Felix Sater – Google News: Trump’s pal plotted to hire journalist for negative stories

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Felix Sater — the Russian-born, real estate mogul who helped build Trump Soho — once looked to hire a journalist for $1,000 a month to post and blog negative stories about an enemy. Randi Newton, currently a dating columnist for the New York Observer 

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Felix Sater — the Russian-born, real estate mogul who helped build Trump Soho — once looked to hire a journalist for $1,000 a month to post and blog negative stories about an enemy.

Randi Newton, currently a dating columnist for the New York Observer, met with Sater for an hour four years ago to discuss the job offer. “I had responded to an ad for content. This man, Peter, said he was working with Felix Sater,” Newton told me. She eventually met with Sater for more than an hour. “He was very charismatic. He said he worked with Trump,” she recalled.

A 2013 e-mail from Peter Loehfelm of the PJ Walter branding company to Sater states: “Randi will get in touch with Felix on the flow of report ability of the entire process she will embark on and will also journal the details for the reports she will submit.”

Newton said she was instructed to post her “take-down pieces” from different Kinko’s (FedEx Office stores) around the city so she couldn’t be traced by IP addresses.

But Newton was never told who her target was. “It never went to the next step. It was very shady.”

Sater, former managing director of Bayrock Group LLC, is a central figure in special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.

In January, Sater met with Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen and Ukrainian politician Andrey Artemenko at the Loews Regency to discuss a peace plan for Ukraine.

“With the number of intelligence agencies that Mr. Sater has worked with, to think he suggested Kinko’s as a workaround for IP masking when inexpensive simple anonymizer software accomplishes the same goal puts this entire story in question,” Sater’s spokesman Ronn Torossian said.

“Mr. Sater has no recollection of this meeting.”

Loehfelm said Sater would have hired Newton “to have his own social media and press relations cleaned up. Not for another party.”


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Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.): Facebook’s disclosure could be just “the tip of the iceberg.”

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The ads that Facebook sold to fake accounts operating in Russia

After an internal review, Facebook on Wednesday disclosed to Senate Intelligence Committee investigators that it unwittingly sold about $100,000 in political advertisements to fake accounts believed to be operating out of Russia.

The detail has opened up new speculation about the extent to which social media companies were unknowingly part of Russia’s efforts.

The roughly 3,000 ads were purchased between June 2015 and May 2017, the company later confirmed in a blog post, and mostly focused on “amplifying divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum” rather than specifically referencing the presidential election.

“This seems to fit with the broader narrative of interests of certain actors [in Russia] or the Russian government as a whole in playing a role in U.S. politics,” said Chris Miller, research director at the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Eurasia Program. “This kind of fits a broader pattern.”

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the committee, has requested similar information about ads from Twitter, anticipating that Facebook’s disclosure could be just “the tip of the iceberg.” The Democrat has also suggested that Congress could pass legislation that would institute disclosure requirements for social media advertisements.

“I think the public needs to know what kind of misinformation and disinformation might be appearing on their Facebook news feed or their Twitter news feed,” Warner told CNN on Wednesday.

Warner confirmed that Facebook said that it traced the activity to an Internet “troll farm” operating out of St. Petersburg.

Facebook, which has since deactivated the 470 accounts in question, has already reportedly shared the findings of its internal investigation with Mueller.

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Felix Sater has been the key to unraveling the Trump-Russia scandal all along – Palmer Report 

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Who in the hell is Felix Sater?! Everything you were afraid to ask about this suddenly important person

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Here’s the deep dirt on the Russian businessman who promised “Our boy can become president of the USA” – by BILL SCHEFT – SATURDAY, SEP 9, 2017 02:00 PM EDT 


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Felix Sater has been the key to unraveling the Trump-Russia scandal all along – Palmer Report

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Who in the hell is Felix Sater?! Everything you were afraid to ask about this suddenly important person

Who in the hell is Felix Sater?!

Everything you were afraid to ask about this suddenly important person
Here’s the deep dirt on the Russian businessman who promised “Our boy can become president of the USA” – by BILL SCHEFT – SATURDAY, SEP 9, 2017 02:00 PM EDT 

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Felix Sater has been the key to unraveling the Trump-Russia scandal all along

This week cable news began breathlessly practicing saying the name “Felix Sater” over and over again, after it leaked that he had conspired with Donald Trump and Michael Cohen to try to build Trump Tower Moscow during the election.

Who is this Sater guy? Where did he come from? Why haven’t you heard his name before?

Well, if you’ve been reading a site like Palmer Report, you’ve known full well who Felix Sater is and why he’s so crucial to all of this for a very long time.Palmer Report first began trying to connect the dots between Felix Sater, Russia and Donald Trump back in February. We weren’t the first. To be frank, it was rather easy to see that something was there.

Sater and Cohen had been exposed as part of the truly weird Kremlin plot to convince Trump to use blackmail material to oust the president of Ukraine, so Putin could install a puppet. 

That plot was only derailed because Michael Flynn got himself fired for unrelated Russia reasons before he could put it on Trump’s desk. Sater had previously been convicted for Russian mafia money laundering. He’d also become an FBI informant at some point. It wasn’t difficult to see where this was all going.

That plot was only derailed because Michael Flynn got himself fired for unrelated Russia reasons before he could put it on Trump’s desk. Sater had previously been convicted for Russian mafia money laundering. He’d also become an FBI informant at some point. It wasn’t difficult to see where this was all going.

It was abundantly clear back then that Sater was the linchpin to unraveling Donald Trump’s connections to the Kremlin,

and that Sater and Cohen were in close cahoots when it came to those connections. The trouble: at the time, no one could piece together specifically what those connections were. Sater was confirmed to have been involved in some of Trump’s sketchiest real estate deals, such as Trump SoHo. Cohen was Trump’s attorney at the Trump Organization. But what were they doing together, and what did it have to do with the Kremlin?

This week the answer finally arrived: Felix Sater and Michael Cohen were trying to help Donald Trump get his Trump Tower Moscow built during the election.

Cohen even went so far as to contact the Kremlin for help. Sater bragged in an email that the project would get Trump installed in the Oval Office.

Now that the crucial missing piece is in place, everyone from Congress to the Special Counsel is using it to zero in on Sater to get him to flip on Trump. Things are finally in motion.

But if you’ve been playing close attention, you’ve known for the past eight months that it was going to come down to Sater,

his relationship to the Putin-controlled Russian underworld, and his relationship to Trump through Cohen.

Palmer Report is often among the first to highlight a Trump-Russia storyline that we know is going to important, even if we don’t yet know how it all fits together. Skeptics invariably question why some of our reporting still hasn’t yet been vindicated, weeks or months later. It’s because these things take time to unravel in full detail. But this was always going to come down to Sater. We told you that back in February.

Palmer Report is often among the first to highlight a Trump-Russia storyline that we know is going to important, even if we don’t yet know how it all fits together. Skeptics invariably question why some of our reporting still hasn’t yet been vindicated, weeks or months later. It’s because these things take time to unravel in full detail. But this was always going to come down to Sater. We told you that back in February.

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Who in the hell is Felix Sater?! Everything you were afraid to ask about this suddenly important person – Salon

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A Russian propaganda group purchased ads on Facebook during the 2016 election. Here’s what that means. – PBS NewsHour

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A giant Facebook “like” seen at the company’s new headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Photo by Robert Galbraith/Reuters

Facebook announced Wednesday that a Russian propaganda organization used the social media platform to purchase $100,000 of political advertising.

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