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From: DunggateMay-25 7:03 PM 
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Report: Julian Assange On the Brink of Eviction, Situation is ‘Unusually Bad’
By Chris White 
May 25, 2018 at 10:26am
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Julian Assange’s lengthy refuge at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London is in serious jeopardy, CNN reported Thursday, citing several sources with knowledge of the Internet hacker’s situation.
His current situation is “unusually bad” and he could be asked to leave the embassy “any day now,” sources claim. Embassy officials are attempting to make Assange’s stay so unbearable that he is all but forced to leave. He has also spent nearly 53 days isolated from visitors and outside communications.
His exit could give the U.S. government the opportunity to delve into what Assange knows. Investigators believe Russia used the WikiLeaks founder as an intermediary to publish stolen emails swiped from the Democratic National Committee prior to the 2016 presidential election.
Assange has been detained without charge for 2,720 days, his lawyers claim. There is “not a shred of evidence that Assange has done anything but publish material just as the establishment media do every day,” according to a May 19 tweet from his lawyers.
“The concern from day one until the present is that if Julian Assange walks out of the Embassy, he will be extradited to face what the executive director of the ACLU described as an ‘unprecedented and unconstitutional’ prosecution under the U.S. Espionage Act,” his lawyer, Melinda Taylor, told CNN.
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Ecuador’s newly elected president is also under intense pressure from the U.S., Spain and the U.K. to expel Assange, sources said.
Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno called Assange an “inherited problem” and “more than a nuisance” in a television interview in January.
U.S. investigators also probed the extent to which elements within President Donald Trump’s campaign team coordinated with Assange.
Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone, for instance, has long been at the center of controversy over allegations he worked with Assange in the lead-up to the 2016 election.
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Accusations of collaboration with WikiLeaks have dogged Stone since he made statements in August 2016 that he was in “communication” with the group and in October 2016 he had a “back channel” of communication with Assange.
Stone later clarified he had communicated with someone at WikiLeaks via radio host Randy Credico, who confirmed previous statements Assange made. Credico has denied serving as a back channel to The Daily Beast.
In the U.S., Assange’s fate is even more uncertain. U.S. officials have maintained a secret grand jury investigation into WikiLeaks for nearly eight years, Assange’s lawyers claim.
“For the last eight years, the U.K. has refused to either confirm or deny that they have received an extradition request from the U.S. At the same time, they have refused to provide assurances that Julian will not be extradited to the U.S. if such a request were to be received and maintained an ever-present vigil of the Embassy, notwithstanding a U.N. directive to take steps to ensure Julian’s immediate liberty,” Taylor told CNN.
“Their silence speaks volumes, particularly in light of recent statements from U.S. officials that Julian’s arrest and extradition are a priority.”
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From: sparrow153May-25 8:23 PM 
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Dunggate said...

Do you think Assange worked with the Trump campaign team?

Hi Elaine:

No, I do not.  From what I understand, he received information from someone within our government, or from someone with access to certain information they wanted to become known.  Assange has never revealed any of his sources.




From: DunggateMay-26 5:54 AM 
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sparrow153 said...

Dunggate said...

Do you think Assange worked with the Trump campaign team?

Hi Elaine:

No, I do not.  From what I understand, he received information from someone within our government, or from someone with access to certain information they wanted to become known.  Assange has never revealed any of his sources.





From: BG311 Posted by hostMay-26 7:54 AM 
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President Trump Requests Briefing on

Classified Information about Origins of FBI Russia Investigation in 2016 Election


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Giuliani: White House wants briefing on classified info

25 May 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s legal team wants a briefing on the classified information shared with lawmakers about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election and may take it to the Justice Department as part of an effort to scuttle the ongoing special counsel probe.  Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump’s attorneys, told The Associated Press on Friday that the White House hopes to get a readout of the information next week, particularly about the use of a longtime government informant who approached members of Trump’s campaign in a possible bid to glean intelligence on Russian efforts to sway the election.

Trump has made unproven claims of FBI misconduct and political bias and has denounced the asset as “a spy.”  “If the spying was inappropriate, that means we may have an entirely illegitimate investigation,” Giuliani said of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. He then invoked the material compiled by former FBI Director James Comey before he was fired.

“Coupled with Comey’s illegally leaked memos, this means the whole thing was a mistake and should never have happened,” Giuliani said. “We’d urge the Justice Department to re-evaluate, to acknowledge they made a mistake. It’s a waste of $20 million of the taxpayers’ money. The whole thing is already a waste of money.”

Comey has said he had the authority as a private citizen to ask a friend to share details from one of his memos with the news media and that he did nothing wrong. The Justice Department official who would be the one to receive any complaints from Giuliani would presumably be Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller last year in the wake of Comey’s firing and was present for Thursday’s briefings.

The extraordinary two meetings held Thursday were sought by Trump’s GOP allies in Congress and arranged by the White House, as the president has tried to sow suspicions about the legitimacy of the FBI investigation that spawned Mueller’s probe.  Trump and his allies have focused on the use of the informant.

“What motivated putting him in? What sort of information were they seeking from him? What did they get?” Giuliani asked Friday. “They clearly did not get incriminating information or we’d have found out about it by now. And why did they hide it for so long? There’s a big concealment that went on here for over a year since the president said he had been surveilled.”

Democrats emerged from the meetings saying they saw no evidence to support Republican allegations that the FBI acted inappropriately. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was not in the meetings but, in a radio interview Friday, broke with the president to say that a “confidential informant is not a spy.”

Initially offered only to Republicans, the briefings were the latest piece of stagecraft meant to publicize and bolster the allegations. But they also highlighted the degree to which the president and his allies have used the levers of the federal government — in this case, intelligence agencies — to aide in Trump’s personal and political defense.

The presence of a White House lawyer, Emmet Flood, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly at the outset of the briefings raised immediate alarms from Democrats, who said they were concerned officials could use information from the meetings to the president’s legal advantage. They also said it was inappropriate for White House officials to attend any part of a meeting about a criminal investigation that directly concerns the president and his campaign. Some also questioned whether their presence violated Justice Department policy meant to limit contacts with the White House to specific circumstances.

The White House said Flood and Kelly gave brief remarks at the outset of the briefings but did not stay for the substance. Giuliani said it would be appropriate for Trump to be briefed about the findings. “He’s not the subject or target of that investigation. He should know what is discussed,” said Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City. “Moreover, I assume President Obama knew about it. And if Obama knew about it, why can’t Trump?”

It was unclear how much information was given to lawmakers. According to a U.S. official familiar with the broader of the two meetings, the briefers did not reveal the name of the informant. They brought documents to Capitol Hill but did not share them, and made several remarks about the importance of protecting intelligence sources and methods. The person declined to be identified because the briefing was classified.

The president intensified his attacks on the probe this week, calling it “spygate” and tweeting Thursday that it was “Starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in U.S. history.” Trump told one ally this week that he wanted “to brand” the informant a “spy,” believing the more nefarious term would resonate more in the media and with the public.

It remained unclear what, if any, spying was done. The White House provided no evidence to support Trump’s claim that President Barack Obama’s administration was trying to spy on his 2016 campaign for political reasons.

Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, an ardent Trump supporter, originally demanded the information on an FBI source in the Russia investigation. (Chairman Nunes has never requested the name of the FBI source.  His only request as been for documents related to what as used to obtain the FISA warrants, want was used to begin the Counter Intelligence Investigation of Trump . . . and Russian collusion.  Congress has also asked to see the documents written by Rosenstein giving authority to Mueller.  They have only received a document with around 75% of it redacted.  They want to see it without the redactions.) And Trump took up the cause as the White House tries to combat the threat posed by Mueller’s investigation.

Giuliani said the president’s legal team would wait to see a report out of the briefings before making a decision as to whether Trump would sit for an interview with Mueller’s investigators. He previously had said that a decision would not be made
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Comey Disaster: Agent Who Quit Over Rigged Hillary Investigation Heads to Congress
MAY 25, 2018 AT 6:50AM
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An FBI agent who allegedly quit the bureau over his belief that the Hillary Clinton email investigation was rigged will testify before the House of Representatives, The Hill reported.
The joint investigation between the House Judiciary and the Oversight Committees — led by Republican Reps. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, respectively — has been a source of consternation for Republicans and Democrats alike.
Conservatives have complained about the slow pace of the examination into how the Clinton email investigation was conducted, noting that only two witnesses have appeared before it.
Democrats, of course, have complained that it exists at all, since anything that distracts from the endless investigation into how President Donald Trump is really a Russian plant is simply frivolous — particularly if it implicates former FBI Director James Comey, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or former President Barack Obama in any wrongdoing.
Well, now we’re finally about to see some fireworks. Three top witnesses are going to testify before lawmakers: John Giacalone, who was in charge of the Clinton investigation for the first seven months; Bill Priestap, assistant director of the FBI’s counterintelligence division; and Michael Steinbach, former head of the FBI’s national security division and the man who succeeded Giacalone.
All three are of particular interest, especially since Priestap was the supervisor of FBI agent Peter Strzok, whose anti-Trump text messages have thrown the objectivity of the entire investigation into doubt.
However, the real headliner here may be Giacalone. Shortly after then-FBI Director Comey announced he wouldn’t be pursuing charges against Hillary Clinton for the email server, Fox News pundit Judge Andrew Napolitano wrote a column in which he claimed Giacalone had quit the bureau because he believed the investigation was rigged.
In the Oct. 28, 2016 column, Napolitano claimed at that at the start of the Clinton email investigation, “agents and senior managers gathered in the summer of 2015 to discuss how to proceed. It was obvious to all that a prima-facie case could be made for espionage, theft of government property and obstruction of justice charges. The consensus was to proceed with a formal criminal investigation.”
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“Six months later, the senior FBI agent in charge of that investigation resigned from the case and retired from the FBI because he felt the case was going ‘sideways’; that’s law enforcement jargon for ‘nowhere by design,'” Napolitano wrote.
“John Giacalone had been the chief of the New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., field offices of the FBI and, at the time of his ‘sideways’ comment, was the chief of the FBI National Security Branch.”
“The reason for the ‘sideways’ comment must have been Giacalone’s realization that DOJ and FBI senior management had decided that the investigation would not work in tandem with a federal grand jury. That is nearly fatal to any government criminal case. In criminal cases, the FBI and the DOJ cannot issue subpoenas for testimony or for tangible things; only grand juries can,” Napolitano continued.
“Giacalone knew that without a grand jury, the FBI would be toothless, as it would have no subpoena power. He also knew that without a grand jury, the FBI would have a hard time persuading any federal judge to issue search warrants.”
Napolitano speculated there were several possible reasons that the case went “sideways.” One was that Obama feared having to testify if Clinton went to trial (he had sent emails to the private server, after all, meaning he was aware of it). There was also the fact that a Clinton indictment could have led to Trump becoming president, and Obama simply couldn’t countenance that. (Less than two weeks after Napolitano’s column was written, it must be noted, that reason became moot.)
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Either way, if the investigation had indeed gone “sideways,” it would need to have done so with approval from the highest levels — certainly James Comey and possibly Barack Obama.
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From: BG311 Posted by hostMay-26 9:43 AM 
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Thank you for the update, Elaine.


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Trump insider: Obama’s top pals to be locked up (soon!)

A large number of former President Barack Obama’s top insiders are heading to jail in the next few months — including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.  That’s according to a top Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo, who revealed explosive insider knowledge on Fox News’ Laura Ingraham’s show Monday.  Caputo claims to have information that will lead to a series of high profile “Deep State” arrests — and that could even include Obama himself.

Over the weekend, Trump stunned the world by revealing the FBI had planted a spy in his campaign.  According to his former aide, the president’s accusation only touches the surface of the explosive charges that are about to be revealed. Caputo claims multiple individuals loyal to Obama’s administration attempted to infiltrate the Trump campaign as secret paid “informants” during the 2016 presidential election.

“Let me tell you something that I know for a fact: This informant, this person that they tried to plant into the campaign — and even into the administration, if you believe Axios — he’s not the only person who came at the campaign,” Caputo told Ingraham. “And the FBI is not the only Obama agency who came at the campaign. I know because they came at me.”

The truth is going to come out — and soon.  “I’m looking for clearance from my attorney to reveal this to the public,” Caputo added, and claimed that what he knew would send top Obama officials to prison.

“This is just the beginning … When we finally find out the truth about this, Director Clapper and the rest of them will be wearing some orange suits.”  We can only hope that time will come soon.

— The Horn editorial team






From: cda28May-26 11:59 AM 
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Hi Sparrow

       Several FBI agents would like to be Subpoenaed to Testify for the Problems that occured in the FBI while Comey was Director. Knowing that Mueller and Comey both worked together to Protect Hillary Clinton I wonder what chance that has of coming to fruition. after all all of the people Mueller picked to help in investigating Trump Collusion were all Democrats.  ( Read Killing the Deep State)


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