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Johnny Cash had a knack for deciphering Morse Code & was 1st American To Know Stalin Was Dead

The things you learn on twitter...

How Johnny Cash Became The 1st American To Know Stalin Was Dead

Years before anyone would know him as a country music singer – let alone a legend in the genre – Johnny Cash would achieve something like nobody else in all of the country…

A young, spry 18-year-old Johnny Cash quickly enlisted in the United States military and his knack for quickly crunching Morse Code and deciphering it proved invaluable to the Air Force.

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During this post, Cash earned the rank of Staff Sargeant and his knack for deciphering Morse Code was recognized. He was quickly moved into a Security Service unit as a Morse Code operator and was given an important role to decipher Soviet communications.

While at his listening post in Landsberg, West Germany, Cash also formed his very first band and was inspired to write one of his most recognized songs “Folsom Prison Blues” while likening his life on a secret post to life in the prison.

Because of the incredibly sensitive nature of his position, Cash couldn’t discuss anything about his work life with people outside of his unit – and for that reason, it wasn’t until many years later that he could reveal the important role he played.

More: https://countrymusicfamily.com/how-johnny-cash-became-the-1st-american-to-know-stalin-was-dead/





Roger Stone Is Found Guilty in Trial That Revived Trump-Russia Saga

Source: New York Times

Mr. Stone, a longtime informal adviser to President Trump, obstructed one of Congress’s Russia investigations and lied to lawmakers.

WASHINGTON — Roger J. Stone Jr., a former aide and longtime friend of President Trump, was found guilty on Friday of obstructing a congressional investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election in what prosecutors said was an effort to protect Mr. Trump.

Mr. Stone, 67, was charged with lying to the House Intelligence Committee, trying to block the testimony of another potential witness and concealing reams of evidence from investigators. Prosecutors claimed he tried to thwart the committee’s work because the truth would have “looked terrible” for both the president and his campaign. In all, he faced seven felony charges and was found guilty on all counts.

The government built its case over the past week with testimony from a friend of Mr. Stone and two former Trump campaign officials, buttressed by hundreds of exhibits that exposed Mr. Stone’s disdain for congressional and criminal investigators. Confronted with his lies under oath by one associate, prosecutors said, Mr. Stone wrote back: “No one cares.” They asked the jurors to deliver a verdict proving him wrong.

The evidence showed that in the months leading up to the 2016 election, Mr. Stone strove to obtain emails that Russia had stolen from Democratic computers and funneled to WikiLeaks, which released them at strategic moments timed to damage Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump’s Democratic opponent. Mr. Stone briefed the Trump campaign about whatever he had picked up about WikiLeaks’ plans “every chance he got,” Jonathan Kravis, a lead prosecutor, said.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/15/us/politics/roger-stone-trial-guilty.html

Amb. Yovanovitch, Kyrgyzstan, and Paul Manafort

Did y'all catch that Amb. Yovanovitch was Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan from 2005 - 2008?

Remember who was working for Russian oligarchs to force the US military to close down their in Kyrgyzstan starting in 2005?

Trump's former campaign advisor, Paul Manafort.

https://twitter.com/soychicka/status/1195362653201424384



Surprise!

***CIA's top lawyer made criminal referral on whistleblower's complaint about Trump conduct***

CIA's top lawyer made criminal referral on whistleblower's complaint about Trump conduct

Experts are raising questions about why the Justice Department did not open an investigation.


Oct. 4, 2019, 4:31 PM EDT
By Ken Dilanian and Julia Ainsley

WASHINGTON — Weeks before the whistleblower's complaint became public, the CIA's top lawyer made what she considered a criminal referral to the Justice Department about the whistleblower's allegations that President Donald Trump abused his office in pressuring the Ukrainian president, U.S. officials familiar with the matter tell NBC News.

The move by the CIA's general counsel, Trump appointee Courtney Simmons Elwood, meant she and other senior officials had concluded a potential crime had been committed, raising more questions about why the Justice Department later closed the case without conducting an investigation.

In the days since an anonymous whistleblower complaint was made public accusing him of wrongdoing, President Trump has lashed out at his accuser and other insiders who provided the accuser with information, suggesting they were improperly spying on what was a "perfect" call between him and the Ukrainian president. But a timeline provided by U.S. officials familiar with the matter shows that multiple senior government officials appointed by Trump found the whistleblower's complaints credible, troubling, and worthy of further inquiry starting soon after the president's July phone call.

While that timeline and the CIA general counsel's contact with the DOJ has been previously disclosed, it has not been reported that the CIA's top lawyer intended the call to be to make a criminal referral about the president's conduct, acting under rules set forth in a memo governing how intelligence agencies should report allegations of federal crimes.

More: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry/cia-s-top-lawyer-made-criminal-referral-whistleblower-s-complaint-n1062481

Chinese woman caught at Mar-a-Lago with malware was apparently asked to target Clintons: docs

Chinese woman caught at Mar-a-Lago with malware was apparently asked to target Clintons: docs

A Chinese businesswoman who was convicted of trespassing at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida earlier this year had been urged by her handler to target other famous figures including the Clintons and billionaire businessman Warren Buffett, court documents say.

Yujing Zhang, 33, who is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 22, was caught by Secret Service agents with troves of technology embedded with malware and thousands of dollars in cash after she claimed that she was at Trump's prestigious club to attend a “United Nations friendship event” that had apparently been canceled. Her bizarre behavior and backstory led to suspicions that she was a Chinese government spy, but she was not charged with espionage or related crimes.

CHINESE WOMAN FOUND GUILTY OF TRESPASSING AT MAR-A-LAGO


Zhang apparently purchased a $20,000 travel package from Li Weitian, also known as Charles Lee, who advertised tickets on the Chinese social media site WeChat promising access to events across the U.S. to meet prominent political and business figures.

Lee ran the United Nations Chinese Friendship Association, which is not affiliated with the U.N., and was photographed at least twice with Cindy Yang, a Republican donor and former Florida massage parlor owner who organized events at Mar-a-Lago.

More: https://www.foxnews.com/us/chinese-woman-caught-at-mar-a-lago-with-malware-apparently-was-asked-to-target-clintons-docs-show


Leaked emails from Natalia Veselnitskaya 2 mo before TT meeting saying Jeff Sessions willing to

investigate how the Magnitsky law came about.

Wait a sec... you realize how BAD this is? Email was from Apr 2016... this was 2 MONTHS before the infamous Trump Tower meeting on 6/9/16.

"Adoptions," my ass... this was always their code word for "sanctions."

It's sad how much has come out after Mueller left.
https://twitter.com/visionsurreal/status/1180133194378678273


Link to pdf of leaked emails from Natalia Veselnitskaya
https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6452115/PDF-Veselnitskaya-Emails.pdf

An April 2016 email says Rinat (presumably Rinat Akhmetshin) said Senator Jeff Sessions was willing to start an investigation into how the Magnitsky law came about

https://twitter.com/WendySiegelman/status/1180097636541571072

https://twitter.com/WendySiegelman/status/1180132337104883716

Schiff, House Intel Chairman, Got Early Warning of Whistle-Blower's Accusations

Schiff, House Intel Chairman, Got Early Warning of Whistle-Blower’s Accusations

By Julian E. Barnes, Michael S. Schmidt and Matthew Rosenberg

Oct. 2, 2019, 1:53 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON — The Democratic head of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, learned about the outlines of a C.I.A. officer’s concerns that President Trump had abused his power days before the officer filed a whistle-blower complaint, according to a spokesman and current and former American officials.

The early account by the future whistle-blower shows how determined he was to make known his allegations that Mr. Trump asked Ukraine’s government to interfere on his behalf in the 2020 election. It also explains how Mr. Schiff knew to press for the complaint when the Trump administration initially blocked lawmakers from seeing it.

Before going to Congress, the C.I.A. officer had a colleague convey his accusations to the agency’s top lawyer. Concerned about how that avenue for airing his allegations was unfolding, the officer then approached a House Intelligence Committee aide, alerting him to the accusation against Mr. Trump. In both cases, the original accusation was vague.

The House staff member, following the committee’s procedures, suggested the officer find a lawyer to advise him and file a whistle-blower complaint. The aide shared some of what the officer conveyed to Mr. Schiff. The aide did not share the whistle-blower’s identity with Mr. Schiff or anyone else, an official said.

More: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/02/us/politics/adam-schiff-whistleblower.html

Another resignation- Person who oversees OFAC & FinCEN

.@wsj reports that Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI) Sigal Mandelker, will depart in the coming weeks and return to the private sector.

TFI oversees OFAC and FinCEN.

https://twitter.com/tradelawnews/status/1179422348530847747

Nunes was sending messages to Flynn's lawyers (through a cut-out) asking them to request things -

Nunes was sending messages to Flynn’s lawyers (through a cut-out) asking them to request things - things Nunes only knew about through classified hearings - so he could then talk about them on Fox. What The Fuck
https://twitter.com/BrandtEsquire/status/1179085496800153600


Per a new DOJ filing, a Senate GOP aide (apparently writing on behalf of a House GOP aide) was trying to feed Flynn's old attorneys ideas, based on the House Russia probe, on what should happen next in his case

Flynn's old attorney forwarded the email along to the prosecutors, pursuant to his cooperation agreement


The DOJ including the email exchange — part of a filing in a dispute over whether it met its discovery obligations — to suggest that Flynn is now just is just trying to get his hands on stuff that will play well on Fox News

The DOJ also blames the same House Intel staffer for reviving an already debunked claimed that McCabe said "Fuck Flynn" during a convo with other FBI officials. DOJ investigated the claim several times and found it to be false

https://twitter.com/Tierney_Megan/status/1179070870301659136
https://twitter.com/Tierney_Megan/status/1179074464232955905


NEW/Exclusive: The White House upgraded NSC's top-secret codeword system last year to include a log

NEW/Exclusive: The White House upgraded NSC’s top-secret codeword system last year to include a log of who accessed specific documents in that system. That's likely to interest Dems, who want to know who was involved in putting Trump's call records there.

https://twitter.com/NatashaBertrand/status/1179116028321763330


White House ordered top-secret system upgraded to prevent leaks

The Trump White House upgraded the security of the National Security Council’s top-secret codeword system in the spring of 2018, according to two former Trump White House officials familiar with the matter, as part of an effort to ferret out and deter leaks.

The changes included a new log of who accessed specific documents in the NSC’s system —known as NICE or “NSC Intelligence Collaboration Environment”—and was designed in part to prevent leaks of records of the president’s phone calls with foreign leaders and to find out the suspected leaker if transcripts did get disclosed, one of the former officials said. Prior to the upgrade, officials could only see who had uploaded or downloaded material to the system but usually not who accessed which documents.

That highly classified system is being newly scrutinized in light of a whistleblower complaint alleging that national security officials used the system—meant for storing information classified at the highest level—to conceal politically embarrassing conversations, including a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25 in which President Donald Trump urged Zelensky to investigate his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

If hiding political embarrassing material, rather than protecting national security secrets, was the motivation, experts and former officials said, it would be an abuse of the codeword system. While not necessarily an illegal act, it does run counter to an executive order signed by President Obama in 2009 that says information can’t be classified to “conceal violations of law, inefficiency, or administrative error” or “prevent embarrassment to a person, organization, or agency,” they said.

More: https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/01/white-house-trump-leaks-code-015194
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