—–ON THE AGENDA—–
FUSION GPS’ GLENN SIMPSON ON THE HILL
Bloomberg reports, “A founder of the firm that assembled an opposition-research dossier alleging ties between President Donald Trump and Russia is set to appear Wednesday before the House Intelligence Committee.”
CIA DIRECTOR POMPEO MET RUSSIAGATE TRUTHER AT TRUMP REQUEST
The Washington Examiner reports, “CIA Director Mike Pompeo still believes Russia was responsible for hacking the Democratic National Committee, the agency said Tuesday amid reports that Pompeo met a skeptic at President Trump’s urging.” Pompeo met with “William Binney, who worked more than three decades at the National Security Agency before stepping down as technical director in 2001”. The two met for an hour on October 24. According to The Washington Examiner, “Binney believes U.S. spy agencies ‘took a wild ass guess’ in January when they blamed Russia for hacking the DNC and that ‘if they had any evidence, they would show it.’” Wow. This shit is real except that part is not. Recall, Binney was also the subject of Snowden documentarian Laura Poitras in her initial New York Times Op Doc that allegedly caught the attention of either Snowden or his handlers. Bonkers, all of it, and not someone the director of the CIA should be giving time of day to, let alone a full hour.
From The Washington Examiner.
NATO CONSIDERS ADDING NORTH ATLANTIC COMMAND
Reuters reports, “NATO needs to establish a new regional base for protecting the North Atlantic against increased Russian naval strength, a senior alliance general said on Monday, as allies consider the next step in a military build-up reminiscent of the Cold War.” Reuters notes, “General Petr Pavel, head of NATO’s military committee, will help put the case to allied defense ministers this week for a new planning and strategy base to be located in a chosen NATO ally and focused on keeping Atlantic shipping lanes safe from enemy submarines.”
NATO NEEDS TO SHIELD BALTIC AIRSPACE
Reuters reports, “Lithuania expects NATO to reach an agreement next year to shield Baltic countries with air defenses, plugging a gap in its security against Russia, its defense minister said on Tuesday.” Reuters notes, “Lithuania, which borders the Russian region of Kaliningrad, wants NATO to permanently deploy anti-aircraft weapons in the Baltics or Poland — a move seen by Moscow as an unjustified military build-up on its borders.”
SENATOR BURR SETS SIGHTS ON WRAPPING UP PROBE BY FEBRUARY
Bloomberg reports, “Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr said Tuesday he hopes the panel’s interviews on Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections can be finished this year, with a final report made public by the end of February.” Burr also said an interview with Donald “Uday” Trump Jr. will not happen this month.
GRAND WIZARD OF THE JUSTICE DEPT TO HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
POLITICO reports, “Attorney General Jeff Sessions will appear before the House Judiciary Committee next week, and Democrats said Tuesday they’re prepared to pepper him with questions about a campaign adviser who attempted to broker a meeting between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.”
DO NOT DONATE TO THE ROGER STONE LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
USA Today reports, “Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone sent out an email Tuesday asking supporters to help him raise $500,000 to clear his name of any wrongdoing in the investigation of Russian interference in last year’s presidential election.”
From USA Today.
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
WILBUR ROSS IS MISSING $2 BILLION
Forbes reports, “Fresh off a tour through Thailand, Laos and China, United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Jr. picked up the phone on a Sunday afternoon in October to discuss something deeply personal: how much money he has. A year earlier, Forbes had listed his net worth at $2.9 billion on The Forbes 400, a number Ross claimed was far too low: He maintained he was closer to $3.7 billion. Now, after examining the financial-disclosure forms he filed after his nomination to President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, which showed less than $700 million in assets, Forbes was intent on removing him entirely.” Forbes continues, “Ross protested, citing trusts for his family that he said he did not have to disclose in federal filings. ‘You’re apparently not counting those, which are more than $2 billion,’ he said. When asked for documentation, the 79-year-old demurred, citing ‘privacy issues.’” That is the conundrum: for posterity, do you show your hand or for posterity do you exaggerate the size of your holdings? Which will leave others believing you have the largest amount possible while simultaneously leaving one’s self the least exposed? As Forbes notes, “So began the mystery of Wilbur Ross’ missing $2 billion.”
RUSSIA’S LEADERSHIP IS SO OBSESSED WITH AMERICA IT’S CREEPY
The Moscow Times reports, “Western countries are going through a political and social ‘crisis of hypocrisy’ that will lead to the emergence of a ‘western Tsar,’ long-time presidential aide Vladislav Surkov says, as Russia marks the centenary of the October Revolution.” This is in their dreams of course. So it goes that “In a cryptic column for the state-run news channel RT on Tuesday,” it so happened that, “Surkov, also known as Putin’s Grey Cardinal, quotes an American heavy metal band called Five Finger Death Punch.” Surkov’s American cultural references are not only preferable but likely more extensive than TRUMPISTAN WATCH’s as the man is positively obsessed. Surkov is many things but he is also, for now, the Kremlin’s Ukraine negotiator.
From The Moscow Times.
RUSSIAN TROLLS HAD AN ELECTION/COUP DAY BLITZ
The Daily Beast reports, “As U.S. polling places opened last Nov. 8, Russian trolls in St. Petersburg began a final push on Twitter to elect Donald Trump.” The Daily Beast reports, “They used a combination of high-profile accounts with large and influential followings, and scores of lurking personas established years earlier with stolen photos and fabricated backgrounds. Those sleeper accounts dished out carefully metered tweets and retweets voicing praise for Trump and contempt for his opponent, from the early morning until the last polls closed in the United States.” For example, “TEN_GOP, a fake account purporting to represent Tennessee Republicans, spent most of the morning circulating pro-Trump and anti-Clinton quotes. ‘Hillary Clinton is the most dishonest candidate for POTUS since Richard Nixon,’ read a 9:13 a.m. tweet accurately quoting Mike Pence. The more alt-right flavored account of John ‘TheFoundingSon’ Davis begged voters to remember Benghazi.” How could we forget that’s when Hillary Clinton ruined civilization and pledged allegiance to ISIS. Never forget!
From The Daily Beast.
GOOGLE WILL CONTINUE TO SPREAD RUSSIAN DISINFO, LIES + BULLSHIT
Bloomberg reports, “Alphabet Inc.’s Google resumed indexing articles from Russia’s Federal News Agency in its news searches after receiving a warning from the country’s regulator.” Federal News Agency is what used to be called “fake news” for that brief moment before politicians and kleptocrats around the world seized on the term and transformed it to mean any news they do not like. Bloomberg notes, “The decision to block indexing of FAN followed a report in Russia’s RBC magazine linking the agency to the St. Petersburg-based ‘troll factory’ — a group of private firms that paid employees for creating posts and communities on Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc.and Google, allegedly to influence the 2016 U.S. election. RBC said FAN and the ‘troll’ operation may have a common owner: Evgeny Prigozhin, a wealthy businessman with Kremlin ties. Prigozhin denied any such links, according to RBC.” Bloomberg adds, “FAN’s news coverage often follows the official line of the Kremlin on issues such as the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine,” which is how you know it is a bullshit propaganda site bent on serving up propaganda and lies. Good for Google, no one is pretending there anymore that they will not be evil.
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