Part of the problem with politics is that each side has an agenda and thus any discussion about any political issue gets bogged down in self-serving propaganda. In the case of the Russia Probe, or the Special Counsel investigation into Russian meddling, we are faced with those who want Donald Trump out of office forthwith and those who believe he is being unduly attacked. Lost in all the rhetoric are the facts without all the noise. As the investigation continues to heat up, I thought that it might be a good idea for those into critical thinking to have an archive of original source documents.
Original source, or primary documents are the documents that are created that are the basis for the issue. In other words, original source documents are not pre-digested or analyzed writeups about the issue, but rather they are the original documents from which analysis can be derived from.
For the probe into Russian meddling of the 2016 national elections there are many mischaracterizations because rather than report on what the legal documents say, many news outlets, on both sides, report the documents alongside much commentary. The commentary creates a narrative based on what the documents could mean, rather than what the documents say.
For example, the FBI raid of Michael Cohen’s legal papers has been distorted by the notion that it is related to the Russia Probe, or the Mueller investigation without actual documentation to prove so. At this point all we know is that Cohen’s legal documents were taken by the FBI under a court order. That is it. But the news commentary already has created the idea that it involves Stormy Daniels, it may be, but it is a guess at best, and that it may involve Donald Trump, which is also a guess.
What we know for sure is that five U.S. citizens have been charged with a crime and except for one, all have pleaded guilty. Paul J. Manafort remains the sole holdout waiting for his day in court. Additionally, 14 foreign citizens have been indicted, one Dutch and the rest Russians. The Dutch citizen, Alex van der Zwaan, pleaded guilty and will serve 30 days in jail.
The indicted Russians are: Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin, Mikhail Ivanovich Bystrov, Mikhail Leonidovich Burchik aka Michail Abramov, Aleksandra Yuryevna Krylova, Anna Vladislavovna Bogacheva, Sergey Pavlovich Polozov, Maria Anatolyevna Bovda aka Maria Anatolyevna Belayaeva, Robert Sergeyevich Bovda, Dzheykhun Nasimi Ogly Aslanov aka Jayhoon aka Jay Aslanov, Vadim Vladimirovich Podkopaev, Gleb Igorevich Vasilchenko, Irinia Viktorovna Kaverzina and Vladimir Venkov.
They are all connected to Internet Research Agency LLC, which was also indicted, as well as the following Russian-connected companies: Mediaintez LLC, Glaveset LLC, Mixinfo LLC, Azimut LLC, Novinfo LLC, Concord Management and Consulting LLC and Concord Catering.
Among the U.S. citizens who have pleaded guilty is Richard Pinedo. Pinedo, a California resident, was not connected to the Russians or to the Trump administration or any of the other players in the political mêlée.
Twenty-eight-year-old Richard Pinedo was a small-time hacker selling access to stolen bank accounts that were used by people trying to circumvent the identity requirements required by online stores like Amazon and eBay. There is no indication that Pinedo was actively involved in the Russian interference, but because he sold stolen bank account information to some of the indicted Russians working for Internet Research Agency, he was caught by Mueller’s investigative team and pled guilty to selling stolen identities to the Russian operatives.
Other than those cases, all other information about the Russia Probe, and the Cohen matter is all conjecture at this point.
For those of you interested in exercising your critical thinking skills or are looking for unfiltered original source documents, visit my Russia Probe site where I’ve added all the Russia Probe original source documents in chronological order. I’ll be adding more documents to the site as they become available.