Rudy Giuliani: a noun, a verb, a useless idiot!
At 7:15 PM tonight, The Washington Post reported (emphasis mine):
U.S. intelligence agencies warned the White House last year that President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani was the target of an influence operation by Russian intelligence, according to four former officials familiar with the matter.
The warnings were based on multiple sources, including intercepted communications, that showed Giuliani was interacting with people tied to Russian intelligence during a December 2019 trip to Ukraine, where he was gathering information that he thought would expose corrupt acts by former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
The intelligence raised concerns that Giuliani was being used to feed Russian misinformation to the president, the former officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information and conversations.
The warnings to the White House, which have not been previously reported, led national security adviser Robert O’Brien to caution Trump in a private conversation that any information Giuliani brought back from Ukraine should be considered contaminated by Russia, one of the former officials said.
The message was, “Do what you want to do, but your friend Rudy has been worked by Russian assets in Ukraine,” this person said. Officials wanted “to protect the president from coming out and saying something stupid,” particularly since he was facing impeachment over his own efforts to strong-arm Ukraine’s president into investigating the Bidens.
But O’Brien emerged from the meeting uncertain whether he had gotten through to the president. Trump had “shrugged his shoulders” at O’Brien’s warning, the former official said, and dismissed concern about his lawyer’s activities by saying, “That’s Rudy.”
Giuliani visited the White House on Dec. 13, shortly after the House Judiciary Committee voted to proceed with articles of impeachment, and he met with Trump at the president’s resort in Florida eight days later.
Officials’ warnings about Giuliani underscore the concern in the U.S. intelligence community that Russia not only is seeking to reprise the disinformation campaign it waged in 2016, but also may now be aided, unwittingly or otherwise, by individuals close to the president. Those warnings have gained fresh urgency in recent days. The information that Giuliani sought in Ukraine is similar to what is contained in emails and other correspondence published this week by the New York Post, which the paper said came from the laptop of Hunter Biden and were provided by Giuliani and Stephen K. Bannon, Trump’s former top political adviser at the White House.
The Washington Post was unable to verify the authenticity of the alleged communications, which concern Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine and China.
The former officials said Giuliani was not a target of U.S. surveillance while in Ukraine but was dealing with suspected Russian assets who were, leading to the capture of some of his communications.
Much more at the link!
I’ve been waiting to post on Giuliani’s latest disinformation and agitprop attempt because it was clear something else was going to break. As I tracked the reporting and looked at the materials, I thought it was simply going to be the shifting stories by both the computer repair store owner and Giuliani. Such as Rudy producing paperwork earlier today with Hunter Biden’s signature indicating that if the laptop or laptops were not picked up within 90 days, then they were forfeit to the repair store because he realized the initial story of how he came into possession of the laptops, laptop, and/or hard drive implicated the computer repair story owner and Giuliani in a number of potential crimes.
Or that Rudy was shopping pdfs with metadata indicating that they were created in September and October 2019 months after the laptop or laptops or hard drive were dropped off for repair, not actual emails with the email metadata, but pdfs of emails that he was promoting in October 2019 that have the same disinformation and agitprop just like he supposedly recovered from the abandoned laptop, laptops, and/or hard drives.
Or the fact that they can’t keep the story straight on it being three laptops or a laptop and a hard drive.
Or maybe that someone fed the chan/reddit boards several days ago that this story was coming and did so to signal to the white supremacists and neo-NAZIs by including “88”* in the nym the person was using.
It has been clear for a long time that Rudy was being used by Russian intelligence officers and assets. I’ve written an entire series of posts delineating this in excruciating details over the past year. But what we did not know, though it was a logical suspicion to have, that the US Intelligence Community had signals intelligence (SIGINT) from communications intercepts of Russian assets that clearly indicated this unfortunate reality. We also did not know that they had done their jobs and pushed their assessment up the chain to the Assistant to the President for National Security (AP-NSA) O’Brien, that O’Brien had briefed the President, and that the President blew him off!
We also did not know that the US Intelligence Community had assessed, had briefed up the chain to O’Brien, and that O’Brien then briefed the President to warn him off of Giuliani and the disinformation and agitprop Rudy was pushing as the centerpiece of the President’s defense in his impeachment trial in the Senate! This was, of course part of the plan to turn both chambers of the US Congress into an information laundry for the Russian disinformation and agitprop Rudy was being used to promote, which was then repeated during the hearings Senators Johnson and Grassley held this past August and September.
Giuliani is the poster child for MICE: Money, Ideology, Compromise, Ego. Giuliani has been caught on voicemails by reporters, voicemails that resulted from butt dialing on one phone while talking on another because he’s an OPSEC and INFOSEC disaster, seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in payoffs for providing various undisclosed services for Deity knows whom. So that checks the Money box. His enormous self regard and desire to be relevant and in the spotlight and important is legendary and checks the Ego box. And these together, combined with his terrible Operational Security and Information Security practices make him a collection target for anyone and everyone trying to collect information on the President, check the Compromise box. Given his well documented infidelities, it would not surprise me at all to find out that there is other compromising material on him out there. No one should be shocked to have their suspicions about Giuliani formally confirmed by the US Intelligence Community.
The result of Giuliani’s stupidity and gullibility and outsized belief that he’s some sort of genius high speed, low drag intelligence, diplomatic, and law enforcement operator is that he has compromised the President of the United States. He has allowed the Russians to penetrate, via a human asset close to the President, the presidency of the United States. During World War II, the USSR was able to penetrate the presidency of the United States by getting people close to FDR – Harry Dexter White, an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and confidant of FDR’s and Laughlin Currie, a friend and legal advisor to FDR – to steal national secrets and pass them along. Their successor agencies in today’s Russia have found their modern Laughlin Currie in Rudy Giuliani, a friend and legal advisor to the current President of the United States.
We are off the looking glass and through the map!
Updated at 9:35 PM EDT
That didn’t take long and it is exactly what I expected was going to happen. Rudy has finally gotten himself into some serious trouble!
NBC: Federal investigators are examining whether the emails allegedly describing activities by Joe Biden and his son Hunter and found on a laptop at a Delaware repair shop are linked to a foreign intelligence operation. https://t.co/lVMdCYLdvE
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) October 16, 2020
* 88 is widely used by white supremacists and neo-NAZIs as code for Heil Hitler as H is the 8th letter of the alphabet. So 88 is HH is Heil Hitler.