Friday, December 28, 2018

Russiagate: Did He or Didn't He?

A new report from McClachey suggesting that Michael Cohen's phone pinged in Prague: Cell signal puts Cohen outside Prague around time of purported Russian meeting
A mobile phone traced to President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and “fixer” Michael Cohen briefly sent signals ricocheting off cell towers in the Prague area in late summer 2016, at the height of the presidential campaign, leaving an electronic record to support claims that Cohen met secretly there with Russian officials, four people with knowledge of the matter say.

During the same period of late August or early September, electronic eavesdropping by an Eastern European intelligence agency picked up a conversation among Russians, one of whom remarked that Cohen was in Prague, two people familiar with the incident said.

The phone and surveillance data, which have not previously been disclosed, lend new credence to a key part of a former British spy’s dossier of Kremlin intelligence describing purported coordination between Trump’s campaign and Russia’s election meddling operation.

The dossier, which Trump has dismissed as “a pile of garbage,” said Cohen and one or more Kremlin officials huddled in or around the Czech capital to plot ways to limit discovery of the close “liaison” between the Trump campaign and Russia.
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Both of the newly surfaced foreign electronic intelligence intercepts were shared with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, people familiar with the matter said. Mueller is investigating Russia’s 2016 election interference and whether Trump’s campaign colluded in the scheme. Mueller also is examining whether Trump has obstructed the sweeping inquiry.

McClatchy reported in April 2018 that Mueller had obtained evidence Cohen traveled to Prague from Germany in late August or early September of 2016, but it could not be learned how that information was gleaned.
Da Caller: New Report Claims Evidence That Michael Cohen Visited Prague. Michael Cohen denies, it, of course, and Mueller never charged him with anything in relations to it Da Hill Cohen denies traveling to Prague in 2016: ‘Mueller knows everything’
“I hear #Prague #CzechRepublic is beautiful in the summertime. I wouldn’t know as I have never been. #Mueller knows everything!” Cohen wrote on Twitter late Thursday afternoon in response.
And the Daily Mail points out how easy it is to clone a phone and make it look like it's been somewhere it hasn't.
McClatchy didn't explore in print the possibility that a Cohen adversary might have obtained the unique digital ID of his phone and put it on another one, a simple task for the technically inclined.
Or the records could just simply be faked. My guess is that this is Russia behind the "eastern European" countries spies sowing discord. But this will serve to keep Democrats hope's alive that the PP tape exists and is out there somewhere.

Meanwhile back in the USSA, If You Only Get Your News From CNN, You Have No Idea This Story Happened 
Linkedin co-founder Reid Hoffman, an early investor in Facebook, was behind a six-figure misinformation campaign that involved falsely linking Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore to Russian influence operations during Alabama’s December 2017 special election.

Hoffman funded Democratic operatives who staged a “false flag” — in their own words — meant to falsely link Moore’s campaign to Russian bots in order to boost Democratic candidate Doug Jones’ Senate campaign.

Jones went on to win the election after defeating Moore in an upset. (RELATED: Democrats Ran Russian Bot ‘False Flag’ Operation In Alabama — And Media Fell For It)

Hoffman devoted the same amount of money toward the misinformation campaign as actual Russian operatives are said to have spent on a Facebook influence operation during the 2016 operation, according to reporting by The New York Times.
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CNN hasn’t touched the story, even as it has undergone several developments.

Hoffman apologized on Wednesday for funding the misinformation campaign. Hoffman’s apology came after Facebook suspended the operatives he paid for their role in the misinformation campaign.

And yet, as of Thursday morning, CNN’s readers and viewers remained completely in the dark about the domestic misinformation campaign in the Alabama Senate election.

The Alabama operation isn’t the only Democratic misinformation campaign that CNN has ignored.

CNN also failed to publish any articles on the fact that North Dakota Democrats falsely targeted hunters in the state with misinformation meant to keep them from voting in the 2018 midterm elections.

Democrats’ North Dakota arm targeted hunters with false advertisements informing them that they could lose their out-of-state hunting licenses if they voted in the 2018 elections.
That's not new, but this is:  Disinformation campaign targeting Roy Moore’s Senate bid may have violated law, Alabama AG says. Well, there's a law against everything if you look hard enough. Gotta be a conspiracy charge there somewhere. Better slap him in irons until we sort this shit out, as I suggest yesterday and make a good honest effort to bankrupt him with lawyers fees. Oh, and we need to demand a re-vote.

Da Wire: Supreme Court Blocks 'Mystery' Mueller Subpoena. Not so much blocked, as allowed the mysterious Russian company being subpoenaed to escape fines while fighting it in court.
"The Supreme Court is putting on hold a contempt order against an unnamed company fighting a subpoena in a mystery case with possible ties to special counsel Robert Mueller," according to The Hill. "A lower court last week upheld the subpoena after the company, which is owned by a foreign government, argued that it was immune from criminal proceedings under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and that the subpoena was unenforceable because it would require 'the Corporation' to violate 'Country A’s' domestic law."

The company was paying an estimated $500 per week in fines, and the new order could give the justices more time to review the subpoena and even issue a more direct order, potentially ending Mueller's probe into the mystery company,
Victor Davis Hanson at American Greatness: Mueller Investigation Stirring Up More Trouble Than It’s Finding. And that always was the point. Point a finger at some untouchable Russians, convict a few Americans of lying to FBI, and call it collusion.

Only one after looking through literally millions of emails and texts? Mueller team found mystery 'nude selfie,' says indicted Russian company
Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has allegedly collected a "nude selfie" over the course of its Russia investigation.

Lawyers for Concord Management and Consulting LLC, one of the Russian companies charged by Mueller for its role in sowing discord and interfering in the 2016 election, made the claim in a court filing Thursday.

“Could the manner in which he collected a nude selfie really threaten the national security of the United States?” asked attorney Eric Dubelier in a filing in support of a motion to compel discovery.

No further details were given on who the selfie might be of and how it was obtained, and Law & Crime, who reached out for comment, reports that it has not yet heard back.
As long as it's not Michael Cohen, or Oleg Deripaska. 

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