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Tucker Carlson: What Happens When You Can No Longer Denounce Political Opponents As Russian...

But first tonight, attorney general William Barr has finally confirmed what has been obvious for months: The Obama administration spied on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Yes, I think spying did occur. There’s no disputing Barr’s first point: Spying on a presidential campaign is a big deal, especially when it was authorized by a rival administration. Imagine if, a year from now, the Trump administration allowed the FBI to surveil officials in the Kamala Harris for president campaign. She called Barr “Trump’s toad.” CNN, meanwhile, assured it’s viewers that there is “little evidence” that spying occurred. This is all spying. When Trump complained about it, Democrats and their employees in the media called him a liar: ADAM SCHIFF: there is no evidence to support any allegation that the FBI or any intelligence agency placed a spy in the trump campaign DON LEMON: His baseless claims of spies. Jim Clapper was: JOY BEHAR: Was the FBI spying on Trump's campaign? The Obama administration wasn’t spying. There’s got to be a limit to how much lying a country can take from its leaders.

Few details on American accused by Russia of espionage

Whelan, 48, who is head of global security for a Michigan-based auto parts supplier, was arrested on Friday. "His innocence is undoubted and we trust that his rights will be respected." David Whelan said in an interview that his brother had been to Russia several times previously, so when a fellow former Marine was planning a wedding in Moscow with a Russian woman he was asked to come along to help out. "It was extraordinarily out of character," he said. "I was looking for any stories about dead Americans in Moscow, so in a way it was better than finding out that he had died," he said. David Whelan said the family was told by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow they have not been able to speak to Paul Whelan. David Whelan said he has no idea why his brother was targeted by the Russian security services. Paul Whelan did multiple tours in Iraq with the Marine Corps, his brother said. She said BorgWarner does not have any facilities in Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed the case is fabricated and that Butina entered the guilty plea because of the threat of a long prison sentence.
Detained American's twin denies espionage claims

Detained American’s twin denies espionage claims

The brother of Paul Whelan, an American detained while traveling in Russia, said he firmly believes his brother is not a spy.

Generals, admirals, intelligence officers and politics

The last national election featured dozens of retired senior officers supporting both sides. It has been customary in the military for officers, especially senior ones, to steer clear of politics, even in retirement. The same can be said for senior intelligence officers. Accordingly, the public revelation of strong political views by these people can affect both the military and intelligence services. Some have argued that the president’s complete disregard for custom coupled with his strong-arm tactics are destroying our institutions thereby necessitating such an unusual response. While both the president and the former director of the CIA were likely wrong, the visible story hides a much more important issue — when should generals, admirals and senior intelligence officers step foot into the political arena? If these political dialogues did take place, every president since 9/11 did not listen while military and intelligence professionals respectfully, and presumably forcefully, laid out the limits of American power. Given that even the most unsavory politician recognizes the virtue of results, it seems likely that many senior military and intelligence officers opted out of the political arena when their professional judgments were irreplaceable. I am not sure whether Mr. Brennan’s notable supporters are right or wrong. Unless, of course, they are already damaged, which would explain why we cannot seem to win wars anymore.

‘Inside Politics’: Alleged Russian spy’s charm offensive

Washington (CNN)Here are the stories our D.C. insiders are talking about in this week's "Inside Politics" forecast, where you get a glimpse of tomorrow's headlines today. But with the war now in its 17th year, and the Taliban making strategic gains throughout the war-torn country, there are mounting questions over whether or not that strategy is actually working. Once upon a time, Trump campaign rallies were must-see TV, driving the news cycle for days. But as the Wall Street Journal's Michael Bender notes, that familiarity might lose its appeal to the President, who prides himself on his ability to upend a news cycle. Wages for workers have remained essentially flat since the 2008 recession, and are actually down slightly when adjusted for inflation, despite Trump's recent tax cuts. There was a political convention of sorts in Denver this weekend. It was a gathering of independents who may face long odds in their efforts but are worth watching. Unite America is the organization, and its leaders say their goal is to provide financial and organizational support to independent candidates -- not to organize as a third party. There are a handful of statewide candidates that have the organization's backing. Here is how he characterized the Unite America effort to the Denver Post: "We're not just independent voters coming together to complain about the system.

Cybersecurity Threatening Politics and Business as Usual

The indictment of thirteen Russians and three companies by U.S. Special Counsel Mueller exposed a “sophisticated network designed to subvert the 2016 elections,” according to The New York Times, one that “…stretched from an office in St. Petersburg, Russia into the social feeds of Americans and ultimately reached the streets of election battleground states.” Russian hackers have intervened in many European countries, including Catalonia, Spain; France; UK; Germany; Poland; Sweden and elsewhere, allegedly supporting separatism, withdrawal from the EU, amidst widely anti-European political forces. Ad Stanton Daily View Now Social media sites know a user’s geo-location, patterns of behavior, interests and preferences, and place tags to sell to advertisers. I want to tell a bit more about the Ukrainian case, because this is a great example for many developing nations in Africa and from all over the world, which may oppose Russia, China or any other cyber aggressive country, such as Iran or North Korea. Ad Stanton Daily View Now You have mentioned these “traffic agencies” that manipulate people’s opinions and illegally collect and sell personal data of users to third parties- how this happens? These piracy hubs are especially popular in Nigeria, Ghana, and other African and Post-Communist countries, such as Ukraine and Russia, because internet users often want to have access to free pirated movies and games, but this comes with a great price. Companies that monetize Internet traffic, such as Adwise Agency, may earn a surcharge on advertising from their clients on various sites. One of the purposes of such agencies may be the collection of information about visitors to the sites with pirated content and sell it to special arbitrators who can later use it for political campaigns, business advertising and other illegal purposes. But certain governments may be several steps ahead of the game and that is why the Ukraine attracts great attention due to its cyber successes. For example, an illegal online gambling business was forcibly closed down in Ukraine. Why is this case so important to the international community?

‘SPYGATE’: Trump blasts ‘Criminal Deep State’ amid reports of FBI informant spying on campaign

President Trump blasted the "Criminal Deep State" early Wednesday, suggesting things have “turned around” in “SPYGATE,” following revelations of a reported FBI informant snooping on the Trump campaign. They go after Phony Collusion with Russia, a made up Scam, and end up getting caught in a major SPY scandal the likes of which this country may never have seen before! Trump then went on to quote former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who discussed the issue of an FBI informant Tuesday during ABC's "The View." Spying on a campaign would be illegal, and a scandal to boot!" Trump tweeted. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2018 The Justice Department instructed its inspector general to investigate any alleged “impropriety or political motivation” in the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates during the 2016 presidential election, following demands from Trump. “I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes—and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!” the president tweeted Sunday. Kelly will not attend the meeting — his role was simply to coordinate. “If they had spies in my campaign…for political purposes, that would be unprecedented,” Trump said Tuesday during a meeting in the Oval Office with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, calling it a “disgrace.” “I hope there weren’t,” Trump said. “[If there were], it would make every political event ever before look like small potatoes.”

Trump unleashes new political earthquake with FBI spy charge

His gambit Sunday also fits into an effort by the White House, Trump's allies on Capitol Hill and conservative media cheerleaders to muddy the reputations and any eventual findings of special counsel Robert Mueller's team as well as to cement the President's political base. Trump's fury peaked with a tweet that coincided with cresting coverage on conservative media of the unproven claim that an FBI confidential source in the Russia investigation could have been a spy sent by Obama administration officials to damage Trump. "I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes - and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!" Shortly after his outburst, the Justice Department said its inspector general had been asked to assess whether there was any political impropriety in the use of the confidential source, as part of an existing probe into aspects of the Russia investigation. Even the fact that Rosenstein asked the inspector general -- the internal Justice Department watchdog -- to get involved, puzzled some analysts. CNN legal analyst Paul Callan said that he found it "bizarre" that Rosenstein acted on an order to start an investigation via tweet. CNN has reported that the confidential source was not someone planted by the FBI inside the campaign, at a time when the bureau was investigating alleged Russian election interference. And by the way, even if there was collusion, which there wasn't, not a crime. The Mueller probe continues...for now," said Soufan. This has never been done before and by any means necessary, they are out to frame Donald Trump for crimes he didn't commit," Trump wrote, citing Asman.

Trump to ‘demand’ Justice probe whether feds spied on campaign for political purposes

President Trump said Sunday that he will officially demand that the Justice Department investigate whether federal agents infiltrated or surveilled his 2016 presidential campaign for political purposes and whether the preceding Obama administration was behind such action. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2018 Trump, late last week, began accusing the Justice Department of trying to frame him by planting a spy in his campaign -- an allegation his own lawyer said might not be true. Promoting a theory that is circulating, Trump quoted Fox Business anchor David Asman and tweeted Friday: "Apparently the DOJ put a Spy in the Trump Campaign. Earlier this month, the National Review raised the question of a possible FBI spy in Trump's campaign. The article cites work by California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, an ardent Trump supporter and head of the House Intelligence Committee, who has demanded information on an FBI source in the Russia investigation. "It would be at best irresponsible, and at worst potentially illegal, for members of Congress to use their positions to learn the identity of an FBI source for the purpose of undermining the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in our election," Warner wrote in a statement. "Anyone who is entrusted with our nation's highest secrets should act with the gravity and seriousness of purpose that knowledge deserves." The Times reported Friday that the informant talked to Page and Papadopoulos because they had suspicious contacts linked to Russia. The newspaper attributed the information to current and former FBI officials. Mueller is investigating possible coordination between Russia and Trump's 2016 campaign.

Russian spy: Politicians in ‘idiot’ row over poisoning

But Labour said Mr Johnson was the "idiot" having "undermined his own government's position" on the evidence. Russian spy: What we know so far Yulia Skripal 'getting stronger daily' Ex-spy 'improving rapidly' after poisoning The UK says there is "no other plausible explanation" for the incident, while Russia has accused Britain of waging a "propaganda war" against it over the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, on 4 March. "Sadly, I am driven to the conclusion that Jeremy Corbyn has joined this effort ...Truly he is the Kremlin's useful idiot". Fellow Conservatives joined the attack on the Labour Leader. "Porton Down have been absolutely clear that they didn't say what Boris Johnson said." "I think that is really dangerous, that we have got a foreign secretary that undermines his own government's position." 'Political dimension' Mr Glushkov was found dead in his home in New Malden, south London, on 12 March. The Met made no comment. The requests followed Russian Embassy criticism of the UK government's refusal - on immigration rules - to grant a visa to Ms Skripal's cousin, Viktoria Skripal, to visit Britain. Yulia was visiting him in the UK when the attack happened on 4 March.