This 45 acres of land in Maryland by Pioneer point was taken away from the Russians as retaliation for Putin's meddling in the Presidential election of 2016. They had it since 1972 and they loved it. It was comfortable but luxurious and it acted as both a bed and breakfast for Russian Intelligence and to monitor communications coming out of Washington DC.
We knew what they were doing but they bought it with American cash back in 1972 and the government would need good proof about any wrong doing. In the world of spies, there is usually no evidence of anything. They did find some stuff but the government isn't talking about it.
Taking this property away from the Russians is certainly not enough payback for what they did but it was something and this hurt them where they hated the most: their comfort. Like the Germans that took over France and lived in castles and beautiful estate houses, the Russians love the same trappings. After all is not like the Russian media is going to write about it like ours would.
The real question is why would the next President of the US after President Obama, the one the Russian wanted to become President of the US want to give the Russians this property back?
It makes no sense except that it does. It will take someone who shoots first and doesn't even ask questions later, like Trump. But to say he wants to give it back?
1. First, Trump underestimated again why there are leaks and this was leaked out and then he had to respond to the media. There are so many leaks because the people around him are similar to him. That is why they were picked out in the first place. They hold alliance to themselves first, just like the boss. When they are not happy, they talk, they leak.
2. Some were taken by surprised that the residents of this community were putting pressure to the Trump Administration to bring them back. These people are Trump's supporters very well off, the small voting block but with lots of say. So Why? People that have money always worry about not having enough. What if that investment goes south? or the economy? The Russians were very nice to that community. It saved them money and it increased property values. From wine to paying for lighting, roads around that compound and the county. They were great neighbors. Who cares if they were spies right? No one is perfect. What everyone does behind close doors is their business, unless they are gay. Human nature is a curse we are all stuck with. Dignity only works for some.
So Trump wants to give it back because he wants to make Putin Happy!
3. Trump wants to make Putin happy, Why? There are too many answers for this and they are all speculation unless you are an intelligence agent with knowledge of this case. But this is clear, Trump won't even say that Putin and Russia messed with our election system. Why? He won't say anything bad about him. Your guess is as good as mine and my guess is that Putin is got the goods on him. Trump is done so many awful things, immoral, unlawful and it doesn't stick to him, Why does he think whatever Putin is got is going to stick on him? Maybe it will stick to his family? ....
Still to give this property back like when He suggested to take down some sanctions, is something that is a slapped in the face to everyone who pays taxes and sees how much money we spend to built and maintain bombs at billions a shot and we hope we never get to use them to keep us safe from the Russians. But there is something that doesn't cost us anything but it bothers them a lot and we are going to give back it to them and then also bring back the spies that were spelled out.
Background on the story:
Among the wide-ranging measures, the White House announced that the State Department would be closing two Russian-owned compounds — one in Maryland and one in New York — that it says were used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes. It is also declaring 35 Russians “persona non grata” for their alleged role in intelligence operations.
How hidden were these alleged spy compounds? At least in the case of Maryland, the answer is simple: not very.
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The compound in Maryland sits on around 45 acres of land at Pioneer Point, a peninsula where the Corsica and Chester Rivers merge — around a 90-minute drive from downtown Washington, by the Eastern Shore town of Centreville in Queen Anne's County.
The site was purchased by the Soviet government in 1972 and became something of a resort for Soviets living in the United States. It is the former estate of John J. Raskob, a former executive for DuPont and General Motors perhaps best known as the builder of the Empire State Building. The Soviets later added to the estate by making a deal with the State Department, which received two properties in Moscow in return.
At the time of its purchase, there was some resistance to the sale of the building to the Soviets, with the local newspaper reporting there were “fears of nuclear submarines surfacing in the Chester River to pick up American secrets and defectors.”
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1969 photo of the Pioneer Point property near Centreville, Md. (Baltimore Sun)
But by 1974, the New York Times reported that many locals had been won over, with the help of dinner parties and gifts of vodka and caviar. “As far as neighbors are concerned you couldn't ask for better,” Joe Handley, a former estate manager for Raskob, told The Washington Post in 1979. “They don't bother anybody.”
A reporter from the local Star Democrat newspaper in Easton visited the site in 1987 — in large part because of the long-standing rumors that it was being used for espionage. The resulting article, also published in The Post, noted the tall chain-link fence outside the compound and the video cameras monitoring the gate, but also the lime-green bungalows, swimming pools, and numerous tennis courts.
“Tomorrow we have a game,” one tennis player identified as Yevgeny told the reporter. “We have a tournament with the International Monetary Fund. They have a beautiful team. But this year, God knows who will win.”
After the turmoil of the collapse of the Soviet Union, Pioneer Point was bought by the Russian Federation — at the time, the Associated Press reported its value was $3 million. Local residents told the AP that they didn't have any problems with the Russians who visited the compound.
''I live down the road from them. We fish and crab with them. There's usually one that speaks English for the group,'' a woman named as Bonnie Delph told the AP.