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This is the first North Korea missile to fly over Japan since 2009.

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North Korea has fired a ballistic missile which flew over Japan before disintegrating and falling into the sea near Cape Erimo in Northern Japan.

The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff have stated that the missile was fired from a launching point near Pyongyang. The missile test was also acknowledged by the Pentagon.

This is the first North Korea missile to travel over Japanese land since 2009.

https://twitter.com/jtnarsico/status/902282149486665728

While Japan has stated that it maintains the right to shoot down North Korean missiles, Tokyo did not exercise such a right during the recent test.

This comes just over two days after North Korea launched three short range ballistic missiles in a test that was widely believed to be a technical failure.

After the failed trio launch on the 26th of August, South Korea stated that it believed that in launching short range missiles, North Korea was sending a message that it is willing to engage in dialogue.

READ MORE: Seoul sees new missile launches by N.Korea as sign of will for dialogue

Sputnik reports that the national security councils of both South Korea and Japan are currently conducting an emergency meeting to discuss the situation.

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Anyone else notice HOW the Japanese gov’t’s statement read?

They said the Japanese gov’t made no attempt to shoot down the NK missile. Glaringly, that omits that the US probably did try and FAILED.

I’m pretty sure Russia noticed. I’m pretty sure China noticed. Even S300s would have shot down that NK missile…

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There is 6 TRILLION in Gold,uranium and minerals in N Korea..nothing will happen..IT IS ALL PROPAGANDA and LOCKHEED MARTIN is making HUGE PROFITS

and Hurricane harvey may not be real just like hurricane sandy

https://youtu.be/Oqi4dCnrJAc

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I know for certain Hurricane Sandy’s Federal and NYC emergency services didn’t help me ONE FK’ing bit, just like I see what’s going on with them in Texas. Without the ding a ling white guys helping for free, being good Samaritans, no one would be getting saved. Literally the home owners in my neighborhood helped each other, shared electricians and other workers getting our houses up and running again. Without that, I’d still be in the dark. The only thing the city did was charge me for an inspection to get my electricity turned back on when they could schedule… Read more »

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Another Elite Banker Jumps to Their Death with a Disturbing Warning –
Lindsay Jacoby, a former JP Morgan and CitiGroup trader and CEO or her
own firm, jumped from the roof on the 4th floor of her Upper East Side
home screaming “there are demons everywhere”

. http://www.antinewsnetwork.com/another-elite-banker-jumps-death-disturbing-warning/

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Blue, I’ve been wondering the number of females that take flight compared to men. When I worked at the World Financial Center in the late 1980s, I watched the complete decimation of the males working there from nearly 100% cookie cutter “tall, dark and handsome” men, to half women, and a motley crew at that. They were tall, short, thin, fat, dumb and dumber, but all horribly abusive condescending and mean. They were doing their version of the worse possible male impersonations I’ve ever seen. Everything males were pilloried for, they acted as, because if a WOMAN did it, it… Read more »

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Yes as Henry Makow has always written about that Femminism which was created by CIA/ROCKEFELLER to destroy the FAMILY and of course now with GAYDOM,TRANSGENDER being pushed down your throat is all part of the FREEMASONIC CABALIST SATANIC JEWISH AGENDA.

Things are changing now…do not believe there will be NUCLEAR WAR…
THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS will tell everything

Jeffrey Spinner
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It looks like the summer of 1917, in Russia, and any war the US govt engages in will see it’s downfall domestically just like the Tsar, imo. It’s very interesting the near copy of the situation, substituting race/gender for class in the two situations.

Oligarchs have one play book, and seem to never deviate from it.

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indeed true..History always repeats itself.. THE REAL ENEMY The enemy is the finance parasite that ALWAYS attacks its host. It cares nothing for the indigenous people of any country. No more than the blood-thirsty anti-Christian Bolsheviks cared for the peoples of the old Soviet Union that they slaughtered in their tens of millions. It cares nothing for the ethnic minorities whose causes it espouses in order to destroy any coherence in the core population. It hates white culture in the USA and Europe and black culture in Africa. It invades, occupies and steals the loot. It goes by the name… Read more »

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Just acknowledging I read your comments.

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The Psychopaths of the New World Order – Part 4 – Ronald Bernard

https://youtu.be/hYZIODJ999s

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Jeffrey IT IS ALL FAKE..how many fell for the STUPID BILLION DOLLAR FIGHT

Footage shows McGregor pulling punches in BILLION DOLLAR fight

Masonic handshake at post-fight press conference McGregor pulling punches in BILLION $ fight

https://youtu.be/Cc_QX_akMso

RIGGED FIGHT

RIGGED SUPERBOWL

RIGGED ELECTIONS

RIGGED HURRICANE HARVEY

RIGGED FIAT MONEY…USURY

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THE SHEEPLE NEVER LEARN

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I can’t say no. I know all professional sport is rigged. Ppl don’t understand the money in betting on sport is WAY more than all the money spent on sport’s players, stadiums, tv revenue, etc.

I’ve made my peace with the oligarch’s need to create a complete fiction for their slaves. Doesn’t mean I’m happy about it, or believe it.

The weather weapon idea, I need to see more evidence for…otherwise in the machinations of men, absolutely, all bs.

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Entertainment industry reflects society’s slide into Satanism
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The Sinister Meaning of Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do”-
https://vigilantcitizen.com/musicbusiness/sinister-meaning-taylor-swifts-look-made/

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Dude, at least for our “leaders” and our controllers, it has been perfected, down to the local level, at least here in NYC.

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I worked in SATANIC NYC in the 90’s with the ROSIE O’Donnell SHOW created by TRISTAR ..FREEMASONIC SATANICJEWISH CABALISTIC
STUDIO, and met every celebrity you can think of…most are SATANIST,as well as THE UNITED NATIONS were inside are MURALS of SATANIC IMAGERY and FREEMASONIC IMAGERY of AGENDA 21 and MASONIC GODS they worship exactly like DONALD TRUMP has in his apartment on the 66 FLOOR of his 666 FIFTH AVE TOWER…

were the RICH and POWERFUL ELITES own WALL STREET and HILLARY and want to bring in COMMUNISM.

MK-ULTRA/ Selling Your Soul to the Devil SIDE EFFECTS!!

https://youtu.be/FLaQkPdCGVk

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That flinching was awesome. Ppl will do anything to be the ones that fool us. I’ve actually released “muscle memories” while I gave massages to women I was getting to know that produced profound and shocking affects on them. The first three times scared the crap out of me… Now I’m a little concerned given, maybe the program is a lot more distributed in the population than we think. If I was getting girls going off while I was hand scanning their knots in their muscles…I really wonder now. I thought it was my incredible chi flow…maybe not. What’s a… Read more »

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Something Strange Is Happening To Taylor Swift : Look What They Made Her Do!

Taylor Swift is getting ready to release a brand new album called Reputation, this November.

She also recently released a very popular song – Look What You Made Me Do.

https://youtu.be/Oq6qGc_njDA

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Wow…

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DEEP STATE Part.I: American Freemason ILLUMINATi, A History

BUSH,CLINTON,OBAMA,LIBYA,REFUGEES MIGRANTS TO EUROPE and AMERIKA, DEMOCRACY-PEACE…REVOLUTIONS,UNITED NATIONS,SYRIA…Overthrow of GOVERNMENTS,

CIA….ALL THE BS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!
https://youtu.be/K065P_OHdxc

bluewater
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bluewater

Something Strange Is Happening To Taylor Swift : Look What They Made Her Do!

Taylor Swift is getting ready to release a brand new album called Reputation, this November.

She also recently released a very popular song – Look What You Made Me Do.

https://youtu.be/Oq6qGc_njDA

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Irma is the opposite bitch being the Destroyer of the illuminati.
Posted a lengthy article on this and was deleted as spam… you can see it on my profile

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Kim Jung-Un – Mind Controlled CIA Asset …….. Death (Rider on the white horse brings war and death after solar eclipse.)

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Kim Jung-Un – Mind Controlled CIA Asset …….. Death (Rider on the white horse brings war and death after solar eclipse.)

NORTH KOREA does not have a CENTRAL BANK

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Anon
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Kek. You seem schizophrenic.

Voltaire
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Donald Trump was either playing golf or twittering when all this happened -(or perhaps he was groping the First Trollop Lady…)

I do not believe the Americans could shoot down any missile nowadays

They are all too doped up…

But they are good at getting rammed up the bum on the high seas

There must be a moral here…

(Do not let gays into the Navy?)

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Not for nothing dude, but if I had a wife like that, I would have already died on top of her (I don’t chance being a bottom, I can’t explain why other than I had a patient once with a broken member, and NFW will I suffer the same fate…)

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LOL…BTW..

How do you ‘”break a member”?

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The way that guy did it was his gf miss timed a pushback doggie style and snapped it like a twig. Of course it’s only breaking the ligament, but I promise you, it didn’t look like he was having a great time. In fact I think EVERY female ER nurse wanted to inspect his broken member. I started to yell at them to grow the fk up, he’s not here for them to gawk at… The 3rd time a woman was reverse cowgirl on me and she lost concentration and tried to snap mine, was the LAST time I allowed… Read more »

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LOL

And not even bent naturally either?

Jeffrey Spinner
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Believe it or not, the “natural” upward scoop that most men have is actually micro damage over time. I purely healthy willy, conceding nothing in nature is straight, is straight.

Notice some men have a downward bend, which looks completely unnatural to me, but they like reverse cowgirl so it makes sense as well. Micro damage in the opposite direction.

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Exactly ! Japan is totally defenceless – the Emperor has no clothes as this missile should have automatically have been shot down after which US would be seen as Top Dog but it didn’t.

Some may say US deliberately did nothing but sometimes a Turd is just a Turd ?

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Some may say many things, but logic dictates the obvious inference: The US missile shield didn’t work. Furthermore, if “you” knew more about the Japanese culture and people, they are very different in how they handle saying things, and they are territorial to the point of giving their lives for one grain of sand of Japan. Given that: 1) If they could of, they would have NEVER allowed a NK missile to overfly their territory. 2) Having to give an alert to their citizens to duck and cover was so face losing, someone is having hell to pay as we… Read more »

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This, is why I know we are f….. And again, I take an ex. from the MSM in Norway, when I know others are equally rotten incl most of the British shit-holes called News sites, about NK, but this time I focus on comments, we know the MSM lies about everything all the time, but whats dangerous is what the comments reveal and what our “piss” loving MSM aloves to stay, in this “racistical” times, where anyone writing anything negative about Blacks or Joojos, is automatically censured, and projected as hate speak, two packs of rats protected by the MSM.… Read more »

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The world war is already here, as per military definition.

Don’t worry cracker, I think the great AI war machines are not giving the oligarchs the right strategic, tactical or even logistic advice to win anything.

White ppl are slow to anger, but once angry are the most ferocious ppl on earth, so to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, both in EUistan and the US, they are poking the sleeping giant awake until he fights.

Oh great google AI, seriously? That’s your plan? Garbage in, garbage out, then.

Voltaire
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google in

google out

Excellent expression…

Voltaire
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ROFL… I think young Kim has an excellent sense of humour…

He just lobs the odd missile OVER Japan into the sea beyond…”pour les encourager” as Voltaire would have said…

So much for the American nuclear umbrella over Japan…it looks like a busted flush now…

If I were Japanese I woiuld be wondering what the US occupation really means

And what the future will hold for Japan…

Especially after all theiir massive war crimes against the Koreans and Chinese…

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Agreed. And just how many folk in SOUTH Korea today are secretly laughing at the Japanese running for cover like cockroaches in the light.

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Correct! The latest and greatest excuse the Japanese and US militaries have for not shooting down the NK missile is: (sic) they were caught off guard. “Neither the Japanese military, nor the US Pacific Navy, which is on a high state of preparedness, made any effort to shoot down the missile, even when it crossed Japanese air space for the first time. ” “Military sources say Kim had evidently caught them all napping and showed up Washington and Tokyo as short of answers for North Korean missile and nuclear advances.” As for the Japanese having the US as an ‘Ally,’… Read more »

Voltaire
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And this morning young Kim is publicly saying

“I have a lot more where that came from…

And they are for Guam”

ROFL

Will the Paper Tiger Trump (?Paper Groper) now become orange and incandescent?

PS I think the nuclear keys has been taken away from him by the Generals…Thank God…

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kim is a master in the game of politics and is without a doubt expanding his chest to the west showing them full contempt and a total disregard of their hegemonic agenda to take his sovereign nation down by whatever means necessary,so these missiles flying over the top of Japan whether they be a mal-function or not is in deviance to the west,south korea and japan.
Kim knows he has the absolute backing of China and Russia and jew united states are wondering to either hire Superman or hire the full entoourage the Avengers + the new jewish wonder woman…lmao

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ROTHSCHILD MAGAZINE…THE ECONOMIST!!!!

North Korea is “the Hermit Kingdom” ref. Economist 2017 cover
Is this conflict orchestrated?
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US continues to try to corner Russia with silence on Nukes

Moscow continues to be patient in what appears to be an ever more lopsided, intentional stonewalling situation provoked by the Americans.

Seraphim Hanisch

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TASS reported on March 17th that despite Russian readiness to discuss the present problem of strategic weapons deployments and disarmament with its counterparts in the United States, the Americans have not offered Russia any proposals to conduct such talks.

The Kremlin has not yet received any particular proposals on the talks over issues of strategic stability and disarmament from Washington, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS on Sunday when commenting on the statement made by US National Security Adviser John Bolton who did not rule out that such talks could be held with Russia and China.

“No intelligible proposals has been received [from the US] so far,” Peskov said.

Earlier Bolton said in an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis aired on Sunday that he considers it reasonable to include China in the negotiation on those issues with Russia as well.

“China is building up its nuclear capacity now. It’s one of the reasons why we’re looking at strengthening our national missile defense system here in the United States. And it’s one reason why, if we’re going to have another arms control negotiation, for example, with the Russians, it may make sense to include China in that discussion as well,” he said.

Mr. Bolton’s sense about this particular aspect of any arms discussions is correct, as China was not formerly a player in geopolitical affairs the way it is now. The now all-but-scrapped Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF, was a treaty concluded by the US and the USSR leaders Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, back in 1987. However, for in succeeding decades, most notably since the fall of the Soviet Union, the US has been gradually building up weaponry in what appears to be an attempt to create a ring around the Russian Federation, a situation which is understandably increasingly untenable to the Russian government.

Both sides have accused one another of violating this treaty, and the mutual violations and recriminations on top of a host of other (largely fabricated) allegations against the Russian government’s activities led US President Donald Trump to announce his nation’s withdrawal from the treaty, formally suspending it on 1 February. Russian President Vladimir Putin followed suit by suspending it the very next day.

The INF eliminated all of both nations’ land based ballistic and cruise missiles that had a range between 500 and 1000 kilometers (310-620 miles) and also those that had ranges between 1000 and 5500 km (620-3420 miles) and their launchers.

This meant that basically all the missiles on both sides were withdrawn from Europe’s eastern regions – in fact, much, if not most, of Europe was missile-free as the result of this treaty. That is no longer the case today, and both nations’ accusations have provoked re-development of much more advanced systems than ever before, especially true considering the Russian progress into hypersonic and nuclear powered weapons that offer unlimited range.

This situation generates great concern in Europe, such that the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on both Moscow and Washington to salvage the INF and extend the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms, or the New START as it is known.

“I call on the parties to the INF Treaty to use the time remaining to engage in sincere dialogue on the various issues that have been raised. It is very important that this treaty is preserved,” Guterres said at a session of the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Monday.

He stressed that the demise of that accord would make the world more insecure and unstable, which “will be keenly felt in Europe.” “We simply cannot afford to return to the unrestrained nuclear competition of the darkest days of the Cold War,” he said.

Guterres also urged the US and Russia to extend the START Treaty, which expires in 2021, and explore the possibility of further reducing their nuclear arsenals. “I also call on the United States and the Russian Federation to extend the so-called New START Treaty before it expires in 2021,” he said.

The UN chief recalled that the treaty “is the only international legal instrument limiting the size of the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals” and that its inspection provisions “represent important confidence-building measures that benefit the entire world.”

Guterres recalled that the bilateral arms control process between Russia and the US “has been one of the hallmarks of international security for fifty years.”

“Thanks to their efforts, global stockpiles of nuclear weapons are now less than one-sixth of what they were in 1985,” the UN secretary-general pointed out.

The Treaty between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (the New START Treaty) entered into force on February 5, 2011. The document stipulates that seven years after its entry into effect each party should have no more than a total of 700 deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) and strategic bombers, as well as no more than 1,550 warheads on deployed ICBMs, deployed SLBMs and strategic bombers, and a total of 800 deployed and non-deployed ICBM launchers, SLBM launchers and strategic bombers. The new START Treaty obliges the parties to exchange information on the number of warheads and carriers twice a year.

The new START Treaty will remain in force during 10 years until 2021, unless superseded by a subsequent agreement. It may be extended for a period of no more than five years (that is, until 2026) upon the parties’ mutual consent. Moscow has repeatedly called on Washington not to delay the issue of extending the Treaty.

 

 

 

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Trump witch hunt dots connected: CNN to Steele to John McCain (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 110.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss documents released which show that Christopher Steele admitted to using posts by ‘random individuals’ on the CNN community website ‘iReport’ in order to back up his fabricated Trump dossier.

President Trump took note of Steele’s use of CNN citizen journalist posts, in a twitter tirade that blasted the British ex-spy for running with unverified community generated content from a now now-defunct ‘iReports’ website as part of his research.

Trump the proceeded to rip into late neocon Arizona Senator John McCain, tweeting that it was “just proven in court papers” that “last in his class” McCain sent the Steele’s dossier to media outlets in the hopes that they would print it prior to the 2016 US election.

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A federal court unsealed 43 pages Thursday of a deposition that former British spy Christopher Steele gave as part of a lawsuit over his infamous anti-Trump dossier.

To the disappointment of many observers, the full deposition was not unsealed in Thursday’s motion. Instead, portions of Steele’s interview, which he gave in London on July 13, 2018, were unsealed in separate court filings submitted in the lawsuit.

Steele’s full deposition totaled 145 pages. The portions published Thursday focus mainly on questions about the dossier’s claims about Aleksej Gubarev, a tech executive who Steele alleges took part in the hacking of Democrats’ computer systems.

Gubarev has vehemently denied the claim and sued Steele and BuzzFeed News, which published the dossier on Jan. 10, 2017.

U.S. District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro, who handled the lawsuit, ordered a slew of previously sealed documents to be made public Thursday. Ungaro dismissed the lawsuit on Dec. 19 but did not weigh in on whether the dossier’s claims about Gubarev were accurate.

It is unclear whether Steele’s entire deposition will be released. A source familiar with Steele’s interview tempered expectations of any bombshells in the document, saying that Steele avoided going into detail about his efforts to create the dossier and his sources.

A deposition given by former State Department official David Kramer was perhaps the most enlightening document contained in the dump.

Kramer, a longtime associate of late Arizona Sen. John McCain, was BuzzFeed’s source for the dossier. Kramer shared the dossier with at least 11 other reporters, including CNN’s Carl Bernstein. (RELATED: John McCain Associate Gave Dossier To A Dozen Reporters)

Kramer obtained the dossier in late November 2016 after visiting Steele in London. Steele acknowledged that Kramer and McCain were picked as conduits to pass the dossier to then-FBI Director James Comey. McCain met with Comey on Dec. 9, 2016 and provided all of the dossier’s memos that had been written up to that point.

“I think they felt a senior Republican was better to be the recipient of this rather than a Democrat because if it were a Democrat, I think that the view was that it would have been dismissed as a political attack,” Kramer said in the deposition when asked why Steele and his business partners at Fusion GPS wanted McCain to meet with Comey.

Via Washington Examiner

Former British spy Christopher Steele admitted that he relied on an unverified report on a CNN website for part of the “Trump dossier,” which was used as a basis for the FBI’s investigation into Trump.

According to deposition transcripts released this week, Steele said last year he used a 2009 report he found on CNN’s iReport website and said he wasn’t aware that submissions to that site are posted by members of the public and are not checked for accuracy.

web archive from July 29, 2009 shows that CNN described the site in this manner: “iReport.com is a user-generated site. That means the stories submitted by users are not edited, fact-checked, or screened before they post.”

In the dossier, Steele, a Cambridge-educated former MI6 officer, wrote about extensive allegations against Donald Trump, associates of his campaign, various Russians and other foreign nationals, and a variety of companies — including one called Webzilla. Those allegations would become part of an FBI investigation and would be used to apply for warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

During his deposition, Steele was pressed on the methods he used to verify allegations made about Webzilla, which was thought to be used by Russia to hack into Democratic emails.

When asked if he discovered “anything of relevance concerning Webzilla” during the verification process, Steele replied: “We did. It was an article I have got here which was posted on July 28, 2009, on something called CNN iReport.”

“I do not have any particular knowledge of that,” Steele said when asked what was his understanding of how the iReport website worked.

When asked if he understood that content on the site was not generated by CNN reporters, he said, “I do not.” He was then asked: “Do you understand that they have no connection to any CNN reporters?” Steele replied, “I do not.”

He was pressed on this further: “Do you understand that CNN iReports are or were nothing more than any random individuals’ assertions on the Internet?” Steele replied: “No, I obviously presume that if it is on a CNN site that it may has some kind of CNN status. Albeit that it may be an independent person posting on the site.”

When asked about his methodology for searching for this information, Steele described it as “what we could call an open source search,” which he defined as “where you go into the Internet and you access material that is available on the Internet that is of relevance or reference to the issue at hand or the person under consideration.”

Steele said his dossier contained “raw intelligence” that he admitted could contain untrue or even “deliberately false information.”

Steele was hired by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS to investigate then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016. Fusion GPS was receiving funding at the time from the Clinton campaign and the DNC through the Perkins Coie law firm.

The series of memos that Steele would eventually compile became known as the “Trump Dossier.” The dossier was used in FISA applications to surveil Trump campaign associate Carter Page.

When asked whether he warned Fusion GPS that the information in the dossier might be “Russian disinformation,” Steele admitted that “a general understanding existed between us and Fusion … that all material contained this risk.”

Steele also described his interactions with Sen. John McCain’s aide, David Kramer, whose own deposition showed that he provided BuzzFeed with a copy of the dossier and had spoken with more than a dozen journalists about it.

“I provided copies of the December memo to Fusion GPS for onward passage to David Kramer at the request of Sen. John McCain,” Steele said. “Sen. McCain nominated him as the intermediary. I did not choose him as the intermediary.”

When asked if he told Kramer that he couldn’t “vouch for everything that was produced in the memos,” Steele replied, “Yes, with an emphasis on ‘everything.'”

When asked why he believed it was so important to provide the dossier to Sen. McCain, Steele said: “Because I judged it had national security implications for the United States and the West as a whole.”

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Trudeau’s Top Bureaucrat Unexpectedly Quits Amid Growing Corruption Scandal

In a scathing letter to Trudeau, Wernick said that “recent events” led him to conclude he couldn’t hold his post during the election campaign this fall.

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Since it was exposed by a report in Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper earlier this month, the scandal that’s become known as the SNC-Lavalin affair has already led to the firing of several of Trudeau’s close advisors and raised serious questions about whether the prime minister was complicit in pressuring the attorney general to offer a deferred prosecution agreement with a large, Quebec-based engineering firm.

And according to the first round of polls released since the affair exploded into public view…

…it could cost Trudeau his position as prime minister and return control to the conservatives, according to the CBC.

Campaign Research showed the Conservatives ahead with 37% to 32% for the Liberals, while both Ipsos and Léger put the margin at 36% to 34% in the Conservatives’ favour.Since December, when both polling firms were last in the field, the Liberals have lost one point in Campaign Research’s polling and four percentage points in the Ipsos poll, while the party is down five points since November in the Léger poll.

Meanwhile, as the noose tightens around Trudeau, on Monday another of the key Canadian government officials at the center of the SNC-Lavalin scandal has quit his post.

Michael Wernick, clerk of the privy council, the highest-ranking position in Canada’s civil service and a key aide to Justin Trudeau, announced his retirement Monday. Trudeau named Ian Shugart, currently deputy minister of foreign affairs, to replace him.

In a scathing letter to Trudeau, Wernick said that “recent events” led him to conclude he couldn’t hold his post during the election campaign this fall.

“It is now apparent that there is no path for me to have a relationship of mutual trust and respect with the leaders of the opposition parties,” he said, citing the need for impartiality on the issue of potential foreign interference. According to Bloomberg, the exact date of his departure is unclear.

As we reported in February, Canada’s former justice minister and attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, quit following allegations that several key Trudeau government figures pressured her to intervene to end a criminal prosecution against Montreal-based construction giant SNC. Wernick was among those she named in saying the prime minister’s office wanted her to pursue a negotiated settlement.

Wernick has since twice spoken to a committee of lawmakers investigating the case, and during that testimony both defended his actions on the SNC file and warned about the risk of foreign election interference, as “blame Putin” has become traditional Plan B plan for most politicians seeing their careers go up in flames.

“I’m deeply concerned about my country right now, its politics and where it’s headed. I worry about foreign interference in the upcoming election,” he said in his first appearance before the House of Commons justice committee, before repeating the warning a second time this month. “If that was seen as alarmist, so be it. I was pulling the alarm. We need a public debate about foreign interference.”

Because somehow foreign interference has something to do with Wenick’s alleged corruption.

Incidentally, as we wonder what the real reason is behind Wernick’s swift departure, we are confident we will know soon enough.

Anyway, back to the now former clerk, who is meant to be non-partisan in service of the government of the day, also criticized comments by a Conservative senator and praised one of Trudeau’s cabinet ministers.

Wernick’s testimony was criticized as overly cozy with the ruling Liberals. Murray Rankin, a New Democratic Party lawmaker, asked the clerk how lawmakers could “do anything but conclude that you have in fact crossed the line into partisan activity?” Green Party Leader Elizabeth May said he seemed “willing to interfere in partisan fashion for whoever is in power.”

Whatever Wernick’s true motives, he is the latest but not last in what will be a long line of cabinet departures as the SNC scandal exposes even more corruption in Trudeau’s cabinet (some have ironically pointed out that Canada’s “beloved” prime minister could be gone for actual corruption long before Trump). Trudeau had already lost a top political aide, Gerald Butts, to the scandal. A second minister, Jane Philpott, followed Wilson-Raybould in quitting cabinet.

Separately, on Monday, Trudeau appointed a former deputy prime minister in a Liberal government, Anne McLellan, as a special adviser to investigate some of the legal questions raised by the controversy. They include how governments should interact with the attorney general and whether that role should continue to be held by the justice minister.

As Bloomberg notes, the increasingly shaky Liberal government hasn’t ruled out helping SNC by ordering a deferred prosecution agreement in the corruption and bribery case, which centers around the company’s work in Moammar Qaddafi’s Libya. Doing so would allow the company to pay a fine and avoid any ban on receiving government contracts. That decision is up to the current attorney general, David Lametti; of course, such an action would only raise tensions amid speculation that the government is pushing for a specific political, and favorable for Trudeau, outcome.

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