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<div class="hnews hentry item">[[File:f375.png]] '''<span class="url entry-title">[ ?ref=home U.S. Intel Repeatedly Warned About Rudy's 'Russian Agent' Pal]</span>''' <span class="updated">September 17, 2020</span>, <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">Erin Banco</span>, <span class="org organization-name">Daily Beast</span></span>
<span class="entry-content">At the end of an elegant dinner in May [[:Category:2019|2019]] in downtown Kyiv, Ukrainian parliamentarian [[:Category:Andriy Derkach|Andriy Derkach]] handed a thick packet of papers to a former senior U.S. official he'd known for years.
The packet was unremarkable in its presentation, the papers clipped on the top and crunched in the corners. The packet bore no insignia, title, or index page, and did little in the way of intriguing the former U.S. official. It wasn't until months later that the official read through the pages. What was more remarkable was that U.S. intelligence had, for over a month, warned that Derkach was a stalking horse for the [[:Category:Russia|Russia]]n security services and their attempts to interfere in American politics. It was the first in a series of reports, beginning in the spring of 2019, naming Derkach as part of a broader push to upend the U.S. election once again.
Despite the odd nature of the handoff, the dinner was one of the earliest known attempts by Derkach, current and former officials say, to pass materials to Americans in an attempt to push the debunked conspiracy theories that the former Vice President [[:Category:Joe Biden|Joe Biden]] and his son Hunter were complicit in the siphoning of millions of dollars from the Ukrainian people and that [[:Category:Ukraine|Ukraine]], rather than Russia, interfered in the [[:Category:2016|2016]] election. (The latter is "a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services," according to President [[:Category:Donald Trump|Donald Trump]]'s former point person for the region, [[:Category:Fiona Hill|Fiona Hill]].)</span>
<div class="toccolours mw-collapsible mw-collapsed">Wikipedia cite:<div class="mw-collapsible-content"><nowiki>{{cite news | first = Erin | last = Banco | author2 = Sam Brodey; Spencer Ackerman; Asawin Suebsaeng | title = U.S. Intel Repeatedly Warned About Rudy's 'Russian Agent' Pal | url = ?ref=home | work = Daily Beast | date = September 17, 2020 | accessdate = September 1824, 2020 }}</nowiki></div></div>
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