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Is This the Document Russian Lawyer Veselnitskaya Shopped to Donald Trump Jr?

In Archive, Donald Trump Jr., Hillary Clinton, Russia, Trump on July 19, 2017 at 2:53 AM

UPDATED 10/09/2017

Note: LeakSource does not necessarily believe the opinions and Russia scaremongering contained in some of the articles linked below. Does that mean we are Trump supporters? No. To date we just have not found any reasonable evidence to back up claims of Trump/Russia collusion. The main focus of this post is the document. The selected paragraphs are simply to connect the dots through mainstream media sources to show the likeliness that this is the document Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya gave to Donald Trump Jr. All signs point to Veselnitskaya using the lure of opposition research (which was noting revelatory) as an in to meet, where she could then focus on her real goal of lobbying against the Magnitsky act. There was no nefarious election collusion masterminded by Putin here, like the media outlets below would want you to believe.
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WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

Bloomberg:

Around the time of last summer’s meeting with Trump Jr., Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya was peddling a new political spin on a well-worn international scandal, according to one person familiar with her work. She was focusing on hedge fund manager William Browder, the subject of her scorn and of a film she was promoting, and on Ziff Brothers Investments LLC, which had invested with Browder, the person said.

Russian prosecutors said they were opening new lines of inquiry against these investors. What Veselnitskaya saw in these steps were alleged tax improprieties that would be a black mark on the Democratic Party, because Browder and at least one member of the wealthy Ziff family had contributed to the Clinton Global Initiative, the person said.
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WaPo:

Rinat Akhmetshin said that “as part of her work, with her clients” Veselnitskaya had found that an American hedge fund was violating Russian tax and securities law and that the fund “seemed linked to the Democratic National Committee.” He said that Veselnitskaya “left a document behind” after the session.
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WSJ:

Veselnitskaya said her meeting wasn’t coordinated with official Russian government structures. She did, however, share information similar to what the Russian prosecutor general’s office gave to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R., Calif.) in a Moscow meeting two months earlier. Namely, she said she wanted to inform the Trump campaign of allegations that an American firm Mr. Browder worked with, Ziff Brothers Investments, had dodged taxes in Russia and later donated to Democrats.

“Both during the meeting, while I was talking to Donald Trump Jr., and in the written materials I prepared, I was trying to tell the story that I myself had personally investigated,” Ms. Veselnitskaya said, referring to Mr. Browder.
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CHAIKA/ROHRABACHER/VESELNITSKAYA CONNECTION

NYT:

Rob Goldstone, the former British tabloid journalist and music promoter who arranged the Trump Tower meeting, had written in an email to Donald Trump Jr. that Ms. Veselnitskaya would bring information from Yury Chaika ,the Prosecutor General of Russia, that would be damaging to Mrs. Clinton.

What that information was is still not known. But at the time, Mr. Chaika was trying to push back against an American sanctions law, the Magnitsky Act, in part by trying to discredit an American-born businessman, William J. Browder, who had lobbied for its passage. At least some of the information seemed to concern accusations of tax evasion by prominent Democratic donors involved with Mr. Browder.

Mr. Chaika made the same accusations in a statement on his website and in documents handed to Rohrabacher when he was in Moscow. In an interview, Mr. Rohrabacher said using the information in opposition research against the Democrats in the presidential campaign had never crossed his mind. “That’s a big zero,” he said.
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DailyBeast:

That same Prosecutor General’s office also was listed as being behind the “very high level and sensitive information” that was offered to Donald Trump Jr. in an email prior to his now infamous meeting with Russian officials at Trump Tower on June 9—just days before the congressional hearing. Veselnitskaya attended that meeting with Trump Jr. She also happens to have worked as a prosecutor in the Moscow region and is a close personal friend of Chaika.

As Rohrabacher pitched for support in the weeks after returning from Russia, Rinat Akhmetshin set to work on lobbying House members. A U.S. congressional staffer told The Daily Beast that former California Rep. Ron Dellums (D-CA) and Akhmetshin showed up at their office without an appointment.

“They said they were lobbying on behalf of a Russian company called Prevezon and asked us to delay the Global Magnitsky Act or at least remove Magnitsky from the name,” the staffer said.

Prevezon’s lawyer at the time was Natalia Veselnitskaya, who was working to defend the Cyprus-based company against U.S. money laundering allegations related to the massive fraud uncovered by Magnitsky.
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TheHill:

Just days after meeting Trump Jr., Veselnitskaya also attended a dinner with Rohrabacher and roughly 20 other guests at a dinner club frequented by Republicans.

In an interview with The Hill on Wednesday, Rohrabacher said, “There was a dinner at the Capitol Hill Club here with about 20 people. I think I was the only congressman there. They were talking about the Magnitsky case. But that wasn’t just the topic. There was a lot of other things going on. So I think she was there, but I don’t remember any type of conversation with her between us. But I understand she was at the table.”
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THE DOCUMENT

While searching through the leaked emails of U.S. State Department Russian intelligence official Robert Otto, LeakSource discovered documents that Rohrabacher received from Moscow regarding the Magnitsky Act. Included is a file labeled confidential, which contains details matching what news outlets have so far reported on regarding the information Veselnitskaya gave to Trump Jr. That, along with the reported connections between Chaika, Rohrabacher, and Veselnitskaya gives credence to this being the document that was given to Trump Jr.

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WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH HILLARY CLINTON AND THE DNC?

Ziff Brothers Investments’ political contributions in 2016 (via OpenSecrets):

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RT:

Natalia Veselnitskaya insisted her meeting with Trump Jr. was aimed at countering Browder’s lobbying in America and had nothing to do with the US presidential election.

“I am already tired of talking about it, but apparently nobody wants to hear. This was the story that I brought to Donald Trump Jr. I wanted him to know that Browder, a person who gave up his US citizenship, is trying to manipulate people in Congress,” she said.

“If the Senate wishes to hear the real story, I will be happy to speak up and share everything I wanted to tell Mr. Trump,” she added, referring to the alleged economic crimes that Browder is suspected of in Russia. “I will share everything I know about this situation when millions came into my country and billions left it – and nobody paid taxes.”

Veselnitskaya also said she is now concerned for the safety of her family as it’s been revealed that Browder’s team spied on her family’s activities even before her meeting with Trump Jr.

“It’s been revealed that Mr. Browder and his team have been gathering information about my family,” she told RT, adding, that Browder’s team “found photos of my house and sent them to Kyle Parker… a famous man in the House of Representatives, who worked for Mr Browder for many years – and not for any congressmen or congress as a whole.”

People working for Browder also shared all her personal details with representatives of the State Department, Veselnitskaya said.

An email containing an alleged photo of the Veselnitskaya’s house was discovered in the trove of hacked Robert Otto emails that were leaked.

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UPDATE 10/09/2017

CNN:

An attorney for the Russian billionaire who allegedly pushed for the June 2016 meeting between senior members of Trump’s team and a Russian lawyer says he has documents showing the meeting wasn’t really about dirt on Hillary Clinton.

An email exchange and talking points provided to CNN are the latest indication of how some of the meeting participants plan to make their case about why the meeting with Donald Trump Jr. did not amount to collusion between Russian officials and the Trump campaign.

The new information stands in contrast with the initial email pitching the meeting to Trump Jr., which promised damaging information on Clinton.

The documents were provided by Scott Balber, who represents Aras and Emin Agalarov, the billionaire real estate developer and his pop star son who requested the June 2016 meeting.

Balber, who went to Moscow to obtain the documents from Veselnitskaya, said in an interview with CNN that the emails and talking points show she was focused on repealing the Magnitsky Act, not providing damaging information on Clinton.

The message was muddled, Balber said, when it was passed like a game of telephone from Veselnitskaya through the Agalarovs to Goldstone.

Balber also suggested that Goldstone “probably exaggerated and maybe willfully contorted the facts for the purpose of making the meeting interesting to the Trump people.”

The emails provided to CNN between Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and publicist Rob Goldstone — who arranged the meeting with Trump Jr. — show Veselnitskaya asked the morning of the meeting for a Russian-American lobbyist to be added because of his knowledge of the Magnitsky Act, the legislation that put in place US sanctions discussed at the meeting.

And a five-page talking points memo also provided to CNN shows Veselnitskaya’s case to repeal the Magnitsky Act to improve US-Russia relations, with a passing reference to a possible financer of Clinton’s campaign.

The memo, marked confidential and dated May 30, 2016, accuses US lawmakers of falsifying the story of attorney Sergei Magnitsky, who was killed while in Russian custody in 2009. US lawmakers passed the Magnitsky Act in 2012 to punish the Russians allegedly responsible for his death.

As part of her explanation, Veselnitskaya’s talking points accuse the “Ziff brothers” — three billionaire brothers who had run a hedge fund company together — of violating Russian law, as well as their connections to Democratic politics.

“Ziff brothers participated in financing both Obama presidential campaign, American press dubs them as ‘main sponsors of Democrats,’ ” the memo states, according to a translated version. “It’s entirely possible they also take part in financing Hillary Clinton’s campaign.”

Examining Hacked Emails From US State Dept’s Top Russian Intel Official Robert Otto

In Archive, Hacking, Russia, State Dept, USA on July 18, 2017 at 1:25 AM

Robert Otto (image via emails)

via Johnnie Walker (h/t to @codefiscal for link):

Perhaps you know that the U.S. State Department has a direct bearing on the agenda formation not only at home but throughout the world.

Now you can make sure it’s true. Let me show you the correspondence between the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency Robert P. Otto and his colleagues, CIA officers and other intelligence agencies, as well as representatives of mainstream media, NGOs, international funds and think tanks.

With the respect for privacy I’ve deleted his correspondence with his wife and relatives. The rest of emails will give evidence of who is responsible for different information campaigns, the so-called mythmaking and essentially engaged in the promotion of “American values” throughout the world.

DOCUMENT CACHE CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE

ForeignPolicy:

The State Department did not confirm or deny the authenticity of the emails. “The Department of State is well aware that malicious actors often target email accounts of government and business leaders across the United States. As a matter of policy, we do not discuss specific attempts or incidents,” a State Department spokesman said.

But the official’s expertise in Russian politics and organized crime makes him a significant target.

“He’s probably the top intelligence guy in the entire U.S. government on Russia. He knows more than anybody about what’s going on there,” said one source whose correspondence with the official was revealed in the hack.

The official’s emails were primarily conversations among Russia experts in government, including the intelligence community, exchanging articles, newsletters, and thoughts on current events. The official corresponded frequently with other Russia experts in academia and the think-tank world.

While several of his colleagues contacted by FP said they were unaware of the hack, they were not surprised, given recent events.

According to a second source whose correspondence showed up in the hacked emails, at least one other Russia expert was recently hacked — an Australian academic with a history of government service, although the emails appear not to have been released.

There’s no evidence proving Russian hackers targeted the official, but the first media outlet to pick up on the hack was an obscure website in Crimea (NewsFront), which published specific emails and provided a link to the cache. A former employee of the news agency had claimed in an article that the website is financed by the Russian secret service, and its topics assigned by top political leadership in Moscow.

A Donetsk, Ukraine-based editor for the website, who declined to provide his name, said allegations of Russian government funding were untrue and “funny.”

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LeakSource has only analyzed mostly emails containing attachments so far, looking for any confidential documents or information that is not intended for distribution. If you are searching through the documents as well, please comment here or tweet to me any additional details you find newsworthy.

 

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  • Email from Toby Gati, former United States Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research, questioning why there was no American interpreter at G-20 Obama/Putin meeting

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  • Email between Dan Goldberg (unable to confirm position but I believe it is in Defense Dept.) and Robert Otto, analyzing fashion sense of a young Vladimir Putin:

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  • Email between Wayne Allensworth and Robert Otto re: a report of a fake document claiming American government is paying a Russian activist to leak information saying top Russian officials are gay. Allensworth seems to insinuate that rumors about Putin are common in Moscow’s gay community:

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  • What I believe is a previously unpublished photo of Sen. John McCain and Vladimir Milov, former Deputy Energy Minister of the Russian Federation and president of the Institute of Energy Policy think-tank:

h/t to @steemwh1sks: “Someone converted the leaked U.S. State Department e-mails to pdf, sorted by keyword. Posted on reddit”:

PDFs Matching “Clinton”

https://www.scribd.com/document/353850851/Clinton-1

https://www.scribd.com/document/353850860/Clinton-2

https://www.scribd.com/document/353850867/Clinton-3

https://www.scribd.com/document/353850856/Clinton-4

https://www.scribd.com/document/353850868/Clinton-5

https://www.scribd.com/document/353850871/Clinton-6

https://www.scribd.com/document/353850875/Clinton-7

https://www.scribd.com/document/353850866/Clinton-8

PDFs Matching “Trump”

In this next section, I searched for 534 emails which mentioned “TRUMP” and extracted the PDFs without the articles in such a distracting way.

https://www.scribd.com/document/353854712/Trump1

https://www.scribd.com/document/353854711/Trump2

https://www.scribd.com/document/353854705/Trump3

https://www.scribd.com/document/353854703/Trump4

https://www.scribd.com/document/353854707/Trump5

https://www.scribd.com/document/353854708/Trump6

https://www.scribd.com/document/353855238/Trump7

https://www.scribd.com/document/353855230/Trump8

https://www.scribd.com/document/353855245/Trump9

https://www.scribd.com/document/353855241/Trump-10

https://www.scribd.com/document/353855234/Trump-11

https://www.scribd.com/document/353855225/Trump12-pdf

PDFs Matching “Veselnitskaya”

In this section, I found a handful of emails matching the Trump Lawyer that should have a second look.

https://www.scribd.com/document/353856170/Veselnitskaya1

PDFs Matching “Magnitskiy”

In this section, I found 93 emails matching Magnitskiy, which is connected to the Trump lawyer.

https://www.scribd.com/document/353856542/Magnitskiy1

https://www.scribd.com/document/353856577/Magnitskiy2

PDFs Matching “Podesta”

https://www.scribd.com/document/353857003/Podesta-Clinton

PDFs Matching “Lynch”

https://www.scribd.com/document/353858422/Lynch

PDFs Matching “Eric Holder”

https://www.scribd.com/document/353858572/Holder1-pdf

PDFs Matching “DNC”

https://www.scribd.com/document/353864582/Dnc

PDFs Matching “McCain”

https://www.scribd.com/document/353866545/McCain

PDFs Matching “Manafort”

https://www.scribd.com/document/353868118/Manafort

PDFs Matching “Soros”

https://www.scribd.com/document/353868611/Soros

PDFs Matching “Uranium”

https://www.scribd.com/document/353869252/Uranium1

PDFs Matching “Samochornov” (Veselnitskaya’s unnamed translator)

https://www.scribd.com/document/353869492/Samochornov

Contacts – Cross reference with Wikileaks Intelligence :

https://icwatch.wikileaks.org/

https://pastebin.com/1kgxCigKh

https://pastebin.com/s6PP2bR2

Donald Trump Jr. Emails Re: Meeting With Russian Lawyer

In Archive, Donald Trump Jr., Hillary Clinton, Russia, Trump on July 11, 2017 at 2:43 PM

UPDATE: Donald Trump Jr. on Hannity

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07/11/2011

Source (1)(2) – copied below in proper timeline format w/ additional resource links:

To everyone, in order to be totally transparent, I am releasing the entire email chain of my emails with Rob Goldstone about the meeting on June 9, 2016. The first email on June 3, 2016 was from Rob, who was relating a request from Emin, a person I knew from the 2013 Ms. Universe Pageant near Moscow. Emin and his father have a very highly respected company in Moscow. The information they suggested they had about Hillary Clinton I thought was Political Opponent Research. I first wanted to just have a phone call but when that didn’t work out, they said the woman would be in New York and asked if I would meet. I decided to take the meeting. The woman, as she has said publicly, was not a government official. And, as we have said, she had no information to provide and wanted to talk about adoption policy and the Magnitsky Act. To put this in context, this occurred before the current Russian fever was in vogue. As Rob Goldstone said just today in the press, the entire meeting was “the most inane nonsense I ever heard. And I was actually agitated by it.”

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On Jun 3, 2016, at 10:36 AM, Rob Goldstone wrote:

Good morning
Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting.
The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.
This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump – helped along by Aras and Emin.
What do you think is the best way to handle this information and would you be able to speak to Emin about it directly?
I can also send this info to your father via Rhona, but it is ultra sensitive so wanted to send to you first.
Best
Rob Goldstone
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On Jun 3, 2016, at 10:53 AM, Donald Trump Jr. wrote:

Thanks Rob I appreciate that. I am on the road at the moment but perhaps I just speak to Emin first. Seems we have some time and if it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer. Could we do a call first thing next week when I am back?
Best,
Don
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From: Rob Goldstone
Sent: Monday, June 06, 2016 12:40 PM
To: Donald Trump Jr.
Subject: Re: Russia – Clinton – private and confidential

Hi Don
Let me know when you are free to talk with Emin by phone about this Hillary info – you had mentioned early this week so wanted to try to schedule a time and day Best to you and family Rob Goldstone
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On Jun 6, 2016, at 15:03, Donald Trump Jr. wrote:

Rob could we speak now?
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From: Rob Goldstone
Sent: Monday, June 06, 2016 3:37 PM
To: Donald Trump Jr.
Subject: Re: Russia – Clinton – private and confidential

Let me track him down in Moscow
What number he could call?
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On Jun 6, 2016, at 15:38, Donald Trump Jr. wrote:

My cell thanks
d
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On Jun 6, 2016, at 3:43 PM, Rob Goldstone wrote:

Ok he’s on stage in Moscow but should be off within 20 minutes so I am sure can call Rob
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On Jun 6, 2016, at 16:38, Donald Trump Jr. wrote:

Rob thanks for the help.
D
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On Jun 7, 2016, at 4:20 PM, Rob Goldstone wrote:

Don
Hope all is well
Emin asked that I schedule a meeting with you and The Russian government attorney who is flying over from Moscow for this Thursday.
I believe you are aware of the meeting – and so wondered if 3pm or later on Thursday works for you?
I assume it would be at your office.
Best
Rob Goldstone
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On Jun 7, 2016, at 5:16 PM, Donald Trump Jr. wrote:

How about 3 at our offices? Thanks rob appreciate you helping set it up.
D
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On Jun 7, 2016, at 5:19 PM, Rob Goldstone wrote:

Perfect…I won’t sit in on the meeting, but will bring them at 3pm and introduce you etc.
I will send the names of the two people meeting with you for security when I have them later today.

best

Rob
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On Jun 7, 2016, at 18:14, Donald Trump Jr. wrote:

Great. It will likely be Paul Manafort (campaign boss) my brother in law and me. 725 Fifth Ave 25th floor.
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From: Rob Goldstone
Sent: Wednesday, June 08, 2016 10:34 AM
To: Donald Trump Jr.
Subject: Re: Russia – Clinton – private and confidential

Good morning
Would it be possible to move tomorrow meeting to 4pm as the Russian attorney is in court until 3 I was just informed.
Best
Rob
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On Jun 8, 2016, at 11:15, Donald Trump Jr. wrote:

Yes Rob I could do that unless they wanted to do 3 today instead… just let me know and I’ll lock it in either way.
d
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From: Rob Goldstone
Sent: Wednesday, June 08. 2016 11:18 AM
To: Donald Trump Jr.
Subject: Re: Russia – Clinton – private and confidential

They can’t do today as she hasn’t landed yet from Moscow 4pm is great tomorrow.
Best
Rob
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From: Donald Trump Jr.
Sent: Wednesday, June 08, 2016 12:03 PM
To: Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort
Subject: FW: Russia – Clinton – private and confidential

Meeting got moved to 4 tomorrow at my offices.
Best,
Don
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Related Link: Is This the Document Russian Lawyer Veselnitskaya Shopped to Donald Trump Jr?

MSNBC’s Maddow Receives Forged NSA Document Alleging Trump/Russia Collusion

In Archive, NSA, Russia, Trump on July 7, 2017 at 1:04 PM

07/06/2017

On Thursday MSNBC host Rachel Maddow reported that her show was sent what she believes is a forged National Security Agency document alleging collusion between a member of the Trump campaign and Russian government.

“Somebody, for some reason, appears to be shopping a fairly convincing fake NSA document that purports to directly implicate somebody from the Trump campaign in working with the Russians in their attack in the election,” Maddow said.

On June 7, an unidentified person sent the document to “Send it to Rachel!“, an online tip line for Maddow’s show.

That was two days after The Intercept published legitimate NSA documents leaked by Reality Winner, a contractor for the agency.

The documents Maddow received appeared legitimate at first glance, she said, but several clues suggested that they were forgeries.

Typos and spacing issues raised eyebrows, but it was secret markings on the documents as well as their contents that convinced Maddow and her staff that the records were fakes.

Maddow said that the document sent to her show appeared to have used The Intercept’s as a template. Printer tracking dots on The Intercept’s files appeared on the document passed to Maddow.

The Maddow document also appears to show remnants from the crease clearly visible on the original copy, created when Reality Winner folded it after printing.

Maddow said that metadata from the documents sent to her show preceded the publication of the documents published in The Intercept. She suggested that it was possible that whoever sent her the forgeries had access to The Intercept documents. But she also theorized that whoever sent her the fake documents could have changed the metadata.

But Maddow said that that “the big red flag” for her and her team was that the document she was given named an American citizen, a specific person from the Trump campaign, who allegedly cooperated with the Russians during the presidential campaign.

“We believe that a U.S. citizen’s name would not appear in a document like this … An American citizen’s name would not have snuck through, not at this level of an NSA report,” asserted Maddow, who said that her team consulted national security experts on the matter.

“It is a forgery … let me caveat that. It is either a forgery, or every single national security official we consulted about this story is wrong about it,” she said.

Maddow went on to point out two recent retractions, one at CNN and the other at Vice News, suggesting that they were the result of a similar scheme to undermine news outlets covering the Trump/Russia conspiracy theory.

It comes as no surprise that MSNBC is running with this narrative. But the opposite could be just as plausible. An anti-Trump democrat trying to get Maddow to report the forged document as fact, since there has been no real evidence thus far to support the Trump/Russia collusion story.

Maddow did not provide details about who sent her team the faked NSA documents, but she concluded her segment saying, “We don’t know who’s doing it, but we’re working on it.”

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07/07/2017

via Glenn Greenwald:

If you look at the time-stamp on the metadata on the document which the Intercept published, it reads “June 5, 12:17:15 pm” — exactly the same time and date, to the second, as the one on the document received by Maddow:

That’s because time-stamp on the documents published by the Intercept designate the creation date included in the PDF we publish on DocumentCloud: in this case, that occurred just over three hours prior to publication of our article. Both versions – the one we published and the one Maddow received – reflect the same time to the second: literally the exact moment when we created and uploaded the document.

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via BuzzFeed’s Chris McDaniel:

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UPDATE 07/12/2017

via TheIntercept:

Glenn Greenwald spoke to the person who claimed to have forged the document Rachel Maddow spent 20 minutes talking about on her primetime MSNBC show last Thursday. The alleged forger also said they sent the document to BuzzFeed News, which confirmed it to The Intercept. Maddow told Greenwald she would not comment, but the person claiming to have done the forgery said there was one small difference between the versions he sent to Maddow and BuzzFeed — one that only the forger would know. That difference was confirmed to The Intercept by BuzzFeed.

“All I did was white out your text. Put in my own and some black bars then ran it through the Photoshop ‘photocopy’ filter. Took me a whole 10 mins,” the alleged forger wrote. “I did it because I want to make sure the media is held accountable to check their sources before they post rather” than “run with anonymous sources only to backtrack months later.”

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And some additional Twitter beef:

Contractor Reality Winner Arrested for Leaking NSA Docs Assessing Russian Attempts to Hack US Voting Systems (w/ Updates)

In Archive, NSA, Reality Winner, Russia on June 5, 2017 at 9:48 PM

PAGE 1: THE LEAK
PAGE 2: THE SOURCE
PAGE 3: REALITY WINNER
PAGE 4: THE ARREST

06/05/2017

THE LEAK

TheIntercept:

Russian military intelligence executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s presidential election, according to a highly classified intelligence report obtained by The Intercept.

The top-secret National Security Agency document, which was provided anonymously to The Intercept and independently authenticated, analyzes intelligence very recently acquired by the agency about a months-long Russian intelligence cyber effort against elements of the U.S. election and voting infrastructure. The report, dated May 5, 2017, is the most detailed U.S. government account of Russian interference in the election that has yet come to light.

While the document provides a rare window into the NSA’s understanding of the mechanics of Russian hacking, it does not show the underlying “raw” intelligence on which the analysis is based. A U.S. intelligence officer who declined to be identified cautioned against drawing too big a conclusion from the document because a single analysis is not necessarily definitive.

The report indicates that Russian hacking may have penetrated further into U.S. voting systems than was previously understood. It states unequivocally in its summary statement that it was Russian military intelligence, specifically the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU, that conducted the cyber attacks described in the document:

The NSA analysis does not draw conclusions about whether the interference had any effect on the election’s outcome and concedes that much remains unknown about the extent of the hackers’ accomplishments. However, the report raises the possibility that Russian hacking may have breached at least some elements of the voting system, with disconcertingly uncertain results.

The NSA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence were both contacted for this article. Officials requested that we not publish or report on the top secret document and declined to comment on it. When informed that we intended to go ahead with this story, the NSA requested a number of redactions. The Intercept agreed to some of the redaction requests after determining that the disclosure of that material was not clearly in the public interest.

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