The Russian government is showing a seemingly disproportionate interest in NRA asset Maria Butina.

By | 2018-09-19T10:51:32+00:00 September 20th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |13 Comments

Or perhaps a better label would be “NRA  Red Sparrow.”

Courtesy of Politico:

According to the prosecution’s filing, the Russian government has conducted six consular visits to Butina and passed four diplomatic notes to the U.S. Department of State about her case. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has spoken twice to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to complain about Butina’s incarceration and prosecution. As prosecutors noted, in the days following Butina’s arrest, the official Kremlin Twitter account changed its avatar to a picture of her and launched #FreeMariaButina. RT—a Russian news outlet funded by the Russian government—has written a number of articles about her, decrying her prosecution and detention. According to prosecutors, “Russia has issued more diplomatic notes on the defendant’s behalf in the past month than for any other Russian citizen imprisoned in the United States in the past year. Put simply, the Russian government has given this case much more attention than other cases.”

The article is written by former counterintelligence agent Alex Finely, who offers his opinion as to why the government is hovering around Butina. 

It seems likely that Russian officials visiting Butina in prison are looking to protect more than just the rights of a Russian citizen. They are looking to protect their ongoing intelligence operations. To that larger end, they likely have several goals in mind:

To assess the damage. 

Essentially to figure out just how much she has told her interrogators and whether or not other operations and assets remain secret.

To reassure Butina.

If she thinks the government has abandoned her she is much more likely to talk. 

To send a signal to other assets.

To say, “Hey, everything is cool, we got this.”

All of this kind of leads to the conclusion that this young woman might have more information about the Russian interference program than previously believed. 

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13 Comments

  1. Anonymous September 20, 2018 at 7:40 am

    OT
    “Governor Larry Hogan said his office was “closely monitoring the horrific shooting.”

    “Our prayers are with all those impacted, including our first responders,” Hogan wrote on Twitter. “The State stands ready to offer any support.”

    The shooting occurred a day after a man shot and wounded four people, including a police officer, at a Pennsylvania court building before he was killed by police, according to Pennsylvania State Police.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/livestream-police-hunt-suspect-horrific-shooting-spree-maryland-leaves-multiple-dead/

    Yesterday>

    https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/crime/2018/09/19/wisconsin-active-shooting-reported-2-weeks-after-cincinnati-shooting/1359425002/

  2. Anon September 20, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Tom Selleck stepped down from NRA board. Did anyone know he was a big NRA supporter?

    • Magnum September 20, 2018 at 9:49 am

      “Selleck’s first television appearance was as a college senior on The Dating Game in 1965, and again in 1967.”-“in 1999 where he posed with a rifle over his shoulder accompanied by the slogan, “Shooting teaches young people good things.”
      It drew criticism for its timing, which came a month following the massacre at Columbine High School.”

      https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/entertainthis/2018/09/19/tom-selleck-stepped-down-nra-board-his-publicist-confirms/1358948002/

      https://www.thetrace.org/2018/09/tom-selleck-quits-nra-board/

      ‘Selleck’s publicist, Annette Wolf, confirmed to The Trace that he stepped down, saying that his participation had been minimal: “He has nothing to do with policy. He’s never been active on the board or anything the NRA engages in.
      He’s almost always been a silent board member.” She followed that up with a statement saying, “Tom Selleck has stepped down from the board of the NRA due to his work schedule. Mr. Selleck remains a member of the NRA.”

      7 firearms are part of the NRA’s exhibit “Real Guns of Reel Heroes”

      • Ronnie Raygun September 20, 2018 at 2:27 pm

        “Selleck has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and served as a spokesman for the organization. He resigned from the board on September 18, 2018. After his close friend Charlton Heston stepped down from his role as an NRA spokesman in 2003, Selleck succeeded him- In 2002, ” NOW>
        ‘Oliver North, has been tapped to become the organization’s next president.’

    • Anon September 20, 2018 at 1:11 pm

      Tom Selleck, the star of CBS’ Blue Bloods, has resigned from his post on the board of directors at the NRA. His publicist confirmed the news to Reuters
      He remains a member

      The board membership is difficult to find, but according to several reports Selleck was the leading vote-getter in its 2017 elections. The NRA board has several media figures in its ranks including Iran-contra figure and former Fox News host Oliver North, who has been tapped to become the organization’s next president.

      https://deadline.com/2018/09/tom-selleck-resigns-nra-board-1202468082/

    • Anonymous September 20, 2018 at 3:27 pm

      Yes, I stopped watching any program with him since I found out he is a big NRA supporter. I guess now he is busy ripping off senior citizens with his reverse mortgage endorsements.

  3. toad*stOOl*pigeon September 20, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    OT?
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/wayne-allyn-root-trumps-rally-opener-is-a-conspiracy-theorist-who-thinks-the-vegas-shooter-was-isis?ref=home

    “Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Trump’s ties to Russia, Root posited earlier this year, because he has “penis envy.” The radio host declared: “Mueller’s is smaller than Trump’s.” According to Right Wing Watch, Root has claimed that “all liberal men are gay” and “all liberal women are ugly.””

  4. Anonymous September 20, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Putin and thugs have so much investments in this country with our crooks including the one in the white house and Congress he has to stay proactive consistently or it all goes to he’ll in a handbasket.

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