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21 февраля, 04:08

Time to Restore the U.S. Information Agency

Carlos Roa Politics, Americas "As other actors are cultivating information-manipulation outfits, the United States cannot afford to be left behind; it has a duty to safeguard itself and confront threats." When former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper spoke to a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in early January, he did not mince words. He said the allegations that Russian cyberattacks sought to influence the 2016 presidential election were “a multifaceted campaign,” and that “the hacking was only one part of it, and it also entailed classic propaganda, disinformation, fake news.” To respond to this campaign, he suggested bringing back the United States Information Agency. “I do think that we could do with having a USIA on steroids ... [We could use] the United States Information Agency to fight this information war a lot more aggressively than I think we’re doing right now,” Clapper said. The United States is embroiled in a continuous information/cyber war with a wide array of actors, both state and nonstate. To confront these threats, a new sort of entity is needed: one that engages foreign audiences on behalf of the United States while countering misinformation, disinformation and influence campaigns. A renewed and revitalized U.S. Information Agency, as proposed by Clapper, is the best fit for this role. Contemporary Influence Campaigns Following the recent American presidential election, once again Russia has come to occupy the spotlight as the most notable cyber/information threat confronting the United States. This is not a new situation. During the Cold War, the Soviet Union engaged in what were called “aktivnye meropriyatiya” or “active measures.” A June 1992 report, released by USIA, explains the basic concept behind the strategy: Read full article

14 февраля, 17:35

Флинн ушами: как демократы «слили» помощника Трампа по нацбезопасности из Белого дома

Федеральное агентство новостей представляет перевод статьи White House was warned about Michael Flynns contacts with Russia — sources («Белый дом получал предупреждения о контактах Майкла Флинна в России — источники»), опубликованной информагентством Reuters.

14 февраля, 08:55

How Sally Yates May Have Gotten The Ball Rolling On Michael Flynn's Resignation

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s embattled national security adviser, resigned late Monday after coming under fire for privately discussing U.S. sanctions against Russia before the presidential inauguration. The revelation, first reported by The Washington Post on Thursday, drew widespread criticism, but Flynn’s fall may have started with a separate casualty of the Trump administration: Sally Yates, the acting attorney general who was fired by the president last month. Near the end of her short tenure at the head of the Justice Department, Yates reportedly informed the White House that Flynn may have misled senior officials about his calls with the Russian ambassador, according to reports from The Post, which cited unnamed officials: The acting attorney general informed the Trump White House late last month that she believed Michael Flynn had misled senior administration officials about the nature of his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States, and warned that the national security adviser was potentially vulnerable to Russian blackmail, current and former U.S. officials said. The message, delivered by Sally Q. Yates and a senior career national security official to the White House counsel, was prompted by concerns that Flynn, when asked about his calls and texts with the Russian diplomat, had told Vice ­President-elect Mike Pence and others that he had not discussed the Obama administration sanctions on Russia for its interference in the 2016 election, the officials said. It is unclear what the White House counsel, Donald McGahn, did with the information. Those concerns were later echoed by James Clapper, President Barack Obama’s former director of national intelligence, and John Brennan, the former director of the CIA. Yates made headlines at the end of January after announcing the Justice Department would refuse to defend Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration. She was fired within hours, and the White House released a strongly worded statement saying she had “betrayed” the administration. Yates was widely praised for her decision. Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she “displayed the fierce intellect, unshakeable integrity, and deep commitment to the rule of law that have characterized her 27 years of distinguished service to the Department of Justice,” and former Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) tweeted, “Thank God there are people who will follow the Constitution.” Others called Yates a “profile in courage.” Retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg Jr. will serve as acting national security adviser until a full-time replacement is chosen. Four veteran strategists, including Kellogg, have already been suggested to fill the post. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

03 февраля, 02:30

CIA’s New Deputy Director Is A Veteran Spy Who Oversaw Black Sites Where Detainees Were Tortured

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); President Donald Trump selected Gina Haspel, a career intelligence officer who has been linked to the CIA’s controversial operation of secret prisons and harsh interrogation program, as the new deputy director for the spy agency, recently sworn in CIA chief Mike Pompeo announced Thursday. Haspel, the first woman to be named to the position, brings more than three decades of CIA experience to the role. Over the course of her career, she’s held numerous senior leadership positions at the agency, has served as station chief in several assignments overseas, and was also the first woman to lead the Clandestine Service, the branch of the CIA responsible for overseeing the agency’s spying operations around the world. “Ms. Haspel is an outstanding career intelligence officer,” CIA spokesman Jonathan Liu said in an emailed statement to The Huffington Post, adding that she’s “strong and effective” and held in high esteem by her colleagues. Former intelligence officials also praised Haspel’s selection. James Clapper, former director of national intelligence, said she has “broad-gauged experience” in both foreign and domestic assignments. And former CIA deputy director Stephen Kappes who served under President George W. Bush said Haspel is a “person of great honesty and integrity” who “leads actively and never shies away from the difficult tasks.” One of those difficult tasks may be the revival of the agency’s torture program at so-called “black site” prisons overseas. The Trump administration appears ready to reopen the controversial prisons where the U.S. government detained and tortured countless inmates suspected of terrorism, according to a draft executive order first published by The New York Times and The Washington Post. In 2009, just days after his inauguration, President Barack Obama signed executive orders seeking the end of secret CIA prisons and a ban on the use of harsh interrogation tactics at these sites. Then in 2005, Congress went further and banned torture of detainees in custody of the Department of Defense under the Detainee Treatment Act. The draft order directs national security officials to “recommend to the president whether to reinitiate a program of interrogation of high-value alien terrorists to be operated outside the United States.” Last month, Buzzfeed reported that the draft order is a revised, but “nearly verbatim” match to a 2012 executive order proposed for the first 100 days of a Mitt Romney White House. Following the publication of the draft order, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said it was “not a White House document” and that he had “no idea where it came from.” Trump has long been a vocal proponent of torture. As a candidate and now as president he’s continued to advocate for harsh tactics, saying during a recent interview that waterboarding and other forms of torture “work.” Trump has also said he would defer to his Cabinet to determine the appropriate policy on torture. And while the draft order does not directly call for the reopening of secret CIA prisons or the resurrection of the agency’s torture program, Haspel’s selection may signal that Trump is prepared to move more aggressively back to the harsh treatment of detainees. That’s because Haspel has been linked to the CIA’s controversial interrogation program on numerous occasions. She’s reportedly named in a 6,700-page report from the Senate Intelligence Committee that details the systemic and individual failures of the CIA’s post-9/11 “enhanced interrogation program” — the government’s euphemism for systematic torture. The full report remains classified, but in 2014, Democrats on the committee released a 525-page executive summary of the larger report’s findings. It concluded that the CIA’s interrogation program used techniques far more brutal than it had previously disclosed and misled the public about the efficacy of the program in producing intelligence. Haspel is also believed to be the female officer described in news reports who ran a secret prison in Thailand where two al Qaeda detainees were subjected to waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques. She was also allegedly involved in the later destruction of videotapes of those interrogation sessions. The FBI and Department of Justice launched a criminal investigation into the tape destruction incident, but no charges were ever filed against any CIA officials. CIA officer Jose Rodriguez, then-head of the Clandestine Service, was later said to have ordered the destruction of the tapes. Liu told HuffPost on Thursday that Rodriguez has publicly said the decision to destroy the videotapes was “his and his alone.” But The New York Times reported in 2013 that Haspel and Rodriguez “were the two main drivers for years” in having the tapes destroyed.   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. 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30 января, 15:22

WE SHOULD BE SO LUCKY: The Final Obama Scandal. For years, the Obama administration told the Amer…

WE SHOULD BE SO LUCKY: The Final Obama Scandal. For years, the Obama administration told the American people that the haul from the bin Laden compound was massive and important. In an interview on Meet the Press just days after the raid, Barack Obama’s national security adviser, Thomas Donilon, said the material could fill “a […]

28 января, 15:40

Trump talks tough on China’s hacking. Why not Russia’s?

The president's reluctance to denounce Russian cyberattacks worries Democrats, while some Republicans welcome his tough talk on Beijing.

24 января, 22:38

Mike Pompeo To Head The CIA

For the first time in my adult life, we are watching a situation where the President of the United States and the intelligence community seem to be openly feuding. President Trump has gone back and forth with former CIA Director John Brennan and former DNI Director James Clapper. The President has taken shots at the intelligence community on Twitter and in other public forums, while some of those members have taken anonymous shots at him. This is a relationship that needs to be repaired for the good of the President, the intelligence community, and most of all, our great country. The next CIA Director is going to have the unenviable task of not only bridging this divide, but also running the agency that is at the forefront of the intelligence gathering that is so crucial to the safety and security of the United States. I believe Mike Pompeo is up for the challenge and will succeed where very few could. A former military officer during the Cold War, Pompeo knows the importance of combatting foreign threats in a swift and succinct manner. And he doesn't play around. The idea behind the Iran nuclear deal - avoiding a war and coming to a peaceful resolution - was good. However, what was not so good was the lying that President Obama's team - as Senior Adviser Ben Rhodes bragged to the New York Times - lied about the timeline and terms of the deal. Pompeo wants that deal to have terms that are stronger and are more in America's national interest. He will not just sit idly by and allow poorly constructed and negotiated deals like that remain without renegotiation of some kind. As a Congressman for the state of Kansas, he has consistently come down on the side of keeping the country safe. Yes, he may be a little harsh in his belief that Edward Snowden should be executed. That is not a position I agree with. However, he did say that while he personally thinks Snowden should be executed, he believes the man should receive his due process, meaning that he respects individual rights and believes Snowden should be judged by a jury of his peers. Mike Pompeo thinks Snowden should have his day in court and not be imprisoned or executed without a fair trial, regardless of his own personal feelings on the matter. He is also for intensified surveillance, but not to the point where it would cross the line no government should cross. If he was, he would not have the endorsement of Michigan Congressman Justin Amash. Amash, who is one of Congress's top civil libertarians and a strident warrior on behalf of individual rights, had this to say on his official Twitter account the day Pompeo's nomination for CIA Director was announced. "I know @RepMikePompeo. He's a great pick. Yes, we have our disagreements, but Mike will listen to our concerns and serve with integrity." A fair man who is hellbent on securing the safety of our country while respecting the Constitution and listening with an open mind to any reasonable objections that come his way. Sounds like the right man, at the right time, for the right job. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

22 января, 18:20

Priebus dismisses former CIA boss Brennan as 'bitter'

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus on Sunday downplayed former CIA Director John Brennan's criticism of President Donald Trump's appearance at the agency, saying the former CIA boss might be "bitter" because he wasn't asked to stay on.Priebus was pressed by "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace on comments by Brennan that Trump "should be ashamed of himself" for his address in front the CIA's memorial wall at the agency's Langley headquarters, including a discussion of his inauguration's crowd size and heavy criticism of the media."John Brennan has a lot of things he should answer for in regard to these leaked documents. I find the whole thing despicable. I think that it's unprofessional," Priebus said, referring to an unverified dossier claiming Russia may have gathered compromising information on Trump. "Perhaps he's bitter. You know, he was replaced the day before. He was not asked to hold over like Clapper was," Priebus said, referring to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. "I don't know what's in his head."Priebus also talked up Trump's appearance Saturday at the CIA, calling his address to employees there a "love fest.""These are men and women that President Trump loves and respects," Priebus said. "The reason he went there first was to tell them, 'I don't want you to believe the media that I don't respect you all.'"

20 января, 13:42

Trump’s Transition of Untruths, Exaggerations and Flat-out Falsehoods

After a campaign that was largely indifferent to factual accuracy, Trump stayed the course while preparing to be president.

19 января, 00:03

Будет Трамп-пам-пам. Что сделает новый президент, вступив в должность

Политолог Михаил Нейжмаков рассказал о трудностях, с которыми предстоит столкнуться новому президенту Америки, его возможных отношениях с Россией и несбыточных предвыборных обещаниях.

16 января, 16:29

Trump: Was the CIA chief 'the leaker of fake news?'

Donald Trump on Sunday night questioned whether outgoing CIA Director John Brennan was behind the leak of an unverified report that accused the president-elect of salacious conduct. “.@FoxNews 'Outgoing CIA Chief, John Brennan, blasts Pres-Elect Trump on Russia threat. Does not fully understand.' Oh really, couldn't do much worse - just look at Syria (red line), Crimea, Ukraine and the build-up of Russian nukes. Not good! Was this the leaker of Fake News?” Trump tweeted. The president-elect was responding to Brennan, who harshly criticized the president-elect earlier in the day on "Fox News Sunday," saying, among other things, that Trump’s comparison of the intelligence community to Nazi Germany was “outrageous.”The Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, took an unusual step last week to publicly say he didn’t believe the intelligence community was responsible for leaking the document and hadn’t made a judgment on whether the information was verified. The tweet was Trump’s latest dust-up with the intelligence community. He earlier slammed the intelligence community after news reports came out that trump and President Barack Obama were briefed on the contents of a dossier containing unverified compromising information on the president-elect. “Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to 'leak' into the public. One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?" Trump tweeted last week. In an interview that aired Sunday on 60 Minutes, Obama said the president-elect must improve relations with the intelligence community. “You're not going to be able to make good decisions without building some relationship of trust between yourself and that community,” Obama said.

14 января, 21:07

The Insanity of a New Cold War: A Top Russian Scholar Sounds the Alarm

In this week's episode of KCRW's "Scheer Intelligence," host Robert Scheer is joined by Russian-born professor Sergei Plekhanov. Plekhanov teaches at York University in Toronto and has a wealth of knowledge about Russian culture and politics, which, he argues, are overlooked by Western media. The conversation begins with a brief discussion of the history between the United States and Russia, particularly during the Cold War. Scheer then asks Plekhanov about U.S. attitudes toward Russia today. Listen to the interview below: In the eyes of some in the United States, "Russia has undermined the international order," Plekhanov says. "So," he continued, "Russia needs to be punished, Russia needs to be contained. That's the view." Scheer brings up the recent political mayhem over allegations of Russian hacking, particularly the role of FBI Director James Comey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Clapper makes it seem like we are entering another chapter of the Cold War, Scheer says, but "Putin is not, any longer, a Communist." Plekhanov delves into how Russia is "transitioning," and argues that Putin "is concerned about the survivability of Russia." Western beliefs about Russia aren't accurate, he continues. "Russians are informed," he explains, refuting Western beliefs that Russians only get their daily news from KGB-run sources. "Can you have both security and democracy?" Plekhanov muses. "Understandably enough, the Russians are more concerned about security." Scheer and Plekhanov discuss how Russia is advancing its infrastructure and economy, and how this will continue during the Trump administration. Plekhanov says: "Somebody like Trump, who thinks like a businessman--I really think that there are more opportunities than dangers with regards to Russia. So we're stuck in this obsolete policy of containment. ... But in the meantime, we might actually benefit tremendously from being part of this larger network of economic ties and economic development that is growing in Eurasia. "I'm sure some people will say, 'Well, Sergei is just a propagandist for Putin,' " he concludes. "By the way, I've never voted for Putin as a Russian, and I'm not a Putin supporter. I'm an academic who's trying to make sense of what's happening in the world. And I'm appalled at the quality of reporting on Russia that dominates the media here in the West." Adapted from Truthdig.com -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

14 января, 14:01

Donald Trump Poised To Become Misstater In Chief

WASHINGTON ― Donald Trump told America this week that he had no loans from Russia. That Russian intelligence could not possibly have compromising material about him. That no one on his staff had any contacts with the Russians during the presidential campaign. And after 18 months of listening to him, Americans might be excused if they choose not to believe even a word of it, as the candidate who issued falsehoods at a historic rate will next week find himself the least believed president since Richard Nixon, right from the moment he takes the oath of office. “You don’t want to be accused of lying,” said Matt Mackowiak, a Texas-based GOP communications consultant. “But that doesn’t seem to bother Trump.” Ari Fleischer, former press secretary to President George W. Bush, said voters obviously tolerated Trump’s loose relationship with facts when they went to the polls in November. “Trump comes from a business world where what’s important is: Can you turn a pile of dirt into a tower of steel?” As to whether and how Trump can win back credibility, the question itself might be irrelevant. “Politically it may not matter because if people in general like what he’s getting accomplished and notice improvements in their lives, I don’t think people are going to be too worried about the precision of his language,” said Rick Tyler, a former aide to Trump’s last remaining Republican primary rival, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. “As long as things are going great, you know: Tell me lies! Tell me lies!” And that, says frequent Trump critic Jay Rosen, is precisely the next president’s plan. “Trump is preparing a presidency that optimizes for a low-trust environment,” said Rosen, a journalism professor at New York University. “The whole premise of ‘winning back credibility’ is off. He’s prepared to govern without credibility. He seeks to profit from maximizing distrust.”  You don’t want to be accused of lying. But that doesn’t seem to bother Trump. Matt Mackowiak, Texas-based GOP consultant Trump through the years has been notoriously willing to say things that are untrue. During a 2007 deposition in a defamation lawsuit he filed because he was angry that the writer had questioned his claimed net worth, Trump repeatedly made statements that proved to be false. He claimed ownership of properties, for example, in which he was either merely licensing the use of his name or was in line to receive a share of future profits. When confronted by lawyers, Trump then argued that, in fact, not having an ownership interest was smarter because it limited his losses. A decade and a half earlier, Trump had taken untruth to a new level, calling a gossip columnist to claim a nonexistent sexual relationship with Italian supermodel Carla Bruni while claiming to be his own nonexistent press aide. The proclivity for falsehoods accompanied Trump into his presidential campaign, as Trump regularly misrepresented facts about ― among many, many other things ― the crime rate, the unemployment rate, the size and strength of the U.S. military, the nature and significance of the balance of trade, Muslims cheering from rooftops on 9/11, self-funding his campaign and the current state of illegal immigration. In a Republican primary debate in the autumn of 2015, Trump claimed he had no idea where a characterization describing rival Marco Rubio as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s personal senator could have come from ― even though the source was his own campaign website. (When confronted on this a few minutes later, Trump responded with 158 words on unrelated topics that failed to address the question.) Then there was the debate in which Trump claimed a strong relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin because he’d been on the same CBS News broadcast with him: “I got to know him very well because we were both on ‘60 Minutes.’ We were stablemates.” Trump later denied knowing him at all. “I don’t know Putin,” he said during the final general election debate 11 months later. Over the span of just days last year, Trump claimed the NFL had sent him a letter complaining of the fall debate schedule (it had not), that the billionaire Koch brothers had wanted to meet with him (they had not) and that he had seen video of pallets of cash sent by the United States being unloaded in Iran (no such video existed). In the case of the invented Iranian cash video, Trump added embellishments describing where and how it had been shot. Trump on a number of occasions during the campaign even said that the father of Cruz had been involved in the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, basing his theory on an article in the National Enquirer supermarket tabloid. Cruz, on the day he lost the Indiana primary that effectively ended his candidacy after months of praising the reality TV star, finally unloaded on Trump. “I’m going to do something I haven’t done before – those of you who follow me around on the campaign trail. I’m going to tell you what I really think of Donald Trump,” he said to reporters. “This man is a pathological liar. He doesn’t know the difference between truth and lies. I say pathological because I actually think Donald, if you hooked him up to a lie detector test, he could say one thing in the morning, one thing at noon and one thing in the evening, all contradictory. And he’d pass the lie detector test each time. Whatever lie he’s telling, at that minute he believes it.”  As long as things are going great, you know: Tell me lies! Tell me lies! Rick Tyler, former aide to GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz ttTrump and his top staff’s casualness with facts has continued after the election and right up through his Wednesday news conference. Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, for example, claimed that Trump had never personally been briefed by U.S. intelligence officials about a privately gathered dossier of his contacts with Russia, including salacious material about Trump’s purported activities with prostitutes in that country. But late Wednesday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper essentially confirmed that information about the dossier had been included in his overall briefing last week regarding Russia’s efforts to get Trump elected. Even in the news conference itself, Trump continued his reliance on falsehoods. He claimed, for instance, that 96 million Americans are looking for full-time work but cannot find it ― or nearly one-third of the nation’s entire population. (The real number is less than 6 million.) In the end, his misstatements, even if proved intentional, may not matter. The election is over, and the next one is four years away. What’s more, Republican consultants agreed, enough voters in enough key states decided that Trump’s promise to improve their lives was more important than his personal qualities, including his willingness to dispense untruths. “The tolerance for ambiguity is a function of whether people are satisfied or dissatisfied with the leadership,” said Tyler, the former Cruz aide. And if voters do not see improvement in their lives and wind up dissatisfied? That’s where American’s lack of trust in their new president could prove devastating. A president like Barack Obama, whose personal integrity and honesty were among his strongest features, was able to weather bad times because voters were willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, Fleischer said. Trump will not have that to fall back upon should the economy worsen instead of, as he has promised, take off. “If he says things that are not accurate and things haven’t turned around,” Fleischer said, “then the double whammy can set in.” “He’s got a six-month period,” Mackowiak predicted. “He’s either going to be a real success, or he’s going to have real problems.”   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

14 января, 00:29

Former Intel Chief: Community Caught Between 'Scylla and Charybdis' on Trump Dossier

A conversation on intelligence and well-meant incompetence

14 января, 00:29

Former Intel Chief: Community Caught Between 'Scylla and Charybdis' on Trump Dossier

A conversation on intelligence and well-meant incompetence

13 января, 21:34

Clinton allies exact revenge on Trump

Campaign aides flood the airwaves to pummel the president-elect.

13 января, 15:12

Trump revives attack on intel community in early morning Twitter burst

President-elect Donald Trump renewed his criticism of the intelligence community Friday morning, blaming it once again for leaking an unverified report containing compromising and salacious allegations about him to the media and citing the Russian government as proof that the dossier's allegations are false. That report, which had circulated for months among government officials and media institutions, was published Tuesday evening in full by BuzzFeed, which cautioned that the information it contained was unverified and included multiple errors. BuzzFeed’s decision to publish that report, the product of a private security company paid to develop opposition research on Trump, came on the same day that CNN reported that a summary of it had been included in briefings delivered to both the president-elect and President Barack Obama. “It now turns out that the phony allegations against me were put together by my political opponents and a failed spy afraid of being sued. Totally made up facts by sleazebag political operatives, both Democrats and Republicans - FAKE NEWS!” Trump said in a flurry of posts to Twitter Friday morning. “Russia says nothing exists. Probably released by ‘Intelligence’ even knowing there is no proof, and never will be. My people will have a full report on hacking within 90 days!” The "failed spy" Trump refers to is the supposed author of the report, a former British M16 agent identified by the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and other media organizations as Christopher Steele. He is the director of a London-based intelligence company named Orbis Business Intelligence. The president-elect continued to blame the intelligence community for leaking the report despite assurances from Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who took the unusual step on Wednesday of releasing a statement reading out a phone call he placed to Trump. In that readout, Clapper said he told Trump that he didn't believe the intelligence community was behind the leak, has not made a judgment about the voracity of the report published by BuzzFeed and that such leaks are “extremely corrosive and damaging to our national security.” A Russian government spokesman said Wednesday that the report amounted to “pulp fiction,” and that the Kremlin did not possess compromising information about Trump or his 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton. The president-elect has repeatedly cited this assertion as proof that the claims are false. Trump has promised to initiate a cybersecurity review immediately upon taking office with a report to be delivered to him within 90 days. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a longtime supporter of Trump's who works as a security consultant for foreign governments, said Thursday that he will head up that team.

13 января, 14:09

British Spy Behind Report On Donald Trump Aided FBI With Soccer Scandal Probe

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); The former MI6 British spy named as the author of an unverified report on Donald Trump’s alleged relationship with Russia earned his reputation as an investigator aiding the FBI in its bombshell probe of world soccer. Christopher Steele, 52, and his family were in hiding Thursday night, after media reports exposed him as being behind the report containing potentially compromising but unsubstantiated information about the president-elect. Intelligence leaders said they informed Trump about the dossier last Friday as they briefed him about Russian hacking during the presidential campaign. Steele runs the London-based private investigation firm, Orbis Business Intelligence, which he co-founded after leaving the British Secret Service. The FBI may have taken his allegations about Russia and Trump more seriously because agents had worked with him during an investigation into world soccer’s governing body FIFA, Reuters news agency and The New York Times report. England’s Football Association hired Steele in 2009 to investigate Russia, which was then a rival to England to the host the 2018 World Cup, Reuters said Thursday. Steele eventually turned information he gathered on Russia to the FBI’s New York-based Eurasian Task Force in a 2010 meeting in London. Steele’s FIFA work lent credibility to his Russia expertise and contacts, U.S. officials told the news agency. The FBI’s probe ultimately resulted in dozens of U.S. indictments in 2015 against soccer administration leaders and sports marketing executives on charges ranging from bribery to tax evasion and money laundering. Coincidentally, the key informer in the FBI’s case was former FIFA executive Chuck Blazer, a friend of Trump’s who was a frequent guest at the real estate businessman’s beauty pageants. Blazer lived in Trump Tower and ran CONCACAF, the regional confederation overseeing soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, from offices in the building. (Court filings released Wednesday reveal reveal Blazer admitted in 2013 to accepting bribes related to South Africa’s 2010 World Cup bid.) One of Steele’s reports involves alleged pressure from Russia on Trump to build projects connected to the 2018 World Cup, which the British agent’s report said the real estate businessman had rebuffed. Steele’s firm was hired during the presidential campaign by anti-Trump Republicans — and later Democrats — to probe the businessman’s relationship with Russia, Reuters reported. The British agent, who had worked as a spy in Russia for years, reportedly used contacts to create a series of reports on claims about the country’s alleged relationship with Trump. The unverified reports also allege that members of Trump’s campaign team maintained ties with Russians during his race for the presidency. Trump denounced media coverage of the existence of the report this week as “fake news,” a “political witch-hunt” and “crap.” A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin called the reports “absolute fantasy.” CNN was the first to report that Trump was briefed on the existence of Steele’s reports by U.S. intelligence chiefs. The network said Trump should be aware of the report, even though its claims were unverified, because it had been circulating for months among politicians and members of the media. Trump has said that intelligence agencies determined there was no truth to Steele’s finding. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper issued a statement Wednesday saying that he had called Trump to clarify that intelligence agencies had made no judgment about the reliability of the allegations. He also insisted that the leak about the report did not come from any intelligence agency. During his press conference Wednesday, Trump refused to call on a reporter from CNN, calling the broadcaster “fake news.” Buzzfeed is the only media to date that has printed the full dossier that Steele reportedly wrote. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

13 января, 11:24

СМИ заявили об участии бывшего посла Британии в РФ в передаче досье на Трампа

Бывший посол Великобритании в РФ Эндрю Вуд сыграл "исключительно значительную роль" в передаче американской разведке данных о якобы имеющемся у Москвы "компромате" на избранного президента США Дональда Трампа, пишет The Independent.  Издание сообщает, что сенатор США Джок Маккейн встретился с Вудом в Канаде в прошлом ноябре после победы Трампа. Там, как отмечается, Маккейн обратился к Вуду за советом по поводу досье о якобы существующих связях Трампа с Кремлём, а затем встретился с директором ФБР Джеймсом Коми и передал ему данные.  Сам бывший посол подтвердил изданию, что встречался с Маккейном, и заявил, что обсуждал возможные связи избранного президента с Россией и то, как Трамп мог оказаться в ситуации, в которой его могли "попытаться шантажировать". Вуд был послом в России с 1995 по 2000 год.  Ранее СМИ написали, что автором доклада в СМИ о связях Дональда Трампа с Россией был бывший сотрудник разведки Великобритании Кристофер Стил. Напомним, ранее портал BuzzFeed опубликовал информацию, согласно которой Трамп в ходе визита в Москву в 2013 году заказывал проституток в президентский номер отеля Ritz Carlton. CNN заявил, что при этом в номере Трампа установили камеры и микрофоны, чтобы собрать компромат. Сам избранный президент публикации назвал фальшивыми. При этом директор Национальной разведки США Джеймс Клеппер сообщил, что доклад о якобы имеющемся компромате на избранного президента США Дональда Трампа, опубликованный СМИ, не составлялся официальными спецслужбами.

13 января, 05:00

President Elect Ambushed By The Shadow Government

Three blind mice. The FBI's James Comey, now under investigating the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who in his own words said "My fingerprints were on that national intelligence estimate." When referring to the bogus intelligence that got the United States into the Iraq War in 2002. And recently lied to Congress about every American's right to privacy from the Orwellian surveillance state. And the CIA's John Brennan, as Roger Stone put it a Saudi mole, a man who voted for the Communist party in 1976, and a Wahhabi convert. all of them loyal to the globalist Obama Administration and on their way out with nothing to lose. Three Amigos utilizing information warfare to foment order out of chaos. Question is, who is running the show here? The Compromised Intelligence Agency's Fronting for the interests of a shadow government or the duly elected President Elect Donald Trump, who as the head of the Executive Branch of our government should not be subjected to the blackmail tactics of an out of control globalist controlled media ambush. © The Alex Jones Show Copyright 1995- 2016 All Rights Reserved. Credit to videezy for backgrounds. Help us spread the word about the liberty movement, we're reaching millions help us reach millions more. Share the free live video feed link with your friends & family: http://www.infowars.com/show Follow Alex on TWITTER - https://twitter.com/RealAlexJones Like Alex on FACEBOOK - https://www.facebook.com/AlexanderEmerickJones Infowars on G+ - https://plus.google.com/+infowars/ :Web: http://www.infowars.com/ http://www.prisonplanet.com/ http://www.infowars.net/ :Subscribe and share your login with 20 friends: http://www.prisonplanet.tv http://www.InfowarsNews.com Visit http://www.InfowarsLife.com to get the products Alex Jones and his family trust, while supporting the growth of our expanding media operation. [http://bit.ly/2dhnhbS] Biome Defense™ [http://bit.ly/2bnEj91] Bio-True Selenium™ [http://bit.ly/1WYw8jp] Vitamin Mineral Fusion™ [http://bit.ly/1QYBNBv] Joint Formula™ [http://bit.ly/1nNuR3r] Anthroplex™ [http://bit.ly/1ljfWfJ] Living Defense™ [http://bit.ly/1Iobcj2] Deep Cleanse™ [http://bit.ly/1DsyQ6i] Knockout™ [http://bit.ly/1Kr1yfz] Brain Force™ [http://bit.ly/1R5gsqk] Liver Shield™ [http://bit.ly/1cOwQix] ProstaGuard™ [http://bit.ly/1mnchEz3] Child Ease™ [http://bit.ly/1xs9F6t] WinterSunD3™ [http://bit.ly/1L3gDSO] Ancient Defense™ [http://bit.ly/1EHbA6E] Secret-12™ [http://bit.ly/1txsOge] Oxy Powder™ [http://bit.ly/1s6cphV] Occu Power™ [http://bit.ly/1rGOLsG] DNA Force™ [http://bit.ly/1nIngBb] X2 Survival Shield™ [http://bit.ly/1kaXxKL] Super Female Vitality™ [http://bit.ly/1mhAKCO] Lung Cleanse™ [http://bit.ly/1mGbikx] Silver-Bullet - Colloidal Silver™ [http://bit.ly/1xcoUfo] Super Male Vitality™ [http://bit.ly/1z5BCP9] Survival Shield - Nascent Iodine™ [http://bit.ly/1o4sQtc] Patriot Blend 100% Organic Coffee™ [http://bit.ly/1iVL6HB] Immune Support 100% Organic Coffee™ All available at - http://www.infowarsshop.com/ INFOWARS HEALTH - START GETTING HEALTHY BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE - http://www.infowarshealth.com/ Newsletter Sign up / Infowars Underground Insider : http://www.infowars.com/newsletter

01 октября 2014, 00:30

«Исламское государство» — проект американского происхождения

Подняв флаг борьбы с «Исламским государством» (ИГ), США наносят теперь авиаудары по позициям ИГ не только в Ираке, но и в Сирии. Делается это без согласия правительства Сирии и без принятия соответствующего решения Советом Безопасности ООН. Начинают оправдываться опасения Москвы и Тегерана на тот счёт, что целью ракетно-бомбовых ударов является окончательное уничтожение сирийской инфраструктуры. По заявлению представителя Пентагона Джона Кирби, США нанесли авиаудары по 12 нефтеперерабатывающим заводам в Сирии. Якобы их контролировали боевики-экстремисты. Таких атак по позициям ИГ, говорит Джон Кирби, «будет больше». Здесь следует напомнить, что мятеж в Сирии, продолжающийся четвёртый год, стал разрастаться практически синхронно с подписанием 25 июня 2011 г. в Бушере меморандума о строительстве нового газопровода Иран – Ирак – Сирия. Борьбу американцев с правительством Башара Асада справедливо называют войной за нефть и газ. Дамаск попал в число врагов Америки в 2009 году, когда Асад отказался принять американский план строительства газопровода из Катара в Европу. Вместо этого Сирия предпочла сделку с Ираном, дав согласие на участие в строительстве газопровода через Ирак к своим портам на Средиземном море. Именно тогда всемирную известность приобрели слова бывшего госсекретаря США Генри Киссинджера: «Нефть слишком важна, чтобы оставлять ее арабам». Создание халифата на обширной территории Ирака и Сирии ведет к потере Соединенными Штатами (ExxonMobil Corporation) и Великобританией (BP и Royal Dutch Shell) позиций в нефтегазовом секторе Ирака и возможности доступа (после приближаемой американцами смены режима в Дамаске) к сирийским запасам углеводородов. Пока террористы ИГ воевали с сирийскими правительственными войсками, они американцев устраивали, но как только они вторглись в Ирак и объявили о создании собственного государства, Америка объявила им войну. Никаких двойных стандартов у США здесь нет. Налицо неизменное стремление американской элиты к мировому господству, и война с «Исламским государством» – всего лишь локальная операция. В позиции США много нестыковок и противоречий, а объясняются они тем, что Вашингтону всё труднее диктовать свои условия остальному миру. Нет сомнения в том, что Сирия остается для США главной мишенью на Ближнем Востоке, в том числе с точки зрения реализации планов по ослаблению России. «Исламское государство» — это проект американского происхождения, его цель — создание мощной дестабилизирующей волны, которая распространится вглубь Евразии. На первом этапе, переключая внимание международного сообщества на борьбу с ИГ, американцы подготавливают под шумок свержение президента Башара Асада. Именно так оценивают односторонние действия Вашингтона против «Исламского государства» многие страны мира. Поэтому не получилось у Обамы и формирование «широкой» коалиции. Американцам удалось добиться возмещения своих расходов монархиями Персидского залива (Бахрейн, Катар, Саудовская Аравия и ОАЭ), удалось склонить Иорданию предоставить свою инфраструктуру, привлечь к нанесению авиаударов некоторых союзников по НАТО - Великобританию, Францию, Бельгию и Данию. По данным Госдепартамента, 54 страны и три международные организации - ЕС, НАТО и Лига арабских государств – тоже обещали внести в эту кампанию свой вклад. Однако анонсированное Джоном Керри «всемирное» участие в коалиции не состоялось. Доверие к Америке осталось лишь у немногих. Мир еще не забыл, как в 2003 году США вторглись в Ирак без санкции ООН. Вашингтон тогда заявлял, что Ирак ведёт разработки оружия массового поражения и разоружить его нужно силой. Голосование в СБ ООН по этому вопросу так и не состоялось, поскольку Россия, Китай и Франция дали понять, что наложат вето на любой проект резолюции, подразумевающий применение военной силы против Ирака. Тогда, как и сейчас, США вызывающе пренебрегли международным общественным мнением, агрессия против Ирака началась, страна была разрушена, и последствия этого мы наблюдаем по сей день. Сегодня история повторяется. Джеймс Клеппер, глава Национальной разведки США, во время своего ежегодного выступления перед сенатской комиссией по разведке (29 января 2014) отчитался в угрозах, нависших над Америкой. Коснулся он и Сирии, сообщив ничему не соответствующие данные о составе «повстанцев». Его главный тезис состоял в том, что на 80% это «умеренные» противники режима, которые вполне могут принимать финансовую помощь США, за предоставление которой американский сенат в свое время тайно проголосовал. Теперь эти «умеренные» в одночасье превратились в непримиримых террористов, и против одной из их организаций американцы начали войну. Заметим: не против террористов вообще, а лишь против «Исламского государства». Интересно, а что думают руководители американской разведки об «умеренности» группировки «Джебхат ан-Нусра», этого сирийского отделения «Аль-Каиды»? В ответ на авиаудары по территории Сирии лидеры «Джебхат ан-Нусра» уже заявили о готовности противостоять Америке совместно с ИГ. Своими действиями американцы консолидируют терроризм. В эфире телеканала CBS Обама заявил, что в свое время американским военным удалось нанести поражение «Аль-Каиде» в Ираке, после чего организация «ушла в подполье», но «за последние два года, воспользовавшись хаосом во время гражданской войны в Сирии, боевики смогли восстановить свои силы». О том, что хаос и гражданская война в Сирии - прямое следствие действий США на Ближнем Востоке, американский президент не сказал. Председатель Объединенного комитета начальников штабов США генерал Мартин Демпси считает, что для успешной борьбы с группировкой «Исламское государство» в Ираке и Сирии необходимо провести наземную операцию. По мнению Демпси, нужно принять политическое решение и ввести войска в эти страны. Если это произойдёт, дестабилизирующая волна начнёт распространяться за пределы Сирии и Ирака, ряды террористов пополнятся новыми непримиримыми бойцами, а перед военно-промышленным комплексом США откроются захватывающие дух перспективы.