How An Alleged Russian Agent Wormed Her Way Into The NRA & Political Conservatives
July 18, 2018
[Editor’s Note: you’ll find an update to this story at the end of the report]
Alleged Russian spy, 29-year old Maria Butina. Photos: Youtube
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CLICK TO ENLARGE: Amusing note a guy posted to Maria’s Facebook page after word broke that she’d been arrested by the Feds.
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By Rex D. Cain
(NATIONAL) – You can look at the tale of alleged Russian agent spy, 29-year old Maria Butina one of two ways. The first is: those sneaky little Russkie spies are about as slick as pigs in Georgia mud.
They’re methodical, patient, look for the weak spots in both human beings and American society in general – which are always in abundance - and then slowly burrow in like ticks on the back of a hound dog until they’ve established a strong outpost and permanent residency.
The other way is this: it don’t take a trained spy or anybody with any brains to get into the knickers of anyone at the dumb-as-bricks National Rifle Association (NRA) or any political conservative group because none of those boys are the sharpest knives in any kitchen drawer.
All you have to do is snuggle up to those good ol’ boys, tell em’ you pack heat, that ya just luv guns and think the guvmn’t is out to get those guns and that the Supreme Court just has to outlaw that damned abortion stuff and make Protestant Christianity (God forbid not the Roman Catholic version) the official religion of America and those good ol' boys will just drop their pants and start to dance -- buck naked like maniacs under a full moon.
Either way, the tale of how this alleged young spy for the Russian government wormed her way into the hearts of some of the dummies in the NRA and the conservative movement is rather fascinating.
Sort of a primer on being a spy. Spycraft 101 if you will.
The Washington Post – one of those newspapers our weak, Russian loving-Putin lapdog of a US President just hates to death – is out with a new story on how sweet Maria pulled it off.
Some gems from that report:
~ Little Maria took some 5 years (posing as a poly-sci student) to become an “unusual fixture at the most important events of the U.S. conservative movement.”
~ Maria (indicted this week on charges of being a covert Russian agent) struck up friendships with “the influential leaders of the National Rifle Association and the Conservative Political Action Conference, touting her interest in U.S. affairs and efforts to promote gun rights in Vladimir Putin’s restrictive Russia.” (We told you so. See paragraphs three and four above).
~ Little Maria finds herself snuggling up to GOP presidential candidates, “seeking first an encounter with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker” (about as much of a right wing extremist as you’ll find anywhere) and then, “after his rising candidacy stumbled, with Donald Trump.” (Ooooh. She zeroes in on Donnie. The plot thickens on that “collusion” front, yes?)
~ But poor Maria wasn’t that good at Spycraft from the standpoint of flying under the radar and keeping the feds away. The ones that Donald Trump doesn’t believe when they tell him the Russians attacked this country’s Presidential election – the one he won. By August 2016, when she moved to the United States on a student visa, the FBI boys were already watching her, “according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter,” says the Post report. The feds were on her like stink on bear poop. Watching, listening, recording, shooting pictures and videos, watching and listening some more. We’ll bet a dollar the feds got enough video on her to produce a feature length Hollywood movie. (The R-Rated kind)
~ Then one day Maria finds herself publicly quizzing Putin’s water boy, Donald Trump about his views on Russia and then briefly meeting Trump’s rocket scientist son (his eldest, nicknamed Goofy) at (where else?) an NRA convention!
~ Little Maria also attends a ball at Donnie Trump’s (“No collusion! No Collusion!”) Presidential inauguration and tried to swing a meeting between him “and a senior Russian government official at last year’s annual National Prayer Breakfast.” Oh yeah. Gotta love those wonderful national prayer breakfasts. You just never know who you’ll rub shoulders with. The breakfasts are just so….gosh....so inspirational.
~ And by 2017, little Maria is “probing groups on the left as well, trying unsuccessfully to interview a D.C.-based civil rights group about its cyber-vulnerabilities for what she said was a school project.”
And it gets better. Pretty fascinating read over at that newspaper that Der fearless fuhrer da Donald, America’s Dictator in Training keeps telling us is “fake news.”
Funny thing. For a fake news outlet they sure do keep coming up with a lot of rock-solid real news...like clockwork.
You’ll find Maria’s story here .
Update 11:40 am 7/18/18: Since this story was written, an American grand jury has formally indicted Ms. Butina on two charges, conspiracy and acting as a foreign agent without prior notification of the attorney general.
She appeared Wednesday afternoon at a federal court room in Washington DC.
The indictment says Butina entered this country in August 2016 on an F-1 student visa. On her visa application, Butina said she had been previously employed as special assistant to a Russian official named Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia's central bank, but her employment with him ended on May 20th of this year.
But despite her claim on the application that she no longer worked for Torshin, Butina "continued to act under the direction and control of the RUSSIAN OFFICIAL for the purpose of advancing the interests of the Russian Federation after she entered the United States,” claims the indictment. The BBC described Torshin as a “well-connected ex-Russian senator from President Putin's political party.”
Her attorney, Robert Driscoll, denied she was a Russian spy and said she has “cooperated” with the U.S. government.
CBS News reported that, according to sources it spoke with, the fact that Torshin wasn't charged along with Butina is a sign that special counsel Robert Mueller (looking into the Russian attacks on the 2016 U.S. Presidential election) “is trying to secure her cooperation and get her to turn on Torshin or other Russian officials.”