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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Bountygate and Presidents for life.

Trump says that the Russian bounty story is "made up fake news." But it was obviously real enough for his intelligence agencies.
Some of Trump’s own senior intelligence officials viewed the information as credible enough to warn the Pentagon and allies so they could ensure they had measures in place to protect their forces in Afghanistan, and to begin developing options for responding to the Russian operation, national security adviser Robert C. O’Brien said Wednesday.
Now the real story is starting to trickle out, Afghan Contractor Handed Out Russian Cash to Kill Americans, Officials Say.
American and Afghan officials for years have maintained that Russia was running clandestine operations to undermine the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and aid the Taliban.But they only recently concluded a Russian spy agency was paying bounties for killing coalition troops, including Americans, which the Kremlin and the Taliban have denied.According to officials briefed on the matter, U.S. intelligence officials believe the program is run by Unit 29155, an arm of the Russian military intelligence agency known as the G.R.U. that has carried out assassinations and other operations overseas.
Remember Russian democracy? The glory days of Gorbachev and Yeltsin? Long gone. Putin is trying to declare himself supreme leader now until 2036. You don't think Trump would jump at that chance? And the same type of people that support the Vlad there support the Donald here.

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