Wednesday, February 01, 2017

CBS reports on those arrests in Russia for treason possibly linked to the CIA investigation into the hacking of our election.

Courtesy of CBS News: 

Russian news agencies are reporting that former members of the domestic security agency and a cybersecurity expert have been formally charged with treason. 

Reports emerged last week that three officials of the Federal Security Service (FSB) and an executive for cybersecurity company Kaspersky Labs had been arrested for treason. Government officials haven’t commented on the case.

We reported on this last Friday and reached the conclusion that these charges of treason were directly linked to the investigation launched by our intelligence agencies into the Russian hacking of the DNC and other agencies and individuals.

A conclusion, by the way, essentially confirmed by Russian lawyer Ivan Pavlov: 

Pavlov has told The Associated Press that he represents the fourth, unnamed arrestee. 

“Everyone involved in the case is charged with treason, and in fact, this is the only article, no other charges,” Pavlov is quoted as saying to Tass. Like Interfax, Tass is controlled by the Russian government. 

According to Pavlov, the criminal case is being investigated by the FSB’s own Department of Investigation. 

Investigators accuse the defendants of transferring Russian state secrets to U.S. intelligence services, according to Tass. Unlike previous reports in Russian media, the accounts citing Pavlov that were published Wednesday do not specify which U.S. agencies the suspects are accused of colluding with.

“The name of CIA does not appear in the case, only the country (is mentioned),” Tass quotes Pavlov as saying. “Yes, we are in fact talking about America, but not about the CIA.” 

Of course they aren't, but then who exactly would these security experts be talking to in America?

And as I mentioned in my previous post it certainly does not appear that these individuals are being punished for the hack itself, but rather for helping America investigate that hack.

While we are on the topic let's not forget that these folks were "arrested" but at least one individual who spoke out of turn is no longer with us.

Courtesy of the Telegraph: 

An ex-KGB chief suspected of helping the former MI6 spy Christopher Steele to compile his dossier on Donald Trump may have been murdered by the Kremlin and his death covered up. it has been claimed. 

Oleg Erovinkin, a former general in the KGB and its successor the FSB, was found dead in the back of his car in Moscow on Boxing Day in mysterious circumstances. 

Erovinkin was a key aide to Igor Sechin, a former deputy prime minister and now head of Rosneft, the state-owned oil company, who is repeatedly named in the dossier.

Remember both the Trump administration and the Kremlin have reason to undermine any investigation into the hacking, and to obfuscate any evidence that might emerge from the investigation.

We can see how the Kremlin is working to sabotage the investigation, by killing or kidnapping those that might be questioned, now watch for Trump to make an attempt to put a stop to it or, failing that, distract from its findings.


  1. I checked on to see if anything was going on re this situation but I found this:

    "Greetings Citizens of the World, We are Anonymous

    This is an open call to establish travel bans on United States citizens, boycott US made products, divest of US or Trump related business interests, and apply sanctions on the Trump regime and all of its associates. Until the danger the United States today possesses against the world is resolved. Reciprocity measures must be enacted against the United States to challenge its shameless actions under the Trump regime. Global response must also come in the form of economic sanctions on products directly associated with the Trump corporate brand." read on..

    1. Anonymous6:23 PM

      Tit for tat! Go for it....and may I say that if Herr dRumpf is threatening to invade Mexico and every country, including the city of Chicago, I have lost all respect for our military in following his orders.

    2. Anonymous8:48 PM

      Hahahaa. Useless 'open call'.

      The world is changing. The world is growing old and weary of the costly and failed liberal experiment and is taking a sharp turn right. See Brexit, Germany, France, and more. This open call will fall flat.

    3. Anonymous4:17 AM

      Maybe in your little dream world in your sad little head.
      "The world is changing.." Thanks for the newsflash, Tom Brokaw. Without your brilliant statement, I'd have never known that the world is changing, gasp!

      Make friends with change, asswipe. It's the only constant there is, except your unwavering stupidity.
      Yes, France is soooo conservative, with their secular society since 1850's, and the universal health care, the parental leave for a new baby, etc.
      Germany is SOOOOOO conservative with their free college tuition and universal health care, etc.
      Hahahaa. Useless mind, YOURS, 8:48.

      How're you liking legalized gay marriage in the USA? make you mad you didn't get gay married? Now's your chance!

    4. Anonymous5:59 AM

      Oh, so the lol troll has changed to hahahaaaa.

      Good to know. That way, I can immediately ignore/discount whatever "meat" you have to contribute in your posts.

    5. Anonymous6:18 AM

      @ 5:59 isn’t that the truth, poor lol troll copy and pasted some talking points from some right wing site and keeps repeating over and over and over “liberal experiment”.

      Even stupid enough to point out Brexit, where the majority of the people didn’t know what they were voting for.

    6. Anonymous9:08 AM

      must be a palin or heathen with copycatting

  2. Anonymous5:46 PM

    Put a stop to it? The Donald?
    Watch the same happen here.
    Just a matter of time.

    1. Anonymous9:09 AM

      Freedom of Speech - yas missed that lecture hu?

  3. Anonymous6:37 PM

    And King Trump will fire you if you are not willing to back him up even though he is guilty.

    1. Anonymous6:25 AM

      Newt really put his foot in his mouth the other day when he said trump did a great job firing Yates because he showed everyone, you better do what I want or you will be fired.

      Just confirmed traitor trump and pres bannon are running a dictatorship.

  4. Anonymous6:47 PM

    Trump boasted about the magnitude of his electoral college win to the Australian Prime Minister...

    Son of a bitch! Who picked this dumbass to be POTUS? A fucking joke if you ask America.

    Chicago Times:
    Trump on phone with Australian leader: 'This was the worst call by far'

    Instead, President Donald Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refugee agreement and boasted about the magnitude of his electoral college win, according to senior U.S. officials briefed on the Saturday exchange. Then, 25 minutes into what was expected to be an hour-long call, Trump abruptly ended it.....

    1. Anonymous7:02 PM

      What could go wrong?

    2. Anonymous7:47 PM


      POTUS "conversations with foreign leaders are making their faces turn white," source says.

      Jim Acosta added,
      Jim Acosta @Acosta
      Source familiar with Trump foreign leader calls says the POTUS convos are turning faces "white" inside the WH.

    3. Anonymous8:09 PM

      >>>"conversations with foreign leaders are making their faces turn white,"<<<

      Even Omarosa?!

    4. Anonymous4:09 AM

      @8:09, Bwahaha!

      It's her fondest be white.

  5. Anonymous6:51 PM

    The military convoy spotted on Sunday flying a Donald Trump flag near Louisville belonged to an East Coast-based SEAL unit, a Navy spokesperson told ABC News.

    1. We'll, that's scary. Are they military and in violation of military law or are they now Trump's private seal team?

      First you have the defiance of court orders in Dulles, then the military flying Trump's phony AltFlag.

      When push comes to shove, which side will the military be on when our Authoritarian Dictator decides to dump the Constitution, declare Martial law and cancel all future elections?

    2. Anonymous9:10 PM

      This doesn't surprise me. When I worked at a USMC training unit, all social media were permanently tuned to Fox or right wing radio. When I tuned the GI vehicle to PBS I was accused of being a communist. What I experienced was a good old boys' club. Yeah Hoohah.

      I'm a professional woman now retired.

    3. Anonymous4:09 AM

      Wonder how those Seals feel about drumpf getting one of their's killed?

    4. Anonymous6:59 AM

      9:10-- My sister works as a police dispatcher. She hates the job, except for the money (very good-she has a mortgage and a disabled granddaughter whom she supports), and the hours.

      She says the first question her new co-workers ask her is "What kind of gun do you own?"

      The irony is, she actually is a socialist. She doesn't broadcast her views, obviously.

  6. Anonymous7:22 PM

    This world is going to pot fast.

    1. Anonymous9:00 PM

      Going to "pot" would be fine with me. going to hell in a handbasket of Deplorables is not fine.

  7. Anonymous7:58 PM

    O/T & you probably have this about trumpet tantrums in calls with world leaders but.........

  8. Anonymous8:02 PM

    Ha true or not HA!

    1. Anonymous9:18 PM

      I can't believe the doctor's back at it. Trump must be livid! I love that he takes something for rosacea (sp?) too.

    2. Anonymous6:13 AM

      Maybe he also wears that little "hat" contraption with ultraviolet lights (as seen/sold on QVC, thanks SNL) to "regrow" his "hair". lol and hahaha
      As Trumpie would say, "Sad!"

    3. Anonymous12:05 PM

      WashPo published a part of his Dr. Oz interview re his chances to say what other meds he was on, and there was even a moment when he talked about his PSA and acted incredulous that the # was so low. He knew all along it was low b/c of the drug he was using for its bonus of helping hair:

  9. These people are being charged with treason I.E. providing information to our CIA that the Russians did in fact hack the U.S.

    In which case I need to "pull a Trump" and ask....

    If Russia can arrest and charge with treason, WHY CAN'T WE?

  10. Anonymous9:07 PM

    "It was at the end of a long day, he was tired and fatigue was setting in," the White House told CNN about Trump hanging up on Aussie PM.

    After less than 2 weeks on the job, he is too tired to continue talking....

    1. Anonymous10:16 PM

      But I thought he has so much stamina! After I read your post I just had to search for the phone call's time. It was made at around 5 PM Eastern Time. That's the end of a long day when president?? Every president before him would find that amusing.

    2. Anonymous6:15 AM

      The doofus is 70 freaking years old! He's ancient! People should have thought about that before casting a vote.

  11. Anonymous9:25 PM

    Trump’s Muslim Ban Protects America By Separating A Badly Burned Baby From His Family (VIDEO)

  12. Anonymous9:25 PM

    Staffers INSIDE The White House Are Showing Us Just How MASSIVE An A** Trump Really Is (TWEETS)

  13. Anonymous9:27 PM

    Trump Just Threw APPALLING Temper Tantrums At Some Of Our Closest Allies On The Phone

    Anybody who thought Trump would calm the hell down after winning the election, and actually treat foreign leaders with the dignity and respect of everyone else, was sorely mistaken. He uses Twitter to berate anyone with whom he has a disagreement – why would he treat foreign leaders any differently?

    When he’s finished bullying the entire world, we won’t have any allies left (except maybe Russia).

    1. I think all of the world's leaders have Trump's number now.

      They'll give him a shot, benefit of the doubt, but I think one phone call, even a partial one, will confirm what they already suspect. This is a giant man-baby who should be ignored and dismissed. This is NOT the leader of the free world.

      Eventually they'll stop taking his calls. They certainly won't call him. Trump will be ostracized by world leaders like the press and media should shun him.

      Report on the reprehensible actions of the GOP but stop reporting on Trump's every little tantrum. Report on the executive orders but not on the executive.

      The only place Trump's likeness should appear is in political cartoons on the editorial page.

      But the damned thin skinned bully in his place. Make him as miserable as possible. Between the media ignoring him and the public rioting against him his life will be a living hell. No attention. No adoration. He will shit kittens.

    2. Anonymous6:19 AM

      I'll second what mlaiuppa @ 1:31 AM said!!! Very good post! I wish all that you have suggested would happen, 1:31.

  14. Anonymous9:27 PM

    Reuters News Agency Declares War On Trump In The Most PERFECT Way, Trump HUMILIATED

  15. Anonymous1:32 AM

    We are so screwed.
    I am appalled by how carer politicians and newly elected alike think this is OK.
    We need term limits and elect people who really don't give a shit if they do the right thing - cause they can't make a career of politics.
    Trum is a dangerous idiot nd needs to be ousted.
    Ivanka trying to look all somber on the way to Marine One with her father also makes me sick. Trump doesn't have an empathic or sympathetic cell in his body, so he trots a pretty girl with him (he thinks she's hot) to help him deal with grieving families.
    Where's Melancholia? Getting her vajayjay steamed ina NYC spa??

  16. South Dakota has decided to give North Carolina a run for their money as least democratic state.

    "Today, the GOP-led South Dakota legislature completed a brazen plot to use emergency powers to repeal a landmark Anti-Corruption Act passed into law by voter referendum less than three months ago. If you’re one of the countless Americans fretting over our decaying democratic institutions, buckle up for another story of politicians hitting new lows.

    South Dakota voters ran a passionate grassroots campaign to pass a ballot initiative mandating basic anti-corruption and ethics guidelines for their elected officials — in a state ranked 47th in the nation in government integrity, according to the Center for Public Integrity. In response, state lawmakers have responded by condescendingly insisting that their constituents didn’t understand what they were voting for, and have used procedures traditionally reserved for genuine catastrophes as a way to fast-track a deeply unpopular repeal proposal as quickly and quietly as possible.

    By including an “emergency clause” in the repeal bill, the state legislature has denied voters their right to another vote to overturn the repeal of the South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act. The only “emergency” here, as it turns out, is the legislature’s desire to both kill the law and prevent voters from doing anything so sensible ever again."

  17. Not to be outdone, the GOP has decided we don't need no stinking clean water.

    "House Republicans voted to overturn a regulation meant to protect U.S. waterways from coal mining operations on Wednesday. The measure will now move to the Senate, where GOP leaders are expected to quickly follow suit.

    Earlier this week, lawmakers in both houses announced bills to block the stream protection rule, an update to regulations that the Department of Interior finalized toward the end of President Barack Obama’s tenure. The update overhauled requirements for coal mining operations in order “to avoid mining practices that permanently pollute streams, destroy drinking water sources, increase flood risk and threaten forests.”

    The stream protection rule mandates testing and monitoring of waterways before, during and after mining operations, and requires companies that have used controversial practices like mountaintop removal mining to restore land to its “previous condition” after operations are finished. It updates regulations that were more than three decades old.

    The House also voted to overturn a Securities and Exchange Commission regulation, passed last June, called the “extraction rule.” The provision would require energy companies to disclose payments made to foreign governments for oil, gas and mineral developments and were intended to promote “greater transparency” among the sector. Fossil fuel interests rallied hard against the rule, including now Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who fought it while he was still the head of Exxon Mobil."

    1. Anonymous4:22 AM

      population control

  18. And Trump begins his attacks on the LGBTQ community.

    "President Donald Trump may soon hand a major victory to conservative Christians with a “religious freedom” executive order that would cripple anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, among others.

    A draft of an executive order says the government will not force individuals or organizations to engage in activities that may “violate their conscience.” The Huffington Post obtained the draft, titled, “Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom,” from two sources.

    If signed, the order would appear to allow employers to deny employee health coverage for contraception and abortion. It also would permit federally funded adoption and family services organizations to discriminate against same-sex couples.

    Further, it would protect the tax-exempt status of any religious organization or privately held company that “believes, speaks, or acts (or declines to act) in accordance with the belief that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, sexual relations are properly reserved for such a marriage, male and female and their equivalents refer to an individual’s immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy, physiology, or genetics at or before birth, and that human life begins at conception and merits protection at all stages of life.”"

    1. Anonymous4:19 AM

      He could not give a shit about the unborn or freaken birth control. His agenda is protecting the assets of scientology corporation and their right to con their way to global paradise. Cut the crap. Time for Reality kids.

    2. Anonymous9:06 AM

      don't you have something to hump already?

    3. 4:19 - This has Pence's little patty fingers all over it. With a little Bannon mixed in.

      I'm sure they'll offer him a shiny toy if he'd just sign this for them.

  19. Anonymous2:40 AM

    I appreciate extremely successful and lucky people. But how they behave and believe in their fellow humans is the light that shines. Mr Trump has not bid well. Making America serve those already well and leaving the rest to suffer is not honorable. He has zero compassion for those that did not cheat steal or lie to get ahead. Might be shining on outside but dull inside.

    1. It used to be called Noblesse Oblige.

      It was the obligation of those well off, Royalty, Nobility, the Gentry, to see to the needs of the people they had power over, their workers, their tenants.

      It became a dirty word when more and more started to shirk their duties, taking and taking and then rather than giving back evict or prosecute those that objected or were just an embarrassment to them because of their sickness and poverty.

      Power had an obligation to those less well off. When it became abusive, that was a breeding ground for revolt. Today it is about income equality. But it goes beyond that to abuse. Like the Dakota Pipeline. Like selling 3.3 MILLION acres of National Park Land. Like privatizing and destroying our Public Education system.

      Trump and the Republicans are treading on thin ice and if they are not careful, this country will see it's second Civil War, possibly a Revolutionary one.

      I don't think Trump will have enough of the military flying his flag. When it gets that bad, I think there will be police and military who take their jobs as "public servants" seriously enough to fight their so-called "Commander in Chief." To them, the Constitution trumps the oligarch in office.

  20. Anonymous4:26 AM

    Does trumps daughter in law still work for CBS?

  21. Anonymous7:40 AM

    Speaking of treason, when is his family going to be brought up on charges for letting this mentally ill man run for office?

  22. Anonymous8:34 AM



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