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Post by Addie » Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:44 am

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Russia Carried Out ‘Stunning’ Hack of Encrypted FBI Communications: Report

Russia carried out a “stunning” hack of U.S. intelligence services’ most sensitive communications, Yahoo News reports. The hack is believed to have happened around 2010 and reportedly gave Russian spies in Washington, New York, and San Francisco access to the location of FBI surveillance teams as well as the actual content of FBI communications. The hack may have allowed the Russian agents to avoid FBI surveillance, communicate with U.S. sources, and gather intelligence on their FBI pursuers, according to the report. “When we found out about this, the light bulb went on—that this could be why we haven’t seen [certain types of] activity” from Russian spies, one source told Yahoo. The Russians reportedly compromised the encrypted radio systems used by the FBI’s mobile surveillance teams as well as the backup communications systems. “This was something we took extremely seriously,” one former senior counterintelligence official is reported to have said. The intercepts were said to be monitored by teams at the Russian diplomatic compounds that President Obama ordered seized shortly before he left office.
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Yahoo News: Exclusive: Russia carried out a 'stunning' breach of FBI communications system, escalating the spy game on U.S. soil

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Post by fierceredpanda » Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:08 am

So the FBI's secure commo systems were utterly compromised by the SVR and GRU at exactly the same time that the Bureau's New York Field Office was leaking absolutely everything under the sun that could conceivably damage Hilary Clinton. Which just so happened to overlap with the concerted effort by the Russians to undermine Clinton and help Trump. What a remarkable coincidence.

I'm just spitballing here, but now might be a good time to do updated background investigations on some of the more pro-Trump parts of the FBI. Looking at you, NY Field Office. Sure, the Russians could have gotten lucky and cracked the encryption, but it's a whole lot easier to just be handed the keys to the proverbial kingdom from someone on the inside.
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:yeah:
Yeah, what a coincidence.
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Post by Addie » Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:16 pm

Politico - Natasha Bertrand and Josh Gerstein
Obama’s team lines up to defend Andrew McCabe in court

Obama-era national security leaders would testify on behalf of McCabe should he face trial over allegations that he misled officials about leaks to the media.


A cavalcade of Obama-era national security leaders have committed to testify on behalf of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe should he face trial over allegations that he misled officials about leaks to the media.

The lineup, detailed in a memo that McCabe’s legal team submitted to the Justice Department last month, includes past heads of the DOJ, CIA and the country’s entire intelligence apparatus. McCabe’s ex-boss, however — former FBI Director James Comey — has said he could be a witness against him, based on testimony Comey gave to an internal watchdog that appeared to contradict McCabe’s version of events.

McCabe was fired in 2018 after the Justice Department's inspector general concluded that the FBI’s No. 2 had exhibited a “lack of candor” during its probe into disclosures to the media about the bureau’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation. McCabe has argued that he did not intend to mislead investigators and argued in a lawsuit filed in August that his ouster was politically motivated retaliation — directed by President Donald Trump — meant to punish him for his role in the probe of the Trump campaign’s links to Russia.

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Post by Addie » Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:39 pm

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McCabe’s legal team says Trump’s attacks have made fair prosecution an ‘impossibility’

Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe and his legal team have waged a vigorous public campaign to dispute allegations that he lied to investigators about a media leak.

Behind the scenes, they have been just as aggressive.

In recent months, McCabe’s attorneys shared with federal prosecutors and top Justice Department officials a point-by-point rebuttal of what they view as flaws in a possible criminal case against McCabe.

They argued that prosecuting McCabe would be unprecedented, politically driven and contrary to the very legal thinking that Attorney General William P. Barr outlined when he decided President Trump should not be charged with obstruction of justice in the special counsel investigation, according to an analysis provided to The Washington Post by McCabe’s team, the substance of which was communicated to the Justice Department.

McCabe’s attorneys threatened to mount a no-holds-barred defense, arguing that the case should be thrown out because of Trump’s frequent personal attacks and raising the prospect that they would demand information that might show investigators were influenced by political bias.

McCabe’s team was told Thursday that Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen had rejected one of their last attempts to get the Justice Department to abandon the case. The team had been told last month that prosecutors had recommended moving forward and Jessie Liu, the U.S. attorney for the District, had endorsed their recommendation.

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Post by bob » Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:00 pm

Wash. Times: Justice Dept. IG referred James Comey for criminal prosecution:
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said Wednesday that he referred former FBI Director James Comey for criminal prosecution earlier this year after concluding he leaked sensitive materials to a friend.

“We are required by the [Inspector General] Act to send information that we’ve identified that could plausibly be criminal to the Department of Justice,” said Mr. Horowitz, confirming what amounted to a criminal referral.

The Justice Department ultimately decided not to prosecute Mr. Comey despite the conclusion by Mr. Horowitz’s team that he improperly leaked information to the news media. The documents leaked by Mr. Comey were sensitive but not classified.
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Post by Addie » Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:37 pm

Politico Mag - Renato Mariotti
The Weak and Risky Case Against Andrew McCabe

Is the president pushing prosecutors to file charges they can’t make stick?


The case federal prosecutors reportedly are preparing to bring against former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for lying to his colleagues at the FBI is weak and likely to fail at trial. And if it does, the Department of Justice will be embarrassed—again—and struggling to answer why it brought the case in the first place.

This isn’t a case where someone suspected of wrongdoing lied to the FBI during an interrogation. McCabe was deputy director of the FBI and allegedly lied during an internal investigation of a leak related to the Hillary Clinton email investigation that put him in a positive light. The leak to the Wall Street Journal was not illegal and he had the power to authorize it (a standard if unseemly Washington practice), but he allegedly lied because then-FBI Director James Comey would not have approved of his disclosure.

The results of that investigation, as well as a separate internal investigation as to whether he lied, were released by the Justice Department’s inspector general earlier this year. Because that report is public, we know the prosecution will focus on four separate incidents. But collectively, they add up to much less than President Donald Trump’s tweets would have people believe.

One overarching challenge in prosecuting McCabe is his own history. McCabe is not a career criminal or the head of a violent street gang. He is a career FBI agent with no criminal history and a long career in public service who would argue that he would never intentionally lie because he knew the consequences of doing so could be severe. He already lost his job and his pension as a result of this investigation, and he has two children at home. Jurors would be hesitant to send him to prison for lying to a colleague, particularly given that no one was concretely harmed by his actions.

There also are problems with the evidence against McCabe. The first time McCabe allegedly lied was during a one-on-one conversation with Comey that was not recorded or witnessed by anyone else. It’s always a dicey proposition to expect a jury to convict someone when there is a “he said / he said” situation.

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Post by p0rtia » Sat Sep 21, 2019 4:12 pm

Pretty sure Orngymandias views suing his enemies as a way to financially crush them and smear them, and is uninterested as to whether not he will prevail. He can just pretend he won, so no biggy.
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Post by TexasFilly » Sat Sep 21, 2019 4:20 pm

I was slightly amused to see McCabe on CNN last night talking about Trump's behavior.
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Post by Slim Cognito » Sat Sep 21, 2019 6:15 pm

Addie wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:37 pm
Politico Mag - Renato Mariotti
The Weak and Risky Case Against Andrew McCabe

...

There also are problems with the evidence against McCabe. The first time McCabe allegedly lied was during a one-on-one conversation with Comey that was not recorded or witnessed by anyone else. It’s always a dicey proposition to expect a jury to convict someone when there is a “he said / he said” situation.
Wouldn't the trial be held in DC-ish, making it extra especially hard to get a pro-trump verdict?

Also too, if republicans say we can't trust the word of "known liars" like Michael Cohen, how could the prosecutors/jury trust the word of Comey. (Not that I consider Comey a liar, just that the republicans, or specifically trump, have attempted to trash Comey's reputation so who do you believe, Al Capone or John Dillinger?)

Oh wait, I guess that's just a spin of the he said/he said thing.
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Post by Addie » Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:26 pm

Reuters
Trump says he will likely sue some people who were involved in Mueller probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he likely will bring lawsuits against some of the people involved in the investigation into whether he or his 2016 election campaign colluded with Russia.

“I probably will be bringing a lot of litigation against a lot of people having to do with the corruption investigation having to do with the 2016 election,” Trump told a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö.

Trump did not name names but has long expressed frustration at some of the central figures in the investigation by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller such as former FBI Director James Comey. Trump fired Comey in May 2017.

The Mueller probe found insufficient evidence to establish that Trump and his campaign had engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Russia. The Russian state did run a hacking and propaganda operation to disrupt the U.S. election, Mueller found.

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Post by Addie » Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:17 am

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H/T Volki
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Justice Department hasn’t interviewed key Russia probe witnesses
The DOJ’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe seems to be focusing on the intelligence community’s links with foreign sources.


https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/0 ... obe-028545
But in the five months since Attorney General Bill Barr tapped Durham to investigate the origins of the Russia probe, and whether any inappropriate “spying” occurred on members of the Trump campaign, he has not requested interviews with any of the FBI or DOJ employees who were directly involved in, or knew about, the opening of the Russia investigation in 2016, according to people familiar with the matter,

The omission raises questions about what, exactly, Durham—alongside Attorney General Bill Barr—has been investigating.

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Combined with reports that Barr has traveled with Durham internationally seeking evidence from the U.S.’s closest intelligence allies, Durham’s apparent lack of interest in the FBI at this point suggests that he and Barr are focusing on examining the intelligence community’s role in the Russia probe—and, in accordance with Trump’s desires, looking at whether the help provided by U.S. allies in the Russia probe, including the U.K., Italy, Australia and Ukraine, may itself have constituted foreign interference.

Former attorney general Michael Mukasey, whose son Marc represents the Trump Organization and is a longtime confidant of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, recently speculated in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed that Durham may be trying to determine whether “Federal Bureau of Investigation tried to get evidence from Ukrainian government officials against Mr. Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, to pressure him into cooperating against Mr. Trump.” Mukasey also noted that, according to a recent Justice Department statement, “certain Ukrainians who are not members of the government have volunteered information to Mr. Durham, which he is evaluating.”

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Addie wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:26 pm
Reuters
Trump says he will likely sue some people who were involved in Mueller probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he likely will bring lawsuits against some of the people involved in the investigation into whether he or his 2016 election campaign colluded with Russia.

“I probably will be bringing a lot of litigation against a lot of people having to do with the corruption investigation having to do with the 2016 election,” Trump told a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö.

Trump did not name names but has long expressed frustration at some of the central figures in the investigation by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller such as former FBI Director James Comey. Trump fired Comey in May 2017.

The Mueller probe found insufficient evidence to establish that Trump and his campaign had engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Russia. The Russian state did run a hacking and propaganda operation to disrupt the U.S. election, Mueller found.
The Mueller probe that "exonerated" him?
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Post by Addie » Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:03 pm

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Barr’s review of Russia investigation wins Trump’s favor. Those facing scrutiny suspect he’s chasing conspiracy theories.

Attorney General William P. Barr has taken an interest in a mysterious European professor whose conversation with an adviser to President Trump’s 2016 campaign helped launch the FBI investigation into possible coordination with Russia — and who has since become the focal point of an unproven conservative theory that the entire inquiry was a setup, people familiar with the matter said.

Those involved in the FBI investigation said they are mystified by the attorney general’s activities and interest in the professor, Joseph Mifsud, and they suspect that Barr might be using Justice Department resources to validate conjecture that Mifsud was deployed against a Trump adviser by Western intelligence to manufacture a basis to investigate the campaign.

“It just seems like they’re doing everything they can to delegitimize the origins of that investigation,” said one person involved the Russia probe, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the politically sensitive matter that is still being reviewed. “I just don’t think there’s any real basis to disparage it.”

But Barr’s inquiry has heartened Trump and his conservative allies. Trump, who at times has inquired about the origins of the Russia investigation and the professor in particular, has bragged that Barr will get to the bottom of the case and is doing a good job as the country’s top law enforcement official, a White House official said.

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Post by p0rtia » Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:12 pm

Suspect he's chasing conspiracy theories? Gee, way to go out on a limb.

This is the sort of thing I'm talking about when I mention the need to for the press to move to a new standard of communication. The world today needs "Recognize that he is chasing conspiracy theories in an attempt to prop up his position and cover for 45's actions." With links.

Today we have links. To neutral sources. This changes the game.

Don't send your readers out looking for the facts. There is too much shit out there. Give them the bloody links.
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Post by Addie » Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:26 pm

New York Times
Barr and a Top Prosecutor Cast a Wide Net in Reviewing the Russia Inquiry

The attorney general and a veteran prosecutor, John H. Durham, have charted an unusual course that could bolster President Trump’s pet theories about the Russia investigation.


WASHINGTON — After a jet carrying Attorney General William P. Barr touched down in Rome last month, some diplomats and intelligence officials at the American Embassy were unsure why he had come. They were later surprised, two officials said, to discover that he had circumvented protocols in arranging the trip, where he met with Italian political and intelligence officials.

Everything about Mr. Barr’s visit was unusual — not least his companion and their mission: John H. Durham, a top federal prosecutor whom Mr. Barr has assigned to review the origins of the Russia investigation. They were seeking evidence that might bolster a conspiracy theory long nurtured by President Trump: that some of America’s closest allies plotted with his “deep state” enemies in 2016 to try to prevent him from winning the presidency.

After the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, testified to lawmakers in July that he found insufficient evidence to charge any Trump associates with conspiring with Russia, an emboldened Mr. Trump began pressing world leaders to cooperate with Mr. Barr.

Now, glimpses of the review are emerging. Mr. Barr is taking an active role, signaling that he has made it a priority and is personally overseeing it.

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Post by TexasFilly » Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:31 pm

The DOJ better hope I'm not called for federal court jury duty anytime soon. I'd be a nightmare during voir dire.
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Post by much ado » Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:22 am

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The DOJ better hope I'm not called for federal court jury duty anytime soon. I'd be a nightmare during voir dire.
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Post by RVInit » Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:37 am

The press had better start seriously hitting on Bill Barr and destroy his credibility, as he deserves it to be destroyed. Because he is diligently working on bolstering conspiracy theories and the press had better believe he will release "bombshells" that will undermine this upcoming election, just like he undermined the Mueller report, except with even more vim and vigor. Don't wait until he's already beat you to the chase and fucked us - chase this damn story. They should be hounding him and demanding him to explain what he is up to.

They are chasing impeachment, and they need to learn to walk and chew gum at the same time and chase Barr. He is far more intelligent than Trump and we had better not fail to recognize that he knows exactly what he is doing.
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Post by p0rtia » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:48 am

MSNBC is hitting hard on the ongoing undermining of confidence in the intel community, which started under Nunes when he ran the Intel Commity. Talking about the destruction of confidence that has already occurred and is ongoing (which the idiot Johnson touched on Sunday). Scathing comments about Barr trotting around the globe asking world leaders for evidence of misdeeds by our Intel agents, and the US looks. How no one will be willing to work with us for years, on Intel as well as diplomacy.

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Post by pipistrelle » Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:35 am

Undermining your own intelligence and national security sounds like a good idea.

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Post by RVInit » Tue Oct 08, 2019 2:24 pm

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Undermining your own intelligence and national security sounds like a good idea.
Unfortunately, it's working, too - also. This is where it becomes a real disadvantage to be unable to defend yourself. That is the biggest reason Trump and Barr were able to undermine Mueller's work and findings. Unlike Ken Starr, who was a media whore and conducted daily press briefings.
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Post by Addie » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:11 pm

Reuters
Top Senate Democrat warns that Barr probe of Russian meddling could hurt a critical US spying alliance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US spy agencies' critical partnerships with English-speaking counterparts could be undermined by Attorney General William Barr's investigation into the roots of a probe of Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, a top Senate Democrat said.

Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner told Reuters that Barr's recent efforts to question British and Australian officials about how and why their intelligence agencies started collecting information linking President Donald Trump's campaign to Russia amounted to "asking our most trusted partners to weigh in on political matters."

"This puts in jeopardy the whole Five Eyes relationship," Warner said, referring to a post-World War II arrangement under which spy agencies of the US and four English-speaking allies — Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand — share secrets and divide up the world into geographical zones of expertise.

"For the most part, Trump IC (intelligence community) appointees have done a pretty good job maintaining their integrity," Warner added. But he said he worries that "sometimes it feels like the administration doesn't ever get it."

He said agencies must "speak truth to power and not allow their services to be co-opted. We as a committee have to have their backs."

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