Once again Christopher Steele’s dossier runs parallel to news reports, this time potentially implicating Donald Trump’s circle in covert intelligence gathering for Kremlin spies.
As reported by CNN, a bevy of spies were nested among the Russian diplomats kicked out of the country in April. The mission of these agents was to track ex-patriots in the U.S. who are considered traitors by the Russian president.
Among the dozens of Russian diplomats the US expelled last month were suspected spies who US law enforcement and intelligence officials believe were tracking Russian defectors and their families who had resettled in the US, officials briefed on the matter tell CNN.The expulsion of 60 Russians was retaliation for the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter on British soil, likely at the behest of the Kremlin. In Putin’s eyes, the father and daughter were enemies of the state.
The report from CNN and other news outlets cites intelligence sources who “raised concerns that the Russians were preparing to target Russian émigrés in the US labeled by the Kremlin as traitors or enemies.”
CNN continues with this dire statement:
Officials in both the US and UK have warned that the Russian government appears emboldened to carry out assassinations in western Democracies.
By law, Russia has given itself permission to murder “enemies of the Russian regime,” who “live abroad.”
Flash back to the Summer of 2016 and the Steele dossier and the following intelligence screams forth:
However, in terms of established operational liaison between the TRUMP team and the Kremlin, the émigré confirmed that an intelligence exchange had been running between them for at least 8 years. Within this context, PUTIN’s priority requirement had been for intelligence on the activities, business and otherwise, in the US of leading Russian oligarchs and their families. TRUMP and his associates duly had obtained and supplied the Kremlin with this information. |P. 11, Steele dossier| Emphasis added.|
Steele’s intel identifies these Kremlin agents as diplomatic staff in New York, Washington, DC, Miami and other cities. Coincidentally, of the Russians Trump deported, 48 worked at the Russian embassy in Washington and 12 were posted at the United Nations in New York.
Trump’s branded properties in South Florida are notorious for housing Russian emigres, so much so that the area is known as the Russian Riviera and Little Moscow. Much attention has been directed at these real estate transactions as conduits for money laundering. Newsweek claimed that “at least 63 Russian elites and oligarchs have invested around $100 million into Trump-brand real estate in southern Florida, a Reuters investigation revealed.”
What if these real estate deals serve yet another purpose? In addition to attracting Russian oligarchs and their families and possible money laundering, did Trump “associates” gather intelligence on the emigres as part of the “intelligence exchange” noted in the Steele dossier?
If this occurred, did the Trump agents report to the Russian spies holding diplomatic status?
If we assume this happened, then did Trump expel the very Kremlin agents who might implicate his people in this activity? Is that why he so freely “punished” Putin – because he was in fact, protecting his own, as well as Putin?