Amid a bizarre string of angry, misogynistic tweets on Saturday, Trump’s longtime friend and confidant Roger Stone claimed he had back-channel access to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. He later deleted the tweet.
It’s a strange time for Stone to be bragging about foreign contacts who provided damaging info on Democrats and Clinton.
In February, the New York Times reported Stone was among those in Trump’s orbit under investigation for rumored contacts with “senior Russian intelligence officials” during the election. Read more (3/5/17 5:33 PM)
The American documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras is best known for her works about post 9/11 national security policies. She won the 2015 Academy Award for Citizenfour, her film about the controversial whistleblower Edward Snowden. Her latest film, Risk, centers on the man who started the whole Wikileaks revolution — Julian Assange. Our critic at large John Powers has a review.
Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn seeking business records, as part of the ongoing probe of Russian meddling in last year’s election, according to people familiar with the matter. CNN learned of the subpoenas hours before President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey.
The subpoenas represent the first sign of a significant escalation of activity in the FBI’s broader investigation begun last July into possible ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia.
The subpoenas issued in recent weeks by the US Attorney’s Office in Alexandria, Virginia, were received by associates who worked with Flynn on contracts after he was forced out as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014, according to the people familiar with the investigation.
Robert Kelner, an attorney for Flynn, declined to comment. The US Attorney’s Office in Alexandria, the Justice Department and the FBI also declined to comment.
The Flynn inquiry is one piece of the broader investigation, which FBI Director James Comey testified in a Senate hearing last week is led jointly by the Alexandria US Attorney’s Office and the Justice Department’s National Security Division.
Flynn was forced to resign as Trump’s national security advisor in February after failing to disclose the nature of phone discussions with Russia’s ambassador in Washington, Sergey Kislyak.
Congressional investigators have also accused Flynn of possibly breaking the law by not properly disclosing a $45,000 payment for an appearance he made at an event in Moscow to celebrate Russia Today. The Russian government-funded news outlet that US intelligence agencies say played a key role in disseminating stolen emails intended to damage the candidacy of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.Flynn’s lawyer, Robert Kelner, has said that Flynn was not hiding anything, noting that he briefed the DIA on his trip to Russia.“
As has previously been reported, General Flynn briefed the Defense Intelligence Agency, a component agency of DoD, extensively regarding the RT speaking event trip both before and after the trip, and he answered any questions that were posed by DIA concerning the trip during those briefings,” Kelner said in a statement.
In March, Flynn’s lobbying firm registered as a foreign agent for the Turkish government, under a $500,000 contract.
Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, emerged in 2015 as a strident critic of the Obama administration, which fired him. He built a close relationship last year with then-candidate Trump and became a frequent Trump campaign surrogate before assuming a brief tenure as national security advisor.
US Attorney Dana Boente, whose office issued the subpoenas, is also leading the investigation into WikiLeaks and the effort to bring possible charges against the group’s founder, Julian Assange. Boente is also acting as head of the Justice Department’s national security section.The FBI interviewed Flynn about the December calls with Kislyak and determined that he wasn’t intentionally trying to be deceptive about the nature of what was discussed, according to US officials briefed on the investigation. But investigators have been investigating Flynn’s business ties after he left the government and before he joined the Trump administration.
Flynn and his henchmen could be in big doo-doo. #TrumpRussia
Pablo Picasso is widely (and wrongly) attributed as saying: “Good artists copy; great artists steal.” But it was dearly departed Apple founder Steve Jobs who took that shit and turned it into an internet meme.
That’s a youngish Jobs, in what we must admit is a spot-on Ashton Kutcher impersonation, not only referencing that famous quote, but also going on to say that Apple had “always been shameless about stealing great ideas.” And he has a valid point – after all, you can’t patent an idea. It’s transforming that idea from an ethereal concept into tangible reality that matters. And if that means “borrowing” ideas from Xerox to perfect your nascent graphical user interface, or even outright purchasing yourself some innovation when Siri doesn’t outgrow her awkward pubescent phase quickly enough … well, so be it. Because great ideas are free (or, barring that, purchasable for vast amounts of cash). Right?
Wrong! Or at least it is according to a much crankier, older Steve Jobs. As relayed in his authorized 2011 biography (aptly titled Steve Jobs), Jobs went straight-up “thermonuclear war” when Google’s Android mobile operating system took a tiny nibble out of Apple’s market share.