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Singapore’s “Fat Leonard” bribes U.S. Navy with sex

Naval Meeting with Leonard Francis

Council Vice President Mr. Scott Douglas, Northrop Grumman Corporation; Admiral Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operation; Admiral Walter Doran (Ret’d), Raytheon International Asia; Mr. Leonard Francis, Executive Group Chairman, Glenn Defense Marine (Asia) Pte Ltd; RDML Nora Tyson, Commander Logistics Group Western Pacific

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus with wife Lynn laughing all the way to the bank?

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus with wife Lynn laughing all the way to the bank?

Yet another crook in Singapore—super-rich Fat Leonard who lives in a 70,000 square foot house on Singapore’s exclusive Nassim Road. No, that’s not a typo—a 70,000 square foot house.

Fat Leonard, whose real name is Leonard Glenn Francis 58, is from Malaysia, but has lived in Singapore for at least 30 years.

Francis has had run-ins with the law before. Francis came into contact with undesirable characters after he opened a pub. That venture proved to be unsuccessful and left him in debt.

In 1989, when he was just 21, he was sentenced to three years in jail and six strokes of the cane by the High Court in Penang on two counts of firearms possession after he was found with two revolvers and a bullet-proof vest.

Once he was out of prison, Francis took over the family business – Glenn Marine Enterprise – from his father. He later renamed the company to Glenn Defence Marine Asia and led it to prosperity.

Francis is now the president and CEO of Singapore-based Glenn Defense Marine Asia, which has had “husbanding” contracts for US Navy ships at ports worldwide for 25 years.

Since 2011, Glenn Defense Marine has been awarded more than $200 million in U.S, Navy contracts.

Francis was arrested in San Diego on September 2013 and, on January 15, 2015, admitted to charges of plying US Navy officers with cash, gifts and prostitutes in exchange for classified information about where ships were scheduled to dock.

According to prosecutors, officers dubbed Francis “Fat Leonard” for his girth and his penchant for allegedly showering favors on sailors in return for preferential treatment for his firm, Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA).

The bribes allegedly went to US Navy Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz (originally from Cambodia) and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Supervisory Special Agent John Bertrand Beliveau II. They are accused of accepting bribes from Francis in exchange for preferential treatment regarding contracts, as well as for tipping the company off to federal fraud investigations. The bribes were also for revealing confidential naval routes—a breach of U.S. national defense.

These bribes enabled Francis to overcharge millions for food, fuel, phony tariffs and other charges at Asian ports.

Francis Xmas

Francis Christmas decorations at his 70,000 square foot Singapore mansion

Francis supplied prostitutes, Lady Gaga tickets and other bribes in exchange for the top-secret information that allowed him to rob the U.S. Navy of millions when the ships were serviced in Asian ports, federal prosecutors allege.

Francis was arrested in San Diego on September 16 after federal investigators set up a sham meeting with Navy officials. Misiewicz and Beliveau were arrested in Colorado and Virginia, respectively, on the same day and have been delivered to San Diego to face trial with Francis.

In Singapore, Francis is known not only for his extravagant 70,000 square foot Singapore home but for lavish Christmas displays. He is legendary in naval circles, said retired Rear Adm. Terry McKnight. “He’s a larger-than-life figure. You talk to any captain on any ship that has sailed in the Pacific and they will know exactly who he is,” he said.

It may be quite a while before Francis returns to his 70,000 square foot house.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Glenn Marine Group of Companies, Glenn Building, 15D Pandan Road, Singapore 609266, Tel: +65 6268 5300, Fax: +65 6776 1263

November 6 2017 update:

‘Fat Leonard’ probe expands to ensnare more than 60 admirals – more than 30% of the admirals in the U.S. Navy!

The “Fat Leonard” corruption investigation has expanded to include more than 60 admirals and hundreds of other U.S. Navy officers under scrutiny for their contacts with a defense contractor in Asia who systematically bribed sailors with sex, liquor and other temptations, according to the Navy.

Fat Leonard

Maritime tycoon Leonard Glenn Francis was a VIP guest at Navy change-of-command ceremonies even though he was under criminal investigation. Clockwise from top left: Francis with Adm. Patrick Walsh at the Pearl Harbor base in Hawaii in January 2012; Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Francis at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, in September 2011; Francis with Vice Adm. Michael Miller at the same event; and Francis with Adm. Gary Roughead, also in Annapolis. (Photos obtained by The Washington Post)

Most of the admirals are suspected of attending extravagant feasts at Asia’s best restaurants paid for by Leonard Glenn Francis, a Singapore-based maritime tycoon who made an illicit fortune supplying Navy vessels in ports from Vladivostok, Russia to Brisbane, Australia. Francis also was renowned for hosting alcohol-soaked, after-dinner parties, which often featured imported prostitutes and sometimes lasted for days, according to federal court records.

The 350-pound Francis, also known in Navy circles as “Leonard the Legend” for his wild-side lifestyle, spent decades cultivating relationships with officers, many of whom developed a blind spot to his fraudulent ways. Even while he and his firm were being targeted by Navy criminal investigators, he received VIP invitations to ceremonies in Annapolis and Pearl Harbor, where he hobnobbed with four-star admirals.

The Justice Department has filed criminal charges against 28 people, including two admirals, since Francis was arrested in an international sting operation four years ago. Those cases comprise the worst corruption scandal in Navy history, but they represent a fraction of a much larger list of Navy officials under investigation but whose names have been mostly kept secret.

The Navy recently confirmed that it has been reviewing the conduct of 440 other active-duty and retired personnel — including 60 current and former admirals — for possible violations of military law or federal ethics rules in their dealings with Francis and his company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia.

That is double the number of admirals whom Navy officials said were under investigation last year (The Navy has about 210 admirals on active duty).

The caseload has grown as the Justice Department has given the Navy additional dossiers of individuals who did not meet the threshold for prosecution in civilian courts, but may have committed offenses under the military justice system, officials said.

The Navy’s handling of the cases has been pretty much opaque to the public. The Navy has identified only 10 of the 440 individuals who have come under military investigation and has divulged few details about their ties to Francis, even in cases that have been closed.

The vast majority of those under scrutiny are officers, according to the Navy. Officials said Francis targeted only a few enlisted sailors with his bribes.

Navy officials gave the lame excuse that revealing additional names or more information about their involvement could violate their privacy rights and compromise ongoing cases.

So far, the Navy has charged only five people with crimes—none of them admirals—under military law, charging documents show.

In addition, the Navy said it has determined that 40 people committed misconduct by violating ethics rules or other regulations. Their cases have been handled administratively, meaning tthat theses lucky individuals did not involve criminal charges.

In many instances, the Navy was prevented from taking tougher action because the statute of limitations under military law — five years for most felonies — had expired. The oldest matter reviewed so far dated to 1992, while most occurred between 2004 and 2010, according to a Navy official.

Francis, 53, is in jail in San Diego as he awaits sentencing in federal court. He pleaded guilty in 2015 to bribing “scores” of Navy officials and defrauding the service of more than $35 million.

Francis’s widespread overbilling of the Navy had been an open secret for years. In response to a flood of fraud complaints dating to 2006, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) opened more than two-dozen separate investigations into Glenn Defense, according to law-enforcement records.

Most of the cases went nowhere, NCIS files show. Starting in 2009, however, NCIS escalated its efforts by assigning more agents to investigate Francis. They later opened a full-blown corruption inquiry on suspicion that some Navy officials were feeding him military secrets and inside information about defense contracts.

Despite being under the microscope, Francis was still able to rub shoulders with many of the Navy’s top leaders.

In September 2011, for example, he was invited to the Naval Academy in Annapolis to attend a change-of-command ceremony for the Navy’s highest-ranking officer.

During his visit, Francis posed for grip-and-grin photos with Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, the new chief of naval operations, and the man he was replacing, Adm. Gary Roughead.

Roughead and Greenert both had encountered Francis during prior assignments in Asia and the Pacific. A Navy spokesman would not say whether they are among the 60 admirals under investigation; the names of most officers on the list have not been made public.

Roughead, who retired soon after the 2011 ceremony, said in an email that he couldn’t “recall particulars” about who was invited to the event. He declined further comment.

In an email, Greenert said he had not been contacted by investigators and did not know how Francis came to be invited to the ceremony. He said he, Roughead and their spouses spent hours in a receiving line and posed for several pictures.

Of the two admirals, Greenert’s previous contacts with Francis were more extensive, according to several individuals familiar with their relationship.

Greenert met the defense contractor in the late 1990s while serving as chief of staff for the Navy’s 7th Fleet, which covers most of Asia. Their interactions continued after Greenert was promoted to vice admiral and took command of the fleet in 2003.

While in command, Greenert attended at least three dinners with Francis, according to two former senior Navy officials.

In December 2005, Greenert mailed Francis a holiday greeting card featuring a sketch of the USS Blue Ridge, the 7th Fleet flagship, which the contractor had often visited as a distinguished guest.

“Leonard — See you soon I expect. Recognize the ship?” Greenert joked in a handwritten note wishing him “Good health & happiness in 2006.” A copy of the card was obtained by The Post.

Three months later, Greenert signed a letter on official stationery thanking Francis for the “superb services” his company provided to the Blue Ridge during several port visits in southeast Asia. “Over the years, the reputation of Glenn Marine remains exceptional,” the letter stated. “Keep up the great work.”

Greenert said it was not unusual for commanders to send correspondence to contractors acknowledging their “responsive and flexible” service. He also said he sent hundreds of official Christmas cards during his time as the 7th Fleet commander. He did not respond to questions about dinners he attended with Francis or his other interactions with the contractor.

Greenert’s relationship with Francis later became a sensitive issue for NCIS agents.

As the law-enforcement probes into Francis and his company heated up in 2013, NCIS officials deliberately kept Greenert, who by then was chief of naval operations, in the dark, according to two former senior Navy officials with direct knowledge of the case.

Even after Francis was arrested, NCIS officials excluded Greenert from briefings about the case, restricting their reports to a handful of Navy civilian leaders and Adm. Mark E. Ferguson III, who was then the vice chief of naval operations, according to the former senior officials.

In addition to Roughead and Greenert, Francis secured photo-ops with several other high-ranking admirals during his visit to the Naval Academy in 2011.

He also spent time in Annapolis with Vice Adm. Michael Miller, then the academy superintendent, who arranged for a personal tour of his official residence, Buchanan House, according to photographs obtained by The Post.

In a statement, Miller confirmed the meeting but said he had “no knowledge” that Francis was under investigation at the time.

“Mr. Francis requested a tour of the Naval Academy. We would have supported that request as we do numerous visitors every year,” Miller said. He acknowledged that investigators had asked him about Francis’s visit, saying he was “completely forthcoming on this subject with the Navy.”

Miller said he did not invite Francis to the change-of-command ceremony. Two other Navy officials said the invitation probably came from the protocol office for the chief of naval operations, but did not know who put his name on the guest list.

The Navy later rebuked Miller with a formal letter of censure for failing to adequately reimburse Francis for lavish dinners and other gifts he received from the contractor years earlier when he commanded an aircraft carrier strike group in Asia. Miller retired from the Navy in 2015.

Four months after visiting Annapolis, Francis was a VIP guest at another Navy change-of-command ceremony: at the headquarters of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

On that occasion, Francis posed for photographs with Adm. Cecil Haney, the new Pacific Fleet commander, and his predecessor, Adm. Patrick Walsh, according to copies of those images obtained by The Post.

Two former Navy officials who were present told The Post they were shocked to see Francis at the ceremony because the Pacific Fleet had been engaged in a years-long effort to tighten contract loopholes and sloppy billing practices that had enabled Glenn Defense to overcharge the Navy for millions of dollars.

They said they were even more surprised to see Francis afterward at a smaller, private party at Nimitz House, the official quarters for the Pacific Fleet commander.

In a statement, Haney said he didn’t invite Francis and didn’t know who he was before the ceremony.

“Any photo I took with him was most likely during the receiving line where I took numerous photos with so many in attendance that day,” Haney said. He indicated that he had spoken with investigators, saying: “I have been completely forthcoming of this subject with the Navy.”

In an interview, Walsh recalled Francis’s presence at Pearl Harbor that day but said he didn’t know who invited him.

“Leonard Francis had a way of showing up at all kinds of ceremonies,” said Walsh, who retired from the Navy in 2012.

Walsh said he was aware at the time that Francis was under scrutiny by the Pacific Fleet for his billing practices, but did not know that the contractor was also under criminal investigation by NCIS. He said investigators have not questioned him about his contacts with Francis.

Walsh said he first met Francis during a port visit in Malaysia in 2004 when he served as the commander of the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier strike group. He said Francis invited him to one of his famous dinners, but that he didn’t attend.

“I had a different set of priorities,” he said.

August 7, 2017 Report:

Navy moles have helped ‘Fat Leonard’ stay ahead of the law for years.

So far, Federal prosecutors have indicted dozens of commissioned officers and civilian leaders, and the Navy continues an internal probe into 30 admirals and more than 200 sailors for corruption. (However the court is giving very light sentences to the admirals.)

But this disciplinary activity is taking place years after the initial investigations began. How did Francis stay ahead of the law for so long? It was thanks to a U.S. Navy mole.

John Bertrand Beliveau, Jr.

John Bertrand Beliveau, Jr.

That mole worked inside the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service in faraway Quantico, Virginia. In exchange for envelopes stuffed with cash and prostitutes procured by Francis, the mole, NCIS Supervisory Agent John Bertrand Beliveau Jr., ratted out confidential informants, leaked secret law-enforcement files to Francis and helped him evade arrest.

Federal investigators from the NCIS and other agencies churned out 10 criminal intelligence reports and kicked off 14 investigations between 2004 and 2012, but “the alleged criminal activity by Francis’ company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia was not interrupted,” according to an internal report completed by the Economic Crimes Department of NCIS on Feb. 10, 2014, two years after Beliveau was arrested.

A heavily redacted copy (to save the admirals) of that eight-page report was provided a Freedom of Information Act request.

It breaks into two categories the lame excuses why federal investigators failed to ferret out Fat Leonard’s crimes for nearly a decade: A series of missteps by NCIS and other agencies that scrutinized allegations of Glenn Defense wrongdoing, plus structural problems within NCIS itself that kept agents from zeroing in on both the grifters and their mole.

Most of the report was devoted to how federal agencies missed clues into Francis’ criminal activities, which also included overcharging the Navy, threatening both competitors and subcontractors, bribing foreign port officials, creating ghost services while failing to deliver goods and services, and mass corruption of the Department of Defense procurement process (and especially the admirals).

With Francis at its center, Glenn Defense created a web of Navy personnel beyond the crooked NCIS agent who were able to “explain away allegations” and, when confronted about questionable billings, helped the company credit the Navy and thus “eliminating any monetary loss and the appearance of criminal intent,” the 2014 coverup report stated.

Way back 2007, for example, the Navy’s inspector general passed along an anonymous letter alleging that Glenn Defense padded the bills for force-protection services in Southeast Asia.

But two unidentified Fleet Industrial Supply Center Detachment employees in Singapore reviewed invoices and payments made by the Navy container ship Stockham and conveniently failed to find any overcharges.

In 2009, an unnamed confidential informant alerted NCIS to questionable Glenn Defense billing for port services in Thailand. Contracting officers in the Marine Corps also alleged the contractor used the Indonesian military to thwart a rival. U.S. Fleet and Industrial Supply Center personnel also noted suspicious invoices for vehicles, sewage treatment, fuel and port tariffs, allegations apparently echoed by a late 2009 call to a Department of Defense hotline.

Yet the U.S. Department of Justice declined to prosecute Francis because of a “lack of definitive criminal violations” and perhaps the number of admirals involved. So, three years later, federal prosecutors “declined” a similar Glenn Defense case involving allegations of an unspecified conflict of interest. Were the federal prosecutors on the take from Francis – we think so.

Navy censors redacted 16 other investigations or leads in the 2014 internal report to protect the admirals. Most of those entries apparently occurred between 2010 and 2013, when Glenn Defense became the Navy’s primary husbanding-services provider across the Pacific Ocean.

The top “excuse” was the chronic lack of anti-corruption agents dedicated to ferreting out fraud in Navy contracts across Asia, the report said.

For example, the NCIS failed to post any Economic Crimes agents in its offices in the Pacific Rim and Southeast Asia until 2008, when it placed one agent in the Yokosuka, Japan, field station, the report stated. That was caused partly by the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks used an an excuse to protect the admirals. Before those incidents, the NCIS boasted 140 dedicated special agents in the Economic Crimes Department. That number plunged to only nine fraud specialists as the detectives were diverted to counter-terrorism programs, according to the analysis – always protecting the admirals.

Although the NCIS Economic Crimes Department was the smallest anti-fraud division of all the Defense Criminal Investigative Organizations, it oversaw a Navy that expends more contracting dollars annually than any of the other armed forces – which, again, was kept small to support the corrupt admirals.

Admiral Gilbeau - Sentenced to only 18 months and without his therapy dog.

Admiral Gilbeau – Sentenced to only 18 months and without his therapy dog.

By early 2014, the NCIS Economic Crimes program was cut back to 73 positions, including supervisors, and more than half of the agents had less than a year “or no experience in the investigation of major procurement fraud,” the report revealed.

In a statement, NCIS spokesman Ed Buice warned it was “inaccurate to extrapolate too broadly” from that or similar phrases because several of the Fat Leonard cases “which originated in the same time period continue to be part of the larger, ongoing … investigation” into Glenn Defense.

Sentenced on Oct. 14 to a dozen years behind bars, Beliveau the mole didn’t respond to a letter posted to where he’s serving out his sentence — the Federal Correctional Institution Allenwood in his home state of Pennsylvania.

One would think that Beliveau would like to protest the light 18-month sentence given to U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Robert Gilbeau for lying to investigators to hide his illicit 20-year relationship with Leonard, for instance.

We have been following this case for a long time, below are our past updates

November 7, 2013 update:

A third senior official, U.S. Navy Cmdr. Jose Luiz Sanchez, 41, was arrested in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday and charged with accepting escorts, high-end hotels, pricey plane tickets, $100,000 cash and a bevy of other payoffs from Leonard Francis.

November 9, 2013 update:

Guilty admirals?

Rear Admiral Bruce Loveless, director of intelligence operations, and Vice Admiral Ted Branch, director of naval intelligence – the highest-ranking officers to be implicated in the Francis affair – suspended from duty.

Vice Admiral Ted Branch, director of naval intelligence, and Rear Admiral Bruce Loveless, director of intelligence operations, are involved with “illegal and improper relations” with Leonard Francis according to the U.S, Navy.

Both Admirals have been suspended from duty in this breach of U.S. national security.

The U.S. Navy has said that more charges are likely.

Francis appeared in federal court on November 8th in San Diego on bribery allegations. Singapore operative, Alex Wisidagama, Francis alleged “bagman,” also appeared in court with Francis.

The bribes were to have ships dock at Asian ports controlled by Francis, who overcharged the Navy for fuel, food and other services, according to the criminal complaints filed in San Diego.

Prosecutors said Friday they would seek a protective order to shield any of the evidence from the media and the public in this growing scandal.

The size and scope of Francis’ operation over many years raises the question if Singapore’s government was aware of, or involved in Francis’ affaires—a serious breach of U.S. national security.

If so, should the U.S. Navy continue to use Singapore’s port facilities? Well, there’s money in it for some high-ranking U.S. Navy officers.

July 7, 2014 update: Phuket, Malaysia and Japan Drawn into Multi-Million Dollar Fat Leonard Scandal

A fourth man’s plea of guilty in the multimillion dollar Singapore Fat Leonard scandal that now embroils Phuket. This has opened up new aspects of a kickbacks scam executed on the US Navy by Singaporean Leonard Glann Francis.

It’s alleged that the president of Glenn Defense Marine Asia, Leonard Glenn Francis – a large and wealthy man known in Navy circles as ”Fat Leonard” – led frauds that involved fake bills for supplies at Phuket and other regional ports. Francis, who operated out of Singapore, was a familiar face for decades among top ranking Navy admirals and commanders serving in the Pacific, according to the Washington Post. Prosecutors have accused Francis and his employees of doling out cash, luxury travel and prostitutes to Navy officials in exchange for inside information that he used to win contracts and bilk the US Navy.

Edmond A. Aruffo, who retired as a lieutenant commander in 2007 after serving 20 years in the US Navy, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the US government as part of a deal with federal prosecutors in San Diego where Fat Leonard is being held.

The part played by people on Phuket in the alleged fraud have yet to be revealed but are expected to emerge as the case proceeds.

After leaving the Navy, Aruffo worked for three years as an executive with Glenn Defense, the Washington Post reported.

According to a copy of the plea agreement, Aruffo arranged an elaborate kickback scheme in Japan that defrauded the US Navy of between $1 million and $2.5 million between July 2009 and September 2010.

The kickback scheme in Japan opens up an entire new angle in the rapidly spreading bribery scandal.

US prosecutors have charged Francis and others in his company with over-billing the Navy for more than $20 million in the scams.

Retired U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Edmond A. Aruffo, who started a second career working for defense contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA) pleaded guilty in federal court July 3, admitting that he and others overcharged the Navy by up to $2.5 million for port services to American ships and then used some of the proceeds to treat Navy officials to lavish dinners, cocktails and entertainment. It was all part of GEMA CEO Leonard Glenn Francis’ massive fraud and bribery scheme that cost the U.S. Navy more than $20 million.

GDMA is a Singapore-based and owned contractor that has serviced Navy ships and submarines in the Pacific for decades.

Aruffo, who retired in 2007 after a military career spanning more than 20 years, is the seventh defendant charged – and the fourth to plead guilty in the expanding corruption scandal involving GDMA’s illicit relationships with Navy officials.

Aruffo’s bond was set at $40,000; however, he indicated to the court he would not post bond and immediately self-surrender. He will remain in jail until his sentencing hearing scheduled for Oct. 3, 2014, at 9 a.m. before U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino of the Southern District of California in San Diego.

GDMA owner and Singaporean CEO Leonard Glenn Francis also enlisted the clandestine and illegal assistance of Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, Commander Jose Luis Sanchez, NCIS Special Agent John Beliveau and Petty Officer First Class Daniel Layug in the scheme to provide classified ship schedules and other sensitive information critical to the U.S. national defence. Beliveau and Layug have pleaded guilty while the others are awaiting trial.

GDMA’s Francis is accused of bribing Navy personnel with cash, luxury travel, expensive meals, consumer electronics and prostitutes in exchange for classified and proprietary information and to comprimise and expose U.S. naval operations in the Pacific.

As an example, in February 2010 the USS Lake Erie visited the port of Sukomo, Japan. Aruffo arranged for a Japanese vendor to provide a variety of husbanding services. The vendor invoiced the Navy $145,229.77 – an amount inflated by about $50,000, which the vendor ultimately gave to GDMA as a kickback.

Aruffo also arranged for another Japanese vendor to provide services to the USS Blue Ridge at the port of Otaru, Japan. The vendor billed the Navy in the amount of $432,476.14 and then kicked back $204,961.20 to GDMA.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by NCIS, DCIS and the Defense Contract Audit Agency.

The GDMA perpetrators are allegedly also being investigated for potentially treasonable offenses regarding U.S. national security, according to a source close to the investigation.

November 4, 2014 update:

A retired U.S. Navy officer pleaded guilty to federal charges of arranging kickbacks on behalf of an Asian defense contractor, marking an escalation of a long-running bribery scandal that has shaken the ranks of the Navy.

Edmond A. Aruffo, who retired as a lieutenant commander in 2007 after serving 20 years in the Navy, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government as part of a deal with federal prosecutors in San Diego.

After leaving the Navy, Aruffo worked for three years as an executive with Glenn Defense Marine Asia, a Singapore-based contractor that supplied and serviced Navy ships at ports across Asia until the bribery investigation became public in September.

Aruffo is the fourth person to plead guilty in the case, along with a Navy petty officer, a senior agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and another executive with Glenn Defense Marine.

Three others are awaiting trial, including two Navy officers and the company’s president, Singaporean Leonard Glenn Francis , a large, fat, and wealthy man known in Navy circles as “Fat Leonard.”

In addition, the Navy has said that two admirals and two captains are under investigation, although those individuals have not been charged with a crime.

Two U.S. admirals — including the director of naval intelligence — are under investigation as part of a major bribery scandal involving Fat Leonard.

Vice Adm. Ted “Twig” Branch, the Navy’s top intelligence officer, and Rear Adm. Bruce F. Loveless, the Navy’s director of intelligence operations, were placed on leave and their access to classified material was suspended.

Both admirals are being investigated for their ties to a Singapore-based defense contractor, Fat Leonard, whose chief executive was arrested on charges that he bribed other Navy officers into giving him classified information in exchange for prostitutes and cash.

Two Navy commanders and a senior Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent have already been arrested, and a captain was relieved of his ship’s command last month in connection with the case.

But the announcement that two admirals in charge of protecting the Navy’s secrets have been swept up in the investigation makes the crisis the worst to tar the Navy since the 1991 Tailhook scandal, when a convention of naval aviators raped scores of women.

The Navy is bracing for even more bad news to emerge from a corruption case as, “We do believe that other naval officers will likely be implicated in this scandal,” Rear Adm. John F. Kirby, the Navy’s chief spokesman, said in a telephone interview.

The Navy did not disclose why Loveless and Branch were untrustworthy, but said their alleged misconduct occurred prior to their current assignments and before they became admirals—and what difference does that make.

“There is no indication, nor do the allegations suggest, that in either case there was any breach of classified information,” Kirby said in a statement. Vice Adm. Ted Branch, the director of naval intelligence, had his security clearance suspended in November 2013 after being investigated for possible misconduct. In the year since, no charges have been filed and there is no sense of when they might be, leaving the Navy in an untenable situation.

If classified information is being discussed at a meeting, the director of naval intelligence has to leave the room.

If Admiral Branch drops by a subordinate’s office, the space must be sanitized of any secrets before he enters.

Admiral Branch is being investigated for “possible connections” to Fat Leonard, whose employees have been convicted of bribing officials in exchange for Navy business.

But what, you might ask, does an intelligence director do all day when he’s prohibited from working with intelligence? Well, the Navy Times says Admiral Branch is spending time on “personnel management” and “leading an effort to raise the profile of cyber-security across the fleet.” Great work, Admiral Branch!

There appears to be no end to the Navy – Fat Leonard scandal as the jails fill up with our boys in blue.

Jan 6, 2015 update – more of Leonard’s lackeys (karkis) are going to prison:

In the Fat Francis Singapore bribery case, U.S. Navy Commander Jose Luis Sanchez, 42, entered his plea of guilty to charges of bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery today in federal court in San Diego. He was accused of providing classified information to Leonard Glenn Francis, the chief executive officer of Glenn Defense Marine (Singapore).

Francis was charged in 2013 with providing gifts and prostitutes to Sanchez and a second commander to steer Navy vessels to ports that were most lucrative for Glenn Defense Marine. The company has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in goods and services, including food, water, fuel, tugboats and trash removal, for Navy ships in at least a dozen countries, according to prosecutors.

U.S. Navy Captain-Select Michael Misiewicz, 47, who was arrested in Colorado in 2013, was indicted today for bribery conspiracy and seven counts of bribery.

Sanchez, who kissed up  to Francis as “Lion King” and “Boss” in e-mails, received more than $100,000 in cash and prostitutes that Francis arranged for him and his friends in Kuala Lumpur and Manila.

Both Sanchez and Misiewicz provided Francis with Navy schedules and other classified information to help Glenn Defense Marine win business, according to federal prosecutors.

Sanchez admitted using his influence within the Navy to help Glenn Defense Marine on various occasions, including tipping off Francis about investigations into overbilling by the company and briefing the CEO on internal U.S. Navy deliberations.

Sanchez, the fifth defendant to plead guilty in the case, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years and a $500,000 fine for his guilty pleas to the two counts, U.S. Magistrate David Bartick said in court today. Sentencing is scheduled for March 27.

Francis, known in Navy circles as “Fat Leonard,” has pleaded not guilty to the allegations and awaits trial in San Diego.

An agent with the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service pleaded guilty in December 2013 to conspiracy to commit bribery. A former manager for Glenn Defense Marine who admitted overbilling the U.S. Navy more than $20 million also pleaded guilty.

These guys are falling, slowly, on their way to prison. There was no report on whether there were the usual elaborate Christmas decorations at Leonard’s incredible mansion in Singapore.

Singapore is a major port for the U.S. Navy and now we know why!

February 7, 2015 update:

Based on fresh information federal authorities in Virginia, on February 3rd, arrested Paul Simpkins, 60, a former contracting official with the Defense and Justice departments. He has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery.

According to the affidavit, Francis began funneling bribes to Simpkins in 2006 when he was based in Singapore as a contracting officer for the Navy. The relationship continued until 2012, when Francis paid for Simpkins to travel from Washington to Singapore, put him up in a Hilton Hotel and provided him with prostitutes, the affidavit alleges.

“Can u set up some clean, disease free wome[n] when I am there?” Simpkins emailed Francis a few days prior to his trip in September 2012, according to court papers. As he left Washington, Simpkins followed up with another email, adding, “Whats the plan to meet up and maybe do some honey’s?”

“Honeys and bunnys,” Francis replied, according to the affidavit.

Over the years, Francis gave Simpkins about $150,000 in cash bribes stuffed in envelopes and hundreds of thousands more dollars in wire transfers, federal investigators allege.

Simpkins is the ninth person charged in the scandal, the biggest corruption case to hit the Navy in recent memory. Seven defendants have pleaded guilty and federal authorities have said they are targeting other suspects. One wonders just high up in the Navy this will go as several admirals are involved.

On Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, Federal Magistrate Judge Rawles Jones ordered Simpkins held without bail until the U.S. Marshals can transfer him to San Diego, where the investigation into the international bribery scandal is based. Jones said he was swayed by prosecutors’ arguments that their case was strong and that Simpkins had few, if any, ties to keep him in the United States.

Brian Young, a trial attorney for the Justice Department, argued Simpkins should be held because of the unflattering allegations against him, his extensive resources and foreign travel history. All of those factors, Young said, might make Simpkins likely to flee.

Simpkins is married to a Chinese woman and that although he owns a house in Virginia, he only visits the state every 90 days or so.

Brooke Sealy Rupert, Simpkins’s defense attorney in Virginia, had requested that Simpkins be released with conditions, saying he had no criminal history and “a long history of service to this country.” She said Simpkins, who was born in South Carolina but now owns a three-level townhouse in Haymarket, Virginia, had joined the Air Force at age 18.

The GDMA case is now affecting most of the 219 admirals in the U.S. Navy

Vice Adm. Mike Miller was ending a four-year tour as academy superintendent and retiring with honors after a 40-year career.

Except that when the hoopla died down, Miller wasn’t allowed to leave the service just yet. Even though his official online biography reads “retired,” he’s still being carried on the Navy’s active-duty rolls — at a reduced two-star level. And although he has no specific job — or billet, in Navy-speak — he counts against the service’s allocated total of 219 admirals.

Defense officials said Miller is one of an estimated three dozen flag officers under federal investigation for potential wrongdoing in the Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA) case, also known as the “Fat Leonard” affair, after the nickname of the company’s leader, Leonard Glenn Francis. In other words, well over 30 Admirals are under suspicion of being corrupt and involved in the GDMA case – and the list is growing, rapidly as it appears that the U.S. Navy is a corrupt organization. Who knows how many other admirals are involved?

A number of naval officers and civilians already have been charged and some convicted, and the investigation, which was announced in mid-2013, is — by all accounts — showing no signs of slowing down.

Other flags known to be caught up in the affair are Vice Adm. Ted Branch, the head of naval intelligence, and Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless, the director of intelligence operations. Both officers were restricted by the Navy on Nov. 8, 2013 — with their security clearances revoked — pending the outcome of the investigations. No outcomes have been announced.

Vice Adm. John Miller (no relation to Mike Miller) has been the commander of US Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain since May 2012. In March 2014, he was named to become the next deputy chief of naval operations for Plans, Policy, and Operations at the Pentagon, and should have been relieved by now. But his replacement has not arrived — not even been announced — because that person is under investigation by Justice in connection with GDMA. Miller, according to defense officials, is not under investigation.

A number of officers such as Mike Miller were planning to retire over the past year or more, but are being held over pending the results of the investigation.

It becomes a lot more complicated to deal with folks once they’re outside the military,” said the defense official, explaining why Mike Miller is being held over. “The ability to handle it is a lot easier keeping them in uniform.”

Worries about how far and how long the investigation would reach have been legion since the scandal first came to light in November 2013.

It’s also clear the investigation goes back nearly a decade. For Mike Miller, any alleged involvement most likely dates from the first half of 2006, when he commanded the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group. The Reagan deployed in January 2006 and returned home that July. Since then, Miller served ashore in Norfolk, Virginia, then in Washington as the chief of legislative affairs, before moving to superintendent at Annapolis in 2010.

The Justice investigation appears to be widening its scope, defense officials agreed, and shows no signs of slowing down.
“Top officials thought initially they could manage their way through this, and that belief is waning. I don’t think anyone understood the potential magnitude of time and effort this would involve,” the defense official said.

“One way or the other,” the defense official said, “it affects most of the 219 folks in the flag wardroom.”

In other words the GDMA case is now affecting most of the 219 admirals in the U.S. Navy.

The GDMA scandal has caused so many officers’ careers to be placed on-hold that it’s taking a toll not just on the U.S. Navy’s leadership, but on the U.S. Navy’s ability to fuction.

More than 30 high-level officers and admirals remain under investigation as the probe widens. The hold placed on the careers of so many Navy personnel means the service’s regular system is stagnating.

Usually officers rotate jobs every 18 months to 36 months but because of the Department of Justice investigation of Glenn Defense Marine Asia and its CEO Leonard Glenn Francis, many officers remain suspended or in place but with their normal authority on-hold rendering them useless.

According to defensenews.com, ”The situation is affecting Navy commands ashore and afloat, across the globe.”

This story is so hot that none of the U.S. news media will touch it and that includes CNN, NBC, ABC and Fox!

February 11, 2015 Update:

From left: File photos show Rear Adms. Mike Miller, Terry Kraft and David Pimpo seen in happier days

From left: File photos show Rear Adms. Mike Miller, Terry Kraft and David Pimpo seen in happier days

Barely a day goes by without more U.S. Navy Admirals being involved in the Fat Francis case. We are now up to close to 40 admirals.

FEBRUARY 11, 2015  — Three U.S. Navy flag officers have received letters of censure in relation to Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA) bribery and corruption scandal, known in Navy circles as the “Fat Leonard” affair — a reference to Glenn Marine founder, Leonard Glenn Francis.

Rear Admirals Mike Miller, Terry Kraft and David Pimpo were all censured for their involvement with GDMA during the January to July 2006 deployment of the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, when Miller was the strike group commander, Kraft the carrier’s commanding officer, and Pimpo the ship’s supply officer on that cruise.

The three are among  an estimated three dozen admirals under federal investigation for potential wrongdoing in the Glenn  case. Others whose names have emerged are Vice Adm. Ted Branch, the head of naval intelligence, and Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless, the director of intelligence operations. Both were suspended by the Navy on November 8, 2013 with their security clearances revoked.

Looks like nearly the entire U.S. Navy corps of admirals are involved in this case of bribery, sex and money.

April 21, 2015 Update:

U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Todd Dale Malaki pleaded guilty to bribery charges in federal court on April 15, 2915, admitting that he accepted cash, hotel expenses and the services of a prostitute in return for providing classified U.S. Navy ship schedules and other internal and secret Navy information to an executive of Singapore’s Glenn Defense Marine Asia, run by “Fat” Leonard.

Malaki, 44, of San Diego, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mitchell D. Dembin of the Southern District of California to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 6, 2015.

Malaki is the eighth individual to plead guilty in this expanding probe into corruption and fraud in the U.S. Navy. Glenn Defense Marine Asia pleaded guilty in January. Two other individuals, Paul Simpkins, formerly a Department of Defense (DOD) contracting officer, and Michael Misiewicz, a Captain-select in the U.S. Navy, have been charged and entered pleas of not guilty.

The scandal implicated some of the highest-ranking officials in the Navy—including the former superintendent of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, a vice admiral who received a censure after admitting to accepting bribes from “Fat Leonard.” According to Defense News, as many as “three-dozen flag officers” (and others totaling 219 naval officers) are under federal investigation for their connections to the scandal as of this past February. This includes Vice Adm. Ted Branch, the head of naval intelligence, and Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless, the director of intelligence operations. Both officers were restricted by the Navy on Nov. 8, 2013 — with their security clearances revoked — pending the outcome of the investigations. However, both of this crooked Admirals remain at large and unpunished by the U.S. Navy.

These include Rear Admiral Michael Miller, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 7 embarked on USS Ronald Reagan, Rear Admiral Terry Kraft, former Commanding Officer, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Kraft is currently serving as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan and Commander, Navy Region Japan. Finally, there is Rear Admiral David Pimpo, then-supply officer of USS Ronald Reagan. Pimpo is currently serving as Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Weapon Systems Support.

These are the crooks that are supposed to be protecting America from ISIS and others. These, and dozens of other Admirals corrupted by Singapore’s Glenn Defense Marine Asia are still in positions of power thanks to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

The U.S. Navy’s inability to punish anyone at the general officer Admiral level reveals a disturbing degree of corruption at the US military’s top ranks. The big-time admirals who oversaw officers implicated in the scandal – and a few who even admitted to accepting favors from the company – haven’t received any serious punishment, and a few top officers were allowed to remain in their positions and keep their rank despite having their security clearances suspended.

 July 19, 2015 Update:

Three more U.S. admirals were censured for dining at “extravagant” banquets in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore and accepting other gifts from Fat Leonard, who is at the center of a bribery scandal that continues to rattle the highest ranks of the Navy, according to documents released late Friday.

One dinner alone cost $23,061, or about $768.72 for each of the 30 people who attended. To get around ethics rules, the admirals reimbursed the contractor, Fat Leonard”, but only for a fraction of the expense, writing personal checks for between $50 and $70 each.

The incidents occurred while all three officers — Vice Adm. Michael H. Miller, Rear Adm. Terry B. Kraft and Rear Adm. David R. “the Pimp” Pimpo — were assigned to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier strike group. Each Admiral has been fired from the U.S. Navy.

Fat Leonard has corrupted the U.S. Navy right up to its highest levels.

August 7, 2015 Update:

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus pins award on "retiring" Vice Adm. Mike Miller (U.S. Navy photo)

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus pins award on “retiring” Vice Adm. Mike Miller (U.S. Navy photo)

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus pins award on “retiring” Vice Adm. Mike Millerduring Miller’s end-of-tour and retirement ceremony. Actually, Vice Adm. Millerduring was fired from the Navy due to his involvement with Fat Leonard. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus does not seem to care – maybe he too is on Fat Leonard’s payroll.

It looks as though the entire upper echelon of the US Navy has been corrupted by Fat Leonard.

Maybus and his Admirals must be laughing all the way to the bank.

Mar 29, 2016 Update:

In San Diego, California, Singapore national, Alex Wisidagama, former global manager of government contracts of Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), has been sentenced to 63 months in prison for his part in a fraudulent billing scheme that saw the Navy over charged $34 million for ship husbandry services, including through artificially inflated bunker prices, the US Department of Justice has said.

Wisidagama is the company manager for his cousin, Singapore resident Leonard Glen Francis. Aka “Fat Leonard.”

In addition to the jail sentence, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of California, Janis L. Sammartino, on March 18, also ordered Wisidagama to pay $34.8 million in restitution to the United States Navy.

Wisidagama is the third defendant to be sentenced in the long-running GDMA fraud and corruption scheme and Singapore’s complicity in the matter is still under question.

According to admissions, Wisidagama and his cousin, Leonard Glenn Francis, CEO, GDMA, defrauded the U.S. Navy on ship husbanding contracts by over-billing for the sale of goods, fuel, and port tariffs.

Wisidagama and his conspirators created false invoices purporting to show that GDMA paid more to purchase fuel than was actually the case

To date, ten individuals have been charged in connection with this scheme; of those, nine have pleaded guilty, including Malaki, Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, Captain Daniel Dusek, NCIS Special Agent John Beliveau, Commander Jose Luis Sanchez and U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Dan Layug. Several others are being charged, including high-level Admirals in the United States Navy.

Former Department of Defense civilian employee Paul Simpkins was the ninth person to be charged in the case and currently awaits trial in San Diego.

Simpkins, was charged with conspiracy to commit bribery along with receiving cash, luxury travel, entertainment, and the services of prostitutes between May 2006 and 2012 in return for providing classified information to GDMA’s President and CEO, Singapore’s Leonard Glenn Francis, which led to GDMA winning contracts in Thailand and the Philippines. Simpkins is also charged with attempting to block an investigation into GDMA’s overcharging of the U.S. Navy and faces up to 5 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

GDMA held contracts to restock, repair, refuel and clean the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet under contacts that federal authorities say have been worth over $200 million over 10 years.

Feb. 16, 2017 Update:

As part of an ongoing naval bribery investigation, federal prosecutors arrested a Navy commander on Thursday for accepting bribes from corrupt contractor Leonard Glenn Francis and handing over classified information, a danger to U.S. national security, to Francis.

Lt. Cmdr. Mario Herrera, 48, was arrested in San Antonio, Texas, and charged in a complaint with conspiracy to commit bribery. Herrera is expected to eventually appear in San Diego federal court, where the investigation and prosecution of the cases linked to Francis are taking place.

Herrera was charged with accepting gifts, travel, expensive meals and the services of prostitutes from Francis’ company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia. In return, Herrera provided Francis with secret classified information on ship schedules for the Seventh Fleet and used his position in the Navy to steer ships to visit ports that Francis’ company controlled.

Once in those ports, Francis routinely gouged and overcharged the Navy for a wide spectrum of services his company provided, from sewage removal to ground transportation, security and communications.

Francis, from Singapore, has pleaded guilty in the massive scandal that has cascaded through the Navy officer corps for the past four years. He is awaiting sentencing and has agreed forfeit $35 million to the government — a tiny portion of the gross proceeds from the bribery scheme.

Herrera is now the 12th current or former Navy official charged in the investigation. Excluding Herrera, all but one have pleaded guilty. In addition to Francis, four other GDMA employees have been charged and pleaded guilty.

The charges against Herrera echo what has become a familiar litany of corruption and misconduct by the highest level of Navy personnel.

It is time to “drain the swamp” of high corrupt high-level Navy officers including Admirals!

March. 15, 2017 Update:

The Justice Department has unsealed a fresh indictment charging eight more Navy officials — including an admiral — with corruption and other crimes in the “Fat Leonard” bribery case.

Among those charged were Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless, a senior Navy intelligence officer and four retired Navy captains and a retired Marine colonel.

The disgraceed Navy personnel are accused of taking bribes in the form of lavish gifts, prostitutes and luxury hotel stays courtesy of Singapore’s Leonard Glenn “Fat Leonard” Francis.

According to the charges, Francis sponsored wild sex parties for many officers assigned to the USS Blue Ridge, the once proud (now disgraced) flagship of the Navy’s 7th Fleet, and other warships.

On a visit by the Blue Ridge to Manila in February 2007, Francis allegedly hosted a sex party for officers in the MacArthur Suite of the Manila hotel. During the party, “historical memorabilia related to General Douglas MacArthur were used by the participants in sexual acts,” according to the indictment.

In exchange the high-placed Navy officers provided Francis with highly classified information that enabled his Singapore firm, Glenn Defense Marine Asia, to gouge the Navy out of tens of millions of dollars.

Loveless, the retired admiral, was arrested at his home in Coronado, Calif. The Navy had announced in November 2013 that he was under scrutiny by the Justice Department and suspended his access to classified material. He was allowed to retire last fall – which questions the judgement of the U.S. Navy.

Navy officials have admitted that about 30 admirals are under investigation, although only a handful have been named publicly as the Navy continues to protect its own.

March. 19, 2017 Update:

Adm Robert Gilbeau

Adm Robert Gilbeau, Crook!

Robert Gilbeau, a one-star admiral, was convicted last June about his contacts with Francis. He has since retired with a lavish pension. He is scheduled to be sentenced next month in federal court.

Separately, the Navy has censured or disciplined three other admirals for ethics violations after they accepted lavish meals and other gifts from Francis.

Others taken into custody recently included David Newland, 60, a retired captain from San Antonio; James Dolan, 58, a retired captain from Gettysburg, Pa.; David Lausman, a retired captain from The Villages, Fla.; and Donald Hornbeck, a retired captain who lives in Britain. Also arrested are Enrico de Guzman, a retired Marine colonel from Hono­lulu; Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Shedd, an active-duty officer from Colorado Springs; and Robert Gorsuch, 48, of Virginia Beach, a retired chief warrant officer.

“This is a fleecing and betrayal of the United States Navy in epic proportions,” said Alana W. Robinson, the acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of California. She said the defendants “worked together as a team to trade secrets for sex, serving the interests of a greedy foreign defense contractor and not those of their own country.”

The case is still unfolding and that more than 200 people including many from the corrupt Navy have come under scrutiny!

There seems to be no limit to the indictments of Navy Admirals in this case.

Formal U.S. Admiral Robert Gilbeau is the first active-duty Navy admiral in modern history to be convicted of a felony. Next month, he faces sentencing and could land in federal prison for up to five years.

Yet he still gets a military pension that pays him about $10,000 a month.

Gilbeau is one of seven current or former Navy officers who have pleaded guilty in the Fat Leonard scandal who are still eligible for generous retirement benefits, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers.

How the Navy decides to act could have repercussions twenty-seven people have been charged with crimes since the investigation became public in 2013, including eight Navy officers indicted this month and more than 200 people — including 30 admirals — who have come under scrutiny.

Retirement perks for generals and admirals and can exceed $150,000 a year. They are also entitled to heavily subsidized health insurance.

Gary R. Myers, a New Hampshire-based military defense attorney, said the Navy would probably consider applying the unusual punishment to officers convicted in the Fat Leonard scandal, given their abuse of the public trust. “It would be a response to the egregious nature of what was done and the breach of faith with the American people by Navy personnel,” Myers said. “This is a monumental embarrassment to the Navy, and the Navy does not like to be embarrassed.”

Besides handing down a 6 1/2-year prison sentence, a federal judge ordered Misiewicz to pay $195,000 in fines and restitution and restitution hangs heavy over the head of all those involved in the Fat Leonard scandal.

The Navy should invoke the Hiss Act, a 1954 law passed by Congress that denies retirement benefits to federal officials convicted of disloyalty, bribery, graft and similar offenses. Congress later amended the law, and it is now limited to crimes related to national security, including espionage and treason.

Those convicted Navy officials who have admitted to giving classified information to Francis, should, under the law, lose all their benefits and should suffer financial penalties.

Prosecutors have said that in Gilbeau’s case, they will seek only between 12 and 18 months of prison.

In Gilbeau’s case, Fat Leonard knew that the admiral particularly liked to have sex with Vietnamese women—two at a time—so he supplied him with pairs of prostitutes on at least three occasions, according to prosecutors.

For example, in December 2010, Francis took Gilbeau out for dinner, drinks and karaoke in Singapore — and then paid for him to spend the night in a hotel suite with two prostitutes, prosecutors allege.

The next day, the defense contractor emailed the admiral to ask how the evening had gone.

“Very nice,” Gilbeau replied.

How does that compare to the years one can be sentenced for stealing for grand theft auto? How dishonest is the U.S. Navy?

May 17, 2017 Update:

Rear Adm. Robert Gilbeau had pleaded guilty last June to one count of making false statements and the court let him get away with this!

U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Robert Gilbeau was sentenced today to only 18 months in prison for lying to investigators to hide his illicit 20-year relationship with Leonard Glenn Francis, the owner of Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), the foreign defense contractor at the center of a major bribery and fraud scandal.

Gilbeau is the highest ranking military member sentenced in one of the Navy’s worst corruption cases.

Then Gilbeau learned Francis was under investigation, and the officer lied on a Foreign Contact Questionnaire and during an interview with Naval Criminal Investigative Service about their relationship, prosecutors said.

“It is truly a somber day”, acting US Attorney Alana Robinson said in a statement. “When tempted by parties and prostitutes, one of our most respected leaders chose karaoke over character”. “In doing so he forever tarnished the reputation of a revered institution”. He stood in court with his fluffy white dog, which accompanies him as part of his claim to be under treatment treatment for post-traumatic stress.

Twenty current and former Navy officials have been charged so far in the fraud and bribery investigation. Of the 20 Navy officials, 10 have pleaded guilty, and 10 cases are pending. Five GDMA executives and the GDMA corporation have pleaded guilty.

The DCIS, NCIS and the DCAA are investigating this case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark W. Pletcher and Patrick Hovakimian of the Southern District of California and Assistant Chief Brian R. Young of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section are prosecuting the case.

Anyone with information relating to fraud or corruption should contact the NCIS anonymous tip line at www.ncis.navy.mil or the DOD Hotline at www.dodig.mil/hotline, or call (800) 424-9098.

August 4, 2017 Update

The corrupt U.S. Navy has now decided that it “needs a culture change” after the ‘Fat Leonard’ bribery scandal.

For more than a decade, Malaysian tycoon Leonard Glenn Francis, AKA “Fat Leonard” — bribed Navy officers with booze, prostitutes and luxury gifts to bilk at least $35 million from the U.S. government with inflated bills.

Francis’ arrest in a San Diego sting nearly four years ago triggered the collapse of his overseas port services company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia, started the prosecution of dozens of Navy officers and civilian officials, resulting in the incredible ongoing internal investigation of 30+ admirals and more than 200 sailors for possible corruption.

When the Navy investigating Glenn Defense for improperly high invoices, fake work orders and inexplicable cost overruns, investigators soon realized that Francis had infiltrated key sectors of the military’s logistics and law-enforcement branches, so he could extract classified information on warship movements while escaping any inquiries into his fraud.

“Our Navy functions on a foundation of trust and confidence,” Navy spokeswoman Capt. Amy Derrick said in a statement designed to cover up the Navy’s corruption. “We must maintain the trust and confidence of the American people we are sworn to protect. We must also strengthen trust and confidence within the Navy between all parts of the chain of command. It is trust and confidence that enable delegation, which is central to operations and combat at sea.” Like her fellow admirals, Capt. Amy is all talk and no action from the corrupt U.S. Navy.

Francis used his network of corrupt Navy officers to prey on the Navy’s onsite contracted logistics system overseas, feasting on fake fees and inflated charges for port services — what sailors call “husbanding.”

According to the Navy, supply officers are no longer allowed to accept gifts from contractors, disclose sensitive information or project any appearance of impropriety. This seems to mean that supply officers WERE ALLOWED to accept gifts and disclose classified information in the past/.

After Francis’ arrest and through last year, the Navy claimed it had drained the swamp a wee bit by suspending 566 vendors and permanently debarring an additional 548 from contracts. These numbers reveal that there was AND IS an incredible amount of corruption by the Navy and even at the highest levels—the Admirals.

Now, all flag officers and civilian senior executive service officials must complete annual ethics training in conjunction with their filing of federal financial disclosure forms. Similar courses are required for the lower ranks even though the main offenders are the Navy’s Admirals—some 30+ of them.

Only a fool would think that “ethics training” and the “filing of federal financial disclosure forms” would even come close to solving the problem

It’s time for the Navy to resort to the tried and true method of treating lawbreakers—THROW THEM IN PRISON!

 

 

 

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Here is what Malwarebytes found imbedded in the Regcure Pro download.

Regcure Pro is full of malware! Beware...

Regcure Pro is full of malware according to Malwarebytes! Beware…

 

 

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The Malwarebytes full report

-Software Information-

Version: 3.2.2.2029

Components Version: 1.0.0

Update Package Version: 1.0.3151

License: Premium

 

-System Information-

OS: Windows 10 (Build 15063.674)

CPU: x64

File System: NTFS

User: DESKTOP-RBI3NRQ\jbhar

 

-Scan Summary-

Scan Type: Threat Scan

Result: Completed

Objects Scanned: 393697

Threats Detected: 324

Threats Quarantined: 324

Time Elapsed: 37 min, 46 sec

 

-Scan Options-

Memory: Enabled

Startup: Enabled

Filesystem: Enabled

Archives: Enabled

Rootkits: Enabled

Heuristics: Enabled

PUP: Detect

PUM: Detect

 

-Scan Details-

Process: 0

(No malicious items detected)

 

Module: 0

(No malicious items detected)

 

Registry Key: 1

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Registry Value: 0

(No malicious items detected)

 

Registry Data: 0

(No malicious items detected)

 

Data Stream: 0

(No malicious items detected)

 

Folder: 25

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PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\PROGRAMDATA\PARETOLOGIC\REGCURE PRO, Quarantined, [1557], [334940],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\USERS\JBHAR\APPDATA\ROAMING\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\START MENU\PROGRAMS\PARETOLOGIC\REGCURE PRO, Quarantined, [1557], [352843],1.0.3151

 

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PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\html\images\background.jpg, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\html\images\contentwrapper.gif, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\html\images\error_internet.jpg, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\html\images\footerbarfill.gif, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\html\images\info_bubble.jpg, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\html\images\tile_footerbarbase.jpg, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\html\images\tile_subheadbarbase.jpg, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\html\images\tile_titlebarbase.jpg, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

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PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\html\container_content_rightimg.gif, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\html\error_connect.html, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\html\main.css, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\html\main_error.css, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\html\package_titlebar_bkimg.jpg, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\button_privacy.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\register_over_small.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\btn.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\btn_over.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\button_bho.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\button_defrag.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\button_file.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\button_generalsettings.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\button_ignore.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\button_junk.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\button_process.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\button_registry.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\button_schedule.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\button_speedybackup.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\button_startup.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\button_update.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\offeraction.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\offeraction_over.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\register.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\register_over.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\register_small.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\renew.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\renew_over.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\settings_button.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\settings_button_over.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\start.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\start_over.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\update_later.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\update_later_over.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\update_now.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\buttons\update_now_over.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\defrag\c_empty.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\defrag\c_frag.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\defrag\c_unfrag.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\defrag\c_unknown.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\defrag\c_unmove.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Frame\bottom_logo.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Frame\close.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Frame\dlg_title.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Frame\logo.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Frame\max.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Frame\min.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Frame\register.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Frame\register_close.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Frame\register_close_over.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Frame\register_over.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Frame\renew.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Frame\renew_over.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Frame\restore.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Frame\tabactive_bg.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Frame\tabover_bg.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Frame\tab_bg.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Frame\tfn_bg.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Frame\tfn_logo.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Frame\title_bar.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Frame\top_logo.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Frame\upper_divider.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\general\collapse.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\general\delete.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\general\driverbg.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\general\expand.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\general\progress_glow.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\priv_email.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\bho.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\dup_audio.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\dup_doc.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\dup_image.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\dup_other.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\dup_video.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\ig_drivers.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\ig_proc.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\ig_reg.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\junk.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\priv_3rd.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\priv_browser.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\priv_fs.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\priv_im.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\priv_multi.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\priv_office.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\priv_other.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\priv_windows.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\reg_apppath.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\reg_com.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\reg_dll.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\reg_empty.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\reg_extensions.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\reg_filepath.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\reg_font.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\reg_help.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\reg_shortcut.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\reg_startup.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\reg_uninstall.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\group\startup.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\headers\header_junk.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\headers\header_about.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\headers\header_bho.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\headers\header_clean.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\headers\header_defrag.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\headers\header_driver.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\headers\header_file.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\headers\header_junk_settings.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\headers\header_maintenance.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\headers\header_malware.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\headers\header_performance.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\headers\header_privacy.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\headers\header_process.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\headers\header_registry.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\headers\header_restore.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\headers\header_settings.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\headers\header_startup.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\headers\header_tools.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\headers\header_update.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\headers\settings_general.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\headers\settings_ignore.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\headers\settings_privacy.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\headers\settings_registry.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\headers\settings_schedule.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\headers\settings_update.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\headers\vipre.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Icons\cleaned.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Icons\info.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Icons\warning.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\drivers\cd.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\drivers\cpu.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\drivers\disk.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\drivers\display.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\drivers\driver_outdated.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\drivers\driver_uptodate.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\drivers\floppy.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\drivers\mouse_key.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\drivers\other.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\drivers\outdated.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\drivers\power.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\drivers\printer.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\drivers\software.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\drivers\system.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\drivers\uptodate.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\drivers\usb.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\maintenance\defrag.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\maintenance\defrag_big.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\maintenance\junk.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\maintenance\junk_big.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\maintenance\malware.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\maintenance\malware_big.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\maintenance\privacy.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\maintenance\privacy_big.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\maintenance\registry.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\maintenance\registry_big.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\process\bho.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\process\process.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\process\startup.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\recommendations\rec_malware16.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\recommendations\rec_malware24.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\recommendations\rec_malware32.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\recommendations\rec_system16.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\recommendations\rec_system24.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\recommendations\rec_system32.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\recommendations\rec_unknown16.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\recommendations\rec_unknown24.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\recommendations\rec_unknown32.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\recommendations\rec_unwanted16.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\recommendations\rec_unwanted24.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\recommendations\rec_unwanted32.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\recommendations\rec_userapp16.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\recommendations\rec_userapp24.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\recommendations\rec_userapp32.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\list\other.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\popups\prefix\clean-active.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\popups\prefix\clean-down.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\popups\prefix\clean-over.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\popups\prefix\computer.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\popups\prefix\register-active.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\popups\prefix\register-down.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\popups\prefix\register-hover.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\popups\prefix\renew-over.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\popups\prefix\renew.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\popups\activate_normal.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\popups\activate_over.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\popups\active.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\popups\animation.gif, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\popups\bar_bg.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\popups\checkmark.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\popups\close.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\popups\close_over.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\popups\thankyou.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\popups\time.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\popups\weekly.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\popups\weekly2.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\animation\01.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\animation\02.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\animation\03.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\animation\04.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\animation\05.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\animation\06.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\animation\07.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\animation\08.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\animation\09.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\driver_animation\ani_1.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\driver_animation\ani_10.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\driver_animation\ani_11.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\driver_animation\ani_12.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\driver_animation\ani_13.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\driver_animation\ani_14.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\driver_animation\ani_15.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\driver_animation\ani_16.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\driver_animation\ani_17.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\driver_animation\ani_18.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\driver_animation\ani_19.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\driver_animation\ani_2.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\driver_animation\ani_20.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\driver_animation\ani_21.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\driver_animation\ani_22.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\driver_animation\ani_3.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\driver_animation\ani_4.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\driver_animation\ani_5.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\driver_animation\ani_6.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\driver_animation\ani_7.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\driver_animation\ani_8.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\driver_animation\ani_9.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\check.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\error.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\error_large.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\FileSystem.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\Fix.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\Fix_over.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\junk.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\malware.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\MBR.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\md5.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\privacy.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\process-animation.gif, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\Process.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\registry.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\Rootkit.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\warning.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Scan\warning_large.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

PUP.Optional.RegCurePro, C:\Program Files (x86)\ParetoLogic\RegCure Pro\Images\Tabs\drivers.png, Quarantined, [1557], [334871],1.0.3151

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Lesson 101 on WWIII

Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller may have been responsible himself for allowing tremendous Russian corruption on U.S. soil to continue—and even intensify—during the Obama administration

The unraveling of US/Russian relations threatens life on earth. These are the consequences of Washington threatening Russia’s security by breaking agreement after agreement, by placing missile bases on Russia’s borders, by orchestrating anti-Russian coups in former Soviet provinces, and by a continuing volley of false accusations against Russia. Yes, and finally Robert Mueller(See Note 1, below), the special counsel in the Trump-Russia investigation – which perhaps should be the Clinton-Russia investigation.

There is no act more reckless and irresponsible than to make one nuclear power fear nuclear attack from another.

Alert observers have become aware of the mounting danger. Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet leader who worked with President Ronald Reagan to end the Cold War and the threat of nuclear Armageddon, has appealed to President Trump and President Putin to hold a summit meeting and bring an end to the rising tensions. Gorbachev wrote in the Washington Post that “it is far from normal that the presidents of major nuclear powers meet merely on the margins of international gatherings.” This is especially the case as “relations between the two nations are in a severe crisis.”

Gorbachev’s warning could be an understatement. Last March, General Viktor Poznikhir, the deputy commander of the Russian military’s Operation Command expressed concern that Washington could be preparing a surprise nuclear attack on Russia. Had any such statement from the Russian high command been issued anytime during the 20th century Cold War era, the President of the United States would have immediately contacted the Soviet leader and given every assurance that no such plan or intentions toward Russia existed. As far as I can tell, the Trump White House let this ominous announcement pass unremarked. If this is the case, it must have provided confirmation to the Russians’ conclusion.

The entirety of the West, both the US and its vassal states, continue to ignore very clear Russian warnings. Gilbert Doctorow has made the same point.

Perhaps the clearest of all was Putin’s public statement that “Russia will never again fight a war on its own territory.” If Washington’s EU vassals did not hear this clear warning that they are courting their nuclear destruction—especially the Poles and Romanians who have mindlessly hosted US missile bases—they are as deaf as they are stupid.

One Russian official told the idiot British government to its face that if the British threat to first use nuclear weapons is directed at Russia, if such an attempt is made, Great Britain will disappear from the face of the earth.

So why do Washington’s impotent vassals talk tough to Russia, a government that only desires peace and has threatened Britain in no way. Nor has the Russian government threatened France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Greece, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, or any of the former Eastern European vassals of the Soviet Union that exchanged their captivity to the Soviet Union for captivity to Washington. Russia has not even threatened Ukraine, which Russia could wipe out in a couple of minutes. Why are these countries, apparently led by mindless, gutless two-bit politicians, aligned with Washington’s false propaganda against Russia?

The answer is money—it’s always about the money—always is. The vassals are paid to go along with the lies.

What are the forces driving Washington’s provocation of Russia? There are two forces driving Washington’s provocation or Russia and they comprise a vast conspiracy against life on earth.

1. The Neoconservatives

One is the Neoconservatives. The Neoconservatives were convinced by the Soviet Collapse that History has chosen not the proletariat but American “democratic capitalism” as the socio-politico-economic system for the world, and that this choice by History conveys on America the status of the “indispensable, exceptional” country, a status that places America above all other countries and above international law and, indeed, America’s own laws.

American exceptionalism is a myth, despite its praise by Obama.

American exceptionalism allows the torture of people in total violation of both US law and international law. The government in Washington can, on suspicion alone without presentation to a court of evidence and conviction, confine US citizens indefinitely, torturing them the entire time, and can assassinate them at will without due process of law. This is the definition of a total police state tyranny. Yet Washington represents America as a “great democracy,” whose endless wars against humanity are “bringing democracy to the world.”

American exceptionalism allows the bombing of other countries indiscriminately without officially being at war with those countries.

American exceptionalism allows the separation of powers prescribed in the American Constitution can be totally ignored by the executive branch as, the Neoconservatives claim, the President has “unique powers” not limited by the Constitution, which, of course, is a lie.

Russia, China, and Iran are targets of the Neoconservatives, as were Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and provinces of Pakistan, because these countries have/had independent foreign policies and are/were not Washington’s vassals.

The Neoconservative doctrine states that it is the “principal goal” of US foreign policy “to prevent the rise of Russia or any other state” that can serve as a constraint on Washington’s unilateralism.

2. The “Military-Industrial Complex”

The second interest with incentive to provoke Russia is the US military/security complex. President Eisenhower, a five-star general, warned Americans in 1961 that the “military-industrial complex” was a threat to American democracy. Today the military/security complex is much more than a mere threat to American democracy. It has already taken over the US government and the Trump administration, which is run by generals, and it now threatens all life on earth.

The military/security complex has an annual budget of one thousand billion dollars. This sum is larger than the Gross Domestic Products of all but a handful of countries on earth. Such an immense budget conveying such power desperately needs a dangerous enemy for its justification. Russia has been assigned this role. Given the power of the military/security complex, the role assigned to Russia cannot be mitigated by Russian diplomacy. Moreover, the interests of the military/security complex and the Neoconservatives agree.

Note 1

Robert Mueller who may have been responsible himself for allowing tremendous Russian corruption on U.S. soil to continue—and even intensify—during the Obama administration is now leading the investigation into potential Russian connections involving the man who ran for president against Obama’s legacy. Conflict of interest, much?

In 2015, conservative author Peter Schweitzer published a blistering story in The New York Times uncovering Clinton’s connections to and benefits from the 2010 Uranium One purchase. The Obama administration and the Clintons defended their authorization of that purchase by insisting that there was no evidence any Russians or donors to the Clinton Foundation engaged in wrongdoing. They also argued that there was no national security reason to oppose the Uranium One deal.

According to documents from the FBI, Energy Department, and court proceedings, however, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence before the committee’s decision that Vadim Mikerin — the Russian overseer of Putin’s U.S. nuclear expansion — was engaged in wrongdoing since 2009.

Mikerin directed Rosatom’s Tenex in Moscow since the early 2000s, and he oversaw Rosatom’s nuclear collaboration with the U.S. under the Megatons to Megawatts program. In 2010, he acquired a U.S. work visa to open Rosatom’s new American arm, Tenam.

According to a November 2014 indictment, Mikerin “did knowingly and willfully combine, conspire, confederate and agree with other persons … to obstruct, delay and affect commerce and the movement of an article and commodity (enriched uranium) in commerce by extortion” between 2009 and 2012.

His conduct was discovered with the help of a confidential witness who began making kickback payments at Mikerin’s direction, with the permission of the FBI. The first recorded kickback payment was dated November 27, 2009.

Energy Department Agent David Gadren testified that, “as part of the scheme, Mikerin, with the consent of higher level officials at TENEX and Rosatom (both Russian state-owned entities) would offer no-bid contracts to US businesses in exchange for kickbacks in the form of money payments made to some offshore banks accounts.”

The investigation was supervised by then-U.S. attorney (and currently President Trump’s deputy attorney general) Rod Rosenstein, then-assistant FBI director (and now deputy FBI director) Andrew McCabe, and then-FBI director Robert Mueller. All three of these men play key roles in the Trump-Russia investigation.

The FBI investigation, kept secret from the American public just when the Obama administration made key international business decisions, also exposed a serious national security breach: Mikerin signed a contract giving American trucking firm Transport Logistics International the rights to transport Russia’s uranium around the U.S. — in return for more than $2 million in kickbacks from executives.

Uncovering and blocking such a massive Russian nuclear bribery scheme would seem like a pivotal success for the DOJ and FBI, but they took little credit for the investigation when Mikerin, the Russian financier, and the trucking firm executives were arrested in 2014.

A full year later, the DOJ put out a press release unveiling the defendants’ plea deals. At that time, the case against Mikerin consisted of a single charge of money laundering for a scheme from 2004 to 2014. Although agents had evidence of criminal wrongdoing since 2009, federal prosecutors only cited a handful of transactions in 2011 and 2012 in the plea agreement. These came well after the Uranium One deal.

The final court case also made no mention of the Russian attempts to peddle influence with the Clintons, which the FBI undercover informant witnessed, despite the documents showing millions of dollars sent from Russian nuclear businesses to an American entity connected to the Clinton Foundation.

Only in December 2015 did the Justice Department announce Mikerin’s sentence of 48 months in prison and the forfeiture of more than $2.1 million. The release referred to him as “a former Russian official residing in Maryland.”

Ronald Hosko, then-assistant FBI director in charge of criminal cases, told The Hill he did not recall being briefed about Mikerin’s case, despite the criminal charges. “I had no idea this case was being conducted,” he said.

Former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), then-chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, also told The Hill he had not been briefed about the Russian nuclear corruption case. “Not providing information on a corruption scheme before the Russian uranium deal was approved by U.S. regulators … has served to undermine U.S. national security interests by the very people charged with protecting them,” Rogers said.

Considering such a scandal, it seems particularly damning that members of the intelligence community have been shamelessly leaking allegations against Donald Trump involving potential Russian connections. Every story in this direction turns out to be a dead end.

Most recently, the Russian-backed Facebook ads turned out not only to support Hillary Clinton and Black Lives Matter, but to have a tiny impact on the election as a whole. In fact, Democrat senators like Richard Blumenthal made fools of themselves in a fruitless attempt to pin these ads on the Trump campaign.

Meanwhile, evidence continues to mount that the Obama administration wiretapped key leaders in the Trump campaign, most notably Paul Manafort.

The real Russia scandal has been a Clinton scandal, from 2010 onward—and now, in a darkly ironic twist of fate, it involves the very former FBI director responsible for investigating that elusive “collusion” between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. It seems the Left’s attempts to hide their own corruption by pinning it on Trump may be coming to an end.

Glenn Simpson, Grilled by FBI on Million Dollar Dossier

The dirty dealers behind the

The dirty dealers behind the “Dossier”

Simpson, who will appear in a closed session on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, hired the former MI6 agent Christopher Steele to compile the fake news dossier, which alleged that members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russian agents to damage Hillary Clinton.

Republicans in Congress are stepping up their efforts to uncover the Democratic and Republican funders of and sources for the infamous dossier and its unverified claims.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has made it clear that Simpson’s work has landed Simpson in the crosshairs.

“We will also pursue details about Mr. Simpson’s role in this event and the creation and circulation of the dossier that started this whole controversy,” Grassley said in a hearing in July.

As a reporter, Simpson specialized in coverage of money laundering and Russian organized crime. Back in 2016, he explained that he started Fusion GPS after leaving journalism because he thought his investigative skills would be valuable to a range of wealthy clients and he could make a fortune. Simpson said. “I call it journalism for rent.”

The 35-page dossier, which included a series of salacious allegations, was completed shortly before the presidential election. When BuzzFeed obtained and published the document in January 2017, little more than a week before of Trump’s inauguration, Simpson was outraged.

Simpson isn’t the only person who could face questions about dossier’s production. Lawmakers also want to talk to Steele, and a recent U.S. court ruling in a related case could compel him to comply.

Lawyers for Aleksej Gubarev, a Russian tech mogul who was named in the dossier, were recently granted approval by Judge Ursula Ungaro of U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida to seek British approval to question Steele under oath as part of Gubarev’s libel suit against BuzzFeed.

“I have to ask myself, ‘What is it that they’re hiding?’” said Valentin Gurvits, Gubarev’s attorney. “To me, it is a very strange situation.”

According to people briefed on the developments, Steele has recently been questioned by the FBI and provided agents with the names of his sources for the allegations in the dossier.

It is unclear how much information lawmakers will be able to obtain from Simpson this week. Attorneys for Fusion GPS, in desperation, have indicated to the committee that its client relationships are confidential—it should be very doubtful that the committee (or the FBI) will agree, unless of course they too have been corrupted.

Here is your copy of the BuzzFeed dossier—click!

September 3, 2017 update:

Finally! Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley and the committee’s ranking Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, want to interview two high-ranking FBI officials about some key aspects of the bureau’s role in the Trump-Russia investigation — the now infamous Trump dossier. But the FBI doesn’t want those officials to talk — even though the Judiciary Committee has oversight responsibility for the FBI, and even though the request is bipartisan, and even though there appears to be no conflict with the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation conducted by special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

This began on July 11, when Grassley and Feinstein wrote to James Rybicki, who was Director Comey’s chief of staff, and Carl Ghattas, head of the bureau’s national security branch. “The committee is investigating the removal of FBI Director James Comey, Russian interference in the 2016 election, and allegations of improper interference in law enforcement investigations,” the chairman and ranking member wrote. “Please make yourself available for a transcribed interview during the week of July 24, 2017.”

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Comey’s guy, James Rybicki from the Swamp!

It didn’t happen because, on July 27, Samuel Ramer, the acting assistant attorney general, wrote to say that Rybicki and Ghattas would not be talking. Why? Because, with the Mueller investigation, Ramer said, “Under these circumstances and consistent with the department’s long-standing policy regarding the confidentiality and sensitivity of information relating to pending matters, the department cannot make Mr. Ghattas or Mr. Rybicki available for transcribed interviews at this time.”

Grassley and Feinstein did not agree and Grassley and Feinstein wrote another letter, this time to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

“The department declined to make Mr. Ghattas and Mr. Rybicki available for interviews because of pending matters and their current work on those matters with Special Counsel Robert Mueller,” Grassley and Feinstein wrote. “However, in our de-confliction discussions with the Special Counsel’s office, we have clarified that the committee intends to limit the scope of the interviews to avoid that concern. There is no intent to seek information about these witnesses’ current work with the Special Counsel’s office. Rather, we seek their independent recollections, as fact witnesses, of events that occurred before and including Director Comey’s removal.”

The two lawmakers asked the Justice Department to get in touch by September 1 to schedule the interviews, but September 1 came and went with no department effort to set up the interviews.

Now, it is not clear what is next. Grassley and Feinstein appear to be determined to talk to Rybicki and Ghattas. It is obvious that both men know a lot about what went on in the FBI in the last couple of years. As far as the Trump dossier specifically is concerned, they could be able to shed light on the FBI’s reported decision in October 2016 to pay a lot of money for work on the dossier, which at the time was an anti-Trump opposition research project funded by Clinton donors. Grassley has said that decision “raises further questions about the FBI’s independence from politics.”

James Rybicki has been hot in the news in the last few days. He was one of the FBI officials cited in a letter from Grassley and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham suggesting that Comey may have decided to exonerate Hillary Clinton in the email investigation even before Clinton and more than a dozen other witnesses were even grilled by the FBI.

Now Grassley and Feinstein want to know what the swamp guys, Rybicki and Ghattas, know about the fake dossier—but first, they’ll have to get past the Justice Department’s determination to keep such damaging things secret. Anything to protect the Swamp!

Obama’s Campaign Paid $972,000 To Law Firm That Secretly Paid Fusion GPS In 2016

Since April 2016, Obama’s campaign organization has paid nearly a million dollars to the law firm that funneled money to Fusion GPS, the firm behind the infamous Steele dossier to compile a dossier of unverified allegations against Donald Trump.

The Washington Post reported last week that Perkins Coie, an international law firm, was directed by both the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton’s campaign to retain Fusion GPS in April of 2016 to dig up dirt on then-candidate Donald Trump. Fusion GPS then hired Christopher Steele, a former British spy, to compile a dossier of allegations that Trump and his campaign actively colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 election. Though many of the claims in the dossier have been directly refuted, none of the dossier’s allegations of collusion have been verified.

OFA, Obama’s official campaign arm in 2016, paid nearly $800,000 to Perkins Coie in 2016 alone, according to FEC records. The first 2016 payments to Perkins Coie, classified and hidden only as “Legal Services,” were made April 25-26, 2016, and totaled $98,047. A second batch of payments, also classified as “Legal Services,” were disbursed to the law firm on September 29, 2016, and totaled exactly $700,000. Payments from OFA to Perkins Coie in 2017 totaled $174,725 through August 22, 2017.
FEC records as well as federal court records show that Marc Elias, the Perkins Coie lawyer was responsible for the payments to Fusion GPS on behalf of Clinton’s campaign and the DNC, also previously served as a counsel for OFA. In Shamblin v. Obama for America, a 2013 case in federal court in Florida, federal court records list Elias as simultaneously serving as lead attorney for both OFA and the DNC.

Federal records show that Hillary Clinton’s official campaign organization, Hillary For America, paid just under $5.1 million to Perkins Coie in 2016. The DNC paid nearly $5.4 million to the law firm in 2016. The money was just piling in for the discredited Steele dossier.

According to the Washington Post, Fusion GPS was first retained by Perkins Coie on behalf of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in April of 2016.

At the same time that Hillary’s campaign, Obama’s campaign organization, and the DNC were all simultaneously paying Perkins Coie, the spouse of one of Fusion GPS’s key employees was working directly for Obama in the West Wing of the White House (and passing information to the Russians?). It was Shailagh Jane Murray, a former Washington Post reporter-turned-political operative, who was serving as a top communications adviser to Obama while the Obama administration was reportedly using information from the dossier to justify secret surveillance of Trump campaign staff. Shailagh Jane Murray is an American political aide and former journalist who served as a Senior Advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama.

Shailagh Jane Murray

Washington Post photo of Murray, Biden, and a member of the Swamp enjoying themselves

Murray previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for Vice President Joe Biden as well—talk about a well connected mole. Murray is also married to Neil King, a former Wall Street Journal reporter who was hired by Fusion GPS in December of 2016. While at the Wall Street Journal, King worked alongside Fusion GPS’s core team, even sharing bylines with Glenn Simpson, the Fusion GPS executive who personally hired Steele to probe Trump’s alleged Russia connections. The gang was and is very well placed and intertwined.

Digging into the Details

The sordid history of the dossier began when the Washington Free Beacon, a neocon website, engaged a firm of researchers called Fusion GPS to dive into Trump’s personal and professional life – and take him out.

A spinoff of Bill Kristol’s The Weekly Standard, the Beacon is run by his son-in-law. And its Daddy Warbucks is the GOP oligarch and hedge-fund billionaire Paul Singer.

From October 2015 to May 2016, Fusion GPS dug up dirt for the neocons and never-Trumpers. By May, however, Trump had routed all rivals and was the certain Republican nominee.

So, the Beacon bailed, and Fusion GPS found two new cash cows to finance its work – the DNC and the Clinton campaign.

To keep the sordid business at arm’s length, both DNC and the Clintons engaged the party’s law firm of Perkins Coie. Paid $12.4 million by the DNC and Clinton campaign, Perkins used part of this cash hoard to pay Fusion GPS.

In June 2016, Fusion GPS engaged a retired British spy, Christopher Steele, who had headed up the Russia desk at MI6, to ferret out any connections between Trump and Russia.

Steele began contacting old acquaintances in the FSB, the Russian intelligence service. And the Russians began to feed him astonishing dirt on Trump that could, if substantiated, kill his candidacy.

Steele’s final product, a 35-page dossier, has been described as full of “unsubstantiated and salacious allegations.”

Steele’s research, however, had also made its way to James Comey’s FBI, and Comey was apparently so taken with it that the bureau considered paying Steele to continue his work.

The questions begin to pile up.

What was the FBI’s relationship with the British spy who was so wired into Russian intelligence?

Did the FBI use the information Steele dug up to expand its own investigation of Russia-Trump “collusion”? Did the FBI pass what Steele unearthed to the White House and the National Security Council?

Did the Obama administration use the information from the Steele dossier to justify unmasking the names of Trump officials who had been picked up on legitimate electronic intercepts?

In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Clinton campaign chair John Podesta and DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz claimed they did not know that Perkins Coie had enlisted Fusion GPA or the British spy to dig up dirt on Trump.

Yet, when Podesta testified, of all people the lawyer sitting right beside Podesta in the committee room was Marc Elias of Perkins Coie, who had engaged Fusion GPS and received the fruits of Steele’s undercover work.

Thus, we have Free Beacon neocons, never-Trump Republicans, the Hillary Clinton campaign, the DNC, a British spy and comrades in Russian intelligence, and the FBI, all working with secret money and seedy individuals to destroy a candidate they could not defeat in a free election.

The real indictment here should be of the American political system, truly the swamp, which wages its political battles while doing little or nothing for the American people.

Joel Osteen’s Scam?

Joel Osteen is a major evangelist and very knowledgeable not just in his own religion, Christianity, but in other religions and philosophies, as well.

Osteen’s father, a former Southern Baptist pastor, founded Lakewood Church, of which Osteen is the current senior pastor. Osteen attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he studied radio and television communications, but did not graduate and did not receive a degree from a divinity school. In 1982, he returned to Houston and founded Lakewood’s television program, where he produced his father’s televised sermons for 17 years until January 1999, when his father died unexpectedly from a heart attack.

Two weeks after his father’s death, Osteen began preaching regularly and later that year was installed as the new senior pastor of Lakewood Church on October 3, 1999. Since then, Lakewood’s attendance has grown from 5,000 to 43,000. Joel Olsteen is a successful hard-working pastor to a rapidly growing congregation.

So it was when I had seen an advertisement on the Internet touting a skin cream sold by Olsteen’s wife, Victoria, I thought it had to be a pretty good deal—especially at the introductory price of $4.95 for the skin-care cream, and a $5.95 jar of the same with free shipping. What could be wrong with that—plenty! I took out my credit card and bought both.

Several days later I received a telephone call that my order needed something else to be processed. Thinking this was just an attempt to sell me more of the product, I declined and hung up. I received several calls of this nature. Each time, I hung up.

About a week  later, the product arrived, an applicator of Nuavive derma Anti-Aging Serum and a jar of Nuavive derma Anti-Aging Eye Cream.

And then, about ten days later, two charges appeared on my credit card $89.47 and $97.45! These were from the same two outfits, Tryhealth HUBBARD OH and FIT*SKINCARETRIALPROD NORTH LAS VEG NV.

I had been scammed!

Immediately, I called my credit card provider, who took my information and advised me to send it to the, as well, in an email.

Here is the email I sent them.

Dear Sir/Madam:
My name is John Harding
Reference number: 5235508003
Claim number: 3539686

Credit Card No: xxxx xxxx xxxx xx75

I am disputing the following charges:

08/04/17 Tryhealth8446787511 HUBBARD OH                           -89.47
08/04/17 FIT*SKINCARETRIALPROD NORTH LAS VEG NV            -94.57
07/22/17 FIT*SKINCARETRIALPROD NORTH LAS VEG NV              -4.95
07/21/17 Tryhealth8446787511 HUBBARD OH                             -5.95
(See also graphic, below)

The reason for my dispute

The reason I am disputing these charges is that, in response to an Internet advertisement
under the name of Joel Osteen and his wife the Nuavive anti-aging products were advertising.
Now my card has been billed by the same vendors for 89.47 and 94.57 leaving only 11.81 on my
card.

The mechanics

After placing my order, I received numerous telephone calls that my order had not been completed
and there were additional steps I had to take to receive the product. I ignored these telephone
calls as I thought they were a scam, as I was sure I had completed the order correctly.

Today, I noticed two substantial charges on my PayPal card, listed above for 89.47 and 94.57 from
the same two outfits involved in my first order. So far the initial orders for 4.95 and 5.95 have been
collected. The 08/04/17 orders are pending.

Amounts collected

The amounts collected are:

07/22/17 FIT*SKINCARETRIALPROD NORTH LAS VEG NV              -4.95
07/21/17 Tryhealth8446787511 HUBBARD OH                             -5.95

==========================================================

I understand, that as a result of this dispute that my card will be cancelled and that
a new card is being sent to me.

Here is a are similar scams also attributed to the Osteens. I guess they change the “product” name frequently:
https://www.piop.net/victor-osteen-anti-aging-wrinkle-skin-care/
https://www.piop.net/tag/victoria-osteen-anti-aging/

Regards,
John Harding

All the charges for the products were removed from my credit card, the card was canceled and a new one is on the way.
I also sent an email to the Osteens at info@joelosteen.com. They never responded, which doesn’t look good, especially since similar ads with a slight change in the product are running, just like the one below. (When I saw the Osteen’s ad, it bore a strange similarity of an ad by my favorite TV couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines – see their ad, below.)
Who are the scammers, here—the Osteens, the Gaines, both, or some other outfit preying on their names?

Numbers Don’t Lie! Victoria’s Fortune Worth More Than Joel’s

(ET, ) – She’s famously known as Joel Osteen’s wife from the largest church in North America, Lakewood Church, but Victoria Osteen has proven she’s a savvy businesswoman in her own right.

She may only be 55 but it turns out that Victoria Osteen is running one of the highest-earning companies in the country.

The beautiful blonde secretly launched a skincare company last year and has kept quiet about her successful stint as CEO.

Victoria admits she purposely avoided publicly announcing her business because she wanted to make sure the company could stand on its own two feet.

“I was worried people would just associate it with my family’s famous church and I felt as though that was be a huge disservice to the company. The products we produce really are life-changing and they deserve to be recognized on their own merit,” Victoria explained.

The product she’s talking about is the Skin Novella which has taken the world by storm.

The product is repeatedly selling out within minutes and Victoria says her number one struggle as CEO is sourcing enough products to be able to adequately service the demand.

Victoria revealed that Oprah is an avid fan of her anti-aging line

“We’re forever selling out. Whether its in stores or online, whenever we re-stock our customers buy out all the products within minutes.”

The scintillating success hasn’t come easy and Victoria admits she spent years of hard work behind the scenes perfecting the products.

“I wanted to be able to offer the public a healthy and safe alternative to plastic surgery. Not only is plastic surgery a very risky option, but it’s also not financially achievable for many Americans.”

Victoria says she was determined to create topical treatments that people could apply in the comfort of their own homes, that would boost their self-esteem and help them feel good about themselves.

It appears as though her products have done just that, with numerous celebrities jumping on board and singing Skin Novella’s praises.

“I use the Skin Novella myself and a few of my friends started asking me what was responsible for the huge change in my skin. Word started spreading that way and before I knew it, we had amassed a huge celebrity clientele.”

CELEBRITIES LOVE Skin Novella

“It’s no secret that I’m getting older, but everyone has been commenting about how great my skin is. It’s still so smooth and wrinkle-free, it’s the main reason people can’t guess my real age. But I owe it all to Skin Novella. I had noticed fine lines creeping in but thanks to Skin Novella I was able to erase them within weeks.” – Wendi Deng
“I put a lot of effort into my appearance and I’ve experimented with so many skincare products that I’ve lost count. But I can safely say nothing works as well as Skin Novella! Since I’ve started using Skin Novella I don’t even bother with any other skincare products. This does it all.” – Kenya Moore
“I don’t wear a lot of makeup and I have Skin Novella to thank for that. It has improved my skin in such a short amount of time that I can barely believe it when I look in the mirror. I love the condition of my skin now and I hate hiding it behind thick makeup. It’s not uncommon for me to rarely wear makeup these days.” – Chelsea Clinton
“How terrible is getting old? I hate seeing the deep creases around my eyes and no matter how much concealer I slathered on my face, it only seemed to emphasize my wrinkles even more. Victoria invited me to try Skin Novella and wow – what a difference it has made. My wrinkles seem to have faded away already.” – Anne-Marie Slaughter
“As a mother I don’t have much time to dedicate to extensive skincare routines, that’s why I love Skin Novella so much. It takes just three minutes each day and my skin is so grateful for it. My skin has honestly never looked this beautiful and glowy!” – Georgina Bloomberg

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Ratings Stunt Backfires, HGTV Will Ruin Fixer Upper Show

(PEOPLE) – It all started late last November when Joanna Gaines, host of the popular HGTV show Fixer Upper, signed a deal with Shark Tank’s Lori Greiner. The deal states that Joanna’s New Cosmetics Line will be picked up and promoted by the shopping channel QVC. Joanna is very proud of her line. She has been quoted as saying, “This is more than just a beauty line. This is what every woman has been dreaming of for most of her adult life.”

The problem is: HGTV and QVC are rival competitors. There is a clause in Joanna’s HGTV contract that clearly says she is forbidden from promoting or doing business with any other channel or media company. It was later discovered that not even her husband, Chip, knew what she was constructing in the background. When her hidden secret surfaced, it caused a rift in their marriage.Because of this, HGTV has decided to let him carry on the show by himself, without her.

The decision doesn’t seem to bother Joanna at all. She says the show was just a stepping stone to her real dream; which is running her beauty line. When the executives at HGTV discovered she has no intention of canning her cosmetics business, they fired back with a law suit. The law suit claims that she is contractually obligated to request permission of the network before she can start any new business. In response, Gaines has filed a counter suit. She says the only reason HGTV is giving her a hard time is because her Secret Allure really works, and they want to own a portion of her company.

What Is Her Beauty Product And What Does It Do?.

We were able to do a little snooping and found out what this mystery line was all about. The company is called Secret Allure and it is a cutting-edge Wrinkle Reducer And Anti-Aging Serum. Her product line is becoming so popular, even top beauty experts such as Bethany Mota and Michelle Phan are singing Secret Allure’s praises.

“Something was just telling me this is the next chapter of my life.” Joanna said in a recent interview. She continued, “There are lots of skin products out there that didn’t work for me… So, I got some of the world’s leading skin experts together to create Secret Allure. And this one actually works. I truly feel like the show was holding me back from realizing my true potential. But my new path feels right.”

But What About Chip?

Chip is such a great husband that he’s decided to decline HGTV’s offer to do the show by himself. Instead he’s opted to work alongside wife and become the director of operations at her new company.

Since her secret has been leaked to the public, Joanna has decided to break ties with QVC and focus on promoting Secret Allure herself.

We asked Joanna if she could provide coupons that would allow our loyal readers to try Secret Allure at a discount. Her response was better than we could have imagined. Joanna went a step further by agreeing to give 150 of our readers a supply of Secret Allure absolutely Free!

Gaines said she is certain her magical face cream will work wonders for anyone who tries it. And she is so certain, that she is willing to let you try it for free.

So We Decided To Put Her Rising Product To The Test

Our interns sent out a companywide email asking both men and women if they’d like to try Secret Allure for our test. Some wanted to try it, some wanted to see how it worked for other people first. However, nobody wanted to be the first to try it… Except one brave soul. Brenda Talarico, our 54-year-old Senior Editor. She volunteered to go first and give this magical elixir a shot.

Here Are Brenda’s Results:

Day Seven:

“It’s just the seventh day and I could already see a big difference. Within seconds my loose, saggy skin began to tighten and firm up. I could literally feel the difference as soon as I put it on. It was a slight tingle, but nothing over-powering. To be honest it was actually kind of soothing and therapeutic. My husband even took notice, he said I look just like I did when we met 25 years ago! I’m already in love with Secret Allure and it’s just day one… Let’s see how tomorrow goes…”

Day Fourteen:

After five days of using Secret Allure, I was shocked at the drastic results.

“Within my first 10 days of using Secret Allure, I was a total believer. Now it’s day 14 and I’m still seeing my appearance improve daily. I used to have blotchy, dry skin… But now my skin-tone is even, and moisturized. Those yucky fine-lines and dark circles under my eyes are beginning to vanish too. My results haven’t stopped yet, so I’m going to keep going and see how young I can truly look.”

Day Thirty:

“This is incredible! I ran into an old friend from college and she told me I look exactly the same as I did back then… She went on to ask me which plastic surgeon I used. I explained to her that I didn’t have any cosmetic surgery done, but she didn’t believe me… I had to show her my bottle of Secret Allure just to prove it to her. Wow! This stuff is truly amazing. Words can’t even begin to describe.”

Brenda’s Final Thoughts:

“I’m only 54 and had already given up skin products… I was convinced that none of them worked… However, I must admit; Secret Allure has proved me wrong… It has truly improved the texture of my skin dramatically. The dark spots have all disappeared and the puffy bags under my eyes have been deflated. I’m so glad I put my skepticism to the side and decided to give this amazing face saver a try. – Brenda Talarico, Senior Editor – PEOPLE Magazine

The Verdict:

Using the Secret Allure system has removed over 87% of Brenda’s fine lines and wrinkles. It has also tightened and smoothed out the skin on her face and neck. All while removing the sagging, aging, and dehydration from her skin

Here’s How It Works:

Decades worth of sound science has been used to develop Secret Allure. This incredible face cream contains high concentrations of Proprietary Biosphere and QuSome, which are well known for their age defying properties. This topical treatment also contains Dermaxyl (better known as a facelift in a jar), and Ester-C (an active anti-aging compound in Biosphere). When these ingredients combine, wrinkles and fine lines stand absolutely no chance whatsoever.

But Will This Work For You?

The short answer is yes. We asked Joanna if Secret Allure will work for anybody, and here is what she had to say. “If you have a face, and your face has skin, Secret Allure will work for you. Guaranteed. It doesn’t matter your skin type, skin condition, race, or age. Secret Allure was created with everybody in mind. As a mixed-race person, that was the first thing I made sure of.” – Joanna Gaines

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Debt – the Death of America?

John McCain

The Senate failed again to pass even a “skinny” repeal of Obamacare after three senators defected (one of whom, McCain, who lost his presidential election, out of jealousy against Trump’s winning.)

The new (and now fired) White House communications director, Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci, called President Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, a “paranoid schizophrenic.”

He also said he would “fire everybody” in the communications office, adding that some of the reporting on the infighting going on at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. offended him “as a Roman Catholic.”

The Republican-controlled House passed a bill – with only three brave votes to the contrary – calling for Russia to bend over so it could be properly caned. This punishment was called for, it said, in response to two offenses.

First, because Russia tampered with U.S. elections (unproven and most certainly untrue). It is virtually impossible to identify a hacker, based only on information from the server. It looks as though this was an inside job at the DNC, possibly done by (or by someone like) Pakistani Imran Awan. Awan was a shady I.T. staffer who worked at the DNC and for many politicians in the Democratic Party and he had a habit of copying his clients computer files onto his hard drive (which he could have sent to Wikileaks). He was fired by Democratic congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz just recently, and was arrested when trying to flee the country while under criminal investigation. Awan’s wife and other family members did escape with much of the $4 million he was paid by the DNC for his “services.”

Second, because Russia meddled in Ukraine, thus interfering with U.S. meddling in the Ukraine (and just about every country in the world).

Finally, Fed Chief Janet Yellen said she was still thinking about getting monetary policy back to normal, implying there may be another rate hike coming in December (bad for bonds and interest rates on consumer debt).

There is no hope of reining in domestic spending because the Republicans are also at war with themselves and with the White House.

And the only thing that Democrats and Republicans are not at war about is that Putin is a devil, and we should be at war with him, too!

But amid the bombast and concussion grenades, there was one thing the president did that seems worthy of praise. He said the U.S. would cease supporting rebel groups in Syria. Contrary to what McCain believes, there are no good Arab-world rebels.

This immediately drew fire from the mainstream media (particularly Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post) for playing into Putin’s hands (Bezos had better watch out here as Trump my counter with an anti-trust action).

The stock market seems to take the headlines as stocks keep rising (but watch out for bonds) again yesterday.

No matter how preposterous or clownish Washington becomes, it doesn’t seem to cause much worry on Wall Street. The fix is in. It is business as usual… and the big money knows it.

Central bankers in Europe, Japan, China, and Britain are putting cash in front of them. And the Fed has their backs. What could go wrong?

The only thing we know about federally controlled medical spending is that if we had single-payer Medicare for all medical spending would drop radically – but the insurance and drug lobbies would never permit that. Consequently, we are not going to catch up costwise with those countries that have single-payer healthcare.

Lobbyists are a way for the elites to increase their power, status, and wealth… at the expense of the ordinary civilians who pay for it, one way or another.

Today, the ordinary U.S. citizen can only watch the circus in Washington… but is forced to sell himself into debt slavery just to maintain his standard of living. He gets student loans to get through college, believing this will increase his income later on – which it does not.

Then, with no ready cash available, he must get credit cards, auto loans, and housing loans to finance his adult life.

Now, his debt is higher than ever. He is doomed to a life of debt service payments, cradle to grave. It is so true that “debt is the currency of the poor.”

And while he is borrowing to support himself, his government is borrowing, too – in his name…

In 1971, when the present fake-money system was put in place, total U.S. government debt was less than $400 billion.

It didn’t hit $1 trillion until the first year of the Reagan administration, 10 years later. By the end of the George W. Bush years, in 2008, it reached $10 trillion thanks to Bush’s war against Iraq – based on FAKE NEWS from the CIA.

Now, at $20 trillion, it is pretty obvious where this leads. The line curves upward… empires of debt or of conquest creak and grow old… then the system breaks down.

Both are win-lose deals. Specific people, industries, and lobbyists benefit. The public pays (usually not even realizing how).

The U.S. can still afford to pay the interest on the $20 trillion debt. However, when interest rates rise to, say, 6% (and they will) the U.S. will have to pay $1.2 trillion interest on that debt. At that point the U.S. government will have to pay its entire budget only on interest (forget Obamacare, Medicare, Social Security, etc.) – we will have to default on our national debt. Defaulting on the national debt will hurt the major holders of that debt – which, surprisingly, are not the Chinese, but the U.S. elites – the so-called “one percenters.”

However, with credit gone, the main victims will be our typical citizens, which is, for practical purposes, all of us.

If you have the courage, just take a look at the U.S. Debt Clock.

Singapore’s 1st Family’s Ugly Fight

Singapore is a wonderful country, but, economically, not quite what it used to be. Singapore’s growth rate is expected to grow between 1 and 3% for 2017, with growth likely to come in higher than 2% “barring the materialization of downside risks”, cautions Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry. This is an improvement over Singapore’s 2016 growth rate of only 1.7%. However, even at 2%, Singapore has fallen far short of its economic growth of the past. Under Goh Chok Tong, the Prime Minister of Singapore from 1990 to 2004, Singapore experienced high growth rates. Growth was 7 to 8 percent until the mid 1990s.

Lee Hsien Yang, Lee Hsien Loong, Lee Wei Ling

Lee Hsien Yang, Lee Hsien Loong, Lee Wei Ling

Now, with a “mature” growth rate in the area of 2% similar to the United States, Singapore is facing a major problem with a battle raging in its ruling family—the Lees. This battle pitches current Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong against his brother, Lee Hsien Yang and sister, Dr Lee Wei Ling. These are the three offspring of Singapore’s founder, Lee Kuan Yew, who died on March 23, 2015.

LKY House 38 Oxley

LKY House 38 Oxley Road

In his last will, Lee Kuan Yew, declared that he wanted the family bungalow demolished after his death, but his three children have fallen out regarding this instruction. Lee Hsien Loong has expressed “grave concerns about the events surrounding the making of the Last Will”, and favors preserving the house. His siblings want the home demolished, and have accused the prime minister of seeking to use the home as a monument to enhance his political capital.

Lee Hsien Yang, the younger brother of Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, has revealed he is “being forced to leave the country” amid a dispute over the future of the family home of late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at 38 Oxley Road.

“I am looking to move on and wake up from what feels almost like an Orwellian nightmare. The cabinet has just put out a note and talked about some of the things. What is the cabinet committee doing on 38 Oxley Road notwithstanding our settlement with Loong? Why is there even a Cabinet committee when PM Lee (Hsien Loong) had announced in Parliament that so long as (Hsien Yang’s younger sister) Wei Ling is living there, nothing needs to be done? Why when the Government says the government of the day will decide when Lee Wei Ling is no longer (living there) … is the Government of today convening this Cabinet committee?”

This is a most embarrassing incident for a nation that has come so far.

On 14 June 2017 Lee Wei Ling, Lee Hsien Loong’s sister, responded on Facebook to the general public.

“I am out of Singapore, with erratic and slow internet connection. The article that appeared in the Singapore press gave PM’s version of the story. Our letter was carefully vetted by our lawyers and obviously not in my own voice.
My American friend who is the tour leader of my Scottish island holiday thought it a family quarrel. If it were merely a family affair, we would not have taken it public. The main message is not Hsien Yang & I fearing what PM will do to us. The most important point I want to put across is if PM can misuse his official power to abuse his siblings who can fight back, what else can he do to ordinary citizens. But our lawyer edited that main message out, and as Hsien Yang got most of the bullying, he could not help but allow his emotion to be expressed in the press statement. That is what led my American friend to conclude that it is a family quarrel.
38 Oxley Road was bought by my parents, it is for them to decide what its fate is. My Father (Lee Kuan Yew) had told us, his children, repeatedly, that being family property, there is no need to donate to charity if Oxley were sold. Hsien Loong, as a condition for selling the house to Hsien Yang, and in his attempt to punish Hsien Yang for blocking what he wants to do with the house, stipulated that in addition to paying Hsien Loong the market value of the house, he must also donate 50% of that value to charity.
Hsien Loong and Ho Ching are finally showing their true colours. I think these Colours show them unsuitable as PM and most certainly as PM’s wife of Singapore.”

PM Lee’s Statutory Declaration Regarding the Property

1. Mr Lee Kuan Yew (“Mr Lee”) made six wills before his last will of 17 December 2013 (the “Last Will”). All the wills, save for the Last Will, were prepared by Ms Kwa Kim Li (“KKL”).

2. I learnt about the contents of the Last Will only on 12 April 2015, when the Last Will was read to the family. I saw copies of the six wills preceding the Last Will only in June 2015, when KKL provided the family with the same. Only then was I able to review and compare the terms and changes between those wills and the Last Will.

3. The Demolition Clause first appeared in Mr Lee’s first will made on 20 August 2011 (the “First Will”).

4. Mr Lee gave instructions to remove the Demolition Clause, and it was removed, from the penultimate two wills (the “Fifth Will” and “Sixth Will”). However, it somehow found its way back into the Last Will.

5. The Demolition Clause in the Last Will is now being used by Dr Lee Wei Ling (“LWL”) and Mr Lee Hsien Yang (“LHY”) to claim that Mr Lee was firm in his wish that the house at 38 Oxley Road (the “House”) be demolished, and that he was not prepared to accept its preservation or contemplate options short of demolition. There is no basis for these claims, not least because of the deeply troubling circumstances concerning the making of the Last Will.

6. In setting out these circumstances, I will refer only to objective facts and contemporaneous documents, some of which I learnt of only later.

7. Under the First Will, Mr Lee gave each child an equal share of his estate (the “Estate”). However, under the Sixth Will made on 2 November 2012, Mr Lee gave LWL an extra share (relative to LHY and me), and he told LWL about this.

8. As I only later learnt, this issue became the subject of discussion between LHY and Mr Lee in late 2013 and on 16 December 2013 at 7.08 pm, LHY’s wife, Mrs Lee Suet Fern (“LSF”) sent an email to Mr Lee, copied to LHY and KKL (“LSF’s Email”), stating:

“Dear Pa Pa,

This was the original agreed Will which ensures that all 3 children receive equal shares, taking into account the relative valuations (as at the date of demise) of the properties each receives.

Kim Li
Grateful if you could please engross.”

LSF appeared to have attached a file named to that email.

9. It would appear from that email that those discussions resulted in Mr Lee deciding to revert to his earlier decision to give each child an equal share in the Estate.

10. A mere 23 minutes after this email was sent, at 7.31 pm, LHY replied to LSF’s Email removing KKL as an addressee and adding Ms Wong Lin Hoe (“WLH”), who was Mr Lee’s Private Secretary, in the “cc” field. In that email, LHY told Mr Lee:

“Pa
I couldn’t get in touch with Kim Li.
I believe she is away.
I don’t think it is wise to wait till she is back.
I think all you need is a witness to sign the will.
Fern can get one of her partners to come round with an engrossed copy of the will to execute and witness.
They can coordinate it with Lin Hoe for a convenient time.”

11. KKL had prepared all of Mr Lee’s previous wills. It is unclear what efforts LHY or LSF had made to get in touch with KKL when LHY told Mr Lee on 16 December 2013 that he could not get in touch with KKL and that it was not wise to wait till KKL got back to change his will. In fact, KKL subsequently told LSF (the following afternoon, when she learnt what had happened) that she did not seem to have received LSF’s Email. It is also not clear why LHY thought that there was an urgency to the matter. It is however interesting that he suggested that his wife, clearly an interested party, and her partners would prepare the new will.

12. At 8.12 pm, before any response from Mr Lee, LSF sent an email to WLH, copied to LHY and her fellow lawyer from her law firm (Stamford Law Corporation as it then was; now Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC), one Mr Bernard Lui (“BL”), to inform WLH that BL had the will ready for execution and that WLH could reach BL directly to make arrangements for the signing of the will. So, in the space of 41 minutes, LSF saw to the preparation of the new will and got one of her lawyers to be on standby to get it executed by Mr Lee.

13. Mr Lee replied to LHY’s email at 9.42 pm. In view of LHY’s representation that he could not contact KKL, and of the urgency of the matter, Mr Lee acquiesced to LHY’s suggestion not to wait for KKL and agreed with LHY’s suggestion to sign the new will.

14. The very next morning, LSF sent two lawyers from Stamford Law Corporation to be at 38 Oxley Road to procure Mr Lee’s signature on the Last Will. The two lawyers, BL and one Ms Elizabeth Kong (“EK”), arrived at 38 Oxley Road at 11.05 am on 17 December 2013. They left at 11.20 am. They were present at 38 Oxley Road for 15 minutes only, including the time for logging into and out from the property. The time taken to execute the Last Will would have been even less. They plainly came only to witness Mr Lee signing the Last Will and not to advise him.

15. In the afternoon of 17 December 2013, WLH sent an email to Mr Lee stating “We have received a faxed copy of the signed document for Mr Lee to re-read in the office”. This email was curious because WLH was not present when Mr Lee signed the Last Will and could not have known whether he had read it in the first place. WLH sent this email after receiving a fax copy of the signed will. There is nothing to suggest that Mr Lee had asked WLH to get a copy for him to “re-read” in the office. Also, it is not credible that she would know that that was the reason the fax had been sent to her, unless the sender or the fax itself stated so.

16. LHY and LSF did not copy LWL or me on this email correspondence with Mr Lee on 16 and 17 December 2013 regarding the making and signing of the Last Will. I became aware of these troubling circumstances only later, as I explain below.

17. In the meantime, LWL began to harbour grave suspicions about the change in the shares in the Last Will. In July 2014, she told Ms Ho Ching (“HC”) in emails that Mr Lee had told her (LWL) a couple of years ago that he had left her an extra share of the Estate. This fits the timeframe of 2 November 2012 when the Sixth Will giving LWL an extra share was made. LWL also told HC that many months after that, LHY told her that Mr Lee wanted to go back to giving the children equal shares. LWL also told HC (among other things) that the will (meaning the Last Will) reinstating equal shares of the Estate for the three children had been witnessed by notaries from LSF’s office. Crucially, she said “If that is what Pa wants, so be it. But I don’t trust Fern, n she has great influence on Yang”, that “Later, Fern sent a “sweet” email to kim li about what had been done”, and that KKL and LWL had “wondered whether Yang pulled a fast one”. She also said: “If it is Pa’s decision, I am ok with it. But I hv a sense that Yang played me out”; “I was very upset that Yang did it to me”; and “I would hv preferred that it was 3 equal lots all along without needing to suspect Yang and Fern. The money I don’t get does not upset me. It is that yang and fern would do this to me”.

18. In other words, LWL herself believed that LHY and LSF did her in by either suggesting or facilitating the removal of her extra share, which happened in the Last Will prepared in great haste by LSF and her law firm. In a letter from their lawyers to mine sent after disputes arose between LWL and LHY on the one hand, and me on the other, LWL admitted that she had been suspicious as to whether the change in shares was really Mr Lee’s decision or one that was instigated by LHY and LSF but claimed that she no longer held this suspicion. But she did not explain how or why her suspicions had now come to be so conveniently dispelled.

19. In any event, as is clear from its contents, LSF’s Email distinctly and clearly gave Mr Lee the impression that the new will would change only the division of shares, with the result that each child would have an equal share, just like in the First Will. Yet, the Last Will that LSF and her law firm prepared and got Mr Lee to sign went beyond that. Significantly, they re-inserted the Demolition Clause, even though that clause does not appear to have been discussed at the time of the making of the Last Will and had in fact been removed by Mr Lee from his immediately prior two wills (the Fifth and Sixth Wills).

20. Neither was the Last Will a wholesale reversion to the First Will. The Last Will differed in significant respects from the First Will. For example, the First Will contained a gift-over clause with thorough provisions for the scenarios where LWL, LHY or I predeceased Mr Lee. This important clause was absent from the Last Will, and there is nothing which suggests that Mr Lee had given instructions for it to be removed.

21. In fact, if, as appears from LSF’s Email, the change Mr Lee had wanted to make to his will in December 2013 was to reinstate the equal division of the Estate among the three children, that could have been easily done by reverting to the Fifth Will (which provided for equal division). The Fifth Will was as complete as the Sixth Will and similar in all material respects to the Sixth Will save for the proportions of the Estate bequeathed to each of the three children. Further, as KKL had prepared the Fifth and Sixth Wills, she could easily have been asked to make that one change.

22. On 12 April 2015, Mr Lee’s Last Will was read. Mr Lee’s three children, HC and LSF were present at the reading. Also present were two lawyers from LSF’s law firm, Mr Ng Joo Khin (“NJK”) and BL (who was a witness to signing of the Last Will). At that reading, LSF volunteered that Mr Lee had asked her to prepare the Last Will, but that she had not wanted to get personally involved and had therefore gotten NJK from her law firm to handle the preparation of the Last Will. BL then confirmed that he was one of the witnesses to the Last Will. I could not help but form the impression that this was all rehearsed, and wondered why these statements were made even when no questions had been raised about the validity of the Last Will. BL then went on, in our presence, to examine the seals and signatures on the envelope, opened the envelope, examined the initials and signatures on every page, and pronounced that this was the document that he had witnessed before handing it to NJK. NJK did not dispute LSF’s account that he had handled the preparation of the Last Will. He then went on to read the Last Will to Mr Lee’s family, word for word, including the page and paragraph numbers.

23. I was so struck by the sequence of volunteered statements that on 23 April 2015, 11 days later, I recounted to DPM Teo Chee Hean in my office what had happened at the reading of the Last Will, including what LSF had said.

24. It was also during the reading of the Last Will on 12 April 2015 that the dispute between LHY and me arose. At the reading, LHY repeatedly insisted on the immediate demolition of the House. I said that such a move so soon after Mr Lee’s passing, when the public’s emotions were still raw, might force the Government to promptly react by deciding to gazette the House, and that would not be in the interests of Mr Lee’s legacy or Singapore. That discussion only ended when HC intervened to ask LWL if she wanted to continue living in the House. LWL said she did, which made the question of demolition moot. LHY then stopped insisting on the immediate demolition of the House.

25. Far from making any threats or opposing making Mr Lee’s wishes public, I also proposed reading out in Parliament Mr Lee’s letter to Cabinet of 27 December 2011, as well as the Demolition Clause. LHY and LSF strenuously objected. They argued that I could not read out Mr Lee’s letter, because (they claimed) of the Official Secrets Act. When I held firm, they told me that I could only read the first half of the Demolition Clause, i.e. excluding that part about what Mr Lee wanted done to the House if it is not demolished. I made clear that I intended to make public both Mr Lee’s letter of 27 December 2011 and the entire Demolition Clause, which I did when I spoke in Parliament on 13 April 2015. I also told Parliament that the Government would only consider the question of what to do with the House as and when LWL ceased to live in it.

26. It was only after the reading of the Last Will and the dispute arose that I looked up old family emails.

27. I then learnt that on 3 January 2014 at 10.30 am, WLH had sent an email (“WLH’s Email”) to LSF, copied to Mr Lee, LHY, LWL, HC, KKL and me, attaching a copy of Mr Lee’s codicil. The codicil had nothing to do with the contents of the Last Will but dealt with the bequest of some carpets. Buried in the email chain to WLH’s Email were LSF’s and LHY’s emails of 16 and 17 December 2013. Back in January 2014, I had not considered it necessary to read the entire email chain and did not do so. I did not feel that there was any need, and I was not anxious, to acquaint myself with my father’s wills. I felt that those were matters for him, and I left it at that. This is evident from my query to LHY on 13 May 2015 about a codicil to the Last Will whose existence I was not aware of. LHY replied that I had been copied on WLH’s Email in January 2014 about the codicil.I had not earlier paid any attention to that and could not locate WLH’s Email at that point. I therefore asked LHY for a copy.

28. When LHY in response forwarded me a copy of WLH’s Email containing the codicil, he cut out and did not send me the incriminating exchanges in the email chain that followed which showed LHY’s and LSF’s involvement in the making of the Last Will in December 2013. Thus LHY and LSF themselves appear to have believed that I had not paid attention to these matters, nor fully appreciated the import of the 16 and 17 December 2013 emails.

29. In any event, even had I read the 16 and 17 December 2013 emails at the time, I would not have appreciated their significance because I would have been reading them without the full context, since I was not aware (until June 2015, when informed by KKL) of the terms of earlier wills, nor the terms of or changes in the Last Will.

30. When I subsequently reviewed the 16 and 17 December 2013 emails, there was nothing to show that NJK had been involved in the preparation of the Last Will as LSF had claimed during the reading of the Last Will on 12 April 2015. I am also not aware of anything which shows that NJK had met or communicated with Mr Lee on the Last Will. I therefore do not understand how Mr Lee could have given instructions to NJK on the preparation of the Last Will.

31. In June 2015, KKL provided the family with copies of Mr Lee’s First to Sixth Wills and explanations for why he had executed those wills. Only then was I able to review and compare the terms and changes between those wills and the Last Will, and appreciate the significance of the exchanges in the 16 and 17 December 2013 emails.

32. At the end of August 2015, because of the ongoing dispute, HC did a search of her old emails and found the correspondence between her and LWL in July 2014 where LWL expressed her suspicions about LHY and LSF’s role in the making of the Last Will.

33. This series of events led me to be very troubled by the circumstances surrounding the Last Will.

34. Even then, I was prepared not to delve further into those circumstances if the disputes within the family could be resolved amicably and privately. I did not challenge the validity of the Last Will in court because I wished, to the extent possible, to avoid a public fight which would tarnish the name and reputation of Mr Lee and the family. I was also and am still concerned that LWL and LHY want(ed) to drag out probate and the administration and winding up of the Estate so that they can use their position as Executors for reasons which are strictly unconnected with the administration of the Estate.

35. As part of efforts to resolve the family disputes amicably, after LWL and LHY expressed unhappiness that 38 Oxley Road had been bequeathed to me following Mr Lee’s passing, I told them that I was prepared to transfer 38 Oxley Road to LWL for a nominal sum of S$1 on the condition that should the property be transacted later or acquired by the Government, all proceeds would go to charity. However, a resolution proved impossible. Matters reached the point where LWL and LHY threatened to escalate their attacks against me, coinciding with the September 2015 General Elections. I was not prepared to be intimidated. Their accusations were not only baseless; they were based on the premise that there were no unusual circumstances surrounding the making of the Last Will. I therefore decided to make further enquiries into those circumstances through my solicitors in September 2015, but, contrary to what my siblings have claimed, my questions (which are included in those which I set out below) went unanswered.

36. After the General Elections, LWL and LHY agreed to my fresh proposal to transfer 38 Oxley Road to LHY at market value, on condition that LHY and I each donated an amount equivalent to half of that value to charity, to pre-empt any future controversy over compensation or redevelopment proceeds. I was prepared to transfer 38 Oxley Road to LHY so that he and LWL could handle the 38 Oxley Road matter as they saw fit between them. In accordance with our agreement, I donated half of the value of 38 Oxley Road to charity. Although not required under the agreement, I also donated a sum equivalent to the other half of the value of 38 Oxley Road to charity. 38 Oxley Road now wholly belongs to LHY. This is consistent with the position that I had always held and conveyed to my family: that it is not tenable for the family to retain proceeds from any dealing with 38 Oxley Road, as it would look like the family is opposing acquisition and preservation of the House for monetary reasons. LHY was and continues to be unhappy about my taking this position. So, it would appear, is LWL.

37. I continue to have grave concerns about the events surrounding the making of the Last Will. I am not aware of any facts which suggest that Mr Lee was informed or advised (by NJK, whom LSF claimed had handled the preparation of the Last Will, or any other lawyer) about all the changes that were made when he signed the Last Will, or that Mr Lee was properly advised about the contents of the Last Will. In fact, there is no evidence that Mr Lee even knew that the Demolition Clause had been re-inserted into the Last Will.

38. My concerns are heightened by what appears to be a conflict of interest: LSF was involved in the preparation and/or signing of the Last Will, while her husband, LHY, was a beneficiary under the Last Will and stood to gain by the removal of LWL’s extra share in the Estate under the Last Will. It would appear that LHY felt very strongly about LWL not receiving an extra share, which explains why, in April 2015, he told me that there “would have been big trouble” if Mr Lee had not changed the will back to equal shares between the three children.

39. These facts and matters give rise to the following serious questions:
(1) Why did LSF say, at the reading of the Last Will on 12 April 2015, that she had not wanted to be involved in the preparation of the Last Will and that she had asked NJK to handle the matter, when she had been intimately involved in the events surrounding and leading up to the Last Will?
(2) What was LSF’s role in the preparation and signing of the Last Will?
(3) What, if any, knowledge did LHY and LSF have of the First to Sixth Wills?
(4) Whether and to what extent were the earlier wills discussed with Mr Lee in the lead-up to the signing of the Last Will and when the Last Will was signed, and who had those discussions?
(5) Were the provisions of the Last Will explained to Mr Lee, and if so, who explained them to him?
(6) Who gave instructions to NJK in relation to the Last Will, and what were those instructions? Did NJK, who is said by LSF to have prepared the Last Will, ever meet or speak to Mr Lee to take instructions or to get the Last Will signed?
(7) Did Mr Lee give specific instructions to re-insert the Demolition Clause in the Last Will, and if so, to whom?
(8) Was there a conflict of interest on the part of LSF, her fellow lawyers and her firm?
(9) What transpired during the brief time that BL and EK were with Mr Lee? Did LSF tell BL and EK to ensure that Mr Lee received independent legal advice before asking him to sign the Last Will?

40. Without proper and complete answers to these questions, the serious doubts about whether Mr Lee was properly and independently advised on the contents of the Last Will before he signed it cannot be cleared.

41. LWL and LHY claim that Mr Lee was not prepared to consider any option other than the demolition of the House. For that they rely heavily on the insertion of the Demolition Clause in the Last Will. In light of the troubling circumstances set out above, I believe it is necessary to go beyond the Last Will in order to establish what Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s thinking and wishes were in relation to the House.

Lee Hsien Loong’s Statement to the Singapore Parliament

PM Lee Hsien Loong in Parliament on July 3, 2017, where he gave his ministerial statement on the alleged abuse of power on 38 Oxley Road

PM Lee Hsien Loong in Parliament on July 3, 2017, where he gave his ministerial statement on the alleged abuse of power on 38 Oxley Road

“Mdm Speaker, I am making this statement today because my siblings, Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang, have made serious allegations of abuse of power against me and my Government.

The allegations seem to concern primarily three matters. One, the setting up of the Ministerial Committee on 38 Oxley Road. Two, the Deed of Gift for some artefacts from the house that were to be displayed in an exhibition by the National Heritage Board (NHB). And three, accusations of nepotism over my wife and son, and accusations that I want my father’s house kept standing to bolster my power.

Their allegations are entirely baseless. But they have already damaged Singapore’s reputation. Unrebutted, they can affect Singaporeans’ confidence in the Government. I therefore have no choice but to address them promptly and publicly. I also have to do so in Parliament. Under the Constitution, the Prime Minister is the person who commands the confidence of the majority of the Members of Parliament. As the PM, I have a duty to explain myself to MPs, and to rebut in Parliament the allegations against me and my Government.

I know many Singaporeans are upset by this issue. They are tired of the subject, and wish it would end. I too am upset that things have reached this state. As your Prime Minister, I deeply regret that this has happened and apologise to Singaporeans for this. As a son, I am pained at the anguish that this strife would have caused my parents to feel if they were still alive.

I intend to clear the air today, to explain the matter fully and to answer all questions on the matter. I am not here to make a case against my siblings. Parliament is not the place for that. But what is private, I will try to resolve privately. But what is public, I have to explain and render account.

I stand by what I will say in this Chamber. I shall be separately issuing whatever I say in this debate as a statement by me outside the House which will not be covered by Parliamentary privilege.

To respond to these allegations of abuse of power, I will have to go into some background about 38 Oxley Road and the family discussions on the house so that Members can make sense of the allegations.

My account will inevitably be from my perspective. So I will try my best to be objective and factual.

I will cover the discussions on 38 Oxley Road when Mr Lee Kuan Yew was alive, what happened after Mr Lee passed away, and then, where the matter stands today.

38 OXLEY ROAD

Mdm Speaker, may I now ask the Clerk to distribute Handout 1 to Members.

My father’s wish, held for many years, is well-known to all Singaporeans. He wanted the house at 38 Oxley Road to be demolished. After my mother died in 2010, my father wrote to Cabinet to put his position on the record. This is the first note you have in the bundle, which is dated, 27 October 2010. It is a letter from Mr Lee to Cabinet. And it reads,

“38 Oxley Road. I have discussed this with my family many a time. They agreed with me that 38 Oxley Road should not be kept as a kind of relic for people to tramp through. Take photos of it or whatever else they want, but demolish it after I am gone.

“I have seen too many places which are kept frozen in time. My most vivid memory is that of Nehru’s final home, that of the British Commander of the Indian Ocean fleet in New Delhi.” (Actually it was another British General’s home, but you get the point.)

“It was once a grand building. Kept as a monument with people tramping in and out, it became shabby. It is not worth the restoration, unless they restore it just for people to look at.

“38 Oxley Road has no merit as architecture. So please respect my wish to have it demolished when I am no longer around.”

Cabinet noted his letter. A few months later, in January 2011, my father published a book, “Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going”. In the book, the question of preserving his house came up. He said “I’ve told the Cabinet, when I’m dead, demolish it”. He explained again that he did not want the house to become a shambles. The cost of preservation would be high because the house was built over a hundred years ago and had no foundation. If the house was demolished and planning rules could change, the value of the land, as well as the surrounding plots, would go up.

However, after “Hard Truths” was published, there was a strong public pushback. Many Singaporeans did not agree with Mr Lee. They wanted the house to be preserved. This was after all the house of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister, where important political decisions were made that shaped the future of Singapore. We are a young nation, and what the house represents is of particular significance to our history and nationhood. So in March 2011, my father asked some newspaper editors for their views. All the editors replied that they would like it to be kept, given its historical importance and heritage value.

Mohd Guntor Sadali, then editor of Berita Harian, wrote to my father:

“I was personally shocked and sad, when I first read about you saying that you wanted the house demolished after you are gone.

“the historical value of the house is priceless…if we demolish it, our next generations will regret it. We should avoid making this mistake.”

Mr Lim Jim Koon, then editor of Lianhe Zaobao, suggested that the house be conserved and turned into a museum, like the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall. These were not the answers my father hoped to get. My father then wanted to leave the decision to his children. But we told him that only he could decide. He then said his decision was to knock it down. I told him that in that case he should tell the editors, and put it on the record. And so he did.

After the General Election in May 2011, Mr Lee retired from Cabinet. He then decided to put his views on the record again. And that is the second bundle in the letter you have, 20 July 2011, he wrote to Cabinet to reiterate that he wanted the house knocked down. I read, it says,

“I have previously written to Cabinet that the house should be demolished. It has no foundations and it is in poor condition. It is difficult to maintain when people start trampling through the house. Whenever there is piling at Kiliney Road, hairline cracks begin to appear in the walls. So keeping the house is too hazardous and costly. I therefore repeat my wish to have the house demolished when I’m no longer alive.

This is a letter that I referred to when I addressed the Parliament on the 13 April 2015. I said he expressed his wish that the house be torn down. But I misquote, I said December 2011. In fact he wrote this 20 July 2011.

When I saw this letter the next morning, that means 21 July 2011, I immediately invited Mr Lee to make his case in person to Cabinet. I thought that with his force of personality and conviction, meeting the Ministers would give him the best chance to convince Cabinet, as he had done so many times before. My father agreed to come. He met Cabinet that very afternoon. But the Ministers were unanimous in expressing their opposition to knocking the house down. I was the only one who did not express a view, because I was both the son and the PM and therefore conflicted.

After the meeting, my father continued to ponder over how to deal with the house. In fact, even before the Cabinet meeting, He had been discussing with the family how to go about demolishing the house and redeveloping the site. We explored in the family all kinds of permutations to demolish the house and redevelop the site – maximise value. We discussed who to inherit the property, whether it should be one or several of the children; whether to demolish the house before or after my father died; whether to donate the proceeds to charity after the site was redeveloped, and if so which children would share in the donation, and which charities to donate to.

At one point, my brother suggested that my father gift the property to Singapore, subject to the condition that the house be demolished and a small public park be built in its place. I said that I thought this was worth considering, but I offered another option: to demolish the house and redevelop the site as my father wanted, but then to sell off the property and donate the proceeds to charity

I asked my father between the two which he preferred, and he replied the latter, i.e. demolish the house, redevelop and sell off, and donate the proceeds to charity. He even had some ideas which charities he wanted. He was a practical-minded man

In August 2011, about a month after the Cabinet meeting, my father decided to will 38 Oxley Road to me as part of my share of the estate, and he told the family so.

Ho Ching and I knew my father’s wishes and also my mother’s feelings. We also knew how Cabinet and the public viewed the matter. We started discussing alternatives with my father, to see how best we could fulfil his wishes, in the event that the house could not be demolished. My father’s concern was that the house should not become run-down and dilapidated, and that it should not be an expensive burden to maintain

My late mother had a different concern: privacy. She felt strongly that her private living spaces should always remain private. She had been most distressed at the thought of people tramping through her personal spaces after she and my father passed away, to gawk at how they had lived. Even when not so familiar people came into the house for one reason or another to meet her or my father. She would complain afterwards “you could see them looking around, eyes opened, to try and find out how we lived”. She resented it.

So Ho Ching and I came up with a proposal to renovate the house to change the inside completely: Demolish the private living spaces to preserve the privacy of the family; keep the basement dining room, which was of historical significance; strengthen the structure which was decaying, and create a new and separate living area, so that the house could be lived in.

My father accepted this proposal. In December 2011, he told the family that it was “best to redevelop 38 Oxley Road straightaway”, after he died, and do what we proposed. By redevelopment, he means remove the private spaces, renovate the house without knocking it down. At around the same time, on 27 December 2011, he wrote to Cabinet a third time and you have the letter with you.

“Cabinet members were unanimous that 38 Oxley Road should not be demolished as I wanted. I have reflected on this and decided that if 38 Oxley Road is to be preserved, it needs to have its foundations reinforced and the whole building refurbished. It must then be let out for people to live in. An empty building will soon decline and decay.”

Ho Ching and I therefore proceeded along these lines. We kept the family fully informed of our considerations and our intentions. We emailed everyone, including my father, my sister, my brother and his wife. No one raised any objections to the plan

My father met the architect, went through the proposal, and approved the scheme to reinforce the foundations and renovate the house. Madam Speaker, may I now ask the Clerk to distribute Handout 2, which contains the relevant correspondence. My father signed the authorisation to submit the development application to URA on 28 March 2012, which URA approved on 17 April 2012.

As far as I knew, that was how the family had settled the matter – rationally, amicably while Mr Lee was still alive, which was what he had hoped to achieve and strived very hard to achieve. I heard nothing to the contrary until after my father died

AFTER MR LEE’S PASSING

My father passed away on 23 March 2015. On 12 April 2015, three weeks later, his last will was formally read to me and my two siblings. 38 Oxley Road was given to me. The Demolition Clause was in the will.

Mdm Speaker, may I now ask the Clerk to distribute Handout 3 which is the Demolition Clause to Members. The Demolition Clause was in two main parts with a third minor part at the end. I read it out in full:

“I further declare that it is my wish and the wish of my late Wife, KWA GEOK CHOO, that our house at 38 Oxley Road, Singapore 238629 (“The House”) be demolished immediately after my death, or if my daughter Wei Ling, would prefer to continue living in the original house, immediately after she moves out of the House. I would ask each of my children to ensure our wishes with respect to the demolition of the House be carried out. If our children are unable to demolish the House as a result of any changes in the laws, rules or regulations binding them, it is my wish that the House never be opened to others except my children, their families and descendants. My view on this has been made public before and remains unchanged. My statement of wishes in this paragraph 7 may be publicly disclosed notwithstanding that the rest of my Will is private.”

The following day, I had to speak in Parliament on how we would honour Mr Lee Kuan Yew. The question of 38 Oxley Road was bound to come up. There were already suggestions from the public on what to do with the house, including turning it into a museum and a memorial. I was personally in a difficult position, because I was both Mr Lee’s son and the Prime Minister

So at the reading of the will, I discussed with my siblings what I could say about the house in Parliament. There was a difference of views. Hsien Yang for the first time objected to the renovation plans that my father had approved. He wanted the house to be knocked down immediately, which was a complete surprise to me. I pointed out that his position now was different from what the family had discussed and agreed upon. But it was not possible to knock down the House immediately, anyway, because my sister, Wei Ling, then said she intended to continue to stay in the house and in his will, my father had expressed his wish that Wei Ling be allowed to stay there for as long as she wished.

So I said we should honour that, and that I would say in Parliament the next day that the Government would not make any decision, until such time as my sister was no longer staying there. We also discussed what I should say regarding my father’s wishes – what is should say in parliament regarding my father’s wishes. I wanted to read out Mr Lee’s 27 December 2011 letter to Cabinet, stating his view on what to do with the house if it is to be preserved. I also wanted to read out the Demolition Clause in his will, in full. My brother and his wife objected strenuously. But I decided that I had to do so, and I said so, so that my father’s views would be on record and Singaporeans could know accurately what his thinking had been. Later that evening, I discovered that my siblings had issued a statement which contained the full Demolition Clause.

In Parliament the next day, I made a statement which I had cleared with my key Cabinet colleagues because I was speaking as Prime Minister. I read out both the letter to Cabinet and the whole Demolition Clause. I said that “we should not rush into making decisions on this matter, especially so soon after Mr Lee has passed away. We should allow some time to pass, consider the ideas carefully, and make calm, considered decisions which will stand the test of time. We want to honour Mr Lee, but we must do so in the right way.” I stated that my father’s position on 38 Oxley Road had been unwavering all these years, that he wanted the house knocked down, and that as a son I wanted to see my father’s wishes carried out. I told Parliament that since my sister was going to continue living in 38 Oxley Road, there was no immediate issue of demolition and no need for Government to make any decision now. As and when my sister was no longer living there, the Government of the day would consider the matter.

After the Parliament Sitting, I took two major steps. One, I recused myself from all Government decisions relating to 38 Oxley Road. I was conflicted, being my father’s son and the inheritor of the house, and also the Head of the Government. It was not proper for me to take part in any decisions on 38 Oxley Road. So at the next Cabinet meeting, two days after the Parliament Sitting, I recused myself from all discussions and decisions relating to the house, and placed DPM Teo Chee Hean in charge and this was formally recorded in the cabinet minutes. From that point on, I have been out of the loop whenever the Government handles matters concerning the house. I play no part in any of the discussions or decisions. Whenever the Cabinet deliberates on the house, for example when it set up a Ministerial Committee, I absent myself, and DPM Teo chairs the meeting

My second major action after my father died was to divest myself of the house. Soon after the Parliament Sitting, I learned that my siblings were unhappy that I was getting the house. I was not sure why, but I thought the best way to resolve the matter was to transfer the house to them. I first offered to transfer the house to my sister for a nominal sum of $1, on condition that if the property is sold later, or acquired by the Government, all proceeds or compensation would go to charity. Unfortunately, that deal fell through. Subsequently, I made a fresh proposal to sell the house to my brother at fair market value. This time we reached agreement, this was in December 2015 and we also agreed that my brother and I would each donate half the value of the house to charity. We both did so, and in addition I topped up another half myself, in other words, I myself gave away the full value of the house that I had inherited and Together, my brother and I have donated one and a half times the value of the house to charity. So if you understand that properly. The house comes to me, I sell it to my brother for market value. He gives me the value of the house. I gave half of that to charity. He gets the house. In addition, he gives half the amount to charity. On top of that I separately gave half value of the house to charity. So I gave one times the value of the house, he gave away one half times the value. The house is with him. That complicated arrangement, that substantially addressed a major concern of mine: that was that our family be seen not to be benefitting financially from 38 Oxley Road either through receiving compensation from the State for acquisition or resisting acquisition or preservation or conservation to profit by re-developing and selling the property.

ON HOUSE, NO LONGER ANY SUBSTANCE TO DISPUTE

I have given you the background to 38 Oxley Road, our discussions when my father was alive what happened after my father passed away.

Where does the matter stand today? There is, in substance, no longer anything for my siblings and me to dispute over on the matter of the house. We all want our father’s personal wish to be carried out, which is to knock the house down. I no longer have any interest in the house. My brother owns it. I do not take part in in any Government decisions on the house. So why is there still an argument?

I really am not sure, but one possible factor may be a difference in views between me and my siblings and the difference is over this question: what did my father think about the house, apart from demolition? Was his view black and white, all or nothing – demolish the house no matter what? Or was he prepared to consider alternatives should demolition not be possible? My siblings’ view is that my father absolutely wanted to demolish the house, with no compromise. And they point to the first half of the Demolition Clause as evidence. That’s the first section you have in the handout and they say that if he considered any alternatives, such as the next section of the handout that was only because he was under duress because the Government had the power to prevent him or his heirs from knocking it down. My view is that while my father wanted the house to be demolished, he was prepared to consider alternatives should the Government decide otherwise. Indeed, he put it in writing, and approved alternative architectural plans which were submitted to URA, as I explained earlier and approved by the URA. Next, we have to look at the full Demolition Clause, and not just the first half, and the full clause shows that my father did accept alternatives. Further, I have pointed out some unusual circumstances surrounding how the last will was prepared, which are relevant because of the weight that my siblings put on the Demolition Clause in the last will. Despite this difference in views, I still see no need for argument. I have submitted my views to the Ministerial Committee. My siblings have submitted theirs. We have commented on each other’s views. I will leave it in the good hands of the Committee. In any case, the Government has stated that the Committee will not make any decisions on the house, and will not even recommend any decisions on the house to Cabinet. The Committee will only list options for the house, so that when a decision does become necessary one day, perhaps decades from now, the Cabinet of the day, most likely by then under a different Prime Minister, will have these options available to consider. There is therefore no reason at all for anybody to feel “pushed into a corner” by the committee, as my brother has claimed to be.

ALLEGATIONS AGAINST INTEGRITY OF SYSTEM

Regrettably, my siblings have now gone public, and accused me of abusing my office. There are few specifics in their charges. But because of their father is Mr Lee Kuan Yew, their accusations gain some credibility, and I have to take their charges seriously. Which is why I am here addressing them in Parliament. What are their allegations?

MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE

First, the alleged abuse of power. My siblings have given scant details of the charge, but my brother has cited as a “prime example” the setting up of the Ministerial Committee. I have already explained that I have recused myself. DPM Teo is in charge of this matter. I had nothing to do with the decision to set up the Ministerial Committee. I do not give any instructions to the Ministerial Committee or its members. My only dealing with the Committee has been to respond to their requests in writing by formal correspondence, no different from my siblings’ dealings with the Committee. This is the right and proper way to handle a conflict of interest. My siblings argue that even though I have recused myself, the Ministers are my subordinates and therefore, the Ministerial Committee cannot be independent from me. In fact, they say this of Parliament itself. This cannot be right. It is standard way, standard practice for the person facing a potential conflict of interest to recuse himself from the matter in this way, i.e. take himself out from handling the matter or making any decisions about it, and let somebody else deal with it, e.g. his deputy, or some other senior colleague.

This is exactly what I have done in the case of 38 Oxley Road. I myself do not deal with the matter at all. I take no part in discussions or decisions concerning the house.

DPM Teo is in full charge. Ministers and officials report to and take directions from DPM Teo on all 38 Oxley Road matters. Suppose instead that I had decided as PM to knock the house down, and had pushed that decision through without allowing the Government to consider the alternatives, weigh the considerations, and go through due process, just because it was what my father wanted. That would have been a real abuse of power.

That would have gone against the whole system of rules and values that Mr Lee Kuan Yew spent his whole life upholding and building up.

DEED OF GIFT

The second issue my siblings accuse me of is separate from the house itself.

After my father passed away, my siblings gifted artefacts from 38 Oxley Road to the NHB. This was formalised in a Deed of Gift.

My siblings have accused me of improperly obtaining this Deed between them and NHB. They say I obtained the Deed as PM, and gave it to my lawyers, and that was wrong. But I disagree.

The Deed was signed by my sister and brother, who were acting for my father’s estate. I was one of the beneficiaries of the estate. I was entitled to be consulted by my siblings before they did this, but I was not consulted.

In June 2015, Minister Lawrence Wong updated me on a major SG50 exhibition on our founding leaders. He told me the exhibition included artefacts from Oxley Road, and described the conditions attached to the gift.He subsequently gave me the Deed, which I had not seen it before. As Prime Minister, I had every right to see it.

After reading the Deed, I became very concerned over what NHB had agreed to. The terms were onerous and unreasonable to NHB. E.g. whenever NHB displayed the items, it also had to display them together with the first half of the Demolition Clause. But only the first half, which said that Mr Lee wanted the house knocked down, and not the second half of the Clause, which stated what Mr Lee wanted done if the house could not be knocked down. This partial, selective disclosure would mislead the public on Mr Lee’s intentions. Furthermore, my siblings had announced publicly that it was a gift. But in fact they had set conditions in the fine print: if at any time the terms of the Deed were breached, they could immediately take back all the items for $1. Therefore, this was not a gift at all. They had misled the public. Mr and Mrs Lee Kuan Yew had gifted many items to NHB during their lives, and they had never imposed any conditions on their gifts remotely like these. What Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang had imposed on NHB was wrong.

Discovering all this, as Prime Minister, I had to act. Otherwise people might later wrongly think that I was party to this. It is nonsensical to say that because I saw the Deed in my official capacity as PM, I could not raise the matter with a family member. If I come across anyone doing something wrong, even family, especially family, it is my duty to set them right. In the same way, if any Minister discovers, in the course of his official work, that a family member is dealing improperly with some government agency, or seeking to take advantage of the Government, surely the Minister must take this up with the family member, and get him or her to stop. That is what the Code of Conduct is for. This is expected of anyone in a public position, especially me, the Prime Minister. I therefore wrote to my siblings through lawyers to object to what they had done. On the Government’s side, I told Lawrence Wong to take instructions from DPM Teo Chee Hean on this matter.

I believe this was the correct and proper way for me to handle the Deed of Gift.

NEPOTISM

Third, my siblings have made allegations about nepotism, concerning my wife and my son, Hongyi. And that I want 38 Oxley Road kept standing, in order to inherit my father’s credibility and bolster my standing. Hongyi, my son, has publicly said he is not interested in politics. Nor have I pushed him to enter politics. My wife, Ho Ching, is CEO of Temasek Holdings. As CEO, she reports to the Board, chaired by Mr Lim Boon Heng. As a company, Temasek Holdings answers to its shareholder, the Ministry of Finance, under Minister Heng Swee Keat. I have every confidence that both Lim Boon Heng and Heng Swee Keat understand the meaning of good corporate governance. It is the Temasek Board which appoints the CEO, and the appointment has to be confirmed by the President, who is advised by the Council of Presidential Advisors. If Ho Ching ever behaves improperly, I have no doubt that the Temasek Board, the President and CPA know what their duty is. Regarding the house, and how its continued existence enhances my aura as PM, if I needed such magic properties to bolster my authority even after being your PM for 13 years, I must be in a pretty sad state. And if Singaproeans believed such magicwork in Singapore, Singapore must be in an even sadder state.

BRINGING TO PARLIAMENT

I have brought this matter to Parliament because Singaporeans are entitled to a full answer from me and my Government. Parliament may not be a court of law, but it is the highest body in the land. It is also where my Government and I are accountable to MPs and to the people of Singapore.

Many people have asked me why I am not taking legal action, to challenge the will, or sue for defamation, or take some other legal action to put a stop to this and clear my name. These are valid questions. I took advice and considered my options very carefully. I believe I have a strong case. In normal circumstances, in fact, in any other imaginable circumstance than this, I would sue immediately because the accusation of the abuse of power is a very grave one, however baseless it may be and it is in fact an attack not just on me, but on the integrity of the whole Government. But, suing my own brother and sister in court would further besmirch our parents’ names. At the end of the day, we are brother and sister, and we are all our parents’ children. It would also drag out the process for years, and cause more distraction and distress to Singaporeans. Therefore, fighting this out in court cannot be my preferred choice.

Every family will understand that family disputes do happen, but they are not something to flaunt in public. That is why I have done my best to deal with this out of the public eye. For example, I kept my submissions to the Ministerial Committee private. My purpose was not to pursue a fight with my siblings, but to assist the Committee in its work. Unfortunately, my siblings made public allegations against me and then I had no choice but to defend myself, and release the statements and facts about the matter. I stand by the statements I have published but I really do not want to go further if I can help it.

Today I am making this statement in Parliament to account to Members and to Singaporeans and to deal with the issue expeditiously so that Singaporeans can understand what it is all about and we can put the matter to rest, I hope, once and for all.

DPM Teo will be making a Ministerial Statement after me. He will explain his and the Government’s actions and decisions in this matter. Other relevant Ministers will speak too. I invite Members to raise all questions, suspicions or doubts directly in this Chamber, with me and my team.

I have seen the questions filed by the Workers’ Party MPs. It is striking that the questions are general and concern broad principles and rules. They contain no specific allegations or facts about any wrongdoing or impropriety. But if I am mistaken and the WP has come across such allegations or facts, please raise them today. My Ministers and I will deal with all their questions and give comprehensive answers because we have nothing to hide.

I have told the PAP MPs that I am lifting the Party Whip. Strictly speaking, there is no Whip to lift, since no vote will be taken. But I said this to emphasise what I expect from this debate – a robust questioning and a full airing and accounting of the public issues and allegations. All MPs, whether you are PAP MPs, opposition MPs, or NMPs, should query me and my Ministers vigorously and without restraint. That is the way to dispel all the doubts, innuendo and tittle tattle that has been planted and circulated.

That is the way to strengthen confidence in our institutions and our system of government, and refocus our energies on the challenges that we face as a nation

LEGACY WHICH I AM DEFENDING

The legacy of Mr Lee is much more than an old house. Mr Lee’s legacy is Singapore and the values that we uphold.

We have built something special in Singapore. A cohesive, multi-racial, meritocratic society. A fair and just society, where the same rules apply to everybody. Whether you are a Minister, or an ordinary citizen. Whether you are the Prime Minister, or the children of the founding Prime Minister. You are not above the law.

My colleagues and I are in politics and in government, to fight to uphold this legacy to keep Singapore successful. We have sworn to serve Singapore faithfully. When private interests and public duties clash, we make sure that our private interests do not sway our public decisions. When allegations of impropriety and corruption are made, we take them seriously and investigate them fully. Ministers are bound by a Code of Conduct which is tabled in Parliament. And after every General Election, I issue Rules of Prudence to every PAP MP, so that they know how to conduct themselves to protect their own reputation and to safeguard the integrity of the PAP Government and Singapore system.

In Singapore, everyone is equal before the law. Mr Lee understood this most of all. When the dust has settled on this unhappy episode, people must know that the Government in Singapore operates transparently, impartially, and properly. That in Singapore, even Mr Lee’s house and Mr Lee’s wishes are subject to the rule of law. That the Government he built is able to withstand intense and sustained attacks on its reputation and integrity, and emerge not just untainted but in fact strengthened.

THIS IS THE “HOUSE” THAT MR LEE BUILT, NOT 38 OXLEY ROAD

When Mr Lee was asked what were the most important things to him in life, he said “my family and my country”. It pains me that this episode has put both under a cloud, and done damage to Singapore. I hope one day I will be able to resolve the unhappiness within the family. But today I stand here before you to answer your questions, clear any doubts, and show you that you have every reason to maintain your trust in me and my Government. My colleagues and I will continue to serve you and work with you, as we have always done, to the best of our ability.”

 

Brennan, Clapper & Blitzer’s Coup

(Note: our comments are in red)

James Clapper

James Clapper

In the most vocal opposition to president Donald Trump yet, former CIA Director John Brennan said that if the White House tries to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, government officials should refuse to follow the president orders, as they would be – in his view – “inconsistent” with the duties of the executive branch.

“I think it’s the obligation of some executive branch officials to refuse to carry that out. I would just hope that this is not going to be a partisan issue. That Republicans, Democrats are going to see that the future of this government is at stake and something needs to be done for the good of the future,” Brennan told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer at the Aspen Security Forum, effectively calling for a coup against the president should Trump give the order to fire Mueller.

(As we point out below, forensic studies of “Russian hacking” into Democratic National Committee computers last year reveal that on July 5, 2016, data was leaked (not hacked) by a person with physical access to DNC computers, and then doctored to incriminate Russia. FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. We agree. It is virtually impossible to identify a hacker, based only on information from the server. It looks as though this was an inside job at the DNC, possibly done by (or by someone like) Imran Awam. Awam was a shady I.T. staffer who worked at the DNC and for many politicians in the Democratic Party. He was fired by Democratic congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz just recently, and was arrested when trying to flee the country while under criminal investigation.)

The exchange above is in the full transcript below:

(Full transcript follows)

Brennan appeared alongside his former colleague, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and both men who served in the Obama administration, told Blitzer they have total confidence in Mueller. “Absolutely. It was an inspired choice- they don’t come any better, ” Brennan said adding that “If Mueller is fired, I hope our elected reps will stand up and say enough is enough.” Some have responded with questions where Brennan’s devotion to the Constitution was in the aftermath of the events in Benghazi.

Falling back on his neocon roots, James Clapper, who has waged a long-running vendetta with Trump, once again warned about Russian interference in US affairs. When asked about the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort with a Russian lawyer and others, he responded: “I’m an old school, Cold War warrior and all that – so I have, there’s truth in advertising, great suspicions about the Russians and what they do. A lot of this to me had kind of the standard textbook tradecraft long deployed by Russians. It would have been a really good idea maybe to have vetted whoever they were meeting with.”

John Brennan

John Brennan

Clapper was also asked about Trump’s comparison of the intelligence community to Nazi Germany. Clapper said he called the President-elect nine days before he left the Obama administration saying he “couldn’t let that reference pass” and it was an insult to him, CIA Director John Brennan and the workforce. “That was a terrible, insulting affront, not just to me or John, we get paid the big bucks, but I’m talking about the rank and file, men and women, patriots and intelligence community — that was completely inappropriate and over the top – I had to do something about it.”

(Here Clapper defends the false “dossier”) And so he did: on the call Clapper said Trump asked him to “to put out a statement rebutting the contents of the dossier which I couldn’t and wouldn’t do. It was kind of transactional” referring to a dossier that alleged ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia. It was not clear if he wouldn’t and couldn’t do it because the contents were legitimate, in his view, or because the dossier is what started the whole “Russian collusion” narrative in the first place. Curiously, Clapper saw it as a favor to Trump not to issue a statement: Clapper was asked by Blitzer why he didn’t put out a statement replying: “The whole point of the dossier by the way was we felt an obligation to warn him to alert him to the fact it was out there. That was the whole point.”

It was not clear if James Comey, whose subsequent leak to the NYT led to the appointment of Mueller, would have applied the same reasoning when asked by Trump to rebut the dossier’s contents.

 

THE ASPEN INSTITUTE

PEN SECURITY FORUM UNDER ASSAULT

Friday, July 21, 2017

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

JOHN BRENNAN

Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency

JAMES CLAPPER

Former Director, National Intelligence

WOLF BLITZER

Anchor, The Situation Room, CNN

DAN FORD

Vice President, National Security and Defense Capgemini

* * * * *

UNDER ASSAULT

(2:45 p.m.)

FORD: Good afternoon. So I’m Dan Ford with Capgemini.  I’m our Vice President for National Security and Defense at Capgemini, and I’m proud to have Capgemini here as a sponsor. Our next session titled Under Assault features two distinguished panelists with storied experience in the White House Situation Room. Appropriately, our moderator is the host of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. Without further ado, I’m honored to turn it over to Wolf for what should be an incredible conversation.

(Applause)

BLITZER: Thank you very much. (Inaudible). So nice to be here.  I love the Aspen Institute.  I’ve been coming here since 1983.  And it’s — I only come in the summers, I don’t ski, but it’s really a pleasure to be here.  And as I begin I’ll just say the words that many of you often hear, especially those of you who have basic cable, I’m Wolf Blitzer and you’re in The Situation Room. You’re in my situation room, not their situation room.  But as I’ve often said, whatever room I’m in there is a situation.  And there is a situation going on right now. I’m looking forward to an excellent discussion.

General Clapper is with us.  All of you know his most recent assignment was as the fourth U.S. Director of National Intelligence, a job that is critically important to our national security as we all know.  Many of you probably don’t know this, a little known fact by General Clapper, he began his military career when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves back in 1961 but eventually joined the U.S. Air Force, retired as a lieutenant general, also served as Director of Defense Intelligence, the Defense Intelligence Agency.  What made you leave the Marines and go to the Air Force?

CLAPPER: Well, I really wanted to special in intelligence and at that time it was very hard to specialize in intelligence in the Marine Corps, so. Air Force made me a — yeah, I mean I get all the jokes about the Marines and intelligence is an oxymoron or, you know, no. I have a very soft spot in my heart for the Marine Corps, it’s a great organization.

BLITZER: Well, thank you very much for your service to our country. We’re grateful to you for that. And a Director John Brennan, most recently served for 4 years as the CIA Director.    He was earlier the advisor at the National Security Council at the White House for Homeland Security.  He served in the CIA going back to 1980 until 2005, that would be 25 years in the CIA.      You want to share some secrets during the course of this next hour with us?

BRENNAN: No.

BLITZER: Okay. Let’s begin, since I’m a news guy, with some news-of-the-day questions, and then we’re going to back into some other substantive issues, and I’ll start with you, General Clapper.  The Special Counsel Robert Mueller is now asking the White House to preserve all documents related to that June 2016 meeting over at Trump Tower in New York City that included Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, who was the Trump campaign chairman at the time with a Russian lawyer.  What does that tell you about the focus of this investigation now?

CLAPPER: Well, I think it’s — the focus has been all along is was there collusion, was there some kind of cooperation between the Trump campaign and the Russians. And I think that’s all part of it. And having been on the, myself, as John been on the receiving end of request to preserve documents, that’s all part of our system and it’s, you know, to get at the truth as much and as much documentation that may or — may bear on it if there is any. So that to me is consistent.  And for this sort of thing I think is kind of the standard thing you do.

BLITZER: Director Brennan, what does it say to you?

BRENNAN: That Bob Mueller is doing his job,

I don’t think anybody can do that job better than Bob Mueller.  He has experience.  And this was a counter- intelligence investigation that started off last summer and he’s picking up now this effort and looking at what the Russians may have been doing to include with people associated with the campaign. That type of preservation order, that type of request for documents is wholly consistent with what his mandate is, and it shows that there is a diligence that is underway and a rigor that Bob Mueller and his team are going to get to the bottom of the story.

BLITZER: The Russian lawyer who was at that meeting, a woman by the name of Natalia Veselnitskaya, she met with Donald Trump Jr., with Jared Kushner, with Paul Manafort. We are now learning, thanks to Reuters, that she has represented a military unit founded by the FSB, that’s the successor Russian agency to the KGB for a number of years. Here’s the question from an intelligence perspective, General, how risky was it for these three Trump associates to meet with this woman during the campaign?

CLAPPER: Well, understanding — and I guess I’m old school Cold War warrior and all that so I have all of this truth in advertising, great suspicions about the Russians and what they do. And a lot of this to me had kind of a standard textbook tradecraft long employed by the Russians and or the Soviets and now into the Russians.  So I don’t find it surprising that these connections are trying to — are coming out.  It would have been a really good idea maybe to have vetted whoever they were meeting with. I think the Russian objective here was, one, to explore, reconnoiter to see if there was interest in having such a discussion on offering up of course dirt on Hillary Clinton and somehow, you know, at least create the optic or the image of at least ostensibly plausible deniability, and this is typical Soviet Russian tradecraft approach to the soft approach, and if possible to co-opt — and John has spoken to this previously in public about whether people are witting, the recipients of this are witting or not, maybe they aren’t, and then but that’s how the — that’s kind of standard stuff for the Russians.

BLITZER: Director Brennan, how risky was it?

BRENNAN: Well, aside from risky it was just profoundly baffling why three of the senior most members of a presidential campaign would jump at the opportunity to meet with individuals that were going to, according to what’s been reports, provide information, dirt information on Hillary Clinton that was coming from the Russian government. As Jim said, that’s not something that, you know, you get engaged in personally, if they want to find out what was involved at all you send a minion, you send someone else.  But to go there with that, it just it raises a lot of questions, I think that’s what the administration now is having to deal with, questions about what were the motives what were people thinking at the time.    They should have known a lot better.                If they didn’t, they shouldn’t have been in those positions because, as Jim said, the Russians operates in a very, very cunning manner and they will take and exploit any opportunity they get, and it seems as though some folks swallowed the bait.

BLITZER: The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has just said that the meetings that President Trump had with Russian President Putin that there may have been more than the meetings we all know about, what was your reaction, General Clapper, when you heard that they did, Presidents Putin and Trump, have this previously undisclosed rather lengthy meeting with only a Russian Government interpreter present. From the intelligence point of view, what was your reaction?

CLAPPER: Well, it certainly raises a red flag, raises concern for me, that’s — it’s, you know, dialoguing with any opposite member of head of state is a good thing and yes, I’m not a big fan of Putin, not a big fan of Russian, but it is important that there be dialogue. What really concern me though is not having a U.S. witness to it and certainly, very dangerous, not using a translator, his own translator —

BLITZER: Why is that dangerous?

CLAPPER: Well, first, I’ve had a lot of engagements over time with — as John has with the foreign interlocutor, foreign colleagues, and if you don’t have, for one just, you’re not entirely confident unless it’s a translator you know and whose loyalty you have no question about, is not involved in this because otherwise there’s apart from, you know, nefarious aspects or the subtleties and nuances of language get involved here where you can completely miscommunicate. I spent 2 years in Korea with, you know, and did a lot of that dialogue back and forth with the Koreans, and I found out later that what I had said did not get conveyed accurately at all using a Korean, a well-intended Korean translator, I just cite that as one example.  And so there is — I’m sure they’ve gone away with a private meeting like relying on a Russian translator and Putin’s translator with an entirely different perspective of whatever was said.  So to me is — this is a very bothersome thing, and particularly just kind of do it completely unscripted.

BLITZER: (Giving the lead-in to Brennan) Director Brennan, have you in all your years in government heard of an American president speaking with a Russian or Soviet leader with only a Russian interpreter, government interpreter present, has that ever happened as far as you know?

BRENNAN: I don’t know of any other instances. There may have been some.  And it wouldn’t be surprising if a president pulls aside the British prime minister or, in this instance, Angela Merkel or something and had a one-on-one conversation, first of all you don’t have a translation issue, as Jim said is very important. But for meeting with somebody like the Russian president in this environment right now you want to make sure that in order to protect the U.S. and protect the president you have someone there who has a record of the conversation and you can go back and make sure that in fact it was understood what was said.  But to have this one-off and rely on the Russian translator — and who knows what was said there, and quite frankly I think there are concerns that sometimes what Mr. Trump says happens is not exactly what happens. And so you — I’m not saying a translator would, you know, counter that.  But I think it just raises again concerns about what else may be going on between Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin that is being held behind either closed doors or outside of public view.

BLITZER: After that meeting, the meetings that the President had with Putin in Hamburg at the G20 summit, the president said that — suggested they talked about creating a joint U.S.-Russian cyber security unit. Later the president seemed to back away from that. But now the Russian government is saying that those talks are under way, a special presidential envoy from the Russians on cyber security has been meeting with the Americans and “the talks are underway.”  Is that a good idea?

CLAPPER: Well, we’ve all tried to have our dialogues with the Russians. I certainly did when I first– when I served as DI Director my first engagements with a Russian counterpart is in 1992, and what I found is for dialogue for them is a one-way street, you know, give us what you got.  And they are not going to reciprocate and they’re not going to do anything that in any way compromises them or gives us insight into what they’re doing, and they will use it as an opportunity to gain intelligence on us. So I am very skeptical about this.

BLITZER: You agree?

BRENNAN: I’ve gotten burned many, many times by the Russians who would say one thing, promise one thing and do the exact opposite. That said, I do think it’s important for us to maintain a dialogue with the Russians on counterterrorism and Mike Pompeo said that last night, fully agree.  We did it during the Obama administration, and during the Obama administration we also had cyber dialogue with them but nothing along the lines of something that we’re going to cooperate with them and, you know, guarding against cyber intrusions into electoral processes, that was just absurd. But I am with Jim as far as being mindful of what the Russians, you know, will not do and what they do.    But I don’t believe that we should shut down that discussion and dialogue. There are issues related to Internet norms and standards and other types of things that I think could be productive.

BLITZER: Let’s go back in history just a little bit, last year, Director Brennan, when you were the CIA Director you delivered what was described as an eyes- only message to President Obama that Russian President Putin was directly and personally involved in the effort to disrupt the U.S. presidential election. If you could walk us through that, what led you to that determination?

BRENNAN: My intelligence experience and good counsel with Jim Clapper and my other colleagues the Intelligence Community that as was borne out by the Intelligence Community assessment that we put out in January. Underscored the Intelligence Community assessment, FBI, NSA, CIA and DNI that Mr. Putin had authorized this.  And, as you can imagine, those types of assessments are built upon an array of intelligence sources, information as well as experience.       And the expertise, and I will say, I know I’m biased, but CIA has the absolute best analysts in the U.S. government bar none especially on Russia, and they know exactly what the types of things are that the Russian intelligence service would do and what would require the authorization from Mr. Putin. So you put all that together and it becomes then crystal clear to us that Mr. Putin was the one who had directed this to take place

BLITZER: You had high confidence in that as well?

CLAPPER: Absolutely.

BLITZER: Because, as you know, the President, even recently, says you guys got it wrong, not just you personally, but the U.S. Intelligence Community got it wrong with weapons of mass destruction leading up to the Iraq War in 2003, so he’s skeptical.

CLAPPER: (Avoiding the issue) Well, I’ll jut say and John pick up the pieces for me here but. When we briefed then President-elect Donald Trump on the 6th of January, Trump Tower, my first and undoubtedly last soldier in the Trump Tower, the — what we did do is to give him the benefit of the evidence, which of course we cannot share in public and haven’t shared in public.

BLITZER: You gave it to him though.

CLAPPER: Absolutely. And which I thought was pretty compelling and we didn’t get a lot of pushback and none of the 400-pound guy in a bed in New Jersey stuff, I didn’t hear any of that at the time.  Now, since then of course in public discourse, you know, he’s discounted that and I was particularly distressed by a foreign country, in Poland, disparaging his own Intelligence Committee which I — to me put him in a great disadvantage when he’s a run up to his meeting with President Putin.

BLITZER: Director, because he does not just once or twice but several times as General Clapper says disparages the U.S. Intelligence Community and brings up the weapons of mass destruction issue.

BRENNAN: And we talk about the intelligence professional as people who bring inconvenient truths and facts and assessments to policymakers. We’ve had that experience for many, many years.  And sometimes policymakers are rather selective in terms of cherry picking the intelligence they like and the intelligence they don’t like. Now, it’s interesting that Mr. Trump and others will point to U.S. intelligence when it comes to North Korea or when it comes to Iran or Syria or other areas. But when it is inconsistent with what I think are some preconceived notions as well as maybe preferences about what the truth would be, then the intelligence community assessments, the workforce and the profession are disparaged, and that’s when Jim Clapper’s blood and my blood boils because we feel a particular affiliation and for the hard working women and men throughout the intelligence community who labor every day and sacrifice in ways that the fellow citizens will never know. And when someone at that level takes shots at them unfairly Jim and I tend to speak out.

BLITZER: You want to elaborate on that?

CLAPPER: Well, I was kind of hopeful that after you got rid of the two chief Nazis, John and me then maybe, you know, things would have improved.

BLITZER: Well, let me — (Applause)

BLITZER: For those of our friends here and our viewers here in the United States.

CLAPPER: It is liberating to be a former, you know.

BLITZER: (Defending fake news) This is what he said in a tweet, and I’ll let both of you respond, on January 11th, this is then president-elect of the United States.   “Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to leak into the public.  One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany.”  When you heard that —

CLAPPER: (Defending BLITZER and the “patriots in the intelligence community”) Well, that prompted me to call him, what did I have to lose at 9 days left, but I couldn’t let that reference pass for exactly the reason that John said. I mean, that was a terrible insulting upfront, not just — not to me or John or, you know, the seniors, we get paid the big bucks to take that, but I’m talking about the rank and file, people in the trenches, men and women, the patriots in the intelligence community, and that was completely inappropriate and over the top and I had to so something about it. I was amazed he took the call.  And I was actually hopeful after that when I learned that the first place he decided to visit after the inauguration was CIA. I thought maybe I got through, naive me.  And, you know, he was okay for a couple of minutes, then got off on, you know, the size of his crowd in the mall (phonetic) and all that, and to me having spent 34 years in the military it would have been exactly the same had he gone out to Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington and stood in front of that hallowed place and said the same thing. And, by the way, if John and I are being too subtle here, let us know.

(Laughter)

BLITZER: You know, it wasn’t just that tweet because he also said this subsequently, this is the president-elect, “It was just disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake. That’s something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do.”  So it wasn’t just once he was bringing up Nazi Germany, it was at least twice.

BRENNAN: Yeah, he was alleging and claiming that it was intelligence professionals that were leaking this information (and who else can?).

BLITZER: He was talking — we’re talking about that dossier that was unsubstantiated (the fake “dossier” presented by McClain to the FBI).

BRENNAN: Yeah, and — on no basis. And to another point as far as the continued disparagements of the profession and the workforce, what message does that send to people overseas when the United States has to go to our partners and allies and say U.S. intelligence has this information and has this assessment and we’re looking for their support. What does it say as far as, you know, when we have something about our adversaries that our adversaries can say, well, that’s U.S. intelligence, you already say that it’s not worth, you know, the paper it’s written on.  And look at what happened in the Cuban Missile Crisis how U.S. intelligence was so important be able to have the stare down with the Russians. And over the course of all our history U.S. intelligence has provided policymakers what they need in order to push back against our adversaries as well as to get the support we need.  And so these types of comments are just disgraceful, never should have happened, and the people who and the person who said that should be ashamed of himself.

BLITZER: What was his reaction when you called him?

(Applause)

CLAPPER: Well, his reaction was thanks but, you know, his main interest, and I think the reason he took the call was he wanted me to put out a statement rebutting the contents of the dossier, which I couldn’t and wouldn’t do.

BLITZER: Why? Why couldn’t you do that? Why couldn’t you put out a statement?

CLAPPER: The whole point of the dossier by the way was we felt an obligation to warn him to alert to him to the fact that was out there. That was the whole point. We didn’t — you know, and some of the difficulties of the tradecraft issue here was the inability to corroborate all of the second, third order assets that were used to collect that information. So we did not include it as a formal part of our assessment because we didn’t because of that reason.                       And that was the main point of the dossier, but it certainly wasn’t in a position to corroborate or not what was in it.

BRENNAN: The dossier wasn’t used at all to undergird the analysis and the assessment. And Jim Comey presented it separately.          So again it wasn’t an Intelligence Community document.

BLITZER: You created, convened a secret task force to deal with the Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election, but a former senior Obama administration official widely quoted as saying that the administration choked and didn’t do enough. Did you do enough with the information you had in telling the Russians not just to stop it but issue some major retaliatory action given what you believed was Russian interference in the US democratic process?

CLAPPER: Well, was that for me or John. MR. BLITZER: Either one of you.

CLAPPER: Well — MR. BRENNAN: — first.

CLAPPER: I’m sorry. It’s always easy to do the coulda woulda shoulda after the fact. And in thinking back over my career I’ve had other cases, I did Khobar Towers investigation, I did Hasan shooting at Fort Hood, and one thing I’ve learned from doing things like that post-event critiques, you can never ever go back and recreate exactly contemporaneous environment that led people to make the decisions they made. I feel we did a lot, yes, you could always say we should have done more earlier.  I thought it was very important that the statement of J Johnson and I put out on the 7th of October was a fairly direct scription done before attribution, done before a month before the election. Unfortunately that got overtaken by the Access or Excess Hollywood, as I call it, revelation on the audio tape of then Candidate Trump. And that came out the very same day, so that emasculated what was really an important message to the American electorate. And the reason we felt so strongly about that is sitting on this and not allowing, not sharing to the extent, the maximum extent we could with the public. I think John has pointed out, and rightfully so, we did see reconnoitering, if I can call that, in voter registration systems of some — of at least 21 states, I think it got up as high as 39, you might wonder what they had planned to do about that.  John spoke to his opposite number, President Obama, pretty (inaudible) exchange with Putin about cutting it out.  And of course we did do the sanctions on the 29th of December which I always considered a good first step, and we were all hopeful that the next administration would pick that up and follow up on those — on the measures we took, John.

BRENNAN: I thought Avril Haines did an excellent job this morning articulating the different types of things we we’re doing to try to protect the electoral infrastructure in the states and Jeh Johnson in Homeland Security working with state and local officials also sending clear signals to the Russian that this is unacceptable. I spoke to Bortnikov, Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the FSB in early August and threw a hard high one at him and saying that if in fact you’re doing this there is going to be serious consequences and then the president — and then speaking to Putin. We also then were preparing for what we could do to retaliate against them, but don’t forget, we’re in the middle of a rather contentious election and we were trying to monitor what the Russians were planning and doing because we wanted to keep a sense of what it was that we needed to frustrate and thwart. And, you know, people have criticized us and the Obama administration for not coming out more forcefully in saying it. Now President Obama   would beat his chest and say the Russians are trying to get Mr. Trump elected, I don’t think that would have went over well in many areas because he is the head of the Democratic Party.  So trying to balance this and trying to prevent the Russians from doing what they were trying to achieve.  And I do think a number of things we did made the Russians take a pause and not do all the things that they could have done.

CLAPPER: Another point I would add is, another thing that weighed on us a bit was if we make a big thing of this, making a big thing, or the President making a primetime address or something, a television address to the nation about it, would that only serve to hype, magnify or amplify what the Russians were doing or dignify it, and there was the concern of course about putting a hand on the scale that if such a statement would put the hand on the scale in favor Hillary Clinton as opposed to Donald Trump.

BLITZER: But the argument has been made, you guys didn’t do more because you simply assumed Hillary Clinton was going to be elected and then the country would move on. You’ve heard that?

BRENNAN: I’ve heard it.

CLAPPER: Yeah, I’ve read it, yeah.

BRENNAN: As intelligence professionals we had a job to do, we had to continue to monitor what the Russians were doing and how we could stop them and frustrate them, bringing things to policymakers. I brought it to the Gang of Eight right away, we kept the Congress informed, so there was ongoing interaction with the senior most levels of government. But also remember, this is a counterintelligence investigation, we were trying to find out who the Russians might been working with within the United States in order to realize their ends. So there’s — there were lot of sensitivities to this. And one of the things I hope that the intelligence committees in both the Senate and the House do is take a look at what happened.   We had to figure all this out. There was no playbook for this. What do you do as far as public announcements?  What do you do as far as congressional notifications, what do you do as far as pushing back against adversaries. One of the things I’ve recommended to the Senate Intelligence Committee is that maybe there should be a requirement in the future that before all presidential and congressional elections, 120 days before, the director of National Intelligence and a director the FBI should say exactly what’s the state of cyber intrusions that are designed to compromise the integrity of the electoral system.  I think that will help in terms of making sure that there’s going to be a rigor and a process in order to deal with what I think is going to be a phenomenon that we’re going to be facing.

CLAPPER: And another benefit of doing that is that it would no longer be a matter of discussion, it would simply be mandatory. If the intelligence community, law enforcement community detected evidence of any interference whatsoever that would mandatorily be a law that required that to be reported rather than getting involved in these arguments about the politics and trying to keep things bipartisan, doing all these kind of things and not putting your hand on the scale, not amping up or down or not doing this. And as John said, this is new territory, new unchartered seas here that we were trying to navigate.     And you can fault us all I guess again in the coulda woulda shoulda department.

BRENNAN: I think we did pretty damn well, and I think a lot of that is due to the tremendous leadership of Jim Clapper who is the epitome, for me, of a Director of National Intelligence who has the breadth of experience, the wealth of knowledge as well as just the ability to engage with the executive branch, legislative branch and others. And I think in a very difficult period of time we were able to do whatever we could in the manner that we thought was most appropriate.

CLAPPER: Thanks.

(Applause)

BLITZER: You said that there was evidence that the Russians were also fooling around in various states.

CLAPPER: Right.

BLITZER: Is there any evidence that even one ballot was changed as a result of that?

CLAPPER: So I’m glad you asked that question, thanks to the questions we’d like to say on the Hill. Very important distinction here. We saw no evidence from our sources of messing with voter tallies which we made clear in both the classified and the unclassified version of our report that we put out to the public on the 6th of January.  We had no way, we had not the authority, the expertise, the capability to gauge whether that had — whether the Russian interference had any impact on the election at all, that’s not a charter for — something for the intelligence community do.   And it will be pretty hard unless you go out and, you know, how individual voters made decisions or made a decision about whom to vote for and whether any of the multi-faceted things the Russians did. And it wasn’t just the hacking, the social media trolls, fake news, the very aggressive sophisticated propaganda efforts by RT, the totality of this and what impact that actually had on the election we had no way of gauging that. (Forensic studies of “Russian hacking” into Democratic National Committee computers last year reveal that on July 5, 2016, data was leaked (not hacked) by a person with physical access to DNC computers, and then doctored to incriminate Russia. FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. We agree. It is virtually impossible to identify a hacker, based only on information from the server. It looks as though this was an inside job at the DNC, possibly done by (or by someone like) Imran Awam. Awam was a shady I.T. staffer who worked at the DNC and for many politicians in the Democratic Party. He was fired by Democratic congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz just recently, and was arrested when trying to flee the country while under criminal investigation.)

BLITZER: You want to add anything?

MR. BRENNAN: No.

BLITZER: You spoke earlier about your blood boiling. You also said —

BRENNAN: — temper.

BLITZER: Also said earlier in the week that it made my blood boil a bit when you heard the President say it was a great honor for him to meet with Putin. Would you like to elaborate?

BRENNAN: Well, this was in the — just a photo op basically before Mr. Putin and Mr. Trump had their meeting and exchanging pleasantries, which is fine, you do that. But then when I saw Mr. Trump lean over and say to Mr. Putin it’s a great honor to meet you, and this is Mr. Putin who assaulted one of the foundational pillars of our democracy, our electoral system, that invaded Ukraine, annexed Crimea, that has suppressed and repressed political opponents in Russia and has caused the deaths of many of them, to say upfront, person who supposedly knows the art of the deal I thought it was a very, very bad negotiating tactic.  And so I felt as though it was not the honorable thing to say. I served for 6 presidents and had tremendous respect for all of them in terms of trying to do what’s right for this country. I think Jim served for 25, 26 president, is that right, Jim?

(Laughter)

CLAPPER: It was tough with U.S. grant, yeah. (Laughter)

BRENNAN: But — and I disagree with some of the policies, but I was the intelligence professional. But I must say that there are disappointments that I see in terms of what Mr. Trump is doing on the international stage that I think does pose a serious question about how he is keeping safe our national security.

CLAPPER: I will say, you know, actually speaking I like this, but actually speaking publicly is actually kind of painful for me, I’ve served every president in the trenches of intelligence ever since and including John F. Kennedy, I’ve been a political appointee in both Republican and Democratic administrations, spent 34 years in military, two tours in — combat tours in Vietnam. So my instincts are, professional instincts are loyalty to the president’s commander in chief. And I try to impress that upon him when I spoke with him.  I said you are inheriting a national treasure in the form of the Intelligence Community and the tremendous capability, the dedication, the patriotism, men and women who serve every day, many of whom in harm’s way. And, you know, you stood in front of a place honoring those who paid the ultimate.  So it’s very hard, very, very painful for somebody like me to speak like this.  And I think that in itself is sad commentary.

BLITZER: (with another leading question) Director Brennan, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, failed to disclose several meetings with Russians and others, for that purpose he’s now corrected the records. Some have suggested he should have his security clearances at least suspended if not revoked. How do you feel about that?

BRENNAN: Well, he’s had obligations to report those meetings. Whether or not he either misunderstood the questions or have gotten — I don’t know, I don’t want to pass judgment on that.  But that’s the type of thing that if there was somebody in CIA that did not disclose those things you would review it and you would talk to the person and try to then adjudicate it. And depending upon the seriousness you might separate them from access to classified information or not. But, you know, it raises questions about what was the motivation behind or was there motivation behind not disclosing it or was it an oversight.  Again I don’t prejudge it.

BLITZER: General.

CLAPPER: Yes, I agree with what John said.

BLITZER: (guiding CLAPPER) You don’t see a problem there?

CLAPPER: With what?

BLITZER: That he didn’t disclose all those meetings.

CLAPPER: Well, yeah, I do see a problem with that. I’m not just concurring what Johnson. I think at a minimum you would — if it were just an employee in the workforce you would at least suspend the clearance until you’ve had the opportunity to investigate, adjudicate what the circumstances were.  I mean, some of these failures, you know, are memory failures or, I forgot whatever, okay, you have allow for that. But I do think the appropriate thing here is take a pause and at least suspend clearance until you’ve had the opportunity to investigate and decide whether the clearance should be restored or not.

BLITZER: (stirring up the treason possibility) Director Brennan, you said — used the word, the tough word during your testimony, treason. Explain what you were referring to.

BRENNAN: I was asked the question, I forget who on the House Intelligence Committee, about Soviet intelligence MO activities. And I was talking about how they cultivate relationships.  And frequently they will do  it under the guise of some other cover, whether it’s be business, you know, commercial or, you know, diplomatic, whatever, and they try to establish a rapport with an individual.  And sometimes people will cooperate with them, may not even be a Russia, might be something else.  And then they get individuals to go beyond what they should in terms of either what they discussed or maybe documents they share.  And the Russians do that not just with, you know, U.S. government targets but also in business, going after intellectual property rights and other things. And a person frequently will be fooled then by the Russian overtures and they get down a path and all of a sudden they have this relationship with this individual that has gone beyond what was appropriate for their position. And so I was trying to explain that people will sometimes go down that treasonous path doesn’t mean that they commit treason, it’s just that they’re along that line. And thankfully the smart people when they realize that they say, wait a minute, I need to report this to the authorities of my agency, or to the FBI, whatever else. But some will just continue along it.  And I think that’s what the FBI investigation is looking at, who was going along the path wittingly or unwittingly and what they might have done to compromise the security of this country as well as to violate U.S. law.

BLITZER: (bringing up the fictitious Russian cyber attack) How vulnerable is the U.S. right now to Russian cyber attacks going ahead in future elections?

CLAPPER: (taking the bait) Well, I think we have a problem here. (a problem which never happened) There’s a real concern on, and believe me, the Russians are not going to just do this is a one-off, they are going to be emboldened now to push the envelope even further. For them this is an symmetric weapon they can use to undermine us and undermine our — the foundations of our system.  So they’re going to be back, election. And next time they don’t care, it could be the Republicans next time, that’s why this is — and this to me is the big story here and a thing that as a nation we should be concerned about. I don’t care democrat, republican, doesn’t make any difference. We need to defend ourselves against these assaults on our system.  And I was frankly taken aback during the course of the run up here when we were starting to see this activity, the pushback that Jeh Johnson got when here engaged with state election officials about hey we don’t want any help from the feds.  And so that attitude has got to be overcome. And the voting apparatus at large in this country needs to be a part of the critical infrastructure and the protections that that entails.

BRENNAN: Russian interference in our election or others’ interference in election really has two principal dimensions, one is in the cyber realm, and that’s why there are a lot more opportunities now to do things in a nefarious way in that cyber domain to try to influence elections or influence political developments.  But the Russians also are experts in active measures and trying to co-opt members of the media or try to support political parties with (inaudible) other types of things. What we have seen them do in the European theater for many, many years. And so one of the things that the intelligence community was worried about was are we going to be seeing other types of Russian efforts to exploit the election season and using some of these other traits and not just in the cyber realm.  So this is something that I think we have to be vigilant about and put up safeguards to protect the foundations of our democracy.

BLITZER: Yesterday we heard your successor, CIA Director Mike Pompeo really go hard in condemning what the Russians are doing. Russia likes to stick it to America. He said — here’s the question, General Clapper, do you believe that President Trump takes this threat from Russia seriously enough?

CLAPPER: Well, it’s hard to tell, you know, I sometimes wonder whether we’re even what he’s about is making Russia great again, you know. I really wonder about that sometimes, whether he does take it as seriously as clearly I think Dan Coats and Mike Pompeo both do. And that’s a real concern. Now, again truth in advertising, long history of — with the Russians, none of which has been positive.  So maybe I’m not the most objective observer here but I think Russian is an existential threat to this country.  What we don’t mention very often is the very aggressive modernization program they’re embarked on with their strategic nuclear capability, some of these exotic weapons they’re pushing.  Their very aggressive counter-space program.  And, by the way, just for good measure, they’ve in violation of the INF treaty. So Russia is an adversary, that’s all there is to it, and they are going to do everything they can to undermine us.

BLITZER: (leading again) You rarely — the President rarely criticizes Russia, why? (Maybe because Trump wants to avoid WWIII)

BRENNAN: You have to ask him, but when I think about all the negative things he said about the intelligence community and I think about the things that he said about Putin and Russia, that seems to be incongruous as far as what the President of the United States should be saying and doing at this time. I’d like to think that the intelligence community, in fact I’m confident that they’re continuing to highlight the risks associated with the Russian behavior around the world and what we need to do to counter it. I think Mr. Putin has a rather simplistic prism, zero-sum game, and that’s why when Mike Pompeo said, yesterday they tried to just stick it to us I think they see that if the U.S. is weakened or has diminished influence in certain parts of the world it just accrues to their benefit, and that’s why I think when — when they see what’s happening now in the United States here, that we’ve become, you know, so consumed obviously with this issue about what the interference was in the election and how it’s making our system of government in some respects dysfunctional because we can’t pass legislation, we can’t do other things, I think Mr. Putin probably is crowing that it had an effect on this country that is hurting us which only accrues to their benefit.

BLITZER: I raise the question because Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House, a member of the what we called the Gang of Eight who’s briefed on the most sensitive intelligence information she said this and it really, you know, startled me. She asked this question, what do the Russians have on Donald Trump politically, personally or financially. (a false accusation hidden in a question, really)

CLAPPER: Well, hopefully Special Counsel Mueller will get to the bottom of that.

BRENNAN: Yes, I agree. I would like to think that we all, all Americans want to get this behind us because it is hurting us. I like to think that Mr. Trump and other people in the White House would like to get this behind us. The best way to do that is to have as much transparency as possible. If there is nothing to hide there then they should cooperate fully in an accelerated fashion with the special counsel and others. But I think time after time after time one only comes away with the impression that there is a resistance to having more information come out, and that just feeds suspicions. And I do think — I’m hoping that this is going to, you know, be addressed sooner rather than later in terms of what is there. If there’s nothing there, let’s move on.  But this is where the work of Robert Mueller is critical to our future as a country because, you know, in some respects we’re a government and a nation in crisis right. counsel?

BLITZER: You have confidence in the special…

BRENNAN: Absolutely.

BLITZER: You both worked with him for a long time when he was head of the FBI.

CLAPPER: Absolutely, that was a inspired choice.

BRENNAN: They don’t come any better.

CLAPPER: And nobody better than Bob Mueller who is a straight shooter and will not be intimidated by any —

BRENNAN: And if he’s any fired by Mr. Trump or attempted to be fired by Mr. Trump, I hope I really hope that our members of Congress, elected representatives are going to stand up and say enough is enough and stop making apologies and excuses for things that are happening that really flout I think our system of laws and government.

(Applause)

BLITZER: When you say enough is enough what will — if he’s fired and he’s the President of the United States, he could tell Rosenstein to fire him if he wants, but if he’s fired what would you want Congress to do?

BRENNAN: First of all, I think it’s the obligation of some executive branch officials to refuse to carry out some of these orders that again are inconsistent with what this country is all about. But I would just hope that this is not going to be a partisan issue that Republicans, Democrats are going to see that the future of this country is at stake, and there needs to be some things done for the good of the future.

BLITZER: We have limited amount of time and we’re going to have some questions from the audience as well. But let’s get through a few other issues right now.

When you were Director of National Intelligence what kept you up at night the most?  What did you worry about the gravest national security threat to the United States?

CLAPPER: The Congress. (Laughter)

CLAPPER: Only kidding, only kidding, only kidding. I think the biggest thing rather than a particular — I’m just kidding, I see Chairman Thornberry out there doing daggers there, I’m just joking. I think the thing that to the extent that I didn’t get that much sleep and I realize I’m making up for it now but is what I didn’t know. If you’re on to a, let’s say a terrorist plot, invariably you’re not going to know everything there is to know, but at least if you’ve got a start on it you have some insight that you can turn resources, more collection, whatever it takes, to gain more insight, more information on what that particular threat is. And the one — the thing I always worried about, what is it they don’t know, what is it we have no clue about.   That’s I think more than any particular — I mean, you can conjure up all kinds of scenarios —

BLITZER: Well, let me ask Director Brennan. Is North Korea the greatest threat to the United States right now?

BRENNAN: Well, as was said, I think there is a need to be able to address the North Korean problem this time. And there is competition for what’s the greatest threat. You know, those are things that need to be taken care of in the near term, the terrorist threat, thing that would worry me a lot is the increasing dependence of everyone on the digital domain and how increasing dependencies we have on it and the vulnerabilities that are there and all the actors that could try to bring that down. Biological agents are something that I’m concerned about as well. But in addition I think there are things that are over the horizon.  The wave of automation in the coming years is going to have a profound political, economic, social, cultural impact on all of our lives.  And I don’t think we’re ready for the disruptive impact of that automation.   And it’s around the globe. So I think we have to be anticipating how the technological, scientific and other developments are going to affect our lives. And it’s not just, you know, the latest threat from a terrorist group or a nation state, it’s a societal and global changes.

CLAPPER: Those may be contrarian view but I actually don’t consider North Korea yet an existential threat in the same way that Russia is. I mean, neither they nor we know whether these long-range missiles will work or not, it almost doesn’t matter. We have to take them seriously.  And I do worry about some of the rhetoric sometimes because one of the things I learned, I followed Korean Peninsula for a long time, ever since I served there is a J2 in early ’80s. And then when I got to go there in November 14 I was blown away by the magnitude of the paranoia that exists in North Korea.  And everywhere they look they see enemies.  And so conclusion, I came away with one, they are not going to give up those nuclear weapons, that was my first White House issue talking point, was denuclearize.  Well, that was a non-starter for them. Secondly, I think we all look to the Chinese and the leverage that they can exert on the Chinese — on the North Koreans. Chinese will do so much, they don’t like Kim Jong-un, they don’t like the missile tests, they don’t like the underground test, they don’t — and they certainly don’t like the THAAD deployment.  But what they dislike more is the thought of North Korea imploding and they lose their buffer state, which for them is a strategic imperative. So the Chinese will do some, they will put pressure on the North Korean, some, but not as much as we might like.

BLITZER: With ISIS losing now in Mosul, increasingly in Raqqa, what’s the impact on the ISIS threat to the U.S. homeland? This is for Director Bernnan.

BRENNAN: The ability of ISIS to continue to support its external terrorist operations continues. The taking away of the territory that they had seized in Iraq and Syria certainly reduces the resource they have, the following they have, but they have been very sophisticated users of the Internet, being able to reconnoiter and to recruit and to incite and encourage.  So I think there’s going to be some latency there between the setbacks in the battlefield for ISIS and the ability for us to really stop a lot of these external efforts. But I must say there is tremendous work that is being done day in and day out by the police, intelligence, security other services. But ISIS is I think going to be determined to continue to explore and pursue those external operations.

BLITZER: Do you believe there could be another 9/11?

CLAPPER: Well, I’ll go on record and say no, I don’t think an attack of that magnitude and complexity is possible. I think, you know, we’re smarter than we were prior to 9/11 but that’s not to say we don’t have a concern here from two standpoints, one, what John talked about, the ideology which is still there. And as Tony Thomas mentioned, made a lot of progress on attacking the attributes or (inaudible) of ISIS as a nation state, its physical dimensions. But that ideology is still out there, and that’s what’s had an impact in this country. And the other thing of course are the simplicity of the weapons, using trucks, knives, whatever is available to westerners, that’s going to continue to be a challenge –

BLITZER: We’re going to take some questions, but do you believe there could be another 9/11?

BRENNAN: It’s much more difficult for terrorist groups to operate here today than it was prior to 9/11 because of the great work of people like Mike Hayden and Mike Chertoff in the aftermath of 9/11 to make this a much less hospitable environment for them. So I don’t believe — although anything is possible, carrying out an attack of strategic consequence, not like 9/11, that — is really going to be much more difficult for them today, that’s not to say they are not still going after it, they have a fixation on aviation Al Qaeda as well as ISIS. They want to bring down an airliner, they want to bring down an airliner over U.S. airspace. But because of the great work that has been done, the safeguards that have put in place, the prophylactic measures, I think that this country has a lot be proud of —

BLITZER: And what startled me here in Aspen is the Secretary of Homeland Security, General Kelly, saying that they are developing these new technologies for these laptops to get through security at airports, and if they blow it up at 35,000 feet it’s going to blow up that plane.

CLAPPER: Well that’s underscore the need for vigilance and to try to stay a step ahead of them, well, particularly with all the technological opportunities they would have to exploit.

BLITZER: Any questions from the audience?

Please stand.  Go ahead.  You got a microphone.  Go ahead, you go first.

Margaret Brennan, CBS News. I would like the question to go to both of you gentlemen, the Trump administration has talked about potentially what to do with those compounds that were seized by the Obama administration that belong to Russia.  They’ve talked about either allowing the Russians to sell them, there’s this idea that possibly even giving them back could be on the table, the Russians want them. I’d like to know, since these compounds were ransacked, according to reports, before U.S. officials got there, what was happening there? What would giving them back to Russia actually mean? And should the Trump administration be considering this at all?

CLAPPER: Well, I’m not sure I understand why we’re even having this dialogue because, you know, what have the Russians done to deserve getting it back. The (inaudible) on the Eastern Shore of Maryland is just a intelligence collection facility, that’s all it is. And so I don’t see any reason as a freebie to even talk about giving them back. Why?

BRENNAN: I agree, that’s what — for what purpose? And at this stage, you know, maybe in the future if we’re able to get on a better track with Russia over time, but at this time now I don’t see any earthly reason to do that.

BLITZER: Go ahead.

SPAULDING: Suzanne Spaulding, former DHS, former CIA, former House and Senate Intelligence Oversight Committees. I want to start by thanking both of you for your long and distinguished careers in public service.

(Applause)

BRENNAN: Thank you. You’re longer.

SPAULDING: And for having the courage to be here today. I want to ask you about the tension between the Intelligence Community and the White House, we’ve seen this before in the Bush administration with that mistrust between the Intelligence Committee and the White House led to the creation of a parallel intelligence effort both analytic and operational in the Defense Department, outside of the normal oversight, outside of the normal legal framework for the Intelligence Community. My question is do you see that level of mistrust either today or in the future and what are the things that we as citizens and that our members of Congress in their oversight role should be on the lookout for?

CLAPPER: Well, we may not be the right ones to comment on how it is now, so I do know that both DNI Coats and Director of CIA, Pompeo, spent a lot of time in the White House in the oval, and hopefully — and I’m sure they’re sensitive to that, to prevent it. But I really can’t — I suppose that’s a possibility. I’m not aware of it and I certainly hope that doesn’t happen again.

BRENNAN: Intelligence professionals are a special breed, they really are. They serve selflessly, they do remarkable work, and they don’t expect a lot of public recognition and accolades and ticker tape parades. But at the same time they like to think that the work that they’re doing is appreciated and recognized and that they’re making a difference as far as national security.  I have no doubt that despite the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune that they might have had over the last number of months that they continue to do their job to the best their ability, and they are some of the most talented and courageous people that this country has. My concern is though that, you know, it’s having an effect I think on some the families of intelligence professionals, you know, the wives or the husbands, the children who don’t see their loved ones come home because they’re working so hard, and they wonder why are you doing that if it’s not be appreciated. You could make twice or three times the amount of money.  The young college graduate who is thinking about going into law enforcement or CIA or intelligence and now has another offer and they say, well, if it’s not being recognized or appreciated at least, has been disparaged, why should I go there? So I think there are second and third order effects here. But I know that the CIA officers and NSA and others and FBI are continuing to do their work because they believe in the mission, they believe in keeping their fellow Americans safe.   But over time this can have a very corrosive effect on the broader environment.

CLAPPER: I think the men and women in the Intelligence Community will continue to convey truth to power even if the power doesn’t necessarily listen.

BLITZER: Go ahead.

IOFFE: Hi. Juli Ioffe of the Atlantic. I’ve heard people in the intelligence community kind of buzzing about, I mean Wolf asked you what keeps you up at night, these people seem to be kept up at night by their Commander in Chief, the President, and see him as one of the main national security threats. Do you agree with that? And if so why and how? Thank you.

BRENNAN: I can’t speak to how they think. And I wouldn’t — you said — characterized the president as a national security threat, no, there’s lot of concern, I think we all want the administration and the president to succeed. But when we see things happening that really are, I guess, inconsistent with what it is that we have always ascribed to the office of the presidency as far as honesty, as far as integrity, as far as support for Intelligence Community folks, I think it does diminish in the eyes of many the credibility of that individual.

CLAPPER: We are blessed in this country with, you know, three coequal branches of government and, you know, the national security apparatus is bigger than one person, even the President. So there are a lot of constraints happily built in to our system. But some of them are, as I said, are under assault. And so I just think it’s bothersome to me personally.

BLITZER: Go ahead. You have a microphone? Yes.  Andrea.

MITCHELL: Hi. Andrea Mitchell, NBC News and MSNBC.  Thank you both for their — everything that you’ve done.  I’m wondering, looking back, whether you think that we could do more for Americans missing and held captive in places like Syria and whether you think there is prospects for getting Austin Tice out. There’s a lot of talk because his parents are in the region right now. If there’s anything more that CIA could do.

BRENNAN: When I was at the White House as well as at CIA, I spent a lot of time, as Tom Bossert was mentioning yesterday, trying to what do we could, working with our partners, working with our clandestine sources, trying to find out the location, the whereabouts, the well- being of Americans that have disappeared or were being held captive. We always need to do more. The situation of Austin Tice is a very, very sad one, someone who is trying to give some insight to the world about what was going on inside of Syria and then he was seized.  And I had talked with the Austin’s parents several times, and they are devoted to their son.  And as mentioned yesterday or this morning about Bob Levinson, former FBI agent whose whereabouts is still unknown, who was seized by the Iranians.  We have to continue every day to just increase our efforts because we should leave no American behind, and this is something that I think this administration from talking to Tom and others they take very seriously and we just wish them success.

GHETTI: Just seconding Ms. Valding’s (phonetic) comments. I’m much appreciative of your services over the years. Adam Ghetti with Ionic Security. On the topic of voter integrity and voting integrity, you both hit on it pretty clearly where it’s really two separate issues, you can’t determine why somebody voted one way but we can determine whether or not the vote was altered, the tallies were altered.   The state-level collection of those tallies, I’ve been very involved with in Georgia as of late where a coalition of us got together, academics, industry and government to try to offer our services for free to help audit the systems before the election after the election.  The state officials wanted no interest in that and gave us a letter back saying 6 months later from now let’s have this conversation. For you-all’s professional advantage and in your experience is there any downside to there being a national level cryptographically assured audit trail to the vote such that it doesn’t have the attribution of the voter and the attribution to vote but can guarantee that the votes that were placed were placed and unaltered.

CLAPPER: Well, that’s kind of a take-home question I think, I want to think about the implications of that. But I think as a general rule, general commentary that anything we can do to, you know, have some uniform standards of security across all 50 states and all the entities where there, voting activities go on, the fact that the very diffusion and diversity of our system actually turned out to be a strength because it’s been very hard to co-opt at least electronically or from cyber the votes in this country. But I think DHS did a lot of great work on conveying to all of the states best practices the should be followed in securing our voter apparatus.

BRENNAN: I think you want to leave with the states the responsibility to oversee the voting process, it’s I think an inherent state right. I think what the national and federal government should do is to make available to those states the best tools, the best systems, the best capabilities that will safeguard and protect their voting systems as opposed to the federal government taking over it. We already see a lot of tension right now as far as the federal government’s request for voter information. There really is a fair amount of tension on this issue, but I do think that the federal government can assist and facilitate and even help to provide the types of capabilities, expertise, tools technology that is needed so that we have that confidence in the integrity of the voting process.

BLITZER: Elise?

ELISE:  Thank you.  And to echo what everyone said about thanking you for your service. General Raymond Thomas, the head of U.S. Special Operations Command confirmed what some have been reporting for days that the president has decided to end the CIA program of training moderate rebels in Syria.  I’m wondering what you think of the decision. I’m not sure how much you can say about the program.  But does this signal the kind of final death in the coffin of efforts to support moderate opposition in terms of getting President Assad out? And do you see a scenario where there would be stability in Syria as long as President Assad stays? Thank you.

BRENNAN: (Brennan defends the “moderate opposition,” a catchphrase for terrorists as there is no “moderate opposition) Well, just speaking broadly, it has been the U.S. government’s position over the last seven years or so to support what’s called the Free Syrian Army, the moderate opposition.  The State Department provided assistance to it. It was the policy of the U.S. administration. And if there is a pulling back from the support to those Syrians who have fought and lost tremendous blood and treasure at the hands of Assad, if they see that the United States is pulling back from them, what are their options, are they going to then gravitate toward the more the terrorist and extremist elements? These are individuals who had defected from the Syrian army, they are fighting against Assad who rained down chemical weapons on their families. And so I think it would be a mistake in terms of an abandonment of them. Hopefully that has not happened. But I do think that there is a segment of the Syrian opposition that deserves support, deserves protection from the United States and the international community.  And I do not believe that you’re going to see any stable and secure future in Syria unless Assad passed the scene. There is a sequencing issue and I think that’s what was talked about earlier. You know, you need to try to make sure you crush and destroy ISIS as well as Jabhat al-Nusra. But there’s no way that Assad, the butcher of Damascus, should stay in power.

BLITZER: We are all out of time but I have one — time for one final question and both you can answer it if you want, serious question even though I use the word tweet. The president likes to tweet a lot on international issues, various global issues, what challenges, if any, does all of his tweeting, using this platform pose for the Intelligence Community?

CLAPPER: Well, I think the practice of it is itself, opens up the possibility as a, you know, a counterintelligence vulnerability. And I do think it kind of wreaks havoc on the government trying to stay up with, you know, with the tweeting. And I also am beginning to believe that more and more people are getting jaded to it. You know, it’s more for comic relief than a serious thing, which is bad. I got a tweet after Sally Yates testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the President said we choked. And, you know, if President Obama said to  me after a congressional hearing you choked, I’d have been devastated, but this one, I didn’t care (What is OK for Obama is not OK for Trump?).

BRENNAN: And on a related point, over the course of my professional career I had a lot of beefs with the press, journalists in the media, there were things that I thought misrepresented what the facts were, and I had some lively and animated conversations and even raised voices. But part of what the Intelligence Community’s mission was was to make sure that this great country can have a free and open press (based on leaks?). And something that we have fought for and many people have died for.  And the effort to delegitimize the press and the media, so many of you here represent it, is something that we should not ever allow.  And I know that as Americans we’re not going to allow that effort because that is the beacon, that is one of the real foundational pillars of our free, open and democratic society, is to make sure that the American people can hear from those who have a responsibility, professional responsibility to call it like you see it. And so I just want to be able to say thank you for keeping up this effort and this fight because I think a lot of our country’s future depends on your ability to do your job and do it well to the best of your professional standards. So thank you.

BLITZER: Thank you. Let’s give them a big round of applause. Thank you very much.

 

(Applause)

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FBI CIA and NSA Employees Leak Info for Money or, like ISIS, a Cause

On May 24, 2017, the New York Times published classified photos taken at the crime scene of the terrorist bombing in Manchester. These photos contained secret and classified information that were unfortunately sent to one of the security organizations in the United States—most likely to the FBI and possibly to the CIA or even the NSA.

Unfortunately, the FBI, CIA and NSA are no longer secure due to their illegal leaks of information.

The leakers are in it either for the money or, like ISIS terrorists, for a cause, political or otherwise.

The leakers appear to be completely safe from discovery or prosecution.

C. J. Chivers

C. J. Chivers – the leaker’s helper

The May 23, 2017 article containing the classified photographs was written by C.J. Chivers, an “investigative reporter who works for The New York Times Magazine and the Investigations Desk.”  C. J. (Christopher John) Chivers was born in 1964 in New York. Chivers was assisted by Mika Gröndahl, K.K. Rebecca Lai, Sergio Peçanha and Derek Watkins in writing the article according to the New York Times.

Since Chivers, Gröndah, Lai, Peçanha and Derek Watkins all participated in exposing classified information, one might expect the “authorities” to investigate them thoroughly. Surely, there is a path from one of these individuals to the source of the leak. Unfortunately, nothing has happened to them and they go scot-free and unpunished for their collusion in publishing the leak.

The mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham, lashed out after crime scene photos from the bombing there that left 22 dead were leaked to the media — calling doing so “wrong and disrespectful.”

“I felt sick to the pit of my stomach,” Burnham said, describing his reaction to seeing crime scene photos published on The New York Times website.

Burnham, a former rising star in the Tony Blair Labour Party who was elected mayor this month, said he thought the forensic images were especially distressing to victims’ families. Burnham said he has been to the crime scene, which he called a “harrowing experience,” but he said the families of the victims have not had that chance yet.

“To see pictures of it not even in the media here,” he told ABC News. “It was a pretty, pretty tough thing to see.”

Burnham said he thinks the leak is “wrong, it is arrogant, and it is disrespectful to the people of Greater Manchester and particular to the families of those injured during this, our darkest hour.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Theresa May has raised her concerns over alleged intelligence leaks from the Manchester bombing investigation with U.S. President Donald Trump.

May discussed the matter with Trump after they posed with other NATO leaders at a summit in Brussels on Thursday. The U.S. and British leaders talked again later, sitting next to each other at a working dinner. May looked stern, while Trump waved his hands.

Manchester police stopped providing information to the United States about the Monday concert bombing after photos of the crime scene appeared in the New York Times.

May said earlier Thursday that she would stress to Trump “that intelligence that is shared between law enforcement agencies must remain secure.”

So, the likes of Chivers, Gröndah, Lai, Peçanha and Derek Watkins will go on with their work—unpunished and unafraid.

Ignoring Chivers, Gröndah, Lai, Peçanha and Derek Watkins, should we also ignore Comey, Brennan, Clapper, Muller, Alexander and Rogers? Some, if not all of these CIA, FBI and NSA Directors have failed miserably in their duties and ruined the reputations of America’s intelligence organizations.

The Rise and Fall? of James Comey

There are very few crime or mystery novels that approach this true story for its compelling drama, intrigue and brinkmanship (with the nation in the balance).

Let’s begin at the beginning. James Brien Comey Jr., born December 14, 1960) served as the seventh Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from September 2013 until May 2017.

Prior to joining the FBI, Comey had been the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from January 2002 to December 2003, and subsequently the United States Deputy Attorney General from December 2003 to August 2005.

In August 2005, Comey left the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and became general counsel and senior vice president of Lockheed Martin, based in Bethesda, Maryland. In 2010, he became general counsel at Bridgewater Associates, a hedge fund based in Westport Connecticut. In early 2013, he left Bridgewater to become a Senior Research Scholar and Hertog Fellow on National Security Law at Columbia Law School. He also served on the Board of Directors of HSBC Holdings until July 2013.

In September 2013, Comey was appointed Director of the FBI by President Barack Obama. In that capacity, he was responsible for overseeing the FBI’s investigation of the Hillary Clinton email controversy. His role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, particularly regarding his public communications, was highly controversial.

Comey was abruptly dismissed by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017.

Don’t believe the fake-media story that Trump made a mistake or huge gaffe by firing Comey.

Don’t believe the media narrative from the left that it was an attempt to silence Comey from some investigation into Trump.

James Comey is a deep-water Swamp Denizen who has been highly paid to provide cover for high-level corruption by the Clintons and Obama. He is and has been central to the attempt to destroy the Trump campaign and then the Trump administration from the start.

It was very clever how the President fired Comey when Comey was 3,000 miles away from the convenience his office and records. Comey had no inkling he was being cut, that all his files, computers, and everything in his office were seized by his boss Sessions and the Justice Department. This was not a violation of protocol, it was tactical. Notice how Trump compartmentalized the strike and did not inform any of his White House “staff” to prevent leaks. Notice how he emasculated Comey and the swamp denizens by letting them know in a tweet that the Attorney General got information (surveillance “tapes” from the seizure of Comey’s office) to let Comey and his handlers know that Trump’s DOJ has the goods on them. This was a brilliant strategic move at exactly the right time against horrible, evil and corrupt powers infesting our government.

The Comey Scams

Comey was a minor assistant US attorney in the late 90’s. He only gained power and money by being the DOJ official who “investigated” and cleared Bill Clinton of any wrong-doing in Clinton’s totally corrupt pardon (for huge payoffs) of criminal financier Marc Rich as Clinton was leaving the Presidency.

Marc Rich was an international commodities trader, hedge fund manager, financier and businessman. He was best known for founding the commodities company Glencore and for being indicted in the United States on federal charges of tax evasion and making controversial oil deals with Iran.

Rich was in Switzerland at the time of the indictment and never returned to the United States. He received a controversial presidential pardon from U.S. President Bill Clinton on January 20, 2001, Clinton’s last day in office.

Clinton’s critics alleged that Rich’s pardon had been bought, as Denise Rich had given more than $1 million to Clinton’s political party, including more than $100,000 to the Senate campaign of the president’s wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and $450,000 to the Clinton Library foundation during Clinton’s time in office.

Federal Prosecutor Mary Jo White was appointed to investigate Clinton’s last-minute pardon of Rich. She stepped down before the investigation was finished and was replaced by James Comey.

Rich’s lawyer, Jack Quinn, had previously been Clinton’s White House Counsel and chief of staff to Clinton’s Vice President, Al Gore, and had had a close relationship with Holder. According to Quinn, Holder had advised that standard procedures be bypassed and the pardon petition be submitted directly to the White House. Congressional investigations were also launched. Clinton’s top advisors, Chief of Staff John Podesta, White House Counsel Beth Nolan, and advisor Bruce Lindsey, testified that nearly all the White House staff advising the president on the pardon request had urged Clinton to not grant Rich a pardon.

Consequently, Comey provided “cover” for the Clintons in their gaining incredible power and wealth after leaving office through pardoning a billionaire money-launderer, arms dealer and criminal. Comey was a key piece in how the Clintons upped their corruption game and gained incredible wealth through their foundation after leaving the White House. A huge part of the scheme was giving Marc Rich a free pass when he should have spent life in prison, and that is what Comey covered-up for the Clintons. This set up Comey to be part of the corruption machine, making him powerful and wealthy.

Immediately after doing the Clinton’s dirty work as a DOJ official, Comey resigned from the DOJ and took a position as the head attorney of the Lockheed Martin company, a huge military contractor. While he was in that position Lockheed became a major contributor of millions to the Clinton Foundation. In return for these payments, Lockheed received huge contracts from Hillary’s state department. Comey was the chief legal officer of Lockheed throughout this period of contributions to Clinton Inc. in return for State Dept. contracts.

In late 2012, after overseeing Lockheed’s successful relationship with the Hillary State Department and the resulting profits, Comey stepped down from Lockheed and received a $6 million-dollar payout for his services.

James Comey’s $3.05 million seven-bedroom, 7,157-square-foot in an exclusive town on Connecticut’s “Gold Coast”

In 2013, the largest bank of England, HSBC Holdings, was deep into a scandal. Investigations by federal authorities and law-enforcement had revealed that for years HSBC had been laundering billions of dollars for Mexican Drug Cartels and moving money for Iran in violation of the sanctions, and other major criminal activity. HSBC’s criminality was pervasive and deliberate by the Bank and its officials. HSBC was a huge Clinton Foundation contributor of many millions throughout the “investigation” and Bill Clinton was being paid large personal fees for speaking at HSBC events while Hillary was Secretary of State.  Eric Holder and the Obama Justice Department did what they were paid to do, and let HSBC off the hook for a paltry 1.2 billion dollar fine and not one Director, officer or management member at HSBC was fired or charged with any criminal.

At the same time when everyone involved with HSBC Bank, including the Clintons and all their “donors,” were being let off without penalty, and cover had to be provided to HSBC, Comey was appointed as a Director and Member of the Board of HSBC becoming a part of the effort to cover up the scandal and make HSBC “respectable” again.

After about a year as HSBC director, despite his lack of any law enforcement experience, no DOJ leadership experience, and no qualifications for the job, Comey was appointed FBI director by Obama.

The only qualification Comey had was that the Clinton’s and their cronies knew Comey was in bed with them, was compromised and was willing to do their dirty work. Comey was appointed to the FBI right when Hillary was leaving the State Department, and was vulnerable to the FBI because she had been using a private server, mishandling classified information, selling access to favors/contracts from the State Department to Clinton Foundation donors like Comey’s Lockheed Martin, and much more.

The obvious conclusion is that Comey was appointed to the FBI to run interference for the Clinton’s and Obama’s at the nation’s federal law enforcement agency (in conjunction with a corrupt Department of Justice). Comey was and is owned by the Clintons. He owed all his power and wealth to being part of their machine and providing them with cover.

In late 2015 and early 2016, information began to surface regarding the Clinton Foundation and its use by the Clinton’s as a multi-billion-dollar slush fund for corruption and political favors.

This was right as Hillary was beginning her campaign for President. It was revealed that the Foundation had never completed required reports or had an audit. The FBI, under Comey, began an “investigation” of the Clinton Funds. A “professional” accounting firm was brought in by the Clintons to do a review, file some reports, make recommendations to the Clinton Foundation Board, and provide a veneer of legitimacy to the Clinton Fund operations. Predictably, one of the partners in the firm that was chosen (and paid lots of money) is Peter Comey, yes—the brother of James Comey. This brother owes or owed James Comey $700,000 for a loan James gave him to buy a house. To date, nothing has happened as a result of the FBI “investigation” of the Clintons under James Comey.

No one in congress or federal law enforcement was intending to pursue the Clintons, but Judicial Watch and other independent sources obtained information proving that Hillary had been running her own server, sending out classified information, etc. This information began to come out right in the middle of her campaign to be coronated as President. A “show” investigation had to be performed to appear to look into it and clear her. Who to use—the reliable shill, James Comey.

As head of the FBI, Comey—with his lackeys in key positions—deliberately screwed up the investigation into Hillary’s use of a private server. The investigation was deliberately mishandled in every aspect. Comey gave immunity to most all of Hillary’s lackeys; did not use subpoenas or warrants; failed to do any searches or seizures of evidence; did not use a grand-jury, in short everything that could be done to ruin the FBI investigation and to cover for Hillary was done. A “slam-dunk” case became a mess. Immunity was given every witness even though they provided no help. Maybe more importantly, by focusing the FBI on the email scandal, attention was drawn away from the much bigger scandal of the Clinton Foundation that could bring down a huge number of corrupt politicians, lobbyists, and even governments.

Lorretta Lynch was supposed to complete the coverup for Hillary as Attorney General by issuing a finding that the deliberately botched FBI “investigation” did not justify prosecution of Hillary. But Bill Clinton screwed up and met with Loretta Lynch in Arizona shortly before she was supposed to make her decision on Hillary. At this point, Lynch could no longer credibly squash the Hillary scandal. The solution—give the job to Comey. The Clinton’s owned him and he would have to do whatever was necessary to provide cover.

Comey then went on national TV and violated every rule of the FBI, the Justice Department and American law enforcement by revealing some of the FBI’s “evidence” of what Hillary did and, then declared that there was no “intent” and clearing Hillary. Normally the FBI Director does not pass on whether a case should be prosecuted or not, but with Loretta Lynch compromised, Comey did what he was ordered to do. The Justice Department and Obama backed Comey’s coverup and it looked like Hillary had survived the scandal.

Then, right before the election, the New York Police Department (NYPD) obtained pervert Anthony Wiener’s laptop and found classified emails from Hillary on the laptop. The NYPD began leaking details to the media and the story was about to explode. Once again, Comey stepped in to cover Hillary. He short-circuited the NYPD leaks by publicly acknowledging the laptop and the emails, but then claimed just days later that hundreds of thousands of emails had all been reviewed and “nothing new” was on the laptop. Once again, Comey had done his job by providing cover and FBI “protection” for Hillary.

If Hillary had won, Comey would have kept right on providing cover for the corruption of the Clinton machine. He would have kept the FBI paralyzed, prevented the Clinton Fund from being investigated, and continued to do his job for the Clintons.

John McCain passes faked dossier alleging secret Trump-Russia contacts to Comey

Senator John McCain passed documents to the FBI director, James Comey, dated  from 20 June to 20 October 2016 alleging secret contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow and that Russian intelligence had personally compromising material on the president-elect himself. McCain, who was informed about the existence of the documents separately by an intermediary from a western allied state, dispatched an emissary overseas to meet the source and then decided to present the material to Comey in a one-on-one meeting on December 9, 2016.

The material, was drawn up by a former western counter-intelligence official, now working as a private consultant. BuzzFeed on published the documents, which it said were “unverified and potentially unverifiable”.

A spokesman for Putin immediately denied that Russia had collected compromising information on Trump and dismissed news reports as a “complete fabrication and utter nonsense.”

In response, Trump tweeted, “FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!”

Interestingly, some of the reports also proved to be predicting events that happened after they were sent. The reports were produced by a former British intelligence officer, Christopher Steele, working for Fusion GPS, a backer of the Clintons. Steele was born in Aden, Federation of South Arabia – interesting.

In September 2015, Republicans who were concerned about the possibility of Trump winning the Republican presidential nomination retained the services of Fusion GPS, a private Washington D.C. firm, to investigate Trump. By early June 2016, it was clear that Trump had secured the GOP nomination for the 2016 general election. It was at this time that Steele’s services were retained by Fusion GPS.

In July 2016, Steele, on his own initiative, also supplied a report he had written to an FBI agent in Rome. On March 15, 2017, former CIA Director Michael Morrell raised questions about the dossier. He was concerned about the accuracy of the information, due to the approach taken by Steele to gather it. Steele gave money to intermediaries and the intermediaries paid the sources. Morrell said, “Unless you know the sources, and unless you know how a particular source acquired a particular piece of information, you can’t judge the information — you just can’t.”

Still McCain, the Clintons, and Comey pursued their promotion of the phony report. Here is the report for all to see—CLICK!

Comey was either stupid enough or dishonest enough to accept the bogus reports from McCain.

John McCain faces questions in defamation lawsuit in Trump-Russia dossier case

July 12, 2017: Sen. John McCain faces serious questions in a defamation lawsuit about leaks leading to publication of the now-infamous and false dossier he circulated that alleged Donald Trump’s campaign had connections to Russian operatives.

The dossier compiled (for payment) by former British spy Christopher Steele and his London firm, Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd., amounted to a collection of uncorroborated reports of collusion gathered as paid political research for sale to Trump’s opponents.

John McCain had dispatched a trusted aide to go across the Atlantic to get a dirty dossier from an ex-spy after former British diplomat, now identified as Sir Andrew Wood, told him about potential blackmail information contained in a controversial dossier.

McCain, 80, put out a statement Wednesday, July 12, 2017, finally admitting that he was the FBI’s source of the controversial dossier. McCain said proudly, he did “what any citizen would do” in turning over the dirty dossier, which contained unconfirmed secrets about the president-elect, Donald Trump. We are not sure that “any citizen” would turn over “unconfirmed secrets” to the FBI.

The story of the dossier began with an investigative firm in Washington, D.C., which was trying to dig up some damning research on Trump for a party known only as a “Democrat.”

The firm had outsourced the research to a “retired western European former counter-intelligence official, ex-spy Christopher Steele, who had a long history of dealing with the shadow world of Moscow’s spooks.

Steele, reportedly found the information that he dug up to be “concerning.” He and another ex-British diplomat, Christopher Burrows, run their own small company, Orbis Business Intelligence.

“If the allegations were real, their implications were overwhelming,” the Guardian wrote. However, they turned to be unsupported and false—just more FAKE NEWS to damage Trump.

Now, two lawsuits—one in the United States and a second in the U.K.—are being brought by lawyers for Aleksej Gubarev, a Cyprus-based Internet entrepreneur whom Steele’s Russian sources accused of cyber spying against the Democratic Party leadership. The lawsuit is against Christopher Steele and his London firm, Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd. and could possible be expanded to include John McCain and James Comey.

In the British lawsuit, counsel for defendants Steele and Orbis repeatedly point to McCain, R-Ariz., a vocal Trump critic, and a former State Department official as two in a handful of people known to have had copies of the full document before they circulated it among journalists and even sent it to James Comey’s FBI.

The court document confirms that Sir Andrew Wood, a former British ambassador to Moscow and a Russia adviser to former Prime Minister Tony Blair, discussed the 35-page dossier with jealous McCain who was eager to smear Trump. Counsel for defendants Steele and Orbis repeatedly point to McCain, R-Ariz., a jealous Trump critic, and a former State Department official as two in a handful of people known to have had copies of the full document before it circulated among journalists.

A McCain spokesperson declined to comment on the new court document, pointing instead to a January 11, 2017 quirky statement from the jealous McCain about the dossier to cover up that it was a false smear of Trump. “Upon examination of the contents, and unable to make a judgment about their accuracy, I delivered the information to the director of the FBI,” McCain had said then. “That has been the extent of my contact with the FBI or any other government agency regarding this issue.” Sure, McCain.

Trump unexpectedly wins the election

With Trump’s surprising win of the election, the Swamp the Deep State realized they were at risk from this political outsider who was not one of them. Before Trump took office, a plan was designed and put into place to ruin Trump’s administration and force him out of the Presidency. The key players committed to the plan consisted of the democrat Party, the media, the Obama-Clinton operatives imbedded throughout the intelligence agencies and the entire bureaucracy including JAMES COMEY. The scheme was to smear Trump with Russian “connections,” through a fake FBI “investigation” and to trap him into a charge of criminal interference with the FBI.

The surveillance of the Trump campaign which had actually started prior to the election was continued after the election.

Participants were “unmasked” illegally, and “transcripts” were leaked throughout the government and to the media. There is no actual evidence of any collusion or connection between Trump or his campaign with Russia, but that did not prevent Comey from initiating an “investigation” at the FBI. This provided Comey with protection from Trump firing him immediately. Comey or his minions steadily leaked news of the “Russia Investigation” to the media, and the media did its job by passing the fake news on to the public.

Immediately after Trump was sworn in, the DOJ Hillary/Obama operatives and Comey started the direct attack. This was before Sessions has been appointed to the Department of Justice and the DOJ is still controlled by Obama operatives.

DOJ Obama appointee Sally Yates approached the Whitehouse with news that General Flynn had been in contact with Russia and alleged that he might be compromised. She revealed that there is an FBI “investigation” into the Russia ties (which they are constantly leaking to the media themselves). The White House Counsel—who Yates talked to, not Trump—asked for more information.

The day before the promised additional information was to be provided by Yates to the Whitehouse, Comey set up a dinner with Trump. If he can get Trump to ask about Flynn or try to intervene regarding Flynn or Russia then Trump can be charged with “interfering with an FBI investigation.” It is not unlikely that Comey had this meeting surveilled.

This is a two-pronged attack. It protected Comey and DOJ Democrat holdovers from being terminated by the new administration because they are involved in an “ongoing investigation” that they control the timetable on (albeit one with absolutely no evidence). If Trump fires Comey then he is “interfering with the investigation” which is itself a federal crime that the FBI could then “investigate.” Alternatively, if they can get Trump to question Comey about Flynn or try to get him to back off from Flynn or the “Russia” investigation, then they again have him “interfering.”

Trump knew it was a set up by Comey and that he is probably being recorded. Comey tells Trump that Trump is not under investigation regarding Russia, but that others involved with the campaign are being investigated. Trump did not take the bait in attempting to intervene about Flynn or the Russia scam. Later, Flynn was fired by Trump because Flynn is being used by Comey to try to damage Trump.

Comey verbally told Trump on two more occasions that he, Trump, was not being investigated, but refused to state this fact publicly or when testifying in Congress.

Trump now had to get his Attorney General and Deputy AG in place and get rid of Comey in a way that would allow Trump to obtain all the information that Comey has been accumulating.

Under oath, both Sally Yates and Intelligence officials from the Obama administration state that there was no actual evidence of any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. More importantly, Comey, while refusing to say that Trump was not under investigation, testified that he has informed the Senate Intelligence Committee heads who exactly is under investigation regarding Russia.

Trump told almost no one at the White House that he was moving against Comey. Trump somehow contacted Sen. Grassley, Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and confirmed that Comey told the Senator that Trump was not under investigation personally. Somehow Comey traveled to California, perhaps maneuvered there by Trump.

Trump seized the moment to take action. While Comey was in California, 3,000 miles away and 7 hours from his office, Trump fires Comey. Trump’s letter firing Comey was hand-delivered to the FBI headquarters by DOJ officials who were ordered to lock-down and seize everything in Comey’s office, including all surveillance files. All Comey’s files, docs, computers and “tapes” were taken to Sessions people at DOJ. They were not taken to the Whitehouse or to Trump, but to Sessions, who has every right to have them. Sessions was then in a position tell Trump that Comey had surveillance tapes of Trump that contradict what Comey has been telling Trump, and perhaps tapes of conversations with other swamp “conspirators.” But Trump did not and does not have them personally or at the Whitehouse.

Comey learned that he has been fired when the media broadcasted it in California. He had no idea it was coming. On cue, the Democrat politicians and media began screaming about Trump’s “interference with the Russia investigation” in accordance with the plan to set up Trump for that charge. The Swamp wanted to blow up the Russia narrative using Comey, and Comey was set to testify before Congress to try to hurt Trump by saying he was interfering with the FBI investigation. Comey fully intended to follow through with the plan to take down Trump.

But because of his brilliant timing on this, Trump has Comey’s files, documents and information safely with Sessions at DOJ. Trump sent out a “crazy” tweet that says: “James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press.”

The media and the politicians went crazy about the “inappropriateness” of this tweet.  They accused Trump of “taping” everyone at the White House. Notice that Trump did not say he taped anyone, or that he has any tapes at the White House. It seems apparent that Trump was telling Comey that the DOJ has the surveillance information and files from Comey’s office. Comey and Trump’s opponents understand the clear message—their plan was in trouble and Trump’s DOJ is now holding all the cards.

The whole Russia interference scheme crashed and burns. While the mouthpiece media, Hollywood and the insane fringe continued to scream about Russia and Comey being fired, the politicians who will soon be in the crosshairs of a legitimate (and ticked) FBI and DOJ were starting to fall strangely silent. Comey realized all the leverage is with Trump.

AG Sessions and his Deputy AG are now able use the Comey trove of information to determine who has been part of the Comey Syndicate at the FBI. They will be appointing an “interim” Director of the FBI shortly who has not been compromised by Comey, Clinton or Obama. That “interim” Director does not have to be approved by Congress or anyone, and can immediately begin cleaning house at the FBI of all Comey/Clinton/Obama minions, initiating investigations of the Clintons, Clinton Fund, violations of intelligence confidentiality laws by Susan Rice and Obama.

Using the Comey files they can be certain they are not getting another Comey as an “interim”, and they do not have to wait for the circus of appointing a new permanent “Director.” Most of the heavy lifting on rooting out FBI corruption and starting investigations into the swamp will be done by the “interim” before a new director is appointed.

In one masterstroke, Trump eliminated a truly toxic and dangerous enemy to his administration and our country, dealt a horrendous blow to the Clinton/Obama and deep state machines, and begun the restoration of the integrity of the FBI and the DOJ.

The Mysterious Murder of Democratic National Committee Staffer, Seth Rich

Is a disgruntled Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer the source of the DNC emails and perhaps others appearing on WikiLeaks?

On July 8, 2016, 27-year-old Democratic staffer Seth Rich was shot and murdered about a block from his apartment in the quiet and respectable Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C.. The killer or killers took nothing from their victim, leaving behind his wallet, watch and phone.

Shortly after the killing, social media users were pursuing a “lead” saying that Rich was on his way to the FBI the morning of his murder, apparently intending to speak to special agents about an “ongoing court case” possibly involving the Clinton family.

Seth Rich’s father, Joel, told reporters, “If it was a robbery — it failed because he still has his watch, he still has his money — he still has his credit cards, still had his phone so it was a wasted effort except we lost a life.”

The Metropolitan police have posted a reward for information on Rich’s murder—with no takers.

In August, Wikileaks offered a $20,000 reward for information on the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich.

This comes after internet entrepreneur and hacker, Kim DotCom, admitted on Saturday that he was part of an operation along with Seth Rich to get stolen DNC emails to Wikileaks.

Julian Assange suggested back in August 2015 that Seth Rich was a Wikileaks informant. In addition, an anonymous person who works in Washington DC, alleged that high-ranking current and former Democratic Party officials are terrified of the Seth Rich murder investigation as it will show that it is not Russia who is interfering with the U.S. election.

It wasn’t the Russians? And what does Comey know about this or is he part of the cover-up?

The anonymous post released May 20, 2017 reads:

“Anons, I work in D.C.

I know for certain that the Seth Rich case has scared the shit out of certain high ranking current and former Democratic Party officials.

This is the reason why they have backed away from impeachment talk. They know the smoking gun is out there, and they’re terrified you will find it, because when you do it will bring the entire DNC, along with a couple of very big name politicians.

It appears that certain DNC thugs were not thorough enough when it came time to cover their tracks. Podesta saying he wanted to “make an example of the leaker” is a huge smoking gun.”

“The behavior is near open panic. To even mention this name in D.C. Circles [sic] will bring you under automatic scrutiny. To even admit that you have knowledge of this story puts you in immediate danger.

If there was no smoke there would be no fire. I have never, in my 20 years of working in D.C. Seen such a panicked reaction from anyone.

What do Comey and the Democrats know?

June 9, 2017 Update:

Senator John McCain had some interesting questions for former FBI Director James Comey during his appearance in front of the committee on Thursday.

While other committee members focused on meetings and phone calls between President Donald Trump and the former FBI director, McCain harped on a probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails.

“In the case of Hilary Clinton you made the statement that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to bring a suit against her although it had been very careless in her behavior, but you did reach a conclusion in that case that it was not necessary to further pursue her. Yet at the same time in the case or Mr. Comey, you said that there was not enough information to make a conclusion. Tell me the difference between your conclusion as far as former Secretary Clinton is concerned and Mr. Trump,” McCain asked.

Comey evaded the question by telling McCain that while the Clinton investigation had been wrapped up, the Trump probe was ongoing when Comey was fired.

“The American people have a whole lot of questions out there particularly since you just emphasized the role that Russia played. And obviously she was a candidate for president at the time so she was clearly involved in this whole situation where fake news as you just described it ‘big deal’ took place,” McCain continued, “You’re gonna have to help me out here. In other words, we’re complete in the investigation and anything that former Secretary Clinton had to do with the campaign is over and we don’t have to worry about it anymore?”

Still evading an answer, Comey said, “I’m a little confused senator.”

McCain continued to press the point asking again how one investigation could be closed, while another remained open.

“I don’t quite understand how you could be done with that, but not be done with the whole investigation of their (Russia) attempt to affect the outcome of our investigation. So you’ve got one candidate that you’re done with, and another candidate that you have a long way to go, is that correct?” McCain continued.

Comey reiterated that the probes into the Clinton emails and the Trump campaign were separate investigations which was not the point at all.

The former FBI director called Russian involvement in the campaign ‘very serious’ but said that there was no investigation as to whether they had coordinated with the Clinton camp and why?

“So both President Trump and former candidate Clinton are both involved in the investigation, yet one of them you said there are going to be no charges, and the other one the investigation continues. Well, I think there’s a double standard there to tell you the truth,” McCain said closing the trap on Comey.

Later, McCain explained his line of questioning. “What I was trying to get at was whether Mr. Comey believes that any of his interactions with the President rise to the level of obstruction of justice. In the case of Secretary Clinton’s emails, Mr. Comey was willing to step beyond his role as an investigator and state his belief about what ‘no reasonable prosecutor’ would conclude about the evidence. I wanted Mr. Comey to apply the same approach to the key question surrounding his interactions with President Trump—whether or not the President’s conduct constitutes obstruction of justice. While I missed an opportunity in today’s hearing, I still believe this question is important, and I intend to submit it in writing to Mr. Comey for the record.”

Wood had told Britain’s The Guardian in January that McCain had reached out to him about the dossier, and had obtained it through other means. The court document confirms that Wood, Steele and former State Department official David Kramer decided together that new information gathered after the election should be shared with authorities in Britain and the United States.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article160622854.html#storylink=cpy

 

 Comey the Leaker

“Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!” the president tweeted early Friday morning after Comey’s admission under oath at the Senate hearing that he leaked his document.

Trump was citing the former FBI director’s acknowledgement that he had leaked his own memos about his conversations with the president. Comey told members of the Senate Intelligence Committee that he had hoped to prod the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation — which occurred last month. Comey did not only confess to what could be a serious crime, but interfered with the Justice Department’s decision on appointing a special council.

In so doing, Comey through his friend, Daniel Richman, under the bus for having Richman serve as a conduit to get the leak to the press. Richman confirmed by e-mail to several reporters that he was the “good friend” and law-school prof who Comey slipped the documents — then hightailed it out of his tony Brooklyn Heights home and refused to answer any more questions—a fugitive on the run thanks to his pal, Comey.

Now, President Donald Trump’s outside counsel will file a leak complaint regarding Comey’s leaked memos with the Department of Justice.

This is because Comey testified Thursday that he allowed a personal friend, Daniel Richman, to leak a memo of his conversations with the president to news outlets in hopes it would trigger the appointment of a special counsel. Since Comey’s memo was written while Comey was still FBI Director, and stored on FBI equipment, this is allegedly a crime on Comey’s part.

“I asked a friend of mine to share the content of a memo with the reporter,” Comey told the Senate yesterday during several hours of questioning. “I didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons, but I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”

In a statement after Comey’s testimony, Kasowitz labeled Comey as “one of these leakers” who are “actively attempting to undermine the president” and strongly suggested that federal authorities investigate Comey’s leaks.