Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

NSA used Twitter account to tweet secret messages meant for Russian vendor

NSA used Twitter account to tweet secret messages meant for Russian vendor

After months of negotiations, USA intelligence met the Russian spy in September at a Berlin TK to give him the first installment of his payment - $100,000.

The Russian operative, the report continues, "claimed the information would link the president and his associates to Russia".

USA officials said the payment was meant to recover ostensible NSA data, and was abandoned after the Russian provided the United States intelligence with unverified and "possibly fabricated" information on President Trump.

"The fictional story that CIA was bilked out of US$100,000 is patently false", the Central Intelligence Agency said in a statement sent to AFP.

The CIA declined the Times request for comment and the NSA wrote that "all N.S.A. employees have a lifetime obligation to protect classified information". The Times described the Americans as "desperate" to get the tools back.

The shadowy Russian reportedly asked for $10 million for the cyber-weapons, which were stolen by the group "Shadow Brokers", and for purported explosive revelations about Trump, but later dropped the price to $1 million. The agency is led by Trump loyalist Mike Pompeo, but many of its staffers are still smarting over Trump's repeated harsh comments about the intelligence community's role in the Russian Federation meddling investigation.

Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu said in a tweet Friday that Risen's article "suggests the CIA Director fears getting information damaging to @realDonaldTrump that is being offered by Russians".

Trump on Saturday referred to the Times article about a Russian who "sold phony secrets on "Trump" to the USA", and noted the operative reportedly lowered his price from US$10 million to $1 million.

"I hope people are now seeing and understanding what is going on here. He took an oath to the Constitution, not to Trump". "It is all now starting to come out - DRAIN THE SWAMP!" he wrote.

The Times reports that the coveted cyberweapons were built to break into the computer networks of Russian Federation and China, but wound up in the hands of a mysterious group called the "Shadow Brokers".

The Intercept reports that many involved in the "secret communications channel" between the USA and the Russian are unaware of what actually transpired in the operation nor are they certain if the Russian was acting on his own or on behalf of the Russian government and if he was making an effort in the disinformation campaign that took place during the 2016 election. After months of secret negotiations, a shadowy Russian bilked American spies out of $100,000 previous year, promising to deliver compromising material on President Trump.

In the months since, the NSA has been working to recover the cyberweapons stolen in that breach - and when a Russian figure came forward offering to deliver them, the NSA made a deal.

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