Three explosive revelations late Monday and early Tuesday by separate news organizations have rocked the Trump campaign just one week before the election. Mother Jones, Slate, and NBC News each reported separate stories on Trump’s possible direct ties to Russia and on ongoing but heretofore undisclosed FBI investigations that each raise not only alarms at the highest levels of government but may comprise evidence that national security has been compromised.
A SPECIAL SERVER IN TRUMP HEADQUARTERS WAS SET UP TO COMMUNICATE DIRECTLY AND SOLELY WITH TWO SERVERS AT A RUSSIAN FINANCIAL ENTITY
Slate broke the first story Monday about a secret server set up by the Trump Organization whose sole communications were with Alfa Bank, a Russian financial institution. Paul Vixie, an top DNS expert who reviewed logs of the communication, noted as follows:
“The parties were communicating in a secretive fashion. The operative word is secretive. This is more akin to what criminal syndicates do if they are putting together a project.”
As Slate reported in depth, the server at Trump Headquarters apparently was designed to communicate directly with two servers at Alfa Bank while obscuring the fact that the communications were even ever occurring. Other experts who reviewed the extensive logs concurred that the communications are nearly certainly human generated and not the result of spam. Others have concluded that the logs and their date and stamps essentially also rule out the possibility they were faked or manipulated.
The New York Times, which conducted its own investigation, originally contacted Alfa Bank directly about the server, after which it was immediately shut down without explanation. Then, curiously, another server name was established by Trump Headquarters, with the very first communication again going to Alfa Bank.
Some observers, including FBI officials interviewed by the New York Times, noted that there could be innocuous reasons for why these servers and these communications occurred, but the Trump Organization has not yet provided any. In an email response to Mother Jones, Hope Hicks, a Trump campaign spokeswoman, maintains, “The Trump Organization is not sending or receiving any communications from this email server. The Trump Organization has no communication or relationship with this entity or any Russian entity.” The Times noted that FBI officials have been conducting an investigation all summer but to date have not found any evidence directly linking Trump to the Russians.
James Comey, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (Credit: Source.)
The fact that the investigation is occurring at all, however, is news to many. The revelation ironically comes just days after FBI Director Comey broke with official protocol to announce a further investigation into possible Clinton emails contained on a device in the possession of Anthony Weiner, who was being investigated in another matter. But as some experts and congress members have noted, nothing in that long investigation comes remotely close to the level of national security concerns posed by the secret Trump server. If the server was supposedly not in contact with Alfa Bank, many now question what was it doing pinging the two servers on a regular basis–and why the communications were both exclusive and hidden.
A full and detailed technical account by Slate of the Trump server and its mysterious communications with Alfa Bank can be found here.
A VETERAN SPY REPORTS HE PROVIDED THE FBI WITH EVIDENCE TRUMP WAS COMPROMISED AND HAS BEEN WORKING FOR RUSSIA FOR FIVE YEARS
Mother Jones was the next news organization out with its own equally disturbing late October surprise on Monday. It reported that, earlier this summer, an experienced Western Intelligence officer had reported to the FBI that he had found evidence of “an established exchange of information” between the Kremlin and Trump going back no less than five years.
The operative told Mother Jones that in recent months he provided the bureau with memos based on his recent interactions with Russian sources. These reports asserted that the Russian government for years has attempted for some time now to to co-opt and assist Trump. In a memo reviewed by Mother Jones, the operative gave this remarkable and troubling conclusion:
“Russian regime has been cultivating, supporting and assisting TRUMP for at least 5 years. Aim, endorsed by PUTIN, has been to encourage splits and divisions in western alliance.”
It also maintained that Trump “and his inner circle have accepted a regular flow of intelligence from the Kremlin,