U.S. Secretly Negotiated With Russians to Buy Stolen NSA Documents — and the Russians Offered Trump-Related Material, Too


30 bookmarks. First posted by querolus february 2018.


"In March 2017, the Russian met with the American intermediary and a U.S. official in Berlin and agreed to provide the stolen NSA data from the Shadow Brokers in exchange for payment. The U.S. government used 'certain messaging techniques' that the Russian accepted as proof that the U.S. government was behind the negotiations and the proposed deal, according to the documents obtained by The Intercept. Officials gave the Russians advance knowledge that on June 20, 2017, at 12:30 p.m., the official NSA Twitter account would tweet: 'Samuel Morse patented the telegraph 177 years ago. Did you know you can still send telegrams? Faster than post & pay only if it’s delivered.' That tweet, in exactly those words, was issued at that time."
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march 2018 by bankbryan
The United States intelligence community has been conducting a top-secret operation to recover stolen classified U.S. government documents from Russian operatives, according to sources familiar with the matter.
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february 2018 by dvand5
The Intercept sources: US officials tweeted from @NSAGov to prove to Russians that US government was indeed behind secret negotiations to buy stolen NSA documents
february 2018 by joeo10
Inside the biggest international ARG ever played
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february 2018 by saikofish
THE UNITED STATES intelligence community has been conducting a top-secret operation to recover stolen classified U.S. government documents from Russian operatives, according to sources familiar with the matter. The operation has also inadvertently yielded a cache of documents purporting to relate to Donald Trump and Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Over the past year, American intelligence officials have opened a secret communications channel with the Russian operatives, who have been seeking to sell both Trump-related materials and documents stolen from the National Security Agency and obtained by Russian intelligence, according to people involved with the matter and other documentary evidence. The channel started developing in early 2017, when American and Russian intermediaries began meeting in Germany. Eventually, a Russian intermediary, apparently representing some elements of the Russian intelligence community, agreed to a deal to sell stolen NSA documents back to the U.S. while also seeking to include Trump-related materials in the package.
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february 2018 by rgl7194
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february 2018 by egwillim
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february 2018 by Shurs
So these are two versions of the same story.
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february 2018 by andriak
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february 2018 by dylan
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february 2018 by mathewi
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This, from the pulitzer prize winning reporter james risen, is a huge deal https://t.co/1TklgrEMsg pic.twitter.com/zHiSUa8jlD

— Adam Serwer 🍝 (@AdamSerwer) February 9, 2018
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february 2018 by chetan
According to documents obtained by The Intercept that summarize much of the channel’s history, a key American intermediary with the Russians was first approached by U.S. intelligence officials in late December, 2016. The officials asked him to help them recover NSA documents believed to have been stolen by the Shadow Brokers.


The American was able to identify a hacker in Germany who claimed to have access to some of the stolen data believed to be held by the Shadow Brokers, and who accurately provided advance notice of several Shadow Broker data releases.

The hacker’s cooperation with the U.S. intelligence community broke down over his demands for full immunity from U.S. prosecution for his hacking activities—negotiations that failed largely because the hacker refused to provide his full personal identification to the Americans.
february 2018 by hakan
Favorite tweet: HowellONeill

U.S. secretly negotiated with Russians to buy stolen NSA documents — and the Russians offered Trump-related material, too https://t.co/c9YVOlOoDA

— Patrick Howell O'Neill (@HowellONeill) February 9, 2018

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