• Thinking Like an Intelligence Officer: Anthony Weiner and Russian Spies

    November 5, 2016

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    There are many reasons why Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey is interested in the emails on Anthony Weiner’s home computer, emails which may include United States government information pertinent to Hillary Clinton or those communicating with her.

    The majority of those reasons for Comey’s involvement, for good or for bad depending on your political position, have been laid out across the media spectrum.

    But there may be one more reason not yet discussed. Since we seem to be spending so much time this election cycle on the Russians this year, let’s think like Russian intelligence officers. Comey may be looking at an intelligence operation.

    Professional intelligence officers do not risk international incidents to play the equivalent of pranks on nation states, say by embarrassing the Democratic National Committee with leaked documents months before the election. That’s Wikileaks level stuff. No, when you want to rig an election, you rig an election. Have a look at the way the CIA historically manipulated elections — assassinations, massive demonstrations, paid off protesters and journalists, serious stuff that directly affected leaders and votes. You don’t mess around with half-measures.

    Now have a look at the Edward Snowden documents, and the incredible efforts the National Security Agency went to to gather information, and then let’s think like intelligence officers. The world of real “spies” is all about “the take,” information. Putin (or Obama, or…) doesn’t likely have on his desk a proposal to risk cyberwar to expose a CNN contributor for handing over debate questions. He wants more of hard information he can use to make decisions about his adversary. What is Obama (or Putin, et al) thinking, what are his plans, what are his negotiating points ahead of the next summit… information at a global strategic level.

    That’s worth risking retaliation, maybe even a confrontation, for. So let’s think like intelligence officers. How do you get to that kind of stuff?

    How the great game of intelligence gathering works is in the end very basic: who has access to the information you want, what are their vulnerabilities, and how do you exploit those vulnerabilities to get to the information. What do they want and how can you give it to them?

    Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State had access to extraordinarily sensitive information, both classified and unclassified. Huma Abedin is arguably the most powerful person in Clinton’s circle, and had access to much or all of that pool of information. What Huma knows would be of great interest to Moscow.

    How to get the info? Huma’s husband is a publicly outed sexual predator. Everyone in the world knows he sexts, trolls online message boards, and seemingly does little to hide his identity while doing it all. He is a target, the kind of dream package of vulnerabilities an intelligence officer waits a whole career to have fall into their lap.

    Baiting the trap appears to be easy. As recently as August Weiner was in a flirty chat with someone he thought was a young woman named Nikki, but was actually Nikki’s male, Republican friend using the account in order to manipulate him (Weiner later claimed he knew he was being set up.)

    So perhaps for the Russians, contacting Weiner would have been as easy as posting a few fake sexy photos and waiting for him to take a bite. Placing malware on his computer to see what was there was as easy as trading a few more sexy photos with him. He clicks, he loads the malware, NSA 101 level stuff. An intelligence officer then has access to Weiner’s computer, as well as his home wireless network, and who knows what else. An Internet-enabled nanny cam? A smartphone camera? Huma’s own devices?

    To be fair, I doubt any intelligence agent could have believed their own eyes when they realized Weiner’s computer was laden with (presumably unencrypted) official U.S. government documents. Depending on the time period the documents covered, it is possible the Russian intelligence could have been reading Clinton’s mail in near-real time. Somebody in Moscow may have gotten a helluva promotion this year.

    If I was a sloppy journalist these days, I guess I could package all this for you by claiming it came from “several anonymous government officials. Instead, you know it’s all made up. Just like a spy novel. Because no real intelligence agent could have put these pieces together like this.

    Right?



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    • Bruce said...

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      11/5/16 11:04 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Peter,

      I believe you and I understand each other….

      So…..

      In reference to your last paragraph…. About ‘its all being made up’…..

      I, my friend, …. Call BULLSHIT !!!!

      M

      11/5/16 2:05 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      Fact or fiction…

      11/5/16 8:39 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Listening to Pink Floyd ” Hey Teacher… “Another Brick In The Wall” It is a puzzle. Wage Peace…

      11/5/16 4:43 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Is it Nov. 5? off to watch V.

      11/5/16 4:44 PM | Comment Link

    • jo6pac said...

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      11/5/16 5:52 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      6pac,

      So…. Killary Rotten Kliton gets another one.

      What a wanderbarr candidate.

      M

      11/5/16 8:47 PM | Comment Link

    • Ken said...

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      Peter, look into the date November 1. This is very fishy to me.

      The date was “floated” on 4chan back in July. Someone claiming to be FBI said the big reveal would happen then, and everyone was expecting Clinton arrests to happen on November 1. Instead, this video was dropped:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov5kvWSz5LM

      There was also an FBI Twitter release of apparently unrelated Mark Rich documents on that day, but in a way that made it seem obvious even to oblivious journalists that the November 1 date was purposeful.

      Look at that video. It looks like a crazy person, but why does he keep repeating November 1 ? The very day the video was released… it doesn’t make sense.

      11/6/16 3:34 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      bartender.. got any AlkaSelzer…. for the brain? No? In that case gimmee two shots of 150prf MindFuck absinthe with a Cicada3301 beer chaser. If that don’t erase today’s comment links from my brain.. nothing will.

      11/6/16 4:14 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      on second thought.. just pour me a glass of high octane gas,…. and a Match chaser.

      11/6/16 4:24 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      sheeezus… I’ve gotta lay off youtube. It’s giving me hallucinations. I coulda sworn I saw a video of Clinton with alien eyes and alligator skin having sex with Trump in a Killer Clown suit

      11/6/16 4:29 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Peter,

      Absolute FACT.

      My bet….. Huma was the bait.

      Weird Little guy…. History of some .. Unusual behaviors…. Going back to elementary school.

      Huma HAD to know all about it. Shit. She is Killary Rotten Clinton’s best friend. And Killary knows all about everyone. Killary would have done well as a Gitmo interrogator.

      ( ever do any looking into Huma ???…. Fair warning…. You Will Not like what you find. Especially pay attention to her former editors position. At your local Shari law magazine. She wrote a slew of aritcles endorsing Shari law, and the care and beating of women ( disclaimer alert: my wife would beat me senseless if I even thought about condoning that bullshit )
      Take a look at her parents…. And their…. Interests.

      And….. Looky, looky….. NOW she is in side the inner circle of the, most likely next president of the United States.
      And…. If she makes it through this mess…. Assured of a cabinet position. ( that will be fun to watch. Not. )

      Or….. To put it another way……

      Why the hell was the information EVEN on HER computer?????

      Unless….. She put the malware and bugs in it…..

      Bet they find the same bugs and malware on Bill and Kil’s gear.

      Is the sexting the scandal…….. Or……. The COVER?????

      My other guess….. Comey….. He knows he’s done after this….. No one pisses of Killary Clinton and lives to tell about it.

      But…… I think…. Comey is a patriot….. And has remembered his oath.

      And, I think….. He realizes that the Nation is far more important than his political survival.

      And, he has also, just realized that the state department has had a major, LONG TERM breech….. And has just loaded his underwear…

      Counter- espionage is his 100% responsibility in domestic cases.
      All the billions watching the “people”….. And he had her in his office for an interview. Shit is going to hit EVERYONE. BIGTIME.

      Especially…… When you factor in Bengazi. ( puts a different slant there, huh?)

      Which will put him square in the position of arresting…. And interrogating…… One of the most skilled Politicians in the history of the planet…. I mean…. Shit never sticks her her….. He will also be faced with arresting a former president….and a butt load of others. You know as well as I, in espionage cases, ” I don’t recall”, is not going to be an acceptable answer.

      He also knows……that the current president will pardon both….all….

      When Comey addressed congress about the investigation being reopened….. It was NOT about email…. It was to inform Congress there has been a MASSIVE BREECH of the State Department, the Congress, Senate, …. And…. The White House.

      Also….. As a couple of side points…….
      1: if I’m right……it is Not the Russians that are “manipulating” US elections…
      2: sure does answer the Iran Nuclear deal questions….huh???

      Remember the hottie, little, red headed realtor a few years ago??
      She was getting herself invited to EVERTHING…. Including staff meetings…. Was being left ALONE in offices with unsecured computers.
      You remember??? The little, hottie, red headed DEEP core RUSSIAN realtor that got swept up along with her 20 closest DEEP core friends…. And their KIDS.
      She has rock star status in Russia now…. Her own daytime talk show. Story has it that she is engaged to Snowden.

      She had been at it for 10 years.

      So………. After the soap box has another hole kicked in it….

      The rest of the actual answer:

      Or rather, a guy I know, who knows a guy, who knows a cat, who knows a dog…., would have done EXACTLY that.

      That is how the business is done.

      That would also be why it is so easy to remove whistle blowers. Everyone has something they want hidden. Or…. Something they want.
      Go back to the bible. The whole apple thing.
      Money, little kids, hookers, dope(that’s a big one), hide the three marriages (at the same time)…. A compliant goat, …. Whatever. Everyone has a weakness.

      Most of the counter-Intel services resources now days are used up getting “elected” “officials” out of trouble.
      Hell, Ted Kennedy used to rent an entire brothel in Mexico for a month every summer.

      Or……. As a question…. Suggestion for an outside journalist….. Take a look at Jeffery Epstein…… Find out pretty quick, first, how he got his money……
      And second…..

      Why he is such good friends with both Bill and Hillary.

      Rumors have been running through the agencies for years…. Back to Arkansas days, that she is worse that Bill.

      Or…… For the sake of the drones. And of course, this response is all made up…. Multiple high level anonymous government sources supplied the information for this response…. Aka…. A guy I know, who knows a guy, who knows a cat, who knows a dog, supplied the information for this response.

      M

      11/6/16 7:44 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      PS

      Couple other items.

      Peter,
      In answer to the question I would be dying to ask…..

      I know a guy, who knows a guy, who knows a cat, that knows a dog….

      That once rolled a suspect into being an asset in 93 seconds, flat.
      By the clock….. There was a money bet riding on it.

      And…..

      I will completely understand if that response……. Disappears…..

      M

      11/6/16 7:52 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Pitchfork.

      I’ll bet you had a hell of a time on Halloween.
      Hehehe

      Try watching “Killer Clowns from Outerspace”. …. You have to hit them in the nose. Only way to be sure.

      M

      11/6/16 8:03 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Mitch said:
      “Remember the hottie, little, red headed realtor a few years ago??”

      ummmm…no. How bout a clue.

      As forJeffery Epstein hmmmm…I must still be hallucinating:

      http://ijr.com/wildfire/2016/11/728945-report-bill-clinton-wasnt-the-only-one-to-go-to-sex-island-hillary-went-with-him-six-times/

      sheezus. This shit is getting fucking weirder by the hour. At this rate..I may have to check into Conspiracy-Anonymous before long.

      Meanwhile, I have a gut feeling something happened to this country between the time I was 50 and now. Maybe it was those Chemtrails.

      🙂

      11/6/16 8:31 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Pitchfork,

      Anna Chapman.

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Chapman

      And…. Just save me a seat at the bar.

      PS…. Wondering ….. Still…. How Peter feels about inviting/challenging me to jump into the “dangerous waters ” of the comments section.

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

      M

      11/6/16 8:54 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Ps

      Pitchfork,

      That link…. Its the waterdowned version…

      If you search her…. You will find the fun stuff.

      M

      11/6/16 9:00 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Caligula would be right at home in present DC. Stuff doesn’t change because it is only broken people who seek power.

      11/6/16 9:02 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      PS2.

      Pitchfork….

      6 times that they can PROVE.

      Story says A lOT more than that.

      M

      11/6/16 9:02 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      The scary part of having an ‘above-the-law’ or ‘let them eat cake’ oligarchy and a compliant press – at some point someone is going to have their Les Aspin moment. The real question is how many innocents get sucked in too

      It’s weird the democrats act like they have never been hacked before or that the Russians would be the only one to get in on this party. You would think after Victoria Nuland’s convo was taped and put on youtube, a lesson or two might have been learned? No, none were except that youtube quickly took the post down

      Alot of these events, though, you don’t need to hack or eavesdrop – just look at the poor results and you know what is really happening

      In hindsight, it makes sense now all those reports about the Chinese hacking gmail or yahoo — or our OPM stuff. THey knew our officials were conducting classified business via personal email. And the bonus, our officials — still continue

      11/6/16 9:55 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      Well, double bonus — all the Clinton supporters who deny what transpired and chalk things up to right wing conspiracies.

      And the controversies get better and better, even the brown-nosed NY Times and Washington Post have to cover even only if to claim they reviewed the stuff and nothing to see here, helping fan things more

      11/6/16 10:00 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Kyzi,

      BINGO!!!!!!!!!!

      And the crowd goes wild…. Like when the Mets won!

      Amazing what criminals…. Opps…. Sorry…. Elected officials will do to AVOID a FOIA request….huh????

      Which would be why Killary was running the private email server in the first place.

      M

      11/6/16 10:19 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      I’m with her. Free Chelsea Manning. Pardon Chelsea.

      11/6/16 2:41 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Feel the Bern. A vote for Killery is Evil. Go to hell lesser evil promoters! Have a nice day. PPP’s

      11/6/16 4:13 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      Mitch,

      Argh the Mets…

      11/6/16 5:45 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      Work computers lost again.

      This time, Clinton staffers park in Philly, leave work computers in car and go dine. Can they make it any easier?

      It’s supposed to be a routine theft that occurred. Funny how the claim Russian hackers are used to alibi cheating within the party, but work stuff going astray — oops!

      Had to laugh at the quote how this election is a choice between ‘hope and fear’ — seems like yesterday it was ‘hope and change’

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3910944/Police-investigate-Clinton-campaign-staffers-laptops-stolen-SUV-Philadelphia.html

      11/6/16 5:48 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Kyzi….

      Ok…. Sorry….. The Cubs.

      Don’t watch baseball either …

      M

      11/6/16 7:56 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Hope and fear….

      Hope for the best….

      Fear what is coming.

      If I ever left any device in a car….. Oh crap….. I would in SOOOO much trouble.

      Like…. A missing person

      M

      11/6/16 7:59 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      bartender.. two pints of Guinness, two shots of the best Irish whiskey, and I’ll forget it’s only two days till the end of what I remember was America. When I sober up.. pour the same thing.

      11/6/16 8:48 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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