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  • Carter Page Surveillance Documents Indicate State Department Provided Initial Info

    07/22/2018 9:32:34 PM PDT · 26 of 26
    Fedora to MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
    More on Winer


    As Winer tells it, he and Steele were old pals. They “met and became friends” in 2009, when both were in the business of selling “business intelligence,” much of it involving Russia. Winer went back to work at State in 2013, after his old Capitol Hill boss, John Kerry, had become secretary of State. But he didn’t lose track of his friend Steele—not at all. He shared, and shared, and shared Steele’s corporate intelligence work with the State Department’s Russia desk. “Over the next two years, I shared more than 100 of Steele’s reports with the Russia experts at the State Department, who continued to find them useful.” (Let’s not speculate about how much it may have been worth to Steele to be able to tell his clients that the materials they were paying for were being regularly consumed by policy-makers in Foggy Bottom.). . ."

    Come the summer of 2016, Steele’s prime client was the campaign of Hillary Clinton, by way of the hired-guns at Fusion GPS, for whom he was assembling a grab bag of Trump tales from some sort of Russian sources. Come the fall Steele was spreading dossier info to various news organizations, the FBI, and the State Department. “In September 2016, Steele and I met in Washington and discussed the information now known as the ‘dossier.’” Here’s where it starts getting particularly weird: “I was allowed to review, but not to keep, a copy of these reports to enable me to alert the State Department,” Winer writes. “I prepared a two-page summary and shared it with [Winer’s boss at State, Victoria] Nuland.” I doubt I’m the only one who finds this bit of peekaboo passing strange.

    To hear Winer tell it, when he gave her his memo, Nuland was all for the State Department doing something about it: She “indicated that, like me, she felt that the secretary of State needed to be made aware of this material.” Maybe. But to hear Nuland tell it, she recognized the dossier for what it was: “What I did was say that this is about U.S. politics, and not the work of—not the business of the State Department,” Nuland said in an interview with Politico, “and certainly not the business of a career employee who is subject to the Hatch Act, which requires that you stay out of politics. So, my advice to those who were interfacing with [Steele] was that he should get this information to the FBI, and that they could evaluate whether they thought it was credible.”

    But according to his piece in the Post, Winer had other people to share the Steele info with, too: “In late September, I spoke with an old friend, Sidney Blumenthal.” Given Blumenthal’s well-earned reputation as a Clinton hatchet-man, the words “old friend, Sidney Blumenthal” should be telling, if not alarming. So what was the nub of the conversation between these two old friends who just happen to have gotten together in the thick of a presidential campaign? Perhaps they were talking Libya—Blumenthal had been trying for some time to get federal contracts for work in Libya, and Winer was the special envoy to the war-wracked country. But no, they ended up talking about the dossier. You see, it just sort of came up naturally: Blumenthal’s emails had been hacked a few years before, and so “While talking about that hacking, Blumenthal and I discussed Steele’s report.” You’d think that Sid would have been gob-smacked, astonished at the information sleuthing spook Steele had unearthed. Instead, and ever so matter-of-factly, Blumenthal pulled out a dossier of his own: “He showed me notes gathered by a journalist I did not know, Cody Shearer, that alleged the Russians had compromising information on Trump of a sexual and financial nature.”

    That’s right, Blumenthal had a dossier of his own, compiled by a Clinton crony of decades’ standing, Cody Shearer, and right at the ready. What are the odds?. . .

    Winer seems not to have been at all astonished that two of his old friends—Steele and Blumenthal—themselves unacquainted, should each independently and of their own volition have presented him with the same bombshell material. Winer did not, so far as we know, look around for Allen Funt. No, instead he shared the Shearer memo with Steele, who in turn passed it along to the FBI. Do you think anyone bothered to mention to the Bureau, at the time, the peculiar circumstances and provenance of the notes, most notably that they had come from a source as compromised as Cody Shearer? Well, it never occurred to Winer, because he “did not expect them to be shared with anyone in the U.S. government.”

    The Weird Tales of Jonathan Winer


    NEW YORK — Jonathan M. Winer, the Obama State Department official who acknowledged regularly interfacing and exchanging information with the author of the largely discredited 35-page anti-Trump dossier, headed a firm that helped the company owned by the United Arab Emirates government in its controversial failed bid to take over some terminal operations at major American ports.

    Obama State Dept Official Who Aided Dossier Author Was Key Player in Dubai Ports Scandal

  • German politicians allied against Steve Bannon

    07/22/2018 9:23:13 PM PDT · 6 of 22
    Fedora to Olog-hai
    “We have to fight now, with good arguments, confident and true,” said Michael Roth, a center-left Social Democrat (SPD) lawmaker and Minister of State for Europe in an interview with the Welt newspaper.

    That would require having good arguments to fight with, but the European left has abandoned reasoned argument for irrationality.

  • Carter Page Surveillance Documents Indicate State Department Provided Initial Info

    07/22/2018 9:08:56 PM PDT · 25 of 26
    Fedora to MadMax, the Grinning Reaper; piasa
    Winer became the State Department's special envoy to Libya in September 2013--is there any particular reason he was posted to that position during the middle of the Benghazi investigation? His duties also overlapped with Kerry's Iranian policy: "Mr. Winer is responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing U.S. policy on Libya, as well as resettling Iranian persons found to be in need of international protection out of Iraq." Jonathan Winer
  • Former Obama aide to Comey: 'No one is asking for your advice'

    07/22/2018 7:16:24 PM PDT · 6 of 26
    Fedora to yesthatjallen
    “Hey Jim, we got this covered,” Vietor wrote on Twitter. “No one is asking for your advice. As we saw during the campaign, your judgment isn’t great! All the best, everyone.”

    LOL so Comey follows Obama's orders and then Obama's advisor criticizes his judgment--the Democrats continue to eat their own. . .

  • Carter Page Surveillance Documents Indicate State Department Provided Initial Info

    07/22/2018 5:19:17 PM PDT · 23 of 26
    Fedora to MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

    John Kerry ping.

  • MARK LEVIN: Only two entities interfered in our election --- Russia and the Obama administration

    07/22/2018 4:53:24 PM PDT · 31 of 31
    Fedora to conservative98

    Besides Britain, the EU, the Ukraine, Mexico, China. . .

  • CNN's Jake Tapper Asks If Carter Page and Donald Trump Are Russian Assets

    07/22/2018 4:36:24 PM PDT · 43 of 54
    Fedora to PJ-Comix

    Is CNN a CIA asset, Jake?

  • Interesting thread speculating on Mueller working with FBI lovers

    07/21/2018 9:41:10 PM PDT · 19 of 44
    Fedora to Fedora
    "Managing Director, Navigant, January 2016 – May 2018 (2 years 5 months)Washington, DC": Robert Anderson
  • Interesting thread speculating on Mueller working with FBI lovers

    07/21/2018 9:40:01 PM PDT · 18 of 44
    Fedora to Fedora
    "The Chertoff Group, a global security advisory firm that enables clients to navigate changes in security risk, technology and policy, has announced the appointment of Robert Anderson as a principal in its Strategic Advisory Services practice. As a recognized expert in cybersecurity, incident response, cyber hacking, counterintelligence and economic espionage, Anderson will advise C-suite clients on strategies to help them grow, manage security risks and protect their commercial businesses. . .Prior to joining The Chertoff Group, Anderson served as managing director and practice leader at Navigant Consulting Inc., where he led the initiative to build out the company’s information security practice, exponentially growing the business and offering new services such as “CISO-as-a service.” Before Navigant, Anderson held several senior-level positions at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he spent more than 20 years rising through the ranks from a special agent in charge to executive assistant director of the criminal, cyber, response and services branch. His top achievements include upgrading the FBI’s technology infrastructure — positioning the bureau as a global leader in complex national security, criminal and cyber investigations — as well as establishing a new, second branch within the international operations division focused on intelligence-driven international operations, to name a few.": The Chertoff Group Expands Team With Security Expert Robert Anderson (06/11/2018)
  • Interesting thread speculating on Mueller working with FBI lovers

    07/21/2018 9:36:45 PM PDT · 16 of 44
    Fedora to Fedora
    "Robert E. Anderson Jr., a former top spy hunter at the bureau, said the president’s comments would have a dispiriting effect on F.B.I. morale, especially among those who are not involved in political investigations. “You’ve got men and women working tirelessly in every corner of this world to protect the United States and its people,” Mr. Anderson said. “When he says what he says, it’s an insult and it’s degrading to the men and women who are sacrificing their lives to protect this great nation.” Mr. Anderson also came to the defense of Mr. Strzok, calling him “one of the most methodical, most meticulous, hard-working counterintelligence experts in the entire United States intelligence community.” Mr. Anderson said Mr. Strzok “never displayed political bias.”": Trump, Defending Himself After Flynn Guilty Plea, Says F.B.I. Is in ‘Tatters’ (12/03/2017)
  • Interesting thread speculating on Mueller working with FBI lovers

    07/21/2018 9:32:14 PM PDT · 15 of 44
    Fedora to Fedora
    "“He’s got to get control of the ship again,” said Robert Anderson, a former senior official in the FBI who considers Comey a friend. “There’s a lot of tension in the organization, and there’s a lot of tension in Congress and the Senate right now, and all that counts toward how much people trust the FBI.”. . .Anderson, the former FBI official, said Comey will have to work quickly to finish the restarted email review, then talk to leaders and visit field offices to ease the tensions in the bureau and help mend public perceptions of the FBI. Comey has repeatedly said in the past that is important to him.": "'He's got to get control of the ship again': How tensions at the FBI will persist after the election" (11/03/2016)
  • Interesting thread speculating on Mueller working with FBI lovers

    07/21/2018 9:29:11 PM PDT · 12 of 44
    Fedora to Fedora
    "Robert Anderson, a former top counter-espionage and cyber official at the FBI, said Russian spy services were known for being particularly aggressive and competent. “They will do everything they need to do to further their agenda,” he said, adding that he felt that any attempt to influence an election “crosses the line.”": FBI Launches Probe into Russian Leaks of Democratic Party Email (07/26/2016)
  • Interesting thread speculating on Mueller working with FBI lovers

    07/21/2018 9:27:02 PM PDT · 10 of 44
    Fedora to Fedora
    "Robert E. Anderson Jr., a former senior F.B.I. executive, said it could take less than a day for the program to identify duplicates. He said that the program would organize the duplicates in a special folder and that F.B.I. agents and analysts would then check each of them to make sure it was indeed a copy.": F.B.I. Begins Review of Clinton Aide’s Emails (10/31/2016)
  • Interesting thread speculating on Mueller working with FBI lovers

    07/21/2018 9:23:37 PM PDT · 8 of 44
    Fedora to Fedora
    "FBI Director James B. Comey named Robert Anderson, Jr. as the executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch at FBI Headquarters. In this role, he will be responsible for all criminal and cyber investigations worldwide, as well as international operations, critical incident response, and victim assistance. He succeeds Richard A. McFeely, who is retiring from the FBI in April.": Robert Anderson, Jr. Named to Lead Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch (03/07/2014)
  • Interesting thread speculating on Mueller working with FBI lovers

    07/21/2018 9:22:11 PM PDT · 6 of 44
    Fedora to MNDude; piasa
    "FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III named Robert Anderson, Jr. assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters. He has served as the division’s deputy assistant director of operations since 2011. Mr. Anderson became a special agent in 1995 and was assigned to the Washington Field Office (WFO), where he investigated narcotics and violent crimes. In 1997, he transferred to the Hostage Rescue Team, where he completed deployments to more than 20 countries. . .Before he joined the FBI, Mr. Anderson served as a Delaware State Trooper for nearly nine years. He served in the uniform patrol division, the criminal investigative unit, and the aviation section. Mr. Anderson is a pilot and paramedic and in 1990 was named the Delaware State Police Trooper of the Year—the force’s highest honor—for attempting to rescue individuals who were trapped in a burning home in 1989.": Robert Anderson, Jr. Named Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division (08/03/2012)

    07/21/2018 8:06:38 PM PDT · 129 of 221
    Fedora to Flaming Conservative
    Something doesn't add up there for sure. I am reminded of the episode of Gilligan's Island where the Russian cosmonauts land on the island and conclude that Gilligan is "the cleverest one of them all" because "he acts too stupid to be stupid".

    07/21/2018 7:27:28 PM PDT · 121 of 221
    Fedora to Flaming Conservative
    His educational performance actually greatly resembles his TV performance:

    Ex-Trump adviser Carter Page accused academics who twice failed his PhD of bias

    Andrusz said he had expected it would be “easy” to pass Page, a student at the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas). He said it actually took “days and days” to wade through Page’s work. Page “knew next to nothing” about social science and seemed “unfamiliar with basic concepts like Marxism or state capitalism,” the professor said.

    The viva, held at University College, London, went badly. “Page seemed to think that if he talked enough, people would think he was well-informed. In fact it was the reverse,” Andrusz said. He added that Page was “dumbfounded” when the examiners told him he had failed.

    Their subsequent report was withering. It said Page’s thesis was “characterised by considerable repetition, verbosity and vagueness of expression”, failed to meet the criteria required for a PhD, and needed “substantial revision”. He was given 18 months to produce another draft.

  • Judge Says Philadelphia Can Cut Contracts with Catholic Groups for Refusing Same-Sex Adoption

    07/21/2018 7:01:58 PM PDT · 36 of 39
    Fedora to marshmallow
    Judge Petrese Tucker, Clinton appointee:


    07/21/2018 6:21:38 PM PDT · 111 of 221
    Fedora to Fedora

    “Page says Halper, who has longstanding ties to the CIA and British intelligence, stayed in touch with him over 14 months, even inviting Page to his farm in Great Falls, Va., not far from CIA headquarters. The pair lost touch in September 2017 — the same time the warrant to monitor Page expired.”


    07/21/2018 6:19:48 PM PDT · 108 of 221
    Fedora to Fedora
    "Page believes the FBI’s mole, professor Stefan Halper, was secretly spying on him as part of a “politically motivated” investigation of Team Trump, using fake sympathy to gain his trust — all while fishing for dirt on Page’s ties to Russia, where he’d worked as an energy consultant.": Carter Page: The FBI ruined my life (05/26/2018)