by Ian Greenhalgh and Gordon Duff
President Donald Trump, according to sources, including a Reuters story, began passing on the information in high level briefing he was receiving as President-Elect as early as December 2016, leading to the “neutralization” of two top CIA assets in Russia.
It is alleged that now President Donald Trump worked in coordination with Russian security officials to find and eliminate leaks that gave Christopher Steele, former MI6 agent and author of the Trump “dossier” access to what may well be Russia’s most important secret, their control through blackmail of an American president.
There is now no doubt, the 39 page dossier of intelligence reports on Donald Trump and his ties to Russia is very real, despite all the vehement denials by Trump. Yes, Donald Trump did indeed go to Moscow and get pee’d on by prostitutes in a hotel room where the Obamas once stayed.
Christopher Steele, the British former MI6 officer who compiled the dossier has been in hiding ever since the scandal broke last month and we can only hope he is safe and sound somewhere, considering the events in Russia that have resulted from the release of the dossier to the media.
Steele clearly had access to very high level sources inside Russia in order to have been able to compile such intelligence, people who, for whatever reason, were prepared to share Russian secrets with a Western intelligence officer. Such men would be considered spies and traitors by the Russian government, hence Steele had omitted any mention or any possible clue to their identities from his reports. However, the death and disappearance of two high ranking Russians in recent weeks clearly indicates someone has betrayed the identities of these assets.
A retired Russian intelligence officer was found dead in the back of a car on the 25th of December, however it has only now become public knowledge thanks to the Telegraph, a British newspaper: Mystery death of ex-KGB chief linked to MI6 spy’s dossier on Donald Trump
Oleg Erovinkin, a former general in the KGB and its successor the FSB, was found dead in the back of his car in Moscow on Boxing Day in mysterious circumstances. Erovinkin was a key aide to Igor Sechin, a former deputy prime minister and now head of Rosneft, the state-owned oil company, who is repeatedly named in the dossier.
The Russian state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Erovinkin’s body was: “found in a black Lexus… [and] a large-scale investigation has been commenced in the area. Erovinkin’s body was sent to the FSB morgue”.
No cause of death has been confirmed and the FSB continues to investigate. Media reports suggested his death was a result of foul play.
A former KGB and FSB general dead in the middle of Moscow in mysterious circumstances, it reads like a Cold War thriller; but as the Telegraph reports, there is a very real backstory to this death:
It was later claimed he died of a heart attack. Christo Grozev, an expert on Russia-related security threats, believes Erovinkin is the key source to whom Mr Steele refers in his dossier.
Mr Grozev said on a blog: “Insiders have described Erovinkin to me alternately as ‘Sechin’s treasurer’ and ‘the go-between between Putin and Sechin’. One thing that everyone seems to agree – both in public and private sources – is that Erovinkin was Sechin’s closest associate.”
Mr Grozev, of Risk Management Lab, a think tank in Bulgaria, said: “I have no doubt that at the time Erovinkin died, Mr Putin had Mr Steele’s Trump dossier on his desk. He would – arguably – have known whether the alleged… story is based on fact or fiction.
“Whichever is true, he would have had a motive to seek – and find the mole… He would have had to conclude that Erovinkin was at least a person of interest.”
The death of Erovinkin was only the first instance of an alleged Western asset being eliminated, shortly after, two high ranking Russians, both FSB officers working in cyberintelligence, were removed from their positions, as the NYTimes reports:
A senior official in the Russian cyberintelligence department that American officials say oversaw last year’s election hacking has been arrested in Moscow on charges of treason, a Russian newspaper reported Wednesday.
The arrest of Sergei Mikhailov, a senior officer of the Federal Security Service, or F.S.B., the main successor agency to the K.G.B., is a rare instance of turmoil in the country’s usually shadowy cybersecurity apparatus slipping into public view.
The manner of Mikhailov’s arrest indicates how serious this matter is – the arresting officers burst into a meeting and placed a bag over the head of one of their own intelligence community leaders, dragging him out of the room and he hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
Mikhailov had been publicly accused of overseeing the ‘Russian hacking’ of the US election, but that is no reason to arrest him; the reason he was hauled away in such dramatic fashion is that Russia found out that he was providing intel to the United States about Russian election hacking.
As the NYTimes article noted, this is a big deal:
If confirmed, the arrest would be one of the highest-profile detentions for treason within the F.S.B. since the breakup of the Soviet Union.
The NY Times also reported on the firing of the FSB’s deputy director for counterintelligence, which is no doubt also linked to the Trump dossier:
In another indication of high-level turmoil over cyberintelligence issues within the security agency, Kommersant reported on Jan. 13 that the director of the Center for Information Security, Andrei Gerasimov, would be fired. His termination was related to the investigation into the agency’s cooperation with Kaspersky on criminal hacking cases.
Mr. Gerasimov, who has led the Center for Information Security since 2009, was described as building close ties with companies like the Kaspersky Lab as an element in Russia’s cybersecurity policy. He is also the deputy director for counterintelligence at the F.S.B.
So the FSB has lost one man for treason and another has been fired, two body blows to Russian intelligence; another former FSB man appears to have paid for his involvement in the Trump dossier with his life.
How did Russia find out the identities of these Western assets? Who would have a vested interest in eliminating such assets?
Top of the list would be Donald Trump, who would love nothing more than to prevent the release of further Russian intelligence that does even worse damage to him than the dossier already has. Consider this – how long would the Trump presidency survive if Russia Today were to broadcast the tape the Russians have of Donald and his urological antics? Seeing your president enjoying being urinated on by a couple of Moscow hookers would upset America’s moral majority just a tad, methinks.
Far worse damage would be done to Trump if the Russians were to confirm the accuracy of the much more dangerous revelation contained in the Steele dossier – that Trump’s organisation, via Alfa Bank, had laundered immense sums stolen from the Russian economy and that Trump himself had been an asset of the Russian mafia for many years.
So if you were in Trump’s position, with your presidency balancing on a knife edge and the Russians holdings a sword of Damocles over your head, you’d make sure you played nice with Mr. Putin, perhaps even share the names of the high level assets who leaked the information to Steele? That would help persuade Mr. Putin to keep that tape locked up safely, unbroadcast, while at the same time eliminating the chance of further damaging intel coming from the same sources.
However, there is the uncomfortable little detail that Trump would have committed treason if he had ‘blown’ those two Western assets by sharing their identities with Putin.
Back in December when he became President-Elect, Trump began receiving more detailed intel briefings which contained far more sensitive information than what he had been receiving while he was a presidential nominee. This means that shortly after Trump gained access to the deepest U.S. intel secrets, Putin suddenly figured out which of his own top intel agents were secretly cooperating with the U.S. and had one (Mikhailov) arrested, while the other was mysteriously turning up dead (Erovinkin) and a third (Gerasimov) was fired for letting it happen on his watch.
All this paints a picture of Vladimir Putin wiping out those within his own ranks whom he suspected of having helped leak the Trump blackmail story to the Western World.
In light of all of the above, here’s the question that must now be asked. The U.S. asset who was dragged away by the Russians is either dead by now, or is being tortured in some black site prison and will be dead before much longer. And the British asset General Erovinkin who leaked the existence of Trump’s alleged prostitute blackmail video is now dead, in circumstances straight out of a spy novel.
Vladimir Putin figured out the identity of one and possibly both of these assets shortly after Donald Trump became privy to these kinds of secrets. So the question is this: did Trump give up the identity U.S. asset and the British asset to Putin, and if so, did he do it to prevent Putin from releasing the prostitute blackmail video?