intelligence report

Knowledge is knowing that Halifax gets the job done. Wisdom is knowing that you never question his methods.

(Consider this as pre-TNT)

“Here you go, Sir,” Halifax beamed as he released a binder and let it crash ceremoniously onto Olivier’s desk. 

Olivier cocked an eyebrow up at him, “What would this be, Captain?”

“That, my dear Major General, would be the intelligence report from my scouting mission in Drachma. They are planning an attack on us, by the way. I suggest we get reinforcements from Central.”

Olivier’s eyes widened in disbelief as she reached out to retrieve the binder and peeled it open. Even the ice queen couldn’t contain her surprise at its contents.

“How… How did you get this? Captain Ivanov was there for weeks and he didn’t get a sliver of intelligence. You were just assigned this mission a week ago! Explain your methods.”

Halifax smirked.

“Let’s just say that I always deliver in a timely manner,” he walked towards the opened door to her office, leaning in slightly after exiting, “Feel free to take statement in the wrong way.”

Olivier pursed her lips and shook her head.



“Aksel, you’re back!” 

Halifax spread out his arms to catch an incoming Cordova, who almost crushed his smaller frame in his embrace, “Hey babe, how have you been?”

“As usual… But I want to know how your mission went!”

“It went well! Thanks for helping me get that uniform.”

“So the plan worked?”

“Of course it did. The guy didn’t even check if I was a real postman. He just let me in and told me to bring the package up to his office. The documents were just left there out in the open. Honestly, I feel kind of bad that the people we’re up against are this stupid.”

Here are the biggest lies, mistruths and “alternative facts” from Trump’s joint address

9:11 p.m.: “A new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly in our grasp.”

Polls show Americans are broadly anxious about the future of the U.S. under Trump.

9:16 p.m.: Trump name-checks companies he says have kept jobs in the U.S. under his presidency

According to the New York Times, several companies which the president is taking credit for personally convincing to keep or create jobs in the U.S. were actually just following through on previously announced plans, including Sprint (owned by Softbank) and Chrysler.

Trump has cited misleading numbers of jobs he supposedly saved at Carrier, an air conditioning manufacturer.

9:22 p.m.: Trump claims enforcing immigration laws will make Americans safer

“By finally enforcing our immigration laws, we will raise wages, help the unemployed, save billions of dollars, and make our communities safer for everyone,” Trump said.

On the last point, multiple studies have concluded immigrants commit less crime than U.S. citizens, according to the New York Times. According to the Times, census data shows immigrant men aged 18-49 are one-fifth to one-half as likely to face incarceration as natural-born citizens, while non-citizens (comprising 7% of the population) are only 5% of the state and federal prison population.

9:25 p.m.: Trump misleads on his role in saving money on the F-35 program

While Trump has touted his supposed role in saving $700 million on the much-criticized, $1 trillion-plus F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, according to Politifact, program costs have been coming down for years.

9:27 p.m.: Trump defends his de facto Muslim ban, saying U.S. cannot afford a “beachhead of terrorists” or “sanctuary for extremists”

No nationals from the seven countries specifically named in Trump’s executive order have committed terror attacks resulting in U.S. fatalities since 1975 and his plan would do little to prevent terrorism, which is mostly homegrown.

9:29 p.m.: Trump cites highly misleading figures on the labor force

As Politico’s Michael Grunwald noted, the vast majority of those in the 94 million figure are not typically considered working constituencies.

9:55 p.m.: “According to the National Academy of Sciences, our current immigration system costs America’s taxpayers many billions of dollars a year.”

According to the New York Times, the study in question actually concluded immigration results in “positive net benefits to the U.S. economy during the last two decades of the 20th century,” and “the infusion of human capital by high-skilled immigrants has boosted the nation’s capacity for innovation, entrepreneurship and technological change.”

It also concluded that while first-generation immigrants create a net government cost of $57.4 billion, second and third-generation adults “create a benefit of $30.5 billion and $223.8 billion, respectively.”

10:00 p.m.: Trump says Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines will create tens of thousands of jobs

As the Washington Post noted, while Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska would each hire between 2,700 and 4,000 construction workers to complete the pipelines, and Kansas would hire 200, the average length of those jobs would be just 19.5 weeks. According to Politifact, the Keystone XL pipeline would only create 35 permanent jobs.

10:04 p.m.: Trump says the Yemen raid produced actionable intelligence

Trump claimed a recent Yemen raid which resulted in the death of a U.S. Navy SEAL and 30 civilians, including children, claimed “large amounts of vital intelligence.” One report citing senior officials, however, contested that account and said no significant information was recovered. The target of the raid, Qassim al-Rimi, escaped the assassination attempt and reportedly recorded an audio message mocking Trump as the “fool of the White House.”

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I’m just saying ...

On a political cartoon site, one otherwise liberal cartoonist made the mistake of expressing doubt about the Russian connection to Donald Trump, to which a poster (handle “Radish”) provided the following amazing response:

I don’t know – it’s hard for me to see any U.S. ties to Russia…except for the Flynn thing and the Manafort thing
and the Tillerson thing
and the Sessions thing
and the Kushner thing
and the Carter Page thing
and the Roger Stone thing
and the Felix Sater thing
and the Boris Ephsteyn thing
and the Rosneft thing
and the Gazprom thing
and the Sergey Gorkov banker thing
and the Azerbajain thing
and the “I love Putin” thing
and the Donald Trump, Jr. thing
and the Sergey Kislyak thing
and the Russian Affiliated Interests thing
and the Russian Business Interests thing
and the Emoluments Clause thing
and the Alex Schnaider thing
and the hack of the DNC thing
and the Guccifer 2.0 thing
and the Mike Pence “I don’t know anything” thing
and the Russians mysteriously dying thing
and Trump’s public request to Russia to hack Hillary’s email thing
and the Trump house sale for $100 million at the bottom of the housing bust to the Russian fertilizer king thing
and the Russian fertilizer king’s plane showing up in Concord, NC during Trump rally campaign thing
and the Nunes sudden flight to the White House in the night thing
and the Nunes personal investments in the Russian winery thing
and the Cyprus bank thing
and Trump not releasing his tax returns thing
and the Republican Party’s rejection of an amendment to require Trump to show his taxes thing
and the election hacking thing
and the GOP platform change to the Ukraine thing
and the Steele Dossier thing
and the Leninist Bannon thing
and the Sally Yates can’t testify thing
and the intelligence community’s investigative reports thing
and Trump’s reassurance that the Russian connection is all “fake news” thing
and Spicer’s Russian Dressing “nothing’s wrong” thing
so there’s probably nothing there
since the swamp has been drained, these people would never lie
probably why Nunes cancels the investigation meetings
all of this must be normal
just a bunch of separate dots with no connection.

^ Ht: SK
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Live Updates: Trump Rants On Twitter After Reports Reveal Campaign Aides Were In Touch With Russian Intelligence
Connections between President Trump's administration and campaign aides with Russians are roiling the nation. Catch the latest here.
By BuzzFeed News

Here’s the latest on the Trump administration and Russia:

  • The United States is facing political chaos as more and more reports emerge tying President Donald Trump’s aides to Russia. An FBI investigation is underway, members of Congress are calling for reviews, and the public, reporters, and intelligence community are looking for clarity amid many seeming contradictions.
  • Members of President Trump’s campaign had repeated contact with Russian intelligence officials, according to phone records and call intercepts first reported by The New York Times on Tuesday evening.
  • The calls were intercepted around the time that the intelligence community found evidence that the Russians had tried to interfere with the presidential election to get Trump elected by hacking into the Democratic National Committee’s computers and releasing emails.
  • This come a day after Gen. Mike Flynn resigned as President Trump’s national security adviser after it was revealed he communicated with a Russian official about sanctions before Trump took office — which could have been illegal — then misled Vice President Mike Pence about it.
  • Trump has been aware of the situation with Flynn since Jan. 26, White House Spokesman Sean Spicer said, adding that the White House was “reviewing and evaluating” the issue “on a daily basis for a few weeks.” But, on Feb. 4, Trump indicated he wasn’t aware of the scandal surrounding Flynn.
  • At noon Wednesday Trump is scheduled to have a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Trump went on a Twitter rant this morning after it was revealed his campaign was in contact with Russian intelligence. He started by calling out the “fake news media.”

Then moved on to “Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign.”

After that, Trump tweeted that the intelligence community was illegally filtering information to “failing” news outlets — “Just like Russia.”

Then he reminded everyone that Russia took Crimea during the Obama administration.

Distancing himself from the “scandal,” he said the real issue is the “un-American” handing out of classified information.

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The number of anti-Muslim hate groups in the United States more than tripled in 2016, SPLC says

  • On Wednesday, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a new report revealing that hate groups — specifically, anti-Muslim groups — grew exponentially in 2016.
  • The Intelligence Report found a total of 917 established hate groups in 2016, a slight uptick from 2015 when there were 892 such groups. 
  • However, the number of anti-Muslim hate groups more than tripled, with 34 in 2015 and a whopping 101 in 2016. Read more (2/16/17 8:36 AM)

On any given day, a president is typically expected to read about as much material as a college student cramming for an exam, if that exam was about drones shooting up Yemeni villages. But Trump famously doesn’t like reading.

So American intelligence agencies have been told to keep their reports short and free of nuance: Trump’s intelligence reports are about 25 percent of the length of Obama’s and allow no space for dissenting opinions. Policy papers have also been trimmed from 3-6 pages down to a single page, with lots of graphics and maps. Saddest of all, the National Security Council has taken things a step further by “strategically” including Trump’s name as often as possible, knowing that he tends to keep reading if he sees his name being mentioned.

A bigger problem than just these oversimplified briefings, as the guy who used to deliver Obama’s briefings pointed out, is that apparently Trump often doesn’t even bother to read them. Which can lead to Trump embarrassing himself in talks with foreign leaders, or drafting woefully inept executive orders, or signing off on documents he doesn’t know the meaning of. It’s almost enough to make you want FOX News to start doing a special “Morning Briefing” segment that airs exclusively to the Oval Office.

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The White House is under pressure to clarify whether it has issued an apology to the British government for claiming the UK’s GCHQ intelligence agency spied on Donald Trump for the Obama administration.

Less than 24 hours after press secretary Sean Spicer repeated the allegation from a White House podium, British government sources briefed news outlets on Friday morning that the US had apologized. The Telegraph, quoting intelligence sources, even reported the apology came direct from Spicer and National Security Adviser, General H R McMaster.

In an on-the-record statement, a Downing Street spokesperson said the UK government “made clear the allegations were ridiculous and received reassurances that they would not be repeated” following a discussion with US counterparts.

But US officials have been disputed whether the Trump administration had gone as far as an apology. One administration source told BuzzFeed News: “The UK demanded an apology, NSC worked overnight to try and smooth things over.”

The ambiguity over whether it was an apology puts pressure on Trump aides to clarify the exact nature of the conversation. Trump is legendarily opposed to apologizing.

The White House told reporters on Friday that British ambassador to Washington Kim Darroch and Sir Mark Lyall, the UK national security adviser, had expressed their concerns to Spicer and McMaster, who had explained that Spicer was simply pointing to public reports, not endorsing any specific story.

The diplomatic row between the White House and its closest intelligence partner broke out on Thursday when Spicer cited Fox & Friends’ Tuesday show while trying to defend the president’s allegation of wiretapping. On the program, Fox News’ judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano claimed that three intelligence sources had told him Obama called on the services of GCHQ.

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Mike Flynn will plead the Fifth. Trump once said that’s something only the guilty do.

  • Former national security adviser Michael Flynn will not comply with the Senate Intelligence Committee’s subpoena, and will instead invoke his Fifth Amendment rights, the Associated Press reported Monday.
  • The Intelligence Committee subpoenaed documents from Flynn relating to his interactions with Russia.
  • The Fifth Amendment gives people the right to decline to answer questions in legal proceedings so as to avoid self-incrimination.
  • Trump said last year that only guilty people invoke the Fifth Amendment.
  • Trump made those comments after three people involved in the Clinton email server pled the Fifth in the Congressional investigation.
  • “The mob takes the Fifth Amendment,” Trump said in September. “If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?” Read more (5/22/17 11 AM)
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WikiLeaks just published thousands of documents it says came from the CIA

  • WikiLeaks published “thousands” of documents it says are from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence, the AP reported Tuesday.
  • According to a press release posted on the WikiLeaks’ website, the document dump is the beginning of a “new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.” They have named the project “Vault 7.”
  • According to WikiLeaks, the documents contain information about the CIA’s “global covert hacking program,” including malware tools created by the CIA, allegedly to further U.S. surveillance. Read more (3/7/17 9:42 AM)

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Donald Trump...

…wants to take Iraq’s oil.
…is making enemies lists.
…is calling his critics “enemies.”
…is keeping his own security force.
…wants the Army to target civilians.
…would make the Army target civilians.
…wants to expand domestic surveillance.
…wants to make it easier to sue the press.
…wants to cut back our intelligence agencies.
…thinks security takes precedence over privacy.
…is undermining the legitimacy of the court system.
…is threatening journalists for unfavorable reporting.
…is threatening to enact martial law in American cities.
…thinks the 1st Amendment offers too much protection.
…needs the names of people working on climate change.
…needs the names of people working on gender equality.
…offered to “destroy the career” of a Texas state Senator.
…is undermining and telling lies to delegitimize the media.
…only supports transparency when it’s working to his benefit.
…is banning a religion from immigrating to the United States.
…will prevent administration officials from appearing on CNN.
…is going to publish a list of crimes committed by immigrants.
…is appointing unqualified cronies to national cabinet positions.
…is seeking the ability to purge the government of non-loyalists.
…is freezing federal agencies from communicating through twitter.
…is dismantling anti-discrimination protections for at-risk students.
…is showing no regard for the handling of delicate classified information.
…his chief advisor is using her position to push Trump branded products.
…is using his position as President to make money for his businesses.
…needs the names of State Department employees working on extremism.
…is demanding apologies from news organizations that report on WH leaks.
…has fired the acting Attorney General for “betraying the State Department.”
…is completely ignoring communications from the Office of Government Ethics.
…is allowing his chief strategist to destroy or prevent a White House paper trail.
…is presenting “alternative facts” (lying) to the American people.
…is frustrated that he is unable to govern the same way that he ran his businesses.
…is only taking questions from pro-administration news agencies at press conferences.
…wanted to oust all inspectors general to remove ethics oversight over government agencies.
…his policy advisor is warning that the President’s national security policy “will not be questioned.”
…withheld important national security information from the Vice President and the rest of his team.
…his campaign may have been working with another nation to effect the outcome of a democratic election.
…has removed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s permanent seat on the National Security Council.
…has given Steve Bannon, an alt-right white nationalist, a permanent seat on the National Security Council.
…insulted Australia, an ally of the United States, and may have threatened to invade Mexico, also an ally of the United States.
…has planted hand picked supporters in his crowds.
…has given cabinet positions to his campaign donors.
…has undermined the legitimacy of protesters.
…fired advisors who don’t fully support his policies.
…considering quitting the U.N. Human Rights Council.
…rejected intelligence reports that don’t fully support his policies.
…went a full week without attending the Presidential Daily Intelligence Briefing.
…asked the FBI to undermine news reports on the administration’s ties to Russia.
…asked intelligence officials and key Republican lawmakers to counter Russia stories.
…has blocked CNN, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, BuzzFeed, the BBC and the Guardian from participating in a press conference.

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A Case of You;

Summary: There was always an age gap between Y/N and Tony, which was the only reason he never confessed his true feelings for her. But after a near death experience when Y/N sacrifices herself for him, Tony decides to open up; helping her through rehab and recovery, they grow closer.

A/N: I would put Y/N’s age around 23-25. I hope everyone likes this! Please like/reblog/follow, because I’m looking for some more Marvel-related blogs to follow. Thanks for reading xx

“Got a few Hydra guys headed towards you from your right, Y/N!” Sam called into the comm, causing Y/N to swing around in response. She took on a defensive stance, ready to take them out when they were suddenly blasted away by Iron Man. 

She rolled her eyes, internally cursing Tony Stark for a second while she got back to work. “You don’t have to babysit me, you know,” Y/N said as she jogged along, heading towards their target: an old, recently abandoned munitions factory that was adapted to be a Hydra hideout. This particular location was flagged specifically for the Avengers to destroy, since SHIELD intelligence reported the possible development of new Winter Soldiers. That’s why they were down a man this week, too. Steve made the call for Bucky Barnes to sit out this mission (which led to a series of destroyed computers and a broken table, none of which particularly bothered Tony). 

Because of this handicap, Y/N and the others were forced to be everywhere at once. Sam’s reconnaissance drone buzzed about, gathering information to warn them about upcoming enemies. Y/N was literally all over the place, teleporting from one area to another, depending on where the fighting was the heaviest. The Avengers crew spent almost as much time dodging Steve’s shield as they did fighting. 

“Thank you works, too,” Tony simply responded, flying alongside her as they neared the building. “Almost there, ladies and gentlemen. Everything outside clear?” Tony asked everyone.

“Clear.”

“Clear.”

“Clear here, too.”

“Clear. Let’s just get this over with,” Clint responded impatiently, “I’m cooking for the wife tonight.”

Y/N made eye contact with Steve, who nodded in acknowledgement, before busting down the door to the surprisingly unfortified building. Perhaps they thought their biggest defense was the secrecy of the place? “I have an odd feeling about this,” Y/N said nervously into the comm system, “Why isn’t it more heavily protected?” 

No one else said anything, however, as they finally entered. The entire area was dead silent as each member of the team carefully stepped across the concrete floor, looking for anyone who was waiting to attack. “Tony, Y/N, Clint-go right,” Steve commanded quietly into the comm system, “Wanda, Natasha, Sam, and I will go left.”

While Tony and Clint walked as quietly forward as they could, Y/N teleported ahead to clear the area.

“Everything seems okay out here,” Y/N reported at a normal volume, seeing as there was apparently no one to give away their location to. 

“Same here,” Natasha said, sounding as suspicious as the other girl was. When Tony and Clint finally caught up, they joined her in searching the area. “We’ll be heading your way in a minute after we shake this area down.”

The girl noticed Tony, having just taken off the suit for better mobility, hunched over something in the corner. “Tony, What is that?” Almost as soon as she asked, though, she knew it was a bomb. “Don’t come over here!” Y/N yelled hoarsely into the comm, so loudly it made Clint jump and pull his earpiece out, “There’s a bomb-I repeat, there’s a bomb.”

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Vladimir Putin ordered attempt to influence US election, declassified report says

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin personally directed an attempt to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to an intelligence report declassified and made public Friday.
  • The report, “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections,” noted that Moscow has for years attempted to meddle in American politics, but 2016 operations “demonstrated a significant escalation in directness, level of activity and scope of effort.” Read more
  • Afterward, Trump said in a statement that cyberattacks had no impact on the integrity of his victory. Read more
Michael Flynn and the 6 Big Questions

The American public deserves to know the answers to at least the first five of these questions, and will then make a judgment on the sixth:

1. Why didn’t Trump act sooner to fire Flynn? He knew about Flynn’s contact with the Russian ambassador at least since January, when then-acting attorney general Sally Yates notified the White House that Flynn had “put himself in a compromising position” with his phone call to the Russian ambassador.

2. What, if anything, did Trump authorize Michael Flynn to tell the Russians before the inauguration?

3. What other contacts did Flynn and other Trump aides have with Russia before the election? U.S. intelligence reports show that Flynn was in touch with Russian ambassador Kislyak during the 2016 campaign, and that communications between the two continued after Nov. 8. The Russian ambassador has even confirmed having contacts with Flynn before and after the election, though he declined to say what was discussed.

4. Did Flynn or other Trump aides know of or cooperate with Russia in interfering in the 2016 election on Trump’s behalf?

5. If so, did Trump know about or encourage such cooperation?

These questions won’t go away. The FBI and the Senate Intelligence Community are investigating. Hopefully, investigative reporters are also on the case. Eventually, the truth will come out. As Richard Nixon learned, coverups in Washington just make things worse. 

Which leads inevitably to the last question:

6. If Trump knew or encouraged, will he be impeached?

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A Federal Government Contractor Has Been Charged With Leaking To The Media
The Department of Justice alleges that Reality Leigh Winner, 25, removed classified material from a government facility and mailed it to an online news outlet.
By Steven Perlberg

A federal contractor in Georgia has been charged with leaking classified material to an online news outlet, the Justice Department announced Monday.

Reality Leigh Winner, 25, was arrested by the FBI at her home on Saturday and appeared in federal court in Augusta on Monday afternoon, DOJ said in a statement.

Winner is a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation who held top secret clearance, according to the statement.

“Winner printed and improperly removed classified intelligence reporting, which contained classified national defense information from an intelligence community agency, and unlawfully retained it,” DOJ said in the statement. “Approximately a few days later, Winner unlawfully transmitted by mail the intelligence reporting to an online news outlet.”

According to the statement, Winner admitted to FBI agents “admitted removing the classified intelligence reporting from her office space, retaining it, and mailing it from Augusta, Georgia, to the news outlet, which she knew was not authorized to receive or possess the documents.”

The charges come as the administration makes finding the “leakers” of classified information a key rallying cry. Finding anonymous leakers has been a fixture of President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed. The Obama administration, during its eight years, also aggressively investigated leaks.

“Releasing classified material without authorization threatens our nation’s security and undermines public faith in government,“ Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

Grab Your Things (I’ve come to take you home)

FLUFFFFF written in the dead of night, as seems to be my wont lately. This is a late fill for @rebelcaptainprompts Rebelcaptain Appreciation Week, prompt five: Home. Title taken from the song “Solsbury Hill” by Peter Gabriel, although I actually prefer the Sarah McLachlan live cover.

Grab Your Things (I’ve come to take you home)

Cassian often thought that emerging from deep cover was like surfacing after a deep-sea dive. You had to take it in measured stages, pausing at certain depths on your way up through the levels of ocean, just the same as you had to move carefully through Imperial space, checking in through encrypted channels on your way.

If you did it too fast, you’d get the bends, or your cover would be blown, both possibly fatal outcomes. So you took it slow.

Which he appreciated. He did. But Force, it took so long.

He didn’t remember it taking so long all the other times, although logic dictated that it always had, or possibly longer.

He’d always been able to sink deep into a cover before, leaving Cassian almost completely behind as he became Joreth or Willix or whoever. But this time, a stubborn knot of Cassian-ness remained deep inside, tied up around a pair of green eyes and a smirking mouth.

He’d missed her desperately.

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July 25, 1917 - Mata Hari Sentenced to Death for Espionage

Pictured - Singer, dancer, model, spy.

A French court found the famous Dutch dancer and courtesan Mata Hari guilty of espionage and July 25. She was sentenced to death by firing squad in October. Hari continued to protest her innocence.

Margaretha Geertruida Zelle was born in a small Dutch town, but after a failed marriage went to Paris, where she began performing. Under her persona, “the Mata Hari,” or “the eye of the dawn” she claimed to be an Indian trained by temple priests for exotic rituals.  She was keen-witted, mysterious, and ravishing, often dancing with nothing more on than a bra.

A citizen of the neutral Netherlands with many friends in high places across all of Europe - it is no surprise that the Germans believed she would make the perfect spy. In  1914 she began receiving payments from German intelligence to report on what her confidantes told her. 

At the beginning of the war Mata Hari was 38 and her appearances were starting to dip. She accepted the money but claims to have done nothing more than pass on outdated information. Unfortunately, she was overconfident in her ability to outsmart spies on both sides of the war. She became a French agent too in 1916, but she was too talkative and always in need of money. When the information she sent to the French proved useless and outdated too, they cut off her money under the suspicion that she was playing both sides.

French authorities arrested Hari in February 1917. She had asked German authorities in Spain for money to see a wounded lover in the French army on the Western Front. Suspicious of her loyalty, the Germans allowed her messages to be intercepted by the French.  France was facing military defeat and political unrest, and the scandal of a famous, beautiful spy was exactly what would look good in the paper.

I don’t know – it’s hard for me to see any U.S. ties to Russia…except for the Flynn thing,
and the Manafort thing,
and the Tillerson thing,
and the Sessions thing,
and the Kushner thing,
and the Carter Page thing,
and the Roger Stone thing,
and the Felix Sater thing,
and the Boris Ephsteyn thing,
and the Rosneft thing,
and the Gazprom thing,
and the Sergey Gorkov banker thing,
and the Azerbaijan thing,
and the “I love Putin” thing,
and the Donald Trump, Jr. thing,
and the Sergey Kislyak thing,
and the Russian Affiliated Interests thing,
and the Russian Business Interests thing,
and the Emoluments Clause thing,
and the Alex Schnaider thing,
and the hack of the DNC thing, and the Guccifer 2.0 thing,
and the Mike Pence “I don’t know anything” thing,
and the Russians mysteriously dying thing,
and Trump’s public request to Russia to hack Hillary’s email thing,
and the Trump house sale for $100 million at the bottom of the housing bust to the Russian fertilizer king thing,
and the Russian fertilizer king’s plane showing up in Concord, NC during Trump rally campaign thing,
and the Nunes sudden flight to the White House in the night thing,
and the Nunes personal investments in the Russian winery thing,
and the Cyprus bank thing
and Trump not releasing his tax returns thing,
and the Republican Party’s rejection of an amendment to require Trump to show his taxes thing,
and the election hacking thing and the GOP platform change to the Ukraine thing,
and the Steele Dossier thing,
and the Leninist Bannon thing and the Sally Yates can’t testify thing,
and the intelligence community’s investigative reports thing,
and the Trump reassurance that the Russian connection is all “fake news” thing,
and the Spicer’s Russian Dressing “nothing’s wrong” thing,
and the Chaffetz not willing to start an investigation thing,
and the Chaffetz suddenly deciding to go back to private life in the middle of an investigation thing,
and The Lead DOJ Investigator Mary McCord SUDDENLY in the middle of the investigation decides to resign thing,
and the appointment of Pam Bondi who was bribed by trump in the trump university scandal appointed to head the investigation thing,
and The White House going into full-on cover-up mode, refusing to turn over the documents related to the hiring and subsequent firing of Flynn thing,
and the Chaffetz and White House blaming the poor vetting of Flynn on Obama thing,
and the Poland and British intelligence gave information regarding the hacking back in 2015 to Paul Ryan and he didn’t do anything thing,
and the Agent MI6 following the money thing,
and now the trump team KNEW about Flynn’s involvement but hired him anyway thing,
and The Corey Lewendowski thing,
and the Preet Bharara firing thing but before he left he transferred evidence against trump to a state level Schneiderman thing,
and the Betsy Devos’ Brother thing,
and the Sebastian Gorka thing, and the Greg Gianforte from Montana thing,
and the Pence actually was warned about Flynn before he was hired thing,
and the Pence and Manafort connection thing,
and the 7 Allies coming forward with audio where trump was picked up in incidental wiretapping thing,
and the Carter Page defying the Senate’s order to hand over his Russian contact list thing,
AND NOW the Trump wants to VETO Sally Yates’ testimony thing!!
And the Trump just fired James Comey thing!!
So yeah there’s probably nothing there.
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