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The Russians Were Involved. But It Wasn't About Collusion.

RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE WAS PROBABLY BEHIND DONALD TRUMP JR.'S MEETING WITH KREMLIN-LINKED PEOPLE LAST YEAR, AND THEY MEANT FOR IT TO BE DISCOVERED.

Russians are fond of a proverb, “besplatniy sir biyvaet tol’ko v mishelovke”: “Free cheese can be found only in a mousetrap.”

Having long considered the United States its main enemy, the Kremlin deploys a full quiver of intelligence weapons against America and its national security agencies, political parties and defense contractors. Its intelligence services, though best known for clandestine operations to recruit spies, also run covert “influencecompromising material”: things of seemingly great value that are dangled, at what appears to be no cost, before unwitting targets. This is the “free cheese” that ensnares victims in a trap.

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