The Arts Of Hybrid Wars

The Arts Of Hybrid Wars

6:41 AM 12/18/2017

“The real issue is moral capitulation.” – NYT – Bret Stephens

M.N.: Is this the truth?!

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NYT – Bret Stephens:

“There’s no need to obsess about electoral collusion when the real issue is moral capitulation.” 

M.N.: Is this the truth?! 

To the list of Bret Stephen’s “explanations” of “Russia scandal” I would add one more, maybe the main one, and maybe the most troubling one: the suspicion of Trump’s personal financial interest in his pro-Russian policies and stances. In other words and in plainer English, that he was bought by Russia in some ways or fashion, as the contemporary Russian habit is in dealing with their problems: to bribe or to kill. Here they appear to do both, with the killing of the “moral” kind: undermining the trust in the American democratic values and institutions, killing America “softly”. Very much in line with the modern trends of the Psycho-Geo-Politics.

Such a comfy, cuddly, furry, (Panda cum Russian Bear, “Happy Family”, hybrid-like), Obamanite – Russian – Chinese – Putinesque – Merkelized geo-“softness”, which in plain language is called “hypocrisy”, and in most recent terms, the arts of the “hybrid wars”, and more exactly, the intelligence wars, which Putin made his main occupation and preoccupation.  

It also reminds me again the prediction made in 2011 by Ariel Cohen and Donald Jensen about  the Russian “moral black hole” and the dangers of contamination from it:

A Moral Black Hole.

The roots of the Russian elite’s discontent lie in imperial nostalgia, phantom pains of autocracy, and questionable morality. The end of communism resulted in a moral black hole—a deep spiritual and identity crisis among the elites. Corruption, alcoholism, and blurred lines between organized crime and authority reflect general alienation, recklessness, and fatalism.

Nations fail, St. Augustine argued, because peoples fail. A healthy society can correct a deficient state, but even the best-designed states will founder if they are based upon a deficient civil society.

This degradation bears directly on Russia’s conduct of its foreign policy. Those who keep calling for an engagement that will eventually transform Russia cannot see that it is the West, not Russia, that is being transformed by this contact.”

And now Bret Stephens says that the West, and America specifically, “morally capitulated”.

Is this the truth or just the journalistic hyperbole, exaggeration, or warning? 

I do not know, at what stage this infection is, but it certainly is the ongoing process. How to deal with it, is another complex matter. 

I do not think that The West (Culture, the way of life, modes of governing, etc.) “morally capitulated” (yet), but it is obvious that this rather entertaining subject did become an issue and the issue, in its various interpretations, and Stephen’s article is just one of these proposed interpretations. 

“In many ways, we vacated a lot of competitive space in recent years and created opportunities for these revisionist powers,” McMaster said, referring to China and Russia, according to this recent report. 

See the article: New US Security Strategy To Focus On Countering China, Russia – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

Essentially, I see this conflict as The West (Liberal Democracies) vs. World Organised  Crime in alliance with leftist, “centrist” and rightist geo-political opportunists and their intelligence services of all the various and convenient stripes. Some of them have been already named above. And as such, if this conflict is formulated here by me correctly, it is of the prime and overwhelming concern and the interest to the FBI. 

Michael Novakhov 

12.18.17

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Trump denies he plans to fire Mueller
 

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The Real Russia Scandal – The New York Times
 

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Lest there be any doubt as to where the future national security adviser stood, Flynn went on to stress that Vladimir Putin “has done a lot for the Khamenei regime”; that Russia and Iran were “the two most active and powerful members of the enemy alliance”; and that the Russian president’s deep intention was to “pursue the war against us.”

All this was true. Yet by the end of the year, Flynn would be courting Russia’s ambassador to Washington and hinting at swift relief from sanctions. What gave?

What gave, it seems, was some combination of financial motives — at least $65,000 in payments by Russian-linked companies — and political ones — a new master in the person of Donald Trump, who took precisely the same gauzy view of Russia that Flynn had rejected in his book.

What about Trump’s motives? In The Washington Post on Thursday, reporters Greg Miller, Greg Jaffe and Philip Rucker offer a stunning description of the president’s curious incuriousness when it comes to the question of Russian interference in our elections. That’s followed by a catalog of all the many ways in which the American president sought to appease the Russian dictator.

Cases in point: The president still does not fully accept the verdict of his intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the election. He told Bill O’Reilly that America’s behavior was no better than Putin’s. His attorney general admitted to Congress that the administration had “probably not” taken sufficient measures to prevent future Russian meddling in elections. He explored ways to return two Russian diplomatic compounds in the United States long used for spying until they were seized by the Obama administration.

It continues: He spent the first five months in office resisting efforts to get him to publicly avow NATO’s mutual-defense commitments. He sought an “impenetrable cybersecurity unit” with Moscow until Lindsey Graham dismissed it as “pretty close” to “the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.” He fiercely resisted congressional efforts to impose additional sanctions on Russia; was “apoplectic” when they passed; and would have vetoed the legislation if it weren’t certain he’d be overridden. He ended American support for anti-regime moderates in Syria, paving the way for the Assad regime — and thus its Russian helpers — to consolidate their grip.

Presented with this list, the president’s craven apologists insist he’s right to try to find common ground with Russia. These are the same people who until recently were in full throat against Barack Obama for his overtures to Putin. More measured apologists say he’s merely naïve, just as Obama and Bush were at the beginning of their terms. Yet the alleged naïveté never quits: Just this week, he asked for Putin’s help on North Korea.

The better explanations are: (a) the president is infatuated with authoritarians, at least those who flatter him; (b) he’s neurotically neuralgic when it comes to the subject of his election; (c) he’s ideologically sympathetic to Putinism, with its combination of economic corporatism, foreign-policy cynicism, and violent hostility to critics; (d) he’s stupid; or (e) he’s vulnerable to Russian blackmail.

Each explanation is compatible with all the others. For my part, I choose all of the above — the first four points being demonstrable while the last is logical. But let’s have that conversation at another time. There’s no need to obsess about electoral collusion when the real issue is moral capitulation. ☐

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The Spiraling Diaspora From Puerto Rico
 

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It’s been 12 weeks and counting, and Puerto Rico still flounders in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, left to beg for federal help. The politics and indifference underlying the island’s desperation recall the lyrics of Stephen Sondheim 60 years ago in “West Side Story”:

Nobody knows in America
Puerto Rico’s in America!

The plot of that Broadway musical was rooted in the great migration in the 1950s as Puerto Ricans — American citizens in good standing — fled hardship on their beloved commonwealth island for fresh opportunity and better government benefits in mainland states. A similar diaspora occurred during the recent recession, when 400,000 migrated. And now, thousands upon thousands more have been leaving each week as the island staggers. Florida alone has received more than 230,000 Puerto Ricans since the Sept. 20 hurricane, and experts predict that the outflow to places like New York and Pennsylvania could increase by more than 300,000 in the next two years unless a radical rebuilding takes place for Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents.

The Trump recovery imprint has been far clearer in Gulf Coast states hit by hurricanes this year than on an island that has so little political clout. A double standard in the law was quickly clear after the storm when a federal cap on Puerto Rico’s food stamps limited the amount of emergency food aid. Texas and Florida had no such restraints after their hurricanes.

As of last week, only about 60 percent of Puerto Rico’s power had been restored. Power remains the key to ever regaining normalcy in business, education and home life. But the island is suffering the longest blackout in United States history. An estimated 700 temporary generators are providing emergency power, with officials hoping for something more permanent no earlier than next summer.

The island was reeling under $74 billion in debt even before the hurricane hit, and its news tends to get worse, not better. Its government counted a death toll of 64 in the first 42 days after the storm, but a detailed survey by The Times found that 1,052 more people than usual had died. More lives are at risk now, with older residents and those with chronic health conditions particularly threatened as the on-again-off-again power grid affects vital medical machinery.

Nearly half of Puerto Rico’s residents rely on Medicaid, which is not as well funded federally on the island as it is in the states. The problems are compounded by a looming financial crisis that experts say could leave a quarter of the island’s residents without medical care early next year unless Congress and the Trump administration extend special help.

Washington caps the island’s Medicaid assistance. This means that while federal revenue covers 75 percent of the Medicaid bill for low-income states like Mississippi, Puerto Rico gets only about 15 to 20 percent coverage. So it resorts to local budgeting and more debt, thereby worsening the bankruptcy spiral.

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Image of Cooperation Between White House and Mueller Starts to Fracture
 

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Legal experts said there was no indication that Mr. Mueller, who has wide power to obtain documents through written requests, subpoenas and search warrants, improperly obtained the transition emails. But amid the barrage of criticism, Mr. Mueller’s office issued a rare statement on Sunday defending how the information had been obtained during the inquiry into Russian election meddling.

“When we have obtained emails in the course of our ongoing criminal investigation, we have secured either the account owner’s consent or appropriate criminal process,” said Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel’s office.

A lawyer for Mr. Trump said in a letter to Congress on Saturday that the General Services Administration, the government agency that had the transition team’s emails, had handed them over to Mr. Mueller’s investigators in August without allowing transition team lawyers to review them. The documents, the lawyer argued, should have been shielded by various privileges, like attorney-client privilege.

The materials, said the lawyer, Kory Langhofer, were the property of the transition team, and therefore it should have had the chance to decide what was given to investigators.

The letter came days after the Justice Department took the unusual step of releasing to the news media anti-Trump text messages that an agent overseeing the investigation had sent to a colleague. Although Mr. Mueller had moved quickly this past summer to remove the agent from the inquiry, Republicans seized on the disclosure to criticize Mr. Mueller and the F.B.I.

One Trump adviser, Kellyanne Conway, said it was evidence that “the fix was in against Donald Trump from the beginning.”

White House officials sought to play down the significance of the letter about the transition emails, insisting it was an issue for the transition team, not the West Wing. They said the president had not changed his approach to cooperating with the special counsel, and that he had not discussed dismissing Mr. Mueller.

“We have been cooperative and transparent with the special counsel’s office and will continue to be — we look forward to an expeditious conclusion to this matter,” said Jay Sekulow, a lawyer for Mr. Trump.

Still, the letter to Congress from Mr. Langhofer sounded a discordant note. His assertion that the emails were privileged and should have been shielded stood in contrast to the stance of White House officials, who said that Mr. Trump’s lawyers had not invoked any such privilege on any White House documents that Mr. Mueller had requested.

Among the materials obtained from the transition team by Mr. Mueller were emails, laptops and cellphones for nine members who worked on national security and policy matters, according to the letter. Mr. Mueller’s investigators have used the documents during interviews with transition team officials when questioning them about calls between Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, and the Russian ambassador in which they discussed American sanctions.

One of the emails shows that several transition officials were aware that Mr. Flynn was going to be speaking with the ambassador on Dec. 29 after the Obama administration had imposed new sanctions on Russia for its election meddling. Mr. Flynn pleaded guilty this month to lying to the F.B.I. about his interactions with the Russian official.

“The materials produced by the G.S.A. to the special counsel’s office therefore included materials protected by the attorney-client privilege, the deliberative process privilege, and the presidential communications privilege,” Mr. Langhofer, the counsel to Trump for America, said in his letter, which was sent to the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate and House oversight committees.

Over the summer, Mr. Trump publicly dangled the possibility of firing Mr. Mueller, stoking concerns among some of his advisers who believed that Mr. Trump would further imperil his presidency if he did so.

But two people who have spoken to the president recently said that he was far more frustrated with the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, and the F.B.I. director, Christopher A. Wray, than Mr. Mueller. Mr. Trump has said that Mr. Wray has not moved quickly enough to rid the bureau of senior officials who were biased against Mr. Trump and had worked for James B. Comey, the director whom Mr. Trump fired in May.

Mr. Trump’s lawyers assured the president throughout the fall that Mr. Mueller’s investigation would be over by the end of the year. But on Dec. 1, Mr. Flynn entered his guilty plea and agreed to cooperate with Mr. Mueller’s investigation, an indication that the inquiry will not soon close.

Two weeks ago, The New York Times reported that Mr. Mueller had removed one of the top agents working on the investigation, Peter Strzok, after the discovery of text messages between him and a colleague in which they described the possibility of an election victory by Mr. Trump as “terrifying” and said that Hillary Clinton “just has to win.”

Republicans have seized on Mr. Strzok’s text messages, saying that they were the clearest evidence that the F.B.I. had been out to get Mr. Trump and that Mr. Mueller’s investigation was filled with partisans. Along with attacking Mr. Strzok, Republicans have said that one of Mr. Mueller’s top prosecutors, Andrew Weissmann, may also be biased against Mr. Trump because he commended the acting attorney general in a January email for not enforcing Mr. Trump’s travel ban.

Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, praised Mr. Mueller in an interview on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday for removing Mr. Strzok but said “there are others” whom Mr. Mueller needs to examine.

“There are plenty of F.B.I. agents and prosecutors who have not been politically involved on behalf of Democrats or overtly critical of the president that can serve in this important investigation,” Mr. Cornyn said.

He added: “So I have confidence in Director Mueller. I would just think he would be concerned about the appearance of conflicts of interest that would undermine the integrity of the investigation.”

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Image of Cooperation Between White House and Mueller Starts to Fracture – New York Times
 

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Trump shouldn’t trust Putin on Syria — or anything else
 

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Vladimir Putin is a master at manipulating people by telling them what they want to hear. He’s just done it again by announcing a “withdrawal” from Syria while simply resetting his forces there and promoting Russian-led “peace talks” between Bashar al-Assad and regime-tolerated Syrian rebel groups.

Putin has no intention of going anywhere. He has established strong military positions in Syria—an airbase near Latakia and a naval port at Tartus—with 49-year leases.  But the most dangerous aspect of the illusion he fosters is that he could split from Iran in Syria in a way that helps the U.S. contain Russia’s partner in propping up the Assad dictatorship.

This is a pipe dream with growing appeal to U.S. policymakers, who sidelined themselves in Syria, apart from the fight against ISIS, starting with the Obama Administration. The fact is that if the U.S. wants to contain Iran’s growing Syrian footprint, counting on Putin isn’t the way to do it.

It’s going to be hard to get the Iranians out: they are entrenching themselves in Damascus (where Iran has been buying property for years), southern Syria, Aleppo, and elsewhereIran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and its auxiliaries are spread all over the country.

The Obama Administration did nothing to block the Russian military presence in Syria, and the Trump Administration followed suit.  But the Trump White House has repeatedly refused—at least rhetorically– to accept a permanent Iranian military presence there.  With good reason: allowing Iran to keep bases in Syria would make a recently-released U.S. containment strategy for Iran nearly meaningless.

The U.S. has negotiated “de-escalation zones” in Syria with Russia, which theoretically require Iranian forces to withdraw. For the most part, they haven’t.

The U.S. has negotiated “de-escalation zones” in Syria with Russia, which theoretically require Iranian forces to withdraw. For the most part, they haven’t. U.S. officials have offered no indication they actually plan to do anything substantive to reduce Tehran’s presence.

The idea is now growing that Russia and Iran could “split” in Syria after the declared “defeat” of ISIS, and that Putin could then help contain Tehran’s aggressive activity. But how, concretely, could Putin do that?

One idea, especially in the wake of Putin’s “retrenchment,” is that he could withhold air support to Iranian forces in Syria to cause a pullback. Indeed, Putin may be withholding Russian military support for Iranian operations in Syria’s northerly Idlib Province right now.

Tehran, however, has a much stronger hand to play in threatening to withhold military assistance than Putin does— the Iranian coalition defends Russia’s bases at Tartus and Latakia.  If he makes Iran his enemy in Syria he will lose everything he’s fought for there.

In fact, Iranian military force, not Russian, is dominant in Syria.  Moscow’s military contingent consists of a few thousand personnel devoted to securing bases and supporting air operations, along with a very limited number of special forces (SPETSNAZ) and military police, as well as some private contractors.  Russia has developed some of its own Syrian proxy forces, but their numbers are small.

Iran, by contrast, commands a coalition of many tens of thousands of fighters—its own Revolutionary Guards, Qods Force, and Basij fighters; Lebanese Hezbollah; Iraqi Shi’a militias (now pouring into Syria after the recapture of Mosul); and thousands of Afghans and Pakistanis it has recruited, trained, and brought into the Levant.

That coalition force is by far the most powerful single military organization in Syria.  It can and will dictate realities on the ground in matters of any great importance to Tehran.

As things stand, Putin now tolerates Israeli attacks on Iranian positions in Syria that his air defenses and air force could have resisted and possibly deterred.  Some  analysts argue that this divergence opens the door for Israel to contain Iran in Syria with tacit Russian permission.

But Israeli strikes have so far been pin-pricks aimed mainly at installations reportedly involved in chemical weapons, missile systems, and other advanced Iranian technologies, rather than changing the Iranian footprint in Syria overall.  To change Iran’s posture, Israel would have to undertake a large-scale air campaign and probably a ground campaign into Syria as well—something akin to a full-scale war with Iran and its proxies.

Israel is not interested in such a war, which would quickly escalate to include massive Hezbollah attacks on Israel, Israeli engagement in Lebanon, and Iranian retaliation against the U.S. around the region, since Tehran blames the U.S. for anything the Israelis do.

An even bigger challenge is that any Israeli expulsion of the IRGC and most of its proxies from Iran would lead to the collapse of the Assad regime, which cannot survive without their help.  The Israelis have shown no interest in collapsing the regime, and for Putin, that result would undo everything he has achieved so far.

Any Russo-Israeli entente, therefore, will be limited to moderating Iranian military presence in Syria at a level well above what the Trump administration’s regional Iran strategy, and American interests, require.

Policymakers can argue endlessly about Putin’s intentions, concerns, or feelings toward Iran, his willingness to cooperate with the U.S., and his objectives in Syria. But it is almost impossible to point to real evidence that any of those things support the idea that Putin would ever want to help us there with Iran.

What we could do in Syria without Putin is an even more difficult discussion, but that is the conversation we should actually be having instead.

Frederick W. Kagan is the Christopher DeMuth Scholar and the director of the Critical Threats Project at the American Enterprise Institute.

Anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok had eye-popping influence at Justice Dept.
 

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ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Over the past two weeks it has been revealed that Justice Department official Peter Strzok is facing an inquiry from the DOJ’s Inspector General over what appears to be highly inappropriate conduct while he was engaged in several high-profile, politically charged investigations over the past two years.

Strzok, a former deputy to the assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI who also weaseled his way onto Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia Collusion investigation until he was removed in July, has been in the headlines lately over text messages showing his utter disdain for then-candidate Donald Trump and his attempt to plan a mysterious “insurance policy” incase the billionaire real estate and media mogul won the highest office in the land.

So what did Strzok actually accomplish at the Justice Department up until his reassignment to an “supervisory job in the bureau’s human resources department” over the summer?

Remarkably, (and some would say disturbingly) quite a lot.

1: Strzok was able to modify FBI Director James Comey’s initial finding that Hillary Clinton had been “grossly negligent” in her handling of sensitive and classified government documents with the use of her private email server. Strzok’s Svengali-like manipulation of Comey (a man who’s credibility can not and should not ever be questioned because Joe Scarborough has told us he’s impeccable…  although it’s kind of strange to hear how this partisan underling manipulated Comey in such a blatant and perverse way) successfully changed the FBI’s findings on the Clinton email debacle to “extremely careless” thereby keeping the outrageous behavior free from criminal referral. Score one for the Thesauras!  Hillary saved by the synonym machine!

2. Strzok participated in the interview of Hillary Clinton over her private email server. The interview, conducted days before Comey released his controversial findings in July 2016, was conducted without the benefit of any recording devices or a sworn oath.

3. Strzok also convinced Comey (a pillar of virtue and a man who’s competence and effectiveness you really shouldn’t ever question, I mean, just look at the great job he did) to soften the language in his findings over the likelihood Clinton’s private and unauthorized email server had been hacked by a foreign entity.

“In an early draft, Comey said it was “reasonably likely” that “hostile actors” gained access to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email account. That was changed later to say the scenario was merely ‘possible.’” Fox News reported this week.

4. Strzok also oversaw the questioning of then-National Security Director Michael Flynn over his contacts with Russian officials during the post-election transition process. Flynn’s answers to Strzok’s questions were later found to rise to the level of criminal deception leading Flynn to a guilty plea agreement with the Mueller investigation.

5. We’ve also learned that Strzok was a “key figure” with regard to the acceptance of and possible dissemination of the infamous Russian Dossier, a collection of unverified tales about Donald Trump that was paid for by the Clinton campaign. Strzok reportedly briefed the House Intelligence Committee on the dossier in December of 2016, just one month after the presidential election and in the middle of the transition process.

6. Fox News has also reported that Strzok has been accused of “obstructing” the House Intel Committee’s investigation.  “Investigators were contacted by an informant suggesting that there was “documentary evidence” that Strzok was purportedly obstructing the House probe into the dossier,” James Osen and Jake Gibson earlier this month.

7. As a highly placed member of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation team, Strzok rubbed elbows and cooperated with other intelligence agency heads including John Brennan at CIA and Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper. Both Brennan and Clapper have shown themselves to be as virulently anti-Trump and partisan as Strzok displayed in his text messages. And let’s not forget, Clapper’s report on Russian involvement with the DNC hack and WikiLeak’s was the foundation of the fake “Seventeen Intelligence Agencies have concluded Russian hacking on behalf of Trump” talking point that emanated from the Obama Administration, was parroted by the Clinton campaign and became a montra of the New York Times, AP, CNN and most mainstream media outlets until they corrected their own record earlier this year.

That’s the list as of now… but we expect it to keep growing.

It is unclear whether Strzok was involved with the FISA warrant that ultimately led to a wiretap on former Trump campaign director Paul Manafort who has been indicted as a result of the Mueller investigation. But given his alleged involvement in the FBI’s handling of the dossier and the infamous “insurance policy” texts suggesting an attempt to undermine the Trump campaign or a potential Trumppresidency, many observers are connecting those dots and reaching reasonable conclusions.

Strzok is the quintessential swamp creature and it is remarkable to look at how many highly politically charged pies he had his fingers in over the past two years. Remarkable until you recognize exactly what has sadly become the reality here on the ground in Washington DC. There was a time when “Career Justice Department Official” was a badge of honor and something that suggested that the individual attached was one of extreme integrity and beyond political influence or corruption. Now, sadly, it appears the exact opposite applies.

Where are the “Career Justice Department Officials” who don’t appear to be more loyal to the swamp, the system and their chosen political allies rather than the rule of law?

Trump says he is not planning to fire Mueller as Republican attacks increase – The Guardian
 

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Donald Trump and his goons have their new DOJ scapegoat, and its not Robert Mueller
 

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Donald Trump’s advisers, surrogates, family members, and Republican allies in Congress have spent the past week frantically trying to smear the reputation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. They’re panicking at the idea that Mueller is moving closer to exposing Trump’s wide array of serious crimes. But thus far there is no basis for believing that Trump is actually gearing up to try to fire Mueller, which he can’t directly do anyway. Instead, Trump and his people are firmly targeting a different key figure at the Department of Justice.

The clues have been in plain sight for days. Congressman Trey Gowdy, who was on the Trump transition team and is likely panicking over the transition emails that Mueller has his hands on, has spent the week making up phony scandals about Mueller. But when it came down to it, Gowdy arrogantly bragged that he actually believes Trump is going to fire Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. He’s far from the only one who thinks McCabe is about to take the fall.

Over the past few days Donald Trump Jr has tweeted or retweeted several false and disparaging claims about McCabe. These people have no poker face at all, because they’re telegraphing that Donald Trump is gearing up to fire McCabe. How did he become the scapegoat? Trump has spent months tweeting phony claims about McCabe being some kind of paid Hillary Clinton shill, which he presumably heard about from Fox News or another propaganda source.

Donald Trump would surely like to fire Robert Mueller. But he knows that firing James Comey was what led to Mueller’s appointment to begin with, and he presumably has some understanding that firing Mueller would be likely to backfire in similar fashion. He might also have to fire half the DOJ in order find someone there who is willing to fire Mueller. So it appears his handlers are steering him toward firing McCabe instead, which will let him fulfill his desire for blood.

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Robert Mueller also has Donald Trump teams laptops and cellphones. Heres what that means.
 

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Over the past twelve hours, the Trump-Russia scandal has taken a series of twists and turns, largely focused on the revelation that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has had the Trump transition team’s emails all along. These emails likely incriminate quite a number of Trump’s current and former people. But an overlooked detail in the story may prove to be the most crucial of all: Mueller also has the Trump team’s laptops and cellphones.

Here’s the relevant passage from Reuters, which we’ll quote here for the purpose of dissecting what’s really going on here: “The FBI had requested the materials from GSA staff on Aug. 23, asking for copies of the emails, laptops, cell phones and other materials associated with nine members of the Trump transition team responsible for national security and policy matters.” (link). So what are we looking at? First, it means Mueller has copies of all the data and history on the laptops and cellphones used by the Trump transition team. This provides far broader avenues for evidence gathering than mere emails.

If Trump’s people were their usual sloppy selves, it’s unlikely that they wiped (or sufficiently wiped) the devices they had been using. This means Mueller would have access to every word processing document they typed, and perhaps access to personal email accounts that were being used on those laptops. The cellphones would not provide recordings of transition team phone conversations, but would have call histories, and potentially copies of voicemails. This is just the beginning.

Reuters says that Robert Mueller was targeting nine people on the Trump transition team in particular. Who are they? “National security and policy matters” could be interpreted in a few different ways. While this is not an indicator of guilt, here is a partial list of some Trump transition team members whose official titles could fit the above description: Michael Flynn, Mike Pence, Rudy Giuliani, Reince Priebus, and Jeff Sessions. Flynn has already cut a plea deal.

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Top officials at the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department might be subpoenaed as part of a House investigation into alleged agency bias against President Donald Trump. A Republican on the House Judiciary Committee said Saturday that the panel’s chairman 
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So much for Robert Mueller pulling his punches. After a week of media hype about the possibility that Donald Trump might try to fire him, Mueller ended the week with a bang. He leaked that he’s been sitting on fifty thousand emails which incriminate any number of Trump’s advisers. When Trump’s attorneys complained about the manner in which Mueller acquired the emails, he fired back, making a point of using the word “criminal” twice.

The emails in question, which are from the Trump transition team, likely incriminate half a dozen or more of Trump’s people, up to and perhaps including Mike Pence. The implication was clear enough: if Trump tries to fire Mueller, then Mueller will use these emails to arrest Trump’s own people before Trump can complete the multi-step process of getting him fired. That was enough to prompt Trump’s White House to quickly issue a statement confirming that Trump won’t be firing Mueller, but it wasn’t enough to silence Trump’s attorneys so Mueller took another shot.

Trump’s legal team made the baseless claim that Mueller improperly acquired the emails by getting them from the General Services Administration, because some of the emails were supposedly privileged. However, legal experts wasted no time pointing out the invalid nature of that argument. Mueller made the unusual move of putting out a statement through his spokesman. Not only did Mueller defend the legality of his actions, he also took a pointed warning shot at Trump’s people, reminding them what he has on them.

Robert Mueller’s spokesman said “When we have obtained emails in the course of our ongoing criminal investigation, we have secured either the account owners consent or appropriate criminal process” (link). There are only two sentences that truly matter in that sentence, and they’re both “criminal.” Mueller is reminding Trump’s people that if they can’t stop Trump from trying to fire him, he’s holding more evidence against them than they know.

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FBI: American Gestapo

by LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHDDecember 16, 2017Any government agency with law enforcement and surveillance authority that uses those powers for political purposes is the definition of a secret police, no better than the Nazi Gestapo or the Soviet KGB.

There is indeed probable cause to conclude, meaning indictable offenses, that employees of the Department of Justice and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), sympathetic to the Democrat Party, used the power of their offices and with the assistance of foreign nationals to influence the 2016 election in favor of Hillary Clinton, first to exonerate her and then obtain information to prevent the election of Donald Trump or to provide a basis for his impeachment should he win.

It is also abundantly clear from the Congressional investigations involving the Department of Justice and the FBI that those institutions of government are protecting themselves at the expense of transparency and accountability to the American people.

In other words, the government employees involved consider the survival of the Deep State more important than the survival of the Constitution. That is the definition of tyranny.

Here is a summary of the apparent sequence of events based on the revelations so far. There may be more damning evidence yet to be disclosed.

–        The Democrats hired Fusion GPS to find dirt on Donald Trump.

–        Fusion GPS hired former British MI6 agent in Moscow, Christopher Steele, to canvass and very likely pay his Russian contacts, some of whom may be present or former members of Russian intelligence, for negative information about Trump.

–        Steele creates the “Trump dossier” and distributes it either directly or indirectly to media outlets and to politicians like Senator John McCain (R-AZ).

–        The FBI obtains the “Trump dossier,” but inexplicably or perhaps intentionally does not check the veracity of any of Steele’s assertions.

–        The FBI uses the “Trump dossier” to apply to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to obtain warrantless authorization to conduct surveillance on Trump and his associates.

–        It now appears that Christopher Steele might have been, at some point, on the FBI payroll, and, by extension, the Russians.

The use of an un-vetted document from dubious Russian sources as a basis for unwarranted surveillance of American citizens, ultimately for political purposes, renders the entire Mueller investigation a farce and could provide exculpatory evidence to vacate the guilty plea of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. It is a verdict many believe was based on improperly-obtained information as part of an overall effort by politically-motivated federal employees to manipulate the results of the 2016 election.

The conditions that led to the election of Donald Trump as President remain. They bear repeating.

The federal government and the media are, as institutions, hopelessly corrupt and, although we have elections, we no longer have representative government.

There is a Cold Civil War underway in the United States to determine who should control the federal government. It is not a contest between the Democrat and Republican policies, but a battle between the entrenched power of the bipartisan political establishment, the Deep State, versus the freedom and well-being of the American people. It is a conflict between those who want to adhere to the Constitution and the rule of law and a ruling elite, who wish to continue the practices of political expediency and crony capitalism for the purposes of personal power and profit.

Americans now believe that we are no longer citizens of a republic, but subjects of an elected aristocracy, composed of a self-absorbed and self-perpetuating permanent political class, which serves its own interests and those of its international financiers, not those of the American people.

Three years before the start of the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln said a government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free – that a house divided against itself cannot stand.

Likewise, a government separated from the people cannot stand.

The American Revolution, a war to free ourselves from foreign tyranny, lasted eight years.

The Second American Revolution, a battle to root out the corruption and despotism of the Deep State will take longer, but equally necessary.

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There is indeed probable cause to conclude, meaning indictable offenses, that employees of the Department of Justice and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), sympathetic to the Democrat Party, used the power of their offices and with the 
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What is a “nutjob” exactly? Semantically rich word, with many different meanings and nuances.

What is a “nutjob” exactly? Semantically rich word, with many different meanings and nuances. For example, “L. Ron Hubbard was a nutjob.” 

“The “Nut Job” has nothing to do with Sexuality. It is completely and utterly the term used to describe a Maniac, Just like a Nut Case.

In other words, it is an old man or stalker that has lost his mind; Or just a Hyperactive person that is all over the place and always looking for fun”.

So, who is really a “nutjob”?

“That’s right,” Baldwin’s Trump muses. “Sadly, I had to fire Comey because he was a nutjob and because he knew all my secrets. So I had to pull a little obstruction-ay of ustice-jay.”

 

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Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.

SYRIA

The U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (S.D.F.) declared “total liberation” of the city of Raqqa today, the spokesperson for the S.D.F. claiming that the defeat of the Islamic State militants in their de facto capital in Syria was a “historic victory” and that the future of the city would be “decided by its people.” Arwa Damon, Ghazi Balkiz and Laura Smith-Spark report at CNN.

Raqqa would form part of a decentralized federal Syria, the S.D.F. said today, however plans for autonomous zones in northern Syria have faced opposition from the U.S., Turkey and the Syrian government. Reuters reports.

The S.D.F. raised a banner bearing the image of Kurdish nationalist leader Abdullah Öcalan in the city of Raqqa yesterday, the controversial Turkish Marxist leader is detained in Turkey as a terrorist and the S.D.F.’s symbolic action has raised concerns among the majority Arab population that the Kurds would take control of Raqqa. Raja Abdulrahim reports at the Wall Street Journal.

A Syrian peoples’ congress bringing Syria’s ethnic groups together is being considered by Russia and others, Moscow said today, Reuters reporting.

The defeat of the terrorists in Syria is imminent, the Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday, noting the progress of Russia and Syrian government forces operations in the country and saying that the Syrian peace process was developing in a positive way. Reuters reports.

The recent territorial gains by the Russia and Iran-backed Syrian government forces in eastern Syria have changed the dynamics on the battlefield, giving Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime greater leverage in any future political negotiations and forcing the U.S. military to reconsider its assumptions about the picture on the ground. Karen DeYoung and Liz Sly report at the Washington Post.

The Israeli military “targeted the source” of mortar fire from Syrian territory yesterday, according to the Israeli military. The AP reports.

Saudi Arabia’s Gulf Affairs Minister visited Raqqa yesterday to discuss reconstruction, meeting with the U.S. special envoy to the coalition against the Islamic State Brett McGurk and an adviser to the Raqqa civil council. Reuters reports.

The next phase of the Syrian war is set to include complex conflicts that redefine alliances on the ground as the common threat posed by the Islamic State group dwindles, the issue of control over the city of Raqqa leading to tension and the pro-Syrian government forces expected to turn their attention to the Syrian rebels. Anne Barnard and Hwaida Saad explain at the New York Times.

The defeat of Islamic State militants in key cities in Syria and Iraq has brought untold destruction. Megan Specia reveals the scale of the challenge to rebuild at the New York Times.

The power of the U.S. military was demonstrated in Raqqa and in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, however neither the Obama administration nor the Trump administration devised a clear political strategy for what should come next. David Ignatius writes at the Washington Post.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out five airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on October 18. Separately, partner forces conducted seven strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

NORTH KOREA

“We ought to behave” as if the North Korea is on the “cusp” of being able to hit the U.S. with a nuclear missile, the C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo said yesterday at an event organized by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, emphasizing that the U.S. prefers diplomacy, but military options would remain a possibility. Nicole Gaouette reports at CNN.

Pompeo highlighted that there was a difference between an ability to fire a single nuclear missile and having an arsenal of nuclear missiles, also saying that China could do more to rein in North Korea. The AP reports.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster also emphasized that the U.S. was pursuing diplomatic efforts at the same event, saying that the U.S. is “not out of time, but we are running out of time.” Demetri Sevastopulo reports at the Financial Times.

North Korea urged Australia to turn away from the “heinous and reckless moves of the Trump administration” in a letter, according to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who said that Pyongyang had also sent the letter to other nations. The BBC reports.

Turnbull dismissed the letter as a “rant” and a sign that North Korea was “starting to feel the squeeze” from the increased sanctions against the regime. Rod McGuirk reports at the AP.

A U.S. pre-emptive strike on North Korea would be unlikely to destroy all of Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal, Russian president Vladimir Putin said yesterday, Reuters reporting.

“North Korea should not be backed into a corner,” Putin said yesterday, warning against the possibility of conflict and stating that “problems should be solved in dialogue.” Carlo Angerer reports at NBC News.

The mountain under which North Korea tests its nuclear weapons is suffering from “tired mountain syndrome,” according to some analysts, the impact of the testing changing the geological makeup of Mount Mantap that could lead to its collapse and consequent radiation release. Anna Fifield reports at the Washington Post.

IRAN

The President does not intend to “interfere with business deals that the Europeans may have under way with Iran,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said yesterday, following Trump’s decision last week not to certify Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, Tillerson seemingly attempting to assuage concerns about the possibility of new U.S. sanctions on Iran impacting European banks and firms. Felicia Schwartz and Laurence Norman report at the Wall Street Journal.

The leaders of the 28 European Union countries affirmed their commitment to the Iran deal at a summit yesterday, according to the spokesperson for the European Council Preben Aamann. The AP reports.

The deal “remains valid despite the decision of the president of the United States not to certify its implementation,” the French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said yesterday after a meeting with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (I.A.E.A.) Yukiya Amano, reaffirming France’s support for the nuclear deal. The AP reports.

Iran remains “cautious” and the I.A.E.A. continues its “control and verification activities without any problems,” Amano said after his meeting with Le Drian, saying that Trump’s decision has not yet caused any problems. Reuters reports.

Leaving the fate of the Iran deal to Congress is “very dangerous” and opens the door to “party politics,” former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who negotiated the 2015 deal, said yesterday, warning that Trump’s actions could risk worsening the crisis on the Korean Peninsula as it sent a signal to the Pyongyang regime that the U.S. does not keep its word. Stephanie Nebehay reports at Reuters.

TRUMP-RUSSIA

“The intelligence community’s assessment is that the Russian meddling that took place did not affect the outcome of the assessment,” C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo said yesterday, his comments distorting the findings of a report compiled by the C.I.A. and other intelligence agencies and released in January saying that Moscow sought to undermine public faith in U.S. political processes and support Trump’s presidential campaign. Greg Miller reports at the Washington Post.

“The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed,” C.I.A. spokesperson Ryan Trapani said yesterday following Pompeo’s remarks. Max Greenwood reports at the Hill.

“Not true,” the former C.I.A. Deputy Director David Cohen tweeted yesterday, responding to Pompeo’s comments, clarifying that the intelligence community “made no judgment on whether Russian interference” affected the election, Cohen was joined by others who criticized Pompeo. Michael Crowley reports at POLITICO.

Trump suggested that the F.B.I. were involved in the salacious dossier alleging links between the Trump campaign and Russia in a tweet yesterday,  the F.B.I. did offer to pay former British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele who compiled the dossier in October 2016, but did not pursue further work with Steele once he became a publicly known figure. Anne Gearan and Devlin Barrett report at the Washington Post.

“When a country can come interfere in another country’s elections, that is warfare,” the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said yesterday, reproaching Russia for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and in a pointed departure from Trump’s stance on Russian involvement. Joel Gehrke reports at the Washington Examiner.

A bipartisan bill expanding laws on political ads on social media platforms was unveiled yesterday in response to revelations of Russian interference in U.S. politics, the measures would include greater requirements on transparency and disclosure. Ashley Gold and Nancy Scola report at POLITICO.

Twitter’s acting general counsel Sean Edgett will testify before the House and Senate Intelligence committees on Nov. 1, Twitter said yesterday. Ali Breland reports at the Hill.

The Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev, who has been under scrutiny for his connections to the Trump campaign, is under investigation in Monaco for alleged violations of privacy. Stephanie Kirchgaessner and Luke Harding report at the Guardian.

NIGER

The F.B.I. have joined the investigation into the killing of four U.S. special forces members in Niger two weeks ago, the F.B.I. has not taken over the investigation but has made the intervention amid criticism over a lack of detail about the incident. Ben Kesling and Julian E. Barnes report at the Wall Street Journal.

The ambush in Niger “was considered unlikely,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said yesterday, adding that the Pentagon would release findings from the Pentagon investigation into the attack “as rapidly” as possible. Connor O’Brien and Wesley Morgan report at POLITICO.

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain (R-Ariz.) may issue a subpoena to understand the circumstances surrounding the Niger ambush, McCain said yesterday, saying that the White House had not been forthcoming with information needed by the committee. Idrees Ali reports at Reuters.

“We have kept them up to date. Of course we will work with Sen. McCain and his staff,” the Pentagon chief spokesperson Dana White said yesterday, insisting that the Pentagon has been communicating with Congress about the Niger attack. Ellen Mitchell reports at the Hill.

IRAQ

Iraqi federal forces and Kurdish Peshmerga forces exchanged fire today at their border in Iraq amid increased tensions between the two U.S. allies and the Iraqi federal forces’ sweeping gains in Iraqi Kurdistan and disputed territories over the past week. Balint Szlanko reports at the AP.

The semiautonomous Kurdish Regional Government (K.R.G.) in northern Iraq welcomed calls for dialogue from Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, the K.R.G. saying in a statement yesterday that they have asked the international community to help negotiation efforts. Reuters reports.

News agencies and social media accounts have been amplifying tensions in Iraqi Kurdistan, sensationalizing stories and contributing to the creation of a sense of chaos. Tamer El-Ghobashy and Loveday Morris report at the Washington Post.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOREIGN POLICY

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seeks to re-orientate the U.S. relationship with China and address the imbalanced trade relationship, he said in an interview yesterday, also acknowledging in the interview that he has a different style to the president and has no intentions of leaving his post. Michael C. Bender and Felicia Schwartz report at the Wall Street Journal.

“China is dedicated to developing long-term healthy and stable relations with the United States,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said yesterday, responding to Tillerson’s comments on Wednesday that China’s actions have been undermining the international order. James Griffiths and Steven Jiang report at CNN.

“I do not have a lot of expectations” that the crisis in the Gulf would be “resolved any time soon,” Tillerson said yesterday, saying that Qatar has shown it is “ready to engage” and the Saudi-led bloc that isolated the country on June 5 should show that they would reciprocate. Al Jazeera reports.

RUSSIA

Russia would retaliate if the U.S. takes steps to pressure Russian media outlets, Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday, Reuters reports.

Russia is not concerned by the U.S. military build-up in the Baltic region, Putin also said yesterday, Reuters reporting.

Russia would respond immediately if the U.S. withdraws from the intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty, Putin said yesterday, Reuters reporting.

Russian warships arrived in the Philippines today in a sign of increasingly close relations between the two countries and the Philippines’ move away from the U.S. and China. The AP reports.

The TRAVEL BAN

The Trump administration is considering scaling up its vetting processes for refugee women and children, according to a source familiar with the matter, bringing the process closer into line with the checks taken against adult men refugees. Yeganeh Torbati and Mica Rosenberg report at Reuters.

Trump’s latest travel ban is “equally pointless” as the previous orders and the administration’s vow to appeal the Hawaii court and Maryland courts’ rulings on the revised order is misguided as the policy achieves nothing and the administration would be wise “to let the ban fade away.” The Washington Post editorial board writes.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

A top Islamic State operative was “taken” in a gunfight in the Philippine city of Marawi, the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced yesterday. Felipe Villamor report at the New York Times.

A U.S. drone strike killed the leader of a militant Pakistan group yesterday, a spokesperson for the militants said yesterday, Saud Mehsud reports at Reuters.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) suggested using a subpoena to force the Trump administration regarding cybersecurity policy yesterday, Morgan Chalfant reports at the Hill.

A Palestinian unity government offers the hope for peace talks to progress, however it could also raise more difficulties as the Islamist Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip are considered a terrorist group and the U.S. and Israel have both stated that Hamas must explicitly renounce violence and recognize the state of Israel before negotiations can take place. David M. Halbfinger sets out the obstacles to peace at the New York Times.

Lasting stability in Somalia seems elusive but the Somali President must continue the military and political strategy against the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab militants as there is evidence of some success. Alex De Waal writes at Foreign Policy.

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Russia remains a greater threat to U.S. security than North Korea or the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) because President Vladimir Putin still views the world in “Cold War terms,” according to an ex-NATO commander. … There are four separate 
Putin Threatens Restrictions on US Media if Washington Pressures Russian MediaVoice of Americaall 5 news articles »

CIA director gets fact-checked on his assessment of Russia’s 2016 election meddling – The Week Magazine

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CIA director gets fact-checked on his assessment of Russia’s 2016 election meddling
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… an assessment of the impact that Russian activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election,” describing the Moscow-linked activities as unprecedented in scope and aimed at undermining American faith in its institutions and helping elect President and more »
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He has denounced his intelligence agencies’ findings as a “hoax” and the multiple investigationsas a “witch hunt.” His White House has lied about his campaign’s contacts with Russians. He reportedly helped … Trump added to the blizzard yesterday and more »

Opioid Crisis – News Review | The World News and Times

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The opioid epidemic or opioid crisis is the rapid increase in the use of prescription and non-prescription opioid drugs in the United States and Canada in the 2010s. Opioids are a diverse class of moderately strong painkillers, including oxycodone (commonly sold under the trade names OxyContin and Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin), and a very strong painkiller, fentanyl, which is synthesized to resemble other opiates such as opium-derived morphine and heroin. The potency and availability of these substances, despite their high risk of addiction and overdose, have made them popular both as formal medical treatments and as recreational drugs. Due to their sedative effects on the part of the brain which regulates breathing, opioids in high doses present the potential for respiratory depression, and may cause respiratory failure and death.[2] 

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Russian Twitter Campaign Seeks to Divide America. theTrumpet.com–Oct 5, 2017. A network of Russia- affiliated Twitter accounts attempted to fan the flames of … to the Russian government-affiliated troll farm known as the Internet … Facebook and its … 

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Daily Beast
Trump Campaign Staffers Pushed Russian Propaganda Days Before the Election
Daily Beast
The discovery of the now-unavailable tweets presents the first evidence that several members of the Trump campaign pushed covert Russian propaganda on social media in the run-up to the 2016 election. A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment, “for …
Michael Flynn, Nicki Minaj shared content from this Tennessee GOP account. But it wasn’t real. It wasRussian.Washington Post
Twitter Was Warned Repeatedly About This Fake Account Run By A Russian Troll Farm And Refused To Take It DownBuzzFeed Newsall 19 news articles »

3:32 PM 10/19/2017 – Russians Posing as Black Activists on Facebook – Google News

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3:42 PM 10/19/2017 – This past summer, a Facebook account called Blacktivist… – Russians Posing As Black…

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3:50 PM 10/19/2017 – Did Russia fake black activism on Facebook to sow division in the US? – Russians…

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3:32 PM 10/19/2017 – Russians Posing as Black Activists on Facebook – Google News

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3:50 PM 10/19/2017 – Did Russia fake black activism on Facebook to sow division in the US? – Russians…

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4:40 PM 10/19/2017 – Trump suggests FBI may have ‘paid for’ dossier alleging Russia ties – FBI paid …

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Report: Google Uncovers Russia-Paid Ads On YouTube, Gmail – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

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Report: Google Uncovers Russia-Paid Ads On YouTube, Gmail
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“Russian agents” spent tens of thousands of dollars on advertisements on YouTube, Gmail, Google search, and other products in an attempt to spread disinformation, the newspaper reported on October 9, citing anonymous sources it said were familiar with 
Russian operatives spent thousands of dollars on Google ads, source claimsThe Guardian
Google uncovers Russian-bought ads on YouTube, Gmail and other platformsWashington Post
Russia Recruited YouTubers to Bash ‘Racist B*tch’ Hillary Clinton Over Rap BeatsDaily Beastall 219 news articles »

10 million people saw Russia sponsored Facebook ads in the US – IT PRO

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10 million people saw Russia sponsored Facebook ads in the US
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10 million people saw Russia sponsored Facebook ads in the US …. Sources told the publication that the Facebook representatives traced the ad sales to a Russian “troll farm” which has published pro-Kremlin propaganda in the past. … The social 
Exclusive: Russian-linked Facebook ads targeted Michigan and WisconsinCNNall 251 news articles »

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Russian Twitter Campaign Seeks to Divide America
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network of Russia-affiliated Twitter accounts attempted to fan the flames of the ongoing National Football League controversy in the United States, the New York Times reported on September 27. These accounts tried to … “The decision to target the 
Exclusive: Russian-linked Facebook ads targeted Michigan and WisconsinCNN
Suspected Russian Facebook Ads Were Targeted to Specific StatesNBCNews.com
Facebook Cut Russia Out of April Report on Election InfluenceWall Street Journal
Tableau Public – Tableau Software
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Russia-sponsored troll networks still operating, targeting America – McClatchy Washington Bureau

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Russia-sponsored troll networks still operating, targeting America
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The number of networks of Russian-sponsored trolls spreading propaganda to the United States and Europe may number in the hundreds, including the one team drawing wide attention for blitzing American social media outlets last year with divisive …and more »

Russian Facebook Ads Targeted Muslims, Gun Owners, Black Lives Matter – Fortune

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Russian Facebook Ads Targeted Muslims, Gun Owners, Black Lives Matter
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Other Russian-linked accounts tried hiding themselves on the left, posing as gay rightsactivists and also promoting the Black Lives Matter movement. The Times noted that the goal of these accounts was likely to create viral posts, build a social 
Facebook’s Russia-Linked Ads Came in Many DisguisesNew York Times
Facebook says estimated 10 million saw Russia-linked ads apparently designed to exploit divisions in American societyPittsburgh Post-Gazette
Russian Facebook ads showed a black woman firing a rifle, amid efforts to stoke racial strifeWashington Postall 298 news articles »

Exclusive: Even Pokémon Go used by extensive Russian-linked meddling effort – CNNMoney

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Exclusive: Even Pokémon Go used by extensive Russian-linked meddling effort
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One Russian-linked campaign posing as part of the Black Lives Matter movement usedFacebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and Pokémon Go and even contacted some reporters in an effort to exploit racial tensions and sow discord among … of the 
Russians Reportedly Also Abused YouTube, Pokémon Go in 2016 ElectioneWeek
Russia Said To Have Used Pokemon Go To Divide AmericansValueWalk
CNN: ‘Pokemon Go’ was used by Russian trolls to sow discord on social mediaBGR
Forbes –New York Post –Bustle –AndroidGuys
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Even Pokémon Go used by extensive Russian-linked meddling effort – KMOV.com

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Even Pokémon Go used by extensive Russian-linked meddling effort
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One Russian-linked campaign posing as part of the Black Lives Matter movement usedFacebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and Pokémon Go and even contacted some reporters in an effort to exploit racial tensions and sow discord among … of the 
Exclusive: Even Pokémon Go used by extensive Russian-linked meddling effortCNNMoneyall 16 news articles »

Russian troll factory paid US activists to help fund protests during election – The Guardian

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Russian troll factory paid US activists to help fund protests during election
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Russian trolls posing as Americans made payments to genuine activists in the US to help fund protest movements on socially divisive issues, according to a new investigation by a respected Russian media outlet. On Tuesday, the newspaper … RBC said it 
Russian Online Troll Farm Fooled Black Activists In Election Disruption SchemeHip-Hop Wired
Russian ‘Troll Factory’ Paid American Activists, Funded ProtestsNewsmax (blog)
Kremlin oligarch dubbed Putin’s ‘chef’ unmasked as the money behind a major Russian ‘troll factory’Daily Mail
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Russians Posing as Black Activists on Facebook Is More Than Fake News – WIRED

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Russians Posing as Black Activists on Facebook Is More Than Fake News
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As the entrance to social activism has become that much more attuned to the innovations of contemporary life, people are eager to align their beliefs with those in similar fights, and publicFacebook accounts and groups serve as communal nerve centers, …and more »
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Russian Twitter account pretending to be Tennessee GOP fools celebrities, politicians – The Mercury News

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Russian Twitter account pretending to be Tennessee GOP fools celebrities, politicians
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Russian operatives used a fake Twitter account that claimed to speak for Tennessee Republicans to convince American politicians, celebrities and journalists to share select content with their own massive lists of followers, two people familiar with the 
Twitter Was Warned Repeatedly About This Fake Account Run By A Russian Troll Farm And Refused To Take It DownBuzzFeed News
Trump Campaign Staffers Pushed Russian Propaganda Days Before the ElectionDaily Beastall 19 news articles »

Russian Propaganda Targeted US Vets And Service Members Via Social Media – Task & Purpose

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Russian Propaganda Targeted US Vets And Service Members Via Social Media
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Russia has exploited social media networks to target current and former U.S. military personnel with propaganda, conspiracy theories and other misinformation, achieving “significant and persistent interactions” on Twitter during one month last spring 
Study: Russian Propaganda Targeted Engaged US Vets, Active-Duty Troops on Social MediaDaily Beast
Russia targeted US troops, vets on social media, study findsThe Hillall 3 news articles »

Russian Propaganda Targeted Vets, Troops via Social Media: Study – Military.com

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Russian Propaganda Targeted Vets, Troops via Social Media: Study
Military.com
WASHINGTON — Russia has exploited social media networks to target current and former U.S. military personnel with propaganda, conspiracy theories and other misinformation, achieving “significant and persistent interactions” on Twitter during one month …
How Russia’s Propaganda Campaign Exploited America’s PrejudicesTPM
Facebook, Google, Twitter: How tech giants are involved in the Russia investigationFox News
Russian SocialMedia Propaganda Targeted US Military Personnel, VetsMediaPost Communications
The Hill –TechCrunch –Markets Insider –Axios
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In attempt to sow fear, Russian trolls paid for self-defense classes for African Americans – CNNMoney

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In attempt to sow fear, Russian trolls paid for self-defense classes for African Americans
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… ads paid personal trainers in New York, Florida, and other parts of the United States to run self-defense classes for African Americans in an apparent attempt to stoke fear and gather contact details of Americans potentially susceptible to their and more »

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The government’s shameful role in the opioid crisis – Washington Post

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The government’s shameful role in the opioid crisis
Washington Post
MULTIPLE, GLARING government breakdowns are documented in the revealing investigation of the opioid-overdose epidemic by The Post and CBS’s “60 Minutes.” The report exposed weakening federal enforcement of drug distribution; corrosive industry …
Trump keeps kicking opioid crisis down the roadUSA TODAY
Washington Post, 60 Minutes Investigation Finds Bill Helped Fuel Opioid CrisisNPR
The Ripple Effects of the Opioid CrisisEsquire.com
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People Are Dying Because of Ignorance, not Because of Opioids … – Scientific American

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People Are Dying Because of Ignorance, not Because of Opioids …
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Recently, driven largely by opioid-related deaths—predominantly of our white sisters and brothers—President Donald Trump proclaimed that the opioid problem …
Misdiagnosing Causes and Casualties in the Opioid WarReason (blog)
Facing the opioid epidemic, doctors struggle to find solutionsKMSP-TV
Penn State social science researchers collaborate to study opioid epidemicPenn State Newsall 17 news articles »

The opioid epidemic in America – Washington Post

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The opioid epidemic in America
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The Post/“60 Minutes” report on the United States’ opioid epidemic was excellent, but it didn’t dig down far enough. The shares of these manufacturers and distributors are traded on the stock exchanges and are publicly owned. So, the real culprits are 
Opioid epidemic burns bright when democracy dies in greed and ignoranceThe Hill
Editorial: How Congress and drug companies fueled the opioid epidemicBoulder Daily Camera
How big pharma’s money – and its politicians – feed the US opioid …The Guardian
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Recreational Marijuana Is Reversing the Opioid Crisis in Colorado, Study Suggests – Big Think

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Recreational Marijuana Is Reversing the Opioid Crisis in Colorado, Study Suggests
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One way for states to curb the opioid crisis might be to completely legalize another drug: marijuana. According to a report set to run in November’s edition of the American Journal of Public Health, the amount of opioid-related deaths dropped by 6.5 and more »

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Trump Campaign Staffers Pushed Russian Propaganda Days …

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Trump Campaign Staffers Pushed Russian Propaganda Days … pushed covert Russian propaganda on social media in the run-up to the 2016 …
Twitter Was Warned Repeatedly About This Fake Account Run By A …
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Russian Propaganda Targeted US Vets And Service Members Via …

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Russia has exploited social media networks to target current and former U.S. military personnel with propaganda, conspiracy theories and …

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How big pharma’s money – and its politicians – feed the US opioid …

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The pharmaceutical industry attempted to place blame for the crisis on the millions who have became addicted instead of the mass prescribing …
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Opioid Crisis Forces Grandparents to Raise Their Grandkids

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Pennie never expected her daughter, once a star softball player and honor roll student, to struggle with opioid addiction, or spend her twenties …

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The government’s shameful role in the opioid crisis

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MULTIPLE, GLARING government breakdowns are documented in the revealing investigation of the opioid-overdose epidemic by The Post …

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Opioid Crisis Spurs Change at Medical Schools

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Opioid Crisis Spurs Change at Medical Schools … Experts say the prevalence and fatality of opioid addiction makes it a crucial subject to study …
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Can President Trump solve the opioid crisis?

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Can President Trump solve the opioid crisis?

The Washington Post and CBS’s “60 Minutes” teamed up to publish an investigation about the influence that the pharmaceutical industry has had on America’s opioid epidemic. The story takes a deep look at the way the drug industry and drug distributors first pumped huge numbers of opioids into communities, then worked with members of Congress […]

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US Senators Single Out Russia In Push Against Anonymous Online …

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WASHINGTON — A bipartisan trio of U.S. senators has introduced legislation to regulate paid political ads that appear on Facebook, Google, …

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Russia-sponsored troll networks still operating, targeting America

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The number of networks of Russian-sponsored trolls spreading propaganda to the United States and Europe may number in the hundreds, …

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10 million people saw Russia sponsored Facebook ads in the US

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10 million people saw Russia sponsored Facebook ads in the US …. “troll farm” which has published pro-Kremlin propaganda in the past. … data through authentic peer groups and networkswas inevitable,” the report read.

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Russian Twitter Campaign Seeks to Divide America

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network of Russia- affiliated Twitter accounts attempted to fan the flames of … to the Russian government-affiliated troll farm known as the Internet … Facebook and its Russia-sponsored ads have filled the news for weeks.

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Fake Russian Facebook Accounts Bought $100000 in Political Ads

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The report also found that hundreds of Russian “trolls,” or paid … and Russia is whether Russia-sponsored operators would have needed any …
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Russia-sponsored troll networks still operating, targeting America – Miami Herald

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RBC said the St. Petersburg trolls shaped their content on social issues that meshed withTrump’s rhetoric, quoting them as calling it “correlation rather than direct support” for the Republican nominee. The messages often sought to … In Russia and more »

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CIA director distorts intelligence community’s findings on Russian …

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… Thursday that U.S. intelligence agencies determined that Russia’s interference in the 2016 American presidential election did not alter the outcome, … “There are an awful lot of former CIA talking heads on TV,” Pompeo said, …
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How Russia’s election meddling could spell the end of an era for …

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One consequence of a bitterly contested presidential election came into clearer … evidence of Russian election influence are turning their attention to how the … Facebook newsfeeds, Twitter timelines and Google search results. … vehemently rejected the notion of Russian interference – it suggests that at …
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Is the Supreme Court Deciding Whether to Nullify the 2016 Election?

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A petition challenging the 2016 U.S. presidential election results has long … of the 2016 presidential election due to purported Russian interference. … Does this mean the Court will discuss each petition distributed during their conference?

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Donald Trump just suggested the FBI, Democrats and Russia might …

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Its broad assertion that Russia waged a campaign to interfere in the election is now … CNN also reported earlier this year that US investigators have … Russian involvement in the 2016 electionhave also sat down with Steele to … takes to Twitter to say that the stories over his place of birth are the result of a …

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Putin Says Americans Should Not ‘Disrespect’ Trump, Because He’s …

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Putin, who U.S. officials have accused of swaying the 2016 U.S. … claims of Russian interference in last year’s U.S. elections, asserting that Trump … colluded with Russia to discredit and defeat Democratic presidential … President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the their …

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Michael Hayden fears Russian meddling “narrative” is being lost

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Other nations, including the U.S., have attempted similar tactics but have … more important than the outcome of the investigation may be lost. … the inevitable Clinton presidency,” and later “moved their efforts to move … While he is “certain” what the Russians did affected the 2016 election, he said there was …

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Every Excuse Hillary Clinton Has Given for Her 2016 Election Loss

NewsweekOct 16, 2017
Hillary Clinton has blamed her election loss to Donald Trump on … that sexism kept her from shattering America’s ultimate glass ceiling. It’s the latest attempt by the former secretary of state and two-time presidential loser to recast her 2016 … to emphasize the urgency of Russia’s interference in the election.
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A Dizzying Week of Trump-Russia Revelations

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German Election Mystery: Why No Russian Meddling?

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“We’re not really expecting any Russian interference. … traditional news media sources and, unlike Americans, tend to be wary … “It would almost make more sense for the C.I.A. to leak fake news to make it seem like the Russians did it. … like the power grid, hospitals or servers that process election results.
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German Election Mystery: Why No Russian Meddling?

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo declared Thursday that U.S. intelligence agencies determined that Russia’s interference in the 2016 American presidential election did not alter the outcome, a statement that distorted spy agency findings.

“The intelligence community’s assessment is that the Russian meddling that took place did not affect the outcome of the election,” Pompeo said at a security conference in Washington.

His comment suggested — falsely — that a report released by U.S. intelligence agencies in January had ruled out any impact that could be attributed to a covert Russian interference campaign that involved leaks of tens of thousands of stolen emails, the flooding of social media sites with false claims and the purchase of ads on Facebook.

A report compiled by the CIA and other agencies described that Russian operation as unprecedented in its scale and concluded that Moscow’s goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process and help elect Donald Trump.

But the report reached no conclusions about whether that interference had altered the outcome — an issue that U.S. intelligence officials made clear was considered beyond the scope of their inquiry.

“We did not make an assessment of the impact that Russian activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election,” the report said. U.S. spy agencies are “charged with monitoring and assessing the intentions, capabilities, and actions of foreign actors,” the report said, but do “not analyze U.S. political processes or U.S. public opinion.”

[Senate Intelligence Committee leaders: Russia did interfere in 2016 elections]

Former U.S. intelligence officials voiced concern over Pompeo’s statement.

“This is another example of Pompeo politicizing intelligence,” a former senior U.S. intelligence official said. Pompeo “is the most political CIA director since Bill Casey” during the Reagan administration, the former official said. “This significantly undermines the intelligence community’s credibility.”

The former official and others spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing the subject’s sensitivity.

A CIA spokesman denied that Pompeo intended to mislead the public with his remarks. “The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed,” said the spokesman, Ryan Trapani, “and the director did not intend to suggest that it had.”

Pompeo’s comment came in response to a question about Russian meddling at the end of a lengthy public appearance at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative think tank.

Pompeo also criticized former U.S. intelligence officials for their television appearances, implying that they have violated their oaths and potentially contributed to the leaks of sensitive information.

“There are an awful lot of former CIA talking heads on TV,” Pompeo said, adding that their obligation to remain quiet about their work “far extends beyond the day you turn in your badge.”

[At CIA, a watchful eye on Mike Pompeo, the president’s ardent ally]

His comment seemed to be aimed mainly at former senior intelligence officials in the Obama administration, including James R. Clapper Jr., the former director of National Intelligence, who said in a recent interview that Russia’s interference had “cast doubt” on Trump’s win.

“Our intelligence community assessment did, I think, serve to cast doubt on the legitimacy of his victory,” Clapper said in an interview on CNN last month. He added that he worried Trump’s perceived focus on the issue “transcends, unfortunately, the real concern here, which is Russian interference in our political process.”

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Clapper could not immediately be reached to comment.

Michael Morell, the former CIA deputy director who is employed by CBS News to comment on national security issues, responded to Pompeo with a post on Twitter. Pompeo’s caution against leaking is “wise,” Morell said. “But, to be clear, critiquing policy is not leaking.”

Pompeo’s mischaracterization of the intelligence report was the latest in a series of statements from the former Republican congressman that have seemed aimed at minimizing the significance of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

At a security forum in Aspen, Colo., earlier this year, Pompeo said that “it is true” that Russia interfered but had also done so in the election “before that, and the one before that.” He continued that refrain Thursday, saying he had recently been reading accounts of Russian attempts to meddle in “the Nixon elections” in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The intelligence report released in January, which was produced in part by Pompeo’s own agency, noted Russia’s “longstanding desire to undermine the U.S.-led liberal democratic order” but said the 2016 effort “demonstrated a significant escalation in directness, level of activity and scope of effort compared to previous operations.”

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Trump suggests FBI may have ‘paid for’ dossier alleging Russia ties

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Trump Suggests ‘Pee Tape’ Dossier Was Financed Jointly by Russia, the FBI

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President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday morning to suggest a potentially explosive dossier of allegations concerning his links to Russia may have been paid for by the FBI, Russia, the Democratic Party or a combination of the three. Trump’s tweeted speculation came a day after two officials with the intelligence firm that commissioned the dossier last year appeared before the House Intelligence Committee but invoked their constitutional privilege not to provide testimony.

Related: Here’s what the ‘golden shower’ dossier now being investigated by Mueller claims about Trump and Russia

“Workers of firm involved with the discredited and Fake Dossier take the 5th,” Trump tweeted. “Who paid for it, Russia, the FBI or the Dems (or all)?”

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The Washington-based firm Fusion GPS commissioned former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele to produce the dossier during the 2016 election campaign. It has refused to bow to pressure to disclose who paid for it. A lawyer for the firm, Josh Levy, wrote a letter to the House Intelligence Committee this week accusing Republican Chairman Devin Nunes of an “abuse of power” after he issued a subpoena to get the firm’s representatives to testify on Capitol Hill.

It has been widely reported that the dossier was initially financed by anti-Trump Republicans before Democrats picked up the check as the campaign moved toward the general election. Steele contacted the FBI with his findings and in October the two parties reached an agreement that he would continue his research with compensation from the bureau, according to a report from The Washington Post. That agreement never came to fruition, however.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with members of the Senate Finance Committee and his economic team at the White House, on October 18. Trump took to Twitter Thursday morning to suggest a potentially explosive dossier of allegations concerning his links to Russia may have been paid for by the FBI, Russia or the Democratic Party or a combination of the three. Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images

A summary of the dossier’s findings was provided to Trump and President Barack Obama ahead of January’s presidential inauguration. And, while Trump labeled the dossier “discredited” and “fake,” investigators looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election have been taking it increasingly seriously.

Earlier this month, it was reported that the investigation into the dossier had been taken up by the man leading the FBI’s Russia probe, Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The former FBI director’s team has also met with Steele, CNN has reported.

Some of the more salacious details of the dossier, including that Russia possesses a video of Trump getting Russian prostitutes to urinate on a bed in a Moscow hotel room was once occupied by President Barack Obama and wife Michelle, have not been verified. But some aspects of the so-called pee-tape dossier have been corroborated, according to the CNN report.

Suggesting that a federal intelligence service coordinated with a foreign power to produce a dossier about him is just Trump’s latest explosive and unsubstantiated accusation. Notably, he has also claimed that three million to five million people voted illegally in the 2016 election and that then-President Barack Obama wiretapped his residence at Trump Tower.

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