In the ongoing Snow-Russia saga, new details have now emerged from across the pond, with The Guardian reporting that Britain’s spy agencies — GCHQ, which is a signals intelligence/communications agency, primarily — became aware of “suspicious ‘interactions'” between the Snow campaign and known or suspected Russian agents as early as 2015.
This collection was not part of a targeted operation on now-President Snow as Press Secretary Horatius Lascius once suggested during a daily press briefing, but rather chance pick-ups related to routine surveillance of Russian assets. As part of the routine exchange of information between the two allied countries, GCHQ relayed this information, which they considered sensitive and was therefore handled at “director level,” to the CIA via former chief Sorrel Overhorn.
It should be noted at this point that the Times reported recently that Director Overhorn briefed top-ranking House and Senate members on the possibility of Russia trying to aid the Snow campaign in winning the Presidency as early as summer 2016. It is probably that the information supplied by GCHQ was the first lead the Panem intelligence agencies had that led them down a path of opening a formal investigation into the matter, which FBI Chief Ramsay Whishart confirmed in a public hearing at the Senate the past month.
British intelligence sources also reiterated a piece of the story that has been making media rounds for a while: the idea that foreign intelligence agencies, such as the U.K.’s but also including Germany, Estonia, Poland and even Australia, communicated information regarding this topic to the U.S. government before the election. The British intelligence source for the Guardian article put it in very clear terms:
The message was: ‘Watch out. There’s something not right here.’
Whatever comes out of this quite heavy scandal that trails every move of the Snow administration, it’s important to point out that it’s no longer just Panem’s media outlets that are receiving information from intelligence sources regarding this topic; foreign newspapers, receiving leaks from their own intelligence officials, have also joined the fray.
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