In this chapter we will introduce the Brits and other foreign entities Brennan brought in to the scandal. These nasty fabrications started outside of the US. Brennan in the early days had to rely on foreign factors and actors. There were spies involved. Who was running them? How high up does it go?
Iain Lobban was a former head of GCHQ (Britain's version of our NSA). He was instrumental in working with his American counterpart, Keith Alexander. In April of 2013 Lobban secretly met with Keith Alexander, Obama's head of the NSA. The purpose of this visit was find new and innovative methods to share raw Intelligence. The Magna Carta and the US Constitution take a dim view on spying on their own citizens. Both countries were capturing every bit of Internet data.
Both the UK and the US were prohibited from seeing or using captured data on their own citizens. In a document from data leaked by Edward Snowden, some details of this meeting were disclosed. Like the NSA, GCHQ could not spy on its citizens. But the Brits could spy on non-Brits, the Americans could spy on non-Americans. This was the groundwork for a new form of spying on our citizens. If the two agencies shared information, which was permitted, they could spy anywhere without restriction. Snowden later revealed that over $100 million dollars were sent to the United Kingdom to make this happen.
NSA data is "minimized" as required by FISA law. Minimization procedures required that US citizen information not be revealed. The initial Raw Data is not minimized. Under minimiztion, identies could only be labeled as Person #1, Source #2 or Address #1 etc. Anyone that has seen FISA documents is familiar with this "Masking". The exceptions for internal spying and access to the NSA database in the USA were called un-masking. Or Raw Access This was only supposed to be done when there was clear cut evidence of espionage. Only done in rare circumstances. Unmasking skyrocketed in the last years of the Obama Administration. In particular by Susan Rice, Stephanie Power and John Brennan. There will be a chapter later on unmasking.
This is all "in the weeds". It will all become clearer.
What Lobban and General Alexander acheived was a workaround for both US and British Laws against domestic spying. Lobban and GCHQ was always free to eavesdrop or spy on Americans and America's NSA was always free to spy on the Brits. Both were required to hide identies on only their own citizens.
Thus you see "Person #1" or "Source #x" in the official documents. But shared information would defeat minimazation and masking.
Both contries were allowed to share intellignece. This work around provided a "legal" method to defeat the laws. Identity was previously minimized and masked by each country. The Brits could name Americans and the Americans could name the Brits.
It is unfair to blame this wretched phenomena on just these two men. Big Brother has been working for a long time and continues to work against both the Magna Carta and the US Constitution. Fox news reported that GCHQ had tapped into the Trump Tower phone lines. This was laughed off. But someone did.
General Mike Flynn's "wiretapped" phone call to Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak was leaked to the media. Someone captured it. There are only two possibilties. GCHQ or NSA.
On August 1, 2013, "The Guardian" revealed other Snowden documents that showed over $100 million was subsequently secretly funneled to the Brits from America. This expenditure has some in Great Britain rightly asking questions as to the independence of GCHQ.
Iain Lobban was the first Brit listed. He is a Hakluyt board member. He was an enabler, but Lobban was hardly a driver of the operation against Trump. Lobban was included as context. Through his efforts, it was now possible to spy on anyone in the US or Great Britain as part of "foreign" surveillance.
Dearlove was the first to speculate that Trump was colluding with Russia. Did this all came from his angst over the Trump Golf Links in Scotland? Dearlove was the glue that linked all of the earliest connections to RussiaGate. Dearlove and Brennan were the genesis of RussiaGate. In an article from early in 2018 in Britains's The Markets Work"", Jeff Carlson exposes Sir Dick's connections. Were they just spying or were they running ops?
Dearlove along with Robert Hannigan (head of GCHQ) offered intelligence to Brennan in 2015. RussiaGate started with these contacts. Did Brennan ask for them?
Mueller has come up empty. How did this 3 year Russian obsession start? Surveillance, spying or whatever you call it, must have a predicate.
It is not legal to go on a fishing expedition against some person without a predicate. Even in a Counter Intelligence operation.
Especially on one of your own citizens.
Criminal Investigations have to meet the more stringent requirements of "probable cause".
The idea of tying Trump to Russia seems absurd on it's face. Trump is a business man. American business men loathe Socialism and Communism. Businessmen and Republicans are staunch anti communist/socialists. If anyone was connected to socialism and/or communism it is the more likely the democrats.
Because Trump and Russia is so improbable, grants this bizarre operation more panache. Some smug grins accompanied this spook brainstorming. These intelligence community, all powerful manipulators, love the caché of the unknown. This shadowy universe is their playground. This started out as fun for them. I bet they chuckled. Is there twisted humor in espionage? To the sick and evil. Yes.
Attorney General William Barr shocked the democratic and media establishment when he suggested he would be investigating spying on the Trump Campaign. The attacks on Barr accelerated. Since then Barr has appointed John Durham, a career prosecutor, to examine the 2016 election.
John Brennan, our twisted dark humorist, claims to have started the Trump/Russia investigation. But what started him?
In late 2015 Brennan reached out to both Britain's GCHQ (their version of our NSA) and Dearlove.
This info suggested Trump had Russian obligations and contained other suspect intelligence from other nations in Europe.
Brennan Bit. But he was CIA. Legally he could not operate in the US. Lending money to build a golf course in Scotland was not enough. Brennans hands were tied. Brennan was onboard but he needed more. Sir Dick was no longer in power at MI6. GCHQ and MI6 had to report what they were doing. There is oversight, audits and reporting requirements. So the obvious solution was to turn to some fixers in the private sector to do oppo research, gather intelligence and do an op.
Devin Nunes (R-CA) is the former head and since 2018 the Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee. Nunes revealed repeatedly, many private intelligence firms were brought into the picture in the first stages of RussiaGate. He has numerous youtube videos.
These private firms did not have the same reporting and disclosure requirements of our government agencies. They are not required to tell the truth. They don't even have to answer questions. The can collect intelligence without restriction or veracity. They are often used to win just an argument, a legal case or a political campaign. The whole world is now familiar with one of the thousands. Fusion GPS.
There a few more involved.
So Dearlove may have turned to his close personal friend Mike Reynolds. Mike Reynolds and Christopher James are both former MI6 spooks, they co-founded Hakluyt (pronounced Hack Light) along with Fitzroy MacLean. MacLean was reputedly Ian Fleming's inspiration for the James Bond 007 character. Hakluyt is a private firm that finds out nasty stuff for apple cart owners. They also do nasty stuff for apple cart owners.
"Hakluyt & Company is a British strategic intelligence and advisory firm, and since 2011 has been a trading name of the renamed company Holdingham Group Limited. Pelorus Research is another trading activity of Holdingham Group, started in 2011, providing research and ops to apple cart owners. This research output is often in the form of what they call dossiers. The company is headquartered in London and has subsidiary offices in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and Sydney. Hakluyt avoids publicity, but is regarded as having a reputation for discretion and effectiveness among its client base. Hakluyt was founded by former officials of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6)." (from wikipedia)
Probably the most important reference to Hakluyt is in the Alexander Downing conversation with PapaD. In a "don't fuck with me" moment Downer threatens Papa D
"A waiter comes by. Erika orders a round of gin and tonics. Downer starts talking. He tells me he is connected to a British security firm called Hackluyt. He boasts about being a board member and that the firm has a great presence in London and close ties to the Obama administration. 'We advise many governments,' he says."
According to everyone this exchange was the official start of Trump/Russia.
Mack McLarty listed them as a strategic partner in his new company Kissinger McLarty Associates a geopolitical consulting firm. McLarty as some of you will remember, was Bill Clinton's Chief of Staff and Bill's best friend for 30 years. Kissinger McLarty Associates, Hakluyt, FusionGPS and Cloudstrike are private companies and often work both sides of the aisle. They will all figure prominently in this story. The irony of a Henry Kissinger (Nixon regime) and a McLarty (Clinton regime) inexplicably partnering should provide insight into the motives of these apple carters. It is all about power and money. These two regimes represent only those in power with tons of money. In public they are enemies. In private they are partners. Ever wonder what happens to ex government workers? They consult and lobby. It happens all over the world.
These elite regimes take their connections and start up "quiet, invisible consulting/lobbying" firms. There are hundreds in the corriders of power. Secrecy is paramount. Obfuscation is critical. Talk only to lawyers. Never testify. Use the fifth. This endemic corruption has become global. But these elites made some big mistakes. They got too ambitious. They tried to rig a US presidential election. They left a trail. Small World is it not? It will get even smaller.
Congressional investigation, FOIA and subpoenas produced the scandalous trail for the money that funded Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele and the Russian sources for the infamous dossier. Hillary used cut outs to launder the money. It started with the Clinton Foundation, then was cut out to the DNC, then sent to the law firm Perkins Coie and the attorney Marc Elias then paid Glenn Simpson at Fusion GPS. Simpson would later pay Christopher Steele. Steele would later pay Sergei Millian and other Russia FSB and GRU agents for what was Russian disinformation intended to influence the election.
There actually was both collusion and conspiracy with Moscow in trying to rig the 2016 election. But it wasn't Trump, it was Hillary. Hillary provided impetus and the money.
This money that funded Christopher Steele's and Nellie Ohr's anti Trump operations at Fusion GPS would later become the predicate for the Obama Adminstation's FISA warrants to spy on their political opposition. James Comey tried imperiously to minimize political spying as "Court Ordered Electronic Surveillance". What would you call it if every phone call, text, web search, download, picture or email of yours was examined by dozens of Federal Prosecutors. Comey is far worse than Gordon Liddy. Liddy only looked at papers in a hotel. This was over the top spying.
What we don't know is who funded Hakluyt. We don't know who paid them. We don't even know for sure if they were the original ops for the Russia Hoax. Based on their board members work product they were certainly anti-Trump. We need some investigation into the public and private sector in Great Britain. This investigation will tie everything together. US law enforcement has no jurisidiction. There is no FOIA and no Congressional Subpoenas in Great Britain.
One shot is a Donald Trump or another aggrieved party lawsuit with discovery against the UK and Hakluyt. It is hard for Americans to investigate the Brits. Journalists can and have asked, but the Brits don't have to answer, and they remain silent.
George Papadopoulos was the first Trumpian connected to Russia. According to everyone, anywhere, his "Russian Connections" were what started the FBI Operation Crossfire Hurricane. We will cover the whole sequence later. But let's first learn a little more about all of the connections. Almost every event in the origins of Trump/Russia happened within walking distance of Hackluyt's front door. Hakluyt still has the unaccounted $20 million dollar windfall in foreign funds just as Trump took off. It would be useful if we knew from where this money flowed. We need to follow this money.
Allmost all of the people in the origins of the Russia Hoax were associated with Hakluyt. Some have suggested Hakluyt is the British version of Fusion GPS. Three of the four most prominent people directly involved in the genesis of the Russian Hoax were all on the Hakluyt board of directors. This defies coincedence. Who were they?
I put Susman first mostly as a hypothesis. Was he the person that paid Hakluyt? Although an American, he was a Hakluyt Board member. Ambassador Louis Susman was also a fundraiser extraordinaire. (bio here). Susman received his London Ambassadorship through his fundraising abilities & Chicago connections with Obama.
The retired Chicago businessman Louis Susman recently became the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, an appointment widely regarded as the prize for his ferocious fundraising on behalf of the Obama campaign.
Derided by the British press as the “vacuum cleaner,” Susman is only the most prominent example of a continuing—and questionable—American tradition.
Nicknamed the Vacuum Cleaner for his ability to hoover up cash for Democratic politicians, Louis Susman is a low-key veteran Chicago investment banker known for possessing one of the fattest contact books in the mid-west.
Before rattling the tin for Barack Obama, Susman generated $244m (£156m) as national finance director for John Kerry’s presidential bid and he played a key fund-raising role for previous White House hopefuls including Bill Bradley, Dick Gephart and Edward Kennedy.
Someone paid Hakluyt millions of dollars. They don't work for free. In the "follow the money" admonition from Watergate, Louis is a good start.
It would be useful to know if Susman was the source of Hakluyt's twenty million dollar windfall prior to the 2016 election.
Downer was a stockholder and on the board of Hakluyt. He was at one time Australia's Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 2006 Downer contributed on behalf of Australia $25 million dollars to the Clinton Foundation. Initially this was not reported. The money was initially allocated to the Clinton Foundation but later was routed through an affiliate of the charity known as the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), officials said. Australia was one of four foreign governments to donate more than $25 million to CHAI, records show. Over many years Australia gave $88 million to the Clinton Foundation. The contributions stopped abruptly less than a week after Trump was elected.
Downer, now Australia’s ambassador to London, provided the account of a conversation with Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos at a London bar in 2016 that became the official reason the FBI opened the Russia counterintelligence probe. The meeting was sought out by Downer. He got an intro by connecting Erica Thompson of his Australian Embassy to Christoper Cantor of the Israeli embassy to GP. The supposed purpose of the meeting was to discuss GP's criticism of David Cameron's rant on Trump. They met at a Kensington bar within walking distance of Hakluyt's headquarters.
But George was talkitive and animated according to Downer. In recent interviews, George said he had only one glass of wine and that Downer was acting very odd. George suspected he was wearing a wire. He kept aiming his phone at PapaD. Why was Downer not charged with lying to the FBI? Was he even questioned? Where are the 302's?
What is particully odd is his reporting did not go through normal "five eyes" channels. Apparently Downer reported first to Elizabeth Dibble, the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in London. Dibble was a Hillary loyalist holdover from her tenure as Secretary of State.
Congressional investigations say the FBI didn’t tell anyone about Downer’s prior connection to the Clinton Foundation. Congress did learn about Downer's unusual disclosure, not through "Five Eyes", but to a Clinton Confidant. Republicans say they are concerned the new information means nearly all of the early evidence the FBI used to justify its election-year probe of Trump came from sources supportive of the Clintons, including the controversial Steele dossier.
There is a lot of mystery surrounding Stefan Halper.
Although the official FBI investigation of Trump/Russia started on July 30,
Halper was being paid by the CIA prior to the start of the investigation for over a decade.
Halper was embedded as a Brennan government spy in the Trump Campaign before the investigation ever started. How he got there is mysterious.
He received over a million dollars from taxpayers according to whistleblower Adam Lovinger. Halper and Dearlove together founded the UK based Cambridge Intelligence Seminar. Both Halper and Sir Richard Dearlove resigned on the same day from CIS. Later Stephan Halper was mysteriously outed by the Washington Post and the New York Times and named as an FBI government spy in their RussiaGate Reporting. Why? Some Suspect it was to hide his CIA career and his connections to MI6 and Richard Dearlove. Halper was also paid by the CIA for ten years prior to him working as a spy in the Trump Campaign. Halper also co wrote a book with Jonathan Clarke. Clarke is the United States representative for Hakluyt and a member of Hakluyt's board of directors.
Halper entered the Deep State through a door opened by his father-in-law, Ray Cline, whose work for the CIA was legendary. Behind that door Halper found a treasure trove of jobs and government contracts, making his life as a transatlantic jet-setting academic possible. Brennan’s Langley group had access to Halper’s file and sized him up as the perfect embed: a Republican-oriented foreign policy scholar who could plausibly interact with Trump officials while serving as a nexus between the CIA and Brennan’s friends in British intelligence. Halper’s ties to Dearlove, are well known. They co-founded the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar (CIS). Both are connected through Hakluyt.
Halper was the first person in the investigation to mention Hillary Emails. He said to PapaD: "George, you know about hacking the emails from Russia right?" The special counsel indictment cites Mifsud as saying the "dirt" on Hillary included thousands of emails. But both Downer and Papadopoulus never mentioned emails. The "Russian email Hack at the DNC" was not even known in March when George and Mifsud met. It is more likely the mentions from Mifsud referred to the deleted and bleach bitted 33,000 missing Clinton emails. It is very likely, the email part of the Papadopoulus story was fabricated after the fact and Halper was trying to set the hook. Has the FBI interviewed Halper? No. Why would they? He was working for Brennan. For the last decade, Halper had always been a CIA asset. For years he was paid from defense department dark money. Comey would have known all about Halper from the Inter Agency Task force.
In an article on August 28, 2004, Sara Carter exposed the case of a Department of Defense minor player that exposed profound wrongdoing by Halper. "Adam Lovinger, a former Defense Department analyst, never expected that what he stumbled on during his final months at the Pentagon would expose an integral player in the FBI’s handling of President Donald Trump’s campaign and alleged Russia collusion. Lovinger, a whistleblower, is now battling to save his career."
"He lost his job and the Pentagon suspended his top-secret security clearance May 1, 2017, when he exposed through an internal review that Stefan Halper, who was then an emeritus Cambridge professor, had received roughly $1 million in US tax-payer funded money to write Defense Department foreign policy reports, his attorney Sean Bigley said."
Like much of this investigation very few have the inclination or the patience to follow the myriad tendrils of the wholesale endemic corruption of our government. This is why they get away with it. This is also why I am propably wasting the last few years of my life in trying to give a sh..t. The article also teases with a hint of a connection to this sordid mess to Chelsea Clinton. Maybe someone shoud care about Adam Lovinger. He was just doing his job. But now he is screwed.
The last chapter of Stephan Halper features his purported "graduate assistant". Halper introduced Turk to Papadopoulos. Did the FBI run Azra at George Papadopoulos? Or was it CIA? Azra had several contacts with PapaD. Somehow she failed to seduce him. George went to prison for 12 days. I would have been willing to more than double this sentance for a night in the sack with Azra. Ms. Turk has since been outed by the New York Times as an FBI spy. But somehow George did not fall for her. I suggest you do not fall for her either.
Azra is probably a red herring. The CIA or the FBI never used to be this incompetent. They still are not. Beware of sensationalizing Azra. Azra may have been planted in the event they were caught. In early May of 2019, Azra was outed by the New York Times. This is a sexy story. But there will likely be no connections to her and the upper echelons of the FBI and CIA. The Azra Turk story is likely disinformation and obfuscation with a goal in mind.
This outing by the New York Times comes more than two years after Turk first was known. There were several news stories re Azra when George was arrested in 2017. The timing is curious. The Times had no interest in publishing the story for years. What changed? The new Attorney General William Barr let it be known he would be looking into US spying on political opponents under the Obama Administration. Halper was outed in the media as a spy for the FBI last year by the Washington Post. Halper was actually associated and paid by the CIA for over ten years. Both outings have their facts wrong.
Azra according to PapaD was probably CIA not FBI.
According to the FBI, the investigation started on July 31, 2016. These two were probably CIA. CIA started long before the FBI.
MacLean was a genuine hero. Many say he was the inspiration for Ian Flemming for the James Bond 007 character. He was from Scotland and wrote several books celebrating Scottish heritage. Needless to say Golf was a big part of the heritage.
Christopher James is a former SAS and MI6 operative. James was managing director and CEO for Hakluyt and one of the founders in 1995. Mack McLarty, Bill Clinton's "oldest friend" and Chief of Staff lists him as a Strategic Partner of his consulting firm. Kissinger McLarty Associates was Hakluyt's first client.
James in March of 2000 decribed Hakluyt concisely with the quote,
“The idea was to do for industry what we had done for the government”
The concept was a network of well paid "Independent Contractors" connected to intelligence agencies and agents around the world that would learn stuff and do stuff discretely and invisibly for well healed private clients.
Andy France was yet one more head of GCHQ to join Hakluyt. The timing of his tenure is delicious to conspiracy nuts but possibly just one more coincidence. A new division called Hakluyt Cyber was formed the day after Trump announced his candidacy and went dormant just days after his election. No one knows what he or Hakluyt Cyber did.
What is known is that in the year leading up to the 2016 Hackluyt listed a windfall currency conversion expense on the annual report. Almost $20 million America dollars were converted to pounds. They declined to comment on these sources of revenue for the pre election windfall. There has never been any disclosures by Hakluyt Cyber. The parent company of course declined comment.
The British Connections are not over. They continue to play key roles in RussiaGate.
Sometime in the early summer of 2015, Robert Hannigan, Britain’s intelligence head of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with John Brennan regarding alleged communications between the Trump Campaign and Moscow: The matter was deemed so important that it was handled at “director level”, face-to-face between the two agency chiefs. The odd thing is Hannigan’s U.S. counterpart wasn’t CIA Director Brennan – it was NSA Director Mike Rogers. Why did Hannigan meet with Brennan and not his counterpart at NSA Mike Rogers? Also why did Hannigan retire only three years into the job and three days after Trump was elected?
It should be noted that the original RussiaGate intel in 2015 to Brennan came from Hannigan and Dearlove. It is too bad that Congress cannot interview Hannigan or Dearlove under oath. I wonder what they have to say.
Although Fusion GPS is an American Corporation the head of the company, Glenn Simpson is an not an American but an Englishman. This company is notable as Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Diane Feinstein and the Democratic National Committee all paid Fusion both before and after the 2016 election for opposition research against Donald Trump. Follow the money.
Simpson was just one more political dirty tricksters for hire in the swamp of Washington politics. He had been at it for years. Simpson worked for both sides. He was good at it. Good enough that that Hillary paid him 12 million dollars in one year.
Fusion GPS's most notable contribution to America's politics was the infamous "Steele Dossier". Fusion received over 12 million dollars for anti Trump research. Fusion was also paid for Natalia Veselnitskaya's lobbying against the Magnisky Act. Simpson met with Veselnitskaya both the day before and the day after her infamamous meeting at Trump Tower in New York. This meeting was seized upon as evidence of Trump collusion for years.
Christopher Steele served as an intelligence officer with MI6, Britain’s equivalent to the CIA, for more than two decades. His boss was Sir Richard Dearlove. He joined as soon as he graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1986. He had a variety of roles within M16. He worked as a field agent and the head of M16’s Russia desk in Moscow in the early '90s, spent four years in Paris and transitioned to “adviser to the British Special Forces on capture-or-kill ops in Afghanistan," Variety reported.
Steele may have had an extensive career, but these days, the former spy is best known for compiling a dossier on Trump for the
private Washington research firm, Fusion GPS.
Fusion GPS was hired in 2015 by an anti-Trump Republican donor to research then-presidential hopeful Donald Trump. But as Trump continued to climb the political ladder, winning the Republican nomination, the donor told the firm to drop the project, according to a report from The New York Times. A year later, in the spring of 2016, Fusion GPS convinced Democrats to invest in the project. The Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee (DNC) paid for Steele's research through their law firm Perkins Coie.
Fusion GPS hired Steele to investigate allegations that Trump had ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign. Steele drafted a memo, now known as the infamous Trump dossier, that was published by BuzzFeed News in January 2017.
Most of the sources for the dossier were alledged to be Russians. The money paid to these Russians for information came from the Clinton Campaign. Did Hillary pay for Russian based disinformation? The information in the dossier has never been verified. It is now widely known that the dossier is false. This was confirmed by Steele himself in a lawsuit brought in Great Britain
The phony dossier was later used as the basis for four FISA warrants to spy on the Trump campaign.
Hakluyt was the perfect choice for Brennan as they know how to be invisible. They knew not to take money from traceable sources unlike FusionGPS.
But even Hakluyt made mistakes.
They could not hide articles of incorporation. nor their board members.
Hakluyt founded a firm called Hakluyt Cyber the day after the official announcement of the Trump campaign.
This company went "dormant" (a UK term) the day after Trump won. Nobody anywhere knows why or what this company did.
But Andy France with 29 years at GCHQ was put in charge.
No one ever would comment on the timing or anything else.
On its board were Iain Lobban, Alexander Downer, Stephan Halper, Jonathan Clark. All would later play key roles in Trump Russia.
Food for thought.
Some shadowy sources tell me that Hakluyt recruited (co-opted) Stephan Roh. This is not proven and could just be speculative.
The shear number of coincidences make Hakluyt a object of interest at the very least. But there is at this time is only Congressional Oversight. Their purview allows them to only look at events in the US. The is no investigation happening anywhere to my knowledge of Hakluyt's, GCHQ and Dearlove's involvment in 2016 Election Interference. The FBI can do COIN or counter intelligence investigations. In fact Peter Strzok was the premier SAC of COIN for the FBI. Strzok obviously would never tackle this investigation. Since he was demoted then fired in 2018, I am not sure if anyone is in charge. Jeff Sessions recused himself from seemingly everthing. Perhaps Bill Barr will be more proactive.