US Spies Conned Into Delivering $100,000 in a Suitcase to Berlin Hotel Room Were Offered Dirt on Trump

A National Security Agency breach that actually took place several years ago is still having repercussions today as more and more damaging information comes out.

A group called the Shadow Brokers has been strategically leaking information and publicly identifying people whose job descriptions and projects were classified since late summer of 2016:

Current and former agency officials say the Shadow Brokers disclosures, which began in August 2016, have been catastrophic for the N.S.A., calling into question its ability to protect potent cyberweapons and its very value to national security. The agency regarded as the world's leader in breaking into adversaries? computer networks failed to protect its own.

?These leaks have been incredibly damaging to our intelligence and cyber capabilities,? said Leon E. Panetta, the former defense secretary and director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The fundamental purpose of intelligence is to be able to effectively penetrate our adversaries in order to gather vital intelligence. By its very nature, that only works if secrecy is maintained and our codes are protected.?

In the months since, the NSA has been working to recover the cyberweapons stolen in that breach and when a Russian figure came forward offering to deliver them, the NSA made a deal. It agreed to pay $1 million and delivered the first $100,000 cash payment in a suitcase to a hotel in Berlin.

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