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This is not about what happened in the elections but what has been happening for decades now between Donald Trump and Russian mobsters. Craig Unger wrote an article about how long Trump has been connected with the Russians in illicit activities and it has been creating tons of ripples throughout the media. There are […]

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3. Intelligence agencies in Europe and among our so-called Five Eyes partners— Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom—had evidence of suspicious Trump interactions in 2015 and 2016. What triggered them?

4. Relatedly, where was the Russian money going?

5. Where did the Russians get their American political intelligence?

6. How involved was Vladimir Putin?

9. Who funded Paul Manafort?

11. Who influenced the change of the GOP platform, and why?

12. Why was Oleg Erovinkin murdered?

14 Perhaps the simplest question: How many more meetings were there between the Trump campaign and Russians?

The Trump-Russia Scandal’s Many Swirling Unknowns

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The near-daily barrage of news and revelations, big and small, about the Trump campaign and its metastasizing ties to Russia can be hard to keep track of, even for people following the scandal closely. Story lines and players appear and disappear, sometimes for weeks or even months at a time.

While there remain big, overarching questions about whether there was active conspiracy between Trump, his associates, and Russia—or merely opportunistic collusion—the answers to those questions could be amorphous and long in coming.

More simply and immediately, there’s plenty of information that we know we don’t yet know about what went on in the campaign, from cyber meddling to clandestine meetings surveilled by US and other intelligence agencies—missing puzzle pieces that we can discern from the revelations that have come out so far. As Donald Rumsfeld famously said in the early days of the Iraq War, “As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say, we know there are some things we do not know.”

As the Trump campaign’s onetime chairman Paul Manafort—a key figure in the scandal—makes his way toward the Senate Judiciary Committee, we thought the time was right to, in Rumsfeldian terms, present a nonexhaustive list of 15 of the most pressing known unknowns in the Trump/Russia investigation: holes and unanswered questions that you can bet Special Counsel Robert Mueller is digging into.

1. What was said on the Kislyak intercepts?

We know that something in last December’s telephone calls between Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and soon-to-be Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn triggered concern among US intelligence. Presumably the calls focused on the sanctions against Russia that the outgoing Obama administration had imposed at that time. What was said, and by whom, that led US intelligence to begin the lengthy and complicated process of flagging the conversations as concerning?

2. Are there intercepts discussing the Kislyak “backchannel” discussion?

We know that there are US intelligence intercepts—either of telephone calls or electronic communication—that contradict Jeff Sessions’ recounting of his interactions with Sergey Kislyak. This week, presidential adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner said that the so-called secret backchannel offer was simply a means of attempting to gain reliable information on the Russian military’s view of the Syrian conflict. Is Jared Kushner’s reporting of that meeting consistent with any Russian reports of the meeting—and did the US or its allies intercept those reports as they were dispatched to Moscow?

3. Intelligence agencies in Europe and among our so-called Five Eyes partners— Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom—had evidence of suspicious Trump interactions in 2015 and 2016. What triggered them?

News reports have indicated that the first alerts to the US government of suspicious “interactions” between Trump associates and people associated with Russian intelligence came from European intelligence partners in late 2015. According to the Guardian, intelligence and tips came from a wide variety of European and Five Eyes partners, which form the world’s closest and deepest intelligence alliance. Tips gathered during routine surveillance of Russian intelligence assets evidently filtered into the US from countries as widely sourced as Germany, Estonia, Poland, and the Netherlands, and from the French foreign intelligence service, DGSE. What were they seeing and what were they warning about?

4. Relatedly, where was the Russian money going?

According to news reports, last April CIA director John Brennan was given a tape recording, allegedly from a friendly Baltic intelligence service, which purported to indicate that Russian—perhaps even Kremlin—money was being funneled to the Trump campaign. Where was that money coming from and where was it purportedly going?

5. Where did the Russians get their American political intelligence?

Former FBI director James Comey appeared to hint in his congressional testimony that Americans may have been involved in helping Russian intelligence navigate and understand the US political landscape. Earlier this year, former CIA director Brennan told Congress, “I had unresolved questions in my mind as to whether or not the Russians had been successful in getting US persons involved in the campaign or not to work on their behalf.”

Additionally, many people who cover or study Russia say they are suspicious of the advanced tactics deployed against semi-obscure political institutions and locations. “The Russia I know didn’t know what the DNC was, and it certainly didn’t know what the DCCC was,” Julia Ioffe, a reporter for The Atlantic, said at last week’s Aspen Security Forum. “They didn’t really have a good understanding of how our political system worked. They were so far behind in terms of lobbying on the Hill. Then, all of a sudden, they wander into the DCCC servers, they know which precincts in Florida to target, where to disseminate information, false information about Hillary Clinton to drive down voter turnout. Where did they get so smart all of a sudden?”

6. How involved was Vladimir Putin?

This may never be known, but US intelligence has hinted that it has information saying Putin was personally aware and directed at least some level of the influence operation against the November election. Which only raises the question: What’s the evidence and what do they know? According to the cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, the two different Russian intelligence services that penetrated the DNC’s servers—the military GRU and the security service FSB—didn’t know about the other’s presence inside the Democratic IT network. That could indicate, perhaps, that an order had come from on high to influence the election.

Moreover, according to multiple current and former intelligence officials, the Russian hierarchy and internally risk-averse modus operandi would not allow such a high-profile operation to continue for very long without approval from the top. So, to paraphrase the Watergate question, what did Vladimir Putin know and when did he know it?

7. When Ron Goldstone said the meeting with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,” what did he mean by that?

The phrase in Goldstone’s email to Donald Trump Jr., in setting up the instantly infamous meeting last summer, is a curious one, appearing to imply that the Russian government’s support was clearly known and understood. What was the meaning behind his phrase—did he assume the Trumps knew they had the Kremlin’s backing, and, if so, why?

8. What was the content (and purpose) of the meeting between Jared Kushner and the head of Russia’s intelligence-linked development bank?

Kushner’s statement this week downplayed the December meeting with Sergey Gorkov, the head of Vnesheconombank (VEB), Russia’s state-run development bank, effectively saying it was a courtesy meeting with a high-ranking official that he took only because he’d been badgered by the Russian embassy. Gorkov, though, is no ordinary banker; he is a graduate of Russia’s intelligence academy.

Then there’s the fact that the number two official in the bank’s New York office, Evgeny Buryakov, was arrested in 2015 by the FBI for being an intelligence officer—and, at the time of the Kushner-Gorkov meeting, was sitting in an Ohio prison (the first Russian intelligence officer imprisoned in the US in decades). The same two Russian intelligence officers who worked with Buryakov also tried unsuccessfully to recruit Carter Page, a businessman and Republican foreign policy adviser who went on to work with the Trump campaign. VEB itself, meanwhile, was sanctioned as part of the Western reaction to Russia’s invasion of Crimea and Ukraine.

Did Kushner—who, between his own work and the Trump Organization’s work, has wide-ranging business contacts across Russia—know any of this before the meeting? Can US or allied intelligence corroborate or contradict Kushner’s telling of the story? Was the meeting as innocuous as he has said?

9. Who funded Paul Manafort?

The man who led the Trump campaign last spring has wide-ranging connections throughout eastern Europe and Russia, including with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. And he worked with another oligarch, Dmitry Firtash. (Firtash, a long-standing target of the FBI, is today under arrest in Austria, awaiting possible extradition to the US, and has been associated with Russia’s most notorious organized crime figure, Semion Mogilevich, who for many years was the only international figure on the FBI’s most wanted list other than Osama bin Laden.)

In recent years Manafort used cash to buy more than $12 million in New York real estate, including a condo inside Trump Tower, and he has subsequently taken out mortgages on some of those properties. Where did Manafort’s money come from—and where did it go?

10. What more does the US government know about Jeff Sessions’ meetings with the Russian ambassador?

Last Friday there were reports that US intelligence agencies overheard Sergey Kislayk telling his superior that his meetings with Jeff Sessions involved talk of the campaign. (Sessions has maintained that they only discussed Senate matters.) But this was hardly surprising—it always seemed unlikely that, in the midst of a campaign, the Russian ambassador would meet with a Trump campaign associate without discussing the campaign—but they illustrated the depth and sophistication of the surveillance blanket under which Russian officials operate in the United States.

So, is there more that the US intelligence community, perhaps the CIA or the NSA, knows about what transpired during Sessions’ meetings with Kislyak—or, for that matter, about what transpired during some of the other controversial meetings between Trump associates and Russian officials?

11. Who influenced the change of the GOP platform, and why?

The GOP’s party platform position on Ukraine was watered down at the last minute before the 2016 Republican National Convention, striking a section that called for helping to arm Ukraine against Russia’s invasion. One campaign official, J. D. Gordon, admitted this spring that he advocated the change to bring the platform in line with the Trump campaign’s desires. The move was surprising at the time; as The Washington Post’s Josh Rogin noted last summer, “The Trump campaign worked behind the scenes last week to make sure the new Republican platform won’t call for giving weapons to Ukraine to fight Russian and rebel forces, contradicting the view of almost all Republican foreign policy leaders in Washington.”

Given how uninterested and flexible the Trump campaign was on almost all detail and specific policy points in other areas, why was the arming of Ukraine such a focus? And who else advocated for the change?

12. Why was Oleg Erovinkin murdered?

The former top KGB official died suspiciously in December, just weeks after he had been publicly linked to the mysterious “dossier” compiled by former MI6 officer Christopher Steele. The dossier traced a variety of links between Trump associates and Russian intelligence and business leaders. While Russia announced that Erovinkin died alone in his car of a heart attack, other reports point to foul play—including the simple fact that it’s inherently suspicious that a high-profile figure like him would be alone without a driver or bodyguards. Erovinkin served in both the KGB and its successor, the FSB, and also more recently worked for the oligarch Igor Sechin, the head of the Russian oil giant Rosneft and a close associate of Putin himself.

13. What was the relationship between Peter W. Smith and Gen. Michael Flynn?

The Wall Street Journal reported that Smith, a longtime Republican operative who committed suicidethis spring, had assembled a team to attempt to uncover what he believed were Hillary Clinton’s emails stolen by Russian hackers. The Journal story, based on interviews with Smith just days before he killed himself in a Minnesota hotel, created more questions than it answered—especially because Smith appears to have told people he contacted that he was working with Michael Flynn, then a Trump national security adviser. Was that true? Were the people that Smith was contacting actual Russian hackers—and, if so, were they related to the “Guccifer 2.0” teams that leaked John Podesta’s emails? And is there a relationship between Smith’s team and the attempt to track down the “missing” Clinton emails and Trump’s public call, around the same time, for Russia to hack the emails?

14 Perhaps the simplest question: How many more meetings were there between the Trump campaign and Russians?

We continue to learn about new ones—meetings held at Trump Tower, or the second private chat between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Germany earlier this month. There’s also a long-rumored third meeting between Jeff Sessions and Russian officials. How many more contacts, if any, were there between the Trump world and Russian officials?

15. And a new one: What was said during the private dinner conversation at the G20 meeting between Putin and Trump—and are there tapes?

One senior intelligence source told me it would be “espionage malpractice” if German intelligence hadn’t carefully and extensively bugged the G20 meeting rooms. While the White House says the meeting between the two leaders lasted only 15 minutes, other sources say it lasted more like an hour. Regardless, though, there was no US official present other than Trump himself—so what transpired and who said what?

Garrett M. Graff is a contributing editor at WIRED who covers national security. He can be reached at <a href=”mailto:garrett.graff@gmail.com”>garrett.graff@gmail.com</a>.

 


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Ohio State Fair accident leaves one dead, multiple hurt after ride malfunctions

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Authorities said one person died and seven others were injured after a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair on July 26. Authorities said one person died and seven others were injured after a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair on July 26. (Amber Ferguson/The Washington Post)

Authorities said one person died and seven others were injured after a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair on July 26. (Amber Ferguson/The Washington Post)

When Travis and Mitch Taylor climbed from their seats on the Ohio State Fair’s Fire Ball ride Wednesday evening, the 18-year-old cousins pondered another spin.

The Fire Ball, an “aggressive thrill” carnival ride that swoops like a pendulum and swings in a circle, had been their favorite for eight years. But Travis had just come from work and was hungry, so he suggested they first get some food.

“And thank God he did,” Mitch Taylor told The Washington Post, “because that’s what saved us.”

Just moments later, the cousins watched with horror as their beloved Fire Ball turned lethal, killing one man and injuring seven others in what Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) would later describe as “the worst tragedy in the history of the fair.”

As they backpedaled toward food, the Taylor boys saw the gondola wheel, made of six rows arranged in an inward-facing circle, swing high to the right and back to the left, just as it had when they rode. Then there was a screech and screams and suddenly people were free-falling. Seat belts failed at least two riders, who were flung into the air, and an entire row of the gondola wheel broke away and plummeted toward the concrete.

The cousins shook with fear and said they thought: “What the hell just happened?”

Shocked onlookers screamed and cried, Mitch Taylor said, and almost immediately police and EMS began blocking off the crowd from those who had been ejected during the ride malfunction.


Authorities stand near damaged chairs of the Fire Ball amusement ride after the ride malfunctioned on July 26, 2017, killing one and injured seven others, authorities said. (Barbara J. Perenic/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Three of the injured were taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center. By late Wednesday, two had been released and one patient remained hospitalized in critical condition, a hospital spokesman said. Another three were brought to Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, where Dr. David Evans told reporters that “multiple passengers were ejected at high speed, at high energy more than 20 feet or more.”

Just after 4 a.m., the hospital said that one of the patients was in serious condition and two were in critical condition. The victims vary in age, from teenagers to at least one in their 60s.

At a news conference Wednesday night, Kasich called for a full investigation and ordered all rides at the fair shut down until safety inspections could be made. “We will get to the bottom of this,” the governor said. “There will be complete transparency.”

The Ohio Highway Patrol will lead the inquiry.

Last year, more than 900,000 people attended the fair, which is one of the nation’s largest, according to Cleveland.com.

“It’s kind of hard to imagine you have family that goes to a state fair and those calls come, that there was a terrible accident, a terrible tragedy, and someone you love is involved,” Kasich said.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) also issued a statement, saying he and his wife send their “deepest sympathies to all those who were impacted by the accident.”

Amusements of America, the carnival operator that deployed a fleet of rides to the Ohio State Fair, did not return a request for comment, nor did organizers of the Ohio State Fair.

The fair’s Twitter account later shared a statement: “Our hearts are heavy for the families of those involved in last night’s tragic accident.”

The fatal Fire Ball malfunction prompted California State Fair organizers on the other side of the country to shut down the attraction to its guests, reported NBC affiliate KCRA 3, even though it had not been flagged for safety issues.

“As far as I’m concerned, unless the factory calls us and says it can run, it’s down,” Barry Schaible, a contract inspector hired by the state of California, told the TV station.

The Fire Ball debuted in 2002 and pivots and swirls as high as 40 feet at 13 revolutions a minute, according to a description from Amusements of America.

Michael Vartorella, a ride inspector with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, said at the news conference his team oversees 4,300 pieces of equipment in the state, which are carefully inspected to ensure working condition of electrical systems, hydraulics and structural integrity. The Fire Ball was inspected three or four times before the fair began, he said.

Vartorella insisted that inspectors did not rush their safety checks, though the Columbus Dispatch reported earlier in the week that rain and flooding delayed inspections until just before the fair opened.

He became emotional during the news conference as he described the stakes of the safety of those rides.

“My grandchildren ride this equipment,” he said. “We take this job very serious, and when we have an accident like this … it hits us really hard.”

The fatal incident took place at about 7:20 p.m., Battalion Chief Steve Martin, a spokesman for the Columbus Fire Division, told the Columbus Dispatch.


Fairgoers watch as emergency personnel respond to a fatal ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair. (Bruce Lamm/@OntheLamm via REUTERS)

The Fire Ball malfunction and ensuing chaos was caught on video and widely circulated on social media and local news stations Wednesday night. One shows the six rows that form the gondola wheel — each with four seats — rocketing side to side from the top of a parabolic arc. As it swoops down and over the ride’s platform, at least two of the rows appear to strike a metal structural support beam. A loud screech can be heard as one row snaps off, but it’s unclear if the break or the impact with the beam generated the noise.

Two people were launched into the air, and one man landed on the ground about 50 feet from the ride, Martin told the Dispatch. He was killed on impact.

Travis Taylor echoed the sentiment many fairgoers who were fretting over Wednesday night: “It very well could have been us,” he said.

“You see those videos of a roller coaster malfunctioning,” Travis Taylor said, “but you never think it can actually happen.”

Fair organizers said in their statement that the gates will reopen at 9 a.m. Thursday and “other activities will resume as scheduled.” Kasich shut down all 71 rides after the Fire Ball incident but most will open back up once they are reinspected, officials said.

The governor sought to downplay concerns of fair guests, some of whom have bought season passes, who may think twice before returning to the fair, which runs until Aug. 6.

“We’ll move on but it doesn’t mean we don’t grieve for what happened,” Kasich said.

“I’ll be at the fair,” he added.

But the Taylor cousins didn’t share the governor’s confidence.

“We could not think of going on any rides after we saw that,” Mitch Taylor said. “I might go back for the food, but I won’t be riding any rides, I’ll tell you that.”

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One person was killed and several others were seriously hurt after a ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus Wednesday, officials said.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Paul Pride said a trooper reported the incident at around 7:24 p.m. at the Ohio State Fair, which began Wednesday. One person died and seven people were injured, three of whom were in critical condition, he said.

Witnesses reported that the ride that malfunctioned was the Fire Ball, which spins and swings passengers in a pendulum-like motion.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he has ordered a full investigation and ordered all rides closed until additional safety inspections can be conducted. “We will get to the bottom of this,” Kasich said at a press conference.

A video of the incident posted on YouTube showed seats of the ride breaking off and bodies flying through the air. A witness told NBC News that “the whole car went flying off and over the side while in motion.”

“I am terribly saddened by this accident, by the loss of life and that people were injured enjoying Ohio’s fair,” Kasich said.

William Brown told NBC News in an email that his wife was on the ride before the accident occurred. “I was in total disbelief,” Brown said. “My wife just got off that ride before the accident happened. It could have been her,” he said.

The person who was killed and those who were injured were not identified by authorities. Columbus fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin told NBC affiliate WCMH that two people who were injured were in stable condition. The station reported that one of those injured is a 13-year-old girl.

Image: Ohio State Fair AccidentOhio State University Wexner Medical Center Dr. David Evans told reporters that they reviewed video of the accident “that demonstrated that multiple passengers were ejected at high speed with high energy, many feet — at least 20 or 30, if not more — into the air and then crashed at a significant distance from the ride.”

OSU Wexner Medical Center has received three patients, a hospital spokesperson said. All three will likely be hospitalized for at least a week, Evans said.

OhioHealth Grant Medical Center said it received three patients, one of whom was in critical condition, a spokesman said. The other two are in fair condition.

The fair, which is scheduled to run through Aug. 6, attracts hundreds of thousands of people every year. More than 921,000 people attended in 2016, according to fair organizers.

Kasich said the ride was inspected multiple times.

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Michael Vartorella, chief inspector for amusement ride safety for the state Department of Agriculture, said his team inspected the ride as well as a third party. “It’s been looked at about three or four times over the course of two days,” he said.

“We take this job very serious, and when we have a tragedy like this it hits everybody, it hits us really hard,” Vartorella said. “My children, my grandchildren ride this equipment. Our guys do not rush through this stuff. We look at it, we take care of it, and we pretend it’s our own.”

“This ride was inspected at a couple of different stages, and it was signed off today,” he said.

The Ohio State fair will stay open but rides will be closed pending safety checks, Kasich said.

“It’s such a fun fair. This is just a real tragedy,” fair-goer Susie Buchanan, who did not witness the accident, told WCMH. “You know, you come over here you think you’re going to have a lot of fun and then you end up with something like this. This is just really a shame for those families,” she said.

CORRECTION (6:45 a.m. July, 27): An earlier version of this article misstated the first name of a witness. His name is William Brown, not Michael.

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