The Israeli firm NSO GROUP was behind the spyware used to hack journalists & human rights activists, a @WashingtonPost investigation reveals.

Not included in the story:

NSO GROUP paid @SKDK (BIDEN adviser ANITA DUNN's firm) for advice until late 2019.…
NSO GROUP also paid BEACON GLOBAL STRATEGIES (a firm started by JEREMY BASH, an MSNBC analyst who served as CIA & Pentagon chief of staff
under OBAMA) until early 2020, @NSOGroup told me last yr.

It said @SKDK & Beacon Global "provided communications & business strategy advice"
NSO Group has retained TOM CLARE to attack the investigation as “speculative & baseless.”

@TAClare's boutique defamation firm @clarelockellp also has represented the Russian oligarch OLEG DERIPASKA, Project Veritas (vs the @NYTimes) & Dominion Voting Systems, among other clients

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20 Jul
NEW: @amazon paid JEFF RICCHETTI (the brother of top BIDEN WH adviser STEVE RICCHETTI) $90k over the last 3 months to lobby on legislation/regulations related to:
➡️online consumer privacy
➡️minimum wage
➡️unilateral digital services taxes… Image
The lobbyist JEFF RICCHETTI is the brother top BIDEN advisor STEVE RICCHETTI.

In the 1st half of 2020 (under TRUMP), Jeff Ricchetti’s firm collected $370k in lobbying fees.

In the 1st half of 2021 (under BIDEN), Ricchetti’s firm collected $1.67M in fees.…
Since the election, companies with huge interests in US policy (@amazon, @GM & the co. behind the Keystone Pipeline) have signed JEFF RICCHETTI to lobby.

But the WH said STEVE RICCHETTI recuses himself from matters concerning his brother Jeff’s clients.…
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19 Jun
Trying to avoid watching the @sixers, but I’ll probably cave & tune in, since I am a Philly fan, & therefore a glutton for optimism-crushing disappointment.
At least Ben Simmons is trying to foul out. That will make this game somewhat easier to watch.
We are witnessing a Carson Wentz-level regression from Ben Simmons.
Read 9 tweets
10 Jun
NEW: Former RUDY GIULIANI associates PAVEL FUKS & ANDRII TELIZHENKO are sued by an estranged associate of Fuks who alleges Fuks (a developer who once discussed a Moscow project with TRUMP) is "an agent of Russian intelligence services, & a money launderer"…
The suit was brought by YURI VANETIK, a prominent GOP fundraiser & sometime lobbyist.

In 2019, PAVEL FUKS had sued Vanetik for bilking him out of $200k he paid for VIP tickets to TRUMP's inauguration.

Fuks ended up watching the inauguration from a DC bar…
The suit alleges PAVEL FUKS sought contacts with
TRUMP by retaining well-connected lawyers & consultants, including RUDY GIULIANI.

Fuks paid Giuliani Security & Safety, which is now under scrutiny in the probe of Giuliani for possible FARA violations.…
Read 5 tweets
28 Apr
NEW: Federal investigators executed a search warrant on Wednesday at RUDY GIULIANI’s NYC apartment, seizing his electronic devices.

It’s a sign that the criminal investigation is ramping up into his dealings in Ukraine, including whether he violated FARA.…
UPDATE: @FBI also executed a search warrant at the home of @VicToensing, a lawyer who worked with GIULIANI on the BIDEN dirt-digging campaign.

She had dealt with, & discussed representing, YURIY LUTSENKO, the Ukrainian prosecutor who provided info to Rudy…
A spokesman for @VicToensing tells me she's been informed "she is a not a target of the investigation.”

*When I initially revealed TOENSING's involvement in the Ukrainian dirt-digging, GIULIANI described her as LUTSENKO's lawyer, but he later backtracked.…
Read 6 tweets
2 Mar
Government watchdogs should call out transparency & influence concerns regardless of partisan affiliation.

@POGOwatchdog has exemplified this, flagging links between BIDEN's inner circle & shadowy consultancies like WESTEXEC as emblematic of the DC swamp.…
.@POGOwatchdog has asserted WestExec "circumvents" lobbying disclosure laws, "sells influence & connections” & called it “disappointing” that Biden tapped so many WestExec alumni “because I thought the message was clear … that the swamp is unacceptable & it’s time for a change.” ImageImageImageImage
So it’s puzzling to see @POGOwatchdog’s Senior Ethics Fellow @waltshaub accusing me of being a partisan for using the words “Dem Swamp” to describe WestExec’s merger with another opaque corporate consultancy (@Teneo) that grew out of its ties to Clinton.
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10 Feb
.@BernieSanders to @neeratanden: “Your attacks were not just made against Republicans. There were vicious attacks made against progressives, people who I have worked with — me personally… Can you reflect a little bit about some of your decisions…?”
For reference: in 2008, @NeeraTanden, then a top @HillaryClinton aide, punched @fshakir in the chest after he asked Clinton about her Iraq war vote.

Neera’s reaponse: “I didn’t slug him, I pushed him.”

Shakir became @BernieSanders’s 2020 campaign chief.…
During his 2020 campaign, @BernieSanders sent a letter to @neeratanden’s board accusing her of “maligning my staff and supporters and belittling progressive ideas.”…
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