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Source: AP - A.B.C. Chicago

MADRID -- An alleged Russian hacker has been detained in Spain at the request of American authorities, an arrest that set cybersecurity circles abuzz after a Russian broadcaster raised the possibility it was linked to the U.S. presidential election.

Pyotr Levashov was arrested Friday in Barcelona on a U.S. computer crimes warrant, according to a spokeswoman for Spain's National Court, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with court rules.....

... Such arrests aren't unusual - American authorities typically try to nab Russian cybercrime suspects abroad because of the difficulty involved in extraditing them from Russia - but Levashov's arrest drew immediate attention after his wife told Russia's RT broadcaster that he was linked to America's 2016 election hacking.

RT quoted Maria Levashova as saying that armed police stormed into their apartment in Barcelona overnight, keeping her and her friend locked in a room for two hours while they quizzed her husband. She said that when she spoke to her husband on the phone from the police station, he told her he was told that he had created a computer virus that was "linked to Trump's election win."

Read more: http://abc7chicago.com/news/wife-arrested-alleged-russian-hacker-linked-to-trumps-election-win/1856321/

Trumps Russia ties investigation is not going away, no matter how much smoke and mirrors they put out there.

Liberty and Justice for ALL WHO CAN AFFORD IT!

Trump gushing over Scalia

And refering to a "new faith" in America.

Where's the bucket, I'm going to puke.



I have posted there has been locked as a duplicate.

(Except one, I think.)

I checked the latest threads thingee before posting.

The news article was only an hour old.

I scrolled down looking for a similar post first.


I envision the LBN mods wringing their gnarly hands with malicious glee, "HERE HE IS AGAIN! MWAHAHAHAHA! TAKE THAT, ORANGECRUSH!"

Damned D.U. informed voter newshawks.


U.S. Blinks in Clash With Twitter; Drops Order to Unmask Anti-Trump Account

Source: New York Times

APRIL 7, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO — Last month, the federal government issued a summons ordering Twitter to hand over information about an anonymous account that had posted messages critical of the Trump administration. Now, the government has blinked.

Customs and Border Protection on Friday withdrew its demand that Twitter unmask the anonymous account, a day after the social media company sued the government to block the summons. The person or people behind the account in question, @ALT_USCIS, had claimed to be a current employee of Citizenship and Immigration Services and had regularly posted messages at odds with White House policy.

The government’s move defused a potential standoff pitting a presidential administration that has tried to clamp down on leaks against a technology company with a history of defending its users’ First Amendment rights.

Read more: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/technology/us-blinks-in-clash-with-twitter-drops-order-to-unmask-anti-trump-account.html?referer=https://www.google.com/ to source

An important victory.

DiGenova, source of Rice accusations - Well, LOOKEE HERE!

Susan Rice, who served as national security adviser for President Barack Obama, ordered U.S. spy agencies to produce "detailed spreadsheets" involving Donald Trump and his aides during the 2016 presidential race, former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova said.

"What was produced by the intelligence community at the request of Ms. Rice were detailed spreadsheets of intercepted phone calls with unmasked Trump associates in perfectly legal conversations with individuals," diGenova told The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group


So, who, you might well ask, is Joseph DiGenova, the source for this story?

Let's see, who is he married to?

Oh, that's right, almost forgot! Erik Princes lawyer!

From wiki...

"Victoria Toensing (born c. 1940) is a lawyer, and partner with her husband, Joseph DiGenova, in the Washington law firm DiGenova and Toensing.[1] Her practice specializes in white-collar criminal defense, regulatory inquiries, and legislative advocacy. She has appeared as a legal commentator on several networks including CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC."

"Emily Bazelon of Slate.com has called Toensing "a blanketer of the airwaves about the tawdriness of the Lewinsky affair."[2] Toensing and her husband made regular appearances on television claiming that they were the target of investigations by Clinton Administration"

But wait, there's more....

"In March 2005 Toensing submitted an amicus curiae brief on behalf of Matt Cooper and Judith Miller, two journalists who were subpoenaed in the Valerie Plame investigation for refusing to reveal information obtained from confidential sources.

In the brief, she "argued that the law couldn't have been broken when Valerie Plame's cover as a CIA agent was blown because her status wasn't really covert."[2] She also contended that Ms. Plame did not have a cover to be blown, citing a July 23, 2004, article in the Washington Times which argued that Valerie Plame's status as an undercover CIA agent may have been known to Russian and Cuban intelligence operations prior to the article (by Robert Novak) that revealed her status as a CIA employee."


Erik Princes lawyer... from a 2016 article....

"Erik Prince, founder of the now-defunct mercenary firm Blackwater and current chairman of Frontier Services Group, is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and other federal agencies for attempting to broker military services to foreign governments and possible money laundering, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the case."

"Prince, through his lawyer, Victoria Toensing, said he has not been informed of a federal investigation and had not offered any defense services in Libya. Toensing called the money-laundering allegations “total bullsh*t.”


Straight out of the Russian intelligence playbook.

Throw out a amokescreen as a diversion, cloud the issue, and make them waste time and energy on debunking.

Lying scum.

Thanks to DUer kPete for this post, which motivated me to dig deeper into this.


Trump invites "Putin's Favorite Congressman" to White House

CNN) President Donald Trump, amid questions about his campaign's ties to Russia during the 2016 election, will meet with Dana Rohrabacher, a California congressman so well-known for his pro-Russia views that he has been referred to as Russian President Vladimir Putin's "favorite congressman."

Trump, according to his public schedule, will meet with Rohrabacher in the Oval Office Tuesday afternoon.

Ken Grubbs, a spokesman for Rohrabacher, declined to disclose the focus of the conversation, calling it "a general conversation at the President's invitation."


In the middle of an international scandal for his campaigns coillusion with Russia.

I give Trump an "A" for arrogance.

Here's more...

"On September 8, 2008, at a House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee meeting, Rohrabacher argued that the Georgians had initiated the recent military confrontation in the ongoing Russia–Georgia war.[85][86][87]

In April 2014, he supported the idea of Alaskans rejoining Russia if a majority voters in Alaska wanted to.[88]

According to a 2015 article by Politico reporter Luke O'Brien, Rohrabacher is known for his long-time friendship with Russia's Vladimir Putin and his defense of "the Russian point of view."[89][90]

After Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, Rohrabacher defends his approach to improve the U.S.-Russia relations and to cooperate on the settlement of Syrian crisis among other strategic and regional issues. He believes defeating radical Islam and deterring China is more urgent priority.[91][92]"



Former GOP House Intelligence chairman slams Devin Nunes investigation

The embattled chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence came under more intense criticism on Sunday — this time from his own predecessor. Former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) told CNN’s State of the Union that he would have handled the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election “completely” differently.
Noting that he had presided over one of the eight Congressional investigations into Benghazi, Rogers noted that his investigations were far more bipartisan than the current Nunes debacle.
“We came to some common ground rules on how to do this investigation that was gonna be facts and facts-based only,” Rogers recalled. “We didn’t have press conferences about it and didn’t run out every time we got a new document saying this or that happened.”
Nunes, after three Trump administration officials reportedly provided him with information the White House believed “somewhat vindicated” the president’s definitively debunked claim that President Obama had “tapped” Trump Tower, held a bizarre press conference announcing his findings.
Rogers said that with people’s character — and possibly their freedom — on the line, “it is no place for sharp-edged partisan politics.”


Pretty bad when you turn republicans stomachs.

Cambridge University dragged into row over Donald Trump's ex-spy chief's links to Russia

"Scrutiny has now turned to a visit made to Cambridge University by Mr Flynn in February 2014 when he was director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, a US intelligence service.

Mr Flynn, a former lieutenant general in the US army, struck up a friendship at a Cambridge dinner with a Russian banker turned academic whom he then sought to enlist as a translator on an official trip to Moscow.

Mr Flynn continued an unclassified email correspondence with the woman, Svetlana Lokhova, occasionally signing off his emails “general Misha”, using the Russian nickname for Michael.

The Wall Street Journal claims Mr Flynn, 58, should have disclosed his interactions with 36-year-old Miss Lokhova under US intelligence rules but failed to do so.

Mr Flynn was giving a talk at the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar, an academic forum, which itself has been open to claims of “unacceptable Russian influence” because of funding it received from a Russian backed publisher."


"General Misha".

Sweet Mother of God.

Most Americans favor an independent inquiry into Trump associates ties with Russia, poll shows

As questions swirl about the contact members of President Trump’s campaign had with Russians throughout the 2016 election, a majority of Americans favor an independent investigation, a new poll has found.

Fifty-two percent of Americans support such an inquiry, while 23% are opposed, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Saturday. Meanwhile, 22% said they neither favor nor oppose an investigation.


Republicans serve the interests of the Trump class of billionaires and Russian oligarghs, not the American people.
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