Continued Wednesday 15 February 2017 from my previous posting…
From CNN [Updated 9:41 AM ET, Wed February 15, 2017]…
- Just over a week before Trump was sworn in, CNN reported that Trump and then-President Barack Obama were briefed on the existence of a dossier making damning but unsubstantiated allegations, including that Russian operatives had compromising information on Trump.
- On Friday last week, US investigators said they had corroborated some details in the 35-page document, compiled by a former British intelligence agent, through intercepted communications, giving some weight to the veracity of at least parts of the document as other allegations are investigated.
- Investigators did not confirm some of the more salacious allegations, but did detail around a dozen conversations between senior Russian officials and other Russian individuals mentioned in the document, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings told CNN.
- The two-page synopsis originally presented to Trump and Obama included allegations of a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government, according to two national security officials.
- The White House has denied the allegations made in the dossier and dismissed them as “fake news.” Russian President Vladimir Putin also shrugged off the allegations as “rubbish.”
From The Sun…
Previously on Sun–Jan 28, 2017:
- “Russian spy linked to Donald Trump’s dirty dossier found DEAD in his car in Moscow … A former general in the intelligence agency the KBG and its … Ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele in hiding after Donald Trump dossier … that Putin would have had the document on his desk at the time of Erovinkin’s death.”
From Business Insider…
- The timeline of Trump’s ties with Russia lines up with allegations of conspiracy and misconduct … The document includes one particularly explosive allegation — that … The dossier was compiled by veteran British spy Christopher Steele, … while working on the Moscow desk of UK intelligence agency MI6.
A former British secret agent back on the job?
“It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.” ~ Mark Twain.
“All we can imagine is probably not half as crazy as the truth.” ~ Arthur C. Clarke in the novel 2010: Odyssey Two.
“In a time of universal deceit — telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ~ George Orwell.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ~ Edmund Burke, Whig politician and statesman who is often regarded as the father of modern conservatism.
Excerpts from Wikipedia about Pogo the long-running daily American comic strip, created by cartoonist Walt Kelly (1913–1973)…
“We have met the enemy and he is us.”
- Probably the most famous Pogo quotation is “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Perhaps more than any other words written by Kelly, it perfectly sums up his attitude towards the foibles of mankind and the nature of the human condition.
- The quote was a parody of a message sent in 1813 from U.S. Navy Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry to Army General William Henry Harrison after his victory in the Battle of Lake Erie, stating, “We have met the enemy, and they are ours.” It first appeared in a lengthier form in “A Word to the Fore”, the foreword of the book The Pogo Papers, first published in 1953. Since the strips reprinted in Papers included the first appearances of Mole and Simple J. Malarkey, beginning Kelly’s attacks on McCarthyism, Kelly used the foreword to defend his actions:
“Traces of nobility, gentleness and courage persist in all people, do what we will to stamp out the trend. So, too, do those characteristics which are ugly. It is just unfortunate that in the clumsy hands of a cartoonist all traits become ridiculous, leading to a certain amount of self-conscious expostulation and the desire to join battle. There is no need to sally forth, for it remains true that those things which make us human are, curiously enough, always close at hand. Resolve then, that on this very ground, with small flags waving and tinny blasts on tiny trumpets, we shall meet the enemy, and not only may he be ours, he may be us. Forward!” — Walt Kelly, June 1953.
- The finalized version of the quotation appeared in a 1970 anti-pollution poster for Earth Day and was repeated a year later in the daily strip. The slogan also served as the title for the last Pogo collection released before Kelly’s death in 1973, and of an environmentally themed animated short on which Kelly had started work, but did not finish due to ill health.
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