Sunday, July 16, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT. There's a suspicious body trail -- and it's on Trump's watch By The Wayne Madsen Report

SPECIAL REPORT. There's a suspicious body trail -- and it's on Trump's watch By The Wayne Madsen Report
Conspiracy-minded supporters of Donald Trump, egged on by right-wing fanatics like Alex Jones, Sean Hannity, and others, have been trying to assign blame for the murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich on nefarious forces loyal to Hillary Clinton. However, a clear pattern is emerging of suspicious deaths of those involved, in one way or another, with the 2016 presidential campaign.

WMR has discovered a link between the Russian Moscow-based lawyer Natalya Veselnitskaya and Trump's and his son-in-law Jared Kushner's first favored choice to replace fired FBI director James Comey to lead the bureau: former Senator Joe Lieberman. Now that it is known that it was Kushner who was pressing Trump to fire Comey, the choice of Lieberman to take his place is all the more germane. Veselnitskaya represented the interests of a Russian holding company, Prevezon Ltd. of Cyprus, which had a number of U.S. subsidiaries, including Prevezon Soho USA LLC, Prevezon Pine USA LLC (fronting for a luxury condo complex at 
20 Pine Street in Manhattan), and Prevezon Alexander USA (an 88-unit complex at 250 East 49th Street at Turtle Bay, near the United Nations). Prevezon's international law firm is Debevoise & Plimpton, whose partners include former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith. It certainly helps the "Kosher Nostra" that surrounds Trump's White House to have a former British Attorney General on their team, since many of their offshore businesses are based in the British Virgin Islands.

Denis Katsyv is also a close business partner of Uzbek-Israeli diamond oligarch Lev Leviev, whose business empire happens to include ownership of The Times Square Building in Manhattan, the former headquarters of The New York Times. In 2015, Kushner Companies bought a 51 percent stake in the Times Square building from Leviev's 
Africa Israel (AFI) Investments Ltd. Leviev, the president of the World Congress of Bukharian Jews, is a major financial backer of the Chabad Lubavitch movement, with which Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump are also close. Leviev is a partner of the Hong Kong-based 88 Queensway Group, which is linked to Chinese para-statal corporations, one of which, Sonangol China, has a branch in Pyongyang, North Korea. Trump is threatening to impose further sanctions on Chinese companies doing business in North Korea. Does that include the Hong Kong-based joint ventures of his Israeli friend Lev Leviev?

Israeli-Uzbek oligarch Lev Leviev with Donald Trump. Leviev's business empire is not only connected to Kosher Nostra activities, including Jared Kushner's operations, but also business with Chinese intelligence-connected firms and North Korea through the mysterious 88 Queensway Group of Hong Kong.
One of Mukasey's closest friends is Lieberman, the man Trump and Kushner wanted to have preside over the investigation of Russian -- that is Russian-Eurasian-Jewish mob -- influence in the 2016 presidential election. It also just happens that Lieberman is a partner in the law firm 
Kasowitz Benson Torres Friedman, headed up by Trump's personal attorney Marc Kasowitz.  Prevezon is primarily owned by Russian-Israeli businessman Denis Katsyv, whose father Pyotr Katsyv is the former vice governor of the Moscow region. Denis Katsyv's wife Maria is also an Israeli citizen.

In May of this year, 
Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim, in a surprise move, settled a federal money laundering case involving Manhattan condominiums that was brought against Katsyv and Prevezon by Kim's predecessor, Preet Bharara, who was fired by Trump after Trump signaled that he would retain him as U.S. Attorney for Manhattan. Named in the federal case against Prevezon and Katsyv, was Prevezon shareholder and Katsyv business partner Alexander Litvak, an Israeli national. The case saw Prevezon and Katsyv forfeit $6 million to the U.S. government, under half of what the government originally sought. Had the case gone to trial, information pointing to Prevezon's links to Trump's and Kushner's real estate operations in Manhattan may have been divulged. Some observers believe that Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, someone who has his own links to the Kosher Nostra in Baltimore, where he served as U.S. Attorney, and beyond, influenced the decision to go easy on Prevezon and Katsyv, especially with Bharara out of the way.

Russian Jewish businessman Denis Katsyv who received a sweetheart settlement from Trump's Justice Department after Trump fired U.S. Attorney for Manhattan Preet Bharara

The June 9, 2016 meeting at the Trump Tower between Veselnitskaya, Donald Trump, Jr., Kushner, and Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, in which Veselnitskaya offered damaging information on Hillary Clinton, was also attended by a naturalized U.S. citizen who once worked for Soviet counter-intelligence, Rinat Akhmetshin. Looming over this meeting was the Russian-Jewish mafia -- called the "Eurasian" mafia by the FBI because of political correctness sensitivities. The meeting had been arranged between the Trump officials and Veselnitskaya by Rob Goldstone, a British music promoter and son of a London rabbi. Goldstone represents Russian singer Emin Agalarov, whose billionaire father Aras Agalarov has been dubbed the "Russian Trump." Aras Agalarov was a partner of Donald Trump for a planned Trump Tower and Hotel in Moscow.

Many U.S. media outlets use the term "Russian Financial Mafia" to hide the Russian mob's predominantly Jewish and Israeli connections. Among those at the meeting with ties to the mafia were Veselnitskaya, the lawyer for mobbed-up Russian Jewish businessman Katsyv, and Kushner, whose New York real estate operations closely rubs shoulders with the Kosher Nostra mob in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Jersey City. Kushner's father, Charles Kushner, served a federal prison sentence for illegal campaign contributions, criminal conspiracy, and witness tampering.

Fired U.S. Attorney for Manhattan Preet Bharara laying out the government's case against Prevezon and Denis Katsys. The Kosher Nostra enterprise is represented by Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner Russian lawyer interlocutor Natalya Veselnitskaya and the law firm of former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey.
The Katsyv-Leviev connection to Trump is noteworthy. Prevezon's bank of choice for its dodgy financial transfers was 
Bank Krainy Sever, a Russian bank that later declared bankruptcy. While it was in operation, Krainy Sever's Prevezon-linked accounts were handled by Russia's Alfa Bank. The FBI, under director Comey, was investigating several pings between Alfa Bank and a computer server of the Trump Organization during the presidential campaign.

Now to Trump's dead body count. In the early Sunday morning hours of July 10, 2016, DNC Staffer
 Seth Rich was gunned down in the Bloomingdale section of Washington, DC, without any clear evidence of a robbery intent. Trump campaign officials had been briefed a month earlier at the June 9 meeting at Trump Tower that Russian intermediaries could provide damaging information on Clinton and her campaign. Rich, far from being the source of the DNC emails sent between January 2015 through May 2016 -- revealed by WikiLeaks on July 22, 2017 -- may have been a witness to hacking activities of the DNC servers. His death should now be considered along with other recent suspicious deaths of those with a knowledge of the inner workings of Trump's campaign and its connection to unsavory criminal elements.

Just a small window on the mob ties of Donald Trump and his business associates. The entire Trump Syndicate Road Map, which has taken a good deal of time and money to prepare, is available at a nominal cost to members here.

On May 14, 2017, Peter Smith, a longtime GOP political operative who worked for a firm called 
DigaComm LLC from 1997 to 2014, reportedly died with no cause of death appearing in his obituary. Smith also ran a business called Corporate Venture Alliances out of the Hancock Building in Chicago. The obit notice merely stated: "Peter W. Smith, 81, of Lake Forest, Ill, passed away on May 14, 2017." In fact, just ten days after Smith spoke to The Wall Street Journal about attempting to work during the campaign with fired Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn to obtain 30,000 deleted Hillary Clinton emails, Smith was found at 1:17 pm lying with a plastic bag over his head next to a helium-filled tank at theAspen Suites in Rochester, Minnesota. Rochester is the home of the famed Mayo Clinic, where Smith is said to have gone for treatment for a heart condition. Instead, Smith is said to have asphyxiated himself  "due to displacement of oxygen in confined space with helium."

Smith left a suspicious "suicide" note that proclaimed "
NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER" as far as his death was concerned. The note said he was taking his own life because of a "RECENT BAD TURN IN HEALTH SINCE JANUARY, 2017" his suicide was related "TO LIFE INSURANCE OF $5 MILLION EXPIRING." However, life insurance policies normally do not cover suicides. And why would someone reportedly receiving top-quality medical care at the costly Mayo Clinic, suddenly decide to kill himself? The Mayo clinic will not confirm whether Smith was their patient, due to "privacy concerns."

Smith told the Journal that he and his "team" discovered five hacker groups, among them two in Russia, who claimed to have Clinton's deleted emails in their possession. Were these groups actually tied to the Russian government, something that President Vladimir Putin and other senior Russian government officials have denied, or were they groups associated with Trump's friends and colleagues in the worldwide Kosher Nostra?
The same day Smith died, May 14, longtime Albany, New York journalist Scott Christianson, 66, died from "massive head trauma" after falling down the stairs of his home in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The reason for the fall was given as the stair's banister giving way. Of particular note is that Christianson had recently joined the investigation unit McClatchy news service and he had just completed a major story probing the links between Donald Trump, his presidential campaign, and hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer. Christianson's investigation of Trump's campaign was ongoing when he died. He was a seasoned investigative journalist who formerly worked for the Bethlehem Star (PA), Knickerbocker News, and the Albany Times Union.
These deaths can now be viewed in light of a blast of email threats made by Trump's personal attorney Marc Kasowitz, whose law firm also employs Joe Lieberman, Trump's first choice to head the FBI, as noted previously. After receiving an email from a person unknown to him that urged him to "Resign Now," Kasowitz replied with a series of threatening emails. The emails stated: "I’m on you now. You are fucking with me now. Let’s see who you are. Watch your back, bitch . . . Call me. Don’t be afraid, you piece of shit. Stand up. If you don’t call, you’re just afraid." Kasowitz's last email referred to being Jewish: "I'm Jewish. I presume you are too. Stop being afraid. Call me. Or give me your number and I will call you. I already know where you live, I'm on you. You might as well call me. You will see me. I promise.  Bro." Kasowitz appears to have implied that Jews should not be criticizing other Jews like Kasowitz. The entire email exchange resembles a scene out of "The Sopranos," with Tony Soprano's Italian mobsters being replaced by Jewish gangsters. The threats also document the lengths to which Trump's team will go to silence critics, damaging witnesses, or leakers.

There is one unusual postscript to this story. On July 12, just a few days ago, WMR reported on the cold case beating death of 
Stars & Stripes assistant managing editor David Butler on July 15, 2000. WMR followed up on the case in a report in 2009. Although in 2000, this editor's beat was the U.S. intelligence community and the Pentagon for a French publication, I did inquire about the details of Butler's death, especially since he was practically a neighbor of mine in Arlington, Virginia and worked, as did I, out of the National Press Building in downtown DC. The recent July 12 story on Butler arose from questions posed in a series of emails sent by someone who said he was a good friend of Butler while he lived in Texas. After a series of emails with Butler's purported "friend," he admitted that he really did not know Butler that well at all and inquired as to whether Butler ever worked, like Seth Rich, as a volunteer for the Democratic National Committee. From what I have gathered, Butler was a professional journalist who did not involve himself in partisan politics. However, bringing up the case of Butler, who was murdered 17 years ago, in relation to Seth Rich and the DNC was odd, to say the least.