DOJ GOES AFTER INTERCEPT LEAKER
Saturday the FBI arrested Reality Leigh Winner, a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation, who, according to The Guardian, “printed an NSA document detailing how Russia had hacked a voting equipment vendor in Florida and was trying to breach local election systems right up until the days before November’s vote.” According to The Guardian, “The Intercept reported on Monday that Russian military intelligence carried out a cyber-attack on at least one US voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than a hundred local election officials days before the poll.” For whatever reason, perhaps government lies to protect state secrets and the legitimacy of the vote, a sacred tenet of our democracy, the press and the public had previously been led to believe that the “vote-counting was thought to have been unaffected, despite concerted Russian efforts to penetrate it.” According to The Guardian, Winner appeared in court on Monday in an appearance attended by her family. Her mother, Billie “Winner-Davis said she was unaware that her daughter had allegedly already admitted, when questioned, to taking the top-secret document. Nor had she heard of the Intercept and she really did not know why Reality would have done it.” According to The Guardian, “Reality began working for Pluribus in Augusta, Georgia, in February this year, according to court filings. She previously served in the US air force since January 2013 and held a top-secret security clearance.” A background check shows with the exception of a driving incident in Tennessee, her record is clean. According to The New York Times, “The Intercept said the N.S.A. report had been submitted anonymously. But shortly after its article was published, the Justice Department said that the F.B.I. had arrested Ms. Winner at her house in Augusta, Ga., on Saturday. It also said she had confessed to an agent that she had printed out a May 5 intelligence file and mailed it to an online news outlet.” Winner has been charged under the Espionage Act, according to The New York Times.
IMPLICATIONS OF NSA LEAKER’S ARREST
First, let’s start with basics. Winner worked as a contractor for the same agency as Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency, known widely by its acronym, the NSA. Winner also leaked to the same source as Snowden approached initially, namely Glenn Greenwald. Nowadays, The Intercept is widely believed to be a Russian front by the U.S. intelligence community (just search Twitter to see the U.S. national security community and related officials say as much; this is not a new accusation or one being conducted by proxy, it is out there for the world to see). As with The Intercept, it’s co-founder and editor Glenn Greenwald is also an alleged Kremlin proxy (you can do the same thing suggested previously and net the same result). Greenwald has previously used the platform Twitter to call your truly “an abject liar” for stating a simple truth, namely that if ideological overlap with Trump does not cause one to ask hard questions, nothing will. So Greenwald lashed out rather than be accountable because like his friends Assange and Snowden, accountability is only for other people. Also important to recall now as we take stock of this moment is that Obama went after The New York Times’ James Risen’s leaker, not Glenn Greenwald’s. Russian propaganda and Assange are already all in for Winner, a curious thing, and let it serve as a warning, useful idiots can be found on the left. Winner’s social media suggests disgust with Trump, calling him “a piece of shit” earlier this year. Also, top level state secret: Russia does not care about Trump, it just wants chaos. And it really wants us to know it is big and strong and powerful enough to hack our election – but can be destroyed by its own politically engaged youth, just like a real superpower. Meanwhile, America seems to have an issue of too many secrets in the hands of too many emotionally and intellectually immature analysts who cannot be faulted solely for a society that lacks any notions of grand strategy.
From The Guardian.
THE WHITE HOUSE TRUMP-RUSSIA WAR ROOM IS A LAWYER IN NY NOW
POLITICO reports, “Just days before former FBI director James Comey’s Senate testimony about his firing, President Donald Trump decided that all inquiries related to the scandals engulfing his administration should be handled by his outside lawyer in New York instead of by a team based inside the White House.” Instead of bringing his former deputy campaign manager David Bossie and campaign manager Corey Lewandowski into the White House fold to run a crisis communications “war room,” POLITICO reports, “The president decided that Bossie and Lewandowski would be ‘more valuable on the outside than on the inside fighting back against the Russia narrative specifically’”. Still unclear is whether an outside public relations firm will be hired to run further interference, but “Jared Kushner, who moved his own press aide into the White House last month and has worked with Trump communications adviser Hope Hicks for years, objected to outsourcing media inquiries to anybody else, according to a White House adviser”.
LITHUANIA BEATS TRUMP TO BUILD A WALL
Russia not Mexico gets the wall first in what can best be described as the irony of our time award winner. The AP reports, “Lithuania has started building a fence on its border with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad in an attempt to curb smuggling and illegal immigration and strengthen the EU’s external border.” It is a “130-kilometer (80-mile) -long metal fence” and construction kicked off in “Raminiskiu village in a ceremony attended by the Lithuanian Interior Minister Eimutis Misiunas.” This Lithuanian wall on the border with Kaliningrad “will cost some 3.6 million euros ($3.9 million) in total and is to be completed by the end of this year.” Chief Kremlin vulgarian in the realm of foreign affairs, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of course decried the move as “Russophobic measures,” and tried to rope Poland into it. Recall, Russophobia is a form of hysteria afflicting the Kremlin’s inner circle that causes them to blame all consequences of their misdeeds on an anti-Russian campaign of a racist nature.
DEUTSCHE BANK SAYS IT NEEDS MORE TIME
Reuters reports, “Germany’s largest bank has asked for more time to respond to a request from Democrats on a U.S. House of Representatives panel for details about U.S. President Donald Trump’s possible ties to Russia, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday.” Deutsche Bank’s “external counsel sent a letter dated Friday June 2 to the Democrats saying it needed additional time,” Reuters reports. “In January, Deutsche Bank agreed to pay $630 million in fines for organizing the scheme that could have been used to launder money out of Russia,” Reuters kindly reminds us.
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THE POLLS DO NOT LIE, THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE + KREMLIN DO
Newsweek reports, “Virtually every single poll tracking President Donald Trump’s approval rating showed the figure plummeting Monday morning, well below the margin of error compared to the rising level of support for impeachment. The results follow Trump’s controversial decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord; the ongoing investigation into his campaign’s possible ties to the Kremlin is also a factor.” It’s so bad, “The president’s approval rating dipped from nearly 42 percent to just 36 percent over the weekend, according to a Gallup daily tracking poll published Monday.” Newsweek notes, “Trump’s declining popularity is inching closer toward his all-time low of 35 percent as president in March, when Gallup had the president’s approval at just 35 percent. What’s more, nearly 43 percent of American voters support the idea of beginning the official impeachment process for Trump, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll published Wednesday.” Whoever among his staff said they “don’t see how Trump isn’t completely fucked,” special medal, now out yourself and walk away from the Trumpster fire with your hands up and a story to tell.
PRESIDENT SIGNS A MEMO BUT DRESSES IT UP LIKE A BILL
From the department of third world pageantry of a lame duck treasonous puppet president’s theatrics comes… The President Signs a Memo! Truly, you cannot make this up, but The New York Times reports, “At an East Room event that was choreographed like the elaborate ceremonies for enacting major legislation, Mr. Trump signed a memo and letter to Congress outlining his principles for overhauling the nation’s air traffic control system. He handed out pens to lawmakers who had been invited to attend, and reveled in several rounds of applause.” That’s right, he staged a fake bill signing ceremony to sign a lousy memo. Or, as The New York Times notes, “Mr. Trump’s announcement did not have any binding effect, and Democrats quickly denounced the proposal.” Those of you who know your Reagan-era union-busting history will probably make note of the fact that it is air traffic controllers Trump wishes to privatize. Only Reagan actually fired them and Trump is just pretending to privatize them because when all else fails, fake it like the faking faker Trump is.
From The New York Times.
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