MCCAIN WANTED DIRT ON TRUMP FROM FOREIGN SPY…

Shortly after the election,John McCain (right) was attending a conference in Canada and spoke with a ‘former senior western diplomat’ who knew of the dossier’s existence. That man was Sir Andrew Wood. He issued a nuanced explanation of his dealings with McCain: ‘I would like to stress that I did not pass on any dossier to Senator McCain or anyone else and I did not see a dossier at the time.’ He did not deny alerting McCain to its existence

By NIKKI SCHWAB, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER

Sen. John McCain said he did ‘what any citizen would do’ in turning over the dirty dossier, which contained unconfirmed secrets about the president-elect, over to the FBI.

The Guardian charted the path of how the dossier came to be and how it was that McCain got his hands on the controversial documents.

The story of the dossier began with an investigative firm in Washington, D.C., being tapped by one of Trump‘s primary allies to dig up some opposition research on the Republican hopeful.

Aide: Sir ANdrew Wood was Tony Blair’s ambassador to Moscow until 2000 

In turn, that firm outsourced the research to a ‘retired western European former counter-intelligence official, with a long history of dealing with the shadow world of Moscow’s spooks and siloviki (securocrats),’ explained the Guardian.

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal identified the ex-spy as Christopher Steele.

By the time the contractor had started digging, Trump’s primary opponent had dropped out. But the firm found a Democrat who wanted dirt on the now Republican nominee instead.

The Guardian pointed out that just because a Democrat was willing to pay for the information that didn’t mean that said Democrat was Hillary Clinton‘s campaign or the Democratic National Committee.

Sometimes donors seek out this information in order to ensure they’ve made a sound investment.

The contractor, who the Guardian didn’t name, but the Wall Street Journal identified as Steele, reportedly found the information that he dug up to be concerning. He and another ex-British diplomat, Christopher Burrows, run their own company, Orbis Business Intelligence.

‘If the allegations were real, their implications were overwhelming,’ the Guardian wrote.

So over the summer he delivered the intelligence he had gathered from his Russian sources, living within the country and also in the west, to former colleagues in the FBI.

The Guardian suggested he also delivered the documents to his country’s own intelligence service.

As fall approached, and he heard nothing about any FBI investigation into the documents, he was persuaded to tell journalist David Corn, of Mother Jones, of their existence.

The veteran reporter wrote about the dossier on October 31.

The intelligence agent, the Guardian reported, was worried about an FBI cover-up, as the bureau seemed to be spending most of its time and energy on an investigation into Hillary Clinton‘s private email server.

It wasn’t until mid-November, and after the presidential election, that the chips fell in place for the dossier to make its more public way to Washington.

Report: Christopher Steele (left) and Christopher Burrows (right) jointly run Orbis Business Intelligence which produced the report

London headquarters: This is the prestigious London headquarters of the intelligence firm run by an ex-spy who authored the discredited dirty dossier on Trump

On November 18, at the Halifax International Security Forum, McCain was introduced to a ‘former senior western diplomat’ who had set eyes on the documents and knew who put them together, telling the Arizona Republican that the individual was ‘highly reliable.’ 

That man can now be named as Sir Andrew Wood, British ambassador to Moscow from 1995 to 2000.

Wood told the Independent that he had met McCain, spoken to him about Trump, and about the potential for him to be compromised.

In a carefully nuanced statement he said: ‘Yes I did meet Senator McCain and his aides at the conference.

‘We spoke about the kind of activities the Russians can be engaged in.

‘We also spoke about how Mr Trump may find himself in a position where there could be an attempt to blackmail him with Kompromat [a Russian term for compromising material] and claims that there were audio and video tapes in existence.’

He added: ‘I would like to stress that I did not pass on any dossier to Senator McCain or anyone else and I did not see a dossier at the time. I do know Christopher Steele and in my view he is very professional and thorough in what he does.’

He did not however address whether he told McCain there was a dossier – and how to get it.

Clearly, somebody did.

 
Ultimate recipient: The FBI Director James Comey was handed the document by McCain after its extraordinary transatlantic journey

Dossier of unverifiable sleaze 

Lurid sex claims

The report states that in 2013 Trump hired prostitutes to urinate on the bed of the Presidential Suite at the Moscow Ritz Carlton, where he knew Barack and Michelle Obama had previously stayed.

It says: ‘Trump’s unorthodox behavior in Russia over the years had provided the authorities there with enough embarrassing material on the now Republican presidential candidate to be able to blackmail him if they so wished.’

Trump ridiculed the idea, pointing out that Russian hotel rooms are known to be rigged with cameras and describing himself as a ‘germophobe’.

Property ‘sweeteners’

The document states that Trump had declined ‘sweetener’ real estate deals in Russia that the Kremlin lined up in order to cultivate him.

The business proposals were said to be ‘in relation to the ongoing 2018 World Cup soccer tournament’.

Russia ‘cultivated’ Trump for five years

The dossier claimed that the Russian regime had been ‘cultivating, supporting and assisting Trump for at least five years’.

According to the document, one source even claimed that ‘the Trump operation was both supported and directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin‘ with the aim being to ‘sow discord’. 

A dossier on Hillary Clinton

At one point the memo suggests Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov ‘controlled’ another dossier containing compromising material on Hillary Clinton compiled over ‘many years’.

Elsewhere in the document, it is claimed that Putin was ‘motivated by fear and hatred of Hillary Clinton.’

Peskov poured scorn on the claims today and said they were ‘pulp fiction’.

Clandestine meetings

At one point the memo says there were reports of ‘clandestine meetings’ between Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen and Kremlin representatives in August last year in Prague.

However, Trump’s counsel Michael Cohen today spoke out against allegations that he secretly met with Kremlin officials – saying that he had never been to Prague.

It has now emerged that the dossier was referring to a different person of the same name.

From there, McCain dispatched a ‘trusted emissary’ who flew across the Atlantic to meet the source of the documents at an airport that the Guardian did not name.

The aide was instructed to look for a man with a copy of the Financial Times  and that’s how the individuals met, with the source taking McCain’s emissary back to his house and giving the American a copy of the documents.

Within 24 hours, the dossier was in Washington, though the contents of the file couldn’t be verified without an investigation.

McCain, the Guardian said, was worried that his actions might be interpreted as revenge for some of the controversial comments Trump made about him – such as knocking the fact that the longtime senator had been a prisoner of war.

However, McCain decided to hand over the documents to FBI Director James Comey on December 9.

 ‘Upon examination of the contents, and unable to make a judgment about their accuracy, I delivered the information to the Director of the FBI,’ McCain said Wednesday in a statement about that matter.

‘That has been the extent of my contact with the FBI or any other government agency regarding this issue,’ McCain said.

BACKGROUND: WHO IS SIR ANDREW WOOD?

Sir Andrew Wood’s five years as British Ambassador to Russia coincided with the arrival of Vladimir Putin first as FSB security service chief then premier, and finally acting president.

He was in charge of the UK embassy across the Moscow River from the Kremlin during some of the most momentous and fraught times in post-Soviet Russia.

He saw the decline of the ailing vodka-soaked rule of Boris Yeltsin and the rise of ex-spy Putin, and was among the first to publicly question his second bloody war in Chechnya, an early sign of the new leader’s ruthlessness.

He also choreographed Tony Blair‘s first visit to Moscow as prime minister, briefly losing touch with the new British prime minister in the crowds on on the Moscow metro.

Known for being understated and cool under fire in his dealings with the Russians, and famed for his discretion,

Sir Andrew, now 77, represented Britain at the funeral of former Soviet first lady Raisa Gorbachev in 1999, seeing her sobbing husband Mikahil Gorbachev lean over her open coffin to give her one final hug.

A year earlier he represented Britain at the burial of the remains of the murdered last tsar Nicholas II and immediate members of his family, which had been dug from a mineshaft in a Urals forest. He witnessed Yeltsin bow his head and denounce the ‘monstrous crime’ of killing the last tsar – ‘one of the most shameful pages in our history’.

He faced several espionage scandals during his tenure from 1995 to 2000.

A Russian diplomat was caught red handed by FSB counter-intelligence officers using high-tech communications equipment to pass secrets to British ‘spies’ in Moscow.

The Russians claimed no less than nine members of Sir Andrew’s diplomatic team were involved in walking past the double agent with receiver devices to pick up coded messages he transmitted.

A furious Moscow initially demanded nine expulsions from the embassy, but in lengthy negotiations by the ambassador it was reduced to four. Britain in a tit for tat move threw out four Russians.

Sir Andrew also had to deal with the gruesome beheading of three Britons and a New Zealander in Chechnya, accused of being spies, and forced to make a confession, saying on camera: ‘We have been recruited by the English intelligence service.’

The ambassador protested: ‘It’s totally absurd, everyone knows, especially in Russia, how these confessions can be obtained. Why would our special services be in Chechnya? It’s not rational,’

Darren Hickey, Peter Kennedy and Rudi Petschi and Stan Shaw were installing a satellite communications system for British company Granger Telecom in Chechnya when they fell victim to the spate of kidnappings.

Earlier he worked with controversial tycoon Boris Berezovsky – who would in 2013 die in Britain in unexplained circumstances – to free aid workers Camilla Carr and Jon James, taken hostage by bandits in Chechnya, denying claims that a ransom was paid to terrorists to secure their freedom.

He was aware of the risk of sexual entrapment in Moscow.

In 1997 when then Home Secretary Michael (Lord) Howard – later to be Tory Party leader – visited Moscow, the ambassador expressed alarm at his sudden decision to go out in the evening unchaperoned by diplomats in a Lada car to visit a newly-opened Irish pub in the company of a British journalist.

Sir Andrew was also caught in a row over an expensive £11 million refurbishment of the then British embassy, converting it into solely the palatial residence for the ambassador, with Chancellor Gordon Brown complaining about the lavish lifestyle of diplomats.

Sir Andrew’s led trade missions to distant regions of the country – including parts of Siberia – but he also saw the 1998 rouble crash when cowboy capitalist Russia, having rejected communism, witnessing millions lose their life’s savings amid rampant inflation.

During Blair’s walkabout in Moscow, the bald mayor Yuri Luzhkov sought to muscle in on event to the evidence annoyance of press secretary Alastair Campbell who barked at Sir Andrew: ‘Break a line and cut him off. We’re off.’

Despite this uninspiring start with the new premier, Sir Andrew later worked for Blair as an advisor on Russian investment. He also witnessed the 1996 election when Reds-to-Riches tycoons intervened to prop up a visible sick Yeltsin by bankrolling his campaign in return for ownership of Russia’s most prized industrial assets.

This stopped the Communists retaking power but it was the start of the oligarch era in Russia. After retiring from the diplomat service, Sir Andrew developed business interests linked to Russia.

He became caught in controversy over Labour premier Blair’s role in helping rescue a controversial £4.2 million BP deal in Russia. Earlier Sir Andrew served as ambassador to Belgrade, and in 1989 was appointed number two at the British embassy in Washington – when he is likely to have come across John McCain.

In recent years, he has been a regular at conferences in the West about Russia. He has also expressed concern at the direction of Russia under Putin. Last month he was scathing in dismissing as nonsense Russian claims to have had nothing to do with hacking the US election.

‘Russia always denies bad news,’ he said on Sky News. The Putin regime ‘has a strong record… of this sort of behaviour’. 

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MUSLIMS REACT TO GAY MUSLIM MARRIAGE

How do you think Muslims reacted to news of the UK’s “first gay Muslim marriage”.

With peace and tolerance?

Think again.

Truman Kingmaker

As a Christian, I will always be against homosexuality. But I will also always be against murdering gays or forcing them to obey God.
· 0xFFF1

The only reason sex changes aren’t banned in the Koran is because physically changing gender was 100% inconceivable for anyone a millennia and a half ago, which was around when the Koran was written.
Cat Man

I’ll take islam over the gays tbh
Ben Garrison

what if i don’t want either of them?
Lord Fand Angus

Homossexuality is not the problem, LGBT activists wanting to make the whole world population gay is.
Sal

Was waiting for this video. Muslims showed their true colors on Facebook and I was horrified when no one spoke against them
Paul

Gays showing solidarity with Islam = chickens showing solidarity with KFC.
Droptimus Prime

huge fag here.. i wouldnt mind a muslim ban in the U.S.

Tucker Carlson And Mark Steyn Laughs At CNN On Their Trump Jr. Russia Hysteria

Published on Jul 12, 2017

Tucker Carlson And Mark Steyn Laughs At CNN On Their Trump Jr. Russia Hysteria Debate On FOX News 

JIMI 

With all the outrage you would think JR sold uranium rights to Russia when He was secretary of state or something
dsm3759703 

I’ll have the Nothing Burger with a side of hysteria fries…and the mass panic milkshake.
rob orr 

The one thing Tucker Carlson forgets is that no one is watching CNN so it doesn`t matter how much time they talk about Russia.
Michael Fireworks 

CNN SUCKS! VERY FAKE HATEFUL NEWS
dj johnson 

COLLUSION DELUSION IS A CONDITION AMERICANS ARE SICK OF DEMS SMEARING TRUMP EVERYDAY. GET THEM OFF THE AIR
Steven DeAtley 

Wow! I have known for years that these Democrat Congressmen was stupid but I diddnt think they was completely Dumbass lol how can people vote for these clowns.
Debra Thomas 

hahaha this is getting funnier by the day
Bert Stir 

They think that’s a political hurricane? Just wait until they find out that Ivanka flushed used tampons down public toilets. That will get Trump impeached for sure!

OBAMA DOJ GAVE NATALIA SPECIAL ENTRY MYSTERY SURROUNDS VESELNITSKAYA

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Why Did Loretta Lynch Grant Trump Jr’s Russian Lawyer A Special Visa To Enter America?

With everyone now rummaging through every document, intercept, and memo for something, anything tying Trump to Russia, The Hill’s John Solomon and Jonathan Easley have unearthed details that show the Russian lawyer who penetrated Donald Trump’s inner circle was initially cleared into the United States by Loretta Lynch‘s Justice Department under “extraordinary circumstances” after she had initially been turned down.

Simply put, as The Hill notes, this revelation means it was the Obama Justice Department that enabled the newest and most intriguing figure in the Russia-Trump investigation to enter the country without a visa.

The Moscow lawyer had been turned down for a visa to enter the U.S. lawfully but then was granted special immigration parole by then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch for the limited purpose of helping a company owned by Russian businessman Denis Katsyv, her client, defend itself against a Justice Department asset forfeiture case in federal court in New York City.

 

During a court hearing in early January 2016 as Veselnitskaya’s permission to stay in the country was about to expire, federal prosecutors described how rare the grant of parole immigration was as Veselnitskaya pleaded for more time to remain in the United States.

 

“In October the government bypassed the normal visa process and gave a type of extraordinary permission to enter the country called immigration parole,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Monteleoni explained to the judge during a hearing Jan. 6, 2016.

 

“That’s a discretionary act that the statute allows the Attorney General to do in extraordinary circumstances. In this case, we did that so that Mr. Katsyv could testify. And we made the further accommodation of allowing his Russian lawyer into the country to assist,” he added.

 

The prosecutor said Justice was willing to allow the Russian lawyer to enter the United States again as the trial in the case approached so she could help prepare and attend the proceedings.

But just five days after meeting in June 2016 at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr., presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner and then Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, it seems the Justice Department had lost track of her… (as The Hill details)

Moscow attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya showed up in Washington in the front row of a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Russia policy, video footage of the hearing shows.

She also helped arrange an event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. where pro-Russian supporters showed a movie that challenged the underpinnings of the U.S. human rights law known as the Magnitysky Act, which Russian leader Vladimir Putin has reviled and tried to reverse. About 80 people, including congressional staffers and State Department employees attended the viewing at the Newseum.

At least five congressional staffers and State Department officials attended that movie showingaccording to a Foreign Agent Registration Act complaint filed with the Justice Department about Veselnitskaya’s efforts.

And Veselnitskaya also attended a dinner with the chairman of the House subcommittee overseeing Russia policy, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and roughly 20 other guests at a dinner club frequented by Republicans.

All of which was a far cry from the narrow reason the U.S. government initially gave for allowing Veselnitskaya into the U.S. in late 2015, according to federal court records.

“There’s zero doubt that she and her U.S. colleagues were lobbying to repeal Magnitsky or at least ensure his name was removed from the global law Congress was considering,” said U.S. businessman William Browder, who was the main proponent for the Magnitsky Act and who filed a FARA complaint against Veselnitskaya, Dellums and other U.S. officials claiming they should have registered as foreign agent lobbyists because of the work.

Furthermore, as The Hill notes, the U.S. Attorney’s office in New York confirmed Wednesday to The Hill that it let Veselnitskaya into the country on a grant of immigration parole from October 2015 to early January 2016.

Justice Department and State Department officials could not immediately explain how the Russian lawyer was still in the country in June for the meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and the events in Washington D.C.

Maybe Washington is a “sanctuary for Russian operatives” City?

We look forward to the hearing where Lynch has to explain how she gave this “russian operative” special access to America, then lost track of her, only to discover her again via NSA intercepts, trying to pitch Magnitsky Act repeal to Trump Jr.

Paris prosecutor wants magazine with Nice attack photos pulled from stands

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The Paris prosecutor has demanded the withdrawal of the latest edition of Paris Match magazine from newsstands due to the inclusion of graphic photos from last year’s Nice attack.

The magazine shows surveillance images of the attack on the Promenade des Anglais that happened on July 14, 2016, and left over 80 people dead.

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The prosecution said that the pictures “damage the dignity of the victims and their relatives,” and is now “asking the court to order the withdrawal” of the magazine, and “a ban on broadcasting [the contents] in any format, including digital.”

“Paris Match made the editorial choice to publish photos extracted from the surveillance tapes in Nice that were classified,”the statement by the lawyer of the National Federation of the victims of attacks and collective accidents, Eric Morain, said.

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The lawyer also urged the Paris counterterrorism prosecutor’s office “to put an end to this blatantly illegal disorder.”

His request was also supported by the Promenade des Anges association, which brings together the relatives of the July 14 attack victims.

“These screenshots, published without precaution, undermine the dignity of the victims and their relatives,” and have been published “only for the sake of sensationalism” and “to create a morbid and voyeuristic atmosphere,” the association said.

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Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi also slammed the publication for the “unbearable and abhorrent” images, and he addressed “the Minister of Justice so that he seizes [the magazine]” not to “revive the sorrow of the [victims’] families.”

The magazine’s lawyer, Marie-Christine Percin, however, said that “the subject of Paris Match on July 14 is a tribute to the victims and survivors,” as cited by AFP.

“There are no photos showing the faces of the victims or damaging their dignity. The images show the truck from far away when it slams into the crowd, and the silhouettes of people walking,” she added.

Dozens of the newsstands in Nice have already refused to sell the latest edition of the magazine, according to Nice Matin.

The situation has caused quite a storm on Twitter, with many slamming Paris Match for “voyeurism,” and a lack of empathy.

Other users took to Twitter to express their suspicions. One person said that the authorities may be trying to hide something.

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[No police, no barriers]

Still others found hypocrisy in the outcry. “So, showing dead Syrian children – good, showing dead French children – not good.”

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PHOTOS: RUSSIAN LAWYER ATTENDED CHICAGO ANTI-TRUMP RALLY

Photos suggest Veselnitskaya is Deep State anti-Trump operative

Adan Salazar | Infowars.com – JULY 12, 2017

The Russian lawyer at the center of the Donald Trump Jr. controversy posted photos from anti-Trump rallies held after the presidential inauguration, suggesting the woman may be a Democrat operative.

According to photos on Natalia Veselnitskaya’s Facebook, the Russian lawyer – who claims she has no ties to the Kremlin – attended the Soros-funded Women’s March in Chicago the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Facebook mobile phone photo uploads indicate Veselnitskaya attended anti-Trump demonstrations on at least two different dates.

A photo has also emerged of Veselnitskaya sitting behind Obama’s Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, at a Foreign Affairs Committee hearing eight days after her meeting with Donald Jr.

McFaul has been a notable never-Trumper obstructionist who has long entertained and fueled the theory of Trump-Russia collusion, despite a strong lack of evidence.

Seated next to Veselnitskaya is Emin Algaraov, one of the Russians who set up Trump Jr’s meeting with the Russian lawyer.

Veselnitskaya’s proximity to Obama’s Russian ambassador is questionable given her recent testimony to NBC News that she has no ties to the Russian government.

The lawyer has also been tied to Fusion GPS, the firm behind the infamous and discredited “pissgate” dossier.

Evidence is mounting the Russian lawyer may have been a honey pot set in place to trip up the Trump campaign.

“Was Veselnitskaya part of a ruse to entrap Don Jr. in an embarrassing situation that could later be used to implicate him as having colluded with Russia?” asks Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson.

Veselnitskaya met with Donald Jr. during the 2016 presidential election campaign after a promise to deliver damaging opposition research that would prove Hillary Clinton’s collusion with the Russian government.

Donald Jr. has admitted no such research was obtained and that the meeting was essentially fruitless.

*(FROM THE RELIGION OF PEACE) – ISIS threats against Women’s Euro 2017 tournament probed by Dutch counterterrorism police

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The Dutch counterterrorism agency NCTV is investigating online threats made by Islamic State-affiliated militants against the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 soccer tournament scheduled to take place in the Netherlands next week.

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The group named ‘Lone Mujahid,’ posted on the encrypted Telegram messaging service calling for unaffiliated believers, inspired by recent attacks in London and Manchester, to carry out a copycat attack at the upcoming tournament.

“We take today’s threat very seriously, of course,” said Lodewijk Hekking, spokesperson for the Ministry of Security and Justice, as cited by RTL NewsThere are more of these types of threats. However, I do not give a view of the seriousness of this.”

The threat specifically called for an attack on the football stadium in the cIty of Utrecht on July 19 when England are scheduled to play Scotland.

“We take it seriously. We are in close contact with the NCTV. They do research,” tournament spokesperson Annette van Trigt said, also cited by RTL.

READ MORE: Charges mulled against Wilders over anti-Islam tirade implying Koran incites terrorism

The group posted four photos on July 11, 2017 showing a detailed stadium map and ‘inspiration’ guides of how previous attacks were carried out. It also posted a series of inflammatory hashtags.

While NCTV is taking the threat seriously, the agency has yet to raise the national threat level, which currently stands at level four out of five, meaning the threat of attack is substantial but no clear evidence exists that one is imminent.

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Dick Schoof, the national coordinator for counterterrorism and security, confirmed the severity of the threat and said he was already in contact with the Dutch Women’s Football Association regarding the upcoming event.

The cities of Deventer, Breda, Tilburg, Rotterdam, Doetinchem and Enschede will also host games. The final will take place Sunday, August 6 in the De Grolsch Veste stadium in Enschede.