Donald Trump’s presidency is about to come gloriously clashing down around him. According to a source close to the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, there is now “specific concrete and corroborative evidence” connecting Trump’s people to Vladimir Putin.
The Guardian reported Thursday that the U.K.’s Government Communications Headquarters had been watching Trump’s team since 2015 when they came upon some incredibly suspicious contacts between his people and Vladimir Putin’s:
GCHQ first became aware in late 2015 of suspicious “interactions” between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents, a source close to UK intelligence said. This intelligence was passed to the US as part of a routine exchange of information, they added.
Over the next six months, until summer 2016, a number of western agencies shared further information on contacts between Trump’s inner circle and Russians, sources said.
The European countries that passed on electronic intelligence – known as sigint – included Germany, Estonia and Poland. Australia, a member of the “Five Eyes” spying alliance that also includes the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand, also relayed material, one source said.
It is understood that GCHQ was at no point carrying out a targeted operation against Trump or his team or proactively seeking information. The alleged conversations were picked up by chance as part of routine surveillance of Russian intelligence assets. Over several months, different agencies targeting the same people began to see a pattern of connections that were flagged to intelligence officials in the US.
The FBI and CIA were reportedly slow to comprehend the significance of the contacts between Team Trump and Putin’s people because they are trained to disregard the private communications of American citizens without a warrant allowing them to be examined.
“It looks like the [US] agencies were asleep,” a source tolld The Guardian. “They [the European agencies] were saying: ‘There are contacts going on between people close to Mr Trump and people we believe are Russian intelligence agents. You should be wary of this.”
“The message was: ‘Watch out. There’s something not right here,'” the source says.
Something is indeed not right, but hopefully this evidence will help put an end to the madness — and the Trump regime.
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