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Paula Chertok🗽 @PaulaChertok
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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…
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… cc @SethAbramson @nytimes
@john_sipher @KirkseniyaSF @KyivPost @SethAbramson @nytimes Putin newly extending what counts as "classified information" to include info on people who are not formal intelligence agents conveniently now covers accused Russian agent Maria #Butina, less conventional spy than access agent (informant scoping out potential espionage targets).
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