Former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia Robert Jordan told CNN on Monday that President Donald Trump shouldn’t take what King Salman of Saudi Arabia says at face value.
Trump noted on Monday that King Salman “firmly denies” any involvement with the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and said, “It sounds to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers.”
“Let’s remember, this is the same King Salman who told me after 9/11 that the 9/11 attacks were an Israeli plot,” Jordan said in an interview on CNN. “He said that firmly. Did I believe that? Of course not. I don’t think you can go in with wide-eyed acceptance of anything some of these world leaders say.”
The former ambassador admitted that it’s possible the king was uninvolved in Khashoggi’s disappearance, but said Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman must have known about it, and that investigators have been hampered by the Saudi government delaying their access to the embassy where Khashoggi was last seen.
Trump Threatens Acosta, Again
The White House has announced that despite a Judicial order restoring Acosta’s press pass, they will suspend it immediately after the order expires in 14 days.
According, to Brian Stelter of CNN, “Lawyers were already expected to be back in court this week to discuss the timeline for further proceedings. Unless there’s some sort of resolution, CNN will be arguing for a preliminary injunction. Here’s what CNN outside counsel Ted Boutrous told me on “Reliable Sources” before these new developments were known… “
The White House argues Acosta did not follow “basic standards” at a news conference when he scrapped with U.S. President Donald Trump.
In a court filing Monday, CNN said the administration was creating “retroactive due process.” The network tweeted that the White House “is continuing to violate the First and Fifth amendments of the Constitution.”
The @WhiteHouse is continuing to violate the First and Fifth amendments of the Constitution. These actions threaten all journalists and news organizations. @Acosta and CNN will continue to report the news about the White House and @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/knr1NpyMVv
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 19, 2018
HORROR IN NYC: Did Saudi Government Assassins Kill Two Sisters?
Two Saudi Sisters Rotana and Tala Farea, whose bodies were found washed up along the Hudson river, may have been victims of Saudi government assassins according to a well placed source within NYPD. They were then killed only a day after they applied for asylum in the United States, scared to return to the oppressive Saudi regime.
Their mother said that the Saudi government had called them on October 23rd and threatened them with being taken back to Saudi Arabia (and most likely punished) because the sisters had applied for asylum in the United States.
The sisters’ bodies then were found the next day, ducted taped, dead washed on the shore of the Hudson River.
There is a Saudi Consulate in NYC at 866 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10017
Police have ruled out that the pair jumped from the George Washington Bridge in a suicide pact, a theory that was initially pushed out by police, because neither body had visible signs of trauma that would have occurred when they hit the water.
Tala was last seen on Aug. 24, according to a now-removed posting on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s website. The alert said she might be with her sister.
A cause of death for the two women — both of Fairfax, Virginia — has not yet been determined.
This news comes the same day that we’ve learned that Washington Post Columnist, Jamal Khashoggi was strangled and dismembered in a Saudi Consulate in Turkey.
US Department of Justice Charges First Russian in Election Interference in 2018
Justice Department Prosecutors have charged Russian Based accountant, Elena Khusyaynova with a scheme to defraud the United States. According to the charges, she spent over $10 million in 2018 alone for the sole purpose of “to sow division and discord in the US Political System.”
Khusyaynova works for a Russia-based firm that special counsel Robert Mueller’s office indicted in February for alleged interference in the 2016 election. This Russian intelligence effort, code-named “Project Lakhta,” was conducted from 2014 to 2016 and is an example of old-school Russian active measures (a covert action) brought forward to the 21st century.
From WaPo: The charges against Khusyaynova came just as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence warned that it was concerned about “ongoing campaigns” by Russia, China and Iran to interfere with the upcoming Midterm elections and even the 2020 race — an ominous warning that comes just weeks before voters head to the polls.
Project Lakhta has several purposes according to experts:
1 – Shape the U.S. election discourse and feed divisiveness into the United States. The efforts in the creation of thousands of online accounts to create, publish and repeat divisive messages, creating slightly nuanced content and otherwise pushing themes that would be most inflammatory has now been documented in the indictment. The DoJ shared an example: “The Russians organized one rally in support of the President-elect and another rally to oppose him, both in New York, and on the same day.”
2 – Framing the dialogue via ads and fictitious persons. This is where the Russians invested heavily—not only millions in funds which they funneled to social media accounts including Twitter and Facebook, but also in online search ads with Google and Bing. Additionally, their use of email and assuming the identities of real U.S. citizens to infiltrate and provide direct support to various political entities is now well-documented.
Among the topics that the russian trolls pushed were gun control, gay rights, the women’s march, and the NFL anthem debate. They also keyed off specific events, including the Las Vegas shooting and the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville
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