A cruise through the Federal Agencies of Chantilly. Definitely not all of them. But enough to get your head spinning.
2/ The Federal center of gravity in Chantilly is the National Reconnaissance Office. It was built around 1995 but the construction was kept hidden, even to congress. The NRO is mainly associated with the Air Force but it's stated job is dealing with intelligence satellites.
3/ Then there is the Ridgewood I building covered previously. Built in 1989, so one of the very first office buildings on the street. That one was leased to DOJ/FBI from 2000-2013.
Another interesting building complex to look at in Chantilly with a federal "undisclosed intelligence" tenant
2/ This image is from the marketing materials for the Ridgewood I building that is currently seeking tenants. Note the "Seal of the US" image over those buildings in the middle area. I started digging into those
3/ The addresses for the front two (already built) buildings are 4850 Stonecroft Blvd and 4870 Stonecroft Blvd. They are managed by Colliers and show up in a report from 2015. One was completed 1Q 2015 and the second in 2Q 2015
Here's the thing, I bet the HRC team was terrified of Strzok too. Can you imagine that guy interviewing you with the power of the FBI behind him? (shudder)
That's why I think they came up with this plan, intentionally chumming the water so that Strzok the shark would start chasing after Trump.
And it also puts the Horowitz findings in a different light. Sure, Horowitz didn't find any bias in that investigation, even in Strzok, because he was aggressive there too. The bias in the HRC email investigation was from DOJ and maybe McCabe (for letting her off the hook)
Processing some thoughts regarding everyone’s motivations in 2016. Why did people like Strzok act so crazy!
2/ What happened in 2016 was the culmination of a lot of strands coming together in a toxic way. In one sense, it was an incredible confluence of events, and in another sense, it was inevitable.
3/ I’m not going to go over all the roots of Russiagate because that is an entire book by itself. Here are the big ones I see:
-decline of print journalism caused by the internet. Led to private research firms like Fusion GPS and traditional outlets who are desperate for stories
1/ So many questions about this little block of texts...
2/ I'm guessing that Strzok talked to Abbate, because he's talking about the Washington Field Office, which Abbate is in charge of. Also, Strzok used to work at WFO so he surely has a relationship with Abbate so not weird to just call him up
3/ Who is DC!! My current guess is this is Elizabeth Dibble. The (D)eputy (C)hief of Mission at the London Embassy. @KimStrassel first broke the fact that this is the person who coveyed the Papadopoulos barroom conversation with Downer to the US Govt.
The internet itself is a huge backdrop of Russiagate. 1) The rise of digital media caused print media to decline, which decreased budgets for actual investigative journalism and raised the stakes to put out "breaking news" articles which garnered clicks regardless of veracity
2) Digital communication is relatively easy to intercept and search given the right tools. So for the past 20 years, the govt has spent enormous amounts to build up the capability to snoop on every conceivable packet of digital info. That enormous power led to corruption
3) Global interconnectedness allowed randos sitting in an office in St. Petersburg to create FB groups to influence the American election. We've always had foreign interference, but the fact that noone had to step foot on American soil is a big deal. Limits potential liability
Containing background info on #MissionRidge buildings, new leads on what the FBI is actually doing there, and an introduction to another relevant building in Chantilly: Ridgewood I
2/ The #MissionRidge buildings were built in 2007, apparently not leased by FBI until 2011, but the FBI has had a presence in Chantilly for much longer than that. The FBI has had a presence in a building called Ridgewood I since at least 2003, but probably even earlier.
3/ Here are a few records of the Ridgewood I building being occupied by the FBI. A letter with that address in the letterhead (2003), an FBO record with that address (2004) and a purchase of system furniture by the FBI for an office in Chantilly (2008)
1/ FOLLOW UP THREAD
It's fair to say I didn't know what I was getting into with posting the Mission Ridge info. @almostjingo quickly pointed out that the FBI DOES seem to have a presence in the Mission Ridge buildings. Let's take a step back and lay out what we know
2/ Much of what we know about these buildings comes from a Credit Suisse bank prospectus filed with the SEC on May 11, 2016. You can access it from the EDGAR database here: sec.gov/Archives/edgar…
3/ A over halfway down, you can find the section about Mission Ridge. Two buildings, built in 2007, 310,702 total square feet, currently 5 tenants
1/ Whats the deal with the DOD think tank the "Office of Net Assessment"? We know that they consistently paid Halper since 2012. We know its a small, secretive group within the Pentagon, located in the directors office (so has WH ties).
2/ From the texts, we know that Strzok met with Glen Fine (the DOD Inspector General) and "Baker" who in this case I'm assuming is James H. Baker, the director of the Office of Net Assessment.
3/ We know that Halper started a new contract with ONA on Sept 26 2016, so it's pretty safe to say that this meeting with Strzok/Fine/Baker was all about setting up this new contract. Maybe reviewing the scope or even negotiating with Halper on the fee.
1/ Trump's campaign intelligence briefing was Aug 17 2016. Remember, the one where Flynn attended and apparently got pissed at the briefers? What doesn't get talked about much is the HRC intelligence briefing which happened on Aug 27 2016...AT AN FBI OFFICE
2/ Who were the briefers? I'm putting my bet in right now that there was overlap between the Crossfire Hurricane team and the team that did those briefings
3/ This brings up an interesting point: Flynn became aware of these crazy allegations about Russia floating around in the govt way back in Aug 2016 and made it very clear that he thought the allegations were BS. That was one more reason why he had a target on his back from day 1
1/ A few more thoughts on the State Department and all the context surrounding it. First, think about the interplay between HRC, Kerry and Obama.
2/ Obama faced off against HRC in the 08 democratic primary and we forget how acrimonious it was. HRC thought she had it in the bag (seems to be a theme) and here comes this one-term senator giving her a run for her money.
3/ Even though HRC and Obama are in the same party, they are very different. And ultimately one of the greatest weapons Obama wielded against HRC was her vote in supporting the Iraq War. Obviously Obama won and the rest is history.
It seems clear that congressional investigators fought entrenched adversaries within the FBI and DOJ for the entirety of 2017. McCabe was the Deputy Director of FBI. James Baker was FBI general counsel. Bruce Ohr was at DOJ. The entire year.
It wasnt until December that things started to break free. The McCabe HPSCI interview on Dec 19 led to Bruce Ohr and James Baker stepping down. And the Strzok texts were first revealed in mid Dec as well.
Early Jan had a couple huge wins. Fusion GPS has to hand over financial records as ordered by a judge. And Rosenstein and Wray coughed up a good chunk of documents after making an end-around run to Speaker Ryan.