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Sudden deaths: "How many of his own people has Vladimir Putin now eliminated while trying to cover up the Trump-Russia scandal?" The "Trump Operation" is in a "mopping up" phase

"How many of his own people has Vladimir Putin now eliminated while trying to cover up the Trump-Russia scandal?" 

Were the killed diplomats the couriers carrying messages with instructions and cash between Trump and Kremlin and the potential witnesses? 

FBI: Find those who are still alive, and ask them, ASAP (ASAP!) They will tell you if they want to stay alive. 

It looks like the major mode of communications is revealed by this circumstance: old fashioned, very simple, and reliable. 

Trump on couriers:

Trump's solution to cyberattacks: Send info via courier | TheHill

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Dec 31, 2016 - "It's very important, if you have something really important, write it out and have it delivered by courier, the old fashioned way because I'll tell you what, no computer is safe," Trumpresponded when asked about the importance of cybersecurity, according to pool reporters.

In this Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin listen during a meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia.


In this Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin listen during a meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia.

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Unexpected deaths of six Russian diplomats in four months triggers conspiracy theories

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When Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations died suddenly in New York last week, he became the sixth Russian diplomat to die unexpectedly since November, leaving internet conspiracy theorists trying to spot a pattern.
Vitaly Churkin, 64, was rushed to hospital from his office at Russia’s UN mission on 20 February, after becoming ill without warning on his way in to work.
It was initially reported that Mr Churkin may have suffered a heart attack, but following an autopsy medical examiners said the death required further study. 
Media company Axios note that not only is Mr Churkin’s death unexplained, but it is also remarkably similar to the deaths of Russia’s Ambassador to India on 27 January, the country’s consul in Athens on 9 January, and a Russian diplomat in New York on US election day, 8 November.
The three other deaths were all also labelled “heart attacks” or the result of “brief illnesses”. 
Two more diplomats died more clearly violent deaths in the same period: Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was assassinated by in Ankara at a photography exhibition on 19 December, and on the same day another diplomat, Petr Polshikov, was shot dead in his Moscow apartment. 
Additionally, an ex-KGB chief, Oleg Erovinkin, who was suspected of helping a British spy draft a dossier on Donald Trump, was found dead in the back of his car on boxing day, 26 December. Mr Erovinkin also was an aide to former deputy prime minister Igor Sechin, who now heads up state-owned oil company Rosneft.

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Here’s a timeline of the deaths since November. 
8 November 2016
On the morning of US Election Day, Russian diplomat Sergei Krivov, 63, was found lying unconscious on the floor of the Russian Consulate in New York with a head injury. Initial reports said Mr Krivov fell from the roof and had blunt force injuries, but Russian officials quickly changed their story and said he died from a heart attack.
BuzzFeed reports police said Mr Krivov's death looked natural and quickly closed the case, but three months later medical examiners are still unsure how he died.
Additionally, the news site reports it being extremely difficult to ascertain exactly what Mr Krivov did at the consulate. According to Russian language media he may have been a consular duty commander, which means he would have been in charge of “prevention of sabotage” and suppression of “attempts of secret intrusion” into the consulate. In other words, making sure US intelligence agencies did not have ears in the building. 
Putin calls creators of Trump dossier 'worse than prostitutes'
19 December 2016
Russia's Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, 62, was assassinated at a photography exhibition in Ankara.
The diplomat was shot in the back as he made a speech by a Turkish police officer who reportedly shouted: “Don't forget Aleppo! Don't forget Syria!” 
On the same day, another diplomat, Petr Polshikov, 56, was found dead from gunshot wounds in his Moscow apartment.
He had been shot in the head and a gun was found under the bathroom sink, but little else is known about the circumstances of his death, which are still believed to be under investigation.
Mr Polshikov served as a senior figure in the Latin American department of the Foreign Ministry.
26 December 2016
Ex-KGB chief Oleg Erovinkin, 61, who is believed to have helped the former MI6 spy Christopher Steele compile his dossier on Mr Trump, was found dead in the back of his black Lexus car in Moscow on Boxing Day. 
Mr Erovinkin was a key aide to Igor Sechin, a former deputy prime minister and now head of Rosneft, the state-owned oil company, who is repeatedly named in the dossier, the Telegraph reported.
Media reports soon after his body was found suggested Mr Erovinkin had almost certainly been murder, but it was later claimed he had died of a heart attack.
9 January 2017
The Russian Consul in Athens, Greece, Andrei Malanin, 55, was found dead on the bathroom floor in his apartment by another member of embassy staff after he failed to arrive at work or answer his phone.
A Greek police official said there was “no evidence of a break-in” and the death appeared to be from natural causes. Mr Malanin lived alone on a heavily guarded street.
Further investigations are ongoing.
27 January 2017
Russia's Ambassador to India, Alexander Kadakin, 67, died after a “brief illness" according to Indian media, which quoted sources saying he had been unwell for a few weeks.
Reuters reports Mr Kadakin died from heart failure, but few further details are known.
20 February 2017
Russia's Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin died suddenly in New York of suspected heart failure. A medical examiner suggested the need to carry out toxicology tests. 
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Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin’s cause of death is unclear

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The cause and manner of death of Russia's ambassador to the United Nations needs to be studied further, the city medical examiner said Tuesday, a day after the diplomat fell ill at his office at Russia's U.N. mission and died at a hospital.
Further study usually includes toxicology and other screenings, which can take weeks. The case was referred to the medical examiner's office by the hospital, spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said.
Vitaly Churkin, who died a day before his 65th birthday, had been Russia's envoy at the United Nations since 2006. He was the longest-serving ambassador on the Security Council, the U.N.'s most powerful body.
The medical examiner is responsible for investigating deaths that occur by criminal violence, accident, suicide, suddenly or when the person seemed healthy, or if someone died in any unusual or suspicious manner. Most of the deaths investigated by the office are not suspicious.
The Security Council held a moment of silence Tuesday in memory of Churkin, whom U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called "not only an outstanding diplomat but an extraordinary human being."
Russian President Vladimir Putin esteemed Churkin's "professionalism and diplomatic talents," spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to the state news agency TASS. Moscow has not yet given a date for the funeral.
Diplomatic colleagues from around the world mourned Churkin as a master in their field, saying he had both a deep knowledge of diplomacy and a large and colorful personality.
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said that while she and Churkin did not always agree, "he unquestionably advocated his country's positions with great skill."
Her predecessor, Samantha Power, described him on Twitter as a "diplomatic maestro and deeply caring man" who had done all he could to bridge differences between the U.S. and Russia.
Those differences were evident when Power and Churkin spoke at the Security Council last month, and Power lashed out at Russia for annexing Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and for carrying out "a merciless military assault" in Syria. Churkin countered that Democratic former President Barack Obama's administration, which Power served in, was "desperately" searching for scapegoats for its failures in Iraq, Syria and Libya.
Churkin died weeks into some major adjustments for Russia, the U.N. and the international community, with a new secretary-general at the world body and a new administration in Washington. Meanwhile, the Security Council is due this week to discuss Ukraine and Syria.
From Moscow's vantage point, "Churkin was like a rock against which were broken the attempts by our enemies to undermine what constitutes the glory of Russia," TASS quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying.
Churkin's U.N. counterparts "experienced and respected the pride that he took in serving his country and the passion and, at times, very stern resolution that he brought to his job," said General Assembly President Peter Thomson, of Fiji. But colleagues also respected Churkin's intellect, diplomatic skills, good humor and consideration for others, said Thomson, who called for a moment of silence at the start of an unrelated meeting Monday.
Churkin emerged as the face of a new approach to foreign affairs by the Soviet Union in 1986, when he testified before the U.S. Congress about the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster. It was rare for any Soviet official to appear before Congress.
In fluent English, Churkin provided little new information about Chernobyl but engaged in a friendly, sometimes humorous, exchange with lawmakers who were not accustomed to such a tone — or to a representative in a fashionably well-fitting suit and a stylish haircut — from the Soviet Union.
After he returned to the foreign ministry in Moscow, he ably dodged questions and parried with Western correspondents, often with a smile, at briefings in the early 1990s. Within the government, he proved himself an able and flexible presence who survived numerous course changes after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. He held ambassadorships in Canada and Belgium, among other posts.
Churkin told Russia Today in an interview this month that diplomacy had become "much more hectic," with political tensions rising and stability elusive in various hotspots. At the time, he looked in good health, reporter Alexey Yaroshevsky tweeted Monday.
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Trump-Russia conspirator Alex Oronov dies suspiciously; he lived in Donald Trump's building

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Yet another individual directly involved in Donald Trump’s Russia scandal has dropped dead under suspicious circumstances, and for the first time, the deceased is a United States citizen. Alex Oronov, one of the organizers of a plot that had the Kremlin pressuring Trump to oust the president of the Ukraine, has died. Palmer Report has determined that Oronov lived in Donald Trump’s building.
Alex Oronov was the individual who arranged a meeting between Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen and Trump’s Russian former business partner Felix Sater, with the assistance of Russian-controlled Ukrainian politician Andrey Artemenko. That meeting resulted in Cohen delivering a Kremlin-backed proposal to National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s office just before he resigned. The plan involved Donald Trump using Russian blackmail to force out the president of Ukraine, so Artemenko could become president and give Crimea to Russia.
Artemenko announced that Oronov is dead, and he blames the death on the plot becoming public knowledge. The implication seems to be that Vladimir Putin and Russia had Oronov killed after he was outed as a conspirator by the media. It turns out Oronov had direct ties to Donald Trump. Business Insider and Talking Points Memo first reported on the fact that Oronov had died. Palmer Report’s own research team has since determined that Oronov lived in the Trump Hollywood building.
Trump Hollywood is a group of condominiums in Hollywood, Florida (not California) that’s controlled by Donald Trump and a real estate partner. According to separate English language and Russian language background searches we’ve conducted, Alex Oronov lived in a condo in Trump Hollywood. Oronov was born in Ukraine while it was part of the Soviet Union. Shortly after the Soviet Union fell, he moved to Florida, ending up in Trump’s building. Oronov is also an in-law of Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, another conspirator in the Ukraine plot.
The timing suggests that Alex Oronov may have been a Kremlin agent or loyalist, and fled after the USSR fell. That would explain why, despite being Ukrainian himself, he was involved in a plot to overthrow the Ukrainian president and hand control back to the Kremlin. In any case, Oronov has been a naturalized United States citizen for twenty years. Up to now, the seven previous people who dropped dead in and around the Trump-Russia scandal had all been Russian citizens. Did Putin finally murder an American citizen? Contribute to Palmer Report
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Meet the nine Russian operatives who have dropped dead during Donald Trump-Russia scandal

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Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, has dropped dead in New York of an apparent heart attack. That may not stand out as suspicious on its own, until one considers that he’s the third Russian diplomat to drop dead in the U.S. since the election season began – and the last two were also said to have died of heart attacks despite their skulls both being bashed in. Even more bizarrely, since Russia’s rigging of the election for Donald Trump exploded in scandal, a whopping nine Russian diplomats, businessmen and operatives have mysteriously dropped dead.
Back in January, a thirty-page dossier was leaked to the public which detailed all the supposed ways in which Russia was blackmailing Trump. Two weeks later Oleg Erovinkin, a former KGB General who had helped a former MI6 agent to assemble the dossier, turned up dead in the back of a car in Russia. While it hasn’t been proven, many have suspected that Vladimir Putin had Erovinkin taken out in revenge for Erovinkin’s complicity in exposing Putin’s blackmail scheme. But even more Russian bodies have been dropping.
Sergei Mikhailov, who was believed to have been a U.S. intelligence asset within the Russian government, was dragged out of a meeting in Russia with a bag over his head and is now almost certainly dead as well.
Back in January a Ukrainian businessman named Alex Oronov (who was not a Russian but who was born in the Soviet Union) arranged a meeting between Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen and Russian mafia connected former Trump business associate Felix Sater, at the behest of Kremlin-controlled Ukrainian politician Andrey Artemenko. That meeting led to a Ukraine blackmail plan being delivered to Michael Flynn’s office just before he resigned. Shortly after the plot was outed in the New York Times, Oronov died. Artemenko went on to assert that Oronov died as a direct result of the plot being exposed in the media. And as it turned out, Oronov lived in one of Donald Trump’s buildings at the time of his death.
Mikhail Lesin, a former aide to Vladimir Putin, dropped dead in a Washington DC hotel room. Russia initially floated the claim that he died of a heart attack, but the coroner’s report revealed that his head had been bashed in. Sergey Krivov, an apparent Russian intel agent, was later found dead inside the Russian consulate in New York. Russia also claimed he’d had a heart attack. But in a familiar tune, the coroner later found evidence that his head had been bashed in.
Back in January, Russian diplomat Andrey Malanin was found dead in his Athens apartment. And we all recall the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, being murdered on live television. Additionally, Russian diplomat Petr Polshikov was found shot to death in Moscow. That adds up to nine bodies now having dropped since the Trump-Russia scandal exploded.
How many of these nine deaths of Russian diplomats and Russian operatives are connected to the Donald Trump-Russia scandal? That’s not yet clear. Some of the deaths, such as Erovinkin and Mikhailov, have much more strongly demonstrated connections to Trump-Russia than others. But bodies don’t generally drop like this without a reason. How many of his own people has Vladimir Putin now eliminated while trying to cover up the Trump-Russia scandal? Contribute to Palmer Report
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Donald Trump administration suppresses cause of death of Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin

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Last month Vitaly Churkin, the longtime Russian Ambassador to the United Nations, suddenly dropped dead in New York. His death was only suspicious in the sense that he was the seventh Russian diplomat or operative to have dropped dead since Donald Trump’s Russia scandal exploded (and there’s since been an eighth). But now there’s real cause for suspicion regarding Churkin, because Trump’s own State Department has apparently intervened to prevent his cause of death from becoming public.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has released a statement claiming that the New York City Law Department has instructed it not to publicly disclose the cause of manner of Vitaly Churkin’s death. Why? It’s claiming that he still has diplomatic immunity. But this makes no sense on any level. For one thing, legal consensus is that diplomatic immunity ends with death. Additionally, diplomatic immunity is meant to protect diplomats from being falsely accused of crimes as political ploys by their host nations. So unless Churkin died while in the process of committing a crime himself, the concept wouldn’t legally apply.
Even more surreal, the statement from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner goes on to blame the “United States Department of State” for having invoked Churkin’s diplomatic immunity to assure that his cause of death doesn’t come out publicly, and asks that any further inquiries be directed there. But the Department of State is run by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has deep financial connections to Russia, and answers directly to Donald Trump.
In other words, Donald Trump’s State Department is incorrectly invoking diplomatic immunity in laughably invalid fashion in an effort to prevent the public from learning how Vitaly Churkin died. Considering that Churkin is the eighth prominent Russian to drop dead since the Trump-Russia scandal hit the headlines, that alone is suspicious and suggests the Trump administration is now trying to cover up the deaths of the Russians. You can read the Coronor’s Office statement here. Our recap of the first seven dead Russians is here. We’ve documented the recent eighth death, Alex Oronov, here.
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Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Death of Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin

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President Donald J. Trump was saddened to learn of the unexpected death of Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin. An accomplished diplomat, Ambassador Churkin worked alongside his U.S. counterparts in New York for more than a decade. While American officials sometimes disagreed with their Russian counterparts, Ambassador Churkin played a crucial role in working with the United States on a number of key issues to advance global security.  The President offers the condolences of the American people to the Russian people and government.
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Autopsy Report Reveals Russia’s UN Envoy Churkin Was Poisoned – Mega News360

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A preliminary autopsy report done by medical experts revealed that Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin had poison in his kidneys.
The leaked report, which a LiveMonitor reporter saw, reads “Legal examination determined the time of death, presumably on Monday morning, approximately 10 h after ingestion of the suspected meal.
Microscopic findings were as follows: moderate centrolobular liver necrosis without inflammatory signs and discrete biliary stasis, significant vascular congestion of the lungs, probably due to acute cardiac insufficiency, significant necrosis from all layers of colon mucosa and submucosa alternating with better-preserved zones, and mixed intestinal flora but no evidence of invasive bacterial lesions. Significant lysis of the adrenal glands was also reported. ”
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As friends‚ fans and colleagues struggled to accept the news‚ his family had released a statement detailing his last moments.
“ OUr beloved Churkin who would have turned 65 Tuesday unfortunately took his last breath at 10.30 am on Monday morning during his working hours‚” read part of the statement.
The statement went on to add that proper arrangements are made and will soon send the body to his homeland for befitting burial and funeral rites.
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Was Russia's Ambassador to UN Churkin poisoned?

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US media stir up rumors about the poisoning of Russian diplomat Vitaly Churkin. Reportedly, there was poison found in the kidneys of Russia’s late Ambassador to the UN.
According to ABS-CBN, a post-mortem examination of Churkin’s body showed the presence of poison in his kidneys. Allegedly, the diplomat had had late supper, at around midnight, hours before his death. Perpetrators could have added an unknown substance in his food.
For the time being, heart attack remains the official cause of his death.
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Chief editor of Echo of Moscow radio station Alexei Venediktov said that Vitaly Churkin had diplomatic immunity, which means that his autopsy contradicted the norms of diplomacy.
Venediktov, with reference to American press, also said that there was a medical report that said that Churkin had been poisoned by the food that he took at midnight.
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7 Russian Diplomats Have Unexpectedly Since November

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Seven Russian diplomats have died unexpectedly since the start of November, with “brief illness” and “heart failure” being the usual causes of death.
The surprising deaths have appeared in five different countries on three continents. While the initial reports often differ, the medical files tend to end up looking very similar.
Conspiracy theorists are trying to find links between the victims and patterns that suggest the deaths were triggered by humans instead of natural causes.
Sergei Krivov, 63, died after suffering a head injury at the Russian Consulate in New York on America’s Election Day, Nov. 8. A New York City Medical Examiner said Krivov died from internal bleeding related to a tumor, according to Buzzfeed.
Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was shot at an Ankara art gallery Dec. 19. The gunman was reportedly a member of Turkey’s special operations police force and he shouted Islamic slurs following the assassination. (RELATED: A Photographer Caught The Exact Moment A Terrorist Gunned Down A Russian Ambassador)
Petr Polshikov, a high-ranking Russian diplomat, was shot dead in his Moscow apartment just hours later. (RELATED: Top Russian Diplomat Shot Dead In Moscow)
Oleg Erovinkin, a former KGB general linked to the unverified dossier on President Donald Trump, was found dead in the back of his car Dec. 26 under mysterious circumstances. The cause of death has been established as a heart attack, but media speculation suggest foul play. (RELATED: Ex-KGB Chief Linked To Trump Dossier Found Dead)
Erovinkin was an aide to Igor Sechin, a former deputy prime minister and current head of the state-owned oil company Rosneft, which is repeatedly named in the dossier. Christopher Steele, the former MI6 spy who compiled the dossier, claimed much of the information came from a source close to Sechin.
Andrei Malanin, the Russian consul in Athens, Greece, was discovered dead on his bathroom floor Jan. 9 after failing to show up for work. Greek police said Malanin appeared to have died of natural causes. There were no signs of a “a break-in” at the apartment but police launched an investigation into the cause of death.
Alexander Kadakin, the Russian ambassador to India, passed away Jan. 26 in New Delhi due to heart failure after a “brief illness.”
Vitaly Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, died from suspected heart failure Feb. 20 in New York City. Churkin fell ill with a cardiac condition at work and died shortly after arriving at the hospital. A federal law enforcement told Reuters there was nothing unusual about Churkin’s death. (RELATED: Russia’s Ambassador To UN Dies Suddenly)
While some of the deaths have many similarities, none of the foreign countries where the diplomats died from heart attacks have reported evidence of foul play.
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8th Suspicious Death of Russian Diplomat or Official in 5 months: Denis Voronenkov - Santa monica Observed

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8th Suspicious Death of Russian Diplomat or Official in 5 months: Denis Voronenkov
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For the fifth time in 3 months, a Russian diplomat has died under suspicious circumstances. Vitaly Churkin death at Russia's consulate in New York City has been explained as a mere "heart attack." But his death involved a mysterious femme fatale ...
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Comey, Rogers appearance before House Intelligence Committee postponed - Fox News

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FBI Director James Comey and NSA chief Mike Rogers are not expected to appear Tuesday at a closed hearing of the House Intelligence Committee, Fox News confirmed. Tuesday's appearance would have followed up on the pair's open testimony last week ...
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Markets and Business News Review: Capitol Report: Kushner’s attempt to tame bureaucracy may run into same difficulties Clinton faced

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Donald Trump on Monday tapped his son in law, Jared Kushner, to run a new White House office to streamline the federal bureaucracy - a goal with a long and checkered history.
   


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The National Interest: The U.S. Army's Master Plan to Win the Wars of the Future 

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The technology also uses a technique called a “chem light,” wherein a Soldier can highlight or “light up” a location to pass along key information such as the location of a cleared building or other data relevant to an ongoing fight.
“This helps the fight at the Platoon level by providing a visual picture or voice instruction about, for example, the location of a house they are going to take down,” Marsh added.
Nett Warrior also uses a chat or messaging function so that Soldiers can quickly communicate with one another in addition to looking at the screen on the device. Quickly translating from Arabic or Pashtun to English is also an emerging capability of Nett Warrior, a technology which could greatly help deployed Soldiers acquire and transmit key battlefield information.
The Army is upgrading and more widely deploying a cutting-edge battlefield force-tracking technology for dismounted Soldiers, enabling them to know the locations of their fellow Soldiers and more quickly find, identify, target and destroy enemy fighters.
Called Nett Warrior, the technology is a cell-phone-like device showing graphics on a small, digital moving map identifying fast-moving combat information.
“The power of this is to network the Soldier,” Lt. Col. Adrian Marsh, Product Manager, Ground Soldier System, told Scout Warrior in an interview last year.
The Army plans to more-widely deploy Nett Warrior, which has already been fielded with operational units, Marsh said. Furthermore, future iterations of the technology  will likely include the addition of field artillery information on the Nett Warrior system, he added.
This would help units identify longer range targets for artillery weapons in addition to tracking close quarter combat enemies.  
Nett Warrior has greatly helped forward-deployed mobile infantry units who often find themselves in fast-moving firefights with enemy fighters, Marsh said.
“It provides unprecedented situational awareness at the dismounted level through the map display. The icons show where all the other users are on the battlefield and the device allows for battlefield messaging. Everyone sees the same picture,” Marsh explained. “The battle changes in real time and information can transmit across the force in real time.”
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Trump and Russia - Google News: For Trump, Russia just won't go away - The Boston Globe

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For TrumpRussia just won't go away
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Every day brings fresh revelations about the possible links between President Donald J. Trump'scampaign and Russia. Consider four recent examples. Last week, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that his agency is looking into the oft-whispered question ...
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Nato - Russia News: Boris Johnson postpones Russia visit to attend Nato meeting - Swindon Advertiser

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Boris Johnson postpones Russia visit to attend Nato meeting
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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has postponed a planned visit to Russia in order to attend a meeting with Nato counterparts, including US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The Brussels gathering was rescheduled to March 31 after Mr Tillerson indicated ...
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Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: It's All Downhill (Skiing) For Medvedev Amid Protests

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On a day of nationwide protests in which the Russian prime minister came under intense fire for alleged corruption, Dmitry Medvedev apparently took to the slopes.



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Ukraine - Google News: Trump's Visit With Czech President Helps Putin In Ukraine - Daily Caller

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Trump's Visit With Czech President Helps Putin In Ukraine
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Ukrainians struggling against continued Russian aggression should be devastated that President Trump invited Czech President Milos Zeman to the White House in April. Zeman is seeking to set up a meeting between Trump and Putin, which is no surprise ...

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World: UK postpones Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s Russia trip 

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Britain says a planned trip to Russia by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson this week has been postponed.

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US military options in Syria - Google News: The Case for Deploying American Ground Forces in Syria - News Deeply

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The Case for Deploying American Ground Forces in Syria
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Another option would be for Raqqa to be taken by Turkish forces, perhaps in the company ofU.S. advisers. Turkey is a NATO partner, and its military has skilled and highly motivated soldiers. Taking Raqqa with a combination of Turkish soldiers ...



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Israel's Netanyahu pledges to work with Trump on peace efforts

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he was committed to working with U.S. President Donald Trump to advance peace efforts with the Palestinians and with the broader Arab world.
  

Can Michael Flynn Testimony Bring Down Donald Trump Presidency?

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As reported by Law Newz, rumors are flying that a Michael Flynn FBI deal might be in the works. If this turns out to be true, many are wondering if the former national security advisor’s testimony could be the final nail in the coffin for the Donald Trump presidency. Certainly, if Flynn testifies that Donald Trump knew about his alleged pre-inauguration negotiations with the Russians on U.S. sanctions, Trump’s days in the White House might be numbered.

Resignation of Michael Flynn

FBI deal or not, it’s quite possible that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn could easily be in a position to do a lot of damage to the Donald Trump presidency if he so chose. That’s why the possibility of a Flynn FBI deal is so tantalizing to those investigating any potential ties between the Trump White House and Russia.
It was only days into the Trump administration that leaks revealed just how closely tied Michael Flynn apparently was to Russia and Vladimir Putin. While it was already known that Flynn had – following his rather tumultuous dismissal from the Department of Defense – traveled to Moscow and interacted with Putin and other high-level Russian officials, these new revelations were an eye-opener.
Allegedly, Michael Flynn carried out secret negotiations with the Russians regarding the sanctions imposed on them following their actions in the Crimea and against Ukraine. These discussions also supposedly addressed the latest sanctions being imposed by the Obama administration as a response to Russian interference in the United States 2016 election. Flynn reportedly advised Putin not to respond to the sanctions, since they would – he reportedly implied – be lifted once Trump was in office.
If a Flynn FBI deal were to reveal that other high Trump administration officials – or Donald Trump himself – were aware of Flynn’s interactions with the Russians regarding sanctions, it’s easy to visualize a situation in which Trump might either have to resign or be impeached.

Flynn and Turkey

The possibility of a Flynn FBI deal probably increased significantly following further revelations about a meeting in one of Donald Trump’s hotels where Michael Flynn allegedly spoke with Turkish officials. The topic of this meeting related to a deal to ship an Islamic cleric named Fethullah Gulen – who has legal residency in the United States – back to Turkey for trial. It has been revealed that Flynn was actually being paid by Turkey at the time.
According to former CIA director James Woolsey – who happened to be in attendance briefly – the discussions on September 19, 2016, seemed to be suggesting a deal that wouldn’t be in keeping with United States extradition laws. At the same time, it should be noted that Woolsey doesn’t say that a firm plan for this deal was actually spelled out at the meeting.
As reported by the Daily Kos, an interesting and recent addendum to this revelation is that House intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes was with Flynn at another breakfast meeting with Turkish officials in January. Remarkably, Nunes is in charge of carrying out the congressional investigation into Donald Trump’s connections to Russia. If this isn’t a conflict of interest, it certainly gives every appearance of being one.
So, the rumored Flynn FBI deal could have ramifications for Donald Trump, the Trump administration as a whole, and even other elected representatives in government. Whether FBI Director James Comey will vigorously pursue this investigation and ensure that any incriminating results are followed up with prosecutions is unclear at this time. Comey has, on occasion, demonstrated a certain independence from his fellow Republicans. But on the other hand, the FBI did release damaging information about the Clinton campaign just prior to the 2016 election, despite the fact that Comey ultimately admitted there was nothing there.
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Russia, Putin and Putinism: Trump to Russia-Linked Ex-Advisors: Keep Your Distance 

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The Trump administration is going to great lengths to distance itself from former associates in the face of an F.B.I. investigation into whether there were connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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Will Kushner Family Israel Investments Impact Future Peace Negotiations? - Forward

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Will Kushner Family Israel Investments Impact Future Peace Negotiations?
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Jared Kushner's family has financial investments in Israel that could potentially affect his ability to fairly broker a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian impasse, ethics experts say. According to the Associated Press, Kushner's family real estate ...

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Trump vs. Congress: Now What? - New York Times

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Trump vs. Congress: Now What?
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On Monday, Jan. 9, less than two weeks before President Trump's inauguration, the House speaker, Paul Ryan, hosted a dinner at his office in the Capitol with members of Trump's inner circle. The guests included the president-elect's chief White House ...
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Roger Stone: 'I have had no contacts or collusions with the Russians' - Politico

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Roger Stone: 'I have had no contacts or collusions with the Russians'
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Longtime Trump confidant and adviser Roger Stone dismissed allegations of collusion with Russia officials Sunday after being cited during Director James Comey's testimony before Congress on Trump-Russia ties last week. "I reiterate again, I have had no ...
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Senate Committee to Question Jared Kushner Over Meetings With Russians

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A White House spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, confirmed those meetings, saying in an interview that nothing of consequence was discussed and that they went nowhere. Mr. Gorkov, who previously served as deputy chairman of the board at Sberbank, Russia’s largest state-owned bank, could not be reached for comment.
Members of presidential transition teams routinely meet with foreign officials, and there is nothing inherently improper about sitting down with the Russian ambassador. Part of Mr. Kushner’s role during the campaign and the transition was to serve as a chief conduit to foreign governments and officials, and Ms. Hicks said he met with dozens of officials from a wide range of countries.
She added that Mr. Kushner was willing to talk to Senate investigators about the meetings with Mr. Kislyak and the banker, saying, “He isn’t trying to hide anything and wants to be transparent.”
Still, meetings between Trump associates and Russian officials or others linked to Mr. Putin are now of heightened interest as several congressional committees and F.B.I. investigators try to determine the scope of the Russian intervention in the election and links between Russians and anyone around Mr. Trump.
The Senate panel’s decision to question Mr. Kushner would make him the closest person to the president to be called upon in any of the investigations, and the only one currently serving in the White House. The officials who initially described that Senate inquiry to The New York Times did so on the condition of anonymity in order to speak candidly about Mr. Trump’s son-in-law.
The F.B.I. declined to comment. There are no indications that Mr. Kushner is a focus of its investigation, and Ms. Hicks said he had not been questioned by the bureau.
Mr. Kislyak’s contacts with Trump administration officials have proved problematic: Mr. Flynn was fired for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of the conversations he had with the Russian envoy, claiming he had not discussed the sanctions against Russia when communications intercepts showed he had.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced to recuse himself from any Russian inquiries led by the Justice Department after he failed to disclose at his Senate confirmation hearing that he had met with Mr. Kislyak during the campaign.
The meetings Mr. Kushner arranged with Mr. Kislyak all took place in December, during the transition, Ms. Hicks said. Mr. Kushner attended the initial meeting with Mr. Kislyak to explore whether a channel could be set up between the Russian government and the incoming administration to improve relations between the United States and Russia, Ms. Hicks said. They also discussed how the United States and Russia could cooperate on issues in the Middle East, an area Mr. Kushner has been deputized to take the lead on, she said.
Mr. Kislyak asked for a second meeting to “deliver a message,” Ms. Hicks said. Mr. Kushner sent Avrahm Berkowitz, a White House aide and longtime associate. At that session, Mr. Kislyak told Mr. Berkowitz that he wanted Mr. Kushner to meet Mr. Gorkov, the Russian banker, Ms. Hicks said.
As the head of Vnesheconombank, Mr. Gorkov presides over a bank whose supervisory board is controlled by members of Mr. Putin’s government, including Prime Minister Dimitri A. Medvedev. It has been used to bail out oligarchs favored by Mr. Putin, as well as to help fund pet projects like the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Around the time the Russian ambassador asked that Mr. Kushner meet with Mr. Gorkov, American intelligence agencies were concluding that Russian spies, acting on the orders of Mr. Putin, had sought to sway the election by hacking political targets, like the Democratic National Committee, and passing stolen emails to WikiLeaks.
Mr. Kushner had not yet stepped aside as chief executive of Kushner Companies, his family’s real estate empire, and was trying to attract investment for the company’s crown jewel, an overleveraged Manhattan office tower on Fifth Avenue. He was in the midst of negotiations to redevelop the building with Anbang Insurance Group, a Chinese company with ties to the Beijing government.
Senate investigators plan to ask Mr. Kushner if he discussed ways to secure additional financing for the building during his meeting with the Russian banker, a government official said. Ms. Hicks said that no such business was discussed at the half-hour session, during which Mr. Gorkov expressed a desire for an open dialogue. Nor did the issue of the American sanctions against Russian entities like Vnesheconombank arise, she added. “It really wasn’t much of a conversation,” she said.
The inquiry into Mr. Kushner’s dealings with the ambassador may further complicate Mr. Trump’s efforts to move past the Russia situation. Last week, the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, confirmed in testimony to Congress that his agency had begun a counterintelligence investigation into Russian interference and whether any associates of the president might have colluded with the Russian government.
Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has been under scrutiny in the F.B.I. investigation because of his ties to pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. In August, he was forced to step down as the chairman of Mr. Trump’s campaign amid reports that his name emerged in a secret ledger in Ukraine listing off-the-books payments for consulting work he did for a Russian-backed government there. He has denied any wrongdoing and has said he never worked for the Russian government.
Other Trump associates who have been drawn into the F.B.I. investigation include Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime Republican operative who has acknowledged contacts with Guccifer 2.0, the mysterious online figure that is believed to be a front for Russian intelligence officials, and Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to the campaign who has done extensive business in Russia. Both have denied doing anything unlawful.
The Senate investigation is proceeding on a separate track from the F.B.I. investigation while drawing on some of the same material, like routine electronic surveillance of the Russian ambassador and his embassy cohort. The committee chairman, Senator Richard M. Burr, Republican of North Carolina, has told the White House he plans to interview all Trump aides who had contact with Russian officials, according to White House officials. Depending on those interviews, some may be called upon to testify in closed-door sessions.
Mr. Burr and Senator Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat and the committee’s vice chairman, said in a statement: “Mr. Kushner has volunteered to be interviewed as part of the committee’s investigation into the Russian activities surrounding the 2016 election.” They added that their inquiry would “follow the intelligence wherever it leads.”
The extent of Mr. Kushner’s interactions with Mr. Kislyak caught some senior members of Mr. Trump’s White House team off guard, in part because he did not mention them last month during a debate then consuming the White House: how to handle the disclosures about Mr. Flynn’s interactions with the Russian ambassador.
Ms. Hicks said that Mr. Trump had authorized Mr. Kushner to have meetings with foreign officials that he felt made sense, and to report back to him if those meetings produced anything of note. She said that because in Mr. Kushner’s view the meetings were inconsequential, it did not occur to him to mention them to senior staff members earlier.
“There was nothing to get out in front of on this,” she said.
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Roger Stone: 'They have no proof'

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Poison, spies and lies: a lunch with Trump's old friend Roger Stone

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'I've had way too many death threats,' he explains. He says he's recovering from poisoning by polonium, a radioactive substance used to kill ...
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Roger Stone: 'They have no proof'

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Roger Stone says he's apologized to Paul Manafort for getting him ... he has also claimed that he may have been poisoned in December and ...
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Roger Stone, longtime Trump adviser, claims hit-and-run was ...

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Roger Stone, the longtime adviser to President Trump, said he was the victim ... Stone previously claimed he was poisoned with polonium and ...
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Roger Stone, the 'Trickster' on Trump's Side, Is Under FBI Scrutiny

New York Times-Mar 21, 2017
Roger Stone, the 'Trickster' on Trump's Side, Is Under F.B.I. Scrutiny .... to Mr. Stone's claim that he was recently poisoned with polonium as well ...
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Dux: A botched attempt to kill Trump adviser Roger Stone, or send ...

Artvoice-Feb 26, 2017
Dux: A botched attempt to kill Trump adviser Roger Stone, or send ... Or did the people who did it know exactly the right dose to give Stone so he would live to talk a about it? ... Stone's poisoning was featured in media as vastly different as the ... That being said, Stone's claims caught some in the intelligence ...
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sergey ivanov - Google News: A timeline of events that unfolded during the election appears to support the FBI's investigation into Trump-Russia ... - Business Insider

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A timeline of events that unfolded during the election appears to support the FBI's investigation into Trump-Russia ...
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August 5, 2016: The chief of Putin's administration, Sergei Ivanov, expresses doubts about the "black PR" campaign being run by Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman, in favor of Trump and against Clinton. Says it's been managed like "an elephant in a china ...

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