By now you know the first part of the story: a former MI6 agent used his contacts in Russia to assemble a report which asserted that the Russian government was holding blackmail tapes of Donald Trump doing lewd things with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel — popularly dubbed the “Pee Pee Tape.” If you’ve paid closer attention, you know the next part: the MI6 agent, Christopher Steele, went into hiding after his report became public. And now the other shoe has dropped: the Russian intel agent who supplied Steele with the information is now mysteriously dead.
Oleg Erovinkin, a high ranking intelligence agent who worked in the Soviet KGB and then the Russian FSB, was found dead in the back of his car more than a month ago in Russia. The Russian government, which controls much of the media within its borders, had worked to keep his death a secret before finally claiming that he had died of a heart attack. But according to The Telegraph, non-state Russian media outlets have reported that there was foul play involved. We haven’t been able to confirm his exact age, but one site claims he was born in 1955, which would make him just sixty-one when he died.
The mysterious death of Erovinkin just happened to occur around the same timeframe in which Russian authorities dragged a top FSB agent, Sergei Mikhailov, out of a meeting with a bag over his head and then made him disappear — while also arresting three other agents. It paints a picture of Vladimir Putin wiping out those within his own ranks whom he suspected of having helped leak the Trump blackmail story to the Western World.
The timing of the dramatic arrests and mysterious death also raises the question of whether Donald Trump himself, who had just recently become privy to the most sensitive of U.S. secrets, may have provided Putin with their identities.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report