Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

CIA Paid $100000 to Shadowy Russian Touting Trump Dirt and Stolen Cyberweapons

CIA Paid $100000 to Shadowy Russian Touting Trump Dirt and Stolen Cyberweapons

U.S. intelligence officials striving repossess stolen cyberweapons reportedly paid $100,000 to a Russian operative who claimed he possessed not exclusively the hacking tools but what Russians call "kompromat" (compromising material) this time, on President Donald Trump.

The $100,000 was paid in cash in a suitcase in a Berlin hotel room back in September and was supposed to be the first installment of a $1 million payout.

USA intelligence wanted to buy back the secret NSA tools so they could do inventory, the story goes, and in the meantime - unsolicited - the Russian promised to give them the Trump kompromat - which the spies insisted they had no interest in whatsoever.

The seller also repeatedly pressed U.S. agents with offers of compromising materials, or kompromat, on Trump, the Times said, citing United States and European intelligence officials. But instead of providing the hacking tools, the Russian produced unverified and possibly fabricated information involving Mr. Trump and others, including bank records, emails and purported Russian intelligence data.

"The fictional story that CIA was bilked out of US$100,000 is patently false", the Central Intelligence Agency said in a statement sent to AFP.

The CIA declined the Times request for comment and the NSA wrote that "all N.S.A. employees have a lifetime obligation to protect classified information".

The newspaper reported that several American intelligence officials said their only objective was to obtain the cyberweapons and not the information on Trump.

Almost a dozen tweets sent by the 's public Twitter account, contained secret messages meant for a Russian attempting to sell stolen cyberweapons, according to new reports.

The information about Trump, the Times reported, is now in the hands of the American intermediary in Europe. However, when they delivered the $100,000 - the first payment of the $1 million deal - all they received was shoddy information on Trump and his associates.

The Russian had a history of money laundering and ran a almost bankrupt cover business that sold portable grills for streetside sausage salesmen in the United Kingdom.

The CIA in a statement pushed back against reporting that said US spies were swindled out of $100,000 during secret negotiations meant to obtain stolen cyber tools.

No officials wanted to pass on information they thought might help determine what had happened.

The viewing took place at the Russian Embassy in Berlin, according to an American businessman acting as an intermediary, which aroused suspicions that the man was a Russian operative. The Russians are also particularly eager to cast doubt on the federal and congressional investigations into the Russian meddling, US intelligence officials said.

Rumours that Russian intelligence possesses the video surfaced more than a year ago in an explosive and unverified dossier compiled by a former British spy, and paid for by Democrats. The Russian, according to the Times, also had promised compromising information on Trump. But the reports, according to the Times, draw nearly entirely from publicly available news reports.

Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu said in a tweet Friday that Risen's article "suggests the CIA Director fears getting information damaging to @realDonaldTrump that is being offered by Russians".

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