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Posted by MEMRI, January 18, 2017.

“These leaks are obviously fake,” said President Putin, but then he was to follow with this assertion: “He was just a businessman, one of America’s wealthy men.  Does anybody really think that our intelligence services chase every American billionaire?”


https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/01/kompromat-trump-dossier/512891/ – 1/11/2017.
https://news.vice.com/story/we-talked-to-an-ex-kgb-colonel-and-putin-critic-about-the-trump-russia-dossier – 1/17/2017
http://www.voanews.com/a/russia-kompromat-remains-alive-and-well/3677094.html – 1/15/2017.

Who said anything about “every American billionaire”?

In this next 10-minute or so video, Samantha Power offers some useful advice:

Posted to YouTube by PBS NewsHour, January 17, 2017.

Perhaps BackChannels is not to be trusted . . . well, there’s all of this (and much, much more) for obtaining background on today’s immediate “east-west” politics: “The Russian Section” (of the BC library).   For a primer on the cynicism now attaching to Putin’s Moscow enterprise, readers may shuttle over to “Moscow’s Rules“, a primer.

As noted yesterday, the Christopher Steele dossier remains difficult to either refute or verity, but in the opinion of former CIA staff Nick Dowling appears to continue to warrant investigation.

Addendum – January 19, 2017

Senior Justice Writer for The New York Daily News has had the following posted to his Facebook page since January 11, 2017:

I want you to view this video from 4 years ago in 2013 in light of recent events.

In it, Trump calmly, cooly, and confidently states that he has a relationship with Vladimir Putin. Then, it gets very weird. Trump then confidently states that Putin is following his every move, was likely even interested in the conversation they were having, and would likely be watching it later.

How did Trump know all of that?

See, this was off of the campaign trail, long before Trump announced his intentions to run. This was before he felt the pressure to say 6 different times “I don’t know Putin” and “I don’t know anything about Putin.”

This seems to be a clearer version of the truth. What’s going on here?

Posted by Shaun King on Wednesday, January 11, 2017