CIA calls report of $100K payment to Russian "fictional"

Deep State NSA Spies Gave $100000 to Russian Agent for Fabricated Compromising Material on Trump

Deep State NSA Spies Gave $100000 to Russian Agent for Fabricated Compromising Material on Trump

In a story worthy of a John le Carre novel that included secret USB-drive handovers in a small West Berlin bar and coded messages delivered over the National Security Agency's Twitter account, CIA agents spent much of a year ago trying to buy back from the Russians hacking programs stolen from the NSA, the Times reported. "The fictional story that Central Intelligence Agency was bilked out of $100,000 is patently false".

"DRAIN THE SWAMP!" the president tweeted. The Times, citing US and European intelligence officials, reported the alleged payment was meant to be the first of a total $1 million payout.

President Trump also responded to the story but he had a different response, seeming to give credence to Times' report on Twitter. In October and December he delivered documents he alleged contained information which implicated Trump's associates, but the Times reports that most of the information the documents included were already public knowledge.

Past year US intelligence officials conducted "meetings in provincial German towns", "data handoffs in five-star Berlin hotels" and even sent coded messages to the Russian via Twitter.

The NSA, which produced the bulk of the hacking tools that the Americans sought to recover, said only that "all N.S.A. employees have a lifetime obligation to protect classified information", the Times reported.

"I hope people are now seeing and understanding what is going on here". The U.S. agents reportedly considered the information "tabloid gossip pages" rather than intelligence gathering and ultimately terminated the deal. The man also told American officials that he had images of Trump hanging out with hookers in Moscow in 2013.

The materials were stolen in 2017 by a group which calls itself Shadow Brokers. The weapons have helped hackers breach millions of computers around the world, including hospitals, businesses and factories, the Times reports.

American intelligence officials who spoke with the Times insisted they paid the $100,000 to the Russian operative to get back stolen NSA cyberweapons and were not seeking the supposedly damaging intelligence.

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 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. The New York Times later ran a related story.

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