Russian Suing Over Steele Dossier Says Mueller Hacking Indictment An "Utter Vindication"

A Russian venture capitalist and tech executive accused in the Steele dossier of "using botnets and porn traffic" to conduct cyberattacks on Democrats says that Friday's indictment of 12 Russian nationals for hacking the DNC is an "utter vindication," reports the Daily Caller.

Aleksej Gubarev, owner of global tech firm XBT Holding - which owns Dallas-based Webzilla, is currently suing BuzzFeed News for defamation for failing to properly investigate the dossier's allegations before publishing the 35-page document - which include the claim that Gubarev was "recruited under duress" by Russia's Federal Security Service, the FSB. 

This is a complete and utter vindication of our clients,” said Val Gurvits, Gubarev's attorney. 

Another attorney for Gubarev, Evan Fray-Witzer said in a statement: "When Ben Smith and BuzzFeed decided to publish the Dossier, they knew that they had been unable to verify any of the allegations in it," adding "They knew that falsely accusing people of serious criminal activity could ruin lives, but they decided that getting traffic to their website was more important than the truth. It was all about clicks and dollars for them. Nothing else mattered."

Last January, Gubarev said that he was never even contacted by authorities over the matter. 

The salacious innuendoes in the periodic reports about Trump’s personal life dominated social media headlines. The mention of Webzilla and Gubarev was among the more specific allegations: that XBT and affiliates “had been using botnets and porn traffic to transmit viruses, plant bugs, steal data and conduct ‘altering operations’ against the Democratic Party leadership.”

Gubarev said he operated 75,000 servers across the globe and got real-time information if there had been hacking or illicit activity tied to his businesses. There is no evidence of that, he said, adding that no one has contacted him.

I have a physical office in Dallas. Nobody contacted me,” said Gubarev, adding that 40 percent of his business is handled over the servers it runs in Dallas and the United States accounts for about 27 percent of his global business. -McClatchy

BuzzFeed has argued that it was justified in publishing the dossier since it had already been circulating among government officials and members of the press for several months prior to publication. They also point to a disclaimer which accompanied the dossier that its allegations had not been corroborated. 

“Every development of the past 17 months has reaffirmed our position that the dossier was circulating at the highest levels of government, and squarely within our First Amendment right to publish,” said BuzzFeed spokesman Matt Mittenthal in response to Gubarev's comments.

In order to help defend themselves against Gubarev, BuzzFeed filed a lawsuit against the DNC to force them to hand over information related to the "Steele Dossier" after the DNC ignored a subpoena for proof they were hacked - including "digital remnants left by the Russian state operatives," as well as a full version of the hacking report prepared by cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike.

The DNC notably wouldn't allow FBI investigators to look at the server, instead relying on the hacking report prepared by CrowdStrike (founded by Russian expat Dimitri Alperovitch - who sits on the very Anti-Russian Atlantic Council along with Evelyn "loose lips" Farkas).

“As part of the discovery process, BuzzFeed is attempting to verify claims in the dossier that relate to the hacking of the DNC,” said BuzzFeed spokesman Matt Mittenhal in a statement. “We’re asking a federal court to force the DNC to follow the law and allow BuzzFeed to fully defend its First Amendment rights.”

In January, the DNC claimed that providing the requested information would expose the DNC's internal operations and harm the party politically. 

“If these documents were disclosed, the DNC’s internal operations, as well as its ability to effectively achieve its political goals, would be harmed,” said DNC lawyers. 

Word of BuzzFeed's suit against the DNC followed a report that the news outlet hired a former top FBI and White House cybersecurity official to fly around the globe on a secret mission to corroborate various claims in the dossier.

The probe is being conducted by Anthony Ferrante - formerly the FBI's top official in charge of "cyber incident response" at the U.S. National Security Council under the Obama administration. Ferrante is leading the investigation from his new employer, D.C.-based business advisory firm, Forensic Technologies International (FTI) consulting reports Foreign Policy

At FTI, Ferrante launched what’s now been a months-long stealth effort chasing down documents and conducting interviews on the ground in various countries around the world. His team directed BuzzFeed lawyers to subpoena specific data and testimony from dozens of agencies or companies across the country and assembled a cyber ops war room to analyze that data, according to sources familiar with the work.

Considering that much of the Steele dossier reportedly came from a collaboration with high level Kremlin officials (a collusion if you will), one has to wonder exactly what channels Ferrante and FTI have tapped in order to access such information.

And in a separate effort to prove the Steele dossier's claims, a footnote in an April House Intelligence Committee report revealed that an ongoing, private investigation is being funded with $50 million supplied by George Soros and a group of 7-10 wealthy donors from California and New York.

This effort was originally revealed in February and reported on by The Federalistafter a series of leaked text messages between Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and lobbyist Adam Waldman suggested that Daniel J. Jones - an ex-FBI investigator and former Feinstein staffer, was "intimately involved with ongoing efforts to retroactively validate a series of salacious and unverified memos published by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent, and Fusion GPS."

In short, Jones is working with Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele to continue their investigation into Donald Trump, using a $50 million war chest revealed by the House Intel Committee report.

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So there are currently two well funded probes being conducted by two former FBI investigators with the goal of proving the dossier's claims - which remain largely unverified. Meanwhile Mueller's indictment is an "utter vindication" according to a Russian tech executive named in the document. 

And still no collusion...

Comments

nmewn RafterManFMJ Sat, 07/14/2018 - 16:39 Permalink

Yeah, I saw that too...

"The DNC notably wouldn't allow FBI investigators to look at the server, instead relying on the hacking report prepared by CrowdStrike (founded by Russian expat Dimitri Alperovitch - who sits on the very Anti-Russian Atlantic Council along with Evelyn "loose lips" Farkas).

“As part of the discovery process, BuzzFeed is attempting to verify claims in the dossier that relate to the hacking of the DNC,” said BuzzFeed spokesman Matt Mittenhal in a statement. “We’re asking a federal court to force the DNC to follow the law and allow BuzzFeed to fully defend its First Amendment rights.”

In January, the DNC claimed that providing the requested information would expose the DNC's internal operations and harm the party politically."

...why...because you don't want it verified to the world that the DNC has become a communist political party? ;-)

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Dickweed Wang macholatte Sat, 07/14/2018 - 19:02 Permalink

. . . Friday's indictment of 12 Russian nationals for hacking the DNC . . .

 

I find it amusing that in all the articles regarding this issue you won't find any mention of the forensic report prepared by a group of ex-intelligence guys and computer experts that showed conclusively there was no possible way that the DNC data could have been hacked and downloaded via the Internet.  Their report showed that the data in question had to have been downloaded locally onto something like a thumb drive because the time-stamps on the files indicated a file transfer rate far above what any Internet connection could achieve, particularly one going from the east coast of the USA to somewhere in "Russia". 

I, for one, am sick and tired of the blatant bullshit being spewed by the MSM, politicians and half the population in the US and the UK regarding Russia.  It's too bad we can't ship all those assholes to some island in the Pacific and then have both the US and Russia nuke the shit out of them . . . because that's what they deserve.

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DCFusor nmewn Sat, 07/14/2018 - 17:52 Permalink

“If these documents were disclosed, the DNC’s internal operations, as well as its ability to effectively achieve its political goals, would be harmed,” said DNC lawyers. 

Well, of course, as it would expose their corruption so blatantly that even with wild-eyed super SJW progs would reject them.  Indeed, that would hamper their ability to achieve their goals.  As it would any other criminal outfit.

"Judge, you can't convict me for robbing that guy or killing his kids as it would ruin my career."  Yeah, I can see that flying just fine for those of us who, unlike the DNC, have to obey laws and stuff.

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lew1024 nmewn Sun, 07/15/2018 - 17:10 Permalink

No, not a communist political party, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Deep Black Swamp.

Ideology is a technique for getting votes you don't have to buy, for both parties. The major difference between the parties at this point is that a handful of Republicans are not yet corrupted/compromised by the DBS, don't participate in the cash flows from the illegal operations trading arms for drugs and uranium, oil and other such sources of wealth.

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Skip RafterManFMJ Sat, 07/14/2018 - 16:54 Permalink

The FBI has a sordid history. From their dealings with the KKK, Waco, and the Clinton "investigation" they might be considered, by some, to be a RICO group.

New York Magazine: Trump’s Been a Russian Agent Since 1987

HOLY SHIT: Mueller Brings Back “Russians Hacked DNC Server” Narrative
"They never had any evidence that Russia hacked the DNC – literally, zero evidence, they just claimed some company they hired found evidence and then deleted all that evidence on purpose for some reason no one has explained."

[PIZZA GATE]

NY Times Saying Russia is Hacking the Whole Earth" Andrew Anglin July 14, 2018

"It sure does seem like a pretty WILD COINCIDENCE that Mueller decided to indict invisible Russian hackers based on a discredited private report by a discredited private company 48 hours before Trump meets Putin.

Almost as if the Mueller team is attempting to sabotage American foreign policy."

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ThirteenthFloor Skip Sat, 07/14/2018 - 20:54 Permalink

Sordid ?!  That is THE understatement of all time.  

First JE Hoover ran the place for over 30 years, denying Organized Crime even existing while betting on ponies In Del Mar CA on mafia fixed races.  He was blackmail by Meyer Lansky, while he in turn blackmailed DC to get what he wanted.  Covered up the JFK assassination, and him and his lover Clyde Tolson are pretty well responsible for the MLK assassination (1999 Corretta King vs. US Govt.).  Then Ted Gunderson whistle blows on and all drugs coming in military coffins and child trafficking.  The FBI IS a crime unit.

William Pepper on MLK assasination

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aFteStFK23I

Ted Gunderson FBI on widespread drug and child trafficking

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4LDnAVdwbmQ

JE Hoover FBI and LBJ on phone covering up the JFK assassination 11/29/1963

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=E-1E7pivtss

Hoover goes to horse races day after JFK assassination

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lFBxvpmzkfQ

 

 

 

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lew1024 esum Sun, 07/15/2018 - 17:14 Permalink

Hillary is just one of the public faces of the Deep Black Swamp, it wasn't personal, tho personnel relationships are part of it, necessary for what little trust there is at those levels.

Mostly, they are a Mutual Gonad Clutchers Union. That is the extent of their trust and solidarity.  Plus the fear of being killed, of course.

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Spinifex RafterManFMJ Tue, 07/17/2018 - 07:31 Permalink

It's the FBI, investigating what is 'said to be' a Federal Crime.  The DNC CAN'T stop them looking at or seizing the server. The DNC do no have that right. The FBI is required by law to seize 'evidence' of a crime or attempts to commit a crime of a Federal nature. The U.$. Presidential Election is a Federal Election.  There is nothing the DNC can do to stop the FBI seizing the server.   

So, some one in the FBI committed a crime by choosing not to take into their possession evidence that was directly related to a Federal crime.   Go figure. 

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booboo rosiescenario Sat, 07/14/2018 - 16:36 Permalink

In all honesty I would LIKE to see Putin and Trump to collude in an effort to finally boot kick the fucking whole fake bullshit made up bucket of lies into the open. Expose the Aussies, gap toothed brits, DNC water heads, Fake Bureau of Instigators, John the Mouth Brennan, Fat Bastard Clapper, Susan the Unmasker Rice, Butt boy the Muslim Hustler, Hillary the Flopper...the whole God damned lot of these traitors 

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loveyajimbo Hunter S. Thompson Sat, 07/14/2018 - 19:35 Permalink

How about they examine the DNC SERVER???  You know, the one Comey refused to confiscate for examination and that the DNC refused to hand over?

Probably has been destroyed or Bleach-bitted... like Hillapig's.  Lots of Dimm swine would burn if examines, Wasserman-Shits, Harambe Brazile, Pedo Podesta, etc, etc... might even shed some light on #SETHRICH

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rtb61 Hunter S. Thompson Sun, 07/15/2018 - 00:23 Permalink

Which is exactly where the US government fucked up, they should never have indicted a Russian company because that company can be represented by US lawyers in the US without anyone from Russia ever appearing and force discovery.

So any day now, they will simply drop the indictment against the Russian company and block discovery of well, absolutely nothing because nothing to discover just a made up indictment.

So the Russians were pretty smart suing US media because now the US government can not simply shut it down by dropping the indictment.

A lot of Russians will wake up to the idea, that they can effectively sue the crap out of the US government in US courts without ever appearing. So will American lawyers complain or cheer, basically hundreds of millions up for grabs, all sorts of Americans can be sued by Russians for the lies they spread about Russians, messy indeed.

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Teeter Sat, 07/14/2018 - 16:03 Permalink

Someone needs to go to jail over the very clear FISA abuse. 4 warrants over a year on Page. No evidence, no charges. Impossible for all those warrants to be approved without blatant lying to the FISC or the judges being in on it. Either way someone needs to go down hard. No justice, no peace. Fire Sessions today!

lew1024 youshallnotkill Sun, 07/15/2018 - 17:22 Permalink

I work hard at understanding reality. I am not in any cult, even tho I think there is a good chance that Trump will go down in history as the greatest President since Washington, by far. All he has to do to earn that is defeat the Deep Black Swamp, clean out this society and restore the Constitution and rule of law. A much bigger job than Washington had defeating the Red Coats on home territory, losing almost all his set-piece battles as he did so.

Trump is not perfect. I don't like many things about him. But it is clear he is a much deeper strategist and much more knowledgable with much better advice than anyone wants to give him credit for, and that the disdain from everywhere is a combination of fear he will remove DBS, MIC, protected industries, subsidized parts of the society, etc. sources of wealth and a class issue.

Trump has been made the underdog, the winning underdog.  I like underdogs. I like bomb throwers, exactly what this sclerotic aging kleptocracy needed.

I am not part of a cult, and your characterization of us as such is far too simple, your thinking broken.

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shortonoil Got The Wrong No Sun, 07/15/2018 - 10:00 Permalink

At some point the States will have to call a Constitutional Convention, and start taking this organized, out of control, crime syndicate (that is called the Federal Government) apart. The Federal Government is no longer even remotely acting in the service of the people. Demand it of your State legislators, and do it with the good old fashion "paper" letter. A typed, certified, letter has 1,000 times the impact of an email! Whether you are Republican, Democrat, or a supporter of Swahili Moon Dancers you have the right to a fair, and honest government; something which we obviously do not have!

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wwwww Sat, 07/14/2018 - 16:06 Permalink

"They also point to a disclaimer which accompanied the dossier that its allegations had not been corroborated."

In other words, they published a rumor, contrary to basic journalistic standards.

my new username Sat, 07/14/2018 - 16:12 Permalink

So where is the server and why has the FBI not demanded to see it?
The server was not hacked - it was accessed by an authorized person, who downloaded info. onto usb or flash drives.
How did Crowdstrike not notice this? They were not paid to discover the problem, they were paid to hide the problem and misdirect.

Omen IV my new username Sat, 07/14/2018 - 16:49 Permalink

Trump should hire Binney & McGovern  and associates to present all the documents and let them red line what is protocols that are sensitive - I dont believe anyone else in this train -  Sessions / Rosenstein / Wray / or anyone at the FBI / CIA / NSA / are not deemed credible given their associations

 

The full disclosure to the public  is more important than any specific criminal investigation - if someone doesnt go to jail less important than knowing how to govern going forward - let everyone have millions of docs with no redacting

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LOL123 Sat, 07/14/2018 - 16:33 Permalink

least we forget, it was Mother Jones who first broke the story Oct. 31,2016 ( spooks playing pranks... Trick).

"On Friday, FBI Director James Comey set off a political blast when he informed congressional leaders that the bureau had stumbled across emails that might be pertinent to its completed inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s handling of emails when she was secretary of state. The Clinton campaign and others criticized Comey for intervening in a presidential campaign bybreaking with Justice Department tradition and revealing information about an investigation—information that was vague and perhaps ultimately irrelevant—so close to Election Day. On Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid upped the ante. He sent Comey a fiery lettersaying the FBI chief may have broken the law and pointed to a potentially greater controversy: “In my communications with you and other top officials in the national security community, it has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government…The public has a right to know this information.”

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/10/veteran-spy-gave-fbi-info-…

Start at the media's first publication and stop wasting tax payers money on this Halloween trick!

JBLight Sat, 07/14/2018 - 16:44 Permalink

"The DNC notably wouldn't allow FBI investigators to look at the server, instead relying on the hacking report prepared by CrowdStrike (founded by Russian expat Dimitri Alperovitch - who sits on the very Anti-Russian Atlantic Council along with Evelyn "loose lips" Farkas)."

Interestingly enough, IG Horowitz is also on the Atlantic Council. He still hasn't proven to me that he isn't dark state but we shall see. 

hooligan2009 Sat, 07/14/2018 - 16:45 Permalink

deflect, distract, divert and oppose POTUS in any way possible.

keep doing it until you wear out those fighting for the truth.

hear we see the signs of a future government that is dominated by a combination of socialism, anarchy, idiocracy and a wealthy that is above the law, because, well yanno, "one rule for thee and another rule for me".

there are a lot of sick fucks emanating their stench from the swamp.

"publish and be damned".

we already know that the democrats think that anything they do is above the law - murder, kidnapping, registering dead voters, taking money from foreign governments, allowing foreigners (israelis) to dominate congress, registering illegal immigrants as citizens, sponsoring human trafficking, embezzlement, providing hostile powers with access to state secrets.. etc etc.

even this crucial request from the duly constituted US legal process has been denied by the democrat party, and yet is cited by the FBI as proof of russian collusion.

" The DNC notably wouldn't allow FBI investigators to look at the server, instead relying on the hacking report prepared by CrowdStrike (founded by Russian expat Dimitri Alperovitch - who sits on the very Anti-Russian Atlantic Council along with Evelyn "loose lips" Farkas). "

does the server still exist? not likely. the DNC and its criminal data specialist like the awans would have "wiped it with a cloth".

so who is going to prosecute the DNC for destroying evidence in a federal investigation? not the FBI that's for sure.