Today is the first official meeting of President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and one of the looming topics is the rumor that Russia played a role in the United States election. The Russian president is said to keep files or dossiers on celebrities, politicians, and people of note from around the world for the intention of blackmail. But is it true that Putin and the Kremlin are keeping blackmail files on certain Hollywood celebrities in order to harm them if necessary, and do U.S. intelligence agencies know all about this?
Although the Cold War is over, the Russian government and Russian politics are still rather cloak and dagger. The recent meeting in the Oval Office between President Donald Trump, Russian politicians, and Russian journalists with the absence of any American media once again ignited the theory that Trump had dealings with Russia, the Russian president, and the Kremlin that were being kept quiet. But according to former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, there was nothing suspicious about the closed-door meeting. Spicer said that in the Oval Office was Trump; Sergey Lavrov, minister of foreign affairs; Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S.; and TASS, the Russian new agency.
In a press conference, Spicer assured the media that there was nothing suspect about the meeting with the Russians.
“The president in no way undermined sources or methods in the course of this conversation.”
But in the rumored Russian-Hollywood “web or extortion” that President Putin has accrued is an interesting collective of Hollywood celebrities from today and yesterday, including Tom Cruise, Madonna, Robert De Niro, John Travolta, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie. These files kept by the Kremlin include embarrassing photos and videos of those who have spoken out against Russia.
Unnamed American Intelligence sources are quoted as saying that the Russian president and the Russian government trade heavily in secrets, and anyone who travels to Russia, in particular, should assume they are being taped.
“Putin has shrewdly collected sordid secrets on an impressive array of bold-faced Hollywood names who have been politically vocal against him and his policies,” said a highly-placed American intelligence source. “This is a calculated effort to ensure he can control their public rhetoric about Russia.”
Hollywood celebs who travel in Eastern Europe and Cuba should beware that Kremlin agents from Russia move around freely in these areas, and gathering blackmail material is allegedly a priority for Putin’s needs. An example of this type of Russian espionage was the trip to Cuba by the Kardashian family for the E! show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The Russian president reportedly bugged the Kardashians and the Jenners in their rooms and around the still Communist-controlled Caribbean island.
Sources say that Cubans are under orders from Russia and the Kremlin to record and monitor celebs who visit Cuba. Spies in Cuba were said to be trained by the KGB for this purpose and regularly report back to the Russian government. NSA consultant Wayne Madsen says that any Hollywood star-turned-political activist is particularly fair game for the Russian government’s blackmail files.
“Certain celebrities — like Angelina Jolie — who are very active with international causes would be of great interest to the Russians seeking Western propaganda mouthpieces. They do it to celebrities because we live in a celebrity culture … if you can get them to say nice things about Putin that’s ten times as important as a politician saying it.”
But the stories of Russian blackmail dossiers do not just involve Hollywood celebrities and those in the entertainment world, but also world leaders — and that includes current POTUS Donald Trump. According to former FBI Director James Comey, President Trump was eager to discredit the rumor that Russia had a video of the president with Russian prostitutes. Comey said that during a dinner with Trump, the president discussed that the FBI might launch an investigation that would prove a tape with Trump and Russian prostitutes never existed.
“During the dinner, the President returned to the salacious material I had briefed him about on January 6, and, as he had done previously, expressed his disgust for the allegations and strongly denied them. He said he was considering ordering me to investigate the alleged incident to prove it didn’t happen.”
Comey said on other occasions that the president contacted him to insist that the tape with Russian prostitutes never existed, but Trump always assumed that when he traveled to Russia, he was being taped. The president was further angered when Buzzfeed published what was alleged to be a Russian dossier documenting Trump’s involvement with the Russian government, the Kremlin, and others in Russia of questionable character.
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