United States spies, seeking to retrieve cyberweapons, paid Russian peddling dirt on Trump

Trump speaks to reporters in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington

I hope people are now seeing & understanding what is going on here.

'My view is that not only has Trump been vindicated in the last several weeks about the mishandling of the Dossier and the lies about the Clinton/DNC Dossier, it shows that he's been victimized, ' Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch said on Fox News.

The outlet reports that the CIA began meeting with the unidentified spy early a year ago after he claimed to have cyberweapons stolen from the National Security Agency.

The unnamed officials said that the Russian played the American businessman a 15-second clip showing an unidentifiable man in a room talking to two women.

The Times reports that American spies had their doubts about the Russian operative, who was known to have ties to Russian intelligence and cybercriminals, but chose to arrange a deal with him.

Since then, at least four Russians with espionage and underworld connections have appeared in Central and Eastern Europe, offering to sell the compromising data. The video had no sound or any evidence the man in footage was Trump.

Early in the negotiations, the Russian had asked $10 million for the NSA material but then dropped his asking price to just over $1 million, sparking concerns among US officials that his real intent might be to feed them false information about Trump to discredit him or the special counsel's investigation and the intelligence community, the Times reported.

Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong's sister to visit South Korea
Thousands of troops marched in formation carrying guns, bayonets and swords while leader Kim Jong Un watched from a balcony above. All the while, the three countries must together confront a North Korea problem that Straub says really hasn't changed.

A CIA spokesman disputed the Times report and one in the Intercept that the US intelligence community had looked into whether it could obtain the NSA data and also had been offered damaging information about Trump.

An explosive memo declassified by Trump more than a week ago shows that top officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ used an unverified and politically motivated anti-Trump dossier to obtain a warrant to surveil Trump associate Carter Page.

The Russian took the money but never turned anything over.

On the other hand, the former official said, if the NSA and CIA were satisfied that their interlocutor had bona fide intelligence, paying for it might be a smart move.

In the meantime, some American patriots rushed to express their outrage at someone daring to spend so much taxpayer money on digging up dirt on the acting head of state.

The US intelligence officials said they cut off the deal because they were wary of being entangled in a Russian operation to create discord inside the US government.

He was eventually told by the Central Intelligence Agency to leave Europe and not return.

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