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Top-Secret NSA Report Details Russian Hacking Effort Days Before 2016 Election. The report indicates that Russian hacking may have penetrated further into U.S. voting systems than was previously understood.

Top-Secret NSA Report Details Russian Hacking Effort Days Before 2016 Election

It states unequivocally in its summary statement that it was Russian military intelligence, specifically the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU, that conducted the cyber attacks described in the document: Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate actors … executed cyber espionage operations against a named U.S. company in August 2016, evidently to obtain information on elections-related software and hardware solutions. … The actors likely used data obtained from that operation to … launch a voter registration-themed spear-phishing campaign targeting U.S. local government organizations.

How the Republican right found allies in Russia. (Bastien Inzaurralde,Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post) President Trump's warm rhetoric toward Russia on the campaign trail is just one instance of a softening stance toward Russia among some U.S. conservatives.

How the Republican right found allies in Russia

The Post examined the relationship between gun rights advocates and religious conservatives in the U.S., and their counterparts in Russia. President Trump's warm rhetoric toward Russia on the campaign trail is just one instance of a softening stance toward Russia among some U.S. conservatives. (Bastien Inzaurralde, Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post) Growing up in the 1980s, Brian Brown was taught to think of the communist Soviet Union as a dark and evil place. But Brown, a leading opponent of same-sex marriage, said that in the past few years he has started meeting Russians at conferences on family issues and finding many kindred spirits. “What I realized was that there was a great change happening in the former Soviet Union,” he said. (The Washington Post) G. In his office, G.

True. Report: Boris Epshteyn was running Russian counterintelligence op within Trump White House - Palmer Report. One month ago Boris Epshteyn quietly resigned from a high ranking position in Donald Trump’s White House, at the end of a week which had seen Congressman Devin Nunes trying to alert Trump that someone from the transition team had been caught on surveillance.

Report: Boris Epshteyn was running Russian counterintelligence op within Trump White House - Palmer Report

It’s led to a number of questions about why Epshteyn suddenly bolted. Now comes a report that asserts Epshteyn was caught running a Russian counterintelligence operation within the White House. The intel community source belongs to Claude Taylor, a veteran of the Bill Clinton administration. The assertion is that Boris Epshteyn had been requesting raw data from the National Security Council in order to carry out a mole hunt on behalf of Russian counterintelligence (link), meaning an agency such as the FSB or GRU. If this proves correct, it would tie together a number of lingering questions about Epshteyn’s role in the ongoing Trump-Russia saga. Bill Palmer is the founder and editor in chief of the political news outlet Palmer Report.

Alexander Dugin and Steve Bannon’s ideological ties to Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Trump campaign advisor investigated as possible Russian agent. As Donald Trump’s Russia scandal grew more serious late last year, the Republican’s team faced all kinds of questions, including whether anyone from the campaign was in communications with Russia ahead of Election Day.

Trump campaign advisor investigated as possible Russian agent

The answer was always the same: No. In the face of reports that Carter Page, a Trump foreign policy adviser, may have spoken with Russian officials during the campaign, Sean Spicer told reporters during the transition period, “Carter Page is an individual whom the president-elect does not know.” Even at the time, that was hard to believe. A year ago, Trump personally singled out Page, by name, as one of only a handful of people who were advising him on matters of foreign policy. U.S. Has ID'd Russians Who Gave Hacked Emails to WikiLeaks.

A senior U.S. intelligence official with direct knowledge confirmed to NBC News that the report on Russian hacking delivered to President Obama Thursday says that U.S. intelligence picked up senior Russian officials celebrating Donald Trump's win.

U.S. Has ID'd Russians Who Gave Hacked Emails to WikiLeaks

The U.S. has also identified Russian actors who turned over stolen Democratic material to WikiLeaks, the source told NBC News Thursday. The source described the intelligence about the celebration, first reported by the Washington Post, as a minor part of the overall intelligence report, which makes the case that Russia intervened in the election. "Highly classified intercepts illustrate Russian government planning and direction of a multifaceted campaign by Moscow to undermine the integrity of the American political system," said the official. The source also noted, however, that communication intercepts are viewed with caution because they are subject to interpretation. U.S. Has ID'd Russians Who Gave Hacked Emails to WikiLeaks. U.S. Unveils Plan to Punish Russians for Election Hack. The Obama administration struck back at Russia on Thursday, imposing sanctions against its intelligence apparatus and expelling 35 diplomats in retaliation for the alleged orchestration of hacking attacks designed to interfere in the presidential election.

U.S. Unveils Plan to Punish Russians for Election Hack

The sweeping actions, outlined by the White House three weeks before the new administration takes office, include: Shutting down two compounds, one in Maryland and one in New York, "used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes. " "All Americans should be alarmed by Russia's actions," President Obama said in a statement, blaming the "highest levels" of the Russian government.

Obama's statement said the U.S. had declared 35 Russian "intelligence operatives" persona non grata. Russian Hacker Busted in Spain Latest in Global U.S. Roundup. The Russian hacker arrested in Spain this weekend is the latest suspect swept up in a global dragnet that U.S. officials hope will yield intelligence on Russian government interference in November's presidential election.

Russian Hacker Busted in Spain Latest in Global U.S. Roundup

At least six Russians have been arrested in Europe on international warrants over the past several months, according to McClatchy Newspapers. The most recent arrest was Friday in Barcelona, where a 32-year-old Russian computer programmer was nabbed. Pyotr Levashov, 32, was arrested Friday. A tweet from the Spanish National Police said that "In cooperation with the FBI, one of the most wanted cybercriminals has been detained in Barcelona.

He is accused of scamming and data theft. " Russian held over ‘plot’ to hack US vote. Ezra Cohen-Watnick, who leaked intel to Devin Nunes for Donald Trump, has ties to Vladimir Putin - Palmer Report. When House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes paradoxically ran to the White House last week with classified intel that had been leaked to him by the White House the night before, one of the Donald Trump staffers who gave that intel to Nunes was Ezra Cohen-Watnick (source: New York Times).

Ezra Cohen-Watnick, who leaked intel to Devin Nunes for Donald Trump, has ties to Vladimir Putin - Palmer Report

The political world has since been attempting to decipher why any adviser would participate in such a politically dangerous stunt. But one piece of the puzzle has emerged which may shed some light on that. Holocaust attorney E. Randol Schoenberg has collaborated with genealogist Renee Steinig to unearth something surreal. Mike Flynn Offers to Testify in Exchange for Immunity - WSJ. Sen. Mark Warner: Russia Used Internet Trolls To "Push Out Disinformation And Fake News" Which Was "Then Hyped By The American Media Echo Chamber" From CNN’s coverage of the March 30 Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, Disinformation: A Primer in Russian Active Measures and Influence Campaigns: SEN.

Sen. Mark Warner: Russia Used Internet Trolls To "Push Out Disinformation And Fake News" Which Was "Then Hyped By The American Media Echo Chamber"

MARK WARNER (D-VA): As this hearing begins, let's take just one moment to review what we already know. Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, ordered a deliberate campaign carefully constructed to undermine our election. First, Russia struck at our political institutions by electronically breaking into the headquarters of one of our political parties and stealing vast amounts of information. Russian operatives also hacked emails to steal personal messages and other information from individuals ranging from Clinton campaign manager John Podesta to former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Russian police detain opposition leader, hundreds of protesters. Former Russian Lawmaker Is Shot To Death Outside Hotel In Kiev. Denis Voronenkov was shot in the head on a sidewalk in Ukraine's capital city, Kiev, on Thursday.

Former Russian Lawmaker Is Shot To Death Outside Hotel In Kiev

He's seen here with his wife, Maria Maksakova, in February. Oleksandr Synytsia/AP hide caption. Anti-Putin Exile Gunned Down in the Streets of Ukraine. Denis Vornonenko was once part of the Moscow elite. Then he fled Russia and started to speak out against Russian security services. Now he’s dead. MOSCOW — Ukraine has been shaken by a new Russia-related assassination. A former member of the Russian parliament, Denis Voronenkov, was shot dead in the heart of Kiev, on the corner of Shevchenko and Pushkin streets. Voronenkov, a colonel in the Russian military, escaped to Ukraine together with his wife, Maria Maksakova, who is also a former State Duma member.

FBI-led investigative team examines role of conservative news sites in Russia campaign. Federal investigators are examining whether far-right news sites played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories — some fictional — that favored Donald Trump’s presidential bid, two people familiar with the inquiry say. Operatives for Russia appear to have strategically timed the computer commands, known as “bots,” to blitz social media with links to the pro-Trump stories at times when the billionaire businessman was on the defensive in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton, these sources said.

The bots’ end products were largely millions of Twitter and Facebook posts carrying links to stories on conservative internet sites such as Breitbart News and InfoWars, as well as on the Kremlin-backed RT News and Sputnik News, the sources said. Investigators examining the bot attacks are exploring whether the far-right news operations took any actions to assist Russia’s operatives. Bannon and Gorka have controversial profiles. News from The Associated Press. WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, The Associated Press has learned. The work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests.

Manafort proposed in a confidential strategy plan as early as June 2005 that he would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and the former Soviet republics to benefit the Putin government, even as U.S. -Russia relations under Republican President George W. Bush grew worse. Manafort's plans were laid out in documents obtained by the AP that included strategy memoranda and records showing international wire transfers for millions of dollars. Sen. News from The Associated Press. Former Trump Campaign Head Manafort Was Paid Millions By A Putin Ally, AP Says. Former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, seen here last June, was paid millions of dollars to advance a pro-Russian agenda, the AP reports.

Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Drew Angerer/Getty Images Former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, seen here last June, was paid millions of dollars to advance a pro-Russian agenda, the AP reports. Key witness in Preet Bharara's Russian crime probe was just thrown from fourth floor of building - Palmer Report. Just days after Donald Trump took care of business on his end by firing U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who had been investigating a Russian financial crime ring in New York, it appears the Kremlin is trying to take care of business on its end.

According to the BBC, one of the key Russian witnesses in Bharara’s case was just thrown from the fourth floor of a building in Moscow. Remarkably, Nikolai Gorokhov is still alive and in intensive care. Daniel Sandford of the BBC tweeted this afternoon that “Gorokhov has been “thrown from the 4th floor of his apartment building” in Moscow.” Trump Russia timeline of events: Trump Russia scandal guide. The Russian government, at the behest of Russian President Vladimir Putin, waged a sustained influence operation in the United States in support of Donald Trump’s campaign for president.

Attorney demands probe of claims Paul Manafort had people killed. Ukraine lawyer wants probe of Manafort daughter's texts. Ukraine lawyer wants probe of Manafort daughter's texts. Manafort faced blackmail attempt, hacks suggest. A purported cyberhack of the daughter of political consultant Paul Manafort suggests that he was the victim of a blackmail attempt while he was serving as Donald Trump’s presidential campaign chairman last summer. The undated communications, which are allegedly from the iPhone of Manafort’s daughter, include a text that appears to come from a Ukrainian parliamentarian named Serhiy Leshchenko, seeking to reach her father, in which he claims to have politically damaging information about both Manafort and Trump.

Ukraine lawyer wants probe of Manafort daughter's texts. Authorities looked into Manafort protégé. U.S. and Ukrainian authorities have expressed interest in the activities of a Kiev-based operative with suspected ties to Russian intelligence who consulted regularly with Paul Manafort last year while Manafort was running Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The operative, Konstantin Kilimnik, came under scrutiny from officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the State Department partly because of at least two trips he took to the U.S. during the presidential campaign, according to three international political operatives familiar with the agencies’ interest in Kilimnik. FBI investigation continues into 'odd' computer link between Russian bank and Trump Organization. Questions about the possible connection were widely dismissed four months ago. But the FBI's investigation remains open, the sources said, and is in the hands of the FBI's counterintelligence team -- the same one looking into Russia's suspected interference in the 2016 election.

One U.S. official said investigators find the server relationship "odd" and are not ignoring it. FBI investigation continues into 'odd' computer link between Russian bank and Trump Organization. Russian intel officer flew in for Republican Convention to oversee Donald Trump's platform change - Palmer Report. FBI still investigating Russian email server inside Trump Tower; Betsy DeVos connection confirmed - Palmer Report. Four months after it was first reported elsewhere that the FBI had gained a FISA warrant to investigate an alleged Russian email server inside Trump Tower, it’s now being confirmed by CNN that the FBI is still investigating the server in question. And one month after Palmer Report first reported that the server was connected to Trump’s Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, this is also being confirmed. It appears these new confirmations have surfaced as a direct result of Trump’s recent false accusations about President Obama.

If this site is correct, we're just scratching the surface of the Trump/Russia connection web. Reading some comments in another blog this morning I suddenly stumbled across a graphic that turned out to be the lead part of an absolutely astounding article on a website called The Trump Watchdog The site’s author — name not revealed, has apparently been digging and digging and digging in an effort to figure out possible links and sublinks and connections between not just Trump and Putin, but an incredibly tangled web of U.S. and Russian individuals and organizations. Jeff Sessions Likely Met Russian Ambassador A Third Time. Why the White House defense of Trump wiretap accusation is misleading. Russian pal Dmitry Rybolovlev may have flown in yet again for Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago weekend - Palmer Report. Russian pal Dmitry Rybolovlev may have flown in yet again for Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago weekend - Palmer Report.

Russia-gate Began Like Watergate. CNN Just Confirmed A MAJOR Part of Trump's Russian Blackmail Dossier. Schumer: 'The president is in trouble' Issa: Trump-Russia probe requires a special prosecutor. Top Democrat has 'grave concerns' about Trump-Russia investigation. GOP Intel chair Burr under fire over ties to Trump. What Putin Is Up To - The Atlantic. Trump Tower shut down its Russia email server just before FISA warrant was allegedly granted - Palmer Report.

Another Cabinet Pick with Secret Ties to Putin and Oligarchs – DCReport. Jared Kushner has been concealing the Flynn-Kislyak meeting for months. Jared Kushner has been concealing the Flynn-Kislyak meeting for months. Meet the seven Russian operatives who have dropped dead during Donald Trump-Russia scandal - Palmer Report. Learning Eye-Popping Details About Mr Sater. Alex Oronov, organizer of Russia-Ukraine blackmail plan sent to Donald Trump, dies suspiciously - Palmer Report.

New Development on the Michael Cohen 'Peace Plan' Meeting. Donald Trump's White House counsel caught improperly meddling in Trump-Russia investigation - Palmer Report. New Development on the Michael Cohen 'Peace Plan' Meeting. Alex Oronov, organizer of Russia-Ukraine blackmail plan sent to Donald Trump, dies suspiciously - Palmer Report.

Trump’s Wiretap Rant Betrays Ignorance of the Law. EXCLUSIVE: FBI 'Granted FISA Warrant' Covering Trump Camp's Ties To Russia. EXCLUSIVE: FBI 'Granted FISA Warrant' Covering Trump Camp's Ties To Russia. Campaign adviser changes story and now contradicts Trump, says Donald ordered Ukraine change at RNC. The ultimate case for a special prosecutor and the eventual resignation of Donald Trump. US Senate calls on British spy Christopher Steele to give evidence on explosive Trump-Russia dossier. Trump-Russia conspirator J.D. Gordon begins ratting out Donald Trump - Palmer Report. M.facebook. Proving Trump colluded in Russian hacking is the Democrats' Holy Grail. Will the Sessions revelations help them? White House throws Jeff Sessions under Russia bus, as Donald Trump skips town again - Palmer Report.

Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak is Washington's most dangerous diplomat. Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions met Russian Ambassador in Washington DC in April 2016 - Palmer Report. WATCH: Montco Congressman Boyle Interviewed On CNN About Russia, Attorney General - Norristown, PA Patch. Sessions Revelations Leave Donald Trump in Another Fine Russian Mess. The White House Now Has Three Options on Russia. Jeff Sessions faces resignation calls following Russia revelations.

Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War - The New Yorker. Russian confirmations complicate dubious White House denials. Learning Eye-Popping Details About Mr Sater. Trump's Russia scandal takes an unexpected turn. Russia Compiles Psychological Dossier on Trump for Putin. Russian mafia figure Felix Sater now appears to be blackmailing Donald Trump on Putin's behalf - Palmer Report.

Log In - New York Times. FBI uncovers front companies and middlemen linking Donald Trump financially to Russia - Palmer Report. McConnell Covered Up CIA Reports That Russian Hacks Were Aimed At Electing Trump. Comey talks Russia with senators in closed-door briefing. The Trump Resistance Plan: A Timeline – Russia and President Trump. The Trump Resistance Plan: A Timeline – Russia and President Trump. The Trump Resistance Plan: A Timeline – Russia and President Trump. Taking advantage of Trump-Flynn meltdown, Russia places spy ship off coast of Delaware - Palmer Report. Another bombshell: US allies also intercepted contacts between Trump campaign and Russian operatives.

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III ensures Justice Department won't investigate Russia connection. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III ensures Justice Department won't investigate Russia connection. Former Trump adviser Roger Stone calls for investigation of alleged Russia links. Republicans Realize Questions About Trump's Russia Ties Are 'Not Going Away' Who Told Michael Flynn to Call Russia? Who Told Flynn to Call Russia? Neo-Nazis Blame "The Jews" For Michael Flynn's Resignation. Donald Trump was bailed out of bankruptcy by Russia crime bosses.

Donald Trump was bailed out of bankruptcy by Russia crime bosses. Trump aides were in constant touch with senior Russian officials during campaign. Log In - New York Times. Adam Schiff: It's 'Unlikely' That Flynn Acted as a Free Agent - The Atlantic. M.facebook. Adam Schiff: It's 'Unlikely' That Flynn Acted as a Free Agent - The Atlantic.