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“Israeli Operatives Who Aided Harvey Weinstein Collected Information on Former Obama Administration Officials” - by @RonanFarrow 5/6/18 via @Phire2Fire

newyorker.com/news/news-desk… 1/
There was an “undercover campaign by an Israeli private-intelligence firm to discredit Obama officials who had been leading proponents of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.” 2/
Two sources told @RonanFarrow “that the operation was carried out by Black Cube—a firm that was also employed by Harvey Weinstein and that offers its clients access to operatives from ‘Israel’s élite military and governmental intelligence units,’ including the Mossad.” 3/
“Black Cube agents were instructed to try to find damaging information about” members of the Obama administration who supported the Iran nuclear deal. 4/
“The campaign is strikingly similar to an operation that Black Cube ran on behalf of Harvey Weinstein” whose attorney “hired Black Cube to halt the publication of sexual-misconduct allegations against Weinstein.” 5/
”Black Cube operatives used false identities to track women with allegations, and also reporters seeking to expose the story.” 6/
“The Observer reported that aides of President Trump had hired Black Cube to run the operation [obtaining kompromat on supporters of the Iran deal],” though Black Cube denied it and the Trump WH wouldn’t comment. 7/
“One of the sources familiar with the effort told [Ronan Farrow] that it was, in fact, part of Black Cube’s work for a private-sector client pursuing commercial interests related to sanctions on Iran.” 8/
“Kahl, who worked as an adviser to Vice-President Joe Biden, said that he believed Trump associates may have been involved because of unsubstantiated reports in conservative media outlets accusing Rhodes and Kahl of damaging leaks about the Trump Administration.” 9/
“The Observer reported that officials linked to Trump’s team had made contact w/ Black Cube days after Trump visited Tel Aviv in May, 2017, during his first foreign tour as President.” 10/
“Standing next to Netanyahu..., Trump promised, ‘Iran will never have nuclear weapons, that I can tell you.’” 11/
Rhodes, another Black Cube target re: the Iran deal, “said that the campaign represented a troubling situation in which public servants were being targeted for their work in government.” 12/
”’This just eviscerates any norm of how governments should operate or treat their predecessors and their families,’ he said. ‘It crosses a dangerous line.’” 13/
The implication here is that Trump may be governing via kompromat. This is as dangerous as it gets. I hope @OversightDems are investigating, but what if high profile Democrats have been spied upon and targeted too?! 14/
“Rick Gates Sought Online Manipulation Plans From Israeli Intelligence Firm [Psy-Ops] for Trump Campaign” 15/ nytimes.com/2018/10/08/us/…
“Multiple Trump campaign staffers ‘reached out’ to Israel firm [Psy-Ops] under FBI scrutiny” via @Phire2Fire 17/ timesofisrael.com/multiple-trump…
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