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CIA Paid $100000 to Shadowy Russian Touting Trump Dirt and Stolen Cyberweapons

CIA Paid $100000 to Shadowy Russian Touting Trump Dirt and Stolen Cyberweapons

The newspaper reported that several American intelligence officials said their only objective was to obtain the cyberweapons and not the information on Trump.

The Times' sources said the intelligence officials did not want to be caught up in a Russian plot to cause problems in the USA government, and they were concerned about the fallout if it was learned they'd bought information about Trump, so when it became clear he wasn't delivering the cyberweapons, they cut off the plot and threatened the Russian seller with arrest. The cash was allegedly delivered in a Berlin hotel room inside a suitcase in September, the newspaper reported.

The Times reported that the Russian, early in the negotiations, dropped the asking price from $10 million to $1 million for the cyber tools and the Trump-related information. They also feared the reaction in Washington in case the information that they were trying to buy dirt on the president would come to light.

Trump's tweet on Saturday said, "It is all starting to come out".

The seller, who was not identified but had links to both cyber criminals and Russian intelligence, tantalized the U.S. spies with an offer of the NSA hacking tools that had been advertised for sale online by a shady group called the Shadow Brokers.

"I hope people are now seeing & understanding what is going on here", he continued.

The Intercept reported that the "off-the-books communications channel" with Russian Federation created rifts in the CIA, which is led by Trump loyalist Mike Pompeo, but has many staffers still smarting over Trump's repeated harsh comments about the intelligence community's role in the Russian Federation meddling investigation.




"DRAIN THE SWAMP!" the president tweeted. Despite the intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election, Trump on occasion has seemingly dismissed this analysis.

President Trump also responded to the story but he had a different response, seeming to give credence to Times' report on Twitter.

"He said he didn't meddle".

"The people swindled here were James Risen and Matt Rosenberg", the Central Intelligence Agency said, referring to Times reporter Rosenberg, who wrote the story, and Risen, who authored a similar report in The Intercept.

There are multiple ongoing investigations looking into whether Trump associates had ties to the Russians during the election.

Trump denies any collusion with Russian Federation.


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