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Post #26 by Dolly » Sun Feb 19, 2017 4:05 am

FBI pursuing at least 3 probes of Russian-backed hacking: report

The FBI is currently working on at least three separate investigations related to Russian-backed hacking during the U.S. presidential election, Reuters reported Saturday.

According to the report, three investigations are being pursued out of different offices — one in San Francisco, one in Pittsburgh and one in Washington, D.C.

The FBI's Pittsburgh field office is working to identify those behind breaches of the Democratic National Committee's computer systems, officials told Reuters. This investigation has progressed the furthest of the three, but not far enough to offer clear evidence for an indictment.

A San Francisco office is working to identify the group "Guccifer 2," believed to be behind leaked emails stolen from Clinton campaign manager John Podesta's account.

The final investigation in Washington is doing counterintelligence work and looking into leads from informants and foreign communications surrounding the hacking allegations.

Reuters reported the counterintelligence work is probing links between Russian individuals and companies and others with links to Trump.

FBI Director James Comey met with lawmakers Friday from the Senate Intelligence Committee behind doors amid uproar over Russia and allegations that members of Trump's campaign were in contact with Russian officials.

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Post #27 by Tiredretiredlawyer » Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:45 pm

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White House chief of staff Reince Priebus on Sunday denied that members of President Trump's campaign had contact with Russia before Trump's victory.

"The New York Times last week put out an article with no direct sources that said that the Trump campaign had constant contacts with Russian spies," Priebus said on "Fox News Sunday."

"I can assure you, and I've been approved to say this, that the top levels of the intelligence community have assured me that that story is not only inaccurate but it's grossly overstated."

Priebus said the story was "wrong," adding "there's nothing to it."

"If I can say that to the American people, then what does it say about this story?" he asked.
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Post #28 by Addie » Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:22 pm

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Aide: Senators Want Materials Saved For Probe Into Russian Election Interference

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Intelligence Committee has sent formal requests to more than a dozen organizations, agencies and individuals, asking them to preserve all materials related to the committee's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and related issues, according to a congressional aide.

The committee chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and its vice chairman, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., sent letters Friday, the same day committee members received a classified briefing from FBI Director James Comey. Committee members declined to comment on what was discussed after the more than hourlong briefing.

The aide was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

"I think they're going to do their job. And they have to do that. Those are things that Richard Burr and that team have to do," White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said Sunday, a day after the disclosure by the congressional aide.

"That doesn't mean that there's anything there. It just means they need to do some things that satisfy their committee, that they've looked into something. And then they can have meetings behind closed doors that they always do in the Intel Committee, and then they'll issue a report," Priebus told NBC's "Meet the Press."


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Post #29 by Addie » Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:08 pm

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GOP to bury House resolution on Trump conflicts

House Republicans next week plan to derail a Democratic resolution that would have forced disclosure of President Donald Trump's potential ties with Russia and any possible business conflicts of interest, according to multiple House sources.

Seeking to avoid a full House vote on the so-called “resolution of inquiry” — a roll call that would be particularly embarrassing and divisive for the right — Republicans will send proposal by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) to the House Judiciary Committee for a panel vote on Tuesday, two Democratic sources said. The GOP-controlled committee is expected to kill the resolution.

Without committee action, obscure parliamentary procedures would allow Democrats to call the resolution to the floor for a vote by the full House. But rejection by the Judiciary panel all but assures the measure will never see a floor vote.

“Unless the resolution is reported by the committee within 14 legislative days, either favorably, unfavorably or without recommendation, then it can be brought up on the House floor immediately thereafter, so the committee plans to address this resolution next week,” said one House Judiciary Committee aide in a statement.

The markup has yet to be noticed by the panel. But the Tuesday vote will come just a few hours before Trump will give his first address to Congress. Indeed, Democrats are fuming that Republicans are trying to bury the panel vote by scheduling it on a busy news day.


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Post #32 by Addie » Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:23 pm

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Perez: Need to investigate whether presidential election was 'rigged'

(CNN)New Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is joining calls for an independent investigation into reported contacts between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russians known to US intelligence.

"What we need to be looking at is whether this election was rigged by Donald Trump and his buddy Vladimir Putin," Perez said in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" on Sunday.

Perez argued that Attorney General Jeff Sessions can't adequately investigate any possible connections because the Alabama Republican was a close adviser and supporter of Trump during his presidential campaign.

"It's really unfair to any foxes around the country to say that would be the fox guarding the hen house," Perez said.


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Post #33 by Addie » Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:04 am

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Former President Says U.S. Needs Answers on Trump and Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President George W. Bush says "we all need answers" on the extent of contact between President Donald Trump's team and the Russian government, and he defended the media's role in keeping world leaders in check.

In an interview on NBC's "Today" show, Bush says he would trust Senate Intelligence panel Chairman Richard Burr to decide if a special prosecutor is necessary. But, Bush says, "I think we all need answers ... I'm not sure the right avenue to take. I am sure, though, that that question needs to be answered."

Bush also defended the media's role in keeping leaders in check, noting "power can be addictive." He says: "It's kind of hard to tell others to have an independent, free press when we're not willing to have one ourselves."


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Post #34 by Addie » Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:35 am

Talking Points Memo

Ryan: We've Seen No Evidence That Trump Aides Were In Contact With Russia

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday said that members of Congress have not seen evidence yet to support reports that associates of President Donald Trump were in contact with Russian officials before the election.

"We have seen no evidence so far based upon the investigations that have already been conducted," Ryan told reporters when asked if he was confident that Trump aides were not communicating with Russian officials.

Ryan said that he did not want to talk about ongoing investigations, and that the House Intelligence Committee was still working on its investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election.

The speaker's comments echoed those made by the Intelligence Committee's chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), on Monday.


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Post #35 by Addie » Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:43 pm

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Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr reeling from phone call on behalf of Trump

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., is shying away from publicity after admitting that he talked with the White House about reports that President Donald Trump’s campaign had contacts with Russian officials — and that he worked to discredit unfavorable coverage from CNN and The New York Times.

“I didn’t do anything that jeopardized or compromised in any way the integrity of the investigation,” Burr said during an interview with Time Warner Channel 14, a cable station in his home state of North Carolina. He added that he had “simply had two conversations with two different media outlets on one specific thing” before repeating that “I didn’t do anything inappropriate or in any way compromise the integrity of the investigation.”

This was Burr’s only public statement about the controversy, setting him apart from every other member in the Senate and House intelligence committees — Democratic and Republican alike. Because Burr is the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and is expected to impartially investigate Trump, his actions to promote Trump’s cause among the press have raised questions among Democrats about his ability to effectively perform his duties.

On Friday, Burr told The Washington Post that he had “had conversations about” how the media was covering Russia with members of the Trump White House and that he had contacted members of the press to discredit stories covering Trump’s alleged contacts when “I felt I had something to share that didn’t breach my responsibilities to the committee in an ongoing investigation.”


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Post #36 by Addie » Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:05 am

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Chaffetz calls on Sessions to recuse himself from Russia probe

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz on Thursday morning said Attorney General Jeff Sessions should recuse himself from the investigation into ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian officials, joining a growing number of Republicans calling for such a move.

“AG Sessions should clarify his testimony and recuse himself,” Chaffetz tweeted, after a series of reports spilled out about Sessions meeting twice with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak last year, while Sessions served as a chief adviser to Trump’s campaign. Sessions, during his confirmation hearing, had testified that he did not have communications with the Russians during Trump’s campaign. ...

Earlier on Thursday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said “it would be easier” for the investigation into ties between Trump’s associates and Russian officials if Sessions recused himself from it.

“I think, the trust of the American people, you recuse yourself in these situations,” McCarthy (R-Calif.) said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I just think for any investigation going forward, you want to make sure everybody trusts the investigation ... that there’s no doubt within the investigation.

Sessions so far has expressed openness to recusing himself, but has not definitively said he would do so.


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Addie wrote:Politico

Chaffetz calls on Sessions to recuse himself from Russia probe

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz on Thursday morning said Attorney General Jeff Sessions should recuse himself from the investigation into ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian officials, joining a growing number of Republicans calling for such a move.

“AG Sessions should clarify his testimony and recuse himself,” Chaffetz tweeted, after a series of reports spilled out about Sessions meeting twice with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak last year, while Sessions served as a chief adviser to Trump’s campaign. Sessions, during his confirmation hearing, had testified that he did not have communications with the Russians during Trump’s campaign. ...


Wow, and just a few weeks ago Chaffetz wasn't going to go on a "fishing expedition" on Trump. Things are heating up. I just hope we don't burn out too soon.



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Post #38 by Volkonski » Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:58 am

Sessions must resign.


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Post #39 by Dallasite » Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:01 am

Volkonski wrote:Sessions must resign.

The man who is now the Atorney General of the United States lied, under oath, to Congress during his confirmation hearing. There is no alternative.



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Post #40 by Tiredretiredlawyer » Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:14 am

Addie wrote:Talking Points Memo

Ryan: We've Seen No Evidence That Trump Aides Were In Contact With Russia

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday said that members of Congress have not seen evidence yet to support reports that associates of President Donald Trump were in contact with Russian officials before the election.

"We have seen no evidence so far based upon the investigations that have already been conducted," Ryan told reporters when asked if he was confident that Trump aides were not communicating with Russian officials.

Ryan said that he did not want to talk about ongoing investigations, and that the House Intelligence Committee was still working on its investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election.

The speaker's comments echoed those made by the Intelligence Committee's chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), on Monday.


Lyin' Ryan and Nunes "investigate" the way kids do when they can't find something in their own room- ear buds in, tweeting on their phones, talking to aides- anything but actually LOOKING.


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Post #41 by Slim Cognito » Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:49 am

Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
Addie wrote:Talking Points Memo

Ryan: We've Seen No Evidence That Trump Aides Were In Contact With Russia

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday said that members of Congress have not seen evidence yet to support reports that associates of President Donald Trump were in contact with Russian officials before the election.

"We have seen no evidence so far based upon the investigations that have already been conducted," Ryan told reporters when asked if he was confident that Trump aides were not communicating with Russian officials.

Ryan said that he did not want to talk about ongoing investigations, and that the House Intelligence Committee was still working on its investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election.

The speaker's comments echoed those made by the Intelligence Committee's chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), on Monday.


Lyin' Ryan and Nunes "investigate" the way kids do when they can't find something in their own room- ear buds in, tweeting on their phones, talking to aides- anything but actually LOOKING.


Am I naive to hope the IC continues to leak in a manner that forces the investigators to actually, you know, investigate?



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Post #42 by Slim Cognito » Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:52 am

Dallasite wrote:
Volkonski wrote:Sessions must resign.

The man who is now the Atorney General of the United States lied, under oath, to Congress during his confirmation hearing. There is no alternative.


He's going to look kinda silly when he goes after some kid in Washington for a dime bag.



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Post #43 by Dolly » Thu Mar 02, 2017 2:11 pm

News reports say Sessions met with the Ambassador in July and September.


March 2, 2017
Sessions was more than Trump surrogate in meetings with Russian envoy

WASHINGTON — At the time Jeff Sessions met with the Russian ambassador to the United States during the midst of last year's bitter campaign, the Alabama senator was not only serving as a surrogate for candidate Donald Trump but had been named chairman of the campaign's National Security Advisory Committee.

Justice Department officials have said that Sessions' contacts, which he did not disclose during questioning during his confirmation hearing as President Trump's attorney general nominee, had nothing to do with the campaign and were confined to his service as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Yet, when Trump announced Sessions' appointment to chair the campaign committee, he directly referenced the senator's long service on the powerful Senate panel among his credentials as an influential political and policy adviser.

"Sen. Sessions has been on the Armed Services Committee for almost 20 years and is chairman of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee,'' the Trump campaign announced last March. <snip>

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/poli ... /98630456/

03/03/16
Trump names Sessions chairman of national security committee

Donald Trump has named Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions the chairman of his national security advisory committee, the Republican frontrunner's campaign announced Thursday evening.

Sessions, who became the first senator to endorse Trump earlier this week, will advise the candidate on matters of foreign policy and national security.

"We need to understand the limits of our ability to intervene successfully in other nations," said Sessions, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in a statement. "It is time for a healthy dose of foreign policy realism. In the Middle East, this means forming partnerships based on shared interests, not merely overthrowing regimes in the dangerous attempt to plant democracies."

The announcement by Trump comes while he's trying to pivot to the general election with a "common-sense conservative" message, as he put it when discussing his views on Planned Parenthood on Tuesday. Trump's campaign said it will announce more advisers on national security and on other issues "over the next few weeks." <SNIP>

http://www.politico.com/blogs/2016-gop- ... tee-220220

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​DONALD J. TRUMP ANNOUNCES SENATOR SESSIONS AS CHAIRMAN OF NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Senator Sessions to Provide Strategic Counsel to Mr. Trump on Foreign Policy and Homeland Security

(New York, NY) March 3rd, 2016 – Today Donald J. Trump announced Senator Jeff Sessions, who has advised the GOP frontrunner on issues such as trade and immigration and endorsed Mr. Trump on Sunday in Alabama, will serve as Chairman of Mr. Trump’s National Security Advisory Committee. Senator Sessions has been on the Armed Services Committee for almost 20 years and is Chairman of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee.

Mr. Trump stated, “It is an honor to have Jeff as a member of the team. I have such great respect for him and I look forward to working with him on the issues most important to Americans.”

Senator Sessions added, "I am grateful for the opportunity to recommend and facilitate discussions among exceptional and experienced American military and diplomatic leaders to share insight and advice with Donald Trump, regardless of their political views. Mr. Trump and the American people know our country needs a clear-eyed foreign policy rooted in the national interest. We need to understand the limits of our ability to intervene successfully in other nations. It is time for a healthy dose of foreign policy realism. In the Middle East, this means forming partnerships based on shared interests, not merely overthrowing regimes in the dangerous attempt to plant democracies. We must also combat the refugee crisis by creating regional safe zones, rather than depopulating the region by migration. The only path to long-term stability and resolution of this humanitarian crisis for the United States and our European allies is to work towards the safe return of migrants to their home countries, as Mr. Trump has noted. This strategy will also protect our own national security.”

Sessions continued, “A national-interest foreign policy, combined with a military second to none, stands in contrast to interventionist ideas that could enmesh us further in the region's chaos. After over a decade of war and conflict, this country has a host of smart, experienced, and proven leaders. That wisdom must be sought. These meetings will be the beginning of a process that Mr. Trump has called for and which he believes must result in a clear and realistic bipartisan global strategy that will guide our nation for years to come.”

Mr. Trump will continue to announce members of his National Security Advisory Committee and other advisors on key issues over the next few weeks.

https://www.donaldjtrump.com/press-rele ... f-national


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New members of the national security advisory council include: KT McFarland, Congressman Mike McCaul, Senator Tom Cotton, Senator Richard Burr, Jim Woolsey, Tom Barrack, Congressman Darrell Issa, Senator Bob Corker, Senator Jim Inhofe, Charlie Glazer and John Ashcroft.

These new members will add to the already strong team comprised of Senator Jeff Sessions, General Mike Flynn, Tom Stewart, Bert Mizusawa, Bob McEwan, Chuck Kubic, Jay Garner, Keith Kellogg, Gary Harrell, Bob Magnus, Jim Hoskins and Rudy Giuliani.

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Post #44 by Addie » Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:39 pm

Independent

US Senate calls on British spy Chris Steele to give evidence on explosive Trump-Russia dossier

Christopher Steele, the former MI6 spy who prepared the explosive Trump report, has been approached about testifying before the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the new President’s alleged links with Russia, The Independent can reveal.

Mr Steele’s friends say it is currently unlikely he would be willing to travel to the US. But it is understood Democrats – as well as some Republicans – in Congress are prepared to facilitate discreet initial meetings in the UK or on other neutral territory. ...

Mr Steele has not yet responded to requests to meet with Senate officials – described as informal at this stage – for testimony, which have come over the last fortnight. But friends say he may be willing to speak about his investigation to senators and US officials if certain security conditions are met.


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Post #45 by tek » Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:19 pm

something more for these investigators to look at.. hahahahahaha I crack myself up, they will do squat.

Kushner and Flynn Met With Russian Envoy in December, White House Says

WASHINGTON — Michael T. Flynn, then Donald J. Trump’s incoming national security adviser, had a previously undisclosed meeting with the Russian ambassador in December to “establish a line of communication” between the new administration and the Russian government, the White House said on Thursday.

Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and now a senior adviser, also participated in the meeting at Trump Tower with Mr. Flynn and Sergey I. Kislyak, the Russian ambassador. But among Mr. Trump’s inner circle, it is Mr. Flynn who appears to have been the main interlocutor with the Russian envoy — the two were in contact during the campaign and the transition, Mr. Kislyak and current and former American officials have said.




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Post #46 by Addie » Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:25 pm

The Hill

Judiciary Dems want Sessions to testify on Russia conversations

A pair of Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are pushing for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to come back before the committee to discuss his meetings with a Russian official.

Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)—the No. 2 Senate Democrat—and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said separately on Thursday that they believe the former senator needs to appear before the committee and explain his previous comments.

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions... has to be brought back to the Judiciary committee to answer the questions that he cut off ," Blumenthal told MSNBC.

Sessions announced during a press conference on Thursday that he would recuse himself from any ongoing or future investigations related to Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

He also noted that he would be sending a letter to the Judiciary Committee to "explain this comment for the record."

But Blumenthal argued that a written letter isn't sufficient because "it is not under oath. It is not subject to questioning."


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Post #47 by Dolly » Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:31 pm

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You know Russian Amb Kislyak who Jeff Sessions met w/ last year? He was on the House flr on Tues ahead of Trump's #JointAddress (Via Getty):



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Why? A House aide says the House Sergeant at Arms’ office always invites the entire diplomatic corps for Joint Meetings and Joint Sessions.

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Per the aide, there are nearly 100 seats on the floor reserved for diplomatic corps for Joint Addresses.

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Post #48 by Addie » Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:34 pm

Roll Call

Was ‘Gang of Eight’ Properly Briefed on Russia?

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee indicated Thursday that the select group of House and Senate members on intelligence matters was not adequately briefed on Russian issues ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

California Rep. Adam B. Schiff emerged from a roughly-three hour House Intelligence hearing with FBI Director James B. Comey, saying he had “absolutely” learned new information that the so-called gang of eight had not previously been looped in on.

The chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate intelligence committees, along with the top party leaders in each chamber, receive additional secret national security information that other members do not receive.

“These are issues that should have been brought to the gang of eight, at a minimum. If we’re to get quarterly counterintelligence briefings, then we need the confidence of knowing that they’re briefing us on the most significant issues,” Schiff said.

“At this point, I think that’s very much in question,” he added. “I don’t think at all we’ve gotten the kind of quarterly briefings that we should have been getting. Not now, not in the summer, not in the fall and not even to this day.”


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Post #49 by SueDB » Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:36 pm

Pretty good chance he's the rezident -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resident_spy

In espionage, a resident spy is an agent operating within a foreign country for extended periods of time. A base of operations within a foreign country with which a resident spy may liaise is known as a "station" in English and a rezidentura (residency) in Russian parlance.[1][2] What the U.S. would call a "station chief", the head spy, is known as a rezident in Russian.[1]

Types of resident spies

In the former Soviet Union and Russian nomenclature, there are two types of resident spies: legal'nye rezidenty (легальные резиденты, legal resident spy) and nelegal'nye rezidenty (нелегальные резиденты, illegal resident spy).[1] In U.S. parlance, the same distinction is between "official cover" and "non-official cover".[3]

A legal resident spy operates in a foreign country under official cover (such as from his country's embassy). He is an official member of the consular staff, such as a commercial, cultural, or military attaché. Thus, he has diplomatic immunity from prosecution and cannot be arrested by the host country if suspected of espionage. The most the host country can do is send him back to his home country as persona non grata.[3]

An illegal resident spy operates under non-official cover and so they cannot claim immunity from prosecution when arrested. They may operate under a false name and have documents making them out to be an actual national or from a different country from the one for which they are spying.[1] Examples of such illegals include Rudolf Abel, who operated in the United States, and Gordon Lonsdale, who was born in Russia, claimed to be Canadian, and operated in Britain. Famous Soviet "illegals" include Richard Sorge,[4] Walter Krivitsky, Alexander Ulanovsky, and Anna Chapman, who was also known as a sleeper agent.


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Post #50 by Tiredretiredlawyer » Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:47 pm

Why is Comey smelling suspicious to me? :yankyank:


“I’ve been hooked since my first smell of C-4.” Linda Cox, first female Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, first to lead her own unit, go to war, be awarded a Bronze Star, and hold the highest enlisted rank of chief master sergeant.


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