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  • Monday, Sep 16, 2019

    The C.I.A. Spy Inside the Kremlin

    Traded a top spy from Russia back in 2017. ... My colleague Adam Goldman and I started doing some reporting about a key CIA asset who had been offered ex filtration from Russia by the C I. ... And we knew that this source was the main person who told the CIA who told the entire intelligence community that Vladimir Putin interfered in election in favor Donald Trump.

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    The C.I.A. Spy Inside the Kremlin
    from The New York Times. I'm Michaela borrow this today.

    Last week, CNN broke the story that the US had secretly expel. Traded a top spy from Russia back in 2017.

    What that means now for us intelligence.

    It's Monday, September 16.

    So, Julian, tell me.

    about this story that you had been reporting out.

    a few months ago. My colleague Adam Goldman and I started doing some reporting about a key CIA asset who had been offered ex filtration from Russia by the C I. A.

    And we knew that this source was the main person who told the CIA who told the entire intelligence community that Vladimir Putin interfered in election in favor Donald Trump. So this person was really important, and what happened to this person.

    was.

    a.

    little bit of a mystery.

    Julian Barnes covers national security for The Times.

    Any time you're trying to report about sensitive intelligence, it's extremely slow going.

    I had one conversation with a person who, as I was asking the question, he said, Stop, I do not want to hear that question. I did not want you to ask me that question. So it's very painstaking work. But last week, as I was doing reporting, I learned that a cable network was on toe one of the stories I was working on, but it was Friday and I was nervous. But I let that go. Um.

  • Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017

    Majority of this episode matches this query

    Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

    Okay, so that explains Spicer and Trump. ... You know, there's a whole issue with Trump and Russia and the connections there. ... People are talking Flynn, Russia, Flynn, Russia and Flynn is have this real pro Russia bent where he sees Russia's natural ally of the United States in the war against Islamists extremism, and that we should be working closely with Russia.

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    Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017
    Matthew Rosenberg is a national security reporter in Washington. He's been documenting this complicated series of events and has known Michael Flynn for years.

    Flynn's this working class kid from Rhode Island. He goes to University of Reality, does already see gets in the military and he rising through the ranks. He's an intelligence officer, and his star really begins to shine during the war in Iraq, where he's working for General Stanley McChrystal and they're dismantling Arcade on Iraq and Flynn kind of greens. His reputation is having this amazing knack for kind of mapping out terrorist networks and dismantling them. And it's here that Flynn kind of becomes this kind of bigger than life figure. He writes. An entire report publicly criticizing how intelligence collected and how it serves. The war effort really solidifies this reputations kind of brash, unconventional officer who's willing to buck the trend. And telegeography, they're wrong when he gets the Washington somebody finds out he's under investigation because among his unconventional.

    way of doing business was he tried to share Intel with the Pakistanis about some Taliban Tarun it well.

    and his thinking there, which was kind of classic Flynn and somewhat McChrystal was. We want to get the Pakistanis to help us. So we're gonna try and, like, shame them a little bit into doing this. We're gonna tell them we know what they're up to and that they're helping these guys. But that was like CIA intelligence. They were pretty pissed about that.

    All right, back to this call. Why was Michael Flynn having this conversation in December.

    So look, the Trump campaign is just one.

    Flynn is going to be there. National security adviser. He's gonna be a point person on foreign affairs, defence, stuff like that. So he's part of the effort than any administration makes in a transition to reach out to allies, adversaries, kind of leaver leaders and officials around the world and start establishing a relationship.

    So this conversation goes from a typical courtesy call into a discussion of policy. Was policy specifically gets discussed.

    They begin to talk about sanctions Now. The Obama administration of that point was, I think a day away from opposing imposing sanctions over the Russian election hacking.

    and that, you know, it was kind of an open secret that was coming, we've been told, is that the message Flynn delivered was pretty unambiguous of subtle but pretty clear. Which was that look, anything that's happening, any sanctions that are coming don't react. Don't overreact. The Obama administration is Russia's problem, not United States. When Trump is in office, there will be many avenues for cooperation. So let's not mess anything up right now. So.

  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    I told Mr Bortnikov that if Russia had such a campaign under way, it would be certain to backfire. ... If I'm a diehard Trump supporter, I read this and say, Okay, I get it. ... See, this proves there was so much there that the CIA director, you know, was freaking out and formed this special group to look into it.

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    Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    But then he has this moment where he says, and it's not gonna work, and it's going to totally backfire.

    I told Mr Bortnikov that if Russia had such a campaign under way, it would be certain to backfire. I said that all Americans, regardless of political affiliation or whom they might support in the election, cherish their ability to elect their own leaders without outside interference or disruption. I said American voters would be outraged by any Russian attempt to interfere in the election.

    That's extraordinary. Phone call, if total yet. But it was also totally wrong, right? Uh, all the polls show it's a totally partisan issue, whether the Russian meddling, whether whether even happened, right, you're you're much more likely to believe that Russia got in and mucked around in the election if you're a Democrat and you're much less likely to believe that it happened or that if it did happen that it mattered if you're a Republican, Matt. Given everything we heard from Brennan, how much deeper is our understanding of what may be the essential question of the president, his campaign and potential collusion with Russia.

    I think we have a.

    deeper understanding of how this all unfolded.

    but I don't think we have a clear understanding of whether there's any there there. If I'm a diehard Trump supporter, I read this and say, Okay, I get it. You got really worked up last summer.

    Well, now we're this summer, and we still haven't seen any direct evidence of collusion. And yet the president is totally under siege for it. This must be a partisan issue. If I am a hard core Democrats, and I think you know, Hillary had the election stolen from her, then I'm going to say yes. See, this proves there was so much there that the CIA director, you know, was freaking out and formed this special group to look into it. And all of the dominoes have since fallen from that. So.

    as always, in Washington, where you stand often comes down to where you sit, Matt. Yes.

  • Tuesday, Dec 19, 2017

    Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

    Hours later, President Trump wrote on Twitter that the crash shows the need for increased infrastructure spending, though the new line the train was traveling. ... Yesterday I received a call from President Putin of Russia. ... that our CIA was able to provide them.

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    Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017
    So there were many rail enthusiasts who just wanted to be a part of that historic moment.

    Hours later, President Trump wrote on Twitter that the crash shows the need for increased infrastructure spending, though the new line the train was traveling.

    was a product of such investment. And this strategy recognizes that whether we like it or not, we are engaged in a new era of competition.

    We accept that vigorous military, economic and political contests are now playing out all around the world. In a speech on Monday that carried echoes of the Cold War, the president outlined a new national security strategy that treats China and Russia as the biggest rivals to the United States. We know that American success is not a foregone conclusion. It must be earned.

    and it must be one.

    arrivals, air tough. They're tenacious and committed to the long term.

    But so are way. The speech was somewhat at odds with the often warm relationship between President Trump and the leaders of the two countries, though he did not mention Russian interference in the 2016 election and instead referred to a positive interaction with Vladimir Putin over the weekend. Yesterday I received a call from President Putin of Russia.

    thanking our country for the intelligence.

    that our CIA was able to provide them.

    concerning a major terrorist attack planned in ST Petersburg, where many people, perhaps in the thousands, could have been killed.

    They were able to apprehend these terrorists before the event.

    with no loss of life. And that's a great thing and the way it's supposed to work.

    that is the way it's supposed to work.

    That's with.

  • Tuesday, Mar 27, 2018

    Tuesday, March 27, 2018

    the statement that President Trump or the Trump administration since he's been a little more quiet? ... Well, the Trump administration. ... of states himself, who almost never says anything that would seem to be, you know, in conflict with Russia.

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    Tuesday, March 27, 2018
    Well, we do it because the that's just the way it's always been done, and we expect other countries to accept the people we send over diplomatic credentials, even though sometimes they're not really our diplomats. You know, the CIA officers working in most countries are mostly accredited as diplomats, So there's sort of a wink and a nod that goes among countries and has for many years on this kind of thing. But when an episode like this comes up, it usually is a chance for, ah country to sort of clean house.

    a little bit, right? Sounds like it kind of goes both ways. Yeah, it does. But basically, if we well know that Russians in this country are likely up to some espionage, it sounds like these expulsions are simply have a political act there, largely symbolic rather than a meaningful national.

    security move. Well, look, you know diplomacy is often about statements is often about symbolism. It's often about drawing a line, even if it doesn't necessarily have a tangible impact, right. And that's why we keep looking to President Trump and asking him why he's not saying things in a stronger way. Because these things matter. They send signals. So to your point, what's.

    the statement that President Trump or the Trump administration since he's been a little more quiet? What's the statement that the Trump administration is making here with these expulsions.

    Well, the Trump administration.

    is making the point that we A we stand with our ally and be we're not going to tolerate without some sort of response on attack on sovereignty like this, But we've often seen so far in the last 14 months is this duality of attitude toward Russia when it comes to the Trump administration, you've got. On the one hand, the administration itself, which sometimes takes actions like thes or use a strong words of condemnation sometimes expressed by Rex Tillerson when he was secretary of state or Nikki Haley is the U. N. Ambassador or others, and.

    then you've got the president.

    of states himself, who almost never says anything that would seem to be, you know, in conflict with Russia. Just last week, he called President Putin and congratulated here right on election that everybody else considered to be a sham, even though his own staff said, Do not congratulate and he didn't even mention the poisoning during this phone call. So there is a dichotomy between the president and the rest of his administration.

  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    they either want a damaged Hillary Clinton to win or Donald Trump. ... It was well beyond my mandate as director of CIA, too. ... Persons, including anything involving the individuals involved the Trump campaign was shared with the bureau.

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    Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    investigation by the bureau to determine whether or not U. S persons were actively conspiring colluding with Russian officials.

    which is not a totally insane thing to think. If you're the director of the C A. Because you are starting to understand.

    I think that they, uh most the time believed that Secretary Clinton was going to win the election. And so their efforts that denigrate her. We're not just to try to diminish her chance of winning, but also to hurt her for her eventual presidency. So.

    they either want a damaged Hillary Clinton to win or Donald Trump.

    They felt that that Mr Trump, being a bit of an outsider on that they have in the past, had had some good relations with businessmen who happened to elevate into positions off government authority.

    What did Brennan say that he did as then director of the C i A. When he learned about this, presumably he was very alarmed and would have taken some actions.

    So in late July.

    we set up a group in late July that included the FBI and ESA. I want to make sure that every information and bit of tells us that we had was shared with the bureau said that they could take it. It was well beyond my mandate as director of CIA, too. Follow on any of those leads that involved us persons. But I made sure that anything that was involving U. S. Persons, including anything involving the individuals involved the Trump campaign was shared with the bureau.

    We now know this is kind of what all triggered the FBI investigation that Jim Comey confirmed back in March.

    The other thing we learned which is really new and really interesting, was.

    in August.

    I spoke to Alexander Bortnikov.

    his counterpart in the Russian Federal Security Service, the FSB, when he gets the head of Russian security on the phone and basically says, Cut it out loudly.

    I warned Mr Bortnikov that if Russia pursued this course, it would destroy any near term prospects for improvement in relations between Washington and Moscow and would undermine constructive engagement even on matters of mutual interest.

  • Monday, Oct 7, 2019

    A ‘Crazy’ Plan: How U.S. Diplomats Discussed the Pressure on Ukraine

    House Democrats, leading the impeachment inquiry against President Trump have called their first witness a U. ... He was the envoy in charge of trying to make progress in the fight between Russia and Ukraine. This ongoing war, he's, ah, highly respected national security, professionally start his career at the CIA A, with a foreign service officer, was very close to John McCain and has run the McCain Institute.

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    A ‘Crazy’ Plan: How U.S. Diplomats Discussed the Pressure on Ukraine
    from The New York Times. I'm Michaela Borrow this.

    today.

    House Democrats, leading the impeachment inquiry against President Trump have called their first witness a U. S diplomat involved in the negotiations with Ukraine.

    dream.

    on what that diplomats testimony revealed.

    about where the inquiry is headed.

    It's Monday, October 7.

    For the first time today, lawmakers will hear from a diplomat directly involved in US activities with Ukraine.

    the first witness to testify, Kurt Volker, the now former U. S. Special envoy for Ukraine. Last Thursday, Kurt Volker walked into the House of Representatives and testified for nine hours.

    Three committees are going to question Volker.

    Volker is a very interesting figure. He is a longtime diplomat. He was ambassador to NATO in the Bush administration, and Volcker was the special representative for Ukraine. He was the envoy in charge of trying to make progress in the fight between Russia and Ukraine. This ongoing war, he's, ah, highly respected national security, professionally start his career at the CIA A, with a foreign service officer, was very close to John McCain and has run the McCain Institute. He's a figure of a lot of credibility here.

    but.

    he was mentioned several times in the whistleblower's complaint, which sparked this inquiry.

    Volker is named in the whistleblower complaint, and as the controversy over President Trump's call with his Ukrainian counterpart has exploded in Washington, Volker has found himself thrust.

  • Monday, Feb 11, 2019

    The Standoff Over Food and Power in Venezuela

    Shortly afterward, I end a shot himself dead in the President Trump House, and that was the end of democracy in Chile. ... S effort to oust Allende because Nixon fear that he leaned too much toward Russia ends up leading to the rise of a replacement who is by all accounts much more dangerous and destructive to the people of Chile. ... hackable Arbenz Guzman in 1954 in Guatemala, leftists who got overthrown by a CIA backed.

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    The Standoff Over Food and Power in Venezuela
    armed forces.

    way.

    Shortly afterward, I end a shot himself dead in the President Trump House, and that was the end of democracy in Chile.

    A military junta took charge and the U. S recognized it.

    This laid the foundation for one of the most famous Dictatorships in Latin America, which was the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

    You that on.

    that, we're all.

    this government started to round up anyone who was seen as one of its political opponents and took them to the National Stadium where they began torturing them.

    I saw quite a lot of brutality.

    I've seen a man with three man with guns on.

    and then disappearing for a little while into the shade of the back of the stadium into a room in the back of the state. And then we saw somebody just could make him having carried out.

    This was some of the darkest days that really had, but at the same time truly had become one of America's closest allies in American force in alliance with the man who had become their dictator.

    So what began as a U. S effort to oust Allende because Nixon fear that he leaned too much toward Russia ends up leading to the rise of a replacement who is by all accounts much more dangerous and destructive to the people of Chile.

    And that was just one example of where the U. S. Tried to determine the fate of a country in Latin America. There was.

    hackable Arbenz Guzman in 1954 in Guatemala, leftists who got overthrown by a CIA backed.

    coup, these rebel troops, backed by air power, have compelled the ousting of Guatemala's pro communist regime.

    There was the Bay of Pigs, which was ordered by GfK when they tried to use Cuban exiles to invade Cuba.

  • Friday, Apr 14, 2017

    Friday, April 14, 2017

    In his first major public appearance as director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo said that WIKILEAKS, which has published internal US military documents and emails from the Democratic National Committee, is a threat to the United States national security. ... A non state, hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia. ... Boy, I love reading those wikileaks, Trump said.

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    Friday, April 14, 2017
    Now that's actually a fairly small part of what they do. But it's a brutal part, and I'm totally against it, and I wouldn't do that. They also, however, service women. Despite praising Planned Parenthood during the campaign, a lot of women are help so we have to look at the positives. Also for Planned Parenthood President Trump signed legislation on Thursday that would allow states to cut off federal funding for the group and other organizations that perform abortions, a reversal of a measure signed by President Obama in the final days of his presidency. To protect that funding.

    and as long as they make a splash, they care nothing about the lives they put at risk or the damage they caused to national security. In his first major public appearance as director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo said that WIKILEAKS, which has published internal US military documents and emails from the Democratic National Committee, is a threat to the United States national security. It's time to call out Wikileaks for what it really is.

    A non state, hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia. The speech comes months after Pompeo's boss, President Trump, praised Wikileaks during the campaign for exposing emails about his rival, Hillary Clinton.

    Boy, I love reading those wikileaks, Trump said.

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  • Monday, Nov 13, 2017

    Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

    Over the weekend, President Trump and the former directors of the U. S intelligence agencies went back and forth over the president's comments that he believed Vladimir Putin when he said Russia did not meddle in the 2016 election. ... On Sunday morning, former CIA director John Brennan went on CNN to criticize the president's comments, and I think it demonstrates to Mr Putin that, uh, Donald Trump could be played by foreign leaders who are going to appeal to his ego and to try to play upon his insecurities, which is very, very worrisome.

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    Monday, Nov. 13, 2017
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    increase or wage increase. So a lot of good things are happening. But this is the final element. Tax cuts and tax reform.

    Thank you. Thank you, Michael.

    up. On.

    Thursday, Senate Republicans released their own version of the tax plan in response to criticism that the House proposal was not, in fact, for the middle class. The Senate plan would delay a major cut in the corporate tax rate by a year and reinstates several tax breaks used by middle class families. Both chambers are under pressure to pass a tax reform bill.

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    else you need to know today. Over the weekend, President Trump and the former directors of the U. S intelligence agencies went back and forth over the president's comments that he believed Vladimir Putin when he said Russia did not meddle in the 2016 election.

    On Saturday, talking to reporters on board Air Force One, the president dismissed the intelligence chiefs who have all said meddling occurred as hacks by not confronting the issue directly and not acknowledging to Putin that we know that you're responsible. This I think he's giving Putin a pass. On Sunday morning, former CIA director John Brennan went on CNN to criticize the president's comments, and I think it demonstrates to Mr Putin that, uh, Donald Trump could be played by foreign leaders who are going to appeal to his ego and to try to play upon his insecurities, which is very, very worrisome. From a NASCAR example, Brennan was joined by the former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, who suggested the president is being manipulated with flattery by leaders like Putin. You know, he seems vory.

  • Friday, May 12, 2017

    Friday, May 12, 2017

    Trump. ... And that's part of what, like the FBI and the CIA, is this and the energy dio that's their job. ... But the Russia issue was certainly seen as a serious national security issue.

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    Friday, May 12, 2017
    Trump. I think we've got a lot of evidence of that, you know Sally Yates.

    She stood in defiance of the president's travel ban. Writing in a letter she is not convinced the executive order is lawful.

    fired for defying the president, Jim Comey.

    with respect to the president's tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration.

    I have no information that supports those tweets.

    had openly contradicted the president, and they've got fired. None of this looks particularly good for people who want to be independent here, and I think it's a real concern. I was speaking to a very senior former intelligence official who was saying, They've got a really big problem here because it looks like if you tell the emperor's got no shoe laces, you're gonna get shot. Nobody's gonna tell me, has no close. And that's a huge problem when you're running a country that you need to be able to hear contradictory information. And that's part of what, like the FBI and the CIA, is this and the energy dio that's their job. Bringing the information you don't want to hear if you could make a decision and he was realistic, he said, you know, he'd run to very large intelligence bureaucracies and he said, Look, most people just gonna keep their heads down, they'll be a few heroes. But most voters put their heads down, do their jobs and try and avoid getting their heads cut off. And you know that's a problem.

    And that What did you say? The name of this hearing waas a.

    gum? It's the worldwide threat assessment. Just make sure I've got the name right. Hold on one second. What's today's date? Is the.

    its worldwide threats hearing? I.

    mean, I ask that because.

    is all of this that we've been discussing this hearing getting hijacked? Or does it make total sense.

    given the context were in and the original intent of this hearing, that this is in fact what we're seeing? A worldwide threat.

    I guess that depends on who you ask. I think there are a lot of national security people and people on the hill and in parts of government that would say yes, this is a worldwide threat, the politics of who fired whom or why you're probably less threatening. But the Russia issue was certainly seen as a serious national security issue.

    and I think you know, one of the dangers here, though, is that you do get consumed with these internal political. I don't call them squabbles because it's a crisis.