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Feds Suspect Trump Foreign Policy Adviser, A Navy Vet, Was Russian Agent
Carter Page, a former naval officer and investment banker whom then-candidate Donald Trump identified during the 2016 campaign as one of his foreign policy advisers, was under court-approved FBI surveillance last year as a suspected agent of the Russian government, the Washington Post reported April 11.
Page — a distinguished Annapolis graduate who served on active duty from 1993-1998 before moving to Russia to work in oil and natural gas consulting — already admitted last week that he’d “met with and passed documents to a Russian intelligence operative in New York City” three years ago, unwittingly.
But the Post now reports that Page’s Russian contacts were serious enough to convince a judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that the FBI and Justice Department should wiretap him last summer:
This is the clearest evidence so far that the FBI had reason to believe during the 2016 presidential campaign that a Trump campaign adviser was in touch with Russian agents. Such contacts are now at the center of an investigation into whether the campaign coordinated with the Russian government to swing the election in Trump’s favor.
As early as March 2016, Trump identified Page to interviewers as a member of his campaign’s foreign policy team:
Shortly after Trump secured the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, though, experts in foreign policy circles began to express concerns about Page’s pro-Russia rhetoric, saying he had “little real understanding about U.S.-Russia relations” and “may be compromised by his investment in Russian energy giant Gazprom,” which has long been controlled by Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin.
In 2013, three Russian spies currently on trial in New York City tried to recruit Page to provide them with documents about the energy industry. “He got hooked on Gazprom,” one of the spies told his boss, according to federal court filings. “It’s obvious that he wants to earn lots of money.”
Another spy called Page “an idiot” and an easy mark: “I also promised him a lot... This is [the] intelligence method: to cheat, how else to work with foreigners? You promise a favor for a favor. You get the documents from him and tell him to go fuck himself.”
Page, who has not been charged with any crime, said he stepped away from Trump’s campaign in September 2016 “based on these lies” about his ties to Russia; on at least two occasions, he has also compared his case to FBI surveillance of Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights era. “This confirms all of my suspicions about unjustified, politically motivated government surveillance,” Page told the Post this week. “I have nothing to hide.”
Representatives of the president have distanced themselves from Page and downplayed his involvement in the Trump campaign. A U.S. intelligence official told Buzzfeed in early April that the federal Russia probe would question Page, and a lot more.
“There’s so many people that are more relevant,” the official said.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.
by Martin Slagter, The Ann Arbor News, Mich.
YPSILANTI, MI - When a brigade of U.S. troops was ambushed by the North Vietnamese Army in the Song Tra Cau riverbed on the morning of May 15, 1967, Lt. Charles Kettles volunteered to lead the rescue, and he refused, again and again, to back down when faced with a barrage of gunfire.
His aircraft badly damaged, left spilling fuel, and his gunner was severely injured during the treacherous operation.
But he helicoptered in and out of the battlefield four times, saving the lives of 44 soldiers in a death-defying emergency operation that would become a legendary tale of bravery in the Vietnam War.
Nearly 50 years later, Kettles received the Medal of Honor on July 18, 2016.
The battlefield of the future could feature robot medics delivering life-saving care to casualties in the line of fire. At least, that's what the Army is aiming for — and it's willing to pay millions for help doing it.
China is developing a lot of new and advanced weaponry, but a recent state media report suggests the Chinese military may not be entirely sure what to do with these new combat systems.
Coast Guard Commandant Blasts Government Shutdown That's Forced Service Members 'To Rely On Food Pantries And Donations'
The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard called the ongoing partial government shutdown "unacceptable" following reports that some Coast Guardsmen are relying on donations from food pantries while their regular paychecks remain on hold.
"We're five-plus weeks into the anxiety and stress of this government lapse and your non-pay," Adm. Karl Schultz said in a video message to service members. "You, as members of the armed forces, should not be expected to shoulder this burden."