I considered the flaw in cryptocurrency enabling the mass tracking/takedown of organized crime/Russian intel a modest side project for more than one reason. As we proceed, *why* will become more apparent.
@lauferlaw@ninaandtito@thespybrief@ericgarland@counterchekist 3. If you had already broken their secure communications, say, by expelling "official cover" spies who could act as secure go-betweens w/known credentials & breaking all means of encryption, etc, then it becomes very difficult to warn them about the jaws closing.
@ericgarland Jan 2021: The first 113 top Russian & other foreign-intelligence operatives and leaders have not only confessed for improved treatment, but have effectively been teaching counterintelligence classes on "everything we have & everything we've ever done."
Codename: Vodka Season
@ericgarland Feb 2021: Mass-allocation of all global Mob funds seized in the 2019 mass incarceration known as The Reaping is complete.
Codename: So *That's* Where the Money Went
@ericgarland Mar 2021: Department of Justice and it's recently established Office of Social Media Management announce all existing trolls, bots and unverified/anonymous accounts have been purged from significant platforms, & measures taken to prevent their resurgence.
Codename: We *See* You
There's another motivation that crops up: When you're talking about money on the scale we have flowing through the markets in places like Florida, New York City & London, *everyone* invested in the market ends up w/a stake in property inflation, even if not directly involved.
If you're speculating, or being paid rents in a market that can bear the cost, seeing property values go up 10, 20 or 50% in a short time is very enticing.
And bear in mind, there are a *lot* of threads which amplify their ability to track down not just the laundered money, but criminals & intel assets, records of crimes, etc. threadreaderapp.com/thread/9573220…
For example, #botnets! Thousands, sometimes *millions* of computers linked together, letting you hack, launch DDoS attacks, dox and stalk, reap kompromat and demand blackmail ransoms or distribute bribes!
The trick is: What happens when you overlay all this data from different sources on top of the map created by #cryptocurrency exchanges the underworld thought were invisible & the transactions & holdings unearthed by #FinCEN.
Confirmed that the leader of the #SARS was from #FinCEN. I must admit when @RonanFarrow and I spoke this week, I was stunned about the possibility that someone could have removed SARS. I felt that there is no way this could happen short of work by a nefarious actor. But, I also/2
Would share that I am not worried whether Mueller’s team has the SARs. I’ve been tweeting since March 2017 that I believe that #FinCEN holds the key to #TrumpRussia, in part because the SARs are filed and the data collected long before Trump got elected. Which means that from /3
The USG official leaked Cohen’s financial records b/c the official became “alarmed” after being unable to find 2 suspicious-activity reports on Cohen in a government database & worried the info was being withheld from law enforcement‼️ 1/
The 2 SARS were *absent* from #FinCEN’s database: “I have never seen something pulled off the system. That system is a safeguard for the bank. It’s a stockpile of info. When something’s not there that should be, I immediately became concerned. That’s why I came forward.”😳 3/
When @NeonaziWallets can run an automated feed showing the daily bitcoin activities of white supremacists, imagine what the Federal law enforcement & counterintelligence who have known about this for at least almost 6 months could do with their data.
The Dutch Hansa takeover.
"They obtained at least some data on 420,000 users, including at least 10,000 home addresses, which they've turned over to Europol to be distributed to other police agencies..."
1st, some basics. #Cryptocurrencies create a permanent, online record of each transaction, arguably the most easily tracked exchanges on Earth. But law enforcement shut down multiple #Darknet auction sites even before that was common knowledge. .@FBI .@NSAGov
Those sites had tens of thousands of users. And money launderers, Russian intelligence, terrorists & ordinary criminals have moved into it en masse. The world’s worst method for making nefarious transactions. .@FBI .@NSAGov
Newly Uncovered Payments By Russian Embassy Are A Focus Of Mueller Probe: Sergey Kislyak received $120K ten days after the election of Trump. Bankers flagged it to US Gov't as suspicious because, marked as payroll, it didn’t fit prior pay patterns. #Maddowbuzzfeed.com/jasonleopold/n…
^ @benjaminwittes: "@a_cormier_ & @JasonLeopold took a lot of criticism for their earlier story on wire transfers to the Russian embassy...that story warranted more consideration than it was receiving. This followup emphasizes that." #Maddow
^ Nov 14, 2017 piece referenced above: FBI scrutinizes more than 60 money transfers sent by the Russian Foreign Ministry to its embassies across the globe, bearing a note that said the money was to be used “to finance election campaign of 2016.” #Maddow
This big story by @JasonLeopold and @a_courmier_ shows how #FinCEN uses it’s suspicious activity reports/SARs collected from financial institutions (like Citibank here) to track illicit financing and connect the dots for $ laundering. You can bet Mueller has it if he wants it.
Please excuse spelling errors. A few words about SARS - #FinCEN requires banks, financial institutions, wire transfer companies, money services businesses, jewelers, etc. to file reports documenting suspicious banking activities that they witness online or in person./2
So for example, if you normally make deposits at one rate and pace, and all of a sudden your accounts starts receiving deposits once a month for $300,000 from a non-employer, your bank may file that as a SAR with FinCEN. Or if a guy walks into a bank with $19,000 in cash, and /3