Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Russian bilked U.S. spies out of $100000

Russian bilked U.S. spies out of $100000

"According to the paper, a Russian sold phony secrets on 'Trump' to the United States and the asking price was $10-M, pared to $1-M to be paid over time", President Trump said in a Tweet.

The Russian eventually delivered information that had been publicly released by the Shadow Brokers, and the Trump information he pushed was already in the public domain or dubious.

In his tweet, Trump appeared to refer to his long-standing accusation that intelligence agencies are trying discredit him by investigating his connections to Russian Federation. The hacker promised to provide them with the information he had stolen in exchange for $1 million.

The US intelligence officials said they cut off the deal because they were wary of being entangled in a Russian operation to create discord inside the US government.

USA intelligence paid $100,000 to a shady Russian operative who pocketed the dough and took off without coming through with a promised goldmine of espionage assets - including alleged dirt on President Trump, according to a sensational report on Friday.

The money was delivered to a Berlin hotel room in September and was intended as the first installment of a $1 million reward, according to U.S. officials, the Russian and communications reviewed by the Times, the newspaper reported.

"I think anybody who is in the CIA, NSA, any of the American intelligence agencies, will tell you they do not go out and spy on Americans, they're not going out to look for material on Americans", Rosenberg said in interview with CNN's Ana Cabrera on Saturday.

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In the months since, the NSA has been working to recover the cyberweapons stolen in that breach - and when a Russian figure came forward offering to deliver them, the NSA made a deal.

"According to the [New York Times], a Russian sold phony secrets on "Trump" to the U.S.", Trump wrote in a Twitter message. Despite the intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election, Trump on occasion has seemingly dismissed this analysis.

Multiple intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election in a bid to help secure Trump's victory.

"He said he didn't meddle".

"Every time he sees me, he says, 'I didn't do that, '" Trump added.

An explosive memo declassified by Trump more than a week ago shows that top officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ used an unverified and politically motivated anti-Trump dossier to obtain a warrant to surveil Trump associate Carter Page.

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

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