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U.S. spies, seeking to retrieve cyberweapons, paid Russian peddling dirt on Trump

11 February 2018

A Russian man promising stolen hacking tools and compromising information on President Donald Trump fleeced American spies for US$100,000 previous year, The New York Times reported Friday.

According to a report by the New York Times on Friday, the Russian took the money but failed to turn over the stolen material or the dirt on Trump.

The operative's "eagerness" to provide them with the supposed damaging information, those officials said, led them to suspect he was attempting to bait them into stoking animosity between the American intelligence community and the president as part of a Russian operation to sow division within the USA government.

Rivera called the response to Rep. Devin Nunes' (R-Calif.) original memo as a "big nothing burger" and a purely political document. -The N.S.A. even used its official Twitter account almost a dozen times to send coded messages to the Russian.

He was eventually told by the Central Intelligence Agency to leave Europe and not return.

There was no sound in the video clip or evidence that the man was Trump.

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He'd been busted for money laundering and his only business ties were to a almost bankrupt company that sold grills to streetside sausage peddlers, according to British incorporation papers cited by the Times. "This is the difficulty of trying to understand how Russia and Russians operate from the Western viewpoint".

The seller, reached through a chain of intermediaries, wanted US$1 million.

The Times reports that the coveted cyberweapons were built to break into the computer networks of Russian Federation and China, but wound up in the hands of a mysterious group called the "Shadow Brokers". According to the newspaper, the hacker thanked them for the offer and left.

The Russian also said he was holding on to the NSA cyberweapons "at the orders of senior Russian intelligence officials".

The US spies allegedly did not want to touch any Trump-related material and focused their efforts on trying to return the hacking tools, either for "fear of blowback from Trump" or due to dubious credibility of those files, both reports explicitly emphasized.

US officials suspect that at least some of the sellers are working for Russia's spy services. Carter Page, the former campaign adviser who has been the focus of FBI investigators, features in one; Robert and Rebekah Mercer, the billionaire Republican donors, in another. But the reports, according to the Times, draw nearly entirely from publicly available news reports. They all also contain stylistic and grammatical usages not typically seen in Russian intelligence reports, said Yuri Shvets, a former KGB officer who spent years as a spy in Washington before defecting to the United States just before the end of the Cold War.

U.S. spies, seeking to retrieve cyberweapons, paid Russian peddling dirt on Trump