Felix Sater – an employee of President Donald Trump who played a key role in investigating Russian election interference – traveled the world for years and gathered intelligence to help the US government combat terrorists and rogue states, reveals a new unclosed judicial document.
The document, written ten years ago by federal prosecutors and released today by a federal judge, confirms the apparently fantastic 53-year-old claim that he built & # 39; Trump Towers during the day and & # 39; Bin Laden hunted & # 39; overnight.
Prosecutors described what they said to Sater & # 39; s & # 39; extraordinary cooperation & # 39; as a secret asset in gathering information about Russia, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, North Korea, and about the Italian Mafia in the US in the late 1990s and 2000s.
Felix Sater, a former business partner of President Trump, provided information about the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and American gangsters to the US government, according to a recently released judicial document
The letter was filed by prosecutors in 2009 and requested a mild sentence for him after he was found guilty of racketeering in a file fraud case in 1998
The information he collected included the alleged satellite phone numbers for Osama bin Laden and his whereabouts after the September 11, 2001 attacks, details of a murder attempt on then President George W. Bush and & # 39; information on North Korean nuclear capabilities & # 39; , the document says.
A Soviet-born emigre who befriended Trump in the 2000s, Sater served a prison sentence for cutting a man with a broken cocktail glass in 1991.
He began working with the US government in 1998 after being found guilty of racketeering in a $ 40 million equity fraud case involving Mafia in New York.
The partially edited government document, called a 5K1 letter in legal terms, was filed by prosecutors in 2009 and asked for a mild sentence for Sater for his work with the CIA and the FBI against the Mafia and Al-Qaeda.
He avoided a prison sentence of $ 25,000.
The 10-page letter describes him as a & # 39; exemplary employee who worked diligently to promote the goals of the missions to which he was assigned & # 39 ;.
The letter was released Friday by the American court Leo Glasser in response to a lawsuit by The Intercept, an online news organization, to reveal more information about Sater's dealings with the US government
Sater (seen in 2005) was a prominent figure in the Trump Russia probe because he is pursuing a business deal during the 2016 presidential campaign to build a Trump tower in Moscow.
It said he played a key role in weakening Mafia's presence on Wall Street, as well as helping the US government to dismantle money laundering operations in Russia, Cyprus, Turkey and elsewhere.
& # 39; For about ten years, Sater worked continuously with prosecutors and law enforcement agencies to provide information that was crucial for the conviction of more than 20 different individuals, including those responsible for mass financial fraud, members of La Cosa Nostra organized crime families and international cyber criminals & # 39 ;, wrote a former American assistant lawyer.
& # 39; In addition, Sat has provided the US intelligence community with highly sensitive information in an effort to help the government combat terrorists and rogue states. & # 39;
The letter was released Friday by the American court Leo Glasser in response to a lawsuit by The Intercept, an online news organization and others to reveal more information about Sater's dealings with the US government.
& # 39; Most people don't believe in the things I have done, but I have done them. So with this happening, the way it is confirmed by the Department of Justice and federal courts, it gives me some satisfaction, "said Sater.
He also told BuzzFeed: & # 39; Given the events of the past three years, I am happy that people can now judge me because of the bad that I did and the good that I did. I only hope that 20 years of service to protect America contributes a little to the plus column. & # 39;
The letter only documents Sater & # 39; s actions in the 1990s and 2000s, but he told ABC News that he continued to inform the US government until Special Counsel Robert Mueller began his investigation into Trump's ties with Russia.
Sater worked with Trump (seen in 2007) on a condominium project in the SoHo district of Manhattan and tried to find a deal for a Trump brand property in Russia
Sater was a prominent figure in the probe because of his role in helping Trump & # 39; s former lawyer Michael Cohen negotiate a deal on building a Trump tower in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The Russian-American businessman and property developer told Cohen in a leaked email that Russian President Vladimir Putin could help Trump win if the deal went through.
He was mentioned more than 100 times in Mueller's final report.
The skyscraper deal was later abandoned and Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison after being found guilty of tax evasion, violation of campaign finance, and lying to Congress about the project.
He told ABC that in his career as a secret trump he was never asked and never provided information about Trump.
Sater defended his actions by claiming to be a patriot who worked closely with American spies at great personal risk.
& # 39; I love this country more, & # 39; Sater said to The Associated Press, adding that he was not moved by the possibility of imprisonment.
The letter also documents Sater's crimes, including when he scammed $ 40 million investors in the mid-1920s and then meticulously & # 39; money laundering via offshore accounts.
The police seized seized weapons and documents with information about the stock fraud and the role of Sater in January 1998.
Satyr was abroad, and upon hearing the seizure, he offered American intelligence officers information about the Northern Alliance of Afghanistan, which fought against the Taliban.
& # 39; In the spring and summer of 1998, Sater traveled to Central Asia, where he gathered and forwarded information to US sources about the Northern Alliance's desire to resell Stinger rockets to the US government, as well as information about the Taliban and Osama bin Laden among others & # 39 ;, is stated in the letter.
& # 39; Sater contacted the FBI during this period and kept agents informed of his foreign activities. & # 39;
The letter also stated that in 1998 Sater provided & # 39; specific, detailed information to the Central Intelligence Agency (& # 39; CIA & # 39;), the FBI and other agencies & # 39; including & # 39; what was supposed to be Bin Laden's satellite phone numbers and information about who supplied weapons against Bin Laden. & # 39;
He continued to gather information about Bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks and worked with a gem dealer who had contacts with the Taliban.
& # 39; Satyr went beyond what is expected of most employees, putting himself in great danger & # 39 ;, the letter said.
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