The Kremlin Papers

   CNN reported Tuesday:

   “Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN. …

   “The allegations came, in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible. The FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of these allegations, which are based primarily on information from Russian sources, but has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about Mr. Trump.

   “The classified briefings last week were presented by four of the senior-most US intelligence chiefs — Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers. …
   “CNN has reviewed a 35-page compilation of the memos …. At this point, CNN is not reporting on details of the memos, as it has not independently corroborated the specific allegations. But, in preparing this story, CNN has spoken to multiple high ranking intelligence, administration, congressional and law enforcement officials, as well as foreign officials and others in the private sector with direct knowledge of the memos.”
   Want to read the 35-page compilation of memos? They’re here. The summary of a memo dated June 20, 2016 reads as follows:
   “- Russian regime has been cultivating, supporting and assisting TRUMP for at least 45 years. Aim, endorsed by POUTIN, has been to counrage splits and divisions in western alliance
   “- So far TRUMP has declined various sweetener real estate business deals offered him in Russia in order to further the Kremlin’s cultivation of him. However he and his inner circule have accepted a regular flow of intelligence from the Kremlin, including on his Democratic and other political rivals
   “- Former top Russian intelligence officer claims FSB has compromised TRUMP through his activities in Moscow sufficiently to be able to blackmail him. According to several knowledgeable sources, his conduct in Moscow has included perverted sexual acts which have been arranged/monitored by the FSB
   “- A dossier of compromising material on Hillary CLINTON has been collated by the Russian Intelligence Services over many years and mainly comprises bugged conversations she had on various visits to Russia and intercepted phone calls rather than any embarrassing conduct. The dossier is controlled by Kremlin spokesman, PESKOV, directly on PUTIN’s orders. However it has not as yet been distributed abroad, including to TRUMP. Russian intentions for its deployment still unclear”
   The memos also indicate that Trump’s lawyer, who has a Russian wife, and his top campaign aides acted as go-betweens between Trump and Moscow, that the Kremlin tried to cover its tracks by using Romanian hackers, and the Russians began backing away from the e-mail leaking operation in mid-October because they thought Trump was going to lose.

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