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By Rowan Scarborough

The Washington Times

Monday, July 20, 2020

A man of mystery in Moscow who fed a cache of anti-Trump hearsay to Christopher Steele in London for his notorious dossier relied on six sources: five friends and a 30-minute call from an anonymous person he never could identify, a newly declassified FBI document shows.

The dossier rocked Washington, empowered the liberal media, captivated the FBI and emboldened Democrats to try to oust President Trump. Yet Mr. Steele’s work was based on the words of a smattering of Moscow inhabitants with no firsthand knowledge of any supposed event, the FBI paper shows.

The alleged trip to Prague by Trump attorney Michael Cohen, for example, came from the Moscow source’s longtime childhood friend, who repeated gossip to him and later repudiated what she had said to the FBI.

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The FBI notes show the dossier’s go-to source told agents “his social network is vast and he has other, random associates.”

The U.S. government officially calls the mystery man Mr. Steele’s “primary sub source” — in other words, the main dossier architect. He is a Russian-speaking foreigner who circulates in Moscow’s academic and consulting worlds and does his research from home.

After feeding Mr. Steele stunning allegations — plot lines about The Ritz-Carlton hotel, Prague, Trump-is-a-Russian-spy — the primary source conceded to the FBI that he took what his friends told him with “a grain of salt.”

The source’s profile, but not his name, is contained in a highly censored FBI report summarizing three interviews agents conducted with him in the Washington field office in January 2017. It is the first look at any detail of the group of people, or subsources, who provided now-discredited allegations against the president and his aides. Mr. Trump recently said Mr. Steele belongs in jail.

Together with the December report from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, the two narratives show a dossier compiled from raw second- and thirdhand gossip that was texted or phoned in, once while the primary source lounged by a pool. At some point in his collecting, the source and Mr. Steele, whom he first met in 2009 and went on his payroll, celebrated with a glass of champagne.

The debunked dossier was funded by the Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. Notable congressional Democrats freely quoted it in 2017 as a way to dislodge the president.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, said the debriefing shows that the FBI at that point should have stopped seeking dossier-based wiretap warrants on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page.

Instead, the FBI sought two more warrants, vouching for the dossier’s accuracy, and used it to fuel the 22-month probe of special counsel Robert Mueller. The special counsel found no Trump-Russia election conspiracy.

Said Mr. Graham: “The document reveals that the primary ‘source’ of Steele’s election reporting was not some well-connected current or former Russian official, but a non-Russian-based contract employee of Christopher Steele’s firm. Moreover, it demonstrates that the information that Steele’s primary source provided him was second- and thirdhand information and rumor at best.”

Then there is the question of Kremlin disinformation. The profiles of the six sources show that some of them claimed to be conduits for Russian intelligence. The Horowitz report said intelligence agencies warned the FBI that Russian spies knew what Mr. Steele was up to and had infiltrated the primary source’s network.

Here is the cast of six dossier contributors as described in the FBI’s 60-page debrief. The FBI gave each a number:

Source 1: A Russian with contacts in the intelligence service and FSB, or Federal Security Service. The primary source met this person at a cafe in June 2016. The person was a source for the first dossier memo, No. 80.

This person apparently spoke with or heard secondhand information from “a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure and a former top level Russian intelligence officer still active inside the Kremlin.”

The memo claims that the Kremlin “had been feeding Trump and his team valuable intelligence on his opponents.” (This assertion, like so many others in the dossier, proved untrue.)

Source 2. This Russian supplied the rumor, also in memo No. 80, about Mr. Trump and prostitutes in The Ritz-Carlton Moscow hotel in 2013, when the Trump Organization staged the Miss Universe pageant.

The primary source had asked this person for any “compromising materials on Trump,” the FBI document says. Source 2 repeated a “well known story.” “Source 2 said the hotel is bugged and ‘heaven only knows’ who or what has been filmed by the FSB.”

The primary source interviewed hotel management and said he did not get a denial. He said he reported to Mr. Steele “Trump’s unorthodox sexual activity at the Ritz as ‘rumor and speculation’ and that he had not been able to confirm the story.”

Intelligence agencies warned the FBI that the Ritz story was Russian disinformation.

Source 3. This is perhaps the dossier’s most damaging contributor for Mr. Trump and aides. She is a female friend of the primary source. They have known each other for years. They have borrowed money from each other and gone shopping together.

She said Trump volunteer Carter Page, during a July 2016 trip to Moscow, met secretly with Igor Divyekin, a crony of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mr. Page has always denied this, and the Mueller report cleared him.

Source 3 also told the other big conspiracy story: that Trump attorney Michael Cohen secretly traveled to Prague in August 2016 to meet Putin aides and engineer a cover-up of their shared Democratic Party computer hacking. The FBI later concluded that Cohen never went to Prague.

More information about Source 3 emerged in April, when Republican senators won declassification of footnote No. 347, which had been completely censored in the Horowitz report.

The footnote said Source 3, described as a “sub-source,” had “personal and business ties” with the primary subsource. She also had contacts with Mr. Putin’s staff in June and July 2016, when Mr. Steele was compiling the dossier.

The woman also was “voicing strong support for candidate Clinton in the 2016 U.S. elections,” the footnote said.

What’s more, other declassified footnotes show that intelligence agencies warned the FBI that the information about Cohen was Kremlin disinformation.

As for Source 3, the Horowitz report said the FBI questioned her in August 2017. She called the information attributed to her “exaggerated,” and she did not recognize anything as coming from her.

Source 4. This person has ties to the FSB. The primary source said they enjoyed each other’s company and “drank heavily together.”

“I just overheard such and such about an issue” is how he would feed information to the primary source.

Source 5: A Russian woman with ties to Kremlin intelligence. She provided the other half of the Carter Page story — that he also met in Moscow with Igor Sechin, a Putin adviser who runs the state oil company.

Mr. Page denies this meeting ever occurred, and Mr. Mueller cleared him.

Source 6: This U.S.-based person telephoned the primary source for 20 minutes. Never providing his name, Source 6 became the basis for Mr. Steele’s writing about an extensive conspiracy between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. Source 6’s phone call was used as evidence by the FBI to persuade judges to approve the Carter Page wiretaps.

Mr. Steele designated Source 6 as source E. The Horowitz report called him Person 1. This person has been described in media reports as having left the U.S. and not cooperating with Mr. Mueller.

After the three interviews in January 2017, the FBI talked to the primary source two more times. It was then when he made the “grain of salt” comment — essentially dismissing the entire dossier.

Those interview notes have not been declassified.

He said he never knew Mr. Steele planned to put what he told him into official reports. The Horowitz report said he told the FBI he made it clear to Mr. Steele that he was repeating “just talk” and “word of mouth and hearsay” and “conversations that [he] had with friends over beers.”

That February, agent Peter Strzok, who led the FBI’s Trump probe, made this comment in a declassified document after the primary source had been interviewed three times: “Recent interviews and investigation … reveal Steele may not be in a position to judge the reliability of his sub source network.”

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Friday, July 17, 2020

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham secured the release of two declassified documents Friday from the Justice Department that he says undercut the FBI’s reliance on Christopher Steele’s dossier and exposes how the FBI lacked concrete evidence in its probe against the president’s 2016 campaign.

The South Carolina Republican said the documents conflict with the allegations laid out in FISA warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

A 57-page summary of the FBI’s interview with Mr. Steele’s primary source for his unsubstantiated dossier was second-hand information from a non-Russian official, according to Mr. Graham.

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“The document reveals that the primary ‘source’ of Steele’s election reporting was not some well-connected current or former Russian official, but a non-Russian based contract employee of Christopher Steele’s firm. Moreover, it demonstrates that the information that Steele’s primary source provided him was second and third-hand information and rumor at best,” Mr. Graham said in a press release.

The second document shows former FBI Agent Peter Strzok’s notes, which suggest the FBI did not have evidence that someone in the Trump campaign was conspiring with Russian officials.

The Steele dossier detailed salacious information about Mr. Trump and was used to secure FISA warrants by the FBI to spy on his campaign officials.

The Justice Department and members of Congress have been reviewing the origins of the investigation, at times suggesting the FBI abused the FISA application process.

UN alarmed about detention, abuse of Egyptians in Libya

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CAIRO (AP) – The United Nations raised the alarm Tuesday about the detention and mistreatment of a large group of Egyptian citizens in Libya, in possible violation of international law.

Graphic footage has surfaced on social media in recent days that purportedly shows militias allied with Libya’s U.N.-supported government abusing scores of Egyptian migrant workers captured in the western city of Tarhuna.

Egypt has supported east-based military commander Khalifa Hifter against the forces of the U.N.-supported government, based in the capital, Tripoli.

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The U.N. Mission in Libya said the mistreatment runs counter to Libya’s “human rights law obligations on the prohibition of torture, inhumane and degrading treatment or punishment.”

The Tripoli-based Interior Ministry issued a statement vowing to investigate the “criminal act” and arrest the perpetrators.

In Egypt, where the videos have sparked widespread outrage, Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel-Aal warned that the government would “determine the time and place of its response.”

Tens of thousands of Egyptians have sought work in neighboring Libya, although the number has declined since the 2011 uprising that ousted and killed longtime autocrat Moammar Gadhafi.

In the years of conflict that ensued, Libya has become divided between west and east, with the U.N.-supported government based in Tripoli, in the west. Hifter, whose forces have suffered a series of defeats in the last few weeks, is based in the eastern city of Benghazi.

Following the collapse of Hifter’s 14-month campaign to capture the capital, Turkish-backed militias allied with the Tripoli government pushed his fighters out of Tarhuna, their final stronghold in western Libya, 65 kilometers (41 miles) southeast of Tripoli.

As the town changed hands, both sides faced scrutiny over extensive human rights abuses. The U.N.-supported government announced that dozens of bodies had been uncovered in several mass graves in the city, and accused a Hifter-allied militia of carrying out the killings. In a press conference on Tuesday, Faisal Jawal, representative of the Libyan Red Crescent, said his teams were working to identify another 106 dead bodies discovered in a Tarhuna hospital, among them women and children.

Tripoli fighters allegedly took revenge on Hifter’s allies by looting stores and destroying property across the town, according to the U.N., as well as capturing a number of Egyptian migrant workers and subjecting them to “degrading treatment.”

Along with Egypt, Russia and the United Arab Emirates support Hifter’s forces in the larger regional proxy war against the Turkish-backed Tripoli government, which is also assisted by Qatar and Italy.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi announced a unilateral initiative to end the civil war earlier this month, a bid to stop the momentum of Tripoli forces, which are now trying to recapture the key coastal city of Sirte.

In a conversation with the Tripoli government’s foreign minister on Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland said that alleged human rights abuses “perpetrated with impunity” by both parties in war-torn Libya “shock the conscience and require immediate and thorough investigation.”

U.N.-backed human rights experts blast Israel annexation plan

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A group of nearly 50 human-rights experts declared Tuesday that Israel’s looming plan to annex a large swath of Jewish settlements in the West Bank — which Palestinians and much of the rest of the world say is theirs — violates international law.

The plan, spearheaded by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has triggered worldwide debate as U.S. advisers appear split on the move, while several Arab and European nations have bluntly said that the annexation would violate international law and result in some European sanctions against Israel.

Palestinians, meanwhile, are bristling over the Trump administration’s rollout six months ago of a U.S.-drafted peace plan that would recognize Israeli control over vast but not explicitly specified portions of the West Bank.

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Palestinian leaders have said settlement annexation now would be a death blow to any peace process and any further security cooperation with the Netanyahu government. Israeli settlers have said that a partial annexation could set preconditions for a Palestinian state on land that Israel does not claim.

In a joint statement, the band of dozens of United Nations-backed independent human-rights experts called on the international community to actively oppose the annexation, which is set to begin on July 1.

“The annexation of occupied territory is a serious violation of the Charter of the United Nations and the Geneva Conventions, and contrary to the fundamental rule affirmed many times by the United Nations Security Council and General Assembly that the acquisition of territory by war or force is inadmissible,” the experts’ statement said.

The group said that the existing Israeli occupation of the disputed territory has been a “source of profound human rights violations against the Palestinian people.”

Israel has recently promised that it will maintain permanent security control between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River,” the group said. “Thus, the morning after annexation would be the crystallisation of an already unjust reality: two peoples living in the same space, ruled by the same state, but with profoundly unequal rights. This is a vision of a 21st Century apartheid.”

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The Treasury Department said Tuesday it has frozen the assets of six Nigerians responsible for massive internet scams, including defrauding businesses and running romance schemes that prey on the most vulnerable Americans, bilking them of their savings.

Among the six Nigerians are some of the masterminds who run the scams, as well as the tech workers who managed hundreds of bank accounts, which are used to funnel the money from the targets.

Nigerian scammers became a painful joke in the early days of the internet with the “Nigerian Prince” operation, but they’ve since branched into other types of fraud.

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The business scams involve impersonating executives at a company and emailing underlings, ordering them to make immediate payments to an account — but the account would be controlled by the scammers.

At one point the ringleader of the scam had contact information trees for nearly 1,000 businesses, and the scammers could hit 100 businesses a day.

The romance fraud scams are even sadder, targeting lonely and often aged or widowed Americans with fictitious dating profiles. The scammers build online relationships, then begin to ask for money.

The six scammers sanctioned by the Treasury Department on Tuesday bilked at least $6.3 million from the business fraud, and more than $1 million from the romance schemes, officials said.

Those sanctioned are Richard Uzuh, Michael Olorunyomi, Alex Ogunshakin, Felix Okpoh, Nnamdi Benson and Abiola Kayode. All of them are Nigerian citizens, Treasury said.

Under the sanctions, the Office of Foreign Assets Control blocked access to the men’s property and assets in the U.S.

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Beijing raised its COVID-19 threat level Tuesday and decided to close all schools as it contends with a fresh wave of cases, according to state media.

The People’s Daily says officials locked down nearly 30 communities in the capital after dozens of new cases were uncovered Tuesday.

Taxis are banned from leaving the capital, while northeast cities such as Harbin are requiring visitors from Beijing to go into quarantine so they can be tested for the virus. Northeast provinces say they’ve seen cases linked to the capital-city cluster.

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The surge traced to the Xinfadi food market is raising fears of a “second wave” after the communist government took draconian measures to stamp out the disease that sprung up in the central provincial capital of Wuhan in December.

Coronavirus cases surpassed 8 million worldwide on Tuesday, as parts of Europe, Asia and North America try to move beyond the worst of the coronavirus pandemic but find the pathogen is difficult to stamp out completely.

The U.S. and Canada will keep their border closed to all but essential travel for another 30 days, to July 21, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday.

Within the U.S., hospitalizations and reported infections are rising across the Sun Belt states of Florida, Texas and Arizona.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose state is seeing positive trends after getting slammed early on, announced Tuesday he will allow hospitals to accept visitors at their discretion. He said the U.S. Open tennis tournament will begin Aug. 31 in Queens, though without fans.

Also Tuesday, researchers said a low-cost inflammatory drug — dexamethasone — appeared to improve survival rates among COVID-19 in a study, providing a dose of much-needed hope.

Researchers at the University of Oxford said a trial involving 6,000 patients found the drug reduced deaths by a third among patients on ventilators, and by a fifth among those receiving oxygen.

“Dexamethasone is the first drug to be shown to improve survival in Covid-19. This is an extremely welcome result,” said Peter Horby, professor of emerging infectious diseases at Oxford. “The survival benefit is clear and large in those patients who are sick enough to require oxygen treatment, so dexamethasone should now become [the] standard of care in these patients. Dexamethasone is inexpensive, on the shelf, and can be used immediately to save lives worldwide.”

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Britain on Tuesday renewed its opposition to a national security law that China is aiming to impose on Hong Kong and declared that the legislation does not align with the 1997 Joint Declaration signed by the two countries that protects Hong Kong’s autonomy.

The treaty between London and Beijing bound China’s communist rulers to respect Hong Kong’s autonomy as a special administrative region and to leave its liberal economy and government for 50 years under the formulation “one country, two systems.”

China’s legislature last month approved the strict national security law on Hong Kong that would allow Chinese intelligence and security forces to be based inside the district for the first time, and seeks to address terrorism, secession and foreign interference in the city.

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Pro-Beijing lawmakers have maintained that the law will not impact Hong Kong’s autonomy, but democracies around the world — including Britain and the U.S. — quickly condemned the move citing China’s push to crush democracy in the territory.

“The imposition of the proposed law lies in direct conflict with China’s international obligations under the Joint Declaration, a treaty agreed by the U.K. and China and registered with the United Nations,” British Ambassador to the United Nations Julian Braithwaite told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday.

He urged China to work with the city to “ensure it maintains Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and rights and freedoms.”

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JERUSALEM (AP) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Greek counterpart Tuesday he hoped to open Israel’s skies as soon as August after a prolonged closure due to the coronavirus, and that Greece would be among the first destinations for Israeli tourists.

The visit by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis marked his first overseas post-corona trip and the first official state visit of any foreign leader to Israel since the pandemic broke out several months ago, signaling the close ties between the Mediterranean neighbors.

Greece is among the most popular tourist destinations for Israelis, and Netanyahu said that Aug. 1 would be the “target date” for resuming travel.

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Greece and Cyprus will be the first points of destination,” he said. “This is contingent to what happens in terms of the numbers of the epidemic whether we keep it under control. But, if we are satisfied with the numbers then what we would like to do is target Aug. 1 as the date of the opening of the skies.”

Israel generally weathered the pandemic well and began opening up last month. But it has seen a steady rise in cases since then, raising fears that restrictions may be reapplied. Overall, the country has recorded nearly 20,000 cases, of which more than 15,000 have recovered, and 300 deaths. Greece also fared better than many of its fellow European countries.

Israel and Greece have strong economic ties and have grown even closer in recent years following the discovery of natural gas in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. They are also aligned politically over their shared concerns about Turkey’s regional ambitions.

“I set out what I consider our view to be regarding Turkey’s aggressive behavior in the Eastern Mediterranean. We consider this activity to be a threat to regional peace and stability,” Mitsotakis said. noting a Turkish military exercise last week near Libya.

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SRINAGAR, India (AP) — At least three Indian soldiers, including a senior army officer, were killed in a confrontation with Chinese troops along their disputed frontier high in the Himalayas where thousands of soldiers on both sides have been facing off for over a month, the Indian army said Tuesday.

The incident is the first confrontation between the two Asian giants in which soldiers have died since 1975.

The Indian army said in a statement that a “violent faceoff” took place in Galwan valley in the Ladakh region on Monday night “with casualties on both sides.”

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“The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers,” the statement said. “Senior military officials of the two sides are currently meeting at the venue to defuse the situation.”

China, for its part, accused Indian forces along their Himalayan border of carrying out “provocative attacks” on its troops, leading to “serious physical conflicts” between the sides.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian gave no details on any casualties on the Chinese side, but said Tuesday that China had strongly protested the incident while still being committed to maintaining “peace and tranquility” along the disputed and heavily militarized border.

“But what is shocking is that on June 15, the Indian troops seriously violated the consensus of the two sides, crossed the border illegally twice and carried out provocative attacks on Chinese personnel, resulting in serious physical conflicts between the two border forces,” Zhao said.

Thousands of soldiers from the two countries, backed by armored trucks and artillery, have been facing off just a few hundred meters (yards) apart for more than a month in the Ladakh region near Tibet. Army officers and diplomats have held a series of meetings to try to end the impasse, with no breakthrough.

Indian officials say Chinese soldiers crossed the boundary in Ladakh in early May at three different points, erecting tents and guard posts and ignoring verbal warnings to leave. That triggered shouting matches, stone-throwing and fistfights, much of it replayed on television news channels and social media.

China has sought to downplay the confrontation while saying the two sides were communicating through both their front-line military units and their respective embassies to resolve issues.

Though skirmishes aren’t new along their along long disputed frontier, the standoff at Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, where India is building a strategic road connecting the region to an airstrip close to China, has escalated in recent weeks.

India and China fought a border war in 1962 that also spilled into Ladakh. The two countries have been trying to settle their border dispute since the early 1990s without success.

Since then, soldiers from the two sides have frequently faced off along their long frontier that stretches from Ladakh in the north to the Indian state of Sikkim in the northeast.

The Indian army statement said the “violent faceoff” occurred “during the de-escalation process underway in the Galwan Valley.”

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SEOUL, South Korea — A large Black Lives Matter banner has been removed from the U.S. Embassy building in South Korea’s capital three days after it was raised there in solidarity with protesters back home.

The banner was put up on Saturday with Ambassador Harry Harris tweeting that his embassy “stands in solidarity with fellow Americans grieving and peacefully protesting to demand positive change.” But the banner was taken out on Monday.

The embassy said the banner’s removal was meant to avoid any misperception that it aimed to encourage donations for certain unspecified organizations.

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Harris “wanted to highlight the enduring American values of racial equality, freedom of speech, and the right to peacefully protest,” the U.S. Embassy said in a statement. “However, the Ambassador’s intent was not to support or encourage donations to any specific organization. To avoid the misperception that American taxpayer dollars were spent to benefit such organizations, he directed that the banner be removed.”

On Tuesday morning, a huge banner commemorating the 70th anniversary of the start of the 1950-53 Korean War, which falls on June 25, was seen draping on the embassy building in Seoul. The black-and-white banner carries the image of a lone soldier blowing a bugle.

The Black Lives Matter banner was seen as support of worldwide movements honoring George Floyd, a black man who died in handcuffs while a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee on his neck. His death last month has prompted weeks of protests in the United States and around the world with the same theme: Black Lives Matter.

The U.S. Embassy statement said its removal of the banner “is no way lessens the principles and ideals expressed by raising the banner.” It said it “will look for other ways to convey fundamental American values in these times of difficulty at home.”

Michael Flynn urged Russian ambassador not to escalate fight over sanctions, transcript reveals

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Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in late 2016 urged Russia’s then-ambassador to the United States to avoid escalating its response to sanctions imposed by the Obama administration and asked for a more measured approach, transcripts released late Friday revealed.

The conversations between Flynn and then-Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the heart of the criminal case against President Trump’s former national security adviser. Federal prosecutors had accused Flynn of lying to FBI officials when he said the two did not discuss the Russia sanctions.

Federal prosecutors had accused Flynn of lying to FBI officials when he said the two did not discuss retaliating against the outgoing Obama administration for the sanctions.

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President Barack Obama expelled suspected intelligence agents and closed two Russian compounds in response to the country’s interference in the 2016 election.

The transcripts of three separate phone calls and a voice mail reveal that the pair did briefly discuss sanctions.

Flynn first tells Mr. Kislyak that if Russia is going to respond, they should take a “reciprocal” action, urging him not to inflame an already delicate situation.

“But I ask Russia to do is to not, if anything, I know you have to take some sort of action, to only make it reciprocal; don’t go any further than you have to because I don’t want us to get into something that have to escalate to tit-for-tat. Do you follow me?” Flynn said, according to the transcript.

Mr. Kislyak tells Flynn that sentiments in Moscow are “raging” over the sanctions, according to the transcripts.

“I know, I — believe me, I do appreciate it, I very much appreciate it,” Flynn responded, the transcript revealed. “But I really don’t want us to get into a situation where we’re going, you know, where we do this and then you do something bigger, and then you know, everybody’s got to go back and forth and everybody’s got to be the tough guy here, you know?”

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe sent the documents to Congress after they were declassified this week by his predecessor acting Director Richard Grenell.

The transcripts detail phone calls from Jan. 5, 2016, Dec. 22, 2016, and Dec. 23, 2016, along with a voice mail and subsequent phone call on Dec. 29, 2016.

Although the sanctions are discussed, Flynn and Mr. Kislyak largely discuss the incoming Trump administration’s views on the Middle East.

“[Y]ou know that the strategic goal is stability in the Middle East,” Flynn said. “That’s the strategic goal. And, and, you know, between you and I, and you know this, and we know this, you know between Moscow and Washington. We will not achieve stability in the Middle East without working with each other against this radical Islamist crowd. Period.”

The transcript release comes after the Justice Department earlier this month decided to drop its case against Flynn, concluding FBI agents, including Peter Strzok, did not have a basis to interview Flynn in early 2017.

The Justice Department also said any misstatements made by Flynn during the interview were immaterial to the broader probe into Russian election interference.

Flynn was fired as national security adviser and then prosecuted for allegedly lying about two calls with Mr. Kislyak.

Flynn pleaded guilty in late 2017 to lying to the FBI, but was never sentenced. He also agreed to cooperate with ex-special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference.

Mr. Mueller completed his investigation, concluding there was no evidence the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

Flynn earlier this year sought to withdraw his guilty plea.

Recently released documents have raised questions about whether the FBI set up Flynn. The FBI was set to close the Flynn probe before agents interviewed him because they found no evidence of wrongdoing.

However, Mr. Strzok and his lover, ex-FBI attorney Lisa Page, intervened to keep the case open. They also discussed trying to get Flynn to cop to the Logan Act, an arcane law from 1799 that has never been used to prosecute anyone.

The law, known as the Logan Act, bars U.S. citizens from conducting diplomacy with foreign governments.

A second document, a handwritten note, by former FBI counterintelligence director Bill Preistap wondered if the goal of the Flynn interview was to get him to lie so “we can prosecute him or get him fired?”

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WASHINGTON — The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber division warned on Wednesday that hackers backed by the Chinese government may be attempting to steal the work of researchers dealing with the response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Both the FBI and the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said that health care and pharmaceutical researchers need to be alert to potential attacks and should take measures to protect their data.

Neither organization released names of any specific institutions that had been targeted. The Department of Justice said institutions that have received media attention for their efforts related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, should assume that they would be targeted and should take precautions.

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“The potential theft of this information jeopardizes the delivery of secure, effective, and efficient treatment options,” the Department of Justice said in a statement.

It comes amid heightened tensions between the two countries over the source of the outbreak and Trump administration complaints that China did not adequately alert the world to the danger posed by the new coronavirus. China has urged the U.S. to “stop unwarranted accusations.”

U.S. authorities have also long said that Chinese government hackers have stolen economic and academic data.

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Monday, May 11, 2020

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – The Taliban attacked an Afghan army checkpoint in eastern Laghman province, killing six soldiers and wounding five, the government said Monday.

The insurgents claimed responsibility for the assault, which took place on Sunday night, just days after U.S. special envoy in new talks with the Taliban in Qatar reemphasized the need for a reduction in violence.

The statement from the Afghan Defense Ministry said the troops pushed back the attackers, adding that the Taliban also suffered casualties but without providing specific figures.

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Last week, U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with Taliban representatives in Doha, the capital of the Gulf Arab state of Qatar, where the insurgents maintain a political office. He stressed the need for a cease-fire, and after Doha, Khalilzad also visited Islamabad and New Delhi to discuss the Afghan peace process with Pakistani and Indian officials.

On Monday, four bombs, one placed under a garbage bin and the other three by the roadside, went off in northern Kabul, wounding four civilians, including a child, Afghan officials said.

The roadside bombs were spaced within 10-20 meters (yards) of one another, said Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz. The wounded child is a 12-year-old girl, he said and added that the police are searching the area where the bombs struck.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombings and their targets remained unknown. Both the Taliban and the Islamic State group are active in Kabul and its surroundings and both frequently target the military and civilians.

Kabul has witnessed several low-scale attacks over the past seven days, including explosions from two hand grenades on Sunday night in the western part of Kabul. There were no casualties in that attack, according to Tariq Arian, the spokesman for the Interior Ministry.

Last Thursday, a rocket targeted a power station and two roadside bombs went off in different areas of Kabul, also causing no casualties. No one has claimed responsibility for those attacks.

On Saturday, a gunman opened fire on civilians in eastern Paktia province, killing three worshipers who were returning home after evening prayers, said provincial governor spokesman Abdullah Hasrat. There was no claim of responsibility and Hasrat said an investigation was underway.

Meanwhile, an exchange of prisoners between the Afghan government and the Taliban has continued under a deal signed in February between the U.S. and the Taliban in Qatar. The deal stipulates that the government free 5,000 Taliban prisoners while the insurgents are to release 1,000 captives, an exchange that is expected to lead to intra-Afghan negotiations.

The exchange has come in stages and so far, and the government in Kabul says it has freed 1,000 Taliban prisoners. The insurgents have confirmed the release of 300 Taliban members.

For their part, the Taliban say they have freed 225 of captives held by the insurgents, including Afghan defense and security personnel members. The Afghan government on Monday confirmed the release of 171 people held by the Taliban, including 105 members of the defense and security forces.

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U.S. officials are denying reports of a coronavirus-initiated prisoner swap with Iran that could mean the return of a Navy veteran to the United States and a 60-year-old university professor to Tehran.

A spokesman for Iran’s rulers told the website Khabaroline.ir that their government is prepared to discuss a mutual prisoner release without conditions.

“But, the U.S. has refused to answer so far,” cabinet spokesman Ali Rabiei said, according to the Associated Press.

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A senior U.S. government official told the AP there is no prisoner trade offer on the table or even an offer to begin discussions between Washington and Tehran.

The two men being held in custody in Iran and the U.S. are California resident Michael White and Sirous Asgari. Mr. White was detained in July 2018 while he was visiting a girlfriend in Iran. He was later convicted of insulting Iran’s supreme leader and releasing sensitive information online.

Iran has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic with more than 100,000 confirmed cases. Mr. White was released from prison in March on a medical furlough that required him to remain in Iran.

Mr. Asgari was arrested by the FBI in 2013 but was later acquitted for stealing trade secrets. He has been held in indefinite custody by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Ken Cuccinelli, the acting deputy Homeland Secretary secretary, told the AP the two cases have never been linked. He said Iran had been “slow to accept Asgari’s return,” according to them.

Mr. Rabiei said it seems as if the U.S. is more willing to “bring the situation to an end” than it has been in the past, according to the AP.

“We hope that as the outbreak of the COVID-19 disease threatens the lives of Iranian citizens in the U.S. prisons, the U.S. government actually will prefer lives to politics,” Mr. Rabiei said, according to the AP.

It wouldn’t be the prisoner swap between the two countries. Iran released a Princeton University researcher in December who had been held for three years on espionage charges in exchange for the release of a detained Iranian scientist.

Ensuring the release of American detainees and hostages is a high priority for the Trump administration, White House officials told the AP.

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – Female candidates are positioned to make significant gains in Montana this election year with the highest number seeking statewide political office in at least three decades, including races for governor, U.S. House and other high-profile posts.

Montana was the first state in the nation to elect a woman to Congress, before women in most of the U.S. could even vote. State voters haven’t sent another female lawmaker to Washington since Jeanette Rankin was elected to the U.S. House in 1916 and then returned for a second term during World War II.

Eleven women are in the running for statewide offices heading into the June 2 primary, including five Republicans, four Democrats, a Green and a Libertarian.

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“Women in general are running more and more,” said Sara Rinfret, who chairs the Public Administration and Policy Department at the University of Montana. “These women are pushing back against the idea that it’s an exception and attempting to make it the norm, to make sure the next generation has that chance.”

Ballots for the mail-in election went out to voters Friday. Polling stations will be closed due to the coronavirus.

Nationwide, record numbers of female candidates were elected to Congress in 2018, earning it the moniker “year of the woman.”

That wave largely fizzled when it hit Montana. Despite a strong showing for women running for state Legislature, only one was a serious contender in a statewide race and she lost. That was U.S. House candidate Kathleen Williams, a former state lawmaker who was significantly outspent but nearly won.

Williams is back this year as the presumed front-runner for the Democratic nomination. She faces state Rep. Tom Winter in the primary.

“A century after Jeannette Rankin went to Congress I just think now, more than ever, Montanans need a true independent voice in Congress,” Williams said in an interview.

On the Republican side in the House race is former Montana Republican Party Chair Debra Lamm. She has four male primary opponents: state Auditor Matt Rosendale, Secretary of State Corey Stapleton, Joe Dooling and John Evankovich.

Lamm emphasized that she’s not running as a woman but the most qualified candidate. She said issues such as the wage gap between male and female workers are used to create a “false division” between the sexes that’s not as significant as people make it out to be.

She said her nomination would neutralize any advantage Williams would otherwise have among voters who want a Montana woman in Washington.

“If I am the Republican candidate, we can eliminate gender from the ballot,” Lamm said. “If you inject gender and other criteria, it really takes away from what really matters. That’s probably how most Republican women feel: ‘Compare my qualifications to this guy over here.’”

In the gubernatorial race, Missoula businesswoman Whitney Williams faces Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney in the Democratic primary. Republican Judy Martz is the only woman to have previously served as Montana governor, from 2001 to 2004.

Williams was an aide to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. In Montana, she’s perhaps best known as the daughter of former U.S. Rep. Pat Williams and state Senate Majority Leader Carol Williams.

“It’s role modeling: You see somebody who looks like you, you realize you can do it,” Williams said. “The more we have women running for office, the more we are going to see women winning and leading.”

Monica Lindeen, a former state lawmaker who served two terms as state auditor after losing a 2006 run for U.S. House, recalled encountering a group of older women in eastern Montana during her first run for office in 1996. They “looked at me sideways because I had a little girl who was probably 6 or 7 at the time,” Lindeen said, “and they were wondering, who was going to watch her child?”

In the years since, Lindeen said she’s seen voters become more at ease with women in leadership roles.

Republican secretary of state candidate Christi Jacobsen said she doesn’t view the election through a gender lens and that both men and women who run were “stepping up instead of of sitting on the sidelines.”

State auditor candidate Nelly Nicol, a self-described “momma bear” who honed her advocacy skills fighting on behalf of a sick daughter, says the fellow Republicans she meets are most interested in her policies and age. Being a woman has been rarely mentioned, she said.

The number of female lawmakers in the Capitol has been trending upwards for three decades and they now make up about one-third of the Legislature, putting Montana ahead of the national average. Executive branch positions have proved harder to crack.

That reflects broader attitudes among voters across the U.S. who are more comfortable with women as members of legislative bodies than in executive positions, said Jean Sinzdak, associate director for the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

Women are not groomed as candidates in the same way, and the perception of elected officials as older, white and male has persisted, giving rise to unconscious bias at the polls, Sinzdak said.

Attorney general candidate Kimberly Dudik, thought to be the first woman to give birth during a legislative session, in 2017, said people who argue you can’t run for office and have a family really just mean women can’t run for office. Now, women see that both are attainable, she said.

“But I also think we’re seeing a real pushback and attacks on women’s rights,” Dudik said. “If the people in office won’t stand up and make changes, I’m going to do it.”

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Hanson reported from Helena.

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[Verse 1: Lauren]
I need somebody with some patience
‘Cause you know I got a temperament
And yeah, you got a reputation
Nothin’ that a little love can’t fix
There ain’t no kind of situation
Where I wouldn’t cross a line for you
FBI interrogation
I would get up there and lie for you

[Pre-Chorus: Dinah]
When push come to shove
You show me love
When push come to shove, aye

[Chorus: Lauren + Normani]
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you

[Verse 2: Normani]
You the type that I could bake for (bake for)
‘Cause baby, you know how to take that cake
And I’m the only one you wait for
‘Cause baby, you know that I’m worth the wait

[Pre-Chorus: Ally & (Lauren)]
When push come to shove
You show me love (you show me love)
When push come to shove, aye

[Chorus: Lauren + Normani]
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you

[Verse 3: Gucci Mane]
It’s like Bonnie and Clyde just walked in
A gangster and his bride just walked in
We on the same team and we ballin’
Got me showin’ off my ring like I’m Jordan
And I’ma hold you down like you hold me
And I’ll never tell a soul what you told me
When I was sittin’ in the cells is when you showed me
It takes a real one to put up with the old me
That’s why you in the coupe with the low seat
That’s why we at the game on the floor seats
My diamond that they seein’ from the nosebleeds
You make ’em mad, feel like you won a trophy

[Chorus: Lauren + Normani & Lauren & {Normani} & Dinah]
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down (love you down)
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down {down, down, down, down}
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down (I’m gon’ love you down)
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down (long as you’re lovin’ me, boy)
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you

Fifth Harmony – Down Lyrics

[Intro: Gucci Mane]
It’s Gucci
Fifth Harmony

[Verse 1: Lauren]
I need somebody with some patience
‘Cause you know I got a temperament
And yeah, you got a reputation
Nothin’ that a little love can’t fix
There ain’t no kinda situation
Where I wouldn’t cross a line for you
FBI interrogation
I would get up there and lie for you

[Pre-Chorus: Dinah]
When push come to shove
You show me love
When push come to shove, aye

[Chorus: Lauren + Normani]
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you

[Verse 2: Normani]
You the type that I could bake for (bake for)
‘Cause baby, you know how to take that cake
And I’m the only one you wait for
‘Cause baby, you know that I’m worth the wait

[Pre-Chorus: Ally & (Lauren)]
When push come to shove
You show me love (you show me love)
When push come to shove, aye

[Chorus: Lauren + Normani]
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you

[Verse 3: Gucci Mane]
It’s like Bonnie and Clyde just walked in
A gangster and his bride just walked in
We on the same team and we ballin’
Got me showin’ off my ring like I’m Jordan
And I’ma hold you down like you hold me
And I’ll never tell a soul what you told me
When I was sittin’ in the cells is when you showed me
It takes a real one to put up with the old me
That’s why you in the coupe with the low seat
That’s why we at the game on the floor seats
My diamond that they seein’ from the nosebleeds
You make ’em mad, feel like you won a trophy

[Chorus: Lauren + Normani & Dinah]
Long as you’re holding me {down}, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down (love you down)
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down (down, down, down)
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down (i’m gon’ love you down)
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down (long as you’re lovin’ me, boy)
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you

M.I.A – P.O.W.A lyrics

Don’t you wanna
Tell me if you’re gonna
Put down your armour
Promise no more drama

Throw up my hands I say I’m not Dalai Lama
Throw up my hands say I’m not Obama

I’m not Osama
Monsanto farmer
I don’t drink no soda
I believe in Karma
They try to shut me down
I’ve still got the power
They try to hate me
But I still be that lover

I know my mind
In me I’m gonna find
This is my time
And I’m searching for the signs
Throw up my hands
Say this is people power
Throw up my finger and I’m taking on the Tower

Don’t you wanna
Tell me if you’re gonna
Put down your armour
Promise no more drama

You know me I don’t watch TV
People watching me are only gonna see
I’m not your enemy FBI checking me
Curbing my money but that don’t bother me

I’m much tougher
I don’t need the buffer
I keep it light
Keep my head out the gutter

I’ma do it now
I’ma do it
I’ma do it now
I’ma do it
I’ma do it now
I’ma show you how

Put your hands up
Put your middle fingers in the air
M.I.A. make it spray like it’s raining up in here
Think you’re getting baptised
With the sweat on your tree

Where where where
You say where my water there

You say wa wa wa wa wa
I say pa pa pa pa pa
You say wa wa wa wa wa
I say pa pa pa pa pa

Supa-kala fascist, racist, espi-ala-tazors
Posers with cases
They better not erase us
Batta come face us

I’m not Rihanna
I’m not Madonna
I’m not Mariah
Or Ariana
I’ve been around in this world causing drama
The real spice girl, hot girl power

Don’t you wanna
Tell me if you’re gonna
Put down your armour
Promise no more drama
Throw my hands
Say this is people power
Throw up my finger and I’m taking on the Tower

M.I.A. – P.O.W.A

[Hook]
Don’t you wanna
Tell me if you’re gonna
Put down your armour
Promise no more drama

Throw up my hands I say I’m not Dalai Lama
Throw up my hands say I’m not Obama

I’m not Osama
Monsanto farmer
I don’t drink no soda
I believe in Karma
They try to shut me down
I’ve still got the power
They try to hate me
But I still be that lover

I know my mind
In me I’m gonna find
This is my time
And I’m searching for the signs
Throw up my hands
Say this is people power
Throw up my finger and I’m taking on the Tower

[Hook]
Don’t you wanna
Tell me if you’re gonna
Put down your armour
Promise no more drama

You know me I don’t watch TV
People watching me are only gonna see
I’m not your enemy FBI checking me
Curbing my money but that don’t bother me

I’m much tougher
I don’t need the buffer
I keep it light
Keep my head out the gutter

I’ma do it now
I’ma do it
I’ma do it now
I’ma do it
I’ma do it now
I’ma show you how

Put your hands up
Put your middle fingers in the air
M.I.A. make it spray like it’s raining up in here
Think you’re getting baptised
With the sweat on your tree

Where where where
You say where my water there

You say wa wa wa wa wa
I say pa pa pa pa pa
You say wa wa wa wa wa
I say pa pa pa pa pa

Supa-kala fascist, racist, espi-ala-tazors
Posers with cases
They better not erase us
Batta come face us

I’m not Rihanna
I’m not Madonna
I’m not Mariah
Or Ariana
I’ve been around in this world causing drama
The real spice girl, hot girl power

[Hook]
Don’t you wanna
Tell me if you’re gonna
Put down your armour
Promise no more drama
Throw my hands
Say this is people power
Throw up my finger and I’m taking on the Tower

M.I.A – P.O.W.A lyrics

Don’t you wanna
Tell me if you’re gonna
Put down your armour
Promise no more drama

Throw up my hands I say I’m not Dalai Lama
Throw up my hands say I’m not Obama

I’m not Osama
Monsanto farmer
I don’t drink no soda
I believe in Karma
They try to shut me down
I’ve still got the power
They try to hate me
But I still be that lover

I know my mind
In me I’m gonna find
This is my time
And I’m searching for the signs
Throw up my hands
Say this is people power
Throw up my finger and I’m taking on the Tower

Don’t you wanna
Tell me if you’re gonna
Put down your armour
Promise no more drama

You know me I don’t watch TV
People watching me are only gonna see
I’m not your enemy FBI checking me
Curbing my money but that don’t bother me

I’m much tougher
I don’t need the buffer
I keep it light
Keep my head out the gutter

I’ma do it now
I’ma do it
I’ma do it now
I’ma do it
I’ma do it now
I’ma show you how

Put your hands up
Put your middle fingers in the air
M.I.A. make it spray like it’s raining up in here
Think you’re getting baptised
With the sweat on your tree

Where where where
You say where my water there

You say wa wa wa wa wa
I say pa pa pa pa pa
You say wa wa wa wa wa
I say pa pa pa pa pa

Supa-kala fascist, racist, espi-ala-tazors
Posers with cases
They better not erase us
Batta come face us

I’m not Rihanna
I’m not Madonna
I’m not Mariah
Or Ariana
I’ve been around in this world causing drama
The real spice girl, hot girl power

Don’t you wanna
Tell me if you’re gonna
Put down your armour
Promise no more drama
Throw my hands
Say this is people power
Throw up my finger and I’m taking on the Tower

P.O.W.A – M.I.A lyrics

Lyrics M.I.A – P.O.W.A

Don’t you wanna
Tell me if you’re gonna
Put down your armour
Promise no more drama.(p.o.w.a)

Throw up my hands I say I’m not Dalai Lama
Throw up my hands say I’m not Obama.

I’m not Osama
Monsanto farmer
I don’t drink no soda
I believe in Karma
They try to shut me down
I’ve still got the power
They try to hate me
But I still be that lover.

I know my mind
In me I’m gonna find
This is my time
And I’m searching for the signs
Throw up my hands
Say this is people power
Throw up my finger and I’m taking on the Tower.

Don’t you wanna
Tell me if you’re gonna
Put down your armour
Promise no more drama.

You know me I don’t watch TV
People watching me are only gonna see
I’m not your enemy FBI checking me
Curbing my money but that don’t bother me.

I’m much tougher
I don’t need the buffer
I keep it light
Keep my head out the gutter.

I’ma do it now
I’ma do it
I’ma do it now
I’ma do it
I’ma do it now
I’ma show you how.

Put your hands up
Put your middle fingers in the air
M.I.A. make it spray like it’s raining up in here
Think you’re getting baptised
With the sweat on your tree.

Where where where
You say where my water there.

You say wa wa wa wa waaa
I say pa pa pa paa pa
You say wa wa wa wa waaa
I say pa pa pa pa paaa.

Supa-kala fascist, racist, espi-ala-tazors
Posers with cases
They better not erase us
Batta come face us.

I’m not Rihanna
I’m not Madonna
I’m not Mariah
Or Ariana
I’ve been around in this world causing drama
The real spice girl, hot girl power.

Don’t you wanna
Tell me if you’re gonna
Put down your armour
Promise no more drama
Throw my hands
Say this is people power
Throw up my finger and I’m taking on the Towerrr.
M.I.A. lyrics
Video M.I.A.