May 25, 2022

A disgusting Trump-Harvey Weinstein connection just surged into the national spotlight (UPDATED)

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President Trump’s malicious sneak attack on high-ranking former public servants in the Obama Administration just got linked to the same Israeli private intelligence company that Harvey Weinstein used to suppress the stories of his female victims. UPDATE: A new report has emerged that both top former Obama Administration officials wives were targeted by private Israeli intelligence operatives.

Donald Trump apparently hired Black Cube, a private intelligence company founded by former officers in Israel’s spy agency, Mossad, to go after former Obama deputy assistant Colin Kahl – who also served as National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden, and former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes.

Last night, Kahl penned an indignant tweetstorm (see below) about Trump’s evil attempt to incriminate him by having spies email his wife using a false identity in order to seek an in-person meeting.

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In a sloppy piece of tradecraft, Black Cube apparently re-used the same London-based front company named Reuben Capital Partners to contact Kahl’s wife seeking compromising information, which they also used to target Harvey Weinstein’s victims. The Al-Monitor‘s Laura Rozen reports:

Black Cube denied being involved in Trump’s clandestine operations against the former Obama officials, but Colin Kahl – who just published a major Washington Post op-ed about the Iran deal – is not buying the denials.

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Harvey Weinstein hired Black Cube in a desperate attempt to stop publication of Ronan Farrow’s stories in the New Yorker and the New York Times – which obviously, failed – leading to the rise of the #MeToo movement and Pulitzer prizes for the aforementioned newsrooms.

Shockingly, Weinstein’s spies from the firm continued to contact one of his victims, prominent actress Rose McGowan, even after the story of her harassment came to light.

Eventually, even the intelligence company found a guilty conscience over taking a job supporting a serial sex predator and issued a (likely rare) public apology.

Ben Rhodes was President Obama’s speechwriter from the time he was still the junior Senator from Illinois until he left the White House last year.

Now, Ronan Farrow has just reported for the New Yorker that Rhodes’ wife was also targeted by Black Cube:

In June, 2017, Ann Norris, a former State Department official, received an e-mail containing an unusual proposal. Norris is married to Ben Rhodes, a former foreign-policy adviser to President Obama and a prominent advocate of the Iran nuclear deal.

In the e-mail, a woman who introduced herself as Eva Novak and claimed to work for a London-based film company called Shell Productions asked Norris to consult on a movie that she described as “ ‘All the President’s’ Men meets ‘The West Wing’ ”: it would follow the personal lives of “government officials in the positions that determine war and Peace” during times of geopolitical crisis, including “nuclear negotiations with a hostile nation.” Recalling the exchange, Ann Norris said that she found Eva Novak’s request “bizarre,” and that she “never responded.”

Rightfully, Ben Rhodes was infuriated by Trump’s unforgivable attack on him for being a public servant and spoke out on Twitter today.

If all of that wasn’t troubling enough, Black Cube has also been linked to Trump’s former election data firm, Cambridge Analytica, which is crumbling under a pile of trans-Atlantic investigations and potential criminal charges.

Whistleblower data scientist Chris Wylie told the UK’s Parliament that Black Cube was hired by the GOP megadonor and Trump backing Mercer family’s firm to hack into computers used by Nigeria’s President to sway an election.

We already know that Trump’s data firm Cambridge Analytica ignored legitimate legal advice to prevent the illegal use of foreign workers in Trump’s 2016 campaign.

President Trump has no business hiring foreign companies to fight American political battles, and if he’s using political money from his 2020 campaign account, then hiring Black Cube would also violate federal election law.

But Trump’s willingness to hire a company that would seek clandestine personal contact with Colin Kahl’s wife just to pump her for compromising information on her husband represents a new low bar that even the President might not be able to limbo underneath in the future.

There is literally no circumstance under which it is acceptable for an American president to hire a shady foreign intelligence company to discredit high-ranking officials in his predecessor’s administration.

Read Colin Kahl’s complete thread about Trump’s sneak attack on his wife here: 

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Grant Stern

Editor at Large

is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also a mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, an unpaid senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition, and a Director of Sunshine Agenda Inc. a government transparency nonprofit organization.

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