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The Hill has reported that FBI records from 2009 and 2010 show that people within the Kremlin attempted a campaign to move spies close to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Bill Clinton, and those close to them.
This happened when Rosatom, a Russian nuclear company, wanted to purchase the Canadian company Uranium One, “which controlled 20 percent of America’s strategic uranium reserves.”
Target: Hillary Clinton
The Hill reported:
A female Russian spy posing as an American accountant, for instance, used a false identity to burrow her way into the employ of a major Democratic donor in hopes of gaining intelligence on Hillary Clinton’s department, records show. The spy was arrested and deported as she moved closer to getting inside the secretary’s department, agents said.
Other activities were perfectly legal and sitting in plain view, such as when a subsidiary of Russia’s state-controlled nuclear energy company hired a Washington firm to lobby the Obama administration. At the time it was hired, the firm was providing hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in pro bono support to Bill Clinton’s global charitable initiative, and it legally helped the Russian company secure federal decisions that led to billions in new U.S. commercial nuclear business, records show.
The records show that the FBI does not think the Clintons or those “close to them did anything illegal.” But one source told The Hill that Russia targeted Hillary “because she was the quarterback of the Obama-Russian reset strategy and the assumed successor to Obama as president.”
As we all know she failed bigly at that last November against now-President Donald Trump.
Anyway, the FBI intercepted a communication from Russia in October 2009 that told two spies to retrieve information:
“Send more info on current international affairs vital for R., highlight US approach,” part of the message to the spies read, using the country’s first initial to refer to Russia. “… Try to single out tidbits unknown publicly but revealed in private by sources closer to State department, government, major think tanks.”
Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi helped bust the spy ring, which launched Russian spy Anna Chapman to international fame. But the interesting spy within the ring was the fake accountant known as Cynthia Murphy:
Murphy, living with her husband and kids in the New Jersey suburbs of New York City, reported a major breakthrough in February 2009 in an electronic message sent to her handlers: she had scored access to a major Democrat, FBI records state.
“Murphy had several work-related personal meetings with [a prominent New York-based financier, name omitted] and was assigned his account,” one FBI record from the case read. “The message accurately described the financier as ‘prominent in politics,’ ‘an active fund-raiser’ for [a major political party, name omitted] and a ‘personal friend’ of [a current Cabinet official, name redacted].”
Multiple current and former officials confirmed to The Hill that the Cabinet officer was Hillary Clinton, the fundraiser was New York financier Alan Patricof and the political party was the Democratic National Committee. None of the Americans were ever suspected of illegalities, but the episode made clear the Russian spies were stepping up their operations against the new administration after years of working in a “sleeper” capacity, officials said.
Russia hoped Murphy could get the donor to reveal information about “US foreign policy, roumors (sic) about White House internal kitchen, invite her to major venues.” The handlers even pressured “Murphy to consider taking a job with a lobbying firm because ‘this position would expose her to prospective contacts and potential sources in U.S. government.'”
Figliuzzi explained that Murphy would never have tried to land a position inside the State Department, “where the vetting process might unmask her true identity.”
The FBI busted the spy ring in June 2010 after the agency “feared Chapman might flee the country and Murphy was getting too close to posing a security concern to Hillary Clinton.” The Hill continued:
As a result, they arrested the entire ring of 10 spies, and quickly expelled them.
“In regards to the woman known as Cynthia Murphy, she was getting close to Alan, and the lobbying job. And we thought this was too close to Hillary Clinton. So when you have the totality of the circumstance, and we were confident we had the whole cell identified, we decided it was time to shut down their operations,” Figliuzzi said.
The FBI announced the arrests on June 28, 2010, a day after they were made.
Lucrative Clinton Businesses
The Clintons plenty of lucrative businesses that caught Russia’s interest, including “a multimillion dollar speech-making business, the family foundation and a global charitable initiative.” Figliuzzi told The Hill that “even for Russia” it comes down to four things in D.C.: “donations, lobbying, contracts and influence.”
Yeah, you know what happened the day after the FBI arrested the spies? The $500,000 90 minute speech Bill gave in Russia. Yes, that even interested the FBI because, as I mentioned, all of this happened during the Uranium One deal.
The Kremlin-connected bank Renaissance Capital paid Bill’s speaking fee and don’t forget he met with then-Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
But there are two other reasons why the speaker fees set off red flags:
The second issue was the Russian company TENEX’s desire to score a new raft of commercial nuclear sales to U.S. companies. TENEX for years was selling uranium recycled from old Soviet warheads to the United States. But that deal was coming to an end and now it needed a new U.S. market.
And the third was a promise Secretary Clinton herself made to Russian leaders to round up support in America’s Silicon Valley for then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s dream for a new high-tech hub outside Moscow known as Skolkovo. A team of venture capitalists had been dispatched to Moscow just a few weeks before Bill Clinton landed his payday, records show.
“We have 40,000 Russians living in Silicon Valley in California. We would be thrilled if 40,000 Russians were working in whatever the Russian equivalent of Silicon Valley is, providing global economic competition, taking the internet and technology to the next level,” Hillary Clinton said at the time, according to a State Department transcript. She added that the business executives she dispatched to Putin’s homeland had Twittered their way through Russia.
At the same time as the spy ring and Bill’s speech, the FBI had an investigation going on that also involved the Clintons. An undercover FBI informant employed by “the Moscow-based nuclear energy giant Rosatom’s Tenex subsidiary on a multiyear campaign to grow Moscow’s uranium business inside the United States” discovered “Russian nuclear industry corruption.”
This included the U.S. approving Rosatom’s “purchase of Canada-based Uranium One’s American uranium assets” along with more approvals “to sell new commercial uranium to the federally backed United States Enrichment Corporation and winning billions in new U.S. utility contracts for Russian nuclear fuel.”
These records refer to the FBI informant as “confidential source 1,” “contractor,” and “Victim 1.” Toensing said this man is her client. It also shows that her client went to the FBI in 2009 “after Russian officials asked him to engage in illegal activity.”
The FBI allowed the informant to hand out “kickback payments to the Russians” as he gathered other evidence.
The Hill heard from sources that this informant led the government “to crack a multimillion dollar racketeering scheme by Russian nuclear officials on U.S. soil that involved bribery, kickbacks, money laundering and extortion.” This led to an executive to expand the nuclear business, an executive at a U.S. trucking firm, and Russian financier from New Jersey to plead “guilty to various crimes in a case that started in 2009 and ended in late 2015.”
Now that FBI informant has come forth and said that President Barack Obama’s DOJ prevented him from speaking to Congress “about conversations and transactions he witnessed related to the Russian nuclear industry’s efforts to win favor with Bill and Hillary Clinton and influence Obama administration decisions.”DONATE
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