Trump asked Comey to drop FBI investigation — Daniel M, a Swiss man arrested by the Germans on charges of spying — Chelsea Manning freed from prison — Yvonne Fletcher murder’s crucial evidence blocked by British security services
President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.
“I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo.
The documentation of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia. Late Tuesday, Representative Jason Chaffetz, and the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, demanded the F.B.I. turn over all internal memos, notes, recordings or summaries of discussions between Mr. Trump and Mr. Comey.
The story could be straight out of a Graham Greene novel, or a James Bond film.
The case of Daniel M, a Swiss man arrested by the Germans on charges of spying, has focused attention in Switzerland on the activities of the Swiss intelligence services, the banks and the often awkward relationship between Switzerland and Germany.
Daniel M, now detained in Mannheim in south-west Germany, was once a police officer in Zurich, then a security specialist for Swiss banking giant UBS and finally, it is alleged, a spy for the Swiss Federal Intelligence Service (FIS).
During the years of Daniel M’s multifaceted career, Germany watched with growing irritation as its citizens squirreled their savings away in Swiss banks, in effect – thanks to Switzerland’s famed banking secrecy laws – hiding their money from the German tax authorities.
US soldier Chelsea Manning has been released from prison after serving seven years for leaking thousands of diplomatic cables and military files to Wikileaks.
A US Army spokesperson confirmed to the BBC that she had left Fort Leavenworth military prison in Kansas.
Most of what remained of her 35-year sentence was commuted by then-US President Barack Obama in January.
Her lawyer earlier said she was excited but likely “anxious”.
“She’s ready to finally be able to live as the woman that she is,” Nancy Hollander told the BBC. The 29-year-old soldier was born Bradley Manning.
The killers of PC Yvonne Fletcher may never be brought to justice because crucial evidence has been blocked by British security services, police have said.
Officers investigating the 1984 shooting of PC Fletcher said they know who is responsible but cannot prosecute because they have been blocked from using evidence in court over “national security” concerns.
The family of the former Met police officer said they are “deeply disappointed” at the announcement but praised police for “leaving no stone unturned” during the investigation.
A spokesman for the Met said in it had “enough material to identify those responsible” for the murder of PC Fletcher outside the Libyan People’s Bureau.
INTEL TODAY DIARY — May 18 2017