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The following 10 minute video has shaped our thinking and serves as a “nexus” for the work that we do on the “Buzzard’s Blog.”
We believe Robert Mueller to be one of the most significant and dangerous of all the “Goodfellas” … a “Deus ex Machina ,” a modern Rasputin and Machiavelli wrapped in one, a Judas Goat and “Step n’ Fetch it” par excellence for the Oligarchs who reign. As matters unfold in the next days and weeks, we hope to demonstrate this.
As a matter of fact, we dedicated a posting to him, “Robert Mueller … poster child for the “Pot calling the Kettle Black.” See also the following chart here. When you have arrived at this chart , each time your mouse turns into a hand, you can click and access underlying information. The chart is a work in progress and draft to be refined along the way.
Have a look at the “Left of Center” as AXIOS reports the Mueller investigation.
We expect our friends to be eclectic in their thinking and dispassionately review what those on the “Left of Center” are thinking. Are there indicators of the “Black Arts” in play here?
Here you go ….
1 big thing … Mueller’s map: What 35 indictments tell us
Wait! A Russian military intelligence agency leased server space in Arizona and a computer in Illinois?
- Wait! The Russian military used bitcoin to buy servers, register domains and pay for other election-hacking activity?
- Wait! The Russian military used screenshots and keystroke-capture to monitor dozens of DCCC and DNC employees as they typed?
- Wait! The Russian military tried to trick more than 30 Hillary Clinton campaign employees into clicking on a document titled “hillary-clinton-favorable-rating.xlsx” (that actually went to a Russian website)?
- Wait! The Russian military extracted opposition research on Republican candidates in bulk from the DNC, as part of a multi-gigabyte haul?
- Wait! A lieutenant captain in the Russian military named Nikolay Yuryevich Kozachek (Козачек Николай Юрьевич) disguised himself online as “blablabla1234565″?
That’s what I kept thinking as I read special counsel Robert Mueller’s 29-page indictment yesterday of a dozen Russian intelligence officers (from Boris and Ivan to Sergey and Viktor).
And none of that is even the most alarming, damning news in the filing in U.S. District Court in D.C. Mueller, who personally signed the document, saved that for page 25:
- Two of the officers conspired “to hack into the computers of U.S. persons and entities responsible for the administration of 2016 U.S. elections, such as state boards of elections, secretaries of state, and U.S. companies that supplied software and other technology related to the administration of U.S. elections.”
- And they actually pulled it off: “In or around July 2016, [Russian military officer Anatoliy Sergeyevich Kovalev] and his co-conspirators hacked the website of [an unnamed] state board of elections … and stole information related to approximately 500,000 voters, including names, addresses, partial social security numbers, dates of birth, and driver’s license numbers.”
- Vox’s tally: “four former Trump advisers, 26 Russian nationals, three Russian companies, one California man, and one London-based lawyer. Five of these people (including three former Trump aides) have already pleaded guilty.”
All of the documents are on one page on Mueller’s official Justice Department website. I curled up and read them all. What I learned:
Known knowns about Mueller:
- He has keystroke-by-keystroke reconstructions of online activities by the Russian “Conspirators,” as the indictment calls them — down to their web searches.
- He’s going broader, deeper, wider than people realize — following the money, following the keystrokes, following the concentric circles of characters.
- His indictments and plea agreements are providing a serial narrative of what Sen. John McCain has called an “act of war” perpetrated during one of the closest elections in American history.
Known knowns about Russia:
- Yesterday’s indictment was so significant because its scope went far beyond propaganda efforts and into a physical attack on America’s state-by-state machinery of democracy.
- This wasn’t an attempt — the Russians actually succeeded in some of their incursions.
- The attack was more sophisticated and involved vastly more resources than most U.S. politicians realized.
Be smart: David Kris, founder of Culper Partners consulting firm and head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division under President Obama, told me that Mueller is following traditional prosecutorial practice by starting at the outer ring.
- “His next steps may include moving in closer to the center of things.”
- One possible shot to drop … Russian blackmail or threats targeting Americans who took things of value: “That’s a traditional element of Russian tradecraft.”
Go deeper … “Mueller’s web: Everyone caught up in the Russia investigation.”
Mueller’s web: Everyone caught up in the Russia investigation
There’s been such a flood of stories about who Robert Mueller has interviewed for his Russia investigation — and who’s been charged in connection with it — that it can be easy to lose track. Here’s a map to help you keep every move straight.
How it works: The map starts with the people who participated in key events and the ones who have been charged. Expand this story and you’ll see the rest, including current and former Trump administration officials and the people with more distant connections.