aside About The Classified Dossier Marked As Disinformation
In the previous blog, I provided background on the IC classified 2 page dossier about the President-Elect Trump’s ties to Russia which supposedly was “disinformation.” The complete 35 page compilation was first made public by BuzzFeed News and CNN on 1/10/17. It was a former MI6 British agent who gathered the data (35 pages) and shared it with the FBI. Because the agent had multiple sources, some of the information will be false but some bits of information may prove to be true. I am guessing that the 2 pages condensed from the 35 pages could contain some verified information, Otherwise why would it be included with the president elect’s daily briefing material. The allegations within the dossier were supposed to be vetted by the FBI.
But, I did note something in the report which if proven to be true, could explain why the republican President-elect Donald Trump has maintained stances that appear to defy logic. There are his consistent and frequent denials of Russia’s hacking with the intent to meddle in the 2016 U.S. elections, as well as the science of climate change, despite overwhelming evidence proving otherwise in both cases.
Don’t forget other clues like his pro-Russian rhetoric throughout the presidential campaign season. He has often verbalized the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s very own policies against NATO and questioned its sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Crimea with its annexation of this region which the international community has denounced. The president-elect has made off the cuff remarks like the people in Crimea were already Russian, and so what’s the big deal. All this pro Russian attitude bore fruit, when the U.S. policy towards Russia regarding Ukraine was deleted from the republican platform.
Recently, the president-elect has said that he has no real estate deals inside of Russia. However, several columnists and reporters from Time Magazine, Newsweek, NY times and others, have painstakingly demonstrated that several of Trump’s businesses outside of Russia are entangled with Russian financiers inside Putin’s circle.
Max Booth of the LA Times wrote, “The Trump-Russia links beneath the surface are even more extensive.”
“What’s more, three of Trump’s top advisors all have extensive financial and business ties to Russian financiers, wrote Boot, the former editor of the Op Ed page of the Wall StreetJournaland now a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.”
“Trump’s de facto campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was a longtime consultant to Viktor Yanukovich, the Russian-backed president of Ukraine who was overthrown in 2014. Manafort also has done multimillion-dollar business deals with Russian oligarchs. Trump’s foreign policy advisor Carter Page has his own business ties to the state-controlled Russian oil giant Gazprom. … Another Trump foreign policy advisor, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, flew to Moscow last year to attend a gala banquet celebrating Russia Today (where he is a frequent guest of RT TV).
Then there is the selection of Exxon’s CEO Rex Tillerson to be the US Secretary by the president-elect.
As per the 12/18/16 Guardian article by Luke Harding and Hannes Munzinger:
“In 2013, Putin awarded him the Russian Order of Friendship. Tillerson is close to Igor Sechin, the head of Russian state oil company Rosneft and the de facto second most powerful figure inside the Kremlin. A hardliner, Sechin is ex-KGB.”
“Tillerson’s award followed a 2011 deal between ExxonMobil and Rosneft to explore thr Kara Sea, in Russia’s Arctic.”(est. value up to $500 billion dollars)
“It was put on hold in 2014 after the Obama administration imposed wide-ranging sanctions against Russia. The sanctions were punishment for Putin’s Crimea annexation that spring and Russia’s undercover invasion of eastern Ukraine.”
“The ban covers the US sharing of sophisticated offshore and shale oil technology. Exxon was supposed to halt its drilling with Rosneft. The firm successfully pleaded with the US Treasury department to delay the ban by a few weeks, with the Kremlin threatening to seize its rig. In this brief window Exxon discovered a major Arctic field with some 750m barrels of new oil.”
“In 2014 he told Exxon’s annual meeting that “we do not support US sanctions (against Russia)”
All of the above actions by our president-elect are explained if the following information contained within the report are proven to be true. The 1/12/17 Independent publication listed 10 key allegations against the republican Presidential-elect Donald Trump from the classified Russia dossier.
Here are excerpts from the Independent article by Adam Withnall and Kim Sengupta:
(This is from the dossier) “Trump associates “confirmed he would lift Russian sanctions” in exchange for 19 per cent stake in a Russian oil giant (Rosneft).”
“In terms of the substance of their discussion, Sechin’s associate said that the Rosneft President was so keen to lift personal and corporate western sanctions imposed on the company, that he offered (Carter) Page/Trump associates the brokerage of up to a 19 per cent (privatised) stake in Rosneft in return. Page had expressed interest and confirmed that were Trump elected US president, then sanctions on Russia would be lifted.”
“COMMENT: Mr Trump has indicated in the past that he would value improved relations with Russia, and the lifting of sanctions would be a logical extension of this. But it is very serious and unverified. Trump has indicated in the past that he would value improved relations with Russia.”
The obvious conclusion is that the potential earnings of 19% of 500 billion dollars could more than provide our republican President-elect Trump with a powerful incentive to act exactly as he has been doing. Now what appeared to make no sense, suddenly becomes perfectly clear. And of course, all of this is speculation unless there is verification rendered by the intelligence community. Time will tell all.