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OMG. The Steele Dossier Back In The News Again?

I never knew BuzzFeed had that kind of money to throw around.

BuzzFeed Paid Former FBI Cyber Geek $4.1 Million To Prove Steele Dossier Contentions
They came up emptyhanded. Duh.

When old news is new news again

One of the experts who spearheaded a forensics report alleging Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hacked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s phone was also part of an attempt to verify the Steele dossier.
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Anthony Ferrante, a cyber expert at the advisory firm FTI Consulting
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BuzzFeed asked Ferrante, a former FBI agent who joined CNN as a contributor in 2019, to investigate the Steele dossier’s claims that Russian tech executive Aleksej Gubarev played a “significant” role in hacking Democrats’ computer systems.

Conclusion: Russians Bad, No Proof Of DNC Hacking

Ferrante determined that Gubarev’s companies “have provided gateways to the internet for cybercriminals and Russian state sponsored actors to launch and control large-scale malware campaigns over the past decade.”

Gubarev’s lawyer, Evan Fray-Witzer, dismissed Ferrante’s contention in a March 2019 statement. “Buzzfeed spent $4.1 million on a team of former FBI agents to try to prove that Gubarev and his companies did what was alleged in the Steele Dossier and came up empty-handed,” he said.

Fray-Witzer added: “The Dossier directly and unequivocally accused Alex Gubarev of having been corrupted by the [Federal Security Service] FSB and having personally hacked (or directed others to hack) the [Democratic National Committee] DNC. And that defamatory statement was, and is, a lie, plain and simple.” The FSB is Russia’s military service.

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BuzzFeed paid Ferrante $4.1 million to verify elements of Christopher Steele’s dossier, which pundits argued showed links between President Donald Trump and Russia.

And of course CNN was spreading the fake about all this back then [ March 2106 ] .

Don’t you just hate it when even the news about a nothing burger turns out to be a nothing burger? Grrrr.

Ok, so I guess the new news part is that this Russian guy Gubarev is suing the pants off of Steele because that dossier names him specifically as the person who hacked, or hired others to hack, the DNC server.

The same server that no one has ever seen or even had access to.

Or maybe it comes up again as news because the same cyber security guy, Ferrante, is looking into the hack of Bezos’ phone, allegedly by Saudi agents. Hey, that’s his job, investigating computer stuff, isn’t it? Big yawn.

Just a reminder that the Steele dossier is totally bogus, unproveable even after spending millions to have former FBI “Top Men” work on it. Gotta wonder about that one a bit, knowing that the FBI knew the thing was fake from the get-go.

And as time goes by, it becomes boringly obvious that the DNC server was never hacked from the outside. Somebody (Seth Rich) took the data from a terminal onto a thumb drive. Good grief, we’ve known this for years now. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/23/2020 at 08:12 AM   
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