LABRAT KNATS! – Update – 1.9.18
Just as a side, and maybe not adequately or well-informed comment: the GRU – Russian Military Intelligence, is the prime suspect among them, and several other candidates are in tow. The long-standing GRU – FSB rivalry and competition, probably from the KGB times, might be the factor, and the important one, in these games., The hypothetical internecine power struggles are complicated further by the competition from the SVR, and strategically, from some “research institutes”, most notably RISS. The recent authorization for the FSB to conduct their own foreign operations is the curious development which might be relevant in this context. Many of these services, practically universally across all spectra, prefer to pose, smartly, as the “terrorists” for their covers. This newly affirmed FSB’s capacities are in logical lines with their traditional historical style, from the days of the “Operation Trust“, of the aggressive counterintelligence operations which “naturally” (conceptually, by design, or simply as a trap) outgrow and develop into the “special intelligence operations” per se. “Trump’s Kazakh connection” might be hypothetically indicative of the “protective” FSB involvement in the “Trump – Russia Affair” as the way to address this issue and the Kazakh concerns. This hypothetical FSB involvement might have been subcontracted to the Mob level below (?) them, and it might have served as the distraction and the cover, and possibly as the false flag, for the other, more sophisticated (and less crude and clumsy?), more specialized intelligence services. Truly “multilevel, overlapping, competitive” intelligence services: the system apparently perfected by Stalin and used with ease by Putin. This is again, just a side comment.