heimatstadt. Die SPÖ macht sie uns fremd. (We maintain our
homeland-city. The SPÖ makes it foreign.)
Wir glauben an unsere Jugend. Die SPÖ an Zuwanderung. (We believe in our youth.
The SPÖ in immigration.)
Wir schützen freie Frauen. Die SPÖ den Kopftuchzwang (We protect free women.
The SPÖ protects the compulsory veil.)
Mehr Mut für unser Wiener Blut (More courage for our Viennese blood.)
Uns geht's um die Wiener (To us, it's about the Viennese)
The FPÖ has historically been weakest in Vienna but in 2010 they took 27% of the vote
in this SPÖ stronghold, their first step in what has been a steady march to power.
Anyone who does not directly have his or her family's nose in the EU trough at this point
knows that the policies espoused by transatlantic puppets like Angela Merkel and Emmanuel
Macron push our countries and our continent towards self-destruction. Life in Europe,
post-1968 and pre-2013, has been pretty damn good. There's absolutely no good reason for us
to rip up our traditions or turn into a continent of immigrants and mobile job seekers. We
instinctively abhor what is happening to our nations. By nature Strache is inclined this way
himself (he's no great thinker) and has the good sense to ride the wave.
For all those of you whining about the corruption of Strache, this is how business and
politics is done in Austria. Strache was just talking about the FPÖ's fair share after
an election which they would win.
So why did he step down?
Here's a sample of the SPÖ's wares in the 2010 Vienna elections:
"This stand-offish sentence in the Spiegel story about Strache's party demonstrates the
In the last election, the party drew significant support from the working class, in
part because of his ability to simplify even the most complicated of issues and play the
common man, even in his role as vice chancellor.
"The implicit thesis, that the working class is too dumb to understand the "most
complicated of issues", is not only incredibly snobbish but utterly false..."
I can't agree that Spiegel's attitude to Strache's party is condescending toward the
working class. Right-wing parties tend to spout a lot of aggressively authoritarian spin tank
bullshit to encourage voters to tune out when a R-w politician is telling them what to think.
If Strache is adept at separating fact from fiction and superfluous verbiage, then people
would appreciate his candor.
In a Democracy, and in theory at least, politicians are supposed to represent and defend the
views of the people who voted for them, not vested intere$t$. Or so we've been led to
I'll always remember Spiegel as the folks whose photo-journalists torpedoed Crooked
Hillary's feeble-minded Cheonan (NK-SK) bullshit. That story vanished overnight. It's not
even referred to in NK smear campaigns. Dead & buried.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish
Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general
Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,
The German constitution is absolutely clear that members of parliament represent all of
the people (ie different views and interests) and are bound by their own judgement and
As we are discussing Austria, lets see what the Austrian constitution says.
Austria has "linguistic and cultural diversity" and the protection of its grown native
peoples in its constitution, this means Slovenian, Croatian, Czech, Slovakian, Roma and
So the Austrian constitution has a concept of a multinational state where different peoples
grow and are protected even if the Viennese "Stammtisch" does not like them.
There is no "democratic theory" that suggests representatives should follow the uninformed
and prejudiced views of their electorate against their better judgement.
Strache seems to have specialized in "fake news" - ie mostly invented stuff claiming
Muslims, immigrants or whoever were treated in a better way than native Austrians or
threatened native Austrians.
It is a very convenient technique when you plan to cut social services, you have someone to
To those who fill that politics of Strache are obnoxious and that justifies entrapment,
remembers that methods of that type are not improvised, and that means that there is an
apparatus that does it. We noted similarities with provocations against George Papadopoulos.
In the latter case the target was cautious, after all, we had to be well aware of such
methods. But anyone who is despised by NATO establishment are similar group can be on the
receiving end, think about Assange.
"... James Baker, meanwhile, told Lawfare's Benjamin Wittes last week that he's 'nervous' about the DOJ Inspector General's ongoing investigation into FBI/DOJ conduct surrounding the 2016 election. ..."
"... The Steele Dossier is the most amateurish piece of garbage they could think of. It was born out of some comments made by Trump during the debates when both he and his opponents started talking about hand size. ..."
"... When and if Barr and Horowitz get the information compiled, this is going to look worse than a school election of a class president for the 9th grade. Mostly testosterone and no where to put it. ..."
"... Ultimate CYA swamp creature. What ever happened to the "Comey Memo"? Has anybody actually seen it? Was it written on Windows? Can we see the metadata to prove when it was written? or was it penned on a bar napkin, and can be edited at any time. ..."
"... This guy is a lawyer. He owed a duty to inform the judge that his bosses were lying about the warrant. He owed a duty to counsel his bosses to make them stop what they were doing and consider if it was a violation. ..."
"... Unless he did those two things, he should go to jail and also be disbarred and also be subject to civil suits for those who had to pay attorney fees during the investigation. ..."
"... Why are they bending over backwards to protect the British, who were the real interferers in the American election. Clinton mob-CIA-MI6-Steele-Pablo Miller-Skripal-Steele-Clinton mob. ..."
"... Recall the Podesta email, re: DNC "hack": We're gonna make an example of this guy. So, they seem to know who it is that stole the emails, and they are going to "make an example" of him. And do recall the statement of Donna Brazile, who expressed fear for her own safety in the wake of the Seth Rich murder: "you don't know what these people are capable of". ..."
"... When listening to an account of an event on TV or written in a blurb on the internet, always ask, why do they want us to know this stuff? The answer is usually so they can hide what they are really doing. ..."
James Baker - the Obama FBI's top attorney (general counsel) said on Friday that he was skeptical about the Steele dossier, and
"concerned" about its veracity when the agency received it prior to the 2016 US election, according to the
Daily Caller 's Chuck Ross.
" It was more information that we viewed, that I viewed, skeptically from the outset , and I was concerned about it and
had a jaundiced eye, or looked at it with a jaundiced eye right from the outset," Baker told MSNBC 's Chuck Todd, adding "Steele
was and had been a source that we thought was reliable. He's reporting all this information. It looks alarming. We took it seriously,
but we tried to vet it. "
The dossier - a collection of memos compiled by an ex-British spy funded by Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign and the DNC - was
used by the FBI to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to spy on Trump campaign aide Carter Page. Steele alleged
that Page provided the Trump campaign a Kremlin backchannel during the election.
Baker also told Todd that he thinks the FISA warrants against Page would have been granted without the dossier, and took a pregnant
pause when asked if the dossier was used to obtain FISA warrants on other people - saying "I don't think I should comment on that,
I'm not sure what else the government has confirmed," and adding " I don't want to confirm or deny anything about other potential
FISA applications. "
According to Fox News , an email chain exists which indicates that Comey told bureau subordinates that Brennan insisted on the
dossier's inclusion in the intelligence community assessment (ICA) on Russian interference . Also interesting is that the dossier
was referred to as "crown material" in the emails - a possible reference to the fact that Steele is a former British spy.
In a statement to Fox, however, a former CIA official "put the blame squarely on Comey ."
Comey, meanwhile, has attacked Attorney General William Barr for investigating him, tweeting on Friday "The AG should stop sliming
his own Department. If there are bad facts, show us, or search for them professionally and then tell us what you found."
Barr, has launched a
investigation into FBI conduct during the 2016 election, making him public enemy #1 to the left . In a Friday interview with
Fox News , Barr said that the use of the Steele Dossier in the FISA warrant was a "very unusual situation," especially one "that
on its face had a number of clear mistakes and a somewhat jejue analysis. And to use that to conduct counterintelligence against
the American political campaign would be a strange development."
James Baker, meanwhile, told
Lawfare's Benjamin Wittes last week that he's 'nervous' about the DOJ Inspector General's ongoing investigation into FBI/DOJ
conduct surrounding the 2016 election.
Baker made clear that he wanted to speak "as openly as I possibly can" about the origin of the FBI's investigation into Donald
Trump - " to reassure the American people that it was done for lawful, legitimate reasons, and was apolitical, " according to the
Washington Examiner 's Jerry Dunleavy.
Things you will never read here, but hey, this is from the "failing" NYT so clearly fake news ...
Anti-money laundering investigators at Deutsche Bank flagged to bank executives multiple suspicious transactions on President
Donald Trump and Jared Kushner's accounts in 2016 and 2017.
Five current and former Deutsche Bank employees told the New York Times that after computer alerts flagged suspicious activity,
the specialists would put together recommendations urging bank executives to report the activity to the Treasury Department.
However, executives refused to act on the recommendations and kept the reports from the Department.
Tammy McFadden, an ex-Deutsche Bank employee who reviewed such alerts, said she found that money had been moved from Kushner
Companies to Russian individuals.
Breaking: We now know positively that there was Russian collusion. But it was via Obama, the Demonrats and their lapdog propaganda
apparatus the MSM, Trump was completely innocent. (Saul Alinsky-Always accuse your opponents of that for which you are guilty.
Your students, Obuttboy and Killiary studied you well, sensei)
They used a CIA spy asset, Stephen Halper, to feed Russian disinformation via the commie traitor Brennan head of Obuttboy's
CIA into their Demonrat Senate traitors who asked for an FBI investigation and that lying sack-0-**** Comey, head of the FBI,
complied using the so-called Steele "dossier" to obtain an illegal FISA warrant(s) to spy on members of the Trump team such as
Carter Page. Comey knew the dossier and the parallel constructed Brennan pack of lies were fiction yet put his signature on the
FISA application anyway blinded by his hatred of Trump and his girly-man nature. They used parallel construction to give an air
of credibility to the fictional script written by Glenn Simpson, head of Fusion GPS, employer of "hit by an ugly" stick Nellie
Ohr and paid to Hilliary and the DNC to smear Trump. The script was written in 2007.
Want more details? Please listen to Dan Bongino's Friday show and laugh your ******* head off at these spygate idiots now caught
naked as the tide recedes.
As Dan puts it so pithily, it's not James Bond, it's Bond, James. Its Gitmo for you morons and a Pulitzer to Dan Bongino. And
yet the MSM seems not to be aware of this? How can that be? Perhaps, as the commies like to say the MSM needs to be deconstructed,
never trust ANYTHING amerikans say ... I am the default example after we saved the World from Nazism - something the amerikan
rats are now funding and supporting - they betrayed me in 1945 and that traitor Gorby in 1986 with the NATO scam... and these
parameters will ALWAYS into the future determine our level of trust with America ..... it will be ZERO
This is like watching a movie director, producers and actors blame each other for a flop. They all thought it was a great
idea during pre-production, but after the critics take it apart and the public ignores it, they all turn on each other and say,
"I knew this was a piece of **** from the start!"
Yep.. Carter Page was such a "bad guy" that the FBI permitted him (and continues to do so) to walk around American and NEVER
be arrested.. Yep.. that was a pretty strong amount of evidence you guys had there for that FISA warrant.. And you never told
Trump either about this "Russian Mole" in his campaign as you're required to do (and as you did for the Chinese mole in Feinstein's
Glenn Simpson wrote the dossier with input from a Putin operative. They ran it through Steele simply to give it "credibility."
Wheel out the guillotine and get it lubed up. This is gonna be a busy summer. NOTHING can stop what is coming. Nothing.
I have read many articles from many sources including reading the Mueller Report as it was released to the public and tedious
I have come to the conclusions at this point that:
A. Many amateur actors not familiar with how to do counter intelligence were brought in by the Clinton campaign largely because
no expert would have touched what she was trying to do.
B: No one can explain from the very beginning what happened, who knew what when, nor how they were going to answer for it when
they got caught, if they got caught.
C. The Steele Dossier is the most amateurish piece of garbage they could think of. It was born out of some comments made
by Trump during the debates when both he and his opponents started talking about hand size.
D. When and if Barr and Horowitz get the information compiled, this is going to look worse than a school election of a
class president for the 9th grade. Mostly testosterone and no where to put it.
And yet FBI has said, that they took the Steele Report seriously because it confirmed a series of information, that FBi already
had, but check every line of the report. What was the result of that FBI examination we don't know.
Yeah, right. Comey will email SUBORDINATES to go on record that it's not HIS idea . . .but we'll go with the dossier anyway.
If you got a problem with Brennan, why not memorialize that in an email to Brennan?
Ultimate CYA swamp creature. What ever happened to the "Comey Memo"? Has anybody actually seen it? Was it written on Windows?
Can we see the metadata to prove when it was written? or was it penned on a bar napkin, and can be edited at any time.
In an alternate universe, we would have Comey, Clapper and Brennan in adjacent rooms, two chairs a table and harsh lighting.
Pretty rich for Comey to call for searching for facts professionally, like the clown car investigation under him was professional.
Unh huh. Surrrre.
This Baker *** hat and Obongo and crew looovved the "dossier" and thought it was just the ticket to be used against Trump and
his people. Just the most natural thing there was and oh so useful for their purposes. So WHAAAAT if the "dossier" stank like
dead cow. Surrre. What Democrat DOESN'T want to pursue a decapitation strategy? And surrre the basis for one was right there in
that socialist scumbag's "dossier." And, surrre, i believe Steele is no long were MI-6. Fisking Theresa May.
Surrre this *** hat was just brimming with effing skepticism and I'm surrre there are emails and memos expressing just that,
I see parallels from the twenties with what's happening today. For example, Prohibition was meant to outlaw drinking. Instead,
it made drinkers into outlaws. Breaking the law became commonplace. New York closed 15,000 legal saloons when prohibition began.
Some 32,000 illegal speakeasy's replaced them. Upstanding citizens and mobsters became partners in crime, allied against federal
agents in the battle for booze.
Today, that battle is against feds for truth and justice.
This guy is a lawyer. He owed a duty to inform the judge that his bosses were lying about the warrant. He owed a duty to
counsel his bosses to make them stop what they were doing and consider if it was a violation.
Unless he did those two things, he should go to jail and also be disbarred and also be subject to civil suits for those
who had to pay attorney fees during the investigation.
Seth Rich and CIA? Don't think so. DNC has an army of lawyers, the kind that aren't in the phone book. They know lots of people
who are willing to do things for a price.
Recall the Podesta email, re: DNC "hack": We're gonna make an example of this guy. So, they seem to know who it is that
stole the emails, and they are going to "make an example" of him. And do recall the statement of Donna Brazile, who expressed
fear for her own safety in the wake of the Seth Rich murder: "you don't know what these people are capable of".
If this had not been an amateur job, we would still not know anything. There would be no investigation because the players
would never have been identified like 95% of all counter intelligence work. Seth Rich was killed in plain sight as a message to
some one else. He was probably the only innocent person involved at such a deep level.
When listening to an account of an event on TV or written in a blurb on the internet, always ask, why do they want us to
know this stuff? The answer is usually so they can hide what they are really doing.
"... what is true is that May was judge, jury and executioner in convicting Russia of the poisoning and refused to follow an evidence based discovery process that lies at the heart of the UK justice system - by hiding behind those powers that the UK intelligence community "needs" in order to protect british (not russian, british) citizens from the sinister influences of foreign powers. ..."
"... the criminal activities of howler monkeys, like Strzok, Page, Brennan, McCabe, SUSAN RICE, Comey, Ohr, BIDEN, OBAMA, etc in the USA are bad enough (whilst hardly impacting civilian life in the US - BUT - the tactics used have been deployed to starve, cause disease, "dumb down", reduce life chances all over the middle east and elsewhere for countless millions of people. ..."
Couple of factors not mentioned. one is Israel and the other is more sinister still and tied
to the conclusions to be drawn from the Mueller report.
it may be true that Skripal helped Steele with some elements of the dossier compiled by
Steele, via SKripals handler Pablo Miller. It may be true that Skripal went "stir crazy" and an
attempt was made to silence him and his daughter - permanently, because they simply cold not be
trusted. a similar motivation could be drawn up against Russia - with the two Russians visiting
Salisbury used as diversionary "stool pigeons". It may be true that the "poisoning" was self
inflicted and was in fact a murder/suicide attempt as a result of depression along the ines
"what's the point of it all".
what is true is that May was judge, jury and executioner in convicting Russia of the
poisoning and refused to follow an evidence based discovery process that lies at the heart of
the UK justice system - by hiding behind those powers that the UK intelligence community
"needs" in order to protect british (not russian, british) citizens from the sinister
influences of foreign powers.
what ought to be apparent is
- the same tactics used by the special prosecutor to investigate the "Russia collusion"
smoke screen erected by the howler monkeys in the US intel agencies (aided and abetter by
howler monkeys in UK intel agencies) to stymie the US executive branch (Trump) are likely to be
used by the the UK government and some more as well - in true Le Carre fashion, but with much
dumber and less principled actors than Smiley's people.
these tactics prevented (and continue to prevent) investigation and prosecution of heinous
corruption within the obama administration of the previous 8 years - these howler monkey
intelligence agency tactics include(d) entrapment, honeypots, racketeering, blackmail, de facto
kidnapping (in the case of Skripals), bribery, wire fraud, unauthorized wire-tapping, breach of
authorized intel agency activities (like the FBI operating overseas and the CIA operating
domestically in the US, false and unverified claims in FISA warrants, NSA providing unauthorized
information to the CIA and FBI etc)
- given the howler monkey activities of the alphabet soup, it is not beyond the imagination
to draw parallels with the CIA's reporting and analysis of situations on the ground wherever
they operate to provide intel ahead of military activity. the DOD has already proved complicit
by hiring Halper (for hundreds of thousands of dollars) to assist with the entrapment of Trump
operative Papadopoulos. Mifsud is likely a CIA, not a Russian, asset.
- given that we have ample evidence of the howler monkeys in the alphabet soup seeking to
facilitate a coup against a sitting US president, it is certainly plausible that - as with the
US goverment sponsoring the mujaheedin, isis and al qaeda in afghanistan to fight the russians
in late 80's early 90's, Iraq yellow cake and WMD - that the howler monkeys paid the white
helmets to ovethrow assad and foment civil war in Syria - thus causing the migration of some 5
million syrians into europe, iraq, turkey, jordan, turkey and lebanon.
so , the case is that howler monkey activity in intel agencies of the UK and US (add
(F)rance to get FUKUS) are guilty of the manufacture of human conflict by fabricating evidence,
breaking the laws (certainly of the targeted countries, but also of the UK and US), providing
shitty analysis (howler monkeys are only good at swinging in trees and flinging ****) and
generally operating as evil actors on the dark side of humanity.
this can only be brought into sharp relief if howler monkey activities were instead shown to
be powers for good rather than the geo-political risks that persist in Iran, North Korea,
Venezuela, Yemen, Libya and so on and so forth.
Never mind how much past conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and so on relied on
evidence and analysis thrown at us by the howler monkeys in the tree tops, how much of what we
we are doing now is a fabrication causing needless suffering by civilian (not politicians or
military engaged in conflict) populations?
the criminal activities of howler monkeys, like Strzok, Page, Brennan, McCabe, SUSAN RICE,
Comey, Ohr, BIDEN, OBAMA, etc in the USA are bad enough (whilst hardly impacting civilian life
in the US - BUT - the tactics used have been deployed to starve, cause disease, "dumb down",
reduce life chances all over the middle east and elsewhere for countless millions of
there are equivalents of strzok, page, ohr right throughout the US and UK government
"machines" operating overseas. think about that. crimes exposed by Barr et al in the US -
against a sitting president - are replicated wherever howler monkeys operate overseas as well.
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released an email revealing that Nellie Ohr,
wife of former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, informed him that she was deleting
emails sent from Bruce Ohr's DOJ email account.
From: Nellie Ohr
Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 12:49 PM
To: Ohr, Bruce (ODAG)
Subject: Re: Analyst Russian Organized Crime – April 2016
Thanks! I'm deleting these emails now
email exchange is between Bruce Ohr, Lisa Holtyn, Nellie Ohr, and Stefan Bress, a first
secretary at the German Embassy, and is part of
339 pages of heavily redacted records from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Nellie Ohr's email has the same subject line as an email exchange with the subject line
"Analyst Russian Organized Crime – April 2016" in which Bress initiates a discussion with
Bruce Ohr and his top aide, Lisa Holtyn, proffering some "Russian analysts" to discuss a
variety of topics with Ohr, Holtyn, and other DOJ officials. Among those topics to be discussed
is "Impact of Russian influence operations in Europe ('PsyOps/InfoWar')."
Holtyn responds with, "I haven't had a chance to confer with Bruce yet, but would certainly
love to meet with the 'A Team'!" Bruce Ohr then says, "That time works for me as well." Bress
then provides the personal details/passport numbers of the German analysts who will be meeting
with Holtyn and Ohr. Holtyn tells Bress that the Ohr's would like to host the German delegation
for dinner and notes that Joe Wheatley and Ivana Nizich (a husband/wife team of DOJ Organized
Crime prosecutors and friends of the Ohr's) would join them as well.
Until he was demoted for his connection to the anti-Trump dossier, Bruce Ohr was a top
official at DOJ. A House Intelligence Committee memo
released by Chairman Devin Nunes said that Nellie Ohr was "employed by Fusion GPS to assist in
the cultivation of opposition research on Trump" and that Bruce Ohr passed the results of that
research, which was paid for by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton
campaign, to the FBI. The " salacious
and unverified " Dossier was used to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)
surveillance warrant to spy on Carter Page.
These documents are part of Nellie Ohr's and the DOJ's
communications about Russia. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) recently wrote up a criminal
referral concerning her testimony before Congress that she had no knowledge of what was
going on during the Russia investigation at DOJ.
"This email is disturbing and suggests documents relevant to the improper targeting of
President Trump were destroyed," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
This production of documents
also revealed that Bruce Ohr remained in regular contact with former British spy and Fusion
GPS contractor Christopher Steele after Steele
was terminated by the FBI in November 2016 for revealing to the media his position as an
FBI confidential informant.
"... BREAKING: A high-level source tells me it was Brennan who insisted that the unverified and fake Steele dossier be included in the Intelligence Report... Brennan should be asked to testify under oath in Congress ASAP. ..."
"... As one example, in its FISA application, the bureau repeatedly and incorrectly assured the court in a footnote that it "does not believe" British ex-spy Christopher Steele was the direct source for a Yahoo News article implicating Page in Russian collusion, and instead asserted that the Yahoo article provided an independent basis to believe Steele. - Fox News ..."
"... Graham noted a report by The Hill 's John Solomon that the FBI was specifically told that Steele was "keen" to leak his salacious dossier for the purpose of influencing the 2016 US election . The agency also knew that the document's claims were either unverified or disproven , yet it was used anyway against Trump and his campaign. ..."
"... Peter Strzok and Lisa Page are now blaming Loretta Lynch for the botched Hillary/email investigation. ..."
FBI-CIA Dispute Erupts Over Whether Comey Or Brennan Pushed Steele Dossier
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A dispute has erupted over whether former FBI Director James Comey or his CIA counterpart, John Brennan, promoted the unverified
Steele dossier as the Obama-era intelligence community targeted the Trump campaign.
According to Fox News , an email chain exists which indicates that Comey told bureau subordinates that Brennan insisted on the
dossier's inclusion in the intelligence community assessment (ICA) on Russian interference . Also interesting is that the dossier
was referred to as "crown material" in the emails - a possible reference to the fact that Steele is a former British spy.
In a statement to Fox, however, a former CIA official "put the blame squarely on Comey ."
"Former Director Brennan, along with former [Director of National Intelligence] James Clapper, are the ones who opposed James
Comey's recommendation that the Steele Dossier be included in the intelligence report," said the official.
"They opposed this because the dossier was in no way used to develop the ICA," the official continued. "The intelligence analysts
didn't include it when they were doing their work because it wasn't corroborated intelligence, therefore it wasn't used and it wasn't
included. Brennan and Clapper prevented it from being added into the official assessment. James Comey then decided on his own to
brief Trump about the document. "
James Comey, James Clapper, and John Brennan are starting to publicly argue who was pushing the dossier that ended up in the
intelligence community assessment on Russian interference. The RATS are beginning to turn on each other.
In March, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) suggested over Twitter that Brennan had "insisted that the unverified and fake Steele dossier"
be included in the January 2017 ICA .
BREAKING: A high-level source tells me it was Brennan who insisted that the unverified and fake Steele dossier be included
in the Intelligence Report... Brennan should be asked to testify under oath in Congress ASAP.
The dossier was ultimately not included in the ICA according to
previous testimony by Clapper. Meanwhile, word that Comey
had briefed President Trump personally on the dossier - "because he understood reporters already had that information and it could
become public soon if journalists had a "news hook," according to the
Associated Press . And as it so happens - the
fact that Comey briefed Trump is what CNN and Buzzfeed caim
their decision to publicly release the salacious and unverified dossier.
Whether the FBI acted appropriately in obtaining the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to Trump campaign
aide Carter Page is now the subject not only of U.S. Attorney John Durham's new probe, but also the ongoing review by Justice
Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber has been conducting his own investigation separately,
although details of his progress were unclear.
As one example, in its FISA application, the bureau
repeatedly and incorrectly assured the court in a footnote that it "does not believe" British ex-spy Christopher Steele was
the direct source for a Yahoo News article implicating Page in Russian collusion, and instead asserted that the Yahoo article
provided an independent basis to believe Steele. -
On Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told Fox News that he was pushing to declassify documents which would expose the FBI's dismal
efforts to verify the claims within the dossier.
"There's a document that's classified that I'm gonna try to get unclassified that takes the dossier -- all the pages of it --
and it has verification to one side," said Graham. "There really is no verification, other than media reports that were generated
by reporters that received the dossier."
Graham noted a report by The Hill 's John Solomon that the FBI was specifically told that Steele was "keen" to leak his salacious
dossier for the purpose of influencing the 2016 US election . The agency also knew that the document's claims were either unverified
disproven , yet it was used anyway against Trump and his campaign.
The Italian prime minister has suddenly requested resignations from 6 deputy directors of Italian intelligence agencies: DIS,
AISI and AISE. This was all after I outed Mifsud in Rome and the president called the Italian prime minister. Italy has flipped
and are giving up Brennan.
The Italian prime minister has suddenly requested resignations from 6 deputy directors of Italian intelligence agencies:
DIS, AISI and AISE. This was all after I outed Mifsud in Rome and the president called the Italian prime minister. Italy has flipped
and are giving up Brennan.
U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber has been on the job for some months yet narry a peep out of him. There's not even any indication
that he gets out of bed in the morning.
He's a member of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, I imagine that should he ever get out of bed, he will whitewash whichever
agency has the most Mormons who might be affected by this scandal.
Back in the sixties, Jack Anderson, a serious investigative journalist and Mormon, noted that to Mormons the US Constitution
is a sacred document given to the founding fathers by God himself. Let's hope Huber honors this Mormon tradition.
Comey was going to blackmail Trump and be the white knight he thinks he is. Even if it were true (which it isn't) Trump didn't
give a ****. Especially after all the lies after lies of trash the Dems have sunk to (like with Kavanaugh). Never be ashamed of
**** you do, and you will be blackmail proof....except for the pedophiles in DC. We know they are there, and when we find out
who they are we will kill them. Comey's a douche.
If you kill all the pedophile in and associated with Washington, the streets will run with blood.
Imagine you or me. If we have a little sexual kink--even a little one--there is little we can do about it but fantasize or
find an occasional person/animal/or vegetable to accommodate us. But if you hold great power or are super-rich, you don't need
to fantasize. You can act out your little kink with impunity. If you hold great power or are super-rich and you have a very, very
evil kink, you can exercise it with impunity. I often thought of that looking at **** Cheney's eyes. They're the eyes of a madman.
He could have sliced and diced a man, woman, child or beast a day and gotten away with it. President Trump can grab them by the
***** (adult women) and why not. It's just a very personal way of shaking hands. But I see no insanity in his eyes at all. Hillary's
eyes remind me of Norman Bates on a bad day. And Biden. . . . Wow! A pervert of the first water but also a complete coward. Thank
God! One less sex monster in action.
Everyone knows that FBI, CIA, NSA etc., are all in the business of being in business. Helps that insider trading is not illegal
for Congress. Corporate America directs intelligence outfits. My opinion...well, ok, my chickens told me.
The hits just keep coming. It's not just Comey vs. Brennan. Peter Strzok and Lisa Page are now blaming Loretta Lynch for the
botched Hillary/email investigation. Bruce Ohr is blaming DOJ and FBI officials for ignoring his "warnings" about Christopher
Steele and the dossier.
Comey is bashing Strzok, Page, and now Rosenstein. Rosenstein is firing back at Comey. Andrew McCabe is attacking anyone pretty
much with a pulse.
She's trying to protect herself. She already testified and spilled the beans about herself and her husband. And they threw
a criminal referral at her anyway. MARK MEADOWS REFERS NELLIE OHR TO DOJ FOR INVESTIGATION
This just gets juicier and juicier. Adm. Rogers of the NSA had found that FBI contractors were overusing the NSA database to
run searches/spying so he shut them down. In April 2016! Friends, Fusion GPS wasn't hired just to fabricate dirt on Trump, they
were hired to create cover for the spying that was already happening when they knew they got caught by Rogers. They were terrified
of what Rogers would do. Enter Fusion/Steele/dossier/European & Australian intelligence. The cover-up will be the death of them.
Wait until we find out who else they were spying on during this time.
Admiral Michael S. Rogers is a hero. He has everything. He knows exactly who was being spied on and when.
EDIT: So who the hell approved the original spying? We know Brennan pushed the dossier but who pushed Brennan? I smell Barry.
So Strzok worked with Mueller in Boston. Really close circle of friends.
"... In December 2000, Durham revealed secret FBI documents that convinced a judge to vacate the 1968 murder convictions of "four other FBI informants because they'd been framed by Robert Mueller's FBI. ..."
"... "In 2007," to help protect Whitey Bulger (that's what all those people were held in jail for) "the documents helped Salvati, Limone, and the families of the two other men who had died in prison to win a US $101.7 million civil judgment against the government." ..."
"... Durham got the two surviving framed men released from prison. Robert Mueller was knee-deep in this scandal, along with Andrew Weissman and the agent sent to prison, but because Reno gave him very limited authority, Durham was not able to prosecute Mueller, who was not in the FBI at the time. ..."
"... Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz, calling Mueller a "zealot," he reminded Mueller supporters about the former FBI director's role in protecting "notorious mass murderer" Whitey Bulger as an FBI informant. ..."
"... There is also the fact that Rod Rosenstein seems to think well of him. ..."
"... You can be sure there are a lot of people losing sleep knowing Durham is on the case. You might have noticed Rod Rosenstein, the former Deputy Attorney General, is out trashing Jim Comey. ..."
"... Strzok was in the Boston FBI office at the same time. ..."
"... Mueller was the perfect choice for special prosecutor because they have so much dirt on him he'll do whatever they tell him to do. Modus Operandi in DC for many many decades. ..."
Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham was appointed to investigate the origins of the Russia-Trump probe. Apparently, he has been
on the job for weeks.
Durham is the perfect investigator for the job by all accounts and he had experience with Robert Mueller in the Whitey Bulger
case. He did not side with Mueller and Mueller's agents suffered the consequences of Mueller's, some would say, corrupt leadership.
THE WHITEY BULGER CASE
Back in the late 1990s, there were "allegations that FBI informants James 'Whitey' Bulger and Stephen 'The Rifleman' Flemmi had
corrupted their handlers. So, in 1999, Janet Reno appointed John Durham as Special Prosecutor and charged him with investigating FBI corruption in Boston.
As it turned out, FBI agents aided mass murderer, Whitey Bulger and hid his crimes. Bulger was a protected informant. Durham sent one agent involved to prison for 10 years.
Then-US Attorney, Robert Mueller is probably the one who should have landed in the pen. He allowed four innocent men to be sent
to prison for a murder he knew they didn't commit. He did it to protect Bulger. One of the four men was in Florida at the time of the murder and could not have committed the murder.
When Durham went through the documents. He found that the four men,
Enrico Tameleo ,
Joseph Salvati ,
Peter J. Limone ,
and Louis Greco, had actually been framed. Four people who were innocent were kept in jail for years in order to protect the status of Whitey Bulger as an FBI informant.
"[Mike] Albano [former Parole Board Member who was threatened by two F.B.I. agents for considering parole for the men imprisoned
for a crime they did not commit] was appalled that, later that same year, Mueller was appointed FBI director, because it was Mueller,
first as an assistant US attorney then as the acting U.S. attorney in Boston, who wrote letters to the parole and pardons board
throughout the 1980s opposing clemency for the four men framed by FBI lies. Of course, Mueller was also in that position while
Whitey Bulger was helping the FBI cart off his criminal competitors even as he buried bodies in shallow graves along the Neponset
In December 2000, Durham revealed secret FBI documents that convinced a judge to vacate the 1968 murder convictions of "four other
FBI informants because they'd been framed by Robert Mueller's FBI.
"In 2007," to help protect Whitey Bulger (that's what all those people were held in jail for) "the documents helped Salvati, Limone,
and the families of the two other men who had died in prison to win a US $101.7 million civil judgment against the government."
Durham got the two surviving framed men released from prison. Robert Mueller was knee-deep in this scandal, along with Andrew Weissman and the agent sent to prison, but because Reno gave him
very limited authority, Durham was not able to prosecute Mueller, who was not in the FBI at the time.
Mueller kept four innocent people in jail for years to protect the informant status of Whitey Bulger, a mass-murdering Boston
mobster who ended up dying in California, and it ended up costing the government $100 million plus in civil judgments.
ALAN DERSHOWITZ CALLED MUELLER A "ZEALOT"
Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz, calling Mueller a "zealot," he
Mueller supporters about the former FBI director's role in protecting "notorious mass murderer" Whitey Bulger as an FBI informant.
"I think Mueller is a zealot," Dershowitz told
"The Cats Roundtable" on 970 AM-N.Y.
". . . I don't think he cares whether he hurts Democrats or Republicans, but he's a partisan and zealot.
"He's the guy who kept four innocent people in prison for many years in order to protect the cover of Whitey Bulger as an FBI
informer. Those of us in Boston don't have such high regard for Mueller because we remember this story. The government had to
pay out tens of millions of dollars because Whitey Bulger, a notorious mass murderer, became a government informer against the
mafia . . .
"And that's regarded in Boston of one of the great scandals of modern judicial
. And Mueller was right at the center of it. So, he is not without criticism by people who know him in Boston."
HOW DID MUELLER BECOME THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR?
There were other cases in which Mueller behaved scandalously,
here and here . Former U.S.
Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Sydney Powell tells the same story. She
calls them creeps on a mission and has a website of the same name detailing the offenses of Mueller and Weissman.
How did Robert Mueller end up as the Special Prosecutor? Thank a Democrat. The Democrats insisted he was a great man of inviolable
character. They said he was the impeccable man and investigator.
There is also the fact that Rod Rosenstein seems to think well of him.
You can be sure there are a lot of people losing sleep knowing Durham is on the case. You might have noticed Rod Rosenstein, the
former Deputy Attorney General, is out trashing Jim Comey.
For his part, Jim Comey hasn't written anything inspirational or anti-Trump on Twitter for four days. He has been giving a lot
of public speeches lately. Maybe he should shut up.
Strzok was in the Boston FBI office at the same time. The entire FBI is crooked. They supposedly couldn't find Bulger for years.
Then the case was going to be turned over to the US Marshal Service. And what do you know, someone in Greenland or Iceland called
the FBI with a tip that Bulger was in California. And just like that the FBI goes and picks him up with less force than they used
to pick up Roger Stone. The FBI is dirty. Every single one of them.
What about the frame up of Edgar J Steele ? Another victim of a corrupt FBI investigation and a corrupt jewdiciary.
I used to find Edgar's "nickle rants" entertaining. What happened to him gave me the biggest red pill of my life.
"Whenever you find something foul, when you peel back the layers; more often than not you find the same maggots underneath
it all." Please forgive my quote may not be precise as I don't have my copy of Song of the Reich handy. I think you get the point
Not for me. I simply assume government is corrupt beyond our wildest dreams. Remember the story of the Dutch banker who escaped
the Illuminati and his story of laundering proceeds from Iranian oil sales when Iran was, once again, under sanctions in former
years? That trucks and trucks pulled up to these German banks loaded with USD. His job was to make sure that money continued its
journey...but not in a truck.
But I'm with Team. What the **** did I just read? This is like being in a small town and learning yet another tidbit in a scandelous
affair. Soap opera-ville. Like, dude! What's goin' happen next?
Mueller appears to have been dirty for some time now. This speaks to the extent of the swamp more than anything else. Mueller
is careful enough to not break criminal law so all he'll ever suffer is criticism for loading up his team with Trump haters. None
of these people will go down for anything unless Weissman is tagged with withholding exculpatory evidence, again.
"As it turned out, FBI agents aided mass murderer, Whitey Bulger and hid his crimes"
Over the past two years, I have heard Sean Hannity bad mouth the upper echelons of the FBI. He consistently goes on to grovel
and talk about the thousands of agents in local offices who are hard working agents doing a great job. I always though his ***
kissing was to good to be true. Now I read just how corrupt local agents are, willing to send innocent people to jail to protect
some dirt bag.
I've come to the conclusion that the FBI is full of dirty agents from top to bottom. Time to abolish the FBI.
Every government agency is. Thats the nature of it. Power corrupts. You think you can create an agency of human beings, give
them special powers, special rights, special guns, special equipment, turn them loose on society and think they are not going
to dry **** everybody who gets in their way?
The FBI (originally the BI) was first headed by Napoleon Bonaparte's grand nephew, a family not noted for republican sentiments.
It was set up as a political police to persecute communists. Fair enough! But as Ward Churchill in his book by the same name calls
the FBI, they are Agents of Repression . It could be communists one decade, conservatives the next, libertarians after
The FBI's reputation as an investigative body is very poor. Its crime lab has made hideous blunders. Its fingerprint section
accused a man in Spain of finding his fingerprints on a bomb until other international fingerprint experts proved that the fingerprints
definitely were not those of the man the FBI accused. Local and state police throughout the US universally loathe FBI interference
with their cases because all the FBI does is interfere with their investigations and do it only so it (the FBI) can grandstand.
It's investigation of the false flag 9-11event was a cover-up, as was its investigation of the false flag Boston Marathon "bombing".
Two of the three "suspects" were shot to death by the FBI and the third is in prison for life for something he didn't even do.
How much did Whitey Bulger give Mueller to earn protection? Therein lies the most critical issue of all. 'How much' could be
how many mafia members the FBI brought down because of Bulger. It could also be how much Mueller benefited in other ways. Payoffs,
However, there may be another benefit. What did Bulger know about Mueller? To be black-mailable over many years, and to be
truly effective, it must be devastating and run both ways--let's call it mutually assured blackmail.
It purports to be fiction, but DC, the Dark City is the inside story of how absolute power corrupts absolutely. It's
a horror story and an eye-opener, politics viewed from inside the establishment.
The Bulger thing gets really interesting because Bulger's brother was the President of the Massachusetts Senate during the
same time. Billy Bulger was a big time Democrat in Massachusetts, shocking of course. So you have 1 brother running the mob and
the other brother, well, running a mob at the State House.
One story, link below, has an honest State Trooper try to search Whitey's bags at Logan Airport. Whitey throws a bag to a lackey
and the lackey disappears. Trooper reports the incident and guess what happens. Trooper is reassigned to hell for interfering
with the Brothers Bulger and the FBI.