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The FSB replaced the old KGB. Remember that Russian President Putin was a KGB man until he was almost 40 years old.
Kushner’s 666 5th Ave; Trump Tower 5th Ave; VEB Bank Manhattan
The VEB Bank branch, harboring at least one spy-spy recruiter, was how close to Trump Tower? Evgeny Buryakov pled guilty in “Manhattan Federal Court In Connection With Conspiracy To Work For Russian Intelligence” last year (March 2016). He was still listed as their “Deputy Representative” at 777 3rd St. as late as March: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/03/29/russia-veb-bank-in-nyc-served-as-cover-for-spy-spy-recruiting-trump-advisor-kushner-met-with-veb-head-in-december/
From Reuters: “Exclusive: Moscow lawyer who met Trump Jr. had Russian spy agency as client Posted:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:20:42 -0400
MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr. after his father won the Republican nomination for the 2016 U.S. presidential election counted Russia’s FSB security service among her clients for years, Russian court documents seen by Reuters show. ” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/q-xcJdqgB4A/us-usa-trump-russia-lawyer-exclusive-idUSKBN1A61LZ
“U.S. officials: Russian government hackers penetrated energy, nuclear company business networks. The NSA has detected malicious cyber-based activity by Russia’s FSB spy agency, U.S. officials said“. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-officials-say-russian-government-hackers-have-penetrated-energy-and-nuclear-company-business-networks/2017/07/08/bbfde9a2-638b-11e7-8adc-fea80e32bf47_story.html
Very Early in his Presidency Trump Lifted Sanctions Against the FSB
On February 2nd, the Trump administration lifted sanctions which blocked the Russian FSB from getting the latest Information Technology (IT) products/ updates. Access to updates, etc., due to the lifting of sanctions facilitates Russian hacking of the US and Europe. The Trump administration seems to be effectively inviting Russia’s security services (FSB) to do more hacking.
According to UK Business Insider “Mike Flynn was paid by Russia’s top cybersecurity firm while he still had top-secret-level security clearance“, by Natasha Bertrand, Mar. 16, 2017, 5:38 PM, “Flynn was paid for his work with both companies while he still had top-secret-level security clearance, a year after he was fired as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, The Wall Street Journal’s Shane Harris reported.”
The above was confirmed by US Congressman Cummings:
“The documents reveal that Flynn also received $11,250 from a Russian charter cargo airline and $11,250 from a top Russia-based cybersecurity corporation.” (US Congressman Cummings)
According to Bloomberg, the day after Trump was elected, “the FSB, Russia’s main intelligence agency, targeted the personal emails of hundreds of people, including national security experts, military officers and former White House officials, according to data provided by cyber security researchers who are tracking the spying and who asked not to be identified because of the risks of retaliation.” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-06/russian-hackers-said-to-seek-hush-money-from-liberal-u-s-groups
In early February, when Michael Flynn was still Trump National Security Advisor the US Eased Sanctions on the FSB. As excerpted from RFERL.org:
“U.S. Treasury Eases License Sanctions On Russia’s FSB
February 02, 2017 Mike Eckel, Carl Schreck WASHINGTON — … The directive, issued on February 2 by the department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, comes as the agency, the Federal Security Service (FSB), is under close scrutiny for its alleged interference in last year’s U.S. presidential election. . . . .
U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in a report last month that Moscow sought to influence the election won by Republican Donald Trump by breaching computer servers and political-party e-mail accounts, as well as through propaganda. ( http://www.rferl.org/a/28217875.html )
Eight days prior to the report’s release, then-President Barack Obama announced new sanctions against the agency, along with Russia’s military intelligence agency (GRU) and several related entities, in retaliation for the alleged hacking. ( http://www.rferl.org/a/us-russia-new-sanctions-over-hacking/28204378.html )
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Still, the decision comes at a time of heightened scrutiny about the FSB, the GRU, and other Russian security agencies and their purported activities in the United States.
The new administration also faces persistent concerns over Trump’s past statements that he wants to improve relations with Moscow that were badly strained over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.
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In Moscow, there was no immediate official response to the announcement, but Nikolai Kovalyov, a lawmaker and former FSB director, said it was an indication that the Trump administration wanted to work more closely with Russia on fighting terrorism and other matters.” Emphasis our own. Excerpts Copyright (c) 2017. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036. http://www.rferl.org/a/u-s-eases-sanction-fsb-russia/28275715.html.