—–ON THE AGENDA—–
RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTER SERGEY SHOIGU ON FIRST VISIT TO ISRAEL
The Jerusalem Post reports, “Sergei Shoigu will land in Israel on Monday for meetings with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his first visit to the Jewish state since becoming Russia’s defense minister in 2012.” Occurring “Just days before Liberman flies to Washington to meet Defense Secretary James Mattis for talks on Iran and other regional issues,” The Jerusalem Post reports, “the meetings with Shoigu are expected to cover the cooperation between Russia and Israel and continued military coordination over Syria, as well as the Iranian entrenchment in the wartorn country and transfer of advanced weapons to Hezbollah by Tehran through Damascus.” The Jerusalem Post notes, “Following Shoigu’s visit, Liberman will leave Wednesday night for a four-day trip to the United States – his fifth meeting with Mattis since the general assumed his role as defense secretary in the Trump administration.”
From The Jerusalem Post.
TRUMP’S LEGAL BILLS LAST QUARTER TOP ONE MILLION
The Washington Post reports, “President Trump’s reelection committee spent more than $1 million on legal bills last quarter as investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election pressed on through the summer, according to a disclosure filed Sunday with the Federal Election Commission.” According to The Washington Post, “The filing shows the committee’s ‘legal consulting’ expenditures came to $1.1 million between July and September, including $802,185 paid to the law firm Jones Day, which has represented the campaign. Another $267,000 was paid to attorneys representing the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., in the Russia investigations.” Note, “Since the beginning of the year, the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee have spent $2.4 million on legal fees — and the bills appear to be mounting.” The Washington Post adds, “the Trump campaign and two related fundraising committees collected $11.6 million between July and September and spent $5.6 million.” Of course a money pot orbiting Trump is incomplete without some of that being siphoned off to la famiglia. As such, The Washington Post notes, “The campaign committee also reimbursed the president’s company, the Trump Organization, $25,800 for legal consulting.” Of course this does not cover Ty Cobb and whoever else in the Whites Only Haus whose legal fees have been foisted onto the taxpayer.
From The Washington Post.
RUSSIAN BANKER DENIES ROLE IN TRUMP TOWER MOSCOW
The New York Times reports, “A top Russian banker,” Andrey Kostin, “said Friday that his bank never had a role in a project once planned by the Trump Organization to build a tower in Moscow, despite an assertion by one of President Trump’s associates,” Felix Sater, “that the banker had helped finance the deal.” We all know Russian denials are usually a key indicator of the opposite as Russian lies are so bold and plentiful they often reveal further lies. Kostin told The New York Times he never met a key intermediary on the deal, Felix Sater. Another key tipoff there may be more to this is Kostin said, “it’s absolutely fake news.” These motherfuckers invented fake news and it is, as its original definition had it, lies made to look like real news not news you don’t like. Recall, “Mr. Sater is a former F.B.I. informant who has worked in real estate for many years. Mr. Trump has claimed to administration officials that he does not know Mr. Sater, even though he worked as a broker for the Trump Organization for several years and played a role in the financing of the Trump SoHo.” They know each other, despite Trump’s bullshit lies in other words.
From The New York Times.
PAUL MANAFORT’S $60 MILLION RELATION TO OLIGARCH OLEG DERIPASKA
NBC News reports, “Paul Manafort, a former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, has much stronger financial ties to a Russian oligarch,” Oleg Deripaska, “than have been previously reported.” According to NBC News, “$26 million changed hands in the form of a loan between a company linked to Manafort and the oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, a billionaire with close ties to the Kremlin. The loan brings the total of their known business dealings to around $60 million over the past decade, according to financial documents filed in Cyprus and the Cayman Islands.” NBC News notes, “Lawyers specializing in money laundering said the loans appeared unusual and merited further investigation.”
From NBC News.
ROGER STONE’S GUCCIFER SOURCE WAS LEE STRANAHAN, NOW OF RT
Yahoo! News has a long look (more in DISINFO WARS) on two email caches from two former employees or Russian state-run Sputnik in DC, Andrew Feinberg and Joe Fionda, that they handed to the Justice Department. Buried deep in the story, we learn long time Trump associate (and former Nixon aide) Roger Stone’s source for the connection to Guccifer 2.0, who the federal government says was a front for Russian military intelligence, GRU, and instrumental in leaking Hillary’s emails along with WikiLeaks. That source of Roger’s is none other than Lee Stranahan, formerly of Breitbart and now of Russian state-run RT, which is part of Sputnik. Both Stranahan and Stone confirmed it to Yahoo! News. According to Yahoo! News Stranahan “also said Guccifer 2.0 offered him documents that his editors at Breitbart were wary of publishing.” Stranahan said, “Breitbart didn’t want to run with them for whatever reason, and they were like, ‘Have Guccifer post them first’”. Well, holy hell did the shit storm just spray all over the usual suspects.
From Yahoo! News.
FORMER TRUMP + AGALAROV LAWYER IS THE SAME SCOTT BALBER
Raw Story reports, “MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow noticed an interesting history with a key lawyer,” Scott Balber. According to Maddow and Raw Story and Bill Maher and the course of human history, “In 2013, Trump offered President Barack Obama $5 million for proof that he was born in the United States. In return, ‘Real Time’ host Bill Maher offered Trump $5 million if he could prove he wasn’t the spawn of an orangutan. While Obama refused to dignify Trump with any attention or response, the self-proclaimed billionaire sent Maher a bill along with his birth certificate. Maher lampooned Trump on his HBO show at the time, reading the letter and displaying it on the screen. He specifically cited the signature of the attorney who sent the letter and the way in which the scribble seems to trail off, as if the lawyer was humiliated by sending the letter. That letter, however, listed the name of the attorney, Scott Balber.” Now close readers or the former number one Emin Agalarov fan girl in the West TRUMPISTAN WATCH immediately screamed that is the lawyer of the Emin and his Azerbaijani-Russian oligarch father Aras Agalarov who hosted Trump’s Miss Universe Moscow pageant at his Crocus City Hall in the Moscow suburbs in 2013! The Agalarovs were responsible for arranging the now notorious June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting between proxies of the Kremlin and Trumpistani elites including Donald “Uday” Trump Jr., princeling Jared and then campaign manager Paul Manafort through Emin’s manager Rob Goldstone. Balber’s response to Maddow was, “Nice try, but absolutely no connection whatsoever”. Sure, buddy. Ok, maybe. Doubtful though. Time will tell.
From Raw Story.
T REX DENIES CASTRATION BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE WE ARE AS A NATION
Mediaite reports, “A few days ago, Senator Bob Corker criticized President Trump for undermining Rex Tillerson. He rather explicitly said that the President shouldn’t ‘castrate’ his Secretary of State.” Now we are talking language the American people can understand! And better yet: can be entertained by! Boobies and weewees work well with the masses, it is instantly relatable since we all have genitals – it’s what unites us as Americans no matter race, color or creed! So, “with Tillerson on CNN this morning, Jake Tapper broached the subject with him,” Mediaite notes because of course, ratings and viral clips to be had! Tillerson responded, “I checked. I’m fully intact.” Boy what a nation we have, proud to be an American, where at least we know we can pee!
FAKEBOOK LOOKING TO HIRE EMPLOYEES WITH SECURITY CLEARANCES
Maybe Jared and Ivanka can apply? Bloomberg reports, “Facebook Inc. is looking to hire people who have national security clearances, a move the company thinks is necessary to prevent foreign powers from manipulating future elections through its social network”.
AMERICA YOUR REAL OWNERS ARE CHINESE, AGAIN! VENEZUELA VERSION
The Cipher Brief reports, “Today, Friday the 13th, the Organization of American States puts its stamp of approval on Venezuela’s embattled political opposition when it swears in Venezuelan Supreme Court judges, allowing them to operate here in Washington, D.C, rather than Caracas. Far from symbolic, it is the beginning of the establishment of a parallel government-in-exile and sets up a geopolitical proxy fight, where the key players include Russia and China.” The Cipher Brief notes, “Conferred legitimacy by the Venezuelan people and the international community, these OAS-based Supreme Court magistrates will have the moral (and still constitutional) authority to certify or not the results of governorship elections two days later, on October 15th, and approve or disapprove foreign investment deals in Venezuela’s oil and gas sector, which are currently heavily mortgaged to Russia and China. This new Supreme Court-in-exile may well challenge those countries’ interests and invoke the ‘odious debt’ doctrine they most fear; if the international community legitimizes this new Supreme Court-in-exile (which it is, by letting them operate out of the OAS), that ‘odious debt’ stance could make the deals unenforceable in international courts such as ICSID, when Maduro and his cohorts are out of power.” That’s a big problem as “That risk will certainly make lenders – and their lawyers – think twice before getting further into bed with the Maduro regime.” The Cipher Brief adds, “The world’s biggest asset managers, as well as the intelligence community, will be watching closely. Because of the close ties between the Maduro regime and Lebanese Hezbollah, so will Israel and Saudi Arabia.” As The Cipher Brief notes if you think “the U.S. will sit back and let Russia sink itself with its Venezuelan debt,” there is some folly in that thought as, “Russia is a pass through; the money is really Chinese, and Venezuela will not sink China.”
From The Cipher Brief.
PRIEBUS INTERVIEWED BY SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER
Bloomberg and several other outlets reported Friday, “President Donald Trump’s former chief of staff, Reince Priebus, was interviewed today by Special Counsel Robert Mueller”.
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
TRUMP GIVES ABOUT AS MANY FUCKS FOR THE FLAG AS HE DOES YOUR LIFE
The Washington Post reports, “After he had repeatedly railed against professional athletes over perceived slights to the American flag and military, President Trump joked on Wednesday about a bugle call that is part of the armed forces’ time-honored tradition of showing respect for the Stars and Stripes.” So there is that to add to the list of total fucking hypocrisies on the scorecard some are maintaining. Wait for it, as it is so much worse than you may imagine! When is it not? According to The Washington Post, “The bugle call occurred during Trump’s interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, conducted in an airplane hangar used by the Pennsylvania Air National Guard in Harrisburg and before the president’s address on tax revision. ‘What a nice sound that is. Are they playing that for you or for me?’ Trump said before turning to the audience. ‘They’re playing that in honor of his ratings,’ he added, referencing the popularity of Hannity’s news program.” Hannity is presumably working for the Russians officially or unofficially because he sure as hell sounds like he is, whether it is pumping the Seth Rich conspiracy or retweeting make Russia great, again! So all Trump’s cult member followers who complain about Colin Kaepernick and the NFL, well have no doubt that their insolence in the face of Black Americans’ protests is actually about cult membership and racism, not the flag and certainly not our military. What color does our fake Russian puppet president and his complicit Vice-President Pence imagine our troops to be? Last check the military is majority minorities; the notion that civil rights is somehow removed from the daily interactions of our troops with the world and the nation is simply hogwash. (Special extra in “RADIO MOSCOW” on the Hannity interview.)
From The Washington Post.
WHAT ARE THESE RUSSIAN MAFIA STATE ASSHOLES UP TO ONLINE?
The Guardian reports, “Russian trolls and automated bots not only promoted explicitly pro-Donald Trump messaging, but also used social media to sow social divisions in America by stoking disagreement and division around a plethora of controversial topics such as immigration and Islamophobia.” As TRUMPISTAN WATCH has dutifully reminded readers for months, “it is clear that these interventions are continuing as Russian agents stoke division around such recent topics as white supremacist marches and NFL players taking a knee to protest police violence.” As all loyal TRUMPISTAN WATCHians have also known for months, “The overarching goal, during the election and now, analysts say, is to expand and exploit divisions, attacking the American social fabric where it is most vulnerable, along lines of race, gender, class and creed,” The Guardian reports. Another thing you lovelies all know: “it is clear that its footprint is far larger than the tech giants have ever conceded.” You all know this already though because you read TRUMPISTAN WATCH with your covfefe each morning.
From The Guardian.
RUSSIAN TROLLS STUDIED “HOUSE OF CARDS”
The New York Daily News reports, “A man identified only as ‘Maxsim,’ who said he worked for a troll factory formerly known as the Internet Research Agency in 2015, told [Russian] TV station Rain that employees were taught about the American political system by Frank and Claire Underwood,” protagonists on the show “House of Cards”.
From The New York Daily News.
FLYNN + FLYNN JR BIG FANS OF RUSSIAN STATE-RUN SPUTNIK
Yahoo! reports on the emails given to the Justice Department by Andrew Feinberg, “who worked at Sputnik from January until May,” and “turned over the flash drive filled with emails during an interview by an FBI agent and Justice Department national security lawyer for over two hours on Sept. 1. In August, another ex-Sputnik staffer, Joe Fionda, also gave the Justice Department a packet of information with hundreds of documents.” Yahoo! says it has “obtained copies of the documents Feinberg and Fionda provided to law enforcement.” Yahoo! notes, “Feinberg’s interview was part of an apparently widening investigation by the bureau into the role played by Sputnik and the Kremlin-owned television network, RT (formerly Russia Today), in seeking to shape the views of American audiences. Recall, in a report last January, the U.S. intelligence community identified both news organizations as part of ‘Russia’s state run propaganda machine’ that serve ‘as a platform for Kremlin messaging,’” and also likely as a means of gathering intel and hiding a few agents. According to Yahoo!, “The messages depict a company that stuck closely to the Kremlin’s party line. The documents also suggest Sputnik journalists had relationships with hackers linked to Russian intelligence and key American allies of Donald Trump.” Feinberg met ousted National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s son Michael Flynn Jr. at a Gateway Pundit party and was told Flynn Jr. and his dad, our nation’s National Security Advisor for 24 days, “are BIG fans of Sputnik”.
From Yahoo! News.
KNOWN RUSSIAN-HIRED PROPAGANDISTS ALSO GATHERED INTEL
Yahoo! reports, “In one instance, Feinberg’s bosses urged him to come up with stories deflecting blame for the chemical-weapons attack on Syrian civilians last spring away from Russia’s Syrian ally, President Bashar Assad. Feinberg told Yahoo News that he “left the company earlier this year over pressure to advance a conspiracy theory, heavily promoted by Fox News commentator Sean Hannity, about the death of a young staffer at the Democratic National Committee,” Seth Rich. Yahoo! adds the emails show “Sputnik staff in Moscow were regularly involved in the publication of stories,” and “Sputnik stories followed rigid style guidelines.” Additionally, “After he left Sputnik, Feinberg began to wonder whether he was being used to gather information for the Kremlin, not the public.” Furthermore, Fionda “shared some of Feinberg’s concerns about being used for intelligence gathering.” What’s curious as well is that given the “Department of Defense blocks White House access to their website because it is not secure,” why are its employees like Fairbanks attending Fourth of July there? Additionally, months-old TRUMPISTAN WATCH target Cassandra Fairbanks corresponded with Guccifer 2.0.
From Yahoo! News.
BLACK MATTERS LITTLE TO RUSSIA, NOTHING BUT MONEY DOES
Casey Michel, who has traced Russian influence in the U.S. for some time, reports for Think Progress on a previously unrevealed Fakebook group called “Black Matters US” which claimed to be, wait for it, “one ‘of the most popular public pages among the young African Americans”. Michel notes, “‘Black Matters US’ took its operations beyond social media and attempts to organize on-the-ground protests.” A CNN story Friday noted “Don’t Shoot Us” attempted similar feats of real life branding crossover. Furthermore, “’Black Matters US’ maintains its own news site, describing itself as a ‘nonprofit news outlet’ that came into existence because ‘we are witnessing the changes in American society that equal to ‘Civil Rights Movement’ resulted in Long hot summer of 1967 [sic].’” There was a podcast known as “SKWAD 55”. Then you had your standard operating procedure anti-Hillary memes which described her as “’Satan’s daughter,’ ‘The root of all evil,’ and ‘Himmlery aka (‘Death for Dollars’) – ‘The Benghazi Bullshitter.’” If the CIA did this to Putin, he would shit his pants. In fact, let’s hope they are so the little guy has to walk around with an edema all the time as punishment for what he did to our beautiful America. Michel notes, “The images posted on the ‘Black Matters US’ Facebook page maintained the same style as the other Russia-linked accounts discovered thus far, including stilted English and identifiable watermarks.”
From Think Progress.
CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA’S SECRET SAUCE FOR ALL! (BUT NOT HUMANITY)
Business Insider reports, “An intern at the data mining and analysis firm Cambridge Analytica left online for nearly a year what appears to be programming instructions for the voter targeting tools the company used around the time of the election, raising questions about who could have accessed the tools and to what end.” You did not think Cambridge Analytica did something that was usefully selfless for humanity, now did you? According to Business Insider, “Social media analyst and data scientist Jonathan Albright discovered the election data processing scripts — or programming instructions — on what he said was the intern’s personal GitHub account.” Business Insider notes, “the scripts contained references to converting Twitter data and user IDs into a format ‘to put into the neural network,’ and the intern used words like ‘we,’ ‘we’re,’ and ‘our keywords’ to describe the processes,” adding, “The account was also scrubbed less than an hour after Albright published his findings”. Business Insider reports, “The tools the intern appears to have extracted facilitated geolocation targeting, to be used in enriching voter files with GPS coordinates, and Twitter sentiment analysis”. Albright said, “he code for the tools was ‘sitting right on Github for almost a year: from March 2016 to February 2017 — the last 8 months of the US election,’” who noted, “That’s a security issue, in my opinion”. One friend in the tech sector likened it to a “dead drop” (albeit far more publicly) as Albright believes, “Could Russia find this and use it? Absolutely.”
From Business Insider.
—–RADIO MOSCOW: STORIES FROM THEIR PRESS AND OURS—–
STEPHEN COLBERT’S EXCLUSIVE FAKE SEAN HANNITY TRUMP INTERVIEW
TIME reports, “Stephen Colbert just sat down for a one-on-one with President Donald Trump, parody style.” Basically he reedited the footage of Trump’s Sean Hannity interview, the one mentioned above in “KNOW YOUR ENEMY”. The clip is worth watching, not because this is Colbert’s best, but because there is some satisfaction to be had in watching Colbert tell the bloated fake Russian puppet president, “I think you are a bloated narcissist whose presidency is a knife in the moral heart of America, a wound in our national soul that will take generations to heal, if ever.”
SINCE WE ARE ON HARVEY WEINSTEIN, LET’S TALK ABOUT STEVEN SEAGAL
The Washington Post reports, “The Harvey Weinstein scandal has finally cast some needed light on sexual harassment and alleged sexual abuse by the men who wield power in Hollywood.” Now let’s turn the spotlight on the Kremlin whores who have fled justice to suck on the Kremlin and the FSB’s tit! The Washington Post reports, “In the wake of the Weinstein scandal, a number of women have come forward this week with allegations of sexual harassment against the action movie star,” Steven Seagal, a Russian passport holder since he sold himself to their mafia state. There is even bonus video of him eating a carrot in the presence of Belarusian dictator Aleksandr Lukashenko.
From The Washington Post.
RESISTANCE ADVICE: LARRY FLINT PUTS A BOUNTY OF $10 MILLION ON IT
The Washington Post reports, “Larry Flynt’s ad in the Sunday edition of The Washington Post is hard to miss,” as it “takes up a whole page,” and reads, “$10 MILLION FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE IMPEACHMENT AND REMOVAL FROM OFFICE OF DONALD J. TRUMP.” The pornographer, most famous for being shot by a far right zealot and paralyzed from the waist down as well as his ahead of its times hard core touch, “outlined numerous reasons he felt President Trump needed to be removed from office, charging him with everything from ‘compromising domestic and foreign policy with his massive conflicts-of-interest global business empire’ to ‘telling hundreds of bald-faced lies’ to ‘gross nepotism and appointment of unqualified persons to high office.’” He’s right. According to The Washington Post, “‘Did he make some financial quid pro quo with the Russians?’ the ad states.” Flint wrote, “I feel it is my patriotic duty, and the duty of all Americans, to dump Trump before it’s too late.” Amen.
From The Washington Post.
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