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24 May 2019

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Eric Newhill

Larry,
Once again, thank you for the good work on this important topic. Looking forward to your future installments.

Things should get very interesting with the declassification in force. Can you see the NSA/Seth Rich/Wikileaks material being made declassified as well (albeit redacted for methods, etc of course)?

O'Shawnessey

Can Barr declassify the Rich/Assange material?

Also, was Skripal one of Steele's "sources"?

Factotum

Joseph Mifsud is missing in this time line. He always appeared to be the most curious player. Any reason he is left out?

Doggrotter

Siht, I hadn't even thought about classified info on SR. I had thought about how it would be interesting if it turned out Sanders had been spied on. Seriously explosive stuff. Something about Robert Duvall using the other N word, quote from Apocalypse Now.

Larry Johnson

If you re-read closely I reference Timofeev who was introduced to Papadopolous by MIFSUD. He's there.
Thanks for asking

jjc

Before joining Manafort in Kiev, Kliminik worked for almost a decade in Moscow for the International Republican Institute, effectively running that office for some of those years. The IRI is part of the NED/USAID network. There is no way an identified "GRU agent" would be permitted as a long time employee of such an organization. The Mueller team deliberately seeded the suspicion, and credulous journalists speculated on polling data without pause. Kliminik was, in effect, Manafort's deputy in Kiev, working very closely with him - so again for the Mueller team to suggest there was anything at all sinister in the two men holding meetings, whether tied to campaign events or not, is unfounded speculation, which should have been obvious to all.

Keith Harbaugh

Here's an interesting sidelight:

"Intelligence scholar sues Cambridge academic, U.S. news outlets over reports on Flynn links", Politico, 201905-24

A Russian-born British scholar [Svetlana Lokhova] is suing an alleged FBI informant [Halper] and four news outlets for allegedly defaming her by linking her to Russian efforts to influence President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.
...
Lokhova alleges that Halper and the news outlets conspired to spread a false narrative that she approached then-Defense Intelligence Agency Director Michael Flynn on behalf of Russian intelligence at a seminar dinner in England in 2014 and that Flynn and Lokhova had an intimate relationship.

Over time, as public attention focused on links between the Trump campaign and Russia — and after Flynn was fired from his role as national security adviser by Trump in February 2017, individuals hostile to Trump and Flynn seized on the alleged connection to Lokhova as evidence that Flynn had been compromised by Russia, she alleges in the suit.
...
“Stefan Halper is a ratf----- and a spy, who embroiled an innocent woman in a conspiracy to undo the 2016 Presidential election and topple the President of the United States of America,” Lokhova alleges in the 66-page complaint.

Keith Harbaugh

Sundance provides quite a bit of information regarding Trump's declassification memorandum:

"President Trump’s Declassification Directive Outlines Specific Process and Direction….", by sundance, 2019-05-24

To avoid the conflict [of interest] President Trump designates the U.S. Attorney General as arbiter and decision-maker for the purposes of declassifying evidence within the investigation
...
[etc.]

Tidewater

I've been waiting for that one. Next comes Papadopoulos. I think the British Fraud Act of 2006 is quite relevant to what Halper was doing. Cambridge University, Magdalene College, even Pembroke College would seem to me to be at risk for lawsuits. Fraud Act 2006 Wikipedia explains why litigation is now appropriate.

Please see: Fraud Act 2006 Wikipedia

turcopolier

O'Shaunessey - I would think that he can declassify that.

akaPatience

I realize Larry Johnson's already alluded to the existence of NSA files about communications between Seth Rich and Julian Assange, but the implications are finally sinking in as to how evil this whole mess is.

I've always been dismissive of those who've made comments about "Arkancide" in connection with the Clintons, but I may have to revise my POV. I wonder who was involved in the process of getting rid of Mr. Rich?

It's horrible to even ponder...

ex-PFC Chuck

I am struck by the irony of the Trump administration is prosecuting Julian Assange under the Espionage Act for actions that are common journalistic practices, while simultaneously conducting an investigation that is closing in on malefactors of high position for probable actions that threaten the very core of our democracy and which in all likelihood would still be unknown to the public were it not for the work of that same heterodox journalist.

The Twisted Genius

O'Shawnessey, if the Rich/Assange material establishes communication between the two, I would expect it to be declassified to bolster the "Russia didn't do it" narrative. Even if that communication was't specifically about transferring DNC files or the actual transference of DNC files, it would be useful to Russia and/or Trump supporters. If, OTOH, the file NSA files consist of Assange discussing the use of Rich as a useful scapegoat, the files will never see the light of day. According to what Larry has written, Clevenger asked for files with information involving Rich and Assange and did not specify communications between Assange and Rich. Clevenger should have at least specified a cut off date. If the NSA files were produced before Rich's death, it would be a gold fine for Barr and Trump. If the documents covered the time after Rich's death, not so much. My theory is that the Rich as leaker story is similar to the whole G2 story. They muddy the water and create chaos. Classic maskirovka.

Factotum

Declassify the list of persons "Samantha Powers" asked FISA courts to unmask during the 11th hours of the Obama administration. Or learn who signed her name to these requests, if in fact she did not as she claimed.

begob

This is the second time in the past few weeks I've read about surveillance on Sanders. Is there a link to a reliable source?

I believe it's established that a guy from the UK worked in his campaign, and is now on the Integrity Initiative payroll. And the investigation into his wife's role in the financial affairs of the college she works for seems mysteriously to have run into the sands.

begob

I believe Glenn Greenwald has weighed in on this one. You should be able to find his views in an online search.

joanna

Wasn't there a "murder case" in DC itself? In other words do you really need to lead us down to Arkansas, murky real estate deals, drugs, extramarital relationships bordering on rapes and other shady associate networks?

But I agree, suicided may not fit all too well.

walrus

I’m concerned that Assange may not live long enough to stand trial because he is capable of closing too many open investigations.

Euclid216

In the email exchange, what is MYE?

Factotum

Redstate reports the 260 FISA unmasking requests in 2016 in Samantha Power name were perhaps for an Israel Settlesment-gate; not Russiagate? https://www.redstate.com/elizabeth-vaughn/2019/05/25/samantha-powers-unmasked-260-americans-2016-soon-well-learn/

Ghost Ship

I suspect that the Trump government really doesn't want Assange extradited but feels it has to be seen to have gone through the motions. 17+ indictments might be effective in the American judicial system but here in good old Blighty it's way too many and they might all be thrown out as being oppressive.
But then again the Conservative government after Brexit will be a bunch of craven shits desperate for a trade deal from Trump and will reply "how high" when he says jump.

turcopolier

Ghost Ship

A criminal conviction for 17 charges is not difficult to achieve in the US.

Larry Johnson

My guess, MID YEAR EVALUATION

akaPatience

I think the FBI referred to its investigation of Clinton's email "matter" as the "Mid Year Exam"

optimax

Is this Ken, friend of Geoff.

QuestioningItAl

The latest on J.A. is that he is SERIOUSLY ILL in his U.K. prison, his lawyer saying he can hardly communicate. Story being covered by MSM . . .NOT !!!

tehodler

The effort to make Trump look like a Russian stooge has been underway for a long time. LOL.

It started July 4th 1987: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/11/19/trump-first-moscow-trip-215842

Upon his return, he took out a full page ad in the NY Times calling for the dissolution of NATO: https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2049751/whats-donald-trump-planning-1987-advertisement-offers

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