USA spies, seeking to retrieve cyberweapons, paid Russian peddling dirt on Trump

US spies reportedly paid $100K to Russian operative who claimed to have dirt on Trump

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The Russian previous year got 10 percent of a $1 million deal that was supposed to include stolen National Security Agency tools used for hacking and purported images of Trump consorting with hookers in Moscow, US and European intelligence sources told the New York Times.

'Comey had conversations with Donald Trump, which I don't believe were accurate.he leaked information'.

Several US intelligence officials who spoke with the Times made it clear to the outlet that they were not interested in the Trump dirt but wanted the stolen NSA hacking tools, which were created to break into computer networks in Russia, China and other US rivals. That information was obtained by a group calling itself the Shadow Brokers, which officials privately say they believe is connected to Russian Federation.

USA intelligence wanted to buy back the secret NSA tools so they could do inventory, the story goes, and in the meantime - unsolicited - the Russian promised to give them the Trump kompromat - which the spies insisted they had no interest in whatsoever. There was no audio and no way to verify that the man seen in the video was Trump. The hacker promised to provide them with the information he had stolen in exchange for $1 million.

It agreed to pay $1 million and delivered the first $100,000 cash payment in a suitcase to a hotel in Berlin.

The Russian took the money but never turned anything over.

The American spies ended "chasing the Russian out of Western Europe, warning him not to return if he valued his freedom", The Times reported, based on an account from the businessman, who is now said to have possession of the Trump "material" somewhere in Europe.

The Russian also said he was holding on to the NSA cyberweapons "at the orders of senior Russian intelligence officials".

The spy warrant on Page likely gave the Federal Bureau of Investigation the right to surveil Trump and his entire campaign based on the NSA's three-hop rule.

The Intercept reports that many involved in the "secret communications channel" between the USA and the Russian are unaware of what actually transpired in the operation nor are they certain if the Russian was acting on his own or on behalf of the Russian government and if he was making an effort in the disinformation campaign that took place during the 2016 election.

"I think anybody who is in the CIA, NSA, any of the American intelligence agencies, will tell you they do not go out and spy on Americans, they're not going out to look for material on Americans", Rosenberg said in interview with CNN's Ana Cabrera on Saturday.

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