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Download Mobi ↠ Russian Roulette The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump ´ 352 pages ✓ The incredible harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence And trolls on US political targets and exploited WikiLeaks to disseminate information that could affect the 2016 electionThe Russians were wildly successful and the great break in of 2016 was no third rate burglary It was far sophisticated and sinister a brazen act of political espionage designed to interfere with American democracy At the end of the day Trump the candidate who pursued business deals in Russia won And millions of Americans were left wondering what the hell happened? This Each day it seems there is a new revelation related to Russian actions during the 2016 presidential election Today for example the New York Times reported that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller has subpoenaed records of the Trump Organization to examine its relationship with Russia As the information keeps flowing in newspapers and cable TV and having read COLLUSION SECRET MEETINGS DIRTY MONEY AND HOW RUSSIA HELPED DONALD TRUMP WIN by Luke Harding and FIRE AND FURY by Michael Wolff my head is spinning How does one connect all the dots to see if there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and whether Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice? David Corn and Michael Isikoff may have gone a long way in doing so in their just released book RUSSIAN ROULETTE THE INSIDE STORY OF PUTIN’S WAR ON AMERICA AND THE ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP Both authors are investigative journalists and this is there second joint effort the first being there well received HUBRIS THE INSIDE STORY OF SPIN SCANDAL and AND THE SELLING OF THE IRA WARThe arguments presented by Corn and Isikoff mirror those of others that have investigated Trump’s relationship with the Russians simply put “follow the money” According to the authors Trump has been obsessed with building a Trump Tower in Moscow for decades It seems it is the missing piece to his real estate empire and a segment of his ego as he wanted to be known as a “global oligarch” Most recently the obsession manifested itself in 2013 at the Miss Universe Pageant that took place in Moscow For Trump to achieve his tower in Moscow he needed affirmation from Russian President Vladimir Putin During the beauty contest it seemed that Trump was on pins and needles as to whether the Russian leader would make an appearance The authors point to a number of Russian oligarchs and close Putin companions in showing who Trump tried partner with to build the tower and others he had been involved with in the past A number of oligarchs emerge one of which was Aras Agalarov known as “Putin’s builder” who was Trump’s partner in the Miss Universe Pageant; in fact a letter of intent was signed between Agalarov and Trump to finance the tower but eventually fell through Another interesting character is Felix Sater a Russian born and one time felon with links to the Mafia and Russian organized crime who in the 2000s was a New York real estate developer who partnered with Trump with the Trump SoHo Hotel in lower Manhattan Further in 2010 he became a Trump advisor for a short period of time though during the presidential election campaign Trump denied knowing him or even what he looked like In effect Sater was a go between Trump and the oligarchs By October 2015 Trump signed a letter of Intent with IC Expert Investment to move forward with the Trump Tower venture Discussions about financing linked IC Expert Investment Company with Russian banks under US economic sanctions including Sberbank which cosponsored the 2013 beauty pageant in Moscow According to Sater another source for investment was VTB Bank an institution partly owned by the Kremlin and also under US sanctions The result was that the Trump Organization was putting together a deal that could well depend on Russian financing from blacklisted banks linked to Putin’s regime In fact Sater emailed Michael Cohen Trump’s lawyer and “pit bull” “I will get Putin on this program and will get Donald electedBuddy our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it I will get all of Putin’s team to buy in on this I will manage the process” 81 At the same time Trump was cozying up to Putin on MSNBC’s Morning Joe declaring Putin as a effective leader than Obama who had accomplished much than the American president In 2008 Donald Trump Jr remarked; “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross section of a lot of our assetscertainly with our project in SoHo and anywhere in New YorkWe see a lot of money pouring in from Russia” In 2014 Eric Trump Trump’s second oldest son said “his father’s business did not rely on US banks for financing golf resort projectsWe have all the funding we need out of Russia” 89 Corn and Isikoff effectively delve into Trump’s Russian connections dating back years and the only conclusion that can be drawn is that he was financially involved with Russian oligarchs and other unseeingly characters to the point that he still needed their assets to finance his projects The problem was that he needed Putin’s approval Corn and Isikoff lay out Putin’s worldview in particular his attitude toward President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton The authors weave a fascinating portrait that links a number of important characters For example when the Obama administration tried for a “reset” in Russian relations Foreign Minister Lavrov reuested that the US provide a visa for Oleg Deripaska a Russian billionaire close to Putin and a business partner of Paul Manafort who had been engaged in all kinds of duplicitous economic and political shenanigans in the Ukraine that resulted millions for his businesses Putin himself was a Russian nationalist who wanted to restore Russia to its rightful place in the world He strongly resented US “unipolar power” particularly as practiced by overthrowing autocracy in Ira and Libya Domestically Putin felt that President Medvedev was too soft in dealing with Obama and announced in 2010 that he would run for President Russia headed for a political crisis in 2011 and Putin blamed Clinton for the pro democracy demonstrations against his election along with domestic criticism Putin’s resentment of Clinton would smolder for years particularly as the State Department complained about the assassinations of Putin critics like Sergei Magnitsky which led to the Magnitsky Act in Congress geared against those who were responsible for his death Putin would accuse the US of destabilizing the Ukraine and would seize the Crimea forcing Obama into further economic sanctions By 2014 Putin would send troops into UkraineCorn and Isikoff spend a great deal of time explaining how the American election was compromised by Russian interference in 2016 They take a step by step approach which reads like a legal brief In 2013 General Valery Gerasimov Chief of the General Staff of Russian Armed Forces wrote an article that argued that information warfare could be used to weaponize political divisions within another nation Instead of conventional warfare of the past hackers and skilled propagandists trained to exploit existing rifts within the ranks of the adversary would be employed A US informant explained that these networks were extremely extensive “in Europe Germany Italy France and the UK and in the USRussia has penetrated media organizations lobbying firms political parties governments and militaries in all these places” 52 The Obama administration decided not to do anything about it as it needed Putin’s support over the Iranian nuclear situation and events in SyriaCorn and Isikoff’s information dealing with Russian Troll Farms is very concerning Company’s like the Russian Internet Research Agency employed hundreds of people who troll Facebook Twitter and Instagram stealing identities creating false individuals and news praising Putin denouncing Obama and attacking the European Union Payments to these trolls was made by Yevgeny Prigozhin a restaurateur oligarch known as Putin’s chef By 2015 there were repeated attacks against the Democratic National Committee DNC the State Department and the White House Again Obama believing he needed Putin on Iran and Syria did nothing Interestingly a Russian hacker named “Cozybear” had been inside the DNC network since July 2015 and among the information stolen was their entire opposition research file on Donald Trump Cybersecurity experts surmised that APT 28 a Russian hacker tied to the GRU Russian military intelligence had launched 19000 separate attacks against the US between March 2015 and May 2016The FBI and US intelligence aware of these breaches kept warning the DNC and Clinton’s campaign as to the Russian penetration of their systems At first they could not find the breach but finally when it was located they had difficulty closing it Their cyber assault would snare the top official in the Clinton campaign John Podesta and no one in the campaign had a clue Corn and Isikoff do an admirable job providing the links in the chain dealing with the hacking of the DNC and Clinton campaign as well as their links to Russian intelligence They point to WikiLeaks and the attitude of Julian Assange toward Hillary Clinton and the US in general and the numerous contacts between the Trump people and Russian intelligence The preliminaries to the June 9 2016 meeting between Trump yr Manafort Kushner Goldstone and the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya her translator a Agalarov executive implicated in Russian money laundering and Rinat Akmetshin a former Russian intelligence officer and lobbyist in Washington is carefully explored with the now infamous comment by Trump Jr before the meeting in response to possible information on Clinton “If it’s what you say I love it”It is clear that George Papadopoulos a Trump foreign policy advisor who produced the comment by Steve Bannon “how the fuck did he get on the list” of possible advisors was fully engaged in trying to bring about a Trump Putin meeting Papadopoulos’ “big mouth” in a bar as he bragged about his work to an Australian diplomat led eventually to his indictment by Robert Mueller Further the buffoonish Carter Page went to Moscow to express his pro Putin views with the permission of Trump campaign manager Cory Lewandowski – seen by Moscow as a signal from the Trump campaign It is clear that what motivated Putin in this game of political intelligence and hacking was to end the American sanctions imposed by the Obama administration For the Russian president it was simple elect Trump who had hinted strongly he would be favorable and as a secondary benefit gain his revenge against Hillary Clinton The uestion is why was Trump so favorable? What did Putin have on Trump andor what promises were made if an acceptable outcome was reached?The answer to these uestions becomes clearer when the authors discuss the Russian concept of kompromat a strategy to obtain compromising material on people they want to manipulate employing blackmail and threats to achieve their goals A Russian tactic that dates back to the Cold War it is a major theme put forth by Corn and Isikoff who argue it probably applies to Trump dating back at least to 2013 and the Miss Universe Contest which is laid out in Christopher Steele’s “dossier” which contained the salacious information pertaining to Trump’s possible sexual escapades The authors explain how it was employed and it goes a long way to explain why Trump is so obsessed with the Mueller investigation as one can only wonder what Putin has on TrumpCorn and Isikoff review details of the actual presidential campaign following their respective party conventions All the information that the public was bombarded with for months is present including the role of social media particularly important today with the digital relationship between Facebook and Cambridge Analytica making news headlines and its relationship to the Trump campaign The authors analyze events to determine their impact on the election From Wikipedia’s 64000 email dump including John Podesta designed to protect Trump and hurt Clinton ie the email release following the Access Hollywood tape etc The presidential debates are covered as was the ongoing indecision on the part of the Obama administration to educate the public that they had proof of Russian interference in the election and that an FBI investigation of Russian influence during the campaign was ongoing After a careful examination of the campaign the authors conclude that Julian Assange and Wikileaks were acting in concert with the Russians There were too many coincidents ranging from Roger Stone’s public comments to actual events to conclude otherwiseThe evidence produced by a wonder of investigative reporting makes RUSSIAN ROULETTE the most important book to emerge from the morass of the 2016 election to date If you are confused with the daily bombardment of information Corn and Isikoff have done a service in putting it all together in a succinct and easy to read format What is scary is that I assume Mueller knows exactly what’s in this book the characters the disingenuous deals and behavior the lies and the mistakes by those who should have known better It is no wonder that Trump engaged in the “Friday night massacre” a few days ago

Ebook ã Russian Roulette The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump ì Michael Isikoff

The incredible harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the US election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency Russian Roulette is a story of political skullduggery unprecedented in American history It weaves together tales of international intrigue cyber espionage and superpower rivalry After US Russia relations soured as Vladimir Putin moved to reassert Russian strength on the global stage Moscow trained its best hackers ”Putin had once called the collapse of the Soviet Union the ‘greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century’ He was a Russian nationalist to his core He wanted to extend Russian power restoring its spheres of influence He was an autocrat in the long tradition of Russian strongmen” Thank you AmericaTo me the biggest threat to the continued security of the world is Vladimir Putin He wants to build through creating chaos I grew up under the auspicious umbrella of the Cold War We were replacing war with spycraft much the same way American football has replaced gladiator combat Not that there weren’t bobbles The Cuban Missile Crisis was too real too close The possibility of something going wrong during that jostling of superpowers that would light the tinder of WW3 certainly raised the blood pressure and anxiety of everyone in the United States and the Soviet Union not to mention all the European countries who resided in between The spectre of nuclear holocaust had escaped the celluloid images of movies and become tangible in the bright light of day During the October 22nd 2012 Presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney there was an exchange about Russia that I found personally very uncomfortable Romney in his book had stated that Russia was our greatest geopolitical enemy In the debate Obama was able to pounce on this concept with what would be the zinger of the debate season “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years” The right answer of course for this debate season was all about stopping al aeda not Russia Obama scored points with his base and independent voters with that response We do like to be entertained by witty remarks Obama had made Romney sound out of touch with what were the most important threats to national security It was brilliant The problem is that I personally still saw not so much the Russian people but Vladimir Putin as the biggest threat to national security 911 was still fresh in everyone’s mind and fanatical Islamic terrorists were the prefered villains in American minds When Obama’s plan to RESET with Russia came out I was hopeful but cynical about what would come of it Since I truly believe that Putin’s most important goal is to assemble the old Soviet Union how exactly would RESET really work? I felt that Obama and his team were naive Our embassy people in Russia were being harassed with vandalism break ins aggressive abuse in the street and being followed everywhere they went Let’s flash forward to 2016 ”Putin proud and vain hated to be challenged and ridiculed And Clinton as he saw it was behind all this protests against Putin in Russia For him this grudge would smolder for years—with conseuences no one in the US government could foresee” If Hillary Clinton became the Democratic nominee for President in 2016 it was clear that Putin was going to do everything he could to destroy her At what point did Putin believe that Donald J Trump would emerge out of a crowded field as the Republican nominee for President? Was it before he had even declared he was running? The relationship between Putin and Trump is a slippery slope of half known truths This book outlines the contacts that Trump and his team had with Russia prior to the election Trump has had a long term desire to build a Trump Tower in Moscow He had two deals almost come together but each time they fell apart due to circumstances beyond his control I do wonder if it is possible to separate Trump’s personal ambitions from his political aspirations I about fell out of my chair when I heard Trump asked Russia to hack Clinton’s emails implying a shared alliance with the Russian hackers and his team It was very reckless rhetoric a signature of Trump’s personalitySo yes there are rolling black clouds of smoke surrounding the Trump team and their involvement with the Russians Were they just naive of the law? This is not really an excuse I care to embrace because ignorance of the law has never worked for me in my own life Or was there a true sinister attempt to collude or conspire to win the election? All the President’s Men How many of these men will be wearing orange jumpsuits within the next six months?As I see the accusations unfold and the Mueller probe continue to convict Trump people of crimes that are very real crimes but not tied to Russian collusion I do wonder if there is going to be a big pay off or are we going to just send a bunch of shady rich guys to prison? I applaud that and wish we could send a lot of them to jail I do think it says something about Trump’s character the type of people with whom he associates And this too ”Clinton had ripped into Trump for praising ‘dictators like Vladimir Putin’ She added ‘I’ll leave it to the psychiatrists to explain his affection for tyrants’” Not just Putin but the Fat Baby from North Korea as well It is about the economy right? I have had numerous Trump voters tell me don’t worry about the Fake News or the Tweets or even what Trump says; just enjoy the robust economy Probably the baffling comments I get are the dismissive ones about Russia They don’t see them as a threat or they think that Trump can handle them Did Helsinki make anyone think that Trump can handle Putin?All part of the plan right? Trump has him right where he wants him sigh How about this? Does this bother anyone?”’Trump Trump Trump’ The crowd at the bar roared as the election results came in There was a large life sized photo of Trump in one corner where Trump fans could take selfies And a photo of Putin The bar was in downtown Moscow”I’ve never heard of Russia being so excited about the election of an American president I would rather they were groaning at our election results The hackers of Russia were bold under Obama and continue to be bold under Trump ” At the White House Daniel too was struck by the Russians’ new aggressiveness—and their noisiness ‘It was almost like they double dared us’ he recalled ‘They became even brazen They didn’t care that we could see them’”We know the hacking is being orchestrated by the Russian government and the Chinese government as well A new form of Cold War has begun although it feels pretty warm To me having foreign powers attempting to hack vital secrets or launching insidious attacks on our elections are acts of war and we need to hit them back hard with sanctions or hacking attacks of our own Putin does not understand anything but power and pain Make him feel the pain for his actions Make him reluctant to condone hacking attacks on any nation We must keep our elections safe and social media needs to keep Fake News from permeating our society All news is fake according to Trump It is a brazenly good strategy If his supporters won’t believe the real news then they won’t believe the criticisms of his administration either If Mueller does prove collusion between Trump or members of Trump’s team or both with Russia to influence an American election will it matter to his supporters or to Congress? Will a Democratic Congress do anything about it or do they wait for 2020 and let the election box decide? The problems run deep on all these matters I’ve discussed I decided to read this book because I wanted to review all the known information that is of concern regarding the Trump relationship with Russia to be prepared for what Mueller will reveal after the November elections I do believe that Putin does have something on Trump ”FSB has compromised TRUMP through his activities in MOSCOW sufficiently to be able to blackmail him According to several knowledgeable sources his conduct in Moscow has included perverted sexual acts which have been arrangedmonitored by the FSB”I believe that Trump knows Putin has something on him as well It seems that Trump gets off on watching Russian hookers pee Can you imagine if something like that had been revealed about Obama? The Right would have crucified him not to mention the sanctimonious liberals in his own party I guess for the Right to be upset about any criticism or any untoward behavior from Trump they would have to believe it first Putin may not be in as good of a position as he thinks As much as we want to make Russia all about Trump and sometimes it even seems like Trump takes malicious glee in making Russia about him as well Trump will go away The problem that will remain will be Putin The uestion isn’t can the world survive Trump The uestion is can the world survive Putin? If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

Ebook Russian Roulette The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump

Russian Roulette The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald TrumpStory of high tech spying and multiple political feuds is told against the backdrop of Trump's strange relationship with Putin and the curious ties between members of his inner circle including Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn and Russia Russian Roulette chronicles and explores this bizarre scandal explains the stakes and answers one of the biggest uestions in American politics How and why did a foreign government infiltrate the country's political process and gain influence in Washington The Russian government is an asshole government SURPRISEThe FSB formerly the KGB were harassing our diplomats prior to the Obama administration They were beating them up threatening them and their loved ones and even killing their pets while they were out AssholesI am not one that would say positive things about Mitt Romney mostly I’d just make fun of him; but do you recall during one of the debates that he had with president Obama when the uestion asked was “What is the biggest threat facing the United States today?” Mitt answered “Russia” and goddamn it he was right President Obama laughed and replied I’m paraphrasing “What is this this the 1980’s?” I love President Obama I miss him every minute of everyday but he was a bit naive when it came to Russia Just like he handled the Republicans he was too optimistic about believing in their humanity Silly ObamaFormer Secretary of State and winner of the 2016 presidential election by 4 million votes but yet is not the president of the US because of a bunch of BS in the constitution that must changed Hillary Clinton called Putin out on cheating in his election at the time This made Putin mad and you don’t make sociopaths with short man syndrome mad So when Hillary ran for president he was going to do everything in his power of which he has a lot of to disrupt our election CheckWhen it came to light that Russia had definitely hacked the DNC as well as the RNC oh the kompromat they must have on those slimy weasels the Clinton campaign begged president Obama to come out strong about what was clearly happening and to come down hard against the Russian invasion and the Tump campaign’s collusion with it The president just like almost everyone else at that time remember? thought that Clinton would win and didn’t want to appear to be playing partisan politics in an effort to sway the election Oh silly Obama why must you be such a nice guy?sighOf course there is much depressing information to be had in this book which is uite good The you know the prepared you are for whatever the future holdsWe are on a precipice