Following up on a post from earlier in the week, I took another look at well-connected now-arrested Kremlin agent Maria Butina's well-connected Facebook friends. aktivnyye.com/t/20180915-but…
Persistent themes include ties to GRU assets, appearances on the News Front disinfo channel, ties to Dugin and the Eurasian movement, and ties to Kremlin subversion in the West, in addition to ties to people close to Putin.
@page88 Okay, I finally found time to listen to the podcast. As your guest said, it's certainly possible Trump was a CHS, which is pretty much what I say too. So that's validating (for me). But that doesn't get us any closer to knowing if, in fact, people covered for Trump.
My own knowledge and experience with the CHS system is that it can be abused. It would take two agents and perhaps a Special Agent in Charge who at a minimum was willing to not look to closely.
Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John."
Aug 16, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Data points, possibly not connected, but noted all the same.
Trump's statement re: stripping John @JohnBrennan of his security clearances was dated July 26.
Remember our dear comrade Devin Nunes, obstructor of justice extraordinaire? Seems his cover story for that recent trip to Azerbaijan is that he's the real man with a plan to fight Russia.
No really: washingtonexaminer.com/policy/energy/…
Aug 14, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Veteran Soviet KGB agent offers up insights and a critique of Butina as an intelligence asset. kyivpost.com/article/opinio…
What I find most interesting is the KGB guy's suggestion that Butina may have been one of a number of 'amateurs' deployed to USA by FSB (internal/counterintelligence) as part of competition with SVR (actual foreign intelligence service), only to be disastrously successful.
Aug 12, 2018 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Congressional enemy of the US intelligence community Devin Nunes meets with the impressively corrupt leader of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev en.trend.az/azerbaijan/pol…
Here's that pic by itself. Suitable for framing.
Aug 12, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
I realize it's busy for a Sunday, but don't let this one pass you by ⬇️
Montenegrin group with ties to Moscow hires Israeli PR guy noted for his 'kinder & gentler' election commercials for Netanyahu. Montenegrin security services are less than happy w/Israeli PR guy.
Aug 11, 2018 • 12 tweets • 2 min read
So there we are, me and Mrs. Webradius, in Israel circa the last two weeks of December, 2004. As background, the 2nd Intifada had been going on for the previous four years. Suicide bombings were regular occurrences, and security was tight.
This was our first trip to Israel, and yours truly inadvertently set off every tripwire known to Shin Bet. Apparently I fit the profile of a right wing Jewish extremist from the USA. Which was ironic, given my actual background and reasons for traveling to Israel.
Aug 9, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
I'm finding this interesting in terms of the impact the announcement of new sanctions appears to be having on Russia, separate from any effects of new sanctions (which won't start for a couple of weeks, & that provide Trump with opportunities to try and mitigate the effects).
In order, we've had the Helsinki meeting that from the Russian side appeared to go well, followed by revulsion in the US and Congressional pushback, followed by Senator Paul going to Moscow, seemingly to set things back upright, followed by State Dept. announcing new sanctions.
Aug 6, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
So yes, this is an interesting message from KSA to Canada:
"Nice city you have there, be a shame if a plane crashed into it."
They had the sense to delete the tweet, airbrush out the plane, and repost. The original tweets exists here as an archive, in addition to all the screenshots of it:
Kremlin trolls: people who over time consistently intervene online in support of one Kremlin objective after another, after another, after another, after another, after another, after another, after another, after another, after another, after another, after another, after ano...
So that Kremlin troll who rose to defend Qanon from @CrispinBurke
As we had discussed, I undertook a sortie deep into the Red Sector during daylight, for to acquire solar LEDs string lights for the new protest sign. Despite my freak flag flying and our suspiciously fuel-efficient vehicle,
...festooned as it is with the "PISS OFF PUTIN - VOTE DEMOCRATIC" magnetic bumper sticker of the @HarleyRouda Campaign, I have returned unscathed, and our vehicle showing no obvious signs of bullet holes or other Red Hat vandalism.
Jul 13, 2018 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
I'll put this to you the way your Russian friends would: do you remember, @RudyGiuliani ?
Wayne Barrett may be dead, but he left you a parting gift. It makes an interesting investigative chart. I call it TeamTrumpFBI. "Appearance of impropriety" doesn't come close to describing this tangled web of corruption spanning decades.
Jul 7, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
I found this at the Spy Museum last week, and was smitten. Will advise as assembly progresses. Made in Ukraine. High quality plywood parts laser cut out of boards.
Layers upon layers of gears!
Jun 28, 2018 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
Follow the link to the story in Estonian and run it through Google translate - you'll get the gist of it. Estonian journalism students attended a summer school program at Uppsala Uni, and found themselves confronted with Kremlin disinfo.
After a couple of days of pushing back against propagandists such as Vanessa Beeley and being repeatedly silenced by the program's sponsor Greg Simons, the students boycotted the final sessions.
Jun 27, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
I gather we’re in for a couple of days of “ZOMG Dems picked a SOCIALIST!!!” from hand-wringing pundits and Rs desperate for an excuse for choosing fascism (a choice they made 2 years prior to yesterday’s NY primary).
Speaking as a former Republican, I’m quite willing to stand with socialists against fascism, and fascism is all the GOP has to offer anymore. Bernie himself annoys me, but he doesn’t scare me. The GOP, otoh, is an enemy both foreign & domestic.
Jun 25, 2018 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
Subject's is identified as Kynan Dutton. Not the first time he's turned up in the news.