New leads suggest CIA spied on Assange to secure his extradition to the US | El País - Jan. 5, 2021 |
CIA developed plans to kidnap Julian Assange, per report
'Wikileaks was a complete obsession' for CIA director Mike Pompeo
Talking abide the model of democracy for the world to see, abolishing the United Nations, despising International Law as cumbersome and ineffective. Speeding up its own decline of standing across the globe. Point of no-return has passed long ago.
Deep State plans to avoid a Trump presidency and using Russia as scapegoat to impeach him once elected against all odds. PropOrNot intelligence effort and RussiaGate as a means to an end. Trump's revenge came on Jan. 6th ... nearly succeeded. Forever conspiracy theories for history.
Trump 100 Days: Five Eyes Concern | Australian Inst Int Affairs - April 17, 2017 |
Allegations that Donald Trump's presidential campaign team colluded with Russian intelligence to influence the American election results deeply concerned allies in the Five Eyes intelligence sharing network. One hundred days into Donald Trump's presidency, concerns about Trump's reliability remain unresolved.
Donald Trump's brief term as US president has so far been marked by chaos and division. Former Australian foreign minister Gareth Evans opined that Trump is "manifestly the most ill-informed, under-prepared, ethically-challenged and psychologically ill-equipped president in US history." From his unique showmanship, to claims of "fake news", scathing attacks on his own intelligence agencies and a series of dramatic foreign policy reversals, Trump's presidency has been mired in controversy and uncertainty. Yet despite the damage to US-Russian relations following Trump's recent strikes on Syria, accusations that members of Donald Trump's campaign team had repeated contact with Russian intelligence officials continue to dog the White House.
Status of investigations
On 9 December 2016, President Barack Obama directed the US intelligence community to conduct a full review and produce a comprehensive intelligence report assessing Russian activities and intentions in the 2016 presidential election.
Subsequently, dual investigations were begun by the US House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) and the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI). Both committees are charged with the oversight of the US intelligence community. In a joint statement, the Republican chair and Democrat vice chair of the SSCI announced on 13 January 2017 that the committee would conduct a bipartisan inquiry of the intelligence reporting behind the intelligence community assessments from the previously released Intelligence Community Assessment Report. The committee conducted its opening hearing into Russian intelligence activities on 30 March 2017.
The HPSCI launched its own inquiry on 1 March. The highly anticipated first open hearing on 20 March 2017 saw the extraordinary cross-examination of James B. Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency (NSA). At the hearing, Comey publicly confirmed that the FBI was investigating possible interference in the 2016 presidential election and any links between Russia and President Trump's associates. Complicating matters, the chair of the HPSCI, Republican congressman and Trump transition team member, Devin Nunes, has temporarily stepped aside from the committee's Russian investigation while he is under review by the House Ethics Committee for alleged unauthorised disclosures of classified information.
On 21 April, the HPSCI sent a letter to FBI Director Comey and NSA Director Rogers, requesting them to reappear at a closed hearing on 2 May. A second letter was sent to former CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, inviting them to appear at a later open hearing.
ODNI: Background to "Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US
Elections": The Analytic Process and Cyber Incident Attribution
Date: Jan. 6, 2017
Dodgy report written by Chris Steele of Orbis Business Intelligence UK "Leaked" to America's great patriot and former Navy pilot in Vietnam War John McCain: and many others as was later uncovered.
U.S. Intelligence: Lying Liars and Warmongers | June 30, 2018 |
What a bullshit ... the BIG liar during the Obama years. Just like Madeleine Albright, I find their reviews and judgements looking back just plain disgusting. They should have shown leadership and foresight ... they did NOT!
Role played by James Clapper ... backtracking on "dodgy" dossier: "Only heard of the Steele dossier with allegations in mid-December 2016. We had nothing to do with it, it was not our intelligence." The "dodgy" dossier had already been leaked to the FBI by August 2016, to fellow MI6 spooks and the right-wing Republicans headed by John McCain and his "intelligence" goons. What a bloody farce. No, Clapper had not seen a smoking gun of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin by the time he left his role by the DNI.
From the diaries ...
A Gordian Knot: IC-Gate | July 13, 2017 |
The CIA from James Angleton to James Clapper | Dec. 21, 2017 |
"Never take any intelligence communiqué at face value ... read between the lines."
George Bush on foreign policy and our adversaries, a definition ...
"Every nation in every region now has a decision to make.
Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists."
Defending the "dodgy MI6 dossier" to the bitter end
NZ Politics and Shades of Grey
Steele's Dodgy Dossier and Dems' Train Wreck | Feb 2, 2018 |
Putin and Netanyahu hand in glove, united in preference for Trump as US President, a revenge for Clinton's policy of regime change in MENA states and Obama's push for the Iran nuclear deal. Throughout its young history of 70 years, the state of Israel knows better than anyone: Israel First!
Democrats Embraced a Flawed Dossier--And Gave Republicans an Opening | Politico Mag - by Marcy Wheeler |
Sometime around May 2016, according to The New York Times, the longtime law firm for the Democratic Party, Perkins Coie, engaged the private research firm Fusion GPS to conduct opposition research on Donald Trump. While the engagement might have been better handled (say, by insulating the official party apparatus better from Fusion), the act of commissioning the firm should not shock us-opposition research is a pretty standard feature of modern politics. Indeed, months earlier in September or October 2015, the Washington Free Beacon, which is funded in part by billionaire Paul Singer, had engaged Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on Trump.
And while Democrats were working with Fusion, Republicans were working with a Steve Bannon enterprise to dig up financial dirt on Hillary Clinton and expose the alleged influence-peddling of her family's foundation.
My observations were not appreciated @BooMan is an understatement ... two years after publication.
Steele Dossier: FBI Biased and Lack of Honor - Shocking
I have been blogging since the fall of 2004 to express my views in favor of John Kerry and as much against the tyranny of George Bush and his Republican henchmen. @BooMan I considered myself an independent researcher and analyst of politics. In the approach to the Nov. 2016 election, the cross-section of bloggers changed and Democrats were divided in tribes: for or against candidate Hillary Clinton in the primaries. From that time troll rating became a new norm which made writing your view a new adventure.
FISA shocker: DOJ official warned Steele dossier was connected to Clinton, might be biased | The Hill - Jan. 16, 2019 |
When the annals of mistakes and abuses in the FBI's Russia investigation are finally written, Bruce Ohr almost certainly will be the No. 1 witness, according to my sources.
The then-No. 4 Department of Justice (DOJ) official briefed both senior FBI and DOJ officials in summer 2016 about Christopher Steele's Trump dossier, explicitly cautioning that the British intelligence operative's work was opposition research connected to Hillary Clinton's campaign and might be biased.
I conclude the FBI Counterintelligence and Bruce Ohr in particular just loved conspiracy theories offered by former MI6 and intelligence agents doing private contracts.
Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane Investigation | DOJ - Dec. 2019 |
The BEST Overview I have read to date ... RussiaGate was in fact Spygate
Spygate: The True Story of Collusion | Foreign Affairs - by Jeff Carlson on Oct 30, 2018 |
Although the details remain complex, the structure underlying Spygate--the creation of the false narrative that candidate Donald Trump colluded with Russia, and the spying on his presidential campaign--remains surprisingly simple:
1. CIA Director John Brennan, with some assistance from Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, gathered foreign intelligence and fed it throughout our domestic intelligence community.
A simple premise: The candidacy of Trump presented both an opportunity and a threat.
- The FBI became the handler of Brennan's intelligence and engaged in the more practical elements of surveillance.
- The Department of Justice facilitated investigations by the FBI and legal maneuverings, while providing a crucial shield of nondisclosure.
- The Department of State became a mechanism of information dissemination and leaks
- Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee provided funding, support, and media collusion.
- Obama administration officials were complicit, and engaged in unmasking and intelligence gathering and dissemination.
- The media was the most corrosive element in many respects. None of these events could have transpired without its willing participation. Stories were pushed, facts were ignored, and narratives were promoted.
Infographics: a schematic overview
The sudden legitimacy of Trump's candidacy was not welcomed by the U.S. political establishment. Here was a true political outsider who held no traditional allegiances. He was brash and boastful, he ignored political correctness, he couldn't be bought, and he didn't care what others thought of him--he trusted himself.
Governing bodies in Britain and the European Union were also worried. Candidate Trump was openly challenging monetary policy, regulations, and the power of special interests. He challenged Congress. He challenged the United Nations and the European Union. He questioned everything.
Author: Jeff Carlson @NTD New Tang Dynasty.
This Is How Five Eyes Dies | Foreign Affairs - March 30, 2017 | [cached]
Looking back from 2019, the collapse of Western intelligence sharing under Trump was inevitable.
The Western intelligence alliance that had held firm since the end of World War II was finally shattered this month by U.S. President Donald Trump. To understand how it came to this, one must consider the above quote, which appeared in The New York Times back in the heady spring of 2017 and would quickly be lent the undue authority to eventually jeopardize the entire Five Eyes intelligence-sharing program.
The speaker was former CIA analyst Larry C. Johnson, who left the agency in 1993, and the comparison he wished to draw was between the U.S. government's relationships with its closest allies and the plots of best-selling British pulp spy novels. In March 2017, Johnson claimed on his blog that Britain's signals intelligence agency GCHQ -- or, as he repeatedly called it, "GHCQ" -- intercepted communications within Trump Tower during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Johnson repeated this fanciful claim on the Kremlin-funded network RT, after which it was picked up by Andrew Napolitano, a Trump confidant and pundit for Fox News. Two days later, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer cited Napolitano's comments at a briefing, provoking an unusually forceful denial from the Brits.
Intelligence insiders were aghast. Johnson was best-known for a hoax in 2008 in which he claimed Michelle Obama had been caught on tape using the racist term "whitey." More recently, he had claimed, without evidence, that it wasn't the Russians who had hacked the Democratic National Committee but the CIA.
Brexit, Boris and Secret Liaison Lebedev | July 18, 2019 |
Evgeny is the son out of his first marriage ... Alexander Lebedev, former KGB spy stationed in London, gained prominence during the Yeltsin Years of reaping profits, billionaire, partial ownership of the London Evening Standard and The Independent. Earned his millions in the banking business ... (was) part-owner of the Alfa Bank ... hmmm linked to ... ???
Boris Johnson is refusing to give details of a trip he made to Italy when he was foreign secretary for a weekend-long party held at a restored castle owned by the media billionaire and socialite Evgeny Lebedev.
Mystery man from London Joseph Mifsud and an intelligence training across Europe ...
Joseph Mifsud meets Boris Johnson
After revelations about meeting George Papadopoulos with Australian intelligence agent Downer, the professor went missing in ... Italy.
Pivotal moment of deception when two Australian covert spies set up a meeting in a London Bar with George Papadopoulos
Papadopoulos and Australian Spy Chief in a London Bar | by Oui on Dec 31, 2017 |
Role Australian Spy Chief Downer in MI6 Steele dossier exploiting anti-Russia sentiment in politics and the intelligence agencies of Five Eyes.
Anglo-Saxon Politics by Deception, It Works!
Deception: Russiagate and the New Cold War | Kent Academic - by Richard Sakwa (2021) |
Such foundational narratives are now mostly a thing of the past, but instead of heralding a new era of peace, reconciliation and enlightenment (as so many anticipated at the end of the cold war in 1989), the institutional and ideational structures of the cold war were perpetuated in the West, while in the East the democratic norms of tolerance, political pluralism, transparency and accountability remain far from consolidated.
It soon became clear that official narratives and accounts were no more truthful, and often quite considerably less so, than a range of alternative sources. The traditional print media and their associated web sites lined up on one side or another as the Russiagate story unfolded, and very few remained objective as the traditional values of impartiality and truth-seeking became victim to partisanship. Trump freely denounced anything he did not like as `fake news' and his relationship with the fact-based world was notoriously tenuous; but his opponents, some of whom called themselves `the resistance', often created a no less misleading `alternative reality' that undermined their own credibility.
Commentary on Russia became a free-fire zone, in which respectable journalists and commentators presented distortions and misrepresentations as fact. Standard methods of causality, intentionality and rationality appear to have gone out of the window. In coverage of Russiagate, old-fashioned mainstream standards of `bourgeois objectivity' appear to have dissolved. There is little of use in the voluminous output of the various think tanks on both sides of the Atlantic, and some is as propagandistic as it was during the cold war. This explains why alternative sources of information have become so important. The web-based information sphere is certainly full of cranky views and conspiracy theories, but some sites offered consistently fine and critical analysis, and despite the intense polarisation some journalists have emerged with credit.
Russiagate is a combination of many things. Ultimately, it throws a profound light on the major political dilemmas of our times, ranging from the rise of a new type of societal and state-centred populism, the breakdown of the post-cold war international order, the erosion of traditional patterns of civility and due process, the consolidation of the power of a cross-national security apparatus that became the driver of a whole set of political actions, and the legitimate scope for resistance to a properly-elected president who threatened the foundations of the system that allowed him to be elected. Russia was used as the stick by Trump's opponents with which to beat him, but thereby only exacerbated the domestic and international crises which gave rise to him in the first place. With so many plots, sub-plots and red herrings, it is hard to make sense of it all, but if at the end the reader understands at least the main issues and facts of the case, then this book will have succeeded in its purpose.
Near the end of the manuscript ...
Mostly, though, the Russian media advances positions that while often critical of the West, are based on a legitimate different viewpoint, and thus add to the pluralism of information that is essential for healthy democratic societies. Attempts to muzzle the Russian international media undermine the principles that liberal democracies proclaim to uphold, while neo-containment policies against Russia destabilise global order.
The fifth point follows directly from this. Russia became the scapegoat not only for the failure of the Clinton campaign in 2016, but also for the larger crisis of the American polity. Russia was accused of exacerbating the polarisation of American politics by `sowing discord'. However, the best way of dealing with domestic problems is to resolve them, rather than blaming some external force for talking about them.
This also applies to Russia spreading `fake news' and misinformation. As Trenin notes, `The only meaningful way of dealing with adversarial (dis)information attacks is fixing the vulnerabilities of one's own system that invite such attacks'. However, dealing with domestic problems, as the Black Lives Matter protests demonstrated, is much harder than simply blaming them on some external cause. Equally, in matters of international politics, it is too easy to dismiss Russian concerns as `disinformation' when in fact they often represent policy differences that in the past were respected and addressed through diplomatic means. In the new cold war the legitimacy of policy differences is rejected, and complex questions are presented in starkly binary moralistic terms.
Trump condemned America's crumbling infrastructure, as well as the marginalisation of communities by ill-managed globalisation and poorly considered military globalism, but he had no real solutions to offer. His advocacy of economic nationalism represented a beggar-my-neighbour approach to international affairs, in which America's global power dominance could be levered to its benefit. His liberal critics rightly stressed the importance of the rule of law and civility, but the norms of constitutionalism and impartial state institutions were undermined in the wake of the 2016 shock.
Democrats believed that the election had been `stolen', but it was lost in the most profound sense. The conditions that gave rise to Trump remain, and only when they are addressed will the crisis be resolved. Overcoming the Russiagate syndrome is no easy task, but the greater challenge is to address its causes. For that new politics is required that breaks out of cold war thinking at home and abroad. Trump is the destructive solution to the problem, while constructive ones await convincing articulation.
Unfortunately, this advice wasn't heeded and comes too late. From RussiaGate and NATO propaganda to military options due to lack of diplomacy, the final event is war and much bloodshed.
Prof. Richard Sakwa on Russia and "Cold Peace"
Prof. Richard Sakwa on Ukraine crisis - Feb. 22, 2022
Naiveté... ability to distinguish evil from lesser evil.
Steele Dossier Looks More Credible Than Ever | by BooMan on Oct 26th, 2017 |
Steele dutifully filed his first incendiary report with Fusion on June 20, but was this the end of his responsibilities? He knew that what he had unearthed, he'd say in his anonymous conversation with Mother Jones, "was something of huge significance, way above party politics." Yet was it simply a vanity to think that a retired spy had to take it on his shoulders to save the world? And what about his contractual agreement with Simpson? Could the company sue, he no doubt wondered, if he disseminated information he'd collected on its dime?
In the end, Steele found the rationale that is every whistle-blower's sustaining philosophy: the greater good trumps all other concerns. And so, even while he kept working his sources in the field and continued to shoot new memos to Simpson, he settled on a plan of covert action.
Martin too had praise for Louise Mensch ... so far from reality.
Earlier mention of Mensch ...
Rupert Murdoch's Louise Mensch a Hillary Supporter | by Oui on Mar 5, 2017 | Natasha Bertrand, Another 'Unaligned' Reporter | by Oui on Feb 28, 2018 |
FBI source in Russia probe called Israelis `f***ing spies' who should be killed | TOI - 8 May 2020 |
DOJ releases transcript (May 5, 2020) of source speaking with George Papadopoulos, who was probed by Mueller over his ties to Israel, which includes references to the Mossad, `fake' Russian Jews.
Papadopoulos is identified in the transcript as "Crossfire Typhoon," or "CT," in apparent reference to "Crossfire Hurricane," the name of the FBI's probe into whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials.
Elsewhere in the transcript, the unidentified source said Papadopoulos was "probably working out a deal" so he would "be fucking extradited to Israel."
It was not clear from the transcript if any of these remarks were made in jest.
Also this week, the Justice Department released an August 2017 letter from then Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to special counsel Robert Mueller laying out the scope of the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, which confirmed Papadopoulos was investigated for any "crime or crimes by acting as an unregistered agent of the government of Israel."
"I was consulting on multi-billion dollar pipeline deals between Israel-Egypt-Greece-Cyprus and clearly was illegally spied on," Papadopoulos wrote on Twitter in response, adding that a number of figures linked to the Trump campaign-Russia investigations "ALL probed me on ties to Israel. This is damning."
He also repeated a claim he made to the Times of Israel before beginning his 12-day prison sentence in 2018 that the FBI tried to frame him as part of a sting operation during a 2017 trip to Israel.
FBI running internal investigation into its own Trump-Russia probe 'Crossfire Hurricane'
The revelation came during the trial for Michael Sussmann, who is accused of lying to the FBI during the 2016 presidential campaign
A source, in 2019, told Fox News that the "exculpatory evidence" that could be included in those transcripts, which were declassified and released in April 2020, was Papadopoulos denying having any contact with the Russians to obtain the supposed "dirt" on Clinton.
Fox News obtained the declassified transcript of the secretly recorded meeting in April 2020. The transcript revealed the confidential human source pressed Papadopoulos on whether the Trump campaign was involved in Russian election meddling -- something that, the transcript shows, Papadopoulos emphatically denied.
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