I have to admit--surprising.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian analyst who contributed to a dossier of Democratic-funded research into ties between Russia and Donald Trump was arrested Thursday on charges of lying to the FBI about his sources of information, among them an associate of Hillary Clinton. The case against Igor Danchenko is part of special counsel John Durham's ongoing investigation into the origins of the FBI's probe into whether Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia had conspired to tip the outcome of that year's presidential campaign. The indictment, the third criminal case brought by Durham and the second in a two-month span, is likely to boost complaints from Trump allies that well-connected Democrats worked behind the scenes to advance suspicions about Trump and Russia that contributed to the FBI’s election-year investigation. The case does not undercut investigators’ findings that the Kremlin aided the Trump campaign —findings that were not based on the dossier. But it does endorse a longstanding concern about the Russia probe: that opposition research the FBI relied on was marred by unsupported, uncorroborated claims.
Of course, the first thing one needs to point out is that the term "analyst" applies to Danchenko only in so far as it applies to all of us who have a legitimate anal orifice. Other than that, this loser Danchenko has a typical background and career of political "scientists" and paid BSer (possibly prostituting himself as an asset to a variety of intel and governmental services). Generally, the guy is yet another iteration of "freedom loving" Russians and is in the same league as Masha Gessen, Julia Ioffe or such "expert" in Russia as Rebekah Koffler whose only Raison D'etre of their "professional" activity is to supply propaganda narratives about Russia to their US masters. Now, one of them, it seems, got busted for:
According to the indictment, Danchenko repeatedly lied to the FBI about his sources of information and that deception mattered because the FBI “devoted substantial resources attempting to investigate and corroborate the allegations” in the dossier and had “relied in large part” on that research in obtaining the surveillance warrants. A lawyer for Danchenko had no immediate comment. The indictment says Danchenko misled the FBI by denying that he had discussed any allegations in the dossier with a contact of his who worked as a public relations executive and was also a longtime Democratic operative who campaigned for Clinton, Trump's 2016 opponent.
Let me translate it to you into normal human language: this Danchenko dude (as is the case with MI-6 creep Steele) simply lied to FBI that the Democratic Party, namely Hillary Clinton and Obama's political machines, were directly involved into subversion of the Constitution of the United States and a shitload of many other laws, by means of providing fake information involving foreign power by means of avatars, whose "credibility" should have been enhanced by the fact that Danchenko is "Russian" and Steele allegedly had some contacts in Moscow, which was a full BS. Steele would have been figured out by good level FSB operative in 15 minutes, because Russia Steele knew in early 1990s and Russia of 2016, let alone of 2021--are two different countries.
So, pop-corn time. I will, however, reiterate--no matter how I despise Trump, NO person deserves to have his name, however flawed, to be dragged through the dirt most of which was a perverted fantasy straight out of Clinton and Obama houses and which accelerated already fast decline of the United States and completely discredited already tarnished American political system. This is an indictment to the whole political system:
The indictment also accuses Danchenko of lying to the FBI about a July 2016 phone call he says he had with someone he believed to be the president of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce. That person, according to the dossier and Danchenko's account to the FBI, told him about a “well-developed conspiracy of co-operation” between the Trump campaign and Russia. The indictment says Danchenko fabricated his account and never actually received such a phone call.
Whole Russiagate was a fabrication by Democrats, but Danchenko is important, especially when his background is considered, in illustrating what a pile of delirious shit US foreign policy towards Russia is because it gets its "info" from such "experts", both inside Russia and inside the US. The result is totally expected--an utter disaster. And as always, don't tell me that I didn't warn you.
P.S. Congratulations to Virginia, and especially on this wonderful lieutenant-governor elect Winsome Sears. Black community should be truly proud of such a woman. She is inspiring.