7/12/17

"Bond ... James Bond ..."



Former spooks say the way Veselnitskaya's meeting with Trump Jr. went down fits with everything we know about Russian spycraft: The Kremlin was probably using this lawyer as a dangle to see if Trump Jr. would bite. And he did. Just Security’s Rolf Mowatt-Larssen and Ryan Goodman explain in a smart piece that the media is asking the wrong questions about Trump Jr.'s meeting: “It is difficult to conceive of a scenario in which a private citizen in Russia has access to derogatory information on a U.S. presidential candidate. The act of offering such information was likely, at minimum, a trial balloon, and at best (from Moscow’s perspective), a chance to pass certain information from an agent of the Russian government to the Trump campaign through the candidate’s campaign manager and son, thereby also implicating Donald J. Trump himself. Vesilnitskaya may have had her own agenda in requesting a meeting with Trump. That part could be legitimate. But Russian intelligence practice is to co-opt such a person by arming them with secret intelligence information and tasking them to pass it to Trump’s people and get their reaction. Did Trump’s associates like it? Do they want more? In sum, Vesilnitskaya’s advocacy of other causes is irrelevant to her mission on behalf of the Russian government. Based on what we now know, this interaction had all the hallmarks of an overture by Russian intelligence to the campaign, and it is utterly damning that Trump Jr. took the meeting, brought in Manafort and Kushner to the meeting, and none of them reported the events immediately.”
It's so obvious it reads like a plot for a cheap remake of a Sean Connery James Bond flick.
Boy howdy, but did they play Don Jonny Junior like a fish. It has to be a combination of naivette, ignorance, stupidity, and just plain arrogance borne of having more money than brains.

Bond meets the female Russian lawyer ...


I'm thinking a voice over: "Trump. Donnie Trump. Junior."