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American Spies Paid $100,000 to Russian Who Wanted to Sell Material on Trump
NY Times ^

Posted on 02/09/2018 4:20:17 PM PST by springwater13

After months of secret negotiations, a shadowy Russian bilked American spies out of $100,000 last year, promising to deliver stolen National Security Agency cyberweapons in a deal that he insisted would also include compromising material on President Trump, according to American and European intelligence officials.

The cash, delivered in a suitcase to a Berlin hotel room in September, was intended as the first installment of a $1 million payout, according to American officials, the Russian and communications reviewed by The New York Times. The theft of the secret hacking tools had been devastating to the N.S.A., and the agency was struggling to get a full inventory of what was missing.

Several American intelligence officials said they made clear that they did not want the Trump material from the Russian — who was suspected of having murky ties to Russian intelligence and to Eastern European cybercriminals. He claimed the information would link the president and his associates to Russia. But instead of providing the hacking tools, the Russian produced unverified and possibly fabricated information involving Mr. Trump and others, including bank records, emails and purported Russian intelligence data.

The United States intelligence officials said they cut off the deal because they were wary of being entangled in a Russian operation to create discord inside the American government. They were also fearful of political fallout in Washington if they were seen to be buying scurrilous information on the president.

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1 posted on 02/09/2018 4:20:17 PM PST by springwater13
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Let me fix this....democrat spies...


2 posted on 02/09/2018 4:25:32 PM PST by DefeatCorruption
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To: springwater13

I really need to start setting up my russian alias on facebook or something.

I need some cred in order to pick up some quick cash during the next election.


3 posted on 02/09/2018 4:25:40 PM PST by fruser1
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To: springwater13

Why does this story sound like a complete and total fabrication?


4 posted on 02/09/2018 4:27:55 PM PST by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: Bryan24

Sounds like Comey or Schiff could have written it.

I had a hard time reading it with a straight face


5 posted on 02/09/2018 4:29:25 PM PST by digger48
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To: Bryan24

*** FAKE NEWS ***


6 posted on 02/09/2018 4:30:30 PM PST by LiveFreeOrDie2001 ( Thank GOD Hillary didn't get elected!)
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To: Bryan24

Our intelligence agencies are so desperate for dirt on Trump they paid a Russian fraudster $100K.

It’s very believable.


7 posted on 02/09/2018 4:30:31 PM PST by springwater13
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To: digger48

NYT FAKE


8 posted on 02/09/2018 4:30:31 PM PST by Col Frank Slade
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To: Bryan24

Because crap is about to break and this is a preemptive strike...to discredit as old news and already debunked.


9 posted on 02/09/2018 4:31:12 PM PST by fuente (Liberty resides in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box and the cartridge box--Fredrick Douglas)
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Really? $100,000 for a copy of the stolen cyber weapon guys? They still have a copy..... duh!


10 posted on 02/09/2018 4:32:16 PM PST by Lockbox
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To: springwater13

> promising to deliver stolen National Security Agency cyberweapons

Did he promise to delete his other copies?


11 posted on 02/09/2018 4:32:27 PM PST by BinaryBoy ("Immigration Reform" is ballot stuffing)
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To: springwater13

...United States intelligence officials said they cut off the deal because they were wary of being entangled in a Russian operation to create discord inside the American government. They were also fearful of political fallout in Washington if they were seen to be buying scurrilous information on the president...

The intelligence officials obviously weren’t FBI. They would have paid cash on the spot and immediately leaked to the press.


12 posted on 02/09/2018 4:34:09 PM PST by Sasparilla ( I'm Not Tired of Winning)
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We all know the swamp wants President Trump gone so this is very believable. We know that the Govt despises Trump..President Trump said he would drain the swamp, he had NO idea how infested it is


13 posted on 02/09/2018 4:34:40 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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Hilarious.

Just confirms how easy is was for Clinton-Fusion GPS-Steele to play US “intelligence agencies.”

What a bunch of fools and suckers.

14 posted on 02/09/2018 4:36:03 PM PST by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Yeah, did I miss something? It sure seems the dam is about to break if the NYT is covering stuff like this. I don’t see how this helps Democrats.


15 posted on 02/09/2018 4:36:36 PM PST by Snowybear
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To: springwater13

well knock me over with a feather.....


16 posted on 02/09/2018 4:37:12 PM PST by RushCrush ( Conservative stuck in Chiraq.)
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To: DefeatCorruption

btt


17 posted on 02/09/2018 4:37:52 PM PST by KSCITYBOY (The media is corrupt)
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To: springwater13

This is right out of James Obondo!


18 posted on 02/09/2018 4:39:14 PM PST by Don Corleone (.leave the gun, take the canolis, take it to the mattress.)
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To: DefeatCorruption

“Cody Shearer, an American political operative with ties to the Democratic Party, has been crisscrossing Eastern Europe for more than six months to secure the purported kompromat from a different Russian”

This doesn’t surprise me. Dem Senators trying to do the same thing ==> Mission Impossible since it doesn’t exist!


19 posted on 02/09/2018 4:39:30 PM PST by SpeedyInTexas
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To: springwater13

Starting to get the feeling that this Russia hysteria fever is actually starting to break.


20 posted on 02/09/2018 4:39:37 PM PST by Behind the Blue Wall
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