Friday, February 3, 2017

Russians Aiding U.S. Intelligence Arrested

Several Russian cybersecurity experts -- including two former high-ranking Russian intelligence officials -- have been arrested over the past few days and charged with treason by the regime of Vladimir "Vlad the Invader" Putin, accused of "working for U.S. interests." BBC reports that the arrests of ex-FSB intelligence officials Sergei Mikhailov and Dmitry Dokuchayev, along with Kaspersky Lab executive Ruslan Stoyanov, indicate Putin is trying to ferret out any Russians who may have helped U.S. intelligence agencies in uncovering Russia's direct interference in the 2016 elections to assist Putin poodle and demagogue Donald "Rump" Trump. Whether the trio actively aided U.S. intelligence or were lax in safeguarding Putin's conspiracy to influence the elections may never be known. In Putin's eyes, they gave up his game.

In the past, our Russian intelligence "assets" would be treated as extensions of our own intelligence officers. We would push back and negotiate a trade or impose some penalty. Now, with Russo-Republicans in charge, and with Russia's handpicked man in the White House, that seems like a fanciful notion. Why would Rump seek to rescue these Russians when they worked to expose the ties between Russian intelligence and his campaign? Given the current state of affairs, it wouldn't be too farfetched to wonder if someone in Rump's inner circle with ties to both the intelligence community and Russia may have fingered the "traitors" =cough= Michael Flynn =cough=.

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