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Monday, May 15, 2017

Sealed



The Dutch documentary embedded above is absolutely outstanding. Even if you think you already know it all, you'll encounter material here which will stun you. This documentary makes absolutely clear that Trump is tied in with an international criminal network. It even offers rare footage of the incident involving the underaged prostitutes linked to Semyon Mogilevich, discussed in an earlier Cannonfire post.

I'll have much more to say about the Chabad connection anon. Before I saw this documentary, I didn't know how close Jared Kushner is to Chabad.

Claude Taylor and Louise Mensch stand by their story that a sealed indictment against Trump has already been granted. Taylor:
Sealed indictments out of Eastern District of Virginia - under Dana Boente. Trump, Manafort and Flynn-among others under sealed indictment.
I'd like to repeat a very basic question: Can anyone tell me the purpose of a SEALED indictment in this situation? Mensch makes clear that there is no possibility of a prosecution outside of impeachment. But impeachment will happen if and when the world learns about the indictment. So why the secrecy? I don't get it.

Boente is a Trump appointee. Here's what the Intercept has to say about him:
Both of Boente’s current roles involve supervising the ongoing investigation into the Russian government’s ties to Trump’s campaign. As discussed by former FBI Director Comey in congressional testimony last week, and reported by CNN, a grand jury is now gathering evidence in the Eastern District of Virginia as part of its investigation of Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, for his ties to the Russian government. Comey also described the broader Russia probe as a “counterintelligence investigation,” a category of inquiry overseen by the National Security Division, which Boente headed after the resignation of Mary McCord last month.
Counterintelligence is molehunting. As much as I would love to think that Trump is being viewed as a potential Putin agent, I see no evidence of that. As of this writing, nothing backs up the claim that Trump himself is a target of this investigation.

WannaCry:
Putin has denied any involvement with this rather horrific piece of ransomware.
Vladimir Putin has blamed the US for the global cyber attack that has crippled computer systems around the world since Friday.

Putin said Russia had "nothing to do" with the attack and blamed the US for creating the hacking software that affects Microsoft computers.
The denial naturally leads me to think that Putin is involved. After all, the Shadow Brokers is widely thought to be a Russian group. The question is: How did they do it?
The mysterious organisation - called Shadow Brokers - claimed in April it had stolen a ‘cyber weapon’ from an American spying agency that gives unprecedented access to all computers using Microsoft Windows, the world’s most popular computer operating system.

The hacking tool had been developed by the National Security Agency (NSA), America’s powerful military intelligence unit. The NSA had developed its ‘Eternal Blue’ hacking weapon to gain access to computers used by terrorists and enemy states.

But in an astonishing twist, the NSA’s tool was stolen by Shadow Brokers.

The gang in turn ‘dumped’ the computer bug on an obscure website on April 14, just a week after President Donald Trump ordered the US bombing of Syria.

Some experts believe that timing is significant and indicates that Shadow Brokers has links to the Russian government.
Post hoc ergo propter hoc is a classic fallacy, of course. But it's still fascinating that that Shadow Brokers attained this big score right after Trump -- and Flynn -- took office. It's also worth noting that American assets within the Russian intelligence apparat suddenly began to, well, die during this same brief period.

Again: Comey described the Russia probe as a "counterintelligence investigation." As Ian Fleming used to say: Twice is coincidence; three times in enemy action. We're way past three.

We once again come to the old question: Is Shadow Brokers really Russian? Look at this part of their message, delivered just after the Syria airstrikes:
In a statement, the group said in broken English: “Respectfully, what the f*** are you doing? The Shadow Brokers voted for you. The Shadow Brokers supports you. The Shadow Brokers is losing faith in you. Mr Trump helping the Shadow Brokers, helping you. Is appearing you are abandoning ‘your base’, ‘the movement’, and the peoples who getting you elected.”
Russians did not vote for Trump, except in a very poetic sense. I suspect that we are dealing with a multinational force rather than a state actor, although Russia may be the state with which this force is, at the moment, most closely allied.

Comments:
The existence of a sealed indictment (handed down from a grand jury) is a fact in plain sight. Only its contents are secret, and for the time being they are less important than the terror induced from the fairly obvious inferences. You can bet that the looks on the faces of the most-probable accused, when the indictment went down, have been duly noted. Where can they hide? Furthermore, the indictment might permit intel info already in the wayback databases to become evidence. How such prosecutions succeed is spelled out in last week's New Yorker:



If you want to arouse Louise's jealousy, tell us what you think of former U.S. Attorney, Zainab Ahmad.
 
Lots of reasons for sealed indictments in criminal conspiracies, RICO, etc. It protects witnesses from intimidation, reduces flight risk by the accused, and protects potential additional subjects from being notified until investigations are completed.

In this case, if there were sealed indictments one thought is that they may want to keep them sealed for some tie to avoid POTUS trying to use his pardon powers on behalf of his allies for the Federal charges until he's out of office and its too late.
 
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