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emptywheel Dec 10
I'm going to post a few documents for the benefit of the fucking idiots out there who like to weigh in on Russia w/o knowing what they're talking about. Remember Anna Chapman? Most famous RU spy in last decade? Here's her docket:
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emptywheel Dec 10
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The most famous RU spy in US in last decade was charged w/conspiracy to act as agent of foreign power before she was whisked a way in a spy swap. (AKA, a swap of spies.)
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emptywheel Dec 10
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Remember Evgeny Buryakov? He's not so sexy as Maria Butina and was kind of a dolt. But is now well known as one of the SVR unofficial cover spies who recruited Carter Page. The tip off here is SVR: It's a spying agent.
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emptywheel Dec 10
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Here's his guilty plea. The charge? Conspiracy to act in the US as an agent of a foreign govt. His 951 charge got dismissed as part of a plea deal.
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emptywheel
Now, admittedly, there's something different about Maria Butina from the most famous two incidences of RU spying in the US in the last decade. Unlike Anna Chapman and Evgeny Burykova, Butina is pleading to have spied *with an American,* Paul Erickson, a connected GOPer.
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emptywheel Dec 10
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Now I know there are some -- what shall I call them? Buffoons? Who cite Butina's guilty plea to same charge used w/last 2 most famous RU spies in the US as proof that her plea has nothing to do with espionage. Their arg is "bc she's pleading to the spying charge she's not a spy."
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emptywheel Dec 10
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The very same buffoons were wailing today "there's no conspiracy with Republicans and Russians." Now, in addition to arguing that pleading guilty to the charge used with spies proves it has nothing to do with spying, they're saying conspiracy has nothing to do w/conspiracy.
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emptywheel Dec 10
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So, that not-spy who just pled guilty to conspiring with others to serve as an Agent (Agent is law-talk for spy, boys and girls) for a foreign official? She was conspiring with (gasp!) a Republican!!!
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emptywheel Dec 10
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Here's the nutty thing: At least according to reports (which are often wrong) she agreed to cooperate. Know who she might have dirt on, in addition to the NRA and the Prayer Breakfast? Don Jr. I'm not sure but I *think* he's a Republican too.
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Raquel Dec 10
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Peter Archer Dec 10
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How has he not been arrested yet?
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ScubaVal AKA Peanut Gallery 🆘️ 🇺🇸 Dec 10
Erickson has received notice to expect an indictment. I expect that will happen soon.
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Lucky Lefty Dec 10
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Wow.
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BE LESS STUPID Dec 10
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Sexy Russian spy reaches plea deal with Special Prosecutor; Caught on Tape With President Trump
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