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Journalist @Guardian, #1 New York Times best-selling author. Books: Shadow State, Collusion, A Very Expensive Poison, The Snowden Files. Agent: @SLANYC
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29 Jan
Here's an extract from my book #Collusion on the KGB's operation to cultivate Donald #Trump, including during #Trump's 1987 trip to Soviet #Moscow politi.co/2zRrRvK via @politicomag
The former #KGB officer Yuri Shvets today corroborates my Collusion account, saying the spy agency cultivated #Trump as an asset for 40 years. Per my sources he was classified as 'doveritelnaya svyaz' - a confidential contact theguardian.com/us-news/2021/j…
Archive material in Prague reveals that the Czechoslovak secret police first began spying on #Trump in 1977, after he married a woman from behind the Iron Curtain, Ivana Zelníčková. The StB intelligence service shared its product with the #KGB
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24 Nov 20
The Cabinet Office is routinely obstructing freedom of information requests and has a blacklist of journalists working for @guardian and @DailyMirror, @openDemocracy reports. As I discovered last month when inquiring about Lord Lebedev .. theguardian.com/politics/2020/…
I discovered the House of Lords Appointments Commission (HOLAC) - which scrutinises proposed peers - hadn't published minutes for over a year. I asked to see 2020 minutes, including from March when Lebedev's peerage was discussed - and rejected on national security grounds..
On 16 October 2020 the Commission wrote back, rejecting my FoI application: "We have concluded that the public interest is best served by withholding the information," it said, adding it intended to publish the minutes in the "near future". I appealed ..
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21 Oct 20
Drugs, a mural of Stalin, and Boris #Johnson - our exclusive investigation into Evgeny Lebedev's "hedonistic" parties in London and Italy and his decade-long relationship with the British prime minister. By me and @dansabbagh  theguardian.com/politics/2020/…
Johnson made Lebedev a peer in July. He's due to take up his seat shortly in the House of Lords. Security sources tell us he is *still* deemed to be a potential security risk, albeit a low tier one, because of his #Moscow-based father Alexander who was in the #KGB
In March the House of Lords Appointments Commission wrote to Johnson calling for Lebedev's peerage to be withdrawn, as reported by @BylineTimes. This followed a #security briefing. No 10 resubmitted Lebedev's name in July, when the Commission reluctantly approved his appointment
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21 Oct 20
Here's my exclusive interview with Igor Danchenko, the #Russian analyst behind the Steele dossier. He says he "stands by" his work, including allegations that Trump was compromised in #Moscow's Ritz-Carlton hotel. "I got it right," he says theguardian.com/us-news/2020/o…
Last week Danchenko sent cease-and-desist letters to Trump's counsel and to Republican senator Lindsey Graham. Both have suggested he's a suspected #Russian spy who fed disinformation to Steele. The allegations - retweeted by Trump - are "completely false", his lawyer wrote
Danchenko was outed in July, after William Barr declassified his 2017 FBI interview. He says the "smear campaign" by Graham and other senior Congressional Republicans was done to distract from the damning Senate intelligence committee report into the #Trump campaign and #Russia
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18 Aug 20
I've speed read the Senate intelligence committee's report on Russian interference. Story for @GuardianUS coming shortly! It's a treasure trove of new detail about #Trump-#Russia and provides the most compelling account yet of what goes on inside the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Moscow
A Russian intelligence officer is stationed permanently at the hotel, notes who checks in and out, and presides over a "network" of cameras including in guests' bedrooms, the report says. There are prostitutes under the control of an unnamed spy agency. We can assume #FSB
The committee doesn't confirm if the Trump 'golden showers' story is true. It is generally scathing about Christopher Steele. Nonetheless, it collaborates the essence of the dossier: that the Ritz-Carlton is a #kompromat factory, set up to ensnare the unwary and the reckless
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22 Jun 20
Exclusive: MPs who drew up the #Russia report were told the #Kremlin has a "likely hold" over Donald #Trump and there were "indications" #Moscow interfered in and may have covertly funded the 2016 #Brexit vote  - my new book Shadow State reveals theguardian.com/world/2020/jun…
The evidence - given by former MI6 officer Christopher Steele - is the most compelling explanation so far as to why Boris #Johnson still refuses to publish the missing #Russia report, which he suppressed before last December's UK general election
In a confidential 2018 memo to the British parliament's intelligence and security committee (ISC) Steele accuses Theresa May and Johnson - at that point foreign secretary - of putting "party political interests" above "national security" - a "serious mistake", in his view
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9 Mar 20
Revealed: Russia 'hired network of Britons to go after enemies of #Putin', according to testimony given to parliament’s intelligence and security committee - the #Russia report, suppressed by Boris Johnson. My exclusive with ⁦@dansabbaghtheguardian.com/world/2020/mar…
The @guardian is publishing Bill Browder’s evidence to the ISC, delivered in 2018. We don’t know if it features in final report. It paints a depressing picture of British former intelligence officers, MPs, PR guys lobbying on behalf of #Kremlin interests in return for £££££
The eventual report contains two sections - one public, the other secret. The confidential part has already been ‘published’ or circulated inside Whitehall, among spooks and government insiders. It’s this section which is likely to discuss #Russian emigre donations to #Tory party
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11 Feb 19
Revealed: wife of #Putin's spokesman faces questions over US tax affairs - my latest with @jonswaine in New York theguardian.com/us-news/2019/f…
Tatiana Navka lived and trained in the US for over a decade. She was a US permanent resident up until Sep 2015 - the year she married Putin's press sec Dmitry Peskov. Navka was obliged to declare her global income. Including from #Russian sources ..
Documents suggest she claimed tax relief on a house she 'sold' in 2009. In fact, the house in New Jersey was repossessed by her bank last month. Navka and her former husband Alexander Zhulin owe $$$$$ in unpaid property tax..
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29 Oct 18
How #Czechoslovakia spied on Donald and Ivana #Trump during the Cold War, seeking access to 'highest echelons of US power' - my exclusive report with @RESPEKT_CZ, featuring new archive docs and previously unknown secret agents theguardian.com/us-news/2018/o…
Here's news story on how Prague's StB intelligence service spied on #Trump - in secret operation that was stepped up in 1988, when Trump said he would run for US president. Trump visited Soviet #Moscow the previous year theguardian.com/us-news/2018/o… with @RESPEKT_CZ
One Czechoslovak secret agent who spied on #Trump was Jaroslav Jansa - codenamed JARDA. Jansa reported on a meeting in autumn 1989 in Trump Tower between Trump and a delegation of collective farm bosses from Ivana's home town theguardian.com/us-news/2018/o…
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28 Sep 18
Exclusive: #Russian-American tycoon who donated c.$300K to #Trump was in extensive contact with senior #Kremlin official during summer 2016 - my story with @NBCNews and Dossier Center theguardian.com/us-news/2018/s…
Simon Kukes told Russian ex-ambassador he was involved in "strategy development" for #Trump campaign, and sent photos to Moscow of his 29-year-old girlfriend posing with candidate Trump and Mike Pence theguardian.com/us-news/2018/s…
Kukes gave $273,000 to #Trump Victory, making the first of several donations two weeks after notorious meeting in Trump Tower between Russia lawyer, Donald Trump Jr. et al. Kukes had no previous history of political donations
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16 Jul 18
A few thoughts on today's extraordinary meeting. Vladimir #Putin hinted that the FSB does indeed have #kompromat on Trump. Putin said he didn't know about #Trump's 2013 visit to Moscow, therefore this material can't exist. A non sequitur. Conclusion: there is a tape
Putin's offer to cooperate with Mueller is playful trolling. Mueller's agents won't be travelling to #Moscow anytime soon. In 2006 the Kremlin offered to cooperate in the Litvinenko murder probe. UK detectives visited Russia and were given the run-around, used as pawns in PR game
The limits of British diplomacy were woefully exposed. Theresa May had asked #Trump to raise the novichok poisoning of the Skripals and the death of Dawn Sturgess. Trump didn't and appears to have forgotten about them. No mention today of (alleged) #Russian state murder ops
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