United States spies, seeking to retrieve cyberweapons, paid Russian peddling dirt on Trump

Pauline Gross
February 11, 2018

USA intelligence officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the suitcase represented the first installment of an agreed $1 million payoff. The Shadow Brokers - a group that has given hackers tools to infect millions of computers paralyzing hospitals, factories and businesses worldwid - reportedly stole the data.

"According to the, a Russian sold phony secrets on "Trump" to the U.S". After months of negotiations, U.S. intelligence met the Russian spy in September at a Berlin TK to give him the first installment of his payment - $100,000.

The seller, who was not identified but had suspected links to both cyber criminals and Russian intelligence, tantalized the U.S. spies with an offer of the NSA hacking tools that had been advertised for sale online by a group called the Shadow Brokers.

Instead of coming through on his end of the deal, the Russian spy handed over a 15-second video that showed an American businessman speaking to two women in a hotel room.

And he kept pushing his offer of kompromat on Trump, including shady financial records and a sex video that the United States spies didn't really want.

Several US intelligence officials who spoke with the Times made it clear to the outlet that they were not interested in the Trump dirt but wanted the stolen NSA hacking tools, which were created to break into computer networks in Russia, China and other US rivals. According to a notorious dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele and part-funded by the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, Russian Federation has compromising information with which to blackmail Trump.

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The Russian took the money but never turned anything over.

In the months since, the NSA has been working to recover the cyberweapons stolen in that breach - and when a Russian figure came forward offering to deliver them, the NSA made a deal.

According to The Times, the USA worked through an American businessman based in Germany who met with the Russian in several locations, while American intelligence agencies spent months tracking him, including with the NSA using its official Twitter account to send him coded messages.

NSA officials were not available out of regular business hours for comment.

Intelligence officials said they "saw the information, especially the video, as the stuff of tabloid gossip pages, not intelligence collection".

Officials told the man to either leave Western Europe or face criminal charges.

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