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January 13, 2017

"35 Pages" Attack Against Trump Fails - Foreign And Domestic Losses

UPDATED (at end of original)

The tale about the fake accusations about Russian influence on the U.S. presidential election becomes more gripping by each day. The are part of a larger war between various groups of the "elites" but also include infighting between U.S. government organizations.

We know that there was heavy Ukrainian influence on the side of Clinton in the election and in the current smear campaign against Trump and Russia. But it certainly wasn't Ukraine alone that is behind this. There are more international connections.

The "former" desk officer for Russia in the British MI6 Christopher Steele was the one who prepared the 35 pages of obviously false claims about Russian connections with and kompromat against Trump. There are so many inconsistencies in these pages that anyone knowledgeable about the workings in Moscow could immediately identify it as fake. Putin personally started working on Trump five years ago when Trump had no political role or hope whatsoever? A Trump associate met Russian officials in Prague even though he has never been in the Czech Republic?

Steele spread the fakes throughout the press corps in Washington DC but no media published them because these were obviously false accusations.

Steele then decided to hand the papers to the FBI and to talk to its agents hoping they would start an official investigation. He cleared his move (or was ordered to proceed?) at the highest level of the British government:

The Daily Telegraph was told during a meeting with a highly-placed source in Washington DC last October that the FBI had contacted Mr Steele asking if they could discuss his findings with him. The source said that Mr Steele spoke to officials in London to ask for permission to speak to the FBI, which was duly granted, and that Downing Street was informed.
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Once he had been given the all-clear, he met an FBI agent in another European country, where he discussed the background to the file he had compiled. His contact with the FBI reportedly began in July last year and ended in October, after he became frustrated by the bureau’s slow progress.

When Steele's first move with the FBI in October did note deliver the hoped for results an attempt to stove pipe them through Senator John McCain was launched. A "former" British ambassador to Moscow arranged the hand over:

A former British ambassador to Russia has revealed he played a significant role in bringing the Donald Trump 'dirty dossier' to the attention of the American intelligence services.

Sir Andrew Wood said he spoke to Republican senator John McCain at an international security conference in November about the existence of material that could compromise the president-elect.

Mr McCain subsequently handed the document, which contained allegations of lurid sexual behaviour by Mr Trump in Russian hotels, to the head of the FBI.

The MI6 is well known for launching fakes on behalf of the British government.

Even the second, more official handover to the FBI still did not result in the hoped for publication of the allegations. But by that time Clinton was widely expect to win the election anyway so no further steps were taken.

After Trump unexpectedly won the election a new effort was launched to publish the smears. The Director of National Intelligence decided (or was ordered to) "brief" the President, the President elect and Congress on the obviously dubious accusations.

It was this decision that made sure that the papers would eventually be published. As the NYT noted:

What exactly prompted American intelligence officials to pass on a summary of the unvetted claims to Mr. Obama, Mr. Trump and Congress? Officials have said they felt the president-elect should be aware of the memos, which had circulated widely in Washington. But putting the summary in a report that went to multiple people in Congress and the executive branch made it very likely that it would be leaked. [emphasis in the original!]

Only after Clapper or others leaked to CNN about the briefing of Obama, Trump and Congress, did CNN publish about the 35 pages:

Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN.
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The classified briefings last week were presented by four of the senior-most US intelligence chiefs -- Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers.
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CNN has reviewed a 35-page compilation of the memos, from which the two-page synopsis was drawn. The memos have since been published by Buzzfeed. The memos originated as opposition research, first commissioned by anti-Trump Republicans, and later by Democrats. At this point, CNN is not reporting on details of the memos, as it has not independently corroborated the specific allegations.

The last half-sentence is part of the smear campaign. When DNI Clapper recently tried to exculpate himself from the shit-storm he created he used the same obfuscation:

The IC has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable ..

That is like saying: "The IC has not made any judgement that information of Barack Obama's Kenyan citizenship is reliable .."

Any media or intelligence agency that claims it could or did not judge the content of 35 papers is obfuscating in an attempt to give them additional weight. The easily verifiable content is so obviously false that the few not immediately verifiable claims in it can not be taken serious. The media and Clapper know this and, if they were truthful, would say so.

The attack on Trump (and Russia) failed. Trump brushed it of with a few tweets and sentences in his press conference. The attack did not hold up any of the procedures in Congress or elsewhere necessary to install the new administration. It did not change policies. The British government and the MI6 have cake on their face. The DNI office and the CIA will bleed.

The attack was a deep state attempt to stage a coup against Trump:

Trump has deliberately rattled the members of the deep state with his brazen criticism of U.S. intelligence findings about Russian hacking. Deep government does not stand idly by, as David Runciman wrote recently in the London Review of Books, and allow itself to be shat upon by newcomers. The president-elect has enemies in profusion on the inside who are practiced at the art of the leak. They may have had no official role in this attempt to stage a coup against Trump before he’s even inaugurated, but they must be cheering BuzzFeed’s naughtiness as they sharpen their knives for his administration.

This blog reported and warned a month ago of such "elite" coup attempts. The fight has since become more intense.

But this attack failed. Trump gained standing against the "fake news" created by the 35 pages. The fakery and smear attempt was just too obvious. One wonders why it was launched at all. Who panicked?

President Obama, major U.S. intelligence heads, neoconservatives, the British government, Ukrainian "nationalist (aka fascist) circles and the Clinton campaign conspire against Trump and try to derail his announced policy changes. Trump has argued for better relations with Russia and for a concentrated fight in Syria and Iraq against ISIS and other Takfiris and Islamists. This endangers Obama's legacies of starting a new cold war with Russia and of pampering al Qaeda and ISIS to overthrow the Syrian government.

Two fights within the U.S. government are being waged within this larger context. One is the fight between the CIA and the U.S. military over spying competence and lethal operations. CIA Director Brennan, who was and is Obama's consigliere and a Saudi operative, has waged a military campaign in Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Syria and several other countries.

The CIA's assassinations by drones is an operational issue which the military believes should be under its exclusive control. On the other side military special forces missions have hindered CIA intelligence gathering. The CIA support for and training of various Takfiri militants in Syria, Iraq and Libya is against the interest of the soldiers who eventually will have to fight these groups. The incoming National Security Advisor Flynn warned against the CIA's policies back in 2012 when he led the Defense Intelligence Agency. U.S. special forces then sabotaged such CIA operations in Syria.

With Flynn coming in as National Security Advisor the CIA is in danger of losing this fight. Flynn will argue for a CIA that only collects and analyzes and will likely try to move all operative businesses to the military Joint Special Operations Command.

Today the CIA used its unofficial spokesperson to (again) warn Flynn off. Writing in Jeff Bezos' blog David Ignatius stenographed the threat:

According to a senior U.S. government official, Flynn phoned Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak several times on Dec. 29, the day the Obama administration announced the expulsion of 35 Russian officials as well as other measures in retaliation for the hacking. What did Flynn say, and did it undercut the U.S. sanctions? The Logan Act (though never enforced) bars U.S. citizens from correspondence intending to influence a foreign government about “disputes” with the United States. Was its spirit violated?

(If Flynn's phone-calls are under FISA surveillance would that not be highly classified? How else would anyone know about them? How many laws were broken by planting this through Ignatius?)

A second area of internal conflict is about the Director of the FBI Comey. He was and is not sufficiently deferential to the Obama cabal and the Clinton campaign. He launched and publicly announced an investigation into Clinton's proven illegal behavior with regard to her private email server, but he refrained from announcing and investigating the obviously fake accusations against Trump which were peddled to him. Such disloyal misdeed demands punishment:

The Justice Department’s inspector general said Thursday that he would open a broad investigation into how the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, handled the case over Hillary Clinton’s emails, ..
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The inspector general’s office said that it was initiating the investigation in response to complaints from members of Congress and the public about actions by the F.B.I. and the Justice Department during the campaign that could be seen as politically motivated.

The inspector general is serving at the pleasure of the president. He can be fired as soon as Trump is in office. Unless he joins the cabal against Trump Comey has nothing to fear.

But the war against Trump is not over. Trump should and must be fought but that fight should be about important economic and social issues for which people care and of which there are plenty.

Trump has his own cabal, libertarian billionaires like the Koch brothers, several generals in his cabinet and arch Zionists like Adelson. But that cabal's henchmen are not yet installed throughout the government. It is important to hinder such infestation.

The fight as it is waged now is an attempt to redirect Trump's foreign policies and to generally lesson his foreign policy power. That fight was already lost during the campaign. Every attempt to accuse Trump of this or that "Russia" outrage that has nothing to do with the average voter's life simply fails. These pseudo scandals waged within the "elite" media against him just makes him stronger.

But the cabal was unable to understand that during the campaign and is still unable to get a grip on it. It will continue its attempts and will lessen its own power through its failures.

Effort by Obama loyalists against Trump started immediately after election day:

Over the past 10 years, Obama alumni have spread throughout the government, the advocacy world, and influential parts of the private sector, including at Google and Facebook. That means there’s a lot diverse talent to harness.

More attacks on Trump will come even when Trump is in full power and starts to clean house.

But all of those who openly work against him will be endangered. The continued open attacks only lay bare the various actors behind them. Those will be be shunned. Each new open attack against Trump will eliminate another power center installed during the Obama administration. If these hopeless attacks continue few will be left to wage the silent, patient resistance against the Trump administration that will be necessary to lessen the damage it will create.

To now attack Trump, Flynn, Comey or even Putin is hopeless and unproductive. It only hinders achieving their long-term aims. One thereby wonders why this panic reaction from one side of the deep state cabal continues. What dirt have they hidden that they fear will be unearthed?

UPDATE: FBI director Comey pissed on the House Democrats at the end of a classified hearing today. This a day after Obama's Justice Department IG opened a case against him (see above). One might guess that Comey has had enough of it OR has now been assured of Trump's backing. The Hill reports:
A number of House Democrats left Friday's confidential briefing on Russian hacking fuming over the actions of FBI Director James Comey and convinced he's unfit to lead the agency.

"I was nonjudgmental until the last 15 minutes. I no longer have that confidence in him," Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), ranking member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, said as he left the meeting in the Capitol.

"Some of the things that were revealed in this classified briefing — my confidence has been shook." ...

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Susan Sunflower 196 "I think that the concept of a "major conspiracy" involving major players is undermined by the quality of the dossier ..."

No different to the quality of the so called evidence coming out of Ukraine in the weeks after MH17.

Posted by: Peter AU | Jan 14 2017 19:59 utc | 201

Interesting rumors adding some real meat to the matter:


President Barak Obama signed an order this past week instructing the National Security Agency (NSA) to turn over to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) secretly recorded private telephonic conversations and text messages of President-elect Donald Trump and his Transition Team (GreatAgain)—and who then, in turn, began illegally releasing them to the US mainstream “fake news” propaganda media in order to destroy this new leaders ability to lead his nation to peace and prosperity. [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]

According to this report, on 12 January, President Obama, for the first time in US history, quietly ordered [because the US mainstream media didn’t tell the American about this] the NSA to begin turning over its raw wiretapping surveillance date to the CIA and other anti-Trump intelligence agencies—and within 4 hours, The Washington Post wrote an article based on “anonymous high-level US government sources” that President-elect Trump’s National Security Advisor designate, General Michael Flynn, had exchanged text messages and telephone calls with the Federations Ambassador to America Sergey Kislyak.

With the globally respected Electronic Frontier Foundation (EEF) having previously warned that the NSA, in collusion with America’s private telecommunication companies, “has engaged in massive, illegal dragnet surveillance of the domestic communications and communications records of millions of ordinary Americans since at least 2001”, this report continues, in 2008, the true and horrifying scope of what this massive US spy agency was doing was revealed during a television interview with the American movie actor Shia LaBeouf inadvertently revealed that when he was working with an FBI advisor on his film “Eagle Eye”, he had played back to him NSA recordings of phone calls he had made in 2006.

Prior to President Obama signing this 12 January order, this report notes, the CIA could only get data on President-elect Trump and his Transition Team after the NSA filtered it to remove irrelevant names and personal information—but as the CIA’s “Deep State” war against their new leader intensifies, and their now having full access to all of Trump’s phone and text records, a new “level of hostility” has been reached in the US bringing closer to reality the warning issued by former German defense spokesman Willy Wimmer to President Putin, and who said: “there is a network of resistance against the President (Trump) who will be in office on the 20th of January...and what’s going on in Washington sounds like the beginning of a civil war”.

And to how close “civil war” may actually be between President-elect Trump and his CIA-led “Deep State” adversaries, MoFA analysts in this report say, was displayed yesterday when America’s new leader ordered the US Army military commander overseeing his security during the 20 January inauguration to resign exactly 60 seconds after he takes the oath to office—after which, and as we’ve previously reported, then President Trump will surround himself and his family with some of the most feared private mercenaries in the world.

President Obama as the now de facto leader of the leftist communistic forces in the US, this report further details, escalated this CIA-led “Deep State” war against President-elect Trump after receiving intelligence that the CNN television news network is going to be sold in order for the AT&T-Time Warner deal to be approved by the new Trump Administration—and whose buyer is suspected to be a consortium of “private investors” led by Jewish-American multi-billionaire Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who has already given Trump over $100 million to defeat the elite demonic globalists attempting to destroy America, Russia and Israel too.

The CNN television network that President Obama and his CIA-led “Deep State” forces rely on to spread their vile and corrupt propaganda, this report explains, is widely known in the US as the “Clinton News Network” for its colluding with Hillary Clinton, and one of whose reporters, this past week, Jim Acosta, was publically forced into silence by President-elect Trump at a news conference—and who rightly called this news network “fake news” for its incitement of Obama-Clinton leftist communist supporters.

With President Obama, also, yesterday extending the illegal sanctions against Russia for another year, this report concludes, President-elect Trump is showing no signs at all of surrendering to these CIA-led “Deep State” coup plotters—and who just in the past 12 hours stated“If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody’s doing some really great things?”, and even more fearful to these elite demonic globalists, warned that America’s “One China Policy” may be at an end stating “everything is under negotiation”.

Some links from above:
signed an order this past week
, began illegally releasing them to the US mainstream “fake news” propaganda media
anonymous high-level US government sources
has engaged in massive, illegal dragnet surveillance of the domestic communications and communications records of millions of ordinary Americans since at least 2001
the CIA’s “Deep State” war against their new leader
there is a network of resistance against the President (Trump) who will be in office on the 20th of January...and what’s going on in Washington sounds like the beginning of a civil war
to resign exactly 60 seconds after he takes the oath to office
already given Trump over $100 million
elite demonic globalists
Clinton News Network
illegal sanctions
for another year
If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody’s doing some really great things?

Posted by: ProPeace | Jan 14 2017 20:03 utc | 202

@178
The last part of the 4 part series is now online. There has been a denial that Masot worked for the ministry of strategic affairs, even though he admitted it. There have been calls for an investigation but nothing has happened, and I doubt anything will. At this point the only person in the whole UK government that can be said to be working for British interests is Sir Alan Duncan, as for everyone else in government the Moscow Rules state "Everyone is potentially under opposition control."

Posted by: TJ | Jan 14 2017 20:06 utc | 203

outraged 198

Biden's there today I think.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-biden-idUSKBN14W0QT
U.S. Vice President Biden to make swansong visit to Ukraine

Posted by: Peter AU | Jan 14 2017 20:08 utc | 204

The global cabal is so desperate to overthrow Trump it's really pathetic:

Katy Perry, Cher Join Nationwide Women's Anti-Trump March - Rolling Stone

The Hollyweird puppets owned by the satanic-pedo elite do what they are told, making total, disgusting fools of themselves. This clearly shows that "celebrities" like George Clooney, so envied by the dumb masses of their "living large" lifestyle, are just slaves, made or broken in an instant by the powerful, until now, judeo-masonic lobby. If directing a movie glorifying one of the most vile examples of anti-human scum - the "White Helmets" terrorists - is not the lowest form of denigration for a talented actor such as Clooney, I do not know what else would be...

And the level of filth being pushed by the lobby has been increasing recently, not only through the repulsive music videos of "lady Gaga" or some other Marina Abramovic of the PizzaGate fame friends, but through many movies as well.

Especially revolting are the remakes of very fine European films, like that hilarious comedy "Le Diner de Connes" that I saw many years ago and literally fell off the chair in the cinema from laughing. Recently I saw the Hollywierd remake and it almost made me puke, even though a number of fine actors played there. The nuances, the lightness were killed, and the lobby pushed with the overly sexual, crude, heavy jokes. Hard to watch really.

I guess with Trump presidency many people hope that the times of the that filthy Hollyweird rule will be over soon too.

Posted by: ProPeace | Jan 14 2017 20:44 utc | 205

ASSASSINATION ALERT: WEAPONS BEING FOUND ALL OVER DC
There are guns that have been hidden in the bushes and other places turning up everywhere in Washington DC, behind the secure zone, where they can be used for an assassination. Two were found in an abandoned violin case, with many more in garbage bags thrown in bushes and other places.

This would obviously be done to have guns pre-planted everywhere ahead of the inauguration so they won't be caught by tighter security at that time. There seems to be a DEFINITE plan underway to assassinate Trump and Police: Weapons, ammunition discovered along C&O Canal | WTOP

Posted by: ProPeace | Jan 14 2017 20:48 utc | 206

@203 Sir Alan Duncan is probably the only one brave enough to push for an investigation. I can't see him getting much support.

https://www.thejc.com/comment/comment/dysch-on-politics-sir-alan-duncan-the-thorn-in-israel-s-side-at-the-foreign-office-1.430597

Posted by: dh | Jan 14 2017 21:41 utc | 207

@177 Susan Sunflower

“wrt Dossier ... Jeb Bush -- previously mentioned as GOP candidate whose proxies hired Steele”

Why Jeb Bush? Evidence or speculation?

from:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/11/us/politics/donald-trump-russia-intelligence.html?_r=0

The story began in September 2015, when a wealthy Republican donor who strongly opposed Mr. Trump put up the money to hire a Washington research firm run by former journalists, Fusion GPS, to compile a dossier about the real estate magnate’s past scandals and weaknesses, according to a person familiar with the effort. The person described the opposition research work on condition of anonymity, citing the volatile nature of the story and the likelihood of future legal disputes. The identity of the donor is unclear

The story explicitly states ‘a wealthy Republican donor”.

Now if you scroll to the bottom of this article to ‘read more’:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4114546/Meet-espionage-firm-ordered-Trump-dirty-dossier-secretive-D-C-firm-aided-Planned-Parenthood-attacked-Mitt-Romney-s-friends.html

Out of the three links listed, two refer to Paul Singer, who happens to be a ’wealthy Republican donor’ and much, much more. Why the links to him as he is not even mentioned in the preceding article? Singer, amongst his other sleazy dealings, (Singer actually gives sleazy a bad name) is the patron saint of Marco Rubio. He is one of the backroom boys par excellence. Without trying to be hyperbolic Rubio is literally Singer’s sock puppet.(ex: unabashed enthusiasm for Israel - Singer is an ardent zionist) Further to this Singer was one of the prime movers behind ‘Never Trump’ Republicans. His use of firms such as Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on competitors (and worse) is just another day at the office for Singer.( ex: the Argentina debt crisis where President Kirchner was repeatedly smeared, lost an election, and Singer walked away with over $3 billion in profit on bonds he bought for a few cents on the dollar)

Note: Rubio dropped out of Republican race on March 15.

Posted by: pantaraxia | Jan 14 2017 22:46 utc | 208

he was named in a report I read ... he has since denied it ... however, Steele says he never knew who he was working for ...
according to this telegraph.
Bush (or his proxies) was named as the first employer which is probably where I read it.

Posted by: Susan Sunflower | Jan 14 2017 22:57 utc | 209

see also Daily Caller. for more detail ... There's no reason that Jeb Bush personally would have known the details or even the broad outline .. much less where some routine 'oppo" research would end up. I gather (but won't verify at this moment) the first entry in the dossier is from June ... Jeb quit the race in February ... the "bipartisan" nature of the dossier's origin story may be optics ...

Posted by: Susan Sunflower | Jan 14 2017 23:02 utc | 210

This coming week is fairly predictable: More of the same.

Compromised!:

1. More revelations about Trump and Russia given that Obama has now allowed NSA to share info with NSA and FBI.

Manafort and Flynn conversations probably. (Flynn spoke to Russians after Obama kicked out the diplomats.)

2. Increased tensions with Russia - responding to their 'aggressive' defensiveness!

De-legitimizing:

3. MSM whipped into more of a frenzy. Dour/sour words from unnamed US officials.

4. MSM highlighting 'crackdown' on inaugural day protestors (no mention of the incitement).

Prelude to Pence invoking the 25th Amendment?
Is there anything that Trump can do to block/defuse the rationale for invoking the 25th Amendment - hyped claims that he is compromised?

It's important to understand Pence. He has famously claimed to be "a Christian, conservative, and a Republican - in that order." His allegiance to Trump, almost by definition is (a distant) forth. He is a friend of McCain's. And he supports 'no-fly' zones in Syria and TPP.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jan 14 2017 23:25 utc | 211

forgot to add the link

New rules grant FBI, DEA & CIA access to raw NSA surveillance data

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jan 14 2017 23:27 utc | 212

yes, I haven't seen any mention of the origin of the knowledge (leak?) of Flynn's phone calls ... I think "a message" is being sent, most definitely

Slate has a "it's not usual but it's not unusual" article
slate.
The hysteria that those calls were "treason" ... ugh I'm utterly disgusted and appalled by the stupidity and hysteria. [worse is the hubris of the sector who do not understand that the rest of the country believes the election ended 2 months ago ... and that Trump won ... and this obstructionism is "unseemly" or worse if they are even paying attention, and most aren't ...]

Posted by: Susan Sunflower | Jan 14 2017 23:45 utc | 213

@ProPeace#202:

Those rumors might be interesting, but they are not entirely coherent. CNN "widely" known as Clinton News Network? Only among a small minority on the far left and right-wing. My centrist, apolitical relatives and acquaintances certainly wouldn't call it that. Sheldon Adelson fighting against demons to defend America Russia and Israel? Well, I'll get my salt shaker to read the rest. The NSA's intercepts aren't necessary for a leak about who Trump's staff have been calling. Israeli intelligence has had access to American phone contacts for over a decade.

Posted by: Rusty Pipes | Jan 15 2017 1:33 utc | 214

Rusty Pipes @214:

The NSA's intercepts aren't necessary ...
It's necessary when you want to go public and need to attribute the source.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jan 15 2017 3:29 utc | 215

@212 jr ,'New rules grant FBI, DEA & CIA access to raw NSA surveillance data'

my golly! my gosh! that means the alphabet soup in ac/dc has now been upgraded to israeli status!!!

NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans' data with Israel MOU pdf

Posted by: jfl | Jan 15 2017 3:29 utc | 216

@rusty pipes, weren't they doing the phone billing?

Posted by: Shadyl | Jan 15 2017 3:31 utc | 217

High crimes and misdemeanors?
Might they try Impeachment instead of 25th Amendment -or- might the likelihood of Impeachment be used to sway VP Pence?

Note: A centuries-old law, the Logan Act, forbids any US citizen acting without official US authority from influencing "disputes or controversies" involving the US and a foreign government.

Team Trump: Flynn called Russia ambassador, no sanction talk 'plain and simple'

It's not unusual for incoming administrations to have discussions with foreign governments before taking office. But repeated contacts just as Obama imposed sanctions raised questions about whether Trump's team discussed -- or even helped shape -- Russia's response.

Reuters reports that Flynn and Kislyak talked several times on Dec. 29.

Putin unexpectedly did not retaliate against the U.S. for the move, a decision Trump quickly praised.

More broadly, Flynn's contact with the Russian ambassador suggests the incoming administration has already begun to lay the groundwork for its promised closer relationship with Moscow.

That effort appears to be moving ahead, even as many in Washington, including Republicans, have expressed outrage over intelligence officials' assessment that Putin launched a hacking operation aimed at meddling in the 2016 presidential election to benefit Trump.

. . .

Trump has been willing to insert himself into major foreign policy issues during the transition, at times contradicting the current administration and diplomatic protocol.

He accepted a call from Taiwan's president, ignoring the longstanding "One China" policy that does not recognize the island's sovereignty. Asked about that Friday by the Journal, he responded, "Everything is under negotiation."

He also publicly urged the U.S. to veto a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements, then slammed the Obama administration for abstaining and allowing the measure to pass.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jan 15 2017 4:13 utc | 218

Sorry for being rude. (post #87, sometime yesterday) Too much politics drives me nuts. But if it wasn't for sites like this, I'd be even nuttier.

Posted by: tsi noit | Jan 15 2017 6:44 utc | 219

Re: Hacking.
Near the end of his press conference, Trump referred to a list of 17 countries ranked by a difficult-to-hack criterion and stated that USA ranks #17. i.e. not as difficult to hack as the first 16 countries on the list.
Considering that the USG declared war on strong encryption for electronic communications circa 20 tears ago, Trump is probably correct - the implication being that the (feeble minded) Sticky Beaks in the USG have only themselves to blame for making hacking a viable and successful industry.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jan 15 2017 8:13 utc | 220

Oops. Should be 20 years ago.
Although 20 tears ago isn't completely wrong...

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jan 15 2017 8:17 utc | 221

@220, 221 hw, 'the USG have only themselves to blame for making hacking a viable and successful industry'

the nsa - national security agency - has purposefully kept the internet as insecure as possible so that it can scarf it, file it, and read it all. the nsa is the national insecurity agency, and on that basis should be 'put down'.

i think the post office is the logical place to regulate the internet, to make sure that end-to-end secure communications are the norm for all internet traffic in the usa. see article 1 section clause 7 of the us constitution ...


The Congress shall have Power To ... establish Post Offices and post Roads;

... secure end-to-end email and all other communications on the 'information superhighway'. i think tee-rump is the same sort of person as the criminals who run the nsa ... what's in it for me? how can i twist this to my personal advantage? so i have no hope that he will do what needs be done, but that's what needs be done.

the usg is public enemy number 1 as far as the american (and world) public is concerned.

Posted by: jfl | Jan 15 2017 8:41 utc | 222

@ Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jan 15, 2017 3:17:55 AM | 221

From memory, initially only 128 bit key strength permitted for Domestic US and Five-eyes nations, 56 bit key strength for the rest of you 'others' and none for you declared rogue States (actually encryption algorithms and/or methodologies/procedures already knowingly broken by NSA/GCHQ/ASD (RFCs, IEEE, et al)). Enacted into legislation for the first time, and declaring Enryption, Cryptography, et all a National Strategic Weapon of equivalence to Nuclear Weaponry (WMDs)

As far as I recall ;)

Posted by: Outraged | Jan 15 2017 8:47 utc | 223

Posted by: pantaraxia | Jan 14, 2017 5:46:05 PM | 208

Excellent! Makes a lot of sense to the timeline.

Appears the original "wealthy Republican donor" pulled back and both Simpson and Steele went rogue, venturing to sell dossier elsewhere. This is very bad for business, because of all the speculation and political gains/losses on a dodgy dossier. A bad move, may they reap from what they sowed. Riscs from East and West! hahaha

The dossier is about DT, assembled with an anti-Putin bias by choice and conviction: anti-communism, anti-Castro, anti-Russia/Putin.

Posted by: Oui | Jan 15 2017 10:16 utc | 224

Interesting observations from Crooks & Liars and Village Voice via Xymphora regarding the desperation of anti-Trump ideologues...

Advisers like the walking cliché of an orthodox Jew slum landlord: "Jared Kushner, Thug Landlord". "Jared Kushner's East Village Tenants 'Horrified' Their Landlord Will Be Working in the White House". Note that the famous old tropes of anti-Semitism are now encouraged and promoted if they are an attack on Trump.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jan 15 2017 15:48 utc | 225

http://blog.transnational.org/2017/01/syria-and-aleppo-old-news-media-falling/
TFF PressInfo # 398: Syria and Aleppo – Old news media falling

Posted by: Dabyy | Jan 15 2017 16:27 utc | 226

Nope, deep-state wont stop their destabilization of Trump.

CIA's Brennan warns Trump, says he doesn't 'fully understand' Russia threat
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/01/15/cias-brennan-warns-trump-says-doesnt-fully-understand-russia-threat.html

Posted by: Anonymous | Jan 15 2017 16:51 utc | 227

@Rusty Pipes | Jan 14, 2017 The thing with this rumors is they've turned out to be true on a number of occasions. I do not subscribe to all of it but some bits and pieces are certainly uniquely intriguing and foreboding... They certainly bring to light some really important facts buried in the flood of everyday news and purposefully omitted by the lame-scream media.

Posted by: ProPeace | Jan 15 2017 17:14 utc | 228

more doubters ... this one says it's a fake...
forbes.

we already heard Patrick Cockburn's extreme doubts wrt the sheer number of folks willing to give "information" to add to the dirt ... but long-long-long-rumored spook Bob Woodward also says it's a "dodgy dossier" NY Post: Bob Woodward calls Trump dossier ‘garbage’ -- getting almost no coverage, which is focused on Trump's meaningless tweets of thanks ... whatever.

Posted by: Susan Sunflower | Jan 16 2017 3:40 utc | 229

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