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Oct 8, 2018 8 tweets 4 min read
💥Trump aide Rick Gates requested three proposals from Israeli intelligence firm Psy-Group to create fake online identities, to use social media manipulation & to gather intelligence, "Project Rome" used code names:

Trump: Lion
Clinton: Forest
Cruz: Bear

nytimes.com/2018/10/08/us/… Gates heard about Psy-Group’s work at a March 2016 mtg w/George Birnbaum a Republican consultant with close ties to Israeli govt officials - Birnbaum was a protégé of Republican operative Arthur Finkelstein - In 1996 they worked on Netanyahu’s campaign
Oct 8, 2018 4 tweets 3 min read
Was There a Connection Between a Russian Bank and the Trump Campaign? incredibly detailed story on the Alfa Bank, Trump org, Spectrum Healthcare server story, with new details on how story was reported by @FranklinFoer and @EricLichtblau by Dexter Filkins
newyorker.com/magazine/2018/… @FranklinFoer @EricLichtblau
Oct 7, 2018 11 tweets 5 min read
GOP operative Peter Smith raised $100,000 from at least four donors in an effort to obtain Clinton emails, according to documents that lay out his secretive quest. wsj.com/articles/gop-o… Peter Smith used a Gmail account with the name Robert Tyler that he and several others had access to. Smith donated $50k himself with the $100k from other donors which they described being for a Washington fund for Russian students wsj.com/articles/gop-o…
Oct 3, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
As Trump pushes authoritarian fascist nationalist right wing policies in the US, they go unchecked and grow stronger in other countries - like this arrest of a Mayor who helped immigrants in Italy /1 the surge in support for neo-Nazism in Germany aided and abetted by German's intelligence services and state agencies /2
Sep 28, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
Off mic @ChuckGrassley and @SenFeinstein disagreed about the ending of the hearing, Feinstein said there should be a vote (on the amendment to have @FBI investigate allegations against Kavanaugh), Grassley said it's a 'gentlemans and ladies' agreement. Feinstein: "What?" Flake indicated he would make the request with the Dems for the @FBI investigation, so now it remains to be seen if that happens
Sep 22, 2018 7 tweets 4 min read
Talk about burying the lede - Garrett Ventry a spokesman on Kavanaugh nomination for committee chaired by Grassley resigns after accusations of harassment - he's listed on zoom info as working for CRC Public Relations, the firm that helped Ed Whelan
nbcnews.com/politics/supre… HT @soychicka
Sep 22, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Former top White House official, K.T. McFarland, who briefly served as Flynn’s deputy, revises statement to special counsel about Flynn’s calls with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016 during the presidential transition. wapo.st/2OJF7HJ?tid=ss… McFarland & her lawyer were able to convince the FBI that she had not intentionally misled the bureau but had spoken from memory, without the benefit of documents that could have helped her remember her exchanges with Flynn about the Kislyak conversations
Sep 21, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Goodbye Rod Rosenstein
nyti.ms/2xxNdwl flashing siren on Drudge Report
Sep 21, 2018 4 tweets 3 min read
Russia's 2016 Twitter Campaign Was Strongly Pro-Gun, With Echoes Of The NRA, by @timkmak
npr.org/2018/09/21/648… More from @timkmak on how Russia's Pro-Gun Influence Accounts Copied The NRA — And Sometimes, Vice Versa - with credit to @ushadrons for some of the archived screenshots n.pr/2D56g6m
Sep 13, 2018 10 tweets 4 min read
Two Republican congressmen hobnob with an alleged Holocaust denier. Again - Reps. Matt Gaetz & Dana Rohrabacher just can’t quit Charles C. Johnson - all attended a July 20 fundraiser for Matt Gaetz on a yacht in Newport Beach, CA, by @DavidCornDC
motherjones.com/politics/2018/… An ADL spokesman said "Charles C. Johnson is a known Holocaust denier, who has suggested the number of Jewish victims was inflated and has posited that neither the Auschwitz concentration camp nor the gas chambers ever existed"
Sep 9, 2018 5 tweets 3 min read
While this is new from Friday's filing on Maria Butina, coverage of the sensational side of her escapades shouldn't overshadow how she & Torshin waged a Kremlin-backed multi-year campaign to infiltrate the GOP, the NRA & conservative religious groups
nyti.ms/2oQGY23 The last paragraph is much more significant - Russian gov't officials visited her 6 times so far and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov complained twice about her prosecution to Mike Pompeo - this shows how important Butina is (and was) to the Kremlin
Sep 8, 2018 7 tweets 3 min read
I'm surprised that besides @grantstern's article and my thread there's little on twitter on new Maria Butina filing - seems like a pretty big deal that it cites new details on 'Political Candidate 1' & 'Political Candidate 2' - who I think may be Scott Walker & Trump respectively The new Maria Butina filing includes new information claiming how closely President Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov were involved in Jan 2017 Russian delegation visit to the Nat'l Prayer Breakfast and surrounding events
Sep 8, 2018 14 tweets 8 min read
US vs Maria Butina - Govt's Opposition to Defendant's Motion for Bond Review, reasons defendant’s motion should be denied
- Defendant Presents a Serious Flight Risk
- Evidence is Powerful
- History & Characteristics of Defendant Support Continued Detention
assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4841… Butina reported about US Person 2 (reportedly George O'Neill Jr) & described establishing an informal communication channel, and that "he is willing to finance these events" and "will sponsor the American part of the enterprise in Washington and New York"
Sep 7, 2018 5 tweets 3 min read
Russian hacker Andrei Tyurin/Tiurin was extradited from country of Georgia and arrived in SDNY today - Tyurin’s alleged hacking activities were prolific and included the largest theft of US customer data from a financial institution in history with over 80 million victims Russian hacker Andrei Tyurin is charged of committing crimes with Gery Shalon, Joshua Samuel Aaron, Ziv Orenstein - in furtherance of securities market manipulation, illegal online gambling, and payment processing fraud schemes
Sep 6, 2018 5 tweets 3 min read
Jack Ma at Alibaba and Russian internet company Mail.ru with the Russian Direct Investment Fund headed by Kirill Dmitriev in advanced talks to form a joint venture as China’s vision of a “digital silk road” across Eurasia takes shape
ft.com/content/faf2b9… Jack Ma at Alibaba and Yuri Milner at mail.ru are investors in Jared and Joshua Kushner's real estate start-up company Cadre
Sep 5, 2018 6 tweets 3 min read
Conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi subpoenaed by Mueller - Corsi works with Alex Jones on Infowars, has dealt with Roger Stone for years, was contacted by Trump yrs ago re: Obama birth certificate. Corsi & Randy Credico to testify before grand jury Friday
Aug 31, 2018 23 tweets 9 min read
Paul Manafort associate Sam Patten is charged with lobbying violation for failing to register in US as a foreign agent for work lobbying on behalf of a Ukrainian political party - Patten worked w/Konstantin Kilimnik & Patten worked for Cambridge Analytica
bloomberg.com/news/articles/… Sam Patten has been in contact with suspected Russian intelligence agent Konstantin Kilimnik for nearly two decades
Aug 30, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Putin’s financial ‘Consigliere’ (the sanctioned Russian Direct Investment Fund headed by Kirill Dmitriev) is trying to make Elon Musk’s dream come true - RDIF invested in Hyperloop, now US officials & lawmakers are taking a look at the deal, by @ErinBanco
thedailybeast.com/putins-financi… The RDIF, whose CEO Kirill Dmitriev met Erik Prince in the Seychelles in Jan '17, invested in the fund twice, once in 2016 as Russia was interfering in the election and in October 2017 with the Chinese Investment Corporation, China’s sovereign wealth fund
Aug 24, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
Kazakh who allegedly laundered money through Trump Tower ordered to pay bank back - Ilyas Khrapunov (conspired with ex-chairman of BTA Bank Mukhtar Ablyazov to swindle $6 billion) ordered by British High Court to pay BTA $500 mil in damages by @CrisLeeMaza newsweek.com/british-high-c… More on Ilyas and Viktor Khrapunov and Mukhtar Ablyazov and $ paid to buy three condos in Trump Tower
Aug 23, 2018 13 tweets 8 min read
In a 2013 lawsuit Vincent Tchenguiz’s lawyers claim their client played a prominent role in founding stages of private intelligence agency Black Cube - at the same time he was largest shareholder in Cambridge Analytica parent company SCL, HT @profcarroll timesofisrael.com/cambridge-anal… More on Tchenguiz and Black Cube in this thread
Aug 22, 2018 5 tweets 3 min read
Cambridge Analytica related update: Ahmad Al Khatib--who resigned as director of CA's new company Emerdata and launched Auspex International with CA's Mark Turnbull--has a new company called Vision Esop Ltd, Incorporated 20 August 2018 (co # 11526758)
beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/officers/MVXMV… Vision Espo Ltd incorporated on 20 August 2018 by Ahmad Al Khatib is located at Dsc Metropolitan Ltd, the address of an accountant firm, and describes the nature of business as "Financial intermediation not elsewhere classified"