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Monday, November 20, 2017

Treasure Trove of Documents Tying Russia to Uranium One


Recent pushback in Congressional testimony by Department of Justice Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as well as unnamed Justice Department officials in several news articles, stating that the case involving a highly placed FBI confidential informant in the Russian nuclear industry was not connected to the sale of the Canadian firm Uranium One in 2010, does not coincide with the trove of documents, emails and memoranda obtained by this reporter that prove otherwise. 
Moreover, an American energy consultant, who is now an official with the Department of Energy’s office of Nuclear Energy, produced a memorandum regarding the acquisition of Uranium One and other legislative matters for one of the main Russian co-conspirators that was then under an FBI clandestine investigation. 

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Within the over 5,000 documents and briefs, were detailed plans of Russia’s state controlled nuclear arm Rosatom, and its subsidiaries, to penetrate America’s vast energy market and its efforts to gain approval of the United States government for the eventual purchase of Uranium One. At the time, Uranium One controlled roughly 20 percent of American uranium mining capacity. In fact, the evidence obtained by the Department of Justice and FBI, starting as early as 2008 paint a much different picture than that of recent reports regarding the confidential informant, William D. Campbell Jr., and his role. According to the documents, Campbell gained insight into Russia’s strategic plans to gain global dominance in the uranium industry and to build a closer relationship with Obama administration officials. 
The documents also reveal Campbell’s extensive value to the FBI and Justice Department at the time, including a Brady collection permission order from the DOJ showing the department downloaded all of Campbell’s emails for their criminal case in 2014, which had originally been collected by the counterintelligence division. Campbell had provided highly sensitive information both related to the case, as well as other intelligence issues, to the DOJ since 2006, according to the documents.

“Without your consent, a Federal agency that wants to see your financial records may do so ordinarily only by means of lawful subpoena, summons, formal witness request, or search warrant for that purpose,” stated the Brady collection permission order, signed by Campbell and Special Agent David Gadren, with the U.S. Department of Energy. 
In January 2016, several years after the indictments and prosecutions of the Russian nationals and American co-conspirators, Campbell received a  check for over $51,000, a copy of the check dated Jan. 7, 2016 was obtained by this reporter. The check was given to Campbell by FBI officials at a celebration dinner in Chrystal City, Virginia, were he alleges through his attorney that they thanked him for his service. 
Department of Justice spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores confirmed that the DOJ has for “several weeks the Department has had a standing offer to Senate and House Judiciary staff for a briefing on the Mikerin matter” and confirmed the DOJ is scheduled to brief Senate Judiciary staff on November 28, and will also brief House Judiciary staff the same day.  
“The Department of Justice has authorized the confidential informant to disclose to the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, as well as staff, any information or documents he has concerning alleged corruption or bribery involving transactions in the uranium market,” said Isgur Flores. 
“Until the informant publicly speaks to what he knew or knows about these matters, we are unable to respond further,” she added. 



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