The strange case of Rodney Joffe

  

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By:  vic-eldred  •  one month ago  •  30 comments

The strange case of Rodney Joffe
Prosecutors will first seek to establish that the Alfa-Bank hoax—a conspiracy theory that claimed Donald Trump had established a secret communications channel with the Russia-based Alfa Bank—originated with Sussmann’s client, Joffe, but was then shared with the Clinton campaign through its Perkins and Coie attorneys. The testimony of Georgia Tech researcher Dave Dagon, whom the special counsel gave immunity to last summer, will be key in this regard....Margot Cleveland

Beyond the current trial of Michael Sussman and next month's trial of Igor Danchenko is the case of Rodney Joffe. 

Who is Rodney Joffe?

He is a cybersecurity expert and the person referred to as “Tech Executive-1” in Sussman’s indictment.

A little history may help: 

"Long before FBI computer contractor and Clinton operative Rodney L. Joffe allegedly trolled Internet traffic for dirt on President Trump , he mined direct-marketing contact lists for the names and addresses of unwitting Americans to target in a promotional scam involving a grandfather clock.

Not just any clock, mind you, but a “world-famous Bentley IX” model, according to postcards his companies mailed out to millions of people in the late 1980s claiming they’d won the clock in a contest they never entered. There was just one hitch: the lucky winners had to send $69.19 in shipping fees to redeem their supposedly five-foot mahogany prize.

Tens of thousands of folks forked over the fees, only to discover the grandfather clock that arrived was nothing as advertised. It was really just a table-top version made of particle board and plastic and worth less than $10. Some assembly was required.

The scheme generated thousands of complaints, sparking federal and state investigations. Joffe and his then-California partner, Linda M. Carella, were eyed by federal postal authorities and several state attorneys general for allegedly operating a multi-state mail-order scheme. Joffe settled several state lawsuits by agreeing to refund hundreds of thousands of dollars mainly to elderly victims, according to several published reports at the time.
Joffe and his attorney did not respond to requests for comment. But in a phone interview, Carella said that Joffe ran the operation. “I was just the secretary, the receptionist,” Carella, 76, said from her home in Florida, where she is now retired. She did say she picked up the returned postcards and checks from mailboxes.

Carella said she quit after the investigation: “I said I don’t want anything more to do with this . . . I have not seen Rodney since then.”

But Joffe pressed on with his direct-mail marketing business before packing up for Arizona a few years later. Federal and state tax lien records reveal Joffe — who also sent out mailers for skincare and other beauty products — owed more than $110,000 in back taxes on his property in Los Angeles in 1995.

Joffe’s checkered past now has national security ramifications after the South African-born computer expert was outed as a key player in  Special Counsel John Durham’s ongoing Russiagate probe.

To date, he has not been charged with a crime. But in a September indictment of former Clinton  campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann , and a court filing last week, Durham has suggested that Joffe ( identified as “Tech Executive-1” ) was at the center of an effort to monitor President Trump’s communications and then share the information with Clinton associates.

Former prosecutor and assistant FBI director Chris Swecker said the credibility issues that cropped up from Joffe’s early career raise questions about how he managed to pass an FBI personal background check and obtain the government’s highest security clearances, although he noted that such background checks were often ridiculed in the bureau as “a joke.” In addition, the federal mail-order probe involving Joffe’s companies might not have raised serious red flags since the case was opened decades earlier and was settled without any charges or judgments against Joffe."

https://nypost.com/2022/02/21/the-shady-past-of-clinton-tech-joffe-who-targeted-trump/


So let's get this straight: This charlatan, who happened to be a cybersecurity expert was hired by the federal government to do various tech work. As part of that work Joffe/his company had access to government computers. In addition Joffe apparently had a secret deal with Sussman to gather information from private computers at the Trump Tower in New York City and later at the White House. We all can remember when Trump told us he was being spied upon. Remember?

The goal was to find something linking Trump to Putin, but there wasn't any, so Sussman & co got creative. We have the bullshit story of Trump and Alpha Bank. What we don't have are the sordid details. One thing I know is that this kind of surveillance is a felony.


(To be continued)


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Vic Eldred
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1  author  Vic Eldred    one month ago

We have trials lined up.

Let's see how the media tries to downplay it.

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Dismayed Patriot
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1.1  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    one month ago
We have trials lined up.Let's see how the media tries to downplay it.

Yet nothing in your tired complaint about this guy is actually relevant or has anything to do with anything current. And not only that, it states "To date, he has not been charged with a crime." so he's not on trial for any wrongdoing. "But, but, but Durham has "suggested" this guy is "at the center of an effort"! Oh my!

I get that conservatives are desperate for anything to come out of their years long Clinton investigations, and who knows, maybe someday they'll find something. Until then you can save some time by not seeding slow pointless strolls down Irrelevant Lane.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @1.1    one month ago
Yet nothing in your tired complaint

They got caught!  Doesn't it just gall ya?

 
 
 
Hallux
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1.2  Hallux  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    one month ago

Nice tapestry ... One of Madame Defarge's?

 
 
 
JBB
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1.3  JBB  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    one month ago

The FBI, CIA, MI6, Interpol and every other spying agency in the world were investigating Trump's many relationships with known agents of Russian State Intelligence Services. Investigations legally predicated based upon Trump and Co seeking out and establishing relationships with Russian spies.

Beginning by at least 2014 Trump was negotiating with Vlad Putin to build Trump Tower Moscow. He continued to pursue that project right up to election day in 2016. Trump Jr, Rudy Giuliani and Michael Cohen have publicly admitted to this. Roger Stone, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn were pardoned by Trump to keep them from admitting even more...

Hillary Clinton retired from public office in January of 2013. How in Hell could she be responsible for the CIA and FBI investigations into Trump's Russian connections that admittedly ran 2014-2016?

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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1.3.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  JBB @1.3    one month ago
he FBI, CIA, MI6, Interpol and every other spying agency in the world were investigating Trump's many relationships with known agents of Russian State Intelligence Services. Investigations legally predicated based upon Trump and Co seeking out and establishing relationships with Russian spies.

Prove it. Oh wait, you've been asked to do that 50 plus times and never have provided any evidence of this.  Why do you keep repeating what you know is false?

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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1.3.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  JBB @1.3    one month ago
The FBI, CIA, MI6, Interpol and every other spying agency in the world were investigating Trump's many relationships with known agents of Russian State Intelligence Services.

Exactly, and when have they ever failed us?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.3.3  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  JBB @1.3    one month ago

If you don't know by now, nobody can explain it to ya.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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1.3.4  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.3.3    one month ago

Notice we get the same old song and dance but NEVER a reputable link to substantiate the bullshit.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.3.5  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  JBB @1.3    one month ago
Hillary Clinton retired from public office in January of 2013. How in Hell could she be responsible for the CIA and FBI investigations into Trump's Russian connections that admittedly ran 2014-2016?

If she "retired" then why was she running for President?  Doesn't sound retired to me. 

Now if you have been paying any bit of attention, it was HER "opposition research" that was used to start these investigations into Trump.  The FBI, DOJ and every other "intelligence agency" used this "opposition research" and lied to FISA Courts for warrants into the fictitious Russian connections.  There have been several other investigations that have occurred since Trump beat the Democrats and all have either been called off or come up like the Meuller investigation - empty handed.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.3.6  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.3.4    one month ago

They go where even Mueller couldn't go.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.3.7  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.3.5    one month ago
If she "retired" then why was she running for President?

It was after all hatched by the Clinton campaign.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.3.8  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.3.7    one month ago

But according to JBB

Hillary Clinton retired from public office in January of 2013.

If she was "retired" then how did all that happen?  

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.3.9  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.3.8    one month ago

That's twisted logic. Her campaign wanted to win and it was her campaign that concocted the hoax. Marc Elias is testifying today in the Sussman trial.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.3.10  JohnRussell  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.3.5    one month ago
Now if you have been paying any bit of attention, it was HER "opposition research" that was used to start these investigations into Trump.  The FBI, DOJ and every other "intelligence agency" used this "opposition research" and lied to FISA Courts for warrants into the fictitious Russian connections.  There have been several other investigations that have occurred since Trump beat the Democrats and all have either been called off or come up like the Meuller investigation - empty handed.

Just about every word in that paragraph is untrue. 

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.3.11  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  JohnRussell @1.3.10    one month ago
Just about every word in that paragraph is untrue.

And you can proved it with what....

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.3.12  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.3.9    one month ago
Her campaign wanted to win and it was her campaign that concocted the hoax.

And it was shown in the Meuller Investigation that spawned this trial.  Too bad the left can't see that.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.3.13  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.3.12    one month ago

I think some on the left saw it. You may not remember, but we had one here who quit after the Mueller Report was released. There was another who only posted occasional op-eds here. (Claimed he worked for the federal government) He also quit right after the report was released.

We seem to be left with an extreme bunch and they still "believe."

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.3.14  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.3.13    one month ago
We seem to be left with an extreme bunch and they still "believe."

And we've all seen the "smoking gun" and "Trumps going down" articles they seed.  

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.3.15  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.3.14    one month ago

I've seen it all right here. From trying to turn studies on covid, that they didn't like, upside down to telling us that a business deal was collusion. 

I've seen more leftist nonsense on our front page than newsworthy stories.

Shall we continue to call it the vocal minority?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.3.16  JohnRussell  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.3.11    one month ago
The New York Times had in fact made this claim late last year according to State Department sources, which contradicted Trump's claim all along that the FBI investigation grew out of the Clinton funded dossier. The NYT wrote at the time that

Papadopoulos discussing Russian "dirt" on Clinton with an Australian diplomat and that diplomat passing that information to FBI is what “led the FBI to open an investigation in July 2016 into Russia’s attempts to disrupt the election and whether any of President Trump’s associates conspired.”

What started the Trump-Russia investigation? Not the Steele Dossier as Trump claims - U.S. News - Haaretz.com
 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.3.17  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.3.15    one month ago
Shall we continue to call it the vocal minority?

I think they'll take that "minority" piece and try to make is sound like they're oppressed in some way.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.3.18  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  JohnRussell @1.3.16    one month ago

Haaretz

LEFT BIAS These media sources are moderate to strongly biased toward liberal causes through story selection and/or political affiliation.  They may utilize strong loaded words…

Care to try again with a more reputable source?

But I will give you credit.  It did start with that.  But because it really wasn't much.  Given the wide breadth for the "investigation" even Meuller come up empty 

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation did not find sufficient evidence that President Donald Trump’s campaign coordinated with Russia to influence the United States’ 2016 election and did not take a clear position on whether Trump obstructed justice.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.3.19  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.3.17    one month ago

Yup. Victimology is a big part of their ideology

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.3.20  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.3.18    one month ago
Given the wide breadth for the "investigation" even Meuller come up empty 

And they knew there wasn't anything there from the start.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.3.21  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.3.20    one month ago

And somehow there are many that still run with it.  Really makes me wonder what is in that Kook Aid.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.3.22  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.3.19    one month ago

And now that this victimology fell apart they are in panic mode to find a distraction.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.3.23  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.3.21    one month ago

It's like a cult. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.3.24  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.3.22    one month ago

The distraction for now is the tragedy in Buffalo.

 
 
 
Lucifer Morningstar
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2  Lucifer Morningstar    one month ago

We all know how this lefty narrative  game is playied, it’s just deny, deny, deny and ultimately  the corrupt establishment will take care of their own and manufacture some complete freaking bullshit for the sycophants and minions to suck up propagate and it wouldn’t matter if the truth kicked them  in the freaking nuts they still will be telling you how it is some outlandish conspiracy.

can’t wait for the Ministry of truth to label me as a existential threat to democracy for communicating the facts. 

 
 

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