April 21, 2024

Obama administration directed foreign allies to target Trump, associates: report

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A new report released on Tuesday has revealed that under the Obama administration, the United States Intelligence Community (IC) mobilized foreign agencies long before the summer of 2016 to target Trump, before the FBI began its “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation into debunked Trump campaign collusion with Russia.

In a joint report by Michael Shellenberger, Matt Taibbi, and Alex Gutentag, sources close to a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HSPCI) investigation revealed that the US IC asked the “Five Eyes,” which constitutes the nations of the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, to surveil and share intelligence gathered on Trump associates with US agencies.

Former President Obama’s CIA Director John Brennan reportedly identified 26 Trump associates for the nations to target, and a source confirmed that the IC “identified [them] as people to ‘bump,’ or make contact with or manipulate. They were targets of our own IC and law enforcement — targets for collection and misinformation.”

Sources said that details on the FBI’s investigation of Trump and raw intelligence from the IC’s surveillance of the Trump campaign were contained in a 10-inch binder, which Trump ordered to be declassified at the end of his term.

It was previously reported that the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) was considered the “primary whistleblower” in the Trump-Russia collusion investigation.

Sources instead say that the US IC asked its foreign allies to target these 26 members of Trump’s team.

“They were making contacts and bumping Trump people going back to March 2016,” a source close to the investigation told Public and Racket. “They were sending people around the UK, Australia, Italy — the Mossad in Italy. The MI6 was working at an intelligence school they had set up.”

A source added that the IC considered the 26 people marked to “bump,” or manipulate through confidential human sources (CHSs), to be easy targets because of inexperience.

US law prohibits this type of intelligence gathering unless a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant is obtained.

GCHQ denied the reporting, with a spokesperson stating, “The allegations that GCHQ was asked to conduct ‘wire tapping’ against the then president-elect are nonsense. They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.”

The report noted though that “in our email presenting the claims to GCHQ, we did not refer to ‘wiretapping’ but rather to its UK spy agency’s broader alleged involvement in the scheme.”

The FBI stated, “The conduct in 2016 and 2017 that [Justice Department] Special Counsel [John] Durham examined was the reason that current FBI leadership already implemented dozens of corrective actions, which have now been in place for some time. Had those reforms been in place in 2016, the missteps identified in the report could have been prevented.”

One of those Trump associates who was targeted was Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page, for whom the FBI admitted that it should not have sought FISA warrant to wiretap.

A source said IC officials targeted Page because they viewed him as inexperienced.

“You look at some of the people who were there,” the person said. “They weren’t sophisticated or experienced at disinformation or at [dealing with] IC people planting ideas or befriending you.”

The first of the targets by the IC appeared to be former Defense Intelligence Agency head Michael Flynn, who would go on to be Trump’s National Security Advisor.

Stefan Halper, a Cambridge academic and a “confidential human source,” approached Flynn in March of 2016. He approached at least four Trump targets, and was paid $411,575.

“The Stefan Halper story is ridiculous,” a source said. “He was the consultant to write papers that really weren’t papers and paid inflated sums like $400,000… He was conducting bumps and intel contacts.”

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CIA Had Foreign Allies Spy On Trump Team, Triggering Russia Collusion Hoax, Sources Say

The new information fills many gaps in our understanding of the Russia collusion hoax and is supported by testimony already in the public record

CIA Had Foreign Allies Spy On Trump Team, Triggering Russia Collusion Hoax, Sources Say

United States Intelligence Community targeted 26 Trump advisors for foreign spy agencies to “reverse target” and “bump”

Last year, John Durham, a special prosecutor for the Department of Justice (DOJ), concluded that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) should never have opened its investigation of alleged collusion by then-presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and Russia in late July of 2016.

Now, multiple credible sources tell Public and Racket that the United States Intelligence Community (IC), including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), illegally mobilized foreign intelligence agencies to target Trump advisors long before the summer of 2016.

The new information fills many gaps in our understanding of the Russia collusion hoax and is supported by testimony already in the public record.

Until now, the official story has been that the FBI’s investigation began after Australian intelligence officials told US officials that a Trump aide had boasted to an Australian diplomat that Russia had damning material about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

In truth, the US Intelligence Community asked the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance to surveill Trump’s associates and share the intelligence they acquired with US agencies, say sources close to a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HSPCI) investigation. The Five Eyes nations are the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

After Public and Racket had been told that President Barack Obama’s CIA Director, John Brennan, had identified 26 Trump associates for the Five Eyes to target, a source confirmed that the IC had “identified [them] as people to ‘bump,’ or make contact with or manipulate. They were targets of our own IC and law enforcement — targets for collection and misinformation.”

Unknown details about the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign and raw intelligence related to the IC’s surveillance of the Trump campaign are in a 10-inch binder that Trump ordered to be declassified at the very end of his term, sources told Public and Racket.

If the top-secret documents exist proving these charges, they are potentially proof that multiple US intelligence officials broke laws against spying and election interference.

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