Well, the House Intelligence Committee may be tapping out, but our intelligence community is still exploring every potential crumb dropped along the trail that could lead back to Russia’s interference in a U.S. election.
Last week, a bizarre story of Russian “sex coaches” was circulating in the news.
Of those “sex coaches,” the story of two who were being held in a Bangkok, Thailand prison made the rounds, because of their plea to the U.S. to help them, in exchange for alleged evidence regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Now, it seems they have a bite, as the FBI is reportedly attempting to reach them.
Belarussian citizens Anastasia Vashukevich and Alexander Kirillov sent a handwritten letter last month to the US Embassy in Bangkok asking for help in getting them released in exchange for information on alleged meddling in the US presidential election.
The FBI agents contacted Thailand’s Immigration bureau last week to try to organize the meeting, the highly placed source in the department said.
As of now, Thai officials are denying that request and are directing inquiries to Thai law enforcement.
Only family and their legal representation are allowed access to detainees.
Vashukevich (known as Nastya Rybka) and her boyfriend/mentor Kirillov (alias Alex Lesley) were arrested on February 25, along with 8 other “sex coaches,” while in the middle of a week-long sex training session being held in a town call Pattaya.
Of those things Vashukevich/Rybka promotes, are, apparently, “open” relationships and “swinging.”
I guess you have to be coached to have no conscience or morals.
Vashukevich claims she has proof of Russian interference in the 2016 US election in the form of more than an hour of audio recordings and photos of meetings. None of the alleged recordings or photos of those meetings have been made public.
Vashukevich, who claims to be the former mistress of Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, says she witnessed several meetings in 2016 and 2017 between Deripaska and at least three unnamed Americans.
Deripaska. Where have we heard that name, before?
Oh, yeah. He’s a pal of former Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.
We know he’s also close to Vladimir Putin.
Deripaska denies both the affair with Vashukevich, and the accusations that he is connected to attempts to form that backchannel of communication between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Vashukevich came into the spotlight after publishing footage from social media of a 2016 meeting on a private yacht between Deripaska and Russian deputy prime minister Sergey Prikhodko, during which the two men could be heard discussing Russia’s poor relationship with the United States.
And then she’s arrested.
Alexey Navalny, the Russian opposition leader, who might need to consider laying off of tea in the immediate future, has argued that this is proof of corruption in the highest levels of Russia’s government.
Yeah. There was a lot more proof than just that.
Navalny also claims it is proof of a connection between Russia and Trump’s campaign.
In reaching out, Vashukevich was allowed to record a message and post it to her Instagram account, from the back of a police car.
“If we go back to Russia we will die in Russian’s [sic] prison or they will kill us,” she said. “This is very serious … Please USA help us not to die from Russians!”
Valid concern, given what we know.
A Thai Immigration Bureau official told CNN that if the group is deported, they will either be sent back to their native country “or a country they want to go to with conditions.”
Well, we already know they don’t want to go to Russia.
Chances are, however, if they’re deported, they may find themselves in a place where they will be allowed to speak with the FBI about what they know.
If Russia doesn’t get to them first, that is.