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Is Trump a Russian Agent? : Explaining Terms of Art and Examining the Facts

“I think it is entirely plausible that Mr. Trump is somehow compromised by his personal and financial dealings with Russia and Russians, but I do not think he is an “agent” in the sense that intelligence professionals use the term. Let me explain.

Intelligence and law enforcement professionals ascribe specific meanings to those who work on their behalf. Unfortunately, the term “agent” is less clear than some others. For example, the FBI calls its officers agents, while CIA officers never refer to themselves as agents, and instead reserve the term for those foreigners who spy on its behalf. The Russian services, on the other hand, approach human espionage operations differently from intelligence services in the West.”

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  1. Pertinent to the Mueller Report:

    “Likewise, the willingness of members of the Trump campaign to conspire is equally clear. However, as I outlined in “Just Security,” many counterintelligence cases fail to go to trial. We rarely catch spies by detection or good investigative work but instead by learning of them by our own moles/spies inside of our adversaries. Such sources cannot testify in court or elsewhere in public. For this reason, usually spies need to be caught red-handed since it is often impossible to satisfy the high legal definition of evidence and “smoking gun” proof may be locked away in the secret files of the Kremlin. In the world of counterintelligence there is a big difference between knowing something and being able to prove it in a court of law.”

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