Everybody knows Donald Trump and his crooked cronies worked directly with Russia to “rig” the presidential election, but proving it is different. Now, it looks like we may actually have “specific concrete and corroborative evidence” of Trump’s collusion with Moscow.
The Guardian published a report on Thursday that contained a bombshell buried at the very end. According to the report, the U.K.’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) noticed suspicious “interactions” between Trump and Russia way back in 2015 and has been keeping tabs on him ever since.
The GCHQ passed what they found on to the United States. So did European agencies in Germany, Estonia, and Poland. The “Five Eyes,” an alliance that includes the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand also uncovered information on Trump’s contacts with Russia.
“It is understood that GCHQ was at no point carrying out a targeted operation against Trump or his team or proactively seeking information,” the Guardian explained. “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.”
After sifting through all the intelligence gathered by these agencies, a source close to the investigation said what we have all been anxiously waiting to hear.
“They now have specific concrete and corroborative evidence of collusion. This is between people in the Trump campaign and agents of [Russian] influence relating to the use of hacked material.”
The Guardian report said that several sources had told them that U.S. intelligence agencies “were asleep” on the job during the 2016 election.
“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 source said. “The message was: ‘Watch out. There’s something not right here.’”
The source did concede that U.S. intelligence agencies may have been slow to act because “they are trained not to do this” since U.S. law protects the communications of citizens from being examined without a warrant. Regardless, the U.S. was “very late to the game” and it wasn’t until after the election that FBI Director James Comey finally reached a “higher level of concern.”
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