aside Louise Mensch Is Hard At Work In Investigating The President’s Russian Saga

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Louise Mensch

Historically, there have always been hard driving investigative media sleuths who do not give up in pursuit of the truth and a story. One example of this era’s hard driving journalist is Louise Mensch. She has been reporting for  “Heatstreet” of the “News Day” organization as she beat out other news outlets by obtaining a major scoop that the FBI had been granted approval on October 15, 2016 for a FISA warrant pertaining to Russia’s meddling into the 2016 US presidential elections. And this fact has been confirmed by BBC, the McClatchy news agency and The Guardian.

She has also been hot on the trail as to how the former NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani obtained confidential leaked data from NYC FBI agents, regarding the democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton’s emails discovered on her aid’s estranged husband Anthony Weiner’s laptop, while in the possession of the FBI around October 2016.

She has a reputation for being a conspiracy theorist but that has not impeded her ability to uncover facts and vital information that seem to evade her competitors.

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On 2/17/17, Julian Borger of the Guardian provides some background details on Louise Mensch in the following article, “Louise Mensch: the former British MP who scooped US media on Trump’s Russian ties.”

Excerpts:

(Louise) “Mensch has lived in New York since resigning as the Conservative MP for Corby in 2012 so that she could spend more time with her children and her American husband, Peter, manager of the heavy metal band Metallica.”

“Now 45, the woman born Louise Bagshawe in London who once dominated the chick-lit bestseller lists in the UK has reinvented herself once more: working as an executive for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp by day, and probing Donald Trump’s Moscow connections by night.”

“On the eve of the November election, Mensch published a sensational story reporting that a special intelligence court in Washington had granted a warrant to allow the FBI to conduct surveillance of “US persons” in an investigation of possible contacts between Russian banks and the Trump organisation.”

“At the time, the story did not cause much of a ripple. It was published on Heat Street, a libertarian website run by News Corp, and an unknown quantity in journalism. So was Mensch, whose recent public profile consisted mainly of a string of angry Twitter spats.”

“Meanwhile, the combined investigative forces of the US media had spent months seeking to prove a secret connection between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin and had come up with very little.”

Related imageOn 12/20/16, Katie Bo Williams of the The Hill penned the following report, “Second FOIA lawsuit targets details on election interference.”

“Journalists and transparency advocates are now turning to the courts to force the Obama administration to provide more information about Russian interference in the U.S. election.”

“A second Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit targeting U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies’ investigations into foreign election interference was filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., on Friday.”

Image result for photos of louise mensch“The transparency organization, the James Madison Project and Heat Street journalist Louise Mensch sued five intelligence and law enforcement agencies for a broad swath of related records — including details on any investigations into hacks on state election systems. The litigation targets the FBI, CIA, the Justice Department’s National Security Division, the office of director of national intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security.”

“The plaintiffs are also seeking information on any FBI investigations into who in the bureau may have leaked information about its probe of Hillary Clinton’s private email server to allies of Donald Trump during the presidential campaign.”

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Giuliani (Back L)/ Flynn (Center)

“Both former NY City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn at different points claimed to have inside information on the FBI’s investigation into Clinton.”

“The sprawling suit also demands information on leaks regarding the FBI’s probe into the Clinton Foundation and an alleged data connection between Trump Tower and a Russian bank. The link was reported by Slate but was later widely debunked by security experts.”

“The James Madison Project and Mensch say they filed FOIA requests to the various agencies last month but have received no response.”

Image result for photos of journalist Jason Leopold and Ryan Shapiro,“The litigation joins a separate FOIA lawsuit from Vice journalist Jason Leopold and Ryan Shapiro, a Ph.D. candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, seeking CIA, FBI, ODNI and DHS records pertaining to investigations into Russia’s interference in the election.”

“Leopold and Shapiro also asked the intelligence agencies for copies of communications to or from the Electoral College and any records that mention or refer to some electors’ push for briefings on investigations into ties between Trump, his campaign or his associates and Russia.”

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Ryan Shapiro

“The president-elect has rejected the idea that Russia was involved in hacks on the DNC and other Democratic organizations, and President Obama has been under pressure to provide proof.”

“On Thursday, the administration announced a slate of retaliatory measures against Russia in response to the attacks, including sanctions against two Russian intelligence agencies and four officials.”

Here is a link to Louise Mensch conspiracy theory regarding the president’s Russia saga, Dear Mr. Putin, Let’s Play Chess.

6 comments

  1. Loise Mensch is an incredible investigative journalist. I really enjoyed her piece, “Dear Mr. Putin, Let’s Play Chess”. She so good, I’m actually a bit afraid for her.
    “The transparency organization, the James Madison Project and Heat Street journalist Louise Mensch sued five intelligence and law enforcement agencies for a broad swath of related records — including details on any investigations into hacks on state election systems. The litigation targets the FBI, CIA, the Justice Department’s National Security Division, the office of director of national intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security.”
    If she turns up real evidence that the intelligence agencies don’t want known, well let’s just say she won’t be the first to go gentle into that good night.

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      Louise Mensch does not have the attitude where she would go quietly into that good night and those who wish her ill know this.

      This is one of the advantages of a reporter living in the USA. And it is already too late to contain the the tsunami of negative data that will be made public soon.

      There are those in the press talking about Gen. Flynn having been flipped as a witness and there are rumors about Rep Devin Nunes having been present at the NYC meeting where Gen.Flynn and ex-CIA Director James Woolsey were discussing a kidnapping scheme of Mr. Gulen.

      Ciao, Gronda

  2. Gronda, thanks for sharing this. There is a story that must be investigated. She is ahead of Congress who still trying to figure out where their allegiance lies. Senators McCain and Graham are still outliers, but others are slowly realizing that there are more shoes to drop on this centipede as McCain said. As conservative journalist David Brooks noted, when Trump declared so many corporate bankruptcies and was on the precipice of personal bankruputcy, mainstream lenders would not touch him. So, where did he get his money? Who is the man beholden to?

    The other issue that deserves far more reporting and scrutiny is our President using his position to enrich himself. To me, this story could sink him and is far more obvious. The conflicts of interest abound. And, here is the important question we should ask ourselves. Even if something is legal, it does not make it more moral or ethical. I would never confuse our President with an ethical person. His history reveals otherwise.

    So, I am glad Mensch is doing her job. We need her and others to do it, as this man is harming our country and has already made the world a less safe place and he has been in office for two months.

    Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      You are so right!

      She is giving the major news media outlets a fit by her reporting. But that has been one of my complaints about US establishment news outlets, in that they have let go of too many investigative reporters. Journalists like Louise Mensch can be a bit more difficult to manage but that trait is what makes them successful.

      Ciao, Gronda

      • Gronda, I am perturbed with what is not reported. Just today, I was reading about cost increases on the ACA which listed all the reasons but two major ones – the GOP Congress stiffing insurers on adverse selection payments and our aging, fatter country. Also, as for Trump, why was it not reported in mainstream media that Trump had a date with a judge to discuss his alleged rape of a thirteen year old. It was not reported until the case was dropped under duress. Keith

  3. Dear Keith,

    The media has been mum about the issue of “risk corridors.” Remember when I stated that I had emailed several news outlets on this subject. There is only one who ended up covering this topic that I’m aware of, and It was Joy-Ann Reid who had Wendell Potter on as a guest who covered this topic.

    Now that you mention it, this situation with the 13 year old, is a story that I would like to see covered.

    Ciao, Gronda

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