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  • What do US State Department, Russian spies and Bulgarian mosque have in common? Ecotourism!

    08/30/2010 8:36:16 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 2 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | August 30th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    American tax-payers learned recently that the US State Department is funding mosques all around the globe, including one in my native Bulgaria: To support the restoration of the Kurshum Mosque in Silistra. Although it is located in the center of town, damage has been caused by centuries of neglect and earthquakes. The mosque was built in the 17th century when Silistra was an important port city on the Danube River ruled by the Ottoman Empire. Research shows that it has nothing to do with Islam, but with ecotourism. According to a local report the restoration of the mosque and...
  • I Had A Dream: Trump Gives Alaska To Russia As Thank You Gift

    I Had A Dream (It Was Pretty Weird) Trump Gives Alaska To Russia As Thank You Gift President Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration is not until Friday, Modern Philosophers, but he is already sending thank you gifts to those who helped him win the election. And the billionaire, who really knows how to spend, is not skimping on the presents. Today, Trump surprised one of his most ardent supporters, Russian President Vladimir Putin, with the gift of Alaska. “Putin gets a bad rap because the Democrats wanted us to see him as the enemy,” Trump explained as he signed away the...
  • Russian Espionage Plot Uncovered in London

    12/20/2010 4:47:41 AM PST · by IbJensen · 15 replies
    New American ^ | December 19, 2010 | Daniel Sayani
    Another Russian espionage plot has been uncovered, this time in London, involving controversial British Liberal Democrat MP Michael Hancock and his parliamentary aide, Russian national Katia Zatuliveter, a suspected sleeper agent who is being deported on charges that she is a threat to British national security, according to the MI5 intelligence service. This latest episode comes in the wake of the arrest and deportation of 10 Russian sleeper agents in the United States in June 2010, including former British citizen Anna Chapman. Officials also believe that there may be as many as 35 other Russian spies presently working in Britain...
  • Obama plans major nuclear policy changes in his final months

    07/11/2016 1:41:36 PM PDT · by plain talk · 78 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 10, 2016 | josh rogin
    .... Several U.S. officials briefed on the options told me they include declaring a “no first use” policy for the United States’ nuclear arsenal, which would be a landmark change in the country’s nuclear posture. Another option under consideration is seeking a U.N. Security Council resolution affirming a ban on the testing of nuclear weapons. This would be a way to enshrine the United States’ pledge not to test without having to seek unlikely Senate ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. The administration is also considering offering Russia a five-year extension of the New START treaty’s limits on deployed...
  • Ex-Miss Hungary claims married Donald Trump invited her to his Moscow hotel room

    01/17/2017 9:24:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 01/17/2017 | BY CHRIS SOMMERFELDT
    A married Donald Trump supposedly invited a Hungarian beauty queen to his hotel room after attending the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, according to a newly unearthed interview that has surfaced amid the publication of an unverified dossier alleging that the President-elect engaged in "perverted" sexual acts during the very same trip. Former Miss Hungary Kata Sarka, 30, told a reality show host last May that she was attending a pageant after-party when a man surrounded by bodyguards approached her. "We were in Russia, at the final for the Miss Universe and then a man approached me and grabbed...
  • Putin doesn't believe Trump met with prostitutes

    01/17/2017 9:22:15 AM PST · by Enchante · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 17, 2017 | REBECCA SAVRANSKY
    He also called it "complete nonsense" that Russian security services would "chase after every American billionaire." "[Trump is] a grown man, and secondly he’s someone who has been involved with beauty contests for many years and has met the most beautiful women in the world,” Putin said, per Bloomberg. “I find it hard to believe that he rushed to some hotel to meet girls of loose morals, although ours are undoubtedly the best in the world.”
  • VLADIMIR PUTIN WE HAVE THE WORLD'S BEST WHORES

    01/17/2017 8:21:05 AM PST · by RummyChick · 45 replies
    tmz ^ | 1/17 | tmz
    Vladimir Putin scoffed at the now discredited dossier suggesting Donald Trump engaged in funny business in Russia ... but it didn't stop him from bragging about his country's prostitutes. Putin held a news conference in the Kremlin, throwing shade at the ex-British intelligence officer's so-called report. Putin said Trump's been surrounded by beauty pageant contestants for years, and ... "I find it hard to believe that he rushed to some hotel to meet girls of loose morals, although ours are undoubtedly the best in the world." Bottom line? If you're into that sorta thing ... come to Russia!
  • Remember Strobe Talbot?

    01/17/2017 6:09:03 AM PST · by outinyellowdogcountry · 12 replies
    self | 1-18-17 | vanity
    Strobe Talbot was big in the Clinton world. He was known to be a 'Russia expert'. Seems that he may have pushed the reset idea many years ago. Where is he and what is he doing now? The Clintons have always been friendly with the Ruskies. I did a quick search and found that Talbot heads the Brookings Institute. He advises Soros! I bet he is connected to this business. I found this link too. http://sorosfiles.com/soros/2011/10/top-soros-adviser-and-confidant-strobe-talbott-identified-as-russian-dupe.html
  • Biden calls for Russia sanctions to stay as Trump moots deal

    01/16/2017 6:51:58 PM PST · by Mariner · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 16th, 2017 | By Alessandra Prentice | KIEV
    Outgoing U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called on Monday for sanctions on Russia to stay, urging the world to stand up to its "coercion and aggression" after President-elect Donald Trump mooted ending the measures under a possible deal with Moscow. Speaking on a swan song visit to Kiev, Biden said the G7 nations and European Union should lift the sanctions only after Russia had fully implemented a peace deal on ending a separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine and returned control of Crimea. Trump, who will be inaugurated on Friday, raised the prospect that he would propose offering to end the...
  • "Let's Make a Deal": Can Trump trade sanctions for nuke reductions with Russia?

    01/16/2017 6:31:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/16/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Well, perhaps the better question is should he? The media rumor mill is buzzing after suggestions that the President Elect is considering cutting a deal with Vladimir Putin which could involve the easing or lifting of sanctions in exchange for a dramatic reduction in nuclear weapons stockpiles. We should include the usual caveat that even though he mentioned it to a reporter as a possibility, nothing is official until we see it on Trump’s Twitter feed, but it’s clearly worth an early look. (Reuters) President-elect Donald Trump will propose offering to end sanctions imposed on Russia for its annexation...
  • A Caller Asks Larry Elder About WMDs

    01/16/2017 4:25:30 PM PST · by SeanG200 · 72 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jan 16, 2017 | Larry Elder
    Larry Elder answers a question about an Iraqi top official supporting the idea that Iraq had WMDs and exported the majority of them to Syria. Here are the two sections in my main post dealing with General Sada: ✦ #2 Man -- http://religiopoliticaltalk.com/wmd/#sada1 ✦ #2 Man ~ a Second Time -- http://religiopoliticaltalk.com/wmd/#sada2 This will be added to the post on WMDs
  • This Russia nonsense is exactly why intelligence agents shouldn’t be talking to the press

    01/16/2017 11:30:45 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/15/17 | Dan Calabrese
    We're going back and forth trying to parse details no one understands or can verify. The media are in way over their heads on this one. Does it seem unusual to you that the press is now trying to determine what’s true and what’s false in intelligence dossiers, originated by foreign operatives, for which no one can be sure of the identities of the original sources, let alone their credibility? That’s not because no such dossiers existed before Donald Trump came along. Far from it. Intelligence operatives - whether state-sponsored of independent and working on behalf of political players (or...
  • Electing a Fake President, Undoing a Real One: The Power of the Media

    01/16/2017 11:01:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 16, 2017 | Mark A. Hewitt
    Early last year, I interviewed for a senior editor's position with the Federal Aviation Administration. The supervisor of the group had done some research on my writings and asked if I would be able to maintain the government's narrative. The office did press releases for government officials and the public on the next-generation air traffic control system, as the FAA transitioned from a radar-based ATC to a global positioning system-based program. As senior editor, I would ensure our office's prime directive that the new GPS-based ATC program was vitally necessary to combat global warming. I write conservative novels and I...
  • Was CIA Director Brennan's 1976 Vote for a Communist Just a Youthful Indiscretion?

    01/15/2017 10:00:32 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 42 replies
    The New American ^ | 26 September 2016 | Bob Adelmann
    During a panel discussion Thursday at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual conference, CIA Director John Brennan was trying to make the point that just because an individual has an “activist” background, that wouldn’t, or shouldn’t, keep him from working for the federal government in sensitive positions. After all, he said, the CIA hired him even after he admitted voting for a communist in the 1976 presidential elections.In 1980, Brennan was trying to obtain a top security clearance for the Central Intelligence Agency, and part of the process involved taking a lie detector test. He was asked: “Have you ever...
  • Hillary Clinton’s operatives stoke doubts of Trump presidency

    01/15/2017 7:58:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 15, 2017 | S.A. Miller
    Spread rumors about Russian vote rigging, push protests Hillary Clinton’s campaign operatives have fueled efforts to delegitimize President-elect Donald Trump, pushing allegations of his complicity with Russian email hacks and boosting protests of the inauguration. Brian Fallon, a former spokesman for the Clinton presidential campaign, has said there’s “too much evidence” that Mr. Trump was in league with Russian spies trying to rig the election. Former Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri used Twitter to circulate maps of protest sites for Mr. Trump’s inauguration on Friday. Neera Tanden, a policy adviser on Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, has made her anti-Trump stance...
  • California senator Feinstein says Russian hacking altered outcome of the election

    01/15/2017 7:26:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | January 15, 2017 | Sean Cockerham
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said Sunday that Russian hacking altered the outcome of the presidential election. “That's what I believe. I've had all of the major classified briefings. I have been astonished at what has been a two-year effort at Russia to spear phish, to hack, to provide disinformation and propaganda wherever it really could,” said Feinstein, who until recently was the highest ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee. “It's pretty clear that the hacking was of both political parties but with the aim of hurting Hillary Clinton and then, if Hillary Clinton were to win, the aim...
  • President-Elect Trump utterly obliterates head of scandal-ridden CIA in couple of tweets

    01/15/2017 4:30:56 PM PST · by Sidebar Moderator · 169 replies
    Twitter ^ | January 15, 2017 | President-elect Donald J. Trump
    .@FoxNews "Outgoing CIA Chief, John Brennan, blasts Pres-Elect Trump on Russia threat. Does not fully understand." Oh really, couldn't do much worse - just look at Syria (red line), Crimea, Ukraine and the build-up of Russian nukes. Not good! Was this the leaker of Fake News?
  • CIA's Brennan warns Trump, says he doesn't 'fully understand' Russia threat

    01/15/2017 12:41:41 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 92 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | January 15, 2017
    Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan had some sharp criticism and warnings Sunday for Donald Trump, saying the incoming president doesn’t have a “full understanding” of Russia’s power and threat to the world. “I don’t think he has a full understanding of Russian capabilities and the actions they are taking on the world,” Brennan told “Fox News Sunday.” He also suggested that Trump lacks “full appreciation” of Russia’s aggression or about why President Obama imposed sanctions on the Kremlin for meddling in the 2016 presidential election. “Mr. Trump has to understand that absolving Russia is a road that he needs to...
  • Kremlin counts days to Trump's inauguration, blasts Obama

    01/15/2017 11:47:02 AM PST · by McGruff · 39 replies
    AP ^ | 1/15/2017 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    Exulted by Donald Trump's victory in the U.S., the Kremlin is counting the days to his inauguration and venting its anger at Barack Obama's outgoing administration, no holds barred. Careful not to hurt chances for a thaw in U.S.-Russia relations, President Vladimir Putin and other Russian officials have deferred questions about their plans for future contacts with Trump and any agenda for those talks until he takes office on Friday. Trump's open admiration of Putin has brought wide expectations of improved Moscow-Washington relations, but Trump has not articulated a clear Russia policy. His Cabinet nominees include both a retired general...
  • Staring Into Syria’s Diplomatic Fog

    01/15/2017 7:18:19 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    The Century Foundation ^ | January 06, 2017 | Aron Lund
    Syria enters 2017 in a state of diplomatic confusion. On December 30, a truce agreement brokered by Russia, Turkey, and Iran came into effect. It was endorsed by the UN Security Council on the following day and has been blessed by the United States, but war still rages in many areas of the country. Meanwhile, the gaze of the international community has turned to an unlikely location: Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, where Russia is trying to organize Syrian political negotiations backed by Turkey and Iran. The Astana meeting has been scheduled for January 23, before the resumption of the...
  • Trump rips ‘sleazebag political operatives’ after explosive dossier leaks

    01/13/2017 8:50:56 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 26 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2017-01-13 | Colin Campbell
    President-elect Donald Trump fired off a flurry of tweets early Friday morning, ripping everyone from “sleaze bag political operatives” to Hillary Clinton’s former campaign staffers. Among other things, Trump dismissed a salacious, unverified dossier published by BuzzFeed earlier this week as “phony allegations.” The memo contains details the U.S. intelligence community has not been able to verify, was reportedly drafted by a former British spy, Christopher Steele, on behalf of first Republicans who opposed Trump as their nominee and then Democratic rivals as Trump transitioned from the primaries to the general election. U.S. intelligence services reportedly informed Trump about the...
  • Trump aides deny summit with Putin planned

    01/14/2017 9:57:47 PM PST · by catnipman · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | SATURDAY JANUARY 14, 2017 | REPORTING BY STEVE HOLLAND; EDITING BY ROBERT BIRSEStaff
    Two top aides to President-elect Donald Trump denied a published report on Saturday that he is planning to hold a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin weeks after taking office. The Sunday Times of London reported that Trump had told British officials that such a summit was being planned, possibly to be staged in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik. "The story is a fantasy," one Trump aide told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. Another said the report was not true.
  • Why Is Obama Moving Troops Into Poland And Provoking A War With Russia Right Before The Inauguration

    01/14/2017 9:27:36 PM PST · by Lorianne · 72 replies
    THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE BLOG ^ | JANUARY 12TH, 2017 | MICHAEL SNYDER
    January 20th cannot come soon enough. Instead of stepping back and trying to ensure a smooth transition for Donald Trump, Barack Obama has decided to go hog wild and use every ounce of presidential power still available to him. He has been establishing a bunch of new national monuments, he just stabbed Israel in the back at the United Nations, and on Thursday he even took time to give Joe Biden a Presidential Medal of Freedom. But one of the things that has people the most concerned is his endless provoking of Russia. Every few days it seems like Obama...
  • Russia’s police dog cloning program has run into a few, er… snags

    01/14/2017 5:10:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 14, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    In case you thought that everything Vladimir Putin’s boys attempt turns to solid gold these days, we’ve found at least one exception to the rule. This story popped up in one of those “weird news of the week” summaries last year and I didn’t pay too much attention to it. The Telegraph in the UK picked it up, however. The Russians were looking to upgrade their ability to sniff out terrorism (literally) and were receiving a gift of three very special police dogs who were trained to detect drugs and bombs. The reason they were so special is that they...
  • DNC Russian Hackers Found! You Won’t Believe Who They Really Work For (Dmitri Alperovitch, founder

    01/14/2017 4:17:44 PM PST · by greeneyes · 148 replies
    State of the Nation Alternative News & Commentary ^ | Posted on January 7, 2017 by State of the Natio | By the Anonymous Patriots
    Russians did not hack the DNC system, a Russian named Dmitri Alperovitch is the hacker and he works for President Obama. In the last five years the Obama administration has turned exclusively to one Russian to solve every major cyber-attack in America, whether the attack was on the U.S. government or a corporation.  Only one “super-hero cyber-warrior” seems to “have the codes” to figure out “if” a system was hacked and by “whom.”  
  • Trump Says He Is Open To Lifting Russia Sanctions, Won't Label China Currency Manipulator.

    01/14/2017 4:25:05 PM PST · by vannrox · 6 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 15JAN17 | Tyler Durden
    In his first full interview of the new year, President-elect Donald Trump explains his approach to foreign policy from a "realpolitik" lens, when he told the WSJ overnight that relations with China and Russia will depend on the degree to which the two countries cooperate with U.S. economic, diplomatic and military priorities.  The interview comes one day after China's incensed press rebuked a statement by Rex Tillerson during his confirmation hearing, when he said that China will not be granted access to the disputed South China Sea islands, responding that "such remarks are not worth taking seriously because they...
  • Guccifer 2.0 Comes Out of Hiding: I Breached DNC Network, The Intel Russia Report “A Crude Fake”

    01/14/2017 3:32:26 PM PST · by Cheerio · 40 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Jan 13th, 2017 | Jim Hoft
    Hacker Guccifer 2.0 came out of hiding and posted his first tweet since November on Thursday. The obscure hacker admits he breached the DNC network in his latest post. He also says the Russia Report released by the CIA is a “crude fake.” Here I am again, my friends! Check my new post about FBI/DHS/NSA reports & their fake evidence #Guccifer2 https://t.co/Low4v1qCQx — GUCCIFER 2.0 (@GUCCIFER_2) January 12, 2017 From the Guccifer 2.0 website: Guccifer 2.0 reported: I really hope you’ve missed me a lot. Though I see they didn’t let you forget my name. The U.S. intelligence agencies have...
  • Trump says he may scrap Russia sanctions

    01/14/2017 9:56:36 AM PST · by Mariner · 86 replies
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | January 14th, 2015 | Unattributed
    Washington (AFP) - President-elect Donald Trump has hinted that he may lift sanctions on Russia and won't stand by the "One China" policy unless Beijing improves its currency and trade practices. Trump told The Wall Street Journal in an interview published Friday that he would keep intact "at least for a period of time" sanctions President Barack Obama's administration imposed on Russia last month over Moscow's alleged cyberattacks to influence the US election. But, if Russia helps the US on key goals such as fighting violent extremists, Trump suggested he may scrap the punitive measures altogether. He also said he...
  • Ex-Ambassador Sir Andrew Wood admits HE was diplomat who discussed Trump blackmail with McCain...

    01/13/2017 5:50:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Finance Fastly ^ | January 13, 2017
    A previous British minister to Moscow has uncovered that he talked about corrupt affirmations against Donald Trump with one of the President Elect's most despised adversaries - who later took the notorious 'grimy dossier' to the leader of the FBI. The archive, which has opened up a profound discretionary emergency, was conveyed to FBI boss James Comey by Republican John McCain. Presently Sir Andrew Wood - British envoy to Moscow in the vicinity of 1995 and 2000 - has affirmed he met McCain, a blunt pundit of the President Elect, at a security meeting in Canada in November. The two...
  • Wasserman Schultz confronted Comey about Russian hacking

    01/13/2017 4:16:16 PM PST · by ColdOne · 26 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 1/13/17 | Scott Wong, Mike Lillis and Katie Bo Williams
    The former head of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) confronted FBI Director James Comey on Friday during a confidential briefing on Russian hacking that left many Democrats calling for Comey’s scalp, several lawmakers told The Hill. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who was forced to resign last summer as head of the DNC amid the hacking scandal, told Comey that he should have come to her directly once the FBI was aware of the breach, just as he had done with other hacking victims. ADVERTISEMENT Comey, described by lawmakers in the room as unflinching and defiant, retorted that the FBI...
  • Donald Trump has persuaded Republicans to doubt the intelligence on Russia’s hacking

    01/13/2017 1:59:28 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 26 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | 2017-01-13 | Aaron Blake
    Donald Trump this week finally came around (kind of) to the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia engaged in hacking in an attempt to influence the 2016 U.S. election. But he remains dubious about its conclusion that the effort was intended to help him — or that it did so. And as it turns out, so do the vast majority of Republicans. According to a new Quinnipiac University poll — conducted, notably, before the Wednesday news conference at which Trump said he thought Russia did it — 64 percent of Republicans disagreed that “the Russian government interfered with the 2016 presidential...
  • Dr. Stephen Cohen on Tucker Carlson: Empty Accusations of Russian Meddling Have Become...

    01/13/2017 1:02:43 PM PST · by amorphous · 49 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 12 Jan 2017 | ZeroPointNow
    With eyebrows suspiciously furrowed, Tucker Carlson sat down tonight with NYU Professor of Russian Studies and contributor to The Nation, Stephen Cohen, to discuss the 35 page #FakeNews dossier which has gripped the nation with nightmares of golden showers and other perverted conduct which was to be used by Russia to keep Trump on a leash. The left leaning Cohen, who holds a Ph.D. in government and Russian studies from Columbia, taught at Princeton for 30 years before moving to NYU. He has spent a lifetime deeply immersed in US-Russian relations, having been both a long standing friend of Mikhail...
  • U.S. to send 4,000 troops to Poland

    01/12/2017 10:41:52 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 28 replies
    upi.com ^ | Dec. 14, 2016 | Ed Adamczyk
    OSTERHOLZ-SCHARMBECK , Germany, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army plans to deploy about 4,000 troops to Poland in early 2017 in a demonstration of strength aimed at Russia, a senior U.S. military official said. Lt. Gen. Frederick Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe, said Tuesday the personnel would arrive in Germany and then be transferred to Poland. He made his remarks Tuesday at an army logistics school in Osterholz-Scharmbeck in northern Germany. He said northern Germany would be a logistics hub for U.S. troops deploying to Central and Eastern European countries. The placement of troops in Poland, part of...
  • Hillary Clinton and her team tried to warn us about Trump’s ties to Russia (4chan alert)

    01/12/2017 10:36:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    ShareBlue ^ | January 12, 2017 | Tommy Christopher and Melissa McEwan
    Every day brings a new bombshell revelation about President-elect Donald Trump and the Russians. And the people who tried to tell the world about it while it could have made a difference are still speaking out. This week has seen some truly stunning revelations about President-elect Donald Trump and the help he received from the Russian government in securing his electoral victory, including allegations that Russia compromised Trump, and may have colluded with his associates in their campaign to influence the election. Although Hillary Clinton has largely stayed out of public view since the election, her key aides are beginning...
  • Donald Trump Spy File Is ‘Bogus,’ ‘Forgery,’ Security Expert Claims

    01/12/2017 9:01:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | January 12, 2017 | Amanda Katherine
    A former US intelligence expert says that the 35-page document claiming that Russia hatched a blackmail plot against Donald Trump is a “forgery” and completely “bogus.” Wayne Madsen, a former disinformation analyst at the U.S. Navy’s Washington, D.C., telecommunications command, claimed to Radar Online that the dossier that leaked online Tuesday night is a bogus attempt to discredit the president-elect....
  • A Veteran Spy Has Given the FBI Information Alleging a Russian Operation to Cultivate Donald Trump

    01/12/2017 7:58:11 PM PST · by Fedora · 41 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | October 31, 2016 | David Corn
    SNIPAnd a former senior intelligence officer for a Western country who specialized in Russian counterintelligence tells Mother Jones that in recent months he provided the bureau with memos, based on his recent interactions with Russian sources, contending the Russian government has for years tried to co-opt and assist Trump—and that the FBI requested more information from him.SNIPIn June, the former Western intelligence officer—who spent almost two decades on Russian intelligence matters and who now works with a US firm that gathers information on Russia for corporate clients—was assigned the task of researching Trump's dealings in Russia and elsewhere, according to...
  • The Sordid History of the Firm Behind the Trump-Russia Dossier

    01/12/2017 9:15:04 AM PST · by Yashcheritsiy · 29 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 12, 2017 | Mark Hemingway
    Thursday's New York Times has a report on how the highly suspicious dossier alleging that Donald Trump was compromised by Russian intelligence agents came into existence. Among the other interesting revelations was that the dubious opposition research report was put together by the research firm Fusion GPS: The story began in September 2015, when a wealthy Republican donor who strongly opposed Mr. Trump put up the money to hire a Washington research firm run by former journalists, Fusion GPS, to compile a dossier about the real estate magnate's past scandals and weaknesses, according to a person familiar with the effort....
  • C-SPAN Broadcast Interrupted by Russian Network

    01/12/2017 5:48:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 12, 2017 | Mark Moore
    The Kremlin-backed Russia Today network mysteriously replaced a C-Span broadcast of a House committee hearing for about 10 minutes Thursday — leading the public affairs station to launch an investigation. “This afternoon the online feed C-SPAN was briefly interrupted by RT programming,” the station said. “We are currently investigating and troubleshooting this occurrence. As RT is one of the networks we routinely monitor we are operating under the assumption that it was an internal routing issue.”
  • BBC: Jeb Bush Supporters Hired Former MI6 Spy to Create Trump Dossier

    01/12/2017 5:04:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 12, 2017 | Reuters
    Christopher Steele, who wrote reports on compromising material Russian operatives allegedly had collected on U.S. 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 U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation with information on corruption at FIFA, international soccer's governing body....
  • Russia Hacking U.S.? C-SPAN Live Feed Briefly Taken Over By Russian Today Broadcast

    01/12/2017 1:25:57 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 26 replies
    International Business Times ^ | January 12, 2017 | AJ DELLINGER
    In a strange moment of startling symmetry with the current state of American politics, C-SPAN—the public affairs network that regularly broadcasts proceedings of the United States House of Representatives and Senate—was interrupted by a broadcast of Russia Today. The state-funded Russian news network briefly took over the online feed of C-SPAN1, which had been broadcasting a discussion in Congress regarding the Securities and Exchange Commission Regulatory Accountability Act. As California Democrat Maxine Waters was speaking, the feed suddenly cut from the House floor to a broadcast of RT. The feed cut in with a commercial break before returning to the...
  • McCain, Graham Push Bipartisan Bill to Increase Russia Sanctions

    01/12/2017 12:03:36 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 33 replies
    Yahoo ^ | January 10, 2017
    John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are set to release a bipartisan bill to increase sanctions on Russia over the country's interference in the U.S. presidential election. The Countering Russian Hostilities Act of 2017, whose chief sponsor is Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, will depute at an afternoon press conference, Politico reports. The bill is intended as a message that the GOP wishes to repudiate Russia for its hostile actions despite Republican president-elect Donald Trump has publicly questioned the country's involvement in the hack of the Democratic National Committee.
  • Report: Author of dossier against Trump goes into hiding

    01/11/2017 11:24:56 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 66 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/1/17
    A former British intelligence officer said to have prepared the recent dossier containing unverified allegations about President-elect Donald Trump’s activities and connections in Russia, has reportedly gone into hiding. According to a report in The Telegraph, Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier who now heads a private security and investigation firm, is “terrified for his safety” and has fled his home in Surrey, England. A source close to Steele said Wednesday that Steele fears a “prompt and potentially dangerous” reaction from Moscow. .....
  • Let’s Review: Peegate

    01/12/2017 8:52:11 AM PST · by servo1969 · 24 replies
    Americandigest.org ^ | 1-11-2017 | gerardvanderleun
    Once upon a time I was, for many years, senior editor at Penthouse Magazine. Towards the end of my tenure there the owner, Bob Guccione, found himself -- as the direct result of decades of his foolish business decisions -- about to lose the magazine and all he had. Guccione had been a big winner in the game of life but he played the endgame poorly and was about to become a big loser. This was, as so many in his losing situation always think, not the result of his poor decisions but always because of outside forces and "enemies."...
  • Kremlin says U.S. military build-up in Poland a national security threat

    01/12/2017 8:31:12 AM PST · by C19fan · 46 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 12, 2017 | Andrew Osborn
    The Kremlin said on Thursday it was concerned by what it described as a U.S. military build-up in Poland, saying the move represented a threat to its national security. Addressing reporters on a conference call, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia regarded the move as an aggressive step along its borders.
  • US troops enter Poland, 1st deployment at Russia's doorstep

    01/12/2017 8:25:00 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 109 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 12, 2017 | Vanessa Gera
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  • Oppo Firm Behind Trump Dossier Is Also A Hired Gun For Planned Parenthood

    01/12/2017 7:22:40 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 10 replies
    DailyCaller ^ | Jan 11, 2017 | Chuck Ross
    DailyCaller Politics Oppo Firm Behind Trump Dossier Is Also A Hired Gun For Planned Parenthood Chuck Ross Reporter 11:33 PM 01/11/2017 The opposition research firm that hired a former British spy to dig up dirt on Donald Trump is the same shady outfit that was hired by Planned Parenthood to put a positive spin on videos showing the sale of baby parts. The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Washington D.C.-based Fusion GPS is the firm that hired Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored the salacious but unsubstantiated 35-page Trump dossier that was published by BuzzFeed on...
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    01/12/2017 6:38:31 AM PST · by SamAdams76 · 91 replies
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    01/11/2017 6:30:32 AM PST · by Truth29 · 171 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | January 11, 2017 | Darren Boyle
    Leading Republican senator John McCain handed over an explosive dossier on Donald Trump's alleged links to Russia to the FBI in December. The alarming report contains a string of lurid allegations which were supposedly made by Russian agents in a bid to control Trump. Senator McCain, who was branded as 'not a war hero because he was captured' by Trump, sent an emissary to meet the former MI6 agent to collect a copy of the dossier.
  • Chuck Todd to BuzzFeed EIC: ‘You Just Published Fake News’

    01/11/2017 6:37:12 PM PST · by Rockitz · 32 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 11 Jan 2017 | Ian Hanchett
    During a discussion of BuzzFeed’s story on a dossier regarding Russia and President-Elect Donald Trump on Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “MTP Daily,” host Chuck Todd told BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith “you just published fake news.” Todd said BuzzFeed’s decision to publish the dossier was an instance where they “would not have made the same decision in the pre-Trump era.” Smith stated that it was more “the pre-Internet era.” And that there was a time “where we could act as gatekeepers. Where we could say, you know what, crazy people are claiming that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is forged, but we’re...
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    01/11/2017 11:14:51 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 76 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 1-12-2017 | Durden
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