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The 35-page "dossier" leaked by Buzzfeed has caused a sensation. It was written by a former MI6 spy, Christopher Steele, who compiled it over six months at the request first for some Republican opponents of "Trumputin" (as I call The Donald), and then after he won the nomination, materials generated by Steele were picked up by some Democratic operatives. Steele is now in hiding, fearing attacks both from Russia and Republicans on him and his family.

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Trumputin's Russian Strategy-Treason?—Ted Vaill

Putting aside the salacious, unsubstantiated reports of "golden showers" in Moscow and sex parties in St. Petersburg, the most disturbing aspect of the dossier related to a supposed agreement between Trumputin's operatives and the Russians to tone down attacks on the Russian invasion and occupation of Eastern Ukraine and the Crimea, and receiving in return intelligence on Hillary Clinton's campaign and other Russian help in getting Trumputin elected. Could this be treasonous?

The Dossier Speaks

Steele or his own Russian operatives contacted Source E (who may now be dead if Putin's thugs have found out who he is) had this to say, in July, 2016:

"Source E acknowledged that the Russian regime had been behind the recent leak of embarrassing e-mail messages, emanating from the Democratic National Committee (DNC), to the WikiLeaks platform."

This has now been accepted by the American intelligence agencies as fact, and Trumputin has acknowledged that he now believes it to be true.

"The reason for using WikiLeaks was 'plausible deniability' and the operation had been conducted with the full knowledge and support of TRUMP and senior members of his campaign team."

If true, this is almost certainly treasonous: an American Presidential candidate using the resources of a hostile foreign government to destabilize the American electoral process and "win at all costs". It lays the blame squarely on Trumputin and his senior campaign members. His campaign manager at the time was Paul Manafort, who the next month would step down formally from the campaign after he was linked to millions of "dark money" payments from the deposed Ukrainian President, an ally of Putin, who fled to Russia after being deposed.

"In return, the TRUMP team had agreed to sideline Russian intervention in Ukraine as a campaign issue and to raise US/NATO defence commitments in the Baltics and Eastern Europe to deflect attention away from Ukraine, a priority for PUTIN who needed to cauterise the subject."

That the Trumputin team in fact did this was confirmed when they got the GOP platform at the convention watered down to soften criticism of Putin's role in occupying Eastern Ukraine and forcibly taking over the Crimea in 2014. The spellings of the words "defence" and "cauterise" reflects the British spelling of these words.

"In the wider context of the TRUMP campaign/Kremlin co-operation, Source E claimed that the intelligence network being used against CLINTON comprised three elements. Firstly there were agents/facilitators within the Democratic Party structure itself;"

So the dossier author claims that there were moles inside the Democratic Party who were providing information to Trumputin's campaign team, which sounds a lot like the Watergate-type spying which brought down Nixon.

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"…secondly Russian emigre and associated offensive cyber operators based in the US;"

It is not clear who these people were, but there are many Russian emigres in the U.S. who might be spies for Putin.

"…and thirdly, state-sponsored cyber operatives working in Russia."

This is well known and confirmed by the U.S. intelligence agencies and by Trumputin himself.

"All three elements had played an important role to date. On the mechanism for rewarding relevant assets based in the US, and effecting a two-way flow of intelligence and other useful information, Source E claimed that Russian diplomatic staff in key cities such as New York, Washington, DC and Miami were using the emigre 'pension' distribution system as cover. The operation therefore depended on key people in the US Russian emigre community for its success."

This information may be why the U.S. government recently kicked out 35 Russian diplomats and operatives from New York and the Washington, D.C. area, and closed two Russian-owned properties there.

"Tens of thousands of dollars were involved."

It is not clear if this comment refers to payments from the Trumputin campaign to Russians or Russian emigres, from Putin operatives to the Russian emigre community, or something else.

"In terms of the intelligence flow from the TRUMP team to Russia, Source E reported that much of this concerned the activities of business oligarchs and their families' activities and assets in the US, with which PUTIN and the Kremlin seemed preoccupied."

Trumputin claims he has no business dealings with Russia, but this is not true. His son Donald Trump, Jr. in 2008 stated that "Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia." Since Trumputin refuses to release his tax returns, we have no way of knowing the truth here.

Trumputin calls the dossier "garbage" and "fake news". The parts quoted above, at least, seem to be borne out by facts and events we know about. More is sure to come out in future days, but unfortunately Trumputin will already be our President when that happens.

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