The Red-Green Alliance and the Real Devil of Mogadishu

Black Hawk Down and the Real Devil of Mogadishu

US Rep. Ilhan Omar—or rather Ilhan Nur Said Elmi—has been making a lot of inflammatory statements since 2016. Her repertoire includes anything from whitewashing the 9/11 terror attacks to deliberately distorting the events that took place during the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu. 

But she is not alone in this pattern of narrative engineering. A number of Democratic politicians from Minnesota and Michigan, have also jumped on the bandwagon and are now aggressively supporting various false claims like that the US Army massacred tens of thousands of innocent civilians during that battle.

On October 15, 2017, in an obvious attempt to pander to the Somali voters, former Senator Al Franken of Minnesota tweeted the following message:

Al Franken Twitt
Image 1: The original Al Franken Somali terror attack tweet

Two hours after Franken’s tweet, a user by the name of Joshua, commented the following:

“Actually, the worst terrorist attack in Somalia history was the Battle of Mogadishu- 19 US armed forces dead and 73 wounded.”

Joshua Post 
Image 2: Twitter user by the name of Joshua’s response to Franken’s original tweet

Within minutes of Joshua’s post, Ron Harris, a Minnesota democratic strategist, DNC leader, and close friend of Ilhan Omar and Keith Ellison responded with this tweet:

“All lives matter” even though 230 is more than 10 times 19.”

Harris’s rapid response and the context of his message suggests that the Franken feed was being closely monitored through some automation and that the whole response event was a pre-planned PR blitz.

Harris
Image 3: Ron Harris’s Twitter response to Joshua’s terrorism post 

Several hours after the Harris post, Ilhan Omar jumped in and posted this Tweet:

“In his selective memory, [Joshua] forgets to also mention the thousands of Somalis killed by the American forces that day!”

Omar Black Hawk Down Twitter
Image 4: Ilhan Omar’s follow-up Twitter post reinforcing Harris and making a claim about “thousands” of killed Somalis 

What Omar’s post purported to say was that:

  1. Harris’s claim that Somali lives mattered more by a factor of 10X compared to the US Army losses
  2. The US Army killed thousands of innocent Somali civilians during the battle

The Facts About the “Black Hawk Down” Event
Operation Gothic Serpent was an August-September 1993 military mission conducted by the United States during the Somali Civil War with the aim of capturing militia leader Mohamed Farrah Aidid and two of his lieutenants. That mission resulted in what became known as the Battle of Mogadishu, and popularized in a movie “Black Hawk Down”.

The operation was triggered by a number of attacks on the UN Peacekeeping Force by Aidid’s troops. In August of 1993, Aidid’s militia detonated an IED next to a US Army vehicle killing four military policemen. Two weeks later, they detonated another IED injuring more troops. In response, President Clinton approved the deployment of a special task force of 400 US Army Rangers and Delta Force operators named Task Force Ranger. The force flew to Mogadishu and began a hunt for Aidid and his aids.

In the afternoon of October 3rd, 1993, intelligence identified that two of Aidid’s deputies were located at a residence in the Black Sea neighborhood in Mogadishu, just across from the Olympic Hotel. A task force of 19 aircraft, 12 vehicles, and about 160 men were sent to arrest them. 

Operation Gothic Serpent and the Battle of Mogadishu
Image 5: The map and imagery of the Battle of Mogadishu

The two Somali leaders were arrested. The prisoners were loaded onto a convoy of ground vehicles. However, armed militiamen and civilians—some of them women and children—converged on the target area from all over the city and opened fire on the US and Allied troops. 

During the battle that ensued and lasted for about 7 hours, two MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters (Super Six One and Super Six Four) were shot down by Somali RPGs. Both of the pilots of the first helicopter were killed but the crew survived the crash landing. Michael Durant, one of the two pilots of the second helicopter, was injured and couldn’t walk. Two Delta Force snipers, Master Sergeant Gary Gordon and Sergeant First Class Randy Shughart, provided cover from a helicopter and eventually got on the ground in an attempt to secure the site but Gordon was killed thus leaving only Durant and Shughart. Eventually, after holding off and killing some 25 Somali militiamen, Shughart was also killed and Durant was taken hostage.

Meanwhile, the remaining Rangers and Delta operators fought their way to the first helicopter crash site where they discovered the crew. They found themselves surrounded by the Somali militia whose repeated attempts to overrun the US position were beaten. Eventually, a rescue convoy of the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division broke through the Somali encirclement and rescued the besieged forces.

The mission’s objective of capturing Aidid’s associates was accomplished at the cost of two downed and one badly damaged MH-60 Black Hawks. Eighteen US troopers and Malaysian soldiers on the rescue convoy were killed and 85 were wounded. The estimated Somali militiamen fatalities during the battle were between 100-300.

Response to Omar’s Somali Casualty Statement from the Actual Combatants
Retired Chief Warrant Officer Mike Durant, the only surviving pilot from the battle, stated that Omar deliberately ignored the fact the 1993 US mission in Mogadishu was to open humanitarian aid routes to Somalis who were facing starvation but the militia leader Mohammed Farah Aidid was intercepting and stealing the aid and attacking the UN forces in the city long before the battle. The Battle of Mogadishu started when the US tried to apprehend him/his aids and in the battle that ensued, the US troops were forced to defend themselves.

Another veteran of the battle, Sgt. Maj. Kyle Lamb, backed up Durant and said:

“We were trying to take out Aidid because he was a clan leader … that had kind of taken over [Mogadishu], …They were taking the food, any of the aid that we were giving to Somalia, also weapons and they were running drugs … He needed to be eliminated.”

Even Captain Haad, a sector commanders for General Aidid’s militia in Mogadishu, who fought in the battle, estimated that about 133 Somali militiamen died fighting with US forces. So, the bottom-line is that there isn’t even one credible source for Omar’s claims that “thousands” of Somalis were killed during the engagement. Yet, even though all of this was repeatedly brought to her attention, she vehemently refused to back away from her false statements.

I Don’t Think That Word Means What You Think it Means
It didn’t take long for the mainstream media (MSM) to rehabilitate Ilhan Omar, nor Ron Harris, Keith Ellison, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley who all backed up Omar’s statements. The explanation for what was clearly a deliberately inflated Somali causality estimate by a factor of 30X-100X was that these statements were just innocuous and unintentional gaffes that were made in the heat of the moment. In this same vein, the MSM also attributed other deep seeded anti-Semitic and anti-American statements to their passionate social activism. 

But these loaded expression are neither emotional nor are they gaffes. What might not be obvious to the casual observer is that these are calls for action and are a part of a broader unified strategy that is being planned, developed, and executed by various US Islamic organizations under the unifying umbrella of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). When Omar, Tlaib, Ellison, and Pressley (AKA ‘the squad’) make their egregious claims, they are not talking to the average American voter nor even engaging in constructive political dialog. This is also the reason why they don’t apologize for outright false statements even on the rare occasion when they do get called out by the complacent media. 

When Ayanna Pressley says: “Race is a factor in everything”, no one calls her a bigoted racist, even though this language comes from Chapter XI – Nation and Race of Mein Kampf. When AOC states that: “The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are — they are concentration camps,” , no one accuses her of cynically downplaying the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust. When Rashida Tlaib says that: “There’s kind of a calming feeling I always tell folks when I think of the Holocaust” , no one reminds her that her Palestinian countrymen served in the 13th SS Division during WWII and committed mass murders of Serbian civilians and that their/her beloved supreme religious leader, Haj Amin al-Husseini the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, was a  wanted war criminal and close friend of Hitler and Himmler and one of the architects of the Final Solution.

Haj Amin al-Husseini and Nazis
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: Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem with Hitler and Himmler and his 13 Muslim SS Division

Analyzing the content of the squad’s statements that can be classified as categorically false shows that AOC, Omar, Ellison, Tlaib, Harris, Pressley, and other democratic progressives suffer from exceptionally poor political diversity of opinions and are frequently reusing each others talking points. These points interestingly, follow a very narrowly scripted and coordinated agenda. The narrative also looks alien because it contains a mixture of red (hard left-wing) and green (Pan-Islamic fundamentalism) ideologies. Two ideologies that are diametrically opposed to each other and are unlikely to mingle, but apparently, they did and in the process have produced a hybrid political offspring—the Red-Green Alliance.

The reason why the squad and it support network doesn’t care if they get caught, (normally a show stopper for most politicians), is because they are not communicating facts nor inviting anyone to a political debate. Rather, they are using dog-whistle messaging. This form of clandestine communication uses coded language that appears to mean one thing to the general population but has an additional, different, or more specific resonance for a targeted subgroup. So, you can joke about what appears to be AOC’s imbecilic ranting and raving about the Green New Deal, but they are not what they seem—these are agent activation code broadcasts aimed at the scattered multitudes of privileged, over-educated white millennials and the hordes of disenfranchised inner-city voters calling upon them to join her in an economic and social jihad.

So why doesn’t Omar get called to task by the likes of the NYT and WaPo? The answer to this question has more to do with the long term political strategy of the ‘Social Justice’ league and MSM’s commercial interests and less with the minutiae of accurate historical recollection and facts. In this post, I’ll try to answer this question by pulling the curtain back to get a glimpse of the actors and machinery that make-up this traveling caravan of the Red-Green Alliance circus.

The Red-Green Alliance 101—A Crash Course
The recent outburst of virulent anti-Americanism and open anti-semitism in public discourse may be shocking to some but what is even more disturbing as these hateful statements is the failure of Congress and its democratic leadership to outright condemn them.

AOC, Omar, Tlaib, Pressley, and Ellison attribute the willingness of the democratic leadership to tolerate the verbal violence and the MSM’s failure to take them to task to a ‘changing of the tide’. Gone are the days of the rational Jeffersonian political discourse. The new conversational standards are the Antifa storm troopers busting heads and breaking kneecaps. The failure to publicly repudiate the emergence of mainstream political anti-semitism is just one of the undercurrents of this changing tide, but there is also a deluge heading our way with the clear and present danger of washing away the fabric of civilized society and eroding our entire system of government.

The frequent anti-law enforcement, anti-white, anti-business sound bytes, plus, the perpetual invocation of the racist bigotry card in every debate is just an opening gambit in a much larger political chess game that is being played by the Red-Green Alliance—a union of Marxist Stalinist ideology, Islamic fundamentalist doctrine, and black militantism.

The Red-Green Alliance can be classified as a political crossover movement. In politics, a crossover occurs when opposing political groups, which ostensibly are hostile to each other, form an alliance of convenience in order to achieve a greater political goal or just to work jointly to defeat a shared, more powerful opponent.

The red camp has a long history of chemically bonding to any type of political ideology in order to achieve its ultimate goals. For example, before the advent of the Red-Green Alliance, there was the Red-Black Alliance, the one of communism and fascism as in the case of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. 

This can be illustrated through the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact agreements regarding the future of Poland, Stalin’s support for the rise to power of the Nazi Party, and his orders to activate the French Communist Party on the eve of the Nazi invasion, with specific instructions to engage in propaganda that would weaken and hasten the moral disintegration of the French army. 

Christopher Harmon, a fellow at the Hoover Institute, examined the evolution of political crossovers and described the cooperation between leftist and rightist terrorist groups in Italy. He used the case of Mehmet Ali Agca, who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981. According to Harman, After Agca’s arrest, he stated:

“I am an international terrorist, ready to help other terrorists anywhere…. I make no distinctions between fascists and communists. My terrorism is not red or black; it is red and black.”

Harmon also noted that Agca’s operation was the result of an unholy marriage of leftist and rightist terrorist groups (Agca was a member of the fascist Gray Wolfs). This incident is just one of several that illustrates how European fascists and leftist terrorists became united in their hatred of democratic institutions and shared desire to destabilize them. And all of this with the support from the Soviets and several Arab states like Iran and Syria (which supplied the explosives and weapons via their diplomatic courier services). Harmon also noted that:

Contrary to popular assumptions, not only have leftist and rightist terrorists not been shooting at one another, but there is accumulating evidence of their collaboration in the shared objective of crippling the democratic state. Indeed, a new type of terrorist has emerged … who does not draw neat ideological distinctions in the causes he serves. A significant connecting cord between “red” and “black” wreakers of violence, moreover is the common denominator of support from the Soviet Bloc and its Arab clients.

This critical development is noteworthy because the ultimate targets of this new political terror, both from the right and the left, were the institutions of liberal democratic society. Following this rationale, the wholesale emergence of anti-semitism in American politics should not be shocking; the targeting of Jews and Israel belongs to a larger strategy whose real objective is to destabilize the foundations of the American republic and the parliamentary democracies in Europe.

Since the 1970s, the Red-Green Alliance shifted from the collaboration with right wing terror groups like the Years of Lead, Ordine Nuovo, and Terza Posizione, to Islamic affiliated organizations like the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and Black September. Some notable examples for this new cooperation are terrorist attacks such as:

  1. The Lod Airport massacre which was executed by the Japanese Red Army and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP-EO) which resulted in the murder of 26 people and injured 71
  2. The hijacking of Air France Flight 139 to Entebbe by the German Revolutionary Cells and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP-EO)

The Red Part of the Alliance
The post 9/11 attacks saw the official arrival of the Red-Green Alliance to the American political scene. This was manifested by well organized and financed campaigns and public displays of deep hatred towards America by leftist-Stalinist groups like International A.N.S.W.E.R (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism). It is also interesting that then, just as today, the NYT provided these anti-American militant marches with sympathetic and encouraging coverage.

ANSWER and MB
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: Sampling of 14 years of the International A.N.S.W.E.R militant protests controlled by the MB’s political talking points

Since 9/11, the left has hardened itself around the core value of a furious, permanent, reactionary opposition to the devil-states of America and Israel, which stand as the permanent evil of the world and the paramount threat to world peace and the environment–and whose aims must be thwarted even at the cost of supporting fascists, jihadist, and tyrants.

A little genealogical research shows that the International A.N.S.W.E.R is just a front for the Communist Workers World Party and other communist organizations like the hardcore Stalinist Weather Underground and the Jacobin. Just like its parent organizations, A.N.S.W.E.R happily supports any despotic regime, like Maduro in Venezuela, that claims an affinity with socialism and anti-Americanism. It supported Beijing after the Tiananmen Square Massacre, as well as Gaddafi, and Saddam. It promotes North Korea as a socialist ideal, it even supported Slobodan Milosevic after the Massacre at Srebrenica and it continues to support Iran, the narco-cartels of Colombia and Mexico, Hamas, suicide bombers, and a score of other jihadi organizations.

Antifa the black clad terror battalions
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: Antifa, the black clad terror battalions of the progressive movement

American universities, Hollywood, the MSM, and NGOs are going out of their way to ignore the plight of Jewish communities by colluding and embracing discrimination against them and politically conservative students and rejecting their intellectual and moral rights to free speech and dignity. If you are Christian or a Jew on campus today, you are almost certain to be pushed to the margins and live in constant fear because the real intellectuals or anyone who holds a contrary political opinion is labeled the enemy and a degenerate. In this corrosive environment that is increasingly dominated by intimidation and fear, you must adopt the Red-Green Alliance worldview or be labeled racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, Islamophobic, bigot, and white supremacist. 

The display of anti-Americanism and of Jew-hating is the new binding agent that holds together the left–Islamist–black militant (e.g. Louis Farrakhan) movements.  However, beyond the pragmatic advantages of such an alliance, it is curious that the Islamists, who are driving the ‘social justice’ bus and are in full control of the narrative of the movement, are willing to not only passively tolerate, but temporally promote counter sharia concepts like the LGBT movement and a variety of polytheistic and postmodern concepts that are in complete disagreement with Islamic doctrine. 

The Green Part of the Alliance
The basic MB program in America is not a secret. It is stated in publications such as A Muslim’s Guide to American Politics & Government. In this book, the Muslim American Society (MAS) makes a clear statement of purpose, describing itself as a:

“Religious, educational, social, and civic organization. Its mission is to present the message of Islam to Muslims and non-Muslims and to promote understanding between them, to encourage the participation of Muslims in the building of a virtuous and moral society, and to promote the human values that Islam emphasizes: brotherhood, equality, justice, mercy, compassion and peace.”

This proselytizing message also known as da’wa is a call for G-d and the prophets to address the people to believe in Islam, the true religion.

A closer look at the book and its sponsor shows that the organization behind this publication is The Muslim American Society (MAS), just one of many US MB organization that was registered in 1993, and it has grown into a national network with over fifty local chapters.

This is the same organization that in a July 1994 meeting of the Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee was mentioned in court documents for the Holy Land Foundation trial. It indicates that the role that the MAS was expected to play within broader MB operations in the United States, was: 

“to educate the brothers in all work centers, mosques, and organizations on the necessity of stopping any contacts with Zionist organizations and the rejection of any future contacts.”

In 2004, Raeed Tayeh, one of the Muslim American Society leaders, wrote an evaluation of the relative strengths of Jews and Muslims in the US.  He identified the success of American Jews in working within the system and recommended that American Muslims adopt the same methods. He considered that the two groups are natural enemies and predicted that the Muslims in America will ultimately win:

“American Jews are very powerful – this is true–but they do not maintain their power through secret conspiracies designed to control everything in this country. This does not mean that many elements of the Jewish community do not plot against Muslims and their interests: they do. But overall, they are as powerful as they are because they understand how the system works, and they know how to use it to their advantage. It has taken them over 100 years to get this powerful, however, while the Muslim-American community has been on the map for only 30 or 40 years. If you compare the development of both communities, you will see that the Muslim community has reached the point where it is now much faster than the Jews did [sic].  If this trend continues, Muslims in America will be a major political force within several years if they continue on the course they are on now.  So, one should think positively about the political future of Muslims, not negatively.”

In what is clearly an example of Jonah swallowing the whale, the Brotherhood is now at the helm. The Green part of the Red-Green Alliance has notably changed its political goals and shifted from the generic anti-war and anti-capitalism rhetoric to the new ‘social justice’ and the delegitimization of Israel via the BDS movement and the traditional hatred of Jews. This new progressive course change is visible on university campuses where the leftist students body and the Muslim students societies engage in violent college protests and attacks against conservative speakers like Ben Shapiro, Jewish students, professors, and administrative staff who do not support the social justice initiatives.

The Sources of the Red-Green Alliance Ideology
The core ideology of the progressive movement has little to do with economics, equality, or civil rights, and a lot to do with the political and ideological turmoil of 1920s and 1940s. This can be best illustrated through the work and career of the Johann von Leers, the ideological father of the Red-Green movement.

Johann von Leers SS Major
Image 9: Johann von Leers the ideological father of the Red-Green Alliance

Johann von Leers was one of the leading ideologues of the Third Reich, serving as a highest-ranking academic at the Nazi propaganda ministry. In 1929, he joined the Nazi Party. From 1930-1931, he was a member of the Brown Shirts and in 1935, he joined the SS where he became a major. In 1938, he became a full professor at Friedrich-Schiller University. His area of expertise was “Legal, Economic, and Political History on a Racial Basis”. Robert Wistrich’s biographical dictionary, Who’s Who in Nazi Germany, described  von Leers as:

…. A district speaker and leader of the National Socialist Students’ League, von Leers came to the attention of Goebbels and was assigned to write Party propaganda, producing a stream of twenty-seven books between 1933 and 1945 dealing in popularized form with Nazi ideology. An expert on the Jewish question, on theories of ‘blood and soil’ and the doctrine of the Germanic master race, von Leers achieved early notoriety with his book, Juden Sehen dich an [Jews are looking at you!], published in 1933 and dedicated to the ‘gallant’ Julius Streicher.

During the war he was Goebbels’ chief anti-Semitic writer (twenty-seven books between 1933 and 1945). Beyond hating Jews, Judaism, and Christianity, he advocated close cooperation between Germany and the Muslim world and viewed Russia as Germany’s natural ally. Even prior to the outbreak of WWII, he wrote propaganda against Zionist settlement in Mandatory Palestine and befriended Hajj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem.

After the war, as a wanted war criminal facing certain execution if caught, he went on the run and first fled to Italy in 1945, then to Sweden in 1947, and finally to Argentina in 1950. In Argentina, under the patronage of the fascist Juan Perón, he edited the National Socialist and fascist journal, Der Weg (The Way), and contributed to an anti-Jewish campaign commissioned by the embassy of Egypt in Buenos Aires. According to CIA documents, he was recruited by General Hassan Fahmy Ismael (the Egyptian military attaché in Argentina). Fahmi also acted as his go-between for Haj Amin al-Husseini who eventually gave him safe passage to Egypt. After the overthrow of Perón in 1955, Leers was on the move again and based on the recommendation of Haj Amin al-Husseini, Leers relocated to Egypt in 1957 and was appointed as political and propaganda advisor at the Information Department of the Ministry of National Guidance.

After his move to Egypt, Leers converted to Islam and changed his name to Omar Amin. He become head of Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s ‘Israeli’ propaganda unit.  He then continued to produce a massive amount of anti-Semitic literature and strategy as the head of the Institute for the Study of Zionism, managing all domestic and international anti-Israel content and messaging. In the ten years between 1955-1965, Veer raised a generation of western MB Islamist activists such as his protégé Ahmed Huber, who became one of Al Qaeda‘s top financiers through the Al Taqwa Bank, for which he was one of five managers.

In 1964, Leers published a paper titled: “Why I became a Muslim”. This article describes his ideological development and how he reached the transformative decision to convert to Islam. He wrote:

“…. In 1932, I withdrew from the Christian Church after I found that it was a Jewish sect and no path to religion…. the Christendom of the West is on the road to decay, and the destiny of its churches is moral disintegration, so that they became the allies of international Zionism and medium of Israeli propaganda.”

Leers was promoting Islam as a replacement to “Judeo-Christianity” and taking this argument much further than the doctrine of abrogation (Tauret) or replacement theology, and proposing the launch of a political and ideological world-wide initiative which would undo the victory of Christianity over Islam in Europe and unleash a process that would hasten worldwide Islamization. Fifty five years ago, the idea of bringing about the expansion of Islam in Europe and the US would have been unthinkable and may have sounded like a bad joke, but no one seems to be laughing now as we see this reality taking shape right in front of our eyes. 

Leers viewed his conversion to the MB flavor of Islam as the high point of his life. His religious initiation was officiated by none other than Haj Amin-al-Husayni with whom he wanted to make hajj to Mecca. After undergoing this transformation, Leers lost all inhibition and begun to publicly express his objection to Christianity and the west. For example, he advocated the need to free post war Germany from the ‘imperialism of Jewish-Christianity. In his essay Mimbar al Islam [Pulpit of Islam] he wrote:

I felt bitterness later as a student during the lectures on history, because Charlemagne imposed the Christian Church on our nation, which became the basis for much misfortune in German history. I really hated him, and I have the feeling that, if destiny had not brought this on us, [it would have been possible] to develop our pre-Christian religion. Likewise, it was indeed a misfortune that the tyrant Charles Martell drove back the Muslims of Spain. They brought a higher culture, which would have [been transferred] to the German tribes….

Similarly, a CIA report from October 24, 1957 describes other effects of the ‘new born’ Leers:

Part of Leers’ political attitude is apparently due to his conversion to Islam, which was accompanied by a change in his name to Dr. Omar Amin von Leers. He is becoming more and more a religious zealot, even to the extent of advocating an expansion of Islam in Europe in order to bring about stronger unity through a common religion. This expansion he believes can come not only from contact with the Arabs in the Near East and Africa but with Islamic elements in the USSR. The results he envisions as the formation of a political bloc against which neither East nor West could prevail. Leading Egyptian nationalists, however, disapprove of Leers’ conversion. [They may have feared that this type of religious zeal would have brought Leers closer to the Muslim Brotherhood.]

Leers went even further and promoted his pro-Russian pro-communist regime agenda by advising politicians and activists in the German nationalist right, (i.e. crypto fascist), that Russia was the only power capable of reuniting Germany. A CIA report dated March 1959 shows that:

“he [Leers] is constantly pressing for the West German nationalist opposition to come to an agreement with the Soviet Union, on the theory that the Soviets should be brought in to clean up the West.” And that “after such a clean-up the Soviets should be removed by anti-colonial pressure and the Reich restored.”

In a letter written in November 15, 1957 to an American sympathizer, Leers provided the following reasons for his converting to Islam: 

“The Islamic bloc today is the only spiritual power in the world fighting for a real religion and human values and freedom. Besides that, it is a wonderful religion with a great philosophy and an enormous rich[ness] of wisdom. I think sometimes that if my nation had got[ten] Islam instead of Christianity we should not have had all the traitors we had in World War II…”

In another one of his books titled:The World Fight against Imperialism and Colonialism, Leers supported the insurgents in the Algerian War and lent them political and material support. This ‘war of liberation’ provided Leers with an opportunity to also inject his geopolitical anti-semitism into the new emerging Third-Worldism political movement. A CIA document dated October 8, 1956 reported that:

“Von Leers stated that he is working hard to convince two billion non-Europeans of the Jewish danger. He believes that if he succeeds in this effort, Jewish domination of Germany and the United States will no longer be important.”

It is interesting that since the moment Leers arrived to Egypt in 1956, he and his official Egyptian sponsors called for the destruction of Israel and the targeting of the ‘Jewish lobby’. In an interview with Leers on August 1956, he stated:

….Israel is abnormal. It is not big enough or fertile enough to supply millions of Jews for the homeland. It must go. It causes trouble. You may ask why Nasser spends time and money rallying Arabs outside Egypt against Israel when so much has to be done at home…. [The] Zionists are responsible for 90 percent of the world’s press attack on Nasser and Egypt.”

Leers was the architect of the European and American Islamic political expansion through building alliances with the left and right. As the father of this innovative plan, he successfully mobilized the Third World against the US and Israel through various expression in the United Nations, notably the 1975 “Zionism is Racism” resolution and the 2001 World Conference against Racism in Durban, which became the scene of mass outburst of political anti-Zionism and anti-semitism.

Leers disseminated his ideas among the left-wing circles, right-wing circles, and the Holocaust deniers in Europe and the US. His ideas about a coherent geopolitical vision for the international expansion of the MB became the foundation of the Red-Green Alliance and are all based on regurgitated Nazi traditions. Leers often said that he was a gradualist and that this type of effort is going to take some time before it bares fruit. At the time, his ideas of bringing about the Islamization of Europe by encouraging mass migration in order to change its demographics and to undermine its Christian traditions and culture seemed beyond belief. Few would argue that this is still the case today.

The Common Foundations of the Red-Green Alliance
While the ideological foundations of the neo-leftist and the Islamist are known, it is not entirely clear why these two ideologies successfully mated and produced an albeit imperfect but living political offspring. This strange marriage made in hell and consummated in purgatory can be explained through a number of common shared genetic traits in the Islamic doctrine and Marxist-Leninist gene pool.  Some of these common areas of overlap include:

  1. As opposed to the rational political thinkers like Locke, Hume, Smith, Kant who spoke about reason, introspection, and freedom of expression, the Red-Green Alliance talks in terms of “absolute truth” and “the end justifies the means.“ For them, all actions have an absolute justification in order to achieve the sacred cause. The left believes in the ‘dictatorship of the proletariat’ and the Islamist in the ‘dictatorship of sharia’.
  2. Both promote the view that all of the ills affecting humanity including health, environmental, economic, financial, and military conflicts are somehow linked to American policy or the lack thereof.
  3. The wholesale identification of democracy with the enemies of communism and Islam and the blanket rejection of all principles of secularism and humanism—that is, the separation between church and state and hereditary form of government.
  4. The view that capitalism and western culture is endangering the world’s proletariat and the community of believers, (the Umma) via the incurable disease of bankrupt bourgeois pig morality or western decadents that is spread through viruses like ‘Consumerism’, ‘Crusader Christianity’, ‘Judaist and Judeo-Masonic ideology, and ’Wall Street’.
  5. According to both, communist and Islamic doctrines, the world is bipolar and can only be divided into two opposing camps, for the left it’s the workers vs. the those who control the means of production, for the Islamist it’s the believers who reside in Dar al-Islam (the house of Peace) vs. everyone else who is part of Dar al-Harb (the house of War).
  6. Both embrace the view that the world is divided into two political archetype camps. The left sees it as the ‘Capitalist’ and ‘Communist’ or the division that Lenin used of “the counter revolutionary imperialist West” and the “revolutionary and nationalist East”, while the Islamists view the world as being made up of Kafirs (non-believer in Islam) and Muslims who are submissive to and co-operate with G-d’s purpose.

A Deeper Dive into The Muslim Brotherhood
The MB was formed in Egypt in the 1920s by Islamists seeking to install a fundamentalist government there. Islamist radicals today still idolize the martyr Sayyid Qutb, the Brotherhood’s most influential thinker. While attending college in the US in the late 1940s, Qutb was appalled by what he perceived as the lack of piousness and morality in American society. After returning to Egypt in 1950s, he worked to overthrow the secular government of Gamal Abdel Nasser and was eventually jailed. Before he was executed in 1966, he wrote a scathing indictment of American culture that called for worldwide rejection of Western liberal values. Qutb’s writings are responsible for radicalizing hordes of young Muslims, including Ayman al-Zawahiri, who became al-Qaeda’s No. 2 leader and the spiritual guide to Osama bin Laden.

Due to its friendly foreign student and immigration polices, the US became one of the preferred countries where the Brotherhood has sought to spread its message. According to Department of Justice prosecutors in the Holy Land case, the Brotherhood was behind the Palestinian Committee formed in the US in the 1980s. In an internal MB memorandum about the group’s future in North America, the  Brotherhood’s long-range ambitions were described as:

“The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan [Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

The Fort Pierce Mosque CAIR Connection
Image 10: The CAIR affiliated MB Fort Pierce Islamic Center and its derivative terror network

These Brotherhood organizations have over the past 20 years been steadily exerting complete control over politicians the likes of Omar and Ellison. In many ways, these politicians are little more than the alter egos of organizations such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the American Society’s Freedom Foundation (ASFF), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), and others.

The Brotherhood sponsored Palestinian Committee was led by Mousa Abu Marzook, former head of Hamas and its No. 2 political chief. He has been designated as a terrorist by the US, and was closely tied to the Holy Land Foundation. According to evidence presented at the trial, Marzook provided tens of thousands of dollars to the foundation, which also gave money back to charities that the government alleges are controlled by Hamas. Marzook is also related by marriage to former Holy Land board chairman Ghassan Elashi, who along with his brothers has been convicted in prior trials of engaging in illegal business with Marzook. So describing this network of associations as a nest of vipers would be an understatement.

The goal of the Palestinian Committee—which the trial documents indicate existed in the late 1980s to early 1990s—was to raise money in the US to fund Hamas. This was to be accomplished by forming a complex network of seemingly benign Muslim charity organizations whose real job, according to the government, was to spread militant propaganda. The MB was the leading force behind creating many American Muslim groups and influencing financially and operationally others, many of which listed as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land case. On the list are several prominent groups, including the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

CAIR for example, was formed in June 1994 as a part of a terrorist umbrella organization led by then-global head of Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzook. In 2007 and 2008, CAIR was named a co-conspirator by the US Justice Department for two federal trials dealing with the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas. In November 2014, along with ISIS and al-Qaeda, the UAE government named CAIR to its list of terrorist organizations.

Keith Ellison supports, gets funding, and meets with leaders of MB organizations such as the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and CAIR on regular basis. In the largest terrorism financing trial ever successfully prosecuted in US court (US v HLFRD, Dallas 2008), ISNA was also identified by the US government as a MB organization which financially supports the terrorist group Hamas.

Ellison, who is Attorney General of Minnesota has been a frequent speaker at MB national conferences (ISNA and CAIR) in the United States. This should be shocking to some considering the fact that the stated goals of the MB’s movement are to overthrow the United States government and replace it with an Islamic State. Interestingly, Ellison, just like Omar, Tlaib, and Harris now also publically supports and promotes Antifa. Documents that were introduced by Federal prosecutors in trial and conviction of Holy Land Foundation and five of its organizers–Show the Brotherhood’s plans in chilling detail.

A 1991 strategy paper for the Brotherhood, often referred to as the Ikhwan in Arabic, found in the Virginia home of an unindicted co-conspirator in the case, describes the group’s US goals, referred to as a “civilization-jihadist process.” The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions,” it states. This process requires a “mastery of the art of ‘coalitions,’ the art of ‘absorption’ and the principles of ‘cooperation.'”

A transcript of a Brotherhood orientation meeting recorded in the early 1980s includes discussions of the need for “securing the group” from infiltration by “Zionism, Masonry … the CIA, FBI, etc. so that we find out if they are monitoring us” and “how can we get rid of them.” Discussions later turn to “weapons training at the Ikhwan’s camps” in Oklahoma and Missouri. “The fundamental thing underlying the Brotherhood ideology is the need to establish the caliphate,” or the spread of Islamic law.”

Ron Harris and the CAIR Connection
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: Ron Harris with his Red-Green Alliance comrades and the aristocracy of the Democratic party, the squad, and the slithering snake in the grass CAIR. Of special note is Keith Ellison, the Minnesota Attorney General promoting Anifa

Content and Messaging
While it seems that the main aim of the Red-Green Alliance is to promote the amorphous social justice agenda, their long term plan is to destroy the liberal democratic society and to seize power through sheer numbers. The same may be said about religious freedom, specifically about Christianity and the Bible in American public life. It is against this strategy of anti-America, anti-Israel, and anti-Persian Gulf friendly states narrative that demands to boycott the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, or demands that a Christian baker be forced to cater to the LGTB community be evaluated.

Agitation and propaganda are the classic tactics which Marxist Leninist organization use in order to undermine public confidence and destabilize the foundations of any democracy. One method of achieving this goal is to mold the consensus of public opinion. This is done by seeking out and cultivating grievances, real and imagined, and creating the false narrative that the current political, social, and environmental conditions are intolerable. 

The Red-Green Alliance has been using this strategy to recruit Hollywood, the MSM, academics, and intellectuals. Lenin in his treatise “What Is to Be Done?”, spoke at length about this concept of the useful idiot and exploiting every form of discord in democratic society as the way for revolutionary change. He said:

We must use every trace of discontent. We must collect every grain of protest.” 

For example, Bernie Sanders and AOC, both cheap Lenin knockoffs, continue to utilize this same tactic in their socialist narrative, attacking both the rich and capitalism despite AOC living the life of extreme luxury and Sanders being the only ‘self-made’ communist millionaire on earth. 

Bernie Sanders The Self Made Communist millionaire
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: Bernie Sanders, the first self-made communist millionaire, and his collection of luxury homes

Gaining control over social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook and higher educational institutions has became part of this narrative transport. The shared objective of each member of the alliance is to break the social, moral, and cultural ‘hegemony’ of the white privileged class and their passé constitutional system.

AOC The Outfit Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Border Accessories
Image 13: The very expensive wardrobe of the champion of the working people, Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez

The Red-Green Alliance’s Threat to the America
For over 30 years, a critical clash of west and east cultures has been taking place under our nose, but its danger has been downplayed and excused as diversity. The Brotherhood and its myriad network of civic, educational, and political organization and allies have been using the arguments of the ‘protected’ diversity and the multiculturalism as a plow to break the ground and relentlessly plant the seeds of power within American society.

In this pursuit they have targeted law enforcement, the judiciary, American Jewry, and the Israel-Diaspora relationship. Recently, they have also increased their attacks on Israel’s Christian supporters and the US-Israel strategic alliance—an alliance that has contributed greatly to American security through joined military and industrial R&D and high tech cross pollination.

The Islamist members of the alliance openly state that they want to transform the United States into an Islamic state governed by sharia law. The left members of the alliance just want to tear down the existing social and political order for the sake of some anarchistic principles like redistribution of wealth, privilege, and open borders. The reds and greens may have a non-complimentary long term political objectives, but for now at least, in these early stages of the revolution, they agree to focus on the destruction of the existing American social fabric and political system.

As Leers noted, delivering revolutionary style social justice is a gradual and cumulative process. Currently, the strategy of the green Islamists and the red progressives has been to use agitation and occasional violence, particularly on American university campuses and through weekly Antifa intimidation and riots in certain friendly urban enclaves like Berkeley and Portland.

The Red-Green Alliance understands that it is unlikely that it will be able to capture and retain their power under the current constitutional system. Although they have not stated their aims in specific terms, one of the few ways that they can hope to achieve power is by disabling parts of the safeguards in the system or by carrying out a coup d’état. A few of these tactics have already been demonstrated though actively trying to stop the appointment of conservative judges to the Supreme Court, removing Trump from office on some bogus Russian collision charges, abolishing the Electoral College, and fighting for unrestricted immigration and the establishment of sanctuary cities.

The current political crossover between the progressive left and Brotherhood parties is no longer in its planning phases, rather it is actively proliferating through political and physical terrorism against Christians, Jews, intellectuals, and the political opposition. In the near future, this fight could escalate and target other common enemies like: judges, policemen, military personnel, ICE/DHS, conservative journalists, and the leadership of opposition political parties. For the Red-Green foot soldier, anyone who is not part of the clique is an enemy and is labeled as as racist, fascist, cultist and a bigoted deplorable.

Kyle Lawlor the Red Green Alliance Brigade
Image 14: The profile of a Red-Green Alliance foot solider

These combined actions would lead to devastating political consequences. The real danger is that just below the thin veneer of social justice activism, there lies the willingness to engage in wide-scale violence such as targeted political assassination and a type of civil disorder which would result in the breakdown of law and end of constitutional guarantees of political and religious freedom. Add to this an attempt to mass confiscate private firearms, and it’s not difficult to see how we could rapidly slip into social anarchy and civil war. Of course, political privilege has its benefits so while all of this will be playing out, the Islamists through the likes of Keith Ellison, the current attorney general of Minnesota, would maintain their private Antifa army, while using federal and state law enforcement agencies to disarm everyone else.

Packaging the Narrative and Pushing the Buttons
Carlos Latuff’s work is a good example of the Red-Green Alliance’s propaganda delivery strategy. This Brazilian illustrator of Palestinian descent produces a massive amount of political work, all of which exploits the typical points of contention within American society for the purpose of driving a wedge. Latuff’s work depicts US political and social centric subjects (even though he lives in a luxury home in Brazil) and focuses on items like the fallacies of second amendment rights, the Nazi character of ICE,  the right of every immigrant to enter the US without any restrictions, Trump’s alleged white supremacy and racialism, and America as a terrorist state. It should not come as a surprise that Latuff is a card carrying member of the MB, a flaming anti-Semite, and a fundraiser and spokesperson for Hamas. He also advocates attacks on US troops and is a close personal friend of several convicted bloodthirsty terrorists.

Muslim Brotherhood talking points
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: Roberto Williams Moyses Auad AKA Carlo Latuff the Hamas propagandist and a personal friend of several convicted Islamic terrorists

MB Anti Gun Rights Messging
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Qatari and MB sponsored messaging regarding US gun laws and gun ownership

The Disinformation Playbook and Delivering Political Discord
In the 1980s, the KGB ran an elaborate disinformation campaign code name “Operation Infektion” against the US with the aim of planting the idea that the United States had invented HIV/AIDS as part of biological weapons research. This Russian disinformation campaign followed a detailed playbook that Bruce Schneier summarized as the seven disinformation ‘commandments’ or steps that include:

  • Step 1: Find the cracks in the fabric of society—target the social, demographic, economic and ethnic divisions
  • Step 2: Seed distortion by creating alternative narratives. In the 1980s, this was a single “big lie about the evils of capitalism,” but today it is more about many contradictory alternatives of sexual orientation and social justice truths—use a “firehose of falsehood”—that distorts the political debate
  • Step 3: Wrap those narratives in kernels of truth. Use a core of fact to help the falsities spread
  • Step 4: Build audiences, either by directly controlling news outlets like Al-Jazeera or by cultivating relationships with influencers like Internet fact checker websites, or platforms like Google/FB/Twitter, that will be receptive to those narratives
  • Step 5: Conceal your hand; make it seem as if the stories came from somewhere else
  • Step 6: Cultivate “useful idiots” like AOC who believe and amplify the narratives Encourage them to take positions even more extreme than they would otherwise
  • Step 7: Deny involvement, even if the truth is obvious
  • Step 8: Play the long game; strive for long-term impact over immediate impact

The Red-Green Alliance Messaging Techniques
In general, we are poor at judging true vs. false information, especially if we have no firsthand familiarly with the data. We also tend to forget that some of the information that we were exposed to may have been false. In their paper “Firehouse of Falsehood“, Christopher Paul and Miriam Matthews analyze contemporary Russian propaganda models and disinformation techniques. Ever since they first showed up on the political scene in the mid-2000s, the squad and the leadership of the Green-Red Alliance have engaged in a new type of political narrative strategy and have been demonstrating a remarkable shift in democratic ideology and messaging.

Because of its pattern and frequency, the squad’s propaganda MO is finally coming into the light. In form and function, it appears that its main propagation and focus areas are the exploitation of a variety of divisive social and political issues like race-baiting, attacks on the police and ICE, open borders and immigration, free stuff, reparations to various minorities, repealing the second amendment, and of course anti-semitism.

The Red-Green Alliance approach to propaganda is almost entirely based on Soviet Cold War-era techniques, but with a strong emphasis on using rank and file ‘progressive’ agents to mobilize and fight for justice without realizing that the end game is not to achieve these fluffy equality objectives but rather to destabilize the social and political fabric of society in order to introduce fundamentalist MB style ideology into government and educational institutions.

The squad members are taking advantage of the receptive and supportive Twitter and Google algorithmic bias as well as Facebook which are completely bypassing verifying the truthfulness of their posts in the way that traditional media outlets used to enforce prior to broadcast. What is noteworthy about the Red-Green Alliance propaganda dissemination model is the cynical and shameless willingness to publish partial truths or outright lies in using the MB’s information warfare manual against western society and US allies like Israel, Saudi Arabia, and UAE.

The reason why the Red-Green Alliance disinformation campaign is so effective is because it is a form of morbid reality TV; it agitates, it’s outrageous, it’s provocative, it entertains the huddled masses (who think that they are sticking it to the man), it rattles and confuses the intelligentsia, and it overwhelms and stupefies the MSM and triggers their cognitive dissonance to the point of complete paralysis.

The Red-Green Alliance disinformation machine is based on the principle of rapid, continuous, and repetitive information distribution that lacks any consistency, verifiability, or truth. This runs contrary to conventional western beliefs in dialectical methods that emphasize truth and honesty in discourse. But despite these blatant violations of civilized communication principles and protocols, Omar, Tlaib, and AOC have succeeded in their outreach program and built significant on-line influence and following. Beyond social media saturation, they have also scored a major psychological triumph as is evident from the fact that every veteran democratic leader in congress and senate is now shaking in their boots, rubbing their eyes in disbelief, and happily conceding the leadership of the party and its roadmap and agenda to the likes of  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old former waitress and barmaid.  AOC in turn hasn’t even broken into a light intellectual sweat just yet; she is simply following the maxim of Saul Alinsky, the spiritual father of all progressives, that “power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.”

At its core, the foundation of the Red-Green Alliance propaganda model is based on these three elements:

  1. High-volume and high frequency messaging
  2. Fast, continuous, and repetitive narrative
  3. A lack of commitment to truth, consistency, and credibility

1. High-volume and high frequency messaging
This concept is based on continuous high-volume streams. It includes text, video, audio, and still imagery and delivery via social media, traditional news outlets like NYT and WaPo, cable TV, and community newsletters and television broadcasting. The producers and disseminators of the content include a large force of social justice volunteers and paid internet content creators and trolls who also often attack or undermine views or information that runs counter to Red-Green Alliance ideology and opinions, doing so through dedicated blogs, online chat rooms, discussion forums, and comments sections on news and other websites or even in direct intimidation and assault against their opponents.

2. Fast, continuous, and repetitive narrative
This concept is based on rapid, continuous, and repetitive narrative that is very responsive to current events. Due to their lack of commitment to the truth, Red-Green Alliance propagandists don’t need to check facts or verify claims; they just constantly flood the internet with their spin on emerging events that suits their political agendas. This makes them agile and adaptive and allows them to swiftly control the news cycle and headlines.

3. A lack of commitment to truth, consistency, and credibility
When Tlaib, Omar, and AOC make statements, they are almost never based on detailed claims. None of them provides the same account of contested events. Also contrary to traditional political response mechanisms of making false statements and correcting them, the Green-Red Alliance political PR teams have no issue with constantly adjusting their tune. If one falsehood or misrepresentation is exposed by the media, they simply discard it and move on to a new false narrative.

The Funding Pipeline, Logistics, and the Moral Character of the Leadership
The US has openly accused Qatar of financing terror for years. In March 2014, Treasury’s then-Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen called Qatar a “permissive jurisdiction” for Nusra and Islamic State (IS) finance. After Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) raised the issue of Qatar-based  funding for Hamas, Nusra, and IS.

Despite US criticism, Qatar continues to build and support terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda, the MB, and Isis and provide them with a “safe haven, diplomatic backing, financial aid, and weapons.” The hard evidence for the Qatari funding of pan-Islamic terror operations is reflected in the US Department of the Treasury sanctioning of a number of Qatari nationals and charging them with financing terrorism. A few examples include:

  • Qatari citizen Khalifa Muhammad Turki al-Subay, a financier for al-Qaeda who was briefly jailed for his role in funding the 9/ll terrorist attack and who is now actively funding terrorists in Syria and Iraq
  • Qatar-based chief al-Qaeda financier Abd al-Rahman bin ‘Umayr al-Nu’aymi who ordered the transfer of almost $600,000 to al-Qaeda in 2013 with intentions to transfer almost $50,000 more. He is thought to have channeled millions of dollars from Qatari-based donors to terrorist affiliates. He was described as one of the world’s most prolific financiers of terrorism by The Daily Telegraph in 2014
  • Qatar-based Sheikh Hajaj al-Ajmi, who openly raised money in the country for the Nusra Front via Twitter
  • Sa’d bin Sa’d Muhammad Shariyan al-Ka’bi, another Qatari financier for the Nusra Front
  • Qatari-based al-Qaeda facilitator, ‘Abd al-Latif Bin ‘Abdallah Salih Muhammad al-Kawari.
  • Qatari government employed al-Qaeda financier Salim Hasan Khalifa Rashid al-Kuwari, employed in the Ministry of the Interior despite his official designation as a terrorist by the US
  • Qatari open financing of Hamas, the political leadership HQ of which is in Qatar

A 2019 report by the European Eye on Radicalization analyzing the root causes of the current turmoil in Libya, found that Turkey-Qatar alliance was behind it. With Qatar provided the bulk of the funding and weapon support for the extremist groups in Libya. These were the same al-Qaeda groups that were responsible for the 2012 Benghazi attack. The report also concluded that some arms that Qatar sent into Libya were later used by militants with ties to Al-Qaeda in Mali.

In this vein, it has also been demonstrated that the major source of funding for most of the MB organizations and operations in the US and Europe are from Qatari government funding and the media support is from the Qatari owned Al-Jazeera network.

Many MB organizations in the middle east rose rapidly during the Arab Spring because of Qatari backing, case in point is Al-Jazeera’s fanning of the flames of the daily demonstrations against Mubarak in Egypt. The Qatari decision to support the MB is based on long term strategy and ideology. For example, the Qatari emir was a close friend of the Egyptian-born cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the de facto Brotherhood spiritual leader who had lived in Qatar from 1961. As part of this strategy, Al-Jazeera, the Qatari flagship media propaganda outlet has long provided a platform for Qaradawi, Hamas, and US-based Brotherhood puppets like Omar, Tlaib, and Ellison. The material and political support for the Brotherhood also reflects Doha’s plan of ensuring that the Brotherhood affiliates will win elections in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, and other Arab countries where voting is permitted. Qatar is also counting on the strong possibility, as was just recently demonstrated in the US, that the Brotherhood is an unstoppable global political wave and that the best way to ride it and have some measure of control over it is through its financial stewardship.

The MO of the Qatari method of supporting the Brotherhood expansion in Europe and the US can be gleaned from their funding of over 140 mosques and Islamic centers.

Using an organization called the Qatar Foundation which is headed by the Qatari Emir’s mother Shaikha Moza Bint Nasser Al Misned and a Qatar charity headed by a relative of her son, the Emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Nasser Al Thani, they spent over 100 million euros on Brotherhood activities that spread across the whole of Europe from northern Norway down the coast of France and Italy.

The Al-Thanis the finanical and material patron saints of the worldwid Muslim Brotherhood Movement and Islamic Terror Networks
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: The Al Tahnis, Qatar’s ruling family and the financial patron saints of the MB and other major leading terror organizations like Hamas, Nusra, the Islamic State, and Al-Quada

The footwear fashion of SheikTamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani
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: Emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Nasser Al Thani’s footwear preference. This analysis was part of an AI image classification of objects of interest of over 21K images of Hamad, his family, and circle of friends

Much of the funding came from the Qatar charity, an NGO that was set up in 1992 originally to help orphans from the Afghan War then expanded horizontally and vertically across the globe with the lion’s share of its activities focused on Europe but also with offices in the US.

The Qatari Funding of the Muslim Brotherhood
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: Supporting financial records that include checks, money transfer orders, and email communications showing official Qatari government payment to MB organizations and individuals

One set of documents shows that the Qatar Foundation paid Tarek Ramadan (grandson of the Brotherhood’s founder Hasan Al Banna) and an Oxford professor of Islam a monthly salary of 35,000 euros and supported all of Ramadan’s legal fees totaling over 590,000 euros for two 2017 cases of rape and violent sexual assault. Following his 9 month imprisonment, after being granted bail, Ramada relocated to Qatar where he now teaches Islamic ethics at the Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani University and chairs the Research Center of Islamic Legislation in Qatar.

Tariq Ramadan the Rape Prince
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: The rape prince—Tarek Ramadan, MB philosopher and Oxford professor of Contemporary Islam and Ethics and the sources of his Qatari funding

A few examples that illustrate the Qatari political investment pattern in Europe are:

  • Construction of a mosque and community center on the island of Jersey in the English channel where there are only a handful of Muslims living there
  • Donations of millions of euros in northern France to the Ibn Rushd School in the city of Lille and other private schools in the southern city of Bordeaux
  • Financing 50 mosques and schools in Italy
  • Providing millions of euros for schools and community centers in Switzerland such as the Muslim Cultural Complex of Lausanne, the Museum of Islamic Civilisation in La Chaux-de-Fonds in the canton of Neuchâtel, and the Saladine Mosque in Bienne (canton of Bern)

The MB philosophy is to control people’s lives from cradle to grave. All of the Qatar-financed projects do exactly that: taking over entire neighborhoods, constructing massive mosques with built-in nurseries, kindergartens, and erecting schools, swimming pools, gyms, restaurants, and shopping centers. The libraries and bookstores in these mosques and schools, use the books of Shaikh Yousuf Al Qaradawi (the Doha-based Egyptian mentor of the Brotherhood) and Sayyid Qutob (one of the historic leaders of the Egyptian Brotherhood).

The US-based Foreign Policy magazine has recently published a long-running review of Saudi and UAE sanctions against Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. In a headline titled “Details of calls to attack Trump by US Muslim Sisters allied to Brotherhood” intellectuals and commentators repeatedly reiterate their assertions that Ilhan Omar, Rashid Tlaib and Abdul Al-Sayid—who lost his bid for the governorship of Michigan—are all active members of the MB. 

Faisal al-Shammeri, a seasoned Al Arabiya writer who also works for the Saudi diplomatic mission in the US, tweeted out a list of Omar’s social media statements showing a strategic and consistent pattern of hostility towards the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

The Sleezy Qatar Connection
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: Linda Sarsour, her Qatari sponsors, and their linkage to the Arab Center for Research & Policy Studies in DC

Sharia Qatari Style and Princess Sheikha Salwa
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: Sharia Qatari style, the Royal Princess Sheikha Salwa’s Little Orgy and her DC and Hollywood Support network

Beyond the obvious problem of the MB and their Qatari masters being foreign hostile agents, saboteurs, arsonists, and well poisoners, there is also the problem of their complete moral and sexual depravity.  Herodotus, in his Histories tells the following story:

The Babylonians have one most shameful custom. Every woman born in the country must once in her life go and sit down in the precinct of Venus [red light district], and there consort with a stranger. Many of the wealthier sort, who are too proud to mix with the others, drive in covered carriages to the precinct, followed by a goodly train of attendants, and there take their station. But the larger number seat themselves within the holy enclosure with wreaths of string about their heads […] and the strangers pass along them to make their choice.

A woman who has once taken her seat is not allowed to return home till one of the strangers throws a silver coin into her lap, and takes her with him beyond the holy ground. When he throws the coin he says these words: “The goddess Mylitta prosper thee.” (Venus is called Mylitta by the Assyrians.) The silver coin may be of any size; it cannot be refused, for that is forbidden by the law, since once thrown it is sacred. The woman goes with the first man who throws her money, and rejects no one. … Such of the women as are tall and beautiful are soon released, but others who are ugly have to stay a long time before they can fulfill the law. Some have waited three or four years in the precinct.

It seems that the likes of Ilhan Omar, Sheikha Salwa’s, and the leadership of the MB, their followers, and the entire Qatari Royal family habitually exhibits every form of perversion and vice known to mankind. Brotherhood leaders like Tariq Ramadan (the grandson of the founder of the MB) feels no shame or remorse engaging in wholesale rape of Muslim woman who came to him for religious advise. Egypt’s Al-Azhar university president Mohamed al-Mahrsawy gorges on child porn. Ilhan Omar, has no problems marrying her brother and having an affair with Tim Mynett, her married political strategist (and paying him $250K for his fine services). All this, while she is still married to her first husband with three kids at home. The only thing that is missing to complete the Sodom and Gomorrah effect is incest, human sacrifice, cannibalism, and bestiality, and I’m not entirely sure that I wouldn’t be able to find some of them, if I dug a little deeper.

So under this thin veneer of fake religious piety and social righteousness lies the reality that these high priests and priestesses of progressivism, are corrupt degenerates and an embarrassment to any real devout Muslim. But on a positive note, from at least Ilhan Omar’s case, it looks like hanging around the ‘precinct’ for all these years wasn’t a complete waste of time, and that in the end, she did manage to amass a little fortune of silver coins.

A Hijab Makes All the Difference
Image 23: The divas of piety (L-R) Qatari Princess Sheikha Salwa, Ilhan Omar, and Linda Sarsour
The Progressive Sturmabteilung AKA Antifa
If anyone still thinks that Antifa is just a bunch of misguided, over-educated wanabee vegan warriors, think again. The organization’s tight coupling with Omar, Tlaib, Pressley, Ellison and other Brotherhood politicians exhibits all of the hallmarks of hand in glove utilitarian fit and mutual co-dependencies. This goes far beyond any opportunistic fling. In this symbiotic relationship, Antifa is the squad’s Pretorian guard and Omar’s private muscle. Omar and her colleagues are Antifa’s protective ozone layer ensuring that it won’t be classified as a domestic terrorist organization.

CAIR and other Brotherhood organizations have found the sweet spot winning formula for balancing brute squad tactics and Linda Sarsour’s pink brand of street activism. There is no more need for American born Islamic shahids the likes of Matten, Abu-Salha, Farook, or Hasan. The new trendy jihad is now being perpetuated by spoiled, over-indulged blonde and blue-eyed, middle-class suburbanite baristas that show up to events in their Subarus and their North Face revolutionary hoodies. This is also the reason why the squad and its sphere of influence categorically refuse to condemn the Antifa terror attack on the ICE facility and their political opponents.

Willem Van Spronsen Antifa
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: Willem Van Spronsen and Anfia leader who was shot and killed by Tacoma Police officers while trying to blow up a propane tank with incendiary devices during an attack at an ICE detention center in Tacoma on Saturday, July 13. Van Spronsen was also previously arrested in 2018 at the Tacoma detention facility when he attacked a police officer

The Antifa MO and tactics are identical to the ones used by various Islamic fundamentalist terrorist organizations in the Middle East such as Black September and terror organizations in Europe like the Red Brigades in Italy and The Red Army Faction in Germany. In fact, as can be seen from image 25, the Antifa imagery is a complete knockoff of the Nazi Brownshirt Sturmabteilung and several other seventies era terrorist logos.

Antifa The Imagery
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: Antifa and its sources and affiliation with various terrorist organizations and Nazi imagery

Just like in the case of the Nazi Brownshirts, Antifa’s main purpose is to provide the party with a security detail and urban street muscle needed to push the revolution forward. They show up to political town hall meetings and attack the progressive’s political opponents, they violently prevent political free speech on university campuses, and they are tightly linked to the majority of the militant Islamic student organizations in US and European collages which are almost entirely operated by Brotherhood activists.

Antifa Credit Card Knife
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: Antifa’s standard issue credit card size folding knife for “Slashing Trump Supporters” and “Close Quarter Combat”

Antifa's Armed Units
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: Antifa armed units in the US and collaboration and training overseas

The willingness to utilize street violence is one of the subversive hallmarks of the Red-Green Alliance. Antifa’s political and tactical organization, communication network, recruitment, leadership training, logistic, funding, and public endorsement by the top democratic leadership also suggests that in effect they are the shock troops, organized and leveraged along the same lines that Hamas uses for its military wing the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades

The Poster Child of the Westernized MB Progressive Politician
Abdulrahman El-Sayed AKA Abdul El-Sayed was born in Detroit, Michigan, on October 31, 1984. His father is a native Egyptian who was employed as an engineer and an imam. After high school, Abdul El-Sayed attended the University of Michigan where he served as vice president of the campus chapter of the Muslim Students Association (MSA).

Slick Abdul for Governer
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Abdulrahman El-Sayed AKA Abdul El-Sayed. The polished western Image of a MB gubernatorial candidate

He graduated in 2007 with a BS degree and delivered his class’s commencement address alongside former President Clinton. In 2011, El-Sayed earned a PhD in public health from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 2012 he was awarded a Soros Fellowship for New Americans.

On September 11, 2012 — El-Sayed co-authored an article bemoaning the cultural and social bias against Muslims in the US:  He wrote: 

“the cultural and social biases that fuel discriminatory behavior and hate crimes” against Muslims. Further, the piece asserted that “the post-9/11 climate of discrimination and marginalization against Muslim and Arab Americans” had caused members of those demographics to develop inordinately high levels of “stress” as well as “harmful coping mechanisms like the use of drugs and alcohol,” resulting in their “poorer mental and physical health.” “After 9/11,” El-Sayed wrote, “America’s about 10 million Arab and Muslim Americans, who were too often the victims of association with the perpetrators of the attacks, were — and continue to be — subjects of suspicion, discrimination, and abuse.”

On December 16, 2016 at the University of Michigan, El-Sayed co-hosted a town hall with the noted pro-Sharia activist and a known terrorist facilitator Linda Sarsour. Encouraging the crowd to vote for El-Sayed because of his progressive politics, Sarsour stated:

“I have the audacity to believe we can make history and put the first Muslim governor in office. I want you to read the history books and say, ‘I was there.’”

On February 9, 2017, El-Sayed launched his gubernatorial campaign. He stated that his desire was to combat the policies of President Donald Trump. El-Sayed, was especially concerned  with the executive order by which Trump had imposed a temporary moratorium on the issuance of visas for people seeking to travel to the United States from seven majority-Muslim nations that were hotbeds of Islamic terrorism.

El-Sayed views the United States as racist nation that is overwhelmingly anti-Muslim. He has been quoted saying:

“I know what it’s like to have your butt kicked by a cop for being the wrong color in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

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: Abdul’s Little Lapel Pin and the fake embrace of western democratic symbolism

As the Michigan gubernatorial candidate in  2018, El-Sayed was confronted by Patrick Colbeck, his Republican opponent, pointed out El-Sayed’s associations with the radical MSA organization and his undisputed ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. A very angry El-Sayed responded by saying:

“I knew, when I decided to run as the first Muslim American ever to run for governor, that I would face the ugliness of white supremacy, the ugliness of racism.” He also informed Colbeck that because of his “Islamophobia,” …“Muslims definitely hate you.” 

El-Sayed’s connections with MB-tied groups dates back to his college days and probably much earlier through his father. He served in the University of Michigan’s Muslim Students Association as a vice president. MSA was created in 1963 by Muslim Brotherhood members who came to the United States to study. An MSA history acknowledges that its founders saw a “responsibilty (sic) of spreading Islam as students in North America. The main goal was always Da’wah [proselytizing].”

Da’wah is a key element of the MB’s ultimate ambition to spread the faith globally and create a world governed by sharia. “It is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated,” wrote Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, “to impose its law on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet.”

El-Sayed continued to actively support the Brotherhood’s political objectives in Egypt under President Mohamed Morsi and the Brotherhood’s political parties. In 2012, Morsi declared absolute power and issued an edict to purge the military, police, and media. This lead to a popular uprising, which resulted in Morsi’s 2013 ousting and imprisonment.

El-Sayed fully supported Morsi’s totalitarian 2012 power grab and even signed a statement (see entry # 33) backing up Morsi.

“We, leaders of the Egyptian community support the revolutionary decisions taken by the president, and we demand a purging of the media and the police as soon as possible.”

El-Sayed is married to Sarah Jukaku who was the president of that school’s campus MSA. El-Sayed’s father-in-law is Dr. Jukaku Tayeb, a former president and current board member) of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Abdul El-Sayed and the Red-Green Alliance
Image 30: Abdul El-Sayed, The Michigan MB gubernatorial candidate and the poster child of the polished ‘westernized’ politician and his talking points

Conclusion
Hardly anyone expects the mainstream media—the espousing guardians of the republic…to do their job anymore and they themselves have no clue of what that even entails at this point. The pride and joy of MSM is now almost entirely comprised of political hacks, actors, and ideologues. Investigative and verified news has given way to social media journalism—which has transformed them into shriveled faced Twitter meth junkies getting their fixes 280 characters at a time.

In the social media news world, there is an inverse relationship between how truthful a tweet is and how popular it is. A strategically crafted lie that is designed to give a biased audience what they want to hear is always more popular than the truth. Sadly, the truth is often nuanced and aggravating to most.

Social media news feeds are biased towards progressivism and in favor of political correctness and ‘virtue-signalers’ who often turn out to be terrible predatory individuals. Facebook and Twitter also curtails conservative views and unpopular truths. The number one factor most people consider when deciding to share a tweet is whether people will like them more, or like them less (and then maybe ‘unfollow’ them, heaven forbid!). This means that when a tweet takes the more popular or easily defensible position (secure borders are bad!) those who created the content are rewarded, while those who dare to take a position not easily explained in 280 characters are inevitable punished, sometimes severely for hate speech. Add to this the ‘protected’ status that the class of people like Ilhan Omar enjoy and the favorable algorithmic search bias they receive from the likes of Google make social networks an ideal distribution channel for MB content and ideology.

As appose to other Jihdi movements like ISIS, the MB doesn’t aim to win the war by capturing territory and establishing the caliphate. Its strategy is to win over public opinion and capture the government from within. One way to fight this battle is by effectively exposing the Red-Green Alliance, it’s leaders, and the truth behind its ‘progressive’ agenda. This is one war that any democratic system of government cannot afford to lose.

Every democracy has political and social weaknesses that can be exploited through disinformation. If we want to continue to enjoy the benefits of life under an elected constitutional republic, we have to put in place mechanisms to make it difficult and very painful for domestic actors, both political and commercial, to censor and use disinformation. We need to become more attentive and keep a watchful eye on the canary in the coal mine which is always tied to the proliferation and spread of censorship of free speech, anti-semitism, despotic ideology, and violent anarchy. We shouldn’t strive to erase the diversity in our society but rather should keep in mind that “E Pluribus unum” is to a large extent what made the American experiment so great.

So if you are still looking for the signs of the upcoming civil war and the Green-Red revolution then look no further, we are all in the midst of it.

History doesn’t ever repeat itself verbatim but it does have a recurring thread of events. One such repeating theme is how bohemian intelligentsia becomes enamored with brute force and the certainty and confidence that despotic ideology brings with it. It is the blood of heroes that drove the woman of Roman aristocracy to gladiators quarters for excitement. It is also the same substance that today drives the tired, decadent, and over-educated European and American youth to the arms of Antifa and radical Islamic groups and ideology. For the left who is always in search of the next ‘authentic’ thing, whether it is ethnic music, organic food, or yoga, nothing is more real than the trendy ISIS terrorist wrapped in a keffiyeh beheading people for another ‘authentic’ ideal of a utopian caliphate (which never existed and never will). If you are wondering who makes up the mob that will put the future Omars and Tlaibs in office, you can catch a glimpse of them getting off the indoctrination assembly line at Berkeley and UCLA with their freshly minted diplomas majoring in fields like Queer Musicology and a minoring in Jew hatred.    

During the American Revolution, the prime youth of the colonies and a few in Europe flocked to take part in the fight for the formation of a new type of a society. Aristocrats like Lafayette and Polaski left a life of luxury behind and endured years of physical and mental hardship in order to make the American political experiment a reality. It is a crying shame that many of the young people who have been so fortunate to have been born in this country don’t realize the rare privilege that they have been given, and are willing to so easily trade it for some washed-out old-world manipulative despotic ideologies.  

What the MSM and the suburban weekend wannabe Stalinist Marxist battalions don’t realizing is that by cuddling, rehabilitating, and nurturing the MB demon they are making it only hungrier and more ambitious. 

If any progressive political philanthropist thinks that they can pack Congress and Senate with the likes of AOC, Tlaib, Omar, and Ellison and continue to manipulate them after they reach a critical mass, they are mistaken. As it is evident from the Arab Spring, leaders like Mubarak quickly discovered to their dismay that once the MB genie was out of the lamp and their three useless wishes of getting their three favorable coverage whishes from CNN were exhausted, it could no longer be controlled and rapidly turned against them.

As the Brotherhood continues to grow in size and influence with unlimited Qatari financial resources, they too will eventually turn their back on the herds of their progressives supporters and their enlightened social justice agenda. The Antifa chicken units, that are currently receiving guerrilla warfare training (it’s unknown what foreign intelligence is actually managing this) and are fighting in Syria will eventually come back home to roost and put their newly acquired skills to promote their own vision of a utopia—which is probably going to look like re-runs of the Oldo Moro saga.

By then, the Brotherhood will also be able to independently finance an unlimited number of ‘pure’ non ‘Kafir’ candidates and get them elected with massive voter turnouts. I am not a gambling man, but if I had to place a bet on the outcome of the conflict that will ensue between the reds and greens, I would place my chips on the greens as they will mow down the left like a hot sharpened Janbiya knife slicing through soft butter.

Antifa units training and fighting in Syria
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: Antifa units training and fighting in Syria

Minneapolis, LA, NYC, London, and other major cities in the US and Europe are already exhibiting the signs of a takeover by fundamentalist MB political parties. Gone are the days of labor union cities. Detroit is a telling example: once the car manufacturing capital dwindled down, the Red-Green alliance swooped in and introduced the winning formula of race, sexual identify, anti-Americanisms, and anti-semitism, a recipe, which has been a winning ever since.

Its is also obvious that the revolution has started eating its children, Bill Maher and Jack Tapper are already being prepped and marinated for a delicious shish kebab dinner at the next CAIR gala event, and I’m sure that it’s going to be delicious. I hear from Rashida’s grandmother that progressive American Jews taste (and behave) just like chicken.

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: Rashida Tlaib going after HBO’s Bill Mohier

Jake Tapper
Image 33: Rashida Tlaib going after CNN’s Jack Tapper

It turns out that the real devils of Mogadishu were much worse than Mohamed Farrah Aidid’s terrorist militias who instigated the Black Hawk Down incident, and they weren’t even carrying any Kalashnikovs. These former Siad Barre stooges using a pseudo-refugee’s cover stories managed to sneak into the US and slither their way into city, state, and Washington politics. Now, they’ve stepped into the boxing ring for round one of a bare-knuckle style fight, winner takes all. The prize is the future of the American republic.

References and Sourcing
XRVision Sentinel AI Platform: Face recognition, image reconstruction, and object detection
Firehouse of Falsehood Christopher Paul and Miriam Matthews
The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) Steven Emerson
The War Against The Terror Masters Michael A. Ledeen

Sampling of CAIR Counter Judiciary Activism
CAIR to judge: Conceal Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood ties
CAIR Applauds Judge’s Decision on 2020 Census Citizenship Question
CAIR-Minnesota Welcomes Judge’s Decision to Allow Hijab Case Against Ramsey County Jail to Move Forward
CAIR Welcomes Federal Judge’s Landmark Ruling Extending Right to Sue Federal Officials
Muslim rights group files complaint against DA assigned to Justin Jones case

Note on sourcing – Significant amount of content in this post about the Red-Green Alliance and Johann von Leers is based on Dr. Joel Fishman’s comprehensive research on the subject. I’ve summarized, paraphrased, and reused a lot of his original content but claim no authorship rights to any of it. You can find a collection of his works here.

The Mechanics of Deception

Christopher Steele - the Black Hand

Much has been said and written about Christopher Steele’s authorship of the notorious document that alleges Russia-Trump collusion. According to Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS (who plead the Fifth and only spoke through his lawyers), Steele was hired by them in June 2016 to gather information about “links between Russia and [then-presidential candidate] Donald Trump.” Pursuant to that business arrangement, Steele prepared a series of reports styled as intelligence briefings, some of which were later compiled into a collection of documents and published by a number of media outlets and later become known as the “Trump dossier.”

On the face of the dossier, it appears that Steele gathered his data from multiple sources in Russia, former Soviet union (FSU) countries, and the US. He then edited the raw intelligence—which seems to be a combination of conversations and notes—organized it in a summarized brief format, and published/leaked it in parts or in its entirety on a spiraling schedule.

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The Dossier events and publication schedule

My initial impression reading the dossier was that the writing was sloppy and that it did not resemble an intelligence report. It exhibited multiple writing styles and writers, both English and non-English speakers, and it was assembled in haste. I also thought that in many ways, it paralleled the plot line of the Dreyfus Affair. As in the case of the “dossier” and the Bordereau from the Dreyfus case, the Trump dossier was presented as undeniable proof of collusion. Yet, it’s uncertain who composed it, how it was collected, or even if the document is genuine. 

Just like its nineteen century French predecessor, the Trump dossier too had a powerful social and political impact in the US. Its content has dominated the news and has raised substantial questions about the rule of law, the political impartiality of senior federal career bureaucrats, and the true extent of the separation of powers in government.

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Russia vs. Non-Russia issues on MSNBC’s news coverage

Considering all of the dossier’s unusual aspects, I decided to take a little time and do a deeper dive into its structure and content. In this post, I’ll demonstrate how by using readily available OSINT tools and techniques, video analytics, and writing style analysis, we can pinpoint the likely sources, methods, and the individuals involved in the creation and distribution of this document. 

I would like to apologize for the lengthy and somewhat overwhelming amount of detail in this write-up. Contrary to common belief, the truth is rarely concise, pure, and never simple. As Proverbs 1:2-7 implies, the acquisition of knowledge and understanding does require an investment of time and effort. in the spirit of full disclosure, I was not paid to produce this research and I am not affiliated with democratic or republican circles. My objective in writing this posting was to provide the layman reader not otherwise versed in intelligence gathering and analysis techniques with basic facts and insight so that they can form their own educated opinions on the matter.

The Dossier Team 
Even after several testimonies and investigative reports, the composition of the dossier team is still shrouded in secrecy. When Glenn Simpson testified on November 8th and 14th in front of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, he was vague and evasive about the names of the people that worked on the document and just said that he hired Steele, who then:

Use[d] his old contacts and farmed out other research to native Russian speakers who made phone calls on his behalf“.

Two of these “native Russian speakers” were subsequently identified as Nellie Ohr and Edward Baumgartner. But even after this revelation, there are still many unanswered questions about this team. For example, what was the organizational structure of their network? How and where was the raw intelligence collected, stored, and transmitted? Or, how was Steele, a private British national living in England able to so quickly and effectively reach top US politicians like McCain and Pelosi, publish through and get full backing from media outlets like Yahoo, NYT and WaPo, and gain access to senior officials at the State Department, the DOJ, and FBI?

Before we jump-in, let’s first review our dramatis personæ.

           Name

Title and Role

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Glenn Simpson

Co-founder Fusion GPS and husband of Mary Jacoby

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Mary Jacoby

Executive at Fusion GPS and wife of Glenn Simpson

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Peter Fritsch

Co-founder Fusion GPS

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Neil King Jr.

Principal at Fusion GPS and husband of Shailagh Murray

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Shailagh Murray

Wife of Neil King Jr. and Obama’s senior policy adviser

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Thomas Catan

Co-founder Fusion GPS, husband of Begona Cortina Segurola

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Begona Cortina 

Reporter and wife of Tom Catan

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Chris Steele

Co-founder Orbis Business Intelligence

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Chris Burrows

Co-founder Orbis Business Intelligence

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Sir Andrew Wood

Former British Ambassador to Russia and an Orbis contractor

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Luke Harding

A Guardian reporter and a Hakluyt and Orbis contractor

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Sir Richard Dearlove

Former head of MI6, Steele’s boss, and advisor to Hakluyt

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Stefan Halper

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and advisor to Hakluyt

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Jonathan Clarke

Former UK diplomat to US and the US representative of Hakluyt

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Edward Baumgartner

Co-founder of Edward Austin. Contractor at Orbis and Hakluyt

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Nellie Hauke Ohr

Russia intelligence specialist and wife of Bruce Ohr

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Bruce Genesoke Ohr

Associate Deputy Attorney General at the DOJ

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Jonathan Winer

State Department special diplomatic envoy

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Robert Otto

State Department leading Russia intelligence officer

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David Kramer

Assistant Secretary of State. Director at the McCain Institute

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Strobe Talbott

Former Deputy Secretary of State

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Cody Shearer

Clinton executive and author of ‘second’ Trump dossier

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Sidney Blumenthal

Clinton Campaign executive and a political coordinator

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Lisa Holtyn

Intelligence adviser & Russia expert DOJ Organized Crime Unit

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Victoria Nuland

Assistant Secretary of State, FBI-Steele meetings coordinator

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Scott Dworkin

Co-founder The Democratic Coalition, Biden’s media adviser

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Alexandra Chalupa

Democratic National Committee ethnic coordinator (for Ukraine)

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Natalia Budaeva

President the Free Russia Foundation

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Nadia McConnell

President U.S Ukraine Foundation. US deputy legislative affairs

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Melanne Verveer

Director Georgetown Institute, former Obama Ambassador

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Iryna Mazur

Program Director of Ukrainian Federation of America

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  Ilya Zaslavskiy

Head of Research at the Free Russia Foundation

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  Rinat Akhmetshin

 Contractor of Fusion GPS present during Trump Tower meeting

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  Edward Lieberman

Rinat’s Attorney, employee of the Albright Stonebridge Group

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Evelyn Lieberman

Wife of Edward Lieberman, deputy chief of staff of the Clintons

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Perkns-Coie

US Law firm representing Clinton/DNC and funding Fusion GPS

Glenn Simpson and Fusion GPS
Simpson is the public face of Fusion GPS. He was the prime contact for Perkins-Coie, the US law firm that paid for the dossier on behalf of the DNC, the Clinton presidential campaign, and several other financers. Simpson controlled and managed dossier contractors like Nellie Ohr, Edward Baumgartner, Chris Steele, and Chris Burrows. From his own testimony we know that he was the “architect of the research” and the first contributor to it. He graduated from George Washington University in 1986 with a degree in journalism. From 1989-1994 he worked as a reporter for Roll Call, where he met his wife Mary Jacoby, and then later at The Wall Street Journal 1995-2009.

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Glenn Simpson and Mary Jacoby on Roll Call in 1994.

Simpson also held a number of consulting and freelance investigative positions including one in 2004 with the International Assessment and Strategy Center (IASC).

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The 2004 IASC website and Glenn Simpson’s profile

In 2010 Simpson, his wife Mary Jacoby, Peter Fritsch, and Benjamin Schmidt formed Bean LLC, and gave it the trade name Fusion GPS. Shortly afterwards, Neil King Jr. and Tom Catan joined the team.

Fusion GPS Founding Team(from left to right) Glenn Simpson, Mary Jacoby, Peter Fritsch, Neil King, Tom Catan

According to the original Fusion GPS website (before its content was purged and replaced with a single generic paragraph):

“Fusion GPS brings to your project years of experience in collecting and sifting open source and proprietary intelligence”. They also claimed to have a global network of contacts and a proven record for accuracy and professionalism and having ahigh-level relationships in government and the media, legal, and policy communities.

The statement about having a “global network” of resources and “high-level relationships in government” is interesting because Chris Steele makes this identical claim about his own company Orbis. Fusion GPS also prided itself on its team of experts that had special depth in matters of financial fraud and complex due diligence. Their value proposition was described as:

“Our work begins where routine surveys of public information leave off: we explore sources others overlook, as well as the complex human and cultural relationships crucial to investment decisions and performance”.

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Fusion GPS Website circa January 2011

Glenn Simpson Fusion GPS 2011 Peter Fritsch Fusion GPS 2011 Benjamin Schmidt Fusion GPS 2011 
Fusion GPS original founder biographies

The Fusion GPS mission statement was:

Based in Washington, DC, Fusion also stands at the crossroads of the regulatory, policymaking and enforcement communities increasingly important to the sound allocation of capital. We know the people on the front lines of issues related to trade, technology, natural resources and security. Our specialists can provide support in matters of regulatory compliance, asset recovery and market intelligence.

We have the ability to present information in powerful products written by a team of specialists trained in producing material for some of the most discerning readers in the world, including the President of the United States and the readers of The Wall Street Journal.

It is clear from Fusion GPS’s own materials that in 2011 and onwards that the company was already producing “products” in the form of commercial, financial, and political reports that were reaching the Oval Office and were being read by the president himself.

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The stripped down version of the Fusion GPS website in 2018

By 2015, Fusion GPS had offices in Washington D.C., LA, and London with a headcount in excess of 22 individuals that included:

  1. Glenn Simpson
  2. Mary Jacoby
  3. Peter Fritsch
  4. Tom Catan
  5. Jason Felch
  6. Neil King Jr.
  7. David Michaels
  8. Taylor Sears
  9. Patrick Corcoran
  10. Laura Sego
  11. Jay Bagwell
  12. Erica Castro
  13. Jason Raymond
  14. Benjamin Schmidt
  15. Joshua Levy
  16. Jackie Flores
  17. David Ford
  18. Jason Schwartz

The political makeup of the team was exclusively democratic with many of the employees and interns having a strong political connection to the Clinton or Obama administrations. Jason Raymond, the Research Director, came from John Kerry’s press office and was affiliated with USAID; Laura Seago, a senior analyst, came from the Brennan Center for Justice and was also affiliated with USAID. It’s also noteworthy that the senior management had a documented history of misconduct and ethical-related issues. Glenn Simpson has a Profane Cursing and Public Intoxication conviction; Jason Felch, a former reporter and the managing partner of the LA office, was fired from the LA Times for deceitful reporting. He was also cheating on his wife on multiple occasions with his Occidental College investigative source. Tom Catan, his wife Begoña Segurola, and Peter Fritch were involved in vicious attacks and a character assassination campaign against a fellow reporter.

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Jason Felch, the Fusion GPS LA office Managing Partner and his routing data to one of his Occidental College escapades with the School’s sexual misconduct administrator

Christopher David Steele and Orbis Business Intelligence
Steele is ‘officially’ the primary author of the dossier and a second contributor after Simpson. He graduated from Cambridge University in 1986 with a degree in Social and Political Sciences. While at college, he wrote for the student newspaper Varsity. Steele was recruited by MI6 directly following his graduation. From 1987 to 1989, he worked in London at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), then from 1990 to 1993 at the UK Embassy in Moscow. Steele returned to London in 1993 and was posted to Paris in 1998. In 1999, his cover was blown when a media leak disclosed the identity of 116 MI6 agents.

In 2009, Steele and his fellow MI6-retiree Chris Burrows and Nicholas Butcher founded the private intelligence agency HL3299 Limited, later renamed Orbis Business Intelligence. In 2014, Steele and Burrows registered Walsingham Training, with Orbis being the majority controller.

In 2017, Steele and Burrows formed the holding company Chawton Holdings Limited and renamed “Walsingham Training” to “Walsingham Training Limited”, then renamed it again to “Walsingham Partners Limited”. The majority control of the company was then switched to Chawton Holdings. 

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Christopher Steele and Chris Burrows LinkedIn profiles

According to the Orbis website, the company draws on extensive experience at the boardroom level, in government, multilateral diplomacy, and international business to develop bespoke solutions for clients. In 2011 before the dossier affair blow up, they were also promoting their surveillance, psychological warfare expertise, and influence operations capabilities which included services such as:

  • Creating public opinion groundswells
  • Delivering targeted political media campaigns

Just like in the case of Fusion GPS, Orbis also claims to have a global network of senior associates which is made up of regional, industry and academic experts, as well as prominent government and business figures, their expertise and a closed network of contacts worldwide”.

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Orbis Business Intelligence Website in 2011

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Orbis Business Intelligence Website 2018

The Orbis mission statement is:

“Our core strength is our ability to meld a high–level source network with a sophisticated investigative capability. We provide strategic advice, mount intelligence–gathering operations and conduct complex, often cross–border investigations.”

Unlike Orbis’ business pitch, Walsingham Training professed to deliver full logistic and tactical intelligence agency services.

“It’s a hostile world out there. Whether ‘out there’ is in the back streets of Kinshasa or negotiating around a table in New York, we understand this all too well. The same skills apply whether you are penetrating terrorist networks, winning over African warlords, or making nuanced corporate decisions in London or in frontier markets: you have to build a team you can trust, equip and then motivate to deliver. Fortunately, these skills can be learnt and honed so that they become second nature.

Walsingham Training delivers bespoke training programs for our clients based off our proprietary modules:

  • Targeting and crafting approaches to investors or potential clients using intelligence to spot opportunities, vulnerabilities and access points.
  • Instrumentality persuading people using a diplomatic and psychological skill set is an essential part of manipulating personal encounters to your own advantage.
  • Deployment High pressure, high stakes decision-making in complex environments like Russia and China as demonstrated by former senior diplomats.
  • Tradecraft Understanding and mitigating the cyber and physical risk posed by hostile states, criminals and companies.
  • Taking risks Identifying, quantifying and managing risks in developed and frontier markets to stay ahead of the competition compliantly.

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Walsingham Training Website 2015

Orbis and Walsingham have an interesting association with a number of companies such as: PS21, the SETA Foundation, and Grace Electronics Limited. Grace Electronics for example, is a 40 year old PC and laptop distributer. The now hidden Orbis/Walsingham ICANN registry lists one Alex Buckland, an employee of Grace Electronics, as the website technical and administrative contact since 2009.

Registrant: Orbis Business Intelligence Limited
Domain name: ORBISBI.COM
Administrative Contact: Alex Buckland
Technical Contact: Alex Buckland
Email: alex@xxxxx.co.uk
Address: Crowthorne Enterprise Centre Old Wokingham Road Crowthorne,
Berkshire RG12 6AW GB
Phone:  +441344752626×0
Fax:       +441344777557

But according to Grace Electronics, they don’t provide any website support, development, nor management. Sounds like the IT equivalent of the Monty Python sketch about the cheese store that doesn’t sell any cheese.

Grace Electronics Ltd and Chris Steele Orbis and Alex Buckland Grace Electronics

Nellie Hauke Ohr
Ohr was the third contributor to the dossier. She earned a degree in history and Russian literature from Harvard-Radcliff 19821983 and MA and PhD in history from Stanford 1986-1990.

Nellie Ohr
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Nellie Ohr

After graduation she worked for:

She spent some time in Russia during the 1990s and according to at least one source, had powerful political connections there. In her book Adventures in Russian Historical Research, Cathy Frierson writes: “Nellie encouraged me to call the Smolensk archive [the home of Russia’s historical state secrets] director, assuring me that he would welcome me.”

Edward Emil Baumgartner
Baumgartner was the forth contributor to the dossier. He is a British/French national. He earned his BA in history from Vassar College in 1995 and an MA in Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Studies from Harvard in 2000.

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Edward Baumgartner

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Baumgartner’s university track (source LinkedIn profile)

Baumgartner specializes in the Former Soviet Union (FSU). He started as an independent consultant in the FSU focusing on research and business intelligence. From 2002 to 2005, he was a Russia consultant at a London-based public relations company. His clients included Russian and Ukrainian government-owned and private organizations.

In 2008, Baumgartner founded the UK based political consultancy Baumgartner Limited. In 2010, together with Peat Austin Alexander, he co-founded the UK-based intelligence consulting firm Edward Austin.

The firm’s mission statement:

“With an established network spanning the FSU and beyond, Edward Austin serves clients in the private and public sectors worldwide. We are pan-FSU. Alongside extensive work in Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine – the region’s three main economies – we have completed numerous projects on the ground in the wider Central Asia region (Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan), the Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia), the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), Belarus and Moldova. Reinforcing this is a global network of trusted partners, enabling us to undertake work across jurisdictions worldwide.”

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Edward Austin Business Intelligence website

The Analysis: Methods and Tools
The data collection and analysis environment was based primarily on open source tools. I’ve also utilized several commercial packages to fill-in the gaps in the framework. The following are the solution components:

The Analysis: System ArchitectureTrump Dossier OSINT Architecture

The Analysis: Data Sources
To identify the entities and build the dossier network I’ve used the following publically available sources (see above architecture diagram for more details):

  • Server and computer logs
  • Network scans and maps
  • Federal, state, media, and news archives
  • Email, forum, websites, blog, and message archives and backups
  • Publically accessible IoT devices and cams
  • On-line image and file depositaries
  • Social media postings by friends, neighbors, and family
  • LinkedIn profiles
  • Twitter profiles
  • FB profiles
  • Corporate and court filings
  • Commercial BR sources

The Analysis: Data Processing 
The total data storage was about 7TB, the loading time for the data was about 6 hours, and the processing time (entity creation, enrichment, linkage, and anomaly detection) was about 36 hours. I also spent about 2 hours writing scripts to FR, LPR, and OCR some of the PDFs and images before they could be loaded into the database. The operation was executed on a Dell PowerEdge R630 server with a 4 x 4TB array of SSD Intel P4500 series drives, a quad Intel Xeon E5-4669 2.1GHz processor, and 64GB of RAM. 

The following is a summary of the objects in the inventory database:

Object Type

Quantity

Comments

Facial Images

72,284

Used for Person of Interest (POI) searches

Company Logos

1306

Used for on-line searches

Emails 27,051 Individual emails
Linkages

80,190

Total number of individuals in the network

Gravatars

617

Used for on-line ecommerce activity

Avatars

4564

Images used in lieu of photos

Icons 71,388 Icons used in SM and other platforms

Image Patterns

43

Used to general entity searches

Classified graphic objects

12,591

Conference tags, name tags, business cards, etc.

Cars

11,914

License plate, made, and model

General images

270,855

General photographs containing geo tagged data

Sound files

180

Recordings of speeches and interviews

Video Files

823

Video of interviews and presentations

Writing samples

112

Assays, dissertations, articles, book reviews, etc.

For the image processing I’ve used an ML based object classifier to detect and track items such as social media avatars, gravatars, icons, and logos.

Martha Ohr FB Avatar   Grace Electronics Ltd. Logo  image_thumb  Nellie-Hauke-Ohr-Shirt-Pattern_thumb  Walsingham Training Logo
An example of a Facebook avatar, company logos, and patterns used in image object searches

Grace Electronics Ltd-1 Grace Electronics Ltd-3 Grace Electronics Ltd-2
An example of pattern match search results for a Grace Electronics Limited logo

In order to conduct face recognition (FR) on persons of interest (POI), I’ve digitized and reconstructed the portraits of all key dossier team members. These digital portraits where then used to perform recursive on-line searches to discover and catalog the identity of additional individual in the proximity of the POI.

The Trump Dossier Cast of Characters
A sampling of digitized and indexed faces from a 72,284 POI database used for face recognition, image searches, and linkage analysis. Each POI has a number of composite images with aging and weight gain/loss variation.

In addition to the automated linkage and entity identification generated by the system, I’ve also used manual searches utilizing FR, keywords (both literal and keyword Insight based), and object searches. This was done to review anomalies (e.g. same individual that is using two completely different names) and help seed the system with quality entry data. The following are a few illustrations of various search methods and their results.

Bruce Ohr and Nellie Ohr SM FR matches
FR matches for keyword searches “Nellie+Bruce Ohr” and “Martha Ohr+EKM” and example of one 2 degree network linkage to the ABC News anchor Jeremy Hubbard and his reporter wife Taunia Hottman and their SM Russia collusion and anti-Trump activity   

Book

Title

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Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

by Steven Pinker

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The Tunnels: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill

by Greg Mitchell

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Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs

by Sheila Canby, Deniz Beyazit

 

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The Worlds of Russian Village Women: Tradition, Transgression, Compromise

by Laura J. Olson, Svetlana Adonyeva

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Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul

by Charles King

 

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Dans Les Forets De Siberie (French Edition)

by Sylvain Tesson

 

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ZeroZeroZero: Look at Cocaine and All You See Is Powder. Look Through Cocaine and You See the World.

by Roberto Saviano, Virginia Jewiss

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How the French Think: An Affectionate Portrait of an Intellectual People

by Sudhir Hazareesingh

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Boris Mikhailov: Tea Coffee Capuccino

by Boris Mikhailov

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Gulag Voices: Oral Histories of Soviet Incarceration and Exile

by Jehanne M Gheith, Katherine R. Jolluck

 

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The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

by Peter Sís

 

Sampling of Nellie and Bruce Ohr’s reading list recovered from the alias “The Jester”, one of several aliases used by the Ohrs for on-line purchases

Nellie and Bruce Ohr FR and Pattern Matching
An example of search results using FR + the shirt pattern “HF” and the resulting 2 degree linkage for the search “NHO+BGH+MPO” (Nellie Hauke Ohr, Bruce Genesoke Ohr, Michael P Ohr)

XRVision - Third degree linkage
An example of a 3 degree FR and pattern match linkage results for “MarthaPoliwag” (Martha Ohr’s FB avatar)

Yaacov Apelbaum - Martha Ohr's and Martin's media Network Linkage
An example of search results using “MarthaPoliwag” (Martha Ohr’s FB avatar) and the linkage to over 40 news outlets, dossier content creators, and reporters

Yaacov Apelbaum - Example of Martha Ohr's and Martin's Media Network Postings
An example of collusion and dossier related content created and distributed through Martha Ohr’s social network. Metadata on many of the images indicates that they were produced in a commercial studio environment during business hours

Yaacov Apelbaum - Mary Jacoby FR Matches
An examples of FR matches for Mary Jacoby in on-line image and media searches

Yaacov Apelbaum - FR Match on Simpson and Jacoby Roll Call 1994
An example of FR matches for Glenn Simpson and Mary Jacoby in on-line media searches

Yaacov Apelbaum - Jacoby Identity verificaiton Imagery Match
An example of image object classifier used for entity enrichment (address verification) for Mary Jacoby

Yaacov-Apelbaum---Grace-Electronic-L[1]
An example of image object classifier used for entity enrichment (address verification) for Grace Electronics Limited

Car Make Model Address and VIn Detection
An example of image object classifier used to detect “car make and model” and fusion of DMV data for the enrichment (address and name verification) of an Open Source Works entity

Kieran Porter Orbis and Walsingham Training
An example of search results using FR + Walsingham Training logo + some keyword insights for the validation and enrichment of Kieran Porter, an analyst with Walsingham Training

Sam Stainer Fusion GPS Linkage
An example of multi-element identification using FR +  University of Southampton Logo + the keyword “Orbis Business Intelligence” for the enrichment of Sam Stainer, an analyst with Orbis Business Intelligence Limited. The enrichment yielded the following:

  1. Retrieval of his image and the facial indexing of his entire social network
  2. Geospatial data for his network including: residence, travel patterns, family events, and vacation locations
  3. Social network linkage
  4. Professional network linkage
  5. Anomalies such as association with drug use, firearms, deviance, etc.

Jim Goldgeier Linkage
An example of search using FR + and the string search “Ohr+Murray” and the resulting Jim Goldgeier linkage to the Ohrs, Shailagh Murray, and Neil King Jr.

In the pre-data processing operation, I’ve used a number of scrubbing algorithms like cleansing, parsing, name standardization, and shingling in order to account for variation in name spelling, different home addresses, and multiple phone numbers. This insured that we would get the most accurate entity linkage, match, rate, and entity details. The process flow below illustrates how a company name and address are processed to insure that any permutation and variation in the name would be accounted for in the on-line searches.

Cleansing Parsing and Standardization
Cleansing, parsing, standardization, and permutation generation process flow for phrase linkage processing

Also, the identification of the strongest relationships between entity names was based on several proximity calculations. In the example below, the relationship between “Mary Jacoby” and “Glenn Simpson” is determined by a number of known linkage points.

  ID

Entity Name

Glenn R  Simpson

Glenn
Simpson

Glenn Richard Simpson

   1

Mary Jacoby

17

94

4

   2

Mary Simpson

11

8

2

   3

Mary Barston Jacoby

3

7

4

   4

Mary B Jacoby Simpson

2

4

0

   5

Mary J Simpson

0

5

0

   6

Mary G Simpson

1

8

0

   7

Mary Jacoby Simpson

3

4

1

All entities were crossed correlated with multiple public registries and databases such as sex offender, criminal, and civil records, DMV, and real-estate registries. As can be seen from the example below Glenn Simpson matched in multiple categories and jurisdictions.

  ID

Glenn Simpson’s Criminal Record

1

Offense

Public Cursing & Drunkenness

 

 

Date of offense

07/15/2007

 

 

Location

Virginia

 

 

Court case

107GC0700300000

Driver License Match

 

Court date

09/04/2007

 

 

Court disposition

Guilty

 

 

Court level

Misdemeanor

 

 

 

 

 

2

Offense

Speeding

 

 

Date of Offense

06/11/2001

 

 

Location

Virginia

 

 

Court Case

183GT0100782600

License Plate Match

 

Court Date

09/17/2001

 

 

Court Disposition

Guilty

 

 

Court Level

Fine and points

 

 

 

 

 

3

Court Case

4Y66190849

License Plate Match

4

Court Case

8101997CR 004383

License Plate Match

I’ve also taken into account the possibility that some of the entities did not want to be identified and were utilizing countermeasures like false portrait images, names, addresses, and fictitious registration in order to disguise their location and relationships (a technique used by almost every dossier affiliated team member). Any such linkage anomaly mismatch was flagged and verified manually. For example, Mary Jacoby who according to her professional profile is typically associated with…

Organization:  Fusion GPS, IASC, GIR, WSJ, Roll Call, Main Justice
Job category: Journalism, Investigative Reporting, and Media Production

…generated an anomaly when her affiliation changed to:

Organization: Spring Hill College
Job category: Benefits Specialist Human Resources

Glenn Simpson detection countermeasure
An example of linkage anomaly detection (items marked in red) showing that Glenn Simpson or other individual is creating fictitious personas on social media and via bogus professional registrations to evade detection in on-line searches, (i.e. his new vocation is computer HW professional, mental health worker, admin at a bank, and an RV travel blogger).

Logo

Yaacov Apelbaum - Grace Electronics Ltd. Logo

Yaacov Apelbaum - Grace Electronics Ltd. Logo

 

Yaacov Apelbaum - Grace Electronics Ltd. Logo

 

Yaacov Apelbaum - Grace Electronics Ltd. Logo

Location

Yateley United Kingdom

FL USA

AL USA

MA USA

Entity

Grace Electronics Limited

Sandy Dias

Jan Neuendorf

Tim Hayes

Profile

distributes PCs, components, peripherals, and computer software to business customers. Its distribution portfolio includes cables, card readers, cases, coolers and fans, CPUs, enclosures and caddies, genius [sic] products, graphics cards, hard drives, keyboards, laptops and accessories, media products, desktop/flash/laptop memory products, mice, monitors, motherboards, wired/wireless networking equipment, optical products, PCs, peripherals, printers, PSUs, software products, and tablets, as well as sound cards, speakers, and headsets. The company sells products through its online store.

Aviation Technician

Engineering Management

Aviation Technician

An example of linkage anomaly detection (in red) showing profile and keyword mismatches between what Grace Electronics Limited claims to do and what its employees are actually doing.

Evan Perez CNN FR1 Yaacov Apelbaum - Evan Perez FR2 Yaacov Apelbaum - Evan Perez FR3
An example of face digitization of Evan Perez used in image searches and linkage

Evan Perez Fusion GPS FR
Examples of FR matches for Evan Perez in on-line and media searches and his network linkage including one to his cousin Joseph Aguilar, a British, Belize, and US national who is working for the Federal government and posting veiled references to political assassination

Stefan Halper US Goverment Payment for Services
An example of identity confirmation using FR and OCR for Stefan Halper’s 2016 US Government payment record of $282K for “Special Studies/Analysis” services

Dr. Lezlee Brown Halper
An example of entity extraction using face recognition + OCR to build the Halper family and business networks. Of note is that in addition to Stefan Halper’s multi-million dollar Pentagon contracts, both, Dr. Elisabeth Halper and Dr. Lezlee Brown (her daughter) also maintained similar engagements

To determine the network graph of people, companies, and content (Image 8), I’ve used these seven entity relationships rules:

  • Place and time affiliation
  • Share the same professional, educational, family, or recreational circles
  • Have a marital, teacher-student, parent-child, or employee-employer relationship
  • Demonstrate a known public association (i.e. belong to the same social network)
  • Communicate with each other via email, phone, text, blog comments, etc.
  • Work for the same company or organization
  • Confirm a relationship via a statement or testimony

I’ve limited the input/output to two degrees of separation between entities and organizations. However, I did use a three degrees of separation linkage several times in order to trace indirect relations between what on the surface appeared to be random groupings of individuals (e.g. the five person party listed with the same UID U99520 accompanying Mary Jacoby during her April 19 White House visit).

Trump Dossier Network Phone Log Analysis Trump Dossier Network Persons Analysis
Image 8:
Examples of two user linkage profiles using phone numbers and personal history

The Dossier Network
The network graph analysis indicates that the fellowship of the dossier is a close-knit group; everyone knew each other long before embarking on the quest to find the alleged Russian collusion. All of the project key players are related through marriage, family relations, or work affiliations. As can be seen in images 9-10, this team collaborated in various member configurations on many other ‘dossier projects’ and utilized the same collection methods, materials, resources, political network, and publication channels. Some of these relationships go back more than 30 years.

The Trump Dossier NetworkImage 9: The Dossier Network, the actors, entities, and their roles

These relationships between the team members transcended their changing places of employment and job titles. The following is a short sampling of the dossier network linkage results:

Christopher Steele knew Sir Andrew Wood from his days at the UK Diplomatic Service since 1986. In 2013, Wood had a paid consulting gig with Orbis. Sir Richard Dearlove, the former head of MI6 who promoted the Dossier in UK, Australian, Canadian, and US government circles was Steele’s boss in MI6. Steele knew and worked with Paoblo Miller in MI6 since 1994 and Luke Harding from The Guardian since 1996; Harding and Miller were also Orbis and Hakluyt contractors since 2009.

Steele and Chris Burrows worked with Stefan Halper as early as 2005. Steele knew Jonathan Clarke from his days in MI6 and communicated and met him in the US. Burrows knew and communicated with Joseph Mifsud since 2010. Edward Baumgartner had been contracting with Orbis and Hakluyt since 2011. Steele and Burrows knew and worked with Nigel Inkster from MI6 for over twenty years. They continued to work with him when he joined IISS and PS21. Inkster was also Sir Richard Dearlove’s deputy in SIS.

Orbis hired US nationals that previously held US government positions. For example, Tatianna (Tatyana) Duran, an Orbis Senior Intelligence Analyst, previously worked for the US State Department and had a US government “Secret” security clearance. On October 11, 2016, Duran accompanied Steele to a senior State department ‘urgent’ dossier meeting with Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathleen Kavalec. Duran and Nigal Inkster worked together at PS21 and with Ilya Zaslavskiy at the Chatham House.

Orbis Business Intelligence Employees
An example of Tatianna (Tatyana) Duran, one of the Orbis employees, and her linkages using FR and keyword searches such as: “Orbis”, “PS21”, and “Chatham House”

Chris Burrows exchanged dossier related emails with Nicholas Fishwick, the former director of PGI and an MI6 officer, and with Stefan Halper who consulted for Hakluyt, a private UK intelligence firm similar to Fusion GPS and Orbis Business Intelligence.

Email Header

X-Pm-Origin:

internal

X-Pm-Content-Encryption:

end-to-end

Subject:

CATCH-UP

From:

Stef Halper <random618@xxxxxxxxxx.com>

Date:

Fri, 27 October 2017 17:14:43 -0400

Mime-Version:

1.0

Content-Type:

multipart/mixed; boundary=”———————8a8eec3c2c21558e9eb84a45907f9d6a”

To:

Chris Burrows <chrisburrows@orbisbi.com>

Message-Id:

<BtIDrwtpFlsE2o1vykBUmyjhn1y5G1s6t4mb3TPT9Cy-ZHN2HUGraVd-wHzPYaYIjesxE_-cAWbnlGLlWZwVKYKWwT9PUu7n5Yl91xFvClI=@xxxxxxxxxx.com>

X-Pm-Recipient-Authentication:

chrisburrows%40orbisbi.com=none

X-Pm-Recipient-Encryption:

chrisburrows%40orbisbi.com=none

Steele and Burrows had a long term working relationship with several other semi-active British foreign office individuals like, Charles Crawford, a former UK ambassador to South Africa, who was stationed with Steele in Moscow in 1993 and Raymond Asquith, a former British diplomat to Russia in 2009.

Steele’s and Burrows’s professional network and email communications also include multiple active and retired British intelligence officers like Claire Smith, a member of the UK Joint Intelligence Committee who Steele knew from their joint work in Afghanistan. Steele met with Sir Richard Dearlove in person and communicated with him via email and text messaging in March 2016 and onwards regarding the dossier.

Stefan Halper Hakluyt and Chris Steele
Halper, Clarke, Downer, Smith, Dearlove, Crawford, Lobban, MI6, LAD, and Hakluyt Linkage

Steele worked with the FBI as early as 2010 on the FIFA investigation. In 2016, he met them several times including at two meetings with agent Michael Gaeta, a leading FBI ‘Russia corruption expert’, in Rome and in London to discuss the dossier. Gaeta coordinated and got clearance for these meetings from Victoria Nuland at the State Department. Gaeta was the FBI case officer in Europe and communicated and was the “handler” of Orbis, Stefan Halper, and the Hakluyt dossier assets.

FBI Agent Michael Gaeta and Chris Steele
Michael Gaeta Linkage to US embassy in Rome and dossier related activity

Agent Michael Gaeta’s Biography

Michael Gaeta began his FBI career in 1996 in the New York Field Office where he investigated and supervised La Cosa Nostra organized crime cases for thirteen years. In 2009, Mr. Gaeta became the supervisory special agent for the Eurasian Organized Crime squad. Under his direction, the Eurasian Organized Crime squad aggressively addressed the Eurasian Organized Crime threat and engaged with domestic and international law enforcement partners to advance cases and develop and share intelligence. The squad had scores of successful indictments in high profile cases that indicted fraud amounts over $400 million (USD) and indicted laundered amounts over $200 million (USD) during his tenure. Mr. Gaeta joined the FBI’s Legal Attaché Office in Rome as the Assistant Legal Attaché in May 2014. Prior to working for the FBI, Mr. Gaeta practiced law in New York City.

Baumgartner, Nellie Ohr, Bruce Ohr, and David Kramer are all Harvard alumni. Nellie Ohr knew Stefan Halper since at least 2000. Nellie Ohr also worked in the MITRE Corporation with Halper’s son Marin Halper for six years from 2002-2008.

Marin Halper and Nellie Ohr Mitre Corporation
Example of Linkage based on MITRE company name and logo, address, and phone number for Stefan Halper, Marin Halper, and Nellie Ohr

Peter Fritsch, Nellie Ohr, and Baumgartner all attended Vassar College. Nellie Ohr and Baumgartner were together at the History department at Vassar between 1991-1995, where Baumgartner was her student.

Between 2008-2014, Ohr worked for Open Source Works and Plessas Experts Network, a company specializing in OSINT. The company had a contract to provide OSINT development and training for the US Intelligence community (IC). Both, Nellie and Kirby Plessas, the owner of the company knew each other since at least 2008. Both also communicated with each other and with Dale Walter, the director of Open Source Works using email accounts on @open-source-works.org email system.

Nellie Ohr Kirby Plessas Dale Walter
Nellie Ohr, Kirby Plessas, Plessas Experts Network, and Open Source Works linkages

Tom Catan, knew and worked with Steele, Harding, Burrows, and Baumgartner since 2011. Catan’s wife Begoña Segurola and Fritch’s former wife Beatriz “Bea” Hidalgo are from Spain/Mexico and the two families have known each other for over 30 years.

Glenn Simpson and his wife Mary Jacoby knew Bruce and Nellie Ohr from their days at the International Assessment and Strategy Center as early as 2004. Simpson and Jacoby knew and worked with Stefan Halper at the WSJ since 1996. They also knew Steele from their days at the WSJ going back to 2009.

Glenn Simpson’s wife, Mary Jacoby, founded Main Justice in 2009, a company specializing in paid corruption research and reporting. She has been the Chief Executive at Fusion GPS since 2010. Jacoby also worked as a reporter for organizations such as GIR, and Law Business Research (which purchased Main Justice in 2015). While at Main Justice, she worked with Bruce Ohr and in fact nominated his FIFA investigation for the GIR Anti-Corruption award.

Yaacov Apelbaum - Mary Jacoby and Bruce Ohr FIFA Investigation

As can be gleaned from Main Justice’s mission statement below, Mary and her merry band of for rent corruption fighters were assembling and selling opposition research and dossiers as early as 2009.

Just Anti-Corruption -- Graft, The FCPA and ComplianceMain Justice and our subscription-only site, Just Anti-Corruption, services top law firms and corporate counsel, business leaders of Fortune 500 companies, U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, World Bank, and International Monetary Fund. It offers on-demand research tools, published analysis from leading practitioners, access to a preparatory searchable FCPA (The Foreign Corrupt Practice) database with links to public documents and associated news stories. We also provide profile guides,  high powered VIP networking events, and the highest insight and intelligence reports.”

While working in Main Justice, GIR, Law Business Research, and the WSJ, Jacoby cultivated a large network of key Federal (FBI, SEC, and DOJ) executives that included notables such as Adam Hickey, the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the DOJ who was familiar with the dossier and the FISA application and Andrew Weissmann, the Chief of the DOJ’s criminal fraud section, who is now working for Robert Mueller the Special Counsel investigating the alleged Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election and leading the Manafort prosecution.

Chris Lazzaro - FreedomFilmLLC.com Yaacov Apelbaum - Andrew Weissmann DOJ and Mary Jacoby
Adam Hickey and Andrew Weissmann presenting in one of several GIR events

Jacoby also facilitated special recognition awards for ‘strategically’ placed attorneys such as Leila Babaeva, a Russian speaking attorney who is now working at the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit at the DOJ and Kathryn Cameron Atkinson, who just happens to be the wife of Michael  Atkinson, the next likely candidate for the position of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community.

Leila Babaeva Fraud Section DOJ

Kathryn Atkinson and Leila Babaeva GIR Awards 2015

2015 GIR Awards FR Overview
Mary Jacoby, Leila Babaeva, and Kathryn Cameron Atkinson at the 2015 GIR Awards

Jacoby knew and worked with Christopher Steele, Nellie Ohr, Peter Strzok and his wife Melissa Hodgman—the Associate Director in SEC Enforcement Division, Peter Fritsch, Neil King Jr. and his wife Shailagh Murray, David Kramer, Jonathan Winer, and Sidney Blumenthal who worked with her at Salon in 2004.

Sidney Blumenthal’s network is noteworthy because his email address book contains many of the dossier characters including Jacoby, Simpson, Winer, and others. It also contains most of the journalist involved in the ‘favorable’ dossier coverage. For example his friendly reporter count includes:

#

News Outlet

Number of reporters Blumenthal communicated with

1

The Guardian

49

2

New Yorker

16

3

New York Times

50

4

Washington Post

60

A sampling of Blumenthal’s first 20 contacts (out of over 4000) shows an over 96% linkage to anti-Trump publications, most of these are from mainstream media sources.

Andrew TerrillLosing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy

#

Name

Articles

1

Abbe Lowell

Legal precedent clears Clinton

2

Adam Goodheart

Regime Change in Charlottesville

3

Adam Gopnik

Trump’s Radical Anti-Americanism

4

Al From

The New Democrats and the Return to Power

5

Al Gore

I tried my best, but Trump can’t be educated

6

Alan Rusbridger

Trump has gone totally off the rails

7

Alex Gibney

Every business Trump touched withered and died

8

Alex Goldfarb

How Russia Helped Trump Win

9

Anatol Lieven

Why Trump Is Right on Russia

10

Andrew Shapiro

Thank you Hillary!

11

Ann Pincus

Donald Trump, propagandist-in-chief?

12

Anna Stein

Lure of Greatness

13

Anthony Barnett

Open Democracy

14

Anthony Weiner

Trump “F*ckface Von Clownstick

15

Arianna Huffington

Wake Up Call To The Establishment

16

Arnaud de Borchgrave

Washington Times – The Trump Archives

17

Art Levine

Impossible to believe that Donald Trump can win

18

Arturo Valenzuela

Meet the Obama Holdovers

19

Aviva Kempner

Antidote to Donald Trump

20

Becky Gardner

Protest planned for Donald Trump’s visit to London

On April 19, 2016, two months before the content of the dossier was leaked to the media, Jacoby spent a few hours in the White House in the company of the following five seemingly unrelated individuals:

#

Name

Vocation

Relevant Relatives

1

Scott C. Auerbach

Attorney

Wife –  Former Miami New Times Editor

2

Ian G. Bregg

Researcher

Wife –  An Attorney

3

Amy L. Bower

Attorney-DHS

Husband – An Attorney

4

Mary C. Jacoby

Reporter

Husband – Co founder of Fusion GPS

5

Laura K. Kwedar (Minch)

Researcher

Husband – An Attorney with Koch Institute

6

Eileen T. Zamkov

State Department

Former Diplomat

A second degree linkage analysis revealed that despite what appears to be a random group of tourists, these six individuals were in fact related to the dossier team through:

  • Involvement in the Clinton Campaign
  • Direct contact with the core and auxiliary Fusion GPS team via email communications 
  • Work at the State Department
  • Participation in news production and reporting
  • Had HLS and government legal services positions

It is interesting that all of the six members of this group’s home and office address are clustered within 4 miles of each other, (see below), and that most attempted to scrub (not always successfully) their online presence and 2016 SM activity. Another interesting observation is that in two cases, it is the spouse of the individual on the list that was the link to the dossier team.

Yaacov Apelbaum-Mary Jacoby Visit to White House

Yaacov Apelbaum - Mary Jacoby 6 White House Visitor Addresses

In 2007, Simpson and his wife, Jacoby, authored an article entitled: “How Lobbyists Help Ex-Soviets Woo Washington”. This mercenary form of journalism promoted the specific political interests of one Ukrainian faction and alleged that prominent Republican politicians provided US business access to Kremlin-affiliated oligarchs and other friends of Putin. One such friend was Viktor Yanukovich who become president of Ukraine in 2010. According to the article, Yanukovich’s facilitator in the US was Paul Manafort. Manafort figures prominently throughout the article and later in the dossier.

Keeping in mind Simpson’s and Jacoby’s paid interest in Manafort and Yanukovich, it is important to note that Rinat Akhmetshin, the alleged facilitator of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, is married to Lyudmila Vereshchagina—a Ukrainian national with ties to FISU who has been living in the US since 2008. Both Akhmetshin and Vereshchagina knew and communicated with Simpson, Jacoby, and Alexandra Chalupa (the junkyard dog of the DNC) and were involved in the organization of anti-Putin/Yanukovich/Trump activity across the US.

Rinat Akhmetshin’s lawyer/partner was Edward Lieberman, who concurrently worked for the Albright Stonebridge Group and used the Liebermane@xxx.coudert.com email account. The Albright Stonebridge Group is a “Commercial Diplomacy” firm in Washington DC that is heavily involved with Ukrainian politics and lobbying activity in the US. Even more noteworthy, is Edward Lieberman’s wife, Evelyn Lieberman’s senior affiliation with the Clintons, Madeleine Albright and Joseph Biden. The following short bio illustrates her political R&R from 1988-2015.  

Evelyn Lieberman’s Political Bio
2002–2015: Director of communications and external affairs, Smithsonian Institution
1999–2001: Under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs, for Madeleine Albright
1997–1999: Director of Voice of America
1996–1997: White House deputy chief of staff and assistant Bill Clinton
1994–1996: White House deputy press secretary for operations Bill Clinton
1993–1994: Assistant to the chief of staff in the Office of Hillary Clinton
1988–1993: (5 years) Press secretary for Senator Joseph Biden

The Mysterious Edward Harris Lieberman
Edward Lieberman Rinat Akhmetshin’s attorney, his wife Evelyn Lieberman Simonowitz political network, his linkage to the Albright Stonebridge Group and Madeleine Albright. 

Rinat Akhmetshin’s spouse, Vereshchagina, was part of Natalie Budaeva Arno’s and Alexandra Chalupa’s social and professional network (Natalia Budaeva Arno surveilled Veselnitskaya while she was in the US in 2016). All three were also posting a large volume of anti-Trump and Russia collusion content as early as July 2016.

Rinat Akhmetshin Lyudmila Vereshchagina
Rinat Akhmetshin and his wife Lyudmila Vereshchagina’s linkage and examples of their Ukrainian anti-Putin, anti-Yanukvich, and anti-Trump network activity

Alexandra Chalupa and Trump Dossier
Alexandra Chalupa’s and Iryna Mazur’s linkage and examples of their anti-Trump network activity

Natalia Budaeva Surveillance Network
Natalia Budaeva Arno’s (Alexandra Chalupa’s associate) surveillance of Natalia Veselnitskaya and Rinat Akhmetshin. Budaeva’s linkage and examples of her anti-Trump network activity

The Flight of the Red Sparrow
Natalia Budaeva Arno’s flight of the Red Sparrow and her “Lieu-tellen, you sexy man” husband Michael Arno, of Arno Political Consultants

The Trump Dossier The Ukraine Connection
Natalia Budaeva Arno’s and Ilya Zaslavskiy’s pro-Ukraine ‘Free Russia Foundation’ political network in the US, their UK Chatham House linkage, and examples of their pre/post election anti-Trump activity. Ilya Zaslavskiy’s girlfriend, Victoria Korovatykh, works for the Hudson Institute as a graphic designer and is the source of some of the content.

Ilya Zaslavskiy Iryna Mazur and David Kramer
Ilya Zaslavskiy’s pro-Ukraine ‘Free Russia Foundation’ and Iryna Mazur’s ‘US Ukraine Business Council’ close collaboration with the Atlantic Council, David Kramer from the McCain Institute, and ambassador William Taylor

Alexandra Chalupa Sheikh Mansure Chechen Battalion
Alexandra Chalupa’s, Iryna Mazur’s, and Nancy Pelosi’s 2 degree linkage to the Sheikh Mansure Chechen Battalion fighting in Ukraine. Some of the rifles, scopes in the images are ITAR controlled.

The NGO Profile of a Jihadi Cell
Second degree linkage showing Niyara Mamutova and the profile of one of several Ukrainian jihadi NGOs which are a front for the Turkish intelligence

MOD USAID Roman Woronowycz and Ivanna Voronovych
Ivanna Voronovych and Roman Woronowycz Ukraine and US political network linkage and Ivanna’s Cinderella transformation from a Kiev party girl to Nancy Peloci’s legislative aide intern

Yaroslav Brisiuck and the Ukraine Influence Network in the US
Yaroslav Brisiuck’s Influence Network 2015-2016

Robert Otto State Department briefing on Russian militery activity in the Ukraine
An example of Ukrainian Intelligence sharing with Robert Otto, the State Department’s foremost intelligence expert on Russia and a Victoria Nuland’s subordinate

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Robert Otto Russian Intel and Nellie Ohr
An example of Robert Otto getting and circulating intelligence via his private email accounts on Igor Sechin’s former wife Olga Rozhkova and imagery of Natalia Veselnitskaya home, which was collected three days (June 6, 2016) before she arrived to the US for the Trump Tower meeting on June 9th, 2016. Yelena Patyutko babysitting Olga Rozhkova.

Additionally, Robert Otto was sending and receiving updates from multiple sources such as, Nellie Ohr, David Kramer, Kyle Wilsonb, Andrew Wood, Richard Dearlove, and Michael Weiss, a CNN Investigative reporter for International Affairs, who was tracking and reporting on Veselnitskaya social media activity.

Alexandra Chalupa and Melanne Verveer Ukraine Political Network
Alexandra Chalupa, Melanne Verveer, and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur’s Ukraine linkages

Alexandra Chalupa, Iryna Mazur, Natalia Budaeva, Ilya Zaslavskiy, Melanne Verveer, Nadia  McConnell, and Lyudmila Vereshchagina US political linkage to the following organizations:

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Ukrainian Federation of America

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Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations

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New Ukrainian Wave

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Razom for Ukraine

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Studena NGO

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US Ukranion Fundation

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Free Russia Foundation

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Ukrainian Congress Committee of America

Jonathan Winer from the State Department knew Steele from mid-2000s. Winer also knew and worked with Glenn Simpson and Douglas Farah, his partner at IASC in 2004. Winer and Farah even cross endorsed each other on their LinkedIn profiles.

Yaacov Apelbaum - Glenn Simpson-Douglas Farah-Jonathan Winer  Yaacov Apelbaum - Jonathan Winer
Jonathan Winer and Glenn Simpson and Douglas Farah linkage

Nellie Ohr, Peter Fritsch, and Jonathan Clarke knew each other from the Wilson Center.

Neil King Jr. from Fusion GPS is married to Shailagh Murray who was President Obama’s Senior Policy Advisor. She was also Joe Biden’s Deputy-Chief-of-Staff. King and Murray knew Steele, Kramer, Winer, and the Ohrs going back to the mid-2000s.

In 2010, several of the members of the future dossier team participated in a workshop dedicated to “Racketeering in Russia”. The event was hosted by the National Institute of Justice and featured among others:

Glenn Simpson – Senior Fellow International Assessment and Strategy Center
Nellie Ohr – Researcher Open Source Works
Bruce Ohr – Chief Organized Crime and Racketeering Section Criminal Division DOJ
Lisa Holtyn – Intelligence Advisor Organized Crime and Racketeering (who hosted Bruce Ohr multiple times at the White House)

In 2012, Steele did some work for the US state Department and was in communication with Winer and the Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland. This was done directly and through Sir Andrew Wood, who was the former British Ambassador to Russia and an employee of Orbis. Steele’s communications included over 100 reports on the Ukraine-Russia conflict. These reports were based on information from UK and Ukrainian government sources and contained political and financial data about Russian companies that was shared with Bruce Ohr at the DOJ.

When questioned about Steele’s relationship with Jonathan Winer, Victoria Nuland said:

“During the Ukraine crisis in 2014-15, Chris Steele had a number of commercial clients who were asking him for reports on what was going on in Russia, what was going on in Ukraine, what was going on between them. Chris had a friend [Jonathan Winer] at the State Department and he offered us that reporting free so that we could also benefit from it.”

Nuland also confirmed that Steele was invited to the State Department on October 2016 (just two weeks before the elections) to give a dossier briefing. The meeting lasted over 3 hours, and included a presentation, handouts, a Q&A, and representatives form several federal agencies.

Victoria-Nuland-on-the-Trump-Dossier[1] 

Steele’s information didn’t only flow in one direction. In January 2016, before the Fusion GPS dossier project kicked-into-gear, Johantan Winer and Strobe Talbott were sharing with Steele via Orbis’s Canada hosted servers and email system documents authored by Cody Shearer, who produced a ‘second Trump-Russia dossier’.  This document consisted of two four-page reports, one titled “Donald Trump—Background Notes—The Compromised Candidate,” the second titled, the “FSB Interview”.

The reports are almost identical in terms of content and layout to the Steele dossier but reference unnamed Turkish businessman with “excellent contacts within the FSB” as the source. The reports echo the same salacious claims and alleged corruption and collusion. Cody Shearer’s mysterious ‘one-eyed man from Istanbul’ source claims that Trump was “filmed in Moscow in November 2013, during the Miss Universe pageant in the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel”. He also said that there was a copy of the video somewhere in Israel and Bulgaria but that he couldn’t get it.

Strobe Talbott is Cody Shearer’s brother in law and was Cody’s brother Derek’s roommate in Yale. Talbott is a State Department Russian expert who served as Deputy Secretary of State in the Clinton Administration. Talbott’s wife Brooke Shearer was Hillary Clinton’s personal aide and the lead investigator (nicknamed “The Dumpster Diver”) responsible for digging-up dirt on Bill Clinton’s sexual misconduct accusers. Strobe Talbott and his wife Brooke Shearer knew and worked with Mary Jacoby, Glenn Simpson, Peter Fritsch, Neil King, and Shailagh Murray since the mid 1990s. Talbott knew Steele since at least 2006.

Brooke Shearer Clinton aide  Shearer Talbott and Clinton

Nellie Ohr’s relationship with Steele goes back to the early-2000s or even earlier. Bruce Ohr’s relationship with Steele began long before Trump’s presidential bid. It goes back to Steele’s 2009 FIFA corruption investigation. Bruce was then chief of the Organized Crime and Racketeering section in the DOJ which had a keen interest in the early stages of the case.

Nellie Ohr’s maintained active communications channels with a number of diplomatic, State Department, and IC members prior, during, and after the dossier publication. This included the likes of Robert Otto, Chris Brot, Nathaniel Reynolds, and Donald Jensen.

Robert Otto Chris Brot Nathaniel Reynolds Donald Jensen 
L-R, Robert Otto, Chris Brot, Nathaniel Reynolds, and Donald Jensen

Robert Otto, who worked for Victoria Nuland’s at the State Department (resigned in December 31, 2016) frequently communicated via a number of private aliased emails dossier and Russia collusion and anti-Trump content with his “Russian Workgroup” that among others included David Kramer, Andrew Wood, and a long list of current and former US, British, and Australian Intelligence professionals such as:

Name

Email Address

Job Description

Glenn Howard

howard@jamestown.xxx

Jamestown Foundation – President

John Dunlop

jbdunlop@stanford.xxx

Hoover Institute – Senior Fellow

Walter Zaryckyj

waz2102@xxx.columbia.edu

Center for US Ukrainian Relations – Committee

Columbia University – Senior Russia researcher

Mira Kyzyk
(Chalupa’s Friend)

mirakyzyk@xxxxx.com

mirak@xxx.net

Ukrainians for Obama and Biden

Fordham University – Program Manager

Kyle Wilson

krwilson66@xxxxxx.com

Australian ONA IntelligenceSenior Russia Analyst

David Wall

David.Wall@xxx.gov.au

Australian ONA IntelligenceSenior Russia Analyst

Lilia Shevtsova

liliashevtsova@xxxxx.com

Chatham House – Fellow Russia and Eurasia

Andrew Wood

andrewood40@xxxxx.com

Chatham House – Fellow Russia and Eurasia

James Nixey

JNixey@chathamhouse.xxx

Chatham House – Head of Russia and Eurasia

Cooper Julian

j.m.cooper@bham.ac.xx

Chatham House – Fellow Russia and Eurasia

Richard Connolly

r.connolly@bham.ac.xx

Chatham House – Fellow Russia and Eurasia

Phil Hanson

phil_hanson@btinternet.xx

Chatham House – Fellow Russia and Eurasia

Roderic Lyne

rodericlyne@xxxxxxx.xxx

Chatham House Vice Chairman
UK ambassador to Russia

Bobo Lo

bobolo_uk@xxxxx.co.xx

Chatham House – Fellow Russia and Eurasia
Deputy head of mission Australian Embassy Russia

John Gerson

gersonjohn@me.xx

Foreign & Commonwealth Service – MI6 Officer

Ian Bond

Ian@cer.org.xx

Foreign & Commonwealth Service – MI6 Officer

Alan Parfitt

alan.parfitt@fco.gov.xxx

Foreign & Commonwealth Service Officer

Elizabeth Teague

teagueeliza@aol.xxx

Foreign & Commonwealth Service Office

Jamestown Foundation

David Riley

david.riley@fco.xxx.gov.xx

Foreign & Commonwealth Service Office British Embassy, Washington DC-Head of the Russia Team

Celeste Wallander

Celeste_a_wallander@nss.eop.xxx

White House – Senior Advisor to Obama

Charles Kupchan

charles_a_kupchan@nsc.eop.xxx

White House – Senior Advisor to Obama

Margaret Henoch

m.hh1@xxxxxx.xxx

Former IC Operations manager

US News and News Contributor

Jeffrey Edmonds

jedmonds@nsc.xxx.xxx

Former IC – Senior Russia Analyst

Chris Brot

Chris Brot

Former IC Senior Russia Analyst

Paul Goble

paul.goble@xxxxx.com

Former IC/State Department  Senior Russia Analyst The Institute of World Politics – Faculty

Brannon’s Friend

petercl@ucia.xxx

IC Undergraduate Scholar program

Donald Jensen

donald.jensen8@xxxxx.com

State Department Former Ambassador

Nathaniel Reynolds

naterey80@xxxxx.com

National Intelligence – Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia

Julia Gurganus

juliasg@xxx.gov

National Intelligence – Director’s Office – Senior Russia expert

Robert Otto

robertotto25@xxxxx.com

State Department – Russia intelligence expert

Peter Andreoli

peter_d_andreoli@xxx.xxx.gov

State Department Senior Political Officer

Daniel Russell

russell@usrbc.xxx

State Department – Deputy Assistant Secretary

Russia Business Council – President

Nicholas Berliner

BrinkBA2@xxxxx.xxx

State Department – Foreign Service Officer

Alexander Tratensek

judithfriedberg@xxxxxxx.com

State Department – Foreign Service Officer

Kathleen Kavalec

KavalecKA@xxxxx.xxx

State Department – Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of European Affairs

Eugene Fishel

FishelE@xxxxx.xxx

State Department – Chief, Bureau Intelligence and Research

Rose Gottemoeller

gottemoellerre@xxxxx.xxx

State Department – Under Secretary of State International Security Affairs

Eric Green

greene@xxxxx.xxx

State Department – Director Office of Russian Affairs

Alexander Kasanof

kasanofa@xxxxx.xxx

State Department – Director Office of Eastern Europe

Kelly Kivler

kivlerk@xxxxx.xxx

State Department – Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Russia

Rory MacFarquhar

rory.macfarquhar@xxxxx.com

National Security Council – Special Assistant to Obama. Director at Google

Mark Medish

mcmedish@xxxxx.com

State Department – The Messina Group – President

CEO is Obama’s former campaign manager

James O’Brien

jobrien@albrightstonebridge.xxx

State Department – Special Presidential Envoy

Albright Stonebridge Group – Vice Chair

Mary Warlick

warlickmb@xxxxx.xxx

State Department Ambassador and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary

John Williams

williamsjp@xxxxx.xxx

State Department – Bureau of Intelligence and Research

Andrew Weiss

andrewsweiss@xxxxx.com

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace  VP

RAND Corporation Director

Samuel Charap

charap@xxxxx.org

RAND Corporation Senior Russia Analyst

Robert Otto Make Russia Great Again
An example of content transmitted in July 26, 2016 via Robert Otto’s “Russia Workgroup”

Many of the correspondences are addressed to and from State Department and UK government emails and indicate that the content was written and read during business hours.

One example of these emails dates to April 29, 2016 (written 6 weeks before Steele was hired by Fusion GPS) and is titled, “Why Is Donald Trump a Patsy for Vladimir Putin?  In this communication to David Kramer, the former Assistant Secretary of State and the Director at the McCain Institute, he wrote:

“To the degree they have attacked him on foreign policy, Trump’s critics in both parties have mostly confined themselves to the themes that are digestible extensions of his personal style — he is ignorant, inconsistent, temperamentally unfit to lead, and a danger to blunder the country into war. All of those charges are true, yet they manage to deny something that, in a candidate without such flamboyant drawbacks, would itself be a campaign-threatening scandal: Trump is Vladimir Putin’s stooge.

Several of Otto’s email correspondences also included Bruce Ohr and Nellie Ohr. From these emails, it’s evident that Bruce was co-sharing his wife’s AOL account. as the responses that Otto is getting back are tagged as both, “Bruce Ohr neohr@xxx.com”, and “Nellie Ohr neohr@xxx.com”.

Trump Dossier Graph
Image 10: The Dossier Graph

So is it reasonable to assume that all of these incestuous relationships are coincidental? Ian Fleming, a naval intelligence officer and the creator of James Bond, contemplated the problem of coincidental relationships in intelligence operations and came up with the answer in his maxim:

Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it’s enemy action. 

Computer and Communication Network 
In 2016, Fusion GPS and Orbis had a pretty sophisticated computer and a communications networks, far beyond what one would expect to find in large law firm or even a bank. They spent a lot of time and money setting up a DoD 8570 and NIST SP 800-37, 39, 53, 53A grade environment, which included among other things:

  • High-end security equipment like Cisco FirePOWER ASA appliances
  • High-end networking equipment like Cisco Catalyst managed switches
  • Multi-layered security and authentication using tokens and VPN
  • Multiple subnetted segments
  • Central configuration and patch management
  • Policy based user ACL
  • Development, test, and production environments 
  • An IDS
  • An air-gapped file storage

The complexity of this network (see table below) and some of the artifacts found on it (such as the NISPOM manual) suggests that this was due to some external mandate rather than by choice. Considering the fact that Fusion GPS was not a regulated service provider, it begs the question of who was responsible for such a directive.

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162.243.81.134:253 dwww.fusiongps.com 

22, 80, 443, 25

162.243.81.134:www.fusiongps.com

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162.243.81.134:adwords.fusiongps.com

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162.243.81.134:amantesdelpuntodecruz3.fusiongps.com

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162.243.81.134:antonuriarte.fusiongps.com

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162.243.81.134:www.fusiongps.com

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162.243.81.134:fumettologicamente.fusiongps.com

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162.243.81.134:homepage3.fusiongps.com

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162.243.81.134:mediawangsamaju.fusiongps.com

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162.243.81.134:seo.fusiongps.com

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162.243.81.134:server109235249178.fusiongps.com

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104.237.142.153:apps.fusiongps.com

22, 25, 4564

104.237.149.244:tools.fusiongps.com

22, 80, 25

45.56.74.104:dev.fusiongps.com

22, 25, 53, 80, 990

OS CPE: Linux_kernel 3.14

OpenSSH: 5.9p1 Debian 5 Ubuntu 1.1 (Ubuntu Linux; protocol 2.0)

http-server-header: Apache 2.2.22 (Ubuntu)

The Fusion GPS network in 2016

The Great Dossier Authorship Debate
The House Intelligence Committee’s hearings on November 2017 attempted among other things to answer the dossier authorship question. Simpson testified that Steele used his old contacts and farmed out other research to native Russian speakers who made phone calls on his behalf. In the hearing transcripts, Simpson comes through as being evasive and ambiguous; he hemmed and hawed a lot and had problems remembering and recalling details. Despite his fogginess, however, he was crystal clear about Steele being the author of the documents.

From Simpson’s testimony, we also know that while contracting for Fusion GPS in mid-2016 Edward Baumgartner was working on these two projects:

  1. Magnisky Act – Russian government lobbying effort to overturn the Magnisky Act. This case revolved around one Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian tax accountant working for Hermitage Capital who allegedly outed some Russian officials for fraud. He was arrested and detained and died in prison in 2009. The Russian on the other hand, claim that he was targeted because of a $230 million dollar tax evasions involving Hermitage Capital and its CEO William Browder. The details of the case are unclear, but Interestingly, Robert Otto and a few of his “Russia Workgroup” colleagues believed that the story was William Browder’s PR stunt. Some of the evidence and testimonies in the case subsequently turned out to be substantially inaccurate.

    In one example William Browder, the CEO of Hermitage Capital and the brain behind the Magnitsky act, stated in an interview on MSNBC on February 5, 2015 that “Eight riot guards with rubber batons beat him [Magnitsky] for an hour and 18 minutes until he died.” But the post mortem examination didn’t show any evidence of beating beyond rough handcuff bruising.

    Magnitsky’s Postmortem Images 2009
    Official 2009 autopsy images of Sergei Magnitsky

    Browder also suspiciously communicated and coordinated his story with several officials at the State Department and House Foreign Affairs Committee including with one Kyle Parker who was using both, his “kyle@kyleparker.xxx” and “Kyle.Parker@xxxx.house.gov” email addresses in these correspondences.

    Bill Browder Kyle Parker Hudson Institue

    The Magnitsky Act team at the Hudson Institute. L-R, Congressman Jim McGovern, Bill Browder, Kyle Parker, and Charles Davidson

  2. Prevezon Money Laundering – Russian government lobbying effort to help Prevezon–a Russian government owned company Prevezon defend itself against a US government charge alleging a 230 million dollar money laundering scheme.

During the Prevezon and Magniseky contracts which ran through October 2016, Baumgartner was the lead writer and researcher working closely in Russia and Ukraine. In his testimony, Simpson identified Baumgartner as a contributor to the dossier:

Foster: And what type of work did Mr. Baumgartner undertake for Fusion?

Simpson: Discovery mostly, helping locate witnesses. He speaks Russian. So he would work with the lawyers on gathering Russian language documents, gathering Russian language media reports, talking to witnesses who speak Russian, that sort of thing. He may have dealt with the press.  I just don’t remember.

Foster: So was Mr. Baumgartner also working on opposition research for Candidate Trump?

Simpson: At some point, I think probably after the end of the Prevezon case we asked him to help with I think — my specific recollection is he worked on specific issues involving Paul Manafort and Ukraine.

Somewhat surprising is Baumgartner’s denial of Simpson’s statement that he did work on the dossier. Specifically:

“I was helping them [Fusion GPS] on this other project, which was unrelated, and they mentioned it to me in July 2016, I was never made aware of Chris Steele’s work or the dossier, and it was kept that way deliberately. I would have had nothing to add, anyway. I produce memos based on information that is in the public record that can be given to the feds or shared with journalists.

But then in a contradictory statement, Baumgartner said that he produced memos that could be given to the feds. We now know that the only memos given to the feds (DOJ and FBI) by Steele and Fusion GPS were the dossier documents.

The third contributor, Nellie Ohr, was another Russia intelligence analyst working for Fusion GPS and Steele. She has not been deposed nor has voluntarily offered any insight into her role in the writing process so it’s difficult to ascertain the exact part she played. Not surprisingly, when questioned, Simpson didn’t mention her. However, from a recent House Intelligence Committee memo, it’s clear that Nellie Ohr was in fact “employed by Fusion GPS to assist in the cultivation of opposition research on Trump”. The memo adds that Bruce Ohr “later provided the FBI with all of his wife’s opposition research”.

Asked by intelligence panel staff if he verified Steele’s “sources in Russia” or corroborated their information, Simpson said he’d never been to Russia himself and couldn’t “evaluate the credibility of someone on the other side of the [Atlantic]”, nor could he confirm that Steele actually spoke directly with any of his Russian sources.

Private companies like Orbis or Hakluyt (unless they are a front for SIS) lack the means to properly vet foreign intelligence sources let alone vet the source’s information. But that didn’t create any doubt in Simpson’s and Jacoby’s minds—both former investigative reporters for the WSJ. Simpsons said that he completely deferred to Steele’s expertise and did not question his findings because of his “sterling reputation”.

The sterling reputation that the FBI was referring to was Steele’s work on the FIFA corruption case. According to Steele, he provided investigative services and intelligence to the Interpol, DOJ, and FBI which resulted in the arrest and prosecution of a number of FIFA officials. The problem with this case’s sources and methods is the same as with the dossier initiative.

The whole FIFA case revolved around England’s hope to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup, but FIFA awarded those tournaments to Russia and Qatar. Steele was then ‘hired’ in 2009 by England’s Football Association to investigate allegations of corruption by FIFA. In 2015, the DOJ indicted a number FIFA affiliated individuals. Interestingly, the DOJ did not charge anyone at FIFA with bribery because US Federal bribery laws cover only payments to government officials. Bruce Ohr’s team, instead alleged racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering conspiracies.

Steele didn’t perform any hands-on investigative work on the FIFA case himself. From the documentary evidence, a few of his contacts in MI5/MI6 shared with him some of the SIGINT, HUMINT, and FININT intercepts. He then repackaged the data and passed the file to the DOJ and FBI, all the while collecting a lot in service fees and building his credibility with them. The dossier initiative was also no altruistic act. Steele received over $270K for his report.

Steele’s payment for his FIFA services can be confirmed from pages 15-16 of the Carter Page FISA warrant bellow. Steele is identified as “Source #1 has been compensated”. 

Steele and 2016 FISA Application on Carter Page
The Carter Page FISA application referencing Steele as “Source 1”, his compensation by the FBI, and the identification of Glenn Simpson as “U.S. person”

It is also interesting to note that the DOJ statement about Glenn Simpson “Never advising source #1 as to the motivation behind the research” is untrue. In his testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on August 22, 2017, Simpson was very clear about having previous discussions and actively working with Steele to discredit Trump as early as 2009.  On pages 77-86 of his testimony he states:

“…we’re friends [referring to Steele] and share interest in Russian kleptocracy and organized crime issues. I would say that’s broadly why I asked him to see what he could find out about Donald Trump’s business activities in Russia.

…it was opaque what Donald Trump had been doing on these business trips to Russia. We didn’t know what he was doing there. So, I gave Chris — we gave Chris a sort of assignment that would be typical for us which was pretty open ended. We said see if you can find out what Donald Trump’s been doing on these trips to Russia. Since Chris and I worked together over the years there’s a lot that didn’t need to be said. That would include who is he [Trump] doing business with, which hotels does he like to stay at, you know, did anyone ever offer him anything, you know, the standard sort of things you would look at.”

The Dossier Structure
The dossier is 35 pages long and has the following layout and structure (see the sample from page 13 below):

Section 1 – Company intelligence report number date/running total
Section 2 – Report subheading “Russia/USA Growing Backlash in Kremlin…”
Section 3 – Summary of report usually in bullet point format (the ‘raw intelligence’)
Section 4 – Detailed discussion of summary points with a citation of sources

Steele Dossier Sample Page
Image 11:
Dossier sample report

The dossier reports contain multiple PDF page image sizes, and exhibit post production processing such as hand written page numbers and highlighted text. They are not sequential and are spaced unevenly. It is unclear if the report numbering applies just to the dossier or if it’s a running total of all the reports produced by Orbis for multiple customers in that time frame. These gaps strongly suggest that some of the reports have been removed from the final distribution. Its clear form the visual evidence that some of the reports have formatting problems and that they were scanned multiple times. As can be seen from the table below some reports contain data entry errors (e.g. report 86 is dated 20-Jul-2015) which suggests some haste and carelessness in their preparation and poor review prior to publication.

Report #

Report Title

Report Date

80

US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE DONALD TRUMP’S ACTIVITIES IN RUSSIA AND COMPROMISING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE KREMLIN

20-Jun-16

86

USSIA/CYBER CRIME: A SYNOPSIS OF RUSSIAN STATE SPONSORED AND OTHER CYBER OFFENSIVE (CRIMINAL) OPERATIONS

26-Jul-15

95

RUSSIA/US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: FURTHER INDICATIONS OF EXTENSIVE CONSPIRACY BETWEEN TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN TEAM AND THE KREMLIN

Missing

94

RUSSIA: SECRET KREMLIN MEETINGS ATTENDED BY TRUMP ADVISOR, CARTER PAGE IN MOSCOW (JULY 2016)

19-Jul-16

97

USSIA-US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: KREMLIN CONCERN THAT POLITICAL FALLOUT FROM DNC E-MAIL HACKING AFFAIR SPIRALLING OUT OF CONTROL

30-Jul-16

100

USSIA/USA: GROWING BACKLASH IN KREMLIN TO DNC HACKING AND RUMP SUPPORT OPERATIONS

5-Aug-16

101

RUSSIA/US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: SENIOR KREMLIN FIGURE OUTLINES PRO-TRUMP, ANTI-CLINTON OPERATIONEVOLVING RUSSIAN TACTICS IN

10-Aug-16

102

RUSSIA/US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: REACTION IN TRUMP CAMP TO RECENT NEGATIVE PUBLICITY ABOUT RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE AND LIKELY RESULTING TACTICS GOING FORWARD

10-Aug-16

105

RUSSIA/UKRAINE: THE DEMISE OF TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN MANAGER PAUL MANAFORT

22-Aug-16

111

RUSSIA/US: KREMLIN FALLOUT FROM MEDIA EXPOSURE OF MOSCOW’S INTERFERENCE IN THE US PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

14-Sep-16

112

RUSSIA/US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: KREMLIN-ALPHA GROUP CO-OPERATION

14-Sep-16

113

RUSSIA/US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION-REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE TRUMP’S PRIOR ACTIVITIES IN ST PETERSBURG 

14-Sep-16

130

RUSSIA: KREMUN ASSESSMENT OF TRUMP AND RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE. IN US PRESIDENTLAL ELECTION

12-Oct-16

134

RUSSIA/US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: FURTHER DETAILS OF KREMLIN LIAISON WITH TRUMP CAMPAIGN

18-Oct-16

135

RUSSIA/US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF TRUMP LAWYER, COHEN IN CAMPAIGN’S SECRET LIAISON WITH THE KREMLIN

19-Oct-16

136

RUSSIA/US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: FURTHER DETAILS OF TRUMP LAWYER COHEN’S SECRET LIAISON WITH THE KREMLIN

20-Oct-16

166

US/RUSSIA: FURTHER DETAILS OF SECRET DIALOGUE BETWEEN TRUMP CAMPAIGN TEAM, KREMLIN AND ASSOCIATED HACKERS IN PRAGUE

13-Dec-16

Trump dossier report number vs. date

The reports production schedule and volume are also problematic. As can gleaned from the above frequency graph, the report numbers between Oct-20th to Dec-13th spike from 136 to 166.

Report Date

 Report #

 Count Increase

Jun-20-16

80

Jul-26-15

86

6

95

Jul-19-16

94

Jul-30-16

97

11

Aug-05-16

100

3

Aug-10-16

101

1

Aug-22-16

105

2

Aug-10-19

102

3

Sep-14-16

111

9

Sep-14-16

112

1

Sep-14-16

113

1

Oct-12-16

130

17

Oct-18-16

134

4

Oct-19-16

135

1

Oct-20-16

136

1

Dec-13-16

166

31

The “Count Increase” is an anomaly because the report number and dates (see above table) do not follow his average production rates and could indicate that Steele is gaming the numbers by creating fictitious report numbers, deleting ‘problematic’ reports, or altering their composition dates.

A Vast Shadow Legion of Sources
Simpson pimped Steele as a real-life James Bond with deep connections inside the Kremlin and because of this, he didn’t have to corroborate any of his reports. But Steele—his previous contacts in Russia now long gone—had to rely on others like Ohr, Baumgartner, and Ukrainian sources to generate his so-called ‘raw intelligence’.

When Simpson was asked how Steele procured the intelligence he said:

I don’t know. I think there’s been a little bit of confusion I would like to clear up. Some people were saying that he was paying people for information. I don’t know whether he does or not, but that’s not basically how I understand field operations to work. You commission people to gather information for you rather than sort of paying someone for a document or to sit for an interview or something like that. That’s not how I understand it works.

Considering the fact the Simpson paid Steele about $160K (according to Orbis’s income statement it was over $270K) for the information, it is a somewhat puzzling that he didn’t’ bother getting the specifics. But luckily for us, Steele was kind enough to share his methods with The New Yorker. It consisted of the following process:

Orbis employs dozens of confidential “collectors” around the world whom it pays as contractors. Some of these collectors are private investigators; others are investigative reporters or highly placed experts in strategic positions. Depending on the task and the length of project, the fee for a collector can be as high as two thousand dollars per day. The collectors harvest intelligence from a larger network of unpaid sources, some of whom don’t even realize they are being treated as informants. These sources occasionally receive favors—such as help in getting their children into Western schools—but money doesn’t change hands because it could violate laws against bribing government officials or insider trading.

So in other words, Orbis has a “large network” of highly placed government informants in Russia, that don’t know that they are informants—and none of them gets paid for the classified information because that would violate European union bribery laws. So what is the incentive of all for these FSB, Kremlin, and Russian Foreign Ministry personnel to share state secrets with Steele?

This business model also raises some serious questions. Assuming that by “Western schools” Steele means Ivy League and not your average local community college and that his secret compensation formula is:

‘High value intelligence’ = ‘Getting the source’s child into a Western school’ 

Than how is Steele able to perform this magic with the university admissions office? Is it plausible that Orbis is bribing admission committee members in Cambridge University? And who pays for these students’ tuition, room, and board? The cost of attending a school like Cambridge university for an international student is over $60k per year. How can an FSB source who draws a $10K per year salary possibly afford it? And what about the FSB’s counter intelligence team? Wouldn’t they have a few questions for their fellow employees regarding their children’s attendance at western Ivy League schools?

And if this is the model, is this how Ivanna Voronovych, Pelosi’s legislative aide got into a top US university?

Ivanna Voronovych University of Michigan
Ivanna Voronovych’s admission confirmation to the U-M

The Sources
According to the dossier, it is sourced from about 34 valuable, trusted, and highly placed assets such as:

  1. A senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure
  2. A former top Russian intelligence officer
  3. Several knowledgeable FSB sources
  4. A trusted compatriot (there are references to at least 5 of these)
  5. A former top level Russian intelligence officer who is still active inside the Kremlin
  6. A senior Russian financial official
  7. A close associate of Trump
  8. Source E (redacted)
  9. A female staffer at the Ritz Carlton hotel
  10. An ethnic Russian operative connected to the Ritz Carlton hotel
  11. A senior Kremlin official
  12. A Russian IT specialist with direct knowledge of FSB operations
  13. A senior Russian government figure
  14. An ethnic Russian who is a close associate of Trump
  15. A separate source with direct knowledge of Trump’s investment in Russia
  16. A Russian source close to Rosneft President
  17. An official close to Presidential Administration Head Sergei Ivanov
  18. A Kremlin official close to Sergei IVANOV
  19. A trusted associate of a Russian émigré
  20. Two well-placed and established Kremlin sources
  21. A source close to premier Dmitriy Medvedev
  22. A close colleague (of Steele)
  23. A Kremlin official involved in US relations
  24. A Kremlin insider
  25. A Kremlin advisor
  26. A well-placed Russian figure
  27. An American political figure associated with TRUMP
  28. A senior member of the Russian Presidential Administration (PA)
  29. A senior Russian MFA official
  30. Top level Russian official
  31. Two knowledgeable St Petersburg sources
  32. A senior Russian leadership figure
  33. A Russian Foreign Ministry official
  34. Igor Sechin’s close associate

If this list of assets is genuine and so is the chain of acquisition, then Steele somehow succeeded in building a collection network in Russia that rivals any national intelligence agency. This is a pretty impressive feat for someone who left Russia in 1993 and had his cover blown in 1999.

Finding one highly placed and reliable Russian source with access to such explosive materials would be considered the equivalent of winning a multi-million dollar lottery. To have thirty four such sources is virtually impossible.

Steele’s claims of access to top political and security resources in Russia also makes one wonder why would MI5 and MI6 tolerate a private firm like Orbis actively engaging in espionage against Russia from British soil. Is it plausible that the British security services just didn’t know that smack dab in the middle of London and just a skip and a jump 300 feet from Buckingham Palace, Dr. Evil and his mini-me’s were in a castle at Grosvenor Gardens and were remotely controlling legions of deep Russian assets and aggressively plotting against a US presidential candidate?

Yaacov-Apelbaum---ORBIS-9-11-Grosven[2]Yaacov-Apelbaum---Orbis-vs.-MI6-HQ_tImage 12: Orbis Business Intelligence building location in London

Simpson, Steele’s handler, was asked by Congressman Trey Gowdy during the House Intelligence Committee’s November 14 Hearing, (see excerpt below), if Steele had gone “to Russia as part of this project,” to which Simpson replied: “No, sir” at the time he compiled the dossier, Steele hadn’t been back to Russia in 17 years. Gowdy then asked him:

Gowdy:How was he able to accumulate information in Russia if he didn’t go?”

Simpson: “… and generally, you have a network of sources who live in or came from the place that you’re interested in. So, you know, generally speaking, you would have –you would run a network of sub-sources or subcontractors who travel around and gather information for you. And so without getting into who his sources are, I can say generally, he hires people who can travel and talk to people and find out what’s going on”.

On the possibility that he was just fed a steady diet of dezinformatsiya, according to Steele’s own words that was unlikely because:

“Disinformation is an issue in my profession, it is a central concern, and we are trained to spot disinformation, and if I believed this [the dossier] was disinformation, or I had concerns about that, I would tell you [Fusion GPS] that. And I’m not telling you that. I’m telling you that I don’t believe this [the dossier] is disinformation.”

So what Steele is saying here is essentially: ‘I am a wise old British gentleman spy, I was trained at the Hogwarts School of spy Wizardry, and you can trust everything I’m telling you. Now, BEGONE!’

This is laughable! Vetting sources is a critical part of the evaluation and reliability of intelligence. It’s such an essential part of the craft that no decisions about the information can be made without it. Given the poor quality of his raw intelligence, Steele’s lack of concern for the possibility that he was being fed disinformation is alarming.

The Media Blitz and the Tradecraft
While still in the early stages of his clandestine dossier project, Steele and Fusion GPS launched a coordinated media blitz to publish the briefs. Steele was sharing the details with a handful of DOJ, FBI, State Department, and other political figures such as Kramer and his friend Winer, who even endorsed him on LinkedIn.

Chris Steele LinkedIn ProfileChris Steele LinkedIn and Jonathan Winer

Steele and Simpson were also regularly briefing reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Yahoo! News, MSNBC, The New Yorker, and CNN.

Assuming for a second that these alleged reports are genuine, many of them completely betray sources and collection methods. For example:

Speaking in July 2016, a Russian source close to Rosneft President confided the details of a recent secret meeting between him and…Carter PAGE”.

In March 2017, after Steele started getting negative media coverage, Orbis came out with the following media release:

Orbis Business Intelligence has an established track record of providing strategic intelligence, forensic investigation and risk consulting services to a broad client base.  The nature of our business, and our high standards of professionalism dictate that we would not disclose to the public information on any specific aspects of our work.

This is an almost identical copy of Hakluyt’s statement: We don’t ever talk about anything we do…

Reading this statement, it’s difficult to reconcile Steele’s professed discretion and the vow to “not disclose to the public information on any specific aspects of our work” with the fact that he is a serial leaker.

Even if we assume that Steele didn’t intentionally plan to burn his sources, leaking such details to the media shows total lack of craft.

In December 2016, when the story about the mysterious death of Oleg Erovinkin came out, Simpson attempted to leverage it to shut down questions about Steele’s sources and methods. He was hinting that Erovinkin, a former general in the FSB, was one of Steele’s deep sources. A number of other individuals within Steele’s and Fusion GPS’s circles were also aggressively promoting this narrative. In one example, Scott Dworkin, the head of DNC’s opposition research group the ‘Democratic Coalition’ tweeted:

Scott Dworkin Trump Dossier

In another example, Luke Harding, who worked for Orbis and was one of Steele’s collectors in Russia until he was expelled from there in 2011, in his book, Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win  wrote:

“A person close to Steele admitted that in the wake of the dossier the Kremlin did appear to be wiping out some kind of American or Western espionage network.”

So in the unlikely case that the Russians were now eliminating Steele’s assets, then the death of these people can be blamed squarely on his ongoing whirlwind dossier media tour and his criminal negligence.

Typos and Errors
The report contains a number of errors and inaccuracies that should have been caught and corrected at the final copyedit before publication; after all, Simpson, Jacoby, Steele, Ohr, and Baumgartner earn their living writing. You would certainly expect that one of them would read and clean up the document before it was distributed.

The errors in the briefs include the consistent misspelling of names like the “Alfa Group” with “Alpha Group” which betrays the fact that the writer is not versed in the material he is writing about. This could alternatively be written off as gangsta Ali-G style spelling, but it’s odd that someone like Steele who was raised on the Queens’s English is going to adopt this style of writing in an official intelligence report. It may also be of some relevance that Dworkin uses the same Alpha/Alfa alternate spelling in his publications.

What Language was the Report Written in?
It’s clear from the grammar, punctuation, spelling, idioms, and sentence structure that the report is suffering from some serious English language deficiencies. It is filled with sentences like:

Russians meanwhile keen to cool situation”, or “Educated US youth to be targeted as protest…

Many dossier apologists point out that this is because the raw intelligence came from some ‘Vlad’ who ‘don’t speaka de English’. This is also one of the leading arguments in favor of the authenticity of the intelligence. After all, would you expect perfectly written British English prose from an FSB source? It’s hard to buy this argument. It has the hallmarks of a false flag operation written all over it. Steele doesn’t speak fluent Russian nor for that matter does he even read or write Russian. So, these notes could not have been the transcribed recordings or the transcripts of his conversations/communications with his sources.

According to Simpson, Steele: “… farmed out other research to native Russian speakers who made phone calls on his behalf“. So Steele wasn’t personally conducting the debriefings of his assets; some other Russian speaker conducted the interviews and/or translated the written intel into English. The only other plausible members of the dossier team to be able to do this were, Chris Utechin (Orbis’s in-house Russia SME), Nellie Ohr, and Edward Baumgartner. Simpson confirmed that Baumgartner’s job for Fusion GPS was the translation of Russian language documents, writing reports, and interviewing assets who speak Russian. He said:

“So we retained Ed to—originally in the Prevezon case—to do some interviews in Moscow, I think, and retrieve some records from Russia. And other Russian language-related tasks.”

Baumgartner and Ohr are native English speakers with advanced degrees from Ivy League schools. So if they wrote down the bulk of the raw intelligence, then why did they dumb down their writing style and forget how to form proper English sentences? After all, Baumgartner prides himself on his flawless spoken Russian and touts his firm’s translation services:

“Several blue-chip corporate names in the region retain Edward Austin to write, translate and edit their press releases, presentations and other corporate material.”

Ohr also practically lived in the Lenin Library and the Smolensk archive for almost a year reading and translating documents in Russian. She also made a name for herself as a book reviewer writing in perfect English.

Finally, assuming that the ‘raw intelligence’ came from some FSU sources, was it received in Ukrainian or Russian? We can’t determine this with certainty because the translation into English destroyed the fine nuances of these two similar languages. Or perhaps, it was written in British English in the first place and then rewritten in a ‘Russian style’ to make it look more authentic?

VC Funding and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion
It is interesting that the dossier contains a significant amount of non-political and business-related activity. There is also a generous amount of emphasis on cyber warfare and cyber crime. Neither of these subjects has much to do with the stated objectives of the original research of gathering information about “links between Russia and [then-presidential candidate] Donald Trump”.

Russian involvement in cyber-related crime is also old news. Russian, Ukrainian, and other FSU based botnets that distribute malware have been operating at full capacity since the mid-2000s. With some of the more significant players having quasi-government affiliations.

Why then the sudden increase in Russian cyber warfare related chatter in the dossier? The reason could be that someone asked Steele to include this material in order to ride the wave of the DNC internal email leak which was published in June-July 2016.

An illustration for this somewhat irrelevant cyber related material can be found in report 86 dated 26 July 2016. Under item 3 we find the following paragraph:

In terms of the FSB’s recruitment of capable cyber operatives to carry out its, ideally deniable, offensive cyber operations, a Russian IT specialist with direct knowledge reported in June 2016 that this was often done using coercion and blackmail. In terms of ‘foreign’ agents, the FSB was approaching US citizens of Russian (Jewish) origin on business trips to Russia. In one case a US citizen of Russian ethnicity had been visiting Moscow to attract investors in his new information technology program. The FSB clearly knew this and had offered to provide seed capital to this person in return for them being able to access and modify his IP, with a view to targeting priority foreign targets by planting a Trojan virus in the software. The US visitor was told this was common practice. The FSB also had implied significant operational success as a result of installing cheap Russian IT games containing their own malware unwittingly by targets on their PCs and other platforms.

I don’t know what the term “IT Specialist” means in Steele’s world of rent-a-spy, but for most of us in the field it describes individuals who use their technical expertise to implement, monitor, or maintain IT systems. Even if this IT Specialist was working for the FSB, IT staff in any intelligence organization is usually not privy to case files and sources and methods used to recruit agents. It doesn’t take much imagination to cross-reference Steele’s fictitious “IT Specialist” to Snowden and his fantastic exploits. In fact, Snowden describes an almost identical story where allegedly coercion and blackmail were used to turn a Swiss banker into an informant.

As for the term “with direct knowledge”, does he mean that this IT Specialist claimed to have participated in one of these offensive cyber operations and willingly shared this information with one of Steele interviewers?

The same goes for the proposition that an “IT Specialist” would have firsthand knowledge of the FSB’s playbook for recruitment of US citizens of (Jewish) Russian origin. The whole premise that the FSB is targeting US Jews because they are greedy and would flip for a price sounds like it was taken from Borat in the nest of the Jews or the protocols. It reeks of institutionalized anti-Semitism which could have been planted in the report deliberately to generate reader outrage.

Further more, even from the point of view of original research, its obvious that this allegation didn’t come from one of Steele’s FSB sources. It can be traced directly to Glenn Simpson through his testimony during the House Intelligence Committee hearing, where he stated:

[Simpson] The Mossad, was my  source for the belief that Russian intelligence has been operating through the Jewish Orthodox Chabad movement, and the Russian Orthodox Church. The Orthodox church is also an arm of the Russian State now… the Mossad guys used to tell me about how the Russians were laundering money through the Orthodox church in Israel, and that it was intelligence operations.”

This begs the obvious question of how did the subject of Simpson’s alleged conversations with the “Mossad guys” made it into Steele’s independent intelligence reports?

Steele also seems to be conflating multiple Russian intelligence services under the FSB. The FSB is the Russian equivalent of the FBI and is responsible for domestic security, they typically don’t recruit and mange foreign agents. The actual Russian intelligence agencies responsible for conducting wide scale foreign surveillance and cyber operations are the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) and the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU).

Another noteworthy observation is the general vagueness of the cyber section and the writer’s poor understanding of computer and software terminology in frequently confusing terms like IP (intellectual property) with a code base and Trojans with Viruses.

Besides, whoever wrote this section needs to make up his/her mind about which attack vector is it. A trojan? A virus? Or cheap Russian IT games (probably meant to say ‘IT Utilities’ like rogue anti-virus) infected with malware.

To illustrate the FSB’s ’recruitment’ method, Steele tells us about a US citizen who travels to Russia hoping to attract investors in his “information technology program”. What does that even mean?  Is he talking about an executive of a US startup that is looking for seed money in Russia? If so, the proposition is ridiculous; anyone that has ever tried to raise capital in a startup knows that because of IP and regulatory constraints, the funding source is always country specific. Also, the idea that a US executive running a US-based software company would willingly allow the FSB to plant a virus in his software is laughable and shows a childish understanding of cyber warfare practices. You don’t have to be a genius to know that when he is caught—the question is when, not if—the company would be destroyed and he would be looking at massive civil penalties and a very long jail sentence…not to mention the likelihood that as part of his plea bargain he would sing like a canary implicating the FSB in a crime.

Recycled Content
In 2013, Bruce Ohr acting as the Assistant Deputy Director at DOJ participated in the third St. Petersburg International Legal Forum. He was a speaker at a session titled “Criminal Matters and Allegations of Crimes in International Arbitration”, a topic connected to the Magnitsky Act. It’s interesting that his lecture included many of the components of the yet-to-be dossier’s: “money laundering operations”, “payment of large bribes and kickbacks”, “forged documents”, and “collusive schemes”.

Bruce Ohr St. Petersburg 2013
Image 13:
Bruce Ohr presenting at the 2013 St. Petersburg International Legal forum

In 2016, after her position with Fusion GPS ended, Nellie Ohr landed a new gig with VeriSign iDefense as threat analyst in cybersecurity. In February 2017, VeriSign sold their iDefense business to Accenture. Ohr’s new title became Principal at Accenture Security. In this capacity, she delivered a presentation during the ISO-ISAC Fall 2017 session entitled: “Ties Between Government Intelligence Services and Cyber Criminals – Closer Than You Think?”

Nellie Ohr Accenture
Nellie Ohr, Principal Accenture Security

Ohr’s presentation focused on enforcement activity in 2016-2017 and provided examples of how cyber threat actors were arrested, indicted, or identified in intelligence reports by US and European governments. She pointed out connections and ties between government intelligence services (such as the FSB) and cybercrime actors. She discussed the drivers and mechanisms between state and criminal cooperation and offered a case study that explored how seemingly ordinary cybercrime was combined with strategic espionage.

It may also be of interest that many of the dossier’s cybersecurity allegations such as the ties between the Russian government intelligence services and cybercrime actors and the drivers and mechanisms between state and criminal cooperation are repeated almost verbatim in Nellie Ohr’s Accenture Security presentation that she delivered almost a year after the dossier came out in the FS-ISAC 2017 Summit.

for example, the case study in her 2017 presentation explored how seemingly for profit Romanian and Bulgarian hackers combined with strategic Russian espionage initiatives. This case study mirrors dossier report #166.

Yaacov Apelbaum - Nellie Ohr 2017 FS-ISAC Presentation
Image 14:
Nallie Ohr’s presentation to the FS-ISAC 2017 Fall Summit

Nellie’s 2017 presentation was itself recycled almost verbatim from the 2010 symposium hosted by the National Institute of Justice. The subject of that event was: Legal Racketeering in Russia and National Security Issues. The talk raised these questions:

How are international criminal organizations attempting to co-opt the state to suit its interests? How are states attempting to use international criminal organizations to advance their interests? How does international organized crime present itself as a national security threat to different types of countries? How do links to other malevolent actors, like terrorist or insurgent groups, manifest themselves and factor into the previous questions? 

So it seems that the Ohrs have been cannibalizing and presenting this “raw intelligence” for several years from DOJ, FBI, and other agency sources long before it made it into the dossier.

Source Credibility and Verifiability
The context of a source is an important part of all intelligence reports. It describes in greater detail  the circumstances under which the source acquired the intelligence, the source’s reporting history, and other pertinent details such as source’s credibility (i.e. his past success and failure). None of Steele’s briefs contain this information. It seems that all of his sources have the same monolithic credibility and the method of obtaining the intelligence is always shrouded in obscurity.

Every source can have a credibility ranging from ‘Pathological Liar’ to the ‘Word of G-d’. All intelligence and law enforcement organizations have grading systems for their sources. Credibility is also a subtle thing that depends on many constantly changing factors. The key tradecraft for any case officer is the ability to constantly evaluate and determine the credibility of his sources. One of the glaring problems with Steele’s reports is that his source credibility indicator uses vague fluffy terms like “well-placed”, “trusted”, “knowledgeable, etc. Steele is not assigning sufficient granularity of trust to his sources.

None of the briefs show any doubts about the sources. The general impression is that Steele’s assets are all wheat and no chaff, one hundred percent reliable and are the cream of the crop of Russian politics, security services, and the Kremlin. They read like a cast of characters from a corny John le Carré novel.

What is ostensibly missing from his stellar list of informants are common everyday sources like:

  • Low level bureaucrats
  • Western intelligence and five eyes sources (who independently picked up this intelligence)
  • Reporters
  • Academics
  • Political opposition figures
  • Other anti-Russian FSU sources like Ukrainian and Polish intelligence
  • Business figures
  • Black-hat hackers (working as contractors for Steele)
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • The legions of the disgruntled and the axe-grinders

Steele also seems to be enamored with the titles of his sources and doesn’t provide any indication that he used them to cross-verify the intelligence. For example, in the instance of the alleged sexual acts in the Ritz-Carlton Moscow, he cites the following triple-source:

  • A senior staff employee at the hotel
  • An active FSB officer
  • A senior security officer at the hotel (who would likely be a former FSB or GRU officer)

With assets like this he could have easily confirmed the story by checking out the hotel’s video surveillance footage from the hallway in question. The Ritz-Carlton Moscow has been using CCTV cameras from the mid-2000’s and have switched to a VMS based system in 2012. Steele could have asked his “active FSB officer” for the specific day and time of the alleged November 2013 incident and then used his “senior security officer” at the hotel to use a phone to take a screenshot of the video frame showing the individuals in the hallway entering and leaving the room.  There was no need to retrieve the whole video, one screenshot would have been sufficient.

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In a recent court testimony Steele has acknowledged that his final December 2016 report (# 166), contained information he never vetted. He stated that:

The contents of the report did not represent (and did not purport to represent) verified facts, but were raw intelligence which had identified a range of allegations that warranted investigation given their potential national security implications”.

It’s easy to get lost in all of these weasel words but the common term for “raw intelligence” that does not represent nor purport to represent credible or verified facts is called a rumor.

On the question of chain of transmission, we have the same problem as with the verifiability. When asked about his collection methods, Steele said:

Such intelligence was not actively sought; it was merely received.

This is a dream come true for every collection officer—a gift of priceless information with no strings attached, no risk, no clandestine work, it’s high-value actionable intelligence just tossed over the transom.

In late 2016, the FBI finally homed-in on the problem that they had when they used the dossier for the FISA applications and Steele’s lack of source credibility and verifiability. They allegedly offered him about $50K to corroborate the dossier. For reasons unknown, he didn’t, couldn’t, or wouldn’t do it.

The House of Cards
In intelligence analysis, there is a concept of a runaway feedback loop that occurs when information becomes re-iterated and rewarded in perpetual cycles. For example, “Analyst A” releases a bit of dubious intel. “Analyst B” reads the claim and puts it in his report.  “Analyst A” reads the intel in Analyst B’s report and decides that his intel may actually be true. “Analyst C” picks up “Analyst A’s” and “Analyst B’s” reports and expands on it creatively.  “Analyst A” and “Analyst B” now are certain that their original piece was accurate. Actually, none of it is accurate. The same applies to many of Steele’s briefs; they progressively build upon previous dubious intel using terms like “Continuing on this theme”.

Information or Disinformation
The general impression of the reports is that they contain threads of truth, but also spurious content. For example, report #080 describes the Miss Universe 2013 event but then it provides a dubious account of sexual activity that even the author claims can’t be verified (“all direct witnesses to this recently had been “silenced”). Almost all of the ‘valuable’ intelligence in the reports exhibits the hallmarks of professional disinformation such as:

  • Fabricated content−Creating content that is completely false
  • Imposter content−Impersonating a genuine source with some made-up details
  • Misleading content−Misattributing valid information to a wrong topic or a person
  • Manipulated content−Doctoring genuine information

Syntax and Formulation
The briefs are inconsistent with Trump’s name. In some, they use the moniker “TRUMP”, in others, they uses lengthy titles like: Republican US presidential candidate Donald TRUMP”. Clearly, the target audience of the reports knows who Trump is, so why is it necessary to use a 4-5 word qualifier to identify him? One possible explanation is that the information came from some FSU intelligence repository where the details on each target were stored in a structured format like:

[Party affiliation]
[Nationality]
[Political office]
[First Name] & [Last name]
[Incident Details]

The briefs also contain many poorly formed sentences. For example, the subheading of Company Intelligence Report 2016/080 title is: “Republican candidate Donald Trump’s activities in Russia and compromising relationship with the Kremlin.” The phrase is missing the word ‘his’ and should read: “Republican candidate Donald Trump’s activities in Russia and his compromising relationship with the Kremlin.”

One “Summary” phrase says: “…So far TRUMP has declined various sweetener real estate business deals…” The word that the author is looking for here is sweetheart.

Another sentence begins with “Speaking to a trusted compatriot.” After trying to make sense of the sentence, it’s clear that the writer meant “according to a trusted compatriot.” The “speaking to”  jumbles the meaning.

It is difficult to explain how Steele actually wrote this. “Chris Steele,” known in his early days as a reporter for the Versity Cambridge University student publication, also served as president of the Cambridge Union Society, a debating club. So the riddle is: how could a Cambridge University journalist and master English debater form such phrases and confuse a common figure of speech like sweetener with sweetheart?

Run-on Sentences and Poor Punctuation
Paragraphs like the following need no further discussion:

“Alpha [Alfa] held ‘kompromat’ on Putin and his corrupt business activities from the 1990s whilst although not personally overly bothered by Alpha’s failure to reinvest the proceeds of its TNK oil company sale into the Russian economy since, the Russian president was able to use pressure on this count from senior Kremlin colleagues as a lever on Fridman and AVEN to make them do his political bidding.”

Gilded and Sensational Language
There are many gilded passages that have no other purpose beyond creating indignation and outrage. For example, one paragraph states:

“Trump’s previous efforts had included exploring the real estate sector in St. Petersburg as well as Moscow but in the end Trump had had to settle for the use of extensive sexual services there from local prostitutes rather than business success.”

The writer could have simply noted that while in St. Petersburg on business, Trump allegedly engaged the services of prostitutes.

Besides the obvious contextual problem with this paragraph, it is difficult to logically balance “sexual services” and “business success”. So in lieu of business success, Trump settled for extensive sex? What is the significance of qualifier “extensive”? Does the writer mean to say ‘frequent’?  And what is the significance of the term “local” in the context of prostitutes? Does the source know these prostitutes personally and is vouching for the fact that they are from St. Petersburg or Moscow?

It also appears that some of the report headers were written in the style of sensational newspaper headlines like in: Further evidence of extensive conspiracy between TRUMP’s campaign team and Kremlin”.  This style doesn’t fit the succinct and factual standards expected in an intelligence report.

Finally, from literary point of view, this whole episode seems to be a revival of the 2009 story about Silvio Berlusconi spending the night with a prostitute in a hotel room in Rome ‘defiling’ Putin’s bed.

Non-English Idioms
In writing about sex, the author is particularly byzantine. He says that Russian authorities had compromised Trump by catching him in his personal obsessions and sexual perversion.

In another instance, Trump was alleged to have gotten revenge on the Obamas by: “defiling the bed where they had stayed on one of their official trips to Russia by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ urination show.

The use of archaic terms like “sexual perversion“ and “defiling” hints that the writer had some classical training because it sounds like he/she is using phraseology from Suetonius’s The Twelve Caesars (see reference to Tiberius and his ‘licentious indulgences and sexual perversion’ and Nero’s ‘defiling’ acts).

The usage of “a number” with the plural form “prostitutes” seems forced and is designed to emphasize the ‘largeness’ of the event. As far as showers go, the phrase is “golden shower” singular. And what is the purpose of the explanatory ‘AKA’ term “urination show”? It’s redundant and suggests that the writer himself didn’t understand the original term or is concerned that his readers may not.

Missing Articles
One expects to find definite and indefinite articles that are often omitted. For example, the phrase “to encourage splits and divisions in western alliance” is missing “the” before “western alliance.” The phrase “anchored upon countries’ interest” should read: “anchored upon the country’s interest“. The author frequently misuses the possessive form as well.

Punctuation
Sentences that begin with the word “however” without a comma as in: “However it has not as yet been distributed abroad.” In other instances, “however” is followed by a comma: “However, there were other aspects …“.  There is no consistency in the use of serial commas before or after conjunctions like ‘and’ and ‘but”.

Multiple Authors?
The briefs suggest that there were multiple authors, one perhaps Russian/Ukrainian and one British\American. At one point, the reader is told that the Trump campaign leaked the DNC documents to WikiLeaks “to swing supporters of Bernie SANDERS away from Hillary CLINTON and across to TRUMP.” The “Summary” section cleans up the language. Now the goal is to switch voters “away from CLINTON and over to TRUMP.” This stenographic sleight of hand is forced and artificial. Whoever was conducting the original interview or data collection would/should have corrected this at the moment of transcription.  

Russian Speaker and British Spelling
Steele is a Brit educated in British English. The document contains distinctly British spellings such as “programme,” “defence,” “authorised,” and “manoeuvre.” So, are we to assume that Steele’s deep intelligence assets in the FSB and Kremlin also attended Cambridge? Or perhaps these intelligence sources did attend Cambridge and like Steele were either current of former employees of the British foreign service.

There are other little details that bog the mind like when the author writes: “Things had become even ‘hotter’ since August on the TRUMP-RUSSIA track.” What does the term “hotter” mean? Does he mean busier? More complex? And what is the significance of the quotes?

Talking Points vs. Raw Intelligence
One point that repeats itself toward the end of the document is the notion of “Moscow’s interference in the US Presidential election campaign.” Another is Trump’s perceived “unfitness” for office. These statements read less like raw intelligence and more like some talking points for a political speech.

Writing Style
The dossier’s content and network graphs are interesting, but what about the writing style? Can we find the author’s fingerprints? To perform this analysis, I needed writing samples of a few hundred words from each potential author.

I’ve managed to get writing samples for all three dossier musketeers. Nellie Ohr has a significant amount of book reviews and articles online. Baumgartner was little more challenging. Most of his writings are not on-line—which is quite an achievement for a person who claims to have been a reporter for several years. I found a depository with some of his commercial work and his Thesis. Steele’s was by far the most difficult to locate. Despite his working as a reporter for the Cambridge Varsity student newspaper, all of the digitized copies of his prose have disappeared without a trace from the Cambridge library. I was fortunate enough to be able to pull a few copies of his articles from another source (see sample below).

Heseltine heckled – STOP PRESS with Varsity 14th February 1986  – Chris Steele
An excited atmosphere prevailed at Michael Heseltine’s address to the C.U.C.A. last Friday. Speaking to a packed Union chamber, the ex-cabinet minister broached a wide range of defence issues whilst having to overcome some vociferous heckling.

This being his first public meeting since the Bristow knighthood allegations, Heseltine raised the question of unethical trading practices in the City of Westland share sales. The member for Henley declared his belief in the substance of Bristow’s account and quoted an uncharacteristic ally, when he used a ‘Guardian” story to allege that directors of Westlands have been encouraging premium share sales on the stock market for political reasons.

The television cameras then beat a hasty retreat from the meeting. A newfounded sense of humour was evident from Heseltine’s quip to the generally sympathetic C.U.C.A. audience, “I have never got rid of the press so easily”. The substance of the speech which followed developed familiar themes of the problems resulting from American technological dominance of N.A.T.O. and contained a veiled critique of Mrs. Thatcher’s brand of ideological Conservatism.

On the subject of the Tory Party, the ex-minister advocated a return to “pragmatic policies”. Heseltine state that he had never believed this party to be on of “monolithic intellectual commitment”, clearly a criticism of Mrs. Thatcher’s ideological stridency. Historically the Tory Party has proved “a remarkable achievement of political art”. The Henley M.P. claimed that aristocratic Conservative leaders had shown a commitment to political issue and possessed a laudable social conscience. According to Heseltine, the great challenge facing the party today is whether those wielding power in modern centres of influence, such as the City, would prove worthy heirs to their landed gentry forbears.

Despite Heseltine’s self-relegation to the backbenches his mythical power lives on. During the speech abuse and barracking was launched at him from the balcony. At one point this dyslexic M.P. was forced to curtail his address whiulst stewards evicted several protestors. Questions afterwards revealed Heseltine’s cynical attitude to arms negotiations. His speech also studiously avoided the thorny question of the danger of defence policy being dominated by the interests of what Eisenhower termed ‘the military-industrial complex’.

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Image 15:
Christopher Steele’s writing sample

Writer Baseline Profile
As can be seen from the analysis below, Steele, Ohr, and Baumgartner demonstrate a distinct writing style (images 16-18).

Steele's Writer Profile 
Image 16: Christopher Steele’s profile

Ohr's Writer Profile
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Nellie Ohr’s profile

Baumgartner Writer Profile
Image 18:
Edward Baumgartner’s profile

The textual analysis of the reports comprising the dossier shows some interesting results. First, I created a ground truth baseline for each of the dossier team members. The ground truth seen in images 19-21 was based on writings they published prior to 2016.

Christopher Steele Writer Baseline
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Steele’s writing style

Nellie Ohr Writer Baseline
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Ohr’s writing style

Edward Baumgartner Writer Baseline
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Baumgartner writing style

Once I had a good baseline and a stylistic fingerprint, I proceeded to analyze the individual reports.  From the sample below, we can see that despite Steele’s claim that he wrote the document, (images 22-25), it is almost certain that it was written by another person(s), likely a foreign source, possibly Baumgartner, or Ohr. The writing style fits their writer profile in multiple categories.

There are however, a few anomalies in the data (image 26) that indicate that some of the content—especially the latter reports that are written in an American English and have ‘talking point’ style—have been written by another unidentified author(s).

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Dossier report sample 1

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Dossier report sample 2

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Dossier report sample 3

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Dossier report sample 4

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Image 26:
Anomalous dossier report

Baumgartner and Social Media
In addition to the writing style analyses, I’ve also correlated the content of the dossier briefs with various social media sources like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. The results reinforce the conclusion of the writing style results. As you can see below, Baumgartner’s tweets touch on many of the topics and phrases in the dossier such as: Mikhail (Misha) Fridman, The Alfa group, rigging the elections, divisive campaigning, US citizens of Russian (Jewish) origin, Kremlin buyer’s remorse, and others. They also closely match the dossier composition dates.

Baumgartner fridman

Baumgartner alfa group

Baumgartner rig US elections

Baumgartner divisive

Baumgartne russian jews 

Baumgartner buyers remorse
Image 27:
Baumgartner’s tweets with key dossier keywords

Baumgartner social media posting history is also noteworthy because it correlates directly with his work in Fusion GPS. For example, he is re-posting information about the dossier utilizing pre-public leaked information. He’s essentially betraying prior knowledge of the dossier by including these specific buzzwords in his tweets.

On October 31, 2016, Baumgartner was already retweeting the “dossier”. Of interest are the dates. According to the date stamp on the last dossier, report # 186, it was written on 13 December 2016. So, if we to accept this chronology, then we must conclude that individual reports were leaked out as soon as they were written, indicating that the dossier was not released in a single final batch form.

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Baumgartner pimping the dossier
Image 28: Baumgartner’s tweets of the dossier publication

After his initial retweet of the dossier, he embarks on a regular publication schedule further discussing some of the core talking points in the document. This includes topic like “Trump is a Russian agent”.  He also makes a sheepish reference to “Christopher Steele, ex-British Intelligence officer, said to have repared [sic] dossier on Trump…”, and the rationale for why a private security firm (i.e. Fusion GPS and Orbis) had to do Clapper’s job.

Baumgartner Trump as a double agent

Baumgartner pimping steele

Baumgartner pimping orbis
Image 29: Baumgartner’s on-going dossier postings

As time goes on and the dossier story fails to create a groundswell, Baumgartner starts exhibiting signs of outrage. In addition to a lot of profanity, his posts also include calls for a coup against the “scumbag” elected president.

Baumgartner call for revolution 1

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Image 30:
Comrade Baumgartner and the call to arms

Fusion GPS’s Role
We know that Simpson and Jacoby played a significant role in the dossier’s ‘architectural’, ‘editorial’, and ‘creative’ writing processes. In his testimony, Simpson confirmed sharing his investigative research with Steele. Obviously, he also directly supervised Ohr, Baumgartner, and several other resources. Fusion GPS’s involvement certainly went beyond just coordinating SMEs and acting as the general contractor for the law firm Perkins Coie who had commissioned the report and paid them over $1.2 million for it.

Simpson and Jacoby also acted as the sources (using their original research) and intakes for some of the US political material found in the dossier that shows up in phrases like “an American political figure” and “TRUMP’s associate”. This included communications with: Shailagh Murray, Lisa Holtyn, Cody Shearer (who was working on a ‘second Trump-Russia dossier’), and direct emails to and from Sidney Blumenthal, Jonathan Winer, and Scott Dworkin who managed the Democratic Coalition’s opposition research and publication (see samples below).

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Image 31:
Scott Dworkin’s links and dossier Tweets

Jonathan Winer himself sheds light on this information pipeline. According to his own account, he and Steele met and became friends in 2009 when both were in the business of selling intelligence about Russia. Winer went back to work at the State Department in 2013 but stayed in touch with Steele. He regularly shared Steele’s work with the State Department’s Russia desk.

Over the next two years, I shared more than 100 of Steele’s reports with the Russia experts at the State Department, who continued to find them useful.

Contrary to Simpson’s claim that Steele leaked the dossier content on his own initiative, Fusion GPS took a leading role in the publication process. In addition to coordinating a regular stream of social media postings, they also worked the ‘friendly’ commercial media outlets like CNN, MSNBC, NYT, WaPo, New Yorker, and Yahoo News, and published op-eds and expert reviews that supported the dossier’s credibility.

One thing worth noting is that just like in the case of the core dossier network, many of these ‘receptive’ reporters such, David Corn, Joe Palazzolo, David Cay Johnston, Scott Dworkin and Evan Perez (images 32-33) had long incestuous relationships with Fusion GPS and it’s team members.

Yaacov-Apelbaum-Dossier-Scott-Dworki[1]Image 32: Dworkin on multiple MSNBC News investigative interviews defending the dossier and promoting Russian collusion

Joe Palazzolo, Aruna Viswanatha, Steve LeVine, and David Johnston form the New York Times worked for Jacoby as early as 2010 producing Russia and corruption related reports. Between 2016-2018, Palazzolo and Viswanatha, now working for the WSJ wrote dozens of anti-trump articles. Their publications rate sometime reached one article a week.

Steve LeVine, who now works for Axios delivering “trustworthy news”, wrote a lengthy apologetic article about Fusion GPS and its team, vouching for their credibility and professionalism. LeVine is just one of a dozen of ‘objective’ reporters that have been promoting the dossier and collusion narratives and shielding Fusion GPS, but never disclosing that they had a previous and/or a current business affiliation with Mary Jacoby, Glenn Simpson, and other Fusion GPS actors.

Steve LeVine Fusion GPS
Steve LeVine shielding Fusion GPS in the Derwick Associates Venezuela corruption investigation

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Joe Palazzolo’s, David Johnston’s, and Jacoby’s Russia articles on the now deleted “Just Anti-Corruption” website

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David Johnston, and Aruna Viswanatha working for Mary Jacoby in 2010

David Cay Johnston
David Cay Johnston, a NYT and a Al-Jazeera reporter and an acquaintance of Glenn Simpson is one of the leading paid anti-Trump authors and is also the reporter who published Trump’s stolen digital tax returns.

A Few Trump News Pearls from David Cay Johnston
An example of David Cay Johnston’s anti-Trump and pro-HRC Twitter activity and a sampling of his vicious character attacks on Ivanka Trump and her family

Johnston has written several anti-Trump books, multiple articles, and participated in dozens TV interviews that promote the some of the dossier related allegations. He and his social and professional network also produce and distribute a large volume of Russian collusion related materials.

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Evan Perez pitching the dossier and Russian collusion on CNN News. Perez at a Fusion GPS family event and Guys’ Night Out with Neil King Jr. 2012

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The CNN Trump Dossier and Collusion team: Jake Tapper, Evan Perez, Jim Sciutto, and Carl Bernstein receiving the Merriman Award from Jonathan Karl from ABC. Martha Ohr, was Karl’s news producer at ABC Television. Karl was also at Vassar College with Peter Fritsch and Martha Ohr’s sister-in-law Nellie Ohr.

A good illustration of how effective this ‘rent a journalist’ process is can be glanced from the  activity of William Browder the CEO of Hermitage Capital and the brain behind the Magnitsky act. In April 2016, When the European parliament was about to screen Andrei Nekrasov’s “The Magnitsky Act-Behind the Scenes” movie. Browder sent an email to Matthew Kaminski, the executive editor of Politico and a WSJ reporter (and a close friend of Kramer, Simpson, Jacoby, and Fritsch) asking him to ‘cover’ the upcoming event. In the email dated 4/24/16 Browder writes:

From: William Browder <William.xxxxxxx@hermitagefund.com>
Date: April 24, 2016 at 08:56:04 EDT
To: “
mkaminski@politico.xx” <mkaminski@politico.xx>
Subject: Upcoming scandal at the EU parliament involving the Magnitsky case

Hi Matt, I hope you’re doing well. I wanted to alert you to an upcoming scandal in the EU Parliament involving the Magnitsky case. On Wednesday this week a Russian filmmaker will be airing a new documentary which basically takes the KGB position on the Magnitsky case. The film claims that Magnitsky wasn’t killed (he died of natural causes), he never blew the whistle on a crime, he was a criminal himself, and that I’ve gone around the world tricking all foreign governments and parliaments into going against Russia based on this “big lie”. The filmmaker is the boyfriend of the Vice Chair of the Green Party, Heidi Hautula, who is hosting the film. We have a bunch of things planned to make this a real scandal and I’d love for Politico to report on what we’re doing. Do you have time for a chat today? My mobile is +447785904192. Can you send me yours or a good time to talk? Thanks and best regards, Bill

On 4/27/16, only three days after Browder ordered the hit, Politico published an article titled “MEPs dragged into Russia film row”. It goes without saying that the coverage was derogatory towards the movie and director and used the same unverified Intel that Browder provided Kaminsky.

This is by no means a single isolated incident, Matthew Kaminski, just like Evan Perez, David Cay Johnston, and other anti-Trump reporters dedicate significant amount of their commercial publications as well as their own private Twitter activity to Russia collusion narrative.

David Cay Johnston Trump Russia Collusion

Matthew Kaminski Politico Anti-Trump

In a similar fashion to Kaminski’s and Baumgartner’s Twitter posts, Perez’s, Tapper’s, Sciutto’s, and Bernstein’s tweets (see below) strongly suggest that they also had early and direct access to the dossier team and were actively distributing its content as it was being written.

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Jake Tapper Dossier Twitter

Trump Collusion Sciutto Tweet

Carl Bernstein Tweets

As far as the journalist’s motivation to publish content favorable to the dossier, it’s clear from the congressional records that this was certainly not due to concerns about the integrity of our republic. In at least 3 cases, Fusion GPS/other sources paid reporters five digit figures for these publications. This can be deduced from image 34, where the length of redacted payment fields for transactions 198 and 205 are the same length as a visible $91K payment in transaction 171.

Fusion GPS Payments
Image 34:
Sample Fusion GPS payment records

What’s with the Ham?
There is a lot of buzz on-line about Nellie Ohr’s Ham radio license and her possible uses for it. On May 23rd, 2016, just as the dossier project was kicking into gear, (Steele was only hired in June), Nellie Ohr, at the ripe old age of give-or-take 55, got a Technician radio license.

Her registration information was:

Nellie H. Ohr,
C
all sign: KM4UDZ
XXXX Tucker Ave
XXXXXX 22101
USA

License Class: Technician
License Issue Date: May 23 2016
License Expiration Date: May 23 2026
FCC Last Transaction: LIISS
FCC Licensee ID: L02028239
FCC FRN Number: 0025607250
Latitude: 38.XX,   38d 56m XXs N
Longitude: -77.19,   77d 11m 24s W
Grid: FM18
County: Fairfax

There are a number of curious things about Ohr getting an amateur radio license so late in her career.

  • Her professional profile does not show her to be the techie type. She doesn’t possess any hacker, computer, or engineering skills (which is what typically motivates people to get an Amateur Radio license).   
  • She doesn’t belong to any ARRL radio club in the Fairfax area 
  • The radio clubs in her registration area have no records of administering the exam (Ham Radio exams are typically administered by the local ARRL club).
  • Her call sign, KM4UDZ, shows no public activity which is odd, because new Hams are typically very chatty and can’t stay off the air when they first get their license.

As can be seen in Image 35, her technician rating is the lowest class of amateur radio license and has limited privileges with regard to the available frequencies and transmitter power output.

Technician Class Frequency Privileges in Ham Radio
Image 35:
Technician Class Frequency Privileges in Ham Radio

So for all of the conspiracy theorists out there that believe that Ohr was engaged in OSS style night transmissions from a secret compartment in the barn to her controller in Moscow: she wasn’t. The radio class limits would only give her a line of sight range of 5-10 miles. In a repeater mode, she could push the range to 20-200 miles. If you don’t think that a 10-mile range is sufficient, think again. It is likely that Ohr’s rationale for using a Ham radio was a substitution for a cell and landline phones in order to communicate with person(s) nearby. As you can see from the map below, even with a 7.5 radius she was well within the range of the entire downtown Washington D.C. area.

Nellie Ohr Ham Radio RangeImage 36: Nellie Ohr’s Ham radio broadcast range map

We know that Nellie Ohr was the dossier’s liaison to some other agencies. It’s not unlikely that someone versed in SIGINT told her that she had to use a Ham radio because if the project went south, the first line of investigation would have been to subpoena all of her cell and phone records and analyze them to completely re-construct her operational network.

We know that Nellie Ohr’s husband, Bruce Ohr, was the Department of Justice’s contact for Steele and Fusion GPS and in fact held meetings with both about the dossier. We also know that Ohr headed a task force code named Cassandra and Operation Fast and Furious that among other things utilized cell phone tracking technology to identify money laundering, drugs, and weapon smuggling. So, it makes sense that he was aware of the need for electronic surveillance countermeasures.

But what about tracing her Ham call sign during transmission, wouldn’t that eliminate her radio anonymity?

In theory, yes, but in practice, it can be circumvented. This problem could have been solved with devices like the Harris XG-75P/100P. Encrypted radio transmissions can be used to obscure the identity of the sender/receiver of the message. For example, unencrypted HSMM uses a ping packet containing the station call sign to identify the station, similar to how a 2-meter repeater periodically announces its call sign. But if HSMM is operated using WEP encryption (available as a plug-in), those packets would be obscured and the call sign of the station licensee could not be received by anyone without the keys. So, in addition to the encrypted voice the identity of the sender call signs would also be hidden.

The Modus Operandi
The dossier does not stand out as a unique document. Hakluyt seems to have used the same technique before. In 2002, they were contracted by Medusa Oil and Gas Limited to do some opposition research and dig-up dirt on a rival Czech company. Hakluyt, used UK government back channels to deliver a dossier style brief to the UK Ambassador in Prague and to the First Commercial Secretary at the British Embassy in Prague who was also a principal representative in the Czech Republic of British Trade International. The purpose of the document was to pressure the Czech government to prosecute the Czech targeted company. The letter made some defamatory claims about the company’s principals and its structure closely resembled Steele’s dossier. It had a bulleted layout with an intro section and a detailed discussion. Contextually, It made the same type of unverified allegation that included corruption and other crimes.

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Brennan and Hayden at Hakluyt sponsored events in the US

The Fusion GPS work style on the dossier is also well-documented and is based on a long track record of political and media influence operations world-wide. Alek Boyd, an investigative reporter who managed to run into the Fusion GPS buzzsaw, is a good illustration of how they function. Boyd was reporting on Derwick Associates, a Venezuelan company that allegedly skimmed billions of dollars from rigged contracts with Hugo Chavez’s regime and partnered with Gazprom, a Russian state owned oil conglomerate. Fearing US criminal charges and regulatory sanctions, Derwick Associates contracted Fusion GPS to help them spike a potential investigation and negative US media coverage.

On Monday July 21, 2014, Peter Fritsch and Adam Kaufmann, the former New York district attorney chief prosecutor, boarded a Falcon 2000 private jet at the Ft. Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport with the destination of Caracas Venezuela. The plane was piloted by Gilbert Enrique Deleaud, an employee of Derwick Associates. The flight reservation was done through Massiel Hernandez, the pilot’s domestic partner who was also an employee of Derwick Associates. The purpose of Fritsch’s three day visit to Caracas was to do some damage control by meeting with Wall Street Journal reporter José de Córdoba who was writing an investigative article about Derwick Associates. Fritsch previously worked with José de Córdoba at the WSJ.

Derwick Associates and Peter Fritch Trip to Caracas
Derwick Associates linkage to aircraft, pilot, airport, and US based offices

After the meeting, Boyd emailed Tom Catan, a partner at Fusion GPS who he knew personally and asked him about Peter Fritsch’s visit to Venezuela and the meeting with the WSJ reporter. Catan denied they were working on any Venezuela related project, Boyd then sent Catan a proof of Fritsch’s visit to Caracas. Catan’s email response was:

From: Thomas Catan <tcatan@fusiongps.com>
Subject: Re: Peter Fritsch
Date: 26 August 2014 at 14:30:31 BST
To: alek boyd alek.boyd@xxxxx.com
This is really creepy, Alek. You conducting surveillance these days or wtf?

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Alek Boyd Hotel
A reservation record for Peter Fritsch at the Lido Hotel in Caracas. The reservation was booked by Kim Norwood of the MacNair travel agency in Alexandria VA through the Miami based Diamond Stay, a travel agency specializing in South American destinations.

Shortly after the publication, Boyd had his London apartment broken into and his two laptops stolen. A vicious social media smear campaign followed and included social media posting labeling him as a pedophile, drug addict, and thief. Someone even created blogger site with a fake Spanish police arrest warrant and Twitter account under his name with postings of photos of him walking around London with his young daughters.

Conclusion
So who researched and wrote the core parts of the dossier? It looks like it was a team effort. Most of the textual evidence points to Glenn Simpson and his wife Mary Jacoby as the architects of the dossier framework. This can also be gleaned from Jacoby’s June 24, 2017 Facebook posting (which was deleted promptly with most of her SM activity after the project derailed) where she brags about her husband’s leading role in its composition and vents her frustration about Steele monopolizing the limelight.

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Mary Jacoby’s FB Post regarding the dossier

When it comes to the research, promotion, and distribution work, the linkage shows that a fair amount of ‘staging’ activity took place in both the US (in the pre dossier stages) and the UK and involved individuals such as, Stefan Halper, Jonathan Clarke, Richard Dearlove, Charles Crawford, Iain Lobban, and Alexander Downer. It is also interesting that many of Robert Otto’s “Russia Workgroup” pen pals include the same Australian and UK diplomatic and IC actors that by July 2016 aggressively promote the dossier and vouch for its authenticity.

The same type of staging and delivery took place in the US through the State department sources like Robert Otto and the political and PR work of Alexandra Chalupa, Natalie Budaeva, and Ilya Zaslavskiy and their pro-Ukraine ‘Free Russia Foundation’ NGOs. It is notable that a lot of this activity dates to first week of April-May 2016, almost 8 weeks before Steele’s official June 2016 contract with Fusion GPS. This strongly suggests that there was a proto-dossier in place and that there was a wider coordinated effort between the US and UK teams with Orbis Business Intelligence likely acting as a front for Hakluyt & Co.

The existence of a proto-dossier that predates Steele’s work is further supported by an email written by Robert Otto to John Williams, the director of the Office of Analysis for Russia and Eurasia in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. In this email titled “the fried document” and dated May 1, 2016, Otto comments on some of the building blocks of the future dossier including how effective or damaging various claims would be. For example, on the subject of “Fridman” and “Alfa” (see Dossier page 25 report 112) he writes:

… It’s not clear that Aven/Fridman’s investments in Ukraine are in line with Kremlin policy. Alfa is a bank; banks issue loans.  So what’s the big deal with its loans to UVZ?  It’s a loss making enterprise and Alfa has threatened bankruptcy proceedings over non-payment. I fail t see how that’s at the Kremlin request.

…I know nothing about Karimova’s ties to Alfa.  She has them to Usmanov.  And it’s Usmanov and Shvidler (Abramovich) who allegedly bribed Shuvalov, not Alfa…

…A search in Integrum on “magnitskiy” and “al’fa” gets five hits.  Not a one is about Alfa laundering Magnitskiy money, let alone a central role. Why repeat something so easily checkable. Was it some sort of Alfa subsidiary?  If so, name it. See above on Shuvalov – some of the money may have went through Alfa, but that’s not what went public. (tidbit: one of the folks exposing Shuvalov is Natalya Pelevin that same who shared Kasyanov’s bed and chatted about an anti-Navalnyy front) 

…A very serious allegation that requires investigation…We have former Alfa fellows working in the building.

Otto’s comment that “We have former Alfa fellows working in the building” also suggests that other active State Department Intelligence resources were privy to these conversations.

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Ilya Zaslavskiy’s early 2016 activity in the UK also shows some of the Trump dossier themes such as the business relationship with the “Alfa-Bank” (see award below) in several of his anti-Russian Oligarch campaigns.

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Ilya Zaslavskiy’s June 10, 2016 certificate of corruption award

Ohr’s and Baumgartner’s roles were likely to research specific Russian content and re-write the narrative in ‘Russian style’ in order to make it appear authentic. The ‘hard’ intelligence probably came from British and Ukrainian sources who may have also provided some of the juicy gossip. Nellie Ohr utilized DOJ and State Department documents that pertained to Russian organized crime, cybersecurity, corruption, and opportunistically incorporated them into the dossier briefs.

This careful mixture of partial truth and fiction explains all of the tidbits of information in the report that are marginally plausible and give the dossier a first-person witness quality and a thin veneer of creditability. Simpson alludes to this when he said in the testimony:

We –you know, they  [Steeles network of resources] identified -one memo identified a Russian guy who worked for an NGO called Rossotrudnichestvo, which is –you know, I didn’t know it at the time, but I was able to learn from looking at it that the FBI considers that to be a front for the SVR. So, you know, either the people were extremely knowledgeable about a lot of obscure intelligence stuff or, you know, they –what they’re saying had some credibility.

When it comes to the bulk of the literary work, Simpson, Jacoby, Baumgartner and Ohr likely authored it and Steele—if he did any actual writing—just formatted the reports in order to tag them with his scent and make them look spyish by using terms like “Source X” and redacting some phrases. 

Nellie Ohr’s, Shailagh Murray, and Mary Jacoby also played a secondary organizational role and acted as the liaisons between the Fusion GPS team, State Department, DOJ, and the White House, and possibly as a cut-outs to other agencies.

Christopher Steele Dossier TimelineImage 38: The Steele Dossier Timeline

Anyone who has ever worked in intelligence knows that a good brief should answer the who, what, when, where, how, and why questions. Almost none of the allegations in the dossier offer hard corroboration. It is mostly based on generalizations, truisms, and a lot of materials that were circulating on the internet and Ukrainian circles since the mid 2000s. The writers of the dossier anticipated this criticism and countered it by building-in plausible deniability for most of the allegations through statements like:

but key witnesses silenced and evidence hard to obtain” or “all direct witnesses to this recently had been “silenced”…

It seems that the real dossier story is not the scandalous insinuations that it makes, but rather it’s the funding sources, the teams that worked on it, and its compilation and distribution channels. At peak capacity, the dossier team must have consisted of at least 25 individuals who worked on it for over 6-12 months. Assuming a modest $200 per hour rate per person, some first/business class travel and accommodations, media, consulting, IT, and legal services, this project must have cost an upwards of 5-10 million dollars. According to Simpson’s testimony and documents, Fusion GPS was only paid about a million dollars by the DNC and Clinton campaign, which begs the questions of what was Hakluyt’s cut and where did the rest of the money go?

Simpson and Steele did far more than simply conduct sordid opposition research for the Clinton campaign. By various machinations, they successfully reached the most influential people in UK and US politics, the media, and federal government agencies and shaped/influenced the narrative of the 2016 presidential elections. There is little doubt that Simpson/Jacoby and their US political/media network and Steele with his enablers in Hakluyt, the British media, and the Foreign Office successfully waged a full-scale influence operation against the US and are continuing to do so even now.

In the end, this modern version of the “Black Hand Society” failed to deliver the goods and as the Elections of 2016 came to an end, Baumgartner posted this tweet:

Baumgartner Après moi, le déluge

It is just this sort of Machiavellian statement that you might expect from a sleazy literary hitman. In response, I must point out that after you, Monsieur Edward Emil Baumgartner—indeed—did come the flood!

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Pack of Asses in Shangri-La

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A donkey pack in Shangri-La: The first dumb ass on left is the laziest, he slows down the pack because he is always looking for something to eat. The group of jackasses in the middle just stand there contemplating the concept that death is a cosmic opportunity. The big ass on the right is their enlightened guru. He imparts to the pack the consciousness that forms the foundation of their spirituality and growth.

In September 2011, while on photography assignment for a nature show called Frozen Planet to Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta, Canada, Chadden Hunter and his team captured some imagery of a wolf pack hunting bison. Hunter provided the following description of the image:

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Chadden Hunter’s Original Wolf Pack Photograph

“A massive pack of 25 Timberwolves hunting bison on the Arctic circle in northern Canada. In mid-winter in Wood Buffalo National Park temperatures hover around -40°C. The wolf pack, led by the alpha female, travel single-file through the deep snow to save energy. The size of the pack is a sign of how rich their prey base is during winter when the bison are more restricted by poor feeding and deep snow. The wolf packs in this National Park are the only wolves in the world that specialize in hunting bison ten times their size. They have grown to be the largest and most powerful wolves on earth.”

Now, forward the clock by 4 years to December 17, 2015, a user named Cesare Brai publishes a post on an Italian-language Facebook page. He uses Hunter’s original image but provides this alternate verbiage:

“Un pacco di lupi: i primi 3 sono i vecchi o gli ammalati, danno il passo all’intero pacco. Se fosse l’altro, essi sarebbero stati lasciati indietro, perdendo il contatto con il pacco. Essere sacrificati, poi vengono 5 forti, la prima linea, al centro sono i restanti membri del paccho, poi i 5 più forti seguendo: l’ultimo è solo, l’alfa, controlla tutto dal retro, in quella posizione può vedere tutto, decide la direzione, vede tutto il pacco, il paccho si muove secondo i tempi più anziani e si aiuta reciprocamente, si guardano a vicenda “.

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Cesare Brai Original Facebook posting

Cesare Brai’s post is unusual, for the following reasons:

  1. From the post’s grammar it is clear that he is not a native Italian speaker
  2. Shortly after publication the post was taken down and Brai disables his FB account
  3. Cesare Brai has no internet presence beyond the wrong photo credit attribution

Three days later, on December 20, 2015, the Italian Facebook posting is translated into English and is posted again on Facebook by Barbara Hermel Bach. The translation appeared as follows:

“A wolf pack: the first 3 are the old or sick, they give the pace to the entire pack. If it was the other way round, they would be left behind, losing contact with the pack. In case of an ambush they would be sacrificed. Then come 5 strong ones, the front line. In the center are the rest of the pack members, then the 5 strongest following. Last is alone, the alpha. He controls everything from the rear. In that position he can see everything, decide the direction. He sees all of the pack. The pack moves according to the elders pace and help each other, watch each other.”
Cesare Brai’s photo. — with
Deb Barnes.

Ignoring for a moment the actual content of Bach’s posting, it is interesting to note that her verbiage is a reverse English translation of Cesare Bria’s Italian text which means that the text was most likely first written in English, then subsequently translated and posted in Italian under Brai’s name, and finally reposted in English under her name.

In her post, she attributed the photo credits to the mysterious Cesare Brai. It is a noteworthy mistake because her collaborator on this post is one Deborah Barnes, a professional animal photographer who judging from her multiple website copyright notices is very sensitive to issues of IP and right infringements.

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Deborah Barnes’s About Webpage

Barbara Hermel Bach Facebook Post

Barbara Hermel Bach Facebook Post
In terms of memetic engineering, the post was a hit! Within a few weeks, it went viral and has since garnered close to 486K views and over 237K shares. As you can see from just a few of the comments below, Bach’s new-age wolf pack narrative clearly struck a chord with her audience:

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Content Adaptation by Management Consultants and Corporate Trainers 
By 2016, the wolf pack leadership concept in Bach’s FB post took the recruiters, management coaches, and efficiency consultants world by storm. Many of them embraced the idea and were thenceforth using the bogus narrative in their online publications.

Of special interest is the marking algorithm used by each of the publishers to re-brand the image and idea as theirs. As you can see from the few variations below, each one altered the original image by using a simple variation on color, geometric shape, and/or arrow orientation.

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Copycat variations on Bach’s Posting

So why all of the subterfuge, stratagems, and ruses? Why go through all of the trouble to hide Hunter’s name as the original photographer? Why alter the real location of the shot and go through all of the trouble of creating a sock puppet called Caesar Brai? And even now, why not just come out and either remove the original posting (which is a blatant copyright violation) or just state for the record that the narrative is false? After all, even Hunter, the photographer who took the original shot publically posted on his Twitter account that he was being ripped off by Bach:

Chadden Hunter's Wolf Pack Posting

Hunter’s Image Piracy Tweet
It’s hard to answer these questions with certainty. We know from the posting that both Barnes and Bach contributed to it. Using writing style analysis (I’ve used (JStylo-Anonymouth) suggests that Bach wrote the verbiage. If that was the case then what was Barnes’ share? It is possible that as a professional animal photographer, she stumbled on Hunter’s original image and felt that she could repurpose it by attributing it to the fictitious Cesare Brai. As the “animal expert”, she could have also provided the “new age” insight into the wolf pack behavior.

By 2015, four years have passed since this image was originally seen on Frozen Planet and the chance that anyone would remember it would be slim. So the rational must have been that changing the name of the photographer and withholding the location of the shot would help add two additional layers of obscurity to the image.

What I find the most interesting about this and her other posts is that it required a significant amount of effort in terms of planning and execution and that her network produces large amounts of these type of materials on regular basis.

Considering that Bach is a ‘progressive’ activist with an aggressive political agenda and a member of a large community of similar minded individuals who distribute such high grade social propaganda, it’s plausible that these publications are part of some kind of an organized political media production line.

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Samples of Bach’s Social Action Content

Out of courtesy and to give Bach and Barnes the benefit of the doubt, I reached out to both of them to inquire about their sources of the image and verbiage. Alas, I have not received a response.

As far as the spiritual and uplifting content of Bach’s posting is concerned, there’s good news. Now you too can generate similar materials, and no, you don’t have to spend 7 lost years in Tibet on a soul searching journey. You can do so effortlessly with a few mouse clicks!

Just do as I did it with the “Pack of Asses in Shangri-La”. Pick a random animal pack image, go to the the inspirational BS Generator or Corporate BS Generator and in no time, you will be the leading ass who manages the pack from behind. Or as the BS generator would put it:

“You would be seamlessly innovating new backend leadership paradigms”.

References and Sourcing
XRVision Sentinel AI Platform – Face recognition, image reconstruction, and object detection

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