In the pursuit of scoop, BuzzFeed illegally got data about financial transactions with the Russian companies and individuals from the Treasury Department’s employee (“FinCEN”) NATALIE EDWARDS. As a result, Edwards is arrested in the act, pleaded guilty, gets a prison sentence or a large fine, and it is not journalists’ fault.
On January 13, 2020, Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, made an announcement about a former senior adviser at the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network («FinCEN») NATALIE MAYFLOWER SOURS EDWARDS pleaded guilty in the collusion for the purpose of disclosure of Suspicious Activity Reports before United States District Judge Gregory H. Woods.
According to data’s case and the Department of Justice’s reports, EDWARDS was unlawfully and repeatedly turning over SAR and another secret government information to BuzzFeed reporters around October 2017 to October 2018 when she was arrested, as a result of which about 12 articles were published.
Unlawfully-disclosed SAR is particularly related to Paul Manafort, Richard Gates, the Russian Embassy, Maria Butina, and the Prevezon. While EDWARDS arresting, she had a flash drive, on which she kept unlawfully-disclosed SAR, and a phone with numerous messages through an encoded app, by which she handed over SAR and another government information Reporter-1.
The case against Edwards focuses on several disclosures which she made on BuzzFeed News describing “suspicious activity reports”. These articles include following BuzzFeed News’ ones: “Secret Finding: 60 Russian Payments “To Finance Election Campaign Of 2016”, “Here’s How A Major Western Bank Enabled A Suspected Russian Money Launderer” and “Investigators Are Scrutinizing Newly Uncovered Payments By The Russian Embassy”, etc.
Assuming the government had data about illegal transactions or in the least suspicious, why were not a legislative response to it? The answer to it is quite obvious and logically concluded that financial transactions cannot be considered as criminal since there is not enough evidence of their unlawful source. Suspicions are just based on the names and jurisdictions of the individuals, involved in the financial transactions. As we can see today that these are enough for media, not for the court. I assume that amid hysteria and insanity regarding Russia, in which the United States has been for 3 years, Edwards was framed. Today we can see the demonstration of the power of not a law but a canard which emptiness stands for. We cannot mention the most vivid example since 2017 of BuzzFeed considering its contribution to the fomenting a morbid political situation in its own country by the publication of the same fake Trump’s Dossier and those data which were based on unlawfully obtained government information.
It is the most trivial and ancient way of manipulation – to take minor but real information and present it as a little piece of a grand deception. So, non-related information to the credit in the Bank of a subsidiary of the Perezvon was inserted in the chain of a morbid fantasy about the way of money track from Russia’s Treasury to the U.S. in 2008 which the prosecutors failed to prove in their court. As they failed and we need not it. The courts and own acknowledgment in their inability are not required now. The one works for the prosecutors and judges is journalism that some time called so. Arrest, case and allegations of the chosen scapegoat fuel a new form of jurisdiction.
By Natalia Veselnitskaya
VESNA NEWS — official website