FBI began its notification efforts to the DNC on 06 August 2015… In March 2016 FBI notified DNC about a spear-phishing campaign by a second adversary …
The FBI Response to Intelligence Committee Questions 2018-02-12, OCR’ed and searchable.
To be updated
One of the key allegations in the Russian hoax is that the DNC has been hacked by a Russian government hacking groups, such as a “group” named Fancy Bear by Crowdstrike and APT28 by FireEye. I fell for this trick, and have been using notation like Fancy Bear / APT28. Fancy Bear and APT28 are the same only in one sense – they don’t exist as groups of people or organizations. If the names are used as names of malware families and/or intrusion scenarios (“what we call collectively APT28,” in the words of Guillaume Poupard, the head French cyber security agency ANSSI), they refer to different things, not necessarily well defined. Continue reading MISDepartment was aware of “APT28”
My article The External Roots of Spygate is published in the American Thinker.
On another topic – the putative “Russian government hacker group” Fancy Bear / APT 28 / GRU Military Units 26165 and/or 74455, according to the mythologies of CrowdStrike (CRWD) / FireEye (FEYE) / Robert Mueller & Angry Democrats (MAD), respectively. From Wired (August 2017):
Since as early as last fall, the Russian hacker group known as APT28, or Fancy Bear, has targeted victims … including its breach of the Democratic National Committee ahead of last year’s election. Last month, FireEye says those hackers, believed to be associated with the Russian military intelligence service GRU, have begun to use EternalBlue, the leaked NSA hacking tool …
Anybody applying methodology of CrowdStrike and FireEye would identify “Fancy Bear / APT28” as an American government hacking group with much higher confidence than they have identified it as a Russian one. This is a contradiction, proving that their identification/attribution methodology is wrong.
May 10, 2019 update: Robert Mueller might not be the bad guy. Obviously, he started the investigation convinced that there was Russian interference and Trump – Russia collusion. But such belief on his part was justified. He trusted Brennan and Comey. He trusted the FBI, which he headed for 12 years. He could not imagine what Comey has done. Comey has elevated the hyper-partisan pro-Hillary troika McCabe-Strzok-Page to the top of the FBI, and Comey let it to progress from clearing Hillary (the “Mid-Year Exam“) to framing up Trump. The Mueller report was written as an indictment, probably over months. Likely in early March, Mueller changed the main conclusion, and admitted: “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government.” This was a brave act of an honest man. The rest of the report remained as it was. Regarding his transaction with IDG Enterprise, Mueller might have agreed to deliver the speech before January 19, 2017, when the IDG Group was still an American company, and didn’t check on its status later.
Missing from the Mueller Report was #1 bestseller in multiple categories on Amazon for some time. The full Mueller report confirmed and reinforced conclusions in the book.
||My book Missing from the Mueller Report (Edition 1.5) is updated and available on Amazon in paperback and e-book formats. The most important part of the Mueller Report is not what it contains, but what it omits. The report has not been made public yet, but the conduct of the investigation combined with the AG summary provide enough information to answer this question. There has never been an investigation more absurd, corrupt, or harmful to the nation than that of Mueller’s against President Trump.
Continue reading Missing from the Mueller Report
Matt Taibbi, The Press Will Learn Nothing From the Russiagate Fiasco:
You know what was fake news? Most of the Russiagate story. There was no Trump-Russia conspiracy, that thing we just spent three years chasing. The Mueller Report is crystal clear on this.
He didn’t just “fail to establish” evidence of crime. His report is full of incredibly damning passages, like one about Russian officialdom’s efforts to reach the Trump campaign after the election: “They appeared not to have preexisting contacts and struggled to connect with senior officials around the President-Elect.” Not only was there no “collusion,” the two camps didn’t even have each others’ phone numbers!
Have you heard that Trump intended to build a Trump Tower in Moscow? Fake news! In 2015, a Russian firm negotiated with Trump to license his brand for use in a development project in Russia. Nothing came out of it. Taibbi:
The report shows the whole episode was a joke. In order to further the Trump Tower project-that-never-was, Cohen literally cold-emailed the Kremlin. More than that, he entered the email incorrectly, so the letter initially didn’t even arrive. When he finally fixed the mistake, Peskov didn’t answer back. That was “the most direct interaction yet of a top Trump aide and a senior member of Putin’s government”!
In most cases when Mueller et al. successfully forced their targets to confess to imaginary crimes or to appear guilty in the court of the MSM, they did so by manipulating the most sacred of any citizens’ feelings: the desire to aid their country against a foreign adversary. Everybody knows the magic phrase to say when contacted by a federal agent: “Give me your business card, my lawyer will be in touch with you,” thus, invoking the VI Amendment. But General Michael Flynn, Carter Page, and George Papadopoulos didn’t invoke it; instead they talked, thinking that Mueller and Obama holdovers in the FBI were engaged in a legitimate counterintelligence investigation. General Michael Flynn talked to Strzok, whom he thought was his colleague in national security. Carter Page, a former Navy officer, who assisted the FBI counterintelligence for many years, recently rejected a recruiting attempt by the Russian intelligence and helped the FBI in apprehending and convicting a Russian spy, talked to the FBI from 2016. Mueller was unable to stick anything to him. George Papadopoulos talked to the FBI and Mueller in early 2017.
Little did they know that Mueller and those FBI figures were seditious conspirators, readying a coup d’etat against the elected President!
The Mueller Report is opposition research on steroids. It is like an expanded edition of the “Steele dossier” – a collection of falsehoods and trivialities, assembled in a way to hurt the President as much as possible. And even this collection of falsehoods falls short of creating mere suspicion of “collusion”!
A one sided focus on someone’s imperfections and an endless repetition thereof might create the illusion that its target is horrible. If Mueller had focused on Trump using a bathroom, he could have easily filled in those 200+ pages (Volume I), and Trump would look even worse than in the actual report. Especially if Mueller had written that the investigation identified no similar activities by Hillary Clinton — the comparison it made regarding alleged “connections” between the IRA and the Trump campaign (the Mueller Report, p. 33).
“In late July 2016, soon after WikiLeaks ‘s first release of stolen documents, a foreign
government contacted the FBI about a May 2016 encounter with Trump Campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos had suggested to a representative of that foreign government … That information prompted the FBI on July 31, 2016, to open an investigation into whether individuals associated with the Trump Campaign were coordinating with the Russian government in its interference activities.” (TMR, p. 1)
This is an admission that the FBI opened an investigation against the Trump campaign after a solicitation from a foreign government! This should be enough to charge Mueller, McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, and other investiGATERs with aiding foreign governments to interfere in the US elections, espionage, and a dozen other crimes. Continue reading Notes on the Mueller Report
Missing from the Mueller Report book was written before the release of the full Mueller report, based on the conduct of the investigation and AG Barr’s summary. Now, the published Mueller report confirms the initial assessment: from the start, Robert Mueller accepted allegations made by the DNC and the Clinton campaign, Obama appointees in the intelligence and security agencies, and even foreign governments allied with them, as the truth. The Mueller investigation was one-sided, aimed at accusing the Trump campaign and clearing the DNC and spygate perpetrators. Failing to find any wrongdoing by Trump, it exonerated him. The most important quote from the report: “… the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its [imaginary] election interference activities.” Nevertheless, the one-sidedness is fully reflected in the report. It really sounds like written by an attorney for the Democratic party and its operatives in the government. Continue reading Partisanship in the Mueller Report
Remember how Hillary supported Skolkovo, the technological espionage project of Russia? From the Skolkovo project website:
“The innovative development of nuclear technologies is an essential condition for consolidating (and in some areas, achieving) a position of global technological leadership and maintaining Russia’s defense capability.”
“Developing the space sector … boosting living standards while helping to ensure national security …” (March 2015 – 1, 2)
That brings to mind the Uranium One, but this is another topic. Intel and Facebook heavily contributed to Skolkovo when Robert Mueller was their attorney (see his disclosure ). Intel and Microsoft were Skolkovo Foundation Partners. Google‘s Chairman Eric Schmidt became Skolkovo board member.
Google and Facebook aided the Russian Federation with development of facial recognition and computer vision systems having military and intelligence applications, and might have even tested these systems on the Americans. The results are quite impressive. See VisionLabs. Twitter was there, too. Continue reading Skolkovo: Mueller, Hillary, and the Masters of the Universe – OMG!
2019-02-15 Update. Breitbart: This Is What ‘Election Interference’ Actually Looks Like (2018-08-20)
“The purge of the right on social media was once a slow trickle, with high-profile bans happening only occasionally, and then subsiding. With just three months until the midterm elections, the Masters of the Universe in Silicon Valley have turned online censorship into a cascade.” Continue reading “Masters of the Universe” ban Alex Jones and other Dissidents
Update 2019-02-13: Finally, Trump’s former attorney John Dowd calls the conduct of the FBI brass and Mueller a coup:
““Little did I know that it appears that they were all in it together,” Dowd said. “I mean Rosenstein, Comey, Mueller, McCabe, the whole crowd and they were out to get this president no matter what. I don’t think they sincerely believed anything about Russia.””
““This is our worst nightmare that someone with that kind of power would then decide to go after the President. I mean it’s a coup,” Dowd said. “That’s what it is an attempted coup by Comey and his crowd. And the evidence is all over there. I take the New York Times article as an admission of their bad behavior.”” Continue reading Robert Mueller – More Conflicts of Interest
Since June 2016, WaPo has been the main firebrand of the Trump-Russia and Russian election interference conspiracy theories. Multiple WaPo “reporters” were Democratic campaign operatives (Greg Sargent et al.). Unbelievably , this operation was financed by the same power that paid Robert Mueller and the law firm WilmerHale. This firm employed Robert Mueller and four (!) other lawyers he employed in the investigation of Trump (the “Russia investigation” pretext has just disappeared). From the Daily Caller (October 2015), China, Russia Pay Washington Post To Publish Their Propaganda:
“Chinese and Russian propaganda supplements are regularly included in The Washington Post, but the widely read newspaper won’t say how much money it gets on the deals.
China Watch – a China Daily publication – and Russia Beyond The Headlines – a Rossiyskaya Gazeta publication – have both appeared in the Post for years as paid advertising supplements. Both foreign periodicals are owned and operated by their respective governments.” Continue reading Aided by WaPo, China Interfered in the 2016 Elections For Hillary Against Trump
2018-10-14 Update: Added clarifications and remarks on the relationships of the Mueller’s law firm WilmerHale with the government of China are added near the end. Also, the words “expectation of future business with China” were changed to “expectation of future income contingent on approval of Chinese government” to better reflect the structure of his compensation in WilmerHale.
In March 2017, two months before his appointment as Special Counsel, Robert Mueller received $24,000 (~ ¥130,000) from a firm owned by a top official of the Chinese government and the Communist Party of China. Almost certainly, he had expectation of future income contingent on approval of Chinese government. In exchange, he accepted, articulated, and publicly committed himself to the DNC conspiracy theory that “Russia had hacked the democracy”. Russia has hacked neither democracy nor the Democrats (despite them being near opposites). The DNC had an incompetent information systems team and an unprotected network that could have been hacked by anybody. For eight months the DNC fought FBI attempts to help, while possibly being suspicious of the FBI because of Hillary’s bathroom server. Persons who published the DNC’s dirty laundry or gave it to WikiLeaks are likely not connected to Russia at all and might be Americans. We don’t know their names because the Democratic Party made up the narrative that Putin ordered the DNC hacking and leaking of documents to aid Trump. Obama administration sent the FBI, CIA, DHS, and ODNI to confirm this narrative, rather than to investigate who had accessed the DNC voter’s database, believed to contain very detailed personal profiles of almost all adult Americans. The conspiracy theory of a Trump-Russia collusion was built on top of this narrative.
The firm that paid Mueller his ¥130k is the International Data Group (IDG), a subsidiary of China Oceanwide Holdings Group. Continue reading Mueller Investigation – more than ¥130k
Robert Mueller’s law firm WilmerHale has been working for China for long time. It has a large office in Bejing, the only WilmerHale office outside of the US and the EU. (https://archive.is/Wgabw, https://archive.is/2v8fG).
WilmerHale lobbied for China and legally represented China, but didn’t register as a foreign agent under FARA. WilmerHale achieved some of the most spectacular trade benefits for China (emphasis added):
With respect to China, our team includes the chief US architect and negotiator of China’s entry into the WTO and one of the leading regulatory lawyers in Beijing (and a member of the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce—People’s Republic of China).
In advising on trade policy and trade negotiations, we have helped develop or shape key trade initiatives and legislation both in and outside government, including Congress’ landmark grant of Permanent Normal Trade Relations to China; negotiating priorities in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement negotiations; congressional implementation of various US free trade agreements; and trade-related provisions in internet, patent and drug importation legislation. Continue reading Former Mueller’s Firm WilmerHale Works for China, too
The GRIZZLY STEPPE – Russian Malicious Cyber Activity released jointly by FBI and DHS on December 29, 2016 was an update on another propaganda piece — the Joint Statement from DHS and ODNI on Election Security, published by the Obama administration on October 7 to aid Hillary and other fellow democrats in the elections.
GRIZZLY STEPPE was so incompetent that even convinced partisans laughed it off. Continue reading FBI/DHS Report GRIZZLY STEPPE was Junk
2018-10-03 update: I have just noticed that the declassified ICA text was published only a few hours before the joint session of Congress that certified Trump as the next president. James Clapper spent the previous day falsely alleging that the Assessment had been done by the U.S. Intelligence Community, pushed an exaggerated version of its conclusions, and leaked parts of it to the media. In his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Clapper made repeated assaults on the president-elect. When referring to Trump’s sober reaction to the alleged assessment, Clapper uttered the following: “I’ve received many expressions of concern from foreign counterparts of what has been interpreted as disparagement of the intelligence community.” The Assessment and even the published-the-next-day ICA text were still classified and hidden from the president-elect! Now that seems like a last ditch effort to prevent Trump’s inauguration. BTW, who were his ‘foreign counterparts’ and why was he so concerned about their opinions?
Attached is a review of the declassified version of the notorious Intelligence Community Assessment, published on 01/06/2017. The declassified ICA text (“the ICA text” or “the text”, referring to the public version of the alleged assessment) regurgitates the Democratic talking points and allegations that Putin ordered interference in the 2016 elections, including claims that the alleged interference was directed against electing Hillary and in favor of electing Trump as president. The latter statement was supported only by the FBI and CIA, not by the NSA. The ICA demonstrated an extreme partisan bias in favor of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party. The ICA text contains no declassified information. It repeats the same allegations over and over either without evidence, or with evidence refuting them. A quarter of the text is devoted to proving the obvious: that RT is controlled or directed by the Russian government.
Continue reading A Review of the “Intelligence Community Assessment”
What a tangled web we weave …
Continues Origin of Operation “Crossfire Hurricane”
Update: Steele might have learnt what the DNC wanted him to write about Trump directly from the DNC, rather than indirectly through MSM. DOJ official Bruce Ohr reportedly communicated with Steele in the time when his wife Nellie Ohr worked for Fusion GPS that hired and worked with Steele.
The leaked “opposition research” (mostly smear) on Trump consisted of 230 pages. Only one short paragraph was devoted to allegations about Trump’s relations and attitudes towards Russia. Thus, neither the DNC nor Hillary campaign believed around May 2016 that there was even a small impropriety in Trump’s connections with Russia. The opposition research file was apparently dated December 2015, but the DNC allowed it to leak between late April to early June of 2016 (likely on June 12-14), then advertised it in the WaPo article on June 14, 2016.
The liberal media attitude toward Putin changed from lukewarm to hostile almost overnight between July 16 and July 21, simultaneously with the creation and adoption of the Trump-Putin conspiracy theory as a major part of the Democratic Party line. Continue reading All “Evidence” of “Russian Meddling” Came from the DNC
Even the New York Times admitted that Obama holdovers had committed crimes, probably including espionage, sedition, sabotage, obstruction of justice, and/or subornation of perjury in the transitional period. From the NYT March 1, 2017:
As Inauguration Day approached, Obama White House officials grew convinced that the intelligence was damning and that they needed to ensure that as many people as possible inside government could see it, even if people without security clearances could not. Some officials began asking specific questions at intelligence briefings, knowing the answers would be archived and could be easily unearthed by investigators — including the Senate Intelligence Committee, which in early January announced an inquiry into Russian efforts to influence the election.
At intelligence agencies, there was a push to process as much raw intelligence as possible into analyses, and to keep the reports at a relatively low classification level to ensure as wide a readership as possible across the government — and, in some cases, among European allies. Continue reading Crimes of DNC Loyalists in DOJ and Intelligence