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Wed Feb 21, 2024, 09:27 AM Feb 2024

Russia Intercepts U.S. Phone Calls in Bid to Influence 2024 Election [View all]

Source: Newsweek

Published Feb 21, 2024 at 4:57 AM EST Updated Feb 21, 2024 at 6:30 AM EST

Russia intercepted the phone calls of several prominent Americans and could use the information as kompromat, or blackmail, during the upcoming presidential election according to a Department of Justice court memo citing former FBI source Alexander Smirnov as its source.

The document was filed on Tuesday in support of the case against Smirnov, who is accused of lying to the agency and faking records regarding the Bidens' business activities in Ukraine.

It recounts a report Smirnov gave his handler after meeting 'Russian Official 1,' an unnamed individual described as the person "who controls groups that are engaged in overseas assassination efforts."

Based on conversations with Smirnov, the court filing states: "During this meeting with Russian Official 1, Russian Official 1 claimed that another individual, Russian Official 4, the head of a particular unit of a Russian Intelligence Service, ran an intelligence operation at a "club" located at a particular hotel.

Read more: https://www.newsweek.com/russian-intelligence-intercepted-calls-us-figures-alexander-smirnov-1871870

Link to DOJ court filing memo (PDF) - https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.nvd.167064/gov.uscourts.nvd.167064.15.0.pdf
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