Dear, Canada, Britain, France, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Nigeria, Argentina,Japan, New Zealand and the rest of the world.


Dear, Canada, Britain, France, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Nigeria, Argentina,Japan, New Zealand and the rest of the world,

Despite what you read and see on television. America and Americans haven’t lost our minds or our way.  We realize you are bombarded with negative sounds and images emanating from our great nation, leaving the impression we aren’t the welcoming nation we once were.

These aren’t the best of times for the United States

Our current President, businessman with no experience on the world stage    Who in short time, has become the President his competitors warned us about during our presidential primary.

He is easily played.   Compliment him and you’re in.  In his mind, he is always successful.

Like you, most Americans are in a constant state of shock .  Many Americans are overwhelmed by the amount of negative and often destructive news emanating from the White House.

Just when we think our President has reached bottom, he finds a way to go even lower.  He has insulted our neighbors ,Canada and Mexico.  Damaging long-term relationships with our Allies and forging relationships with enemies of our nations.    He is impulsive, and often acts without council and doesn’t fully understand protocol.

Most Americans (not all) are frankly embarrassed.

Its seems, by the hour he is dismantling, environmental laws in favor of business.  Relaxing and reversing laws that benefit the poor, laws that once protected women, members of the gay communities and people or color.

 Two America’s

This picture taken last Thursday in Montana,  gives the impression that Americans  overwhelmingly support the President and his policies.   The reality is far from the truth.  Look at the participants in this photo.  They are good Americans, however they do not represent the majority of Americans.

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Compare this picture to the one above.  The participants represent the real landscape of America.

Donald Trump rarely travels beyond his fan base.  Our great cities  with their diverse populations, New York, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco,or Honolulu are not on his itinerary.

At these rallies, the Real Estate business man and Reality Television personality  is energized by his fan base.  Where he seems more comedian than politician, here in a friendly enviroment is where he is the happiest, places where he feels loved.

 His words and global intentions, are often designed to keep this narrow base happy.   Our Commander-in-Chief, goes his own way, he doesn’t like to be told what to do.  He oftens ignores the advice of those with decades of experience in global affairs, to spout conclusions that is loosely based on facts.   Which often confuses and angers our allies and friends around the world

He has often said, he and he alone have the answers to the worlds issues.  The Tariffs he is levying on our friends and neighbors and China, does not have the support from most Americans.   Politicians in both parties and the business community and yet he continues.

In Montana, he made fun of the #MeToo movement.  He insulted our war hero’s, Senator John McCain and former President Herbert Walker Bush, who are highly regarded members of his political party.  Both of these men are ill, one is terminally .

In the United States, he has always been a bit of a social media bully, who often acts differently when in the presence of the people he’s attacked.

While he insists upon loyalty, he hasn’t demonstrated any loyalties to anyone including those he appointed and placed in positions of power.

I have lived in the United States  my entire life.  When one group is attack , we react!    Many Americans are currently outraged by the treatment of children, who were stripped from their parents.  Simply to intimidate those who want to immigrate to the United States.  This has never been a policy of America to separate families.  Again, this was done to appeal to some of the  Presidents supporters, many of whom have long wanted to limited the number of  individuals immigrating from south of our Border.

Many of family members and friends who live outside the United States often asked ,how was he elected?   I believe the fault lies with our leaders. 

The day Donald Trump announced he was running for President and then went on to insult Mexican American and citizens of Mexico.  There was no major outrage from either party.

In 1968, George Wallace the former Governor of Alabama ran for President.   Wallace supported segregation and was outraged by the Passing of the Civil Rights Legislation.  The Governor stood at the entrance of the University of Alabama to prevent a black student from enrolling .

Forty eight years later, both parties were relatively silent.  Presidential candidate and former Governor of Florida, (Father George HW, and his brother George W,  were both Presidents of the United States)  Jeb Bush, whose wife is Mexican American, and has three bi-racial children and other bi-racial family members  wasn’t outraged enough to speak against Trump.    Not one candidate from either party, went in from of the Cameras and screamed “The statement made by Donald Trump goes against everything that America is!  They were all playing politics.   There was an assumption, Donald Trump would never be elected president.

Today, most members of the Republican party remains silent.  Unlike most of the world, the United States, has primary elections then ,General Election in November.   In the majority of the states.  Members of a party can only vote for members of their party in the primary election.  Only in the General Election can citizens vote for any candidate.

Because of our electoral system, and Donald Trump’s current popularity in his party. members of his party is choosing him over party and country.   To criticize him could mean losing in the primary.    While his actions go against many tenets of the Republican party and against many conservative views of the party.   Most Republican bite their teeth and support the President even though his views and actions are not only damaging to the Republican Party and the United States, it’s having a negative effect on our friends and allies.

His insistence in meeting in Vladimir Putin is a slap in the face to Prime minister May  after several Russian based poisonings in the United Kingdom.

If the Russians intent was to destabilize the Western Alliance by meddling in the US election then they were successful.  Our friends very concerned.  Nothing would make Putin happier than a dismantled Nato.

The majority of his party are afraid to speak out against him  because they need to survive the primary .  Even though his practices conflicts with the party and is damaging to the country.  The few member of his party who are critical of him and his policies are not running for re-election.

There is a bright high!     After the initial shock and disappointment,followed by proposed ban on Muslim immigrants.   Americans are angry!   People are all walks of live are getting involved , in numbers we haven’t seen since the 1960’s

The challenge, unlike the 60’s, it’s not just the Vietnam war,  it’s not just civil rights.   There are so many issues,created by this president we are overwhelmed.    We are less confident.  Conventional wisdom says ,with all of this outrage by the American public, there will be a change after this fall’s midterm elections.    However, conventional wisdom said, Donald Trump could never get elected.

To our all of our friends in:  Canada, Britain, France, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Nigeria, Argentina,Japan, New Zealand and the rest of the world. .  America is still America, the land of immigrants and the place where dreams can come true.   America is at a crossroads, many American are disappointed with our government.

For nearly 10 years, there has been a civil war within our government.  A war of a zillion words which has been damaging to Americans as our needs have been ignored.   Many frustrated Americans wanted something different, something new, as the old guard had placed their political ambitions and party over the needs of its citizens.

Something you maybe currently experiencing in your country.  In America, we basically have a two-party system, this was deliberate.   The Republicans and the Democrats have made it difficult for other parties to participate in the system.  There are many political parties in the United States.   However, Americans are unlikely.  to hear from them.  They are not allowed to participate in public media debates.

 As a result, we have limited choices in this great nation.   Some, angry americans chose, a business man whose “business” reputation is so poor, he cannot get a loan from an american bank,   A man who had well known credibility problem, a man whose family has a legal history of not renting to people of color,and a man who has little respect for women, over the status quo.  Despite all the money in world, spent to prevent him from being elected,  Donald Trump became President of the United States.

I do not represent all Americans in my views.  But I am sorry.

I hope you learn from our mistake.  I believe in choosing a leader, demand experience, and integrity, empathy and heart.   Avoid, shiny objects, with promise, but doesnt have a history of performance or you may just elect a Donald Trump

Better days to come

CityFella

 

 

 

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Just Another Woman Bullied by the President of the United States


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No surprises nothing new to see, its just another women under attack by the 45th President of the United States.  As a candidate he attacked women and made fun of a person with a disability.  As a citizen he often objectified women and made crude comments about women in public.

As bullies go, our President is your basic male chauvinistic bully.  Thinned skinned, insecure and paranoid. An individual who rarely directly attacks an equal.  Women are ornaments is his world, their role is to stand and look pretty.

A women below his standard of beauty would never enter his orbit.

He will never be challenged by a woman.  Our President would never choose to appear on a national talk show featuring a woman or women.  Losing debates to Hillary Clinton was devastating.  Winning the election was bittersweet as he will go to the grave before conceding he lost the popular vote to a woman.

Despite his words and criticism, our President regularly watches  MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough was a four term member of The House of Representatives  representing Florida’s first district.  Scarborough is well respected and watched by other politicians.

A Republican, he has been critical of his party and the President .  No more than other news pundits.  He has been more critical of the President than his co-host Mika Brzezinski

On their show, Scarborough said that he was concerned about the very personal attacks on Brzezinski. He noted that he will insult the president and call him a racist. “And for some reason, he always goes after Mika,” he said.

Scarborough elaborated during Morning Joe: “He attacks women because he fears women.”

“The president’s unhealthy obsession with our show has been in the public record for months, and we are seldom surprised by his posting nasty tweets about us,” Scarborough and Brzezinski wrote, adding that they “believe it would be better for America and the rest of the world if he would keep his 60-inch-plus flat-screen TV tuned to ‘Fox & Friends.'”

Americans should not  be shocked, by the actions of our president.  He long told us who he is.  Supporters say, she and other news people had it coming . He is human and should be allowed to hit back !

But isn’t that counter to what we teach our children?  Sticks and stones.   Criticism is often the price that comes with being a public person. Before Trump, there was Obama, Bush. Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Carter, Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy and 35 other President who were criticized.  At 71, the cement is cast.  Its unlikely that the President will change.

Bullies are neutralized by calling them out. Saying this is unacceptable. The impact is greater when its amongst your peers.  Yesterday, many GOP women came forward and denounced his actions, some male leader came forward. While the women were more direct in their criticism of the President, the men were less so.

           Paul Ryan: “Obviously I don’t see that as an appropriate comment.” “What we’re trying to do around here is improve the tone, the civility of the debate. And this obviously doesn’t help do that.”    Sen. Ben Sasse “Please just stop. This isn’t normal and it’s beneath the dignity of your office,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski “do you want to be remembered for your tweets or your accomplishments?” Sen. Lindsey Graham, “Mr. President, your tweet was beneath the office and represents what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America.”Rep. Lynn Jenkins,”This is not okay. As a female in politics I am often criticized for my looks. We should be working to empower women.”  Sen. Orrin Hatch: “It’s incumbent on all of us, then — from the President to Congress on down — to be responsible for our speech.”Sen. Susan Collins “This has to stop — we all have a job — 3 branches of gov’t and media. We don’t have to get along, but we must show respect and civility.”

The male dominated members of his party must speak forcefully not just for the country, but for  their mothers, grandmother’s ,aunt’s, sisters and the daughter’s they love.   This form of bullying is not acceptable at anytime by anyone.

 

CityFella

 

 

 

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russia WINNING


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“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

(DT: 7/26/16)

If Russia’s mission was to disrupt the United States and Europe they have succeeded.

In response to a Washington Post report that the CIA had concluded Russia had intervened in the election to help Trump win.

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They supported the right candidate. Many of  45’s hand picked advisers like the President do not have government experience which makes them vulnerable to professional politicians and governmental spy’s.

In 2015: Britain’s spy agency GCHQ became aware of suspicious “interactions” between members of Trump’s campaign and Russian intelligence operatives. Over the next six months, a number of western agencies from Germany, Estonia and Poland share more information on contacts between Trump’s inner circle and Russians.

Easy Pickins? 

Donald Trump’s determination for doing it his own way damaged his campaign early on. Trump ignored warnings within his circle and US intelligence. He and his teams inexperience with international agencies may have made them vulnerable.

Michael Flynn ( National security adviser)

December 29 2016 , President Obama announced new sanctions against Russia in response to its interference in the U.S. presidential election.  Mike ­Flynn speaks to  Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., by phone the same day. Flynn urged Russia not to overreact to the penalties being imposed by President Barack Obama, making clear that the two sides would be in position to review the matter after Trump was sworn in as president.

On Dec 30th ,Russian President Vladimir Putin says he won’t retaliate against the U.S. for the sanctions, surprising Obama administration officials. Afterward, intelligence analysts review intercepted communications and reportedly find Kislyak’s communications with ­Flynn.

The Post reports ­Flynn, through a spokesperson, admitted he discussed sanctions with Kislyak, backtracking on his previous denial.  ­Flynn reportedly speaks by phone to Pence to apologize for misleading him about the contents of his conversation. The same day, Trump tells reporters aboard Air Force One he was unaware of reports that Flynn had discussed sanctions with Kislyak. Spicer later said Trump was only referring to the Post report and not the broader situation. Feb. 13: ­Flynn resigns.

In 2015, Flynn received more than $65,000 from Russian Companies including the Russian Propaganda Network RT.   In a meeting with Rep. Elijah Cummings   When asked about his Moscow appearance, Flynn reportedly says, “I didn’t take any money from Russia, if that’s what you’re asking me.”

Jared Kushner (Senior Advisor and President Trumps son in law)  Last week, The Washington Post reported that Mr. Kislyak told his superiors in Moscow that Mr. Kushner had proposed a secret channel to   President Putin and  had suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States for the communications.

Congressional investigators are seeking to determine whether Kushner ‘s son-in-law was vulnerable to Russian influence during and after the campaign because of financial stress facing his family firm’s signature real estate holding – a Manhattan skyscraper purchased at the height of the real estate boom.

And they are focused, officials told ABC News, on a December meeting Jared Kushner held with executives from a Russian bank.

Real estate analysts told ABC News that Jared Kushner’s first major acquisition, a Fifth Avenue office tower signifying his family’s move from New Jersey into Manhattan real estate, is shouldering a $1.3 billion in loans coming due in two years, and it is not bringing in sufficient rental income. An attempt by Kushner to broker a deal with a Chinese company to refinance and redevelop the building fell through shortly after the election. Thomas Fink, a senior vice president at the firm Trepp, which analyzes commercial real estate, said the Kushner firm appears to be in a sizable financial hole.

“I don’t think they have a billion plus in the bank to just write a check to pay off the mortgage,” Fink said. “Potentially they could sell the building, but you know, what will someone pay for it– that remains to be seen.”

The timing of Kushner’s December meeting with executives from VneshEconomBank, or VEB, at the suggestion of the Russian ambassador, has also raised concerns from government watchdog groups across the political spectrum.

 

Paul Manafort ( Convention Manager)  has received more than a million dollars in fees from rich and powerful business and political leaders, including oligarchs and dictators in Russia and Ukraine.   He may have appealed to Trump because he likened himself as an outsider.  In a proposal to Trump, he describes how he had assisted rich and powerful business and political leaders, including oligarchs and dictators in Russia and Ukraine: “I have managed presidential campaigns around the world.  Last August, The Associated Press reports that in 2012 Paul Manafort had secretly routed more than $2 million from Ukraine President Yanukovych’s governing pro-Russia governing party to two US lobbying firms working to influence American policy toward Ukraine. Last summer, Manafort withdraws from the campaign after reports of  financial connections to Ukraine.

Carter Page ( Foreign Policy Advisor) Page was named one of five foreign policy advisers by the Trump campaign. Page took a leave of absence from the Trump campaign after U.S. intelligence revealed contacts between him and Russian officials, including Vladimir Putin’s top deputy, Igor Sechin. Page agreed to appear before the House and Senate intelligence committees to clarify his role with the campaign.

Carter Page’s ongoing public criticism of US sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine and his praise for Putin generate increasing attention and concern. Three Russians who the FBI later accuse of spying on the United States discuss efforts to recruit American businessman Carter Page.

Jeff Sessions ( US Attorney General)  Jeff Sessions denied meeting with Russians during his conformations hearings.     Last week CNN learned Sessions, who met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at least two times last year, didn’t note those interactions on the form, which requires him to list “any contact” he or his family had with a “foreign government” or its “representatives” over the past seven years.  The new information from the Justice Department is the latest example of Sessions failing to disclose contacts he had with Russian officials.

Roger Stone (An informal adviser to Donald Trump’s campaign) Fired by the campaign in August 2015, is said to have the ear of the President.  Many believe Stone told 45 to fire FBI director James Comey.  Stone repeatedly boasted of or alluded to some kind of knowledge or relationship with Wikileaks. Stone opened a lobbying practice with Paul Manafort in 1980. Trump hires Manafort as his lawyer on gambling and real estate issues.

President Donald Trump, has many financial ties with Russian nationals. Some transactions are questionable.  In 2008, As the Florida real estate market began to crash, Trump sells a Florida residence to a Russian oligarch for $95 million, believed to be the biggest single-family home sale in US history. The Russian oligarch never lived in the house and, since then, it has been demolished. Three years earlier, Trump had bought the home at auction for $41 million.

In the same year, his son Donald Jr, at a real estate conference he said In terms of high-end product influx into the US, Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets; say in Dubai, and certainly with our project in SoHo and anywhere in New York. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia. There’s indeed a lot of money coming for new-builds and resale reflecting a trend in the Russian economy and, of course, the weak dollar versus the ruble.”

Many of Trumps projects were financial by Russian banks. Candidate Trump denied meeting President Putin and other Russian Nationals.  It is clear Russia have infiltrated the Trump campaign, if any laws were broken remains to be seen.

News of Russian Involvement is coming in at a rapid clip.  This Morning, Yahoo News reported. President Donald Trump’s administration moved quickly to try and lift economic sanctions on Russia and other punishments former President Barack Obama had put in place as soon as it took office in January, according to multiple sources. 

“There was serious consideration by the White House to unilaterally rescind the sanctions,” according to Dan Fried, who retired in February as Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the State Department.

Fried told veteran investigative journalist Michael Isikoff , a former national investigative correspondent for NBC News and Newsweek alumnus, that in the early weeks of the administration he got several “panicky” calls from U.S. officials. They asked: “Please, my God, can’t you stop this?”

The sanctions in question included those imposed by Obama for Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and others inflicted late last year to punish Moscow for its suspected efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. The plans Trump’s administration considered early on included returning diplomatic compounds seized from Russia in late 2016—recent reports say Trump is currently worker to put this plan into action.

Lifting the sanctions “would have been a win-win for Moscow,” according to Tom Malinowski who served as assistant secretary of state for democracy until inauguration day. Malinowski told Yahoo News that he heard the administration was working on a “grand bargain” with Russia.

Next’s Week’s Big Event,The Testimony of “James Comey”

CNN:  Former FBI Director James Comey will have the nation captivated next Thursday when he testifies before a Senate panel about the stunning accusations that President Donald Trump pressured him to end his investigation into his former national security adviser’s ties to Russia.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Friday that “the President will make that decision,” raising the prospect that the White House may try to invoke executive privilege over Comey’s conversations with Trump.

 Russia Winning  

We may never really know what Putin’s intentions are.  What we do know our government is in complete disarray.  45 and his top advisers are reportedly considering creating a White House “war room” and a staff shake-up to combat current and future revelations related to the Russia controversy.

As the administration play defense, hundred of positions remain unfilled.

 The streets are filled with angry Americans.   Racial tension has increased.  The CIA had concluded Russia had intervened in the election to help Trump win.

If the intent was to disrupt America they have succeeded!   

CityFella

 

 

 

 

The Real President of The United States S1 Episode 3 “Can It Be Russia?


President Donald Trump, center, shakes hands with James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), during an Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017.

Engineers haven’t designed an amusement park ride that has the twists and turns of 45’s presidency.   Just when you think your approaching a part of the ride allowing you to catch your breath, the ride takes a very sharp and unexpected turn.

However there are signs, in a form of Tweets.   The signs don’t necessarily make sense but they are indicators of his mood.

By the number tweets on May 8th , 45 clearly was concerned about the committee hearing on Monday.   After the hearings, there were calls for further investigation into 45, taxes, Russian investments by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.

The White House said they fired James Comey, the FBI director, over his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Comey, notified Congress about the discovery of e-mails in October 2016.

Trump asked Comey to stay on in January.

Jeff Sessions, recommended that Comey be fired.  However, last October, Sessions  defended Comey actions on Hillary’s e-mails.  On Fox Business News, Sessions said  “He had an absolute duty, 11 days or not, to come forward with the new information that he has and let the American people know that, too,

James Comey is only the second FBI Director to be Fired

In 1993, President Bill Clinton fired FBI director Williams Sessions.  Sessions was under investigation by the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility during George Bush’s final year in office.

The Justice Department found, Sessions had engaged in a sham transaction to avoid paying taxes of his use of an FBI Limousine.   Sessions billed the government for a fence around his home, he said it was for security, the findings it was for his use.  He also billed the government for trips and vacations.    With all the cards on the table, Sessions refused to resign.

Russia ,and the Abuse of Power? 

Many people who were connected to Donald Trump campaign ARE under investigation.  45 has fired the acting Attorney General, nearly every U.S. attorney, and now the Director of the FBI, many of these individuals were involved in the Russian investigation.

Donald Trump is not under investigation.  However his campaign is.  There are clear links to individuals who have financial ties to Russia. Some lied about their Russian connections.

Jeff Sessions, our Attorney General, lied to Congress about meeting with Russians. Sessions recuse himself from the Russian investigations, recommended Comey be fired.

Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Roger Stone, and Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn have strong connections to Russia.

Comparisons to Richard Nixon

October 20, 1973, President Richard Nixon ordered the firing of Archibald Cox, a special prosecutor looking into the burglary at the tip of the iceberg of the Watergate scandal. Both Nixon’s attorney general and deputy attorney general resigned in protest.  The day is known as of the Saturday Night Massacre.

45’s firing of James Comey, who was overseeing an investigation an investigation into his campaign’s possible ties to Russia, is more than a curious comparison.

Richard Nixon, resigned less than a year after the Saturday Night Massacre.

Optics

(1) the scientific study of sight and the behavior light, or the properties of transmission and deflecting of other forms of radiation.  

(2) the way in which an event or course of action is perceived by the public. 

The timing, one day after the hearings will raise the eyebrows of most Americans. In his letter terminating Comey ,he includes this curious paragraph.

“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau,”

The former FBI Director James Comey isn’t a popular man.  Many Democrats and Hillary Clinton supporters blame Comey for her loss.   Many Republicans believe he should have moved to prosecute Clinton.    Last year, many politicians on both sides of the aisle called for Comey to resign.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If 45, fired Comey shortly after his election, his administration would not experience the firestorm it has now created.   With this action, his low ratings could drop further. Today, 65% of Americans don’t think he is trustworthy.   As many Democrats and Republicans are outraged.   Any replacement for James Comey by this administration, will not be trusted.

                                                   Trust me when I say- More too Come!

“The REAL President of the United States”

                                                                           CityFella

Deja Vu: Email Hacked 2 days before French Election


By Eric Auchard and Bate Felix\Reuters  

Leading French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s campaign said on Friday it had been the target of a “massive” computer hack that dumped its campaign emails online 1-1/2 days before voters choose between the centrist and his far-right rival, Marine Le Pen.

Macron, who is seen as the frontrunner in an election billed as the most important in France in decades, extended his lead over Le Pen in polls on Friday.

As much as 9 gigabytes of data were posted on a profile called EMLEAKS to Pastebin, a site that allows anonymous document sharing. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for posting the data or if any of it was genuine.

In a statement, Macron’s political movement En Marche! (Onwards!) confirmed that it had been hacked.

“The En Marche! Movement has been the victim of a massive and co-ordinated hack this evening which has given rise to the diffusion on social media of various internal information,” the statement said.

An interior ministry official declined to comment, citing French rules that forbid any commentary liable to influence an election, which took effect at midnight on Friday (2200 GMT).

The presidential election commission said in statement that it would hold a meeting later on Saturday after Macron’s campaign informed it about the hack and publishing of the data.

It urged the media to be cautious about publishing details of the emails given that campaigning had ended, and publication could lead to criminal charges.

Comments about the email dump began to appear on Friday evening just hours before the official ban on campaigning began. The ban is due to stay in place until the last polling stations close Sunday at 8 p.m. (1800 GMT).

Opinion polls show independent centrist Macron is set to beat National Front candidate Le Pen in Sunday’s second round of voting, in what is seen to be France’s most important election in decades. The latest surveys show him winning with about 62 percent of the vote.

RUSSIAN HAND SEEN

Former economy minister Macron’s campaign has previously complained about attempts to hack its emails, blaming Russian interests in part for the cyber attacks.

On April 26, the team said it had been the target of a attempts to steal email credentials dating back to January, but that the perpetrators had failed to compromise any campaign data.

The Kremlin has denied it was behind any such attacks, even though Macron’s camp renewed complaints against Russian media and a hackers’ group operating in Ukraine.

Vitali Kremez, director of research with New York-based cyber intelligence firm Flashpoint, told Reuters his review indicates that APT 28, a group tied to the GRU, the Russian military intelligence directorate, was behind the leak. He cited similarities with U.S. election hacks that have been previously attributed to that group.

APT28 last month registered decoy internet addresses to mimic the name of En Marche, which it likely used send tainted emails to hack into the campaign’s computers, Kremez said. Those domains include onedrive-en-marche.fr and mail-en-marche.fr.

“If indeed driven by Moscow, this leak appears to be a significant escalation over the previous Russian operations aimed at the U.S. presidential election, expanding the approach and scope of effort from simple espionage efforts towards more direct attempts to sway the outcome,” Kremez said.

France is the latest nation to see a major election overshadowed by accusations of manipulation through cyber hacking.

U.S. intelligence agencies said in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered hacking of parties tied to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to influence the election on behalf of Republican rival Donald Trump.

On Friday night as the #Macronleaks hashtag buzzed around social media, Florian Philippot, deputy leader of the National Front, tweeted “Will Macronleaks teach us something that investigative journalism has deliberately killed?”

Macron spokesman Sylvain Fort, in a response on Twitter, called Philippot’s tweet “vile”.

En Marche! said the documents only showed the normal functioning of a presidential campaign, but that authentic documents had been mixed on social media with fake ones to sow “doubt and misinformation”.

Ben Nimmo, a UK-based security researcher with the Digital Forensic Research Lab of the Atlantic Council think tank, said initial analysis indicated that a group of U.S. far-right online activists were behind early efforts to spread the documents via social media. They were later picked up and promoted by core social media supporters of Le Pen in France, Nimmo said.

The leaks emerged on 4chan, a discussion forum popular with far right activists in the United States. An anonymous poster provided links to the documents on Pastebin, saying, “This was passed on to me today so now I am giving it to you, the people.”

The hashtag #MacronLeaks was then spread by Jack Posobiec, a pro-Trump activist whose Twitter profile identifies him as Washington D.C. bureau chief of the far-right activist site Rebel TV, according to Nimmo and other analysts tracking the election. Contacted by Reuters, Posobiec said he had simply reposted what he saw on 4chan.

“You have a hashtag drive that started with the alt-right in the United States that has been picked up by some of Le Pen’s most dedicated and aggressive followers online,” Nimmo told Reuters.

Alt-right refers to a loose-knit group of far-right activists known for their advocacy of extremist ideas, rejection of mainstream conservatism and disruptive social media tactics.

(Reporting by Eric Auchard in Frankfurt, Michel Rose and Bate Felix in Paris, Jim Finkle in Toronto; Writing by Andrew Callus; Editing by Sandra Maler/Nick Macfie/Alexander Smith)

Hillary Needs More Reflection


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I am unashamedly a fan of Hillary Clinton.  I have voted for Mrs Clinton three times. In 2008 and twice in 2016.  I have read nearly all of her books and I admire her as individual.  My principle attraction to Mrs Clinton is her intelligence and her fiery demeanor.   She has never been intimidated by men, she looks them in the eye as to say, try me!

She disappeared after her crushing defeat last November.  In the last few months there have been Hillary sightings. and yesterday she re-emerged at  Women for Women International event in New York. and later at  the 100th anniversary gala honoring Planned Parenthood in Washington D.C

The Hillary I loved returned.  Women are under attack by a “Group of Men in Washington DC, from wages to a woman’s body, women are being slammed by men they put in office.

However,  Hillary the 2015-2016 presidential candidate has returned and that’s not a good thing.

At the New York event, she told the moderator Christine Amanpour, If the election took place on October 27th, she would have been our president.  She attributed her surprise loss in the 2016 election to interference by Russian hackers and the actions of FBI Director James B. Comey in the campaign’s homestretch.

While she say’s she takes responsibility for losing, I’m not sure, I believe her.

Was she treated unfairly in one the most unconventional campaigns in history?  Yes.

While the press was tossing softball questions to 45. they threw fast pitches at her.

The Hillary who reluctantly say’s she wrong was present.  The arrogant Hillary, who really didn’t think her using her email server was an issue, avoided press conferences for weeks. A situation she should have gotten in front of dominated her candidacy.

Meanwhile, her opponent and our current president was talking to Nickelodeon and anyone with a camera and microphone .   There are other failures in her candidacy.  However the theme was the Russians and Comey.

From my sofa, I saw the most powerful person in the United States, a person some men in this country fear and others despise .  A person, who is respected the world over, something 45 will never achieve.

“They say things happen for a reason”

   We need a creditable individual in this country. A person of stature. Its very possible citizen Clinton, might be that person who might, return sanity to this country.

From my sofa, I think more reflection is necessary.  Followed by one powerful interview where blame is not assigned. Where she changes everything related to her candidacy  to I

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When will Trump Supporters Revolt?


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The war between the GOP and the President is over. The just say no era is over.  45 is the Commander and Chief.

In his first 24 hours he has signed two bills that will effect his low and middle income supporters.  Fewer of his supporter can qualify for low interest mortgage loans and he has taken the first steps to dismantle health care.

It’s unfortunate the Affordable Care Act isn’t know as the Affordable Care Act.

45 didn’t lie to his supporters when he said he was going to drain the swamp.   What his supporters didn’t understand, the intended to relocate the swamp to the Capital.

The residents of the swamp are millionaires who can’t relate to the daily needs of his supporters.

How long will 45 supporters will accept his deflections, its the lying press or the government, or

Set your watches

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