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2. Why's #GhislaineMaxwell's face 20 yrs younger in 1 picture taken in LA In-N-Out Burger NYPost Story? Maxwell is reading a book in the picture but the title is not visible. The NYP named the book: Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives. Msg? #QAnon #Q nypost.com/2019/08/15/jef…
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#BREAKING Maria #BUTINA has been sentenced to 18 MONTHS in prison for conspiring to act as an agent for the Russian government in the United States (she will get credit for the 9 months she's already served) via @ZoeTillman
#BREAKING Judge sentences Russian activist Maria #BUTINA to 18 months—the maximum—for conspiring to infiltrate US conservative political groups, including the @NRA, failing to register as a foreign agent working in Russia’s interests washingtonpost.com/local/legal-is…
"This was not a simple misunderstanding by an overeager foreign student"—Judge at sentencing states #Butina was gathering info on Americans who could influence US policy & relaying that info to Russian official to benefit the RU govt—as #Russia was interfering in US elections⬇️
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In NEW sentencing memo on Maria BUTINA, prosecutors seek 24 month sentence, saying tho not a traditional spy, her deception as an "access" agent, identifying vulnerable networks and individuals for Russia's spies to conduct influence operations, was integral to her crime.
Correction: Prosecutors ask for an 18-month sentence for Russian agent Maria #Butina, a downward departure from the 24 months recommended in the sentencing guidelines because of her cooperation assets.documentcloud.org/documents/5972… via @ZoeTillman
This thread has a link to an article by @KirkseniyaSF discussing #Butina serving as an "access" agent for Russia's trained spies
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Ethane company backed by NIKOLAEV (same guy who funded BUTINA) hires lobbying firm connected to Trump (Zinke, Lewandowsky, Osborne)

cnbc.com/2019/02/21/rus…
A lobbying firm run by former advisors to Trump is representing American Ethane Company, an energy producer funded by Russian billionaires that is involved with a Chinese aluminum company.
Turnberry Solutions, a lobbying group run by former Trump campaign advisor Jason Osborne, has signed American Ethane as a client, according to a new lobbying disclosure form. soprweb.senate.gov/index.cfm?even…
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October 2013
FBI Probed Whether Russia Used Cultural Junkets to Recruit American Intelligence Assets

#Torshin #Butina

motherjones.com/politics/2013/… via @MotherJones
Sept 30, 2013
Richard Portwood, a 27-year-old Georgetown University graduate student, receives a phone call from an FBI agent who said the bureau wanted to meet with him urgently.
Oct 2, 2013
Portwood meets w FBI who tell him they suspected that Yury Zaytsev, the US director of a Russian government-run cultural exchange program that Portwood had participated in, was a spy.
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The NRA Embraced Russia’s Maria Butina—Even As She Worked to Arm Anti-American Thugs Who Seized Crimea From Ukraine - ⁦@MotherJonesmotherjones.com/politics/2019/…
‼️As NRA welcomed #Butina, she was aiding Putin's military takeover Crimea. Right after March 2014 invasion & annexation, Butina denounced sanctions & went to Crimea to promote arming militants who seized Crimean "pro-American" news outlet—repurposing it for Kremlin propaganda.
The day Obama announced sanctions (March 17, 2014) after Putin's military used an illegal referendum to declare Crimea part of Russia—#Butina warned that US sanctions would “bankrupt the Russian arms industry." She then mobilized to support & arm separatist "Crimean Front" thugs.
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NEW: Torshin's "tantalizing offer" to Butina's boyfriend Erickson, setting up NRA trip to Moscow: to meet Putin. Erickson said the trip could have “enormous diplomatic consequences.” (Nov 2015—just months before Russia's election attack went full throttle) thedailybeast.com/nra-heavyweigh…
>> NRA Backchannel to Russia: Butina's boyfriend Erickson emailed NRA pres Keene saying NRA trip to Moscow could help ease relations between Russia & the US "by creating a way for the Kremlin to connect with a future Republican president." PM Rogozin & even Lavrov met w/ them.
How many backchannels to Russia did Trump have/need?? Kushner, Jr/Agalarovs, Manafort, Prince, Cohen/Sater, Flynn, Stone, NRA… 🤯Republicans wanted a backchannel to our adversary, who invaded its neighbor, shot down civilian airliner MH17, annexed a chunk of Europe‼️#Maddow
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COMING SOON #NarativLive. So, I am going to do a THREAD here about mine and @ZevShalev’s journey together. He was on the #TrumpRussia story way ahead of me. But, here is where we joined forces. I hope you will retweet this thread and our reporting at Narativ.org. 1)
August 17, 2017 MIKE PENCE @VP : New details of how the Trump campaign and Vladimir Putin forged a deal during the 2016 Campaign and the mysterious role of a pro-Russian mercenary who has close ties to Mike Pence. 2) #NarativLive narativ.org/2017/08/17/tro…
August 18, 2017 ERIK PRINCE President Trump’s plan to privatize the war in Afghanistan would enrich three of Trump’s key financial donors and plays into Russia’s military objectives. 3) narativ.org/2017/08/18/a-p…
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There are 17 intel agencies and even more programs. Debriefing people who have access to information is exactly what intelligence agencies do. To say #Whelan wasn’t being debriefed by the US is not something anyone knows.
I suspect he was grabbed by Russia on some trumped up charge because he is someone very similar to #Butina.
The smearing of him is also a similar track that was done with #Butina. It makes this appear to be one big joke.
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Call it what it is: Paul Whelan is a hostage of Putin’s lawless state. See my previous Tweets on this topic. Russian lawmakers have been openly brainstorming on state TV about arresting ANY Americans in retaliation for #Butina.
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Here is a statement from Paul’s family:
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1. @maddow I looked at the Maria #Butina docket. No 71 that you addressed was followed by three other sealed documents. Usually motions are a single number with sub-parts so quite possibly these are substantive filings. Superseding indictment comes to mind. @Lawrence @Maddowbog Butina docket excerpt
2. I would look at Butina indictment and find a class of co-conspirators who might be charged. NRA possible. But we know she was really good at making friends in high places. 😎
3. I noticed that one of the missing documents was likely the December 17 minute order that this filing addressed. That was sealed but I guess after the errant disclosure in 71 they filed this in the clear.
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#BREAKING Maria Butina pleads guilty—the first Russian national convicted of trying to influence US policy during the 2016 election. She infiltrated top American political circles using guns (NRA), religion and Republicans. washingtonpost.com/news/politics/…
Maria #Butina pleads guilty to engaging in conspiracy against US - CNNPolitics cnn.com/2018/12/13/pol…
"Butina sought to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over US politics." She infiltrated the NRA & religious groups to bolster Russian interests. She said in court today she acted "under direction of" a Russian official (Torshin).
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There's always more >> Accused spy Maria #Butina turned on her Russian charm to secure Russian jet fuel deal with David Keene, NRA president & prominent leader of the conservative movement, his lobbyist wife, & her boyfriend Erickson — The New York Times nytimes.com/2018/09/02/us/…
THREAD on sloppy NYT piece on #Butina. See @john_sipher who says she's not a professional spy but an 'access agent teeing up fools for Russia to compromise.' She develops access & provides targeting information to the professionals, so they know who's vulnerable, who to go after.
@john_sipher There are spies and there are spies. Russia has a dizzying array of intelligence agents, special services & proxies, formal professionals & informal agents like Maria #Butina. @KirkseniyaSF reviews some of the nuances in @KyivPost kyivpost.com/article/opinio… cc @SethAbramson @nytimes
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So Maria #Butina also hit up JD Gordon, Trump campaign natsec adviser who notably changed GOP platform on Ukraine to pro-Russia position. (Erickson sounds like her handler and pimp in this WaPo story about her final weeks of 2016 campaign) washingtonpost.com/politics/trump…
JD Gordon once said Trump campaign was too disorganized to collude with Russians. Yet he fell right into Butina's honey pot. As I've said before, disorganized and stupid coupled w/ desperation is precisely what made team Trump easy prey for Russian spies.
A simple google search would make you wonder about #Butina. Gun rights are an absurdity in Russia, where more basic rights are lacking. She hangs with Torshin, a Kremlin banker w/ mob ties. But instead of calling FBI, Trump aide Gordon invites her to drinks & a Styx concert (yup)
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What a Russian disinformation campaign looks like: gaslighting, lies, whataboutism and the requisite FU trolling—to deny, distract, dismay. #Butina is literally now the face of Kremlin MFA. Complete w/ hashtag #FreeMariaButina—while Russia jails political prisoners¡!#FreeSentsov
btw This crazy "#FreeMariaButina" disinformation campaign advanced directly from the Russian Foreign Ministry kinda proves US was right to argue Russian diplomats might scoop her up, making her a flight risk. Kudos to prosecutors & judge for the right call rferl.org/a/guns-sex-and…
Maria Butina gets around. Before her gig infiltrating NRA & Republicans, she pushed Russian propaganda in E Ukraine to promote Russia's invasion. At 2014 Donbas rally she trashed new Kyiv govt & said ppl should support "separatists" enigma.ua/articles/krasn…
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Something in the Butina indictment has been niggling at me. It's this portion of an email from U.S. Person 1 to Butina: Thoughts? #TrumpRussia #Butina
I'll add that when something niggles at me like this, it usually means I'm missing something, that there are unanswered questions or questions not asked, that there's something else beneath the surface.
Part of what this shows us is that the Russians are playing the long game (no surprise) and it's a very long game. It's far broader than current issues such as sanctions, Ukraine, and Syria. Seems to me like Trump may be a temporary tool in that long game. (Still more questions)
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Putin’s Attack on the U.S. Is Our Pearl Harbor

Make no mistake: Hacking the 2016 election was an act of war. It’s time we responded accordingly.

Former CIA Dir John Brennan called Trump’s performance in Helinski "nothing short of treasonous."
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45 sold out his country to RU, then proudly affirmed it, live on camera.  

A former intel agency chief just asked, "If the RUs didn't write 45’s talking points, how could you tell?"

Trump called the US inv’n of the interference “a disaster for our country.”
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Comey: This was the day an US POTUS stood on foreign soil next to a murderous lying thug and refused to back his own country. Patriots need to stand up and reject the behavior of this president.

Trump sides with Putin & GRU over US interests, our CIA & DOJ
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A criminal complaint was *unsealed today* in the District of Columbia charging a Russian national with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation within the United States without prior notification to the Attorney General. justice.gov/opa/pr/russian…
Maria Butina, 29, a Russian citizen residing in DC, was arrested on July 15, 2018, in Washington, D.C., and made her initial appearance this afternoon before Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
She was ordered held pending a hearing set for July 18, 2018.
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