Former NSA analyst, “We knew we had a Russian agent on our hands” by the time Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination.

By | 2018-05-29T08:43:06+00:00 May 28th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , |7 Comments

This comes from an article written by former National Security Agency analyst John Schindler for the Observer:

Let me put my cards on the table: The counterintelligence investigation of Donald Trump was kicked off by not one, not two, but multiple SIGINT reports which set off alarm bells inside our Intelligence Community. This has been publicly known, in a general way, for some time. A little over a year ago, the Guardian reported, based on multiple intelligence sources, that the lead was taken by Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ – Britain’s NSA), which “first became aware in late 2015 of suspicious ‘interactions’ between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents, a source close to UK intelligence said. This intelligence was passed to the U.S. as part of a routine exchange of information.”

NSA isn’t just the world’s most powerful intelligence agency, it’s the hub of the whole Western spy system. In late 2015, based on GCHQ reports, the word went out to NSA’s close friends and partners to be on the lookout for any intercepts touching on Russian efforts to infiltrate the Trump campaign. They found plenty. As the Guardian explained, in the first half of 2016, as Trump’s presidential bid gained unexpected steam, Australia, Germany, Estonia, and Poland all had SIGINT hits that indicated a troubling relationship between Trump and Moscow. So, too, did the French and the Dutch—the latter being an especially savvy SIGINT partner of NSA’s.

As the Guardian tactfully phrased the matter, “GCHQ was at no point carrying out a targeted operation against Trump or his team or proactively seeking information. The alleged conversations were picked up by chance as part of routine surveillance of Russian intelligence assets. Over several months, different agencies targeting the same people began to see a pattern of connections that were flagged to intelligence officials in the U.S.” In other words, Western intelligence agencies that were eavesdropping on the Kremlin and its spies—not Trump or any of his retinue—heard numerous conversations about Trump and his secret Russian connections. As I’ve told you previously, senior Kremlin officials got very chatty about Trump beginning in late 2014, on the heels of his infamous Moscow trip, and NSA knew about this.

In truth, NSA understood quite a bit about Trump’s connections to Moscow, and by mid-2016 it had increased its efforts to get to the bottom of the mystery regarding the candidate’s Russian ties. In response to urgent FBI requests for more information, NSA rose to the occasion, and by the time that Donald Trump officially accepted the Republican nomination in mid-July 2016, “We knew we had a Russian agent on our hands,” as a senior NSA official put it to me recently.

The official went on: “We had several reports in late 2015 and early 2016, mostly from Second and Third Party”—that being spy-speak for NSA’s foreign friends—“but by the spring of 2016 we had plenty of our own collection.” These reports, based on multiple intercepts, were tightly compartmented, that is, restricted to a small group of counterintelligence officials, given their obvious sensitivity, but they painted an indelible picture of a compromised GOP nominee. “The Kremlin talked about Trump like he was their boy, and their comments weren’t always flattering.” The NSA official stated that those above-top-secret reports left no doubt that the Russians were subverting our democracy in 2016—and that Team Trump was a witting participant in the Kremlin’s criminal conspiracy: “Trump and his kids knew what they were doing, and who they were doing it with,” the official explained.

Well, that certainly puts things into perspective, doesn’t it?

So there was no need to place a spy into the Trump campaign because the intelligence agencies really had more than enough information to realize that an agent for the Kremlin was about to win the presidency. 

Well, no wonder Robert Mueller does not want to share his information with the Trump lawyers just yet. 

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7 Comments

  1. Paul May 28, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Reading this post literally shook me. It took me back to 1971 when I read the book “Vandenberg” by Oliver Lang. Russia (then the USSR) had overtaken the U.S., not by force but by covert means. As one reviewer noted, the U.S. went out with a whimper, not a bang. I don’t remember much of the book, but it seems to me that we are in the exact same position that Lang wrote about 47 years ago. I will be re-reading this book soon. For those of you who are interested in an excellent book, here is a link to the Amazon site: https://www.amazon.com/Vandenberg-Novel-Oliver-Lange/dp/0812813588

    • Anon May 28, 2018 at 6:17 pm

      If the USA let’s that happen, then they deserve it. I am tired of this fucking cat & mouse game you all play. Enough.
      I hope humanity kicks your dumb ass!

      • Anonymous May 28, 2018 at 6:45 pm

        Me too, 6;17 PM. I’ve lived my life, but I look at my grandchildren…..
        they didn’t ask for any of it and barely out of the gate.

        • Anonymous May 29, 2018 at 7:49 am

          @6:45 I think they never lOOk much or care for anyones grandchildren, including their own. DONE BY 2100! 72 years from NOW>

          “While much of the environmental change occurring on Earth is suspected to be a direct consequence of the Industrial Revolution, William Ruddiman has argued that the proposed Anthropocene began approximately 8,000 years ago with the development of farming and sedentary cultures. At this point, humans were dispersed across all of the continents (except Antarctica), and the Neolithic Revolution was ongoing. During this period, humans developed agriculture and animal husbandry to supplement or replace hunter-gatherer subsistence. Such innovations were followed by a wave of extinctions, beginning with large mammals and land birds. This wave was driven by both the direct activity of humans (e.g. hunting) and the indirect consequences of land-use change for agriculture.” aka 1$T FOR making BEER & WINE.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthropocene

  2. Jojo May 29, 2018 at 7:34 am

    So why didn’t the ‘Intelligence’ agencies do something about it?

  3. Jenny May 29, 2018 at 10:32 am

    They did Jojo. They passed it on and there is now an investigation. The FBI doesn’t have the powers you imply. There is process in a democracy.

    • Anon May 29, 2018 at 11:36 am

      Haha. I can breathe when I stop laughing. What democracy? Since When? They have been cashing that Russian check over a century. Give me a break. No one country is innocent.
      Except those they crucify because they cannot forget them. Money ruined them.

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