C.Wray: Mueller Investigation’s scope and mandate are confidential (“part of the confidential document”). Does it mean that at this point we do not really know what the scope and the mandate are? Most likely, both the scope and the mandate are rather broad. Hopefully, the roles of Germany and others, and also the reopening of 9/11 Investigation will be addressed in-depth.
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FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday defended Special Counsel Robert Mueller as a “straight shooter,” and said the Russia investigation is no “witch hunt.”
Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, Wray said he stood by his view that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election in some capacity and that the threat remained active.
“My view has not changed… Russia attempted to interfere with the last election and it continues to engage in malign influence operations to this day.”
He said the Kremlin’s intentions then, and now, have been “aimed at sowing discord and divisiveness.”
Wray continued, “We haven’t yet seen an effort to target specific election infrastructure this time, but certainly other efforts I would call malign influence operations are very active. We could just be a moment away from it going to the next level.”
Wray spoke about other potential cybersecurity threats but noted that “Russia has been by far the most aggressive.”
The FBI boss said Russian intelligence is actively participating in these tactics through both overt and covert means, sometimes using “fake news,” other times using “propaganda.”
When asked about whether the indictment filed last week against 12 Russian intelligence agents was proof of this, Wray said, “I’m going to let the indictment speak for itself.”
Wray also spoke about ongoing Mueller investigation and claims from the White House that it has no basis to continue.
“I do not believe Special Council Mueller is on a witch hunt. I think it is a professional investigation conducted by a man I’ve know to be a straight shooter.” He declined to comment further, citing confidentiality concerns.
Wray also spoke to the inspector general’s report on the DOJ and FBI’s handling of the Clinton email probe, saying it was “tough” but “fair,” adding that FBI learned some “important lessons” and was working actively to implement the necessary changes.
He did, however, say it was important to note the context of the report and that it was focused on a very small number of people at the FBI, for one investigation over a period of about 15 months.
When talking about disgraced FBI Agent Peter Strzok and his anti-Trump texts with colleague and lover Lisa Page, Wray said he planned to let the “disciplinary process” take its course without delay and that he would not respond to “hue and cry.”
“I’m not going to make decisions based on yelling and screaming, I’m going to make decisions based on the process.”
When asked about his relationship with Trump, Wray said it was “very professional.”
“I don’t try to weigh in on all of his opinions… I’m not much of a Twitter guy.”
When asked if he ever considered resigning over revealing sources and methods, Wray said that despite being a “low key guy,” people should not mistake “what my spine is made of.”
“I’ll just leave it at that,” he finished.
Fox News Catherine Herridge in Aspen contributed to this report.
Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @PaulinaDedaj.
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(Aka Helsinki Hall Of Mirrors),
I set up my shop.
Every Infinity has its number.
(See: The Infinity Of Mirrors)
M.N.: Mazal Tov!
See Also: Matza Tzal, Matza Zal, Bread Hall.
P.S.: In other, simpler words, the message is: “It is not the poetry, the magic, the wilderness of mirrors; it is money, you dummy; plain and simple. It was the lubrication session.” These are not the romantic “Halls Of Mirrors” with the “dead men walking”, these are the Maza-Tzals, the Bread Halls for the Deer Hunters.
M.N. You appear to be quite knowledgeable, master. I guess you have good databases.
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|BOOK REVIEW: The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton|
By Jefferson Morley
St. Martin’s Press, $27.95, 336 pages
As a holiday gift, permit me to save you 28 bucks and however much time you might waste on the sorriest excuse for an investigative book that has ever crossed this desk.
Jefferson Morley sets out to prove that James J. Angleton, the longtime — and controversial — head of counterintelligence for the Central Intelligence Agency — was guilty of a medley of sins, including complicity in the murder of President Kennedy.
His “research” consists chiefly of sweeping up every bit of anti-Angleton dung he could in previous books. The more damning the allegation — and the more ridiculous — the better.
One must blink at some of Mr. Morley’s outlandish claims. An example: that Angleton had a homosexual relationship with Kim Philby, the British intelligence officer who also spied for the Soviet Union.
Mr. Morley’s evidence? A comment made by another officer to another author of another book. No substance is visible, just a suspicion. No matter; such is enough for the likes of a “historian” such as Mr. Morley.
But Mr. Morley has little favorable to say about a career that began in the OSS and had a number of high spots. Brief mention is made of his acquisition of the famed “Stalin speech” in which successor Nikita Khrushchev shook communism to its core.
Their campaign even reaches the White House. Donald Trump’s intimate friend Roger Stone published a book in 2014 blaming Lyndon Johnson for the murder.
But the main target has been — and will be for eternity, it appears — the Central Intelligence Agency.
Too, a deceased target can do nothing to rebut outlandish lies. For that matter, even living officers have trouble gaining redress from courts that hold them to be “public figures.”
Enter the deniers and their politics. A strong element among the deniers, like Mr. Morley, are on the far-left of the political spectrum. Hence, they are incapable of fingering a leftist for the most outrageous crime in American history.
Thus their need for a scapegoat, and the utility of Angleton. As Mr. Morley writes, carefully casting his accusation in the form of a question, “Was Angleton running Oswald as part of a plot to assassinate President Kennedy? He certainly had the knowledge and ability to do so.”
Oswald was one of thousands of persons covered by a CIA operation called HTTL/LINGUAL, a mail intercept operation of letters going between the USSR and the U.S. that began in 1952. As CIAcounterintelligence chief, Angleton would know what was discovered.
Ergo, since the agency had a file on Oswald, as it did on uncountable other persons, Angleton perhaps knew — or should have known — of his assassination plans.
Oswald’s visit was recorded in a video that was either made by the CIA station or passed on to it by cooperative Mexican security. (That the CIA would monitor visitors to a Soviet installation on the U.S. border makes considerable sense.)
Disclosure: Angleton was a flawed man his last years. We were Arlington neighbors and lunched together several times.
Jim would knock back two or three whiskeys, then most of a bottle of red wine and a brandy or two. And he would expound his favorite conspiracy theory: that the Soviet/Chinese Communist “split” was a subterfuge to deceive the West.
Zany? Perhaps, but a man who devoted his life to protecting America does not reserve such an error-laden hatchet job.
• Joseph Goulden writes frequently on intelligence and military matters.
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EXCEPT (so far) for poetry and drama, there doesn’t seem to be anything in the realm of word and image that William Safire can’t do, and do well. As a P.R. man, he arranged the 1959 Nixon-Khrushchev kitchen debate. As a White House speechwriter, he wrote Vice President Spiro Agnew’s blast at “nattering nabobs of negativism.” As a probing, punning pundit for The New York Times, he won a Pulitzer Prize. He is the nation’s leading pop lexicographer. He has written, co-written or edited 23 books, including an enthralling historical novel on Lincoln, a political exegesis of Job and an anthology of great speeches.
Now Mr. Safire has tried a spy thriller, and while it’s not to this genre what the kitchen debate was to public — or international — relations, it certainly does engage the mind and, on a few occasions, stir the pulse. The premise of “Sleeper Spy” is that in 1972 the K.G.B. sent a dedicated 22-year-old Communist, Aleksandr Berensky, to live under deep cover in the United States, where he was to pursue a banking career and await instructions. In 1989, as the Soviet empire crumbled, the Kremlin’s spy agency activated its sleeper, put $3 billion in gold at his disposal and told him to make a fortune with it, using tips from Moscow, including some derived from a Soviet mole at the Federal Reserve.
As the book begins, Berensky has run up the fortune to $30 billion. But when the only officials in Russian intelligence who know Berensky’s identity suddenly die, the sleeper is on his own. Three pursuits begin. One, by the democratic Government of Russia, which needs the money, is spearheaded by an attractive former university epistemologist, Niko lai Davidov. The second pursuer is the reactionary Feliks organization, named after Stalin’s secret police boss, Feliks Dzerzhinsky, which wants to use Ber ensky’s money to topple Russia’s elected regime. The Feliks organization’s game plan is to deceive a beautiful, idealistic Latvian television journalist, Liana Krumins, into chasing the Berensky story and then follow her.
The third pursuer should be the United States Government, which has no little interest in Russian stability. But for implausible reasons neither the C.I.A. nor the F.B.I. wants to get involved, so the American side is represented by Irving Fein, a sour, underappreciated super-reporter, who is forced to take as a partner a neurotic, semi-educated television newsreader, Viveca Farr. Fein decides that the way to draw Berensky out is to recruit an American banker to discover his trading patterns and duplicate them. So he entices a bluff Memphis banker, Edward Dominick, who is about Berensky’s age and matches his reported size and appearance.
The characters chase each other around Europe and the United States, attracting sundry male and female agents and double agents along the way, playing musical beds and gradually narrowing in on the sleeper and a final confrontation in the lair of the Feliks gang. Several murders spice up the action, and so does one delightful scene in which Fein and Farr, live on television, cope with the midair hijacking of Air Force One. Unlike Tom Clancy, who destroys whole forests while explaining the technology behind his novels, Mr. Safire takes just half a page to brief the reader on the impenetrable subject of financial derivatives, using an example from Aristotle. He also shows off his talent as a master of the word game (“Dedalus,” one character observes, “jumped for Joyce.”)
But this thriller moves on another level too, which the author refers to as “epistemology.” Mr. Safire is fascinated with issues of knowledge and deception, of who knows what (and who else knows that he or she knows) and who is using whom. Much of “Sleeper Spy” consists of the characters trying to figure out what the truth is, learning that what they thought was reality really isn’t and that allies are in fact double agents, or even triple ones.
The legendary head of C.I.A. counter intelligence, James Jesus Angleton, called the real-life tangle of cold war spies and counterspies, information and disinformation the “wilderness of mirrors.” Mr. Safire at one point places two spies in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles and creates a kindred concept: any image in the room is reflected back and forth, “disappearing into infinity.” So it is with lies and truth traded back and forth by his characters as they chase Berensky and his hidden billions.
INTERESTING as all this is conceptually, it makes for a highly cerebral and talky novel — a mind game. As conventional thriller writers go, Mr. Safire ain’t Mr. Clancy. Indeed, toward the end the reader is made to feel that the writer is having most of the fun, some of it at the expense of the reader, who’s suddenly told without warning that things presumed to be facts simply aren’t.
It’s a good thing that “Sleeper Spy” is in the bookstores in September. This is definitely not a beach thriller; it is a pencil thriller, best enjoyed by concentrating and writing down “know” and “dunno” lists, the way Irving Fein — and, presumably, William Safire — does when unraveling a mystery.
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