US And Russian Spies Met To Discuss Hacking Tools And Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump pauses while speaking to reporters in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington U.S

The National Security Agency (NSA) had been negotiating with a Russian who had access to cyber weapons and compromising information on US President Donald Trump for several months. The man also told American officials that he had images of Trump hanging out with hookers in Moscow in 2013.

The Times' sources said the intelligence officials did not want to be caught up in a Russian plot to cause problems in the US government, and they were concerned about the fallout if it was learned they'd bought information about Trump, so when it became clear he wasn't delivering the cyberweapons, they cut off the plot and threatened the Russian seller with arrest.

The report says the US intelligence organizations did not want to be perceived as purchasing disparaging information about a sitting president, and were tired of becoming entangled in Russian operations to sow discord inside the U.S.

"Asking price was $10 million, brought down to $1 million to be paid over time".

US intelligence officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the suitcase represented the first installment of an agreed $1 million payoff.

Instead of coming through on his end of the deal, the Russian spy handed over a 15-second video that showed an American businessman speaking to two women in a hotel room. There was no audio and no way to verify that the man seen in the video was Trump.

The Russian eventually delivered information that had been publicly released by the Shadow Brokers, and the Trump information he pushed was already in the public domain or dubious.

NSA officials were not available out of regular business hours for comment.

Fearing the man might have been working with the Russian government and purposefully providing false information to create discord in the American government, United States officials cut ties with the operative.

The payment, the report writes, was meant to be part of a $1 million payout to the Russian seller who claimed access to a wide-ranging collection of secrets including information on the stolen cyberweapons and material on Trump, which he said included a 2013 video of Trump with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room.

Officials told the man to either leave Western Europe or face criminal charges.

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