Intelligence Expert: Trump Has Been On Russia’s Radar 'As Early As 1977’
MSNBC analyst Malcolm Nance claimed that Donald Trump’s first marriage to Czech-born Ivana Trump placed him on the Russians’ radar as an asset “as early as 1977,” according to The Daily Beast.
Nance, a retired naval intelligence operator, appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and suggested that Trump had been “under Russian intelligence surveillance for a very long time--as early as 1977 with his first wife, Ivana.”
After noting that Ivana was from Czechoslovakia, then part of the Eastern Bloc, Nance stated that Russia gained access to Trump’s communications through her. “Russia became very interested” in Trump when he considered building a Trump Tower Moscow and threw around the idea of running for president.
“They had ten years of collection and then they brought him to Moscow for what he wanted, which is Trump Tower,” Nance said. “But from that moment on, an enormous dossier of information was collected on him and more importantly, how to exploit him and his simple exploit--as we call it in the intelligence community--and he is avaricious to a fault. He wants money, they now own him. Modern Russia, with a former KGB director as president, they know how to exploit people, they know how to manipulate people, and they know how to buy people.”
As Putin created modern Russia, he “took the files of everyone he had ever flipped” during the Soviet-era and decided to move Trump from “useful idiot” to an “unwitting asset, where he’s being used and he doesn’t know it.”
Nance then asked: “Is the next step a Russian asset, where he is aware of those activities? Robert Mueller said yes. That he was well aware that he was going to benefit from Russia.”