Mon Oct 3rd, 2022 at 11:55:47 AM EST
A never ending saga ... a web of lies and deceit.
Earlier writings ...
Five-Eyes Wanted to Rid America of Trump
Debunked Anti-Trump Dossier Sub-Source Who Sought To Traffic Classified Information Remained On FBI Payroll Until Late 2020
Letter sent to Merrick Garland, Attorney General DOJ and Christopher Wray,
On September 2, 2022, Special Counsel John Durham filed a motion in limine with respect to the Department of Justice's (DOJ) case against Igor Danchenko, Christopher Steele's primary sub-source, for lying to federal investigators. In that motion, Special Counsel Durham noted that, "[i]n March 2017, the [Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)] signed [Danchenko] up as a paid confidential human source of the FBI. The FBI terminated its source relationship with the defendant in October 2020."
As you are aware, in May 2009, the FBI opened a preliminary investigation into Danchenko based on his reported attempts to facilitate payment for classified information.
A long series of oddities in the workings of FBI Counterintelligence with (former) Russian citizens approached for working for the CIA after being marked as a possible FSB agent. Double jeopardy.
Text messages between Andrew McCabe, the deputy director of the FBI at the time, and Jeremy Fleming, his then counterpart at MI5, now the head of GCHQ, also reveal their mutual surprise at the result of the EU referendum, which some US officials regarded as a "wake-up call", according to a person familiar with the matter.
While Russia had previously been viewed as a country that would seek to interfere in western elections, the Brexit vote was viewed by some within the FBI as a sign that Russian activities had possibly been successful, the person said.
Their exchanges offer new insights into the start of the FBI's Russia investigation, and how British intelligence appears to have played a key role in the early stages.
Igor Danchenko source Christopher Steele dossier a paid FBI operative
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
IGOR Y. DANCHENKO, 03-NOV. 2021
Trump-Russia Steele dossier analyst charged with lying to FBI
* Published 5 November 2021
Trump-Russia Steele dossier analyst charged with lying to FBI | BBC News - Nov. 5, 2021 |
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Source of anti-Trump dossier was also confidential FBI informant, his lawyers admit | Washington Times - Sept. 19, 2022 |
The Russian analyst charged with lying to the FBI about the information he gathered for the notorious anti-Trump Steele dossier was a confidential source for the FBI, his lawyers acknowledged in a court filing on Monday.
Lawyers for Igor Danchenko, who was a key source for the dossier compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele, said their client collected a paycheck as an FBI informant through December 2020.
He provided information to agents investigating ties between candidate Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian operatives, known as the "Crossfire Hurricane" probe. It's unclear from the filing what kind of information Mr. Danchenko provided to the FBI.
It's a stunning admission since Mr. Danchenko has been charged by special counsel John Durham with five counts of lying to the FBI about the information he turned over to Mr. Steele. His trial starts in October.
Although Mr. Durham accused Mr. Danchenko of being an FBI source in a court document last week, Monday's filing was the first time his lawyers acknowledged the claim is true.
They say that Mr. Danchenko's secret work with FBI agents is evidence he would not lie to them about his work on the Steele dossier. Defense attorneys noted that Mr. Danchenko passed a screening by the FBI's confidential source review committee, adding that he was the subject of a 2011 counterintelligence probe that found no evidence of wrongdoing.
Mr. Steele had tasked Mr. Danchenko with digging up information about potential links between the Trump campaign and Russian actors. Some of that information made it into the since-discredited dossier.
Mr. Danchenko's indictment accused him of lying about those claims in interviews when the FBI tried to vet the materials in the dossier. The agents could not "confirm or corroborate" most of the allegations, according to the indictment.
According to the indictment, Mr. Danchenko anonymously sourced a fabricated claim about Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort that was later attributed to Charles H. Dolan Jr., a longtime aide to 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
The indictment says Mr. Danchenko told agents about interactions he purportedly had with the then-president of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce, believed to be Sergei Millian.
Mr. Durham has said that he has emails showing that Mr. Millian did not "call, email or meet" with Mr. Danchenko and that their conversations were fabricated.
Bill Browder got roasted during the sworn testimony of Glenn Simpson [Fusion GPS] before U.S. Congress in August 2017.
Bill Browder: I found a way to challenge Putin. He's really sore about it
Fusion GPS testimony brings alleged dossier source Sergei Millian back into the spotlight | 19 jan 2018 | by Natasha Bertrand
Millian, who changed his name when he arrived in the US from Siarhei Kukuts to Sergei Millian, founded the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce in 2006. He has described himself as an exclusive broker for the Trump Organization with respect to the company's potential real-estate dealings in Russia.
Simpson referred to the Russian-American Chamber as a "shadowy kind of trade group."
"Russians are known to use chambers of commerce and trade groups for intelligence operations," Simpson said.
Millian attended several black-tie events at Trump's inauguration. He told the Russian news agency RIA that he had been in touch with the Trump Organization as late as April 2016. He was also photographed at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in June 2016 with the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a longtime business associate of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
It was around that time that Millian's organization, the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce, was looking for "delegates" to attend the Russian Oil & Gas Forum in Moscow.
But Millian appears to have begun downplaying his ties to the Trump Organization after reporters began digging into Trump's Russia ties in 2016.
Searching to discredit the Durham investigation ... excellent researcher Emptywheel falls into the Russia spy trap.
Search for "dodgy" @BooMan delivers a series of my articles from the first moment the Steele dossier came into the public domain.
Very sad the Democratic Progressive community fell for the scam by the intelligence agencies of MI6 and the CIA.
British intelligence (GCHQ) Put Investigative Journalists Among Terrorists and Hackers on Threat Assessment List | Jan. 2015 |
The threat of fascism is from within!
From my first diary on Orbis Business Intelligence ...
The leaked IC memo originated with Chris Steele, a director of Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd, an intelligence firm specializing in Russian and Asian affairs.
Interesting bit ...
British diplomat accused in spy row | The Guardian - March 25, 2000 |
Russia: special report by Ian Traynor in Moscow
The Russian arrested in Moscow 10 days ago on charges of spying for Britain was a senior Russian intelligence officer recruited by British intelligence last year in the Baltic republic of Estonia, Russian sources said yesterday.
Russian counter-intelligence sources named Pablo Miller, said to be working as a first secretary at the British embassy in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, as the officer who had recruited the Russian.
"During this time he was recruited by Pablo Miller, head of British intelligence in Tallinn working under the cover of first secretary of the British embassy in Estonia."
The row broke out shortly after Tony Blair met Vladimir Putin in, St Petersburg, across the border from Estonia and has cast a cloud over the apparent success of the visit.
Pablo Miller was also involved in the British Skripal incident where the government slapped a DA-Notice on the matter.
Having worked for Russia's Military Intelligence Directorate (GRU) since the Soviet era, Sergey Skripal was recruited in 1995 by the British agent Pablo Miller, who at the time was posing as Antonio Alvarez de Hidalgo and working in Britain's embassy in Tallinn. Russia's Federal Security Service says Miller was actually an undercover MI6 agent tasked with recruiting Russians.
My diary linked MI6 Pablo Miller to the incident ...
UK Issued a DA-Notice On My Diary Result | May 2018 |
Revealed: Steele A Tool of FBI and CIA for Years | Sep 1st, 2018 |
Corruption at the highest levels in Washington DC ... why I'm NOT surprised ... FBI and IC :)
FBI tried to recruit sanctioned Russian oligarch Deripaska | IntelliNews - Sept. 3, 2018 |
In the estimation of American officials, Oleg V. Deripaska, a Russian oligarch with close ties to the Kremlin, has faced credible accusations of extortion, bribery and even murder.
They also thought he might make a good source.
Between 2014 and 2016, the F.B.I. and the Justice Department unsuccessfully tried to turn Mr. Deripaska into an informant.
Mueller may have a conflict -- and it leads directly to Deripaska | The Hill - May 14, 2018 |
In 2009, when Mueller ran the FBI, the bureau asked Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska [NYT] to spend millions of his oen dollars funding an FBI-supervised operation to rescue a retired FBI agent, Robert Levinson, captured in Iran while working for the CIA in 2007.
Bob Levinson's family want frozen Iran funds for hostage compensation | National News - April 18, 2022 |
Epilogue Chris Steele | Jul 12th, 2020 |
Dutch Parliament report: The politics of social media manipulation: A view from the Netherlands
By Richard Rogers and Sabine Niederer
Disinformation and fake news are contemporary phenomena with rich histories. Disinformation, or the wilful introduction of false information for the purposes of causing harm, recalls infamous foreign interference operations in national media systems, such as the Russian campaign 'Operation Infektion' that in the early 1980s effectively publicly linked the HIV virus with a supposed, secret US bioweapons lab. Outcries over fake news, or dubious stories that have the trappings of news, have occurred repeatedly with the introduction of new media technologies that disrupt the publication, distribution and consumption of news -- from the so-called rumour-mongering broadsheet centuries ago to the blogosphere more recently. Designating a news organization as fake, or calling it der Lügenpresse, however, has a darker history, associated with authoritarian regimes or populist bombast diminishing the reputation of 'elite media' and the value of inconvenient truths more generally.