The ever-expanding #KremlinGate investigation has unearthed a wide cast of figures who may soon face federal and state indictments. Their alleged crimes range from RICO violations and money laundering to conspiracy and treason. According to reports, these U.S. persons could encompass the President, his adult children, the Vice President, various surrogates, advisors and castaways of the Trump campaign, the Trump Administration, and GOP Congressional leaders.
As this murky cloud of impeachment hovers over the Trump administration, nerve-wracked Americans seek out another group of people. These are the disseminators – commentators/researchers/documentarians – who parse out the alleged offenders and their offenses, crafting an entangled network that leads to the Kremlin and back. Continue reading “Who’s On The Up and Up and Who’s Going Down #KremlinGate”→
In his fascinating Vanity Fair narrative, author Howard Blum asked whether there are two Steele dossiers – one is the 35-page document posted by BuzzFeed News and the other “a longer, more expertly crafted and sourced document, the final work product of a well-trained M.I.6 senior deskman”.
Two dossiers is entirely possible. And, there can be little doubt that the dossier sitting on BuzzFeed is an incomplete product.
A study of the published dossier reveals many gaps in the number sequence, indicating that sections were pulled from public view rather than missing parts of a finished product as Blum assumes. There are also chronological gaps and one undated section.
In tallying up these omitted memos, it looks like the public dossier is a bare bones copy of Steele’s full product. Upwards to 156 sections (memos) are apparently excluded, covering over three months’ of collected material from Steele. This contrasts with the 17 sections (memos) found at BuzzFeed.
The most significant omissions are at the start of the work product where Steele may have pulled 79 sections covering the Summer of 2016 and from October to December 2016, where 30 memos are missing.
One of the more puzzling questions in this political universe of odd affairs has to do with what’s called the Steele Dossier and when US officials knew about its existence.
This packet of information from Christopher Steele, a former spy with Britain’s M16 agency, contains 35 pages of data gleaned from his Russian sources over a six month period extending from June through December 2016.
The dossier is the key to #RussiaGate and all that term encompasses. Its many allegations – some confirmed and others under investigation – trace a connection between Donald Trump and key players in his campaign and Russian actors. It records alleged attempts by the Russian state to deliberately harm the presidential bid of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. According to Steele’s sources, the black op was coordinated, paid and enacted by the Kremlin and Trump campaign staff. Continue reading “The Steele Dossier: Who Knew And When”→
Since its appearance some ten months ago, the Steele dossier, a binder of revelations compiled by former UK spy Christopher Steele has been discussed, dissected and investigated by a number of individuals. However for the general public, its contents are still a mystery and references to it draw perplexed sighs or knee jerk reactions. To help demystify this document, I have broken it down into its major sections.
Below is an abbreviated table of contents, divided up chronologically, using Steele’s numbering system and headings. (Some minor editing has been added for consistency.) The information follows the dossier published by BuzzFeed News.Continue reading “The Abbreviated Steele Dossier”→