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      More Of Steele Dossier Verified

      Russian Tech Firm Used by Russian Spies


      Webzilla's Aleksej Gubarev AP photo


      United States District Court

      Southern District of Florida

      Miami Division CASE NO. 1:17-CV-60426-UU

      ALEKSEJ GUBAREV, XBT HOLDING S.A., AND WEBZILLA, INC.,

      PLAINTIFFS,

      VS

      BUZZFEED, INC. AND BEN SMITH,

      DEFENDANTS

      Expert report of

      Anthony J. Ferrante

      FTI Consulting, Inc


      By Ray Cunneff

      March 14, 2019


      Trump loyalists have been attacking the veracity of the "Steele Dossier" since its publication by BuzzFeed in January 2017. While most of the media coverage centered on the salacious details of an alleged encounter at the Moscow Ritz-Carlton between Trump and Russian prostitutes and the possible existence of what became known as a "pee-pee tape", the far more significant conclusion of the dossier was that Donald Trump had been cultivated and compromised into a Russian asset.

      The dossier was comprised of a series of reports compiled in the summer and fall of 2016 by Christopher Steele, a former British MI6 agent who subsequently ran a firm that conducts investigations for businesses and other clients.

      Parts of the dossier have proved prescient, primarily that the Russian government was working to get Donald Trump elected president, hardly an established fact when it was first presented by Steele in June 2016. But it has since been corroborated by the United States’ own intelligence agencies and by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The dossier’s depiction of Russian efforts to cultivate people in Trump’s orbit has proved broadly accurate as well.

      Now another large portion of the dossier has been verified with the unexpected release of a report by a former FBI cybersecurity expert in a federal court in Miami. The report unsealed today was commissioned by BuzzFeed to fact-find elements of a lawsuit by Russian tech entrepreneur Aleksej Gubarev who was named in the dossier, a lawsuit which was dismissed in December 2018 when the court found BuzzFeed’s decision to publish was protected under the law.

      Gubarev’s companies, the Steele dossier claimed, used “botnets and porn traffic to transmit viruses, plant bugs, steal data and conduct ‘altering operations’ against the Democratic Party leadership.” The unsealed report found that his networks also appear to have been regularly used by cybercriminals and Russian agents to conduct other attacks, such as an assault on Ukraine’s power grid in 2015.

      The expert report, written by Anthony J. Ferrante of FTI Consulting, Inc. verified the dossier on several key points, namely details of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election — and the Trump campaign’s complicity. It revealed evidence of Russian agents using networks operated by Gubarev to start their hacking operation during the 2016 presidential campaign.


      REVISITED:

      The Steele Dossier

      Separating Fact From Fiction


      The former KGB building (background)

      Photo Illustration by Sean McCabe; Photographs From Ispice/Alamy (Stamp), By Victoria Jones

      /PA Images/Getty Images (Steele), © A. Savin/Pictures From History/The Image Works


      By Ray Cunneff

      January 30, 2018


      Trump zealots, primarily in the House of Representatives, are trying to link repeated FISA-court approved surveillance of Trump foreign affairs adviser Carter Page to the never-disproved "Steele dossier" when in fact the surveillance of Page began weeks before Christopher Steele was on the case.

      By making that duplicitous linkage, they can then try to discredit the investigations as a "witch hunt", funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign, and claim political bias on the part of FBI and the Department of Justice to justify a purge of law enforcement and intelligence professionals.

      So let's separate fact from fiction...

      Christopher Steele was originally hired by Fusion GPS under a contract with "Never-Trump" Republican donor Paul Singer and his Washington Free Beacon website. The Clinton campaign took over the funding as "opposition research" once it became clear that Trump would be the GOP nominee and Singer refused to throw "good money after bad".

      Steele's original assignment was a very simple question: "Are there (Trump) business ties in Russia”?" He had headed MI6’s Russia Station from 2004 to 2009 based in London and had maintained numerous, reliable sources - including “a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure” and a former top level intelligence officer still active in the Kremlin.” And both of these inside sources claimed that the Kremlin had spent years getting its hooks into Donald Trump.

      There were several other sources that had, in one way or another, had been either "close associates" of, or facilitators for, Donald Trump in Moscow.

      One particularly talkative source, “an ethnic Russian” described in the dossier as a “close associate of Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump” told Steele that "there was a well-developed conspiracy of cooperation between them [the Trump campaign] and the Russian leadership”.

      The salacious details aside, provided in part by “a female staffer” at the Moscow Ritz-Carlton hotel, for seven months Steele followed a trail marked by, as he then described it, “hair-raising” concerns.

      He unearthed repeated, credible allegations of financial, cyber, and sexual misdeeds and escapades that led to an extremely alarming conclusion:

      The Kremlin had not only “been cultivating, supporting, and assisting” Donald Trump for years but also had compromised the tycoon “sufficiently to be able to blackmail him.”


      And that, more than anything else we've seen or heard amid all the accusations, deflections and mis-directions, explains why the Trump loyalists are so desperate to shut all inquiries down.


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          Ray Cunneff
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          The dossier runs in lots of different directions. Maybe after the conclusion of the Muller investigation someone will be able to go through the document and confirm line by line what is true and what is unprovable speculation. And most important what matters and doesn’t matter.


          The whole Russion prostute thing. After Stormey Daniels, who would have any serious question that Trump was not likely to take advantage of any thing that came his way.


          Now I hope he would be smart enough to understand how the Russian State does business. (obiviously if the alligations are true, he wasn’t ) We have no idea how many video tapes of proment Busnessmen from lots of countries they have on file with the hope of being able to use them to their advantage at some point in the future.

          This occurred well before he was running for President but he was clearly a pig then, so far, he has not yet gotten caught being a pig now. If he gets caught with a Stormy II, there will be the same demand for his head just like it was with Bill Clinton.

          When we look at sitting Presidents like JFK that took risks with women directly connected with crime bosses and some with unstable people like Hollywood starlets, that was actually more risky to the country than any thing Trump may have done as a civilian with a Moscow hooker/special agent. The Muller report may find he did do something to hurt the country due to being blackmailed....if so he is toast.


          Now as for Russia supporting Trump, some of what they did may prove to be illegal, there have been a lot of Russians that have been charged. The Muller report may find Trump staffers, who supported what the Russians were doing. I assume they would be charged. If it is found Trump knew and activatly participated....I assume he will be charged (or exposed). It seems that would be grounds for impeachment. However the proof will need to be iron clad and actually be proof and not more speculation.


          I’m still convinced that if they have him doing something to harm the country in association with the Russians that if he is presented with the facts he will cut a deal to head for the door with some kind of excuse that his leaving is good for the country.

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              derfallbright
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              The salacious allegations are a distraction from the central charge of the Steele dossier - that Donald Trump was recruited and cultivated, primarily through corrupt and illegal financial dealings with the Russian government and the Russian mob (which are two sides of the same coin), into a Russian "asset" if not agent- what Russians have long characterized "a useful idiot".

              About the only thing in the Steele dossier thus far that appears to be incorrect is Michael Cohen's 2016 meeting with a Russian operative in Prague, which Cohen denied under oath ever happened.

              Otherwise, the dossier has been largely corroborated.

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                  Ray Cunneff
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                      Ray Cunneff
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                      This is ONE MORE element of proof that the GOP and republican voters have sold their souls to the devil. The devil being Putin and Trump. If these so-called Americans, who are now accomplishes to treason, don't change their tune, they should be publicly ostracized. No more talk of trying to appease them by not condemning their support of a traitor. No more catering to them as the "white working class". They are traitors. Plain and simple. And people like Jim Jordan, Devin Nunez and Mark Meadows are leaders of the pack. And let's not forget Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham.

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                          Ray Cunneff
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                          Gubarev’s companies, the Steele dossier claimed, used “botnets and porn traffic to transmit viruses, plant bugs, steal data and conduct ‘altering operations’ against the Democratic Party leadership.

                          The Kremlin had not only “been cultivating, supporting, and assisting” Donald Trump for years but also had compromised the tycoon “sufficiently to be able to blackmail him.”

                          Not surprised. Just want him gone - out of government - in prison if possible.

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                              Amalek
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                              Lindsay Graham said today that he will oppose the bill in the Senate that demands the full release of the Mueller report unless and until the investigation into Hillary Clinton's e-mails is re-opened. He's not just drinking the Trump Kool-Aid, he's I.V. mainlining it.

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