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This looks so overt. It so looks like heads of three Russian spy agencies showed up as cleaners-fixers for their apparent assets – Trump, Carter Page and possibly others (e.g. Nunes) and to try to get rid of the Mueller investigation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleaner_(crime)
“The visits came also just days before President Donald Trump’s administration announced new actions against Russia, in compliance with a law passed overwhelmingly by Congress last summer. But the measures taken late January 29 by the State and Treasury departments were met with disbelief by many observers, who expected asset freezes, travel bans, and other sanctions to be imposed, none of which happened… An SVR officer posing as an attaché at the Russian mission to the United Nations was also linked to an effort to recruit Carter Page…“(Eckel, Feb. 1, 2018, RFERL)
“The memo concerns an application by U.S. law enforcement authorities to the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court to monitor contacts that Trump campaign adviser Carter Page may have had with Russian operatives leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Some Republicans say the surveillance request may have been mishandled and could undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the election…. Representative Adam Schiff, the intelligence committee’s ranking Democrat, said he had discovered Nunes had sent a version of the Republican memo to the White House that was ‘materially altered’ and thus was not what was approved for release by the committee’s vote.” https://www.voanews.com/a/fbi-grave-concerns-accuracy-classified-russia-linked-surveillance-memo/4233425.html Schiff re Memo at 10 pm, DC time, 31 Jan 2018: “Discovered late tonight that Chairman Nunes made material changes to the memo he sent to White House – changes not approved by the Committee. White House therefore reviewing a document the Committee has not approved for release.”
Recall that Russian Foreign minister Lavrov and Ambassador Kislyak just popped up at the White House the day after FBI Director Comey was fired. Lavrov seemed to be feigning surprise. What day did they arrive? Putin friend and advisor Henry Kissinger showed up too. As currently the case, anti-terrorism was the excuse (apparent cover story). On May 16, 2017 Trump tweeted: “As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety,…”
WHY DOES NO ONE TALK ABOUT REASONS AMBASSADOR JON HUNTSMAN, JR., IS LIKELY IN CAHOOTS (COLLUSION) WITH ALL OF THIS? HIS FAMILY HAS BUSINESS IN RUSSIA, AS DO COMPANIES WHOSE BOARDS HE HAS SERVED UPON. HIS BROTHER IS HUNTSMAN CEO. (See post bottom.)
From RFERL: https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-spy-chiefs-washington/29010324.html
“Chiefs Of Three Russian Intelligence Agencies Travel To Washington
Last Updated: February 01, 2018 02:16 GMT by, Mike Eckel
WASHINGTON — The directors of Russia’s three main intelligence and espionage agencies all traveled to the U.S. capital in recent days, in what observers said was a highly unusual occurrence coming at a time of heightened U.S.-Russian tensions.
Russia’s ambassador to the United States had earlier confirmed that Sergei Naryshkin, the head of the foreign intelligence service SVR, was in Washington in recent days to meet with U.S. officials about terrorism and other matters.
But the presence of the two other chiefs — Aleksandr Bortnikov, director of the Federal Security Service, or FSB; and Lieutenant General Igor Korobov, chief of Russian General Staff’s Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU — was not previously known.
The Washington Post said January 31 that Bortnikov and Korobov came to the U.S. capital last week, and that Bortnikov had met with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, as did Naryshkin.
It wasn’t clear whom Korobov may have met with.
The visits came also just days before President Donald Trump’s administration announced new actions against Russia, in compliance with a law passed overwhelmingly by Congress last summer. But the measures taken late January 29 by the State and Treasury departments were met with disbelief by many observers, who expected asset freezes, travel bans, and other sanctions to be imposed, none of which happened.
In a radio interview in Moscow on January 30, the U.S. ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, said Pompeo had indeed met with Russian spy officials, but he did not say where the meeting occurred or say specifically who attended.
“Just in the last week, he has had probably the most important meetings on counterterrorism that we’ve had in a very, very long time, at the senior levels,” Huntsman told Ekho Moskvy radiо.
A spokesman for the Russian Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
A CIA spokesperson declined to give details of Pompeo’s meetings.
“While we do not discuss the schedules of U.S. intelligence leaders, rest assured that any interaction with foreign intelligence agencies would have been conducted in accordance with U.S. law and in consultation with appropriate departments and agencies,” the official said in an email to RFE/RL, on condition of anonymity.
Pompeo recently said in a January 29 interview with the BBC that U.S. and Russian spy agencies had cooperated, but he told the BBC that Russia is still considered an adversary. “I haven’t seen a significant decrease in their activity,” he said. (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42864372)
CIA directors regularly meet and hold talks with their Russian counterparts on a variety of issues. But veteran and retired U.S. intelligence officers said the presence of all three Russian officials in Washington at the same time, and at a time of intense scrutiny over Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, is highly unusual.
“I can’t recall any time in the last 15 years” that all three Russian agency chiefs were in the U.S. capital at the same time, Steven Hall, a former CIA station chief in Moscow, told RFE/RL. “It’s highly unusual.”
During his tenure, Hall said, it was always a big deal, politically and logistically, whenever a senior Russian intelligence officer got in to see an American counterpart, giving Moscow a way, he said, to assert they were on equal footing with the United States.
The Russians “consider it a big political win if they can do it. There is certainly a political perspective,” Hall said. “So it’s particularly strange under these circumstances that we would want to give them something like that.”
“Given the political conditions in the United States now, it’s flabbergasting to be honest. I can’t imagine who would have signed off on that,” he said.
U.S. intelligence agencies have accused the FSB — considered Russia’s main domestic intelligence agency — and the GRU — the Russian military’s intelligence arm — of being behind the cyberhacks of U.S. political parties and activists.
A U.S. intelligence assessment released in January 2017 said the two oversaw a hacking-and-propaganda campaign to sway the 2016 election campaign.
The SVR, meanwhile, was linked by U.S. law enforcement to a ring of “deep cover” agents who were living in the United States and arrested and deported in 2010. An SVR officer posing as an attaché at the Russian mission to the United Nations was also linked to an effort to recruit Carter Page, a former Moscow-based investment banker who was later an official in Donald Trump’s election campaign. (https://www.rferl.org/a/us-deports-russian-2015-spy-case-buryakov/28412716.html)
Naryshkin’s trip to the United States raised concerns among some U.S. senators.
The chamber’s Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, pointed out that Naryshkin had been hit with a travel ban by the United States in 2014 in connection with Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea.” 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.
https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-spy-chiefs-washington/29010324.html (Emphasis our own.)
SO DID THIS VIOLATE THE TRAVEL BAN? SOUNDS LIKE IT!
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Jon Huntsman’s family company is active in Russia. His brother is CEO. They probably have an interest in eliminating sanctions-not expanding sanctions, as do companies whose boards Jon Huntsman, Jr. has served upon. According to the US Embassy website: “Previously he served on the boards of Ford Motor Company, Caterpillar Corporation, Chevron Corporation, Hilton…”
Huntsman in Russia:
Huntsman Performance Products
Huntsman Polyurethanes -Russia-Россия
Moscow and St. Petersburg
Obninsk Kaluga region
Huntsman Textile Effects
See some of what they make here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntsman_Corporation