"In fact, the FBI already had an open counterintelligence case on Page when he became a volunteer on Trump’s foreign policy team in January 2016, according to sources familiar with the matter."
"Near the end of July 2016, Steele sent the FBI agent in Rome (Gaeta) the opposition research on Trump he generated working for Fusion GPS."
This is different than previous testimony. It was thought this happened around July 5...
"The Rome-based agent (Gaeta) then forwarded the reports to an agent he worked with in the FBI’s New York field office (unknown name) – an agent with expertise in criminal organizations and organized crime, not counterintelligence, sources told ABC News."
Strzok: So. You come up with a codename? [redacted]
Strzok: Ooh I like it. Want me to send to [redacted]?
Page: If you want.
Strzok: Why Latitude? (other than it sounds badass, and you came up with it)
Page: Trying to think of something loosely military, without being obvious.
Strzok: [redacted] YUUUUGE. Though we may save that for the man, if we ever open on him ;)
Strzok: OMG I CANNOT BELIEVE WE ARE SERIOUSLY LOOKING AT THESE ALLEGATIONS AND THE PERVASIVE CONNECTIONS
[This combines the texts from the first two batches of releases]
As in Flynn?
I guess Page is technically military as well.
2/ It makes perfect sense that domestic and foreign intelligence would have their eye on Carter Page. He’s a globetrotter by choice, so there are no funny looks when he books a flight to foreign countries or talks to foreigners.
3/ Similar to Stefan Halper, Page has a “cover story” for his travel and contacts. For Halper it’s his position as a “professor” at Cambridge. Can say the same thing about Mifsud actually
It’s been reported that Comey and Lynch talked about a defensive briefing for the trump campaign early in March. Then briefed the nat sec principals committee where they again discussed defensive briefing. The concern was Carter Page specifically
1/ Russiagate is and always has been the dodge from answering to hard questions Hillary Clinton's use of a private server.
The focus on Russia shifts attention away from China. Putting blame on "shady" Trump shifts attention from Clintonworld's carelessness.
2/ HRC was licking her lips to shift the debate into the foreign policy realm because she felt she could mop the floor with Trump there.
The HRC campaign knew that they could siphon GOP establishment types (including Paul Ryan & Marco Rubio) from Trump by pounding Trump-Russia
3/ But even more so it was simply a dodge.
If you watch interviews with HRC campaign ppl from Aug, Sept and Oct of 2016, whenever they are asked a ? about Hillary's server or Wikileaks or the DNC hack, they instantly change the subject to "the Russians did it to help Trump"
Cliff Kincaid was the first to report Flynn's trip to Russia and low-key hints that it's linked to Flynn's book deal aim.org/special-report…
"Flynn’s attendance at the RT conf was shocking not only b/c Putin is an evil ruler whose regime murders opposition figures and truly independent journalists, but b/c Flynn was critical in the past about the damage done by...Snowden, who escaped to Russia"
OMG read this editorial response to Cliff Kincaid's article. It's a gem
Even features a fictional email exchange between Kincaid and John Brennan.
1/ From Showtime special "The Putin Interviews" by Oliver Stone. If you haven't checked it out already, you should. It's really a fascinating look at US-Russian relations without all the propaganda filters. Below is Putin talking about John McCain:
OLIVER STONE: And it seems we have Senator McCain, for example, today or yesterday, was proposing a veto, a Senate veto, of any lifting of sanctions from Trump, in advance.
PUTIN: You know, unfortunately, there are many senators like that in the United States...
3/ PUTIN: Well, honestly, I like Senator McCain, to a certain extent. And I’m not joking. I like him because of his patriotism. And I can relate to his consistency in fighting for the interests of his own country...
The very first real accusations of Trump-Russia were from Robbie Mook on July 24. Then it escalated during the convention. On July 27: 1) A statement from Jake Sullivan 2) Mentions in Leon Panetta's convention speech 3) A Mike Vickers article in Politico accusing soft on Russia
Then more broadsides.
July 28: "Trump and the Oligarch" by Michael Crowley in Politico
July 29: "Russias DNC hack: a prelude to intervention in November?" by David Ignatius in WaPo
Aug 1: "Donald Trump Long Sought a Real Estate foothold in Russia" in WSJ
Aug 5: 1) WaPo article about Carter Page and Russia clearly including details from Steele/Fusion 2) Michael Morell op-ed in NYT calling Trump an "unwitting agent" of Putin
1/ Konstantin Kilimnik would be the perfect source for Steele's 2014/15 memos: 1) Based in Kiev, so could collect the on-the-ground situation there day to day for whatever Orbis clients wanted that 2) Ties to Manafort and Gates, so could hand info about them to Deripaska
2/ When Manafort joined campaign, Kilimnik was definitely in the loop, getting an email "days later" saying the famous "how do we use to get whole."
Kilimnik was also the intermediary for the July 7 message to Deripaska "If he needs private briefings we can accommodate."
3/ It doesn't seem like Kilimnik is "our guy" since he's not based in the US and not really disappeared
It makes sense that Deripaska would hire Steele to produce intel reports for anything regarding Ukraine. Rusal has a refinery in Mykolaiv that the Ukrainian government was trying to nationalize. Deripaska likely wanted any edge to protect his interests there
Ukraine has been so volatile since late 2013 that everyone is probably looking for insight on whats going on
There very well might have been funny business between ousted Ukrainian president Yanukovych and Oleg Deripaska (maybe even brokered by Manafort).
Maybe Yanukovych promised some favorable policies to Deripaska in exchange for help in the 2012 election? Yanukovych looks corrupt
1/ A running theme of the Russiagate #resist misdirection operation is using federal agency logos and the "reputations" of former government officials to bring credibility to whatever propaganda is being pushed. For example...
2/ The Oct 7 2016 joint statement on Russian interference prominently displayed the logos of DHS and ODNI. And even that was rhetorically expanded by HRC to include all "17 agencies" of the intelligence community
3/ Or the Aug 2016 "STATEMENT BY FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICIALS" listing 50 names as if that's supposed to mean we should trust their word implicitly.
"Comey knew that a critical piece of information relating to the investigation into Clinton's email was fake...but he feared that if it became public it would undermine the probe and the Justice Department itself, *according to multiple officials with knowledge of the process*."
"The Washington Post reported Wednesday that this Russian intelligence was unreliable. US officials now tell CNN that Comey and FBI officials actually knew early on that this intelligence was indeed false."
Coming from WaPo and CNN...so assume that the opposite is true??!
The FISA Amendments Act “legalized and blessed any communications intercept between and American and a foreigner. The foreigner did not have to be a terrorist suspect: he merely had to be ‘reasonably’ suspected of having foreign intelligence value...
...Nor did he even have to be actually overseas; he merely had to be ‘reasonably’ suspected of being overseas during the time of interception. Approvals came from the FISA court in bulk, annually.” -The Snowden Files by Luke Harding