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'Highly credible' source reveals scandal bigger than Biden bribery: FBI election interference

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The confidential human source (CHS) behind the detailed allegations that then-Vice President Joe Biden agreed to accept money from a foreign national to affect policy decisions was reportedly "highly credible" and used by the FBI in multiple criminal investigations dating back to the Obama administration. Friday's exclusive by Fox News provides further insight into Sen. Chuck Grassley's focus on the FBI — as opposed to the Biden family — as the primary scandal in play.

"We aren't interested in whether or not the accusations against [then]-Vice President Biden are accurate," Grassley said during an interview last week discussing FBI Director Christopher Wray's refusal to comply with the congressional subpoena issued for the FD-1023 form. That form, dated June 30, 2020, included detailed information from a CHS to the FBI regarding an agreement by now-President Biden to deliver preferred foreign policy positions for a $5 million payment.

After Grassley revealed he had already seen the FD-1023, Fox News' Bill Hemmer queried: "How damning is this document to the sitting U.S. president?"

"I don't know," responded Grassley, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He stressed that while "there's accusations" in the FBI report, the congressional oversight committees' concern is whether "the FBI does its job." "That's what we want to know," he continued.

Friday's revelation that the CHS was "highly credible" and had served as a source in multiple prior criminal investigations — including ones run under the Obama-Biden administration — proves Grassley is properly focused on the FBI.

Eye 1

Police omitted folder called 'CIA' from the computer of Spaniard who allegedly spied on Julian Assange

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Screenshot of Julian Assange, with a skateboard, and his collaborator Stella Morris in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
In a recent document dump delivered to the presiding judge, more than 250 extra gigabytes of files related to the surveillance of the founder of WikiLeaks were included — far more than what was initially presented by police

David Morales — the owner of the Spanish security company that spied on Julian Assange during his prolonged stay at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London — kept the work he did for the CIA on his laptop. It was all marked under the initials of the U.S. intelligence agency, according to a new examination of his MacBook, to which EL PAÍS has had access. The word "CIA" appears several times on a Western Digital-branded external hard drive, on which Morales kept the projects and operations that his company — UC Global, S.L. — was contracted to deliver.

Morales' personal files, which were previously unknown to investigators, builds on the allegations and evidence that Morales — a former Spanish soldier — spied on the meetings that the WikiLeaks founder and his lawyers held at the Embassy of Ecuador to the United Kingdom, and sent that information to the U.S. intelligence agency. These files were stored on a number of folders marked with the terms "CIA," "Embassy" and "Videos," along with other labels.

Comment: How nice. The perpetrator of the crime is walking free, while the victim languishes in solitary confinement in Britain's harshest prison.

More of El Pais' excellent reporting on Julian Assange: Further reading:

Arrow Down

NATO's big gamble in Ukraine has failed

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Nothing has gone right for the US and NATO since the initial phase of the war. Attempts to isolate Russia have failed. European economies have been stung badly by the war while others saved themselves and Russia by purchasing discounted Russian crude. Even the war theatre in Ukraine isn't looking the way NATO envisioned it...

The Russian military seems to be ahead of NATO on at least the following capabilities - air defence, electronic warfare, artillery/counter artillery, and hypersonic missiles.

Fifteen months into the biggest land war in Eurasia since the Second World War, the tables have turned. US and NATO began with a confidence that a proxy war was the only way to roll back Russian influence in Europe. It was aimed to cut Russia down to size and snuff out the incipient multipolar order.

On paper it was an ingenious, if diabolical, strategy. Ukrainian blood and NATO weapons would be more than a match for Russia. At the very least, western policymakers surmised, Russia would be bogged down in another protracted 'Afghanistan' or 'Vietnam' for years, while America would swoop across the world as a rejuvenated superpower.

The opposite has occurred. On every front in this proxy war - it is more apt to classify the conflict as a limited great power war - US goals have fallen short.

Comment: The carnage and waste, the deaths and struggles, fear and anguish could have ceased on any day, at any point but it continues. The narrative is all that matters.

Oil Well

Biden's Interior Department cuts off Navajo Nation from oil and gas development

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Navajo Land
In May, the Navajo Nation rejected the Biden administration's plan to withdraw 351,000 acres from consideration for oil and gas leases.

President Joe Biden's Department of the Interior took another step this week to lock up 30 percent of the nation's land and waterways by 2030.

On Friday, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced a 10-mile radius around the Chaco Cultural National Historical Park now cut off from new oil and gas leases despite local opposition to the new regulations. The 10-mile buffer around the American Indian historical site offers protections for existing leases but eliminates opportunities for new drilling for the next 20 years.

Eye 2

Kiev's long-term "last resort" plan to blow up the Kakhova Dam exposed

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Ukraine’s Nova Kakhovka dam ‘blown up’
A day after Ukraine's much-heralded counter-offensive appears to have failed, almost before it had even begun, a major dam in the Russian-occupied region of Kherson is suddenly bombed, prompting mass evacuations as floods spread across the region.

As we detailed earlier, both sides accuse each other of the attack that puts tens of thousands of homes at risk and might even threaten the safety of Europe's largest nuclear power plant.

However, as Raul Ilargi Meijer writes, twice last year (here and here), Ukrainian officials discussed Kiev's plans to blow up the dam.


As if things weren't bad enough:


Ukraine operates network of saboteurs inside Russia - CNN

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Specialists inspect the damaged facade of a multi-storey apartment building after a drone attack in Moscow.
Ukraine has cultivated a network of well-trained agents and Ukrainian sympathizers inside Russia to perform acts of sabotage across the country, CNN has reported, citing officials familiar with US intelligence.

Kiev is believed to have provided those people with Ukrainian-made drones in order to stage attacks on Russian territory, the outlet claimed in an article published on Monday.

The unnamed US officials also told CNN that those pro-Ukrainian agents were responsible for an attempted drone attack on the Kremlin in early May and that the UAVs used in it were launched from inside Russia.

Comment: US intelligence should know, because US intelligence is directly involved: Airbase attacks deep inside Russia point to CIA covert ops and a planned war

Bizarro Earth

Globalists revving up plans to engineer global famine and starvation: 13 nations agree to convert over to less-productive 'green' farming methods

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The global climate cult is getting ready to kick its war on food into overdrive with 13 nations - many of them major cattle and food-producing states led by the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Spain - signing onto a commitment to place farmers under new restrictions intended to reduce emissions of methane gas.

The Global Methane Hub announced in a May 17 press release that agriculture and environmental ministers and ambassadors from 13 countries, including the United States, have signed a commitment that pledges to reduce methane emissions in agriculture. The U.S. was represented by Biden's climate czar, John Kerry.

What does this mean and why should you care? We'll break it down.

According to the press release issued by these nations and posted at Global Methane Hub:
"Last month (in April 2023), the Global Methane Hub collaborated with the Ministries of Agriculture of Chile and Spain to convene the first-ever global ministerial on agricultural practices to reduce methane emissions. The ministerial brought together high-ranking government members to share global perspectives on methane reduction and low-emission food systems. The gathering led to a statement in which the nations committed to support efforts to improve the quality and quantity of, and access to, finance for climate change adaptation and mitigation measures in the agriculture and food sectors and to collaborate on efforts aimed at lowering methane emissions in agriculture and food systems."

Evil Rays

WHO concludes 76th Assembly as debate over 'Pandemic Treaty' rages on

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As the WHO concludes its 76th assembly, the Pandemic Treaty continues to be a hotly contested topic, with supporters claiming it will prevent future pandemics and critics warning it will end national sovereignty.
"I think we'll get an accord in place if everyone realizes that our window before this next pandemic, this next health threat, is probably not far away."
Those were the words of U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra while speaking to journalists in Geneva, Switzerland last week for the 76th meeting of the World Health Organization's World Health Assembly. The statement is a reminder that world leaders and health bureaucrats who failed the people of the world during the COVID-19 panic continue to push unscientific theories and failed policies.

Becerra was among the heads of state and representatives gathered in Geneva from May 21 to 30 to discuss a wide array of public health issues. While the so-called "pandemic treaty" and International Health Regulations (IHR) were not officially on the agenda of the assembly, the topic was clearly on the minds of the various policymakers gathered in Geneva. The next round of negotiations on the treaty will take place in mid-June with with the goal of hammering out a legally binding agreement to be adopted by the WHO's 194 member nations by May 2024.


Russia claims they collected evidence of Avian Flu pathogens with lethality rate up to 40% in humans at US biolab in Ukraine

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It wasn't that long ago that Mitt Romney was threatening former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard for suggesting the US was funding biolabs in Ukraine.

Back in March 2022, RINO Senator Mitt Romney accused former Democrat Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of spreading 'treasonous lies' for simply talking about the US-funded biolabs in Ukraine.
"There are 25+ US-funded biolabs in Ukraine which if breached would release and spread deadly pathogens to US/world." Gabbard said at the time.

"We must take action now to prevent disaster. US/Russia/Ukraine/NATO/UN/EU must implement a ceasefire now around these labs until they're secured and pathogens destroyed," she added.


'Large-scale' Ukrainian offensive repelled - Russian MOD

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Ukrainian soldiers on a tank ride along the road towards their positions in Donbass, May 23, 2023.
Kiev's troops have unsuccessfully attempted to break through the front line in Donbass, the Defense Ministry in Moscow has said.

Russian forces have successfully repelled a "large-scale offensive" by Ukrainian troops along five sections of the front line in Donbass, the Russian Defense Ministry said in the early hours of Monday.

According to the ministry, the assault began on Sunday morning.
"The enemy's goal was to breach our defenses in what they assumed was the most vulnerable section of the frontline," it said in a statement.

"The enemy has failed to reach its goals and was unsuccessful," the ministry added.
Russian officials said Ukraine had deployed the 23rd and the 31st mechanized brigades from its "strategic reserves," which were supported in battle by other units.
"The Ukrainian Armed Forces have lost more than 250 service members, 16 tanks, three infantry vehicles, and 21 armored vehicles," the Defense Ministry claimed.

NATO-supplied tanks destroyed in failed Ukrainian offensive - Russian MOD

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Russian forces have repelled a renewed large-scale attack by Ukrainian troops in several parts of Donetsk and Zaporozhye Regions, the Defense Ministry in Moscow said in the early hours of Tuesday, claiming that Kiev's armed formations and military units suffered "significant losses."
"Having suffered heavy losses the day before, the Kiev regime reorganized the remnants of the 23rd and 31st mechanized brigades into separate combined units, which continued the offensive operations close to Novodarovka and Levadnoye," said the ministry's spokesman, Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov.
The renewed offensive mainly focused on the village of Vremevka in Donetsk Region, but was stopped by missile, artillery and heavy rocket-propelled flamethrower strikes, according to Konashenkov.
"The Ukrainian Armed Forces' total losses in south Donetsk direction were over 1,500 servicemen, 28 tanks, including eight German-made Leopard tanks and three French-manufactured AMX-10 wheeled tanks, as well as 109 other armored fighting vehicles," the Russian military spokesman said.
It was unclear if the tally included the losses from Sunday's botched attack, which was described as "large-scale" yet "unsuccessful" by the Russian military. In that attempt alone, Kiev lost more than 250 service members, 16 tanks, three infantry vehicles, and 21 armored vehicles, according to the ministry.

Some videos circulated by military bloggers on Telegram showed what appeared to be several abandoned French AMX-10 light tanks, but did not include visual confirmation of the German-made Leopards reportedly lost in battle.

The Russian Defense Ministry has yet to release footage of the latest strikes on Ukrainian military vehicles. On Monday, it published a video of Ukrainian heavy equipment, supplied by Western nations, being destroyed by Russian strikes the day before.

Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Anna Maliar confirmed that Kiev's forces were moving to "offensive actions" in some areas, but provided no comment on the failed attacks and claimed that Moscow's talk about Kiev's "counteroffensive" blunders was an attempt to "divert attention" from its own alleged failures.
Russian forces shoot down Ukrainian Su-25 strike fighter - media

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Russian forces have stopped Kiev's troops from crossing the Dnieper River in the Kherson region and shot down one of the two Su-25 strike fighters providing air cover for the Ukrainian landing operation, RIA Novosti reported on Monday, citing a source "familiar with the situation."

"Another attempted ... landing operation of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has failed," the source told the news agency. According to the report Kiev's troops sought to cross the river near the village of Babino, some 124 kilometers from the strategic town of Novaya Kakhovka, site of a dam on the Dnieper that also served as a bridge before being seriously damaged by Ukrainian strikes.

During the clashes near Babino, the Russian troops managed to shoot down a Su-25 strike fighter, the source claimed, adding that the aircraft fell in territory controlled by Ukrainian forces. The second strike fighter then flew away, leaving the landing party without air cover, the source said.

Kiev has not commented on the reports. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry mentioned neither the failed landing operation nor the presumably downed aircraft in its Monday evening public statement. Instead, it said that the "situation ... on the Kherson front has not seen any particular changes."

The Russian Defense Ministry did not comment on the situation. The news came as Russian troops successfully repelled a major Ukrainian offensive in the southern part of the Donetsk People's Republic. Kiev's troops, which deployed six mechanized and two tank battalions, lost up to 300 service members, 16 tanks, 26 armored and 14 ordinary vehicles in the botched operation, according to a ministry statement.

Later on Monday, the Russian ministry also published a video of the Ukrainian heavy equipment, supplied by Western nations, being destroyed by Russian strikes.
VIDEO shows Russian forces repelling Ukrainian offensive

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A video showing losses suffered by Ukrainian troops in their unsuccessful attack in the south of the Donetsk People's Republic has been released by the Russian Defense Ministry (MOD). It shows Ukrainian heavy equipment, mostly supplied by Kiev's Western backers, being destroyed by Russian strikes during the clashes on Sunday.

The footage published by the MOD on its Telegram channel shows six Ukrainian vehicles moving through open terrain. Five of them appear to be Western-supplied Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, with the sixth resembling an armored personnel carrier or an armored fighting vehicle.

Three of the MRAPs are then shown being destroyed by Russian strikes, with one of them engulfed in plumes of gray smoke. The video also shows four more examples of heavy equipment being taken out while apparently moving along a country road.

The presentation ends with several views of Ukrainian armored vehicles and at least one tank being hit by Russian projectiles. The exact quantity of destroyed Ukrainian equipment remains unclear.

Earlier, the Defense Ministry said that a large-scale Ukrainian offensive attempt in the southern part of the Donetsk People's Republic had been successfully repelled by Russian forces on Sunday. Ukraine fielded six mechanized and two tank battalions for the operation, the MOD stated.

The ministry reported that Kiev's forces lost up to 300 service members, 16 tanks, 26 armored and 14 ordinary vehicles over the last 24 hours. Later, a spokesman for the Russian 'East' troop grouping said in a video statement that one Ukrainian mechanized brigade alone lost over 250 soldiers, 16 tanks and 24 armored vehicles, including three US-made Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, during the botched assault.

On Monday, Ukrainian forces continued their attacks in the south of the Donetsk People's Republic and sent three fresh battalion tactical groups supported by tanks into action, the spokesman said, adding that the Ukrainian forces' advance attempt had been thwarted.

Kiev admitted on Monday that its troops had launched an offensive "on certain fronts." Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister, Anna Maliar, downplayed the situation "in the south" as "local fighting." She also claimed that the military had launched a major operation targeting the key Donbass city of Artyomovsk, known as Bakhmut in Ukraine.

Artyomovsk was captured by the Wagner private military company founded by Russian businessman Evgeny Prigozhin in late May 2023. Since then, Ukrainian forces have attempted to attack the flanks of the Russian forces holding the city. On Monday, the head of the Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, described the situation in the area as "difficult" but still "under control."

The Russian Defense Ministry has not reported on any major Ukrainian offensives in the Artyomovsk area.
Ukraine 'well prepared' for counteroffensive - top US general

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Mark Milley testifies during a Senate hearing in Washington DC, May 11, 2023
Ukraine is "very well prepared" for its long-anticipated counteroffensive against Russian forces, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley told CNN on Monday. However, Ukrainian forces suffered heavy losses in a multi-pronged attack earlier in the day, and Milley cautioned that it's "too early to tell" if the offensive will achieve its goals.

Citing the "training, ammunition, advice, intelligence, etc" provided to Kiev by its Western backers, Milley claimed that Ukraine is "very well prepared" to retake territory from Russian forces.

Ukrainian officials have promised for months to launch a counteroffensive, which was initially set to take place in spring. Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky claimed on multiple occasions that his military was "ready" for the anticipated push, but walked back these statements by saying that he needed more time, and Western weapons, to prepare for the operation.

Throughout this preparatory period, Ukraine reportedly lost around 50,000 servicemen in the battle for the Donbass city of Artyomovsk, also known as Bakhmut, as Russian missiles and drones continuously pounded ammunition dumps, fuel depots, and command centers, often deep into Western Ukraine.

Amid mixed messages from Kiev and with its combat potential seemingly degraded by the fighting in Artyomovsk, the Ukrainian military launched what appeared to be the beginning of a counteroffensive on Sunday. Throughout Sunday and into Monday morning, the Russian Ministry of Defense said that Kiev's forces attacked with six mechanized and two tank battalions along five sections of the frontline near Donetsk, and in other regions to the north and south.

The Russian military repelled the attacks with airstrikes and artillery fire, inflicting "significant losses" on the Ukrainians, the ministry said. According to Moscow, Ukraine has lost around 900 soldiers, 16 tanks, and 33 armored vehicles across the entire frontline since Sunday.

Milley has repeatedly stated that Ukraine is unlikely to achieve its goals - which include seizing Crimea - by military force. Speaking to CNN on Monday, he continued to hedge his bets, saying that it is "too early to tell what outcomes are going to happen."