From Russia With Trumpy Love...

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From Russia With Trumpy Love...

Postby Orbiting Narwhal » Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:28 pm

Three different story-lines today about Russian oligarchs and the US election. The first one is this:

FBI’s James Comey Opposed Naming Russia As An Election Meddler, Source Confirms

A source familiar with the interagency discussions confirms to The Huffington Post that Comey declined to do so because, specifically, he was concerned the statement was coming too close to the election. [...]

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jam ... e1b4b456f4

OK, so Comey opposed publication of a letter about Russian meddling in the US election, not because he disagreed with the assessment, but because he was afraid it would disrupt the election if this explosive information were made public.

Onward to the second item...

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Re: From Russia With Trumpy Love...

Postby Orbiting Narwhal » Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:32 pm

Meanwhile, NBC is reporting that ...

FBI Making Inquiry Into Ex-Trump Campaign Manager's Foreign Ties

The FBI has been conducting a preliminary inquiry into Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort's foreign business connections, law enforcement and intelligence sources told NBC News Monday...

NBC News reported in August that Manafort was a key player in multi-million-dollar business propositions with Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs — one of them a close Putin ally with alleged ties to organized crime — which foreign policy experts said raised questions about the pro-Russian bent of the Trump candidacy...

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/fbi ... es-n675881


This would seem to be a separate matter from the election-tampering investigation -- it deals with financial links between Russian oligarchs and a close Trump confidante.

OK, on to the third case, and the weirdest...

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Re: From Russia With Trumpy Love...

Postby Orbiting Narwhal » Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:37 pm

I really don't know what to say about this. It's simply the oddest thing I've read in a while. It appears that some secret server linked to Trump's organization was communicating, under the radar, via a very private channel, with a Russian bank.

Seriously, read this. It's fascinating:

Was a Trump Server Communicating With Russia?
This spring, a group of computer scientists set out to determine whether hackers were interfering with the Trump campaign. They found something they weren’t expecting.

[... here's one brief excerpt to give you a taste ....]

Earlier this month, the group of computer scientists passed the logs to Paul Vixie. In the world of DNS experts, there’s no higher authority. Vixie wrote central strands of the DNS code that makes the internet work. After studying the logs, he concluded, “The parties were communicating in a secretive fashion. The operative word is secretive. This is more akin to what criminal syndicates do if they are putting together a project.” Put differently, the logs suggested that Trump and Alfa had configured something like a digital hotline connecting the two entities, shutting out the rest of the world, and designed to obscure its own existence. Over the summer, the scientists observed the communications trail from a distance.

[...]

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_ ... _tab_tw_ru

Curiouser and curiouser...

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Re: From Russia With Trumpy Love...

Postby Bland » Mon Oct 31, 2016 8:31 pm

Yeah b-b-b-b-b-but emails!!!!!

also: Benghazi!

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Re: From Russia With Trumpy Love...

Postby Polka_Tulk » Mon Oct 31, 2016 9:51 pm

Bland wrote:Yeah b-b-b-b-b-but emails!!!!!

also: Benghazi!

Don't expect a 'sudden death' to save the old war hag's keister from the hangman this time when the emails reveal her grifting Karzai $5B she stole from U.S. aid to Afghanistan, and then announcing her net worth was $15,000,000 and an 'anonymous donor' paid off her bankrupt $35M '08 campaign debt, and nobody said dick except her soon-to-be-dead special envoy to Afghanistan. But ya, we better go full battle-rattle and build more $10B obsolete weapons systems and run 24-hour National Propaganda Radio alerts, because "the Russians are Coming".
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Re: From Russia With Trumpy Love...

Postby Orbiting Narwhal » Mon Oct 31, 2016 9:53 pm

Huh. Here's yet another piece of the puzzle:

A Veteran Spy Has Given the FBI Information Alleging a Russian Operation to Cultivate Donald Trump

A former senior intelligence officer for a Western country who specialized in Russian counterintelligence [says that] the Russian government has for years tried to co-opt and assist Trump....

In June, the former Western intelligence officer—who spent almost two decades on Russian intelligence matters and who now works with a US firm that gathers information on Russia for corporate clients—was assigned the task of researching Trump's dealings in Russia and elsewhere...

the response from the FBI was "shock and horror"...

based on the former intelligence officer's conversations with Russian sources, noted, "Russian regime has been cultivating, supporting and assisting TRUMP for at least 5 years.... [Trump] and his inner circle have accepted a regular flow of intelligence from the Kremlin, including on his Democratic and other political rivals." It claimed that Russian intelligence had "compromised" Trump during his visits to Moscow and could "blackmail him."


http://www.motherjones.com/politics/201 ... nald-trump

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Re: From Russia With Trumpy Love...

Postby Bland » Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:01 pm

Polka_Tulk wrote:Don't expect a 'sudden death' to save the old war hag's keister from the hangman this time when the emails reveal her grifting Karzai $5B she stole from U.S. aid to Afghanistan, and then announcing her net worth was $15,000,000 and an 'anonymous donor' paid off her bankrupt $35M '08 campaign debt, and nobody said dick except her soon-to-be-dead special envoy to Afghanistan.

And this information would be on Anthony Weiner's laptop why, exactly?

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Re: From Russia With Trumpy Love...

Postby Polka_Tulk » Tue Nov 01, 2016 6:33 am

Bland wrote:
Polka_Tulk wrote:Don't expect a 'sudden death' to save the old war hag's keister from the hangman this time when the emails reveal her grifting Karzai $5B she stole from U.S. aid to Afghanistan, and then announcing her net worth was $15,000,000 and an 'anonymous donor' paid off her bankrupt $35M '08 campaign debt, and nobody said dick except her soon-to-be-dead special envoy to Afghanistan.

And this information would be on Anthony Weiner's laptop why, exactly?

8/3/15 Trump on Twitter: "It came out that Huma Abedin knows all about Hillary's private illegal e-mails. Huma's PR husband, Anthony Weiner, will tell the world." https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/628231488794923008

You can't sell WWE Raw tickets for November 8th in August if you don't play up a really big smackdown schtick. You stress position cattle if you want them to jump into the slaughterhouse chutes.

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Re: From Russia With Trumpy Love...

Postby gargantua » Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:43 am

So what will you do now that Oscar Mayer is closed?

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Re: From Russia With Trumpy Love...

Postby IU2Bmanoletters » Tue Nov 01, 2016 2:17 pm

Go Wikileaks!!! Mainstream Dems hate Julian Assange because he's "guilty" of excessive truth-telling, particularly concerning the corrupt and homicidal legacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton. And then there's James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, who assures us all that (paraphrasing) "the Russians ARE behind Wikileaks.... I just can't divulge the actual evidence to substantiate that claim.... national security, you understand." This from the guy who lied to Congress, then was exposed as a massive eavesdropper AND liar by that most remarkable, revealing national-and-global public servant par excellence, Edward Snowden. Why would anyone believe ANYTHING the US National Security Apparatus says about ANYTHING or ANYONE?
"Liberals, Moderates Agree: Arrest James Clapper:"

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Re: From Russia With Trumpy Love...

Postby Bland » Tue Nov 01, 2016 2:19 pm

IU2Bmanoletters wrote:Why would anyone believe ANYTHING the US National Security Apparatus says about ANYTHING or ANYONE?

Donald Trump's Twitter feed, on the other hand, is a great source of information!

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Re: From Russia With Trumpy Love...

Postby gargantua » Tue Nov 01, 2016 7:41 pm

Nothing odd about the fact that wikileaks picks on one candidate only. One would think a "truth-teller" would be even-handed. Obviously they have an agenda.

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Re: From Russia With Trumpy Love...

Postby Orbiting Narwhal » Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:36 am

More faked campaign documents traced back to Russia. These apparently bore the logo of a Democratic pollster but were a hoax, designed to boost Trump and damage Clinton:

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2 ... ocs-coming

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Re: From Russia With Trumpy Love...

Postby Polka_Tulk » Fri Nov 04, 2016 5:31 pm

gargantua wrote:So what will you do now that Oscar Mayer is closed?

I'm not mortgage free with a pension for life, so I will believe in the Cargo Cult of the Great White Father in WADC, who will shower me with cargo from the sky, and make this place great again!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMO7Yo4PM8U&feature=youtu.be

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Re: From Russia With Trumpy Love...

Postby gargantua » Fri Nov 04, 2016 7:41 pm

Polka_Tulk wrote:
gargantua wrote:So what will you do now that Oscar Mayer is closed?

I'm not mortgage free with a pension for life, so I will believe in the Cargo Cult of the Great White Father in WADC, who will shower me with cargo from the sky, and make this place great again!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMO7Yo4PM8U&feature=youtu.be

I am happy that you have a plan!


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