- This is my own exclusive story based on my analysis and deductions of months of work. This summary covered many articles in the media/press/blogs with misleading narrative putting blame elsewhere where the IC from Britain and America worked in collusion to defeat Trump.
Spooks should serve at the pleasure of the U.S. President and should not be running Foreign Policy, run military operations across the globe or a drone assassination program. What guarantees are there that the media and the blog community are following the leads leaked by the IC for some nefarious machinations to unseat the elected president.
I have been quite uncomfortable to read who I should believe and who I shouldn’t.
In my lifetime I have learned that much, anything coming out of the mouth of an intelligence spook to just not believe. Intelligence ‘evidence’ should be vetted by the President, his National Security Council, U.S. Congress and where applicable, by the judiciary.
As soon as Donald Trump became the leading Republican candidate in the primaries, the political world went topsy turvy and everything turned upside down. Republican dirty dossiers were handed over to Democrats to stop Trump and foreign intelligence outfits were hired for dirty campaign tricks. Add a lot of misinformation, lies, fake news and social media accounts and one gets a mud fight instead of politics run on issues concerning the electorate.
See yesterday’s diary about the link between Fusion GPS and Russian lawyer/lobyist Veselnitskaya who teamed up with Russian mobsters to undo the sanctions imposed by the Magnitsky Act. Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS worked together with former MI-6 agent Chris Steele of Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd. to build the British Dodgy Dossier on Trump.
The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr and allegedly offered to supply damaging information about Hillary Clinton, is apparently linked to a firm that helped compile the notorious dossier of wild and unproven allegations about the US President.
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The President’s eldest son said he met lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, after being told she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms Clinton. He said it soon become clear she had no such information and rather wanted to press him about her effort to overturn the Magnitsky Act, a US law that blacklists several Russians linked to the 2009 murder of another Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky.
A spokesman for the President’s legal team told The Independent they now believed Ms Veselnitskaya and her colleagues had misrepresented who they were and who they worked for.
Obviously I'm the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent… went nowhere but had to listen. https://t.co/ccUjL1KDEa
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) 10 juli 2017
In a statement, Mark Corallo added: “Specifically, we have learned that the person who sought the meeting is associated with Fusion GPS, a firm which according to public reports, was retained by Democratic operatives to develop opposition research on the President and which commissioned the phony Steele dossier.”
Fusion GPS, which is based in Washington DC and was established by former Wall Street Journal reporters Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, found itself in the spotlight earlier this year after it emerged it was behind an “oppo research” dossier containing unproven and often salacious allegations about Mr Trump.
[Update-1] In FBI counterespionage cases, the prosecution would entice the defendant for a plea bargain by offering a ‘sweet’ deal. Is that what happened in the trial of money laundering with Katsyv and Prevezon Holdings. See my earlier post of Katsyv meeting with FBI outside knowledge of the prosecutor Preet Bharara.
Breaking News today from the UK – Daily Mail …
The Moscow lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. is an accused Russian government agent who once stuck U.S. prosecutors with a $50,000 Plaza Hotel and restaurant bill while representing a Russian oligarch client on money-laundering charges in New York.
Natalia Veselnitskaya, who landed a meeting with Trump Jr. last June by claiming she had dirt on Hillary Clinton’s Russian financial involvements, has come under congressional scrutiny for her ties to the Washington lobbying world.
Veselnitskaya was part of an extensive pro-Moscow legal campaign in Washington that involved Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that later released the explosive dossier that claimed Donald Trump was being blackmailed by the Kremlin.
The U.S. charged Katsyv’s company Prevezon Holdings as part of a $230 million tax fraud case. That case was settled for $6 million in May.
Got Off Easy Laundering thru Hapoalim
Once again, many more links of NY mobsters with Israel and equally with [Jewish] mobsters from Moldova, Ukraine and Russia. Israel’s Netanyahu looks after his own interests when dealing with foreign policy. Illegal contracts even reached Iran during the US and UN economic boycott.
The Katsyv family’s involvement in the laundering of money from Russia into Israeli banks reflects the use of weak international channels, and exposes the route of official money being sent abroad from Russia. Peter Katsyv and his son Denis Katsyv were charged in Israel in 2005 with laundering money through their Martash Investment accounts in the Israeli Hapoalim Bank. Petr Katsyv, who was the Russian Deputy Minister of Transportation, allegedly laundered, through the company and its bank accounts, 250 million Israeli shekels (about $64 million) that he skimmed off from the Russian government.
Katsyv ended up settling, and Martash Investment signed an agreement with the Israeli government in order to not be indicted for money laundering. In this agreement they were ordered to pay 35 million shekels (about $8 million). The settlement reflects the overall fear from the Katsyv family of an investigation, which could have led to the source of the money.
The NYTimes reported today that the FBI has increased its use of sting operations in ISIS cases. While any attention paid to the Bureau’s is welcome we must be clear: this is not a new tactic.
According to a 2014 study, Illusion of Justice: Human Rights Abuses in US Terrorism Prosecutions, by Human Rights Watch,
in some cases the Federal Bureau of Investigation may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by conducting sting operations that facilitated or invented the target’s willingness to act. According to multiple studies, nearly 50 percent of the more than 500 federal counterterrorism convictions resulted from informant-based cases; almost 30 percent of those cases were sting operations in which the informant played an active role in the underlying plot. In the case of the “Newburgh Four,” for example, a judge said the government “came up with the crime, provided the means, and removed all relevant obstacles,” and had, in the process, made a terrorist out of a man “whose buffoonery is positively Shakespearean in scope.”
A 2014 study, “Inventing Terrorists: the Lawfare of Preventive Prosecution” by Project Salam and the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, found that almost every domestic terrorist plot from 2001 to 2010 was in some way cooked up or assisted (and eventually “busted”) by the FBI. The report analyzed about 400 domestic terror cases and found only that only four cases were initiated or driven without the encouragement of the bureau. The study author’s summarized their findings as follows:
The statistical analysis shows that 72.4% of convictions on the DOJ list represent cases of preemptive prosecution that were based on suspicion of the defendant’s perceived ideology and not on his/her criminal activity.
Another 21.8% of convictions on the DOJ list represent people who began on their own to engage in minor, non-terrorist criminal activity but whose cases were manipulated and inflated by the government to appear as though they were “terrorists”; these cases are referred to in the study as “elements of preemptive prosecution” or “elements.”
Overall, 94.2% of all the terrorism-related convictions on the DOJ list have been either preemptive prosecution cases or cases that involved elements of preemptive prosecution.
While outrage has rightly been focused on Donald Trump’s Islamo-racist rants, attention should also be paid to the Bush and Obama Administrations’ long-running counterterrorism policies that fan the flames of bigotry. The use of paid informants to entrap and demonize vulnerable members of the Muslim community has been a centerpiece of the FBI’s war on terror since 9/11.