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Sin city. The marriage capital of the world. Home to america's most beloved casinos and in july two thousand fifteen. The site of what was billed as the largest libertarian conference in the country. Freedom fest thousands of business leaders politicians journalists activists finance bros. Flocked to planet hollywood hotel among them was maria fatina. Maria was from russia and she was there with her american boyfriend. Paul erickson a longtime conservative campaigner. There was his idea to go there. He showed me the american political world. Poll was my it in this world. So he brought me into the freedom. I there is one last minute. Addition to the speakers list who was getting a lot of attention that year and suddenly i start seeing. The people are moving in so they come in and they it's like people like bees you know they're like stein buzzing there. This is the reason why there's not a single empty seat in the room. We have a packed house. I've never seen anything like this freedom. Fest marie-anne paul settled into their chairs in the celebrity ballroom. Ladies and gentlemen please give a warm round of applause for donald trump. Well thank you very much now. Did he say this biggest crowd of the weekend. It only been a few weeks. Since donald trump had descended the golden escalator of trump tower to announce his run for president in front of this crowd in las vegas. He spoke for about a half hour. The american dream is dead. What i'm going to make it bigger and better and stronger than ever before and then took questions okay. Who are the questions. Where are they do. You have a mike. That's when maria sitting in the front row decided she should ask a question so i stand up the curse. Well who wouldn't do it. Paul on the other hand didn't think it was a good idea. You really want to ask questions. of course i not. Maria wrote her question down on a piece of paper so she could read it when she got to the mic. So i would actually ask properly mean in my english. You know it was quite nervous I am visiting from russia so my question. Good friend of obama putin my my question will be about foreign politics. She stood before the mic with notebook in hand a beige shawl draped around her. She wanted to know what trump thought of the economic sanctions. The obama administration had imposed on russia. If you're would be does the president do you want to continue the politics of sanctions that are damaging the economy or you have any other ideas trump pointed at her. I know putin. And i'll tell you what we get along with. Putin putin has no respect for president. Obama problem big problem. I believe i would get along very nicely with putin afterwards. Maria excused herself headed to the restroom and made a phone. Call to a senior russian official. She would later call it. My best report is question to trump had been breath and have been forgotten but much later people would look back on that moment in vegas and ask who is maria bettina because three years after freedom fest maria boot. Tina was arrested. Federal prosecutors claim maria. Boutin it was sent by the russian federation to infiltrate political candidates and the nra. Investigators say she worked to gain access to american political operatives and political groups including the trump campaign. I step outside and they put handcuffs on me and that was my last minute the them maria would tell me she was no secret agent. She was a russian citizen who came to the united states hoping to build a better relationship between two countries she loved but the federal government saw something different. I did not expect it but something inside of me told me that it's gonna be very bad because the answer to the question. Who is maria boot. Tina depends

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