[ Editor’s Note: I had not seen this yesterday. The article on Politico is from Harding’s book, and includes FBI intercepts of the Russians in NY City that were “working” Page, who was a classic man on the make, and in over his head as you will see.
There are still some questions about Page as he had a strong profile of someone being groomed with all the “good breaks” that seemed to flow his way over the years. British schooled academics are a huge magnet for spy recruiting, by everybody.
Another good tidbit here is that the FISA renewals, four I think, of the surveillance on Page were done by four different judges, all appointed by Republicans. This also seems to have been overlooked in adding to the Nunes memo. Imagine that, the man who can point out what the FBI leaves out, but not what he does. Does that sound like something a political player would do?
Wherever you stand on this controversy, including those that want your side to win purely because it is your side, you will need to be aware of what is in this review.
Page got into Trump’s team during the initial chaos when Trump was winging it, surrounding himself with real degrees. Page had pumped himself up out of proportion, something a man like Trump would know a lot about … Jim W. Dean ]
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… The Russian spies, however, had one promising lead. This was a guy—an energy consultant based in New York City. Unlike the women, he was eager to help. And, it appeared, keen to make money in Moscow. There was a drawback: The source—whom the FBI called “Male-1”—was something of a dimwit.
…PODOBNYY: [Male-1] … He [Page] flies to Moscow more often than I do. He got hooked on [the Russian state energy company] Gazprom, thinking that if they have a project, he could rise up. Maybe he can. I don’t know, but it’s obvious he wants to earn loads of money.
SPORYSHEV: Without a doubt.
…The FBI presented its evidence before a secret tribunal— the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, or FISA, court, which handles sensitive national security cases. The bureau argued that there were strong grounds to believe that Page was acting as a Russian agent. The judge agreed. From this point on, the FBI was able to access Page’s electronic communications. An initial ninety-day warrant was later renewed.
…As the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, Steele’s research formed only part of the application. Four separate federal judges approved these renewals. All were appointed by Republican presidents.
Luke Harding is a foreign correspondent at the Guardian. Excerpted from the book Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win published by Vintage Books, an imprint of The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright 2017 by Luke Harding.
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Correct me if Im wrong. The FISA Court Memo says,
“On October 24, 2016, the government orally apprised the Court of significant non-compliance with the NSA’s minimization procedures involving queries of data acquired under Section 702 using U.S. person identifiers. The full scope of non-compliant querying practices had not been previously disclosed to the Court.”
Again, please correct me if I’m wrong, but my current understanding is that the FBI and DOJ obtained their FISA spying warrants based on false pretexts, like the unverified Steele Dossier, which the DNC and FBI payed the former MI-6 Agent good money for…A clear conflict of interest at the very least. Is obtaining a FISA warrant to spy on people based on false pretexts a felony, or is it not? And now we have an attempt to save face, suggesting Page was a Russian stooge and was worth spying on. Has this information provided by Harding been proven beyond a reasonable doubt, or is it more Russia-phobia hysteria?
There appears to be some information appearing that Carter Page was an FBI operative in 2013 working as an under-cover employee (UCE) of the FBI, helping them to build a case against Evgeny Buryakov. He was described as Male-1 in that 2015 case, a fact he confirmed on page 16 of his written testimony to the House last November where he described the illegal leaking of his identity by Government representatives. This could be the reason he was so friendly with the Russians, it was his job.
Whichever way you look at this it is murky.
Hi Jim, This is off topic, but I have been wondering for awhile how Ian Greenhalgh is doing ?
I have missed his excellent, well-researched pieces. Thanks, and take care.
Ian had some illness issues and is recovering well, doing some research now without the daily hustle bustle of VT 7 days a week. He will pop up, and probably with some interesting work do share with us. Thanks for asking.
I was also wondering. Thanks for the update on Ian’s recovery, Jim.
“A California political science professor reportedly called President Trump a “white supremacist” and an “orange reality star” in her class syllabus, and at one point asked how students “will explain” the current political era.
Dr. Brooke Mascagni, who teaches “American Political Institutions” at California State University-Dominguez Hills, rails against Trump in the “shortened version” syllabus, according to Campus Reform.
PROFESSORS SLAM TRUMP’S STATE OF THE UNION AS ‘CARNAGE PORN,’ ‘KLAN RALLY’ ON TWITTER
“Future generations will wonder how the greatest democracy in the world elected a white supremacist, misogynist, narcissistic, volatile, belligerent, uninformed, stubborn, failed businessman and orange reality star to the highest office,” Mascagni wrote under a section titled “Why is this class important?””
Let’s get off this subject. If you want to write about old news why not tackle the missing Trillion$. As discovered by Catherine Fitts, since 1999 $21 Trillions have been cleverly disappeared from just 2 agencies, DoD and HUD. An hard to imagine amount, but let’s try. If one were to spend $1 million a day for 740,000 consecutive days it does not add up to 1Trillion. This is obviously a taboo subject, but it must be addressed. At many restruants if a server’s customer walks without paying the server must pay the check. Well maybe our congressmen should have to pay back the stolen $21 Trillion$.
Good Point, but when all the civic organizations have displayed no interest there is a problem as to where to start. Added to that, have you noticed how acclimated almost everyone is now to the continued deficits? As long as the public sees things as “getting better” they have accepted it as the “new normal”. One cannot lead when there is no one to follow. I led such as charge once, of sorts, based on what appeared to be angry people. When I got half way across the field and did not hear any footsteps behind me (figuratively speaking), I turned around and saw no one was following me. They were just watching at a safe distance. I learned something from that which has stayed with me. In a military charge everyone knows that everybody must go all at the same time, as it is as much a psychological attack as a fire power one.
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