NBC Confirms Obama Administration Officials Saved Trump-Russia Probe Docs

Seemingly confirming the incriminating remarks from former Obama Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Evelyn Farkas, on the mad scramble by the Obama administration to collect and preserve intelligence on alleged Russian election hacking before Obama left office, NBC News reports that a former Obama official admits they made a list of Russia probe documents to keep them safe.

While most of the mainstrem media has conveniently dismissed the remarks from Evenlyn Farkas that accidentally implicated the Obama White House in the surveillance of Trump’s campaign staff:

The Trump folks, if they found out how we knew what we knew about the Trump staff dealing with Russians, that they would try to compromise those sources and methods, meaning we would not longer have access to that intelligence.

 

Former Obama DoD Deputy Evelyn Farkas reveals White House gathered intel on Trump campaign staff and then leaked it! https://t.co/W6FG4IFe5Q pic.twitter.com/VwaF2CnZzn

— ZeroPointNow (@ZeroPointNow) March 29, 2017

It seems now NBC News is confirming parts of her story…

Obama administration officials were so concerned about what would happen to key classified documents related to the Russia probe once President Trump took office that they created a list of document serial numbers to give to senior members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, a former Obama official told NBC News.

 

The official said that after the list of documents related to the probe into Russian interference in the U.S. election was created in early January, he hand-carried it to the committee members. The numbers themselves were not classified, said the official.

 

The purpose, said the official, was to make it “harder to bury” the information, “to share it with those on the Hill who could lawfully see the documents,” and to make sure it could reside in an Intelligence committee safe, “not just at Langley [CIA hq].”

Furthermore, as we previously noted, Farkas effectively corroborated a New York Times article from early March which cited “Former American officials” as their anonymous source regarding efforts to leak this surveillance on the Trump team to Democrats across Washington DC.

I became very worried because not enough was coming out into the open and I knew that there was more. We have very good intelligence on Russia. So then I had talked to some of my former colleagues and I knew they were trying to also get information to the hill.

 

That’s why you have the leaking.

In other words; the Obama administration was concerned about spoliation of evidence gathered through various “sources and methods” of surveillance, so a plan was hatched to leak this information to congress – also known as “The Hill.”

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S&p says Kingdom of Spain Outlook revised to Positive on Strong and balanced Economic Performance; ‘bbb+/a-2’ Ratings Affirmed

S&P SAYS KINGDOM OF SPAIN OUTLOOK REVISED TO POSITIVE ON STRONG AND BALANCED ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE; ‘BBB+/A-2’ RATINGS AFFIRMED
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Snyder Warns Of The Ticking Time Bomb That Could Wipe Out Virtually Every Pension Fund In America

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,
Are millions of Americans about to see the big, juicy pensions that they were counting on to fund their golden years go up in flames in the biggest financial disaster in U.S. history? When Bloo…

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U.S. Shale Ignores OPEC’s Warning: Oil Rig Count Soars By 21

The United States oil and gas rig count jumped by 15 this week, to its highest level since September 25, 2015, according to Baker Hughes’ latest report on domestic drilling activity. The number of oil and gas rigs currently active in the United States now sits at 824, which is an increase of 374 year over year. The steady and sizeable jump in rigs signals an indifference by American shale producers towards warnings issued by the Saudi Arabian leadership against increased production. The KSA, which serves as the de facto leader of the Organization…

مسح: أسعار النفط ستعاني بسبب انتعاش الإنتاج الأمريكي

أظهر مسح أجرته “رويترز” أن أسعار النفط ستواجه ضغوطا بسبب انتعاش الإنتاج الأمريكي، وسط توقعات بعدم وصول الأسعار إلى 60 دولارا للبرميل حتى مطلع العام المقبل. وأوضح المسح أن متوسط سعر “برنت” سيسجل 57.25 دولار للبرميل عام 2017، وهو ما يقل عن توقعات الشهر الماضي عند 57.52 دولار للبرميل. وتشير التوقعات أيضا إلى أن نمو […]

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مؤشرات الأسهم الأوروبية تغلق على ارتفاع وتسجل مكاسب أسبوعية

ارتفعت مؤشرات الأسهم الأوروبية خلال تداولات الجمعة، تزامناً مع مراقبة المستثمرين لآخر التطورات حول مفاوضات “البريكست” بين لندن وبروكسل. وفي نهاية التداولات، ارتفع مؤشر “ستوكس يوروب 600” القياسي بنسبة 0.18% أو 0.68 نقطة إلى 381 نقطة، وسجل المؤشر القياسي مكاسب أسبوعية قدرها 1.19%. وارتفع مؤشر “داكس” الألماني (+ 56 نقطة) إلى 12312 نقطة، بينما ارتفع […]

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Why China Is About To Bring The Global Reflation Rally To A Halt

Previously we reported that iron ore prices – having almost doubled in the past year and launching a global reflationary wave – are on the verge of tumbling as the world becomes increasingly aware that China has a “13,000 Eiffel Tower” record inventory problem.

 

And while we previously discussed the immediate adverse implications for iron ore bulls, the conseqences for the global economy could be far more material.

Conveniently, in a note this morning, BMO’s Mark Steel looked at the same issue, focusing on the big picture implications.

His note titled “China’s greatest gift to the US” – a “gift” which will become clear in moments – takes aim at the latest overnight selloff in iron ore, when prices fell 1.7% on Friday.

“Iron has already broken below its 50d MA, the BMO analyst writes, and has already broken below trade support, and it is now poised at the bottom of the channel, so, yes, here is another potential “pre-breakdown” view – Exhibit 1.”

He then notes that “that kinda looks a lot like inflation expectations, which if anything are just a tad ahead, as they have already broken to the downside in the US, and also in Canada, and also in Germany, and also in France, and also in Japan, and also in Mexico. You get the picture, the inflation trade like a fifty-year-old doing the breakdance for the first time. For the reflationists, it’s not a pretty picture – Exhibit 2.

The conclusion is troubling for the global reflation rally:

We don’t want to make up any new theory, about what drives asset prices. Oh wait, yes we do, and indeed did, with the record-setting Trump disapproval rating looking a lot like the contracting yield curve, but we digress. We are saying that the decent, albeit worsening fit of movements of inflation expectations and commodity house driven oil, is currently improved upon by looking at long term poor, yet currently superior fit of inflation expectations and iron ore – Exhibits 3, 4.

 

 

Amusingly, Trump just gifted Mexico $17bn (two minutes in). We are not sure what the POTUS will inadvertently offer China this weekend, but according to the CBO, China’s greatest gift to the US would probably be lower inflation. Just sayin…

Recall: it was China, whose gargantuan credit expansion, monetary easing and “Shanghai Accord” in early 2016 unleashed the global reflationary wave which central banks are currently mistaking for “growth.” It is only appropriate that China will be the catalyst that ends it.

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Turkish presidential aide: call for independence referendum in northern Iraq ‘wrong’

Turkish presidential aide Ibrahim Kalin has described Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government President Masoud Barzani’s statement about holding an independence referendum in northern Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region as a “wrong step”. Speaking at a press conference in the presidential complex in Ankara on Friday, Kalin said: “We think this will be a wrong step.” Iraq is going through a delicate period and the fight against Daesh is ongoing, he said, noting that Turkey’s fight against the PKK is also continuing. “We do not think bringing this issue on the agenda is correct, at a time when there are several security risks at the highest levels,” Kalin said. On Thursday, Barzani said an independence referendum will be carried out in the “near future”.