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Russia “Steele Dossier”: A Ticking Time Bomb?

Many key details from the infamous and much maligned “Steele Dossier” (aka “Golden Showers Memo”) are emerging as TRUE (And not fake news, alternative facts truthiness, but like, actually for totally real TRUE. This could end VERY BADLY for Trump and his associates.

Just a few weeks ago, many intelligence experts dismissed the dossier as garbage. However, in the past few days, many of the events and timelines of the dossier have been verified. One of the many examples of include a policy change in reduced U.S. arms support for Ukraine against Russia, and multiple paid for trips to Moscow for U.S leaders including Jill Stein, Michael Flynn, an Carter Page (all who were photographed dining with Putin on December 10th, amongst other well-document trips.)

Perhaps the most damning evidence is the sale of of a 19% stake in Rosneft, a Russian owned oil conglomerate, the first and largest such sale in decades in Russia. This improbable event was documented in the dossier  with the commission sale (worth about $500 million) offered in exchange for a reprieve from U.S. sanctions on Russia. Lifting sanctions seemed highly unlikely, but… today, Michael Flynn publicly apologized because he just may have discussed lifting sanctions with the Russian ambassador.

Stay alert for the U.S. lifting Russian sanction in the future. If they do, it could be what leads to Trump’s doom. And if they don’t? Well, let’s just say the most salacious part (re; golden showers) of the Steele Dossier isn’t without historic precedent, and we may have a viral video in our future. (See below.)

BONUS SECTION: CONSPIRACY (BUT WITHIN THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY) THEORY:

From the New York Time: “When the Soviet Union set up the Intourist hotel and travel company under Stalin, the bellboys, drivers, cooks and maids all worked for the N.K.V.D., the secret police agency later known as the K.G.B. Also on the payroll were the prostitutes deployed to entrap and blackmail visiting foreign politicians and businessmen.

Russia’s Intourist hotels have since been sold off, including the travel company’s once dowdy flagship hostelry just down the road from the Kremlin. Lavishly refurbished and fitted with a spa and special security features, the hotel is now the Ritz-Carlton, a five-star temple of luxurious living that promotes itself as an “unforgettable retreat in the heart of the city.”

But, according to uncorroborated and highly defamatory memos prepared by a former British intelligence operative for a Washington political and corporate research firm, the Ritz has remained a place where foreign guests, including Donald J. Trump, can fall victim to the Russian art of “kompromat,” the collection of compromising material as a source of leverage.

Kompromat is the Russian term for compromising materials about a politician or other public figure. Such materials can be used to create negative publicity, for blackmail, or for ensuring loyalty.