Trump responds to article on U.S. intel operation: 'Drain the swamp'

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USA intelligence officials striving repossess stolen cyberweapons reportedly paid $100,000 to a Russian operative who claimed he possessed not exclusively the hacking tools but what Russians call "kompromat" (compromising material) this time, on President Donald Trump.

Some of the tools, developed by the NSA to break into the computers of USA rivals, were used by other hackers a year ago to crack or infect computer systems around the world.

Specifically U.S. officials would give the Russian advance notice of precisely what the would tweet at an exact data and time, The Intercept reported.

Reached through a chain of intermediaries, the seller reportedly wanted $1 million after quickly dropping his opening demand of about $10 million.

Due to their underlying value, Americans attempted to move forward with a deal to re-acquire the stolen cyberweapons multiple times previous year.

The unnamed officials said that the Russian played the American businessman a 15-second clip showing an unidentifiable man in a room talking to two women.

The Russian received the USA taxpayer cash in a Berlin hotel room in September as the first installment on the $1 million price tag set for what he claimed would be compromising material on the US president and a collection of NSA and Central Intelligence Agency hacking tools stolen in 2016. The White House was thrown into a frenzy last summer when it emerged that former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, senior adviser Jared Kushner, and Trump's eldest son Donald Trump Jr.at Trump Tower in June 2016 who had promised dirt on then Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

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Possible Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation are now being scrutinized by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is also investigating whether the president or any of his aides tried to obstruct an investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election. The theft the U.S. intelligence apparatus because the custom-made cyberweapons - including zero-day exploits that targeted antivirus software and Microsoft products - could wreak havoc when used by the wrong entity. In October and December he delivered documents he alleged contained information which implicated Trump's associates, but the Times reports that most of the information the documents included were already public knowledge.

A Russian, who has allegedly been acting as a middleman for the Russians and the Americans, sought payment for information he was offering.

If that's true, Lieu said, "the CIA Director needs to explain his actions to Congress".

The newspaper reported that several American intelligence officials said their only objective was to obtain the cyberweapons and not the information on Trump.

"I hope people are now seeing and understanding what is going on here". It is all now starting to come out - DRAIN THE SWAMP! Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion.

For instance, United States officials reportedly told the Russians in advance that the official NSA account would tweet the following message on June 20, 2017: "Samuel Morse patented the telegraph 177 years ago".

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