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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

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