Russia Killing Journalists

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Since 2000 dozens of Russian journalists have somehow met an untimely demise.

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The latest being, Maxim Borodin who suddenly fell or threw himself from his 5th floor balcony in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Maxim had done some rather colorful stories about crime and political corruption, including a piece about Yevgeny Prigozhin, an oligarch who has been indicted by the United States for running the “troll factory” that helped Russia try to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

One thing Russia does not like, is negative press and so it makes sense that reporters in Russia who cover it, end up oh, dead at one point or another.

In March 2007, Ivan Safronov, who was investigating the sale of Russian arms to Iran and Syria, died after falling from a fifth-floor window.

Funny story, Ivan’s death was ruled a suicide.

Oddly, in February 2012, Victor Aphanasenko, editor of a newspaper that had been investigating paramilitary raids in southern Russia, died after slipping in his home.

November 2009, independent broadcaster Olga Kotovskaya fell to her death from a 14th-floor window.

Olga had been battling for control of her station with a member of the government.

Her death was also ruled a suicide.

In March 2017, Nikolai Gorokhov, the lawyer for Sergei Magnitsky, who was the source of reporting on Russia’s largest tax fraud, fell from a fourth-story window while trying to move a bathtub.

Who can forget Mikhail Lesin, who was Vladimir Putin’s state media czar but who had somehow fallen out of favor with Vladimir, and was found dead in November of 2015 after a fall in his hotel room in Washington, D.C. The FBI says he fell from extreme drinking and had “blunt force trauma to the head” and injuries to his neck, arms, legs and torso.

While and Independent autopsy ruled otherwise.

On the list of murdered or suicidal Russian reporters sits 30 individuals who stood up for the greater good.  

For all of you journalists in Russia, if you need to get a story out and are afraid of death, hit me up, I can and will get your story out.

Cristal M Clark

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Government Covered up Media Czar Mikhail Lesin’s Murder?

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Christopher Steele Seems to Think So

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Christopher Steele gave the FBI according to sources, a file containing some type of information that suggests the US government hid important details into the death of Vladimir Putin’s former media czar Mikhail Lesin in that he did not die by accident, rather he was murdered, in cold blood.

Christopher Steele is the author of the famous dossier where he asserted that Russia helped to assist, support and Trump’s run for the Oval Office.

New details are surfacing indicating that Mikhail died by blunt force trauma that is consistent with being bludgeoned to death rather than a fall by accident and that he died at the hands of hired thugs.

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Thugs that were hired by one Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin.

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That makes sense when you consider that Mikhail died on the eve of some sort of innocent meeting with the US Justice department.

I do not believe the meeting was to just catch up on the days news events or to trade gardening ideas.

According to Christopher the hired thugs were instructed to hurt Mikhail but not to kill him, I guess they glossed over that last detail.

It happens.

According to sources, three other individuals working independently of Christopher, also told the FBI that Mikhail had been bludgeoned to death.

Mikhail’s lifeless body was found 11/5/15 in a Washington DC hotel room.

The corner’s official determination was that Mikhail died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck, torso, upper extremities and lower extremities.

Even a complete idiot would look at the corners report and call foul on the governments officially released findings with regards to Mikhail’s death in that they determined his death to be “accidental.”

One of my best friends in the entire world will go off the rail and binge drink until blackout and what I can tell you is despite the many falls and bar fights I have witnessed him get into, the guy when drunk usually walks away unscathed for the most part. A few stitches and patch work and he’s good to go.

Even drunk I find it really hard to believe that Mikhail sustained all of the injuries reported whilst in a drunken stupor and by falling down.

Classically, this was a beating and it was an ordered beating.

These are just facts if you look at the autopsy report, I do not have inside information, rather the facts are clearly in the autopsy report.

The only thing that can’t be found in the report is details of who actually ordered the attack.

For that, you need to look at other evidence.

Which will not be easy to be found, but not impossible.

Perhaps the real question is why would the government cover this up?

Maybe the answer lies in roads yet to be traveled that are ahead.

Cristal M Clark

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Vladimir Putin’s Spy Game

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Russia Double Agents – Beware

I keep having to tell my partner that I am not a spy, he asks me everyday almost, in fact last night after our date at the movie Black Panther he jokingly asked me if I felt a sense of connection with the spies in the movie.

The life of a spy, well that carries way more danger to it than I care to live every day.

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This past week news started to break however with regards to a double agent that some suspect was poisoned by Russia for his betrayal of his onceloved homeland. Sergei Skripal, who was once a colonel in Russia’s GRU military intelligence service was poisoned along with his beloved daughter.

Sergei was born 6/23/1951, once convicted of spying on the UK back in 2006. Back in 2004, Sergei was arrested by Russia for trading some fairly sensitive intel about Russia to MI6.

The rumor was that Sergei had all of the makings of a James Bond style spy because of how it was that he traded intel to MI6.

What’s more is now questions are starting to surface with regards to the deaths of Surgei’s wife and son.

Sergei’s wife died in 2012 at the age of 59 according to the official report from a type of cancer, yet that has not stopped conspiracy theorists from asserting that somehow Russia may have very well ordered her to be executed as a way of sending a very clear message to Sergei.

To add further mystery here, neighbors said that Sergei’s wife in fact died in some type of car accident regardless of what the official autopsy report stated.

Sergei’s son died in 2017 at the age of 43 in of course some type of auto accident and the family cleaner claimed that Sergei’s son died of liver issues, which would makes sense if he drank excessively.

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Vladimir Putin does have a long and rich history of having a zero tolerance policy with regards to double agents who trade Russian secrets, which is understandable, the US has policies so her own as does just about every other foreign nation who employs spies.

So what if Russia is behind the poisoning of the the double agent and his daughter?

You read that right, so what, spies know what they are getting themselves into when they sign up, this is far from unusual or surprising and it is well known worldwide that Sergei in fact gave Russian imtel to MI6, he by default betrayed his own nation, he is guilty of espionage and so should be be punished for that.

The UK sent a sort of hilarious warning to Russia over this mysterious poisoning of the double agent, they promised a “Robust Response,” should the UK find evidence that Russia is in fact behind the poisoning.

Honestly, it is highly unlikely that the UK will find a ton of concrete, nail in the coffin evidence, they did not the last time this happened.

To be even more honest, this is not surprising at all in the world of spies and double agents.

Wrong or right, this is the life of a spy, particularly that of a double agent. They know full well what they are signing on for so if they are trading intel of any type, one should fully expect something to happen, no one happily skips off into a field of flowers here.

When it comes to Russia, they have a fairly robust group of spies that are highly skilled at what they do, not mention a leader that his pretty fearless, betraying one’s nation by becoming a double agent and then being punished for that move is actually an unspoken law in the world of spies, espionage and engaging in the life of a double agent.

In the world of being a spy, rules are not followed, lies are told, secrets are traded and loyalty is very hard to come by.

Cristal M Clark

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Thank North Korea for WannaCry Cyber Attack

 

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Cyber Attack to be Blamed on North Korea

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On Tuesday it is expected that Trump Administration is in fact going to go ahead and blame North Korea for the cyber attack WannaCry that crippled the countries around the globe earlier this year.

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The Trump administration has asserted that the Lazarus Group, the group that carried out the global attack, actually works for the North Korean Government.

The news has caused global worry as tensions between the US and North Korea have been steadily increasing the past few months.

The North Korean government does also deny that they were behind any such attack let alone do they pay off or employ anyone within the Lazarus Group to carry out any type of cyber attacks.

Of course the popular belief is that the Lazarus Group is also responsible for the 2014 attack on Sony Pictures in what is suspected as retaliation because of the upcoming release of the movie “The Interview” which depicted Kim Jong-un in less than favorable light.

Some have suggested as well that WannaCry was released as nothing more than pure accident as hackers were simply developing code however, the suggestion still points a very clear finger in the direction of North Korea.

The announcement tomorrow will not please North Korea as most of us already know and it could very well lead to more threats or worse yet an actual attack of some sort.

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What could be worse than pissing off a nation that has nuclearized weapons and pretty good cyber weapon capabilities?

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As luck would have it, hitting the wires today came the announcement that both China and Russia are training together should the US invade North Korea.

Oh and they are not training to fight with the US or her allies by the way.

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China and Russia Sending Clear Message to US

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War With North Korea? Think Twice.

So the latest news to hit the wires today indicate that two of the world’s most powerful nations may be backing and/or assisting North Korea.

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China’s Air Force staged drills along routes and areas it has never flown before indicating that they may be lining up to back North Korea should the US decided we need to go to war with North Korea.

The scoop is that China reportedly staged stealth aircraft for a military drill which sent a rather cold yet clear message to the US in that, they may be backing North Korea here.

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And of course we have Russia playing right along side China, only Russia is aiding North Korea by supplying them oil imports despite the order by the US to sanction and cut North Korea off.

Of course none of this comes as a huge surprise to me.

It is about time that the US learns its lesson in the world, you handle things with delicate diplomacy, not an iron fist as Trump has tried to do with North Korea.

Not only that, since Trump took office the US has ceased being considered the world leader or for that matter a world leading nation.

While other nations such as Russia, China and even Japan are willing to step up to the plate and offer diplomacy and compromise when and where it’s needed in times such as talk of nuclear war.

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In times like today where the threat of nuclear war is real, does it make sense for members of our government or military to hurl threats and names at North Korea’s leader? Not to mention, does it make sense for our president to do that?

Does that not seem a lot like white trash to anyone?

Picture it, if we put Trump in a stained wife beater and handed him a natty light and smoke and let him call Kim Jong-un “Rocket Man,” the picture would make perfect sense now wouldn’t it?

That is what inept trash does when it cannot reasonably justify its own bad behavior.

It hurls insults.

If Trump had been hurt in some way I could see the emotional aspect of he and his colleagues behavior, but none of them have been emotionally hurt by Kim Jong-un, so it’s nothing more than simple white trash behavior.

What our leaders here in the US currently tend to do is ignore calls for diplomacy, compromise and any form of leadership.

They make demands and if those demands are not met, Trump has a Twitter meltdown and tweets a tantrum, while members of our government back him and hurl threats and insults out.

Words always inevitably have the capacity to make or break relationships, send the wrong message to someone and they can lash out at you like a holy terror.

That tells the entire world what they are dealing with here in the US.

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Trash, it’s like a poison.    

It’s beginning to look a lot like the US is losing her allies, slowly, yet, so very surely.

Our leaders in the US are fighting and bickering amongst themselves, throwing tantrums on our evening news, insulting other world leaders and having tweet tantrums and meltdowns.

We are a nation that is unwilling to compromise.

And because of that, we may end up losing the most here.

Cristal M Clark

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New Ransomware Attack Strikes – Russia and Ukraine

 

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Bad Rabbit Ransomware – Coming to a Country Near You Soon!

 

First can I just ask who in God’s name is naming some of this ransomware because dubbing the newest attack “Bad Rabbit” gives me nightmares about a horror movie I once saw as a child from 1972 entitled “Night of the Lepus.”

 

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This newest attack has already hit Russia and Ukraine and according to US officials, this newest attack has hit several other countries in addition to Russia and Ukraine, they have seen it hit Germany, Poland, South Korea and Turkey as well, so far.

News reports from the US are currently filtering in, slowly but the attack has in fact hit the United States, no word yet on how many have been affected.

Since the majority of the victims from this attack as it stands as of right now have been in Russia, it is fair to assume that Russia may have been the intended target here.

 

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It does actually bare some pretty eerie similarities to WannaCry and Peyta, Malware analyst Amit Serper, principal security researcher of Cybereason,  did happen to release a tweet with instructions for stopping the attack from happening.

 

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I almost hate to say it here, I have just one very small suspicion that this might be the work of some government somewhere in the world that simply wants to prove a point.

Bad Rabbit is for sure coming to a country near you sooner rather than later, but I bet you won’t be seeing it hit North Korea, any time in the near future.

Cristal M Clark

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Russian Meddling Did Not Start or Stop With Just The 2016 Election

 

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Taliban and Russia Have Become Quite an Item of Late

 

Some love affairs make absolute sense however, the love affair Russia is attempting to have with the Taliban by supplying it’s army with weapons, such as but not limited to, heavy machine guns and a small number of surface-to-surface missiles, is somewhat questionable yet not entirely surprising.

 

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Russia’s ties to Afghanistan do happen to go back quite a way throughout history as does Russia’s incessant need to meddle in any affair that they feel would be of a benefit to the Soviet Union and only the Soviet Union.

The Taliban as a group formed around 1979, when feeling an understandable lack of love for the Soviet Union because they more or less invaded Afghanistan.

Funny back story to that is that in 1973 The Soviet Union brought their soldiers into Afghanistan “claiming” to want to rebuild the crushing economy.

However, the Mujahidin which is where the Taliban ultimately rose to life from, were not quite in the mood to have any type of affair with Soviet Union back then. 

 

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So as you might imagine some affairs take quite a long time to actually come to fruition. Forget flowers, dinner, wine and mind blowing sex, Russia really had to work for this one to happen, they’ve put in years and years of effort here.

So no, it is not actually that surprising that Russia and the Taliban are actually sleeping together these days. Russia does like to keep its hand in all of the cookie jars, Russia in fact, for lack of better terms, is the whore of the world.

As Russia has continued to fight to have a much better influence in Afghanistan, they simply and quite obviously felt that supplying weapons to the Taliban was a way to accomplish just that. Which in turn clearly demonstrates a pretty concerning pattern with regards to Russia’s desire to influence more than just the 2016 Presidential Election.

Not to mention that Moscow has a pretty rich history of not supporting American influence in Libya, Turkey, Syria and the Gulf to the point of undermining the United States in her effort to curb any and all violence in the region.  

Just last year Russia did admit to sharing intelligence with the Taliban in an effort to thwart ISIS, but believing that very nicely packaged, pretty headline is like making a wine purchase because the bottle was pretty.

Russia is, as is the rest of the world a little afraid of ISIS, but for Russia that is because they have not found a way in with ISIS yet, if they had, they’d be sleeping with them too.

Some are wondering what Russia’s real motive is, however that writing is so very clearly already written on the board.

Russia really is playing the oldest game in the book, they are I will admit doing a nice job of it yet it’s not all that surprising or impressive.

If they could manage to “influence” my Starbuck’s card here, I would be more impressed.

Cristal M Clark

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Putin Caves to Restrictions Imposed By The United Nations

 

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United States Ready for War With North Korea?

 

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Vladimir Putin managed to catch the world by surprise today as he announced that Russia would in fact, adhere to UN sanctions against North Korea by putting a halt to various types of economic, scientific and technical ties with Pyongyang in accordance with sanctions imposed by the U.N. Security Council.

The sanctions by the way were imposed in November of 2016 so way to go Russia for providing that support to North Korea for almost an entire year after the fact.

 

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The EU today decided to impose a total ban of EU investment on North Korea over its continued nuclear weapons development and subsequent testing.

They handed out asset freezes and travel bans on 3 people and  6 “entities,” which are normally just companies or organizations with ties to North Korea.

The EU actually did take a pretty big step further here by putting a ban on the sale of refined petroleum products and crude oil to North Korea and to add insult to injury, the EU elected to cut the amount of money people can send to North Korea from 15,000 to 5,000 euros ($17,700 to $5,900) the amount of money people can send to North Korea.

And the icing on the cake here?

The EU also elected to forgo renewing  work permits for North Koreans working in the ministers territories, apart from refugees and others in need of international protection.

 

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As for the US, Trump is going to ask other US allies to impose further sanctions upon North Korea when the White House makes it’s scheduled trip in November to  Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

 

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It is beginning to look as if Foreign States finally realized just what a threat North Korea has become and are now taking action.

New Reports are indicating that the US is saying that they are ready for war with North Korea as well.

So?

That does leave the obvious question, is Kim Jong-Un ready to back down or risk ending up holding the very short end of the stick?

Cristal M Clark

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ISIS Offers To Assassinate Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin

 

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ISIS Supporters Feeling Left Out – Vow New Attacks on America and Russia

 

Well, it looks like ISIS is feeling left out with all of the recent talk of hurricanes, Russian Hacking, fake news, North Korea, the Iran Nuclear deal and Trump’s ill advised, ridiculous tweets and open attacks on the US media.

 

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Rather than easing themselves back into the game of war and talk of destruction and attacks, they just went for the gold and threatened to assassinate both Trump and Putin.

 

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In the newly released propaganda image they decided to show off bullet ridden photos of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, then took it a step over the top and invited its followers to stage more attacks on the United States, Trump, Russia and Putin.

“Lie in wait for them at every chance to ambush.”

 

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Here’s the kicker, ISIS was using Obama’s image until a few months back, they didn’t even bother to acknowledge Trump as the President of the United States until just recently.

I’m guessing ISIS most likely thought Trump becoming President of the United States was just more bad American TV and far from actual reality.

And to be fair, it is an easy mistake to make here, has anyone sat down and read a lot of Trump’s tweets, seen the guy on TV, at News Conference, speaking?!?!?!?

It took time to actually sink in so it took them time to believe the gravity of the situation here.

ISIS has also just recently claimed to have been behind the shooting in Las Vegas. Last week ISIS claimed that Steven Paddock converted to Islam roughly 6 months ago, a claim federal agents are having a hard time finding any evidence of.

The reality is that ISIS has been losing ground for a while here and it looks like they want back into the game but they are having a hard time actually getting themselves back into the game full force if you will.

 

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Unlike threats coming from North Korea, ISIS is not as easy to just take care of. They are the perfect example of cutting the head of the snake and watching the body keep going.

Clearly, ISIS is not bright enough to have figured out that they really do not want to dance with Trump here.

Maybe they do not have TV, they can’t get on social media, they don’t read or watch news from anywhere in the world.

If they did,  they would have seen that Trump is a little on the crazy side. And by a little, I really mean a lot.  

America has enough problems with just Trump alone, he not the guy to threaten because Trump is not afraid to take to Twitter and start name calling, insulting ISIS and making threats towards ISIS.

On the other hand, American intelligence should be paying close attention to the latest threat coming out of ISIS and any of it’s supporters.

ISIS very well could be smart enough to have figured out the lack of support Trump has from American’s at this juncture.

It looks a lot like they are attempting to build an army from the inside by capitalizing on individuals who loath Trump and who are disturbed enough to take action.

Cristal M Clark

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