Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

CNN Reported

For the first time, CNN has reported that multiple current and former American law enforcement and intelligence investigators have said they have been able to corroborate some of the communications detailed in a 35 page dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent. 

CNN was the first to report, then-President-elect Donald Trump and President Obama were briefed on the existence of the dossier prior to Trump's inauguration.  None of the newly learned information relates to the salacious allegations in the dossier.  The dossier details about a dozen conversations between senior Russian officials and other Russian individuals.  Sources would not confirm which specific conversations were intercepted or the content of those discussions due to the classified nature of our country’s intelligence collection programs.

But the intercepts do confirm that some of the conversations described in the dossier took place between the same individuals on the same days and from the same locations as detailed in the dossier, according to the officials.  CNN has not confirmed whether any content relates to presidential candidate Trump.

The corroboration, based on intercepted communications, has given US intelligence and law enforcement greater confidence in the credibility of some aspects of the dossier as they continue to actively investigate its contents.

Some of the individuals involved in the intercepted communications were known to the US intelligence community as heavily involved in collecting information damaging to Hillary Clinton and helpful to Donald Trump.

The dossier was commissioned by political opponents of then-candidate Trump and compiled by a former British intelligence agent.  Our intelligence agencies checked out the former MI6 operative and his vast network throughout Europe and found him and his sources to be credible.

In January, Donald Trump dismissed the entire dossier by saying: "It's all fake news.  It's phony stuff.  It didn't happen."


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