U.S. spies, seeking to retrieve cyberweapons, paid Russian peddling dirt on Trump

U.S. spies, seeking to retrieve cyberweapons, paid Russian peddling dirt on Trump

U.S. spies, seeking to retrieve cyberweapons, paid Russian peddling dirt on Trump

That, at least, is the official story as reported by The New York Times Friday night.

The outlet reports that the CIA began meeting with the unidentified spy early past year after he claimed to have cyberweapons stolen from the National Security Agency.

According to USA and European intelligence officials cited in the report, the CIA was wary of the Trump information touted by the Russian-as the agency didn't want to become embroiled in a domestic political controversy.

The materials were stolen in 2017 by a group which calls itself Shadow Brokers.

But, according to The Times, after months of negotiating, including delivering a suitcase stuffed with $100,000 to a Berlin hotel room, the American spies would be "bilked" when the Russian failed to deliver.

He actually tried to once, as he handed a short video clip showing a man talking to two women over to a Berlin-based American businessman who was communicating on behalf of the USA intelligence agents, but failed to verify it was actually the American President. There was no sound in the video and no evidence the man was Trump.

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And looking back, it should have been obvious that the Russian never had any ties to sensitive information.

A new report from The New York Times exposed a financial transition between us intel and a "shadowy" Russian Federation regarding secrets about President Trump. In October and December he delivered documents he alleged contained information which implicated Trump's associates, but the Times reports that most of the information the documents included were already public knowledge.

US intelligence officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the suitcase represented the first installment of an agreed $1 million payoff.

Those involved said that they initially became wary that the deal was not on the up and up because the Russian insisted so heavily on including the compromising information he claimed to have on President Trump and then quickly dropped his asking price from $10 million to $1 million when the Americans began to lose interest.

Earlier this year, the Times reports, they gave him one more chance but he still did not follow through on providing the hacking tools and information he claimed to have.

The American spies ended "chasing the Russian out of Western Europe, warning him not to return if he valued his freedom", The Times reported, based on an account from the businessman, who is now said to have possession of the Trump "material" somewhere in Europe. The Russian made a decision to leave.

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