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.
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.”
(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.”
On 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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.