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Treasury employee busted for allegedly leaking documents related to Paul Manafort, Russians | CNBC |
The complaint against Edwards says that she started leaking "numerous SARS in October 2017" to an unidentified reporter, and continued doing so until this month.
She had "hundreds of electronic communications" with the reporter, "many via an encrypted application," the complaint said.
After Edwards began leaking Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs), the journalist wrote about a dozen articles which mentioned the details of those reports, according to the complaint.
Articles cited in the complaint carry the bylines of Jason Leopold and Anthony Cormier, two BuzzFeed reporters, as well as other journalists at that media outlet.
The articles cited documents transactions pertaining to Manafort and Gates, both of whom have since pleaded guilty to financial crimes related to their consulting work for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine.
They also related to Maria Butina, who is currently being held without bond on charges of being a Russian agent, the accused money launderering real-estate entity Prevezon Alexander, and the Russian Embassy in Washington.
At the time of her arrest, according to federal prosecutors in Manhattan, she "was in possession of a flash drive" that appeared to be the same device "on which she saved the unlawfully disclosed SARs."
Also in her possession was "a cellphone containing numerous communications over an encrypted application in which she transmitted SARs and other sensitive government information" illegally, prosecutors said.
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Business records show Russian finance intertwined with Israeli Psy Group
An analysis of the Matryoshka doll-like company structure of the private intelligence group that met with Donald Trump Jr. and Erik Prince during the 2016 campaign has revealed the presence of Russian money intertwined with Psy Group's affiliates.
Additionally, the beneficial owner of Psy Group has no open source connection to Israel. The British Virgin Islands shell company which ultimately owns the private intelligence group, Protexer Limited, has links to Russian commerce.
The New York Times recently reported that Donald Trump Jr., Erik Prince, and George Nader met with the leader of Psy Group, Joel Zamel, in August 2016, in what was described as a meeting to offer help to the Trump campaign.
"The emissary, George Nader, told Donald Trump Jr. that the princes who led Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were eager to help his father win election as president," the Times reported. "The social media specialist, Joel Zamel, extolled his company's ability to give an edge to a political campaign."
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"Israeli officials were the first to offer their support to Saudi Arabia, saying there
was no more 'Israel against Arabs' but 'Israel and other Arab states against Qatar'"
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