If you were the NSA, FBI or CIA and you were interested in trying to figure out if collusion took place between President Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, what better way to do it than to have had eyes or ears in the room when Trump met with Putin yesterday.
The conversation, which was scheduled to last 30 minutes, ended up going on for 2 hours and 16 minutes. In fact, Melania Trump was sent to the door at one point in order to try to break up the meeting, after the first hour. She was unsuccessful.
The general public would love to have been a bug on the wall, when Trump and Putin spent over 2 hours discussing, who-knows-what. While this may not have been possible, what is possible is that US Intelligence may have been able to have an electronic bug placed in the room.
There is no proof of this, nor even any signs that point in this direction, but I know that if I were working for any of the US Intelligence agencies, investigating possible Trump/Russia collusion, this meeting would have been at the top of the list of people, places or things that I would want to have bugged.
If this meeting was in the U.S., there is little doubt that the NSA or other intelligence agency could have gotten a warrant from the U.S. courts to bug an individual in the meeting or the meeting room itself, based on ‘probable cause’ which we already know exists. They would had also been able to use highly sophisticated listening and eavesdropping devices to extract any video or audio bytes that they could.
However, this meeting took place in Germany, which happens to be a country quite opposed to both President Trump and Russia. Germany has similar laws to the U.S. when it comes to wiretaps, listening devices and warrants, and if the U.S. asked them to cooperate, there is a good chance they would have done so.
So how could intelligence have listened in on the meeting?
There were 6 people in the meeting — President Trump, President Putin, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and two translators. The odds that Trump, Tillerson, Putin or Lavrov were able to be bugged, are pretty slim, unless Tillerson somehow is now a cooperating witness (highly unlikely). However, the two translators in the room represent an interesting opportunity, so it’s not entirely out of the question that one of these individuals could be cooperating with investigators.
Vladimir Putin is a former KGB spy, so undoubtedly if he had planned to speak about sensitive topics, he would have taken out as many precautions as possible. Trump, on the other hand, doesn’t have the knowledge or know-how that Putin has, and he might be seen as a weak link of sorts. It was mentioned that Melania Trump came to the door at the 1 hour mark to try to break up the meeting. Does this not seem strange to anyone else? Why Melania?
Now this might sound like a conspiracy theory, and in reality it is, but could Melania had been carrying with her a miniature listening device that she planted on the inside of the door after the meeting had already begun? It’s definitely not out of the realm of possibility, but it is doubtful that Melania, as much as it has been rumored that she dislikes the President, would have gone to such lengths to try to infiltrate an international meeting.
Fact is, there are all types of covert listening devices as well as eavesdropping devices which can penetrate walls. If the NSA or another intelligence agency really wanted to listen in on a meeting and they got approval from the court systems to do so, there is no reason why they couldn’t, and plenty of reason why they would. In reality, it is doubtful that Melania would have been the cooperating asset, but with today’s technology — probably much of which we don’t even know exists — there are surely ways that sound could have been extracted from that German meeting room.
Let’s hope that Putin and Trump divulged some of their inner secrets of collusion (if secrets exist) and let’s pray that it’s all on tape.