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Mon Jul 16, 2018, 08:50 AM

Putin must wonder what else America knows about Russia

When Russian President Vladimir Putin sits down at the table in Helsinki on Monday, he will surely have in the back of his mind some intelligence worries that have nothing to do with the U.S. president seated across from him.

Putin’s elite spy world has been penetrated by U.S. intelligence. That’s the implication of the extraordinarily detailed 29-page indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence (GRU) officers handed up by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigators on Friday. The 11-count charge includes names, dates, unit assignments, the GRU’s use of “X-agent” malware, its bitcoin covert funding schemes and a wealth of other tradecraft.

Putin must be asking himself: How did the Americans find out all these facts? What other operations have been compromised? And how much else do they know?

“The Russians have surely begun a ‘damage assessment’ to figure out how we were able to collect this information and how much damage was done to their cyber capacity as a result,” says Jeffrey Smith, a former CIA general counsel, in an email. “They are probably also doing a CI (counter-intelligence) assessment to determine whether we have any human sources or whether the Russians made mistakes that we were able to exploit.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2018/07/15/putin-must-wonder-what-else-america-knows-about-russia/?utm_term=.656cf03303ee

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Response to Agent_86 (Original post)

Mon Jul 16, 2018, 08:57 AM

1. He's probably just ROFLing at Mueller indicting people who will never see a day in court

Also, much of what is in those indictments is conjecture that, in the grand jury process, never gets vetted by a defense rebuttal or suggestion of alternate rationale for what supposedly happened.

Indictments are a far cry from verified vetted evidence. Hence the expression that one can indict a ham sandwich.

They do a good job of getting the fake news press riled up though. Just how Trump likes it.

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Response to foia (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 16, 2018, 09:39 AM

4. putin is more likely LOL at Mueller for running away when an indicted russian co showed up to court

and called his bluff.

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Response to Agent_86 (Original post)

Mon Jul 16, 2018, 09:17 AM

2. Expect some more poisoning in the future

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Response to Billy Jingo (Reply #2)

Mon Jul 16, 2018, 09:40 AM

5. botched robbery gone bad is more likely

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Response to Agent_86 (Original post)

Mon Jul 16, 2018, 09:37 AM

3. Given Obama let russia hack US elections/DNC servers/etc, wouldn't putin already know what we know??

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Response to Agent_86 (Original post)

Mon Jul 16, 2018, 10:26 AM

6. Most of this probably comes from NSA intercepts of communications in and out of the US

The information about how bitcoin funding was done, the cyber tools used, etc. would be revealed by going back over the big database in the cloud of all transmissions.

It's unclear whether the identities are real or covers or whether the org charts of that organization are very deep state secrets.

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