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Monday, March 12, 2018

In the sprawling Trump-Russia investigation, one name constantly pops up: Felix Sater. In story after story, Sater is described as Donald Trump's former business partner, a convicted stock swindler who was born in the Soviet Union, worked in Russia, tried to win Trump a deal in Moscow, and even helped broker a Ukrainian peace plan that Vladimir Putin would have loved. Basically, he's portrayed as something just short of a Russian spy. Effectively, he has been a spy -- but for the United States. For the first time, BuzzFeed News has verified the surprising sweep of Sater's undercover work and many of his specific exploits. He worked as an asset for the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency (or DIA) and tracked Osama bin Laden. Then he worked for more than a decade for the FBI, providing intel on everything from the mob to North Korea's drive for nuclear weapons. He still operates as a source for the bureau, according to two current FBI agents.




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He did some of this work to fend off prison time after he admitted guilt in a stock scam -- but he had started helping the US government before then, and he continued to report back to the FBI after the agreement ended. Today, as he is being questioned about Trump's business deals and ties to Russia, he has built relationships with at least six members of special counsel Robert Mueller's team, some going back more than 10 years.


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Now BuzzFeed News has obtained the statement Sater gave under oath to House Intelligence Committee investigators at his attorney's office in December, interviewed him extensively, and corroborated many details of his spy-thriller account through legal documents, emails, letters, and interviews with 10 current and former law enforcement and intelligence officials familiar with his undercover work.

"At the direction of the FBI," the Department of Justice stated in a newly unsealed court filing, Sater traveled to the Middle East after 9/11 to collect "valuable intelligence" on "key leaders in al Qaeda," and he helped "in a number of other areas, including Russian organized crime." In other court filings, the Justice Department said Sater's work on behalf of the United States "involves 18 foreign governments" as well as "various families of La Cosa Nostra," and that his help was "of an extraordinary depth and breadth."

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-03-12 01:55 PM | Reply

True or not true, and some of this sure sounds far-fetched, what's weird about this story is that it basically depicts another over the top, full of himself Trump associate who's past is filled with criminal cohorts and shady dealings.

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-03-12 03:44 PM | Reply

This is probably the most legitimate statement I've read on the entire matter:

Did he actually know Putin?

"No, of course not."

Did he think the Trump Moscow deal could get Trump elected?

Even Trump "is ------- surprised he became the president."

Then why send that email?

"If a deal can get done and I could make money and he could look like a statesman, what the ---- is the downside, right?"

#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-03-12 04:53 PM | Reply

if you take it at face value then it'd be hard not to believe that the FBI and the CIA were aware of trump for a long time. I wonder if maybe Mueller had an idea which direction his investigation should start.

#4 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-03-12 08:44 PM | Reply

So everything we're told Russia has done, the CIA actually did and Obama made sure Trump got elected.

#5 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-03-12 09:56 PM | Reply


who knows, i don't care as long as trumps' head ends up on a pike displayed at the castle gate LOL

#6 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-03-12 10:41 PM | Reply

He still operates as a source for the bureau, according to two current FBI agents.

Hmmm; if true, so much for operational security.
If this Sater guy has done half the work this piece claims he did, then he certainly has some friends in high and low places.

#7 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-03-13 07:02 PM | Reply

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