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1) My latest @EpochTimes - Russian Spy Revelation Raises Questions on CIA Information, Potential Links to Steele Dossier

2) The revelation of the alleged extraction of a Russian CIA spy has raised a number of questions, including how the CIA used the information it received.

Notably, the spy appears to have been a key source for the allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
3) The spy’s direct supervisor appears to have been mentioned in the Steele dossier, and it’s possible information provided by him may have been included in the Steele dossier.
4) The New York Times has noted that this source “was instrumental to the C.I.A.’s most explosive conclusion about Russia’s interference campaign: that President Vladimir V. Putin ordered and orchestrated it himself.”
5) The source was apparently highly regarded by former CIA Director John Brennan, who sent separate intelligence reports, many based on the source’s information, in special sealed envelopes to the Oval Office.”
6) However, if the source was so highly placed, why then was the United States so seemingly ill-informed regarding many of Russia’s foreign policy actions, particularly in Syria, or Crimea when Russia forcibly annexed the peninsula from the Ukraine?
7) And if this asset was indeed so highly placed, how is it that Russia was able to hack the DNC servers and extract their emails without the CIA’s advance knowledge of the alleged Russian activities?
8) And how could the same spy who “was instrumental to the C.I.A.’s most explosive conclusion about Russia’s interference campaign” fail to provide more concrete proof for Mueller’s team of investigators after he was exfiltrated to our nation’s capital in 2017?
9) If the spy served as “one of the C.I.A.’s most important — and highly protected — assets,” how is it that he came to live in our nation’s capital, all the while living under his Russian name?

And why is it that Russia was so quickly willing to name him publicly?
10) If Brennan’s source of information came from one of the CIA’s most highly placed and valued assets—a source the CIA had recruited “decades ago”—why would other intelligence agencies, such as the NSA, be reluctant to agree with the CIA’s conclusions?
11) Ushakov, the boss of the suspected Russian spy, is directly referenced in a September 14 memo—one of three memos that was prepared in advance of a meeting between Steele and FBI agents in Rome on September 19, 2016.
12) What makes this particularly curious is that by the time the Steele memo was written in mid-September 2016, Brennan had already seemingly delivered information on this matter to the White House.
13) The fact that the CIA information and the Steele dossier contained the same information raises the question whether the “senior member of the Russian Presidential Administration” mentioned in the dossier is the same as the CIA Russian spy.
14) This, in turn, would raise the question of how Steele appears to have ended up with the same information as the CIA.
15) Brennan has claimed that he didn’t see the dossier until “December [2016].”

Brennan also stated in his testimony that the CIA didn’t rely on the Steele dossier and that it “was not in any way used as a basis for the intelligence community assessment that was done.”
16) But this claim was countered during the July 16, 2018, testimony of former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, when a discussion took place regarding Brennan’s August 2016 briefing of then-Sen. Harry Reid.
17) While some within the FBI likely had parts of the dossier in early July, Page testified that the counterintelligence investigative team didn’t receive it until mid-September—likely during their trip to Rome, where they met with Steele.
18) This sequence indicates that only Brennan, the CIA and Steele had direct access to this information prior to the FBI’s meeting with Steele in Rome.

Again, begging the question, did Brennan have the information first?

And if so, who gave it to Steele?
19) Following the delivery of the Mueller report, Brennan commented on the information he had received.
20) If Brennan was making this admission after using a source the CIA claimed was the “highest level source for the US inside the Kremlin”—a source who had been until Monday, living openly under his own name—one has to question the entirety of the CIA’s sourcing...

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