REPORT: U.S. Intercepts Highly Suspicious Russian Communication About Blackmailing Trump

REPORT: U.S. Intercepts Highly Suspicious Russian Communication About Blackmailing Trump

Sources: U.S. Officials Intercepted Russian Communications About ‘Leveraging’ Donald Trump

The conversation centered around Trump and his inner circle’s finances, concluding “they had the ability to influence the administration through the derogatory information.”

According to two former U.S. intelligence officials and a third source inside congress, U.S. officials intercepted highly suspicious Russian communications regarding Donald Trump and his inner circle. Sources told CNN that the messages were intercepted during the 2016 presidential election, which the Kremlin tried to influence through a disinformation campaign now being investigated by the FBI.

The conversations centered around Trump and his inner circle’s finances. Russian operators purportedly believed “they had the ability to influence the administration through […] derogatory information.” The sources refused to go into specifics about which Trump staffers were being discussed.

The intercepted communications may at first appear to be a smoking gun linking Russian operatives to an extortion plot, but sources caution the communications could also be part of the larger disinformation campaign—intended to confuse U.S. intelligence agencies. “The Russians could be overstating their belief to influence,” speculates one of the sources.

In Europe, suspected Kremlin-backed efforts to influence the French presidential election largely faltered, but may have inadvertently confirmed the national origin of the cyber-attackers. “Look, we’re watching the Russians”, said NSA director Michael S. Rogers, describing how U.S. intelligence agencies were monitoring Russian cyber-attacks on French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron. “We’re seeing them penetrate some of your infrastructure. Here’s what we’ve seen. What can we do to try to assist?”

The campaign was prepared for the attack, having watched the effect of alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election in 2016.

Related: Kushner, Flynn Colluded With Russian Spies to Secretly Pass Messages to Moscow

Back in the United States, the FBI continues to investigate the matter and has named President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a person of interest.

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Timothy Bertrand is an author and journalist from Houston, Texas. He is the Associate Editor at Reverb Press and splits his time between covering breaking news and penning thoughtful literary essays.

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