Saturday Reading


THE UNITED STATES intelligence community has been conducting a top-secret operation to recover stolen classified U.S. government documents from Russian operatives, according to sources familiar with the matter. The operation has also inadvertently yielded a cache of documents purporting to relate to Donald Trump and Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Over the past year, American intelligence officials have opened a secret communications channel with the Russian operatives, who have been seeking to sell both Trump-related materials and documents stolen from the National Security Agency and obtained by Russian intelligence, according to people involved with the matter and other documentary evidence. The channel started developing in early 2017, when American and Russian intermediaries began meeting in Germany. Eventually, a Russian intermediary, apparently representing some elements of the Russian intelligence community, agreed to a deal to sell stolen NSA documents back to the U.S. while also seeking to include Trump-related materials in the package.

@ TI

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16 Responses to Saturday Reading

  1. Den says:

    What a racket, they steal ’em, we buy ’em back and get bonus prizes.


  2. Micki says:

    A look back in history…this TI article is written by this same James Risen…

    James Risen and reporter Eric Lichtblau won a Pulitzer when they were both at TNYT — for reporting the news in Dec 2005 that the George W. Bush administration had secretly authorized the National Security Agency to spy on Americans. Imagine that! A U.S. president, in secret, authorizes NSA to spy on U.S. citizens! But, generally, people just ho-f**kinghum….who cares?

    The timing of the NSA story came under scrutiny after it was revealed that Times’ editors withheld the article for more than a year under pressure from the Bush administration. Risen was said to have forced TNYT’s hand because he planned to include details of the NSA SPYING PROGRAM IN HIS BOOK.

    Risen reported on a bungled CIA operation that prompted the Bush administration to open a leak investigation. Risen refused to reveal his source. The Obama administration, which prosecuted more government officials under the Espionage Act in cases involving disclosures to the news media, also tried compelling Risen to testify about the source for a chapter in the book. The long legal ordeal finally ended in 2015, with the identity of Risen’s source still confidential.

    Risen has been outspoken about the Obama administration’s aggressive pursuit of leakers, calling Obama the “greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation.”

    Shortly after the 2016 election, Risen wrote that journalists should thank Obama if President Donald Trump targets the press, arguing that the outgoing administration laid the groundwork for doing so.

    Risen isn’t beholden to the powers-that-be! He speaks truth to power!


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Kumbaya means “come by me” in a creole from Georgia, Hilton Head I think — TNYT today.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    Up Monroe Street and over the top of the hill to see changes to old haunts and also down by a new route for me. Just 36 minutes to the Birch & Barley for a blackened salmon dinner. Clear and crisp out but only heard one pigeon under the overpass bridge.


  5. §º¿º§ Carol says:

    Went out to lunch w/ the family, roads snowy. Took the freeway to Howell because of course I-94 would be taken care of before other roads.

    I had a shrimp po boy. Eh. Probably need to get one of those in New Orleans instead of Howell, MI.

    Flurries today, more snow coming. A couple more inches, then maybe another 5. Everyone has had enough of the sudden snow build up and are longing for spring. I don’t care one way or the other.

    Darn it, I meant to fill up one of my feeders that was almost empty. They have plenty of oilers, that will hold them over until I get back out there in the morning.


  6. §º¿º§ Carol says:

    Well, that made my day. I just heard Katy Tur on MSNBC, which is on out in the LR of course, pronounce the word forte correctly. Annoys the heck out of me how so many don’t know it’s a French word, forté — fort-tay. In fact, the actor Will Forte is also a Forté.

    Since I’m complaining about a word, the other one that everyone says wrong is voila. They pronounce it as wall-a. Nope, the V sounds like a V. vwah-la.

    I’ve got one more. Au jus. It’s not aw-jus…it’s O-jus. Au is an O.

    Funny how much stayed in my from two years of high school French.


  7. Micki says:

    To be unimpeachably correct, one will pronounce the word forte, meaning something that is one’s strong point, identically to the word fort — and use the FOR-tay pronunciation only for the musical term.

    I learned this, not in a French class, but in a music class.


  8. Den says:

    Why Zombies should never attempt to eat spaghetti:


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