FBI HAS A UKRAINIAN HACKER WITNESS; RUSSIA STOLE MALWARE DESIGN
The New York Times reports, “The hacker, known only by his online alias ‘Profexer,’” whose “ posts, already accessible only to a small band of fellow hackers and cybercriminals looking for software tips, blinked out in January — just days after American intelligence agencies publicly identified a program he had written as one tool used in Russian hacking in the United States.” Then, “a flesh-and-blood person has emerged: a fearful man who the Ukrainian police said turned himself in early this year, and has now become a witness for the F.B.I.,” The New York Times reports, adding, “It is the first known instance of a living witness emerging from the arid mass of technical detail”. The New York Times reports, “The Ukrainian police declined to divulge the man’s name or other details, other than that he is living in Ukraine and has not been arrested.” According to The New York Times, “There is no evidence that Profexer worked, at least knowingly, for Russia’s intelligence services, but his malware apparently did.” Interestingly, it follows Russia’s M.O. not of creating quality things but of stealing them and cheating or as The New York Times puts it, “It does not suggest a compact team of government employees who write all their own code and carry out attacks during office hours in Moscow or St. Petersburg, but rather a far looser enterprise that draws on talent and hacking tools wherever they can be found.”
From The New York Times.
PUTIN’S FAVORITE RUSSIA PARTY CONGRESSMAN MEETS WITH ASSANGE
The Hill reports Putin’s favorite Russia Party Congressman Dana Rohrabacher met with Kremlin tool Julian Assange on Wednesday. Loser Assange said “he can prove the leaked Democratic Party documents he published during last year’s election did not come from Russia and promised additional helpful information about the leaks in the near future.” Rohrabacher “became the first American congressman to meet with Assange during a three-hour private gathering at the Ecuadorian embassy in London,” because there is no one else Putin counts on more. Note: this is not helping Russia to prove neither Assange nor Rohrabacher are agents of their influence. But that is presumably not what this was about.
From The Hill.
AMERICAN NAZIS KICKED OFF INTERNET TURN TO STATE SPONSOR RUSSIA
Business Insider reports, “A white supremacist website that was banned by both of its US-based web hosts earlier this week briefly found a new home for its server on Wednesday in Russia.” Remember: Russia loves Nazis. Indeed, “The Daily Stormer was dropped by both GoDaddy and Google after its founder, white supremacist Andrew Anglin, published an article attacking the 32-year-old counterprotester who was run over by an alleged neo-Nazi in Charlottesville, Virginia,” Business Insider reports. Note they had a long time to do this before a pretty young white girl died but never did. However, Business Insider adds, “By early Wednesday afternoon, however, the site appeared to have been taken down. It is unclear whether Russian authorities removed it or if Cloudflare, the site’s domain host, dropped it entirely.” While Russia loves Nazis it also has to pretend it does not – how else to justify Stalin’s pact and subsequent mass slaughter of the Soviet Union’s Red Army, and the invasion and occupation of Eastern Europe? Nazis are also great for covering Russia’s vast and enormous crimes because the Nazis can be blamed for those. According to Business Insider and like many of his white supremacist ilk, “Anglin has long espoused views sympathetic to the Kremlin, including support for pro-Russia Ukrainian separatists.”
From Business Insider.
ZAPAD WATCH: RUSSIA’S BALTIC WARM UP
Russian state-run TASS reports, “About 1,000 marines of the Russian Baltic Sea Fleet take part in a wargame that simulates action to protect the seacoast,” citing fleet spokesman Roman Martov. According to Russian state-run TASS, “He said the active phase of the tactical exercise involving Baltic Sea Fleet’s marines is underway at the firing ground Khmelevka in Russia’s north-western enclave Kaliningrad region. ‘About 1,000 military, 150 pieces of weapons and military hardware take part,’ Martov said.”
From Russian state-run TASS.
ZAPAD WATCH: ABOUT THOSE SO-CALLED INVITES TO OBSERVE…
The Baltic Times reports, “Estonia has received no invitation from Russia to observe the Zapad large scale military exercise to be held by Russia and Belarus in September, but the Russian authorities will present the exercise to the military attaches accredited to other countries’ diplomatic missions in Moscow during a separate event.” This news appears to contradict earlier reports that suggested quite the opposite. A spokesperson for the Estonian Ministry of Defense told the Baltic News Service, “The military attaches accredited to Moscow have been invited to attend an event at the Luga training area on September 18 and 19, in the course of which Russia will present the Zapad joint military exercise. The Estonian defense attaches are ready to take part in the event”. Recall, “The joint military exercise of Russia and Belarus will be held in the territory of both countries from Sept. 14-20.”
From The Baltic Times.
PUTIN IN KALININGRAD; LITHUANIA HOPES NO INCIDENTS
The Baltic Times reports, “Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis expects that there will be no incidents as Russian Vladimir Putin will fly to Russia’s Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad on Wednesday.” Of course Russia loves to diverge from flight plans and fly with the transponders off. Who else did things like that?
From The Baltic Times.
FBI INVESTIGATOR STEPS DOWN FROM MUELLER’S COLLUSION PROBE
ABC News reports, “One of the FBI’s top investigators,” Peter Strzok, “has left Mueller’s team”. Most curiously, “It’s unclear why Strzok stepped away from Mueller’s team,” but ABC News reports, “ Strzok, who has spent much of his law enforcement career working counterintelligence cases and has been unanimously praised by government officials… is now working for the FBI’s human resources division.” That’s quite the internal demotion, albeit not quite so bad as white supremacist Jack Posobiec’s urinalysis coordinator gig for the Navy (which he should not even be allowed to have). According to ABC News, “As chief of the FBI’s counterespionage section last year, he helped oversee the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, and he took part in the FBI interview of the Democratic presidential candidate.” Seems that was before FBI detected the severity of the real scandal of 2016. Oops.
From ABC News.
GLENN SIMPSON TO BE INTERVIEWED BY SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
POLITICO reports, “The co-founder of the firm,” Fusion GPS’ Glenn Simpson, “that commissioned a dossier of salacious allegations against President Donald Trump will be interviewed later this month by the Senate Judiciary Committee”. The dossier in question is of course the notorious Steele dossier alleging the so-called pee-pee tape. According to POLITICO, “Glenn Simpson, head of the private investigation firm Fusion GPS, agreed to a voluntary, closed-door interview after Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) issued and then withdrew a subpoena for Simpson to appear at a public hearing last month.” While “The interview has now been scheduled,” curiously, “It will likely be with committee staff, not with senators.” Keep in mind all most regular American people care about is the pee-pee tape because they have been inoculated to stupid by a culture and a country that constantly talks down to them and treats them as if they are in fact stupid, which is of course entirely possible as well.
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PUTIN MORE TRUSTED THAN TRUMP; NEITHER VERY TRUSTED
Deutsche Welle reports, “People in a number of US-allied nations trust Vladimir Putin more than Donald Trump when it comes to handling foreign affairs, according to a new survey,” however, “The results show a significant lack of confidence in both leaders.” Do you prefer a kilo of shit or 2.2 pounds of it? The survey comes from the Pew Research Center and “aimed to measure global perceptions of Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin.” According to Deutsche Welle, “The study found that only one in four people in the 37 countries surveyed have confidence in the Russian president to do the right thing when it comes to international affairs. Respondents in Europe were the most critical, with around 78 percent expressing a lack of trust in his leadership.” Deutsche Welle reports, “Respondents in US allies such as Japan, South Korea and seven European NATO members – Greece, Germany, Turkey, Hungary, France, Italy and Spain – which have historically relied on the US for military support and defense, all expressed more confidence in Putin.” Notably, “The disparity in favor of Putin over Trump was most stark in Greece and Germany, where he outscored the US president by 31 and 14 points, respectively. In Germany, around a quarter of respondents said they had confidence in Putin, while only 11 percent said the same of Trump,” Deutsche Welle adds. “Trump got higher scores in Britain, Canada, the Netherlands and Poland, according to the survey,” Deutsche Welle notes, adding, “He was also the more favorable option for non-NATO allies Australia and the Philippines, as well as Israel, where he outscored Putin by a whopping 29 points,” despite his love of neo-Nazis, Israel has many Russian Jews who know just how terrible anti-Semitism is there.
From Deutsche Welle.
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RUSSIA SET TO UNVEIL A MEMORIAL TO STALIN ERA REPRESSIONS
BBC reports, “Just alongside Moscow’s central ring road, the pieces of a vast bronze sculpture are being slotted into place. It is Russia’s first ever national memorial to the millions deported, imprisoned and executed in Soviet times.” In brief, “Tens of millions died under Joseph Stalin,” between 1929 and 1953, as the victims lost their lives in “deportations, famine, forced collectivisation, executions and in prison camps,” and sometimes some combination of these things. During “the Great Terror of 1937-38,” at least 750,000 were executed and “Millions were sent to Gulag labour camps”. The monument will be “Made up of jagged human forms with no faces, the monument will curve like a giant scythe. The artist says that is meant as a physical reminder of a repressive machine that mowed down innocent victims.” It is hard to imagine how this will not be made weird, obsolete or otherwise dismissed by the Putin government, which worships Stalin. According to the BBC, “The Wall of Grief is 30m (100ft) long and its creator believes those who pass by, including children, will be curious and ask questions.” Asking questions in so-called modern Russia always leads to something less than the best results.
From the BBC.
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