Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Here is a timeline of how this story unfolded: June - The former Western intelligence officer -- who spent almost two decades on Russian intelligence matters and who now works with a US firm that gathers information on Russia for corporate clients -- was assigned the task of researching Trump's dealings in Russia and elsewhere, according to the former spy and his associates in this American firm. This was for an opposition research project originally financed by a Republican client critical of the celebrity mogul. (Before the former spy was retained, the project's financing switched to a client allied with Democrats.) "It started off as a fairly general inquiry," says the former spook, who asks not to be identified. But when he dug into Trump, he notes, he came across troubling information indicating connections between Trump and the Russian government.

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According to his sources, he says, "there was an established exchange of information between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin of mutual benefit." We now know that the "former Western intelligence officer" previously worked for the British MI6 and has been described by U.S. intelligence as a credible source. An official in the US administration who spoke to the Guardian described the source who wrote the intelligence report as consistently reliable, meticulous and well-informed, with a reputation for having extensive Russian contacts.

July - …near the start of July on his own initiative -- without the permission of the US company that hired him -- he (former intelligence officer) sent a report he had written for that firm to a contact at the FBI….

August - The FBI, after receiving the first memo, did not immediately request additional material, according to the former intelligence officer and his American associates. Yet in August, they say, the FBI asked him for all information in his possession and for him to explain how the material had been gathered and to identify his sources. The former spy forwarded to the bureau several memos -- some of which referred to members of Trump's inner circle. After that point, he continued to share information with the FBI.

Summer - The Guardian has learned that the FBI applied for a warrant from the foreign intelligence surveillance (FISA) court over the summer in order to monitor four members of the Trump team suspected of irregular contacts with Russian officials. The FISA court turned down the application asking FBI counter-intelligence investigators to narrow its focus. According to one report, the FBI was finally granted a warrant in October, but that has not been confirmed, and it is not clear whether any warrant led to a full investigation.

October - Sources tell CNN that these same allegations about communications between the Trump campaign and the Russians, mentioned in classified briefings for congressional leaders last year, prompted then-Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid to send a letter to FBI Director Comey in October, in which he wrote, "It has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government -- a foreign interest openly hostile to the United States."

December - The Guardian can confirm that the documents reached the top of the FBI by December. Senator John McCain, who was informed about the existence of the documents separately by an intermediary from a western allied state, dispatched an emissary overseas to meet the source and then decided to present the material to Comey in a one-on-one meeting on 9 December, according to a source aware of the meeting.

January - Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN… On the same day that the President-elect was briefed by the intelligence community, the top four Congressional leaders, and chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate intelligence committees -- the so-called "Gang of Eight" -- were also provided a summary of the memos regarding Mr. Trump, according to law enforcement, intelligence and administration sources. (attributions at link above)

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Maybe Greg Pslast will dig deep into the story like the election fraud. Whatever happened with that?

#1 | Posted by homerj at 2017-01-11 04:31 PM | Reply

So Trump is a gremlin from the Kremlin?

www.youtube.com

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2017-01-11 04:47 PM | Reply

We know the operatives name and even his address.

#3 | Posted by aescal at 2017-01-11 04:47 PM | Reply

"The FISA court turned down the application asking FBI counter-intelligence investigators to narrow its focus. According to one report, the FBI was finally granted a warrant in October, but that has not been confirmed, and it is not clear whether any warrant led to a full investigation."

Here is info that report:

October 2016: FBI reportedly gets a warrant

The FBI gets a FISA court warrant to investigate possible ties between Trump and Russia, according to Louise Mensch of Heat Street. She cites two separate unnamed sources for her story. Her story also cites Alfa Bank as one of the companies the FBI is seeking information about. Alfa is referred to in the dossier wrongly as "Alpha Bank." Mensch names the bank three months before the dossier is made public. Trump speechwriter Richard Burt has advised Alfa, according to the Financial Times, and one of Trump's computer servers has a connection with an Alfa server, though experts largely regarded the link between the servers as routine and innocuous, according to Fortune.

www.businessinsider.com

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-01-11 05:08 PM | Reply

The FBI gets a FISA court warrant to investigate possible ties between Trump and Russia, according to Louise Mensch of Heat Street. She cites two separate unnamed sources for her story. Her story also cites Alfa Bank as one of the companies the FBI is seeking information about.

Secret Trump Server Communicates with Russia

It dawned on the researchers that this wasn't an attack, but a sustained relationship between a server registered to the Trump organization and two servers registered to an entity called Alfa Bank. Eighty-seven percent of the DNS lookups involved the two Alfa Bank servers. "It's pretty clear that it's not an open mail server," Jean Camp told me. "These organizations are communicating in a way designed to block other people out." Tea Leaves and his colleagues plotted the data from the logs on a timeline. What it illustrated was suggestive: The conversation between the Trump and Alfa servers appeared to follow the contours of political happenings in the United States. "At election related moments, the traffic peaked," In September, the scientists tried to get the public to pay attention to their data. Soon, the New York Times' Eric Lichtblau and Steven Lee Myers began chasing the story. The Times hadn't yet been in touch with the Trump campaign -- Lichtblau spoke with the campaign a week later -- but shortly after it reached out to Alfa, the Trump domain name in question seemed to suddenly stop working. When the scientists looked up the host, the DNS server returned a "fail" message, evidence that it no longer functioned.

Four days later, on September 27, the Trump organization created a new host name, trump1.contact-client.com, which enabled communication to the very same server via a different route. When a new host name is created, the first communication with it is never random. To reach the server after the resetting of the host name, the sender of the first inbound mail has to first learn of the name somehow. It's simply impossible to randomly reach a renamed server. "That party had to have some kind of outbound message through sms, phone, or some non-internet channel they used to communicate [the new configuration]," Paul Vixie told me. The first attempt to look up the revised host name came from Alfa Bank. "If this was a public server, we would have seen other traces," Vixie says. "The only look-ups came from this particular source."

More pieces of the puzzle seem to be falling into place.

#5 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-01-11 09:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Here is a timeline of how this story unfolded: June - The former Western intelligence officer -- who spent almost two decades on Russian intelligence matters and who now works with a US firm that gathers information on Russia for corporate clients -- was assigned the task of researching Trump's dealings in Russia and elsewhere, according to the former spy and his associates in this American firm."

The spy has been named:

Mr. Simpson hired Mr. Steele, a former British intelligence officer with whom he had worked before. Mr. Steele, in his early 50s, had served undercover in Moscow in the early 1990s and later was the top expert on Russia at the London headquarters of Britain's spy service, MI6. When he stepped down in 2009, he started his own commercial intelligence firm, Orbis Business Intelligence.

www.nytimes.com

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-01-11 11:10 PM | Reply

And it keeps on spinnin' round and round....

BBC Reporter: Multiple Sources Confirm Trump/Sex Dossier

#7 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-01-12 12:55 AM | Reply

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